A visit from our MSP!

The primary 7 children were very lucky to receive a visit from our MSP Jeane Freeman. The children had their questions ready and we covered topics such as gender inequality, immigration, litter in Catrine and even whether she had any pets. The children were fully engaged and enjoyed listening to her view points and the role that she did in her job…I think we have a few budding politicians! A big thank you to MSP Jeane Freeman for giving up some time to share your knowledge and experiences with the children of Catrine.

Big School Sleepout Training ⛺️

Walk to School Week

Dear Parent,

Our school will be taking part in the East Ayrshire Walk to School Week, which runs from Monday 21st May until Thursday 24th May 2018. A daily walking theme has been created to encourage children to walk.

Monday – Walk to School with crazy hair

Tuesday – Walk to School with clothes on back to front

Wednesday – Walk to School with odd socks

Thursday – Walk to School in your pyjamas

We all know that walking is good for us. Walking to school is not only easy, but it is a great way to exercise and keep fit.  Walking to school also helps reduce pollution, and can boost pupils’ social and road safety skills.

We are seeking your support for this campaign, and hopefully you will join in by walking with your child/children to school for all or part of the week. If you normally travel by car, you can still take part – leave home 5 minutes earlier in the morning, park away from the school and enjoy a 5 minute walk to the school.  That’s all it takes to join in.

Schools all over East Ayrshire are taking part in this event. Let’s all enjoy walking to school.

Thank you from Mrs Schendel and the Pupils Council

Danger Detectives 2018

Primary 6 pupils had great fun yesterday at Danger Detectives. They took part in interactive activities to raise awareness of potential dangers in our environment, and to learn about ways of keeping themselves safe. Activities included:

  • Internet safety
  • Fire safety
  • Countryside safety
  • Safety on public transport
  • Hazard House
  • Road safety
  • Flood prevention

The activities taught pupils to become more aware of personal safety both indoors and outside, to learn how to react to dangerous situations, to know what role the emergency services play and to make a contribution towards reducing both crime and accidents. It was a very worthwhile event. Continue reading “Danger Detectives 2018”

“Our Champion”

Congratulations to Angie Leitch who took part in the National Primary Schools’ Burns Festival in Denny High School, Falkirk on Saturday 12th May. Angie received a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in verse speaking (along with a medal) and took overall third place in her category!!

Well done!!!

Group 3 – transition visit.

Another fantastic transition morning with Group 3 visiting the ‘big’ school.

Primary 3/4/5’s Digital Learning Week

We have had a super week learning new skills. Sophie Donnelly has written this wonderful review of the things we have learned:

  • First There Was An App For IPads Called Keynote It was Really Satisfying Seeing It Make New Slides As A New Version Of PowerPoint.
  • Next There Was Something Called IMovie And On It We Made A Movie About Our Trip to New Lanark and Erin Done The Talking In It.
  • We Also Made Our Own 3D Design On An App Called Tinker Cad And The Best Design Gets Made In The 3D Printer.
  • We Also Learned How To Code Using Blockly.
  • Last but not least we created a quiz on glow about our topic.



P5/6 visit to the Cevic Centre

Primary 5/6 enjoyed their visit to the Cevic Centre today. We started the morning by designing our own gardens – Eryn and Chloe won a prize for their great designs. We then went into the garden where we planted seeds, learned about bees and went on a scavenger hunt!

P7 Swimming – Auchinleck Academy

Regrettably we have to cancel all swimming next week (Friday 18th May) due to maintenance work in the pool which, unfortunately we are not being allowed to delay any further.  Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Auchinleck Academy


Group 3 transition visit – reminder

Group 3 will be visiting Miss Burleigh on Monday 14th May.  Arrangements are the same as the previous visit and also remember to bring along a snack for play time.  Looking forward to it!

Group 3

Group 2’s transition visit.

Group 2 had a lovely morning at Catrine Primary School.  We completed jigsaws, built high towers and planted magic beans to grow our own beanstalk.  The children really enjoyed sitting together at playtime and getting to know their buddies.

COACh Session for Parents/Carers

COACh Session for Parents/Carers

Outdoor Learning is an essential part of education in Scotland and throughout the current school year the Curriculum Outdoors Attainment Challenge [COACh) team have been working with classes at Catrine PS.  The aim is to help embed learning outdoors and establish it as part of the normal school routine.

The COACh team are offering a session for parents and carers to demonstrate some of the ideas behind learning outdoors and to allow the adults to try out some of the activities and use some the equipment the children have been using. The session will run the end of the school day on Wednesday, 15th May from 3.10 pm (meeting  in the playground at the Main Entrance) until approximately 4.10 pm.

The session will be fun, help you gain understanding of the work being done at the school and may even give you some ideas for activities you do with your children.

The session will be held in the school grounds. Bring your wellies/old boots and waterproofs (even if the sun is shining!).  Children are welcome to come along under the supervision of their parents/carers.

Looking forward to seeing you!


Carolyn McFarlane

COACh Teacher,EAC Learning Outdoors Support Team


Literacy morning

The children from the ECC joined Miss Burleigh and Primary 1/2 for a morning of literacy activities.   We had magnetic letter matching, drawing in the sand, jigsaws and the Bee-Bot mat to name a few.  The Primary 6’s also enjoyed a catch up with their buddies.  A fantastic morning was had by all.