P7 Swimming Gala

Yesterday some of our P7’s participated in a swimming gala at Visions Leisure Centre in Cumnock. They competed against other schools in a variety of events including the butterfly, front crawl, breast stroke and back stroke. All pupils tried their best and enjoyed the morning. They were a credit to the school- well done to all involved!

Netball Training

Please note that netball training will not be on tomorrow (6/2/18) after school, as I have a meeting to attend in school. Children will return home at 3pm.

Training will resume at 3pm on Tuesday 20th of February, after the February break.


Miss Donnelly

USA Topic

During our USA topic, we learned lots about the states, weather, climate, famous American landmarks and people such as Martin Luther King and events in US history including 9/11.

Check out the models we built of famous USA landmarks…are they great?!

Gold Sport Award Presentation


Kevin Ferguson, a representative from Sport Scotland, recently visited Catrine to present the Sports Committee with their Gold Sport Award. He awarded us with a flag and plaque to display in school, and  congratulated the staff and pupils for their hard work and commitment to sport.

Currently, only 3 schools in East Ayrshire have been awarded gold, including Catrine. Nationally, Catrine PS is 1 of 154 schools to have a Gold Sport Award, which is less than 8% of all primary schools in Scotland.

Well done again to all involved- what a fantastic achievement!

P5/6 John Muir Session

P5/6 had a great time in the first session of their John Muir award. We found out who John Muir was, and learned about conservation. We also participated in various outdoor activities including building bird nests, poem writing and making and flying paper airplanes. We investigated whether the direction of the wind or the height the plane flew from impacted on the distance it travelled. Finally, we made kites and flew them in the playground. The wind and rain certainly didn’t stop us from having fun!

P5/6 John Muir Session

Just a reminder that P5/6 pupils will be taking part in the John Muir Award tomorrow morning. The session will involve children exploring the outdoor environment, and they will therefore be outside for the majority of the morning.

Please ensure children have a jacket and appropriate footwear for the weather.

Thank you.

Miss Donnelly

Athletics Champions!

Yesterday, some primary 6 and 7 pupils took part in the Sportshall athletics competition at the Ayrshire Athletics Arena in Kilmarnock. We competed against other schools and came first place overall!

A huge well done to all the children involved. They represented the school well by trying their best, working as a team, showing good sportsmanship and cheering each other on. All pupils did incredibly well and made me very proud!

Go Team Catrine!

Gold Sport Award!

I am very excited to announce that we have been awarded a Gold Sport Award from Sport Scotland!

The School Sport Award is a national initiative which encourages schools to continuously improve physical education and sport. Last session, our sport committee worked hard to come up with ways we could make PE and sport better in Catrine. We introduced these ideas and gathered evidence to submit to Sport Scotland.

The gold award recognises the hard work of our staff and pupils, as well as our commitment to providing young people with a range of valuable experiences and opportunities in physical education, sport and leadership.

A representative from Sport Scotland will be coming into school to present us with our award soon!

Sportshall Athletics

Please note that our Sportshall Athletics heat has been moved to Wednesday 27th September. As a result, we have extended the dates of the after school club, to allow the children to practise as much as possible before the event.

The club will run on Tuesday afternoons between 3 and 4pm on the following dates:




Children who are attending have also been issued with new permission forms for the event on the 27th September. If your child is involved it would be greatly appreciated if you could complete and return the forms to me as soon as possible.

Thank you,

Miss Donnelly

P7 Leavers Assembly

Primary 7 have been working hard to practise their leavers songs in class over the past week. All pupils are looking forward to performing them at their leavers assembly, which will follow our prize giving service tomorrow at 10am.

It’s shaping up to be a great (and emotional) performance!

Hope to see you there 🙂

P7 STEM Transition Day

Our P7 pupils had a great day taking part in various STEM activities during a transition day at Dumfries House on Friday. The children enjoyed the event and were keen to share their experiences when returning to school. All pupils received a certificate for attending the event.

Catrine Sports Week

Catrine’s sports week is almost here!

It will take place next week, from Tuesday 30th May- Friday 2nd June. The purpose of this week is to promote the importance of physical activity, give children the opportunity to try new sports and to inspire them to take part in sporting activities. The week will include talks from professional sports people and workshops in different sports.

As they will be participating in various activities each day, children are encouraged to come to school dressed in sports wear in order to save time. It would be appreciated if children could still wear their school polo shirt, along with trainers, shorts or tracksuit bottoms.

Thank you for your cooperation. I hope to see you at our sports afternoon on 2nd June, which I’m sure will be an exciting end to a great week!

Miss Donnelly

P6/7 Outdoor Learning

P6/7 have recently been learning about symmetry in maths. Yesterday, we took advantage of the nice weather and completed symmetry related activities outdoors. Firstly, we identified symmetrical objects in our playground, stating the number of lines of symmetry each object had. Next, we worked together to create symmetrical patterns, with some pupils challenging themselves to create shapes with rotational symmetry. Lastly, we worked in a bigger group to create a large scale “Art Attack” style symmetrical picture using PE equipment.

Afterwards, we evaluated the session based on “The Excellent Lesson”. The lesson met many aspects of this, including learning outdoors, carrying out a variety of activities, using different resources, working on our own and in groups and thinking creatively to solve problems.

P6 and P7 Rugby Festival

Some P6 and 7 pupils recently participated in a rugby festival, against schools in the Auchinleck cluster. All children enjoyed the event, whilst learning about the rules of rugby, fair play and how to work well as a team to achieve a shared goal.

Gymnastics in P6/7

P6/7 have recently done a gymnastics block in P.E. The children have enjoyed working together to create their own balances, as well as experimenting with all the equipment. They have developed their balance, flexibility, strength and creativity skills whilst having fun too!

Parent Open Afternoon

Primary 6/7 are looking forward to welcoming family, parents and carers into class tomorrow afternoon. We will be working collaboratively to create a safari themed picture for Catrine Show. We will also be sharing our learning so far, and there will be an opportunity for you to go around the school and see all our hard work, displays and e-portfolios.

Hope to see you there!

STEM in P6/7

Primary 6/7 had a visit from engineer George Burns today. Mr Burns will be working with us over the next few weeks, to help us with a science-based topic about electricity. Today we learned how important electricity is to our daily lives. He taught us about different sources of electricity, such as mains and batteries. We also found out the meaning of insulators and conductors, and discovered what types of materials were insulators and conductors. Finally, we investigated electrical circuits, and discovered how to produce electricity to light up a bulb, make sounds and power the motor to make a fan spin!