Sports Day – update

Sports Day is scheduled for Thursday 6th June (weather permitting). Please note that a message will be sent at approximately 9.15 a.m. on Thursday 6th confirming if Sports will go ahead. Sorry for any inconvenience caused. Thank you.

Primary Engineer Inspirer – Award

George Burns, our STEM Advisor, volunteers at Catrine Primary School on a weekly basis. George has had a successful career as an electrical engineer and now has great pleasure passing on his expertise! George has just been awarded “Primary Engineer Inspirer” at the “Scottish Engineering Leaders Awards”. This award recognises an individual who has excelled in their personal support to primary school pupils taking part in the Scottish Engineering Leaders Award.

 

Congratulations George – Well done!!!

 

Budding Engineers

A huge well done to Keir and Abbie who have been shortlisted in a National STEM Engineering Competition.  The creative pair had their designs selected from an incredible 17,500 entries to be picked for an exhibition at Strathclyde University.

Only 524 entries from across Scottish Primaries were shortlisted for the prestigious event.  Abbie wowed the judges with her CoolWave invention whilst Keir impressed them with his Sign Language Robot.

Both design will be on display this Friday and Saturday at a Public Exhibition at the University of Strathclyde 9am until 4pm each day.

Well done Abbie and Keir.

School Clothing Grants and free school meals

Please note that if you have difficultly accessing the new guidelines or completing the online forms, please contact the school office who will be happy to help you.

Mrs McDicken

P3/4 Pirates

Today George was in our class for his last visit this session to help us finish our pirate STEM crafts. We were making pirate eye-patches and pirate hats. We have had great fun over the last few weeks making pirate treasure chest, weapons, flags and pirate ships.

Look at our fearsome pirate faces…

By P3/4

Catrine Primary Catch Your Career Festival

Catrine Primary’s Catch Your Career Festival was a roaring success. A raft of companies from a range of industries visited the school to share with the children the skills and qualities needed for their jobs. The children got the chance to visit every company and participate in the fun interactive sessions and hear first-hand the opportunities open to young people.

The DYW (Developing the Young Workforce) Committee, made up of pupils from P1-7, have worked tirelessly to prepare for the event which was supported by Developing the Young Workforce – Ayrshire & The Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce. They have researched employability skills, surveyed pupils and gathered information about the careers of parents. On top of this they made invites for the businesses, designed posters and set up the hall ahead of the event. On the day they were in charge of time keeping and photography as well as supporting the organisation of the pupils in their groups.

Pupils thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to explore the industries and find out all about how the skills they learn at school can be transferred to the workplace as well as hearing about a vast range of careers.

It wasn’t only the pupils who had a great time. The businesses also had a brilliant time. See below for their feedback!

Sovereign Credit Union- “Lovely, polite, interesting children. Lots of input and participation. Thank you for your invitation.”

Craighead Country Nursery School – “Thank you for being so welcoming – you were very organised with tables and timing system. The boys and girls were all excellent listeners and I hope they got something out of it.”

Royal Bank of Scotland – “Great engagement from the kids. Good questions and very well behaved.”

Police Scotland – “Great event, kids amazing. Lots of questions.”

Shire Housing – “BRILLIANT! Young people really got into the activities and made the event really fun.”

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P5 Sports Day Information

P5 will take part in a dressing up race on Sports Day. For this race children will need a t-shirt, shorts and a hat.  These should be brought into school before Sports Day in a bag clearly labelled with the child’s name.

Thanks for your continued support.

Better Energy School Awards Runner-Up

Catrine Primary School has been awarded a Runners-Up award in The Better Energy School Awards. The Eco Rocket entry, created by P4/5, was declared Runner-Up in the Totally Creative Category for schools in Scotland.

The Totally Creative is the category for environmentally themed art, music, drama and poetry.  The children created rockets using recyclable materials and LEGO blocks.

The school will receive £250 as well as a special certificate to mark the achievement. Well done!

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Check out the website for more information on the award.

https://betterenergyschoolawards.org.uk/

 

School Clothing grants and free school meals

The application process for school clothing grants and free school meals is changing.

As part of the Council’s commitment to transforming our services and offering best value to our customers, the application process for school clothing grants and free school meals is changing.

From Tuesday 4 June 2019 all applications must be made online – and this can be done from a smart phone, PC, laptop or tablet.

Please don’t apply before then as we are no longer accepting advance paper applications.

The new system will make applying for clothing grants and free school meals simpler, faster and more cost effective to administer.

If you, or someone you know does not have online access, please call 01563  554400 (option 3) and a member of staff will complete the form over the phone on your behalf.

Learn more at

https://www.east-ayrshire.gov.uk/CouncilAndGovernment/Benefits/Benefits-EducationAndSchool/Clothing-grants-and-free-school-meals/Clothing-grants-and-free-school-meals.aspx and remember to check back and make your application on, or after Tuesday 4 June.

 

Achievements

What a busy weekend it was for pupils from Catrine Primary School! Stuart got “player of the year” for Rugby. Declan and Bailey took part in the Ayr International Football Tournament. Calan and Tommy took part in the Talbot Tournament and Ellie and Lucy took part in a “Dance Show”.

Let’s say congratulations ……………..!!

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