Chris Duke has written this story in the style of a free eBook to explain how Lucy is coping with being in Lockdown. Like many children, Lucy experiences many emotions during this time.
Her hair is blue but this time she knows why. She also knows that it is ok to sometimes have a blue day.
The link below takes you to the free download. Following the story there are some points for discussion.
If you would rather, you can watch it on the YouTube link below. Enjoy!
Children’s Mental Health Week 2020 took place between 3rd – 9th February and this year the theme was ‘Find Your Brave’.
Mental Health problems affect about 1 in 10 children and young people. Through our Health and Wellbeing programme in East Ayrshire we strive to support our pupils by offering many opportunities to share how they are feeling and to look at strategies to help them when they may be feeling sad, stressed or anxious. Pupils learn that their emotional wellbeing is just as important as their physical wellbeing.
Last week, many classes looked at ‘What makes you feel brave?’ and encouraged pupils to try something new to build confidence and to feel good about themselves.
The main message always given is that there is always someone to talk in school whether it is a friend, the class teacher or another member of staff.
As a RRS we have a duty to offer support where we can to other countries in need.
The pupils have been discussing the tragedy in Australia and have been asking how we can help.
We have made a donation to the WWF charity to become ‘Koala Protectors’. Our donation will help towards the care needed to help injured koalas and to help in the restoration phase after the fires.
We will also receive updates from WWF.
Our actions have helped towards the following Global Goals for Sustainable Development…
Last year P1-4 enjoyed a visit from the author Chris Duke who wrote the book ‘Lucy’s Blue Day’. This is a delightful little book which is a stimulus for discussing emotions.
Lucy Pear has magical hair which changes colour depending on her emotions. Lucy is excited when her hair is purple, angry when it is red and blue when she feels sad.
She soon learns that it is #OkNotToBeOk and that these feelings will soon pass.
Violet in P4K was so excited to waken up on Christmas morning to discover that Santa had brought her a Lucy doll. Lucy visited the ‘Rocks’ rotation group during Health and Wellbeing and she listened to the class checking in with their hair colour of the day.
Children's Mental Health Week 2020 will take place from 3rd February – 9th February 2020 and as always we will be supporting our pupils by offering opportunities to share experiences, emotions and we will have a focus on the theme ' Find Your Brave'. More information to follow.
Our P7 Athletics Team will be participating in their heat Wednesday 2 October at the Athletics Arena. The team will leave school at 11.45am and return at approx 2.45pm.
Children should wear sports clothes and athletics T-shirt to school that day. If possible, please bring a packed lunch. A packed lunch will be provided for anyone entitled to one. A non fizzy drink and healthy snack can be taken to the competition.
At this stage of the competition, parents/careers are not required to attend.
Please note, there is no athletics training next week.
P1-4 pupils were excited today to meet Chris Duke, the author of the story ‘Lucy’s Blue Day’.
Chris travelled for 3 hours today to visit Galston Primary, Onthank and Hillhead Primary to share a very powerful message.
The day started with the Kilmarnock Standard photographer speaking to Brooke Hannah in P3W who shared her writing with Chris and he has used it on his Facebook and Instagram pages.
Other pupils showed art work related to the various emotions shared in the story of Lucy with the magical colour changing hair.
P1 and P2 then met Chris and also Mary MacInnes who has been selling handmade products to raise money to donate a copy of the book to all schools in East Ayrshire. Mary is a local girl who attended Loanhead Primary School. She wants to spread the message to the community that ‘It is ok not to be ok’ and that blue days will pass.
Some p1 pupils showed their super work!
Chris and Mary complimented the P1-P2 audience!
P3 and P4 also listened well and asked some super questions at the end of the session.
Look out for the article and photos in the Kilmarnock Standard.
Copies of the book can be bought online at www.lucysblueday.com. A version suitable for older children is available to pre order. (P+P not included – discount code is invalid now)
More classes have become familiar with the book ‘Lucy’s Blue Day’ which explores emotions and explains that it is ‘Ok to be not ok’ and that there are people we can talk to when we are feeling a little blue.
Lucy’s hair changes colour depending on her emotions.
This delightful book has led to great class discussions, super stories and fab artwork in various classes.
Brooke Hannah in P3 shared a story with the author and he used it on a film reel at the ‘This Morning Live’ roadshow. Brooke was excited to hear that Dr Ranj, Rylan, Rochelle and Holly and Phil had seen her story!!?
Chris Duke, the author of the book is visiting Onthank on Tuesday 25th June and he will visit Galston Primary and Hillhead Primary too.
Chris has offered us a discount code to use online for buying a copy of the book shown. Our code is ONTHANK and the book can be bought at www.lucysblueday.com?.
The discount removes postage and packing. Chris will have the orders with him when he visits and he will sign books too if you wish.
The upper school version of the book can be pre ordered and will be released in August. A fab book with a powerful message.
P3C are enjoying PE sessions this year led by three students from Ayrshire College.
Ryan, Baillie and Declan will be with us until Easter to help us to develop our skills in many sports.
The boys are also offering lunchtime clubs and an after school club.
A big thank you to all pupils and parents who donated and participated in our ‘Onthank Danceathon’.
We all enjoyed sessions led by the dance coach Claire Adam who has appeared on the reality TV programme “Got to Dance”.
We raised an amazing total of £469.42 for the STV Children’s Appeal 2018!!
P6A have had a great first term! The children have worked hard and have made good progress!
One the highlights has been the game, Hoop Hop. Here’s the class in action!
Have a super holiday! See you for an action packed Term 2!
For P7 Athletics Team Members Only
The Athletics Final takes place at the Athletics Arena, Friday 28th September. The children have to arrive at the arena at 6pm sharp and the competition should run from 6.30-8.30pm.
The children should wear black or dark coloured shorts/leggings and their athletics t-shirt. The children should also bring water and healthy snack. Warm clothing is also encouraged as the arena can be cold at this time of year.
Parents are welcome to attend this event to cheer the team on! Seating is roughly calculated at one adult per child but if two adults attend or brothers and sisters need to come for childcare purposes I’m sure it’ll be ok.
Please complete this form in advance of the competition.
We look forward to seeing you on Friday night! Let’s go Onthank!
Miss Anderson and Mrs Klein
Our P3 pupils have had a visit from ‘Try’atops the Growth Mindset dinosaur.
Tryatops has been encouraging the pupils to develop a positive attitude towards learning and to understand that making mistakes is part of the learning process.
Pupils are learning the importance of the word ‘YET’. Instead of saying “I can’t do it” we should say “I can’t do it YET”.
We want all pupils to feel comfortable and happy in their learning environment.
Over the next few weeks during our Health and Wellbeing lessons we will be facing some challenges and showing how determined we are to succeed.
P3W pupils chose a motivational phrase to write on the classroom pencils.
We have all been enjoying learning about ‘Our World of Work’.
We have shared ideas of careers which we think we might enjoy in the future and we have been considering what steps we would need to take to be able to do certain jobs.
Importantly, we have been discussing the strengths and talents we have already and how we can continue to develop these.
We have had lots of fun playing games, participating in roleplay and some of us have even tried to fill in application forms for our dream jobs.
P6K worked with Miss Smith to create a ‘World of Work’ Assembly. Through drama, music and dance they demonstrated that if you are determined and work hard you can achieve your dreams.
The whole school enjoyed the assembly on Monday and today we welcomed parents and relatives to watch.
Well done P6K!