Primary 7 prepared a presentation for the whole school today on the importance of remembering those who fought (and continue to fight) for our country. They will be coming round the classes selling Poppies which we should all wear with pride.
This year, The Royal British Legion is asking the nation to Rethink Remembrance by recognising the sacrifices made not just by the Armed Forces of the past, but by today’s generation too.
For many people, Remembrance is associated with the fallen of the First and Second World Wars. While we will always remember them, the Legion wants to raise awareness of a new generation of veterans and Service personnel that need our support.
A big well done to Ollie Creanor, Alex Long, Maia Bell, Mollie Long, Cayla Cooper, Lucy McInnes and Ashley Kee who were all finalists for their entries to the Keep Scotland Beautiful Environment Competition. They had to come up with a solution to an environmental problem in their area and they chose issues such as air pollution, chewing gum and litter as their focus.
On Thursday 27th October, Ashley, Lucy, Cayla and Maia went along to Edinburgh to represent Uplawmoor for the final event. Uplawmoor didn’t come first but we won £100, a certificate and met the Presiding Officer Ken Mackintosh. They were also lucky enough to get a tour of the Parliament!
Uplawmoor Primary School support Toilet Twinning Organisation who help those in desperate poverty to have access to a proper latrine, clean water and the information they need to be healthy.
Thank you to all of your donations collected at our Caldwell Parish Church services, as we are now twinning two toilets and we hope to be able to twin another this session. 2.4 billion people don’t have somewhere safe, clean and hygienic to go to the loo. That’s more than a third of the people on the planet.
Thanks to your generous support, Dortea now has somewhere safe to go to the loo – instead of relieving herself in the bush in an insecure area of Democratic Republic of Congo. She once narrowly escaped serious assault after her husband scared off a masked man who had pushed her to the ground. ‘I was afraid every time my daughter and I went to the bush to go to the toilet,’ Dortea says. ‘My husband would stand at the edge of the compound and wait, worrying that something bad might happen to us. Attacks on women are now much reduced – because of our toilets.’
Our donations make it possible for people like Dortea to learn about sanitation, build toilets and take giant steps out of poverty.
For more information, please visit http://www.toilettwinning.org/
The Primary 7s impressed us last Friday with their pitches for House Captains at our assembly. We had powerpoint presentations, a rap, speeches, paper games, animations, music and even a home movie! All of the pupils listened carefully, then gathered in their classrooms to vote for their favourite pitch and here are the results:
Caldwell House Captain: Dylan Vice: Ashley
Mure House Captain: Adam Vice: Mia
Tannoch House Captain: Cameron Vice: Mary
Libo House Captain: Max Vice: Matthew
Well done to all the Primary 7’s who did a wonderful job pitching to the whole school and entertaining us on a sunny Friday afternoon. Let the competition BEGIN!
Congratulations to Ashley Kee who has triumphed again and won P6/7 Citizen of the Month for the 4th month running! She is clearly showing the traits of a good citizen both in class and in the playground. Well done Ashley.
A big well done to Ashley and Matthew who received equal amount of votes to earn themselves Citizen of the Month for December 2015.
This highlights the high level of citizenship displayed by Matthew and Ashley to the staff and pupils of the Uplawmoor. Furthermore, this is the second time Ashley has achieved this award so well done!
Well done to Ashley Kee who earned herself ‘Citizen of the Month’ for November. The votes were very close but Ashley came out on top as being the person who, according to her peers, has represented her class and Uplawmoor Primary School the best.
Congratulations Ashley. Who will it be for December?
The Spring Tea is taking place on Wednesday 1st April at 2pm. Guests can enjoy refreshments, home-baking and some entertainment from our pupils. Tickets can be purchased from the school for a cost of £1.00. At present there is only 1 ticket per family and the proceeds will all go to Save the Children.
Primary 4/5 from Uplawmoor are currently taking part in a topic called Micro-Tyco. Micro-Tyco is a challenge where children are given £1 and challenged to grow it into as much money as possible in four weeks.
At the end of the four weeks all the money created by the pupils will be invested by a charity called WildHearts who will provide loans to small businesses in the developing world helping them earn their way out of poverty with dignity.
So far we have made door stops, bracelets and wine charms and sold them at the village shop. We are running a weekly tuck shop at school and have planned a movie afternoon on Friday 27th February at the Mure Hall. The cost of entry is £2.50 and there will be juice and sweets available for the children to buy. Any child who does not bring money to buy a movie ticket will stay at school with a member of staff.
We are also running a Skills Auction which will take place in school in the afternoon of 7th March at 2.15pm. This is where rather than goods people donate time, skills or special treats to attract bids.
Common promises offered are; baby-sitting, car washing, ironing, guitar lessons, dog walking, computer help, aromatherapy session, gardening, painting and decorating or the use of holiday home
The list really is endless. Everyone can do something. If you have a business such as hairdressing, massage, reflexology offering an auction freebie can also be a great way to market your services to a wide audience and gain new customers. If you would like to take part please contact Mrs Orr on with a note of your name and the skill you would be prepared to offer. You do not have to have a child at the school to take part. We would love to involve as many people in the village as possible.
Please help us out as all the money is going to a really worthwhile cause. The more the merrier!
The pursuers and defenders of Primary 6 and 7 were called to court on Monday 26th January in the case of Mrs Telfer vs Talk and Text Communications. Uplawmoor Primary School took part in the West of Scotland category and were competing against two other Primary Schools in Glasgow.
The children did a wonderful job and representing their clients and have worked so hard to ensure they were prepared for court. Amongst the children we had witnesses, solicitors, reporters, gown makers and court artists.
A special well done to Niamh who was the defending solicitor and Erin who was the pursuing solicitor. You both took on a very important (and scary) role and made us all very proud.
This was a once in a lifetime experience for the children and allowed them to apply their learning in a real life context. We await the results…
The Uplawmoor PSA would like to thank everyone who worked so hard over the last few weeks and on Friday and Saturday in particular, to make the School Christmas Fayre such a success.
P6/7 worked hard in the beauty Parlour painting and nails and faces and tattooting and decorating crazy hairstyles, as well as running the toy stall and mini tombola.
Thank you also to all the parents and staff manning the tea rooms, selling crafts, minding Santa and running raffles and knocking doors to sell tickets. Thank you to all our stall holders and everyone who came to support us on Saturday. It was very busy with lots of gifts and beautiful crafts to choose from.
Massive thanks also to Mr Wright who had to come in very early to make sure the tea urn was on and to Mrs Watson for her endless patience answering questions, printing tickets and most importantly opening the door for us many times!
We are delighted to report that the Christmas Fayre raised a whopping £1374 this year. Well done to all!
We look forward to helping out at the Carols and Shortbread and would like to wish all the pupils, staff and parents of Uplawmoor Primary School a very Happy Christmas!
Team Uplawmoor have triumphed again! On Friday Niamh, Tiana, Rob and Shannon represented our school in the Intergenerational Quiz held in Paisley. Along with their ‘wiser’ friends they managed to beat off the competition to come overall first place – winning by 2 clear points.
What a fantastic achievement! We are all very proud of you.
Primary 6/7 took a trip to Glasgow’s City Chambers as part of their Mock Court Case topic. They learned about civil law and gained some insight into the different roles and responsibilities of those who work in law.
To gain further understanding for our own court case, the children also listened to experts talk about taxes, mobile phone contracts and how to design a barrister’s robe. Megan-Jane was picked to model an actual gown used in court!
“Our case is about a lady called Mrs Telfer and she hasn’t paid her mobile phone bill to the company ‘Talk and Text’. There are different jobs for us like witnesses, lawyers, gown makers and artists.” Amy Cupples P6
Primary 7 are studying World War 1 and prepared a Remembrance Assembly for the whole school. Niamh, Tiana, Rob, Innes, Erin and Shannon spoke about how we can show our respect for those who have fought in past and present wars and remember those who lost their lives fighting for our country.
P7 will be coming round each class everyday next week so if you would like a poppy, please bring a donation.
On Wednesday 8th October, some pupils from Uplawmoor Primary were chosen to go to Wholefoods supermarket in Giffnock. Tiana, Emma, Amy, Abigale and Josh went along to learn about the packaging of foods. We learned about what makes a great label and what information must be on a label. We have been given the chance to create our own label which will be stuck on our own crab apple jelly. We are in the middle of designing our artwork which will be sent to Wholefoods and used for our own jelly. It’s really exciting!