Photography Workshop


On Thursday 29th January, the pupils from Abernyte Primary were joined by Blairingone Primary and Logiealmond Primary for a day of Science and Photography.

Pupils got to know one another better before working collaboratively to test different foods for the presence of protein. This involved crushing up food with a pestle and mortar with water to create a solution, then filtering this solution using filter paper and a funnel, before testing these different food solutions for proteins using Albustix.

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In the afternoon, renowned nature photographer Kenny Bean held a workshop where pupils learned to use the macro function on a digital camera, and some inspiring photography tips, before being set loose at Barry’s Wood to create their own photographs.  The children then had a chance to view and manipulate these pictures back in school.

Some of the pictures were so good that some may go on display as part of a Photojournalism exhibition showing at Strathearn Artspace in Crieff during March 2015.  A digital exhibition of a larger selection of images is also planned to be shown in Pullar House, Perth, and hopefully also at Perth Museum & Art Gallery.

Blairingone had this to say about the day:

“We had a fantastic day yesterday at Abernyte when we took part in science and photography workshops. Our pupils really enjoyed all the activities and they even made some new friends! They especially loved going out into the woods and photographing nature. Thank you so much for making us all feel welcome. Your hospitality was amazing.

Thanks again

All from Blairingone”

Having now received the CD of photos taken by the pupils, here are a couple of the best ones:

cara and lucy 073s cara and lucy 085s Ellen Anna 015s Finlay and Joshua 046s louisa and florence 016s

Cooking Bus visit


On Thursday 22nd January, P1-6 went on a trip to visit the Cooking Bus at Balbeggie.  As part of the Focus on Food campaign which is promoting healthy eating across Scotland, pupils learned about The Eatwell Plate, the main food groups, why our bodies need different foods and where our food comes from before working together to create two of their own culinary masterpieces.


Working in small groups, pupils prepared Chilli Bean and Cheese Potatoes, followed by a Tomato and Chive Salad, while learning about food hygiene and brushing up on their cooking and cutting skills.


Primary School Enrolment

If your child will be five before 28 February 2016 then it is time to enrol them for school.


If your child will be five on or before that date, you must register your child to start school during the registration week from 12 January 2015 to 16 January 2015.

The next school session begins on Tuesday 18 August 2015.

What happens if my child is five between 19 August 2015 and 28 February 2016?

These children are eligible to start school on Tuesday 18 August 2015 and you should register your child for primary school.

However, nearer to the start of the school year you may wish to  delay your child’s entry to school [737kb] if you think that they are not ready to start. You should discuss this with staff at your child’s nursery who will be able to help you make the best decision for your child. If you decide to delay your child’s entry to primary school you will be able to withdraw your child’s registration form.

It would be appreciated if you could make this decision by 31 May 2015.  Further information on deferred entry is available from all primary schools.

How do I register my child for primary school?

Each school has a defined zone known as a catchment area, and offers places in that school to pupils resident within that area.

You should visit your local catchment area primary school during the January registration week to register your child.  When you register your child you will need to take your child’s birth certificate and also your 2014/2015 Council Tax demand notice and a recent utility bill as proof that you live permanently at your address, as well as completing the  registration form [226kb]. The  registration form is also available in Polish [389kb] and  Romanian [253kb].