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P2/3 trip to RSPB Loch Leven

On the 7th of March primary 2/3 visited RSPB Loch Leven as part of their topic ‘Living Things’. We had a great day outdoors with the RSPB team! We were learning about the variety of living things in both the woodlands and the wetlands.  In particular, the class really enjoyed going on a minibeast hunt, pond dipping and learning all about the endangered bird – the Lapwing.  Although the weather was a little miserable we were all wrapped up and had a fantastic day outdoors!

World Book Day 2013

Portmoak Primary welcomed a whole host of book characters into school to celebrate World Book Day in March. The staff were impressed by the imaginative outfits and range of ideas that our pupils came up with and had a tricky job on their hands choosing a winning costume from each class.

The class winners were:

P1/2: Fergus Drummond as Fantastic Mr Fox

P2/3: Louis Scott as Long John Silver

P4: Emily Welsh as Babar the Elephant

P5/6: Rory Lithgow as James Bond

P6/7: Niamh Brown as Amy Fleming from the Heartlands books.

See if you can spot Wally, from the Where’s Wally books in the picture below!

Scottish Poetry Competition


Margaret Wilson (our retired Headteacher) and Alistair Morgan (from the Jolly Beggar’s Burns Club) had their work cut out once again this year when judging the winners for our Scottish Poetry Competition. Very well done to everyone who learned their poem. There was a big difference in the number of children who chose to compete across the classes this year, so we decided to award more certificates to children in classes where there was a lot of competition. The winners for the 2013 are:

  • P1/2: Karis Jeffrey and Ella Forbes
  • P2/3: Niamh Brown, Louis Scott, Finlay Clark and Lewis Dall
  • P4: Ryan MacFarlane, Katie Robertson, Emma Mitchell, Louisa Muszynski, Katie Chrystal and Emily Welsh
  • P5/6: Charlotte Smith and Krystyna Muszynski
  • P6/7: Alasdair Munro, Grace Cowie, Euan Cowe and Cameron MacFarlane

Winners from P1-7 received a certificate and the overall P7 winner (Cameron MacFarlane) received the Burns Quaich.

Cross Country Success


Our wee school was once again well represented at the Kinross-shire event on 12th February, with a total of 11 of the 40 top results (top 10 each of P6 boys/girls and P7 boys/girls) coming from Portmoak. Our results were:

P6 girls – 3rd Rebecca Mitchell, 4th Eve Robertson

P7 girls – 5th Grace Cowie, 6th Esme Allen

P6 boys – 1st Thomas Gray, 3rd Gregor McPherson, 4th Alexander Baird, 7th James Lornie

P7 boys – 5th Robert Yeaman, 8th Max Spenke, 10th Ewan Cowe

Feedback from staff at the event once again praised the sportsmanship and support for one another shown by Portmoak pupils. Very well done to all who took part.

Pupils coming from 1st-3rd were presented with medals. Pictured: Gregor, Thomas and Rebecca with their medals.

We entered a team of runners for each of the events at the Perth and Kinross event at Scone on 19th February. This event was made up of the top runners from the locality events. Notable results from this were:

P6 girls – 17rd Rebecca Mitchell, 18th Eve Robertson

P7 girls – 7th Grace Cowie, 17th Esme Allen

P6 boys –3rd  Thomas Gray


P6 Ardroy Trip – Parent Information Session


You are invited to attend an information session on the P6 residential trip, which will be held in school on Tuesday 22nd January 2013 at 6pm.

There will be a presentation about Ardroy, including information about some of the activities that will be on offer, the structure of the day, the accommodation, catering and any equipment/clothing required. A suggested packing or ‘kit list’ will also be issued at this time.

Children are welcome to attend along with their parents and Miss Kettles and Mrs Gordon will be on hand to answer any questions that you have about the trip. The whole session should last approximately 30 minutes, depending on the questions asked.

Portmoak Primary Pantomime

It has been panto season over at Portmoak Primary in the last few weeks, as Primary 4-7 put on a rendition of Aladdin. A school pantomime has become a bi-annual event at Portmoak, and is something which is very much looked forward to by everyone in the school community. The choir, led by Mr Young, music teacher, were made up of P4-5s and P6-7 fulfilled all of the acting and backstage roles. Miss Kettles, the P5/6 teacher, was the director. The children played to a sell out crowd on Wednesday and Thursday evening, as well as an afternoon performance on the Tuesday. Family and friends who came to see Aladdin were extremely complementary about the standard of performance from all concerned.

Aladdin was played by Grace Cowie this year and Esme Allen was princess Jasmine. Ewan Cowe made the audience laugh out loud in his reprisal of the Widow Twankey and there were many boos to be heard as Max Spenke portrayed the evil Abenazer.

Louise Gordon, headteacher, said “I am so proud of the standard achieved by our senior pupils at this year’s pantomime. Thank you to the staff for their sterling work towards the pantomime and for all pulling together to ensure it could happen, particular mention should go to Miss Kettles, who was the driving force behind the whole thing. A well deserved holiday is coming up for all involved – well done!”

Cast List

Aladdin – Grace Cowie

Widow Twankey – Ewan Cowe

Hanky – Rebecca Mitchell

Panky – Adam Hardie

Hunky – Sylvie McKenzie

Princess Jasmine – Esme Allen

Genie – Duncan Ballantyne

Slave – Thomas Chambers

Abenazer – Max Spenke

Sludge – Johnathan Venters

Trash – Thomas Gray

Mean – Mark Chrystal

Nasty – Alasdair Munro

Wicked – Alexander Baird

Emperor – Cameron MacFarlane

Empress – Eve Robertson

Witch Cackle – Megan Ferguson

Witch Snigger – Oceane Taylor

Witch Chortle – Eve Robertson

Sisters – Rebecca Stevenson, Megan Ferguson, Oceane Taylor, Carla Spowart

Villagers- Rhys Barbour, Gregor McPherson, Rory Lithgow, Carla Spowart, Garry Simpson, Andrew Glass, Ross Hunter, Lucy Hudson

Ghost- Rory Lithgow

Children in pot – Garry Simpson, Carla Spowart

Brothers Thomas Chambers, Max Paterson, Mark Porteous, Andrew Glass

Props Crew – Aaron Gillies, James Lornie, Robert Yeaman, Euan Porter

Portmoak Pupils Delight the Dragons

Eight members of Portmoak Pupil Council faced the dragons on Tuesday night to make a bid for books for their school library.

Leon Spenke, Sophie Palin, Rebecca Stevenson, Emma Mitchell, Johnathan Venters, Duncan Ballantyne, Nikki Dahl and Lucy Hudson went along to the Kinross-shire Round Table Dragon’s Den event in the Green Hotel, Kinross, to pitch their cause to the panel of dragons in an event similar to the popular BBC programme. The children explained how the library needs a lot of work and that £1000 from the dragons would help transform the sad and tired books into an exciting new stock of books for the new library. The Pupil Council have surveyed all pupils, from P1-7, about their favourite books and authors and they shared some of their recommendations with the dragons.

Kirstin Lowe, representing Friends of Portmoak, the school’s Parent Council, applied for the event on the children’s behalf and explained that everyone at Portmoak Primary have been fundraising hard for the new library and the small 5 class school, with only 111 children, have raised a fantastic amount of money, over £6,000, since August 2011.

There were 8 organisations in total chosen to attend the event, each bidding for their share of the Round Table’s community fund. It was a nail biting wait to the end of the night to see who was going to walk away with a share of the cash. Louise Gordon, Headteacher, said, “I am so proud of our pupil councillors. They wrote their own sections of the presentation which they then delivered confidently and articulately. The Dragon’s Den event was a wonderful opportunity for them and everyone at Portmoak is delighted with their success. We would all like to say a very big thank you to the Kinross-shire Round Table for their generous donation to our library. The children can’t wait to start ordering their new books!”