Portmoak Primary have retained their title as Kinross-shire and Perth and Kinross Cricket Champions!
On 25th May there were 22 cricket teams from across the cluster who battled it out for the Kinross Kwik Cricket shield at Loch Leven Community Campus. The top 5 teams in the area made it through to the Perth and Kinross tournament The top 5 were 1. Portmoak Team 1, 2. Portmoak Team 2, 3. Arngask, 4. Portmoak Team 3, 5. Milnathort. Team 1 and 2 were unbeaten on the day. Team 3 won 4 games and drew their 5th.
Pictured: Kinross-shire Cricket Champions 2012 with Mr Surtees, Mr Law, Oliver Law and Gavin from the Gannochy Trust.
On 6th June all three teams travelled to Doo’cot Park in Perth to take part in the Perth and Kinross Regional tournament. This time there were less teams and everyone there were the winners of their local rounds. The competition was fierce, with the top three teams all winning every game they played. In the end it came down to the number of runs and Portmoak Team 1 came first. Breadalbane narrowly pipped Team 2 to the second spot and will join Team 1 at the Scottish Finals.
Pictured: Perth and Kinross 2012 Cricket Champions with Gavin from the Gannochy Trust and Kirsteen from Cricket Scotland.
Everyone at Portmoak is proud of the children’s achievement. This marks a second year that the 5 class school have come top of the Kinross area and held the title of Perth and Kinross champions. We are looking forward to the Scottish finals on 19th June and will be taking a travelling support with us again in the hopes that we can also clinch the ‘Top Support’ award again too.
Garry Simpson, primary 5, (pictured with Mr Baillie, music instructor) performed at the Perth Festival of the Arts on 21st May.
Garry played 3 pieces, Enough Said, Carrick Fergus and Let There Be Rock. He had fun on the day and was congratulated for a super guitar performance.
He was second last on and after he finished Mr Young, Perth and Kinross’ Music Coordinator said, “Well if anyone thought that Portmoak Primary was a quiet country school, in a sleepy village – they can think again after hearing Garry Simpson ! ”
Portmoak Primary chalked up another sporting success on Friday 4th May, as pupils from P6 and P7 from across the Kinross Cluster battled it out to be in the top 12 teams for the cluster orienteering championships. Being in the top 12 teams earns pupils a place at the Perth and Kinross event at Scone Palace on 15th May, where they will be up against top teams from across the authority.
Portmoak grabbed the top slot, with the ‘Fast and the Furious 3’ team coming in first. (Pictured – the winning team with their medals – Jamie, Lewis and Andrew. All P7, Portmoak).
The boys were congratulated by the event organisers for having one of the fastest times ever recorded at the annual event. They were followed by Fossoway Primary in 2nd and Arngask came 3rd.
The Wrinkly Rabbits, Banana Boys and Fashion Fans all came in the top 12 too, meaning that Portmoak will be taking an impressive 4 teams to the Scone event in a few weeks time.
Louise Gordon, Portmoak headteacher, said “I am so proud of our pupils for the hard work they put in practising for the event and the determination that they showed to be first on the day. We are delighted with the high standards of sportsmanship and excellent behaviour of all of our P6 and P7 pupils, who once again brought successful news back to the school. There were cheers ringing out across the playground as we heard the exciting news at lunch time! Well done everyone who took part.”
On Wednesday 14th March a team of Primary 7 pupils from Portmoak were competing for the Kinross and District Rotary Quiz prize. The overall winner will go through to the national competition. Jamie Greenshields, Sam Law, Andrew Thornton and Caitlin Welsh answered questions on a variety of general topics, including maths, science, media, literature among others. They answered well and came third overall in what proved to be a very close competition. Well done to Kinross, then Fossoway, who pipped us to the post on the day.
Nomination for Perth and Kinross Sports Council School Team of the Year 2011
Following their success in June 2011, Portmoak’s school cricket team is one of three teams being considered for the Perth and Kinross Sports Council School Team of the Year 2011. The awards dinner is on the 29th March 2012 at the Salutation Hotel, so watch this space!
Update after the event: Portmoak did not win the ‘Team of the Year’ title, however that does nothing to diminish the success of the players and coaches in getting so far.
We were delighted to be crowned Kinross-shire champions for the 2nd year in May 2012, which was followed up by winning the Perth and Kinross trophy (again 2nd time running) in June 2012.
At the Scottish finals we were, once more, knocked out of the competition by the overall winners.
Portmoak had competitors in the single and group instrumental competition for Perform in Perth. Garry Simpson was best in class for Modern Guitar Solo, Transitional (Advanced). Sam Law, Sylvie McKenzie, Eve Robertson and Thomas Gray achieved a merit certificate for their strings ensemble. Well done to all of our talented musicians.
Portmoak’s choir were also competing at Perform in Perth the following week. They were beaten by just one point to the trophy for School Choir of 2012 (catergory for schools between 100 and 500 pupils). They sang ‘Come to the Fair’ and ‘The Dormouse’s Carol’ with strong vocals, clear words and a warm tone. Their submission was commended and achieved a ‘First Class’ certificate. All 29 pupils in the choir were an absolute credit to the school.
The day after the Rotary Quiz, Thursday 15th March, four Primary 6 pupils from Portmoak were competing in the Perth and Kinross Heat of the Euroquiz, organised by the Scottish European Educational Trust. Cameron, Max, Duncan and Sylvie were selected for the event after in-school practices with their classmates. They studied hard and worked well as a team. After a nail-biting final round against Newhill Primary, they were the overall winners on the day. The four Portmoak pupils will now go forward to represent Perth and Kinross at the National Final, which will take place at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh on Monday 14th May.
Portmoak Primary pupils have been vocal with their verses and super with their Scots this week, as they competed to be their class Scots Poetry champion for 2012.
Margaret Wilson (our retired Headteacher) and Alistair Morgan (from the Jolly Beggar’s Burns Club) had their work cut out for them judging the winners for our Scottish Poetry Competition. The standard of presentation was very high overall, which made the job of deciding on a winner very difficult for our guest judges, so well done to everyone who learned their poem and was able to present in front of an audience.
The winners for the 2012 competition are pictured with their certificates and the overall P7 winner received the Burns Quaich, which was donated to the school in 2010 by the Jolly Beggar’s Burns Club
Portmoak’s school choir attended Levenglen Nursing Home in December 2011 to entertain the residents with some festive tunes. They were a credit to our school.
In March 2012 the choir are entering Perform in Perth, which is an annual music festival where we will be competing in the county school choir heats. Miss Kettles will be accompanying the children on the day and we are meeting Mr Young there. The choir will need to be very smart in their uniform with a shirt and tie if possible.