Please note that the school closes for the Easter Holiday on Friday 31st March at 2.30pm. We re-open on Tuesday 18th April. We hope you all have a relaxing and enjoyable break.
Thank-you to everyone who made donations today or purchased a red nose earlier in the week. In our assembly today we found out about how our money is used both abroad and at home. We also learned the School Red Nose song “Put a Nose on It!”. Here are some pictures from our assembly.
Get set… we’re taking part in The Big Pedal 2017, the UK’s largest inter-school cycling and scooting challenge that inspires pupils, staff and parents to choose two wheels for their journey to school. The challenge runs from 27th to 31st March. It’s free to enter and we would love everyone to be involved.
On each day of the challenge schools compete to see who can record the greatest number of pupils, staff and parents cycling or scooting to school. Our five days will determine our final position in the challenge. We’ll be competing against other schools right across the UK, and if we clock up the most bike and scooter journeys we’ll win!
All you need to do is encourage your child(ren) to cycle or scoot to school every day during the event, and join them on their way – parent and sibling journeys count too!
Please remember to bring a lock for you bike or scooter.
The pupils had a fantastic time showing off their STEM skills and knowldege at our STEM Fayre last Friday. There was a great turn-out of parents and family members to support the event and try their hand at some of the experiments and puzzles. Visitors commmented on the enthusiasm of our scientists, engineers, technicians and mathematicians of the future!
Congratulations to our P1 class for coming second in their heat at the Ayrshire Music Festival. They performed two action songs and the judges commented on how well they sang. We will look forward to seeing their winning performance during our Easter Service.
Congratulations to our P4/5 Glee Club for performing at the Ayrshire Music Festival. The group sang two Easter songs and achieved a merit for their entry. The adjudicator commented that they had a sweet tone, their words were very clear and they sang with feeling. They also paid great attention to the conductor, Mrs Slider, who has led the club this year.
As part of our work within Health and Wellbeing, pupils across the school took part in the ‘Show Racism the Red Card’ competition. The theme of the creative competition was ‘Scotland for All’. We are pleased to announce that one of our Primary 1 pupils is a finalist. All the P1s will enjoy a trip up to Hampden to the award ceremony and get a tour of the stadium too.
This week we are the ‘School of the Week’ on West FM. You can hear our pupils in the morning around 8.35am and after school just after 3.30pm
This year we will be raising money for Comic Relief. We will be having a Non-Uniform Day, which will take place on Friday, the 24th of March 2017. Pupils who wish to take part are asked to pay a donation of £1 (voluntary) and dress up in red.
Red noses will go on sale at Holmston from Wednesday, 15th March 2017 for £1.00.
Well done to our JRSOs – their campaign to help keep us safe by photgraphing cars parking on the zigzag lines is featured in the Ayrshire Post this week (page 15). Please see the post below if you are unsure about parking near the school.
During February, our ‘Getting It Right For Every Child‘ (GIRFEC) focus is SAFE. Our JRSOs have been very busy in the mornings and at the end of the school day taking photos of the drivers that have not followed our repeated requests to park safely and choose to ignore the very large yellow banner attached to the school railings. If you are driving your child to school, please DO NOT park like the cars in the photo gallery for the safety of all the children. We have informed our campus cop of the campaign and he is also spot-checking the area for us.
Parking will be even more difficult over the coming weeks due to the Virgin Media cable laying, so we recommend leaving five minutes earlier to find a suitable parking space.
Examples of how you should not park:
Please click here for the flyer for a great event being organised by Active Schools and the Youth Sports Council. It is an exhilarating obstacle course consisting of 15 different challenges. It will test your endurance, team work, adaptability and your sense of adventure.
Please note this is a weekend event that children attend themselves – this is not a school organised event.
Today, Zoe Kelly, the DJ from West FM came in to record some of our pupils. We have been chosen to be ‘School of the Week’ in the near future. We will post dates when we have them confirmed.
Last week Primaries 4, 5 and 6 went to the Glasgow City Halls to enjoy the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra perform the 10 Pieces Concert. The event was hosted by Barney Harwood from Blue Peter, helped out by Hacker and Dodge. Some of the pupils commented: “I liked how they told stories through music,” and “I’ve never been to anything like this before!” You can find out more about the 10 Pieces by clicking here.
Primary 4 also visited the Maritime Museum in Irvine and found out more about the Titanic and what it was like for the ship builders and their families.
We are proud to announce that we have been named runner-up in the third annual World Book Day Award announced today (Thursday 2nd March) on World Book Day. The school was chosen as one of 10 third prize winners for the Award, each winning £1,000 worth of books for our library.
Each year, schools are invited to take part in a creative challenge, which celebrates reading for pleasure – this year picture book giant, Oliver Jeffers and acclaimed fine artist, Sam Winston asked schools to create their own ‘world of stories’ inspired by their new children’s book, A Child of Books, published by Walker Books, who have funded the Award for 2017.
We are the only school in Scotland to win an award this year. Please take a look at our entry under the Creativity tab at the top of the page and tell us about your favourite book too.
The P7 organised this year’s World Book Day events – this included a house quiz, Where’s Wally Hunt and a book swap. It was a huge success.
SCOTTISH BALLET is looking for Primary School children to audition for their Junior Associate Programme! Click here for the poster.
Auditions will be held in May – closing date Monday 24 April 2017.
Children who are currently in Primary 5 or Primary 6 are invited to apply. No previous dance experience necessary. Every child who applies will be offered an audition.
Full details can be found on the website – http://www.scottishballet.co.uk/education/junior-associates.html
This week we had a visit from engineer, Wendy Pring of KCP Environemental who is a Civil Engineer, and the managing director of the company along with her husband. She was inspiring and talked to the pupils about STEM careers that will be around when they are leaving school. Developments like the Spaceport in Prestiwck. She also told us about an engineer in Prestwick who has discovered that he can produce a plastic type cover for packaging out of the 90% waste that comes from shellfish. She also told us about how they are using shredded vehicle tyres mixed with tarmac for road and palypark surfacing. Very inspiring.