Our P3s had a fantastic time today performing their scripts on the Gaiety stage, exploring the theatre and finding out about the different jobs and skills needed to put on a show. A huge thank you goes to Gordon and Robbie for developing this project. We have really enjoyed taking part.
We have had a great week finding out about the STEM subjects including experiments and challenges in the classroom; visits to Culzean and workshops with the rangers; workshops in school from engineers and Belmont teachers and visiting Ayr college. We finished off our week with our STEM Fayre. Here are a selection of photos further photos can be found on the twitter feed.
P5, 6, 7 had great fun today rehearsing and performing 1719! with the Scottish Opera.
1719! travels back to a key moment in Scottish history to tell the story of the Jacobite Scots locked in a desperate struggle to restore the House of Stuart to the throne of Great Britain, while the Hanoverian King George argued with other European rulers over the lands and riches of the New World. King Philip of Spain sent troops and money to help the Jacobites in an attempt to distract the British government from this dispute.
Pupils went back in time 300 years when the Jacobites and their Spanish allies gathered in Glen Shiel for battle with King George’s forces, in what was the last close engagement of British and European troops on British soil.
It was an amazing way to learn about one of the most dramatic and exciting periods in Scottish history.
Our P3 are taking part in a project this term with Southcraig School. Our pupils are working together to play a variety of inclusive games and challenges and learn from each other. They had lots of fun as you can see!
Yesterday, our Primary 6 visited Dumfries House. They found out all about satellites and then worked in teams to design and create their very own. Each group tested how far their satellite flew. There was even time for a play in the snow!
Earlier this week our P7s went to visit the Sky Academy to find out how a news report is put together. They had the opportunity of putting their creative and collaborative skills into action to produce an information report about the damage plastics are doing to our oceans and what we can do to help this.
Primary 5 and Primary 6 entertained the parents and families at ‘The Big Sing’ this morning. They performed a selection of rock anthems and festive songs. Thanks to Ms Nelson for all her hard work.
P4 were fantastic at leading today’s Christmas Service at the Auld Kirk in Ayr. The service was a joint service with Southcraig School. The pupils re-told the Nativity story and we all sang a range of Christmas songs. Our P4s also learned to sign ‘Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer’ so they could join in with the Southcraig Choir. Christmas is definitely here now!
Well done to our Digital Leaders for taking part in the Lego Mindstorm competition at Kilmarnock College. The team built and programmed their Lego robot to perform challenges related to the theme of ‘Space’. The also delivered a presentation on the effects of isolation on astronauts. The judges were impressed with their teamwork.
As always, this time of year is very busy. Last week, our P7s enjoyed their Christmas Party with all the P7 classes from across the cluster at Belmont.
Our P1, 2 and 3 Nativity, ‘Prickly Hay’ was thoroughly enjoyed by parents and families and the pupils enjoyed themselves too!
Meanwhile, members of P5 and P6 went to Bellevue Nursing Home to perform a selection of songs for the residents.
Earlier this week, Holmston hosted the final of the Primary Engineer competition. Schools from all over Ayrshire participated in partnership with GE Caledonia and we had two successful teams. Our P5 team achieved Best Communicators at the Engineer Level and our P3 team were runners up in the Apprentice Level. The cars they made had to go through a series of challenges. The engineers also arranged a visit from a jet engine for us to look at.
Primary 7 are very excited to be learning with pupils from Southcraig School to experience inclusive Sherborne Developmental Movement Therapy. Sherborne is based on natural movement play activities inspired by the philosophy and Theory of Human Movement by Rudolf Laban. It offers all participants the inclusive opportunity to develop body and spatial awareness skills. As the children work through the Sherborne Movements each week they will learn to build positive relationships through demonstrating sensitivity as a responsible partner, an awareness of communicating and working together and a shared enjoyment of the movement and play.
I am very pleased to announce that the school was successful in achieving our Gold Award from UNICEF. Everyone worked very hard and the assessors were impressed with the work that is happening around rights at the school. They identified particular strengths of the school as:
- Strong commitment to children’s rights from the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) and a clear understanding of how rights underpin and support other aspects of school life.
- SLT constantly strive to find new and innovative ways to embed RRS and include the Convention in all strategic planning.
- Prominent visibility of rights in vibrant displays throughout the school.
- Learning connections made across the curriculum, with a solid link to Learning for Sustainability.
- Children bringing rights to life, demonstrating good knowledge and understanding and making them a part of everyday interaction.
- Pupils are empowered to take an active role in their school and wider community.
Day 1 of our Forest, Farms and Mines themed fortnight kicked off with a visit from the bee keepers. They told us all about their jobs and the importance of bees in pollinating flowers. We got to see how the bees live and also got to taste some of the honey. Yum!
You have the right to get information that is important to your well-being, from radio, newspaper, books, computers and other sources. Adults should make sure that the information you are getting is not harmful, and help you find and understand the information you need.
Mrs Reid took representatives form each class to Waterstones, Ayr to choose books from our World Book Day prize of £1000. The pupils had consulted with their classmates about the types of books they should choose. The pupils are looking forward to the new books arriving in our library.
You have the right to give your opinion, and for adults to listen and take it seriously.
We finished the term with our Easter Service – this year led by our Primary 3s and Southcraig Campus. Southcraig pupils shared their achievements that they felt proud about and sang wonderfully. The Primary 3s performed a play to explain what happens at Easter and the whole school sang Easter hymns. Our Glee Club and P1s also showcased their entries from the South Ayrshire Music festival. We would like to thank Mr. Gemmel for letting us come to the church. We wish you all a very happy Easter and we look forward to seeing you back on Monday 16th April 2018.
You have the right to choose your own religion and beliefs. Your parents should help you decide what is right and wrong, and what is best for you.
Almost all of our P6 and P7 classes took part in the Active Sports cross country competition at Rozelle Park today. The pupils really challenged themselves not just to beat own personal bests but also to finish the course.
A huge congratulations to the pupils in Primary 4 to Primary 7. Their school production of “Robin Hood and the Sherwood Hoodies” was fantastic. The audience left with smiles on their faces at the great performances and one-liners! Thank-you goes to all the staff for staging the show. What an achievement!
Well done to our Digital Leaders for representing Holmston at the Cluster Mindstorm Competition. They demonstrated their programming knowledge before delivering a presentation on Water Consumption and then finally getting their robot through some very tricky challenges. Thank you to Miss Bell for running the lunchtime club and to Kincaidston Primary for organising and hosting.
Your education should help you use and develop your talents and abilities. It should also help you learn to live peacefully, protect the environment and respect other people.
Last Friday we had the official unveiling of our playground charters and hosted a Fair Trade afternoon for parents and families. The pupils demonstrated their understanding of Fair Trade through a range of activities including negotiating fair prices, locating different countries on maps and making art work from Fair Trade coffee beans. It was great to see so many family members turn up to enjoy working with their children and have a cup of fair trade coffee or tea too!
You have the right to protection from work that harms you, and is bad for your health and education. If you work, you have the right to be safe and paid fairly.