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Walk to School Week 05.10.20

Next week is the national Walk to School Week.  We would like to encourage as many pupils as possible to walk to school next week. We are hopeful that this will be a BIG celebration and a whole lot of FUN!  To make the week special, we would love for our pupils to dress up each day.  The themes are as follows:

Day Walk to school wearing…
Monday silly socks or odd shoes!
Tuesday crazy hair!
Wednesday a hat and/or sunglasses!
Thursday bright colours!
Friday something purple for Ayrshire Hospice.

Walking to school helps children feel happier and healthier and they arrive refreshed, fit and ready to learn. More families walking means fewer cars on the road during the school run, helping to reduce congestion and pollution at the school gates.  If you live too far away or don’t have time to walk the whole way to school, you can ‘Park and Stride’.

If you would like to make a small monetary donation towards the Ayrshire Hospice on Friday, this would be gratefully received, although there is no obligation to do so.

Remember to take a selfie and tag us on Twitter!  @HolmstonPS #WalktoSchoolWeek

The New Session

We have had a great start to the new year. The pupils have settled quickly into the new routines. We are keeping in our class bubbles and will continue with our staggered starts, breaks and finish times. Regular hand washing and sanitising have become a regular part of the school day. We have additional cleaning going on throughout the school during the day as well as after school. Unfortunately we are unable to have visitors in the school at the moment but we can be contacted by phone or email. Members of staff are also available in the playground before and after school. Please remember to socially distance when you are in the playground and try not to linger after you have picked up child up or have dropped them off.

Please check our Twitter account for regular updates. Stay safe.

New P1 Transition Activities

If you managed to come along to our P1 transition visits, you will have received your copy of the Bear Hunt. There is an electronic copy of our Bear Hunt activities for you to try out over the summer in the New P1s section of the website – you just need to scroll down to the bottom of the page. Have fun!

Report Cards 2020

You child’s report card has been posted out today. If you wish to give any feedback we will set up and send the link to a Microsoft Form for you to add any comments. Once again, thank you for all that you are doing. We hope you enjoy reading them.

Friday 5th June Update

It has been great seeing all the recipes coming in for our Lockdown Cookbook. Mrs Reid is busy putting them altogether! Thank you to the parents that have completed the online survey – that is really helpful and we will get back to you next week about some of the issues raised.

We have had confirmation that the building work will not happen this summer.

Over the next three weeks, staff are going to be working in school to set up for our return in August, we will also be in the Hub on Tuesday. We will also need to work together to plan the way that the learning will look when we return. This approach to learning with some happening in school and some happening at  home is called ‘Blended Learning’ and we will provide you with all the details and expectations before we start back. With this in mind staff will not always be able to work on Teams as often as they have been but you can find lots of activities in the useful links page on this website to explore.

It was lovely to see some of our families during Mr Morrow’s maths workshop and we can’t wait to see you all again in person!

Have a great weekend, stay safe #Holmston Heroes!

It’s Competition Time!

It’s time to dust off your wooden spoons and put your pinny on.

We are having a ‘Lockdown’ Cook Off Competition
The details are in the picture . Time to get everyone involved, its a team effort! Let make our ‘Lockdown’ favourites and share them with our Holmston family.
Post your entries into your Teams page by Thursday 4th June. Good luck!

Sports Day Fun!

Well done to you all for taking part in our first virtual Sports Day. There was a huge amount of creativity shown and lots of energy! Mrs Reid will be busy totalling up all the house points. Here are just some of your photos and videos.

Wednesday News Update 13.5.20

I hope you are all trying to keep up with your reading and if you are in P4 to P7 make sure that you are going onto Accelerated Reader to complete the quizes – this way we can aim to reach 1,000,000 words in May! I have just read “The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse” by Charlie Mackesy. It’s really enjoyable – I hope you like the pictures from it on this post.

The Holmston staff were in the hub yesterday supporting our key workers that do not have any childcare. It is very difficult for children to socially distance and going forward these are challenges we will we all have to think about.

Growth Mindsets
It is really important during these challenging times to make sure that we are still trying to promote thinking with a growth mindset with the children. Especially when it comes to curriculum areas like maths. Please don’t say to your child things like, “I found maths difficult” or “Maths is hard”. This can have a huge impact on children for the rest of their lives. Please have a look through the section on ‘Growth Mindsets’ on the school website for ideas and vocabulary to further support your child to think positively about learning.

Parent Maths Workshops
We will be organising some parental workshops very soon with Mr. Scott Morrow. These will be via ‘Zoom’ and open to our parents in P2 – P7. Scott will demonstrate the strategies and tools we use in school and answer any questions you may have. Scott is setting Maths challenges each Friday and if you need any support with any area of maths you can tag him though the class Team page. Look out for further information about this either by email or text. There will be a separate P1 sesssion later on.

Sports Day
This Friday would have been our Sports Day – so it will probably rain!  Please upload your sporty photos along with your house colour into your class Team so that we can score and add  to the House Point totals. We look forward to seeing you in action!

Star Wars Creative Challenge

Next Monday is Star Wars Day – so the challenge for next Monday is to get creative with the theme of Star Wars – you could cook, act, sing, re-create images from the films – use the force of your imagination! We look forward to seeing your photos and videos. House Points for creative entries!

 

Easter Update

What a term it has been but we have made it to the Easter break! I would like you thank all the staff. They have worked so hard to learn new skills and suppport each other to ensure that the learning continues at home.  They are an amazing team. Thank you for your patience and co-operation too at this very challenging time. I know the holidays this year will be different but there are lots of links on the home learning section of the website and work on the teams sites to help you keep occupied. Emails will still be monitored over the holiday period although teachers will not be uploading new material onto teams during this time.

As we missed our Spring Serice here are a couple of our Easter songs you can join in with.
Spring Chicken Song
The Chocolate Song

…and we are missing our friends from Southcraig too!
You Will Be Found – Southcraig Choir  #wecanchangetheworld!

We all hope you have a safe break  – try not to eat too much chocolate – and we will be back in touch soon.

 

Fairtrade Update

What a fantastic way to start Tuesday – due to the hard work of our Fairtrade committee and the committment of Mrs Bate and Miss Johnston. We have achieved the FairActive award which builds on our FairAware award from last year. Thank you if you also helped by coming along to our recent coffee afternoon.

Scottish Opera

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.