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.
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.
…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.
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.
Well done to our P3 and P4 Dance Club. They achieved second place in the South Ayrshire Dance Competition. We would like to thank the Belmont Dance Leaders – Rachel and Sarah – for choreographing and leading the Dance Club. All the pupils thoroughly enjoyed themselves – and half of the pupils had already performed a Nativity before this event too! Congratulations to all the boys and girls.
If any parents would like to help out and support at any of our existing clubs or start a club, please contact the school.
We really enjoyed sharing our learning and performing to our friends and families during our Scottish Showcase. To celebrate St. Andrew’s Day each class studied an aspect of Scottish Culture and learned a Scottish song. P6 and P5 also shared the social dances they had learned for the Day of Dance in Troon. We found out all about the diversity of Scotland, the food, famous Scots, artists, Viking attacks, the Wars of Independence and the History of Ayr. The show was a complete sell-out. If you saw the show, please leave us a comment.
The whole school enjoyed a day of celebrating children’s rights this week. We invited ambassadors from Alloway Primary to come and share their work with us and then each class moved around the school experiencing a range of activities including developing playground and dining hall charters. We finished the day by inviting parents and family members in to share our learing. More information can be found on our Rights Respecting School Blog page or on Twitter.
The P7s, Miss Gunning and Mr Hardy are busy at Dolphin House this week – you can follow their adventures on the blog. The link is on the Class and School Blog page or click here.
Well done to our football team. They were great ambassadors for the school during a recent match against Symington Primary earlier in the week. They demonstrated our school values and were excellent sports people.
Congratulations to our ‘design a book cover’ competition winners. All the entries were of a very high standard and difficult to judge but eventually a winner was chosen from each stage. The parents running the book fayre chose the books for the winners.
Earlier in the year we had a visit from ScotlandTranServ. Mr Stewart visited the school with a gritter and taught the pupils about winter services and how the gritters keep motorists on the move during the winter months as well as learning about the affect of salt on the ice. He set a competition to name two of the new gritters – well done to Megan and Piper for their winning ideas!
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!
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.
The ‘Future Me’ campaign as part of Read, Write, Count, encourages families across Scotland to share their children’s dreams for the future.
‘Future Me’ aims to support families to start a conversation with their P1-3 children about their hopes and aspirations, which will ultimately help to improve their lives in the future. It asks families to share those dreams, either as a picture, letter or film on the ‘Future Me’ wall at www.futureme.scot. The campaign builds on existing Scottish Government efforts to tackle educational inequalities and raise attainment in early years and beyond. With increasing time pressures on families, Read, Write, Count highlights easy activities built around everyday things families are already doing. Whether it’s going to the shops, travelling to school or at mealtimes, Read, Write, Count offers parents and carers simple ideas that will help children do their best at school.
All families in P1 – P3 will recieve a ‘Future Me’ leaflet home from school.
Well done to all the finalists in our Burns Competition. The standard was incredibly high and this made the task of judging very difficult. We would like to thank Mr. Gemmell, our minister, who sat on the judging panel. The overall winner of the Market Inn Burns Quaich was Oliver – congratulations.
Today the Glee Club entertained the shoppers at Ayr Central on the last stop of their Christmas Tour. A big thank you goes to Mrs Hunter for organising the club again this year.
Our Nativity show has been a complete success. All the pupils performed fantastically in this re-telling of the Christams Story. We hope you were able to come along an watch one of the shows – please leave us a comment. Here are some photos taken by our P3 photographer, Olly.
On the 14th of December pupils from Holmston Primary School went to the Belmont transition disco for all of the P7 pupils in the Belmont Cluster. It was for us to meet new people so moving on to High School isn’t as tough. It was a fun night with lots of Scottish Dancing. We did dances such as Gay Gordon’s, Canadian Barn Dance, Dashing White Sergeant, Military Two Step and many more. During half time we all got a complimentary ice lolly there was also a tuck shop. After half time we started more Scottish dances we even did some of them to Christmas songs which were much quicker. Once we had finished the Scottish dances we danced to YMCA, Macarena and had the Conga – Boys versus Girls. The Boys Won! We played the Corner Game. After that it was time to leave. All round it was a fun night.
On the Wednesday 14th of December we went to a school football tournament at the Whitletts activity centre. We were quickly told about the rules and then we were told who we were playing first. We were on the bench first. The games were 7 minutes. We played Alloway first. It was a tough game but we managed to score one to seal the game. We had a quick drinks break then watched the Grammar vs Alloway game then we were quickly on against Forehill in our 2nd match. The game kicked off and we quickly grabbed a goal we were in complete domination in the match and grabbed a 2nd goal. The game ended 2-0 Holmston. Our 3rd and final match was against Grammar we were determined not to concede and we got what we wanted! We quickly came on and bagged a goal not long after we scored again then in the last minute of the match we scored and the whistle was blown for full time.
Overall we scored 6 goals as a team
Conceded 0 goals
And won all 3 games!!
South Ayrshire Music Service is delighted to offer an opportunity for your child to take part in the South Ayrshire Schools’ Junior Concert Choir.
The Junior Concert Choir is open to anyone from Primary 4, 5 and 6 and the Senior Choir is open to P7 to S6. These choirs will focus on performance and production of popular music from theatre, film and rock & pop, including choreography and opportunities for group and solo singing.