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.
We have had a really busy week in school. On Tuesday, We had a visit from Ross Mackenzie, prize-winning author of “The Nowhere Emporium” and “Shadowsmith“. He worked with the P3, 4 and 5s to help them develop their writing and maybe help inspire our pupils to become authors too!
Meanwhile, the P6s had a visit from Gordon and Struan from the Ayrshire River Trust to start a project on hatching trout in the classroom. They showed the class how to fly fish, taught them about the life-cycle of the trout and helped to set up our incubation tank. If the P6 can ensure a steady temperature of 8 degrees for two weeks, Gordon and Struan will bring back 100 trout eggs for us to hatch and release back into the river. This is a very exciting project. You will be able to follow the development of this project on the P6 class blog.
The pupils enjoyed a visit from authour Tony Bonning today. He shared stories, poems and songs with us in a special assembly. As we are preparing for our own Burns’ Competition it was really useful to have a fantastic role model to show us what excellent performance looks like. He gave us all some good advice that if we want to be good at writing and reading we have to keep trying, put in lots of effort and learn from our mistakes.
Please take a look at the marvellous work the pupils from across the school and Mrs Messner have undertaken as part of our World Book Day Competition entry. We are hoping this work will encourage more pupils – and adults – to read for pleasure. We are also looking forward to having author visits to the school next term too.
Click on the ‘Creativity – World Book Page‘ to find out more and leave us your favourite book recommendation or book review through the comments section.
All the pupils thoroughly enjoyed performing at our Scottish Showcase to two packed audiences today. Each class shared their learning about Scottish language, songs and culture – from the dinosaur with the ‘jaggy’ back to the ‘yella’ owl! P5 and P6 also showcased dances they had learned for the ‘Day of Dance’ they recently attended in Troon.
Please leave a comment if you enjoyed the show.
Our Scottish Showcase performances are on Friday 25th November. Tickets are selling out fast. Pupils may wear something tartan to school on Friday.
We will be celebrating World Book Day on Thursday 3rd March. Pupils may dress up as their favourite book character or in non-uniform. If you would like to come and read your favourite children’s book to your child’s class please contact the school office. Pupils should also bring in their favourite book too.
Last week P6 and P7 were invited to Ayr Library to meet Janis Mackay the author of “The Accidental Time Traveller”. She read from her books and gave us ‘top-tips’ for writing including using all of our senses.
Please support your local library and if you haven’t joined yet please go as soon as possible.