Thank you to all of the mums, dads, grannies and all who came to see and hear about all of the work that we have been doing on Vikings this term. We all enjoyed presenting what we have learned and found this topic very interesting. It was great fun sharing our learning with you.
Well done to all the boys and girls in P1, 2 and 3 on your fantastic nativity performances this week. Everyone did really well with amazing singing, narrating, acting, speaking parts and instrument playing. You all did a great job and told the Christmas story really well, making everyone really proud. A big thank you goes out to our Primary 7 technical team who helped with the music and the lights during our performances and Mrs Smail for helping to organise all the costumes and being the official photographer!!
Here are some of the stars all dressed up in their nativity gear. Looking good Primary 1b!
A group of pupils from Bankton represented their school to the highest standard at the West Lothian Heat of the National Burns Federation Competition, held in St. Kentigern’s Academy on Wednesday, 6th March.
Louis Hartl-Hazette played Auld Lang Syne very competently on the trumpet – I’m sure Mrs. Scobie, our brass tutor would have been very proud of you!
Katie Tripney, Kai Wilson and Beth Kinroy performed Burns’ poetry from ‘A parcel of rogues among nations’ to ‘The Joyful Widower’ and ‘Scots Wha Hae’. Our youngest performer, Eric McLeod from P.4 brought some humour with his Scottish poem. All children performed their poem with drama and great attention to the meaning of Scots language. Mrs. Ferguson and I were extremely proud of our Bankton Champs!
This week P1 have been busy extending their learning of our Fairyland topic. In the structured play area this week, the children were drawing detailed pictures of a fairytale of their choice – Jack and the Beanstalk was a firm favourite! The children enjoyed using their imagination when playing with the castles in the small world area and they really impressed Mrs Lloyd with their writing at the literacy table where they worked hard to write a speech bubble for the Gingerbread Man, sounding out their words really carefully. At the maths table, Miss Campbell played dominoes with the boys and girls and was impressed by how well the children were able to match symmetrical butterflies. Finally, in the role-play area the children were challenged to act out a favourite fairytale to see if Mrs Lloyd could guess it. During this time the wolf could be seen trying to blow down the little pigs house, Goldilocks was caught eating the bears porridge, Cinderella lost her glass slipper and the evil queen was asking the mirror who was the fairest of them all!
Congratulations to all of our ‘confident individuals’ and ‘successful learners’ who performed Scots Language poetry in front of the whole school at the successful Burns Assembly organised and co-ordinated by Mrs. Murdoch, Principal Teacher. All adults in the school had a voting sheet and all participants scored over 200 points!
Adam Brown in P.3/4 was the overall winner of the school based competition with 265 points! His rendition of ‘The Wee Malkies’kept everyone in The Great Hall highly entertained with drama and performance from start to finish. Well done Adam!
The pupils who will represent Bankton at the West Lothian heat of the National Burns Competition are:
Kai Wilson – P.6/7 ‘A Parcel of Rogues in a Nation’
Katie Tripney – P.6/7 ‘The Joyful Widower’
Beth Kinroy – P.5 ‘Scots Wha Hae’
Eric McLeod – P.4 ‘Street Talk’ by JK Annand
One of our talented brass musicians, Louis Hartl Hazette, will also go through to the local heat, playing a confident rendition of ‘Auld Lang Syne’ on his trumpet.
We have our fingers well and truly crossed for all of you! Some of our honourable runners-up will have another opportunity to perform their poem at this term’s assemblies