News from Lendrick Muir!

Hi everyone,

We are having a great time at Lendrick Muir.  We’ve done lots of activities already but still have lots of energy left for our evening activity. We have been in four activity groups and each group has done two activities today and will do another two tomorrow.

The activities are:

  • Gorge walk
  • Leap of faith (climbing up a high pole and jumping off into the air)
  • Bushcraft (making fires!)
  • Nightline (a blindfold walk)

We’ve answered Miss Clark and the rest of P4’s questions in their blog post which will give you more information about what we have enjoyed and what Lendrick Muir is like.

Here are some photos from our day for you to enjoy!

Lockerbie Manor – Thursday

Hello from Lockerbie Manor!

Yesterdays update was posted on the Residential News page in case anyone missed it. Today the children have had a very busy day with every group completing another mixture of activities. The obstacle course has been a huge hit so far (warning: a lot of mud was involved!). We then had a great time at the disco this evening and are looking forward to the rest of our activities tomorrow before heading home.

Thank you primary 5 for your questions. We enjoyed answering them after our dinner:

  1. Are you all having fun? – This was a loud yes from everyone!
  2. Did anyone scream when you were rock climbing? -“A little bit when I was flying in the air!” – Isla Barrie
  3. Did everyone sleep ok? – Mixed response! Some said they had a great sleep but not all.
  4. What has the food been like? – Everyone has enjoyed the food with many using the word ‘amazing’.
  5. What do you think has been the best activity? – The most popular answer was the obstacle course because it was really fun getting muddy! Some also said abseiling was the best.
  6. Did you get soaking wet and mucky? – Another definite yes especially on the obstacle course!

Other comments from the children:

  • “On the obstacle course when you fell in and got up you were covered in mud!!” – Danyl
  • “The rock climbing was quite hard” – Ally
  • “For the rock climbing it was really cold and sore for my fingers but fun!” – Matthew
  • “The biking was really good!” – Brooke
  • “Finding the letter R on orienteering was the hardest” – Cayden
  • “The abseiling was scary but fun!” – Mirryn


Lendrickmuir Day 1

Hello everyone. Primary 5 have arrived safely in Lendrickmuir and have enjoyed our first day.

We went on a walk at the gorge. The water was going really fast and there was a massive waterfall.  Liam.

I went to the forest to do bushcraft which is making a fire and we heated up water to make juice.  Jack

We did archery it was really fun.  I did quite well. Anya

We played disc golf in the barn.  We had to throw frisbees into a basket.  Melissa

In the afternoon we did some problem solving in the forest.  It was really hard but we worked together and managed to solve quite a few.  Our favourite was trying to get everyone through a giant spiders web.


We we are all settled into our rooms and have enjoyed our lunch and dinner.

More information and photos to follow tomorrow.


From Primary 5 at Lendrickmuir


Lowport Lowdown 1

A very excited party of our Primary 3 children left Carmondean today on their very first residential adventure to Lowport Outdoor Centre, where they will spend 2 days involved in a variety of outdoor learning and cultural experiences. We will keep you updated on the blog as wi-fi allows and if you would like to leave us a message, please click on the ‘Comments’ tab at the top of the blog post.

P5 @ Benmore


Primary 5 set out today on an exciting adventure at Benmore Adventure Centre. As you can see, the accommodation and surrounding grounds are quite spectacular and offer views of Benmore itself.  Provided we can get a reliable WiFi signal or mobile phone signal (a real problem last year), we’ll keep you in touch with events as and when they happen. If your child is going on the residential experience, why not send them a message through the BLOG by clicking the ‘Responses’ link. Bon vacances, Primary 5.

See you soon!

This post was written last night at around 5pm (12.5.16). However due to terrible wifi we were unable to post. We have just docked at Hull and will see you all this afternoon 🙂


Bonjour! Thank you once again for all of your lovely comments. The children enjoy hearing them all at breakfast.

Today we left the hotel for the final time. Craig really enjoyed the food at the hotel while Erin thought that her bed was very comfortable.

Our first stop was Nausicaa, the sea life centre. Nathan enjoyed looking at lots of seahorses and sharks while Jay liked watching the Penguins swimming underneath the water. We watched a film in 4D where our faces were splashed and our hair was blown around furiously! The gift shop in Nausicaa was fantastic! Many presents were purchased. Jay has now acquired a soft toy great white shark called Stephen who will be a great addition to the family I am sure!

Next we drove out of France and into Belgium where we stopped in town of Ypres. We visited a glorious chocolate shop where everyone purchased some delicious treats! The chocolate shop owner was even able to give us some special money off deals!

We then went to see the Menin Gate. It is a memorial to soldiers who died in the First World War who have no known graves. We each got a poppy to stick next to one of the names on the Menin Gate. This was a touching moment for us all.

We are now sitting in the ferry terminal as we write this waiting to go into our rooms for our final night before home. We are looking forward to dinner and disco before bed.

The children have had an amazing week but are very excited to see you all again!

See you soon everyone!

Written by: Miss Clark, Erin, Nathan, Craig and Jay (and Stephen the shark!)

Aujourd’hui mai 11!


Thank you all for commenting on our past posts. They are all lovely and we enjoyed reading yesterday’s comments at breakfast this morning.

We spent the day at Bagatelle Theme Park. It was easy to get around and we didn’t have to queue for that long for any of the rides. It was rather cloudy in the morning but later on in the afternoon it was extremely hot and sunny (around 24 degrees!)

Here are some of our favourite moments from the Theme Park:

Becky: “I enjoyed taking Miss Clark on the Famous Jack ride and the flume. It was funny because she screamed the whole way round!”

Lewis T: “I enjoyed the Triops ride the most. Your legs were able to swing in the air and you went upside down loads of times!”

Leanna: “My favourite ride was the log flume. I got soaked!! But I still went on it 7 times!”

Claire: “I really enjoyed the Famous Jack ride too. It spun you around lots of times and Miss Clark’s screaming could be heard for miles!”

Some other funny moments include… Megan accidentally dunking her foot into the river on the water ride, Mrs Gilmour and Mrs Wotherspoon getting stuck on a broken ride and having to be rescued, the clown that played games with us and Miss Farren screaming constantly!

We also managed to buy some presents for our relatives at home at the theme park and are excited to give them to you!

We are looking forward to our final day in France and Belgium tomorrow, visiting Nausicaa, the Menin gate in Ypres and some chocolate shops (yum, yum!)

Au revoir mes amies!

Written by: Miss Clark, Becky, Lewis T, Leanna & Claire.





Guess the teacher!



Fun selfie on the Twist Air (chairaplanes!)



Mrs Gilmour being rescued from a broken water ride!!


At the end of a fun-filled, action packed day!

Bonjour tout le monde!

Thank you for reading our last update. We all loved reading the many comments you left us yesterday and today. Please keep commenting on our daily updates!

Thank you for your questions Primary 7! After dinner we have been enjoying doing different things. On Sunday night we went to the disco on the ferry. Yesterday, we went to the local park. Today, we are relaxing in our rooms after a very busy day. We are normally in our bedrooms for 9:30pm and lights out are at 9:45pm. This morning we woke up at 7:30 but tomorrow we have a long lie until 8am!! We are glad you are having a good week. We can’t wait to see you all next Monday and hear all your stories!

Today we have had a very busy, but interesting day. We started off by visiting L’Etaple cemetery. We were surprised as to how vast it was. Keston found the visit very educational as we were able to find out lots from the gravestones about the soldiers and civilians who had died. We found it interesting that the graves of the German soldiers weren’t so well kept.

We then travelled for about 2 hours on the bus to reach the Somme area. Our first stop was La Grande Mine. The crater was huge. It was caused by 27 tons of explosives set off by British soldiers who wanted to defeat Germans. The children all thought that the names on the walkway around the crater were very interesting as they told more information about soldiers who fought at that time.

Next we visited the nearby village of Contalmaison where we visited the McCrae Battalion Memorial (commonly known as the Hearts Memorial). Sam Tischler and Molly felt very honoured to be given the opportunity to place the school wreath on the memorial. Both Sam and Molly describe the experience as very memorable and touching.

Then we had our lunch at Thiepval. Sandy thought the memorial, for those who were never found during the Battle of the Somme, very beautiful as poppies regularly rained down from the top of the memorial. Sandy & Keston were convinced that they had found some long lost relatives on the memorial.

On our way to Ulster Tower we stopped off at Beaumont Hamel where we saw a memorial to Canadian and Scottish fallen soldiers among many others. We were surprised to find a Caribou atop of the Canadian Memorial!

Our last stop of the day was Ulster Tower. We were given a tour around the Thiepval Wood Trenches by a very knowledgable tour guide called Teddy. He showed us various trenches that were built by Scottish soldiers. We loved that the trenches were named after famous Scottish streets and cities (e.g. Inverness Avenue, George Street and Union Street). It was a truly emotional and humbling experience.

We are now back at our hotel after enjoying a lovely 3 course dinner. Please keep leaving comments, we love reading them.

Bon nuit!

Written by: Miss Clark, Mrs Harding, Sandy, Molly, Sam Tischler & Keston

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Primary 7 6.5.16

Hello everyone!

We have had a short but very busy week since the children returned to school.

The children are continuing to work on their High School Profiles in class. Children write about how they feel they have developed throughout Primary School in these areas: leadership, team skills, research and planning, problem solving and communication. These profiles will be passed on to each child’s high school before the end of the session. We are pleased with how they look so far. Keep up the good work P7!

We have been continuing with our new topic of Economically Less Developed Countries (ELDC) this week. We have been exploring the importance of access to clean drinking water and how this one factor can have a profound effect on whole countries. We explored the rights that we have in Scotland and compared our lives to those who live in ELDC. The children made impressive rights posters to show their knowledge.

Soon, as part of the ERASMUS+ Project, Primary 7 will be exploring the country of Bulgaria in more detail. Miss Clark will be sharing her experiences of the country and the children will be researching the country’s culture and traditions as part of a mini project. We will keep you posted on our progress!

This weekend some of the children will depart on our France Residential. The children are very excited and I am sure the trip will be a success. Miss Walker has an exciting week planned for all of the children staying at Carmondean, including lots of PE, trips down to P1 and an exciting mini topic. Miss Farren & I can’t wait to hear what they have been doing whilst we are away!

We will keep you posted of our movements in France by writing on the blog on some nights during the week. Feel free to leave comments as we know the children will love reading them 🙂

Au revoir!

Miss Clark & Miss Farren

Lowport Diary Star Date 29/04/16:02

From the canal basin, we made our way to Linlithgow Palace to be given  a very informative guided tour by the Linlithgow Primary School guides. These skilled children were so knowledgable and interesting, that several tourists joined our tour, thinking it was the official one! Then it was back to Lowport Centre for  a very satisfying packed lunch, complete diary entries and, hopefully, get the bus back to Carmondean for 2.00 p.m. as planned. We hope you have joined us on our adventure and enjoyed reading about our exploits. If you think this is a worthwhile way of keeping you informed of our activities, please leave us a comment.


Lowport Diary Star Date 28/04/16:04

A very busy evening on the Lowport Adventure. After returning from Beecraigs Country Park (alias ‘The Jungle’), we had a very nice dinner of  vegetable soup, meat or vegetable pasta and arctic roll to finish. We spent around half an hour writing our diaries, then it was time for the Disco come Talent Show – and what a lot of talent we had; singers, dancers, gymnasts and even sports stars. Then, Supper in pyjamas. Now everyone is in bed and (supposed to be) sleeping. Time will tell. More news tomorrow.

Lowport Diary, Star Date 28/04/16:01

The Primary 3 residential experience to Lowport Centre has taken off on schedule with 29 very excited children firmly fastened into their flight seats (one child to join us later after the Gymnastics Competition). We will keep you updated throughout the mission with some photos of our activities, depending on wifi and mobile signals. Don’t miss us all too much.

Auchengillan Residential P4

This is just a quick reminder for children in Primary 4 going to Auchengillan tomorrow.

The bus will leave from the school car park at approximately 9:30am. We will return to school at approximately 3:00pm on Friday 15th.

Please remember the children need a packed lunch for Thursday and if school meals are provided by the school for your child, these will be here ready.

An evening meal on Thursday and breakfast and lunch on Friday will be provided by the centre.

Please ensure names are put on all clothing. Things you should bring include:

  • socks
  • underwear
  • jumpers / sweaters
  • T-shirts/tops
  • old joggers / trousers (if possible no jeans)
  • old training shoes (2 pairs if possible)
  • indoor shoes or slippers
  • outdoor shoes / boots
  • warm waterproof jacket and trousers if you have them
  • gloves and hat
  • nightwear
  • toiletries including toothbrush and toothpaste
  • towel
  • bin bag for dirty / wet clothing

No electronics should be brought with the children. Cameras are permitted should they wish to bring them. No money is required as it was included in the price of the trip and children will be given their money to spend at the shop when required.

Some of the activities we will be doing include; grass sledging, water walkers, laser tag, inflatable assault course among other things.


Miss Smith, Mrs Tully, Mrs Dudgeon and Mrs Scott are looking forward to sharing the Auchengillan experience and all of the fun we are going to have there 🙂