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Gardening Week 2021

Beatlie have been hard at it again this week

But I am sure everyone will agree that they had fun with all the different gardening projects they were involved in!

We all had different jobs to do in and around the school grounds maintaining and tidying up areas to make the place look nice for all the times we will be out in the garden to enjoy the summer weather that we hope to get for a couple of weeks before the holidays.

We also took on a special community based project this year – Street Sign Planting. We wanted to take this on and be a part of the community of Craigshill who are coming together to make improvements within the local environment. The staff and children have done an excellent job and I hope you are able to enjoy the blooms when they come out over the coming weeks.


World Bee Day @ Beatlie 2021

We have all had a fabulous day celebrating World Bee Day in our own Beatlie way!

You will see from the film all the lovely interesting & interactive activities we have enjoyed bringing lots of smiles to our faces.

We hope you have had fun having a go at the bee quiz to see what type of bee you are and that you will support the cause for bees in our country by providing bee friendly environments where you can.

Next week we will be participating in the UK National Children’s Gardening Week so we will be continuing the theme of creating bee friendly environments as well as lots of other exciting project ideas – so come back next week to see what we have been up to.

World Bee Day

Today we are celebrating World Bee Day in Beatlie.

This year’s theme is ‘Bee engaged – Build Back Better for Bees’

So what’s the buzz about bees?

A third of the world’s food production depends on bees.

Bees pollinate (a process vital to crops growing) three quarters (75%) of leading global crops, including oilseed rape, apples, soft fruits, beans and courgettes, as well as things like tomatoes and strawberries.

Bees are vital for maintaining the balance between living organisms such as human beings, plants, and animals as well as their environment.

They also help reduce pollution.

Scientific studies have proven that bees have become increasingly endangered. So what can be done to help?

  • Planting bee-friendly plants like heather and daisies and red clover on balconies, terraces, and in gardens can help
  • Leaving sections of the garden wild and letting the grass grow long gives the bees a place to shelter
  • Create a bee hotel for your garden’s bee population
  • Leaving a small dish with a few pebbles and shallow water in can help if a bee is thirsty
  • There are also special bricks which bees can live in
  • Don’t use pesticides as they are really harmful to bees
  • Buy honey and other hive products from your nearest local beekeeper


Welcome - Celebrate World Bee Day


Term 3 in Duntarvie

Fairtrade Fortnight Week 1

(Article 27, every child has the right to a standard of living that is good enough to meet their physical and social needs and support their development)

What a busy week we have had immersing ourselves in all things Fairtrade!

Please have a look at the films below to give you a taster of what we have been up to.


Foodbank Collection


Wow what generosity! Amazing to see so much come into school despite the circumstances we are under at the moment. There will be very appreciative families out there who will be so thankful for the donations you have given, so on behalf of those families and from Beatlie – Thank You!

Under normal circumstances we would have a visit to the foodbank with some of the children taking the boxes along – unfortunately we will not be able to do this at this time so a member of staff is arranging a drop off for next week.


Welly Boot Planters

I would like to say a huge THANK YOU to all who donated some of their old/unused wellies. They are fantastic and have been put to good use.

I have put together a sway to show you what we have done with the wellies and hopefully in May/June we can update you with some beautiful ‘blooming’ flower displays!

We have made some bee homes so it will be brilliant if the flowers attract them to the courtyard garden.

Foodbank Collections


Dear Parent / Carer,

We are organising a collection for West Lothian Foodbank again this year.  This will help to provide local families across West Lothian with vital support over the Winter period and during these uncertain times.  More information can be found on their website at https://westlothian.foodbank.org.uk//

A typical food parcel would contain a wide variety of items.  Some suggestions given on the website include the following:

Long Life (UHT) Milk                     Tinned beans                                           Biscuits

Breakfast cereals               Tinned meat (including Tuna)                   Pasta sauce

Soup                                  Tinned vegetables (including potatoes)          Snacks

Pasta                                 Tinned fruit

Rice                                   Tea or coffee

If you would like to contribute in any way, please send your donations into school with your child between now and end of February.  We will be following government guidelines ensuring the safe transitioning of goods with a box for each class to allow for quarantine.

Many thanks.


Outdoor Learning


This term Glendevon and Ochiltree have been very creative collecting different resources from the forest floor to use as tools in art. We have painted by rolling pine cones, swishing with fir tree branches, pressing with stones, rolling with conkers. We have even used other shaped branches to create patterns in paint. We realise now we don’t need to buy paintbrushes again!

We also made our own natural paints using beetroot, spinach, cocoa, raspberries from our garden and turmeric too. We had great fun mixing and adding baking soda to the beetroot made the red colour change to violet!

As well as this we have also been working on a Christmas project too which you will receive soon.

Merry Christmas everyone

Catherine Duffin