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Dates for Diary 2020
10th - NSPCC presentations all classes
16th - P5 Parents invited to book launch
19th - Parkrun Event at Victoria Park
21st - Ardroy Parents Meeting (P6)
22nd - P7 Athletics Final
23rd - Parent Council Meeting
23rd - P4-6 Burns Supper
24th - Burns Poetry Competition
24th-26th - SU weekend away (P5-P7)
29-31st- P7 Panto
Play in a Day - Tam O’Shanter
The local Burns Society are kindly paying for Tapsalteerie Theatre group to come along and work with our P6 pupils to produce Tam O’Shanter. This will take place in school on Thursday 6th February. All parents are invited along to watch the production along with the school on the day at 2.00pm.
Burns Supper P4-6
Over the past few weeks, P4-P6 have been very busy preparing for our Burns Supper Enterprise Project. All the children applied for jobs either on the management, marketing, hospitality, research, speech writer, admin, entertainment or decorations team. Then we set about our jobs to plan the best ever Burns Supper. Everyone has worked really hard. On Thursday 23rd Jan we will cook all the food and then in the afternoon have our Burns Supper together. We have been learning songs, dances and poems which we will have as part of the entertainment at the meal.
We would like to say a massive thank you to the Strathblane Co-op for providing all the food for our Burns Supper. The Admin team went to the shop to ask if they would be willing to make the donation and then the hospitality team went to pick it up. They got to go round the shop and pick up whatever we needed. We have 7 haggis, 1 veggie haggis, 6 turnips, 8 bags of potatoes and 4 boxes of shortbread. We look forward to cooking it and enjoying our meal together.
Scripture Union Camp
On 24th January, nearly 30 children from Strathblane Primary School went along to the SU Stirling Schools Weekend Camp. It was held at Lendrick Muir. Everyone had a great time joining up with 100 other children for the weekend. We played lots of games and learned about the story of Jonah. During the day, the children chose their own activity groups including archery, mountain biking, crafts, baking, adventure playground, ropes course, football golf and many other activities. We took part in a competition which had 7 stations to work round requiring skills in different areas. We were delighted with a significant win by the Strathblane Group! Throughout the weekend we had comments about the high standard of behaviour our pupils and how confident they were. Thank you to Mrs James, Miss Allen, Jane, Sarah, Claire and Beth who came along as helpers with our Strathblane group.
Stirling Children's Services Plan
To help develop the new Stirling Children’s Services Plan 2020-2023, the Stirling Strategic Planning Group for Children is seeking feedback from staff, volunteers, parents, carers, children and young people. The group is a partnership of services who support children and families in Stirling. These services include Education, Social Work, NHS, Police, and others including voluntary organisations who support children, young people and families. Stirling Council and NHS Forth Valley are jointly responsible for writing the Children’s Services Plan 2020-23 and for consulting about it.
The group would like to give you the opportunity to be consulted on the new plan. A survey regarding this is available at the link below. The survey closes on 31 January 2020.
Sharing learning is already done in many different ways e.g. through events like shows, performances, assemblies, services, open afternoons/evenings, displays, certificates, parent consultations, newsletters and the school website and home – school e-mails.
Sharing learning at home is encouraged through homework and discussions about learning at home. That said, many parents report that when they ask their children what they have done in school the answer is ‘nothing’. To encourage more discussion and help children share what they have been learning staff have decided that, rather than learning logs, they will use the website and class page to post five key questions every fortnight that relate to the learning that has taken place in various curricular areas in the previous weeks. This will help parents to engage with their children by giving them the key things to ask that should lead children to share their learning at home. This approach will start after the October break and be called Friday Fives. Staff will post every two weeks on the same Friday and remind the children it is Friday Fives.
Parents/carers can then use this, if they wish, to engage their child in conversation at home about learning in school.
Friday Fives can be found in the yellow box on each class' webpage.
Cross Country - Victoria Park
On Sunday 19th January a very large group of children from SPS went along to the Park Run event in Victoria Park. There were children represented from all classes in our school. All the children ran well, proudly wearing their school colours. Every single child managed to complete the 2k course around the park. It was a very icy morning and many of our group didn't make it along due to not knowing whether it would be on or not. Well done to Connor who finished well in advance of any other children in first place. There were 86 children who ran in the race from age 4-14 and over 1/4 of them were from Strathblane. We look forward to the next two cross country events coming up in Kirkintilloch (P1-P7 on 2 Feb) and Maryhill (P5-P7 on 16th Feb).
All children in the school will attend a free matinee performance of the P7 panto (Jack and the Beanstalk) at the Edmonstone Hall on Wednesday 29th January. There will be an early lunch on 29th January at 11.45am. Any children going home for lunch should be collected from school at 11.45am and return no later than 12.30pm.
Care Inspectorate made an unannounced visit in December 2019 to inspect our Nursery Class. We are delighted to let you know that in both areas inspected we were awarded VERY GOOD. Parents will be given access to the report once it is no longer a draft version. Thank you to all who contributed to the process in any way and to the staff for their hard work on behalf of our children. Well done to our nursery children who demonstrated and articulated their learning so well during the inspection.
Strathblane Primary School has been on the current site since the mid sixties. The building is set in beautiful countryside with easy access to the natural world for environmental studies projects. Pupils enjoy spacious accommodation with classrooms, general purpose room, and hall with stage and P.E. facilities, separate dining area and a computer suite. Outdoors there are generous playing areas, both hard and grassed. The Parent Council and local businesses have been very supportive in helping to raise funds to improve the school grounds. Parents, friends and the school’s pupil leadership groups have planted trees, shrubs, bulbs and other plants to enhance the environment. Every classroom has an interactive whiteboard and at least two PCs available for the curricular use.
More information is available in our handbook.