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Glasgow Clan Ice Hockey Tickets - We have been given 150 free tickets to the Clan game on Wednesday 18th March. Please let Miss Allen know asap if you would like some tickets.
Garscube harriers cross country race for Sunday has been cancelled.
Dates for Diary 2020
2nd - Kirkintilloch Cross Country (P1-P7)
6th - Tam O’Shanter Play (all welcome)
10th - P1 Height & Weight Check
10th – 14th P6 Ardroy residential
17th & 18th - In service days
19th – 21st February Holiday
Burns Poetry Winners
Congratulations to all the finalists of the Burns Poetry competition. All the children worked hard to learn their poems and three finalists were chosen from each class. The Burns Club sent three judges to choose first, second and third place. They commented on how difficult it was as the standard was so high. We are very grateful to the Burns Society for donating the prizes for the first place winners. Each child received a lovely Scottish book appropriate to their age. We enjoyed listening to the winners at a whole school assembly. (Not pictured P7 winners)
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.
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.
Technology Golden Time (P2-5)
Primary 5 had chosen to do robots for golden time and decided that it would be nice to invite other classes to join them. All of Primary 2 came along with Miss Spencer and groups from Primary 3 and 4 came too. The Primary 5s had great fun teaching them how to use the robots and all the tricks that you could program them to do. Other children got busy building using either Bauplay or Lego. It was great to see children of different age groups working together and learning from each other. A large group of children worked together to make a movie using iMovie. They had a whole script planned out and worked well together. Finally there was the opportunity to build circuits using the snap circuits board. It was a busy afternoon and definitely one that all the children seem keen to repeat.
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.
P5 and P7 Stirling Athletics Champions
Congratulations to P5 and to P7 for both winning the Stirling Athletics Competitions for their age group. Both Classes won the Balfron Cluster Competition and then went on to compete in Stirling against all the winners from each cluster. We were delighted to come first in both competitions. The Primary 7s will now have the opportunity to go on and compete in the Scottish Schools Finals in Edinburgh. The P6 class will have their Balfron Competition soon but there is no Stirling final for P6 and no national finals for P5 or P6s.
Play in a Day - Tam O’Shanter
We are very grateful to the local Burns Society who kindly payed for Tapsalteerie Theatre group to come along and work with our P6 pupils to produce Tam O’Shanter. It was a great afternoon as the audience laughed along and were impressed with how much the P6 pupils had learned in just one day.
Primary 7 put on a matinee show and 2 evening performances of Jack and the Beanstalk at the Edmonstone Hall. They performed in front of a sold out audience each night. Check out more photographs on the Primary 7 class page.
Kirkintilloch Cross Country
On a very wet Sunday morning, another huge contingent of committed SPS pupils showed up to race at Kirkintilloch. The morning got progressively more wet and more muddy as the pile of lost shoes grew larger. We were very proud of all of our pupils. Well done to Archie (P1) who finished in 2nd place, Archie (P5) who finished in 1st and Finlay (P5) who finished in second. Connor (P6) finished his race in first place. Every single Strathblane pupil finished their race which was not easy given the conditions. The pictures are mainly from the earlier races before it got too wet for the phones to cope.
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.