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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.
P7 Sumdog Competition
Primary 7 won the Stirling and Clackmannanshire Maths (Sumdog) Contest. A number of primary schools and high schools across the local authorities competed in the competition. There were over 1100 participants. All P7s finished individually in the top 100 and achieved 1st place as a class. Well done P7!
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)
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.
P6 Euroquiz Winners!!
Congratulations to our Primary 6 Euroquiz team who won the Stirling Schools competition on Friday 6th March. The team have worked extremely hard to learn lots about Europe. They will now go on to represent Stirling Council at the Scottish Parliament. At this competition there will be schools from all over Scotland competing.
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.
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.
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.
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