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We have taken the decision to postpone today's Campfire Singalong until Monday due to the weather.
All are welcome to join us on Monday 9th December at 2:30 for hot chocolate and Christmas Singalong around the campfire. Hot chocolate is free for children but 50p for any visitors who join us.
Black t-shirts and leggings/trousers should be brought in by 9th Dec. They should also bring something Christmassy for the final song.
As per last year's consultation, the Parent Council will no longer fund Christmas parties. We ask that every child in nursery/school donates £1 to allow us to provide snacks, drinks, Santa treats, napkins and Christmas crackers as usual. Children with allergies will be given appropriate snacks.
Please send in your child’s £1 in an envelope with their name and class on it by Wednesday 4th December.
Dates for Diary 2019
1st - Parkrun at Victoria Park
6th - Christmas Sing-a-Long
6th - Christmas Fair
10th - Christmas Lunch
11th - Nursery Christmas Performance
13th - Christmas Show
17th - P6 & P7 Christmas Party
18th - Nursery Christmas Party
18th - P3, 4 & 5 Christmas Party
19th - P1 & P2 Christmas Party
20th - Church Service
20th - School Closes at 12.15pm
Cross Country - Garscube
It was a very exciting Sunday for all the parents and children of Strathblane Primary who went along to the Garscube Harriers cross country event in Maryhill. The children had to run 2k up steep hills around the park.
The morning started with the P5 race which was phenomenal. Archie B. came in first place closely followed by Finlay M. who got 3rd. Right behind him were Sean and Lochlan in 4th and 5th respectively. Lewis was in 7th and Cameron in 9th. A huge achievement and so nice to see all those Strathblane vests leading the pack! The rest of the P5 runners also did very well and all completed the race with excellent times.
The P6 race and P7 race also ended with Strathblane coming in first place! Well done to Connor and Toby who both got 1st place medals. Connor left the rest of the runners behind very early on and ran a very good race. Toby stayed with the top three for most of the race but saved enough energy to pull away from them on the home stretch and win with a significant lead. Well done to all the runners from SPS. A special thanks to all those who came along and cheered on our children!
Daily Mile Path
On Saturday 23rd November, several members of the grounds group went along to the Co-op to receive a cheque for £1,185.07. Thanks to everyone who chose the daily mile path as your cause and for shopping in the local co-op to help raise funds for the school.
Hopefully you have had a chance to see the test site for the daily mile path. The children have had a lot of fun running back and forwards along it to check its durability.
P5 Athletics Winners
Congratulations to Primary 5 who won the Balfron Schools Athletics Competition. They got 1st or 2nd place in all the races and won most of the field events. Everyone worked hard and was a very good sport on the day. They will now compete against the winners of all the Central Scotland Schools at the tournament in January. Good luck Strathblane.
Well done to the Strathblane Primary School Football Team who took part in a Football Tournament at Balfron High School on 23rd November. There were 11 teams taking part and everyone played each other. Strathblane were undefeated in all 10 of our games! We only let in one goal all night. The boys worked extremely well together and thanks to all the parents that came along to help with the coaching and cheerleading. It was a very cold but great night. Well done Jack S. (goals), Toby, Sam, Luca, Robbie, Archie, Gabriel, Joseph and Connor.
Thank you to our Parent Fundraisers who put a huge amount of work in to making our Christmas Fayre a massive success. It was hard to move around the hall, gp room and corridors as they were jam packed with visitors and activities. The children had a great time eating, shopping and playing games in the GP room while there were many stalls with gifts and more in the Hall. For those exhausted from the shopping there was even somewhere to have a nice quiet massage. Total raised will be coming soon.
P3-4 Athletics Competition
On Monday 18th November, Primary 5 ran an Athletics House Competition for P3 and 4. They planned all the activities that they would like to teach and how they would set it up. It was decided that it would be best to keep the scoring really simple. There were four events with a bronze, silver and gold distance. The children tried to earn the highest level that they could in the 7 minutes at each station. These were javelin, long jump, triple jump and chest push. The other two stations were slightly different. In the speed bounce station, children had to jump back and forwards over the cones for 20 seconds and record how many jumps they managed to do. The final station was the running one where they had to do a team relay and see how many laps they could complete in the 7 minutes. Everyone tried their best and the P5s were impressed with the level of skills from the younger children. It was good for P5 to be able to show off their learning in a different context. Netherton finished in 1st Place, Edenkill in 2nd and Mugdock in 3rd.
On Sunday 3rd November, 54 children from P1-7 took part in the Springburn Harriers Cross Country Races. It was a fantastic event with nearly 500 children taking part. We had four children with a podium finish!
Coming Soon - Victoria Park Parkrun events, P1-7 children, Sun 1st Dec. and Sun 19th Jan. Please let Mrs McCormick or Miss Allen know if you would like to run. (2K race).
P5 - 7 Trip to Velodrome
On 8th November, 75 children from P5-7 had a fantastic time cheering on cyclists from around the world, especially team GB. We were at the Velodrome for the World Cup cycling championships and witnessed Olympic champions such as Laura Kenny and Katie Archibald set fast times in their races.
After watching the races the children all had the opportunity to try out a variety of activities. There were 6 stations set up which the children rotated through. These had different challenges including pump track, wobble boards, balance beams, seesaws, ramps and a limbo stick.
All the children were very well behaved throughout the day, showing enthusiasm and supporting the cyclists. Several people commented on how polite they were and how well their showed their appreciation.
It was fun because we got to see professional cyclists cycle. Lochlan
My day has been so good because we got to watch cycling and it was really fun cheering for Great Britain and we got to do cycling! Logan
It was really fun because we got to have lunch while watching cycling. It was cool cheering everyone on. The biking was really fun because we got to try different types of bikes and courses and the pump track was cool! Joseph
I liked watching the cycling because you got to see all the different countries and the stunts were fun. Ava
It was fantastic because we got to do all these different things like watch people cycling and then doing our own activities. We shouted so loudly and cheered on all the countries. Chloe
It was absolutely amazing I would recommend going to the velodrome. I liked shouting encouraging words to the cyclists. Mia
I had great fun, loved our cycling activities and especially liked the 'Pump Track.' Jamie
I really enjoyed our trip to the Velodrome, especially watching the team races. Kara
The whole day was great fun! Cleo
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.
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.