have been painted on the playground and a climbing wall has been
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feeling tired? Puffed out? Well, most of the school was, after our
Annual Ceilidh! Many of the parents where there, and a few of them
joined in. I think I even saw some teachers out there!
First up on the menu was the Canadian Barn Dance, preformed by the
buddies. Then came the Gay Gordon's, the Carcasium Circle and the
Dashing White Sergeant, with many encores.
Miss Hughes, the amazing Ceilidh teacher, took us down to the hall
during various intervals through the week and taught us all of the
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VISIT THE SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT
P4/5s new topic is Scottish Parliament. We have been learning all
about Elections, Election Campaigns, and how the Parliament works. On
Wednesday the 27th of February the P4/5s were on a trip to the Scottish
parliament. When they were eating their lunch they met their first MSP.
His name was John Scott. When they finished their lunch they gave a
quiz. To answer the questions and crosswords they had to look around the
exhibition to find them. Then Ruth came and found us. We got lanyards
that said ED on them. They were our passes to get into places because
there was security on every floor. Ruth told us that there was even
night time security. When Ruth had finished giving out lanyards we
followed her into the debating chamber. Our first impressions were it
was big, wooden and empty.
Rachel and Catriona G.
Special Day For Compost
On the 10th of May,
Jessica, Fraser, Patrick and I went to a compost workshop to learn more
about composting and what insects you get in your compost. We all
enjoyed ourselves and here are the things that you can put in your
ingredients Brown Ingredients
Fruit waste such as: Torn up cardboard
Apples cores and
Banana peels, Paper Towels
And Kiwi fruit
skins. Autumn Leaves
Raw vegetable waste
such as Small twigs and
Carrot tops and
Potatoes peel. And Branches
Bags Shredded paper
Garden and House
Plant and Sawdust
And Grass Clippings
hope that you will take my advice so that if you do ever get a compost
bin in your garden you will know what to put in it. Compost can be used
for many subjects at school such as:
Language & Enterprise.
bugs that you get in compost are:
Centipedes, Millipedes, Slugs, Worms, Ants, Flies and Woodlice. You may
be wondering why compost is so smelly and slimy.
smelly and slimy because there is not enough air getting in to it.
Usually this is caused by too many wet, green ingredients and not enough
dry to suck up the moisture. The best way to sort this out is to add
some brown ingredients like torn up cardboard, shredded paper or paper
towels. Then give it all a good a good mix and make sure it is turned
once or twice a week.
By Katelyn (P5)
VISIT THE MINING MUSEUM
It was the 2nd
February and I jumped out of bed. I had a shower then I got dressed and
had breakfast. When I got to school we got on a bus and set off for the
mine. One hour later we got off the bus and went in. Inside we met the
two people who would take us on the tour. We were split into two groups.
As we went around the mine we looked at loads of machines, some for
cutting or washing the coal. In one room we looked at a machine that
washed the coal and the cage brought the coal up. Then we went and
looked at some exhibits. Some were used in mining. Then we had lunch
then we watched a film in a theatre. We saw three cats. We saw the train
that transported the coal. We saw the machine that took the cages up or
down. Then we said good bye to our tour guides and we went back to
HOP TO THE HYDRO!
Well we didn’t
actually hop to the Hydro, we just walked there but it was well worth
it. P4/5’s topic is Scottish Food so Mrs Allan organised a trip to the
Hydro where our hostess Nicola showed us around. She showed where people
have meetings and showed us the head kitchen where the head chef works.
The chef called Bryan showed us how to make cranachan. We all thought is
was very interesting. After that we went to the main restaurant & sat
down to taste a bite of the cranachan. We all enjoyed it & Mrs Allan
tried a bit too. We all got to keep the chef hats that Nicola had given
us earlier and they also gave us the recipe. Mrs Allan asked if we could
run down the big hill because we had been nagging her all day but Nicola
said she didn’t want any of us falling and breaking our necks. We all
thought that the cranachan was delicious and wanted another but it was
time to go home so we gave Nicola a big thank you and started back to
school. Once again we would like to say thank you to Nicola and Mrs
Allan for organising the trip.
By Daisy &
P4/5 are doing a topic about Scottish food. We have different names for
each group. Here is a list of them all:
Katelyn, Fraser, Jamie, Hamish are the Glorious Grouse team. Saskia,
Eliza, Mairi, Elodie, Rachel, Catriona are the Nutritious Neeps. Sophie
Hendry, Daisy, Jessica, Christopher, Adam and Hugo are the Terrific
Tablet and last but not least Sophie Reid-Kay, Louise, Alice, Pearl,
Daniel and Patrick are the Smashing Scones. At the moment we are working
on adverts to (pretend) to impress the Scottish Government that is run
by Jack McConnell. We have made menus with our favourite Scottish meal.
We are having lots of fun finding out about Scottish food and recipes.
On Friday the
19th January P2/3 went to Celtic Connections in Glasgow at the Royal
Concert Hall. We went to find out more about Scottish Traditional music.
We saw and heard lots. We saw and heard a harp, lots of fiddles, a
piano, a guitar, a flute, drums, a bodhran and an accordion. For the
last song lots of people clapped their hands and danced to the music and
the ceilidh club people did the highland fling.
Thank-you to the PA who paid for the bus. Thank you to Miss Hughes, Mr
and Mrs Whitaker, Mrs Regan, Lady Campbell and Mrs Perry who came with
us. We all enjoyed it - even the parents that came. Everybody was busy
chatting and telling jokes on the bus.
One school started to dance and then everyone joined in. We gave a
letter to Miss Hughes to say thank-you. We felt really exited before we
got in to the bus. When we went in it was really big that is what we
were exited about. One of the men in a band sang a song played the
guitar and won the X- factor in Ireland !!! The first group was called
the super group session A9. Miss Hughes gave us our own ticket. We had
lots of fun listening to the music. One of the men told a joke and it
was so not funny.
By Josh and
EAT THE PUPILS!
Half of the P4/5 class went to Bennett’s butchers, where Mr. Graham
Fleming taught us to make mince, steak pies and sausages and we saw
mince pies being cooked and we also saw a pigs being cut into pieces of
delicious meat. Then we saw a very old table that has been there for
years and years and years lying in the yard. It was very interesting and
exciting to see the table and we saw all the types of meat that they
sold. They had haggis and beef, pork, lamb and duck as well. We bought
Mrs. Paterson some tablet to keep her happy. Then we thanked Mr. Graham
Fleming for organizing our hour off school and then we happily toddled
back to the school.
By Katelyn and Ame
“BURN” THE HAGGIS!
On Burns day P4/5 had their very own party! Me, Kirsty and Ame said
the poem “To A Haggis” (by Robert Burns), Eliza said the Immortal Memory
and Katelyn was the chair man with Daniel. We had mini haggises, (which
Jamie brought in), Mrs. Paterson brought in some fudge and since it was
Kirsty’s dad’s birthday we all got some Dundee Cake. Afterwards we had a
On the 26th of January St Mary’s school were happy to receive the
award of the tidiest school out of 34 other schools in the Stirling
area. In previous visits the litter inspector, Jim Fisher was surprised
at the tidiness of our fabulous school! The press visited and took
photos for the local news paper!! We also received £100 for the school’s
use and pleasure.
By Claire and
Committee Eco Garden
The Grounds Committee (now renamed “The Groovy Gardeners”) have been
very busy over the last few months. Quotes have been received for Phase
1 of the garden and we have already been successful in obtaining part of
the funding from various sources. The plans are on display on the
noticeboard outside the office. We would welcome comments and ideas
from all parents so please come and have a look.
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra - Ring Tone Concert
Congratulations to Lucinda, Sean, Callum, Bethany, Kiera and Amy whose
musical compositions have been selected to be performed by the BBC
Scottish Symphony Orchestra on Sunday at the Making Tracks concert at
the McRobert Centre.
plenty of action at St Mary’s - here are the latest activities:
GOLF: Mrs Kinvig
has been doing a course to help teach p5 to get into the swing. She will
take the class during golden time on Friday afternoons. We hope that p5
will enjoy their lessons and that they choose to be members of the
Dunblane Golf Club.
have completed a three-weeks sampler course and now have the chance to
join an athletics club at Dunblane High School. We hope as many as
possible will join – should make for an interesting school sports day.
HOCKEY: This term
P4/5 have been learning hockey skills with the P.E. specialist. They
have been learning how to block, stop and push the ball.
Whitaker has been doing aerobics with P4/5 to Crazy Frog music. It’s
proving to be very successful now that they can all go the same way!
have been having great fun!!
The little girls
and boys have been exploring Narnia, the beautiful landscape that was
created in the home corner, covered with snow and icicles.
But the castle at
Cair Paravel has been built in its place now.
The children came
to p6/7 classroom to watch a Narnia video on the interactive whiteboard.
The kids have also
looking at ice because of the snow in Narnia. They put tubs of water
outside. They froze the water and melted it to see what happened.
Because of Narnia,
the children have been interested in coats of arms, so they went to the
cathedral to look at some.
On February 21st, a
ceramic artist came to help the children make Narnia figurines from
clay, like Jennifer (see the photo in the printed copy of The Acorn).
But the fun doesn’t
end here! A mad-hatter and Easter bonnet party will be held on March
30th during Mother and Baby Week to raise money. This event will raise
funds for live-saving equipment, and the children will have a good time
in the process!
lot of games!
A LITTLE squirrel
told The Acorn news team that the PA had given each class £100 to spend.
Each class has the
choice and votes on what they are going to buy, and p2/3 have thought
carefully and have decided to buy some new wet interval games.
The new items will
include board games such as snakes and ladders, Scrabble and Trivial
Pursuit. They will
also be purchasing some new colour and activity books along with new
Miss Hughes said:
“I think we will have the new things by the middle of March.”
It’s not just p2/3,
who will enjoy them, it’s p4 too because most p2s go through to p1
during wet intervals.
Alice (p3) said:
Sophie (p3) added:
“It’ll be really fun.”
Music To Their Ears
MRS Series came
into p2/3 to teach the Kodaly work shops - she was supposed to just take
p3 but since it was a class of p2 and p3, she taught them all.
She has been
teaching them songs including Cookaburra, the Train song and Peas,
Porridge, Pot. She has also been teaching them clapping songs and how
to read music!
Mrs Series has been
going round the
whole of the Stirling Council area teaching all p3s music in this way. Mrs
Moore will carry on with some of the songs they have.
said: “It was great!!!” Sophie and Alice agreed.
Hugs for P1!
HOW’S this fur
cuteness? The p1 project is toys so, since the Bear Factory makes cuddly
bears, they thought it was a great trip.
The kids went on a
train to Stirling then walked to the shop, where they all joined
together to make a bear.
They chose the type they
wanted, and all kissed the heart of their new mascot before it went in
with the stuffing.
They decided to
call him Scotty and now they all get a turn of taking Scotty home.
A little squirrel
told us that they might be making a book of Scotty’s adventures! Well,
we’ll just have to wait and see!
Groovy Gardeners want your ideas for the new playground
The school grounds working group is looking for your ideas to help
transform the back playground into an exciting new area
The group has also transformed itself after asking pupils to vote
for a new name at assembly - it was a choice between Eliza's suggestion
of the Mean Green Garden Machine and Katelyn's Groovy Green Gardeners.
It was a close thing because they were both so good but in the end,
Groovy Green Gardeners won.
Plans for the first phase are on the noticeboard outside the school
office, and the Groovies want feedback about the ideas.
Suggestions include play equipment, totem poles, picnic tables,
musical chimes and tile mosaics.
Kenny Grieve from Brotus Rural Crafts showed pictures of projects he'd
done with other schools including story poles, flag poles, music
sculptures, furniture planters and puppets. Local artist Gio Martin has
also offered to do some tile mosaics with the children. Harry (P4) says
that his class would like sports kit like sports nets, swings and goals,
and perhaps a mature corner.
The group has already managed to get grants but ideas of how the
playground garden could benefit the wider community could help them
The next meeting is March 31st, so if you have ideas, tell pupil
reps Stefan (P6/7), Harry (P4/5), Catriona (P2/3), Imogen (P1) or
Cameron (Nursery); or Mrs Pinamonte, Mrs Tarvit, Mrs Allan or Mrs
a hard act to follow!
P6/7 get very tough at their Victorian assembly... but it's all
strictly for fun
The pupils of P6/7 will be a hard act to follow - their Victorian-themed
assembly was a great success.
The idea was based on their project, the Victorians, and they all
dressed in costumes from that era.
They had ten people standing up to give the audience facts. For example:
"There were severe punishments. Children got whacked with a cane or
ruler for misbehaving!" Then they had 12 school children and a teacher
to demonstrate - and everyone agreed that teacher Georgia was very
strict and scary! The school children were Ailsa, Amy, Kiera, Lucinda,
Alex, Bethany, Fergus, Sean, Robert, Callum and Jamie, who all played
along. Our pictures show Jamie with the Dunce cap on, and the teacher
whacking Bethany with the cane (see the printed copy of The Acorn for
Pupils also sang three Victorian songs: Let's All Go Down The Strand,
I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles and Oh I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside.
All the adults enjoyed the assembly as well as the pupils... and we're
all glad the cane has been banned!
By Georgia and Bethany
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been creating title logos for the new monthly newsletter -
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Michael, and Kitty report on the new computerized library system...
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Inventors of Tomorrow
P6/7 are joining in in a competition called inventors of tomorrow, there
are going to be five teams. What they have to do is think of a problem
and try to solve the problem by inventing something to solve it.
P6/7 Have a science lesson
taught by high school teacher Fisher
this week Miss Fisher came and taught us how to do an unfair test. We
melted different coloured jelly in hot water. The red jelly melted first
because it was cut into small pieces that was an unfair test. (Reported by Jamie)
A few pupils
have put together the sports for schools vouchers, so THANK YOU! for
handing in the vouchers. A couple of pupils have decided what to get for
the playground. They ordered some things for the older children and the
nursery kids so they didn’t just think about themselves.
(Reported by Jamie)
15th December and Friday 16th December P4-7 are performing the action
packed St.Mary's version of HOSANNA ROCK!
Based on the true
nativity story with a few twists and tales. All the costumes are
excellent especially the wise men.
P4-5 and P6-7 have
been practicing almost daily for the show. Lets hope it will be alright
on the night.
(Reported by Rachel)
November P6/7 are going curling in Stirling. They will be going every
week. They’ve to remember tracksuit bottoms, CLEAN trainers and remember
your jumpers because it’s freezing!! They will be going by bus there and
bus back. (Reported by Michael)
On Friday the
11th of November the pupil council arranged to have a cake sale and
dress down day. The sale was a big hit, we managed to raise a stunning
£121.28p. All of the money goes to Nansato Primary School in Malawi to
buy text books because before we raised that money they only had 5 text
books between 1200 pupils.
Thank you to
everyone who brought in cakes to sell. (Reported by Joseph)
P4/5 Shoebox Appeal
P4/5 are making
a shoe box appeal for people in poor places - It all goes together
because the p4/5 topic is fair trade the shoe boxes are so that some
people wake up on Christmas day with presents. We send the shoe boxes
away on the 10th of November. I hope they are happy on Christmas day.
Bring a shoe box on the 9th November.
(Reported by Mairi)
Friday Fun Day!
On Friday 11th
November 2005 there will be a Fun day were you can pay 50p to come to
school in casual clothes. The p.6/7’s will bring in cakes and they will
be sold at morning break. All money raised goes to buy new text books
for Nansato school in Malawi.
(Reported by Georgia)
Beauty and the Beast
On the 20th
October 2005 a theatre group came and gave us a wonderful show of Beauty
and Beast. The P.A. paid £300 pounds for it and it was a great success.
There were 5 actors and about 9 parts. All in all it was really great!
They didn’t even use all the old Beauty and the Beast songs, they used
all the up to date songs like Amarillo and Crazy Frog. If you pass
anyone in the street that is in the P.A. please say thank-you.
(Reported by Georgia)
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basketball team visit Dunblane
On Friday the 30th September primary 6+7’s from all the schools in
Dunblane went to a Scottish Rocks event at Dunblane primary school. A
few of the members of the team themselves were there to answer a few
questions and give us a few tips. Everybody enjoyed it and thought it
was really fun. When they had given us a short talk they played a
demonstration game, then they asked some of us if we wanted to try
playing against the Rocks! It was really hard for the people who
volunteered. At the end they asked us if we had any final questions.
Someone asked if we could have a teachers V Rocks game, some teachers
volunteered and in the end Mrs Allan went up and they were all much
taller than her!!!!!!!!!!! (Reported by Alex)
Modern Languages Week
This week has been modern languages week and the whole school has
contributed and done something in the assembly on Friday the 30th
September 2005. Each class had to do a 30 minute challenge. Primary 1
had to use their computer skills to colour in 4 flags, Primary 2/3 had
to find 30 countries on a word search, Primary 4/5 had to find out the
capital cities of as many European countries as they could and Primary
6/7 had to use their dictionary skills. Kippen-Ross won the 30 minute
challenge. At the assembly p1/2 and p3 sang two songs and learnt numbers
in a different language called Swahili. The two songs that they sung are
called ‘Hakuna Matata’ which mean no worries and ‘Jambo’ which means
A Scottish assembly
Today we did a
Scottish assembly. First some people read out facts, then me, Daisy,
Eliza, Kateln, Jessica, Saskia, Mairi, May and Rebecca told people about
what we like about Scotland. After that we sang the Skye boat song.
(Reported by Ame)
Web Site Editorial Team
At the end of the school year, the Web Site Editorial Team after-school
club report on their experiences working on the web site.
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report and photos...
Brightening up the
Lately four of our pupils have been to a local garden centre and bought
some plants to get our school looking a bit brighter for the coming
summer. When they were there they bought some flowers for the front
flower bed and also Mrs. Kinvig bought as a present to the school two
big half barrels to plant Oak trees in. We have already started the
first stages of planning the area around the nursery and how we’re going
to make it more ecologically friendly. (Reported by Alex)
On the 25th of
January 2005 some of the p6/7 pupils (Alex, Lucinda, Georgia, Lisa,
Emma, Sean, Ian, Joseph, Fabian, Jamie, Fergus, Cameron, David, David,
Rachel and Robert) entered a cross–country competition. They all ran a
mile. 29 schools entered the competition and there were awards at the
end of the races. Unfortunately none of the pupils in St. Mary’s won,
but I think everyone enjoyed taking part. Then on Friday 28th at the
merit assembly the cross–country runners where awarded with a
certificate each. St. Mary’s is very proud of them.
We welcome Mrs Mary
Paterson as our new HeadTeacher today. She will take over from Acting
HeadTeacher Mrs Currie, who will return to her previous roles of Primary
1 class teacher and Principal Teacher.