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Diamond Jubilee Celebrations

Catering manager, Jen Campbell put on a lovely lunch for the boys and girls to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. Pupils had been learning about the Jubilee and the Queen's 60 year reign in classes and this was a super way to round things off before the children went off on the Jubilee holiday. A giant sausage roll in the shape of a 60, a castle made of sanwiches, red, white and blue jellies and a fantastic crown jewels cake were some of the delicious foods featured in this special lunch. Mrs Ronald would like to thank Jen again for all her hard work and for making the Queen's Jubilee so special for the children.

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Viking Theme Day at Kilmartin Museum

Pupils from P2-7 enjoyed the hands-on activities at Kilmartin Museum designed to show how ordinary Viking people lived and worked. The children were able try out wood turning, spinning, metalwork, cooking and musical instruments.

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Active School Training for Mini Olympics    3rd May

Today, in glorious sunshine, P4-7 pupils learned techniques from Active Schools Co-ordinator, Mr Kupris, on how to throw a javelin. They will be attending an after school club for 4 sessions throughout May run by Mr Kupris and two of our parents, in preparation for the school's Mini Olympics on 6th June.

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Woodland Walk   1st May

Our 6 Pre-5 children enjoyed collecting a big pile of sticks on Tuesday in the woods. They also looked at the bluebells, played games, sang songs and had fun climbing and playing hide and seek.

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South Kintyre Rural Schools Trip to Stirling, Edinburgh and Glasgow

24th - 27th April 2012

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27 Primary 6 and 7 pupils from Drumlemble, Carradale, Gigha, Rhunahaorine, Glenbarr and Southend schools experienced an activity packed residential trip to Stirling, Glasgow and Edinburgh. They visited Stirling Castle, Deep Sea World, Dynamic Earth and the Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh, The Transport Museum and Science Centre in Glasgow and the Skypark at Xscape in Braehead.  Great weather on Friday at Blair Drummond Safari Park rounded the trip off nicely.  Special thanks from the participating schools to Mrs Lorna Macalister, Headteacher of Gigha Primary, for organising the trip.

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April 2012

The Scarecrow Challenge

Did you see our scarecrows recently?  James, Bryan and Steven posed for a photo when we put them outside the school. They look a bit familiar, don't they?

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The growing season is here!

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Lovely worms for our garden made by us in the wormery!

The growing season is underway at Southend Primary and when the weather was a bit warmer last week we took the opportunity to prepare the soil and get planting.  Our wormery was emptied and the lovely worms added to our veg patches. We had collected peas from last year's crop so they were picked over and the best ones kept for sowing in a few weeks. Potatoes were planted in our deep troughs, carrots and lettuce were sown and we divided strawberry plants from last year and repotted them to produce lots of new healthy plants.  

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Caylin sorted out last year's stored peas. We'll plant these later in the summer term.

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All we have to do now is wait!

 

March 2012

Thanks to everyone who contributed to the recent Rag Bag collection. Over 400kg was donated which will help boost school funds.

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Our recent Bring and Buy Sale, organised and run by the Parent Council, raised over £440. Thanks to everyone who helped out or attended the event. Your support is much appreciated.

 

The First Aid Responsive Training went well recently, with P4-7 pupils learning about crucial first aid techniques. Pupils demonstrated the techniques to parents and visitors on our Open Day.

Pupils demonstrate their first aid responsive skills.

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The Sport Relief Mile was completed successfully. Well done to the 12 children who took part and thanks to Mr Kupris for helping on the day.documents/southend%20primary%20school/southend%20sport%20relief%20mile.jpg

 

Julie Fairbrass from the GRAB trust visited the school on Friday 23rd March to talk to the children about keeping our environment tidy and free from litter. Pupils in P4-7 did a  beach clean at Dunaverty in the afternoon as part of their on-going EcoSchools work.

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The Open Day was enjoyed by parents. Pupils had lots to show, demonstrate and talk about.

Our 'Vikings' shared their recent learning.

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Primary 4-7 gave a quick demonstration using their new instruments, the Ocarinas.

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December 2011

Thankyou to everyone who attended one of the performances of 'Christmas Stars - Who's Got The Xmas Factor?' The staff and children worked hard to put on another great show. A DVD of the production can be bought from the school office  

      James and Claire as Joseph and Mary                            Alex as King Herod

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 John played God, Aaron was Gabriel and Rebecca and Caylin were the Heavenly Hosts.       

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Heather, Caitlin and Erin were the angels.

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Ready boys? Hit the music!  Primary 2 boys had the audience 'All Shook Up' when they too auditioned for the part of the King of Kings. We weren't joking when we said this Nativity had a few twists in the plot.

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The Three Wise Men - Steven, Bryan and Fraser

 

Eve, Ruairi, Melissa and Matthew              

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November 2011

Children In Need event raised £83.90 so well done to all the children for their great effort and to the parents who supplied some yummy cakes. 

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Sept 2011

MacMillan Cancer Coffee Afternoon

Thanks to everyone who participated in the school's fundraiser for MacMillan Cancer on Friday. The coffee afternoon was a great success and the Primary 6 and 7 pupils who hosted the event were a credit to the school. Their enterprising efforts raised around £300 for the charity.  They also raised over £70 for their school trip to Stirling.

 

August - November 2011

Primaries 4-7 have enjoyed splendid weather for days out exploring the local environment on their Forest School Project days which run until November with Morag Duff and Shelagh Cameron. The children are learning about the forest environment, solving problems by working together and enjoying the opportunities provided to learn new skills.