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Halloween

We had a very spooky afternoon on Thursday 31st with the opportunity to dress up and play some games!

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Book Week Author Visit

P5-7 pupils had the fantastic opportunity of visiting Salen Primary School to meet author of Guardians of the Wild Unicorns, Lindsay Littleson.

Lindsay chatted to all the children about her career as an author and how she learnt to ‘just get on with it’ and to stop waiting for opportunities to arise.

Her talk was very enthusiastic and prompted plenty of questions. The children from Lochdonhead then had the chance to meet Lindsay personally and ask for their book to be signed.

 

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‘Save a Life’ Community Cafe

On Friday 25th October, we held a community cafe to showcase the new local defibrillator. In conjunction with this, the children invited Gerry Ralston and the local Fire Service to help them leanr CPR skills.

Gerry and Jen Swift visited earlier in the week to teach the children…

 

The children learnt the process of what to do in an emergency through the acronym DRSABC –

Look for Danger

Check for Response from the casualty

Shout for help and dial 999 or 111

Check the Airways

Check for Breathing

Carry out CPR – 30 compressions, 2 breaths, Repeat

The children learnt the basics of CPR and the process of how a defibrillator works, managing to create scenarios to show the guests at our Community Cafe…

We were also lucky enough to invite the Coastguard Crew and Craignure Fire Service to the Cafe who brought along their service vehicles and equipment for the children and guests to explore…

We were really pleased with the amount of people who came to visit, donated money and learn some new skills! The children were proud to count out the money which came to a grand total of £120, just from donations. We look forward to holding a similar Community Cafe in the future focussing on basic first aid.

We would all like to say thank you to all the parents who helped with baking, The Coastguard Crew for taking time out of their day to come and visit us, Gerry and Craignure Fire Crew for teaching us vital skills and lending their time to be at the cafe and also all of our guests who came to share the afternoon with us!

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

Article 24 (Health and Health Services)

Every child has the right to the best possible health. Governments must provide good quality health care, clean water, nutritious food and education on health and wellbeing so that children can stay healthy.

Article 28 (right to education)

Every child has the right to an education. Primary education must be free and different forms of secondary education must be available to every child.

Article 31 (leisure, play and culture)

Every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities.

 

 

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Blythswood Shoe Box Appeal

This year the children have been very generous with donating unwanted and new items to the shoe box appeal.

With only 10 children, we managed to donate a whole 7 boxes!

The children learnt the importance of donating items that they may no longer want or need and were compassionate to the reasons why the Shoe Box Appeal exists, uncerstanding that every child and adult has the right to be thought about.

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UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

Article 2 (non-discrimination)

The convention applies to every child without discrimination, whatever their ethnicity, gender, religion, language, abilities or any other status, whatever they think or say, whatever their family background.

Article 6 (Life, Survival and development)

Every child has the right to life. Governments must do all they can to ensure that children survive and develop to their full potential.

 

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Juicy!

We are very lucky to have our own apple tree and brambles growing in school. All the children were very excited to pick the fruit and Leo’s mum very kindly lent us her juicing machine so we could turn our fruit into juice!

All the children helped to chop the apples before processing them. We were able to make apple juice as well as apple and bramble juice!

We all enjoyed tasting it and we were even able to bottle some up using recycled bottles to take home for our families and gift to the residents of Bowman Court!

Mrs Carmichael has also been able to purchase an apple grabber for us with money from our Nature Trail fund so picking apples will be even easier in the future!

 

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Astronomy Visit

Before the October half term we had a visit from Dr Leigh and Dr Marley who came and taught us about space.

They visited for a one day workshop and created different workshops for the older and younger children.

P1’s were tasked to create their own planets out of playdough, whilst the older pupils made the solar system out of playdough and created their own mini solar system. They were amazed by how wide spread each planet is!

All the children learnt about what can be found on planets and different ways in which the human race has managed to reach space and are constantly trying to find out more.

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Community Cafe – Save the Date!

We would like to invite you to our Community Café which is to be held at the school on Friday 25th October. 

The theme of our café will be to provide information and raise awareness about the community defibrillator that was recently installed on the school grounds. 

See poster below for details…

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History Day

On Tuesday 17th September, Lochdonhead Primary were invited to Lephin Archeological site.

The archeologists believe they have found a burial site and invited the children to help them with the dig. Split into groups, half of us were able to dig first whilst the others were shown bits of pottery, glass and animal bone that have already been found on site. It was interesting to see the difference in materials, depending on how old they were.

The ‘diggers’ were shown a very important technique of how to scrape the soil away and then scoop up and deposit into a bucket. This was so we were able to identify any items we found. Despite the hundreds of pebbles and rocks we found, one of our pupils was lucky enough to find a piece of metal! We are still waiting to hear of its origin.

 

We then headed to the Mull Museum where we read about local history and found out some more information about the Vikings; our topic for this term….

 

Our day ended in Salen, with a visit to the ‘Bud Bus’.

The Bud Bus is a travelling bus that tours the country, educating people on the process of the Poppy Appeal.

We learnt that there are only a handful of wounded and disabled veterans who make 5 million poppies per year! They are all made by hand!

The children were given the opportunity to make their own poppies and discover facts and features of the bus after an informative chat.

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

Article 29: Goals of Education

Education must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full. It must encourage the child’s respect for human rights, as well as……the environment.

Article 31: Leisure, Play and Culture

Every child has the right to relax, play and take part in  a wide range of cultural and artistic activities.

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Fishy Friends

After the MOD performances, the children were able to take opportunity of being in Tobermory to visit the Aquarium.

Ruby gave us all a tour of the aquarium, where we learnt about each animals habitat, food habits and details about how they survive and what their bodies can do.

At the end of the tour, the children were given the chance to use the touch pool – everybody was able to touch starfishes, scallops, crabs and urchins!

The children enjoyed their experience with the sea creatures, their favourites included: the crabs, the starfishes, the octopus, the sea urchins and the dog fish!

 

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

Article 29: Goals of Education

Education must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full. It must encourage the child’s respect for human rights, as well as……the environment.

Article 31: Leisure, Play and Culture

Every child has the right to relax, play and take part in  a wide range of cultural and artistic activities.

Article 13: Freedom of Expression

Every child must be free to express their thoughts and opinions and to access all kinds of information as long as it is within the law.

 

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MOD 2019

After months of practising and the help of Rhiona, the children were fully prepared to head to Tobermory for this year’s MOD performance.

The children worked really hard on their performance, the creation of their props and their wonderful singing!

All their hard work paid off with a result of joint third position!

The MOD experience was rounded up with all of the schools performing on the beach together.

 

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

Article 31: Leisure, Play and Culture

Every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities.

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