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2019-20 Diary Dates

BREAK DATES OF ATTENDANCE
    13 & 14 August 2019
Teachers’ In-service Days
Open 15 August 2019
Pupils Return
October Close 4 October 2019
Open 21 October 2019
  Close 22 November 2019
  25 and 26 November 2019
Teachers In-service Days
Open 27 November 2019
Christmas Close 20 December 2019
  Open 6 January 2020
Close 7 February 2020
  13 & 14 February 2020
Teachers’ In-service Days
Open 17 February 2020
Spring Close 3 April 2020
  Open 20 April 2020
May Close 30 April 2020
1 May 2020
Teachers’ In-service Day
Open 5 May 2020
  Close 26 June 2020

 

School will close at 3:30pm and re-open at 9:15am on all holiday dates unless stated.

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P7 Engineering Workshop

On Thursday the P7’s from both Lochdonhead and Ulva PS were invited to Tobermory High School for an Engineering Workshop.

A representative from the Sea Cadets spoke to the children about the prospects of focussing on Engineering for a career.

Within the talk, they learnt how engineering effects everyday life and in the coming years there will be 2000 jobs available!! To help open their engineering minds, the children were involved in various practical activities discussing density, displacement and buoyancy – using different materials to see whether they would float. One of these activities included a competition to try to change the density of a plasticine ball to see whether it would float.

The workshop concluded with the children being given the opportuity to create a boat that would be able to hold marbles in a tank of water – their goal was to build a boat substantial enough to hold a record number of marbles before sinking.

The materials were one sheet of A3 card, some tin foil and sellotape with a brief of specific measurements to adhere to….

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Related articles from the 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 respect for their parents, their own and other cultures and the environment.

 

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Welcome Back!

Hello to all our new Parents and Pupils and a big welcome back to everybody else.

We are back in full swing and everybody has settled in wonderfully.

Just as a reminder for any parents looking to buy uniform, we have a new supplier and the website can be found by following this link: https://myclothing.com/

Diary dates and information will all be updated in the next few weeks 🙂

 

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Celebration of Achievement and Community Cafe

Well we could not have had a better day if we had tried!!

On Wednesday 26th June, Lochdonhead Primary School celebrated the achievement of all our pupils throughout the year. It is with best wishes that we say goodbye to Sara and wish her the best of luck for her adventures in High School and look forward to all the adventures we will have with our reemaining pupils as well as welcoming a handful of P1’s to the school too!

After our celebratory lunch and awards, we opened our gates to the public for our final community cafe of the year!

As we welcome the new residents to Swan Drive, we thought it was a wonderful opportunity to show off the school and all the hardwork the children put in to organising. They each had their own fun stall; face painting, hook a duck, lucky dip, beat the goalie and even a stall selling their home grown potatoes and plants!!

As well as each helping out with baking cakes and running the raffle stall.

In total we managed to raise a whopping £472.60 towards our School Funds!!!!!

A huge thank you to everybody who came along to support, baked cakes and donated raffle prizes 🙂

See you all again next year!

 

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Sports Day

Last week all children from Mull’s Primary Schools attended Sports Day at Garmony.

Despite the unpredictable weather, everybody soldiered on with great performances from all children!

Lochdonhead did especially well, winning 2 bronze medals for u13 girls; one for Javelin and one for Cricket Ball Throw.

We are extremely proud with how well everybody performed and the children are already looking forward to next year where they can put in more practice and beat their scores from this year!

 

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Camas Trip

The 17th and 18th of June saw the bi-annual joint school overnight residential trip to Camas.

The trip started with a minibus journey down to Camas where the children spent 2 days with Mrs Grierson and Mrs Nicholson taking part in various fun outdoor activities. The day started with a hike across rough moorland, encountering boggy patches, heading towards Market Bay where they were rewarded with beach play and Hot Chocolate!

Other activities inlcuded forest games and outdoor swimming!

There was a focus on being together, sharing dorms, helping with meals and completing chores.  The chores included doing the dishes, jobs in the garden like watering the plants, tidying the common room and – the favourite chore – feeding the cat!

For some of the children, this was a first overnight trip away from home, and they were so supportive and caring towards each other.  A great time was had by all!

Related articles from the 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 respect for their parents, their own and other  cultures, and 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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Defibrillator Delivery

Last week we had the pleasure of welcoming Moray Finch from MICT in to the school to install a defibrillator.

The defibrillator is now available for public access in case of emergency and is located at the front entrance of the school.

Moray took his time to explain to the children what the defibrillator is used for and all the children were keen to learn how it can be used. We look forward to receiving some official training very soon just for those rare emergencies!

 

 

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Samba

Over the last 5 weeks, the children have enjoyed Samba lessons with Laura and Kirsten.

Last Thursday was our last session and it was extra special!

Due to our joint school day with Ulva, both schools collaborated and spent the session practising for their showcase. At the very end, staff and our visiting new p1 pupils were invited into the classroom to watch a very special performance.

With a lot of colour, sparkle and pazaz the children all expertly played their instruments, kept in time and concentrated to their bestest abilities! It was a lovely end to an enjoyable block of sessions.

Thanks to Laura and Kirsten for their time spent with us 🙂

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School Trip to Staffa

What a day on Friday!!

Staff, pupils and parents from both Lochdonhead Primary School and Ulva Primary School enjoyed an afteroon out to Staffa.

Turus Mara picked us all up from Ulva Ferry and sailed us across to Staffa. We were lucky enough to see dolphins swimming about, Colin our captain floated alongside for us all to get an amazing view!

Once on Staffa, we all went exploring down to the cave and up to the top of the island where we sat and watched the puffins fly in and out and wander along the cliff edge.

The children were extremely happy to see for themselves, the facts they had learnt within the classroom before we left….

  • Staffa has no trees
  • The island is made up of hexagonal rocks
  • Lots of birds nest in the cave
  • There are 2 big caves at the front of the island

It was also great for them to put to practise their map skills, being able to pinpoint certain aspects of the island such as the caves!

Super day had by all! Thanks particularly to Colin, Fergus and our very own Cooch for the hospitality, knowledge and excellent customer service, the Parent Council for helping to fund the trip and of course Mrs Carmichael for all of her super organising! 🙂

 

 

Related articles from the 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 respect for their parents, their own and other cultures, and 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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Wild Explorers!

Recently, we had a visit from two Masters students from Edinburgh Napier University who are studying Wildlife Biology and Conservation.

Molly and Neil came into school to talk to the children about wildlife camera traps, plant identifications and terrestrial and marine invertabrates.

The children were given the opportunity to touch skulls, dissect owl pellets and learn about their nature, as well as having the chance to look closely at minibeasts such as beetles and bees.

These are just a few of the things the children enjoyed most from Molly and Neil’s visit….

Joseph: I really enjoyed taking the bones out of the owl pellet.

Callum: I enjoyed how they showed us their videos from the camera traps that they set up for deer.

Nouille: My favourite part was when they showed us the dead bugs and we got to touch them and they showed us a video about deer walking around.

Leo: I like using the magnifying glasses. I wish I had one every day so I could always look at bugs.

Lucy: My favourite part was holding all of the bugs and looking at them through the magnifying glass.

Sara: My favourite part was holding Kevin the bee!

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