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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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Bugs!

Last week, we headed out into the wild corner of the playground to hunt out some bugs.

Previously, the children had created a bug house to try and encourage more creatures to live, as well as a hedgehog house.

We started our exploration by checking the state of the bug and hedgehog houses. The children noticed that there was quite a difference in appearance, since the last time they were there. They noticed there was a lot less foliage covering the house and it wasn’t so obcvious to spot the bugs.

After closer inspection with our magnifying glasses, we found some tiny worms, a woodlouse, spiders, snails and a moth!

The children then came up with ideas as to how we could try and imporve the conditions to encourage more bugs back to our space….

Lucy: More leaves

Callum: More food

Nouille: More sticks

We were lucky that our willow tunnel has recently been tidied and therefore there were some twigs left over. It was a great idea from all the children to add these to the bug house and see what happens!

 

 

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Samba

Today we welcomed Laura into school for our first session of Samba Drumming!

As an introductory lesson, we learnt about rhythm and how to keep it going, what the drum was called, the origins of Samba and a song about mouldy cheese!

 

Samba will continue on Thursday mornings for the next 4 weeks 11.15-12.15.

Related article from thje 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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Mothers Day Lunch

This week we had the opportunity to invite all of our lovely mums to enjoy lunch with us.

 

Miss Helen cooked a wonderful Roast Dinner for us all and it was a great chance for all our mums to meet up and spend some time with us.

 

Thanks to Miss Helen for her delicious lunch and well done to all the children for their brilliant creativity making gifts and cards as well as setting out the dining room so that it is ready.

 

Related article from thje 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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