Take a bow Crawford Primary School

This was the headline in the local paper this week as HMIe published their inspection report following their visit in June.

The newspaper report read:

One of Clydesdale’s small but highly valued schools has passed its latest inspection by Education Scotland.

The inspector spoke of Crawford Primary School in glowing terms, saying its main strengths were: ” The caring, inclusive environment where children are well supported through a collaborative approach from a whole school team. Children who are well behaved, confident and articulate.

They are supported by strong parental partnerships and take a pride in their school and community.

Strong relationships and a positive climate for learning. These are fostered by the headteacher and staff team.”

All staff and pupils are delighted with the report and look forward to continuing to work as a team.

P7 Leaver’s Party

On the evening of 18th June pupils and staff were invited to a party by Rhiannon and Euan, our P7 leavers. The party was based on the theme of The Greatest Showman. Everyone played games, had some great grub and enjoyed the fun with Rhiannon and Euan. At 8pm all P1-6 pupils left and the P7 pupils then had fun with the staff. The staff were set challenges and depending on how they did, some were subjected to plates of cream in the face. Mrs Wales come off the best!!!!

A great night was had by all.Great memories to treasure for Rhiannon and Euan.

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Hallowe’en Activity Afternoon

The Parent Council organised a very successful Hallowe’en Party on Friday 25th October. As a change this year it was decided to have a Hallowe’en Activity Afternoon. Sophie’s Mum, Bonnie, very kindly agreed to do face painting throughout the afternoon. The pupils also made a mummy hot dog, a mask and they painted a poppy on a stone from the River Clyde which will be placed at the War Memorial before the Centenary Celebrations. Mary(Rhiannon’s Mum) and Kerrie(Cooper’s Mum) helped with that activity. It was a great afternoon. A big thank you to everyone who helped in any way. The pupils then went home to get ready for guising around Crawford. A great day was had by all.

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Centenary Remembrance Sunday

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On Sunday 11th November some pupils will be involved in the centenary celebrations of Remembrance Day. The pupils have been thinking about the importance of this day, have been learning some war songs and have been working on their own version of a First World War soldier. It will mean a lot to the pupils to be involved in the village event.

Parent Council Meeting

The new Parent Council held their first meeting on Monday 3rd September.

Chairpersons: Gail Coulter and Mary Renwick

Secretary: Chris Anderson

Treasurer: Petra Ross

The main point for Parent Council business were:

School photographs: The date was set for Friday 5th October

Proposed Events/ Diary Dates: Games Afternoon- 30th September

Hallowe’en Party- 26th October

Christmas Cards- children to design own at home after

pack is given out.

Funding plans: Lots of discussion on ideas for potential workshops etc

Communication: The Parent Council to send a letter out asking the parents how they wish to receive communication from the Parent Council.

Mrs Orr shared the main points of the School Improvement Plan with the Parent Council

Slate Mosaic Project

Tuesday 20th March was a very exciting day in the slate mosaic project. Fiona, the artist of Moontree Mosaics, came to school with all the finished slate mosaics.

This project has been ongoing for a year. The aim was to use 30 slates rescued from the old school and make them in to mosaics to include in the new school.

The aim of the project was for each child to design a mosaic of a local landmark that meant something to them and their families. The pupils then made this design in paper mosaic form. They then had a business meeting with the artist and their parents. They were able to bring any crockery which they wanted to try and include in the actual mosaic.

Fiona then went away with all the designs, paper mosaics and crockery and started work on the 22 slates. The staff also thought of some ideas for the 8 extra slates.

It was with great excitement that the pupils welcomed Fiona back to school on the 20th with all the completed slates.

Each pupil met with Fiona and she revealed their slate to them. Every child was stunned into silence. The slates are amazing and the pupils were amazed with them.

The slates have now been taken to the new school to be placed on the walls. An exhibition will take place soon after the school is open so families, villagers and any interested parties can view the new school and the slates.

A huge thank you to Fiona for all her hard work and to the Parent Council for sourcing a grant from the Windfarms. We couldn’t have done it without it. Watch this space for  information on the Grand Opening!

 

Hoodies!

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The Parent Council has gifted Crawford Primary hoodies to every pupil.The children were very excited to receive them and look forward to wearing them at special events……and whenever they want!Thank you very much Parent Council.

Mosaic on Slate Art Project

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We were lucky enough to save slates from the roof of our old school building. We are hoping to incorporate these slates into the fabric of our new school building. Artist Fiona McGregor came to the school to show the pupils and staff her work on slate. She makes beautiful mosaic on slate and everyone was very impressed with her work. She will be working with all pupils to design a mosaic for the new school. She will help the pupils with their designs and choosing the right material to use. Each pupil will represent a place of importance in and around Crawford. This is a very exciting project and we hope to involve parents in the design of the slates. Fiona will be returning to school after the Easter holidays to start work with the pupils.

Joseph at Edinburgh Playhouse

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Pupils and staff went to Edinburgh Playhouse to see Joseph the Musical. They had an amazing time and loved the show. On the way home in the buses they were singing the songs and picking the parts they would love to play. We hope to put our own production on when we move to our new school. A big thank you to the Parent Council who subsidised this trip. It was a very exciting afternoon.

The Dukes of Uke

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Last Friday evening- a night to remember. The Parent Council organised for pupils, staff and parents to attend a concert by The Dukes of Uke at Crawfordjohn Village Hall. The Dukes played at the Closure of the old Crawford Primary and so are old pals of ours. The theme for the concert was Space and what a great repertoire of songs they had. The concert was enjoyed by all.Thank you to Crawford Primary Parent Council for organising this night out.