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Full Speed Through The Mud

On Tuesday the 7th of February a group of very brave P6/7s went to represent St Mary’s at the Stirling schools cross country. There were over 350 people taking part in the event, from over 20 schools. The course consisted of 2 laps, one big lap one small lap. First up was the primary 6 boys Murdo dug in deep and did a great run. Near the finishing area there was a steep and super muddy hill. Lots of people took a tumble in the mud but luckily no one was hurt! Next up Ailis, Jade, Molly and Madeline ran for the P6 girls they all ran really well and ended up very muddy! In 4th place was Cameron, Fin and Jonathan also ran an amazing run finishing within 2 places of each other! The final race was the P7 girls. Our racer was Catriona she was very proud of her run and so was everyone else. After the race we took a very muddy and wet team selfie!

By the Media group

Marvellous Media Group

We have started a new term here at St Mary’s and have changed committee groups. Kilbryde have taken over the Media group and we are going to update the twitter page weekly. We are also making an achievements page on the school website.
By Julie & Neil

Making History In The Smith Museum!

St Mary’s EPS has had a very special history topic called Shaping Our Nation. We worked on this in partnership with the Smith Museum and our topic was launched by having a night at the museum sleepover for P4-6.

Throughout October and November all the classes in St Mary’s EPS were preparing different parts of the project for when they took over the Smith Museum once again – to share their learning. P7 started their World War 2 topic. They used an app called ‘Morfo’ to make key figures in WW2 come to life.

Primary 5/6 were doing, People Who Shaped Our Nation, for example William Wallace and Sir Alexander Fleming. They chose four important people throughout history and gave persuasive speeches to try to prove who they thought was the most important and influential, our parents had to vote based on how persuasive we were.

Primary 3/4 were learning all about Romans and used their knowledge to create, from scratch, and perform, an opera called ‘The Pottery Promise’. They did all the composition, instruments, script, acting and props themselves!

Primary 1/2 were learning about jobs in the olden days and how these people used jobs to help other people. They made a blacksmiths, a castle kitchen and a school and set these up in the museum.

On Tuesday the 29th of November the day came for sharing our learning and everyone was very excited but also nervous. The museum, as normal, was open to the public but family members were given a special invitation to visit the museum. Everything was set and ready to go. There were 2 sessions, the first session was a great success and a quote from a parent was “It’s amazing how you have managed to do all this so well!”

Some children had a packed tea at the museum which went down very well with the pupils, before more guest came to hear about our learning in the evening. The day was a great success with the whole school coming together as a big team. Some quotes from the pupils of St Marys were “I think it was a brilliant learning experience for me from the aspect of our WW2 topic.”(Lukas P7)

“I learned more about being a team and about William Wallace.”(Chiara P6)

It is safe to say that history was really brought life through this way of learning and sharing.

By Archie, Vienna and Madeline      


picture2A lovely start to the year! In September, the whole school had an exquisite time doing gardening and making their playground more attractive and making it a better place for wildlife and insects. The playground is now growing tasty food that everyone can enjoy together.

Every class from nursery to P7 have been given a barrel and planted something in it. Everyone has worked really hard planting it, keeping it nice and will continue to do so. The whole school feel very proud of the playground.

Nursery have planted a Hazel Nut Tree, Saskatoon JB 30 which is a shrubby Canadian blue berry type fruit and viloa cornuta – you can eat the flowers!

Primary 1 have planted yummy Apple Julyred, Victoria Rhubarb and Bloddy Sorrels.

Primary 2 have planted Beauty of Moray apples, Champagne Rhubarb and Roseroot.

Primary 3 have planted Apple Api, Timperely Rhubarb and salad burnet.

Primary 4 have planted Tam Jeffreys which are nice stripey eating apples. They have also planted Strawberry Symphony and annual herbs.

Primary 5 have planted an Ashmead’s Kernel Apple tree, champagne rhubarb and annual herbs.

Primary 6 have planted a Bardsey Apple tree, annual herbs and small sweet Alpine Strawberries.

Lastly, Primary 7 have planted Raspberry Allgold and three wild strawberries.

The boys and girls at St. Marys cannot wait till the plants bloom and are they are very excited to taste the yummy food they planted.picture1


By Tom P4, Cameron P3 and Aurora P6



Cromlix Art Time

Thanks to all the children in Cromlix working so hard and getting lots and lots of points, Cromlix won an art time for getting the most points! On the 5th of December the whole of Cromlix and Mrs Currie got together to have some fun art time in the nursery.
You could paint, draw sprinkle glitter everywhere, play with Lego, make collages and make junk models. We all really enjoyed it and left with some great work in are hands. They can’t wait to win another art time!

This is what Cromlix thought after this time:
Sophie “It was fun to have everybody together and have a laugh.”
Lizzie” It was fun and I got to do what ever art you wanted to do.”

Cromlix are aiming for another prize from the pupil council for points.

First House Afternoon

On Tuesday the 23rd of August we had the first of the new term we have all been paired up in houses Cromlix and Kippenross are together and Kier and Kilbyde are together. We all worked out what type of learning style the houses are it was a big coincidence that all the houses had the same learning style except Kippenross. Cromlix, Kier, Kilbryde where Nature wise and Kippenross found out that they were picture wise. It was the p1s first house afternoon and they were excited and a tiny bit shy but answered loads of questions. On Monday the p7s got to know who the house captains were, Cromlix got Ramsay and David, Kier got Madeline and Laura, Kilbryde got Eliot and Rosie. They don’t know what they are doing in the future. In kier on the first day they decided what they going to make a challenge for Kilbryde to complete. In Cromlix they only got to deciding on what they were doing. In Kilbryde they as well started their challenge for Kier. Cromlix did Kippenross’s challenge but somehow where not able to start theirs, but they finally got to start and finish theirs the next week. By Ramsay p7

House Captain Responsibilities

Some of the responsibilities that house captains have are that you have to plan what your house is going to do in the house meetings. You also have to make sure that in a house meeting everyone is happy and has something to do.

This year Kippen Ross had biodiversity and sustaining our world. At the start of the year we got a butterfly person to come in to talk to us about butterflies and caterpillars. We had the responsibility of asking the butterfly person to come and talk to us.

The last time we had a house meeting we asked the people in our house what they knew about sustaining our world and what they wanted to do. Then we had to put it into an action plan for the rest of the year. We have the responsibility of doing what we have in the action plan.

By Lara and Stuart.


Cromlix House News

Cromlix’s responsibility this year was litter, grounds and composting. But during the year it got changed to energy. We enjoyed learning about both of these and so did the rest of the house. Everyone in the house has been really enthusiastic and really helped contribute good idea’s and helped each other.
Everyone helped make a Cromlix Anthem and it was to the tune to We Will Rock You and this is how it goes…

Go Cromlix you’re the best
Shining out from all the rest
Always emptying all the bins
Cromlix rules the place, and wins the race
So don’t throw your litter all over the place

We will we will Cromlix you, Cromlix you!
We will we will Cromlix you, Cromlix you!

We are eco, we are strong
We will compost all day long
There’s no litter here, when we are near.
We tidy the leafs for bugs and bees.
Cromlix rules the place, and wins the race
So don’t throw your litter all over the place

We will we will Cromlix you, Cromlix you!
We will we will Cromlix you, Cromlix you!

We’ve done lots of brain storms so that we can see what people know and don’t know and what they want to learn about. We’ve also done competitions for designs for the railings and the best ones got picked to go on the railings. The wild life club are going to paint them because now we do energy and we are looking forward to see them when there finished.
Its been a very good year and we’ve enjoyed being house captains.
By Victoria and Luc

House Captain Awards!

The first house awards of 2011 have been awarded! From Kippen Ross, Rory Reid-Kay was given it and in Keir Rebecca Perry was awarded with it. Kilbryde’s house award went to Niall Baxter, and from Cromlix Carrie Baxter was given it. Everyone was really pleased with their award – well done!

By Stuart