Kippenross House News

Kippenross – Biodiversity

Kippenross House’s new Eco Responsibility is Biodiversity, which means plants and wildlife.

The change we have made is that we now have House Mornings, instead of House Meetings. We have been having one almost every month. They have varied in themes from Bees to Bats, and from wildlife to planting. We have been doing things like having visitors in and going out to look at wildlife to learn.

October – Bees
In the first house morning we had a visit from Mr Goulson from Stirling University, who gave us a talk about the problems bees are facing and how we can help them. We then had some fun by making bees out of egg cartons, making bee puppets and playing a bee game.

November – Plants
In the second house morning we started of by going for a walk up to Holme Hill for a scavenger hunt. When we came back we watched a video about Charles Darwin, the plant explorer, and then some people went to play games on the computer about plant life, and everyone else made animal food chain mobiles.

December – Bats
In the third house morning we did a project on bats. First we had a visit from Anne Youngman from the Bat Conservation Trust, who told us about bats and their struggles, and showed us what it’s like by letting us pretend to be bats for a bit too. Afterwards we made some bats out of cardboard.

March – Bats Follow up
Then in the next Eco Morning we did a follow up project on bats, when Anne came back in and brought with her Bruce Crawford (MSP) and some people from various news papers. First of all, Anne gave a short introduction on what we were going to do, why we were doing it, and who else will be joining us. Then we decorated labels for plant pots. After that Robert Henderson and Ron Graham arrived and some of us made bat boxes, and some of us started planting seeds. Then after break we finished off the bat boxes and planted the rest of the seeds.

May – Plants
For the May House Morning we did a bit about planting and plants.  For the first part of the morning we all went for a walk up to Holmehill for a Scavenger Hunt. We all got into pairs and each pair got given a sheet with all the letters of the alphabet on them, and had to find something beginning with each letter of the alphabet. Like trees for T, Pinecone for P, and grass for G. Then when we all went back up to school we went over all the answers everyone had got.

Then some people planted some Bee seeds that were left-over from the Bee Morning, and the others were restoring the Bug Hotel, re-painting some of the signs in the garden, and helping Cromlix pick up litter.

We have recently been given a grant from the Double Tree Hotel up the road. We are very grateful for this grant and plan to use it to put new flower and bugs and beasties plagues on the railings at the front of the school.

Our House Captains for next year are Stuart and Lara. The things they plan to do are to have a school competition to design things to go on the railings, and an idea is to have themed House Mornings in all houses. (i.e. music, sport, outdoors, etc, etc,)

We think that all children, in all classes, are enjoying the activities that we are doing in the House and are continuing the good work outside school.

by Louise and Dugal (House Captains)

Kippenross House News

For the Kippenross May House Morning we did a bit about planting and plants.  For the first part of the morning we all went for a walk up to Holmehill for a Scavenger Hunt. We all got into pairs and each pair got given a sheet with all the letters of the alphabet on them, and had to find something beginning with each letter of the alphabet. Like trees for T, Pinecone for P, and grass for G. Then when we all went back up to school we went over all the answers everyone had got.

Then some people planted some Bee seeds that were left-over from the Bee Morning, and the others were restoring the Bug Hotel, re-painting some of the signs in the garden, and helping Cromlix pick up litter.

By Louise and Dugal

Batty About Bats!


This month, the Kippenross House Morning was based on launching a new grant that the Scottish CVS Action Earth are giving out to schools and other groups for environment projects. We used ours to plant seeds, like Lavender and Rosemary, and make Bat Boxes to help bats. And since our school was the first school to use it, we got to have the big launch based here.

It all started a few months ago, when Anne Youngman from the Bat Conservation Trust came in to talk to us about bats and the danger they’re in. Then she e-mailed us that there was going to be this big grant launched, and we just couldn’t say no!

First, we had a talk from Anne, some people from the CVS and Bruce Crawford, our local MSP. (Everyone enjoyed him coming in!) Then we made bat badges and batty labels for our plant pots.

Rory in P5 said,
“I really enjoyed making the bat badges and batty labels.”

Then at snack time some people from the paper came and took photos of us all, with Rachel H and Hamish dressed up as giant bats!

Then after snack some of the younger children planted seeds with Anne, and the older children made bat boxes with some of the adult helpers, and a bat box expert.

Rachel R in P4 said,
“It was really good fun planting the seeds for the bats.”

And Bethany, P5 and Cameron, P4 said,
“We really liked making the bat boxes and using the drill.”

Over all I think it was a great day and we helped the bats a lot.

By Louise, Kippenross House Captain

Batty Bat Day!!

For Kippenross’ third house morning (yes, it’s the third already) we had a Batty Bat day!!! First, we had a visit from Anne Youngman from the Bat Conservation Trust, or BCT for short, who told us all about bats, and let us have a bit of fun at the end. As well as telling us everything we’d ever need to know to go batty (like I’m going while writing this), she let us pretend to be bats too! (That was the fun bit!!!) We sprouted wings, grew our ears, and FLEEEEEEEEW!!!!!!!! Of into the night.

After snack, we made the most exciting, coolest, hats ever! Bat Hats! They have black rims, and colourful strips of paper with bats (not real ones, thankfully) at the end. You can also stick stickers, moons and stars on the front. Totally Batty!!!

Over-all I think every one had a brilliant time, and hopefully learned a thing or too as well.

Like, BATS RULE!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Kippenross House Morning

For Kippenross’ second house morning we had a day based on trees, plants and wildlife. First we split into groups and went up Holme Hill for a scavenger hunt. We were looking for different types of leaves, twigs, plats and nuts. We had some adult help. We had an explorer kit that had lots of exciting things like tiny magnifying glasses, which you had to put right up to your eye to see through, and binoculars. After snack, we watched a video on the computer about Charles Darwin and how we can discover things too. Then some people went up to the computer suite to play some games on the computers and the remaining people stayed in the classroom and made animal food chain mobiles and puppets.

 

Kippen Ross Busy Bees

Save the Bee Campaign

Save the Bee Campaign

For Kippenross’  first house morning we had a Busy Bee Day when we did the ‘Save the Honey Bees Project’. We started off by getting a talk from Mr Goulson from Stirling University. He set up the Bee Conservation Trust. He told us that the girl bees do all the hard work! Then we split up into three groups, to do three different activities. The activities were making bees from egg cartons, making bee finger puppets, and playing a game like build a beetle, but not beetles, bees. Before that though, we made an Action Plan on what to do to save the bees, which included handing out seeds of plants which honey bees like, such as Chive, Foxglove and Lavender. Bees are dying out because there are not enough flowers for htem in gardens and fields anymore. If you could please, please, PLEASE try to plant some of these in your garden. It would be a really big help. Everyone really enjoyed the first house morning, and we can’t wait to continue the project at the next house morning.

By the Kippen-Ross house captains.