At assembly all the House Captains and Pupil Council members got their badges, and Kier launched the dining room charter. This has all the rights of the pupils on it, but with the rights there is a responsibility.  We have all been following it up to now, and all of the House Captains and Pupil Council love their badges.

Keir House News

Cromlix House News

Kippenross House News

Kilbryde House News

House Treasure Hunt!

On Tuesday the 1st September the houses had a treasure hunt. Mrs Currie had 21 red cards, 21 yellow cards, 21 green cards and 21 blue cards. She hid them all the way round the playground and the houses lined up on the pitch in pairs. When Mrs Currie said go, each house sent a pair running into the upper playground to find a card that was their houses colour. In the end Kilbryde had 20 cards, Cromlix had 20 cards, kier had 19 cards and kippenross had 19 cards. So it was a tie until the treasure hunt finished and cromlix found a kilbryde card and we gave it to them.

Kilbryde found the treasure hunt fun and very noisy.

Kippenross found the treasure hunt fun, challenging and really great.

Cromlix found it very energetic and absolutely awesome.

Kier found it very enjoyable and they also found it energetic.

Miss Hughes was in charge of cromlix. Miss Paterson was in charge of Kilbryde. Mrs Currie was in charge of Kippen Ross and Mrs Mace took Mrs Kinvigs place and was in charge of Kier.  

By Kirsty G.


Keir – Health

This year Keir are responsible of Health. We have been learning about Food Miles, healthy games, healthy recipes and lots more.
We now have house mornings as well as still having house meetings.

High Visibility Day
In October we decided to have a High Visibility Day as the clocks had changed and it was getting darker. We had an assembly about it and everyone came dressed in the brightest clothes they could find. Eric came in to talk to us about his job (a lollypop man) and how he keeps us safe in the dark. Mrs Currie came wearing her normal winter clothes: Dark jeans, Dark purple jacket and black boots and Eric came in his normal winter clothes: A high visibility suit. We turned off the lights and took a photo of Mrs Currie and Eric and the clothes that Mrs Currie was wearing made her hardly visible at all! The school have learnt a lesson about this topic and now know a lot more than they did.

Carbon Footprint/Food miles
Emily came in from Carbon Neutral Stirling. She came in to talk to us about Carbon Footprint and Food Miles. Emily came in with a big foot to show us how many carbon missions we were using. The foot was split into different sections about different topics and we found out fabulous facts like you could have 5 showers for the same amount of water as 1 bath! For Food Miles we did pizza food miles and how many food miles it would take for one local pizza to travel here and one from abroad.

Hats for Haiti
Hats for Haiti was a huge success! Everyone came to school with hats on, and brought no much less than a minimum of £1 with them but instead of bringing in just the one pound, everyone took in as much as they could and we made an amazing £514.75! All the money went to Mary’s Meals which is a Scottish Charity and they were very grateful for the money! There is also a Mary’s Meals website which we looked at and aswell as all that, we had an assembly about it too. 

Memorable Mile
The health committee went down to the Hydro grounds to set up the memorable mile track. Then the rest of the school came down and we took a few photos, after that we then began running the mile. The first person round the track was Jamie and the second was Louise. Then the prizes were announced. The health committee knew about two of them but only Mrs Currie knew about the 3rd. The first was for the best costume and that was Holly as a fairy princess. The second was for the best use of the sport relief socks we were selling and that went to Kirsty for attaching as many socks as she could find onto her clothes, and the mystery prize was to find out who had the best smile and that went to Charles as he had the best smile going round the course.

By Alice and Catriona

Kilbryde – Energy & Water

This year Kilbryde house has taken on a new responsibility – energy and water. We have made some changes. We are having house mornings every 1st Friday of the month instead of house meetings every Friday.

In November a lady called Emily came in to talk about reducing our carbon footprint

And she gave us some energy CDs and we got to play on them it was really fun.

Emily also gave us the carbon cutter plan which is a plan about how to reduce your carbon emissions and what we should be focussing on every month.

Kilbryde made Christingles for carols in the garden and we sang songs

And we got hot chocolate it was DELICIOUS!

A few weeks ago a lady called Anne Sherlaw came to talk to us about energy

And we watched a DVD called Energy Aunt. It was an informative DVD, and after

that we played a game of energy saving monopoly.

We went on a walk looking for good uses and bad uses of electricity we found load of each and we used up our own energy by walking.

Over the last few weeks we have been playing about with the green zone CDs and the workbooks they are environmental leaning resources for kids.

We elected our new house captains for 2010 are Erin & Aidan They had to do a speech to say what they would do for our house.

Plans for Next Year
We are also trying to organise a walk or cycle to school day with sustainable Dunblane by doing this we will be raising awareness to not cause pollution by using cars, and it is better for us to keep fit and healthy.

By Sophie and Fraser [House Captains]

Cromlix – Litter & Compost

Cromlix had litter and compost this year as our house responsibility. We decided that we were going to focus on emptying the bins at least twice a week and getting a new litter bin and a better compost bin. We also would like to teach the nursery children about composting, litter and the three R’s Reduce, Reuse and recycle  

 We have tried to change the way people think about litter and compost, and so far we think we are succeeding. Everyone in the school is willing to empty the bins if asked the younger ones sometimes join in with out being asked.

This year in eco mornings we have done lots of activities including

  • Cleaning out the compost bins.
  • Making and producing Bee bags
  • Making decorations for our carol concert.
  • We made things out of news papers.
  • A woman from Keep Scotland beautiful called Emily came to talk to us about litter and composting.
  • We learnt how to make objects from reusing litter including wallets (made from juice cartons) and a tea light holder (made from an old can)
  • We also empty the bins on the house days.
  • How litter harms animals.
  • We made a litter trophy to present to the tidiest class.
  • Campaigning to stop people dropping litter by posters and leaflets.
  • Trying to get litter bins and litter picks.
  • Litter pick around community.
  • Making bird feeders by reusing objects.

Plans for next year
We would like to organise fun experiments which younger children would like, the older children could help the younger ones.

By Kirsty and Jamie P7

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)