Scots Sharing Event

During the term we have been focusing on lots of Scottish things for our topic; Primary 1/2s did a Gruffalo performance in Scots and the Primary 7s looked at scots poems. The whole school also held a poetry recital competition. So much Scots learning had taken place in school and we wanted to share it with all the parents. The event started with the Primary 7s singing ‘The White Cockade’. The Primary 1 and 2s had the opportunity to share their Gruffalo performance in Scots and Primary 3, 4, 5, 6 all sang songs. The primary 3s and 4s performed a song from the film ‘Brave’. They brought their own instruments in and they all played and sang along. The Primary 5s and 6s re-wrote songs and they changed the lyrics to fit in with their Lochs and Water Cycle topic. All the Poetry recital winners also performed. Everyone one had a great time at the Sharing Event and hopefully we can do something similar in the future.

By Jonathan

Sky High Poetry

There was a poetry competition held at our school on Thursday the 19th of January. Each class had a different scots poem to learn off by heart and had to have a prop. P1 had robin red breast, p2 had bum be, p3 had Nessie, p4 had piper, p5 had the ment to the lost dinner ticket, p6 had address to the toothache and p7 had address to a haggis.
We were learning these scots poems because it was coming up to Burns night. We had time to practice them but p7 had the shortest amount of time to learn it. On Wednesday the 18th each person performed their poem to their class. The teachers got given the tough job of choosing who goes through to the competition. Although it was a hard choice they decided in the end, on Thursday for assembly each person who went through performed their poem yet again but to the whole school and to the judges, David Smith and Rev. Nick. They had the toughest job, choosing an overall winner. The winner had to, have a prop, have actions, takes on character, poem has a good pace. After lots of AMAZING recitals the judges made their decision. Rosie T. was the p1 to p4 winner for a great performance with good actions. Madeleine B. was the overall winner for a dramatic recital of address to a haggis. She was truly magnificent! This was a good experience for all the children in the school.
Everyone had fun and we learnt new scots words. Congratulations to everybody who got picked to go through.
By Vienna and co

Ready, Steady, GO!

There was a cross country competition on Thursday the 19th of January at Dunblane High School. Most of the track was tarmac but some was Astro-turf. 12 participants from our school: Cameron, Catriona, Jonathon, Fin (p7) Molly, Madeleine, Ailis (p6), Theo, Sam, Millie, Charlotte, Hannah (p5) entered. There were 63 girls, 64 boys and altogether there were 147 people in the whole competition from Primary 5-7 in all the Dunblane cluster schools. That’s a lot of people in one place at one time! A big well done to Cameron for coming 4th in the boys race! A big well done to everyone for all their hard work and effort in both the boys race and the girls race!

By Millie and Murray

Oor Scottish Poetry Winners!

Rosie in P3 recited ‘Nessie’ by JK Annand and won from P1-4.

Madeleine in P7 recited ‘Address Tae a Haggis’ by Robert Burns and won the competition from P5-7.

Well done to everyone who entered. It was awfi’ guid!
By Ailis

Ecosystem Engineers – Videos!

Here are videos of our Ecosystem Engineers team in action at the First Lego League Animal Allies tournament in Dundee on 19th December 2016:

Congratulations to our Ecosystem Engineers!

Congratulations to our Ecosystem Engineers team for their fantastic performance at the First Lego League competition in Dundee today! They returned home with a trophy for winning the knock-out section of the robot challenges! Our team also scored the highest points total in the earlier robot game heats while competing against 10 other teams, and they scored the highest robot challenge points total of the day during the knock-out tournament, at 106 points. Overall winners of today’s competition were the Super Scotty Bears team from Newburgh Primary School – Well done to them!

Christmas Card Winners!

The winners of the card competition are Amatey, Philis, Hannah, Molly, Mathew, Simeon, Ailis, Laetitia. They came down to the post office to get their cards published. When they came back to school they also got to choose a lollypop to eat, either lemon or orange. They also saw a car that was peppered with bird poo!

By Amatey and Peter

Nursery presents The Gruffalo Show on 6th and 9th December at 10am


Going Batty for Bats!

On Tuesday 25th October forty-two children, parents and carers enjoyed an evening Bat Walk along the river in Dunblane.  This was arranged as a result of the children’s interest in moths and midges at our Forest School sessions.

Mrs. Youngman came into Nursery on the morning of the walk to tell us about the types of bats that live near us, what they eat, and what they look like.







Mrs. Youngman and other volunteers from the Bat Conservation Trust accompanied us on our walk in the evening and shared lots of interesting information with us about bats.







Here are some of our children and parents’ comments …

“We did hear one [a bat].  Maybe the bats don’t like cold weather.”  Molly

“On the way home I saw a bat.  It was going round and round and round in circles.”  Matthew

“I never, ever found any bats, but I might find one next time.”  Oliver

“What a great activity for us all to do together.  Matthew was telling me lots about the bats, and we saw one on the way home!  Thank you for organising it.”  Matthew’s Mum

“We had a wonderful time!  Thanks for the opportunity.”  Arthur’s parents

“Thank you so much for organising the trip – Annie really enjoyed it!  It’s always lovely to get together out of ‘school hours’, especially of an evening!”  Annie’s Mum


Spectacular Smith Museum Sleepover

Have you ever thought if a museum actually comes to life? Have you ever slept over at a museum? Well St Marys have and read this article to find out more. On the 22nd of September St Marys went to the Smith Museum for a sleepover. Our first challenge was to find something in the museum p1/2s had to find a jopicture222222222222222picture11111111111111111111b from the olden days or something that helped people to do a job and make a presentation about the object they chose. Primary 3/4 found something to do with the Romans and finally P5/6 had to find out about a person from the past who has helped Scotland. After all their hard work everyone had their tea sitting with friends and having a ball. To cool down before their last challenge they all watched Night at the Museum. Now we all went and got ready for bed, we brushed our teeth and washed our faces. Mr Smith organised a surprise activity in their pyjamas. P4s to 6s all found a partner and went round looking for numbers and letters and made it up into a word. Everyone was getting tired. Time for bed, that’s the real challenge going to sleep. It’s the next morning, time to get dressed. Breakfast was a croissant or a bowl of cereal, yum!



By Ailis P6