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

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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.

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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.

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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

St Mary’s Pupils Meet Andy Murray!

These lucky children had the wonderful opportunity to meet our local sporting Legend Andy Murray as part of the Davis cup legacy tour at Stirling University on Tuesday 20th September 2016!

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Night At The Museum!

The movie hit, A Night At The Museum, became a reality for 25 children aged 8-10 years from St Mary’s Episcopal School, Dunblane. A really excited party of children and parents arrived at The Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum on Thursday night to create Museum History by being the first children to actually sleep overnight in the 141 year old galleries. The idea came when the whole school were planning a term of historical studies.

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The P1/2 children are studying jobs of the past and were able to find out more about everyone from coal miners to glove makers. The P3/4 children looked at Invaders which opened up learning about Romans and Vikings as well as the Wars of Independence. The P5/6 classes studied famous and interesting characters of our local past, giving opportunities like, Bruce, Wallace, Bonnie Prince Charlie and Burns… but also many others like the executioner who cut off the heads of young Baird and Hardie in 1820 in Stirling, the last such public beheading ever in Britain.

“It was St Mary’s Head Teacher, Heather White who first approached me early in the year about such a bold idea,” explained Stirling Smith Learning Officer, David Smith. “Dr. Elspeth King, Director of the Museum gave us the go-ahead, but I guess she was secretly wary of how this would work! We had to have many rules and safety plans both for the children and for our valuable artefacts! One of the promises that we made was that I would also spend the night in the museum!”

“The families and children were so grateful to The Stirling Smith for agreeing and supporting us in the complex programme we devised,” said head teacher Heather White. “The children were all unbelievably excited about the idea and so actually sleeping looked like the last thing they might get down to.”

However, the school devised a packed programme for Thursday night. Initially around 50 children arrived at the beginning, but by agreement around half of the younger participants were collected by parents by 9pm. In small teams the children had very specific research tasks set as they explored the museum. After a picnic tea, they all gathered in the theatre and the different groups presented what they had found in diverse ways ranging from mini illustrated talks to raps and dramas. Then the theatre became a cinema as everyone settled down to popcorn and viewing the Movie A Night At The Museum.

There were 6 adults supervising as the children selected where they would actually bed down for night with mats and sleeping bags. A late evening torch light treasure trail was designed to get everyone sleepy, but to no avail. An even bigger challenge to slumber was the chiming of 5 grandfather clocks!

Some very sleepy heads in the morning agreed over a cereal, fruit and toast breakfast that it was an amazing experience. Whilst some adults and many children were now looking forward to a good night’s sleep at home two children claimed they slept better than ever had in their own beds!

Historical note: Hundreds of young soldier recruits slept in the galleries in both World Wars, causing lots of damage. Curators and families lived in an internal four-bedroomed house, now converted into upstairs offices. The last people likely to have slept in the museum were a caretaker family in the 1960s.

Welcome back to School

We are all so looking forward to welcoming everyone back to School on Tuesday 23rd August at 9am.

We hope you have all had a wonderful summer and we look forward to seeing everyone and welcoming our new Primary 1s into our school. It is always lovely hearing about some of your many summer adventures and discoveries. We already have many exciting learning opportunities lined up for our children and we look forward to providing an overview of our year with parents on Wednesday 7th September at 6pm.

The community picnic

20160603_132614We had a  community picnic on Friday 3rd of June we started off with doing a RIO carnival themed and then we had our lunch and we had ice cream and then the p3/4s done a RIO dance and then we could choose what to do we had face paint by Miss Hughes and we had the paddling pools and then we had a bake sale going on run by Chiara to help her Judo teacher.  At the end the nursery playhouse was opened it has been named.  It is called Acorn Cottage.  Then the p3/4s provided us with sports like skipping race and bouncy hoppers then they had a tennis thing were you had to hit the ball against the wall .