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Junior Sports Day

23 May 2014

Form 1 – 4 showed off their athletic ability in lots of fun and exciting races. The Form 1 and Form 2 based their races on The Commonwealth Games. Form 1 showed great technique in hurdling, hockey and shot put. Their final race was the Commonwealth Games Baton Relay. Form 2 decided they were going swim, fly the flag and show their strength in the weightlifting arena. All the children were certainly great Children of the Commonwealth and deserved their rosettes at the end!

Form 3 and 4 decided to have a more sensible approach, with a 50 m race, sack race and the all skilful egg and spoon race. Junior Sports day is never without the parent’s egg and spoon race. Thankfully there were no injuries, which was amazing considering the amount of barging and pushing that was going on in order to get pole position.

All in all an afternoon of fun and enjoyment, by both children and parents. Ice-creams went down a treat and we even had sunshine. A great way to start the half-term!




The Pushkin Prizes in Scotland

23 May 2014

‘The Pushkin Prizes in Scotland’ is a creative writing initiative open to every child in the age group for first or second year at secondary school. Each entrant submits a folio of what they consider to be their three best pieces of work. This year Craigclowan submitted three folios from Form 8 and we were delighted to learn last week that all three pupils involved, Bella B. Thomas R. and Ossie S. have been awarded certificates of excellence for their folios.




Form 6 E.S.B. Exams

22 May 2014

After weeks of preparation, Thursday was ‘The Big Day’ when all of Form 6 sat Grade 3 of the English Speaking Board Exams. An E.S.B. exam requires pupils to choose and undertake research in a subject in which they have a personal interest and, using visual aids, talk to the audience of their classmates and the external examiner. They also have to answer questions on their chosen topic, recite a poem from memory and, finally, read aloud a passage selected by the examiner from a novel of their choice. Form 6 worked hard over the first half of term to gather visual aids and prepare and memorise their talks.

As ever (and for the final time for both teachers) Mr. Simpson and Mrs. Wright’s classrooms became more and more crowded as they filled up with a weird and wonderful selection of visual aids! There was also the usual vast array of subjects selected for the talks, ranging from people ( Johan Cruyff and Mr. Bean) to places such as Bermuda, Florida, Niagara Falls and Sydney Harbour Bridge.  Some pupils spoke about their hobbies, including tennis, skiing, Airfix, golf, tap dancing and cycling.

Other topics selected this year were Illusions, The History of Drums, Meat (from beast to plate) The Model T Ford, The Development of Computer Games and the brain.  We heard about several animals, such as whippets and sheep and had the opportunity to sample food during talks on bramble jelly, ice cream and chickens.

We firmly believe that these exams are an excellent way for pupils to develop the confidence to speak in public, which is an important life skill. Learning how to address an audience at a young age helps our pupils cope with any interview they may have to undertake for entry into a senior school and in whatever career they choose in the future. The E. S. B. exams provide structure and a framework for both written and oral work undertaken in the senior school English classes.

We will receive the exam results soon and hope everyone will be well rewarded for all their hard work!




First Assembly for the Transition Class

22 May 2014

Transition's first ever assembly was a tremendous success. The rainforest animals came to life through songs, facts and cuddly representations! Congratulations to all the children on their super performance!




U13A Boys Cricket v Loretto (A)

21 May 2014
1st XI ‘Mussel’ Out Loretto

On what was possibly the best afternoon of the Summer so far, with glorious sunshine throughout the match, the U13A cricket side played down in Musselburgh on Wednesday against our old rivals Loretto.  The home side batted first and in their 20 overs achieved a very respectable score of 118 runs, though it would be fair to say that our bowling and fielding was not as good as in the previous two games and they probably scored 25 runs more than they should have.  However, the boys were determined to make up for this inconsistency and after a hearty tea we started our innings.  We got off to a good start and were at 34 before we lost our first wicket, with Ben P once again doing well scoring 20 runs.  He was well supported by John S who scored 14 runs before he was dismissed with 51 on the board.  Our innings becalmed slightly for a few overs before there were valuable contributions from the next few batsman with Jamie G (19) and Durness M-C (23 not out) seeing us to victory with 7 balls left and 5 wickets down.  An excellent afternoon and another pleasing victory.  Well done boys!




U13A Girls Rounders v Fettes (H)

21 May 2014

This had to be the sunniest day of the year and it was really nice to play rounder’s without tracksuits and jumper on. Both teams played well against Fettes, our fielding was certainly stronger than our batting. Even though both Craigclowan teams lost, they have improved their skills in this sport greatly.




Ducklings in Form 1

21 May 2014

Form 1 enjoyed a visit this week from Violet’s wee ducklings!  We had 7 eggs enter the classroom and enjoyed watching them hatch and grow.  Thank you for the visit!




U13 Girls Tennis v Dollar (H)

20 May 2014

The girls tennis team had a mixed result against Dollar on Tue 20th May with a win for the 'A' section and loss for the 'B' section. The girls were split in to three couples per section with each pair playing every other pair in their section, finishing with their equally ranked pair. The couples in the 'A' section did very well with Nicola and Armorel, and Bella and Rosie winning all their games. The games against their equal couples went on for a long time and the scores were a lot closer but the Craigclowan 'A' team came away with a win of 6 sets to 3.  The Dollar 'B' team were very strong, as was expected, and despite the Craigclowan girls trying their hardest they were only able to get one set from the Dollar team. For Sofia R and Isobel T it was their first experience playing for the U13’s team, after playing in the U11’s team, and they played well against the stronger girls with lots of games going to deuce, they were just unable to clinch the crucial points. Hopefully these games will stand all the girls in good stead for the St Leonard’s tournament.




Form 1-5 Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Day

19 May 2014

Both staff and pupils had a fabulous day on Monday, celebrating the up and coming Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. All the Form 5 pupils took responsibility of their team for the first activity – designing a poster to promote their given country.  They helped their Form one team-mate to design hockey sticks, the Form 2s to design a t-shirt, the Form 3s did a mascot and the Form 4s did the flag and country name.  While all this was going on the Form 5s also wrote an acrostic poem about their country.  The office staff had the unenviable task of selecting a winner.  They decided upon St Kitts, captained by Donald T.

After break the captains took their team up to the astro to compete in 15 different activities.  We had the giant sack race, bucket running, wacky stick dribbling, hockey zig-zags and many more.  Each team counted up their own scores and recorded them accurately.

A well-deserved picnic lunch was enjoyed in the sunshine on the grass outside Mr Evan’s house.  The eventual winners of the multi-sports activities were Wales, captained by Holly and India, captained by Adam.  Rhys won the prize for the most helpful and encouraging captain.

A big thank you to all the staff for helping to make the morning a great success.  

Form 5 are busy preparing their own short presentations on their given country to share with many of the junior pupils after our May holiday.  I’m sure these will put everyone in the mood to enjoy Glasgow 2014.  For those of you with ticket to some of the events – enjoy!

My Commonwealth Day Diary
On Monday 19th May 2014 we had a fantabulous, exciting and amazing CGD (Commonwealth Games Day).
Firstly we made a poster and my team was Jamaica.  We made a swashbuckling Jamaican poster. On it Archie made the yellow and green flag, Alistair drew the brightly coloured mascot, Carmen the t-shirt, Lois the hockey sticks and I wrote an acrostic poem and the title. 
Next we paraded our posters around the square for all of the Junior School to see the end results.  St Kitts won the poster competition. St Kitts’s poster was magnificent and mind bogglingly bright and colourful.
After that we went up to the astro to do some awesome activities.  I started at the bucket running race where we tried to run steadily!  Next we played the flag race where we collected the flag from a cone and whizzed to the other side!  Then we scrambled our way through the big bag race, where two of us were in one huge sack and we had to race up around a cone and back.  After that we played ten more activities and my favourite was the bear running as we had to crawl on our hands and feet quickly!
Finally we all had a delicious picnic with tangy cheese and ham sandwiches, crunchy crisps, refreshing juice, yummy biscuits and mouth-watering bananas on Mr Evan’s grass!
We had a super fun, fantastic, fabulous, amazing, awesome, fantabulous and cool CGD (Commonwealth games day)!

By Roli S, Form 5T




Belhaven Mixed U13 Tennis Tournament (A)

18 May 2014

The mixed tennis team played at Belhaven Hill School on Sunday 18th May and came away after playing some good games but unfortunately were not able to reach the finals after tiredness set in. The school had 4 couples playing: Nicola Mc & Ruairidh B, Armorel R & Ossian S, Bella B & John S, Cleodie L & Gregor C. Each couple played in group games against one couple from each school who were Belhaven Hill; St Mary’s, Melrose & Mowden Hall. After adding up the games won against each couple in the group rounds the first and second couple from each group went through to the main competition and third and fourth went in to the plate competition. Armorel and Ossian came first in their group as well as Nicola and Ruairidh, who only lost one game in the group round. Bella and John, and Cleodie and Gregor went through to the plate competition. Unfortunately, after a very close match, Cleodie and Gregor were unable to get past the quarter finals but all other couples made it through to the semi-finals. There were hopes that it could possibly be an all Craigclowan final in the main part of the competition but it was not to be as tiredness and loss of concentration meant that both couples lost their semi-finals against Mowden Hall couples. Bella and John were still playing when the other couples had finished and it was hoped that they could make it through to the plate final but again it was not to be as the Belhaven couple just managed to get the last game to make it a 4-3 win for Belhaven. Despite not getting through to the finals it was a good day for the team and all the parents were able to watch some good games of tennis and get some lovely cakes and sandwiches.




Form 7 Camp – Loch Morlich 16th, 17th & 18th May

16 May 2014

For the twentysomethingth year this camp provided some memories that the children will keep forever. The fantastic staff at the watersports centre got the children sailing, wind surfing, kayaking, canoeing, orienteering and mountain biking. The wonderful café kept the guys and gals fuelled with goodies and the swimming pool in Aviemore reminded them that water can be warm. Happy days!




Kenya Assembly

16 May 2014

We were fortunate enough to return to Craigclowan to speak to some of the older pupils about our experience in the Kibera Slum, Nairobi, Kenya and about our enduring commitment as part of the Strathallan Kenya Project. Strathallan works closely with Kenya Children’s Home and Mashimoni Squatters Primary School in Nairobi where we fund a two-week activities program for 600 primary school pupils and sponsor 40 pupils’ full time education, including meals, uniform and books. These children would not be going to school without our support. Our immediate target is to keep these children in school. The Kibera Slum is the biggest slum in Africa with 60% of the population of Nairobi living in only 6% of the land with no clean running water, sanitation or healthcare facilities. We have been able to fund Kibera craftsmen to repair a shack and to build furniture for a small Nursery Unit / Youth Drop-in Centre in Mashimoni, a facility desperately needed by families and the young people in the slum and to give employment to three youngsters who have taken a loan from us to set up chicken rearing projects. This is a long-term commitment which we hope to continue supporting. The interest and fantastic questions from the children of Craigclowan was great and we would like to thank everyone there for welcoming us back! We could not do this without the support we gain and so to support the Strathallan Kenya Project please follow the link below. We would appreciate it if you mention Strathallan if you donate to ensure it is our projects that are directly supported.

http://www.justgiving.com/mashimoni

Connor Ovenstone and Katharine Griffiths
Craigclowan leavers 2008




Annual Grandparents Morning

16 May 2014

Today we welcomed more than 70 Grandparents to our annual Grandparents Morning, which is always a very popular event in the school calendar.

After coffee and Jean’s famous shortbread, our Grandparents were treated to wonderful songs from the Junior and Middle Choirs (both of whom won their classes at Perform in Perth recently) and a solo from Durness M-C on the bagpipes.

The Headmaster highlighted the many benefits of a Craigclowan education and paid tribute to the dedication of the Grandparents and the vital role they play in the lives of their grandchildren.  Their encouragement and support is very much appreciated by all of us at Craigclowan.  Our pupils then gave their grandparents individual guided tours of classrooms and the school’s facilities. 




Open Morning

15 May 2014

The showers stayed away on Thursday morning and we had a good turnout for our latest open morning, when visitors and parents came to see Craigclowan at work.

Visitors were warmly welcomed by the Headmaster and toured the school with our Form 8 pupils, who enjoyed their role as tour guides, especially when parents brought their youngest children to see us!  Indeed, many of our guests commented as they left on what wonderful ambassadors our senior pupils are.  Parents were also welcomed into lessons and encouraged to participate.  Pre-school was once again a hive of activity with visiting youngsters joining in the morning’s activities and a few of them were having so much fun they didn’t want to leave!

Our pipers and drummers entertained everyone in the Square at morning break and their renditions of Mairi’s Wedding and Highland Cathdral were very much enjoyed by all.

If you were unable to attend the Open Morning and would like to arrange a visit to the school at another time, please contact Jennifer Trueland in the school office.




U11 Rounders v St. Marys Melrose, Bellhaven and Loretto (A)

14 May 2014

On a sunny afternoon the U11 girls travelled to Melrose to take part in their first rounders match of the season. Their first match was against St. Marys where the girls were a little nervous, they played well but lost ½ rounder to 11/2. The second match was against Bellhaven which ended in a draw. The final match was against Loretto. Thanks to a fantastic performance from the team the girls emerged victorious. A very encouraging start to the season. Well done.



1st X1 Cricket v Ardvreck

14 May 2014
Excellent Ardvreck Cricket Match
On a gloriously sunny Wednesday afternoon on the North Inch the 1st X1 enjoyed a good game against Ardvreck. The visitors batted first and due to some steady bowling and fielding were restricted to 118 runs for 5 wickets in their 20 overs, with the Craigclowan bowlers all taking one wicket apiece. The Craigclowan response was a slow and steady one, which ultimately resulted in  a defeat as the overs ran out even though there were plenty of wickets in hand. The Craigclowan total of 80 for 3 wickets was reasonable, but as the boys now know, with a little more urgency it could have been much closer. Pride of place this week goes to Ben P who scored an unbeaten 42 on his birthday! However, it was an excellent and most enjoyable afternoon enjoyed by the many home and away supporters who were watching. Well done to both teams.
JRE



U13B Boys Cricket v Ardvreck (A)

14 May 2014

On Wednesday, the 2nd XI travelled over to Ardvreck. We fielded first and after some good bowling and fielding our hosts were 105 – 5, in their allocated number of overs. In the end, after a promising session in the field during the first innings, none of our batsmen could stay in long enough to really build a strong total. We certainly have work to do on our batting if we are to post a total which we can gain advantage.
Final result: Ardvreck won



U13A Rounders v Loretto (A)

14 May 2014

The U13 girls played a fantastic game against Loretto on Wednesday. They are very strong in the field, catching well and fielding accurately to the posts.   After the first Innings, they were in the lead by 6 rounder’s. The second innings Craigclowan picked up their batting and increased their score by 10 ½. Final Score: WIN 16 ½ to 3 ½
Overall a great performance all round. With Ice-creams from Tesco to top the afternoon off.



Form 1 - Week 4 in the Garden

12 May 2014
Form 1 in the Garden
Our fourth week in the garden was very busy with more watering read more




U14 Boys District Hockey Tournament

11 May 2014

John, Rory B, Ben P and Durness travelled through to Edinburgh University Playing Fields on Sunday 11th May to play for Midlands District.  All boys were very active members of the squad and played in every match.  Each game was hotly contested. The eventual winners were West District, followed closely by East and then Midlands took third place.
Selectors from Scottish U-16 coaching team were watching all of these matches, in an attempt to spot potential talent to be invited to attend future training sessions over the summer.  Although all the Craigclowan boys were extremely young to even be considered for this development squad, it is exciting to report that John S, aged 13, has been selected to take part in these sessions.  We wish him the very best of luck and look forward to following his future progress in hockey. With hard work and a determined attitude it might not be too long before we are able to report on another internationalist coming up through the ranks of youth players from Craigclowan.




Form 1 Dobbies Visit

09 May 2014

Form 1 enjoyed their adventure to Dobbies Garden Centre.  They enjoyed learning all about the ‘Farm to Fork’ journey of fruits and vegetables.  They particularly enjoyed seeing a ‘shark’ in one of the tanks!!  Big thanks to Dobbies for the fantastic visit and for all the fabulous goodies!




Form 1 Fireflies

08 May 2014

Form 1 enjoyed their second experience of presenting their fireflies to the class.




Form 5 Historic Walk Around Perth

06 May 2014

A punctual start to Tuesday had Form 5 at the North Inch for 9am, to meet Perth Historian, and former Head of the Junior School, Mrs Radcliffe.  Focus and concentration was expected from the start to learn as much as possible from our expert.  As the sun shone on us we learned all about ‘The Battle of the Clans, ‘Kate Bar the Door’, ‘The Fair Maid of Perth,’ the city hall and the old Perth Academy. A very big thank you from us all to Mrs Radcliff for giving up her precious time to share so much with us.




U13A Cricket v Riley House (A)

06 May 2014

On Wednesday afternoon the U13A cricketers secured their first win of the season against Riley House.  After two defeats to date against strong Merchiston and Belhaven sides, it was pleasing to finally get a good win under our belts.  In the 20 overs a side match, Riley batted first and, as a result of our excellent bowling and enthusiastic fielding, were restricted to 74 runs.  All the Craigclowan bowlers should be praised for their accuracy but especially Gregor C who took three wickets in his five overs.  Our innings started well with John S and Ben P putting on 23 for the first wicket, with Ben eventually out for 17 runs.  After losing a couple of quick wickets our innings were stabilised first by Durness M-C who went on to score an impressive 27 not out and then Ruairidh B who completed the victory in style with a six over mid wicket.  This was an excellent result and encouraging for the matches ahead.



U13B Cricket v Riley House (H)

06 May 2014

As the first match of the term the boys played really quite well. Their performance in the field was particularly pleasing with some energetic fielding, backing up and good communication. Sadly a couple of very difficult catches were dropped but valiant attempts were made.
With the bat, however, we did not fair quite so well except for a fantastic innings by Magnus Connolly. We were a little too tentative where aggression was required, running short of the required 97 runs by 8. After an excellent training session yesterday, I hope that the boys will attack the ball with greater determination against Ardvreck next week.
CR  



Form 1 - Week 3 in the Garden

05 May 2014

Form 1 had another busy afternoon of gardening. We planted swede, radishes and pots of basil read more




Form 8 French Week-End - 02, 03, & 04 May

02 May 2014

The 27th edition of our traditional French week-end has been another resounding success. The primary aim is to prepare pupils in both Form 8 groups for the speaking and listening sections of the imminent Common Entrance Examination, away from the familiar school setting but immersed in a French ambiance for one and a half day, at Cairnies House (Glenalmond College).

A series of activities took place, consisting of role-plays as well as listening comprehensions in order to increase pupils’ vocabulary but also their familiarity with the examination format. Our budding linguists also had the chance to describe and express views on 'Mon école', 'Mes Loisirs', and 'Moi, ma famille et mes amis' with responding to teachers’ questions being perhaps the most challenging part of this task. Once the day tasks were over, fun and games in the swimming pool ensured that the much needed relaxation was there aplenty. After a copious dinner, the time much awaited by the four teachers came, in the form of“Au théâtre ce soir”, where the children, split into groups, entertained their audience with a play of their own composition, in their best French. As ever, amazement and fits of laughters are guaranteed and this year was no exception. The plays illustrating themes such as “Dans l'avion”, “Au restaurant”, “Le défilé de mode” and “À l’hôpital” were performed with great flair and humour.
 
At the point in the week-end when the two working groups overlap, the heavens worked in our favour and let us enjoy a relaxing BBQ in the warm May sunshine.

 In a nutshell, pupils and teachers feel that a mammoth mission has been accomplished and every child returned home tired but elated and more to the point, better equipped for the daunting but manageable task ahead, the Common Entrance examination.




Form 6 Camp - 02, 03, & 04 May

02 May 2014
FUNSIE IN OUR ONESIES
The Form 6 campers headed off to Aberfoyle for a fun packed weekend at Dounans Activity Centre. We arrived in the afternoon and the children were shown to their dormitories, settled in and before tea, they played football. After fish and chips, the children were put into groups and sent on a treasure hunt challenge around the site. They had to complete as many questions as possible which then gave the children equipment for the next activity, which was an Egg challenge.
The egg challenge was good fun as each group had to protect an egg using different materials. The egg was then thrown, and kicked like a rugby ball, with the hope it was still intact at the end….mmmm very tricky….anyone for scrambled egg?
Horlicks Award were given to Isobel and Oliver F at supper time, then a bit more football till bedtime.
Saturday morning was dry and we set off on a hill walk, on the way we made shelters with tree branches and played a variety of games. The children had so much fun on a muddy bum slide down the hill with Nicholas being the fastest bottom in Form 6. We had a packed lunch on top of the hill and made our way back to the centre, after we painted our faces with clay.
In the afternoon, one group built rafts, while the other group completed a night line. Lots of mud and water was involved. After dinner, the children built a campfire, cooked marshmallows enjoyed a game of Ninja, then played football. A very full on day, with the Horlicks Award going to Nicholas and Olly Campbell.
On Sunday, the groups completed the activity they didn’t do on the Saturday, so raft building and night line, with some Archery thrown in for good measure. All in all, the children had a very fun packed weekend and judging by the very quiet mini bus drive back to school, they were really tired. The Form 6 learnt a lot about teamwork and they were a great little year group. The centre staff commented on how polite the Craigclowan pupils were and they were very impressed on how the children listened.
A brilliant weekend all in all.




Clay Pigeon Shoot

01 May 2014

Returning after a nearly 20 year break the Scottish Prep Schools Clay Pigeon Shoot was hotly contested between Ardvreck, Belhaven, Craigclowan, Riley House and St Mary’s. The event was generously put on by Strathallan who provided not only the necessary guns and cartridges but also a jolly good lunch and tea. The competition was on the Strathallan compact sporting layout and teams of three each had 25 targets from which the individual and aggregate team scores were added up to the decide the winning team and ‘top gun’ trophies. Following a sneaky practice earlier in the week the Craigclowan team of Will, Cleodie and Ossie had to raise their game to tackle some unfamiliar and testing ‘birds’, not to mention the extremely challenging ‘simultaneous pair’ of two targets released at the same time. Suffice to say the team all managed to surprise and thrill their stand-in chef-de-mission just as much as they did themselves. With consistent inconsistency being the order of the day Cleodie’s flying rabbit, Ossie’s dead eyed concentration and Will’s ability to nail the tricky ones (while inexplicably missing the easy ones!) meant that the team finished a very creditable third place only three clays behind second placed Ardverck and six clays behind winners St Mary’s. A new experience for all the young guns and thanks to Strathallan for a great event.




Boys U-14 Midlands Hockey Team

01 May 2014

Congratulations to John, Durness, Ben P and Rory B for their selection in the U-14 Midlands Squad to play in the inter-district tournament at Peffermill on 11th May. Well done and Good luck!




U13A Rounders v Cargilfield and Ardvreck

30 Apr 2014

Not a great start to the Summer term. Rain, rain and more rain, but we travelled to Ardvreck to play our first triangular in Rounders. Sadly the rain in Crieff was pretty persistent and we only managed an innings against Cargilfield. Even though the U13 girls lost this game, they played well for their first time as a team and showed good potential.

Lets hope the weather picks up for the tournament next week. Final Score 6-3 to Cargilfield.



Form 8 Visit to Stanley Mills

30 Apr 2014

All the children in Form 8 were asked to go into character as factory inspectors as they searched for information from a tour of the factory given by one of the employees,‘Janet’. The inspection was set in 1837 after the Factory Acts had tried to improve the working conditions of the people, especially children.
All the pupils responded well to the task taking every opportunity to ask searching questions. The session ended with a set of recommendations which was debated between the inspectors who wanted to improve the lives of the workers and those businessmen who counted the cost of any improvements.

LHC




Perth and Kinross Primary Schools Mixed Hockey Tournament (A)

29 Apr 2014

It felt a bit strange as we were heading to the North Inch Community Campus to play hockey.  Sun screen was applied and water bottles filled as the sun was beating down strongly.  It was certainly a different feeling from a chilly February hockey session!
Our two teams were equally split and put into two different sections.  Mr Doak’s team of Andrew, Magnus, Ben F, Oliver F, Sophia, Isobel, Abigail won two and drew one of their section games to take them through.  Mrs Thomson’s team of Alex, Suzannah, Rosie P, Archie, Ewan, Adam, Lachlan and Toby won all their section games too and moved through to the top play-offs.  
Quick refreshments, in the form of ice-lollies from Mrs Kirkland, helped everybody perk up for the final games.  With Mrs Thomson’s team staying undefeated throughout the afternoon they have progressed through to the next round.  
It was a great fun afternoon of mixed hockey, especially with the sunshine.  Perhaps we should ask Mr Evans if we can change hockey into a summer activity!




Form 2W Outdoor Classroom

29 Apr 2014

On Tuesday afternoon, 2W enjoyed a very sunny visit to our Outdoor Classroom.
They observed and discussed the living things that are now living in our pond!
Please ask them what they saw!




Pupils Council

28 Apr 2014
Pupil Council Elections – Summer Term 2014
Following the recent elections in Forms 4, 6 and 8, the following are Pupil Representatives for their Form this term;

8B – Thomas R, 8C – Harry S, 8S – Ruairidh B, 7D – Andrew S, 7R – Maisie S, 6D – Helena O, 6G – Olly C, 5H – Iona F, 5T – Lara S, 4P – Finlay M, 4W – Sophia D




Form 2 Planting

28 Apr 2014

Form 2 Planting read more




Form 1 Garden

28 Apr 2014

Form 1 Garden read more




Kilgraston Scottish Schools Equestrian Championships

27 Apr 2014

Over 100 competitors from 20 schools took part in the annual Scottish Schools Equestrian Championships at Gleneagles over the final weekend in April.  Our team of Holly F, Rosie P, Rachel L and Elisabeth D finished in a very creditable fifth place in the 12 and Under class.  The girls did a dressage test and showjumping and three of them had double clear rounds.  

Many congratulations to the girls (and their four legged friends!).




Form 4 Planting

25 Apr 2014

Form 4 Planting read more




Form 1 Fireflies

25 Apr 2014

Form 1 enjoyed presenting their first fireflies presentation to the rest of the class and transition class.




Form 3 Potato Planting

24 Apr 2014

Form 3 Planting read more




Form 1 Planting

24 Apr 2014

Form 1 Planting read more




The Outdoor Classroom and Pond

24 Apr 2014

During the Easter holidays the outdoor classroom was constructed by and the pond was lined and filled.  We are all looking forward to spending our summer in the garden enjoying this wonderful space!




Success for Bella in The National Galleries of Scotland

24 Apr 2014
The National Galleries of Scotland “Inspired? Get Writing!” Competition.
Earlier in the year many members of Forms 6, 7 and 8 submitted entries for The National Galleries of Scotland “Inspired? Get Writing!” Competition. This creative writing competition is organised in partnership with the English-Speaking Union and the Scottish Poetry Library. Entrants range from primary school children to established writers and entrants are invited to submit a piece of creative writing inspired by a work in the National Galleries collection. The entries are judged in five categories, according to age and this year there were over 700 entries in total.

During the holidays we were delighted to learn that Bella B. (8B) was runner-up in the 12-15 years category and on Thursday April 17th she attended the prize giving ceremony at the National Gallery of Scotland. Bella’s winning entry ‘Tromsø’ was inspired by the painting ‘Water Falls Down’ by Dalziel + Scullion. There were over 250 entries in this age group and entries came from as far afield as Hong Kong and the United States. This is Bella’s second year of success in this competition as she was also runner - up in the under 12 category last year.

We are very proud of Bella’s success in this prestigious national competition. This is the fifth consecutive year in which Craigclowan has achieved 1st or 2nd place in the under 12 or 12-15 years categories and we commend all our entrants for the effort they took over their entries. If you would like to read Bella’s story please click on Tromsø




U13 Tennis Team v Ardvreck

23 Apr 2014
U13 tennis team v Ardvreck

The girls tennis team had a good result against Ardvreck on Wed 23rd April with a win for the 'A' section and loss for the 'B' section. The girls were split in to three couples per section with each pair playing every other pair in their section, finishing with their equally ranked pair. For the couples in the A section the games were very equally matched and it all came down to the last result for 2nd couple Bella Boyd and Rosie Morris on whether Craiglowan would win. They played very well and managed to get a win of 6-3, which meant Craigclowan won the section 5 sets to 4.  The girls playing in the 'B' section for Craigclowan were a bit younger and for some it was their first experience in playing for the team. They all played very well and improved on their scores as they went along. Abigail Hay and Sine Ross, who were the Craigclowan 'B' 3rd couple, even managed to beat the Ardvreck 'B' 2nd couple which everyone was very pleased about. It was a very good start to the season and hopefully the team will improve even more and be able to win more matches as the season progresses.



Form 1 in the Garden (Week 1)

23 Apr 2014

On Wednesday 23rd April, St. George’s Day! Form 1 made their first trek of the term to the Walled  read more




Form 5 Egg Rolling

17 Apr 2014
Form 5 Eggciting Egg Roll Challenge!
It’s been a great first week back for Form 5 after the Spring break.  Cricket, athletics and rounders were enjoyed, the PTA organised disco was, ‘The best ever,’ Mr Evans said, “No,” to Wednesday night homework, Izzy brought in enough birthday cake for the whole of Form 5 and the hard boiled eggs just kept on rolling down the drive!  Let’s hope the next ten weeks is as much fun as the first.




Forms 1 & 2 PTA Easter Egg Hunt

17 Apr 2014

Last Thursday the PTA treated the younger children to an Easter egg hunt. The children had a wonderful time hunting for all the different coloured eggs to put in their own wonderfully decorated egg baskets!
There was a bonus prize for those children who managed to find one of the 5 well hidden Golden Eggs!
Thank you to all the PTA members who made this happen, we had a great time in the Spring sunshine, and we certainly enjoyed the chocolate when we got home!




Form 7D Fairy Tales

17 Apr 2014

Last term 7D studied fairy tales and discovered what elements are needed to make a story a fairy tale. They then wrote their own fairy tales. This week they read their tales to an appreciative audience of Form 3 pupils. Afterwards Form 3 were asked to offer some feedback on the stories and Form 7 were delighted to hear many positive comments, such as “very good,” “ You should write more” and “It was good.”




Hockey Camp Photographs

16 Apr 2014