You are here:   SCHOOL LIFE

School Life (SUMMER TERM - post half-term 2015)

Drumming Instructor is World Champ

15 Aug 2015

David Henderson, Craigclowan’s pipe band drumming instructor, is celebrating after winning the World Pipe Band Championships with the Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band on 15 August.  Thousands of pipers and drummers gathered in Glasgow to see a Scottish band take the title for the first time since 2005.  230 bands took part from all over the world.

Summer Hockey Camp - 12th, 13th and 14th August

14 Aug 2015

Yet another brilliant three day Summer hockey camp has taken place at Craigclowan.  We had an even split of Craigclowan pupils and players from surrounding schools.  It was encouraging to welcome so many Dunfermline, Kinross and Dollar players to the friendly atmosphere at Craigclowan.  Jamie Carnegie, a very experienced player and level 3 coach, enjoyed his sessions with the seniors.  They tried their best to impress him with their attitude and skills, as many of our players may well be involved in district squads with Jamie coaching.  We also welcomed Lucy Preston, former pupil at Mary Erskine, to coach alongside Jamie.  She has just graduated and has spent the last few summers coaching hockey at many camps. 

The middle groups were lead by Karen Thomson, Gav Cruickshanks and Ewan Cuthill.  All three are level 2 coaches with a wealth of experience as coaches, players and umpires.  The standard of play from the 9-10 year olds was impressive as many have been building up their skill level for four years already!  Our 7-9 year olds were very lucky to be coached by an experienced PE teacher and hockey player, Susan Mackintosh.  This was the first time Susan had coached such a young group of players and she was blown away with their skills and enthusiasm.  She was very ably assisted by Suzannah Morris, former pupil of Craigclowan, who added extra energy and knowledge to this determined group.  Jamie Golden, from Grove Menzieshill, assisted us on the Friday and our players were impressed at the skills he demonstrated.  These have helped him to gain a place in the Scottish U-16 boys squad. 

In addition to hockey we had time to squeeze in American tag, kick the can, a water fight and even some three-legged races!  With the camp being a sell out weeks before the start date, we do aim to maintain the interest of so many young hockey players in our area by hosting future Easter and Summer camps.  Keep an eye on the website for forthcoming dates. 

Prize Day

03 Jul 2015

Prize Giving was a big success. Gordon Woods, retiring Warden of Glenalmond College was the guest of honour. For the first time at Prize Giving, the Head Boy and the Head Girl were invited to speak. Jamie G and Beatrice T, both spoke very well and shared their experiences and memories of their time at Craigclowan. Many thanks to all who so generously donated to the collection for Maggie’s Centres.  The wonderful sum of £350 was raised.

Dads versus Lads Cricket

02 Jul 2015

What a great game! The Dads batted first and posted a respectable 122 despite finding themselves in trouble on frequent occasions due to some hostile bowling. The Lads began brightly and by the half-way point the run-rates were matched, but a couple of quick wickets (notably a great catch by Connolly senior and a very satisfying caught and bowled by San senior, both snaring their own progeny), put the Dads in charge. However, a thrilling fightback then ensued as Connolly II and Gibson minor chased 35 of 17 deliveries which became 17 off 12, 5 off 3 and finally one needed off the last ball, which was duly struck beautifully into a space for victory.
Well done Lads!

Camp Rock

01 Jul 2015
The Form 8 Leavers’ Production.
Form 8 have certainly rocked the house over the past two nights, getting the audience off their seats, whooping and cheering and singing along to the multiple catchy tunes in this fantastic modern musical. After a great deal of hard work over the past few weeks this merry band of wannabe rockers have turned from wannabes into fully fledged, head banging and foot stomping rockers.
All of the children took to the stage with confidence and energy, performing beyond the expectations of the director. He was a very happy man and very glad that the cast had made the most of their final weeks at Craigclowan.
Well done to the cast, the band of helpers and the parents for their fantastic support before and during the performances.
Oh what will we do next year? I think a few weeks off before that decision is made.

Form 8 join Form 1 - Scavenger Hunt

01 Jul 2015

Form 8 and Form 1 had fun in the sun on Wednesday morning on a scavenger hunt.  Thank you Form 8 for making the morning super fun for the children!

Farewell to Form 3

01 Jul 2015
Latest News: Form 3 children make teacher cry!
Form 3 read tales of their time so far at Craigclowan on Tuesday morning.  We heard stories of Preschool and Form 1 which made the assembled younger children laugh.  However, when they reminisced about Mrs Stronach, who is retiring this year, the flood gates opened.  Well done Form 3 for making your old teacher cry!

Form 3 & 4 Moncrieffe Hill

30 Jun 2015

Form 3 and 4 had good fun up Moncrieffe Hill on Tuesday 30th.  All the photos were taken by our official photographers, Charlotte and Sharland.

Leavers Dance

26 Jun 2015

What a lovely way to end their time at Craigclowan by having a leavers dance. All the Form 8 enjoyed an evening of dancing and dinner. Its hard to believe they are now moving on to their senior schools already. We wish them all the best of luck and hope they will come back and visit us soon.

Forms 6 & 7 Golden Time

26 Jun 2015

As a reward for their hard work and impeccable behaviour during the term, Forms 6 and 7 enjoyed doing their chosen Golden Time activity last Friday. Some went to Nae Limits’ by Ballinluig for a day of White Water Rafting, some chose to go to the Beach at Tentsmuir Forest whilst some chose to perfect their cooking skills and make delicious snacks!
Did the children enjoy themselves?  Have a look at the pictures below. They say a thousand words!

Golden Time Beach Day
We had a splendid day at Tentsmuir Beach!  The weather managed to stay dry and all the children swam in the sea!  We had made arrangements for a BBQ, but struggled to cook the sausages!  “The Crepe Shack” saved the day by giving us a BBQ and cooking amazing crepes for us all.  If you are planning to visit Tentsmuir Beach during the summer holidays, we all recommend that you pay a visit to the lovely “Crepe Shack”. (CD)

Motivational Talk by Joey Probst

26 Jun 2015

Forms 6 to 8 were treated to an inspirational talk by disabled athlete and car enthusiast Joey Probst. Turning up in his American muscle car, he instantly turned both the childrens’ and many parents’ heads. His talk was both informative and inspiring pushing the children to make the most of the amazing opportunities that they have here at Craigclowan and to find a passion in life which can really drive them on in all that they do.
Many, many thanks to Joey. I am sure that I will be getting in touch in the future so that he can pass on more of his wise words to the year groups coming up the school.

Form 6 Book Launch

26 Jun 2015

Form 6D Book Launch.  In English classes Form 6D wrote stories of an environmental theme which they then published in ICT lessons using MS Publisher.  They also turned their stories into interactive, multimedia stories using MS PowerPoint.  On Friday, Form Three were invited to come and listen to these stories being read and reading and listening to these stories themselves on the computer.  Afterwards we all enjoyed a small “Book Launch” party to celebrate the wonderful works of these budding authors! (CD)

Form 1 Deer Park

26 Jun 2015

Form 1 enjoyed their final trip of the year to the Deer Park.  What a fantastic way to end a wonderful year!  We had such fun visiting all the animals, watching the bird display and playing at the fun park.  Many thanks to Yvonne for a very memorable trip.

Form 1 Last Day in the Garden

25 Jun 2015

Form 1 enjoyed preparing the garden for the special occasion of the Garden Party.  The children have thoroughly enjoyed this terms gardening afternoons weeding, planting and watering their produce.  Well done to all for their hard work!

Form 4 Viking Times Performance

25 Jun 2015

In front of a sell-out crowd in the Rix Room, Form 4 delivered an entertaining and well-polished performance of Viking Times. The children sung beautifully in front of their parents, accompanied by the fearsome Viking maestro, Mr Olafsson, on piano. The boys and girls rightfully felt very proud of their afforts, as did their teachers.
Well done to all involved!

Form 7 Falkland Palace

23 Jun 2015

There were nineteen young people conveyed to the sixteen century and the presence of her Grace Mary Queen of Scots on Tuesday June 23rd. The interactive session contained a description of the foods eaten at the palace at the time when it was used as a royal hunting lodge. Later tennis was played in the real tennis court.

Form 3 Forest School Fun

22 Jun 2015
Form 3 Forest School fun, mud and marshmallows!
This week Form 3 celebrated their first term of Forest School sessions, now almost at an end, with a campfire in the woods, over which they toasted marshmallows. All the children were very responsible around the fire, remembering to use the ‘respect’ position on one knee for safety, and most of the marshmallows made it onto mouths! Whilst the children took it in turns to be around the fire, the rest of the Form created a vast number of ‘tree guardians’, faces on trees made from (lots of) mud, leaves, flowers, twigs, pine cones and any other natural material that came to hand. The combination of mud and marshmallows (though not mixed together) resulted in a really fun afternoon! Thank you to Mr Dibnah and Miss Schabler for coming along to help out.
Mrs Denyer

East Lomond Hill - Form 6 Geography

22 Jun 2015
Form 6 Geography field trip: Ordnance Survey mapwork
Form 6 went up and down East Lomond hill several times in pursuit of hidden ‘treasure’ on a testing day in June. Armed with maps, six figure grid references and occasionally helpful teachers, the children found their way to five different locations before racing back up the hill. The constant rain, wind and low cloud were perhaps the best teachers of the day – valuable lessons were learnt about survival in the hills!
Well done everyone.

Skiing Term Report

22 Jun 2015

Well the snow may well have gone from the mountain tops but here at Craigclowan that just means that we head to our fantastic little dry ski slope.
It has been a busy term with nearly 50 children taking lessons from the Freshtrack instructors each week. We have seen great improvements from all of the participants in the form 1-4 Thursday sessions. It is fantastic to see so many keen skiers coming up through the school and I am sure that there will be some future racers mixed in amongst this group to keep the ski team at its usual very high standard in the years to come.
The introduction of the Development Squad has also been a great success. This group of up and coming advanced skiers have been taught in the art of racing between poles. They have learnt many new skills and improved many that they already had. It is wonderful to see      ex pupils Cai Wardle and Hope Whitelaw pass on their vast racing experience to the next generation of speed freaks. Many, many thanks to you both.
The Race Training sessions have also continued on Friday evenings with a very healthy turn out each week. Their continued training and development has gone well in preparation for the SSSA Dual Slalom race at Hillend earlier in the term and the SSSA Dry Slope Championship race which takes place in September. It was great to see such a strong performance at the Dual Slalom event where we actually beat the eventual winners in the earlier rounds but fell foul of a time penalty due to an over enthusiastic start.
For the first time ever Craigclowan also held a Sunday Ski Fun Day which was open to the public. It was a fantastic day enjoyed by all who attended. With an amazing BBQ, provided by Jean and the fantastic team in the kitchens, all of the children and parents left well fed and with a host of new experiences under their belts. Many thanks once again to the Freshtrack instructors for their time and expertise enabling the day to be such a huge success.  It is certainly hoped that this event will become an annual or bi- annual affair.   
I look forward to seeing many more young skiers, both novice and experienced, hitting the Dry Slope next term in readiness for the fantastic snow which we will inevitable get at Glenshee next winter and also the trip to Alpe D’Huez next April. Thank you to the Freshtrack team of instructors and the support of the parents, both here at school and at races further afield.

Fettes Athletics

21 Jun 2015
IAPS Athletics Championships.
The Fettes Athletics Championships were held in mixed weather on Sunday 22nd June.
A team of forty seven children represented Craigclowan in age groups ranging from Under Tens to Under Fourteens. It was good to give the school’s best athletes a chance to compete at a higher level and judge their capabilities against the best from other schools. This year Craigclowan entered every event, giving more opportunities for more children to go.

In total we won a total of 30 medals in a variety of field and track events.

The atmosphere was buzzing from the Craigclowan camp, the parents were extremely supportive and helpful when it came to organising teams and all the children supported which other in their events. To end the event it was the relays and they were awesome. Overall we came second in the relays, with 2 firsts, 3 seconds and 2 thirds and the rest 4th places. It was certainly one of the most successful team event of this academic year.
Big thanks to the children who made the trip; congratulations to those who won medals and very well done anyway to those who were less successful. Huge thanks to the parents who attended and helped.
Craigclowan staff, you are awesome and thanks for giving up your time on Saturday mornings to help coach the children and supporting throughout this term. Overall a great team effort from everyone involved.


Craigclowan Senior School Sports Day.

20 Jun 2015

Senior Sports is always such a good event. This year saw the return of the egg and spoon race. A very technical race involving good control and balance!
In total there were 50 races. Heats in the 80m and eggs and spoon and then Championship finals in 150m, 200m, 800m and egg and spoon. No sports day would be complete without the very competitive Parents Race and House relays.

From all the Championship events we could name who are junior and senior girl/boy athletes were:

JUNIOR BOY: Jon Morris
JUNIOR GIRL: Rosie Morris
SENIOR GIRL: Suzannah Morris

Oustanding performance in Athletics was awarded to Ben Flint. He won 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m and Cricket ball throw. A fantastic all round athlete.

Congratulations to the children who competed.  It was a very successful and fun morning.

Thanks to Mr Moran for the track in wonderful order and his shelter; the catering staff for the lovely refreshments; the PTA for their popular strawberries and cream; those parents who attended with special thanks to those who took part in parents’ races; the loudspeaker man; Hope Whitelaw for taking pictures of the action; Mr Porter for presenting the prizes and the hugest thanks, to the staff who really made sure the whole event ran smoothly and professionally.

Form 5 Gardening

19 Jun 2015

Our first crop of radishes! A little peppery for some palettes and delicious to others. A proud moment nonetheless!

Form 2 Spider Webs

18 Jun 2015

After learning about Robert the Bruce and the legend about the spider in the cave Form 2 were inspired to try and spin their own webs.  Using wool they worked in teams to make a web in the forest and then create a spider out of things they could find on the forest floor.  They had a great time and learnt that spiders must be very skilled because spinning a web is very tricky!!

U13A Cricket v Fettes

17 Jun 2015

The final U13A cricket match of the term was away to Fettes on 17th June. Having lost their previous two fixtures, the Craigclowan boys were very keen to finish the season on a high by achieving their first win.

Craigclowan won the toss and elected to bowl. A good display of bowling at the start by Jamie G. and Tom C. put Craigclowan in a good position, however the Fettes batsmen quickly got into their stride, scoring 174 in their allotted 22 overs, with two of their batsmen scoring 50.

After losing a wicket to the second ball of our batting innings, the target of 175 seemed a long way away. However, in his final innings for the school, captain Magnus C. led from the front, scoring a career best 69 with some outstanding stroke-play. He was ably supported by Tom C. who batted sensibly alongside him, however in the end 174 was always too much of an ask, with Craigclowan finishing on 116-6.

The results may not have gone Craigclowan’s way, but there have been some really positive improvements in every match this term: most notably in the batting - having gone from scoring 39 against Cargilfield, to 92 against Loretto, and concluding with 116 against Fettes. Hopefully the boys can take plenty away from the training and matches this term. If they continue to enjoy and work hard at their cricket, there is no doubt that they will develop into good young cricketers.

U13A Cricket v Fettes

17 Jun 2015

The final U13A cricket match of the term was away to Fettes on 17th June. Having lost their previous two fixtures, the Craigclowan boys were very keen to finish the season on a high by achieving their first win.

Craigclowan won the toss and elected to bowl. A good display of bowling at the start by Jamie Gibson and Tom Colhoun put Craigclowan in a good position, however the Fettes batsmen quickly got into their stride, scoring 174 in their allotted 22 overs, with two of their batsmen scoring 50.

After losing a wicket to the second ball of our batting innings, the target of 175 seemed a long way away. However, in his final innings for the school, captain Magnus Connolly led from the front, scoring a career best 69 with some outstanding stroke-play. He was ably supported by Tom Colhoun who batted sensibly alongside him, however in the end 174 was always too much of an ask, with Craigclowan finishing on 116-6.

The results may not have gone Craigclowan’s way, but there have been some really positive improvements in every match this term: most notably in the batting - having gone from scoring 39 against Cargilfield, to 92 against Loretto, and concluding with 116 against Fettes. Hopefully the boys can take plenty away from the training and matches this term. If they continue to enjoy and work hard at their cricket, there is no doubt that they will develop into good young cricketers.

KWIK Cricket Tournament

17 Jun 2015
U11 KWIK Mixed Cricket National Finals at Doo’cot Park
This was the first time Craigclowan had entered a team into these championships and after 2 tournaments we found we had got 2 teams into the National Finals. Something no other school had done before. We were very excited to be part of this tournament, considering 130 schools had entered. As we had 2 teams at the Finals, we had to come up with team names. So Mr Reynolds team were called The Craigclowan ‘Sloths’ and Mrs Grants team were called The Craigclowan ‘Unicorns’
There were 16 teams at the tournament from all over Scotland. Thankfully for us we were not put into the same round robin league. We had to play 3 games in the group stages.  Both team won all their games, which meant we were through to the playoff stages for places 1-4.  After a nervous wait, we thankfully didn’t have to play each other in the Semi finals.
The Unicorns played a very controlled sensible game to claim their win over Gordon School. It was a very close game for the Sloths and after a nail-biting wait for the result, the Sloths took the win by 8 runs.
So that was it…The Final was to be fought out between Craigclowan. It was a fantastic final played in good spirit and The Sloths won by 25 runs.
The tournament was very well run by Cricket Scotland and we would like to say a huge thank you to Kirsteen Ross and Peter Ross for their help and support throughout this term, Our girls certainly stepped up to the mark and they thoroughly enjoyed learning a new sport. We will certainly be back next year to defend our title. Craigclowan are The National Champions 2015!
We are now waiting to find out the date for the UK FINALS, which were held at Lords last year! Such an achievement, such an experience. Well done to The Unicorns and The Sloths!

U13 Rounders v Riley

17 Jun 2015

A little mix up of positions and players in the U13 today added spice and variety to a closely fought match.  Riley batted first and built a respectable 8 rounder lead. Craigclowan were unable to capitalise on some decent batting and scored 41/2 in their first innings.  Still everything to play for in the second innings.  Craigclowans fielding was superb.  Quick, accurate passing saw players being stumped out coupled with some excellent high catches meant Riley could only add 4 more rounders to their score.  The game was still within reach as Craigclowan stepped into bat.  They did well, taking advantage of some confusion amongst the fielders to build a steady score – proving every half rounder counts!
Great effort today girls!

Final Score:
Craigclowan 10 – 12 Riley

U11 Rounders v Riley

17 Jun 2015

The U11 girls lost the toss with Riley and batted first. They started strongly with a few good hits. Our fielding was tight at times but unfortunately not all of the time. What was really impressive was the communication between the girls. They encouraged each other and called for the ball making sure everyone was awake. After the two innings came to an end the girls drew with Riley 6 – 6.
It was a great match, well done girls!

SSSA Dual Slalom at Hillend Dry Ski Slope

17 Jun 2015

Five skiers from Craigclowan headed down to Edinburgh with Mrs Piper and Cai Wardel (Freshtracks Ski Instructor and ex pupil) to take part in this excellent event. All skied very well but were just outside the medals coming forth. With such a young group of skiers this was an excellent result and fantastic experience for this up and coming group of skiers.

Form 2 Presentations

17 Jun 2015

Form 2 were given two weeks to prepare themselves for one last challenge before the end of term! They had to prepare an individual talk on a topic of their choice and present it to their class. The criteria for the talk was created during a mind-mapping session within class and included, smiling at your audience, speaking clearly, looking at your audience, being sensible, not being nervous and being prepared to answer questions from the floor! Everyone made an excellent effort and came prepared with fantastic props.
Well done everyone!

Form 6 Glenalmond Inspiring and Innovation Days: 16th and 18th June

16 Jun 2015

Forms 6D and 6J were treated to a very enjoyable day of excitement, investigation and design when the worlds of Science and Technology were brought alive at Glenalmond.
The children built, designed and launched air projectiles and rockets, witnessed the effects of chemical rockets, made glue form milk and designed their clock!
All the children had fun and enjoyed experiencing Science in another environment.

Gordonstoun Challenge - 13, 14 & 15 June

15 Jun 2015

Recently, a team travelled to Moray to compete in the Gordonstoun Prep Schools Challenge.  The children had a great weekend of mental and physical challenges, team building activities and best of all camping!  The weather was sunny for the most part with some rain, conveniently while they were testing the shelters they had to design and build!  The whole weekend culminated in a team challenge against all the other schools, in which they had to race against the clock to construct their shelters and stay dry during the deluge of water that came their way from the fire engine!  A super weekend was had by all.

U10 & U9 Rounders v Fettes

15 Jun 2015

All our girls in Form 4 and Form 5 travelled to Fettes on Monday to play rounders. They were all very excited and thankfully the weather was really nice.
The U10 girls had a very close game, both teams played well and the score was a very fair draw. The U9 girls lost both their games, but they all enjoyed playing and trying to get to grips with this very complicated game.
Overall a great afternoon of rounders and it was lovely to see so much support from our parents. Thank you!

Form 8 Camp - 12, 13, 14 June

12 Jun 2015

Last weekend the Form 8’s headed up to Loch Eil for what was another enjoyable camp. The aim of the weekend was to step out of one’s comfort zone, try something new and learn the responsibilities and rewards of working as part of a team. Most importantly, the weekend was about having fun with their fellow year group for what is becoming closer and closer to the last time.
Despite the midges, Form 8 charged ahead enthusiastically and took part in many activities such as canoeing, climbing, gorge walking, jog and dip, orienteering, zip-lining, and raft building to name a few.
The Form 8’s would all like to say a big thank you to the staff at the Outward Bound centre and to the staff who accompanied them on the camp. They all feel that they have got a lot out of this experience and have become better people as a result of it.

Form 4 Trip to Butterfly World

12 Jun 2015

On a beautiful Friday morning, we headed off on our adventure to the particularly tropical Butterfly World in Dalkeith where we were wowed by the incredible array of creatures, critters and creepy crawlies on display. Of course, there were a few butterflies to look at too! It was super to see everyone bravely handle millipedes, a snakes and a tarantula. Becky, our guide, was particularly impressed. Well done to the boys and girls and many thanks to the centre for another splendid, informative tour.

Form 1C Fireflies

12 Jun 2015

Form 1C had a wonderful morning listening to the ‘Fireflies’ presentations on Friday. We had a lovely visit from two very special guide dogs as part of Aidan’s talk about ‘Dogs’, live giant snails, night vision goggles and many beautiful shells, in amongst a power point presentation about world instruments, a fun talk on shapes, we were a wealth of knowledge by the end of the morning!

A very well done from Mrs Cashman, she was very impressed with the standard of this weeks talks!


12 Jun 2015

Today the Eco Committee were very pleased to be able to present Jane Brindley from WaterAid with a cheque for £1000.  This money was raised through the book sale, the bring and buy sale and the cake sales.  Jane spoke to us about how the money will be used in Nepal.  She showed us some pictures of Shree Bhanu Primary School.  The pupils have gone from having no water at school at all, to having a handpump with safe, clean water to drink! Brand new toilets will also be constructed over the next couple of months.  For more information about the work which WaterAid does take a look at their website  Thank you everyone for all of your support in helping us to raise this money. (Carol Dibnah)

Mini Tour of Fife

11 Jun 2015
Time Trial at Tarvit Estate
On Thursday evening last week, 12 cheerful children Under 11 took part in what was the fourth out of five counting events of the Mini Tour of Fife. The 2.1 km Time Trial took place in the beautiful and peaceful setting of the Tarvit Estate, near Cupar. The staggered start of this particular age category consisted in sending a total of over 160 school aged runners in small groups on a course which is initially downhill, then run in reverse, i.e. uphill, passing the cheering crowd, away up to the main gate and back to the start/finish point. The recording of strict running times revealed that, in a field of 35 U11 boys, first Craigclowan finisher (and 3rd overall) was Archie J-S., followed closely (two seconds behind and 4th overall) by Theo E-M, and Christopher H in 9th position. First Craigclowan girl was Louisa T, who did a great job chasing from the very back of the field, followed by Maisie M (10th), Isobel S (11th) and Tessa H not far behind. in this group of 19 finishers.  Unlike many of the other runners, our children had the clear advantage of not having raced a good 3 miles in total over the previous evenings, i.e. on St. Andrews’ West Sands Beach, up East Lomond and on trails at Kingsbarns, but it certainly gave them a taste of how rewarding such a 5-day event can be. Indeed, congratulations go to all the runners! Our thanks go to Fife Athletics Club who, over the week, put on a first class event for hundreds of school children aged under 18 and to our families whose cheers were much appreciated. For more information, full results and additional race photos visit

Form 1 Story Stones

11 Jun 2015

Form 1 spent Thursday afternoon helping in the garden weeding our raised beds and creating imaginative stories in the forest using our painted story stones.

Form 2 visit to Edinburgh Castle

10 Jun 2015

On Wednesday 10th June all of Form 2 had a trip out to Edinburgh Castle. We always go on this day as there are celebrations at 12.00 for Prince Philip’s birthday. We all gathered round and listened to a brass band and then a 21 gun salute. It was very noisy! The children enjoyed exploring the castle and looking at rooms where Mary Queen of Scots lived and even a tiny room where she gave birth to her son James! We saw prisons and memorabilia about various regiments and a special key which the Queen has to ask for when she visits the castle. If she didn’t ask for the key, the guide said she would have to pay to get in!! It was a very hot and tiring day but we all enjoyed ourselves.

Form 1 Minipin Houses

10 Jun 2015

Form 1 children enjoyed creating houses for their Minpins using natural resources outside on a beautiful sunny Wednesday afternoon!

Form 8 Citizens Advice Bureau Workshop

09 Jun 2015

This week, Form 8 pupils attended a very informative financial capability workshop run by Perth’s Citizens Advice Bureau.  This will stand our school leavers in good stead as they embark upon their new life paths and have to start budgeting for themselves! 

U10 Rounders v Ardvreck

08 Jun 2015

The U10 girls played their first game of the term in dry relatively warm weather, pretty good considering how the weather has been since the start of this term. Anyway, it was a good start for the U10 and they certainly fielded well in the first innings. Even though the girls we down after the first innings, I certainly had confidence in them as a team as they began their second innings. With a lot of encouragement, they put in a super batting performance and continued to field well. It was a great game overall, very friendly and I think the parents learnt a lot about this very complicated game!

Final score:
Craigclowan 6½  Ardvreck 5

U9 Rounders v Ardvreck

08 Jun 2015

The U9 rounders team played their first match on Monday. It was a lovely friendly game with lots of support from parents. The girls should be very proud of themselves, they showed some excellent batting and fielding skills. They won the match 8½ rounders to 4.

Kilgraston Tennis Tournament

05 Jun 2015

On Friday 5th June the tennis team went to play in the Kilgraston tournament and a good day was had by all, despite the rain, with some very good results in the end. The team only had couples playing in the U12 section this year, due to Suzannah Morris’s partner, Rosie Porter, being ill on the day, so she had to pull out. The U12’s had three couples playing, with Rosie Morris & Sofia Roberts, Isobel Todd & Iona Fleming and Alice Hay & Kitty Davidson all playing in different sections against couples from four other schools. The first two Craigclowan couples had four couples to play and had to play 5 games against each. Then Alice and Kitty had a couple missing from their group so only had 3 matches, playing 7 games in each.
Rosie and Sofia won all their matches very easily, only dropping one game against the couple from St. Leonards. This took them through as the winner of their group to the knockout stages. Isobel and Iona lost their first game 5-0 to the Dollar couple, they later found out that all of the couples in this section lost to the Dollar couple so they weren’t too bothered by this score. Then they won all the other games they played. The girls were hoping that they could get a 5-0 win against the St. Leonards couple, on their last match, and this would make them runner up in the group. However they weren’t able to clinch the last game, meaning that the Mary Erskine couple went through as runners up instead. Alice and Kitty were playing in a section with some strong couples and lost in their first two games but were able to get a 4-3 win against the St. Leonards couple, which they were very pleased about.
There was a long delay before the knockout stages could be played, as there were still a lot of the U14 matches to be played before the games could start, but the girls kept themselves amused by playing on the mini courts that had been set out. When the games did get started, Rosie and Sofia were down to play a Kilgraston couple, who were runners up from the section that Alice and Kitty were in, so they were able to give Rosie and Sofia some advice for the game. This time the couples played a short set of first to 6 games. Rosie and Sofia played very well and dominated the game to win 6-1 against the Kilgraston couple. They then went on to play a couple from Strathallan in the semi-final. At first they were ahead in the game and it seemed possible that they could win 6-1 again, but there was a lapse in concentration from the girls and a few games were lost, however they eventually pulled it back to win 6-3. With the girls in the final they just had to wait to see what the result was in the other semi-final, to see who they would play. This semi-final was very close but it was a Mary Erskine couple who won. This couple was the same one who had come runner up in Rosie and Sofia’s group, so they were very pleased, as they knew that they could beat them. Rosie and Sofia came out strong and Rosie upped her service speed, which helped a lot, and this meant the girls won the final 6-1. At the presentation of the trophies, Rosie and Sofia were awarded with little trophies by one of the staff at the school.

PTA Fun Tennis Evening at Craigclowan

05 Jun 2015

The sun shone down in all its glory on the inaugural PTA Tennis Evening on Friday. It was a fabulous fun-filled event read more

U11 KWIK Cricket Tournament

04 Jun 2015
Regional Finals
Both the Craigclowan teams managed to get through to the regional finals which was held on Thursday 4th June.
The competition was a step up from the previous round, but Craigclowan played some super cricket, batting strongly and fielding well.
The results came down to how many runs were scored overall. Craigclowan A and B managed to win all their games with pretty big scores, which meant that both teams secured a place in the National Finals on Weds 17th June at Doo’cot Park.

A great effort by all the girls and boys. Good luck for the Finals!!!

Form 1 in the Forest School Area

04 Jun 2015

Form 1 enjoyed an adventure to our forest school area.  We had fun exploring, building dens and listening to the Stick Man with our sticks!

WOSPs vs Dandylions Rounders

04 Jun 2015

The final chapter for the WOSPs was held at Cargilfield.  Both the 'A' and 'B' team played extremely well and competitive, close matches were enjoyed by all.  The scores certainly do not reflect the standard of play, there was some excellent batting and fielding by all.

Final Scores:

WOSPs 'A' 11.5 – 20 Dandylion 'A'
WOSPs 'B' 11 – 16 Dandylion 'B'

Well done to Rosie, Sophia, Suzannah, Casta, Maisie and Isobel who were selected for WOSPs Rounders this year.

U9 Cricket v Cargilfield

03 Jun 2015

The boys got off to a cracking start with 3 wickets in the first over which left Cargilfield chasing the game from the off. Cargilfield ended their innings with 284 and our boys then batted really well to quickly pass that score and end up with a fine total of 374.
Well done boys!

Form 3 Trip To Vane Farm

02 Jun 2015
Our Trip To Vane Farm - By Landon Franklin
On Tuesday 2nd June, the two Form Three classes went to Vane Farm, but first we went to assembly.  It was sharing assembly, so one person in my class could share something.  Mr Dibnah had chosen Josephine to share her shells.  Once Josephine had finished sharing, all the other people who had brought things in could have their go. When everybody had finished, we did a prayer and everybody went back to our classrooms.
When Mr Dibnah had told us what group we were in and which bus we needed to go into, we went in it and drove to Vane Farm.  On the way I played Rock, Paper, Scissors with Paddy, Monty and Dillon.  Finally we got there and we were all feeling hungry so we had a snack while Craig (Craig was a person that showed us around the RSPB Nature Reserve) told us about Vane Farm. He held up a big picture of the reserve and asked us to name habitats on the picture.  Soon we had named lots of habitats.
After that we went outside.  We walked down a path until we came to a pond.  We saw quite a few tadpoles in the pond, but then we had to go. We went a little further down the path and came to a habitat that Craig had built for animals.  Once Craig had finished talking to us about the habitat, we went even further down the path until at last it stopped at a big wood.  There was a sign saying “Forest School” and an arrow pointing to the wood.  Craig said to go inside the wood and we sat down on some logs. Craig then came to sit down with us, and told us stuff about the wood.  He told us we were going on a minibeast hunt in the wood.  He showed us the equipment we would need to catch the minibeasts. A little jar that we could catch them with.  We would be using a pooter, a magnifying glass, a magnifying machine, a sheet of paper that had lots of different bugs on it and a sheet that had lots of information about the bugs. Next, he told us to get into groups.  I got into a group with Fraser and Daniel.  We found a centipede, a slug, and earwig and Lily found a millipede and some woodlice for us.  We also found a broken egg, which we lost on the forest floor.
Next we had lunch and after lunch we went pond dipping.  I caught a whirligig beetle, a few pond skaters, a pond snail and lots of other things.  The biggest thing that the class got was a great diving beetle.  After we did pond dipping, we went to a room where there were lots of pictures of birds.  There was also pictures of pond minibeasts and a big washing line with pegs on it.  Above the washin-line was the words, herbivore, omnivore, carnivore and top carnivore.  Craig told us to put the pictures of the pond minibeasts where you think they should go on the washing line.  When we had finished, Craig said we had created a food-chain.  He then told us to make our own food-chain on the floor.
When we had done this it was time to go, so we went back to get our bags and we got back on the buses and we went back to school.

Form 7R Pet Hotel Presentation

02 Jun 2015

Form 7R designed luxury pet hotels in groups this week, creating posters and Weebly websites to market their designs to potential ‘investors’ in the class.  The rhetorical techniques present in their persuasive pitches also wowed me, I have to say!
M. Prince

Forms 1-5 Disability in Sport Assembly

01 Jun 2015

Jim Hunter from Disability in Sport, Perth and Kinross, came to talk to the pupils in Form 1 – 5 on Friday afternoon. We were all very interested to learn about the amazing work that the volunteers do with the organisation in our local area. The children asked Jim some very good questions and we all agree that we need to involve the school a little more with the charity.
Jim accepted our cheque for £262.00, this money was raised by the whole school during our Rag Bag collection.

Click to go to the PKDS

ESB Examination Success

01 Jun 2015

Our 29 Form 6 pupils recently sat their English Speaking Board examinations – with resounding success!  All pupils were awarded a Merit or above, and 70% walked away with Distinctions.
All pupils worked so very hard and deserved to do well.  In preparing for the big day, they learned to research topics thoroughly, composed their own talks on a subject of interest to them, recited much-loved poems from memory and practised sight reading from their favourite novels.
The examiner commented that she was greatly impressed by the exceptional calibre of entrants at Craigclowan.
Well done, all!
M. Prince

Craigclowan Music Competition

29 May 2015

The annual music competition was held in the Rix Room on Friday the 29th of May.  There were 14 competitors in three categories.  The adjudicator, Gavin Pettinger, Director of Music at Fettes Preparatory School commented on the very high standards of performance given by all the pupils and awarded joint first prize in Elementary Class to Iona F. for singing and Rachel L. on piano.  In the Intermediate Class the joint winners were Cameron S. on violin and Finlay M. for singing.  In the Advanced class Ben C. was the winner on 'cello.

Form 6 to Stirling Castle

29 May 2015

This was a great day for the children.  We started by climbing all the way up the stairs to the top of the Wallace monument where we appreciated the amazing view across the valley towards Stirling.  After lunch we were able to enjoy a lively tour given by ‘Sir William Oliphant’ who described how the castle was put under siege by Edward I in 1304. He took us around wearing armour weighing five stones and demonstrated weaponry and siege machinery.  We are ready now for the end-of-term examination as we have set the battles we have studied in their geographical and historical context.

Junior Sports Day

22 May 2015

Form 1 – 4 show off their athletic ability in lots of fun and exciting races. Form 1 have been doing a project on Living and growing and their 4 races showed that with scarecrows, lawnmowers, watering cans, flowers and clucking chicks. Form 2 races revolved around the theme of Scotland. So we had haggis, whisky, jumping frogs and ‘see you jimmy’ hats!

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 to get pole position.

All in all an afternoon of fun and enjoyment, by both children and parents.

Form 2 Assembly – This is your Life!

22 May 2015

Parents and pupils were treated to a special episode of ‘This is your life’ today in the form of 2M’s Assembly.  Presenters Rosie and Caitlin, surprised 4 famous Scottish guests and interviewed them about their lives.  Andy Murray (Ross), Sean Connery (Edward), Alexander Graham Bell (Zoe M) and Sir William Wallace (Zoe D) and her army were surprised with the big red books and then the audience asked questions.  All of the information had been researched by Form 2 in a homework task as part of their topic on Scotland.
Well done to all of Form 2M – it was braw!

St Leonard's Tennis Tournament

21 May 2015

On Thursday 21st May the tennis team went to the U13 & U11 tournament at St Leonards School, and came away with a very pleasing result after gaining a trophy and ice cream vouchers to Jannettas. The girls were split in to two couples at U13 level and two at U11 level, with an A & B in each age group. Each A couple were playing for the trophy while the B couples games went towards the school team score to get the ice cream vouchers.
Rosie M. and Iona F. were playing as the U11 A couple and were confident that they could do well after some good results so far in the season. They both played strongly and were able to win 4-1 against all of the couples that they played against. These wins meant that they won the U11 trophy for the school. Kitty D. and Alice H. were playing as the B couple in the U11 section and they were also able to win all the games they played. This meant that the team had a good number of games towards winning the team competition.
However the U13 side had a much harder time in their section and found it difficult to get the wins that they needed. Sofia Roberts and Isobel Todd played as the A couple and managed to win a few games in each match. While Rosie P. and Suzannah M. played as the B couple and unfortunately kept getting close losses of 4-3.
Despite the U11 team doing so well the team were unsure whether they would win the team competition as Dundee High School had won a large number of games in the U13 section. During the presentation at the end Rosie and Iona were awarded the U11 trophy and then it was time to wait to see who had won the team competition.  The scores were given in reverse order and the Craigclowan team came 2nd with 50 points, which meant they still received the ice cream vouchers. The girls were very happy to finish off the tournament with an ice cream, before going back to school.