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04 Jul 2014

It may well be the summer term but the Dry Ski slope has been in action a great deal throughout the term.
The ski team, minus the Form 8s, were in action once at the Scottish Schools Dual Slalom race at Hillend. They skied very well gaining yet more valuable experience for the future. Though no medals were won, Mrs Whitelaw was incredibly proud of the way that all of them performed on the day.
A large group of Form 1 to 4 pupils have skied each week on a Thursday under the expert tuition of the Freshtrack instructors. With only two pupils wanting to take up the opportunity to ski on the Tuesday session which was offered, it sadly became unviable. I do hope that more pupils will take up the opportunity to ski on this fantastic school facility with the added bonus of well qualified and incredibly enthusiastic coaching from the Freshtrack instruction team.
The development race squad were also on the slope each Friday evening and Saturday morning working on their pole skills in readiness for the future dry slope and snow races.
If there are any parents who honestly think that their child is ready to be considered for this development squad and they have not been invited to these sessions at the beginning of next term, then please send me an email and I will consider them for a trial session.
Charlie Reynolds

Head Boy Carries the Baton

04 Jul 2014

Head Boy, William, headed straight from Prize Giving on the last day of term to the centre of Perth to play his part in the Queen’s Baton Relay.  The rain stopped just in time for William to complete his run, cheered on by his family and friends.  He was the youngest runner in Perth and met some very interesting people who were also running.  Judging by the smiles, William thoroughly enjoyed this fantastic opportunity and I’m sure it rounded off a day he’ll never forget.  Well done William.  What a fantastic representative for Craigclowan you have been.

Form 5 Say Goodbye to Mrs Thomson

04 Jul 2014

As Form 5 make the move to the Senior School, and Mrs Thomson leaves us to take up a new post, parents and children spent a lovely morning together at the end of term.  Best wishes to them all.

Form 8 Leavers Production of Guys and Dolls - 01 & 02 July

02 Jul 2014

It is not hard to write wonderful things about this group of leavers. I have never experienced a rehearsal period which created so little stress or hassle. The actors only needed to be told once and that was enough. They sang, they danced, they watched their position on stage respecting their fellow actor’s space, they made suggestions, they choreographed much of the dancing and they all spoke their lines with conviction in a good strong, clear and slow manner. They made me so proud. It is nights like those two fantastic performance nights which remind me why I love this job.
To those who came to the performances, thank you for your support, your applause and your laughter. The children certainly fed off your energy. To those who did not manage to come to either of the nights, I hope that you will come next year to see what these remarkable young people can achieve in a very short period of time at the end of a momentous year of growing and maturing.
Before I go, I must thank two wonderful people who have helped in every production I have done over the past ten years. Maureen Wright has been my Back Stage Bouncer every year. She has kept the children quiet and made sure that everyone is in the right place at the right time with the right props. Not an easy undertaking. Thank you Maureen. I will miss you and the knowledge that I have nothing to worry about back stage.
Florence Proctor also leaves the production madness. The miles of cables carefully gaffer taped to the floor send shivers up my spine each year. Where does it all go? What does it all do? How does it all work? Florence knows. That is all I really need to know. Carol Dibnah now knows. I hope! That is all I need to know. Thank you Florence for everything.
To everyone else involved I say thank you. Without the incredible team spirit which we have as a staff in abundance none of these spectacular events would be possible.     
Thank you and good night.
Charlie Reynolds

House Debate

02 Jul 2014

Form 1 Fire Lighting

02 Jul 2014

Form 1 headed to the school garden for some more outdoor learning activities this week. We learnt how to make small outdoor fires safely in a frying pan, and during the second session, we even managed to toast a marshmallow each! Such fun.

Forms 3 and 4 Trekked up Moncreiffe Hill

01 Jul 2014

What a fantastic day! The Form 3 and 4 children enjoyed some of Perthshire’s finest views, in splendid sunshine, as they trekked up Moncreiffe Hill. Not only did the Form 3 boys and girls make some very exciting discoveries on the trail, but also discovered some inside information about what to expect in Form 4 from their wise old buddies. The teachers had a great time too!

Children's Golf Competition

30 Jun 2014

Eighteen children played in the school's golf competition at Glenalmond on Monday June 30th.
The golfers played in mixed weather on the Cairnies Course which was in lovely condition.
The competition used Stableford scoring and all children scored well.
The winners were:  Suzanna Morris, Toby Smith and Rory Ottley.
Sincere thanks go to Glenalmond for the use of their course, the lovely catering, the children who competed, the parents who contributed prizes and the parents who helped with scoring.
This was a great afternoon with a lovely atmosphere. Well done everybody.

Fife Hunt Pony Club Team Show Jumping Competition

29 Jun 2014

The Craigclowan Equestrian Team, led by Rosie P, has won the Fife Hunt Pony Club Team Showjumping Competition.  The team was made up of Rosie, Holly F, Rachel L & Elisabeth D.  Not to be outdone, our Tiddler Team made up of team Captain Gabi F, Emily A, Esther L  & Carmen M also came home with a first in their class.
An excellent day was had by all.

Golden Time

27 Jun 2014

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 play tennis and build K’Nex models.
Did the children enjoy themselves?  A picture says a thousand words!

Form 1 Trip to Deer Park

27 Jun 2014

Form 1 enjoyed their last trip of the year last Friday. The rain stayed away and we all had a wonderful time outdoors. The deer all came to see us, the Eagle Owl joined us at our table and even the big brown bears showed their faces.
We all enjoyed ourselves and many of us agreed that it "was the best trip ever!"
Thank you to The Scottish Deer Centre for helping to make the day perfect.

Leavers Dance

27 Jun 2014

What a great way for all the Form 8’s to say goodbye. The Leavers Dance is always such a lovely evening, where the Form 8 feels special. They have been such a wonderful group of young adults and they thoroughly deserve an evening where they can celebrate their life at Craigclowan.

Retiring Teachers “Mastermind” Assembly

27 Jun 2014

Form 7 Pupil Wins a Bike!

26 Jun 2014

Following the recent Safe Taysiders event that was attended by Form 7 recently, Kirsty R’s name was pulled out of the hat by event organisers Police Scotland to win a bike! All of the Form 7 children in Craigclowan were in fact entered into this draw, as on the day of their visit, both the Girls’ and Boys’ Teams finished joint winners. Their names were joined also by the names of all the other children whose team had won in the three week event that covered the whole Tayside area!
Congratulations, Kirsty!

Form 3 Egyption Assembly

26 Jun 2014
Tribute to a Pharaoh
Form 3 performed brilliantly in their end of year assembly.  Mrs Duncan once again ensured fine performances from all.  What will Form 3 do next year without her talents?

Form 1 Garden Party

25 Jun 2014

Form 1 classrooms were transformed on Wednesday afternoon. The children did a fantastic job of serving their relatives some delicious goodies and showing them around the school garden. Well done Form 1 and thank you to all the guests for coming.

U13 Rounders v St Marys and Belhaven

25 Jun 2014

Final matches of the academic year and for some its their final match for Craigclowan. The instructions from the coach was to go out and enjoy themselves. The U13 ‘A’ team drew 4-4 with St Marys and lost to Belhaven 4-2. Both matches were very close, but again they played well as a team.


The U13 ‘B’ team had a great game with St Marys and the final score was 20 - 16 to St Marys


I am very proud of them all and I know the form 8 girls will leave with much confidence and knowledge of the game. They won the game they wanted, which was yesterday’s parents match ! 


A few tears will be shed over the next week, even from their coach. Well done team rounders, you are all a credit to yourself and the school. 

Visit by the Dentist

25 Jun 2014

Mrs Queba swapped hats on Wednesday afternoon.  She flung off her role as mother and parent and snapped on her rubber gloves to inform the children on the perils of eating too many sweets and much much more. Thank you.

Form 7 to Falkland Palace

24 Jun 2014

There were twenty one young people conveyed to the sixteen century and the presence of her Grace Mary Queen of Scots on Tuesday June 24th. 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. We were finally treated to a feast of herbs in the fragrant gardens of the royal palace.

Parents v Pupils Rounders Match

23 Jun 2014

After an intense training regime the parents were ready to take on the Form 8 girls at rounders.  Ok, maybe after 1 session, the parents were sort of ready.
The girls were feeling confident, but we won the toss so put the girls into bat first.  This was with the hope we could get them all out with no score... ha ha ha… maybe not… Our fielding looked pretty good and the Form 8 girls thankfully only scored 7 ½. Only a couple of mistakes from the Form 8 girls; thankfully; allowed us to score 3.

After a half time rest of Pimms, strawberries and Jean’s great shortbread. The 2nd Innings started. We were getting to grips with the complicated rules of rounders and thankfully ensured the girls only scored 5 1/2.  However, it has to be said, the A team, played extremely well and kept their field tight. We did score more though!!!!!
OK; OK  the girls won... FINAL SCORE: 13 – 7 ½
It was such a fantastic evening. Yes, there may be aching limbs this morning, but everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Thank you to Jean and her super kitchen staff for the wonderful sandwiches, shortbread, strawberries and drinks.

U10 Rounders v Loretto (H)

23 Jun 2014

It is always nice to finish the term with a home game. We had lots of support from the parents, which is always great; even though they were a wee bit confused on the rules!

The girls played really well, they have a bit to learn on accurate throwing, but I know they will become good rounders players and a string team in the future.

A good win for the Craigclowan girls. Final Score: Craigclowan 13  Loretto 11

Explorers' Summer BBQ

23 Jun 2014

Monday 23rd June was another perfect afternoon for the annual Explorers’ BBQ. This year’s theme was book characters and some wonderfully imaginative costumes were sported! Early afternoon showers vanished and the sun came out in time for us all to enjoy the fun and games and the delicious barbecue tea. A big thank you to all the staff who helped make it such a happy occasion for us all.

Form 3 Teach Us a Lesson

23 Jun 2014

Form 3 teachers had had enough and so they handed over the classroom to the children this week.  We have had gymnastics and yoga lessons, magic tricks and sheep shows, different dinosaurs and dogs, tea making, drawing and many more lessons.  I would particularly like to congratulate Olivia H for her excellent lesson on skiing.

Form 1 Gardening

23 Jun 2014

Form 1 took advantage of another fine Summers’ afternoon and headed up to their plots read more

IAPS Athletics Championships at Fettes

22 Jun 2014

The Fettes Athletics Championships were held in perfect weather on Sunday 22nd June.
A team of thirty-five 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.
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; you were great and we are very grateful to you.
A huge thanks to the staff who attended for giving up a Sunday to organise the children and parents.
You are stars and I love you dearly.
The biggest thank you to Jenny and all the staff at Fettes for a wonderfully organised day which gets better every year. Onwards and upwards, Craigclowan.  JJES

Craigclowan Senior School Sports Day

21 Jun 2014

The Senior School Sports were held on the Old Field on Saturday 21st June.
Races were held as per the programme, aided by Mrs Grant’s expert encouragement on the loud speaker. A mixture of track and field events were held and all four championships came close to completion with no winners announced at the time of this report.
Congratulations to the children who competed.  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 and Mrs Yellowlees for presenting the prizes and the hugest thanks, to the staff who really made sure the whole event ran smoothly and professionally. The world’s best staffroom.    JJES

Scottish Schools Dual Slalom Ski Championships

20 Jun 2014

A team of 5 skiers represented Craigclowan at the Scottish schools Dual slalom last Friday at Hillend. The team skied in a head to head competition against 11 other primary schools from all over the country. They qualified for the second round but were unfortunately knocked out in the first quarter final. It was a terrific day and the skiers should be proud of their performances. The future of Craigclowan skiing is in very safe hands. Well done!

Form 6 Multimedia Fables

20 Jun 2014
6D visit Form 2
In ICT this term 6D pupils have been working on a collaborative project with the English department.  In English the class read some fables and selected one, which they then re-wrote to suit a younger audience. They then illustrated the fable. In I.C.T. they learned how to turn these books into an interactive story with sound and animation.
 On Friday morning 6D presented these fables to Form 2 who were able to interact with the stories on the interactive whiteboard. Form 2 enjoyed the presentation and said “I really liked all the pictures” “The morals taught us what not to do” and “I liked how I could turn it to different pages.” At the end of the session Mrs Stronach asked Form 2 for five ‘Wow’ words to describe the interactive stories and the words they chose were “amazing, incredible, beautiful, fantastic and fabulous” – high praise indeed!

Form 6 Glenalmond Inspiring and Innovation Days: 17th and 19th June

18 Jun 2014

Forms 6D and 6G 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 water rockets, witnessed the effects of chemical rockets, designed elastic aeroplanes whilst investigating the conservation of energy and constructed trinket boxes that had been designed with the school’s logo using a laser cutter!
All the children had fun and enjoyed experiencing Science in another environment.

What Form 6 said:
“Very unpredictable… I liked that. 5/5”
 “Lots of fun, especially firing the planes.”
“Even cooler than cool.”
“I had a good time.”
“I thought it would be lots of writing but it was very active.”
“It wasn’t good, it was amazing – and our rocket was the best!”
“It was very interesting and I enjoyed flying planes!”
“It was awesome!”
“I enjoyed learning about aerodynamics.”
“I thought that it was really cool and now know the science behind flying!”
“It was lots of fun and I learnt lots about planes!”
“It was entertaining.”
“It was interesting.”
“I really enjoyed flying the elastic band plane! The whole day was fun!”
“It was amazing.”

Form 6 Declaration of Arbroath

18 Jun 2014

At the end of their studies of the Scottish Wars of Independence the class learnt a part of this declaration…‘ for, as long as but a hundred of us remain alive we will never in any way be bowed beneath the yoke of English rule. It is not for glory, nor riches , nor honour that we fight, but for freedom alone, that which no man of worth yields up, save with life itself.’

U13B Cricket v Fettes (A)

18 Jun 2014

This was an excellent team performance. Every team member contributed well. In the first innings we batted well and kept the runs ticking along nicely.  Good tight bowling in the second innings kept the Fettes runs down but unfortunately we lost the match by 1 run. A fine team performance, well done!

U13A Rounders V Kilgraston (H)

18 Jun 2014

The sun was shining brightly today and what a brilliant game it was. Both teams played really well and it was really close. Craigclowan girls were really strong in the field making it very difficult for Kilgraston to score in their second innings. I was very proud of how our girls communicated as a team and worked together. They have really grown as a team and that certainly showed today. Well done! Final score: Craigclowan 7 Kilgraston 6

Form 5 Trip To Inchcolm Island

17 Jun 2014

Not many could argue that it really was a brilliant day on Tuesday. The sun was splitting the sky as we put on our sun-cream and hats before clambering onto the boat.  We couldn’t decide whether it was the tunnel, abbey, beach, boat or even the hermit’s cave that was the highlight of the day. The whole year, both staff and pupils are desperate to go back again over the summer holidays!  With Form 5 looking at tourism in Scotland as part of this term’s topic, we certainly did discover another wee gem not far from our own front door!

Eco Picnic Lunch

17 Jun 2014

The Eco Committee celebrated their year’s work by holding a picnic lunch in the outdoor classroom.   Thanks were given to Sine and Meghan for the work which they have put into the Eco Committee as Chair and Secretary.  Bertie and Andrew offered to take over their roles next year.  We sadly said goodbye to Mrs Duncan who established the Craigclowan Eco Committee many years ago and we wish her all the best in her retirement.   The outdoor classroom and pond were the focus of the Eco Committee’s work this year and it was lovely to be able to have our lunch outside on such a beautiful sunny day.

Form 1 Busy in the Garden

16 Jun 2014

Form 1 were busy bees in the garden this week-we weeded our raised beds read more

U11B Rounders v Fettes (A)

16 Jun 2014

This was the first time the girls had played together as a team. They certainly put in a great performance. They fielded really well and Rosie Morris was outstanding with the bat, scoring 11 of the 13 rounders. A super win for the Craigclowan girls: Final score: Craigclowan 13 – Fettes 11

Form 8 Camp at Loch Eil 13, 14, 15 June

14 Jun 2014
Form 8 Camp through the Eyes of Form 8
Last weekend the Form 8’s headed up to Loch Eil for what was another amazing 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. However, 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 gorge walking, climbing, zip-lining, Jacobs’s ladder, swinging on the trapeze, raft building, team competitions and swimming in the Loch and also enjoyed the great dinners that were provided.
The Form 8’s would like to say a big thank you to all the staff who gave up their time to come and get midge bitten with them as well as to the staff at the Outward Bound centre. They all feel that they have got a lot out of this experience and have become better people as a result of it.

What Form 8 said:
“I especially enjoyed gorge walking and felt there was a real sense of teamwork.”
“It was great fun and a great learning experience!”
“The food was really good.”
“I managed to go through the underwater hole in gorge walking which I thought I could never do.”
“It was really exciting and Jacob’s ladder was lots of fun!”
“I learnt a lot about teamwork and about how spicy the chilli was!”
“My favourite activity was Jacob’s ladder with Cleo because for half our time limit we were screaming and laughing in mid-air.”
“I loved the food. Yum. Yum.”
“I loved gorge walking especially the rock jump!”
“The instructors were great and they made the activities really fun!”
“I liked going through the rock in gorge walking.”
“I felt the camp helped you come out of your comfort zone and try things like the trapeze that you never thought you could do before.”
“They had really good dinners!”
“Form 8 camp was amazing. I especially loved gorge walking and the trapeze.”
“It was the best camp ever!!”
“It was great. I loved it!”
“My favourite activity was climbing.”
“Form 8 camp helped me come closer to all my friends, helped me learn new skills and put trust in those I wouldn’t normally trust.”
“I loved Jacob’s ladder and I particularly remember Darcy shouting to the instructor, “Are you joking,” as she looked up.”
“I liked gorge walking and raft building because we got to swim!”
“Amazing food, amazing fun, amazing experience!”
“Form 8 camp was really good. I really enjoyed climbing, gorge walking and zip-lining!”
“Gorge walking was awesome.”
“I learnt a lot about teamwork while doing Jacob’s ladder!”
“I especially liked gorge walking. It was great!”
“I liked gorge walking.”

Gordonstoun Challenge - 13, 14, 15 June

14 Jun 2014

Five Form 7 children participated in the Gordonstoun Challenge last weekend.  Rosie, Suzannah, Andrew, Finlay and Magnus camped out in the tented village with teams from 17 other prep schools from all across the UK.They were looked after by Gordonstoun Colour Bearer (prefect) and former Craigclowan pupil, Françoise B.

They worked extremely well as a team on the different challenges they were set which were essentially sporting, artistic, dramatic and creative and they had to make all their equipment for the final exciting challenge on the last afternoon. This consisted of Commonwealth Games themed races and relays. The glorious weather added to the occasion.

 The team did extremely well and approached all of the tasks they were set with enthusiasm and determination. The team finished equal 4th and should be proud of what they achieved over what was a very busy, tiring but enjoyable weekend. They were a credit to Craigclowan.

Form 4 Butterfly World

13 Jun 2014

What a fantastic visit we had to Butterfly and Insect World! The children were amazed to look closely at such a range of butterflies, moths and caterpillars. The shapes, sizes and colours were incredible.
Not only did we see butterflies, but got some hands on experience of a millipede, snake and tarantula. There were some very brave souls who conquered fears to hold all the different creatures. Well done to them!
A special mention has to go to our tour guide, Kev, who was crucial to making the trip such a special experience. We are very grateful to him for sharing his knowledge with such enthusiasm and humour.
A fantastic and fun learning experience.

Mini Tour of Fife – Time Trial at Tarvit Estate

12 Jun 2014

On Thursday evening last week, 11 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 98 runners in small groups on a course which is initially uphill towards the main gate, then run in reverse, passing the cheering crowd, away down the hill and back up to the start/finish point. The recording of strict running times revealed that first Craigclowan boy, Rhys T., came 6th overall, and first Craigclowan girl, Rosie M., came 20th overall, with Rachel L. just behind her. Making the most of their fresh legs, Arthur R., Freddy C. and Hayden T. managed to place in the first twenty 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 farm grounds and woodlands at Balmullo, 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 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 4 Viking Play

12 Jun 2014
Viking Times
With a HEAVE and a HO, our motley crew of Form 4 Viking boys and girls entertained a large and supportive crowd of friends and family in the dining hall as they performed their Viking Times play. The audience was treated to some great acting, singing and dancing that came from lots of hard work put in by the children over the course of the term. Well done to all those who took part.

Form 1 Design a Miniature Garden

11 Jun 2014

Form 1 put their design hats on this week and paired up for a miniature garden design activity.
We began the planning process in the classroom, putting our thoughts together and then drawing a basic design. We discussed water features, fences, trees, vegetable patches etc.
We then found a tray or a box and headed up to the garden to collect and gather natural objects for our gardens. The children enjoyed the afternoon, and we all agreed that the designs were very well thought out. Well done Form 1!

The River Tay Through the Eyes of Arthur!

10 Jun 2014

The Tay’s source is a tiny river situated high up in the mountain of Ben Lui.  The Cononish is the small river up in Ben Lui and it is the official start of the River Tay.  It starts its 120 mile journey down the mountains and flows into Killin.  The Tay then runs into Loch Tay, which is about 220m wide and 23 km long. It is 150m deep. It is popular for water skiing, sailing and fishing. After that the river flows through Aberfeldy and then down into the city of Perth.  A great place to see the meandering River Tay and the variety of farming in Perthshire, is to trek up Kinnoul Hill, as there are breathtaking views from the top.  Eventually the Tay winds its way into Dundee and out into the Firth of Tay estuary to meet the North Sea.

Form 2 to Edinburgh Castle

10 Jun 2014

A wonderful occasion for the children to witness, the twenty one gun salute to mark the birthday of His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh. Then the questions began…..
Why are there that number of bangs in the salute?
And later, why do we call Robert THE Bruce?
What a lot more interesting questions evolved from their observations as we toured the defences, the Great Hall and the POW prisons.  We were ‘wowed’ by the Honours of Scotland and the Stone of Destiny. The weather was showery but it didn’t affect the day which was highly informative and enjoyable for us all.
Lesley Court

Our Visit to Edinburgh Castle, by D Ivory

On Tuesday we went to Edinburgh Castle. They were celebrating Prince Philip’s Ninety Third birthday.
Meanwhile we got to the Great Hall where we saw Lairds Lug. Now, Lairds Lug is a little hole where someone lurked to hear what was being said in grand meetings in the Great Hall. Eventually we arrived at the dungeons. You would not have liked to have been a prisoner in those days, living in those incredibly spooky dungeons! The prisoners had to sleep on hammocks and joined up beds. The one o’clock gun is called Mons Meg. We watched the twenty one gun salute for Prince Philip. When the first bang went off we got such a fright! We managed to see the changing of the guards before having our photos taken with two very important people who owned Edinburgh Castle. On our way home, we saw the trams and also the new bridge.

Our Visit to Edinburgh Castle, by A Hay

At Edinburgh Castle we saw the statues of Robert the Bruce and William Wallace. We also went under the portcullis. I thought my head was going to be spiked! After a while we saw the big glass cage where the Crown Jewels and the Stone of Destiny are kept. Minutes later we looked around the Great Hall. In the Great Hall was Laird’s Lug, a hiding place. When we went back outside it was pouring with rain. Later on the pipe band arrived and we heard the twenty one gun salute. My favourite instrument was the trombone! My class and I then went down to the dungeons. There were lots of things left behind by the prisoners! We then had our yummy scrummy lunch. After this we all had our photo taken with soldiers!
I think this was the best school trip EVER!

Retirement Dinner

07 Jun 2014
What a lovely evening!
Despite the weather, the dinner to mark the retirement of Mrs Duncan, Mrs Proctor, Mrs Wright and Mr Simpson, proved how ‘together’ the staffroom at Craigclowan really is.
Several people had gone to a great deal of trouble in arranging the event:
Old friends had been invited, the dining room looked beautiful, the music at pre-dinner drinks was worthy of any gathering, the drinks and food were perfect, the atmosphere convivial and relaxed and the company perfect.
Current Headmaster, Richard Evans, welcomed everyone and set the scene. He offered thanks to the organisers who were warmly applauded. After dinner, former Headmaster, Mike Beale, delivered his kind reflections on the four members of staff he had employed, all those years ago.
In reply, Iain Simpson, spoke on behalf of the retiring foursome. He thanked everyone who had been involved in arranging the evening before concentrating ‘his attentions’ on the combinations of people who had created the Craigclowan we have today.
The evening was greatly enjoyed by all and perhaps the staff will find more excuses for such get-togethers in future?

Form 1 Fireflies

06 Jun 2014
Form 1 Fireflies
Form 1 gave more amazing Firefly presentations. We had volcanoes erupting and dogs visiting!
Well done everyone

Forms 7 & 8 Energy Talk

06 Jun 2014

On Friday 6th June, Forms 7 & 8 were treated to a very informative talk on alternative energy from Mr Oldroyd. He described how renewable energy is derived from natural processes. He explained how it can be derived directly and indirectly from the sun, or from heat generated deep within the earth and described how wind turbines generate electrical energy. One of his more amusing illustrations showed methane being collected from a cow!

Renewable energy is also known as green or clean energy, because the process of transformation of renewable energy sources into renewable energy does not produce greenhouse gas emissions (toxins or pollutants) that are harmful to the environment. Mr Oldroyd mentioned how he and his family are building a house that will make use of all the available resources around them without relying on fossil fuels. He also described how instead of using concrete, the house will be built using limecrete that will absorb CO2, so that it will not just be carbon neutral but even better than that. They are also trying to ensure that all the materials used in the house are locally sourced.

Form 6 at Stirling Castle

06 Jun 2014

This was a great day for the children. 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. The weather was glorious and we picnicked on the esplanade before boarding the coach for the Wallace Monument. 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.

Donald Dewar Memorial Debating Tournament.

05 Jun 2014

On Thursday evening two ex-Craigclowan debaters, Issy A. and Robert W. represented Glenalmond in the final of the Donald Dewar Memorial Debating Tournament. This competition is run by the Law Society and is open to all Scottish secondary schools. The final is held in the debating chamber of the Scottish parliament. We would like to congratulate Issy and Robert on reaching the final of this prestigious competition and for their impressive performance on the night.

Chess Competition

04 Jun 2014

A team of eight boys headed to The Community of Auchterarder School to compete in the recent local Chess competition. Everyone had a great experience and enjoyed playing matches against opposition of different abilities. It was pleasing to see everyone making improvements to their game and having fun.

Mathematical Challenge Awards

04 Jun 2014

Some children in Forms 6, 7 and 8 have been attempting the problems in the Scottish Mathematical Challenge during the past year. Bella B in Form 8 was awarded a gold certificate and a special mug, which she received at the Award Ceremony at Stirling University. She was also able to listen to a very entertaining talk on Maths in the Movies, covering topics from Pi in films to the use of Maths in TV programmes such as The Simpsons and Futurama. Congratulations also to Andrew S (Form7) and Toby S (Form 6) who were awarded bronze certificates.

Form 3 visit the RSPB Nature Reserve

03 Jun 2014

On Tuesday 3rd June, Form 3 went to Vane Farm on the shores of Loch Leven for a day of nature!
Thanks so much to Judy and Craig of the RSPB for showing us some amazing things, in the air, on the ground and in the water.

Form 1 Release Five Butterflies

02 Jun 2014

The last of our butterflies emerged from their cocoons over the weekend and once their wings were dry, we got them ready for their release into the big world. Form 1 C had a leisurely walk up to the school garden in the afternoon sunshine to release their 5 butterflies. The butterflies were very happy to be free as we released them into the lavender.

Form 2 Release Butterflies

02 Jun 2014

Form 2 released their butterflies on Monday. They had all hatched on Friday and had the weekend to allow their wings to dry out! All of our butterflies were released behind the Junior building and they headed straight for the rhododendrons.

Music Competition

30 May 2014

The annual Music Competition was held on Friday 30 May in the Rix Room.  The weather was glorious for the occasion and the catering staff laid on a feast for the competitors and guests which was served out on the lawn in the evening sunshine prior to the start of the competition.  There were 12 performers and the competition was divided into Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced sections.  
The adjudicator, Henry Neil MBE, commented on every performance at the end of the evening and praised the high standard of music making on display.  The winners were:  Olivia Collinson, piano in the Elementary section, Benjamin Clark, cello in the Intermediate section and Lewis Noble, guitar in the Advanced section.  Each winner received a silver quaich to keep for a year.  
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Form 7 "Safe Taysiders"

29 May 2014
Form 7 visited Perth Racecourse to take part in the annual ‘Safe Taysiders’ event organised by Tayside Police. The purpose of the visit was to promote personal safety. The pupils were told of the importance of being Safe, Responsible, Calm and Efficient in the event of an emergency. Most importantly, they were encouraged to act in a manner that would help prevent unnecessary hazardous situations.

The pupils were assigned a route to progress through 14 different real-life scenarios. These had been organised by, British Transport Police, Local Farming Industry, NHS Tayside, Perth & Kinross Council, RNLI, Scotland Gas Network, Police Scotland, Scottish & Southern Energy, Stagecoach, Stephen Homes, The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, The Scottish Ambulance Service, Trading Standards and RNLI.

I hope in the future that the children remember not to:

Enter a stranger’s vehicle,
Enter a burning building/ car,
Purchase toys that do not follow EU guidelines,
Play near electrical pylons or sub-stations,
Play ball games near railway tracks,
Speed when driving,
Throw stones at buses,
Touch someone suspected of having an electric shock,
Use gas appliances with poor ventilation

Here are some of Form 7’s thoughts of the day,
“I learned a lot of useful things and now know what to do, to avoid scary events.”
“I now feel more confident, that if I was in a tricky situation, I would be able to help.”
“I found the Safe Taysiders event helpful. It was fun!”
“The event has taught me how to behave in the real world!”
“I found it beneficial. I feel more confident about facing life’s challenges.”
“We now know which numbers to use in different emergencies.”
“I found it very beneficial. I learnt about CPR, fires, gas leaks and safety on the railway.”
“We learnt how to stay safe, thanks to the examples given by the emergency services.”
“I now know what to do and what not to do in an emergency.”

Finally, special mention must go to both teams as they finished joint winners in the day’s competition. Well done!

Jonathan Doak

Forms 1 & 2 in the Garden

29 May 2014

Form 1 were very excited to see that the tadpoles had changed into froglets read more
Form 2 Gardening Capers read more

ESB Results

29 May 2014
Success In English Speaking Board Exam
This week the eagerly anticipated E.S.B. exam results arrived and, once again, our Form 6 pupils were very successful.

There are five possible pass marks for the Grade 3 exam undertaken by our pupils (pass, good pass, merit, merit plus and distinction.) We were delighted that all of our candidates successfully passed the exam. Eleven pupils achieved the top grade, DISTINCTION; ten were awarded MERIT PLUS and two MERIT.

Congratulations to all our candidates on an excellent set of results, for which they worked very hard. We would also like to thank many parents for their support during our preparations for the exam.

Junior Sports Day

23 May 2014

Form 1 – 4 showed off their athletic ability in lots of fun and exciting races read more