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School Life (WINTER TERM - pre half-term 2015)

Craigclowan's Got Talent - Senior Competition

15 Oct 2015
In the evening we had the Senior competition.  There were four esteemed judges for this show; Mr Simpson, former head of English, Lynne Hoggan, Tay FM DJ, Lynda Sword, Charity manager – Cash4Kids, Victoria Rice, Creative Director – Adlib Arts Theatre, Perth.  Their comments and good humour delighted the audience and contestants alike. 
The Pipe band opened the evening.  All the acts which followed were unique, entertaining, and of an extremely high standard.  The audience enjoyed piano, dance, singing, gymnastics, poetry and ensemble acts.  The voting was very close with only 3 votes between first and third place.
The winners were:
In 3rd place, the mind-blowing Black and White dance.
In 2nd place, Rachel’s enchanting rendition of “I wish I knew how it would feel to be free”
In 1st place, the glamorous, exuberant Glee Club dance medley.
We were very fortunate to have two special guest stars.  Former pupils of Craigclowan, Eilidh Ross and Johnny Boyd come and performed for us.  Eilidh’s voice was incredible and Johnny wowed the audience with his violin playing!
It was a wonderful day/evening, all the performers should feel very proud, especially as the final amount raised for the Cash for Kids and the Mark Taylor Educational Trust was £1,596.72. 
Thank you to everyone who performed, helped and attended the shows.

Craigclowan's Got Talent - YouTube Videos

Carol Dibnah

Craigclowan's Got Talent - Junior Competition

15 Oct 2015
The Junior competition was opened by Form two demonstrating just how creative they are with their song and dance routine “CREATIVITY”.  This set the standard for what proceeded to be a wonderful afternoon’s entertainment of dance, singing, piano, violin and ocarina playing, poetry, ballet, bike tricks and gymnastics.  Our wonderful judges, Mr Dibnah, Mr Olafsson, Mrs Prince and Mrs Perkins really brought the afternoon alive with their encouraging, witty and apposite comments.  The audience voted for the act which they wanted to win.
The winners were:
In 3rd place, Fraser with his wonderful dance to “Uptown Funk”.
In 2nd place, Kirsty brought a tear to our eyes with her rendition of “Caledonia”.
In 1st place, Zoe with her delightful ballet routine.
Carol Dibnah

U11 A&B Hockey v Dollar

14 Oct 2015
The U11 girls continue to have a successful Hockey term. The A team were very strong and dominated the game. There were some super goals. The U11B team were strong in defence and worked hard to ensure no goals were scored against them.
Final Score: A Team WIN: 10-2     B Team DREW: 0-0

U13 Rugby v Ardvreck

14 Oct 2015
 It was a case of Déjà vu all over again as Craigclowan took on a strong Ardvreck side on a lovely autumn afternoon on the Old Field. When the two sides met last month, Ardvreck dominated the first half entirely before we fired ourselves up and made a contest of the fixture. Exactly the same, sadly, has to be said of today’s match.
Our defence in the first period was not up to scratch and Ardvreck were only too happy to keep the scoreboard ticking over. The second half saw Craigclowan stem the flow and we fought to bring ourselves back into the contest. Special mention must go to the forwards as they won several turnovers with aggressive counter-rucking.
If the boys can believe in themselves a bit more, they will compete over two halves. There is talent in the squad that will develop if a sprinkling of belief and dash of intensity is added to our performance. Keep on believing!

U11 Rugby v. Ardvreck

14 Oct 2015
Victory! We’ll take the result, which was fantastic but having played so superbly against Merchiston a few weeks ago, yesterday was a reminder of the fickle nature of school boy rugby. Having rucked and tackled magnificently, playing in a well organised and structured fashion against Merchiston, we decided to do the exact opposite at Ardvreck. With both coaches screaming with frustration from the touchline it was, luckily enough for us, the same with the Ardvreck team. If only every rugby team played to their full potential in every match. As we have seen in the Rugby World Cup this is certainly not the case, even in the professional game.
Well done to the boys for the result and I hope that a few weeks without a match will refresh and reinvigorate everyone.
Craigclowan  7   :  Ardvreck  6 

Cross Country Autumn 2015

14 Oct 2015
Cross-country has well and truly started, with about 60 children registered, attending up to three weekly sessions each. We are delighted to welcome anyone from Forms 5 to 8 and judging by everyone’s enthusiasm already displayed since the start of term, the season promises to be fun and rewarding for all.

Form 2 Pupil Runs 5km

11 Oct 2015
Carla Cumming showed Edinburgh how healthy and strong Craigclowan Pupils are when she participated in a 5km fun run on Sunday 11th October.
A very well done to Carla and her parents for completing the run and for looking fresh at the end!

Craigclowan on Perth Edition Monopoly Board!

09 Oct 2015
We are delighted to advise that Craigclowan can be snapped up for 300 Monopoly dollars in the latest edition of the world’s most popular board game, putting it in the same price bracket as London’s Regent Street. The latest Monopoly board, launched this morning, features famous Perthshire properties, and puts Craigclowan in the green category occupied by Regent Street, Bond Street and Oxford Street in the original edition.
As you know, the object of the game, which this year is celebrating its 80th anniversary, is to build a property empire, buying real estate on the throw of the dice, and then attempt to bankrupt opponents by charging rent when opponents land on the square.
We are fortunate enough to occupy a spectacular property in one of the finest locations in Scotland, and we have succeeded in punching above our weight to make it into a premium green square occupied by some of the world’s most expensive real estate.
Monopoly is popular world-over, and it is exciting to now have a Perthshire version of the game.
Patrick Borderie and Liz Henderson attended the official launch of the Perth Edition today at Scone Palace where they were delighted to see Pre-School pupil Zachary S.-V. who accompanied his grand-mother who had won the Perth Poem Competition organised for the launch. Zachary had his photo taken with Mr Monopoly and the Co-Heads.

Open Morning

08 Oct 2015
In a departure from the inclement weather we have been experiencing recently, the sun shone on Thursday morning for our latest open morning, when visitors and parents came to see Craigclowan at work.
Visitors toured the school with our Form 8 pupils, who enjoyed their role as tour guides for the first time.  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.
Our growing pipe band entertained everyone at morning break and their renditions of The Gael and Highland Cathedral 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.

Thursday Skiing

08 Oct 2015

It has been a busy first half of term with a large group of beginner and novice skiers making the most of the warm spring weather. Each of the skiers have made great progress and are certainly well on track to head to the snow up at Glenshee next term.
Well done to you all and many thanks to the host of Freshtracks instructors who come to Craigclowan each week to lead the children on their merry way.

U13 Hockey v Riley

07 Oct 2015

Final Score: Craigclowan 2 – 2 Riley
Scorers: Emma, Rachel.

Flying high from the super performance on Saturday the 'B' team were buzzing for their match against near neighbours Riley.  A slight change of formation took a little getting used to along with some new players in the form of U11 Susie and Izzy S.  Craigclowan enjoyed a lot of possession and pressure in the Riley half but didn’t take full advantage in the first half.  A change of tactic to 3 forwards was missing link in what turned the team into a well-oiled scoring machine!! The girls used the space well, chatted, passed with accuracy and pace and the extra person in the D ensured the ball went in the goal again and again and again.  The girls worked extremely hard and played much better as a team today. Well done!
Final Score: Craigclowan 6 – 0 Riley
Scorers: Alice, Izzy H-A (4), Izzy S

Romeo and Juliet – An adaptation by Gordonstoun School.

07 Oct 2015

Forms 5-8 were treated to a special performance of ‘Romeo and Juliet’, staged by fantastic actors from Gordonstoun.  The production contextualised scenes from the original Shakespearean tragedy within a modern day school setting, where two warring classes are brought together to learn about the play.  We particularly liked the fusion of contemporary dialogue, original language, naturalistic action and choreographed dance routines.
Thanks to the whole troupe for an outstanding performance!
The company will soon travel to the USA to perform at venues in Boston and New York.


05 Oct 2015
Big Congratulations to our girls and boys who managed to secure a place in the WOSPS Hockey and Rugby teams. We are very proud of them and wish them the best of luck in their match against the Dandylions later this term.

Form 4 Zoolab

05 Oct 2015
On Monday 5th October, the boys and girls in Form 4 enjoyed a fantastic, hands on sneak preview of their project for next term as they looked at some animals of the rainforest. Zoolab never disappoint and our brave bunch got 'hands on' with slugs and millipedes and even snakes! Maybe Mrs Whitelaw will have a go next year. Or maybe not...

Form 2 Zoolab

05 Oct 2015

Form 2 enjoyed another Zoolab visit this week. We learnt a lot about some nocturnal creatures and were all able to touch and hold if brave enough! We were lucky to see the corn snake’s skin which he had shed in the morning.

U13 Hockey v Kilgraston

03 Oct 2015

It is always a good match when we play our neighbours from down the road and today was no different.  The 'A' team started brightly with good ball movement and support play and went ahead with a good goal by Emma.  As the game went on however, Craigclowan lost their shape which created huge gaps for Kilgraston to play through which they duly did and scored from.  The defensive team of Izzy and Kitty played their socks off to keep the strikers at bay but relentless waves of pressure meant the score kept creeping up.  Craigclowan did have chances at the other end but were not as reactive so did not capitalise on this. 
Final Score: Craigclowan 1 – Kilgraston 5
Scorer: Emma

A game of two halves for the 'B' team this afternoon.  The game started lively with each team having good periods of possession but neither being able to create anything.  Communication was slightly better between the girls but they still needed to speak in order to support their fellow teammates and work together.  At half time after a spirited team talk and lots of encouragement from Mrs G on the side line a completely different team began to play.  The girls lifted the pace, didn’t give up and set up quickly.  This boost in performance paid dividends as they scored twice from open play, won short corners and had endless pressure in the Kilgraston circle.  Mrs McKelvey was absolutely delighted with the second half performance and the final score, even more so with the way the girls showed that they can play.  High hopes that this will continue to Wednesday match against Riley.  Well done girls on your first win of the season!
Final Score: Craigclowan 2 – Kilgraston 0
Scorer: Alice (2)

U11 Hockey v Kilgraston

03 Oct 2015
A chilly start to Saturday morning, but this didn’t stop our U11 dominate the game.  From the whistle, the girls played with confidence and put pressure on the Kilgraston players.  We passed the ball well, kept our width and stayed strong in defence. Overall a very good performance. The morning was topped off by Donuts courtesy of Mrs Dewar.
Huge thanks for all the support from our lovely parents. It really is appreciated!
Final Score: Win:   7 - 0

Litter Pick - Moncreiffe Hill

03 Oct 2015
Craigclowan’s Eco Committee spent Saturday morning at Moncreiffe Hill picking up litter.  It was a lovely morning and as well as collecting litter we found some delicious blackberries to pick!  Thanks to everyone who came.

Kinross Street Party

03 Oct 2015
To celebrate the end of the improvement works in Kinross, the town organised a huge street party on Saturday.  The Craigclowan Pipe Band was delighted to be asked along to play.  The band played on the main stage outside the town hall to kick off proceedings and later in the afternoon on the ceilidh stage.  Well done to our pipers and drummers.

Form 1 Castle Feast

03 Oct 2015
Form One children transformed themselves into a plethora of knights, princesses and unicorns and enjoyed a lavish castle banquet as part of their houses and homes topics. The Lord and Lady (Haris and Anna) invited everyone to take their seats and sample medieval delights such as sugared bricks, towering turrets and sparkling rubies! It was scrumptious!

Harvest Festival

02 Oct 2015

On Friday morning the Craigclowan children, staff and parents celebrated the annual Harvest Festival with a lovely service in the gym. Father Giles from Glenalmond gave up his time to come and say a few, wonderfully thought provoking words. Both the Junior and the Senior choirs entertained the congregation with some beautiful singing and Form 8 pupils read poems, extracts from the Bible and prayers.

I must say a big thank you to the many parents who came to participate in the service. It was a fantastic level of support and much appreciated by the staff and the children.
I would also like to thank all of the parents for their amazing donations of food and goodies which were taken down to the WRVS in Perth to be distributed among the elderly. Being one of the few schools in the area to do a collection for the WRVS, they were wonderfully appreciative and greatly enjoyed the company of the boys and girls who helped with the carrying of the produce.

Thank you once more for all of your support at this time of giving.
Charlie Reynolds

U10 Rugby v Merchiston

30 Sep 2015

This game was a potential ‘banana skin’ having beaten our guests the previous Saturday at their own rugby festival. However, a good whole-team performance saw the boys run out very convincing winners. The score line was richly deserved as the team kept going with strong rucking, tackling and supporting play. This allowed most of the boys to get their hands on the ball and show off some fine moves.

The boys can take great satisfaction from their performance but have to remember that if they are to maintain their good start to the season in the forthcoming fixtures, they must continue to work hard in training sessions. Well done boys!

Final Score: Craigclowan 18   Merchiston 8

U11 Rugby v Merchiston

30 Sep 2015

It is a mystery to me as to how a group of boys can produce two performances which a so completely different. After last week’s poor performance, it was wonderful to see such a gutsy and structure game yesterday. The boys ran some fantastic lines, rucked like demons with fantastic body positions and defended with great determination. They should be incredibly proud of their performance in the summer heat.
Well done to both teams for putting on such a grand spectacle for the supporters. I do hope that a corner has been turned and we can continue to develop and progress over the coming days and weeks.
Craigclowan – 6     Merchiston - 4

U13 Rugby v Merchiston

30 Sep 2015

It was an eye-opening afternoon for some of the boys as we played against a physically imposing and skilful Merchiston squad on Wednesday. There was no shortage of effort from the boys, but there is specific work needing to be done with particular regard to individual tackle technique.

Merchiston thoroughly deserved their victory. Although the day was tough for Craigclowan, there is much we can take from the disappointment in defeat as we get stuck in to training together.

Final Score: Merchiston - 37   Craigclowan - 0

Bushcraft Skills Club

30 Sep 2015

The members of Bushcraft Skills club have made an enthusiastic start to the term. They have been trying their hand at some of the skills they would find very handy if they had to survive out in the wild and have been practising them in the school woods. So far the children have started constructing a group shelter, learnt to use a Kelly Kettle (including safe fire-lighting and extinguishing) to make a hot drink and prepared nettles which they will soon be turning into natural cordage.

Form 3D/S Forest School

30 Sep 2015

This year’s Form 3D/S have been enjoying their first few weeks of Forest School. They have made miniature shelters for the ‘Little People’ who live in the woods, woven friendship bracelets out of wool left for them by the Little People, mixed mysterious potions, made journey sticks and played lots of games!

Form 1 Autumn Walk

30 Sep 2015

Form one took advantage of the sunny weather to go on an Autumn walk. Using sticky tape to collect autumnal evidence each pair created a ‘story tape’. Sharing and describing to each other afterwards elicited some fantastic words such as shiny, crunchy, soft, furry, prickly, and different. We loved exploring and our writing about it the next day was fabulous!

Gardening Club Pick Apples

28 Sep 2015

Gardening club were busy picking and bagging apples this week read more

Merchiston U10 Rugby Festival

26 Sep 2015

Two Craigclowan teams travelled down from Perth in high spirits. Everyone was looking forward to playing their first competitive matches of the new season. The boys were also eager to put into practice what they had been working on in training!  

A Team:
The first match was against Merchiston. They very dangerous on the break and strung together some good phases of play. The boys in sky blue, however, dug deep and after some excellent phases of play won the game seven tries to nil.

Up next was Craigclowan B’s. This was a much closer affair with every member of the team playing an important role in this hard fought victory. Good dynamic running, excellent awareness of space, good supporting play and some strong tackles were key. Craigclowan A’s won four tries to nil.

Our last game saw us play Belhaven Hill. The boys in sky blue once again gave a good account of themselves. This match was a great advert for U10 Rugby! Fast flowing moves, good rucking and excellent tackling were on display for all to see. In the end Belhaven got a rub of the green and recorded two tries following some good drives and off-loads. Belhaven won two tries to nil.

B Team:
The plan was to play to our strengths and try to evade the tackle with good passes. The boys tried their best but became quite weary when some strong runners ran at them. I must say that all of the boys should be praised for never giving up. It was a tough morning for the B’s but hopefully a good learning experience.

Thank you to all the parents who came along and supported all of the boys and to Merchiston also, for their very warm and friendly hospitality.

There were many positives to be taken from the morning and I was delighted with the contributions of everyone in both squads. Well done boys!


Form 4 Trip to the National Museum of Flight

25 Sep 2015

Every year that we have embarked on our trip to East Fortune, we have been lucky enough to enjoy beautiful weather. This trip was no exception as the Form 4’s headed down the road, basked in glorious sunshine; keen to learn many new things about life during the World Wars.
When we arrived, we were met not only by Ruth, our knowledgeable (and sometimes scary) guide, but the customary Force 10 gale that prevails over the airfield. We toured the Concorde, we learned about life at East Fortune during WW1 and WW2, experienced ‘draft day’ and finally looked at the iconic Spitfire.
A great day was had by all, especially Mrs Perkins who thoroughly enjoyed her debut visit.

Form 3 Trip to Dundee

25 Sep 2015
Our Trip to Verdant Works
On Friday 25th of September, Form 3 went to Dundee. Our project is “The Victorians” so we visited the McManus Gallery and the Verdant Works Museum, to find out what life was like back in these times.

Kilimanjaro Assembly

25 Sep 2015

At assembly today, Mrs Cashman, Mrs Grant and Mrs Whitelaw quizzed the children on their knowledge of Kilimanjaro and we were delighted to welcome representatives of the two charities for which the school will be fundraising throughout this academic year - Lynda Sword, Charity Manager at Cash For Kids, and Mike Beale, Trustee of the Mark Taylor Educational Trust.  The children heard all about the work of these two amazing charities and who they help and we all realised that not everyone living in our local areas is as fortunate as we are.

We were delighted to announce that Tay FM DJ Lynne Hoggan will be joining us as a guest judge at Craigclowan’s Got Talent and we’ll be listening to Tay FM on 15 October to hear her give Craigclowan a shout out on the day!

Everyone at Craigclowan is looking forward to working with Cash for Kids and The Mark Taylor Educational Trust in the build up to the big Kilimanjaro climb next Summer.  As our poster says – 7 days, 1 mountain, 3 ladies on a mission!

Form 5 trip to the Scottish Crannog Centre

24 Sep 2015

On Thursday Form 5 enjoyed a great day out at the Scottish Crannog Centre.  In class we have been learning about how the Celts lived so it was great to go and visit and explore a real Crannog.  The children learnt about the skills involved in building a Crannog and then the different tools and techniques the Celts used to make tools, food and fire! The children enjoyed having a go at these different skills and despite the drizzle had a thoroughly great day!

U11 Rugby v. Loretto (A)

23 Sep 2015

This was not a day when things went to plan. After the long journey down to Loretto, we never really got into our stride. We tackled and rucked poorly making far too many errors. It was to cost us dear. All credit to Loretto who stuck at it with some strong targeted running and some aggressive tackling. There is lots to work on over the coming weeks and I hope that the boys are up to the challenge.
Craigclowan – 5    Loretto – 7 

U13 Rugby v Loretto

23 Sep 2015

What a difference a week makes! Having graduated from the ‘School of Hard Knocks’, the boys in sky blue put in a determined, physical and aggressive performance to record their first win of the season.
The game pitted two evenly matched, yet very different sides against each other. Loretto often displayed skilful hands while Craigclowan were far more ‘direct’ in their approach. The increased aggression yielded three first half tries, two of which were converted.
Loretto’s handling saw them earn a well-deserved score in the second half, but Craigclowan responded within five minutes to record their fourth and final try of the match.
The performance today was most pleasing for all concerned. We are very proud of the way the boys upped their intensity compared to previous weeks. If we can improve our decision making, especially in terms of using the overlap, we will make great strides from here.
Well done boys. Enjoy the victory!

U13 Hockey v Ardvreck

23 Sep 2015
U13A Craigclowan v U13A Ardvreck
The 'A' team were hoping to keep hold of their unbeaten record for this season but unfortunately that was not to be against Ardvreck.  The Craigclowan girls tried to move the ball around the pitch but Ardvreck were very strong and were quickly able to take the ball up the pitch.  This constant pressure meant gaps opened up and Ardvreck were able to score.  Craigclowan kept trying to move the ball up the pitch and there were some nice runs up the wings.  There were times when the ball did get up to the Ardvreck circle, however, the defence were very strong and there weren’t any chances to get a clear shot on goal.
Final Score: Craigclowan 0 – 8 Ardvreck

U13B Craigclowan v U13B Ardvreck
A difficult afternoon for Craigclowan 'B' team.  Both sides were pretty evenly matched the game began with some good exchanges and tackling.  Ardvreck then began to build pressure and eventually broke through to score despite some super defending by Amy, Catrina and Honor and excellent goal-keeping by Lucy.  Craigclowan made the game very difficult for themselves giving the ball away and losing their shape.  Ardvreck capitalised on this and scored 2 more before half-time.  Craigclowan pulled their socks up in the second half and began to pass the ball to each other and create chances in the circle which paid off when Alice tapped in off the keepers pads.  The chances kept coming but Craigclowan were not able to convert them into a score whilst Ardvreck persisted and continued to build their score.  A lot of take away from this game girls, especially the need to communicate.  A wee rest now before the next match!
Final Score: Craigclowan 1 – 6 Ardvreck
Scorer: Alice

U11 Hockey v Ardvreck

23 Sep 2015

The U11 girls fought hard against 2 good Ardvreck teams.
The 'A' team struggled to break through the Ardvreck defence in the first half, but finally after persistent pressure they got the goal they deserved. Poor defence from our girls saw Ardvreck back in the game quickly.
Final Score: Draw: 1-1
The 'B' team played there best game to date. The pushed hard, pressured the opposition and never gave up.
Final Score: Win: 2-1
Overall good performances from our girls ensuring their unbeaten season is still in tact!

Autumn Fun!

22 Sep 2015

Form 1 have had great fun learning all about Autumn. They have been going outside to look at all the changes that happen to the trees. Here, they are collecting Autumnal coloured leaves which they then dried out and used to create beautiful hedgehogs!

SU Explorers trip to Lendrick Muir

21 Sep 2015

We climbed, balanced, slid, burrowed, dangled, wriggled, wobbled and swung! This was our annual SU Explorers activity afternoon at Lendrick Muir. After a session on the Low Ropes Course, we had a snack break with a message from the Bible about teamwork before heading off to bouldering and the adventure park. It was a fun filled action packed afternoon and our thanks go to the wonderful team of staff at the SU Lendrick Muir activity centre.

SSSA Minors Ski Race at Hillend

20 Sep 2015

Eight children headed down to Hillend, south of Edinburgh, on Sunday on what was, thankfully, rather a nice day. With the senior race being held before the juniors there was a very long wait after the course inspection. The children coped admirably. When it came to the race the boys and girls tried hard but against the much older and more experienced Hillend skiers they struggled to get close to the fastest times. They should be pleased with their performance and learn from this valuable experience and put it to good use when it comes to the snow races next term.
Thank you to Hope Whitelaw from Freshtracks for her time preparing the children before the race and to the parents who made the journey to support the team.

U13 & U11 Hockey v Aberlour (A)

19 Sep 2015
U13 Hockey
A beautiful day set the scene for the trek north to Aberlour. Greeted by wall to wall sunshine and a newly laid astro pitch it had the makings of a great game. Craigclowan took a while to settle into the game and Aberlour capitalised on this taking the lead after 6 minutes. This seemed to kick start Craigclowan and they began to play much better creating chances and putting pressure on the Aberlour keeper. This paid off as Emma scored just before half time following in an initial shot to sweep in off the keepers pads.
In the second half Craigclowan seemed to go up a gear. They held their shape better which allowed them to use the width and gave the wingers opportunity to run the line and cross in the ball. Credit to the Aberlour keeper who played exceptionally well amidst growing pressure.  Craigclowans perseverance paid off as they scored 2 goals in quick succession, again from rebounds.

Final score. Craigclowan 3 - 1 Aberlour
Scorers: Emma (2), Iona

U11 Hockey
After a long drive to Gordonstoun, the U11 girls played their second game of the season. They played some good hockey in the first half and secured a 3-0 lead. The defence was really strong. In the second half, they moved the ball much quicker and played a much better half. The Gordonstoun goalie was very strong and this made it quite difficult for our girls to score. Using the width was certainly beneficial, which is where most of our goals were scored.

Final Score: WIN: 6-0

Form 1 Stephens Homes

18 Sep 2015

Stephen’s Homes development in Scone was the destination for Form One on Thursday. We were thrilled to don hard hats and high-vis jackets in order to see round a real building site. Cement, fork lifts, tubes, wires, bricks, planks and lots of mud made for an exciting trip! We even got to take a peek at a brand new home! We asked plenty of questions and were mesmerised by the men hard at work. Thank you to Garry and Alan for teaching us so many things (and for the sweeties at the end!)

U14 Perth and Kinross Development Hockey Squad

18 Sep 2015

Four Craigclowan pupils managed to secure a place in the U14 Perth and Kinross development squad. We are all very proud of their achievement, so young but very talented! 

Sophia R.
Emma H.
Rosie M.
Archie S.

Jolly Hockey sticks !

Form 1 Phonics Evening

17 Sep 2015

Form One parents were put to the test on Wednesday evening during our phonics session! They all joined in and made words out of balloons and masks blending and building – just a small sample of what we do on a daily basis to help our reading and writing. Thank you to all who came along for the fun!

F3 Art Attack

17 Sep 2015

Form 3DS were monoprinting this week with the Art teacher, Mrs Page. 
Monoprinting is a form of printmaking that has images or lines that can only be made once, unlike most printmaking, where there are multiple originals. There are many techniques of monoprinting. We looked to the countryside for our inspiration, taking account of the golden fields and straw bales.

U13 Hockey v Cargilfield

16 Sep 2015

U13A Craigclowan vs U13A Cargilfield

The As had a very close game against Cargilfield with the ball moving constantly up and down the pitch.  It was Craigclowan who got the first chances on goal, but the Cargilfield goalkeeper was able to kick it away, and the rebound was not picked up.  Craigclowan had a few more chances in the first half but the Cargilfield goalkeeper played very well and got the ball away everytime.
Cargilfield were close to scoring in the second half but the Craigclowan defence stayed strong and did not let the ball through.  It was a very good game for the team with some very good play from all the players.  

Final Score:0-0

U13B Craigclowan vs U13B Cargilfield

A lovely sunny afternoon set the scene for the second fixture of the term against Cargilfield.  The girls had the best start ever scoring within 30 seconds of the whistle! They continued to play well in the first half using the space well with some nice link up play.  They were unlucky not to further their lead before half time.  As the game went on Cargilfield grew in confidence and took advantage of our loose marking to bring the score level and then added to their tally in quick succession.  Craigclowan never gave up and did have some excellent chance at the end of the match which they were unable to convert.  A bit more umph in the next match girls – we’ve the makings of a brilliant team here! 

Final Score:3-1


U11 Hockey v Cargilfield

16 Sep 2015

This was the first game of the season for the U11 girls and they certainly went out with confidence and proved that their skills and game play have really improved over the last 2 weeks. 

All the U11 girls played in 3 teams. The A team played some super hockey, passed the ball really well and used the width very effectively. They were strong and put pressure on the Cargilfield defence. The B team again played really well. They had so many chances on goal and made the Cargilfield goalie work hard. The C team dominated their game and never gave up.

All in all the sun was certainly shining on the Craigclowan camp. All parents, children and coaches were very happy.

Final scores: A team: Won 2-0
                        B team: Drew 0-0
                        C team: Won 5-0

U13 Rugby v Ardvreck

16 Sep 2015

The boys arrived at Ardvreck on a beautiful day for rugby with a positive attitude. Very quickly, however, we found out that a positive attitude isn’t always enough. We knew that the hosts would provide a stern test and this reality came to light with their first attack of the day as our defence parted to allow an easy score inside two minutes. Unfortunately for us, this continued throughout the first period as try after try was conceded.

Some frank words were exchanged at the break and the boys decided to take part in the contest after the whistle, much to the relief of the coaches and parents watching. Further tries were leaked throughout the second half, but there is no doubt that the boys fought much harder and enjoyed some positive phases of play.

Captain Callum hit the nail on the head when he said to me after the game that the team performed better when they ‘got angry’ at the way they played in the first period. Rugby is a game that requires physicality, aggression and determination. If we learn to ‘get angry’ before we have conceded a number of tries, we WILL perform better and we are far more likely to enjoy some victories this season.

We have a talented young crop of players. If we can pull together and play with physicality, aggression and determination, we will all enjoy our rugby much more.

U11 Rugby v Ardvreck

16 Sep 2015

Being the Under 11 coach is becoming very stressful. For the second week in a row the boys were behind with minutes to go until the final whistle. Through dogged determination and a little bit of luck they managed to get the equalising score. As usual, when playing Ardveck, it was a bruising encounter with some very promising, attacking rugby by both sides. I am sure that both teams learnt a great deal about themselves and I hope that by the time of our next encounter, in a few weeks, it is the Craigclowan team which has made greater progress.
Well done to both teams for a thoroughly entertaining performance.

Craigclowan – 5    Ardvreck – 5     

Rag Bag Collection

14 Sep 2015

Once again we have managed to collect all your old clothes, shoes etc. and turn it into money for charity. On Monday the Form 4 children helped load up the lorry with the bags of clothes. Each bag was weighed and the total weight was recorded. 
Through collecting all your old things we have raised £118.00 and this is the first payment into the ‘Cash For Kids’ and Mark Taylor Trust Fund, and the start of the big climb to the top of Kilimanjaro!
On behalf of the school I would like to say a huge thank you to all of you for your kind donations.

New Look For Games Staff

10 Sep 2015

U13 Rugby v Cargilfield

09 Sep 2015

On a still, overcast Wednesday afternoon, Craigclowan welcomed Cargilfield for the opening fixture of the season. The squad took to the field with anticipation and no shortage of passion.

The opening exchanges were dominated by the visitors and they were rewarded with a steady stream of tries. There were moments of heroic defence from the boys in sky blue and some flashes of quality in attack.

The second half saw Cargilfield extend their lead, but the tries they scored were much harder earned. Our boys fought to make their tackles, but further work on individual technique will be required if we wish to firm up our defence. In attack, we fought manfully, but played into opposition hands by running upright and turning the ball over.

Our rucking improved throughout the contest and we even managed to gain some turnovers of our own thanks to some dynamic clearing over the ball. It was a pleasure to see Jonny M. grab his try as it was thoroughly deserved for an impressive shift in both attack and defence.

Overall, we have made a steady start. The result did not go our way, but with the passion shown by this young team, I have no doubt that the boys will use this experience as a stepping stone going forward.

Final Score: 3-32

U11A Rugby v Cargilfield

09 Sep 2015

Cargilfield is always a hard way to start the season but we have to start with someone so why not them. As ever, a great deal was learnt both by the boys and myself as to where we are in our development. There were a great many positives to take from the performance which was wonderful. The most valuable of these being that this group of boys will not give up despite being three tries behind. Magnificent! All other aspects of the game can be worked on but to have this attitude in place is wonderful.
Both teams played some good, if a little rusty, rugby with some powerful tackling and running from both sides. Our positional play and speed to the breakdown require a lot of work but that is what training sessions are for. The boys should be very proud of their ‘stick at it’ attitude and I hope that they learnt many valuable lessons from the encounter.

Well done to both teams!
Craigclowan – 5  Cargilfield – 5

U13 Girls Hockey v Belhaven

09 Sep 2015
Great start to the season for Craigclowan.  The team played really well together and despite Belhaven equalising very quickly after each of our goals the team kept pressing forward and clinched the decisive winner.  The team defended well to hold back a very determined Belhaven side and hung on until the final whistle to start the season with a win! Well done girls.
Final Score: 4-3 win
Scorers: Iona, Natalia, Sofia and Emma

For all the outfield players in the B team, today was their premiere in the U13 team! Nerves were on show at the start but the girls settled in well with some good movement of the ball into space and were unlucky not to score with some early shots.  Belhaven went ahead early on but Craigclowan ploughed on creating lots of chances and finally scoring through a quick free hit just before half time!  All to play for in the second half and the girls were desperately unlucky to lose a goal in the dying seconds.  Lots of positives to take forward to next week!
Final Score: 2-1 loss
Scorers: Alice

Form 8 Geography Field Trip: Coasts

08 Sep 2015

Form 8 enjoyed a brisk day by the seaside and got to see coastal landforms ‘in the flesh’.
They went under arches, into caves and got close to stacks before indulging in some very important cross-curricular work – stone throwing (cricket and rounders) and sand castle building (CDT).
A great day was had by all and we are now looking forward to tackling coastal questions in the next set of exams…

Gardening Club

07 Sep 2015

The harvest has begun ! read more

Form 7 Geography Field Trip: Rivers

03 Sep 2015

The sun shone (after a bit) over Glenshee and Form 7 enjoyed getting wet as they got stuck into measuring meanders. They tried to match theory to practice, and those with the job of measuring the depth of the stream certainly found that the water was deeper on the outside of the bend!

Form 2C New Library

02 Sep 2015

Form 2 enjoyed exploring the newly refurbished basement in the main school this week.
They loved the fresh paint and the bright, colourful library. They agreed that it is a lovely room to be in! They are all looking forward to trying out the new cookers in the meeting room too.

Craigclowan School Eco-Committee Meeting

01 Sep 2015
1)    Welcome to new members – photo
2)    Apple Pressing Morning
3)    Litter Pick – Moncrieffe Hill
4)    Craigclowan’s Got Talent
5)    Fair Trade Update
6)    AOB
7)    Date of next meeting

1.    Name call+ photo!
2.    Craigclowan’s Got Talent:
1)    Cash for kids, local charity
2)    Mark Taylor Trust. Helps kids come to Craigclowan (Charity climb- Kilimanjaro)
•    Publicise it in your classes; think of an act
•    Volunteers to help on the night
Juniors- Afternoon
Seniors- evening
•    Thursday 15th October

3.    Apple Pressing one Saturday morning (lots of fallen apples) all form groups.(10th October )
4.    Saturday morning litter pick on Sat. 3rd  October 9-11am F3-5 – Moncreiffe Hill
5.    RAG BAG 14th September Clothes, Shoes, Belts+ Bags. Start Collecting!
6.    Shoe Box collection : Mrs Cashman to get in touch with Mrs Stephen
7.     Bertie: Chair Natalia: Secretary

Form 2 Flight to Australia

31 Aug 2015

Form 2 boarded a large BA aeroplane on Monday afternoon for the long trip to Australia, We packed our bags carefully with appropriate clothing, tucked our passports safely inside our pockets and held onto our tickets.
During the 18 hour flight we were entertained by the inflight movies, enjoyed light refreshments and caught up on some sleep (no jet lag for us) 18 hours later we arrived in the rather damp city of Perth, Australia.
We are looking forward to the weeks ahead as we discover more about this interesting island in the Southern Hemisphere.

Form 2 Darcy Bear

31 Aug 2015

When Mrs Rolin brought Darcy Bear to Form 2 we were all a little surprised. We found an address for her owner, Kylie, in her backpack. To our delight, we found out that Kylie lives in Perth, Australia!
We wrote to Kylie to let her know that Darcy was safely in our classrooms. To our amazement Kylie wrote back to us! Here are some of our letters to Kylie, we hope she writes back.

Gardening Club

31 Aug 2015

After a long wet summer the gardening club began attacking all the weeds read more

Form 2 - A New School Year

27 Aug 2015

Form 2 have enjoyed a full week of school together and I think that they all agree it is good to be back together. We have two new friends and we are looking forward to another busy year at Craigclowan.