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School Life (WINTER TERM - pre half-term 2014)

Craigclowan Eco Day

17 Oct 2014
This year’s Eco Day began with a second hand Book Fair.  Classes were able to choose from a wonderful selection of books which had been kindly donated.  This raised £127 for WaterAid.  
After visiting the Book Fair pupils were able to go to the Fair Trade Tuck shop and buy a tasty treat. 

Jane Brindley from WaterAid came and spoke to us about the important work which WaterAid carries out across the world and really made us think about how lucky we are to have water on tap.  Arthur, Kitty and Iona spoke to us about the Blythswood Shoe Box appeal and what a wonderful opportunity this is to spread a lot of happiness at Christmas time. 

We then split into Houses and had a House Litter Sorting Challenge.  This involved putting litter into the correct litter bin. 

After a delicious picnic lunch each House spend 30 minutes on an activity; listening to Gavin Ramsey the Bee Keeper, pressing apples with Jamie Roberts, making scarecrows and practising the Eco Rap.  We all gathered in front of school at the end of the day and performed, as a whole school, the Craigclowan Eco Rap.  

It was a wonderful day where we all had a lot of fun whilst learning about the world around us. 

Carol Dibnah

U11 Boys Rugby v Ardvreck (H)

15 Oct 2014

As I had predicted, the Ardvreck boys came to Craigclowan with a strong desire and determination to turn around the result of a few weeks ago. They certainly started the game the dominant side, winning the majority of loose ball in the ruck. Once again this proved an area of weakness for us with the Ardvreck boys committed and there in numbers where we tended to be spectators. It was a very hard fought first half which ended 3 tries to 2 to Craigclowan.
After some strong words the boys did pick up their game a bit. It really was not, however, until the last seven or eight minutes that we actually started playing the sort of rugby that we had played for the whole 40 minutes against Merchiston. The score line is certainly very flattering and huge amounts of praise must go to the Ardvreck team for a very gutsy and determined performance under difficult conditions. Well done to both teams for another great spectacle for all of the supporters.     

Craigclowan – 9     Ardvreck  - 2

U10 Boys Rugby v Ardvreck (H)

15 Oct 2014

The boys started strongly and were rewarded with an early try. This seemed to settle the boys and they continued to attack with purpose. As the first half progressed and after alterations to the lineup were made, the match became much closer. Ardvreck seemed more settled and started to attack with purpose. Our defensive lines became a little loose and Ardvreck were rewarded with some great scores. After a good half time team talk the boys reentered the field of play and played with much more composure.

Overall, it was a very entertaining game to watch as both sides played some good rugby. The boys in sky blue always looked promising going forward but sometimes lacked the finesse when it really mattered. Looking ahead to the forthcoming fixtures the boys will need to be a little more committed in the tackles.

Final Result and Try Scorers:

Craigclowan 18    Ardvreck 3

(Archie J-S (x4), Max M, Yousef Q (x3), Finlay S (x2), Archie S (x2), Rhys T (x2) and Angus T (x4))

U11 Hockey v Cargilfield (A)

15 Oct 2014

We had 3  teams travelling to Cargilfield this week. They were super excited and all ready to play. All 3 teams played really well. The A team match was a very exciting game, both teams were strong and it ended in a fair draw. The B and C team match were dominated by Craigclowan with 2 good wins.

Overall the girls were a credit to Craigclowan, showing team spirit and excellent mid field play. Kitty Davidson was awesome in goal. It really was a super afternoon of hockey enjoyed by all the children, coaches and parents.


U13 Boys Rugby v Ardvreck (A)

15 Oct 2014

It was another tough shift for the U-13 boys as we played our return fixture against the formidable Ardvreck in Crieff today. The sun shone, the pitch was perfect and our start was excellent as we tackled and rucked with passion following a deep kick-off. Sadly, an early try was conceded after a lapse in concentration allowed the Ardvreck scrum-half to ghost through under the posts from distance.

A quick try followed the first and Ardvreck never looked back, going on to win 54-0, despite the best efforts of the boys in blue. The senior players stepped up and there were some inspirational tackles going in all over the field to prevent further tries from being scored. Many of the Form 7’s showed excellent character throughout to add to the defensive effort.

The frustration of the day was our inability to use the ball for more than three phases. Excellent work was often undone by wayward passing or lack of concentration with the hand-catch. Our techniques will need to improve if we wish to deliver a complete performance.

There were positives to take away from today, but also negatives that we must prevent from creeping back into our play. I hope the lads enjoy a well-earned half term break. I look forward to seeing them raring to go for the next stage of the season.


Pre-school Lunches

14 Oct 2014

The children in Forms 1 and 2 have been enjoying the company of many of their younger siblings from Pre-school in the Dining Room at lunchtimes.  Since the beginning of term, children who attend Pre-school for a full day now enjoy a delicious two course lunch at no extra cost (which of course means Mums and Dads no longer need to make packed lunches!).

Dry Slope Skiing

14 Oct 2014

It has been a busy first half of term on the dry ski slope. Both the Tuesday and Thursday sessions have been popular after school activities. Many of the children have taken to the slope for the first time while others continue to develop their skills in readiness for the hard snowy winter that I am hoping for. Freshtracks continue to do an amazing job of bring the children on at an incredible rate. I continue to be amazed at how quickly a complete novice can get to the top of our slope and ski down with some confidence and style.
The Development Squad has also been in action each Friday evening and Saturday morning. I am sure that when it comes to the races at Glenshee next term, our teams will put in strong performances.
For the first time ever we had two groups of skiers on the Dry Slope on Open Morning so that both present and Prospective parents could see the slope in action. It truly is a fantastic facility for the school to have especially for getting new and beginner skiers up to speed before heading to the more challenging environment of Glenshee and further afield.
Charlie Reynolds  

Form 2 Outdoor Classroom

12 Oct 2014

Form 2 took advantage of the dry weather on Friday afternoon to visit the Outdoor Classroom. We sat in our houses learning the Eco Rap getting ready for Eco Day next week!

U13A Girls Hockey v Clifton Hall (H)

11 Oct 2014
U13A Craigclowan 3 - U13A Clifton Hall 0
Scorer: Alex (3)

 A chilly Saturday morning saw Craigclowan field a strong A team, with the luxury of subs (!) as we called up 2 regular B team players for an outing.  Clifton Hall were a strong team and Craigclowan had to give as good as they got to battle for possession.  Wonderful passing play saw the girls utilising the space well making some excellent runs.  They were unlucky not to score from 2 early corners and it was all square at half time.  In the second half Craigclowan eventually broke the dead lock with a goal line scramble which Alex finally tapped over the line.  The second followed soon after when Alex, well positioned on the back post, slotted home Suzannah's cross after a super run down the wing.  After a delay for an injury the game lost some of its sparkle and a number of chances went begging but just before the final whistle another delightful passing move allowed Alex to claim her hat-trick for the day.  Lots of positives to take away from today's match - well done girls.

U11 Girls Hockey v Clifton Hall (H)

11 Oct 2014

It was a very tough game against a very strong, hard hitting Clifton Hall. Craigclowan were certainly pushed on Saturday morning to play good hockey.  At half time it was 2-1 and the game could have gone either way. However the girls dug deep and started to move the ball quicker in the second half. They should be pleased with their second half performance, some of the goals were text book. Well done Craigclowan, it was a super game all round and both teams should be proud of the level of skill they produced at such a young age.


Form 6 Science and Technology Day at Merchiston

09 Oct 2014

Form 6 went to Merchiston for a day of exciting activities. They fired jelly babies across the Chemistry Lab and conducted Chemistry experiments. They also examined pond life and handled snakes and other creatures. They created pinhole cameras, key rings, computer games and electronic organs. A fantastic day was had by all.

Open Morning

09 Oct 2014

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

Visitors toured the school with our Form 8 pupils, who enjoyed their role as first-time tour guides.  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 pipers and drummers were on hand to provide entertainment at various times during the morning and it was great to see and hear the newer members of the group performing alongside our Pipe Major, Ian Duncan.

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.

U10 Rugby v Aberlour and Lathallan (A)

08 Oct 2014

On a glorious sunny day and after a long but very enjoyable journey up the road, the boys in sky blue roared into life, just like the jets taking off overhead from the nearby RAF base. Our first match in this yearly triangular event, was against the hosts Aberlour. The performance was simply, phenomenal. Strong running, good supporting play and much improved tackling resulted in the boys recording a fine victory.

Our second match of the day was against Lathallan and again the boys performed very well. At the start of this game it was an entirely different line-up but it was hard to tell this from the sideline. With fierce competition for positions, all of the boys who entered the pitch gave their all and tried their best. I was very impressed with the attitude, commitment and performance shown by the boys. They played very well as a team and played some excellent rugby too! Maybe I should show more British and Irish Lions DVD's like we did today on the journey up the road, as the boys really did seem inspired to perform!

I would like to thank our loyal band of supporters who travelled to support the boys. I would also like to thank Aberlour for their very warm and friendly hospitality.
Well played boys!


Results and try Scorers:
Aberlour 1    Craigclowan 13 ( Patrick B, Christopher H, Archie J-S (x2), Yousef Q (x3), Finlay S,                 Mark S (x2), Rhys T and Angus T (x2))

Lathallan 0    Craigclowan 9 ( Archie J-S (x3), Yousef Q, Finlay S, Mark S Rhys T (x2) and Angus T)

U12 Rugby v Aberlour and Lathallan (A)

08 Oct 2014

The under 12 squad made the long but scenic journey up to Aberlour where we faced our hosts and a young Lathallan team. There was excellent endeavour displayed in both matches and many positives to take away.

Against Aberlour, we were slow to start, conceding two early tries due to missed tackles. Perhaps it was the fantastic lunch we were treated to that slowed us down! We fought back very well through some strong running and slick handling. Small mistakes cost us in this game as four scoring opportunities went begging. We ended up losing the contest 13-8. The one that got away...

Our match against Lathallan was far more open and we emerged victorious. Quick hands allowed our strike runners time on the ball; good yards were made and six tries were scored. A win to be enjoyed and an improved performance.

Well done, boys. You all worked brilliantly for each other. Another step in the right direction.

iPad Presented to the Pre-School

08 Oct 2014

Adam, Mark and Annabel Anderson presented an iPad to Pre-School children this week.  All three children attended Pre-School with Mrs. Hay before moving into Form 1 and as a Thank You, the Anderson family has donated an iPad for all pre-school children to utilise and enjoy.

Edwin and Jemima expressed thanks on behalf of all the pre-school children who are delighted with the new resource which will provide a valuable extension to their ICT experiences in Pre-School.

U13 Girls Hockey v Riley (H)

08 Oct 2014
An excellent display of hockey by both teams on a lovely Autumnal afternoon.
U13B Craigclowan 3 – 2 U13B Riley
Scorers: Maisie (2), Natalia

The 'B' team was boosted today with the addition of 3 U11 players who certainly stepped up to the mark, a huge thank you to Rosie, Rachel and Alice for their efforts.  8-a-side was a little novel for the 'B' team today but it didn’t faze the girls as they played some outstanding hockey. Lovely passing and positioning saw some good early shots.  The deadlock was finally broken when Maisie, superbly positioned on the back post, got a great touch on a cross from Emma.  5 minutes later Maisie doubled the lead with a goal very similar to her first! Craigclowan were caught sleeping at the back and Riley got a goal back but just before half time Natalia finished off a lovely move to make it 3-1.  The second half saw more lovely hockey, great passing and moving but as fatigue set in our sharpness dipped and we were unable to extend the lead.  Riley clawed another one back and Craigclowan dug deep to the end to ensure the victory was theirs.  Well done girls!

U13A Craigclowan 4 – 0 U13A Riley
Scorers: Darcy (2), Alex & Suzannah

The A’s continued their development under their new coach with a positive and encouraging win against Riley.  The team continue to show improvement from week to week as they have throughout the season, well worked goals from Darcy, Alex and Suzannah paved the way for a controlled and pleasing victory.

Eco Committee

07 Oct 2014

Eco Group working lunch and visit to Oldroyds Eco House read more

Glenalmond 1st XV Training Session

07 Oct 2014

The boys from the Glenalmond 1st XV, accompanied by Mr Thomas, came to put our boys through their paces on Tuesday afternoon. It proved to be a very enjoyable and informative afternoon with the Criagclowan boys learning some new drills and honing their already considerable skills. It was great to see a couple of old Craigclowan boys amongst the Glenalmond crew and I am sure that training on the old pitch brought back some good memories.
Many thanks to Mr Thomas and all of the Glenalmond boys for giving up their afternoon. I am sure that the experience will stay with the Craigclowan boys for a long time and I expect that the opposition in the coming weeks will feel the improvements on the pitch.

Form 2 - Zoolab

06 Oct 2014

On Monday Form 2 enjoyed a visit from Zoolab.  Our theme was nocturnal animals.  The children enjoyed handling all the animals including, an African Land Snail, Hissing Cockroach and a Corn Snake.  We also had a very jumpy visitor in the shape of a Tree Frog.  The children thoroughly enjoyed their afternoon and we were all rather glad that the tarantula stayed in her box.

Form 1 - Zoolab

06 Oct 2014

Form 1 enjoyed a visit by Ross from Zoolab!  We all enjoyed learning about mini beasts.  I think the children were impressed by how a tarantula makes its web and very amused how it flicks hairs at you when angry (by hitting its bottom with its back legs)!!  Many thanks to Ross for a fun, hands on and informative session!

U13A & B Hockey v Kilgraston (A)

04 Oct 2014

U13B Craigclowan 1 – U13B Kilgraston 0
Scorer: Natalia
U13A Craigclowan 2 – U13A Kilgraston 3
Scorers: Alex & Georgia

A dreich, wet October morning was the setting for a local derby for the hockey teams this week.  A short ride down the road to Kilgraston.  Despite the miserable weather there was a feast of excellent hockey for the brave spectators to enjoy.  2 very evenly matched games saw the girls battle hard to win possession and move forward.  
The B team used the space well and showed huge improvement in their passing and moving game.  It was all square at half time and it looked like that is how it would stay following some excellent saves by both keepers.  However, Natalia capitalised on the static defence during a set piece to slot the ball past the keeper – much to her surprise! And to the delight of the team.  
The A team had a hard fought game on their hands.  They showed some super link up play and saw plenty of action in the D but couldn’t find the finishing touch.  A goal mouth scramble saw Craigclowan finally get on to the score sheet, final touch by Georgia (we think!).  A nice deflection by Alex from Suzannah’s strike bought the score back to 2-2. Kilgraston took the lead again and the girls fought hard to find an equaliser.  Darcy was unlucky to have a great strike disallowed which would have made it a draw but the girls can be proud of the grit and determination they showed today. 

U11 Hockey v KIlgraston (A)

04 Oct 2014

It was a very wet morning, however this certainly didn’t deter the girls from playing really good hockey. They are moving the ball really well and strong passing helped Craigclowan to score early. The strikers found their form quickly and it was obvious that Craigclowan had full control of the game.
The girls should be very pleased with their performance, they always put the opposition under constant pressure and therefore are rewarded with a winning result. Well done girls, keep up the good hockey !


The Earl of Kinnoull Visits

03 Oct 2014

Today, Friday 3rd October, the Earl of Kinnoull brought a Victorian sword into show Form 3. It belonged to Auriol’s Great, Great, Great Grandfather, Archibald Hay. The pupils enjoyed listening to Lord Kinnoull describe his ancestor, touching the sword and asking many questions!  
Auriol’s Victorian ancestor served in the Royal Perthshire Militia and then the Black Watch and fought in the Anglo Egyptian War of 1882. He was later an officer in The Queen’s Bodyguard for Scotland. The sword in the pictures is his officer’s sword for the Queen’s Bodyguard.
We look forward to Lord Kinnoull’s next visit where he will show us the uniform worn by Auriol’s Great, Great, Great Grandfather, Archibald Hay!

Harvest Festival

03 Oct 2014

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. So many, that we were actually caught short with the number of chairs we had prepared. 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 the only school in the area to do a collection for the WRVS, they were wonderfully appreciative and greatly enjoyed the company of the four members of 7G who helped with the carrying of the produce. I know that these four individuals greatly enjoyed the visit as well.
Thank you once more for all of your support at this time of giving.
Charlie Reynolds

U11 Rugby v Merchiston.

01 Oct 2014

How proud I was of the boys in the Under 11 squad at 3.30pm on Wednesday afternoon. I don’t think that I have ever seen an Under 11 team dig so deep to make sure that the small lead they had built up was not lost. It was a spectacular match with both teams playing out of their skins. With Merchiston, having won the Loretto 7s tournament on Sunday their confidence was very high. It took a huge effort for the boys to contain this Merchiston confidence but they managed it with great physicality, good organisation and total commitment. Both teams must be congratulated on putting on such a wonderful spectacle but I am glad that Craigclowan managed to come out on top this time.
Very well done boys!!
Craigclowan  4  -  Merchiston  3 

U10 Rugby v Merchiston

01 Oct 2014

The boys approached this fixture determined to make amends following last Wednesday’s defeat. The first half saw a spirited performance from both sides. Where many got their hands on the ball and were able to target space. It was therefore no surprise that both teams were level at five tries apiece at half time. During our team talk the boys all admitted that they were not tackling effectively or supporting the ball carriers as well as they had done in the previous training session. As their coach this was pleasing to hear, as it was clear that they cared not only about the result, but about the quality of their performance too! After sharing ideas and altering the line-up they soon re-entered the field of play and had a real go. They were made to work very hard against a well drilled and strong side, but ran out winners in the end.

A big thank you to our loyal band of supporters for supporting us and to Merchiston also, for their warm and friendly hospitality.

Final Score: Merchiston 8 Craigclowan 11
Try scorers: Theo E-M, Archie J-S (x4), Rhys T (x4), Angus T and Yousef Q.


Form 1 Autumn Walk

01 Oct 2014

Form 1 enjoyed a walk outside on a stunning Autumn afternoon.  We collected conkers from the horse-chestnut tree, many autumn leaves, weeded our raised beds and dug up some turnips!

U13 Rugby v Merchiston (H)

01 Oct 2014

While we have not enjoyed favourable results lately, there can be no complaints about the weather as the sun shone for our second home match of the season against Merchiston. ‘Performance’ has been my word of the season and, again, it was the goal the U-13 boys were looking to achieve.
We faced some very strong and elusive runners in this contest. As a result, our tackling was not at the level I have seen in recent games. The first half was tough to watch, not because we were losing, but because our performance was not up to scratch. There were, therefore, some stern words shared at half time.
Credit must go to the boys, as they all understood that more hard work would be needed to have any influence over the contest. As the second half progressed, so too did the level of intensity and commitment. We built phases when our ball presentation was accurate and our rucking was aggressive. We managed to score a fantastic try as well, giving our supporters a special reason to cheer.
If we can PERFORM from that first whistle, we will compete far more closely in games.
Back to the drawing board we go, but we will regroup and come out next time looking for a more complete performance.

Form 2 Autumn Forage

29 Sep 2014

Form 2 all went on an Autumn forage first thing on Monday morning. We collected leaves, conkers and seed cases. We took these back to the classroom and used them for inspiration to write an Autumn poem. We are also going to use the leaves for some Art work too. The changing colours of the leaves were beautiful.

Form 2 Visit from Olivia Outback

29 Sep 2014

Form 2 had a very interesting visitor on Monday morning. Her name was Olivia Outback and she came all the way from Australia! She brought some fabulous things with her to show the class. The cutest was Wilbur Wombat her lovely stuffed toy. She also brought some books, a didgeridoo, some red sand from the middle of Australia and a tee shirt with lots of Australian animals on it. She answered lots of our questions and we even taught her something too! We told her about an echidna baby being called a puggle!
Our thanks go to Lucy, one of the kitchen staff, who was born in Australia but has lived in Scotland for about 20 years.

Loretto 7s - U13 Rugby Tournament

28 Sep 2014

A sleepy band of players (and coaches!) made the journey to Loretto on Sunday to participate in their 7’s tournament. The U-13 boys played against the hosts, Belhaven and Merchiston in the pool matches. As the tournament progressed, our performances improved, much to the delight of the loyal band of supporters. Our final game was against St. Mary’s, when our lads put on a great show and played their part in an enthralling contest.

There were no victories, but our PERFORMANCE went from strength to strength. Neither a coach, nor a supporter, could ask for more. Many players stepped up to the mark this Sunday. I hope they continue to grow in confidence and perform at the level of which they are truly capable as the season progresses.


Loretto 7s - U11 Rugby Tournament

28 Sep 2014

Having lost one of our key players to injury, Sunday was always going to be a tough day. With a hard fought loss against Fettes in the first match the boys quickly realised that 7s is a very different game from the one they were used to. We managed to pull things together in the next match against Loretto which gave the boys some much needed confidence as it was St. Mary’s after lunch. They were, sadly, to prove too strong for us on this occasion but we look forward to the rematch at 10 a-side later in the term.  
So it was to the Plate competition that we headed. We headed there determined to come away with a strong end to the day. This we managed with good victories against Cargilfield in the semi-final and Ardvreck in the final. The boy’s grasp of the game of 7s had certainly grown as the day had progressed and they should be very proud to come away with some silver. It had proved to be a very long but pleasing day.
Many thanks to Loretto for the day. 

U10 Merchiston Rugby Festival

27 Sep 2014
'A' Team:
The first game in Group A was with Compass. They proved to be a very strong and skilful side who were always very dangerous on the break. The game flowed from end to end and both teams scored some good tries. The boys in sky blue dug deep but sadly finished the game on the wrong side of a 3-2 final score.
Up next was Ardvreck B’s. This was a very good team display. There were a number of changes made to the starting line-up and the boys who entered the field were determined to do well. Good dynamic running, excellent awareness of space and good supporting play resulted in the team winning the encounter 9 tries to nil.
Our last game of the morning saw us play Ardvreck A’s. This was a much closer encounter and despite losing their captain Archie J-S to injury, the boys dug deep and eventually ran out victorious, winning by 5 tries to 2.
Try scorers:
Against Compass: Archie J-S and Archie S
Against Ardvreck B’s: Max M (x3), Yousef Q, Finlay (x2), Mark S (x2) and Rhys T
Against Ardvreck A’s: Theo E-M, Max M, Yousef Q and Archie S (x2)

'B' Team:
The Under 10 B’s had a tough start to the Merchiston Rugby Tournament.  Drawn to play Merchiston A’s and Compass A’s for the first two matches they were obviously daunted.  However they showed great resolve and when playing Ardreck B’s in the third match they earned a well-deserved win.  Special mention to Ethan W for his three individual tries and Jamie P for excellent and fearless tackling.

Form 3 Victorian Adventure

26 Sep 2014

On Friday 26th of September, Form 3 went to Dundee and were transported back in time.  Firstly they were school children in 1876 and after completing their education were taken to work at Verdant Works Jute Mill.

Form 4 to Museum of Flight

26 Sep 2014
The Form 4 girls and boys went super-sonic as they toured the National Museum of Flight at East Fortune on Friday 26th September. Not only did they have a tour of the Concorde used by the Queen, but they also learned lots about German and British planes that were flown in World War 2. We all felt patriotic when looking at the Spitfire and enjoyed hearing about how it helped keep us safe during WW2. The ‘new recruits’ practised air raid drills and were put through their paces by Sergeant Morven. A great day out!

Form 5 to Crannog Centre

26 Sep 2014
The Crannog Centre by Catriona S. 5W
Dear Diary,
Form 5 went on a school trip on Thursday 25th September to the Crannog Centre. It was very fun and our guide was called Rory. We went to the Crannog Centre to learn more about Celts.

We first went in an exhibition and there we learnt more about Celts. We learnt lots like that they sent archaeologists under water and they found things like poles still upright in the water. At the end of the exhibition we got to dress up in Celtic clothes.

We then got to see how they would work with wood. It looked very fun but doing it all day might be a bit of a struggle! But it is amazing how they made a piece of wood into a bowl or a cup.

Finally we got to the fire. How they made it is surprising. Hey made it by getting a weird bit of wood and a stick. They would rub the stick into the weird bit of wood. A bit of clack crust came out and Rory put it into a different piece of sawdust and the curst started to glow and glow! Lots of smoke started and suddenly the fire started! It was amazing!
We had lunch then went to the crannog. It was very dark and smelled of animals and the door did not even touch the ground! The benches were covered in hair from cows. The bedrooms were very dark, but it looked like a good place to live.
Round the corner was time to make bread and butter. Making bread and butter was tiring but we got there in the end! We first had to make the dough. It was very hard. The bread went in the oven and we made butter by mixing it. We ate the bread and returned to school. It was a fantastic day!

Form 2S Junior Assembly

26 Sep 2014

On Friday 26th September, Form 2S performed at the Junior Assembly in front of their parents and Forms 1-3. The theme of the assembly was Australia, to link up with their class topic this term. Some children even attempted  a very credible Australian accent!! They all performed really well and remembered lots of words too. Well done Form 2S. It was BONZA!

Craigclowan’s Pipe Major Opens Ryder Cup

25 Sep 2014

When he’s not teaching at Craigclowan, Ian Duncan leads The Atholl Highlanders Pipe Band, based at Blair Castle.  Ian popped into school today on his way to The Ryder Cup, where the band had been asked to play at the opening ceremony.  
In the past Ian has competed very successfully at world level both individually and as pipe major of a number of pipe bands, including The Vale of Atholl Pipe Band, the Scottish Power Pipe Band, the Drambuie Kirkliston Pipe Band and the Tayside Police Pipe Band.  He was Pipe Major of the Lothian and Borders Police Pipe Band between 2009 and 2011 and became Pipe Major of The Atholl Highlanders, based at Blair Castle, in 2004.  As an instructor, Ian has in the past co-ordinated the bagpipe teaching for all Dundee schools as well as being the instructor at the National Piping Centre at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.  He was the Scottish Instrumental Instructor of the Year in 2009.  On top of this he has been an SQA examiner since 1983 and is a piping adjudicator of international renown.  
The ladies in the school office certainly look forward to the days when Ian is in school and we hear the skirl of the pipes coming from the Music Department.

Form 1 Wheelie Afternoon

25 Sep 2014

Form 1 had a fantastic afternoon on their wheels!  Children enjoyed showing all their moves on bikes and scooters. 

U13 Rugby v Loretto (A)

24 Sep 2014

In our first of two trips to Loretto this week, the U-13 boys took on a sizeable opposition and fought them all the way to final whistle. Despite going down 29-3 (3 points for a try and 1 for a conversion), the lads put a big smile on their coach’s face with some excellent rucking in the forwards and great handling in the backs. While Loretto thoroughly deserved their victory, the score (in my humble opinion) did not reflect the effort thrown in by the team in sky blue. The difference in our rucking, from last week to this, was exceptional; our aggression at the breakdown forced several turnovers against a huge Loretto pack. The ball provided by the forwards allowed our backs to show what they can do. Several positive phases of play were built, which, despite only one superb try to show for it, was fantastic to see.

Again, there was some outstanding defence as we hustled and bustled to disrupt our bigger opponents. There was a real desire to compete and battle today. I hope this serves as a springboard for our following games. Another sunny day, another tough match, another step in the right direction. Keep up the hard work, lads!

U13A & B Craigclowan v Ardvreck (A)

24 Sep 2014
U13A Craigclowan 6 - Ardvreck U13A 2
Scorers: Alex (3), Georgia (3)

A great game in a great setting.  Once the girls got used to the extra space with only 7 players in each team and also playing on a larger pitch they really went to town with some excellent passing and link up play.  The 2 super strikers made some great breaks and supported one another to create 2 v 1s finishing off 5 goals in the first half.  The game also provided good short corner practice both attacking and defending.  The second half was more evenly matched but the chances were still created and they were unlucky not to further their lead at a short corner just before the end.  Super hockey today girls!
U13B Craigclowan 1 - Ardvreck U13B 2
Scorer: Emma

A closely fought match for the B team today.  The girls defended their hearts out and unbelievably kept a clean sheet against 8 short corners.  A disallowed goal for Ardvreck on the stroke of half time meant the girls went into the break with a well earnt draw.  The second half saw the girls begin to use the space well and show some lovely link up play. A quick break by Ardvreck left us outnumbered at the back which was capitalised on with the opening goal.  However, Craigclowan did not let this set them back as they got one straight back from the passback! Even stevens is how it looked it end right up until the last 10 seconds when Ardvreck jumped on a weak clearance and scrambled it into the goal.  Despite the disappointment of losing so late in the game the girls were deservedly proud of their performance.

U11 Rugby v. Loretto (H)

24 Sep 2014

With a number of boys off or away, I was a little worried that the flow of our progression would be halted. I was mistaken. The team’s performance was superb, dominating every area of the park. As the score rose, players were shifted around to positions with which they were unfamiliar. They all coped admirably engaging their rugby brains to adapt to the situation. It was a very dominant performance and the boys should be proud of their efforts to the last whistle. The Loretto boys must also be congratulated for sticking with it and trying hard when under intense pressure from start to finish. Well done boys!   
Craigclowan – 23 : Loretto - 4

U11 Hockey v Ardvreck (H)

24 Sep 2014

Another successful match day for the U11 teams. Both teams played really well, kept their shape, tackled really well and ensured that there were no goals scored by Ardvreck.  We need to now work on hitting the ball a little harder when they are in a scoring position. I am sure this will come.

Keep going U11’s you are having a successful term of hockey so far.

A TEAM : WIN 9-0

U10 Rugby v Loretto (A)

24 Sep 2014

The boys in sky blue started brightly but as the game unfolded they soon learnt that they were involved in a very physical game. They were made to work very hard and I was delighted with the effort and dedication of everyone in the team. With better ball protection and an awareness of where space was, the score could have been a little closer. Stronger tackling and support in numbers is an area that we will need to look at in the coming weeks if the boys are to realise their full potential.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the parents who came along and supported the boys and also to Loretto for their warm and friendly hospitality.

Final Score: Loretto 5 Craigclowan 1
Try scorer: Mark S

Eco Committee 2014-2015

23 Sep 2014

Here is the Craigclowan Eco Committee 2014-2015 Eco Projects

Form 8 to Ryder Cup Practice Day

22 Sep 2014
Form 8 Visit to Gleneagles
On Tuesday 23rd September all of Form 8, Mr Doak and Mrs Henderson enjoyed a visit to Gleneagles to witness ‘Tartan Tuesday’ on the first Practice Day of the 2014 Ryder Cup. The visit was a very enjoyable experience. All of the children learnt more about golf and the history of the Ryder Cup. We walked most of Gleneagles’ PGA Centenary Course following both Team Europe and Team USA at various points, received Official Ryder Cup Pin Badges from Team USA, collected autographs from a number of Golfing stars, witnessed Team Europe teeing off at the 1st tee and took part in many interactive activities around the course with our Ryder Cup Experience wristbands. Hopefully this visit has left the children feeling inspired by one of the world’s largest sporting events.

Here are some quotes from Form 8:

“It was amazing to see so many professional golfers preparing for the Ryder Cup!”
“The day was very good because it really inspired to try hard when playing golf.”
“It was great to see lots of international players coming together to play golf!”
“It was great to be so close to the action.”
“A great day!”
“The best school outing ever!”

Perthshire Rugby Visit

22 Sep 2014

The boys in Forms 3, 4 and 5 enjoyed a splendid afternoon on the 1st Team Pitch with guest coaching from Perthshire Regional Development Officer and PRFC 1st XV coach Rory McKay. We also welcomed back former pupil, Declan O’Brien, who ably deputised the session. Through fun games and challenges, the boys developed their handling skills and spatial awareness.

We look forward to seeing Rory and Declan next week. The focus for the U-9s and U-10s will be tackling. The Form 3s will build on the skills learnt from today.

Loretto Golf Day

22 Sep 2014

Daniel B.’s recent success in the Loretto Golf Day was celebrated at lunchtime on Monday.  From a field of 26 golfers in the U11 age category, Daniel finished in joint first place at last week’s tournament.  Sadly there could be only one winner and Daniel was eventually placed second on countback.  However, what an amazing achievement in such a large a field.

Form 1 Trip to Edinburgh

22 Sep 2014

On Monday 22nd September Form 1 climbed aboard a coach and headed off to Edinburgh for the day. Our toys project was taking us to visit two museums in Edinburgh.

Firstly we headed off to the Royal Mile to visit the Museum of childhood where we explored toys from the past and compared them to our toys. We recognised some of the toys and we could identify the changes that have occurred during the years such as the different materials used to make them.

After a fun look at all the old toys and a wee play with some modern toys, we climbed aboard the coach once more and headed off to The National Museum of Scotland. Here were enjoyed our packed lunches before setting off on the museum’s toy trail. We saw lots of interesting toys and other objects, one of them being the Racing car that Jackie Stewart drove!

We had a wonderful time and we know that there are lots more things to see at the museum of Scotland so we may return one day with our parents!

In the words of the Form 1 children, the trip was “Awesome”, “Cool” “Super fun”, “Tiring!”

Scottish Minors Ski Race at Hillend

21 Sep 2014

Two teams of skiers headed off to Hillend on Sunday morning to compete in the Scottish Schools Minors race over two runs. After a very long wait for the Seniors race to finish the Juniors finally got their chance. All eight of our skiers skied well, though it was obvious that the gradient of the Hillend slope, which is dramatically greater than the dry slope at school, did throw most of them. Being a very young team it was certainly an excellent experience and I am sure that they will all have learnt a great deal form the day.  
Well done to all of the competitors and to their parents for their support down in Edinburgh.  

U13A&B v Aberlour (H)

20 Sep 2014

U13B Craigclowan 6 – U13B Aberlour 1
Scorers:  Isobel, Emma (4), Natalia

After a delayed start to the matches, Craigclowan started strong finishing off some good moves with a well deserved opening goal.  Good link up play, communication and passing continued to flow from Craigclowan much to the delight of players and supporters alike.

U13A Craigclowan 7 – U13A Aberlour 1
Scorers: Suzannah (4), Darcy (2), Aberlour OG

Strong passing play helped Craigclowan open the scoring early on. They were unlucky not to go into half time with a bigger lead as Aberlour managed to hold back the constant pressure.  The second half was a further display of some excellent hockey as the team cemented their first home victory of the season with a convincing win.

U11A&B Hockey v Aberlour House (H)

20 Sep 2014

It was a lovely day over Perth and the U11 girls were looking forward to another match. Aberlour managed the long drive from Gordonstoun and as always the matches were played in a very relaxed, friendly manner.

The U11B team played first and it was obvious they were well prepared and ready for the game. They passed the ball well and kept their space. As a team they pushed forward and put pressure on the defence at every opportunity. They should be very proud of their performance and for many scoring their first goal for the school will be a memory they will remember for a very long time. FINAL SCORE: WIN: 10-0

After a good win against Dollar last week the U11A team were feeling confident and from the start it was obvious they were wanting to keep their unbeaten record.  Craigclowan scored some great goals and have really come on as a team over the past few weeks. They have just got to keep believing in themselves.

Overall another great week for the U11 girls. Well done U11 !!!

Form 1 - Junk Vehicle

18 Sep 2014

Form 1 children had fun working with a partner creating a junk vehicle for either the air, sea or land.

U11 Rugby v. Ardvreck

17 Sep 2014

On yet another glorious September day both teams played some promising rugby. There was some very powerful running by our boys scoring many excellent tries from every part of the pitch. There are certainly areas to continue working hard on improving, most notably the body position in rucks and the support of players on the break. There was a great deal to be pleased with, not least of all the final score. I know that when we play Ardvreck again in a few weeks they will be a very different team, so we must continue to build on our skills and improve every aspect of our play.
Well done to both teams for producing an excellent afternoons viewing.
Craigclowan 11   Ardvreck  3

U11 Hockey v Dollar

17 Sep 2014
This was the first match of the season for the U11 girls and boy did they play well.

The U11 A team player the Junior 2 Dollar team and they knew by the size of the Dollar Players that the match would be tough. However Craigclowan picked up their game in the 2nd half. They used the width and got the result they fully deserved. 

The U11B team consisting of a number of Form 5 pupils certainly showed great potential. They never gave up and defended really well. They have just got to grow in confidence and have some self belief. 
Overall 2 very happy coaches. 


U11A WIN 2-1

U11B DREW 0-0

U13 Hockey A & B v Dollar A & B

17 Sep 2014
U13A Craigclowan 0 – U13A Dollar 6

U13B Craigclowan 0 – U13B Dollar 12

First home match of the season for both teams today, eager to do well with the home support watching.  

Both teams faced tough opposition in Dollar but their grit and determination was highly commendable. 

The A team showed some excellent passing and link up play and defended well.  They were unfortunate to lose a goal close to half time after the hard work shown.  The second half started at a high pace and Dollar scored quick early goals as Craigclowan continued to press.  The team played their hearts out until the bitter end with some excellent runs down the wings.  The girls were unlucky not to convert some late chances.

The B team started the game on the back foot which Dollar capitalised on with a number of early goals.  Once settled into the game the girls found their shape and began to press the Dollar defence.  Outstanding goalkeeping kept the girls in the game but a few breaks by Dollar meant the score kept climbing.  The second half started well with Craigclowan having good possession and attacking moves.  Again a break by Dollar caught the team off guard.  The girls defended until the final whistle and can be proud of their effort and commitment. 

Under 10 Rugby v Ardvreck

17 Sep 2014
This was a fantastic afternoon of rugby. Both teams contributed well and served up a very entertaining match. Craigclowan’s Under10 rugby team were determined to maintain their good start to the season. The most pleasing aspect of this match was the quality of rugby on show. Fast flowing moves saw many in sky blue get their hands on the ball and some very good tries were scored. Ardvreck were well coached and found themselves in dangerous areas a number of times, especially in the second half, but lacked that killer pass when it really mattered. 

On the whole, this was a solid performance from the boys in sky blue but there is still plenty of things to work on.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the parents who came along and supported the boys and also to Ardvreck for their warm and friendly hospitality.

Final Score: Craigclowan 10 - Ardvreck 3

Try scorers: Christopher H (x2), Archie J-S, Yousef Q (x2), Archie S (x2), Mark S (x2) and Rhys T (x2).


U-13 Rugby v Ardvreck

17 Sep 2014
It was a tough day at the office for the boys today as a skilful Ardvreck XV displayed delicate hands and aggressive rucking to dominate the first home game of the season. Craigclowan made a fantastic start and scored in the corner after putting their opposition under excellent pressure from a deep kick-off. Ardvreck seemed to be stung into action after conceding so early and went on to apply considerable pressure of their own in attack and defence, emerging comfortable winners in the end. 

There were moments for the Craigclowan supporters to savour in this difficult contest, with some brave tackling again from certain players. However, the lads acknowledge there is much work to be done to develop our ability to compete in tackle and ruck situations. I am pleased that the boys understand how much effort is needed in preparation for our upcoming fixtures. We will continue to train hard for each other going forward.

All-Singing Music Rooms

16 Sep 2014
Following a refurbishment project in the Summer holidays, the music classrooms are now bright and inviting spaces for children to enjoy their music, singing and instrumental lessons.  You might notice some excellent pieces of music-themed art on the walls courtesy of our Director of Music, Astmar Olafsson, who it turns out is also a wonderful artist, as well as musician.

Form 4 Get Revved Up for a Grand Challenge!

16 Sep 2014
Having considered how ubiquitous magnets are in everyday life, Class 4P then experimented with the 'rules of attraction' between bar magnets and other materials.  Before long, these pioneering pupils were engineering their own magnetically-powered racetracks! All children were certainly 'driven' during the lesson, coming up with startlingly innovative ideas.  One group even cunningly used other bar magnets positioned beneath the track to throw the driver off-course by creating new magnetic fields.  We were highly impressed by the pupils’ enthusiasm…and also the ingenuity on display!

Golfing Success for Thomas

15 Sep 2014
Form 6’s Thomas J. was in terrific form at the weekend when he scooped the Individual Strokeplay trophy at the Glenalmond Junior Golf Day, played on the Cairnies course.  Thomas added to his silverware collection on the day by also winning the Family Foursomes competition, along with his grandfather.
Well done Thomas – let’s hope the Europeans can emulate your success at Gleneagles.

PTA Late Summer BBQ

13 Sep 2014
Much fun was had by all who attended the Craigclowan PTA BBQ on Saturday 13th September ... Read more

Head Boy and Girl and Their Team of Prefects Announced

12 Sep 2014
The new Head Boy and Girl for the 2014/15 academic year have been appointed by the Headmaster. 

Jamie G and Darcy M are pictured with the Headmaster, alongside the Prefects who are Lachlan L, Andrew S, Gregor C, Suzannah M, Rosie P and Beatrice T.

Front Row Training with the Glenalmond Coaching Staff

11 Sep 2014
Huw Thomas, the head coach of Glenalmond rugby, came to Craigclowan last week with some coaching staff and Ist XV players (including ex-pupil James Renouf) to give the boys playing in the front row of the scrum some tips on technique and body position. It was a valuable session which all of the boys thoroughly enjoyed, learning a great deal about their chosen positions. I am sure that these tips will be invaluable in the months ahead. 
Thank you to all of the staff and pupils from Glenalmond for coming down and passing on their experience and insight.

U-11 Rugby v Cargilfield

10 Sep 2014
What a fantastic way to start the new rugby season. The sun shone brightly in the sky and on the pitch. The boys played with great intensity and organisation, producing a performance which I would have been happy with in three or four weeks. 
We completely dominated every area of the game bringing about a superb victory. The Cargilfield boys must be congratulated for their gritty performance from start to finish but ultimately we proved to be just far too strong for them. 
A fantastic result due to a fantastic performance. Very well done to all of the boys.
Craigclowan - 14   Cargilfield - 2

Teddy Bear's Picnic

10 Sep 2014
Form One go on a teddy bear’s picnic
Form One set out with their teddy bears and made our way up to “The Mound”. We introduced our bears to each other and then shared a yummy picnic of bear snacks with our furry friends. It was a beautiful hot afternoon and we finished off with a fun game of “polar, polar, grizzly” in the shade.

U13 Rugby v Cargilfield (A)

10 Sep 2014
On a beautiful day for rugby, the U-13 boys took on a Cargilfield squad in front of a gathering of parents who made the trip through to Edinburgh. Cargilfield emerged winners, but honours were very much even in terms of the character shown, and effort put in, by both teams in this very physical encounter. 
The size difference was evident in the first half as our well drilled opponents used their physical advantage to crash through for their scores. Several boys, however, stood up to the challenge and made many fantastic tackles that saved further tries.
The second half was much more even as Craigclowan managed to dominate territory and possession for long periods, resulting in two superb scores. More tries could have followed with quicker handling and sharper finishing. 
The boys put their bodies on the line in this contest. There were many bumps and bruises. Unfortunately, Archie M-P, one of the stand-out performers, suffered a fracture to his wrist. His ball carrying and presence in the scrum will be missed over the next few weeks. We wish you a speedy recovery, Archie. Get well soon.

U13 Hockey A & B v Belhaven Hill A & B

10 Sep 2014
U13A Craigclowan 2 – U13A Belhaven Hill 1
Scorers: Suzannah M (2)

U13B Craigclowan 1 – U13B Belhaven Hill 3
Scorer: Emma H

An exciting day for the U13 hockey girls as we embarked on our first match under new coaches Mr Stuart and Mrs McKelvey.  The sun was most definitely shining for us (something hockey players are not used to!) as we made the long journey to Dunbar.  Both teams showed great spirit and played some excellent hockey in two evenly matched games.  
The As took the lead in their match after some great link up play. Belhaven Hill got one back and it was a close game with both keepers making some excellent saves.  The girls continued to work hard in the heat which paid off towards the end of the second half when Suzannah Morris broke the dead lock with a superb finish.
The Bs had a shaky start and were unlucky to lose some early goals, but once settled into the game they used the width and space well.  The second half was like a whole new team! They came out fighting and continued to press the Belhaven Hill circle, pressure which paid off with a lovely finish by Emma Harper. Time was not on our side to make up lost ground but the girls can be very proud of their efforts.
A particular well done to the girls who were playing their first ever hockey match and to the new U13B goalkeeper Casta who, although feeling under the weather, did fantastically well.
We look forward to building on all of the positives for the Dollar game on Wednesday.

U10 Rugby v Cargilfield (H)

10 Sep 2014

The boys kicked off their season with a great performance and won the game 8 tries to 5. The tackling has improved considerably since last year and the increased passing has also opened up the game and made us less reliant on only one or two players. Well done boys – it should be a very exciting term!

Cross-County Training

08 Sep 2014

The cross-country crew has enjoyed another warm week of running. Too warm perhaps for pushing the legs to their limit but nonetheless very enjoyable for all.  FT

Gardening Club

08 Sep 2014

The gardeners continued with their harvest of onions, potatoes and read more

U-13 Rugby at Merchiston

03 Sep 2014
U-13 Rugby at Merchiston

I would like to start by saying how proud I am of the boys who took to the field during our trip to Merchiston on Wednesday 3rd September. Although we had expected to participate in a training session, we managed to take many positives from playing in a mini tournament against strong teams from Merchiston and Clifton Hall.

Despite results not going our way, there were many notable performances. The coaching staff were delighted to see strong running and tackling from many of our boys. The Form 7’s worked especially hard to step up to the level of U-13 rugby. Well done.

There is much work to be done for our next fixture against Cargilfield. We will especially need to focus on support play if we wish to build up our attacking phases. I know the lads will do their best and continue to build on the camaraderie and team-spirit that will underpin our season.

Good effort, boys. Keep working for each other.

Welcome to School Form 1!

03 Sep 2014

Our new Form 1 children have settled into life in the main school and they have been enjoying all curricular areas covered this week.
We are all working hard and we are looking forward to learning lots more in the coming year.


02 Sep 2014

Cross-country has well and truly started, with about 60 children registered, attending up to three weekly sessions each. Some have confessed doing little exercise over the summer term and they felt it! Others took their parents for a run on a regular basis and certainly noticed the benefit. We are delighted to welcome anyone from Forms 5 to 8 and judging by everyone’s enthusiasm already displayed this week, the season promises to be fun and rewarding.

Flight to Australia

01 Sep 2014

On Monday 1st September, all of Form 2 boarded a Quantas flight to Australia. We used our passports and each of us had a koala boarding pass/ticket. We experienced some turbulence on the flight and had to keep our seatbelts fastened! We also had in-flight meals and drinks. Some of us chose spaghetti bolognese and champagne!
We eventually landed in Perth...Australia to pick up a passenger and then on to Sydney. Phew, the weather was so hot when we arrived. We can’t wait to begin our adventure!

Visit from Darcy

01 Sep 2014

Today, something very unusual happened in Form 2! Mrs Trueland came over to the classroom with Darcy Bear, who comes from Australia. She was delivered to her office because she had been ‘left’ at Tescos and they knew we were doing a topic about Australia. We hope she will help us with our project!

Gardening Club

01 Sep 2014

Gardening club began this term by harvesting some of the vegetables which we planted last term.  We had a fine crop of potatoes and beetroot and some enormous marrows!

U12 Rugby v Belmont House (H)

30 Aug 2014

On a bright sunny Saturday morning some great rugby was on show! The boys in sky blue played very well and put in a great whole-team performance. The forwards worked very hard and kept the team going with some strong driving play. This allowed all of our backs to get their hands on the ball and they all ran into space and finished off some fine moves.

Hopefully the boys will now look forward to the challenges that they will face this season and will look to build on this promising performance.

I would like to thank all of the parents who came along and supported the boys, thank you!

Final Score: Craigclowan 21 Belmont House 6

Jonathan Doak

Summer Hockey Camp

29 Aug 2014

Lewis Plays Blues at The Edinburgh Fringe

27 Aug 2014

Form 8 pupil, Lewis N, great-grandson of the late Sir Jimmy Shand, showed he has inherited a bit of musical magic by playing blues guitar at the Edinburgh Fringe recently, at the age of 12.  Lewis played a collection of blues hits in the capital, after applying to the Fringe to be a street musician.

Lewis, who started playing guitar just three years ago, has already achieved Rockschool grade seven, which he passed with merit last month.