School Life (SPRING TERM - post half-term 2015)
Choirs at Perform in Perth20 Mar 2015
Solar Eclipse at Craigclowan20 Mar 2015
On Friday, there was a fairly deep partial solar eclipse. Around 94% of the Sun’s light was blocked by the Moon, when it moved directly between the Earth and the Sun. This meant that the shadow formed significantly reduced the light reaching us in Perthshire. Total solar eclipses are rare so we were all were very fortunate to have witnessed this rare phenomenon.
Form 1 Solar Eclipse20 Mar 2015
SSSA National Primary Skiing Finals18 Mar 2015
Team Bronze!!The ski team (Lachlan L, Maisie M, Roli S and Jonny R) were to continue with their podium ways on Wednesday at the SSSA Primary Finals up at Nevis Range. In tough, icy conditions the team skied with confidence and flair to secure a magnificent Team Bronze in this very tough, competitive event. With over thirty schools having competed at the five qualifiers around Scotland, this result is a testament to the skiing ethos and way of life that we hold so dear at Craigclowan. This result would not have been possible without the help and support of the parents, Freshtracks, Skiclass and the staff who accompany the children to Glenshee each Saturday.
Well done to the team! You have done us all proud.
Skiing Report18 Mar 2015
What a season it has been. The snow has been plentiful and it is always wonderful to get all of the midweek ski days done, even if one had to be delayed by a few weeks. 157 children from Craigclowan have been up to Glenshee at least once this term. We truly are a skiing mad school. Of those 157 a large percentage came from the bottom 5 year groups. This is brilliant and certainly bodes well for the future of skiing at Craigclowan.
The ski teams have also been in action with superb results at two races at Glenshee. With a 21 medal haul over the two races this group of young talent have exceeded expectations.
With victory in the Experienced Category of the SSSA Qualifying race at Glenshee came the right to go to the Final at Nevis Range last Wednesday. With only the top two teams from each of the five qualifiers held around the country it really was a tough field of experienced and confident skiers who took to the hill on a glorious Spring day. Icy conditions made the going tough but our team defeated the conditions, skiing fantastically, securing a Team Bronze Medal. This really is a superb result with such a young team and such a large field from all of the Primary School in Scotland.
The season has not quite ended yet though with 34 children and staff heading off to Alpes D’Huez in France. The staff are certainly giddy with excitement and I am sure that the children are the same. Let’s hope that the snow is plentiful and the sun shines on us from start to finish.
Mr. Reynolds is looking forward to seeing many of you sign up for the Dry slope sessions next term. To those who are invited to join the Race Training and Development Squad sessions I hope that you will make the most of the opportunity so that your skiing progress can continue to develop.
Hermitage Golf Club Competition18 Mar 2015
Thomas and Max, of Form 6J and Form 4W respectively, had an amazing day on the golf course just outside Edinburgh on Sunday. Thomas won the gold medal in the U14 competition and, not to be outdone, younger brother Max also had a great round to scoop the gold in the U9 competition. There were a large number of competitors in both fields and, considering that Thomas is only 11, he did extremely well to win an U14 event.
Congratulations boys – some serious sibling rivalry in the making!
Final Assembly18 Mar 2015
Forms 6 & 7 Poetry Competition18 Mar 2015
This year’s Easter-themed competition was a great success. The competition got off to a brilliant start with recitals from nine Form 6 Finalists, all of whom set an eggcellent standard! There were some cracking poems in the mix, which led to some very chicky decision-making for this year’s lovely judge, Miss Jane Bonnyman (English teacher at Clifton Hall, Edinburgh, and a poet in her own right). In the end, Sacha Threipland was awarded the Form 6 Poetry Recital Cup, for his wonderful rendition of ‘Jim’ by (the hilarious!) Hilaire Belloc.
However high the bar was set by Form Six, Form Seven still managed to match it. The calibre was exceptional but, after great deliberation, Miss Bonnyman felt that Catriona Hay had the upper hand with her recital of ‘The Listeners’ by Walter de la Mare.
A great time was had by all…and all the finalists received a scrumptious Easter egg for their dazzling efforts!
We are truly grateful to Miss Bonnyman for coming along to judge the competition.
Written by our Form 8 team of journalists for the event: Rosie P., Jack D., Lewis N.and Suzannah M.
U13 Netball v Kilgraston (A)18 Mar 2015
Last game of the season! Injury and illness depleted the squad but with a little help from our U11s we field 2 sides!
First match was the 'A' team many of whom will be playing alongside their opponents at the WOSPS match tomorrow! It was a very quick game and Kilgraston started strong netting the first few goals. The girls soon settled into their stride and the game turned into a good competition. Good marking and strong passing play made it an end to end game. We were unlucky not to convert all of our scoring opportunities but the girls did extremely well to make space and create these chances. All in all a valiant effort from the girls. Lots of rosy faces at the end of the match!
Final Score: U13A Craigclowan 6 - U13A Kilgraston 12
The 'B' match was like looking into the future with every member in Form 7 or 6. The future is bright for Craigclowan! 7 girls who had never played together before stepped up against a very tall Kilgraston side! They defended well and battled for every 50:50 ball. The shooters again did extremely well against tall defenders getting in front to create scoring chances. As the match went on we began to control possession and claw back Kilgraston’s early lead. Unfortunately time was not on our side and the final whistle blew! A fantastic effort from the girls today! I am super excited about the girls coming up to U13 next year! Well done!
Thank you also to Mrs Pattinson for her superb umpiring today and coaching expertise throughout the season!
U11 Boys Hockey v Loretto (A)18 Mar 2015
The last game of the season was against Loretto. The pitch seemed huge but the boys set to business from the starting whistle. Through persistence the team managed to play attacking moves down both flanks. Frederick C, Alistair J-E and Joe J started to move the ball quickly and hit in some early crosses into the ‘D’. After going a goal down the boys in sky blue eventually got a goal they richly deserved 1 minute before the half time whistle, through a super effort from Adam A. The second half started the way the previous half had ended, the sky blue shirts in attack, however, Loretto pounced on a mistake in midfield and scored after a great team move to go 2-1 up. With Ross G, Gregor S and Kyle B showing developing skills and determination in their play, the ball regularly reached Adam A and Kyle B. Plenty of chances were created but the final shots were not quite quick or strong enough to trouble the keeper. A final attempt by Frederick C was saved just before full time and the score remained 2-1 to Loretto.
Final Result: Craigclowan 1 Loretto 2
Scorer: Adam A
Overall, despite a slightly shaky start to the season which saw a few early fixtures postponed or cancelled and training take place in the playground or on the field, both Under 11 teams have improved greatly. Not only has the quality of hockey improved but the teamwork and the sportsmanship has come on in leaps and bounds. There have been some notable achievements, the ‘A’ Team finished 2nd at both the IAPS Qualifiers and at the Craigclowan Hockey Tournament. It has been really pleasing to see both teams play well and record some great wins. All of the boys in the year group have played for the school and they should all be extremely proud of what they have achieved.
I look forward to seeing their progress next year and I hope that they will continue to work hard and play as a team.
Well done boys!
U13A Boys Hockey v Loretto (A)18 Mar 2015
Despite being beaten 7-0 by our skilful hosts, this was the bravest performance the boys have put in this season. Adam K. and Magnus C. typified the ‘never-say-die’ attitude that kept Craigclowan from conceding even more.
The goals came in a steady stream over this tough, forty minute contest, but the boys produced countless last-ditch tackles to prevent certain scores.
In the second half, we enjoyed more possession, but were unable to build any clear-cut chances of our own. Loretto were thoroughly deserving winners on the day.
Staff and Parent v Pupils Netball17 Mar 2015
What a great way to end a term of Netball, by having a wee triangular between pupils, parents and staff. It was such fun and everyone came of the court smiling and with no injuries! The pupils won in the end on ‘goal difference’ with the staff closely behind!
Thanks to Mrs Porter for organising the parents. Roll on Summer term and the rounders
Form 3 Japanese Garden Competition17 Mar 2015
Every single person in Form 3 should be congratulated for their entries to the Japanese Garden Competition. Mrs Stronach, the judge, was looking for tranquillity and simplicity. She finally decided that Eve’s from Form 3M and Daisy’s from Form 3D/S, displayed these features most forcefully.
Form 8 Roman Feast16 Mar 2015
Nostra Cena LatinaOn Monday Form 8 Latin pupils celebrated the end of their study of Roman food by enjoying the much anticipated “Latin Feast”. The guests dressed appropriately in togas for the occasion and were served by slaves, Mrs Dibnah and Mrs Wright.
In true Roman style the guests reclined to eat. Some pupils had brought in authentic Roman food such as olives, dates, grapes, figs and bread. Others chose to offer food “disguised as something else”, which was a favourite theme at Roman dinner parties. There were large cakes in the shape of a clock, decorated with Roman numerals, a Mount Vesuvius and Mrs Wright’s spectacular Medusa cake. There were sweets disguised as worms, eggs and rings. Chicken disguised as dormice. Craigclowan pupils are certainly imaginative when faced with a challenge! Especial thanks goes to our visiting slave girl Mrs Wright!
A good time was had by all involved who agreed “OMNES CENAVIMUS BENE!”
Form 1 visit the Fire Station16 Mar 2015
Form 1 had a wonderful visit to Perth Fire Station. They were lucky enough to be allowed inside the fire engine and a definite highlight was spraying water with the hose!
U9 St Leonard’s Rugby Tournament14 Mar 2015
WINNERS!The boys played some really good rugby considering that most of them had not touched a rugby ball since before Christmas, let alone played as a team. They beat four other schools without conceding a single try and deservedly brought the trophy back to Craigclowan.
Well done boys!
Golden Time13 Mar 2015
The senior girls and boys enjoyed Golden Time last Friday, as a reward for hard work and impeccable behaviour during the term. Some went to Dundee’s Ice Arena to ice skate, some chose to go to see ‘Bugsy Malone’ at Glenalmond, whilst others chose to make rainbow cupcakes and mocktails or build K’Nex models at school.
A great afternoon was enjoyed by all, but we do wish Rachel L a speedy recovery following her unfortunate fall at the ice rink.
Form 2 Penguin Afternoon13 Mar 2015
To round off our Cold topic Parents and Grandparents of Form 2 pupils were treated to a delightful afternoon all about Penguins! It began in the Gym hall where the children entertained with some Penguin songs and penguin-themed games! We then moved back to the classrooms where on sale were delicious baked goodies and crafty treats that the Form 2 children had been busy making all week. It was a roaring success with nearly everything selling out! The second part of the afternoon continued as the children shared facts and poems about Penguins and then put their parents listening skills to the test with a wee quiz!!
It was a fantastic afternoon, the children did brilliantly at performing and selling and thoroughly enjoyed showing their parents everything they had learned over the term!
Thank you to all of the Parents and Grandparents who came along – we raised £100 for WaterAid! And well done to Mrs Scott for winning the mystery prize in the quiz!! She p-p-p-picked up a packet of penguins!!!
Senior Ceilidh12 Mar 2015
The Junior and Senior Ceilidh were a great success this afternoon. Dashing White Sergeant, Suzuki Circle, Virginia Reel and The Flying Scotsman had all the pupils from Forms 3-8 learning a good Scottish Tradition.
At the end Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars finished the Ceilidh with a bit of Uptown Funk. We certainly danced our way to the end of Spring term!
Junior Ceilidh12 Mar 2015
Form 8 Dragons' Den12 Mar 2015
The sixth Form 8 Traidcraft Fairtrade Snack Attack Dragon’s Den Competition was held this week. This year the dragons were once again astounded by the standard of the entries and the effort which all pupils had clearly put into their products and presentations. TV commercials, live musical advertisements, sound recordings for radio commercials, websites, all formed part of advertising campaigns as well as many gastronomic samples for the Dragons to taste.
Munchy Mango Crisps with their tasty mango crisps opened the proceedings and the Dragons loved their use of persuasive techniques, presentation style and healthy snack idea. Cookie Crumble wowed the Dragons with their professional presentation and website and the effort which this team had put into market research. The Dragons loved the concept of Euro Churros, with its continental flavour. Mini meringues used a modern mix of marketing techniques to promote their product and its flavoursome creamy fillings. Chocofolie produced the tastiest, most sophisticated chocolate truffles with incredible packaging designs, and Bananarama offered an appealing healthy snack for young children.
The Dragons had the most difficult task deciding upon a winner however they finally agreed that it had to be Chocofolie on account of the delicious taste, research, presentation, packaging and professionalism. Very well done Andrew, Magnus, Ewan and Jack and to everyone who took part, and of course, many thanks to our wonderful Dragons, Mrs Bergin, Mrs Court, Mrs Page and Mr Ólafsson and good luck to “Chocofolie” in the national competition.
Forms 1-4 Bake Sale12 Mar 2015
I would like to start by saying a huge ‘THANK-YOU!’ to the master bakers in Forms 1-4 for the excellent display of goodies we were presented with today. The Form 4 children were delighted to help sell the vast array of cakes, biscuits and slices. At one point, I wondered if they were on commission, such was their enthusiasm!
Special Mention goes to Lochlan M (F1), Anna H (F2), Carmen M (F3), Ollie W and Harry C (both F4) for winning individual prizes for their baking. Overall winner was Esther L (F4). Thanks to our judges, Jean and Mrs Grant, for forcing themselves to sample the cakes for the good of the children!
By my counting (although I am certainly no accountant), a hugely impressive £ has been raised today for Water Aid. What a fantastic effort! Well done to all those involved. The Final amount the sale has raised is £352.96.
Well done to all involved.
If you would like to read up on Water Aid, their website can be accessed following this link:
U11 Netball v St Marys & Fettes (A)11 Mar 2015
Last matches of the term and the girls were very excited (nothing new there really!) After a long drive to Melrose, the rain and wind certainly didn’t entice me to get out of them mini bus, but the girls were happy to play. Our first game was against St Marys. Craigclowan were a little slow to start, but they soon found their form and were a lot stronger in the second half.
Straight into the next game against Fettes, they played well and stayed strong in defence. Rosie and Kitty were on form with their shooting and the midcourt team marked their players well.
Overall Craigclowan won both their games. They have had a super term of Netball and only lost that first game against Belhaven. I am very proud of them and they just need to remember in Netball; ‘It’s all about the SPACE, bout the SPACE’
Final Score: Craigclowan v St Marys: Won: 7-5 / Craigclowan v Fettes: Won: 4-1
U11 Boys Hockey v Fettes (A)11 Mar 2015
'A' Team ReportOn Wednesday, the boys travelled to Fettes. Looking for a good win was definitely on the cards considering we had beaten our hosts on two previous occasions this year. There was fantastic attacking play, in abundance, from Jon M and Frederick C down the right hand side of the pitch. Time and again the ball was taken to the base line and dropped back for a first time shot at goal. We seemed to want to give the Fettes keeper some shooting practice, rather than playing the ball into the corner of the goals! This certainly came back to haunt us as Fettes broke away with a lovely team move of their own and scored a well worked goal. As the game wore on the boys seemed determined to find a way back into the game and threw everything at the Fetters defence in search of a late equaliser. Though we tried and tried again to lift our sticks for a big hit, a quick sweep or push would have been a much better option. The squad definitely relied on their athletic ability today but forgot about the need to use both skill and a calm thinking head in order to make the correct decisions.
Final Result: Craigclowan 0 Fettes 1
'B' Team ReportCraigclowan put in an outstanding team performance in a hard fought 0-0 draw. The first half saw Fettes attack the Craigclowan goal but time and time again they were stopped by some excellent defending. In the second half Craigclowan came more into the game and put together some nice attacking moves and were unlucky to not score on a number of occasions. It was an excellent performance from the team.
Final Result: Craigclowan 0 Fettes 0
U13 A&B Hockey v Fettes (H)11 Mar 2015
In a positive afternoon of hockey for Craigclowan School, there was a win for the 'B' Team and a draw for the 'A' Team.
The A’s started very strongly, passing the ball about the pitch with speed and accuracy. It was not long before our efforts were rewarded with a goal. After further impressive build-up play, we added a second and third goal within 10 minutes. To their credit, Fettes battled on and clawed back a goal of their own before half time.
After the break, Craigclowan counter-attacked successfully after a Fettes error and stretched the lead to 4-1. This lead, however, was not to be enough. Our play reverted back to the narrow style we have been trying to avoid in training and we were unable to retain enough ball to see the game out. Fettes thrived on this and made some successful counter-attacks of their own, eventually scoring an equaliser in the final two minutes. A tough one to take for the A’s, but the lesson is clear: Wide play = success, narrow play = lost possession.
The B’s started impressively too, mounting several attacks, but not finding the goal. Against the run of play, Fettes broke out of their half and scored on their first clear chance of the game. Craigclowan came back with purpose and carved out a well-taken equaliser. The opportunities continued to flow for the B’s. Pleasingly, two more goals were added to the tally before half time.
Despite being behind, Fettes surged into life in the second half, with the near gale-force literally in their sails! They took their second goal after patient build-up play, applying lots of pressure to the hosts. Thankfully, the B’s were able to hold on and close out this exciting match to win 3-2. Well done!
U13 Netball v Fettes & St Marys (A)11 Mar 2015
A round robin against two strong teams today. Fettes started well - decisive passes and an on form shooter saw us on the back foot. We picked it up in the second half but loose passing by us made it a tough battle.
Final Score: Craigclowan 4 - 14 Fettes
After a wee rest spectating a fast and exciting match between Fettes and St Marys (Fettes won 10-7) we stepped up to face St Marys. St Marys are a well organised, fast team and we found it tricky to get and keep the ball. We were indecisive in the circle wasting some early shooting opportunities. A wee switch of positions in the second half and we began to play netball. Stronger passes and supporting play and better use of space. We only lost the second half by 1 goal but the lead built by St Marys in the first half was too much to make up.
Final Score: Craigclowan 2 - 8 St Marys.
Form 1 A Visit From the Dentist11 Mar 2015
Form 1 have continued their study of People Who Help Us this week, thinking about being healthy and how we can keep our bodies healthy. To help us with this aspect of the topic we had a very informative visit from Mrs Quaba, a local dentist. The Children found out lots of interesting things about looking after our teeth and the job of a dentist.
We discussed different snacks that maybe good or bad for our teeth.
A big thank you goes out to Dr Quaba for taking the time to come and visit us. We thoroughly enjoyed the talk.
World Book Day10 Mar 2015
The children and staff at Craigclowan celebrated World Book Day by dressing up as their favourite characters from a book. The staff entered into the spirit of the day and even the Co-Heads went back to their childhood reading by sporting animal onesies, much to the delight of the children and staff!
Spring Forward Cross-Country Inter-House Challenge 201510 Mar 2015
The first edition of the Spring Forward Inter-House cross-country challenge was a success, run in relatively pleasant conditions: cool sunshine and light winds.
Speed was indeed the key factor but participation was also important as each runner was able to score, just by sweating round the 2 lap course.
After a “start with a twist”, the 29 participants battled hard over the familiar hilly terrain. Calculations revealed that by 5 points, LEWIS was the overall winner, thanks to the stamina of Rhys T, Archie J-S, Rachel L, Andrew S, Christopher H, George L, Tessa H, Rosie M, and Megan W. Everyone ran hard and each little athlete deserves a round of applause. The overall winner was Arthur R (Arran) and the first Girl was Sofia R (Skye), who placed 4th overall. By popular demand, the session finished with the most cheerful piggy back race.
Craigclowan Scholars 201509 Mar 2015
This week the Craigclowan community has been celebrating the achievements of four of its own. Jamie G has been awarded a Sports Scholarship to Strathallan whilst Maisie S and Beatrice T have been awarded an All-Rounder and Art Scholarship respectively to Glenalmond College. Earlier this term, we also learned that Lachlan L had successful achieved an All-Rounder Scholarship to Merchiston Castle School.
This is great news and is testament to the hard work of these children, the dedication of their teachers and the support of their parents. They have worked hard, strived to achieve their best and have been rewarded for their endeavours.
Form 1 Fruit Kebabs06 Mar 2015
Form 1 enjoyed washing, chopping and creating their own fruit kebabs this afternoon. Yummy Fruity Friday!!
Forms 1 & 7 Paired Reading06 Mar 2015
All of the children enjoyed their quiet time and we have asked the Form 7 children if they would like to visit us again, they agreed that they would. They also told the Form 1 children that they had been ‘blown away’ by their excellent reading skills!
Form 4 Visit Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh06 Mar 2015
Royal Botanic Gardens TripThe Form 4 boys and girls enjoyed the fabulous flora on display at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh today. We talked about rainforest layers, uses of plants and sustainability while we were there. We even found the time to practise our blow-pipe skills! Thanks again to Hazel who made our trip so special.
Form 3 One Show Special Assembly06 Mar 2015
Presenters Gabi and Monty introduced a Japan Special assembly. There were reports on all aspects of Japan, a traditional Japanese story and the show was finished off with glockenspiel and song.
U14 Perth and Kinross Development Hockey Squad06 Mar 2015
Big CongratulationsWell done to Jamie G., who managed to secure a place in the U14 Perth and Kinross development hockey squad last week. He joins 5 other Craigclowan pupils , who all train on Tuesday evenings at Bells Sports Centre . All these pupils have now been put forward to the U14 Midlands trails which are held over the next few weeks.
We wish them all good luck
U11 Boys Hockey v Belhaven (H)04 Mar 2015
On Wednesday we welcomed Belhaven to play in this, rearranged fixture, which had been postponed earlier in term due to bad weather. The day before this game was played it had once again snowed very heavily. Fortunately though, the snow melted on Tuesday night and Wednesday turned out to be a glorious sunny day.
The B team were up first and it was a very exciting and close game. Both teams had a real go and very evenly matched. It was pleasing to see the boys keep their positions and attack with purpose.
With a minute to go, the game was still goalless. With one final attack Torin E-M found himself one on one with the Belhaven keeper after superb play from the sky blue midfield. He calmly pushed the ball under the keeper towards the back post and scored the winning goal!
The A team were up next and the boys started very strongly. The team had been instructed to play fast, attacking hockey. They were asked to release the ball into the wide areas early and support the pass. After going two goals up the foot seemed to come off the pedal. This quickly saw Belhaven find a way back into the match and they scored two well worked goals. This meant that there was a very exciting finish to the match where both teams put each other under lots of pressure and play flowed from end to end. Fortunately, the boys in sky blue held their nerve and managed to get in behind the Belhaven defence three times and scored from all three chances. This really was a tough game but the character of the boys shone through. They worked very well and played to each other's strengths.
I would like to thank all the Parents who came along and supported the boys.
Craigclowan A 5 - 2. Belhaven A
Joe J x3
Alistair J-E x2
Craigclowan B 1 - 0 Belhaven B
U13 Netball Tournament (A)04 Mar 2015
This weeks winter wonderland saw the Ardvreck Tournament relocated to Fettes. This is always a difficult time in the term with the majority of the team in the midst of exams but the girls did very well. Being in the smaller of the 2 pools we had a bit of a wait before our first match against Cargilfield who already had 2 matches under their belt. The girls took a while to settle into their stride and Cargilfield built up a strong lead, with only 10 minutes for each game the girls dug deep to try and claw back the score but the clock was against them. The next game against Loretto was brilliant, good movement, positive passing and capitalising on scoring opportunities. With a win and a loss it all fell to the final pool match against a strong St Mary's side for us to have any chances to progress. St Mary's showed why they won the pool undefeated with strong, quick passing and movement.
The girls played extremely well in their matches. It was also a good opportunity to check out our upcoming opponents - a few tough matches ahead! But I am confident that the girls will put up a good fight.
The tournament was won in the end by Fettes after a very closely fought final against Kilgraston.
Final Score: Won 1 Lost 2
Strathallan Hockey Sixes04 Mar 2015
There were highs and lows at the Strathallan Sixes tournament for the Craigclowan U-13’s as we played over the course of a beautiful day. There had been fears the tournament would not go ahead, but the change in the weather was a very welcome `unfolding for players and spectators alike.
Each team played six fixtures in the round robin tournament. Our first match produced the most pleasing result, as we beat Fettes 1-0 after some promising play in attack and defence. Next, we took on Cargilfield; conceding two heartbreaking goals in the final minute of a first half filled with super saves and determined defending. No more goals were added after half time – final score 2-0. In our third fixture, we played a skilful Loretto side (the eventual winners) and we were again beaten 2-0. Our fourth fixture was by far the most exciting. We started brightly against Ardvreck and equalised straight after conceding an early goal. The Crieff lads launched a series of clinical attacks up to half time and added three more goals to their tally. The boys were not for giving up, however, and they played exceptionally well in the second half, scoring two fantastic goals and creating many chances. Final score 4-3.
We were then treated to a fantastic lunch, but perhaps, the boys over-indulged. Our match after our feast, against Strathallan, was our most disappointing. There was a lack of energy and determination and we were outdone by three goals to nil. In our final match against Belhaven, we shook off the disappointment of the previous fixture and played well to create a one goal advantage by half time. Unfortunately, we ran out of steam and Belhaven, to their credit, went on to win 2-1.
There were many positives today. The boys won their first match and played a superb half of hockey against Ardvreck, not to mention grafting through six games in this all-day tournament. However, I hope the boys can remember the disappointment they felt at the end of our final game and strive to consistently play to the high standards their coaches know they can.
Form 4 and 5 Ski Day at Glenshee03 Mar 2015
As I left home in a blizzard with five inches of fresh snow on the ground, I have to admit I thought that once again I would have to pull the plug on the 4 and 5 ski day. Not at all! We have a fantastic bunch of hardy parents and staff who all managed to get to school by 7.00am in appalling conditions. Well done to you all!
What a day was to follow. With less snow having fallen up in the hills, the roads cleared and the sun even showed itself (in the morning). Not only that, there was enough fresh powder to give us all that ooey gooey feeling. It was magical! What a morning.
There are many children who have a slightly inflated perception of their skiing ability. Many thinking that they are good skiers if they can point their skis downhill and get from the top to the bottom without turning. This in my opinion is not really skiing and it’s certainly not safe skiing. I would call that a controlled fall and often it is not very well controlled. It was thus fantastic to see all of the children learn and put into practice the real skills and techniques for becoming a good skier who is able to ski fast and in control at all times, keeping themselves safe as well as the other skiers about them. With heavy snow falling and flat light all afternoon, it was the skills learnt in the glorious sun earlier in the day which allowed the children to continue to enjoy the more challenging conditions. I know that the Glenshee skiing experience prepares the children and staff for anything that the Alps or other ski areas around the world can throw at us. It was another amazing day which could not happen without the assistance of the merry Craigclowan staff, the fantastic Freshtracks team and the willing parents.
Well done to the Craigclowan Family!!
Netball v Ardvreck (A)02 Mar 2015
U10 NetballThe U10 put in a much improved performance against Ardvreck this time. Playing on a smaller court was always going to be hard, but they passed the ball well and were strong in the shooting department. It was a good game all round and the girls were pleased with the result. Well done!
Final score: win 10-7
U9 NetballAnother brilliant performance from our U9 girls. The shooting was fantastic. As a team they were quick to react and they put pressure on Ardvreck from the start. They are a great wee team with so much potential for the future. Excellent play girls, well done!
Final score 19-5 win
31st Scottish Preparatory Schools Cross-Country Championships 201501 Mar 2015
Belhaven Hill SchoolBronze galore for Craigclowan
This prestigious annual event saw a new record gathering of 327 high calibre competitors representing 14 different schools on what could be described as the most challenging conditions we have seen for a few years at Dunbar.
Craigclowan has gradually established itself in this demanding discipline and this year again, our 23 athletes displayed fitness as well as mental toughness when tackling the relatively flat but often uneven course of up to just under 2 miles, depending of the age group. With the best four runners to count, the highlights were as follows:
In the squalls of hail and rain, the younger age groups’ races took off. In the U10 Boys race, Archie J-S came a highly respectable 4th in a field of 53 boys whilst Isobel S came 11th in the girls’ race of the same age group in a similar size field. In the U12 Boys’ Arthur R, grabbed the well earned Bronze medal, and with solid runs from Freddie C (10th), Theo E-M (13th) and Rhys T (14th ), in a field of 65 boys, the team placed a creditable 3rd overall.
Elated by their recent Winners’ title at Strathallan, our top girls felt the pressure and battled fiercely. Rachel L confirmed her fine form of three days ago by winning the Bronze medal in the U12 Girls’ race. Helped by team mates Rosie M (14th), Tessa H, and Honor R, in this field of over 54 girls, the team came 4th overall, out of 10 teams.
The U14 Boys did not shy away from hard work either, in this field of nearly 50 competitors. The strong runs of Magnus C, Andrew S, Murray T and Tom C saw the team placed 6th overall.
Form 3 Make Sushi27 Feb 2015
Form 3 had a taste of Japan on Friday afternoon. The well-known Japanese lady, Mrs Stronach, gave a demonstration of how to make sushi and then we all had a go. When the hard work was done we all enjoyed it with soy sauce and wasabi paste.
Form 5 Fairtrade Cake Sale27 Feb 2015
Congratulations to all the children who took part in the Fairtrade cake bake competition. Form Five were astounded at the number of competitors and delicious cakes brought into their class rooms for judging! Thanks to all the generous customers we raised over £270 for Water Aid! Mrs Rolin and Mrs Trueland enjoyed their task of judging (and sampling) the entries. The overall winner was Amy G. for a beautiful and delicious Arran cake. The other winners for each house were Catriona S, Sophia D-H, Callum Taylor and Izzy H-A.
Form 4 Friarton Recycling Centre27 Feb 2015
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle was the message as Form 4 braved the cold and rain on an excellent visit to Friarton Recycling Centre. We learned about the problems with landfill sites and what we can do to help solve them. The boys and girls will be keeping an especially close eye on what goes into the bins as they do their bit to help safeguard the environment.
Strathallan Cross-Country Races 201526 Feb 2015
The Golden Girls’ TrioGold for Girls’ Team and for Rosie P, Silver for Sofia R, and Bronze for Rachel L.
29 pupils, some as young as 9, from Form 5 to Form 8 made the short journey to Forgandenny to compete in the youngest category available on the day: Under 14.
On this cold, windy and otherwise perfect winter’s day, Boys and Girls lined up on the start line ready to run over an undulating course measuring 1.5 mile. Many were racing for the first time on this extremely slippery surface and everyone took the challenge seriously, finding the occasion thrilling enough to run possibly even faster than usual, in front of the cheering crowd of pupils, teachers and parents.
After last years’ Team victory, our girls accomplished their next mission by scoring a triple and thus clearly winning the overall U14 event again with Rosie P (overall winner for the second year), not far behind, Sofia R (2nd) and soon after Rachel L (3rd), out of a total of 54 girls.
The Boys also did the school proud and saw young Arthur R (6th), race hard in the U14 race. With strong runs from team mates Murray T (9th) and Rhys T, the team finished 2nd overall in third race of also 54 boys.
The likes of Susie R, Maisie M, Louisa T, Ava M, George L, Yousef Q and Jamie P can be proud of what they achieved on their first race on such a soggy and taxing distance.
The U14 Girls’ race was another hotly contested event of 46 athletes where battles were fought hard throughout the entire 1.95 mile course. Sofia R surpassed herself and took the Bronze medal, just in front of team mate Rosie P (4th). With relentless running from Suzannah M and Isobel T, the team finished 4th.
We are grateful to all the runners who invariably trained hard and in good cheer from September to March. Our thanks also extend to the ever growing number of parents, who, kept up with our routine and came to support the exciting but windy and freezing cold events away this term.
Forms 1-3 Ski Day26 Feb 2015
63 five, six and seven year olds headed to Glenshee on Thursday!! For the skiing mums and dads out there, you know how hard it is to take this age group skiing and that is just with your own one or two children. It is a military operation taking this number of children to the slopes and it only works if you have a great team of staff behind you. I’m incredibly proud and grateful to the six staff members who joined me yesterday, making the day pass off without a hitch. Thank you all!
I could not contemplate this scale of adventure without the brilliance and professionalism of the Freshtracks Team. You are fantastic and I always know that everything will run smoothly when you are on board. I hope that the Craigclowan parents appreciate your skills as much as this experienced and exhausted teacher.
To the children – you were amazing and brilliant and I thank you for making the trip such a success and so much fun. Well done to each and every one of you and to the first time skiers, I hope that you have now caught the Craigclowan skiing bug.
U11 Girls Netball v Brig Club (H)26 Feb 2015
It’s been a very busy week for the girls this week, but yet again all the U11 girls played some super Netball against Brig Club. Well Done U11, great job all round!
Final Scores: A Team: Won 15-2 • B Team: Won 9-0
Forms 1-3 Non Skiers26 Feb 2015
The children who were unable to go skiing, had a fun day at school and were very busy making lots of different thins. During the morning they made 2 different kinds of biscuits, having weighed out the ingredients and then cut or shaped the dough into various shapes. After break they played some phonics games on the interactive whiteboard and then decorated their biscuits.
In the afternoon, we visited the garden and spent some time in the outside classroom. We all enjoyed the day…..and the biscuits!
Helena is a Hero of Tomorrow25 Feb 2015
On 25 February, Forms 7’s Helena O was given the opportunity to present at a Heroes of Tomorrow event, organised by TechFest. Helena delivered her talk on the brain in a lecture theatre at Aberdeen University. On returning to school, Helena said:
“I was very excited to present and hear the other students too. On the day I was more excited than nervous and I brought my skeleton and a brain model with me. During my presentation everyone listened attentively and I received some great questions afterwards. Once everyone had given their talk, prizes and certificates were given out and I was proud to receive a certificate for Inspirational Speaker. In the future I would love to do more events like this and would like to thank TechFest for this opportunity.”
Well done Helena – what a wonderful opportunity.
U13A Hockey v Riley (A)25 Feb 2015
Despite some late call-offs due to illness, the U13 lads stepped up and gave their all against a competent Riley XI on the astro at Strathallan. Much to the delight of the vociferous band of supporters, the boys played with determination and gusto – defending bravely throughout the contest.
The match was an even one, although Riley made the better opportunities to shoot on goal. Thomas C. came closest for Craigclowan, but his well-taken shot drifted just wide.
Riley took the lead midway through the second half with a superb back-stick finish. Despite a valiant response to the goal, we just couldn’t forge any clear chances to score.
A much improved performance from the boys. It’s amazing what a bit of match practice can do for a team!
U13A Netball v Loretto (H)25 Feb 2015
Well done today girls!
Final score: Craigclowan 19 – Loretto 0
U13B Netball v Loretto (H)25 Feb 2015
The 'B' team
have found their winning formula! A wee shuffle of the pack saw some new
faces in positions. The team showed real versatility and slotted into
the roles brilliantly. The movement off the ball into space was
excellent and the passing was much stronger and accurate, if at times a
little rushed. Defensively we were much quicker at setting up and the
marking was much tighter. Natalia and Casta shared the shooting
responsibility well, despite initial nerves they supported each other
and competed for rebounds.
Final score: Craigclowan 12 – Loretto 1
U11 Netball v Loretto (H)25 Feb 2015
The U11 girls put in a very strong performance against Loretto. There marking of the player, their accurate passing and their shooting have much improved. This makes it very difficult for the opposition to get the ball to their shooting zone. They really have grown in many ways as a team and they should be very pleased with the results they have achieved over the last few weeks.
Excellent work girls. Keep machining!
Final Score: Win 18-2
Eco Meeting25 Feb 2015
The Eco Meeting agenda and minutes February 2015 read more
U12 Netball v Lathallan (A)24 Feb 2015
What a great game and super performance from our U12 team. This was the first time they had played together, but it really didn't show. They were dominant from the start and moved the ball quickly to their shooters. The defence was strong , which made it difficult for Lathallan to score and the shooters played brilliantly. Overall a great team performance and thoroughly deserved donuts bought by the coach.
Final score win: 23 - 1
U12 Boys' Hockey v Lathallan (H)24 Feb 2015
The U12 boys’ hockey team played at home against Lathallan on Tue 24th Feb and came away with a very good win. The Craigclowan boy’s dominated the game from the start passing the ball quickly round the Lathallan team. There were a number of quick goals scored by Craigclowan until the Lathallan defence started to tighten up and managed to get the ball further up the pitch. The Lathallan attack found a space to get the ball through and unfortunately the Craigclowan goalie missed the ball and it went in to the goal. There were some more very good runs up the pitch by Craigclowan. One in particular which was taken up the pitch my midfielders Lachlan Lawson and Magnus Connolly and worked round the defence and passed to Alistair Jaynes-Ellis, who was waiting at the far side of the goal to hit the ball in to the goal. The first-half finished with the score 9-2 to Craigclowan. For the second-half some of the players moved positions to give the Craigclowan defence more chances to take the ball up the pitch. This worked well for them as they started to get more confidence with moving the ball up the pitch themselves. The Lathallan team also started to improve and moved the ball about more confidently to get the ball up the pitch. There were a number of very good saves by both goalkeepers however they were not able to stop every one.
The game finished 15-5 to Craigclowan with some very good play from both teams.
U10 Boys' Hockey v Lathallan (A)24 Feb 2015
The U-10 boys of Form 5 made the long trip up to Johnshaven on a beautiful, sunny afternoon to take on Lathallan in their round robin fixture. Despite the sunshine, a cold wind threatened to freeze the players in their tracks. This was not to be, as Craigclowan fired on all cylinders, producing some great hockey across the 'A', 'B' and 'C' Teams. All in all, the boys produced 8 wins out of 9 matches, scoring some lovely goals along the way. Well done, indeed!
U10 Netball v Ardvreck (H)23 Feb 2015
This game was a very physical and tough game for the U10 girls, but they kept going and played some tidy Netball. Sadly we ran out of time at the end so I do think the result would have been a positive one for our girls. We still have a lot to work on, but I know they will become a very good team in years to come. A little bit more self belief will go along way.
Final score: Draw 4-4
U9 Netball v Ardvreck (H)23 Feb 2015
The U9 played a really strong game against Ardvreck. The girls marked their players well and this made it very difficult for Ardvreck to get the ball into their shooting area. It was a much improved performance all round and they should be very pleased with their result.
Final score: win 15 - 1
Form 1 - Visit From Dr. Zealley23 Feb 2015
Form 1 enjoyed a very informative visit from Dr Zealley on Monday. Dr. Zealley is an Anaesthetist and she came to talk about her role at the hospital.
Dr Zealley brought her friend Mr Bones, and we talked about the different parts of our body and tried to name the organs inside our skeleton.
We had great fun listening to each other’s heart beats and using the special machine that monitors our blood and heart beat!
We were all very enthusiastic about the visit and we would like to take this opportunity to thank Dr Zealley once again for taking the time to visit Form 1.
Glenshee Skiing21 Feb 2015
It was another magnificent days skiing on Saturday. It was made even more challenging for the groups with some Race Training through stubbies on a particularly steep and, once skied a few times, icy line on Butchards. All who took on the course were pushed to the max and I know that this extra bit of race training will have helped those heading to the SSSA Primary final at Nevis Range in a few weeks.
Another cracking day! Well done to everyone and thanks to Freshtracks for the course and the tuition.
Craigclowan U11 Boys Hockey Tournament21 Feb 2015
On Saturday we hosted the annual Craigclowan U11 Boys Hockey Tournament. All of the boys were keen, determined and proud to represent their school.
A Team ReportThe ‘A’ team, captained by Frederick C, all played in a variety of positions during the morning’s tournament. Daniel B made some excellent saves throughout as goal keeper, reacting well to all the challenges he faced. He also worked hard to help and encourage his defence to mark the opposition players tightly. Gregor S, Alistair J-E and Ross G (when asked to play in defence) responded well to his encouragement and improved their positioning and ball distribution as the tournament progressed. Jon M, Frederick C and Joe J played mainly across the midfield. Their focus was to pass the ball on early, then support the forward, Adam A. As the morning progressed it was good to see the confidence amongst the team grow. They certainly gave their all. They learned the importance of targeting space and making clear runs in order to get the ball as well as putting a quick shot on target or towards the back post. At the end of the morning after recording four good wins, we had finished second, losing to Cargilfield, the eventual winners.
B Team ReportThe ‘B’ team enjoyed their morning and did not disgrace themselves against strong teams from other schools. The attitude, team spirit and performance levels were evident to all who witnessed their games. As the tournament progressed the defeats became narrower and the team gained much confidence from the two excellent draws. The Craigclowan ‘A’ v Craigclowan ‘B’ match in particular was a hard fought game. In the end though, the ‘B’ team simply ran out of steam!
I was delighted with all of the players from both Craigclowan teams. They all had a great fun morning and it was brilliant to see so much support from family and friends.
Thank you to the many parents who came to support the boys, the visiting schools for entering into the spirit of this fun tournament and to Jean and Paul for the delicious match teas.
Once again, very well done, boys!
PTA Family Ceilidh21 Feb 2015
On Saturday evening, over 100 revellers joined together at the PTA Family Ceilidh at school read more
Form 3 trip to Dundee Science Centre20 Feb 2015
Form 3 became scientists for the day and used their senses to work out some tricky problems. A big thank you to the children for behaving impeccably and to Mrs Perkins for giving up her time to drive the minibus.
Form 1 Chinese New Year Assembly20 Feb 2015
Form 1 put on a fantastic performance to the whole school of their Chinese New Year assembly. We hope to get the parents in soon to see the show, will keep you posted!
Form 1 Pancakes18 Feb 2015
Form 1 enjoyed measuring, mixing and cooking pancakes for Pancake Day. The best bit of all though was the eating!!
U13A Boys Hockey v Ardvreck (A)18 Feb 2015
On this overcast Wednesday afternoon, the Craigclowan boys were delighted to take on their friendliest foes, Ardvreck, in their first 11-a-side fixture of the season. The weather had frozen off all but one fixture last term, so the team was relishing the opportunity to go out and play.
Craigclowan started brightly, creating several opportunities to attack down the sides and through the middle. Unfortunately, we could not produce enough shots on target to test the Impressive Ardvreck keeper. None the less, Craigclowan continued to dominate possession and territory.
As the half wore on, Ardvreck came into the game more. Against the run of play, they took the lead through some very accurate passing and finishing. This spurred them into life and a second goal followed soon after.
The second half saw Ardvreck lose two players as they had forgotten their gumshields, much to the frustration of their coach, Mr Gore. The advantage in numbers allowed Craigclowan to mount further attacks on their opposition. The pressure paid off and a goal was scored within 5 minutes – no more than the lads deserved for their efforts.
Despite further pressure, we could not find the equaliser. Ardvreck, to their great credit, ran their socks off and managed to score their third goal of the afternoon – again, through clinical passing and movement.
Credit to both sides for the parts they played in this entertaining fixture. The boys from both teams will sleep well after covering so much ground on a full-sized pitch. Next week, we hope to improve our marking and use more square passes to work around defences. We now, though, have a game under our belts! Onwards and upwards…
U13 Netball v Riley (H)18 Feb 2015
U13AA very closely fought match today. The girls showed periods of excellent passing and movement and capitalised on a high portion of scoring opportunities. At the end of the third quarter it was 12-12. The teams scored tit-for-tat in the final quarter and a draw looked like the way it was going to end. Credit to Craigclowan though as they lifted their game and took control, using space well and working as a team to score the vital goals to secure the win.
Final Score: Craigclowan 17- 14 Riley
U13BInspired by the well fought victory of the A team the B team stepped up and started their match well. A few players in new positions took a wee while to settle in but by half time the score was close. As the game went on we lost our shape and gave the ball away, making life difficult for ourselves. Riley capitalised on this to stretch their lead. The girls battled until the end but were unable to finish off some slick passing moves. Lots of positives to take from the game for our next fixture.
Final Score: Craigclowan 2 – 13 Riley
U11A & B v Ardvreck (H)18 Feb 2015
For both teams, this was our first full match of the season. All of the boys were determined to put on a spectacle and perform! The quality of hockey on show really was a joy to watch. The passes were short, fast and always directed towards space. It was also pleasing to see moves and corners working superbly. At the end of the afternoon both teams had recorded fine wins. Both coaches were enthusing about what they had witnessed and were delighted with the performance of all the boys. Looking forward, it is really important for the boys to maintain their standards. We now look ahead with some confidence, starting with the Craigclowan U11 Tournament on Saturday!
We would like to thank the many Parents who came along to support the boys and the Kitchen Staff for a superb Match Tea.
Final Results & Scorers:Result: U11A won 7 – 1
Scorers: Frederick C (x2), Alistair J-E (x2) and Jon M (x3).
Result: U11B won 10 – 0
Scorers: Torin E-M, Cameron G (x3), Arthur R, Ralston S and Cameron S (x2).
JD & GJ
U11 Netball v Kilgraston (A)18 Feb 2015
What a fantastic strong performance by our girls. The girls are going from strength to strength and today’s match shows a big improvement in term of passing, moving on the court and space. I am so proud of the girls and they should all be extremely pleased with themselves. Keep going girls, we can only get better!
Final Score: Win 19-1
Annual Form 3 Pancake Race18 Feb 2015
Form 3DS emerged victorious in the Pancake Flipping Handicap on Wednesday. Form 3M demanded a stewards’ enquiry, but the result stands.
Open Morning17 Feb 2015
Visitors were warmly welcomed by some of our Form 8 pupils, who very much enjoy their role as tour guides. Once again 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 and Pre-school was a hive of activity with visiting youngsters joining in the morning’s activities. The current theme in reception, Chinese New Year, was very bright and welcoming (Mrs Yellowlees had worked her magic as usual!) and parents enjoyed looking at this display, as well as the many displays of children’s work all around the school.
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.
Form 2 Celebrated Pancake Day17 Feb 2015
Netball v Fettes16 Feb 2015
U10 NetballThe U10 girls took to the netball court for the first time this term. It was a very close fought game. Both team impressing their coaches with some super play. Our girls showed some real potential however the pressure of shooting was too much for us. They should be very pleased with their overall performance. A great game all round.
Final score loss 3-2
U9 NetballAll the U9 girls went to Fettes on Monday to play their first match. Our girls played really good netball and they should be very proud of their efforts. There are still areas that we need to work on, but if Mondays match is anything to go by they will be a force to be reckoned with in the future.
Final Score: A team lost 3-2; B team won: 9-1
Form 8 Trip to Edinburgh Mosque16 Feb 2015
The annual Form 8 trip down to the Edinburgh Mosque took place on Monday. It was, as usual, a fantastic trip, giving the children an opportunity to ask all of those difficult questions which have arisen due to recent events around the world. These questions were asked and answered superbly by our guide who really challenged the kids to ask the most difficult questions. Her honesty and passion were an example to all and very much appreciated by both myself and all of the students. I am sure that many of the children’s misconceptions have been dealt with and I hope that this group of young people will go on to educate those they meet as to the true nature of Islam.
After such a fascinating morning, we had all worked up quite an appetite so it was off to the Mosque Restaurant for a fantastic meal of mild curries, rice and naan. Wow! It is always great to see lots of happy students getting the most out of a school trip.
Well done to everyone for your excellent behaviour and intelligent questions.
Sofia R. National Triathlon Qualifier15 Feb 2015
Form 7’s Sofia R recently qualified to represent Scotland at the National Triathlon Finals, to be held in Milton Keynes on 15 March. Following success in the shooting, run and swim, Sofia finished in second place overall which means she is looking forward to representing Scotland against the other home nations next month. Keep up the training Sofia, and well done!
Congratulations too, to Esther L (Form 4), George L and Susie R (Form 5) and Rachel L (Form 6) who also turned in very creditable performances.
Primary 5 & Under Fair City Chess Competition06 Feb 2015
The chess team have now played all of their qualifying games of the Fair City Primary 5 & Under Chess Competition.
The team comprised Benjamin E, Archie J-S, Max M, Patrick P and Mairi T (reserve). The team over two dates played Craigie PS, Dunning PS and St. Ninian’s PS.
Results:Craigclowan 2 Craigie 2
Craigclowan 1 Dunning A 3
Craigclowan 3 Dunning B 1
Craigclowan 3 St. Ninian’s 1
We now wait to hear if we have qualified for the final.
Forms 6, 7 and 8 Ski Day06 Feb 2015
It was the French Alpes that we skied on Friday, wasn’t it? It certainly could have been. What a fantastic day! Every so often we manage a magical day in the hills where everything is perfect. The snow is amazing, the sun shines and all of the kids have a ball. Friday was that day. Heaven! For the three kids who had never been on skis before, what an experience. I wish that I could tell them that it is always like that. Well done to all 43 boys and girls for making it such a smooth and enjoyable day. Brilliant!