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Drama Club Panto 'Aladdin'

09 Dec 2014

On Wednesday afternoon, the boys and girls from the Monday evening Drama Club took to the stage to perform their version of Aladdin.
‘Oh no they didn’t!’
‘Oh yes they did! And let that be an end to it!’
The play had been written by the children, so there were plenty of great in jokes and much silliness. All of the boys and girls in the school got fully behind the cast, joining in loudly when required and dancing furiously at the end to a sing-along version of Jingle Bells. It was a wonderful moment for all of the pupils and staff to relax and enjoy a bit of Christmas silliness at the end of another successful and fantastic Craigclowan term. 
Well done to everyone and Happy Christmas.
CR




U11 Rugby Report

09 Dec 2014

It has been a very successful term with a particularly strong group of boys. As a squad, they have trained hard, developing into a well-oiled machine. The physicality has grown and grown as the term progressed, as has the ability to win the ball in the loose. With some very strong running, great support and soft hands many fantastic tries have been scored throughout the term. It has certainly been a wonderful term to be an Under 11 rugby coach.
 
Very well done boys! It has been a pleasure.
Tries scored - 84, Tries scored against – 25
Played 8, Won 7, Lost 1
CR  



Forms 1-3 Bake Sale

08 Dec 2014





Concert Choir

07 Dec 2014
On Sunday 07 December the Craigclowan Concert Choir took a star role in Perth Concert Hall.  They performed John Rutter’s Mass of the Children and Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Perth Choral Society and Perth Sinfonia, conducted by Peter Rutterford.
The Choir had a major role in the Mass of the Children and were given a special ovation by an enthusiastic and large audience and all the other musicians on the stage.  
This was an exciting venture and will be certainly remain memorable for the performers and audience for years to come.




Puppet Show

05 Dec 2014





Form 1 & 2 Christmas Parties

05 Dec 2014

Forms 1 & 2 had a fantastic time at the Christmas party.  Thank you to the PTA for organising such a fun filled afternoon!




Form 4 & 5 “Aladdin Trouble!”

05 Dec 2014

On Friday night, Forms 4 and 5 entertained us with their Christmas show. It was a take on Aladdin with a festive twist. “Aladdin Trouble!” was a hilarious, upbeat and fantastically well acted panto which engaged the audience and left us with a warm glow of pre-Christmas joy. The children deservedly received a standing ovation at the end and their encore set the Games Hall ‘on fire’! Brilliant!




An Introduction to Philosophy by Father Giles

04 Dec 2014

Form 8 pupils were treated to a fascinating interactive talk by Father Giles from Glenalmond, introducing some of the fundamental ideas about philosophy. It was both a thought provoking and amusing talk which certainly got both the children and myself thinking. I am sure that the students have never thought about the existence of God in such a way. No doubt some of them will go on to develop these ideas at their secondary schools. For that spark of interest, they will always be able to look back at that stimulating hour in December 2014.
CR  



Form 1 Playmobil

04 Dec 2014

Form 1 had a wonderful afternoon playing with the amazing playmobil resources bought with the kind donation from the PTA...(Shhh the children think it was from their very friendly class elves as a reward for their wonderful Christmas production!)  Many thanks to Form 7D boys for their help in assembling the toys and playing with the children.




Form 3 - "Silent Night"

03 Dec 2014

Form 3 told story behind the well-loved Christmas Carol “Silent Night”.  We took a trip back in time to the late Eighteenth Century, to a small village near Salzburg, in Austria.  When naughty Charlie mouse damaged the church organ, Franz Kirsty Gruber and Father Auriol Joseph saved the Christmas pageant by combining their musical and lyrical talents.  Well done all. A brilliant performance.




Form 2 - "The Bossy Christmas Fairies"

03 Dec 2014

After weeks of practice the night finally arrived for the big performance! Form 2 were very excited to share their play with their friends and families.  The fairies were suitably bossy and there was glitter and sparkle galore amongst all of the decorations – even those in the ‘reject’ box! And who can forget the chocolate Santa’s! Yum! Yum! The nativity figures took up their proper place to remind the fairies, and all of us, that “this is what Christmas is all about!”
Thank you to everyone who came along – it truly was a fantastic evening.




Form 1 - "A Little Bird Told Me"

03 Dec 2014

Form 1 gave a fantastic performance last night and delighted the audience with their excellent speaking, singing and acting. Their teachers were extremely proud of them for all their hard work over the last few weeks, and were especially pleased that they managed to make it the best ever performance on the night! Thank you to all the parents for helping and encouraging the children with their words and to all the members of staff who helped with the lighting, props and wonderful music.




U11 Girls' Hockey v Loretto (A)

03 Dec 2014
Unbeaten Season For the U11 Girls - Yes! Yes! Yes!
The U11 girls went to Loretto to play their final game of the season. I think the coach was more nervous than the girls to be honest. They were fantastic and played some beautiful hockey. I am so proud of what the girls have achieved this term. They have really been a pleasure to coach and they have thoroughly deserved the success of an unbeaten season.
The stats for the term are as follows:
PLAYED 12        WON 12
SCORED: 75 GOALS    LET IN: 6 GOALS

WHAT A TERM….WHAT A TEAM… JUST INCREDIBLE!!!




Form 6 Medusa Masks

02 Dec 2014

Form 6 Latinists studied the story of Perseus and Medusa and made these wonderful masks!




U10 Hockey – So Close To That Unbeaten Season

01 Dec 2014

If we were to go on 8 aside matches, the U10 girls were also unbeaten. They played 5 games in total scoring 12 goals in total. Sadly their last game was a 7 aside game against a very large Fettes team, the U10 lost this game. They should however be very proud of their team work.  I think they will be another strong team next year as they grow and develop their skills.

They have played 4 matches and scored 12 goals. They beat St Marys, Ardvreck and Loretto.



U9 Hockey – Another Unbeaten Season For The Girls !

01 Dec 2014

The girls played their final game against Fettes on Monday 1st December. It was a pretty cold day, but that did not deter them from playing excellent hockey. We even had 3 Form 3 girls playing today and they certainly stepped up to the mark. The 'A' Team won their game 3-1 and the 'B' Team drew their final game 0-0.
It has been a very successful term of Hockey for these U9 girls.  It’s great to say that that is another unbeaten season for the Hockey girls. The U9 have shown to be a side to be reckoned with, playing 4 games and scoring a massive 21 goals.

WELL DONE U9…KEEP MACHINING!



The Tayside Judo Championships

30 Nov 2014

Adam and Kyle, both Form 6, won three gold medals between them on Sunday at The Tayside Judo Championships.  Adam was also Player of the Day.  They are see in the photograph with Commonwealth Gold Medalist Louise Rennick, who presented them with their medals.

Ferdinand, Form 4, also won gold in his category and Dan, Form 5, won bronze and Monsieur Borderie was delighted to announce the boys’ success at lunch recently.

Congratulations to all the boys.  Judo is now over for this term and we look forward to seeing all the children back at the club in January.




Dalreoch Chess Competition at Dunning Primary School

28 Nov 2014

Eight pupils headed to Dunning Primary School to compete in the Dalreoch Chess Competition. Everyone had a great experience and enjoyed playing matches against opposition of different abilities. There were three sections, Primary 5, Primary 6 and Primary 7.  Cameron S was declared the Primary 6 Chess Champion, whilst Max M and Finlay S finished 2nd and 3rd respectively, in the Primary 5 category.

Many thanks to Dunning Primary School for their warm and friendly hospitality and for putting on a great tournament.




U9 Rugby - Unbeaten Season!

26 Nov 2014

The u9s rounded off their season with fine performances at Belhaven. The ‘B’ team managed to bag themselves another handful of tries and even though they lost, the boys have come on in leaps and bounds and several of them will be ready for ‘A’ team action next season.

The ‘A’ team played magnificently and deservedly triumphed 4 tries to 2 over a strong Belhaven outfit. All the boys have played their part in this great season, in which, as I said last time, they have beaten every single school they played. Archie J-S, Finlay S, Thomas D, Ferdy Q, Rory D, Jack I, Jamie L and Teo T – well done all of you, but a special mention for captain Archie who has now nearly completed his u9 career, having played his first game when he was only six!



U10 Rugby v Cargilfield

26 Nov 2014





WOSPS v Dandylions Girls Hockey at Fettes

26 Nov 2014

Well done to 6 Craigclowan girls; Helena, Suzannah, Rosie, Sofia, Alex and Beatrice who were selected to play for the WOSPS U13 hockey team on Wednesday.  
Two closely fought matches against the Dandylions saw the Edinburgh side retain both the 'A' and 'B' team trophies.  All the girls can be proud of their efforts – Well done.




U13 Rugby v Belhaven Hill (H)

26 Nov 2014

On another cold and wet afternoon, the boys faced yet another stern test against a Belhaven side which was also looking for a first win of the season. The visitors displayed some excellent, direct running and won comfortably in the end. There was some consolation for the boys in sky blue as our first period of pressure (sadly all too late in the game) resulted in a fine score in the corner.
We have one more match to go this season. I hope to see the lads step up to the plate and enjoy one final challenge. We will do all we can to deliver a positive performance. Good luck, lads. We can do it!




U11 Girls Hockey V Belhaven Hill (H)

26 Nov 2014

The Craigclowan girls continue their winning streak against a good Belhaven team. It wasn’t their best match, however they never gave up and put pressure on the Belhaven team throughout the game. The defence of Craigclowan remains strong. This ensured no goals were scored by the opposition. Keep going girls. One match to go to claim an unbeaten season.

FINAL SCORE: WIN 3-0



U11 Rugby v Belhaven Hill (A)

26 Nov 2014

This was always going to be one of the toughest challenges the boys were going to face this term. With both teams undefeated in the 10 a-side game, the stakes were very high. Having made sure that we arrived at Belhaven with plenty of time to get the journey out of our system the game started with a bang. We knew that to win we would have to play the best rugby we had played all term. Sadly, though we played superbly, we did not perform as well as we have. With just a few more missed tackles, a couple of dropped passes and being a little slower to the breakdown, Belhaven were able to take control with a three try lead by half time. We came back strong after the short break scoring two tries and the game sat on a knife edge for fifteen minutes. The encounter was brutal with some enormous tackles going in on both sides. With a fourth try by Belhaven, we just could not get across their line again. The game ended with both sets of boys battered and bruised but proud of their performances. It was a fantastic forty minutes of rugby and I have never heard the travelling Craigclowan mums and dads so vocal in their support. Very well done to both teams for their efforts. There will be a few more bruising encounters between these two sets of boys over the coming years.
Craigclowan – 2     Belhaven - 4
CR       



U10 Rugby v Cargilfield (H)

26 Nov 2014

This was a very entertaining game. Both teams had a real go at each other and tried to play good positive rugby. Our handling and awareness of space was very pleasing when we were in possession. Our tackling could have been better and I hope the boys learn to commit themselves a little more strongly in the future. In the end we lost narrowly but I felt that there were many positives to be taken from the game.

A big thank you to all the parents who came along to support the boys on a bitterly cold day and also to Jean and the Kitchen staff for preparing a superb match tea afterwards.

Final Score: Craigclowan 5 Cargilfield 8

Try Scorers: George L and Ethan W(x4)




U10 Girls Hockey v St Mary's Melrose (A)

24 Nov 2014

All the Form 5 girls jumped in the mini bus and headed down to St Marys for another U10 game. They were all super excited.

The U10A team dominated the game and produced a fantastic score against a good St Marys team. They defended well and the midfield worked their socks off ensuring the ball was fed to their forwards with accuracy.
Final Score: Win 5-2

The U10B team never gave up, even though they found to going hard. Our girls defended well, but just couldn’t keep the St Marys girls out of their goal area.
Final Score: Loss 4-0

Overall 2 great friendly games, the children all have fun and played really well. Thank you so much to all the parents that travelled down to watch the game. Your support is greatly appreciated.




Scottish Prep Schools Rugby v Edinburgh Select XV

23 Nov 2014

It was a pleasure to make the trip through to Merchiston and watch a fantastic game of rugby, played in excellent spirit, by a talented bunch of lads. Lachlan made an excellent contribution to the SPS performance, working as hard as ever at breakdown and tackle situations. He certainly played his part as the SPS XV went on to win the day, much to the delight of the associated parents, coaches and supporters. Well played, Lachlan.




PTA Fayre

22 Nov 2014


On Saturday 22nd November 2014 the PTA held their annual Christmas Fayre read more





Good Luck, Lachlan!

20 Nov 2014


This Sunday, Lachlan L will be representing Craigclowan for the Scottish Prep Schools XV as they take on the Edinburgh Select XV at Merchiston (Kick-off at 14:00).

Having played superbly for the WOSPS, Lachlan gained selection at blind-side flanker for the SPS team. It is a great achievement to be picked for this side. We wish him all the very best.

Enjoy the day, Lachlan. Well done.





Former Pupils Rugby

19 Nov 2014

Several parents stood on a different touchline this week to watch 13 of last year’s Form 8 boys playing rugby for their respective senior schools.  

Both the A & B games were very harmonious, resulting in two draws, and parents commented that it was lovely to see the former Craigclowan boys playing once again, but on opposing sides this time.




U13 Boys Rugby v Fettes (H)

19 Nov 2014


The game proved another big challenge to the boys in sky blue. They battled hard and put up a good fight, on a very wet and soggy afternoon. There were some pleasing elements in our play, most notably our brave defending which saw us hold up three Fettes try-scoring chances, but again we had to bow to a superior side.

We were also very well supported by parents, for which we were very grateful.





U13 & U11 Girls' Hockey v Fettes (H)

19 Nov 2014
A fairly wet and miserable afternoon did not dampen the spirits of the girls as we took the field against Fettes this afternoon.  A depleted squad and an injury saw Beatrice and Alex play both games, and all the girls gave heart and soul on the pitch.

U13A
The rain didn’t ease up for the second game which turned into a closely fought battle. Fettes went ahead early on but Craigclowan showed real spirit to go up the pitch and score almost immediately.  We did back off a little which allowed Fettes to build a comfortable 4-2 lead at half time.  In the second half Craigclowan were like a different team, quick intense passing, using the width and space and talking to one another! It was a joy to watch. When the score went to 4-3 the intensity from both sides lifted and it was a closely fought last 5 minutes.  The girls played to the bitter end and were disappointed not to get another goal but should be very proud of their efforts today.
U13A Craigclowan 3 – U13A Fettes 4
Scorers: Alex, Rosie, Sofia


U13B
Craigclowan went down a couple of goals early on in the match but continued to fight and Alex clawed one back as she swept in off the keepers pads.  Fettes were a strong side with some big hitters which caught us on the break a few times.  Casta made some excellent saves but was also unfortunate with a couple of tight angle goals. The girls continued to battle on despite the heavy rain but were unable to reduce the goal difference.  A valiant effort by all! Well done!
U13B Craigclowan 3 - Fettes 8
Scorers: Emma, Alex (2)

U11
Well, what can I say. Today has to have been one of the best games of Hockey that the U11 girls have played this term. All the Form 6 girls played and each and every girl played their socks off. Fettes were very strong and it really was a very hard fought game.
The weather wasn’t great, the heavens opened in the last 10 minutes, but this did not stop the determination from the Craigclowan girls to keep their undefeated season in tack.
WELL DONE U11!
FINAL SCORE: WIN 3-2



Cross-Country Inter-House Challenge

18 Nov 2014


The absence of inter-school event this term means that everyone’s competitive streak has been focused on the Inter-House Challenge. So, as soon as exams were over, the opportunity to run for House points was there.

Speed was indeed the key factor but participation was also important as each runner was able to score, just by sweating around the 3 lap course.

Night was fast approaching and the temperature was mild.  After much battling in semi-darkness, over a total distance of around 1 mile, on a hilly terrain of mostly mud and occasional tarmac, a gradual stream of 30 children, each sporting their respective House colours, crossed the finish line, exhausted but elated. Each runner was clearly eager to find out whether enough points had been accumulated in order to be the victor. Calculations revealed that ARRAN was the overall winner, thanks to the stamina of Arthur R (overall winner), Murray T, Magnus C, Freddie C , Adam A, Archie S, Georgia B, Maisie M, Iona F, and Honor R. The winning Girl (and 2nd overall) was Rosie P (Skye). Everyone ran hard and each little athlete deserves a round of applause.





Form 6 Greyfriars and Museum Trip

18 Nov 2014
Greyfriars Graveyard and the Museum in Perth.
The whole of Form 6 was present for the short trip to Perth this morning. We sheltered briefly from a shower in the SUAT enclosure. All the class should know what those initials stand for! We were then able to approach the walls of the medieval city and progress to George Street. On the way we met up with a former parent who invited all of us into her food emporium for shortbread. Guess where that was? Again the children know!
A very busy morning followed and we had a chance to discover about the provision of food in the medieval burgh and see the exhibition of trades based in Perth and circulated throughout Europe.
There is a fun day at the museum on the first Saturday after our term ends. Put it in your diary.
Thanks for JD who came to assist and who took the photographs.
LHCourt




Form 1 Christmas Art

18 Nov 2014

Form 1 enjoyed a visit to the art room where they worked with Mrs Paige to create Santa’s face.  We were very hard working elves!  Ho,ho,ho!!





U9 & U10 Girls' Hockey v Loretto (A)

17 Nov 2014

The U10 girls played some great hockey on Monday.  They were very strong in defence and the midfield moved the ball forward at every opportunity. They worked well as a team and kept their space well, which certainly helped them with the score. It was a really good game of hockey and Loretto were unlucky not to score.

Thank you to all the Craigclowan parents who travelled down to Loretto on the day. It really is appreciated.

FINAL SCORE: WIN 2-0





Musical Performance at Abernyte

15 Nov 2014
Early Festive Cheer at Abernyte

It was good to see a healthy turnout of our talented singers and musicians at the Scottish Antique and Arts Centre at the weekend.  Under the musical direction of Mr Olafsson and Mrs Clark, our choir and Strings Aloud Group provided musical accompaniment in the centre which was very busy for its Festive Weekend.  Shoppers were welcomed by Mr Duncan and his pipers and, despite us leaving his drum in school, Archie provided some expert drumming using improvised equipment! 





U9 Rugby v Cargilfield (H)

15 Nov 2014

 

The ‘B’ team found the going a little tough today and ended up losing by a handful of tries. The ‘A’ team didn’t play their best and were level at half time, but managed to out power the opposition to end up with a comfortable 7-3 win. Whatever happens at Belhaven (who the boys beat a couple of weeks ago), this team has now beaten every single school that they have played this term; Compass, Fettes, St Mary’s, Ardvreck, Belhaven and Cargilfield, which is a fantastic achievement – well done boys!




Form 3 Assembly

14 Nov 2014


Huge congratulations to all of Form 3 for their Victorians assembly.  We were all very amused.





U9 Rugby v Loretto (A)

12 Nov 2014

It was good to see all the U9 boys out for the first time at Loretto and a great day was had by all. The ‘B’s got stuck into their first competitive game and were unlucky to lose 9-8. The ‘A’ team had another fine afternoon and won 10 tries to 2 – great preparation for Cargilfield on Saturday.



U13 Girls' Hockey v Morrisons (A)

08 Nov 2014

The team began with some good passing but slowly got sucked into the middle of the pitch and found themselves playing on top of each other.  We had a lot of possession but struggled to convert it into a score, panicking in the D and letting opportunities pass.  Once we began to use the space to our advantage we had spells of superb hockey; quick passes, good movement and we were rewarded with the opening goal from Emma.  After a few words of wisdom at half time the girls continued to play some excellent hockey, using each other to create space and working together as a team - a delight to watch.  We continued to pressure Morrison's D, their keeper making a series of superb saves to keep the scoreline down.  Maisie was well-positioned on the back post to sweep off the keepers pads to net her 2 goals and Sofia was unfortunate to have a goal disallowed.  A great display today girls - well done!

U13 Craigclowan 3 - U12 Morrisons 0
Scorers: Maisie (2), Emma.




U11 Girls' Hockey v Morrisons (A)

08 Nov 2014

Early on Saturday morning, we hit the road to Crieff to play a new fixture against Morrisons. The girls seem to be living a breathing Hockey at the moment, with fixture after fixture. They yet again played some good hockey and dominated the game from the start. Overall, it was a lovely friendly fixture. Just what you like on a cold Saturday morning.
FINAL SCORE: WIN: 7-0




U11 Rugby v Perthshire Rugby Club (H)

08 Nov 2014
U11 Rugby v Perthshire Rugby Club (H)


On a beautiful crisp Autumn morning, Perthshire Rugby club came to Craigclowan for the first time. It is certainly a fixture that I hope will appear in the calendar next year. Both teams played some fantastic running rugby but in the end our dominant rucking and ability to secure the loose ball proved too much for the Perthshire boys. It was a fantastic spectacle and I know that all of the boys enjoyed the match and the challenges which came their way. It was also fantastic to see three boys from Craigclowan take to the field for the first time this term. They all performed admirably and I hope that the experience has given them yet more confidence.
Well done to both teams.
Craigclowan – 9   Perthshire - 2




U9 Rugby v Ardvreck and Belhaven

08 Nov 2014

The U9s had a great morning in beautiful sunshine. They won a hard fought game against a spirited Belhaven 2 tries to nil and strolled past a very weak Ardvreck with ease. All minds now focused on Cargilfield this weekend!



U9 Fettes Rugby Tournament

05 Nov 2014

The boys had a great start to their season with comfortable wins over Compass, Fettes and St Mary’s, and a thrilling draw with Cargifield which even went to extra time. Cargilfield won that by the toss of a coin – the boys will out for revenge when they come to us on Saturday 15th of November!




U11 Rugby v. Fettes

05 Nov 2014

It was the perfect day for running rugby on Wednesday, cold and clear. After a very shaky start against Ardvreck before half term the boys were determined not to allow the same to happen again. Thankfully it did not. The boys started with passion, physicality and good structure. Quickly the tries started to mount up as the strength of our attacks proved too much for the Fettes defence. As the match progressed, a few of the stronger boys came off the park to rest and to allow others to gain yet more experience. The Fettes team came back at us in the second half scoring five good tries. By that stage however, our dominance and try tally was too much as we managed to match them try for try. The Fettes boys must be complimented on their illusive running and determination to get back into the game in the second half. Well done boys!
With three hard matches remaining this term, I hope that the boys will remain focused and determined to keep this winning streak going. They have certainly learnt a lot and developed well as a squad due to their excellent attitude and hard work during training sessions. Well done boys!
Craigclowan – 12 : Fettes - 5



U10, U9A & B Girls' Hockey v Cargilfield (H)

05 Nov 2014
U10 Hockey
This was their second game of the week and the message that was given was to play better and improve from Monday. Well, they certainly did. They used the space well, pushed forward and put pressure on the strong Cargilfield defence. It was a great game and our girls never gave up. They should be very pleased with their result today.
FINAL SCORE: WIN 5-2

U9A & B Hockey
All the Form 4 girls were out playing Hockey today against Cargilfield and they loved it. They were 2 very good games. The A team played well again after their win against Ardvreck on Monday. They were confident and passed the ball well in the game.

The 'B' team found it quite tricky at times, but they never gave up and were unlucky not to score on a number of occasions.

Overall it was a great afternoon of Hockey. It was lovely to see so much support from the Craigcowan parents.
FINAL SCORES: 'A' team: WON 4-3    'B' Team LOST: 5-1



WOSPS v Dandylions Rugby (A)

05 Nov 2014

Craigclowan School is proud to have had three boys selected for the WOSPS fixture at St Mary’s in Melrose. Unfortunately for Ben F, a long term injury prevented him from taking the field. His support, though, was much appreciated by the squad. Magnus C and Lachlan L both gave their all on the field in a tough contest against a large Dandy’s team.
The WOSPS played some excellent rugby on a fairly wet pitch but sadly were unable to cope with the power and pace of the Dandylion centre, who scored four impressive tries to seal the match 28-21.
Coaches and parents alike were delighted with the ‘never say die’ attitude of the WOSPS as they fought manfully for the entirety of the match. I would like to extend my personal thanks to the Craigclowan contingent for their contribution to the day, whether on or off the field.
Well done WOSPS.
AP




U13 Fettes Hockey Tournament (A)

05 Nov 2014





Lewis N. to Study at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

05 Nov 2014
Congratulations to Lewis N from Form 8 who has secured a place at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (Junior Conservatoire). This establishment is for young people with a passion for music who show real potential in their musical ability and want to study at a higher level.


Lewis will study guitar and piano as well as general musicianship and theory with approximately 300 other young musicians for across Scotland and north England on Saturdays’ during term time




Form 5 Vane Farm Visit

04 Nov 2014

A crisp bright morning and F5 were off to Vane Farm. Science this term has focussed on classification and most recently migration and creatures’ adaptations. Snooping around beneath logs and undergrowth, scooping mini-beasts out of a pond, peering through binoculars at red footed geese migrating south from Iceland and precious moments stolen observing goldfinches, chaffinches, gold crests and coal tits just feet away were just some of the activities enjoyed by our enthusiastic children!
Our RSPB hosts were outstanding at sharing their knowledge and encouraging our children to ask questions on all manner of topics. A fantastic day. If only we could go back next week!




U13 & U11 Girls' Hockey v Lathallan (H)

04 Nov 2014
U13 v Lathallan
An interesting game this afternoon, one of our players commented that every time we scored Lathallan got stronger and stronger! This was good as it forced Craigclowan to think about their passes and using the space effectively.  We did have some excellent spells with quick passes, using the width, making a lot of ground.  We opened the scoring when Alex followed up and rebounded the initial shot. Shortly followed by a nice strike from Suzannah.  However, a lapse in concentration at the back allowed Lathallan back into the game and the first half ended 2-1.  The second half saw a huge improvement in the team’s communication and quick release passing - producing excellent chances for the forwards who capitalised.  Poor clearing from the back allowed Lathallan to claw one back, but Craigclowan continued to push forward and keep the score board ticking over.  A great game to get us ready for the tournament tomorrow! Well done girls!
U13 Craigclowan 8 – U13 Lathallan 3
Scorers: Alex (3), Rosie (2), Suzannah (2), Maisie


U11 v Lathallan
Another great game from the U11 girls. They continue to work hard on the field and at times play some outstanding hockey. They are all so aware of positions and passing the ball into space with accuracy. They are having a very successful term and they should be very proud of themselves. They are certainly a T E A M and that shows in all the results they are achieving.
Well done girls...keep going!
Final Score: WIN: 7-0




U9 & U10 Girls' Hockey v Ardvreck (A)

03 Nov 2014
U10 Hockey v Ardvreck
This was a great game for both teams. Our U10 girls played some lovely hockey and showed great skill in this game for such a young age. They kept their space well and moved the ball with confidence. They should be very pleased for their first game of the term. The result was very fair as both teams worked hard throughout the game.
Final score : DRAW 0-0

U9 Hockey v Ardvreck
How Excited???
Our U9 girls were super excited to be playing their first game. WE had every confidence in them to do well and they certainly proved it. They played some super hockey, were very strong in all areas of the field and kept the pressure on Ardvreck from the very start. The certainly dominated the game and they really should be very pleased with how they played as a team.
Fantastic work girls!
Final Score: WIN:  7-0




Ardvreck 7s

02 Nov 2014

In our second foray into the world of Rugby Sevens for this season, the Craigclowan boys did themselves proud once again.

Our first match saw us play excellent rugby as we moved the point of contact and supported each other well. Three tries were scored and converted to give us a well-deserved win against Loretto. We then played our rivals from the last tournament, St Mary’s, and were again defeated by the smallest of margins – a single try to nil. In this tense affair, both teams gave their all and only last ditch Melrose defence kept the boys in blue from crossing the line. We then took on Cargilfield, who went on to reach the final, falling to a heavier defeat. The performance improved significantly in the second half, which gave us hope for our contest with Riley House. Sadly, we played into their hands; showing too much of the ball as we went into contact. As the turnovers mounted up, so too did the Riley scores.

I am delighted with the effort shown by the boys in this tournament. Not only did they work hard for each other, but they played some quality rugby. Well done.
AP




U10 Rugby v Belmont House (A)

01 Nov 2014

On a glorious sunny morning last Saturday, the U10 rugby team faced Belmont House for their second encounter of the season. The match ebbed and flowed with both sides playing some good attacking rugby. The boys in sky blue always looked dangerous going forward and scored some fine tries following great team moves. They were made to work very hard defensively and with some stronger tackling some of the opposition’s tries could have been stopped.
I would like to thank the parents who made the journey to support the boys and to Belmont for their warm and friendly hospitality.
Overall, this was another fantastic effort from a great bunch of boys. Well done!
Final score:
Belmont House 8     Craigclowan 9
Try scorers:
Theo E-M, Archie S, Rhys T (x4), Angus T (x2) and Yousef Q

JD




Form 1 Library Visit

31 Oct 2014

Form 1 enjoyed a trip to the library to listen to scary Halloween stories this afternoon.  Many thanks to library staff for the great spooky session! 




PTA Halloween Disco

31 Oct 2014

On Friday 31st October Craigclowan PTA held their first ever Halloween Disco read more




Form 2M Halloween Assembly

31 Oct 2014

On Friday morning, Form 2M treated Pre-School, Junior School and Parents to a wonderfully spooky Assembly. In an array of terrifyingly scary costumes, Form 2 told us the history behind Halloween celebrations and also performed a collection of poems, songs and jokes. Well done everyone!




Chess Day at Ardvreck

30 Oct 2014

Eight pupils headed to Ardvreck for the Chess Day Event. Everyone had a great experience and enjoyed playing matches against opposition of different abilities. It was pleasing to see everyone making improvements to their game and having fun.

Special mention must go to Ben E who was declared the Under 9 Chess Champion and also to Paddy P who finished joint runner up in this age group. Alicia F received the progress prize for her efforts throughout the day.

Many thanks to Ardvreck for their warm and friendly hospitality and for putting on a great tournament.




Form 1 Halloween Party

29 Oct 2014

Form 1 enjoyed dressing up for our fun filled Halloween party!  We enjoyed a few traditional games and lots of sugary treats!!  The vampire blood to drink was particularly popular! 




U11 Girls Hockey v St Marys Melrose (A)

29 Oct 2014


St Marys Melrose is always a long drive, but we always receive a warm friendly welcome. The U11 continued to work hard on the hockey field and both matches were excellent.

The 'A' team started off a little nervous, but once the first goal went in they relaxed and moved the ball really well on a very large pitch. They never give up and constantly put pressure on the opposition. St Marys came back at Craigclowan in the second half, but Craigclowan girls dug deep and ensure a good win.

FINAL SCORE: WIN 4-1

The 'B' team played their socks off. Our defence was really strong and Izzy made some super saves in goal. It was a very close game, end to end stuff. Both teams were unlucky to score so the match ended in a very fair draw

FINAL SCORE: DRAW 0-0




U13 Girls Hockey v Glenalmond (A)

29 Oct 2014

A day of firsts for the team today.  We played 11-a-side so full pitch, we had subs and Euan who trains with us weekly played as well! The team were quite daunted at the start by the sheer amount of space and once the game was underway they took a while to begin to use it to their advantage.  However, we had a good portion of possession and our passing was strong.  Once we began quick passes and working together we saw real space opening up and opportunities to score.  The deadlock was finally broken after a great run down the wing from Suzannah crossed into the D where Alex finished it off.  As the game progressed we had to defend hard to protect our lead, successfully defending 4 short corners.  Glenalmond got one back after a wave of pressure and Craigclowan were unlucky not to sneak a winner just before the final whistle.  On the whole, it was a great, evenly matched game, excellent experience for the team and a fair result.  Well done girls and Euan!

U13 Craigclowan 1 – U14B Glenalmond 1
Scorer: Alex




U13B Rugby v Aberlour (H)

29 Oct 2014

This really was a very hard fought battle by both sides! The first half was closely contested with Aberlour leading, having converted both their tries. The second half was equally exciting but, with Aberlour taking their chances and Craigclowan spurning opportunities, the game turned and the visitors ran out deserving winners.

Well done to both teams for a good game played in its usual excellent spirit.
A big thank you to all the parents who came along and supported the boys.

Result; Craigclowan 3  Aberlour 18
Try Scorer: Ben F

JD




U10 Rugby v Belmont House (H)

29 Oct 2014

The boys played well at times against a big outfit and won 10 tries to 4. There is still a lot to work on to make this bunch a team rather than a group of individuals, and the tackling is an area that all of the boys need to work on, although hats off to Rhys T who was outstanding in that department.
Well done boys, but keep improving!



Ghost Gallop

28 Oct 2014
Cross-country running
Seventeen hardy souls braved the spooky woods of Montcreiffe Hill, near Bridge of Earn as darkness was gradually falling. We were blessed with a dry and mild evening, soggy grounds with a few muddy puddles to splash into. The children tackled the challenging Blue Lap (2.4km) with great stamina and cheer. Our ghosts, devils, skeletons, vampires, pumpkins, monsters, bat, werewolf, See You Jimmy and witch’s cat made the most of the steep hills and fast descents to display overall fitness and good spirit. All were rewarded with a well earned Halloween-bite.