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

Pupil Council Meeting

21 May 2015

The Pupil Council met in the Art Room at Thursday lunchtime to discuss a variety of issues. All of the Form representatives participated enthusiastically and a lively debate followed.

The Pupil Council Reps this term are as follows,
4P - Esther L
4W - Hugo S
5C - Jamie P
5P - Ethan W
5W - Sophia D-H
6D - Kitty D & Isabella H-A
6J - Cameron S
7G - Zak M
7R - Georgina B & Casta S
8B - Andrew S
8D - Thomas C

Fair Trade Tuck Shop

21 May 2015

Today’s Fair Trade Tuck Shop was a very special one.  As the form eight winners of the Traidcraft Fairtrade competition won £100 of fairtrade goodies as their prize.  The boys decided that they would sell these at the tuck shop and donate the money to the Nepal Earthquake Disaster Fund.  More than £250 was raised at the tuckshop.

Very well done Andrew, Magnus, Ewan and Jack!

U13B Boys Cricket v Loretto

20 May 2015

On Wednesday, the boys played against Loretto. The team this week was made up of a number of U13 and U11 boys. Craigclowan’s bowlers and fielders did a fine job restricting Loretto to 103-6 from their allotted overs. Daniel B and Frederick C made steady progress with the bat, too, taking full advantage of the bad balls and ran well between the wickets.
Well done to all of the team, who played positive, attractive cricket in a very close and entertaining game.

Result: Loretto won

U11 Girls Rounders v Fettes

20 May 2015

On a surprisingly sunny day at Craigclowan the girls were against a very strong Fettes team. Our girls gave it their all, but just could not keep up with the formidable opposition.

U13A Rounders v Fettes

20 May 2015

The girls played a good game today, although they always need a few minutes to settle. They start the game very nervous and make some silly mistakes, but once they find their feet and relax they prove they are a good side, who communicate and work well together. Fettes were a very good side and our girls should be proud of their performance overall.

Final Score: Fettes 11 -  Craigclowan 2

U13A Cricket v Loretto

20 May 2015

Following a couple of positive showings at the Glenalmond ‘Sixes’ Tournament last week, the Craigclowan U13A team played against Loretto School on Wednesday 20th May. Having played against a Loretto team at the ‘Sixes’, the Craigclowan boys were expecting a tough fixture against quite a strong opposition side.

Loretto won the toss and chose to bowl, meaning that Craigclowan had first use of a good batting track at the North Inch, and had a great opportunity to improve upon their previous batting performance against Cargilfield (where they scored 39 in 20 overs).

After their allotted 25 overs, Craigclowan scored 92 for 9 and displayed a much more positive and confident batting performance than in their previous fixture. Although no one played a massive innings, there were a number of useful contributions throughout the batting order which allowed the boys to have a chance of bowling Loretto out for a win.

A win for Craigclowan may have looked on the cards as Jamie Gibson took two wickets in his first over to put Loretto on the back foot. However the pressure was never really sustained as a number of wides and lacklustre fielding allowed Loretto to get firmly back in the game. In the end, Loretto achieved the target of 93 with more than 10 overs left, however the Craigclowan bowlers did manage to take 5 Loretto wickets in the process.  

On the whole, this was a much better performance from Craigclowan, especially in terms of the batting. If the boys continue to work hard on their skills, hopefully they will continue to improve and a win may be just around the corner.

Handwriting Competition

19 May 2015

Well done to our handwriting competition winners!  The following all received prizes for their beautiful scripts:

Form 3 – 1st: Emilia; 2nd: Gabriella
Form 4 – 1st: Harry; 2nd: Eve
Form 5 – 1st: Yousef; 2nd: Eilidh
Form 6 – 1st: Rosie; joint 2nd: Rachel and Cameron S.
Form 7 – 1st: Sophia; 2nd: Oliver C.
Form 8 – Ben

Mrs Prince would also like to thank every single pupil who entered: the standard was startlingly high and it was tough to select the winners!

Mixed KWIK Cricket Tournament

18 May 2015

This was the first time Craigclowan had entered this tournament and even though the weather was a little wet, the tournament went ahead. It was also the first time our girls had ever played cricket, so it was all very exciting.
There were over 200 children from the local primary school at the tournament. So it was a big event in which we had entered 2 teams.  We all played 4 games and the total number of runs were added up in the end.
It was a great day of cricket, very well organised by Cricket Scotland and luckily the weather picked up. Overall we came 1st and 2nd, which meant we are now through to the next round on June 4th.

Ski Fun Sunday

17 May 2015

We were delighted to welcome 40 local primary school children to our Ski Fun Sunday.  The weather stayed fair in the morning and the first group, containing mainly novices, was able to enjoy the slope in bright sunshine.  The children started on the gentle slope at the bottom and gradually worked their way further up the slope for each run until, by the end of the session, they had all used the ski tow and had a run off the top of the slope.  After the prize giving for the morning session and a delicious BBQ lunch for all the skiers and their families, courtesy of Jean and her team, we were all set for the afternoon session with a second group.  The more experienced skiers worked on perfecting their slalom turns whilst the less experienced again built their confidence as many had not skied on an artificial slope before.  
It was a great day and we thoroughly enjoyed the company of all the children and their parents.  I would like to thank Annie and Alan and all the instructors at Freshtracks, who did an amazing job coaching the children and making it so enjoyable, and Charlie Reynolds, who ran up and down the path at the ski tow more times than I could count!

Belhaven Tennis Tournament

17 May 2015

On Sunday 17th May the tennis team went to Belhaven Hill School to play in the mixed doubles tournament and had a very good afternoon with some good results for the team. There were 4 Craigclowan couples playing against couples from Belhaven Hill, Mowden Hall and Ardvreck. Each Craigclowan couple was split in to a group with a couple from each of the schools.
It wasn’t very nice at the start of the tournament as the rain came on quite heavily but eventually the sun came out and it was much nicer for both players and spectators. Craigclowan couples, Suzannah Morris & Lachlan Lawson and Rosie Morris & Adam Kirkland won both their games against the Mowden Hall and Ardvreck couples but lost against the Belhaven couple. With each couple playing 5 games and the game score counting towards their points, Suzannah and Lachlan got enough points, compared to the rest of their group, to come first and went through to the main competition. While Rosie and Adam came third in their group, as they didn’t get enough games. This meant they went through to the plate competition along with Iona Fleming & Ben Flint and Alex Beedie & Magnus Connolly. Unfortunately Suzannah and Lachlan came up against a very strong couple from Belhaven in the quarter-finals and were just not able to get the games they hoped for. Rosie and Adam played against Alex and Magnus in the plate quarter finals and Rosie and Adam won this to go through to play a couple from Mowden hall in the semis. They played well during this game and won quite convincingly. In the final Rosie and Alex had to play a couple from Ardvreck. The Craigclowan couple won the first 3 games very easily but it took much longer to get the last game, with the spectators starting to worry that it wouldn’t happen, but they eventually managed to clinch it on the last game. It was a good result for the pair and they were pleased with their medal. It was a good day for all involved and there was some good tennis to watch for the spectators.

Form 7 Camp at Loch Morlich (15-17 May)

15 May 2015

19 excited children left sunny Perth full of great expectations for the weekend. As we drove north the skies darkened but not our spirits. As soon as we arrived at Loch Morlich the activities started. Over the 3 days the children would enjoy canoeing, kayaking, mountain biking, hill walking, orienteering, sailing, windsurfing and den building. Although the sun shined it was bitterly cold on the loch but lots of hot chocolate, cake and ice cream kept us going-including the teachers. The BBQ on the beach on Saturday night was idyllic as we watched the sun set from the cafe window! Beach games and manhunt were definite favourite games of the weekend with extreme sandcastle building and hole digging a close second! The children enjoyed staying in the hostel with many new life skills learnt including making a bed and drying dishes! Above all everyone had a great time! The children were brilliantly behaved and battled on through the typical 4-seasons-in-one-day Scottish weather learning the most important lesson of all-there is no such thing as bad weather just a bad choice of clothing!

Form 1 Planting

14 May 2015

Form 1 had another busy week in the garden. We planted our lettuces which have been growing very well in the classrooms read more

Rag Bag Collection

14 May 2015

We would like to thank you all once again for your very kind donations of clothing, textiles and shoes etc for the Rag Bag collection this year. We have raised a staggering £262.00! The Senior children were asked to vote for a local charity and they have chosen Perth and Kinross Disability in Sport Organisation. We will be handing them the cheque very shortly. Thank you again for all your kind donations.

Form 1 Trip to Dobbies

14 May 2015

Form 1 had a wonderful morning at Dobbies. We enjoyed learning about vegetables that grow underground (root vegetables).  We then walked around Dobbies looking at various things.  We particularly enjoyed watching the fish and smelling the herbs.  Before returning home on the bus we had a fruit tasting session which we found rather yummy!  Many thanks to Ali at Dobbies for a fantastic morning and for the gifts.

U13B Boys Cricket v Ardvreck

13 May 2015

On Wednesday, the boys played against Ardvreck. We fielded first and after some good bowling and fielding our hosts were 237- 3, in their allocated number of overs. In the end, none of our batsmen could stay in long enough to really build a strong total. We certainly have work to do on our batting if we are to post a total which we can gain advantage.
Final result: Ardvreck won

U11 Girls Rounders v Belhaven, St. Mary’s and Loretto

13 May 2015

In this Round Robin tournament the girls won one against St.Marys and lost the other two matches. The girls played well but know what they have to do to prepare themselves for the next match.

U11 Cricket v Ardvreck

13 May 2015

Another fine win and some really good cricket once again. Ardvreck lost the toss and made 56 for 6 in their 20 overs, restricted by a good bowling and fielding performance. In response our openers put on 35 without loss, and the next few batsmen steered us home with three and a half overs to spare.
Well done boys!

U13 Glenalmond Sixes Tournament

13 May 2015

Wednesday 13th May saw a Craigclowan U13 boys cricket team make the trip up to Glenalmond for the annual 6-a-side competition. For the first time in many years, bad weather stayed away allowing for a fabulous day to showcase the talent in school cricket.

Craigclowan’s first fixture was against a strong Loretto team. Having lost the toss and been put into bat, Craigclowan scored 31 from their 5 overs. Unfortunately however this proved to be an insufficient total, as the Loretto openers struck the ball very well to cruise past the target with overs and wickets to spare.

After a slight break, game two saw Craigclowan take on Belhaven. Once again Craigclowan were put in to bat and, after some excellent batting from Magnus C, the team improved upon their score from the previous match and posted a score of 34. An early wicket from Jamie Gibson gave the team some hope, but despite a very impressive fielding effort from all the boys, Belhaven won the  match and secured their place in the final.

The final match of the day for Craigclowan was against local rivals Ardvreck in the 5th/6th place play off. Ardvreck won the toss and chose to bat, and displayed some excellent stroke play and hitting ability to post a challenging 84 from 5 overs. This total always seemed a little beyond the reach of the Craigclowan batters, however Magnus C. and Jack D. put in the best batting performance of the day, resulting in a score of 36 from 5 overs without losing a wicket.

On the whole, some very positive signs from the Craigclowan team. Fielding was very impressive during each game, and the batting showed signs of improvement across the day. Hopefully if the boys continue to work hard during training, there will continue to be progress during the matches.

U13 Rounders v Loretto

13 May 2015

The U13 girls spent the games lesson yesterday practising hitting in the cricket nets and after today’s game, it was certainly worth it. Both teams played some great rounders. Our girls settled in to the game and kept very tight in the field, especially in the 2nd Innings. They should be very pleased with their performance.  Their batting performance was the best they have ever done. Overall a solid controlled game. Well done girls, let’s keep this up!

Final Score: WIN 8-6½

Morrison's Tennis Tournament

12 May 2015

On Tuesday 12th March the tennis team went to Morrison’s Academy to play in the school’s U12 tournament and came away with a good result for Rosie Morris and Sofia Roberts. Rosie and Sofia played in the A couple competition and Isobel Todd and Iona Fleming played in the B couple competition. There were 5 other schools competing and the Craigclowan girls had to play 5 games against each couple, with each game counting towards the couples score. Rosie and Sofia played well from the start, winning each match and improving their game score every time. It wasn’t until the 4th round when they met the Ardvreck couple that they started to struggle and the game went to 2-2. There was a discrepancy over whether Rosie’s serve was in, during a crucial point, as the Ardvreck girls said it was out and the Craigclowan girls were sure it was in. A let was given, with the serve being replayed, but unfortunately the Craigclowan girls could not win the game and the match ended 3-2 to Ardvreck. This did not deter them as Rosie and Sofia came back strong in the last round winning 5-0. At the end of all the games both Craigclowan and Ardvreck had 19 games each. So to determine 1st and 2nd place they had to go with the game result for the game between the two couples, with Ardvreck winning this game, they were awarded first place. The girls were a bit disappointed with this as they felt they should have been joint first place but were pleased to get a medal. Isobel and Iona played well and got wins against Kilgraston and Morrison’s. All their games were very close and had a number of deuce’s being played which meant their games went on a long time. But unfortunately they could not get the wins they needed towards the end of the tournament.

Snack Attack Winners

12 May 2015
Traidcraft Fairtrade Snack Attack Competition
We are very proud to announce that we have won the Traidcraft Fairtrade Snack Attack Competition again this year.  Andrew, Ewan, Jack and Magnus wowed the judges with their “Chocofolie” idea. The judges said,  
“We thought the development plan showed realistic expectations as well as a lot of research. It was a lovely idea, and we though the amount of evidence you provided was brilliant!”
In addition to the certificate and kudos of winning this competition the boys have also won £100 of Traidcraft goodies for the school.  They have decided that they will use this money to buy goodies for next week’s Fair Trade tuck shop.  Any money raised from the tuck shop will then go to the Earthquake Disaster Fund in Nepal.  The tuck shop is next Thursday 21st May.  

This is the third time that Craigclowan School has won this national competition!  Very well done team “Chocofolie”!  (Carol Dibnah)

Form 1 Chicks!

12 May 2015

Form 1 have had a few fluffy visitors this week. George’s mummy very kindly brought an incubator full of eggs into school on Monday morning, and by lunchtime one chick had emerged from its tiny shell! By home time we had two little chicks and by Tuesday morning we had two more members of Form 1C.

The children have enjoyed studying these cuties and have learned all about the special egg tooth which helps them ‘escape’ their egg.

A big thank you to George and his mummy! Cheep Cheep

Hannah L's Adventure at Easter

12 May 2015

During the Easter holidays, Hannah L. went to northern Norway (Tromsø area). She has been on two other trips with her dad at Christmas and enjoyed the dog sledding so much that they were interested in a five day trip in the wilderness. She has staffies and love dogs generally so she decided to raise money for PADS (Perthshire abandoned dog society) and Staffiesmile organisation. In total she raised around £500.
She enjoyed the trip because she thought the huskies were very funny, there was one in particular, Sisu, who claps her paws like a seal when you gave her a stroke. It was a wonderful experience and Hannah learnt a lot about caring for dogs in such conditions. What Hannah achieved and learnt completing this adventure is something she will remember for a very long time. An amazing, challenging experience for such a young girl. Well done Hannah!

Midlands Finals

10 May 2015

Our Craigclowan boys represented the U14 Midlands Team on Sunday 10th May  at the National Hockey Centre, Glasgow Green. The team played really well and they came 3rd overall. A brilliant achievement for our boys.
Well done!

Grandparents Morning

08 May 2015

We gave a big Craigclowan welcome to over 60 Grandparents who came to our annual Grandparents Morning, which is always a very popular event in the school calendar.

Grandparents were piped into the dining room by Freddie C and they were then treated to songs from the Junior Choir, winners once again at Perform in Perth this year, and solos from Panda W and Archie J-S.

Liz Henderson paid tribute to the dedication of the Grandparents and the vital role they play in the lives of their grandchildren.  Their encouragement and support is very much appreciated by all of us at Craigclowan.  Pupils then gave their Grandparents individual guided tours of classrooms and all the school’s facilities.  The children love to show their grandparents the topics and activities that they are involved with, both in and out of the classroom, and we very much enjoy being able to host them!

U13 Rounders Tournament at Kilgraston

07 May 2015

The rain held off to allow the tournament to go ahead on the astro turf.  It makes it a slightly different game but good experience all the same.
The girls were in a pool with Belhaven Hill, Ardvreck, St Mary’s and Loretto.
It was a good afternoon, giving the girls a lot of game time and experience which we have missed with the bad weather.
As the afternoon progressed so did the quality of rounders played by Craigclowan.  The final match against St Mary’s was a real nail-biter. St Mary’s batted first and built up a good lead but some great hitting by Alex and Rosie saw us claw back to within touching distance.
We can take a lot away from the tournament and build on for our next few matches.
The final was a closely fought match between Kilgraston and Belhaven Hill ending in a 6-4 win to Kilgraston.
Pool Results
Belhaven Hill 12.5 v 4.5 Craigclowan
Craigclowan 9 v 3 Ardvreck
Craigclowan 5 v 8 Loretto
St Mary’s 10.5 v Craigclowan 7

Open Morning

07 May 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 they enjoyed looking at the many displays of children’s work all around the school.
Our pipe band entertained at morning break and it is lovely to see the group bolstered by the addition of a female piper!
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.

U11 Girls Rounders v Ardvreck

06 May 2015

The Under 11 girls played Ardvreck on a miraculously dry Wednesday afternoon. Unfortunately, the girls were unable to come away with a victory and were beaten 4-2. Our girls never really got going in this match, their minds possibly still on Form 6 camp. We hope to go into our next fixture a lot more fired up for the challenge.

Form 8 Trip to Stanley Mills

04 May 2015

On Monday 4th May Form 8 went to Stanley Mills as part of their History study of the Industrial Revolution. First they spent some time exploring the many interactive exhibits. After a short break they were asked to go into character as factory inspectors as they searched for information from a tour of the factory given by one of the employees, ‘Janet’. The inspection was set in 1837 after the Factory Acts had tried to improve the working conditions of the people, especially children.
All the pupils responded well to the task taking every opportunity to ask searching questions. The session ended with a set of recommendations which was debated between the inspectors who wanted to improve the lives of the workers and those businessmen who counted the cost of any improvements.

Form 8 French Weekend (02-03 May)

02 May 2015

The 28th edition of our traditional French week-end has been another resounding success. The primary aim is to prepare pupils in both Form 8 groups for the speaking and listening sections of the imminent Common Entrance Examination, away from the familiar school setting but immersed in a French ambiance for two days, at Cairnies House (Glenalmond College).

 A series of activities took place, consisting of role-plays as well as listening comprehensions in order to increase pupils’ vocabulary but also their familiarity with the examination format. Our budding linguists also had the chance to describe and express views on their C.E. topics with responding to teachers’ questions being perhaps the most challenging part of this task. Once the day tasks were over, fun and games in the swimming pool ensured that the much needed relaxation was there aplenty. After a copious dinner, the time much awaited by the four teachers came, in the form of“Au théâtre ce soir”, where the children, split into groups, entertained their audience with a play of their own composition, in their best French. As ever, amazement and fits of laughters are guaranteed and this year was no exception. The plays illustrating themes such as “Dans l'avion”, “Au restaurant”, “Les courses” and “Au cinéma” were performed with great flair and humour.
At lunchtime on Saturday the heavens worked in our favour and let us enjoyour traditional BBQ in relatively dry conditions.

Form 6 Camp (01-03 May)

01 May 2015

The Form 6 left on Friday afternoon to Dounans in Aberfoyle for their weekend of fun. The children stayed in chalet accommodation, with the girls all in one chalet and the boys spilt between 2 chalets. On arrival, they were split into 3 mixed groups and participated in some team building activities before tea. The hardest activity for some of the children, were actually making their beds!!!
After tea, the groups participated in an egg challenge, which was great fun. A wee game of rugby and football before supper was always going to be a success with this group.
Saturday started off with a hill walk and shelter build. During the walk, the children were given small challenges; crawling through wet tunnels, making the straightest, longest line with pine cones. It was nice to have a wee picnic on top of the hill, however it felt like November rather than May with the temperature.
In the afternoon, the groups participated in raft building, night line and some more team building challenges. It was such a great day and we finished off in the evening with a campfire and yet another game of football.
Sunday was extremely wet, the heavens were open and no way was the rain going to stop. This certainly didn’t stop the activities as the children were going to get wet anyway.
Overall, it was a fantastic weekend, jam packed with so many different activities.  Yes, we got very wet and muddy, but that’s what I call a great camp!

Craigclowan General Election

01 May 2015

Voters from Form 4-6 thronged the polling stations on 1 May as the Craigclowan 2015 General Election was held.  This was an ideal opportunity for our pupils to discuss the importance of upholding democratic values and to actually participate fully in the voting process themselves.  
Having already registered to vote, the electorate carefully deliberated over the formidable manifesto speeches delivered by our three (Form 8) political parties – The Omni Party, The People’s Freedom Party and The Strongly United Party – before crossing their ballot papers.  
A huge thank you, also, to our wonderful Form 7 polling officers, sorters, counters and registrar, who did a first-rate job of processing and declaring the results quickly!
The winners were The Strongly United Party, who won voters over with their commitment to a just and fair society for all. A terrific morning!
(Mrs Prince)

U11 Rounders v Kilgraston

30 Apr 2015

The U11 girls started the rounders season with a bang, with some great hitting and catches. They beat Kilgraston nine and a half rounders to seven. All the girls played well and should be proud of themselves.

L.A.M.D.A Success

30 Apr 2015

Today we were pleased to receive news from the London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art (L.A.M.D.A), that all of our pupils who took the recent exams had passed with distinction!
We congratulate them all on their success. Well done!

U13 Rounders v Kilgraston

30 Apr 2015

The first game of the rounders term and it was obvious we were nervous. Kilgraston were a good team and some great batters. Our fielders were certainly challenged, but kept going and began to gain confidence as the game went on. After a few changes in the field , Craigclowan played much better in the 2nd Innings. These are a great set of girls and I do have the confidence that their performance will improve over the term. Overall it was an enjoyable game and thankfully the weather stayed dry!
Final Score: Craigclowan: 6.5    Kilgraston: 14.5

Form 1 - Week 3 in the Garden

30 Apr 2015

We had another very busy afternoon in the garden. The weather wasn’t quite as hot as last week which helped us work hard!  read more

Sky Arts Guitar Competition

30 Apr 2015
Lewis auditions for Sky Arts Guitar Star Competition
Form 8 pupil, Lewis N has been short listed to appear at the Judges Auditions for the Sky Arts Guitar Star TV competition which is to be filmed at the Oran Mor venue in Glasgow on 28 April 2015.

This is a UK wide competition open to guitarists from all genres and all ages from 12+ and culminates with the winner playing live on the main stage at the Latitude Festival this coming summer.  

As the competition progresses the successful applicants will be mentored by some of the biggest stars in the guitar world to help them hone their performances in the latter stages of the competition.

Former Radio 1 DJ and well known TV presenter, Edith Bowman will host the show which also includes live auditions at Cardiff, Dublin and London.

Lewis is one of only 62 guitarists chosen from thousands of entrants to reach the audition stage.
The series starts on 08 June on Sky Arts at 8 pm

U13B Cricket v Cargilfield

29 Apr 2015

It certainly was not cricketing weather on Wednesday being just a wee bit chilly, but the boys coped well in the field. Playing against a very strong Cargilfield team who racked up an enormous score the challenge with the bat was always going to be tough. We tried hard, with a number of the boys defending their wicket quite well. We must, however, learn to try to punish the bad ball and be far more aggressive when chasing a total. We’ll keep working hard I’m sure.

Forest School - The First 3 Weeks

29 Apr 2015

Form 3 have enjoyed their first few weeks of Forest School. They have played woodland games, built dens, created homes for Minpins (the tiny people from the story by Roald Dahl) and learnt how to tie clove hitches in order to attach treasures to their story sticks. As well as having lots of fun the children have unwittingly been working on crucial life skills such as cooperation, problem solving and perseverance too!

U13A Cricket v Cargilfield (A)

29 Apr 2015

The fact that any cricket was played today was a miracle in itself as the rain lashed down heavily at 2pm as we prepared to face Cargilfield. We were very lucky to see a break in the clouds and managed a 20 over contest.

Craigclowan won the toss and elected to bat, posting 39 for 5 after the full 20 overs against a disciplined opposition bowling attack. Our hosts surpassed our total after 7 overs for no wickets.

Despite the loss, a number of lessons can be learned; most notably, batting with intent to score, rather than just survive. Hopefully the boys can work hard and improve for their next challenge.

U11 Cricket v Cargilfield (H)

29 Apr 2015

Despite the decidedly iffy-looking weather, we pressed on and were rewarded with sunny spells and a win in the opening game of the season. Some good bowling, fielding and catching saw Cargilfield all out for 42. A break for tea and the only hail shower of the afternoon was followed by the boys reaching the target with five overs to spare and eight wickets remaining.
Well done boys, a great start to the season!

St Leonards Techno-Challenge Day

27 Apr 2015

On Monday the 27th April, Zak M, Nicholas M, Helena O and Isobel T, represented Craigclowan at St Leonards for their Techno-Challenge Day. The team took part in various activities involving English, Maths, ICT and Science. Everyone enjoyed the day and worked very hard in all of the challenges.  
Thanks to St Leonard's for a super day and well done to all of the children!

Rag Bag Collection

27 Apr 2015

The Rag bags were collected today, all 77 bulging bags. Thank you all for your kind donations. The money made from the heavy load will of course be going to charity.

Eco Committee Jumble Sale

24 Apr 2015

The Eco Committee raised £175 on Friday at their jumble sale.  There were some real bargains to be had with everything on sale at 50p!  Thank you to everyone who donated items and helped on the day.  The money will go to WaterAid.  The Eco Committee has now reached their target of £1000 which they pledged they would raise for WaterAid.  Well done, everyone!

Chess in the Sun

24 Apr 2015

A number of lessons and activities took place outside this week, including Mr Doak’s Chess Club. 

Form 1 - Week 2 In the Garden

23 Apr 2015

We had another busy (and hot) afternoon in the walled garden on Thursday. We took some time out from the warm sunshine and sat in the outside classroom discussing seeds and the sequence of their growth read more

Form 1 Planting

22 Apr 2015
Planting and developing our green fingers
Form 1 had a very productive afternoon in the sunshine on Wednesday. We made our own bio-degradable plant pots using newspaper and a wee tool (A great Christmas present for any keen gardeners!) We all planted a sunflower seed and watered it to help it grow.
We also planted lots of lettuce seeds in trays. Once these have grown and are strong enough we will plant them out in our raised bed for a delicious addition to our school lunches.

Cookery Club

20 Apr 2015

Forms 5 and 6 Monday Cookery Club kicked off with the producing the perfect pitta pizza! Choices of pepperoni, ham, sweetcorn, mozzarella, cheddar and basil had our mouths watering and our tummies rumbling! bon appétit!

Creative Writing

20 Apr 2015
A Story in 500 Words…
This year, a number of our budding writers entered the BBC’s prestigious 500 Words Competition.  We are delighted to announce that Charlotte C. (Form 3) has beaten thousands of other scribblers to a place in the next round!  Congratulations, Charlotte.  
Ben C. fabulous story is also deserving of special merit: his stylistic flair certainly surpasses his years.

You can read both entries below:
Charlotte C: The Woodpecker
Ben C: A Journey Like No Other…

Eco Rap

20 Apr 2015

On Monday, the whole school performed our eco rap for the eco inspectors who thought the children were absolutely wonderful!

Maisie – British Alpine Ski Championships’ Success

20 Apr 2015
Maisie M. took part in the British Alpine Champs in Tignes after the Ski School Trip. She entered two races, the Giant Slalom and a Kombi Race. Both very challenging and difficult courses and in her age group for the Girls Under 10 category she was placed 5th in both races. They award medals to 5th place so she made it onto the Podium! Fantastic effort from Maisie, well done!

Scottish Primary Schools’ Cross-Country Championships

18 Apr 2015

Craigclowan took four top racers to the Scottish Primary Schools’ 28th Cross-country Championships, which took place on the grounds of Kirkcaldy High School and gathered over 850 children representing 166 schools. Saying that this event was a humbling experience is an understatement. Each age group (P6 and P7) of boys’ and girls’ was split into two races of about 80-120 children each, with schools divided in alphabetical order.

Organisation was first class and weather conditions were perfect for runners and spectators. The course offered enough ascents and descents, as well as loops and straights to keep the runners interested, whilst challenging everyone’s balance, concentration, speed and stamina.

Our Craigclowan athletes’ results are:
P6 Girls: Rosie M, 33rd in a field of 85 girls
P6 Boys:  Arthur R, 23rd in a field of 83 boys
P7 Girls: Sofia R, 33rd in a field of 98 girls
P7 Boys: Murray T, 67th in a field of 98 boys

Racers and parents alike, agreed that dipping a toe in the bigger pond has been an inspiring and valuable experience for all. There are a lot of talented and fit athletes in Scotland and we shall ensure that our Craigclowan children can stand proudly on the start line and continue to be inspired.

Form 1 Clearing Garden Beds

16 Apr 2015

Form 1 enjoyed visiting the garden and putting their green fingers to good use!  We cleared our raised beds and turned over the soil.  Beds are now ready for planting seeds.  We will keep you updated with our progress!

Charity Marathon Maths Challenge

16 Apr 2015

During the first weekend of the holidays, Ben C decided to raise some money for Water Aid and get some maths practice at the same time!  He worked for five hours over two days and, although many neighbours and friends were on holiday, he raised £30 to help in a small way to improve the lives of people who do not have safe drinking water.

A sterling effort Ben!

U14 Midlands Hockey Squad

15 Apr 2015

A huge congratulations to four of our Form 8 boys, Jamie, Andrew, Magnus and Ewan, who have been selected to play for the U14 Midlands Hockey Squad.  This is a huge achievement and we wish them the best of luck for the Inter District tournament in May.

Form 1 Spring is Here

15 Apr 2015

Form 1 had a lovely work around the school grounds on Wednesday afternoon. The sun was shining and we made the most of the dry weather.
We saw lots of signs of Spring in the garden. The buds are on the trees, the daffodils are in full bloom and we even saw the birds busy in the trees!
We had a good look at the Form 1 raised beds in the walled garden and discussed what needs to be done. The weeds have started to take over our plots and we need to get busy in the coming weeks.
Watch this space for the progress reports!

Craigclowan Holiday Hockey Camp - 08, 09 & 10 April

08 Apr 2015

A full camp of 50 players, six lead coaches and four assistants couldn't believe the sunshine over the three days of the Craigclowan Easter Holiday Hockey Camp!  Everyone was in a fun mood, eager to learn, improve and make new friends.  The skills for each group were challenging for all levels of players, young and old.  Game play ranged from 11 aside, 4 aside indoors and 3 aside for those newer to the game.  

The coaches tried to tire this enthusiastic group out by lunchtime, but a quick bite to eat and a drink left us time for a game of kick the can and even a waterfight on the last day.  Gavin Byers seemed to come off worst among the coaches, who were an excellent team and we are indebted to them for making the camp so enjoyable.  For information, your children were coached by:

Karen Thomson:
Current club coach and previous international player and umpire.  
Gavin Byers:
Qualified club coach, Grove Menzieshill Youth Development Officer and present member of the Scottish Men's Hockey Squad
Fiona Bruce:
Qualified coach and current member of the Scottish Women's Hockey Squad.  Vice-captain of Clydesdale Western 1st XI squad
Susie Gillman:
Regular coach, between studying medicine.  Recently selected to play in the Club European Championships for Clydesdale Western HC
Gavin Cruickshanks:
Club coach and presently umpiring hockey at international level.
Beth Stephen:
Former Craigclowan pupil and hockey player as well as being a qualified coach
Sarah Neil:
Volunteer assistant coach at Junior Hockey Academy and senior pupil at Morrison’s Academy.  Plays for Perthshire HC
Heather Stephen:
Qualified coach and currently plays for Perthshire HC.  Marathon runner and mum to Archie, John and Beth!
Christina Farrar:
Former pupil of Craigclowan and current member of Scotland U21 Hockey Squad.  Studying and playing hockey at Manchester University.

Our hockey shop, provided by Clubsports, Dundee, was a success and we thank them for making such a great job of the camp t- shirts too.  Our top quality prizes were sponsored by Ross McPherson from Byte Hockey, Dundee.  

For those lucky enough to be involved in the camp - well done.  It was a top- notch few days.  For those who missed out, look out for the Summer Camp dates appearing on the website and sign up early.

Thanks for having me back among the friendly people Craigclowan School attracts.

Mrs Thomson

Alpe d’Huez (21-28 March)

21 Mar 2015
Alpe d’Huez Ski Trip 2015
As I get older, I become more and more relieved when we get back to school after another fantastic trip, without incident. I have to say that the reasons these trips are so good are a brilliant ski company, SkiBound, excellent systems put into place by Mike Beale and tweeked by myself over the years and the most amazing team of staff who accompany the children. That said, the most important reason is the children. Their behaviour, team spirit and general politeness was magnificent. The proprietor of the café which we adopted for our daily drink, chips and ice creams said that we were the best school group that he had ever encountered. High praise indeed. On a number of occasions, I watched members of the public sit in awe as the kids arrived, ordered drinks, chatted quietly then departed having cleared every piece of rubbish from both the tables and the floor. I cannot praise the children enough and I thank them for turning what can be a stressful and potentially difficult trip into a pleasure from start to finish. You were the perfect ambassadors for Craigclowan.
I have not even mentioned the skiing yet. The ESF instructors loved us. I expect that when they get allocated a British school group their hearts sink a little as they think that they will be stuck on the green and blue runs. We are Craigclowan though! On the first morning the groups were off to challenging red and black runs. The instructor’s smiles were wide and toothy. They were a lovely trio and many thanks must go to them for making the sessions challenging, fun and varied. Each and every member of the group made enormous progress as their love of skiing and the environment grew and grew.
With a very busy evening program, fantastic food, much laughter, too little sleep, the week really was a fun filled spectacular from start to finish. I do hope that you all enjoy the photos which give a general idea of what a Craigclowan ski trip is all about. Roll on next year!!