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Music Junior Assembly

06 Feb 2015

Five musical stars performed for Nursery children and pupils in Forms 1 - 4 on Friday the 6th of February at Junior Assembly in the dining room.

Ben Clark played the cello and got everyone into an Italian mood with a Sicilian Dance by Tchaikovsky.  Elisabeth Dewar and Rory Davidson showed their skill on the piano, Panda Wakefield sang her heart out in the famous Lewis Bridal Song and Zoe McColl made us all join in with her tap dance performed on the violin.  

The performers were given a rousing applause and at the end Mrs Stronach thanked them all for their excellent performances. 
AEO



The School Magazine

05 Feb 2015

Last term , a group of pupils produced a school magazine. It was a huge success and the pupils managed to raise £500. CLIC Sergeant and Marys Meals were extremely grateful for our kind donation of £250.
A great job Craigclowan!




SSSA Alpine Series Glenshee Qualifier Ski Race

04 Feb 2015
GOLD!
What a couple of weeks the Ski Team have had. With silver medal success at the Prep Schools race a few weeks ago, the team have taken the next step up to victory.
After a strange morning waiting for the snow gates to open, the team had obviously saved all of their energy for when it really mattered. In perfect conditions, each and every member of the two teams skied superbly over the two run race. The results speak for themselves and all eight of the team can be incredibly proud of another brilliant day on the slopes.

Team 'A' – GOLD  ( Lachlan L.  Maisie M.  Roli S.  Jonny M. )  
Individual GOLD in the Experienced Boy’s Category – Lachlan L.
Individual BRONZE in the Experienced Girl’s Category – Maisie M.
Individual BRONZE in the Novice Girl’s Category – Olivia H.
Individual BRONZE in the Novice Boy’s Category – Archie J-S.


What this means is that Team 'A' will be heading to the Cairngorms in March for the SSSA Alpine Series Finals against all of the winning school teams from the events held at each of the Scottish Ski Centres this season. I am sure that this group of talented youngsters will do both Craigclowan and their parents proud.
Well done once again!   
CR




Form 7 Crêpes

04 Feb 2015

Form 7 have learnt the recipe and ingredients in French for making crêpes.  In French Class today, they put their knowledge to the test by making, tossing and eating their delicious crêpes.




U13 Netball

04 Feb 2015

Following our success at the WOSPS trials at the start of the week, the girls started the game with a renewed confidence.  Playing against an older, more experienced and taller opposition was daunting and the girls took until the second quarter to really settle into their stride.  Then a real competitive match unfolded.  During the second and third quarter the girls demonstrated good vision and movement varying their passes and supporting each other brilliantly.  The shooters were on form converting a high percentage of shots.  The defence played equally well working hard to keep the score close and linking well with the mid court players to keep the game flowing.  The final quarter separated the teams as the opposition fielded a strong, experienced side which proved too much for us to overcome.  A fantastic performance today girls – well done!
Final Score: Craigclowan 9 – Glenalmond 18



Form 1 Police Visit

04 Feb 2015

Form 1 thoroughly enjoyed their visit from Anna a local community support police officer.  She showed them all her special equipment, answered lots of their interesting questions and let them all see her police car and more importantly hear the siren and flashing lights!!  Many thanks to Anna for spending your afternoon with us, it was very much appreciated and I’m sure will be remembered by all the children for a very long time!




Form 1 - ICT

04 Feb 2015

This term Form 1 are enjoying a weekly session to the ICT suite.  We have so far learned to log on and off, learn the basic buttons on a keyboard, open a word document, change font size and colour.  The children with their lollipop stick partner enjoyed in the session pictured thinking of lots of tricky words and noting them down.  Next week we are looking forward to using the paint tool to create a police officer!  Such fun!!




Perth and Kinross Hockey Squad

03 Feb 2015
Hockey success at Craigclowan
Five of our pupils have successfully been selected for the U14 Perth and Kinross potential Hockey squad. They took part in a trial on Tuesday evening at Bells Sports Centre along with 60 other boys and girls. We are very proud of them!




U13 IAPS Hockey Qualifiers at Fettes

02 Feb 2015

Finally! The lads got the chance to play some competitive hockey today in the IAPS tournament after half a term of being undone by the cold weather.

In our seven-a-side fixtures, we played five games in all; drawing two and losing three. As I often write, the overall performance improved gradually as the tournament progressed.

We drew our first encounter 1-1 against Belhaven, with both sides playing their very first fixture of the season. Thomas C. gave us a well-deserved lead, but Belhaven equalised with a superb strike from a short corner.

Against Cargilfield, the eventual winners, we defended tirelessly and mounted some promising attacks. Unfortunately, we were unable to take advantage of our chances and we went down 2-0. Had it not been for some top goalkeeping from Jamie G., the score could have been worse.

A skilful Loretto side was up next. We played our best hockey of the day in this match, working brilliantly as a team from start to finish. Even though we conceded a fairly soft goal in the first half, our heads never went down. After some excellent passing, Magnus C. rounded the goalie with a silky piece of skill to knock home a deserved equaliser.

Next was Fettes, our hosts. This closely contested game saw us miss out 1-0, despite various promising attacks. Some lapses in concentration lost us vital seconds at the key moments, meaning we missed out on precious opportunities to attack. None the less, the performance offered up many positives.

Finally, we took on our nearest and dearest rivals, Ardvreck. We were edged out 1-0 again. This even match was decided on an unfortunate mix-up in defence. Ardvreck were quicker to react and took an early lead. Both teams had plenty of chances, but solid defending and goalkeeping prevented either side from scoring again.

All in all, this was a great day for the lads who ran their socks off in each of their matches. We have learned a lot from the experience and we look forward to taking on Cargilfield feeling more match fit.

Well done, boys





U11 IAPS Hockey Qualifiers at Fettes

02 Feb 2015

We left Perth in a spirited mood as we were looking forward to playing our first competitive matches of the season due to the recent inclement weather. The Under 11 boys were representing Craigclowan in the Scottish section of the IAPS Qualifying Tournament, which was held at Fettes. In total five matches were played to determine which school would qualify for the finals, down south, later in the term. Five points were awarded for a win, two points were awarded for a draw and a loss gained zero points. In the event of a tie on points, goals for and against would be considered.

Match number one saw us play against Belhaven. We did not keep our shape and were often too slack with our passes. Belhaven secured two short corners in quick succession and scored from both. We tried in vain to get back into the game but there were too many missed opportunities.
Result: Craigclowan 0 Belhaven 2

Match two saw us face Cargilfield. This was a very physical encounter. Cargilfiled enjoyed more of the possession and put us under enormous pressure. However as the game wore on, the defence including goalkeeper Daniel B., seemed to enjoy this pressure and worked very hard to clear their lines. We broke forward late on in the game and after a well worked move, we found ourselves one nil up! Despite a late flurry of Cargilfield attacks, the boys kept their composure and won their first game of the day!
Result: Craigclowan 1 Cargilfield 0

Match three saw us face Loretto (the eventual IAPS Qualifying Tournament winners). This was a thrilling match with some fantastic play by both teams. The game flowed from end to end with both teams missing chances in the opposition ‘D’. However, in the dying minutes with a draw looking highly likely, a mistake in the Craigclowan defence when attempting to clear the ball was brutally punished. The boys were devastated at the final whistle and realised that they had to clear the ball much harder and faster to the sides out of defence, rather than playing square passes or simply passing forwards.
Result: Craigclowan 0  Loretto 1

Match four saw play against our hosts Fettes. This was another close encounter with both teams very evenly matched. As the game wore on it boiled down to which team would take their chances. In the end it was the boys in sky blue who took their chance. It was an excellent team move out of defence, down the left and up to the striker. In this game the passes were quicker, earlier and much more accurate. It was clear that as the tournament was progressing the boys were really enjoying their hockey. A great second victory!
Result: Craigclowan 1  Fettes 0

Match five, our final game of the day, saw us play our nearest friends Ardvreck. The boys worked very hard and despite being very tired the boys recorded their third victory of the day!  
Result: Craigclowan 2  Ardvreck 0

After all the matches had been played the standings were as follows,
1st Loretto 16 points
2nd Craigclowan 15 points
3rd Fettes 14 points
4th Belhaven
5th Cargilfield
6th Ardvreck


Overall, the positives of the day were teamwork, short passes and marking.  The key areas to work on are tackling, like we really mean it, accurate hitting and being confident to run with the ball with our head up. This will allow us to make a pass that does not put our team-mate under pressure.  It was an enjoyable yet frustrating afternoon.  Thank you to Fettes for the use of their facilities, Cargilfield for organising the tournament and our band of parents who encouraged the team throughout the afternoon!

Well done, boys, a great effort!
JD





Junior Art Club

02 Feb 2015

Forms 1 and 2 had a terrifically gooey time making slime in junior art club on Monday!  Pupils also finished off their wonderful puppets, which they hand-stitched with wool and embellished with their own designs.  We particularly loved the aliens!




WOSPS Netball

02 Feb 2015
WOSPS Trials
Craigclowan always hosts the annual WOSPS Netball Trials. We had a total of 25 girls from Craigclowan, Kilgraston and Ardvreck.  All the girls played some fantastic Netball and selection is always very hard. Craigclowan got 7 girls in the WOSPS team: Alex B, Georgia B, Suzannah M, Rosie P, Sophia R, Isobel T, Beatrice T. An excellent effort

The match against the Dandylions is on Thursday 19th March at Kilgraston 2pm start. Come on girls, we can do this!



Glenalmond Cup Debating Competition

01 Feb 2015
On Sunday 1st February, Craigclowan’s two debating teams travelled to Glenalmond College to take part in the 22nd edition of the Glenalmond Cup Junior Schools' Debating Competition. 12 teams debated the same motion simultaneously in three pools in the first round and then teams were re-distributed for another simultaneous round. The best 4 teams on points gained during the two rounds progressed to the Final. In round one, the motion was: “This House believes that it sometimes right to restrict the freedom of speech” whereas in round two it was: “This House would close the libraries”

Both Craigclowan teams ("A" team: Maisie S. and Andrew S. & "B" team: Izzy H.-A. and Rachel L., who were by far the youngest debaters on the day) impressed in both rounds but only the A team qualified for the Final.

The motion for the Final was: "This would introduce a compulsory year of community service for all school leavers". Dollar 'B' and Craigclowan  'A' proposed the motion whilst Dollar'C' and Clifton Hall 'C' were in opposition.

 Andrew and Maisie concluded the case for the proposition and community service with great clarity, passion and poise but, in the end, Dollar 'B' were the Cup winners.
 We shall be back for the 23rd edition!




Glenshee Skiing

31 Jan 2015

After postponing the Form 4 and 5 ski trip on Thursday due to the Amber weather warning which never actually materialised, we were determined to get to Glenshee on Saturday. The weather gods, however, had other ideas and we were forced to retreat having got as far as Freshtracks hire, due to the mountain being declared closed for the day. Oh the joys of the Scottish weather.
I was asked the other day why Craigclowan leaves school so early every Saturday. That’s easy! The children get more skiing. We arrive at the slopes early allowing us to park near the lifts so the children don’t have to trudge miles across the car park. We are ready to ski as the lifts open, so that by the time those that leave Perth at 7.00am arrive and are ready to ski, we have already had four or five fantastic runs without any queues.
We head in to have our lunch early so that when we go back out to ski most of the other punters are going in to have theirs. Once again the queues are small and the runs empty.
Finishing at 3.00pm after a very full six hours of skiing, we head down the hill before the crowds, thus having no traffic to contend with. We arrive home ready for a hot bath and hot chocolate after yet another brilliant day on the slopes under the superb tuition of the Freshtrack instructors.
As my alarm goes off each Saturday at 4.20am, I can assure you that if there was a better, more efficient way of doing things, I would be first in line for change. However, I truly love what we do and think that we are so very lucky to have the mountains on our doorsteps and willing and enthusiastic staff to accompany your children.
Happy Skiing!!
CR




Form 8 Visit to Edinburgh Dungeon and Camera Obscura

30 Jan 2015
A Day to Remember in the Capital!
It was Friday 30 January, and we left our ‘stuffy’ classroom behind as we embarked on a liberating adventure…only to find ourselves trapped in the scary Edinburgh Dungeons!  We encountered some of the most gruesome, bloodthirsty people in Scottish history there, including Burke, his partner in crime, Hare, and the infamous cannibal, Sawney Bean.  Onward we trekked, over to Camera Obscura by the castle, where our eyes and minds were tested to the limits.  We enjoyed many interactive activities, including blundering through a mirror maze and seeing for ourselves the ‘dark chamber’, where we felt like gods as we watched the world below.    
Written by Archie M-P and Tom C (8D) (Edited by Mrs Prince)




Form 5 at the Glasgow Science Centre

30 Jan 2015

Space, light and sound are our topics this term but nothing could prepare us for the amount of fun we had experimenting, handling, playing and learning with some of the three hundred and fifty available activities at the Science Centre! Our session in the planetarium was awe inspiring and promoted much debate about the Mars One project. Home time came far too soon – a truly wonderful day!




Form 1 RSPB Big Schools' Birdwatch

30 Jan 2015

Form 1 enjoyed taking part in the RSPB Big Schools’ Birdwatch today.  In small groups we wrapped up warm and went searching for birds all around!  Once all groups had been outside we collated the results and sent them off to the RSPB-we saw 7 friendly robins in total!  We also had several other stations to visit – bird seed tweezer challenge, design your own funky bird, salt dough modelling and chocolate nests to name a few!!  What a birdtastic day!




Form 2 Robert Burns Assembly

30 Jan 2015

Form 2 treated the rest of the school to a Burns extravaganza this morning.  The children recited some of his famous poems and songs – with translation for those a little unsure! We shared some interesting facts about his life including that he had 12 children! To top it off we had a whole school rendition of Auld Lang Syne – including teachers! Well done to all the children – they were braw!




Cross-country Training

29 Jan 2015

It was another perfect winter’s day when we indulged in yet again more snow running. It is always a treat!
FT




U12 Netball v Errol (H)

29 Jan 2015

It’s always good to play some of the local netball clubs and we are very grateful they are able to make their way up to Craigclowan to play. It was a great hour of Netball. The U12 girls were all mixed up playing different positions. It’s always important to experience the different positions in Netball and our girls loved the opportunity, although some a little nervous. All the girls played really well and by the end of the games, they had certainly had a good session.

We look forward to playing Errol again later on in the term.
Final Score: WIN :20 - 8



Maisie’s Ski Season is Off to a Flying Start!

29 Jan 2015

Last weekend, Form 5’s Maisie M competed in the Gordon Skiers Race held at the Lecht Ski Centre, which was attending by ski racers from all over the UK.  All racers competed in two races on each of the days and the times were combined to make up their overall result.  Maisie entered the Bairns races and in her category for the under 10 years age group she placed fourth in the Giant Slalom race on the first day.  She was then second in the Combi race on Sunday in the under 10 years category, which is a mixture of Slalom and Giant Slalom.  

Maisie is looking forward to a busy season as she is also scheduled to compete in the Scottish Schools race next week, the Glenshee Winter Games, the X cross event at Glenshee, the Cairngorm Championships and the British Championships at Tignes at Easter.




U13B Netball v Ardvreck (H)

28 Jan 2015

First home fixture of the season saw a closely contended game between 2 evenly matched squads.  The Craigclowan girls showed real spirit during the first 2 quarters with only a goal difference at half time.  Ardvreck came out fired up in the third quarter and stretched their lead through some excellent shooting and variation of play. Craigclowan showed resilience in the final quarter to narrow the lead but couldn’t quite secure the win.  There were some excellent performances on court especially from those playing out of position. Onwards and upwards girls!
Craigclowan 12 – Ardvreck 15



U11 Netball v Riley (H)

27 Jan 2015

The U11 girls put in a much improved performance on Tuesday against Riley House. They passed the ball with accuracy and moved around the court well. The shooters were accurate and the defence were strong. They played with confidence and after their game they were all very happy with their performance. Well done U11 , we can only get better! Final Score  Win 18-6



S.U. Explorers Modelling

26 Jan 2015





Form 8 Islam Talk by Mrs. Quaba

26 Jan 2015

Form 8 continued their education on Islam on Monday afternoon with a superb Powerpoint presentation by Mrs. Quaba. This is the third year that Mrs. Quaba has come in to talk to Form 8 students and each year the lecture gets better and better. With a host of excellent questions from the students, she was certainly kept on her toes as she illuminated us all in the reality of an Islamic life both in Scotland and around the world. I am sure that everyone present left with a more in depth knowledge of Islam.
I must pass on enormous thanks to Mrs. Quaba for once again stepping in to help with this vital part of the children’s education. Thank you and I look forward to seeing you again next year.
CR   



Form 1 Recycle Centre

26 Jan 2015

Form 1 enjoyed our fun filled trip to the recycle centre where we learned all about the 3 R’s-Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!  We learned lots about waste and the importance of recycling.  I’m sure the children will share all with you!  Big thank you to Vivien and Veronica for a very interactive and informative afternoon!




Skiing at Glenshee

24 Jan 2015

Well, we were blessed again! The snow was fantastic. Light, fluffy powder in places and everywhere else firm and grippy. Wonderful! The sun even showed its face. I do hope that this is the way it is going to be each Saturday, but being Scotland, I somehow doubt it.   
Well done to all of the children who came up. You skied fantastically and behaved impeccably. Just as we like it.
CR




Pre-School, Forms 1 & 2 Burns' Lunch

23 Jan 2015

Pre-School, Form 1 and 2 enjoyed a traditional Burns’ lunch today.  We enjoyed trying all the delights…some more than others!!  Many thanks to Jean and all in the kitchen for the fantastic spread!




‘Address to a Haggis’

23 Jan 2015

What a joyous lunch we had to celebrate the legendary Robert Burns today!  Clad in tartan, oor wee laddies and lassies devoured a banquet fit for Scottish kings and queens.  Beatrice T, Maisie S and Archie M-P (8D) surpassed themselves as they performed a spirited recital of ‘Address to a Haggis’, and Lachlan L (8B) did a splendid job of piping in that great chieftain of the puddin’ race!




Music Assembly

23 Jan 2015

Craigclowan rocked at 8.50 am to the sounds of a visiting Rock Group consisting of Steven Murphy (guitar) and Maurice McPherson (drum kit) and two colleagues.  They were showing off their considerable skills to pupils in Forms 4 – 8.  Suffice to say that the whole assembly got moving to the music and the atmosphere was electric.  Even the teachers got going and foot tapping and waving of hands and tapping feet got everyone in a happy mood and ready to get on with the school day ahead.  It was decided that every school day should start with a performance like this!
Craigclowan pupils are very fortunate to have access to the teaching expertise of musicians such as Steven Murphy and Maurice McPherson and they are more than happy to take on more pupils.  If you would like lessons, please contact Ástmar Ólafsson, Director of Music.




Form 2 Visit to Edinburgh Zoo

22 Jan 2015

All of Form 2 had a fabulous and exciting day out at the Zoo! We set off in a blanket of mist and fog but as we got nearer to Edinburgh the sun came out and it shone on us all day. We had an informative talk by one of the penguin keepers, who then took us to look at the penguins waddling about their enclosure. We had a chance to see the pandas but they weren’t being very co-operative! One stayed in her warm and cosy bedroom and the other was fast asleep curled up, so we only saw his back! We wandered around the Zoo and saw lots of wonderful animals, including Sun bears, chimpanzees and monkeys. A great day out.




Scottish Prep Schools Ski Race at Glenshee

22 Jan 2015
 
Well what a day and what a set of results! All three teams present performed superbly in very challenging foggy conditions. Being such a young group of skiers, most of them still Under 11, I have to admit I was not really expecting such an amazing set of results.
13 Medals! Yes, 13! Superb!
The boy’s team, comprising Roli S, Jonny M, Andrew S and Lachlan L came 2nd in the team event, winning well deserved Silver medals. Lachlan L also won a Bronze medal in the Under 13 individual category. Roli S won Gold in the Under 11 individual category with Jonny M also winning Bronze in the category. Fantastic!     
But it does not end there. The Girls also came 2nd in the team event, winning their own set of silver medals. The team comprising Maisie M, Casta S, Emma H and Olivia H skied like seasoned professionals. Maisie was also to win a second Silver in the Under 11 individual category with Olivia winning Bronze.
I really can’t express how proud we all are of this fantastic group of skiers. Very, very well done to you all.
CR




Netball v Belhaven

21 Jan 2015
U13 Netball
Chilly January afternoon saw the girls able to finally kick of their Netball season. The squad, depleted a little through illness, all pulled together to put into practice all of the skills they have been working on in training.  The 'A' team enjoyed a close match against Belhaven.  It was goal for goal with Belhaven for the first 3 quarters demonstrating good, quick ball passing and off the ball movement coupled with some excellent shooting from Alex and Sophia.  The final quarter separated the two sides as fatigue kicked in Belhaven capitalised on lapses in concentration to stretch their lead.
The 'B' team took a wee while to settle into the match but, once they did, showed a good rhythm of passing and movement. Their determination and effort cannot be faulted as they battled against an experienced side. Lots of positives to take from today as well as lots of things to work on for the rest of the season. Well done girls.

U13A Craigclowan 6 – U13A Belhaven 14
U13B Craigclowan 3 – U13B Belhaven 20


U11 Netball
U11 played their first games of the term against 2 very good Belhaven teams.  Its always worth the drive to Belhaven, as they are such a lovely friendly school. The U11 A team where outplayed on all levels, however the Craigclowan girls never gave up and even though the girls were beaten they all thoroughly enjoyed the game. U11B team played a super game of Netball and they dominated the game.
 
Final Score: A Team LOST: 16-5, B Team: WON: 7-2

All the girls should be very proud of themselves. They all played some good Netball and show potential for being a good team. The weather is not helping, so please can Perth warm up so we can get more court time and matches.



Former Pupil Receives Offer From Cambridge

19 Jan 2015

Former Craigclowan pupil, Issy A, has received a conditional offer from King’s College, Cambridge to read Classics.  Issy is currently studying Maths, History, Greek and Latin at Glenalmond College and hopes to take up her place in September.

Issy said:
“I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Craigclowan and look back on it with great fondness.  My teachers instilled in me a love of learning and a desire to achieve highly.  In particular, Mrs Wright was an inspirational teacher, who sparked my curiosity in Classics and gave me a very firm foundation in Latin.  I feel very privileged to have attended Craigclowan, and I sincerely believe it to be best prep school!

We would like to congratulate Issy and wish her well for the rest of this academic year.




Form 7R - "On demande son Chemin"

19 Jan 2015

Form 7R pupils have had great fun scripting, reviewing and acting their French role-plays.
The topic was "On demande son chemin" (asking the way) and lost tourists and helpful locals were equalling convincing!




Skiing at Glenshee

17 Jan 2015

So the season begins! It was a stunning, crisp day up at Glenshee with a good group of 26 skiers getting up very early to make the most of the day. Once up on the slopes, after a short stop at Freshtracks to pick up hire equipment, we took to the snow. It was stunning! Sadly due to the mad Scottish storms in recent days many of the runs had been scoured of snow. The Freshtrack instructors did a brilliant job making the skiing and queuing as fun and exciting as possible. With so few lifts open and vast queues this was certainly a tough day for them to make it as fun as possible. With more snow on its way, I am sure that the conditions will only get better and better.
Thanks to everyone for making Saturday such a fun day.
 CR




Re-Opening of School Library

16 Jan 2015
Library Re-Launch
It was like Black Friday all over again when the school library re-opened at lunchtime today: avid readers thronged the room in pursuit of the latest bestsellers now on offer!  What a joy to behold the enthusiasm of pupils as they excitedly discussed titles with each other and became immersed in their latest novel on our new, comfy beanbags and rocking chairs.  Much wonder was also expressed at our new digital management system, and how quickly books were checked out!
A heartfelt thanks to all parents who contributed to the restock by attending our book fair earlier last term: we bought £600 worth of classics and contemporary fiction with the commission raised.   Furthermore, the school invested considerably in the purchase of ‘hot of the press’ non-fiction titles and picture books, as well as buying the full series of Skulduggery Pleasant and Diary of a Wimpy Kid books, which the pupils recommended.
Phase 2 of the library refurbishment project is scheduled for later in the year…watch this space!
Mrs Michaella Prince




Burns' Last Supper (Hopscotch Theatre)

16 Jan 2015
Hopscotch Theatre Company Visit
Today, the renowned Hopscotch Theatre Company put on a formidable show for Forms 4-8 about the life of Robert Burns, complete with squeaking mouse, a tail-less pony…and, of course, an ill-fated haggis!  Pupils were held rapt from beginning to end and were far from tim’rous, both interacting with the actors as the play unfolded and asking them many interesting questions afterwards.  A braw way to prepare for Burns’ lunch – and birthday - next week!
Mrs Michaella Prince




Form 1 Snowman Making

14 Jan 2015

Form 1 had a fantastic afternoon making snowmen in small groups.  All groups worked well together and created a great friendly snowman family! 




Cross-country in the Snow

13 Jan 2015
Cross-country training 2015
Cross-country runners welcomed the snow as training resumed on a somewhat chilly, windy and slippery week. If a small amount of fitness has been lost over the festive holidays, the good spirit and resilience of our young athletes is well and truly alive. No doubt the challenging weather will contribute to making the coming sessions character-building, and yet always fun.




Form 5 Snow Fun

13 Jan 2015

Form 5 had great fun doing some imaginative role play out in the snow. They used the icy conditions to help them pretend they had just landed on a frozen planet and decide what they would then do. They worked in groups and came up with some brilliant ideas such as being a group of rescuers, there to save an ice princess or being a group of scientists there to study the rare snow beasts!  Afterwards it was time to go inside to warm up with hot chocolates and use their brilliant ideas to inspire a creative writing story!




Form 1 Snow Fun

13 Jan 2015





Snow and Fun at Morning Break!

13 Jan 2015

Although some of us had difficult journeys to school this morning, we all enjoyed having a little fun together in the snow at morning break today




"On tire les Rois"

07 Jan 2015
Epiphany: On tire les Rois
The beginning of January has given our French classes a good excuse for eating brioche and be particularly joyful. The Galette des Rois is a way for French people to celebrate the Epiphany, the arrival of the Three Wise men. Every year, on January 6th, people gather pour tirer les rois, to find the kings. This very tradition took place at Craigclowan and whilst crowns were replaced by woolly hats, we were thrilled to learn about and respect this most exciting tradition.




Forms 6-8 Golden Time

05 Dec 2014

As a reward for their hard work and impeccable behaviour during the winter term, Forms 6, 7 and 8 enjoyed doing their chosen Golden Time activity. Some went to Bowlplex in Dunfermline for a three game session of Ten-Pin Bowling, some chose to go to the Cinema in Perth to see ‘Paddington Bear’ whilst some chose to stay at school to bake pizzas and Rudolph Cupcakes or build K’Nex models. Everyone had a great time! Here are a few pictures.