Previous Newsletter
Home Up

JUNE 2017 NEWSLETTER                                                   

MAYFAYRE: Thank you to everyone who contributed to or attended our Mayfayre on Thursday 25th May.  The new format was a great success.  The grand total raised was approximately £2500.00. This is a fantastic result considering our usual amount is around £1800!! Well done to the parent council and in particular to Leigh Deas for all the preparation and planning for the Mayfair.

 1514 CONCERT:  The boys and girls from P5 and P6 sang beautifully at the 1514 concert recently, singing ‘The Bonnie Banner Blue’.  They looked very smart and sang extremely well. It was lovely to see the children taking such great pride in representing the school and enjoying the experience.

 COMMON RIDING BALL:  ELCC and P1 children enjoyed a fantastic morning at our very own Common Riding Ball. Our Cornet, Cullen S accompanied by Mr Common on the accordion, led his Lass, Lola S, and the rest of his party, through the school to the main hall. The Acting Father Cole D, and Acting Mother, Ellie C, were on hand to help the Cornet with his duties.  The children were delighted to receive a visit from this year’s Cornet Alastair George, his lass Katie Moffat , Right Hand Man, Euan Riley, Left Hand Man Gregor Hepburn and his lass Lois McCredie, and the Acting Father and Mother, Ronnie and Kerry Frost. Well done to our Right Hand Man, Kai T and his Lass, Rylee D and our Left Hand Man, Oliver H, and his lass, Sadie N.  The children and guests enjoyed a singsong, games and party food. Thank you to all the parents for helping the children to dress up for this special occasion!  

CORNET’S VISIT: We have received the letter giving details of the Cornet’s visit on Thursday 8th June. As The Cornet is a former Drumlanrig pupil, we expect The Cornet and his party to arrive at Drumlanrig for about 10.00 a.m. Parents, Carers and friends are welcome to join us although space is limited in the hall so we will open the hall curtains and windows to allow people to watch and listen to the festivities from the playground. The children will be dismissed from their classes after the Cornet leaves, around 10.30 a.m. We will be presenting the Cornet, His Lass and the Acting Mother and Father with a small gift so any donations would be very welcome.

We have selected a team to run in the ‘Relay Roond the Mair Race’. The children are very excited to be taking part and I hope you will give them lots of cheers if you are on the Mair on Friday around 12noon.

On the Saturday, Drumlanrig will be represented in a special pony race by Benji. Watch out for the Drumlanrig colours. 

PRIZEGIVING:  Our annual Prizegiving takes place on Tuesday 27th June. We will be celebrating P1-3 achievements at 2.00 pm and the P4-7 is at 6.00 pm. Parents will be informed in advance of these events if their child is to receive an award. Please do not tell your child! Places are limited to 2 adults per child. Please respect this restriction so we do not have to resort to ticket allocations in the future.  

MOVING ON Primary 7 children have their visit to Hawick High School on Tuesday 20th June and Wednesday 21st June. On the Tuesday afternoon, all ELCC – P6 children will be having one hour in next year’s classroom with their teacher for 2017-2018.  This is a short session for the children to meet their new teacher.  ELCC children will also be visiting P1 in the morning of Wednesday 21st June and taking part in a Lunch Taster session. 

STAFFING: At the end of term we say farewell to Miss Caldwell as she has now completed her probation year. She is moving to a school nearer to home and we wish her all the best in the future. In her place, we are welcoming a new NQT (Newly Qualified Teacher). We will be introducing the NQT to the class and staff in the next couple of weeks. Mrs Scott (DHT) will be supporting the NQT as her mentor and Thursday cover teacher.

As our role has increased for next session we will be going up to 12 classes. We are delighted to welcome Miss Rebecca Wilson to the school. Miss Wilson currently teaches at Wilton PS and has also taught at Earlston PS. Miss Wilson is getting married in the summer and so will be known as Mrs Sharkey when she starts in August.

CLASSES 2017/2018: Please find below our proposed classes for session 2017/18. These classes are based on the numbers of pupils we have enrolled for August. Our teacher numbers have been allocated on the total pupil roll and they have been placed with classes, see below. Pupil numbers will be checked again at the beginning of the new term and throughout the school year. If there are differences, these may result in schools losing or gaining teachers which could mean that classes will be reorganised throughout the session.

Classes are set within nationally recommended sizes i.e.

P1   = 25 maximum        P2 – 3  = 30 maximum             P4 - 7   = 33 maximum

Any composite class with different stages of pupils = 25 maximum.

 P1                     Mrs Nichol                                           P4                    Mrs Willison

P1                     Mrs Watson                                         P4/5                 Miss Embleton / Mrs Fairbairn

P2                    Miss Wilson                                          P5                    Mrs Boyle        

P2                    New NQT / Mrs Scott                          P6                    Miss Hopkins / Mrs Fairbairn

P3                    Mrs Paterson                                        P6/7                 Mrs Scott

P3                    Miss Smith                                           P7                    Mr Hunter

PE                    Mr Thomson                                         Music               Mrs Lafferty

Support for Learning    Mrs Robertson

STAMPS/NEWSPAPER COLLECTION P3/4 are collecting stamps and newspapers and would appreciate any donations to be handed into the school.  The RSPB are collecting stamps to help raise money towards the protection of Albatrosses from long line fishing.  The newspapers can be used by local animal rescue centres and a local bird sanctuary as bedding.

INDOOR SHOES: We have noticed that a number of children are either not changing to indoor shoes or have gym shoes which are worn out and unsafe. The children may wear trainers but they must be clean and not worn outside. Gym shoes are a cheaper option but those with Velcro fastening tend to lose their stickiness and so become a trip hazard. Please ask your child about the condition of their shoes. If you have difficulty paying for indoor shoes, then please let us know and we will do our best to provide suitable gym shoes.

PARENTS’ NIGHT SURVEY: The majority of parents who responded to the recent survey about when to hold our open evening and 1 to 1 meetings voted to keep the same arrangements as we already have. I would like to remind parents and carers that you can contact the school at any time to discuss your child’s progress.

Open Evening

1-1 Meeting

Number of responses

% of responses

September

February

55

62%

September

November

9

10%

June

November

6

7%

None

Nov & Feb

4

5%

June

February

4

5%

None

February

4

5%

September

Nov & Feb

2

2%

None

November

2

2%

None

None

2

2%

 ORDERING UNIFORMS:  Please order sweatshirts etc online with Border Embroideries at www.beschoolwear.co.uk.  There are three delivery options: 

COST OF DELIVERY:

ORDER BEFORE:

WILL BE DELIVERED ON:

FREE delivery to school

Order online before 5th June

22nd June 2017

FREE delivery to school

Order online before 24th July

11th August 2017

Deliver to home address,

p & p cost £4.99

Order online anytime

Within 14-21 days of ordering

SAINSBURYS VOUCHERS:  We would like to be able to send the vouchers off on Friday 23rd June.  These vouchers help us to buy additional equipment and resources for the school so we would be most grateful if you would please hand your vouchers into school and ask any friends, neighbours or relatives who have no involvement with other schools if they would also donate their vouchers to us.  Thank you.

AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS:

Football:  Training sessions at the Astroturf. 

Wednesday – boys (P4-P7) - 5.00–6.00 p.m. Friday – girls (P4-P7) - 1.00–2.30 p.m.

Cricket: P4-7 Thursdays 3.20 - 5p.m. at cricket club

Computer Club:  The school website is being run by P7 pupils.  To see examples of children’s work, photos of school events, news of events, meetings etc log on to -

www.drumlanrig-st-cuthberts.scotborders.sch.uk

Craft Club: P3 Mondays 3.20 -4.20 last week

Floorball: P4s Mondays 3.20 -4.05 last week

Lego Club: P2s Mondays 3.20 -4.10 last week

Games Club: P4s Mondays 3.20 -4.15 last week

 SCHOOL CLOSURES:  For a list of days when the school is closed, please see ‘Dates for your Diary’. Details can also be found on the external notice boards, School website and Scottish Borders Council’s website, schools section.

 DRUMLANRIG PRIMARY - DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:

Friday 9th June 2017

School Closed – Common Riding

Monday 12th June 2017

School Closed - Holiday

Saturday 24th June 2017

Vertish Hill Sports

Wednesday 28th June 2017

Last Day of Term

Tuesday 15th August 2017

New School Session Begins

 ELCC Newsletter

‘SKILLSHARE’:  Wow…what a month of Skillshare sessions we have had.  Hector’s Granny Warden, brought in two lambs for us to clap and we found out all about them.  Amber’s mum Heg rolled up her sleeves and had her green fingers on the go preparing our vegetable patch.  Ollie L and Joshua’s dads, Ryan and Grant worked hard in our mud kitchen area and levelled it all out, meaning we have more room to play.  Brodie’s dad Richard then made our vegetable patch even better by making a box to deepen it, which means we will be able to plant more.  Eilidh’s mum Leanne brought in Henry the tortoise to meet the boys and girls, which was great fun.  Madison’s granny, Ilene was in to read stories to us, we especially enjoyed the Bear Hunt book.  Ruby’s mum and dad Kaja and Stuart brought in Benji the Shetland Pony for us all to clap, brush and even pretend to be the Cornet and have a ride around the playground, we loved cheering to our friends.  And of course last, but certainly not least, I’m sure you will all have noticed our fantastic new den in the outdoor area.  A massive thank you to Ewan’s dad Gary for building this amazing piece of work, I believe all the boys at home helped out too, Robbie, Ewan and Lewis so well done boys.

We honestly are a very lucky ELCC to have so many parents able and willing to spend some time with us.  These one-off experiences are having such a positive effect on both the children and staff.  A huge thank you to you all, we love having you in sharing your vast array of skills.  If you would like to know more please see Miss Smith.

OUTDOOR DEVELOPMENTS While Ryan and Grant were in doing their skill share, Miss Smith shared her dream of having an outdoor classroom to provide more experiences to the children in all weathers.  They began to throw some ideas around about how we could make this possible.  So now after a meeting with the FODS and Frank Scott, we have their support and go-ahead to build an outdoor classroom.  Ryan and Grant are overseeing this project and are currently sourcing materials to do this.  If anyone would like to help, please talk to Ryan, Grant or Miss Smith.  Clearly, we are hoping to source materials via kind donations from local businesses and people however there will be some costs to cover.  Here is where you can help.  Mrs Scott, Miss Smith and parent Donna Laidlaw are taking part in a gruelling 10k obstacle course ‘Rough Runner’ we are going to do this as a sponsored event to raise funds to go towards ELCC’s outdoor area.  We are looking for parents to support us here by taking a sponsor form away to collect in as much as we can to help make the dream come true.  See Miss Smith if you are able to support us here.

MUDDY PUDDLE WALK The boys and girls took part in the Muddy Puddle Walk to raise money for Save the Children.  There wasn’t much mud as we had a lovely sunny day in the park with a visit to the museum too.  We raised £22.60, well done boys and girls and to Mrs Sharkey for organising this.

PC LAUDER Thank you to PC Lauder for coming in to visit us, it was good to find out about all the important jobs you do, especially hearing how much you help people.  It was good fun trying on the police hats too.

LIBRARY VISITS Miss Law organised library visits for us all, we got to walk to the library, have a look at books and listen to a story.  We even got to choose books to take back to the ELCC.  We really enjoyed our visit and look forward to having our next visits in June.

SPORTS DAY What a great day we had at the Motte Park for our Sports Day, the sun shone for us as the parents, family and friends cheered on all the boys and girls.  It was the first time the children had tried potted sports and they did very well, you made us all proud.  Well done to the grown ups for joining in the fun too, good giggles all round.

COMMON RIDING SING SONG We visited both St Margaret’s and Buccleuch homes to have a Common Riding sing song.  This was enjoyed by all as we got into the festive spirt, thank you Miss Law for organising this.

SNACK MONEY If you have not yet paid snack from last term please do so promptly.  This term’s fees are displayed on the white board in the Parents Zone, any issues regarding this then please talk to Miss Law.

Dates for the Diary

Mon 5th June – ELC / P1 Common Riding Ball

Tues 20th June – ELC / New P1 Information Night

Fri 23rd June – ELC Graduation

Wed 28th June – ELC Party in the Park

 

 Company Number: SC303569                Charity Number: SC033739    

DOOSC May 2017

WHAT WE’VE BEEN UP TO:

We were very lucky to be asked to design and create a Common Riding window display for Lyndsay & Gilmour Pharmacy this year. The children all gave suggestions and ideas of what they wanted to make and collectively decided upon and picture of the cornet on his horse, along with a Common Riding flag and rosette. With the recent beautiful weather, our photograph really doesn’t capture how fantastic it looks…why not pop along and see it for yourself!

 The children have also been enjoying playing outside on the large loose parts. They have been working together and on their own, trying out new tricks and improving their balance and co-ordination in the process!

 We also recently finished planting and hanging our “Welly Wall” in our outdoor area. The colours from the flowers and welly boots really do brighten up the area, while also offering the children a sensory experience.

Common Riding Opening Hours

Due to the local holiday, DOOSC will be open 7.30am until 3.20pm on Thursday 8th June. School is expected to finish at 10.30am; however, we are happy to collect children from then.

Our opening times over the holiday are below:

·         Thursday 8th June        8-3.15pm

o    Please note we will be serving our annual Common Riding breakfast, if you still require your breakfast club booking, or would like to book your child in, please speak to a member of staff to confirm it. Thank you.

·         Friday 9th June                        CLOSED

·         Monday 12th June         7.30am-6pm

Please speak to a member of staff to confirm any bookings or cancellations.

Summer Holidays at DOOSC

Our Summer Holiday Activity Programme is almost complete and will be available from the Club after the Common Riding festivities.

It is packed full of exciting trips and activities; however, we must remind you that spaces are limited and places will be given on a first come, first place basis. In order to avoid disappointment, we urge you to contact the club as soon as possible to make your bookings or discuss your childcare needs.

Please note that for holidays and in-service days, cancellations made with 2 weeks or more will not be charged.

DOOSC Online Survey and Member Feedback

We recently held an online survey giving you the chance to give us feedback on new resources to purchase. We also asked the children to give us their ideas. Here are the results. We will now discuss 

DOOSC COMMITTEE MEETING

We have recently welcomed 2 new members onto our Committee. We are looking forward to working alongside them and hearing their input and ideas for DOOSC.

You may or may not be aware that DOOSC is an independent business and charity. We run successfully without support from SBC, or grant funding. We are proud to give good quality and affordable care to local children, and to provide full time employment for four Hawick folk. The club is run by a dedicated board of directors and committee members who are all volunteers.

Details of our next meeting are below, if you are interesting in coming along, please speak to a member of staff or committee.

DATE: Date to be confirmed

TIME 6.30PM

LOCATION: DOOSC


MARCH 2017 NEWSLETTER                                                 

CLASS PHOTOGRAPHS:  Please have all orders for class photographs into the school office by Friday 24th March.  Thank you.

  END OF TERM SERVICE:  Our end of term service will be held in Teviot Church on Friday 31st March at 9.15 a.m.  Primary 1 to 3 will be singing for us and the Simon Knight Trophy will be awarded to a child in P1-3. All parents, guardians, relatives and friends are cordially invited.

 F.O.D.S.:  The next meeting of our Parent Council, Friends of Drumlanrig School, is at 6p.m. on Tuesday 21st March 2017. We are planning to hold a Family Quiz Night on Tuesday 28th March 6.30-8pm. Teams should consist of 2 adults and 2 children and entry would cost £10. There is a sub-group planning meeting on Monday 20th March at 6pm.

 INDOOR SHOES: We have noticed that a number of children are either not changing to indoor shoes or have gym shoes which are worn out and unsafe. The children may wear trainers but they must be clean and not worn outside. Gym shoes are a cheaper option but those with Velcro fastening tend to lose their stickiness and so become a trip hazard. Please ask your child about the condition of their shoes. If you have difficulty paying for indoor shoes, then please let us know and we will do our best to provide suitable gym shoes.   

 PRIMARY 7 H.H.S PARENTS EVENING:  As P7 pupils will shortly be moving on to Hawick High School, there will be a parents evening held at H.H.S on Wednesday 26th April 2017 at 6.30pm.  There will be an opportunity to hear about the school and meet some staff as well as get a tour of the school.  There will be an information letter sent out nearer the time.

 SAINSBURYS VOUCHERS Sainsbury’s are giving ‘Active Kids’ vouchers from Wednesday 25th January until Tuesday 2nd May 2017.  These vouchers help us to buy additional equipment and resources for the school so we would be most grateful if you would please hand your vouchers into school and ask any friends, neighbours or relatives who have no involvement with other schools if they would also donate their vouchers to us.  Thank you.

 SPORT: We have had a successful few weeks on the sporting front! Ava H won the Hawick Girls P6/7 Cross Country competition (and she is still in P6!!). With good results in both the boys and girls events, Drumlanrig came overall first in the competitionJ

Our rugby teams have also been winning trophies! The P6/7 Team were delighted to lift the much acclaimed Keown Trophy. It was lovely to see Lexie K accepting the trophy from her Grandfather, the founder of the event! The team also won the Quins 10s Tournament last weekend.

Chloe B was runner-up in the Girls section of the Borders Badminton Competition. Chloe and Louisa G also reached the semi-final stage of the Duns Badminton Doubles competition.

Our bowlers narrowly missed out in a place in the Superbowl finals but played well and really enjoyed the day.

Check out our Facebook page for results as they come in!

 VOLUNTEER AWARD:  Congratulations to our cricket coach Allan Moffat who was recently rewarded for his tireless promotion of cricket around Hawick, at the first Volunteer Centre Borders Awards. Nominated by Active Schools Co-ordinator Paul Scott, 'Moff'  finished runner up in the long service category of the awards. Moff received his award at the Ednam House Hotel in Kelso on 14th February.

 CHAMPIONS IN SCHOOLS: We were delighted to welcome back Eilish McColgan to work with our P7 children as part of the Champions in Schools programme.  Eilish shared information about her training and achievements, having recently picked up a bronze medal at the world indoor championships.  She was able to link important messages to the children’s learning and shared the importance of having a positive attitude and trying your best. 

PRIMARY 7 RESIDENTIAL TRIP: The children and staff had a fantastic time at Lockerbie Manor for their residential trip. They started off the week at Carlisle Castle then headed for some 10 pin bowling. (The children agreed to use the money raised from the Advent Teddy Raffle at Christmas to pay for the bowling.) The children settled in to their rooms and then began the first of many activities. They climbed, jumped, balanced and bounced through a programme of daily activities. The children got very muddy and were tired out but they returned with smiles on their faces! The children and parents very kindly thanked the staff for making these experiences possible. The P7 residential always features in the P7 year book as a memorable experience and I have no doubt the children will recall the week in years to come as an unforgettable adventure!

 HEADLICE: We have been advised that some children in P1, P2 and P3 have head lice.  As usual we ask you to be vigilant and to check your child’s hair on a weekly basis and to only treat hair if you find any living creatures. Parents should inform friends and relatives if head lice are found and advise them to also check their children’s hair. We would appreciate a phone call to us just so that we can monitor the situation.

Within your own family you should ensure that everyone checks his or her hair. The most effective method is as follows: -

Head lice are difficult to detect in dry hair and parents are advised not to rely on this method.

Shampoo hair using an ordinary shampoo then rinse.

Apply a generous amount of conditioner – do not rinse out.

Using an ordinary wide-tooth comb remove any tangles from hair.

Work carefully around the head, combing from scalp to tip of the hair with a fine toothed (lice detector) comb.

Clean the comb by wiping on some kitchen paper or tissue after each stroke. Adult lice will be easily seen. Lice will not move when wet, however, once dry they will be able to, so care should be taken to dispose of any found.

Rinse conditioner from hair.

Please remember that head lice like clean hair and this is no reflection on the children.

PRIMARY 1 TRIP: The children and staff in P1 enjoyed a trip to Bowhill this week. The lovely weather and fun activities helped to make it a great day out. Mrs Watson won the trip and Bowhill was opened especially for our school! Our thanks go to the staff at Bowhill for making this an excellent educational experience.

ANIMATION WORKSHOP:  Rihanna S and Beka W were given the opportunity to attend the Hawick Book Award Animation Workshop recently. The girls had read one of the nominated books, Mr Baboomski and the Wonder Goat, so they could create pictures and narration for the animation. This is an excellent experience which is run at Hawick Library and the film will be shown at the Book Award Ceremony at the Heart of Hawick Thurs 18th May which the girls will also be invited to attend.

CHILDSMILE – WATER IN SCHOOLS
Plain Water is the safest drink for teeth, it also helps maintain hydration, helps digestion and refreshes the brain, keeping us alert.  Plain water is recommended as a healthy drink choice for both dental and general health. 

Juices can often be high in sugar and acidic in nature which can contribute to tooth decay, dental erosion and may increase the risk of obesity.

Sugar free juices can also be acidic, causing dental erosion and can be high in artificial sweeteners which provide no nutritional value but fill children up leaving little room for more nutrient-rich food and drinks.

Juices are never recommended as drinks to have between meals.  Constant sipping of juice from non spill bottles, for example sports bottles, can expose the teeth to harmful sugars and acids and may cause rapid progression of tooth decay or tooth erosion.

We would strongly advise that schools and classes within the school only allow children to drink plain water during class time.

If you would like any help or advice regarding any water policy within your school please contact the Childsmile team at bord-uhb.childsmile@nhs.net

or speak to the Oral Health Support Worker attached to your school.

Alison Forsyth

Childsmile Coordinator, NHS Borders

aforsyth@borders.scot.gov.uk

 ELCC NEWS:

Cloakroom

We like to encourage your children to become as independent as possible, not only to further their development but to build on their self-confidence and feeling of achievement.  So we ask you, the parents to please allow your child the chance to show you how fantastic they are at getting themselves ready when they come into the ELCC.  Staff are there to help if and when needed so we ask you not to enter the cloakroom after their initial settling in period.  After all, lots of grown-ups in the way can be a little intimidating and scary for the little ones! 

Can we please ask that you remember to tick your child in, yes we double check the registers but in case of an emergency this does need to be done.  No need to tick out, this is for early pick-ups only.

Skillshare

Wow…thank you to all the parents who have signed up to ‘skillshare’ sessions, this really is fantastic to have such a talented bunch willing to contribute to the learning of all the children in the ELCC.  Miss Smith really appreciates your support and will approach you to ask when it suits you to come in.  If you would like to add your name to the list please see the Parents Notice Board.  Our sessions were kicked off with Alfie and Harry’s mums, who came in to do Animal Exercises in the morning, we had fun with bear crawls, monkey jumps and slithering snakes, just to name a few.  Donna & Lyndsay told us how important it is to exercise and look after our bodies.  They very kindly gave the children a piece of fruit to take home too.  Thank you very much, everyone really enjoyed themselves and we hope to see you back again soon.

If you are interested in doing a skill share session in the ELCC please talk to Miss Smith, we welcome all talents and skills.

 Playdates

We welcome you into the ELCC for a Playdate, if you would like to join in the fun and see what your child gets up to please write your name on the calendar on the Parents Notice Board or talk to Miss Smith.  

 AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS:

Football:  Training sessions at the Astroturf. 

Wednesday – boys (P4-P7) - 5.00–6.00 p.m. Friday – girls (P4-P7) - 1.00–2.30 p.m.

Netball: girls Tuesdays 3.20 -4.15p.m. Cricket: P4-7 Thursdays 3.20 - 5p.m. in school.

Rugby: Training has now finished. Our thanks go to our coaches for their invaluable input this season. Adam Bell has done a fantastic job of coaching the P6/7 team but will be stepping down as coach (so we will be looking for a new coach for next season!) We are very grateful to Adam, Stuart Graham of HRFC and Rocky for their time and support coaching the children and to Alastair Stevenson, Derek Oliver and Richard Common who have guided our P4/5 team on the Saturday mornings!  

Badminton: The last week of P6 badminton is on Monday afternoon 20th March from 3.20 to 4.15.

Basketball: Mr Thomson has been running our Basketball club on Wednesday and Thursday lunch times. The boys will participate in the Hawick / Jed Competition in March.  The finals are on Thursday 23rd March from 4-6pm at HHS Games Hall.

Computer Club:  The school website is being run by P7 pupils.  To see examples of children’s work, photos of school events, news of events, meetings etc log on to -

www.drumlanrig-st-cuthberts.scotborders.sch.uk

VARIOUS ACTIVITIES COMING UP:

Drama workshops for P4, P5, P5/6

SCHOOL CLOSURES:  For a list of days when the school is closed, please see ‘Dates for your Diary’. Details can also be found on the external notice boards, School website and Scottish Borders Council’s website, schools section.

 DRUMLANRIG PRIMARY - DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:

Tuesday 28th March 6.30 – 8.00 p.m.

Family Quiz Night

Monday 3rd  – Monday 17th April 2017 inclusive

School Closed – Easter Holiday

Friday 28th April 2017

School Closed – In Service Training for Staff

Monday 1st May 2017

School Closed – May Day Holiday

Thursday 18th May 2017

Junior Ride

Thursday 25th May 2017

Mayfayre

Friday 9th June 2017

School Closed – Common Riding

Monday 12th June 2017

School Closed - Holiday

Wednesday 28th June 2017

Last Day of Term

Tuesday 15th August 2017

New School Session Begins

EASTER HOLIDAY STARTS ON MONDAY 3RD APRIL

CHILDREN AND STAFF RETURN TO SCHOOL ON TUESDAY 18TH APRIL                                          

   Company Number: SC303569                             Charity Number: SC033739              

DOOSC March 2017

WHAT WE’VE BEEN UP TO:

We’ve recently introduced some new “loose parts” to our resources and all of the children have had great fun exploring and experimenting with them. Here are some of the younger children making their own beach using rainbow rice, seashells, glass beads to name a few. It even included some hidden treasure!

We’ve also been having fun making a mess! We’ve been investigating how different amounts of cornflour and hair conditioner can make “cloud dough” and gloop…! The messy area is becoming increasingly popular with all of the children and staff!!

 Holidays & In-Service Days

Our April Holiday Programme is now out and we are taking bookings.

Please remember that spaces are limited and so if you need childcare, early booking is advised.

Prices are as follows:

TIMES AND PRICES

·          Half day session (7.30am-12.45pm or 12.45-6pm) £15

·          Full day session (7.30am-6pm)

£25

·          Trip Day (7.30am-6pm)

£30

·          Hourly rate:  

£3.80

 HEALTHY EATING AT DOOSC

After discussions with the children at breakfast and snack times, the children have been given more responsibility to serve themselves. They have taken this on with ease and are enjoying our new breakfast station and self-serve snack area.

A recent visit from the Care Inspectorate highlighted that while DOOSC encourages the children to make healthy choices through the variety of breakfast and snack choices provided, the lunch boxes provided by parents still have a way to go. We would ask, therefore, that if you are providing a lunch for your child that you include healthier options and only one item that is high in sugar and/or fat. We would also ask that you DO NOT send your child with chocolate spread sandwiches in their lunchboxes.

If you would like some ideas or inspiration for healthy snacks and lunches, please speak to a member of staff.

DOOSC COMMITTEE MEETING

You may or may not be aware that DOOSC is an independent business and charity. We run successfully without support from SBC, or grant funding. We are proud to give good quality and affordable care to local children, and to provide full time employment for four Hawick folk. The club is run by a dedicated board of directors and committee members who are all volunteers.

Details of our next meeting are below.  If you are interested in coming along, please speak to a member of staff or committee.

DATE: TUESDAY 21st MARCH 2017

TIME 6.30PM

LOCATION: DOOSC

WEEK à

WEEK ONE (3rd April 2017)

WEEK TWO (10th April 2017)

DAY â

MORNING

AFTERNOON

MORNING

AFTERNOON

MONDAY

 

ARTS & CRAFTS

 

OUTDOOR GAMES

SPORTS DAY @ DOOSC:

BRING YOUR OWN SKATES & SCOOTERS!

* PLEASE NOTE CHILDREN MUST BRING HELMETS!

 

TUESDAY

TRIP TO T.L.C. (SWIMMING)

(please speak to a member of staff for a consent form)

 

 

COOKING: MAKE YOUR OWN PIZZA

 

 

 

ARTS & CRAFTS

WEDNESDAY

 

GIANT JENGA TOURNAMENT

 

CLAY CREATIONS

 

PICNIC UP THE PARK

(please speak to a member of staff for a consent form)

THURSDAY

 

BAKING: BISCUITS

 

MOVIE & POPCORN

 

OUTDOOR GAMES

 

CLOUD PLAYDOUGH

 

FRIDAY

 

LOOM BAND & HAMA BEAD KEYRINGS

 

 

FACEPAINTING & FREEPLAY

 

NATURE WALK & FUN IN THE FOREST

 

 

PIE FACE!

           

 

 NEWSLETTER FEBRUARY 2017                                                   

SCHOOL PHOTOGRAPHER The photographer will be visiting on Monday 20th February to take class photographs.

 F.O.D.S.:  The next meeting of our Parent Council, Friends of Drumlanrig School, is at 6p.m. on Tuesday 21st March 2017. We are planning to hold a Family Quiz Night on Tuesday 28th March 6.30-8pm. Teams should consist of 2 adults and 2 children and entry would cost £10.

The Traffic Survey recently completed by Scottish Borders Council was discussed and issues raised about parking and children’s safety, not only on the Loan but also on Myreslaw Green and Gladstone Street. FODS would like to encourage parents to walk their children to school or park a little further away in a safe and responsible area.

 PARENT’S NIGHTS: We would like to invite parents and carers to meet with your child’s teacher to discuss your child’s progress. Parents evening will take place on Tuesday 28th February and Wednesday 1st March. We will advise you which day and at what time your appointment will be.  If, due to work commitments, you are only available on one of these evenings, please telephone Mrs Hedley at the school office as soon as possible and she will try to arrange an appointment on the appropriate day.  For parents who are separated and unable to attend together or share information, please phone Mrs Hedley as soon as possible and two separate appointments will be arranged. Some Primary 4 parents had meetings on Thursday 19th January and those who didn’t will be given appointments on Wednesday 1st March.

 SPECIAL THEME LUNCH:  During St Valentine’s Day week, we are having a themed lunch on Thursday 16th February.  ‘The love of ….’.  Please book your child’s choice on ParentPay as soon as possible please.  The choices are:

Chilli Beef Nachos with salsa and a yoghurt dressing served with lemon broccoli florets

Cheesy pasta spirals served with lemon broccoli florets

Homemade lentil soup and a choice of sandwiches

Packed lunch with choice of sandwiches

 STAFFING: We are delighted to welcome Mrs Lesley Nichol to the school as our new Primary 1 teacher. Mrs Nichol brings a wealth of experience to the school and has already made an impression in Primary 1, working closely with Mrs Watson to enhance the learning and environment across both rooms. Although we are missing Mr Tierney, we are in safe hands with Mr Alasdair Crooks as our replacement janitor. Mr Crooks has settled in very well and is always willing and able to help in any way he can. We are also grateful to Mr Newlands who has organised the cover and is helping out when required. We are also pleased to welcome Mrs Jill Bryson to the ELCC team. I am sure parents and staff alike have made her feel welcome.

 NSET: The school is closed to pupils on Friday 10th February. There will be NO Drama, Rugby or Girls Football this week.

 HOLIDAYS: The school is closed on Monday 13th & Tuesday 14th for our mid-term holiday.

 EVELOPMENT OF THE CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOITATION STRATEGY We have been asked by Scottish Borders Council to share the following information with all parents/guardians:

At the last Parent Council Chair Meeting in November, there was a discussion regarding the development of the Child Sexual Exploitation strategy.

Due to the nature of the subject, it was agreed at the meeting that separate sessions would be beneficial for further discussions.

Dates and venues for these sessions have now been arranged:

Thursday 16th February – The Assembly Hall, Berwickshire High School

Tuesday 21st February – The Assembly Hall, Peebles High School

Tuesday 28th February – The Assembly Hall, Galashiels Academy

Tuesday 7th March – The Assembly Hall, Jedburgh Grammar School.

These sessions will run from 6.30pm – 7.30pm. and are open to SBC staff, parents, carers etc

 SAINSBURYS VOUCHERS Sainsbury’s are giving ‘Active Kids’ vouchers from Wednesday 25th January until Tuesday 2nd May 2017.  These vouchers help us to buy additional equipment and resources for the school so we would be most grateful if you would please hand your vouchers into school and ask any friends, neighbours or relatives who have no involvement with other schools if they would also donate their vouchers to us.  Thank you.

 NEIGHBOURS: We recognise that school life can have an impact on our neighbours around the school, especially at the start and end of the day. Unfortunately we have a number of children who thought it would be fun to run through one of the blocks of flats and come out at the close. As you can imagine this is very upsetting and annoying for the residents. I have spoken to the children involved in recent events and they have written letters of apology to the neighbours. I would ask that parents remind their children about being responsible when walking to and from school as we want to have Responsible Citizens (one of the 4 capacities) who show respect and courtesy to our local community.

 KEEPING SAFE: Our Primary 7 children will be joining children from other schools in the town for a drug and alcohol event at Hawick High School.  PC Lauder works closely with the school and has responded to requests from the schools for this type of event.

PC Lauder is planning to visit the school to do some awareness raising about road safety and she will be working with our JRSOs to prepare a poster competition set by Councillor Smith.

It was Internet Safety day this week and we would like to remind parents about the importance of monitoring your child’s use of Social Media and age appropriate Games. It is very important that children are reminded not to accept people as a ‘friend’ if they do not know them, even if it appears they are friends with someone they know.

 AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS:

Football:  Training sessions at the Astroturf. 

Wednesday – boys (P4-P7) - 5.00–6.00 p.m. Friday – girls (P4-P7) - 1.00–2.30 p.m.

Netball: girls Tuesdays 3.20 -4.15p.m. Congratulations to all the girls who participated in the Borders Area tournament recently. They missed out in the cross tie match through goal difference! The B Team did very well, however, winning the Hawick ‘B’ Team Competition the following week!!

Cricket: P4-7 Thursdays 3.20 - 5p.m. in school.

Rugby: Training has now resumed at 1.15 – 2.15 p.m. each Friday.  Children may change in school and walk down with Mr Bell to the new 3G pitch. MUST have CLEAN Rugby / Football boots – NO Trainers allowed! Please note, training will finish at 2pm on Friday 17th March. The Trades Rugby Tournament takes place on Saturday 18th march at Stirches. There is no Rugby on the 25th Feb. The Keown Trophy Finals are on Saturday 4th March. The Quins Tournament is the final Rugby event and takes place on Sunday 12th March.

Badminton: P6s are invited to attend from 3.20 to 4.15 on Monday afternoons from 20th Feb to 20th March. A small group of P7 children are participating in the Borders Badminton competition on Saturday 17th March at Earlston.

Basketball: Mr Thomson has been running our Basketball club on Wednesday and Thursday lunch times. The boys will participate in the Hawick / Jed Competition in March.  

Computer Club:  The school website is being run by P7 pupils.  To see examples of children’s work, photos of school events, news of events, meetings etc log on to -

www.drumlanrig-st-cuthberts.scotborders.sch.uk

 

VARIOUS ACTIVITIES COMING UP:

Cricket for P4 & P5 Tuesday afternoons

Superbowl for P7s

Cross Country for P6-7 Friday 17th Feb.

SSPCA Talks

Bridge Naming Competition

Animation Workshop

Drama workshops for P4, P5, P5/6 

ELCC Newsletter – February 2017

We would like to welcome Mrs Bryson to the ELCC team, she joined us after the Christmas holidays and has quickly became a valued member of staff.  We are loving her fresh ideas and positive outlook in our setting.

 Staff are enjoying reading the feedback about your child’s Learning Journey, thank you to those who have taken the time to do this.  Your comments, ideas and suggestions are greatly received.  If you have not yet done this it’s not too late, you are more than welcome to add to our ‘little tree of growth’ sitting on the right as you leave through the ELCC gates.

 Watch this space….children and staff have been getting their hands dirty in the outdoor area.  We are developing a new area where children will be encouraged to experiment, use their imagination, play, risk assess, work together and most importantly learn through fun.  Thanks to Homebase and other kind locals who have donated materials to help us, we could not do it without your support.  In order to truly embrace the outdoors the right clothing does help.  We are looking for kind donations of all in one warm waterproofs for the children to use.

Snack Money – January to April 2017

5 Days - £22.80

4 Days - £18.80

3 Days - £14.40

2 Days - £9.60

Or 40p per day

Please can you pay in full if possible or weekly, every Monday to Miss Law.

Thank You

SCHOOL CLOSURES:  For a list of days when the school is closed, please see ‘Dates for your Diary’. Details can also be found on the external notice boards, School website and Scottish Borders Council’s website, schools section.

 DRUMLANRIG PRIMARY - DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:

Friday 10th February 2017

School Closed – In Service Training for Staff

Monday 13th February 2017 &

Tuesday 14th February 2017

School Closed – Holiday

Monday 20th February 2017

School Photographer – Whole Class Photos

Monday 3rd  – Monday 17th April 2017 inclusive

School Closed – Easter Holiday

Friday 28th April 2017

School Closed – In Service Training for Staff

Monday 1st May 2017

School Closed – May Day Holiday

Friday 9th June 2017

School Closed – Common Riding

Monday 12th June 2017

School Closed - Holiday

Wednesday 28th June 2017

Last Day of Term

Tuesday 15th August 2017

New School Session Begins

 

Company Number: SC303569                             Charity Number: SC033739              

DOOSC JANUARY 2017

 

WHAT WE’VE BEEN UP TO:

During this term we have made a display and had a talk with the children about keeping them safe. The talk was based on ‘PANTS the Underwear Rule’ which is about teaching children that their body belongs to them and if anyone asked to see under their pants to say no and tell someone they trust. We have also been focusing on winter and when it was snowing we took the children out to play in the snow. From this the children made winter pictures using dry out fruit and corks to create snowmen. We have also covered Chinese New Year and for snacks we had some Chinese foods such as friend rice and prawn crackers. The children made Chinese dragons and Chinese lanterns.

Our next topic will be Outside of School where we will be looking at Hawick and its surroundings. We will be looking at the famous people also.

 

Holidays & In-Service Days

We are open Friday 10th, Monday 13th and Tuesday 14th February 7.30am-6pm and are currently taking bookings.

We are also taking bookings for the April holiday; our Activity Programme will be available soon. If you require childcare, please pop into the club to discuss it.

 

A BIT ABOUT DOOSC

BREAKFAST CLUB (7.30-8.40am):

This is a service to help parents who have to start work early.  During this service we will provide the children with a healthy nutritious breakfast. Choices including; toast, crumpets, breakfast muffins, cereal, fruit, fresh orange/apple juice and milk are provided.  The children will also be encouraged to brush their teeth with toothbrushes and paste provided by Child Smile.  The children will then be able to use the facilities in the club until its time to go to school.  Pre-school children will be escorted to the nursery by a member of our team.

WRAP-AROUND (8.50-11.50am and 12.30-3.20pm):

We provide care for children all day here at DOOSC.  For those children who attend Drumlanrig Nursery we will either collect them or drop them off according to your requirements.  We embrace the idea that children learn through play, and offer opportunities on a daily basis, where the children are challenged and stimulated through a variety of experiences and activities. We also have a quiet time for those children who are here all day, when they can lay down and relax in a number of different ways.

LUNCH CLUB (11.50am-12.30pm):

Children can socialise with friends in a safe, fun and friendly environment.  There is a wide range of activities available to them to enable the children to develop their learning, playing, socialising skills and generally have fun.  We also provide a quiet area where children can look at a book, listen to stories and relax.

During this session a packed lunch is needed, as we all sit down together and enjoy our lunch.

AFTER SCHOOL CLUB (3.20-6pm)

We provide a safe and stimulating environment for children to attend after school, allowing parents who work later an extra care option.  On arriving from school, the children are provided with a healthy and nutritious snack and drink. The children are encouraged to do their homework, with assistance from staff when required.  We also provide a variety of activities and games for the children to take part in and try to access our outdoor area on a daily basis.

 

If you are interested in using our service, please pop in to the club to discuss your childcare needs with a member of our team or call us on 01450 379722.

 

DOOSC COMMITTEE VACANCIES

You may or may not be aware that DOOSC is an independent business and charity. We run successfully without support from SBC, or grant funding. We are proud to give good quality and affordable care to local children, and to provide full time employment for four Hawick folk. The club is run by a dedicated board of directors and committee members who are all volunteers.

We are currently looking to strengthen our team, and would like to recruit new committee members.

Members have a direct say in decisions made in the club, from activity planning, business planning, staffing and finance.

Our current committee members are a friendly group, with a mixed skill set. By volunteering, you can enhance your business skills and CV, and enjoy socializing with a like-minded group of people.

Our committee meets every 4-6 weeks, and sometimes you might get a wee bit of homework to do!

If you, or anyone you know, think they can enhance our team, and contribute to the running of a successful local business, we would love to hear from you!

For more information, please ring or drop into the club.


JANUARY 2017 NEWSLETTER                                                     

We hope that all pupils and their families had a very enjoyable Christmas and New Year.

NEW MOBILE PHONESDid you get a new mobile phone for Christmas? Have any of your emergency contacts changed their phone numbers? Please let the office (01450 373521) know any new numbers as soon as possible please.

SCHOOL PHOTOGRAPHER The photographer will be visiting on Monday 20th February to take class photographs.

PARENT’S NIGHTS: We would like to invite parents and carers to meet with your child’s teacher to discuss your child’s progress. Parents evening will take place on Tuesday 28th February and Wednesday 1st March. We will advise you which day and at what time your appointment will be.  If, due to work commitments, you are only available on one of these evenings, please telephone Mrs Hedley at the school office as soon as possible and she will try to arrange an appointment on the appropriate day.  For parents who are separated and unable to attend together or share information, please phone Mrs Hedley as soon as possible and two separate appointments will be arranged. As informed by letter, Parents of Primary 1 children have been invited to meet Miss Thomson and Mrs Watson on Wednesday 18th January and Thursday 19th January. Primary 4 also have meetings on Thursday 19th January and then on Wednesday 1st March.

SIMON KNIGHT TROPHY:  The winner of the trophy for the winter term was Erin L, P5/6.  Well done Erin, the award was much deserved!

TRAFFIC ON THE LOAN: Further to the request from Cllr Paterson to have some speed monitoring equipment out on The Loan in Hawick, I have attached a summary of school run time vehicle speeds and volumes. From the data we can see that most vehicles are travelling at sensible speeds at school run times, which is welcomed.

In summary, we can also see that the daily average speeds northbound (downhill) are 16.2mph and southbound (uphill) are 24.2mph.  At this stage I would not anticipate traffic calming features being necessary.

Parents are reminded to park considerately and should remind their children of the importance of crossing with the lollipop lady, Mrs Robertson.

Philippa Gilhooly, Environment & Infrastructure, Scottish Borders Council

P6 and P7 RESIDENTIAL INFORMATION NIGHT: On Tuesday 31st January there will be an information night about Lockerbie Manor for parents of P6 and P7 pupils. The P6 Information will be given out at 6pm. This is an opportunity for parents to find out about the accommodation and the activities on offer.

At 7pm, P7 Parents are invited for a final briefing when a kit list etc. will be given out.

CHAMPIONS IN SCHOOLS PROGRAMME Primary 7 pupils received a visit from Eilish McColgan, an Olympic Athlete, on Monday 12th December as part of ‘Champions in Schools Programme’.  We hope her visit inspired some budding young athletes in the school.

STAFFING: We are very sorry to be losing Miss Thomson after 20 years of working at Drumlanrig. Miss Thomson worked in the Nursery for several years and had a spell at Roberton before returning to Primary 1 at Drumlanrig. Miss Thomson’s last day is Friday 27th January. She will take up a post with Scottish Borders Council supporting Early Learning and Child Care Centres. Miss Thomson’s replacement is Mrs Lesley Nichol. Mrs Nichol currently works at Newcastleton Primary School and is teaching a P1/2 class. Miss Nichol will start with us on Monday 6th February.

We were unable to fill the P6 vacancy for Mondays but feel very fortunate to have Mrs Robson back for the foreseeable future. Mrs Fairbairn will also continue to work with the class on Monday afternoons.

We will be without our janitor, Mr Tierney, for a few months as he is undergoing knee surgery. He will be a great miss but fortunately, we have someone who is going to cover janitorial duties in his absence.  We wish Mr Tierney a speedy recovery!

AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS:

Football:  Training sessions at the Astroturf. 

Wednesday – boys (P4-P7) - 5.00–6.00 p.m. Friday – girls (P4-P7) - 1.00–2.30 p.m.

Netball: girls Tuesdays 3.20 -4.15p.m.

Cricket: P4-7 Thursdays 3.20 - 5p.m. in school.

Rugby: Will resume Friday 20th January, 1.15 – 2.15 p.m. Children may change in school and walk down with Mr Bell to the new 3G pitch. MUST have CLEAN Rugby / Football boots – NO Trainers allowed!

Badminton: P7s are invited to attend from 3.20 to 4.15 on Monday afternoons from 23rd Jan to 6th Feb. P6s are then invited to attend from 20th Feb to 20th March.

Computer Club:  The school website is being run by P7 pupils.  To see examples of children’s work, photos of school events, news of events, meetings etc log on to -

www.drumlanrig-st-cuthberts.scotborders.sch.uk

SCHOOL CLOSURES:  For a list of days when the school is closed, please see ‘Dates for your Diary’. Details can also be found on the external notice boards, School website and Scottish Borders Council’s website, schools section.

nhance your business skills and CV, and enjoy socializing with a like-minded group of people.

DRUMLANRIG PRIMARY - DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:

Friday 10th February 2017

School Closed – In Service Training for Staff

Monday 13th February 2017 &

Tuesday 14th February 2017

School Closed – Holiday

Monday 20th February 2017

School Photographer – Whole Class Photos

Monday 3rd  – Monday 17th April 2017 inclusive

School Closed – Easter Holiday

Friday 28th April 2017

School Closed – In Service Training for Staff

Monday 1st May 2017

School Closed – May Day Holiday

Friday 9th June 2017

School Closed – Common Riding

Monday 12th June 2017

School Closed - Holiday

Wednesday 28th June 2017

Last Day of Term

Tuesday 15th August 2017

New School Session Begins

ELCC Happy New Year and welcome back, we hope you have all had a lovely holiday.

Miss Smith has been busy doing her snow dance, encouraging all the boys and girls to join in, you can see this has worked, we have snow!  Can we please ask that your child comes to ELCC appropriately dressed for the weather as we will be bracing the outdoor elements for exploring, and fun?

A safety reminder for you all to use the entrance walkway and NOT to go through the car park, as the car park is used all day with vehicles coming in and out, for everyone’s safety do not use this as a walk way!

Snack Money – January to April 2017

5 Days - £22.80

4 Days - £18.80

3 Days - £14.40

2 Days - £9.60

Please can you pay in full at the beginning of the term or weekly, every Monday to Miss Law.

Company Number: SC303569                             Charity Number: SC033739              

DOOSC JANUARY 2017

WHAT WE’VE BEEN UP TO:

Firstly, may we take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy New Year! We hope you all enjoyed the holidays!

During December the children enjoyed unleashing their creative side taking part in lots of different Christmas and winter themed activities, including Christmas decorations, a Christmas Eve goodie bag and Christmas treasure hunt where we met the REAL Santa!

Some of the younger children made a special delivery to the residents of Teviot Court. They entertained the residents with Christmas songs and dancing and were rewarded with some yummy chocolates! A huge thank you to everyone who kindly donated to our hamper, all your donations were gratefully received!!

Holidays & In-Service Days

We are open Friday 10th, Monday 13th and Tuesday 14th February 7.30am-6pm and are currently taking bookings.

We are also taking bookings for the April holiday; our Activity Programme will be available soon. If you require childcare, please pop into the club to discuss it.

Staff News

We are sad to announce that Andrea Scott will be leaving us in February L. Andrea has been working part time as an SVQ assessor since completing her own SVQ and has been given the opportunity to go full time. Whilst we are very sad to say goodbye to her, we wish her all the best in her new career venture…we know she’ll do a fantastic job!!

A BIT ABOUT DOOSC

BREAKFAST CLUB (7.30-8.40am):

This is a service to help parents who have to start work early.  During this service we will provide the children with a healthy nutritious breakfast. Choices including; toast, crumpets, breakfast muffins, cereal, fruit, fresh orange/apple juice and milk are provided.  The children will also be encouraged to brush their teeth with toothbrushes and paste provided by Child Smile.  The children will then be able to use the facilities in the club until it’s time to go to school.  Pre-school children will be escorted to the Nursery by a member of our team.

WRAP-AROUND (8.50-11.50am and 12.30-3.20pm):

We provide care for children all day here at DOOSC.  For those children who attend Drumlanrig Nursery, we will either collect them or drop them off according to your requirements.  We embrace the idea that children learn through play, and offer opportunities on a daily basis, where the children are challenged and stimulated through a variety of experiences and activities. We also have a quiet time for those children who are here all day, when they can lie down and relax in a number of different ways.

LUNCH CLUB (11.50am-12.30pm):

Children can socialise with friends in a safe, fun and friendly environment.  There is a wide range of activities available to them to enable the children to develop their learning, playing, socialising skills and generally have fun.  We also provide a quiet area where children can look at a book, listen to stories and relax.

During this session a packed lunch is needed, as we all sit down together and enjoy our lunch.

AFTER SCHOOL CLUB (3.20-6pm)

We provide a safe and stimulating environment for children to attend after school, allowing parents who work later, an extra care option.  On arriving from school, the children are provided with a healthy and nutritious snack and drink. The children are encouraged to do their homework, with assistance from staff when required.  We also provide a variety of activities and games for the children to take part in and try to access our outdoor area on a daily basis.

If you are interested in using our service, please pop in to the club to discuss your childcare needs with a member of our team or call us on 01450 379722.

DOOSC COMMITTEE VACANCIES

You may or may not be aware that DOOSC is an independent business and charity. We run successfully without support from SBC, or grant funding. We are proud to give good quality and affordable care to local children, and to provide full time employment for four Hawick folk. The club is run by a dedicated board of directors and committee members who are all volunteers.

We are currently looking to strengthen our team, and would like to recruit new committee members.

Members have a direct say in decisions made in the club, from activity planning, business planning, staffing and finance.

Our current committee members are a friendly group, with a mixed skill set. By volunteering, you can e

Our committee meets every 4-6 weeks, and sometimes you might get a wee bit of homework to do!

If you, or anyone you know, think they can enhance our team, and contribute to the running of a successful local business, we would love to hear from you!

For more information, please ring or drop into the club.

 

OCTOBER 2016 NEWSLETTER                                                     

 PHOTOGRAPHER:  The photographer will be in school on Tuesday 18th October to take individuals and family groups.  Families will be taken together unless we have written instruction that you wish your children to be photographed separately.  P7 children will automatically get individual photos taken for their Young Scot Cards as well as family groups.

Class photos will be taken on Monday 20th February 2017.

HALLOWEEN DISCOSThere will be Halloween Discos on Tuesday 25th October.  The children can come in fancy dress but they are not obliged to. No scary masks please! The cost is £1 which will entitle each child to one juice and a packet of crisps.  There will also be juice and crisps for sale.

                   P1-3 at 6.00 – 7.00 pm              P4-7 at 7.15 – 8.15 pm

SCHOOL MEALSIf possible, please order your child/children’s meals for the week by Sunday evening.  If you have to order extra meals during the week, please note that meals for Mondays – Thursdays must be ordered by 8.30 a.m. on the day.  Due to the early brunch time on Fridays, the orders must be into the kitchen by 1.30 p.m. on Thursdays, so please place your order by then.  If your child has no brunch ordered for a Friday, he/she cannot order on the day.  You will be sent a message on Groupcall asking you to bring a packed lunch from home or to give your child lunch when school finishes at 12.50 p.m.  If your child is absent, please cancel his/her lunch before 9.00 am each day or you may be charged for the meal.

BOOK FAIR: Our Book Fair will take place from Monday 31st October – Thursday 3rd November.  All classes will have one session to have a look at the books and another session to bring their money in to buy books.  Parents are welcome to visit the Book Fair during the day or after school until 3.45 p.m. There will also be an evening session on Wednesday 2nd November 6.00 – 7.30 p.m.  If you are able to spend some time in school during the day that week to help with the Book Fair, please let Mrs Hedley or Mrs Macleod in the office know when you are available.  Thank you.

ENROLMENTSPrimary 1 Enrolment for session 2017-2018 is in November.  There will be further details in the local press.  Please collect an enrolment pack from the school office or Nursery during that week if you have a child who will be 5 years old before 28th February 2018.

 

ELCC (Nursery) Enrolment for session 2017 – 2018 is also in November.  There will be further details in the press.  Please collect an enrolment pack from the school office during that week if you have a child who will be

3 years old before 28th February 2018.

FLU VACCINATIONS:  Flu vaccinations will be carried out in the week commencing, 7th November.  If your child has asthma, and if he/she has an inhaler, please ensure that he/she has it in school that week.

PARENT COUNCIL: FODS are planning to hold some fund raising activities at Christmas. In preparation for this we are collecting jars and white socks which the children will make in to Christmas crafts with the help of FODS. There is a short sub-group meeting at 6pm on Monday 17th October to finalise arrangements for the Hallowe’en discos. If you are able to help with the organisation or running of either of the discos then please come along or get in touch.

SPORT SCOTLAND GOLD AWARD: We have a number of important guests arriving on Friday for a special presentation of our gold award. To start our assembly Paul Scott will present the children with their medals for their Olympic passports. We will then announce the new junior active schools coordinators before the official gold award presentation from a member of the sport Scotland award committee. We are delighted to have a new flag pole in place for the sport Scotland flag. Our thanks go to Kevin Watson for making and setting up the flag pole free of charge! Thank you also to Leigh Deas who is our parent & community rep on the school sport committee. Leigh has been running football clubs for the younger children. We are very grateful to have such talented parents who are keen to support the school.

BIKEABILITY: Our P5 children were very fortunate to receive cycling trying from Keith Irvine this week. There were several children who were not confident cyclists but by the end of the session they were all riding with confidence. If your child has outgrown their bike and it is still in good working order, we would be happy to pass the bike on to children who may not have regular access to a bike.

ROAD SAFETY: All of P1 and P2 enjoyed a magic show which was around the theme of road safety. The children were engrossed in the show and learned a lot about keeping safe when out and about.

HOCKEY AND A RUGBY FESTIVALS: Children in P7 and P5 enjoyed a day of sport recently, developing their skills and teamwork in hockey and rugby. We hope their attendance at these festivals will inspire the children to join our clubs and try other sports.

CRUCIAL CREW: P7 enjoyed a multi-agency safety experience this week. Through participation in practical activities, children were tested to see how they would react in various health and safety situations. Hopefully the children will have learned the best way to respond when faced with dangerous activities and situations.

PC Lauder was working with the children and sent this message: ‘I would like to say that your pupils yesterday were a credit to your school.  A number of those taking the sets commented on their behaviour and politeness so I wanted to let you know.  We have been doing Crucial Crew for over 2 weeks now and have had some moments but it was a joy to work with them all yesterday.

PARALYMPICS: We sent a group of children to the Borders Paralympic Festival at Jedburgh recently. The children were given the opportunity to try various sports and learn new skills. The children were very well behaved and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

COUNTRY DANCING: We are delighted that our P4 children will be getting the opportunity to participate in Country Dancing again this year. Volunteers from the RSCD come in to deliver the sessions which will take place on Tuesday afternoons until 25th November when they will join all the other P4 children in the town for a special Ceilidh in the Town Hall.

ROALD DAHL DAY: To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Roald Dahl we gave the children the opportunity to come to school dressed as a character from any of his books. On that day, Primary 3, Mrs Willison’s class, presented an assembly and we had a special Roald Dahl themed school lunch. The children thoroughly enjoyed the day and the staff had fun dressing up too!

SPORT: Our football team had a very tough match against Wilton this week. The talent on display was great to see. The children tried their very best and showed good sportsmanship behaviour. A 1-1 draw was a fair result for 2 very good teams!

The Keown Trophy rugby league continues on Saturday mornings with a break over the October holiday. Drumlanrig are playing very well and the P6/7 team have won all their games so far. A number of children will be participating in the Denholm Cup which takes place on Friday 21st October. The children involved should have brought home a letter this week.

The girls Netball training has been going very well with Mrs Scott, Mrs Watson and Mrs Brown coaching the children. In addition to the Hawick tournaments in January and February the children are being given the chance to play against other schools in the town in a series of friendly matches. These games will take place at the Auld Baths on Tuesdays from 4-5pm on 18th October, 1st November, 22nd November and the 6th December.

AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS:

Football:  Training sessions at the Astroturf. 

Wednesday – boys (P4-P7) - 5.00–6.00 p.m. Friday – girls (P4-P7) - 1.00–2.30 p.m.

P3 Football: Fridays 1-2p.m. until Friday 30th September

Netball: girls Tuesdays 3.20 -4.15p.m.

Cricket: P4-7 Thursdays 3.20 -5p.m. Cricket pitch

Rugby: Fridays 1.15 – 2.15 p.m. at Volunteer Park starting on 26th August

Computer Club:  The school website is being run by P7 pupils.  To see examples of children’s work, photos of school events, news of events, meetings etc log on to -

www.drumlanrig-st-cuthberts.scotborders.sch.uk

SCHOOL CLOSURES:  For a list of days when the school is closed, please see ‘Dates for your Diary’. Details can also be found on the external notice boards, School website and Scottish Borders Council’s website, schools section.

ELCC NEWSLETTER -OCTOBER 2016

Please feel free to come into the ELCC and have a Playdate.  We would love to have you!  Sign up on the calendar on the Parents Notice Board. 

Join in on our fun!

Parents and guardians, we welcome feedback on the things we are doing in the ELCC and have a display board specifically set up to ask for your views. We are constantly reflecting on what we do and assessing how well it is supporting the children to progress and develop. One area we are reviewing is the pick-up routine, as we have made changes due to the relocation of the cloakroom. We still want to encourage the children’s independence when getting ready to leave and need to avoid congestion in ELCC so if you have any suggestions on how we can make this run smoothly please let us know, either by adding to our display board or telling us in person.  

Can we please ask that you only put water in your child’s water bottle and not juice as we are a health promoting ELCC?

Now for some ‘thank yous’ for the very generous support we have been receiving lately: firstly to Mark Hume, for providing us with stunning natural wood to use as book ends for our Learning Journeys.  Also to Amber’s dad, Dom Cook, for providing us with more kitchen floor tiles so we can patch it up (since our new kitchen has been built).  Lastly, but certainly not least thanks to Leah’s mum, Danielle Lavery, who donated seeds from Homebase for us to plant.  We are a very lucky ELCC to have such support from you all!


FEBRUARY 2016 NEWSLETTER                                   

 PARENTS’ EVENING The children will have brought home their appointment letters this week for Parents evening which will take place on the 23rd and 24th of February. Parents of Primary 5 children are invited to visit Miss Embleton on Wednesday 10th February and Wednesday 24th February. If, due to work commitments, you are only available on one of these evenings, please telephone Mrs Hedley at the school office as soon as possible and she will try to arrange an appointment on the appropriate day.  For parents who are separated and unable to attend together or share information, please phone Mrs Hedley as soon as possible and two separate appointments will be arranged. As informed by letter, Parents of Primary 1 children have been invited to meet Miss Thomson and Mrs Millan on Monday 8th February and Wednesday 10th February.

 PHOTGRAPHS:  The school photographer will be with us on Monday 22nd February to take Class Photos.  Team photos will be taken at a later date.

 STAFFING: We are delighted to welcome Mrs Adele Macleod as our new school assistant. Mrs Macleod will be based in the office and will support Mrs Hedley with the school administration.

I am pleased to inform you that Miss Shona Scott has been appointed as our new Assistant Child Care Worker in the ELCC. Miss Scott is currently working in the private sector and is very excited to be joining us. Her start date is Monday 22nd February.

We are interviewing this week for the new Primary 1 teacher, to replace Mrs Millan who will be leaving on 22th February.

After several years working at Drumlanrig either part-time or doing full-time cover, Mrs Kane (nee Miss Feakins), has now secured a full-time permanent job at Stirches Primary School. We are very sorry to be losing Mrs Kane but delighted for her that she will now have her own class all to herself! Mrs Kane has been working in P5 this year and we thank her for all her contributions over the years. Mrs Scott will do Miss Embleton’s PT cover on a Tuesday when Mrs Kane leaves after the February break.

 SCHOOL LUNCHES:  Please remember that all Brunch orders for Fridays must be made on ParentPay by Thursday lunchtime at the latest.  If a Brunch has not been pre-ordered, your child will not receive one.

 SPECIAL EVENT LUNCHESOur second special lunch ‘Italian Lunch’ will be on Wednesday 24th February. Please order and pay for all lunches on ParentPay.  All Primary 1-3 continue to qualify for free school meals.

 ELCC:                                                                      

Safety:  Can we please ask all parents and guardians to use the front entrance and not walk through the car park for the safety of the children and yourselves, the school car park is very busy and used throughout the day?

Also that dogs and puppies are kept out with school grounds; some children have allergies and some may be afraid of them.

The weather has been turning colder, however unfortunately, the school reception area is not large enough to hold all the parents, guardians and children waiting to come into the ELCC.  We are sorry to have to ask you to wait outside but we are sure you understand it is unfair and unsafe for some to be inside and others expected to wait outside.

ELCC children go outdoors in ALL weathers, sunshine (staff’s personal favourite), rain (some children’s favourite), wind and snow so can you please dress your child appropriately; putting your child’s name on their clothing is also a super help to staff.

Routines:  On a daily basis can we please ask you to check your child’s peg on collection, they may have left a hat or we may have put a storysack on it for you to take home.

ALL storysacks must be returned on a Monday, please note that if you do not bring the storysack back then another child will go without one.  We really do need your co-operation here as I’m sure no-one wants to let anyone down, and could you continue to check the storysack when you receive it and contact Mrs Sharkey if anything is missing?

The boys and girls in ELCC have been having great fun playing and learning this term.  They have also been busy doing their winter targets in their Personal Learning Plans (PLPs).  Can you please read through these, making yourself aware of their targets and achievements?  Staff are looking forward to reading your comments once you return the PLP Folders.

Snack:  Can any outstanding snack fees please be paid this week, if you are unsure what or if you owe talk to Miss Law?

The costs for this term are Jan to April;

5 days £24.40     4 days £20     3 days £15.20

 We would like to thank all parents and guardians for working with us and helping their child become more independent.

CLASS ASSEMBLIES: This session we are inviting parents to join us for their child’s class assembly. The assemblies take place on a Friday afternoon from 12.20 to 12.50pm.  The children normally prepare some information and songs related to what they have been learning in class. The following dates have been set:

P2 & P2/3 = 4/3/16       P3S = 18/3/16                 

P7s = 13/5/16             P1s = 17/6/16

  DANCE FESTIVAL: Mr Thomson is organising a dance festival for the children. The P1s, P4, P5, P6 & P7R classes will be performing on Thursday 18th February in the afternoon. Parents for those classes will receive an invitation to see the children’s work.

 DENTAL CHECKS: As a school, we are very keen to promote good health and hygiene for all children. We participate in daily tooth brushing as we feel it is important to encourage children to establish good dental hygiene. Every year the children in P1 and P7 have their teeth checked and we were delighted to see the best results we have had so far. We must praise the P7 children in particular as they had 100% recorded for no restorations, decayed or missing teeth!

WINTER WEATHER: We have recently experienced a number of severe weather warnings and I have no doubt this will continue for some time. Please check the Scottish Borders Council website and Facebook page for weather warnings and updates. You will receive a Groupcall message if the school has to be closed.

As you can imagine it can be very difficult supervising so many children during inclement weather. Please do not send the children early to school during bad weather, or use DOOSC, and all home dinners should not return to school until 1.15pm at the earliest.

SWIMMING: Our Primary 6 children are continuing to attend swimming lessons at the Leisure Centre on a Tuesday morning. A small group of P7s have joined them. They are working towards their certificate which is required for participation in water sports when they go on residential. We are still in need of parent escorts so please let us know if you are able to help. (even if your child is not in P6 or P7)

 INSET: The school is closed to pupils on Friday. There will be no Drama, Rugby or Girls Football.

HOLIDAYS: The school is closed on Monday 15th & Tuesday 16th for our mid-term holiday.

 AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS:

Netball: Netball club has resumed for P6-7 girls on a Monday afternoon. P5 girls have been invited to join the club on 22nd February. There is a Netball Tournament this Thursday at Drumlanrig for our ‘B’ Team players.

Football:  Training sessions at the Astroturf. 

Wednesday – boys (P4-P7) - 5.00–6.00 p.m.

Friday – girls (P4-P7) - 4.00–5.00 p.m.

Rugby: Due to the weather, training will take place in the school halls from 1-2pm until further notice. Training is likely to resume outdoors after the February break.

Computer Club:  The school website is being run by P7 pupils.  To see examples of children’s work, photos of school events, news of events, meetings etc log on to -

www.drumlanrig-st-cuthberts.scotborders.sch.uk

CRICKETTraining continues on Thursdays after school. (Training is on Tuesday for this week only)

BADMINTON CLUB: P6 children have been given the opportunity to play badminton on a Tuesday after school. Children who have participated in the school club are invited to participate in the Borders Badminton Tournament on Saturday 20th February. Those interested will receive a letter with details of the event.

COOKERY: This club will resume for P4 children on Monday 22nd February. Letters will be sent home with details.

DRUMLANRIG PRIMARY - DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:

Wednesday 10th February2016

P1 Parents’ Evening

Friday 12th February 2016

School Closed – In Service Training for Staff

Monday 15th February 2016 &

Tuesday 16th February 2016

School Closed – Holiday

Monday 22nd February 2016

Photographs - Classes

Tuesday 23rd and Wednesday 24th February

Parents’ Evenings

Friday 25th March 2016

School Closed – Good Friday Holiday

Monday 4th – Friday 15th April 2016

School Closed – Easter Holiday

Friday 29th April 2016

School Closed – In Service Training for Staff

Monday 2nd May 2016

School Closed – May Day Holiday

Thursday 5th May 2016

School Closed – Polling Day

Wednesday 29th June 2016

Last Day of Term

Monday 15th August 2016

School Closed – In Service Staff Training

Tuesday 16th August 2016

Start of new term for all pupils

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Company Number: SC303569                             Charity Number: SC033739              

DOOSC FEBRUARY 2016

 

Holidays & In-Service Days

We are open Friday 12th, Monday 15th and Tuesday 18th February 7.30am-6pm and are currently taking bookings.

We are also taking bookings for the April holiday; our Activity Programme will be available soon. If you require childcare, please pop into the club to discuss it.

 A BIT ABOUT DOOSC

BREAKFAST CLUB (7.30-8.40am):

This is a service to help parents who have to start work early.  During this service we will provide the children with a healthy nutritious breakfast. Choices including; toast, crumpets, breakfast muffins, cereal, fruit, fresh orange/apple juice and milk are provided.  The children will also be encouraged to brush their teeth with toothbrushes and paste provided by Child Smile.  The children will then be able to use the facilities in the club until it is time to go to school.  Pre-school children will be escorted to the nursery by a member of our team.

WRAP-AROUND (8.50-11.50am and 12.30-3.20pm):

We provide care for children all day here at DOOSC.  For those children who attend Drumlanrig Nursery we will either collect them or drop them off according to your requirements.  We embrace the idea that children learn through play, and offer opportunities on a daily basis, where the children are challenged and stimulated through a variety of experiences and activities. We also have a quiet time for those children who are here all day, when they can lay down and relax in a number of different ways.

LUNCH CLUB (11.50am-12.30pm):

Children can socialise with friends in a safe, fun and friendly environment.  There is a wide range of activities available to them to enable the children to develop their learning, playing, socialising skills and generally have fun.  We also provide a quiet area where children can look at a book, listen to stories and relax.

During this session a packed lunch is needed, as we all sit down together and enjoy our lunch.

AFTER SCHOOL CLUB (3.20-6pm)

We provide a safe and stimulating environment for children to attend after school, allowing parents who work later an extra care option.  On arriving from school, the children are provided with a healthy and nutritious snack and drink. The children are encouraged to do their homework, with assistance from staff when required.  We also provide a variety of activities and games for the children to take part in and try to access our outdoor area on a daily basis.

 If you are interested in using our service, please pop in to the club to discuss your childcare needs with a member of our team or call us on 01450 379722.

 DOOSC Board (committee) Meeting

You may be aware that DOOSC is run by a dedicated board of trustees. 

We are always looking for people who are enthusiastic and motivated people who are keen to make a difference. This is your chance to have your say.

If you’re interested in joining our board, why not come along to our next meeting?

·          When?                    Date to be arranged

·          Where?                   DOOSC

·          Time?                     6.30pm

Meetings last approximately 1 hour. Refreshments will be available.

 

 

 

DRUMLANRIG PRIMARY SCHOOL - ACHIEVEMENTS    

We are very aware that lots of learning happens outside of school and as a school we want to encourage pupils to share their experiences and successes. Therefore we would like to ask parents and carers to help us keep up to date with all the incredible activities and challenges that your children have been involved in. Each term, the children bring home their achievement sheet for you to add to, however, if your child has been involved in something that you would like us to share in the Achievement Bulletin then please complete the tear off slip and return to school so that we can recognise and celebrate their achievement.

Description of success/achievement:

 

 

 

NAME __________________ CLASS ______ Signed ___________________


 

JANUARY 2016 NEWSLETTER                                      

 We hope that all pupils and their families had a very enjoyable Christmas and New Year.

 NEW MOBILE PHONES Did you get a new mobile phone for Christmas? Have any of your emergency contacts changed their phone numbers? Please let the office (01450 373521) know any new numbers as soon as possible please.

 SCHOOL PHOTOGRAPHER:  The photographer has had to cancel the visit that was planned for Wednesday 13th January to take class photographs.  We will let everyone know when the re-arranged date has been decided.

 ELCC (NURSERY) ENROLMENT WEEKEnrolment for children who will reach their third birthday by 28th February 2017 should be enrolled in the week commencing Monday 18th January 2016.  Please collect an enrolment pack at the school office.

 SCHOOL LUNCHES:  Please remember that all Brunch orders for Fridays must be made on ParentPay by Thursday lunchtime at the latest.  If a Brunch has not been ordered, your child will not receive one.

 SPECIAL EVENT LUNCHESOur first special lunch ‘Celebrating Scotland’ will be on Thursday 28th January. Please order and pay for all lunches on ParentPay.  All Primary 1-3 continue to qualify for free school meals.

 PARENTS’ EVENING We would like to invite parents and carers to meet with your child’s teacher to discuss your child’s progress. Parents evening will take place on the 23rd and 24th of February. Parents of Primary 5 children will be invited to visit Miss Embleton on Wednesday 10th February and Wednesday 24th February. We will advise you which day and at what time your appointment will be.  If, due to work commitments, you are only available on one of these evenings, please telephone Mrs Hedley at the school office as soon as possible and she will try to arrange an appointment on the appropriate day.  For parents who are separated and unable to attend together or share information, please phone Mrs Hedley as soon as possible and two separate appointments will be arranged. As informed by letter, Parents of Primary 1 children have been invited to meet Miss Thomson and Mrs Millan on Monday 8th February and Wednesday 10th February.

 STAFFING: We are very sorry to be losing one of our P1 teachers. Mrs Millan has been appointed to a teaching post at Burgh in Galashiels, where she lives. Mrs Millan has been here for more than 7 years and is very sad to be leaving. She takes up her new post after the February break. I am pleased to say that Miss Robson has settled in very nicely to Drumlanrig and she is enjoying working with the P7 class. We are interviewing this week for a member of staff for the ELCC.

 PIPE BAND LOOKING FOR NEW RECRUITS:  Hawick Scout Pipe Band Marching Group, who were in their Santa outfits at the front of the Christmas Parade, are on the lookout for new recruits to train.  Michael Bruce of Bruce Motors leads the band and is looking for children of 9 years and upwards (fingers are not big enough until that age).  They have funding available so can supply instruments. Please let us know if you are interested in this opportunity. 

 SIMON KNIGHT TROPHY:  The winner of the trophy for the winter term was Iona D, P5E.  It was lovely to have lots of parents in attendance at the P4-5 concert when Iona was presented with the trophy. Well done Iona, much deserved!

 CLASS ASSEMBLIES: This session we are inviting parents to join us for their child’s class assembly. The assemblies take place on a Friday afternoon from 12.20 to 12.50pm.  The children normally prepare some information and songs related to what they have been learning in class. The following dates have been set:

P4/5 = 22/1/16           P2 & P2/3 = 4/3/16

P3S = 8/3/16              P7s = 13/5/16       P1s = 17/6/16

  P6 and P7 RESIDENTIAL INFORMATION NIGHT: On Tuesday 2nd February there will be an information night about Lockerbie Manor for parents of P6 and P7 pupils. The P6 Information will be given out at 6pm. This is an opportunity for parents to find out about the accommodation and the activities on offer.

At 7pm P7 Parents are invited for a final briefing when a kit list etc. will be given out.

 ROAD SAFETY: PC Lauder has informed us that during the last couple of days there have been a few children when walking to school that have been struck by cars across our Division.  These collisions appear to have been as a result of children jumping out in front of traffic/crossing between cars and not paying attention.  Please could you reinforce road safety messages to your children to prevent any further incidents occurring.

 AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS:

Netball: Netball club has resumed for P6-7 girls on a Monday afternoon. P5 girls will be invited to join the club soon.

Football:  Training sessions at the Astroturf. 

Wednesday – boys (P4-P7) - 5.00–6.00 p.m.

Friday – girls (P4-P7) - 4.00–5.00 p.m.

Rugby: Rocky and Adam have very kindly offered to start rugby training next week, Friday 22nd January. Due to the weather, training will take place in the school halls from 1-2pm until further notice.

Computer Club:  The school website is being run by P7 pupils.  To see examples of children’s work, photos of school events, news of events, meetings etc log on to -

CRICKETTraining continues on Thursdays after school.

BADMINTON CLUB: P6 children have been given the opportunity to play badminton on a Tuesday after school.

 

DRUMLANRIG PRIMARY SCHOOL - ACHIEVEMENTS    

We are very aware that lots of learning happens outside of school and as a school we want to encourage pupils to share their experiences and successes. Therefore we would like to ask parents and carers to help us keep up to date with all the incredible activities and challenges that your children have been involved in. Each term, the children bring home their achievement sheet for you to add to, however, if your child has been involved in something that you would like us to share in the Achievement Bulletin then please complete the tear off slip and return to school so that we can recognise and celebrate their achievement.

Description of success/achievement:

NAME __________________ CLASS ______ Signed ___________________

 DRUMLANRIG PRIMARY - DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:

Thursday 28th January 2016

P1 – P7 Dental Checks

Friday 12th February 2016

School Closed – In Service Training for Staff

Monday 15th February 2016 &

Tuesday 16th February 2016

School Closed – Holiday

Friday 25th March 2016

School Closed – Good Friday Holiday

Monday 4th – Friday 15th April 2016

School Closed – Easter Holiday

Friday 29th April 2016

School Closed – In Service Training for Staff

Monday 2nd May 2016

School Closed – May Day Holiday

Thursday 5th May 2016

School Closed – Polling Day

Wednesday 29th June 2016

Last Day of Term

 

Company Number: SC303569                             Charity Number: SC033739              

DOOSC JANUARY 2016

WHAT WE’VE BEEN UP TO:

Firstly, may we take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy New Year! We hope you all enjoyed the holidays!

Using chicken wire and lots of mod-roc, the children (and staff!!) have created our very own interactive tree at DOOSC. The children have painted it and enjoyed making paper chain decorations to hang on it.

We will use the tree as a tool during projects, topics and activities throughout the year.

It will also be used to recognise the children’s achievements within the club. We are pleased to already have one “Rainbow Star” hanging from it as a result of one child’s helpfulness and hope to see it filling up as the year continues.

 During December the children enjoyed unleashing their creative side taking part in lots of different Christmas and winter themed activities, including Christmas cards, cork tree decorations and hot chocolate reindeer!

 “Me, Myself and I”

We have just started our new project called “Me, Myself and I”. Using a variety of different materials and activities will explore different aspects of friendship, families, self-confidence, and personal safety and awareness. The UNCRC Articles and National Care Standards will also be incorporated throughout the project.

The project will initially run until the Easter break, however we plan to re-visit it sporadically throughout the year.

 Holidays & In-Service Days

We are open Friday 12th, Monday 15th and Tuesday 18th February 7.30am-6pm and are currently taking bookings.

We are also taking bookings for the April holiday; our Activity Programme will be available soon. If you require childcare, please pop into the club to discuss it.

 A BIT ABOUT DOOSC

BREAKFAST CLUB (7.30-8.40am):

This is a service to help parents who have to start work early.  During this service we will provide the children with a healthy nutritious breakfast. Choices including; toast, crumpets, breakfast muffins, cereal, fruit, fresh orange/apple juice and milk are provided.  The children will also be encouraged to brush their teeth with toothbrushes and paste provided by Child Smile.  The children will then be able to use the facilities in the club until it is time to go to school.  Pre-school children will be escorted to the nursery by a member of our team.

WRAP-AROUND (8.50-11.50am and 12.30-3.20pm):

We provide care for children all day here at DOOSC.  For those children who attend Drumlanrig Nursery we will either collect them or drop them off according to your requirements.  We embrace the idea that children learn through play, and offer opportunities on a daily basis, where the children are challenged and stimulated through a variety of experiences and activities. We also have a quiet time for those children who are here all day, when they can lay down and relax in a number of different ways.

LUNCH CLUB (11.50am-12.30pm):

Children can socialise with friends in a safe, fun and friendly environment.  There is a wide range of activities available to them to enable the children to develop their learning, playing, socialising skills and generally have fun.  We also provide a quiet area where children can look at a book, listen to stories and relax.

During this session a packed lunch is needed, as we all sit down together and enjoy our lunch.

AFTER SCHOOL CLUB (3.20-6pm)

We provide a safe and stimulating environment for children to attend after school, allowing parents who work later an extra care option.  On arriving from school, the children are provided with a healthy and nutritious snack and drink. The children are encouraged to do their homework, with assistance from staff when required.  We also provide a variety of activities and games for the children to take part in and try to access our outdoor area on a daily basis.

 If you are interested in using our service, please pop in to the club to discuss your childcare needs with a member of our team or call us on 01450 379722.

 DOOSC Board (committee) Meeting

You may be aware that DOOSC is run by a dedicated board of trustees. 

We are always looking for people who are enthusiastic and motivated people who are keen to make a difference. This is your chance to have your say.

If you’re interested in joining our board, why not come along to our next meeting?

·          When?                    Date to be arranged

·          Where?                   DOOSC

·          Time?                     6.30pm

Meetings last approximately 1 hour. Refreshments will be available.

 

 

NOVEMBER 2015 NEWSLETTER                                     

 STAFFING:  We have a number of changes in staffing this month. We are very sorry to say farewell to Mrs Collette Smith in the ELCC. Mrs Smith has been with us for 8½ years but she has gained promotion to Senior Nursery Nurse at Lauder Primary School. We will miss her in the school. Another member of staff who is moving on is Mrs Grant. We are pleased for Mrs Grant that she has also gained promotion on a secondment to HQ but we will certainly miss her efficiency and attention to detail! Last week interviews were held for Mrs Scott’s replacement in the P7 class. There were several strong candidates for the post and we have selected Miss Kirsty Robson for the position. We are delighted to welcome Miss Robson to the school.  We are grateful to Mr Moncrieff for covering the class, however, as we are unsure of a starting date at the moment Mrs Scott will oversee the class with the help of Mrs Kane (formerly Miss Feakins) and possibly some other familiar faces!

 BOOK FAIR: Our Book Fair is taking place from Mon 2nd Nov - Thu 5th Nov.  All classes will have one session on Monday or Tuesday to have a look at the books and another session on Wednesday or Thursday to bring their money in to buy books.  Parents are welcome to visit the Book Fair after school until 3.45 p.m. There will also be an evening session on Wed 4th Nov 6.00 – 7.30 p.m. 

 FLU VACCINATIONS:  Flu vaccinations will be carried out from Mon 9th NovVERY IMPORTANT - If your child has asthma, and if he/she has an inhaler, please ensure that he/she has it in school that week.

 

ENROLMENTS:       PRIMARY 1 ENROLMENT for session 2016-2017 is from Monday 23rd Nov 2015 to Friday 27th Nov 2015.  There will be further details in the local press.  Please collect an enrolment pack from the school office or ELCC during Enrolment Week if you have a child who will be 5 years old before 28th February 2017.

 

ELCC (Nursery) Enrolment for session 2016 – 2017 will be in February 2016.  There will be further details in the press. 

 

IN-SERVICE TRAINING:  School will be closed on Thursday 12th and Friday 13th November for staff training.

PHOTOGRAPHER:  Please return photo orders to school by Monday 9th November so that we can get your prints back in time for Christmas.  Thank you.

 BACK PLAYGROUND: There are a number of children who like to play in the school grounds either after school or at the weekend. We are very happy for children to do so but we ask parents to check up on the children and ensure they are playing safely and responsibly. We have had some vandalism in the back playground and we do worry about children climbing on the roof to retrieve balls.

 HALLOWEEN DISCOS:  We had a fantastic turn out for the Hallowe’en Discos and £184.63 was raised on the night. Our thanks go to all the parents and staff who helped to organise and run the event. A very special thank you to Mrs Deas who stepped into the position of DJ following Mr Crawford’s departure! The children had a great time and it was super to see the effort they (and their parents) had gone to regarding costumes and face painting J

 QUIZ NIGHT: A Quiz Competition took place in school on Friday night to raise funds for the P7 Residential Trip in March.  Around 30 teams took part and the grand sum of £570 was raised.  This will go towards reducing the cost of the trip for each child.  Thank you to the parents who organised the evening, to Mr Tierney for setting up the hall and to Dougie Leithead for putting together a very enjoyable quiz. 

 DEVELOPMENT WORK: Parents in Primary 1 are aware of the changes we have made from the traditional classroom set up to a very active based learning environment. Following a recent visit from our Director of Education we were praised for the organisation and stimulating environments in Primary 1 and ELCC.

 We are planning to continue making changes to our learning environment throughout the school and have made a start on P2P and P2/3. Hopefully, the children will tell you about the changes but parents will also have the opportunity to find out more, through visits and look out for photos on our Facebook page.

 GUIDES BROWNIES CHRISTMAS POST:  Cards can be handed in at the school hall for the Christmas post on Wednesday 25th November from 5.00 – 6.00p.m.  The cost is 15p per card for the Hawick town area only.

 END OF TERM SERVICE The service will be held at Teviot Church at 11.00am on Thursday 17th December. This will be led by P4-5 combining it with their Christmas Concert.

CHRISTMAS CONCERTS: 

P1-3 - 2.00pm Wednesday 9th December.

P4-5 – 11.00am Thursday 17th December  

P6-7 - 6.30pm Wednesday 9th December.

 RAGBAG COLLECTION:  There will be a big Ragbag collection on Friday 4th December.  Donations of wearable clothing, belts and paired shoes are welcome from Tuesday 1st December.  Thank you to everyone who donates throughout the year.

 SCHOOL WEBSITE:  Following the installation of new computers at the school our school website suffered a number of technical difficulties which effectively meant that it could not be updated. However, these have now been fixed so the website has been slowly brought up to date. The website is run by pupils who attend computer club after school on Tuesdays and, among other things, it has information for parents, our latest news and examples of children's work.

The website address is: http://drumlanrig-st-cuthberts.scotborders.sch.uk/ 

Thanks to Ally Gordon for all his help resurrecting the website

 PARENT COUNCIL (FODS) The next FODS meeting is on Tuesday 3rd November at 6pm. Items for discussion include the school photographs and the cinema fundraiser which has been organised for Saturday 5th December, showing ‘Legend’.  The Parents would like you to receive copies of the minutes and details about who are members of FODS. The minutes will be emailed out to you through ParentPay. Members are listed below:

Representing:       MEMBERS

ELCC                     Tanya Domingo               

Primary 1               Suzie Douglas

Primary 2              Leigh Deas, Stacey Russell, Cheryl Hume, Donna Laidlaw

Primary 3              Kerry Crudge, Lynn Archibald, Heather Collinson, Lisa Lambert

Primary 4              Liam Scott                     

Primary 5              Julie Forrest, Michelle Lee

Primary 6              Cameron McAulay           

Primary 7              Fiona Carlile, Mandy Wood, Kirsty Hughes

 CLASS ASSEMBLIES: This session we are inviting parents to join us for their child’s class assembly. The assemblies take place on a Friday afternoon from 12.20 to 12.50pm.  The children normally prepare some information and songs related to what they have been learning in class. The following dates have been set:

20/11/15 = P5           22/1/16 = P4/5         4/3/16 = P2 & P2/3  

18/3/16 = P3            13/5/16 = P7s           17/6/16 = P1s

 ELCC:  ELCC is really sad to say “goodbye” to Mrs Smith.  After 8½ years, Mrs Smith has been a valued member of our team and we will miss her dearly.  We wish her all the best in her new post of Senior Nursery Nurse at Lauder ELCC.

Congratulations to Cullen on becoming a big brother to baby Elsie.  Ralfie is also joining the ‘big brother crew’ to twins Sonny and Phemie.  Our Autumn term has been great fun with secret garden adventures and Halloween parties, we are now looking forward to the Christmas term where we will no doubt have a jolly time.

 AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS:

Football:  Training sessions at the Astroturf. 

Wednesday – boys (P4-P7) - 5.00–6.00 p.m.

Friday – girls (P4-P7) - 4.00–5.00 p.m.

Rugby: Fridays 1.15 – 2.15 p.m. at Volunteer Park starting on 28th August

Computer Club:  The school website is being run by P7 pupils.  To see examples of children’s work, photos of school events, news of events, meetings etc log on to -

 

www.drumlanrig-st-cuthberts.scotborders.sch.uk

 

CRICKETTraining continues on Thursdays after school.

BADMINTON CLUB: Mrs Gordon is running the badminton club for P7 children this block. P7s are welcome to join us on Tuesdays from 3.20 to 4pm. Last session is on Tuesday 1st December.

 COMING UP IN NOVEMBER:

W/B 2nd Nov: Book Fayre, Flying Start, Linden/Wands Tag Tournament Sun 8th

W/ B 9th Nov: Flu Vaccinations, Flying Start, In-service training Thur 12th & Fri 13th (school closed to children)

W/ B 23rd Nov: Enrolment week for new P1s, Flying Start, Book Bug Packs for P1s, Christmas post on Wednesday 25th November from 5.00 – 6.00, Hawick Netball Competition @ Burnfoot Thur 26th, P4 Hawick Ceilidh Fri

27th, Christmas Parade Saturday 28th (for P2&P2/3)

Monday 30th Nov - St Andrew's day holiday.

 DRUMLANRIG PRIMARY - DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:

 

Monday 2nd – Thursday 5th November 2015

Book Fair Week

Thursday 12th November 2015

School Closed – In Service Training for Staff

Friday 13th November 2015

School Closed – In Service Training for Staff

Saturday 28th November 2015

Christmas Parade at 5.00 p.m.

Monday 30th November 2015

School Closed – St Andrew’s Day Holiday

Monday 21st Dec 2015– Monday 4th Jan 2016 inclusive

School Closed – Christmas and New Year Holiday

Tuesday 5th January 2016

New Term begins

Wednesday 13th January 2016

Photographer – classes and teams

Friday 12th February 2016

School Closed – In Service Training for Staff

Monday 15th February 2016 &

Tuesday 16th February 2016

School Closed – Holiday

Friday 25th March 2016

School Closed – Good Friday Holiday

Monday 4th – Friday 15th April 2016

School Closed – Easter Holiday

Friday 29th April 2016

School Closed – In Service Training for Staff

Monday 2nd May 2016

School Closed – May Day Holiday

Wednesday 29th June 2016

Last Day of Term

 

SCHOOL INFORMATION:

Drumlanrig St Cuthbert’s Primary School               01450 373521

Drumlanrig ELCC                                                 01450 379046               

Email:                enquiries@drumlanrig-st-cuthberts.scotborders.sch.uk                     

Website:           www.drumlanrig-st-cuthberts.scotborders.sch.uk

Drumlanrig Out of School Club                              01450 379722

 

DRUMLANRIG PRIMARY SCHOOL - ACHIEVEMENTS    

We are very aware that lots of learning happens outside of school and as a school we want to encourage pupils to share their experiences and successes. Therefore we would like to ask parents and carers to help us keep up to date with all the incredible activities and challenges that your children have been involved in. Each term, the children bring home their achievement sheet for you to add to, however, if your child has been involved in something that you would like us to share in the Achievement Bulletin then please complete the tear off slip and return to school so that we can recognise and celebrate their achievement.

 Description of success/achievement:

 

 

 

 

 

NAME __________________ CLASS ______ Signed ___________________

OCTOBER 2014-2015 NEWSLETTER                          

SCHOOL CLOSED Please note that the school will be closed for the October holiday from Monday 13th – Friday 17th.  The school will also be closed for in service training for staff on Monday 20th October, Thursday 13th November and Friday 14th November.  For a full list of dates for your diary, please see the end of this newsletter or our external notice boards, school website or Scottish Borders Council’s website, schools section.

 HEAD BOY/GIRL / HOUSE CAPTAINS: Congratulations to all the children who entered for positions as our Office Bearers. It is very hard to stand before your peers and staff and ask them to listen to your views and pledges before inviting them to vote but we are very proud of every child who was brave enough to step up for the challenge.  We are delighted to announce that our new Head Boy is Max T. and our Head Girl is Ava S. Well done to both of you!

Our House Captains are:

Teviot –     Millie D.             Cavers –            Jai P.

Dean –      Kay R.        .          Borthwick –    Martin G.

PHOTOGRAPHER:  The photographer will be in school on Tuesday 21st October to take individuals and family groups.  Families will be taken together unless we have written instruction that you wish your children to be photographed separately.  P7 children will automatically get individual photos taken as well as in family groups.

 SLEEPING BEAUTY:  ‘M & M Theatrical Productions’ are presenting their production of ‘Sleeping Beauty’ for our children on Monday 27th October.  The children have thoroughly enjoyed previous productions but, as you can imagine, these are very costly events. If you would like to make a donation of £1 towards the event we would be most grateful.

 HALLOWEEN DISCOS:  There will be Halloween Discos on Tuesday 28th October.  The children can come in fancy dress but they are not obliged to. No scary masks please! The cost is £1 which will entitle each child to one juice and a packet of crisps.  There will also be juice and crisps for sale.

                P1-3 at 6.00 – 7.00 pm              P4-7 at 7.00 – 8.00 pm

 CAKE SALE FOR MaCMILLAN: A very big thank you to everyone who contributed to the cake sale on Friday 26th August.  We raised over £200 for MacMillan nurses.  A fantastic effort by the pupil council, and everyone else that helped to organise it.

 BIKEABILITY: Bikeability is the new ‘Cycling Proficiency’ that is supported by Cycling Scotland. We are planning to introduce this training to the children in P5 and P6 this year, but before that can take place, we need adult volunteers who can help support the course! If you are interested in taking on this role you will be asked to complete a whole day (or 3 evenings) training course in the Hawick area. Please contact Mr Jones at school if you feel that you can help our children develop the essential skills for safe cycling on our roads.

 SCHOOL MEALS:  Please remember, anyone (including those who are entitled to free school meals) wishing to order a ‘Grab & Go’ meal on a Friday MUST tick the appropriate choice and return the envelope by 12.30 pm on a THURSDAY at the latest. If this is not done your child WILL NOT be provided with a meal and you will receive a Groupcall text informing you of this. Your child will no longer be asked on a Friday morning what they would like for lunch.  If you have any questions about the envelopes, payments or ordering system, please phone or call in at the school office.  

ENROLMENTSPrimary 1 Enrolment for session 2015-2016 is week commencing 17th November.  There will be further details in the local press.  Please collect an enrolment pack from the school office or Nursery during that week if you have a child who will be 5 years old before 29th February 2016.

 ELCC (Nursery) Enrolment for session 2015 – 2016 is also week commencing 17th November.  There will be further details in the press.  Please collect an enrolment pack from the school office during that week if you have a child who will be

3 years old before 29th February 2016.

 DONATIONS OF SCHOOL UNIFORM: Thank you very much to everyone who donated unwanted school clothes.  We now have a very good supply for when children need a change of clothes while in school. 

 WANTED – GARDENERS Can you spare a couple of hours a week to help keep our school grounds tidy?  We have a large playground and garden area which regularly needs tidying, pruning, weeding etc.   If you can spare some time each week to help, we would love to hear from you.  Please contact the school office if you are interested.

 PARTNERSHIP WITH PARENTS: The next Friends of Drumlanrig School meeting will be at 6.00 p.m. on Monday 3rd November. Everyone welcome!

 BOOK FAIR: Our Book Fair will take place from Monday 3rd Thursday 6th November.  All classes will have one session to have a look at the books and another session to bring their money in to buy books.  Parents are welcome to visit the Book Fair during the day or after school until 3.45 p.m. There will also be an evening session on Tuesday 4th November 6.00 – 7.30 p.m. 

 OPEN EVENING:  Thank you to all the parents, carers and friends who came to our Open Evening.  There were a lot of very positive comments and very good feedback on the work of the school. If you missed the chance to meet your child’s teacher and would like to speak to them before Parent’s Night in February (25th & 26th) please do not hesitate to contact the school to make an appointment.

 P1 ARE SHOPPING FOR SUCCESS!  As part of their topic on ‘THE STREET’ pupils in P1 went on a treasure hunt to find different items in our local shops.  The pupils visited the Butchers, Bakers, Jewellers, Opticians, Pet Shop and the Bank. P1 were praised by the shop keepers for their super behaviour and manners.  Many thanks to our parent helpers for supporting us on this excursion. The class were definitely Confident Individuals shopping for success on their trip!

 A P1A TREASURE HUNT AT MORRISON’S:  P1A visited Morrison’s as part of their topic on ‘The Street’.  The pupils worked in small teams to complete a simple treasure hunt to find particular items in the store.  The pupils were looking at the wide variety of items that can be bought in a superstore and how it impacts on their own lives.  (As an added bonus, the pupils also managed to see the massive turbines being transported through the town on giant lorries!)  Many thanks to all of our parent helpers who did an excellent job of supporting the pupils and to Mrs Armstrong and the staff at Morrison’s for making P1 feel so welcome. 

 RECYCLING Please note that donations to Ragbag should consist of clothing for reuse and recycling purposes. All adult and children’s clothing, paired shoes, handbags, ties and belts will be gratefully received.  PLEASE USE SMALL BAGS AS LARGE BIN BAGS FULL OF ITEMS STICK IN THE CHUTE.

 NURSERY:  In the light of recent changes to early years provision in school, the decision has been made to change the name by which our nurseries are known, in order to better reflect the aims of the service offered.  As of the time of this newsletter, Drumlanrig Nursery will now be known as Drumlanrig Early Learning and Childcare Centre (or ELCC).  Please rest assured that the change in branding will not affect the high standards of care and education that we have always strived to maintain, and that your child’s experience of early years education will not be impacted in any way by the new title.  We feel that it is important, however, that parents/carers be made aware of the changes as quickly as possible in order to prevent any potential confusion.

Enrolment Week 17th November - We would like to remind all parents/carers of 3 year old pupils (ante pre-school) that they must submit a new enrolment form to ensure their child’s place in the 4 year olds (pre-school) class.  If anyone you know has a child eligible to enrol for the next session (whose 3rd birthday falls before February 28th 2016), we would appreciate your help in making them aware of enrolment week so their children do not miss out on a place.

 AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS:

Football:  Training sessions at the Astroturf began last week. 

Wednesday – boys (P4-P7) - 5.00–6.00 p.m. Friday – girls (P4-P7) - 4.00–5.00 p.m.

Rugby: Training sessions for P4-7 children take place on Friday afternoons with Mr Bell and Rocky Johnston. Mr Bell will collect the children from the playground at 12.50 on a Friday and walk them down to the Volunteer Park. Training will finish at 2.15pm. League matches take place on Saturday mornings. Miss J Scott is the school contact person.

Netball: The school Netball club has resumed training on Monday afternoons from 3.20 – 4.15pm. Please contact Miss Hopkins if you wish to join.

Computer Club:  The school website is being run by P7 pupils.  To see examples of children’s work, photos of school events, news of events, meetings etc log on to -

www.drumlanrig-st-cuthberts.scotborders.sch.uk

 DRUMLANRIG PRIMARY - DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:

 

2014 / 2015

 

Tuesday 7th October 2014

Crucial Crew for P7’s

Thursday 9th October 2014

Hockey and Rugby Festival P6’s and P7’s

Monday 13th – Friday 17th October 2014

School Closed - Holiday

Monday 20th October 2014

School Closed – In Service Training for Staff

Tuesday 21st October 2014

School Photographer – individuals and family groups

Tuesday 28th October 2014

Halloween Discos

Thursday 13th November 2014

School Closed – In Service Training for Staff

Friday 14th November 2014

School Closed – In Service Training for Staff

Monday 1st December 2014

St Andrew’s Day Holiday

Friday 19th December 2014

Last Day of Term

Tuesday 6th January 2015

New Term Starts

Friday 13th February 2015

School Closed – In Service Training for Staff

Monday 16th and Tuesday 17th February 2015

School Closed – Holiday

Friday 3rd April – Friday 17th April 2015

School Closed – Holiday

Friday 1st May 2015

School Closed – In Service Training for Staff

Monday 4th May 2015

School Closed – May Day Holiday

Friday 5th June 2015

School Closed – Common Riding Holiday

Monday 8th June 2015

School Closed – Holiday

Wednesday 1st July 2015

Last Day before Summer Holidays

 SCHOOL INFORMATION:

Drumlanrig St Cuthbert’s Primary School               01450 373521

Drumlanrig Nursery                                            01450 379046               

Email:                enquiries@drumlanrig-st-cuthberts.scotborders.sch.uk                     

Website:            www.drumlanrig-st-cuthberts.scotborders.sch.uk

Drumlanrig Out of School Club                                              01450 379722

 DRUMLANRIG PRIMARY SCHOOL - ACHIEVEMENTS    

We are very aware that lots of learning happens outside of school and as a school we want to encourage pupils to share their experiences and successes. Therefore we would like to ask parents and carers to help us keep up to date with all the incredible activities and challenges that your children have been involved in. Each term, the children bring home their achievement sheet for you to add to, however, if your child has been involved in something that you would like us to share in the Achievement Bulletin then please complete the tear off slip and return to school so that we can recognise and celebrate their achievement.

 

Category of success/achievement – please tick:

Musical             Sport          Art                 Drama/Theatre/Performing Arts                 Dance

Awards/Badges from Uniformed Organisations     Voluntary Work Charity Work         Personal Challenge

Other (please specify):

 

Description of success/achievement:

 NAME _________________________________ CLASS ______ Signed ____________________

 

 D.O.O.S.C. Ltd

OCTOBER 2014 ACTIVITY PROGRAMME AND BOOKING FORM

            We provide a high quality, registered childcare service during the school holidays.  To discuss your  childcare needs please call us on 01450 379722 or pop in to the club.

DAY

A.M. SESSION 8.00 A.M. – 12.30 P.M.

P.M. SESSION 12.30 -5 P.M.

MONDAY

LOOM BAND CREATIONS

OUTDOOR GAMES

TUESDAY

JUNK PUPPETS

Wii FUN

WEDNESDAY

TRIP TO FARM

PLEASE NOTE THAT IF THE WEATHER IS VERY WET, WE WILL GO TO HARESTANES INSTEAD

THURSDAY

BISCUIT DECORATING

MOTTE PARK

FRIDAY

CHILDREN’S CHOICE

MOVIE TIME

 In addition to the planned activities, the children will have time for free play and outdoor play

 % --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

 PLEASE COMPLETE THE FOLLOWING SLIP AND HAND IT INTO DOOSC TO CONFIRM YOUR BOOKING.

Cancellation charges WILL apply to confirmed bookings.

 CHILD’S NAME  ______________________________________________  DATE  ________________

 Tick box to indicate booking

 

DAY

A.M. 8A.M.–12.30 P.M.

P.M. 12.30–5 P.M.

FULL DAY 8 A.M. – 5 P.M.

HOURS

MONDAY

 

 

 

 

TUESDAY

 

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY

TRIP DAY 8 A.M. – 5 P.M.

THURSDAY

 

 

 

 

FRIDAY

 

 

 

 

 

PRICES

 

Half Day

£12.80

Full Day

£20.50

Trip

£25.60

Hourly

£3.60 per hour

DRUMLANRIG AFTER SCHOOL CLUB LTD

DRUMLANRIG SCHOOL

LOAN

HAWICK

TEL:  01450 379722

EMAIL:  doosc2003@tiscali.co.uk

Company Number: SC303569                Charity Number: SC033739


NEW SESSION 2014-2015 NEWSLETTER                         

 I am delighted to welcome everyone back from what can only be described as a superb summer holiday! The staff certainly feel they have benefitted from the lovely weather we experienced this year and I hope the children also feel refreshed and raring to go. Our new Primary 1 children (42) have settled in very quickly and our new Nursery children are also getting to grips with their new routines. It is really lovely to see how excited the children are and ready to learn. We have a number of new children in the school (14) and we welcome them and their families to Drumlanrig.

We have an open door policy in the school which means we encourage parents to come in or phone us if you have any questions or issues so that we can deal with them promptly to ensure your child has the best experience of school that we can provide. We promote a partnership approach to educating the children and ask that you share relevant information with us so we can support your child in school. We also encourage you to get involved in the life of the school, from supporting your child with homework tasks to attending school events. We are always on the look out for parent helpers for trips, so if you have the time, then please get involved. J

We are looking forward to another busy and exciting year ahead. Look out for our monthly newsletter in your child’s bag and check out our website for information and reports about ourschool. www.drumlanrig-st-cuthberts.scotborders.sch.uk                                                                         Mrs Gordon

CLASSES AND STAFFING:

Headteacher: Mrs Gordon                         

Depute Head:    Mr Jones  

Depute Head:  Mrs Fairbairn                     

Principal Teacher: Miss Embleton

Nursery:   Mr Crawford                            

P1A:          Mrs Gibb

P1B:          Miss Thomson                           

 P2S:                 Miss  J Scott

P2/3:        Mrs Paterson                            

 P3B:         Mrs Boyle                

P4H:                 Miss Hopkins                      

       P4S:         Miss Smith               

P5E:         Miss Embleton/Mrs Smith         

P6S:                 Mrs Scott/Mrs Fairbairn

P6/7:        Miss Darcy                               

 P7H:                 Mr Hunter       

Music:       Mrs Lafferty                           

 PE:           Mr Thomson

Support for Learning Teacher:  

 Mrs Robertson

PCST  & PT cover (P5) - Mrs J Smith. PCST, Nursery & Learning Support- Miss Feakins

(Mrs Millan will replace Miss Feakins when she returns from maternity leave) 

SCHOOL CLOSED FOR REFERENDUM:  Thursday 18th September. 

NEW SCHOOL TIMES:  We are gradually adjusting to the new school hours and have made some changes to routines to ensure things run smoothly, especially the shorter day on a Friday. We will be asking for pupil and staff feedback on the breaks and lunchtimes and may make adjustments to these but there will be no change to the agreed start and finish times.

The teachers have a collegiate agreement for the additional non-teaching hours that they work. We have agreed to continue meeting on some Wednesdays after school to allow part-time members of staff to attend development work and staff meetings and some of our meetings will take place on Friday afternoons. Some of the Friday meetings may be in another school for cross-sector development work.

 BIKEABILITY: Bikeability is the new ‘Cycling Proficiency’ that is supported by Cycling Scotland. We are planning to introduce this training to the children in P5 and P6 this year, but before that can take place, we need adult volunteers who can help support the course! If you are interested in taking on this role you will be asked to complete a whole day (or 3 evenings) training course in the Hawick area. Please contact Mr Jones at school if you feel that you can help our children develop the essential skills for safe cycling on our roads.

SCHOOL MEALS:  Please put your payment in the envelope provided each week.  You may tick your child’s choices of meals (Mon-Thu) but your child will still be asked these days for his/her choice. Please indicate clearly your child’s full name, class and how much money you are putting in the envelope.  Cheques should be made payable to ‘Scottish Borders Council’. Anyone (including those who are entitled to free school meals) wishing to order a ‘Grab & Go’ meal on a Friday MUST tick the appropriate choice and return the envelope by a THURSDAY at the latest. If this is not done your child WILL NOT be provided with a meal and you will receive a Groupcall text informing you of this. If you order a ‘Grab & Go’ and change your mind it must be cancelled by Thursday morning or you will still be expected to pay for it. Similarly, if your child brings a packed lunch on a Friday and has already ordered a ‘Grab & Go’, the meal will still need to be paid for.  Your child will no longer be asked on a Friday morning what they would like for lunch.  If you have any questions about the envelopes, payments or ordering system, please phone or call in at the school office.

PACKED LUNCHES:  Please note we are a health promoting school and therefore we encourage the children to have a healthy balanced packed lunch, so no sweets or fizzy juice are allowed (plastic bottles and cartons only). Please limit your child’s packed lunch to roughly 5 items eg juice, sandwich, yoghurt, fruit and a biscuit, with wrappers/tubs that they can open easily.  Your child must remember to collect his/her packed lunch box at the end of the school day.

FREE SCHOOL MEALS AND CLOTHING GRANTS:  The Application Process is the same as last year.  Previous applicants will be issued with a form, it will be their responsibility to complete and return it with the appropriate evidence.  If you feel you may be eligible, an application form is available on the website www.scotborders.gov.uk (search for free school meals).  If you do not have access to a computer, we also have a small supply of forms in school which you can pick up from the main office. Please remember entitlement is not back dated.

SCHOOL UNIFORM – ONLINE ORDERINGThanks to all the parents and pupils for making a great effort to purchase the traditional school uniform. The children all look very smart. Please, please label all items, including packed lunch boxes, as we end up with a lot of lost property. If your child’s name is on all his/her belongings, when an item is found, it can be returned directly to him/her.

You are now able to order online and have your clothing delivered to your home.  There is a larger range of clothing available to order including trousers, skirts, shorts and hats.  Please go to:  http://www.border-embroideries.co.uk/select-school.php#d  or click on the link on our school website http://www.drumlanrig-st-cuthberts.scotborders.sch.uk. You will also be able to order the usual items from the school office.

PARTNERSHIP WITH PARENTSThe AGM for Friends of Drumlanrig School (FODS) will take place tonight, Monday 8th September at 6pm. Anyone interested in getting involved with FODS and fund raising activities, is very welcome to attend.

JRSO: The new Junior Road Safety Officers are Connie W and Josh w.  They attended their induction training in Galashiels and won a raffle prize for the school, a bike helmet, which they will be offering as a prize in one of their road safety competitions. They are looking forward to helping us all travel safely in and around Hawick.

RECYCLINGHere at Drumlanrig, we are actively recycling a number of products including milk bottle tops, old pens and textiles. We have a permanent Ragbag recycling bin in the staff car park, but we are continuing with our four monthly Ragbag textile recycling.  Please note that donations to Ragbag should consist of clothing for reuse and recycling purposes. All adult and children’s clothing, paired shoes, handbags, ties and belts will be gratefully received. 

PLAYGROUND:  Please note that the school is not insured for any playground incidents before 8.20 am when the Playground Supervisors begin their duties. If you require child care, then DOOSC will be happy to welcome you. REMINDER – no juice is allowed in the playground at break time or in class. Water only in bottles.

 CONTACT NUMBERSWe have sent home a yearly update form for you to look over and amend as necessary. Please send these back to school as soon as you can, and certainly by Monday 15th September.  Please ensure that the school has up to date contact numbers at all times as urgent messages will be sent by Groupcall text to mobile phone numbers.  Please check your mobile phone for messages during the day.

 PUPIL ABSENCES: It is the Council and school policy that we follow up pupil absences to ensure pupil safety.   It is really important therefore that parents telephone the school office on 373521 by 8.50 a.m. on the first day of absence and every day thereafter. Please also inform us if your child is not able to return to school after lunch. As a safety measure for the children we will follow up any unexplained absences with a Groupcall text to your phone. Thank you for your co-operation.

 NUT ALLERGIES:  We would like to remind parents that it is very important to never put nut related products in your child’s lunch box or for snack as we have a number of children (and parents connected to the school) who have severe nut allergies and we want to eliminate the risk of a reaction. Please be aware that chocolate spread often has nuts in it. Thank you to everyone who sends in empty cereal boxes etc for the children to use in school,   however, could we please ask that no packaging be sent into school which originally contained nut related products?  Thank you.

 APPOINTMENTS DURING SCHOOL HOURS:  Please note that we are not able to release children to go out of school on their own during the school day.  If your child has an appointment, please arrange to collect him/her in reception.

 HEADLICE: As usual we ask you to be vigilant and to check your child’s hair on a weekly basis and to only treat hair if you find any living creatures. Parents should inform friends and relatives if head lice are found and advise them to also check their hair. We would appreciate a phone call to us just so that we can monitor the situation.

 NURSERY:  All of our Nursery team would like to give a warm welcome to our new pupils, and a welcome back to our returning pre-schoolers.  We are also delighted to have two new members of staff, Mrs Wilson and Miss Law, joining the team this session.

We are already off to a super start this term, with all of the children settling in very quickly.  Pre-school pupils have now begun work on the Woodland Nursery project, led by Mrs Smith and Mrs Sharkey has had an excellent response to her new ‘Flying Start’ initiative, which aims to give parents, carers and grandparents the opportunity to work with their children in the Nursery environment.  If you are interested in taking part in either of these programmes, please see our sign-up sheets in the Nursery cloakroom – we are particularly short of volunteers for our Woodland Walks in the afternoon session, and may be unable to carry on if we do not have at least one adult helper for each outing.

 Childsmile Fluoride Varnish Visit (Nursery – Primary 7)

 Childsmile is an NHS programme set up within schools and nurseries all over Scotland to give children extra protection against tooth decay. The programme involves daily tooth brushing with 1000ppm fluoride toothpaste after snack or lunch, and twice yearly applications of fluoride varnish on to the children’s teeth, free of charge.  Fluoride varnish can be safely applied up to four times a year, therefore children who have it applied at their own dentist, every 6 months, could still have it applied within the Childsmile programme. 

 The Childsmile dental team will be visiting Drumlanrig Primary School on Monday 29th September to Wednesday 1st October to apply the varnish.  Letters have already been sent home in your child’s bag, please check to make sure the details and medical history are up to date.

If there are any changes to your child’s details or their medical history, please amend, sign and return the letter to school as soon as possible

 For more information, please contact Cheryl Tice, Oral Health Support Worker on 01450 364361 (Monday to Wednesday).  You can also visit the Childsmile website on www.child-smile.org or by following the link on the schools website. Thank you.

 Childsmile Shop:  The Childsmile Shop sells a variety of low cost Oral Health items including toothpaste, toothbrushes and water bottles.  Please come and find us at the schools open evening on Tuesday, 23rd September from 6 - 7 p.m.    Childsmile Shop is also available from Hawick Dental Centre.

 SCHOOL CLOSURES:  For a list of days when the school is closed, please see

below. Details can also be found on the external notice boards, School website and Scottish Borders Council’s website, schools section.

 SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT REPORT: A full copy of the School Improvement Report (SIR) and School Improvement Plan (SIP) are available to read from the school office or on our website.

www.drumlanrig-st-cuthberts.scotborders.sch.uk

 AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS:

Football:  Training sessions at the Astroturf began last week. 

Wednesday – boys (P4-P7) - 5.00–6.00 p.m.

Friday – girls (P4-P7) - 4.00–5.00 p.m.

Rugby: Training sessions for P4-7 children has started. ‘Rocky’ Johnstone has very kindly offered to continue coaching the children and he will be joined by Mr Bell who has undertaken the necessary training in order to coach the children. If any other parents would like to get involved and help out either on Friday afternoon training sessions or on the Saturday mornings once matches start, please contact Rocky or Miss J Scott at the school. Mr Bell will collect the children from the playground at 12.50 on a Friday and walk them down to the Volunteer Park. Training will finish at 2.15pm.

Computer Club:  The school website is being run by P7 pupils.  To see examples of children’s work, photos of school events, news of events, meetings etc log on to -

www.drumlanrig-st-cuthberts.scotborders.sch.uk

 

Company Number: SC303569             Charity Number: SC033739      

 

DRUMLANRIG OUT OF SCHOOL CLUB

 

A bit about DOOSC:  DOOSC is a professional, affordable child care service that has run by a volunteer management board. We are a registered service with a highly experienced and qualified staff team.  We welcome all children from the age of 3 years up to 12 years. Our service aims to compliment the school and we work closely with the school staff to encourage this.  We are open 50 weeks of the year, closing only for the Christmas holiday period and the Common Riding celebrations.  If you are interested in using our service or simply would like to have a look around, please feel free to pop in and see us, or call us on 01450 379722.

 Meet the Team

Manager:  Leona Richardson       Support Workers:  Eileen Davies, Siobhan White, Andrea Scott

 What we’ve been up to…..  We had a very busy time during the summer holidays, with trips, parties, themed days and activities galore. We enjoyed going trips to the beach, swimming, the berry farm and Harestanes. We also enjoyed visiting Bowhill and Harwood farm. The sunny weather meant we were able to play outside most days and we had fun building dens, playing football and using our imagination. Our sports day, when all the children were able to bring their scooters and bikes to the club, was a huge success! The children all had great fun making tracks and obstacles.  There will be lots of photos on display at DOOSC in the next few weeks, so keep an eye out and see if you can spot your wee one!

 DOOSC Opening Times and Sessions  We are currently open Monday to Friday from 8am until 5.30pm and to reflect the changes to the nursery and school hours, we now charge £3.60 per hour during the school term. Please note that holidays and in-service days are still sessional fees.

As a result of our parent survey at the end of last term, we are in the process of increasing our opening hours. Our opening hours will change to 7.30am to 6pm. We are currently liaising with the Care Inspectorate and hope to implement the changes in the next few weeks.

Below is a little information on the daily sessions at the club:

·           Breakfast club:                A nutritious selection of breakfast choices

                                            Child Smile Tooth brushing programme provided by NHS

Pre-school escorts to Drumlanrig nursery

·        Wrap around sessions:       Wide variety of activities

                                            Learning opportunities through play

                                            Professional childcare that compliments the school

                                            Collections and drop-offs to and from Drumlanrig nursery

·        Lunch club:                       Lunchtime routine to encourage sociability and independence

                                            Promoting positive attitudes to healthy choices

                                            Opportunity to socialise with peers

Please note that you are asked to provide a healthy balance in your child’s lunchbox, including at lease one piece of fruit or veg.

We also ask that you do not include more that ONE chocolate item, this includes yoghurts and biscuits.

·        After school club (Monday-Thursday):  Collection from Drumlanrig Primary school

               Healthy snack choices, in line with Scottish Executive guidelines                                      Informal learning opportunities, through play and a variety of activities

               Outdoor play opportunities

·        Homework club (included in After School Club)

               Assistance with homework, e.g. language, maths and projects

               Assistance with reading

               Please note that parents are asked to speak to a member of staff to “opt out” of              this service.

·        Friday Afternoons at DOOSC:

               Collections from Drumlanrig school and nursery

               2 healthy, nutritional snacks, in line with Scottish Executive guidelines

               A wide range of activities and play opportunities

               Opportunity to socialise with peers

 If you require child care or are interested in using the club, please pop into the club to discuss your needs with a member of the team.

 Referendum Opening Hours:  DOOSC will be open as normal on Thursday 18th September from 8am until 5.30pm.  As the school is being used as a Polling Station, regular bookings for the club will not be carried on.  If, however, you still require childcare, please let us know as soon as possible.   Please also note that if you are using the club, you CANNOT use the main gates or school car park throughout the day, as this will be used for access to the Polling station. 

Access to DOOSC may be gained only by using the Mote gates and walking along the side of the school (at the back). If you have any queries regarding this, please speak to a member of staff.

Staff News

During the summer, Siobhan (and our mascot Jojo!) took part in a 3 week volunteering programme in Morocco, where she worked in a variety of places, including working in orphanages, with street children and with children who lived on the surrounding mountains. Siobhan came back both exhilarated and humbled by her experience and hopes to do it again soon.

Danni has decided to leave DOOSC to pursue her dream of travelling more. She finished at DOOSC on Tuesday 19th August, however is going to remain on our supply list. Danni is currently on a 5 week trip to Africa where she is working with wild animals, focussing particularly on wild cats. She also plans to explore Cape Town during her trip. Everyone at DOOSC would like to wish Danni all the very best in her future and look forward to hearing all about her South African adventures.

We are delighted to welcome Andrea Scott into the DOOSC team. She has over 10 years experience in the social care sector and is looking forward to becoming part of the team at DOOSC. Andrea will be working as a full time support worker and starts at the end of the month.

DOOSC Board (committee) Meeting

We are always looking for people who are enthusiastic and motivated people who are keen to make a difference. You may be aware that DOOSC is run by a dedicated board of trustees. If you’re interested in joining our board, why not come along to our next meeting?

·        When?                   Date to be confirmed

·        Where?                 DOOSC

·        Time?          6.30pm

Meetings last approximately 1 hour. Refreshments will be available.

 DRUMLANRIG PRIMARY - DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:

 

2014 / 2015

 

Thursday 18th September 2014

School Closed - Referendum

Monday 13th – Friday 17th October 2014

School Closed - Holiday

Monday 20th October 2014

School Closed – In Service Training for Staff

Monday 1st December 2014

St Andrew’s Day Holiday

Friday 19th December 2014

Last Day of Term

Tuesday 6th January 2015

New Term Starts

Friday 13th February 2015

School Closed – In Service Training for Staff

Monday 16th and Tuesday 17th February 2015

School Closed – Holiday

Friday 3rd April – Friday 17th April 2015

School Closed – Holiday

Friday 1st May 2015

School Closed – In Service Training for Staff

Monday 4th May 2015

School Closed – May Day Holiday

Friday 5th June 2015

School Closed – Common Riding Holiday

Monday 8th June 2015

School Closed – Holiday

Wednesday 1st July 2015

Last Day before Summer Holidays

 SCHOOL INFORMATION:Drumlanrig St Cuthbert’s Primary School               01450 373521

Drumlanrig Nursery                                            01450 379046               

Email:                enquiries@drumlanrig-st-cuthberts.scotborders.sch.uk                      

Website:            www.drumlanrig-st-cuthberts.scotborders.sch.uk

Drumlanrig Out of School Club                              01450 379722

 


To download the current newsletter click here (MSWord)

MAY 2014 NEWSLETTER       

Text Box: COSTUMES FOR ‘THE BIG RETURN’:   Please send your child’s costume in to school on Friday this week (9th May).  Please make sure it is in a bag and the bag has your child’s name on it.  Thank you.

 

 

 

MAYFAYRE Contributions are now being accepted for the Mayfayre.  Please send in any books, bric-a-brac, baking etc.  Please come along on Thursday 8th May from 6.00 – 8.00 p.m. for coffee/tea/juice and to buy at our many stalls.

SCHOOL CLOSED FOR EUROPEAN ELECTIONSThe European Elections will take place on Thursday 22nd May, so the school will be closed to pupils on that day.

VISION 2014  - The Year of Heritage

This is the final year and final event of our Learning Community Vision 2014 project. Over the 4 years, we have planned and delivered a range of interesting and exciting activities and events for the young people in the Teviot and Liddesdale area with the help of volunteers and businesses in our local community.

In 2011, we held The Big Sing, in 2012 we had The Big Parade and in 2013 we held The Big Show. 2014, The Year of Heritage, was selected to tie in with the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Hornshole and the Common Riding celebrations. To help the children understand a little of the history of 1514 and the events that took place we have planned our final BIG event, The Big Return on 15th May 2014.

Please note this event is planned as a participation event for the children and not a performance for the public. However, we do not want you to miss out on this memorable day so we will be delighted to welcome you to The Big Return.

The event will take place at the field near Hornshole. Access for the public will only be on foot via Burnfoot, walking along the back road, to the top of the field. There will be road closures in effect from 8am - 3pm on the day along this road which joins the junction with Hamilton Road in Burnfoot to the A698 Denholm road. Therefore there will be no public vehicle access to any of the roads surrounding the field at any time during this period and this includes adjoining roads to Hassendean and Appletreehall. We are advising the public not to bring or park vehicles anywhere near the event, even near where the road closures are in force for health & safety and emergency vehicle access reasons.

 

The outline programme for the day is below:

9am -3pm Road Closed to traffic

9.30 – 10.30 Public make their way to the field, via the top road, from Burnfoot.

10.45 Children walk 3 routes to the field, road will be closed to the public

11.30 -11.50 Children have their lunch

11.50 Entertainment at each camp  (this is for the children’s benefit)

12.30 Hexham Raiders arrive (everyone quiet!!)

Re-enactment takes place (everyone quiet!!)

1.15 Cornet’s party  leave the field

Children perform

1.30 /1.45 Children walk back to PSA pitch along the top road

2.00pm Public leave the field

Please note, timings are approximate and there are no toilet facilities for the public. Primary School Children will be dismissed from their School / Nursery and not at the field. 

VISION 2014 PENS FOR SALEWe have Vision 2014 pens to sell at £1 each.  We have Blue, red, yellow, brown, orange.  These are available from the school office or at the Mayfayre.

1514 CONCERT: The annual 1514 concert will be held in the Town Hall on Wednesday 21st May from 7.00 p.m.  Tickets are available from the Crown Business Centre on Saturday 10th May from 9.30 am and thereafter from Border Video and TV Services, Sandbed.  Prices are £5 for adults and £3 for concessions.

 SCHOOL MEALS:  Packed Lunch orders are closed for ‘The Big Return’.  If you did not return a slip, please provide a snack for your child on Thursday 15th May.  Please remember any wrapping MUST BE DISPOSABLE.

We have some special themed lunch events coming up in May and June to celebrate the Common Riding and to say goodbye to the current P7’s.  Can we please ask that all orders are returned by the date stated, otherwise a packed lunch will have to be provided from home (there will be no exceptions).  A lot of time and effort goes into these days, by admin staff and the kitchen staff and they are enjoyed by the whole school so please help us to enjoy them even more by ordering on time. Many Thanks.

END OF TERM PRIZEGIVING:  This year our P4-7 Prizegiving will be on Thursday 19th June at 6pm.  P1-3 will be holding a special assembly on Friday 20th June at 10am where parents of children receiving awards will be invited to attend.    Please look out for more information in our June Newsletter.

COMMON RIDING:  We will notify you as soon as we find out when the Cornet is due to visit us on Thursday 5th June. As always, we would like to buy a gift for the Cornet and his party and would welcome any donations. This is a special year for our pupils, Rebecca, Carly and Oliver G as their parents are acting father and mother! The school will be closed on Friday 6th June. We are in the process of selecting children for the ‘relay roond the mair’. Letters will come home if your child is selected.

HEALTH & WELL-BEING: WOW!  Our Junior Road Safety Officers have organised a Walk Once a Week campaign, supported by Scottish Borders Council. They are actively encouraging all children to walk to school at least once every week. If you do bring your child to school by car, perhaps one day you should park a little further away and allow them to walk to school. If the children do walk once each week, they will be awarded a prize, given out at the end of each month. For children who catch the bus, we will organise an official ‘walk around the playground’ event each week at a break so that they do not miss out on their prize!

POSITIVE PARKING CAMPAIGN:  You will have recently received a joint letter from Police Scotland, Scottish Borders Council and Drumlanrig School explaining about the parking issues around the school, and some of the initiatives we are introducing.  WOW! is one of these. We are also introducing a ‘Positive Parking Campaign’ to encourage those children who are driven to school to consider the safety of everyone else around school. The Junior Road Safety Officers will be observing the parking of cars at the start/end of the day and during lunchtimes/Nursery pick up/drop off, and then make a decision as to whether, for that week, we are awarded a Red sad face, where there are lots of cars parked where they shouldn’t be, an Amber face where there are a few cars parked in the wrong place, or a Green happy face where all cars parked close to the school are parked correctly. We will share this information with you via the notice board at the school entrance, at assembly and in the newsletter, giving specific examples of not so good, parking, so you will know if we have noticed your parking, and your children will too! Please help us be green and keep green!                      

JUNIOR RIDE:  This year, the Junior Ride will take place on Thursday 22nd May.  The ride leaves from the Common Haugh at 6.30 p.m. prompt.  Riders to be ready and mounted by 6.15 p.m.  For more information, please see posters on the notice boards in school.  If you would like to put your child’s name down for the ride, the list will be on the wall outside the school office.  Names are to be in by Thursday 15th May.

SPORTS DAYS: 

P4-7 - Volunteer Park at 1.15 p.m. on Monday 26th May.

P1-3 Motte Park at 1.15 p.m. on Thursday 29th May. 

Parents and friends are welcome to come along and watch the fun.

HEAD LICEIn the past couple of weeks, we have had some parents reporting cases of lice in their children’s hair.  Please check your child’s hair regularly and only treat if you find evidence of eggs or lice.

DRUMLANRIG’S GOT TALENT: Well done to all the children who entered the Drumlanrig’s Got Talent competition. The standard of performances was very high and great to watch. Congratulations to Grace Gibb in P3 who won the competition. In 2nd place was Claire Osborne P6/7 and 3rd was Mairi Johnston P4. Great effort by all!

SIMON KNIGHT TROPHYJust before the Easter Holidays, Leah Dodd, P5S, was the winner of the Simon Knight Trophy for Good Citizenship.  Leah is always cheerful and polite. She always does more than she has been asked and is keen to learn. She is very helpful in class and in the playground, including others in playground games. Overall, Leah sets an excellent example to others.

ESCAPE PARENTING GROUP AND PARALLEL LINES:   This is the last chance to sign up to take part in the ESCAPE Parenting Group and Parallel Lines for parent/carers and their children in P7. The group will be on Friday mornings in Hawick Youth Centre from 9.15 am until 11.15 a.m., starting on 9th May for six weeks. The group is a great chance for parents and carers to develop confidence in parenting teenagers, to improve communication with their young people at this time of transition and to learn new skills to manage what can be a testing time for families. Contact Mrs Gillian Neish on 01450 373043 or 07776490433 for more information.

FRIENDS OF DRUMLANRIG – CINEMA FUNDRAISER:  ‘Sunshine on Leith’ featuring music by the Proclaimers, will be showing on Friday 23rd May, doors open at 7 p.m.   This is a fundraiser organised by FODS for our school fund.  Tickets are £7.50 per person which will include a glass of wine or soft drink.  Come along, bring a friend, and enjoy this entertaining film. Tickets can be purchased at the box office at Heart of Hawick.

ACTIVE SCHOOLS NEWSLETTER:  now available on website.

REIVERS FESTIVAL: Well done to all the children who took part in the Reivers festival. The children were highly praised for their drumming and performance in the church. The children taking part in the sports did very well, not least surviving the weather!

TRANMERE TRIP:  14 P7 pupils travelled to Liverpool on Saturday May 3rd to see Tranmere Rovers’ League 1 game against Bradford City. The pupils and 3 staff left school at 7:30am to allow them to complete a tour of Liverpool with stops at Aintree Racecourse, Goodison Park and Anfield, where football captains Isla M and Tom F added a scarf to the Hillsborough Memorial. The pupils then trained with the Tranmere coaches. Julia R, Tom F and Deacon L all being awarded prizes for their efforts. The pupils then saw Tranmere lose an entertaining and eventful match 2-1 to Bradford City. Sadly this meant Tranmere were relegated to League 2. The pupils then visited Liverpool's famous water front and saw the city's two cathedrals before heading home, via a chip shop on the outskirts of Liverpool.

SANSBURY’S EASTER ART COMPETITION:  Well done to all children who took part in this competition. Congratulations to Lily Farquhar in P2 who won.

NURSERYWe would like to say an enormous thank you to everyone who made our recent sponsored obstacle course such a fantastic success. Your amazing hard work and generosity have helped us to raise a combined total of almost £1500. The money will be used to purchase much needed resources for the Nursery which will hopefully be used for many years to come.  A quick reminder that all Pre-school pupils (AM and PM) will be attending the ‘Big Return’ event next Thursday 15th May. Please note that Nursery will be open at the usual times on that day for Ante Pre-school pupils only.  Finally, we are delighted to announce that we will be continuing the popular tradition of hosting the Nursery/P1 Common Riding Ball this year on Friday 30th May at 1.30 pm. All Nursery children are invited to attend and we look forward to seeing them in their finery on the day. Adult helpers who wish to put on their ‘glad rags’ are also most welcome – if you are available and would like to help, please see a member of Nursery staff.

AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS:

RugbyPlease return all rugby shirts to school with a note of your child’s name so that we can tick you off the list.  Thank you.

Cricket P4-P7:  Training takes place on Thursdays after school until 5pm at the Hawick & Wilton Cricket Club pitches.

PARENTING CLASSES:  Learn about Child Development at Burnfoot Community School, Kenilworth Avenue, Hawick:

·        Starts Monday 25th August 2014 and finishes Monday 22nd December 2014

·        Each Monday, 9.15am - 11.15am

·        Free crèche available

·        Course is free

·        Closing date for applications is Monday 16th June

If you are interested, please contact: Jane Graham, Community Learning and Development, Burnfoot Community School, Hawick on Tel: 01450 375147 or Email Jane.Graham@scotborders.gov.uk for an application form

DRUMLANRIG PRIMARY - DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:

2013 / 2014

 

Thursday 8th May 2014

Mayfayre

Friday 9th May 2014

P2 Farm Visit

Friday 9th May 2014

P6-7 Swimming Gala 5.30 pm Teviotdale Leisure Centre

Thursday 15th May 2014

The Big Return

Wednesday 21st May 2014

1514 Concert

Thursday 22nd May 2014

Junior Ride

Thursday 22nd May 2014

School Closed – European Elections

Monday 26th May 2014

P4-7 sports at the Volunteer Park at 1.15 p.m.

Thursday 29th May

P1-3 sports will be held in the Motte Park at 1.15 p.m.

Thursday 29th May 2014

Picnic Lunch

Thursday 5th June 2014

Cornets Visit to School

Friday 23rd May 2014 7.00 for 7.30 p.m.

‘Sunshine on Leith’ Cinema Fundraiser

Friday 6th June 2014

School Closed – Common Riding

Monday 9th June 2014

School Closed – Casual Holiday

Wednesday 25th June 2014

P7 Leavers BBQ Lunch

Friday 27th June 2014 3.15 p.m.

Break for Summer Holidays

SCHOOL INFORMATION:

Drumlanrig St Cuthbert’s Primary School               01450 373521

Drumlanrig Nursery                                            01450 379046               

Email:                enquiries@drumlanrig-st-cuthberts.scotborders.sch.uk                     

Website:            www.drumlanrig-st-cuthberts.scotborders.sch.uk

Drumlanrig Out of School Club                          01450 379722

DRUMLANRIG PRIMARY SCHOOL - ACHIEVEMENTS    

We are very aware that lots of learning happens outside of school and as a school we want to encourage pupils to share their experiences and successes. Therefore we would like to ask parents and carers to help us keep up to date with all the incredible activities and challenges that your children have been involved in. Each term, the children bring home their achievement sheet for you to add to, however, if your child has been involved in something that you would like us to share in the Achievement Bulletin then please complete the tear off slip and return to school so that we can recognise and celebrate their achievement.

Category of success/achievement – please tick:

Musical             Sport          Art                 Drama/Theatre/Performing Arts                 Dance

Awards/Badges from Uniformed Organisations     Voluntary Work Charity Work         Personal Challenge

Other (please specify):

 

Description of success/achievement:

 

 

 

 

 

NAME _________________________________ CLASS ______ Signed ______________________

 

Company Number: SC303569             Charity Number: SC033739      

 

DOOSC March 2014

What we’ve been up toDuring the April holidays we enjoyed going swimming and playing at the park. We also had fun taking part in the various Easter themed activities including and Easter eggs hunt, crafts, baking, Wii fun, outdoor play and lots more.

We were recently donated lots of new dressing up clothes. As you can see, the children have had great fun trying them out!

Face Painting and more at DOOSC  There will be face painting, a 5 ball pool challenge and table football at DOOSC during the school Mayfayre from 6-8pm. Why not pop in and have a go!

Election Day Opening Hours

You may be aware that the school will be closed to pupils on Thursday 22nd May 2014, to allow for local elections. DOOSC will be open from 8am until 5pm, if you require childcare, please pop in to the club to book your child’s space now.

As always, spaces are limited and are taken on a first come first serve basis.

Common Riding Opening Hours

As usual, we will be holding a Common Riding breakfast in the morning, with hot filled rolls and bagels. If you’d like to book your child in, please call in to the club.

Details of our opening hours are below.

o       Thursday 5th June 2014:  8am-3.15pm

o       Friday 6th June 2014       CLOSED

o       Monday 9th June 2-14:    8am-5pm

Summer at DOOSC

Our Summer Activity Programme will be available soon. We will be holding several themed party days and weekly trips as well as lots of fun activities. We will be open Monday to Friday throughout the holiday, from 8am until 5pm.

Please be aware, that spaces fill up quickly, so if you would like to book your child in, or would just like to know a bit more about our Summer club, please feel free to pop in to the club for a chat with a member of our team.

Below are details of our prices:

Half day (8-12.30pm or 12.30-5pm):   £12.80

Full day (8am-5pm):                        £20.50

Trip days (8am-5pm):                       £25.60  

We are also offering a drop in service, where you can use the club on an hourly basis for only £3 per hour!

DOOSC Board (committee) Meeting

You may be aware that DOOSC is voluntary organisation run by a dedicated board of trustees.  We are always looking for people who are enthusiastic and motivated people who are keen to make a difference.

If you’re interested in joining our board, why not come along to our next meeting?

·        When?              To be confirmed

·        Where?             DOOSC

·        Time?               6.30pm

Meetings last approximately 1 hour. Refreshments will be available.


 

APRIL 2014 NEWSLETTER  

REIVERS FESTIVAL: The children who are participating in the Reivers parade, drumming, sports and play will be meeting at the school at 9.00 am on Saturday 29th March for a Reivers breakfast. The children will then join in the parade which starts at 10.45 a.m. There will be some street entertainment before the children set off for the play and sports. The children will be drumming in the parade.  The Reivers Festival gets underway on Friday 28th March with a Scocha concert in the Auld Baths. On Saturday evening there will be the procession and fireworks followed by a Reivers Banquet in the Auld Baths. Tickets are still available online at www.borderevents.com/boxoffice or from Bannerman Burke on the High Street and ILF Imaging at the Sandbed.  A link to the Reivers programme can be found on our website: www.drumlanrig-st-cuthberts.scotborders.sch.uk

On Saturday, during the Reivers festival, there will be a costume workshop in the Textile Tower House, to share ideas with parents for The Big Return.

DRUMMING: Primary 6/7 and Primary 7 put on a fantastic performance to showcase the skills they have developed with the help of Mat ‘the Hat’ Clements. Primary 6/7 had a South American rhythm and P7 created a battle beat in preparation for Reivers and The Big Return. Well done to all the children and to Miss Burton and Mr Hunter who also took the chance to learn from Mat!

DRUMLANRIG’S GOT TALENT: Following auditions, a selection of children will be invited to perform in front of the rest of the school on Friday 4th April. Well done to all the children who auditioned and to those who got through!

RUGBY: There will be no more rugby for pupils this year as schools move on to other events and activities. Looks like we have been beaten by the weather once again! Training is still on this Friday and will be a fun session.

SCHOOL MEALS:  We have some special events coming up in May and June to celebrate the common riding and to say goodbye to the current P7’s.  Can we please ask that all orders for these events are returned by the date stated so that the kitchen can prepare for the events?  At our last themed lunch orders doubled on the day which made catering for the event very difficult for all concerned.  From now on, all orders must be returned by the date stated otherwise a packed lunch will have to be provided from home (there will be no exceptions).  A lot of time and effort goes into these days, by admin staff and the kitchen staff and they are enjoyed by the whole school so please help us to enjoy them even more by ordering on time. Many Thanks.

WATER BOTTLES: When your child brings home his / her water bottle, could you please ensure that it is cleaned regularly.  With all the coughs and colds going around at the moment, many of the children’s bottles are unhygienic and in need of a good wash!

SAINT MARY AND DAVID'S CHURCH VISIT Pupils in Primary 1 were delighted to be given a tour of the church as part of their RME studies on Places of Worship.  The pupils were able to see the Confessionals, the font, the Sacred Heart statues and even got to meet Father Jeremy.  Well done to Primary 1 who are RESPONSIBLE CITIZENS for finding out about different places. A big thank you to our parent helpers too!

JRSO ASSEMBLY - WEAR BRIGHT : The Junior Road Safety Officers, Fieron and Amy, led an assembly on road safety. As part of this they asked all the children to come into school wearing something bright to remind us all of how important it is to be safe and seen when you are out and near roads. There will be lots of other activities coming along soon, including Walk Once a Week with rewards for all!

COMMON RIDING BOOKLET: The Common Riding committee have produced a commemorative booklet with details about the forthcoming events celebrating the 500th anniversary of the battle of Hornshole. The booklets have been provided to the schools free of charge.

BIN IT TO WIN IT!: As an Eco School, we are always encouraging people to care for our environment! The Eco-Committee is working with other schools in Hawick to keep our school grounds tidy. They are watching out for us putting our litter in a bin, and someone, somewhere, will win a prize. But you have to bin it for a chance to win it, not just drop it on the floor!

SSPCAWe have had a visit from Amy who works for the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. She talked to all the children and shared lots of information in a fun way about wildlife welfare, farm animals and being animal friendly citizens. Thank you Amy.

ST. CUTHBERT'S VISIT:  Pupils in Primary 1 visited St. Cuthbert's church as part of their final visit on Places of Worship in Hawick.  The pupils were delighted to meet Mr Griffin who showed them round the church and explained all of its special features.  The pupils were able to see a huge stone font, seats for a choir, statues and stained glass windows of Saint Cuthbert and even the original giant key that opens the church door. Long ago St Cuthbert was known as being a 'Wonder Worker' and we think P1 pupils are wonder workers too for all of the hard work they have put into their studies of this topic!  Many thanks to Mr Griffin and to our parent helpers too.

SPORT RELIEF: A big thank you and well done to everyone who took part in our wear red for Sport Relief day. Your generous donations helped us to raise £285.40. 

NURSERY NEWS:  This month, the Nursery has started their Woodland Schools project.  All of the pupils have been extremely excited about the work they have done so far in Whitlaw Woods, and we have seen their confidence in the outdoor setting develop rapidly.  Thanks to our parent helpers, Mrs Gordon, Mr Miller and Mrs Reid – for going above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that the children have the best possible experience.  We are now looking forward to our spring fundraising obstacle course event which will take place on Wednesday 2nd April.  Thanks to all parents and carers who have been busy collecting names on their sponsorship forms.  All money raised will go directly towards buying new resources for the Nursery children.

Finally, we were absolutely delighted with the results of our recent inspection by the Care Inspectorate, in which the Nursery was judged to be ‘Excellent’ in 5 of the 8 categories assessed.  We would like to thank parents and carers for their lovely cards and kind words, as well as for the support they give us on a daily bases to ensure that we can achieve such a high standard.  Any success we have achieved is, of course, largely due to the fantastic pupils we have, and we would like to also thank them for all of their hard work, good manners and eagerness to learn.  You are amazing!

AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS:

Cricket P4-P7:  Until the Easter holidays, training takes place on Thursdays after school until 4:30pm in the school hall. After Easter, training will be at the Hawick & Wilton Cricket Club pitches.  

BADMINTON COMPETITIONCould all competitors for this weekend’s Hawick competition at Hawick High School please take note of the following. 

Please have:         Packed Lunch – plenty of water, Trainers for indoor sport

                             Photos/videos permission assumed for all participants

                        Finish time is likely to be mid/late afternoon

DRUMLANRIG PRIMARY - DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:

2013 / 2014

 

Monday 7th – Friday 18th April 2014

School Closed – Easter Holiday

Friday 2nd May 2014

School Closed - In-Service Day

Monday 5th May 2014

School Closed – May Holiday

Thursday 8th May 2014

Mayfayre

Thursday 15th May 2014

The Big Return

Thursday 22nd May 2014

Junior Ride

Thursday 22nd May 2014

School Closed – European Elections

Friday 6th June 2014

School Closed – Common Riding

Monday 9th June 2014

School Closed – Casual Holiday

Friday 27th June 2014 3.15 p.m.

Break for Summer Holidays

 SCHOOL INFORMATION:

Drumlanrig St Cuthbert’s Primary School               01450 373521

Drumlanrig Nursery                                            01450 379046               

Email:                enquiries@drumlanrig-st-cuthberts.scotborders.sch.uk                     

Website:            www.drumlanrig-st-cuthberts.scotborders.sch.uk

Drumlanrig Out of School Club                          01450 379722

DRUMLANRIG PRIMARY SCHOOL - ACHIEVEMENTS    

We are very aware that lots of learning happens outside of school and as a school we want to encourage pupils to share their experiences and successes. Therefore we would like to ask parents and carers to help us keep up to date with all the incredible activities and challenges that your children have been involved in. Each term, the children bring home their achievement sheet for you to add to, however, if your child has been involved in something that you would like us to share in the Achievement Bulletin then please complete the tear off slip and return to school so that we can recognise and celebrate their achievement. 

Category of success/achievement – please tick:

Musical             Sport          Art                 Drama/Theatre/Performing Arts                 Dance

Awards/Badges from Uniformed Organisations     Voluntary Work Charity Work         Personal Challenge

Other (please specify):

 

Description of success/achievement:

 

 

 

NAME _________________________________ CLASS ______ Signed ______________________

 

Company Number: SC303569             Charity Number: SC033739      

 

DOOSC March 2014

WHAT WE’VE BEEN UP TO …  Jojo has been on lots of adventures so far, including a trip to a knitwear factory, visiting the park, sleepovers and even a trip to Arran!! The children are enjoying looking after him and are all keen to take a turn to take him home!!  We’ve also been making the most of the dry weather! The children love playing outside more often and are making full use of all the outdoor resources!!

WELL DONE!  Everyone at DOOSC would like to say huge CONGRATULATIONS to the nursery staff for their fantastic Care Inspectorate Report! The 6’s were all very much deserved!!! ? C J

DOOSC Service User Survey:  With the changes to the school and pre-school days approaching, we are keen to gain your views about the club.  We will be giving out Service User Survey’s after the Easter holidays. It is vital for us to receive your feedback and opinions about the club to make sure we continue to provide a high quality service that meets your needs. Please look out for this in the next newsletter…YOUR OPINION MATTERS!!!

Easter Holidays & Special Offers: Our Easter Holiday Programme is also available. It’s packed with fun activities and trips…and all at very reasonable prices!  There are also several special offers available at the club over March & April. Check out our Programme and posters for more information. Alternatively, you can pop into the club to chat to a member of the team.

DOOSC Opening Times and Sessions             

·           Breakfast club:8-9am        £3.60                              

A nutritious selection of breakfast choices

Child Smile Tooth brushing programme provided by NHS

Pre-school escorts to Drumlanrig nursery

·        Wrap around sessions: 9-11.30am & 12.45-3.15pm     £5.65                 

Wide variety of activities

Learning opportunities through play

Professional childcare that compliments the school

Collections and drop-offs to and from Drumlanrig nursery

·        Lunch club: 11.30am-12.45pm      £4.60                 

Lunchtime routine to encourage sociability and independence

Promoting positive attitudes to healthy choices

Opportunity to socialise with peers

Please note that you are asked to provide a healthy balance in your child’s lunchbox, including at lease one piece of fruit or veg.

We also ask that you do not include more that ONE chocolate item, this includes yoghurts and biscuits.

·        After school club: 3.15-5.30pm   £6.15                                       

Collection from Drumlanrig Primary school

Healthy snack choices, in line with Scottish Executive guidelines

Informal learning opportunities, through play and a variety of activities

Outdoor play opportunities

·        Homework club 3.30-4.30pm (included in After School Club)

Assistance with homework, e.g. language, maths and projects

Assistance with reading

Please note that parents are asked to speak to a member of staff to “opt out” of this service.

DOOSC Board (committee) Meeting

You may be aware that DOOSC is run by a dedicated board of trustees.  We are always looking for people who are enthusiastic and motivated people who are keen to make a difference. If you’re interested in joining our board, why not come along to our next meeting?

·        When?              Date to be confirmed

·        Where?             DOOSC

·        Time?               6.30pm

Meetings last approximately 1 hour. Refreshments will be available.


MARCH 2014 NEWSLETTER     

DRUMLANRIG’S GOT TALENT: Its back! What’s your talent? Is it singing, dancing, juggling, acting, playing an instrument or telling some jokes. This is your chance to show off your talents and win points for your House. Auditions are the week beginning 24th March so get rehearsing now! The show will take place on the last day of term, 4th April.

 SPORT YOUR TRAINERS DAY:  On Monday 10th March, to celebrate Commonwealth Day ahead of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, we are having a “wear your trainers day” in school.  Pupils and staff will wear trainers and there will be activities for everyone to try at playtimes.  There is no cost – just wear trainers to school!

 PARENTS’ EVENING: Primary 7 parents are invited to attend a parents’ evening at Hawick High School on Wed. 30th April.

 ESCAPE YOUTH CAFÉAt their recent AGM and Prize Giving there were 29 members recognised for their volunteering and fundraising efforts who collectively volunteered 229 hours throughout 2013 assisting at fundraisers, events and meetings. Special Recognition Award's were given to the Best Fundraisers and Top Volunteer in each age group (Junior - primary and Senior - High School).  The Junior winner was Finlay D for both awards.  Welll done!  Also in the photo are Alyssa J and Jayden W.

 SPARE CHANGE OF CLOTHES   Thank you very much to everyone who has donated used clothes for our store.  We now have enough boys’ clothes to enable us to provide for those who need to be changed during the day.  However, we are still short of girls’ pants and socks.  If you have any your girls no longer need, please send them into school.  Many thanks.

 KINGDOM HALL VISIT:  Pupils in Primary 1 continued their studies of Places of Worship by visiting the local Kingdom Hall.  The pupils listened and behaved very well and asked lots of interesting questions.  Many thanks the Alan Richmond for letting the pupils visit and to our parent helpers who made this trip possible.

 BOOK AND BAKE SALE:  Well done to Mrs Millan’s Primary 6 class. They managed to raise £141.72 for charity. The children organised, advertised, collected and baked as part of their RME topic on Islam. They were learning about the 5 pillars of Islam which is about being kind and generous. The children decided a book and bake sale would be a good idea.  Thank you to everyone who contributed and who attended and spent their money!

 P1 VISIT TO THE BAPTIST CHURCH As part of their RME studies pupils in Primary 1 visited the local Baptist church to look at different symbols and artefacts related to Christianity.  The pupils were shown round the church by Vicky Payne and were able to identify pews and a piano and stained glass windows....but they were very surprised to find a pool!  Vicky explained that it was a Baptismal pool for when members of the congregation want to be Baptised.  The pupils were also given a sneak-peek at ‘The Well’ which is a nearby hall that is used by the church for its youth groups to meet in.  Many thanks to Vicky, our parent helpers and the all the P1 pupils who were RESPONSIBLE CITIZENS for finding out about something exciting in their community!

 FACEBOOK:  We now have our own school Facebook page. The purpose of this is to share information and send out reminders of what is happening in the school. A letter will be sent out soon regarding protocols which we ask parents to adhere to. We want our page to be very positive so please do not post any negative comments or indeed any questions. These should be raised in the normal way through personal contact (coming in or by phone), letter or via the school email. enquiries@drumlanrig-st-cuthberts.scotborders.sch.uk Please remember that parents must not put any school photos on their personal Facebook as permission is required. 

 DANGER ON THE INTERNET: A parent of children in our school has brought this worrying situation to our attention:  When using a popular messaging device 'oovoo' to chat with friends, the child was nastily harassed by a stranger (supposedly a 16 year old from Australia...but has apparently been working for 3 years). He had gone to the extent of attempting to have the child send personal photos and videos but fortunately the child had the sense to tell the parent. Due to an increasing number of cases of pupils finding themselves in vulnerable situations through social media sites, we have arranged for PC Gavin Liddle to deliver a parent information session on Thursday 24th April at 6.30pm.  This session, for parents only, will cover how you can stay on top of social media with your child, and provide some good tips on parental controls etc. A reminder of this event will be set nearer the time and we strongly recommend that parents attend if possible.

 NESTLE BOX TOPS:  The Box Tops are finishing this month, so could we please ask if you could send in any that you have by the end of this month?  Many thanks to everyone who have sent these in over the past few years.

 FARMHOUSE BREAKFAST: Well done to Miss Scott’s Primary 2 class for their entry to the Farmhouse Breakfast competition. The children were delighted to hear that not only had they won the Primary 2 section and a cooked breakfast and farm visit, they had also won the P1-3 overall section and a WH Smith gift voucher for £50! Thanks to Mrs Whillans for helping the children create their poster (pictured above the girls) and to Erin for her caption. Erin and Chloe represented the class at council headquarters where they received their certificate and gift token. The children will enjoy their cooked breakfast on Thursday 13th March and a farm trip on 9th May.

 DOGS FOULING IN THE PLAYGROUND: We had some distressed pupils last week when they became covered in dog mess when working in the school’s garden area.  If you are aware of anyone allowing their dogs into the playground, please let us know and we will check our CCTV recordings.  We hope that our neighbours will also let us know so that we can tackle this disgusting problem.

 DOG FOULING ON THE LOAN: Our local councillor, Mr Davie Paterson, is concerned about dog fouling on the Loan. He has asked if anyone has information about this or any complaints that they should contact him. DPaterson@scotborders.gov.uk Our pupil council have carried out a survey and will be sending Mr Paterson the results.

 Childsmile Fluoride Varnish Visit (Nursery – P7):  The Childsmile dental team will be visiting Drumlanrig Primary between Monday 24th and Wednesday 26th March to apply the varnish.  Letters have already been sent home in your child’s bag, please check to make sure the details and medical history are up to date.  If there are any changes to your child’s details or their medical history, please amend, sign and return the letter to school as soon as possible.  For more information, please visit the Childsmile website on www.child-smile.org or by following the link on the schools website. Thank you.The Childsmile Shop sells a variety of low cost Oral Health items.  If you would like to place an order please return your order form and payment to the school in the envelope provided.  The orders will be delivered to school on Monday 24th March.

 PEN RECYCLING:  We are actively collecting old pens! Everything can be collected regardless of their brand or material - ballpoint pens, felt tips, mechanical pencils, markers, highlighters and correction fluid containers (no wooden pencils and crayons).

 CROSS COUNTRY: Well done to all the children who participated in the Teviotdale Harriers P6/7 Cross Country Championships. Staff and parents were delighted to see Jai P cross the line first, having led most of the way! Megan L did very well to come 3rd in the girls’ race. Thanks to Jai, Tom, Martin, Deacon l and Mattie n, the boys collected the boys’ team trophy and Megan l, Sophie A., Amy j, Alix p and Natalia’s t results contributed to the overall scores to give Drumlanrig the overall school champions!!! 

 NURSERY NEWS This February, we started our topic on ‘Castles’.  We have been learning all about the names for different parts of a castle, and the children have been especially excited by all of the new dressing up clothes they have found in our Castle Corner.  Princes, Princesses, dragons and knights have all been spotted roaming around the Nursery in the last few weeks, and we have made crowns, shields and wonderful tapestries.We are now preparing for our ‘Woodlands School’ project, which will start on Thursday 6th March and we would like to remind parents and carers that warm, waterproof clothing and plenty of layers are essential to ensure that the children are well protected from whatever weather we may encounter.  We are all very excited to be heading up to Whitlaw Woods again after having had such a super time last session, and we are sure that the children will have a fantastic experience and learn a great deal about nature as well as teamwork and co-operation.

EXCELLENT news just in – The Nursery were recently inspected by the Care Inspectorate and we heard yesterday that they have awarded us an EXCELLENT for Quality of Care and Support and 3 VERY GOODS for Quality of Environment, Quality of Staffing, Quality of Management and Leadership. Within each of the Very Good categories we received an Excellent. As far as we are aware, Drumlanrig is the first Nursery (school & private sector) not only to get an excellent in Hawick but across the Borders! Well done to all our Nursery staff for their excellent work and continued commitment to the children. Excellent is 6 on the Care Inspectorate scale, hence the balloon:)

 PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT: Thank you to those who have completed the school survey. Your views are very important to us and will help us identify what you feel our strengths are and what we need to develop and improve on. Please return the form to school by 14th March.

 SUPERBOWL: A team has been selected to play bowls at the Teviotdale Leisure Centre on Saturday 15th March from 9-11am. Children who are taking part should have received a letter.

 CURLING: The Primary 7 children have been across to Kelso to try out curling. A team has been selected to play in the Borders tournament and will travel across to Kelso on Tuesday 18th March.

 BADMINTON: The Hawick badminton club are running their annual badminton competition on Sunday 30th March from 9.30am. Entry forms can be collected and returned to the school office. We would like a strong turnout for the event as we have never lost the overall team trophy!

 DRUMMING: Primary 6/7 and 7 have been learning about The Big Drum Experience. They will be performing with the drums at The Reivers festival, The Big Return and The Queen’s Baton Relay. To show off what they have been learning the children will be performing at a special assembly on Wednesday 19th March at 2pm. Parents, Grand parents and members of the local community are welcome to attend.

 STAFFING: Today is the last day for Mrs Millan with Primary 6. Mrs Millan starts her maternity leave today and we wish her all the best for the safe arrival of her baby. We are delighted to welcome back Miss Feakins who will take over responsibility for Primary 6 alongside Mr Williams who will be in the class on Thursdays and Fridays.

 AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS:

Football: Football training Boys - Wednesday 5-6pm Astroturf - pupils to make their own way to training. Girls - Friday 4-5pm – pupils will be accompanied down to the Astroturf. P2 – Wednesday lunch times in school.

 Rugby: Training has resumed on Friday afternoons 3.15 – 4.15 at the Volunteer Park. Our next match will be played at Wilton Park pitches. Children should arrive at the changing rooms at 8.30 am to warm up; ready to start play at 9am. Our new strips obviously made a difference as both our teams won their first 2 matches last week! We have a number of very old rugby shirts which we are clearing out and selling for just £2. If you would like to purchase one for training or just as a keepsake please hand your money to Mrs Hedley on a first come basis.

 Cricket P4-P7:  Until the Easter holidays, training takes place on Thursdays after school until 4:30pm in the school hall. After Easter, training will be at the Hawick & Wilton Cricket Club pitches.

 BASKETBALL CLUB:  The Hawick Basketball competition takes place on Thursday 20th March from 4-6pm at Hawick High School games hall.

 DRUMLANRIG PRIMARY - DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:

2013 / 2014

 

Monday 7th – Friday 18th April 2014

School Closed – Easter Holiday

Friday 2nd May 2014

School Closed - In-Service Day

Monday 5th May 2014

School Closed – May Holiday

Thursday 22nd May 2014

School Closed – European Elections

Friday 6th June 2014

School Closed – Common Riding

Monday 9th June 2014

School Closed – Casual Holiday

Friday 27th June 2014 3.15 p.m.

Break for Summer Holidays

 SCHOOL INFORMATION:

Drumlanrig St Cuthbert’s Primary School               01450 373521

Drumlanrig Nursery                                            01450 379046               

Email:                enquiries@drumlanrig-st-cuthberts.scotborders.sch.uk                     

Website:            www.drumlanrig-st-cuthberts.scotborders.sch.uk

Drumlanrig Out of School Club                              01450 379722

 

Company Number: SC303569                              Charity Number: SC033739               

DOOSC MARCH 2014

What we’ve been up to…..  We have a new mascot at DOOSC. The children all gave suggestions for his name and we whittled it down to three. The children then voted in a secret voting station. After a week of voting, we counted the votes. The results were as follows:

·        Dave: 14 votes

·        Bruce: 16 votes

·        Jojo: 24 votes

And so…our mascots name is Jojo.  We plan for the children to take turns in looking after Jojo, taking him with them to places and activities. Jojo will also have a diary where the children can write and draw about what they have done together.

 WHAT’S YOUR THOUGHTS??  With the new nursery and school days due to be announced, we are looking for your views on our service.Currently, we charge per session, however are now looking in to changing this to hourly rates. Would this affect how you use the club?  We would also like your feedback about our current opening hours (8am-5.30pm). Do you need childcare out with these hours?   Your feedback is vital in allowing us to provide a childcare service that meets your needs…please pop in or contact us to let us know your views. Huge thanks!

DOOSC Opening Times and Sessions

·           Breakfast club:8-9am        £3.60                              

·        Wrap around sessions: 9-11.30am & 12.45-3.15pm     £5.65                 

·        Lunch club: 11.30am-12.45pm      £4.60                 

·        After school club: 3.15-5.30pm   £6.15                                       

·        Homework club 3.30-4.30pm (included in After School Club)

If you require child care or are interested in using the club, please pop into the club to discuss your needs with a member of the team.

HOLIDAYS AND IN-SERVICE DAYS:  We are open from 8am-5pm on the April holidays (Mon 7th to Fri 18th April 2014) and are now taking bookings.

Prices are as follows:

·        8-12.30pm = £12.80

·        12.30-5pm = £12.80

·        8-5pm = £20.50

Our Activity Programme will be available in the next week or so.

Pop in to discuss your childcare needs with a member of staff.

 DRUMLANRIG PRIMARY SCHOOL - ACHIEVEMENTS    We are very aware that lots of learning happens outside of school and as a school we want to encourage pupils to share their experiences and successes. Therefore we would like to ask parents and carers to help us keep up to date with all the incredible activities and challenges that your children have been involved in. Each term, the children bring home their achievement sheet for you to add to, however, if your child has been involved in something that you would like us to share in the Achievement Bulletin then please complete the tear off slip and return to school so that we can recognise and celebrate their achievement.

Category of success/achievement – please tick:

Musical             Sport          Art                 Drama/Theatre/Performing Arts                 Dance

Awards/Badges from Uniformed Organisations     Voluntary Work Charity Work         Personal Challenge

Other (please specify):

 

Description of success/achievement:

NAME _________________________________ CLASS ______ Signed ______________________


FEBRUARY 2014 NEWSLETTER                   

Nursery Enrolment for session 2014–2015 is week commencing 17th February.  There will be further details in the press.  Please collect an enrolment pack from the school office during that week if you have a child who will be 3 years old before 28th February 2015.

SCHOOL PHOTOGRAPHER: The children have been given proofs of their class and team photos. Please return these to school with your order by Friday 14th February

PARENTS’ EVENING Please remember parents evening takes place on Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th of February.   If you have not returned your reply slip, please do so as soon as possible.  Primary 7 parents are also invited to attend a parents’ evening at Hawick High School on Wed. 30th April.

 CONGESTION AT THE SCHOOL GATE: Many of you will be aware of the congestion at the school gate at the end of the day. We encourage the children to leave the school in a sensible and responsible manner, however, it can be difficult for the children to navigate their way through the crowds especially if there are buggies and scooters around. Perhaps with spring arriving soon, it’s time to give your children that little bit of extra responsibility and independence and ask them to meet you a bit higher up or further down the road, especially if they are that little bit older? This could also be a great idea if you pick them up in the car, as they get that bit more exercise. Just arrange a good place to meet where it is easy to park the car!

 FACEBOOK:  We are in the process of setting up a school Facebook page. The purpose of this will be to share information and send out reminders of what is happening in the school. Please remember that parents must not put any school photos on their personal Facebook as permission is required. 

 HOME DINNERS: The children who go home for lunch are dismissed on the second bell at 12.20pm. Parents who are collecting their children, and in particular parents of Primary 1 children, should meet their child inside the gate so that we know they have been collected safely.

DOGS IN THE PLAYGROUND: Please do not bring your dog onto the school premises. This is for the safety of our children and you’re pet. If you bring your dog with you when you meet your child, please can we encourage you to stay away from the school entrance as there is always lots of movement and noise? Thank you!

 DOG FOULING: Our local councillor, Mr Davie Paterson, is concerned about dog fouling on the Loan. He has asked if anyone has information about this or any complaints that they should contact him. DPaterson@scotborders.gov.uk Our pupil council plan to carry out a survey and send Mr Paterson the results.

 DROPPING OFF CHILDREN:  It’s pleasing to see that there are fewer cars attempting to park on the yellow zig zag lines and double yellow lines after school. This is a great boost for our children’s safety! However, please remember why we discourage this – we don’t want an accident outside school involving your children! Please be aware that stopping on the yellow lines and dropping your child at the kerbside before school also creates a danger for other road users, Mrs Robertson our ‘Lollypop’ Lady, and your children’s friends!  

 Childsmile Fluoride Varnish Visit (Nursery – P7): Childsmile is an NHS programme set up within schools and nurseries all over Scotland to give children extra protection against tooth decay. The programme involves daily tooth brushing with 1000ppm fluoride toothpaste after snack or lunch, and twice yearly applications of fluoride varnish on to the children’s teeth, free of charge.   Fluoride varnish can be safely applied up to four times a year, therefore children who have it applied at their own dentist, every 6 months, could still have it applied within the Childsmile programme. 

The Childsmile dental team will be visiting Drumlanrig Primary between Monday 24th and Wednesday 26th March to apply the varnish.  Letters have already been sent home in your child’s bag, please check to make sure the details and medical history are up to date.  If there are any changes to your child’s details or their medical history, please amend, sign and return the letter to school as soon as possible.  For more information, please visit the Childsmile website on www.child-smile.org or by following the link on the schools website. Thank you.

The Childsmile Shop sells a variety of low cost Oral Health items.  If you would like to place an order please return your order form and payment to the school in the envelope provided.  The orders will be delivered to school on Monday 24th March.

 RAGBAG COLLECTION: We are having another Ragbag Textile Collection on Friday 28th February.  The bags will be coming out soon! Please aim to have all bags returned to school by Thursday 27th February. Thanks to you we have earned over £500 over the last 6 months which has been used to enhance the school grounds!

 Primary 1...Get to the Church On Time As part of their RME work all of the pupils in Primary 1 visited Mr. Combe at Teviot Church to look at different symbols and artefacts that could be found in a Christian church.  The pupils had a short tour round the church and then took part in a Treasure Hunt where they had to work in teams and use a digital camera to find things in the church like the font, the pulpit and the pews.... The following week Mr Combe then came to visit both P1 classrooms to see the pupils' written work.  He was delighted to find that the pupils had not only worked well in their jotters but had created classroom displays and toy models of a church!  Well done to all the P1 pupils who are RESPONSIBLE CITIZENS for finding out about peoples' beliefs.  Many thanks to Mr Combe for working with the pupils and to our parent helpers, who accompanied us on our trips.

 PARENT CONSULTATION: Scottish Borders Council is carrying out a consultation on the Asymmetric Week. There will be a public meeting at Hawick High School on Tuesday 18th February at 6.30pm. E&LL senior managers will attend the meeting along with a number of head teachers, representing the learning community. The on line consultation is now live on the council website www.scotborders.gov.uk/schoolweek Paper copies of the consultation are also available from the school office.

PEN RECYCLING:  We are actively collecting old pens! Everything can be collected regardless of their brand or material - ballpoint pens, felt tips, mechanical pencils, markers, highlighters and correction fluid containers (no wooden pencils and crayons). For each pen we send away, we will be awarded 2 pence! Please send them into school with your children or drop them off at the office, perhaps wrapped in a plastic bag to avoid any leaks! Perhaps your workplace, family or friends can collect them too?  

NURSERY NEWS The month of January ended for the Nursery children with a celebration of two important winter festivals. First we learned all about Scotland in preparation for Burns’ Night.  We discussed Scots vocabulary, stories and poems and enjoyed a delicious Burns’ Supper snack of haggis, neeps and tatties. The following week, we found out about China, and the customs and traditions of the Chinese New Year.  Special thanks to Grant and Cindy’s parents who generously provided the afternoon class with a wonderful Chinese banquet from their restaurant, the Laughing Buddha.  We were the envy of the school as the lovely smell of spring rolls, noodles and fried rice rose up through the corridors!  The children also received an envelope of lucky pennies each; in keeping with New Year custom and broke open their fortune cookies to see what the future might bring.

Children in the morning class were delighted to receive a letter and photographs from our friend, Tita, who is currently taking a break from Nursery to visit relatives in Thailand.  It sounds like Tita is having a super time, and is certainly experiencing much better weather than we are!

Finally, parents and carers of pre-school children should soon be receiving details of our Woodland Schools outings.  Unfortunately, we were unable to start these visits earlier in the session as originally planned, but staff is now ready and raring to go.  In preparation for this, we would ask you to ensure that all children have appropriate clothing for working outdoors.  Warm and waterproof clothes are essential, as we could be facing traditional Scottish winter weather.

SAINSBURY’S VOUCHERS Yes, it’s that time of year! Yes, we’re actively collecting the vouchers!  Last year we were able to collect enough for extra equipment for athletics and games, along with items that will develop our outdoor learning activities. Please send any vouchers into school. Remember to ask your family, friend and work colleagues to collect for us too!

  ******UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY FOR PARENTS TO ASK THE QUESTIONS THAT MATTER TO THEM ABOUT KEEPING THEIR CHILDREN SAFE ONLINE ******

If you could ask Facebook, Twitter, Xbox or BT a question, what would it be?

There was a panel of experts from Facebook, Twitter, Xbox & BT who were answering questions about keeping children and families safe on the internet on 30 January in Belfast. The film will become part of our SIDtv programme on Safer Internet Day, 11 February 2014.

SIDtv will have special programmes for young children and young people aged 11 -16 too on the day, so encourage them to tune in too to find out more about being safe on the internet!

www.saferinternet.org.uk       @UK_SIC     www.facebook.com/saferinternetuk Join the Safer Internet Day supporters list  Join the Thunderclap - register now to join the tweet campaign on #SID2014

'Let's create a better internet together' #SID2014

 RECRUITMENT for SCOTTISH BORDERS  CHILDREN'S PANEL:
Have you an interest in helping vulnerable young people, most of whom have not committed any crime, some time you can commit? No Qualifications/experience needed as full training is given. What panel members gain: Satisfaction in making the best decisions to help vulnerable children, Development of skills often helpful in employment e.g. decision making, team working, analysing information, better understanding of your own children etc.

In this recruitment we are particularly encouraging applications from MALES over 18 as they are currently under represented in Scottish Borders.

To find out more - Contact Jackie Knox 
01620827379  jknox@eastlothian.gov.uk  or Fiona Henderson  01835826502   fhenderson@scotborders.gov.uk Website www.chsscotland.gov.uk

WAR HORSE: Children in Primary 6 & 7 will be studying World War 1 as their topic next term. To give them a flavour of what they will be studying the children were offered the chance to see War Horse at the Festival Theatre in Edinburgh. War Horse is a children's novel by Michael Morpurgo. The story recounts the experiences of Joey, a horse purchased by the Army for service in World War I and the attempts of young Albert, his previous owner, to bring him safely home. The story is very powerful and emotional. The play was produced by the National Theatre and the children thoroughly enjoyed watching the puppeteers tell the story and they gained a lot from the experience. Our thanks go to Mrs Peacock for bringing this opportunity to our attention and to Mrs Beattie, Mrs Millan and Miss Burton for accompanying the children at the end of a long week!

ROXBURGH SINGERS: We were delighted to be invited to sing with the Roxburgh Singers recently. A choir of children from P4 to P7 prepared several songs with Mrs Lafferty and Ms Dodd to perform at Teviot Church. Miss Burton accompanied the children and said they were a real credit to the school. The Roxburgh Singers were so pleased with the children’s involvement that they have donated £100 for the school to buy something musical!

AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS:

Football: Football training continues throughout the winter months. Please ensure that your child is properly dressed to take account of the colder and wetter weather. New players are always welcome at training:

Boys - Wednesday 5-6pm Astroturf - pupils to make their own way to training.

Girls - Friday 4-5pm – pupils will be accompanied down to the Astroturf.

P2 – Wednesday lunch times in school.

 Rugby: Training has resumed on Friday afternoons 3.15 – 4.15 at the Volunteer Park. The first match is on Saturday morning. Children should report to the Wilton Park changing rooms (near the walled gardens) at 8.30am. The team have had their photo taken with SBHA representatives, our sponsors of our new rugby shirts, for the Hawick News. The attached photo has a selection of players with coach Rocky Johnston. Anyone who still needs a new shirt should return their old shirt to Mrs Gordon and collect their new shirt. New players are invited to join the team and will be given registration letters before receiving their strip.

 BADMINTON:  Mrs Grant is offering one more session to children in Primary 6 on Tuesday from 3.15 to 4pm.

Cricket P4-P7:  Until the Easter holidays, training takes place on Thursdays after school until 4:30pm in the school hall. After Easter, training will be at the Hawick & Wilton Cricket Club pitches. Sessions will be lead by award winning Hawick & Wilton CC coach Allan Moffat. New players of any experience and ability are always welcome.

COMPUTER CLUB:  The school website is being run by P7 pupils.  To see examples of children’s work, photos of school events, news of events, meetings etc log on to  

www.drumlanrig-st-cuthberts.scotborders.sch.uk

DRUMLANRIG PRIMARY - DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:

2013 / 2014

 

 

 

Friday 7th February 2014

School Closed - In-Service Day

Monday 10th February 2014

School Closed - February Holiday

Mon 17th – Fri 21st February 2014

Nursery Enrolment week for 2014-2015

Wed 19th & Thurs 20th February

Parents’ Evenings

Monday 7th – Friday 18th April 2014

School Closed – Easter Holiday

Friday 2nd May 2014

School Closed - In-Service Day

Monday 5th May 2014

School Closed – May Holiday

Thursday 22nd May 2014

School Closed – European Elections

Friday 6th June 2014

School Closed – Common Riding

Monday 9th June 2014

School Closed – Casual Holiday

Friday 27th June 2014 3.15 p.m.

Break for Holidays

 SCHOOL INFORMATION:

Drumlanrig St Cuthbert’s Primary School               01450 373521

Drumlanrig Nursery                                            01450 379046               

Email:                enquiries@drumlanrig-st-cuthberts.scotborders.sch.uk                     

Website:            www.drumlanrig-st-cuthberts.scotborders.sch.uk

Drumlanrig Out of School Club                              01450 379722

 DRUMLANRIG PRIMARY SCHOOL - ACHIEVEMENTS    

We are very aware that lots of learning happens outside of school and as a school we want to encourage pupils to share their experiences and successes. Therefore we would like to ask parents and carers to help us keep up to date with all the incredible activities and challenges that your children have been involved in. Each term, the children bring home their achievement sheet for you to add to, however, if your child has been involved in something that you would like us to share in the Achievement Bulletin then please complete the tear off slip and return to school so that we can recognise and celebrate their achievement.

 

Category of success/achievement – please tick:

Musical             Sport          Art                 Drama/Theatre/Performing Arts                 Dance

Awards/Badges from Uniformed Organisations     Voluntary Work Charity Work         Personal Challenge

Other (please specify):

 

 Description of success/achievement:

  NAME _________________________________ CLASS ______ Signed ______________________

 

 Company Number: SC303569                              Charity Number: SC033739               

DOOSC FEBRUARY 2014

DOOSC BREAKFAST CLUB (8-9am) This is a service to help parents who have to start work early.  During this service we will provide the children with a healthy nutritious breakfast. Choices including; toast, crumpets, breakfast muffins, cereal, fruit, fresh orange/apple juice and milk are provided.  The children will also be encouraged to brush their teeth with toothbrushes and paste provided by Child Smile.  The children will then be able to use the facilities in the club until its time to go to school.  Pre-school children will be escorted to the nursery by a member of our team.

 WRAP-AROUND (9-11.30am and 12.45-3.15pm) We provide care for children all day here at DOOSC.  For those children who attend Drumlanrig Nursery we will either collect them or drop them off according to your requirements.  We embrace the idea that children learn through play, and offer opportunities on a daily basis, where the children are challenged and stimulated through a variety of experiences and activities. We also have a quiet time for those children who are here all day, when they can lay down and relax in a number of different ways.

 LUNCH CLUB (11.30-12.45pm) Children can socialise with friends in a safe, fun and friendly environment.  There is a wide range of activities available to them to enable the children to develop their learning, playing, socialising skills and generally have fun.  We also provide a quiet area where children can look at a book, listen to stories and relax.

During this session a packed lunch is needed, as we all sit down together and enjoy our lunch.

 AFTER SCHOOL CLUB (3.15-5.30pm): We provide a safe and stimulating environment for children to attend after school, allowing parents who work later an extra care option.  On arriving from school, the children are provided with a

healthy and nutritious snack and drink. The children are encouraged to do their homework, with assistance from staff when required.  We also provide a variety of activities and games for the children to take part in and try to access our outdoor area on a daily basis.

 If you are interested in using our service, please pop in to the club to discuss your childcare needs with a member of our team or call us on 01450 379722.

INFORMATION ON FEES:

With effect from 6th January 2014, our fees have been increased to the following:

TERM TIME SESSIONS

·        Breakfast Club (8-9am)                                     £3.60

·        Wrap Around Club (9-11.30am or 12.45-3.15pm)  £5.65

·        Lunch Club (11.30-12.45pm)                                        £4.60

·        After School Club (3.15-5.30pm)                                £6.15

HOLIDAY AND IN-SERVICE DAYS

·        ½ session (8-12.30pm or 12.30-5pm)                   £12.80

·        Full day session (8-5pm)                                     £20.50

·        Trip Days (8-5pm)                                             £25.60

 We have also discussed introducing an hourly fee system to compliment our current sessional fees structure. We would be interested in hearing your opinions on this. Would you use the club more often if you could pay by the hour? Do you prefer a sessional charge? Your opinion is vital in ensuring our service continues to meet the needs of those who use us. To let us know what you think you can pop into the club any time or jot down your thoughts and hand them in to us.  Please remember we are a registered child care service and so you can use your child tax credits towards your child care fees. We also accept various different child care vouchers.  If you have any questions or queries regarding our fee system, please do not hesitate to contact our manager, Leona Richardson at the club.

 DOOSC Board (committee) Meeting: You may be aware that DOOSC is run by a dedicated board of trustees.  We are always looking for people who are enthusiastic and motivated people who are keen to make a difference. This is your chance to have your say. If you’re interested in joining our board, why not come along to our next meeting? Meetings last approximately 1 hour. Refreshments will be available.


 

JANUARY 2014 NEWSLETTER           

2014:  We hope that all pupils and their families had a very enjoyable Christmas and New Year. We would like to welcome our new pupils and families who have joined us this term. We hope you will be very happy here; as we do for all our children, so please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions or issues.

2014 CALENDARS:  We have a few 2014 calendars for sale in the school office, cost £5.  Each month there is a picture of one of the classes dressed up for their Christmas concerts.

SCHOOL PHOTOGRAPHER The photographer will be in school on Wednesday 15th January to take class and team photographs. 

PARENTS’ EVENING We would like to invite parents and carers to meet with your child’s teacher to discuss your child’s progress. Parents evening will take place on the 19th and 20th of February. We will advise you which day and at what time your appointment will be.  If, due to work commitments, you are only available on one of these evenings, please telephone Mrs Grant at the school office who will make sure an appointment is made on the appropriate day.  For parents who are separated and unable to attend together or share information, please phone Mrs Grant and two separate appointments will be arranged.

Primary 7 parents are also invited to attend a parents’ evening at Hawick High School on Wednesday 30th April. 

PRIMARY 1,2 & 3 PUPILS 'HIT THE HIGH NOTES'!: Sixty-three pupils from the Infant department took part in the Sing a Song for Christmas Celebration at Wilton church on Tuesday 3rd of December.  The pupils sang a beautiful rendition of 'Away in a Manger' and were very well supported by parents and friends.  Well done to all of the pupils who worked hard to learn their song words and to everyone who supported our pupils on the night. Our pupils sang very well and were one of the evening’s highlights!  

NEW MOBILE PHONESDid you get a new mobile phone for Christmas? Have any of your emergency contacts changed their phone numbers? Please let the office (01450 373521) know any new numbers as soon as possible please. 

FACEBOOK:  Please remember that parents’ permission must be requested before you put any photos on Facebook.  Please do not use concert, team or class photos on any social network sites. 

CLOTHES NEEDED:  We sometimes need changes of clothes for the children following spillages in the dining hall, falls in the playground and little accidents etc.  If you have any school clothing at home that your child no longer needs, could you please bring them into school?  We need all sizes of sweatshirts, trousers, skirts, socks, tights and small pants.  At the moment, we don’t need any polo shirts.  Thank you in advance for your help. 

SIMON KNIGHT TROPHY:  The winner of the trophy for the winter term was Alix M, P7B. There were many outstanding citizens and deserving candidates who were all considered but in the end we chose Alix, as she demonstrates all the qualities of a good citizen, is an excellent role model and contributes a huge amount to the life of the school both in class and throughout the school.

REIVERS’ COFFEE MORNING:  Primary 7 pupils have been invited to help out at the Reivers Coffee Morning on Saturday 11th January. The children will be serving teas and coffees from 10am to 12 noon at Trinity Church hall. Everyone is welcome to attend. 

BAG PACKING AT MORRISONS Well done to all the children who took part in the bag packing at Morrison’s before the holidays. The fantastic sum of £1097.26 was raised. Thank you to all the parents who have supported our fund raising efforts for the residential trip which is over £2000. 

YOUTH MUSIC INITIATIVE: Our pupils in Primary 6 will be enjoying some extra music lessons from Ian Lothian and John Jacobs. Primary 7 will be learning about Drumming with Mat Clements so they can perform at the Reivers parade and The Big Return, our Year of Heritage event for Vision 2014. 

NEW BABIESCongratulations to Taylor and Linkin (P4E & P2S), on the birth of their brother Coby. Also congratulations to Annie in the Nursery on the birth of her sister Mollie.

 ROXBURGH CHOIR: Children in P4-7 have been given the opportunity to sing at the Roxburgh Singers Concert on the 26th January at Teviot Church. Our thanks go to Mrs Lafferty for helping to prepare the children for the concert.

 PRIMARY 6 VISIT TO HAWICK HIGH SCHOOL:  Primary 6 have been doing a topic about animals: We have been looking at animal habitats and what we can do to help conserve local wildlife areas. On Friday 13th December, Primary 6 visited the technology department of Hawick High School to make bug boxes. We were helped to make them out of wood and we used drills, hammers and screwdrivers to put them together. We were challenged to make a 'quality' product and we worked together in teams to help each other to do our best. We thoroughly enjoyed working with Miss McKenzie and Mr Meldrum.

 CHRISTMAS CAROLS:  All of P1 were delighted to visit St Margaret's home and sing some of their favourite songs to entertain the residents.  The pupils performed very well and brought some Christmas cheer to our local friends.  Well done P1, you are definitely responsible citizens for thinking of others.

 P1 ARE IN TUNE!:  Mr Hume our school brass instructor came to visit P1 to show the pupils some of the brass instruments the older pupils play as part of their topic on sound.  The pupils were able to listen to the pupils play Jingle Bells on a trumpet, cornet and trombone.  Mr Hume was even able to let some of the P1 pupils have a go at playing a trumpet!  Well done P1 and many thanks to Mr Hume for sharing his musical talents.

 PARENT COUNCIL: The next meeting of the Parent Council (FODS) takes place on Monday 20th January at 6.30pm. One of the main agenda items will be the consultation on the Asymmetric Week. There will be a public meeting at Hawick High School on Tuesday 18th February at 6.30pm. E&LL senior managers will attend the meeting along with a number of head teachers, representing the learning community. The on line consultation is now live on the council website www.scotborders.gov.uk/schoolweek Paper copies of the consultation are also available from the school office. Another agenda item will be the proposed changes to Nursery hours in August.

 BATTERY RECYCLING:  We are no longer a collection point. Please take your used batteries to another collection point or to Mansfield Re-cycling Centre.

 P1  are BOBBY DAZZLERS at their work!    Pupils in both Primary 1 classes made excellent use of the Internet by watching a live Web-Cast with Mairi Heddewick, author of the Katie Morag books as part of their Mini-Topic on Katie  Morag.  The pupils had a fantastic week listening to and watching the Katie Morag stories.  They also completed a three part story about Katie Morag, a 'Snap' game of key words, created a map of the Isle of Struay, dressed a paper doll of Katie Morag and some pupils even created a giant rag doll of Katie Morag for the corridor display,  (with a little help from Mrs Whillans!)  The pupils worked very hard and proved that they are all 'BOBBY DAZZLERS' at their work!

 NURSERY NEWS The Nursery team would like to welcome back all pupils after the Christmas holidays and to extend a warm welcome also to all of the new Ante Pre School pupils who have joined us in January!  We hope that all of the children, parents and carers have had a lovely break and are ready for an exciting new term. Congratulations to the parents and family of Annie on the birth of her new baby sister, Mollie, just before the Christmas break.  We know that Annie will be a fantastic big sister, and will do her best to help look after Mollie!  Congratulations also to Mrs Sharkey’s daughter Leanne, and her husband Darrel on the safe arrival of their beautiful daughter Eilidh Rose on January 7th.  We know that Mrs Sharkey will be a very proud Nana and will do her best to look after Eilidh! We are delighted to have Peter Needham, a B.Ed student from Stirling University, with us for the first two weeks of this term.  Mr Needham

has already made a great impression with the children and staff, and we wish him the best of luck with his continuing studies. He will be teaching in Primary 2 after his time in the Nursery.

 RECRUITMENT for SCOTTISH BORDERS  CHILDREN'S PANEL:
Have you an interest in helping vulnerable young people, most of whom have not committed any crime, some time you can commit? No Qualifications/experience needed as full training is given.

What panel members gain: Satisfaction in making the best decisions to help vulnerable children, Development of skills often helpful in employment e.g decision making, team working, analysing information, better understanding of your own children etc.

In this recruitment we are particularly encouraging applications from MALES over 18 as they are currently under represented in Scottish Borders.

To find out more - Come along to our Open Evening being held in Council Headquarters (Newtown St Boswells) on
Wednesday, 15 January 2014 at 6.30 p.m.  

Or contact Jackie Knox 01620827379  jknox@eastlothian.gov.uk  or Fiona Henderson  01835826502   fhenderson@scotborders.gov.uk Website www.chsscotland.gov.uk

AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS:

Football: Football training continues throughout the winter months. Please ensure that your child is properly dressed to take account of the colder and wetter weather. New players are always welcome at training:

Boys - Wednesday 5-6pm Astroturf - pupils to make their own way to training.

Girls - Friday 4-5pm – pupils will be accompanied down to the Astroturf.

P2 – Wednesday lunch times in school.

 Rugby: Rugby training and games will resume in February.  Details will be sent home nearer the time.

 BADMINTON: Mrs Gordon and Mrs Grant will be offering Badminton to children in Primary 6. Sessions take place on Tuesdays from 3.15 to 4pm. Letters are available from Mrs Grant.

 Cricket P4-P7:  Until the Easter holidays, training takes place on Thursdays after school until 4:30pm in the school hall. After Easter, training will be at the Hawick & Wilton Cricket Club pitches. Sessions will be lead by award winning Hawick & Wilton CC coach Allan Moffat. New players of any experience and ability are always welcome.

 COMPUTER CLUB:  The school website is being run by P7 pupils.  To see examples of children’s work, photos of school events, news of events, meetings etc log on to  

www.drumlanrig-st-cuthberts.scotborders.sch.uk


 

 

Company Number: SC303569                              Charity Number: SC033739               

DOOSC JANUARY 2014

 WHAT WE’VE BEEN UP TO:  During December we were busy creating our Winter display. We decided on Carol Singers for our display and I’m sure you’ll agree it looks fantastic!  The children enjoyed unleashing their creative side to produce lots of different Christmas and winter themed creations, including Christmas elves, decorations, cards and reindeer!

 A BIT ABOUT DOOSC BREAKFAST CLUB (8-9am):   This is a service to help parents who have to start work early.  During this service we will provide the children with a healthy nutritious breakfast. Choices including; toast, crumpets, breakfast muffins, cereal, fruit, fresh orange/apple juice and milk are provided.  The children will also be encouraged to brush their teeth with toothbrushes and paste provided by Child Smile.  The children will then be able to use the facilities in the club until its time to go to school.  Pre-school children will be escorted to the nursery by a member of our team.

 WRAP-AROUND (9-11.30am and 12.45-3.15pm) We provide care for children all day here at DOOSC.  For those children who attend Drumlanrig Nursery we will either collect them or drop them off according to your requirements.  We embrace the idea that children learn through play, and offer opportunities on a daily basis, where the children are challenged and stimulated through a variety of experiences and activities. We also have a quiet time for those children who are here all day, when they can lay down and relax in a number of different ways.

 LUNCH CLUB (11.30-12.45pm) Children can socialise with friends in a safe, fun and friendly environment.  There is a wide range of activities available to them to enable the children to develop their learning, playing, socialising skills and generally have fun.  We also provide a quiet area where children can look at a book, listen to stories and relax.

During this session a packed lunch is needed, as we all sit down together and enjoy our lunch.

 AFTER SCHOOL CLUB (3.15-5.30pm) We provide a safe and stimulating environment for children to attend after school, allowing parents who work later an extra care option.  On arriving from school, the children are provided with a

healthy and nutritious snack and drink. The children are encouraged to do their homework, with assistance from staff when required.  We also provide a variety of activities and games for the children to take part in and try to access our outdoor area on a daily basis.

 

If you are interested in using our service, please pop in to the club to discuss your childcare needs with a member of our team or call us on 01450 379722.

 INFORMATION ON FEES

With effect from 6th January 2014, our fees have been increased to the following:

TERM TIME SESSIONS

·        Breakfast Club (8-9am)                                     £3.60

·        Wrap Around Club (9-11.30am or 12.45-3.15pm)  £5.65

·        Lunch Club (11.30-12.45pm)                                        £4.60

·        After School Club (3.15-5.30pm)                                £6.15

HOLIDAY AND IN-SERVICE DAYS

·        ½ session (8-12.30pm or 12.30-5pm)                   £12.80

·        Full day session (8-5pm)                                     £20.50

·        Trip Days (8-5pm)                                             £25.60

 

We have also discussed introducing an hourly fee system to compliment our current sessional fees structure. We would be interested in hearing your opinions on this. Would you use the club more often if you could pay by the hour? Do you prefer a sessional charge? Your opinion is vital in ensuring our service continues to meet the needs of those who use us. To let us know what you think you can pop into the club any time or jot down your thoughts and hand them in to us.  Please remember we are a registered child care service and so you can use your child tax credits towards your child care fees. We also accept various different child care vouchers.  If you have any questions or queries regarding our fee system, please do not hesitate to contact our manager, Leona Richardson at the club.

 DOOSC Board (committee) Meeting: You may be aware that DOOSC is run by a dedicated board of trustees.  We are always looking for people who are enthusiastic and motivated people who are keen to make a difference. This is your chance to have your say. If you’re interested in joining our board, why not come along to our next meeting?

·        When?              Monday 13th January 2014

·        Where?             DOOSC

·        Time?               6.30pm

Meetings last approximately 1 hour. Refreshments will be available.

 DRUMLANRIG PRIMARY - DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:

2013 / 2014

 

 

 

Wednesday 15th January 2014

School Photographer – classes and teams

Friday 7th February 2014

School Closed - In-Service Day

Monday 10th February 2014

School Closed - February Holiday

Mon 17th – Fri 21st February 2014

Nursery Enrolment week for 2014-2015

Wed 19th & Thurs 20th February

Parents’ Evenings

Monday 7th – Friday 18th April 2014

School Closed – Easter Holiday

Friday 2nd May 2014

School Closed - In-Service Day

Monday 5th May 2014

School Closed – May Holiday

Friday 6th June 2014

School Closed – Common Riding

Monday 9th June 2014

School Closed – Casual Holiday

Friday 27th June 2014 3.15 p.m.

Break for Holidays

 

SCHOOL INFORMATION:

Drumlanrig St Cuthbert’s Primary School               01450 373521

Drumlanrig Nursery                                            01450 379046               

Email:                enquiries@drumlanrig-st-cuthberts.scotborders.sch.uk                     

Website:            www.drumlanrig-st-cuthberts.scotborders.sch.uk

Drumlanrig Out of School Club                              01450 379722

 

 DRUMLANRIG PRIMARY SCHOOL - ACHIEVEMENTS    

We are very aware that lots of learning happens outside of school and as a school we want to encourage pupils to share their experiences and successes. Therefore we would like to ask parents and carers to help us keep up to date with all the incredible activities and challenges that your children have been involved in. Each term, the children bring home their achievement sheet for you to add to, however, if your child has been involved in something that you would like us to share in the Achievement Bulletin then please complete the tear off slip and return to school so that we can recognise and celebrate their achievement.

 

Category of success/achievement – please tick:

Musical             Sport          Art                 Drama/Theatre/Performing Arts                 Dance

Awards/Badges from Uniformed Organisations     Voluntary Work Charity Work         Personal Challenge

Other (please specify):

 

 Description of success/achievement:

 

 

 

NAME ____________________________________ CLASS ______ Signed ______________________


DECEMBER 2013 NEWSLETTER                                                                                               

The festive season is now upon us and the children are very busy rehearsing for their various concerts. We have some catch up news and some important dates to share with you so that you know what is happening over the next few weeks.

WE WISH YOU ALL A VERY HAPPY AND SAFE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY!

 

Essential Christmas Dates:

Date

Event

Classes Involved

Sat 30th

Nov

Christmas Parade. Meet at 3.30pm on the bridge beside Hawick Library.

P2, P5S, P6 and

Office Bearers

Tues 3rd

Pupil Council reps decorating Christmas Tree at Wetherspoons, 1.45pm

Pupil Council reps

Tues 3rd

Sing a Song for Christmas, Wilton Church 7.00 pm – 7.45 pm

P1-3

Thu 5th

Sticky Kids in the Hall at 10.00 am

Nursery and P1

Mon 9th

Nursery Nativity, in the Hall 2.00pm

AM and PM Nursery

Tues 10th

P1-P3 Christmas Concert, in the Hall – 2.00 pm

P1-P3

Tues 10th

P6-P7 Christmas Concert:

Scrooge A Ghost of a Chance, in the Hall  – 6.30 pm

P6- P7

Wed 11th

P6-P7 Christmas Concert matinee:

Scrooge A Ghost of a Chance, in the Hall  – 9.30 am

P6-P7

Wed 11th

P4-P5 Carol Concert at Teviot Church, 6.00 pm. Coffee/Tea afterwards

P4, P5H, P5S

Fri 13th

Christmas Lunch

P1-P7

Mon 16th

P4-P5 Party – 1.30pm in the Hall

P4, P5H, P5S

Tue 17th

Nursery party in the Gym Hall at 9.30 am

AM and PM Nursery

Tue 17th

P6-P7 Party – 1.30pm in the Hall

P6, P6/7, P7

Wed 18th

P1 Party – 1.30pm in the Hall

P1A, P1B

Thu 19th

P2-P3 Party – 1.30pm in the Hall

P2, P2/3, P3

Fri 20th

11.00 am Christmas Service at Teviot Church

Whole School

Fri 20th

Carols in the Playground at 2.30 pm

Whole School

 

Christmas Cards:  A reminder that Drumlanrig St Cuthbert’s is an Eco-School with a Silver Award.  We care for our environment.  With this in mind, if your child is planning to send Christmas Cards then we ask you to send just one card to their class which their teacher could then put up on a display board.

 THANK YOU TO PARENTS:  There have been a lot of events at school recently which resulted in asking parents to open their purses and wallets.  We do realise that not everyone wishes to or can afford to support everything that happens in school but would like to thank every one of you for your generosity and support.  We are very lucky to have such caring, supportive parents.  Thank you again.

WETHERSPOONS: We are very fortunate to have been selected to be sponsored by the staff at Wetherspoons. The staff have been busy raising money for the school and already have donated £276 to our school funds. Thank you so much to everyone involved!

 BATTERY RECYCLING:  We are no longer a collection point. Please take your used batteries to another collection point or to Mansfield Re-cycling Centre.

 A PRICKLY VISITOR IN PRIMARY 1:  As part of their E.S studies on 'Autumn' pupils in both primary 1 classes were treated to a very special visitor.........a baby hedgehog called Stickly Prickly!  David Hill is a carer for hurt and injured hedgehogs and he was able to bring in his patient to show the pupils up close what a hedgehog is like.  Stickly Prickly is a young hedgehog and is about to go into hibernation so the pupils were very lucky to see him before he went to sleep for the winter.  Many thanks to David for giving the pupils this special opportunity to find out about something exciting in their environment.

 SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING:  The children in Primary 4 have been put through their paces by local enthusiasts for several weeks to learn some Scottish Country Dances. They will be attending a Ceilidh in the Town Hall on Fri. 29th Nov from 10.15 to 12 with pupils from other schools in the town.

 SING A SONG FOR CHRISTMAS:  This year, children in Primary 1,2 and 3 will be performing at Wilton Church at ‘Sing a Song for Christmas’. All parents, family members and friends are welcome to come along on Tuesday 3rd December at 7pm.

 PUPIL COUNCIL:  PUDSEY BRING & BUY SALE: The Pupil Council would like to say a BIG thank you to everyone who donated their old toys, games, books, etc for Pudsey’s Bring & Buy Sale on Wednesday 13th November.  We would also like to thank the parents who gave up their time to bake cakes.  Well done to the members of the Pupil Council for planning the event and running the stalls.  As a result of everyone’s generosity, we are pleased to have raised £244.77 for Children in Need.

The Pupil Council will be going to Wetherspoons on Tuesday 3rd December to decorate their Christmas tree.  The children will be making their own decoration for the tree.

BADMINTON: The children in Primary 7 enjoyed the opportunity to participate in a badminton festival at Hawick High School recently. Our thanks go to the organisers and Mr Blaikie for putting on this event.

 P1 PUPILS ARE THE MUSIC MAKERS Pupils in Primary 1 had a FANTASTIC outing to HHS Music department as part of their topic on 'Sound'.  The staff and high school pupils put on a super range of activities that included using microphones and sound effect machines, listening to different live instruments being played and playing percussion instruments such as the xylophone and kettle drum! A huge thank you goes to Mr Hamilton, Head of Expressive arts at HHS and his talented team of staff and pupils. The P1 pupils were praised for their fantastic behaviour and the HHS teachers were very impressed with the pupils’ willingness to have a go at trying something new! This was a trip that really was 'music to our ears!'  Thank you also to our team of parent helpers, without whom this trip could not have taken place.

 AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS:

Football: Football training continues throughout the winter months. Please ensure that your child is properly dressed to take account of the colder and wetter weather. New players are always welcome at training:

Boys - Wednesday 5-6pm Astroturf - pupils to make their own way to training.

Girls - Friday 4-5pm – pupils will be accompanied down to the Astroturf.

P2 – Wednesday lunch times in school.

 Rugby: There will be no Friday afternoon training sessions or Saturday morning games until after the Christmas holidays.

 Cricket P4-P7:  Until the Easter holidays, training takes place on Thursdays after school until 4:30pm in the school hall. After Easter, training will be at the Hawick & Wilton Cricket Club pitches. Sessions will be lead by award winning Hawick & Wilton CC coach Allan Moffat. New players of any experience and ability are always welcome.

 COMPUTER CLUB:  The school website is being run by P7 pupils.  To see examples of children’s work, photos of school events, news of events, meetings etc log on to  

www.drumlanrig-st-cuthberts.scotborders.sch.uk

 

DRUMLANRIG PRIMARY - DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:

 

2013 / 2014

 

Monday 2nd December 2013

School Closed - St Andrews’ Day Holiday

Tuesday 3rd December 2013

Sing-a-Song for Christmas P1 and P3 – 7.00 – 7.45 pm

Thursday 5th December 2013

Sticky Kids for Nursery and P1 – 9.00-11.00 am

Tuesday 10th December 2013

Infant Concert (P1-3) 2.00 pm

Upper Concert (P6 & P7) 6.30 pm

Wednesday 11th December 2013

Upper Matinee (P6 & P7)9.30 am

Wednesday 11th December 2013

P4 & P5 Concert in Teviot Church – 6.00 pm

Friday 13th December 2013

Christmas Lunch

Monday 16th December

P4 & P5 Party 1.30 pm

Tuesday 17th December

Nursery Party AM all children - PM session still open

P6 & P7 Party 1.30 pm

Wednesday 18th December 2013

All of P1 party – 1.30 pm

Thursday 19th December 2013

P2 & P3 Party – 1.30 pm

Friday 20th December 2013

Church Service – 11.00 am

Carol Singing – 2.30 pm

Friday 20th December 2013

Last day of term

Monday 23rd Dec 2013 - Friday 3rd January 2014

School Closed - Christmas Holiday

Monday 6th January 2014

Spring Term Starts

Friday 7th February 2014

School Closed - In-Service Day

Monday 10th February 2014

School Closed - February Holiday

Monday 7th – Friday 18th April 2014

School Closed – Easter Holiday

 

SCHOOL INFORMATION:

Drumlanrig St Cuthbert’s Primary School               01450 373521

Drumlanrig Nursery                                            01450 379046               

Email:                enquiries@drumlanrig-st-cuthberts.scotborders.sch.uk                     

Website:            www.drumlanrig-st-cuthberts.scotborders.sch.uk

Drumlanrig Out of School Club                              01450 379722

 

DRUMLANRIG PRIMARY SCHOOL - ACHIEVEMENTS    

We are very aware that lots of learning happens outside of school and as a school we want to encourage pupils to share their experiences and successes. Therefore we would like to ask parents and carers to help us keep up to date with all the incredible activities and challenges that your children have been involved in. Each term, the children bring home their achievement sheet for you to add to, however, if your child has been involved in something that you would like us to share in the Achievement Bulletin then please complete the tear off slip and return to school so that we can recognise and celebrate their achievement.

 

Category of success/achievement – please tick:

Musical             Sport          Art                 Drama/Theatre/Performing Arts                 Dance

Awards/Badges from Uniformed Organisations     Voluntary Work Charity Work         Personal Challenge

Other (please specify):

 

 

Description of success/achievement:

 

 

 

NAME ____________________________________ CLASS ______ Signed _____

 

NOVEMBER 2013 NEWSLETTER

SCHOOL CLOSED:  Please remember that school will be closed for pupils on Thursday 14th and Friday 15th November for staff training.

ENROLMENTSPrimary 1 Enrolment for session 2014-2015 is week commencing 18th November.  There will be further details in the local press.  Please collect an enrolment pack from the school office or Nursery during that week if you have a child who will be 5 years old before 28th February 2015.

Nursery Enrolment for session 2014 – 2015 will be in the week commencing

17th February 2014. 

EGG BOXES NEEDED:  Please send in any cardboard egg boxes (half dozen size) you have at home as soon as possible.  Mrs Whillans is going to make an egg box Christmas tree!

HALLOWE’EN ART COMPETITION:  Evan from P4E organised a ‘Draw a Spooky Character’ competition which raised £35.50 for school funds.  The money will be spent on games for the classrooms.  Well done Evan.  The winners were:  Jenny, P1A; Lexy, P1B; Maja, P2S; Rihanna, P2/3; Aimee, P3B and Carly, P4E.  Well done everybody.

FACEBOOK: The Parent Council surveyed parents’ views on setting up a school Facebook page at the open evening, however, there seemed to be little or no interest in using this form of communication and the Newsletter came out as the most popular method of sharing information.

We realise, however, that many parents do use Facebook as a means of communicating with friends so we would like to share the guidance we received recently which suggests

‘Parents should not post anything on Facebook that they would not put on the school notice board or in the newsletter.

As always, we would prefer parents to share their concerns with us directly so that we can deal with any issues promptly.

 PUDSEY BRING & BUY SALE: To raise money for Children in Need we are holding a Bring and Buy sale for pupils only, tomorrow Wednesday 13th November. If you (or your children) have any unused toys, or want to supply some baking, that would be great! The sale will be just after breaktime, so if your child has any spare pocket money, the can attend the sale at that time.

PARTNERSHIP WITH PARENTS The Hallowe’en Disco organised by the parent council raised £150. Well done to everyone for the fantastic range of costumes. It was very difficult to choose winners as everyone had been very creative. Thank you to all the parents and teachers who helped on the night.

 MORRISON’S LET’S GROW VOUCHERS: Morrison’s store has now stopped giving out the Let’s Grow vouchers, so please have a look in purses, pockets etc and send in any vouchers you have. Please could we have all vouchers in by Wednesday 20th November? Many thanks to everyone who has sent vouchers in to school.  This will help us buy equipment and plants for the school grounds.

 LUNCH WITH A BANG!:  Mrs Wood our school cook served up a  fantastic  lunch  to celebrate Bonfire Night.  Pupils tucked into Soup, a tasty Baked Potato or a Hot Dog to celebrate this winter festival.  Many thanks to Mrs Wood, Mrs Linton, Mrs Grant, Mrs Whillans and Mr Tierney for making this lunch go with a BANG!

(A few children missed out on this special lunch because they didn’t get their order in on time.  Mrs Wood has to order the food the week before the event, so can’t take last minute orders.  To avoid disappointment next time, please send in the order sheet by the due date.  Many thanks.)

 NEIGHBOURS: It has been brought to our attention that some local residents have suffered damage to their gardens and fences. Unfortunately, we have been informed that some of these incidents have involved pupils from Drumlanrig School. In situations like this, I recall an advert which used to be on TV: ‘Do you know where your child is tonight?’ With the dark nights upon us, I would ask parents to be aware that incidents like this are being monitored by the police and it may be worth having a conversation with your child about the right way to behave, not just in school, but out of school too.

 PRIMARY 7 RESIDENTIAL: You may be aware that the P7 children and their parents are participating in a number of fund raising events in order to cover some of the costs for their residential trip. The first event was a Roller Disco which raised £194.62. They have also held a Dress Down Day which raised £247.13. The most recent event was a sponsored walk which raised £645.37. At the end of November they will be packing bags in Morrison’s so we hope to raise more money to add to the pot!

 HAPPY DIWALI :  Pupils in Primary 1 and the Nursery have been learning about the Hindu festival of light called Diwali.  Pupils in the Nursery have tasted Indian foods and pupils in P1 have been finding out about the story of Rama and Sita and how they returned to the city safely by following the rows of lighted divas.  Pupils in P1A and the Nursery also visited each other’s classrooms to share their work and to dress up as characters from the story. Well done to all of the pupils, you are Successful Learners for finding out about the festival of Diwali!

 NESTLE BOXTOPS:  The collection of Box tops is coming to an end, so if you have any at home, please send them into school as soon as possible to enable us to claim money for the school.  Thank you.

  STAFF NEWS:  We are delighted to announce that Mrs Millan, our P6 teacher is expecting her first baby at Easter time. Our best wishes go to her and her husband. Primary 6 parents will be kept informed about arrangements for Mrs Millan’s replacement nearer the time.    

 AUTHOR VISIT:  Ms Jackson came with Badger the Mystical Mutt to read us a chapter of the first book in the series.  The pupils were very pleased with a personal appearance by Badger and many of the pupils have ordered some of the books. We were delighted to receive 5 free copies of her books for our library.

SWAP SHOP IN P1:  As the final part of their E.S Topic work on 'Animals' pupils in P1 held a series of swap shop sessions with their peers in other classes and in the Nursery.  The pupils were able to share the different jotter work, posters and models they had made with their friends and to show them round the classroom to look at the different resources they had used throughout the different class topics.  Well done to all of the P1 pupils and Nursery for sharing their knowledge and fun facts with their friends.  You really are Successful Learners and Confident Individuals!

 

BOOK FAIR: Once again we had a very successful Book Fair.  The children enjoyed browsing and buying the super selection of books.  From the commission earned, we will be able to spend £876.24 on books for the school library.  Many thanks to Mrs Beattie, who ‘manned’ the fair all week.

 CYCLING/SCOOTING TO SCHOOL: In order for children to travel safely to school, we introduced a Cycle/Scooter contract last year, which is only given to children who have successfully completed appropriate training. When signed by the child, parent and school, the child will then be given permission to ride to school on their own and to store their bikes/scooters at school. The cycle pods are only for children who have a permit so we can ensure their safety and the safety of others.  We feel that younger children have not yet developed their road sense sufficiently to be responsible for riding to school on their own. Cycling contracts will only therefore be given out to those children who have completed Bikeability Level 2 Training. Scooter contracts will only be given to those in P5 and above. If your child is younger and does travel to school by scooter or bike, then parents/carers must take responsibility for their child and travel with them. The children will not however be allowed to use the cycle pods, so you will need to take their scooter or bike back home. I am sure that you will understand that this decision has come as a result of our care and consideration of the children and or efforts to keep the children and other pedestrians safe on their journeys to and from school.

 NURSERY:  October has been another busy month in the Nursery, with work continuing on our topic of The Number Zoo.  This has been a very stimulating and rewarding topic for all involved, and has not only increased the children’s awareness and recognition of numbers, and of a wide variety of animal life, but also resulted in some beautiful artwork and super writing in the class Floor Books.

To round off the month of October, we had our annual Hallowe’en party on Wednesday the 30th October. The Nursery was transformed into a spooky fun house, and we saw all sorts of witches, ghosts and ghouls arrive for the celebrations!

 P1 ARE PERFECT PUPILS AT THE PET SHOP:   As part of their studies on ‘Animals’ pupils in Primary 1 visited Libby’s Pet Shop.  The pupils took part in a Treasure Hunt game where they had to identify and find different items related to pets and animals.  The pupils were very observant and found all of the hidden items.  Libby and her team showed the pupils different pet items for sale in the shop.  The pupils also saw the many guinea pigs, birds and fish that were on sale too.  All of the pupils were perfectly behaved and a credit to our school.  Many thanks to Libby for letting us visit her shop and to Mrs Collins, Mrs Douglas and Mrs Scott, our parent helpers.

 CAR PARKING: Please remember that, now the sun is setting lower along the Loan, and dark evenings are drawing in (and not forgetting the rain of course!) children are even more difficult to see as they leave school. Do not make it even more dangerous for them by stopping or waiting close to the school entrance on the yellow zigzags or double yellow lines. Recent excuses given include “I am only here for a minute!” and “I only collect them once a fortnight.”

No Parking, No Waiting, No Excuses. A child’s life is not worth the risk.

Please let those who only occasionally pick up children know this.

 AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS:

Football: Football training continues throughout the winter months. Please ensure that your child is properly dressed to take account of the colder and wetter weather. New players are always welcome at training:

Boys - Wednesday 5-6pm Astroturf - pupils to make their own way to training.

Girls - Friday 4-5pm – pupils will be accompanied down to the Astroturf.

P2 – Wednesday lunch times in school.

 Rugby: On Saturday 9th November, Drumlanrig won the P4/5 Christy’s Quaich against Wilton Primary in a close final and the P6/7 team won the Keown Shield, again against Wilton.  Well done to all the children who played and thank you to everyone who came to watch.  It was a cold but very enjoyable morning of rugby.

There will be no Friday afternoon training sessions or Saturday morning games until after the Christmas holidays.  

 Cricket: Cricket Training for P4-P7 pupils started w/c 21st October. Until the Easter holidays, training takes place on Thursdays after school until 4:30pm in the school hall. After Easter, training will be at the Hawick & Wilton Cricket Club pitches. Sessions will be lead by award winning Hawick & Wilton CC coach Allan Moffat. All pupils who attend training will be chosen to play for the school teams in the Hawick Primary Schools' Cricket League. New players of any experience and ability are always welcome.

 BADMINTON: Mrs Gordon and Mrs Grant are offering P7 children the chance to play badminton on Tuesday afternoons in November and December. P6 will get the chance in January and February prior to the Borders competition. Letters have been sent home to P7s with details.

 Computer Club:  The school website is being run by P7 pupils.  To see examples of children’s work, photos of school events, news of events, meetings etc log on to -

www.drumlanrig-st-cuthberts.scotborders.sch.uk

 

DRUMLANRIG PRIMARY - DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:

2013 / 2014

 

Thurs 14th & Fri 15th November

School Closed - In-Service Days

Monday 2nd December 2013

School Closed - St Andrews’ Day Holiday

Friday 20th December 2013

Last day of term

Monday 23rd Dec 2013 - Friday 3rd January 2014

School Closed - Christmas Holiday

Monday 6th January 2014

Spring Term Starts

Friday 7th February 2014

School Closed - In-Service Day

Monday 10th February 2014

School Closed - February Holiday

Monday 7th – Friday 18th April 2014

School Closed – Easter Holiday

Friday 2nd May 2014

School Closed - In-Service Day

Monday 5th May 2014

School Closed – May Holiday

Friday 6th June 2014

School Closed – Common Riding

Monday 9th June 2014

School Closed – Casual Holiday

Friday 27th June 2014

Break for Holidays

 

SCHOOL INFORMATION:

Drumlanrig St Cuthbert’s Primary School               01450 373521

Drumlanrig Nursery                                            01450 379046               

Email:                enquiries@drumlanrig-st-cuthberts.scotborders.sch.uk                     

Website:            www.drumlanrig-st-cuthberts.scotborders.sch.uk

Drumlanrig Out of School Club                              01450 379722

 

DRUMLANRIG PRIMARY SCHOOL - ACHIEVEMENTS                      

We are very aware that lots of learning happens outside of school and as a school we want to encourage pupils to share their experiences and successes. Therefore we would like to ask parents and carers to help us keep up to date with all the incredible activities and challenges that your children have been involved in. Each term, the children bring home their achievement sheet for you to add to, however, if your child has been involved in something that you would like us to share in the Achievement Bulletin then please complete the tear off slip and return to school so that we can recognise and celebrate their achievement.

Category of success/achievement – please tick:

Musical

 

Charity Work

 

Sport

 

Awards/Badges from Uniformed Organisations

 

Drama/Theatre/Performing Arts

 

Art

 

Personal Challenge

 

Voluntary Work

 

Dance

 

Other (please specify):

 

 

Description of success/achievement:

 

 

 

NAME ____________________________________ CLASS ______ Signed ______________________

 

DOOSC:

Company Number: SC303569                              Charity Number: SC033739               

DOOSC November 2013

What we’ve been up to…..

We visited the Donkey Sanctuary during the holidays. We saw lots of different animals and even got to feed some of them. We met lots of donkeys, our favourite was Eddie…he was HUGE!! In fact we liked him so much that when we got back, we decided to sponsor him!

So everyone…meet Eddie J

 We have also been busy exploring autumn through various activities. We have collected conkers for our seasonal box, have made pictures and collages with leaves and have created a colourful autumnal display using different materials and painting techniques.

 DOOSC Opening Times and Sessions

·           Breakfast club:8-9am      £3.50                                       

A nutritious selection of breakfast choices

Child Smile Tooth brushing programme provided by NHS

Pre-school escorts to Drumlanrig nursery

·        Wrap around sessions: 9-11.30am & 12.45-3.15pm     £5.50                            

Wide variety of activities

Learning opportunities through play

Professional childcare that compliments the school

Collections and drop-offs to and from Drumlanrig nursery

·        Lunch club: 11.30am-12.45pm           £4.50                  

Lunchtime routine to encourage sociability and independence

Promoting positive attitudes to healthy choices

Opportunity to socialise with peers

Please note that you are asked to provide a healthy balance in your child’s lunchbox, including at lease one piece of fruit or veg.

We also ask that you do not include more that ONE chocolate item, this includes yoghurts and biscuits.

·        After school club: 3.15-5.30pm       £6.00                                       

Collection from Drumlanrig Primary school

Healthy snack choices, in line with Scottish Executive guidelines

Informal learning opportunities, through play and a variety of activities

Outdoor play opportunities

·        Homework club 3.30-4.30pm (included in After School Club)

Assistance with homework, e.g. language, maths and projects

Assistance with reading

Please note that parents are asked to speak to a member of staff to “opt out” of this service.

 If you require child care or are interested in using the club, please pop into the club to discuss your needs with a member of the team.

 Holidays & In-Service days:

We are open from 8am-5pm on the November in-service days (Thurs 14th & Fri 15th) and on the St Andrew’s Day holiday (Mon 2nd Dec) and are now taking bookings.

Prices are as follows:

·          8-12.30pm = £12.50

·          12.30-5pm = £12.50

·          8-5pm = £20

Pop in to discuss your childcare needs with a member of staff.

 Are your details up to date?

If you have not yet completed an up to date membership form and “This is me” form for your child, please pop into the club to pick one up.

Remember if to let us know if you move house or change telephone numbers. It’s vital that we have up to date contact details for every child.

Together, all this information will enable us to continue to provide a robust and needs based service to you and your children.

 DOOSC Policies & Procedures

We have a comprehensive and robust set of Policies and Procedures that support us in providing a quality, consistent and sustainable service. We review these on an annual basis, or more frequently if necessary. An information booklet with condensed policies is available on request, or you can view the full set at the club.

 Cancelling a booking

If for any reason you no longer require your child to attend their booked place at the club, a phone call should be made directly to us at the club (01450 379722) before the session begins to notify us of the changes.

In line with our Cancellation Policy, the following charges will apply:

·          24 hours or more notice prior to the session booked = ½ fees

·          Less than 24 hours or on the day of the session booked = full fees

·          Non-attendance of child with no cancellation made = full fees

Please note that for holidays and in-service days, cancellations made with 2 weeks or more will not be charged.

 DOOSC Board (committee) Meeting

You may be aware that DOOSC is run by a dedicated board of trustees.  We are always looking for people who are enthusiastic and motivated people who are keen to make a difference. If you’re interested in joining our board, why not come along to our next meeting?

·          When?               Tbc December 2013

·          Where?              DOOSC

·          Time?                6.30pm

Meetings last approximately 1 hour. Refreshments will be available. 

ENROLMENTSPrimary 1 Enrolment for session 2014-2015 is week commencing 18th November.  There will be further details in the local press.  Please collect an enrolment pack from the school office or Nursery during that week if you have a child who will be 5 years old before 28th February 2015.

Nursery Enrolment for session 2014 – 2015 is also week commencing 18th November.  There will be further details in the press.  Please collect an enrolment pack from the school office during that week if you have a child who will be 3 years old before 28th February 2015.

 

PARENTS/CHILDREN ENTERING SCHOOL BY THE CAR PARK:  Please do not use the car park entrance to the playground, even if you are running late.  Better a child is late than hit by a car.

COUGH SWEETS IN SCHOOL:  Please note that cough sweets are only allowed in class when a letter has been sent from home to authorise this.  Due to the risk of choking, they are not allowed in the playground at any time.

YOGURT DRINKS/FRUBESPlease keep these items for lunch boxes only.  When the children have them at break time, they are spilled both on the child and on those in the vicinity!  These are also a great attraction for wasps, which is very distressing for the children.

MORRISON’S LET’S GROW VOUCHERS: We are actively collecting Morrison’s Let’s Grow vouchers which we will use to purchase items for the school grounds. Please send any vouchers you have collected into school as soon as possible. Thank you.

NESTLE BOXTOPS:  The collection of Box tops is coming to an end, so if you have any at home, please send them into school as soon as possible to enable us to claim money for the school.  Thank you.

HEALTH & SAFETY:  We have been made aware by a parent that one of the plants in our school grounds is slightly poisonous. It is a plant seen in many locations, indeed it is a native to the UK. We have been in touch with a plant manager at a local nursery who informs us that they do not need to label the plant as toxic. We will therefore be reminding children regularly that they must not eat any part of plants unless they are with a responsible adult. We would ask that you encourage the same message when you are with your children in the outdoor environment.

SAM DEANS DANCE ACADEMY: The Dance Academy runs during the School holidays Monday 14th – Friday 18th October for ages 4-6 and 7-12.  Deadline for registration is the 9th October for numbers.  Registration forms are available at Sam’s Studio or call Sam on 07855 115464.  Showcase on the Friday early evening.

BOOK FAIR: Our Book Fair will take place from Monday 4th – Thursday 7th November.  All classes will have one session to have a look at the books and another session to bring their money in to buy books.  Parents are welcome to visit the Book Fair during the day or after school. There will also be an evening session on Wednesday 6th November 6.00 – 7.30 p.m.

PARTNERSHIP WITH PARENTS The Parent Council met recently and decided there was a need to recruit new members. The Parent Council set up an ‘information stall’ at the open evening and asked parents to consider joining the parent council - FODS (Friends of Drumlanrig School). We were delighted with the response and noted the majority of parents were happy with the meetings being on Monday evenings at 6pm.

We also surveyed parents’ views on the best way to communicate information. There was an overwhelming majority in favour of the newsletter and many people said they would use email. If you would like the newsletter and other information emailed to you then please email the address below with the subject Newsletters.

enquiries@drumlanrig-st-cuthberts.scotborders.sch.uk

SCHOOL MEALS: Our thanks go to Mrs Wood and Mrs Linton for putting on another fantastic ‘Theme Lunch’. The children loved the Teddy Bear’s picnic and it was super to see lots of happy children enjoying the relaxed atmosphere of a picnic.

OPEN EVENING: Thank you to everyone who attended our Open Evening. The main purpose of the evening is to meet your child’s new teacher. We were delighted with the very positive feedback we received. If you were unable to attend but would like to discuss something with the class teacher or with a member of the management team then please do not hesitate to get in touch.

STAFFING: We are very sorry to say farewell to Kelly, one of our very hard working cleaners. Kelly has returned to work in a kitchen and so you may see her at Weatherspoons! Kelly has worked at Drumlanrig for about 13 years. We wish her every success in the future. The post has been advertised so we hope to have a replacement very soon.

CYCLING/SCOOTING TO SCHOOL: In order for children travel safely to school, we introduced a Cycle/Scooter contract last year, which is only given to children who have successfully completed appropriate training. When signed by the child, parent and school, the child will then be given permission to ride to school on their own and to store their bikes/scooters at school. The cycle pods are only for children who have a permit so we can ensure their safety and the safety of others.  We feel that younger children have not yet developed their road sense sufficiently to be responsible for riding to school on their own. If your child does travel to school by scooter or bike, then parents/carers must take responsibility for their child and travel with them. The children will not however be allowed to use the cycle pods, so you will need to take their scooter or bike back home. I am sure that you will understand that this decision has come as a result of our care and consideration of the children and or efforts to keep the children safe on their journeys to and from school.

NURSERY:  We have been absolutely delighted to see our Nursery Children settling in so quickly this year – all pupils are making great progress, and their enthusiasm is very encouraging!

As Pre-School parents know, we have started to send home Story Sacks with our older children each week, and will continue to do so throughout the year.  If any parents would like to help us with the enormous task of checking all of the Story Sack when they are returned every Tuesday, we would be extremely grateful.  If you are able to spare any time on a Tuesday morning or afternoon, please speak to a member of the Nursery Staff and we will add your name to our rota.

Our parents’ open evening was once again very well attended this year and provided a great opportunity for an informal chat.  Many parents also attended our Woodland Schools talk on the night, and we were pleased to receive an enthusiastic response.  More details of our first block of work for this session at Whitlaw Woods will follow shortly – please look out for more information in your child’s tray soon.

Finally, we would like to remind parents that the car park area is out of bounds during the school day – we ask that parent use the entrance at the main gates to the school when dropping off and picking up.  If other adults who are unfamiliar with the school grounds are collecting your children, we would also ask you to inform them of our request.

We do enforce this policy quite strictly as it is in place to ensure your safety and that of your children, and we appreciate your support in following the correct procedure

AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS:

Football: Congratulations to Tom F and Isla M who have been appointed football captains for 2013-2014. We wish them best wishes for their duties.

The P2-3 Football Academy which takes place at the Astroturf on Wednesdays, 5-6pm, will finish at the October holidays. P3 pupils are invited to join the older pupils at the times detailed below. P2 pupils will be invited back to training after the Easter holidays.

Football training continues throughout the winter months. Please ensure that your child is properly dressed to take account of the colder and wetter weather. New players are always welcome at training:

Boys - Wednesday 5-6pm Astroturf - pupils to make their own way to training.

Girls - Friday 4-5pm Astroturf - pupils can walk down with staff after school.

Rugby: Training sessions for P4-7 have started again. ‘Rocky’ Johnstone has very kindly offered to continue coaching the children and he will be joined by Darren Fisher who has undertaken the necessary training in order to coach the children. We are most grateful to Mr Wood, Mr Douglas, Mr Bell and Mr Oliver for taking on coaching roles on the Saturday mornings and at the various tournaments. If any other parents would like to get involved and help out either on Friday afternoon training sessions or on the Saturday mornings, please contact Rocky or Miss J Scott at the school.

Congratulations to our teams for their achievements in the PSA and Linden Tournaments.  

Cricket: Cricket Training for P4-P7 pupils will restart w/c 21st October. Until the Easter holidays, training takes place on Thursdays after school until 4:30pm in the school hall. After Easter, training will be at the Hawick & Wilton Cricket Club pitches. Sessions will be lead by award winning Hawick & Wilton CC coach Allan Moffat. Letters will be issued after the October holidays. All pupils who attend training will be chosen to play for the school teams in the Hawick Primary Schools' Cricket League. New players of any experience and ability are always welcome.

BADMINTON: Mrs Gordon and Mrs Grant will be offering P7 children the chance to play badminton on Tuesday afternoons in November and December. P6 will get the chance in January and February prior to the Borders competition. Letters will be sent home with details.

COOKERY CLUB: Miss Thomson and Mrs Millan will be running the Cookery club for children in P4. Letters have been sent home so if you are interested in joining this club then please get your reply slip in as soon as possible!

Computer Club:  The school website is being run by P7 pupils.  To see examples of children’s work, photos of school events, news of events, meetings etc log on to -

www.drumlanrig-st-cuthberts.scotborders.sch.uk 

DRUMLANRIG PRIMARY - DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:

2013 / 2014

 

 

 

Monday 14th - Friday 18th October

School Closed - October Holiday

Tuesday 22nd October 2013

School photographer – Individuals and family groups

Thurs 14th & Fri 15th November

School Closed - In-Service Days

Monday 2nd December 2013

School Closed - St Andrews’ Day Holiday

Friday 20th December 2013

Last day of term

Monday 23rd Dec 2013 - Friday 3rd January 2014

School Closed - Christmas Holiday

Monday 6th January 2014

Spring Term Starts

Friday 7th February 2014

School Closed - In-Service Day

Monday 10th February 2014

School Closed - February Holiday

Monday 7th – Friday 18th April 2014

School Closed – Easter Holiday

Friday 2nd May 2014

School Closed - In-Service Day

Monday 5th May 2014

School Closed – May Holiday

Friday 6th June 2014

School Closed – Common Riding

Monday 9th June 2014

School Closed – Casual Holiday

Friday 27th June 2014

Break for Holidays

SCHOOL INFORMATION:

Drumlanrig St Cuthbert’s Primary School               01450 373521

Drumlanrig Nursery                                            01450 379046               

Email:                enquiries@drumlanrig-st-cuthberts.scotborders.sch.uk                      

Website:            www.drumlanrig-st-cuthberts.scotborders.sch.uk

Drumlanrig Out of School Club                              01450 379722

DRUMLANRIG PRIMARY SCHOOL - ACHIEVEMENTS                      

We are very aware that lots of learning happens outside of school and as a school we want to encourage pupils to share their experiences and successes. Therefore we would like to ask parents and carers to help us keep up to date with all the incredible activities and challenges that your children have been involved in. Each term, the children bring home their achievement sheet for you to add to, however, if your child has been involved in something that you would like us to share in the Achievement Bulletin then please complete the tear off slip and return to school so that we can recognise and celebrate their achievement.

Category of success/achievement – please tick:

Musical

 

Charity Work

 

Sport

 

Awards/Badges from Uniformed Organisations

 

Drama/Theatre/Performing Arts

 

Art

 

Personal Challenge

 

Voluntary Work

 

Dance

 

Other (please specify):

 

 

Description of success/achievement:

NAME ____________________________________ CLASS ______ Signed ______________________

 


 

JUNE 2013 END OF TERM NEWSLETTER                

Mr Tierney is the best janny ever...

SPECIAL FUNDRAISING: Callum and Hamish Murray and friends took part in a Sponsored Walk to the top of Ruberslaw to raise money for Zuzanna on Monday 10th June. The fantastic sum of £839 has been raised so far to help with the family’s travel expenses to the hospital over the past few months.  Thank you to the children involved and the many people who sponsored them and made donations.

VISION 2014: Well done to all the children who took part in The Big Parade. The costumes were excellent and the feedback has been very positive. Many thanks to all the parents who accompanied classes down to the different shows. It was great to have so many adult helpers with the number of people who came out to watch the shows. Next year we move on the Year of Heritage. 

RELAY ROOND THE MAIR: Well done to all our runners in the America’s Cup at this year’s Common Riding. It is quite a challenge to run round the Mair but they did it with a smile!

SIMON KNIGHT TROPHY:  A much deserved winner this term was Rihanna Smillie, P1/2. Rihanna has been an excellent pupil and a great support to other children in her class. She has looked out for them and shown nothing but care and kindness to others. She is an excellent role model to others and always tries her best. Well done Rihanna.

STATIONARY: Jim Matthews is planning to visit Candolim in Goa, India. They have recently opened a small school there but they have no resources. He would like to take pencils, rubbers, pencil cases etc. If you plan to buy new stationary items for the start of next term then we would be most grateful to receive your old used ones that you will be throwing out. Any small donation would be most gratefully received.

STAFF NEWS: Unfortunately we have had to say farewell to Miss Brydon, as she has moved onto pastures new. She has been successful in securing a new teaching post in Selkirk. We do hope to see her again in the future. We are delighted to welcome Mrs Boyle back.  Mrs Bucchanan has decided to take a short career break, so Mr Jones will continue to be Acting Depute Head in her absence.

RAGBAG: Please remember that we do have our outdoor ragbag bank, which you can continue to use when you are doing your summer sort out over the holidays! If you do find it full, we would be grateful if you could keep the bags at home, but check back a few days later as we will be asking for it to be emptied regularly.

COMMON RIDING ART COMPETITION: Well done to Kristin Borthwick for her entry to the CR art competition run by Lindsay and Gilmour pharmacy.

PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT POLICY: Lisa Anderson from Scottish Borders Council is looking for parents interested in reviewing the policy on parental involvement in schools. This will involve attending meetings to discuss the parental involvement policy, discuss all the information parents have given us on their thoughts of parental involvement and produce a revised policy that will be presented to the Education Committee in January.

The current policy can be found at: http://www.scotborders.gov.uk/info/859/parental_involvement/671/parental_involvement_policy

 If you are interested in being part of the review, and can attend meetings in August/September, please contact Lisa Anderson LAAAnderson@scotborders.gov.uk or call 01835 824 000 and ask for ext 8855 (Lisa Anderson).

CRICKET: We received the following message from Paul Bailey (President - East of Scotland Cricket Association. “Congratulations to Drumlanrig St Cuthbert's and Denholm Primary Schools on reaching the final of the ASDA Kwikcricket tournament in Perth. I was very pleased to visit Perth and learn of the progress made by primary schools in the Borders, led by Allan Moffat of Hawick CC. To come second out of the hundreds of schools who took part is a magnificent achievement and a credit to all concerned."

The 'Drummy Bears' won the Hawick Primary School Cricket League with a 20 run victory over Denholm on Finals Day at Hawick & Wilton Cricket Club. Having been unbeaten in the league, the Bears had to play second place Denholm in a title decider. The Drumlanrig team bowled first and restricted Denholm to 61. Paul Goldie got the Bears team off to a flying start and he was ably backed up by all his team mates, especially Rhea Middlemass and Greg Johnston to give the Bears a winning total of 81. This is the fifth time in six years that Drumlanrig have won the title. The Drumlanrig Daredevils finished tenth. Thanks to Hawick & Wilton coach Allan Moffat for his work in coaching the Drumlanrig team since last November. 

Congratulations to cricket captain Greg Johnston who was named player of the year. Greg has played for the school team since primary 2 and will be sorely missed when he moves to high school after the summer.

FOOTBALL:
The Drumlanrig football team finished second in the Hawick Primary Schools Football League. Despite finishing with an identical record to the winners Wilton, inferior goal difference cost the Drumlanrig team, meaning they finished runner up for the second successive year.

Congratulations to captain Ryan Middlemass on deservedly winning the Footballer of the Year award. 

The staff football team won the McKeesick Cup when they beat the pupils’ team 12-6 in the deciding game on the astroturf last week.

MATHS CHALLENGE Drumlanrig have won the Hawick High School Maths Challenge for the third year running. With all the Hawick Schools represented, Denholm finished second and the second Drumlanrig team came third. Congratulations to all the children who represented the school so well: Eilidh J, Greg J, Paul G, Katy D and Amy McM, Emma S, Iona A, Rhea M.

 DRUMLANRIG PRIMARY - DATES FOR YOUR DIARY: 2013-2014

Tuesday 20th August 2013

First Day of New Term

Monday 14th – Friday 18th October 2013

School Closed - October Holiday

Thursday 14th and Friday 15th November 2013

School Closed – In Service Training for staff

Monday 2nd December 2013

School closed – St Andrew’s Day Holiday

Friday 20th December 2013 at 3.15 p.m.

End of Term

Monday 6th January 2014

Spring Term Starts


MAY - JUNE 2013 INFORMATION FOR PARENTS       

SPORTS DAYS:  The Infant Sports (P1-3) will take place on Wednesday afternoon, 29th May, at the Motte. In the event of rain, the sports will be held indoors.  The Upper Sports will be on Thursday afternoon, 30th May at The Volunteer Park. Alternative arrangements will be made should it rain on the day. Groupcall will be used to inform parents of any changes.

COMMON RIDING:  The children are looking forward to the festivities of the Common Riding and what better way to learn about the festival than to have your own Common Riding Ball. The Cornet has been selected and the music prepared. The Nursery children will join Primary 1 for our own special Common Riding ball on Friday 31st May at 1.15 p.m. Parents and Carers are also invited to join us at 2.45 p.m. in the playground for a procession to the Motte (weather permitting) where the children will sing some of their favourite Common Riding songs, led by our very own school Cornet and his Lass.

We are delighted that this year’s Cornet is former pupil, Chris Ritson. The Cornet and his party are expected to arrive at the school at 10 a.m., Thursday 6th June. Parents and friends are welcome to join us although space is limited in the hall so we open the hall curtains to allow people to watch the festivities from the playground. The children will be dismissed from their classes after the Cornet leaves, around 10.30am.

1514 CONCERT: The pupils in Primary 4 & 5 did us very proud at the 1514 concert. They were all very smart and sang beautifully, ‘The Bonnie Banner Blue’. The same children were involved in recording the song for a CD which they will each receive shortly. 

PRIZEGIVING: Please note the date of our Prizegiving is now Monday 24th June. The P1-3 Prizegiving starts at 2 p.m. and the upper school one starts at

6 p.m.

 

MAYFAYRE:  Thank you to everyone who brought in items for the Mayfayre and to everyone who turned up on the night. We were delighted with the turn out and support from parents, relatives and staff. This has been one of our most successful fund raising events with a profit of £1950 being raised! Well done and thank you to the members of the parent council for their ongoing contribution to the life of the school.

DRUMLANRIG PRIMARY - DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:

2012 / 2013

 

Monday 27th May 6.30 p.m.

P6 Residential - Meeting for Parents

Wednesday 29th May 1.15 p.m.

P1-P3 Sports at Motte Park

Thursday 30th May 1.15 p.m.

P4-P7 Sports at Volunteer Park

Friday 31st May 1.15 p.m.

Nursery / P1 Common Riding Ball

Friday 31st May 1.15 p.m.

Slorance Cup Football at Astroturf Pitches

Wednesday 5th June

Common Riding / P7 Leavers lunch

Thursday 6th June 10.30 a.m. approx.

School closes after Cornet’s visit

Friday 7th June 2013

School Closed – Common Riding

Monday 10th June 2013

School Closed – Holiday

Tuesday 11th June 6.00 – 7.00 p.m.

New Nursery Intake meeting

Tuesday 11th June 7.00 -8.00 p.m.

New Primary 1 Intake meeting

Wednesday 12th June 12.15 – 2.30 p.m.

Inter School Athletics

Tues 18th & Wed 19th June

P7 High School Visits

Friday 21st June

‘The Big Show’ – Vision 2014

Saturday 22nd June 2013

Vertish Hill Sports

Monday 24th June 2013

Prizegiving Concerts

Thursday 27th June 2013 11.00 a.m.

End of Term Service in Teviot Church

Thursday 27th June 2013 3.15 p.m.

Last Day of Term

Tuesday 20th August 2013

First Day of New Term

Monday 14th – Friday 18th October 2013

School Closed - October Holiday

UNIFORM If you would like to order school sweatshirts, cardigans, polo shirts, jogging bottoms etc for the new term, please use the order form at the back of this newsletter.  Please complete the form and return it to the school office with a cheque made payable to Drumlanrig School or, if you prefer, cash in a clearly marked envelope.  Orders usually take approximately two weeks to be delivered, so if you wish your order to arrive before the new term, please send it into the office by Monday 10th June.  Thank you.

PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT POLICY: Lisa Anderson from Scottish Borders Council is looking for parents interested in reviewing the policy on parental involvement in schools. This will involve attending meetings to discuss the parental involvement policy, discuss all the information parents have given us on their thoughts of parental involvement and produce a revised policy that will be presented to the Education Committee in January.

The current policy can be found at http://www.scotborders.gov.uk/info/859/parental_involvement/671/parental_involvement_policy

If you are interested in being part of the review, and can attend meetings in August/September, please contact Lisa Anderson LAAAnderson@scotborders.gov.uk or call 01835 824 000 and ask for ext 8855 (Lisa Anderson).

WALK TO SCHOOL WEEKWell done to all the children who managed to ‘Walk to School’ at least once during the Week 20-24th May. 

LOST PROPERTY: We have amassed a huge range of lost property, including lunch boxes. If you are aware that your child has lost something, please come in and check, (or ask them to do so!) Any lost property left at the end of term will be disposed of.

SPECIAL FUNDRAISING: Unfortunately, one of our pupils is currently in hospital in Edinburgh. Zuzanna has Aplastic Anaemia and is receiving treatment at The Sick Kids Hospital. We had a fundraising cup cake sale on Thursday 2nd May when the sales and donations enabled us to give the family £200 towards their extra costs due to Zuzanna’s illness.  Thank you to Mrs Wood in the kitchen for making the cakes and to everyone who bought them and made donations. On Friday the pupil council organised a Pyjama Day which raised £300. Callum and Hamish Murray are doing a Sponsored Walk to raise money for Zuzanna. Some of their friends will be joining them and everyone is welcome to join them on Monday 10th June. If you would like to sponsor the boys please let us know.

VISION 2014: For our Year of Industry we have created squares which will be joined with squares from other schools to create a giant scarf. We plan to wrap the scarf around the Motte on Tuesday afternoon (weather permitting). It will then be passed on to other schools to display around the town.

We are holding ‘The Big Show’ on Friday 21st June. Groups of children from every school will showcase their work in a fashion show style event which will take place along Hawick High Street at 10am, 11.30am and 1.15pm. We will also be selling various items as part of our enterprise work for the year of industry. We are looking for helpers on the High Street and escorts to walk with the children who will be going to watch the shows. Please contact Mrs Gordon if you are available to help on the day. 373521.

A ‘TUNE-UP’ IN THE NURSERY!

The pupils in P3 entertained pupils in the nursery with a penny whistle concert as part of the nursery pupils’ work on senses and hearing.  The P3 pupils played all of their favourite tunes and were delighted that the nursery pupils sang along to the songs as they played.  Many thanks to Mr Crawford for inviting P3 to share their musical skills and to the nursery pupils who sat and listened so well to the penny whistle concert.

CLASSES 2013 / 2014: Please find below our proposed classes for session 2013 - 14.

These classes are based on the numbers of pupils we have enrolled for August. Our teacher numbers have been allocated on the total pupil roll and they have been placed with classes, see below. Pupil numbers will be checked again at the beginning of the new term and throughout the school year. If there are differences, these may result in schools losing or gaining teachers which could mean that classes will be reorganised throughout the session.

Classes are set within nationally recommended sizes i.e.

P1                25 maximum

P2 & 3          30 maximum

P4 - 7          33 maximum

Any composite class with different stages of pupils - 25 maximum.

In all cases a space is left for catchment area pupils enrolling throughout the school.

Nursery       Mr Crawford                                      P4      Miss Embleton

P1                Mrs Gibb                                           P5      Miss L Smith

P1                Miss Thomson                                      P5      Miss Hopkins

P2                Miss J Scott                                      P6      Mrs Millan (Miss P Scott)

P2/3            Mrs Paterson                                      P6/7  Mr Hunter

P3                Mrs Boyle                                           P7      Miss Burton

PE                Mr Thomson                              Music Mrs Lafferty

PCST  & PT cover (P4) Mrs J Smith & Mrs K Scott

We are very sorry to be losing Miss Brydon at the end of term. We wish her every success and hope to see her back at the school in the near future.                                   

SAINSBURY’S ACTIVE KIDS 2013: The store has now stopped handing out the vouchers, so please have a look around the house and in purses and bags and send in any vouchers you have!  We will be sending off our order on Wednesday 5th June, so please have all vouchers in by then. Many thanks to everyone who has been collecting them for our school.

CASH FOR KIDS:

Pupils in primary 3 and 2/3 were delighted with a gift of a large tin of sweeties from the staff and residents at Buccleuch care home for their super penny whistle concert which was held to raise money for Cash for Kids recently.

OLD MILK BOTTLE TOPS AND MARGARET KERR UNIT: We are now actively collecting plastic milk bottle tops on behalf of local Rotary Clubs, which donate the money to the Margaret Kerr Unit so they can develop their facilities even further. Please deposit the milk bottle tops in the black bin in reception and please continue to collect them during the school holidays.


MARCH 2013 NEWSLETTER

TUCK SHOP TUESDAY:  The house captains and head boy and girl are piloting a healthy tuck shop on Tuesdays at break time.  We have 2 trolleys located inside school, in the corridors.  An example of what is available and prices as follows: 

20 pence

Apple

30 pence

small bag of grapes 

20 pence

small bag of carrot sticks 

  5 pence

breadsticks

10 pence

small bag of raisins

HAWICK SURVEYS:  As part of their topic and ICT work the P7s have produced some online surveys about what people think about Hawick and what would make it a better place to live. These have been created using Survey Monkey and should only take a couple of minutes to complete. Pupils would be grateful if you could undertake their surveys below:

Amy F & Laura D
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2NBMS9C

Kirsten S & Lia G
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2QVWLN7

Amy M & Iona A
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/

Eve T & Emma S
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2RM86GH

Emily W & Rhea M
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2T9XP68

Katie C & Amelia M
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2N78NFG

Sam K & Dylan G
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2QTY8TD

Paul G & Ryan M
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2JLHRG

Harry W & Lewis
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2TKH38Y

REIVERS FESTIVALWell done to all the P7 pupils who took part in the Reivers Festival. They walked in the Parade on Saturday before performing their 'Reivers Characters' role plays at St Mary's Church afterwards. The children were excellent in their characters. On the Sunday we had 3 teams competing against 2 teams from Trinity at the Reivers Games. We were delighted to get first and third place! The children had great fun and behaved excellently throughout the afternoon. They were given medals, bags and fridge magnets.

 

PARENT COUNCILEveryone enjoyed the fantastic Stevie T Band at our recent fundraising event. We were delighted to raise £575 and thank everyone who came along to support this event. We have to say a special thank you to the members of the parent council and staff who helped to organise the event and who supported it on the night. Our thanks once again to the members of the band!

 

PARENTS ONLINE SAFETY ADVICE:  Paul Richardson, Community Safety Officer would like to highlight the resources below. Both parents and teachers should find these useful. There are some informative articles covering age ratings, smart phone parental controls, privacy on Facebook (a high proportion of 10-12 year olds are on Facebook even though the age restriction is 13 and above). There are also some useful checklists for parents covering time and usage spent on line or playing games.

·        A useful website called Parent Zone http://www.theparentzone.co.uk/

·        Electronic Magazine called Digital Parenting - see

http://asp-gb.secure-zone.net/v2/index.jsp?id=1134/2660/5747&lng=en

·        Keeping your family safe article

ECO-COMMITTEE ASSEMBLY: On Friday 8th March the Eco-Committee led an assembly, telling the school how they could be using less electricity and cutting down on the amount of water they use. Children were given ideas about how to make this happen at school and at home – why not ask your child how you could save energy and therefore money?

VISION 2014: All the children in the school have been taking part in the Year of Industry Celebrations by creating a series of square fabric pictures.  Each class took inspiration from the local industries, mills, businesses and the railway. Then each pupil created their own square using collage, fabrics and sewing.  The squares were then sewn together by class and will become part of a giant scarf.   

BONNIE BANNER BLUE:   P4, P4/5 and P5 have been given a fantastic opportunity to showcase their singing talents. We have been asked to sing and record 'The Bonnie Banner Blue' for a company called Greentrax Recordings Ltd. They hope to put the song onto their new CD about the Battle of Flodden. The song was written by Miss Brydon's dad, Alan Brydon, and the children have already performed the song to him. We are all very excited about recording it this week.

SAINSBURY’S ACTIVE KIDS 2013: We are now actively collecting these vouchers! Please send any vouchers you receive into school with your child. Alternatively, there is a collecting box just inside the entrance foyer. We are still working out what we are aiming for, but we will let you know soon.

DAFFODILS:  Message from the Pupil Council:  As you will remember, we planted our daffodils in November.  All the daffodils were lovely.  It was a huge success and we raised £521.82 for Marie Curie Cancer Care, which is great because this was £271.82 more than our target!  Last year, Marie Curie Cancer Care provided care to around 31,000 terminally ill patients.  All your donations will go to help patients in the community and in their 9 hospices.  Thank you for your generous donations.

A HOST OF GOLDEN DAFFODILS: P3 were delighted to be asked by Buccleuch Care Home to make some lovely pictures to decorate their walls and cheer up the residents.  The home will be hosting a Daffodil Tea soon and the pupils took the theme of daffodils for their art work.  The pupils listened to the famous Daffodils poem by Wordsworth and then each created a picture of a bunch of dancing daffodils.  Well done to all of the P3 pupils for thinking of others and to Kodie for being the person who inspired the whole idea in the first place!

DOGS IN THE PLAYGROUND: Please note that dogs are not allowed on the school premises. If you do bring your dog when picking up your child(ren) please arrange to meet them a distance away from the school entrance, so that neither the dog or other children are put in danger.

LETTER WRITING:  Primary 4/5 has been learning how to write letters. We have all written letters to children in a school in Kenya. We hope that they will reply soon so that we can learn more about their school and culture.

HAPPY NEW YEAR 新年好
Pupils in Primary 3 concluded their RME studies of Chinese New Year with a fantastic dragon parade to the Nursery.  The pupils paraded their dragons made of recycled materials, glitter, paper and paint around the Nursery, played instruments, recited a Chinese poem about New Year dragons and even wished all of the pupils and staff a happy New Year,… in Chinese!   Well done to the pupils for all of their hard work in creating these fabulous dragons and for the Nursery in allowing us to visit.  Hope you all have a happy and prosperous Year of the Snake!

SURVEY:  Scottish Borders Council and the NHS Health Improvement Team are working on a project on nutrition for children and young people.  As part of the background to this project, the group wishes to survey parents about their views about school dinners, packed lunches, and other ways in which children and young people may get their lunch.  They have therefore designed an online survey and we would welcome your views. The closing date for responses to the survey is Thursday 28 March 2013. 

Please follow:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/pupillunchtimesurvey

IS GARDENING YOUR THING?: We are looking at setting up a parent’s/carer’s gardening group at school. Are you interested? Perhaps this would involve maintaining/planting in our school grounds and working with small groups of children during an afternoon. If you are a grandparent or other relative, it could include you too! If you are interested, please complete the slip at the back, and return it to Mr Jones at school. We would then arrange a time for us all to meet to discuss how we could make this happen!

OLD MILK BOTTLE TOPS AND MARGARET KERR UNIT: We are now actively collecting old milk bottle tops on behalf of local Rotary Clubs, which donate the money to the Margaret Kerr Unit so they can develop their facilities even further. Please deposit the milk bottle tops in the black bin in reception.

GET US TO THE CHURCH ON TIME!!!!!    It wasn’t the school bell that was ringing for Primary 3 pupils on Friday 22nd March but Wedding bells as the pupils travelled to Teviot church to celebrate the pretend wedding of Jack and Mairi as part of their RME studies!  Mr Combe conducted the ceremony with all the pupils playing the different roles.  It was a delight to see all of the pupils being suitably dressed up for the occasion.  The pupils then returned to their classroom for the reception where there were speeches by the Best Man, Father of the Bride and the Groom, a cutting of the cake ceremony and of course a first waltz for the bride and groom and bridal party.  Pupils, staff and parent helpers also tucked into a magnificent wedding cake made by Rachel’s Dad Mr Hydes.  The pupils then ended the afternoon dancing to their favourite tunes.  Many thanks to Buccleuch Care home for supporting us at the church, to Mr Combe for conducting the ceremony, to Mr Hydes for creating our fantastic wedding cake and to all of the parent/carers who helped and supported us on this fantastic afternoon, making it a very memorable occasion for everyone involved!        

WEDDING THEME: We are all looking forward to our theme lunch this week which is also a wedding celebration. Mrs Scott and Mrs Smith have worked very hard to prepare not one but two weddings with a wedding lunch in between. Mrs Smith is conducting the marriage ceremony and we hope all the children and staff will turn up in their best outfits or at least with a hat or buttonhole!

SCHOOL MEALS:  The new Summer Menu commences Monday 15th April.  New colour menus should be in your child’s school bag.  Please keep the Week 1 lunch envelope to be returned the Monday after the Easter break.

YELLOW ZIGZAG AND DOUBLE YELLOW LINES: Some vehicle owners will now have received a police letter from the Junior Road Safety Officers and PC Gavin Liddle. Drivers of the vehicles have been observed, by either the police, staff or the JRSO’s, stopping on the yellow lines and picking up or dropping off passengers. If you do this, you are blocking the line of sight of other children and their parents/carers. Please be aware that vehicle registration details are passed to the police every week. We passed 12 registration numbers to the police in January and 13 in February. So far, in March, we have passed only 5. Hopefully we will not need to pass any more to the police. May we suggest that you park a little further from the school, and arrange for your child to meet you at a safe place, away from the school entrance?

RAGBAG AND RECYCLING!  Another reminder that we have our own Ragbag Outdoor Bank, just by the school gate. Please ensure that any clothing shoes etc are placed in sealed plastic bags. The more we collect the more money the school raises to improve the outdoor environment! Hopefully you will be starting to see the changes! We are also actively recycling a number of other products including batteries, and old pens. If you have pens that no longer work, your child can bring them in and place them in their class pen box, or you can drop them off in the white bin in reception.

(Please avoid placing bags in the outdoor bank during school drop off/pick up times, as this area is out of bounds to parents and pupils at these times.)

SSPCA VISITPupils in P3 were delighted to receive a visit from Amy our local SSPCA worker.  Amy discussed with the pupils what her job was all about and revised some basic rules about caring for pets and animals.  All of the pupils were delighted to receive a stick on window badge with the charities web address and phone number should they come across an animal in need of help.  Many thanks to Amy for this interesting talk!   03000 999 999   scottishspca.org

NURSERY HAS A NEW PLAY AREA! After a long time in planning, the pupils and staff have finally got a new play area to explore and enjoy! This project, which has involved the Pupil Council, DOOSC, Parents and staff has meant that the once tired and run down area outside the Nursery has been transformed with artificial grass, giving a bright green all weather surface. In the middle of this sits a fantastic high quality activity centre which allows children to climb, slide and scramble. The children can work together, play imaginatively and challenge themselves in an interesting and varied environment. Although specifically prepared for the Nursery and younger children, the area is available for older children and those in DOOSC, to play safely and creatively in a secure and pleasant environment throughout the year, regardless of the weather! 

BOWLING: Well done to the girls who took part in the Superbowl competition this year. The girls thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Our thanks go to one of our parents and bowling champion, Mrs Julie Forrest, for inspiring the children and encouraging them! Our thanks also to Colin Blaikie and Bill Linton and the other members of the bowling clubs, who helped and encouraged the children.

 

CRICKET:

Cricket training lead by Hawick and Wilton CC coach Allan Moffat continues on Thursdays after school until 4:30pm. New players are always welcome. All pupils who attend training will be picked to play in the Primary School Cricket league which starts at the end of April.

 

BADMINTON: We have a number of children who have entered the Hawick Badminton Tournament this Sunday, 31st March. The competition is open to all pupils in P5-7 and will be held at Hawick High School. Thank you once again to Colin Blaikie for coming in and giving the children some extra coaching!

 

FOOTBALL:

Boys P3-P7 - Wednesday 5-6pm Astroturf New players are always welcome.

Girls P3-P7 - Fridays 4-5pm Astroturf

After Easter we will be looking to restart our academy for P2 pupils.

 

RUGBY: The rugby season has now come to an end. The final tournament of the season was the Quins 10s. Well done to the P4/5 team who came 3rd in their section and congratulations to the P6/7 team who won their tournament. Thank you to the coaches who did a fantastic job with the teams.

 
DRUMLANRIG PRIMARY - DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:

2012 / 2013

 

Friday 29th March 2013

School Closed – Good Friday

Monday 1st - Friday 12th April 2013

School Closed - Easter Holiday

Friday 3rd May 2013

School Closed - In-Service Day

Monday 6th May 2013

School Closed – May Day Holiday

Thursday 9th May 2013 6.00 – 8.00 p.m.

Mayfayre

Wednesday 15th May 2013

Ragbag collection

Friday 7th June 2013

School Closed – Common Riding

Monday 10th June 2013

School Closed – Holiday

Thursday 27th June 2013

Last Day of Term

Tuesday 20th August 2013

First Day of New Term

Monday 14th – Friday 18th October 2013

School Closed - October Holiday

SCHOOL INFORMATION:

Drumlanrig St Cuthbert’s Primary School               01450 373521

Drumlanrig Nursery                                            01450 379046               

Email:                enquiries@drumlanrig-st-cuthberts.scotborders.sch.uk                     

Website:            www.drumlanrig-st-cuthberts.scotborders.sch.uk

Drumlanrig Out of School Club                              01450 379722

 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

DRUMLANRIG PRIMARY SCHOOL                       

Please let us know if your child has done something out of school which we can recognise and celebrate in school. It will either appear in the next Achievements bulletin or be displayed in school. You can either note it down below and send in the slip to school, or you may prefer to phone or email with your message.

ACHIEVEMENT: