Isn't it wonderful, that as May arrives, so does the sunny weather? Here's hoping for a great term and lots of exciting outdoor learning and activity!
We begin this month's news in outer space... Our Eco Club are currently taking part in a huge scientific experiment to help British astronaut, Tim Peake. The children have two sets of seeds to nurture - one from here and one that have been to space! They are investigating if the seeds that have been in space grow better/worse than those that haven't. There are very busy Eco pupils buzzing around the polytunnel in pursuit of their data! We should also mention that the club, under Mrs Moorhead's passionate direction, are helping pupils in classes grow wheat, flax, potatoes and cabbage. It's a very busty place!
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While learning in space takes outdoor learning to quite an extreme, our school really does pride itself on letting the children learn beyond the classroom, whether within the school grounds or beyond. A real highlight of the latter is the P1s' annual adventure at Castle Espie. This year we had stunningly bright weather, but it was very chilly! The poor old teachers had to wrap up especially carefully...
May Day in Belfast has seen a group of our P7 pupils participate in the 3 mile Belfast Marathon Fun Run for the last three years. This year, we were delighted to welcome an even bigger group, as well as some parents. Money raised goes towards the P7s' legacy to the school - more on that to follow - so well done to all! We even had the first primary school pupil to cross the line!
As the boys' football season comes to a close, the girls' takes off. Our team played in the local tournament in Newtownards and scored a huge success, eventually coming second to a really strong Dundonald team. The girls can be really proud of themselves, particularly as only a few play any football outside school. Our thanks to Mr Skimin and Heather Kerr (IFA) for their continuing coaching and support. Here's a before and after picture - can you spot the big sparkly difference?
Anyone visiting our website over recent years will be well aware of our Intergenerational Programme, involving our P7 children collaborating on a whole range of activities with members of the community (of a slightly more advanced age). The latest event saw a fantastic afternoon of fun, as Ted from eye4education came along to organise the building of paper towers - in a collaborative venture. The craic was truly mighty; the sound of laughter echoed throughout the school! Congratulations to everyone for making the event such a success, especially to Mr s Jensen for her unswerving dedication to the programme.
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