The Spring Fair, which
was held last Saturday, attracted a large number of parents and pupils. A
variety of interesting stalls were available to participate in. The PTA at
the event raised a grand profit of £559.
Many thanks to all
parents who contributed to the fair both by attending and donating prizes
to the raffle. Grateful thanks are due to Mrs Anne Duffy, Mrs Bev Hughes
and Mrs Mary Thain for the hard work and effort they put in to organising
the event. My thanks also to the many staff members who supported the
event, including the school chef Andy Green, who produced some terrific
pancakes for everyone to enjoy.
The egg box model
competition produced some very fine entries. The eventual winners were:
Primary 1 1st Train by
Robbie Davis 2nd Spider by Gemma Sutherland 3rd Nest by Kayleigh Scollay
4th Television by Iona Ferrier Primary 2 1st Army camp by David Meiklejohn
Primary 3 1st Car by Zoe Wilson 2nd Rabbit by Chloe Sinclair 3rd Robot by
Katie Cunningham Primary 4 Ist Military Scene by Robbie Meiklejohn 2nd
Television by Kyle Gunn 3rd Graduate by Matthew Sinclair Primary 5 1st
Underwater Scene by Declan Mackay 2nd Desk tidy by Cameron Duffy 3rd
Parrot in a cage by Jamie Bacon 4th Flowers by Robyn Hughes Primary 6 1st
Hen by Matthew Thain 2nd Clown by Lauren Sinclair Primary 7 1st Spring
Scene by Jodie Wilson 2nd Spring Pictures by Laura Hughes.
Adult 1st Mr Thain picture of daffodils 2nd Fiona Mackay pictures of lambs
3rd Mr Duffy picture of a hedgehog
Child 1st Ross Thain picture of a calf 2nd Cameron Duffy picture of a
bunny beside daffodils. 3rd Declan Mackay - picture with a rabbit.
Pretty as a sunflower - Megan Shearer from
the nursery puts her head through the Sunflower cut out. The pictures were
made in to fridge magnets for the pupils.
Pupils in Primaries 4 to 7 made a good entry to the Easter general
knowledge quiz. The first letter of the answers made up the names of the
four seasons. Overall winners were Rachel Graham in the Primary 4/5 quiz
and Ryan Sinclair in the Primary 6/7 quiz. Well done to the following who
all had good entries:
Primary 4 Chloe
Robertson, Andrew Gunn, Becky Plowman, Matthew Sinclair, Chloe Macaulay,
Kyle Gunn, Robbie Meiklejohn, Nicole Barron, Craig Muir, Kaitlin Bogle,
Greg Polson, Kara Plowman, Emma Sinclair, Jasmin Camus, Laura McCombie
Primary 5 Jamie Bacon, Cameron Duffy, Declan Mackay, Jordan Oag, Erin
Mackay, Cassandra Henderson, Liam Macleod, Kimberly Lewis, Emma Coghill,
Tanya Howden, Alex More, Zoe Sutherland, Jack Fraser and Olivia Turner.
Primary 6 Anna Falconer, Shauna Warnock, Matthew Thain, Oceanne Camus,
Lauren Sinclair, Melissa Boyle, Kayleigh Huggins, Lynsey Sutherland, Chloe
Primary 7 Rory Bamfield, Gemma Smith, Melissa Boyle, Steven Wilson, Tyler
In February, a group of Primary 5 and 6 pupils raised some money for the
Tsunami Relief by participating in a sponsored walk from Staxigoe to the
Lidl store and back. They were John Budge, Paul Cameron, Andrew McCombie
and Richard Budge. Altogether they raised a sum of £133. Well done to
these pupils for their initiative. The pupils involved have been very
modest about their fine achievement, which I felt merited some publicity.
CHANGES IN STAFF
Following interview, just prior to the Easter holidays, Mrs Karyn Mackay
was appointed as the new classroom assistant in Primary 6 and 7. She has
commenced work at the start of this term. A new student teacher Mrs Fiona
Ferrier is placed with Primary 2 for the first five weeks of this term.
Mrs Ferrier will take responsibility for the class for a two-week period.
Mr Wu, the gym teacher
who hails from Canada, will continue his visits to Hillhead on Tuesday
morning and all day Wednesday for the remainder of this term.
VISIT BY THEATRE
Hillhead has continued to endeavour to bring professionals from the arts
world to the school. Over Thursday and Friday the 14th and 15th April, the
Collaborators Theatre Company visited school. This company specialises in
work with shadows and puppets. Primary 5 were involved in a workshop on
the morning of April 14th. Two shows were then presented to the whole
school, one on Thursday afternoon and another on Friday morning. They were
enjoyed by all.
Once again the personal projects carried out by Primary 7 pupils were
completed to a very high standard. It was difficult to choose winners but
eventually an order was settled on. It was 1st Michael Anderson on a
project which looked at Tractors. 2nd Andrew Sinclair with a project on
Concorde. 3rd David Cormack who looked at Formula 1 Racing and 4th Melissa
Boyle who took womenswear since 1800 as her topic. Well done to those
pupils and all of the Primary 7 pupils who produced such good work.
CHESS CLUB ERROR
The last end of term newsletter got it wrong! It was in fact Andrew
Plowman who took second prize in the Chess Club’s competition. Well done
to Andrew for this success and my apologies for getting the wrong surname.
The Chess Club is currently organising their annual match with the South
School, which will take place late this term. Parents of participating
pupils will receive information on the arrangements for this trip to the
HILLHEAD BOOK BANKS
All pupils have now received their copies of the Hillhead Book Banks. This
is the scheme launched by the pupil council to encourage reading in the
school. It will operate throughout this term and awards will be given out
before the end of term. Do encourage your child to take part in the
This week parents will
also receive a short pamphlet “Reading with Your Child”. This contains
useful advice and activities to carry out with your children. This
publication was produced by a staff working group in a desire to assist
parents with reading homework. I would be pleased to hear of any comments
on this publication. Please keep it somewhere so you can refer to it.
AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS
This term will see a number of after school clubs. Football will continue
on a Tuesday and netball on a Wednesday. In addition a number of new clubs
Mrs Elder will take a
singing group for pupils in Primary 6 and 7, after school on Thursdays
commencing 28th April. A selection of songs from musicals will be covered
in the classes. The singing group will give a performance to the ladies of
the Salvation Army in June as well as to the rest of the school at the end
of term service.
Mrs Karen Mackay, the
classroom assistant in Primary 4 will take cycling proficiency classes
commencing after school on Friday 29th April. These are aimed at pupils in
Primary 6 who require a bicycle in reasonable order and a cycling helmet
to participate in the class. Successful participants will be able to
obtain the Scottish Cycle Training Scheme Award.
An Eden Court outreach
worker Lorna Sutherland would like to start up a drama group for pupils in
Primaries 6 and 7 on Mondays commencing May 16th. Your child should tell
the class teacher if he or she is interested in attending these. The
classes will depend on numbers interested.
Danielle Ross in the nursery has a new baby brother James, who was born on
March 10th and weighed in at a very healthy 9lbs 4oz. Danielle was very
proud of her little brother when I met her in the Somerfield store over
A special thought also
to another nursery pupil Saffron MacDonald who was so badly injured in a
car accident just before the Easter holidays. Saffron broke an arm and leg
although is now back home again. We hope that she will soon be back with
us at Hillhead.
MAY DAY HOLIDAY
The school will be closed to staff and pupils on Monday 2nd May.