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282 March 2018 - Gryffe Advertizer

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46 the advertizer Houston Primary School Charity Fundraising: Primary 5 have been learning about charities this term and were fortunate to have two Primary 5 parents, Mrs Connelly and Mrs Wilson to come in and speak about the work they do for charity. Following their visit, the children were inspired and wanted to do something to support some local charities themselves. They decided to have a sponsored Pyjama Dance & Sing afternoon and raised a fantastic £1117.64. They split the money between Share Scotland and RAH Diabetes Endowment Fund in support of Ben, one of their classmates who was recently diagnosed with diabetes. This month the whole school will learn more about diabetes and how it is treated from a Primary 1 parent and a representative from Diabetes UK. Eco News: The Big Battery Hunt is on! We’ve almost filled our first battery bin already so keep bringing in your unused batteries (AA, AAA C and D) so we can make sure they are disposed of safely. The challenge is on until the end of term. Clear Out Your Closet - We’re looking for donations of clothes in wearable condition, pairs of shoes, handbags and belts for our next Rag bag collection. All funds raised go towards supporting Eco projects. Soup Making: The Gardening Club learned how to make leek and potato soup using their very own fresh produce. There was enough for a tub each to take home and enjoy. Delicious! Abbey Nursery To celebrate World Book Day alongside our newly refurbished Library within the nursery and the children’s increased interest in the story corner, we are exploring Children’s authors in the Grasshopper room over the next few months. The Pre-school Groups will be delving into the magical world of Roald Dahl (The Witches and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to name a few) and Nick Butterworth (Percy the Park Keeper, Tiger in the Snow and The School Trip). The younger children have opted for Julia Donaldson (Squash and a Squeeze, Charlie Cooks Favourite Book and The Gruffalo). By spending time looking at a range of books from one author we hope the children will get a better understanding of how they can use their own imagination to create new stories. We have lots of other activities underway. Sports Coaching every Wednesday; French Lessons on Tuesday; Music Land on Thursdays and Forest Schools Monday and Tuesday – leaving no time for your little ones to be bored! Meanwhile our Little Ladybirds and Busy Bunny rooms have adopted a fun approach to planning this year and set themselves a challenge by taking part in 105 OddBall Holidays for activities and learning experiences. January started with Popcorn day when the playroom smelt wonderful each day and the children enjoyed painting, touching and modelling with popcorn – the occasional bit getting into their mouths! February lead the way with Compliments Day giving staff, parents and children the opportunity to pay each other a compliment throughout the day and led into Love Your Pet Day on February 20th which was a chance for all children to have stories, make strange noises and bring in a photo of their pet or favourite animal and tell us all about them. All these amusing days fit nicely with the focus on providing open ended learning opportunities for all children and ‘Loose Parts’ are being used in lots of interesting and creative ways in the 2-3 room to challenge the children. every Mo n d a y Lochwinnoch Baby & Toddlers McKillop Hall, 9.45am - 11.30am £2/family fee incl tea & children’s snacks. Kilmacolm Playgroup St Columba Church Hall, Kilmacolm, 9.30am - 11.40am Howwood Baby & Toddler Group Howwood Parish Church, 10am - 12noon Kilbarchan Parish Church Tots’ Club Kilbarchan Parish Church Hall, 9.15am - 11.30am every Tuesday Kilbarchan Tots Kilbarchan Scout Hall, 10am-12noon £2 contribution. Tea, coffee & biscuits. Bridge of Weir Toddlers Cargill Hall, Lintwhite Cres, BoW Pop along and see us from 9.30am - 11.30am Kilmacolm Playgroup St Columba Church Hall, Kilmacolm, 9.30am - 11.40am Howwood Playgroup Howwood Church Hall, 9.45am - 11.35am every Wednesday Kilmacolm Toddlers St Columba Church Hall, Kilmacolm, 10am - 11.30am For children from birth to 3 years. Lochwinnoch Baby & Toddlers McKillop Hall, 9.45am - 11.30am £2/family fee incl tea and children’s snacks. Howwood Playgroup Howwood Church Hall, 9.45am - 11.35am every Th u r s d a y Houston Toddlers Church Hall, Main Street, Houston Pop along and see us from 9.30am - 11.30am Kilmacolm Playgroup St Columba Church Hall, Kilmacolm, 9.15am - 11.40am Howwood Playgroup Howwood Church Hall, 9.45am - 11.35am every Fr i d a y Langbank Playgroup Langbank Village Hall, 9.45 - 11.45am For 2.5 - 5yr olds. Contact Jen Burrows 07947 983025. Langbank Under 3’s Church Hall, Langbank, 10am - 11.45am For children from birth to 3 years Baby and Toddler Group Elderslie Kirk, Main Rd, Elderslie, 9.30am - 11.30am £2 includes children’s snack and tea/coffee. Lots of different toys to play with. All welcome. Community Bookbug Sessions Livingstone Hall at St Columba’s Junior School, Knockbuckle Road, Kilmacolm. From 9.30 - 10am 1st & 3rd Fr i d a y Renfrewshire Inverclyde Twins Club McKillop Hall, Lochwinnoch, 1pm -2.30pm £3. Bring a mug along for a cuppa. deadline date for our april issue - Friday 16th March - You don’t want to miss it!!

march 2018 t: 01505 613340 e: info@advertizer.co.uk 47 Lochwinnoch Primary School Lochwinnoch Primary School held their annual Burns competition and hugely popular Scottish afternoon on January 26th. The turn-out for the afternoon was amazing and we cannot thank everyone enough for showing their support. Guests were treated to a variety of singing and poetry, as well as homemade shortbread at our tea room. We even had special visitors from Moss Wood Care Home in Linwood and from ROAR and the Reminiscence Group which supports local people with dementia. Our nursery has also undergone a wonderful makeover. The children have enjoyed lots of indoor and outdoor play opportunities and we are excited to see what the future holds for our little learners. On February 3rd, 22 lucky Primary 5, 6 and 7’s got the opportunity to go to a Manchester United game. It involved a VERY early start and a long drive down to Manchester but everyone was super excited. The children got the chance to play a game of football at Wigan’s training ground and they then watched Manchester United play against Huddersfield, which resulted in a superb 2 - 0 win for the home team. Outdoor Learning has been a high priority for Lochwinnoch Primary School this year and we have taken part in many activities out and about lately. Primary 3/2 all the way up to Primary 7 took part in bird watching. Children had to count the number of different birds that they could spot at specific intervals and we had great fun getting our wellies on to see what we could see. We also carried out a bug hotel refurbishment. We replaced and fixed any broken bits on our existing bug hotels which are situated up next to the annexe building. We hope that these changes make them much more welcoming and appealing to the local wildlife. Most recently we worked alongside EADHA as part of the Riparian Woodland Project to plant aspen trees which will help the local riverbanks. It was a freezing day when we went out but we loved getting to use the tools to plant all of the trees down at the aspen grove. We were also rewarded with hot chocolate when we got back to school which was an added bonus! Aye Write! Is back from 15th - 25th March with an amazing line-up and more venues than ever before. Among the authors appearing at Aye Write! This year are a pre-festivals return to Glasgow for Ruby Wax before Sir Chris Bonington, Peggy Seeger, Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, Robert Peston, Maggie O’ Farrell, Val McDermid, Brett Anderson, Professor A.C. Grayling, Evan Davis, Shami Chakrabarti, Graeme Obree, Jo Swinson all discuss their latest work and Neil MacGregor, formerly director of the British Museum gives the Tannahill Lecture. Composer Sir James MacMillan, Lawyer Aamer Anwar, Scotland’s Makar Jackie Kay and Dr Adele Patrick all discuss “The books that made me”. Also returning are Aye Tunes, Aye Con and Aye Write! Introduces. In total, well over 200 authors will be taking part in Aye Write! 2018. Wee Write! Family Days will be held on 3rd and 4th March for the young book worms in your life! Aye Write! Venues include The Mitchell Library, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, the Centre for Contemporary Arts, the Glasgow Film Theatre, City Halls, Glasgow University and Tramway. Gaelic Learners Day University of the West of Scotland Sunday 17th March, 10am – 4pm Language Classes as 4 levels: Beginner, Lower/Upper Intermediate, Advanced. Cost £15 (ClannGaidhlig members £12) Places must be booked in advance. For an enrolment form contact us by email at fios@clanngaidhlig.org or telephone 07805 918509 Kilmacolm Primary School Kilmacolm Primary saw many talented pupils taking to the stage to perform in the 2018 Inverclyde Music Festival. To celebrate the wide variety of talents, the school hosted a music showcase where festival entrants entertained their fellow pupils and parents. Kicking off the afternoon was Primary 5 pupil Stella MacEachran, Stella received a 1st in Class for her rendition of Fear A’ Bhata’ in the Gaelic vocal solo category. Stella also received 2nd in class places for her Violin String performance of Minuet No 3 and her vocal solo performances of So Long, Farewell and Sing a Rainbow, what an achievement, Stella. There were truly exciting performances in the Inventive Storytelling category from Primary 5 pupils Benjamin Ross, 2nd in category winner and Adam Nish 1st in category winner, who had everyone gripped with their imaginative tales. Primary 6 pupil James Kelly had the audience enthralled with his adventurous story which saw James receiving 2nd in category. Primary 6 pupils Wesley Wilson and Cara McMinn received 2nd and 1st in class respectively for their Verse Sight reading whilst Primary 4 pupil Kerr Wright received 1st in class for his Verse Sight reading and Skye O’Neill received 2nd in class. Primary 7 pupil Christopher Todd sang Aiken Drum for which he received 1st in class whilst Primary 3 pupil Emily Gentles performed Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star beautifully on her violin. Michal Zawadski of Primary 5 performed The Cat on the piano. A huge ‘Well Done!’ to all the children who performed. What talented individuals you are! This month in KPS saw the start of an exciting new after school club - Film Club with Mrs McCredie! Some very lucky Primary 5 pupils are becoming movie makers and have been busy creating their own movie trailers. They have been using ipads to create their films and some have been starring in their movies too. Next step... Hollywood! @GryffeAds www.advertizer.co.uk

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