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Bible Alive

Our P2/3/4 pupils will be participating in Bible Alive Sessions for the next few weeks.  These are provided by Ms Stewart and Mrs Knight.  We had our first session on Monday and it was great!  The class will be using some of the knowledge that they learn to help present the Easter Assembly at Kirkton of Skene Church on Friday 31st March.  We hope to see as many of you there as possible.

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World Book Day

Well done to all of the pupils, staff and parents for their efforts in dressing up as their favourite book characters.  We had a wide variety of characters and some fantastic costumes!

Throughout the day we enjoyed sharing some of our favourite books and we read with some of the mums and dads.

We had a competition to see who was found reading in the most obscure places.  Well done to everyone who took part.  The winners were:

James Morrison, P2, Ellie Stewart P3 and Aimee Main  P7.

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Thank you to Mr and Mrs Thomson, Mrs Hanley and Mrs Knight for coming in to read with us.  We really appreciated it.  If anyone has any old books, please do hand them in to school as we are still looking for more to help us with our next Library project.

Community Tree Planting – Garioch Rangers and P5/6/7

Despite the wet and wintry weather, pupils in P5/6/7 participated in a community tree planting project with the Bennachie Rangers on 31st January. The pupils planted a selection of hawthorn, dog rose and holly trees near the pond at Arnhall Moss.  We will keep an eye on their progress but do have a look and see what you can see if you are visiting the Moss.

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Scots Poetry Competition

Well done to everyone for learning a Scots Poem.  It is important for us to uphold traditions and celebrate the life and times of our National Poet, Robert Burns.  As you will know we had a whole school Scots Poetry Competition this year with a new shield presented to the winner.

A big thank you to the President of the Rotary Club, Graham Barnes and member, Rev. Rodgers, for judging our competition.

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The results were as follows:

1st – Jess McWilliam, P6, My Love is Like a Red Red Rose

2nd – Erin Main, P5, The Neep

3RD – Ellie Stewart, P3, The Puddock

 Burns Supper

Thank you very much to the Parent Council for organising a fantastic Burns Supper.  Not even a power cut or snow storm spoiled the night.  The food from Garlogie Inn was delciious, the music from the Haymakers and our piper was great and the entertainement from our very own taleneted pupils was superb!  Well done everyone.  The Parent Council raised just over £750 from this event.

The Hour of Code

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P2/3/4 and P5/6/7 took part in the ‘Hour of Code’ on Wednesday 7th December.  The children had lots of fun learning about programming and coding using algorithms.  They used devices such as the Beebots and Blu Bots as well as a drone and they even programmed their teachers!  We are hoping to build this in to some of our technology and computing science lessons in the near future.

Christmas Lunch

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Christmas Lunch was a great success last Thursday.  A very big thank you to Lorraine and Karin for all of their preparation and hard work on the day.  It was a big thumbs up from the pupils and the staff!

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The choir have been sharing their beautiful sound around Skene over the last week.  Last Thursday we visited Pitcairn Lodge Care Home and entertained some of the residents.  Thank you to the parents who helped transport the children and for staying with us.  We hope you enjoyed listening to our festive selection.  We also sang at the Carols by Candlelight service on Sunday and at the Nativity last night.  We will regroup on the first Wednesday back in preparation for the Burns Supper.

 

Carols by Candlelight and the Nativity

Thank you very much to Skene Parish Church for hosting both events. A very big thank you to those who came to the Carol service on Sunday – numbers were very low but the children who were there did a fantastic job.

A very big thank you to Miss Law for coordinating ‘Prickly Hay’ supported by Miss Bruce and Mrs Milne.  A lot of time and organisation goes into the Nativity and we are very grateful for all of the afterhours work too!  What a fantastic show – I am sure you will agree that the children did a fantastic job and did us all proud.  Well done also to the P5/6/7 and the choir for their beautiful singing.

Whole School Christmas Party in the Woods

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The Bear Grylls group invited the Healthy Heroes to join them for a party in the woods on Wednesday 14th December to share and celebrate their learning.  We played games, sang songs and enjoyed the outdoor air whilst celebrating the Christmas period.  ‘Scatter’ was definitely the favourite game and the hot chocolate went down a treat too!  Thank you to all of the parents who helped.

Children in Need

We helped to raise money for Children in Need on Friday 18th November by having a dress as you please day.  We raised £103.50 which has been sent off to the charity.  Thank you all very much for your donations.

 

Rotary Young Speaker

A very big well done to Sarah Kay in P7 for representing the School at the Rotary Young Speaker Competition.  Sarah presented a talk about Competitive Swimming.  She spoke confidently and passionately about her chosen subject.  Well done, Sarah!

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Prayer Space

A very big thank you to the team from Kirkton of Skene Church who organised, set up and ran the Prayer Space for us on Thursday 10th and Friday 11th The pupils in P5/6/7 worked with Rev Stella a couple of weeks beforehand to select some of the activities on offer.  The Refugee Rucksack and the Love heart prayers were particular favourites.

Google Expeditions

We were very excited to have the Google Expeditions Team in on Thursday 3rd November for our P3-7 pupils.  We climbed Mount Everest, visited the Great Barrier Reef and saw Christ the Redeemer in Rio.  The virtual experience was fantastic and the children were amazed that they could visit these places from the comfort of their own classrooms.

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Dons Day Out

The Don’s Day out on Sunday 24th September was a great success made even better with a win for Aberdeen.  The event raised a fantastic £439.00 to boost the Parent Council’s fundraising efforts.  Thank you very much to Mrs Noble for organising this and to everyone who attended.

The Cat Parade – ‘Zen’

Our P5/6/7 pupils and the teachers were very lucky in having the opportunity to help Mrs Cooper, our art teacher, design a Cat for the Cat Parade 2016.  The project was organised by Aberdeen’s Bon Accord Rotary Club to commemorate their 100th anniversary.  Similar projects include Kelly’s Cats in 2005 and 2014’s Wild Dolphin sculpture Trail.

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9 of our pupils were lucky enough to visit a pre-auction event on Wednesday afternoon to view all of the cats and see Zen take pride of place.

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Zen, sponsored by Sub Drill, went to auction on Wednesday evening and sold for a whopping £620!  Well done to everyone involved and a special thanks to Mrs Cooper for asking us to be involved.

SSPCA Visit

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Monday 26th September we had a visit from the SSPCA.  P1-4 enjoyed a short Assembly which was followed by a workshop for our P4-7 pupils.  The workshop focused on Animal 999.  The children enjoyed the session and we hope to do more work with the SSPCA soon.

Snappy September 2016

Thank you to all of our young and budding photographers for your entries to the Snappy September Photograph Competition.  We have a fantastic array of pictures displayed in the Library area.  Well done to Gregor Buckett who won 1st prize, Innes Munro who came 2nd and Owen Reid who came third.

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All photographs has been sent to Mrs Buckett and we hope to see some of them in the annual calendar for 2017.

We hope to run more competitions like this so watch this space for the next theme…

Roald Dahl Day

On Tuesday 12th September we celebrated Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday.  Primary 2/3/4 organised a fun-filled day of learning and excitement for the whole school.  We had activities such as chocolate tasting, dressing up, quizzes and a beetle drive.  We all had a great day and well done to Miss Law and P2/3/4.

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Staffing FOR 2016-17

Staffing remains largely the same as Session 2015/16 and we welcome Mrs Natalie Burness to the team as P5/6/7 teacher.  We have had some unexpected yet exciting news in the last few days for Mrs Burness and I am sure you will join me in congratulating her on the news that she is expecting her first baby due in February.  Obviously this will leave an opening in the staff team but please be assured that I am working with Aberdeenshire Council to ensure the vacancy is filled in good time.  I will keep you informed as the process progresses.

Classes are as follows:

P1/2 – Miss Bruce

P2/3/4 – Miss Law

P5/6/7 – Mrs Burness and Miss Hampton (Tuesday)

Learning with Lambs – 19/02/16

Today we had a visit from Mr Wilkie, a parent and local farmer, and some of his lambs.  Following Faye’s (P7) TV appearance on ‘The Mart’, we were all very interested to learn more about our local community, in particular the farming side of it.

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It was great to welcome these lovely lambs in for a visit and to learn all about them.  We had lots of questions to ask and Faye and her dad answered them all – Thank you!  The visit was arranged by P5/6/7 and P1/2 popped out to say hello as well.

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Parent Council Burns Supper – 06/02/16

On Saturday 6th February, 2016, the Parent Council organised and held a Burns Supper at the Ashdale Hall.  The event was very well attended and a great night was had by all.

Entertainment was varied from traditional speeches to highland dancing and poetry.  The Westhill Academy Ceilidh Band provided excellent music and also some of our pupils too on their fiddles.

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A big thank you to the Parent Council for organising this event and for their continued hard work.  Also, special thanks go to:

  • Anne for giving up her lunchtimes to organise the highland dancing.
  • Andy for compering the evening and singing with the children.
  • Julie Wilkie for doing the shopping, sorting the finances and organising the piper.
  • Garlogie for providing the delicious food.
  • The Westhill Academy Ceilidh Band and Rhonda Pirie and Miss Davidson for 20160206_222043helping with the violin players.
  • The School Staff for helping with the doric poems and singing.
  • Mr Strachan, PE Specialist, for teaching the children a selection of Scottish Country Dances.

P5/6/7 Enterprise Fair
11/06/15 P5/6/7 attempted to “Grow A Fiver” to help our donation to Unicef’s Nepal Earthquake Appeal go a little bit further. They did an amazing job, and raised over £144, so our total inclouding our Come As You Please for Nepal Day money is now £325.27! Not bad for a small school! Well done Skene!

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Tough Football and Netball Festival 2015

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Tesco Christmas Competition 2014
Tesco Westhill ran a Christmas Colouring Competition for all the Westhill schools, and you can see the results displayed instore. They chose a winner from each school, and the Skene School winner was Toni Foulkes, P4. Here she is with her prize. Well done Toni!
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Snow Packs
If we are forced to close the school due to inclement weather or an inclement forecast, please log on through Glow to this Snow Pack from ALEC which is a follow on to the work done in the ALEC van during Health Week. The link is:
https://portal.glowscotland.org.uk/establishments/aberdeenshirecouncil/ACfE/ALEC/Snow%20Packs/default.aspx
Children will need to use their Glow logins and passwords.

Christmas Community Cafe
Please come along to our Christmas Community Cafe on Wednesday 11 December, 9.30-10.30.
Fairtrade refreshments will be on sale. There will be a presentation from the Rights Respecting School Group and some Christmas songs for your entertainment. We look forward to seeing you!

Skene v Cluny Netball Tournament
Excellent attitudes all round saw for an exciting, fun netball tournament for both spectators and players on 14 November. Brilliant results too – 2 games won for each school, and 1 draw! Well done to all the players from both Skene and Cluny. We look forward to the next one!

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All Winners!

All Winners!

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Kara sets one up.

Elia scores!

Elia scores!

The Backpack Project
This project is now complete. Thank you very much to all those who contributed.

Fairtrade Community Cafe
Our first Community Cafe is on Friday 22 November from 2-3pm. Please feel free to pop along for a cup of Fairtrade tea or coffee, and a good grilling from the Fairtrade group about your Fairtrade purchasing habits!

We look forward to seeing you!