Community Affairs

Kippen Street Fayre 2018

This year the school was represented by a display with an Eco theme. Pupils from Primary 6 and 7, who had completed their Junior John Muir Award, were on hand with a display showcasing their work, including fact files and woodland poetry which they recited at our recent ‘Day in the Woods’. Primary 5 and 6 pupils had been learning about the dangers of plastic litter, especially to marine life, and had made two collages depicting this; ‘The Saddest Mermaid’ and ‘Journey to the Sea’. On sale this year were some Eco sandwich wraps which are designed to cut down on the need for unnecessary daily plastic bags. The P7 pupils had been creative in decorated canvas bags and these proved popular at the event too.

Kippen Street Fayre

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Citizenship Awards 2018

Citizenship Awards

The Sports Achievement Cup, donated by Tom Connelly, is voted for by all the pupils in the School. This year’s winner was Murray Robb, who had demonstrated a high level of skill in Kayaking and has recently been promoted into Division 1, which is a great achievement for his age. Murray was part of a duo alongside Ross Claydon who earned Kippen a remarkable 2nd place in the Scottish Schools Slalom Kayak/Canoe Championships in June.  Murray has also been a member of the School’s football team and a great ambassador for sport in general. A Highly Commended certificate was awarded to Caitlin Bradwell in recognition of her achievement in Cross Country, where she has competed at Stirling, regional and national levels, as well as being an integral part of netball and lacrosse teams in School.

 

 

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Maths and Mingle

By Primary 1/2

We invited parents, family and friends to a ‘Maths and Mingle’ open afternoon. We wanted to share our maths learning and to show our family the different kinds of activities and games we use to help us.

Maths n Mingle

In the afternoon we were working in groups and playing lots of different games. When our visitors arrived, we explained what we were doing and invited them to take part in the different activities.

“I really liked it because we got to show our visitors lots of different types of maths and activities.” Tilly P2

“I liked it because we got to do lots of activities and we could ask the parents to join in and help us with the different tasks.” Harry P2

“I though Maths and Mingle was very, very good because it showed lots and lots of people lots of different maths at once.” Ella P1

“Everybody was calm and relaxed during the ‘Maths and Mingle’. It was nice to chat calmly to our visitors and show them what we’ve been learning.” Heidi P1

 

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Small Schools Football and Netball League and Tournament

We took part in the annual Small Schools Football and Netball League and Tournament this year alongside Gargunnock, Fintry, Buchlyvie and Drymen Primary Schools. Our football team this year has been well supported by parent volunteer Mr McPhee, who took over from Mr Goodwin. The football team continued their successes from last year by retaining the Football League Trophy and were unbeaten in the league. The netball team, coached by Miss Alexander, put in some impressive performances to come 2nd in the league, with the winners Drymen proving to be a very strong team.

Kippen Primary hosted the annual tournament on 19th June where Buchlyvie won the football and Drymen won the netball. Thank you to Miss Alexander for organising the tournament, and to all the parents who baked and donated cakes and supported the players. Well done to all the players who trained hard and showed enthusiasm and good sportsmanship throughout. A special thanks to Neil and Angus from Active Stirling for their support with everything, from driving minibuses to away games, to refereeing.

Football and Netball Teams

Both our teams looked fantastic in the new strips which were donated by the Parent Council.

 

Community Affairs

Our Values Mural

We have been working with local artist Sandra Morris to design and create a mural in one of the outdoor sheds in the playground. Each class had the task of designing a symbol for one of the School Values and these have been drawn on the shed wall by P5-7 pupils and then painted. The background will be the hills after which our houses are named, Ledi, Lomond and Nevis.  The side walls have been painted by pupils and have handprints on them in our house colours. The new P1 pupils got the chance to put on their handprints when they came for their transition afternoons in June. Thank you very much to Mrs Morris for her creativity and support to transform our shed. She has managed to fit in all this work alongside doing a dissertation for her degree. Pupils have already started discussing what they’d like to do with the other shed. Watch this space!

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P5 Swimming Sessions at Balfron High

Primary 5 pupils recently took part in a ten-week block of swimming lessons at Balfron High School. As well as sharpening their skills on various swimming strokes, they were made aware of vital safety skills in case they had to survive in water unexpectedly. Wearing t-shirt and leggings, they jumped into the water and immediately made themselves float for 60-90 seconds on their backs to acclimatise to the cold water. Then they treaded water and created buoyancy aids using their clothing whilst alerting rescuers for help. Cody MacPhee (P5) explained, ‘I learned how to make a buoyancy aid out of my pyjama bottoms-this was tricky the first time but the second time I got it done really quickly!’  Useful advice for Senior Primary pupils on ‘Float to Live’ can be found on www.respectthewater.com

P5 Swimming

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Kippen Quilters

Elma Leith and Anne Lindsay came to visit Kippen Primary pupils during assembly to show us some of the quilts they have made and to tell us more about quilting. We had lots of questions for them about the skills they needed to use when making quilts and the different designs and patterns.

We then had the chance to make some paper quilts by all working on a square using the media of our choice. We used a variety of media such as crayons, oil pastels, felt tips, pencils and collage materials. The quilters joined our pieces together to make quilts and had them on display during their afternoon tea in the Village Hall in May.

We then had the quilts on display in our school so that pupils and visitors could admire our work. I’m sure you’ll agree that they are very colourful and creative. Thank you very much to the Kippen Quilters for sharing your work with us.