Community Affairs

Kippen Playgroup

Kippen Playgroup has had an incredibly busy and successful 2018 so far, with lots of the local children enjoying the benefits of learning outdoors with our wonderful Play Leaders Heidi and Pam.  The scorching weather has only enhanced the fun and will no doubt lead to the children having very high weather expectations for future years!  No need to burst their bubble, they’ll realise what our summers are usually like, all in good time.  The children are busy most sessions up in their newly named “Monkey Camp” at the frog pond; making clay faces, building dens, pressing flowers and doing as many different imaginative things possible with the humble stick. Our diminutive crew are really enjoying making the area their own and can be frequently heard from over a great distance with their laughing and screams of unbridled joy…hope everyone nearby is enjoying that!

For our end of year celebration, the children went on a bear hunt through the woods and then retired back to Monkey Camp for a campfire and some marshmallows.  We say goodbye to a few of our children as they head off into the big bad world of Primary education and we wish them all the best for their future.

Kippen Playgroup is about to break for the summer but if you are interested in enrolling your child for next term, then please get in touch with Heidi Docherty via During term time we run two Playgroup sessions per week: Tuesdays and Fridays 9:30-12pm. Two years to pre-school welcome.

Kippen Street Fayre was a fantastic day for all and our incredibly popular bottle stall raised the mammoth amount of £1100!   Thank you to everyone in Kippen for your generosity in donating bottles and visiting the stall on the day, it’s a huge amount of money for our organisation and will be a great help in keeping a valuable local service running.

Kippen Toddlers will be meeting throughout the summer holidays, but we will be looking to get together outdoors whenever possible, so keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates about where we will be.  Toddlers is on a Thursday 10:15 – 12 and we welcome children from birth to pre-school and adults in any state of sleep deprivation.

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Day in the Woods

The Primary 6 and 7 classes recently ran an Outdoor Learning Day as part of their work this year. They started their John Muir Award work whilst on their residential week at Lendrick Muir in September. When they returned to School, the children worked together to explore and preserve their own wild space, Burnside Wood. The children consulted with the Kippen Woodland Group, who came in to speak to all the children about their work in preserving our wild space for the whole community. The children were keen to make this project an ongoing activity throughout the School year, threaded through their Community Matters IDL topic.

Day in the Woods Photo 2

They came up with the idea of running a whole day event for the rest of the School in the woods so that the other children of our School could experience the type of activities that they had undertaken whilst on their residential, as well as highlighting their knowledge and experience of their own woods. Everything that went into their day was led and organised by the John Muir students. They ran a number of activities: Campfire Food Making at the Coup, Tree Identification, Pond Dipping, Mystery in the Woods, Sensory Walk and Games and even Tai-Chi! It was a wonderful day and enjoyed by all the children and wider Kippen community. Due to all their hard work over the year, they were recently awarded the John Muir ‘Explorer’ Award.

“I really enjoyed running the whole event. Being in the woods with everyone, there’s nothing like it!” Evie, P7

“Running an activity during our Day in the Woods really made me feel confident about leading activities in the future.” Beth P7

“I had so much fun!” Ava P7

“I really enjoyed coaching all the other children in the School and passing on my expertise!” Charis P7

John Muir Awards


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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.


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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!