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Christmas Fun at Kippen Primary

P1-4 Party


Santa made special visits to the P1-4 party and the P5-7 party at the end of term. All the children had a great time playing party games and joining in the social dancing. Everyone enjoyed cupcakes and juice from the Parent Council. Thank you to staff and parents who contributed.

P5-7 party


M7M productions visited Kippen Primary to perform The Hunchback of Notre Dame, a story which teaches us that kindness is more important than looks. The children were a superb audience who sat and listened so well. They enjoyed pick ‘n ‘mix sweets from the teachers during the performance – maybe that’s why they were so quiet?



Christmas Lunch

The catering department served 72 Christmas Dinners, with a total of 105 children eating lunch together in the School Hall. Thank you to the staff who helped serve the dinners, and to the children who helped the staff set up the hall. It was a lovely atmosphere in the hall. We finished lunch with a festive sing- song. Thank you to everyone who donated crackers, sweets and napkins.

Christmas lunch

Parent Council Community Christmas Concert

Once again, the Parent Council Concert Committee organised a lovely event at which all school children performed in groups of P1-3, P4-6 and P7. Individual and small group performers also entertained a very full Church. Well done to everyone who performed, donated, volunteered and joined us on the night. It always has such a lovely Christmassy feel. We were very proud of all of our performers. It was lovely to see some former pupils both performing and joining the audience. Thanks to Rev Ellen Larson Davidson for the use of Kippen Parish Church and for introducing the performers.


Carols singers at community concert






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Primary 1/2 Book Week

Primary 1/2 concentrated on author Ed Vere during Book Week. Ed Vere is an award-winning author and illustrator of children’s books. We read the story ‘Max the Brave’. We talked about the story and shared our thoughts about what makes a person brave. In the story, Max’s cape helps him to feel brave. The children designed their own superhero costumes and told us about a time they had been brave. We displayed our lovely work on the wall beside ‘Max the Brave’.


Book Week P1-2

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Scottish Book Week P2/3/4

During Book Week p2/3/4 were learning about “Porridge the Tartan Cat”.  The series of books has been written by the author Alan Dapre, and we were very lucky to have him visit us for an Assembly. Alan told us all about how he came up with ideas for the characters. We showed our tartan cats to Alan and then wrote some character descriptions.  We had fun trying to say the tongue twister at the start of the books – “Porridge the tartan cat toppled into a tin of paint”.


Book Week P2-3-4

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P5/6 Enjoy a Victorian Christmas!

As we neared the end of 2017, Primary 5/6 explored some of our traditional Christmas customs many of which emanated from the Victorian period. The pupils researched how life was different in those days, and we used ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens as a context for our reading during Scottish Book Week. Pupils found traditional language in the texts such as; bestow, ledger, gaol, and recorded meanings from the dictionary. The class were surprised to learn that the original ‘Father Christmas’ not only wore a green cloak (in keeping with the Mid-Winter Festival) but that he did not initially come to bring presents for children! Instead, he went round neighbouring houses for food, drink and conversation with the adults! Greenery such as Holly, Ivy and Mistletoe were brought indoors as part of the Festival: a tradition which has continued with Christmas trees. Foodwise, we discovered that cakes called Twelfth Cake were eaten. These had pastry crowns on them, but this tradition evolved into our Christmas cake. Mince pies were popular, however contained meat rather than dried fruit. We made mince pies in class after a suggestion for a ‘Victorian Bake Off’ and Mary Berry would surely have marvelled at the creativity of these pies! P5/6 has some artful artists too and created Victorian tile designs for our feature Victorian fireplace.


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Primary 7 Book Week Scotland

Primary Seven have been very busy during Book Week! Following on from their outdoor learning, working towards their John Muir award, the class decided to choose ‘Light on Dumyat’ by Rennie McOwan as their class focus during Book Week. They enjoyed reading and discussing the many adventures of Gavin and Clan Stewart, especially as the book features a number of local spots that the children have visited themselves. We also spent some time researching the author, Rennie McOwan – creating fact files on his fascinating life and career. As he is a locally based author, we were able to contact him directly by email and we received a wonderful reply, full of interesting advice and inspiration. We hope that he will be able to visit us at Kippen in the near future. We also had great fun designing and creating our very own interactive book T-shirts. Each Primary 7 selected a favourite book and designed their own ‘interactive’ T-shirt with extra information concealed inside pockets and flaps. They are looking forward to sharing these with the other children of the School when we return in the New Year.


Book Week P7

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RSNO Visit to Glasgow Concert Hall

Kippen Primary pupils from Primary 3, 4 and 5 had a great treat in November in the form of a day out at a ‘Heroes and Villains’ musical concert. As part of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s schools outreach programme, staff attended a training session and followed this up with a series of lessons centred on the musical programme they were to experience on the visit day. This included the popular Faure’s Pavanne, The Overture to The Magic Flute, A Night on Bare Mountain by Mussorgsky and some pieces by Stravinsky and Rimsky-Korsakov. To top the excitement, the audience had a visit from ‘Darth Vader’ himself, as the John Williams theme music from Star Wars played. We were also lucky to have a visit from two local professional musicians prior to the concert; Helen, a flautist and Duncan, a clarinet player with the R.S.N.O., came to demonstrate the range and tone of their instruments and to set the scene for the concert. As we have many talented musicians on our school roll, the duo were impressed by the children’s knowledge and enthusiasm for the subject. Maybe we shall see a few of them in the RSNO ‘pit’ in years to come. Many thanks to Annabel Gaywood, our parent helper and a violinist herself, for enhancing our musical tour bus experience on the day.



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Kippen Parish Church Guild

“Be Bold, Be Strong”  –  “Go in Love”

All men and women are welcome to attend

Guild meetings held in Kippen Church House:-               

13th February               7.30 p.m.

“Wigtown Book Festival”

Mrs Anne Brown

27th February               2.00 p.m.


Sarah Hill

2nd March                    Time TBA

“World Day of Prayer”

Aberfoyle Parish Church

13th March                   7.30 p.m.

“Rock Gardens”

Mr Sandy Leven

Saturday 17th March     Coffee Morning/

10.30 a.m. to 12 noon    Gift Day

Guild Projects:  This year Kippen Guild is supporting two

Projects – “Street Pastors” and “Breaking the Cycle of FGM”


Further information is available from

Joanna M. McPhail 870681 or