“No Learner Left Behind!”
“No Learner Left Behind!”
2nd November 2010
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“No Learner Left Behind!”
“No Learner Left Behind!”
Dear Parent, Carer, Colleague or Friend
Welcome to the 11th “Dunnottar Jotter.” I hope that you had an enjoyable October break. I can hardly
believe that we are thinking about Christmas celebrations already!
Adverse Weather – Website Parental/Carer Information – please see attached leaflet.
As the season for bad weather is due, please ensure that we have up to date contact information. If your
child uses free school transport and lives some distance from the school we require to have an adverse
weather accommodation address. For all parents the emergency information service telephone number for
Dunnottar School is 08700544999 – PIN NO: 021620.
However, nursery parents must use the Carronhill School PIN NO. which is 021430. If Carronhill School is
closed then our School Nursery will also be closed.
Information on school closures will also be relayed on North Sound Radio, local and national radio stations
and the Aberdeenshire Council website:- www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/closures/
Please ensure that you access these information sources in order that you are kept fully updated. Important
news/information will always be found at the above.
Late Arrival at School
It has been brought to my attention that a number of children are increasingly arriving late to school. It is very
important that all children arrive on time in order that they have the full benefit of the day. Any late entrants
will be recorded as such on class registers and parents will be contacted as appropriate. Thank you for your
Road Safety Outside School – Please see attached letter from our Road Safety Advisor
Unfortunately road safety continues to be a problem. The Parent Council have again highlighted the issue of
so many parents standing outside the school gates and wondered if this was really necessary. The
congestion is a danger to pupils on the pavement. Please ensure that all children have access to the school
gates at all times. We are also aware that the vast majority of parents do not cause any parking problems
around the school, however a few parents appear to be regularly parking on double yellow lines, zig-zag
lines, pavements and footpaths. This is highly dangerous to our children, pedestrians and other road users.
Please be diligent about taking care of all of our pupils outside school.
Parentzone (www.ltscotland.org.uk/parentzone) Engage for Education (www.engageforeducaton.org)
Parentzone / Engage for Education Websites are fully funded by the Scottish Government and aim to
- Opportunities to participate in Scotland wide discussion
- Information on how parents can support their child‟s learning
- Examples of parental involvement from around Scotland
- Information for Parent Councils
- The latest information on education in Scotland
- Information on Curriculum for Excellence
The parentzone website includes good practice examples from across Scotland of schools and community
learning staff working together to help support their children‟s learning. Please access the above websites in
order to find out more.
Please note that the school will be closed to all pupils on Monday 15 th and Tuesday 16th November. Staff will
work in school on Monday 15th where items on the agenda will include Self-Evaluation, Science, Listening
and Talking and Religious and Moral Education. All Stonehaven CSN staff (approximately 250 members) will
attend a Curriculum for Excellence Day at Mackie Academy on Tuesday 16 th November.
As previously advised, the three outstanding teaching vacancies have been advertised and will be
interviewed on Thursday 4th November. I will inform you of the successful candidates in due course.
During Term 2, Mrs. Sally Nowack and Mrs. Helen Bruce will teach the nursery pupils on a job-share basis.
This arrangement will continue until Mrs. Jean Scott returns to her job-share post at the nursery.
Unfortunately, Mrs. Kathleen Stewart (P1 teacher) has just received notification that she will have to undergo
hospital treatment. As a result, she will be absent from school for the remainder of Term 2. I am delighted
however that Mrs. Gwynne Stewart (our former Senior Teacher) has agreed to teach the P1 class for the
period of this absence. We wish Kathleen a full and speedy recovery.
Kilts for Kids Day – Friday 26th November
Kilts for Kids Day is Scotland‟s most exciting charity fundraising event. Held on the Friday before St.
Andrew‟s Day, Kilts for Kids Day is a celebration of all things Scottish in support of Scotland‟s leading
children‟s charity, CHILDREN 1st.
All pupils will be permitted to wear something tartan and to bring a donation please. Many thanks.
Active Schools Update – please see below an update from the Active Schools Co-ordinator
I would like to introduce myself as the new Active Sports Coordinator for the Stonehaven Primary Schools
Cluster. I am delighted to be on board and looking forward to developing various activities amongst all the
schools in the area. I have now had the chance to visit most of the schools and meet the Head Teachers and
am working with them on what we can offer at your school.
A key area, when it comes to offering a range of activities within each school, is the recruitment of parents
and volunteers to assist and help with the activities. Whist school staff are most helpful, their time is often
limited and we rely on the help of parents, so if you can spare an hour or two each week to run an activity or
help out in any way please contact the school or me directly. It can make all the difference as to whether we
can offer an activity or not. Active Schools are often able to help with any training that may be required and
as Coordinator I am always available to assist and support all volunteers with their activity.
Should you have any ideas for activities you would like to see included in our programme, or would like to
offer your assistance, please feel free to call me directly or drop me an email. I look forward to a busy and
active year with Dunnottar pupils, staff and parents.
Active Schools Coordinator
Tel. 07917 263603
Additional Extra-Curricular Clubs
- Scripture Union – P7 – Monday lunchtime
- Homework Club – All pupils – Wednesday lunchtime
The Dunnottar School of Rock Show
Congratulations to our P4/5 pupils who recorded a live radio show on Mearns FM (105.7 – 107.3 FM) on
Wednesday 6th October. It was an extremely entertaining show and hugely worthwhile experience for all
pupils. The show included comedy, discussion, interviews, adverts, competitions, music and birthday
requests. Pupils learned so much about talking, listening, script writing and developing confidence. Well
done to all involved. CD recordings of this show will be available for sale from P4/5 for £3 each as part of an
Enterprise project. A donation will go to Mearns FM and the rest will be used to enhance a future P4/5
project. More details to follow.
British Heart Foundation – Jump Rope for Heart Sponsor
Congratulations to all pupils who successfully completed the above skipping event. Many thanks to all for
your very generous donations also. Over £1300.00 was raised, 20% of which will go to school funds to be
used for Christmas treats. The other 80% will be donated to the British Heart Foundation in order to help to
continue their life-saving work. Everything they do is about saving and improving the lives of people with
heart disease, so it is a really good cause. A huge Well Done and Thank You must also go to Holly
Crawford (P4/5) and Abbie Crawford(P1/2) who raised a whopping £176! Congratulations girls, you have
worked extremely hard for this very worthwhile cause. Thank you for your generosity.
Well done girls!!
School Ties can be purchased from the school office at a cost of £3.50.
A huge pat on the back and many congratulations go to Mrs. Jean Scott (P1/2 and nursery teacher) who
recently graduated from Aberdeen University with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Early Childhood Studies. Well
done Jean – we are really proud of you! Good Luck also to Mrs. Jill McCrimmond (nursery nurse) who
continues to work towards this qualification. Both ladies have worked towards this Degree in their own time
on a distance learning basis – a huge achievement I‟m sure that you will agree.
Cross Country Competition
Well done to the school cross country team who thoroughly enjoyed competing in a recent inter-school event.
Particular congratulations go to Eilidh Paul who was the overall winner in her category.
Competition Success – Puppy Naming Competition
Mrs. Robertson recently became the proud owner of two boisterous puppies but could not come up with
names for them. Pupils enthusiastically helped her by suggesting a range of weird and wonderful names.
The puppies have now been christened.
Rumpole Porkchop Ziggy Fonzie
Thank you to Harley in P1 who suggested, “Fonzie” and Connor in P6 who chose “Porkchop.” Both pupils
received a prize for their efforts. The puppies love their new names!
Topics this Term
P1 - Toys
P1/2 - Toys
P2/3 - Town and Countryside
P3 - Light and Sound
P4 - Doozer‟s Dilemma – Scotland
P4/5 - Dinosaurs
P5/6 - Renewable Energies – Our World
P6 - Space
P7 - Living Things
Class Highlights fromTerm 1
P1 – Mrs. Wilson, a former pupil, amazed the children with stories about her time at Dunnottar.
P1/2 - P1/2 has enjoyed learning about houses through their Three Pigs project. They had great fun at
their “piggy party.”
P2/3 - Primary 2/3 have enjoyed working through their „In the Water‟ topic. They had fun making their own
pond models after learning about pond life and the life cycle of a frog.
P3 - Primary 3 investigated food and enjoyed making bread and chocolate crispies, tasting a variety of
exotic fruits and planning for a healthy picnic lunch.
P4 - Primary 4 really enjoyed their topic all about our bodies. They especially liked the hands-on
scientific experiments, which were a bit squishy and yucky but LOTS of fun!
P5/6 - Primary 5/6 have really enjoyed their Wonka at Dunnottar topic, where they designed their own
chocolate bar inventions, newspaper articles, shape poems and factory rooms!
P6 - Primary 6 have had a busy term learning about Mary Queen of Scots which culminated in a
trip to Edinburgh for all P6‟s.
P7 - Abernethy Trip – Following a period of growing anticipation, expectation and excitement, P7,
accompanied by Miss Begg, Mrs. Glennie, Mrs. Marshall and Mrs. McKenna, finally set off on their
long awaited trip to Abernethy. The week‟s adventure started with a spot of orienteering, which
certainly put all map reading skills to the test! The pupils settled in very quickly and were soon
eagerly embracing the variety of challenging and fun activities offered at Nethybridge Outdoor
Centre, set deep in the beautiful Cairngorms National Park. Abseiling, archery, an aerial runway,
climbing, raft building, a zip wire, forest adventure and silver maze set pulses raising, produced a
great deal of laughter, screams, delight and satisfaction. The week ended with a delicious BBQ,
enjoyed by all. Exhausted but contented boys and girls were soon home, full of stories and happy
memories, which they will no doubt look back on fondly, in years to come.
Happy, but ready for a well earned
John Muir Award – Launched in 1997 by the John Muir Trust, the John Muir Award is an
environmental award scheme. It encourages people of all backgrounds to „connect, enjoy and care
for wild places‟ through a structured scheme. Four challenges lie at the heart of each John Muir
Award: Discover a wild place; Explore its wilderness; Converse – take personal responsibility;
During their recent residential trip to Abernethy, the boys and girls of P7 successfully completed the
John Muir „Discovery Award‟ (introductory level). Throughout the week, in a spirit of fun, adventure
and exploration, the pupils enthusiastically engaged in a variety of activities which developed their
awareness and responsibility for the natural environment. Additionally, during short evening get-
togethers, pupils keenly shared their newly acquired knowledge and experiences with peers. Further
activities, carried out at school on return from Abernethy, allowed the children to fully complete work
for the award.
A fantastic accomplishment – all pupils should feel very proud of their achievement. This is the first
class at Dunnottar to attain this highly recognised and worthwhile award. A huge congratulations to
Appeals/Information for Term 2
P1 - We plan to set up a toy shop in class so would welcome any robust, possibly redundant toys to „sell‟
P1/2 - We would welcome a visit from any relative who would be willing to share memories of toys they
grew up with.
P2/3 - Primary 2/3 will be looking closely at our local community, mapwork, thinking about people who work
in Stonehaven and different buildings. We would welcome any parents in who would like to
tell us about their job/role in the community.
P3 - P3 pupils will be busy creating a class band using homemade instruments and the Wii.
P5/6 - Will be holding a Fair Trade Tuckshop this term. Look out for more information
and please support us with this worthwhile cause.
School Football – Appeal for Help
Volunteers are still required for the school team. Anyone interested in coaching, assisting or leading the
team will be welcome to attend a meeting in the portacabin on Thursday 4th November (after parent‟s night)
from 7.30 pm with Mr. Williams.
The nursery pupils enjoyed harvesting and planting in the nursery garden. They enjoyed learning about the
seasons when they went on their walk to Dunnottar Woods. They celebrated National Poetry Day with a
Pirate Party and are to celebrate St. Andrew‟s Day by entering the „Smarter Scotland‟ poster competition.
PTA – Fundraising Update
A big thank you to all parents, friends and sponsors of Dunnottar School who contributed so generously with
their time, effort and contributions, towards raffle prizes and stalls etc. for the school celidh. It was a fantastic
success and over £1200 was raised. The dance floor was never empty.
The money will go towards funding a variety of activities including:
Author visit – Keith Charters, author of the hilarious “Lee” novels - P4 – P7
Theatre visit – P7 attended a theatre production at Arduthie on their WW2 project.
Pantomime for whole school/nursery at Town Hall
Knex Technology Challenge
Glasgow Science Centre on Tour
Christmas Craft for whole school/nursery.
Without your support many of these excellent opportunities would not be available for our pupils. Well done
and thank you to all concerned.
PTA Halloween Disco
The recent Halloweeen Disco was again a HUGE success with the majority of pupils able to attend. A great
night was had by all! Costumes were brilliant and the dance floor was never empty! Many thanks to all of the
PTA members who so generously gave of their time.
Just a few of the revellers!!!
PTA – New Committee Members
A big welcome to our newly elected PTA committee members, Sarah Stevenson and Fiona Thomson (Joint
Chair), Louise Craig and Jane Thomson (Joint Secretary) and Vicky Alexander (Treasurer). All have already
contributed so much to the aforementioned events. A very big thank you also to those standing down from
the committee, Valerie Hyder, Marian Whittet and Lena Prothero, who worked tirelessly over the years and
have certainly earned their „retirement.‟ We couldn‟t do it without you ladies!
Poppies will be sold from Monday 8th November until Friday 12th November, in order to support Armistice
Day. Many thanks for you kind donations.
Armistice Day is on Thursday 11th November.
Christmas Church Service
The annual Christmas Service will take place on the morning of Friday 17 th December at the South Church.
All welcome. More details to follow.
A Concert for Christmas
After much discussion and deliberation, it has been decided that this year our P1- P3 pupils will participate in
a Nativity Concert for Christmas. The concert will take place on Monday 13th December at St. Bridget‟s Hall.
All P1 – P3 parents are welcome to attend. Nursery Winter Concerts will also be held at the nursery on
Wednesday 15th December (P.M.) and Thursday 16th December (A.M.). More information to follow.
This year, our P4 – P6 pupils will perform a Spring Show for parents later in the year and our P7 parents will
be invited to attend our “P7 Last Bash” in June, for the first time.
Christmas Gifts for the Elderly
As last year, we would like to distribute Christmas gifts to the elderly in our community. We would therefore
very much appreciate any donations of boxes of chocolates, fancy biscuits, toiletries or anything else you
may think appropriate. The children will wrap these and distribute together with a Christmas Card. Please
send all donations to school by Friday 3rd December. Many thanks for your ongoing support.
The Christmas parties will take place on the following dates:-
Nursery Monday 13th December
P1 Tuesday 14th December – p.m.
P1/2 Tuesday 14th December – a.m.
P2/3 Wednesday 15th December – p.m.
P3 Monday 20th December – a.m.
P4 Friday 17th December – p.m.
P4/5 Tuesday 21st December – a.m.
P5/6 Monday 20th December – p.m.
P6 Tuesday 21st December – p.m.
P7 Wednesday 15th December – a.m.
To cover the cost of the parties each pupil will be asked to pay £1.50. Teachers will also be looking for
parent party co-ordinators to help assist with this event.
Tell us what you think! Comments, Compliments, Concerns
We want to hear from our children, parents and wider community to learn how we can improve. Please
complete and return the attached slip to the school office. We want to hear good or bad!
On behalf of the staff at Dunnottar we would like to wish all pupils, families and friends a very enjoyable
term 2. Thank you for your support.
Mrs. Kerry Robertson
Dates for your Diary
28.10.10 Nursery Sponsored “Bat Ball” for Scottish SPCA
P6 – Edinburgh Visit
P7 – Enterprise is the business
P1 – Parent Interviews
29.10.10 Nursery to work in the Lodge classroom
P1 – Parent Interviews
02.11.10 Parents Interviews (nursery, P1/2 – P7)
03.11.10 Parent Interviews (Nursery, P1/2 – P7)
W/b 08.11.10 Literacy/Writing Week
Poppies to be sold this week
09.11.10 Library Visits – P1- P3
10.11.10 Author, Keith Charters – P4 – P7
11.11.10 Library Visits – P4 – P7
12.11.10 P5/6 and P6 ALEC Assembly – parents invited to
attend. More information to follow.
15.11.10 Inset Day 3 – No pupils in school
16.11.10 Inset Day 4 – No pupils in school
17.11.10 P6 – Fire Safety
No Lollypop Person – Please make your own
26.11.10 Nursery to work in Lodge classroom
Community Café P6
Kilts for Kids Day – Tartan and Donations
30.11.10 Whole school pantomime (more details to follow)
St. Andrew’s Day
02.12.10 Open Afternoon/Curricular Event – 1.30 – 2.45 p.m.
All welcome to attend.
02.12.10 Nursery Open Day – 11.00–1.30 a.m., 2.45–3.15 p.m.
All welcome to attend
03.12.10 Christmas gifts for the elderly by today
04.12.10 PTA coffee morning and Santa! (more details to
follow) St. Bridget’s Hall – 10.00 a.m. – 12 noon
07.12.10 Oceans of Opportunity – the Underwater World of
Science and Technology – P7 Visit to Aberdeen
13.12.10 P1 – P3 - Christmas Concert (more details to
14.12.10 P1 and P1/2 party
15.12.10 P2/3 and P7 party
16.12.10 Christmas Lunch
17.12.10 Christmas Church Service – 10 a.m. South Church
All welcome to attend
20.12.10 P4 party
21.12.10 P5/6 party
P4/5 and P6 party
05.01.11 End of Term 2/Last Day of term
School resumes for Term 3 – Wednesday 5.1.11