'Make £5 Grow' Fete

The children certainly succeeded in ‘Making £5 Grow’ with their fete. They had planned their activities, organised their prizes and resources made sure they had kept within their budgets. 

What a fantastic turnout there was at the fete, meaning the children made an amazing profit of £351.50 which the school gets to keep. A decision will be made in consultation with the children to decide what it should be spent on. 

Thank you very much to Marie of Virgin Bank for introducing this initiative to the children and for her support and encouragement during her visits and today at the fete. 

Thanks also go to parents and friends of the school who supported the children so well and to Mrs Martin who helped the children develop their ideas and market their stalls.

Bike Safety Training

The P7 children had an afternoon of Bike Safety training. They learned to start safely, use signals to turn and, most importantly, keep looking to make sure it is safe. 

Thank you very much to Mrs MacKay for giving up her time to come out and teach these invaluable skills.

School Trip to Dunaverty Beach

We had a lovely school trip to Southend yesterday. The children enjoyed some time on Dunaverty beach before walking to the play park and football field. 

A highlight of the trip was a fabulous selection of tray bakes from The Putt Stop funded by the money from Daryn Mathieson’s MOK Run sponsorship. Thanks to the Putt Stop and Daryn, it was a lovely end of term treat.

ELC Sports Day

The ELC held their mini Sports Day today, taking part in a running race, hurdles, the sack race and a potato and spoon race. There was lots of laughter and excitement from the children as they raced. 

Thanks to the ELC staff and the Primary 7 pupils for organising and running the event. The children were delighted to receive stickers and special medals at the end. Well done everyone!

CPR Training

The P6 and 7 children had a very worthwhile afternoon, learning about how to place someone in the recovery position and how to carry out CPR, in a session led by Angela from Heartstart. 

Staff, parents and members of the community attended training on CPR and the use of defibrillators at an after-school session, again led by Angela. 

We are very grateful to Angela for giving us this opportunity as we know that it is so important to have knowledge of what to do in an emergency situation. Thank you, Angela. 

We will let everyone know when our defibrillator is in place at the school, hopefully in the near future.

Drumlemble Sports Day

The sun shone for the Mini-Olympics yesterday. Countries from around the world gathered to take part in a range of events-javelin, shot putt, hurdles, horse eventing, the triathlon, relay and archery. 

There was an opening ceremony where the Olympic torch was passed from team to team.

The event ended with a medal ceremony. It was lovely to see the children cooperating in teams and encouraging each other.

The more traditional races took place in the afternoon, with a small break for the inevitable rain shower.

Generation Science

A big thank you to Generation Science who visited us this morning to deliver fun and engaging hands on science activities. 

The children loved their role as scientists and all commented positively on this wonderful experience. 

They were given the challenge of using an indicator to identify whether liquids were neutral, acids or alkaline and then used their knowledge of this to create chemical reactions in different experiments covering colours, various other changes and solutions. 

The highlight of the show was obviously when there were some ‘bangs’, ‘fizzing’ and ‘pops’. What a brilliant experience for our budding young scientists.

Running Club

Great weather for a run! 

To celebrate World Kids Athletics Day, our Running Club set off down the Bruntland Road, led by Susan Graham. They ran over a mile and were rewarded with certificates for their effort. 

Thanks go to Susan who has very kindly led the Running Club in school and set the pace for today’s run. 

Well done also to all the runners!

Badminton Superstars

Congratulations to these superstars for winning the Doubles (unseeded) Badminton in the Scottish Schools Badminton Competition in Stirling today, playing against children from all over Scotland – what an achievement! Very well done to both. 

They also played fabulously in the Singles Competition, reaching the knockout stages of this competition too. 

We hope they will be able to share some of their skills with the rest of their classmates in future lunchtime clubs! 🥇🏸

World Earth Day

The children were delighted to have another visit from Mia Leng, Marine Biologist from SAMS, following her earlier workshop during British Science Week. 

She showed the children how marine pollution is caused by items which enter the sea. As it was World Earth Day on Monday, this reinforced to everyone how important it is to take action to preserve our environment and its creatures. 

Thank you again to Mia for visiting us; the children hope to see you again soon.

Children's Rights

Just before the Easter holidays, the children led an assembly for parents sharing what they have been learning about Children’s Rights. They explained the ABCDE of Rights through actions then each group presented information about a particular Right. They chose how to do this themselves and were very creative with their ideas. 

Article 42: Everyone must know Children’s Rights

Parents/carers also had the opportunity to look at our new Nurture Area. 

Nurture Principle: The Environment offers a safe base.

P1 - 4 Tennis Court Visit

Primary 1 – 4 were invited to attend the tennis courts today after receiving some tennis sessions from Mrs Ramsay over the past few weeks. 

A huge thank you to Catherine Dobbie for allowing us to visit the tennis courts and for supporting us with our session today. 

I think we have some budding tennis players of the future.


ELC Beach Visit

The ELC children had a busy morning yesterday exploring the local beach. They learned how to stay safe at the beach, went on a scavenger hunt, built sandcastles and climbed on the rocks. 

Whilst the children are having fun exploring, they are developing a whole range of skills alongside. We look forward to more beach visits again soon.

British Science Week

What a fabulous start to British Science Week!We had a visit from David Cook of Discover Space. He told the children about the role of the MACC Base in rocket engine development and testing . Excitement was high as Mr Cook launched a small rocket, explaining how this would work on a large scale in real rocket launches. He answered many of the excellent questions the children asked and commended them on their interest and enthusiasm. Thank you very much to David for his visit and for sharing his expertise.

The classes split in the afternoon with the ELC and P1/2 children becoming scientists and investigating dinosaurs. They had to excavate dinosaur bones from the sand, create dinosaur skeletons using pasta and then make their own split pin dinosaur.

Meanwhile, P3-7 children were working in groups to create a pulley system which could lift rocks during the search for survivors after an earthquake. They had learned about why earthquakes occur and how technology plays a big part in rescue and recovery work.

Another very busy day for everyone on the 2nd day of British Science Week. Click on the photos to read the captions to find out what happened today. 

Thank you very much to our visitor, Mia of the Scottish Association of Marine Science, who kept the children enthralled with her sealife talk and activities.

Day 3 of Science Week involved a visit from the Kintyre Rainforest Alliance to give us a closer look at lichens, fungi and moss found on trees within our local area. It is very important that these rainforests are preserved as they provide the perfect habitat for a huge range of species. Thank you very much for coming to speak to the children. 


ELC and P1/2 worked together to take on the job of palaeontologists by excavating cookies. They had to work very delicately to extract the chocolate chips, mimicking the way palaeontologists have to chip away rock very carefully to expose dinosaur bones. 


In the afternoon, STEM challenges  were led by P7 pupils who are working towards their Young STEM Leaders qualification. 


Tomorrow we are inviting parents/carers to join us any time between 9:00 am to 10:30am as we are hosting a drop-in Open Science Morning. Please come along to see some of our new STEM resources in action and take part in some STEM challenges along with the children. We look forward to seeing you.

What an end to British Science Week! We had a lovely morning working with Jo, using the MTa engineering kits to complete 2 construction challenges using super-sized building materials. These challenges promoted team working, with older pupils supporting and leading younger group members, whilst also further developing learners creativity and critical thinking skills. One of the challenges was to build a wheelbarrow which could hold a glass of water. 


We thoroughly enjoyed working with Jo and look forward to some more STEM opportunities with her again soon.

World Book Day

The children had a lovely ‘Relax and Read’ for World Book Day. They dressed in their pyjamas and onesies then made book character Top Hats to complete the look! 

Small groups of school children made story bags for the ELC children complete with story books and activities. They then read the stories and did the activities along with the ELC children. 


It was nice to see the nurturing approach the older children had when reading with the younger ones.

Street Drumming

P1-4 thoroughly enjoyed their first Street Drumming session. They learned a variety rhymes to help them keep to different beats. Thank you Andrew for a super first session.  🥁 🪘


Look out for photos of  P5-7 taking part in their 2nd session next week!


Sports Committee - Rugby Training

Two of our Sports Committee members are currently running a lunchtime rugby club. The participants had great fun warming up with some jumping and running, followed by a special rugby version of octopus tig. The leaders planned the activities, set up the resources and gave clear instructions. Well done to them!

Burns Event

What a lovely afternoon everybody had celebrating Robert Burns Day with a selection of Scottish songs, poems and tunes played on the chanter. 

After being entertained by the children, our visitors and their children took part in a Scottish words quiz. Did you know a tod is a fox or a paddock is a frog? Well done to the winning team and the two runners up! 

The afternoon finished with a Scottish dance demonstration from the children and then our visitors were invited to join in with the Canadian Barn Dance. 

Everyone sang Auld Lang Syne and had some refreshments, which were much needed after the dancing! 

Thank you to everyone who joined us this afternoon and to the children for their wonderful performances.

ELC Sports Day

The ELC held their sports day today and had great fun doing a running race, an egg and spoon race and a sack race as well as tackling an obstacle course. They competed in teams to complete the beanbag race then the grand finale was a very exciting parent/child race. 

Each child was presented with a medal and a certificate from our P7 pupils who made a fantastic effort at planning and running this event. 

Refreshments were then served and parents had the chance to stay and play!

Clyde Fishermen's Trust

The children of P4-7 had a very creative afternoon working with two ladies from the Clyde Fishermen’s Trust. They drew, painted and printed artwork connected with fish and other sea creatures found in the local area.

Easter Fun

What fabulous teamwork there was today, with all pupils from the youngest to the oldest working together to find the hidden eggs. There were 10 eggs to find, each with a different pattern. The patterns had to be recorded on the sheets to complete the hunt with every team member taking a turn to draw. It was lovely to see the older pupils taking leadership and making sure the younger ones were involved in all parts of the activity. 

Well done everyone! 🐣

Football After-School Club

Plenty of action today at our Football After-School Club. 

Thanks to George Pope and Jamie Graham for coaching the team and to Campbeltown and District Junior Football Association (CDJFA) for lending the footballs for the sessions.

Street Drumming Sessions

The children were delighted to take part in Street Drumming sessions with Mark McSporran today. Everyone said it was so fun! Thanks to Mark for providing this experience.

World Book Day- Author Visit

As part of our World Book Day celebrations this week, we had a visit from Edinburgh-based author Mike Nicholson. He has written 12 children’s books including the Museum Mystery Squad series. The children were very engaged in his presentation and were eager to hear how he comes up with the ideas for stories. 

Thank you very much to Mike for coming to visit and for giving the children such an h retesting afternoon.

Space And Rocketry Workshop

The children visited the MACC base on Wednesday to take part in a Space and Rocketry workshop. 

They learned about space travel and took part in a range of STEM activities including making Stop Motion animation movies, building a Space Rover and using K’nex. 

Thank you to Tim Bailey and MACC Business Park for hosting this event. The children had a wonderful day!

Christmas 2022

The children have had a wonderful run up to Christmas starting with the first of our Christmas Concerts in three years.  A visit from Santa, a Christmas Party and lunch and a Santa Dash which raised £422.50 for school funds. 

MACC Airbase Tree Planting

The pupils of P4-7 were invited to the MACC base today to join other local schools in planting trees as part of the Queen’s Jubilee Trust. They learned about the site and its use as well as having an interesting presentation about Scotland’s temperate rainforests. A total of 500 trees were planted, helping to encourage biodiversity in the area. We were given a commemorative plaque which can now be seen at the site. We look forward to seeing the trees grow and becoming part of a new woodland habitat.

The Grand Old Man of Golf Life Skills Programme

Primary 4-7 had a visit from William of the Old Tom Morris Legacy today. Tom Morris was a key figure in the development of golf in Scotland and was responsible for the design of many golf courses including Machrihanish. He was the oldest person to ever win the Open Championship in Scotland. 

The children completed golf activities in order to find clues which helped them solve a series of problems. Through these activities, they learned about the life of Tom Morris as well as the importance of life skills such as resilience, perseverance and compassion. 

Thanks go to William for providing this experience for the children.

Haloween Party

The school was invaded by all kinds of interesting characters yesterday from princesses to witches, vampires, superheroes and pumpkins. 

The costumes were all fantastic, well done to everyone!

The children played lots of party games including Jumping over the Witch’s Broomstick and Pass the Witch’s Hat.

Machrihanish Golf Club Visit

What a fantastic time the children of P5-7 had at Machrihanish Golf Club this afternoon. Many thanks go to Jennie Dunn, the Machrihanish Pro, for her instruction and advice. The children worked hard to perfect their swing and were delighted to put the skills taught by Mrs Lindsay Ramsay of Active Schools into practice on a real golf course. Thanks also go to the staff of the Machrihanish Clubhouse who had a wonderful array of treats for the children. The children all agreed this was a great way to spend the first Monday back after the holidays!

ELC Sports Day

Great action was seen at the ELC Sports Day on Friday. They had an obstacle race, a beanbag race and a flat race as well as a very tricky egg and spoon race. All the children had a great time and are proud of their medals. 

Thank you to the P6 pupils who helped run the Sports Day, showing off their organisational and leadership skills.


Music Tuition

P4-7 had a wonderful day, learning about rhythm, musical notation, improvisation and beat with Jenny England.

They learned to interpret music through games and song and had turns at conducting for the rest of the class. The children will continue to develop their musical skills using the ’Get Creative’ resources which were produced by Jenny.

Thank you to Jenny England for leading such an interesting and fun day for both pupils and teachers.

Health and Activity Award

The children have been busy at playtimes and lunchtimes with Jog Club (P1-3), Virtual Games Club (P4-7) and our new Boccia Knockout Competition (P1-7 pairs). These clubs are part of the Primary Schools Health and Activity Award which we are working towards. The aim of this award is to help schools to improve opportunities for physical activity. It encourages children to make decisions and plan for these activities and rewards those schools who are providing increased opportunities for activity and healthy living. Miss Brown has been organising and leading these clubs and is helping the children fulfil the requirements to attain the award.

Swimming Lessons

The children were delighted to finally get back to Aqualibrium for their swimming lessons! 

This is such a worthwhile activity, especially as we are surrounded by water in our local area. These lessons will help keep all the children safe as we head towards summer.

The children also went to visit the library and enjoyed some activities with the library staff.

Active Schools - Tennis Coaching

Another session with Active Schools today – this time the children enjoyed developing skills in tennis.  They learned how to pass with forehand and backhand and played a game where they had to hit the beanbag into a hoop.  They will have further tennis lessons in the coming weeks.

Rugby Training

The P4-7 are continuing to develop their rugby skills, led by Andrew Johnston of Argyll and Bute Rugby Development. It has been fantastic to watch them play in teams and use their physical and communication skills to score tries. 

Thank you to Andrew for giving the children this great opportunity.

Sponsored Silence in aid of the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal

We held our Sponsored Silence in aid of the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal today. 

The children stayed silent as they coloured some beautiful sunflower pictures which will go in the pockets of donated clothes being sent to Ukrainian refugees. 

An amazing £904.67 has been collected! We would like to thank our children and their sponsors for contributing so generously.

World Book Day

The children had lots of fun celebrating the 25th World Book Day. They dressed up as their favourite book characters and talked about stories they enjoy. There were book quizzes, a hunt for Wally, a BBC Live Lesson and some online stories. The children also began work on their own book, ‘The Further Adventures of Gelda Globe’ which they will share at a later date.  

ELC World Book Day

The children in the ELC dressed up for World Book Day. Can you guess who their favourite characters are?

They read the story of ‘Oliver’s Fruit Salad’ and made their own tasty salads. 

Potatoes were transformed into ‘Supertato’ and some quiet time was spent reading in the den outside.

Outdoor Learning

The children have great fun playing and learning with our loose parts and nature area.   

Primary 1-3 were challenged to make a boat,large enough for everyone to fit on, when playing in our new outdoor construction zone. 

They worked together and made sure there was room for sitting and keeping look-out, some rods for a bit of deep sea fishing as well as a captain’s seat. 


They were last seen sailing towards Davaar Island….

Robert Burns Celebration

The children celebrated the life of Robert Burns with a special afternoon of activities. 

Some children had a traditional Burns Day lunch of haggis, neeps and tatties and wore items made of tartan. 

Then they joined forces to create a portrait of the famous poet before learning about his life from a short film. 

Everybody enjoyed singing ‘Coulter’s Candy’ and listened to a story read in Scots. 

Great fun was had as the children sang and did actions for ‘Heid, Shooders, Knaps an’ Taes. The afternoon was rounded of with a rendition of Auld Lang Syne.

P1 - 3 Outdoor Learning

P1-3 had a lovely day for outdoor learning. They built an airport with a terminal building, a runway and a lookout tower. 

They took on the roles of air traffic controllers, airport staff and pilots. Wonder where they will jet off to! ✈️