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Activities for All
Activities for All
An exciting and varied range of activities were available for Wallace Hall Academy pupils to participate in as part of our annual Activities Week.
Options for all S1, S2 and S4 pupils included watersports on Loch Ken, fly fishing on the Drum Loch, a pony day at Camplebridge Riding Centre, board games, craftwork, rugby, a construction challenge, field games, gun dog training, clay pigeon shooting, a trip to M&D’s, a traditional music day, French cookery, Ultimate Frisbee, making a clay piggy bank, natural sculptures, tennis, making a cupcake stand, crazy cupcakes, a trip to Blair Drummond Safari Park, Laserquest and Bowling, team sports activities, creating a cushion, mountain biking, a treasure hunt and a visit to the Happy Potter in Thornhill.
In addition to this varied menu, all Wallace Hall Academy S2 pupils had the opportunity to take part in a residential trip to Liverpool and some S1 pupils travelled to Normandy in France. There was an activity on offer to suit everyone’s taste.
Nick Riley, Learning Leader in charge of organising Activities Week said: “It’s been great seeing the pupils and staff enjoying themselves and having fun in the various activities on offer this week. Feedback has been hugely positive and I am delighted that the whole week went so well. I am very grateful to Mrs Bainbridge for all her clerical and administrative help with the organisation process.”
Prize-winning senior pupils
Prize-winning senior pupils at Wallace Hall Academy
The Wallace Hall Academy Senior Awards Ceremony was recently held in the school’s Bailey Hall. A glittering array of trophies graced the stage and as usual the hall was filled to capacity by proud parents, supportive staff and prize-winning pupils from years S4, S5 and S6. The weather gave us a beautiful evening which added to the sense of occasion with parents, staff and pupils lingering after the ceremony to reflect on and reminisce about the past year.
Once all guests were seated, pupils were piped into the hall by Graeme Marshall. Principal Teacher of Pupil Support Kerry Fraser opened the proceedings by introducing Barry Graham, Head Teacher, who welcomed everyone and delivered his annual report. Illustrated by a stunning set of photographs showing pupils in action, the report focused on recognising the wide achievements of the young people in a variety of contexts. The key strengths Mr Graham encouraged his audience to recognise were: enthusiasm for learning, courage, kindness, optimism, integrity, fairness and participation. Mr Graham’s speech finished with a challenge to his listeners to focus on their successes and future attainment.
Duncan Muir then demonstrated why he has been selected for an organ scholarship at Carlisle Cathedral by performing “The Carnival of Venice” by P Frosini on his accordion. The S4 awards were then introduced by Phil Cubbon, Depute Head Teacher. Presenting the awards this year was the evening’s featured speaker, Dr Fiona Vernon.
Dr Vernon spoke eloquently about her experience as a Games Maker at the London 2012 Olympic Games where she was a crowd doctor at Wimbledon. Her moving speech highlighted her journey towards selection for this prestigious role and what she learnt from this process about working hard and digging deep as the going gets tough. Pupils were encouraged to follow their dreams and to recognise that high achievement comes in many forms.
It was then the turn of the S5 pupils to collect their awards from Dr Vernon and Mr Cubbon. Mhairi Dalgliesh followed these awards by delivering a seasonal and charismatic rendition of “Daffodils” by William Wordsworth.
The S6 awards, as always, were the culmination of the evening’s awards. This year’s Dux of Wallace Hall Academy and winner of the UWS Dux Prize for Achievement was Duncan Muir and he was presented with a medal and a cheque. John Carlisle and Judi Park followed the awarding of the S6 prizes with their eagerly anticipated Head Boy and Head Girl presentation reflecting on the Sixth Years’ time at Wallace Hall Academy. As always, there was laughter and tears. They then delivered a vote of thanks to all who had made the evening possible.
Kerry Fraser concluded this very positive celebration by expressing her particular thanks to Alice Bainbridge, who is the key administrative support for this complex event. It was agreed by everyone that Mrs Fraser’s organising of the night and her compering throughout the night was a significant factor in making the event such a success.
GUID NYCHBURRIS FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT
GUID NYCHBURRIS FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT
Over 400 youngsters took part in the Guid Nychburris football tournament recently which was held at Maryfield by kind permission of Heston Football Club. The results were as follows.
1st years (Queens Trust Trophy) St Josephs College
2nd year (Queens Trust Trophy) Dumfries Academy
Secondary Girls – (R McTurk Cup) St Josephs College
Mixed (Doonhamers Travel Club Cup) – Brownhall Runners up - Cargenbridge
Girls (Bernie McTurk Cup) - St Andrews Runners up - Caerlaverock
P5’s (Alansound cup) – Laurieknowe Runners up - Cargenbridge
P6’s (A S Rankine cup) – Georgetown Runners up - Noblehill
P7’s (Peter Haining Cup) – Heathhall Runners up – Noblehill
Queens Trust Best Team Trophy winners were Laurieknowe
Colin Ives Fair Play Trophy winners were St Michaels Girls
Best Girl player – Kirsteen Laing
Best Boy player – Marcus Zygadlo
SHAWHEAD PRIMARY SCHOOL
SHAWHEAD PRIMARY SCHOOL VISIT HIGHLAND SHOW
Shawhead Primary school recently visited the Royal Highland Show. The school trip coincided with the pupils studying farm technology. On arrival at the show ground the pupils were given a guided tour of the show by a RHET volunteer, During the tour the children were able to sit on some of the machinery, see the demonstrations and view all the animals that were at the show.
The stunt show proved to be a big hit with the children while the children had lunch. The highlight of the day was when the children made their way to the Discovery centre where they made shortbread and to the surprise of the Shawhead pupils they were Joined by Princess Anne who stopped and watched the pupils making the shortbread.
This week in assembly, the children were sharing their success at the Highland show, Jamie Finlayson swept the board in the poultry classes and another came third in the Young Handlers section for sheep at the Highland show.
CROSSMICHAEL PRIMARY PERFORM JUNGLE BOOK
Children from Crossmichael Primary School entered the Jungle this term as they put on a school performance of "The Jungle Book". Classes have been working on this production throughout the term with support and direction from parents Gilli Hodson and Helen Fox along with the school music specialist Mrs Riddick. Head teacher Mrs Duncan said " putting on this production has been a fantastic experience for all the children at Crossmichael Primary School. It is wonderful to see the children performing on stage and show casing the talents they all have." Thanks to all the staff, parent and menbers of the wider community for the support they have given throughout the production of this show.
SENSORY GARDEN AT CROSSMICHAEL SCHOOL
SENSORY GARDEN AT CROSSMICHAEL SCHOOL
Four pupils at Crossmichael Primary school have been very busy during this term transforming an area of the school gounds into a sensory garden area. The pupils carried out the project as part of a lifeskills learning group, they designed and created lots of things to go in the garden using mainly recycled materials.
The garden had its grand opening this week when pupuls invited family members to come along and enjoy seeing their finished project. Lesley from Bute II Full garden center in Castle Douglas very kindly donated all the plants for the garden and therefore had the honour of officially cutting the ribbon at the ceromony.
Scottish Schools Triathlon Championships.
Scottish Schools Triathlon Championships.
Athletes from Dumfries and Galloway travel to Stirling for the triathlonscotland Scottish Schools Triathlon Championships, Aiden Halliday from Wallace Hall Academy finished 8th and Eilidh Thomson from Castle Douglas High School finished 3rd.
The sport of triathlon has taken off since the Brownlee brothers hit the headlines last summer. Two youngsters from the region, Eilidh Thomson from Castle Douglas High School and Aiden Halliday from Wallace Hall Academy, were amongst the 175 youngsters who made it to the start line. Both were competing in the Youth race that started with a 400m pool swim, then a technical and hilly 8km cycle around the University of Stirling grounds and finished off with a 3km run.
Aiden, competing for the first time at Stirling, finished the race in a respectable 8th place in a time of 42 min 18 sec. Eilidh managed a podium position by finishing 3rd in her race with a time of 41min 54 sec. Well done to both young triathletes who competed right to the end of their races.
Sunday 16th June, one could have been forgiven for thinking that they had just arrived in one of the more exotic countries of the world. Blue sky, sandy beach and water, with a hint of a warm breeze, and it was only 8am. The fact that this was a small loch just north of Cowdenbeath – Loch Ore - was hard to believe!
Lochore Meadows was the setting for the third triathlonscotland championship race of the year, the Scottish Sprint Triathlon. Amongst the 355 entries were two young triathletes from the Stewartry, who were both attempting to compete over this distance for the first time. The Sprint Triathlon consisted of a 750m open water swim followed by a 24km cycle and finished off with a 5km run, or about half the distance that Jonathan and Alistair Brownlee complete on the ITU triathlons.
Eilidh Thomson and Sam Hodson were in the first wave (group) of triathletes to start the course, they lined up with country's top junior and women triathletes including this years winner of the women's Scottish Sprint event Natalie Milne, who has a start in the elite ITU triathlon at Kitzbuhel this weekend – on TV near you on Saturday!
Sam finished fifth in his age group and an extremely creditable 75th overall in a time of 1 hour 18 min. Eilidh finished fourth in her age group in a very respectful time of 1hour 28 min. Both showing that they can perform over this distance. Both Sam and Eilidh are waiting to hear if they have been successful in their applications to start in the inaugural British Championships to be held in Liverpool on the 13th July.
A third young triathlete, Fiona Thomson, from the Stewartry competed in the Lochore Meadows Aquathlon, this consisted of a 300m open water swim (about 19 lengths of Castle Douglas pool) followed by a 2km run. It was Fiona's first open water swim competition and she held her form well throughout to finish in fourth position. Well done to all three triathletes and many thanks to their coaches from Stewartry Athletics, Seals & Wheelers clubs who are helping to develop these and other stars of the future. Thank you.
As well as the televised triathlon event from Kitzbuhel this weekend there is another important event for the regions young triathletes this weekend, it is the fourth triathlonscotland championship race of the year. The Scottish Youth Triathlon Championships, held in Bellahouston Park will see Aiden, Eilidh, Fiona and Sam joined by Alex and Will Livingston who are all competing in their age group events. Good luck to all.
For more information on aquathlon and triathlon events across the country why not visit the triathlonscotland website at www.triathlonscotland.org there are events for all ages (8 to 80) and abilities, go on give tri a try.
10 year old enters 10k run
10year old enters 10k
10year old Jan Keely from Dalbeattie participated in the Dalbeattie 10k run on Sunday, finishing in an excellent 30th place in the men's 10k and 2nd in the under 18 category.
This was Jan's first attempt at this distance and Jan reached the 5k marker within 23 minutes and completed the 10k in 51 minutes. Jan set himself a target time of running 5minutes per km. Jan said after the race that he was delighted to finish in 30th in his first 10k run, and that he was wet because he applied a sponge over his head to cool down.
Jan, who is in P6 at Dalbattie Primary School, would like to thank all of his neighbours, friends, fellow competitors and members of the public who cheered and applauded him all the way around the course. All the money raised by Jan from his run will be donated to Alzeimers Scotland in recognition of their profound work.
Paul Jones Football Festival 2013
Crossmichael Primary Win ThePaul Jones Football Festival
The annual Paul Jones Football Festival came to a conclusion on Saturday 1st June with both finals played at the first attempt.
All Stewartry primary schools were invited to enter seven a side football teams which this year had a total of twelve teams including Dalbeattie, Kirkcudbright, Castle Douglas, Gatehouse, Twynholm, Gelston, Crossmichael, Dalry and Borgue.
The teams play everyone in their locality in a morning festival then the top three teams qualify for an A league festival. The remaining teams play in a B league festival.
At the end of the league festivals, the top two teams then qualify for the finals day which is held courtesy of Saint Cuthbert Wanderers in Kirkcudbright. In previous years the weather has caused several postponements, but the sun shone on the finals this year.
Crossmichael and Dalry qualified for the B League final with a re run of last year’s A league between Kirkcudbright Lions and Castle Douglas A team.
B League Final
Crossmichael 1 - 0 Dalry
This was an evenly contested match with Dalry having several chances early on, however, Crossmichael started to get into the game and created a few shooting opportunities of their own just before half time. The second half was also close with the game going from end to end however neither team could get the vital shot away. With only a minute left of the normal 20 minute game, Crossmichael broke and this time found the bottom corner of the net to take the lead. Dalry pushed for an equaliser but with seconds remaining it was Crossmichael that had another opportunity but the shot was off target and the final whistle sounded to give them a 1-0 victory.
A League Final
Kirkcudbright Lions 1 – 8 Castle Douglas A
Castle Douglas A were determined to retain the Paul Jones Trophy for another year. It took them a minute to take the lead, a well worked move down the right was finished in clinical style. Kirkcudbright Lions tried to roar back, but seemed stunned from the early goal and were again cut open by the slick passing movement of the Castle Douglas team who fired home another goal in quick succession. They continued this ruthlessness with another three goals before the 10 minute half time whistle. Kirkcudbright came out in a more positive relaxed mood in the second half and had several shots before again a breakaway seen Castle Douglas score their sixth goal. Kirkcudbright then emulated the passing of the Castle Douglas boys and this time scored what turned out to be a consolation goal. Castle Douglas again took charge and using their full squad went on to score another two goals winning the final in comfortable style.
Congratulations to both winning teams and commiserations to the runners up. Both finals were played in an excellent manner as were all the qualifiers.
Thanks goes to all players, helpers, our four school hosts, Saint Cuthbert Wanderers and the sponsor of the event Paul Jones Bakery.
Dumfries and Galloway Boccia festival results
Dumfries and Galloway Boccia festival results
A regional festival of “Boccia” came to Castle Douglas High School, inspired by the 2012 London Paralympic games.
With the increased media coverage of the sport the event had over 65 entries competing for the various categories.
Category A – physical disabilities won by Robbie Anderson of Penningham Primary School Newton Stewart. In second place was Findlay Anderson of Minnigaff Primary and in third place Taleighsha McMenamin Annan Academy.
Category B-learning difficulties, had such a high number of entries it was decided to have a senior school award and a primary school award.
The winner of the senior school event was Morgan Deer of Annan Academy, second place went to Aiden McKay from Saint Joseph’s college and third place went to Stephanie Love of Annan Academy.
The primary event was a runaway success for Penningham primary with all three awards being won by the school. In first place was Ryan McKie, in second place Carinne Rothwell and in third place Calum Cosker.
This was an incredible achievement for Penninghame as the competitors only recently took up the sport. The initial interest was created by Dumfries and Galloway disability sport officer Senga Thomson. After sessions delivered at Douglas Ewart High School and Penningham Primary, staff rose to the challenge of training their teams for the event.
Primary Schools Sprint Relay
Annandale and Eskdale Primary Schools Sprint Relay results
The Annandale and Eskdale Primary Schools Sprint Relay took place at The Everholm Running Track in Annan on Monday 10th June.
The event which was organised by Dumfries and Galloway Council's Leisure and Sport team included heats and finals over the 400m circuit. There were events for boys and girls in Primary 6 and 7 and Primary 4 – 7 for children in the Small Schools event.
The event was supported by a number of schools, teachers, volunteers and local athletic club officials with Newington and Kirkpatrick Fleming Primary Schools dominating the afternoon’s proceedings.
The results were as follows: -
Boys 1st Newington Primary A 2nd Langholm Primary A 3rd Newington Primary B
Girls 1st Newington Primary A 2nd Lochmaben Primary 3rd Newington Primary B
Small Schools 1st Kirkpatrick Fleming A 2nd Kirkpatrick Fleming B 3rd Eaglesfield
electrical installation competition
The annual electrical installation competition
There was two separate competitions running on the night which was held at Dumfries and Galloway College , open to students studying either NC Eletrical Engineering – Level 5 or NC Electrical Engineering – Level 6. The students are studying Electrical Engineering Practice either 1st or 2nd years on a full time course which provides the student with background knowledge and associated practical skills in electrical installation work.
Working in competitive conditions, the task for the Level 5 students was to construct, wire and connect two workable circuits commonly found in all houses; a two-way lighting circuit commonly found operating stairway lights and also a socket circuit. While the Level 6 had the more complex task of constructing, wiring and connecting two workable industrial standard circuits.
After much deliberation the judge Roy Dow, Training and Development Manager from SECTT Electrical Charitable Training Trust , awarded the 1st year students (level 5) 4th Will Knagg, 3rd Patrick Dingle, 2nd Adam Clark and the overall winner Michael Dalziel. The 2nd year students (level 6) in 4th place; Stefan Robertson, 3rd place Eric Graham, 2nd place Marc Saville and overall winner Steven Harper. SECTT also donated a prize for the student who had travelled the furthest this was awarded to Jonathon Bates. Roy Dow said, “The level of workmanship and skill demonstrated by all the competitors was excellent, these trainees would all make very good electricians”
Annandale and Eskdale track cycling
Annandale and Eskdale track cycling competition
The Annandale and Eskdale Track Cycling Competition for children aged Primary 4 – 6 was held at The Everholm Sports Complex Running Track in Annan on Sunday 9th June 2013.
The event was organised by Dumfries and Galloway Council's Leisure and Sport team in partnership with Annan Youth Cycle Club as part of a qualifying event for the Active Games Finals in September. The winning child from each cluster could go on to represent their school and attracted over 25 cyclists from the area.
After an afternoon of intensive competition in an omnium style event the overall winners were: - Results Boys 1st Joe Middlemass 2nd Alex Laurie 3rd Ryan Armstrong
Girls 1st Nicole Proudfoot 2nd Emily Hunter 3rd Ella Irving
The interest in all forms of cycling in the last three or four years which has been aided by the success of the British Track Cycling Team.
The Annan Youth Cycle Club offers children a competitive form of cycling locally. Thanks go to their coaches for helping with this event
Nithsdale sprint relay
Batons at the ready at the Nithsdale sprint relay
Over 95 primary school pupils from Nithsdale took part in the first annual 4x100m sprint relay competition at the David Keswick Athletic Centre running track on Monday 3 June 2013.
The event was run by our Council's Leisure and Sport team: Active Schools and Community Sport Officers with assistance from Nithsdale PE Specialists. 11 local primary schools were competing to see who was ‘relay’ fantastic this year.
The competition was split into 3 categories; Small schools, P6/7 girls, P6/7 boys. The winning schools, which all received medals, were:
Small Schools 1st – Closeburn A 2nd - Brownhall A 3rd – Dunscore, P6/7 Girls 1st – Loreburn A 2nd - Heathhall A 3rd – Georgetown A, P6/7 Boys 1st – Wallacehall 2nd - Heathhall B 3rd – Georgetown B
All pupils who took part in the races received a certificate of achievement.
RHET INSPIRES HIGH SCHOOL BIOLOGY STUDENTS
RHET INSPIRES HIGH SCHOOL BIOLOGY STUDENTS
On May 28th 2013 Biology pupils from Dumfries High School spent the morning on an educational trip with The Royal Highland Education Trust (RHET) Dumfries and Galloway Countryside Initiative (DGCI), at the Scottish Rural College (SRUC) Crichton Royal Farm.
The group of 60 S2 pupils used the farm setting to bring to life their Biology lessons. They were split into groups and took part in various activities. The pupils toured The Dairy Research Centre where they learnt about animal reproduction, identifying the main traits of a dairy cow along with animal health and wellbeing.
The pupils also enjoyed a trailer ride to the Acrehead Unit and land towards the River Nith. Here they discovered the challenges of sustainability, looking after the environment in harmony with farming intensively. Hugh McClymont, Research Farm Manager explained the various crop rotations and trials currently ongoing at the SRUC Crichton Farm. Mr McClymont discussed the various methods of applying fertiliser on the land and their effect on the environment.
Mrs Debbie Downie, Biology Teacher, thought this visit was highly beneficial to the students ‘We are delighted to have made this link with RHET and the Crichton Royal Farm to enhance our delivery of the new Curriculum for Excellence courses. Our pupils were able to see many of the processes they learn about in the classroom and how they are put into practice.’
This is the first time Dumfries High School has worked with RHET and with changes in Curriculum for Excellence they are keen to engage more in visits. RHET was recommended to the school by neighbouring schools who have spoken highly of RHET.
Building bridges between farmers, producers and pupils, who are the consumers of the future, is crucial. This is a message RHET is keen to convey, and with events such as this Farm Visit, it gives experiential learning opportunities which are required in the Curriculum for Excellence
Moffat, Lockerbie and Langholm Active Games Cluster Heats
The heats and qualifying events for the Active Games Final in Dumfries on the 7th September are well underway. It was the turn of the Moffat, Langholm and Lockerbie School clusters to take part on Thursday 23rd May.
The event at Moffat Academy was a qualifier for the Active Games final which is funded and sponsored by EventScotland, DNG Media and The David Stevenson Trust.
Active Games is part of the Games for Scotland programme delivered by EventScotland in the run-up to the 2014 Commonwealth Games. With one year to go, the countdown to Glasgow 2014 is underway and an extensive programme of sport through the Active Games is now taking place across the region to celebrate the upcoming Commonwealth Games.
Children played out a morning of sport competing in badminton, Boccia, athletics, rugby and netball at Moffat Academy and Moffat Rugby Club.
Dumfries and Galloway Council Events Champion, Councillor Finlay Carson, said, “The Active Games was a wonderful success in 2012. This multi-sport event underlines our Council’s commitment to providing a legacy from Glasgow 2014. All the qualifiers from across the region will be looking forward to an inspiring day in September.”
Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer at EventScotland, said, “We are delighted to be working with Dumfries and Galloway Council in the delivery of what promises to be a fantastic event. The Active Games format epitomises the reasons behind the Games for Scotland programme: to inspire, motivate and engender pride amongst the people of Scotland.”
After a morning of competitive and enjoyable sport the results were as follows: -
Primary 5 - Boys 1st Callum Jeffrey (Langholm Primary), 2nd Robbie Hyslop (Lochmaben Primary), 3rd Thomas Coates (Hottsbridge Primary)
Primary 5 - Girls 1st Rhiannon McGowan (Lochmaben Primary), 2nd Lucy Donagher (Hottsbridge Primary), 3rd Emma Taylor (Moffat Primary)
Primary 6 - Boys 1st Craig Stewart (Eaglesfield Primary), 2nd Thomas Scott (Langholm Primary), 3rd Lee Rae (Lockerbie Primary)
Primary 6 - Girls 1st Katie Reville (Lochmaben Primary), 2nd Melissa Park
(Langholm Primary), 3rd Amber Fairbairn (Lockerbie Primary)
Boys 1st Jamie Kirkland (Applegarth Primary), 2nd Robbie Jack (Moffat Primary), 3rd J.J. Hairstains (Lockerbie Primary)
Girls 1st Mia Graham (Lochmaben Primary), 2nd Anna Currie-Place (Hutton Primary), 3rd Thalia Livingstone (Lockerbie Primary)
Boys 1st Nathan McKenzie (Lochmaben Primary), 2nd Cameron Shaw (Lockerbie Primary), 3rd Noah Hann (Lochmaben Primary)
Girls 1st Chantelle Irving (Lockerbie Primary), 2nd Rhianna Sinclair (Lochmaben Primary), 3rd Kelsey Palmer (Lockerbie Primary)
1st Langholm, 2nd Lochmaben, 3rd Lockerbie
1st Canonbie, 2nd Langholm, 3rd Eaglesfield
SCHOOLS FOOTBALL FESTIVAL
NITHSDALE SCHOOLS FOOTBALL FESTIVAL
Over 150 school children have taken part in the annual Nithsdale Football Festival for P7's. The festival was held at Dumfries High School 3g pitch.
Annan schools badminton competition
The Annan badminton competition for children aged Primary 5 – Secondary2 was held at Annan Swimming pool Games Hall on Saturday 18 May.
The competition was organised by Dumfries and Galloway Council's Leisure and Sport team. It is used as a qualifying event for the prestigious Active Games Finals to represent school clusters and attracted nearly 40 players from local school clubs, sports academy badminton clubs and local community clubs. The day was supported by a number of local coaches, teachers and volunteers who acted as umpires.
After a day of intensive play the results of the four categories were as follows: -
Results 1st 2nd 3rd
Primary 5-6 Boys Ewan Woodman William White Danny Gracie
Primary 5-6 Girls Jessica Wallace Nicola McNaughton Ruby McGregor
Primary 7-S2 Boys Dylan Holmes Jordan McGauchie Alastair Smith
Primary 7-S2 Girls Margareta Boyd Kirstie Johnstone Katie Reid
The competition was very successful and the number of children taking part and the quality of play continues to rise in the Annandale and Eskdale Area.
Master chef at Dalbeattie High
Master chef at Dalbeattie High School
Pupils at Dalbeattie High School showed off their cooking skills when they took part in the school's Master Chef competition. There were three winning categories, best presentation, best single tasting dish and the two best overall dishes. Best presentation, in the S1 group pictured, was won by Anna Henderson and Melissa Ross, the best single tasting dish was won by Nicole Geddes and the best overall 2 dishes was won by Ryan Widdowson and Grant Waugh.
Ryan and Grant who won this group of Master Chef will go forward to the final of the High school's Master Chef later in the month. The winners cooked sea bass and vanilla cheese cake with raspberries. The best single tasting dish was chorizo bean stew.
The Riderz stunt bike team wow the pupils of Dalbeattie Primary
DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY DRIVERS ASKED TO GIVE KIDS CYCLE SPACE
Dalbeattie Primary School pupils had a visit from the Riderz stunt show team which is touring Scottish Primary school as part of a campaign to encourage children to cycle to school. This is the fifth year that the show has successfully toured Scotland as part of the Cycling Scotland ‘Give Me Cycle Space’ initiative. There are four stunt cyclists (male and female), a bike artist and a bike musician touring. The whole of the school was treated to an awe-inspiring 30 minute stunt show. P5 children were given the opportunity to meet the team and get autographs.
Cycling Scotland has once again teamed up with the country’s coolest stunt cycling team, The Riderz, to remind all drivers across Dumfries and Galloway to look out for children cycling to school as part of the national Give Me Cycle Space campaign.
In Dumfries and Galloway 75 schools delivered Bikeability Scotland on-road cycle training in the 2011/2012 academic year. Bikeability Scotland is a programme designed to give young people the road skills required to make independent bike journeys. Thirteen schools in Dumfries and Galloway have also gained Cycle Friendly School Award status.
With these pupils and more gearing up to cycle over the lighter and warmer summer months, Give Me Cycle Space aims to tackle parents’ fear of letting their children cycle on roads with motorists encouraged to be more aware and considerate of young cyclists.
The Riderz were performing their stunts at Dalbeattie Primary today (13th May) and chatting with the kids about cycling and why it is the best mode of transport to and from school.
Ian Aitken, chief executive of Cycling Scotland, said: “With so many keen young cyclists across Dumfries and Galloway, it is essential that we encourage drivers in the area to be aware of children cycling on the roads and ensure they allow them enough space.
“Following last year’s campaign, nearly two-thirds of parents reported that they felt more confident about their children cycling to school. This is a great step forward in allowing kids in Dumfries and Galloway to enjoy the huge benefits of regular cycling, safe in the knowledge that drivers will be conscious of youngsters and give them plenty of room to make an easy and safe journey to and from school.”
Councillor Gail MacGregor, Chair of the Education Committee for Dumfries and Galloway Council commented: “I am delighted that our schools will have the opportunity to get involved in this exciting and innovative project. I hope this scheme will give both parents and children the confidence to travel to and from school in a safe and healthy manner.”
Leader of The Riderz, Iain Withers, added; “We tour schools across Scotland on a regular basis promoting cycling as a fun way to keep fit and active. We were nominated for Best Educational Event at the UK Event Awards 2012 and this year we are going to some areas of Scotland that we have not been to previously and have also added more schools to the tour. In order to create a safe environment for young cyclists it’s essential that drivers are made aware of the need to give them adequate space on the road. The Give Me Cycle Space campaign carries a vitally important message and I’m delighted The Riderz are able to support it during our tour.”
From Wallace Hall to The Great Wall
From Wallace Hall to The Great Wall
By Robert Guthrie
AN INTREPID group of pupils from Wallace Hall Academy has just returned from the trip of a lifetime to Beijing and Shanghai. Accompanied by four teaching staff, for ten days the youngsters saw some of China’s most famous and well-known sights. This trip was a result of Wallace Hall’s continued involvement in international education. The school has already been involved with initiatives such as the Comenius Project, the European Union’s foreign exchange scheme.
After a ten hour flight from London’s Heathrow Airport, the group of 45 arrived at Beijing International in order to spend four days in the Chinese capital and then continue to Shanghai.
The staff and pupils were given the chance to experience the hustle of the busy city and also see the famous Great Wall of China, Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, the Beijing 2008 Olympic and Paralympic Park and the Temple of Heaven. The group also made a trip to see the pandas at the city zoo and travelled by rickshaw through some of the city’s authentic and historic hutongs.
After four days the group travelled by bullet train down to Shanghai and after a five hour journey quickly got acquainted with their surroundings. Students said that they particularly enjoyed seeing Shanghai and the sights it had to offer.
Pupils witnessed the very picturesque Bund, visited the Pearl TV Tower and travelled to its glass floor (which offered a shock for some!). The beautiful Yu Gardens and the Birthplace of The Communist Party of China were also places of interest visited.
The trip also gave pupils and staff the experience to sample some of the local culinary delights including special treats for the night of the first full moon of the lunar year. The food was very different from what was expected, based on pupils’ experience of Chinese takeaway meals from Britain.
Michael Craig, one of the students on the trip commented: "China was an amazing experience, something I'll never forget. It is a fascinating country and some day I hope to go back and see other parts of it."
Organiser Alan Harley also highlighted the success of the trip: “It was a fantastic opportunity for pupils to experience a totally different culture. Pupils also got a chance to visit the many sights in the Beijing area and also the modern and prosperous city of Shanghai. It is of real importance to us that our young people get the chance to visit one of the world’s fastest growing economies which is likely to have a significant impact on their futures.”
It was evident that those who ventured to China had a brilliant time seeing what life is like in that corner of the world. It is hoped that in 2015 another group of Wallace Hall pupils will be able to return to see the exciting cities of Beijing & Shanghai and possibly Xian (to the west of Beijing and Shanghai), where the recently discovered Terracotta Warriors are. This really was the trip of a lifetime.
K'Nex Challenge Regional Final
Children from Castle Douglas and Crossmichael Primary Schools participated in the K'Nex Challenge Regional Final at Dumfries Academy on Friday 3rd May. They competed against 3 other schools in the final. The overall winners were Jimmy Russell and Ayaat Yassin-Kassab from Castle Douglas Primary and the runners up were Connor Davidson and Zak Hunter from Crossmichael Primary.
NETHERMILL PUPILS ON FARM VISIT
CRICHTON FARM VISIT FOR PUPILS
Pupils from Nethermill Primary donned their wellies for a trip to the SRUC Crichton Royal Farm with The Royal Highland Education Trust (RHET). RHET is a charity that provides world-class learning opportunities for 3-18 year old children in Scotland covering farming, food production, the countryside including forestry and estate management as well as environmental awareness.
Emma Boyes gave the P1 - 3 children a tour of the dairy farm, where the children had the opportunity to watch the cows being milked and see first-hand where their milk really comes from. A highlight of the day was the surprise trailer ride around the farm steading and along to the neighbouring unit at Acrehead. Emma also visited the class and gave them a talk about where their food comes from and its journey from the farm to the fork.
Following their visit to the farm, the pupils enjoyed a trip to their local Tesco Extra store at Cuckoo Bridge, Dumfries to discover more about the Scottish food and drink available locally. Anne Croucher, Tesco Community Champion along with Fiona Jamieson RHET Project Coordinator led the pupils around the store to discover more about the Scottish food and drink available locally.
Lynne Roxburgh, Local Sourcing Marketing Manager for Tesco in Scotland, said:“We’ve worked with the RHET for over 10 years now, helping to ensure as many children as possible have the opportunity to take part in a farm visit and learn more about where their food comes from. ‘Tesco Supported Farm Visits’ provide the next generation of consumers with a great opportunity to learn more about how our food reaches the supermarket shelves.”
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* The pupils and staff at their local Tesco Extra store in Dumfries
* A surprise tour of the farm steading was one of the highlights of the day.
Dumfries + Galloway Schools Championships
Dumfries & Galloway Schools Championships
The Dumfries & Galloway Schools Championships were held at the Barhill plantation in Dalbeattie on Friday with nearly 100 school children from Dalbeattie, Castle Douglas, Moffat and Dumfries taking part in the event winning the s6 boys run was Jonathan Mortlock from St Joseph’s college finished in 33mins 13 seconds. Ailsa O'Donoghue from Dalbeattie High won the girls S6 run in 50 mins 01 seconds.
Dalbeattie Primary School Red Nose Day
Dalbeattie Primary School Red Nose Day
Dalbeattie Primary School held their red nose day on Friday, all the school children and teacher dressing up to raise money for comic relief over £390 was raised by the school from selling their red noses.
Crossmichael Primary School
Crossmichael Primary School celebrate world book day
Crossmichael Primary School celebrated World Book Day recently, Children and staff dressed up as a character from their favourite Roald Dahl book.
PUPILS ON THE FARMING TRAIL
FOOD AND FARMING DAY FOR 350 PUPILS
OVER 350 pupils from Dumfries & Galloway schools were educated about Food & Farming at Wallets Mart, Castle Douglas, with The Royal Highland Education Trust (RHET). RHET is a charity that provides world-class learning opportunities for 3-18 year old children in Scotland covering farming, food production, the countryside including forestry and estate management as well as environmental awareness.
In co-operation with Wallets Mart and members of the local agricultural community, the event was organised by RHET Dumfries & Galloway Countryside Initiative (DGCI), creating the opportunity for the local children to “Take the Classroom to the Countryside.”
On Thursday, classes from Castle Douglas, Lincluden, Georgetown, Troqueer, Kirkbean and Duncow Primary Schools attended alongside a class from Castle Douglas High School. Noblehill, Hardgate, Kells, Carsphairn, St Ninians, Shawhead, Springholm and Gatehouse Primary Schools took part on Friday.
The objective of the Food & Farming day is to provide a ‘hands-on’ educational and fun experience for pupils by exposing them to elements of local farming and food production while supporting ‘Curriculum for Excellence’.
A range of activities and discussions exploring different types of farming and associated food products were timetabled each day. Sessions covered Cereals, Dairy, Deer, Meat, Healthy Eating, Wool and each day concluded with a display of beef and dairy animals.
The “grand finale” was a mock auction of Blackface and Jacob sheep with auctioneer Andrew Gold handling the bidding from the pupils, with his Jacob sheep reaching record prices! A pupil from each school was also invited to take part in an auctioneering competition, with the winners coming from Castle Douglas and Kells Primaries.
Fiona Jamieson, RHET project co-ordinator said: “Without the support of Wallets Mart, who have hosted the event for 3 years, Scottish Government funding, Activity Providers, RHET volunteers, representatives from Young Farmers, local businesses and organisations, events such as this would not take place.
“We are reliant on the goodwill of many people to ensure the smooth running of events, catering for up to 180 pupils each day. The pupils gain so much from attending these days, both educationally and socially.”
Alton Towers Physics Trip 2012
Alton Towers Physics Trip 2012
report by Cameron Parkin and Joe Kirkpatrick
Last term a group of Wallace Hall pupils and staff travelled to the Alton Towers theme park in Staffordshire. The pupils were Physics students from 3rd and 6th year. There were also two staff present on the trip: Mr Jack and Mrs Fraser. The pupils were forced to get up at 4 o’clock in the morning to catch the bus. They then had to endure a tedious 5 hour bus ride into the depths of England.
When finally arriving at the destination, the pupils were issued with admission tickets and shown where the meeting points were located for the lecture and the end of the trip.
Then they were let loose on the park. Many of the daring pupils went straight to the fastest ride, Oblivion. The ride travelled at 67mph straight down into a steamy, gaping hole in the ground. The pupils then carried on to go on the other scary rides such as: Rita, Air, Nemesis, Ripsaw and Enterprise. Some people were satisfied with the smaller rides such as: Thirteen, Sonic Spinball and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory ride.
The class met up at 12:30pm at the designated point to be shown to the lecture about Rollercoasters and Relativity. It was extremely interesting and highlighted some of the park’s more scientific points. The park staff also hinted as to the concept of S.W.7. (Secret Weapon 7), a ride currently under construction in the park. At the end of the excursion the pupils then met at the gates ready to leave. To some it seemed they had picked up another pupil in the form of a giant teddy won by a pupil.
They then travelled back home depositing the pupils at Dumfries and Thornhill. The trip was extremely enjoyable and the pupils would like to thank Mr Jack and Mrs Fraser for organising it and accompanying them on the journey.
Evening of Art and Drama held in Wallace Hall Academy
Evening of Art and Drama held in Wallace Hall Academy
Artistic achievements were celebrated recently through an evening of Art and Drama held in Wallace Hall Academy. The evening was organised by Anna Beynon, our new Learning Leader of Expressive Arts.
A fantastic selection of pupils’ art work was on display in The Street and the Higher Drama class performed eleven original plays that they wrote as part of their coursework. Head teacher Barry Graham said: “It was great to see so many interesting and creative pieces of art and drama. Our pupils have worked hard to ensure that their work is of a high standard and I am delighted with the result.”
Feedback from pupils, parents and members of the wider community at the event was very positive and it is hoped that this is the first of many such evenings. Photographs above and on the right show the pupils performing their Higher Drama pieces. The three portraits on this page are by S6 pupil, Sally Hutcheson, who is currently studying for her Advanced Higher Art and Design.
Wallace Hall goes interdisciplinary
Wallace Hall goes interdisciplinary
report by Robert Guthrie
A BAD day’s weather didn’t affect enjoyment of pupils at Wallace Hall Academy who were eager to join in with a new kind of curriculum. Interdisciplinary learning was on the agenda – a new way to learn with children taking part in activities combining various subjects, something not normally on their timetable.
Interdisciplinary learning allows children to explore new opportunities and different lessons. The system ties in with the Scottish Government’s new Curriculum for Excellence which aims to incorporate many different subjects into one learning experience. In some instances, interdisciplinary learning can be more motivational and more meaningful for many learners.
The interdisciplinary learning at Wallace Hall Academy was held over the course of two days, 4th and 5th of December, and pupils in each year-group underwent activities based on a particular theme. These ranged across a wide range of subject areas and were organised by various members of the Extended Management Team.
For S1 pupils, activities were based around The Great Outdoors. Pupils were lucky enough to listen to Ayrshire author Julie Bertagna talk about her books ‘Zenith’, ‘Exodus’ and ‘Aurora’. Pupils also learned how to survive outdoors, using facilities off the school site thanks to Wallace Hall’s award-winning Queensberry Initiative utilising the resources of the Drumlanrig Estate. Another different task was taking part in MUNGA (Model United Nations General Assembly). The culmination of this project, trialled last year, will result in a large assembly where pupils will each represent a UN country and debate issues ranging from solutions to the planet’s eco problems to resolving international conflict.
Second year pupils learnt a lot about Fairtrade over the course of the two days. They took part in Fairtrade chocolate tasting and ball games with sports equipment made from Fairtrade products. Some of the staff also organised a game in which pupils pretended they were starting up a business in developing countries, selling oranges. However, there were many obstacles which would affect sales – like natural disasters and taxes. Pupils also helped to create a presentation persuading everyone to buy Fairtrade goods and they learnt more about the charity and what it campaigns for.
Activities on the agenda for third year pupils revolved around social subjects. They learnt about the impact of World War on Scottish families in the 1950s and 1960s, discipline and education in the 1960s, how to deal with problems and seeking help in life. Activities helped pupils learn about what careers they may want to do when they are older and how schooling has changed over past decades.
Fourth years’ activities were based around the theme of a music festival. ‘Hallfest’ was the culmination of the interdisciplinary days, with many S4 young talents performing music to their peers. Pupils created posters advertising the event, learnt to dance together for a ‘flash-mob’ dance under tuition from a professional choreographer, received talks on the wilder side of the showbiz industry such as alcohol and personal safety, and they made customised Hallfest t-shirts.
S5 and S6 found their activities centred around life after school, focusing on health and wellbeing – many will go to university or college and need to fend for themselves. Tasks for the young adults included driving theory, healthy eating, cooking, and yoga & relaxation. There were also classes based on fitness and physical activity.
Head Teacher Barry Graham commented on the success of the days, saying: “With Curriculum for Excellence all schools will be developing interdisciplinary learning opportunities. Wallace Hall Academy is ahead of most schools in our approach and this will help to ensure deeper learning and understanding by all of our students. I am delighted with the success of the two days.”
It is clear that pupils at Wallace Hall Academy really benefited from the interdisciplinary days, taking many newly discovered skills away with them. It is hoped that there will be many similar events in the future, providing a new range of opportunities for pupils of all ages.
Friendly Cow Steals Hearts
Friendly Cow Steals Hearts
With the support of Leanne Peoples, Project Officer for the Queensberry Initiative, all three rural skills classes at Wallace Hall Academy have a weekly out-of-doors practical session. In term 2 the Intermediate 2 class, which is taught by Mr Miller and Mr Harrison, had hands on sessions at various local farms. The seventeen farms are all volunteer members of the rural skills support team who have been signed up by Miss Peoples and Sinclair Barbour, a local farmer who is a member of the Queensberry Initiative Strategic Group. Each farmer takes his or her turn to host the class and give them the opportunity to experience a variety of aspects of farming.
Two farms which were visited in November were Barndennoch, farmed by Alan Currie, and Waterside Mains, farmed by Willie Young. At Barndennoch the pupils were welcomed by Maurice Flannighan and shown around the 400 strong dairy unit. One of the rural skills students Meghan Chesney explained: “We volunteered in the practical side of hoof trimming using both hands on the knife to avoid injury from the sharp blade and applied an antibiotic spray and some foot powder to assist the healing process. While the cow was restrained in a cattle crush I was able to bandage the cow’s foot and assist with the injection. Ben Hyslop continued: “We got a good look around the parlour which milks approximately 20 cows up each side. The cost of a heifer is approximately £2500 per head so if the farmer doesn’t have a good year for heifer calves re-stocking the herd will be expensive.”
On the same date the other half of the class went to Waterside Mains Farm near Keir. Gary Stewart relates some of the tasks for the day: “We were moving ten calves. One of the workers took the weaned calves in a stock trailer and we followed and helped to unload them at Nether Keir.” Ally Haining added: “At Nether Keir we put the calves in a big pen and bedded them down for the night. We then returned to Waterside Mains and observed the farmer trimming cows’ feet.”
The school is delighted at the farming community support for our rural skills classes. Farmers give their time freely and it is clearly very valuable for the young people undertaking these courses. The support both in arranging the farm visits and on the day from Leanne Peoples of the Queensberry Initiative is also essential and much appreciated.
The Queensberry Initiative is funded by the Dumfries and Galloway LEADER programme, the Holywood Trust, DGHP, Awards for All and several local community councils.
A Sikh Welcome
A Sikh Welcome
In November a group of S3 pupils from Wallace Hall Academy made the journey to Glasgow to visit a Sikh gurdwara. We were met there by our host, Mrs Dilber, who kindly showed us around the building.
At first we went into the shrine room to listen to chanting from the Sikh holy book, the Guru Granth Sahib. During this ceremony we were given a very small amount of a specially blessed food called ‘prasaad’ which is made out of honey and lentils.
Then we went down to the ‘langar’ or kitchen. Part of the Sikh religion is to offer food and hospitality to guests. In the kitchen we were each given a metal tray on which was served a portion of yogurt, daal and one or two pieces of Indian bread or ‘chapattis’. We sat on mats on the floor, a custom that shows that all people are equal. Everyone enjoyed the meal and said it was delicious.
There were lots of people in the gurdwara on the day of our visit. This is because the Sikh community were celebrating the birthday of their founder, Guru Nanak. We had the chance to meet Sikhs for the first time, to ask them questions and to learn about their beliefs and lifestyle. Thanks must go to Mr Wilson for organising such a fantastic trip.
Published with Pride
Published with Pride
report by Emma Byers
Young Writers Mini Saga is a creative writing competition where you are asked to write a little story using a maximum of 50 words.
Just before we left Wallace Hall Primary school to come to Wallace Hall Academy Mia Osborne, Anita Robinson, Iona Warrior, Errin Clark Wyse and I took part in this competition. We recently learned that our stories had been published in the Young Writers’ book for other people to read. We also got a Talent for Writing certificate posted to us.
Errin said: “I was really proud of my achievement and I hope that other kids will continue to write stories and enter the Young Writers Mini Saga.”
Fire Pit Gift for Queensberry Initiative
Fire Pit Gift for Queensberry Initiative
Michael Keene, of M K Welding, based at New Cample, near Thornhill, has very kindly fabricated and donated a custom-made, portable fire pit to the Queensberry Initiative. This will be used for team building and capacity-enhancing work which the Initiative carries out with pupils in Mid-Nithsdale.
The Initiative has worked with Mr Keene for several years. He has allowed groups of young people to gain an insight into his expanding business and to see about both the practical and creative aspects of his work. The Project Officers of the Initiative approached Michael after they made a very interesting visit to Denmark with Education Scotland, to look at how Outdoor Learning is delivered in that country. They were particularly impressed by the survival skills training and how this could impact on pupil development and came home with a desire for a QI fire pit. They went to Michael with their ideas and he came back with a bespoke fire pit, which is perfect for use with small groups of young people.
The fire pit has already been in use on several occasions and has proved to be an excellent resource for this outdoor learning project.
The Queensberry Initiative is a local charity, currently funded by Dumfries and Galloway LEADER, the Holywood Trust, DGHP and several local community councils. The Initiative is currently conducting a funding drive and welcomes any possible patrons and donors who may wish to support their award-winning work.
The photograph shows two senior pupils receiving the donation of the fire pit from Michael in his workshop at New Cample.
The other photograph shows pupils getting to grips with lighting a fire using the brand new pit.
Annandale and Eskdale Super 6s Cross Country
Annandale and Eskdale Super 6s Cross Country The finale of the Annandale and Eskdale Schools Super 6s cross country and orienteering league took place in Annan on Monday 11 March following events in Lochmaben, Lockerbie and Langholm. The Super 6s were designed to promote cross country running and the sport of orienteering to primary 5-7 children with the emphasis on encouraging runners of all abilities. The aim was to increase fitness levels, improve past performances or quite simply for enjoyment. The events also provided a pathway for children to compete in readiness for the 2013 Scottish Cross Country Championships. The final event coincided with Commonwealth Day and Sport Your Trainers Day promoting the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Council Leader, Ivor Hyslop presented Glasgow 2014 shoe laces to children on “Sport Your Trainers” day to raise awareness of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. He also presented the prizes to the winners from the 2012/13 cross country league who were Lleyton McKay, primary 5 from Lockerbie Primary School in the boys' event and Nicole Proudfoot, primary 6 from Newington Primary School in Annan in the girls'. The winners of the orienteering were Rueben Inman, Kirkpatrick Fleming Primary in the boys' competition and tied for first place in the girls' were Helen Inman from Kirkpatrick Fleming Primary and Nicole Proudfoot from Newington Primary School. The Super 6s races, which were held at different locations, were open to all P5-7 pupils in primary schools throughout Annandale and Eskdale. After a keenly fought race and some inspiring performance across the 6 events the winners of each category were as follows: - Category Position Name School Primary 5 Boys X-Country 1st Lleyton McKay Lockerbie Primary 2nd Rory Murray Newington Primary 3rd JJ Hairstains Lockerbie Primary Primary 5 Girls X-Country 1st Holly Cassell Newington Primary 2nd Isla Currie Newington Primary 3rd Billy-Jean Whyte Kirkpatrick Fleming Primary Primary 6 Boys X-Country 1st Patrick Wadge Kirkpatrick Fleming Primary 2nd Euan Beattie Eastriggs Primary 3rd Lewis Ferguson Newington Primary Primary 6 Girls X-Country 1st Nicole Proudfoot Newington Primary 2nd Ellis Cook Newington Primary 3rd Cody Blyth Newington Primary Primary 7 Boys X-Country 1st Alexander Shipley Canonbie Primary 2nd Paul Kitzinger Eaglesfield Primary 3rd Rhys Park Kirkpatrick Fleming Primary Primary 7 Girls X-Country 1st Molly Carruthers Lockerbie Primary 2nd Helen Inman Kirkpatrick Fleming Primary 3rd Emily Nicholson Newington Primary Boys Overall Orienteering 1st Rueben Inman Kirkpatrick Fleming Primary 2nd James Williamson Kirkpatrick Fleming Primary 3rd Paul Kitzinger Eaglesfield Primary Girls Overall Orienteering 1st = Helen Inman Kirkpatrick Fleming Primary 1st = Nicole Proudfoot Newington Primary 2nd Ellis Cook Newington Primary 3rd Kasey Smith Newington Primary
DUMFRIES + DISTRICT MUSIC FESTIVAL
DUMFRIES & DISTRICT MUSIC FESTIVAL
The Accordion and Fiddle Section which opened the festival went very smoothly, thanks, not only to the performers and teachers, but also the many helpers who give their time for this excellent cause. The adjudicators this year were Susan MacFadyen for Accordion and Shona MacFadyen for Fiddle and using their competing experience their judgements were delivered in a most appreciative manner giving support and guidance as required.
The performers will be encouraged to compete in the future because of the easy manner of the adjudicators who were very complimentary about the high standard of the competitors and this says much about the quality of teaching.
YOUNG fiddler Aisling Anderson from Annan was one of the success stories on Saturday winning the Marie Fielding Trophy for the most promising/creative fiddler which was awarded for an exceptional performance after only 18 months playing. Aisling also won the Gallovidian Cup for the under 12 fiddle solo of her own choice. And for fiddler Iona Bonaventura from Kirkcudbright is was another successful festival. She collected the Eric Barbour Cup for the junior slow air fiddle for 12 – 15 years and also the Ian Kirkpatrick Quaich for the Junior fiddle solo for the same age group.
To make it a hat-trick of wins, Iona won the Gallovidian Cup for the Dumfries and Galloway Fiddle Solo as well as taking second in the own composition , no age limit section. Accordion entries were slightly down this year this year but the standard was very high with several new names appearing. It would be nice to see more entries for the Trio and Band classes.
Entries for Fiddle section were again low, but the lack of numbers did not detract from the quality shown by the competitors which was very high. It was good to see some pupils from new teachers and it is hoped the welcome they received will encourage them to bring more pupils next year. The day finished with Ian Riddet the Accordion and Fiddle Secretary giving a vote of thanks to all involved.
The Festival continues this weekend with the Music Section classes which will run over three days. The competition commences on Friday at 1.30pm in St Georges Church and on Saturday and Sunday in Dumfries Academy Hall. The classes begin at 9:30am on Saturday and 11;00am on Sunday.
RESULTS: Under 12 Classical Accordion Solo (own choice) - Dumfries Festival Shield - 1. Andrew Erskine, Biggar
Junior Classical Accordion Solo (12 - 15 years : own choice) - John M Caskie Trophy – 1, Emma Dickson, Dolphinton; 2, Adam Gibb, Biggar; 3, Leigh Milne, Paisley.
Senior Classical Accordion Solo (16 years and over : own choice) - Jean McConnachie Shield – l, Ross Gardiner, Paisley; 2, Louise Allan, Paisley; 3, Innes Kennedy, Thornhill.
Under 10 Traditional Accordion Solo (own choice) - The Robert Menzies Trophy – 1, Zara Weir, Closeburn.
Under 12 Traditional Accordion Solo (any 3 tunes) - Islesteps Accordion and Fiddle Club Shield – 1, Kyle Rowan, Edinburgh; 2, Andrew Erskine, Biggar
Junior Traditional Accordion Solo (12 - 15 years : own choice : M/S/R) - Max Houliston Cup – 1, Emma Dickson, Dolphinton; 2, Adam Gibb, Biggar; 3, Samantha Erskine, Biggar.
Senior Traditional Accordion Solo (16 years and over : own choice : M/S/R) - Ian and Margaret Holmes Shield Innes Kennedy* Thornhill
Class 8 – Dumfries and Galloway Traditional Accordion Solo (own choice : competitors residing in Dumfries and Galloway) - Ian Riddet Shield – 1, Innes Kennedy, Thornhill
Pipe Music Traditional Accordion Solo – Open (own Choice) Susan MacFadyen Trophy – 1, Emma Dickson, Dolphinton; 2, Rowan Kyle, Edinburgh 3, Louise Allan, Paisley
Beginners Accordion Solo – Open The Blair Trophy - 1 Jonathan Miller, Glasgow. Elementary Accordion Solo – Open- Purr-Fect Ceilidh Cup - 1 Samantha Erskine, Biggar; 2 Michael Madden, Renfrew
Under 10 Fiddle Solo (own choice) – Castle Douglas Accordion and Fiddle Club Shield – 1, Emma Morrison, Wishaw.
Under 12 Fiddle Solo (own choice) - Gallovidian Cup – 1, Aisling Anderson, Annan; 2, Peter Cameron, Annan; 3, Alice Parker, Dalbeattie
Junior Slow Air Fiddle (12 – 15 years) - Eric Barbour Cup -Iona Bonaventura , Kirkcudbright;2, Sean Allan, Carluke; 3, Cameron Wood, Thornhill.
Class 12 Junior Fiddle Solo (12 – 15 years : March/Strathspey/Reel) - Ian Kirkpatrick Quaich - Iona Bonaventura, Kirkcubright; 2,Sean Allan, Carluke; 3, Cameron Wood, Thornhill.
Senior Slow Air Fiddle (16 years and over) - The Border Shield – 1,Amy Muirhead, Thornhill
Senior Fiddle Solo (16 years and over: March/Strathspey/Reel) - Jim and Jean McConnachie Trophy - Amy Muirhead, Thornhill; 2, Megan Grace, Kirkpatrick Durham.
Dumfries and Galloway Fiddle Solo (own choice : competitors residing in Dumfries and Galloway) - Gallovidian Cup – 1, Iona Bonaventura, Kirkcudbright; 2, Amy Muirhead, Thornhill; 3, Cameron Wood, Thornhill.
Own Composition (no age limit) - Thornhill Accordion and Fiddle Club Shield – 1, Emma Dickson , Biggar; 2, Iona Bonaventura; 3, Kyle Rowan.
Trio (open) - John Douglas Cup - Emma Dickson and Adam Gibb Dolphinton / Biggar; 2, Andrew and Samantha Erskine, Biggar; 3 Alan and Kyle Rowan, Edinburgh.
The Marie Fielding Trophy for the most promising/creative fiddler was awarded to Aisling Anderson for an exceptional performance after only 18 months playing.
Wallace Hall Academy
Community support for Wallace Hall Academy’s motor vehicle students
Two local businesses and Dumfries and Galloway College have made it possible for a group of Wallace Hall Academy’s young people to advance their engineering skills in a motor vehicle course being held in Thornhill. Phil Cubbon, DHT, was very pleased to accept an offer from Dumfries and Galloway College to send a tutor Shaun McEwan twice weekly to Wallace Hall Academy to deliver theory and practical instruction to a group of senior pupils who are keen to learn more about the intricacies of the motor car engine.
Space and facilities to allow the class to get the necessary hands on experience for the course were sought energetically by the Queensberry Initiative (QI), a community partnership project with the key aim of increasing the employability of young people in the area. QI was delighted at the kind offer from Tont Marchbank of Walter Marchbank, Haulage Contractors, to use their new premises at the former roads depot in Nithbank, Thornhill. Having a location so near to Wallace Hall Academy has meant that pupils are not required to travel long distances to gain practical skills.
Vehicles for the course have been kindly supplied by Ivor Williamson of Rosefield Salvage. Ivor has generously delivered several vehicles to the site for the class to work on.
Without the generous support of Dumfries and Galloway College, Tont Marchbank and Ivor Williamson this course could not have gone ahead. We are really grateful for their support and giving our pupils the opportunity to experience vocational learning in their own community.
The Queensberry Initiative is currently funded by Dumfries and Galloway Council, Dumfries and Galloway LEADER programme, the Holywood Trust, Dumfries and Galloway Housing Partnership and several local community councils. QI’s current funding will expire in September 2013 and a funding drive is currently being led by a group of local business and community supporters. Anyone interested to help maintain this very worthwhile charity should contact QI’s chairperson, Barry Graham, at Wallace Hall Academy.
Dumfries and Galloway Primary Schools Sporthall Athletics Finals
Dumfries and Galloway Primary Schools Sporthall Athletics Finals
Annan and Dumfries High cluster schools emerged as winners at the Dumfries and Galloway Primary Schools Sporthall Athletics Finals last Friday at DG One Leisure Complex in Dumfries.
The event was a partnership between Dumfries and Galloway Council and Dumfries and Galloway College. Teams from 15 School clusters competed in the event which was run by a number of young leaders from Dumfries College, supported by young ambassadors in each of their cluster teams.
As a natural progression from school sport and a development pathway for younger athletes, a number of taster sessions and trials have served as a promotional link for the three existing athletics clubs in Dumfries and Galloway.
Primary 4 aged children from Annandale and Eskdale, Stewartry and Wigtownshire arrived at DG One for a full morning of athletics. After some very competitive, but sportsmanlike rivalry Annan cluster team won the morning session. The afternoon session included teams from Nithsdale and proved every bit as exciting and competitive, with the cluster team from Dumfries High eventual winners.
Chairman of Policy and Resources, Councillor Ivor Hyslop said, “It is good to see so many schools, volunteers and young leaders coming together to support an excellent day of athletics. In a golden era for sport and with Glasgow 2014 on the horizon it is great to see children being offered these opportunities. Competing against other clusters schools is a natural progression into club sport in Dumfries and Galloway.”
Schools Gymnastics Championships
Schools Gymnastics Championships
The Dumfries and Galloway Schools Gymnastics Championships were held at DG One Leisure Complex on Saturday 23rd February with around 260 Primary and Secondary school aged children from the all over the region taking part. The event was organised by Dumfries and Galloway Council with teams of 3 or 4 gymnasts representing their school by performing a floor routine and two vaults. On the day the event was supported by many volunteers who undertook a variety of roles such as team leaders and judges.
The event is the culmination of months of gymnastics sessions delivered in schools by PE staff, teachers, Leisure and Sport, parents and other school based volunteers. This provides a platform for children to progress into gymnastics sessions in the community and links to the Scottish Gymnastics development pathway.
There were five competition categories with the 1st and 2nd highest scoring teams in each section going forward to represent Dumfries and Galloway at the National Schools Championships in March. The prize winners in each category were as follows:
Primary Pre Level 1: 1st Lochmaben D, 2nd Eastriggs C, 3rd Newington A
Primary Level 1: 1st Newington D, 2nd Carrutherstown C, 3rd Newington F
Primary Level 2: 1st Eastriggs A, 2nd Newington H, 3rd Carrutherstown B
Secondary Level 1: 1st Lockerbie D, 2nd Annan C, 3rd St Josephs B
Secondary Level 2: 1st Lockerbie B, 2nd St Josephs A, 3rd Annan A
Crossmichael Primary school
Crossmichael Primary school
Crossmichael Primary school held their Scots Poems competition last week. Some of the children performed in front of the whole school. Pictured are some of the children that took part.