FORM 1 LIBRARY VISIT

22 OCTOBER 2009
 

Form 1 visited Perth library on Thursday. We heard lots of spooky Hallowe’en stories, but we weren’t scared, we are big and brave! We had a lovely tour of the library and we were very quiet as we walked around because lots of people were working and reading books!

   

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U-13 Hockey
GIRLS HOCKEY v CARGILFIELD

21 OCTOBER 2009

U-11 Hockey
 

CRAIGCLOWAN U-13A GIRLS HOCKEY v CARGILFIELD (H)
When Cargilfield visited last Wednesday they caught our girls on a day when they played some superb hockey. Fast free-flowing moves, switching the play from side to side and some very gritty performances in the midfield areas from Mollie and Rosie saw the team run out fine 5-1 winners. This coupled with Lucy who had a great game on the right of the midfield and was also instrumental in a number of the goals we scored. In the end the 5-1 win was very well deserved.

     
     

CRAIGCLOWAN U-13B GIRLS HOCKEY v CARGILFIELD (H)
With this being the final match before the end of this half of the season, the Craigclowan girls were keen to finish with a bang. It took till half time to tune into the pace of the game and to put in the required effort to secure a win. Craigclowan did take an early lead through goals from Iona and Olivia. Montana was dominant in goals, but she struggled to ensure her defenders and midfield did the necessary marking job. This left her unnecessarily exposed and a couple of goals were put past her. Slowly but surely the home team started to show their dominance and with further goals from Eilidh, Iona and Olivia, a comfortable win was looking certain. It was pleasing to see the improvement in defence with Issy, Kisa and Alyssa all raising their game and thinking about marking to ensure a final score of 6-3 was achieved by the final whistle.
Much was learned throughout the game, primarily in showing more strength on the ball as well as ensuring the correct pass was executed with power and accuracy. There were smiles all round at the end, as everyone, parents included, appreciated the absence of rain and tasty match teas to round off another successful afternoon.

     

CRAIGCLOWAN U-11A GIRLS HOCKEY v CARGILFIELD (H)
Final Score: Craigclowan 5 Cargilfield 2

     

CRAIGCLOWAN U-11B GIRLS HOCKEY v CARGILFIELD (H)
Final Score: Craigclowan 0 Cargilfield 1

     

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FORM 2 WITCHES FEAST

21 OCTOBER 2009
 

Form 2T held a Wildwood Feast to celebrate the completion of their Wildwood Adventure books. Witches, skeletons and ghouls enjoyed eating such delicacies as owl pellets, eyeballs, frogs’ legs, worms, rat brains and droppings.
We hope the book provides good bedtime reading for brothers and sisters….but perhaps it might be better to read them in the daytime!

       
 

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FORM 7P PRINCIPLES OF FLIGHT

20 OCTOBER 2009
 
On Tuesday 20th October Form 7P went to Glenalmond to see how much they understood in a ‘crash’ course on how planes fly. Unfortunately it was too windy for Mr. Jeffers to fly his remote controlled aeroplanes but everyone had a chance to build a small plane and then experiment in the gym with how the various controls could be modified to achieve level flight and then attempt some aerobatics. If they fly anywhere at half term they will be much more knowledgeable passengers!
     

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FORM 5 TO VANE FARM

20 OCTOBER 2009
     
Form 5 Visit to Vane Farm, Loch Leven
With the RSPB reserve at
Vane Farm only a 20 minute drive, we thought it would be the perfect place for the pupils to learn more about their science topic for this term, “Classification.” With binoculars around our neck and fleece jackets and wellies helping us to brave the elements, we split into 3 groups and headed down to the loch. We walked around part of the new National Trust path and learned how to use our binoculars correctly. We quickly spotted geese, swans and ducks. Our RSPC teacher was quite the expert when it came to answering every question put to her. We then enjoyed time in one of the 3 hides, giving use of the opportunity to warm up! This little shed was beautifully decorated with large, coloured wooded carvings of the many birds regularly spotted around the loch. It was quite fascinating to find out that the centre had recycled a huge old orange juice urn and transformed it into a sand martin's nest, including tunnels and the necessary sand. Blue and great tits were busy feeding from the feeders and we could clearly see the differences in their colouring and shape of their bills. We left the wet marshland area and headed up behind the centre towards their woodland forests. There were feeders of every shape and size attached to the trees in order to attract as many species of birds as possible. With amazing silence from everyone we spotted numerous birds from the finch, tit and crow families.We finished our morning learning about the migration of swallows from Loch Leven. Susan, our teacher, played a great game to help us learn about many of the difficulties and hazards swallows faced on their journey from Perthshire to South Africa. It was hard to believe that these small birds could use their inbuilt compass to find their way down through Britain and Europe to the southern tip of South Africa to enjoy the warmth of the sun for a few months before heading home.
Everyone had an extremely informative morning and it certainly has motivated us to really look at birds we see around school and our homes to spot even the smallest of difference from one to the other. It would certainly be fun to visit again in the spring time to observe the different types of birds spotted at that time of year.
 
 
     
     

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FORM 2 MENTAL MATHS EVENING

19 OCTOBER 2009
 

Form 2 turned the clocks back and sent the parents to school! Mums and Dads had a maths-tastic time with
Mrs Trench! After being introduced to Sammy Spider, Sneaky Squirrel and Coco Koala, the parents learnt how to do mental maths... the FUN way! The teachers' verdict... A+ for effort and participation! Well done!

     

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BRIAN NOAD AND HIS FAMILY

18 OCTOBER 2009
 
 
The School’s first Headmaster was Dick Noad. On Sunday afternoon his son Brian, along with his extended family, visited for a look around at his former home and the buildings and developments that have sprung up around it.

After a real trip down Memory Lane (among other things he remembered watching the Tokyo Olympics on television in what is now Mr Rathborne’s study – it was his family’s sitting room) he and his children, Penny and Nick, joined the Headmaster on the steps of the Main Building. Mr Noad remarked how proud his father would have been to see the School as it is now.

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OPEN MORNING

17 OCTOBER 2009
 

Last Saturday the School held its first ever Open Morning. The event was well attended by prospective parents and other interested parties with the bright, sunny weather enabling the school to look at its best. There was a real buzz around the campus with children purposefully involved in a range of activities. Everyone had an enjoyable time and there has been lots of positive feedback already. I am pretty sure that it won’t be 57 years until we have the next one!

   
     
     
     

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HORSE RIDING AT GLENEAGLES

16 OCTOBER 2009
 
This half-term, children in the beginners’ class have been working on using their aids effectively in order to communicate with their horse/pony. The intermediate riders have been learning how to control and balance themselves through rising trot and canter work and lots of fun has been had by all!!
     

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Apeman to...
FORM 3 TO DYNAMIC EARTH

16 OCTOBER 2009

Superman!
 

On Friday 16th October, all of Form 3 had a wonderful educational day out at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh. The content of the day really helped to reinforce all of the work we have been doing for our Elements topic throughout this term. We travelled back in time to see how the universe was formed and we discovered lots of information about earthquakes, volcanoes, mountains and ice formation. We saw a very interesting film about telescopes and astronomers and a lady called Gemma provided an educational workshop about earthquakes and volcano formation.
Everyone enjoyed this visit... including the teachers!

       
       
 

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Fairtrade Logo... FAIRTRADE ASSEMBLY

16 OCTOBER 2009
 
 
The Eco Group wanted to raise awareness of fair trade amongst the children at the school and decided the best way to grab everyone’s attention was to put on a fabulous, memorable assembly. Issy Arnaud, Françoise Borderie, Annabel Simpson and Alex Warren got together with Mrs Green to tell the story of Justino Peck, now chairman of the Toledo Cocoa Growers’ Association, the organization that represents more than 1,000 smallholder cocoa farmers in the Toledo region of Southern Belize. Before Fairtrade came along many farmers were subject to unfair pay and the fluctuations in the price of cocoa. Thanks to Fairtrade, Justino and many farmers like him receive a set price for their product that is stable and guaranteed. This means families are able to support their families, keeping communities together.

Now Fairtrade has the vision of a world in which justice and sustainable development are at the heart of trade structures and practices so that everyone, through their work, can maintain a decent and dignified livelihood and develop their full potential. There are many products now available that carry the Fairtrade mark and we hope the children of Craigclowan will be more aware of where their food comes from and will look out for the Fairtrade logo.

Since the assembly the children have shown great enthusiasm for Fairtrade products and on the Eco Day at school a group of very ready helpers zoomed from class to class to sell their yummy Fairtrade goodies. All the children enjoyed these tasty treats for break, happy in the knowledge that they are contributing to sustainable development.
 

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CRAIGCLOWAN RUGBY v LATHALLAN REPORT

14 OCTOBER 2009
 

CRAIGCLOWAN U-13A RUGBY v LATHALLAN (A)
After seeing the Lathallan boys at the WOSPS Rugby Trial the Craigclowan boys knew they were in for a challenge at Johnshaven. Making longer trips in mini buses always leaves coaches wondering if their boys will be focused at the beginning of games. This coach didn’t have to wait long for the answer; a mistake from the kick-off led to an early advantage to the home side and they made the most of it by scoring and converting. However, firm words from captain Rathborne and Vice-Captain Renouf saw the boys wake up. A penalty kick into the corner gained us valuable ground. From the line out we put together several phases of play which resulted in a forwards try, converted by the skipper.
From then on in the first half the boys in blue played some good rugby and scored a well-worked try combining forwards and backs. Ludo Findlay found a little bit of space wide on the right and at last we saw him fly.
Some changes at half time saw improvement in our support play but tiredness and some returning carelessness meant that we could not assert as much dominance as the coach had hoped. Three more tries were scored, one a fine solo effort by Ludo which resulted in a penalty try. One try was conceded which was deserved as Lathallan were plucky and determined to the end.
Should a drawing board be sought this week? Well, yes...

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GIRLS HOCKEY v RILEY

14 OCTOBER 2009
 

CRAIGCLOWAN U-13A GIRLS HOCKEY v RILEY (A)
The game against our close neighbours, Riley, was probably our most disappointing performance of the season. Although we started off well and raced into a 3-0 lead we gave the ball away too often and never played the fast, passing games of the last few weeks. We then conceded two goals before trading another couple with Riley. This meant we eventually won 5-3. We all felt that it was just one of those days when nothing seemed to work too well but we showed lots of determination and spirit to get another win. Well done to Ailsa who scored 3 goals in her first full game for the 'A' team.

     

CRAIGCLOWAN U-13B GIRLS HOCKEY v RILEY (A)
Attack, attack and yet more attack was the order of the day. Annabel, in goals, did well to hold onto the shirt tails of her defence as they were keen to support their midfield as they put constant pressure on the Riley defence. Issy didn’t put a step wrong the whole game...win the tackle and pass it wide to the midfield! Pippa worked her feet well and quickly saw the clear benefit of collecting and passing the ball on her front stick. The midfield used their speed up both wings and created chance after chance, with excellent, early crosses for the strikers to shoot. It was Iona who slotted home two first time shots from the left post position. With Chica and Miranda adding to the score, the team were happy with their 4-0 victory.
With our final game of this half of the season against Cargilfield on Wednesday 21st Oct, I encourage you to come along and support the team. It’s a home match, starting at 2.55pm. The sun may shine, but what is sure, the girls will entertain you with their improved level of skills and overall understanding of the game. Match teas will also be a treat at 3.45pm!

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WOSPS RUGBY TRIALS

12 OCTOBER 2009
 

The WOSPS Rugby Trials were held at Craigclowan on Monday 12th October. Ardvreck, Lathallan and Craigclowan were all represented. The boys were divided into teams over three sessions before finishing with a Possibles v Probables match of fifteen minutes to conclude the afternoon.

The squad to play the Dandylions on the 11th of November was announced after team tea. The squad includes seven boys from Ardvreck and Craigclowan and six from Lathallan.
Many thanks go to Mr Moran for the pitch and Mr Montgomery for refereeing.

 

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CROSS-COUNTRY

OCTOBER 2009
     

Craigclowan’s cross-country season is well underway, with nearly 80 children registered. Pupils of Forms 5 to Form 8 have been attending one, two or even three of the available sessions on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Favourite time trials such as The Mast, The Cornfield and the Muddy Mayhem have been tackled with great enthusiasm. Other activities have included exploring our local woods and fields as well as many energetic warm up and warm down games. There are no school races this term but we are building up on stamina and strength for the winter competitions.

 
     
     

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Glenalmond College Chapel
GLENALMOND CHORAL DAY

11 OCTOBER 2009
 

GLENALMOND CHORAL DAY 2009
The Preparatory Schools’ Choral Day was held on Sunday the 11th of October at Glenalmond College. In between rehearsal the numerous choristers from Scottish Prep Schools participated in a range of activities devised by the College staff. The day concluded with a splendid service in the college chapel.

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FORM 2W STORIES

09 OCTOBER 2009
 
 

Sharing Form 6 Stories
2W have recently been having some very exciting story times on Friday afternoons! Form 6 have written stories for children aged 6 and 7 in a variety of genres. Fairytales, scary stories or comedies have made 2W smile, jump or giggle! Beth even brought in the character of her story – Caramel the bear! Thank you to Form 6 for giving up their time and sharing their talents and to Mr Dibnah for arranging these enjoyable events.

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BOOK FAIR

OCTOBER 2009
 
 

BOOK FAIR
A big thank you to all children and parents who supported this year’s Book Fair. With the commission earned we can now choose new books to the value of almost
£1000.

Congratulations to the winners of the Book Fair competitions who received books as prizes.
Winners were Rachel, Fergus, Hugh, Rory, Heather and Harry.


Book Fair Browsing!

Congratulations to our Book Fair Competition Winners.

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JIMMY COX

08 OCTOBER 2009
 
 
Jimmy Cox, Director of Studies here at Craigclowan, has a busy time ahead of him in the international sporting arena. Jimmy was recently appointed Head Coach to the Scotland Under 18 Girls Team and has been working tirelessly over the last few weeks to ensure that their programme for the coming year is in place with matches against England and the Home Internationals being the highlight as they build towards the European Cup A division in 2011.

It does not stop there though. Only last week, Jimmy was asked to become the Assistant Coach to Gordon Shepherd for the Scottish Ladies Indoor Hockey Team as they prepare for the European Indoor Championships A Division in Siauliai, Lithuania in January 2010. Jimmy was delighted to accept the offer to help his country once again at senior level after bringing the curtain down a number of years ago on a hockey career filled with national and international honours and 120 full caps for Scotland. Jimmy said that, “The chance to work with Scotland again was too good an offer to turn down. It will also see me work with Gordon who played on the other side of the ‘Dundee Divide’ from me since we were in the same Scottish Under 16 Schoolboy team together. I really do believe we can be a very influential partnership and it will be great to work together at long last.” He was also recently asked to assist with the Scottish Ladies outdoor team at the European Championships in Amsterdam.

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Everyone at the school is happy to support him as he develops hockey at national level and are proud to have a coach of such quality on the staff. Jimmy teaches the highly successful boys and girls hockey teams at the school as well as running hockey camps here during the Easter and Summer school holidays

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"Britain in the 30s"
FORM 4 AIR RAID

08 OCTOBER 2009
 

FORM 4 PREPARES FOR AN AIR RAID
Within a few days of war being declared we had to get prepared for a possible gas attack. The air raid sirens were being tested and we had been fitted and issued with gas masks.
We are lucky at school as we have a cellar that can be used instead of a damp shelter. We have to practise going down the rickety stairs and into the cellar class by class when the siren sounds. We file down clutching our gas masks, which go everywhere with us, and sit waiting for the "all clear" to sound.
School is a large part of life as our mothers are directed to factory work and therefore have to leave very early in the morning and are not home until after school. We can get breakfast, dinner and tea at school.
Here are some pictures of us making our way to the cellar after hearing the wailing of the siren.

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U-13A Rugby
CRAIGCLOWAN RUGBY v ARDVRECK

07 OCTOBER 2009
 

CRAIGCLOWAN U-13A RUGBY v ARDVRECK (H)
The much awaited return leg of the Ardvreck/Craigclowan double header was played in great spirit. The visitors were reduced in strength by injury and illness and we were short of the leggy influence of one second row regular. Despite spending much of the first half creating scoring chances the boys in sky blue failed to capitalise through a combination of panicked nervousness or gross selfishness. Ardvreck took heart from their stout defending and managed a strong revival in the latter stages of the half.
The half-time team talk took on the now-familiar Fergy-esk hair drier treatment. Without improving hugely in the second period tries from Alastair Burnett (converted) and Louis Reid saw us through by the same margin as the first game, 10 – 0.
New drawing boards have been ordered and hopefully the success we are developing in training can be calmly applied to matches.

     

CRAIGCLOWAN U-13B RUGBY v ARDVRECK (H)
The boys started the game rather poorly and gave themselves a mountain of a task to get back in the game. A marvellous second half performance saw the boys come within a converted try to win the game after being 20 points to 5 down at half time.
Although we lost 37-31 the boys can be very proud of their hard work and the score certainly reflects their determination to succeed. 4 tries were scored by J.Alexander and the other scored by A. Hay.

Next time boys let's start the game the way we finished this one!


CRAIGCLOWAN U-11 RUGBY v ARDVRECK (A)
Even though the result did not go our way there has been an enormous progression in the teams skills and commitment. The boys certainly dominated the rucking and mauling, but we just could not convert this into points. There is work still to do, but the boys are certainly up for the challenge now, as they are beginning to recognise how capable they are. Lost : 4-2

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Honey Bee!
HARVEST FESTIVAL SERVICE

05 OCTOBER 2009

Gifts to W.R.V.S.
 

The Craigclowan Harvest Festival Service took place on the morning of Monday 5th October. It was a lovely service officiated by the Reverend Ann Mazur, to whom we are indebted. The service was fantastically supported by the parents in person and with their incredibly generous gifts which were delivered to the W.R.V.S. 6W performed a small skit about the importance of the bees to our harvest which was both amusing and very informative and the choir sang ‘Autumn’ with their usual flair and enthusiasm.
Thank you to all who helped organise the service and to all of the parents for their donations.

   

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SCOTTISH SCHOOLS
DRY SKI SLOPE RACE


04 OCTOBER 2009
Two teams of skiers had an early start on Sunday morning to go to
Edinburgh to take part in the Scottish Schools Ski Race at Hillend.

The girls team of Pippa Wood, Anna Stonebridge, Issy Arnaud, and Eilidh Ross skied extremely well and came 10th.

The boys team of Felix Schaebicke, Adam Stonebridge, Fintan Kirkpatrick and Durness Mackay-Champion came 8th.

It was some of the young skiers' first ever race and they were amazing. They were confident and showed no nerves at all.
   
       
       
 

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LORETTO HOCKEY TOURNAMENT

04 OCTOBER 2009
 

U-13 GIRLS LORETTO HOCKEY TOURNAMENT (A)
The girls travelled down to Loretto to defend the title that they won last year. There was some excellent play from them in every match in which they played. They only just fell short of reaching another final after losing out to Mowden Hall on penalty flicks in a semi-final that they dominated from start to finish. Unfortunately they could not score the goal that their play so richly deserved. The other games saw us defeat St Mary’s, Melrose and Belhaven whilst drawing with Mowden Hall in the group game and a very close 1-0 defeat to Ardvreck.

     

U-11 GIRLS LORETTO HOCKEY TOURNAMENT (A)
Once again the girls performed really well.
Our U-11 girls made the semi-finals and played St Mary's again. Their confidence was high and they managed to beat St Mary's 3–0. This put them in the final against a very strong Heriots. Even though they lost in the final 3–0, all the girls had a fanstastic day of Hockey. They should be very proud of themselves for their commitment to the game.
Well done!

The results for the league matches were as follows:
St Marys: Lost 1-0 ~ Compass School: Won 5-0 ~ Loretto: Won 3–0 ~ Heriots: Lost 4–2

 

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Team Tactics!
U-10 MERCHISTON RUGBY FESTIVAL

03 OCTOBER 2009
 

Boys U-10 Merchiston Rugby Festival (A)
For many this was the first time that they had represented the school on a rugby field. Going in to the festival the boys had spent lots of time developing their passing, rucking and mauling techniques.

The first game saw us up against Cargilfield and the boys dominated proceedings with fantastic play. They ran out deserved 2 tries to nil winners.

Our next game saw us up against a strong Clifton Hall side who won 3 tries to 1, after we had scored first.

The last game of the day saw us play against Fettes and after again scoring first the boys unfortunately lost 4 tries to 1.

The boys had a fantastic morning, but need to learn from the mistakes against Clifton Hall and Fettes and remember the importance of dynamic running and making tackles.

     
     

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U-13 Hockey
GIRLS HOCKEY v KILGRASTON

03 OCTOBER 2009
 

CRAIGCLOWAN U-13A GIRLS HOCKEY v KILGRASTON (H)
Last Saturday saw our local rivals, Kilgraston travel the short distance up the road to play in a keenly contested match. We played some great hockey in the first half, attacking well down both wings but only had 1 goal to show for all of our pressure. An excellent second half performance saw our girls dominate for long spells and score another two goals to run out convincing 3-0 winners. Mollie, our captain, was again the driving force behind the team but it was good to see the younger players really stepping up to the mark. Beth and Rosie had good games and both Minnie and Emily scored yet again. It was also good to see Françoise record another clean sheet in goal. Well done, girls!

     

CRAIGCLOWAN U-13B GIRLS HOCKEY v KILGRASTON (H)
Practice and determination are the key 2 factors for this team’s success so far this season. With another 2 players being brought into the squad, the experienced players took charge at the start and established a healthy 2-0 lead, through 2 goals by Ailsa. Georgina, Pippa and Issy marked tightly under the watchful eye of Montana in goals. Again the midfield used their fitness well to support the attack and are starting to realise they have a marking job to do when defending as well! The forwards created many, many chances and are ready to grab every opportunity given to them. First time shooting will be a theme in training this week! With a final winning score of 2-0 the squad still retain their unbeaten record. Very well done.

CRAIGCLOWAN U-11 GIRLS HOCKEY v KILGRASTON (H)
The U 11 girls continue their winning streak against a very strong Kilgraston team. Even though the weather was a bit blustery, the support for both teams was great. Final score WIN 6–2.

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FORM 3S ASSEMBLY

02 OCTOBER 2009
 
 

On Friday 2nd October, Form 3S did an assembly all about how they were given their names. They found out about their own christening and several of them brought in some wonderful Christening gowns and shawls. Some gifts were also displayed.
They also found out about how children of other religions were given their names too.

   
   

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F. 7 TO BURRELL COLLECTION

01 OCTOBER 2009
 

Form 7 Art Trip to the Burrell Collection
We enjoyed a lovely trip to the
Burrell Collection in Glasgow. We looked at the collection of Degas pastel drawings with the Museum Curator. We found out about his life and influences and made sketches of our favourites. We then enjoyed a practical session of pastel drawing, posing for each other and looking at some antique ballet costumes from the museum.
We were also fortunate to be shown behind the scenes with the Textile Conservation Department who took us into their workroom where we saw the work being carried out on the
Burrell Collection Tapestries.

   
     

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FORM 1 CASTLE FEAST

01 OCTOBER 2009
 

A Castle Feast in Form 1
The nobility of Perthshire gathered together for a feast in the Great Hall of Craigclowan Castle. There was an abundance of food and wine for all the guests. The Knights were on their best behaviour and left their weapons outside the Banqueting Hall. A merry time was had by all!
The servants, goodwives McCrae and McMorrine were kept very busy serving the guests but were rewarded with some leftovers at the end of the banquet. Luckily the castle hounds were nowhere to be seen that day!

   

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U-13A Rugby
CRAIGCLOWAN RUGBY

30 SEPTEMBER 2009

U-13B Rugby
 

CRAIGCLOWAN U-13A RUGBY v LORETTO (H)
This was a fixture we were really looking forward to; our last performance was more promising and we had been much improved in practice. Loretto had shown us how to play at the Merchiston Festival and we knew they would be tough.
Sometimes when you look forward too much to sport it can be disappointing. Despite scoring first in this match our forwards still could not get their act together and we soon found ourselves two tries to one down at half time. Some straight talking at half time saw little improvement and soon we were another try down. Some changes brought about some fresh determination and pride. The introduction of Louis Reid saw someone leading from the front and all of a sudden we started to play as we know we can.
We ended the game having scored a good try and converting it losing 9-7 in new money. As a coach I felt very proud of my side’s fighting spirit and renewed self-belief. Team selection will be interesting for our next match with Ardvreck.

     
     

CRAIGCLOWAN U-13B RUGBY v BELMONT HOUSE (H)
Going into this game the boys had put a lot effort into training and were determined to do well, however they met a very strong and physical Belmont side who played some good rugby. The boys didn’t ruck and maul effectively and as a result could not secure a good ball for the back line to use. There were some tackles made but too often they were missed and as a result were punished.

The boys now need to regroup and iron out the mistakes made in the match in the training sessions.

Jonathan Doak

     

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U-13 Hockey
GIRLS HOCKEY v ARDVRECK

30 SEPTEMBER 2009

U-11 Hockey
 

CRAIGCLOWAN U-13A GIRLS HOCKEY v ARDVRECK (H)
Ardvreck visited us on Wednesday 30th September. Our girls started the game very well and dominated the opening proceedings. Unfortunately Ardvreck’s first two attacks saw them score two goals. Our visitors then took control of the game and created a number of other scoring chances which our defence and Françoise, in goal, did well to clear. A very spirited second half performance from our girls could not see them get on the score sheet whilst Ardvreck scored three more goals. Our visitors ran out convincing winners in the end but our girls did play some exceptionally good hockey.

     

CRAIGCLOWAN U-13B GIRLS HOCKEY v ARDVRECK (H)
Captain Issy Leads By Example!
The U-13B girls have maintained their unbeaten record after a fantastic display of controlled hockey. The tempo was set from the start. The defence improved their marking and communication, maintaining total control throughout the match. Ball watching seems to be a thing of the past, giving Ardvreck almost no attempts at goal. Pippa, Issy and Montana not only tackled firmly but linked well with their midfield to get the attack going quickly. “Run Miranda, run!” was the call of the day. What an influence she had down the right wing. Ailsa, Montana and Kisa kept up well with her and were in the right place at the right time to collect her cross and make a shot at goal. The Craigclowan girls went into half time with a 2-0 lead with goals from Montana and Miranda. They kept the pace up throughout the rest of the game and maintained concentration and scored twice more. Montana again slotted the ball into the net and Pippa took advantage of a strike from a short corner. Iona, Lucy and Chica finished the game strongly, and if it wasn’t for a strong display from the Ardvreck keeper, the score could quite easily have been twice the 4-0 final score. Keep this standard up and another win on Saturday should easily be within our reach.
Great effort girls!

     

CRAIGCLOWAN U-11A & U-11B GIRLS HOCKEY v ARDVRECK (H)
Confidence was high after a successful win for both teams on Saturday. However the girls knew playing Ardvreck was usually a tough match.

The 'A' Team had a shaky start, however they soon got into the game after their first goal. They passed the ball well around the pitch and proved to be a side to be reckoned with. Another convincing win for the Craigclowan girls. Final score: Win: 10-3.

The 'B' team started the match with confidence and had scored within the first minute. They continued to work well as a team and matched the A team in terms of passing across the pitch. Final score: Win: 11-0.

     

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Principles Of Flight...
FORMS 7D & 7R SCIENCE TRIP
TO GLENALMOND

30 SEPTEMBER 2009

Up, Up and Away!
 

Forms 7R and 7D enjoyed a fun thrilled morning at Glenalmond College where they investigated the Principles Of Flight. They built two versions of model aircraft before sending them on their maiden flights (which for some was quite erratic).

The children then enjoyed a spectacular air show of two petrol powered models flying in all their glory.
A fantastic morning!

   
   

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FORM 1 VISIT ELCHO CASTLE

29 SEPTEMBER 2009
 

Form 1 stepped back in time on their visit to Elcho Castle. The children were all given roles to play, which helped them imagine what life must have been like for the people living and working in the castle.
The Lord and Lady and their children lived in the castle and they had many servants to look after them.
The kitchen servants were kept very busy preparing food for the Lord and Lady and their guests.
The groom and the blacksmith looked after the horses and the guards protected the castle from enemies.
We were shown the Great Hall and pretended to have a feast round the banqueting table.
We had our own castle feast in the “Great Hall” back at school. (Pictures to follow)

     
     
     

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FORM 6 AT PERTH MUSEUM

28 SEPTEMBER 2009
 

The new Form 6 enjoyed a busy morning at Perth Museum with Barbara Hamilton today. There were opportunities to dress as legionaries and learn how to put on a toga. We were there to build on our studies of Early Man this term by looking at the impact of the Roman occupation of this area. Loan kits from the Museum have been used in the classroom all this term. The children have been learning how to handle artefacts and put together ideas from the evidence left behind by these ancient people.

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U-13 Hockey
GIRLS HOCKEY v EDINBURGH ACADEMY

26 SEPTEMBER 2009

U-11 Hockey
 

CRAIGCLOWAN U-13A GIRLS HOCKEY v EDINBURGH ACADEMY (H)
The girls gave a fine performance in this match which was almost a mirror image of the first game against Dollar. A dominant first half display saw our girls score six goals without reply. The best hockey, though, was saved for the second half when Emma started to use the space on the right to find some good passes down the wing. This opened the game up a little and saw us play some very fine hockey. Another four goals were scored to see us run out comfortable 10–0 winners. I would like to add a special mention to Emily who has come on a substitute in the first three games and managed to score a goal in all of them.

     

CRAIGCLOWAN U-13B GIRLS HOCKEY v EDINBURGH ACADEMY (H)
The perfect Saturday morning – the sun was shining, the girls were smiling, the goals were pinging in and there was chocolate cake for match teas!
Annabel set the tone of the match from the start. She organised her defence perfectly to ensure she kept a shut-out in both halves. Issy, Montana and Pippa had little to trouble them at the back as they ensured they were tightly marking their players and any tackle they made was strong and the ball was clearly played wide to their midfield.
Miranda shone on the right of midfield. She used her speed perfectly to outsprint her defence and played numerous crosses into the shooting area, resulting in goals. She was superbly supported in midfield from Lucy and Chica. The development of their passing game released their forwards early into the attacking area. Ailsa, in her role as captain for the day, rose to the challenge scoring a hat trick of goals, ably assisted by Kisa and Pippa, scoring 2 of her own.
A final score of 7-0 was a fantastic effort. This was the perfect preparation for a busy week, including fixtures against Ardvreck and Kilgraston. Let’s have a big support for the girls at these matches.



CRAIGCLOWAN U-11A & U-11B GIRLS HOCKEY v EDINBURGH ACADEMY (H)
The girls played their first match of the season on Saturday 26th Sept. The Academy brought 1 team and we played 2 teams. We set up a mini tournament and our 'A' team played the visiting team first. The girls proved they had been working hard in their games lessons. They showed good strong, accurate passing and ensured the ball ended up in the back of the net.
Craigclowan 'A' team won 10–0.
The 'B' team warmed up with a good game of Hockey with the 'A' team and then went on to a very close game with The Academy. Our girls held their own and finally they deserved the goal the had worked hard for. Final score: Win 1–0.

A super morning of Hockey and great start for the U-11.

     

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U-13 Rugby
RUGBY v ARDVRECK

23 SEPTEMBER 2009

U-11 Rugby
 

CRAIGCLOWAN U-13A RUGBY v ARDVRECK (A)
After visits to the rugby drawing board and specialist tuition from coaches Mill and Pattinson, the 'A' Squad performed much better against Ardvreck in the first of their double-header clashes. The rucking and support play of the forwards was much better and the backs ran with more purpose and determination. We found ourselves 10 – 0 up at half time and had clear plans for the second period. These plans were not really applied, however, partly due to a spirited response from Ardvreck and partly because we are not as fit as we should be and were unable to carry the forward battle on as we tired.
All in all we are happy to have a win under our belts but the drawing board should be paid yet another visit. In Perthshire parlance more ‘Pundy’ will need to be found.

     

CRAIGCLOWAN U-13B RUGBY v ARDVRECK (A)
The boys approached this fixture determined to make an improvement from their previous game. The first half saw a spirited performance from both sides and the boys in Blue registered their first try of the season after some good work by the backs via J. Alexander. Although losing two tries to one at half time there was a belief that more success could be achieved in the second period. However, after lots of hard work and last ditch tackles the boys ran out of steam and ended on the wrong side of a heavy defeat, losing eight tries to one. It is now important that the boys learn from their mistakes and work harder to improve their positional and play and tackling in training.

Jonathan Doak

     

CRAIGCLOWAN U-11 RUGBY v ARDVRECK (H)
What a difference a week makes! I never thought there could be such a transformation in just a week. The boys came out with determination and aggression from the first second of the match. They stuck to their structure and managed to put phase after phase of play together to be the dominant team for the first half. Ardvreck, as we all know, are never a team to give up easily and they came back at us in the second half. The boys dug deep right up to the whistle but were unable to withstand the onslaught, with Ardvreck scoring three tries to our two. The boys should be incredibly proud of their performance and take confidence that there is more to come over the coming weeks and months. Well done!

     

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FORM 1 TO BUILDING SITE

22 SEPTEMBER 2009
 

The workforce at A & J Stephen was given a boost on Tuesday morning when Form 1 paid them a visit. Kitted out in hard hats, fluorescent vests and wellies, the children certainly looked ready to tackle any building job. Mr Smith and Mr Sutherland took us on a tour of the site and showed us all the different stages in the building of a house. We saw lots of machines working round the site and we looked down lots of holes! We certainly enjoyed our visit to the building site and have learned a lot of new things.

     
     
     

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FORM 4 - NATIONAL MUSEUM OF RURAL LIFE

21 SEPTEMBER 2009
 

A POST CARD HOME
 

FORM 4 OUTING TO THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF RURAL LIFE
Yesterday we went to the National Museum of Rural Life, it took around an hour and a half to get there. We went on a trailer pulled by a tractor up to the farm. When we got there we saw Jersey pigs and piglets, they were called Tabitha, Rashers and Toffee. We also saw Bobby the horse, he galloped up to us. The lady told us all about the animals we saw. We saw some chickens, they ate grass really fast. We also saw sheep and highland cows. In the stable we saw the two black farm kittens, there also was sleeping quarters, reached by a ladder, for the lady who watched over the horses. We went in the farmhouse and we got to touch all of the old kitchen utensils and find out what they were.

In the afternoon we met Miss Moffat, she seemed nice but when she clapped her hands we were back in the 1930’s pretending to have been evacuated along with our class, to this farm. Our surnames were called and we were made to stand in twos to prepare for the walk up to the byre where we would have our school lessons. We worked on our numbers, alphabet, spelling and tables. We also learnt about the different sounds of warning. To put your gas mask on you would hear a rattle, a whistle or see an adult putting on theirs. The shelter sounds were a two tone siren which means go to your shelter and one tone means come out. At the end of the day we knew how it felt to live in the 1930’s at the outbreak of war.

Written by Nicola

     
     
     

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U-13 Hockey
GIRLS HOCKEY v BEACONHURST

19 SEPTEMBER 2009

U-12 Hockey
 

CRAIGCLOWAN U-13 GIRLS HOCKEY v BEACONHURST SCHOOL (H)
Last Saturday saw Beaconhurst visit us for our first home game of the season. A slow start saw us go a goal down early on but the team show lots of resilience if not the silky hockey of last week’s win against Dollar. A goal just on half time saw us go in level and then a great start to the second half saw us dominate the game. Two well worked goals saw us take a 3-1 lead but the girls efforts clearly took a lot out of them. Three late goals from Beaconhurst saw our visitors run out 4-3 winners.

     
     

CRAIGCLOWAN U-12 GIRLS HOCKEY v BEACONHURST SCHOOL (H)
Saturday was a super day for the U-12 girls. The squad consisted of experienced players, those playing their first match at this level and 3 youngsters. The team were aiming to build on the U13B draw against Dollar on Wednesday by taking advantage of all the pressure they had and converting this into goals. An early lead was taken by the Craigclowan girls from a goal by Lucy but a couple of defensive errors allowed the visitors to claw back to 1-1. The tempo was then raised and the team started to use everyone and pass the ball accurately. Two great goals were scored by Cara and the players looked as though a few more were on the way. With subs coming on in a variety of positions, Beaconhurst stole a goal back and put pressure on our defence right to the end. A pleasing final score of 3-2 was a great way to start the season for the U-12s, although it is hoped that this is only the very start of a successful run of matches for this young team. Very well played by everyone.
3-2 win to Craigclowan School.

     
     

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FORM 3P ASSEMBLY

18 SEPTEMBER 2009

We were discussing Rosh Hashanah the Jewish New Year.
This made us think about the start of our new school year at Craigclowan.

We thought about all the things that we achieved last year at school and what we hoped to achieve this year.

We thought about how we all have to work together to learn new things.

We thought about all the things that go into making a good school and magically we spelled out L-E-A-R-N-I-N-G.

   
   

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RUGBY v CARGILFIELD MATCH REPORTS

16 SEPTEMBER 2009
 
CRAIGCLOWAN U-13 'A' RUGBY v CARGILFIELD (H)
Craigclowan’s season kicked off with a tough match against Cargilfield on the Old Field on Wednesday 16th. The boys had put some time into practice but it would be unfair to say they were ready for such a tough encounter. Recent Cargilfield teams have been highly skilled and the 2009 vintage have size as well as talent.
The boys in blue played pluckily but were up against it, struggling to get any forward momentum either in the forwards or backs. The forwards proved reluctant to ruck effectively and so we were unable to secure good ball to use. The boys all tackled bravely but spent the majority of the game on the back foot.
A drawing board is now being sought to return to and we will be working hard on rucking and lines of support before our next match with Ardvreck. Well done Cargilfield. Hats Off!
 
CRAIGCLOWAN U-13 'B' RUGBY v CARGILFIELD (H)
The first match of the season was against a very strong Cargilfield team. It was always going to be a tough match but although we lost, we can take many positives from some aspects of their play.
It is important now that the boys work harder so as to improve their performance in the forthcoming fixtures.

Jonathan Doak
 
CRAIGCLOWAN U-11 RUGBY v CARGILFIELD (A)
It was a very tough game to have as our first encounter of the term. It was evident very quickly that the boys have a great deal to do and a real physical presence to find. The pure physicality of the Cargilfield boys and their desire to win was enough to get our boys on their back foot and they never really managed to get their front foot forward after the promising start. Lots to do! Thank you to Cargilfield for their hospitality and I hope that we will reverse the result when we meet next .
 
CRAIGCLOWAN U-10 RUGBY v CARGILFIELD (A)
The boys entered their first game of the season with lots of excitement and anticipation. They produced a great performance and showed good strength of character after coming back from a try down to win by three tries to two.
The boys can take great satisfaction from their performance but have to remember that if they are to maintain their good start to the season in the forthcoming fixtures, they must continue to work hard in training sessions.
Well done boys!

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GIRLS HOCKEY v DOLLAR ACADEMY MATCH REPORTS

16 SEPTEMBER 2009
 
CRAIGCLOWAN U-13 'A' GIRLS HOCKEY v DOLLAR ACADEMY (A)
For the first game of the season, the girls could not have had a better setting in which to play. The newly opened Astroturf at Dollar saw our girls give a great display of hockey through their teamwork and some very fine individual play. Three fairly scrappy goals in a first half where the team were well led by our captain, Mollie, was a fair reflection of the game. However, the second half was a fantastic display of hockey and some excellent goals were scored. Five more goals came our way as we ran out impressive 8-0 winners. Everyone played exceptionally well and it was a very tired but delighted squad who travelled home. Well done to you all.
 
CRAIGCLOWAN U-13 'B' GIRLS HOCKEY v DOLLAR ACADEMY (A)
With the sun shining down on the new Astro at Dollar, we were the first match to christen the new pitch. The team ranged in experience and speed of foot. A solid defensive half from Issy, Pippa and Montana in goal, saw the girls take an early lead in the first half with a well worked goal from Chica. Players were given the opportunity to play in a variety of positions as we set up a very attacking formation. With endless possession and attacks in the opponents shooting zone we really should have had the game sewn up long before the final whistle. Dollar took advantage with a few minutes remaining and stole a late goal. With so much pressure the girls were left feeling disappointed at the end of the game. We did remind yourselves that it was the first game of the season and I look forward to watching an improved game when the U-12s take on Beaconhurst School. I am confident we can build quickly on this 1-1 draw. Well played everyone.

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DAISY GETS A MAKEOVER!

SEPTEMBER 2009
 

Daisy returns!
Daisy the cow bench has now been re-painted in the winning design of Emmy Hall (6W) and has returned to sit in the Forms 3 and 4 playground.

     

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THE NEW FORM 1

15 SEPTEMBER 2009



The Craigclowan cow was very pleased
to meet the new Form 1 children.



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HORSE RIDING

11 SEPTEMBER 2009
 
 

This term’s riding lessons got off to an exciting start with lots of new faces joining us, including two budding male jockeys, Finlay and David! Our instructors this term are once again Lorna, Rowan and Robert who look after us superbly! Emma is one of our experienced riders, and as you can see from the photos, she had the pleasure of riding the delightful but tall Pugsley during her lesson!

     
     

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FORM 1 POTATOES

11 SEPTEMBER 2009
 

A bumper crop of potatoes for Form 2.
During the summer term, when the children were in Form 1 they planted potatoes donated by Mr Doig. They were all very involved in the whole process and have waited patiently for the fruits of their labours. It was a very exciting time when they all helped to harvest their crop. Both classes were delighted by how many potatoes they grew and, as you can see from the photographs, are very proud of what they achieved. The children each took home a bag of potatoes to enjoy with their family.

   

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SUMMER 2009



What a spectacular week we all had!


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CRAIGCLOWAN BALLET RESULTS

SUMMER 2009
 
     
Ballet Examinations of the British Theatre Dance Association were held on 20th June 2009 in Dollar with excellent results achieved by Craigclowan pupils.

BTDA is a member of the Joint Examining Board incorporating the Royal Academy of Dancing and the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing and is of an extremely high standard. Congratulations to all candidates for gaining "Pass with Distinction" or "Pass with Merit" and a special mention for Isabella Boyd who received a "Platinum" award as an exceptional candidate with 90%.
Some Pre-School and Preparatory pupils, in addition to learning their Ballet syllabus, were examined in the "Rose Award" section gaining 4 Distinctions and 5 Honours with a "silver" or "gold" cup. This is held in groups of 3 with a teacher in attendance and based on performance skills, thus giving them confidence for future exams unaccompanied. There are now "Crystal Awards" for older pupils as a preparation for exams and the 2 girls performing Level 3 received Distinction and Honours.

SILVER ROSE AWARD
Distinction - Florence Soppitt
Honours - Clementina Baker Vallot

GOLD ROSE AWARD
Distinction - Harriet Bonner & Annabel Dallas
Honours - Emma Gray, Emma Harper & Iona Ross

CRYSTAL AWARD
Distinction - Hannah McCarthy
Honours - Ailsa Edwards


PRIMARY BALLET EXAM
"Pass with Merit" - Inigo Edens
INTRODUCTION TO GRADE I
"Pass with Distinction" & Platinum Award - Isabella Boyd
"Pass with Distinction" - Rosalind Grossart & Darcy McDermott
"Pass with Merit" - Hope McGregor & Sine Ross

GRADE I BALLET
"Pass with Merit" - Heather Halley

GRADE II BALLET
"Pass with Distinction" - Emily Hall
"Pass with Merit" - Susie Dougall
 
 
     

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SUMMER HOCKEY CAMP
The recent summer hockey camp was great success. Another completely full camp saw some very young and new faces along with lots of regular and experienced players strut their stuff on the Astroturf. The coaches showed the children new skills and also introduced them to the new rules that will come into play this term. As well as having great fun, the camp was a valuable learning experience for all of the children and choosing prize winners was an extremely difficult task. Emma, Duncan, Myles, Natasha, Euan, Jamie and Lucy all won hockey prizes for their efforts and improvements during the camp.

Once again, the children were fortunate enough to have been coached by international players and coaches. These included Karen Thomson and current internationalists Gavin Byers and Allan Law (recently voted Scottish Coach of the Year) who were all greatly impressed with the levels of skills on display. Dates for future camps in the Spring and Summer terms will be published later this term.

Jimmy Cox