Activities in full swing at primary

With the second term now in full swing, latest news from the Primary School is that the pupils have again been enthusiastically involved in a variety of pursuits, both curricular and extra-curricular.

The Primary sixes, for example, have been undergoing training by Mr Ross Nicholson, the Active Schools Co-ordinator as “Young Leaders” and when they have completed their course will be able to organise fun, sporting activities for the younger pupils. Mr Nicholson has also helped to start off the school’s “Active Club” which is a fun sporty activities club for Primary 1 to 7 every Wednesday after school and Classroom Assistant, Mrs Thomson, has started training the Primary 4 to 7 girls in netball and has also undertaken some tennis coaching courses in the evenings in order to be able to help with this sport later in the year.

On a very productive visit to the school, Numeracy Development Officer for Aberdeenshire, Mrs Claire Thomson, enjoyed participating in the pupils’ numeracy games and provided very useful feedback for staff regarding the implementation of the Curriculum for Excellence and has arranged to return to the school at a future date to help assess the progress of the pupils in Primary 7. Meanwhile a small team of mathematicians, Katy, Ailsa and Kirsty are busy training for the “Enterprising Mathematics Challenge” at Aberdeen University on March 29.

Then, recently, the children of Primary 7, in preparation for a very important and informative visit from the Rector of Mackie Academy, Mr Andrew Griffiths, had prepared questions and they enjoyed being given the opportunity of discussing with him the transition from Primary to Secondary schooling and, as a result, several days have been set aside for transition activities in the summer term.

Indoors, Dylan and Blair have been congratulated on being the school’s winners in the K’nex competition and now go on to compete against the winners from other schools at a venue in Aberdeen, and it is hoped to start the car building club which will be run by parent volunteers and is open to the Primary 5-7s, on Tuesday, February 22 and with Shell, unfortunately, having withdrawn from funding the car challenge, several other options are being explored.

Outdoors, trips have always featured largely in the life of the school and next Thursday the Primary 1 - 4 class, who have been learning all about exploration, discovery and pirates, will be bound for Dundee to visit Captain Scott’s ship the “Discovery.” The following day the Primary 5 - 7s will be going on a cross-country ski day outing and thanks have gone to the Parent Council Group, FoJ, for covering the cost of the transport.

Some time away yet, but as part of its ongoing work on self-evaluation the school is looking forward to welcoming back Mrs Shanks, the Quality Improvement Officer on Wednesday, March 25 while on Thursday, April 21 parents, carers and all members of “Nippers” are being invited to the school’s open day where they will be able to see how the Curriculum for Excellence is being implemented. Teas and coffees are being arranged by the Parent Council Group, FoJ, and those attending will also be able to participate in some fun Easter activities.

Closer to the present, however, the school is on its mid-term break today and Monday and, with Staff Development Days on Tuesday, 15 and Wednesday 16, the pupils will not return to their desks until Thursday, February 17 and there will also be holiday closures on Wednesday, April 29 and Monday, June 13 .

Bowling Club

With only two games still to go, a second victory continues to elude the Bowling Club’s rink in their Kincardine Indoor League campaign. On Tuesday night there was little that Meggie Hann, Brian Hann, Alan Black and Alan Robbie were able to do stave off a heavy 26-5 defeat at the hands of another excellent Portlethen rink although, according to skip Robbie, had there been fewer gaps in the heads for their bowls to find, the result might have been different. Well, well, whatever next!

Horticultural Society

Although all the orders have not yet been completed and the figures tallied up, the seed sale in the Village Hall on Saturday seems to have been another success for the Horticultural Society. Not everybody who attended were necessarily there to buy, quite a few accepting the offer to drop in for a coffee and a blether and the committee were very pleased with the support which the venture received, particularly as there were a number of new faces to be seen scouring the catalogues.

Mearns Coastal Church Guild

President, Mrs Jean Cook, welcomed members of the Guild to their fortnightly meeting in the Church Hall on Monday afternoon and introduced the Rev Denis Rose from Inverbervie who gave a very interesting and often amusing account of his time as a prison chaplain during his parish ministry in Dumfries. He was thanked by Mrs Isabel Blease and Mrs Vera Fillingham gave the Bible Reading.

The next meeting of the Guild will be the leisure hour in the Church Hall on Monday, February 21 at 2.30 p.m. when the speaker will be Mr Gordon Anderson from Ferryden.

Wairds Park Committee

The Annual General Meeting of the Wairds Park Committee will be held in the Clubroom at the park on Tuesday, February 22 at 7 p.m. All welcome.

First Sports Quiz of the Year

1. Who was the English Premiership manager removed from his post after his club suffered its 13th defeat on Saturday?

2. Who scored Scotland’s first try against France in the international rugby match in Paris on Saturday?

3. Name Australia’s leading run-maker, and his score, in the last of the seven match cricket one-day series against England.

4. What was the final score in the Super Bowl on Sunday night?

5. Do you know the nationality of golfer Thomas Bjorn who won the Quatar Masters tournament at the week-end?

6. Who was the leading Scot in that event?

7. Which team is currently top of the Highland League?

8. Can you name one of the three Pakistani cricketers who were banned from the game for between five and ten years on Saturday?

9. How late did Aberdeen F.C. leave it before eliminating Dunfermline F.C. from the Scottish Cup on Sunday?

10. Who was appointed manager of Clyde F.C. on Monday?


Twenty five years ago the ladies of Benholm and Johnshaven Parish Church Woman’s Guild were taken on safari by Mr Michael Wheat from Montrose who gave an illustrated talk on a recent visit he had made to Kenya. He also described a visit to the Algarve.

During the same week the Youth Club held a very successful family night in the Church Hall when 44 people attended a video showing of the film “Gremlins” and the Guide Association’s disco in the Village Hall proved very popular with the local youth. Held in two sessions, up to 11 years-old and for 12 to 16, the enthusiastic youngsters thoroughly enjoyed themselves dancing to the Jensen Disco.