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Abernethy Ski Trip 2016

The ski trip took place between Tuesday 16th – Friday 19th February.
Primary 6 and 7 pupils from P5/6M, P6/7R and P7T went to on the trip.
Twenty seven Pupils and three staff (Mr Rutherford, Mrs Sinclair and Mrs Welsh)

This year we stayed in the house. We were joined at the school by a Catholic school from Stoke .

On the first day we skied on the dry slope then had nearly three full days skiing at the Lecht. Conditions were good. Weather varied from very cold with snow showers to beautiful blue skies and sunshine.
Excellent trip and every child progressed to managing the tows and skiing down the Robin, Wren, Kestrel and Eagle runs.

Thanks go to the excellent staff at the Abernethy Centre, the Lecht Ski Area Staff and especially to the three Kinloss Staff members Mr Rutherford, Mrs Sinclair and Mrs Welsh who accompanied the children on the trip.They took part in all the activities too and made sure everyone had a safe and enjoyable Abernethy Experience.

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Walk a Mile a day Challenge

Walk a Mile a Day Challenge – as many of you will know this initiative started in Stirling and now being promoted by the Scottish Government was brought to our attention through our Parent council members. Miss Hardie, Miss Mair and Miss Carter have agreed to initiate this within Kinloss commencing Monday 11th January 2016. Forms to register will be issued to interested pupils on Monday 14th December 2015. The challenge will run from 8.30am each morning and the staff are seeking support from any interested parents to allow them to cater for expected numbers of children. Pupils who arrive by taxi and bus and are unable due to this to arrive in school for 8.30am will be offered the opportunity to participate as part of their lunchtime activities. Active Schools have teamed up with the staff and will be awarding pupils who reach milestones over the days, and weeks etc.

Filming Project

Since March of this year we have been working with some pupils from P6 and P7 in using a variety of ICT equipment, IPads, Studio Lights, Tripods, Panasonic Video Camera etc and with the support of Tim Flood an expert in this field has been training our young people in techniques including editing, voice over, camera skills. We were delighted to see some of this during the enterprise fayre when the clips were shared with parents. We hope to continue this development work into next term with other pupils to ensure we create a sustainable model. Funding for the equipment came from a bid into the Scottish Governments Fund for Pupil Engagement.

Enterprise Fayre and Open Afternoon

This event was held on the 27th November and attended by more parents than we have had in the past. The feedback on the interactive presentations, video clips, powerpoint etc in the hall prior to parents accessing classes has been super, thanks for your positive evaluations. Staff and pupils were delighted that so many parents went and visited across the school to see how the pupils had worked to create their sales items and the pupils were amazed at the support you gave them. The overall total raised for school funds by this event was £1196.66. Every class made profit from their businesses and Miss Mair’s P5/6M were the largest profit making company with a total of £204.62. Our appreciation and thanks go to all who supported and donated to the classes prior to the event, to the parents and family friends who came along and bought but in the main to the pupils and their hard work and effort in running the companies over the month.

As a result of the success we have booked a pantomime for the whole school, spending just under £300.00 of the monies raised for Thursday 10th December. The pupils will see Aladdin here in the school on that morning. We have also decided to go ahead and replace 37 cisterns and toilet seats across the school at a cost of just under £3000.00 by putting other savings in to cover the balance required. We hope this work will be undertaken in the early part of 2016.

WoW

WoW

All Moray schools are involved in WoW to encourage pupils, parents and carers to walk, cycle, scooter or park and stride to school at least four times a week. Children record when they walk to school using an online Travel tracker. Each month, children who have walked, or travelled actively, at least four times a week throughout the month receive a collectable badge. Different badge designs will be awarded each month based around a theme.

For clarification to parents Park and Stride applies from Cumming Hall to the school not from the Drop Off area inside the school grounds. There is a parent app which can be accessed through the App Store and Google Play. Living Streets walk to school app. Kinloss have scored exceptionally high across Scotland maintaining first or second place over the few months and as a result we have been advised we will get a prize – as yet still to arrive!!

Garden Club Ceilidh

This event was held on Friday the 27th November and was full to capacity after a near call off due to poor numbers. The event is held by the Garden Club as a fund raiser for seeds, trays, gardening tools etc over the course of the year and to support any larger work needing done in the garden. The food served is sourced from the garden apart from the meat for the stovies and the children collect and help prepare in the lead up to the event. The ceilidh is compered by the garden club members and they did a tremendous job of hosting. After all expenses covered the event raised just under £250.00 for the Garden Club funds. Our thanks to all who came along and supported the event and a special thanks as always to the effort by the pupils.

Forres Schools Orienteering Championships

At the recent Forres School Championships our school enjoyed considerable success with its strong team of sixteen pupils.

There were two courses-
A (hard) won by Rob Bichan f(or the 3rd year in a row)
B (easier) won by Tiana Robbins (also from Kinloss Primary School)

Kinloss won overall (3rd year in a row)

Well done to our team for their well deserved success.

Forres Orienteering Championships September 2014
Forres Orienteering Championships September 2014