Dyslexia Friendly School (DFS) Initiative
This session, Mrs Kane and Miss McMillan have led an initiative to make our school more dyslexia friendly. The school now has a clear policy on dyslexia, handbooks for all staff members, an information booklet for parents and literacy and numeracy toolkits containing useful resources present in all classes from Primary 1 to primary 7.
A Dyslexia Friendly pupil's Group has been established to help move this initiative forward. At present the group has 4 members- Jay P5, Jessica P5, Finn P6 and Aidan P7.
In May, the school hosted a DFS Awareness Raising Week with all pupils from P1-7 participating in a series of workshops and activities designed to teach them about dyslexia and how it can be managed. The DFS Pupil group started the week off with an informative slideshow on dyslexia. They also ran two exciting competitions: one to select a DFS mascot which was won by Lex the Dyslexia friendly Dog and another to design a DFS school badge. Lex will be arriving in school shortly and next session will visit every class. In the Latter competition, second place went to Katie in P6 and first to Lauren in P7. Congratulations to both girls!
Visit from an Author
A Visit from an Author – Ross Mackenzie
On Tuesday the 21st of April. Ross Mackenzie, the author of 'Zac and the Dream Pirates' came in and talked to Primaries 5, 6, and 7 about his new book 'The Nowhere Emporium'. He told us all about how he first started writing books and what age he was. He told us about when he read the book "The Witches" by Roald Dahl and he fell in love with writing and this made him want to become an author. His first book 'Zac and the Dream Pirates' won best children's book of the year in 2010. We all really enjoyed listening to him reading an extract from his new book and telling us about his ideas and inspiration.
Report by Nicholas and Aidan
Official Opening Ceremony
Heathery Knowe's Official Opening Ceremony
On Thursday 26th March 2015, Heathery Knowe Primary had its official opening ceremony even though the school had been opened for a year prior to the opening. We had special guests who included our new Head of Education Wilma Bain, Councillor Jim Docherty and Barry Watson who was the first child on the dux board. Of course the stars of the show were all of the pupils! Mrs Weatherston started the show by giving a speech introducing our school. We then sang 'Give It All You've Got'. Next we heard about what our school means to us.
H - Heathery Knowe
E - Excellence
A - Achievement
T - Talent
H - Hardworking, Happy, Healthy Children
E - Enterprising
R - Responsible
Y - Yourself
K - Knowledge
N - Nursery
O - Outdoor Learning
W - Welcoming
E - Ethos
There were performances throughout the show from the dance club, the choir and all the songs we sang as a school together. We then watched as our oldest pupil and our youngest pupil helped Councillor Jim Docherty cut the ribbon to officially open our new school. He then gave a speech and then we sang 'As We Go Now' as our last song and we said goodbye to our visitors and the ceremony ended. The ceremony went very well and we all enjoyed it very much.
By Rachel and Claire
Fundraising News - Bag Packing
Fundraising News! Bag Packing
On Saturday 4th October pupils, staff and parents
took part in a bag packing event at Sainsbury's in East Kilbride and managed to
collect a fantastic £478.92, which will be used to fund new sports equipment. Thanks
to everyone who donated to our cause.
Thanks go to Mrs Gray, Mrs Smith Mrs Kane, Rachel, Ross,
Tristan, Kaitlyn, Harrison, Lennox, Mollie, Aiden, Scott, Jessica, Aedan,
Logan, Eve, Elliott, Matthew, Daniel, Charlotte, Jack and Emilia and some of their
parents who stayed to help too.
Room 5's Harvest Assembly
On Friday 10th October the Primary 3 pupils in Room 5 presented their Harvest Assembly to an audience of pupils, staff and parents. They taught us all about Harvest through songs and poems. Darcey and
Molly sang solos. As part of their enterprise they successfully collected a huge variety of food in tins and packets which is being donated to the Salvation Army who will share it with families in the local area. The Primary 3's would like to thank everyone for their generous and kind contributions.