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MENSTRIE PRIMARY SCHOOL

Head Teacher: Lisanne J Henderson

Elmbank, FK11 7AP

School telephone: 01259 760690, Fax: 01259 769188

Email: menstrie@edu.clacks.gov.uk

Leadership across the school

At Menstrie Primary School we believe that it is important to help develop, in pupils, leadership skills - skills that the pupils will be able to use throughout life. This session, the pupils' council have been working on developing the house system and captains have been nominated. In addition to this, pupils in P5 have started a programme of Peer Mediation Training. This is a 10-week programme which is delivered in partnership with the Primary School Support. Throughout the programme the pupils start to understand the importance of listening to others' points of view and start to develop the skill of conflict resolution. After the training some pupils will become Peer Mediators within the school helping to resolve issues which may arise.

Meanwhile the P6 pupils are taking part in the Young Leaders Programme. This programme is delivered in partnership with the Active Schools Co-ordinator Jennifer Livingston. The programme teaches leadership skills through a range of games and activities. The award focuses on specific skills such as giving instructions, the organisation of people and equipment and the use of space. The topics are taught through a practical, activity based, holistic approach so that the young leader learns by doing.

Nursery enrolment

Nursery enrolment forms are now available from the school office or from the nursery for session 2012 - 2013. Please note that all forms should be returned to the nursery by Friday 9th March. Children who currently attend nursery do not need to complete an enrolment form, but must have a return slip completed. (These are available from the nursery staff).

Rag bag collection

The next Rag Bag Collection will take place on the 19th March 2012. Any unwanted textiles, including all types and quality of clothing, paired shoes, bags, hats, belts, towels, soft toys, curtains and bed linen can be put into the textile bank. Duvets and pillows are not accepted. Rag Bag now also offer a Book Reuse Scheme. Books will be collected on the same day as the Rag Bags and schools will be paid 5p per kg/£50 per tonne for all unwanted textbooks, library stock, general literature or novels. Directories, journals, magazines and newspapers can not be accepted. Books and textiles can not be put into the same bag.

School blogs

All classes have started to set up class Blogs. The blogs are being created as a way of sharing with parents, the local community and across the globe, some of the activities which the pupils have been doing at school. Sometimes the pupils will write the blog on their own and at other times the class teacher may write the blog at the end of the lesson as the pupils re-cap their learning. You may read what the pupils at Menstrie Primary School have been learning. You may also make a comment on the blog. Any comments made are submitted and then authorized by the class teacher before the comment is published: This ensures safety. The blogs can be accessed by following the following instructions.

Fundraising

Many thanks must go to the fund raising committee for organising another very successful and enjoyable event. Thanks also to Jenny Johnston from Wee Print in Menstrie for designing the posters.

The contining support that the school has been receiving has been fantastic and as a result we have purchased a new whiteboard for the P2/3 classroom and now the committee are working hard to raise funds to go towards helping the nursery to purchase an outdoor climbing frame. The total cost of this is in the region of £7500. To date the nursery have raised £5500.

Once again - many thanks for your continued support. If you ever have a question or a query, please do not hesitate to ask.

Supporting charities

The Riding for Disabled Association is a charity which supports children by helping to develop motor control, balance, behaviour and strength. Recently the school was approached by the Riding for Disabled Association at Shiresmill to ask for our help by collecting stamps. If you have any used stamps and would like to help out then please bring or hand into the school your used stamps. (They would need to have a minimum of an 8mm border - but larger is fine). Every little helps with the upkeep of the ponies: Shoeing, feeding, vet's bills etc.

Lisanne J Henderson
Headteacher

March 2012

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