Our staff played a fantastic game of netball on Wednesday against a squad of our keen netball players at Millbank. The netball club started up in March and the children have come on so much with their skills on court! We decided as a staff to challenge the team and a great afternoon was had by all.

The match was mostly tied throughout and was certainly an interesting match watched by the rest of the school! Children were supporting teams with banners and posters and enjoyed cheering on their favourite team.

The staff team pulled ahead by 2 points in the last quarter, ending the match 8-6. Thank you so much to all the pupils and staff involved. We are SO proud of our netball squad and all they have achieved this year.

Hope you all have a fantastic summer holidays,

Miss Young

P5 and GM 4-7 had the most amazing day for their beach trip yesterday, we were so lucky with the weather and the children were incredibly well-behaved. It was lovely to see them all happily engaged in their different play activities; some of their beach creative art projects were highly impressive. Thanks to Mr Riley, Mrs E McPherson, Mrs Arnott and the GM 4-7 parent helpers for accompanying us on our trip 🙂 Mrs amos and Mr Kelly.

Hello from Nursery!

We are unbelievably almost at the end of the school year. It seems to have flown past! Our topic for learning over the last few weeks started with our gardening. The discovery of lots of bugs in the garden initiated an interest in minibeasts.  This is a huge topic so we narrowed it down through the use of a graph – the children chose their favourite bug from the choice of bees, butterflies, ladybirds and spiders.  Butterflies were the most popular so we started with them. We looked at the life cycle of the butterfly, discovering how they start as tiny eggs, grow into caterpillars, then emerge from a cocoon. We were all fascinated to learn that butterflies taste with their feet, have wet wings when they emerge from the cocoon, use their antennae as clocks to tell the time and have very, very long tongues to drink nectar. We learnt too that butterflies have very delicate and symmetrical wings. We used this knowledge to create our own symmetrical patterns remembering that symmetrical means the same on both sides.

We read a story called The Caterpillar’s Shoes. We all loved it and we used the story and photos to practise our sequencing skills, retelling the story in our own words.

Ladybirds were our second most popular bug and we have spent some time finding out facts about them. We didn’t realise that they came in so many different colours! Or that the spots faded as the ladybirds got older. We used our creative and technical skills to design bug hotels to invite the ladybirds to stay in the garden.

 We also used the beebot robot to think about direction and programming. We had to figure out where we wanted the beebot to go and then give it instructions. It is quite tricky but we were very impressed by some of the more complex programming.

As well as all the learning about bugs we have had a very busy term with other events and transition to Primary 1. We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who came along for sports day. We were so lucky to get some sunshine second time round ! Everyone did so well in their races. We would also like to say thank you for coming to the Summer Concert. We were so proud of the children being able to stand on the stage and sing with such enthusiasm!

Throughout this term we have been visiting the big playground and lining up alongside the rest of the school so those children moving up get used to the bigger environment. We have been having some trips to the bigger toilets too – again trying to make sure things are familiar for the soon to be primary ones amongst us.

On Tuesday afternoons we have had visits from Fiona who does Kodaly with the children. Kodaly teaches us about the beat and rhythm in music by using songs and games. Those involved have been really focused in the groups and we have been trying out a few of the games in nursery.

Lastly, for those moving up to Primary one, it has been a pleasure having you in nursery and we look forward to seeing you progressing and developing as you move up though the school. For those returning we look forward to having your company for another year and we will see you on August the 20th!

Have a very lovely summer holiday everyone!


 Mrs Grant. Miss Gair, Mrs Parker, Miss Kirk, Mrs Pirie and Miss Jones

Abair deagh latha air Dihaoine! What a successful day our GM classes had on Friday in Inverness at the provincial mòd. Both classes competed in numerous competitions from writing, poetry, art, verse speaking, conversation and sight reading. Overall, Millbank came away with 14 medals! Well done to everyone who took part, it’s amazing to see such a small Gaelic unit win so many awards. All results will be in tomorrows newsletters and below are photos of some of our competitors from Friday. A big thank you to the parents for supporting and helping the children to get ready for the Mòd. More photos to follow. Mrs Coutts

We had lots of fun yesterday making electric circuits in class and testing the conductivity of different materials like paperclips, rubbers and wood. The buzzers when we got them to work turned out to be quite noisy!

We have been busily working on our pallet garden which is based on the famous McCoo painting by Steven Brown.We were focusing on colour and texture and experimented with paper scraps on some of the rainy days we have had. Our Highland cow is called Alba and all around her is a fairyland Scottish moor. If you look carefully you might find some houses… Yesterday we came second in the pallet garden competition. Well done gardeners for all your hard work!

Despite their trip to the beach being cancelled, GM 1-3 & P3/4 had an action packed day in school. Children designed and created their own beach/ocean dioramas using various recycled material – they supported each other and demonstrated lots of different skills when creating these. Then, they played musical fish and enjoyed a picnic lunch in the gym hall. Finally, they finished the afternoon off by watching Finding Nemo with popcorn and juice. Everyone had a great day and it was brilliant to see children from different classes working together, sharing skills and having fun! Mrs Coutts & Mrs Robertson

Over the last few weeks Primary 1 have been looking after bean plants and learning how to keep them healthy. In class we have had some jars with bean seeds in them. One jar did not get watered, one was kept in the dark and the other one was watered and kept in the light. It has been very interesting to find out what would happen and the children have been amazed by the colour of the plant which was kept in the dark. As for the plants in pots; well, they have gone home now so hopefully some of them may go on to produce bean pods. Now, we just have to watch and wait to see what will happen to our caterpillar friends…

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