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P7s Have Landed

Hello West Barns!

Greetings from Dounans camp. Our P7’s arrived safe and well at Dounans and have had
a great start to their activity week. Here are a few photos of our first day. Keep
checking back each night to see what we’ve been up to.

I am meeting with our P7’s this evening (haven’t seen some and they will be blogging their experiences
to share with you all.

Mrs Hay

Daniel – My favourite activity today was the Cat Walk.

Zak – I really enjoyed the Mohawk Walk activity because I like a challenge and I liked
the obstacle course.

Sean – I enjoyed the Cat Walk today. I was really nervous about climbing up the tree but I used
my adrenaline rush to my advantage and went as far up as I could!

Struan – My favourite activity today was the Cat Walk. I enjoyed making my way around the obstacle
course.

Lee – I did archery today and our team leader put balloons up on the target board and I managed pop
two of them.

Mya – Today I enjoyed the Living Outdoors activity because I got to make a campfire using flint.

P7 Camp – Day 1! on PhotoPeach

Halloween Disco

Once again the Parent Council transformed our school into a ghoulish disco hall to celebrate Halloween. Many pupils from across the school came dressed up in their spooky costumes. A night enjoyed by all, thank you to the Parent Council.

Ghost and Ghouls on PhotoPeach

Good Morning West Barns!

Here is a wee comment from each of our P7’s about their experiences so far.

Finlay – I did the cat-walk this week, it was really high and we had to climb up
a tree and then walk along a beam. Then we could jump off the beam or hang off. It was
really good and fun. It felt quite scary when I got to the top because I didn’t think it
would feel that high – but it did!

Thomas – Hi Mum and Dad. I really enjoyed the tree climb. We had to climb up a tree which
was twice the height of the cat walk. Half way up I didn’t think I could go any more and
only wanted to do a few more steps but Mrs Hay and my group encouraged me to do it
and get all the way to the top to ring the bell. I felt relieved when I returned
to the ground!

Dillon – Yesterday I did the mohawk walk with my team. It is a team building
activity where you have to work together to figure out how to get across the
low-wire obstacle course. I kind of liked the activity, I had a new experience
and I’m pleased that I tried it because now I know that I like it.

Euan – Yesterday I did the night-line activity and I really enjoyed it because it
was a fun, new experience. Also, Mrs Hay gave me a pile of muddy pine needles and
because I was under sleep-shade I didn’t know what it was but I did know that my
hand was then very muddy.

Ben – Earlier in the week I did the mohawk walk, it was really fun and it was a
team-building activity where everyone in my group had to work together to solve
the problem of how to get across the wire. I really enjoyed this activity and
I think my team did really well.

Jack – I did archery this week and we were taught different safety rules and
how to use a bow and arrow. I hit the target board three times. I really enjoyed
it and would like to do it again.

Cameron – Yesterday I did the night-line walk, I really enjoyed it and we were
blind-folded so we couldn’t see where we were going. I walked into lots of trees
and fell over lots of times. Mrs Hay put pine needles down my back because I kept
peeking out of my uncomfortable, wet and soggy goggles.

Today is our last day and our pupils are taking part in a mixture of the following
activities – the day hike, tree climbing, archery, cat walk, raft-building, night-line
and the mohawk walk. Tonight is also the disco and we are all excited for it!

Mrs Hay’s Daily Update!

Hello everyone!

What a day we have had today but despite the rain (and when we say rain, we really do mean rain)
we all managed to enjoy our day.

Ben, Jack, Thomas and Finlay were off-site for most of the day on a hike. They built shelters on their way up the hill, had lunch at the top and then came down the rocky path to return to camp. I will let them add details of their hike when I meet with them later tonight.

Mrs Hay’s moments of the day:

1. Dillon on the night-line activity. Pupils are under sleepshade for this activity and
have to navigate around an obstacle course. A perfect opportunity for staff to ‘get their own back’ on pupils, and now Dillon wants his revenge – something about mud-balls.

2. Jasmine was an excellent shot in the archery activity today.

3. Euan and Cameron on the ‘cat-walk’. Both were incredibly supportive of their peers which was lovely to see.

4. Trying to wake Ben up this morning at 7.15 (at his request) to go on the school 2 mile run. After quite an effort to wake him up he decided that this morning was not the morning to go for a run, but he did change his mind and joined in for the run.

All messages are being passed on to our pupils so please feel free to leave more.

Tomorrow is our last day of activities and the event of the year – the Dounans disco. Check in tomorrow for another update.

Mrs Hay

News From Dounans!

Hello West Barns!

We are having such a wonderful time at camp. We are all in different activity
groups so we get to meet lots of new people and make new friends. We have been
doing different activities and really challenging ourselves. We have taken
part in archery, raft-building, a night-walk, mohawk walk, pole climb and tree climb.

Mrs Hay would put pictures online to share with you but she forgot her camera cable!

Mrs Hay’s moments of the day:

1. Thomas really challenging himself to reach the top of the tree climb activity.

2. Euan and Cameron soaring through the air in the flying fox activity.

3. Capturing Finlay’s and Thomas’ friendship on camera – picture to be revealed when we are home.

Keep checking back for more updates!

P5/6/7 Politics in Progress!

As you may have gathered P5/6/7 have been very busy today blogging website posts about all
the latest going’s on in our very busy classroom!

We would be very grateful if you could spare a few minutes to complete the survey below.
The results of the survey will be used to help us form manifestos in our political parties.

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Copy and paste the link above into your web browser. Thank you in advance 🙂

Celebrations at West Barns

What a week it has been for us at West Barns today, Stars of the Week, Golden Time
and we even found time to enjoy the lovely food made today with parent volunteers
from our vegetable patch.

Mrs Whitford visited all of the different Golden Time activities today and took
lots of photos. We must say a huge thank you to all of the parent volunteers who came
into school today to prepare and bake food with the pupils. Children across the school
took part in rounders, making hamma bead designs, continued with 3D models, playing
board games and of course the baking.

Golden Time Fun on PhotoPeach

After break each class went to the hall for quite a feast! We tried soup, cheese and
courgette cake, quiche, omelettes, potato scones and much more. Thanks also to
Mrs Forsyth who took some of our potatoes home to fry and roast – they were delcious!
My particular favourites were the marrow and mint soup and the potato and chocolate
cake. What was your favourite?

Food, Glorious Food on PhotoPeach

A Whopper of a Marrow!

This week Mrs Lees took one of our oversized courgettes (which apparently becomes
a marrow) to make up a delicious soup for us all to try today.
Here is a picture of our marrow – it’s so big, it needs both Poppy and Ciara
to pick it up! It weighed in at a whopping 3k 150g.

West Barns Harvests Vegetables

Earlier this year our Gardening Club transformed the old ivy square at the front of the school into a vegetable patch and today we were able to reap the fruits (or vegetables in this case) of their labour.
Pupils worked together at lunch time to dig up the potatoes, pick the peas and beans, pull up the onions and cut the courgettes of the plants. We weighed 17.5 lbs of potatoes, 2 lbs of beans, and two of our courgettes weighed in at 1 lb each.
We are really looking forward to Golden Time on Friday when lots of parent helpers are coming into the school to help us cook up our vegetables into tasty treats for the whole school to sample.

West Barns Harvest on PhotoPeach