Daily Archives: May 6, 2017

***Bombarded by Blog Posts***

blogMany apologies for the barrage of blog posts today. Due to the dynamic nature of the Daviot curriculum – and my somewhat… er … unorthodox management style (ha-ha) – our school doesn’t operate like larger primary schools. Events can be arranged and changed at very short notice. Therefore, I feel the blog is the best way to keep parents up-to-date with what’s happening – whilst also celebrating the strengths and achievements of our amazing pupils.

I would like to encourage everyone to check the blog regularly. I would also appreciate it if the parents of our older pupils would urge them to check it regularly too – as it is a great way to develop their confidence, independence and personal investment in the school.

It is possible to request email notifications for new posts by ‘following’ the blog. This option is located at the top right hand side of the homepage. I know how busy parents are, and I know how many messages I post (ha-ha). Therefore, messages I want to draw parents’ attention to are tagged with stars (***).

In the future, I hope to create a ‘sister’ blog led by the pupils. But, for the time being, the Daviot Primary Blog is still a work in progress – and I would genuinely welcome any suggestions on how to improve it as a home-school communication platform.

Thank you – as ever – for your incredible support.

Mr McCallum


***PE Kits***

I’m just adding a quick post to remind parents that our PE sessions are on Wednesdays and Thursdays this term. Please remind your children to bring their PE kits (including trainers) on those days. Thanks.

Generation Science are Back!


Wednesday (P1-P3) – Marvellous Magnets

Workshop Description:

Welcome to the mysterious world of magnets. In this engaging hands-on workshop our storytellers introduce concepts such as magnetic attraction and repulsion, fields and poles. Interactive supported play allows pupils to explore magnetic forces first hand as they learn about the effects they have on the world around us – like the amazing Northern Lights.

Thursday (P4-P7) – Fizz, Boom, Bang!

Workshop Description:

Specifically for older pupils, this popular, hands-on workshop gives them the chance to delve further into the world of chemistry. Pupils work through a range of experiments to create cool, colourful chemical reactions, while an introduction to the scientific method aims to spark curiosity.

Friday (P4-P7) – Power from the People!

Workshop Description:

Discover the secrets of electricity first-hand in this stimulating interactive workshop. Pupils explore what electricity is, how it can be stored and even create some themselves using our specially designed hand generators. Then we’ll introduce our mini robotic creatures, the Hexbugs, and set the challenge to charge them up for a race round our track.

***P7 at Safe Highlanders***

SHDSafe Highlanders is an annual event that promotes community safety, health and crime prevention to pupils. Primary 7 pupils get their chance to experience a number of potentially hazardous situations and participate in a range of simulated practical exercises. Pupils acquire life saving skills including first aid, fire and water safety, safety on roads and internet safety. Children are also presented with the dangers of electricity, building sites and substance misuse. The event is being held on Wednesday morning (May 10th) at Cameron Barracks. Carol has very kindly offered to transport and chaperone the children. Lunchtime arrangements should not be affected – but it might be best to send a packed lunched on that day, just in case the children are late back to school.

Toad on Tuesday!

IMG_6581I am thrilled to say that Team Daviot will be welcoming Creeping Toad back into school on Tuesday. Gordon – or Toad to his friends – is a storyteller, artist and puppeteer. He wowed us all last year with his amazing stories and puppet making activities. This year, Toad will be delivering two workshops: Stone Age Days and Bone Detectives. I know they will be awesome!

***Packed Lunches on Monday***

I’m just adding a quick post to remind parents that Class 2 pupils are on a school trip to Skills Development Scotland on Monday. The children will be out all day, so they will need a packed lunch, snack and a drink.

PS: Archie looks so young in the first picture. Believe it or not, it was only taken in October! He is growing up so fast, and what an incredible asset he has become to the school. I really wish he had joined us a couple of years ago. P6 next year – Archie will be in S1 before we know it!

***Inter-Schools Athletics***

Capture1The Primary Inter-schools Sports will be held at the Bught Stadium on Saturday 27th May. The format is the same as in recent years with the first event at 9.45am, and afternoon events starting at 1.00pm with an estimated finish time of 4.30pm.

This sports day is only open to P5 – P7 pupils.

There is a mixture of running, jumping and throwing events (but pupils will only participate in selected events – not all).

Before I can enter a team, I need to know if we will have enough pupils to take part. Please email Carol to inform her if your child would like to be involved.

I will also need a parent (or parents) to volunteer to help out on the day.

Thanks for your support.

School Photography Competition

After Evette’s stunning competition win, I would like to draw pupils’ attention to ScottishPower Foundation’s photography competition. It is called Energise, and it is aimed at all schools in Scotland (part of the Get Energised initiative with National Museums Scotland).

The Energise photography competition encourages pupils aged 9-14 to think about and capture their own interpretation of the word ‘energy’ – this could be anything from a wind turbine or crashing waves, to someone taking part in a sporting activity.

The winning entry will win a GoPro camera for the school, in addition to having their photograph on display in the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.

All pupils need to do is send their photograph and contact details including the name of their school to spfoundation@stripecommunications.com or by post to:

Team Foundation,
Stripe Communications,
86/3 Commercial Quay,

Entries are open until Friday, 2 June.