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P4 19/20

Holm school Journalists

Holm Primary now has its own team of budding reporters. P4 pupils have been working with Mr Evans, a former journalist. They have been learning about the media, how to research and write stories and talking about the big issues of the moment.

We’ll be posting their stories on the blog as they progress with their writing. So here are their first efforts – keep an eye on the blog to read more in the future…

Holm Primary News

By Erin and Charley

Welcome to Holm Primary News.

This term we interviewed Mr Ross. He very kindly answered all of our questions and even told us some funny stories too.

One day Mr Ross went to gel his hair and there wasn’t any gel so he used shampoo instead. Then he went to school. He went outside and it started raining and his hair went all bubbly!

Also he ripped his trousers. Not once, not twice, but three times in primary 7!!!! He was very embarrassed!!

We also asked Mr Ross about his new baby girl and how her name was chosen.

He said: “We made a list of names then scored them out of five and Ellie was the name that got the most votes.”

Holm Primary News

By Cameron and Emily

We have a new head teacher at our school. Her name is Mrs Mackay.

When we interviewed her she told us that her favourite things are shopping, gardening and family time.

In school now we have a reward scheme called Going for Gold. Pupils get rewards for kindness.

A silver card is if you do a kind thing. If you get 10 silver cards you get a gold card!!!

Before Mrs Mackay came to this school she was a head teacher at Teanassie, Dochgarroch and Tornacross.

She has been teaching for 12 years but she hasn’t always been a teacher. She also worked as a science development officer for a year.



We had a visit at school from the Shoogalie Road Company who performed the pantomime Aladdin. What a fantastic afternoon we all had!

Here are some comments the children made after watching Aladdin.

“I thought the pantomime was enjoyable because I liked the songs and it was very funny.”

“I liked how the Princess and Aladdin fell in love. It was good acting.”

“The monkey kept popping up. It just kept appearing and I thought it was so funny.”

“I enjoyed the fighting with swords as Aladdin was the winner.”

“Genie, who watched the pantomime with us at the start, was funny. She granted Aladdin three wishes.”

“The colours in the background, and the costumes were wonderful.”

“I liked Aladdin’s mum, she was funny and she was a great singer too.  My favourite song was ‘Senorita’.”

“I liked the bit where the DJ’s came on and they were doing different types of cool dancing.”

Scottish SPCA Visit

Today we had a visit from the Scottish SPCA. We watched a film about taking care of wildlife. Through learning how to code Oscar the owl, pupils learnt amazing facts about the diverse wildlife we have in Scotland.

P4 Workshop

P4 had a workshop on Dyslexia with Rossie Stone who writes a comic book. We all created characters to help us learn different things. What fun we all had!

“It was fun because we found a way to make work even more enjoyable.”

“It was interesting making work fun. I made a cartoon about Maths.”

“I made a hat with Maths on it. The answers all had to equal a colour so you could colour it in.”

“I liked the information he gave us on Dyslexia. It was very interesting.”

“I liked everything about the workshop.”


We all had fun during our shinty taster sessions, and learned lots of new skills too!


Stand Up For Sophia

The school took part today in ‘Stand Up For Sophia’ where we all raised money for her to buy a wheelchair that allows her to stand up. Mrs Walsh is a valued member of our school team, and we wish her all the best in raising money for her daughter Sophia.

Maths Week

It has been Maths Week in school and the class have been looking for shapes in the environment, talking about how Maths is important in many jobs, playing Maths games and lots more! We also took part in a challenge and all the Maths questions solved the puzzle.

“I enjoyed Maths Week because some of the activities were challenging and I had to try hard.”

“It was fun doing the challenge in Maths Week because we had to add to the clues to find the answer.”

“I liked going outside looking for shapes in the environment because we named all different shapes.”

“I liked the playing card games as they helped me learn my basic facts.”

James and the Giant Peach

What an exciting day! We had our first Dress Down Day, and we also had a performance of James and the Giant Peach.

These are some comments the children made about the performance.

“It was great fun to watch and I really liked the songs.”

“ I liked James and the Giant Peach as it was really funny. I liked the rat too as it did silly stuff.”

“I would be encouraged to read the book after seeing the performance.”

“I liked the songs as they were songs we already knew.”

“The ladybird sang songs with funny lyrics.”

“We all enjoyed the performance of James and the Giant Peach.”


Roald Dahl Fun

B Block participated in some rotational learning.  Mixed classes got together to take part in activities related to the theme of Matilda and bravery.

Drumming and dancing!

Indigenous drumming and dancing


We were fortunate enough to take part in these sessions today. What a great time the children had!


“ My favourite part was the drumming because we did different rhythms and beats.”

“I enjoyed the dancing because it was different and lots of fun.”

“The drumming was different and I liked it when we put the different parts together.”

“It was the first time I had used a drum and it was a super experience.”

“The dancing was tiring but it was fun at the same time.”

“The dancing was fun because we were learning different types of moves.”

“ It was a great experience!”