Lockdown Hub Awards Achieved - John Muir, RSPB Wild Challenge and Miles for Smiles
Congratulations to pupils who were in our keyworkers Hubs over lockdown who have achieved the RSPB Wild Challenge and the John Muir 'Discovery Award' in recognition of awareness and responsibility for wild places.
Our pupils carried out a bird count, made bird houses, bird feeders, bug hotels and a John Muir Board Game. They learnt all about John Muir and even painted his portrait. They also used their art skills to paint landscapes and identified a 'wild place' within our school.
A huge thank you to Mrs Hume and Mrs Halley who arranged and facilitated the awards.
For Valentine's Day we decided that everyone needed a little extra love at the moment and decided to create a Valentine video. We asked pupils and staff to 'Show Some Love for Valentine's Day'. We also linked in with the Moffat Rugby Football Club's 'Spread the Love' campaign. Enjoy!
Cook-a-long with Mrs Woods
Moffat Academy Memory Tree
In 2019, Moffat Academy parent Jane Gray collected some conkers from the road that had fallen from the Horse Chestnut tree at the old Moffat Academy. She successfully managed to grow them and has been kindly donating the trees around Moffat and one to Moffat Academy.
Jane said 'that conker tree always feels like a very special part of our town's history, so it would be nice to think it's offspring are scattered around Moffat!'
We have planted the tree at Moffat Academy today, Tuesday 23rd March, to mark 'The International Day of Reflection'. A plaque will be put next to the tree with the words 'This Horse Chestnut Tree, originating from the old Moffat Academy School Grounds, was planted on the National Day of Reflection - 23rd March 2021.'
Pictured are P7 Primary Eco Group members Geordie Johnston and Marcie Durston who planted the tree and our Head Boy and Head Girl, Liam Wilson and Jen Armstrong. Thank you to S2 pupil Korey Stephenson and Janitor Billy Glendinning for the groundwork.
World Book Day 2021
Last term was World Book Day and we were keen to try and still make it a fun time. We thought of lots of different activities that we could do whether in school or at home. We decided upon:
· Dress up as any Book Character whether at home or in school.
· ‘Booked Potato’ – decorate a baked potato (or any potato) as a book character.
· Send in photos of pupils and families sharing a story for World Book Day
· Staff story-reading videos each evening the week of World Book Day
· Share World Book Day activities from the website each day
There were Easter egg prizes for dress up for pupils, staff and parents too! There were also prizes for the best ‘Booked Potato’ from each class.
The pupils who were permitted to attend school on World Book Day (Nursery and P1-P3) had a fantastic day and pupils dressed up as their favourite book character. Teachers provided a wide variety of activities for pupils to take part in and listened to the staff bed-time stories that we had been adding online each night during the week of World Book Day. The staff bed-time stories were lovely, we had six volunteers and the videos were added to Youtube unlisted, and then shared on Facebook, our website and Class Dojo. Teachers that were in school took lots of photos that were shared on Facebook and the website the day after World Book Day. Winners were announced this week, certificates and prizes will be handed out this week. A great week was had by all.
Christmas Virtual Concert 2020
On December 17th, Mrs Crossan arranged a Christmas Virtual Concert event with a mixture of in-school performances and musical pieces sent in from home. Thank you to all contributors showcasing their fantastic talents and Mrs Crossan for arranging the event.
The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
Odd Sock Day
For Anti-Bullying Week, we invited all pupils and staff to wear odd socks to school on Friday the 20th of November to encourage us to embrace and celebrate differences between us.
UN Convention on the Rights of the Child: Children's educations should help them fully develop their personalities, talents and abilities. It should teach them to understand their own rights, and to respect other people's rights, cultures and differences. It should help them to live peacefully and protect the environment.
Book Week Scotland
We had a fun week for Book Week Scotland last week! While Nursery, P1, P2 and P3 voted for their favourite Bookbug Picturebook Prize nominated books, P4-P7 took part in a 'Big Book Week Scotland Book Character Hunt' in the playground! Winners were:
P4 - Aubrey Wardhaugh
P5 - Gabriel Bullard
P6 - Penny Prentice
P7a - Isla Weatherstone
P7b - Maisie O'Neil
Most Popular Bookbug Book was 'This is a Dog' by Ross Collins.
Secondary participated in a 'Hunger Games' themed Countdown game. Each year were put into Districts and fought against each other. Well done to the District 7 staff team who won overall.
The Safer Schools App was launched at Moffat Academy last term to parents and carers of secondary and primary pupils, staff and secondary pupils.
The App is designed to support and protect children by educating and empowering them both at school and at home. Through the log-in (specific codes below), you will get access to information and receive tips and advice on how to stay safer online.
Log in codes for Parents:
Primary Parent: 7440
Secondary Parent: 7675
Log in codes for Secondary Pupils:
S1 and S2: 3447
S3 and S4: 4898
S5 and S6: 1544