Busy spell for Maisondieu kids

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The last three weeks has been an extremely busy time at Maisondieu Primary School, with a host of activities involving many of the pupils.

Cooking bus : The Cooking Bus proved to be a great hit with staff,parents and particularly pupils. Children from P1 to P7 had sessions on the bus and, as well as leaving with a delicious home cooked meal, were also given a bag full of cooking goodies.

Cross country: The second annual running of the Brechin Cross Country Race took place on the Brechin High playing fields and, as last year, it proved to be an extremely popular event.

Over 80 children took part in the two races.

In the boys’ race, Douglas Crowe finished third while, in the girls’ race, Ellie McGaw won for the second year in a row, with Shania Jones closely behind in second place.

Last week the successful runners set off again, this time to Forfar for the Angus County Championships, and there were some excellent performances.

In the P6 girls’ race, Fiona Brown exceeded all expectations, finishing fifth in a field of over 120 competitors.

In the P6 boys’ race, Kuba finished a creditable tenth.

The P7 boys race saw excellent performances from Douglas Crowe (6th) and Jack Moffat (17th) but the highlight of the day was Ellie McGaw’s third place which saw Maisondieu win its first individual medal at the championships.

Scottish poetry: This year’s Scottish Poetry finals were held two weeks ago, with Mrs Kay Dorward of the Scottish Literature Society the guest judge.

She was very complimentary about the overall standard of the recitations and many of the finalists received special mentions.

The overall winners were Eilidh Thompson (P1 to P4) and, for the second year in a row, Niall Robb.

Collaborative teaching day: Last Friday the P4 to P7 pupils took part in a collaborative teaching day with a health theme.

All the pupils were mixed together and carried out five different activities on a rotation basis.

The highlight was undoubtedly the “juicing”, where the children were allowed to make up a drink of their choice using a variety of fruits and vegetables.

Probably the most surprising thing about the event was the number of pupils who discovered they liked carrot juice.