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Internet Safety Talk

Parents of pupils at Wallace Hall Primary had the opportunity to attend an Internet Safety Talk led by PC Gary Adair, Youth Engagement Officer, and Carol Moyes, DG Raise Teacher. Parents were given advice and top tips on how to keep their children safe online. They also received information on reporting, digital footprint, privacy settings and as well as social media and online friendship sites including CEOP information. PC Adair said: “It is important that parents are aware of and educated about online safety and how to best support their child when they are using the internet.”

First Aid for all

All pupils from Primary 1 through to Primary 7 have participated in basic first aid training. The sessions were taken by Deri Ronan, a former pupil of Wallace Hall who is going out to Ghana to work as an aid worker. They learned how to put someone into the recovery position, how to deal with cuts/choking and an asthma attack.

A taste of France

Pupils in Mrs Bruce’s S1 and S2 classes have been enjoying a ‘Taste of France’ over the past couple of weeks where they have sampled a selection of French produce such as pain au chocolat, French bread, croissants, topped with strawberry jam and chocolate spread, all washed down with fruit juice, coffee, tea and hot chocolate. A highlight was getting the chance to drink the coffee, tea and hot chocolate from a bowl. This week the S1 and S2 pupils had to place their order in French, adding to the continental atmosphere in ‘Café Bruce’. Jules Andreasen said: “I am really enjoying sampling the French fare and the croissants with chocolate spread are particularly delicious. Oliver Clanachan s

Wallace Hall Sailing Club

The Wallace Hall Sailing Club had a fantastic start to the season at the Annandale Sailing Club. Mr Miller, teacher leading the Wallace Hall Sailing Club said: “The Annandale Sailing Club is situated on the picturesque surroundings of Castle Loch, Lochmaben, and boasts a welcoming clubhouse, Boat Park, training for both adults and children and regular racing. The club is also a recognised RYA training centre and can offer courses in Dinghy Sailing for children and adults, Power boating, First Aid and the RYA Safety Boat course. Our club is very fortunate to be able to access these fantastic facilities and be made feel so welcome. Thanks to all at the Annandale Sailing Club as well as Stua

Shaping our engineers of the future

Pupils in the P6 class at Wallace Hall have been learning about shapes. The class have been learning about the properties of 3D shapes and in particular how strong some shapes are e.g. the triangle. They have researched different types of bridges and are in the process of designing and building their own bridge from paper straws. The class plan to test the strength and stability of their bridges as well as judging each other’s creativity next week.

Culture at CAMPLE LINE

Four Wallace Hall Academy S6 pupils have recently completed a creative project as part of the spring programme on "Reading Dr Grierson's Library" in partnership with CAMPLE LINE. Eleanor McKie, Emily Kennedy, Freya Donald and Eryn Robertson have worked closely with Tina Fiske from CAMPLE LINE to develop a creative installation inspired by the narrative of one of the books held in the library of Dr Grierson’s Museum in Thornhill. Chloe Ackland, a former Wallace Hall Academy pupil, has also been involved and her talent in photography has been much appreciated. The profile of the project received national recognition on Friday, 24th May when Fiona Hyslop, Minister for Culture at the Scottish G

Wallace Hall pupils embrace the ‘Masterchef’ Experience

S3 pupils have been taking part in a ‘Masterchef’ experience in Home Economics recently over the course of three, two period sessions. The pupils worked in groups to create a delicious two course menu which they prepared and presented to our judges, Mr and Mrs Bruce, Mr Lees, Mr McKenna, Mr Steele and Miss Graham. Jack Steele, PE Teacher, PT Physical Education and one of the judges said: “The dishes created by the pupils were of a very high standard with presentation being a particular highlight. It was very hard to choose a winner but Charlotte Colley’s main dish of pasta was exceptional and took top spot for our session.” Charlotte said: “I really enjoyed taking part in the Masterchef

Trip to Tongland Power Station

This year’s Primary 3 summer trip was a visit to Tongland Power Station, the largest of the Galloway hydro scheme’s electricity generation plants. The pupils had a very busy day where they learned all about the hydro scheme and the environment. During their visit they toured the hydroelectric dam, saw the fish ladder and Rowan (the Marine Biologist) explained to them that it takes 24hrs for a salmon to get up the ladder. They also picnicked at the beach, played games and built sandcastles and dams. All of our P3 pupils should be very proud of how they embraced new experiences, met new people and had fun! Well done to them all and thanks to the parent helpers for all their support

Netball Success

Congratulations to our junior netball squad who participated in the regional competition held at Wallace Hall recently. The event was very well supported by schools in the authority and it was great to see so many teams involved. The Wallace Hall squad played really well throughout the day. The girls put in a great deal of hard work and training prior to the competition. This definitely paid off as they demonstrated some superb teamwork in all of their matches resulting in them winning the ‘Plate’ competition. Well done girls.

Pasta Making in the Academy

Sausage Pasta was on the menu recently for all pupils in Wallace Hall Primary. Over the course of a week, every class visited the Home Economics department in the Academy to learn how to make sausage pasta with Miss Barrick, HE Teacher. Each class was divided into two groups with one half of the class working in the classroom next door on an activity prepared by their classroom teacher while the other half of the group donned an apron to begin making their pasta. After a quick introduction by Miss Barrick, the pupils washed their hands and began the peeling, chopping and cooking process. Each stage of the recipe was demonstrated by Miss Barrick and, judging by the concentration on all of

S3 History Trip to Lady Victoria Colliery, Newton Grange

On Thursday 16th May, our S3 History class had the opportunity to visit the National Mining Museum of Scotland in Newton Grange. The Lady Victoria Colliery is home to Scotland’s most powerful winding steam engine and is also one of the best preserved Victorian Collieries in Europe. The Museum was created in 1984 to preserve the remains of the Colliery. When we arrived at the museum we were greeted by our guide and split into different groups. Our guide told us how he used to work in the mines and explained to us what his day-to-day life was like when he worked in the mines. We moved upstairs to begin the first activity which took us around the first exhibition which was focused on the life o

Wallace Hall cricket team up their game

The Wallace Hall cricket team has been giving much more experienced teams a run for their money recently. Last week, at Dumfries Cricket Club’s beautiful pitch in Nunholm, the team competed in the Cricket Scotland Secondary Schools’ Cup where they were pitted against a team from The High School of Glasgow. Glasgow High School has a long and illustrious cricketing history and boasts fantastic facilities, coaching sessions and extensive opportunities to tour other great cricketing counties such as Yorkshire. Out team didn’t seem daunted at all to be faced with such experienced players and this is particularly impressive given that the Wallace Hall team mas made up of only 5 boys who actually

Expressive Arts Showcase

It has been a very busy and exciting year for the Expressive Arts Faculty at Wallace Hall Academy. This was culminated recently in a showcase evening where all of the stunning artwork and photography created by our senior pupils during the year was on display alongside a programme of fantastic performances put together by our drama and music pupils. Pupils, parents and members of our local community all thoroughly enjoyed the talent on display with many commenting on the "skills" and "flair" of our WHA pupils. One parent said: "I am so impressed by the quality and variety of art and design work and photographs that have been produced by the pupils as well as by the confidence and skill that

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