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Primary 1 go where the wild things are!

On Monday 9th March Primary one invited parents/carers into school to preform a dance they had choreographed to special music depicting the story of 'Where The Wild Things Are'. They then teamed up with their parents/carers to build a tree house for Max from the story. The afternoon was a huge hit with some amazing tree houses!

Wallace Hall’s World of Work Day

Every year, Wallace Hall organises a World of Work Day where we learn about employment opportunities. Pupils love the day as they get the chance to dress up to look like a worker in the job we want to be when we grow up. As you look round the classroom the bright, vibrant costumes pupils are wearing are a dramatic change from school uniform. The variety of jobs chosen ranged from nurses and vets to engineers and moto-cross bikers. Even the teachers dress up. It is great fun! To give us more information on careers, we welcomed four fabulous guest presenters to our assembly. All four presenters were wearing casual clothes and we had to ask yes/no questions to try and find out what jobs th

Wallace Hall Cross Country

The Wallace Hall cross-country championships took place recently on the school playing fields. Although it was dry overhead, conditions were very wet underfoot and this tested the competitors’ stamina and resilience. Competition was fierce for the prizes with everyone running really well in all sections. Winners were: S1 Boys – Michael Cooper, S1 Girls – Tyler Nelson, S2 Boys – Seb Young, S2 Girls – Zennor Coombs, S3 Boys – Alex Bramley, S3 Girls – Priya Rome, S4 Boys – Finlay Forsyth, S4 Girls – Ellie Hyslop, Senior Boys – Finlay Bainbridge, Senior Girls – Ella Gildert. Pupils placed 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each class went on to represent the school at the regional championships. Top Wallace

Cample Line Exhibition

Higher Photography pupils have been working hard this year on their SQA portfolios. This required them to complete numerous photoshoots, analyse and evaluate their photos and present their final images neatly and creatively for the SQA. The course focuses on developing technical and creative photography skills as well as analytical abilities. The chance to use Cample Line as an exhibition space where each pupil could present a selection of photographs was a fantastic opportunity for our Higher Photography students to display their work in a professional setting. Pupils spent the first weeks of January curating and editing their selected photographs before visiting Cample Line on the Tuesday

Halo Trust Visit P7

Primary 7 had a classroom visit from Tom Meredith of The Halo Trust. They learned all about the work of the Halo Trust and got to see what mines look like and see some of the equipment they use to detect them. There was lots of really good valid questions from the class who all engaged with this presentation.

Primary Cluster Boys Football

Thursday 6th March the boys from the cluster schools got together for the first time to have a mini tournament. It was a great night with everybody performing well, Closeburn B eventually came out on top. Well done to all schools!

Primary 5 Residential at Lockerbie Manor

Primary 5 had their annual residential to Lockerbie Manor from 4th - 6th March. The pupils had a fantastic time, and for some their first time away from home! Many many personal goals and achievements for pupils, stepping out of their comfort zones and realising their own potential. There was plenty of muddy wet clothes and tired faces when they arrived back to school on the Friday afternoon but the smiles told the biggest story!

World Book Day 2020

Thursday 5th March was World Book Day. This year the Primary Pupil Council wanted to make it all about the books and reading. They held a book swap where all pupils from primary 1 to primary 7 went home with a book and all remaining books were sold. This was a lovely way to share the books that we love with others. In the afternoon parents/carers were invited into school for a reading cafe, Mrs McDiarmid along with some willing staff helpers and primary 7 sold hot chocolate to everyone to enjoy whilst reading their books. The day was a huge success and was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Saltire Award Success

Congratulations to Ryan Kirkpatrick, Ted Bowie, Aidan Kennedy and Josh Watson who received a Saltire Award to acknowledge their recent volunteering. In total, these pupils have carried out over 200 hours of volunteering between them.

Celebrating Burns with Briery Park

On Thursday 6th February, residents of Briery Park, Thornhill attended a Burns Supper lunch in Wallace Hall Academy's very own Pegasus restaurant. Students prepared and cooked a delicious meal of haggis, neeps and tatties with a cream sauce followed by homemade sticky toffee pudding with ice cream. During the meal residents enjoyed performances from some of our very talented vocalists and instrumentalists. The guests commented on the delicious food and the lovely atmosphere created by the live music while they were eating. The lunch was provided free of charge. To raise funds for community events such as this one, the pupils involved in the Pegasus elective created a recipe calendar. The ca

Scottish Schools Burns Competition

The annual Dumfries and Galloway Scottish Schools Burns competition was held on Saturday 15th February in Dumfries Academy. Competition was fierce for both primary and secondary pupils in all sections (singing, recitation, instrumental and bagpiping) with 150 young people from more than 30 schools taking part. The judges had some very difficult decisions to make. Wallace Hall was very well represented by Luke Pendred, Skye Ross and Aine O’Hara in the P6/P7 instrumental class, Max Zygadlo and Callum Padkin competing in the P4/P5 recitation class, Leon Clow and Molly McTeir in the S1/S2 recitation class, Lois Geddes in the S5/S6 recitation class, Daisy Arnold and Euan Wilson in the S1/S2 ins

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