The Great Glen Football League

Over the past few weeks Kilchuimen Primary School has been hosting an interschool football league competition. Teams from Balnain, Glen Urquhart, Stratherrick, Foyers and Kilchuimen Primaries competed over three days of matches.

Every team played extremely well and it was clear all the children involved relished the chance to take part in a fun but serious competition. All the teachers were particularly impressed with the positive attitudes, willingness to work hard and teamwork displayed by all the players.

After three days of competition, with each team playing twelve matches, it came down to the final game. Glen Urquhart B were playing Balnain A in the final match which, through serendipity, would decide the eventual winners of the league. Balnain A were trailing by three points (27) from Glen Urquhart B (30) and given they were both equal on goal difference the final result would be decisive. A win for either team would mean they topped the league but a draw would see Glen Urquhart B crowned as champions. The match itself was very tense with Glen Urquhart B taking an early lead only for Balnain A to quickly equalize. Following another two goals, leaving the game delicately poised at 2 – 2, the final four minutes were fraught as both teams were attacking hard leading to a number of desperate goal mouth scrambles.

In the end the game finished as a draw leaving Glen Urquhart B as the first Great Glen Football League champions, deserving winners of a great competition. It was a fantastic tournament played, by all, with great sporting spirit and determination. Thank you to all who took part and to the teachers and parents who gave up their time to help organise the event. We also need to thank Kenny and Emo, senior pupils in the Academy, whose help setting up, refereeing and clearing away was invaluable. It would not have happened without them.

We hope to run the league again next year given the success of the first league (unfortunately I don’t have a picture of the winning team to upload at the moment, I will add it as soon as I get hold of it!).

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Kilchuimen Primary School Olympics (Day Three and closing ceremony)

On Friday we came to the final day of competition. Each pupil was taking part in five different events covering six different sports. It turned out to be another glorious day which provided a great back drop for some excellent competition.

The hockey silver and bronze medals were contested in another tightly fought shoot out and there were mere centimetres separating some of the distances in the throwing events. Throughout the competition the pupils have been fantastic, they have tried their best and achieved some fantastic results.

There were also some outstanding individual performances which made a huge impression on the final medal table.

The results are below.

Shot Putt
P1/2
1st Jacob Sutton Hungary
2nd Scott Cameron Canada
3rd Murreann Frost USA
 
P3/4
1st Ruby Robson Brazil
2nd Abby Miller Spain
3rd Erin MacLean USA
 
P5/6/7
1st Kai Frost Germany
2nd Toni Demirev Hungary
3rd Colla MacDonald Canada

Hockey
P3/4
1st Morgan Byron France
2nd Jim Chalmers USA
3rd Sophie Gordon Hungary
 
P5/6/7
1st Jamie Gray France
2nd Grace Bremner Italy
3rd Caitlyn Milne France

 

Discus
P1/2
1st Jacob Sutton Hungary
2nd Murreann Frost USA
3rd Scott Cameron Canada
 
P3/4
1st Lucy Burnett Japan
2nd Jim Chalmers USA
3rd Connor Smith China
 
P5/6/7
1st Kai Frost Germany
2nd Caitlyn Milne France
3rd Loulou Nisbet The Netherlands

 

Bean Bag Throw
P1/2
1st Jacob Sutton Hungary
2nd Murrean Frost USA
3rd Eden Harradine Japan
 
P3/4
1st Lucy Burnett Japan
2nd Innes MacDonald Canada
3rd Connor Smith China
 
P5/6/7
1st Kai Frost Germany
2nd Colla MacDonald Canada
3rd Toni Demirev Hungary

 

Hoop-la
P1/2
1st Jacob Sutton Hungary
2nd Leon Jackson Germany
3rd Robynne Smith Hungary
 
P5/6/7
1st Kai Frost Germany
2nd Samir Chowdhury Spain
3rd Laura Fraser Australia

 

Standing Jump
P1/2
1st Jacob Sutton Hungary
2nd Robynne Smith Hungary
3rd Isla Chalmers Italy
 
P3/4
1st Lewis Murray China
2nd Innes MacDonald Canada
3rd Kieran Smith The Netherlands
 
P5/6/7
1st Colla MacDonald Canada
2nd Loulou Nisbet The Netherlands
3rd Kai Frost Germany

After so much competition the only thing left to do was to share the final standings in the medal table. Well done to Hungary for their excellent performance and to all the pupils taking part. The final medal table is below.

Medal Standings (Day Three)

And then the Prime Minister of Kilchuimen Primary School (as her final act in that temporary position created specially for the games), Mrs Walker and the President of the Kilchuimen Olympic Committee, Miss Starr, declared the games officially over. We look forward to the next Kilchuimen Olympics in four years time.

Kilchuimen Primary School Olympics (Day Two)

Another day, another round of exciting Olympic competition. On day two we headed to the track for our running races. Everyone took part in the sprint races (50m) and the older class stretched their legs on a longer distance (200m & 400m). There were a number of excellent performances and close contests. A number of French athletes finished fourth in the running events which allowed us to discuss the heartbreak of finishing just outside the medals for those competing in Rio.

The results are shown below.

50m

P1
1st Jacob Sutton Hungary
2nd Scott Cameron Canada
3rd Leon Jackson Germany
 
P2
1st Murrean Frost USA
2nd Eden Harradine Japan
3rd Isla Chalmers Italy
 
P3
1st Freddie Blakey Italy
2nd Lewis Murray China
3rd Abbi Miller Spain
 
P4
1st Jim Chalmers USA
2nd Maisie Dallas Canada
3rd Megan Dallas Spain
 
P5/6
1st Lillyanna MacDonald Brazil
2nd Connor Kelly Germany
3rd Laura Fraser Australia
 
P7
1st Colla MacDonald Canada
2nd Jack West Japan
3rd Lisa Findlay USA
200m
P5/6  
1st Lillyanna MacDonald Brazil
2nd Laura Fraser Australia
3rd Jack Gray USA

The 200m race was particularly close, while Lilly produced an excellent performance giving her a clear advantage into the final straight, the sprint for the silver and bronze was very exciting. Jack came home very fast overtaking two other athletes and closed quickly on Laura. However, Laura held enough back to give a final kick of speed at the end and just hold the charging Jack off on the line.

400m
P7  
1st Kai Frost Germany
2nd Isla MacArthur China
3rd Toni Demirev Hungary

Following these events we were able to discuss with pupils about the challenges of sporting competition, the joy of winning and the disappointment of not doing as well as you hoped. It was a great opportunity to recognise our own strengths and, while we can’t be good at everything, there is always something we excel at.

Medal Standings (Day Two)

Kilchuimen Primary School Olympics (Day One)

Following the opening ceremony from the previous day, the first events got started under brilliant blue skies (we have borrowed some of the weather from Rio). The competition was as good as the weather with close contests throughout the first day.

Three different sports were on display: Football, Basketball and Golf. With a gold, silver and bronze available for each sport in each class, there were a total of 27 medals to compete for.

The competition was excellent with tight battles taking place across all the sports. By the end of the P5/6/7 basketball events there were eight athletes still challenging for the gold medal and in the end we had to extend the event into a ‘shootout’ to find the eventual winner. The medalists from day one are below.

Basketball

P1/2
1st Toby Mead Spain
2nd Murrean Frost USA
3rd Casey Palmer Australia
 
P3/4
1st Tosia Wisneiwska The Netherlands
2nd Lexie Cameron Germany
3rd Ruby Robson Brazil
 
P5/6/7
1st Samir Chowdhury Spain
2nd Toni Demirev Hungary
3rd Caitlyn Milne France

 

Golf

P1/2
1st Aiden Gordon China
2nd Murrean Frost USA
3rd Casey Palmer Australia
 
P3/4
1st Tessa Findlay Italy
2nd Joey MacKay Australia
3rd Ruby Robson Brazil
 
P5/6/7
1st Molly Nisbet Italy
2nd Kai Frost Germany
3rd Nikkita Smith Hungary

 

Football

P1/2
1st Jacob Sutton Hungary
2nd Isla Chalmers Italy
3rd Eden Harradine Japan
 
P3/4
1st Lewis Murray China
2nd Lexie Cameron Germany
3rd Connor Smith Germany
 
P5/6/7
1st Adrian Sitek Japan
2nd Jack West Japan
3rd Kai Frost Germany

At the end of the first day the medal table stands as below.

Medal Standings (Day One)

Kilchuimen Primary School Olympics (Opening Ceremony)

The weather report suggested the first week back at school would be glorious; complete sunshine from one horizon to the other. After a mild but mainly cloudy holiday we thought it a shame to not take the opportunity to enjoy the warmth with some outside learning.

Given the continued success of Team GB at the Olympics this summer we thought it presented the perfect topic to enjoy the sun. This first week we have organised the school into teams, each representing a different nation at the Olympics (twelve in total). In these teams they will compete in a number of different events for the usual gold, silver and bronze medals given out during the games.

The first thing we needed to do was conduct an opening ceremony. The P3/4 class created brilliant flags for each country which, with the help of bamboo canes, were carried by the team captains (P7s) while each team paraded into our purpose built Olympic stadium (the MUGA). A short speech was given by the president of the Kilchuimen Primary Olympic Commitee (Miss Starr) before the brand new Prime Minister of Kilchuimen Primary School, Mrs Walker (for the duration of these games at least), declared the Olympics officially open.

We then headed inside to our respective classrooms and learned as much as we could about the Olympic games, and their history, in the time we had remaining. The KPS Olympics have now officially begun.

P7 Edinburgh Trip

One of the highlights of being a P7 teacher is the chance to go on residential trips with your class. During our short three day trip to Edinburgh, we visited the National Gallery, the Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh Castle, Mary King’s Close, Camera Obscura and Dynamic Earth.

It was a brilliant trip. We had a lot of fun and it is always a pleasure to teach a class that is always laughing. Here are some pictures from the trip.

P4 – 7 Shinty Session

The pupils of P4 – 7 were treated to a special shinty session this morning. Not only was it a chance to get out and have a go, it was a chance for the children to learn from the expertise of Ronald Ross.

All the pupils seemed to have a great time and were excited to learn more. Shinty is a sport covered during P.E for the P5/6/7 class but is it great to be able to offer the chance for pupils to develop their skills even further. We are also hoping to arrange similar sessions as soon as possible.

Our Brilliant Badminton Team!

Emma Findlay, Hugo Findlay, Julina Cameron and Sam Kennard all attended the annual Lochaber Primary Schools Badminton Tournament at Lochaber High School. The tournament was also attended by schools from Fort William, Mallaig, Strontian and Invergarry. Each pupil was placed in a pool of six. After playing each of their opponents the top two from each pool progressed into the knockout stages of the competition consisting of a quarter final, semi final and a grand final.

All pupils demonstrated some excellent Badminton with Hugo, Emma and Julina progressing onto the quarter finals. Sam played fantastically but narrowly missed out on progressing to the quarter finals following some extremely close games. Hugo and Julina managed to qualify for the quarter finals. They were knocked out by some very stiff competition but played very well and pushed their opponents on every point. Emma made it all the way to the final which she won 11-6 and was crowned the Girls Champion 2015.

Well done Emma, Hugo, Sam and Julina! The progress you have all made in Badminton has been amazing!

Pointilism Painting

The P5/6/7 class have put the finishing touches to their pointillism artwork. Pointillism is a painting technique using small dots of paint to build an image and was born out of the impressionist. By varying the density of dots and the mixtures of colour it is possible to create a huge range of distinct images.

It has been a really enjoyable project which the whole class has enjoyed. The quality of the artwork they have produced has been excellent. It is all the more impressive because the only colours the children had access to were red, blue, yellow and white. Every colour used in their painting had to be mixed individually.

Below are some examples of their work. More can be seen displayed around the school.

“Learning” About Computers

On Monday the class of P5/6/7 took apart a computer to learn about what’s inside it. Surprisingly we found that there was a lot of empty space inside it but that was so that there was enough room for “Air Flow”. The most important part of it, the CPU, was the smallest part and Mr Peers DROPPED IT!!! (it’s okay though, it was Mr Peers’ old computer so it didn’t matter)  We also put it back together and learned what all the pieces do and how important each one is as well.

By Katie Walker (P7)