Newsletter February 2012

Garvel Deaf Centre

Newsletter February 2012

ArtRage Work

Forthcoming events

Primary 7 Transition to Cydeview Academy
In preparation for their move to Clydeview the primary 7 pupils will be involved in a number of transition events:
• On Wednesday morning Eilidh MacQuarrie, a teacher from Clydeview Deaf education department has been, and will continue to, visit Garvel to work with the primary 7 pupils.
• 28th February Active Schools transition day. All primary 7 pupils from Clydeview feeder primaries will attend a sports morning in Greenock Sport Centre.
• June 7th and 8th Primary 7 pupils will attend Clydeview Academy on these days for a 2 day induction programme.
• The primary 7 pupils are looking forward to joining primary 7 classes from Gourock primary and Moorfoot primary at Castle Toward outdoor centre for a 4 day residential activity course. It will run from 24th April to 27th April. An information evening for parents of pupils going to Castle Toward has been arranged for the 7th March at 6pm in Gourock Primary school.

Hard at Work1st March – Pupils will be asked to come to school dressed as a character from a book they have read. Each pupil will give a short presentation about their book.
Saturday 3rd March - Inverclyde Bulb Festival , Greenock Town hall. Bulbs grown by our pupils will be displayed at the town hall on this day as part of the festival .
5th March - Primary 7 pupils will be involved in a Generation Science afternoon at Moorfoot Primary.
6th March - all pupils will be taking part in World Maths Day activities
13th-14th March - All pupils will be involved in Inverclyde’s Enterprise Showcase in Greenock Town Hall.
20th March 6.30-8pm - A Curriculum for Excellence parents’ information evening will take place in Clydeview Academy. Some of our pupils will be asked to attend to help with Garvel’s contribution to the evening.
28th March - Easter service at the Glasgow Church for the Deaf.
18th April - A visit to Glasgow science centre has been arranged for primary 7 pupils from Moorfoot and Garvel.

Compiling our results
Holiday Dates
Friday 30th March School closes for Easter Holiday
Monday 16th April School re-opens
Monday 23rd April Local Holiday
Monday 7th May May Day Holiday
Friday 1st June Local Holiday
Monday 4th June Local Holiday
Tuesday 5th June Jubilee Holiday
Wednesday 6th June Inservice Day
Thursday 7th June Pupils return

Senior Class
Our senior class have had a busy winter term.
Drake music continue to visit on a Thursday and are impressed with the pupils’ progress with their instruments.
They are also enjoying their “ArtRage” topic in which they are using Ipads to demonstrate their art skills while improving their ICT skills.

They are undertaking a World War 2 topic which incorporates many aspects of the curriculum. In science they are learning about forces and friction and are enjoying experimenting with these areas.
Helen Orr, the home school link officer based at Clydeview will soon be starting a “Friendship” topic to help the pupils form positive relationships with their classmates.
Paul Tipling continues to spend time with the pupils improving their BSL skills.

Junior Class
Occasionally we organise a deaf adult to come into the junior class and tell a story to the children. Recently Tracey Rew came and told the story of the Ugly Duckling, then the whole class made paper cygnets and swans.
Primary 1 is continuing with her “Look at Me” topic and is enjoying learning about “The Sun, the Moon and the Stars”. Soon she will learn about “My family”.

Primary 2 and 3 are enjoying their “Body Organs” topic and are about to start a new topic based around James Watt. This topic will incorporate many different aspect of the curriculum, including science and local history.
The junior class took part in RSPB Big Schools’ Birdwatch on Friday 27th January. We then sent in our results to RSPB online.

Drake music are also very pleased with the progress the junior pupils are making with their musical instruments.


Pupil Council and Eco schools Committee.
The pupils are working to improve the environment around the school. They plan to buy chicken wire to stop rubbish blowing into the school and are working on the school garden. They are also implementing energy saving ideas within the school

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