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Very good inspection of Royal School of Dunkeld Primary School
Royal School of Dunkeld Primary School and Nursery Class was recently visited by Education Scotland and the findings of their inspection have been published.
Among the particular strengths identified at the primary school during the inspection in May 2014 were: articulate and thoughtful children who are motivated by high-quality learning experiences; the extensive range of opportunities for children to achieve success; positive partnerships with parents, professionals and the local community; the commitment of all staff to providing a caring, inclusive and vibrant environment for learning. Also highlighted was the inspirational leadership of the headteacher in securing improvements through innovative approaches to self-evaluation.
The Inspectors’ evaluations of the primary school and nursery class were ‘very good’ in all areas and the establishment’s improvement through self-evaluation was, in particular, found to be ‘excellent’.
At the primary stages, children’s attainment in English and mathematics was found to be strong, with almost all achieving or exceeding national expectations. The school promotes a love of reading. Children are encouraged to read for pleasure and they study books and novels together. Their writing is of a high standard and they are given a wide range of interesting contexts to apply their writing skills.
In the nursery, children can choose to play independently or in small groups and they are increasingly making decisions about what they want to learn. The school’s approach to developing its new curriculum was at an advanced stage. All staff plan together to ensure that children benefit from a rich and relevant curriculum, and to ensure that children’s skills and knowledge are developing in a progressive way.
Perth & Kinross Council Convener for Lifelong Learning, Councillor Bob Band, commented: “I very much welcome the findings of Education Scotland. Both nursery and primary pupils at Royal School of Dunkeld have a tremendous range of opportunities to achieve in cultural, sporting, community and outdoor learning activities. The broad, well planned curriculum enables youngsters to learn across and through different subject areas. As a result of the successful, whole-school approaches to interdisciplinary learning, children are learning to apply a range of important skills, such as literacy, numeracy, problem-solving and leadership, across their learning. The headteacher is to be commended for her inspirational leadership and this, coupled with high quality team work across all staff, has resulted in such very positive outcomes for the children and young people at the school. “
Road closure at Crieff Bridge
Motorists are advised that Crieff Bridge will be closed on the nights of Thursday, June 19th and Friday, June 20th to allow for essential resurfacing work at Crieff Bridge which links North Bridge Street to South Bridgend.
On Thursday 19th June the road will be closed at 19:20 to allow the removal of the old surface with the road re-opening by midnight.
Preparatory works for the surfacing operation will be undertaken during the day of Friday 20 June, with temporary traffic lights in operation. The road will again be closed at 19:20 to allow surfacing of the bridge and tie-ins to the existing road at either side, and this should be completed by 01:00 on Saturday 21 June.
The remaining sections of surfacing will be completed on the Sunday 22nd and Monday 23rd under temporary traffic signals.
The start of the road closure has been specifically timed to allow the peak hour Stagecoach Perth Service 47 journeys to/from Crieff to operate their full routes. However during the road closure the following Service 47 journeys will not be able to serve Crieff High Street and will only operate to/from South Bridgend, Crieff:
- 1935 ex Stirling to Crieff
- 2035 ex Crieff to Dunblane (Fri only)
- 2119 ex Dunblane to Crieff (Fri only)
- 2158 ex Crieff to Stirling (Fri only)
- 2308 ex Stirling to Crieff (Fri only)
Passengers alighting buses in South Bridgend will need to walk to/from central Crieff, whilst passengers who normally board these journeys in central Crieff will need to walk to South Bridgend.
Perth & Kinross Council apologises for any inconvenience caused during this time, but the closure is necessary to ensure the health and safety of Roads Maintenance Team and members of the public.
Green summer ahead for Tayside conservation group
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Brash-tidying at The Hermitage, tree-cutting at Branklyn Garden and removing invasive species at the House of the Binns are all on the agenda this summer for the National Trust for Scotland’s Tayside Conservation Volunteer Group.
The group has dozens of members who regularly donate their time and talent to the conservation charity, going out on conservation projects at National Trust for Scotland properties across Perthshire, Angus and beyond.
They are always looking for new members.
Conservation Volunteer Co-ordinator Julie Bond said:
“There is a packed programme for this summer, with projects planned in some of Scotland’s most stunning countryside and gardens. Volunteering with the Trust is a great opportunity to get out, explore your outdoors and play a key part in caring for our countryside too. We also know that volunteering makes you happy – what better reason to get involved?”
Travel, accommodation and meals are all organised for volunteers signing up for these projects. For more information on becoming a conservation volunteer and the full programme, visit http://www.nts.org.uk/Volunteering/Outdoor/.
IKEA showhome in Perthshire has opened its doors to viewers
The first fully designed IKEA showhome in Perthshire has opened its doors to viewers.
Perth-based housebuilder Stephen is unveiling its brand new IKEA show apartment at Balgarvie Mill in Scone, the first time that the Swedish furniture giant has designed a show home in the area.
As well as being designed and fully furnished by IKEA, the ground floor, two bedroom apartment features everything from IKEA rugs, lamps, vases and bedding to photo frames, mirrors, bins, wall art and dinnerware, not forgetting the finer detail of a chopping board, cutlery, tea towels, mugs, ironing board, towels and even a rolling pin!
Working to a clean and simple palette of white against a backdrop of primary colours, the IKEA apartment is sure to appeal to any buyer and complement their existing homeware.
Tom Buchanan, Marketing Manager, Stephen said, “As part of our aim to open up the new homes market, we have decided to make the process as simple and accessible as possible by teaming up with IKEA to create a fantastic design package. IKEA, who are synonymous with innovative and open-plan contemporary living, have made a huge impact on the UK marketplace and have created an exclusive pack for Stephen, creating a finished and highly impressive home for either a first-time buyer or those moving onto something new. Put simply, the apartment contains everything buyers could possibly want, removing the financial burden and stress of furnishing and completing their new home.”
Meanwhile, Janie Bisset, Sales Manager at IKEA Edinburgh, commented, “We’re really excited to be working with Perthshire’s leading home builder to provide fully furnished homes in Scotland.
“At IKEA, our vision is to create a better everyday life for the many people and this idea is at the heart of everything we do. Our range of well-designed, functional home furnishing products will work really well in the apartment at Balgarvie Mill and we’re pleased that IKEA can help offer some beautiful homes to first time buyers in Perthshire.”
Furthermore, with the new Help to Buy (Scotland) initiative, buyers could secure the £159,950 apartment with as little as a 5% deposit (£7,997). The scheme provides an interest-free loan to those buying any home up to the cost of £400,000, provided it is their only residence and they do not own another home. The Scottish Government funds up to 20% of the purchase price of one of our IKEA apartments with the buyer contributing only 75% i.e. a £120,000 mortgage
The new IKEA apartment is available to view from Thursdays until Mondays, from 1pm until 5pm. To view outwith these hours, or for further information, please telephone Stephen’s Sales Office on (01738) 620721, email email@example.com or visit www.stephen.co.uk.
For finer detail on the new Scottish Government scheme, please visit www.scotland.gov.uk/housing/
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Cairn o Mohr winery errol
Ron and Judith were the stars today during filming for a piece on The Dundee Channel out at their Cairn o Mohr winery errol which has now been producing great wine for over 25 years which of course we had to taste ! Set in amongst the rich fields and the hedge fringed country roads of the Carse of Gowrie, Perthshire there’s this strange Scottish winery. Since 1987 the Cairn o’ Mohr Winery has been brewing up juicy-fruity, berry loaded, blossom scented, leafy layered, award winning country wines, using the berries for which this area is famous, wild flowers roots and leaves. Fruit wines, sparkling wines, ciders, fruit punches, apples and bourtree juices and other stuffage using near anything that grows. Owners Ron and Judith Gillies believe in sourcing locally and living in an area flush with wild ingredients and some of the best fruit in the world. It’s all there for the picking.
Strawberry fields may have lost up to £10m
Thousands of plants have had to be discarded after being killed by heavy frost in the winter, while many more are not ripening because of a lack of sunshine. Others have been plagued by fungal diseases that thrive in wet conditions.
Some soft fruit farmers are now fearing for the future of their businesses as demand from major retailers plummeted during recent dreary weather.
Peter Thomson, chairman of the soft fruit division of NFU Mutual, said soft fruit farmers were experiencing very difficult times, which had been exacerbated by a late harvest.
Mr Thomson, who employs around 300 people at West Haugh Farm near Blairgowrie, Perthshire, said he understood Scotland’s £50m strawberry industry could have shrunk by as much as 20% as a result.
He said: “It’s a double whammy, really – we have much increased costs when we have lower yields but there is also diminished demand from the supermarkets. It is costing soft fruit farmers all an awful lot of money, definitely millions of pounds.
“In these conditions, it becomes very difficult to produce the super-quality fruit that you see on the shelves in your supermarkets.”
Mr Thomson added: “It’s difficult to pick fruit properly in this kind of weather, which increases costs and means there is more chance of some of it going mouldy. When this happens, we have no choice but to throw those strawberries away.
“People are also less inclined to buy summer fruits when it is so rainy.”
Most of Scotland’s strawberries are produced in late June and early July, but this year the harvest has been delayed, causing further problems for growers who can only hope for an upsurge in the latter part of the season.
Mr Thomson said many farmers would be considering the future of their businesses, adding that some had not experienced a successful season for the last six years.
Dr Rex Brennan, who heads the fruit breeding group at the James Hutton Institute at Invergowrie, outside Dundee, said all soft fruits had been affected.
“It has been a very challenging season,” he said.
Perthshire pupils forge the Mona Lisa
Perthshire secondary school pupils are hoping that their ‘forgery’ of the Mona Lisa will secure them success at The National Science & Engineering Competition this summer.
Six S1-S3 pupils from Breadalbane Academy, Aberfeldy are competing at The Big Bang Scotland in Perth on Tuesday 12 June. They will join pupils from around 65 Scottish schools, with hundreds of 11-19 year old pupils showcasing their impressive array of innovations, inventions and investigations underpinned by Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa is widely recognised as the most famous painting in the history of art.
The school’s science club is researching pigments and materials used to paint the Mona Lisa. They are attempting to create an obvious copy that would pass some of the analytical chemistry techniques that identify forgeries.
Graham Armstrong, Science Teacher, Breadalbane Academy, said, “Put simply, we are trying to ‘forge’ the Mona Lisa. This involves looking at the chemical analyst techniques used to determine if a painting is a forgery and using science knowledge to get around these. To these ends, we have researched ancient pigments, looking at how to age the varnish and also ensuring that we use science to make sure the picture looks like the Mona Lisa. In addition to inspiring them in science, I think this project has given them increased confidence to approach an unusual problem and to ‘think outside the box’.
The competition will be spread across Perth Concert Hall, the neighbouring Perth Museum and Art Gallery and, for the first time, the Royal Scottish Geographical Society. It is expected to attract around 90 competing projects, with around 850 pupils, competitors and visitors attending from 65 schools. As well as competitors, the event is open to any visiting schools, including primary seven pupils nearing the end of their primary education.
Complementing the competitive edge, a range of fun activities, workshops and shows will also be available for both participants and visiting schools on the day, including chocolate welding workshops, creating amazingly strong chairs from old newspapers and exploring a cosmic dome.
Schools with an interest in visiting on the day should visit www.thebigbangfair.co.uk/
Perthshire property sales encouraging
Despite reports of a ‘double dip’ recession, Perthshire property bosses are encouraged by new statistics revealing that sales remain steady throughout the area.
Newly released figures from Perthshire Solicitors Property Centre reveal that 61 properties were sold in April alone, totalling just under £11M.
The average house price during the first quarter of 2012 was £155,409, slightly down on last year but, with most of the sales in the ‘middle market’, the average sale reached a healthier £177,890 in April.
Anne Begg, Manager, PSPC said, “Despite national gloomy reports of a double dip recession, the market is holding here in Perthshire. Few properties are going over the asking price and some are failing to reach it at all so we’re continuing to encourage realism amongst sellers – in short, if they remain realistic about the time the process may take, and the price they are likely to achieve, they will sell. Steady sales lead to a healthy turnover and increased confidence in the market, which can only have a knock-on effect.”
New Perthshire design company targets Dundee designers
Steven Billens passion for photography has led him to set up an on-line design company inviting guest designers to join, display work and sell it through his website which launches in April. Steven hopes students from Duncan of Jordanstone and further afield will join the venture which aims to provide another on-line avenue for emerging designers to sell their work.
Time Capsule Perth now available online
Ok we’ve been promising to do it for ages there are 30 episodes in the Time Capsule series which saw the forerunner to The Dundee Channel go much further than Dundee. Even as we do today covering stories in Perthshire, Angus and Fife too. Looking back at Perth episode one has been wonderful. It would be 4 more years before the world would hear of You Tube and our interviewees gave a candid account on life in Perth in 2001. Do you recognise any of the interviewees – where are they now ?
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