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School will close at 1pm on Friday the 30th of June

On behalf of all staff and pupils at Haldane we wish you a happy, healthy and safe Summer!  We will be welcoming pupils back to school on Wednesday the 19th of August at 9am.  We will be re-opening as Balloch Primary (Haldane Campus) in preparation for our move to our new school in February.  We are looking forward to seeing all the pupils in their new school uniform! 

Amazing Things at Haldane!

On Tuesday the 6th of June, Mrs Gilchrist and two pupils from P3/4 attended the West Dunbartonshire Amazing Things conference at the Clydebank Town Hall. We had a great day at the conference, and enjoyed telling the judges all about our learning in the National Park.  We showed a Google slides presentation, discussed maps and photos of our trips, and showed the judges videos of us learning outdoors.  The judges were so impressed with our work that we were awarded First Place in the Primary Category.  We were absolutely delighted!  On Friday the 9th of June we enjoyed showcasing our work at a special school assembly!

Learning in Nature Presentation

A busy summer term!

This term will be a very busy one!  Here are some dates for your diary:

Friday 28th April - Out of Uniform Day, 50p donation please
Monday 1st May - May Day Holiday, school closed.
Thursday 4th May - In service Day. Pupils do not attend.
Monday 8th May - Report cards issued.
Thursday 11th May - Parents Night (appointment info to follow)
Friday 19th May - Whole School Drop In 2-3pm
Wednesday 24th May - New Primary 1 parents and children in (9:15 - 10:15 am)
Friday 26th and Monday 29th May - May Holiday. Pupils return 9am Tuesday 30th May
Wednesday 31st May - New School Uniform on sale 8:30 am - 5:30pm in school hall
Friday 2nd June - Out of Uniform Day, 50p donation please. 
Tuesday 13th June - Schools show afternoon and evening, details to follow.
Monday 19th June - P7 Leavers Lunch
Wednesday 21st June - Sports Day 1:30pm
Thursday 22nd June - Haldane's Got Talent
Wednesday 28th June - School Service in Jamestown Church 1:30pm
Friday 30th June - School closes for summer holidays 1pm.

Sports Hall Athletics
On Wednesday the 29th of March a group of 20 children from primaries 5 and 6 represented our school at the regional heats for WDC Sportshall Athletics.  A great time was had by all, cheering on our team and our friends from Jamestown and St. Kessog's primaries.  We excelled in some events, including the girls Over and Under Relay, where we were delighted to take First Place!  This was a great experience for all involved, and we are looking forward to being involved again next year as part of a new team from Balloch Primary!


Primary 6/7 have thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the Divided City theatre project, working with Citizens Theatre alongside their friends from St Kessog's and Jamestown Primaries. Parents and friends were thoroughly impressed with the pupils performance on Tuesday the 6th of March.

The Divided City project explores religious tension in Scotland through a gripping tale about two Glaswegian boys, one Celtic fan, one Rangers fan, who must find their own answers in a divided world. This session the highly successful project has brought its message of friendship and tolerance to 12 West Dunbartonshire schools, and Haldane Primary were delighted to be selected to take part. Funding for the project came from Scottish Government’s Safer Communities Tackling Sectarianism Fund.

Pupils and teachers took part in theatre workshops, classroom lessons and performances based around the novel by Theresa Breslin. Primary 6/7 have worked with children from the other schools over 10 weeks rehearsing the play and undertaking additional classroom sessions exploring sectarianism and its effects on their community.



Learning in Nature with the National Park

P3/4 and Mrs Gilchrist have been taking part in a project with the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park.  This has involved lots of fun outdoor learning.  On the 24th of February we went on a field trip to Balmaha, where we walked the Millennium Forest Trail and explored the shore of Loch Lomond at Millarrochy Bay.  We were very lucky with the weather, and all had a great time in the fresh air.  Thanks to the National Park and Scottish Natural Heritage, who very kindly paid for the bus.  Thanks also to the parent helpers who gave up their time and endured the cold and mud to help out!



Hopscotch Theatre Visit -  Scotland, The Nation of Innovation

The whole school recently enjoyed a fabulous performance from Hopscotch Theatre Company.  We learned all about the innovation and creativity of Scottish inventors, including Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Alexander Graham Bell, the McLeod Sisters and John Logie Baird.  There was lots of audience participation and singing, and a great time was had by all!

Scottish Afternoon 27th January 2017


On Friday the 27th of January we had a wonderful afternoon showing our families and friends all the learning which has been taking place throughout our Scottish Focus month. We sang songs, danced, and recited poems.  Thanks to all who attended. Yet again we had to put out extra chairs, which we are pleased to say is becoming a regular occurrence at our assemblies! Thanks also to all parents who supported children at home with learning songs and poems, some of which were not easy!

Christmas Nativity and Carol Concert

Thanks to all parents and friends who attended our Nativity and Carol Concert on Thursday the 22nd of December. It was lovely to see so many turn out for the show, despite the inclement weather, and the children thoroughly enjoyed performing to such an appreciative audience.  

More pictures of the Nativity and Carol Concert can be found in the Gallery section.

Advent Collection for West Dunbartonshire Foodshare!

Thanks to all children and families who took part so enthusiastically in our 'Reverse Advent'.  Each day one child from each class was nominated to donate an item of food, and our donations have now been collected and donated to the West Dunbartonshire Foodshare charity.  We were overwhelmed by the generosity of the school community, and delighted to be able to make such a meaningful donation to a local charity.  Well done everyone!

Haldane and Jamestown Joint Christmas Carol Afternoon

On Wednesday the 14th of December children from Primary 4 and 5 in both Haldane and Jamestown Primary schools worked together to host a fun festive afternoon for our friends and family.  We sang a variety of carols and then our guests enjoyed tea, coffee and some festive treats.  On sale were a variety of christmas crafts we had created as part of our Enterprise topic. The event was well attended and a great success!


Christmas Countdown with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra!

On Sunday the 4th of December some children and teachers from Haldane Primary went on our fourth trip to the Children's Classic Concert at the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow.  This year, we were joined by friends and teachers from Jamestown Primary School!  We all had great fun getting the train and having our lunch at the Concert Hall, before watching a selection of Christmas classics performed by the wonderful orchestra.  Thanks to Willie Muldoon, retired Pupil and Family Support Officer, who so kindly continues to arrange tickets for the children to attend this event annually.  It's a great start to the festive season!


PJ Day 9th November!
Our Pupil Council organised a very successful Pyjama Day to raise money for new playground equipment. The day was a great success! We all enjoyed wearing our pyjamas to school and having hot chocolate and marshmallows, a perfect way to warm up on a cold winter's day! The pupil council were delighted when they counted the money and discovered they had raised £111.  Well done Pupil Council!


MacMillan Coffee Afternoon 23rd September 

Many thanks to all who attended our very successful fundraising coffee afternoon on the 23rd of September.  It was wonderful to see so many faces, and the community hall was definitely the place to be! Thanks in particular to the new parent helpers from our P1 class.  Well done to Sharon Morrow who won the 'Guess the Spots on the Cake' competition.  The event raised a total of £246, which will be divided between MacMillan Cancer Care and Clic Sargent, a charity which supports children and families affected by cancer.  



Making a Beeline for Inler Park! 

Recently we had great fun working collaboratively with our friends from St Kessog's Primary to improve our outdoor environment.  We joined West Dunbartonshire Environment Trust, Buglife Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage at Inler Park, where we sowed a wildflower meadow and took part in a range of activities to learn about the valuable pollinating insects that will use it.  We are looking forward to returning to the meadow regularly to monitor the insect life there.

Pupil Voice at Haldane

Congratulations to four of our Primary 7 pupils who have been chosen to be our house captains and vice captains this year.  We are sure that you will do a great job representing our four houses and developing your leadership skills!

Well done to Sarah Jo and Lewis, who have been selected to represent the school as Junior Road Safety Officers.  They will work with Mrs Gannon to support safe road sense in our school and local area.  Our JRSOs have recently been involved in coming up with a school travel plan, which was issued to all families.  Please ensure that you support our children in their efforts to ensure the roads outside our school are safe for all. 

All classes have recently been involved in electing a member of their class to be their representative on the Pupil Council.  Well done to Ross from Primary Seven, who has been elected Chair of the council.  Miss Ashwood and the Pupil Council have already been involved in coming up with lots of fun plans for fundraising and enterprise in the term ahead!  Look out for further updates.

Learning French at Haldane

As part of the Scottish Government Languages 1+2 initiative, all children will continue to learn French at Haldane Primary, and most classes will be progressing to Year 3 French.  In term 4 there will be a chance for parents and carers to attend a French event to find out what we have been learning and to explore French culture and food with us.  

Happy retirement Mrs MacDonald!

Mrs MacDonald, our clerical assistant, retired at the end of last term, after 30 years at Haldane. We are already missing her!  Mrs MacDonald has been replaced by two clerical assistants, Miss Sichi and Mrs Hamilton. Welcome to Haldane Primary! 

Our New Horizons

This year we will continue to work with children and staff from St Kessogs and Jamestown primaries as we look forward to the opening of our new campus in August 2017. Pupils from the three schools have been working alongside the design team from Morgan Sindal to look at aspects of the design for the new school and to get their opinions of how the building will work. Look out for further details in our display in the main corridor.  

Children and families were recently consulted on the name for the new school and the colours for the new school uniform. We were delighted with the response to this consultation, thanks to all who took part.  West Dunbartonshire Council recently announced the results of the consultation, and we can confirm that our new school will be called Balloch Primary, and our uniform will be purple.  Exciting news!  

We were also involved in a competition to design pieces of artwork to be showcased on the building site hoardings as the build progresses.  This will be a great chance for us to showcase our talent and show off the local area.  Details of competition results will follow
 An exciting weekend of exercise!

On the 4th and 5th of June 2016 Haldane Primary pupils had the chance to show off their sporting skills through involvement in two local events. Firstly, we were invited by our friends at Jamestown Primary to take part in their fun cycle in Argyle Park, a new challenge for our pupils which was enjoyed by all.  On the following day a number of our pupils took part in the Polaroid Fun Run, an event which we enjoy every year and which always sees a great turnout from our pupils. Well done to all who took part in these sporting challenges, especially those who took part both days!

Parents as Partners

Thanks to all who came along to our open afternoon on Friday the 18th of March. It was lovely to see so many parents and families in school.  The children were delighted to share their learning from this term with everyone who attended.  See the gallery for more photos.


Diary Dates:

Please see the 'Most recent newsletter' section for a list of diary dates.