Community School of Auchterarder notes:

World War 2 evacuees; At the end of last term our school was visited by Dr Joyce Deans and Mrs Tina Richmond who gave a fascinating talk about time spent in Auchterarder during the war. Dr Deans was evacuated at the start of WW2 along with her entire school – Laurel Bank, Glasgow.

The girls from the school and their teachers moved into Strathallan Castle and Auchterarder House for the duration of the war.

Dr Deans shared many stories of the adventures she and her friends had whilst in Auchterarder during war time.

It was lovely to hear stories from the past about our own local area from such a talented story-teller. Our S1 pupils learned a great deal and we will definitely invite ‘our evacuee’ to come back again and tell us some more of her tales.

Drama department’s Dundee Rep technology and live theatre trip; Mrs MacDonald, teacher of drama, and Mr Banks, member of the janitorial team, took 13 S3-S5 pupils to Dundee Rep for a hands on-theatre technology workshop.

The pupils were taught about the different areas in a production and who is responsible for what. They worked with the professional lighting and sound designers as well as the stage manager to put lights, sound and set to a short scene which some of the pupils then performed on the set of the play, “The Cheviot, The Stag and The Black, Black, Oil”.

The evening production of play was packed out and has been recognised as one of the most important productions of the last few years in Scotland. Some of our pupils were even allowed on stage during the play to become part of the action!

Mile a day; Last term all classes in primary started doing their ‘Mile a Day’, equivalent to four times around the astro turf or six times around the football pitches.

All classes are participating in this initiative and so far have had very little disruption from the weather. Pupils can run, walk, jog, speed walk or sprint to reach their mile.

This is a great way to keep fit, healthy and get lots of fresh air - and the children have great fun taking part.

Dog Walking on school sports grounds; Dog owners are asked not to use the school sports grounds to walk or exercise their dogs and instead, use the public right of way route adjacent to the school grounds as an alternative path.

Whilst the majority of dog walkers are being responsible, dogs are still being taken onto school sports grounds – even during PE lessons.

This issue, along with fouling on the sports pitches and playing field is causing serious concern for the health and safety of our pupils during PE curricular and after school activities.

In accordance with The Land Reform Act 2003, public right of access on school playing fields is exempt.