Emo­tional farewell for P7 pupils

The Galloway News - - School News - STU­ART GILLE­SPIE

The school hol­i­days of­fi­cially be­gan in Dum­fries and Gal­loway last week.

Kids and par­ents have been tackling home school­ing since March due to the coro­n­avirus pan­demic and are no doubt de­lighted to now en­joy some time off.

The end of term cel­e­bra­tions were rather dif­fer­ent from nor­mal due to lock­down and so­cial dis­tanc­ing, so here is how the oc­ca­sion was marked across the Ste­wartry.

Pri­mary seven pupils at Gate­house held a so­cially dis­tanced farewell with a take­away night.

The kids were de­lighted to see each other and had a fan­tas­tic time.

Pal­nackie Pri­mary held an open-air end of term as­sem­bly.

It was led by head teacher Mrs Alexan­der with fam­i­lies com­ing to­gether for the first time since lock­down – al­beit so­cially dis­tanced.

The par­ent coun­cil pre­sented hood­ies and cal­cu­la­tors to the P7 leavers and made a spe­cial pre­sen­ta­tion to re­tir­ing class teacher Mrs Brown be­fore putting on a won­der­ful af­ter­noon tea for staff.

Col­vend Pri­mary staff were sad not to see their pupils at the end of term so de­cided to drive in a con­voy around the catch­ment area.

Their cav­al­cade trav­elled from Sandy­hills to Dal­beat­tie via Barend, Rock­cliffe and Kipp­ford with their cars adorned with bal­loons and stream­ers.

Pupils and their fam­i­lies came out to cheer as staff stopped en route to dis­trib­ute new school uni­forms, hand out class work and drop off some treats.

A so­cially dis­tanced com­mu­nity event was held at Kirk­gun­zeon Pri­mary to cel­e­brate the only P7 pupil mov­ing to Dal­beat­tie High School.

Clark Maxwell re­ceived a cal­cu­la­tor from the par­ent coun­cil and friends and fel­low pupils spaced them­selves through the vil­lage to cheer him on with posters and plac­ards as he was driven through the well wish­ers by his fam­ily.

It was a unique and emo­tional event for staff, pupils and their fam­i­lies to see each other, many for the first time since lock­down. he school com­mu­nity wishes Clark ev­ery suc­cess on his move.

Big smile Ay­lah Cross­ley grad­u­ated from Kirkcud­bright Nursery

Centre of at­ten­tion Clark Maxwell from Kirk­gun­zeon Pri­mary as he is driven through the vil­lage

So­cial gath­er­ing Pupils at the Gate­house cel­e­bra­tion

Jump­ing for joy The Gate­house pupils were pleased to see each other

Say­ing good­bye Two of the Gate­house pupils who are mov­ing on

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