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School Meals

Please note that the cost of a school meal will be £2.00 as of Tuesday 1st April 2014.The latest menu is available from the ‘Useful Information’ section alongside or by clicking here.

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Fairtrade Workshops

Andover Primary School pupils had an early introduction to Fairtrade fortnight when Chief Chebe and Mrs Chebe visited the school on Thursday to present a Fairtrade assembly and a variety of interactive workshops.

Chief and Mrs. Chebe

Chief and Mrs. Chebe

The children were captivated by the lively approach to finding out about Fairtrade and particularly enjoyed hearing some new African songs, accompanied by Chief Chebe and his unique African xylophone.

Everyone learned about how supporting Fairtrade helps the people in Ghana and many other parts of Africa, where pay can be very low and fresh water a luxury.

Throughout the day pupils made drums, banners and learnt about African life and culture.

Fairtrade Collage

Next Wednesday 26th February, Andover pupils will hold their annual Fairtrade Coffee morning. Please pop along to school between 9.45 and 11.45am.

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Food For Thought

Events at Andover

Andover Primary was successful in applying for a bid from Food for Thought in September 2013.  This meant we had a grant of £5000 to support the development of food education and an understanding of the provenance of local food as well as developing additional links with the community.

Locally produced apple juice

A link was developed with a Nutritionist at Robert Gordon’s University and several community events were planned at which pupils, mainly those attending the School Cooking Club, could showcase their skills.

The first event was a Harvest Meal in October.  This was sourced, with support from Brechin Community Council, from many local producers. The menu was selected following a competition for Scottish dishes organised within the Brechin cluster. The winning dishes were prepared by the children in school.

Recipe designs

Prior to the meal every child in Andover (a big school) visited a local producer and did follow up activities. This was funded through the project and organised with the help of Carol Littlewood from RHET. Visits included a dairy farm, smoking house, strawberry farm, poultry farm, an arable farm as well as the co-operative farm in Blairgowrie.

Harvest display

Over one hundred guests attended the supper.

This month a Scottish Event is being hosted. Not only will guests enjoy a three course Scottish meal, but entertainment including music and poetry.

All pupils now have a much greater understanding of where our food is grown and its journey.  The Cooking Club pupils in particular have a very good knowledge, understanding and practical experience of basic cooking skills including using a knife correctly, the importance of a varied diet, including fruit, eating together,  manners and basic food hygiene.

Many of the Health and wellbeing outcomes have been achieved and everyone has had a lot of fun and enjoyment.

Liz Howson 

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Roots of Empathy

General information regarding Roots of Empathy, as championed in Primary 2/3,  is now available to view on facebook and twitter (see Useful Information for link). To quote, Roots of Empathy’s mission is to build caring, peaceful, and civil societies through the development of empathy in children and adults.

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Bounce Back Character Winners

The boys and girls show-off the certificates presented in recognition of their character designs created to reflect the core values of Bounce Back; the whole-school wellbeing & resilience programme. Anastasia Accepting, Kelly Kindness, Responsible Rebecca, Fair Finlay and Bounce Back Bob all attended the ceremony. Unfortunately Respecterman and Cooperative Craig, created by former pupils, couldn’t be with us. Honest Hannah was otherwise engaged.

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Andover Pupils Accepted into Hogwarts!

On Wednesday 4th December pupils at Andover will be transfigured into Hogwarts students!  Pupils and staff will come to school dressed as their favourite Harry Potter characters and will take part in magical lessons throughout the day.  Andover pupils have already been sorted into the houses of Dalhousie, Southesk, Panmure and Strathmore.  However, for one day only, they will become members of Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Slytherin or Hufflepuff and will work in mixed-age house groups to earn points for their houses.  After the event you will be able to use the website to find photos and stories of what is sure to be a spellbinding day!

Parents are invited to join their children in their mystical learning between 11am and 12.30pm.  Parents who wish to participate should contact the school office on 01356 627427.

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