Dunrobin primary school is a non-denominational school teaching boys and girls from primaries one to seven. Dunrobin Primary School began to function in April 1957 and was officially opened on 3 May 1957 by Bailie Mrs Catherine S Morton. The school took its name from the nearby "Dunrobin" which in turn took its name from Dunrobin Castle, the seat of the Duke of Sutherland.
The need for a school in this area was brought about by the building of a housing scheme which came to be known as Craigneuk and from that time there has continued to be a need for a school with the later Petersburn development and with the extensive residential development which has taken place much more recently within the area.
The school building, of pleasing design, is fortunate to be set within an expanse of grassy land incorporating landscaped gardens and facilities for outdoor pursuits such as football, netball and sporting activities in general.
The pupils in Dunrobin primary school are fortunate in having a variety of extra-curricular activities to choose from. For the more athletic pupil there is a range of sporting activities including football, netball and badminton. Competitions are provided by the primary schools' football league and local schools' netball league, the Monklands festival tournament and friendly matches with local schools. The girls also take part in the local schools' netball league, Monklands festival tournament and again in friendly matches with local schools. The senior classes have a block of swimming instruction as part of their PE programme.
There are Out of School learning Clubs organised by staff and are held in school each day from 3pm until 4.15pm these include football, netball, badminton and choir. A Scripture Union group meets at lunchtime on Fridays. Term time activities based at Caldervale High School are organised by North Lanarkshire Council Sports and Music Academy for our P6 and P7.
All pupils enjoy the family atmosphere of a weekly assembly. School assemblies are closely integrated with the life and work of the school. School assemblies prove to be an enjoyable educational experience for all with pupil participation being the keynote. Each assembly, conducted by pupils in a particular year group, is based on a theme very often linked to other areas of the curriculum and provides pupils with an opportunity to express their responses in a variety of ways through music, drama, movement, art and craft, poetry and prose.
In all probability the first link between home and school is at the time of registration of infant beginners. The link is further strengthened following registration when both parent and child are invited to the school one afternoon and given an introduction to the classroom. This gives the depute head teacher an opportunity of explaining teaching methods used in the infant room and of answering any questions on matters giving cause for concern. This hopefully proves to be a happy and relaxed experience for both parent and child. Workshop sessions have proved to be another excellent way of establishing links with "new intake" parents and of making them familiar with "schemes" and policies within the infant department.
Throughout the session, parents are kept well informed of all matters affecting the day to day running of the school as well as extra-curricular activities by means of a monthly newsletter. Incidental letters are also issued if and when the need arises. Parents are cordially invited to attend end-of-term services.
It is the policy of the school to create and maintain a close link with many aspects of the local community. There is a very close link between the school and the local church. A link is maintained with the Community Education Service through the distribution of leaflets relaying information to homes within the area and through a range of evening classes held locally. Linkwide, the community regeneration company is currently working with North Lanarkshire Council and our local community to develop wider community benefits from the park between Mull and Iona. Our pupils along with pupils from the neighbouring two primary schools, have been involved in the planning and design of the regeneration of the park through environmental education. A link has been made with the new action group set up in the area through pupil
participation in their various projects.
Similarly a link is maintained with the staff of the local library through the many competitions and annual inter-school quiz organised by them and through incidental group visits to the library by pupils in connection with their Reference Skills Programme. To establish close links with all agencies involved with the pre-school child, visits are made by members of staff to the groups in the area and play leaders are invited to the school to see our programme of activities at the infant stage. The link with the community police officers is maintained through their regular visits to the school.
Pupils normally transfer from primary to secondary between the ages of 11.5 and 12.5 so that they will have the opportunity to complete at least four years of secondary education. Pupils from Dunrobin primary normally transfer to Caldervale high school.
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