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Mrs Service’s S1 Class has recently been working on the topic “The News”. After a visit from The Galloway Gazette editor, David Walker, the class set about becoming journalists. Researching stories to make sure they were accurate and proof reading work to eliminate errors were the reporter’s main aims. Head teacher, Mr Cowie, judged the entries from all pupils in the class. The winning reports are published here. Congratulations to Max Vance, Sarah Lawson, Libby Adams, Matthew Dorans, Chloe Ambrose, Lewis Whyte and Conor Crawford for their excellent pieces of work.

Near Win for S1/S2 Rugby Team

By Max Vance

Douglas Ewart High School S1/S2 Rugby Team narrowly missed out on wining a trophy at a Dumfries Tournament.

The Douglas Ewart team played very well and the main try scorers were Kian Dingwall, William Ferrie and Frank Gwynne. There were a few injures but nothing extremely serious.

We managed to get an interview with some of the players; Ben McMiken and Dafydd Gwynne said “The tournament went quite well but Castle Douglas just snatched the win. Hopefully we will win next time. Second is still a good result”.

The team is still happy to come home with a plate. All the other teams deserved what position they came. Next time the boys will be aiming for first but it will take a lot of hard work.

Big trip!

By Sarah Lawson

Everyone is excited to go on the Alton Towers Trip. Pupils will stay at Keele University on Tuesday 30th June. However we shall start that day off with a visit to the Trafford Centre for some shopping and dinner. The following day we visit Alton Towers theme park.

On Friday 22nd of May we had a non-uniform day to help towards the cost of this trip.

S1 to S6 are talking about it at school and deciding on who they want to stay in a dorm with, before the best summer holidays. Jodie Salfenmoser, S1, said “It will be good to get away with friends.” She is scared that she might get lost in the Trafford centre but she said that she really wants to go on the Smiler ride”. Carla Campbell S1 said “It is going to be a mind blowing experience with friends on the rides BUZZZZZING”.

Douglas Ewart High School is going to have a great time away with friend and teachers, lots of money is going to get spent as the banter gets started. Look out the Douglas Ewart High school are coming to Alton Towers.

Cinema Comes to Kirkcowan

By Libby Adams

There was great excitement in Kirkcowan as a pop up cinema came to the village! Kirkcowan is a small village and there aren’t any places to go to for the night so this excited the whole village. Driftwood Cinema kindly came along to show “Into the Woods” on Thursday the fourteenth of May at half past six. They made a makeshift cinema in the village hall and sold the tickets in the local Post Office. It was great to see a cinema in a rural area.

Many people went and seemed to enjoy the film, there were huge smiles on people’s faces as they didn’t have to travel and it was something that doesn’t normally happen in this village. Callum Adams, a pupil from the local school, said “I really enjoyed it, it was great fun and the movie was good!”

This was a great experience for the village and they hope there will be more to come.

The Parks Picnic

By Matthew Dorans

100 years ago in 1915 the residents of Creetown came together and had a picnic in their local park.

Now in 2015 the community is trying to recreate this event which will be taking place on the 24th of May.

The activities on show will be a 1915 photo shoot where you can come dressed up and take home your own 1915 style picture.

Children’s games will be present though none have been specifically listed.

The Heritage and Gem Rock museums will be open with their regular entry price.

There will also be WW1 researchers eager to be given any information that you may have on the war or the people who fought in the war.

None of those seem like your cup of tea? How about a nostalgic and peaceful walk through the park and village?

Feeling lucky? Take a chance in the duck race and see if you’ll win the £30 prize (entry is £1) all funds are going to cancer research and relay for life.

So come and enjoy yourself all are welcome and hope that the sun shines! And don’t forget your own picnic.

Mr Walker Inspires Young Children

Reported by Chloe Ambrose

On the 13th of May 2015 an editor from the Galloway Gazette, David Walker came to Douglas Ewart High School to teach S1 about newspapers. Everyone found it very interesting.

Mr Walker told them all about how the newspaper is published and how they chose what goes into it. Everyone got to ask a question. We are going to take what we learned and use it to write a report for a class competition. Mr Cowie will be judging our competition.

Mr Walker brought in a local newspaper and a national newspaper and told us the difference between them. He also told us how much they used to sell for and how much they sell for now.

I think it was good when he showed us inside of the newspaper and told us what is inside of it.

100 Years On

By Lewis Whyte

Creetown Now and Then is hosting a picnic in the park, celebrating the picnic in the park that took place when World War 1 was on in 1915. The picnic happened on Sunday the 24th of May 2015 in Creetown Park. In the park there were children’s games, a stall, highland dancing, music and a duck race. You could also dress in 1915 clothes for pictures. At the end there was a group picture of every one to compare to the one in 1915. All money made and donated will go to MacMillan Cancer Research which will help thousands of people with cancer.

Team Charlie Duathalon; in memory of Charlie Doherty.

By Conor Crawford

On Sunday 17th May 2015 Kirroughtree Park had a 10K run followed by and 18k cycle to raise money for SANDS (Still Birth and Neonatal Death Charity). The youngest member of the team, eight year old Molly McGowan who lives locally didn’t stop running until she crossed the finish line. The team have smashed their fundraising totals with a lot of help from locals who helped raise money for the SANDS charity.

Machars Cluster Primary Team Maths Challenge

By Miss Welsh

Recently local Primary Schools attended Douglas Ewart High School to take part in the annual Maths Challenge. It was a hard fought competition but the eventual winners were: 3rd place: Wigtown, 2nd place: Kirkcowan, 1st place: Wigtown (after a tie break question with Kirkcowan). Well done to all involved!