• St Margaret`s School

Beyond the Classroom: Other activities

We are committed to activities outside the classroom as well as those within. We can safely say that St Margaret's offers something for everyone and that every girl has the opportunity to develop her skills, to have fun being creative and to try something new, perhaps a little out of her comfort zone.

Art and Design clubs

Each week of term three art related, fun and informal clubs are open to girls from 5 junior to VI senior.

There is an after school art and crafts club currently on Wednesdays and run by visiting artist Tracey Johnson. This ‘making’ club is aimed at 5 junior to II senior. Parents should register for this club which is advertised in the newsletter.  

Our sixth form art and design girls run a club on Monday lunchtimes offering  a variety of art related activities. Girls are also encouraged to work on individual projects and competitions. 

There is also a sketch-club for 5-7 junior girls each Wednesday lunchtime where drawing is the focus as well as building a sketchbook.

Gardening Club

At St Margaret's we are very fortunate to have an enclosed playground including plenty of green space. Last session our Parent Teacher Association very kindly donated the funds for a super outdoor classroom and a number of planters. With help from the city ranger, we have planted up the classroom with colourful insect-attracting plants and started to grow a willow arbour in the planters. This summer we successfully grew sweet peas, peas and courgettes in our planters, and we also had a very successful plant sale. The proceeds from the sale allowed us to purchase grow frames for the playground and we intend to produce plants for sale this year too. We were gifted a green cone digester from Aberdeen City Council and we have recently invested in garden sheds to store all of the gardening equipment.

Gardening club is run by two junior staff members and meets weekly after school. All of our junior girls are welcome to join the club and we all very much enjoy seeing the results of their hard work. Our playground is always such a colourful and enjoyable place to be. We are registered and work in accordance with the RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) for School Gardening Campaign. https://schoolgardening.rhs.org.uk/school-gardening-awards. Our latest blog is here Rhs Campaign St Margarets Aberdeen.

The ethos of the club is to have hands on fun with digging, exploring and experimenting in our playground.  The gardening club gives pupils the opportunity to plan, sow, tend and harvest a wide variety of fruits and vegetables at school. It extends pupils' understanding of food chain issues by giving the pupils control over the process and provides knowledge of where their fruit and veg comes from.The skills and experience that the girls will learn here are valuable and are often incorporated into the curriculum.

Gardening Club runs over lunch times and is open to everyone.

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