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The other day, for no apparent reason, the refrain of the Cairn primary school song kept going through my mind and I just wondered if the school still has a song. Perhaps some of the website viewers may remember the song which was in vogue during the late 1930s and early 40s.   I remember the tune but can't recall all the words, but a couple of lines went thusly.   "In the forest should you toil, make your mark, should you delve upon the soil, make your mark".   It continued through several verses with that exhortation.I can still see Mr A.B.Coburn coming into our class sitting down at the piano and leading the class in a robust rendition of the song, as only he could do.   If anyone remembers the complete lyrics I would appreciate a copy of them.    Jim McAlpine


A Maybole teacher is officially the best in Scotland. Cairn Primary’s Fiona McAvoy has waltzed off with a top award for her efforts outside the classroom. Fiona was named the nation’s best primary teacher after helping to set up several soccer schools. She scooped the gong at a glittering Hampden Park ceremony which honoured the country’s success at grassroots level. more


Cairn Primary was alive with the sound of music on Thursday when pupils and staff surprised teacher Mrs Maria Newlands on her 30th anniversary as a teacher in the school. Pupils and staff sang some of the songs from the hit film and musical "The Sound of Music" and four of Maria's colleagues put on wimples as worn by the nuns in the film . (Sept 2006)

Come Fly With Me! From reading Roald Dahl's novel "Danny, Champion of the World", P5/6  pupils at Cairn Primary School in Maybole decided to have a go at making and flying their own kites.  Great fun was had by all. The children pictured are flying their kites at Glebe Park.



Last week pupils at Cairn Primary School in Maybole took part in a special ceremony to remember a former head teacher, the late Mr Todd. Matt Todd was head of the school from August 28 1972 to 31st March 1997 and the Parents Association and school board donated a memorial bench in his memory. Current head teacher Fiona McDougall welcomed pupils, former staff and invited guests to the presentation. Special guests were Mr Todd’s widow, Sheena, and daughter Beth. Mora McCulloch, who retired as a teacher from the school last year, paid tribute to the many fine qualities that Mr Todd had brought to Cairn saying that he was a very special head teacher who always had a special relationship with his pupils. The school choir sang “Tomorrow” and the whole company joined in “The Jeely Piece Song” which had been specially requested by the pupils. Nicole McCrorie, P1, and Kyle Eaglesham, P7, presented Mrs Todd with a bouquet of flowers. ( Ayrshire Post. May 2005)


Burns Supper - January 2005

Cairn Primary School 2004 Christmas Concert

The Grumpy Sheep - nativity story centred around a grumpy sheep who is cross and lazy and can't be bothered to walk to see the new baby. The grumpy sheep eventually arrives at the stable and sees the error of her ways when she meets the little Boy King and even learns to smile!  The Christmas story unfolds as 4 children magically journey around the world.


Jeans for Genes Day 2004

On Friday 1st October 2004 staff and pupils of Cairn Primary “denimstrated” they care by throwing off their school uniform, jumping into their jeans, and making a 50p donation to the National Jeans for Genes Appeal....

The proceeds go towards helping eight charities, including Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity and the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign, to fund vital research into genetic disorders. In Britain one baby in 33 is born with a genetic disorder or birth defect – one born every 30 minutes! Primary 7 co-ordinated the appeal, and both produced and performed a ‘Jeans On’ Fashion Show as well as a “Newsroom” skit at the usual Friday Assembly. The P7s were really nervous about performing in front of the whole school and parents, but, as always it went really well, and the parents who came along were very impressed. Everyone in school had great fun and made loads of money for the Jeans for Genes Appeal Last year they raised the magnificent sum of £93, and this year it was a massive total of 94!! (Every little extra help.) Thanks go to all the staff and children for taking part so enthusiastically, and for helping raise heaps of money! (Ayrshire Post Oct 2004)

Mrs Morag McCulloch Reitres

At the end of term Mrs Morag McCulloch retired from Cairn primary school where she had taught for 37 years. After the presentation of awards to pupils there was a special presentation of gifts to Mrs McCulloch by representatives of the school board, pupils and staff.  As well as three cheers for the popular teacher, her colleagues sang a tribute to her loosely based on the song “Congratulations” made famous by Sir Cliff Richard who is her favourite singer.  (Ayrshire Post July 2004)


EASTER BONNETS, EASTER GARDENS AND EASTER EGGS GALORE AT CAIRN. Children at Cairn Primary School, Maybole held an Easter competition to celebrate the end of term on Friday. Entries came from every class in the school and all the children made a great effort producing some fantastic Easter bonnets, Easter gardens and decorated eggs. The term ended with an Easter Service and prize giving in the gym hall. The pupils and teachers at Cairn would like to wish everyone a Very  Happy Easter. (Ayrshire Post April 2004)

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