A huge congratulations to our brilliant P6/7 athletics team who took part in the Edinburgh Sportshall Championships yesterday and won! You were all amazing and represented our school with great determination and sportsmanship. An extra special thank you to the parents who helped out on the day and especially to Mr Sweet and Mr Huggard, their star coaches who give up so much of their own time to support sport within the school.
Although the weather wasn’t quite as kind to us in the afternoon yesterday, we all had a great time. There was a very muddy mountain biking session which Mr Law enjoyed, (even though he hadn’t been on a bike for 10 years!) climbing and abseiling, orienteering, gorge walking and even caving, which although wasn’t on our programme some children had the chance to do as it was a bit too windy for canoeing and everyone loved!
In the evening the we played a game of ‘Hunt the Teacher’. All of the staff hid outside in the dark around the centre and the children had to work in teams and find them, collecting information from them to obtain a secret code. What we are most impressed with is the way all of the children from the two classes are mixing and the amazing team work they are demonstrating. We are all looking forward to the disco tonight and getting our glad rags on instead of our red waterproofs!
We will be back 1:30/2pm tomorrow and Mrs Scott will text you all with our expected arrival time and any changes tomorrow.
French Week was a great success with all classes focussing on speaking French throughout the week and learning about life in France. On Thursday, the hall was transformed into a Parisian square with each class taking a responsibility for leading a different area…all in French! There was a boules lesson, cafe, tourist information office, souvenir shop, travel agency and even bingo! ‘Merci beacoup’ to all of the parents that came along and to the children who made it a great success.
On Friday we had our second sharing assembly as part of the Building Resilience project. The children shared their brilliant work which has been happening in classes all over the school. The main things we have been learning are:
- Relationships are important for our health and wellbeing
- Belonging to a group can be a good way to build friendships
- Good relationships are a two way thing
From puppet shows to story telling, cartoons to creating jigsaws, musical performances to recipes; check out the brilliant work the children have created!
Having applied for Food for Thought funding last year, we were awarded £3000. We bought tonnes of gardening equipment, fruit trees and herbs and have developed our Centenary Garden into a sensory garden, full of wonderful smells! Some of our P6s and 7s helped clear the beds and P5A planted all of the new plants, some of them even working on into the evening at After School Club. It looks wonderful and we hope we can use some of the produce in our own teaching kitchen.
Check out our new School Charter written by our Pupil Parliament using The United Nations Convention for the Rights of the Child. This will form the basis of our new Promoting Positive Behaviour Policy and is the start of a revamp of our whole behaviour system. We think the Pupil Parliament has done an incredible job!
Benmore was a wonderful experience for everyone involved. The children all did themselves proud, challenging themselves with activities they had never done before, overcoming fears both physical and emotional. For some it may have been the first time away from home for a week, for some they may never have made a bed and for other’s they managed to push themselves to do things up high, in water, in the dark or on their own. What was wonderful to see was not only their individual will power and resilience but also their team work, cooperation and ability to encourage each other. They were truly a wonderful group to take away. Huge thank you and well done to the children and to Mr Digan, Miss Welsh, Mrs McMahon and Miss Frater who were there to support them and cheer them on every step of the way!