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Wilderness Explorers

The Nursery took a trip to the Highlands on Wednesday…oh no wait a minute, it was Holyrood Park! You could be forgiven for making the mistake from the photos though. They managed to find a spot where the sights and sounds of the surrounding city melted away and they could have been far away from Edinburgh. Mr Martin explains more about their day below…

“With the sun shining as we left the Nursery and headed over to Holyrood Park, we were already deciding what we would be doing on our adventures; felled tress were to become horses, boats and trains and (inspired by P1) we were going to use sticks to make spiders webs.

Whilst exploring the park, we used ropes to help each other climb, jumped on the ‘bouncy grass’, relaxed on our hammock and swung on the rope swing. Forest Adventures is such a fantastic experience for our children whose enthusiasm shone throughout the day – so much so we didn’t notice the clouds which had appeared as we headed back to Nursery ”

They were lucky to be joined by a special visitor, Leslie Evans, who is the Permanent Secretary to the Scottish Government. She came to see the excellent outdoor learning practice our nursery engages in and they were delighted to have her along for part of their Forest Adventures. Leslie was impressed with how well the children worked together,  using their imagination and creativity as they engaged with the local environment.

 

Coming soon!

We’re pleased to announce that we’ll be running Homework/Literacy Sessions in partnership with Lifelong Learning. It’s no secret that, as with all professions, teaching and teaching techniques are constantly evolving so if you’re ever left thinking “This isn’t how they did it when I was at school” and out of your depth when it comes to helping with school work or any other literacy activity, please feel welcome to come along! 

It’s impossible to get a time to suit everyone so if you are interested but unable to come due to the time, please let us know for future events.

Spotlight on….P7

The P7s have started an extended art project based at the Palace of Holyrood House and being run by the Education team there. This project will give the children free access to the Queen’s Gallery where they will be using their extraordinary collection of Leonardo da Vinci sketches as a stimulus for developing their own skills and creating sketch books.

The course started with a marbling workshop where the children made their own  unique book covers which will form the cover of their sketch books. Check our twitter feed @AbbeyhillPS next week for photos as the detailed work begins!

And finally, please keep an eye out on this blog as well as the Parent Council Facebook page and Twitter feed @AbbeyhillPC for some very exciting outdoor learning news at Abbeyhill. The Parent Council have worked tirelessly to secure funding to bring something special to our playground and got some very good news this week. Mr Woodhouse and Mr Hamilton have also been involved and we expect to see some exciting additions to our learning spaces before the end of the school year is out. Watch this space!

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Next week I am looking forward to taking part in a South East Improvement Collaborative ‘think piece’ on Evolving Systems Thinking whilst back at school, P7 will be travelling to The Crags Centre to represent Abbeyhill at the Edinburgh Primary Schools Sports Association Basketball tournament, P6 will be going to Dynamic Earth for the Space Showcase and the rest of Abbeyhill will be thinking about the holidays – whilst continuing to work hard of course. Please don’t forget that we break up for half term on Friday 7th February and resume as usual on Monday 17th February.

Sally Ketchin, Head Teacher

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

A certain time of year is upon us and excitement is building in school! Festive music can regularly be heard, P1-3 are busy preparing for the Nativity next week, Christmas trees are popping up all over the place and there is a general air of merrirment (even more so than usual!) around Abbeyhill!

This week, the Nursery were the first to go on a festive trip and enjoyed a performance of ‘You Choose’ at the Spiegeltent in Festival Square. Thank you to all the families who volunteered to help and make this such a memorable day out. There were a lot of tired but happy faces in the Nursery yesterday, but that was just the staff!

Our Parent Council have coordinated a beautiful 2019 calendar which is sponsored by local businesses and features artwork from every class. At just £6, this would make the perfect stocking filler and all proceeds go towards supporting the school by enabling the Parent Council to help us improve our playground. You can order your calendar directly from the Parent Council who will be taking orders in the playground every day next week, at the school office or online by clicking here. All orders will be filled before we break up on the 21st December.

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P7 spent the day at Drummond on Wednesday at a volleyball festval organised by Active Schools. This was a great addition to the preparations to move onto high school and another good opportunity to mix with P7s from our other cluster primaries, many of whom will be going to Drummond too next year.

Yesterday, P1-3 families were invited to another ‘Sharing Our Learning’ event and it was lovely that so many were able to juggle other commitments to come along. There was lots going on in each class for families to get involved with and our Food Champions also ran sneak peak tours of our brand new Cooking Classroom; the teachers are testing it out next week to make sure that we have all the equipment that we need and if all goes well, there will be some treats to sell at the Nativity!

Finally, if you saw this blog last week or follow us on Twitter, you’ll know that we’ve already made a difference with our request to have large cartons of milk, as we all buy at the supermarket, instead of small individual ones. This morning, our Pupil Council reviewed the engagement with our tweet about it and we are now in touch with Changeworks to see what we can do next. We’re hoping that they will support us to form a partnershop with another nearby school who are campaigning for re-useable bottles…watch this space!

Sally Ketchin, Head Teacher