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Imagination is the key

What a treat we’ve had today! We all went to the nearby Meadowbank Parish Church for a special concert with Fischy Music and heard the debut performance of ‘Imagination’ which P4 wrote from scratch and recorded with Margaret and Christy from Fischy. P4 (or ‘Baby Alien’ which is their official band name) gave a fantastic performance and managed not to be distracted by the fact that they were being beamed up onto big screens for everyone to see. We all had a brilliant time, dancing and singing along – including the staff and parents who managed to join us!

Of course, some of us had our Pudsey ears on as it is BBC Children in Need today. Mrs Brotherston and Mrs Pender got into the spirit of it as always and have had a bit of extra attention from the traffic as they have carried out their lollipop duties! Thanks also to Miss Macdonald, Mrs Lyall and Mrs Macdougall for organising our Children in Need toy sale yesterday; we raised £135 and all leftover toys will go to a local charity as suggested by Luca as part of our ‘Make a Difference’ assembly block.

Yesterday, I was delighted to welcome a small group of parents for our first ‘Parents Lunch’. It was lovely to have a sociable lunch together whilst giving them a chance to experience what their children do each today, including lining up and being reminded what they had ordered! They gave good feedback on the food and the experience and next time I plan to run it at the same time as the school lunchtime to give families a rare opportuntity to enjoy a weekday lunch together!

On Wednesday, we had our Parent Council Annual General Meeting (AGM) and there will be an opportunity to vote for new post holders at the next meeting in January. Thank you to Vlad who has stepped down after doing a sterling job as treasurer for several years, as well as to all the parents who have joined us and are doing such an amazing job of supporting the school.

Also on Wednesday, I spent the day at a National Improvement Framework conference for all Edinburgh Head Teachers where the new ‘Edinburgh Learns’ policy was launched and discussed at length. Edinburgh Learns encourages a renewed focus on learning and teaching which is the core business of all schools. Although we all felt the pressure that being out of school for the day brings (not least in the mounting pile of unanswered emails!), we all agreed that it was a valuable professional experience. As a staff, we shall explore Edinburgh Learns over the coming weeks and months.

Next week I am going to Buckstone Primary for a reciprocal visit following my hosting a group other Head Teachers a few weeks ago and I’m looking forward to seeing further good practice and having follow up professional dialogue. Back in school, it’s Book Week Scotland and Mr Martin will be launching an exciting week of activities in assembly on Monday. Check back next week to see what we get up to!

Sally Ketchin, Head Teacher

New Eco Class Jobs

As a group, we wanted the rest of the school to become more involved in what we are doing. We recently presented at an assembly, and asked each year to be responsible for a particular area. We think each class is doing a great job!

Nursery and Primary 1 – Using only one paper towel when drying our hands.

Primary 1/2 – Watering the bottle gardens.

Primary 2 – Feeding the birds.

Primary 3 – Energy monitors.

Primary 4 – Recycling paper

Primary 5 – Recycling water bottles.

Primary 6 – Recycling ink cartridges

Primary 7 – Litter monitors.

Eco Group News

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At the start of the new school term we took time to reflect on our successes from last year.

Here are some of our achievements :

  • Providing paper re-cycling bins for the classrooms and offices
  • Selecting class jobs for each class
  • Celebrating Fairtrade Fortnight with our banana appeal
  • Hosting an Eco week
  • Providing supplies for each class to make a re-cycled bottle garden
  • Encouraging pupils to WALK ON WEDNESDAY
  • Holding a Fairtrade Tuck Shop
  • Making scrap paper re-cycling boxes for each class
  • Encouraging the school community to participate in Earth Hour
  • Hosting a community litter pick with staff from the local McDonalds
  • Making up litter kits for P7
  • Selling ‘Smencils’ to raise Eco funds
  • Inviting all classes to contribute to our Endangered Animals art display in the hall.