Good morning. We are almost at your Spring break, albeit a very different experience from our usual last week of term events.
One of the things I most look forward to this week is the visit from the P1s and their P7s buddies to my office as they search for clues on their egg hunt.
This always creates a great excited buzz across the school as the wee ones scurry around supported by our oldest pupils. It is a joy to be part of.
As we can’t quite replicate this across the internet your teachers are planning an alternative for the whole school. Keep tabs on your team feed and I look forward to seeing the results in the coming days.
Please note the dates have now been confirmed for the additional in-service days and the movement of the May Day holiday.
The first additional in-service day will be Wednesday 12th February 2020.
The May Day holiday has been moved from Monday 4th to Friday 8th May. Subsequently, the May in-service day on the 1st May and the additional day on the 30th April, have been moved to the 6th and 7th May.
2019_20 Holiday and In-service Days
Thursday saw two very successful Scottish Poetry Assemblies. As always, our children did us proud with their confident and expressive recitals. The judges had a very difficult job deciding on the winners.
The P1-3 trophy went to Isla of P3W who recited The Skipping Sang by J K Annand.
The P4-5 winner was Layla with her performance of The Red Balloon by an anonymous author.
For P6-7 Mia gave an excellent performance of Robert Burns’ Wullie Whastle.
Very well done to all of our finalists and a special well done to the three winners.
The upper school were entertained by Eilidh, Evie, Chloe and Hollie from P7 dancing the Highland fling, as well as Kirsty, Eleanor and Ellie from P6. Rachel and Eilidh from P7 sang Loch Lomond beautifully and we mustn’t forget our ICT technicians Owen and Lewis for their expert help too.
This was a wonderful way to reflect and complete our Scottish month in school. Each year January is busy, with the classes looking at our heritage, our traditions, our culture and much more. They take part enthusiastically and with great enjoyment. Many thanks to the teachers for their hard work behind the scenes.
We must also extend warm thanks to Ms Grant and Mrs Joannides of the Parent Council for judging the infant performances and to Mr Bradford, Mr Wilson and Mr McNellis for their expert decisions with the upper school.
Our Infant winner Isla showing off her well earned trophy.
Our upper school finalists, our two winners and our entertainers and ICT Technicians.
As you know we have been working very hard on our Scots and Burns poems. This year there is a slight change to our arrangements. We are having a P1-3 Assembly on Thursday 7th February where our winners will recite their poems to the infant department and a panel of judges from the Parent Council. Each of our winners will receive a certificate and the lucky winner from P1- 3 will be awarded a trophy to hold for a year.
The upper school will have a similar event with 3 judges from the Burns Federation. There will be 2 trophies, one for the overall winner from P4&5 and one from P6&7 and of course, certificates for all class winners. We will also be entertained with singing and dancing. We are very lucky to have such talented children.
The following Wednesday at school assemblies the infant winner will recite their winning poem to the upper school assembly and vice versa.
We would invite the children to wear something tartan on Thursday 7th, if they have it, to help us celebrate Burns Day. This could be a tie, a hairband, a blouse, a skirt, anything tartan. It is not a non-uniform day but if you have the full regalia we would love to see it!
We are all looking forward to the performances and pictures will be posted on the school blog next week.
Thank you once again for your support.