Breakfast and Study Clubs

Breakfast Club/Study Club

From previous correspondence you may recall that the school received £48,000 of Pupil Equity Funding. Pupil Equity Funding has come to Bell’s Brae to help us provide the best possible opportunities for children’s learning.  In particular, it is there to help us support children who experience barriers to learning and who might be falling behind or not getting the same chances in their education because their family is experiencing poverty or other financial difficulties.

As part of our School Improvement Plan we have three specific PEF action plans which can be viewed on our school website.  A large proportion of our funds have been spent on employing additional staff.  We have appointed a Learning Support Worker, Mrs Alanda Anderson, and, from week beginning 30 October, will be providing children with the opportunity to attend the following:

Breakfast Club – Mondays and Wednesdays  0840 – 0900

Our breakfast club will be in the school canteen and will offer a cold drink, cereals and toast. Mrs Anderson will be on hand to support but we will be promoting independence with self service.

Study Club – Tuesdays and Thursdays 1500 – 1545

Our study club will also be in the school canteen and will provide a quiet place after school for children to complete homework, read, play board games, colour or any other quiet relaxing activity they wish to take part in. There will be no use of personal technology during this time e.g. mobile phones and ipods.  Mrs Anderson will be on hand to support children but once again the promotion of independence skills will be a focus.   Parents/carers will need to book their child(ren) in to the study club at least a day in advance and they must ensure they know the arrangements for going home at 1545.  Bookings should be made by phoning the school office.

 We will be carefully monitoring the success of these clubs to see if there is value in running them on more days.


The P5/6 choir is starting up on Monday 30th October.  Rehearsals will take place in the GP Room from 3.00-3.40pm.  There will be a public performance in December as well as visits to local care homes.  This year, to help cover the cost of new choral music, we are asking for a one-off contribution of £2.00 from each pupil.

Please inform the school if you wish your child to attend.


Hip Hop Workshop

First day back after the October holidays and our P7 pupils were treated to a Hip Hop Workshop.

Organised by Shetlandarts Room 2 Manoeuvre’s are visiting Shetland with their ‘Without a Hitch’ hip hop dance theatre production. As part of this a 50 minute workshop was offered to our P7 pupils.

The pupils were guided through Hip Hop dance techniques, improvisation, partner work and choreography by Artistic Director Tony Mills.    We couldn’t believe how well they all did after a short workshop.

The performance ‘Without a Hitch’ is showing at the Garrison Theatre on Thursday 26 October at 7.30pm for anyone wishing to see more.


Swimming Galas

This week pupils in P4-7 have shown great stamina, competitiveness, enjoyment and super team working skills during their participation at this year’s swimming galas.

We were fortunate to secure sponsorship once again from G4S and held two exciting mornings at the pool.  This term each class has received a six week block of swimming lessons and what better way to show off their progress and talents than to take part in the galas?

The P6/7 gala was extremely close and was  won by house team ‘Olaf’ who beat ‘Magnus’ by only three points.

The P4/5 gala was also won by ‘Olaf’.

Thanks to Mrs Wood for organising the event and to parents/carers and family members for coming along to support the children.