Secondary pupils had a very poignant assembly, remembering the soldiers who fought for our country. They all designed their own poppies, and at assembly, put them together to create a giant poppy, which we’ll display at the front of the school. Well done to Mary for leading the remembrance prayer and too all the pupils who made the lovely artwork.
The eco committee have been busy taking stock of all the things we do at Pinewood to help the environment. As you can see from the lists above we do a lot! But, not content to rest on their laurels, the eco committee (group 6) plus some of group 2 went for a walk round the local area to spot what else they could do to help the environment. They spotted lots of things they would like to improve:
- Reduce the litter around school by doing even more litter picks
- Give the park benches and signs a good clean
- Tidy away fallen logs and branches so that the council landscape team can mow the grass more easily
- Contact the dog warden to get new dog poo signs and dog poo bags for the park
It is now up to the committee to decide which of these things they would like to do first. I imagine it won’t be long before they are back out getting things done. Keep an eye out for them!
We can’t believe that it is almost two years since Pinewood was awarded its first Eco School green flag. The flag now proudly flies above the front door to the school telling everyone who visits that we are a school that cares about the environment. Watch this space for a round up of all the environmentally friendly activities we have be doing.
We had a fantastic morning taking part in a ‘danceathon’ to raise money for Comic Relief. Both primary and secondary danced non stop for half an hour… we did the Macarena, toe tapped to Cha Cha Slide and showed off our Flossing skills! Well done to all the pupils and staff who took part.
Group 8 would like to help a local charity called ‘The West Lothian School Bank’. We are asking for donations of any school uniform, shoes and jackets. Also items such as pencils, pens, school bags and lunch boxes etc. These can be used and in good condition or brand new. Any help would be much appreciated. Drop off point is in the language room where group 8 are based.
Our Literacy Week in November was very successful! We had a visit from Ron Fairweather who was a super storyteller – he had us all very engaged in his funny stories! Some classes also enjoyed some shared reading time with P7 pupils from Murrayfield. Our Leavers group lead some story sack sessions with the early years’ classes – they did a fantastic job of reading to the pupils and keeping them engaged. All the classes made a fantastic effort in the ‘decorate your door’ competition – Class 5 won the primary prize and Group 9 won the secondary prize. Thank you to our head boy and girl for judging!
Group 6 had a great time visiting the canal on Thursday. We met the Dougie and the team from the Bridge 19-40 Canal Society. This is our charity for the YPI project. We got the chance to steer the boat and we enjoyed meeting all the volunteers who looked after us.
Why not visit them and you too can have a fabulous trip on the canal.
Since Christmas the Eco Committee has been really busy working towards our Eco School application. The members of the committee decided to focus on improving the school’s ability to grow its own food and on improving the biodiversity of the school garden.
To increase our ability to grow our own food the school has invested in new raised beds and a large poly-tunnel. Both projects have been a great success and the pupils are growing a wide range of food such as carrots, fennel, radishes and potatoes.
The main focus of the biodiversity improvements was to encourage more use of the garden by local birds. The Eco Committee sourced three new bird feeders and decided where they should be hung in the garden. The committee regularly tops up and cleans the feeders and have been learning how to recognise garden birds so they can spot them when they visit the garden.
All in all it has been a busy but successful time. We are hoping to put in our Eco School application before we break for Summer so watch this space.
Pinewood School Choir entertained visitors to Edinburgh Airport this week. They sang Christmas songs for almost two hours and raised over £500 for charity in the process, including a £250 donation from the Airport. The Charity Committee in school will now decide where the money goes. They did a wonderful job, well done to all.