We have been learning more about the work of the charity Smalls for All and how it helps people in some African countries by providing new underwear and funding the education of some children. The Smalls for All group had the opportunity to interview Maria MacNamara MBE, the charity’s founder, recently and they were inspired to hear how her actions have made a difference to the lives of so many others. Classes have also been discussing whether clean pants are a “need” or a “want”, as well as finding out more about the lives of some of the children helped by the charity. This learning has been related to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and The Global Goals for Sustainable Development.
The Smalls for All group would like to thank everyone for making the “Pants Fun Day” such a success. We collected hundreds of pairs of pants – they filled 8 big bags! We have given them all to the charity and they will send them to children in Africa. They hope to give each child 3 pairs of pants for Christmas.
Thank you for all your competition entries in the “Design a Pair of Pants” competition. There were so many wonderful designs and it was really hard to judge the competition. Pam from the charity helped us to pick the winners and runners-up: P1-3 Runner-Up – Ethan Lawson P3/2, P1-3 Winner – Calum Platt P3a, P4-7 Runner-Up – Emily Poskitt P5b, P4-7 Winner – Holly Bisset P6a. Well done to all!
Thank you to all the people that entered the “Guess the Monkey’s Birthday” competition. We asked Maria and Pam from Smalls for All to pick a date. The date they picked was the 10th of August as this was the day that the charity started. Unfortunately no-one picked this actual date but the nearest date to this that was picked was the 8th of August and it was picked by Alannah Charlesworth P3b. Congratulations! We raised £66.75 from the monkey competition and donations. This money will go to the charity to help fund education for children in other countries.
We would like to say a big thank you to all who supported our “Pants Fun Day”. You were PANTASTIC!
Thank you to everyone that supported our Toilet Twinning challenge. There were lots of bright colours worn on the day and lots of change was placed on our “Rainbow Toilet”! Our Target was to raise £60 so that we could twin with one toilet in another country and we are pleased to announce we raised a total of £206.94!!! This will be enough to twin with at least 3 toilets! Many thanks for helping us support this charity that helps to provide toilets, clean water and health education to people in other countries. This has supported us in working towards some of the Global Goals: Water and Sanitation, Good Health and Well-being and Quality Education.
We are delighted to announce that we have once again been awarded the Fairtrade School Award. This award is now called the FairAchiever Award. This award recognises our school community’s support of Fairtrade through our curriculum, policies and special events. Thank you to all pupils, staff and parents who help us support Fairtrade. This year the Fairtrade Group will continue to lead the school in developing this work further.
We had great fun in the teepee! We had a discussion around “What would you do to help the environment in 5 minutes?” There were lots of interesting suggestions involving reducing litter, saving energy and looking after plants and animals. What would you do???
This week it is “Eco Week” and today P4 took part in a litter pick to help tidy up the areas surrounding the school grounds. We collected quite a bit of rubbish! Please remember to put rubbish in the bins provided or take it home with you and keep our planet clean and green!
Our nursery children have been very creative when designing their potato book characters. We have had: The Gruffalo, Peppa Pig, Rapunzel, Goldilocks, Humpty Dumpty, A ladybird, fox, aliens and lots more. Good work!
The Fairtrade Pupil Leadership Group have been very busy getting ready for Fairtrade Fortnight. We have been making posters to let the school know what we have planned, we delivered an assembly to the whole school to launch it and we have been coming up with questions for the Fairtrade and breakfast themed quiz!
The International Pupil Leadership Group have also been busy making information leaflets about where our food comes from.
Please see the attached information about events and activities happening at Williamston Primary School during Fairtrade Fortnight.
We will keep you posted with updates, information and photographs!
8th February, This week we have spoken about our I journals and what we thought we could improve or see more of in our I journals and what we liked about them here are some of our opinions
We like looking back to see our learning from the past
We love remembering the memories
We love putting things in to remember them as years go on
We want to see more of our work In our I journals
We want to see more photos of ourselves
We want to see more of our personal achievements.
We want to also see more art work and music work
We have been thinking about our report cards and we have asked the little ones who the think should write their report cards most said school staff and some said us and our mums and dads. We also asked them what should be included in the report cards they said a small report on music and drama, our behaviour ,our best work ,comments on work, our learning experiences and a learning profile.
Pupil council have been looking at organising some activities for example fun days, more playground toys. We have also been looking more closely at your learning. We have a group of pupils working on bullying and how we can stop it happening around our school.
Like we said last week about the groups this week we have made posters and you will see them dotted around the school.
25th January -Last week pupil council focused on voting and hearing peoples speeches on what role they want to play in pupil council and we came to our decision that our roles were Amy Wright and Anna Wallace as chair people, Ruby Wallace and Ellie Arthurs as secretaries, Jessica Douglas as link officer and Chloe Caruthers as our treasurer.
1st February -This week pupil council focused on what we think we could do for the school to make it a better place. We had many ideas from you and we had a discussion on what ones we could achieve. We finally decided on them and put them into groups. Anna and Amy sorted us into them and we thought of some ideas then we shared them in front of the group. We wonder what next week will bring!!!!
Williamston Waves started back up again this week with a new team of presenters. We have some returning experts from last year and some eager new recruits in Primary 6 and 7, and we had our first after-school session yesterday to begin to plan our show format. We have been looking at things we would like to keep in the show and some new ideas for 2016 and are very excited about beginning our Friday broadcasts.
Here are your Williamston Waves DJs…………
We also have Finlay from P6 and Rachel from P7. Miss Robertson will be supporting the group as they begin to develop their ideas and settle into a routine of scripting and broadcasting their own shows.
We still have some spaces in the group available, so if you think you’d be interested in joining, please speak to Miss Robertson as soon as possible.
Listen out for our first broadcast sometime soon, where the team will introduce themselves to the school.