Friday, 17 November 2017

Pupils Take the Lead!

On Friday 17th November we celebrated the many ways our pupils continue to take the lead, ahead of UN World Children's Day on Monday 20th November. We watched a UNICEF film, made by children, for children, to inspire action.

Sixteen House and Sports Captains were introduced and we congratulated everyone who applied, encouraging all Primary Seven pupils to keep being excellent prefects and role models.

P7 pupils Niamh and Alice approached our Senior Leadership earlier in the term, inspired to take action by a BBC documentary (No More Boys and Girls - Can Our Kids Go Gender Free?) on gender bias, set in a school in England. Both girls recently spoke at a whole staff meeting, inviting all classes P1-P7 to take part in a survey designed to investigate gender bias in our own school. 650 boys and girls were asked to draw their future occupations and Niamh and Alice analysed results to explore attitudes. They presented their findings at Assembly and have many other ideas for challenging views and raising awareness of gender equality.

Mr Howie gave an inspirational presentation designed to encourage everyone to be the 'best version' of themselves possible, taking small actions to make a difference to others.

Six classes - our entire P6 and P7 year groups - are working with Ms Pearmain and class teachers to take the lead in supporting the Winter Fair on Saturday 25th November 12pm-3pm in #iwill Week. Sorla and Eliza explained how P6 have taken on Virgin Money's challenge to 'Make £5 Grow' and Henry explained P7's equally enterprising approaches to fundraising. Thank you to Mr McKenna for all his support in creating magical boxes in the Science and Technology lab.

Our ECO reps met with Mr Hutchison and Miss Ferguson this week and are taking the lead on Switch Off Fortnight. Our P6 JRSOs asked everyone to wear something bright or reflective next week at their Road Safety Assembly.

P4B girls highlighted the need to ask first if equipment or toys are being used, before taking. They reminded everyone to 'treat others as you would like to be treated', follow the 'Three Steps' and work together to make sure we respect everyone's right to be happy and safe in our playground.

Pupils were reminded that they should always come back into school if an adult is unexpectedly not there to pick them up at the end of the day.

House Captains congratulated pupils on recent achievements and announced that Tantallon is leading in House points this week.

Grange House - Maisie, James
Grange Sports - Iain, Flora
Lauder House - Fraser, Molly
Lauder Sports - Eilidh, Sam S
Sienna House - Sophia, Sam B
Sienna Sports - Louis, Emma
Tantallon House - Alice, Caspar
Tantallon Sports - Saad, Arwen

Next week's P4-7 Assembly will take place immediately after P1-3 Assembly 9.50-10.30am to allow Hall space for nativity rehearsals.

Article 2

You have the right to protection against discrimination.

Article 12

You have the right to an opinion and for it to be listened to and taken seriously.

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Positive About Dyslexia

Sciennes is a Dyslexia Friendly school. On Friday 3rd November we featured Dyslexia Awareness in both P1-3 and P4-7 Assemblies, following Dyslexia Scotland's theme of 'Positive About Dyslexia'.

A slideshow showing famous scientists, inventors, business people, musicians, writers, artists and actors, who are said to have dyslexia, was shown as pupils were entering and leaving the Hall.

Ms Kennedy and Miss Thistlethwaite have been working with groups of dyslexic pupils who will deliver year group presentations to P4-P7 next week, in Dyslexia Awareness Week. A group of P7 pupils gave an excellent presentation at the P1-3 Assembly and P7 pupil Catherine is leading the distribution of blue ribbons next week. Video clips were shown to help explain dyslexia and develop positive attitudes towards having dyslexia and also towards dyslexic pupils who have to work hard to overcome associated challenges.

Interested pupils were invited to speak to families about attending the launch of a new Dyslexia Scotland website 'Unwrapped' for dyslexic children to be held at Central Library on George IV Bridge Thursday 9th November 5.30pm-8pm.

P7 pupils will be selling poppies next week and Mr Howie explained the significance of this.

All pupils were encouraged to have safe and happy celebrations on Bonfire Night.

Article 2

You have the right to protection against discrimination.

Article 28

You have the right to education.

P3 Raise an Amazing £3320 for Send A Cow Charity!

On Friday 27th October Mrs Noble led the P1-3 and P4-7 Harvest Assemblies and we welcomed local Minister Stuart Irvin from St Catherine's of Argyll who told an Old Testament story about Ruth to help us think about how we can help others.

Mrs Noble led both Harvest Assemblies

Rev Stuart Irvin, St Catherine's of Argyll Church

Robert Stephens made a welcome return to accept a cheque from P3 on behalf of Send A Cow

Robert Stephens, Send a Cow Ambassador, joined us to collect a cheque for an amazing £1660! The Government has undertaken to match fund that amount, doubling it to an incredible  £3320! Thank you to all Sciennes' families for such kind generosity in supporting the Primary Three led Harvest charity appeal by contributing donations in their handmade envelopes and providing or buying wonderful homemade treats at the P3 Bake Sale held before the October break. Congratulations to Ms Anstruther and the P3 Team of pupils and staff for such a successful initiative, making a real difference to families in Africa through Send A Cow's commendable sustainable development projects.

Parent Mrs Lorna Nunn spoke at the upper school Assembly to inform pupils that the P6/7 Tuesday lunchtime Scripture Union club resumes next week. Interested pupils can pick up a form from Mrs Noble and online registration details have been emailed to families.

Pupils taking the lead is a feature at Sciennes and we noted the many existing and new initiatives driving forward pupil participation and pupil voice, including P7 pupil Catherine who is working with Ms Kennedy, Miss Thistlethwaite and a group of pupils in next week's Dyslexia Awareness Week. Our JRSOs distributed reflective Be Seen Be Safe badges, donated by a local Coop business, to all 650 pupils in readiness for the clock change at the weekend and the darkening evenings ahead.

Recent pupil achievements were celebrated and Primary Seven pupils were highly commended for their team work, positive attitudes and kindness in an excellent week at Lagganlia Outdoor Education Week, praised by our staff and Lagganlia Instructors alike.

Article 29

The right to education which develops your personality, respect for others’ rights and the environment.

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Local Catchment Open Day and Registration Days for New P1 Pupils at Sciennes

THURSDAY 2nd NOVEMBER 9.30-11.30am and 1.30-3.00pm
Sciennes will hold a City of Edinburgh 'Catchment Primary School Open Day' on Thursday 2nd November 2017  for our new intake of Primary One pupils in August 2018. Pupil led tour slots are available between 9.30am and 11.30am and then again between 1.30pm and 3.00pm. 



P1 Registration for August 2018 is next week on Thursday 9th November between 9am and 3.00pm.

Please bring:
  • Child’s birth certificate
  • Name, address and telephone number of doctor
  • 2017/2018 Council Tax payment book or Council Tax letter in parent's name
  • a current utility bill within last six months (in parent's name)
  • Names, addresses and telephone number of three emergency contacts.
N.B. these are the ONLY accepted forms of proof.

Please feel free to bring your child but this is not essential if s/he is attending nursery. There will be transition and induction opportunities for your child to visit school in the summer term.

See our 'Enrol' Blog for additional information:

Starting Primary School in City of Edinburgh

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Diving Talent Search

Thank you very much to Diving Performance Coach, Jen Leeming, and her team from Edinburgh Leisure for providing excellent sessions throughout this week for P2-P7 pupils in her search for new diving talent, all undertaken in the Gym Hall. All the pupils received a certificate and some will receive an invitation for further coaching sessions, this time poolside.

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

This Friday's Comedy Evening has been postponed

Dear parents/carers,

Due to unforeseen circumstances we have to postpone the comedy quiz to a later date (TBC). We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
We will arrange to refund any bookings made ASAP and send you a confirmation.
Thank you for your understanding.

Best wishes,
Convener - Events and Fundraising Group

Monday, 23 October 2017

Back to School Tuesday 24th October

We hope all our families have enjoyed a restful October break and we look forward to welcoming the children back to school on Tuesday 24th October.

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Comedy NIght Friday 27th October 7pm

Comedy Night - Friday 27th October @ 7pm
We're delighted to welcome back Comedy Quiz Night on Friday 27 October 2017, 7pm - 9pm in the School Hall.  
The event will be hosted by Richard Melvin (of the Stand and BBC) and his dynamic Dads!
Come and join us for a fun, sociable quiz night with snacks, drinks and loads of laughter!  You can also Bring Your Own Bottle – glasses will be provided.
Tickets are £5 per person - and are only available online.
Come together with your own team, or we can put you into a team when you arrive.
Parents, carers, extended families and friends are all welcome!

Sunday, 1 October 2017

When Will There Be A Harvest for the World? P3 Making a Difference

On Friday 29th September 2017 at both Assemblies, a group of P3 pupils joined Send A Cow Ambassador, Robert Stephens, in presenting how they are taking action as global citizens in support of four of the Sustainable Development Goals and acting to 'Make A Difference.'

Our three Primary Three classes are again leading the whole school Harvest Appeal with their Class Teachers and DHT Ms Anstruther, which this year is in support of the Send a Cow charity.

Each child in P3 is producing hand drawn collection envelopes which will be distributed to each of our families. If all our families contributed £1 we would reach a goal of £640 and be able to gift a cow to a family in Africa. Primary Three pupils are taking on different young workforce lead roles for their appeal campaign, such as Communications Teams, Publicity Teams and Finance Teams.

Send a Cow Ambassador, Robert Stephens, spoke with passion and eloquence to explain to the children how the charity works with families in Africa to provide training in not only animal husbandry but also in sanitation, irrigation and keyhole farming. He relayed the story of Jennifer whom he had visited in Uganda and saw first hand the huge difference the project had made to her life and that of her family. Jennifer was able not only to provide milk and vegetables for her own family, but could sell surplus at market to pay for tools, medicine and schooling. Perhaps most telling was Robert's final slide which showed that Jennifer had reached such a self-sufficient stage that she was able to purchase an ornamental vase, merely because she 'liked it.' 

Primary Three invited everyone to help Make A Difference by supporting their appeal with donations in the envelopes and also contributing to their planned bake sale on Friday 13th October.  We wish them great success in their endeavours and thank Robert for his gracious time supporting the children.

Article 29

The right to education which develops your personality, respect for others’ rights and the environment.

What World Do You Want to See By 2030?

On Friday 22nd September we celebrated Global Goals Week with a look at what action is already taking place at Sciennes Primary to support the Sustainable Development Global Goals (SDGs). We invited the  children to design their own Global Goals glasses to reflect the world they want to see by 2030 and asked them to think about which actions they could take this year to be Global #Goalkeepers. We asked pupils to take their Global Goals glasses home and ask their families if they are aware of the Sustainable Development Goals. Which of the Global Goals does your family support and why?

Global Goals Glasses

Our three P3 classes are taking action on SDG1, SDG2 and SDG3 by leading a whole school Harvest Appeal in support of the charity 'Send A Cow to Africa' and a speaker will address both Assemblies next week.

The Kid's Guide to Send a Cow from Send a Cow on Vimeo.

This week, in Scottish Climate Week, P7 have been taking action on SDG13 (Climate Action) by presenting 17 000 consultation responses to the Scottish Government's forthcoming Climate Bill with Stop Climate Chaos Scotland and Friends of the Earth. Eco Schools Scotland invited Faye, Sorley and Lucy to participate as a direct result of P7A's work on air pollution last year with Mr Hutchison, Mr McKenna, Ms Christie and SEPA. The pupils cycled to Parliament from school to hand over the responses to Roseanna Cunningham, Cabinet Secretary for the Environment.

Faye, Sorley and Lucy told everyone about their visit to Parliament with Stop Climate Chaos Scotland

Newly elected P6 Junior Road Safety Officers (JRSOs) Lyall, Essie and Anna shared details about their invitation to a training session at City Chambers, designed to support them in their lead role this year. Lyall explained that there had been workshops and one was on air quality, as a direct result of P7A's involvement with SEPA last year. Essie updated everyone on the Hands Up Scotland Travel Survey they organised and that baseline information has been added to our Living Streets Travel Tracker. Anna shared that the JRSOs will work with classes to help them use the Travel Tracker again this year to track active travel.

Supporting the world's plan for sustainable development using the Global Goals will help us all stand up for rights and P7C pupils this week articulately explained their understanding of the UNCRC to the Minister for Young People, Mark MacDonald, at a special celebratory event arranged by Together Scotland. Many thanks to Juliet Harris and Liz Millerfield for organising a very special 'picnic' lunch for the children, in recognition of all their hard work with artists Joanna, Yonnie and Lyver in creating fabulous UNCRC artwork on panels destined for the Scottish Parliament.

P7C pupils meet Mark MacDonald MSP at Together Scotland offices in Rosebery House

There was recognition for Ms MacKintosh in successfully leading engagement with Maths Week Scotland and for Ms Christie in leading a uniquely innovative and adventurous programme of cycling for P6.

P4A showed their wonderful 'Resilience Role Model' posters and Anjalie in P4 was also congratulated on her terrific Mindset poster.

We reminded pupils that to stay safe they should come back into the School Office if the person coming to collect them up is delayed.

We look forward to hearing pupils' ideas for being part of the Global Goals plan, making a difference at Sciennes, in the local community and beyond.

Global Goals House Assemblies

On Friday 15th September 2017 we held our first House Assemblies of the new session for P2-P7 and welcomed P2 pupils to their first ever House Assembly for Grange, Lauder, Sienna and Tantallon.

In November 2015 Sciennes achieved a Bronze Award and in May 2016, Sciennes achieved a Silver (Level One) "Rights Respecting School" award. We are working towards Gold accreditation (Level Two), achievable within three years of Silver. Our journey so far has been recorded on our Rights Respecting Sciennes Timeline. We asked pupils what it means to be a UNCRC Rights Respecting School and reminded them this includes being a Global Citizen, respecting other people's rights.

We first introduced our pupils to the United Nations' Global Goals for Sustainable Development when they were launched in September 2015. By 2030 these aim to:

End extreme poverty
Fight inequality & injustice
Fix climate change

On September 25th 2015, 193 world leaders committed to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs.) Two years on, we watched a rap to help us understand all the goals better.

2018 is the Year of Young People and we asked the children to think about and share their ideas for being #Goalkeepers, like Malala, Barack Obama and Bill and Melinda Gates. What world do they want to see by 2030?

'The World's Largest Lesson Part Three' has a food theme this year and we will be exploring this and other relevant Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) throughout the year. P3 will again be leading a whole school Harvest Appeal. Last year they successfully led donations to a local Foodbank charity and this year they are supporting the Send a Cow to Africa charity.

15th September is the International Day for Democracy. Congratulations to our newly elected Pupil Council members who will be the voice of their classmates throughout the year and will also be our Rights Respecting Schools Ambassadors. The results of the ECO Rep elections were also announced for each House.

Article 12

You have the right to an opinion and for it to be listened to and taken seriously.

Article 29

The right to education which develops your personality, respect for others’ rights and the environment.

Challenge Yourself! Challenge Your Mindset!

On Friday 8th September we explored 'Challenge Your Mindset'  which is one of ten strategies in City of Edinburgh's Health and Wellbeing programme for "Building Resilience." The programme complements Sciennes' existing HWB work, successfully led by DHT Ms Carolyn Anstruther and staff and parent School Improvement groups over many years.

Pupils were encouraged to maintain a Growth Mindset and were reminded that their abilities need not be fixed. Believing that achievement is possible is important, but lots of effort and determination and being open to make and learn from mistakes are also keys to success. We watched videos from Class Dojo and Sport Scotland to encourage us to keep challenging ourselves and keep persevering in our efforts.

Miss McGrouther's P6B class has created a display with inspiring quotes on self belief entitled "Believe in Your #Selfie." Ivy and Alba researched leadership quotes for homework, working hard to impress their teacher with their extra efforts, and shared these at Assembly.

The first Maths Week Scotland takes place next week and Ms Mackintosh is leading many maths events and activities in school.  Some classes are also taking part in a national Sumdog competition, in school, at home or both.

Today, 8th September, is International Literacy Day and pupils have been invited to take part in the First Minister's Reading Challenge again this year. Reading passports have been ordered and reading challenges will take place throughout the year. One of the first is to join a local library, which then gives access to dozens of free resources such as Mathletics and ebooks.

This week P7C pupils assisted at Assembly in a quiz and in celebrating pupil achievements.

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You have the right to the best health possible and to medical care and information.

Resilience Role Models

On Friday 1st September 2017, Mr Howie led the P4-7 Assembly, continuing our 'Building Resilience' Health and Wellbeing focus by exploring Resilience Role Models and different types of role model. Mr Howie particularly focused on Teddy Roosevelt, engagingly telling the story of his fascinating, inspiring life and how he strove to overcome adversity and take on personal challenges. Mr Howie also highlighted links with some of the ten 'Be Resilient' toolkit strategies (from a City of Edinburgh HWB programme) that we will be exploring further this year.

Pupils from P7A helped launch our annual P6 and P7 Junior Awards Scheme for Schools (JASS) and we celebrated recent pupil achievements.

Article 24

You have the right to the best health possible and to medical care and information.

P7 Conference and Silver JASS Award

Our P7 Conference is an annual whole day event of activities designed to welcome pupils to Primary Seven, set expectations for the senior stage and launch our P7 wider achievement programme. 

This year our P7 Conference featured articles of the UNCRC and rights based learning. Fresh fruit trays were provided at morning break and pupils were introduced to the four elements of the Silver Level Junior Award Scheme for Schools (JASS) and how to record progress through eJASS. We were delighted to welcome Sion Pickering from JASS and FOTA.

(Please note that those pupils who have yet to achieve Bronze may continue at that Level in P7. Pupils can work towards achieving Gold in S1 and S2 at most secondary schools. It serves as an excellent introduction to the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme for age 14+, and was designed as such.) 

Pupils got to experience each of the four elements of the award scheme at the conference:

1. Me and My World - Sarah Pope, Mercy Corps 
2. My Interests Eilidh Scott, Knitting for All
3. Get Active, Stay Active  Aimee Fraser, Dance Division
4. eJASS – recording JASS progress online using iPads
5. Adventure – Lagganlia and Outdoor Learning - pupils discussed their forthcoming week’s residential at Lagganlia Centre for Outdoor Learning
eJASS - Introduction and Planning Session 
At the conference, P7 pupils used an online planning tool to help them begin to think about ways to achieve the award by the end of the Easter holidays. Each pupil has also been given access to eJASS. In May next year, pupils will be asked to give a five minute presentation to their classmates describing what they have done to achieve the award.

Sciennes and Tollcross were part of the initial pilot for JASS a number of years ago. Several years ago, we began working with
  • Ian Forder from JASS
  • software developer Steve Moore
  • the Digital Learning Team
  • Alice Brown, Headteacher at Tollcross Primary
  • Barry Hewitt from Outdoor Learning
  • Claire Cooper from Drummond HIgh School
to take part in a pilot of the online version - eJASS. We are delighted that former pupil Alika's design (now in S1) is being used for the official logo.

Find out more about Sciennes Primary’s JASS work on our JASS website.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Early Learning and Childcare Parent/Carer Surveys

City of Edinburgh Early Learning and Childcare Parent /Carer Survey-increase in hours-closing date 22/9

City of Edinburgh Council Communities and Families has received more than 800 responses to this survey so far. We wish to encourage as many parents/carers as possible to complete the survey by the closing date on the 22nd of September

The Scottish Government plans to expand Early Learning and Childcare services to almost double the number of funded hours from 600 currently to 1140 each year.  These extra hours will be available to all children aged 3 or 4 and for some children aged 2 and will be in place by 2020/21.  Families should have choice and flexibility in how they use services - including whether they use all of their child's funded hours and whether they use them during school term-time or throughout the year. 

By early learning and childcare, we mean all pre-school education such as nurseries, early years centres, childminders and playgroups.

City of Edinburgh Council is keen to maintain high quality early learning and childcare services as they change and expand, to make them work well for you and your family.  To do this, we need your help so that we can plan for the future.

We want to find out what your experience of early learning and childcare is really like in Edinburgh - whether you use it or not, what you like and if there's anything you think could be changed or improved.

Please help us with this by taking some time to complete this City of Edinburgh Council survey.  It should only take around ten minutes.

Please respond using the link to the survey below:



Scottish Government Survey of Parents and Carers

If parents/careers would like to complete a complementary Scottish Government survey, you may do so using the link below:

This Scottish Government survey is for parents and carers of children aged under 6.  The survey isn't for childminders or other providers of early learning and childcare, unless in your capacity as a parent.

The survey asks about your use of and experiences of early learning and childcare (ELC) or what was commonly known as ‘pre-school education’.  Children aged three and four, and some eligible two year olds, in Scotland are currently entitled to 600 hours of free early learning and childcare every year.  The Scottish Government plans to expand this to 1140 hours per year by 2020.  These government funded places are provided by a range of organisations such as nurseries, childminders, playgroups or family centres.

To help plan for the increase in free ELC hours, the Scottish Government is interested in hearing the views of parents and carers on how they use early learning and childcare at the moment, and how they might use this in the future.

Saturday, 26 August 2017

NEW! Book your Parents' Evening Consultation Online from Monday

We now have a new booking system for Parent Consultation Evenings. Our Parent Consultations are on Tuesday 26th and Thursday 28th September from 4-7pm. The new GroupCall system will allow you to choose appointments for your child/children and bookings will open on Monday 28th August at 9am. 
Go to:

PLEASE NOTE: You must type this address into your website browser’s ‘address bar’. Do not try to ‘Google’ this website address or use a search engine as that will not work. This is a common mistake on phones and tablets especially.
Login to see which appointments are available and select one that is convenient for you.

You will need:
•Your title and surname (these must match those we have on record for you)
•Your child’s first name, surname and date of birth

Video Help Guides

The system is live from Monday 28th August and will be open to take your bookings until 17th September at 3.25pm.

Once you have selected your preferred booking method and once in the correct parents’ evening, follow the relevant instructions from below:
  1. Individual Bookings:
    1. Scroll down until you see the booking table. Above it are the departments and teachers which are available to you.
    2. Select the department, then teacher, and click on an available time to make a booking. When you selected a time, you’re able to add any issues or comments for the teacher to take note of before the appointment.
    3. Repeat this process, making bookings for all of the teachers you need to.
    4. If you need to cancel or rearrange an appointment, click on the correct department and teacher, then click on the green appointment to change it.
    5. If you need to make bookings for another child, scroll to the top of the page. In the top left corner you should see a ‘Make a Booking for Another Child’ icon. Click this. If there is no icon, the software does not recognise that you have multiple children. This just means that you’ll need to log out and log back in again using the other child’s details.
    6. Once you have made all of your bookings, click on either E-Mail or Print my Appointments. Appointments are saved when they are made, so you don’t have to e-mail or print to ‘save’ them, but doing so will provide a confirmation with further information, possibly including rooms and instructions from the school.
  2. Automated Booking Wizard
    1. Select the teacher you wish to book. You can press ‘Select All’ to select all options
    2. If you have a second child to make bookings for then select their tab and repeat the teacher selecting process
    3. Proceed to the bottom of the page and specify your personal availability, then press Make My Bookings For Me
      1. If the wizard replies that bookings are not feasible, you have not left enough time and need tp reduce the number of teachers or increase the amount of time you’re available.
    4. Now see a list of your booking suggestions. Feel free to add comments to teachers you wish to book, if allowed
    5. Press Confirm to confirm these appointments as your bookings
    6. Press Print or E-Mail to initiate your confirmation.

    How do I login to the Parents' Evening Booking System? from Parents' Evening Booking System on Vimeo.

    How do I make an appointment? from Parents' Evening Booking System on Vimeo.

    How do I cancel or rearrange appointments? from Parents' Evening Booking System on Vimeo.

    How do I make an appointment for my other child? from Parents' Evening Booking System on Vimeo.

    How do I print my Parents' Evening Booking System appointments? from Parents' Evening Booking System on Vimeo.

Friday, 25 August 2017

Be The Captain of Your Ship

On Friday 25th August 2017 we introduced pupils to Skipper, the lead character in a Health and Wellbeing programme called 'Building Resilience' which has been developed by a group of Edinburgh staff led by Karen Richmond (South Morningside Primary) and Pattie Santelices (Principal Officer Mental Health & Welllbeing, City of Edinburgh Council.) The programme complements and re-enforces our own Health and Wellbeing programme, developed by Carolyn Anstruther and staff, with support from our Parent Council Health and Wellbeing group, and well established over several years.

Primary Seven pupils from P7B helped introduce ten strategies that we will focus on throughout the year to help our pupils build resilience to support good mental health. We all got on our feet to sing 'Stronger' and considered Kid President's message that things in life may not always be 'awesome', but our response can be. Pupils were invited to research 'Resilience Role Models' at home and create a poster. A selection will be shared at next week's Assembly.

We congratulated our two Fringe Festival actresses Hannah and Faye who have had rave reviews for their stage performances. Zoe in P4A wowed us with her Spanish language skills and we celebrated Aiden and Louis' tremendous achievements competing in an international mathematics competition in Beijing over the summer holiday.

Pupils were reminded that Pupil Council and ECO rep elections will soon take place and to prepare speeches if they wish to stand for election.

Article 24

You have the right to the best health possible and to medical care and information.

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Aim High, Let Your Ambitions Fly!

On Friday 18th August we welcomed Primary Four pupils and all new pupils to their first upper school assembly. We also welcomed Miss Jennifer Ferguson and Miss Sophie Mitchell to the Primary Five team and Ms Anisimoviene to the Primary Four team.

This year, we are revisiting our school vision and values so pupils were invited to think about what is most important to us in the Sciennes Family.  We are extremely grateful to parent Emma Kirk (CEO User Vision and Convenor of the Parent Council Communications Group) who recently led an excellent session to help the whole staff revisit and reflect on our vision and values. Pupil Council leaders will soon be elected, one from each class P2-P7, who will then be able to join in on discussions and support the process.

We explored ways to respect everyone's right to be safe and right to learn at Sciennes. Primary Seven pupils helped explain what 'The Golden Rule' means.

Showing respect universally unites us all: in the classroom, in the school and beyond, as global citizens.  Brad Montague's moving film ' Smuggling Hope' was shown to help us all continue to believe that we can all make a difference by upholding our values.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Off To A Great Start!

We have all enjoyed welcoming back pupils to Sciennes, refreshed and ready for learning after the summer break. We are very grateful for your support with school uniform and helping us to discourage the children from wearing jeans.  Please note that P1-P6 pupils wear navy blue, with our royal blue uniform reserved to distinguish our P7 senior pupils. (Summer dresses for girls should be blue or red.)

As well as our new Primary One pupils, we have many new pupils throughout the school who are already settling extremely well . We warmly welcome back Principal Teacher Ms Shona Pearmain and Class Teachers Ms Jenny Gaffney, Mrs Emma Kidd and Mrs Kat Watson from maternity leave. We are delighted to welcome Miss Jennifer Ferguson to P5 and Miss Nicolle Chewun to P3. Miss Sophie Mitchell, MA Student, joins the P5 team and will later join the P2 team.

Thank you for equipping pupils with sharp pencils, rulers, glue sticks, coloured pencils and erasers (which can also be borrowed) in pencil cases as well as a water bottle and full P.E. kit which includes a change of clothes and a change of indoor shoes in a P.E. bag. Pupils will require P.E. kits in school each week and we appreciate labelling of ALL items of clothing. P7 pupils will have the privilege of using the Meadows at lunch break from 12.45pm-1.15pm from Monday so should bring a change of shoes in a bag.

We encourage our pupils to be punctual, arriving ready to enter school by 8.50am at the latest and are grateful for your support in ensuring the children are ready to make their way into school from 8.45am. P1 classes will continue to line up and be escorted into school by their Class Teachers at 8.50am.

Further information can be found in our online weekly newsletter from Mrs Noble - The Sciennes Flyer.  Each year group will soon receive a paper copy Class Newsletter from their Class Teachers containing an overview of the term and detailing forthcoming informal 'Meet the Teacher' sessions. Each class has its own blog which will be added to throughout the year and you can access using the CLASSES tab above.

We regularly Tweet updates (which include posts from each of our school blogs, and also publish posts on our Facebook page) so we encourage you to sign up to Twitter and follow us to keep informed.

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Happy Holidays!

Wishing all our families a safe and happy, sunny summer holiday. Pupils resume on Wednesday 16th August.

Parents and carers of any new pupils in P2-P7 joining Sciennes for the first time should accompany them to the Hall on the first day of the new session where they will be met by a member of the Senior Leadership Team and taken to class.

We are grateful for parental support in ensuring all our pupils wear school uniform and details of this can be found in our School Uniform Policy:

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Where Has the P7 Class Page Gone?

All Class Pages have now been moved on a year for 2017-2018 and can be accessed from the CLASSES button on this website. We have also changed from using Blogger to Wordpress for our Class Pages and some others.

This year's P7 Page has become 'Class of 2010' and can be accessed from the LINKS buttons on the Sciennes website (see screenshot below)

Friday, 30 June 2017

Mrs Noble Leads the End of Year Assembly 2017

This video captures just a glimpse of another busy year at Sciennes Primary School.

Sciennes Primary Schoool Review of 2016-17 from Sciennes Primary School on Vimeo.

Happy 125th Birthday, Sciennes!
Well done to all our pupils, staff and families for working so hard and so well together throughout 2016-2017, "in all the good times and in all the bad times."

Once a year we all come together in the Hall -  twenty two classes from Primary 1 to Primary 7 - for our End of Year Assembly, led by Headteacher Mrs Alison Noble. We were delighted to welcome Parent Council representatives: outgoing Co-Convenor of Fundraising and Events (EFG), Aileen Nimmo and new Chair of EFG, Jayamthi Sanahanam. Mrs Noble thanked them both, and also Phoebe Cochrane (Chair of Parent Council) and Tim Pask (Vice Chair of Parent Council, for the huge contribution they have made to the school throughout the year, particularly in creating opportunities to WOW our pupils with the World of Work Summer Fair. Phoebe and Tim will continue in their posts as Chair and Vice Chair of the Parent Council in August.

Mrs Noble invited everyone to take part in the Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge taking place at libraries across the city, including Newington Library. 

Mrs Noble led everyone in our fond farewells to staff and pupils who are moving on.  

We wished Miss Stewardson well in taking up a teaching position in Madrid for a year

We wished Mrs Joanne Hogan well in taking some time out to study.

The Sciennes Family wished Mrs Sally Nowell, Pupil Support Assistant a very happy retirement after 17 years of tireless dedication at school. Mrs Nowell's knowledge and love of literacy have successfully developed and honed reading skills in hundreds of pupils over the years and we will miss her sorely, as a colleague and friend.

Mrs Claire Ford, Senior Teacher and Class Teacher to P1D is retiring after 33 years dedicated service to the children and families at Sciennes. Mrs Ford has made a wonderful contribution to the life and work of the school and is loved and respected by all. We will miss Mrs Ford tremendously but we are very glad that she will keep in touch and keeping our fingers crossed we might be able to coax her back from time to time!

A rainbow bench, using designs created by P5A, is being developed for the playground to commemorate Mr Hewitt
We marked the recent passing of our very dear friend and colleague, Mrs Linda Young, who retired from Sciennes in 2014 after a teaching career which began at Corstorphine, then Rosewell before she joined Sciennes, dedicating herself to all the many children in her care here for over twenty years. Mrs Young was full of fun and very thorough in supporting her pupils' learning. She also had a wonderful ability to enable each of her pupils to create outstanding artwork. She was dearly loved by us all and will be sadly missed. Our thoughts and best wishes are with her family.

We wished fond farewell to our wonderful Primary Sevens, very proud of their confidence and readiness for the next steps to secondary school and beyond. Mr Howie provided an end of term treat with a video of staff dancing to The Soupdragons "I'm Free." P7 sang the finale song from their show beautifully and it was a joy to see them dance a conga together in the Hall at the end of Assembly.

Words penned by Mrs Claire Ford for Sciennes' 120th Anniversary
Mr Howie created a funny video of staff dancing to "I'm Free' by the Soupdragons as an end of term treat for our wonderful P7s. Publishing our end of term staff videos makes it less likely the will join in, so below is the next best thing...

Mrs Noble rang the bell and led them out in procession as the other classes lined the stairwell on the last day of term. Keep in touch, Primary Seven! A wonderful year group and you can be truly proud of all you have achieved together. We look forward to hearing of your continuing success.

Wishing all our families a safe, happy and relaxing holiday. We look forward to welcoming pupils back to Sciennes on WEDNESDAY 16th AUGUST.