On Friday 19th April P7 pupils Esther, Eve and Kirsty were able to take advantage of Diving Coach Jenny Lemming's generous and kind offer of a few free tickets to the FINA World Diving competitions being held at the Royal Commonwealth Pool over the weekend. Not only did they have the opportunity to see world class divers, they were also given some lovely freebies including towels and caps.
The FINA/Midea World Series is an annual, invitation-only event where the world's diving elite go head-to-head six times in the space of three months.
The 2013 Series is the seventh running of the event and takes place
over six legs in Beijing (15-17 March), Dubai (March 21-23), Edinburgh
(April 19-21), Moscow (April 26-28), Guadalajara (May 17-19) and Mexico
City (May 24-26).
The diving programme at the World Series mimics that of the Olympic
Games, featuring 3m Springboard, 10m Platform, 3m Synchro and 10m
Synchro for both men and women.
Kirsty came back to school for her Gymnastics club sporting her 'Commonwealth Clyde' mascot sticker and gave the event a resounding thumbs up. Good luck at the Cross Country Championships on Saturday, Kirsty! A very busy, sporting weekend!
Esther in P7C shows how to accept a medal in style!
Third place in the Diving competition - well done, Esther!
Clyde, the Commonwealth Games mascot, was on hand with applause.
Thank you to Mrs Beth Walker, our wonderful PE Specialist, for organising the entire event for all city primary schools and arranging so many celebrity Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth swimmers to demonstrate their skills. It was a welcome return to the refurbished RCP and a thoroughly enjoyable event. Thank you to all the families who lent their support and cheered on the team.
Our popular ComputerXplorers Club, run by Lynne Kerr, will be back this term, starting 23rd April for P5 - P7. We will also be starting our first ComputerXplorers Club for P1 - P4 as well. The Junior Club willstart on Monday 22nd April.
In both clubs pupils will be creating their very own robots from Legoand then programming them to react...chirping birds, snapping crocodilesand drumming monkeys!
Jason Kouchak enjoys a game of chess with Sciennes Primary pupils Tom and Abi Hossell and members of the school Chess Club. Picture: Greg Macvean
Grateful thanks to Mike Shields, Community Parks Officer, who approached us about launching a giant outdoor chess board set, generously donated by Jason Kouchak. Pupils from Sciennes' highly successful Chess Club were delighted to take part and to feature in this Evening News story. Scottish Grand Master Colin McNab was on hand to assist.
The weather-proof chess pieces, which were made in Scotland, will be
kept in the park warden’s store room overnight and will be set out each
morning from April to October.
We wish our P6 and P7 pupils who are competing in the Scottish Schools Athletics Association Primary Cross Country Championships at Kirkcaldy High School on Saturday 20th April good luck! http://www.ssaa.co.uk/
Races 1 and 2 Primary Six Girls 1:30pm and 1:45pm
Races 3 and 4 Primary Six Boys 2:00pm and 2:15pm
Races 5 and 6 Primary Seven Girls 2:30pm and 2:45pm
Races 7 and 8 Primary Seven Boys 3:00pm and 3:15pm AWARDS 4:00pm
Times are only approximate. Each Race will follow on from the completion of the previous one.
AWARDS Runners in the first, second and third teams in each race will
receive an SSAA medal. The winning team in each race will receive a
trophy, to be kept for one year.
Grateful thanks to Diving Coach Jenny Lemming and her team from the Edinburgh Diving Club based at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh for providing diving taster workshops and talent spotting for P2-P5 last week.
Mrs Watson has published photographs of her class, P4C, on the P4 Class Page:
Primary Seven pupils in P7A, P7B and P7C had class photographs taken in the amphitheatre by press photographer Scott Loudon on Thursday 11th April. You will shortly be able to pre-order a copy of a special edition of the newspaper which will then be delivered to school on the day
of publication. A letter will also be issued
in due course with details of how you can order a print of the class photograph, should you wish.
On Wednesday 10th April, Eco Teachers Alison Mackintosh, Sandra Gregson and Iain Kearton with nine Eco Pupil reps from P5-P7 and pupils from P5B welcomed 4 Eco pupil reps from Tollcross, James Gillespie's, Preston Street and Bruntsfield Primary schools to a Plant for the Planet event at Sciennes. Sebastian Hemmann and his team of three assistants (Sjoerd, Theodora and Dagmar) led a day of activities for the children, designed to raise awareness of climate change, which culminated in the planting of cherry, rowan and birch saplings in our Wildlife Garden, opposite the playground.
Each participant was issued with a t-shirt, book and certificate. The project began five years ago and was initiated by a child called Felix. It has since grown into a global movement, supported by major world figures and organisations, with the aim of planting a billion trees in each country that gets involved. Children are empowered as ambassadors for change and tasked with spreading the message on how to combat climate change by taking practical steps. The initiative is supported by City of Edinburgh Council and has been endorsed by the Lord Provost. The first event in Edinburgh was held at Davidson's Mains Primary in March 2012, the second at Duddingston Primaryand the third at Sciennes Primary. The intention is that schools who send 3-5 pupil participants will in turn offer to host their own event so that the initiative expands throughout the city.
The saplings we used were generously provided for free by the Woodland Trust as part of their initiative to plant 6 million trees for the Queen's Jubilee. Trees can be planted between November and April.
Many thanks to the P4P Team and to the schools who released staff and pupils to be involved.