Sunday, 26 May 2013

P1 Design, Tie Dye and Print T-Shirts

P1A, P1B and P1C celebrate their 'Design a T-Shirt' project on the catwalk. Ms Anstruther introduces the event and Ms Sellar is Master of Ceremonies. Thanks to Class Teachers Ms McGhee, Mrs Black and Mrs Ford as well as to Learning Assistants. Many thanks to all the families who came along to cheer and clap.

Sciennes P1 Fashion Show 2013 from Sciennes Primary School on Vimeo.

P4-7 Swimathon Medal Winners

On Friday 24th May, Mr Scott presented Swimathon Bronze, Silver and Gold medals to pupils from each P4-7 class. Well done to all who took part and thank you to everyone who has generously donated their sponsorship so far.

 P7C Ellie (who swam the most lengths at 40!), Eve and Joseph with Mr Scott

P7B Hector, Alastair and Ollie
P7A Emily, Alex and Amaya 
 Amaya P7A
P6A Bea, Bruno and Daniel
 P6B Angus,  Lily, Beau
 P6C Robert, Automne, Jenny
P5A Leah, Eliza, Kirsten and Robyn
P5B Adele, Stella and James
P5C Phoebe, Lawson, Ruaridh
P4A Evie, Susanna and Rose
 P4B Archie
P4B Jonathan
P4B Matthew
P4C Isha, Stephen, Maia

Friday, 24 May 2013

Monday, 20 May 2013

Sciennes Awarded 'Cycle Friendly School'

The Cycle Friendly School Award is for schools that actively encourage cycling. Sciennes recently bought ‘balance bikes’ so that children who had not yet learned to ride could be given the opportunity to pick up this valuable skill. Walking, scooting or cycling to school has been part of Sciennes and Stenhouse Primary Schools' culture for a long time. Certificates for both schools were handed over at Stenhouse  Primary by Cllr Paul Godzik, Convenor of Education, Children and Families.
Cycling Scotland 

Two of our newest cyclists, Abi and Rose from P3, accepted the award at Assembly on Friday.

Young Engineers and Science Clubs

A photograph of Adam and Aidan in P7A pictured with Board Member Dame Ellen MacArthur has been published on the Young Engineers and Science Clubs Scotland website.

BT's Corporate Social Responsibility Board, chaired by Sir Michael Rake, dropped in to view Ms French's electronics soldering workshop at Sciennes Primary Young Engineers Club in March.

Read more about the day so many VIPs came to visit Ms French and her STEM club here.

Active Schools Blog

Check out our new Active Schools blog, with contact details for our Active Sports Co-ordinator Jonathan Wallace and details of Active Schools clubs, by clicking on the COMMUNITY button of our school website or using this address:

Saturday, 18 May 2013

P3 Cycle Lessons

Congratulations to all our P3 cyclists who took part in cycle training led by Angela Christie and Chris Hill. Thank you to Darren and all the volunteers.

At House Assemblies on Friday 17th May, to celebrate P1 cyclists' achievements in learning to cycle, Lauder House watched this video of a child sharing his feelings about riding a bike for the first time:

P1 Succeeding in Scootering with bikes from BikeTrax

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Term Dates for 2013/14

Term Dates for this and next session can be viewed in the INFORMATION section of our school website.

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Victoria Day Holiday

A reminder that Monday 20th and Tuesday 21st May are school holidays for pupils. Tuesday is an Inservice Day for staff.

Monday, 13 May 2013

Success for Sciennes P7 Girls' Football

Congratulations to the Sciennes P7 Girls Thistle Team who won the Sciennes Spring Cup (jointly with St Mary's Primary) on Saturday 11th May.

Sciennes After School Care Scheme (SASCS)

Sonia and her team from the Sciennes After School Care Scheme have launched their own website. Information, contact details and the new SASCS website can be found using the Community button on the school website or by clicking here:

Congratulations Robert P6C!

Thank you to Mrs Barker for posting on the P6 Class Page about Robert's success.

Robert won three medals at a recent swimming competition:
Gold for the Warrender Team relay
Gold for 50m front crawl
Bronze for 50m butterfly
We're expecting great things at the Swimathon too!

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Earth Calling Wildlife Club

This coming week the after school Earth Calling Wildlife Club will be river dipping, building boats and learning about rivers and the creatures in them. There is a good chance of people getting wet this week so towels, changes of clothes and wellies are all recommended.
Thursday 15.25-17.45
Braidburn Valley
Please remember to bring along bus fare (70p each way), and payment for this term if you have not already done so.

If you have any queries about club activities call Phil on 07958760772 or Sara on 07986993369 or email or

We were delighted to welcome Gus Egan from Earth Calling to work with our Eco Co-ordinator Miss Mackintosh and P3B as part of their Woodlands project and to explore an exciting new project for next session with Primary Four - 'Wildlife Rangers'.

Friday, 10 May 2013

P6 Art Exhibition

Friday 10th May saw the culmination of many weeks of creating artwork using a variety of media - watercolour, cross stitch, collage, digital art, environmental art - when our accomplished P6 artists had the opportunity to stage their very own Art Exhibition in the Hall. The theme was 'Thistles' and P6 creativity was a delight to view in an abundance of representations.

Each year group had an opportunity to visit the exhibition and P6 pupils were on hand as gallery guides. Families were also invited and remarked on the quality - and quantity- on display. Mood boards decorate the entire Hall and will remain on show over the coming weeks. Thank you to Lorna from Images School Art Exhibitions for mounting and framing one piece from each child, which was on sale today and will continue to be available to purchase for two more weeks for any families who were unable to attend today's event.

Thank you to class teachers Ms Pearmain, Mrs Barker, Mr Kearton and Mr Hewitt for all their endeavours and to Ms Anstruther for her support. Thank you also to P6 pupils who hosted so well, welcoming at the door with programmes and offering juice and biscuits to our visitors. Congratulations to all our P6 artists for all your amazing artistic achievements!

Thursday, 9 May 2013

P5 Scottish Opera

What a fabulous performance today from Primary Five! They were word perfect and in fine voice for an outstanding production of 'Slim McBride and the Lost Tribe' with Scottish Opera. The team from Scottish Opera yet again wove their magic, as only they can, with high energy, focus and lots of fun to choreograph the entire show in a single day. We are also grateful to musical director Roger who spent a day with the pupils a few weeks ago. This year's rainforest themed production was ideal for P5. The children thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience and rose to the occasion superbly, inspired by the fantastic turnout. Tip top job by Mrs McVicker, Mrs Campbell, Ms Gregson and Mrs Mackay in preparing them so well and thank you to all the families who came along to shout "Bravo!" and "Encore!" Photographs have been published the P5 Class Pages.

Thank you to the families who gave permission to publish the video below. (Apologies for loss of sound at one point and a few wobbles - half an hour proved a long time to try to hold an iPad steady!)
Sciennes P5 Scottish Opera from Sciennes Primary School on Vimeo.

P1 Learn to Ride a Bike Sessions Begin

Angela Christie and Chris Hill launched the P1 Learn to Ride a Bike sessions in the school playground today, with balance bikes from BikeTrax.

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Class Photographs

A reminder that class photographs will be taken on Wednesday 8th May. 
We greatly appreciate parental support in ensuring our pupils wear 
school uniform every day.

Chess Success

Sciennes' Chess Club successfully competed in the Megafinal at Wester Hailes Education Centre on Sunday 28th April 2013,  against other schools from the whole of the East of Scotland. Outstanding results!

Angus Holme was the youngest member of the club, and the whole competition, to take part and won the Under 6 section; Aidan Davis won the Under 7 section; Matilda Ball-Torokoff won the Girls' Under 9 and Robert Davis came second in the Under 12 section.

Joseph Bartlett, Robert Davis, Sergei Mackinlay-Vich, Aidan Davis and Jingzhong Fan have also been invited to compete in the Gigafinal in Manchester in July, competing against children from the North of the UK. Very well done to everyone who took part and good luck to those competing at the next level.

Thank you to Sarah Davis and the Chess Team Parents and Carers

Sunday, 5 May 2013

Junior Award Scheme Scotland (JASS) at Sciennes

Junior Award Scheme Scotland (JASS) is an accredited learning programme for P6-S2 pupils.

Further information can be found here on the Sciennes' Junior Award Scheme Scotland (JASS) website, and there are also links on the P6 and P7 Class Pages of our school website.

Sciennes was one of the pilot schools for this city wide scheme to recognise and celebrate pupils' wider achievements. P6 pupils at Sciennes are currently working towards achieving their Bronze certificates and P7 pupils towards their Silver certificates.

Completion of each of the four sections: My Interests; Get Active Stay Active; Adventure and Me and My World leads to presentation of an overall Bronze or Silver certificate. Certificates will be awarded in June.

For further details of this programme in City of Edinburgh please contact Lynn Molleson at or phone 0131 467 4753.

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Sciennes P1/2 "Learn to Ride a Bike" session

A big thank you to Robin Williamson at BikeTrax for supplying us with our new balance bikes at a fabulous price.

Monday 6th May Holiday

A reminder that Monday 6th May is a school holiday.

Chess Club in East of Scotland Chess Competition

Yet more chess success, as Sciennes Chess club is to represent school in East of Scotland chess competition.

Sciennes chess club has been taking part in the Delancey Chess Challenge, a UK wide schools chess competition, with the first stage being played last term at the club. Children who scored 17 points or more were invited to compete in the Megafinal at Wester Hailes Education Centre on Sunday 28th April 2013, competing against other schools from the whole of the East of Scotland. We had 13 members take part in this from Sciennes and the children played in 6 matches through the day. Here is a list of those competing and their scores:

Arjun Bhulaney 3/6
Joseph Bartlett 4/6
Robert Davis 4.5/6
Sergei Mackinlay-Vich 5/6
Matilda Ball-Torokoff 3/6
Olivia Kay 2.5/6
Angus Holme 2/6
Aidan Davis 4/6
Atharva Patwardhan 3/6
Aryan Bhulaney 3/6
Angus Michell 3/6
Abi Hossell 2.5/6
Jingzhong Fan 4/6

Angus Holme was the youngest member of the club, and the whole competition, to take part and won U6 section, Aidan won the U7 section, Matilda won the girls U9 and Robert came second in U12 section.
All children scoring 4/6 will be invited to compete in the Gigafinal in Manchester in July, competing against children from the North of the UK. Well done to everyone who took part and good luck to those competing at the next level.
Sarah Davis