Thursday, 27 February 2014

P7B Buddy with P2A on iPads

Primary 7B proved themselves to be EXCELLENT teachers when they taught Primary 2A how to use Pic Collage on their iPads. More lovely photos from Mrs Barker and Miss Pearmain on the P7 Class Page and the P2 Class Page.

Monday, 24 February 2014

P4/5 and P6/7 Discos: Tickets only £2!

The PTA P4/5 Disco is taking place 6.30-8pm Thursday 27th February.
The PTA P6/7 Disco is the following week 6.30-8pm Thursday 6th March.
Tickets can be purchased via Wisepay – they are only £2 and include a drink and a snack.  If the discos have not sold out there may be tickets available at the door on the night.

Saturday, 15 February 2014

A Magical Week at Benmore for P6

It was a genuine pleasure to escort our P6 pupils to Benmore Outdoor Education Centre and we truly enjoyed their company. Every camp is special but this year's group particularly impressed us with their 'can do' positive attitudes in challenging weather and their very good listening skills. P6s have made lasting bonds - with each other - and with the staff. 16 Benmore Instructors and 10 Sciennes staff plus Mr Hewitt worked tirelessly with 81 of our P6 pupils to ensure they had the best possible experience. Thank you most sincerely to all the families who support us, not least of all financially, in providing what we believe to be an invaluable educational opportunity for our children.

We hope you have a wonderful holiday and we look forward to building on the success of the trip. Well done, Primary Six! Catch up with our adventures on our Benmore 2014 blog.
Group 1
Group 2

Group 3
Group 4
Group 5...
..and Olivia and Sabah from Group 5
Group 6
Group 7
Group 8
Group 9

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Comenius European Partnership


Meeting room of the Town Hall, Madrid

"We are all citizens of one world."

Ms Bethan Owen and a colleague from Preston Street School represented James Gillespie's High School Cluster in a recent European Comenius project funded by the British Council. Both had opportunities to visit schools in Madrid, meet with European colleagues and compare educational systems and language learning.

The project linked DG Quality and Improvement of Education, the City of Tres Cantos, the Rey Juan Carlos University,  five schools from the Community of Madrid, City of Edinburgh Council and Edinburgh University, Sciennes and Preston Street Primary Schools. Representatives from ten primary and secondary schools will meet again next May in Edinburgh.

The Comenius Programme is named after Jan Amos Comenius (1592-1670), often considered the father of modern education
Comenius is aimed at schools, colleges and local authorities across Europe

Comenius has two main objectives:
to develop knowledge and understanding among young people and education staff of the diversity of European cultures and languages, and the value of this diversity
to help young people to acquire basic life skills and competences for their personal development, for future employment and for active European citizenship

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Grace wins the Steven Lui Memorial Cup

Congratulations to Grace in P6A on winning this year's Steven Lui Memorial Cup for Burns Recital.

Curling at Murrayfield with Tom Killin

Pupils Curling at Murrayfield with Paralympic Curler Tom Killin
Thank you to Ms Gaffney's Journalist husband Alex for providing an exciting opportunity today for some of our pupils to meet Paralympic Curler Tom Killin at Murrayfield Ice Rink. Photographs will appear in the Evening News and Mrs Sally Nowell, Pupil Support Assistant who accompanied the group, said she was really proud of how confidently the children answered questions for the CBBC Newsround film crew. The footage will be shown towards the end of February. Bruce Crawford, our former PTA Chair, is a great exponent of curling and his son Angus was one of our pupil representatives, along with Akilan, Christian, Eben and Mhairi.

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Holiday Activities and Camps from Edinburgh Leisure

Holiday Activities and Camps from Edinburgh Leisure

Edinburgh Leisure's Activator Mulit-Activity Camps are available for booking at four venues around the city in February. Plus EICA:Ratho is running its popular Multi-Activity Days during the week. Whether for a day or a week kids will have a chance to try a huge variety of sports, games and activities.

Have a look at what's on at each venue:
Craiglockhart Leisure and Tennis Centre - lots of tennis as you'd expect, but lots of the unexpected too!
Drumbrae Leisure Centre - swimming and sports and our cool new cooking session.
EICA:Ratho - try something different, climbing and abseiling as well as fun and games.
Gracemount Leisure Centre - new for 2014, loads of top quality sports coaching in a range of sports from trampolining to football.
Royal Commonwealth Pool - water fun of course, but games, competitions and challenges galore.

Or search online for forthcoming events and activities across Edinburgh

Digital Safety

Tuesday 11th February is Internet Safety Day and classes will be looking at Digital Safety over the next few weeks.

Parents and Carers may find this advice on Digital Safety from Ollie Bray, the National Advisor of Emerging Technologies for Learning at Education Scotland useful in helping to make the internet a safer place for our children. Ollie discusses wide-ranging issues in this hour long presentation.

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