Tuesday, 30 June 2015

And So It Begins...

Monday 29th June 2015 marked the start of the biggest development in the history of Sciennes Primary since it opened its doors on 5th June 1892. Thank you to everyone who has worked to make the playground improvements a reality. Happy holidays everyone!

Where Is The P7 Class Page?

All Class Pages have been moved on a year for 2015-2016 and can be accessed from the CLASSES button on this website.

This year's P7 Page has become 'Class of 2008' and can be accessed from either of the LINKS buttons on this website:


P7 Leavers' Dance

What a fabulous P7 Leavers' Dance on Wednesday 24th June! Thank you to Ms Christie and all the Pupil Support Assistants for the superb Dining Hall decorations, table settings, Photo Booth and balloons. Mr Howie led the ceilidh dancing and span the iPod discs to get the Hall jumping. It was joyful to see everyone joining in with the Graduation dancing.

Haddows Delicatessen set up their magnificent mobile barbecue van, serving 100 people burgers, chips and juice with ice cream to follow. Thank you to all the staff who came along to support and to all the families who enjoyed the photo call at Mrs Nowell's Photo Booth as much as we did.Wonderful to welcome back Mrs Linda Young and Mrs Morag Crolla to join in the fun.

More photographs of the Leavers' Dance on the Class of 2008 page (which can also be accessed from the LINKS button on the school website). 

Thank You, P7 House and Sports Captains!

Thank you House and Sports Captains for Grange, Lauder, Sienna and Tanatllon.
Well done to Lauder House for achieving most House Points throughout the year.
Our P7 House and Sports Captains have been excellent role models and ambassadors for Sciennes throughout the year. Indeed all our P7 pupils have been admirable role models, setting high standards for themselves and younger pupils by the way they have conducted themselves. An excellent year group who can be justly proud!

Alika's eJASS Logo

Alika's illustration has been adopted as the inspiration for the new logo for eJASS. Alika received an Amazon voucher, kindly donated by Ian Forder, JASS Director at Friends of the Award (FOTA). Thank you to software developer Steve Moore, who has worked with pupil focus groups and P7 classes throughout the year to pilot his online version of the Junior Award Scheme for Schools - JASS (formerly know as the Junior Award Scheme Scotland but now is used throughout the UK).

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Review of Year 2014-2015

What a year! This video captures just a glimpse of another busy year at Sciennes - and one of extraordinary fundraising for playground improvements, which are set to begin on Monday 29th June 2015! Well done to all our pupils, staff and families for working so hard together to make 2014-2015 such a successful, happy year. Pupils return on MONDAY 17th August. Best wishes to all our families for a safe and happy summer.

Sciennes Extreme Reading Challenge

Check out these pupil book reviews on Ms French's blog for great ideas for summer reading:


Submit a photograph of yourself reading in an unusual place to P6astore@hotmail.co.uk
to be considered for a book token prize on offer for each class.

Take part in the Tesco Summer Reading Challenge at libraries across the city, including Newington Library. Happy reading!

What is the Summer Reading Challenge?

The Summer Reading Challenge takes place every year during the summer holidays and Sciennes is promoting this great scheme again this year. You can sign up at your local library, then read six library books of your choice, collecting stickers and other rewards along the way – all FREE.

Contact Newington Library for more details.

And now, all year round, the Summer Reading Challenge website helps you keep track of your reading, find new books to read, take part in competitions and play games.

End of Year Assembly 2015

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 Chair, Claire Wheeler, new Chair Kristel Torokoff, outgoing Convener Fundraising and Events, Aileen Nimmo, as well as Fiona Denvir, Clubs. Mrs Noble thanked Claire and Aileen for the huge contribution they have made to the school throughout the year, in an extraordinary year of fundraising and events.
Headteacher, Mrs Alison Noble, led the End of Year Assembly
Thank you to outgoing Chair of Parent Council Claire Wheeler for her huge contribution to the life of the school. Claire now joins the national body SPTC (Scottish Parent Teacher Council) who will certainly benefit from her expertise and talent.

Thank you to outgoing Parent Council Fundraising and Event Convener Aileen Nimmo for her dedication and commitment in supporting school developments, which have led to an extraordinary year of fundraising and activities for the whole school community.
Team Sciennes

Mrs Noble thanked the entire Parent Council as well as families, pupils and staff who have successfully worked together to achieve our ambitious plans to improve the playground. Mrs Noble was able to announce that work begins on Monday 29th June! Thank you to SportScotland for match funding and to City of Edinburgh Council for pulling out all the stops to progress playground improvements so that we can maximise the window of seven weeks' summer holiday.

 Mrs Noble led everyone in our fond farewells to staff and pupils who are moving on. Pupils sang "We Wish You Well" and watched a montage review of the year.  

Ms French invited everyone to take part in her 'Extreme Reading Challenge' over the summer holiday by emailing a photograph of reading in an unusual place to P6astore@hotmail.co.uk so that they can be posted on the P7 Book Review Blog. There is a book token prize for the best photograph from each class. Mrs Noble reminded everyone of the Tesco Summer Reading Challenge taking place at libraries across the city, including Newington Library.  
Ms Wendy French explained the Sciennes Extreme Reading Challenge
Mrs Noble reminded pupils about the Tesco Summer Reading Challenge - sign up at your local library.

Miss Dougal led the School Choir in an uplifting medley, sung beautifully.
Miss Dougal leads Sciennes School Choir

Our best wishes to Nikolina, Anna and Phoebe as well as all our other pupils who are moving on from Sciennes this year.

Mr Terry Anthony
Our very best wishes to Mr Terry Anthony who has taken up a new post as Class Teacher at Gylemuir Primary School. Mr Anthony was unfortunately unable to attend the Assembly, but met with staff the previous evening. He was thanked in his absence by Ms Gaffney and Ms Gallagher for his huge contribution to Sciennes, working with classes throughout the entire school this year. A very cultured, knowledgeable, versatile and charming teacher, we are very grateful to Mr Anthony and will miss him as a close colleague and friend.

Mr Jonathan Wallace
It was with a heavy heart, but all our very best wishes, that we bade fond farewell to Mr Jonathan Wallace, our Active Schools Co-ordinator for James Gillespie's High School Cluster, who takes on an exciting new role, with additional responsibilities, in the Royal High School Cluster.  

Mr Wallace has been a crucial member of our staff: facilitating and co-ordinating all the morning, lunchtime and after school Active Schools Clubs based at Sciennes and various venues; providing curricular coaches and activities for classes throughout the year; supporting JASS in school and all EPSSA sporting events; assisting with trials for EPSSA events; accompanying us to Benmore and Lagganlia; working with Ms Kennedy to provide activities for Fun and Frolics and running the highly successful P7 Cluster Transition Days at Meadowbank over the last four and a half years. Based at James Gillespie's High School, Mr Wallace has also provided sterling support to all six cluster primary schools: Sciennes, Tollcross, James Gillespie's Primary, Preston Street, Royal Mile and Taobh na Pairce.

The Active Schools programme is highly prized and the Active Schools Cluster Co-ordinator is a very demanding role: we are indebted to Mr Wallace for his commitment and expertise and will miss him very much. We are certain he will make as much of an impact in his new post and we wish him continued success in his career.

Pupils presented Mr Wallace with a Memory Book capturing some of the highlights from his time with us at Sciennes. Keep in touch, Mr Wallace!
Sciennes Memory Book for Mr Wallace, with new Chair of School Council Kristel seated to the right.
Euan Morrice – Sports Development Officer with the City of Edinburgh Council Sports and Outdoor Education Unit - presented P6 pupil Yash with two engraved trophies which he can keep for a year for winning first place in BOTH Badminton and Table Tennis tournaments this year.
Euan Morrice, CEC Sports Unit
Yash won First Place trophies for both EPSSA Badminton and Racquet tournaments earlier this year.
Magnificent Sevens

We also wished fond farewell to our magnificent Primary Sevens, so proud of their confidence and readiness for the next steps to secondary school and beyond. Mr Howie, Mrs Barker, Ms Sellar and Mr McKenna provided an end of term treat with their surprise video of staff dancing to "Walking on Sunshine". It was lovely to watch the Primary Seven pupils perform "You Can Count on Me" at Assembly and we truly have been able to count on them as magnificent role models for the rest of the school. 
Always able to count on P7.

Mr Howie thanked our Magnificent Sevens pupils and Ms Gallagher thanked our Magnificent Sevens staff: Mr Howie, Ms Sellar, Mr McKenna, Mrs Barker and Mrs Nowell.

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! Remember to save the date of your special invitation back to Sciennes to see the new playground - "S1 The Return" on Friday 28th August 1pm.

(Photographs of end of term events for P7 will appear on the Class of 2008 page which can also be accessed from the LINKS button on the school website.)

Wishing all our families a safe, HAPPY and relaxing holiday. We look forward to welcoming pupils back to Sciennes on MONDAY 17th AUGUST.

Staff are less likely to boogie for our end of term surprise video if we publish online, so here is the next best thing: Pharell Williams' "Happy."Keep smiling!

Friday, 26 June 2015

Edinburgh Leisure Summer of Fun

Kids kick-start your Summer by checking out all the activities Edinburgh Leisure have on offer for you! 
Summer ‘In the Meadows’ for free
If you’re aged between 5 and 16 get along this summer to the Meadows to try a huge range of activities including football, boccia, athletics, gymnastics, tennis and lots more fun and games.
These free, fun sessions from Edinburgh Leisure run every Wednesday and Friday from 2pm to 4pm right through the Summer holidays.  We are next to the Pavilion CafĂ© at Middle Meadow Walk. Sessions are run by qualified coaches from Edinburgh Leisure and local clubs.  Starting Wednesday 1st July until Friday 14th August
Just drop in – there’s no need to book.
Summer Activator Multi-Activity Holiday Camps
This summer we’ve 6 exciting camps running at centres all around the City for children in P1 – P7. Here's what's on at a centre near you:
Ainslie Park Leisure Centre -   'My son says this is the best camp EVER!'
Craiglockhart Leisure and Tennis Centre - all the games and activities the kids love, plus top class coaching in lots of different sports, including trampolining, badminton and tennis.
Drumbrae Leisure Centre - always popular, Drumbrae’s fantastic 2015 camp has a great mix of water and dry land based fun, run by experienced leaders, making the most of every child's day.
Meadowbank Sports Centre - bouncy castles, whacky races, athletics and racquet sports, are just a few of the fun things happening at Meadowbank.
Royal Commonwealth Pool - from sports to softplay, talent shows to table tennis, our Activator Camp has children returning time and time again.
Tumbles – gymnastics of course, but lots of other sports and games too, including fun on the beach (weather permitting!)
Have a look at edinburghleisure.co.uk for more information, or call the centre directly.

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

P7 "Sciennes Remembers 1914-1918" Book Launch

Primary Seven will mark the launch of their book "Sciennes Remembers 1914-1918" containing family histories, stories and poems about the men and women of the First World War on Wednesday 24th June at The Studio, Edinburgh Festival Theatre between 9.30am and 10.30am, with special cake and juice ready for them on their return to school.

P7 pupils have worked throughout the year to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of WW1, in various written forms, and were given an opportunity to choose the piece of personal or creative writing to include in the publication. 

Grateful thanks to published author and Sciennes' parent Mary Turner Thomson for working with the pupils to give them the amazing opportunity to become published authors themselves through her company "Whitewater Publishing." This is the fifth book that Mary has published for Sciennes in five years, and provides an extraordinary opportunity for our pupils.

Thanks also to former Sciennes' parent Lorna Irvine for providing excellent poetry workshops at the National War Museum, Edinburgh Castle, as well as in school earlier this year. Thank you to Mary for arranging such a lovely venue to mark the occasion and to Cerin, Fiona and Neil at the Festival Theatre for their help. Very well done to P7 pupils Zoe and Cerys who created the artwork for the front and back book cover. Each P7 pupil will receive a copy of the book and additional copies can be purchased for £5.00.

The Studio at the Festival Theatre, 22 Potterrow, Edinburgh EH8 9BL


Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Edinburgh and Midlothian Schools Swimming Championships November 2015

Former parent, Nicki McGregor (Convenor of the Edinburgh Schools Swimming Association) has informed us that this year's swimming championships will take place at Ainslie Park Leisure Centre on Sunday 22nd November 2015.

P6/7 club swimmers who can submit recent minimum swim times, are able to use starting blocks and compete at a high level will be contacted early next session with details of the entry process. The closing date for entries will be 2nd October 2015.

Monday, 22 June 2015

Stunning P7 Graduation Show 2015!

P7 Dream Team
What a stunning Graduation show on Monday 22nd June from our Magnificent Sevens! The pupils' confidence and joy in performing shone through and we were all so proud of them. Mr Howie, Ms Sellar, Mr McKenna and Mrs Barker worked as a close knit team to plan, rehearse and produce a remarkable show and we are grateful to Cat Perry, Director of Dance Division, and Vanessa Robertson for providing fantastic choreography. Thank you to Mrs Barker for all her musical input and accompaniment, to Mr Howie for technical wizardy and video editing and to Ms Sellar and Mr McKenna for tight direction and high production values. Thank you to former parent Lorna Irvine for superb input to the pupils' poetry - in her writing workshops and in polishing their performance. Photographs and video of the show will appear in due course. We also recognise and value the support of all the parents and carers who have worked with us throughout the last seven years. We pass on every best wish to all our families and hope to hear news of the pupils' continued success. Keep in touch!

Photographs on the Class of 2008 Page.


Fun and Frolics in the Meadows for Lauder

House Points have been counted and verified and the winning House this year is Lauder who will have an afternoon of Fun and Frolics on the Meadows on Tuesday afternoon 23rd June, organised by Ms Kennedy and Mr Wallace. Ice lollies all round!