Monday, 29 February 2016

Sciennes South Africa Pencil Case Donations

To Sciennes parents and pupils, a huge thank you for all your pencil case donations. We were overwhelmed by your kindness and generosity. We have just returned from South Africa and it was fantastic to be able to give your gifts to the children fron Charles Memorial primary school where they were greatly appreciated. The children were so excited as you can see from the attached photos.

Thanks once again,
Jessica, Anna, Katie and Amy

James Gillespies High School

Saturday, 27 February 2016

Fairtrade Breakfast for Fairtrade Fortnight


We hope families will consider joining this year's Fairtrade Fortnight campaign - "You eat, they eat" by choosing some Fairtrade products, at breakfast time particularly.

See links for further information:


World Book Day Thursday 3rd March

Thursday 3rd March will see the launch of our exciting new Playground Reading Shed. Pupils have been invited to donate a book to add to a collection of books which will only be used in the playground.

Classes will be celebrating World Book Day and promoting reading, but please note that as part of our initiative to reduce the cost of the school day, this year we are keen to discourage dressing up. Instead, we would like pupils to bring a favourite book or wear a sticker with the name of their favourite book.

All pupils will receive a £1 book token that can be exchanged for one of ten £1 books or used to obtain a £1 discount at selected bookshops.

SHANARRI Health and Wellbeing P4-7 Assembly

On Friday 26th February 2016, House Captains helped explain SHANARRI and what we all need to be healthy and well. Pupils learned a 'SHANARRI' song, ready for our visit from Hopscotch Theatre on Thursday 10th March with their production "The Rights of the Child."

(SHANARRI stands for Safe, Healthy, Active, Nurtured, Achieving, Respected, Responsible and Included – the key wellbeing indicators that form the basis of GIRFEC  Getting it Right for Every Child.)

Thank you to P7 pupils Luke and Lena and to Ms Kennedy (Support for Learning Specialist and Reading Co-ordinator) for their presentation about the exciting launch of our new Playground Reading Shed on World Book Day, Thursday 3rd March.

Friday, 26 February 2016

Congratulations to Bruntsfield Primary!

Bonaly and Bruntsfield Primary Schools represented the City of Edinburgh in the East of Scotland Sportshall Competition at Meadowbank Sports Centre on Thursday 25 February 2016.  Both teams competed very well against teams from East Lothian, Mid Lothian, West Lothian and the Scottish Borders with Bruntsfield finishing in first place!

Many congratulations to the Bruntsfield pupils and their coach Ms Ingrid Ramsay.

Thank you to all schools for their continued support of the Sportshall Programme in Edinburgh.  Over 1000 pupils had the opportunity to be involved in this event.  Huge thanks to staff and supporters.

Beth Walker

Sports and Outdoor Learning Unit

Saturday, 20 February 2016

Fencing Competition Sunday 21st February


·         Edinburgh Plastic Foil Competition

·         Plastic Foil Competition
Sunday 21st February 2016
St Thomas Aquins School,
2-20 Chalmers Street, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH3 9ES
Please enter by the Lauriston Gardens entrance
Competition Notes:
Chocolate Medals for all entrants!

Lots of Fencing - brilliant value fun competition for GIRLS AND BOYS.
Coaching and Instruction given on the day Fun Games to finish on!

Equipment Regulations:
Fencers should wear tracksuit trousers, trainers and long-sleeved top.
Scottish Fencing will provide all the necessary plastic fencing equipment

Come and Try Sessions:

If you have friends who want to come and have a go, then bring them along and they can put on the mask, grab a plastic sword and get involved in a practice training session. Parents and guardians are also welcome to take part in the come and try.

Check in times:   
Sunday 21st February 2016                  
Please check-in for the competition at the following times:
Girls/Boys P3,P4 and P5 from 1000hrs - 1030hrs (finished by 1300hrs)
Girls/Boys P6/P7 from 1300 - 1330hrs (finished by 1600hrs)
·         Entries Through the Web Site:
Keith Cook
Director of Fencing Fun

All Resume Monday 22nd February

We look forward to welcoming everyone back to school on MONDAY 22nd February.

We appreciate pupils returning equipped with well stocked pencil cases - sharpened pencils, coloured pencils, small and large ruler, sharpener, eraser, glue stick - as well as full P.E. kit which should include a change of labelled clothes and indoor gym shoes in a gym bag.

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

Sunday, 14 February 2016

P6 Benmore - Thank You

Thank You

Thank you from all of us to all our P6 families for working with us to provide the children with such a memorable, beneficial residential trip together to Benmore Outdoor Education Centre. It was a genuine pleasure to escort 91 tremendously positive, caring and well behaved pupils and we all thoroughly enjoyed their company and conversation. We hope you notice at home how well they can do household chores and keep their rooms tidy, because all scored very highly in daily dorm inspections! It was wonderful to witness P6s extend friendships and make lasting bonds with each other, as well as with the staff. Everyone managed to take on many new challenges throughout the week and supported one another with patience and kindness.

The Sciennes staff also gave it their all and sustained the 24/5 duty by working very closely as a team. We took lots of photographs but always struggle with trying to get a signal and with very slow upload speeds. However, we hope you enjoyed the updates and we will continue to publish more photos on our Benmore blog in due course.

Thank you to P6 teachers Mrs Maguire, Ms Gaffney, Ms Sellar and Mr McKenna for devoting their time, energy and above all care to their children. Mrs Cave has enjoyed keeping up to date with all the adventures back at home. Mrs Maguire knows the year group extremely well and all five P6 teachers have been highly effective in preparing the children for the trip and making sure all the pupils had the best possible experience.

It was wonderful to have seasoned camper, Ms Anstruther, on the team and she was superbly supportive of all the children day and night. Grateful thanks to the entire team and also to the extended team back at Sciennes, particularly Mrs Noble, Ms Christie and Mrs Ellis who have an even busier week than usual without us. Mr Scott and Mr Reid also deserve a thank you for helping us get safely on and off the coaches.

We are indebted to all the magnificent staff at Benmore who go out of their way to make our stay with them as comfortable as it can possibly be, always going the extra mile to accommodate our needs, and for the great skill, expertise and dedication of the Instructors. We consider them not only trusted, respected colleagues, but also our dear friends.

All pupils who took part this week will receive the 'Adventure' certificate; one quarter of the way towards full JASS Bronze award accreditation, and a Benmore Certificate.

Thank you to Mrs Nowell and all the staff back at school who ensured that the six pupils who remained also had an enjoyable and interesting week.

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!
Ms Gallagher
Group One
Group Two
Group Three
Group Four
Group Five
Group Six
Group Seven
Group Eight
Group Nine

Sunday, 7 February 2016

P7 Sporsthall Athletics EPSSA Silver Medallists

P7 pupils came joint Second place at the Edinburgh Final of Sportshall Athletics on Monday 11th January at Meadowbank Stadium and narrowly missed out in competing at the East Scotland Final. We wish Bonaly (who came First) and Bruntsfield (who came joint Second but with 8 First Place events to Sciennes' 4 First Place events) success in the forthcoming event. Thank you to Mrs Beth Walker for providing Silver EPSSA medals to all the pupils who took part.

Sportshall Edinburgh Final by Luke P7B
At Sportshall it was great. We had amazing fun and Liam in P7C set a new Edinburgh record of 6.7 metres and won a gold medal! At first the team were 8th and after the next event we were 4th.

The further we got through the day the more tense it became and when we got to the results everyone was so nervous and excited to see how we did but no matter how we did we went in with a message that we all remembered. No matter how well we do we can only try our best and trying our best is what we should be proud of. When the results came in we were joint 2nd with 176 points! Yash from P7B said “It was an amazing experience and loads of fun.” I'm sure everyone else would agree with him.

A Gold Medal for Liam!

Liam set a new Edinburgh Record in the Chest Push Event


Fencing Fun

Thank you to Parent Council Clubs Co-ordinator Tim Pask for forwarding these fantastic photographs from Keith Cook's Fencing Fun Breakfast Clubs last term. Keith has presented all the pupils with Achievement Certificates and it's great to see so many of our pupils taking part.

Keith Cook
Director of Fencing Fun

Saturday, 6 February 2016

P4-7 Assembly 5.2.16

At the P4-7 Assembly on Friday 5th February P7 House Captains helped us think about the Golden Rule and how it can help us to RESPECT each other's RIGHTS.

Fergus from the Pupil Council explained the 1 in 5 Make a Difference Award. Pupil Council leaders will collect class ideas next week. (P6 pupils can contribute their ideas when they get back from camp.)

P6 pupils will achieve one quarter of their Bronze JASS Award - the Adventure Certificate - when they attend Benmore Outdoor Education Centre next week.

Tanatallon are still in the lead with House Points!