Sunday, 28 May 2017

Edinburgh Marathon Festival - Podium!

Congratulations to P4 siblings Catie, who was 19th overall, and Andrew who was 20th overall out of 394 runners at the Edinburgh Marathon Festival 6-8yr Junior Race on Saturday 27th May with the same gun time (6min 28s) for the 1.5 km race. Catie was pipped right on the line to being the fastest girl overall (see podium photo) and Andrew did fantastically well as he's had a chest infection for the last two weeks. Tremendous results!

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Sciennes P4-7 JASS Assembly 19.5.17

On Friday 19th May P7 House and Sports Captains explained the Junior Award Scheme for Schools (JASS) programme and Sciennes' involvement in it since it was developed.

The Junior Award Scheme Scotland (JASS) is an accredited learning programme, celebrating wider achievement, for young people (P6-S2). Sciennes and Tollcross Primary Schools have been implementing this scheme since we piloted it in 2009.

The concept emerged from a discussion during a Sciennes P7 visit to Lagganlia between Alice Brown, Gael Logan and Barry Hewitt who came up with the idea to set up a 'Duke of Edinburgh' style award scheme for upper primary pupils. The scheme has since been developed into a city wide, then a national and now UK programme.

There are three levels (Bronze, Silver and Gold), each requiring a higher degree of commitment. Each level also includes four sections to be completed:

    My interest - a hobby or interest
    Get Active, Stay Active - involvement in a sport or physical activity
    Me and My World - a community or environmental project
    Adventure - a teamwork challenge through involvement in an outdoor activity (e.g Benmore and Lagganlia or ski-ing or horseriding or forest walks).

P6 and P7 pupils have been asked to prepare a short 5 minute talk outlining what they have done this year to achieve their award. Volunteering at the Summer Fair on Saturday 3rd June 12.30pm-3.30pm can still count towards JASS, if anyone needs to make up hours for 'Me and My World.'

We celebrated James, Alice, Hamza and Ali's fantastic achievement in winning Third Place, representing Edinburgh at the national Euroquiz Final, held at the Scottish Parliament on Monday 15th May. We played excerpts from the event (available in its entirety on YouTube) and the team challenged everyone to answer some of the (tricky!) questions. A fantastic achievement.

Mylo and Christopher in P6 explained their new Code Club and thanked parent Tim Pask for his support.

Well done to the netball team and to P5 on excellent homework produced for their China project. Congratulations to P5B who came 9th out of 2335 schools in a recent national Sumdog competition. A number of our classes has used Sumdog over the years and P5 have recently been piloting this maths website as a year group with hugely motivating results, which we aim to roll out to other year groups in time.

The Eco Group were thanked for a successful Litter Pick on Friday 12th May, led by Mr Hutchison, and Caitlin asked for donations of seashells for the Playground.

We wished everyone a safe and happy holiday on Monday.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Can You Help Wow Pupils with the World of Work?

Come along and WoW our children with career possibilities!

Sciennes' Parent Council Events and Fundraising Group (EFG) is busy organising our Summer Fair. The theme is 'World of Work' and the idea is to WoW our children with career possibilities. This ties in with one of our overarching improvement priorities this year to 'Develop the Young Workforce', which is a national initiative. P5-P7 have access to a new website 'My World of Work' and P1-P3 are using 'Future Me',
We are inviting parents and local agencies to man stalls and activities for the children on Saturday 3rd June between 12.30 and 3.30pm. Could you help WoW our children with the World of Work? 


We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Monday, 15 May 2017

Third Place in Euroquiz 2017!

Thrilled and delighted for P6 pupils James, Alice, Hamza and Ali to achieve Third Place representing City of Edinburgh in this year's national Euroquiz event held at the Scottish Parliament on Monday 15th May, competing against teams from 31 local authorities. A tremendous reward for all their hard work and for the terrific support and encouragement of their families and teachers.

Team Sciennes
Hands up for Euroquiz!
Third Place, representing City of Edinburgh, for Ali, Hamza, Alice and James!
Thank you Euro Mums! ... and Dads and Grandparents and siblings and all who supported!
Euroquiz supporters
Medal presentation at Scottish Parliament

Sir David Edward (former Judge of the Court of Justice of the European Communities) and Christine Grahame MSP (Deputy Presiding Officer of Scottish Parliament) presented the awards
Participation in the competition throughout this year has truly motivated our children to develop a broad and deep knowledge and understanding of the geography, culture and languages of the European Union, as well as a love of learning, taking on a great deal of study at home in their own time.

A tour of the Parliament in the morning helped set the tone and settle the children for the very challenging quiz questions facing them in the afternoon. The Euroquiz Final was superbly organised by SEET, with Languages input from SCILT, in prestigious surrounds and we are grateful to the European Commission for sponsoring a truly memorable occasion for all the children involved. The European Commission also provides a wealth of resources used in school to support an annual study of Europe in each of our three P6 classes. Well done to all the schools who took part from all stretches of the country and congratulations to Runners Up St Leonard's Primary (East Kilbride) and Winners Comely Park Primary (Falkirk).

Many thanks to Jane Byers of SEET for arranging participation and to all the parents who came along to lend support on the day. Thank you to Parliament's Official Photographer, Andrew Cowan, for graciously giving permission to post some of his excellent photographs here and to James' mum for requesting permission!

Thank you, Jane Byers of SEET

Particular thanks to Pupil Support Assistant Mrs Sally Nowell who has supported and accompanied our teams over many years. Mrs Nowell is retiring this year and it was especially satisfying for her to witness the children's accomplishment. A fantastic result for our European stars!
Mrs Sally Nowell, Euroquiz aficiando!

You can view the entire event and play along at home on the Scottish Parliament TV website:

Saturday, 13 May 2017

P6 Euroquiz Final at Scottish Parliament Televised


Huge congratulations to P6 pupils Alice, Hamza, Ali and James who succeeded in winning the Edinburgh Euroquiz at City Chambers earlier in the year and so will now represent Edinburgh in the national Euroquiz Final at the Scottish Parliament on Monday 15th May, competing against teams from each authority in Scotland. The event will be televised and although the live stream cannot be accessed in school, we hope to be able to share it with fellow P6 pupils after the event. Good luck Team Sciennes!

The entire event will be broadcast live on Parliament TV, starting at 1pm. This can be viewed at: I do hope your schools will join in supporting the teams by watching the event. This will also be available after the event, for parents who are not able to attend on the day.

Scottish European Educational Trust

Winners of Edinburgh Heat of Euroquiz 2017!
 P6 Sciennes Team Winners with Mrs Sally Nowell

Breakfast Club Information

SASCS Breakfast Club runs from the dining hall of Sciennes Primary School, from 7.45am to 8.50am everyday Monday to Friday, during school term time.  

Breakfast Club costs £4.50 per day and children are provided with cereal (a choice of Rice Krispies, Corn Flakes or Cheerios); toast, with jam or butter and a drink of fruit juice or water.  

After eating breakfast (or if children arrive having already had breakfast) they can choose to play a board game, colour, read or play on the carpet with lego, soldiers, Bratz dolls, etc – all of these activities are supported and supervised by SASCS Staff.  All children are then escorted by staff to school, with younger children (P1-P2 and those in the huts) being taken to their classrooms / lines in the playground and older children being supervised going up the stairs to their classrooms from the landing area outside the gym hall.  

We can currently accommodate up to 20 children a day at Breakfast Club and have spaces available on every day.  If you would like to book spaces at Breakfast Club please collect an application from SASCS Office (located in the school dining hall).  

Re-registration and allocation of places at SASCS Breakfast Club for starting in August 2017 will take place at the beginning of June.  If you have any questions or would like any more information about Breakfast Club please do not hesitate to get in touch with Sonia or Lindsey.    
Sonia Anderson
Mobile: 07757 978 473
Lindsey Johnstone
Assistant Coordinator
Mobile: 07706 450 589
Sciennes Primary School
10 Sciennes Road
Tel: 0131 662 4810
SASCS is the trading name of theSciennes Achool After School Care Scheme.
Registered Scottish Charity Number SC023891.

P7 EPSSA Summer Netball Tournament

Great skills and excellent sportsmanship from our fantastic netball team who played very well, winning two games and losing two games in their fixture. They may not have made the Finals, but they thoroughly enjoyed the competition and were superb ambassadors for the school. Many thanks to coaches Class Teacher Miss Daryl Gladstone and parent Lisa Morgan for accompanying and supporting the team.

Feel Good Factor Volunteering to Litter Pick

What a great way to end Mental Health Week on Friday 12th May with members of our ECO Group and P6 pupils, led by Mr Hutchison, volunteering to make a difference to our School Grounds and local area with an Eco Schools Clean Up Scotland litter picking session, sponsored by Keep Scotland Beautiful and Greggs.

Togged up, litter pickers at the ready, briefed and ready to go!

The team was very pleased to note that there was actually hardly any litter at all in our school playground so we had to look further afield in the surrounding area. P6 and P7 efforts can contribute to their Junior Award Scheme for Schools (JASS) awards in 'Me and my World.' Well done, all, and thank you very much for taking the time to make a difference!

Mrs Noble gave everyone a Headteacher's Award sticker

After tidying up and handwashing it was time for some yummy treats, courtesy of Greggs.

Thank you, Mr Hutchison, for organising and leading the event.