Final post!

Well done P7 – you were toptastic!

Congratulations for raising £60.88 for Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland through your enterprise project in the last few days of term.

Have a great summer and an amazing time at Knox next year.

Mr Devereux

Fun day

We had a fantastic time outside this afternoon playing a wide game, having a water fight and then finishing off with lots of food. Debbie made us a toptastic cake. We’re looking forward to our special assembly tomorrow. Here’s a whacky snap from Monday and a slideshow of our fun afternoon.

Mr Devereux

Latest craze in hats hits Yester.

Mr Devereux’s weekly update #19

Hello there!

Sorry, it’s been two weeks since the last update – not really ‘weekly’! But life has been pretty full-on for P7. On this post I’ll include a couple of snaps from our talk on drugs by the police on Friday and slideshows of sports day and our enterprise project. Thanks for all the encouragement with this. Sales are going well and we are just on the point of running out of milk chocolate, but we still have good quantities of white and forest fruits. Two days to go. The marketing team has visited every class in the school and told them both about our chocolate, and also the work of Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland, the charity we are supporting.

Parents, I am still looking for someone with a food hygiene certificate who would be willing to run the barbecue on Tuesday. Also I’m hopeful for some adults who can take a role in the wide game!

Remember that the leavers assembly is at 2 pm on Wednesday.

Have a great weekend,

Mr Devereux

Mr Devereux’s update #18

What an fantastic week we’ve had. Here is a slideshow of our amazing French workshop, ‘A Suitcase of Paris’ along with photos of the Yester Halo Championship 2013. Well done to Alex, Emma and Lucy whose team won the tournament with 78 points.


This week we made two trips into the woods to find out more about trees, learn about microorganisms and look for inverebrates. We also had time for a game of ballaram. In maths the class went into the grounds to calculate the height of trees with the help of a clinometer. Here are some snaps.

Next week will be just as exciting. As well as continuing with our Living Forests project we will be going full steam ahead on our enterprise project. If you haven’t heard yet, we’re launching a chocolate company with help from one of the school’s business partners, The Chocolate Tree in Haddington. At the moment the class are working in teams on an Apprentice-style task to produce an image and packaging for their chocolate bar. Also coming up:

Monday – Childline Workshop

Tuesday – Sports Day

Wednesday – Trip to Aubigny Centre

Thursday - Violin Concert

Friday – ‘Friday Feeling’ activity run by the school’s health committee

I have all children in the class details of the travel arrangements for the transition days to Knox. This includes pick-up point and time for collection by the bus. Those living outside the catchment area will have to make their own way, and those living in Haddington will have to walk!

New dates for your diary

Mon. 17th – P7 information evening for parents at Knox

Wed. 19th – Transition party at Knox 6-8pm run by Knox pupils

Fri. 21st – Talk on the risks of drugs by a community police officer

Tues. 25th – P7 Fun Day (well…fun afternoon anyway) – letter to parents to follow

It’s all happening here! Have a lovely weekend and enjoy the sun,

Mr Devereux

Meadowbank Athletics

Last week some pupils from P6 and P7 competed in an athletics competition at Meadowbank. The events were- 80m, 150m, 600m, relay, long jump, high jump, cricketball throw and tug of war. Rosie won the 150m and came second in the 80m, Beth won the high jump and is now East Lothian athletics high jump girls’ record holder. Callum won the 600m. Catriona came second in the 600m too. Rosie, Catriona, Callum and Ewan came third in the relay. Lucy came fifth in the long jump, Lewis came fifth in the long jump too and Lauren A came fifth in cricketball throw. The tug of war team got beaten in the first round and were out. Sam also competed in the high jump but didn’t get placed.

Overall we came third. Aberlady came first and East Linton came second.

By Lauren A and Callum

Weekly update #17

Last week was pretty full on. In addition to our usual activities we packed in the Meadowbank athletics tournament, our first trip to the woods, a workshop run by Judith and Caroline from Anti-Bullying East Lothian, a rugby festival and a JRSO assembly. Also Sam represented the school at an eco conference and we had a speaker visit the class, a lady who had been evacuated to Gifford during World War 2.

This will be the last week of regular spelling lessons; also this will be the last week of whole class reading homework and maths homework. Reading will continue without interruption to normal service!

The next few weeks also look packed and exciting. Down below I’ll list the events which weren’t on the last update to keep everyone up to speed. We also hope to arrange a few more visits to the woodlands as part of our Living Forests project.

Here are photos from this week. It’s quite a mix. First off there’s some of the School Fair. Thanks so much to the class and to parents for their help (that’s also a clue to music…). We had a fantastic day! Also there are snaps from our rugby festival, the JRSO assembly and a picture of the latest fashion in glasses in P7.

Have a great weekend,

Mr Devereux

Other events coming up (also see last update):

Thursday 13th June - violin concert

Wednesday 20th June – talk by the SSPCA

Thursday 28th June – whole school talent show

Weekly Update #16

First off, remember that the next rugby session is this Monday, 13th May. I will be at some training on Monday, but Mrs Hepburn will be looking after the class for the day. To finish our India topic, we’ll be finding out some more about Hinduism this week. See what you can do for Walk to School Week which starts on Monday. There are lots of exciting events coming up, so I thought that it was time for another note of dates to keep you in the loop.

Mon. 13th May – Rugby coaching session 4

Thurs. 16th May – Class meets guidance teachers from Knox

Fri. 17th May – P7 photo for the East Lothian News

Wed. 22nd May – Choices for Life live broadcast for all P7 classes in Scotland

Sat. 25th May – P7 helping to run the school fair

Tues. 28th May – Workshop for the class about bullying run by an organisation called ABEL

Wed. 29th May – Meadowbank athletics

Thurs. 30th May – P7 rugby festival

Fri. 31st May – Parents invited to see their children’s e-portfolios

Mon. 3rd June – Special event for P6 & P7 run by Childline

Tues. 4th June – “A Suitcase of Paris” – a special French workshop for the class

Mon. 10th June – Workshop for P7 run by Childline

Tues. 11th June – Sports Day

Tues. 18th – Knox visit day 1

Wed. 19th June – Knox visit day 2

Wed. 26th June – Leavers’ assembly

There’s a lot of adventure to come! In the meantime here are some photos of our recent athletics and rugby coaching. Some of the rugby photos are seriously bonkers. There’s some kind of problem attaching the music I want to this slideshow at the moment, so I’m stuck with something a bit cheesy from the music library…

Have a great weekend!

Mr Devereux

Evil the Crow

Evil is a crow that stays in Yester Primary’s trees. Every now and then Evil comes tapping on our classroom windows with its beak. Orianne named the crow Evil since she thinks Evil is Evil. Mr Devereux has some great snap shots of him!

By Beth and Chloe

Can you spot Evil’s beak? He’s partly hidden by the reflection of the plant pot.

This is Evil looking guilty after he’s attacked our window.

Weekly update #15

Hello there!

This week athletics will be all Tuesday afternoon and there will be rugby on Wednesday so pupils will need outdoor kit. Because of this cornucopia of activity (look that up, P7!) we won’t be having PE on Thursday.

Mrs Thomas will be teaching the class on Tuesday, there is no music on Wednesday, and – just to confuse you – violin will be on Friday morning this week. The class has taken around 400 hundred photos in the last two weeks so it’s taking some time to work through them all. I’m putting a slideshow of the bowling ones in the post below, and in this post is another slideshow for fun. Rugby and athletics slideshows will follow when I’ve been able to sort through the glut of photos.

Latest dates to add to your diary:

Choices for Life live broadcast for all P7 classes in Scotland Wednesday 22nd May 2013

P7 visit to Knox Academy: Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th June

I hope you enjoy the rest of the holiday,

Mr Devereux