Thanks Mini Mudders and Bag Packers!

Thanks to everyone who helped out at the Mini Mudder event and Bag Packing at the Co-op!

We raised £749 from the Mini Mudder and £301.57 from the Bag Packing!

A total over £1050 from these two events means that we have raised enough to go ahead and order the Trim Trail for the playground. Thanks to everyone who had a look at the playground plans at the Harvest Festival and gave your comments. I will be getting final quotes from the 5 companies who have been to the school next week so we will be on schedule to get the Trim Trail installed before Christmas.

Helen

Our tiny Mini Mudders!

A few photos from this morning of the tiny mini mudders!

 

Mini Mudders were amazing!

Wow – The Mini Mudders were all amazing today!

The younger ones this morning all did the playground obstacle course at least twice and then the older ones all seemed to enjoy the 3 mile course this afternoon. I am sure some of them might be a bit tired tonight though!

Thanks to Jo, whose idea it was originally to do the Tough Mudder and Mini Mudder and to Megan who helped her plan the course and organise the equipment. Thanks to all the parents, grandparents and friends who helped set out the course and help the kids round and finally thanks to teachers and staff for going along with our mad idea. Please remember we still need your sponsorship to help reach out playground funding target! Who knows maybe we could do this again next year……

Helen

Bank of Scotland – Community Fund

We need your Vote!

Our school has made it to the final four in the Bank of Scotland Community Fund. We now need your votes – The top two groups in our area with the most votes will get £3000.

For further information and to vote online please go to https://communityfund.bankofscotland.co.uk/voting/cf_org_vote_profile.asp?cfr=989C3D

To vote by text,  please text VOTE KZRD  to 82332.

Please encourage all your friends, relatives, and colleagues to vote too. We are up against much larger groups so need to spread the word……

Thanks

Helen

 

MINI MUDDER – 25th September

Hi everyone,

I wanted to let everyone know a bit more information about the Mini Mudder planned for 25th September. Jo and I have been and talked to all the schoolchildren about it, and notes will be coming out in message bags this week.

There will be two courses – one for the younger pupils (nursery &P1/2 and some of P3/4/5) which will take place in the morning and one for the older and more energetic kids (some of P3/4/5 and P6/7), which will take place in the afternoon. After speaking to the teachers, each child in P3/4/5 along with their teacher/parents can decide which course they want to do.

The small course will be in the school playing field and will be similar to the obstacle course some of the nursery children took part in a few years ago – crawling through tunnels, walking along beams, jumping off steps, running through tyres etc. The bigger course will take the children down the ‘Bellyford Lane’ footpath to the old railway line. Jo and Megan have been working with Outdoor Education in Musselburgh to borrow lots of equipment and come up with a fun course – with hay bales, spiders webs, tunnels, tyres etc. There will be climbing , crawling and the potential for getting wet and muddy! The course will be up to 3 miles long, although we must stress each child will be encouraged to do only what they are capable of – and they do not have to run! Like the Tough Mudder – if there are any obstacles that children do not want to do, they do not have to do them. It is meant to be a fun challenge, but each child should work to their own level and like the Tough Mudder it will be best to work together as a team to help each other through the obstacles. The route will be fully supervised by the teachers and volunteer helpers.

We also plan on inviting parents and friends to come and watch their children participate in the afternoon. If any parents would like to volunteer to help supervise an obstacle or to serve teas/coffees to parents and friends cheering the children on it would really be appreciated! If you have any questions about the Mini Mudder, please ask Jo, Megan or I.

Helen

BAG PACKING – Saturday 5th October

I know many of you dread when we start mentioning bag packing…….

However, it really is a great way to raise money with very little effort, without putting our hands in our own pockets and without hassling grandparents and friends for sponsorship!

We have another bag packing slot in the main CO-OP in Tranent on Saturday 5th October. It is usually quite fun and lots of local people are really interested in the school and very generous! Please let me know if you are able to help and your time preference – we usually do 2 hour slots, but even helping for half an hour would be great. Older children can also help (P4 and above) if they can come dressed in school jumpers.

Thanks

Helen

AGM 19th September

The next Parent Council meeting will be the AGM and will be held on the 19th September 2013 in the School Hall.

The meeting starts at 7pm and should be finished by 8:30pm. We will look back over the last year and forward to the next. We also elect the PC members for the 2013/14 term. If you want to find out more about being on the PC please speak to me. All parents and carers can come to PC meetings, so even if you don’t want to be on the committee, the meetings are a good place to find out much more about what is going on in the school and in the local community.

Funding questions

I have been asked by a parent  why the parent council (PC) was unable to fund the P6/7 trip this week and explain to everyone.

At the last PC meeting, it was agreed that funding an adventure play area would be our priority this year. We have applied for as much external funding as we can and so far have been awarded £8000. Funding such as Legacy 2014 Funding comes with conditions and one of those is that we have to match the £5500 they have offered us in order for them to give us their donation. With the £2500 from the Daisy Chain Trust and our own fundraising we nearly have enough, but still need another £700 to be able to claim the Legacy funding. We also have to spend every penny of this on the playground and cannot use it for any other purpose – they will check our invoices!

If we had continued to fund travel this term, then we might not be able to complete the playground project in 2013. If we can raise the final £700 with the Mini Mudder and the Bag packing in October then we will be able to complete the Trim Trail and have kids playing on it by Christmas!

I also wanted to make it clear that the Parent Council receives no funding from the council – the only money we have to spend is money that we have raise ourselves through Bag packing, Raffles, sponsored events etc. In 2012, as well as funding travel costs for each class to have a school trip, we also bought Accelerated reading books and paid for the school text messaging service. I know we can be annoying asking people to volunteer for different events, but this is the only way we get money to spend. If we did not continually fundraise we would have not been able to subsidise previous school trips. The more help and support we get at events, the more things we will be able to fund. If you want to have a say in how the funds we raise are spent please tell me your thoughts. New fundraising ideas and more people to organise them are also very, very welcome!

Helen

What do you want to see in our playground?

Now we have almost secured enough funding for a Trim Trail (just £700 to go!), we need to decide what activities we want to have!

Tyres? Balances, Monkey bars? Cargo nets??????

Next week we will be talking to each class and asking them what things they most like to play on, and trying to design a Trim Trail for all ages….

The picture below is the sort of thing we will be able to buy – which bits do you like? What would you like to see?

Twin House Activity Centre from PlayQuest Adventure Play

Help Health Elphs to Work and Play update!

Last term discussions with the children, teachers and parents led to initial ideas being put forward to develop our school playground. There were three main areas that people wanted – An Adventure Trim Trail, Colourful Playground Art and a new climbing frame for the nursery playground.

Funding applications were made to a number of different grant giving bodies and now we have been successful, we want to consult more widely with children, parents and carers.

Legacy 2014 have given us £5,500 to spend on an ‘Adventure Play Trim Trail’ – their emphasis is on active play and sport and we cannot use the money for other parts of the playground – such as art or simple climbing frames. Another condition of this funding is that we also have to raise matching funding – another £5,500 – which gives us a total of £11,000 to spend on Adventure play. This link below gives an idea of the type of equipment we are thinking about.

http://playquestadventureplay.co.uk/Adventure_Playground_Equipment/Fun_Trails.html

We need to make sure we have equipment for both younger and older kids to enjoy. The Trim Trail is planned to be situated on the grass at the far end of the field (running parallel to the hedge along the side of the footpath), and will not take away any of the football pitch

We are still hopeful of receiving further funding and raising more money through our fundraising and the Mini Mudder. If we do, we will spend this on brightening up the playground with education playground art – such as number squares and alphabet snakes – that can be used in lessons as well as in play.

The final thing on our wish list is a new climbing frame or other play equipment for the nursery.

In the next few weeks we will be meeting with Sports Scotland (who administer the Legacy 2014 awards) and playground suppliers to develop our plans.

Please let us know what you think about the plans so far and what you would like to see in the playground. Please ask any questions and I can let you know more details as we have them.