Scottish Children’s Book Awards Shortlist

 The shortlisted books for the Scottish Children’s Book Awards were announced today.

Last term, our Primary 7 class were asked to help draw up the shortlist from the longlist of 16 books.  The whole class (plus some volunteers from P5) read as many of the books as possible.  They then rated them and made comments.  These ratings and comments were taken to the shortlist meeting and used to help decide the final 3.

The final 3 are:


Precious and the Mystery of the Missing Lion by Alexander McCall Smith
Pyrate’s Boy by E.B. Colin
Attack of the Giant Robot Chickens by Alex McCall

… which were also our top 3!

The 3 books which are Highly Commended are:

The Day the World Went Loki by Robert J Harris
Winter’s Tales by Lari Don
Circus of Thieves and the Raffle of Doom by William Sutcliffe

… which were our next 3!

Well done to all involved.  It shows that children at Pencitland know their books.

Special mention to Lauren D who read all 16!

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Sports Day

We have decided that Sports Day will go ahead as the forecast is looking good. We will make a decision about individual events nearer the time.

Catherine Wilson

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2014-2015 Session Dates

An extra in-service day has been added to the school calendar for next session (Wednesday 20 August).  I have posted the new session dates on the blog and we will also send a paper copy home for each family.

Catherine Wilson

2014-2015 – REVISED SESSION DATES- extra inservice day Aug 2014

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School Sports

A decision will be taken after morning break (10.45)  as to whether the sports will go ahead today.

Catherine Wilson

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Pirate Families

Our pirate themed reading week was a great success and lots of swashbuckling fun was had by all. Throughout the week children from each class worked cooperatively with a local author, Sheila Averbuch, to produce a whole school story. As a community we then considered what best to do with this excellent piece of work. We quickly realised that few of us knew about the processes required to publish a book. Most of us had written our own stories, and we had all read books; however none of us could suggest how to get from ideas on paper to a glossy book.

We sought out someone to help us and Channi McBain came in to run some workshops. With her help we put together our manuscript. We considered layout, print size, illustrations and the blurb. We then went on to design and distribute advertising posters and order forms, and organised a launch event.

Pirate Families Cover - Small

So it was with great pride on June 13th at 12:30 that we launched our whole school book ‘Pirate Families.’ Our pre-sales orders were good and everyone was very excited about seeing the finished product.  We sold over 100 copies on the first day, at £5:00 per book.  We will also be launching Kindle editions on Amazon within the next few weeks.

The children are delighted with their work and most of them read their copy over the first weekend.  They are now able to recognise and discuss elements of a book and can explain better why they like their favourite books.  Some of them are developing a more analytical approach to reading materials.

We hope to repeat the process again next year and make the final product even better! We couldn’t have done any of it without the wonderful, wise and patient support from Sheila Averbuch.  All in all, a wonderful project and a great read!

Lindsey Barley

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P4/5 Primary Games

Today primary 4 & primary 5 were lucky enough to attend the Primary Games at Meadowmill. Now a day out of school playing sports is usually a cause for celebration as it is, but this was extra special because we got to see the Queen’s Commonwealth Games baton on it’s tour around Scotland. In fact, some of us even got to touch it! Then we had the chance to play some sports with children from all over East Lothian. The sun was scorching and water and sun-tan lotion was in short supply. However, it was testament to the Pencaitland Primary School spirit that no-one flagged (except the teachers) and everyone competed fairly and behaved impeccably. It was clear the school have some up-and-coming sportsmen and sportswomen of the future!

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Den Building

To finish of their John Muir award, P5 ventured into the nettle infested woods behind the school to see which group could build the best den or shelter. The challenge was to build a den that could take each team member with additional points on offer for camouflage.

They learned a lot about teamwork, how to make a secure structure and some top tips on camouflage.  P5 had a really fun time (apart from the nettles) and are now all ready should they ever be lost in a tropical jungle!



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On Monday 9th June the boiler in school will be shutdown for maintenance.  There will be no hot meals that day but cold meals will be available.

Catherine Wilson

Admin Asistant

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Primary 7 Need Your Help


Primary 7 are putting on Bugsy Malone on the 4th June.  We need your help with props and costumes.  If you can help us with any of the following we will be very grateful:

  • Old style telephones (1930s)
  • Old style megaphone (not electronic)
  • A violin
  • Boxing gloves + head guard
  • A small reel-to-reel tape recorder and microphone for a reporter
  • Jackets/suits/hats for gangsters
  • Long coats for ‘Down and Outs’

Thank you.

Primary 7

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School Newsletter

Here is our May/June newsletter

Catherine Wilson

Admin Assisant

Pencaitland newsletter – May June 14 – Copy – Copy

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