The children are currently learning about the beliefs, values and stories of the Buddhist faith. This week, we received a visit from a Buddhist Nun called Gen Lhamo who is based in Edinburgh.
Miss Lhamo talked to the children about the history of Buddhism and special artefacts, places and symbols of the Buddhist faith. We also learned how to meditate. Miss Lhamo answered so many of the children’s questions and really sparked their interest to learn more.
Parents and carers are invited in to school on the last Friday of every month to share in their children’s learning and school development. We are all working together to enhance our learning, and by listening to everyone’s ideas, we are developing our vision for our school and our future. On our next learning visit, we will be developing our values and our aims.
Our Primary 1 – 3 pupils have been enjoying Outdoor Woodland Learning in Stenton Woods over the last 4 weeks. ‘OWLs’ is a programme that aims to develop confidence and self-esteem in the children through learning new skills and experiencing exciting and challenging activities outdoors. We are very grateful to Fiona Wilson-Beales from the village who is a trained OWLs teacher and she gives up her day off to take groups of children along with staff and parents. The children benefit greatly from these opportunities and they love every minute of them.
On Friday 18th November, our Pupil Council organised a fundraising morning for Children in Need. We had face painting, pin the bandage on Pudsey, a colour-in Pudsey competition, a home baking stall and a Hidden Treasure challenge. It total we raised £66.90 – well done everyone and thank you for your support!
On Friday 28th October, we joined the community in a walk at Pressmennan Woods and then invited everyone to enjoy some homemade apple pies and Harvest celebrations at the school. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the morning , particularly the warm apple pies made from the apples we picked at Ruchlaw farm.
The children have been very busy creating a video presentation on PowerPoint to help raise funds for the village hall. Everyone has worked hard and has learned a lot from the project. The children fully understood the purpose of this learning experience and really enjoyed undertaking this piece of work for their community. The ideas are all theirs – from scripts to power point and videos.
If you click on the link below and then download you will be able to see their presentations.
On Monday, we all walked to Ruchlaw Mains Farm to help pick this year’s apple crop from the Wyllie’s orchard. We all thoroughly enjoyed the experience. All the children picked their own preferred variety of apple to take home. The rest of the apples will be used in school as part of our Making and Growing Topic. Thank you once again to Barbara and Jim Wyllie for making this a wonderful learning opportunity for our children.
Our pupils have been working on the SHANARRI wheel (Safe, Healthy, Achieving, Nurtured, Active, Respected, Responsible and Included). In this way, we give a lot of thought to our emotional and social health and wellbeing and understand how important all aspects of the “wheel” are equally important.
Sharing learning from a village school in rural East Lothian