On Monday this week, Stenton Primary were given a fantastic opportunity to plant new trees in Pressmennan Woods! We were invited to join some members of the Woodland Trust for the afternoon to plant some Oak saplings. The children worked in pairs. Wherever a patch of leaves had been cleared they had to dig a hole, plant their sapling, press it in and then protect it with a tube and a stake. Everyone had a great time and loved getting stuck in. You can visit our new oak trees by following the path along from the car park, roughly 100 yards along on the left hand side. We planted 90 trees altogether!
The children held their second open morning last Friday for the development of our ‘Vision, Values and Aims’. We have been focusing on deciding which values are key for us and what our daily goals/aims should be.
The children worked together in co-operative learning groups to plan and prepare their presentations and activities. Everyone worked so hard and we are very grateful to everyone who was able to join us and engage with this whole school development.
We will act on the feedback from parents and staff in order to have finalised ‘Vision, Values and Aims’ by the end of next term.
As part of our 1 + 2 languages we held a French celebration open morning on Friday when parents and community members were invited in to learn conversational French. We held workshops and games showing parents how we learn and practise French as part of our daily routine. We also enjoyed traditional French food and a visit from a native French speaker.
The morning was a huge success with the children having the opportunity to speak French in a real life context which has enthused them further to learn other languages.
On Tuesday 24th January, the children entertained parents, members of the community and staff with their poems, songs and musical accompaniment at our annual school Burns Lunch. We were also lucky to have Connor Tierney from Dunbar Grammar pipe in the haggis – thank you Connor! It was a lovely day enjoyed by all.
Well done to everyone who took part in the Stenton Primary School Spelling Bee today and to all the finalists and our overall winner. Fantastic attitude and effort from all!
Pupil and staff at Stenton Primary School collected food for Dunbar Basics Food Bank. We also decorated festive boxes in which the food will be distributed over Christmas . Many thanks to all for your kindness!
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!