P4 take on Europe

Turn up the volume, set the video to HD, and join in the singing and actions as P4 represent Scotland in this year’s 9th edition of Schoolovision, singing the Fischy Music song “You Are a Star”.

All entries are appearing on the website over the next 10 days, before the 1000 children in 37 countries taking part choose their favourites in a special webcam conference on Friday 12th May, the day before Eurovision itself.

 

Cycle training

Would you like to help train our P5, P6 or P7 pupils in cycling skills? We are dependent on willing parents to deliver our Bikeability courses. Bikeability Scotland is a cycle training scheme designed to give children the skills and confidence they need to cycle safely on the roads, and encourage them to carry on cycling into adulthood.

There is free training being run across East Lothian for those wanting to get involved and support schools’ Bikeability Scotland programmes.  Please get in touch with Mr Devereux if you would like to become involved. Dates for training include full and half day options on March 10, 17 and 24, April 21 and 28, May 12, 19 and 26, and June 2.   The course can also be delivered at Yester if there are enough participants, or broken in to more suitable sessions.
More information on Bikeability Scotland, the Cycle Training Assistant course and booking can be found:
http://bikeabilityscotland.org/
http://www.cyclinghub.scot/course/cycle-training-assistant- (scqf-accredited-level-5)-

The course timing are:

full day: 0900-1600
am sessions: 0900-1230
pm sessions: 1230-1600

Benmore Day 5

There was so much enthusiasm for dancing at the disco last night that it was extended for a full half hour. The girls were so impressed with the hair dressing skills of Mrs Mercer and Ms Kavanagh, they suggested that they should start up a business. Tired after a full day, everyone went straight to sleep. This morning the children will pack their damp, dirty clothes ready for their parents’ attention! They have all had a brilliant time, but are looking forward to seeing their families again.

Benmore Day 4


It was quite warm today (though the gorge walkers didn’t think so) and it bstopped raining by lunchtime. Louisa wore five pairs of socks for the gorge walk so hopefully her toes were warm. Afterwards when Oliver took off his boot and tipped out about a litre of water, a live frog fell out and hopped through the door into the garden. It must have lived in his boot for about half an hour. Jessica proved that she is a human monkey by doing the overhang on the climbing wall. Rorie and Callum both overcame a fear of heights and abseiled from a cliff. Tonight is the disco so Mrs Mercer and Ms Kavanagh are running a hair salon. Mr Devereux is planning to play pool with the boys while the girls are doing their hair. Lots of excitement to come…

Benmore Day 3

After an exciting treasure hunt last night, we woke to sausages and toast this morning. Groups went orienteering, caving, climbing & abseiling, and on the ropes course. Amy was lowered down a crack into an underground cavern singing Spiderman music. At the end of the day everyone had a favourite moment – Ellen’s was having Arctic roll for tea. We are all being driven mad by owl hooting as Reese has been teaching everyone (including Mrs Mercer) how to do this. The corridors of Benmore resound with hooting. Lots of laughter, lots of fun, lot of new experiences. Too many to mention are all the personal achievements, as the class consistently challenge themselves. Sorry there are no photos yet, but we only have access to a tablet.

I found climbing and abseiling one of the beat activities, says Jemma.

I found caving spooky but fun, says George.

All dorms got nines or tens or ten and a half for dorm inspection but Ms Kavanagh sadly had a very messy room which let us down! says Louisa.

It’s been a really busy few days. I had to fit through a tiny gap in a cave which I didn’t like but I overcame one of my fears- heights, says Alistair.

Benmore Day 2

Food is definitely proving popular with large helpings being eaten at each meal – afternoon tiffin with cake also much anticipated. Groups today went caving (well done to Mrs Mercer for squeezing through the tunnel too), in the forest (where Ms Kavanagh took part in a race through a concrete water pipe), doing a gorge walk and dashing through mud on mountain bikes. Our class has been mingling well with the other schools, sometimes choosing to sit at other schools’ tables. It did rain a lot today, but we would all have got very muddy and wet anyway. Many thanks to folk leaving comments which we will pass on. We will try to get some photos on soon. It was a bit dark and wet for photos today and Mr Devereux thinks his camera has died in the rain. Oh dear.

I had lots of fun doing caving and crawling through small gaps, says Jemma.

I had lot of fun gorge walking, says Amy.

I had fun mountain biking because I splashed through lots of puddles, says George.

I have enjoyed all of the time activities. I have also enjoyed spending time with my friends. PS Hi Mum, says Alastair.

Benmore – P7

Hey! We’ve all arrived safely after a smooth journey with lovely views of the Arrocher Alps covered in snow. Everyone has enjoyed exploring as well as fish and chips for tea. We are about to head out on the night walk. More tomorrow when there’s more time. All very happy and excited.

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