Yester take part in Children’s Parliament

One of our bletherers with a finished cube.

Five of our P6 and P7 children took part in an event called A Right Blether on Monday. This was organised by an organisation called the Children’s Parliament. Beforehand had to talk to three friends about things which people can do to help keep Scottish children safe and happy. They wrote these ideas on tiles which clipped together to make a cube. Then they went to Campie Primary where they joined with 20 other children from different schools and took part in drama, discussion and art. The pictures they made will be going on display in a national touring exhibition. Each child’s photo will be beside their artwork so visitors can see the face of the artist.  Only four out of Scotland thirty-two authorities were selected and only five schools in East Lothian were invited to take part. Well done our five talking, sharing, thinking artists!

Preparing the artwork.
Here's the whole team, hard at work.
This doesn't just look like fun - it is fun!

Walden Terrace is safer!

Thank you to all the parents who responded to my recent letter and changed driving/parking habits.  This morning only two ‘school run’ cars came up Walden Terrace to drop off children and this is a huge improvement.  Walden Terrace was much quieter and safer.  I was delighted to see the many other means of transport being used today: 9 children on bikes, one on a scooter, about 70 on the buses and lots of walking and park-and-stride.  Well done everyone!  Let’s keep this going.

Mr Devereux

Yester wins walking prize!

Once again, I would like to thank all the parents who give regular support and encouragement for the school’s Travel Plan.  I am delighted to announce that we have won the Walk to School Week prize for our great statistics from May.  The survey results revealed that the number of cars on the ‘school run’ that week for our school was considerably reduced and we were the most improved compared to previous surveys.  This is exciting news, particularly as we have won the prize twice before in the last three years.  Our new Junior Road Safety Officers will be collecting the prize at their special training event on 24th September.  The prize is £50 which will be very useful for the school.

Mr Devereux

Fischy music

We are all looking forward to the Fischy music on Tuesday 14th September.  However, quite a few pupils haven’t brought in their £2.  If you haven’t paid yet, please can you send in the money as soon as possible.  Thanks.

Can you help with bike training?

Every year our P5 children take part in a fun scheme called Ready, Steady, Bike.  Our P6 pupils take part in Scottish Cycle Training Scheme or SCTS (similar to what was called “Cycling Proficiency” back in the days when we were at school!).  Both of these rely on parents to help run the schemes.  At the moment we have only one parent trained for each programme, but lots of eager children.  We would welcome people who would like to do the training and help out P5 or P6 this year.

The SCTS training is on Mon 4th April 2011, 4pm-6pm, at Ormiston Primary.  The Ready Steady Bike training is Tues 5th April 2011, 4pm-6pm, at St Martins Primary in Tranent.   Please get in touch with the school if you would like to take part.  It may be next year, but I’m more than happy to sign folk up now!

Mr Devereux

Protect your child on the internet

The internet is a great resource, but also has its dangers.  The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre is a govenment organisation committed to making the internet safer for children.  Here you can download a letter from CEOP for all parents offering advice, resources and contact details.  Both Yester and Knox Academy make use of CEOP’s ThinkUknow materials for educating children about possible internet dangers. Back_to_School_Parent_Letter

Calling all businesses

Over the last few years we have been very successful in teaching enterprise.  Both the school and some of its staff have won awards for enterprise developments.  A large part of this is down to our  business partners who have generously contributed to helping our pupils.  This has included giving advice to pupils, providing workplace visits, supplying materials and know-how and supporting enterprise projects with professional expertise in the classroom.  We now have nine partners, our latest being the Chocolate Tree in Haddington.  But we’d love to have more.  If you own or work for a business (large or small) and think that your company might have something to offer, please get in touch.  The relationship is not just one-way and I would be happy to explain the mutual benefits.  You can get a flavour of enterprise and the role of our partners by visiting the Enterprise Section of our site.

Please ring the school office or email admin@yester.elcschool.org if you would like to join us.

Mr Devereux

Old mobiles urgently needed

Have you got any unwanted mobile phones at home?  There is a brilliant opportunity for us to get some new ICT equipment for our school.  If we can collect 250 old mobiles the company which manufactured our interactive whiteboards will give us 33 handsets which work with the boards.  They can be used to send answers to questions, fire sentences onto the board, select multiple choice answers and vote.  The kit usually sells for £1900, so getting it free is quite a saving!

We are teaming up with St Mary’s Primary in Haddington to have a realistic chance of achieving the target.  We will then share the set of handsets with them (e.g. a month’s use in each school).

The icing on the cake is that if we can do this, the manufacturer will also give £500 to the NSPCC.  This will be used to support Childline and the NSPCC’s own helpline.  As the number of calls to Childline is so high, the charity is no longer able to cope and this money will be put straight towards alleviating the problem.

Please ask friends and relatives.  It’s amazing how many mobiles are lying around in drawers.  If you have teenagers, there are probably stacks of old mobiles somewhere in the bedroom!

Mr Devereux

Community Coffee Morning – Friday 10th September 2010

Like us we are sure you have heard and seen all about the terrible disaster affecting the people of Pakistan. At our first Pupil Council meeting last week we decided to organise a coffee morning to raise money for the Appeal. So, we are holding a coffee morning on Friday 10th September 2010 from 10-11.30am in our school hall and we hope as many people as possible will come to it.There will be cake and candy and a chance for people to have a cup of coffee and a chat. You can help us by coming, baking for the event or if you have any garden produce you can donate please bring it with you.

We would like to raise lots of money and hope to see you next week.

Thank you.

Members of the Pupil Council.

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