Our first Pupil Focus group used the Think, Puzzle, Explore thinking routine to make some plans for our playground – some fantastic ideas!
Working together as a team – discussing techniques to assess progress – what , how, when, how much and why? Excellent professional dialogue at our staff session yesterday evening.
Your Parent Council has been busy over the past few months, starting the year with the Quiz Night in January which raised nearly £1000. Many thanks to all participants and sponsors for your support, and to the events and fundraising group for their amazing efforts! The events and fundraising group also ran the Easter Disco for the kids last month. If you’d like to get involved or have any ideas for future events, help is always welcome, and you don’t need to be a member of the Parent Council in order to get involved. It’s a great way to get to know each other, and contribute to your kids’ experience at the school too.
The next meeting of the Parent Council will be an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM), where the adoption of the proposed updated Constitution and Equality and Fairness Policy will be voted on. The EGM is being held at 7pm on Tuesday, 14th May, at The Crown, East Linton.
It may be that we can help, or alternatively we may be able to put you in touch with someone who can. We’d love to hear what your priorities are for the school, and how we can all best support the kids to have a positive learning experience.
We have some special days coming up – details for your calendar
Thursday 7th March – World Book day – bring something to read to carry all day. We haven’t asked the children to dress up this year but if your child is desperate to do so then that’s not a problem!
Friday 8th March – our friends from Dunbar Rotary are visiting for their annual Purple Pinkie appeal assembly, collection and pinkie print taking. This is a fantastic charity trying to finally eradicate polio from the world – find out more at http://www.purplepinkie.com/ Please can you send a donation with your child. Thank you for your support.
Friday 15th March is Red Nose Day – red noses go on sale next Wednesday 6th March priced £1.25 ( please send exact money, one nose per pupil to begin with). Noses can be bought from the office and our Charity Reps Heidi, Oliver, Abbi, Ella and Fearne will be selling them at morning break for pupils and at the start of each nursery session.
We encourage everyone to wear as much red as possible on the day and to bring a donation.
This week in school all of our classes have been learning about the importance of Fairtrade – we will be renewing our school Fairtrade status soon.
P5 enjoyed a John Muir themed dance session on Monday. P4 have been down to Dunbar to visit the recycling centre and next week they will be sharing this learning with P1a and P1b.
This week I attended a briefing on Managing Distressed and Challenging behaviour – this training is going to be rolled out to all school staff next session.
Miss McKay and I also started work assessing the numeracy skills of samples of pupils – this is going to feed into our whole staff session on Numeracy Moderation in 2 weeks. Our teachers are working in trios to develop maths and numeracy teaching and are carrying out classroom observations of each other focusing on teaching strategies and pupil progress.
At assembly on a Friday we recognise those who have gone “over and above” and I would like to share with you all the fantastic person that is Skye in P3 who had lots of hair cut off this week to donate to charity and also raised £348 – we are all so proud of her!
Today at assembly we launched our Learning Heroes – linking our recognition of “over and above ” in the classroom and school to the values in our School Charter which all of our pupils,staff and yourselves have fed into – more information coming home in school bags!
Good luck to our instrumentalists who are playing at a concert tomorrow in the Town House Haddington!
This link will take you to a summary of East Lothian Council’s Education Local Improvement Plan