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Campie’s Enterprise Update

Campie Primary pupils are very busy too with lots of enterprising work going on. P1 pupils paid a visit to Newhailes Nursery to buy seeds, which they planted up in pots. These are now growing well and will be sold at the P1 parents’ open day which the children and their teachers are busy organising.The P2 pupils recently welcomed their parents in to school to work with them on fun maths games. This was much enjoyed by everyone. They have also been visiting Newhailes woods where they worked in groups to produce some art work, made with natural resources form the woods. One of the P2 classes has been working on a topic based on orienteering skills, as part of their work towards the four capacities of a Curriculum for Excellence. They have learned a great deal from this. P3 classes held an open day for parents based on their viking project,. They displayed work, sold various items they had made and served food on the day. In the P4 classes children have been discussing healthy snack and taking responsibility for their choices.They have also been working in pairs to produce Roman fact sheets which are on display for others to see. One of the P5 classes have begun to work on their John Muir project. They are going to be developing an area of ground at the back of the school and have made a business link with the Musselburgh Allotment Association to help with the work. They are also going to be taking part in a potato growing competition. The other P5 class has been doing very good work in using surveys as a means of gathering information and have chosen the subject of healthy snack which involves the whole school. P5 and P6 pupils have been piloting the APODO enterprise tool this term and have found this to be very enjoyable and beneficial. P6 pupils are heavily into recycling of various types and are making a very positive eco contribution. They also have links with various businesses and agencies through this work. P6s have also been working with partners to research Scotland’s carbon footprint and have devised excellent posters to encourage people to save energy and reduce waste. They have also produced  a separate poster of their Top Ten Tips for saving energy. P7 pupils have been enterprising in a wide range of ways, including work they have done to raise funds for their charity. They recently ran healthy baking cafes for the other pupils in the school, organised a dress up day for Comic Relief and have just had their parents’ open day for which they organised and ran a community Fair Trade coffee morning, which was well attended by parents relatives and senior citizens. One of our business partners, who runs a Fair Trade shop, also took part and set up a video presentation and a stall selling fair trade goods. A whole school enterprise has begun at Campie this session. Everyone will play a part in helping to upgrade the school’s central courtyard into an eco friendly outdoor classroom space. Work has already begun and will continue into next session.

Campie’s Wild And Wonderful Exhibition

Wild and Wonderful Exhibition

On Friday 12 January, pupils in Mrs O’Brien’s P7a class at Campie Primary, staged a very successful exhibition of environmentally – themed sculptures at Stuart House, Eskmills, Musselburgh.

The exhibition was inspired by the pupils’ contact with Fanny Lam Christie, an artist and sculptor who recently staged an exhibition of her own work at Eskmills. The children visited the exhibition and invited Fanny to come to school to talk to them about her work, as part of their on going activities in  the John Muir Award. Fanny, like Mrs O’Brien and her class, has a very keen interest in environmental and conservation issues and was a very welcome visitor.

As  a result the children began work in pulling together their own exhibition which features sculptures, John Muir Award displays and stories. The work itself  took many weeks to complete, including organising the exhibition itself – the venue, invitations etc.

The opening on 12 January was a very happy occasion for the children, Mrs O’Brien and the school. It was attended by parents and VIP guests including the Director of Education Alan Blackie;Lord James Douglas – Hamilton MSP; John Muir Award and National Trust reps; Gavin McIntosh and Malcolm Gillies of Eskmills and many others. The children were delighted that so many busy people had taken time out to attend. Their hard work and enterprising approaches had paid off handsomely.

Once again the school would like to pay tribute to Eskmills, especially Gavin McIntosh, for  the encouragement and support offered to the school and Fanny Lam Christie for her inspiration.

Cathy Clarke DHT Campie PS