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In the spotlight

Following the very positive feedback from our recent Education Scotland Inspection (https://education.gov.scot/inspection-reports/east-lothian/5553725), we are very proud to have welcomed Minister for Early Learning & Childcare (Ms Marie Todd) who visited our setting to meet the Early Years Team who recently were recognised as a setting of ‘Innovation and Impact’. We have tweeted  a number of photographs and information about this recent success. The latest good news story for our small, but very ambitious learning community, is the further recognition of our school as model of ‘highly effective practice’, and a special ‘sketchnote’ published on the Education Scotland website: https://education.gov.scot/improvement/practice-exemplars/sketchnote-innerwick

We are very proud of the hard work and commitment from the staff team, which leads to excellent experiences for our young people enjoy. It is always nice to be recognised for one’s efforts, and the whole team would like to thank our community for being such an engaged and positive partner over the past few months. We take the view that it is always possible to improve and develop, and look forward to enjoying even more progress and success in the years to come.

School Curriculum Evening

We are very thankful to the parents who joined us for the Curriculum Evening in week 2 of the term. It was lovely to be able to meet and talk with you, and also to share some of our priorities and ambitions for the year.

The staff team hope that you enjoyed the experience, and judging from the feedback provided, you found it all worthwhile. We really want the community to be active partners in the learning and development which takes place at Innerwick PS, and look forward to working closely with you over the rest of the year. On the matter of school priorities, please remember that our current School Improvement Plan can be found on the school website,

https://www.edubuzz.org/innerwick/our-school/school-documents/

Additional comments:

“Very happy with Innerwick PS”

“A great evening – thank you.”

“Very worthwhile and informative evening – found it very useful.”

“Always good to get feedback from class teachers regularly.”

 

 

 

 

Anniversary week

Well, we seem to have survived what has been a quite incredible week of events and experiences. The children have worked so hard across the whole range of curriculum areas: art, music, drama, numeracy, literacy, social sciences, technology, PE……… and the contexts could not have been any more relevant.

Many thanks to all the staff, the parents, members of the community and, of course, the children. they have done us proud, once again, with their appetite for learning and performing. This has been such a busy week, but also such a rewarding week. It really underlines what a special community we have. Thank you all so much, and here’s to another 50 years!

Fruitful feedback

It was great to welcome families into school towards the end of November, and give them a chance to see at first hand what learning looks like in our classes. It was a miserable day, but we had a 28% turn-out which we hope will rise in subsequent Open Mornings. Listed below are some of the comments left by our partners…… thanks to all who joined us on the day.

“Lovely tour around the school.”

“Great open door policy, I always feel informed and welcome. Staff are really welcoming.”

“Fab tour of classrooms…..always nice to get to see what the kids are learning.”

“Lovely to see how the children are learning and getting on in class. Great atmosphere!”

“So nice to see what goes on in class…….such a bright, colourful and friendly place to learn.”

The table below shows the responses to our stakeholder questions carried out over Parent Consultation evenings. The balance % scores were either  ‘not sure’ or ‘disagree’. We feel that the responses are very encouraging, but, as always, will strive to do better.

  agree
My child enjoys learning at school  

80%

I receive clear information about my child’s learning and progress  

79%

Pupils feel safe in our school  

96%

Pupils are treated fairly in school  

92%

I feel my child is succeeding at school  

93%

I feel encouraged to be actively involved in my child’s education  

87%

The school is well led  

88%

Innerwick and Stenton have a morning to remember

Innerwick and Stenton partnership schools came together today to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day. Pupils from both schools presented aspects of their learning, including, literacy, artwork, drama, social studies and music; demonstrating an understanding of and sensitivity to the sacrifices made by previous generations, and an appreciation of the need for peace and reconciliation in our world. Families and friends of both communities joined to share this event, and enjoyed the opportunity to socialise afterwards. Much thanks goes to Rev. David Smith for hosting at Stenton parish church, as well as Rev. Suzie  Fletcher for her contribution. In particular, I’d like to express my pride and thanks to all the children and staff across both schools for their hard work in making this such a special occasion.

Smashing summer success!

Innerwick PS hosted a fantastic summer fete on Saturday 12 May, organised by the school’s Parent Council. The sun shone all day to reward the hard work of all the parents who had contributed so much. There were a number of stalls, games, inflatables, tombola and, of course, home baking, for everyone to enjoy, and the sunshine ensured that we all had a great time. The school would like to thank all the parents, staff and friends of Innerwick PS who made things run so smoothly, and also all those who attended and contributed to the special vibe on the day. A special thank you goes to Tracy Webster and the core team for such effort and commitment to making the day the success it was.