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Day 2 at Loch Insh

What an amazing day we’ve all had – wall to wall sunshine and lots of great activities. It is now 8.20 and the evening activities are just coming to an end, ready for supper up at Insh Hall.
The conditions for sailing were not ideal – not much wind, but this made the loch like glass for the kayakers and canoeists. Some groups went up the Spey a little way and saw some interesting wildlife. The ospreys are nesting on the lake and have been spotted by some. Their nest is enormous.
We’ve been slapping on the sun cream and drinking lots of water. Some dorms and chalets are more house proud than others as we discovered this morning at inspection time!
Thanks for all your comments – we will read them out when we are all together doing diaries later on.

Disco fever mounting

What a fab day today. Lots more activities, no trips to A&E and a lovely sunny afternoon. We are about to have our barbecue for tea followed by much preening, lots of body spray and not much washing to get ready for the disco later on. Activities for the day are finished and it is the boys’turn to visit the shop. There was a fresh breeze for the sailing this afternoon and the views across the Loch are fantastic with still some snow on the bigger hills. Lots of children have been overheard saying they wished they could stay longer and not go home tomorrow. The children have become very used to the routines of mealtimes, dorm inspection and lunch making. Looking after their kit and dealing with wet gear has been a steep learning curve for many of them and it has been a revelation to some that a pile of wet clothes dumped on the drying room floor doesn’t actually result in dry clothes the next time you come to collect them!
Before the disco starts the children get to see a film that has been compiled of them during activities this week. One of the Loch Insh staff goes round the groups and takes video throughout the week which is then compiled into a montage. Then the serious stuff of the disco begins!
Anyway, time for BBQ now. We will be in touch with school tomorrow with an eta for our return and the info will be posted by school on the blog – to save 73 phone calls to the office.
See you all tomorrow.

Good morning campers!

Unable to access the network last night so up early today to update you. The children loved reading your comments – thanks to everyone who posted.
Yesterday was a great day with dry weather and intermittent sunshine, especially during the afternoon. This morning is a bit fresher but the cloud base is high so looks promising. The groups each did three activities yesterday – one morning, one afternoon and then a whole group one in the evening which was a game of capture the flag in the woods. There are red squirrels here but not much chance of seeing any given the noise our lot were making.
Mr McBride returned home on the train last night and will be in school today and Miss McGill arrived on a later train in the evening and took over his chalet.
The children made a great job of doing their packed lunches yesterday morning and there were some interesting combinations of fillings when able to choose from such a range.
Mrs Baxter had a quick visit to the local A&E department yesterday with one of our boys who had a finger injury from snowboarding but thankfully nothing broken.
The girls had a chance to visit the shop yesterday and today it is the turn of the boys so look out for some thoughtfully chosen presents…or maybe some empty wrappers if the temptation is too much between now and Friday.
There are ospreys nesting on the loch and many of the children have seen the nest when they have been out canoeing or kayaking. We have seen one sitting in a tree but not flying yet. The tour boat probably gives the best chance of seeing them as there tends to be a lot of noise when we are on the water!
Anyway, time to go and check that my chalet have not gone back to sleep whilst I’ve been doing this and get ready for breakfast.
Will try to post an update later…network willing.
Love from P7 and all the staff

Greetings from Loch Insh

We arrived safely after a long journey (delays on the by pass)and were straight into our first activity after a quick lunch. It stayed fine and this evening is a lovely sunny, calm evening. The children are out and about on the site orienteering in their activity teams. We had leek and potato soup, sweet and sour chicken or jacket potatoes followed by ice lollies for dinner. There are three other very small schools here at the same time and we have the first sitting for dinner and breakfast – 4.30 and 7.30 respectively.
Will post more news tomorrow. Here’s hoping for a quiet night!

Family Fridays – Conservation on the Law

Are you looking for something active, fun and outdoors to do with your children on a Friday afternoon? We are starting a small group working with the local countryside ranger to help with some conservation tasks at North Berwick Law. This will include vegetation clearance, tree maintenance and litter picking. This group is open to children in P4 to P7 and their accompanying adult. Adults will be required to stay, supervise their children and also help out.
The block of 4 weeks starts on Friday 28th February and runs for 4 consecutive weeks, ending on Friday 21st March. Meet at 1.30pm at the North Berwick Law car park. Finish time is 3.30pm. All tools and gloves will be provided, but please wear warm, waterproof clothing, boots or wellies and bring along a drink.
Spaces are limited. Please email the school office to book a place, stating your child’s name and class, the name of adult who will accompany them and a contact number.

Extension plans

As you are probably aware, East Lothian Council is currently making plans for the future expansion of Law Primary School. A presentation was given to staff in November 2013 and at the request of the Parent Council this is now being shared with the wider Parent Forum. Please be aware that the plans are still under development and subject to change. A member of the Parent Counil is part of the consultative group and regular updates are given at Parent Council meetings. The next meeting of the Parent Council is on Monday 20th January 2014.
The file size of the presentation is too large to be uploaded to the blog, but if anyone would like a copy emailed to them, please get in touch with the school office.