Today was the official twinning of the Prestonpans cluster with Barga in Tuscany. We had an early start and an absolutely amazing day!
Hope youve logged on to www.barganews.com to see the fantastic photos of our day.
Heres a flavour of our day.
I thought today was amaazing. I really enjoyed walking along with the banners and the feeling was amazing when we sang. Becca
As we walked up the streets we thought our arms were going to fall off because of the banners weight. After the parade we did the highland fling to the pipes and the drum. Also I (Anna) danced with an old Italian soldier. We did the waltz. Brogan & Anna
Today was the main day and I had a great time piping. I feel like a celebrity because of all the pictures! Caitlain
Today was really enjoyable _ getting up and full of adrenilin. It was a great feeling meeting the Mayor of Barga and John Bellany. Ross
Carrying the banners through the streets of Barga was amazing.!!! then when we danced with the guys with the accordians, it was just fab! Megan
I was so nrvous during the ceremony because I had to give the mayor and John Bellany a brochure for the Three Harbours festival. I didnt realise I had to make a speech so when I handed the brochure over I just said the first thing that came into my head! Julia
When I was watching the ceremony of the twinning I had to stand for ages but it was worth it. Louise
Hi everyone! Today we were parading through the town of Barga. It was tiring but fun. See you soon. Eilidh
Hi everyone its Isla. I was in a giant parade. It was brilliant but it was tiring. I am having a great time. My favourite part was meeting Pat OBrien and Mayor Senetti. Isla
Hi guys. We hope you saw the celebration. We enjoyed being part of it and I hope you enjoy watching it. Fraser
My favourite part of the celebration was singing and performing in front of the crowds. I hope other people liked it too. Ciaran
I enjoyed singing on th spot because everyone seemed to be silent and stop what ever they were doing just to watch us. They seemed to enjoy it very much.
After the official performance in front of the mayor and invited guests, we gathered at a very enjoyable Italian restaurant . Despite a very long wait for our food , it was worth it.
Joining us at the restaurant was a group of kind American tourists from Oregan for whom we performed a private concert. The concert turned in to a public display in the squarte for the whole of Barga. Everyone loved us! When we left Caitlins bagpipes and Rosss drums boomed through the streets of Barga as we paraded to the next square. Andrew, Gerard, Maia, Louise & Robbie.
Staff comment a very surreal but magical experience.
Our students are doing us and East Lothian proud – amazing ambassadors!
Hi. This is Barga calling!We visited Pisa and Luca yesterday and spent today in Barga. We marched through the town to the sound of the pipes and then entertained the old folks at Villa Pascole. We’ve done lots of impromtu concerts as well.
Todays coments are: we had rum icecream, we have taken 184 photos and it only tuesday, we sang in the amphtheter in Lucca.
We relised Lucca is not just icecream but an experience.
Really tired p.s watch for video clips and photos! bye from ciaran
Hi guys,we are here in Barga! ouher thots so far are
it hot the ice creams nice great scenery and the rooms are very nice aswell.the shops are great.We are going to Pisa and Lucca today.To be continued…………….Tomorrow
PS Can Miss B transfer this to the other school websites? Or can you let them know to log on to ours!” Mrs mac
Many thanks for all your baking contributions and for coming along to buy our wares. The children really enjoyed their little stint as waiters and waitresses and did a great job. As you could see from our displays they had been working hard to build up the teamwork and communication skills they would need to run the café successfully – and it paid off!
We raised a fabulous £153.82 which we plan to donate to charity. The children have suggested different recipients; The Sick Kids, Oranje Diamant School (Our South African Link School) among others. They have also been inspired by our UNICEF Walk for Water activity and are interested in providing clean water or funding the digging of a well. We will vote on our final list of options and let you know what we decide.
Yo peeps! We is having a well guid time! We are all sad that we have to come home tomorrow because we have had such a fabulous week! Send us clothes in the post so we can stay longer!! Today we did our final activities. The Mountain Adventure groups found snow to play in! They made snow slides and had snowball fights! Today was Jamies birthday! Happy Birthday! Jamie had a very special day! We tied baloons to him and he was challenged to keep as many inflated as he could during his activities! He managed to go abseiling with them and earned 7 sweets and an easter egg as a prize!
Look at the groovy balloons! They look like they are glowing!
We had a special visitor today too! Calum came to visit us for the day! He had a great time exploring Ardmay and seeing all his friends! He stayed for dinner and played games with us in the evening – he even played Twister with his crutches!
Rebecca said ‘The mountain walk was my favourite activity because of the snow and the views!’
Primary seven have had a wonderful and amazing week at Ardmay! I think we will all sleep well tonight! See you tomorrow!
By Anna, Brodie, Amy, Rebecca, Paul (And Miss B!)
P.S. A note from Miss Bertram and Miss Hutcheson – Primary Seven have had such a fabulous week! They have been a real credit to the school and have been so determined to carry out each challenge that they faced! Well done to you all P7! It’s been a blast sharing this week and this experience with you! 🙂
P.P.S. P7, you may have to sing loudly in order to keep all of us teachers awake on the bus…..mmmm…..we are dreaming of hot baths and giggle free peaceful nights 😉
Today at Ardmay House….. half the boys got up at 6.15 am AGAIN!!! Unlike the girls who seem to be able to sleep forever! The groups were out doing different activities, similar to yesterday. One P7 who went rock climbing and abseiling said, ‘ Climbing up the rocks made us feel like we were spiders!’ Another P7 who did a whole day hill walk said, ‘We slide down mud tracks and had a big snowball fight! The mountain gives you the most amazing views!’ One tired P7 said’ Yawn! When we were problem solving today we learned how to work as a team. My favourite part was swinging onto the crates and stay on them!’ Miss Hutcheson said ‘I loved every minute of it. I loved weaseling (including the little robin that followed us through) and abseiling!’ This evening for dinner we had soup and battered haddock. In the evening we went to the beach to hunt for things and did environmental work. At supper time we had chocolate crispies made by our talented P7 chefs!’ We are looking forward to our final full day tomorrow even though we are all getting tired!
Today we were all up bright and early…well the boys were at 6.15am! Yes mums 6.15am! No excuses for long lies now! We had our first breakfast at Ardmay. It was lush! We split into our groups. Some people went hill walking all day and they found snow at the top for a snowball fight! Another two groups went weaseling (it was a tight squeeze in the caves!) and then either problem solving or canoeing. Another group were rock climbing, abseiling and they were problem solving too. One P7 said ‘ The abseiling was freaky at the top but once you got down you wanted to do it again!’ One brave weaseler said, ‘ I managed to do all the weaseling holes and I was very proud!’ This evening we had a dynamite dinner of mac ‘n’ cheese or spag bol with sticky toffee pudding! We went outside and did a scavengar hunt and played some running games! We are now chilling out playing games before bed time (yeah right!) Sleep tight don’t let the tick bugs bite!!!!
Adam, Euan R, Rebecca, Fin (And Miss B!)
Today P7 arrived at awesome Ardmay House! After our 2 and a half hour journey it finally paid off! When we got here we met the other school who are sharing the house – they are from Baldernock Primary School. After a lunch of scrumptious pizza we packed up our day rucksacks and headed off into the hills for a two hour forest walk! All the groups went along different paths and found some interesting things along the way! We got back to a delicious dinner of brilliant bangers and mash! This evening we did a fire drill, made labels, wrote our diaries and made our beds. At the moment the others are watching a DVD while we write this post. The highlight of the day has been a football match against the other school which we won 17-5! I wonder if we will go to sleep tonight for our teachers???????
Paul, Anna, Brodie and our new friend Sophie! (And Miss B!)