Burns Supper Blether

Primaries 3/4 and P4 have been really busy organising our Burns Supper and have been fortunate enough to be able to hold a Glow Meet session with Millersneuk Primary in East Dunbartonshire. We were able to have a discussion about how we planned to run our Burns Supper and shared ideas. It was really successful and we have planned to hold another Glow Meet Session next week.

Keep looking for more details.

Pencils R Us Opens Its Doors

On Tuesday afternoon the P3/4 stationary shop, Pencils R Us, opened its doors to the first customers – P4. We are looking forward to selling our stationery to the other classes soon and will keep you updated on our progress.


Congratulations to Robbie Callender, P7. 

Robbie won the competition to design a Christmas card for Iain Gray, our local MSP.  Iain visited the school on Monday to present Robbie with a gift voucher and a very special Christmas card. 

We think the design is fantastic!     Well done Robbie!

Thank You

The class reps are pleased to announce they raised £75 from their Kilts for Kids day.  This money has been donated to to Children First to support children in Scotland who are less fortunate than ourselves.

Last week a collection for Water Aid was taken at the afternoon and evening performances of Born In a Barn. The nativity show was performed by P1, P1/2 and P2/3. The eco reps and everyone at school would like to say a huge big thank you for your generosity to our Water Aid Appeal. We have been working on saving water in school and this made us think about all the people who do not even have access to safe drinking water and we decided to help. With your help we have raised £260.66 A twin tap for a village costs £18 so we will be able to buy 14 taps so far.  (We hope to add to this total with the offering from the Christmas Service.)

We all enjoyed the show and we know that other boys and girls will enjoy a better life as a result.

By Pupil Council

Don’t We Look Great!

Last Wednesday parents and friends were treated to a wonderful nativity play, ‘Born in a Barn’ performed by P1, P1/2 and P2/3 classes.  The songs were incredibly catchy and the audiences were singing along.  Well done to all the children who took part.  Don’t we look great in our costumes?

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Enterprise Month – Challenge 2

Well done for all your entries for challenge 1.

We really enjoyed hearing all your fantastic ideas and are looking forward to announcing the winner next week.

Challenge 2: We are going to make an online eco-friendly, interactive Scottish recipe book and would like you to be the authors. We would really like you to give us a recipe for your favourite Scottish dish (or drink).

Please give your entries to Mrs Berry or Miss Lee by Friday 28 November 2008.

The Bedtime Story

Last night was quite magical at the school. The hall was decked with fairy lights and moon and star balloons, seven soft areas were covered with cosy cushions, and beakers of milk and yummy biscuits were prepared. Then our Nursery and Primary 1 children arrived in their jammies with a teddy and a grown-up! We all snuggled up and listened to stories chosen by the story-tellers – and it was quite funny to see all the teachers in their jammies as well! As each story-teller finished the bedside lamps were turned off, and when all were out and we were just lit by the twinkling fairy lights, we all sang Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, and then went home to our beds.

The evening was a huge success. We have had lots of wonderful comments from the teachers, parents and children and we are already talking about what we could do for next year, so we can include more children! A big thank you to those parents who have already sent in notes or written comments in reading records – they are much appreciated. Please keep them coming about the Bedtime Story and the Book Festival in general!

Pencaitland Book Festival Week has begun!

The first day of our Book Festival was very successful. Five parents came in to read to pupils or to listen to them read, and they left some lovely comments about the event and how well our pupils can discuss the books they are reading. Thank you to all involved.
Today we start the Swapshop Bookshop and tonight we have the Bedtime Story for Nursery and Primary 1 children.
In school today we have lots of parents again, and Karen Robertson, an East Lothian Education Quality Improvement Officer. Councillor Ruth Currie is joining us to work with Primary 6 and 7, and Scottish author, Garry Paulin, will be presenting his book, Voytek the Bear, to Primary 5, 6 and 7 this afternoon.


Enterprise Month

November is enterprise month and we would like to encourage you to use your enterprise skills to participate in some Scottish themed challenges.

Challenge 1

Flower of Scotland is the current alternative anthem and your challenge is to choose a new one that you think would be good.

Write a comment in this blog detailing your choice and explain why you have chosen it.

The closing date is Friday 21 November. We will announce the winning anthem at the assembly.

Good Luck. Mrs Berry and Miss Lee 🙂

Class reps meeting 24th October


Kilts for Kids day – charity event

school meals -themes

Helpers Game

Playground toys

We agreed

Charity event – Kilts for Kids day November 28th – P3/4 -P7 classes

Charity – We looked at Children 1st website and agreed Children 1st

Publicity posters to be finished for next Friday

Scottish theme for lunch one day that week

We did not have time for the rest of the agenda so have arranged an extra meeting next Friday – we will arrange a time when all the reps can come