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The last episode of News4U this academic year

Now the end is near. The News4U crew recorded our last podcast. We had the podders of the year there; Karen, Holly, Katie and Emma. It was emotional – we wanted to share the rules of the pod and also who we wanted to thank for our amazing stay at Pinkie.

It is a personal pod and we know we left the pod in safe hands.

So, from us, for the last time, thanks for listening.

News4U Episode 21

Welcome back to News4U. While we have been away, the usual P7 crew have been ‘transitioned’ and P6 are now P7 in pod terms. So, there have been some changes. We also said goodbye to Mr McManus, our football coach. But we did interview him and got his thoughts about school and football. We also did a survey around the school about boys and girls football. We hope you enjoy it.

Enchanted Garden Working Session – Health and Safety

Hi everyone,

There have been a number of enquiries and volunteers in the last week about this event. I thought it would be important to share the Risk Assessment undertaken by the Headteacher  -it would be good if you could take a moment to check it out  –  you can read it here.

We are going to be undertaking some heavy manual work and will depend on some reasonable common sense precautions. Whilst we will supply wheel barrows and some shovels; we must rely on volunteers themselves to have the appropriate footwear, gloves and any other clothing. Equally, this is an event where children’s participation is going to be limited and obviously parents/carers will be responsible for the control of their children. We can not allow unaccompanied children on the site.

If there are any questions or queries about arrangements – please email me directly and I will endeavour to clarify. Thanks again for your interest.

Enchanted Garden – Evening Working Session – Wednesday 13 June

Hi there,

As many of you know , some of the P7 pupils were successful in their “Your Voice, Your Choice” application to build an Enchanted Garden.

We are now at the stage in these plans, with end of term approaching, that bases for summer house must be made, sand pits excavated and holes dug for’wishing trees’.

We propose to make a start after school, from 4pm until 8pm on Wednesday 13 June. There are a variety of heavy  and light jobs which have to be done. Because of the restricted access, we will have to transfer slabs, top soil and sand by wheelbarrow and trolley. To plant a tree , a substantial hole must be dug.  A sand pit needs to be cleared of grass.  And slabs laid for a summer house base.

We already have some volunteers and more hands would always be appreciated. Pop along at any time between 4pm and 8pm as you are able to and do as much or as little as you are able. Our budget is limited and the more donations of materials; the more we can  stretch the size of the big summer house and other items. If you could help with a donation or loan of;


tarpaulins/weed control membrane

slabs for shed base

rubble bags

bags of top soil/play sand

acrylic paints ( red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet )

If you have questions or queries or can offer materials or equipment ( including helicopter lifting ) then please contact Mr Smith directly  ( …especially the helicopter bit.)

Come along and help out as you can. Thanks again.