Big Breakfast!

Health Week has been going really well! Went into school today and staff told me the pupils had a great learning experience on Monday with Liz from RHET. Pupils can describe, with indepth detail, the journey of milk from source to consumer and they also know the health benefits of drinking milk on a daily basis.

Today we had the lovely ladies from ABEL in school. ABEL is the anti bullying east lothian organisation. I really enjoyed listening to my classes thoughts and opinions on what they perceive bullying to be. I was fascinated by some of the P6’s mature and thoughtful responses.

Tomorrow is our Big Breakfast. It is promoting a ‘no sugar’ approach to nutrition. Pupils have made granola and apricot slice with Mrs Stewart. A small group of pupils will also be making fruit smoothies, which they practised making today with Marjorie Shepherd. We hope to see as many as you there tomorrow bright and early at 8am! We have raised £5002 for Mary’s Meals so far… us with our final push!

After brekkie, all pupils will be taking part in First Aid training with Martyn Pegg. They will be learning how to cope in a range of emergency situations.

A huge thanks to all the people with specialist skills who have helped us this week! It’s been great fun.

Mrs Birrell

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Health Week 9-12th September

We have a busy and active Health Week planned next week at Saltoun! Each day there is a different focus from Curriculum for Excellence covering Physical, Mental and Social Wellbeing. On Monday, pupils will be learning about how food gets from source to consumer, by milking a cow and turning milk to cream. On Tuesday, pupils will be learning about food preparation and making some healthy foods for our Big Breakfast. Wednesday is a day of relaxation. Pupils will be practising meditation techniques that can help them cope with the stresses of daily life. Thursday will start with our health promoting Big Breakfast – all funds for Mary’s Meals. Pupils will then have Emergency Response First Aid Training, where they will learn how to respond to danger. I think you will agree that it is going to be a jam packed week, full of learning that will hope fully equip pupils with skills for life. Feel free to pop in and observe any of our activities!

Mrs Birrell

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Innerwick Day 3!

Went down to Innerwick this morning and had pancakes for breakfast made by Mrs Ritchie. Mmmm. Myself and Mrs Leslie offered to go gorge walking with the kids whilst Mrs Lynn and Mrs Ritchie stayed at camp and began operation clean up. Once we were all booted up and with our water proofs and helmets on, we headed in the minibus into the hills. Having never gorge walked before I was rather naively excited. After a trek through the hills with Andy and Martin, the rangers, we went down to the river bank. And into the water we went! Initially it was very shallow and the kids were splashing about but soon we were wading into deeper water and scrambling over fallen trees. The kids were loving it, not sure I could say the same. I was definitely screaming the loudest as the water came up to stomach height at times. The kids were fab and I’d like to make a special mention of Niamh and Luca, who due to height, were practically swimming at points but they were still smiling and clearly enjoying the experience! After a soggy trip back to camp, it was farewell. The kids and staff have had a great time and there was lots of chat on the bus home about next years camp!

Innerwick Day 2!

I went down to camp this morning to be greeted with a bacon roll for breakfast! Think the kids were trying to bribe me before room inspections! We then made lunch and it was time to go. We spent an extremely enjoyable day down at seafield pond. My group started with orienteering. The boys did a sterling job of completing the courses in super fast time whilst the girls took a more laid back approach! After lunch, the kids convinced me to go kayaking with them. This was a little nerve wracking for me as I’m not a great swimmer and the thought of toppling over in a cold muddy pond was not appealing! However, it was super fun and nobody capsized. I was a little slow with the oar but the kids were very patient and kept encouraging me. We finished the afternoon with a long walk and a trip to John Muir Park. I left the kids back at camp tucking into homemade baking and juice. I can’t wait for tomorrow. We are gorge walking which sounds like great fun and we will apparently be coming home very wet!