On the 9th of March, Serena, Sam, Joe, Alex went to the Euro Quiz in Haddington community hall. We had to do a lot of homework to make sure we knew the answers. When we arrived, we saw that lots of school were also taking part, around 12 or 13.
There were four rounds, geography, language, European Union and culture and sport. The first round had 20 questions, we got 16, the next round had 10, we got 5. Then, the European Union had 15 questions and we got 11. The people running it announced the top three teams but we weren’t in it . Then, on the last round, they announced that they would see if there were two winners, then they would compete to go to the finals at the Scottish Parliament. We found out that we were drawing second with Dunbar and there was only one team in first place.
We almost felt scared because we didn’t think we’d get that far, but Serena said she felt more ecstatic.
We went up to the front where we had a face off with Dunbar. We won!!!!!!
Then, we were amazed and so, so, SO excited that we were going against the top team. Sadly, there was only one point in it, 7, 6 and we lost, but came 2nd place!!!
Here are Sam and Sofias’ pieces of writing from this week. Sam was describing a forest setting with an atmosphere of danger.
An impenetrable mist shrouded the gnarled trees in mystery. Thick, spidery vines entangled the eerie branches like talons. Thorns stretched and writhed trying to cover all of the forest floor. Mysteriously scratched branches loomed out of the mist. A canopy of leaves hung above, so it was impossible to tell if it was day or night, Summer or Winter. Rotting leaves carpeted the floor and broken thorns littered the shadowy forest. Knotted twigs grasped at the other leaves and branches as if battling each other. Crows cawed and screeched high above. Branches snapped as if death were stalking you. There was a dangerous, sickly smell like honey, but worse, as if something was trying to lure you into its den. Thunder crackled far off.
Sofia wrote a character description using similes and WOW words.
She has beautiful silver hair like diamonds. Her blue dress is as twinkly as the sun. Her eyes are bright blue. Lips pale pink. Her hair is done in a plait. Her eyes are large. Her height is medium like Mums.
We have had a fantastic week full of Christmas fun! We held our Christmas Party on Wednesday- lots of enthusiastic dancing including the Gay Gordons, Virginia Reel, Military Two Step and the Conga! We were lucky enough to have a visit from Santa too. We visited the Brunton Theatre to watch Cinderella- the children and staff enjoyed the singing, dancing, fantastic acting and wonderful props and scenery.
We have been very busy decorating 35 boxes for our local foodbank. These will be used to offer families a selection of food for the Christmas period. We have transformed white boxes into snowmen, chimneys and reindeer. We have been supporting the foodbank for over a year now, and the children and parents have been very generous in donating items of food at our Harvest, Christmas and Easter services and at our end of term show.
On Friday it was Pudsey Day and we collected money for Children In Need. We dressed up as Pudsey, or a superhero or we wore a wig. There was Superman, Spiderman, Beanie Man, Spottie Man and……… a banana!
Later on in the morning the Pupil Council organised a Brilliant Bakers Day Sale! There were gingerbread men, Pudsey cakes, rocky road, lemon drizzle, malteser cake and Shaun the sheep cakes! Everyone got five cakes to take home!
The Pupil Council have counted up the coins and are proud to announce that we raised £55.00. Thank you to all the people who baked and brought in cakes.
Last Thursday evening, Emma Smith and Mrs Legge attended the East Lothian Council Star Awards. Emma had been nominated for the Council Worker of the Year Award for her outstanding commitment in her role as Classroom Assistant at our school.
Here is an excerpt from her nomination:
‘ Emma works with all the children in this small school on an individual and group basis, often finding new methods and approaches to support children with particular learning needs.
She is dedicated, enthusiastic, creative and committed, throwing energy and initiative into everything she does.
Besides her work in the classroom, Emma uses her skills in everything from making costumes for school plays to painting designs in the playground and even putting up shelves! A true all-rounder.
All the pupils and staff team at Stenton are thrilled and very proud that Mrs Smith was selected from three finalists to receive the award. Mrs Smith admitted to feeling just a little nervous as she went up onstage to be presented with the award!
Our staff team at Stenton may be small in number, but this award demonstrates just how important each and every person here is in maintaining Stenton Primary as the fantastic learning environment that it is for all of our pupils.
We have been busy outside this week. The children have been practising very hard at their diabolo and yo-yo skills during break-time. We have been harvesting courgettes and we have a bumper crop of apples. We also collected seeds from some flowers to store over the Winter and plant next Spring.