Welcome Back St Martin’s!
It has been fantastic seeing you all back bright and breezy to start the new term.
This year we will be using the website to keep you and your families updated about what you are learning in your classes, what we are learning about as a school and teachers will also be posting homework onto the website for you to access.
Enjoy your weekend and we shall see you on Monday morning for a full week!
Fiona O’Donnell MP joined children from St Martin’s RC Primary School at their Water Aid Showcase last week, to learn more about the project the whole school has been working on.
Ms O’Donnell was shown the wonderful work that the school and the nursery have been doing on the activities around the world undertaken by the international development charity Water Aid.
Each class in the school has been learning about a specific country and the work that Water Aid does there. The MP was taken to each classroom where the children told her what they had learned about countries such as Nigeria, India, Ghana and Malawi.
The school also held a Macmillan Coffee morning in the dining hall, with Fairtrade tea and coffee sourced by P2 pupils. There was also some art work on sale in each of the classrooms and all of the money collected will be donated to Water Aid.
Speaking after her visit, Fiona O’Donnell MP said:
“I want to thank all the pupils and staff at St Martin’s for inviting me to come and see their Water Aid showcase. It was clear they had put a huge amount of effort into the project and had been very creative in the way they displayed what they had learnt about Water Aid’s work. But it was also obvious that they had taken on board the important message about the vital need to increase access to clean water and sanitation in many parts of the world.
“Time and time again, schools in East Lothian are leading the way when it comes to education about development issues and taking practical action to help people in need in other countries. Giving children and young people the opportunity to learn about these issues and the problems their peers in developing nations experience, is really valuable and gives them much to think about.”
Congratulations to all pupils who took part in the Readathon 2013 this year. You have raised a whopping £335.00.
The money raised will help:
CLIC Sargent: CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people, providing care and support for them and their families from diagnosis, during treatment and beyond.
Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity: This charity was set up by Roald Dahl’s widow in 1990. It specialises in helping children with serious neurological or blood conditions, providing children’s nurses, equipment, carers and toys, working with hospitals and care organisations or directly with patients.
ReadWell: Reading and storytelling make life better for seriously ill children in hospital. Yet very often these children don’t have access to age-appropriate, good quality books which are germ-free enough to be on the wards. This is why, in 2010, we set up ReadWell, to provide books and storytellers for children in hospital.
WELL DONE St MARTIN’S!
Please feel free to have a look at our report from the Care Inspectorate.
The unannounced visit took place in early March and I’d like to share the findings with you and I’m sure you’ll find the report a very happy read. We are all very proud of our Nursery pupils and staff.
Well done 🙂
Mrs S McDonald
Congratulations! St Martin’s RC Primary School has successfully achieved the UNICEF UK Recognition of Commitment (ROC) for our Rights Respecting School work.
Alongside the books that the children are getting experiences of through RWInc and Accelerated Reader there are certain authors and novels that pupils should also be experiencing throughout their primary years.
We are making a plea to all children and parents for any spare copies of the following books to be handed into the school and shared between classes. These books will support the books within RWInc and give the pupils another context in which to apply their reading skills.
Please find attached the list of books.
Stories for Storytime
Open Evening March 2013
Please try to come along and support the school in helping your child learn to read and look deeper into texts by focusing on reading skills that they will be able to use everyday in all areas of the curriculum.
Please see attched letter for more information.
Today P4-7 went along to the Nursery Bookbug Pirate Afternoon to sing the nursery class some of our Treasure Island songs. I was impressed by all the singing, especially from the nursery class . Well Done to everyone who was involved!
Mrs McDonald’s HT page has been taken off the front page of the website. It will now be allocated on the right hand side of the screen under “Mrs McDonald’s Head Teacher BLOG.”
Keep up to date with Mrs McDonald’s posts using this category.