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Cross Country- Hallhill, Dunbar

2015 cross country team
Congratulations to our team of runners, who performed admirably this morning at the annual East Lothian Cross Country Championships at Hallhill in Dunbar. With a very large entry of 20 schools overall, and 11 schools in the small schools’ category, our team finished 2nd overall, and in addition, we had the winner (out of 66 boys) in the boys’ race, and 2nd place (out of 66 runners) in the girls’ race.

Having won the trophy for the last 7 years previously to this year, it’s congratulations to Ormiston, who pipped us overall, but watch out- as we fully intend to win the trophy back in 2016!

2015 Burns Supper

Earlier today, P3/4 led this year’s Burns Supper, which saw us follow a traditional format, with the haggis being piped into the hall, followed by the Address to the Haggis. We were then treated to the poetry winners from each class, who came up to the stage to recite their poems once again to the whole school, as well as an Immortal Memory from three of our P7 pupils and a Toast to the (Dinner) Lassies. In addition, we had P4 Highland dancers and P6 and 7 violin players!
Thank you to all the children who performed – they were an absolute credit to the school, to retired Pipe Major Leckie for his piping in of the haggis, and to our violin teacher Miss Turbayne who played with our violinists.
Note: The video is designed to be played in HD quality. If you find it sticks, press the HD button below the video to change it to Standard SD format, which should play better.

Whole School Ceilidh

For weeks, our P.E. teacher Mrs McKendrick has been working with all the children at Yester, preparing them for todays’s big event.
If you’ve ever wondered what a ceilidh for the whole school might look like, enjoy the 5 minute highlights video below!There’s no doubt that the children all enjoyed themselves, and so did the staff too! Thank you to everyone who helped make the event so special, not least those who arrived in tartan of some sort. 

Please note: By default, the video plays in HD format. If you have a slowish internet connection, click the HD button and this will take the video out of HD, and it will load and play better in SD format.

Cross Country training

Mondays and Thursdays at lunchtime see the cross country training take place here at Yester. This activity is open to all in P4-7 who are interested, and those taking part are timed on each run, with the results being posted close to Carol’s office.

The activity is competitive, but is not meant to be a race as such. The point of the twice weekly run is to develop each individual’s personal fitness, with the hope that they can gradually improve their time week by week.

Yester has an excellent record in the annual cross country competitions that we enter- we have won the East Lothian Cross Country trophy (small schools section) for each of the past seven years, so we certainly hope that this weekly running club will increase our chances of winning for the eight year running next Easter!



11.50am update: With the field reasonably dry, we have decided we will try to run the “races” part of our sports this afternoon, with a proposed start time of 1.20pm, or as close as we can get to it.

As I write this, there are some big, black clouds rolling towards
the school, but we will keep our fingers crossed that we can avoid any more rain!

Schoolovision 2014 – Yester’s entry

It’s that time of year once again, with more than 30 countries involved in the 6th year of the Schoolovision contest.
Primary 5 have been working for weeks learning how to play the guitar with Miss Traill, and on Monday they shot their video for the contest, when cameraman Fraser Stewart came along to direct. This year, we decided to change direction a bit, using the pupils to play the guitar, and also to use one of our P6s as a special soloist!
The song is “Ca’ the Yowes”, one of Robert Burns’ finest love songs, and I hope you enjoy listening to it and watching the video! Fingers crossed we’ll do well in the voting, which P5 will be leading next Friday morning.


1st place winners in both boys and girls races!
1st place winners in both boys and girls’ races!
The winning team, with the trophy, again!
The winning team, with the trophy, again!

Earlier today, our cross country team headed off to Hallhill in Dunbar for the annual East Lothian Cross Country Championships, open to all primary schools across the county.

I’m delighted to report that, for the 7th year running, we managed to win the small schools trophy, beating all the other schools easily, to finish with a combined school total of 41 points, which was considerably lower than the second placed school, East Linton, who finished on 87 points. In addition, our combined total of 41 points was lower than the winning school in the big schools competition too!

Well done to all the team on their great running again- and we even had the 1st places in both the boys and the girls’ races! And a big THANK YOU to all the parents who braved the cold conditions to cheer on the Yester team!

Songfest, St Mary’s Church, Haddington

This afternoon, pupils from P4-7 travelled to St Mary’s Church in Haddington to take part in “Songfest”, which involved pupils from around East Lothian. Our pupils performed two songs, “Drunken Sailor” and “You’ll Never Walk Alone”, and I am sure you will enjoy watching them here.

Yester’s Burns Supper

Primary 5 led our Burns Supper yesterday at lunchtime. (Thursday 23rd January)
There were various speeches and poetry recitations- all of which should be appearing on the various class blogs over the next few days.
Here is the Address to the Haggis, to start us off!

P6 and P7 drumming

If you were one of the many at our Harvest Assembly last week, you will have seen both our P6 and P7 classes performing the work they had been learning in music with Miss Traill.
Now you can watch them again, firstly the P6 class, performing at the assembly itself, then the P7s, who performed again with Miss Traill afterwards.

SV13 – Let’s Go To The Opera

Primary 6 proudly present their Schoolovision 2013 entry. Filmed in Yester House, we’d like to thank owner Francis Menotti for his assistance in helping us create this special version of the song “Let’s Go To The Opera”. Thanks also to Fraser Stewart who filmed and edited for us. Over the next fortnight, all 41 countries involved in Schoolovision will upload their songs to the blog, before the pupils in all the countries vote for their favourite on Friday 17th May.
If you have enjoyed the song and video, please add comments to it on the Schoolovision blog!