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Schoolovision project recognised

Mr Purves, with Schoolovision teacher partners from Poland, Norway, England, Germany, Estonia, France, Italy, Portugal and Cyprus.

At the annual eTwinning Conference in Lisbon, Portugal at the end of last week, Mr Purves joined more than 500 teachers from across Europe to participate in the conference’s theme of Citizenship and Collaboration.
In addition to running a workshop for participants, Mr Purves and the Schoolovision team received a special award of recognition for the Schoolovision project, now into its 5th year, with 41 member countries. P6 have already been preparing their song for this year’s contest, filming at Yester House last Wednesday. We hope to have our song ready well in advance of the May deadline.

Cross Country winners yet again!

The girls get ready to race!

Earlier today, Yester’s Cross Country team set off in windy and wet weather for Hallhill in Dunbar, to take part in the annual East Lothian Primary Schools’ Cross Country Championships. The team of 12 knew that the pressure was on them, as the school had won the event for the past 5 years running. In the competition, there are four races- large schools’ girls, then small schools’ girls, then large schools’ boys, and finally small schools’ boys. Yester always run in the small schools’ races, and this year there was a record entry of 7 small schools- meaning there were 42 runners in each race! The top four positions from each team are counted towards the overall total- so it’s important to run as a team to try to win overall.

In the girls’ race, Yester runners came 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th out of 42!
In the boys’ race, Yester runners came 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 13th out of 42!
This gave us a team total of 29 points overall, one of the lowest scores ever recorded in the history of the competition. The 2nd place school had a total of 108 points, showing just how brilliant our runners were.
Well done to all the runners- you were absolutely FANTASTIC– winning the trophy for the 6th consecutive year!

The winning team with the trophy.

SV12 wins 1st prize at eTwinning Awards

At the annual eTwinning Conference, held in the National College for School Leaders in Nottingham at the weekend, Schoolovision 2012 won 1st prize and was especially commended for bringing communities together around Europe. Mr Purves was there for the weekend and picked up the award, along with some IT goodies for the school. British Council members told him that the project remains “a benchmark for all eTwinning projects!”

1st Place…again!

The team celebrate with the winners' trophy at Meadowbank.

After earlier victories this year in swimming, orienteering and cross-country, there remained only the annual East Lothian athletics event at Meadowbank earlier today. Yester participated in the small schools event this afternoon, along with a total of 15 other small schools. And, with a superb all-round performance from the team, with some brilliant individual victories, we emerged victorious once again!

P5/6’s Schoolovision entry!


Join P5/6 for a good sing-song, as we share our entry to this year’s Schoolovision contest!
We recorded the song in March, at Castlesound studios in Pencaitland, and then filmed the video around the village on 18th April. Many thanks to Stuart and Amanda Hamilton at Castlesound for their help, along with Gavin Tully-Jackson, for his filming work. Thanks too, to Miss Traill for ensuring that the class knew the words to the song and sang so well, as well as to the ladies from the Co-op, and to Minister, Malcolm Lyon, for allowing us to invade for the filming! And, of course, many thanks to The Proclaimers, for allowing us to use their wonderful, catchy song.
We hope you enjoy the video, and perhaps follow the blog, to see how we do against a total of 39 participating countries, stretching from Iceland in the north-west, right down to Azerbaijan in the far south-east. Whoever wins the trophy this year, we’ve had some great fun singing and recording our song! We’ll find out the winners next Friday, 25th May, when Yester once again hosts the live webcam conference vote, when the countries come together to give their points to their favourite songs.

Ceilidh Poster winners


Our annual ceilidh, organised by the Parent Council, will be on Friday 24th February, in Garvald Village Hall, from 6.30pm until 9.30pm. There will be poems, Scottish Country Dancing to live music, along with a raffle and bar. For only £5.00 for adults, and £3.00 for children you get all that, as well as stovies and pudding!

Well done to Ella and Rosie Goldsmith, and Aaron Adams for their lovely posters advertising the event, which were chosen as the winning entries from the ceilidh poster competition.

Some photos from the year so far…


We take lots of photos over the year here at Yester. A good number of them appear on individual class blogs. However, we are trying to find ways of showing more of them, so if you like the idea of seeing some more in a format like this, please ‘like’ this post, or even better, make a comment!

Like our site!

The Yester School blog has a new feature – you can now ‘like’ blog entries. This is a great and quick way of showing that you are impressed at what’s going on at Yester without having to write comments (although if you have something to say, please do).

Try it with this blog entry by clicking on the plus icon at the bottom of the post next to the little heart. You should see the number of ‘likes’ increase by one.

Hopefully this will give us a better idea of how many people look at and use the blog. Please note that this is in addition to the letter sent home to oldest children in each family today, which asks for views about our class blogs.
Happy ‘liking’!

Class Assembly

When our Finnish visitors were here, P5/6 hosted the Monday morning assembly, welcoming them to the school, and telling them some things about Gifford, East Lothian and Scotland, in a light-heated way.

After our presentations, some of the Finnish pupils then presented information about their village, Kuvansi, the local town, Varkaus, and some information about Finnish wildlife.

I promised to video the event, which I did, and now I have completed the main video I have been putting together for the Finns from their visit, I have had time to edit footage of the assembly itself and upload it here.

If you wish to see the video of the Finnish pupils’ visit, along with bits of the assembly (which includes all the words to the Inventors song!) then please have a look at the blog which is here.