In case you haven’t heard, our school will be inspected shortly after half-term. A team of five inspectors, as part of HMIE* inspection process, will be spending a week at Yester to work with us, assessing the quality of our provision. The team will start their inspection on Monday 1st November. Some of you have been sent questionnaires to complete. We would be grateful if you could take the time complete these and send them off. With more information, the inspectors will be able to build up an accurate picture of our school. Thanks for the help!
*Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Education. To find out more, checkout www.hmie.gov.uk/
On Wednesday 13th October we will be having our first Theme Day in the kitchen, a Teddy bear’s Picnic!
All children and staff are encouraged to bring in their favourite Teddy and take them for lunch.
The lunch will be slightly different as well.
Selection of sandwiches Vegetarian sausage rolls
Chicken Dippers Savoury eggs
Pizza Fingers Cherry tomatoes
Ice cream and strawberry sauce
Every year we take part in an inter-school quiz organised by Haddington Rotary Club. Next Saturday we can do something to help the club.
The Club has arranged to plant 5000 crocus bulbs outside the Maitlandfield hotel in the flowerbed on the street side of their wall. This is part of a nationwide world record attempt to plant the most number of crocuses in a single day. The flowers will all come up purple just in time for Rotary day – Thanks for Life which is 23rd Feb next year.
Rotary Day – Thanks for Life is a project involving the clubs and members of Rotary International in Great Britain & Ireland to highlight the humanitarian work of Rotarians with the number one aim of helping to eradicate polio throughout the world. It costs just 50p to immunise a child against polio and despite that there are pockets in the world in places like Afghanistan and India where polio is a continuing problem. Bill Gates Foundation is working with Rotary on the project and for every £1 we raise they provide £1.50, so 5 children are vaccinated for £1. Rotarians helped Indian volunteers to vaccinate 67 million children in just 2 days earlier this year.
In order to tell if a child has been immunised they have their pinkie dipped in purple ink to avoid being done twice. This is why there is a focus on the purple colour of the flowers and there will be various fund raising events to support the cause next February.
The Rotary Club would very much like primary school children to take part in the planting event in Haddington on the Saturday morning. Crocus planting will be from 10am on Saturday 2nd October. East Lothian Council is digging the holes in the plot just outside the Maitlandfield Hotel and the children will plant the bulbs. All are in buckets the Council will replace the turf.
During their time at the Children’s Parliament event at Campie last week, our group of bletherers was filmed – and interviewed. To see a video of our Yester team working with other schools, just click on:
Thank you to all the parents who responded to my recent letter and changed driving/parking habits. This morning only two ‘school run’ cars came up Walden Terrace to drop off children and this is a huge improvement. Walden Terrace was much quieter and safer. I was delighted to see the many other means of transport being used today: 9 children on bikes, one on a scooter, about 70 on the buses and lots of walking and park-and-stride. Well done everyone! Let’s keep this going.
Thanks to everyone for their support in making our Community Coffee Morning in aid of the Pakistan Appeal so successful. We managed to raise the fantastic total of £592.14. A particular thanks must go to our Pupil Council reps and Jenny Riddell for co-ordinating everything.
Once again, I would like to thank all the parents who give regular support and encouragement for the school’s Travel Plan. I am delighted to announce that we have won the Walk to School Week prize for our great statistics from May. The survey results revealed that the number of cars on the ‘school run’ that week for our school was considerably reduced and we were the most improved compared to previous surveys. This is exciting news, particularly as we have won the prize twice before in the last three years. Our new Junior Road Safety Officers will be collecting the prize at their special training event on 24th September. The prize is £50 which will be very useful for the school.
Remember that the coffee morning in aid of the Pakistan flood relief fund takes place tomorrow (Friday) from 10 am to 11.30 am. Help others and at the same time enjoy coffee, home baking and even some prizes!
We are all looking forward to the Fischy music on Tuesday 14th September. However, quite a few pupils haven’t brought in their £2. If you haven’t paid yet, please can you send in the money as soon as possible. Thanks.
Every year our P5 children take part in a fun scheme called Ready, Steady, Bike. Our P6 pupils take part in Scottish Cycle Training Scheme or SCTS (similar to what was called “Cycling Proficiency” back in the days when we were at school!). Both of these rely on parents to help run the schemes. At the moment we have only one parent trained for each programme, but lots of eager children. We would welcome people who would like to do the training and help out P5 or P6 this year.
The SCTS training is on Mon 4th April 2011, 4pm-6pm, at Ormiston Primary. The Ready Steady Bike training is Tues 5th April 2011, 4pm-6pm, at St Martins Primary in Tranent. Please get in touch with the school if you would like to take part. It may be next year, but I’m more than happy to sign folk up now!
The internet is a great resource, but also has its dangers. The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre is a govenment organisation committed to making the internet safer for children. Here you can download a letter from CEOP for all parents offering advice, resources and contact details. Both Yester and Knox Academy make use of CEOP’s ThinkUknow materials for educating children about possible internet dangers. Back_to_School_Parent_Letter
Over the last few years we have been very successful in teaching enterprise. Both the school and some of its staff have won awards for enterprise developments. A large part of this is down to our business partners who have generously contributed to helping our pupils. This has included giving advice to pupils, providing workplace visits, supplying materials and know-how and supporting enterprise projects with professional expertise in the classroom. We now have nine partners, our latest being the Chocolate Tree in Haddington. But we’d love to have more. If you own or work for a business (large or small) and think that your company might have something to offer, please get in touch. The relationship is not just one-way and I would be happy to explain the mutual benefits. You can get a flavour of enterprise and the role of our partners by visiting the Enterprise Section of our site.
Please ring the school office or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to join us.
A copy of the letter about the open evening on Wednesday 8th September can be downloaded here. Open Evening