Help with charity bulb planting

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.

Yester take part in Children’s Parliament

One of our bletherers with a finished cube.

Five of our P6 and P7 children took part in an event called A Right Blether on Monday. This was organised by an organisation called the Children’s Parliament. Beforehand had to talk to three friends about things which people can do to help keep Scottish children safe and happy. They wrote these ideas on tiles which clipped together to make a cube. Then they went to Campie Primary where they joined with 20 other children from different schools and took part in drama, discussion and art. The pictures they made will be going on display in a national touring exhibition. Each child’s photo will be beside their artwork so visitors can see the face of the artist.  Only four out of Scotland thirty-two authorities were selected and only five schools in East Lothian were invited to take part. Well done our five talking, sharing, thinking artists!

Preparing the artwork.
Here's the whole team, hard at work.
This doesn't just look like fun - it is fun!

Walden Terrace is safer!

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.

Mr Devereux

Yester wins walking prize!

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.

Mr Devereux

Fischy music

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.

Can you help with bike training?

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!

Mr Devereux

Protect your child on the internet

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

Calling all businesses

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 if you would like to join us.

Mr Devereux

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