Mika Bosphore-Ward writes... Sitting on the bus back to the airport, seems like a good time to reflect on what has happened for the past week. Nothing short of extraordinary if you ask me! We took 22 very young children for a week of discovery in Northern France and are bringing back 22 (well 21- 1 being lucky enough to extend her stay) mini-adults.
The St Leonards' Year 7 group has been lucky enough to experience a week of culture, language and traditions in a peaceful area where the sun consistently shone for us. From life on the sea, to snail eating, without forgetting wheat plaiting and mad dancing, we have seen the children grow and open themselves and their mind to the world surrounding them.
Our Junior School football team took part in the annual Rotary Club Primary Schools Football Tournament on Monday evening at Canongate Primary School. Despite torrential downpours at times, the team showed fantastic spirit and determination and played some great counter-attacking football, breaking quickly and always posing a threat to the opposing teams. The team were a credit to the school in every way and recorded a victory against Leuchars, a draw with Anstruther 'B' but unfortunately lost to Wormit and Lawhead. Well-played lads!
GARDENING CLUB NEWS
Our Gardening Club were treated to a fantastic workshop by Lindsey Anderson of The Little Herb Farm and would like to say a huge 'thank you' to her for her generous donation of flowers, seeds, herbs and books. Many of you will have noticed the beautifully planted containers outside our main entrance, and we now have a well stocked little herb garden in the infant playground where we are now growing gorgeously scented mint, thyme, lemon balm and lemon verbena. Thank you, Lindsey!
YEAR 3'S ASSEMBLY - SAVING WILDLIFE
Throughout the term the Year 3 children have been learning about how the survival of living things is influenced by human and environmental factors. We have researched many animals whose numbers are in decline, endangered or critically endangered and identified the reasons for their struggle within their environment. The children decided to take action and share their knowledge by performing an assembly and raise funds for the WWF in the process. They organized their very own Wear It Wild Day for Years 1-3 and came to school dressed as an animal for the day…well done everyone!
YEAR 5 VISIT YEAR 1 CLASSROOM
Year 5 invited the Year 1 class to play their magnetic fishing games. The Year 5s created these from scratch using a variety of materials. This was linked to their science based 'Unit of Inquiry'.
YEAR 4 HAVE A VISIT FROM THE OPTICIAN
Year 4 were visited by John Leonard from Govan Optician to answer their question - how does light work?
We played with contact lenses, an opthalmascope and checked both our 3D and colour vision while John explained that light doesn't work, it's our eyes. He answered all our questions and everyone had a great afternoon.
TOTALLY TERRIFIC TENTSMUIR
Year 1 have had an exciting end to their Unit of Inquiry, 'Where We Are In Place and Time'. They had lots of fun building dens and shelters in the forest at Tentsmuir, applying what they had learnt and working well together. They found the best sticks and branches to support their shelters and even made sure they were big enough to sit in! Thank you very much to Miss. Dawson who has worked extremely hard to make fantastic links between our unit and the activities in PE, and who organised their trip this week.
On Tuesday, we held our very own St Leonards Junior Schools’ Sports Day.
Boys and girls in Year 5 and 6 participated in the track and field events, as well as the visiting schools Canongate and Lawhead.
We are delighted to announce that St Leonards were victorious and lifted the Sports Cup, as overall winners of the Sports Day! Congratulations team! As this was the first year of the competition, the special part is that all the pupils competed and took a team have set records and indeed the standard for years to come! We will now make this an annual competition between all the local primary schools and hope it will continue to grow. Next up is our own School Sports day when we return from the holidays.
MR BELL'S TALK TO YEAR 5
Mr Bell (Finn's dad) visited Year 5 and made a terrific presentation all about wind power, wind turbines and the renewable energy sector in general. He brought in a wonderful model of a wind turbine and the pupils could see the inner workings including the gearbox and generator of these wonderful pieces of engineering. This was linked to our Science based Unit of Inquiry. Many thanks to Mr Bell for a very interesting and informative presentation!
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