The Voice OF ST LEONARDS JUNIOR SCHOOL

BEHIND THE STUDY DOOR

Looking back on a very busy and productive week at St Leonards, there has been much for the children to get involved with and celebrate, whether it be individually or as part of a team.

We started the week with a tremendous assembly, delivered by our Year 2s, on the work of the RNLI. As part of their 'Unit of Inquiry', they have been looking at the work of this incredibly important organisation, and became very taken with the work it does after their tour of the lifeboat station at Anstruther. I certainly learned a great deal on Monday, not least the sheer number of rescues they attend to each week - over 20, and with no state funding, it really is a very worthy charity for us to support this year. Many congratulations to Year 2 for their assembly, but also for organising the 'wear your wellies to school' day on Wednesday, which raised £260 for the RNLI. We shall be supporting them in our Fun Run on Friday, 16 October, and further details are included in the weekly mail out.

I was delighted to award Headmaster's commendations to Beth, Faith, Oliver and Issy on Wednesday, for their terrific work in Spanish this term. There is much tremendous work going on around the school, with the classrooms fizzing with colour and creativity. I look forward to presenting many more commendations throughout the year. I have also introduced 'The Spirit of St Leonards' award, which can be presented to any boy or girl who encapsulates the core values of our school: compassion, kindness and integrity.

The highlight of my role is to get out and about around the school, and I loved supporting our five teams who played Fettes on Wednesday afternoon, seeing an array of after-school activities and clubs, and hearing our Years 1-3 learn an African tribal song with our wonderful music teachers today. In particular, though, I have lost myself in all the inspiring art work on the walls. In just over five weeks, the Year 6s have created a wonderful display on the effects of global warming on water. If there was ever an example of collaboration, commitment and sheer immersion in real life issues, this is it and I urge you to see this magnificent display.

Whilst I want every day to be an Open Day here, I cannot wait to showcase all we do tomorrow. I am enormously grateful to the children, parents and staff for giving up Saturday morning to help make our Open Day a huge success.

Children can be collected at 11.40am tomorrow following Open Day.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend, and I look forward to seeing you all next week for our parents' meetings, informal concerts and Harvest Festival assembly.

William Goldsmith

Congratulations to the 'U11' Girls on a superb match against Fettes

The 'U11’s had a great match against Fettes, with many goals scored. Millie Love was in top form and claimed 4 goals. Sophie Clarke scored 2 and Faye Thomson claimed her 1st goal of the season. Very well done, girls, for a thrilling match.

The 'U10'’s had a tough match and lost 2-7. Some great hockey was played though, and congratulations to Anna and Corinne for scoring two super goals.

BLUE PETER BADGE FOR CAMERON

In assembly on Wednesday we were delighted to share in Cameron's success, having just received a Blue Peter badge for his environmental work. Receiving a badge is a rare accolade, and we send him all our congratulations.

Cameron's sunflowers

Cameron was inspired to apply for Green Badge after watching an episode of Blue Peter. During the summer break, he sent in a poster and wrote a short piece about pollination and why it's important to grow plants which attract beneficial insects. He explained he had grown Sunflowers from seed and why they are great in the garden; about his volunteering for Transition University of St Andrews at the Botanic Gardens Community Garden; along with some images of our flowering plants which support wildlife; and other ways you can encourage beneficial wildlife into your garden (e.g bird boxes and a bee hotels) . This built upon his learning with Miss Fisher and Mrs Napier in Year 2, and his learning at nursery school when he received a commendation from the Royal Horticultural Society in the young school gardener of the year 2014.

Congratulations, Cameron.

YEAR ONE EMBARK ON THEIR NEW 'UNIT OF ENQUIRY'

This week Year 1 have been extremely busy working with a range of activities linked to their new 'Unit of Inquiry', who we are. Alongside creating collages and drawings of ourselves and our friends, we have been carrying out activities in every area of the classroom to earn our rainbow lollipop sticks!

We have been fine tuning our motor skills with pom-poms and chops sticks, sorting these into groups; we have been practising our counting skills and matching numbers to quantities; we have been making food for the Hungry Caterpillar, again using our counting skills; and we have even had time to relax with a good book in the ‘Book Nook’. Overall it’s been an exciting week and Mrs Fynn and the children are looking forward to seeing where the next steps in our learning will take us!

WELLY DAY IN AID OF THE RNLI

Year 2 rounded off their 'Unit of Inquiry' into jobs in our local community by organising a fundraiser in support of the work of the RNLI. The children planned welly themed sports for the rest of the infant department, grandly titled 'The Wellympic Games'. We had a great time trying our hand at Welly Hockey, Stuck in the Sinking Sand Tig, Welly Relay, the Welly Run, a Welly Hunt and Welly Wanging.

Year 2 treated us to a very insightful assembly into the work of the RNLI

Year 2 would like to thank all of you for your outstanding support of this event. Thanks to your generosity we managed to raise a grand total of £260.

Well done boys and girls!

Thrilling matches vs. Fettes on Wednesday
Five Hockey and Rugby teams enjoyed superb fixtures against Fettes Prep.

SIBEAL POUNDER DELIGHTS US WITH AN AFTERNOON OF MYSTIC STORY TELLING

On Tuesday, we welcomed leading author Sibeal Pounder, writer of the 'Witch Wars' series, to speak to Years 4-7 about how she creates her characters and where her imagination takes her when writing.

Bringing a vast collection of costumes and props, she engaged the children together in creating a mini witch adventure. With some wonderful names, creative plots and imaginative scenes, she helped us write (and act!) our very own story.

Everyone had a fantastic afternoon and we are very grateful to Toppings for setting this up.

Mr McDonald (AKA Bobby McBobface) entered into the spirit of the story telling...

HARVEST FESTIVAL ASSEMBLY, WEDNESDAY 12 OCTOBER 9.00AM

Do join us for our Harvest Festival Assembly, led by Hamish Sneddon, Year 5 and members of the Bible Unwrapped activity, at 9.00am on Wednesday 12 October. Following this, we shall we taking all our produce to Storehouse, the St Andrews food bank . We would like to thank all those who have donated to our appeal this year. Further information about the work of Storehouse can be found here: http://storehousenefife.org.uk.

Many Happy Returns to...

We wish the following a very Happy Birthday for this coming week: Francis, Helena, Jennifer, Nikolas

Theme for the week ahead

Changing seasons...a time for reflection

With one week until Half Term, take time to reflect on all you have achieved over the last five weeks. What obstacles and challenges have you overcome? What have you learned? What friendships have you worked on and succeeded with? What are you proud of? Celebrate all you have achieved and the progress you have made in all areas of school life.

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