Dreaming beyond bandits
BEHIND THE STUDY DOOR
What an extraordinary end to the term we have had. Our two school productions this week: 'Ali Baba and the Bongo Bandits’ and ‘Dream On’ have most appropriately showcased the colour, vibrancy and imagination of our children. What they have all achieved, in whatever their roles - be it on or off stage - to bring these complex shows to life is most impressive.
In amongst my feelings of great pride towards every single child involved this week, I have learned one overarching lesson: we must never underestimate the talents or capabilities of our young people. They are capable of putting together these shows, working together as a team, whilst shining as individuals. One of the greatest mistakes we can ever make in society is to try to overcomplicate a child’s education by not having the greatest ambitions for them. What we have seen this week, in the Lower School Nativity Play in December, and indeed in many performances and feats during the term, is every child performing to the highest standards that have been set them.
Education is about showing children what can be achieved through hard work, perseverance and a developed sense of purpose and optimism, the product of which has been showcased this week. My warmest congratulations to the casts of both shows, my colleagues and Mrs Laura Stewart for helping the children realise their potential.
The Spring Term holidays will be a wonderful break, and Catherine joins me in wishing you every happiness over the next three weeks.
As we see the first signs of Spring, I do hope the children enjoy plenty of adventures.
BONGO BANDITS | The wonderful cast of the Year 4-6 play took the audience on an Arabian adventure this week with two fantastic performances of ‘Ali Baba and the Bongo Bandits’. Complete with a genie, sultan, imprisoned princesses and one very crazy camel, the boys and girls put on a mystical musical comedy for everyone to enjoy!
Special thanks goes to Mrs Stewart, the Years 4-6 teaching staff for all their support and hands-on help, Adele Neave and Colin Simpson for their help with painting the set and making the props, Melanie O’Brien for helping to create the cast’s fantastic costumes, and to Colin Barry at Caulders Garden Centre in Cupar for lending us the garden gnome and the gazebo! Last, but by no means least, a big thank you to the children of Years 4-6 for being absolute superstars!
BEACH SCHOOL | Year 3 wrapped up warm and headed down to the East Sands in St Andrews on Monday morning for a scavenger hunt and games on the beach as part of an introduction to outdoor learning by the water’s edge.
The boys and girls had a great time identifying and collecting shells and sea glass, working in groups to complete their activities! We’re looking forward to lots more Beach School activities during Summer Term!
YEAR 2 MEASURING
CELEBRATION ASSEMBLY | Year 3 led a special assembly on Monday morning, when we said farewell to Nurse Legge, who leaves St Leonards at the end of this term for an exciting new role in Newburgh. The boys and girls counted up all the bee/wasp stings, knee grazes, bumps and bruises, which Nurse Legge has patched up across the Junior School. We wish her all the best in her next adventure!
The following pupils received certificates at Celebration Assembly on Monday morning:
Jennifer received a Headmaster's Commendation for pitching a superb idea to the class during the recent 'Dragons' Den' task - an automatic dog dryer to dry a dog and clean its wet paws before coming inside.
Harris, Matilda and Monty for making fantastic books about their favourite animals for Homework Heroes, and sharing these with the class.
Adam also received a Headmaster's Commendation for making a fantastic book about his favourite animals for Homework Heroes, and sharing it with the class. Adam was also awarded Year 1 Pupil of the Week for showing kindness and empathy towards a child doing a taster day, offering to read to her and making sure that she felt happy and confident.
All the boys and girls in Year 4C were awarded a Headmaster's Commendation for the open-minded way in which they have coped with the many changes to routine during the past two weeks, undertaking rehearsals for the school play, and for their willingness to participate as a team throughout.
FALKLAND PALACE TRIP | Year 4 set off for Falkland Palace on Thursday morning to explore their Unit of Inquiry looking at 'Where we are in Place and Time'. The children have been investigating the life and times of Mary Queen of Scots, largely due to her close association not only with St Leonards but with St Andrews and Fife as a whole.
The boys and girls have made connections to Mary and to the English Tudor royal family, as well as touched on the legacy of her son, James I and VI.
At Falkland Palace, the class met the Scots Queen and some of her Ladies in Waiting, had a go at the original game of tennis and made lavender bags to keep them smelling sweet! Having learnt where the expression 'tearaway' comes from, we are sure that in a bid to avoid this, Year 4 will be impeccably behaved over the ensuing holidays!
GYMNASTICS SUCCESS | Congratulations to Melissa, who came 4th in the Scottish Schools Level 4 Championships on Sunday, representing St Leonards. A fantastic achievement!
EASTER IN YEAR 5P
EASTER IN YEAR 5P | You are never too old to make chocolate Easter nests with mini eggs! The boys and girls in Year 5P had fun making chocolate nests on Thursday morning. They then used the net of a square to make baskets, decorated them ready to take their nests home.
HOCKEY HELPERS | A big thank you to our Year 11 helpers, Millie, Jemima and Rosa, who have been coaching our girls’ hockey team this term. Both players and coaches have braved all weathers to ensure they girls are at the top of their game!
DREAM ON | In a busy week for music and drama, Year 7’s production of ‘Dream On’ brought a twist to Shakespeare’s classic comedy, ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. The boys and girls brought each character to life wonderfully and performed to two very appreciative audiences in the Main School Hall!
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