Our newly elected House Captains were formally appointed to their roles during Assembly on Wednesday morning, and presented with their House Captain badges.
On Wednesday 20th September we came together to celebrate our Harvest Assembly.
This was led by the pupils of both Year 5 classes, they presented a very informative assembly which they had researched, collated and delivered with great professionalism.
Class 5P began with a short explanation about the meaning of Harvest from sowing the crops to reaping them and the need for the weather condition to be just right. They then explored the “Flying Pizza”. This was a fun investigation that resulted in them just having to make pizzas one day to trial. The investigation was based on where does all the produce come from for our pizza toppings and how far have they travelled to get to us. We discovered that to make their favourite pizza the mileage covered would be whopping 24,204 miles. So could we find similar ingredients locally? This we could do and the mileage on this pizza was only 60.6 miles a difference of 24,143 miles. The class realised that all this mileage had a huge impact on the environment as the ingredients had to be brought by planes, boats and trains from all over the world. Keeping the pizza locally meant that our Carbon Footprint could be hugely reduced and we were also supporting our local farmers and producers and the local economy which could only be good.
Class 5C informed us all about how Harvest time is celebrated around the world. They also informed us of the local Food Bank – The Storehouse which is situated in St Andrews, started by the Vineyard Church. They help support local people who have found themselves struggling and need a little help to get them by. Hamish Sneddon informed us that 1 in 4 people in St Andrews so far have used the Food Bank at one time or another this year.
The donations for the Storehouse that we collected were greatly received by Hamish who thanked everyone who had donated so generously. Our boxes of tins, biscuits, pasta, cleaning products and many more items will be so appreciated by the charity and those who are in need of the help.
Thanks also to Mrs Brown who supplied the hay bales which created a wonderful platform for us to display all that had been donated by St Leonards.
Emily offered us a wonderful prayer of thanksgiving before we joined together to share in our Hymn.
HEADMASTER'S CELEBRATION ASSEMBLY: MONDAY, 18 SEPTEMBER 2017
The following awards were presented during Assembly on Monday:
Year 1 Pupil of the week: Monty Wright
Year 2 Pupil of the week: Ishbel Reid
Year 3 Pupil of the week: Francis Maughan
Spirit of St Leonards Award: Cameron Parkin, Polly Morris, Katie MacAulay, Bruce Logan
Harry Pennycook - for work on 'number bonds' Maths Poster, and showing hard work in Maths this term
Tom Mifsud - For an outstanding interactive PowerPoint on a Maltese Reverse Osmosis water plant, where sea water is converted into drinking water.
Ruby Richardson - Building a 'cloud model' out of balloons and papier-mâché to demonstrate how clouds function.
"What care I for a goose-feather bed, with the sheet turned down so bravely, O? For tonight I shall sleep in the cold open field, O!" Swallows and Amazons, Arthur Ransome.
Miss Neave writes...
Last Friday, 31 adventurous pupils from years 6 and 7 left St Katharines Hall in the rain, laden down with large backpacks, sleeping bags, mattresses and wellies and walked to the Byre Theatre to board a large coach destined for Comrie Croft, Perthshire. Then they were laden down once more, marched to the top of a hill and led to a fantastic campsite with four, large round tents and an incredible view across the Pershire hills and a little wooded area.
After unpacking and setting out sleeping areas, there was time to explore and collect wood for the fires, quick games of football and general running about. We were all treated to fish and chips from the local chippie, which we ate sitting around large firepits, then later we heated hot chocolate in a large pan and toasted marshmallows on sticks, eating, them between chocolate hobnobs - delicious make shift smores.
I don’t know how many teeth were brushed that night, I don’t think any showers were taken and there was some difficulty getting to sleep! Do we put this down to the sudden drop in temperature and the fact that some of us sleep- rolled downhill (clad in sleeping bags) in the tents throughout the night! Or some very excitable little campers?
Breakfast was fantastic – bacon and scrambled eggs, not quite Peat Inn standards, but especially tasty having been cooked on the firepit once more. A team of year 7’s washed the grotty pans in the very eco-friendly mess area, in piping hot water heated with solar power.
The Amazons (Year 7s) then got kitted out with mountain bikes and helmets and after practice sessions around a tailor made course hit the hills. Up-hill was of course a challenge, but they coped well, and was worth all the effort when they came flying down the other side! Meanwhile, some of us were lucky enough to eat cake in the highly recommended tea room!
The Swallows (Year 6s) headed to a bushcraft experience where they were shown how to forage for food, start fires with dried lichen and flint and painted their face with berries or mud to really look the part! I hear the sour apple leaves were a great hit and more hot chocolate was also on the menu.
The U12 team played as good a match as I have seen in my time at St Leonards. Their commitment to the tackle and their ambition to move the ball to the wide channels resulted in a marvelous team performance and as a result they came out on top at the final whistle.
MONDAY AFTERNOON COOKERY CLUB
YEAR 2 VISITS ANSTRUTHER
Year 2 rounded off their 'Unit of Inquiry' on jobs within our local community with a visit to the Scottish Fisheries Museum and the RNLI Lifeboat Station. Here were were able to investigate how the technology involved in fishing and found on board boats has developed and changed over time. We were really impressed by the hi-tech gear used by the Lifeboat crew and loved being allowed to explore their boats and hear about their daring rescues at sea. A great day was had by all.
On Thursday this week, we were lucky enough to have Iona Wardener, a Year 11 Student from Fettes to come and talk to us about her adventurous expedition to the Arctic through The Polar Academy. Sorely disappointed at not being chosen for the expedition, having put enormous hard work into the training, Iona soldiered on nonetheless and her grit and determination paid off. With just two weeks to go, someone dropped out of the team and Iona was awarded a place. Year 6 and Year 7 were fascinated by Iona’s talk and wanted to know how she stayed safe from polar bears and did she have time for a snowball fight or two? Many were inspired and keen to follow in her footsteps, so watch this space….
She ended her presentation with the following advice:
"The polar academy has changed my life because I now know I can achieve anything by working hard and believing that I can achieve it. So, if you take anything away from me chatting today, know that no matter what you think you can or can't do, if you work hard and don't give up, you can achieve what you set out to do".
YEAR 6s INVESTIGATE WATER FILTERING AS PART OF THEIR 'UNIT OF INQUIRY', SHARING THE PLANET