The Year 6s have enjoyed a fantastic three days at the Belmont Outdoor Education centre this week.
Enjoying a range of outward bound activities, the children have had a wonderful time and learned a great deal. I would like to pass on my enormous thanks to Dianne Cormack, Nicola Nejman and Kenny McDonald for accompanying the trip and giving the children a most memorable 72 hours away.
Eva Smeddle: “I loved the challenge of the Crate Climb. It was so wobbly and I managed 9 crates high!”
Elisenda Tortajada: “I thought climbing the tower to the Flying Fox would be difficult, but I did it! The Flying Fox was epic!”
Corinne: “I learned that teamwork always helps to achieve our goal. The problem solving activities were great and we all worked well together.”
Angus Graham: “I would like to thank Mr McDonald, Miss Nejman and Miss Cormack for taking us on this wonderful trip. Even though I didn’t feel great, I still really enjoyed the Mohawk Walk activity.”
Helena Flynn: “I enjoyed the Nightline activity because I was trying to overcome obstacles whilst wearing a blindfold.”
MOVING UP MORNING
We were delighted to welcome all our new pupils joining the school on Thursday morning for our Years 1-3 'Moving up Morning'.
The Years 1-4 class teachers organised a range of activities to welcome the children into their new classes, and there was a wonderful atmosphere in the school.
We cannot wait to welcome all our new pupils to St Leonards and feel sure they will have an immensely happy time in the St Leonards community.
Meanwhile, our Year 7s spent the day in the Senior School as part of their induction organised by Head of Years 8 and 9, Mr Dan Barlow.
Engaged in tours of the school and a range of team building activities, our top year much enjoyed their day, which included meeting the new pupils joining Year 8.
We hope the Year 7s enjoy their Ceilidh and Sleepover tonight.
On Thursday Morning, armed with buckets and spades (some garden variety), Years 4 and 5 walked down to East Sands and made incredible sculptures on the beach.
They had looked at images of work by the artist Andy Goldsworthy before hand, hatched plans in groups and then worked hard over 2 hours to create their finished pieces of sand art.
Andy Goldsworthy uses nature to make his art, the photographs he takes of what he makes are the end product, which are exhibited in galleries and collected together in publications. He likes to use natural shapes as a basis for his compositions – spirals, wavy lines, circles, so we tried to do the same.
We took photos of our sculptures and they will be on display in the exhibition which opens on Thursday.
YEAR 2 VISIT TO CAMBO HOUSE AND GARDENS
Year 2 have been thoroughly enjoying learning about the relationship between plants and minibeasts and on Wednesday we travelled to Cambo Estate, Kingsbarns to explore the gardens with their education team. We hunted for minibeasts and plants in the woodland armed with sticky boards and bug pots then explored their newly created discovery playground, working with one of the gardeners to sew seeds, build a minibeast hotel and make stone insects. We had a picnic lunch, complete with marshmallows toasted on a campfire, then were shown around the walled garden by the deputy head gardener who talked to us about how to use companion planting to attract pollinators and other beneficial insects into our gardens.
We had a wonderful day!
YEAR 1 HAVE GONE MARBLES!
This week Year 1 have been designing and making marbles games. Meredith's mum came into the class to show them how to play two games. They had fun playing the games then used the ideas to design their own games. The class then worked in groups to make their games. They have had lots of fun making and playing their games and will be making boxes and rules for the games next week. Many thanks to Meredith's mum for giving up her time to work with Year 1.