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BEHIND THE STUDY DOOR: Friday, 9 September 2016

Welcome back to the new year at St Leonards

It has been a wonderful first week back at St Leonards, and it is hard to believe that it was only last Thursday that I met and welcome you all back for the first time. I have been absolutely delighted with the enthusiasm of the children, the school has simply fizzed with life straight away! I would like to especially pay tribute to our new boys and girls, who have not only settled in extremely well to their new surroundings, but have all made an immensely positive contribution to school life already. Much has happened over the last five days, as you will see from our first newsletter of term. Now in our second year, I couldn't be more delighted with the start each class has made on their new Unit of Inquiry, and it is the highlight of my morning to see so many models, pictures and items that have been brought in to share with the classes. A particular highlight of mine this week was having the honour to present many of our Year 7s and 8s their DELF certificates. DELF is an internationally recognised and renowned French assessment, and we are immensely proud of all those who took part in this. I was also delighted to present last term's LAMDA certificates, and I would like to encourage as many children as possible to take up drama lessons in preparation for Trinity Guildhall graded exams. I would also like to thank our parents for their support so far this term. I am very grateful for all the feedback we have received on what we are doing well, and can develop over the next few weeks, and I look forward to this positive partnership continuing. I wish you all a very happy weekend.

William Goldsmith

U11 and U9 boys enjoy a thrilling afternoon of Rugby at Fettes Prep

Rugby vs Fettes, Wednesday, 7 September 2016

The under 9’s played two touch training matches as both schools have only had one week of training, with limited chances for contact training. The boys fought hard throughout the game and despite being down at half time in each game fought back in the second half scoring a couple of tries and finishing strong. As this was their first experience of playing fixtures I was very impressed with their never say die attitude and we now have lots to work on building towards the St Leonards' Under 9s tournament in November.

The Under 11’s also played two games against a Fettes A and B team. The St Leonards boys were a bit rusty coming out the blocks and were beaten in the first game. However they rallied and made a much improved performance in the second game coming out on top. Highlights were a try saving tackle from Ewen Farquhar and, not to be outdone by his brother, Luke made a great break and scored at the other end. Plenty of running rugby was on show, encapsulated by Bruce Logan beating 6 players with a sidestep and Hector Lindsay showing they are willing to do the hard work by picking and going from the base of a ruck to score a try. As with the Under 9’s there is lots to work on but a good start from both squads.

YEAR 4 BUSY WITH THEIR TRACK TRACKS (click on photos to enlarge)

Year 4 tune into their first Unit of Inquiry, designing their own train tracks.
The Whole School Photograph: Wednesday, 7 September 2016


As part of our Unit of Inquiry on jobs in our local community, Year 2 headed down to the harbour to complete a survey of the different types of jobs undertaken there. We chatted with a lobster fisherman who was building a new lobster pot and a lorry driver delivering supplies to the cafe. Then we headed to the cafe ourselves where the lady who runs it had kept aside some live crabs and lobsters for us all to see. Some brave children even stroked the lobster's claws! We heard all about running a cafe and shop and operating the harbour bridge then we all bought treats from the shop and enjoyed them in the sunshine.

A day at the harbour for Year 2
Year 3 visit Cathedral

Through their Unit of Inquiry ‘Where We are in Place and Time’, Year 3 children are investigating why people from all over the world would visit and settle in St Andrews. On Thursday they visited St Andrews Cathedral for a guided tour and learned about the historical significance of St Andrews and why pilgrims would visit many years ago.

Year 1 have made a terrific start to their time at St Leonards!
Year 1 have enjoyed such a fun first week of school!


Year 7s have been researching inspirational people and gave some very thought provoking presentations this week

Year 7 kick started the week in their English classes by delivering talks prepared over the holidays. Inspired by Rio 2016 they were asked to choose a sportsman/ woman and research their Olympic journey and experience. Presentations included posters, timelines, booklets and power points. All were hugely informative and entertaining. Exploring the life stories of a selection of athletes has really got them thinking about their first MYP Inquiry Unit of the term which has the genre of biography and autobiography at its core.


Our next school Open Morning will take place on Saturday, 8 October 2016. Children in Years 4 -7, as well as the Senior School are requested to attend, looking smart in their school uniform, for a morning of fun learning activities. Inquiry lessons will start at 9.30am and finish at 11.30am. I also invite parents to use the event as an opportunity to see the school in action and visit the different areas and departments within our beautiful campus. The morning will start at 9.30am with a short welcome from Dr Carslaw and myself, followed by a tour of the Junior / Senior School, finishing in St Katharines Hall for refreshments. Further details will follow but I do urge you to join us. School buses will be running as normal, but please note pickup will be 15 minutes later. The return journey, buses will leave at 12 noon. Please let the Domestic Bursar know if you do not require the Saturday bus.

And finally...

Notice from Miss Neave re. Year 7 MYP DT

Year 7 are making vehicles from up-cycled water bottles. We would really appreciate it if everyone could collect any used water/juice/coke plastic bottles, the small size, with the screw top lid. Please could you wash them and had them into either Miss Neave or for the box in the staff room.

Year 5 & 6 football club: Wednesday after school

Mr McDonald would like to extend an invitation to year 5 boys and girls to join the year 6 girls' football club, which meets after school on Wednesday. Please email Alison ( if you would like your son / daughter to sign up for this.

Our choirs got underway this week, and it is great to see so many children taking part.
We wish all those who had a birthday during the holidays and this last week a very...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to... Soraya, Cara, Cameron, Angus, Bruce, Erin, Sal, Hannah, Sophie, Marta, Charles, Roy, Corinne, Isabella, Paula, Katie, Rowan, Elisenda, Freddie, Alanya, Kamilah, Sophie, Verity, Sanna, Samuel and Freya

James Brown flying the flag for St Leonards at 812 metres on the summit of Ben Each


Imagine yourself as a pebble. What ever might have happened during the day which has not gone to plan, gets washed over like the sea washes over a beach of pebbles, and the next day is a new day and fresh start.

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