With solo performances, the Year 2 Violin Ensemble, and a rousing finale from the Years 1-3, we were treated to a superb informal concert on Friday morning. With enormous encouragement and nurturing from the Music Department, each and every child performed with great confidence. Well done.
YEARS 4-7 INFORMAL CONCERT
One of the great merits of our Informal Concert series, is the onus is entirely on the pupils. They sign themselves up to perform (Mr Shiells informs me the sheet was full within minutes, as would be expected for an Ed Sheeran gig!) and take responsibility for their instruments and music on the day.
The range of instruments and level of performances vary, but they all have in common one defining factor: the confidence and desire to perform in front of their peers, parents and wider school community. I greatly admire the Music Staff in lighting the fires which inspire the pupils, and to the children who perform for keeping this passion and energy lit.
At 2.45pm we were treated to a short, informal concert, after which we enjoyed a sumptuous afternoon tea in the Central Dining Hall.
Everyone had a splendid afternoon, and our children acted as wonderful hosts to their guests.
The children are rightly very proud of their school, and we in turn are so very proud of all they achieve here. Grandparents, extended Relatives and Family Friends play such a large role in watching and guiding children as they grow up, and it therefore so fitting that St Leonards welcomes them all into the School Community.
We would like to thank all our guests for making the effort to join us on Tuesday, to Paul Shiells, Fiona Love and Melanie O'Brien for a superb concert, and to Laura Paterson and our outstanding Catering Department for putting on such a glorious afternoon tea.
As Wednesday was such a beautifully sunny day, Mrs. Fynn decided to take the learning outside of the classroom and take Year 1 down to the beach.
While they were there, the class enjoyed exploring materials and structures as part of their Unit of Inquiry, Where We Are in Place and Time. They built shelters using sand, thinking about the best sand to use for building and how they would protect and decorate their shelters. Some of the ideas included a shelter for a crab which protected them from their predators, a shelter for elves, with a doorway and a balcony, and a shelter with a moat. The children even dug deep enough to find water to fill it! Most importantly of all, the children enjoyed taking time out from the classroom to have fun with their friends and develop their teamwork skills. How lucky we are to be so close to such an amazing place!
The St Leonards production of 'Bugsy Malone', performed in the Byre Theatre, has once again showcased the outstanding Drama and Theatre Productions we enjoy here. For this production, four Year 7 Pupils: Beth, Lexie, Soraya and Joe, joined the cast and performed exceptionally well. After months of dedicated rehearsal time, we are immensely proud of them for being such an important part of the production. Many congratulations to the cast and production team for a magnificent production.
YEAR FIVE MAKE ICE CREAM
Mr Morris (Polly's dad) from the Chemistry Department at St Andrews University paid a visit to Year 5 to demonstrate energy changing from one form to another. The activities ranged from adding Sulphuric Acid to sugar to make a carbon-like substance (and an incredible smell!) and making 'one minute ice-cream'! The boys and girls had a great time investigating energy changes and Mr Morris very generously gave out Royal Society Of Chemistry pencils and Super Scientist stickers.
STEM TALK IN ASSEMBLY
Many thanks to Dr Vilnay who presented an assembler on 'Unsung heroes of STEM'. The children recognised Archimedes, Darwin, Einstein and Newton, however, they unsurprising had not heard about the lesser known scientists. Abertay University are running a poster competition to celebrate these unsung heroes, many of whom have masterminded products we use on a daily basis or have saved our lives. We wholeheartedly commend this competition to our children, and ask that anyone interested contacts Mrs Pennycook.