Springing into Summer Term
Welcome back everyone for what promises to be a busy and exciting Summer Term in the Junior School. We are delighted to have a couple of new faces with us, Rowan and Freya Seymour having returned to St Leonards after two years living abroad in Kuwait. I hope all our families had a fabulous break and are ready for the weeks ahead – we can only hope that the blue skies and sunshine we’ve had this past week are here to stay.
Looking at the calendar, there is lots going on, and I very much hope to see parents and wider family and friends at some of our events. We have lots to look forward to, including summer sports fixtures in cricket, tennis and athletics, the St Leonards U11 and U13 Invitational Swimming Gala, Informal Concerts in the Auditorium, the Grandparents' and Relatives' Afternoon Tea Party, our Sandcastle Competition on the East Sands, Prizegiving and plenty of exciting trips – and that’s just to name a few!
Staff, too, have been busy preparing for the children’s return to school this week, with two very productive INSET days and we have already begun working on some of the new initiatives set out in our Junior School development plan. Training was delivered on a new marking, feedback and assessment policy, which will help the children to understand and respond to feedback in their workbooks and we also looked at continuing our English development in this, the first of a sequence of workshops.
Thank you to those of you who were able to attend today’s discussions about the Junior School Vision, and I hope that you found these sessions constructive. My door is always open, so please do come and see me with any further thoughts or ideas. I will be sharing updates as our vision progresses, ensuring parents are kept up to date with the timeline for this.
I am sad to announce that Val Donald will be retiring from her position at the end of the year. Val has been an outstanding teacher at the Junior School for many years. Her dedication, subject knowledge and skill has made her an asset to the team. She will be hugely missed by parents, children and her colleagues. I am sure that you will join me in wishing Val the very best for the future and making her final term at St Leonards a great one.
The School will begin the process of appointing a Junior School Teacher shortly and I will keep you updated.
I wish you a lovely weekend and I look forward to a wonderful and productive term ahead.
Summer Term Smiles
SUMMER TERM SMILES | Welcome back to all our Junior School pupils for the start of what promises to be a busy and fun-filled Summer Term! We hope that all our families had a relaxing and enjoyable break, and it has been wonderful to see the children so full of energy and enthusiasm, ready to learn and play!
Sir Michael Bonallack Golf Championships
SIR MICHAEL BONALLACK GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS | We were delighted to welcome over 175 golfers from schools across Scotland, and as far afield as Malaysia, to St Andrews today for the Sir Michael Bonallack U9, U11 and U13 Golf Championships. Organised by St Leonards, in partnership with St Andrews Links, this is always a highlight of the sporting calendar for junior golfers.
Matches were played across the Balgove, Eden and Strathtyrum Courses, and a 'longest putt' contest was organised for players while they waited for their tee times.
Sir Michael Bonallack himself, the famous amateur golfer and former Secretary and Captain of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, presented the prizes at this afternoon's ceremony. Congratulations to all those who topped the leaderboards, and well done to all those who took part.
Prep Schools Orchestra Day
PREP SCHOOLS ORCHESTRA DAY | A group of young musicians from the Junior School travelled to Fettes in Edinburgh for the Prep Schools Orchestra Day, starting with rehearsals for tonight's concert!
Together with other prep schools from across Scotland, pupils played Goodwin's '633 Squadron', Elgar's 'Pomp and Circumstance', Tchaikovsky's 'March Slave' and a medley of football songs.
The afternoon was filled with fun games and activities outside - a great opportunity for teamwork and making new friends!
Lower School Bonnet Parade
LOWER SCHOOL BONNET PARADE | The Lower School pupils spent a creative afternoon at the end of last term designing and making colourful Easter bonnets, ready for the parade in St Katharines Hall. There were lots of fantastic designs, from Spring bunnies to chicks, eggs and bright flowers.
All the children in Years 1-3 lined up to showcase their creations, and it was brilliant to see the depth of creativity, thought, design and flair.
We shall definitely be looking to extend this further up the Junior School next year, as everyone had so much fun making them. A huge thank you to Mrs Beebee for organising and running the event, and to our terrific parents for supplying all sorts of bits and bobs to bring the bonnets to life!
Miss Moran and Miss Neave were tasked with the difficult job of judging the array of hats, and after much deliberation, the overall class winners were announced.
Congratulations to Michelle, Jonathan and Thea in Year 1; Olivia, Amber and Tilly in Year 2; and Alexander, Sofia and Khan in Year 3!
Year 3 Bunny Drive
YEAR 3 BUNNY DRIVE | The springtime celebrations continued in Year 3 with an Easter Bunny Drive and a session spent making delicious chocolate nests!
The Bunny Drive involved lots of fun rolling dice and drawing rabbits, with shouts of ‘bunny’ echoing around the classroom when one was completed.
A brilliant and very interactive end to Spring Term!
Fife Active Schools Hockey Festival
FIFE ACTIVE SCHOOLS HOCKEY FESTIVAL | A team of Junior School boys and girls had a successful afternoon at the Fife Active Schools Hockey Festival, hosted at the University of St Andrews for Year 6 & 7 pupils. Seven matches were played against Ceres, St Monans, Wormit, Kirkton of Largo, Anstruther, Castlehill and Elie primaries. An impressive 25 goals were scored, and only two conceded.
Congratulations to our St Leonards scorers: Anna (x 6), Thea (x 5), Emily (x 4), Tom (x 4), Magnus (x 3), Logan (x 2) and Archie (x 1).
A great team effort from all involved!
StAnza Poetry Workshop
Wishing Abbie, Tom, Claudia and Clara a very Happy Birthday for next week - have a fantastic day!