The Voice of st leonards junior School

Friday, 26 April 2019

Headmistress's Introduction

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.

Eve Moran

Spotlight On

Summer Term Smiles

The sun was shining for our first day back on Thursday!

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

The Sir Michael Bonallack U9, U11 & U13 Golf Championships were held today on the Eden, Strathtyrum and Balgove Courses.

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

Pupils playing at the Fettes 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

Creative designs on display at the Easter 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's Bunny Drive in full swing.

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

The St Leonards team at the Fife Schools 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

Year 7 used artefacts for inspiration at their Poetry Workshop.

STANZA POETRY WORKSHOP | As part of the town-wide StAnza Festival of Poetry, Year 7 pupils were fortunate to take part in a creative writing workshop, ‘Kit & Kin’, delivered by educator, writer and presenter, Lorna Irvine.

Kit & Kin is a suitcase museum of World War One souvenirs and memorabilia. Working hands-on with the collection in the classroom gave the children an opportunity to explore and identify these unfamiliar items, which evoked life on the Home Front and in the trenches. Handling such a vast array of cherished items was a humbling and emotional experience, and a reminder of an era of separation, sacrifice and loss.

Lorna engaged her audience from the outset with a wealth of stories behind the objects. The stories brought their owners to life and inspired the pupils to write some powerful ‘keepsake poems’ of remembrance.

- Mrs Donald, Year 7P Form Teacher

St Leonards Ski Trip 2019

Some of our Year 5-9 skiers in Serre Chevalier.

ST LEONARDS SKI TRIP 2019 | Pupils in Years 5-9 jetted to France during the final week of Spring Term for the St Leonards Ski Trip. Everyone had a brilliant time skiing and snowboarding on the slopes of Serre Chevalier. The days spent out enjoying the snow were rounded off with hot chocolate in the resort, and great evenings were spent socialising as a group with talent shows and games inside to warm up.

The weather was perfect for our travellers, with bright blue skies and sunshine creating stunning conditions for a week of super skiing.

We hope you enjoy looking through the full photo album via the link below!

Horse Riding Duo

Emily and Anna at Vogrie Country Park.

HORSE RIDING DUO | Emily (Year 6) and Anna (Year 4) recently competed as a pair in the Mounted Games Association event at Vogrie Country Park, where they finished second overall. A brilliant achievement – well done to Anna and Emily!

Celebration Assembly

The following pupils received certificates at Celebration Assembly at the end of Spring Term:

Thea was Year 1 Pupil of the Week for her consistently focused hard work in all jobs, as well as behaving with kindness towards others.

Olivia was Year 2 Pupil of the Week for showing great resilience and being a wonderfully caring friend to others.

Riya received a commendation for her beautifully delivered Homework Heroes presentation to the class.

Alistair for outstanding and conscientious work on his Homework Heroes tasks.

Isobel for her thorough, credible detective work in relation to determining the murderer of Lord Darnley.

Sanna for stepping up and taking extra lines or filling in when students were off during the dress rehearsal or nights of the school play.

George for his thorough, credible detective work in relation to determining the murderer of Lord Darnley.

Evie for her thorough, credible detective work in relation to determining the murderer of Lord Darnley.

Ruben was Year 3 Pupil of the Week for great progress and enthusiasm in writing.

Will for his excellent work as part of the Lighting Team for the Year 4-6 production of 'The Magic Faraway Tree'.

Xander for stepping up and taking extra lines or filling in when students were off during the dress rehearsal or nights of the school play.

Kyle for stepping up and taking extra lines or filling in when students were off during the dress rehearsal or nights of the school play.

William for stepping up and taking extra lines or filling in when students were off during the dress rehearsal or nights of the school play.

Eliza for achieving outstanding marks in her Latin assessment.

Sofia for achieving outstanding marks in her Latin assessment.

Lucy for displaying amazing confidence in approaching decimal work in Maths.

Shreyas for achieving outstanding marks in his Latin assessment.

Anna for stepping up and taking extra lines or filling in when students were off during the dress rehearsal or nights of the school play.

Aidan for stepping up and taking extra lines or filling in when students were off during the dress rehearsal or nights of the school play.

Ed for his focused approach to Maths work, resulting in achieving above and beyond what was expected of him.

Oscar for writing a super informal letter to his favourite author. He made sure to include relevant questions and shared the reasons why he enjoys the books so much.

Conor for stepping up and taking extra lines or filling in when students were off during the dress rehearsal or nights of the school play.


We wish the following pupils a very...

Wishing Abbie, Tom, Claudia and Clara a very Happy Birthday for next week - have a fantastic day!

Reasons to be Cheerful

Today, we had some special visitors in the Junior School. A mother duck and her ducklings were spotted going for a walk – or rather a waddle – on the school playing fields.

Sweet as they were, we were conscious that they’d be safer at home by the water, so Mr Barrable and Miss Geatons came to the rescue and ushered the family back to safety at the Kinnessburn by the harbour. Perhaps she was interested in a place at St Leonards for her little ones next year?

Diary Dates

Tay & Eden Estuary Volunteer Call

TAY & EDEN ESTUARY VOLUNTEER CALL | Please see above details of the Saltmarsh Restoration days on the nearby Tay and Eden estuaries. This project has been organised by Dr Clare Maynard of the University of St Andrews, and may be of interest to some of our St Leonards families.

Junior School Open Morning

JUNIOR SCHOOL OPEN MORNING | We will be holding our St Leonards Junior School Open Morning on Monday, 6 May at 9.30am. This will be an opportunities for families to spend the morning in St Andrews, tour the beautiful school grounds, experience our outdoor learning in action, and meet key members of staff and pupils. Full details can be found on the school website via the link below. Please do share with friends, family and anyone in the wider community who may be interested in attending and learning more about life at St Leonards!

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