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"A book is a dream that you hold in your hands." - Neil Gaiman
Happy Book Week everyone! In this albeit incredible age of digital technology, it has been wonderful to see so many pupils with their heads in a book or listening to a story at playtime. We had a wonderful start to the week with a Book Aid International Assembly on Monday morning, led by Dr König. A total of £120.00 was raised through our many and varied World Book Day celebrations, which will be donated to this worthwhile cause, supporting the education and stoking the imaginations of children and young people all over the world.
Words, stories and books open up doors to endless, previously unimagined possibilities, and Book Aid International works with young readers and refugees in 25 countries to help them explore these new places.
On Wednesday morning, Mr Lamb read aloud his favourite poems book, ‘Green Eggs and Ham’ by Dr Seuss, giving a fabulously dramatic performance that the children thoroughly enjoyed.
All of the classes have visited a local bookshop to exchange their tokens for a World Book Day book, and our story chair in the Atrium has been filled with teachers from across the Junior and Senior schools reading to the children.
On World Book Day itself, on Thursday, the children came in to school sporting some incredible costumes and we had a fantastic Character Parade in St Katharines Hall, which gave every pupil a chance to shine. I recognised characters from Mary Poppins, Alice in Wonderland, Harry Potter and many more. We will be announcing House Points for the most popular costumes next week, following the children's vote.
Sometimes we can take for granted our access to books at home, in school and in libraries across the country. Books can be a source of information, a comfort, an escape or an inspiration. I hope that this week’s celebration of books is something that can continue every day, all year round.
Have a wonderful weekend and perhaps take the time to find a comfy spot, transport yourself into another world, and maybe even share a story or two.
Rotary Quiz Win
ROTARY QUIZ WIN | A four-strong team of Year 7 pupils Tom, Lucca, Polly and Daniel had a very successful time at the Rotary Primary Schools Quiz on Wednesday afternoon. After tough rounds of questions, our St Leonards quizzers were crowned the winners.
Securing the title means that St Leonards goes through to the Area Final, which will be held in St Andrews Town Hall later this month, and will host the local heat of the competition next year.
Congratulations to Polly, Tom, Daniel and Lucca!
The Museum of Communication
THE MUSEUM OF COMMUNICATION | On Monday afternoon, Year 3 had a visit from Tom, Dorothy and Marion from the Museum of Communication in Burntisland.
They gave a very insightful talk on communication through the years, including Morse code, Semaphore, the Murray Optical Telegraph, the Pony Express and many, many more ways to communicate.
The children had a wonderful time listening to the talk and then trying out the various items the volunteers had brought from the museum. They enjoyed sending Morse code messages, trying to spell out their names in Semaphore with flags, as well as using Aldis lamps to send messages across the room. The tricky part of the Murray Optical Telegraph was that there is no sign for a J or a U!
We were very grateful to the team for coming to visit us and bringing a selection of the items they have in the museum. If you are interested in communication, it is a wonderful museum to visit. The Museum of Communication is open from May and entry is free – a nice summer holiday venue to visit!
Mrs Beebee, Year 3 Class Teacher
Belhaven Cross Country
BELHAVEN CROSS COUNTRY | Congratulations to all our Junior School runners who took part in the Belhaven Hill Invitational Cross Country competition last weekend.
Logan, William, Ben and Archie in Year 6, and Daniel and Adam in Year 7 represented St Leonards in the U11 boys’ race, and Willow (Year 5), Eliza, Sal, Maya and Emily (Year 6) competed in the U11 girls’ race, finishing in eighth place overall.
A brilliant effort from all involved!
Book Week Workshops
BOOK WEEK WORKSHOPS | Pupils in Years 5, 6 and 7 have been taking part in Book Week activities with Mr Lamb this week, as part of our Junior School literary celebrations. After looking at a series of different books as examples, the boys and girls created their own origami books, which they could then take home and fill in with a story of their own.
We are looking forward to seeing some of their creations!
Pancake Day in Year 5
PANCAKE DAY IN YEAR 5 | The Year 5 pupils combined Book Week and Pancake Day celebrations on Tuesday afternoon, reading round the firepit while it started up and then cooking delicious pancakes over the flames.
Books in hands, the boys and girls took their seats outside and waited for their Shrove Tuesday treats to cook.
STORY CORNER | We have been very fortunate to have staff volunteers from both the Junior and Senior Schools reading in the Atrium and the Year 1 story corner during breaktimes and lunchtimes this week.
Thank you to Mrs Sneddon, Mrs Greenwood, Mr Durward, Miss Fisher, Mrs Radons-Harris, Ms O’Brien, Mrs Young, Mr Lamb, Mr Knight, Mrs Beebee and Mrs Cremonse for sharing their favourite stories with the children!
Exploring Numbers in Year 1
EXPLORING NUMBERS IN YEAR 1 | Year 1 have been investigating addition this week. The children had great fun exploring their number and seeing how many different calculations they could find. It made for a terrific inquiry!
Peter Pan in Year 2
PETER PAN IN YEAR 2 | As part of Book Week and our Unit on stories from around the world, Year 2 were visited by Mrs Inesta-Hernandez. She introduced us to bilingual story books and read us the tale of Peter Pan in Spanish. We were all really impressed by Rodrigo’s ability to translate the words into English!
Miss Fisher, Year 2 Class Teacher
Creative Costume Parade
CREATIVE COSTUME PARADE | What a brilliant array of costumes there were on display at our World Book Day Costume Parade in St Katharines Hall yesterday!
We had some very imaginative outfits including Where’s Wally, Voldemort, Mary Poppins, Wendy from Peter Pan, Horrid Henry, Princess Jasmine from Aladdin and quite a few Harry Potters!
Everyone in Years 1-7 walked a circuit around the room, showing off their creative costumes to parents and friends, before going into class to start a series of World Book Day Activities. Year 1 were about to walk along the road to Waterstones and some of the other classes settled down for story time.
Then there was the matter of the voting, with pupils and staff casting their votes on the best costumes this year. The 'best dressed' will be announced next week!
Perform in Perth
PERFORM IN PERTH | Many of our children have been busy preparing their poems, readings and performances for the Perth Festival this week. They have been spotted rehearsing in the corridors of Hepburn House and were even filmed reading extracts from their favourite books to tie in with World Book Day.
Thank you to Mrs Stewart – we have some very clear, confident speakers in the Junior School and look forward to hearing how they got on!
Little Tommy Morris
LITTLE TOMMY MORRIS | Local author Roger McStravick paid a visit to the Lower School today, reading his children’s book ‘Little Tommy Morris’ to the boys and girls in Years 1-3. Mr McStravick explained that he had been passionate about both golf and writing from a young age – about the same age as our Lower School children are now – and was inspired to write the book for his son, Sam.
In addition to ‘Little Tommy Morris’, the St Andrews-based author has written a number of books about the history of golf, and he has very generously donated a selection of his books to St Leonards!
After a story reading, the children had a chance to ask lots of questions, and the Year 2 pupils were particularly engaged, as they have been producing their own books as part of their current Unit of Inquiry on Storytelling.
Thank you to Mr McStravick for coming in for our special Book Week author visit!
The Boy Who Cried Wolf
THE BOY WHO CRIED WOLF | From the youngest to the oldest, Year 1 were joined this afternoon by a group of Year 13 Chinese students for a lesson based around the story ‘The Boy Who Cried Wolf’. After introducing themselves in Chinese, the boys and girls had a chance to practise using their own names, and learned how to say ‘hello, my name is…’.
They then watched a video of the story in Chinese, before learning the words for ‘wolf’ and ‘boy’, and finally ‘goodbye’, as they said farewell to their Sixth Form guests.
Thank you to Mrs Cremonese and her IB Diploma English B class for joining us!
Year 7 Pupil-led Conferences
YEAR 7 PUPIL-LED CONFERENCES | This week the Year 7 boys and girls sat down with their parents and guardians for the MYP Pupil-led Conferences. This was an opportunity for the pupils to share all that they have been learning in class this year, explaining different areas of the curriculum and focusing on their highlights.
Thank you to our parents for coming in - we hope your children were able to teach you something interesting!
PARKOUR MOVES | The boys and girls in Years 1 and 2 had their first taste of parkour this week. They were springing and jumping and rolling and climbing all over the gym equipment during Friday morning’s PE lesson with Miss Carroll and Mr Hislop. Needless to say, they all had a fantastic (and very energetic) time!