On Wednesday, we held a Commonwealth day hockey tournament for the Year 6 & 7 girls and boys. We had 8 teams competing in a round robin event. There were no winners in the end as we were sticking with the traditions of the Commonwealth Games also known as the Friendly games and it was more about fun and participation. The pupils were split into their teams and had to make their countries flag for the opening ceremony. The matches were played in the spirit of true sportsmanship and all involved enjoyed.
AN ARCHERY LESSON FOR YEAR 2
After seeing the fascinating array of bows and arrows brought in by Dr Crook as part of his workshop on Papua New Guinean culture and story telling traditions, both Ruben Loe and Rory Koenig were inspired to bring their own bows and arrows into school. We persuaded Mr Baxter to incorporate these into his games lesson this week, to the children's delight. Thank you for being such a good sport Mr Baxter!
On Wednesday, I was delighted to present certificates to all those who took part in the Perth Festival. In amongst the presentations, we were treated to performances by Corinne, Verity, Eva, Harriet and Niamh.
Once again, many congratulations to all those who took part. As Mrs Stewart commented on Wednesday, it took enormous courage and determination to stand up in front of an audience in Perth to deliver their poems.
YEAR 6 VISIT ABBEY WALK CONSTRUCTION SITE
Mr Tim Rhodes (Father of Evie in Year 7 and builder extraordinaire) joined Year 6 yesterday to share the evolution of the Abbey Park housing development which is opposite the school on former St Leonards land. As part of their 'Unit Of Inquiry' studies, Year 6 are researching how building designs are dependent on environmental factors and human ingenuity, we certainly found evidence of both within the Park. Mr Rhodes talked through the initial plans and 'Big Think' that enabled the architect to draw up plans for the development and, with some of our own designs, guided us through the materials required and human skills involved in the execution of the designs. On visiting the site we saw how the materials were used to ensure the longevity of the designs and sustainability of the land through human intervention; how water, which is in plentiful supply, is removed from the ground to prevent flooding and the reasons behind why certain materials were chosen. Overall, the visit was highly beneficial to deepening our understanding of how man and land can co-exist to provide housing that is sympathetically designed but uses features to ensure a modern, long lasting design is enjoyed in the beautiful environment of St Andrews.