The Voice of st leonards junior school

Friday, 22 February 2019

Forming Fond Memories

Headmistress's Introduction

"The more you know about the past, the better prepared you are for the future." - Theodore Roosevelt

Over the Half Term holidays, I took some time to learn about the history of St Leonards, including the origins of the names of our three boarding houses. Did you know that Ollerenshaw is named after the a St Leonards Senior (former pupil) and famous mathematician Dame Kathleen Ollerenshaw, or that St Rule was the name of a saint rumoured to have carried the bones of St Andrews to our shores?

As I continue to get to know the school and plan for the future, it is equally important to learn about its past. What a wonderful coincidence, then, with this in mind, that I received a particularly interesting package through the post this week.

An old brown box and a letter addressed to the ‘Headmistress of St Leonards Junior School’ was waiting on my desk on Monday morning – it certainly looked intriguing, and so we all crowded round in anticipation to discover what was inside

The parcel contained a letter from a lady called Jill Ford, who now lives in Hertfordshire in England. Jill’s mother Annabel Couper attended St Leonards many years ago, in around 1918, and when she passed away, Jill came across a box amongst her possessions containing all sorts of memorabilia from her time at the school.

The box of St Leonards memorabilia, which belonged to Senior Annabel Couper.

Inside the box was a St Leonards pin, a belt with a ‘tail’ to tuck into the back, a rosette, and some very smart hockey tights. It is wonderful to think that St Leonards must have played such an important part in Annabel’s life for her to have kept these mementos so carefully for so long. It was a real pleasure to receive them, and to think about what the school must have been like when Annabel was here.

I have included some pictures below for your interest and know that once the children have had a chance to look at them, these artefacts will be of real value and interest to our St Leonards School Archives. I look forward to learning more about them from our brilliant school Librarian and Archivist, Miss Tawse.

A child’s time at school can have so much influence on them, in so many ways, and memories can remain for the rest of their lives. I like to think that one day some of our pupils will keep their very own special school box filled with memories, to help them remember the incredible experiences they had here.

Eve Moran, Junior School Headmistress

Spotlight On...

Creative Clocks

Year 3 learning to tell the time with clocks on the beach.

CREATIVE CLOCKS | Year 3 took to the beach on Monday to create clocks in the sand. The children were given different times to show on their clocks, showing o'clock, half past, quarter past and quarter to. This built on the work they had covered in class before Half Term, and which they have continued with this week.

The boys and girls all worked well together in their groups, creating different styles of clocks, including Big Ben. It was wonderful to see the team work and the peer support, with the children supporting one another when unsure of a time and where the hands of the clock should be.

Mrs Beebee, Year 3 Class Teacher

Showjumping Star

Anna (Year 7) competing at the premier show.

SHOWJUMPING STAR | Anna in Year 7 took part in the 148 Premier Show last weekend, securing 4th place in the 1 metre and 3rd place in the 1.10 metre jumps – an outstanding achievement!

A keen rider, Anna will be competing at the British Showjumping Juniors Show in Edinburgh on Sunday, 3 March, and is busy practising for the Highland Show qualifiers at the end of next month.

We wish Anna all the best in her upcoming events and look forward to sharing future updates!

Year 2's Beach Art

Year 2 created artwork using Plaster of Paris in the sand.

YEAR 2'S BEACH ART | This week Year 2 took their Art lesson down to the shore to have a go at sand casting. The children collected interesting treasures, such as shells, pretty pebbles and sea glass. They then dug out a small, smooth hole in the sand and decorated the inner surface with their finds before pouring a mixture of Plaster of Paris and sea water into it.

After about 15 minutes, the plaster had dried, and the children were able to dig it out and brush off the sand to reveal their artwork!

Miss Fisher, Year 2 Class Teacher

Sports Fixtures

The Junior boys' hockey teams played Fettes at home on Wednesday.

SPORTS FIXTURES | Wednesday afternoon was a busy one for sports fixtures, with the U12 girls playing a challenging match away against ESMS. The boys welcomed Fettes to St Leonards for U9, U10, U11 and U12 games on the Astro. Some very strong visiting sides made for a tough set of fixtures. Great teamwork on show from all of our teams, however, and wonderful to see everyone still smiling at the end!

Year 4's Busy Morning

Year 4 had a busy morning consolidating their grammar learning.

YEAR 4'S BUSY MORNING | Year 4 have been busy consolidating their grammar learning in class this week. They have been learning about prefixes and suffixes and had lots of fun in the process!

Year 1 Stay & Play

Our second Year 1 Stay & Play event on Tuesday.

YEAR 1 STAY & PLAY | On Tuesday morning, we welcomed our second group of prospective Year 1 pupils to St Leonards Junior School, where they spent a couple of hours learning and playing alongside our current class. We look forward to the new boys and girls joining us in Year 1 in August!

Fife Hockey Festival

The Year 8 girls, ably assisted by Anna, Polly and Thea (Year 7).

FIFE HOCKEY FESTIVAL | Well done to three of our Junior School players, who stepped up to help out the Year 8 squads in the Fife Schools Hockey Festival this afternoon. Polly, Thea and Anna all took part in the tournament, playing a brilliant afternoon of hockey with Madras, Dunfermline High School and Bellbaxter.

Anna was one of the top goal scorers of the afternoon, scoring three goals!

The Three Little Pigs

Year 1's posters based on 'The Three Little Pigs'.

THE THREE LITTLE PIGS | Having worked with a variety of versions of ‘The Three Little Pigs’ this week, Year 1 independently created posters for the Fairytale Land Police to help to ensure his the Big Bad Wolf’s capture. I was delighted to see such proficient sounding out, everyone is so keen to ‘Have a Go!’. This is a key mantra in Year 1.

Miss Boissiere, Year 1 Class Teacher

Skye - House Points Winners

Skye won an 'own clothes day' for collecting the most House Points!

SKYE - HOUSE POINTS WINNERS | Congratulations to Skye for being the winning house this month! As a reward for collecting the most House Points, everyone in Skye was allowed to wear home clothes today instead of uniform!

Celebration Assembly

The following pupils received certificates at Celebration Assembly on Monday morning. We are very proud of each and every one of them:

Rory for an imaginatively created PowerPoint presentation on the topic 'sources of light'.

Claudia for a fantastic and independently written 'Bear Hunt' map.

Michelle was Year 1 Pupil of the Week for continuing to develop the length and breadth of her writing and demonstrating an all-round caring demeanour in the classroom.

Jonathan for asking fantastic questions and making terrific links based on experiments in class.

Mia was Year 3 Pupil of the Week for constantly working hard, completing tasks on time and always having a smile on her face.

Rachel for working extremely hard in Maths and making fantastic progress with decimals.

Jonny for showing great focus and commitment when working on his story writing by using a story board and rubric to effectively plan his adventure tale.

Saydee for being such a team player in all aspects of school life.

Sanna for her thoughtful attention to improving the presentation of her work.

Abbie for perseverance in Maths.

Angus for bringing his microscope and insect specimens to display to the class how important light is in the working of certain types of scientific instruments.

Archie for being responsible and delivering his objectives for his eco task.

Joe received two certificates, one for showing tremendous enthusiasm during a class story writing session, and one for giving his time and being kind to others.

Freddie for working hard to improve his focus and concentration whilst learning in the classroom.

Monty for writing a set of instructions on catapults after being inspired when creating his own catapult in class.

Clara was Year 2 Pupil of the Week for working hard on her reading at home and making remarkable progress as a result.

Lewis for excellent mental maths with different amounts of money.

Shreyas for always being ready, engaged and excited to learn in class.

A Note from the Lower School...

After a wonderfully dry Half Term, the pleasant weather has continued into this week which has made Beach School especially magical.

Year 1 built houses on the beach after reading 'The Three Little Pigs'.

Year 1 used the story of the ‘Three Little Pigs’ to build their own houses on the beach, in case the pigs required shelter from the wolf on the East Sands.

Year 2's creative beach art.

Year 2 were creating fantastic beach art, making ‘sand casts’ while Year 3 created their own analogue clocks on the beach.

Year 2 have also been learning about 'simple machines' this week, with the help of the Estates Department.

It is remarkable how many ways we use, not just the beach but all of our wonderful outside space.

After such a busy first week back, we wish all our families and children a relaxing and fun weekend.

Miss Boissiere, Lower School Coordinator


We wish the following pupils a very...

We wish a very Happy Birthday to Max, Harry, Cara and Lewis. We hope you have all had a wonderful week!

Spotty Book

This week Lucca in Year 6 has been nominated for showing incredible politeness around school. I overheard him thanking Mrs Dewar for helping him with his mouth guard in the corridor with the words, ‘Thank you Mrs Dewar, I am really grateful.’ Good-manners are an asset. I am extremely proud of you Lucca.

Reasons to be Cheerful

Yesterday, I travelled to Aberdeen with Emma and Ruaridh (Year 12), our new Senior School Head Girl and Head Boy. We visited Albyn School, where we spent a fascinating day sharing all the wonderful things about our respective schools, taking part in a student exchange and building strong links for the future.

This was a great opportunity for me to spend time getting to know Emma and Ruaridh. Both fantastic ambassadors for the school, they truly exemplify what a St Leonards education can bring.

St Leonards Head Boy, Ruaridh Angus, and Head Girl, Emma Rubidge.

During our journey I enjoyed talking with them about the benefits of the IB, hearing about their favourite teachers and all the co-curricular activities that they take part in.

Having any small part in the development of children as they turn into accomplished young adults, such as Ruaridh and Emma is a privilege.

We enjoyed a wonderful and informative visit, and many thanks to our Heads of School for not only keeping me company but and for their superb map-reading skills, which helped us to make it there and back again!

Save the Date

The Great St Leonards Egg Hunt

SAVE THE DATE | Our annual Easter Egg Hunt, organised by the St Leonards Parents Association is coming up on Sunday, 24 March, and we look forward to seeing many of you in the Retreat Café or out searching for clues around the school grounds.

The Great St Leonards Egg Hunt is open to all, so please to encourage friends and family to come along and join us for what promises to be another brilliant event.

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