INTRODUCING BOOK WEEK 2017
We are all gearing up for our 'Book Week' at St Leonards, where we look forward to the following events in addition to the competitions and book swap which will continue throughout the week:
Monday: Storytelling workshops
Wednesday: Book Aid International Assembly; Roald Dahl Bake sale
Thursday: World Book Day: Fancy Dress theme (£2 donation to Book Aid International)
In addition, each year group will be visiting Toppings. The children will all be given a World Book Day token of £1, and we suggest no more than £5 to supplement the token.
May we encourage Parents to join our Book Swap, and bring in any old / unwanted books (and a £1 donation) and take part in the swap. The children's book swap will take place in the library, and the adults in the reception area.
Our Book Week is part of a larger plan we have to develop our reading programme in the School, and I shall be writing to Parents with details of our framework for September 2017 during the Summer Term.
YEAR 7 TRIP TO SCOTTISH GALLERIES
On Monday we had an informative tour of the Joan Eardley exhibition, ‘A Sense of Place’, at the Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh. Joan painted in only two places in her lifetime. Some galleries displayed work created when she lived in Catterline, a fishing village in Aberdeenshire. She used lots of texture in her paintings of the sea and the landscape near her cottage to bring them to life – sand, flowers and layered bits of paper made them really unusual. The second collection featured work she completed in her other home in Glasgow where she was fascinated by the life of children in the tenements and on the streets.
After that we travelled to the Scottish National Portrait Gallery where we had another great tour. These portraits were very different in style – we found out about a variety of portraits and had a go at drawing what we saw in some of them. We ended the afternoon with a visit to a working library. One miniature really stood out for us which was done by a woman who held a fine paintbrush in her mouth because she had no arms or legs.
Niamh and Fiona
We thought it was amazing how much detail went into some of the paintings. What really made us go ‘wow’ was ‘The Consultants’ by Ken Currie. The painting really tells you what is happening. It feels as if you have disturbed the surgeons at work and it made us think about the fear of what might exist beyond death. Other exhibits we enjoyed were the model of an artist’s brain and a picture of Gavin Hastings.
Ashton and Cameron
Catherine and I hugely enjoyed reading all the entries for our House Creative Writing Competition 2017.
I shall be announcing the winners during Assembly on Monday, 15 March. We both now have the challenging task of picking year group winners!
We have now submitted all entries to the Radio 2 500 words competition, and should hear back in early May if any of our writers have been shortlisted.
YEAR 3 COMMUNICATION WORKSHOP
The Year 3 have been busy tuning in to their new Unit of Inquiry on Communication. They were visited by volunteers from the Museum of Communication in Burntisland. Tom, Dorothy and Marion shared their wealth of knowledge on all forms of communication, some of which dating back hundreds of years. The children then had the opportunity to test some of the artefacts that were kindly brought in for the workshop.