BEHIND THE STUDY DOOR
The road not taken
After days of ‘Superworm’, ‘Fender’, ‘The Tiger that came to tea’ and ‘Snail and the Whale’, Arthur suddenly seemed totally disinterested in his normal routine of demanding to be read the same books each evening, and reached for a completely new title last night. ‘Scaredy Squirrel’ was chosen excitably by him, and as I began down this unchartered territory, I felt out of my comfort zone in veering away from our normal, predictable evening routine.
Scaredy Squirrel, for those of you who haven’t read it, tells the story of a squirrel who lives every day the same as the next, a comfortable and predictable routine, indeed very safe and secure. He never leaves the safety of his oak tree, and is seemingly prepared for every eventuality. This all changes rather dramatically one day and he is forced out of his comfort zone – without any preparation – into a new and exciting life. It is a wonderfully written story, and like so many books for children of this age, it has a incredibly powerful message, as one review of the book states: “if you take a flying leap into the unknown once in a while, you may learn something new about yourself”.
OPEN MORNING | MONDAY, 1 MAY 2017
We were delighted to welcome 27 families to our Open Morning on Monday. After assembly, coffee and a brief welcome by Will, the families were toured around the Junior and Senior Schools by our outstanding Year 7s and 5s. Every single visitor commented on the quality of the pupils giving the tours and spoke of their infectious enthusiasm, good cheer, eloquence and impeccable manners.
Following the tours, we congregated on the adventure playground area to enjoy smores, hot chocolate and a story telling workshop, led by author Catriona Wilson. Our thanks to Laura Jacks for giving up her morning to keep the fire pit going, and to Michelle Wilkinson, Rita Dhasmana, Kerri Munro and Jacqueline Hyde-Clement for joining us to speak to our prospective parents.
We couldn't be more delighted with the interest from families in the area, and would be thrilled to welcome any prospective parents at any time.
FETTES ORCHESTRAL DAY | FRIDAY, 28 APRIL 2017
The pupils who attended the Prep Schools Orchestra Day at Fettes on Friday had a fantastic time and a truly enriching musical experience. An incredible 140 pupils from various schools across Scotland got together to rehearse three rather challenging pieces, culminating in a terrific concert in the evening. When they weren't busy rehearsing, the boys and girls were put into groups to take part in a varied activity programme, featuring challenges such as untying impossibly difficult knots and balancing the whole group on a tiny folded up sack! Many new friends were made and great fun was had by all. The concert in the evening demonstrated just how hard everyone had worked throughout the day, with the strings, brass, percussion and woodwind families combining to create a most impressive sound. The concert climaxed with a performance of Themes from 'Pirates of the Caribbean'; such a demanding piece with its changing time signatures and tempi.
YEAR 3 HAVE BEEN WRITING INSTRUCTIONS
Year 3 have started to investigate how to write instructions. What better way than to write instructions for one of our favourite games….hopscotch. Firstly, as a class, we sequenced instructions on how to create and play hopscotch. Then in small teams we followed our own instructions to make sure we had sequenced them correctly….Good job Year 3!
This week has seen some exciting changes happening in the early years playground. We have been busy transforming the play areas to make them even more fun for the boys and girls in Years 1-3. We have built a mud kitchen, we have bought lots of exciting new toys and we have made a start on the new planting areas. It is clear to see that the children are loving their new play area!
We are all now now full to the brim after buying delicious cakes and sweet treats, baked by our wonderful Year 7 class! Scrumptious rocky road bites, crispy cakes and colourful sprinkled goodies were enjoyed and devoured, raising a wonderful total of £466.13 for their trip to Normandy, later this month. The Year 7 bake sales team also dressed to impress for Red, White and Blue Day', helping them get into the French mood!
YEAR 2 VISIT THE BOTANICAL GARDENS | THURSDAY, 4 MAY 2017
Year 2 had a fantastic time at the Botanical Gardens with guides, Gillian and Andrea. We went on a minibeast hunt, planted some wild flowers and explored the glass houses. We learnt about the life-cycle of a butterfly before heading into the wonderful tropical butterfly house.
Many congratulations to all those who represented the school in the St Leonards Golf Championship on Friday, 28 April. There was a terrific atmosphere on the Balgove and Strathtrym courses and some excellent golf played by all those who took part. Special mention to Verity who came 2nd in the U9 Girls category, and Niamh who came 2nd in the U13 Girls category.
ATHLETICS AT LATHALLAN | WEDNESDAY, 3 MAY 2017
YEAR THREE MARBLE TREAT | FRIDAY, 5 MAY 2017