To say it has been an eventful ten days or so may be something of an understatement. The trip to Loughborough with our team of ten P7s last weekend was an experience I was privileged to be a part of – an unforgettable event in its own right. To come away with the team being crowned as UK & Ireland champions has, at times, seemed quite surreal. During the week there has been a lot of media attention and a trip to Council Chambers at HQ in Newton St Boswells. The team and some of the coaches and parents were presented at full council and congratulated upon their superb achievement. Plans are now afoot for the trip to America at the end of April – West Linton pupils representing UK & Ireland in the world finals! As I said, quite surreal. You can read the full press release detailing the achievement by clicking on the link below.

School life continues of course and other highlights this week included recognising a wide range of achievements at our Citizenship Gathering and assembly – including Nairne and Liam who were bronze medal winners in badminton and Rosie Wood winning the competition to design a new strip for the West Linton Lions rugby team.

The P7s visited Peebles High School on Tuesday for a half day visit – the first of their transition events. Mrs Butler and Mrs Saxon commented on the group’s mature conduct during the visit.

A photographer from Tempest took individual and family portraits throughout the day on Wednesday and will return to take the P7s and P1s as a year group picture later on this session. For session 2016-17 we intend to have P1 and P7 class group pictures taken and have rearranged the timing of the photographer in order that pictures of individuals and families will be taken (and be able to be ordered) before Christmas.

During assembly we continue to consider West Linton’s school values – last week we discussed Fairness and this week Honesty. West Linton has 13 values. After the focus at assemblies we intend to revisit the values with a view to condensing the values into a succinct vision statement and strapline for the school.

Next week at West Linton – Rio passport sessions continue for P1 and 2 led by our Ministers for Sport / Sports Leaders. Art club for P3 pupils starts led by Emma Wood (Charlie and Rosie’s mum). P5 –7 pupils will take part in workshops led by the NSPCC and on Thursday we celebrate World Book Day with the launch of our newly refurbished Library – look out for letters which came home today with further details.

Have a lovely weekend!