Our P7s have continued to demonstrate excellent leadership skills this week as our Primary 1 pupils began their first full week at school with everyone staying for lunch and afternoon sessions. The sevens are nurturing and caring and have been keeping the Primary ones entertained with great playground games.

P7 have been thinking about which ministerial roles they may like to carry out this session – Ministers for Sports, Competition and for Literature are all back this year together with some new departments! Our P7s have also split into their houses to lead assemblies – and West Water started in great style this morning with a presentation about the forthcoming Paralympics which included demonstrations of some of the Paralympic sports. Well done to Adam, Adam, Tom, Molly and Isobel for an interesting, informative presentation!

We have a special pack of resources linked to the Paralympics in school which the classes are using in PE. Games of Boccia and Goalball have already been played and children have had to work really hard to compensate for ‘lost’ sense,s for example when blindfolded, and work as a team in order to successfully play the games. Taking part in these activities and learning more about disability and some of Team GB’s Paralympic athletes really helps to bring the Rio Paralympics to life.

Our classes have been using the Establishment Phase to remind each other of the concepts of Growth Mindset and the Learning Powers. P6 and P5/6 critically evaluated texts with Growth Mindset themes and used their discussion to help create their own comic strips with Growth Mindset stories which they then shared with the younger classes. You can read more about Growth Mindset on the P2/3 class page of our website.

I enjoyed a trip to Galashiels earlier in the week with Isla and Samantha – two of our new Junior Road Safety Officers – JRSOs. (Ciara is our third JRSO). The girls listened really well during the event, took notes and chatted about their plans on the drive back to school. All three JRSOs have started with real enthusiasm, completely overhauling the JRSO notice board in school and planning their first presentation and competition for Citizenship Gathering next week. Well done girls – keep up the enthusiasm!

I met with the Headteachers of the Tweedale Learning Community today to make our plans for collegiate work across the cluster this session. These include enhancing the P7 transition to Peebles High School and how we analyse and use data to ensure improved attainment in literacy, numeracy and health and well being through collaboration and sharing good practice across all schools. It’s going to be another busy year!

Our week concluded with Mrs Saxon hosting the first Star of the Week tea this morning with all of our Star Achievers from last week. It’s a lovely way to end the week – spending time with the people who matter most – our pupils. Have a lovely weekend!

Finally, four of our parents will lead P7s in the first of two Bikeability sessions tomorrow (Saturday) – grateful thanks to Maggie, Morag, Andy and Helen for their enthusiasm, commitment and precious weekend time to allow our pupils the opportunity of excellent cycling training.