The weeks are whizzing by and we are almost in June. Over the past few days some of our staff have been visiting Priorsford to continue our maths development and we will welcome Priorsford staff to West Linton next week and beyond. Whilst the staff have been away I have enjoyed covering in P1, P1/2 and P4/5. It’s been super to get out from behind the desk and remind myself why I got into teaching – to be with children. To be part of each class and their learning this week was a real treat. A favourite quote of mine is – “Children are not things to mold they are treasures to unfold”.

The County Sports was another opportunity to be with the children and witness the sheer determination and effort on their faces as they participated in their races. Well done of course to those who placed first, second or third in an individual or team event but I was proud of all of the pupils who came along on the night and to be their Headteacher.

The P5/6 Bake Sale to support the refugee crisis was VERY well attended and a great success. Thanks to those families who helped their child bake for the event and thanks for the unwanted items which continue to stream into school. We learned more about the plight of refugees at our assembly this morning – the children listened attentively to four of our P7s read real life case studies of the plight of refugees from every continent.

Next week sees the start of our Community Focus Fortnight and kicks off with the School Sports. We hope to see as many family members here as possible cheering on the children and enjoying some of the refreshments the PTA have kindly offered to provide.

On Wednesday the excitement around Whipman mounts as we welcome Gary and Louise Ross – our Whipman and Lass elect to school for a special lunch provided by our super catering team followed by the Whipman Assembly. P4/5 and P5/6 are also off to the Scot Sheep event that morning and four of our pupils will compete in the authority’s annual chess competition. A busy day indeed!

Individual classes are formulating plans to build upon during Community Fortnight – ask your children what they have been getting up to during the next two weeks! We look forward to seeing you in school or around the village during some of the Whipman events.

In the meantime – have a lovely weekend.