Our week started by welcoming our P7s back from their residential at Whinmarleigh – it’s lovely to have them all back in school for the last few weeks of their primary careers. At our Citizenship Gathering Kate Orchard from Whitmuir brought along the SEPA 1st Place Sustainability Award won by the joint West Linton PS / Newlands PS and Whitmuir project. We are enjoying displaying the award in our entrance hall but will of course share it with Newlands and Whitmuir!

On Tuesday all of the P5s travelled to near Kelso to take part in SBC’s P5 Countryside Day. Unfortunately the long journey on windy roads took its toll and a few of the children became unwell. Resilience and positivity were required and glad to report that the children and staff rose to the challenge and certainly made the most of the time there!

The 6s from the P5/6 and the 4s from the P4/5 who were ‘left behind’ used the day to help promote our forthcoming Community Open Day (Thu 9th June) by delivering fliers and speaking to local businesses and community groups. I was really impressed with their confident pitches at various locations around the village and enjoyed the company of the children when we were out and about.

On Thursday we held our last open session of the year. Around seventy of our families came along and spent time over coffee and cake talking to children about their learning and looking at their PLP and Writing folios. It was lovely to see the children confidently sharing their learning and the pride they felt as their families recognised and celebrated their progress. We hope the parents enjoyed this special time in school with their children.

The week ended with an assembly led by P5/6 who shared with us their plan to support refugees. They are promoting the collection of unwanted clothes, toys, waterproof coats and shoes and will also hold a bake sale to raise funds to purchase the packaging which will be required to send the items collected. I know that you will support the class in their efforts – have a good clear out at home and remember the bake sale this coming Tuesday at break – all items will be less than 50p – I am looking forward to it already!

Finally the Young Engineers welcomed their new recruits this afternoon – twelve P6 pupils who are keen to enjoy the same wide variety of experiences enjoyed by this session’s YE group. Once again thanks must go to the group of volunteer parent leaders of this most successful group.

Have a super weekend.