It’s been a busy first week back at school. Our maths and numeracy focus fortnight is in full swing with mental agility at the fore. The PTA met to finalise their plans for the forthcoming Halloween disco. It was great to hear that we have a wealth of volunteers for the night and lots of exciting and spooky activities planned – the first part of the evening will be a “lights on” session for our younger pupils. Thanks to our PTA for their ongoing support and enthusiasm.

Recent fundraising events have allowed the school to purchase “Junior Librarian” this is a system which catalogues every book in library and allows an efficient lending set up which will be run by our Ministers for Literature. The system also allows access via a webpage or App for families to find out which books their child is reading, recommended next reads and access to approximately 1000 e-books. The school will be looking for volunteers to support a cataloguing day in the near future – please look out for our next newsletter for further details.

All P4-7 pupils attended the Active Schools hockey festival in Peebles on Wednesday morning for an action packed session where excellent sportsmanship and hockey skills were displayed.

During Assembly this morning we heard from our Ministers for Publicity who had researched schools which have already implemented the Daily Mile Initiative. The ministers have measured our route within the school grounds and every pupil will take part in a daily mile walk or run as of next week. Thanks to a number of families who suggested that West Linton introduce the Daily Mile as part of our Health & Well Being. You can read further details on our website page.

We also enjoyed a visit from West Linton Pipe Band who gave us a demonstration of drumming and piping skills and spoke about the band in an effort to recruit P5, 6 or 7 pupils. The band is a valuable asset in our community and we hope that it’s numbers are augmented after this visit. Finally the P7s found out which group were the winners of the photography competition which was part of their learning about “Light”. Well done to Aedan, Dan and Madeleine who created a very effective picture of Nessie using a variety of techniques.

Next week we look forward to welcoming Tom Renwick from Maths on Track to school for pupil workshops, a staff training session and an information evening for parents as part of our focus fortnight. We hope as many families as possible are able to attend this event to find out how you can support your child’s learning in numeracy. West Linton staff will be visiting Priorsford classes with a focus on numeracy and maths and we welcome Priorsford staff here for reciprocal visits!

Have a lovely weekend….