Our week got off to a great start with the first open afternoon of the session. Thanks to our families for, yet again, a great turn out and ongoing support.

The focus for the afternoon was Inter-Disciplinary Learning (IDL) and it was fantastic to walk around school and witness such a variety of learning. Primary one were investigating the Senses whilst P2/1 had their PE lesson with our specialist, Mr Davidson. P2 were developing their learning around endangered animals – they were making animal themed crafts and biscuits which they sold to generate money to sponsor an endangered species. (The class voted later in the week and decided to sponsor a panda). In primary three the children were gathering data and creating pictograms. Primary 4 continued their investigations into sound through the use of musical instruments whilst P4/5 answered some tricky questions around sound and light. P5/6 were applying their new learning around body systems and choosing different challenge levels to demonstrate their understanding. Unfortunately our Art teacher, Miss Clifford, was unwell however thanks to the flexibility of our supply teacher the pupils in P6/7 did enjoy some art. Finally all P7s worked together in preparation for their visit to Crucial Crew next week. Crucial Crew is an excellent opportunity. It is a scheme “ targeted at Primary 7 children, and designed to help them avoid becoming victims of crime, cope with dangerous situations, learn social responsibility, work as a team and understand the roles of the emergency services and other agencies”. I know that our P7s will represent our school admirably and make the most of this exciting learning opportunity.

Our Parent Council meeting on Monday night was very well attended and an opportunity for the school to share it’s improvement plan and the process which had informed the plan. Look out for the PC minutes and dates of further meetings on the PC noticeboard and via email. All parents are welcome to attend.

On Wednesday evening we held an open event for families of children in ELCC.  This was an opportunity to meet the entire ELCC team which is finally in place! The open evening was very well attended and was immediately followed by the first meeting of our ELCC Focus group. Approximately one third of our families have volunteered to join the group. The meeting was very positive and generated lots of ideas. We look forward to developing a strong partnership between ELCC and our parent body.

Throughout the week many pupils visit my office – it’s a great privilege to have them share work they are proud of, exciting news they may have and progress they have made. This week I have seen P4/5 pupils and their reading homework tasks, P6/7 pupils work in literacy and brave pupils who have been injured at break or lunch! I returned from a meeting on Tuesday to a wonderful letter from Rory in P5 who would like to set up a chess club in school. He was asking for my support in providing a room at lunchtime, some early lunch passes and chess boards. He also needs a chess whizz who is willing to give up their time once a week to lead the club – could that person be you? Please contact the school if you could help. Rory’s letter was indicative of the pupils at West Linton – thoughtful and enthusiastic with lots of ideas and initiatives just waiting to be tapped into!

Have a super weekend everyone.