It’s the end of a glorious week’s weather and I am typing this whilst awaiting the return of our P7 campers. What a super week they have had for their trip and, whilst the weather isn’t everything, it certainly helps!

The school has been quieter with a year group missing, but the P6s have enjoyed stepping into the shoes of the P7s to help with duties and buddying. A group of them have also become our temporary JRSOs to organise and promote next week’s Walk to School week. We are encouraging as many families as possible to either walk, scoot or cycle to school or, should taking the car be a necessity for an onward journey, encourage our families to consider Park and Stride – leaving the car further from the school gates and walking the final part of the journey.

The children have been asked to make Tuesday, Shoesday and to wear the shoes that make them happy to school on this day. Please remember all of our children should have a change of indoor shoes in school at all times and, for reasons of practicality, the children may be asked to change out of their Happy Shoes at some point during the day – perhaps if the class are taking part in PE for example. Please also note that shoes with wheels – heelies or rollerskates are not permitted for Shoesday.

Finally the P6s have organised a competition for the children to design a shoe – the younger children can have a template to help them if they wish or free draw of course should they want. We look forward to seeing their designs.

On Thursday next week we have our last open afternoon of the year and we will be taking the learning outdoors between 1:45 and 3:15pm. We hope you can join us to see the children working in groups across the stages and rotating around a series of outdoor learning experiences. Every child will get to participate in all 8 planned activities to ensure equity of experience.

On a walk around school this week I saw P1s taking part in the Massage in Schools programme, P1/2 working with Sam Rutherford on pieces of art for temporary installations during our community walk, P2/3 and P3 working on reading across the two classrooms.

P4 were thinking about their recent focus on ball skills and how these skills could be applied to a range of ball games, P5 used coding programmes such as Scratch and Comic Life to design their own games and comics. Pupils across P6 were visiting ELCC to help them consider the ELCC Vision, Values and Aims and aid transition of the pupils who will become their buddies next year. There is never a dull moment in a school and it’s great to be part of such an energetic, lively place to be!

Enjoy the weekend and hope to see you at the PTA meeting on Monday night, Outdoor learning afternoon on Thursday or our ELCC assembly on Friday morning at 9am.