It’s been some time since my last blog and now seems that it would be impossible to write about everything which has happened at school over the last four weeks or so.

Our Expressive Arts focus, run around the period of Whipman, was a great success – a chance for staff to work with other classes and share different skills and talents. Each class also enjoyed a visit from a local artist who spoke about their interest in art, brought in samples of their own work to talk about, answered the children’s questions and led the children in practical workshops. Our pupils also selected the piece of art they are most proud of from this year for display in our forthcoming exhibition.

I am indebted to the PTA and in particular Deb and Charlie who have not only taken part in the class visits but have worked tirelessly to plan and prepare for the exhibition, giving a large proportion of their own time to do so. I thank them hugely for their support and enthusiasm.

The exhibition launches this coming Monday evening from 6:30-8:30pm and will also be open after school on both Tuesday and Wednesday until 5pm. We hope to welcome many families along to view both the pupils and local artists work.

Our transition arrangements for new ELCC and P1 pupils have continued throughout the term and we welcomed parents and carers last Friday and Wednesday respectively to information sessions and trial school lunches for the new P1s. With our P7 pupils excitedly off to Peebles High School for two days we were able to allow the whole school to visit their new class and teacher for a Moving Up afternoon. We also welcomed our two new teachers – Miss Skinner and Miss Sives on this occasion.

The end of term hurtles towards us and yet we still have the art exhibition, parents thank you event, House Games and relays, pupils from P5/6’s charity cinema event, ELCC graduation, P6’s charity focus for The Dog’s Trust and P7’s leavers party and final assembly to go! There is never a wind down to the holidays in primary but it’s certainly an exciting place to be in the last few days of term.