We have been back at school for a fortnight and already so much learning has taken place. Last week everyone enjoyed the snow and it was super to see the classes continuing to take learning outdoors just adapting to the weather conditions to do so! Of course the children enjoyed the snowy lunchtime and playtimes too. Our P5 recorder group gave a super first performance to the school and were able to showcase how much they had learned since the start of the session. Our Young Engineers made the trip to Edinburgh University’s School of Engineering and found out about the many applications of engineering as well as creating flashing light circuits during the visit.

Our Scotland Focus has meant that, as I walk along the corridors, the sounds of pipes, drums, songs, poetry recitals and dancing fill my ears. 2017 is the year of History, Heritage and Archaeology in Scotland. Our classes have considered the Scotland in the past experiences and outcomes and selected aspects including Castles, Mary Queen of Scots and the Romans in Scotland for their learning. Our P7s have been preparing for their Burns Supper this coming Monday and we thoroughly enjoyed their dress rehearsal at Assembly this morning. Our P5/6 and P6 classes had the first of their weekly ukulele classes through the Youth Music Initiative and we also welcomed Steve from Grounds for Learning to school on Thursday. Steve met with the whole school at a special gathering, and also the pupil voice group, staff and some parents to help gain a sense of how we would all like our outdoor learning and school grounds to be developed. We look forward to hearing from Steve in the not to distant future with a report and plan for us to forge ahead with. I will share this with the children, school and wider community as soon as this happens.

P5/6 had a special week this week. They were delighted to welcome Mrs Butler back to school and also welcomed Isla’s dad who shared with them his work with a charitable project entitled “Energy Kiosks in Malawi”. This will be the class’s nominated charity to support in 2017 – the class really enjoyed hearing about both the project and it’s impact.

Next week we begin with the P7s Burns Supper on Monday and have both the Parent Council meeting and ELCC focus group on Tuesday evening. Our staff will continue their Practitioner Enquiry as part of our ongoing School Improvement Plan and professional development and the Ministers for Sport, alongside myself and our PE teacher Mr Davidson, will work with Paul Murray, our Active Schools Co-ordinator, to begin the process of applying for our School Sport Award.

Phew – it’s going to be another busy week at WLPS but in the meantime we all have a weekend to enjoy and make the most of – have a happy weekend!