Our week began with a Parent Council meeting and, amongst other agenda items, the chance for two of our Ministers for Literature to present to the council. I was very proud of Rebecca and Doone who had prepared the presentation themselves and confidently delivered it! They also handled questions ‘from the floor’ and were able to give a good overall impression of their involvement so far with the library project and promoting literacy in the school, as well as their hopes and aspirations for the rest of the session. I know the parents were really impressed with the presentation and were pleased to hear about how some of the PTA’s fundraising is being put to good use. Well done girls!

It’s been enrolment week for ELCC this week across the Scottish Borders and it has been lovely to meet some of our prospective pupils and their families during this time. As well as people enrolling during office hours many people took the opportunity to come along to one of our three open sessions and the chance to come into the ELCC room and meet members of the staff team. It’s been great to meet new faces and also welcome younger siblings of children already attending West Linton.

I hope you have enjoyed looking at the Twitter feed this week where we have been sharing some of the learning during Scots Focus. Mrs Doran’s class have been focussing on the work of Scottish Artists – both historical and contemporary. Their Richie Collins inspired works look super in our corridor. P2 have created striking collage thistles too.

All of our P1 and 2 pupils enjoyed a visit from Scots author James Robertson mid week. As well as many of his own works, James has translated many of Julia Robertson’s stories such as The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child (Wean) into Scots. Everyone really enjoyed James’s visit – especially being in the cosy comfort of our new rugs, cushions and throws in the library for this event. James thought our school building was a super place for learning! Our teachers were delighted with the interesting questions the children had for him.

We would really like to have more authors visit our school and the new library environment – if anyone in the community has connections to well known authors we would love to hear from you!

The P7s enjoyed a very informative visit to The Scottish Parliament on Wednesday, the conclusion to their theme of Democracy. Mrs Saxon and Mrs Butler were impressed with the level of knowledge and understanding shown by our pupils.

Our week ended with the ‘dress rehearsal’ for the P7 year group’s Burns Supper. I can assure both the families and invited guests of the children that they are in for a real treat on Monday. We look forward to welcoming everyone ready for a 2pm start.

I hope you enjoy the weekend ahead. Please spare a thought and send a good luck wish to our P7 Young Engineers and their families who are off to Dundee on Saturday to participate in a First Lego League competition. We wish them all the best, particularly after all of the preparation and hard work which has happened to get them ready for the tournament. Best of Luck!