Our week began and ended with a Scottish theme. On Monday we welcomed the families and friends of our P7 pupils to school for their Burns Supper. It was great to have two of the pupils in class able to pipe and drum for us and the showcase of talent continued throughout the afternoon as we listened to poetry and heard soloists, small groups and the whole class sing. There was a spirited Address tae the Lassies and reply Tae the Laddies as well as lots of information about the life of Robert Burns, the Address tae the Haggis and violin renditions. Everyone in the audience enjoyed the whole afternoon and a real sense of a whole class effort in terms of preparation and support shone through. Thanks were also given to Miss Marker for her pivotal role in organisation and rehearsals and ensuring everything came together on the day!

This morning we were treated to recitations of poetry and songs from the three winners per class of our Scottish poetry and singing competition. With 9 classes there were 25 poems and 2 songs to listen to but the morning flew past as we were entertained by these thoroughly prepared pupils. I know that the class teachers found the task of choosing only three winners a difficult one as so many children had spent considerable time learning and practising their poems or songs and really focusing on their presentation skills. It was heartening to hear that, although some children were disappointed not to be selected, they showed excellent qualities when congratulating their classmates. Thank you to our families for your support with all aspects of Home Learning.

Next week at school three of our classes will have outreach sessions from the University of Edinburgh entitled Bugs and Bones and our P5/6 and P6 pupils will continue with ukulele. It’s our open afternoon on Wednesday when we hope to see lots of our families and P5/6 hold their charity bake sale in aid of their class charity – IRRI – on Thursday afternoon. Lots to look forward to but a weekend to enjoy before then – I hope it’s a good one for you all!