It’s Zero Waste Week and our Eco Committee, together with Whitmuir Farm have been driving home the message that food waste in landfill sites is a huge problem. The pupils led a very informative Citizenship Gathering on Monday to start the week and helped every day in the dinner hall to encourage less food waste. By the end of the week, as well as less food waste – on average 8 bowls of waste down to 4 bowls – we avoided 28kg of waste being sent to land fill. Some of the ‘waste’ was even turned into healthy playground snacks.

This week also saw the start of our food waste collection. Thanks to the Whitmuir Partnership we now have capacity for 100 families to collect their food waste throughout the week and bring it along to school on a Tuesday morning in the caddies provided. Whitmuir collect this waste and ‘feed it’ to Hannah – their industrial composter. The compost is then used to fertilise various crops which are harvested and returned to school for Lily, our fantastic cook, and her team to use in the school kitchen – and so the cycle continues. It’s great that we are working with our partners to be able to offer a service to the local community as well as continue to help our children learn about caring for their environment.

Also this week our Novel Studies continued – these have been really successful, with staff reporting pupils are really enjoying ‘getting into their books’. The school is buzzing with a rich variety of learning through discussion, dramatic role play and art.

Our P7s took part in a Sportshall Athletics event on Wednesday finishing joint third. Thanks to Patrick and Euan’s mum for volunteering to accompany the pupils there. Mrs Butler reported that the event had been a great success and our pupils, as ever, great representatives of WLPS.

It was also P1 enrolment week and Mrs Saxon, Mrs Walker and I enjoyed welcoming our ELCC families as well as meeting new families enrolling their children for P1 next session. Thanks to our P6s who made excellent tour guides this week as P7 had other commitments.

Our week ended with a dress down day where pupils brought in donations for the PTA Christmas Tombola. The PTA are delighted with the variety and number of items donated and with the wealth of items they now have for the Bazaar.

Whilst next week brings the official start of the countdown to Christmas preparations have already begun for our Christmas concert, theatre visit, Christmas lunch and parties! As part of this we look forward to our open afternoon on Tuesday when every class will be preparing Christmas Craft for the Bazaar the following Saturday. We hope that as many families as possible will be able to come along and help make the crafts.