At the end of my last post I was looking forward to the PTA Quiz night which turned out to be a tremendous success. Around 80 people formed teams with interesting names and various tactics! The PTA had done an excellent job of transforming the dining hall into an evening venue and were super hosts! A really fun night was had by all and I particularly enjoyed the curve ball round which consisted of questions from the children – expertise in Pokémon and MineCraft was required and certainly the questions had quite a few parents stumped!

We have welcomed many visitors this week to enrol their children in either our ELC or into P1 for session 2017-18. Our P7s have made admirable tour guides and have enjoyed showcasing our lovely building and, more importantly, our ethos and the learning which happens within.

West Linton PS made the front page of the Peeblesshire this week as we, supported by Whitmuir Organic Farm and alongside Newlands PS, have managed to hit the Scottish Government’s waste reduction targets a decade early! P7s also had a Skype meeting with a school in Bavaria where they shared our waste reduction methods with German pupils. Great opportunities for digital learning in a real life context. Well done P7 and of course the Eco Committee coordinated by Mr Elliott, our DHT.

I enjoyed taking 20 of our P6 and P7 pupils along the The Gytes Leisure Centre in Peebles where the school competed against four other Tweeddale Schools in an indoor athletics event. Our pupils showed great team work and effort and were a credit to the school. Most of the competitors were P7 pupils so our P6s gained valuable experience for next year. Congratulations and good luck to Priorsford and Kingsland Primaries who proceed to the regional finals next week.

I have spent lots of time in classes during their phonics lessons this week and will continue doing so over the next couple of weeks. It is great to see the consistency of approach and the impact of our professional understanding and development of different approaches to learning and teaching in literacy together with the benefits to our pupils as they become more confident and skilled at accessing text and develop their independence in reading, writing and spelling.

We are always so grateful for the high level of support for our school we have from our families. Thank you for your support of our recent Book Fayre – an incredible £1000 was raised in commission which will be used to enhance our school library and novel studies and non fiction collections.

Finally our P1-3 pupils finished the week with the super gift of their Read, Write, Count bags issued to all P1-3 pupils in Scotland . We hope everyone enjoys sharing these with their families at home!