We welcomed colleagues from Walkerburn and Eddleston to West Linton on Wednesday. They came to look at our class floor books and discuss with our teachers how they are used both to involve children in the planning of their learning and capture the wide variety of learning which does not occur in a jotter! Such occasions for professional dialogue are valued by all staff and, further to our maths and numeracy partnership with Priorsford, we hope to be able to arrange reciprocal visits with Walkerburn and Eddleston in the future.

Our open afternoon changed format this term to a whole school gathering followed by some time back in classrooms. I had missed the rehearsal the previous morning and felt a real part of the audience as I experienced the songs and recital for the first time. There was a superb variety of performances, lots of humour and a real sense of enjoyment for all. The choir rounded off the performance element of the afternoon with two beautiful songs. The final piece a haunting song, sung in Gaelic. Thanks to both Mrs Inglis and Mrs Meah for their support with the choir. After the performances the children welcomed their families to their classrooms. They became tour guides who were showcasing their Scots Focus learning. The children’s enthusiasm was tangible and they thoroughly enjoyed being able to share their learning with their families. There was an excellent turnout for the afternoon and, as ever, we are grateful to our families for their continuing support  on occasions such as these.

Next week we welcome Miss Claire Galloway to West Linton. Miss Galloway will teach P6/7 until the end of the session. We are all really looking forward to working with Miss Galloway in the months ahead. A reminder that the children’s last day of school is Thursday as there is a staff in-service day on Friday. The following week the children remain on holiday Monday – Wednesday inclusive with the first day back being Thursday 18th February.