Well it’s the end of term one and the time has flown by! Already this session we have packed in our Establishment Phase focusing on Growth Mindset, Learning Powers and Emotional Self Worth, the PTA Welcome to School Party, and our new JRSOs being appointed and attending an SBC launch event.

Our P7 pupils have established new Ministerial roles – some have consulted with the whole school for new themes for our library, whilst others have begun their Sports Leadership Award or are planning their first competition with a Hallowe’en Theme. Others are looking forward to Cookery Classes beginning.

Our after school and lunchtime clubs have strengthened with a new netball club for P4/5 and recorder group for P5. Some P6s girls are planning a hockey club for P2s and 3s and we are hopeful a new balls skills group for the younger children will start after the holidays. A group of parents who are trained Bikeability Instructors have delivered Bikeability sessions over three weekends to our P7 year group and hope to offer similar to the P6 cohort later in the session.

Staff have completed inservice training on Reflective Reading and CAT sessions reviewing our curriculum as well as training in the treatment of allergies and allergic reactions. We have also begun Practitioner Enquiry to help us deliver the school improvement plan. There have been Meet the Teacher sessions and the first of our open classroom sessions too! The school has welcomed visitors from Burnbrae Primary in Midlothian and Frist Nursery in Peebles as well as teachers from SBC’s Early Years Team to view our Early Level provision and find out about how our teaching staff deliver the Curriculum for Excellence’s Experiences and Outcomes.

The new members and chairs of the PTA and PC have been elected and both groups are forging ahead with plans for social events, fundraising and ways to support the school such as the development of our school grounds and provision across the Expressive Arts. Our ELCC held the first of their Focus Group Meetings last month too.

The school has supported the British Heart Foundation with a collection of unwanted clothing and goods for their Peebles shop and the Pupil Voice Reps have decided, through consultation, that each class will support its own charity at some point during the school year.

The legacy of the West Linton Wasps has continued with a display of their achievements at the Scottish Learning Festival and financial support for the current Young Engineers club. This year’s group members have chosen to purchase a resource called “I’m an Engineer – I can Help Here” which contains a number of learning experiences based around what happens in the event of flooding and how engineers can solve problems and improve situations. We also have a new group of pupils entered into the FLLUK competition – this year entitled Animal Allies – who will represent the school  at the Edinburgh heats early December.

The school welcomed a new photographer to take individual and family portraits this term with super results!

We are proud of our pupils and enjoy giving them opportunities to represent their school. Our netball team have been in action twice in Tweedale after reaching the finals last week at The Gytes, and our P7 pupils attended the Crucial Crew event – both groups were excellent ambassadors for our school. We also love to hear about our pupils wider achievements and are grateful when families or coaches contact us to tell us about such achievements. We also enjoy the opportunities our Citizenship Gatherings and Assemblies give to celebrate in school and out of school highlights.

During the last week of term our Pupil Voice Reps visited three schools in Edinburgh on a fact finding mission to explore possibilities for the development of our outdoor learning areas. They now have the job of preparing and presenting a display to the school with their findings to help our consultation process.

Finally our term came to an end with the Rookie Rockstars experience – the concert was an evening of fun and laughter and a super conclusion to see such smiles on our pupils’ faces and a real sense of enjoyment in their performance. This was of course helped by a very encouraging audience and some new stars emerging – such as one particular Rapping Granny! But there were key messages throughout the programme and our children reflected on a number of really important issues around friendship and inclusion – that is why it was fabulous to have our whole school involved in the final performance!

I wonder what next term will have in store ….

Wishing you all a lovely October break.