It was lovely to welcome our pupils back to school on Tuesday and my goodness evidence of our Scots Focus is already all around the building.

Miss Dick’s P4 class has decided to translate well-known stories into Scots.  They began their topic by investigating simple stories with the P1 and P1/2 classes.  Next they intend to choose a small number of stories and work in groups to translate the texts.  We can’t wait to see the results!

In other areas our Ministers for Sport began the first of their Sports Young Leaders training sessions with our Active Schools coordinator Paul Murray and PE teacher Ruaridh Davidson. Once their training is complete the P7s will use their leadership skills to run taster sessions in a number of different sports for our younger pupils. This in turn will benefit our younger pupils who will be able to add these sports to their ‘Ready for Rio’ passports which will are to be issued next week.

The Ready for Rio passports encourage all pupils to participate in a wide variety of sports as well as recognise a child’s commitment to clubs they already attend. Children gain points for each sport they participate in and are targeting either a bronze, silver or gold medal according to the number of points accrued by the end of the Games in Rio.

Sam Rutherford, a Freelance Educator who works at the National Galleries of Scotland has begun a series of visits to school every Thursday. Sam wants to investigate West Linton’s links with the Romans and work with every class to create art work which will form temporary installations on land by the Roman Road. The plan is that the art work will be stored in school and ‘installed’ around the time of our Community Focus. It is hoped that our sponsored walk will take in the installations en route. Sam began working with P1s, 3s and 5/6s. By the end of her visits she will have worked with every pupil in the school.

Finally our P6s will begin their work as part of the Youth Music Initiative. Every Thursday each P6 pupil will receive an hour’s instruction on the Tin Whistle. I can’t wait to hear their tones working their way along our corridors…

Have a lovely weekend.