Our Ministers for Literature had a visit to Penicuik Library on Tuesday afternoon. There we met with Leona’s dad who is head librarian for both Penicuik and Loanhead libraries. He gave us a tour of the library and insight into how an effective library runs, as well as tips for displays and keeping things fresh. The group then went on to do some shopping at Straiton Retail Park buying soft furnishings for our library. It was a pleasure for Mrs Saxon and I to take the children out and about and thanks also to Emma Wood and Tamsyn Weston, members of our Parent Council who are working hard to drive forward the library improvements.

Our Young Engineers are getting closer to their First Lego competition in Dundee. I have been hugely impressed by their enthusiasm and commitment to the task. Various combinations of the group met on four different occasions during the Christmas holidays and, as well as their normal Friday afternoon sessions, they have held two additional practices on Tuesday evenings. As well as programming their robot for the arena on the day, they have to prepare a presentation about the problem of waste and a creative solution as to how to reduce it. The group have chosen the problem of waste vegetables in the school lunch hall and have met with SBC’s catering manager as well as our own cook, Lily and our partners at Whitmuir Organic to help inform their presentation. I am really looking forward to our trip to Dundee on the 23rd of this month.

Our Scots Focus continues with the P7s working hard to prepare for their Burns Supper. The pupils will perform to their families and invited guests on the afternoon of Monday 25th January. The rest of the pupils are looking forward to seeing the dress rehearsal the previous Friday morning at Assembly. The P4/5 and P5s held an immersion afternoon to help them focus on what they would like to learn about the Jacobites. You can find photos of their afternoon rotating on the front page of the website.

As well as the usual learning and teaching happening at school next week it is also SBC’s enrolement week for ELCC – you can enrol your child during office hours all week and / or come along to our drop in sessions as detailed in the January newsletter. On Wednesday P1 and P2 are looking forward to a visit from James Robertson, the Scots author who, amongst his works, translated “The Gruffalo” into Scots. Wednesday is also the day our P7s take a trip to the Scottish Parliament! Another busy week in the life of WLPS.

Enjoy your weekend…