Saturday, 15 October 2016

P4-7 Foodbank Assembly

On Friday 14th October Mrs Noble led the P4-7 Assembly and told everyone about the forthcoming P3 led whole school Foodbank Appeal. Our Harvest Assembly will take place on 28th October when representatives from the North West Edinburgh Foodbank will collect donations of non perishable food items.

Ms Owen was congratulated on her seconded appointment to City of Edinburgh's 1+2 Languages team and everyone wished Ms Gaffney well as she begins her maternity leave.

Safe and happy holidays to all our families and we will welcome pupils back to school on TUESDAY 25th OCTOBER.

Ski and Snowboard Instruction in the Highlands

Ski and snowboard instruction in the Highlands

Free Ski is a small, friendly business formed around the concept of enjoying winter sports safely.
We work with fully qualified members of British Association of Snowsports Instructors so you can be assured of top quality at all times. We have experience, expertise and enthusiasm; fully committed to giving top quality instruction.
We offer tailor–made ski and snowboard lessons for individuals and groups with competitive prices available on request.
We are based in Aviemore, in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park but are happy to travel.

FREE-SKI Autumn Dry Slope Courses 2016

The popular Pre-Season Dry Slope Sessions will be run by FREE-SKI at Glenmore Lodge.
We are running several courses for various ages and abilities.
Primary School Skiing
November, over 4 x ½ day sessions and is open to primary age children.
Course dates are as follows: 5th/6th, 12th/13th, 19th/20th, 26th/27th
Sessions run 10:00 - 12:00 or 13:00 - 15:00.
Cost £99
Arrival no later than 30 minutes before session time to allow for kit fit up.
Primary School Snowboarding
November, over 4 x ½ day sessions and is open to children over 8.
Course dates are as follows: 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th
Sessions run 10:00 - 12:00.
Cost £99
Arrival no later than 30 minutes before session time to allow for kit fit up.
Pre-School Skiing
November, over 4 x ½ day sessions.
There is only one course available so spaces will be limited.
Course dates are as follows: 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th
Sessions run 10:00 - 12:00.
Cost £99
Arrival no later than 30 minutes before session time to allow for kit fit up.
November, over 4 x 2 hour sessions and is open to adults.
Course dates are as follows: 10th, 17th, 24th and 1st December
Learn to Ski or Just Ski
Sessions run 19:00 - 21:00.
Cost £80
Arrival no later than 30 minutes before session time to allow for kit fit up.

Saturday, 8 October 2016

COMEDY QUIZ NIGHT Fri 28th October 7-9 pm

SCIENNES PARENT COUNCIL is proud to welcome back

SCHOOL HALL from 7-9pm

Hosted by our very own Richard Melvin (of the Stand, BBC and hot from the Edinburgh Fringe ) and his dynamic Dads Stuart Sheehan, Ian Hogg and Jack Cadell!

Come and join us for a fun sociable quiz night with drinks and laughter!

Raffle prizes and plenty of surprises.

Bring Your Own Bottle (glasses provided)

Tickets £5 – book now on wisepay

P2/3 AND P6/7 Girls Retain Meadows Autumn Cup!

Very well done to all the football teams, including three Sciennes teams, who took part in the Girls' Autumn Cup on a beautiful morning in the Meadows today, Saturday 8th October, and thank you to the many helpers who came along to support.

Lovely news that our P2/3 Girls Team and our P6/7 Girls Team retained the trophies from last year. Congratulations! Thank you to parent Jack Cadell for sharing these super photos.

Christmas Cards - Order by 25th October

Once again Sciennes Parent Council is delighted to offer you the chance to buy unique Christmas Cards! Samples have been sent home this week of your child’s artwork. Please order your child’s Christmas Cards online in Wisepay. Prices start from £6.00 for 12 cards and £1.50 for 16 gift tags. 
Orders will be accepted until NOON on Tuesday 25th October. 

Please ensure you select the correct child’s account to order cards as once the order is placed in Wisepay, no further changes can be made. The Parent Council accepts no responsibility for errors made in the ordering process. 

If your child’s name is misspelled then please order as normal in Wisepay and return your card sample to the Parent Council with the correct spelling. These should be handed in at school reception by Tuesday 25th October

We can still accept cash/cheques if you do not have access to a computer. You can still use the on-line payment system by coming into school and accessing Wisepay from a computer in school. Please contact Angela Christie, Business Manager in the first instance. 

No orders will be accepted after above date via Wisepay or manually. 

All profits go to Sciennes Primary Parent Council.

Friday, 7 October 2016

Challenge Yourself! P4-7 Assembly 7.10.16

On Friday 7th October we issued the First Minister's Reading Challenge Passports to P4, P5 and P6 and reminded pupils what is involved in the Reading Challenge. P7 pupils have already received their passports and have begun using them.

One of the entries in the Reading Challenge Passport asks pupils to name their local library and librarian and we again encouraged all our pupils to join their local library. There are many free resources to pupils and families through the Library Service via the Overdrive app - eBooks, audiobooks, free Mathetics maths resources and games, language resources. Not signed up yet? A great challenge to complete in the Ocober holiday!

Ms French's Reading Challenge continues to be a great success with many more of her pupils achieving Gold awards for reading 15 books!

We congratulated many pupils on recent achievements and enjoyed a wonderful, confident performance on guitar from Kevin, Riley, Hannah and Eloise.

Our P3 whole school led Harvest Appeal for Foodbank launches next week and the P3 teams are busy organising. A collection will be made on Friday 28th October and ties in with international charity WE Free the Children's 'Scare Hunger' campaign. Free the Children will visit school in December and we are looking forward to welcoming them back again to help us with pupil led social action.

P7 will be at Lagganlia Outdoor Education Centre next week and we watched a video to help us think about how team work, belief and encouragement can help us achieve!

Class Teachers in P4-7 will inform pupils if and how their classes will celebrate Halloween this year.

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Free Conflict Resolution training event for Parents and Carers of Teenagers

To access Parent and Carer Programmes, Activities and Groups Booklets in Localities across the city please click in this link and select the area you are looking for

Please also see information below regarding conflict resolution training for parents and carers of teenagers

Recognise, Reflect and Resolve
Free Conflict Resolution training event for Parents and Carers of Teenagers
Wednesday 9th and 16th  November 2016,
Southside Community Centre, 117 Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9ER

We are delighted to be able to offer another Conflict Resolution Courses for parents and carers of pre teen and teenagers (11-18 years). Please find attached a posters for the 2 session course. The course which will be delivered by SCCR (Scottish Centre for Conflict Resolution) will provide an opportunity to reflect on what it’s like for teenagers growing up and the potential triggers of conflict in families. Discussions will help parents and carers to reflect on the different ways to resolve conflict in different situations.

If you would like to book a space please email me at or call 07860 736129 and provide a name, contact telephone number and if possible an email address. Participants must be able to attend both sessions.

Kind regards

Helena Reid

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Former Pupil Saul is Tae Kwon Do World Champion - Again!

Saul is still World Champion!

Absolutely thrilled to hear of Saul's recent success in the Tae Kwon Do World Champion competition, held in Coventry with over 3000 competitors. What an inspiration and an excellent role model Saul continues to be! Saul is now in S1 at James Gillespie's High School and was Sports Captain at Sciennes. He retains his World Champion title in the Junior Boys' Green Belt, both in Individuals and Tag Team and is also current Scottish and UK Champion.

Saul's mum contacted us with this lovely message and fantastic photographs:

"Saul worked hard for it - training and mental positivity paid off. Without Sciennes' After School Programmes this may never have happened. 

Thanks for all the support you gave to Saul while he was at Sciennes."

Stefan Sztor

Saturday, 24 September 2016

#globalgoalsweek P4-7 Assembly 23.9.16

On Friday 23rd September 2016 at the P4-7 Assembly we reflected on the messages of Global Goals Week and how we can plan to take action together on the Sustainable Development Goals for 2030. Last year our main focus was on Goal 1 No Poverty and Goal 11 Reduced Inequalities. We also explored Goal 13 Climate Change and Goal 5 Gender Equality.

Pupils had been asked by The Children and Young People's Commissioner for Scotland, Tam Baillie, what they would wish for if he gave them a magic wand. He explained that their wishes were 'promises' already in place in the UNCRC. We looked at some of the children's suggestions and how the Global Goals for Sustainable Development can help achieve their wishes:

Each of our Pupil Groups - Pupil Council, Eco Group, JRSOs, P7 Captains and Digital Leaders - is making plans for the year and classes were encouraged to share their ideas with their Class Reps so that we can work together in school to take action.

P4 and P7 pupils Alba and Samara gave extraordinary performances on piano. Samara practises for many hours every day and Laila told us how she has worked hard to achieve so many Tae Kwon Do medals.

Mylo and Christopher confidently introduced our brand new iTeach Digital Leaders programme and explained how to get involved.

We celebrated lots of individual pupil achievements, including a recent win for P6 Team at Boroughmuir RFC and Pedal for Scotland medals for siblings Sam, Lizzy and Quinn.

Saturday, 17 September 2016

Pupil Council Rights Ambassadors

Congratulations to our newly elected Pupil Council members who will be the voice of their classmates throughout the year and will also be our Rights Respecting Schools Ambassadors. Thank you very much to our Returning Officer, Pupil Support Assistant Mrs Sally Nowell.







Article 12 The right to an opinion and for it to be listened to and taken seriously.

Friday, 16 September 2016

Global Goals House Assemblies 16.6.16

On Friday 16th September 2016 we held our first House Assemblies of the new session for P2-P7 and welcomed P2 pupils to their first ever House Assembly.

In May 2016, Sciennes became a Level One "Rights Respecting School" and we have already begun our journey towards Level Two accreditation. Our journey so far has been recorded on our Rights Respecting Sciennes blog. We reminded pupils what it means to be a Rights Respecting School and that it includes being a Global Citizen. We first introduced our pupils to the United Nations' Global Goals for Sustainable Development when they were launched last year in September 2015. By 2030 these aim to:

End extreme poverty
Fight inequality & injustice
Fix climate change

On September 25th 2015, 193 world leaders committed to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs.) One year on, we watched a rap to help us understand all the goals better.

We thought about what we have already done in school to be Global Citizens. For example, last year the whole school took part in a City of Edinburgh pilot project to raise awareness of 1 in 5 Child Poverty (SDG1), P3 led a whole school project to raise money for 9 playgrounds for Syrian refugees (SDG10), P6 took part in Gender Equality workshops (SDG5) and our ECO Group campaigns took action on Climate Change (SDG15) and promoted Sustainable Consumption (SDG12).

We watched an animation written by Sir Ken Robinson, 'The World's Largest Lesson Part Two' which gave us ideas of what we might do next to help make a better world.

The World's Largest Lesson 2016 - with thanks to Sir Ken Robinson and Emma Watson from World's Largest Lesson on Vimeo.

Congratulations to our newly elected Pupil Council members who will be the voice of their classmates throughout the year and will also be our Rights Respecting Schools Ambassadors.

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Communications at Sciennes

Have you checked out our Curriculum blogs on the right hand side of our website?
We currently send a Tweet each time a post is added to our website, Class Pages and many other school blogs which automatically updates our Twitter account. We also pass on information about local events and initiatives via Twitter. Follow us on Twitter to keep up to date.

We are always interested to hear any comments regarding our communications so please feel welcome to email with any feedback.

The Sciennes School Website comprises:
  • The School Calendar - Diary Dates
  • The Parent Council Website
  • The Sciennes School Flyer - weekly online newsletter sent by email and published on the School website
  • Sciennes Twitter 
  • Sciennes Facebook
  • Class Pages - blogs for each year group P1-P7
  • Curricular blogs e.g. Health and Wellbeing, Rights Respecting Schools, ECO, Music, Reading
  • Community Pages - e,g, Active Schools, Active Travel, Playground Improvement Group, Sciennes After School Care Scheme (SASCS)
Call Parents
The system we use to communicate directly with you via personal email and text.

Online ordering using Image Scotland.

Our online system for lunch, milk, trips, clubs and permissions. Sciennes was the first school in the city to adopt this system a few years ago and remains one of few to have implemented it, in Edinburgh and indeed in Scotland, thanks to the efforts of Angela Christie, Business Manager.

Please do contact us or your Parent Rep if you would be interested in receiving support with our online communications.

Friday, 9 September 2016

Roald Dahl at 100 P4-7 Assembly 9.9.16

On Friday 9th September at the P4-7 Assembly we celebrated Roald Dahl's life, work and world of pure imagination, ahead of the forthcoming celebrations to mark the centenary of his birth on 13th September.

Roald Dahl faced many challenges in his life. He would not have recognised the phrase 'growth mindset' but our children do, thanks to the great work of our Infant Depute Headteacher, Ms Carolyn Anstruther, and Class Teachers. Dahl's resilience to change, his hard work and perseverance are reflected in his life story and also in his success. "I can't do it YET!" and seeing the positives in making mistakes are attitudes we are trying to cultivate in our learners.  We listened to "Up Grow the Roses" from the Dahl screenplay for "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" with its positive messages about learning from failures and to try, try again. We also asked the children which Dahl books they have 'not read YET'.

We are keen to encourage all Sciennes' pupils to join their local library as we continue to promote a love of Reading in our school and at home. P4-7 teachers have signed up their classes for The First Minister's Reading Challenge later this term and Ms Wendy French has been running her own 'Go For Gold' Reading Challenge in P5C since August. Eliza and Jaimee told everyone at Assembly what was involved. Pupils who read five books gain a Bronze Award, ten books brings a Silver Award and already many P5C pupils have been awarded with a Gold Medal and certificate for reading fifteen books!

We wished Happy Eid to all families celebrating and reminded everyone that MONDAY 19th SEPTEMBER is a holiday.

Pupil Council elections take place on Monday 12th September, with the results being announced on Thursday 15th September (International Day of Democracy).

"Up Grow The Roses" from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Every bursted bubble has a glory!
Each abysmal failure makes a point!
Every glowing path that goes astray,
Shows you how to find a better way.
So every time you stumble never grumble.
Next time you'll bumble even less!
For up from the ashes, up from the ashes, grow the roses of success!
Grow the roses!
Grow the roses!
Grow the roses of success!
Oh yes!
Grow the roses!
Those rosy roses!
From the ashes of disaster grow the roses of success!
(spoken)Yes I know but he wants it to float. It will!
For every big mistake you make be grateful!
Here, here!
That mistake you'll never make again!
No sir!
Every shiny dream that fades and dies,
Generates the steam for two more tries!
(Oh) There's magic in the wake of a fiasco!
It gives you that chance to second guess!
Oh yes!
Then up from the ashes, up from the ashes grow the roses of success!
Grow the roses!
Grow the roses!
Grow the roses of success!
Grow the roses!
Those rosy roses!
From the ashes of disaster grow the roses of success!
Disaster didn't stymie Louis Pasteur!
No sir!
Edison took years to see the light!
Alexander Graham knew failure well; he took a lot of knocks to ring that
So when it gets distressing it's a blessing!
Onward and upward you must press!
Yes, Yes!
Till up from the ashes, up from the ashes grow the roses of success.
Grow the ro
Grow the ro
Grow the roses!
Grow the ro
Grow the ro
Grow the roses!
Grow the roses of success!
Grow the ro
Grow the ro
Grow the roses!
Those rosy ro
Those rosy ro
Those rosy roses!
From the ashes of disaster, grow the roses of success!
Start the engines!
Batten the hatches!
Man the shrouds!
Lift the anchor!

Saturday, 3 September 2016

Judy Murray's Tennis on the Road

On Friday 2nd September P4B pupils had a fantastic opportunity to take part in a Tennis on the Road session at the Meadows Tennis Park, led by Kris Soutar and supported by our Tennis coach, Alex Harkins, and Tennis Scotland. Judy Murray was unfortunately unable to attend but the pupils had a terrific time. Thank you for such an exciting opportunity for the children.

Judy Murray is aiming to give parents, coaches & teachers the tools needed to get kids active and to help further kick-start and develop tennis in Scotland.

Online Safety Advice from CYPCS

Thank you very much to P6 and P7 families who attended and engaged with our 'Right Click' digital safety workshop, sponsored by Unicef and BT, on Wednesday 29th August. We are very grateful to BT volunteers Mike Brown and Karen Halliday for leading the warmly presented and interactive event and to Zoey Ayling (Unicef's Programme Support Officer) for providing the opportunity.

Feedback was very positive and we aim to address inhouse the requests for additional sessions, for younger pupils and also a follow up parents only session.

Scotland's Commissioner for Children and Young People, Tam Baillie, visited Sciennes on Friday 2nd September and it is hoped families will find his team's advice on Online Safety useful in continuing dialogue with their children.

Friday, 2 September 2016

Scotland's Commissioner for Children and Young People, Tam Baillie

Scotland's Commissioner for Children and Young People, Tam Baillie
What would you wish for if you had a magic wand that could change the world?
We were honoured to welcome Scotland's Commissioner for Children and Young People, Tam Baillie, to speak to our children at both P1-3 and P4-7 Assemblies on Friday 2nd September 2016.

The Children and Young People's Commissioner in Scotland's job is to help children understand their rights and to make sure those rights are respected. His goal is to make sure all children and young people in Scotland are as safe and happy as possible.
Tam works towards his goal by:
  • listening to children and young people
  • asking people in power – like Members of the Scottish Parliament – to think about how new laws might affect children
  • helping children learn more about their rights
  • speaking out if children and young people are not getting a fair deal.
The Commissioner captivated our pupils with an engaging, child friendly explanation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. We particularly liked his use of the term 'promises to children' and his invitation to everyone to think of what they would change if they had a magic wand. He explained that each idea the children then shared is already a 'promise' made to all children across the world, contained in the UNCRC. Tam also explained his role as Commissioner and we are delighted that our children had an opportunity to meet such an inspirational leader of positive change in our country who works tirelessly to promote the rights of all children. Tam was extremely generous and gracious with his time and we hope that we can carry on his good work in ensuring all adults and children understand the UNCRC and use it to build a better society.

We also introduced pupils to the First Minister's Reading Challenge, which launched on Thursday 1st September and features Janis Mackay, our Patron of Reading. All P4-7 pupils will soon receive their very own Reading Passport to record their reading journeys until May next year. Many of our pupils have completed the Summer Reading Challenge and Ms French reminded everyone that it closes on Sunday 3rd September, so pupils should claim their certificates and medals from their local library by that date.

Pupil Council elections will be held on Monday 12th September, with the result given on Thursday 15th September (International Day for Democracy). Mrs Sally Nowell will be Presiding Officer.

Article 42

All adults and children should know about the UNCRC.

Saturday, 27 August 2016

The Right Click: Internet Safety Matters Workshop

The Right Click: Internet Safety Matters Workshop

Sciennes is hosting an upper school digital safety workshop, sponsored by Unicef and BT, on Wednesday 31st August between 6.30pm and 7.30pm in the Hall. 
We consider ourselves extremely fortunate to receive this fully funded opportunity, part of a UK wide and very heavily subscribed Rights Respecting Schools initiative. We offered the workshop places to our P6 and P7 families via Wisepay on a first come basis and have been delighted with the response, with all 80 places quickly booked, though we are aware that some families unable to book a place have been disappointed. However, BT is also generously providing us with a 'Train the Trainer' session for a few members of staff to support the delivery of additional sessions ourselves in the future.

Frequently Asked Questions
What does the workshop cover?
The workshop brings together Unicef UK's child rights expertise with BT's technological know-how around internet safety. Two volunteers from BT will introduce activities to begin a discussion around online safety, which parents can continue with their child at home. 

Together parents and children will explore:
the devices and apps they use to connect online
likes and dislikes about the internet
ways in which people can misuse the information shared online
how e-safety and internet access matter for the promotion and protection of children's rights.

Which age groups are most suitable?
The workshops are designed for children age eight and upwards but the presentation does include a video produced by Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) which is designed for an audience of 8-11 year olds and may not be suitable for younger children.)

How many people can attend?
The organisers advised us that they aimed to be flexible with the number of people who could attend and kindly increased availability from 60 to 80 children and adults. For the workshop to run effectively, parents and their children will be able to sit together in groups of up to ten at a table.

Article 5

You have the right to be given guidance by your parents and family.

Article 17

You have the right to collect information from the media.

Article 19

You have the right to be protected from being hurt or badly treated.

Article 29

You have the right to education which develops your personality, respect for others’ rights and the environment.

Article 34

You have the right to be protected from abuse.

Friday, 26 August 2016

GIRFEC P4-7 Assembly 26.8.16

Sciennes GIRFEC P4-7 Assembly 25.8.16 from Sciennes Primary School

On Friday 26th August at the P4-7 Assembly, we reminded children how all the adults at Sciennes aim to 'Get It Right' for their health and wellbeing using SHANARRI. We talked about ways to remember what the letters SHANARRI stand for - Safe, Healthy, Achieving, Nurtured, Active, Respected, Responsible and Included and tested some of the teachers! Some pupils prefer to write or to draw pictures or to repeat aloud to memorise things and one method we used was to sing Hopscotch's song about SHANARRI.

Mr Tom Scott, Active Schools Co-ordinator for James Gillespie's High School Cluster, gave a presentation to the children about the benefits of taking part in sport and told us about all the amazing sporting clubs that are now available for booking online:



Ms French encouraged everyone to complete the Tesco Summer Reading Challenge at their local library by Saturday 3rd September and to let Mrs Noble know who manages to complete the challenge to read six books from their local library.

We also revisited Sciennes School Rules and how they help keep us safe. As a health promoting school, we welcome parental support in not sending in sweet treats to celebrate birthdays, partly because some of our children have allergies but also to reduce sugar intake.

Next week, we are really fortunate to have a very special visitor joining us at both P1-3 and P4-7 Assemblies. Tam Baillie, Scotland's Commissioner for Children and Young People, is coming to Sciennes to speak to all the children on Friday 2nd September and we are very much looking forward to welcoming him.

Article 24

You have the right to the best health possible and to medical care and information.

Friday, 19 August 2016

Comedian Patrick Monahan at Sciennes!

What a wonderful start to the new session to welcome celebrated and legendary comedian Patrick Monahan to the P4-7 Assembly on Friday 19th August. Patrick inspired our pupils with his sparkling tales about his own experiences of running and then joined most of the upper school for a Daily Mile run in the Meadows.

It was joyful to hear the children's laughter in Assembly. Patrick had them in the palm of his hand in the Hall and also later in the Meadows where he led a warm up session before the run. We are so grateful to him for giving up his time to inspire our pupils to be all they can be and to Believe they can Achieve. Thank you also to former Pupil Support Assistant, Rachel Inglis, who kindly contacted Patrick for us and joined us for the morning.

"So lovely to see everyone at Sciennes yesterday. It will always be a special place for me. Thank you for giving me and Patrick such a lovely welcome. We both had a brilliant time. Patrick says...&quote :Thanks for a great assembly and run out today, that was one of my favourite days at school. It was never that much fun when I was at school! 
Hopefully see you all soon, Miss Inglis and Patrick x"

Patrick's Edinburgh Festival Fringe evening show at The Gilded Balloon, Teviot - "That 80s Show" is recommended for 12+ but he is also running a children's show - "Pub Quiz for Kids", again at the Gilded Balloon, Teviot, which is for age 5 and upwards, at 2.30pm on 19th, 20th and 21st August and from 23rd-28th August.  Come along and win a unicorn! We highly recommend!

Thank you, Patrick, for inspiring us, spreading happiness and laughter and for being so gracious with your time with all the children.

Miss Inglis, Patrick Monahan and Mr Howie
Lovely to welcome back Miss Ingis who runs regularly with Patrick
Patrick Monahan leads the first Sciennes Assembly of the new session!

Children and staff loved hearing Patrick Monahan's funny stories about running

Patrick Monahan and Miss Inglis lead a warm up session

Patrick Monahan and Miss Inglis lead an extra special Daily Mile in the Meadows


Tuesday, 16 August 2016

First Week Lining Up in Playground

We are really looking forward to welcoming pupils on Wednesday 17th August. All our children will be in a new classroom this year so Class Teachers will collect them from the playground during the first week. (Any new pupils joining school on Wednesday should make their way to the Hall where they will be met by a member of the Senior Leadership Team and taken to class individually.)

Please note that at the start of term - only on Wednesday 17th, Thursday 18th and Friday 19th August - pupils will line up in the playground, ready to enter school by 8.50am. There will be flags to help the pupils find where they should line up in the first week and it would be very much appreciated if parents waited beyond the lines. P2B should line up outside their external classroom door (for the first week only).

For the remainder of the session, P2-P7 pupils can enter the school building without lining up from 8.45am and by 8.50am. P1 pupils will continue to line up each morning throughout the year before being escorted into the building by their Class Teachers.

To manage numbers of pupils at each entrance, P2, P5, P6 and P7 should only enter and exit by the EAST ENTRANCE (Office) while P1, P3 and P4 should only use the WEST ENTRANCE (Care Zone) to enter and exit the building.

Thank you.

EAST P2, P5, P6, P7
WEST P1, P3 and P4 
(P2B outside their external classroom door, first week only.)

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Back to School Wednesday 17th August

We look forward to welcoming pupils on Wednesday 17th August

We appreciate parental support in ensuring pupils arrive on time to start school promptly by 8.50am each morning.

Parents and carers of any new pupils joining Sciennes should accompany them to the Hall on the first day of the new session where they will be met by a member of the Senior Learning Team and taken to class.

We are grateful for parental support in ensuring all our pupils wear school uniform and details of this can be found in our School Uniform Policy:

We appreciate pupils returning equipped with well stocked pencil cases - sharpened pencils, coloured pencils, small and large ruler, sharpener, eraser, glue stick - as well as P.E. kit which should include a change of labelled clothes and indoor gym shoes in a gym bag.

We ask that you help us in being able to return Lost Property by labelling all pupils' items carefully.

Teachers will issue a Class Newsletter with specific information for each class in due course. Families will also receive an Information Pack, issued to pupils. We are grateful for your support in returning any forms promptly. Please also log on to WisePay for details of forthcoming trips.

Thank you.

Sunday, 3 July 2016

Can you help us win £25,000 for our pupils at Sciennes School?

Although our school holidays have just begun, we would be very grateful for your help in the next two weeks so that we can win £25,000 to support our technology project at Sciennes Primary School, which will benefit all our pupils.

You can help by voting online for our project between Monday 4 July and Wednesday 20 July.  Voting is free and is open to anyone aged over 18 years old.

Our technology project has been nominated for a community award from the One Family Foundation.  The funding would let us buy 124 tablet computers for four classes.  It would build on our current work and would be a significant boost to the learning opportunities for our pupils, supporting a focus on digital safety, coding and careers in technology particularly.

We are one of 19 projects from across the UK in their schools and centres of education category who are seeking £25,000.  The project that gets the most votes will receive the funding.  If we can get a vote for every one of our 650 pupils, through the support of you, our parents, we believe we can achieve!

To play your part in helping us win £25,000 to fund technology equipment for your child and all our other pupils, just follow these steps:

1.  Between Monday 4th and Wednesday 20th July visit our project website at: 

2.  Click the VOTE button, which will be in the top right of the page.  You will then be asked to register with the Foundation website to be able to vote - just follow their instructions.

3.  Once registered and logged into their website, click the blue VOTE button again.  The vote count will increase and the button will change colour - this means your vote was successful and has gone through.

4.  Please encourage any other adults you know, such as family, friends or work colleagues, to vote for our project.  For example, you could forward this link to them to explain how to vote.

We will put voting updates on our school website.

We very much appreciate your help and support in trying to win £25,000 for technology equipment for your child and all the other pupils at our school.




Thank you and very grateful thanks to parent Colin Sim who has put together and submitted the funding bid on our behalf. Fingers crossed!

Friday, 1 July 2016

Happy Summer Holiday!

We look forward to welcoming pupils back to school on


Best wishes from all at Sciennes for a safe and happy summer.

Where Is the P7 Class Page?

All Class Pages have been moved on a year for 2016-2017 and can be accessed from the CLASSES button on this website.

This year's P7 Page has become 'Class of 2009' and can be accessed from the side panel of this website.

Mrs Noble Leads the End of Year Assembly 2016

Once a year we all come together in the Hall -  twenty two classes from Primary 1 to Primary 7 - for our End of Year Assembly, led by Headteacher Mrs Alison Noble. We were delighted to welcome Parent Council representatives: outgoing Chair, Kristel Torokoff , and incoming Convenors Fundraising and Events, Jayamthi Sanahanam and Aileen Nimmo. Mrs Noble thanked Kristel and Charlotte Herthelius (outgoing Convenor PTA) for the huge contribution they have made to the school throughout the year, particularly in celebrating our cultural diversity at the International Summer Fair. We welcomed Phoebe Cochrane and Tim Pask who will take up their posts as Chair and Vice Chair of the Parent Council in August.

Ms French invited everyone to take part in the Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge taking place at libraries across the city, including Newington Library.  

Ms French encouraged everyone to take the Summer Reading Challenge


Mrs Noble led everyone in our fond farewells to staff and pupils who are moving on. Pupils sang "We Wish You Well" and watched a montage review of the year.   

Sciennes Primary Schoool Review of 2015-16 from Sciennes Primary School on Vimeo.

Former parent, Mrs Susan McConville, was presented with flowers as a token of thanks for her marvellous contribution to ICT lessons with the children.


Our very best wishes to Miss Heather Richmond who was presented with thank you flowers at the Assembly. A very hard working, dedicated and flexible teacher, who has made many very good friends at Sciennes and will be missed.

The Sciennes Family wished Mrs Carol Brechin, our Support for Learning Specialist a very happy retirement after 18 years of tireless dedication at school. Mrs Noble acknowledged Mrs Brechin's superlative breadth and wealth of expertise which is so highly valued by all the staff and parents. Mrs Brechin's great care and attention have successfully built both confidence and skill in hundreds of pupils over the years and we dearly hope that we may coax her back to school to work with us again soon!

Mrs Brechin received a gift, presented by P7 pupils Leah and Liam
We wished Miss McIntosh well on her forthcoming wedding day and presented flowers to Mrs Emma Kidd and Mrs Kat Watson who began maternity leave on the last day of term. P7 pupil Toby McIntosh was presented with a fantastic prize of £75 plus goodies for him and his whole class for being Runner Up in the City of Edinburgh 20mph mascot competition.

Mrs Gibb and Mrs Kidd presented Miss McIntosh with a wedding gift

Flowers and good wishes to Mrs Kidd and Mrs Watson, presented by Mrs Ford and Mrs Mahmood
Mrs Noble presented P7 pupil Toby McIntosh with his prize for being runner up in the City of Edinburgh 20mph mascot competition

Mrs McVicker accompanied everyone as we sang the school song, composed by her with lyrics by Mrs Ford.

Mrs Ruth McVicker playing our School Song

We also wished fond farewell to our wonderful Primary Sevens, very proud of their confidence and readiness for the next steps to secondary school and beyond. Miss Stewardson, Mrs Barker and Ms French provided an end of term treat with their surprise video of staff dancing to Silento's "Watch Me." P7  invited everyone at Assembly to "Come On and Sing With Me"  and later when they sang "You Can Count On Me" on the Top Landing the staff were very moved to see the whole year group spontaneously begin embracing one another.

We all joined P7 when they invited us to "Come on and SIng With Me"
Mrs Noble rang the bell and led them out in procession as the other classes lined the stairwell on the last day of term. Keep in touch, Primary Seven! We look forward to hearing of your continuing achievements.

(Photographs of end of term events for P7 will appear in due course on the Class of 2009 page which can also be accessed from the side panel of the school website.)

Wishing all our families a safe, HAPPY and relaxing holiday. We look forward to welcoming pupils back to Sciennes on WEDNESDAY 17th AUGUST.