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.


P6 Ailsa is Virgin Money EIF Fireworks Poster Winner!

Ailsa with her winning poster entry for the Virgin Money Fireworks Concert 2016
Huge congratulations to P6 pupil Ailsa on being one of three winners in this year's Edinburgh International Festival Virgin Money Fireworks poster competition! What an exciting, fantastic achievement! Very well done, Ailsa! She was a finalist last year and decided to give it another go this year, so perseverance paid off! This year part of the prize is a behind the scenes tour of the fireworks a couple of days before the event so Ailsa  can see what is involved with the set up - and then tickets to the event itself. A superb prize!

Ailsa very kindly brought in her special celebratory cake to share with her classmates.

The Prize
As well as seeing their designs throughout the city, winners will enjoy an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the Fireworks set-up site at Edinburgh Castle and win four tickets to see the concert in Princes St Gardens on Monday 29 August 2016.
The winners and other shortlisted entries will also be celebrated with an event at the Virgin Money Lounge in St Andrew’s Square, Edinburgh, taking place on Tuesday 28 June at 6pm. This is a special event at the Lounge for the winners and their families, where they will be joined by our Forth 1 judges and invited guests, hosted by Virgin Money with the Edinburgh International Festival and Scottish Chamber Orchestra. 

The EIF Fireworks Concert featuring the Scottish Chamber Orchestra takes place on Monday 29 August at 9.30pm. All our P7 pupils, including Ailsa, have been invited to attend a special concert performance for schools at 11am at the Ross Bandstand on the same day, sponsored by Virgin Money.

Ailsa's prize winning Edinburgh International Festival Virgin Money Fireworks Concert poster

Monday 29 August 2016 9.30pm
Join the City of Edinburgh in a celebration of summer festivals, inspirational music and breathtaking fireworks as the Virgin Money Fireworks Concert brings the 2016 Edinburgh International Festival to a resplendent conclusion. Set against the iconic backdrop of Edinburgh’s historic Castle, this spectacular event brings together stirring orchestral music from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and magnificent pyrotechnics, specially choreographed by international fireworks artists Pyrovision to enhance your musical experience. Around a quarter of a million people gather across the city and beyond to share in this annual grand festival season finale each year.

Ross Theatre and Princes St Gardens

At 11am on the same day, schoolchildren from across the city will come to the Ross Theatre for a very special Schools Concert, sponsored by Virgin Money, with music from Scottish Chamber Orchestra’s VIBE project, a fusion orchestra open to young musicians aged 11–18, in the run-up to the Fireworks Concert.

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Victor Hugo Delicatessen Sponsors 'Food Focus' Book

"Food Focus" book in collaboration with local business
"Every child and young person is entitled to develop skills for learning, skills for life and skills for work, with a continuous focus on literacy and numeracy and health and wellbeing."
Curriculum for Excellence: Building the Curriculum 3

Primary Four pupils marked the book launch of "Food Focus" - a collaborative venture between local business Victor Hugo Delicatessen and Cafe and each class at Sciennes - on Wednesday 29th June at the Meadows.

Twenty-two classes, from P1-P7, contributed selected highlights from our annual whole school 'Food Focus Fortnight." Each page promotes and celebrates healthy eating and an appreciation of cuisine from different cultures, which marries extremely well with Victor Hugo Delicatessen's business ideals.

Victor Hugo, Continental Delicatessen and Cafe

Sincere thanks to the tremendous generosity of Victor Hugo Delicatessen owner, Karol Rzepkowski, who sponsored the creation of the book and additionally provided a free copy to each of our 99 P4 pupils. Karol is an inspirational former Sciennes' pupil and the "Food Focus" book details the history of Victor Hugo's, established by his father Zdzislaw (Jackie) Rzepkowski. Karol's father's story is also an inspiration:

Zdzislaw (Jackie) Rzepkowski
In 1957 the business was started in Edinburgh, with a first shop in Spittal Street, by Karol’s father Zdzislaw Rzepkowski. Zdzislaw found it hard for anyone to say his name so was more commonly known in Edinburgh as ‘Jackie’. Jackie was born in Poland and was only 16 years old when the Germans invaded. He escaped a firing squad but was taken to Auschwitz, and then a munitions factory in an Austrian labour camp before escaping over the Alps to Italy. He then made his way south until he met the allies and from there to the UK and finally Scotland. He joined the Polish division of the British Army and fought in the Woijtek Division. This was the division most famous for the bear mascot rescued as a cub in 1943 and who carried their shells into battle, ‘Woijtek the Soldier Bear’. Karol even has a photograph of his father and maternal grandfather both standing with Woijtek the bear. After the war Woijek retired and went to live out the rest of his days at Edinburgh Zoo. Jackie was demobbed and went to work.

Zdzislaw (Jackie) Rzepkowski and Karol's maternal grandfather with Woijtek the bear

Karol said, “Our first concern is that Victor Hugo’s business contributes in some way to the local community. We want to attract customers from outside but the vast majority of our clientele are locals. In a deli people can buy and eat straight away – it is the ultimate fast food! No-one ever comes into our shop and asks for a ‘pie’. Food has also been our first and longest lasting introduction to Europe. We celebrate our cultural differences through food and it allows us to embrace our European culture. We want to engage with local people and the local youngsters too because they are our future market. Sugar seems to be the
drug of choice at the moment and getting kids passionate about food is so important. We want children to get passionate and enthusiastic about good food so that they can in turn pass it onto their own children.

This is why we wanted to get involved in this book project with Sciennes Primary School. It was my school and I really enjoyed my time there so giving this opportunity back to the current students really feels like coming full circle.” 

Very well done to P4 pupils Natalia, William and Hannah who gave speeches explaining how their classmates contributed to the book. Our Principal Teacher, Ms Shona Pearmain (currently on maternity leave), took the lead in co-ordinating classes' contributions and will be very proud - of the children as well as the finished result. Sciennes School has been filled with delicious aromas since 'Food Focus' was first established by Ms Pearmain in October 2013, after the launch of our new kitchen (partly funded by Sciennes' Parent Council). The kitchen is regularly used by all classes throughout the year to create delicious healthy food.

Thank you very much to the parents who attended the "Food Focus" book launch, including Hannah's father Mr Jimmy Chow, who provided such excellent photographs of the event. Grateful thanks to Georgiana's mum, Ivana Summerton, and Pupil Support Assistants Mrs Helen Robertson, Mrs Sally Nowell and Mrs Aliya Tariq who kindly laid out the books and cut up the special cakes for the children. Thank you to Janitor Mr Reid for helping with the gazebo, tables and chairs and to Class Teachers Mrs Susan Mackay and Mrs Katherine Clark. So typical of the Sciennes' Family that everyone kindly pitched in to support. Thank you!

Grateful thanks to published author and Sciennes' parent Mary Turner Thomson for giving the children the opportunity to see their work in print through her company Whitewater Publishing. This is the sixth book that Mary has published for Sciennes in six years and provides an extraordinary opportunity for our pupils.

It was wonderful to welcome back Karol to Sciennes earlier this year and give him a tour of his former school. We look forward to strengthening the links between Sciennes Primary and Karol's neighbouring business Victor Hugo Delicatessen and Cafe; such a prominent and fondly regarded feature of the local community - and frequently frequented!

More photographs on the P4 Class Page.

"Food Focus" in print!

Ready for their speeches!



Karol and Mary

Victor Hugo Delicatessen owner, Karol Rzepkowski. Karol's delicatessen and cafe can be seen in the background of this photograph.

Sciennes' parent Mary Turner Thomson

Thank you to Class Teachers Mrs Katherine Clark, Mrs Susan Mackay, Mrs Emma Kidd, Mrs Joanne Hogan and Ms Shona Pearmain

Hannah's page - lovely handwriting, Hannah!

Mrs Susan Mackay shows the children the special cakes

Thank you Mrs Summerton, Mrs Robertson and Mrs Tariq!
Not so healthy, but celebratory!

Thank you, Karol!
Back at school, everyone immediately engrossed in "Food Focus" books
"Food Focus" is a big hit with us!
Great to pass on Karol and his father's stories to Sciennes children.