Saturday, 31 March 2012

PTA Sponsored Swimathon - BT MyDonate

Event information - BT MyDonate

During the week beginning the 14th May, Sciennes PTA are organising aSponsored Swim to raise funds for playground equipment, benches, a bikecontainer and replacement bikes for cycle training and smaller bikes for EarlyYears children. All children in the school are encouraged to take part, evennon-swimmers. Thank you to Emma Laurenson and Alison Platts for setting up the BT MyDonate account and organising the Swimathon event.

Friday, 30 March 2012

P2/3 Girls' Football Team

The P2/3 Girls football team played in the first ever Brunstfield P2/3 football competition on Saturday 24th March, and they won!

They played with a super attitude against South Morningside, Bruntsfied and James Gillespies and had really good fun with all the other teams.  The girls were presented with a trophy which they have been allowed to keep and it will be proudly displayed in the school trophy cabinet.

The winning girls are: Isha Lal Saini (P3),  Morgan Fraser Galloway (P3),  Amelie Campbell (P3), Rose Newman (P3), Rachel Allan (P2), Sarah Itagawa (P2), Ellen Maclean (P2), Minnie Stephenson (P2), Isobel Crawford (P2), Chloe Rough (P2), Erin Sheehan (P2).

Many thanks to Fiona Maclean for passing on the lovely news.

Sciennes Swim Team

Congratulations to the P7 Relay Swim Team who won Silver in the Breastroke competition at Ainslie Park Wednesday 28th March. Luca, Flora, Emily H and Thomas received a silver medal each. The team also won an Overall Runners Up trophy for the Freestyle. Well done Laura, Flora, Olivia and Lewis. Ferdinand, Megan, Lewis and Taran came fourth in the Backstroke relay and all ten pupils were excellent ambassadors for the school. Special thanks to Mrs Beth Walker for superbly co-ordinating and running the entire event for city schools.

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Sunshine and Friendship Bracelets in the Meadows

P7 pupils have been enjoying the unseasonably warm weather at lunch breaks in the Meadows. Yu-Ning in 7A made this beautiful and carefully crafted daisy friendship bracelet for Hannah in 7C today.

Run A Mile for Sport Relief

Well done to all our pupils and families who ran a mile for Sport Relief at the weekend.
Pictured here are Kirsten and Grace from P4A.

Well done also to Mia, Robyn and Eliza in P4 for their fundraising on Friday, raising more than £5.00 for Sport Relief selling crayons, bracelets and cards.

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Jemima in P5A Wins Gold at the Re-opening of the Commonwealth Pool

Congratulations to Jemima Harrison, P5a, on her winning entry in Edinburgh Leisure’s writing competition. Jemima attended the Royal Commonwealth Pool opening ceremony and enjoyed a swim in the wonderful new pool. She received a souvenir gold medal and towel.

Monday, 19 March 2012

Sciennes Parents’ Night? …..Some Advice from Fellow Parents

We hope you will enjoy coming to Parent Consultations and that it will help further the partnership between home and school for your child’s learning.

You will have received an appointment time from the school. We suggest it is worth trying to arrive about fifteen minutes early. This will allow you to locate your child’s classroom and spend some time looking at their work. You can of course visit the classroom after your appointment.

Do take time, if you can, to look at the displays around the school. Also the PTA will have refreshments for sale outside the Hall. There is a Book Fair in the Library.

Do you have ideas/comments/suggestions about Sciennes? There will be comments slips available on both evenings, and a box to post them in. Please see the Pages section on the right hand side for feedback and questions from the last Parent Consultation Evenings in October 2011. 

We are also looking to recruit parents to the School Council and its subgroups. Please look out for the 'adverts' outside the Hall.

Tuesday 20th March 5-8pm
Thursday 22nd  March 4-7pm

The School Council Communications Group

Saturday, 17 March 2012

Parent / Carer Consultations

We are very much looking forward to welcoming you to school next week and your child’s work and Personal Learning Plan will be in their tray in classroom. Do please write your comments on the PLP.  

Appointments with class teachers for P1-P6 are in the school Hall and we greatly appreciate prompt arrival at the designated appointment time. You are welcome to visit your child's classroom either before or after your appointment.

Primary 7 appointments take place in classrooms on the top landing and we invite pupils to attend the meetings. Pupil trays will be located outside classrooms.

Mrs Hunter and Mrs McWilliam, our English as an Additional Language (EAL)  teachers will be available on Thursday 22nd.


The Primary One Fashion Show will be held in the school Hall on Thursday 29th March at 2.30pm. Please enter by the main door at reception at 2.15pm. The children will model t-shirts that they have designed as part of their project work this term.

Information about Trips/School Events

This is just a reminder to all parents that information regarding trips/events is all posted on Wisepay. To alert parents an e-mail is sent to the relevant class/year group when a new posting is made.

A Curriculum For Excellence – Celebrating Wider Achievement

Congratulations to Jemima Harrison, P5a, on her winning entry in Edinburgh Leisure’s writing competition. Jemima will attend the Royal Commonwealth Pool opening ceremony and enjoy a swim in the wonderful new pool.
Donald McDonald, Headteacher at James Gillespie’s High School, contacted Sciennes to share the good news that the chess team had reached the last 16 of a UK tournament and former Sciennes pupils – Sam Gregory, Captiva Mills, Rishi Pandya and Jamie Underwood were very ably representing the high school. He recognised the superb support and encouragement of the Sciennes Chess Club.
Holly McCluskey P3b, James Beeston P5a and Anna Wilson P6c represented the Pupil Council and contributed to the DHT recruitment and selection procedure. They met candidates and provided an interesting tour of school. On the interview day, all involved commented on their confidence and good manners, answering questions and presenting such a positive view of Sciennes. Prior to the process, Ms. McGhee helped them develop a very good understanding of procedures and this certainly contributed to Holly, James and Anna’s excellent involvement.


Our end of term assemblies will be held on Monday 26th March at St Catherine’s Argyle Church, Grange Road. Primary 1-3 at 9.30am and P4-7 at 11.00am. Although space is limited, parents and carers are welcome to join us.

Shopping Vouchers

We are participating in schemes and would welcome vouchers from families. However please do not change your current shopping routine. Thank you.

Bake Sale for the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Thank you from Adele Wilson and Cerys Scott - Hobbs P4b for supporting their bake sale on Friday 16th March 2012.

Scholastic Book Fair

Our Scholastic Book Fair will run from Monday, March 19th to Thursday, March 22nd in the school library.  A brochure highlighting some of the exciting titles available to purchase, opening times and information on when your child’s class will visit the Book Fair will be sent to you over the next few days. World Book Day vouchers may be used to purchase books over £2.99.  Alternatively, we hope to have a selection of World Book Day books available for your child to purchase.

We look forward to another successful Book Fair and hope to see you there!


There will be a sale of second-hand school uniform at noon on Friday 23th March in the school playground.  Please could you bring in any unwanted uniform that is in good condition and hand it in to Reception before 21 March.  All proceeds from the sale go to the school.


As some of you may know I am a voluntary Explorer Scout Leader in Edinburgh. In Summer 2013 I am taking a group of 45 teenagers to Nepal on a four-week development expedition. A major element of this expedition will be service work in the village of Chhangpatan. Primarily we will be working with the local community and primary school to improve the fabric of the school and construct new facilities.
In order to fund this work we are currently holding a lucky lottery. Tickets cost £12 each and will be entered into 12 monthly prize draws for £100 (Making a total prize fund of £1200). If you would like to support our work in Nepal and buy a ticket then please put £12 in an envelope marked for Mr Hewitt and drop it into the school office. Please enclose your child’s name and class and I will send out the ticket by return.  
Many thanks Barry Hewitt Class Teacher – P3b


We hope to create a hamper of fair-trade goodies to raffle at Parent Consultations on 20th and 22nd March. Donations would be gratefully received at Reception.
Ms Ross

Easter Dance Division Camp with Cat Perry

Dance Division with Cat Perry
Tuesday 10th April- Friday 13th April 2012
At Marchmont St Giles Church (Kilgraston Road)
£42 for the full week
Aged 4-12 years old 
Early drop off (From 8:30am) and late pick (between 4pm-5pm) can be provided at a small additional cost. 
Please contact Cat Perry for further information or to book a place- / 07951017221

Saturday, 10 March 2012

120th Anniversary Memories iBook

Calling all former pupils and staff. To celebrate our anniversary we are creating an online iBook featuring the past, present and future of our school. We welcome contributions of memories from former pupils and staff, a selection of which will be published in the online book. Please click here to contribute to our 120th Anniversary Memories. A link can also be found in the 'Guestbook' section of the website.

Take a nostalgic tour around the school, courtesy of Class of 2010, dancing around the building.

Friday, 9 March 2012

Russian Language Taster

Sincere thanks to Jenny Carr, Chairperson of the Scotland Russia Forum, for her engaging presentations to both Assemblies on Friday 9th March. She introduced the pupils to Russian culture and language and brought along many interesting artefacts. We are very grateful to Jenny for her time and enthusiasm and also for arranging the exciting visit from a Russian cosmonaut last year.

Thursday, 8 March 2012

Disco Fever

What a fun night at the P6/7 Disco! Fabulous moves and everyone showed they really know how to party. Thank you to all the PTA parents who organised tonight's disco and last week's one for P4/5.

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Cross Country Event at Meadows

Well done all our P6 and P7 runners. A great warm up event, organised by Mrs Beth Walker, in preparation for the EPSSA Cross Country Race at Duddingston Park on Monday 19th March. Letters will be issued tomorrow. Thank you to Mr Wallace and Ms Christie, too.

Monday, 5 March 2012


There will be a sale of second-hand school uniform at noon on Friday 23 March in the school playground. Please could you bring in any unwanted uniform that is in good condition and hand it in to the reception before 21 March. All proceeds from the sale go to the school.

Saturday, 3 March 2012


Congratulations to Ms Carolyn Anstruther on her successful appointment as Depute Head Teacher.