Saturday, 30 November 2013

PTA Christmas Fair Amazing Raising!

Thank you to all the families who came along to the Christmas Fair on Saturday 30th November.  This fun-filled event included a magic show, craft activities,  tombola, home baking, face painting, lucky dip, hamper raffle, P7 crafts and games, an appearance from Santa and lots, lots more. We are indebted to Aileen Nimmo, Chair of the PTA and all the parents, pupils and staff who worked so hard to make the Fair such a success. An amazing £5300 was raised in two hours!

Keeping Sciennes Beautiful

The Eco Committee, Mr Kearton, Mrs Mackay and Mrs Nowell would like to thank the Sciennes families who stayed back after school on Friday 29th November to support their Clean Up campaign.

Children from P1 to P7 enthusiastically wielded litter pickers and bin bags supplied by the Council and Keeping Scotland Beautiful.

With everyone's help  one of the big school bins was completely filled  in just half an hour!

It has been found that where litter is already present in an area, people are more likely to drop their litter. Hopefully, just by making the Sciennes area cleaner, people will be deterred from dropping litter in future.



Look at what was found! Well done everyone!

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Apple TV

https://www.dropbox.com/s/tj7qdfrktcizuzk/XMA%20Case%20Study%20Final-2.m4v
We would like to thank Jamie Marshall from XMA and London film maker Anton who produced this very glossy film explaining 1:1 at Sciennes, and how our programme sits within City of Edinburgh Council's vision and strategy for technology in our schools.

What we find most striking is the remarkable confidence of our pupils in discussing the impact of iPads on their learning.


1:1 Expanded at Sciennes


Ninety eight P7 pupils at Sciennes now have exclusive use of an iPad to support their learning for school and home use. Thank you to all the families who came along to the Launch night and to Anna Mitchell and Richard Burgess from City of Edinburgh's DigITal Learning Team for their expert advice and support. Thanks also to Class Teachers Mrs Fiona Barker and Mr Forrest Howie, Headteacher Mrs Noble and Business Manager Ms Christie. Ms Wendy French's class have had exclusive, personal use of an iPad since April 2011 (with Mrs Barker in P5 and P6) and we are delighted to be able to expand the programme to an entire year group. We will invite families back into school for hands on workshops and informal drop in surgeries and look forward to working together.

"Sciennes Scenes" Book Launched

 Published authors! Thanks Mary Turner Thomson! Angelita, Ben and Ciara read extracts from their book "Sciennes Scenes" and Jemima, Reda and Callum gave speeches at our Launch in the Hall.
 Celebratory cake all round in each class!
 Robyn Thomson was in P7 when her year group's book "On the Line" became our first book published with her mum, Mary. Today marked the publication of Sciennes' fourth book.
Callum impressed us all with his no notes speech. Fabulous!

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Sciennes Scenes


The P7 pupils become published authors and will have their own book launch party on Thursday 28th November when they will be given one copy of their book each. Many thanks to Mary Turner Thomson for guiding them through the entire process of planning, writing, editing, marketing and advertising through a series of workshops.

1:1 iPad Programme Thursday 28th November 2013



N.B. All parents/carers in P7A and P7B, please note that two contracts require to be completed online before we can issue your child with an iPad on Thursday 28th November 7.00pm-7.45pm.

Parent/Carer and Pupil iPAD Responsible Use Contract

Pupil ICT Responsible Use Contract 

A child friendly version of the iPad Contract is available which can be more easily understood by your child and we ask that you read it together before completing the online contracts above.

We would also appreciate parents/carers completing this Doodle Poll if you plan to attend the Launch on Thursday 28th November and to make an alternative arrangement to come into school if you cannot attend the Launch.

 Thank you

Edinburgh Gangshow


Congratulations to P6 pupils who performed so successfully in the Edinburgh Gangshow at the King's Theatre.

More photographs on the P6 Class Page, where they received this lovely comment:

Congratulations to all! You were fantastic - I know how hard you all worked in rehearsals and it was worth every minute. The show was brilliant - and the Junior Gang were the best!

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Saul in P5 is Tae Kwon Do World Champion!


Last November we posted about Saul's remarkable success as Sciennes' first ever British Champion. We are all so incredibly impressed by his amazing achievement in being crowned Tae Kwon Do WORLD CHAMPION for his age group. All the more remarkable because he only took up the sport a year and a half ago, when he joined a Sciennes Active Schools Club. Saul is also Scottish Champion and we wish him success in the European Championships in Switzerland later this year.

More photographs on the P5 Class Page.

Anti Bullying Week 18th-22nd November

Sciennes held House Assemblies for Grange, Lauder, Sienna and Tantallon on Friday 22nd November. Our theme was Anti-Bullying to tie in with the annual nationwide Anti-Bullying Week campaign. All our P6 and P7 pupils have completed an online survey about bullying for City of Edinburgh. Our House Captains read poems at the Assemblies and we talked about what bullying is and what we can do together to stop it.



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Research shows potential of mobile tech for learning

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Pupils getting creative with their devices
Sciennes pupils getting creative with their devices

A study on the use of mobile technology in Edinburgh schools has found that students become more creative and independent when given their own tablet computer.

The research focused on the experiences of pupils in two high schools and two primary schools.
David McKee of the Digital Learning Team tells us more about the findings.

Throughout session 2012-13, mobile devices were given to all pupils in a year group or class in four schools across the city – Gracemount High School, Forrester High School, Broomhouse Primary and Sciennes Primary. This approach, often referred to as ‘1:1 digital learning‘, allows pupils to use their devices in and out of school, creating a seamless link between class and home learning.

The research, carried out by Hull University, identified a number of benefits to learning including increased independence, engagement and motivation. There was also evidence that teachers were developing new approaches to learning, and setting more authentic and realistic tasks for pupils.
Parents were also enthusiastic – one Sciennes parent said:
It has definitely helped him to be more independent; his creative writing is now that of a child way beyond his years as he is not held back by the slowness of pencil and paper.
Many more Edinburgh schools are now working towards 1:1 digital learning, with over 6500 iPads already in use across the city.
You can see our Digital Learning Team blog for more about the Edinburgh 1:1 Mobile Evaluation.
Also see a recent article about the study in TES Connect: Students upwardly mobile with iPads.

Author Visit to P1 and P2 in Book Week Scotland

Many thanks to author Linda Strachan for her visit to P1 and P2 and sharing the adventures of "Hamish McHaggis" which all take place around Scotland. Very apt for Book Week Scotland
25th November to 1st December.
More photographs on Primary One's Class Page.

Linda will also be bringing Hamish McHaggis to our friends at local bookshop Looking Glass Books in Edinburgh on Sunday 1st December. Looking Glass Books is located in Quartermile, just off the Meadows, 3 Porters Walk, Edinburgh, EH3 9GG.

Christmas Fair Silent Auction


SILENT AUCTION!



On offer at Saturday’s silent auction, a Daytime Personal Training Session with Alex Arthur MBE, nicknamed "Amazing" Alex Arthur! Arthur is a former British, Commonwealth, European Boxing Union and WBO super featherweight champion.
SILENT AUCTION!




On offer at Saturday’s silent auction, a Family Ticket to A Christmas Carol at Royal Lyceum
Treat yourself to a generous helping of traditional Christmas fayre with the classic tale, beautifully adapted for stage by Neil Duffield. This much loved story perfectly captures the magic of Christmas and positively sparkles on stage with an ensemble cast playing the many memorable characters -Bob Cratchit, Jacob Marley, Mrs Fezziwig, Tiny Tim and, of course, the old humbug himself, Ebenezer Scrooge Esquire!

Scrooge is shown the cruel mistakes and misconceptions he has made during his life when the three ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future visit him one cold and wintry night in December. He comes to his senses and realizes that there is more to life than being mean and miserable – and that a kind heart and generous spirit makes the world a happier place for everyone.

With Christmas carols, a wonderfully evocative set and the odd flurry of snow, this show will bring the joy of Christmas straight to the heart of Edinburgh. DON’T BE A HUMBUG!
See more at: http://www.lyceum.org.uk/whats-on/production/christmascarol#sthash.dVOZm8XF.dpuf


SILENT AUCTION!







On offer at Saturday’s silent auction, 2 tickets to the matinee performance of Scottish Ballet’s Hansel & Gretel at the Festival Theatre on Saturday 11th January.

Unwrap a tasty new Christmas treat next year with the world premiere of Christopher Hampson’s fantastical Hansel & Gretel.

Scottish Ballet is excited to unveil Artistic Director Christopher Hampson’s first full length ballet for the Company. 

This brand new Hansel & Gretel takes creative twists and turns inspired by the Grimm Brother’s famous fairy tale – and the stories and imagination of the people of Scotland.

Meet Hansel, Gretel and a bewitching ballerina who is not at all as she seems. Deliciously surreal, mouth-wateringly inventive and with more than a sprinkle of festive magic - do you dare to go down to the woods next winter on an enchanted journey with Scotland’s national dance company?


Monday, 25 November 2013

Sportshall Success!


Congratulations to our fantastic P7 Sportshall Athletics Team who came first today in the qualifying tournament for City of Edinburgh at Meadowbank. They will go on to compete in the Edinburgh Finals at Meadowbank on Monday 13th January 2014. A superb team effort and grateful thanks to Mrs Fiona Barker, P7 Class Teacher, for leading with excellent support from Lesley Ann Chessor (Joint Active Schools Co-ordinator for JGHS with Jonathan Wallace). Special thanks to our P.E. Specialist, Mrs Beth Walker, who trained and selected the team and who co-ordinates the entire event for the city.

Sciennes PTA Christmas Fair Auction Prizes 2013


Come to the hall and bid simply by writing your bid on the relevant sheet!

Auction closes at 3.45pm - highest bidder wins the prize.

                                                           

Speyside Cottage – An Easter week in a fabulous cottage sleeps 4+2 (worth £590 – minimum bid £150) http://www.lhhscotland.com/properties/detail/?id=23800#

Dynamic Earth – Adult and Child Day Pass

Gordon Wilson Hairdressing – Cut & Blow Dry with Director (worth £40)

Eddie's Seafood Market – Voucher for Sea Bass

Spirit Hair & Beauty – Back Neck & Shoulder Massage (worth £35)

Royal Yacht Britannia – 4 Day Passes

3 Course Meal for Two inc Glass of House Wine @ Spoon

Dine @ Toast Edinburgh with £20 voucher

Camera Obscura – 2 Adult & 2 Children Tickets (worth £42)

Original Edinburgh painting by Nancy Turnbull

Revitalize Massage Therapies - Gift Voucher for Massage

One Hour’s Career Coaching from BalancedMum.com

National Museum of Scotland – annual Family Pass (worth £54)

A beautiful Wooden butcher’s block from Marchmont Hardware

A personal training session with our very own champion boxer Alex Arthur

Transform your home with a consultation with commercial interior designers Maxwell Green Design

Get your house squeaky clean with the amazing Zorka’s cleaning services – 2 x3 hour cleans (worth £60)

Relax with a Thai massage from True Thai (worth £40)

Evening's Babysitting by Gillian Clarkson or Phoebe Cochrane

Baxter’s Barbers – 2 x Free Haircut

Doodles Ceramics - £10 voucher

Ishi Hair & Beauty – Cut & Blow Dry with Leigh (worth £34)

Free child space at Easter Mini Tennis Camp at Mortonhall Tennis Club

2 tickets to Scottish Ballet’s Hansel & Gretel at the Festival Theatre

20 minute drama activity for birthday party

Family scariness with 4 passes to City of the Dead Tour

Consultation with Medical Herbalist

Writing Coaching Session with published author

Get your kids dancing with a Family voucher for a term of classes at Ceilidh Kids

Enjoy a lunch for two courtesy of Annabelle's

Learn Croquet! Two places on beginners' courses (Worth £60)

P7C Book Review Blog

Need a new book to read?  Why not have a look at our Book Review Blog? You can find reviews of lots of the books we have read and links to other book blogs.  You just might find that book that makes you want to read till you can't hold your eyes open any longer!


Scan this QR Code or click on the link below to read our book reviews:



We are also keen to have pupils from other classes giving us their reviews.  Hand in any reviews you have to Primary7C or, if you want to give us a review electronically, come and ask us how to send it by email. 

Watch out for competitions, coming soon!

Ms French and Primary 7C

Saturday, 23 November 2013

P7 Published Authors


The P7 pupils have had the opportunity this year to work with a published author and participate in workshops involving creating characters, setting the scene, developing storyline, illustrating, editing, publishing and marketing.  Through workshops led by Mary Turner Thomson they have produced and illustrated three stories which have been compiled into a charming book called ‘Sciennes Scenes’.  This is being published by WhiteWater Publishing Ltd and will be available for sale in bookshops.  

The pupils will have their own book launch party on Thursday 28th November when they will be given one copy of their book each. Additional books will be available at a reduced price of £5 per book (after the launch the price will be £6.99) and would make a great Xmas present for friends and relatives!


Energy Watchdogs

Sciennes’ new energy watchdogs are taking the lead in improving our school’s impact on the environment.
 
Starting during Switch off fortnight, our watchdogs are encourage staff and pupils to make simple energy savings by: turning off lights and electrical equipment when they are not needed, and heating classrooms sensibly by adjusting radiators rather than opening windows.
Each year at Sciennes, we use a substantial amount of oil, gas and electricity to heat our school and pool, and light our classrooms.
Our energy watchdogs are hoping to reduce our carbon footprint, and the school’s bills, throughout the year by taking these simple steps. We are also working closely with experts at the City Council to try out other energy saving measures before they are rolled out to other City schools next year.

Keeping Sciennes Beautiful

Our eco-committee is enthusiastically supporting Edinburgh's Clean Up day of action on 29 November, and invites all children from P1 to P7 to bring a parent or carer along and take part!
Litter can be a problem in our school grounds. A constant frustration for our many ecologically-minded children is that a good deal of the litter we collect seems to blow into our playground from the surrounding streets.
To help tackle this, we will meet at school on Friday 29th November at 12.20pm to collect litter from our nearby streets and green spaces until 1pm.
You are welcome join us and to stay for as long or as short as you wish. However, we ask that all children be accompanied and supervised by a responsible adult.
If you have a litter picker at home, and suitable gloves, please bring them along!
Mr Kearton and the Eco Committee

Thursday, 21 November 2013

P7 Launch Date: Thursday 28th November

Ready to Launch, P7! iPads and "Sciennes Scenes"!

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Sciennes 2013 PTA Christmas Fair

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The Christmas Fair is taking place on Saturday 30th November, 2-4pm.  This a fun-filled event which includes a magic show, craft activities,  tombola, home baking, face painting, lucky dip, hamper raffle and lots, lots more. Santa will be making an appearance.
  • You can order your entry tickets and magic show tickets NOW on Wisepay
  • Please bring donations of home baking into school on Friday 29th November (items to be individually wrapped please)
  • Volunteers are needed to make the event a success – CLICK HERE to go to the online volunteer sign up form.
From anytime NOW you can drop off the following items at school reception:
  • Send in bottles for the Tombola
  • Send in fiction/non fiction, children’s & pre teen books – good quality only please
  • Send in CDs/DVDs/Computer Games/Toys – good quality only please
  • Send in a box of mince pies for the refreshments stall
  • Wrap and send in small gifts for the lucky dip, value 50p, please label ‘girl’ or ‘boy’
  • Donate something for the Silent Auction

Easy Fundraising


So far, the 110 supporters of Sciennes Primary School PTA have raised an amazing  £1,093.75

You, too, can raise money for Sciennes, just by shopping online with easyfundraising.org.uk. There are no catches and it's completely free to use.

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Get started now – 
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Thank you 


 

 

Boroughmuir Rugby Festival


Congratulations to our Sciennes Rugby team on their performance at yesterday's Borouhmuir Rugby Club festival.


Victory was recorded against Oxgangs before an excellent full contact match was played out with Boroughmuir Rugby Club's P6 Team. Some excellent tackles were put in from us, while two excellent scores complemented our fearless attitude.

To top it off the team met some of the touring Australia Rugby Squad for pictures and autographs before a question and answer session finished the day.  

Well done to all our players, including Dante for his 'Top Boy' award, and to all the families who came along to support. 

Special thanks to Jonathan Wallace for organising this fantastic opportunity and to fellow Active Schools Co-ordinator Lesley-Ann Chessor for escorting. 





Monday, 18 November 2013

Children in Need




Sciennes raised a fantastic £650 on Friday 15th November for Children in Need. Thank you to everyone who donated so generously and to all who dressed up. Special thanks to Mrs Susan Mackay and P6C who co-ordinated the fundraising.

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Chess Success!

Congratulations to our fantastic Chess Teams!



Sciennes, fielding 4 teams, made an excellent start in the first event of the new season, Lothian League Day 1, run by Lothian Junior Chess at W Hailes Education Centre on 3/11/13 coming out top in each of the 2 sections.
The P6/7 A Team (John, Angus, Theo and Atharva) scored 21/24 whilst the P5 & Under A Team (Sergi, Matilda, Tom, Aidan and Stuart ) scored 19.5/24.
The P6/7 B (Danny, Aryan, Maxwell and Jingzhong ) B and C (Charlie, Abi, Alistair and James) Teams also performed creditably.
Individually the stars were John(6/6), Matilda (5.5/6), Atharva, Sergi, Angus and Theo (5/6) and Abi (4.5/6)


All our kids played in a sportsmanlike manner and are to be congratulated on their general good behaviour.


Thanks to all the parents who helped with organisation, transport and supervision. Bill Platts

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Registration week – message from Cllr Paul Godzik

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This week is an important week in the school calendar for all those parents and carers of nursery school children. Paul Godzik (Education, Children and Families Convenor) writes below about Registration Week and the importance of registering at your local catchment school.

It’s Registration Week at all primary schools across the city and if your child is due to start school in August 2014, you must register your child at your catchment school this week.

I hope parents will register their child at their local catchment school rather than expecting to get them in another school in a different part of the city.

As many readers will know, there are less out of catchment requests being granted due to increased space pressures and parents need to be aware of the risks associated with making such requests.

So I’d encourage everyone to register their child at their local school and support their local community instead of making an out of catchment request.

Last week all the primary schools opened their doors for parents and their pre-school age children to look round as part of Primary Schools Open Day.

The feedback from staff and parents has been very positive. I’m delighted that so many were able to see at first hand the benefits of sending their children to their local school – not just for the families involved but for the community where they live.

A great example is Castleview Primary School in Craigmillar which in a recent inspection by Education Scotland was rated as one of the best primary schools in the country.
Broomhouse Primary School is another example of a school being at the heart of their community. The school operates a fantastic initiative called the Big Project which offers daily after school activities encouraging creativity in the expressive arts for Broomhouse children.

The Council had a record low number of placing requests last year which illustrates the growing recognition among parents that the days where you could choose which primary school you wanted your child to go to have gone.

Rising primary school rolls and pressures on classroom spaces will be with us for many years to come so it’s vital parents play their part in helping us tackle this issue.

With school rolls in the city predicted to rise by around 15% by 2019 – bringing our primary school population to over 31,000 – local catchment schools are the most suitable option.

All of our high schools offer a high quality education and your input as a parent can help make your local school better!

Register your child at your local catchment school.

PLEASE NOTE: Registration has to be in person and everyone should contact their local school to find out what time they can register.

When deciding the school you wish your child to attend, there are a number of important points you need to consider.
  • Placements are allocated to children based on their residence at the time of allocation. All parents must provide proof of residency for a catchment place when they register their child for school.
  • Your child is only entitled to a place in the primary school where they attend nursery if you live in the catchment area.
  • Catchment places will only be guaranteed to children living in a primary school catchment by 28 February 2014.  Where a denominational Roman Catholic school is oversubscribed, priority will be given to catchment baptised Roman Catholics.
  • If your placing request is successful for one child, this does not guarantee that requests for younger children will be successful.  This could mean that your younger children would attend a different school to their older brother or sister – would you be able to manage the school run to two different schools?

Primary 1 Enrolment Day at Sciennes



If your child is 4 years old by 28th February 2014 and due to start school in August 2014, please come along on Thursday 14th November, 9.00 – 11.30 or 1.30 – 4.00 to complete an enrolment form and have a tour of school. 

Please bring the following with you: 
  • Child’s birth certificate
  • Name, address and telephone number of doctor
  • Council Tax payment book or Council Tax letter
  • a current utility bill (in your name)
  • Names, addresses and telephone number of three emergency contacts. 
N.B. these are the ONLY accepted forms of proof. 

Please feel free to bring your child but this is not essential if s/he is attending nursery. There will be transition and induction opportunities for your child to visit school in the summer term.

Monday, 11 November 2013

OUT OF CATCHMENT REQUEST FORM

If you wish to request a place at another school you must complete and submit a Placing Request for a Non Catchment School, which goes live from today 11th November 2013.



All requests must be submitted by 24th December.
Further information can be found on the school website 
  
The Council has agreed a policy for dealing with Placing Requests, and full details are in the Placing in Schools booklet. City of Edinburgh will grant Placing Requests if possible, however the highest priority is always given to children living within the catchment area of a school. It is important to note that due to rising birth rates it is likely that places for non-catchment children will be limited, even for those with an older brother or sister already attending.   

You will be notified of the outcome of your Placing Request by 30 April.

Friday, 8 November 2013

P7 to S1 and Nursery to P1 Transitions


http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/schoolplaces

Starting primary school and moving on to secondary school are two very important milestones both for children and their parents. City of Edinburgh Council realises this and has a range of policies and procedures in place to make each transition as smooth as possible for all concerned. See below or click on the ENROLLING tab on the school website. 

P7 to S1 TRANSITION
Letters are issued via pupil post in mid November to parents of Primary Seven pupils to confirm the secondary school serving their home address. No further action is normally required if you want your child to attend your catchment secondary school. However, if you wish to request a place at another school you must complete and submit a Placing Request for a Non Catchment School AVAILABLE ONLINE at edinburgh.gov.uk/schoolplaces FROM 11th NOVEMBER 2013. All requests must be submitted by 24th December. Further information can be found on the school website in INFORMATION > P7 to S1 Transition.

IMPORTANT
N.B. If you do not intend keeping your child's place at his or her secondary catchment school, please notify the school as soon as possible, since that will free up the place for those children waiting to hear. You can inform the secondary directly or contact your primary school who will pass on that information.

(N.B. It is important to recognise that if you live outside the school catchment area, attending Sciennes does not entitle your child to a place at James Gillespie's High School and families will have to complete a Placing Request form if they are not in James Gillespie's catchment area.)

P1 REGISTRATION WEEK
You must register your child at your preferred catchment school during Registration Week 11th-15th November, even if they are attending the nursery class. It is important to recognise that if you live outside the school catchment area, attending the nursery class in a particular school does not entitle your child to a place in the primary school.

P1 REGISTRATION FOR CATCHMENT PUPILS
Register for a P1 place if your child is 4 years old by 28th February 2014 and due to start school in August 2014. Sciennes will be enrolling its new intake of P1s on THURSDAY 14th NOVEMBER 9.00am-11.30am or 1.30pm-4.00pm.

It is anticipated that in Session 2013-2014 there will be two P1 classes of 20 sharing one room and two P1 classes of 25 at Sciennes. Three classes of 30 will then be created when those pupils enter P2 the following year. In previous years Sciennes has been able to accommodate all of its catchment children. On occasion a few additional places have been available for out of catchment pupils. Please note that priority is always given to non catchment children who have siblings already at Sciennes and we operate a waiting list. School will contact you by the end of April to confirm places for catchment children and offer invitations to an Induction visit. 

P1 REGISTRATION - NON CATCHMENT
If you are not within Sciennes' catchment and wish to register a child to begin P1 in August 2014 you should enrol at your catchment school. If you are planning to move to another address before your child is due to start school you must still register at one of the catchment schools serving your current address during Registration Week.

REQUESTING A DIFFERENT SCHOOL
Most parents/carers choose to send their children to one of their catchment schools. However, you have the right to express a preference for a different school and this is called a Placing Request. Should you wish to apply for a place at Sciennes or another school use the Placing Request form AVAILABLE ONLINE at edinburgh.gov.uk/schoolplaces FROM 11th NOVEMBER 2013. All requests must be submitted by 24th December.
  1. The Council has agreed a policy for dealing with Placing Requests, and full details are in the Placing in Schools booklet. City of Edinburgh will grant Placing Requests if possible, however the highest priority is always given to children living within the catchment area of a school. It is important to note that due to rising birth rates it is likely that places for non-catchment children will be limited, even for those with an older brother or sister already attending.  
  2. You will be notified of the outcome of your Placing Request by 30 April.
Further information can be found on the school website in INFORMATION> Nursery to P1 Transition and INFORMATION> ENROLLING AT SCIENNES 

IMPORTANT
N.B. If you do not intend keeping your child's place at his or her primary catchment school, or wish to delay entry, please notify the school as soon as possible, since that will free up the place for those children waiting to hear. You can inform the primary directly or contact your nursery who will pass on that information.

Gaelic Medium Education
If you wish your child to be taught in Gaelic, you can apply for a place at Edinburgh's Gaelic school, Bun-sgoil Taobh na Pairce. The school has a citywide catchment area and no previous knowledge of the language is required. Travel assistance is provided for any pupils living two miles or more from the school. Please register at Bun-sgoil Taobh na Pairce during Registration Week 11th-15th November.

City of Edinburgh Council offers an Appeals Procedure
If your child has not been offered a place at the school of your preference you have the right to appeal against the decision. The Placing in Schools Appeal Committee will hold a hearing where you can present your case why you want your child to go to a particular school. You can find further details about the Committee on the Placing in Schools Appeal Committee remit and membership page. For information on who should attend the Appeal Committee, what happens at the Appeal Committee and what the Appeal Committee can do you should consult our Placing in Schools Appeal Frequently Asked Questions Guidance. You can read the Placing in Schools Appeal Statistics for 2010 to see how many requests were placed, granted and refused.

Further Information
  1. If you have any further questions about this process, you can:

JGHS Newsletter November 2013



Thursday, 7 November 2013

Sciennes 2013 PTA Christmas Fair

Volunteer for Sciennes Christmas Fair using online form

christmas owlYou can use this on-line form to volunteer at the Sciennes PTA Christmas Fair. Lots of volunteers needed so please get involved. Thank you!

Sciennes 2013 PTA Christmas Fair

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The Christmas Fair which is taking place on Saturday 30th November, 2-4pm.  This a fun-filled event which includes a magic show, craft activities,  tombola, home baking, face painting, lucky dip, hamper raffle and lots, lots more. Santa will be making an appearance.
  • You can order your entry tickets and magic show tickets NOW on Wisepay
  • Please bring donations of home baking into school on Friday 29th November (items to be individually wrapped please)
  • Volunteers are needed to make the event a success – CLICK HERE to go to the online volunteer sign up form.
From anytime NOW you can drop off the following items at school reception:
  • Send in bottles for the Tombola
  • Send in fiction/non fiction, children’s & pre teen books – good quality only please
  • Send in CDs/DVDs/Computer Games/Toys – good quality only please
  • Send in a box of mince pies for the refreshments stall
  • Wrap and send in small gifts for the lucky dip, value 50p, please label ‘girl’ or ‘boy’
  • Donate something for the Silent Auction
Thank you!
Sciennes School Council PTA

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Edinburgh 1:1 Mobile Learning Evaluation

Sciennes Primary took part in a National Pilot of 1:1 Mobile Learning with seven other schools from across Scotland which was evaluated in this report from Hull University. Sciennes also took part in City of Edinburgh 1:1 Mobile Learning pilot with three other city schools.

In August 2012, the City of Edinburgh Council commissioned Hull University to evaluate the impact and potential of mobile technologies for learning across the four 1:1 pilot schools. These schools were Sciennes Primary School, Broomhouse Primary School, Forrester High School and Gracemount High School. The evaluation took place over academic session 2012-2013 and was conducted by Dr Kevin Burden and Dr Trevor Male from the Faculty of Education at Hull University. The evaluation focused on the impact of mobile technologies on teaching and learning, challenges to traditional patterns of teaching and learning and leadership, logistics and infrastructure.
The evaluation is now complete and is available from City of Edinburgh's Digital Learning Team website by clicking here.
Some of the key findings of the evaluation:
  • Levels of engagement and motivation amongst students rose across each of the pilot schools
  • Student autonomy was considered to be an immediate benefit arising from the allocation of mobile devices
  • Leadership and visible support from the senior management team was identified as a critical factor in the success and sustainability of the project 
  • The use of personal mobile technologies engaged staff in wider CPD opportunities and activities which changed their attitudes to the use of technology in learning
  • There is evidence that teachers are shifting their practices in ways which might prove to be very significant. These include different patterns and means of communicating with students to support their learning beyond school; changing relationships between students particularly in regard to the traditional knowledge giver role of the teacher; and new models for organising learning such as the ‘flipped classroom’
  • All four schools in this project remain positive and optimistic about the benefits and opportunities to be gained from using mobile devices on a personal basis 
This evaluation will be incredibly useful for any school or establishment interested in, or already implementing, 1:1 mobile learning.