Sunday, 30 November 2014

Chess Success

Sciennes, fielding four teams, made an excellent start in the first event of the new season, Lothian League Day One, run by Lothian Junior Chess at Wester Hailes Education Centre on 24th November. The season started with the highest number of teams entered for this event for six years and the Sciennes' teams performed extremely well.
P5 & Under A League
P5 & Under B League
 P6/7  A League
P6/7  B League
Congratulations to our P5 pupils who played extremely well.
P5 & Under Graded

1st Place        Aidan Davis

P5 & Under Ungraded
3rd Place        Cole Turnbull                3.5 on tie break

Sara Ghafoor also scored  3.5 points and was awarded a medallion.

Fedor Chetsov (P6) came top in this section but was ineligible for the first place  trophy so instead he received a special trophy.

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

More photographs on the Class Pages.

Blaze Girls' Basketball Tournament

14 girls from Sciennes took up the invitation from Blaze Basketball to attend a Round Robin Tournament at the Crags Sports Centre with 4 girls from St Peter's on Friday 28th November 4pm-6pm. Thank you very much to Sarah Murphy from Blaze for organising. The Tuesday and Thursday taster session clubs were a fantastic success and have now ended, however, we are looking into the possibility of running another lunchtime Active Schools Basketball Club on Thursdays next year and hope that many of our pupils - girls and boys - will take up the fantastic weekly coaching and playing opportunities always on offer from Blaze at the Crags.

Saturday, 29 November 2014

All the Fun of the Fair!

Sciennes was thronging all day on Saturday 29th November with a huge number of families supporting the Christmas Fair, which is set to break all previous fundraising records. Thank you so much to the dedicated army of parent volunteers who worked so hard before, during and after the event. Particular thanks to Aileen Nimmo, Chair of the Fundraising and Events Group, as well as Claire Wheeler, Chair of the Parent Council, who led and co-ordinated the event. Thanks also to Santa for his appearance in the Grotto and to all the fabulous Primary Seven and former pupils who - elves or not - were amazing helpers. Well done Ms Anstruther for making the Grotto look so fabulous and for elf marshalling! Thank you Ms Christie for putting in an early morning shift before her timing duties at the Glasgow Velodrome. A wonderful day and a massive boost to the Playground Fundraising Appeal. Mrs Noble was thrilled at the turnout and the heroic support. Here are some photographs to capture just some of the many highlights of the day:

Beautifully decked out Hall
Thank you, lovely parent helpers!
Christmas handmade gifts
Handmade festive gifts
Fabulous home baking. Thanks for helping out, mums and Isla!

Mrs Maguire helps man the Tombola and Hampers stall - and is rewarded for her efforts by winning one of the hampers in the raffle!
Miss Spiers lends a hand at the Fair
Marie Curie
Gillian Clarkson mans the Lucky Dip

Star helper Alex takes a lucky dip
So many donations to the Silent Auction
Wonderful paintings in the Silent Auction, generously donated by local artist and former parent Helga Chart

Early indications are that the Silent Auction raised an incredible amount
Sean lends a helping hand
Luke was a star - and not just selling books

Mhairi and Matthew
Charlie, Adele and Alika

Mrs Mahmood with her son Shaan-Nafis





Zoe and Mia



Dining Hall refreshments
Papa John's generously donated ALL pizza sales to the Parent Council, totalling more than £600! Thank you very much!
Burgers, Sausages and Noodles
Thank you, Archie, for all your help in the Dining Hall

Stella, Susan McConville and Ava launch the 2015 P7 Leavers' Hoodies

Sciennes After School Care Scheme (SASCS)

Christmas crafts

Lots of Christmas crafts to choose from
Jessica and Brianna man their Chocolate Fountain stall. Hope you raised loads for your exciting trip, girls!

Clothing Sale
Nearly New School Uniform Sale

Toys Galore!

Maya leads the way to the P7 Crafts

Chair of Parent Council Claire Wheeler with Zoe, Darcey and Mia

So lovely to welcome back former pupils Lorna and Abi and so kind of them to get involved. Thank you, girls!

Sadie at the Nail Bar with Erin
Reindeer food served up by Adele


Lawson's makeover by Erin




Evie carefully adding polka dots

A star!

Mrs Barker's skilful handiwork

Tattoo You - Robyn and Mia

LOTS of decoration

Kirsty's snowflake was blue last year

Liza has been to see Mrs Barker!
Can't blame Rachel for not wanting to wait for the icing to set!

...and Ollie
Mrs Barker's fabulous handiwork - on her son Michael
Thank you to marvellous Master of Ceremonies, Molly and Eddie's dad, Richard Melvin