Thursday, 29 May 2014

Sciennes Summer Fair Saturday 7th June 1-4pm

                                  Sciennes Summer Fair will soon be here. Only 9 days to go!

Please buy your tickets online now via Wisepay to avoid any queuing on the day.

Take the opportunity this weekend to sort out your wardrobe and bring in any unwanted school uniforms to school for our second hand sale uniform sale.

We are looking for donations for our tombola so please bring in boxes of biscuits, jam jars, bottles of wine or any other suitable tombola items.

Finally, we call upon all you Great British Bakers out there. Please start to think of what to bake for the baking stall. If you don't know what to bake or you don't know how to bake, then please bring in scones (home baked or purchased) to be served with tea or coffee on the day.
Please bring in any bakery items on Friday 6th June or even early on the day of the fair.

We look forward to see you all there on the 7th June at 1pm.  Just don't forget to dress for the weather come rain or sunshine!

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

First Place in Scottish Primary Schools Team Chess Championship!

Congratulations to John, Angus, Theo and Aryan who achieved First Place in the Scottish Primary Schools Team Chess Championship for P7 and Under at East Kilbride on 18th May 2014. Another remarkable success for the boys as Primary Champions and for the Sciennes Chess Club. An outstanding result for John who achieved the highest score of the competition. Well done to Kim, Atharva, James and Bera who achieved a very respectable ninth place in this national competition. 
Well deserved congratulations also to Matthew, Matilda, Sergi and Pere who achieved Third Place in the P5 and Under competition and to Sara, Josh, Anton and Jennifer who achieved a very respectable fifth place.
Many thanks to all our parents and former pupils who devote so much of their time and efforts to assist with the club.

Saturday, 24 May 2014

Swimathon Awards P4-7 2014

Thank you to all the parents who volunteered to assist poolside during our annual whole school Swimathon and to Fiona Denvir and Bethan McEwan for all their fantastic organisational efforts. Many of our children achieved personal bests and we congratulate Robert in P7C for setting a new school record of 42 and a half lengths. The PTA arranged for him to receive a specially engraved medal, presented by Fiona Denvir and Mr Scott at the P4-7 Upper School Assembly on Friday 23rd May, assisted by our P7 Sports Captains. P4 -P7 pupils who achieved Bronze, Silver and Gold medals can be seen in the slideshow below. Mr Scott gave a Special Award for most progress in swimming to Haseeb in P6B who is one of a group of children who have been taking lunchtime swimming sessions funded by the PTA. The PTA also funded medals for P1-3 pupils presented by Ms Anstruther during her Friday morning Assembly.

All sponsorship money raised will be put towards increasing sporting opportunities for all our children and this can be handed in to the School Office or paid in online using this link:

Or use the mydonate button on the Home Page of the school website.

 We greatly appreciate parental support in donating sponsorship.

Thank you.

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Derry in Winning Rugby Squad, Clusone, Italy

Congratulations to P7 pupil Derry (shown above holding the winning trophy) after a successful rugby tournament to Clusone, Italy, with the Stew-Mel Lions Junior Rugby team last week. Derry's squad were overall winners and he received this wonderful First Place trophy - a fantastic achievement, Derry!

Monday, 19 May 2014

Hats Off to P5 Scottish Opera 2014

What a truly outstanding performance of "The Curse of the MacCabbra Opera House" by Primary Five pupils on Tuesday 13th May. The team from Scottish Opera yet again wove their magic, as only they can, with high energy, focus and lots of fun to choreograph the entire show in a single day. We are also grateful to musical director Roger who spent a day rehearsing the pupils vocally a few weeks ago. The children thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience and rose to the occasion superbly, inspired by the fantastic turnout. We were all so impressed with their confidence and enthusiasm, word perfect and in fine tune. A sterling job by Ms Owen,  Mrs Watson and Miss Stewardson in preparing them so well and thank you to all the families who came along to shout "Bravo!" and "Encore!" Miss Stewardson filmed the show, which will appear in due course. Meanwhile we are very grateful to former pupil Lucy Gogoliuk for her stunning photographs, published here with many more on the P5 Class Pages.

Well done, Danny! Edinburgh P7 Select Winning Football Squad

Danny, Edinburgh Select Squad A, front row second from left
We are excited to celebrate P7 pupil Danny Carson-Sangster' success as a player in the Edinburgh P7 Select 'A' Squad. The City of Edinburgh Council Sports Development Team took the team to their final tournament of the 2013/14 season on Wednesday 14th May. We were able to announce at Assembly on Friday that the squad finished FIRST with a huge 89 points total.

There were eight other regions competing over the last three tournament days including Glasgow, Aberdeen Dundee. Finishing in first place is a brilliant achievement for the Edinburgh P7 squad and we are all extremely proud of P7 pupil Danny's fantastic success at the tournament, and throughout the year as a member of this elite team. Very well done, Danny!

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Mon 19th May and Thurs 22nd May Holidays

Monday 19th May is a public holiday and school will also be closed to pupils on European Election Day Thursday 22nd May which is an Inservice Day for staff.

Our regularly updated School Calendar can be accessed using the 'Diary' button on the school website. Alternatively, you can subscribe to the calendar to import it to your own computer, device or smartphone:

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City of Edinburgh Council Term Dates for 2013/2014 and 2014/2015 can also be accessed from our school website or from the Council website.

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Swimathon Week w/c 12th May

Friends of Sciennes School Trust, with the help of the School Council,  are once again holding an annual sponsored event. After a hugely successful Swimathon last year in which over £8,000 was raised it has been decided to hold a similar event this year. The event will take place in Sciennes pool during the week beginning 12th May.

Click on this Doodle Poll to volunteer for time slots if you are available to assist poolside. (Click on Show All 22 options to find your child's class on the weekly timetable.)

We greatly appreciate parental support in donating sponsorship online using this link:

or using the mydonate button on the Home Page of the school website.

 Thank you.

Friday, 9 May 2014

Free compost available on 9 May at Sciennes School from noon

The Council is giving away free bags of compost made from resident’s recycled garden waste to mark the return of fortnightly garden waste collections and to thank residents for using the service. 

The event in the South neighbourhood is on Friday 9 May, at Sciennes Primary School from 12.05 until stocks run out.

Officers will be on hand to provide information about all the Council's recycling services, and will have some food waste kitchen caddies and liners to give to those who need them.

Monday, 5 May 2014

Eco Team: Small Steps Campaign

Small Steps Pupils Step up to the Podium

Andy Gray, Head of Schools with Sciennes Eco Team and Mr Kearton
On Wednesday 30th April schools who took part in a pilot of the Small Steps campaign were invited to City Chambers to receive an official thank you for the work they have done on saving energy.

Pupils from Sciennes' Eco Team joined five other schools to tell guests at the event how they encouraged pupils and staff to save energy. Andy Gray, Head of Schools and Community Service, presented them with certificates to thank them for their efforts.

Read more about the event here on the Sciennes' Eco Team blog.

The campaign complements the Eco Schools international initiative designed to encourage whole-school action on sustainable development education issues.

The schools that took part in the pilot were
  • Sciennes
  • Liberton Primary
  • Gilmerton Primary
  • Prestonfield Primary
  • Liberton High
  • St Thomas of Aquins’.

Eco Schools at Sciennes 2012-2014