Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Winners of Euroquiz Edinburgh Trophy 2017!

Winners of Edinburgh Heat of Euroquiz 2017!
 P6 Sciennes Team Winners with Mrs Sally Nowell

An exceptional result for P6 pupils Alice, Ali, Hamzah and James at the Edinburgh Euroquiz event held at City Chambers on Monday 13th March. After some very challenging rounds of questions, the Sciennes' team took the Edinburgh title this year and will now progress to the national final!  Huge congratulations to the team, to Runners Up Bruntsfield Primary and to all the schools who took part in this fun, interesting and exciting annual event. Grateful thanks to families for all their support. Thank you very much to Mrs Sally Nowell who, after many years of accompanying and encouraging our teams, retires this year so it was particularly special for her to witness the delight on the children's faces. Thank you to SEET and Monika Wantoch, City of Edinburgh Council Global Citizenship Development Officer, for organising the event. The date for the final has been confirmed for 15th May, venue tbc.

Very well done, P6 Euro stars!

City of Edinburgh Council’s Global Citizenship service and the award-winning Scottish European Educational Trust teamed up to run Euroquiz 2017, with the support of the European Parliament Office in the UK.

Now in its fifteenth year, Euroquiz is a national competition which helps Scotland’s pupils broaden their knowledge about Europe and the European Union, as well as develop core skills such as teamwork and communication.

The event brought 20 teams of P6 pupils who gathered in the Main Council Chamber on 13 March. The teams answered a total of 60 questions on a whole range of European-related topics including history, geography, sport, culture and European Union. They also had a language comprehension round which consisted of ten spoken language questions devised by SCILT, Scotland’s National Centre for Languages, and recorded by students at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh.

The winning team was Sciennes Primary School with Bruntsfield Primary School as the runners-up. Well done everyone.

The winners picked up a trophy and will be representing Edinburgh at the final in May where they will compete against 30 other local authority teams. Good luck. 

Monika Wantoch, CEC Global Citizenship Development Officer

Euroquiz Sciennes Team Runners Up 2016

Euroquiz Third Place 2015

Euroquiz Runners Up 2013

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Whole School Homework Task : Comedy Festival

P7 Book Launch in Support of Comic Relief

On Friday 17th March we held a special assembly to launch our P7 Comedy Book "BaDUMtsh", professionally formatted and published by Sciennes' parent and published author, Mary Turner Thomson, through her Whitewater Publishing Company. Mary addressed the P4-7 Assembly and explained the significant achievement of our pupils officially becoming 'published authors' themselves. It was wonderful to welcome so many parents to the event and we were also delighted to welcome City of Edinburgh's Literacy Development Officer, Evelyn Love-Gajardo.

Mary Turner Thomson and Evelyn Love-Gajardo (CEC Literacy Development Officer)

This is the seventh book Sciennes' pupils have produced with Mary and we looked back at our involvement with her over several years. We gave Mary a small token of thanks with a Love Hearts Thank You cake and Fairtrade flowers.

We are thrilled that celebrated and much loved comedian Patrick Monahan (who came to an Assembly in August and joined us for a Daily Mile run) so kindly sent a foreword for the children's book. Laura took to the stage to read aloud Patrick's thoughtful and encouraging words to the children.

Laura reads Foreword by Patrick Monahan

Thank you to P7 teachers Mrs Jane Maguire, Mrs Fiona Barker, Ms Fiona Sellar and Mr Mark McKenna who worked so hard with their pupils to create and organise the content for the book.

Thank you Mrs Maguire, Mrs Barker, Ms Sellar and Mr McKenna

A group of pupils from each of our three P7 classes confidently 'took the mic' to deliver a selection of jokes, funny stories and cartoons from their book, with all P7 pupils supportively calling out "BaDUMtsh" at the end of each punchline. All our pupils from P1-P7 have been asked to 'Stand Up for Comic Relief' and deliver jokes or funny stories to their classes as part of a whole school Comedy Festival in support of Red Nose Day next week.

P7 pupils 'took the mic' and shared jokes, funny stories and cartoons from their book.

Richard Melvin, accomplished comedy writer, producer and comedian has generously offered his time to provide comedy workshops for our three P6 classes where they will also learn about different jobs and roles in comedy production.

In support of Comic Relief, P6 pupil Emily is leading a bake sale for her year group and P6 pupils Niamh, Faye and Amelia are organising a sale of bath bombs and keyrings. All pupils have been invited to wear red and bring a donation on Friday 24th March.
Niamh, Faye and Amelia share their plans for Red Nose Day fundraising

Thank you very much to all the parents and to Pupil Support Assistants Mrs Tariq and Mrs Wilkins who helped cut up and distribute celebratory cakes, printed with the children's book cover.

Celebratory cakes!

An additional box of books should arrive from the printers on Monday. Pre-ordered books can be collected next week and copies can be purchased for £5 each with profits to Comic Relief.

Mary with her son, P7 pupil Zach

The Eco Group and Mr Hutchison were congratulated on their successful Fairtrade stall last week which helps Sciennes to work towards FairAware status. Louis and Henry in P6 announced that their football match in support of the Fairtrade Foundation will take place for P6 and P7 pupils from 1.30pm on Saturday 25th March on the Meadows.

Participation in the annual SEET Euroquiz held at City Chambers is an interesting, fun and exciting event, worthwhile in itself, but we were extremely excited to share that this year's P6 team - Alice, Ali, Hamzah and James - won the Edinburgh heat! Congratulations to the team and grateful thanks to families for their support.

Winners of Euroquiz 2017 Edinburgh Heat!

P5A pupils, Rory, Isla and Ella announced that they will be organising an Easter Egg Foodbank appeal and asked for donated Easter eggs to be handed in to the School Office by 31st March.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

P5 Growth Mindset Workshops Mon 20th March

We are extremely grateful to Hopscotch Theatre Company who have made exceptional efforts to reschedule their highly oversubscribed Growth Mindset workshops for P5 (due to take place on Monday 27th February but cancelled as a result of unforeseeable circumstances outwith their control).

We look forward to welcoming the team on Monday 20th March.

Friday, 10 March 2017

Get 'Reddy' for Red Nose Day!

On Friday 10th March we shared plans for Red Nose Day on Friday 24th March. P7s will begin selling red noses next week at £1 each and pupils will be asked to 'Stand Up for Comic Relief' by taking the mic and saying something funny as part of our whole school Comedy Festival.

Our P7 Comedy Book "BaDUMtsh" is currently being printed, professionally formatted and published by Sciennes' parent Mary Turner Thomson through her Whitewater Publishing Company and we will hold an official Book Launch during Assembly next week. We are delighted that much loved comedian Patrick Monahan so kindly sent a foreword for the children's book. Pre-ordered books can be collected on the day and copies can be purchased for £5 each from that day with profits to Comic Relief.

Another celebrated Sciennes' parent, Richard Melvin, has generously offered to provide comedy workshops for P6 pupils as part of our Comedy Festival.

As Fairtrade Fortnight draws to a close, Mr Hutchison and Sciennes' Pupil ECO Group led a very successful Fairtrade Craft and Tuckshop for P1-P7 from 10am-10.45am and after school. Thank you very much to all who supported.

We showed a video about Fairtrade cotton and P6 pupils Louis and Henry are planning a football match to continue to raise awareness of the Fairtrade Foundation and its aims.

Fairtrade cotton from Fairtrade Schools on Vimeo.

We sang "Put a Little Love in Your Heart" and encouraged everyone to keep being kind. There has been some rough play with our loose play materials recently so pupils were encouraged to take greater care of playground equipment.

Caitlin from the ECO Group encouraged everyone to keep using the Travel Tracker and reminded P4B that they are on Litter Picking Duty next week.

Our House Captains did a fabulous job of presenting news and recent pupil achievements and we sang the new Comic Relief song, "Put a Nose on It!"