A massive thank you to the PSA Events team for a wonderfully fun evening with lots of dancing! Thanks also to Ceilidh Kids for keeping us right with the steps. Thanks to everyone that came along and supported the family event.
After breakfast, chores and dorm inspections, we met our instructor to get going with our first activity.
We had an adventure packed day today! We started at the climbing wall. We got a bit of practise on the indoor walls but quickly proved how capable we were and so it was off to the quarry! I was so impressed with how well the group supported one another and proud of those that faced their fear of heights.
After lunch we went out canoeing on the Loch. We had great fun playing head shoulders knees and toes and battleships. We all managed to stay fairly dry….apart from Miss Stewart who fell in 3 times!
We tackled the bikes first thing this morning. We learned a few skills such as slow peddling, body weight challenges and bum on a wheel. We did the trails through puddle lane, attempting to get every puddle on the way and seeing who was the wettest and the muddiest! We played fox and hound as well.
We went climbing on the climbing wall this afternoon. We were put through our paces going across the wall using different moves. We all managed to get up to the top of the climbing wall. We all did the abseil down the wall and then some managed the extra challenge of the overhang.
We went orienteering first thing this morning. We started off with a challenge in pairs to draw a map of the library. We then had to use a map of the centre to find letters hidden inside and outside of the building. After managing to unscramble these, we used electronic tags to find different posts outside the centre to and complete the course first! We spent a little time on the low ropes course together with some other challenges.
Wow! What an afternoon we had. Everyone had an amazing time on the mountain bikes and what enthusiasm and energy we had! We loved tearing down puddle lane, going through the mud, racing through the forests and other trails.
We had tea and cake and enjoyed some free time before dinner. We went to the tuck shop and wrote our diaries. We worked with Bonaly in a team game of Cluedo where we had to find clues hidden in the ground floor rooms. Everyone got to sleep really well.
After breakfast of cereal/ porridge/ fruit and scrambled egg/ bacon/ toast, it was the first dorm inspection of the week. Very good scores today, but room for improvement! We then met our instructor to find out what we were doing for the day.
Group 6 started with orienteering today-the perfect chance to explore the grounds! Whilst we found using a map tricky to begin with, we soon picked it up and had some record times for finding all the map points!
After lunch we went mountain biking. It was fantastic fun racing through all the puddles on ‘puddle lane’. We then had the opportunity to stop by the river for a stone skipping competition. The toughest challenge of all was the slow motion cycling competition- the last person to cross the line wins! Some great balancing and perseverance across the group!
This morning Group 7 started in the beautiful gorge. Everyone worked together, although there were challenges and the cold to work through. Some loved the water slides and dunking their head under the water!
In the afternoon they went orienteering. Each competed against each other using maps and their navigational skills. The final challenge was to work together and demonstrate their map skills getting the group through the forest and back to Benmore.
Group 8 had a forest morning in the morning. Everyone took it in turns to lead the group scrambling up the forest hill. Some parts took careful navigating! Everyone had a great time sliding down the tunnels and we enjoyed some hot chocolate to warm us up.
This afternoon we tackled the gorge. Even though a few people were nervous about this as they didn’t know what to expect everyone gave it a great go! We encountered lots of challenges along the way, including the balance beam and along the rock wall without getting our feet wet. I was very proud and impressed as everyone in the group tried the keyhole, which is the biggest challenge of the gorge. We continued to make our way through the gorge getting wet along the way!
After tea and cake everyone had a bit of free time. Dinner was spaghetti bolognese followed by apple crumble. We went to the tuck shop for the first time and also wrote in our diaries about our camp experience so far. Our evening activity was a quiz. We were in groups with pupils from Bonaly finding information from all over the centre. Everyone settled well for a good nights sleep!
School News Update January 2017
On Friday we will be celebrating Scottish culture with our Burns Assembly. We will start our day with a whole school ceilidh in the playground. Parents are welcome to congregate in the biggies playground to watch this event.
Visual Support Project
On our January In-Service day all staff attended training on using visuals to support learners in school. As we progress through the term you will see a much more uniform approach to the using of visuals around the school. Please find attached some information on the purpose of this project and how visuals can support all learners.
Victorian School Day
On Friday the 10th February we will be celebrating our 140th anniversary as a school with a Victorian School Day. The children will be encouraged to bring a penny to school to pay for their school day and wear a Victorian costume if possible. Please do not buy an outfit for this occasion. I have cut and paste some ideas which incorporate items commonly found in the house below. Please don’t worry if you don’t have these items. A long skirt and blouse for girls and trousers and a shirt for a boy will look great. However, you are welcome to be as creative as you have time to be and inspired to be!
Chimney sweep costume
Ruggedly cut the bottoms off some brown or grey trousers, which they can wear with plimsolls. Add a scruffy white shirt; you could dye one in tea to make look more authentic! (To do this add a tea bag to a bucket of warm water and soak the shirt in it.) Put some dirt or brown/black face paint on their face and hands to make it look like they’ve been up a chimney. Accessorise with a flat cap and, of course, with a ‘sweeping brush’.
Victorian girl costume
A long, dark-coloured dress or skirt with a long sleeved blouse. Add a shawl around the shoulders and a head scarf around the head to accessorise, all of which you should be able to find in a charity shop no problem! If you can’t get a long dark dress/skirt for a child, get a knee-length adult one and tighten the waist with a belt. Plimsolls or ballet pumps on the feet would be ideal
Victorian boy costume
If you have taken your child to a wedding and gone for the whole suited and booted attire you’ll probably have most of what you need for this to hand. Go for dark trousers, a dark coloured waistcoat and a white or cream shirt. Fasten on a bow tie or tie an adult tie into a bow around the neck. Possibly make a paper top hat? School shoes on the feet are fine.
Today the Rights Knights had their first community group of the new year.
Our key focus today was about conflict and war.
Article 38 -Governments must do everything they can to protect and care for children affected by war. Governments must not allow children under the age of 15 to take part in war or join the armed forces.
Think about all aspects of your daily life. What do you need during their days in order to feel safe and protected?
Our top suggestions were…shelter, family, enough food and clean water, police and emergency services.
Do you think our list would be the same as people who are affected by conflict?
What might be the same?
What might be different?
We then played the pencil game!
- The aim of the game is to get a good education for children.
- This is shown by making pencils out of paper, using a stencil.
- The pencil must be cut out.
- The tips must be coloured in with a coloured pencil.
- Rewrite the future must be written on the pencil.
- The more pencils the group makes, the greater level of education you have accessed.
After conflict broke out we found out how that affected the education that people recieved, for example transport was disrupted so supplied were no longer able to get to school.
For the second part of the session we took part in 1 million stars to end world violence project.
We weaved stars and stars from across the world will come together in a large installation during the Commonwealth Games in 2018.
To find out more please see: http://www.onemillionstars.net/
|Tuesday 13th December
· Raffle reminder
Please return all raffle money and stubs by 3.30pm on Tuesday.
Many thanks for all your efforts selling the tickets.
Good luck and thank you from your PSA!
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Stockbridge Primary School
We are launching Stockbridge Counts this year with the aim of increasing mathematical mental agility across the school.
Rationale for Mental Agility
‘The ability to calculate in your head is an important part of mathematics. It is also an essential part of coping with society’s demands and managing everyday events.’
~ City of Edinburgh Council Mental Agility Guidelines 2014
- Stockbridge Counts will focus on daily 10 to 15 minute mental agility at the start of every maths lesson.
- The whole school will focus on each aspect at the same time.