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Newsletter 25 August 2016

News from Mr Bewsey

We’re near the end of our first full week of the new school year. I trust your children have enjoyed their return to class with the opportunity to catch up with friends.

I was able to enjoy an excellent day with the Primary 7 pupils from both Coldingham and Cockburnspath on Monday. Working with the pupils, we developed a shared understanding of what it means to be a P7. The pupils seemed to enjoy the chance to get out of school and socialise with peers from their partner school.

It was good to be able to speak with those that attended this week’s ‘The Year Ahead’ evening. I trust it was beneficial and the opportunity to hear about our plans for the school and arrangements for your child was helpful. As with many of these evening events, it would always be good to have more in attendance so please do look out for our next open evening.

Please look out for a ‘Curriculum Overview’ in school bags this week. These provide information for you about the planned learning in each class for the coming term.

School uniform

At the start of this school year, we would like to remind everyone of our school uniform policy. The school uniform is navy, grey or black trousers or skirts with white or blue polo shirts and navy sweatshirts (no hoodies). P7 children wear royal blue sweatshirts.

All pupils should wear black school shoes (black trainers are acceptable).

During summer months, blue and white gingham dresses are a suitable alternative to skirts.

School logo items can be ordered from Borders Embroidery.

We appreciate your support in adhering to this policy as maintaining a consistent uniform helps to promote a sense of school identity.

If you have any questions about this, please contact Mr Bewsey.

P567 Music Tuition

During this first term, the pupils in P567 will be enjoying additional music tuition every Thursday. Working with Shona Mooney from Youth Music Initiative, the children will be learning to play the tin whistle. There may be a performance at the end of the lessons that we will confirm in due course.

ELCC News

I’ve had fun playing outside on the red bike…..Eden

I’ve been dressing up as Rapunzel in Tangled…..Ava

I’ve been building army tanks!…..Alastair

P1,2 News

We have been enjoying playing with our friends. We have been brushing our teeth and have read 5 stories every day! We really liked bringing our bears into school. We like having our snack at break time.

P3,4 News

Everyone is excited about or topic of Electricity. We might be able to make light up models. We are reading the Iron Man. He is really enormous. We are finding out about what he does. We welcomed two new girls into our class. They are friendly and will fit in so well.

It is good to be back at school.

P5,6,7 News

On Monday the 22nd August, p7 went to the church hall in Eyemouth to learn the responsibilities of being primary 7. On Tuesday, the JRSOs went to Galashiels to learn about road safety. Then on Thursday, p5/6/7 got a tin whistle from their new music teacher. Primary 5/7s sang a banana song.

Tuck shop– is held on a Wednesday morning and all items are 30p.

Book Club – Throughout the school year your child will receive a book club order form. You are under no obligation to buy from this but if you do the school receives 20% of total orders in vouchers for books for school.

PE – Primary pupils should always have a PE kit in school, on their peg in a bag. Pupils with long hair should have it tied back and all jewellery should be removed.

Walk once a Week – Every Wednesday, rain, hail or shine, Sheila meets pupils (& parents) who want to take part in the walk once a week to school. If you want to join in please meet at the Village Hall car park at 8:20am on Wednesdays.

Illness – If your child is sick or unable to come to school could you please inform the school before 9am. NHS Borders policy states that children and staff should not return to school until 48hours after the last bout of sickness or diarrhoea.

Mums, dads, grandparents, carers and tots – Meet on a Thursday afternoon in the school hall 1.30 – 3pm.

School Sweatshirts –We have a lot of second hand school sweatshirts and polo shirts in school. If you would like any (for a small donation) please come in and see Sheila.

After School Hockey P6 7

Hockey for P6&7only will be starting next Tuesday 30 August from 3 -4pm. This will take place every Tuesday until the Hockey Festival (date still to be confirmed). Please complete the attached consent slip.

After School Hockey

Child’s Name . . . . . . . . .

Will be attending Hockey

Parent’s contact telephone numbers . . . . . .

Parent’s signature . . . . .

SCOTTISH BORDERS COUNCIL

Autumn term

· Monday 15 Aug 2016 – Staff resume, in service day

· Tuesday 16 Aug 2016 – Pupils resume

· Friday 07 Oct 2016 – Last day for pupils and staff – Mid term holiday

· Monday 17 Oct 2016 – All resume

· Thursday 10 Nov 2016 – Staff in service day

· Friday 11 Nov 2016 – Staff in service day

· Monday 28 Nov 2016 – St Andrew’s Day holiday, schools closed

· Thursday 22 Dec 2016 – Last day of term for pupils and staff

Winter term

· Monday 09 Jan 2017 – All resume

· Thursday 09 Feb 2017 – Last day for pupils – February holiday

· Friday 10 Feb 2017 – Staff in service day

· Wednesday 15 Feb 2017 – All resume

· Friday 31 Mar 2017 – Last day of term for pupils and staff

Summer term

· Tuesday 18 Apr 2017 – All resume

· Friday 28 Apr 2017 – Staff in service day

· Monday 01 May 2017 – May Day holiday, schools closed

· Wednesday 28 Jun 2017 – Last day of term for pupils and staff

Casual holidays

Each learning community allocates 2 casual holidays for pupils and staff which are usually aligned to their local festivals.

Berwickshire

· Friday 07 Oct 2016

· Monday 29 May 2017

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