Coldingham Newsletter 26 January 2016


News from Mr Bewsey

Burns Day Celebration success

Wednesday’s ‘Rabbie Burns’ afternoon was a wonderful event. We enjoyed some Scottish cuisine for lunch, accompanied by special guests including Mrs Robertson, Mrs Henry and Mrs Renton. Mrs Blyth provided a very inspiring ‘Address to the Haggis’ and Ailsa McNeil performed on the bagpipes ( a hidden talent!). Parents and friends then joined us for a showcase of poetry and dance with Mrs Mary White performing ‘To a mouse’. To finish the afternoon, everyone was offered shortbread and tablet – all of which was made by the pupils. It was a really super afternoon, demonstrating the ongoing dedication of our staff and the abilities of our children.

Borders Netball Competition

A team of Primary 6 and 7 girls took part in the annual Borders Netball competition this week. With help from Helen Gibson and Raquel Lloyd-Jones, the team worked really hard and we are all very proud of their attitude. Well done girls.

More new playground equipment

The remaining playground equipment has now been installed, courtesy of the Tesco Bags of Help grant. Adding to the gazebo, our buddy bench and other items will provide more outdoor play opportunities for the children.

Daily Mile

This week saw every pupil taking part in The Daily Mile every day. Whilst there have been some red faces, the positive impact of this daily exercise cannot be undervalued.

PFA meeting

A reminder about Monday’s (30th January) PFA meeting. Please come along at 6.30pm for this terms update and discussion of school related matters.

Head Lice

Please be vigilant as this is still in school. Thank you.

Information from Scottish Borders Council HQ


At the last Parent Council Chair Meeting in November, there was a discussion regarding the development of the Child Sexual Exploitation strategy.

Due to the nature of the subject, it was agreed at the meeting that separate sessions would be beneficial for further discussions.

Dates and venues for these sessions have now been arranged:

Thursday 16th February – The Assembly Hall, Berwickshire High School

These sessions will run from 6.30pm – 7.30pm.

These sessions are open to staff, parents, carers etc.

Dates for diary

Monday 30th January, 6.30pm for our termly PFA meeting. All welcome

Friday 10th February – School closed – In-service

Monday 13th & Tuesday 14th February – School closed – Holidays

Wednesday 15th February – Back to school

ELC News

Alastair: I helped baked empire biscuits. I like baking.

Eden: We had neeps, haggis and mashed potatoes for snack on Wednesday. It was Burns day, we celebrated Robert Burns birthday.

Lawson; Mrs Blatchley read me the Gruffalo’s Wean, it sounded funny. It had Scottish words. They said a moose instead of a big bad mouse.

P1,2 News

In school we have been playing with our friends. Last week we made robots using foam blocks, pipe cleaners and sticky labels. We wrote something that they were saying in a speech bubble. We have learned 2 new sounds this week; er and ue. For Burns night we made bunting with thistles and flags on it and we made drawings of kelpies and selkies. It was tartan day and we made tablet and dressed up. We sang songs for an audience of our grown-ups. Lyra read the Selkirk Grace.

P3,4 News

This week I enjoyed doing Scottish poems -Nikki.

I enjoyed reading and reciting -Rory .

I enjoyed net ball in PE-Edie .

We all enjoyed Robert Burn’s day, dancing and saying poems.

Our teacher says she was so proud of all of us..

P5,6,7 News

This week P5/6/7 have been doing lots of fun stuff. Like the rest of the school they took part in the Burns lunch. The p7s went to the high school to learn about Germany. All of the school took part in reciting Burns poems. P5/6/7 is doing fractions in maths.

By Merryn and Ellie


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