This week the children at St Andrew’s Primary School have been preparing for their Burns Supper on Monday 25th January. Each class has been creating their own table centre piece and learning a range of Scottish poems, songs and dances. We will share more pictures after our Burns Supper but here is a sneak preview of some our Scottish Art Work and Centre Pieces.
Risk Factory Recount
L.I. To write a personal recount.
On Tuesday the seventeenth of November, primary seven went to the Risk Factory in Edinburgh next to the Corn Exchange. We went to enhance our knowledge of safety procedure. I am going to tell you about my experience.
On arrival, a fireman gave us a short presentation, which was an overview on what was going to happen throughout the day. We were split into three groups and we all started travelling in different directions. A man called Bill, who was a member of staff, took us to a room which was painted like a farm. He gave each of us one caution sign to pin on the wall, He told us to recognise the unsafe events happening around the environment painted on the walls. We displayed them and he told us to explain what was dangerous. I put up one next to a tractor with steep steps and said the farmer climbing it could slip.
My favourite scenario was the fire. Bill told us to go into a house and wait. We went in and he shut the door. There was a fake candle next to a curtain and Dan said “I bet that will catch fire”. Sure enough within a couple of seconds it did. We all stood still for a moment, not knowing what to do. I shouted “Open the Door! Phoebe! Get the wheelchair!” Then I grabbed the old lady with the broken ankle, threw her over my shoulder and raced out. We called the Fire Brigade and a fireman came. He put out the fire and told us what we did wrong. He said we didn’t get out in time and in a real fire we would have died. I took what he said on board and now I know what to do.
The Risk Factory was an engaging experience involving us in all the dangers that might occur. It expanded my safety knowledge, and was fun for the whole class. I would recommend it to the primary six’s. This concludes my recount.
Euan Guthrie P7
A big thank you to all who have participated and organised this weeks activities. Today children came to school dressed as superheroes for our bake sale and coin race. The total raised for Children in Need was a massive £570.55.
It was a busy few days in St Andrew’s when a number of professionals joined the school to work with pupils from P3 – P7. Representatives from engineering, nursing and librarianship to name but a few spent a morning and afternoon session with cross-stage groups to highlight core life-skills which are needed in their respective jobs. The children learned a lot about a range of different employment choices, and also deepened their understanding of the important skills which are needed in every line of work. many thanks to all ‘friends of St Andrew’s’ who supported us in this tremendous initiative!
Just a quick reminder to all parents, pupils and friends of St Andrew’s PS. Please remember to come along to the school on Saturday 23 May (12 noon – 2pm), to support our fund-raising efforts. There will be lots of stalls, home-baking, teas, coffees, games, competitions and prizes, so don’t miss out on all the fun!
Anyone wishing to help out with preparations and events on the day, please contact Mrs Brookes, the school Secretary, in the first place. Tel. 01875 820133
Pupils and staff have been working hard – and having fun – preparing for this week’s Fair Trade Assembly on Friday 6th March.
Staff and pupils at St Andrew’s had a little taste of the ‘Strictly……’ experience when local dance troupe, The A7 Stompers’ led an interactive line dancing session in school at the end of November. The whole school enjoyed watching a series of ‘nifty numbers’ performed by the Stompers, and then each class got the chance to practice their own steps. Staff also got to grips with some tricky maneuvers, and by the end of the session everyone felt totally exhausted!
A7 Stompers in full flow
School staff join the pupils
Even the nursery wanted to try the moves!
Pupils from P6/7 led the Remembrance Assembly on 11 November. All classes had made their own wreaths which were placed on the model of the Cenotaph which had been made by Mrs Crawford. P6/7 pupils shared poems and other important recollections, while prayers were offered for those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Model of the Cenotaph
Please don’t forget to make a date for the St Andrew’s Halloween Parties on Thursday 30 November. Younger pupils are invited from 6.15 to 7.15, while the older classes will be shaking their pumpkins from 7.30 – 8.30. Don’t miss it, and remember to make your costume as scary as possible!