December chat

It’s amazing that we are nearly halfway through the year  already!  The children have dancingbeen working really hard right across the curriculum, while taking onthe duties of P7 well.

Since the beginning of November we have been at Benmore, had Parents’ Evenings, welcomed Pudsey to a Strictly Assembly, been immunised against the flu, learned about the Old Testament during Bible Alive presentations and helped at the Christmas Fair! And this is all as well as the Number Talk numeracy, improving our reading and writing and the Remebrance and Friction work we have been investigating.

And what’s coming up? Next week we’ll attend the P1-3 Nativity (not the staff one…) and are looking forward to Macastory’s Festive Friday show, The Frost Giant 2 – The Mirror of Malice.  Don’t forget your winter jumpers!

On 18th December our violinists will entertain us with a concert and Wednesday 20th December is…our ceilidh!
We have hired a 6 piece band for this event, and the children are encouraged to dress well for this.  More grown up than a “just” party they will dance with the invited guests and take part in games.
We also ask that each child brings something for the buffet table – enough for themselves and one other or tow others, not all 55 pupils! – and will ask them for their ideas in advance to prevent 55 plates of sausage rolls which, while delicious, have finite appeal…

Term will end after the church service on Friday 22nd December at 12 noon.  Then we’ll see you are the break for 2018!

Advertising Feature…HONK!

From our Arts correspondent, Zac Burns…

“This year’s P7 show is Honk JR,  an adaptation of the Ugly Duckling. The show will last roughly 2 hours. There will be two shows; the dates are Monday 26th of June 2017 and Tuesday 27th of June 2017. Both shows will be held at the Barony Theatre in Bo’ness.

Ticket prices are as follows:

Single £6.00

Family [4 tickets] £20.00

and order forms have been sent out today!

We hope you can come and see the show!

P7 Show – HONK!

The end of term is coming racing towards us and P7 are already elbow deep in rehearsals for our end of year show.honk

Attached is a copy of the proposed rehearsal timetable.  We will be rehearsing on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in school 2.15 to 3.15 as a whole year group, but we also have access to the school hall on Thursdays and Fridays after school.  Using the hall allows the pupils to really understand the space they have to use, and the volume of voice they need to use!

I have tried to get this right, and need the children to check which rehearsals they are needed for and add these dates to your calendar at home.  Any mistakes, omissions or conflicts please get in touch to see if they can be rectified.

It will be alright on the night.

It WILL be alright on the night…

Honk Rehearsal Timetable

I Bike

2017
Queensferry Primary School runs I Bike events and we have an active I Bike Crew. The I Bike crew are a group of Primary 5 children who are enthusiastic about riding bikes and bike safety in and around school. These children are:

Emma Garmany                        Rihanna Connell
Charlotte Grant                        Niamh Gorman
Rory Davidson                          Meggie Clark
Ruby Hood                                 Abigail Whyte

Each week this crew count how many bikes and scooters come to school. The also help to organise events in school that encourage even more children to cycle or scoot to school.

At the minute we have the Golden Padlock competition. This involves a bike that is regularly brought into school, being chosen each week. A Golden Padlock is attached to the bike by the I Bike crew and the owner comes to Primary 5 to select a prize of their choice. As the year goes on we will hold a variety of events to encourage healthy journeys to school.
For upcoming events please watch below:

Friday 24th March – Our Big Pedal competition has been running for a week now and already we have a number of children who have brought their bikes for four days and have their golden tickets for prize draw. The school target was to get 15% of children bringing a bike or scooter to school. This week we have achieved 16%, so well done to all those children who have taken part.

Monday 20th March – The I Bike crew are launching a new competition called ‘The Big Pedal’ which will run from Monday 20th March until the end of term. Children are being encouraged to bring their bikes to school and they can win a variety of prizes including a scooter, a helmet and lots of other smaller prizes. Over the two weeks, if children bring in their bikes for 4 of the 10 days they will be entered into a prize draw. Also each day there are over 50 bikes and scooters together the school bike will move around the world map. We are hoping to move all around the world. Our school may also win prizes just for taking part in this national competition. Thank you.

For more information please see this link http://bigpedal.org.uk/

Wednesday 15th March – Primary 6L are taking part in their Bikeability lessons.

Wednesday 15th March – Primary 5 are taking part in a Dr Bike initiative to ensure bike safety and teach simple maintenance.

Wednesday 8th March – Primary 6L are taking part in their Bikeability lessons.

What is I Bike?
Sustrans’ I Bike project works with schools in Scotland to promote cycling, scooting and walking to school. It is an excellent way to incorporate physical activity into children’s daily routines. The benefits of physical activity include increased alertness in class, improved health and reduced risk of obesity. I Bike aims to increase the number of children travelling actively to school, particularly by bike.

They work with each of their schools to develop a structured programme of cycling related activities including route planning, led rides, themed Bike To School events, bike maintenance sessions, bike clubs and themed assemblies.
Active travel also includes walking and scooting and is great for all ages. It can incorporate healthy exercise into the daily routine, can improve children’s concentration at school and increases independence for older pupils, as well as being a more sustainable way to get around.

Through running a series of fun and inclusive activities, I Bike aims to keep pupils cycling when they move on from Secondary School and to increase the numbers of pupils who want to cycle to school.
For more information about I Bike: http://www.sustrans.org.uk/scotland/what-we-do/schools-and-universities/i-bike