Pupils invited to Tree of the Year event

Last night 5 pupils from P3-6 attended a very special awards ceremony to celebrate the life of trees in Scotland. Each year people gather in the Parliament to announce the ‘Tree of the Year’.

Our pupils were invited to see a film made about the importance of planting trees to help combat climate change. We were 1 of 2000 community projects supported by the Woodland Trust to plant 1 million native trees this year.

John Finney MSP hosted the event in the Member’s Room of the Scottish Parliament and Annemiek Hoogenboom, Country director for the People’s Postcode lottery spoke about their sponsorship support for the Woodland Trust. Here are some of our thoughts from last night…

“I felt excited last night because it’s been a long time since I was last at the parliament. We had apple juice in wine glasses and I tried different types of food too. I felt amazing watching the film we helped make, my dad felt excited too!” Helena

“I felt scared going into the Parliament, it was my first time visiting. I felt a bit nervous before we went up to the Member’s Room, I liked the food and loved the apple juice. Eating the fancy food was the highlight of the night for me! My mum felt excited to see me on the screen!” Amilya

“I felt excited going to the parliament, it was my first time visiting. I felt good because it was a great opportunity and I was grateful to be chosen to take part. I felt good watching the film, lots of people were watching us on the screen. My highlight was the fancy food and watching the film. My dad said he liked the food too!” Micheal

“It was my first time visiting the parliament, I was excited to see what it looked like inside. It was a good opportunity to meet new people and see new places. My mum said she really enjoyed it too, it was her second time going to the parliament. It was a really busy place with carol singing downstairs. My highlight was being served juice and water in wine glasses!” Filip

“Last night was my first time going to the Parliament. I felt nervous because I didn’t know what to expect. It was exciting to be part of the event last night, my highlight was seeing John Finney MSP, he hosted the event and spoke about the importance of looking after our trees and our world. My dad was really proud of me, the film was really good!” Emilia

Christmas Lunch

What a great day in the dinner hall today celebrating our annual Christmas lunch. There was a fantastic buzz around the room as the children were singing songs, laughing and enjoying their meal. A joy to see. A big thank you to our catering team for making this event happen.

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St John’s pupils help tackle climate change

We were very excited to part of the Woodland Trust ‘Plant a Tree’ programme yesterday in St John’s. Vicky, Helena, Emilia, Amelia, Filip and Micheal helped Tana, who does fabulous work planting and inspiring a love of gardening with our children, to plant Hazel, Oak and Hawthorn trees for future generations. Children were photographed, filmed and interviewed as part of the project and they will have the chance to visit the Scottish Parliament to see the finished product on the 17th December.

The Woodland Trust is asking people to plant a million trees in a bid to tackle climate change. It is vital that we grow a UK wide patchwork of trees, not just by planting, but also through natural regeneration.

Our children represented us very well, as always and we are delighted to play a small part in this vital conservation work in partnership with the Woodland Trust.