Catholic education Centenary marked with Mass of thanksgiving

On the 22nd of November we went to St Mary’s Cathedral near the Omni cinema. There were 8 P6 and P7 pupils with Mr Burgess. When we arrived we saw schools from all over the archdiocese. The mass was a celebration of 100 years of Catholic education and Bishop Toal of Motherwell celebrated the mass. Archbishop Leo Cushley accepted the Icon of Jesus the Teacher on behalf of the people of St Andrews and Edinburgh before leaving to fly to London. We sang lovely hymns and then avoided the rain on the way back to school on the bus!

Welcome to the ‘What kind of Edinburgh?’ project

Primary 6 have been involved in this interesting project this term. What kind of Edinburgh? is all about children and young people’s voices being heard, and adults listening to their ideas to make Edinburgh a happy, healthy and safe place to live for everyone.

There are 24 children, 20 young people and a number of adults involved in the project. These adults are our ‘Project Champions’, who who are adults working across different services in Edinburgh like the NHS, the City of Edinburgh Council, the Police and many more.

Sometimes we meet in small groups, and then about every four or five weeks we have a big meet about an important theme.

This blog will tell you all about the project and what we’re getting up to.

What we’ve been up to so far…

  • The first thing we did was learn all about children’s rights.
  • We met all of the other children and young people from the different schools and the adult champions.
  • We talked about our goal to make Edinburgh a better place for children to live.
  • We’ve also discussed lots of different things like human dignity, and done lots of different activities.
  • We’ve made maps about the places we live and thought about things we like, and the things we want to change.
  •  At our last big meeting we talked about fairness.
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P6 enjoy STEM transition visit to Holyrood

P6 enjoyed a great morning of STEM lessons at Holyrood HS as part of the transition process. Children enjoyed making keyrings in DET, exploring light using mirrors and lasers and taking part in active science experiments studying sound.

After a quick march up to the High school children were warmly greeted by staff and S1 pupils. Our guides showed children to their respective classrooms and over the next 2 hours all the children had an opportunity to participate in the four lessons. Parents were invivted to gain an insight into life in Holyrood High School and joined the pupils in some of the science lessons.

Before long it was time to return to school, the children were ready for lunch once they returned and the feedback from both classes has been very positive.

Thank you to all the staff and pupils at Holyrood who made us feel very welcome today, as well as the mums and dads who supported us by walking up and back to school this morning. Your continued support is most appreciated.

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P6 Grow a Pound for SCIAF

Primary 6 pupils have been selling their produce in the playground as part of their fundraising exercise of Lent. All the proceeds from their sales are going to SCIAF and it has been great to see so many children selling cakes, biscuits, sweets, origami ninja stars and other handmade crafts this past week.

In addition to this great effort children have also been bringing in Fairtrade items for the hamper which will be raffled off before Easter. The hamper is so full we’ve created a second smaller hamper prize and a third prize with tea, coffee and small chocolate. Tickets cost £1 each and Primary 6 pupils will be selling tickets at their Fairtrade assembly this Friday in the hall as well as outside in the playground from 3pm next week.

Thank you to all the parents, carers and families who have supported Primary 6 in their fundraising efforts, we very much appreciate your support and encouragement as we Grow a Pound for SCIAF.