Saturday 6th June, saw the culmination of tireless efforts to create the most remarkable parent led Science Fair : organised and led by parents – supported by staff and pupils – with many workshops and presentations delivered by parents and also supported by the multitude of parents who attended.
Aileen Nimmo, as Convener of the Fundraising and Events subgroup of the Parent Council (assisted by parent Stuart Robertson) and Claire Wheeler, as Chair of the Parent Council, have worked innovatively with teams of parents, staff and pupils to achieve a most magnificent day of learning about Science, as well as providing all the fun of the summer fair. Meticulous planning ensured the entire event ran extremely smoothly on the day. Thanks also to Science Specialists Mr Mark McKenna and Ms Wendy French for their support.
We are indebted to all our contributors for providing FREE Science Activities for the children, as a thank you for all the incredible fundraising this year for playground inprovements. Special thanks to the huge and invaluable contribution made by the University of Edinburgh Scientists led by parents Dr Geoff Bromiley, Dr Pau Navarro and Dr Alison Hulme and their wonderful colleagues and PhD students.
These photographs are an attempt to capture just a glimpse of an extraordinary day:
|Aileen Nimmo, Convener Fundraising and Events|
|Claire Wheeler, Chair of the Parent Council, with some of our P7 ‘Fair Makers’ Leah and Ruyuan|
|Glossy leaflets designed by parent Jimmy Chow were issued by our P7 Fair Makers
Science Fair leaflet
KEYNOTE INSPIRATIONAL SPEAKER
Dr Andrew Murray
In November 2012, Andrew was the first to run 7 ultra-marathons on 7 continents in just over 5 days. Travelling to Antarctica, Patagonia, Atlanta, London, Egypt, Dubai and Australia, he completed the challenge in a bid to promote exercise as part of his role as the Scottish Government’s Physical Activity Champion.
In 2014 Andrew broke new ground by running the 10 highest mountains in the UK in a day, while he has placed first overall in races in some of the world’s most extreme environments including the North Pole marathon, the Sahara Race, the Gobi Challenge, the 6633 Arctic Ultra, and the Indo Jungle Ultra. He has climbed the highest peaks in Europe, Australia, South America, and Africa.
His running has raised over £150k for charities he is passionate about, whilst his first book is called “Running Beyond Limits“.
Inspirational Dr Andrew Murray encourages Luca and Jessica to try to walk in his shoes.
|Special desert running shoes.|
Dr Andrew Murray very kindly delivered his fully booked presentation twice and has generously accepted Ms Anstruther’s invitation to address our Assemblies next year. Thank you to parent Bruce Crawford, former Chair of the Parent Council, for introducing and hosting Dr Murray’s presentations.
Victoria Telford from Mercy Corps delivered a presentation on how Science can be used to help deal with natural disasters. We are grateful to parent Jacqui Wright for re-establishing our link with Mercy Corps, City of Edinburgh’s Partner Charity, and very grateful to Victoria for her time and ongoing support.
|Aileen Nimmo and the Parent Council welcomed all our visiting guests and workshop providers.|
Camera Obscura and the World of Illusions in the Sensory Room
Thank you to parent Andrew Johnson and his team from Camera Obscura for providing a hugely popular station in the Sensory Room.
Thank you to Andrew Johnson, Manager at Camera Obscura and the World of Illusions.
The Living World Zone featuring the Scottish Wildlife Trust, Scottish Badgers; Forrestry Commission, John Muir Trust and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.
|Thank you to parent Jo Pike (Deputy Chief Executive of SWT) and son Ben for manning the Scottish Wildlife Trust stall.|
|Thank you to the team from Scottish Badgers.|
|Royal Society for the Protection of Birds with help from former pupil Oliver Grothey and parent Marian Grothey.|
Thank you to parent Stuart Robertson for assisting Aileen Nimmo with ideas for the Science Fair.
Thank you to parent Dr Pau Navarro, Dr Matthew Broadhead and the team from Edinburgh University’s Neuroscience Department.
and to former parent, Professor Catherina Becker for her support.
Thank you to the Institute of Genetics and Molecular Science, Edinburgh University and to parent Dr Pau Navarro.
The Geology and Geoscience Zone
Thank you to Dr Geoffrey Bromiley, Lecturer in Experimental Geoscience and Earth Materials Science at Edinburgh University.
Sort balls like a computer and race your own dinosaur.
|Dr Eilidh Troup from Edinburgh University races dinosaurs!|
|Thank you to Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre (EPCC), Edinburgh University|
Fan Duel online software designed by parent and CEO Nigel Eccles. Children loved shooting hoops for free mini sports balls and sweets! Thank you to the Eccles family for their very generous donation of an iPad Air as First Prize in the Grand Raffle.
Learn about the exciting world of Geophysics with Sean Walker and find buried treasure with a magnetometer.
|Wonderful examples of science experiment recording by P1 pupils on display, with Ms Carolyn Anstruther looking on … and bubbles!|
|Sophia kept a careful score sheet for the magnetometer challenge.|
|Talented family! Thank you to Tanya Boughtflower for all her fundraising efforts and for superb promotion of the Fair and to her husband and daughter for providing a geophysics stall.|
Make a rainbow in a box, write secret messages, spin Newton’s wheel of fortune and discover the magic of colour!
|Ellie’s very own rainbow|
Welcome back, Rachel Fisher, former pupil and now PhD student at Edinburgh University.
Thank you to parent Dr Alison Hulme, Senior Lecturer in Organic Chemistry at Edinburgh University, and her team.
Thank you to Edinburgh University’s School of Chemistry.
The Maths Zone:
Magical maths and chess.
|Welcome back to former pupil Vanya Chelttsov with his friend Charlie, mum and P6 brother Fedya. Thank you to Dr Ivan Chelstov from Edinburgh University|
Thank you to former pupil Robert for assisting in the Chess Room
Thank you to parent Kristel Torokoff for setting up and supervising the Chess room
Thank you to Amanda Hogg and Carlton Clinic and Fitness Studio – based in the Grange and providing Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Massage, Pilates, Yoga, Fitness for Seniors and Personal Training.
CHARLIE AND THE SOUND FACTORY
Thank you to parent Charlie Silverton for his workshop on making and explaining noise.
|Esther hands out tuning forks to help her Dad with his workshop|
Inventor Donald Naylor brought his bike-powered kettle and invited people to boil their own water for tea before their burger was cooked!
LUNCH : BBQ, Papa Johns Pizza, Asian Snacks, Noodles, Ice Cream, Teas, Coffees and Soft Drinks
Thank you to Papa John’s Pizza for generous donations to Friends of Sciennes School Trust
|Cooking up a storm – parents Alison Aitken, Jack Cadell and Stuart Sheehan. Grateful thanks to Sainsbury’s Marchmont Road Local for heavily discounting BBQ foods.|
|Thank you to supercooks Linda Bjork and her husband.|
Many thanks to the Ice cream Ladies in the ‘Stanley Denvir Campervan.’
MAKEOVER STALL Face and nail painting
|Thank you to parent Sarah McGregor-Norrie, for running the Bake Stall, to her friend Suzy Thomson (pictured above) for assisting and to everyone who donated such delicious, beautifully presented, sweets and treats.|
Thank you to Bethan McEwan, Claire Marshall and P6C Class Teacher Ms Wendy French
PLANTS AND FLOWERS STALL
|Thank you to parents Laura Bird and Nikki Crawford for organising and running the Plant Stall|
Thank you to Homebase in St Leonard’s Street for their generous donations of plants.
SCIENNES FOOTBALL STALL
|Thank you to the Sciennes Football Club team for their ongoing efforts and commitment to working with more than a third of the school population!|
BOOKS AND DVDs STALL
|Lauren Peden mans the Book Stall|
|P4C Class Teacher Miss Gladstone lends a hand at the Book Stall|
SECOND HAND UNIFORM
|Thank you to parents Ms Phoebe Cochrane and Mrs Mary Ross|
SECOND HAND BIKES
|Thank you to parents Gillian Clarkson and Mr Andreas Grothey for manning the secondhand bikes stall|
|Parent Lorraine Gormley and daughter Isla|
|Rhona McMurdo and Jessica|
|Class Teachers Mrs Fiona Barker 7C, Ms Bethan Owen P5A and Mrs Jane Maguire P5B (PTA Staff Rep)|
|Thank you to Lesley J Stewart, Fiona Anthony and Leanne Boyle.|
|Toby is hopeful!|
|Grateful thanks to Jimmy Chow for superb artwork in the Science Fair leaflet and poster and for kind sponsorship from the Grange Association, Papa John’s Pizza, Macsween’s, Gift Experience Scotland, Sainsbury’s, Homebase, Edinburgh University and Fan Duel as well as many other generous contributors. Thank you!|
HIGH FLIER PAPER AIRPLANE CHALLENGE: P1 Winner
Presented by Headteacher Mrs Alison Noble. Thank you to Business Manager Ms Angela Christie for all her support with the Fair.
WIN FAIR BEAR: Congratulations Rebecca! (We know Ian Murray MP and Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland, was also keen to win Fair Bear!) A winning week for Lauder!
And the total sum raised…? Will be announced soon, but yet again set to break all records!
Thank you, Sciennes Family, for a fantastic day!
A special thank you to Mr John Reid, Service Support Officer and we are all sending our love and best wishes to Mr Neil Scott, hoping his recuperation goes well.