Fairtrade and Get Ready for Red Nose Day Assembly

On Friday 3rd March we held a Fairtrade Assembly to highlight how paying a fair, minimum price to Fairtrade farmers can make a real difference to their livelihoods. Mr Hutchison (with the support of the One World Shop based at  Nicolson Square) is organising a Fairtrade Craft and Tuckshop on Thursday 9th March and will provide further details next week.

Make Bananas Fair: Foncho film for Schools from Fairtrade Schools on Vimeo.

We watched a video of Kid President meeting Former President Barack Obama where his key question was, “How can adults and children work together to change the world?” and the answer was to treat everyone with kindness and respect,

Mr Obama has encouraged the next generation to ‘take up the mic‘ through his Obama Foundation and we are encouraging pupils to get involved in Red Nose Day by ‘saying something funny for money.’

We are mindful of our 1 in 5 Child Poverty Awareness project and so pupils need only bring a donation if they wish, rather than be sponsored. Pupils will be asked to share a joke, funny story, rhyme, poem or drawing with their class as part of our whole school Comedy Festival later in the month and we are looking forward to encouraging their confidence in performance and their Listening and Talking skills in a fun way, and as part of Health and Wellbeing programmes.

P7 pupils will soon be selling red noses in school and their P7 Comedy Book “BaDUMtsh”, professionally published by Sciennes’ parent Mary Turner Thomson through her Whitewater Publishing Company launches on 17th March, with profits donated to Comic Relief. Please respond to the email you will shorty receive to place advance orders by 8th March, ahead of printing dates.

P7 Comedy Book

Sciennes’ parent Richard Melvin, comedian and compere at The Stand, has very kindly offered to provide comedy workshops for P6 pupils and we continue to use the BBC Learning resource “Comedy Classroom” to develop literacy skills through comedy. We are very grateful for the support and encouragement we have received from the Gilded Balloon. We began to learn the new Red Nose Day song for Comic Relief and everyone who takes part in our Comedy Festival will receive a certificate.

P5 pupil Cole blew everyone away with his outstanding street dance skills and he gained deserved applause for his confident performance. P7 Sports Captains congratulated pupils on many recent achievements.