At Sciennes, we recognise that we are incredibly fortunate to enjoy strong partnerships with families and to have suchmarvellous ongoing parental support. For this year’s Summer Fair, our fantastic Parent Council was most fortunate to have been able to draw upon a huge wealth of parental and local community talent, experience and expertise to WoW! our children with World of Work career possibilities. As well as providing all the usual fabulous fun of the fair!
Saturday 3rd June 2017 saw the culmination of tireless efforts to create a joyful and buzzing Summer Fair : organised and led by parents – supported by staff and pupils. Many of the workshops ans activities were also delivered by parents and pupils and we were supported by a multitude of families who attended.
Jay Santhanam and Aileen Nimmo led the Fundraising and Events subgroup of the Parent Council, assisted by Phoebe Cochrane as Chair of the Parent Council, to achieve a magnificent day, thoroughly enjoyed by all. Careful planning ensured the entire event ran extremely smoothly throughout. What a wonderful way to celebrate the school’s 125th Anniversary!
|Thank you very much both!|
|Phoebe Cochrane, Chair of Parent Council|
We are indebted to all our contributors for providing FREE activities for the children and sharing their skills and enthusiasm for their professions. Special thanks to Hilary Snaith from University of Edinburgh Infections Diseases Department with her captivating microscope and bug samples, Ade Richard from Roger Bulivant Ltd and STEMnet Ambassadors for the engineering and construction workshop,Ayah Sofia from Mercy Corps, Jo Pike from Scottish Wildlife Trust, authors Mary Turner Thomson and Brian Ruckley for book making and comic strip workshops, professional comedian and comedy producer Richard Melvin for film making workshops, Sciennes Art Club teacher and Founder of Light Bulb Arts Heather Lucchesi, Andrea Baxter from Revitalize Massage (with full size skeleton and bones!), Helen Anderson’s Relax Kids and paramedic Matt Stephenson whose ambulance proved to be another huge draw. Thanks all for providing inspirational ‘Future Me’ ideas for our children.
Tremendous live music and dance displays added to the ambience and created a great community feel to the day. Thank you to Peter Verity and his band, Gaby Albornoz from Dance Ihayami for the Indian dance performance, P6 pupils Faye and Melissa from Rob Ironside’s Woodwind Band and also June Underwood’s Highland dancers.
A Homebaking Stall, Food Stall, Books, CDs and DVDs Stall, Plant Stall, Flowers Stall, Tombola, Toy Stall, Second Hand Uniform Stall, Football Stall, Fruit Group Stall, Eco Bottles stall, Teas and Coffees and Ice Cream Stall, with very generous support from Papa John’s Pizza and Sainsbury’s have helped us raise valuable funds to enhance the children’s experiences and learning. Thanks to Nadia’s Fruit Shop on Argyll Place for providing exotic fruits and Treehouse Print Solutions for making lovely banners for our fruit stall.
P6 and P7 pupils led a variety of interesting and fun activities including science experiments, netball shots, putting, face painting, coin balance, stick or kick football, Future Me sketching and hook-a-duck. Glamorous Glitter and Henna Hands stalls also attracted large numbers (thank you Mrs Aliya Tariq for henna). Our P7s were excellent Fair Maker ambassadors, welcoming, directing and supporting visitors as well as providing signage. Many thanks to Mrs Jane Maguire and Ms Alison Mackintosh for co-ordinating pupil involvement.
Thank you to everyone who helped facilitate the road closure and it was lovely to see the children playing in the street and enjoying the stalls and activities there. Our newly installed air quality monitor from the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) should capture the drop in transport emissions, which we can share with pupils ahead of National Clean Air Day on 15th June.
Leanne Boyle, Cath McCormack and their team of helpers carefully organised floats for all the stalls then stayed after hours meticulously counting funds raised.
|Thank you Leanne, Cath and team for keeping us afloat!|
Thank you to the Sciennes’ army of volunteers, who contributed their magnificent support in what aptly happens to be #Volunteersweek! That includes members of staff who came along to assist, DHT Carolyn Anstruther, Mrs Noble and her son Scott and Business Manager Angela Christie who all lent a hand all day, supporting stand-in janitoress Liz in Mr Reid’s absence. We all send him our best wishes for a good recovery. No photograph in situ unfortunately, but many thanks to Tim Pask and his team for co-ordinating the Foodhall and Teas and Coffees.
|Thank you to Tim Pask and all who helped with the Foodhall and Teas and Coffees|
These photographs are an attempt to capture just a glimpse of a wonderful, memorable day:
|Headteacher Mrs Noble, by name and nature|
|P7 Fair Makers, welcoming and stewarding|
|Peter Verity Band|
|Jay introduced an Indian dance display by Gaby Albornoz from Dance Ihayami|
|Top shots at netball. Thank you Coach Lisa Green, for Saturday and for excellent coaching this year with Miss Gladstone!|
|June Underwood’s highland dancers|
|Ice cream in the shade|
|Faye and Melissa from Rob Ironside’s Woodwind Band|
|Everyone in the Sciennes Family joined together to make the fair a fantastic success!|
|A successful day at the fair!|
|Books, CDs and DVDs|
|Alexander selling Sciennes ECO water bottles|
|Toys R Us!|
|Lovely flowers from Sarah Stephenson|
|Thank you Hildegard and Pentland Plants|
|Sciennes Football Club|
|Find the football game|
|Family support for the Fruit Group stall, including fantastic banner! Thank you!|
|Delicious Fruit Group fruit kebabs|
|Hilary Snaith, Edinburgh University Infectious Diseases|
|Ade Richard from Roger Bulivant Ltd and STEMnet engineering and construction|
|Thank you dedicated Fruit Group activist and promoter Jimmy Chow for fabulous photo shoots!|
|Thank you published author Brian Ruckley and Fleur Ruckley|
|Thank you published author and publisher Mary Turner Thomson|
|Thank you Heather Lucchesi, Art Teacher, Sciennes Art Club Leader and Founder of Light Bulb Arts|
|Thank you paramedic Matt Stephenson|
|Thank you Maxwell! Minnie helped too!|
|Post ambulance visit, all gloved up|
|Thank you Jo Pike, Director of Public Affairs, Scottish Wildlife Trust|
|Thank you Ayah Sofia from City of Edinburgh Partner Charity Mercy Corps for highlighting the importance of volunteering, particularly in #volunteersweek|
|Thank you Andrea Baxter from Revitalize Edinburgh|
|Sarah Sheehan helping supervise the exhibits!|
|Helen Anderson, Relax Kids Coach|
|Thank you Richard Melvin, director and producer of Dabster Productions for film making workshops|
|P6 Science experiments|
P7 Chris ran a fantastic putting activity! Sorry no photograph, Chris!
|P6 Stick or Kick football|
|P6 coin balance boys|
|P6 face painting|
Thank you everyone who came along to and helped at the Summer Fair.
As well as having fun in the sun enjoying live music and dance, learning about the world of work and sampling delicious food, we raised over £3500! WOW indeed!
Well done Team Sciennes!