On Friday 17th November we celebrated the many ways our pupils continue to take the lead, ahead of UN World Children’s Day on Monday 20th November. We watched a UNICEF film, made by children, for children, to inspire action.
Sixteen House and Sports Captains were introduced and we congratulated everyone who applied, encouraging all Primary Seven pupils to keep being excellent prefects and role models.
P7 pupils Niamh and Alice approached our Senior Leadership earlier in the term, inspired to take action by a BBC documentary (No More Boys and Girls – Can Our Kids Go Gender Free?) on gender bias, set in a school in England. Both girls recently spoke at a whole staff meeting, inviting all classes P1-P7 to take part in a survey designed to investigate gender bias in our own school. 650 boys and girls were asked to draw their future occupations and Niamh and Alice analysed results to explore attitudes. They presented their findings at Assembly and have many other ideas for challenging views and raising awareness of gender equality.
Mr Howie gave an inspirational presentation designed to encourage everyone to be the ‘best version’ of themselves possible, taking small actions to make a difference to others.
Six classes – our entire P6 and P7 year groups – are working with Ms Pearmain and class teachers to take the lead in supporting the Winter Fair on Saturday 25th November 12pm-3pm in #iwill Week. Sorla and Eliza explained how P6 have taken on Virgin Money’s challenge to ‘Make £5 Grow‘ and Henry explained P7’s equally enterprising approaches to fundraising. Thank you to Mr McKenna for all his support in creating magical boxes in the Science and Technology lab.
Our ECO reps met with Mr Hutchison and Miss Ferguson this week and are taking the lead on Switch Off Fortnight. Our P6 JRSOs asked everyone to wear something bright or reflective next week at their Road Safety Assembly.
P4B girls highlighted the need to ask first if equipment or toys are being used, before taking. They reminded everyone to ‘treat others as you would like to be treated’, follow the ‘Three Steps’ and work together to make sure we respect everyone’s right to be happy and safe in our playground.
Pupils were reminded that they should always come back into school if an adult is unexpectedly not there to pick them up at the end of the day.
House Captains congratulated pupils on recent achievements and announced that Tantallon is leading in House points this week.
Grange House – Maisie, James
Grange Sports – Iain, Flora
Lauder House – Fraser, Molly
Lauder Sports – Eilidh, Sam S
Sienna House – Sophia, Sam B
Sienna Sports – Louis, Emma
Tantallon House – Alice, Caspar
Tantallon Sports – Saad, Arwen
Next week’s P4-7 Assembly will take place immediately after P1-3 Assembly 9.50-10.30am to allow Hall space for nativity rehearsals.