Saturday, 13 May 2017

Feel Good Factor from Volunteering to Litter Pick

What a great way to end Mental Health Week on Friday 12th May with members of our ECO Group and P6 pupils, led by Mr Hutchison, volunteering to make a difference to our School Grounds and local area with an Eco Schools Clean Up Scotland litter picking session, sponsored by Keep Scotland Beautiful and Greggs.

Togged up, litter pickers at the ready, briefed and ready to go!

The team was very pleased to note that there was actually hardly any litter at all in our school playground so we had to look further afield in the surrounding area. P6 and P7 efforts can contribute to their Junior Award Scheme for Schools (JASS) awards in 'Me and my World.' Well done, all, and thank you very much for taking the time to make a difference!

Mrs Noble gave everyone a Headteacher's Award sticker

After tidying up and handwashing it was time for some yummy treats, courtesy of Greggs.

Thank you, Mr Hutchison, for organising and leading the event.

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Fourth Eco-Schools Green Flag!

Fourth Green ECO Schools Green Flag! Well done Team Sciennes!
P4 Bethan, Catie, Isla
P5 Jim, Nina, Sophie
P6 Michael. Faye, Ali
P7 Evelyn, Caitlin, Laura
JRSOs Amelia, Josh and Declan

On Friday 21st April at the P4-7 Assembly we reflected on 'Earth Day' (22nd April) and watched a video "Man Vs Earth" to help us think about issues affecting the planet and how we can work together to make a difference.

We looked back at our ECO Schools journey since 2008 and what pupils, staff and parents have achieved together. Addressing issues facing the planet is not just the responsibility of the ECO Pupil and Parent Groups and our JRSOs. Each of us has a responsibility, individually and as part of the school community.

In the last few years we have been working towards our Fourth Green Flag, focusing on Litter, School Grounds and Active Travel. We were delighted to be able to announce today that Sciennes has just been awarded our Fourth Eco Schools Green Flag which Mr Hutchison unfurled ceremoniously during Assembly. Miss Gallagher, Mr Hutchison and Mrs Dickson have led the Pupil ECO Team extremely well throughout the year. We congratulated and thanked everyone throughout school who has contributed to Sciennes receiving this prestigious award. Well done Team Sciennes! Particular thanks to Phoebe Cochrane, Kirstin Unger, Laura Bird, Corinne Kirk and all the parents who support the ECO work of the school and commendation to the indomitable spirit and relentless enthusiasm of our wonderful Business Manager, Angela Christie, always a key driver in all things ECO.

We have already begun to plan how we can achieve our Fifth Green Flag, taking on two new ECO topics + Litter and continuing our focus on the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Global Goals.

Caspar, Jay and Henry spoke about their fundraising plans for the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) Appeal for Yemen and we reminded everyone about Pedal on Parliament, taking place on Earth Day, Saturday 22nd April.

Tremendous achievement and we thank Stephen Harland, Education Support Officer Keep Scotland Beautiful -Eco-Schools Scotland, Kerr McConnell, Education and Learning Co-oridinator and all at Eco-Schools for their support and encouragement. Read their kindly positive report below:

Sunday, 19 March 2017

ECO Reps

Our Eco Reps were elected by their classmates in October and again this year P3 pupils have been working together on a separate Eco project throughout the year, so only P4-P7 Eco Reps participate in the Eco meetings. They are joined by our three P6 Junior Road Safety Officers when we focus on Active Travel.

Miss Gallagher, P1 Class Teacher, Mr Hutchison, P6 Class Teacher and Mrs Dickson, P2 Class Teacher have led meetings, supported by Ms Christie, Ms Gallagher and Sciennes' Parent Kirstin Unger (Parent Council ECO Group).

Reps 2016-2017
P4 Bethan, Catie, Isla
P5 Jim, Nina, Sophie
P6 Michael. Faye, Ali
P7 Evelyn, Caitlin, Laura

P6 Junior Road Safety Officers (JRSOs)
Josh, Amelia, Declan

Reps from 2015-2016
P4 Manow, Dylan, JoJo
P5 Catherine, Chiara, Hamza
P6 Ben, Rachel, Molly
P7 Evie, Isabella, Liza