Sciennes family Ceilidh 25th January 2018

Sciennes Fundraising and Events Group

 Family Ceilidh

Thursday 25th January 2018

6.30pm – 8.00pm in School Hall

family ceilidh

Ceilidh dancing with the McAlastair Ceilidh Band

Called by June Underwood and featuring the Sciennes Highland Dancers.

A fabulous fun evening for everyone!

Limited tickets, book now on

Adults £5 and accompanying Children £2.50 each

Family tickets £10

(Tickets include refreshments and shortbread.)

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Playground Survey Results

Parent Council survey

We asked Sciennes school families whether we should ask City of Edinburgh Council to close Sciennes Road to motor vehicles when the hospital vacates next door.

299 families out of 440 responded. 264 strongly agreed, 28 agreed, 4 disagreed and 3 strongly disagreed.

Comments are below. Thank you everyone who participated.

Summary Chart


Survey Comments

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PC Clubs – end of term, Dec 2017

Please note that the last week for clubs this term is the week finishing on Friday 8th December.

Clubs resume in the new year on Monday, January 15th.

Thanks to all the pupils and club leaders for a successful term!

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Sciennes Winter Fair – ONLY 3 DAYS TO GO!

Sciennes Winter Fair

25th November 12 noon – 3pm.

Please bring in your baking, jams, chutneys etc on Friday and Saturday morning.

Mince pies, tombola and lucky dip items also welcome.

We also need lots of foliage, berries, and pine cones. Please bring them into school now. Our floral creators would be very grateful!

Please bring back the raffle tickets to have a chance to win one of our fabulous raffle prizes!

Sign up to VOLUNTEER

We really need help at the Food hall, please!

Splendid Silent auction prizes to be won – don’t forget to bring you cheque books to the fair! For the full list of auction items, please see:

Most importantly, come along and enjoy the fair with your family!

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday!


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Sciennes Winter Fair – Coming Saturday 25th November 12 noon – 3pm.

winter fair pic

Just a few more days left for Santa to visit his Grotto at Sciennes Primary’s winter fair!

Join us for a Family fun event!

Entry is £1 which includes mince pie and drink. Under 3s are free!

There are lot of interesting activities of all ages including

Magic show and Movie time – book to avoid disappointments

Tombola, Raffle prizes, 2nd hand uniforms, toys, books & CDs, Photo stall, Bake sale, Christmas Crafts, chutneys stall and our very own P6 children are holding fun activities at the New dining hall – not to be missed!

Join us for lunch, we will have Papa John’s pizzas, Sainsbury’s burgers, teas, coffees and more. Just look for us at the Old dining hall!

Please return your Raffle tickets to the school office to have a chance to win one of the fabulous raffle prizes! – cost £1 per ticket

We have some Splendid Silent auction prizes – perfect opportunity if you are looking for Christmas Presents for your loved ones – these include:

  • Charlie Miller voucher
  • 2 x Tickets for show at The Kings Theatre – The Weir
  • Vino – 3 bottles wine
  • Camera obscura – 2 adults 2 children
  • 1 signed Alex McCall Smith Book
  • Boden voucher amount to be confirmed
  • Zen voucher – 1 hour treatment
  • Bia Bistrot voucher for meal for two ( no alcohol)
  • £15 Doodles voucher
  •  Tipi Children’s party with “Activity Delivered” worth £250
  •  Family photo shoot with Blue Sky photography worth £125 including a deskframe
  •  Dinner for a family of four at Spoon
  •  £20 voucher and selection of cards from Jenni Douglas designs in Marchmont
  •  2 x Second hand Balance Bikes from The Bike Station
  •  Voucher for Flowers from Lorraine Graham flowers
  •  Voucher for Tanjore Indian restaurant
  •  2 x corporate tickets for a Hearts game ( date to be confirmed, no alcohol)
  •  An exciting voucher from Gift Experience Scotland
  • £40 gift voucher for Swanston Brasserie
  • Voucher for dining at Royal Mile Tavern
  • Voucher for dining at Stramash
  • Vouchers for dining at The Fiddlers Arms
  • Vouchers for dining at Cafe Milk
  • Two signed copies of Alexander McCall Smith books
Do not forget to bring your cheque book to the fair!
Here is how you can help!
We still need:
Hamper goodies
Lucky dip
Mince pies
No more toys. Thank you!
More than anything, we look forward to seeing you and your family at the Fair!
EFG team


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Road Closure Survey

In the presentation below there is an overview of the proposed options for closing the road outside the school. Please have a look through this and then complete the short survey below.

Road Closure Presentation, Nov 2017

The survey asks if you are in favour of seeking to close the road, and whether you’d like to help, as well as an open box for comments.

Complete the survey


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Sciennes Winter Fair is on Saturday 25th November 12 noon – 3pm


Sciennes Winter Fair is on Saturday 25th November 12 noon – 3pm and we need your help! Here are some simple ways you can help with The Sciennes Winter Fair this year.

1.    Donate. As always lots of stuff is needed for the stalls at the Winter Fair.

  • Bring in any unwanted, reusable toys, school uniforms, plants,  books , CDs/DVDs
  • Donate items for the Hamper Raffles, bottles for tombola, small items for lucky dip. Please wrap the lucky dip presents up and mark ‘boy’ or ‘girl’ on them
  • Donate something for silent auction
  • Bake or buy mince pies for the refreshment stalls. These can be dropped off in the main office at the school any time on Friday the 24th November 2017.

2.    Bake or boil. Bring in your favourite baking and label your baking with details of ingredients. Cakes and other baked goodies can be dropped off at the school on Friday the 24th November 2017 or before noon on Saturday the 25th November 2017. Jams, jellies and chutneys would also be really appreciated.

3. Flowers and Swags Stall. Our very own talented Sarah Brown will be making wonderful swags and flowers for the flower stall at the fair. Sarah would very much appreciate any help with making swags and flowers. If you can help, please can you get in touch! Also, please bring any foliage to school on Friday 24th November or before 11 am on Saturday 25th November.

4.    Volunteer. Just an hour of your time can make a real difference to the success of the Summer Fair. It’s a great way to become more involved and get to know people. Just follow the doodle poll:

The entry price is £1 and can be paid at the door which includes a coffee/tea & biscuit/mince pie. Children under 3 go free.

You will soon receive a flyer in your child’s schoolbag. More information and your raffle tickets can be found there. The raffle tickets cost £1 each. If you or your friends would like to buy any please return the money and one half of the purchased ticket with your name and contact written on tickets to school in the attached envelope. Keep the other half of the ticket as a receipt!

If you would like more tickets please email Jay at

Please book your place for Santa visit, Magic show and Movie time tickets online via Parents Council website to avoid disappointments (links will be sent out soon). You can pay for them on the day.  Alternatively, you can use the tear off slip from the flyer you children will bring and hand it to the School office. If you have any questions or comments please get in touch by email:

Looking forward to seeing you all at the Fair!

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EFG – First meeting minutes – Aug 30th 2017

It is wonderful to see you all after the summer holidays and it is good to start another fun year at Sciennes. Here is a quick gist of what was discussed on Aug 30th meeting.
Mission for EFG: in respectful Partnership with the School, the community and each other, to enjoy engaging and including as many people as possible, doing or giving as much as they are able, to increase opportunities and raise funds benefitting the pupils of Sciennes, all in accordance with the School’s aims and objectives.
We mainly talked about plans for the year ahead. We now have a new member of staff who have joined us – Shona. Welcome, Shona, and we are very happy to have you join the team.
The first event to plan is the P1 curriculum on September 14th 2017 (Thursday).
The Comedy Quiz was a huge success last year and we feel that we could do another one this year if Richard Melvin is willing and able to spare an evening in October after the half-term break. We discussed about having an international evening. However, it was held 3 years ago for bilingual families and served a specific purpose. We agreed not to have it this year.
Thank you to both Nikki Sinclair and Claire Marshall for agreeing to do the tea towels and Christmas cards respectively.
The school has given us the theme of “Young People’s leadership” this year. Keeping this in mind, we have agreed to get the P7s and P6s involved (if possible) in the Winter fair and perhaps, more of the younger year groups involved in the Summer fair. It was agreed that Lucy will get the word out to the students and the staff regarding this. Further, any child/ren who is/are working towards their JASS awards can feel free to help with the parents evenings teas/coffees by collecting money and get their papers signed to collect JASS points
We further discussed about the sponsored event for this year and there was a general sense of everyone being tired of the Swimathon. Fun run was suggested as an alternative with a serious option for those who wanted to do a serious marathon. It will be put to the Students council again to see what they come up with. Fiona and Bethan, thank you once again for your suggestions.
Again, this year, we have decided to go with one family Ceilidh event on February 1st (Jan 25th being Burns night) if it is convenient for June Underwood. The discos worked like magic last year with the P7s making posters and many staff staff turning up to support and help. Lucy will find out if the P7s and/or P6s will be able to do it this year too and Jane has kindly agreed to help as well as get other staff involved this year.
We further discussed the ideas of having blankets in the playground along with the usual stalls at the summer fair. However, LeeAnne mentioned about possibly having to obtain Trader’s licence for that since we will not be just making money for the school. It was agreed that we will again try to get the road closed via school for the summer fair this year to allow netball and football clubs to have activities out on the road.
I think we had a pretty productive meeting and best of all we were done way before 8 pm!
Thank you all for your continued support and help! Hope to see you all the next meeting on 6 November 7-8 pm in Room #16 when we plan to discuss our plans for the Winter Fair. Have a lovely half-term break!
on behalf of the EFG
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Swimathon 2017

swimathon- its back

Sciennes School Parent Council

Monday 24th April – Friday 28th April 2017

This year we are aiming to raise £10,000 to support school’s technology, Health and Wellness projects (which includes sports tuition e.g. swimming and cycling).  ALL children at Sciennes will benefit from the funds raised.

The Swimathon has been great fun in the past and we would like as many children as possible to take part again this year.  Children will have the opportunity to swim as many lengths/ breadths of the school pool as they can in a specified time.  Non-swimmers are encouraged to take part, using swimming aids in the shallow end of the pool, never going out of their depth.  The Swimathon is well staffed, with a qualified life guard on duty at all times.

House points are issued to all participants, including enthusiastic supporters!  A variety of rewards are given to pupils, rewarding special efforts (P1-3), participation and achievement.

How far do the children swim?

  • Primary 1-2 will swim breadths for 5 minutes
  • Primary 3-7 will swim lengths/ half lengths for between 5 and 10 minutes

When does my child swim?

A timetable is attached to this letter, showing the day and time slot for each class.

Can I assist?

Yes please!  As with all Parent Council events we rely on volunteers.  You are welcome to come and count the pupils efforts as well as general support for your child’s class.  To signup, please use the following doodle poll link

How to raise sponsorship money?

To make it easier for funds to raise money we have set up a BTmydonate page which in turn enables you to set up your own online sponsorship page.  You can access this by going to the following web address:

  • (If you have any trouble with the link just google ‘mydonate Sciennes’)
  • Click on ‘start fundraising’ to set up your child’s own online giving page. You can then send a link to relatives and friends who may want to sponsor your child.
  • If required, Click here to access a Swimathon Sponsorship Form for pupils wishing to use them
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Football Club P1 Registration

Sciennes FC is delighted to offer current P1 girls and boys the opportunity to join the football club following the Easter break.  They will join the 200 or so other children from Sciennes who regularly participate in fun football training and games each week.

So from 29th April 2017, Sciennes FC will run dedicated training sessions for P1s from 9:30am till 10:30am on Saturday mornings at our base on the Meadows.

Registration for the term is just £10 per child: please complete the form below to register. Continue reading

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