Parent Council AGM – Thurs 18th June, 7pm, Room 16

All parents and carers are welcome at the Sciennes Parent Council 2015 Annual General Meeting. The agenda is as follows:



Approval of last year’s minutes

Finance Report

Subgroup reports

– Eco

– Coms

– Clubs

– Playground

– Fundraising and Events

School reports


Thoughts on the year ahead

Followed by post AGM drinks at Summerhall

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Proposed Sciennes Dining Hall Development

The City of Edinburgh Council has now started a process of consultation in regards to the building of the new School Dining Hall which would be situated at the back of the school next to the existing dining hall. This is in response to the increased demand for school dinners following the Scottish Government’s introduction of free school meals for p1-3 pupils. The hope is to have the new dining hall building completed by Aug 2016 at the latest but it could be as early as April 2016. On Thurs 20th August 2015 3.30pm-7pm an Information Evening is planned at which local residents / the school community can come along to to share their views and see the plans.

Over the summer, the Parent Council is encouraging all parents to look at the draft proposals below and feed in comments to the school – our Business Manager, Angela Christie, is collating parent feedback. Please email: prior to Aug 14th 2015

Proposed Dining Hall Development – Information and Outline Plans

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Parent Council AGM – Thurs 18th June, 7pm


All Sciennes parents and carers are warmly invited to the Annual General Meeting of Sciennes Parent Council. The AGM is taking place on Thurs 18th June, 7pm in Room 16, Sciennes Primary. It is an opportunity to hear about the work of Sciennes Parent Council this year, to ask questions and to give feedback. There will be the election of Parent Council Office Bearers and the Head Teacher’s Report. Any Sciennes parent or carer can stand for election for one of the Office Bearer Roles.  Please click here for information about the Office Bearer Roles.


There will be Post AGM Drinks at The Royal Dick at Summerhall – a chance to raise a glass after a very busy year. All welcome, even if you’ve not made it along to the AGM.

RSVP – to help us plan, please let us know if you are coming along to the AGM or for drinks after by emailing (but it’s still fine to just turn up on the night!)

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Sciennes Summer Science Fair – an extraordinary day!


The innovation of the Sciennes community was in abundance at this year’s Summer Science Fair – thank you to everyone for attending, contributing and supporting. We are indebted to all our contributors for providing FREE Science Activities for the children, as a thank you for all the incredible fundraising this year for playground inprovements. Special thank to the University of Edinburgh Scientists led by parents Dr Geoff Bromiley, Dr Pau Navarro and Dr Alison Hulme and their wonderful colleagues and pHd students and many of the other parent contributers who made the day so special.

The hard work of our stall organisers and volunteers (BBQ, ice cream, home baking, food hall, plants, toys, books, dvds, make over, 2nd hand uniform, tombola and of course, the  legendary raffle) meant that in spite of the fair being free and full of free activities, the final fundraising total is over £7,000. There are some great photos of the day on the school website here and a further montage here.

The precise amount raised by the fair will be shared as soon as our finance team have processed final fair expenses. We’ll be reporting back the week beginning 12th June as regards the playground fundraising total. It is clear that as a school community we have either met the £55,000 fundraising target or that we’re very, very close – we just need to ensure that we’ve had a thorough comb through of all the year’s figures, expenditure and spending commitments so that the final announcement is fully accurate.

We’ll be doing a final call this week for Swimathon donations which continue to come in every day – the total for this pupil fundraising event is now over £12,000.

Our school motto couldn’t be more accurate this year: believe achieve!!! Well done everybody. Truly astounding.

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Sciennes Summer Science Fair


The Sciennes Summer Science Fair is coming up on Sat 6th June, 12.30-3.30pm. Loads of the usual stuff (ice cream, pizza, toys, bikes, home baking, etc) PLUS fantastic science activities run by the parent community. If you can volunteer please sign up at

Have a look at the film trailer about the fair – and check out the dance moves of the mystery groover. Who is that???

Fair Bear will be making the rounds – for 50p you can guess Fair Bear’s name – if you guess correctly, you’ll be taking him or her home! Winner to be announced at the fair.

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Amazing Swimathon Total!!

SWIMATHON NEWS!!!! Thank you everyone for getting in your sponsor money – there was an absolute flurry of last minute online giving and donations being handed into the office. The total raised for this year’s Swimathon is… (drum roll)… £11,091…AMAZING!!! Pupils were the first to get the news and there was much cheering and clapping in assemblies. Pledges are still coming in so if you haven’t managed to gather in your sponsorship yet, there is still time and a final total will be shared in a couple of week’s time. So, HUGE thanks to pupils, parents and supporters for getting behind this playground fundraising event and for surpassing the £10k target. Also to Sainsbury’s who helped keep costs down by donating bananas and Fredos. And particular thanks to Fiona, Bethan and Tanya for their fantastic organising. Go Sciennes!!!

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Sciennes Swimathon – our pupils are making a splash!

swimathon photo
We are now nearly half way through our fantastic Swimathon! The children who have swum so far have done so with such enthusiasm and determination it has been quite inspiring and many have even had smiles on their faces when they get out of the pool exhausted. Whether they walked, doggy-paddled or swam they have all done an amazing job and, so far, they are the junior school (p1-4) pupils!

We still have the rest of the week to go but urge you to support your child in a couple of important ways:

Make sure that they remember their swim kits (suit, goggles, towel) on the day they are swimming and to support them through encouragement and sponsorship. Sponsoring can be done through Bt mydonate or cash/cheque with sponsor sheet (hard copies are available from the school office).

The funds raised will benefit every pupil at Sciennes Primary School and for many years to come.

Many thanks again from the Swimathon Team and remember….


An incredible amount of more than £4000 (with Gift Aid) has been raised already! Thank you!

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Fundraising Play Sessions at The Yard – Sun 10th May


The Yard is a unique indoor and outdoor adventure centre in Edinburgh. Celine Sinclair, (P1 mum and Chief Exec of The Yard) has generously offered sessions as a playground fundraiser.There are 2 sessions on Sunday 10th May:

Session 1    12.00-2.00pm
Session 2     2.30-4.30pm

£10 per family – tickets on a first come first served basis. To book email

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P1-3 Ceilidh – Fri 8th May, 1-2.30pm

On Friday 8th May p1-3 pupils, siblings and parents can go along to a Ceilidh in the School Hall run by Sciennes parent, the wonderful Caroline Brockbank of Ceilidhkids. Tickets on Wisepay now.

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Sciennes Annual Swimathon – 11th – 15th May

Thank you to the parents who have already signed up to assist with counting widths/ lengths at this year’s Swimathon. We require 5 volunteers per class, as all children participating want to know how far they’ve swum.  It is a lovely event to participate in and requires your presence poolside for up to an hour.  Those of us who’ve attended year on year, have enjoyed seeing the progress in the abilities and confidence of all children. To volunteer, please go to:

Setting up an online giving page makes it easier for friends and family to donate. If you would like to do this, please go to:

We very much appreciate your support and are looking forward to a fantastic Swimathon. Best wishes, Fiona Denvir and Bethan McEwan (Swimathon Organisers and Club Coordinators)

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