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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Bake Sale in Aid of Nepal Earthquake Disaster – Fri 8th May

We are all aware of the devastation caused by the massive earthquake in Nepal. Many of us have already donated to the Appeal already.

Our Sciennes family include people from that beautiful country, people who lived and worked there for a number of years and who feel very close to this tragedy. Many of us are still in contact with many Nepali family and friends who have been telling us of the sheer terror caused by the earthquake and of the emerging crisis.

Thousands are feared dead, and many more are injured or have been made homeless.
Buildings have been flattened, communities shattered and lives torn apart. Dozens of aftershocks continue to hit the area, and people are sleeping in the open air from fear of further destruction . The daily news reports just emphasise how bad the situation is.

Please help us to raise even more money to support the Nepal Earthquake Appeal

We and the Parent Council are organising an all school bake sale to be held in the playground at midday on Friday May 8th .

Please help by :
* Baking – we will be receiving donations in the playground before school on Friday morning.
* Buying – we will be in the playground from 12 midday.
* Donating money on the day -by giving to the Charities who will be collecting at Sciennes or by using the following links

Wear red (colour of Nepal’s flag) to show support

We know that many of you are already baking for the Grange Fair and the Yards fundraising event, but for those of you who are not, or who have spare capacity, every little helps!

Thanks for your help,
Jayne Weaver and Alison Outred
(Parents from 5b)
The Parent Council Sciennes Primary School

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Parent Council Meeting – feedback from 31/3/15 meeting

Thank you to all the parents and staff who came along to Tuesday’s Parent Council meeting – it was a very productive and participative meeting. The Playground Group reported back on how the feedback from parents has informed the development of the playground plans. Click here to see the full report from the Playground Group.  Parents and staff were asked to indicate how well each of the areas of concern had been attended to – this was done using stickers on ‘feedback lines’ which provided a clear visual picture of views. This enabled a discussion on ‘ways forward’ and there was an agreement by the Parent Council to support playground improvements based on the Playground Group’s responses to the areas of concern. There was an acknowledgment that this has been a challenging process with tight timescales and a broad range of views. The incredible fundraising efforts of the wider parent community were recognised – around £35,000 so far in this school year. The school is still waiting to hear about the SportScotland funding application.

A discussion took place about the need to highlight this year’s non-playground spends – the Parent Council and Friends of Sciennes School Trust has funded Benmore and Lagganlia subsidies, club subsidies, swimming, cycling, the pupil water cooler, eco activities and a music event. Further effort will be made to share this information with the wider parent community.

The next Parent Council Meeting is taking place on Thursday 23rd April, 7-9pm – all parents are very welcome.

Parent Council Meeting - photo

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Parent Council Meeting on Tuesday 31st March

An extra Parent Council Meeting has been organised to focus on playground improvements – see the agenda below. All parents welcome.
Agenda for Parent Council Meeting on Tuesday 31st March

7 7.15pm: Part 1: General (Chaired by Kristel)
Welcome and apologies
Minutes from last meeting (matters arising to be carried to April meeting)
Finance update (general and playground)
Any pressing subgroup or `open space’ matters
Planning for April meeting capturing key items for discussion

7.15– 9pm: Part 2: Playground Improvements (Chaired by Claire)
Aims of session:
To allow time acknowledge the feelings / challenge of this process
To `look in’ on where were are with this process and comment
To hear back from Playground Group on key issues raised by parents via playground consultation.
To enable Parent Council members to indicate whether they feel key areas of concern raised by the parent community have been attended to
To provide an opportunity for a brief Q and A
To identify clear ways forward which are acceptable for school and Parent Council

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A message from Sciennes Primary School Senior Staff Team:

Parents/Carers are invited to look at the advancements that have been made with playground development and to speak with staff.

You will be able to see:
• Recent Loose Parts experiences
• Playground redesign with more detail and explanations
• Letters from external play experts and parties
• The design marked out in the playground

You will be able to talk with members of staff and the Playground Improvement Group about any aspect of the design. We really want to hear from you directly.

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