Winter Fair 2018 – FAQs

Admission – this year we have opted not to charge entry, instead hoping that families will be generous when inside the fair. We have an ambitious target of £7000 to raise for much needed materials for the children.

Food – we are very lucky to have Papa Johns supplying pizzas again this year. We buy these at cost to sell to you at a low price. We will also have a hot dog stand this year with vegetarian options available. There will be refreshments to buy with the added bonus of free mince pies with your purchase. We are also lucky to have a warming mulled cider/apple juice stall to get you into the mood.

Signing Stories – we are delighted to welcome one of our very own Sciennes parents to introduce the children and their families to storytelling using Signalong. Signalong is a type of sign language which uses both sign language and speech to communicate with children and adults who may have a speech, language and/or communication difficulty. If you are interested in learning more then check out the official website: Signalong

‘Elfridges? – new for this year is our secret gift room named ‘Elfridges. This is a room where no adults are allowed. The children pay £2 to enter and choose a gift from our store for a loved one (parents, grandparents, friends). Our elves wrap the gift and label it so the child is ready to present their gift to the recipient without them knowing what’s in it.

Mrs Claus’ Kitchen – Mrs Claus will be on hand to help the children decorate some festive biscuits. The biscuits are then wrapped in a festive gift bag for the children to take home (if they make it to the bag without getting eaten).

Magic Show – we are delighted to welcome back a Sciennes favourite, Gordon. There are two slots available to book for a 30-40 minute show. The children will receive a magic set as a gift to take home to hone their skills as mini magicians. This must be booked in advance on ParentPayas there is limited capacity for each slot.

Festive Cinema Shorts – we hope that the children will enjoy visiting our cinema where they can take part in themed activities and enjoy a bag of popcorn. This also gives parents a chance to browse the stalls at the fair. This must be booked in advance on ParentPayas there is limited capacity for each slot.

Circus Skills – Jack Frost will be at our fair this year, welcoming families to our event and to Sciennes if they are visiting from the local community. Jack will be holding two circus skills workshops in the new dining room. This must be booked in advance on ParentPayas there is limited capacity for each slot.

Craft Room – We will have a whole range of winter crafts available for the children (and adults if they wish) to do on the day. We’ll be making pine cone bird feeders, decorations and much more.

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Events & Fundraising Meeting Minutes

The EFG met in the welcoming environment of No1 Grange on 25th October.  With only a few weeks until 1st December, the Winter Fair was the key topic discussed.

This year the EFG has a target to raise £7k in profit from the fair.  These funds have been identified already for both literacy materials for the entire school, and a PA system as the current one malfunctions and needs to be replaced. As performance is an integral part of the curriculum, this is a key priority.

Our full meeting minutes can be read here:

Events and Fundraising Meeting 25th October 7pm

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Events & Fundraising Meeting

The EFG held their first meeting of the new academic year on 3rd October to identify the fundraising target for the year ahead, and identify activities to help us achieve this.

You can read the full minutes from the meeting:

Events and Fundraising Meeting 3rd Oct

In brief, a target of £15,000 has been set for this academic year, and a number of fund raising initiatives have been identified to help us achieve this goal:

  • Winter Fair
  • P1/2/3 Friday afternoon Ceilidh
  • P4/5 Dance Party
  • P6/7 Disco
  • A comedy/music Night at Riddle’s Court. This would be a parents/carers ticketed event to raise funds. This would be after the family ceilidh.
  • A wine tasting in school.
  • Cinema events for children. We’re investigating an Into Films Membership to start a film club.
  • Our Summer Fair

For more information, or to offer help at any of these events, please email EFG Convenor, Fran

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Playground Improvement Plan – Phase 3

Towards the end of last year we emailed the school community about our plans to expand the playground by closing Sciennes road to motorised traffic. Although closed to traffic, we would need to maintain a route through for pedestrians and cyclists.  We included plans showing how that could be achieved with two different configurations – one with the pedestrian / cycle route following the pavement on the northern side of Sciennes road (next to the existing playground railings), the other with the pedestrian / cycle route following the pavement on the south side of Sciennes road (along the edge of the nature strip).

Playground update Aug 2018

These plans are above.  Quite a few of you came to the workshop we held at the end of last year.

We also invited your views on the playground expansion a couple of times in the summer and it was great to hear feedback and comments. At all these feedback opportunities there has been support for our plans to expand the playground and a preference for the layout which brings the pedestrian / cycle access along the north side of Sciennes road.  During this time, we have also been liaising closely with the developers of the Sick Kids Hospital site and City of Edinburgh Council.

Last week we spoke to the teachers and other staff at the school again to gauge their opinions.  The staff were also in favour of this option.

We will now move ahead to get detailed plans drawn up to submit for planning permission.  If you have any feedback of comments at this stage, please contact Laura at  There will be an opportunity to view plans again and discuss any thoughts you might have before the Parent Council meeting on 13th Sept.

It is worth adding that we have taken advice from Ironside Farrar, transport consultants and landscape architects.

If any of you are interested in joining the group taking this project forward we would love to hear from you.  Again, please email Laura.

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Summer Art Classes


Summer Art Classes

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Summer Sculpture Workshops


Summer Sculpture workshops

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Sciennes Year of Young People Summer Fair

We are very excited to share more news about our Year of Young People Summer Fair (YOYP): where young people take the lead!
Date and time: May 26th 2018 between 12:30 to 3:00 pm – please mark in your diaries.
Admission is Free with donations gratefully received at the gates
Come celebrate the “Year of the Young People” with
  • live music by Sciennes Friendship band
  • dance performances by Glee club and Dance Ihayami
  • Burgers, Pizzas, smoothies and ice-cream
  • Henna tattoos and makeovers
  • STEM activities – including Space lab, Robotics, paper airplane competition and many more
  • Football and netball
  • Paint with art club
  • Relax kids
  • Scottish wild-life trust
  • Homebaking, Uniforms, Plants, Tombola, Toys and books
  • Fun games, activities, makeovers and many more

There is something for everyone!

You can help to make this a success by
  • donating items: for Tombola, Toys, Books, CDs, DVDs, Uniforms, Home baking and Plants Please bring Home baking and plants on 25th May. rest can be brought into the school office anytime.
  • Volunteering on the day: please complete the poll here (takes less than 3 mins):
We are counting on you, Thank you!
See you at the fair!
EFG team
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Chess Club – Vacancy

Sciennes Chess Club, immediately need a Supervisor, on Mondays, covering 3:30 to 4:30 pm. It’s a paid role at £16 per session, paid at end of month, via bank transfer.

There are 28 sessions in a year. Below are the job responsibilities (assisted by parent helpers):

  • Responsible for keys to the chess cupboards in the attic
  • Opening and closing the chess cupboard at beginning and end of each session
  • To coordinate on the day, the other parent helpers
  • General discipline of children in all rooms
  • Supervising the children in setting up the tables and boards and clearing away at the end of each session
  • Making sure that each classroom is tidy at the end of each session and tables set up as the teachers prefer
  • Liaise with other committee members about any issues arising at the session
  • Check PVG forms for all coaches are up to date, else liaise with secretary and treasurer
  • Set up & take the register for assistant and junior coaches
  • Take register for children
  • Making sure that a junior coach is never on their own in a classroom.

If interested, please contact the Chess Club, at

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Fencing Club Update

The morning Fencing club is not currently operating due to a situation that has led to a change of management. It is planned to relaunch as soon as possible back under the Active Schools program, so please watch out for an update in the coming weeks!

Apologies for any inconvenience to students who enjoy this popular club.

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Swimathon 2018

swimathon- its back

Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th  April 2018

This yea, exclusively for P1, P2, P3 and P4 children we will be holding our annual swimathon event to help us achieve our target of raising  £8,500 to support school’s technology, Health and Wellbeing 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.

When does my child swim?

The timetable is as follows:

Monday 23rd – P1 & P3

P1A (09:00-09:40),  P1B (09:40-10:20),  P1C (10:40-11:20),  P1D (11:20-12:00)

P3C (13:00-13:45),  P3B (13:45-14:30),  P3A (14:30-15:15)

Tuesday 24th – P2 & P4

P2A (09:00-09:45),  P2B (09:45-10:30),  P2C (10:50-11:35)

P4A (11:35-12:30),  P4B (13:30-14:20),  P4C (14:20-15:10)

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:

  • Raise sponsorship (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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