Playground Developments

THIS SCHOOL YEAR WE ARE FUNDRAISING TO TURN OUR PLAYGROUND INTO A PHENOMENAL SPACE FOR CHILDREN AND THE WIDER COMMUNITY TO LEARN AND PLAY

Here’s what we are doing over the next few months …

Sharing the vision: we have organised a Playground Information Event on Thursday 20th November, 7-8pm in the School Hall. We hope many pupils, staff, parents, family and friends will come along to hear about the exciting plans and what is needed to make it happen.

Fundraising! A wide range of fundraising events: will be taking place throughout the year. A new addition to the calendar is the Sciennes Camera Obscura night time event taking place on Thursday 6th November, 6.30pm onwards. Our thanks to the Director of Camera Obscura and Sciennes parent, Andrew Johnson, for organising this special event.

Identifying businesses and trust funds: does your workplace have an Employee Giving Scheme or a way of supporting your chosen charity? Or do you have experience of completing trust fund applications. We really want to hear from you!

Fundraising in the Community: we need to raise additional funds this year to make the new playground a reality and we are hoping that pupils and families will really get behind this big fundraising effort. In addition to our Parent Council events, we are asking everyone to think how they could do something – however small – to raise money in their local community. Could you organise a bake sale on your street? Wash neighbours cars? Do a sponsored run? Hold a swishing, craft or dinner party event and ask for donations? If you make your donation online at https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/friendsofsciennesschool then we have an opportunity to claim gift aid to increase the funds raised. If you are able to let us know by Dec 2014 what you hope to raise we can include it in our ‘pledged amounts’ in our Sports Scotland funding application (see below)

Applying for matched funding: the Playground Group will be submitting an application to the Sports Scotland Legacy 2014 fund. This fund awards on a matched basis so how much we raise as a school community really matters.

In the 2013-14 school year: parents, pupils and staff got busy…

Consulting and gathering feedback: with our Parent Survey, Pupil Wellbeing Survey and All-school Playground Survey.

Setting up Playground Group: the group is chaired by Head Teacher Alison Noble and is made up of school staff, parents / carers and local councillors.

Carrying out initial playground improvements: wooden seating around tree was replaced, safety surfacing laid and the amphitheatre fencing was removed to improve playground supervision.

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Sciennes Pupil Reps on a visit to Cramond Primary Playground

Fact Finding: looking at initiatives such as ‘Grounds for Learning’, visiting other playgrounds, taking Pupil Reps on a visit the recently developed playground at Cramond Primary and finding out about City of Edinburgh’s ‘Loose Play Initiative’.

Taking forward new initiatives: such as our application to be part of City of Edinburgh’s ‘School Streets Pilot Scheme’ which aims to close roads outside schools to traffic when children are arriving and leaving school.

Employing a Playground Consultant and Surveyor: to ensure we have well designed and inspiring playground that meets the needs of pupils, staff and the wider community.

Creating a timeline for playground developments: so everyone has a clear sense of when and how things will be happening.

PLEASE DO WHATEVER YOU CAN TO HELP TRANSFORM THE PLAYGROUND VISION INTO A REALITY FOR THE SCIENNES COMMUNITY