Monday, 22 June 2015
Sunday, 21 June 2015
Edinburgh’s Play Principles and Values
Play is a fundamental right for every child.*
Play is an activity which is valuable in its own right. It
is about the fun and satisfaction of the participant and
benefits children, young people, families and
Play is a valued activity through which children and
young people can express and manage their
feelings, make new friends, acquire new skills, and
gain an understanding of the world around them.
Every child and young person in Edinburgh should be
able to access free-play opportunities and play
facilities which are accessible, affordable, culturally
sensitive and relevant to their needs and play
Children and young people in Edinburgh have the
right to well maintained, quality play environments
which provide stimulation and challenge relevant to
The views, opinions and experiences of children and
young people should be central to the development
of play policies and especially the planning and
design of the environments in which they play.
*Article 31 United Nations Charter on the Rights of the Child
Friday, 19 June 2015
Let's celebrate! Thank you Parent Council for ice pops!
Tuesday, 16 June 2015
At the beginning of the month, parents, pupils and staff of Sciennes Primary School got together for a special science fair to celebrate the school’s successful fundraising drives. The event featured workshops provided by members of the University of Edinburgh faculty and activities offered by local businesses, as well as a programme of talks.
The fair saw the school reach their fundraising target of £55,000 for playground improvements, which means the figure will now be matched by SportScotland, to allow the work to begin.
A member of Sciennes Parent Council brings us the full story.
A science fair, organised and led by Sciennes Parent Council and supported by staff and pupils, was held on Saturday 6 June to celebrate a year of remarkable fundraising.
Free science, technology, engineering and mathematics workshops provided by Edinburgh University parents, their friends and colleagues – with PhD students including a former pupil – were highly engaging and enriching for our children. Local businesses and charities supported the event and
- The Scottish Wildlife Trust
- Scottish Badgers
- the Forestry Commission
- the John Muir Trust
Victoria Nelson from Mercy Corps, one of the City of Edinburgh Council’s partner charities, gave a talk on how science can help in dealing with natural disasters. Dr Andrew Murray provided an inspirational keynote presentation, which was so well attended and well received that he very kindly offered to deliver it twice.
Although the event was designed as a thank you and as an educational experience rather than a fundraising event, a remarkable £7,400 was raised on the day. This has enabled the school to reach our ambitious target of raising £55,000 which will now be matched by SportScotland for playground improvements.
Our entire school community has vigorously pursued a common goal throughout the year and we are incredibly proud of reaching that goal together by putting into practice our school motto ‘Believe – Achieve.’
See photos from Science science fair on the Sciennes Primary blog and watch a video created by Sciennes Parent Council below.
Monday, 15 June 2015
Well done all and thank you!
The pounds and the pennies have been counted and it is official: the playground fundraising target HAS BEEN MET. In the space of 10 months the Sciennes community raised an incredible £55,000 towards the playground - and the school successfully applied for SportScotland funding to match this pound for pound. The total amount raised by the Parent Council and Friends of Sciennes School Trust this year (including non-playground fundraising) is £57,489. In addition to the playground, spending has included eco activity, trip and club subsidies, swimming, cycling and the pupil water cooler. Both the PC and FSS have ensured adequate contingency funds are in place and so are in good shape for the school year ahead. The school is waiting to hear back from the City of Edinburgh Council as the tendering process to establish who will carry out the playground works is underway. We should hear soon as regards when the playground work will start. Thank you everyone for the phenomenal support and effort this year. Believe, achieve!
Sciennes Parent Council