newsletter january 2007 by HC120727071521


                                     January 2007
Welcome Back
Happy New Year to everyone. We start a new year with a number of new pupils and families in
the school. Welcome to everyone and we hope you will enjoy your time at Burnfoot and work
hard and learn well.

Farmhouse Breakfast
P5 had a special treat on Thursday 25th January where they were treated to a farmhouse
breakfast by Royal Highland Education Trust ( RHET). Members of the trust with kitchen
staff and Mrs Davis a parent helper supported by two Border Reiver rugby players prepared
and served cereal and milk, fruit and a drink and a bacon or sausage roll to all the children in
the two P5 classes. Everyone enjoyed their breakfast. The event is supported by local farmer
Mr McTaggart from Ormiston Farm and uses local produce. It is hope in May the classes will
make a visit to Mr McTaggart’s farm.

Drama workshops
P3, P3/4 and P4 were involved in drama workshops on Friday 19th January. The children had a
great time and experienced a range of different drama activities given by The Helen
O’Grady Drama Academy. Although an Edinburgh organisation The Academy runs classes in
Hawick on the Friday any parents interested in their children attending should phone 0131
332 2766

Nursery Enrolment
Nursery enrolment week will Monday 19th February to Friday 23rd February. Gail Campbell in
the community office will be on hand with enrolment forms for three year old and four year
old nursery spaces. Please ensure that any first time parents you know are alerted to this and
come along to enrol their children. Please bring the child’s birth certificate or passport with
you to enrol.

Health and Safety
Under the Health and Safety guidelines - Safe Practices in Physical Education and Sport,
earrings and any other jewellery should not be worn during PE lessons, this includes stud
earrings. Could all children not have jewellery on, on PE days or be prepared to take it off.
When classes have been going swimming they have been bringing spray deodorants and
hairsprays to school. Sprays can be dangerous when sprayed either intentionally or
accidentally in the face, it is therefore wise to avoid their use. We would ask children not to
bring these into school, a roll on deodorant and hair gel is acceptable.

Congratulations to Lesley Hogg and Karen Readhead of Fairplay for attaining their SVQ 3 in
Play Work from Border College.
Fairplay will be open from 9am – 4pm on Tuesday 13th February ( in- service day)
Robert Burns
This Friday 26th January our assembly was on the poet Robert Burns. P1-4 learned five facts
about Robert Burns and what a Burns Supper was. P3/4 had their own mini burns supper in
the class on Thursday afternoon.
Primary 7 have been learning about Robert Burns in class and shared their learning with
others at the P5 – P7 assembly on Friday.

The next whole school assembly is on Friday 2nd February called The Day of Change and is for
the Charity UNICEF. Children and adults are asked to come along on the day dressed in
rainbow colours or multi coloured clothes. We would ask all children and adults to bring along
50p on the day to go towards the charity.

Eco schools
The Eco School committee have been hard at work recycling the paper and plastic waste in
the school. We have managed to reduce the amount of rubbish the school sends to landfill
sites considerably over the last few months and we are about to apply for a Bronze Eco
Schools award.

Congratulations to Shirley Keegan, Lauraine Smith and Sharon Halfpenny, three local parents
who successfully completed The Prepare to Care course at Borders College. They successfully
completed an SQA module at Intermediate Level 2 and have guaranteed progression to a
work placement with Care Home employers within the local community of Hawick.

Parents / Carers opportunities
On Monday 17 parents and adults from the community started on a module on An
Introduction to Play with staff from Borders College. The 18 week course is being run in the
school and can be used towards the NC in childcare.

Other courses
Aerobics/Body toning in a Pilates Style classes will run in the Community Centre on
Wednesday mornings from 9.15am – 10.15am. There is no cost and a FREE crèche is also
Dance/Hip Hop classes will run in the Community Centre on Friday mornings from 9.15am –
10.15am. There is no cost and a FREE crèche is also available.
Introduction to Computers – We have spaces available on a Wednesday afternoon for
Introduction to Computers. If you are interested, please contact Gail in the Centre office or
telephone: 375147. There is no cost and a FREE crèche is also available.

Parents and Friends group
The next Parents and Friends group meeting will be on Friday 8th February at 1.30pm in the
community lounge. All parents / carers are invited to attend. We will be discussing the way
forward for the group.
At the last meeting the parents who attended decided not to form a Parent Council. Detailed
information on this is available through a separate newsletter.
                                 Diary Dates

Date                    Event
Thursday 1st February   Area netball competition. Hawick High School
Friday 2nd February     Day for Change assembly – all parents welcome 9.15
Tuesday 6th February    Hawick Netball competition. Burnfoot
Thursday 8th            Parents and Friends meeting 1.30pm Community
February                Lounge
Friday 9th February     School closed - HOLIDAY
Monday 12th February    School closed – HOLIDAY
Tuesday 13th            School closed for pupils – In - service day
Thursday 15th           P1 have a visit from the staff from the Art Centre
Thursday 22nd           Wacky Water science show P5
Thursday 22nd           P4 to visit the Art Centre at Galashiels
Friday 23rd February    Whole school assembly – Eco Schools
6th – 9th March         Book Fair in school
Friday 9th March        P3/4 visit to Art Centre Galashiels
Thursday 22nd March     P5s Visit to Art Centre Galashiels
Friday 30th March       School closes 3pm for Easter Break
Monday 16th April       School reopens 9am for new term
Tuesday 24th April      P6 visit Art Centre Galashiels
Thursday 3rd May        Elections – Community Centre closed for groups.
Monday 7th May          School closed May Day holiday
Tuesday 8th May         School closed for pupils – In - service day
Tuesday 15th May        Fairplay AGM 7pm in school
Monday 4th –            P7 residential – Whithaugh
Wednesday 6th June
Thursday & Friday 7th   School closed – Common Riding
& 8th June
Thursday 28th June      School closes for summer break

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