The whole school prepared, presented and enjoyed a lovely assembly to celebrate the Chinese New Year!
The arts and crafts activity group made red paper lanterns and rooster faces to decorate the hall and to get us in the mood to celebrate the year of the rooster. They did a super job and worked really hard- well done!
We were treated to a special song by the P123 class with help from Xuzhuo. The children all sang beautifully! P123 also made lovely rooster puppets and paper lanterns that were superbly decorated!
P345 learned all about Chinese New Year and presented what they knew to the school. All of the readers did very well and their supportive peers made for a great audience through the assembly as well as the practices. P345 created lovely Chinese words from paper with Xuzhuo- they were very tricky but they looked great!
At the very end of the assembly we were treated to a brilliant surprise from the P567 pupils…a Chinese Dragon dance! All of the boy and girls involved worked really well together to make the dance run smoothly and look very realistic. P567 also made Chinese origami from paper to decorate the wall in the hall, it really helped to create a celebratory atmosphere.
Thank you to all of the friends and family that came along to support the school and we hope you enjoyed our Chinese New Year celebrations!
The P6 and P7’s had a wonderful morning practising their operatic talents at the Scottish Opera workshop this week. They will be performing Tam o’ Shanter by Robert Burns in a couple of weeks, which we are all looking forward to!
Our Erasmus partners were given a very warm Scottish farewell at St Thomas’ ceilidh 30th November. Our visitors had spent three days at the school learning about the Scottish curriculum as well as showcasing lessons that they would undertake in their countries. The visitors also had free time to explore the delights of Scotland – kilt making, whisky distilling and of course Nessie searching!
On the last day of term before the Christmas break the whole school undertook a fun run with staff and pupils wearing their finest Christmas jumpers!!! Perhaps we need to try this after the festivities.
We said “Cheerio” to Mrs Anderson at the start of December. She is leaving St Thomas Nursery to work at a local caring home, we wish her all the very best in her new venture. She received many gifts which were presented to her during a whole school assembly.
P123’s poppy display above and P345’s wreaths underneath
Ethan laying his wreath
Harrison laying his wreath
On Friday the 11th of November 2016 St Thomas’ had a lovely Remembrance Assembly in which the P123 class had created a beautiful display by creating their own poppies that surrounded Remembrance Day facts. P345 made wreaths which they then laid in front of the P123 memorial display. P567 created a beautiful field of poppies with POPPY acrostic poems as gravestones and the nursery created a lovely poppy field by painting with balloons.
All of the children were very respectful and thoughtful during the two minutes silence at 11am and took time to remember those who died for our freedom and those who continue to be caught up in current conflict.
During P345 Golden Time on the Friday afternoon George and Carla created beautiful playdough poppies. P345 also learned from the Nursery that red poppies are worn to remember those who died, purple poppies are for the many animals who died serving and helping throughout the past wars and current conflicts and white poppies are for peace that we all pray will come soon.
Before we took to writing our autumnal acrostic poems, P345 decided to immerse themselves in the season and take advantage of the amazing natural material around them! The class collected leaves, sticks and berries to create little masterpieces!
Unfortunately it was a rather blustery day and many of our pieces of artwork blew away before it could be captured!
However this won’t put us off and we hope to get outside again, perhaps to create Scottish themed masterpieces for our topic and forthcoming ERASMUS visitors!