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Welcome to our new school website!

 St Catherine's LogoHello and a very warm welcome to St Catherine’s RC Primary School’s new website.

We hope that you will find this site useful in finding out about our wonderful school. This site is maintained by the staff themselves and aims to keep you informed about what’s going on in our classes.

I look forward to hearing from you through our comments or talking to you personally in school itself.

Once again, a huge thanks for taking time to visit us and using our website.

P. HunterMr Hunter

Head Teacher

St Catherine’s RC Primary School

Primary 6 trip to the Scottish Parliament

On Thursday 22nd June Primary 6 went for a visit to the Scottish Parliament.  We heard about the history of the Scottish Parliament and learnt that our current Parliament building was built only 14 years ago.  We had a tour of the building and got to go inside the Debating Chamber where the First Minister questions would be taking place later on that day.  There are 129 seats in the debating chamber one for each of the MSP’s.  We then had an opportunity to meet and pose questions to Andy Wightman, who is an MSP for the Scottish Green Party.  He told us about what life was like as a politician and what kind of activities he was involved in as an MSP.

Library books

We are so lucky to have our new library books in class! Today we had some time to choose a book to read by ourselves.  The classroom was very quiet while we carefully read our new books!

Author Visit

Today Lari Don visited our class. She is a Scottish author. She read one of her stories.  It was called The secret of the Kelpie. We found out that Kelpies are mythical creatures that like to snack on children! They disguise themselves as beautiful horses and as soon as you climb on you get stuck to their skin and they drag you out to the water to kill you! Lari likes her stories to have a happy ending so although it was a bit frightening, all the children were safe in the end!

P4 Trip to the National Portrait Gallery!

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This week Primary 4 went to visit the National Portrait Gallery. Here is what a P4 said about it:

On Tuesday, 6th of June 2017, Primary 4 went on a lovely class trip to the National Portrait Gallery.

When we got there we went into the main area and met our tour guides. They were called Katherine and Moana. They told us to lie down on the ground! All of the children were bewildered but when we lay down we studied the stunning stars on the roof and the zodiac people painted on the balcony. Then we split into 2 groups. My group went upstairs and studied a painting. We got to learn more about it.

Then we got a clipboard and pencil each, and were told to draw a painting and our partners without taking our pencils off the paper or looking at the paper. This was really funny because when we looked at our piece of paper nothing was on the body. I’ve heard that the other group did something similar.

Next we went to have a little snack from our packed lunch boxes. Then we went to our workshop. We chose our partners and were told to go to a table and we created lots of different pictures using different materials.

By Alice P4

 

Farm to Fork

As part of our Food and Farming topic, Primary 3 have been out exploring the supermarket store Tesco at Dalkeith. First we met Claire our guide and in the staffroom we put on our tabbards so we could be seen in the store. In the fruit and vegetable section we did the Rainbow Challenge, finding fruits and vegetables from all the colours of the rainbow. We slooked at packaging to find which countries the foods came from. We found ginger from China, chillies from Kenya, green beans from Tanzania and tomotoes from Poland. We learned about how bread and cheese were made and we were amazed that it took 10 litres of milk to make one block of cheese! After that we went into the storeroom to see where the trucks deliver the cages of food and we even went inside the deep freeze where it was -22 degrees! Back at the staffroom we all tried different breads, cheese and fruits and chose out favourites. It was a very interesting trip!

Report written by Primary 3

 

Edinburgh School Uniform Bank

Have you heard of the Edinburgh School Uniform Bank? This organisation aims to help children in schools by providing school uniforms to families in need of financial support.

From their website:

“… we started a school uniform bank to help children and young people affected by poverty have the start they need for a good education. We aim to promote pride, dignity and self-esteem in children from families experiencing financial hardship in Edinburgh by providing good-quality school uniform and other clothing, equipment and supplies required for the school day.”

They are also looking for volunteers and donations.

Visit their website for more information: Edinburgh School Uniform Bank