Friday, 10 February 2012

Thank you!

Thank you from all of us to all of you for working with us to provide the children with such a memorable, beneficial week away together. There will be some sleepy heads this evening, perhaps even this afternoon, following a jam packed week of daytime and evening activities, where every single P6 gave it their all. It has been a genuine pleasure to escort the pupils and we really enjoyed their company. P6s have made lasting bonds - with each other - and with the staff.

The Sciennes staff also gave it their all and sustained the 24/5 duty by working very closely as a team. All contributed to this blog but particular thanks to Ms French for major input, blogging in every spare minute (though these were few!) and adding so many posts written by the children themselves. We will publish more photographs here after the holiday.

Thank you to P6 teachers Ms French, Miss Gaffney and Mrs Watson for devoting their time, energy and above all care to their children, making sure all the pupils had the best possible experience.

Ms Christie was her usual amazing self: high profile with all the groups day and night - as were all the staff.  Mr McKenna is a seasoned camper, highly experienced in Outdoor Education, and the staff appreciated his presence just as much as all the children did. We were delighted he could join us. Miss Swanson is extremely fond of the year group, having worked with them so closely in P4, and Mr Wallace really enjoyed getting to know all the children better. Grateful thanks to the entire team and also to the extended team back at Sciennes, particularly Mrs Noble, Ms Anstruther, Mrs Atkinson and Mrs Ellis.

We are indebted to all the magnificent staff at Benmore who go out of their way to make our stay with them as comfortable as it can possibly be, always going the extra mile to accommodate our needs, and for the great skill,  expertise and dedication of the instructors. After a full day's activities from 9am till 5pm, each instructor spent additional time last night preparing individual comments written personally for each pupil for their JASS folders. All pupils who took part this week will also receive the 'Adventure' certificate; one quarter of the way towards full Bronze award accreditation.

Thank you to Mr Howie and all the staff back at school who have ensured that the four pupils who remained also had an enjoyable and interesting week.

Thank you most sincerely to all the families who support us, not least of all financially, in providing what we believe to be an invaluable educational opportunity for our children.

We hope you have a wonderful holiday and we look forward to building on the success of this week. Well done, Primary Six! Have a good rest - you really deserve it.  Happy holidays everyone!  
Ms Gallagher


  1. A big thanks to everyone involved for enabling the children to go away this week & have such a great time. Eilidh has come back tired but happy and with plenty of great stories. Her diary has also been an interesting read - spaghetti hoops for breakfast!?
    Thank you again & I hope that everyone enjoys a well-earned rest over the next week.
    (Eilidh Cline 6C)

  2. Charlie has had a fantastic time! We are really enjoying his stories and his films. It has been a great experience for him. Thank you to all the staff who made this trip so memorable.
    Sarah and Oscar.

  3. THANK YOU!!! to everyone who organised the trip. I really enjoyed it all. The food was great and the activities were fun and exciting. Afterwards I was so tired I fell asleep on the bus.
    See you all next week
    from Clare 6B

  4. I fell asleep on the bus too Clare, was a very exciting week. Glad everyone had fun as all the staff did too. Brilliant year group to take away and I'm very proud of the level of enthusiasm they put in to the activities. Well done and enjoy your week of relaxation!

    Miss Gaffney