Tynecastle News November 2017

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Another busy and very productive month here at Tynecastle, with a well-earned rest for most during the October break and two very exciting opportunities for students and staff who were on the Science Florida Trip and the Performance Football Trip to Madrid. While focusing very much on Parents’ Nights, reporting and ensuring that our students are working to potential, we are also very much looking forward to our Place2Be Event, Book Week and the Locality Dance Show over the coming weeks. I hope to see you at these and other events. Hazel Kinnear, Head Teacher

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Breakfast Club

Breakfast PlateWe have a new Breakfast Club open to all students – and free of charge! – starting on Monday the 21st of August. The club will be on from 7.45am – 8.20am, Monday to Friday, in the Community Wing and run by Mrs McGregor. Every student at Tynecastle is welcome to come along! There will be cereal, toast, fresh fruit, porridge, fruit juice, water and cereal bars available.

Breakfast Club is drop-in, no need to book and no charge, it’s free – everyone welcome!

Our Week of Digital Learning Festivities

(l-r) Councillor Cathy Fullerton, Councillor Cammy Day, Head Teacher Hazel Kinnear, Jenni Robertson

It’s been a fun week of Digital Learning here at Tynecastle. On Tuesday morning we had a reception to celebrate the recognition of our digital learning programme as an ‘Apple Distinguished Programme‘. Attended by a number of local dignitaries, business leaders and educators, Councillor Cammy Day, Education Convenor for the City of Edinburgh Council, unveiled our new Apple Distinguished Programme plaque! The story also featured in the Evening News – read the article by following this link…

On Tuesday evening we held our first evening community event celebrating digital learning. Families from our four associated primaries and from Tynecastle attended, taking part in science experiments with wireless temperature probes, beat the goalie including video analysis of your footwork!, animation, digital drawing, robotics and more. Linking in with this year’s National Internet Safety Day, we also heard about how to develop our Digital Resilience from Sarah at Place2B, our community police officer, PC Scott, and one of our student support leaders, Louise Moultray.

Krissie Davis, our Curriculum Leader of Science, ready to test temperatures!

On Wednesday and Thursday P6 classes from our associated primaries (Balgreen, Craiglockhart, Dalry and Stenhouse Primary Schools) came along and took part in digital learning workshops with a number of our teachers and students. The students took part in workshops around art, history, modern languages, music and science. It was great to have our learning communities come together and learn from each other.

Exploring the Carbon Cycle through stop-frame animation
Some more carbon cycle animation!
Practicing our French conversations using Puppet Pals 2