Rowanfield Book Festival

Rowanfield Book festival 2nd June 10:00-11:30

We’ve all gone book crazy here at Rowanfield in preparation for our very own Book Festival.  We’ve got two days of activities planned including house challenges, a book club cafe, and a visit from John Fardell, author of Rowanfield favourites Manfred the Baddie and The Day Louis Got Eaten.

Cover of Book, Manfred the Baddie

As part of our celebrations we will be launching Bookbuddies.  Bookbuddies is a celebration of the magic of sharing picture books with an adult.  It is all about reading books together and growing to love them.  The Bookbuddy programme will give children the chance to own their own brand new special books and to build a library of pictures books they can share and love.  We are delighted to be running this project with the support of the Carnegie Trust.

bookbuddies logo


Bakers Delight!


Members of the Zone, their Cake & Card were tweeted across the globe this week when long time friend of the school, Angus Hogg retired from his role as Chair of the CarnegieUK Trust.

CarnegieUK Trust have supported the Nurture Zone in many initiatives to raise attainment and achievement – not least with our state of the art kitchen, all of which have also impacted greatly on the rest of the school.

Pupils from the Nurture Zone baked a cake  and designed a card especially to celebrate Angus’s retirement and to say thanks for all his visits to and interest in the Zone.

It is not every pupil that can say  they made a card that has been held and read by such famous Scots.file2

Thanks Angus & Good Luck!


STAY TUNED for our next exciting venture supported by Carnegie #bookbuddy


Cycle Trainers Assistant Course

 The South West Active Schools neighbourhood team have organised a Cycle Trainers Assistant course in April for any teachers/school support staff/parents or other volunteers who wish to support schools to deliver Bikeability.

SW Neighbourhood Cycle Trainers Assistant Course. This enables candidates to deliver levels 1 and 2 Bikeability

Saturday 22nd April from 9.30-5pm at Wester Hailes Education Centre.

This is a 10hrs course, with 3hrs self-learning and 7hrs contact with the tutor.  For more information on the content of the course follow this link Cycling Hub. To log onto the course follow the link and enter the course Access Code is CS58B94D. You will need to register with Cycling Scotland.

Candidates need to be able to cycle competently and must bring their own bike and helmet to the course.

February Roundup 

Our year continues to be a busy one here a Rowanfield with lots of things going on.

We have started our Film Projects with Screen Ed.  the Juniors and Seniors are learning how to plan, direct, shoot and edit a movie.  Look out for more exciting news soon!

It’s been all about healthy exercise in the Seniors.  They have started swimming lessons once a week, they continue to work with Spartans Football on Fridays and are now learning Parkour.   Instructors from Access Parkour have been working with the team to develop their Free Running skills.

The Juniors have been focussed on the written word over the past month.  They have studied poetry, made films inspired by poems and books and reviewed what they have read.  They are now working on traditional tales.  They have built houses for Little Pifs, rafts for Billy Goats Gruff and created some fearsome trolls from clay.  They recently visited the Yard where they showed some fantastic cycling skills.  

As part of our Rowanfield Outdoor Education Programme everyone has visited the Water of Leith Conservation Trust with Mrs Barr.  They have created shelters, taken part in a treasure trail and even built fires.

Next month we will be celebrating Red Nose Day and some children will be going on a Hopscotch adventure.

January Round Up

Happy New Year! Its been a busy 2017 so far here at Rowanfield.  Here are some of the highlights.

We seem to have been waiting for snow for ages and at last, earlier this month we got some.  Everyone put on their warm clothes and rushed outside.  There wasn’t quite enough to make a snowman but we did have fun making snow angels and catching snowflakes.

boy catching snowflakes

We were delighted to welcome representatives from Hibernian FC into Rowanfield as part of their Persevered Scottish Cup Trophy Tour.  They told how Hibernian waited 114 years, since 1902 when it last won the famous trophy, sharing the message: persevere. To find out more visit the Persevered Website

Boy standing next to Scottish Cup

Our House Mascots have been looking a little chilly of late but thanks to Mrs Scott, they are all warm and cosy again.  Their winter woolies arrived this week and all four bears are now sporting smart new jumpers.  Thank you knitters!

Four teddy bears in jumpers

This week is national story telling week.  We have been celebrating by retelling our favourite tales.  Some of the adults got in on the act and classes were invited to listen to the story of the Pied Piper in the special story telling room.