the doors of Coldstream Primary School were opened wide last week to welcome families into their children’s classrooms.
As part of the school’s Family Learning week parents and carers were invited in to join the children, not sitting at their desks for ordinary lesson but for some learning fun at events including dragon making, stories, exercise and drama.
Three of the younger classes enjoyed a visit from Aileen Finlay from the Scottish Storytelling Centre who entertained children and families with traditional tales and songs using puppets.
Aileen Finlay, who grew up in the Borders, tells her own versions of traditional tales from Scotland and around the world.
When she’s not telling stories she works as a puppeteer, handcrafting her own puppets which join her in her storytelling.
The story session gave parents an insight into how well the children can listen, sitting in rapt attention, and get involved with the creativity of story telling by adding their own ideas to the stories and participating enthusiastically.
Further up the school parents shared a tai chi session with their children and enjoyed a session sharing tips on dealing with anger.
The Local Integration Team, police and staff from the Coldstream Youth project visited the school to talk with P7 pupils and their parents about internet safety.
There was also an interactive ‘Parents Wall’ where the visitors were invited to comment on issues to do with their children’s learning.
And with a total of over 70 parents going in to take part in the various activities during the week, organisers were delighted at the success of the Family Learning Week.
Scottish Borders Council’s policy of parental involvement, which was drawn up in 2008 states that “children do better at school when parents, carers and other family members are involved in their education” and the past week at Coldstream was a chance to see this in action.
Headteacher, Fiona Molloy said: “Moira Hall, principle teacher with responsibility for parental involvement, alongside Catherine Hadshar (community learning and development) worked tirelessly with a fully supportive school staff, to design this highly successful week.
“It was wonderful to see pupils and parents actively engaged together in the many and varied activites.”
Catherine Hadshar, from Scottish Borders Council’s community learning and development department added: “We came away with lots of useful information from the Parents Wall and we now have a list of people who are keen to take part in new courses that we hope to offer in the months to come.
“It was great to get the chance to talk with parents about opportunities in adult learning.”