Since inviting our Patron, Lynne Rickards, to 'adopt' Comely Park primary in May there has been a frenzy of activity. Lynne very kindly set up a dedicated space on her blog for the school, and the response has been phenomenal: children are initiating really interesting conversations about reading and writing for pleasure, and are accessing the blog from both school and home. The success of this is really down to Lynne's enthusiastic and prompt replies - the children can't wait to see if they have had a response and love to share it with their friends, creating a culture of reading that extends beyond the classroom walls.
Lynne has also helped choose our new school Makar: makar is a Scots word to describe a poet, and the position of our very own school makar was developed when Liz Lochhead was appointed Scotland's national Makar. Our school makar writes poetry to add a pupil's perspective and commentary on various aspects of school life - such as sportsdays, charity events etc. Their work is published in the school newsletter and on the school website on a regular basis, and Lynne hopes to be able to add their poetry to her blog as well. Lynne will announce the winner when she comes to introduce herself to the children at our last school assembly of the year, so it's all very exciting. I wonder what the new term will have in store?