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Leith Primary in Space !
May 2016

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For the first time ever Leith Primary has gone into space!

On Wednesday a team of P5 to P7 children launched an high altitude balloon to a height of over 30 kilometres above the earth.

The team applied for and got permission from the Civil Aviation

Authority to launch from the foot of Ben Nevis at exactly 1.30pm.  This allowed for high altitude winds to bring the balloon South East.

After driving to Fort William the team launched the balloon with 3 cameras and a GPS tracker plus various small toys and a bag of sand from the nursery!

Photos of the launch and then the moment the balloon bursts

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While the launch group returned to Leith, 2 cars of children and parents drove to Aberfoyle where the GPS tracker indicated the payload had landed around 4pm.

After a challenging search and much perseverance the remains of the balloon were found in an area of wild land near Loch Lomond!  The cameras were brought back to school on Thursday.  We have 2 amazing films of the whole flight which will be edited and then released.  They show take off, final burst of the balloon in space and landing.

Many, many thanks to all the children. To Louis and Johnny for their help and enthusiasm and for then persevering and finding the balloon near a plantation of very tall trees.  Thank you to Mrs Matthews for all her help on the day.

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First green flag for Leith Primary!
Dec 2015

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We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded our Eco Schools green flag!

As many of you know we have been working towards this status for many years. Last Thursday all this hard work culminated with a visit from Briony, an inspector from Eco Schools Scotland.  Briony was greeted by three members of our Eco Committee: Evie, John and Lottie. They then gave her a fantastic tour of the school and the school grounds and were able to confidently point out and discuss all the eco work and activities that have been going on around the school. Following this we held meetings with both the Eco Committee and representatives from other groups including the Fair Trade Group and Rights Respecting Schools Group. Briony was extremely impressed not only by the eco work and activities that are part of our school routine and curriculum but also by how enthusiastic, articulate and knowledgeable the children were (they didn’t stop talking!) She was also impressed with the links we have made with groups such as Community Crops in Pots who have done brilliant work in setting up growing space in our playground and with our link to Nyabyeya Primary in Uganda. We are currently awaiting the actual green flag itself but hope to have it flying proudly on its flagpole early in the New Year!  Mrs Hind