Monday, January 18, 2010

Rock climbing at Tranent Indoor Wall

Earlier today, some of us went with some of Mr Darling's class to learn how to rock climb, at Tranent Indoor Climbing Wall.
There, we learned some very important skills from our Outdoor Education specialist, Andy Duff:-
1) How to use the correct safety equipment when rock climbing.
2) How important it is to work safely.
3) How to work together well and support each other.
4) How to have fun!

And, it was great fun! Mr Purves, who did most of the filming, also had a go himself, and he enjoyed it too!
The rest of the Primary 5 class will have plenty to look forward to when they go rock climbing in February.

Friday, January 15, 2010

What a wonderful winter!

We have PE lesson today and we skied in the forest . The weather was good and we skied 3 km. The forest is especially beautiful this winter. There is a lot of snow in the forest, as you can see. We hope that you enjoy these pictures.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Arja and Mari build an igloo!

When all the snow fell recently here in Gifford, Arja and Mari, along with their sister, decided to build an igloo. This was the first time they had ever built an igloo, because they have never had so much snow here in Gifford. They had great fun!

Now for the roof!

Can you see Sini, who came to help Arja, Mari and their sister build the igloo?

The igloo is finished!

This is the finished igloo- the first they have ever been able to build!

With the finished igloo!

More than 8 hours after they started, Arja and Mari are finished, and they proudly admire their work, with other family members and friends.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

The Big Freeze in Scotland!

Happy New Year to everyone in Denmark and Finland!

We were supposed to start back at school yesterday, but it has been VERY cold in Scotland over the holidays, and we have had lots of snow.

On the TV, they are saying that it has been the coldest winter for almost 30 years here!

Although the children were off school today, some of the teachers got to school, and Mr Purves took these pictures of the playground and around the village. The temperature this morning in Gifford was -13C at 9am.

The parking area for the staff's cars.

The entrance to the playground!

Our janitor Alan had cleared a path through the snow in the playground. The snow is more than 40cm deep here!

Looking back to the car park from the school.

You can see how deep it is here!

In the village, there are lots of icicles like these.

A snowy scene at the church.

Danger of falling icicles!

This man was digging his car out of the snow at 3pm this afternoon!

More icicles.

You have seen this photo before, in the spring time. It's certainly different now!

Watch your head!

The road out of Gifford village.