Head Teacher’s Blog 4/10/2019

Dear Parents and Carers,


  • I thought you may like to know the countries our children come from as we celebrated European Language Day, I have included our Worldwide countries as well, to show the complete list! Albania, Bulgaria, Czechia, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and Bangladesh, China, Guangzhou, Gujrat, India, Iran, Japan, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Sir Lanka, Thailand, Turkey, United States of America, Zimbabwe. What a wonderful community we are!
  • Thank you all for coming to our Parent, Pupil, Teacher Consultations. There was a great atmosphere around the school and lots of positive feedback. Thank you all for completing our questions. RRS is Rights Respecting Schools, we have achieved our Silver Award and are working towards our Gold Award in the next year or two. The Wellbeing Indicators link to GIRFEC (Getting it Right for Every Child) and include Safe, Healthy, Active, Nurtured, Achieving, Respected, Responsible and Included and are often referred to as the SHANARRI Indicators for short. We shall do lots of work on this over the session with your children and update you as the year progresses. Feedback on the Building Resilience Programme will help us plan our next steps, thank you.
  • School crossing guide: An advert for the post will appear very shortly on the ‘myjobscotland’ website. If you know of anyone who would be interested, please let them know.
  • Yoga: The P7s have had their 4 sessions of yoga funded by the Parent Council. The focus was strength and balance: finding strength and balance in the body, mind and breath as well as discussing how these relate to us in everyday life. The children learnt yoga poses to challenge their balance and increase strength and worked together in groups to create poses themselves. Each session included a few minutes of relaxation in stillness and breathing techniques which they are encouraged to use if ever they feel anxious, worried or upset. These were taught alongside the anatomy and physiology of the breath. Thank you to Mrs Caroline Urch for leading the Yoga and to all of you for supporting this initiative from the Parent Council. Other initiatives planned for this session are Mini Medics to help learn First Aid Techniques, working with Scottish Opera and Screen Printing. All very exciting!
  • Building Work: The scaffolding at the front of the building will be dismantled over a number of days next week, which is good news.  They will then move it round to the west side of the building.  There will be more Heras fencing during the period of time while it is being erected – some of this will be in the October Holiday.  It is likely Door 3 will be closed. I we shall use the Door 4 (the door next to it by the girls toilets) Signs will be put up to redirect visitors and staff will help with lines until everyone is comfortable where they are going.
  • Harvest: Each year we collect donations for a local food bank, this year is no exception. P3 pupils lead the Harvest Celebrations at Barclay Viewforth Church on Wednesday 9 October at 1.50pm (details have been emailed to P3 parents and carers). The whole school will celebrate on Friday 11 October. Rev Martyn Pearce will join us on Friday as well as supporting the P3s on Wednesday and we look forward to welcoming him to our School Community. As part of the Primary 3’s Harvest focus they are gathering cans, tins and dried food items. These non-perishable items will be delivered to the ‘Basics Bank’ that works from Bruntsfield Evangelical Church on Fridays. Sadly, we cannot accept fresh or perishable foods. Please give any donations to your class teacher by Wednesday 9th October.
  • Parent Council: Thank you to all the Office Bearers who have supported the life of the School this year and welcome to the new team who are continuing the good work this session. Particular thanks go to Mr David Urch, for all the help and support he has given the School and Community during his time as Chair of the Parent Council. Welcome to Mrs Karen Galloway, our new Parent Council Chair, I look forward to continuing a very good partnership with you.


Please remember, if there is anything I can do to help, please let me know.

Kind regards,

Carol Kyle

Head Teacher

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