Head Teacher’s Blog 19/12/2019

Dear Parents and Carers,

  • What a busy end of term we have had! Pantomimes, Parties, Nativities, Christmas Carols and songs! Great fun has been had by all.  Fantastic to see all the P1 and P7 pupils at the Church together on Thursday.
  • £234 was raised for Edinburgh Children’s Hospital from the Nativity Collection. In addition, £289.10 was raised for Save the Children on Christmas Jumper Day. Thank you all.
  • Shivanyaah P4C was judged as the winning entry from Bruntsfield Primary School for Ian Murray’s Christmas Card out of Competition. The overall winning entry was designed by Laila from Sciennes Primary School. 2000 children from 14 schools entered. Well done to all who entered.
  • The P4 children have had their 4 sessions of yoga. The first three sessions concentrated on improving balance and coordination as well as highlighting the importance of looking after our feet. The children also spent time reinforcing what they had learnt last year, lions breath, crocodile pose and child’s pose, which all help reduce worry and anxiety as well as insomnia. Specific yoga poses they learnt were Warrior I, Chair, Forward Fold (standing and seated), Eagle and Downward Dog. The final session was a chair yoga class. Seated yoga is used as ‘movement snacks’. Thank you to Caroline Phillips Urch for leading this and the Parent Council for funding this exciting initiative.
  • There is still time to complete the survey for HM Inspectors from Education Scotland before it closes on Friday 19 December at https://forms.education.gov.scot/s/04&seed=5521726&t=1. Our inspection is on 13 January 2020 and will focus on learning, teaching and assessment and raising attainment.
  • At the Inservice Days on Tuesday 7 and Wednesday 8 January, staff will continue our plans to improvement writing and moderation to ensure quality of standard across the Three Primary Schools. Health and Wellbeing next steps will be planned. I am very pleased most of the children are talking knowledgeably about the wellbeing indicators (safe, healthy, active, nurtured, achieving, responsible, respected and included) and what they mean to them.
  • The scaffolding should be removed during the holidays from the rear of the school to the East side to allow the final sections of windows to be painted. After the holidays, the children should line up at their place and if there are any changes we shall let you know.
  • We say farewell, but not goodbye, to Mrs Pat Elmi who has been a pupil support assistant at Bruntsfield for many years. We all thank Mrs Elmi for all she has done for our School and children and wish her a very happy retirement.
  • Updates of new staff will follow in January, the paperwork is almost complete.


School opens to children on Thursday 9 January and I look forward to seeing everyone in school.

Until then, have a lovely holiday, take care, look after yourselves and each other.


Kindest regards,

Carol Kyle

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