Head Teacher’s Blog 5/06/2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

  • Returning to School: Andy Gray, Chief Education Officer, has sent information to you and it is posted on our Website, sharing the City of Edinburgh Council Position. All headteachers in the City are working out the details of how to do this. It is complex as we are working out ways to have as many children in school, whilst maintaining social distancing with the number of staff able to work. There are meetings next week with CEC to discuss Health and Safety issues. As soon as the Council position is finalised, I shall share our plans with you.
  • Your Views: I have two surveys for you to complete please to help us in ‘Looking Forward: Coming Back Together’. One is for your child’s stage to share your priorities. The other is on School Improvement Priorities. They will be emailed to you next week.
  • Special Thank You: I would like to thank Mrs Ingrid Ramsay for all the work she has done helping with everything from supporting 365 Teams, updating our website, placing orders, setting up Teams for Running, Junior Duke to being at the end of a phone to help when needed. She is an inspiration to us all on ways to keep the school going. Thank you Ingrid!
  • Music Tuition: Mrs Anjelica Aydin and Mr Neil Cameron have set up Teams for their pupils who receive violin and cello tuition. Please email them via admin@bruntsfield.edin.sch.uk if you have any questions.
  • Transition to P7: We are working with BHS and Cluster Colleagues to have Virtual Visits and Meetings with pupils as part of their 3 day visits. I am sorry this is not the experience the children and you were looking forward to for their transition, however, the keeping the pupils, staff, yourselves and the community virus free is the first priority. Details of the High School visits, from all our City High Schools, will be emailed to you as I am aware, our children go to a number of High Schools across the City. We shall mark the end of P7 and Primary School life with the children to ensure they know how much we value how wonderful they have been over the last 7 years in School. Details will be shared when they are finalised.
  • Transition for Nursery Children into P1: Social Stories, virtual tours and planning meetings have all started. Due to social distancing requirements we shall have Virtual Transition Meetings on Wednesday 17 June and we look forward to welcoming you properly in August.
  • School App for Parents: If you are having trouble finding this on Apple devices it is available at the Apple App Store at https://apple.co/2Gvy17w

For devices which use Google Play Store it is http://bit.ly/2uZIrGf

  • If you are using a school I pad, please go into settings and switch off I cloud, face times and messages as soon as possible. This prevents hundreds of notification emails of facetime meetings, messages and photos being sent to our school account.
  • There is a national #DYWKeyWorkers campaign in June to make children and young people more aware of the broad variety of jobs within our key sectors and what skills and qualities key workers need for their jobs every day. Keep an eye out on social media to be inspired by case studies, videos and insights from key workers across Scotland.
  • We’re also encouraging primary pupils to get involved in the campaign by getting creative and completing some fun, key worker related activities. You can find more information and download the activity sheets on our website – https://www.dyw-edinmideast.com/news–events/dywkeyworkers
  • School Uniform for next session: To keep both staff and customers safe, Aitkin and Niven will be operating on an appointment only basis this summer. To help schools and their parents we have allocated a recommended appointment window for your school, which is Monday 27th July until Sunday 22nd August. Please, where possible, book during this window. The online store will be operating as normal, all uniforms and P7 sweatshirts are in stock. Please register at www.stevensons.co.uk and you will be notified via email when the appointments will be live for you to book.
  • Please let us know of any questions, queries via admin@bruntsfield.edin.sch.uk

I was in school on Monday, measuring classroom sizes to allow us to plan our return to school. Next week, we shall start mapping out one way systems, class layouts and all the other details to allow the building to be ready for you. As soon as all the risk assessments, plans and details are complete, I shall share the City of Edinburgh Council’s and School Recovery Plan with you.

In the meantime, keep safe and look after yourselves.

Kind regards,

Carol Kyle

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