Head Teacher’s Blog 11.06.2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

  • Information will come to you from the City of Edinburgh Council as soon as the decisions are finalised on returning to School in August.           
  • We shall do all that is needed to realise the plans when they are shared. We have started a lot of the preparation already.

The school is being cleaned every day, the water has all been tested. Risk assessments are written and updated as new information comes to us. Plans are drafted and being tested for ensuring safe entry to and from the school. Movements around the school are being tested as I write. Should anyone show any symptoms of COVID-19 whilst in school, PPE has arrived for the isolation room (our Meeting Room). At the moment, the focus is very much about ensuring all health and safety requirements are in place to ensure infection control is not a barrier to opening.

  • Golden Book Award: I am going to award all the P7s with this year’s Golden Book Award. They continue to work through the challenges of having their last school term at home, which is not what we had planned for them. The resilience skills they are learning may only become clear once they start at High School in August and discover they can do this. This learning will help them overcome the challenges they will face in the future and they will keep these ‘skills for life’ forever. I would like the P7s to have the Medal for their memory box for their last year at Bruntsfield.
  • P7 Transition: Arrangements have been made for P7 pupils to collect their Transition Booklet which has been produced especially to support transition to High Schools during lockdown. Details have been emailed to the P7 Classes about this.
  • P1 Transition: Meetings are organised for the new Primary 1’s Induction on Wednesday 17 June. We realise this will be different this year, but are also pleased to know the children are really enjoying the ‘Bear Hunt Edinburgh’ project.
  • Class Teachers for 2020-2021 and Transition to New Classes: The list of class teachers for 2020-2021 will be posted on Friday 19 June on our website. Teachers will post videos on Teams to welcome their new class on the last week of term. Transition will be different this year due to COVID-19 restrictions, but please be reassured, the teachers will work together to share information in order to build on this session’s learning and next steps. The children will have opportunities to meet with their current teacher during August as we are aware, they will want to spend some time with them too.
  • End of Session Reports: these will be emailed to you by our school admin team from Monday 15 June. They will not all arrive on the same day and will likely take at least a week to send them all. If you have any feedback for the class teachers, please email it to admin@bruntsfield.edin.sch.uk.  
  • An email has been sent to you inviting you to share your views, if you have missed it, the details are below.
  • The first is ‘Looking Forward, Coming Back Together’ which is about the priorities for your child or children for next session (please complete one for each child). We have focused on the GIRFEC (Getting it Right for Every Child) Health and Wellbeing Indicators to do this. This links with our current Improvement Plan. Your views will help support next steps for each stage and help us plan teaching and learning in 2020-2021.
  • The second is ‘Looking Forward, Coming Back Together as a School’.  Your views will influence our School Improvement Plan and will complement the City of Edinburgh Council’s focus on digital learning, health and wellbeing plus raising attainment in literacy, maths and numeracy. If you have any problems opening the links, I found both surveys opened using Chrome and copying and pasting the link.
    1. https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=af6sSGo3tUKfacnke7-5xP5b0LMLBuZLk-xtbumL2_hUNEVRTEs0UEU1SjcxVlU3Q0FUQUFWTDlRUi4u
    2. https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=af6sSGo3tUKfacnke7-5xP5b0LMLBuZLk-xtbumL2_hUMDBJV0FaNllXVjc4UlZZRDE0TUVTQlpYMy4u
  • Please help us help the children become ready for August by reinforcing the message of regular handwashing and keeping two metres social distancing as much as possible. I know it is hard, but full marks to the children and staff in Hub Schools who are trying to do this most of the time, with just a few reminders! The more the children get used to doing this at home and when they go out in the community, the easier it will be to do this in school.
  • The Royal Life Saving Society has a Drowning Prevention Week on the 12th to 19th of June. The following link contains resources for this week. It has advice and simple rules to follow in different water environments. The most relevant ones are.
  • Summer Water Safety
  • Water Safety at Home
  • The Water Safety Code
  • Five Points for Open Water Swimming Safely
  • Cold Water Shock – the facts                                                                                                                                                                                       Further information available at: https://www.rlss.org.uk/Pages/Category/water-safety-information

The Virtual Sports Day was wonderful, thank you all for contributing to this and to the staff for organising this.

Hopefully the sunshine will be out at the weekend. If it is, make the most of it and enjoy!

As always, if we can help in any way, please contact us via admin@bruntsfield.edin.sch.uk

Kind regards,

Carol Kyle

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