Head Teachers Blog 12/11/2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

  • Building Resilience: This month’s theme is ‘Take a Moment’. A very good topic for this time of year when time to pause and reflect is so good for everyone’s wellbeing.
  • Book Week: Next week is Book Week. All the staff will be discussing books with the children, I hope you find time to enjoy one too!
  • Anti-Bullying Week: Monday 16- Friday 20th November: The City of Edinburgh Council has launched its updated policy on ‘Preventing and Responding to Bullying and Prejudice Amongst Children and Young People’. We shall update our School Policies to reflect latest guidance. Teachers will discuss this topic with their classes throughout the week. Ways to recognise and prevent bullying behaviour and strategies to change this behaviour will be a focus for discussion in class and with our Pupil Groups.
  • Respectme is Scotland’sAnti-Bullying Service booklet is a Guide for Parents and is availableat http://respectme.org.uk/resources/publications/      
  • P1 Enrolment is well under way, lots of applications are in already. If you have not registered, or know anyone who has not, please let them know.
  • Covid-19 Update: Thank you for continuing to do all you are doing to help prevent the spread of the virus. Do continue to take time out of school if a member of your household has any symptoms of the virus. It is really good news that a vaccine may be ready soon, but even more essential we keep social distancing, hand washing, face coverings going to keep everyone in school and our community safe.
  • Parent Consultations: Thank you to all who have had their phone calls this week. The teachers have really enjoyed talking to you and are very pleased you have found the discussion helpful. We still have more parents to call today.
  • Road Safety: Please continue to reinforce road safety messages with your children and we shall continue to do this in school. Our Community Police Team will deliver road safety talks to P4 classes though Teams on Friday 20 November. Taking extra time to check vehicles have stopped when the green man comes up at the crossings, or if there are roadworks, is always good advice to share. We are working with the Council to find replacement and supply Crossing Patrols at Polworth and Merchiston Place. If you know of anyone who would like this job, do let us know and we can put them in touch with the Council if they do not see the adverts.
  • Latest Government information on Scottish Child Payment for children under 6 years old wasemailed to you earlier this week. Further information is available at NationalEngagementPartnershipTeam@socialsecurity.gov.scot or you may apply online at www.mygov.scot/benefits or talk to someone for advice by phone at 0800 182 2222. If you view the website in GoogleChrome, the ‘translate’ option translates the whole page. The factsheet is available in Urdu, Cantonese, Mandarin, Polish, Arabic, Farsi and Gaelic.

If there is anything I, or another member of our Team can do to help, please contact us at admin@bruntsfield.edin.sch.uk

Kind regards,

Carol Kyle

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