Head Teacher’s Blog 25/02/2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

  • P1-P3 children are back in school and it is lovely to have them all with us. The Scottish Government have given a provisional date for P4-P7 as the 15 March. As soon as this is confirmed, I shall let you know. We are all missing the children in P4-P7 (although one P3 child did say it was great having the whole school to themselves!)
  • Equalities: if you have suggestions of black historical figures, artists, novelists, mathematicians, scientists, etc which link to the class learning theme, please share them with us. We are building our own knowledge and this would be a great way to share across our community. Poet Jackie Kay has been suggested by one family, as well as Gina B for home workout. Thank you, your suggestions are most welcome, do keep them coming!
  • Crossing Patrol Guide: If you, or anyone you know, is interested in becoming a School Crossing Guide. Jobs are advertised  https://www.myjobscotland.gov.uk/councils/city-edinburgh-council/jobs/school-crossing-patrol-guides-citywide-locations-209703 Closing Date: 8 March 2021
  • George Watson’s College has been designated as a Community Sport Hub by Sport Scotland. This means they can work with the City of Edinburgh Council and other local partners to help provide more opportunities for people in our community to be physically active. An email has been sent to you, sharing ways you can become involved.
  • St Oswald’s Hall: Plans are with the City of Edinburgh Council for work to be done on St Oswald’s Hall. Our neighbours will have received their letter. If you would like to see them, please visit www.edinburgh.gov.uk/planningcomments Application number 21/00359/FUL
  • How to Stay Calm in a Global Pandemic: We were given the chance to read this really good support guide written by Dr Emma Hepburn,  clinical Psychologist called ‘How to stay calm in a Global pandemic. Emma covers good, practical strategies for looking after our own mental health, including reframing, improving mood, practising self-compassion and kindness. https://www.hachette.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/How-to-Stay-Calm-in-a-Global-Pandemic-Free-ebook.pdf  If you have any good suggestions we can share, please do.

World Book Day Thursday 4th March. Yes, next week!

  • All children and staff are invited to take part in ‘The Extreme Reading Challenge’.For this they should go to an unusual place to read a book and have a photograph taken. This could be a favourite place or somewhere unusual. Please send your photographs to your child’s class teacher through Teams.
  • Photos will be shared on our website for you all to enjoy. (Please mark your photo clearly if it is not to be shared.)
  • £1 Book vouchers: everyone will have the chance of a FREE book from the titles published especially for World Book Day. P1-3 will be organised  through the school. P4-7 children are invited to choose from the selected titles from our local bookshop, the Edinburgh Bookshop. There is no need for a voucher, just mention your child is a Bruntsfield pupil. Class teachers will provide more information about the different books on Teams. 

As always, if there is anything we can do to help, please let us know at admin@bruntsfield.edin.sch.uk

Kind regards,

Carol Kyle

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