Head Teacher’s Blog 04/02/2022

Dear Parents and Carers,

  • Apologies, typo corrected and
  • Congratulations to Rory in  P7C who won our first ever ‘Golden Haggis’. A fun award from Mr Wood, especially for the P7s for their best Poetry performance. Well done Rory.

Dear Parents and Carers,

  • Happy Chinese New Year to everyone, it is the Year of the Tiger. We wish all our Chinese families and friends all the very best for this special celebration.
  • Last week we had Scots week and the poetry from the children was a delight to hear! Scots Week Overall Poetry Winners are: Iona in P5A who beautifully recited ‘The Puddock’ by JM Caie,  and Ada in P3C who performed ‘The Crocodile’, by JK Annand with lots of actions and drama. Congratulations to Rory in  P7C who won our first ever ‘Golden Haggis’. A fun award from Mr Wood, especially for the P7s for their best Poetry performance. Well done everyone!
  • This week is Languages Week. The teachers have prepared activities and a competition for the children.
  • We have a wonderful rich international community in our school. Currently, we have 33 languages in school. They are:
    • Akan/Twi (Ghana), Arabic, Armenian, Bangala, Bangli/Bengali, Cantonese, Chinese (Modern), Danish, Dutch, Farsi/Iranian/Persian, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Kannada, Mandarin, Marathi, Nepalese, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swahili/ Kiswahili, Swedish, Tamil, Telugu, Turkish, Urdu and Uyghur.
  • Safer Internet Day: Safer Internet Day is celebrated globally on the 8th February each year to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology and to inspire everyone to use technology responsibly, respectfully, critically, and creatively. This year’s theme is ‘All fun and games? Exploring respect and relationships online’. Classes will be discussing internet safety over the week. It would be helpful if you could discuss internet safety with your children too.
  • Scottish Opera are working with our P6 classes on Thursday 17 March on ‘The Last Aliens’. It will be great to have them back in school again.
  • Clubs have started well: the Badminton Team are looking for more players for their Team. If your child is interested, please let the Badminton coach know. There are some school competitions and individual competitions.
  • Mandarin in S1 at BHS: Information has been shared with P7 families about choices for languages in S1 at Boroughmuir High School. The children have the choice of either French and German or Mandarin. Please make your selections and return them to Mr Wood. If anyone has not received this information, please let us know.
  • Recruitment of School Crossing Patrol Guides: If you are interested in, or know anyone who would like to be a Crossing Patrol Guide, please see the  vacancy which is on the myjobscotland website (www.myjobscotland.gov.uk) There are several posts available across the city.
  • Requests for Time out of School: Please try and take holidays and family visits during the school holidays. Any requests for more than two week’s out of school must be made directly with the City of Edinburgh Council.
  • The Highway Code changed on 29 January 2022. Our Junior Road Safety Officers will be looking at these changes and sharing them with their classes. They include:
  • drivers at a junction should give way to pedestrians crossing or waiting to cross a road that they’re turning into (but we also need to keep ourselves safe by always watching and checking)
  • cyclists have priority over cars in certain situations
  • changes to cyclist positioning so that they are more visible
  • drivers of HGVs now have ‘the greatest responsibility to reduce the danger posed to other road users’.
  • Find out about the eight main Highway Code changes on UK Government’s website or download their detailed table of changes
  • Warrender Park Swimming Club: are looking for new members aged 7 and over for their competitive team. Details have been emailed to you. Please contact joinwarrenderbc@gmail.com for further information.  
  • Covid Cases: this week we had 11 positive pupil cases on Monday, 7 on Tuesday, 2 on Wednesday and 1today. 6 classes have 2 or more cases in them and 1 have one case in the class.
  • Parent Consultations: days and times have been rescheduled for classes who missed their parent consultation due to staff absence. If you missed your appointment for any other reason, please let the teacher know.
  • Please remember the School Office Staff have a lot of work to do. Whenever possible, it is best to email the office team for things you need or any questions you may have. Any help you can give with this is much appreciated. admin@bruntsfield.edin.sch.uk

Kind regards,

Carol Kyle

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