Head Teacher’s Blog 16/06/2022

Dear Parents and Cares,

  • I hope you all enjoyed the Parent Council Summer Event on Saturday. I hope you all enjoyed the Parent Council Summer Playground Event on Saturday. Thanks to all who took part.
  • Wider Achievements:
    • Magnus, P7A, won first place and Ewan, P7C, won second place in the Novice Section at The Rattle and Squeak Drumming Competition organised by The City of Edinburgh Pipe Band, held at Boroughmuir High School on Tuesday 31st March. Well done boys, this is great news!
    • Emma Grant, P5C, designed a wordsearch to raise awareness of Children’s Rights and to raise funds for children from Ukraine.  Her parents helped her set up a stall on Saturday at the School Playground event and she has already raised £160. Emma has been given over £100 in prizes to give away from local businesses.  The initial quiz was for P4-P7 children, due to so many requests, Emma has also designed a quiz for P1 – P3. Emma will talk to the P1-P3 classes about the quiz this week if your children would like to join in, there is still time to do so. Well done Emma!
    • P5 boys won their football tournament on Saturday, competing against 6 Edinburgh teams. This was especially impressive as it was their first tournament and they were undefeated! Well done P5 Football Team and their coaches.
  • Parent Council: Thank you to everyone who has been part of our Parent Council over the years and for everything you have done to support the school and the Community. Working together has been a real privilege and together, we have achieved many things. The list is huge! The final meeting of the session was on Tuesday. If you would like to be involved helping in the Parent Council, please do! The minutes are on the Parent Council Website: www.bruntsfield.or or you may email them with your suggestions.
  • P1 Welcome Meeting: It was lovely to see all our new Primary 1 children and their families at our Welcome Meeting on Wednesday. Our Choir performed beautifully, and the children had a great time meeting their teacher for next session.
  • Standard and Quality Report for 2021-2022 and our Improvement Plan for 2022-2023: Please find attached the Parent and Carer Standard and Quality Report Summary for 2022-2023. The 2022-2023 Improvement Plan has been added to our Website, along with the full version of the Standard and Quality Report. A few weeks ago, I shared our plans for next session, if you missed them, details are copied below.
  • Improvement Plan: Each year the City of Edinburgh Council share their strategic vision with us, and we use this knowledge to help us plan our Cluster Improvement Plans. Our Improvement Plan, along with our Standard and Quality Report, will be shared with your when we have finalised the details, but will include the following:
    • Learning, teaching and assessment: developing teaching skills in line with Edinburgh Learns Teachers Charter; Empowered Learning- this is developing the use of ICT in learning and teaching with new resources. i pads will be provided for all P6 and P7 children plus one i pad for every 5 children in each of the P1-P5 classes, in addition to our own school purchased i pads that we already have. The new devices will be with us by December 2022; we shall continue to develop and implement the P5-P7 World of Work programme; Outdoor Learning and ongoing work to develop writing and Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) all with a focus on helping to raise attainment in Literacy and Numeracy.
    • Equalities: we shallcontinue to develop knowledge of an inclusive, diverse and decolonised curriculum; evaluate the impact of anti-bullying strategies, from the training we had in January 2021; continue to personalise support and improve outcomes for children in receipt of Pupil Equity Funding or who are, or have been, care experienced and continue to explore and implement Children’s Rights. The Cluster Transition Teacher will work with Cluster Schools and together, they will update our Support for Learning/ Additional Support Needs Policy to ensure consistency across our learning community.It all sounds very exciting!

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

Kind regards,

Carol Kyle

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