Head Teacher’s Update 22/09/2023

Dear Parents/Carers,

Industrial Action

You are probably aware by now that all schools in Edinburgh will be closed on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday next week due to industrial action by non-teaching staff.

Monday will be a normal day.  On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, learning will be delivered online.  Our staff will check in with all the children every morning using TEAMS (an exact time will be shared with you by the class teacher before you log in), and provide every child with a set of tasks which should keep them busy for some time.  Pre ordered lunches will be cancelled for those days.  We hope to see every child back at school on Friday at the usual times.

Should the situation change, we will endeavour to notify you as soon as we can.

Lay Member Volunteering – Closing date: 29th September 2023

The Inspectorate of Education is actively recruiting members of the public to join our school inspection teams as Lay Members.

Further information about responsibilities and application form can be found on Current vacancies | About Education Scotland | Education Scotland

To apply for this exciting volunteering opportunity please complete the application form and submit to Guch Dhillon (Head of Scrutiny) at guch.dhillon@educationscotland.gov.scot

Lay Members take a particular interest in aspects of school life, including relationships between staff and pupils and schools’ partnerships with parents and the local community. You will spend one day in the school. You will make a positive and valuable contribution to improving Scottish education bringing a new perspective to our work. You will contribute to the overall work of a school inspection team, resulting in a published report for parents. The report identifies strengths and areas for improvement and help schools to improve the experiences and achievements of children and young people.

We are looking for people form a variety of backgrounds, with different skills, experience and knowledge. Our Lay members team will benefit from a membership drawn from a range of life experiences.


All medicines must be well labelled and handed into the School Office.

Lost Property

From next week, all lost property will be displayed in the front playground every Friday morning. 


The weather is gradually changing as we move into the autumn season.  Please ensure your child comes to school with a warm coat (labelled with their name) as they will be doing outdoor learning at least once a week and be out during breaktime.

Cycle to School Week

Delivered by the Bikeability Trust and supported by Sustrans, Cycle to School Week is a week-long event where schools encourage families and pupils to cycle or scoot to school. It’s a great opportunity to celebrate cycling and scooting and the positive impact it has on children’s health and wellbeing.

 This year’s challenge will run from 25th -29th September. Please encourage your children to use their voice with our brand-new activity that encourages pupils to write a letter to the Prime Minister about why cycling is so important.

Children, teachers and families also have the opportunity to make a pledge for the week. All entrants will be entered into a prize draw to win a children’s Frog bike. Visit https://www.bikeability.org.uk/cycletoschoolweek/ to find out more.

Volunteers for the Junior Library

We now currently have a Junior Library in our GP2 Room.  If anyone care spare a little time each week to sort our books, it would be very well appreciated!  Please contact Mrs Lamond by e-mail if you are interested and available.

Friends of the Meadows and Bruntsfield Links

The community group Friends of the Meadows and Bruntsfield Links have recently planted 25 trees along the path between Warrender Park Road and Bruntsfield Terrace. Have a look at their work.  They would welcome comments about the species they have chosen and are looking for ideas for a name for the path.  You can get in contact with them via their X Page.

Kind regards,

Stephen Gilhooley

Stephen Gilhooley

Head Teacher

Bruntsfield School



EH10 4NA

0131 229 1821

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