Head Teacher’s Update 10/11/2023


Dear Parents and Carers,

Assembly this week reflected on Dyslexia Week and talked about Remembrance Sunday.  We also gave out our new certificates and talked about the success of our Outdoor Learning Day.

Outdoor Learning Day

Almost every class were in Bruntsfield Links yesterday to celebrate Outdoor Learning Day (Some P6s were there last Tuesday).  There were lots of fun activities and collaboration with stage friends and buddies.  Each class have created a commemorative leaf which will be shared with others in school on a special tree.

HMie Follow Through Visit

We are all looking forward to welcoming our Quality Improvement colleagues from the City of Edinburgh Council to Bruntsfield on Monday to check on progress from our March 2020 HMie report.  This process happens for every school in Scotland three years after an inspection.  The two main areas they will report on are their recommendations – focus on creativity in learning and teaching and use of data tracking.  I’ve asked some of our parents to meet them and share the journey we have been on so far.  I’m sure it will be a positive experience for all.


I’ve been advised that the carriageway along Viewforth from the junction with Bruntsfield Place down to Gilmore Place will be resurfaced starting on 20th November.  Please be careful around these areas.

RSHP – The Chat

·       A new parental engagement project called the Chat is looking to explore RSHP themes with parents and carers. 

·       How they support their child’s learning at home in terms of RSHP topics

·       What they know and think about the RSHP learning going on at school

·       How they want home and school to work together (so that children and young people get the best learning experiences)

·       What would help parents and carers at home in their role as their child’s teacher on all these matters.

There are a number of ways that parents and carers can get involved. Further information is available on https://thechat.scot/

Children in Need

Children are invited to come to school next Friday wearing spotty clothes or bright colours. We will hold a whole school assembly in the stage hall from 9.10am and have lots of fun activities during the morning. Pupils can bring a donation into school next Friday, in addition, there is a Parentpay fundraising account which parents can contribute to if they so wish.  Donations are not obligatory.


As the Winter Season is now upon us, I thought I would send a reminder with regard to the School Policy in case of vomiting and/or diarrhoea. In order to stop the spread of these winter viruses, it is important that all pupils are absent from school for 48 hours after the last bout of vomiting and/or diarrhoea.Also, to ensure regular handwashing with soap and water.   For more information about winter viruses and how to manage symptoms please see the NHS inform website below:

Norovirus | NHS inform 

Thank you, in advance for your support with this.

Kind regards,

Stephen Gilhooley

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