Head Teacher’s Blog 24/5/18

Dear Parents and Carers,

  • What a great Sports Day, well done everyone, great races and great sportsmanship! The winning House will be announced at Friday’s Assembly.
  • The P7 Camp was another great success. The staff at Lagganlia provide expert tuition for all the children to extend their skills in every way. Thank you to the staff and parents who helped and also enjoyed every minute of the camp. Photos and reports will be on the website shortly. We offer camp to all P6 and P7 children, details will be shared at the start of P5 for the following year.
  • P7 photos are in Wednesday’s Evening News. If you would like a copy, you may buy them directly from the Newspaper. P7 sweatshirts will be available from Aitkin & Niven during the summer holidays.
  • Eleven Danish teachers are visiting the school this afternoon to learn about our Scottish Education System, we shall ask for good ideas from them too.
  • Data Protection: We follow City of Edinburgh Council’s guidance on all aspects of Data Protection. The Digital Learning Team check all ICT programs and apps to ensure they comply with Policy.
  • The Summer Fair is this Saturday, 26 May 11am – 2pm. Please come along and join in the fun!  
Posted in Bruntsfield Primary, Head Teacher's Blog

Head Teacher’s Blog 17 May 2018

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

·         P1-P3 Sports Day starts at 9.30am, P4-P7 at 11.00am. You are all welcome to join us at Bruntsfield Links.

·         £130 has been raised for Dogs for the Blind. Thank you to all to tried to ‘guess the name of the toy puppy’.

·         The Fencing Team continue to bring home medals and trophies and enjoy their competitions. They also won Best Club and School last weekend. Well done fencers, you showed great fencing skills as well as sportsmanship and team spirit!

·         Our football coaches tell us Boroughmuir Thistle are running an open evening to share information on girls soccer. It is at Meggetland on the 30th May at 6.15-7.15pm for all girls born between 2007 – 2012. They also have a soccer school in June. Further information is available at:https://sites.google.com/boroughmuirfc.com/memberssite/soccer-schoolcome-try I am told there is a BBQ if the football doesn’t tempt you!

·         Our Parents and Carers survey was extremely helpful. Lots of positives and some really good suggestions to work on. To help gather your views more consistently across the school, we shall start using Survey Monkey. I know the pea gravel is not popular with everyone, but the children really love playing in the climbing structure and it is the safest ‘landing bed’ for children when they jump. I shall talk again with staff and pupils and suggest a rota for break and lunch time, this may give the children more room and a break from the sand on their clothes and shoes. The rising numbers at Bruntsfield has impacted on the space we have in the school building, I am sorry, there is nothing I can do to prevent the numbers growing. However, I do believe we may have reached our full capacity and hopefully three classes of each stage is as far as we grow. Demographic changes over the years show patterns of growth, dips and growths again, there is a good chance we may be at the top of the curve. You asked if the children could spend more time at the links – teachers are encouraged to do this for any lesson which would benefit learning and teaching. Please remember, as with all activities outwith the school grounds, we need a ratio of one adult to fifteen children. If you are able to help, please let your class teachers know.

At the Parent Council Meeting on 16 May  2018 you asked about:

·         Reducing plastic: our Community Teams are working on this. They talked at Assembly, shared suggestions to reduce plastic and are currently working on solutions.

·         Lunch Boxes: I have reminded staff to ask the children to check they have them before returning to class after lunch.

·         Travel Plan: Mr Wood and Ms Dobie are working on this with the Junior Road Safety Team and Mark Symonds from CEC. The majority of our pupils walk to school. For car drivers, please continue to look out for children crossing and park responsibly. The children don’t work out what you are doing if you double park.

·         Seating Benches: we have a good number of benches at the front of the school and even more picnic tables and benches in the rear playground. I was asked if we could add more, to do this, would reduce the space for active play. We shall monitor their use and discuss with the Pupil Council.

·         Books: we purchase additional books each year to ensure there is enough for everyone. Unfortunately, a fair number become lost and/or damaged. Any missing are replaced each year. Please have a look around the cupboards and if you find any, please send them in. Our next order will go in as the class teachers clear their rooms at the end of session.

·         Children who become sick or injured in school: I reminded all the teachers to phone you if your child has had an injury or who feels unwell in school. If there are any serious injuries, we shall call NHS Direct or an ambulance if required. Please let us know if your phone number or emergency contact changes. Please let me know directly if this does not happen.

·         School Camp: I was asked to share ‘value for money’ for this. The children returning from Camp this week will be in a great position to do this with the staff team. We shall post this on our blog in due course.

·         Transition to new classes: In June, pupil support assistants work with, and shadow each other, to ensure they are clear about the programmes, approaches and individual needs of the children in their new class (don’t jump to conclusions though, sometimes they cover each other if someone is on a trip etc). The class teachers have transition meetings to share key information and meet their new classes in the last week of term. The children will be told where they should line up after the summer holidays, if they forget, they can come in any door and they will know by break! The new markings for P1 and P2 at the front of the school will help with the younger classes.

·         Quality of lunches: other schools contact us to find out about our lunches as we have cooks who really care about the quality of meals we serve our children. However, it is good to know if there are things on the new menu they don’t like – some loved the spicy rice yesterday, others were not so keen. Feedback on the new menu is being organised. Details to follow.

·         Swimming for next session: P4 pupils will have swimming next session. We have requested additional time for any children who have not learned to swim by P7. We shall know if this has been granted by the end of term. The swimming timetables are organised at City level for all the pools and classes.

·         P7 Show is on Wednesday 06 June, dates of rehearsals will be shared once the P7 team are back from camp.

 

If there is anything we can do to help, please let us know.

Kind regards,

Carol Kyle

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Head Teachers Blog 17 May 2018

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

·         P1-P3 Sports Day starts at 9.30am, P4-P7 at 11.00am. You are all welcome to join us at Bruntsfield Links.

·         £130 has been raised for Dogs for the Blind. Thank you to all to tried to ‘guess the name of the toy puppy’.

·         The Fencing Team continue to bring home medals and trophies and enjoy their competitions. They also won Best Club and School last weekend. Well done fencers, you showed great fencing skills as well as sportsmanship and team spirit!

·         Our football coaches tell us Boroughmuir Thistle are running an open evening to share information on girls soccer. It is at Meggetland on the 30th May at 6.15-7.15pm for all girls born between 2007 – 2012. They also have a soccer school in June. Further information is available at:https://sites.google.com/boroughmuirfc.com/memberssite/soccer-schoolcome-try I am told there is a BBQ if the football doesn’t tempt you!

·         Our Parents and Carers survey was extremely helpful. Lots of positives and some really good suggestions to work on. To help gather your views more consistently across the school, we shall start using Survey Monkey. I know the pea gravel is not popular with everyone, but the children really love playing in the climbing structure and it is the safest ‘landing bed’ for children when they jump. I shall talk again with staff and pupils and suggest a rota for break and lunch time, this may give the children more room and a break from the sand on their clothes and shoes. The rising numbers at Bruntsfield has impacted on the space we have in the school building, I am sorry, there is nothing I can do to prevent the numbers growing. However, I do believe we may have reached our full capacity and hopefully three classes of each stage is as far as we grow. Demographic changes over the years show patterns of growth, dips and growths again, there is a good chance we may be at the top of the curve. You asked if the children could spend more time at the links – teachers are encouraged to do this for any lesson which would benefit learning and teaching. Please remember, as with all activities outwith the school grounds, we need a ratio of one adult to fifteen children. If you are able to help, please let your class teachers know.

At the Parent Council Meeting on 16 May  2018 you asked about:

·         Reducing plastic: our Community Teams are working on this. They talked at Assembly, shared suggestions to reduce plastic and are currently working on solutions.

·         Lunch Boxes: I have reminded staff to ask the children to check they have them before returning to class after lunch.

·         Travel Plan: Mr Wood and Ms Dobie are working on this with the Junior Road Safety Team and Mark Symonds from CEC. The majority of our pupils walk to school. For car drivers, please continue to look out for children crossing and park responsibly. The children don’t work out what you are doing if you double park.

·         Seating Benches: we have a good number of benches at the front of the school and even more picnic tables and benches in the rear playground. I was asked if we could add more, to do this, would reduce the space for active play. We shall monitor their use and discuss with the Pupil Council.

·         Books: we purchase additional books each year to ensure there is enough for everyone. Unfortunately, a fair number become lost and/or damaged. Any missing are replaced each year. Please have a look around the cupboards and if you find any, please send them in. Our next order will go in as the class teachers clear their rooms at the end of session.

·         Children who become sick or injured in school: I reminded all the teachers to phone you if your child has had an injury or who feels unwell in school. If there are any serious injuries, we shall call NHS Direct or an ambulance if required. Please let us know if your phone number or emergency contact changes. Please let me know directly if this does not happen.

·         School Camp: I was asked to share ‘value for money’ for this. The children returning from Camp this week will be in a great position to do this with the staff team. We shall post this on our blog in due course.

·         Transition to new classes: In June, pupil support assistants work with, and shadow each other, to ensure they are clear about the programmes, approaches and individual needs of the children in their new class (don’t jump to conclusions though, sometimes they cover each other if someone is on a trip etc). The class teachers have transition meetings to share key information and meet their new classes in the last week of term. The children will be told where they should line up after the summer holidays, if they forget, they can come in any door and they will know by break! The new markings for P1 and P2 at the front of the school will help with the younger classes.

·         Quality of lunches: other schools contact us to find out about our lunches as we have cooks who really care about the quality of meals we serve our children. However, it is good to know if there are things on the new menu they don’t like – some loved the spicy rice yesterday, others were not so keen. Feedback on the new menu is being organised. Details to follow.

·         Swimming for next session: P4 pupils will have swimming next session. We have requested additional time for any children who have not learned to swim by P7. We shall know if this has been granted by the end of term. The swimming timetables are organised at City level for all the pools and classes.

·         P7 Show is on Wednesday 06 June, dates of rehearsals will be shared once the P7 team are back from camp.

 

If there is anything we can do to help, please let us know.

Kind regards,

Carol Kyle

Posted in Bruntsfield Primary

Head Teacher’s Blog 10/05/18

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

  • I had the privilege to talk with Bruce Adamson, The Children’s Commissioner for Scotland, about Children’s Rights with a small group of Headteachers last night. I am pleased to say we shall submit our evidence for Level 1 of our Rights Respecting Schools Award before the summer holidays.
  • Sports Day is on Wednesday 23 May, details will follow from individual classes.
  • We have found chewing gum in some interesting places – please help us by reinforcing the need to dispose of it sensibly and keeping for the weekend.
  • Consultation on a proposal to build a new non-denominational Special School in Burdiehouse area to replace St Crispin’s will run until 5pm on Tuesday 19 June 2018. Further information and the full statutory consultation paper and an online questionnaire are available at edinburgh.gov.uk/newstcrispins. Paper copies are available at Central library, Captains Road Library, Newington Library and at the schools affected by the proposals. A public meeting will be held on 22 May 2018 at St Crispin’s School, Watertoun Road, Edinburgh at  6:30pm if you would like to go along.
  • I received a lovely email from Isabel Ogilvie, an Australian author who was delighted to see our children had dressed up as one of her characters from her novel on our website. She said, “Drepe, the Dark Lord  of the Frozen Northlands is even more frightening in reality than I ever imagined him on the page. Australia is a long way from Scotland. I love that my story has spread so far from my little town in Melbourne. Please send my best wishes to Drepe’s alter ego.  He looks amazing.” How wonderful!

 

As always, if you need my help in any way, please pop in.

Kind regards,

Carol Kyle

Posted in Bruntsfield Primary, Head Teacher's Blog

Life in P1

Posted in Bruntsfield Primary

Building Resilience – Make a difference

Parent Carer Leaflet

 

Posted in Bruntsfield Primary

Head Teacher’s Blog 4/05/18

Dear Parents and Carers,

  • Please remember Monday 7 May is a holiday and the school will be closed on Tuesday 8th May for In Service.
  • During the inservice staff will work together to discuss the most effective ways to give feedback to children about their learning and ways to ensure poverty is not a barrier to success. In the afternoon, The Youth Music Team will work with staff to develop learning and teaching through ‘Wonder of Music’, a programme they produced at the start of the year, in partnership with City of Edinburgh Council.
  • As part of our transition activities to Boroughmuir High School, P7s had a great day making healthy pizza with the Health and Wellbeing Team. They told me they really liked being in the new school.
  • Throughout the year, we invite authors to talk to the children about their books, writing styles and inspiration. This week, Tom Morgan Jones shared his interactive style of writing with P7s.
  • A group of P5 pupils represented Bruntsfield at the annual Maths Fun Day at Merchiston School. Well done, a great day was had by all. Keep working on maths everyone, we shall be looking for entrants for next year!
  • Our P3 to P7 choir took part in the ‘Edinburgh Choir Competition Festival’ at St Cuthbert’s Church on Thursday. They performed in two categories and were highly praised for ‘singing with enthusiasm and great skill’. Many thanks to the choir leaders and well done to the pupils!
  • P7 pupils who play the cello or violin, were invited to join a 95 piece string orchestra at the Resonate Concert. They all did an amazing job!
  • Jemma in P7C  is through to the finals of the Fringe Poster Competition. I am told it will be the end of this month before all the  designs are displayed at Dynamic Earth. Well done Jemma!
  • Emma (P7) has been selected for the second Scottish Schools Inter–Association Sevens tournament of the season at Meggetland Sports Complex on Wednesday 16th May 2018. All are welcome to go along. Well done Emma!
  • The Scottish Government have produced  ‘Every child, every chance- The Tackling Child Poverty Delivery Plan 2018-2022. Further information is available at http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2018/03/4093
  • The City of Edinburgh offer an ‘Advice Shop’ for anyone wishing free, impartial and confidential advice on how to maximise family finances at 248 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1YJ, Tel: 0131 200 2360. 10am to 4.30pm Monday to Thursday and 8.30am – 3.40pm on a Friday.
  • Heriot-Watt University has an Exploration Weekend on 18thand 19th May with a series of family friendly hands on lab visits, cultural events, exhibitions and lectures. Further information about the Exploration Weekend is available at  hw.ac.uk/exploration-weekend
  • As always, if there is anything we can do to help, or if you have any queries or suggestions, please let us know.

 

Kind regards,

Carol Kyle

Posted in Bruntsfield Primary, Head Teacher's Blog

Dogs for the Blind

 

During this week (30th of April until 4th of May), pupils can bring in £1 to guess the name of the very cute toy puppy! The pupil who guesses the correct name, wins the puppy! All money raised will go to Dogs for the Blind.

Thank you and good luck!

Posted in Bruntsfield Primary

Meadows / InverLeith and Kirkcaldy Scottish XC Championships

We have had another amazing year with our XC meets.

We ran the Meadows XC and then went on to run the InverLeith XC meet and then finally finishing with the Scottish XC Championships at Kirkcaldy in April 2018.

We had some fantastic scores with Innes winning the P6 boys competition at InverLeith and then  at Kirkcaldy in a time of 5.55 out of a 146. The P6 boys came overall 3rd out of 20 teams at Kirkcaldy. Fraser came in 16th at InverLeith and 38th at Kirkcaldy. The rest were well above the 100 mark. Fantastic !

Georgina from the P6 girls came in 21st at InverLeith and was 49 out of 152 girls at Kirkcaldy. This is the first time they have competed so they did amazingly as the team overall came in 13th out of 21 teams.

Ishbel came in 6th at InverLeith and 18th out of 120 girls in the Kirkcaldy  P7 girls competition. Freya came in 10th at InverLeith and  33rd  at Kirkcaldy and the rest were so good that we cam 5th overall out of 14 teams.

Campbell came 18th at InverLeith and 30th out of 126 boys at Kirkcaldy and all the boys were good enough to come 12th as a team overall.

There were a wide range of schools from Dornoch in Sutherland  to schools in the Borders. The pleasure I have in our wins and great placings is that  we have to practise on is the Links at Bruntsfield and wait ….there we are, up with the best of the private schools with no private facilities. That is why I am very proud of all of them!

I came, I saw, I conquered – Julius Caesar – and they all did.

Thank you to all the parents who came to support us and to my ever faithful helpers l0CnZAdmSnuMeSiulP2Jcw

thank you so much for all the help over the many years we have been doing this.

and now on to next year ………

 

 

Posted in Bruntsfield Primary, Sports News

Head Teacher’s Blog 26/4/18

Dear Parents and Carers,

  • We have some very good sporting results to share. Innes in P6B came 1st in the Cross Country running at Inverleith Park on Friday and 1st at the Scottish Championships on Saturday. Our P6 Boys came 3rd and our P7 Girls came 5th at the Scottish Championships.  Well done to all who took part.
  • The Girls Netball Team won against Boroughmuir High School S1 Team 22-1!!!  Their coach tells me she, “…was actually totally blown away.”  Well done girls, that is quite a score!
  • I was asked about behaviour: as with all learning, children develop and learn knowledge and skills in different ways and at different times.  We adapt our support and put individual plans in place to meet all individual needs. Our Relationships: Positive Behaviour Policy is on our website.
  • I am working with Cluster Headteachers on Thursday to plan our school improvements for 2018-2019.
  • The Summer Fete is on Saturday 26 May from 11am to 2pm. Please clear your diaries, come along and join in the fun! If you would like to help with any of the stalls or activities, please let the Parent Council know. All help is very welcome!

 

As always, if you need any help, or want to talk to one of us, please let us know.

Kind regards,

Carol

Posted in Bruntsfield Primary, Head Teacher's Blog