- Primary One Story 2019
- Primary One Induction Morning
- Scottish Primary Schools’ XC championships Kirkcaldy 2019
- Head Teacher’s Blog 26/04/2019
- Head Teacher’s Blog 4/04/2019
- Head Teacher’s Blog 28/03/2019
- Head Teacher’s Blog 21/03/2019
- Wear what you want for Save the Children!
- Skiing from Oct 2018 – March 2019
- Gibb Memorial Badminton Quaich
The Primary One Induction morning for pupils starting school in August 2019 is on WEDNESDAY 19 JUNE at 9:15am – 10:30am.
This is an opportunity for parents to bring their child along to visit the school, meet the new class teacher and all the new children in the class.
We look forward to seeing you all!
On Saturday 21 April, our P6 and P7 boys and girls competed in the annual SSAA Cross Country Championships, held in the grounds of the Dunnikier Estate beside Kirkcaldy High School in Fife. Our kids did amazingly well again this year.
In P6 girls as a team they came 8th over all out of 50 teams and Elodie came in 7th out of 132. The rest of the girls came in 33, 70 and 112.
In P6 boys out of 50 teams we came in 9th and Torin was 18th out of 163. The rest of the team came in at 50,98, 99 and 119.
P7 girls out of 56 teams came in overall 14th and out of 149 Amber came in 86th and the rest came in at 87, 93, 100, 101 and 121.
P7 boys we had a 3rd with medals for the team out of 51 teams and Innes came overall 1st winning a gold medal out 136 kids. The rest of the team came in at 49,59,61,79 and 86.
All I can say is, what a great day it was. I of course could not have done without the help of certain people so huge hugs and thanks to Emma and Patsy and Innes mum who did all the warm ups. Thank you so much for all the parents who came and supported yesterday it was great to see all of you there and finally to all the children that came and ran I am very proud of all of you.
Dear Parents and Carers,
- Welcome back, I hope you have had a lovely holiday.
- This month’s Building Resilience Theme is ‘Have a Goal’. This will be introduced at Assembly and followed up in class.
- Eva in P7B has reached the next level of the 500 Words Competition with her story on Diving. It is well worth a read. Good Luck Eva.
- We asked for your views on booking the Kings Theatre for P5- P7 Pantomime in December 2019. 68 parents responded. 82.35% (56 people) want the pantomime to be booked 17.65% (12 people) don’t want the pantomime. Thank you for responding, we shall therefore book the pantomime.
- Bruntsfield Primary School is not used as a venue for voting. Our school will be open and run as normal on Thursday 23rd May 2019 (European Parliamentary Elections).
- Ramadan starts on Monday 06 May 2019. We shall support pupils and staff who are fasting during Ramadan. The children may spend the lunch time period in the GP Base when their class are in the Dining Hall or play outside if they prefer. If you have any special requests, please let the class teacher know and we shall do our best to accommodate them.
If there is anything I, or a member of my team, can do to help, please just ask.
Dear Parents and Carers,
- Our Easter Service at Barclay Viewforth was led by P5 pupils and they told the story of The Three Trees and how families celebrate Easter around the world. Well done P5 Team, it was both entertaining and enjoyable. I especially liked the Chocolate Song!
- Rev. Sam Torrens has been a valued member of our school community for over 14 years. He is moving to Slateford Longstone Church and we wish him all the very best in the future and thank him for all the kindness and support he has shown our School and community.
- Sharing the learning: P4 classes have designed science experiments linked to the rainforest topic. You may have noticed some of their rain gauges hanging on the railings. We look forward to finding out the outcomes of their experiments.
- The children are thinking of ways to use St Oswald’s Hall, there are some very creative ideas being shared!
- Leonardo in P4A has reached the finals of the Delancey Chess Competition in Manchester. Well done and best of luck Leonardo!
- Alex in P7C won two Gold Medals for Kayaking at a competition in Hexham at the weekend. We wish him all the very best of luck in the races leading up to the Scottish Championships in August.
- Last day of term is Friday 05 April.
- School starts on Tuesday 23 April for staff and pupils.
I’ll take this opportunity to say have a lovely Spring Break.
Take care and look after yourselves.
I look forward to working with you in the summer term.
Dear Parents and Carers,
- P3 pupils and teachers shared their learning with parents and carers on The Egyptians, a topic which they have really enjoyed. Thank you for all the positive feedback. It all helps inform our next steps. Thank you P3 Team for a great afternoon.
- P7A, P7B and P7C have been developing their team building skills, which they will use in school, in life and in preparation for camp, not to mention in their dancing today at their WWII Tea Dance. A great event, Dance and Tea Party was enjoyed by all!
- Transition to Boroughmuir: P7 spent a morning trialling some of the activities the High School have to offer. Spin class, cooking and sampling lunches and snacks from the canteen were very popular! Lots of positive responses from all the children.
- Ava, Rosa and Rosie in P7C raised £45 for Red Nose Day by organising ‘Guess the number of sweets in the jar.’ Impressively they had a vegetarian jar, a dairy and wheat free jar as well as a traditional jar of sweets. Well done girls!
- P6 and P7 pupils did very well at the Cross Country on Monday at Duddingston Playing Fields. Congratulations to Elodie who came first in the P6 Girls race, Torin who was fourth in the P6 Boys race and Innes who was second in the P7 Boys race. Great sportsmanship from everyone who entered made the day a success.
- I am amazed how quickly the children are learning to play the guitar at their after school club. I was lucky enough to hear them play and wish I had booked in for lessons too!
- Earth Hour: P4 children made posters to raise awareness of the importance of conserving energy. Hopefully everyone will join in on Saturday at 8:30pm. We shall turn off as many lights and electrical sockets as possible on Friday between 11:00-12:00 noon to promote the message.
- The Summer Fair has been changed from 25 May to Saturday 1 June 2019. The Parent Council are looking for helpers to plan the Fair. If you are interested, please let the Parent Council or Class Representative know. Your help will be much appreciated.
If there is anything I can do to help, please let me know.
Dear Parents and Carers,
- This is Iranian New Year. Happy Nowrooz to all our Iranian community. Thank you Mrs Sabeti for sharing what this means with P3C today. The children learned a lot about the ways Iranian families celebrate, their language and foods. The children asked good questions and what a good way to learn about the Spring Equinox!
Sharing the Learning:
- P4 pupils collated all their learning about Mary Queen of Scots to write play scrips, make shadow puppets and film their production. Amazing P4! Even better, they are going to watch their plays, return to their scripts, edit and improve them. Thank you to the teachers and pupils for being so creative.
- P5 have been making model mountains and learning about erosion. They said, “Geography is a really interesting subject”, which is good to hear.
- P1 have been writing real letters and cards this week. Some have gone to the Parent Council to thank them for all the new P1 resources (more cards are on their way). There are some very good ‘sorry’ letters from Goldilocks to the Three Bears for eating their food and sleeping in their beds. I do hope they arrive safely!
- Merchiston’s Maths Challenge: Hamza (P5A), Hamish (P5B), Saisharan (P5B) and Eddie (P5C) represented Bruntsfield in the annual Maths Challenge and learned a lot of new problem solving skills on the day. A great day out was had by all and they are working on ideas to have stage challenges in school.
- World Book Day: Good to see so many children cashing in their book vouchers. Aleeshmah, Hugh, Maia, Rosa and Rose in P7C shared their stunning designs for book covers with me and I can see we have some great illustrators in our school. Well done everyone.
- Bruntsfield raised £350 for Comic Relief. Thank you all for supporting so many good causes.
- Showcase Event: P3 will share their learning on The Egyptians with parents and carers on Thursday 28 March 2019 at 2.30pm in the Stage Hall. I look forward to seeing you then.
- Bruntsfield Badminton Teams represented the schools superbly and won their league matches. They were awarded 2 trophies which are displayed in our Trophy Cabinet as well as individual medals. Well done Mathilde (P6A), Savannah (P6A), Poppy (P7B), Madeleine (P7C) who played for the Girls’ Team and well done Joe (P6B), Max (P7A), Elwin (P7B), Hugh (P7C) who played for the Boys’ Team. Special thanks to their coach and club organisers.
- Pupils from Bruntsfield Primary School performed in the P7 String Orchestra at the Resonate concert at the Queen’s Hall. They had a wonderful evening. Thank you Miss Aydin and Mr Cameron for supporting their students during rehearsals in the last month.
- All Council staff are asked to lock their rooms when they are not using them, which I appreciate makes it difficult if children come back for things they have forgotten. I shall ask all staff to remind all the children to double check they have everything with them before they leave, to prevent the need to return. One parent suggested the children make a check list in their diary to help them remember. If anyone has any other tips, please share them with the class rep or class teacher.
- CALA have informed us, work will commence on the Old Boroughmuir Building on Monday 25th March 2019. They have assured us they will avoid deliveries during the start and end of the school day.
You asked about:
- Children’s Toilets: I have asked for the children’s toilets to be refurbished as part of the ongoing maintenance work of the school. We are waiting for short term repairs to be completed until the overall plan for the toilets is confirmed. The facility technicians check the toilets after break and lunch and the cleaners are in each afternoon. I have also requested they are ‘deep cleaned’ on a regular basis. Pupil support assistants (PSAs) monitor the toilets during break and lunch and we have spot checks during the day as needs arise. We shall discuss this with the PSAs and Pupil Council and find best ways to monitor them, which allows privacy but prevents mischief. We shall also talk to the children about sharing the space sensibly.
- Wet weather: we shall allocate one person to make the call on P1 and P2 pupils coming in on wet days to give consistency. We have had a great winter and let’s hope for a good summer. This is a good time to check all the children have a water-proof jacket for wet days in the milder weather (with their names and classes on them please).
- School Trips: I have shared your feedback on not booking trips during English half term and ensuring we have enough staff and parent helpers with the teachers. Sometimes, we only have a small selection of dates to choose from which can cause booking at times which are busy. If you would like to help on trips, please let your class teachers know.
- Class Curricular Overviews for January to June 2019, given out at Parent Consultations, are posted on the School website.
As always, if you need our help in any way, please just ask.
Kind regards, Carol Kyle
The Pupil Council would like to raise money for Save The Children.
All pupils are invited to ‘wear what they want’ on Friday 22nd March and bring in £1 as a donation.
Jenny Dobie and The Pupil Council
We started our Ski journey in Oct with over 40 kids who had never put on skis to over 40 kids at the end of the 8 week block not only able to ski a bit but able to ski well from the top! Most got from zero when they started to a grade 3 or 4 which is excellent.
In the second group we had 23 kids and all of them could ski to a certain grade so the majority were able to get the next grade up which was excellent too. The ones who already had their grade 7 were bettering their skills on the slopes which is why we do 8 week blocks. We are not just there to get the next grade, we are there to hone skills and make children better skiers on the slopes and teach them how to behave with regard to risk to themselves and others. Consideration is a biggie too around helping themselves and others when the going gets tough.
When we go to Hillend for these 8 weeks, they are not only learning or bettering their skiing they are bettering themselves.
They learn to respect others, from the instructors, cafe staff and bus driver.That might not seem like much but a thank you and clearing up and putting your own rubbish in the bin after being in the cafe is all that can make someone else’s day better. Our school has the best reputation at Hillend for being kind, thoughtful and considerate to the staff in the cafe.
They are learning the true value of resilience as they live it on the slopes. It can be very scary and very difficult to make yourself do something that your body is telling you “I don’t want to do this” but it is the getting up and continuing that counts and skiing is one of those sports that teaches that life skill. If we learn young to face those fears we become better adults coping with it.
The Gibb Memorial Primary Badminton Quaich consists of eight school teams representing Scottish regions. The teams play 5 games in each match against each other: Girls Singles, Girls Doubles, Boys Singles, Boys Doubles and Mixed Doubles.
This year’s Bruntsfield team did brilliantly winning 6 of their 7 matches. 3 teams were in the same position at the end of all the matches – 6 wins. However, when it came down to games won, Bruntsfield had won 24 games out of 35 and another team had won 26. Bruntsfield were the Runners-up – the 2nd best Badminton primary school team in Scotland
The children were complimented on their sportsmanship and fairness in games too and they were the only team to go to the organisers at the end of the day and thank them before leaving.
A big thank you to coach Mike for getting the team match-ready, and keeping them going through the day. His nerves may be shot for the next 12 months after the nail-biting finish!