Head Teacher’s Blog 15/11/18

Dear Parents and Carers,

  • P5 Viking Showcase was outstanding – a great celebration of all the expressive arts the children do in class. Great parental engagement too, it is definitely one of the best ways to find out and share learning with lots of children in the class.  Well done everyone in P5!
  • Sharing the learning: This week P2s have been sharing all they have been learning about stars with me. I was very impressed in the knowledge they learned, but even more by the way they were able to explain how they were learning and what they wanted to learn next. Full marks for engagement and enthusiasm P2!
  • On Friday night 60 boys and girls, with 11 Bruntsfield parents, raised £3,700 for Social Bite at the ‘Wee Sleep’. They slept in survival bags, without tents, at Bonaly outdoor centre. I am told, the weather wasn’t too kind, it rained almost all night! Thanks to the Cubs and Scouts from 100th Pentland who led this great adventure.
  • It was a pleasure to present the first Bronze JASS (Junior Awards Scheme for Schools) Certificates and Badges of the session.  Awards were given for good Citizenship, outdoor learning and contribution to our community, this programme is part of our P6/ P7 curriculum.
  • New South Edinburgh Primary School (Canaan Lane) Update: The Council are proposing that the new primary school will open from August 2021, with registration in November 2020 to allow P1 classes and any upper stage classes to start in the new building at the same time in August 2021. There will be no mandatory transfer of pupils already attending another school. Current catchment arrangements will continue to apply for registrations in November 2019. An email with further details has been sent to you.
  • Parent, Pupil, Teacher consultation for 2019-2020: This year, you asked us to try Parent Consultations earlier in the session, which we did. Please share your views on dates for the September/ October 2019 meetings by selecting your preferred choice. Parents and carers told us they liked being able to ask questions and share information at the start of the session, others said they preferred to wait until later to hear more about progress from the teachers. Closing date for the survey is Friday 30 November 2018. https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/YGXPVT9

 

At the Parent Council Meeting you asked about:

  • P1 and P2 outdoor learning: teachers may take their children to our local environment at any time and excursions to woodlands are booked for next term, which the teachers will build on, details to come from class teachers nearer the time.  Parent helpers are always in demand, please liaise with your class teachers if you would like to be involved.
  • Parent Class Reps: I shall remind the staff how helpful you are for sharing information, especially in the run up to trips and events. If you are a class rep, please make contact with your class teacher.
  • Relationship with Barclay Viewforth Church: Each school in the city is matched with a Church within their community. Bruntsfield historically worked with both Barclay and Viewforth Churches. When they merged, we remained associated with what is now called  Barclay Viewforth Church. Rev Sam Torrence visits us once a month and shares our Assemblies based on the Rights of the Month.  As school numbers have grown, it has not been possible to have all the children visit Church together, once a year at the same time the way we used to. Hence the reason P1 lead Christmas Celebrations, P3 Harvest and P5 Easter. P7s join and help the P1s, P2 and P4 join Harvest and P6 join the Easter Celebration.
  • Quiet spaces at break and lunch: the team working on the playground identified the picnic areas as the best place for quieter games and story telling. Reminding everyone of this shall be a priority.
  • ParentPay: please review your notifications and preferences, the default is set to ‘no alerts’. Please be aware, this may mean you may miss messages and invoices, unless you go into your account.
  • 1+2 Language Programme: this was discussed at the Cluster Head Teacher meeting this week and our Cluster Primary Schools shall continue with French from P1-P7 in addition to Mandarin in P5 and German in P6 and P7. P1-P4 children learn one language and P5-P7 children learn 2 languages. It generally works out at one hour per week. Best practice is when languages are used during the day as part of their ongoing learning and consolidation. ‘Phrases of the week’ build confidence and discussions across the school. Boroughmuir currently continue both French and German in SI. They do offer an option of Mandarin if you prefer. This year’s S1 have two periods of French and one of German for part of the year, then swap, having two periods of German and one of French, this balances across the year. This is reviewed annually by the Cluster Head Teachers and we add any changes to the Improvement Plan. Staff who lead languages across the four schools have all worked together and followed an agreed programme for each language, in line with the City plan for languages.
  • Assessments (testing): Assessments are used to confirm teacher judgements on progress and help teachers plan next steps in learning, ensuring all children are challenged and supported. P4 and P7 assessments from the Scottish Government are completed by the pupils on line and schools are not given copies in advance or afterwards, therefore we are unable to share them with you.
  • Home Learning Policy: We have updated the website to show this is now finalised and no longer in draft form. Thank you to all who helped contribute to this.
  • P7 Memory Boxes: I have shared the feedback from you with the teachers, thank you.

P7 Transition to High School: All catchment pupils are automatically given an S1 place in their local catchment school. Parents and carers may apply to other schools via the CEC Website. Letters go out directly to families and from CEC in November advising them of their place, further information is available at http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/info/20256/school_places/1373/start_secondary_school

As always, if there is anything I can do to help, please let me know.

Kind regards,

Carol Kyle

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Head Teacher’s Blog 8/11/18

Dear Parents and Carers,

  • CEC are consulting on Planning for Change and Delivering Services (2019-2023). If you would like to share your views, please visit www.edinburgh.gov.uk/change
  • I am meeting with CALA developers next week to discuss the plans for the old Boroughmuir High School building. We shall agree dates for them to talk to the children about the development and any health and safety messages for our pupils.  I’ll take the opportunity to ask them to share the skills they need for all the jobs involved in this project.
  • A number of children have attendance less than 85% since the start of term. This is almost all due to families taking time off school for events and holidays during term time. Please avoid booking holidays during the term. The CEC give all Head Teachers set letters which I must send if you request absence during the term or if attendance drops below 85%.
  • I was asked about information on transition to High School. Please see the link below, it should cover everything, however if there are any other questions, please let us know.

http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/info/20256/school_places/1373/start_secondary_school

  • This is Dyslexia Week and the Dyslexia Team have been sharing ideas, taking part in new training and entering competitions to promote dyslexia. I am pleased to say, Rosie (P7) has won the dyslexia friendly logo competition for the City. This means her logo will be on all Council letterheads and publicity posters for dyslexia. Well done Rosie!
  • Max (P7) is a Winter Windows Competition 2018 winner and his art work will be displayed in St Patrick Square, Nicholson Street, EH8 9EZ (date to be confirmed). Well done Max!
  • Joe, Gregory, Lachlan and Ryan represented Bruntsfield at the Lothian Junior Chess Team Day on Sunday. Although they were two P6s and two P5s they were playing in the P6/7 section and all won several of their matches. Well done players and chess tutors – a great effort! If you would like to know more about playing chess, or would like to join in, please contact the Parent Council Chess Club.

 

As always, if there is anything I can do to help, please let me know.

Kind regards,

Carol Kyle

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Grangemouth Road Relays 2018

On the 27th Oct 2018 my teams of runners went to Grangemouth to run the Grangemouth Road Relays. It means that in each team, each child needs to run approx one mile each tagging their team mate when they have done their run. I have been taking children to this competition for a long time and we always do well.

This year they have  done amazingly well with our team of P7 boys coming in 21/37 teams, P7 girls coming in 17/31 and 21/31 teams. Our P6 girls A team did exceptionaly well coming in 4th out of 21 teams and our B team also did really well coming in 12th out of 21 teams.

Coming to our Primary 6 boys, well what can I say our A team WON out of 30 teams and our B team came in 16tho out of 30 teams.

Fin, Robert and Torin, I am very proud that you managed this first time out at a major race.  I now have the Bruntsfield name on the P7 boys cup (2 years ago) , and now the P6 boys cup.

All their places and times are on the SSAA website if you are interested. Our P6 boys who won had a time of 15.37 over all.

I also have to give a big thank you to Rebecca Harvey and Patsy Keefe who went with them this year as I couldn’t make it for family reasons (first time ever) They did a superb job and I am very grateful to them for helping me out.

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Head Teacher’s Blog 1/11/18

Dear Parents and Carers,

  • Anti-bullying Week 2018 starts on 12th to 16th November. This year the theme is ‘Choose Respect‘. Class teachers are organising activities to promote this with their children.
  • Thank you P5 and P6 children, parents, carers, organisers and teachers for a great Hallowe’en Party. It was great fun, fantastic costumes and excellent behaviour.
  • Children who made the P5 Diwali masks have been invited to join in the Diwali Parade on Saturday 3 November 2018, wearing their masks. If you would like to join in, the meeting place is the Quadrangle at the City Chambers, 253 High Street at 12.45pm. The parade goes down to the Ross Bandstand in Princes Street Gardens. Children in their masks will be in second position, after the Army Band.  One of the workshop leaders, will be at the Quadrangle to welcome the pupils and their Parents or Carers. Further information is available from Anne Fleming anne@visionmechanics.org, or phone 0131 554 8923.
  • The team of staff and pupils have almost finished their Travel Plan, which they will share with you soon. Great to see so many people walking and cycling. As always, please remember to park safely at the start and end of the school day. It would be much appreciated by families if you could switch your engine off, if you are waiting in a car, and a practical way to show our children how we can reduce emissions to protect our environment. Thank you.
  • I had a very good meeting with our House Captains this week, they organise competitions for children to join in for Churchill, Leamington, Merchiston and Viewforth as well as sharing information at Gatherings and Assemblies. We discussed ways they could become more involved in leading Community Teams and I am meeting them again, to hear their ideas. They have a lots enthusiasm and energy which is inspiring!
  • Open Day for 2019-2020 P1 parents and carers was very well attended. Lots of compliments to all our P7 tour guides. Well done P7 and thank you to all the staff who helped.
  • Enrolment Day is Wednesday 7 November, 9.15-11.15am or 1.45-2.45pm. Please remember to bring your Council Tax Assessment, a recent utility bill (either electricity or gas) plus your child’s Birth Certificate.

 

As always, if there is anything I can do to help, please let me know.

Kind regards,

Carol Kyle

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Head Teacher’s Blog 25/10/18

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

  • Congratulations to Mrs Lesley Lamond who is now a permanent member of the Senior Leadership Team and thank you to David Urch, Chair of the Parent Council for helping with Depute Head Teacher interviews.
  • Inservice training on Developing Young Workforce (DYWF) reinforced that teachers are teaching a lot of skills for learning, life and work through our core curriculum. They will encourage the children to talk more about skills they are learning and how these skills may apply to possible work opportunities. Skills in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) will also have a greater focus. Discussing how adults use skills children are learning would be a great extension to our Show Case Events and a great way to involve you in their conversations. We are launching our enhanced approach to skills and career development work on Monday 19 November and invite any parents or carers to talk to the children about the skills you need in your world of work during that week. Letters giving details will come via your classes.
  • I have had very good meetings with our PALS (Playground Activity Leaders) and Peer Mediators this week. They are a great group of children who have lots of ideas and suggestions which we are implementing to help children learn new games and resolve any issues they have. Well done children!
  • As it is darker in the mornings and afternoons, we shall remind the children about safety on the roads and pavements. If you have any reflective arm bands, bags or attachments for jackets, they really do help. P1 and P2 pupils will have a ‘Road Safety Magic Show’ on Friday 16 November 2018 to help reinforce the message.
  • Sharing learning in Art: P5 have been illustrating life in Viking times and making longboats and as part of their project. This week,  they made Diwali Masks, which was very exciting, they look great and the class teachers will add them to our website for you to see. P1 have been colour blending in their Bear silhouettes and very impressive they are too!
  • Sharing Learning in Music:P2: As well as ongoing class music, P2 pupils will learn Scottish Songs Scottish as part of Edinburgh Council’s Youth Music Initiative. They will work with each P2 class for 5 Monday’s starting on 29 October.

 

At the start of the session, you asked about P1 Scottish National Standardised Assessments (SNSA). I said I would share information with you as it came from the City of Edinburgh Council to us. I am pleased to be able to share this with you now.

Information from Edinburgh City Council:

  • The SNSAs (particularly P1 engagement) have featured in the media in recent weeks with the Government losing a non-binding vote in Parliament which called for them to be scrapped. The Government continues to uphold their position that the assessments are necessary and valuable and that changes have been made to address issues with delivery in Primary 1.
  • As you are aware, assessment is integral to our planning of teaching and learning.  Our staff use a variety of approaches to allow learners to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding, skills, attributes and capabilities in different contexts across the curriculum.  At key milestones, we need to make use of assessment evidence which is valid and reliable, with SNSAs representing one tool in this wide range of evidence, gathered by teachers, to inform their judgements about pupils’ progress.
  • In Edinburgh schools, P1 pupils have engaged in ongoing assessment, including standardised assessments, for many years to ensure our teachers have the best range of information available to them upon which to plan the highest quality teaching and learning experiences, providing support and challenge, as appropriate for all our young people.  Our staff ensure that the right conditions are created to allow our young learners to engage in assessment activities in a highly supportive and positive manner.
  • The range of assessment information gathered, helps to ensure Curriculum for Excellence levels are robust, based on rigorous evidence of pupils’ progress in learning.  SNSAs help to inform judgements about these levels for each young person.  Our Local Authority uses this information, to work with our schools to plan interventions, and improvements, designed to Raise Attainment for All.
  • If any parent or carer has specific queries or questions about their child undertaking the assessments then they should discuss this matter with their child’s school in order to reach agreement about whether their child should undertake the assessments.
  • The class teachers, Depute Head Teachers and I shall happily do this as and when you need us.

 

The Janitors are now called Facility Technicians. I know this will be a hard habit for us to break. I am assured the name change will be permanent and best we all switch to us.

 

Please remember, if you need my help in any way, just ask.

Kind regards,

Carol Kyle

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Football squad with St Georges team

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Play2learn Football

Play2learn football coaching are running a camp at  World of football next week. The company have very kindly offered all bruntsfield kids who sign up a huge 20% discount off the price which is unbelievable. So if any of you are home next week send the kids along either a half day, full day or several days- they will love it and many of the Bruntsfield kids do these camps regularly and it really helps not only their game but to make great friends and have a total laugh as the coaches are such fun.

 

Here is the link     https://play2learn.class4kids.co.uk/camp/45

 

 

 

 

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Head Teacher’s Blog 11/10/18

Dear Parents and Carers,

  • The City of Edinburgh Council have updated their forms for Display and Publication of Images. A paper copy will be sent to you on the first day back. This allows you the option to give (or not) parental permission for photographs to be used by the school. Please read it carefully and return with your selection clearly marked.  (We shall email you a copy too.)
  • Harvest Service at Barclay Viewforth Church was both educational and entertaining. Well done P3! Thank you for all your donations for food for the homeless, it has been collected and will be distributed to those who need it.
  • Flu immunisation by NHS nurses is on Wednesday 5 December, further information will be forwarded from your classes. Each school is given a date by the NHS and we are unable to change it. If you prefer to have the vaccination earlier, please arrange via your doctor or pharmacist.
  • Sharing learning in Art: the children create and build great art works throughout the term. After the holidays, we shall post photos of their art work on the class pages on our websites for you to enjoy, as well as promoting it on our screen in the main entrance hall.
  • Bruntsfield Primary School have entered into the ‘Oor Willie Bucket Trail’ which will be lots of art and fun for the children whilst raining money for the Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity. Artists from around the country will design ‘Oor Willie Sculptures’ this winter. If successful, we shall be given one in Spring for our children to decorate. Details will come via your classes later in the session.
  • You have a last chance to buy tickets (£5) for P5 & P6 Parent Council Halloween Party which is on Tuesday 30 October, 6-8pm. Tickets available using Paypal, please follow the link https://paypal.me/pools/c/88ecyLFgS8, and then email the form to Fiona Reid at Fionamason77@yahoo.co.uk or if you prefer, by cash in an envelope labeled ‘Halloween Party’ with your child’s name and class on it. Please post in the Parent Council post box which is next to the window at the school office.
  • The City of Edinburgh Council, in conjunction with the Scottish Football Association, run fun football programmes at Forrester / St Augustine’s Community Sports Hub on a Friday afternoon. Sessions are delivered by Scottish FA-qualified coaches focusing on skill development, fun and small-sided matches and are perfect for players of all abilities and experience. For further information please visit https://www.joininedinburgh.org/sports/sports-development/ or contact Jack.Beesley@ea.edin.sch.uk.
  • Social Event for Parents and Carers Diary Date: Parent Council Pub Quiz at Akvar on Thursday 08 November: Details on the Parent Council website.
  • Staff return on Monday 22 October for Inservice training. We shall work with our Cluster Schools, at South Morningside Primary School, on Developing the Young Workforce in the morning and moderation of children’s learning in literacy and numeracy in the afternoon as detailed in our Improvement Plan.
  • Pupils return on Tuesday 23 October.
  • Please remember to book school lunch choices on Parent Pay next week for the first week back after the holiday week.

 

Have a lovely October Holiday,

Kindest regards,

Carol Kyle

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Head Teacher’s Blog 3/10/18

Dear Parents and Carers,

  • Compliments are always appreciated, this week we have: “I have just shared a bus trip with some of your pupils who were returning from a school trip. I just wanted to say how well behaved and polite they were. They should be proud of themselves.” Well done P4!
  • If you are eligible for free school meals, please remember to update your application form, we have noticed some have expired. Further information may be found at http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/info/20183/foodandclothing/392/freeschoolmealsandhelpwithschoolwear
  • It is approaching the time of year to prevent norovirus in school. If your child has a sickness bug, please remember to stay off for 48 hours, as advised by CEC. Further information is available from nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk
  • P7 Netball Team had a great start to the season’s matches with a win against St George’s on Tuesday. Well done everyone!
  • Communication: we are updating our ICT programmes at the moment. We shall always reply to your emails or phone calls. If, however, you do not receive a reply, please contact us again.
  • For the third year running all primary schools in Scotland are invited to take part in the First Minister’s Reading Challenge.  We are all taking part, class teachers will share information with you in due course.
  • The Scottish Government and Road Safety Scotland launched ‘Ziggy’s Sports Day’, a book which addresses the importance of parental behaviour in the car, and the impact it can have on children. When we receive our copies, we shall share with the children. Further information available at: ly/2ppZ37t #GoSafeWithZiggy They have also created short film clips to highlight the resource at http://bit.ly/2xTMzcS.

 

As always, if there is anything I can do to help, please let me know.

Kind regards,

Carol Kyle

Posted in Bruntsfield Primary, Head Teacher's Blog

Netball Sept 2018

So good news re the matches today

The P7 squad beat St. George’s 31:1. Quite a hammering!

The new squad of a P4, P5 and some P6’s are mostly very new to netball and so we didn’t keep the score with the younger squad but it was pretty even all the way through so we agreed a draw😀

Brilliant performance from Bruntsfield so early in the new season.

And the girls and boy Hugh also behaved impeccably.

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