The Pupil Council would like to raise money for Children In Need on Friday 15th of November.
Pupils are invited to ‘dress down’ in non uniform clothes and bring in £1 as a donation.
Dear Parents and Carers,
- Dyslexia Awareness Week: The year, to celebrate Dyslexia Awareness Week, The Friday Club will share information at Assembly on Friday and all the children will be invited to enter a poster competition to be judged next week.
- Exterior Building work: almost all the work on the windows at the side of the school closest to the Bike Sheds is complete. We only need dry weather for the top coat of paint to finish the section. The scaffolding will then be moved to the rear of the school. When this happens, classes who usually enter by Door 5, next to the Basement Gym, will enter by Door 3, the one closest to the Bike Sheds.
- Interior Building Work: Next week, two storage area used by the cleaners and Kidzcare are to have some maintenance work and their doors replaced. It may be necessary for the children who come into school via Door 1 at the East side of the school to come in via Door 2, our Main Door. On Thursday, the classes who line up at the West side of the School (bike shed end) may need to come in and out of the door next to their usual one. All children will line up in their usual places and the teachers will bring them in the correct door. Your patience during this is much appreciated.
- Thanks to Jules Goodlet-Rowley who is our parent representative on our School Fund Team.
- Flu Vaccines: There have been reports there may be delays to the flu vaccinations, we are still on track for ours on Wednesday 04 December 2019. If there are any changes, we shall let you know.
- Our ‘Oor Wullie’ models are sitting in the entrance hall, they have been much admired and have contributed to the successful fundraising across the City for the Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity (previously called the Sick Kids Charity).
- The Pupil Council would like to raise money for Children In Need next Friday 15th November. They would like everyone to dress down and bring in £1 if you would like to donate.
- P5 shared their learning with parents and carers on the Vikings. Well done everyone in P5!
- Thanks to Henry in P6C who has organised and sold Poppies this week.
- P7B are gathering and remembering the names of some of Scotland’s lost and endangered species.
- We are sharing our learning on Twitter, you are all invited to follow us @BPSlearners
- You asked about: Christmas Jumpers: They are ideal for end of term parties and the pantomime but there is no pressure from us to buy or wear one the choice is yours.
If you would like my help in any way, please let me know.
Parents of children living in the Bruntsfield Primary catchment who will be starting Primary 1 in August 2020 are invited to come along to Bruntsfield Primary school on Wednesday 6th of November between the following times to enroll their child.
9:15am – 11:15am
1:45pm – 2:45pm
Please bring the original copy of your child’s birth certificate, your Council Tax bill for this year and a recent utility bill.
We looking forward to seeing you.
Dear Parents and Carers,
- November’s Building Resilience Theme is ‘Keep Connected’ and will be launched at Assembly on Friday then followed up in classes over the next few weeks.
- 2019 marks the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and World Children’s Day is on the 20th We are celebrating both at Assembly on the 15th of November. Our Rights Respecters have asked each class to create a set of bunting with the number of, or a picture of, an article from the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and what this means to them. Everyone will be involved.
- Sharing the Learning: P5 pupils shared their learning on The Vikings with parents and carers today and had a great time. Bracelet making activities, animations and story-telling looked a lot of fun.
- Thank you everyone for the Hallowe’en Party, the children have talked very positively about it.
- Photos: individual and family photos are on Wednesday 6 November in the Basement Gym Hall.
- P7 pupils are organising a fundraising book swap for their Scout Camp in July 2020 on the 16th November. Do join in if you wish, details have been emailed to all families.
- Parents asked about applying for free school meals. It is definitely worth doing as there are clothing vouchers, free morning milk as well as lunches and help from the School for excursions. If you are in P1 -P3, please apply if you meet the criteria, even though all P1-P3 pupils receive free school meals. P1-P7: anyone can apply at any time. We have application forms at our School Office or you can apply directly from the website. Further information is available at http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/info/20183/food_and_clothing/392/free_school_meals_and_school_clothing_grants .
If the staff and I can help in any way, please let us know.
Dear Parents and Carers,
- Sharing the Learning: P3 Harvest Show was a cumulation of song and dance and great fun to be part of. Well done P3.
- French and German: all children in our Cluster will learn and use a ‘phrase of the week’ in French and German. They will be added to our website if you would like to join in.
- Staffing Update: Mrs Donna Balsillie Denny is seconded until June 2020 as Development Officer for Pupil Equity at Ferryhill Primary School. Recruitment is in place for her replacement.
- Art Gallery: £1687 was raised by bidding on and buying the art on display at Parent Consultation Meetings. The event was fun and great to see the children’s excitement at being part of the Art Gallery on parents’ nights. Many thanks to Amanda Crawford for organising this, we all appreciate it. Amanda will package everything for collection this week and hopefully, it will run again in two years’ time! Amanda is hoping to deliver the art to you, or they will be able to be collected from the School Office, she will let you know. Details at https://www.jumblebee.co.uk/greenslate
- P7 Transition: Boroughmuir High School P7 Open Afternoon is on Friday 25th October from 1.30-3.30pm in the Assembly followed by guided tours of the school by S6 pupils between 2-3pm. After the tours there will be an opportunity to go back and visit departments or speak to staff before finishing at 3.30pm.
- If you would like to share your views on the City’s plans for early years, please do so at www.edinburgh.gov.uk/earlyyearsparentconsultation
- Edinburgh Music School is funded by the Scottish Government and is based at Flora Stevenson Primary School and Broughton High School. Applications are encouraged on behalf of children who display an above average ability when learning an instrument and/or show a heightened awareness and response to music. Closing date: Friday 10th January 2020. Further information and application forms are available at the Open Day on Saturday 2nd November, 11 am- 2pm at Broughton High School or at www.edinburghmusicschool.co.uk
- Diary Date: The Parent Council quiz is on Thursday 14 November at Akva. Tickets will be £10 and that includes a drink, tables will be set up for teams of eight. Details and tickets available from https://paypal.me/pools/c/8iSfN7jk8C
- Staff will be at Inservice Training at Boroughmuir High School on Monday 21 and Buckstone Primary School on Tuesday 22 October to continue working with cluster colleagues, this will also allow as much building work to take place as possible during the break.
Have a lovely October holiday and School opens to children on Wednesday 23 October 2019.
Dear Parents and Carers,
- I thought you may like to know the countries our children come from as we celebrated European Language Day, I have included our Worldwide countries as well, to show the complete list! Albania, Bulgaria, Czechia, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and Bangladesh, China, Guangzhou, Gujrat, India, Iran, Japan, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Sir Lanka, Thailand, Turkey, United States of America, Zimbabwe. What a wonderful community we are!
- Thank you all for coming to our Parent, Pupil, Teacher Consultations. There was a great atmosphere around the school and lots of positive feedback. Thank you all for completing our questions. RRS is Rights Respecting Schools, we have achieved our Silver Award and are working towards our Gold Award in the next year or two. The Wellbeing Indicators link to GIRFEC (Getting it Right for Every Child) and include Safe, Healthy, Active, Nurtured, Achieving, Respected, Responsible and Included and are often referred to as the SHANARRI Indicators for short. We shall do lots of work on this over the session with your children and update you as the year progresses. Feedback on the Building Resilience Programme will help us plan our next steps, thank you.
- School crossing guide: An advert for the post will appear very shortly on the ‘myjobscotland’ website. If you know of anyone who would be interested, please let them know.
- Yoga: The P7s have had their 4 sessions of yoga funded by the Parent Council. The focus was strength and balance: finding strength and balance in the body, mind and breath as well as discussing how these relate to us in everyday life. The children learnt yoga poses to challenge their balance and increase strength and worked together in groups to create poses themselves. Each session included a few minutes of relaxation in stillness and breathing techniques which they are encouraged to use if ever they feel anxious, worried or upset. These were taught alongside the anatomy and physiology of the breath. Thank you to Mrs Caroline Urch for leading the Yoga and to all of you for supporting this initiative from the Parent Council. Other initiatives planned for this session are Mini Medics to help learn First Aid Techniques, working with Scottish Opera and Screen Printing. All very exciting!
- Building Work: The scaffolding at the front of the building will be dismantled over a number of days next week, which is good news. They will then move it round to the west side of the building. There will be more Heras fencing during the period of time while it is being erected – some of this will be in the October Holiday. It is likely Door 3 will be closed. I we shall use the Door 4 (the door next to it by the girls toilets) Signs will be put up to redirect visitors and staff will help with lines until everyone is comfortable where they are going.
- Harvest: Each year we collect donations for a local food bank, this year is no exception. P3 pupils lead the Harvest Celebrations at Barclay Viewforth Church on Wednesday 9 October at 1.50pm (details have been emailed to P3 parents and carers). The whole school will celebrate on Friday 11 October. Rev Martyn Pearce will join us on Friday as well as supporting the P3s on Wednesday and we look forward to welcoming him to our School Community. As part of the Primary 3’s Harvest focus they are gathering cans, tins and dried food items. These non-perishable items will be delivered to the ‘Basics Bank’ that works from Bruntsfield Evangelical Church on Fridays. Sadly, we cannot accept fresh or perishable foods. Please give any donations to your class teacher by Wednesday 9th October.
- Parent Council: Thank you to all the Office Bearers who have supported the life of the School this year and welcome to the new team who are continuing the good work this session. Particular thanks go to Mr David Urch, for all the help and support he has given the School and Community during his time as Chair of the Parent Council. Welcome to Mrs Karen Galloway, our new Parent Council Chair, I look forward to continuing a very good partnership with you.
Please remember, if there is anything I can do to help, please let me know.
Open day 30th of October
9:15am – 10:15am
1:45pm – 2:45pm
All parents of pupils who will start P1 in August 2020 are welcome to come to our school open day to have a tour of the school, meet our leadership team and some of our pupils.
It was an interesting competition this year as the organisers moved the date to Sept. instead of the end of October which meant that the P6 kids had only really a month to train instead of the normal two. This also meant that the boys who won the P6 cup last year were not able to compete as they had a scout camp. Other schools struggled as they had only two weeks to prepare and for the 1 mile distance they had to do that is not enough time.
However, even though we had a short time to prepare the children were magnificent as usual. Our P6 girls teams came in 13th and 14th respectfully out of 25 teams and our P6 boys were 18th and 19th out of 27 boys.
The times for the girls overall was A team – 18.47 and B team – 1858 not much in that
The times for the boys overall was A team – 17.28 and B team- 17.29 Wow that was close !
all the P6s as you can see did very well considering. If they had had that extra month they would have come further up I think!
For the P7 girls, well the P7 A team came in 6th overall out of 27 teams and the B team came in 19th. Their times were A team – 16.40 and the B team – 18.19 Well done girls.
For the P7 boys the A team came 21st out of 31 teams and the B team came in 22. They all did very well as this is always a strong race. The A teams time was – 16.53 and the B teams was 16.54 with an amazing run from William R who had to run in the P7 boys team for me but he is a P6 – you were fantastic !
A big thank you to all the parents that came and to my trusty right hand man Emma McLachlan who always keeps things running while I am officiating Also to Patrick who came and helped with the photos and to Andrea who gave me some of her photos thank you so much.
Dear Parents and Carers:
- Sharing the Learning: Each week I am going to meet with a different group of pupils who will share their learning, thoughts and ideas on what we need to do to make learning and our School the ‘very best we can be’ to achieve our School Vision. This week the children were exploring how we make sure we have regular opportunities to choose what and how we learn.
- Pupils, parents, carers and staff in schools local to the Meadows are invited to take part in the ‘Walk a Mile in my Shoes – Stand up Together Against Hate’ event taking place in the Meadows on Saturday 28th September 2019. Further details are in the attached posters already emailed to you.
- The Government has worked with partners to update the narrative around Curriculum for Excellence. This has been published on a dedicated website – https://scotlandscurriculum.scot/.
- CALA have shared their update for scheduled road closures with us. Diversions will be in place at Leamington Terrace and Merchiston Park. Residents of Hartington Place and Hartington Gardens will still have access from Viewfoth. Work will commence on 21 October until 29 November. Further information is available on their website or you may contact them at https://www.cala.co.uk/contact-us Residents have been informed directly from CALA.
- Please let the class teacher know if you have any queries, they are always happy to help.
You asked about:
- Building work and impact on playtimes: we have given the P1 pupils an earlier playtime to allow them all to be together at morning break. The scaffolding will be removed as soon as the windows are completed and then the children will have the full use of the front playground. The teachers and PSAs are encouraging all the children to make more new friends whilst they play in designated areas. Apologies for any inconvenience this has caused.
- Smells in the Gym Hall: The inside of the windows have been painted in the Gym Hall and it always takes a few days for paint smells to clear.
- School Lunches: if you have any suggestions or feedback on school lunches, we pass them on to the CEC catering team for you. School staff do not set the lunch menu, this is given to us and all Edinburgh City Schools have the same menu. Low sugar frozen yogurt is offered with fruit, some children may have mistaken it for ice cream, but the City are going for the healthy option. A salad and fruit bar are on offer each day to all children.
- Road crossings outside school: The Council refreshed all the markings outside the school in the summer holiday. I believe the old red markings are wearing away as they are no longer in use.
As always, if you need my help in any way, please let me know.