Bruntsfield Primary Registration Day

If you have a child starting Primary 1 in August 2019 and you live in the catchment for Bruntsfield Primary School then please register your child with us on

WEDNESDAY 7TH NOVEMBER 2018

9:15AM – 11:15AM

1:45PM – 2:45PM

We look forward to seeing you then.

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Bruntsfield Primary Open Day 2018

The Open Day for Bruntsfield Primary School is on Wednesday 31st October 2018. You are welcome to visit during the following times –

9:15am – 10:15am

1:45pm – 2:45pm

We look forward to seeing you then.

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Head Teachers Blog – 20th September 2018

Dear Parents and Carers,

  • P6 campers are having a great time and doing really well. They told me the weather was mild and not as windy as they thought it would be!
  • Open Day for next sessions parents and carers of P1 catchment pupils is Wednesday 31 October 2018. 9.15-10.15am and 1.45-2.45pm. Details will be posted on our website.
  • Enrolment for P1 pupils starting in August 2019 is Wednesday 7 November 2018. 2018. 9.15-11.15am and 1.45-2.45pm. Details will be posted on our website and sent to nurseries.

You asked about toilets in school, we have:

  • Girls toilets: located at the west side of the school (20 cubicles, 5 wash hand basins with sensor taps)
  • Boys toilets: located at the east side of the school (9 cubicles, 2 urinals, 5 wash hand basins with sensor taps)
  • A toilet for children who do not feel comfortable in the gender specified ones

We also have:

  • 5 adult toilets, located at the top and bottom of the red and blue stairways and one next to my office
  • 2 ladies toilets beside the staff room
  • 3 toilets in the swimming pool section of the building (2 at the pool side and one in the office section)

We shall always allow the children to go to the toilet as and when they need. We encourage them to go during break, lunch and before they go on a journey before an excursion.

  • The City of Edinburgh Council Sports Development Team have a programme for P3 – P7 pupils running at Portobello High School in the October holidays. If you are interested in joining further information is available at www.joininedinburgh.org or contact Euan Morrice, Tel 0131 334 9290 or by emaileuan.morrice@ea.edin.sch.uk

As always, if you have any concerns,  worries or suggestions. Please come in and talk to us, we are all here to help!
Kind regards,

Carol Kyle

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Head Teachers Blog 20th September 2018

Dear Parents and Carers,

  • P6 campers are having a great time and doing really well. They told me the weather was mild and not as windy as they thought it would be!
  • Open Day for next sessions parents and carers of P1 catchment pupils is Wednesday 31 October 2018. 9.15-10.15am and 1.45-2.45pm. Details will be posted on our website.
  • Enrolment for P1 pupils starting in August 2019 is Wednesday 7 November 2018. 2018. 9.15-11.15am and 1.45-2.45pm. Details will be posted on our website and sent to nurseries.

You asked about toilets in school, we have:

  • Girls toilets: located at the west side of the school (20 cubicles, 5 wash hand basins with sensor taps)
  • Boys toilets: located at the east side of the school (9 cubicles, 2 urinals, 5 wash hand basins with sensor taps)
  • A toilet for children who do not feel comfortable in the gender specified ones

We also have:

  • 5 adult toilets, located at the top and bottom of the red and blue stairways and one next to my office
  • 2 ladies toilets beside the staff room
  • 3 toilets in the swimming pool section of the building (2 at the pool side and one in the office section)

We shall always allow the children to go to the toilet as and when they need. We encourage them to go during break, lunch and before they go on a journey before an excursion.

  • The City of Edinburgh Council Sports Development Team have a programme for P3 – P7 pupils running at Portobello High School in the October holidays. If you are interested in joining further information is available at www.joininedinburgh.org or contact Euan Morrice, Tel 0131 334 9290 or by emaileuan.morrice@ea.edin.sch.uk

As always, if you have any concerns,  worries or suggestions. Please come in and talk to us, we are all here to help!
Kind regards,

Carol Kyle

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Head Teacher’s Blog 13/9/18

Dear Parents and Carers,

  • Last session you gave us feedback on our class Welcome Books and Curricular Overviews. From this we designed  Class Timetables. I am pleased you found them helpful. Therefore, we updated them for this session and the class teachers gave them out, along with the Curricular Overview for each stage. Copies have been added to our website, in the class section.
  • Individual and family photos are on Wednesday 7 November by Tempest and will be ready before the end of term for any Christmas gifts. Class photos will be in the traditional style and taken on Tuesday 19 March 2019.
  • The Friday Girls Badminton Club have spaces (12.45-1.45pm). If you would like to join in, please enrol via the Parent Council Clubs site.
  • As part of investment in Edinburgh’s roads and pavements, I am told the road from Home Street up to Bruntsfield Place will be resurfaced and work is scheduled to begin on Monday 15 October 2018 and will take approximately six weeks. Further details have been emailed to you. Class teachers will talk to their classes about road safety, and stress the importance of extra care during road works. It would be great if you could also talk to your children about the safest way to and from school during the street closures. As always, please avoid parking close to the school gates. Many thanks.

 

Please remember Monday 17 September is an Edinburgh Holiday and the school will close for the day. Enjoy!

Kind regards,

Carol Kyle

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Head Teacher’s Blog 6/9/18

Dear Parents and Carers,

  • You should all have received a paper copy of address, phone numbers, emergency contacts etc. which we hold on our system. Please check all the details are correct and return to school, via your child’s class teacher to allow us to update our records. If you have not received one, please contact our school office.
  • Social Enterprise met with our Eco Team and Pupil Council to discuss this session’s Community Team agenda, Global Goal 8:  Decent work and Economic Growth. Each Community Team will plan what they want to achieve, how they will do this and the impact it will make. The Community Teams and Pupil Council will keep you informed of their progress via our website as the year progresses.
  • Ms Seonaid Dobie and Mr Wood attended a training session on next steps for our Rights Respecting Schools learning on Wednesday after school. They will discuss with staff and pupils and link to Community Teams as above. If you would like to be involved, please contact your class teacher. I do hope you like our Silver Award Banner, we are all very pleased to have earned it!
  • The P2s started their 4 week block of yoga sessions last Friday. They are learning simple breathing techniques which helps with focus and concentration plus some yoga postures to promote strength, body awareness and good posture. Each session includes a game to help fine motor skills and/or co-ordination. Thanks to Parent Council Funding to support this.
  • Playground: I have a group of pupils working with the Pupil Council and myself on ideas to continue our development of the playground areas. They have lots of good ideas and shall make a bid for funding for their ‘wish list’ of loose play items, skipping ropes, hoops, hoppers etc.
  • Drop off and collection times can be very busy and we ask all parents to park in safe places if they are unable to walk their children to school. Children don’t always understand or see the dangers of double parking or reversing, particularly so if very close to the school gates. Please help us keep all our children safe, by parking a safe distance away, or even better, walking them to school. We are currently updating our Travel Plan and once compete we shall share this with you and with City of Edinburgh Council.
  • Parent, teacher, pupil consultations: you asked to try them earlier in the session, which we did. Parents shared lots of positives from Tuesday’s meeting. In favour: good to meet and build relationships with the teacher; to learn about the curriculum; share knowledge early and great for parental engagement. However, we appreciate the teacher’s haven’t had as long with the children as in previous years. We shall have three options for next session: early September; mid-September or early October (avoiding camp week, which can vary from year to year). Please take some thinking time and we shall gather your views, most likely, via a Survey Monkey questionnaire on timings for next session.
  • Enterprise Music Scotland are holding their National Chamber Music Day on Saturday 15th Sept and have FREE events for children up to age 12 and their families. They have two performances of, ‘Around the World with Bessy – Part One-Europe’ at the Scottish Poetry Library at 11amand at North Edinburgh Arts with a fully staged version at 2pm. To reserve your free tickets, please contact the venues or email  info@enterprisemusicscotland.com

 

I look forward to seeing your all tonight at our second Parent, Carer, Pupil and Teacher Meeting.

Kind regards,

Carol Kyle

 

Carol Kyle                                                   

Head Teacher

Bruntsfield Primary School

12 Montpelier

Edinburgh

EH10 4NA
Tel: 0131 229 1821

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Head Teacher’s Blog 31/8/18

Dear Parents and Carers:

  • P1 Teachers shared how children learn and what the P1 curriculum looks like at their workshop last week. I am pleased the opportunity to learn about the active, planned, purposeful play approach we use to enhance learning and teaching was helpful.
  • Our staff training this week was on Visual Timetables and Signs around the school, presented by the Additional Support for Learning Service. This programme of consistent resources for all schools, has been produced in consultation with partnership services. It will be interesting to learn what the children think of their new class visual timetable and signs for resources.
  • We are looking forward to seeing you next week at Parent and Carer Consultation Meetings. Please help teachers run to time by knocking at the door when your time is due to start.
  • Children’s friendships go up and down and occasionally they fall out, either in or out of school. If this happens, the teachers are happy to help them. If you have any concerns or worries, please come in and talk to us, rather than approaching the children directly in the playground about this.

 

At last night’s Parent Council Meeting, you asked about:

  • Milk: the milk is delivered each morning and the children have it at break time. If for any reason your child has not received theirs, please send a note to the class teacher. I have reminded all the teachers to check their milk list with their class.
  • ParentPay for new parents and cares: Our School Administrator is working with parents to help set this up, there seems to be a small box which needs to be ticked. If you are unable to access ParentPay, please contact Pat John or Ingrid Ramsay, both are happy to help.
  • Class timetables: Last session, teachers shared a class timetable with parents and they will do this for this session at Parent and Carer Consultation Meetings next week. Dates for Showcase Events, End of Term Parties and Sports Day will be included. Copies will be posted in the class section of our website. Dates of excursions will be shared, via ParentPay, as trips are organised throughout the year.
  • Arts: already we are seeing art being displayed around the classrooms and children are enjoying our new Music Programme, which was produced by CEC in partnership with Youth Music. I have asked staff to share some of the art work on the class website as the year progresses and we shall discuss possible ways to share music, drama and dance with you as well as at our Showcase Events for each stage throughout the year.
  • Snacks: Healthy snacks are always the best option. Reducing packaging would be great, as we do have a fair amount of litter to pick up! We have some children with allergies and appreciate it if all nuts and peanuts are avoided. In the past, parents have suggested a small sandwich, yogurt, nut free cereal bars and best of all fruit- bananas work very well. If you have any other good ideas, please ask your child to share with their class.
  • Packed lunches: if your child is not eating enough of their packed lunch, please inform your class teacher who will liaise with the Dining Room staff.
  • STEM/STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) is a phrase you may hear in the media and in education. Some have added art, as there is creativity in designing science experiments, trailing new technology etc, hence STEA Science, Technology, Engineering, ART and Maths. All are part of our Curriculum and the teachers and children make the connections as they progress in their learning.
  • There is no truth in the rumour that children can opt out of PE on a Friday. We have two hours of PE per week for all classes.
  • Christmas card designs: A group of parents will select a company to produce Christmas cards and gifts using children’s designs. This is entirely optional, you are welcome to order as you wish. We shall share details, dates and costs when they come to us.
  • P1 lines: bringing the whole class out at the end of the day was suggested to make collecting children quicker, we shall try this today. If all parents could stand a little further back please, I do think this may work.
  • Starting and finishing times: P1 and P2 start at 8.50am and finish at 3.15pm. P3-P7 start at 8.45am and finish at 3.20pm. Occasionally the bells need to be adjusted by a minute or two – this requires a particular engineer to do this and it may take a day or two for him to arrive.
  • Information for new parents and cares: Whist all the information is on our Website and in Handbooks, new parents have appreciated the help from other parents. This is something we can ask the class reps to help us with. Mr Wood (DHT) has offered to progress this suggestion. We give new pupils a buddy, so a parent buddy could catch on!

 

I look forward to seeing you next week and if you need my help in any way, please just ask.

Kind regards,

Carol Kyle

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School Lunch Tuesday 28 August

Another lovely lunch today!

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School lunch – Monday 27 August 2018

The pupils enjoyed a lovely lunch today!

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Primary 7 experience the Virgin Money Schools Concert

Today, 27th August 2018, all of our Primary 7’s were treated to a fabulous concert by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in Princes Street Gardens.  The theme of the concert was ‘The Planets’ by Gustav Holst.  This will be performed for the public at tonight’s Festival Fireworks display.   Our children enjoyed thinking about beat and rhythm, joining in aspects of this composition.

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