Head Teacher’s Blog 10/01/2019

Dear Parents and Carers,

  • Welcome back everyone, I hope you all enjoyed the holidays.
  • The end of term was great, with a superb Nativity, fun and games at parties, pantomimes and singalongs.
  • Parent Consultations are on Tuesday 29 and Thursday 31 January 2019. An email was sent yesterday with all the details and a paper copy, for you to return with your choice, is being sent home today. Please return it to the class teacher, for each of your children, by Tuesday 15 January. They will allocate your time and return it to you on Friday 18th January (all details are on the letter).
  • Greenpeace talked to the P3 – P6 classes about palm oil and the effect the deforestation is having on orangutans. Some of the children made posters about it and they are now on their website at https://www.greenpeace.org.uk/rang-tan-school-posters/ (I see they are updating their website today, but I did get a quick look yesterday).
  • The preventative maintenance work on each ceiling is progressing well, but it will take time to work round the whole school. I have a meeting next Tuesday about our building and future work, such as the windows. I shall keep you informed of ongoing maintenance work as information comes to me.
  • CEC have uploaded the timeline for the new primary school on Canaan Lane. Details may be found at: www.edinburgh.gov.uk/southedinburghschools.
  • The Education Endowment Foundation’s website has reviews on research on ways for parents to support children’s learning and is being promoted by Edinburgh Learns at CEC. Further information may be found at https://educationendownmentfoundation.org.uk/tools/guidance-reports/working-with-parents-to-support-childrens-larning
  • Please remember, if you have changed your address, phone number, email address or emergency contact, please let the teachers or office staff know and we shall update our records.

 

If there is anything at all I can do to help, please let me know.

Kind regards,

Carol Kyle

Head Teacher

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Head Teacher’s Blog 20/12/2018

Dear Parents and Carers,

  • Pantomimes, Nativity and End of Term Parties are coming to an end as we finish the year having worked hard, had fun and laughter along the way. This has been a good year for bringing new teams together and welcoming new staff and pupils to Bruntsfield.
  • P4 and P5 children have been learning to play the Ukulele with the help of the National Youth Orchestra who join us every year. Today, they shared Silent Night with me and it was just lovely!
  • Over 50 shoeboxes were filled for young people’s Christmas Gifts from Churchhill Community Team. Thank you everyone.
  • Inservice Day Tuesday 8 January 2019: Our Cluster colleagues from South Morningside and Buckstone Primary Schools will join us to plan and share ways pupils engage in their learning with training from Mindstretchers. We would like each pupil to have the skills and confidence to contribute to planning their learning and in particular themes within their topics and their next steps for success. In the afternoon, teachers will moderate samples of children’s learning, to ensure consistency of standard across the cluster.

Our pupil support assistants will extend their training on working with groups of pupils to meet individual needs.

  • First day back for children is Wednesday 9 January 2019, 8.45am for P3-P7 and 8.50am for P1 and P2.

 

Have a lovely holiday and all the very, very best for 2019.

Look after yourselves and each other.

 

Kind regards,

Carol Kyle

Head Teacher

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Kids Love Clothes

The Bruntsfield Primary Pupil Council would like to donate to the Edinburgh based charity, ‘Kids Love Clothes’.

If you have any children’s clothes in good condition, please send them to Ms Dobie by the 25th of January 2019.

Thank you

Jenny Dobie and the Pupil Council

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Ski Competition Boyd Anderson Trophy

We competed in the Boyd Anderson Trophy on the 10th December at Hillend. Our team consisted of Hugh and Percy Sutherland, Innes MacDonald and Sam Beattie.

We did have two girls in the team but they couldn’t make it as they had a netball tournament but the team only needed 4 children  to count.

The children did exceptionally well considering they had not much time to practise before hand.

Their times were Hugh – First run – 19.4, Percy – 18.78, Innes – 17.15 and Sam – 15.5 then on the second run they had Hugh – 17.95, Percy – 18.34, Innes – 16.43 and Sam – 15.29

Overall out of 17 teams ours came in 5th which I think is amazing! Well done boys, a well deserved place. file1file2file-4Primary Boyd Anderson Experienced 2018

Posted in Bruntsfield Primary, Sports News

Head Teacher’s Blog 13/12/18

Dear Parents and Carers,

  • Sharing the Learning: The transition science lectures at Boroughmuir High School were very interesting and have certainly given the children a taste of what is to come. It was very special to see them all with their cluster peers. Our children were able to answer the questions well and asked good questions. The Community Nursery Nativity allowed us to see how the children are preparing for coming into P1. Exciting times ahead!
  • Results from gathering your views on dates for Parent Consultation Meetings for next session: We had 56 people respond. 8 people selected two preferred options, giving a total of 64 results. Results were: 4 would like the 3rd and 5th of  September 2019; 22 would like 24th and 24th September and 38 would like 1st and 3rd of October 2019. The teachers are flexible, but prefer the later date too. We shall plan for the 1st and 3rd of October 2019. Thank you for taking part.
  • P7 Girls brought back a beautiful Silver Trophy and Gold Medals from the Edinburgh Primary Schools Winter Netball Tournament on Monday.
  • There is still time to take part in the survey on school meals. If you would like to share your views before the 14th of December please do so at http://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/foodsch
  • The First Minister’s Primary 6 Maths challenge has  been emailed to P6 parents and carers.  Solutions will be published at blogs.gov.scot/making-maths-count on 4 January 2019. Parentzone Scotland at  www.education.gov.scot/parentzone and Parent Club www.parentclub.scot/ have more ideas for numeracy and maths.
  • The P1 Nativity is on Wednesday 19 December, at Barclay Viewforth Church. Donations will go to Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity. Details from your class teachers.
  • School closes on Friday 21 December at 12 noon. Please make sure your children know how they are going home and where to go at the end of the day. Please remember there are no after school care clubs or Kidzcare on the last day.

 

If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions, please talk to the class teacher, one of the Depute Head Teachers or myself. We are all here to help,

Kind regards,

Carol Kyle

Head Teacher

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P5 Netball

P5 Netball Team

The brand new P5 Netball Team played their very first matches on Tuesday against two different teams from Tower Bank Primary School.

They were amazing and Bruntsfield won the first match 8:5 and the second,  10:7. Well done!

Posted in Bruntsfield Primary, Sports News

Head Teacher’s Blog 6/12/18

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

  • My thanks to all who came and supported the Winter Fair – a great night in every way!
  • Karen Galloway, Vice Chair of the Parent Council and I attended a Conference on Parental Engagement last Friday. They talked about  parental engagement as not only interactions with school, but includes all the help and support families give their children every day. One tip was to ask “What two things do you know today, you didn’t know yesterday?” to encourage your child to talk about their learning. They also stressed the importance of learning nursery rhymes to help develop literacy skills. We continue learning rhymes and poetry in school with a celebration of Scots poems for all year groups each January.
  • Katie Heron (P5A) achieved a bronze medal at the recent Scottish National Judo Championship competition held at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow. Well done Katie.
  • Georgina (P7A) has been selected to play for the Scotland Regional Football Squad, under 14 Team, which means she  may selected to represent Scotland in future matches. Well done Georgina.

 

Sharing the Learning:

  • P6A finished a gorgeous art display: everyone completed an illustration in the style of L.S. Lowry. They really do look good when you see them all together. P6B linked art and maths to design plans for their classroom for Christmas: lots of measuring and angles in action. P6C have written stories on life as a child in the industrial revolution: lots of informative discussion comparing life then and today. Well done P6.
  • Thirty P7 pupils are joining Boroughmuir High School pupils and staff at their Christmas Concert on Monday 17 December at 7pm at the Central Hall.  All the P7’s will go to Boroughmuir High School on Tuesday 11 December for the much loved Winter Science Lectures.
  • Design & Technology PGDE students are hosting a public engagement weekend of interactive family fun activities in Inverleith House  at the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th December (12 – 3pm). Activities are based around sustainability, citizenship, forestry and outdoor learning and are suitable for all ages.
  • The Scottish National Portrait Gallery have organised autism-friendly events for children aged up to 12 years and their families on Saturday 8 and Saturday 15 December from 9-10am. They have: handling materials; a visit to our Planes, Trains and Automobiles photography exhibition and sensory creative activities. Children must be accompanied by adult. If you would like to join in, please email: amurray@nationalgalleries.org Telephone: 0131 624 6428

Please remember, if you have any questions, concerns or suggestions, please talk to the class teacher, one of the Depute Head Teachers or myself. We are all here to help.

Kind regards,

Carol Kyle, Head Teacher

Posted in Bruntsfield Primary, Head Teacher's Blog

Sportshall Athletics Competition 2018

This year we had the opportunity to train at Boroughmuir High School in their main Sportshall (thanks to Lorna Bradford)in the mornings from around 7.45 to 8.30am. I was so happy that so many were committed to training sessions that early in the morning and it certainly paid off in the end. We were up against a few teams that in the past have been very strong – Buckstone, Cramond and Sciennes. There were 10 teams competing but in the end we won this with a score of 400 points and the nearest to us was Sciennes with 354 points. We will now go on to the final of the Edinburgh Cup on the 21st January 2019.

We also did exceptionally well in the Long Jump where by one of our girls came in first with a huge jump of 2.20M and won an individual medal for breaking the record that stood. Well done !

On another note can I thank Lorna for all her help and support along the way and to Donna English and Cat Stevens for coming on the day to help out which was much appreciated.

I am very proud of the whole team.

Posted in Bruntsfield Primary, Sports News

Head Teacher’s Blog 29/11/18

Dear Parents and Carers,

  • Sharing the Learning: P5s were designing experiments to find out which solids dissolve, mix and evaporate. There were lots of theories being discussed and plans tested.
  • P7s have been making animations, writing and performing small drama scripts and completing art work. They had great fun sharing their movies, plays and art with their P1 Buddies.
  • P4 CfE Showcase Event ‘Titanic’ was a great success. Thank you everyone in P4.
  • Ellie in P7B was nominated as one of 20 finalists, from over 1200 entries in the Green Pencil Award, for her story on Rain. This is the first year, P7-S3 have been in the same category. The theme was Young People in the Scottish Environment. Ellie shared her story and everyone enjoyed hearing it. Well done Ellie!
  • Innes (P5C) is a South Edinburgh Christmas Card Competition winner. Well done Innes.
  • Max, P7A was awarded a certificate by the Lord Provost at a ceremony last Friday for a winning entry in the ‘Winter Windows Competition’. His window is on display in St Patrick Square. Well done Max.
  • Bruntsfield Primary School finished 1st at the Sportshall Athletics Competition on Monday. Georgina broke the City long jump record by 2cm and jumped 2.20m, giving her a Gold medal. The Edinburgh Final is on Monday 21st January 2019 at the Jack Kane Centre.
  • As part of the Council’s building maintenance programme, contractors are going to check the cornices and ceilings in each of the classrooms. We welcome this pro-active approach. The contractors will begin setting up on Saturday 1 December and work round each room, starting with the GP Room (General Purpose Room). It will mean each class will relocate to the GP Room during the Day when it is their room’s turn. We shall minimise disruption as much as possible and all clubs and after school activities will run as usual.
  • Boroughmuir has been named as the Sunday Times Scottish State Secondary School of the year 2018. There are 360 state secondaries in Scotland and this is the 2nd time in 6 years they have achieved this award. Mr Dempster has sent his thanks to all the staff, pupils, parents and carers of the Cluster who have helped achieve this. Fantastic news Boroughmuir!
  • School Lunches: When our children make suggestions for school lunches, I pass them on to the catering team. To help gather everyone’s views, please complete the survey on: http://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/foodsch If you would like any further information on school lunches please contact: foodinschools@edinburgh.gov.uk (full details have been sent in an earlier email this week).

P7 camp letter has gone out today as a paper copy so please look out for it.

The Winter Fair starts at 6.30-8.30pm on Friday 30 November, do come along and join in the fun!

 

Kind regards,

Carol Kyle

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Primary One Christmas Show

The Primary One Christmas show is on Wednesday 19th of December at 2:15pm in Viewforth Barclay Church.

Donations at the church will go to Edinburgh Children’s Hospital. Thank you.

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