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P6/7 Girls Football Team

I am delighted to say that your P6/7 girls won the final of the summer cup yesterday at Meggetland. It was an absolute cracker of a match.

Craiglockhart went ahead early but Bruntsfield managed to level the score. Craiglockhart scored again late on and  we were 2-1 down and staring at defeat when Poppy Shell “popped up” to equalise and take us to extra time.  After that there was only going to be one winner and we scored 3 more times for a full time score of 5-2 to Bruntsfield.

Craiglockhart played very well but all of our girls were amazing and even when they went behind, refused to give in and gave it everything. They were complemented by many people on the quality of the football played.P6b2f8af43-7497-47ae-871c-3c4e440b2385

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The Value of Camp.

The Value of Camp

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2018 – 2019 Cluster Improvement Plan

2018-2019 Cluster Improvement Plan (30 May 2018)

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Standard and Quality Report June 2018

Standard & Quality Report for Website June 2018

Posted in Improvement Plan

Parent Summary for Standard and Quality Improvement Plan June 2018

Parent Summary for SQIP 18 June 2018 (Parents DRR and JAGR)

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Head Teacher’s Blog 21/6/18

Dear Parents and Carers,

  • We welcomed our new P1 pupils to school on Wednesday. Older pupils shared how they will support them as Buddies and the current P1s shared their learning. Information was shared from the Parent Council and school nurse and the choir entertained them. Thank you to Jenny Stirling for teaching our choir, they sounded really lovely.
  • Teachers will give the End of Session Reports to the children tomorrow. We welcome your feedback.
  • Classes for 2018-2019: the children are very pleased to have been told their new teacher and pupil support assistant (PSA) today. Next week, they will have the chance to meet and get to know their new teacher and PSA in their new room and will also learn where to line up next session. I have emailed you next session’s staff list and will post it on the website before the end of term.
  • As part of our Eco Drive to save paper, our School Standard and Quality Report for 2017-2018 and Improvement Plan for 2018-2019 will be posted on the website next week. I shall continue to update you on progress as we work through next session. Special thanks to our parents who helped ensure the Parent Summary is jargon free!
  • P6/7 Girls Netball Team won the final of the Edinburgh Schools Summer Cup at Meggetland against Craiglockhart with a score of 5-2 to Bruntsfield.
  • Special thanks go to Lorna Norton who has coached Netball for eleven years and Diarmid Rutherford, who has coached football for seven years. They have supported the children and led them to their many successes. Their clubs have been loved by many pupils over the years, thank you both! If you would like to be involved in coaching, please contact the Parent Council.
  • Mateo in P7C,  won the Chess Club Gold Medal. Well done Mateo.
  • As part of Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018 celebrations, City of Edinburgh are supporting IRONKIDS Scotland. Sports taster sessions, live entertainment and family-focused running events of between 500m and 2km will take part in in Dalkeith Country Park from 4pm on Friday 29 June,  Preston Links at Prestonpans from 11am on Saturday 30 June and at Holyrood Park from 3pm on Saturday 30 June. If you would like to join in sign up for IRONKIDS Scotland or enter on the day. £4 per young person, plus a small booking fee and I am told this includes an IRONKIDS T-shirt and a Finishers Medal.
  • Play Streets has now been adopted as official Council policy. If you would like to apply to close your street for a play session over the summer holidays please use the following link http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/info/20014/schools_and_learning/1553/playing_out/1

 

Please remember the school closes at 12 noon on Friday 29 June and there are no after school clubs or Kidzcare classes.

We look forward to hearing our Pipers ‘piping out the P7s’. Please come and join us as we say “Goodbye” to them.

Kind regards,

Carol Kyle

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Head Teachers Blog-Thursday 14.6.18

Dear Parents and Carers,
 
·         A team from the Learning Directorate visited Bruntsfield on Wednesday and very much appreciated the tour of the school by some of our P7s, visits to classes, discussions with the Pupil Council, Rights Respecter’s and Management Team.
·         Our quarterly check of the playground from ROSPA shows the condition of the playground equipment is very good.
·         I am told the P7 boys football season has now almost come to an end. Some have played since P2, others joined along the way. Thanks to the volunteer parent coaches who have given their time up every Saturday for many years and to the parents for setting up the goals! Well done everyone!
·         The end-of-term celebration family ceilidh is on Saturday 23 June from 7:00-9:00pm at Polwarth Church. Tickets are selling out quickly! If you would like to join in the team will be selling tickets this Friday at 12noon in the playground.  If you prefer please put cash in an envelope clearly marked “ceilidh” with your child’s name, class and number of tickets required in the Parent Forum Box at the entrance to the School Office.
 
Staff changes in August:
·         Mrs Ruth Leslie (P1A) and Mrs Chris Macintyre (PSA) are retiring in the summer.
·         Ms Karen Anderson (P2A) and Miss Annie Faichney (P3A) are both moving to Glasgow.
·         Miss Leah Anderson has passed her probationer year and our probationers for 2018-2019 are Ms Annie Roberson and Mrs Alison Prentice.
·         Mrs Rowan Hagdorn (PSA) has been accepted into the new Early Years Practitioner training post.
 
Congratulations to all of them and I am sure they will keep in touch. I shall forward the class teachers list on the last week of term.
 
At the Parent Council Meeting you asked about:
·         More competitive sports for older children: I have asked the PE Teacher and team who organise sports day to discuss this and consider possible options. Competitive opportunities we currently participate in include Sportshall Athletics, cross country running, swimming galas plus many club matches in netball, football, basketball and fencing. We have a beautiful collection of Trophies and Shields in our display case in the entrance hall.
·         Making more use of class reps to share information: in most cases we shall send class information out via Parent Pay. However, if reps liaise with their class teacher at the start of next session, there will be ways reps will be able to remind parents of key events.
·         Volunteering: If you would like to volunteer, please complete the school application form and hand it in to the school office. The DHT for your department will meet with you before you start. If you like volunteering and wish to make this a regular, weekly event a PVG form will be completed. You do not need a PVG form to help on a one off school trip.
·         School trips in Houses rather than by class: there are some excursions which may work very well for this, such as the Theatre, seasonal events and the teachers will plan accordingly.
·         Daily mile: some classes and teachers like the ‘daily mile’, others do ‘Go Noodle’ or adapted versions of active ‘Brain Gym’. It is good there is variety across the school and there will be more trends to try next session.
·         Behaviour in the playground: almost all of the time, most of the children behave beautifully in the playground. Occasionally they push the boundaries too far or become too boisterous or are unkind. Learning when this happens and how to prevent it happening again, is all part of growing up. In the first instance, a pupil support assistant (PSA) will talk the children through the event and encourage them to understand the views of others. If it happens repeatedly, the class teacher will talk to the individual children or, if appropriate the class. We have BECOs (Behaviour Support Co-ordinators) who we ask to talk to classes and children, PALs (Playground Activity Leaders) who work with groups and classes to suggest new games and P6 and P7 Peer Mediators mentor younger children and support friendship groups. If incidents are deemed serious, involve injury or bullying, the teacher or PSA will talk to their line manager and one of the DHTs will inform you. I shall invite a group of parents to come and visit our playground to see the children at play. It is busy, but there is a lot fun and laughter which is definitely worth sharing. The Pupil Council is making a ‘wish list’ of games and activities they would like and we shall submit a bid for funding to the Parent Council for them. Items identified so far are hoppers, pogo sticks, skipping ropes, hoops, light weight plastic tyres, soft balls and bats and yoyo’s. I am sure the list will continue to grow. The trend is now to have a lot of each item and have one out at a time to build skills, rather than all out at the same time and there is opportunity for children to make more use of the space next to the Annex Building and Netball Pitch.
·         Catch Up: is for children who have missed key learning due to being late or need some ‘time out’ of the playground, or who wish to talk to a member of staff. Unfinished work will be sent home as per our Home Learning Policy. I have reminded the teachers of this.
·         School Lunches: our menus are set by the City of Edinburgh Catering Team and there are always salads and fruits to choose from in addition to the set choices. I attached a link to a survey for your views in my blog on the 31 May. A group of parents from the Parent Council are currently working on this and will come in and sample our lunch menu.
·         Sex Education: we follow City of Edinburgh Council Policy and programmes on this and the class teachers will inform you before any lessons take place to allow you to talk to your children about this.
·         Dates for Parent Council Meetings: next session there will be a balance of Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday dates. If you would like to join in, become involved in any of the events, please do.
 
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 8/6/18

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

  • As a Cluster, we have identified ‘Developing the Young Workforce’ as an area to take forward next session. We shall link this with Children’s Rights and Global Citizenship as there are many strands which cross all three. If you would like to be involved in this, please let myself and your class teacher know at the start of the new session.
  • Please help all your children to arrive on time. The average last week was 590 on time, with up to 40 late per day. This does put pressure on our school office at a busy time of day. It is also unsettling for children if they miss the daily plan which the teachers share with their classes.
  • Bruntsfield Girls Football Teamwon the Summer Cup semi final on Saturday  beating Mary Erskines by four goals to two.  I am told “The girls were magnificent”. The final is on the 16th June against Craiglockhart. Good luck girls and coaches!
  • P4/5 Girls Football Teams played in the Silver Cup against James Gillespie’s and South Morningside Primary Schools and they came runners up and third. Well done P4/5!
  • The First Minister’s Maths Summer Challenge for P6 will be themed around the European Championships using facts, figures and aims to foster an interest in maths through sports. Further information will be emailed to all P5 and P6 families as it comes to us.
  • You are invited to view the proposals for a new school on Canan Lane on Wednesday 13 June 2018 at the South Morningside P1-P2 Building at 35 Canaan Lane, EH10 4SG between 4pm and 7pm. Further information about the project may be found at:http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/southedinburghschools.

 

You asked about:

  • Violin and Cello tuition: this is organised, and time allocated to Bruntsfield, by the City of Edinburgh Council Music Department. The instructors email all P3 parents and carers before they test the children for musical aptitude. They also discuss playing an instrument with the children. I have always asked for more tuition, however, each school is given an allocation of time which is shared fairly across the city.
  • Ukulele: All Primary 4 and Primary 5 pupils will have ukulele and singing as part of ‘Sounds Like Music’ next session (as they did this session). ‘Sounds Like Music’ is delivered by the City of Edinburgh Council Arts & Creative Learning Team and funded by Creative Scotland through the Youth Music Initiative

 

Our Right of the Month is Article 29 “Your education should help you to use and develop your talents and abilities. It should also help you to live peacefully, protect the environment and respect other people.”

 

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

 

Kind regards,

Carol Kyle

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P7 Camp 1 Slideshow

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