Head Teacher’s Blog 27/06/2019

Dear Parents and Carers,

  • Boroughmuir High School and our P7 pipers are ready to pipe the children out on Friday. They will be ready at 11.50am and this will hopefully minimise congestion at the front door.
  • Our P7s have been a credit to you, the school and their community and we wish them all the very best at High School.
  • Our Standard and Quality Report is in a different format this year, I shall post it on the School Website. If you have any queries, please let me know.
  • The Improvement Plan is linked to the National Priorities. This year, we shall focus on writing, health and wellbeing and closing the attainment gap between most and least disadvantaged children.  We shall continue work on Rights Respecting Schools and improving communication. In addition, teachers are going to work with Cluster colleagues on areas which are relevant to their stage and personal next steps. Details will be finalised in August and we shall keep you informed as we progress through the plans.
  • As always, we shall also keep a ‘running list’ of improvements and next steps pupils, staff, parents, carers and partnership services suggest. If we can address them quickly, we shall, if the suggestion is a larger topic, we shall add it to our long term plan for school improvements.
  • The Scottish Government would like to hear your views on your child’s school on https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/EdPiePrim/ the survey closes on 12th August 2019.  You have been sent an email directly from both the School and Parent Pay on this.
  • The Scottish Volleyball Association (SVA) are running their annual S.H.A.P.E. (Schools Holiday Aspire Programme Edinburgh) Beach Volleyball Camp in conjunction with Edinburgh Beach Volleyball Club on Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th July at Portobello Beach (just outside the Swim Centre) from 10-12 noon. £5 per person per day (members £3). Please contact SVA Regional Development Officer, Lynne Beattie rdoeast@scottishvolleyball.org for more information.
  • School starts for pupils on Wednesday 14 August 2019. Staff have inservice training on Monday 12 and Tuesday 13 August 2019.

 

All our children have been a delight and pleasure to work with this session. We look forward to welcoming them back in August, along with our new Primary One pupils.

Have a lovely summer, be kind to yourselves and each other.

 

Kindest regards,

Carol Kyle

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Head Teacher’s Blog 20/06/2019

Dear Parents and Carers,

  • We had many nominations for our Golden Book Award. The winner was Aisling in P7A for sharing strategies with others on how to achieve even if you have barriers to overcome and leading by example. Close runners up were Henry in P5C for his contribution to raising funds for Poppy Scotland and Clement and Terence in P7C for learning English very quickly and teaching the class French. Thanks to the Pupil Council for choosing the winners.
  • P7 Show, The Lion King, was a great success. Well done P7 Team!
  • End of Session Pupil Reports will go home on Friday 21 June 2019. Your views are important to us, feedback on the return sheets is much appreciated.
  • Westminster and Scottish Government have decided the May public holiday in 2020 will transfer from Monday 4th May to Friday 8th May 2020. This will affect the school session dates for 2019/20. As the original arrangement allowed for the Inservice Day to follow the public holiday, it has been decided to relocate the Inservice day in May from 5th May 2020 to 4th May 2020.   The new dates are:  Monday 4th May will be a school closure for pupils and an Inservice Day for staff (previously Tuesday 5th May)

Friday 8th May will be the reallocated public holiday (previously Monday 4th May). An email has gone out to all families about this.

  • This year’s EPSSA netball competitions concluded at Jack Kane Sports Centre on Monday with all teams showing great skill and enthusiasm on court. Bruntsfield won the final against Sciennes with Corstorphine and St George‘s coming third and fourth. Well done Netball Team – what a great ending to a fantastic year!
  • The P4/5 Girls Football Team have had a successful season, culminating in a very creditable 3rd place finish in the Gold Cup last Sat 15th June at Harrison Park. Their coaches said, “It’s a credit to the girls (and their parents) for their enthusiasm and hard work as most of our girls only train once a week and have been playing against others who often train 2-3 times a week.” Well done everyone, I like the move from Silver to Gold!

 

Please remember there are no Parent Council after School clubs on the last week of term and no Kidzcare Club on the last day.

School closes at 12 noon on Friday 28 June.

Kind regards,  Carol Kyle

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Head Teacher’s Blog 13/06/2019

Dear Parents and Carers,

Right of the Month: Every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities. This links with National School Grounds week on the 10th-14th June. It is a week to encourage learning outside. The Rights Respecters have designed two obstacle courses for the children to take part in Soccer Aid by doing the playground challenge to raise money for UNICEF. Details will come from your class teachers.

  • Edinburgh Schools Film Competition 2019: Finlay and Leo in P7A, Noah, Innes and Eva in P7B and  Mae, Alex and Lewis from P7C have been nominated for an award for their short animations ‘Hurricanes’ and ‘Wildfires’ on Friday 21st June at the Edinburgh Filmhouse at 10am.
  • For those of you who like early diary dates, Flu Vaccinations will be on Wednesday 04 December 2019. Details will be emailed to you nearer the time.
  • Composite Classes: The CEC Policy and Frequently asked questions have been added to our School Website. A meeting has been organised for the P1/P2 class for 2019-2020 on Tuesday 25 June at 3.30pm in Room 3.
  • Please do not leave any bikes or scooters in the sheds overnight or the weekend. I am told one was taken at this weekend. The Community Police Person has been informed and we shall remind the children at Assembly. We did find one grey and one blue scooter in the bin on Monday, if either is yours, please let us know.
  • Staffing Update: Kate Hansen retired in January and Lorraine Johnston is going to teach groups for Support for Learning after the summer (as both work part time, we shall replace them with one full time teacher). Emily Kidd is taking time out of teaching to travel round Australia. Two teachers, Jain Whitehead and Emily McLeod will be joining our team. We welcome Mrs Julie Allison Wosu as a new pupil support assistant and we wish Samaira Zuber all the best of luck as she moves into a new career. Maureen Hunter, our swimming teacher is retiring in July.

Next year’s probationers are Sanni Suhonen and Christie Allen. I shall share who is taking which class on Friday 21 June, we just have a few final details to arrange.

  • Pupil End of Session Reports will go home on Friday 21 June. If your child’s does not arrive safely, please let us know.
  • A reminder to share your views: this session we have been working on ‘Developing the Young Workforce’ as part of our Improvement Plan which was shared with you in June 2018. Staff have been discussing skills for learning, life and work with their classes and they have encouraged the children to lead and talk about learning. Over 70 parents and carers shared information on their chosen careers with the children, which was a great response. We would like to know your views to help us plan next steps and I invite you to give feedback to us using the link https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/LTNJQ8Z .
  • The City of Edinburgh Council would like to encourage all pupils, parents and staff to have their say on the future of Edinburgh as part of the Edinburgh City Centre Transformation Project. Please share your views on plans to improve public spaces and prioritise travel on foot, by bike and on public transport in the city centre. The full questionnaire is open until Friday 28 June and accessible here A child friendly one has been emailed to all classes to complete.

You asked about:

  • A class representative for additional support for learning. If you are interested in this, please contact the Parent Council, we are pleased to support.
  • Traffic in the area: a good time to ask, please have your say in the survey above and we shall continue working with the Parent Council, CEC and the police on this. Details of ‘A Walking Bus’ will be shared after the summer, the Parent Council are working on this. Details to follow.

 

Please remember there are no Parent Council after School clubs on the last week of term and no Kidzcare on the last day.

School closes at 12 noon on Friday 28 June.

Kind regards,  Carol Kyle

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Head Teacher’s Blog 06/06/2019

Dear Parents and Carers,

  • Great to see so many people having a good time at the Summer Fair on Saturday. My thanks and compliments to all who organised and helped make sure the day was a great success.
  • Some of the unsold books are going to children in a school in Guyana. Local charity shops have also benefitted from donations of books, clothes and toys.
  • Transition Days to High School are on Tuesday 18, Wednesday 19 and Thursday 20 June. Good luck P7, enjoy the days, we shall miss you, but wish you all the very best.
  • Next session’s Primary One pupils will visit on Wednesday 19 June at 9.15am to meet their teacher and classmates and spend some time in their new room. This will be followed with a Teddy Bear’s Picnic on Friday 16 August and a meeting with and presentation from the P1 Teachers on Wednesday 21 August.
  • Please remind children not to bring glass or other breakable items into school. All water bottles should be plastic and personal belongings in a lidded non-breakable container.
  • The Parent Council Events Team need more volunteers for the end-of-year Ceilidh on the 8 June (6:30 at Marchmont St Giles), both on the night and to cook stovies beforehand. Please email Alison at alhutchy@hotmail.com if you can help. Tickets for the Ceilidh are on sale from the Parent Council.
  • We all try to reuse carrier bags, but if you did buy one with your school uniforms, the Directors of Stevenson’s send the money from them to The Marine Conservation Society for their BeachWatch Events. If you would like to join the Stevensons/Aitken & Niven staff in the events, the next one is on Cramond beach in June. Details at: https://www.mcsuk.org/beachwatch/beach/cramond/event/2019-06-15
  • The additional In-service Days in 2019-2020, awarded as part of the teachers’ pay settlement, are: Tuesday 22nd October 2019 and Wednesday 8th January 2020 . All other dates remain the same.  The link to the full dates can be found at  http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/info/20074/schools/20/term_dates/2. Further information from CEC on this has been emailed to you.
  • Certificates of thanks have arrived from Marie Curie, thank you Poppy, P7 for organising and collecting £314.10 from the staff and pupils of Bruntsfield. Tesco’s Bank Art Competition for all the entries and Neinmann-Pick UK for raising £1000. Thank you all for continuing to support charities and competitions.
  • Mortonhall Tennis Club are offering a ‘Try tennis for free’ day on Sunday 16 June 2019 at 1pm. I have vouchers which I shall give to classes, If you are interested, please ask your child to ask for one.

 

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 30/05/2019

Dear Parents and Carers,

  • Sports Day was a great success, some sunshine, lots of fun and laughter along the way and best of all, great sportsmanship. Thank you everyone.
  • Your Views: this session we have been working on ‘Developing the Young Workforce’ as part of our Improvement Plan which was shared with you in June 2018. Staff have been discussing skills for learning, life and work with their classes and they have encouraged the children to lead and talk about learning. Over 70 parents and carers shared information on their chosen careers with the children, which was a great response. We would like to know your views to help us plan next steps and I invite you to give feedback to us using the link https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/LTNJQ8Z .
  • The presentations on the proposals for St Oswald’s were very impressive on Tuesday. By the time I arrived there were lots of suggestions and comments. I added a few of my own: a sensory space for the schools in the area would be good; a cooking area which classes could book and somewhere the elderly and the young can be together to benefit both parties. I look forward to seeing the next steps in this project.
  • Lewis, P5C won a Gold Medal in the Judo ‘Min Mon Championships’ on Saturday. Well done Lewis.
  • Sharing the Learning: P7 have been working on individual projects this term. They are varied and full of information. I look forward to seeing the finished projects.
  • Thanks have been sent on behalf of the Lord Provost to everyone who contributed to the 2050 Edinburgh City Vision project by submitting their visions, our pupils sent in many suggestions.  During the consultation period, they received over 21,000 visions along with films, and amazing drawings and paintings, etc. They are overwhelmed with the response rate and pass on their thanks to you and all our children who joined in.
  • P7 will be performing their end of year show, The Lion King – Junior Edition on Thursday 13th June. Doors open at 1.30pm for a 1.45pm start. Details and tickets from the P7 teachers. All the children will see the show at the dress rehearsal.

 

Summer Fair is this Saturday 01 June, 11am – 2pm. Everyone is invited and I look forward to seeing everyone having a great time.

Kind regards,

Carol Kyle

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Primary One Story 2019

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Primary One Induction Morning

The Primary One Induction morning for pupils starting school in August 2019 is on WEDNESDAY 19 JUNE at 9:15am – 10:30am.

This is an opportunity for parents to bring their child along to visit the school, meet the new class teacher and all the new children in the class.

We look forward to seeing you all!

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Scottish Primary Schools’ XC championships Kirkcaldy 2019

On Saturday 21 April, our P6 and P7 boys and girls competed in the annual SSAA Cross Country Championships, held in the grounds of the Dunnikier Estate beside Kirkcaldy High School in Fife. Our kids did amazingly well again this year.
In P6 girls as a team they came 8th over all out of 50 teams and Elodie came in 7th out of 132. The rest of the girls came in 33, 70 and 112.
In P6 boys out of 50 teams we came in 9th and Torin was 18th out of 163. The rest of the team came in at 50,98, 99 and 119.
P7 girls out of 56 teams came in overall 14th and out of 149 Amber came in 86th and the rest came in at 87, 93, 100, 101 and 121.
P7 boys we had a 3rd with medals for the team out of 51 teams and Innes came overall 1st winning a gold medal out 136 kids. The rest of the team came in at 49,59,61,79 and 86.
All I can say is, what a great day it was. I of course could not have done without the help of certain people so huge hugs and thanks to Emma and Patsy and Innes mum who did all the warm ups. Thank you so much for all the parents who came and supported yesterday it was great to see all of you there and finally to all the children that came and ran I am very proud of all of you.

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Head Teacher’s Blog 26/04/2019

Dear Parents and Carers,

  • Welcome back, I hope you have had a lovely holiday.
  • This month’s Building Resilience Theme is ‘Have a Goal’. This will be introduced at Assembly and followed up in class.
  • Eva in P7B has reached the next level of the 500 Words Competition with her story on Diving. It is well worth a read. Good Luck Eva.
  • We asked for your views on booking the Kings Theatre for P5- P7 Pantomime in December 2019. 68 parents responded. 82.35% (56 people) want the pantomime to be booked 17.65%  (12 people) don’t want the pantomime. Thank you for responding, we shall therefore book the pantomime.
  • Bruntsfield Primary School is not used as a venue for voting. Our school will be open and run as normal on Thursday 23rd May 2019 (European Parliamentary Elections).
  • Ramadan starts on Monday 06 May 2019. We shall support pupils and staff who are fasting during Ramadan. The children may spend the lunch time period in the GP Base when their class are in the Dining Hall or play outside if they prefer.  If you have any special requests, please let the class teacher know and we shall do our best to accommodate them.

 

If there is anything I, or a member of my team, can do to help, please just ask.

Kind regards,

Carol Kyle

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Head Teacher’s Blog 4/04/2019

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

  • Our Easter Service at Barclay Viewforth was led by P5 pupils and they told the story of  The Three Trees and how families celebrate Easter around the world. Well done P5 Team, it was both entertaining and enjoyable. I especially liked the Chocolate Song!
  • Rev. Sam Torrens has been a valued member of our school community for over 14 years. He is moving to Slateford Longstone Church and we wish him all the very best in the future and thank him for all the kindness and support he has shown our School and community.
  • Sharing the learning: P4 classes have designed science experiments linked to the rainforest topic. You may have noticed some of their rain gauges hanging on the railings. We look forward to finding out the outcomes of their experiments.
  • The children are thinking of ways to use St Oswald’s Hall, there are some very creative ideas being shared!
  • Leonardo in P4A has reached the finals of the Delancey Chess Competition in Manchester. Well done and best of luck Leonardo!
  • Alex in P7C won two Gold Medals for Kayaking at a competition in Hexham at the weekend. We wish him all the very best of luck in the races leading up to the Scottish Championships in August.
  • Last day of term is Friday 05 April.
  • School starts on Tuesday 23 April for staff and pupils.

 

I’ll take this opportunity to say have a lovely Spring Break.

Take care and look after yourselves.

I look forward to working with you in the summer term.

 

Kind regards,

Carol Kyle

Head Teacher

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