Showcase Events 2019/2020

Showcase Events for Website 2019-2020

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Head Teacher’s Blog 5/09/2019

Dear Parents and Carers:

  • Sharing the Learning: P3 have been reading ‘How to Train my Dragon’ as their class novel. They have used the theme of the book to create some beautiful ‘gradation’ art work of Dragon’s eyes, as well as extending the story for their own imaginative writing. They focused on use of adjectives in their discussions and writing on their dragons. You will enjoy reading all about them when you join us in October.
  • We are introducing an on line booking system for Parent Consultation Meetings this year on a trial basis. If you have High School pupils, it is the same system Boroughmuir use. Help sheets will be emailed to you. Please let us know if you require assistance.
  • We have a new School Nurse, Mrs Nadene Lees, and she is going to support all the Cluster Schools, Bruntsfield, Buckstone, South Morningside and Boroughmuir High School. This will help with transition as the children move from P7 to S1. Mrs Lorraine Smith will continue working with us as our Health Assistant. P1 pupils will receive a Health Questionnaire and you will be able to talk to Mrs Smith, if you have any questions. Details will be emailed from your class teacher in due course.
  • Please remember to include a health snack in the mornings.
  • Diary Dates: Primary 1 families due to start in August 2020 are invited to our New to P1 Open Day on Wednesday 30 October 2019. Enrolment at Bruntsfield will be on Wednesday 6 November 2019. Details to follow.
  • We are finalising our dates for Showcase Events.  Each year, all parents are invited to share their children’s learning and try some of their activities. Teachers will give details in the ‘Pupil Friendly Time Tables ‘which will be with you this week and I shall add the overview of dates to our website. Invitations will come out as a reminder before the event, please check details nearer the time.

 

As always, if you need my help in any way, please let me know.

Kind regards,

Carol Kyle

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Head Teacher’s Blog 29/08/2019

Dear Parents and Carers,

  • Good news! Whilst our swimming pool is out of use, we are able to use the pool at  Sciennes Primary School. Mrs Fiona McKay has been appointed as swimming teacher and P4 children will start on Thursday 18 September. The class teachers will let you know the dates and details for each group. If you are able to help walk the children to Sciennes and back, please let your class teacher know.
  • Ms Helen Drummond will replace Ms Diane Ferguson as our EAL (English as an Additional Language) teacher this year. The City often move support service teachers around to try to match them to Clusters. Our Cluster Schools are Boroughmuir High School, South Morningside and Buckstone Primary Schools. Ms Drummond will start on Thursday 12 September. If your child is going to receive support with English, your class teacher will let you know. You are invited to meet Ms Drummond at Parent Consultation Meetings. For new parents arriving, it is often helpful to have an enhanced enrolment for families new to the country and we try to match new families with Buddy families to help them settle in.
  • P1 photos for all the City Schools will be on sale in the 25 and 26 September edition of the Evening News.
  • Scaffolding is going up at the front of the school to paint the outside of the windows. This section will not impact on the lines. When the scaffolding is ready to be moved to the next section, we shall reorganise lines to ensure the children are lining up in the best place possible and the will practice lining up with their class teachers before they go home to help.

 

You asked about:

  • Support for Probationer Teachers: Probationer teachers have completed their teaching qualification and have their first year supported in school by a team of staff. Each probationer has stage partners who work with them to plan learning and teaching together across the year group. Each probationer has a DHT as a mentor and they meet weekly to talk about learning and teaching. Visits to their classes to observe and advise on best practice are arranged by the mentor. Each probationer will also visit other classes and schools to shadow experienced teachers. Additional courses and meetings are arranged by the CEC to allow all the probationers in the City to work together on professional reading and additional courses.
  • Swimming Teachers: recruitment for a swimming teacher, following Mrs Hunter’s retirement is now completed. Ms Fiona McKay has been appointed.  Swimming teachers are not employed by the school, but directly by the CEC Sports Team. Swimming time is allocated to each school.
  • Assemblies: We have one Assembly per week, each Friday. Details of the topics covered are posted on our website. Themes are based around Rights Respecting Schools, Building Resilience and Celebrations. There is a lot of pupil participation in Sharing Assemblies, where the children share their learning with the school. Community Teams, House Captains, Pupil Council also present their updates at Assembly and Bruntsfield Star Certificates are presented at the end.
  • Book Festival: We invite Authors into school to talk about their novels, careers and inspiration for writing all year round, not just in Festival time. Many authors come in following the Book Festival as recommendations come to us. Teachers are always welcome to take their classes to events in the Festival. To do this we need returns for contact forms from parents and carers along with the annual permission slip returns. If you still have the annual data check to return please complete and return the documents to the class teachers as soon as possible.

As always, if I can help in any way, please just ask.

Kind regards,

Carol Kyle

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Head Teacher’s Blog 22/08/2019

Dear Parents and Carers,

  • The Additional Support for Learning Team in School are currently planning support for groups this term. Additional support from teachers and pupil support assistants may be for short blocks or longer periods of time. It may take the form of support, challenge or a particular approach to learning, resources to aid progress or help with a social, emotional or physical need. We adapt and write new programmes for the children as needs arise. As in previous years, if your child is going to receive additional support with Mrs Balsillie Denny, she will let you know. You will be able to discuss this with her, and the class teacher, at Parent Consultation Meetings. If your child has more complex needs, a Child Planning Meeting will be organised in discussion with yourselves.
  • Additional short term focus groups for Literacy and Maths will be led by Mrs Lorraine Johnson and Mrs Elaine Tarrant. They will support learning and teaching across all levels and abilities. They will let you know if your child would benefit from a short term input of support or challenge in either of the areas and will support and compliment the class teacher’s plans. Additional information is available in our Additional Support for Leaning Policy on our Website.
  • An email has gone out to explain The City of Edinburgh’s position on the Strike Day for Climate Change planned for 20 September. If your child is going to attend this, please let us know in advance to allow us to know your child is with you and we can record the absence correctly. I am told there is going to be an update to the email, and it will be forwarded as soon as it comes to us.
  • Mandarin: will start for P5 Pupils on Wednesday 28 August for P5A, with Ms Katheryn Fishwick. P5B and P5C will have Mandarin lessons on Thursdays with Ms Aniq Zu.
  • Pupil Friendly Timetables and Curriculum Overview: Each year, the teachers share key dates with you and an overview of the plan for the term. These will be sent to you week commencing 2 September 2019.
  • Diary Date: Parent Consultations are  on Tuesday 01 October and Thursday 03 October from 4-7pm. Details to follow.

 

You asked about:

  • Why the swimming pool was closed: this is a City of Edinburgh Council plan to upgrade our facilities. We have had a lot of work on the building in the last 10 years. The work on the pool includes cleaning the surface of all the tiles in the pool, upgrading filters and pipes which caused the system to fail in the past, new cubicles and decoration. New parts and cubicles have been ordered, they still have to arrive and be fitted. Please be aware, it is not something within my control to change, however, I have offered my help to accommodate this work as soon as possible.
  • Swimming Lessons: recruitment for a swimming teacher, following Mrs Hunter’s retirement, has taken place and details are being finalised. Swimming teachers are not employed by myself, but directly by the CEC Sports Team. They are allocated to schools. Their manager is looking for other venues whilst our pool is closed. As soon as information comes to me, I shall share it with you.

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

Kind regards,

Carol Kyle

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Climate Letter

Climate Letter

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Head Teacher’s Blog 15/08/2019

Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome back everyone, I hope you have had a wonderful summer holiday.

  • Welcome to all our new pupils and Primary One pupils.
  • Our ‘P1 Meet the Teacher’ event is on Wednesday 21 August, 3.30 – 4.30pm in the P1 classrooms. The teachers will share their plans for the year with you and answer any questions you may have.
  • The Parent Council have a Teddy Bear’s Picnic this Friday, 12.15-1.30pm in the Stage Hall to make new friends. All P1 families are invited.
  • Welcome to all our new staff: Mrs Elaine Tarrant is joining us for a year and will be working with children across the school and Miss Sanni Suhonen in P1B, Miss Jain Whitehead in P1C, Miss Emily McLeod in P2A, Miss Christie Allan in P2B, Miss Louise McKenna in P5B and Mrs Lorna Sibbald, our new Business Manager.
  • Lots has been happening to our building over the summer. The Stage Hall ceiling was completed over the holidays, which was a major achievement by the team. The ground floor and top floor windows have been checked and upgraded and the basement windows will be completed this week. The swimming pool is being refurbished and is closed until further notice. The roof on the boys toilets has been replaced with improved insulation and we still have more work to do. I shall keep you updated of next steps in my blog as information comes to me.
  • We have a number of children with allergies in school and their families very much appreciate it if you could avoid nuts and peanuts in snacks and packed lunches. Thank you.
  • Our Vision is ‘Be the best you can be….achieve your personal best’. If there is anything we can do to help the children achieve this, please just let us know, we are all here to help.

 

Kind regards,

Carol Kyle

Head Teacher

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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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