Head Teacher’s Blog 06/02/2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

  • Sharing the Learning: Scottish Opera with P6 was wonderful! We shall definitely want to book them for next session. I am pleased everyone enjoyed the whole experience and so many parents and carers were able to join us.
  • P2 sang and presented beautifully at their Katie Morag Showcase today, well done everyone in P2!
  • Internet Safety Week is during our February Break. The teachers will talk to the children about internet safety the week we come back.
  • If, for any reason, you missed your Parent Consultation Meeting, please contact the teachers to arrange another time.
  • The City of Edinburgh Council are working with partners the Scottish Football Association, Scottish Disability Sport (SDS) and Lothian Disability Sport (LDS) to offer a new football opportunity for children and young people with a physical, learning or visual / hearing impairment at Forrester / St Augustine’s High School Campus on the 7th & 21st March, 4th April, 2nd, 16th & 30th May (10am – 11am) led by experienced coaches. Further information from neal.herbert@scottishdisabilitysport.com or  Jack.Beesley@ea.edin.sch.uk and booking forms on  https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=af6sSGo3tUKfacnke7 5xNZZVuiM2yxLoGCz5RwzAB9UQkhUODI5V0tJWEFYTDU0NURKUlgzOEhWVy4u
  • Well done to our Euro Quiz entrants, Sylvie G in P6A, Cailean P6A, Skye P6C, Maurits P6C and Naomi C in P6C who performed very well on Monday 3 February at the City Chambers. The children were close to reaching the next round, but were pipped at the last round. Good luck to Carrick Knowe who are through to the finals.
  • The P3s will have completed their 4 weeks of yoga on Friday. They have revised their ‘Human Body’ topic through yoga poses, talking about muscles and bones and learnt some Sanskrit. You may want to ask the children what ‘paschimottanasana’ is! The theme of Chinese New Year was included as they practiced some of the animal poses along with using their legs as chopsticks, to pass round yoga blocks, which was great fun and encouraged balance, proprioception and focus. Finally this week they will revise the poses and breathing techniques they have learnt and draw on their current topic ‘Inventors’ as they create yoga poses of their own.
  • Edinburgh City Council are advertising for supply teachers, pupil support assistants and special school staff in both primary and secondary. Further information and application forms at  https://www.myjobscotland.gov.uk/councils/city-edinburgh-council/jobs
  • The web link send in an email earlier giving information from the NHS on  NOVEL CORONAVIRUS has been updated to https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/infections-and-poisoning/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov

 

You asked about:

  • Homework: please contact the class teacher if you are unsure of the home learning for the week, they will be more than happy to help.
  • School Bell: the Facility Technicians are going to monitor the timing of the bell each week to make sure it rings at the correct time. Due to the electrical work happening in school this may have had an impact. We are hopeful, this work will be completed in February.
  • School Library: As our School has grown from 420 children to 620 children all the spaces we had in School for storage and  resources have been condensed to make way for more classrooms. We have been fortunate the builders have been able to create additional storage places in the school to help us. As a result, we are now able to move all the resources around, to allow the Library to return to what it was originally planned for, enjoying books without storage cupboards attached! If you would like to help in the library, please contact Mrs Ramsay or Mr Wood. Our aim is to have it up and running when we return from the February break.
  • The Daily Mile: All teachers do 2 hours of PE each week with their classes. Some do small blocks little and often, others do it in larger blocks. They have found the children like variety. The children may talk to their class teachers if it is something they would like to try.
  • Packed Lunch Boxes: Each class has a large coloured bag with their class name on it for the children to put their packed lunch boxes in. The bags are taken back to the classroom and the boxes collected at the end of the day. Please remind your child to make sure they always put their lunch boxes in the correct bag. Several are left in the playground and are damaged by the children running into them. We shall remind them in class too.
  • Assemblies: we have invited guests, musicians, pupil led activities, rewards, certificates and medals to present at Assemblies. Occasionally, there have been a few too many things to complete in the 50 minutes which has caused them to go on too long. We shall carry any items forward into the following week to avoid them running later from now on.

 

The School Closes on Friday 7 February and reopens to pupils and staff on Monday 17 February 2020.

Have a lovely week, safe journeys there and back if you are travelling.

Kind regards,

Carol Kyle

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Head Teacher’s Blog 30/01/2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

  • We have achieved our Third Green Flag, which is absolutely wonderful news! Well done to everyone for their contributions and also to Miss McIlwain who completed all the paper work for this! Work will continue reusing, reducing and recycling our waste, along with all the Pupil Voice Committees who are working on many areas of sustainability for the future.
  • P6 will finish their work with Scottish Opera, on Warriors, on Wednesday 5th February. Invites have gone to P6 parents and carers from their classes to the show which starts at 2.15pm in the Stage Hall.
  • Next week is languages week, we shall celebrate the many languages in Bruntsfield. Do ask your children to share their learning with you. A whole School home learning grid with fun activities and challenges will be emailed to you on Monday if you want to join in. House tokens will be awarded for children sharing their love of languages.
  • The bike stands will be painted over the February holiday. Please make sure all bikes and scooters make their way home before Friday 7th February, as they will be removed for painting and we cannot guarantee their safety.
  • We have been told Mumps is currently circulating at a higher than usual level in Lothian. The signs, symptoms of mumps include, fever headache, swelling of parotid glands on one or both sides of the face (‘like a hamster’). Pupils with symptoms of mumps should not attend school until they are recovered and at least five days after the parotid (facial) swelling began. Further information is available online at https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/infections-and-poisoning/mumps.
  • A Class for Parents and Carers: Active Schools is offering a free ‘Introduction to Multi-Skills’ workshop developed by SportScotland for parents, carers and volunteers who are thinking about a coaching career or starting to work with children in March. Further information from:  https://sportscotland.org.uk/coaching/cpd-and-training/multi-skills, or contact  Tony Segall, Active Schools Co-ordinator, to book a place on 07884 244362Tony.Segall@ea.edin.sch.uk
  • P6 & P7 Tennis Club: There are spaces available in the Active Schools P6 & P7 Tennis Club. The sessions take place every Friday from 1.30pm to 2.30pm at Craiglockhart Tennis Centre, with the last session on Friday 27th March. The cost for the block is £22. To book, please go to www.joininedinburgh.org, in the green Activity Search box enter the ‘Booking Code’ BOR-101.  For more information, please contact Tony Segall on 07884 244362 or at Tony.Segall@ea.edin.sch.uk
  • The Book Fair has been a great success, thank you for all your purchases. It will remain open until 7pm this evening (Thursday). The Book Fair give us commission in books, which the staff and pupils select. If you have any favourites, please let us know and we shall add them to our reading list.
  • The next Parent Council Meeting is on Wednesday 5 February at 7pm. I look forward to seeing you then.

 

As always, if there is anything I, or any of the staff can do to help, please let us know.

Kind regards,

Carol Kyle

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Head Teacher’s Blog 23/01/2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

  • Happy Chinese New Year to all our families and friends in the Community. We wish you all great fun in your celebrations and best of luck for the year ahead.
  • Traffic update: Our Community Police Team have met with The City of Edinburgh’s Council’s Transport Officers and Parking Enforcement. They are discussing ways to tackle the parking issues around School drop off and collections and will set a date to share their proposal with the Parent Council Chair and myself. They visited the school on Wednesday and will continue to visit to help reduce congestion. We shall share with you when we know more.
  • Diary Date: Walk to School week is on Tuesday 19 – Friday 22 May (the Monday is a holiday). Let’s aim high for 100% of children and adults walking that week.
  • Lucas Gray in P7C won the Under-11 Boys competition at the Fiftieth RSL Lothian Xmas Junior Badminton Tournament. A great achievement Lucas, well done!
  • Scottish Opera, funded by the Parent Council, have started work with the P6 classes. It was amazing to see the way they organise the children and have them all singing so quickly. I am really looking forward to seeing the finale, ‘Warriors’ to this on Wednesday 5 February at 2.15pm.
  • P4’s have written some delightful poems using a sensory box as a stimulus. Do ask your children about them.
  • P1D/2C, P2A and P2B parents and carers are invited to ‘Katie Morag, I love Struay’ at their annual Showcase Event on Thursday 6 February at 2.00pm, details to follow from class teachers.

 

I look forward to seeing you at Parent Consultations next week,

As always, 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 16/01/2020

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

  • ‘ Random acts of kindness’ is this month’s theme for collecting House Points. Pupils nominate others for points if they have received an act of kindness from them. Our Kindness Quilt is displayed in the Dining Hall and we invite all the children to share their stories of kindness around the quilt.
  • Some of the children in P4C have shared their Rainforest Poems with me this morning, they really are amazing! Well done P4.
  • The scaffolding is almost ready to move from rear of the School to the East Side. When this happens, the children who line up in the rear playground, enter the playground and the school from the opposite side by Door 5, next to the Basement Gym until the walkway is completed to allow them to come up their usual stairs.
  • The City of Edinburgh are consulting parents and carers on the way composite classes are formed. Currently, the main criterion for selecting pupils for a composite class is by age. The oldest pupils from the younger year group are grouped with the younger children from the older year group.  If you would like to share your views and offer suggestions, please complete the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/sccompc which is open until Sunday 26th January 2020.   
  • The HMIe team really enjoyed working with our staff and pupils. The Team do not share their findings until the writing and moderation process is complete. As soon as this information comes to me, I shall forward it to you.
  • Please remember to book your Pupil, Parent, Teacher Consultation Meeting for either Tuesday 28 or Thursday 30 January 2020. If you have any problems booking, the Office Staff will be able to help.

 

I look forward to seeing you all on the 28 or 30 January.

Kind regards,
Carol Kyle

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Head Teacher’s Blog 09/01/2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

  • Welcome back everyone. I hope the New Year has started well for you.
  • January’s right of the month is Article 14: ‘You have the right to choose your own religion and beliefs. Parents and carers should help you decide what is right and wrong and what is best for you.’ This links with World Religion Day on the 19th January and the teachers will discuss this with their classes.
  • Parent, pupil, teacher consultations are on Tuesday 28 January and Thursday 30 January 2020 between 4 and 7pm. An email will be sent from our School Administrator inviting you to book on the online booking system.
  • The children are invited to enter the ‘Show Racism the Red Card’ creative competition by January 27th and their teachers will talk to them about this.
  • The builders have completed more ceiling work over the holidays, which just leaves some of the ground floor classrooms and Dining Hall to do. The Dining Hall has been painted, along with the entrances to the school from Doors 1,  4 and 5. The girls and boys’ toilets will be refreshed in the February break, now their ceilings are completed. We are on target to have all the windows completed before the Easter Holidays. There is still some electrical work to be completed in the swimming pool. I shall update you as information comes to me.
  • We have new staff starting this week. Mr Reuben Barry will replace Mr Simon Tiplady and will teach the children during the teachers’ non class contact time and P7A on a Monday.  Thank you to Mr Tiplady for being a very helpful supply teacher.
  • Miss Lian McLeod and Miss Laura Cadosh are Pupil Support Assistants who are going to work with individual pupils. Mr Adam Craddock and Miss Kirsty Taylor will also be joining our team following retirements last term.
  • Edinburgh Active Schools offer a range of sporting programmes at lunchtimes. If you are interested in any of the after school activities, further information is available at https://www.joininedinburgh.org/sports/sports-development/ or contact Jack.Beesley@ea.edin.sch.uk. In addition, an online booking system is available to book clubs during the school day. Two separate emails will go out to you with all the details of each.
  • We welcome our School Inspectors on Monday and hope they enjoy their visit to our beautiful School and Community.

 

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 19/12/2019

Dear Parents and Carers,

  • What a busy end of term we have had! Pantomimes, Parties, Nativities, Christmas Carols and songs! Great fun has been had by all.  Fantastic to see all the P1 and P7 pupils at the Church together on Thursday.
  • £234 was raised for Edinburgh Children’s Hospital from the Nativity Collection. In addition, £289.10 was raised for Save the Children on Christmas Jumper Day. Thank you all.
  • Shivanyaah P4C was judged as the winning entry from Bruntsfield Primary School for Ian Murray’s Christmas Card out of Competition. The overall winning entry was designed by Laila from Sciennes Primary School. 2000 children from 14 schools entered. Well done to all who entered.
  • The P4 children have had their 4 sessions of yoga. The first three sessions concentrated on improving balance and coordination as well as highlighting the importance of looking after our feet. The children also spent time reinforcing what they had learnt last year, lions breath, crocodile pose and child’s pose, which all help reduce worry and anxiety as well as insomnia. Specific yoga poses they learnt were Warrior I, Chair, Forward Fold (standing and seated), Eagle and Downward Dog. The final session was a chair yoga class. Seated yoga is used as ‘movement snacks’. Thank you to Caroline Phillips Urch for leading this and the Parent Council for funding this exciting initiative.
  • There is still time to complete the survey for HM Inspectors from Education Scotland before it closes on Friday 19 December at https://forms.education.gov.scot/s/04&seed=5521726&t=1. Our inspection is on 13 January 2020 and will focus on learning, teaching and assessment and raising attainment.
  • At the Inservice Days on Tuesday 7 and Wednesday 8 January, staff will continue our plans to improvement writing and moderation to ensure quality of standard across the Three Primary Schools. Health and Wellbeing next steps will be planned. I am very pleased most of the children are talking knowledgeably about the wellbeing indicators (safe, healthy, active, nurtured, achieving, responsible, respected and included) and what they mean to them.
  • The scaffolding should be removed during the holidays from the rear of the school to the East side to allow the final sections of windows to be painted. After the holidays, the children should line up at their place and if there are any changes we shall let you know.
  • We say farewell, but not goodbye, to Mrs Pat Elmi who has been a pupil support assistant at Bruntsfield for many years. We all thank Mrs Elmi for all she has done for our School and children and wish her a very happy retirement.
  • Updates of new staff will follow in January, the paperwork is almost complete.

 

School opens to children on Thursday 9 January and I look forward to seeing everyone in school.

Until then, have a lovely holiday, take care, look after yourselves and each other.

 

Kindest regards,

Carol Kyle

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Head Teacher’s Blog 13/12/2019

Dear Parents and Carers,

  • HM Inspectors from Education Scotland will be visiting us to conduct an inspection during the week commencing 13 January 2020.  You can find out more about inspection, from the Inspection and review documentation pages of Education Scotland’s website. As part of the inspection, Inspectors gather the views of stakeholders via an online survey which is available from https://forms.education.gov.scot/s/04&seed=5521726&t=1. Please complete the survey by 19 December 2019. Inspectors will also be meeting with groups of parents during the inspection so to be part of that discussion you should complete the survey with additional links provided to indicate your interest in taking part.
  • Congratulations to Skye in P6C, she is the overall winner of Daniel Johnston’s Christmas Card Competition. I am told the standard of entries was very high this year, so well done everyone to all our children who entered. Illustrations on Twitter.
  • P7B pupils worked with the Humanist Society to remember lost species as part of their learning on Remembrance Day on November 30th. Their theme was ‘Lost Species and  ‘Lost Words.’ They produced beautiful art work and found their Gaelic names too. Please have a look at https://www.facebook.com/102428006480881/posts/2737525112971144/?vh=e&d=n
  • We are sorry to hear a former Head Teacher of Bruntsfield, Mr David Strachan who retired from Bruntsfield in 1996, passed away recently. Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.
  • Food allergies, one of our children has severe allergies to nuts and peanuts. We all really appreciate it if you could please send snacks to school and after school clubs which are allergy free.
  • P1 Nativity is on Wednesday 18 December at Barclay Viewforth Church at 2pm. All P1 parents and carers are invited to attend, details from your class teachers. All the children will have the chance to see the dress rehearsal on Monday.

 

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

Kind regards,

Carol Kyle

We sent an email with summary points from NHS on how to reduce the risk from the viruses which are going around just now.

Key advice we are all asked to follow and helpful websites are:

To avoid infections spreading, please remember Children and staff should not return to school until completely well and 48 hours after symptoms have stopped.

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Head Teachers Blog 28.11.19

Dear Parents and Carers,

  • Our Winter Fair is this Friday 29th November– do come along if you can. It is always a great event!
  • Sharing the learning: P4 had a wonderful afternoon sharing all their knowledge and skills on Mary Queen of Scots this afternoon. Feedback from families and friends has all been very positive. Well done everyone in P4!
  • First Aid Training from Tiny Medics: The children in P5-P7 made the Evening News last Friday, if you missed it, you may find it athttps://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/people/cpr-and-administering-epipen-among-vital-first-aid-skills-taught-brunstsfield-primary-pupils-1319272 The whole community could potentially benefit from the children’s knowledge, skills and confidence in delivering first aid. Thank you to the Parent Council for supporting this.
  • Lothian Junior Chess Competition: The Bruntsfield P6/7 Chess Team, Lachlan R in P6, Gregory, Eddie and Lachlan C in P7, were the best performing team whose average rating, before the competition, was under 250. The ‘P5 and Younger’ Chess Team, Ravi, Dannier, Mukunth and Luke won the best new comers award. If you would like to find out more, information is available at www.ljc.org.uk
  • Allergies: we have children with nut and peanut allergies in school. Please help us help them by avoiding snacks at break and lunch time with nuts and peanuts in them. Thank you.
  • If you would like to share your views on the Scottish Government’s consultation on Out of School care, the link is open for two more weeks at https://consult.gov.scot/children-and-families/out-of-school-care/

 

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

I look forward to seeing you on Friday night, 6.30pm at our Winter Fair.

Kind regards,

Carol Kyle

 

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Head Teacher’s Blog 21/11/2019

Dear Parents and Carers:

  • Bruntsfield Primary School raised £488.63 for Children in Need. Thank you for supporting this very good cause.
  • Sharing the Learning: P6 have been writing for a purpose and delivered letters to local shops. They found out the metal tubes at the entrance to shops used to be used for Christmas Trees and wondered if they could be placed in them once again.
  • P6 and P7 have worked with Tiny Medics to learn First Aid skills, this is a great way for them to learn and look after their own health as well as support our community.
  • The Sportshall Team did amazingly well on Monday 18th November at the Jack Kane Centre. There were 10 teams competing and the first 3 teams go through to the Final in January. Cramond came third, St Peters second and Bruntsfield first. Great achievement everyone, we are all very proud of all of you. Calum in P7C, broke the Edinburgh record for Speed Bounce with an impressive 78 bounces in 30 seconds. Well done Calum!
  • Yoga: P5s completed their 4 sessions of yoga last week. The first session was chair yoga; yoga that can easily be done at a desk, in class, including ‘movement snacks’. The following three sessions focused around stretching the body. The yoga teacher, Mrs Phillips Urch, tells me this is  particularly important for sporting activities, the more elastic the muscles are, the less likely they are to become injured. For those with hypermobility or who are super flexible, the focus was to think about strength rather than how far they could stretch. Each session incorporated breath work and finished with relaxation.

 

  • School Photos: You should all have your individual and/or family photos. If you have not done so and would like some, please order by 25th November to ensure they arrive before the end of term. If you have any queries please contact the School Office via email: admin@brutnsfield.edin.sch.uk
  • Packed lunches: P5-P7 children may choose to have their packed lunch in the Dining Hall or at the picnic tables in the playground. As the weather is becoming colder, you may wish to talk to your child about this.
  • Work to deliver the new primary school on Canaan Lane is due to start this November. The new school is due to be operational in August 2021, which means that the new catchment areas will be in place for future P1 pupils registering in November 2020. The new school’s catchment will include a small part of the Bruntsfield catchment area. There will be no mandatory transfer of pupils already attending a primary school. The Council web-page will be updated as the project progresses – please see www.edinburgh.gov.uk/canaanlaneschool for further information.
  • The JRSOs spoke at assembly about Road Safety Week. If you don’t already do so, this is a great time to park cars a safe distance from the School and walk part of the way.
  • As part of Junior Road Safety Week, the children are invited to design a high vis vest for our School competition. All entries are to be returned by Monday 25th November. They must be brightly coloured, appeal to young people and have their name and class on the back. Details from the children’s class teachers.
  • The Parent Council Quiz Night was enjoyed by all who attended.
  • Everyone is invited to our Winter Fair on Friday 29 November 2019 at 6.30-8.30pm. Tickets will be on sale at the door: no change for adults and £5 per child which includes of arts, crafts and activities on offer.  

You asked about:

  • P1 children eating their snack inside while they drink their milk and have a story: the feeling is having the snack during break works well for our children as they do take a long time to eat. The teachers prefer to keep as much teaching time as possible before lunch, this allows the children to enjoy their snack during break and then follow up with a drink after.
  • Is it the case that children have to choose between pudding and soup at lunch? The School menu offers two courses, not three. The children have the choice of either soup or pudding when soup is on offer. Puddings always include fruit to make sure the children have some of their five a day either before or after their main course. They don’t choose soup and pudding.
  • Friday lunch packaging: All suggestions for school lunches and packaging are forwarded to the catering team at The City of Edinburgh Council who plan the menu. Reducing packaging is something they are working on.
  • Tree which fills with water in wet weather: Work around the tree has been requested. The Council were not able to fill it with the materials they had and are exploring best options to ensure the trees continue to flourish.
  • Traffic outside school is still an issue: Any traffic offences should be reported to the police. We have tried many things to encourage all to park safely and walk. Our Traffic Plan is on our School Website.

 

Have a lovely weekend and I look forward to seeing you at the Winter Fair next Friday,

Kind regards,

Carol Kyle

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