Blog 01.06.18.

Our Primary 7s who were at Lagganlia Centre for Outdoor Learning at the assemblies on Monday, and one of the instructors was at a meeting in Edinburgh so also visited school to see us.

We had our Parent Council AGM on Monday evening where our Chair, Claire, went through a list of some of the projects that have been supported by Parent Council Fundraising in the last year.

  • For the first time, we organised and paid for all children in P3–P7 to attend Edinburgh Book Festival events in August.
  • We paid for a writer-in-residence to come and work with the P1s and P2s, who it was felt were too young to attend the Book Festival.
  • We donated £100 ‘start-up fund’ to every nursery and primary class which has funded a variety of activities, from art supplies to school trips.
  • We donated money towards supporting P7 leavers (dinner and leaving gifts), and supporting the P7 trip to Lagganlia.
  • We organised a piper to attend the last day of school and play for the P7 leavers as they left the school for the final time.

This is in addition to contributions we make towards library books, a magazine subscription and work in the playground.

There are so many projects that would be wonderful to be involved with and support further but this would involve increased fund raising. We have a very small pool of parents/carers who help on a regular basis so if you would like to get involved, please don’t be shy – you would be welcomed with open arms!! The more we can do as a group, the more we can offer the school and children.

On Tuesday, we had some children designing their ideas for the background of our new Vision, Values and Aims poster.  We also had another of our popular and tasty drop in cooking classes led by Miss Huhtinen and Mrs Storr on Tuesday after school.

Parents’/Carers’ Consultations were also held on Tuesday and Wednesday after school, and it was lovely to see so many of our parents/carers there, and we hope you enjoyed speaking to staff and seeing your child(ren)’s learning.  Some of our P.5s were helping run the refreshment stall as well as selling a quiz to raise money to go towards the cost of their residential at Bonaly Outdoor Centre.  Please note that they have decided to carry on selling the quiz this week, with entries to be handed in by 1 p.m. on Friday 8th June.

There was a meeting on Thursday evening for parents/carers of children going on residential to Bonaly in under 2 weeks.  We looked at photos and watched videos from last year’s residentials there.  Children have chosen their preferred activities as climbing wall, crate stacking, Highland Games, hill walking, and the mohawk walk.  They are getting more excited about the residential as it gets closer!

During Community Learning Team time today, groups were working on activities related to being responsible.  We also had a ‘Bingo Ball’ group who met with Miss Houliston.  Today it was the child from each class who is 18th on their class’ register, and they were looking at which class responsibilities we should have next session, as well as giving feedback on school improvement priorities.

Primary 7s also planned and ran an ice lolly sale to raise money towards their Lagganlia Residential.

Our average school attendance for the week beginning 28th May was 95.24% with 4 out of the 10 stages (N.3, N.4, N.5, P.1, P.2, P.3, P.4, P.5, P.6, P.7) having an average attendance of over 95%, with the highest being P.4 at 97.93%, well done to all our P.4s!

Next week, we have four teaching students from Zurich University joining us for three weeks.

P.7A are off to the Hub on Monday to take part in a Soul Boxes workshop in run by the International Festival.

On Tuesday, we have the first of three transition into nursery, and ‘Off We Go’ transition in P.1 groups running, led by some of our nursery staff.

On Wednesday, our nursery children are hoping for good weather for their Sports Day.

We also look forward to welcoming some of the local authority’s Quality Improvement Team to school on Wednesday and Thursday.  I would also be grateful if you could return the questionnaires to the box in the main entrance, by end of day on Monday 4th June.

On Thursday afternoon, our brass instructor Mr Lamb has arranged for the P.6 and P.7 pupils who are learning to play a brass instrument, to perform to their parents/carers.  The children would love to showcase their talents to their parents/carers so we hope you can come along.

The week is scheduled to finish with Sports Day for P.1 – 7 at Holyrood Park, so again we are hoping for good weather, and we look forward to as many of our parents/carers, family members and friends joining us to cheer on the children.  If you are feeling competitive, there may also be races for the adults…

The weekend starts with our Parent Council running a stall at Leith Gala Day.  Any help, whether on the day or contributions of baking would be gratefully received.


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