Blog 08.06.18.

What a busy, but fantastic week for our school community!


P.7A had a great visit to the Hub on Monday, whilst assemblies were on wider achievement.


We had our first transition into nursery, and transition in Primary 1 sessions on Tuesday.  It was lovely to see so many of children and families coming along to these as a key aim of them is to make the transition as seamless as possible for children and parents/carers.


Nursery had a fun filled Sports Day on Wednesday, and it was great that the weather stayed dry and the sun shone.  The children were enthusiastic and enjoyed receiving their medals for participating.


Thursday saw some parents/carers come in to school to listen to their child playing their brass instrument.  Children performed brilliantly, and we hope parents/carers enjoyed this as well as the opportunity to try playing some brass instruments.


The school week ended with a fantastic Sports Day. With Meadowbank Stadium being closed, this was held at Holyrood Park this year.  We couldn’t have asked for better weather, and children demonstrated great sportsmanship throughout the morning.  Staff and parents/carers joined in the fun, especially in their races towards the end of the morning, as well as there being the children’s fun runs.  Winners of the children’s fun runs were Daksh and Robyn from P.1; Jack and Daisy from P.2, Dylan and Zuzu from Primary 3, Arian and Nadya from P.4, Sorley and Cara from P.5, Tyler and Mariama from P.6 and Cole and Bonnie from P.7.  The winners of our Sports Day trophy were Hillside, well done to everyone in Hillside!

Apologies that some classes returned to school later than the end of the school day, and we appreciate your patience and support as we got everyone back to school safely.  Thank you to all our parents/carers, families and friends who came along to support our children; to our brilliant staff team for all their work preparing the children for the day and their efforts on the day; and to the most important people in our school community, the children, who represented us so well!  We would be interested to hear views on Sports Day as Meadowbank will remain closed next year.  Please add any comments into our self-evaluation book in the main entrance or email


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


Our average school attendance for the week beginning 4th June was 95.90% with 5 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.1 with an amazing 99.22%, well done Primary 1!


We also received a ‘shout out’ on a video about Football Dice.  This is an exciting new game based around national teams which has been created by Mr Holden, one of our class teachers who is currently on a career break in Spain where he is teaching at an International School. It is suitable for anyone over 6 years old, and small enough to fit in any pocket to play anywhere! Collect all 16 of the current Football Dice teams and challenge your friends to a match! The perfect family game to liven up a wet Sunday afternoon, to while away long journeys, play on a chilled-out day at the beach or for playground fun at school. It also makes a unique football gift for boys, girls and adults alike!

Watch out for the shout out for us in this video, thanks Mr Holden!                                                                                                                                          


Next week, on Monday 9.30 a.m. – 10.30 a.m. there is a meeting for parents/carers of children who are starting Primary 1 here in August 2018.  Here, they will be given a tour of our school by some of our current P.1s.


Our P.4-7 classes will all be visiting Collective on Calton Hill for the next of their workshops next week.  P.7A will visit on Monday morning, P.5A on Tuesday morning, P.6A on Wednesday morning, and P.4A and P.4B on Thursday morning.


On Tuesday, there will be the next Transition into Nursery (9.30 a.m. – 10.30 a.m.) and Transition into Primary 1 (11.30 a.m. – 1 p.m.) groups.  We’re also having our Building Resilience Sharing Assembly for our ‘Challenge Your Mindset’ theme.  After school, Miss Huhtinen and Mrs Storr will once again be leading a drop in cooking class.


Our P.5s will be very excited on Wednesday morning as they head off to Bonaly for their two night residential.


Our week ends with House Meetings on Friday where final planning and preparation will be taking place for the House Talent Show.


I appreciate that you will be keen to hear about class organisation and teachers for next session.  Current P.1 – P.6 children will find out their teacher for next session at our ‘Meet the teacher’ session for children on the afternoon of Wednesday 20th June.

The proposed class organisation for next session based on numbers of children at each stage, which was submitted in November 2017, was P.1A, P.1B, P.2, P.3/2, P.3A, P.4A, P5/4, P.5A, P.6A and P.7A.

With changes in numbers of children at different stages, as well our new intake of P.1s now being capped at 30 children, I have reviewed the proposed class organisation, and classes for next session will be P.1A, P.2/1, P.2A, P.3A, P.4/3, P.4A, P.5A, P.5B, P.6A and P.7A meaning that our current classes from P.2A upwards will move on as they are.  Please be aware, however, that class organisation can change even after the summer holidays depending on demand for school places.


Best wishes,


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