School Round-up 20 (20.01.2023)

Another busy week in Abbeyhill.

Kieran from Who Cares came into school on Monday and had a very busy drop-in session with many of our P6 and P7 children following up their learning about care experience and asking inciteful questions. 

All classes enjoyed their Karate taster sessions as part of their PE.

Primary 3 and Primary 4 started their REDstart financial education journey by sharing their views on money. Both Mr Woodhouse and Mrs Flowers have attended the P6 and P7 training sessions, we are very excited to be working in partnership with REDstart to support financial education.

C is for Ceilidh started on Tuesday; it was lovely to join in with the dancing. 

Primary 1 and Primary 2’s after school Choir started on Tuesday, I loved popping in on their first session.

Primary 3-Primary 7 enjoyed their second choir session with Mrs Neos on Thursday and were in fine voice when I popped in to listen. She is delighted with the effort.

Our Vice captains and friends in Primary 6 took part in a litter pick at playtime to ensure our school grounds are clean and an attractive place to be.

Primary 7 braved the cold and took part in geological features walk in Holyrood Park. 

For this week’s update I include:

  • Jigsaw planners
  • Incredible Years
  • Newtown and Broughton Community Council Information
  • C is for Ceilidh
  • Choir
  • Peek into Parliament
  • Breakfast Club
  • Industrial action on 25th January
  • Home Learning update
  • Staffing
  • Raffle and Scots hamper

Jigsaw Planners

This terms jigsaw planner will be issued on Monday for all classes. This shows the new learning taking place this term in your child’s class. There are suggested activities on the right of the jigsaw you may want to use to support your child’s learning.

Incredible Years Parent group

Supportive parenting classes for focussed on children from 3 years to 5 years. See the attached leaflet with joining instructions.

https://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/nurseries-childcare/find-early-learning-childcare

Newton and Broughton Community Council

See attached flier for information. Anyone is welcome to attend all or part of the meetings as an observer or to bring up an issue, although contacting the Secretary is the best way to make sure there is time on the agenda for any issues. Some meetings will be online and some in person.

C is for Ceilidh

Our first session was huge fun for the dancers taking part. The Club has been opened for Nursery children, with a parent, and Primary 1 to Primary 4 children, parents are optional for school age children.

See e-mail sent out by Ms Wynn yesterday.

P3-7 Choir

We still have a few spaces available, if your child would like to join,please contact the office.

Choir runs from 3.15 to 4.15.

Peek into Parliament

The Scottish Parliament would like to invite children and families to peek behind the scenes of our Parliament. Please see information below and the attached flier.

We’d like to invite young people, parents, or guardians to come along to our Peek into the Parliament event on 27th January.

Starting at 1.15pm, we will have a bite to eat and a blether then you’ll be invited to join one of our guided tours and explore our unusual building!

You’ll also get to meet some of the people who work here andlearn about the work that we do. There’s a lot more to the Parliament than what you see on TV, and we’re keen to get more people involved in some of our other projects and help us to improve as an organisation.

There will be a special treasure hunt offered for the kids during the guided tour.

This event is invite-only and free – so if you are receiving this message, we look forward to welcoming you. 

Please RSVP here: https://parliamentpeek.eventbrite.co.uk

Breakfast Club

Breakfast club will open at 8am until further notice due to staffing shortages.

Industrial Action 25th January

There has been no resolution to the Industrial action. This means that Abbeyhill School and nursery will be closed on Wednesday 25th January.

If your child attends Out of School Club care, such as Greenside After school club, please contact then to find out if they are offering additional hours on that day.

City of Edinburgh Council are keen to gather parent’s views on the industrial action. Please see details below if you would like to contribute.

Industrial Action: Parent and Carers Consultation

You are invited to an online meeting from 6.30-7.30pm on Wednesday 1 February 2023 to:

  • share your views about in the current industrial action taken by teaching staff
  • discuss solutions
  • how actions/supports will be communicated with all parents and carers.

Please contact the Parental Engagement email account Parental.Engagement@edinburgh.gov.uk to book a space or if you are unable to attend the meeting please send you views to Parental.Engagement@edinburgh.gov.uk marked with for the attention of Marie Lyon

Home Learning

I had a very enjoyable meeting with our parent volunteers, to discuss the proposed Home Learning Policy for Abbeyhill. 

Once finalised we will share the plan with you all and confirm the date Home Learning will start.

Staffing

Mr Baird will be covering Primary 6 while Mr Woodhouse is off.

Raffle and Scots Hamper

Thank you so much for your generosity in donating raffle prizes and contributions to the hamper.

The raffle will be held on 31st January at our Scots celebration Assembly.

Please send all donations into school for Tuesday 24th so we can create the hamper. 

Raffle tickets will be on sale next week until Friday 27th January. 

Finally

Please remember not to park on the double yellow lines at the back of the school or drive down Abbey Street after 8.20. Thank you to all the families parking and striding to school.

As always, I wish you a wonderful, restful and relaxing weekend.

Kind Regards

Moira Robertson

School Round-up 19 (13.01.2023)

Our first almost full week has flown by. All the classes are settling back into the new yar and the established routines.

Our first session of Choir took place on Thursday and already Mrs Neos can see the potential of the group. I cannot wait for the first performance.

Our Collegiate teaching staff meeting focussed on our Home Learning Framework.

For this week’s update I include:

  • A Special Arrival
  • Achievements
  • C is for Ceilidh
  • Industrial Action
  • Digital Rollout
  • Home Learning
  • Staffing
  • Musicare
  • Scots Poetry
  • Raffle & Scots Hamper

A Special Arrival

We are delighted to let you know that Mr Hamilton’s baby arrived safe and well at the start of the week. The whole family are doing well and Abbeyhill staff and pupils can’t wait to meet Cosmo when he is a little bigger.

Achievements

Please send in a photo or a quick e-mail to recognise achievements at home so we can share these at our assemblies.

C is for Ceilidh

Wow, what a wonderful uptake for our C is for Ceilidh Club. The places are now full, and a confirmation e-mail will be sent out over the weekend.

Industrial Action 25th January

As you may be aware the ongoing Industrial Action is now moving to a rolling programme of strikes across Scotland. If there is no resolution, a further planned strike has been agreed for 25th January 2023.

Please make a note of this date for childcare requirements.

I will be in touch nearer the time to confirm if this will go ahead and what the arrangements will be for Abbeyhill Primary school and Nursery.

Digital Rollout Meetings (p5-7 parents)

Apologies that we had to cancel this event last night, we will rearrange it and send out new dates.

Staffing

It was Miss Butler’s last day today and we wish her well in her new post. 

We are hoping that Ms Lee will be back with us after the Easter holidays

Musicares

This is a group that offers six 1-2-1 music lessons of any instrument or music typology to all care experienced children in Scotland. Anything from traditional/classical to song writing or trying their hand at DJ-ing.

If you are a carer of a care experienced child you can book through this link.

https://www.musicares.org/

Scottish Learning Focus & Poetry

All classes will be learning about Scots and Scotland over the next few weeks. Many of the children will be bringing home a Scots poem to learn. 

Performing to an audience is an important part of our curriculum, and helps the children develop confidence. An audience may be family, their teacher or PSA,  small groups or whole class and some children may choose to share their poem at the assembly.

Please support your child to try to practise and build their confidence. There will be time to practice in school too. Each class will share some of their learning at an assembly on the 31st January.

The children can wear a touch of tartan to the assembly if they have anything but please do not buy anything new for this.

Raffle & Scots Hamper

We are continuing to fundraise for our P7 Residential. Primary seven will be running a raffle including a Scottish themed Hamper. The raffle will be held on 31st January at our Scots celebration Assembly.

Please send in some items for the hamper with a Scottish theme, such as, shortbread, oatcakes, tablet, something with tartan on it, Irn bru etc.

If you have any larger items you would like to add to the raffle for either for adults or children we would be very grateful.

Please send all donations into school for Tuesday 24th so we can create the hamper. 

Raffle tickets will be on sale next week until Friday 27th January. 

More information to follow on Monday.

Finally

A further reminder that all children should be wearing uniform. On PE days they can wear jogging bottoms with their school jumper/cardigan.

As always, I wish you a wonderful, restful, and relaxing weekend.

Kind Regards

Moira Robertson

School Round-up 17 (16.12.2022)

We are at the end of our last full week of the 2022 in Abbeyhill and what a week it has been!

We have had a wonderful time thinking about the meaning of Christmas and reflecting on the importance of giving not just getting. All the children have been tasked with “giving the gift of kindness” by undertaking small acts towards family and friends over the Christmas period. Please let us know if you have benefited from any of these so we can add to our kindness wall.

The parties have been so much fun, with children demonstrating great dancing and sportsmanship during the games. A very special visitor has made an appearance at both the Primary 2 and Primary 1 party. We are sending our thanks to the north pole for him taking the time to visit Abbeyhill. Our party season is not over yet though, our nursery children will be boogying away on Monday.

Wednesday was Christmas lunch, and it was amazing, we had over 140 children in the main school enjoying a Christmas feast in a beautifully decorated dining hall. By the end of service Ms McCourt and her helpers were exhausted!

Thursday was the perfect day for a warming fire pit in a very cold Abbeyhill playground. The children loved their time roasting fruit and marshmallows with Mr Woodhouse. He was very impressed at how well the children remembered the safety rules and followed them.

Thursday was also Christmas Fayre day for our budding entrepreneurs in Primary 4 and Primary 7. The children had worked so hard on their stall, ensuring that the products were of high quality and attractive for their buyers. Primary 7’s creative stalls were super – congratulations to the winners!

For this week’s update I include:

  • Celebrating Achievements
  • Digital rollout meeting for P5-7 parents
  • Absence from school
  • Abbeyhill Calendar
  • Homework survey
  • Road Safety
  • Staffing
  • Last day of school collection time

Celebrating Achievements in Abbeyhill Primary School

We are keen to celebrate all our children’s achievements. If you child takes part in an event or experiences achievement in a club, at home or as part of life outside school, please let us know by sending in a short e-mail to school office, with a photo if possible, so we can celebrate together at assembly and pop achievements up on our achievement wall.

Keep listening out to radio Forth next week and you might hear a wee shout out for Ruaridh in P5, who has been interviewed regarding his amazing fundraising to support the homeless at Christmas. We are all very proud of his commitment.

Digital rollout- 

Primary 6 and 7 have been developing their skills in school accessing the features of their i-pads. We are now preparing for the children taking responsibility for taking them home each night and returning them to school each morning.

Mr Woodhouse would like to invite all Primary 5, Primary 6 and Primary 7 parents to a meeting on the 12th of January to find out more about how this will work. There will be 2 options: –

1. A face-to-face meeting in school at 3.30 on 12th January 2023- please come to the school office and sign in.

2. A TEAMs meeting at 6.30 on 12th January 2023- a link will be sent out to everyone the first week back

Absence from school

Remember to notify school if your child will be off by 8.45.

You must inform us if you are taking children out of school for a holiday. Holidays are recorded as unauthorised absences unless there are very special circumstances

New absence procedures are currently being finalised and will be shared with you in more detail in the new term.

Website and Class Twitter

Please check out our website each week which is updated with additional photos of the events happening in school.

We have a school Twitter page which sends out updates and reminders and each class has a closed Twitter account.

Please check you have access.

Parent Council Calendar

We have a few calendars left to purchase.

Please use the link below.

Huge thanks to the Parent council and Mrs Flowers for preparing this for us.

Abbeyhill Parent Council

abbeyhill-parent-council.sumupstore.com

Homework at Abbeyhill

Thank you to everyone who has shared their views already. 

Road Safety at Abbeyhill PS

Thank you for your comments, the survey will remain open until Tuesday.

Staffing

Mrs McCardle in the Nursery will be leaving us on Tuesday to join a new team in Fife. Miss Donnelly will be re-joining our team after the holiday while the post is being filled.

Miss Marshall will also be leaving us to start a post near home

Recruitment is already underway for both posts.

Our PSO will be starting with us at the start of term, and I look forward to welcoming her into the Abbeyhill team. 

Mr Forde will be teaching in P1 for the first 4 weeks of term while Mr Hamilton is at home for paternity leave.

Last day of school

Reminder – School will close on Tuesday 20th December at 1pm. The children who are booked to have school lunch will have this between12.00 and 12.45 and return to class.

All children should be collected from the playground as usual at 1.00.

If you need to collect your child earlier, please call the office to let Ms Wynn know

Finally

I hope you all enjoy a slightly warmer weekend.

As always, I wish you a wonderful, restful weekend.

Kind Regards

Moira Robertson

School Round-up 16 (09.12.2022)

A fantastic festive week has come to an end at Abbeyhill, with even a sprinkling of snow and the first snow people of the winter appearing in the playground!

Freddie (P1) & Suri (P6) during a snowy daily mile on Christmas Jumper Day.

The nursery children enjoyed their first Christmas Story telling session at the Palace of Holyrood house and have ben decorating their learning spaces.

We had a fabulous morning on Thursday, as our cellists and violinists showcased their skills to a very impressed audience. The increase in confidence over 6 short months for our more experienced musicians was a delight to see and huge congratulations to the Primary 5 children who have only recently started learning for your accomplished performance.

Primary 7, whirled and skirled their way through their celebration ceilidh on Thursday evening. They all looked so smart and danced with enormous enthusiasm. The Orcadian Strip the Willow was a sight to behold and exhausting to take part in!

Thanks to all the staff who helped in preparing and came along on the night, especially Mrs Flowers and Mr Forrest, for his amazing decoration of the hall. Thanks also to the Parent council for funding part of the event.

Primary 5 all enjoyed their session with National Youth Choir on Wednesday.

And Friday…………. Oh my goodness, what a performance given by Primary 1, Primary 2, and Primary 3 for the nativity! It was wonderful. I cannot think of a better way to end a very special week in Abbeyhill!

P2 Nativity Choir

We are looking forward to next week when our whole school will be party ‘tastic!

For this week’s update I include:

  • Water only in classroom bottles
  • School Uniform
  • Hibs Ticket Allocation
  • Active School Clubs
  • Abbeyhill Ambassadors
  • Staff Training
  • Abbeyhill Calendar
  • Homework Survey
  • Wee Hub

Reminder that, only be water should come into school for drinking in class. 

Children should bring a filled water bottle each morning to school to ensure that they remain hydrated throughout the day. I am seeing that some children are bringing in juice which should only be for lunch time.

School Uniform

A reminder that there should be no jeans worn in school unless we are having a dress down day or children are going on a trip.

PE – Children should wear a school sweatshirt over their PE top and have dark leggings or joggers, with shorts beneath if required. 

Hibs Ticket Allocation

Congratulations to Shaun in P3 who was picked out of the hat for the game on 24th December and Gregory for the game on 28th December. I’m sure you will all have a wonderful time.

Active school Clubs

Ms Wynn sent out information on active schools clubs this week, please check the e-mail, and book your child in.

Pupil Leadership in Abbeyhill

Congratulations to the newly appointed Abbeyhill Ambassadors. I am looking forward to working with the Leadership team over this session to make things even better at Abbeyhill PS.

P6 Vice-Captains – Georgia, Ella, Suri & Konan
P7 House Captains – Kai, Ibrahim, Komal & Rosa

Parent Council Calendar

Our Abbeyhill Calendar is now ready to order. Please use the link below.

https://abbeyhill-parent-council.sumupstore.com/product/2023-fundraising-calendar

Huge thanks to the Parent council and Mrs Flowers for preparing this for us.

House Captains selling our calendars after Nativity.

Homework at Abbeyhill

Thank you to everyone who has shared their views already. It is very helpful. If you have not already, please take 5 minutes to share your views on homework by following the link below.

This survey will close today at 5pm

Road Safety at Abbeyhill PS

I sent out an initial road safety survey this week- please take a moment to pop in your concerns and we can then structure a clear response for the Travel survey from this.

Wee Hub

Ms Wynn sent out information on a variety of activities being held at the Wee Hub in Ocean Terminal. Please see the e-mail for details.

And Finally

Reminder – School will close on Tuesday 20th December at 1pm. The children who are booked to have school lunch will have this between12.00 and 12.45 and return to class.

All children should be collected from the playground as usual at 1.00.

If you need to collect your child earlier, please call the office to let Ms Wynn know

As always, I wish you a wonderful, restful weekend.

Kind Regards

Moira Robertson

Weekly Round-up 15 (02.12.2022)

It’s December and in Abbeyhill it is already beginning to feel a lot like Christmas! The corridors are ringing out with the songs of the nativity and the decorations are beginning to appear all over the school.

So many of our children had such a wonderful time at the Hibs and Hearts derby last week. I am so glad that so many of our families were able to support the event.

The Who Cares team were in school working with Primary 6 and Primary 7 on Thursday – please ask you child what they learned about care experience during these sessions.

Drop-in sessions for children and opportunities for our wider school community to engage with the team will be offered as we move into January.

You can find out more about Who Care? Scotland at https://www.whocaresscotland.org

P6 sending Kieran their feedback via airmail after their Who Cares? Scotland input.

Our P2s to P4s showcased their Chinese dancing this morning at our Strictly Daily Mile, what a fantastic performance. The rest of the school had a taster session while sharing the learning.

We are looking forward to next week when our busy schedule of Christmas events really springs into action.

For this week’s update I include:

  • Christmas Activities
  • Booking School Christmas Lunch
  • Christmas Jumper Swap
  • School Photos
  • Pupil Leadership at Abbeyhill
  • Proposed Industrial Action on 8th December.
  • Free Pantomime
  • Parent Council Calender
  • Homework at Abbeyhill
  • Active Schools Club

Christmas Activities

Christmas Calendar of events is attached. Please continue to read e-mails sent by staff with the finer details.

Booking School Christmas lunch

Please ensure you book the Christmas lunch by the 7th of December and that you select both main course and the pudding option.

Christmas Jumper Swap

If you have an old Christmas jumper or sweatshirt that your child has outgrown, please send these into school on Monday. Our House Captains and Vice Captains will be setting up a lost property and Christmas jumper stall on Tuesday at the end of the day in the playground (if wet it will be in the covered walkway)

School Photos

Our family and individual photos were taken on Tuesday. The proofs have been sent home. Please check your child’s school bag if you have not been given this yet. All ordering is done through Tempest- please see the details on the sheet.

Pupil Leadership in Abbeyhill

Congratulations to the newly appointed P7 House Captains and P6 Vice Captains.

Abbey: Captain – Komal, Vice-Captain – Suri.

Waverly: Captain – Ibrahim, Vice-Captain – Konan.

Holyrood: Captain – Rosa, Vice-Captain – Ella.

Regent: Captain – Kai, Vice-Captain – Georgia.

Abbeyhill Ambassadors for this session will be announced at assembly next week.

Proposed Industrial Action on 8th December.

The proposed action by the SSTA and NASUWT unions on the 8th of December will NOT affect our school or Nursery. Abbeyhill Primary School will be fully open.

Free Pantomime

Ms Wynn sent out information on a Free Panto- Beaty and the Beast- at Ocean Terminal on Friday 9th December at 3pm. Please check the flier and book following the link if you are interested.

Parent Council Calendar

Our Abbeyhill Calendar is now ready to order. Please use the link below.

Huge thanks to the Parent council and Mrs Flowers for preparing this for us.

abbeyhill-parent-council.sumupstore.com

Homework at Abbeyhill

Please take 5 minutes to share your views on homework by following the link below.

I apologise for the delay in this policy being finalised, but other priorities have taken precedence. Thank you to the volunteers for the parent homework discussion group. If anyone else would like to join us, please let me know by Wednesday this week.

Active Schools Clubs

All Active Schools clubs finish next week. Netball has now finished.

Finally

Reminder – School will close on Tuesday 20th December at 1pm. The children who are booked to have school lunch will have this between12.00 and 12.45 and return to class.

All children should be collected from the playground as usual at 1.00.

If you need to collect your child earlier, please call the office to let Ms Wynn know

As always, I wish you a wonderful, restful weekend.

Kind Regards

Moira Robertson