Happy holidays everyone! 5 weeks have whistled past since we resumed in January and we have all enjoyed slightly lighter mornings and evenings over the last few days. When we return, spring will hopefully be just around the corner – or possibly not if the severe weather forecast is true. Whatever you are doing over the next week please take care and have a lovely time.
I have had the privilege this week to attend a fantastic learning event with Education Scotland’s South East Improvement Collaborative (SEIC) and for 3 days I worked alongside other Head Teachers and Education Managers from across Edinburgh, Fife and the Lothians, as well as Education Scotland attainment advisors, on one of the most powerful pieces of professional learning I’ve experienced. It was three days very well spent and I have plenty of ideas for next steps following it. I look forward to reconvening with the group over another six days spread across two sessions in May and September.
On Monday, Mr Chetwynd took a group of P7s to The Crags Centre to take part in an Edinburgh Primary Schools Sports Association basketball competition against other Edinburgh schools. They fought hard for every basket on the court and had a great time – even though they sadly didn’t make it through to the finals. Well done for taking part P7!
Thank you to everyone who supported my first ‘pop-up’ coffee event this morning, hot drinks were definitely welcome on such a cold day and the money raised will go into school funds. The parents accompanying P1 on a frosty Forest Schools expedition were especially glad of an opportunity to have a hot drink in their hands as they set off although Mrs Pender was delighted that for once there was a café in the ‘forest’ as they headed up Calton Hill!
When we return, look out for information about which show your child will be going to see as part of the Edinburgh International Children’s Festival in May; all our choices and ticket allocations will be confirmed today which is very exciting! P6 will also be starting the tricky task of designing what they would like their P7 sweatshirts to look like; next session we will be moving from the traditional red to navy blue in line with the rest of the school but they will be able to have something special on the back. I can’t wait to see what they come up with!
Enjoy your holiday and I look forward to seeing you when school and Nursery resume on the 17th February.
Sally Ketchin, Head Teacher