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Spring term…the story so far!

We’ve been very busy at Abbeyhill so far this term, as always. We’ve started to build on the experience we had helping to launch the Edinburgh Adapts plan in November and small groups of children have been working with me to develop ideas for a few themes for the City Vision 2050. It’s a bit of a brain bender to think that far into the future but we’ve had some good ideas around ‘Community Safety’ and ‘Digital and Technology’. We’re hoping to make them into a video!
We’ve had our most successful Walking Bus yet with 30 children and parents taking part at the end of January; the theme was ‘tartan’ to coincide with Burns’ Day. It’s a lovely, sociable way to start the day and encourages sustainable travel to school so we will keep running them regularly. Less children do now travel to school by car which we’re pleased about and is hopefully down to a combination of factors such as our focus on sustainability and the environmental impact of various types of travel, road safety and of course the fact that Abbey Street is closed to non-permit holders before and after school as part of the School Streets/Safer Routes to School initiative. Our P7s had a ‘Bikeability’ session this week which saw them take to the roads and increase their confidence about doing so. Lots more bikes have been seen in the bike shed since!

Our Artists in Residence programme is also flourishing with other schools now showing interest in what we do. We’re continuing to work with the Talbot Rice and Collective Galleries and it’s easy to see the benefits that the children get from working with professional artists both in school and in formal gallery spaces. We’ve also struck up a new partnership with the Edinburgh Art Festival and look forward to developing it over the next few years. Of course, all the work the children are doing will be exhibited at the Colony of Artists festival on 23rd/24th September – put the dates in your diary!

Of course, this is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of what’s been happening in school so remember to check our website regularly and follow us on Twitter @AbbeyhillPS to keep up with all things Abbeyhill!

Sally Ketchin, Head Teacher

 

 

 

Abbeyhill Festivities 

What an amazing term we’ve had at Abbeyhill! December alone has been incredibly busy; our Parent Council organised the Winter Talent Show which was a fantastic evening and enjoyed by everyone. It made us all proud to see how confident the children were in front of a large audience and in an unfamiliar venue. We’re hoping it becomes an annual tradition! We’ve also had a whole school trip to the pantomime at the Brunton Theatre, the P7 ceilidh, which was a magical evening as always, and the P1 Nativity (which was tinged with sadness as it’s the last one that we’ll do at the London Road Parish Church which is due to close in January 2017). P6 ran a very successful market stall at the Stockbridge Market at the beginning of the month, selling handmade wreaths and candles (see our Twitter feed @AbbeyhillPS for photos). They made £500 so well done to the P6 fundraising committee as that brings their total for the session so far to £1000 with all the money raised going towards their P7 camp in October 2017. Still to come this week, we’ve got family film night, Christmas parties and a Christmas singalong before term ends on Thursday – there’s no winding down here!!

No matter where you are this Christmas, whether you celebrate or not, from all of us at Abbeyhill we wish you a happy and safe holiday and look forward to seeing everyone when term starts on Tuesday 10th January. 

Sally Ketchin, Head Teacher
 
 

School closure update 

As far as we understand, Scottish Water have identified the cause of the issues in the area and have taken steps to rectify the situation. Water supply should be gradually restored over the afternoon and we expect to be open as normal tomorrow although I would ask you to double check our website or our Twitter feed in the morning. 

Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Sally Ketchin, Head Teacher

School closure update: lunches 

Dear families, 

Lunches will be available for children who are entitled to free school meals including all P1-3s from around 12pm in the dinner hall. If you would like to come back to collect a take away lunch, please access via the side door leading down to the dinner hall and swimming pool. 

Please continue to check our website for further updates. 

Thank you, 

Sally Ketchin, Head Teacher