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!
Our JRSOs have a very busy week ahead of them. This morning they were reminding pupils about the importance of crossing with our crossing patrol officers. Keeping everyone safe as they walk home is our biggest priority and all children were reminded to cross sensibly.
The JRSOs will also be reminding pupils about the School Streets pilot we are participating in. This has been up and running since September and access restrictions are in place at school peak times.
Please click here for more information. Police WILL be patrolling the top of Abbey Street.
“Trainer” Tuesday 22nd of September sees the launch of the School Streets project with restricted access to Abbey Street before and after school. To mark the launch, we have organised a “Walking Bus” leaving from four different locations within our catchment. Letters have gone home and the children were reminded of the “stops” at this morning’s assembly. Look out for school adults waiting to lead you from your stop at 8:20am. Then once we arrive at school enjoy a free walker’s breakfast. We would really like families to join us on Tuesday and look forward to our first “Walking Bus” of 2015. Don’t forget to wear your trainers!
Please come along to school today from 3 – 6pm to find out more about how Abbeyhill taking part in the Safer Streets project will affect you. It’s open to the public so you don’t need to have any connection to the school to come! Please enter via our main entrance on Abbey Street.
Miss Stewart certainly got into the spirit of “Big Bright Friday” with her outfit today. We had to put on our sunglasses in the staff room to look at her! (Although our JRSOs did point out that although cars would definitely spot her in the dark, she might cause a bit of a distraction to drivers!) You can always trust Miss Stewart to embrace a theme!