Category Archives: Nursery

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

A certain time of year is upon us and excitement is building in school! Festive music can regularly be heard, P1-3 are busy preparing for the Nativity next week, Christmas trees are popping up all over the place and there is a general air of merrirment (even more so than usual!) around Abbeyhill!

This week, the Nursery were the first to go on a festive trip and enjoyed a performance of ‘You Choose’ at the Spiegeltent in Festival Square. Thank you to all the families who volunteered to help and make this such a memorable day out. There were a lot of tired but happy faces in the Nursery yesterday, but that was just the staff!

Our Parent Council have coordinated a beautiful 2019 calendar which is sponsored by local businesses and features artwork from every class. At just £6, this would make the perfect stocking filler and all proceeds go towards supporting the school by enabling the Parent Council to help us improve our playground. You can order your calendar directly from the Parent Council who will be taking orders in the playground every day next week, at the school office or online by clicking here. All orders will be filled before we break up on the 21st December.

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P7 spent the day at Drummond on Wednesday at a volleyball festval organised by Active Schools. This was a great addition to the preparations to move onto high school and another good opportunity to mix with P7s from our other cluster primaries, many of whom will be going to Drummond too next year.

Yesterday, P1-3 families were invited to another ‘Sharing Our Learning’ event and it was lovely that so many were able to juggle other commitments to come along. There was lots going on in each class for families to get involved with and our Food Champions also ran sneak peak tours of our brand new Cooking Classroom; the teachers are testing it out next week to make sure that we have all the equipment that we need and if all goes well, there will be some treats to sell at the Nativity!

Finally, if you saw this blog last week or follow us on Twitter, you’ll know that we’ve already made a difference with our request to have large cartons of milk, as we all buy at the supermarket, instead of small individual ones. This morning, our Pupil Council reviewed the engagement with our tweet about it and we are now in touch with Changeworks to see what we can do next. We’re hoping that they will support us to form a partnershop with another nearby school who are campaigning for re-useable bottles…watch this space!

Sally Ketchin, Head Teacher

A very full first full week!

It’s been a very busy week at Abbeyhill! We have welcomed lots of new children into our Nursery and the Primary 1s have experienced their first full week of school. Everyone is settling into new routines brilliantly and the playground is full of lots of happy faces at break times! Miss Macdonald and Mr Andrew Hamilton are our new members of teaching staff and we’re all enjoying getting to know them.

We had an exciting P3-7 assembly this morning where we talked about how we’re making Abbeyhill more ‘awesome’. We’ve been watching Kid President on YouTube and talking about some of his key messages in his pep talk for teachers and students and we’re now all trying hard to make the world more awesome, look after each other and be present in the moment. I shared what I’ve been doing this week to make the school even better; I’ve met with parents who are being extremely generous with their time and skills to make our playground a fantastic place to be by painting murals and freshening up tired areas. I’ve had meetings with community partners about our Play Rangers and Play Champion training (thanks to Miss Stephen who leads on this), which will be rolled out to P5 this year, and begun the process of starting a ‘Chit Chat Club’ which will start after the October break with two Scottish Storytellers. In partnership with the Parent Council, I hope to organise a Parent Lunch where families can come and sample our school lunches and Mrs Lansdown and I will meet next week to plan what our Cooking Classroom will look like so that we can order our kitchen units.

All in all, it will be a busy but exciting year at Abbeyhill – keep watching this space!

Sally Ketchin, Head Teacher

Week 1 = done!

I can’t believe that the first week of the year is over already, we’ve all been so busy it has just flown by! Our new P1s have settled in and enjoyed their first assembly today. This promises to be an extremely exciting year in P1 as Mrs Lansdown and the P1 team implement an Immersive Learning Environment which continues the core aim of learning through play as the children experienced in Nursery. You can read more about this in Mrs Lansdown’s blog post here. It’s been a quiet week in the Nursery as our returning Nursery children have settled back in but it will be back to business as usual next week as our new Nursery starts arrive, which we’re all very much looking forward to!

Remember to follow our website and keep an eye on your child’s class area to keep up to date with everything we get up to as the year progresses.

Sally Ketchin, Head Teacher

Visiting the chicks

 P1/2 want to say a big thank you to the Nursery FotorCreatedfor letting us visit to see the chicks that hatched out.  We were very excited to see them and delighted to be able to hold them.  We were very gentle and careful and enjoyed stroking their soft feathers and feeling how tickly they were on our hands.   We were impressed by how quickly they had grown since they hatched last week.