Category Archives: Parental Involvement

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

 

 

 

All in a day’s work!

A huge thank you to all of the Primary 6 pupils (plus Madzia and Chloe from P7!), parents, and staff who came along at this busy time of year to help at our stall at Stockbridge Market this afternoon.  The Handmade Wreaths and Christmas Crafts were such a hit that we completely sold out and raised £500 for our Lagganlia Fund.  Well done everyone – what a fantastic effort!

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Christmas Crafting in P2

A huge thank you to all the families who were able to join us today for a Christmas activity afternoon.

We started off by treating our grown ups to some of our favourite festive tunes.

  
  
Grace, Emily and Cadha did a great job explaining the activities.  Then we all got stuck in!

   
 
Baubles and Christmas crackers

   
Christmas cards

    
 
Christmas crackers – with treats inside!

   
 
We had a lovely afternoon, and I was delighted to see all the smiles as you were leaving.  Thank you for leaving our classroom so tidy.

Thank you all for an excellent 2015, Primary 2 and families! Wishing you all a very happy holiday when it comes.

Miss Stewart 

Drummond Community High- Internet Safety

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Our catchment secondary school Drummond Community High is organising an Internet Safety information evening on 24th November from 7pm-8pm. This event will cover things parents need to know about Internet Safety and how to monitor and support their child’s safe use online. It will be run by the school’s liaison officer, PC Claire McLean.

Tickets for this FREE event can be booked at:

http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/internet-safety-for-parents-tickets-18807984187

DCH will be more than happy to provide you with further details.