We have started our ‘Mystery Reader’ sessions in P2 where we have a surprise visitor come into class to read a story to us before home time. This week we had Chloe’s Mum. It was such a lovely surprise and we look forward to welcoming some more mystery readers into our class over the coming weeks.
We’ve all been ‘busy bees’ at Abbeyhill this week and we really enjoyed a visit from Gill Smith, one of the founders of the Colony of Artists festival and Iliyana Nedkova, Abbeyhill parent, our Curator in Residence and Colony of Artists committee member, at our assembly this morning. Gill and Iliyana presented prizes to winners and finalists of the Busy Bees art competition. Winners received a beautifully presented bundle of art materials each whilst finalists got a souvenir poster to display in their classroom. Look out for a trail of bees around Abbeyhill ahead of the upcoming Colony of Artists festival on 22 and 23 September!
On Tuesday afternoon, we had our annual Meet the Teacher event. We tried something slightly different this year with a small ‘marketplace’ event with a few of our community partners in the hall before a short welcome from myself and the teaching staff, followed by a chance to have a look rounmd classrooms and an informal chat between staff and parents. Feedback on the night was very positive so next year look out for more stalls and more time to speak to the partners who help to make Abbeyhill so special! A big thanks to Iliyana Nedkova (mentioned above), Simon Preston, Chair of our Parent Council, Russell McLarty, minister at Meadowbank Church and Scottish Storyteller and Gary Young from The Mindful Enterprise who came along on the evening and of course thanks to all the families who attended.
Next week it’s Scottish Maths Week and Mrs Flowers and Miss Macdonald have been busy preparing what looks to be a mathematically challenging but fun week of activities! Check back next week to find out how it went. It’s also Parent Council on Wednesday and I hope to see some new faces among the familiar ones!
Sally Ketchin, Head Teacher
On the one hand it’s hard to believe that August is over and September is here already (well, it will be tomorrow!) but on the other, the summer holidays already seem a lifetime ago. That’s what happens when we’re busy at Abbeyhill!
On Monday this week the staff began the job of clearing a room for our Cooking Classroom which will be in the infant building. Mrs Lansdown is choosing our kitchen equipment and we hope to order it next week. On Tuesday, Mrs Souness and I met with Simon, Chair of our Parent Council, to discuss plans for line painting on the football pitch and came up with some practical ideas for particular sports as well as some fun designs that might just appear around the playground…keep an eye out! On Wednesday I met with Katie Reynolds from the Collective Gallery to plan our programme for this year which will see the re-opening of the Collective Gallery after extensive re-development. We have been working with the Collective Gallery since 2014 and our current P7s have been involved in the re-development since they were in P3 so it will be a very special moment when the gallery opens. We’re really enjoying the ongoing relationship in partnership with Leith Walk Primary and it’s all a part of our wider Artists in Residence programme which will be formally celebrated at the Colony of Artists festival later this month (22 & 23 September). At assembly this morning, the P6 Play Rangers gave a presentation to the rest of the school about what they do and P5s will shortly begin their training to become Play Champions in the playground; well done to P6s who took part.
Next week we look forward to welcoming families for our Meet the Teacher event on Tuesday which will have a small ‘marketplace’, giving parents a chance to meet some of our community partners. See you there!
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