Spotlight on…P1 with Mr Hamilton
In P1 we have been working hard on our Julia Donaldson topic. This week we have focussed on ‘The Gruffalo’ and have made several crafts based on the children’s ideas. We’ve also worked hard on retelling the story through puppet shows and ordering pictures whilst making copies of the book. Well done P1!
Last night we had our first ‘virtual’ Parent Council meeting which was a new experience but it went well and it was generally agreed that the format actually offered more flexibility to parents as they could duck in and out of the call as needed. As we go forward, meetings will be virtual for the foreseeable but perhaps even once we can meet face to face there will be an option to log into the meeting remotely. I’m certainly enjoying the efficiency of being able to log into a meeting without having to leave the school to travel anywhere which not only saves time but also keeps my car, and others, off the road! It would certainly feel like a backward step if this went back to exactly how it used to be in the future and forcing us into working in this new way has been one positive of the last few months.
Please visit our Parent Council page to view post holders, agendas and minutes (which will be posted shortly after meetings). You’ll be able to see the wide variety of topics we discussed last night including our outdoor classroom and community garden, the upcoming Colony of Artists festival, Parents’ Evening and even Christmas – it’s not that far away!
Acting Head Teacher – Mr Donald-Hewitt
Mr Donald-Hewitt spent his first day in Abbeyhill on Tuesday and was able to meet some children and parents in the playground as well as staff in school. Over the next 3 weeks, he’ll be in each Tuesday and will spend time in a few classes – being ever mindful of the number of ‘contacts’ he has and never moving from one bubble to another. He’ll have plenty of opportunity to visit the rest of the classes and get to know everyone after he starts on the 28th September.
Health and Safety
Thank you to all the families who have responded to our requests to observe social distancing and reduce numbers at the gates by only having one adult per household accompanying a child. There has been a huge difference this week which is really positive.
I also issued a reminder to everyone that Abbey Street is part of the Safer Routes to School scheme (which is now enshrined in law) and is inaccessible to cars between 0820 and 0905 and 1505 – 1540 with the exception of blue badge holders, permit holders (residents) and emergency vehicles. Anyone else who drives down the street within the times above is liable to receive a fine and points on their driving license. Thank you for observing Safer Streets and keeping our children safe.
After School Club
Thank you to all the families who completed our survey about Scoosh after school provision. The survey has now closed but I will be meeting (virtually of course) with the management team of Scoosh next week to see if we can come to an agreement about the future of the club at Abbeyhill. Families will be kept fully informed as always.
Have a lovely weekend,
Sally Ketchin, Head Teacher