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Have you got that Friday feeling?

…which for us is happy exhaustion! It’s been an incredibly busy week at Abbeyhill with the Talent Show, Euroquiz, World Book Day, plenty of cooking and a soundscape! Read on to find out more.

Last night saw the Parent Council Talent Show which was a fantastic celebration of a diverse range of talent, taste in music and interests. We had a ventriloquist, a berimbau performance, Highland and Scottish dancing, a poetry recital, stand up comedy, ballet dancing and lots of amazing singing. It was a wonderful celebration of all the things that make us unique as well as the things that bring us together; happiness, laughter and good times with friends and family. Thank you to the Parent Council for the many months of organisation and planning that went into a very well organised event that was enjoyed by everyone who attended. Thank you also to Russell McLarty for hosting us at Meadowbank Parish Church. The whole event was filmed so I’m sure copies will be available before too long!

On Monday, Mr Hamilton took 4 P6s to the City Chambers to take part in Euroquiz 2019. They spent week practising and came a very respectable 14th out of 24. Congratulations to the teams from Sciennes and James Gillespie’s who will go forward to the national event. It was a great opportunity for us to see inside a building we’d normally only walk past as well as a chance to represent Abbeyhill at a citywide level whilst also meeting P6s from other schools. Well done Team Abbeyhill!

On Wednesday, P2 had a very special visitor (Miss Stephen’s mum!) who is a trained chef and helped them to make delicious carrot and apple muffins in the Cooking Classroom. Everyone got a chance to weigh, measure, stir and most importantly, TASTE!

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Our Cooking Classroom is being really well used thanks to our Food for Thought grant and the P7s cook (or prep!) up a storm most days to keep our healthy tuck shop going. Our Food Champions met with colleagues from our local LIDL store who popped in yesterday with some exciting offerings…a George Forman grill, a Nutribullet and plenty of tupperware for all our culinary handiwork – thank you to LIDL!

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As part of our World Book Day celebrations the children participated in a “Where’s Wally” hunt in the playground. Everyone had to find Wally and either crack a code or answer book related questions. It was great to see the children searching so enthusiastically- some light rain didn’t stop the fun! The winners will be announced at Monday’s assembly. In the afternoon Mr Martin held a whole school World Book Day assembly where we played charades, unscrambled book titles and guessed the hidden book character. The assembly ended by watching the animated version of the popular story “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle. The assembly was a great chance for everyone to share the fantastic book related activities they had been doing in class.

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On Wednesday evening, our Curator in Residence, Iliyana, co-hosted a very special meeting in school with Citadel Arts Group where anyone who has been involved with Abbeyhill at any point in their lives was invited to come in and share their stories. Together with P4 and P6 they will work to transform these living memories into a book and a binaural soundscape to be premiered at Colony of Artists 2019 (21st and 22nd September). Don’t miss it!

Next week it’s RED NOSE DAY! Everyone has been getting very excited about the official red noses that have been on sale in school and these will continue to be available next week. It’s also an optional dress down day on Friday with a suggested donation of £1 for Comic Relief. It’s also Parent Council on Wednesday from 6.30pm and bookings are now open online for Parent’s Evening on 19th and 21st March – check your inbox for the link!

Phew, that’s it for this week – have a good weekend everybody!

Sally Ketchin, Head Teacher

Latest news

We’ve been back from the February break for nearly a week and lots of children have been enjoying our new breakfast club which opened on Monday 23rd February. Breakfast Club is run by Scoosh, our After School care providers, and is open from 0730 each day serving breakfast in the Dinner Hall and providing care until the bell goes at 0855. If you would like to use the Breakfast Club there is no need to book, just turn up! We have lots of working parents who have commented that having a club would make life easier in the morning so hopefully we’re helping your mornings to run more smoothly! Breakfast Club is priced at £2.50 per day.

We still have a lot of work going on in the main building where we are having all of our windows replaced. This is a big job, not only because of the amount of windows we have but because of the size of them! I’m pleased to say that the contractors are more than half way through the job and are on schedule to finish by the Easter holidays. All the classrooms have now been completed so thank you to all the classes who had to move whilst their room was done; this caused disruption but everyone worked hard to ensure that it was minimal. The girls toilets which have been under repair since I started at Abbeyhill in August are just about to open as well which will be fantastic.

Over the February break we had a new security system installed which means that staff access the buildings using a swipe card rather than entering a code. This is not only easier but also more secure as there were always eagle eyed children who delighted in telling us that they had memorised the codes! The buzzer has been removed from the back of the main building so all visitors must now come to the front door on Abbey Street.

Looking ahead, we’ve got lots of exciting things happening before the Easter holidays start on 2nd April such as World Book Day next week, Red Nose Day and a P6 & P7 community clean up so keep checking the website and follow us on Twitter @AbbeyhillPS to keep up with all our news!