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November 12 2018 – Information Update

Dear Parent/Carer,

Staffing information

I can now confirm that my final day at The Royal High Primary School will be Friday 23rd November 2018.

From Monday 26th November 2018, I will be Head Teacher of a school in Haddington, East Lothian. I will write in more detail during the course of next week.

In the meantime, I can confirm the following details:

  • Mrs. Anna Hazel-Dunn, presently Head Teacher at Nether Currie Primary School, has been appointed to the post of Head Teacher at The Royal High Primary School. Mrs. Hazel-Dunn has visited the school on several occasions and I will do everything possible to ensure an effective and robust ‘handover’ is undertaken. I know that Mrs. Hazel-Dunn is very excited about her new position and I am sure she will be a real asset to the school and its wider community. The process of appointing Mrs. Hazel-Dunn’s successor is underway and it is likely that Mrs. Hazel-Dunn will take up her position at The Royal High Primary School at the beginning of next session, Tuesday 8th January 2019.
  • From Monday 26th November 2018 until Friday 21st December 2018, Mrs. Evans, Deputy Head Teacher, will assume the role of Acting Head Teacher. I am delighted that Mrs. Evans has been afforded this opportunity. Mrs. Evans is an outstanding Deputy Head Teacher and she will deliver an excellent job as Acting Head Teacher. In the event that there is a slight delay with Mrs. Hazel-Dunn’s start date it is likely that Mrs. Evans’ tenure as Acting Head Teacher may be extended.
  • From Monday 26th November 2018 until Friday 21st December 2018, Mrs. Evans will require an Acting Deputy Head Teacher to assist and support. It was very encouraging that a number of our staff expressed an interest in this position and were keen to contribute to the school in a wider sense. I am pleased to inform you that Ms. Stewart, presently teaching P.1A, will assume this role. During this period Ms. Stewart’s P.1A class will be taught by Ms. Fiona Herbert. Ms. Stewart will be based in school and will be in a position to support Ms. Herbert.

Other staffing news

  • We welcome Ms. Rebecca Leslie to our nursery classroom as a newly appointed Early Years Officer.
  • We welcome Natasha Cruickshank and Kirsty Cunningham to our team of Pupil Support Assistants.
  • On Monday 26th November 2018 we welcome back Ms. Stephanie Torrance from maternity leave. Ms. Torrance will be sharing the learning and teaching in P.6A with Ms. Ferguson.

What’s been happening?

  • Thank you to everyone in the school community for the tremendous amount of donations for our Harvest Assembly. These have been donated to the North Edinburgh Food Bank. Thanks also for the outstanding attendance at the assembly.
  • P.6 classes attended The Filmhouse for a World War 1 movie.
  • P.5 and P.6 classes attending squash coaching.
    ‘Kids Gone Wild’ – all classes participated in an outdoor, loose parts play week. This was a great success and an effective learning experience. My sincere thanks to Daisy Watson and Caroline Kaye (both parents) for organising this event.
  • P.7B visited the Scottish Parliament.
  • Thanks to the Parent Council and Oscar’s for a great Hallowe’en evening in school.
  • We welcomed visitors to our Open Day.
  • We have registered our P.1 pupils for next year.
  • We enjoyed a great attendance at our Parent Consultations.
  • We welcomed the ‘Poppy Biker Squad’ to celebrate Remembrance.

My special thanks to everyone involved and who attended the ‘Band ‘n’ Buttie’ night at Duddingston Golf Club on Friday 9th November 2018. A great night of dancing and butties was enjoyed by all. The evening captured a great community feel and much funding to support the school. One of the highlights of the evening was a very special dance performance by ‘The School Belles’. My sincere thanks to all on the Parent Council for their hard work but specific thanks to Kathryn Tulloch for outstanding organisation.

What’s happening next?

Please accept my sincere apology. We were scheduled to have our first focus week of the school session on week beginning Monday 19th November 2018. This was another ‘World of Work Week’ following the success of last year’s event. Owing to staffing changes and other factors, this is likely to be rescheduled for later in the school session.

  • We welcome nine S.4 pupils from Portobello High School for their S.4 Work Experience.
  • Thanks to Mrs. Chapman for organising our ‘Book Fair’ week.
  • Tuesday 13th November – Road Safety Magic Show for P.1 and P.2.
  • Wednesday 14th November – School ‘IT Refresh’.
  • Thursday 15th November – P.6 year group at Portobello High School for the ‘Pizza Challenge.
  • Thursday 15th November – P.3 at The Museum of Childhood.
  • Friday 16th November – P.4 Bake Sale.
  • Thursday 22nd November – P.7 classes at The Filmhouse for ‘Journey’s End’.
  • Tuesday 27th November – P.2 at Edinburgh Castle.
  • Tuesday 4th December at 5.00 p.m. – Duddingston Area Strings Orchestra Christmas Concert at Portobello High School.

Nations’ Christmas Craft Events as follows:

  • Wednesday 5th December – 9.15 a.m. to 10.15 a.m. – all those in Angles.
  • Wednesday 5th December – 10.45 a.m. to 11.45 a.m. – all those in Brits.
  • Thursday 6th December – 9.15 a.m. to 10.15 a.m. – all those in Picts.
  • Thursday 6th December – 10.45 a.m. to 11.45 a.m. – all those in Scots.

Please note the following:

  • In the event you are available – please volunteer to help.
  • Please donate any spare crafting materials you may have.
  • All parents and families are welcome to come along to watch and/or participate.

My sincere thanks to the Parent Council for organising this most valuable experience that allows siblings to work with each other.

  • Saturday 8th December – 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. – Parent Council Christmas Fair.
  • Thursday 13th December at 1.30 p.m. – Nativity Performance 1.
  • Friday 14th December at 10.00 a.m. – Nativity Performance 2.
  • Monday 17th December at 9.30 a.m. in the hall – M&M Productions perform ‘Robin Hood’ in the main hall.
  • Friday 21st December at 10.00 a.m. – P.4 to P.7 Christmas Assembly.
  • Friday 21st December at midday – school closes for Christmas Holidays.

Finally, my sincere thanks to all in the school community; pupils, staff and parents, for their continuing hard work and positivity.

Willie French (Head Teacher)

Nursery Staff Update

It is my pleasure to update you on the staffing position in our nursery class/room.

I am delighted to inform you that our newly appointed Early Years Officer takes up her position on Monday 5th November.

I ask that you join me to welcome Ms. Rebecca Leslie as our Early Years Officer.

Ms. Leslie arrives with great experience. She held a senior management position in a private nursery for some years and her recent experience has been gained working at Spinney Lane Nursery, part of Gilmerton Primary School. I am sure that Ms. Leslie will add much value to our nursery practice.

I hope that Ms. Leslie will take time in the following weeks to get to know the children, families and staff members in the nursery. This time will also be useful to observe and familiarise herself with the routines and practices in our nursery class.

The most important part of successful and effective work is that of relationships and I hope Ms. Leslie will feel welcomed and valued by all within our nursery and school community.

Sadly, Ms. Watt, our Nursery Teacher, continues to be absent owing to illness. I take this opportunity to state that we miss Ms. Watt and she is constantly in our thoughts. I met with Ms. Watt last week and I am hopeful that she may return to work early in the new year.
I take this opportunity to express my sincere thanks to Ms. Karen Marr, Early Years Practitioner. Ms. Marr has ensured the smooth and effective operation of our nursery during the period of Ms. Watt’s absence, Mr. Melville’s absence and the period where we had no Early Years Officer. Ms. Marr has worked extremely hard to ensure her experience ensured the continuing good practice in our nursery.

We recently welcomed Mr. Melville back from absence.

Mrs. Hilton, Early Years Assistant, joined the team in August 2018. We have benefited from her skills, experience, conscientiousness and patience. She has been an asset to the tea.

Finally, I would like to thank Ms. Quamran Ahmed and Mrs. Angela Kennedy who have provided excellent long term supply cover.

Willie French (Head Teacher)




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About The Royal High Primary

The Royal High Primary School buildings were completed during 1931. We are all extremely proud of our listed building set within its beautiful grounds. The grounds and buildings, enjoyed by pupils, parents and staff, help to convey our heritage and enthusiasm for learning.

As an ECO school we are delighted to have gained five Green Flags and you can see one flying proudly in front of the school. We have a strong commitment to our environment and are currently working on achieving our sixth Green Flag.

Read more about the history of The Royal High