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14/08/2020 – Welcome Back HT Letter
Good evening everyone!
I hope you are all enjoying this glorious sunshine after a fantastic return to school.
I am so proud of the children in how brilliantly they adjusted to coming back to school with all of the changes. Every one of them managed without an issue as well as behaving perfectly, showing respect and kindness. What a super reflection of our wonderful children!
I am equally proud of the staff who have ensured the children had a warm, welcoming and positive start to the school year. They have worked so hard in preparing everything for the children’s return, including working out how they can work at a 2 metre distance from the children and each other. No mean feat but they have rallied together and the result has been clear to see.
Thank you also to all of you, our parents, carers and families. Your support and trust has made sure that the return to school has been as smooth as possible for the children and staff alike.
We will continue to come across new challenges that we need to work through but, knowing what an excellent team we are, I have no doubt that we will quickly find positive, workable solutions for them.
As with every year we have staff who have left already and some who are going to leave. We bid a fond farewell to Miss Johnston, one of our P6 teachers, and I am delighted to report she has a new job in which we wish her well.
Mrs Kerr and Mr Gilhooley both retired over the Summer. Whilst we had a very low key goodbye for them both, there are plans afoot for a much bigger affair when we are all able to get together and give them the send off they deserve. We will keep you posted with updates.
This term we will be saying goodbye to Mr De Oliviero, one of our Pupil Support Assistants, who will be starting a new post at the beginning of September. We wish him well in this new venture.
Miss Marr, one of our Early Years Practitioners, who has been at the Royal High Primary for nearly 19 years, has been successfully recruited at an Early Years Officer at another school and will also be leaving us at the beginning of September. We are delighted for her with this promotion and will be sure to keep in touch to hear how she is getting on.
Welcoming new staff
I am delighted to welcome a number of new staff to our team. You may already have met them but I felt it was really important that we gave them a proper welcome to the RHPS family through this first newsletter.
To our Nursery we welcome Zara Zavaroti, our Early Years Officer, and Karyn Porteous, an Early Years Practitioner. Both of them have had a brilliant start to the session, seamlessly becoming part of our Nursery Team. With such a strong team, I know we are going to have a great year in the Nursery!
Miss Kinghorn, our Primary 3b teacher, and Miss Anderson, our Primary 4b teacher, have also had a fabulous start with their classes. I am sure you will get to know them through the year. They will have one day out a week for their continued studies and development work. Mrs Coutts will be working with P3b on that day and Miss Stewart with P4b.
Welcoming back staff
It is lovely to have Karin McCall and Babs Vaughan, both Pupil Support Assistants, back into the fold after their periods of absence. They have both settled right back in as if they were never away and I know you will give them a friendly wave when you see them.
Support for Learning Teachers role
Due to the limitations put on contact with children, our Support for Learning teachers, Mrs Gardner and Mrs Coutts, will be undertaking work with specific class bubbles. Mrs Gardner will be working with P5 and Mrs Coutts with P3b. They will not be taking individuals or small groups at this time but will continue to support teachers with the planning and provision of learning tasks for our children with additional support needs.
Change to Non-class Contact Time arrangements
As many of you will know our teachers are given non-class contact time each week as part of the Maccrone agreement, for their planning and preparation. Normally this is given in short blocks each week. However due to the current restrictions we have had to change this model.
From next week our teachers will be given a full day in a week on a four-week rota. this means that every 4th week your child will have another teacher for a full day.
Our non-class contact time teachers this year are Mrs Megaw, who the majority of you know well, and Mrs Jones, who joined us as our French teacher during school closure and who you know virtually through her tweets. They are working closely with the teachers to ensure consistency of high quality provision when they are in class.
We had a few glitches with our lunch ordering last week but are on track for next week. All of you should have been able to order this week before the deadline of midnight on Wednesday.
All of our Primary 1 to 3 children are entitled to free school meals. These still have to be ordered through ParentPay. Next week there will be another letter for our Primary 1 parents just to give clarity as to how to order through ParentPay.
If you have any questions about lunches, please contact the office via phone (0131 669 3200) or email (email@example.com)
Accessing the playground at drop off and pick up
Thank you to all of you for doing so well at adhering to our new procedure for drop off and pick up.
I have tightened up the procedure with regards to having adults in the infant playground to minimise risk to other adults, children and staff.
Only Primary 1 parents are allowed in the playground at drop off and pick up and then only for a few minutes.
I politely ask all Primary 2 and 3 parents to remain at the gates for both drop off and pick up. We will have staff in the playground as we did this week to make sure your children are safe and looked after.
In the upper playground, I ask that no adults come in through the gates.
In addition, the gates will not be open for children to come in until 8.40am, unless they are coming to OSCARS Breakfast Club.
Please make sure they do not arrive early as I will not be able to let them in. This is to ensure they do not mix with other class groups in the playground. I know this is challenging but if we get it right now it will just become routine.
On Monday there will be signs on each of the three gates letting you know who can come in these entrances and at what time.
Thank you very much for your support with this.
So with the sun shining down, I wish you a lovely weekend. I’m sure there will be a few tired children out there. I know there are a few tired, but happy, teacher and school staff members!
Take care, keep well and stay in touch.
The Royal High Primary School
11/08/2020 – Information about the Model of Returning to School, August 2020
ii Letter to families - Returning to school 05.08.2020
07/08/2020 – Amended arrangements for start and finish times from 12 August 2020
Thank you for your patience at what I know is a very anxious time.
I am writing to let you know of the amended arrangements as mentioned in my previous communication.
Having further reviewed the most up to date guidance and in order to best support families as we return to school, I, along with my Senior Leadership Team, have come up with a simplified model for our staggered start and finish times.
We have carefully considered mitigating risk and feel that this updated model works well, in line with the current guidance and in ensuring a positive start and end to the day, keeping everyone safe.
The model we are using is as follows:
|Day||Start time||Finish time||Allocated classes|
|Monday to Thursday||8.55am||3.00pm||Primary 1 and Primary 2|
|Friday||8.55am||12.20pm||Primary 1 and Primary 2|
|Monday to Thursday||8.45am||3.15pm||Primary 3 to Primary 7|
|Friday||8.45am||12.20pm||Primary 3 to Primary 7|
Primaries 1, 2 and 3 will use the entrances in the Infant Playground, doors 1 and 2.
Primaries 4 to 7 will use the entrances in the main playground. Primary 5 will be using the main door to enter the school to minimise traffic.
Your child’s teacher will be waiting for their class at the designated area at the start of the day.
The staggered break and lunch times will remain as was shared with you in the previous communication.
We hope that this will make it a lot easier for all of our parents and carers, both at the start and end of the day, particularly with the reduced period between finishing times. All of the other information I shared with you in my last information letter still stands.
I draw your attention to the request that where at all possible our Primary 3 to Primary 7 children come into the playground on their own.
Our Primary 1 and Primary 2 parents and carers are allowed to bring their children into the allocated playground, maintaining physical distancing at all times. The teachers will be at the door to welcome the children. Parents and carers should leave the playground as soon as they have dropped their child off.
To support children not mixing with others out with their class group, the gates to the playground will remain closed until 8.40am. Please make sure that your children are aware of this so they are not hanging around before school starts.
At the end of the day the gates will remain shut until 2.55pm to minimise the number of adults in the playground. If you have a child in Primary 1 and Primary 2 and do come into the playground, please maintain the recommended 2m physical distancing from other parents and carers.
We are really excited about the children coming back to school even with so many new experiences and challenges that we’ll have to overcome.
I am confident that with all of the preparation we have put in place and with your support, all of our children and families will have a positive start to this new session.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the office (firstname.lastname@example.org) or the Parent Council (email@example.com)
Take care, keep well and stay in touch.
The Royal High Primary School
Information for parents who have a child who is due to start Nursery or P1 in August.
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.