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Class Organisation Newsletter 15 June 2017

Class Organisation for School Session 2017/18

I am pleased to be in a position to inform you of our class organisation for the next academic session, 2017/18.

It has been possible to organise our classes to ensure that all classes ‘move on’ in their present form, thus avoiding any reorganisation.

Teacher and Class this session 2016/17 Teacher and class next session 2017/18

Ms. Watt – Nursery Ms. Watt – Nursery
P.1A – Mrs. Kerr
P.1B – Ms. Stewart
Mrs. Booth – P.1 P.2 – Ms. Campbell
Mrs. Kerr – P.1/2 P.2/3 – Mrs. Weston (Mon., Tues. and alt Fri.) and Mrs. McCurry (Wed., Thurs. and alt Fri.)
Mrs. Weston – P.2 P.3 – Ms. Cairns (Mon. and Tues) and Mrs. Bonar (Wed., Thurs. and Fri.)
Ms. Cairns/Mrs. Bonar – P.3A P.4A – Mrs. Justice
Ms. Campbell – P.3B P.4B – Ms. Torrance (Mon., Tues. and alt Fri.) and Mrs. Grant (Wed., Thurs. and alt Fri.)
Ms. Stewart – P.4A P.5A – Ms. Paterson (new member of staff – probationer)
Mrs. Justice – P.4B P.5B – Ms. McKee
Mrs. Megaw – P.5A P.6A – Mrs. Lamas
Ms. Armitage – P.5B P.6B – Mrs. Megaw
Ms. McKee – P.6A P.7A – Ms. Warrender
Ms. Torrance/Mrs. Grant – P.6B P.7B – Ms. Armitage
Mrs. Young – Support for Learning Mrs. Young – Support for Learning

Additional Staffing Information

  • Ms. Richard continues as Physical Education Specialist – in school Monday and Tuesday.
  • Mrs. Belfall continues as Music Specialist – in school Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
  • Mrs. Weston will provide IT sessions for P.3, P.4 and P.5 on Wednesday.
  • Mrs. Weston will provide French sessions for P.6 and P.7 on Thursday.

Next session we will providing additional Support for Learning for specific children and groups via the Pupil Equity Fund provided by the Scottish Government. I will provide you with more details at the beginning of next session.

During the afternoon of Thursday 22nd June 2017, pupils will have the opportunity to meet and spend some time with their teacher for next session as part of the ‘Moving On’ afternoon.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you require further information or discussion.

Thank you for your continued support.

Willie French
Head Teacher


Newsletter 05 June 2017

June Information Update

‘Circus Starz’ – in my twenty-one-year experience as a head teacher, I can confirm that the ‘Circus Starz’ event throughout week beginning Monday 22nd May was the most innovative, creative and effective event I have experienced. The skills experienced and acquired by the pupils, the performances presented and the community ethos generated ensured that this was an outstanding event. The Summer Fair that concluded the week-long event was also a great success. I offer my most sincere thank you to the Parent Council members, most specifically to Caroline Kaye, for their time, effort and commitment. Most importantly, I thank everyone in the school community and the community in general for their generous support of this event. The pupils have followed up this event by way of written work and art work.

Thank you to parents who took the time to respond and return the evaluation questionnaire. This will influence how we use our Pupil Equity Fund money and our priorities for next school session.

Book Fair – thank you pupils and parents who have supported our ‘Book Fair’. The Book Fair continues until Wednesday 7th June. The book fair cases are on display in the dining room. Please visit the book fair if you can. The Book Fair is part of the school’s continuing effort to generate an interest and love of books. Reading for pleasure is a key part of education. Please visit the Book Fair. My sincere thank you to Mrs. Chapman (School Administrator) for organising the Book Fair.

Health Week Focus – Week beginning Monday 5th June 2017 – this week the whole school will be focusing on health promoting activities. Mrs. Evans, our Deputy Head Teacher, has provided an outstanding week of events to highlight and promote active healthy thinking and doing. I am aware that parents are involved in some of the activities. My thanks to all parents who have volunteered to help and contribute to what will be an outstanding week of activities. My sincere thank you to Mrs. Evans for the effort and time committed to organising this week. One event during Health Week is an Internet Safety session led by PC Verity Ferry at 7.30 p.m. on Monday 5th June. This is a vitally important issue presently and this session will be very helpful for parents. Please come along.

Tennis Sessions at Abercorn – the six-week programme of tennis has now concluded. These sessions were very successful. My sincere thanks to parents who volunteered, to Mrs. Evans (Deputy Head Teacher) for organising and to Abercorn Sports Club for the high standard of coaching. I hope that this experience will inspire some pupils to use this excellent local community club.

Open Morning – Tuesday 6th June 2017 – please drop into school during the following times; 9.15 a.m. to 10.15 a.m. and/or 11.00 a.m. to midday – an opportunity to observe school on a normal, operational day. You may also see some of the ‘Health Week’ events.

P.7 Open Evening at Portobello High School – 6.30 p.m. on Tuesday 6th June 2017 – a reminder for those P.7 parents whose children will be in S.1 this coming August.

Parent Council – Annual General Meeting – Tuesday 13th June 2017 at 7.30 p.m. – I hope that many parents will attend the Parent Council AGM on Tuesday 13th June 2017. Our Parent Council is an active and thriving group of people who work tirelessly for the benefit of the pupils and the school.

A number of office bearers are up for re-election and it would be good to have some new parents join this group. The meetings are friendly, interesting and not demanding. Please come along.

Sports Days – I remind you that our sports days will take place as follows:

  • Thursday 15th June 2017 at 1.00 p.m. – P.1 to P.3 Infant Sports Day
  • Friday 16th June 2017 at 10.15 a.m. – P.4 to P.7 Upper Sports Day

The sports days will take place on the field adjacent to the community centre.

I hope that many parents and families will attend the sports days to generate an enthusiastic and supportive atmosphere.
The children take Sports Day very seriously as they try to gain as many points for their nation as possible. They will be competing in the following Nations; ANGLES – BRITS – PICTS – SCOTS.

I could write a virtually endless letter summarising how busy the school is presently. Pupils at all stages have been provided with additional educational opportunities including Nursery visits to East Links, P.1 visit to Figgie Park, P.2 nurturing chicks, P.4 and P.5 at the Imaginate Festival, P.2 at Edinburgh Castle, P.6 Games at The Hub, P.3 working with the RSPB on Bioblitz, Twende Pamoja Peace Project, P.5 screen work, choir performances, P.7 at The Risk Factory, the Edinburgh Dungeon and workshops with the Edinburgh International Festival.
This only a snapshot!!!

Finally, please feel welcome to contact me at any time. We cannot resolve or address any concerns or issues until you share them. Regardless of how small the issue, please do not hesitate to contact me. Please share good news or good thoughts too. Please e mail me at any time at willie.french@royalhigh-pri.edin.sch.uk

Thank you to everyone in the school community for their help and support.

Best wishes,

Willie French (Head Teacher)
Newsletter 23 May 2017



I write to seek your views on two key aspects of our work which are a focus in school this term with a view to planning for next session, Session 2017/18.

School Improvement Plan

I wish to ascertain what aspects of our work you think are key strengths and where you consider areas that require further development. The national and local priorities are literacy, numeracy and health and well-being.

Pupil Equity Funding

The Scottish Government has awarded all schools in Scotland £1200 for each child who is eligible and registered for free school meals. This amounts to £51 600 for The Royal High Primary School. The funding is allocated on the basis of free school meal eligibility, however, head teachers have discretion with regard to which children would benefit most from specific interventions whilst maintaining a clear focus on equity. This funding must be used by schools to support activities and interventions that support children affected by poverty in an attempt to ensure they met their full potential. The funding must be focused on activities that will lead to improvements in:

*Literacy *Numeracy *Health and Well-Being

Organisers for our work in this area covers three categories:

1) Learning and Teaching 2) Families and Communities 3) Leadership

Support may be directed to learners or through working with families inside or outside the school environment. It is important to emphasise that ALL PUPILS remain the focus of our work and I can assure you that every effort will be made to ensure all pupils benefit from this additional funding.

Please download this newsletter to find attached a form which is designed to invite you to express your views.

It is very important that we are clear about what the whole school community considers our priorities for improvement. Please take some time to complete this form and return to your child’s class teacher NO LATER THAN FRIDAY 26TH MAY 2017.

Thank you.

Following your feedback, I will refer to our statistical information to identify how and where we use this additional funding to ensure improvement for our learners.

In addition to the feedback form, you can call me on 0131 669 3200 or e mail willie.french@royalhigh-pri.edin.sch.uk

Thank you for your continued help and support. I can assure you it is much appreciated.

Willie French (Head Teacher)


Information Newsletter 16 May 2017

Dear Parent/Carer,

Health Promotion Week – Monday 5th to Friday 9th June 2017

Mrs. Evans, our Deputy Head Teacher, has planned a very full and exciting week of activities to support health promotion.

There are many opportunities for parents and families to be involved in activities – health and well-being is one of our core areas in addition to literacy and numeracy.

It is crucially important that children are aware of making good decisions with regard to health and well-being.

Please join us for some of these activities. My sincere thanks to Mrs. Evans for her hard work.

I am delighted to share with you that eighteen children have signed up and are attending our newly formed chess club. My sincere thanks to George Callaghan from the Parent Council.

Date Change/Reschedule – in a communication earlier this term I informed you that our next OPEN MORNING would be held on Tuesday 23rd May 2017. Owing to ‘Circus Starz’ week, our Open Morning has been postponed on this day and rescheduled for TUESDAY 6TH JUNE 2017. Please accept my apology for any inconvenience.

Thank you to all in the school community for their continued help, support and enthusiasm. Please do not hesitate to contact me at willie.french@royalhigh-pri.edin.sch.uk or at 0131 669 3200 in the event you want to share news or information – positive or negative.

Willie French (Head Teacher)


School Newsletter 25 April 2017

Summer Term 2017 – Key Dates

Welcome back to all members of our school community following the Easter holiday. I hope all members of our school community enjoyed a happy and healthy Easter period.

Looking ahead to the summer term, I can confirm that the forthcoming term is a busy but exciting term with many events to look forward to.

The following calendar of key dates is not exhaustive, there will be additional events as the term progresses. The calendar is accurate at the present date.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you require further information.


  • Week beginning Monday 5th June is HEALTH WEEK – Mrs. Evans (Deputy Head Teacher) has put together an exciting programme
  • Monday 5th June at 7.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. Parent e-safety talk by PC Verity Ferry.
  • Tuesday 6th June at 6.30 p.m. – Open evening at Portobello High School for parents and pupils.
  • Thursday 8th June – Health Activity Day including parents/carers as part of ‘Health Week’.
  • Friday 9th June at 9.45 a.m. – P.7-year group assembly – Lagganlia.
  • Thursday 15th June at 1.00 p.m. – Infant (P.1 to P.3) Sports Day.
  • Friday 16th June at 10.15 a.m. – Upper (P.4 to P.7) Sports Day.
  • Monday 19th June – Pupil Progress Reports issued.
  • Monday 19th June at 7.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m. – P.1 Parents’ Evening for pupils starting in August 2017.
  • Tuesday 20th June – P.7 pupils at their respective high schools for ‘Transition Day’.
  • Tuesday 20th June at 1.15 p.m. to 2.30 p.m. – P.1 Games Afternoon (part of P.1 Transition Programme) involving present P.1 pupils and prospective P.1 pupils.
  • Wednesday 21st June – P.7 pupils at their respective high schools for ‘Transition Day’.
  • Thursday 22nd June – P.7 pupils at their respective high schools for ‘Transition Day’.
  • Thursday 22nd June – ‘Moving On’ afternoon – pupils spend some of the afternoon with their teachers for next session.
  • Friday 23rd June – P.5A and P.5B class assembly.
  • Friday 23rd June at 6.30 p.m. to 9.00 p.m. – P.7 Leavers’ Dance.
  • Thursday 29th June afternoon – Talent Show organised by the Pupil Council.
  • Friday 30th June at 9.45 a.m. ‘The Leavers’ Assembly’.
  • Friday 30th June at midday – SCHOOL CLOSES FOR SUMMER HOLIDAY.