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School Newsletter 05 September 2017

Primary 7 Information

I am very pleased to inform you that our P.7-year group has enjoyed an excellent start to the new school session. Our P.7 pupils have modelled excellent behaviour and they have been most helpful. I have taken the opportunity to remind them that this is an extremely important and special school stage and that the success and enjoyment of this stage is dependent on their conduct and responsibility. I fully expect an outstanding year for P.7.

Councillors and Nations’ Captains

I have been extremely impressed by the response of P.7 pupils nominating themselves for either P.7 Councillor, P.7 Nations’ Captain, or both. I have received 37 nominations in total, supported by well-considered application forms. All children who have nominated themselves will be provided with the opportunity to present their application at the following assemblies:

  • P.7 COUNCILLOR ELECTIONS – FRIDAY 8TH SEPTEMBER 2017 – 9.45 a.m. to 10.30 a.m.
  • P.7 NATIONS’ CAPTAINS – FRIDAY 15TH SEPTEMBER 2017 – 9.45 a.m. to 10.30 a.m.

I am very keen for children to gain experience of speaking to an audience. The presentations will be presented to P.4 to P.6 children. Additionally, ALL P.7 PARENTS ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THESE ASSEMBLIES.

Outdoor Education Experience – Lagganlia Camp

Please note that our P.7-year group will visit Lagganlia Camp near Aviemore from Monday 26th February 2018 to Friday 2nd March 2018.

More details regarding camp will be issued at a later date.

The total cost of the trip will be approximately £320. This includes the residential cost and transport cost. This may be subject to change as we await confirmed costing for the transport. However, I can assure you that the differential will not be significant. I am aware that £320 is a large amount of money, therefore I suggest payment is made in FOUR instalments as follows:

  1. £80 by Friday 29th September 2017
  2. £80 by Tuesday 31st October 2017
  3. £80 by Thursday 30th November 2017
  4. £80 by Wednesday 31st January 2018 (this amount may be amended slightly to cover transport).

Payment can be made by any of these THREE methods:

  1. By ‘Parent Pay’. This would be the preference method of payment. Please contact Mrs. Chapman, our Administrator, in the event you require ‘log on’ information.
  2. By cheque payable to ‘The Royal High School’.
  3. By cash.

All non ‘Parent Pay’ payments should be passed to Mrs. Chapman.

You will be aware that we have two major events at the end of the school session, these are:

  • P.7 Leavers’ Dance on Friday 22nd June 2018 – 6.30 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.
  • P.7 Leavers’ Assembly on Friday 29th June 2018 at 9.45 a.m.

I have taken the opportunity to meet with P.7 parents over the last two years. Each year we established a group of parents willing to help prepare for these events. Helping is usually in the form of decorating and preparing the hall.

I invite any P.7 parents who would like to be involved to meet with me on THURSDAY 28TH SEPTEMBER 2017 at 6.00 p.m. IN THE SCHOOL STAFF ROOM. I hope that it is possible to set up a small group of volunteers. Please e mail me at willie.french@royalhigh-pri.edin.sch.uk if you are interested and can attend the meeting. Thank you.

Some key dates for P.7

  • Friday 8th September 2017 – 9.45 a.m. to 10.30 a.m. P.7 Councillor Elections.
  • Friday 15th September 2017 – 9.45 a.m. to 10.30 a.m. P.7 Nations’ Captains.
  • Thursday 21st September 2017 – 6.30 p.m. to 9.00 p.m. Portobello High School Open Evening (pupils and parents).
  • Thursday 28th September 2017 at 6.00 p.m. P.7 Parent Volunteer Meeting.
  • Saturday 2nd December 2017 – 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. Parent Council Christmas Fair.
  • Tuesday 6th February 2018 at 6.30 p.m. Lagganlia Camp Meeting.
  • Monday 26th February to Friday 2nd March 2018 – P.7 at Lagganlia Camp.
  • Thursday 24th May 2018 – P.7 at The Risk Factory.
  • Wednesday 6th June 2018 – 7.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m. Portobello High School Parent Information Evening (parents only).
  • Tuesday 19th, Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st June 2018 – P.7 pupils attend their respective high schools for three-day transition programme.
  • Friday 22nd June 2018 – 6.30 p.m. to 9.00 p.m. P.7 Leavers’ Dance.
  • Friday 29th June 2018 at 9.45 a.m. P.7 Leavers’ Assembly.

Thank you for your continued help and support.

Willie French (Head Teacher)

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School Newsletter 23 August 2017

Key Dates and Assemblies

Children have completed a full week back at school following the summer break. I am very pleased to inform you that the beginning of the new school session has been happy, calm, successful and most enjoyable. Our new P.1 group of pupils, and pupils new to other stages, have settled into school extremely quickly and I thank everyone in our school community for their help in achieving this.

Please note below some key dates that have been identified for Terms 1 and 2 (August to December). The list is not exhaustive and there will be many additional dates as we proceed through Terms 1 and 2, additional class visits/outings etc. To assist in your forward planning please note the following dates:

Term 1 (August to October 2017)

August 2017

  • Tuesday 29th August 2017 at 7.30 p.m. – Parent Council Meeting in the Staff Room.
  • Thursday 31st August 2017 at 9.15 a.m. – Whole school to see M&M Productions performance of ‘Charlotte’s Web’.

September 2017

  • Friday 8th September 2017 at 9.45 a.m. – P.7 Councillor Assembly – P.7 parents welcome to attend.
  • Thursday 14th September 2017 at 1.30 p.m. – P.1 Parents Literacy and Numeracy Workshops – details and information to follow.
  • Friday 15th September 2017 at 9.45 a.m. – P.7 Nations’ Captains Assembly – P.7 parents welcome to attend.
  • Monday 18th September 2017 – School closed for Autumn Holiday.
  • Wednesday 20th September 2017 7.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m. – Parent/Teacher Social/Information Evening – details and information to follow.

October 2017

  • Wednesday 4th October 2017 4.00 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. – Parent Consultations.
  • Thursday 5th October 2017 5.30 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. – Parent Consultations.
  • Thursday 12th October 2017 at 9.30 a.m. – Whole School Harvest Assembly.
  • Friday 13th October 2017 – School Closes for October Mid-Term Holiday

Term 2 – October to December 2017

October 2017

  • Tuesday 24th October 2017 – Pupils Resume following October Mid-Term Holiday.
  • Thursday 26th October 2017 – Parent Council Hallowe’en Disco.

November 2017

  • Wednesday 1st November 2017 – City of Edinburgh Council School Open Day.
  • Friday 10th November 2017 – Parent Council ‘Band ‘n’ Buttie’ Night at Duddingston Golf Club.
  • Week beginning Monday 20th November 2017 – ‘World of Work’ Focus Week – more details and information to follow.
    December 2017
  • Thursday 14th December 2017 at 1.30 p.m. – Infant (P.1 to P.3) Nativity 1st Performance.
  • Friday 15th December 2017 at 10.00 a.m. – Infant (P.1 to P.3) Nativity 2nd Performance.
  • Friday 22nd December 2017 at 10.00 a.m. – Whole School Christmas Assembly – P.4 to P.7 perform.
  • Friday 22nd December 2017 at midday – School Closes for Christmas Holiday.

Class Assemblies/Whole School Assemblies

Many of you will be aware that class assemblies have long been a tradition at The Royal High Primary School. The class assemblies provided children with an opportunity to perform and for this performance to be viewed by parents and families. A very positive and valuable experience. Since I joined the school almost three years ago, I have organised whole school assemblies with an expectation that classes or stages prepare and perform a piece. These whole school assemblies included Harvest Assembly, Christmas/Nativity Assembly, Scots’ Assembly and Easter Assembly. We reviewed our approach to assemblies at the end of last session and it was recognised that a significant amount of class time was committed to preparing the assemblies. A decision has been made to drop class assemblies, however this results in children participating and performing in four assemblies, much more than the one assembly previously.

Thank you for your continued help and support.

Best wishes,

Willie French (Head Teacher)

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School Newsletter 14 August 2017

Welcome Back – Session 2017/18

I take this opportunity to welcome all members of our school community to the new school session 2017/18.I hope that everyone in our school community enjoyed a happy and healthy summer break.

A school community consists three parts; pupils, parents and staff. It is vitally important that everyone in our community feels welcome, valued and supported. For this reason, I welcome the following groups specifically:

  • Welcome to our pupils, and their families, newly started in Primary 1.
  • Welcome to our pupils, and their families, newly started in other classes/stages, we welcome new pupils in P.2, P.4 and P.7.
  • Welcome to our children, and their families, newly started or about to start in our nursery class.
  • Our staffing has experienced little in the way of change; however, I take this opportunity to welcome Ms. Kirsty Paterson to our staff team. Ms. Paterson joins our teaching staff for her probationer year. Ms. Paterson is teaching P.5A. Please join me in wishing Ms. Paterson a happy and successful year with P.5A and within our school community.

Termly Calendar – I am in the process of identifying dates for key events during the course of Terms 1 and 2 (August to December 2017). I hope to complete this exercise as soon as possible and my plan is to provide you with a calendar of events no later than the middle of next week. I hope this assists your planning.

Breakfast Club – I am pleased to provide you with information regarding our Breakfast Club. Our Breakfast Club has existed for several years. Regrettably, our Breakfast Club has only been staffed until 8.45 a.m. and this has proved prohibitive for younger children in P.1 and P.2 where a ten-minute staffing gap resulted in younger children being unsupervised.

I am delighted to inform you that we have addressed this issue and we can now accommodate children in P.1 and P.2. Please note the following Breakfast Club information:

  • The Breakfast Club is led by Ms Baigan (Pupil Support Assistant/Administrative Assistant)
  • Breakfast Club opens at 8.00 a.m. until 8.55 a.m.
  • Breakfast Club is open and available to all pupils P.1 through to P.7.
  • There is no requirement to book a place – the Breakfast Club operates on a ‘drop-in’ basis.
  • Children may arrive at Breakfast Club at any time between 8.00 a.m. and 8.55 a.m.

For some time, the charge for Breakfast Club has remained 30p per day. Upon reviewing our costs and in light of rising prices, it has been necessary to increase the charge to 50p per day.

Our Breakfast Club is very popular and provides a valuable service to ALL children and families.

Health Promoting Snacks and Drinks – I take this opportunity to remind pupils and families that we have a clear health promoting policy with regard to snacks, drinks and packed lunches. For several years, by agreement of all parties in our school community, we have operated with a policy of no crisps, chocolate, biscuit or sweets for snack or packed lunches. The taking of snack and packed lunch is very important with regard to fitness to learn. Our policy is that snacks and packed lunches should contain FRUIT. It is also vitally important that pupils are well hydrated and we operate a policy of no carbonated or flavoured drinks. Children should drink WATER ONLY and we very much encourage this.

I hope you recognise and support our approach to HEALTHY EATING and DRINKING.

Finally, I wish everyone a happy, successful and enjoyable school session 2017/18. I remind everyone that we have an excellent school community and each part of the school community is supportive of the others. I thank everyone in the school community for their continued help and support. I encourage the parent and family members of our school community to communicate with me regularly, whether it be to share a concern or compliment the school, an activity, a member of staff or whatever. You can drop in to see me, call the school on 0131 669 3200 or e mail me at willie.french@royalhigh-pri.edin.sch.uk.


Willie French (Head Teacher)

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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.