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School Newsletter 03 October 2017

Harvest Thanksgiving Assembly – Thursday 12th October 2017 at 9.30 a.m.

We will be holding our Harvest Assembly on Thursday 12th October 2017 at 9.30 a.m. in the school hall.

You will be aware that the Harvest Assembly at The Royal High School has contributed and donated to a varied number of worthy good causes in recent years.

This year, once again, we will be donating items of non-perishable foodstuffs and toiletries to the Edinburgh North East Foodbank. This is a local charity providing for local people. In this present climate of fiscal and financial austerity, many families are required to use the foodbank occasionally.

The Edinburgh North East Foodbank operates from South Leith Parish Church and is led by Rev. Iain May. He is keen to receive donations of food and hygiene items. Rev. May is unable to attend this year’s assembly. However, I am pleased that Ella Anderson and Pearl

Roxburgh from the Edinburgh North East Foodbank will represent Rev. May at the assembly to receive our donations. Please note the following information:

  • We will accept any non-perishable foods to include tins, cartons, packets/sachets, dried foods etc. More specifically, tinned meats (ham, corned beef, hot dogs, etc.) and tinned fruit would be particularly well received.
  • Hygiene items to include shampoo, soap, shower gel, toothpaste, etc. would be much appreciated.
  • We cannot accept any perishable foods, for example fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, breads, etc.
  • Please donate foods/items in a strong carrier bag. The bag should not exceed 7 items.
  • We will accept any donations from now until Wednesday 11th October 2017. Children should give their donations to their class teacher. Please ensure that items have not passed their ‘use by’ date. Thank you.
  • Please note that we are only looking for spare/surplus items you may have in your cupboards. Please do not go to any trouble to buy items.

Parents and families are welcome to attend and join us for this Harvest celebration. To assist us in our planning I require to know how many adults will be attending the Harvest Assembly. Please download this newsletter and complete and return the tear off slip to your oldest child’s class teacher.

Thank you for your help and support. Willie French (Head Teacher)
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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

  • Thursday 2nd November 2017 – City of Edinburgh Council School Open Day [Open sessions 09:15 – 10:30, 11:00 – 12:00, 13:30 – 14:30]
  • 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