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  • Mar 12 / 2014
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Newsflash – Monday October 8 2018

Information Update

Open Morning – Tuesday 9th October – a reminder that all parents/carers are invited to visit the school for a ‘walk around’ on the morning of Tuesday 9th October 2018. You are welcome to visit any class at the following times: *between 9.15 a.m. and 10.15 a.m. *between 11.00 a.m. and midday. The purpose of the open morning is to experience the school on a standard morning and to feel the ethos created for learning and teaching. The teachers are not available for consultation. I am attending a Head Teachers’ Meeting, therefore Mrs. Evans, Deputy Head Teacher, will greet you and discuss if required. I hope many of you will take the opportunity to ‘look in’.

Individual and Family Group Photographs – Michelle Scott, our regular photographer from Tempest Photographs, will be in school for the duration of the day on Wednesday 10th October 2018. The purpose of her visit is to photograph individual pupils and family group photographs. In an effort to keep the organisation simple, all children and all family groups will be photographed. All families will receive a sample photograph but there is no obligation to purchase the photograph(s). Please note that nursery children are included in this experience. I hope that children will wear their school uniform on this day for this occasion. I know that you will be keen to ensure your child(ren) are as presentable as possible. Thank you for your support.

Finally, I look forward to seeing some parents, carers and families at our Harvest Assembly at 9.30 a.m. on Thursday 11th October 2018.

The school and nursery closes for the October mid-term holiday on Friday 12th October 2018. It is the normal closure time. Pupils return following the October mid-term holiday on Tuesday 23rd October 2018.
I take this opportunity to thank everyone in our school community for their tremendous help and support. I wish everyone in the school community a well-deserved, happy and healthy October mid-term holiday.

Willie French (Head Teacher)

Newsflash – Tuesday 2 October 2018

Harvest Thanksgiving Assembly

Thursday 11th October 2018 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. I hope that Rev. May will be attending our Harvest Assembly. 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 10th October 2018. 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 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)

Please download and return the attached slip to your oldest child’s class teacher


Newsflash – Thursday 12 September 2018

September Update

I offer my sincere thank you to everyone in the school community for a very positive and happy start to the new school session.

I take this opportunity to WELCOME a number of new staff to the school. Our new members of staff have settled into The Royal High Primary School very quickly and are already adding great value to learning, teaching and operations in school. WELCOME TO:

  • Mr. Pat Gilhooley our new Facilities Technician. This is the title of what was referred to as the ‘janitor’. Already a great asset to the school.
  • Ms. Rachael McKay has made a great start teaching P.3.
  • Mrs. Emma Gardner, our newly appointed Support for Learning Teacher, took up position on Monday 3rd September 2018 and is working very hard to familiarise herself with pupils and families.
  • Ms. Louise Reid, our probationer teacher teaching P.5B, Ms. Reid has made an excellent start to her teaching career.
  • Ms. Sacha McClorey joins our Pupil Support Assistant Team working with P.3.
  • Mrs. Catriona Bayrakter joins our Pupil Support Assistant Team working with P.7.
  • Mrs. Sam Heron joins our Pupil Support Assistant Team working with P.1.
  • Mrs. Alex Hilton joins our Nursery Team as an Early Years Assistant.

Ms. McClorey, Mrs. Bayrakter, Mrs. Heron and Mrs. Hilton have also made an excellent start. I wish them every success and happiness in their respective posts here at The Royal High Primary School.

Additionally, we welcome back Ms. Lisa Ferguson for her ‘flexible’ probation second year. Ms. Ferguson is teaching P.6A. Mrs. Belfall, our music specialist, continues to provide the highest quality musical experiences but has increased her hours to share P.2B with Ms. McCurry.

Use of mobile phones – I take this opportunity to remind our school community that I fully understand that pupils at the senior stage in our school, P.6 and P.7, bring mobile phones to school. I consider this an educational opportunity to develop responsible use of such devices. However, the mobile phone devices should not be used during school hours, these should only be used for purposes of communication on route to school or home. Many schools operate a policy of pupils handing their devices to teachers at the beginning of the school day. I am keen to avoid this action. However, if a child is seen to be using a mobile device during school hours, this action may be taken. Thank you for your help and support with this issue.

Breakfast Club – our Breakfast Club is thriving. My sincere thanks to Ms. Baigan for leading the Breakfast Club and to Mrs. Deas for assisting. There has been a little confusion with regard to the P.3 pupils attending Breakfast Club. I can confirm that the expectation is that Ms. Baigan and Mrs. Deas will retain the P.3 pupils along with P.1 and P.2 pupils until 8.55 a.m. In the event that a parent would like their P.3 child to play in the school grounds from 8.45 a.m., they must inform Ms. Baigan. Thank you for your help and support.

Physical Education – Ms. Richards, our Physical Education Specialist Teacher, delivers P.E. lessons on Mondays and Tuesdays. Ms. Richards provides excellent P.E. teaching and experiences. However, Ms. Richards is very keen that all pupils wear the correct P.E. kit for lessons. Please ensure your child has the kit required for P.E. – t-shirt, shorts/leggings and indoor gym shoes. Thank you for your support.

At the start of a new school session, the school community identifies their improvement priorities for the year ahead.

Our priorities are influenced by the Scottish Government’s National Improvement Framework as follows:

  • Improving attainment in Literacy and Numeracy.
  • Improving Health and Well-Being.
  • Closing the attainment gap between the most and least disadvantaged children.

We have broken these down and our priorities will focus on:

  • Improving attainment in spelling across the school.
  • Health and Well-Being – working on the City of Edinburgh Resilience programme to encourage and develop resilience in children.
  • Looking at assessment strategies to close the gap between the most and least disadvantaged children.

P.7 Pupil Council – we have undertaken our pupil council elections. Nine children from Ms. Armitage’s P.7A and seven children from Ms. Grant’s P.7B presented their campaigns at the P.4 to P.7 Assembly on Friday 7th September 2018. I was very proud to watch them present their posters, manifestos and speeches. Any of the sixteen candidates would make an excellent councillor. Most satisfyingly, all candidates received many votes with a very even distribution and a close result. Congratulations to the following pupils voted in by their pupil colleagues and staff members:

P.7A P.7B
Annaleigh Macnair (134 votes) Michael Crump (165 votes)
Sophie Steven (152 votes) Millie Bootland (153 votes)
Dawud Khan (139 votes) Jack Bolton (130 votes)
Iona Foulkes (110 votes) Alex Hunt (130 votes)
Eliska Cosway (92 votes)

The P.7 pupil councillors will now conduct an election in every class to elect one boy and one girl representative who will inform the P.7 councillors of issues they would like raised.

Nations’ Captains elections will take place on Friday 14th September 2018.

I am pleased to provide the following dates for your diary up to the end of this calendar year. This list is not exhaustive and dates will be added as the term progresses.

September 2018 

  • Monday 17th September – School closed for Autumn Holiday.
  • Thursday 20th September – 6.30 p.m. to 9.00 p.m. – P.7 Open Evening at Portobello High School.
  • Tuesday 25th September – 1.00 p.m. P.1 parents play session and information sharing.

October 2018

  • Tuesday 9th October – School Open Morning.
  • Thursday 11th October – 9.30 a.m. Whole School Harvest Assembly.
    October 2018
  • Friday 12th October – School closes for October Mid-Term Holiday.
  • Monday 22nd October – Staff In Service Day.
  • Tuesday 23rd October – Pupils return from mid-term holiday.
  • Wednesday 31st October – City of Edinburgh Council Children and Families Open Day.

November 2018

  • Week beginning Monday 5th November – P.1 Registration Week.
  • Wednesday 7th November – 4.00 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. Parent Consultations.
  • Thursday 8th November – 5.30 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. Parent Consultations.
  • Week beginning Monday 19th November – Focus Week 1 – ‘World of Work Week’.

December 2018

  • Thursday 13th December – 1.30 p.m. – P.1 to P.3 Infant Nativity Performance 1.
  • Friday 14th December – 10.00 a.m. P.1 to P.3 Infant Nativity Performance 2.
  • Monday 17th December – 9.30 a.m. – whole school pantomime ‘Robin Hood’ performed by M&M Productions.
  • Friday 21st December – 10.00 a.m. – P.4 to P.7 Christmas Assembly (whole school attends).
  • Friday 21st December – Midday – School closes for Christmas Holidays.

As always, thank you to everyone in the school community for their help and support. Please do not hesitate to contact me to discuss any concerns or alternatively share any successes or good news stories. E mail me at willlie.french@royalhigh-pri.edin.sch.uk

Willie French
Head Teacher