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Newsflash – Thursday 28th June 2018


End of Session/Summer Holiday

Our school session 2017/18 is drawing to a close. It has been a very busy school session and a very busy summer term.

During the last few weeks we have enjoyed:

An outstanding production of ‘High School Musical’. Thanks to Mrs. Evans, Ms. Campbell, Ms. Stewart, Ms. Ferguson and all pupils, staff and parents involved. A great team effort!

  • Our week long ‘Health Focus’ week.
  • Sports Days
  • Nations’ basketball and football tournaments.
  • Three events for our prospective P.1 pupils and their families who will be starting school in August 2018.
  • Three-day induction visits for our P.7 pupils to their respective high schools.
  • Our P.7 Leavers’ Dance

However, these are only a selection of many events.

The Royal High Primary School is a school with great history and traditions and we attempt to maintain these traditions by setting high standards and expectations. In doing so I take this opportunity to thank members of the school community:

Pupils – we are very fortunate to have an excellent pupil community whose behaviour is of a high standard and who apply themselves diligently throughout the school year. They embrace opportunities and they are a credit to the school community.

Staff – we are very fortunate to have a very committed and skilled staff. I refer to teaching and non-teaching staff. Our staff team ensure that we provide the best possible educational experiences within a caring and nurturing environment. I take this opportunity to thank the entire staff team and wish them a happy and healthy summer break.

Parents and Families – the school enjoys outstanding support from parents and families and this is vitally important when we attempt to create a ‘community’ ethos. Our full parent forum supports the school in many ways and the Parent Council work tirelessly to provide additional opportunities by way of fairs, discos and other events. I offer my sincere thank you to all parents and families.

Our school year concludes with our P.7 Leavers’ Assembly. I take this opportunity to wish our P.7 children and other leavers the very best of success and happiness for the next part of their life journey.

Much of the rest of this newsletter concerns information relating to staffing:

To the following staff who are leaving:

Mrs. Linda Young (Support for Learning)

Mrs. Young retires on Friday 29th June 2018. Everyone in the school community will be familiar with Mrs. Young as she has worked with nearly every child at some point in their primary school career.

Mrs. Young studied and gained a degree in Catering and Accommodation. However, this was not the chosen career path and circumstances influenced Mrs. Young to train as a Nursery Nurse. This was to begin a deep and passionate interest in early years and for many years Mrs. Young was based in early years’ settings spending ten years in Granton from 1979 to 1989.

Mrs. Young realised that her skills, expertise and talent should be raised to teacher level and she qualified as a teacher in 1999 after undertaking a post graduate course in primary teaching. Following her qualification as a teacher, Mrs. Young continued to work as a supply teacher but took on a longer term post at Queensferry Primary School and Ferryhill Primary School thereafter, based mainly in the nursery and some school classes.

Mrs. Young was appointed to a teacher position here at The Royal High Primary School in 2002. She taught in the nursery for two and a half years and in Primary 2 thereafter. Over the course of the next few years, Mrs. Young took a growing interest in Support for Learning. She was appointed Support for Learning Teacher in 2009 and has retained that position until the present time.

Support for Learning is a highly specialised post and a very responsible position. It requires great knowledge and expertise of special needs and learning difficulties. Over the last few years it has become a complex position with the application of new legislation and the increasing number of children with additional needs, sometimes complex, and with specific diagnoses.

Mrs. Young has been an asset to the Royal High Primary School and to the wider teaching profession. She is skilled, experienced, a great team member, a supportive colleague and a consummate professional. However, the greatest qualities she possesses is that of her love of children and her passion for caring for children.

Mrs. Young has contributed so much to the wider life of the school. She has committed time to many school events, she has led sessions and taught Scottish Country Dancing, she takes her Scottish Country Dance group to a children’s ceilidh every year. Mrs. Young undertook the position of Acting Deputy Head Teacher from August 2014 to January 2015 and did a splendid job.

Mrs. Young is an outstanding Support for Learning Teacher and an exceptional professional, committed and dedicated to her job. She will be greatly missed and difficult to replace. Mrs. Young has offered to meet our new Support for Learning Teacher, when appointed, to ensure a seamless transition. Mrs. Young is planning to undertake some supply work and I hope she will undertake some more teaching at the Royal High Primary School.

I wish Mrs. Young every happiness, fun and good health in her retirement.

Mrs. Bridget Blackmore (Violin Instructor)

I cannot thank Mrs. Blackmore enough for her outstanding contribution to The Royal High Primary School. Mrs. Blackmore is a member of the city’s Music Instrumental Service. Mrs. Blackmore has been teaching violin in The Royal High Primary School for nearly twenty-eight years. Outstanding commitment. Mrs. Blackmore is reducing her timetable and will continue to work at Portobello High School. Mrs. Blackmore’s gentle and easy manner has benefited many violin players over many years as has her conscientious approach. Thank you Mrs. Blackmore.

I look forward to welcoming Mr. Horvath as our new violin instructor.

Ms. Anna Warrender (P.7 Teacher)

Ms. Warrender has been a member of our teaching staff since October 2015. Ms. Warrender was initially employed to cover a maternity leave. However, such was Ms. Warrender’s effectiveness as a teacher, I have been delighted to have been able to keep Ms. Warrender at The Royal High Primary School for this time. She has taught P.2 and P.7 during her time here. Ms. Warrender is a most conscientious and caring teacher. She has great creative and innovative ideas and recently she has been our link with Tanzania. It has been unfortunate that I was unable to offer Ms. Warrender a permanent contract, and for this reason, Ms. Warrender has secured a permanent post as class teacher at East Linton Primary School, East Lothian. I take this opportunity to thank Ms. Warrender for her hard work and wish her every success and happiness in her new position.

Mrs. Leah Lamas (P.6 Teacher)

Mrs. Lamas has been with us since January 2017. Mrs. Lamas was employed to cover Mrs. Lunniss’ secondment. Initially, Mrs. Lamas taught a P.7 class and this session she has taught P.6. Mrs. Lamas is a most conscientious and reflective practitioner, caring about her pupils very much. She has planned and delivered many innovative experiences. Mrs. Lamas returns to the United States following the completion of her husband’s research/study at New College. I thank Mrs. Lamas for her hard work and wish her and her family a safe journey home and happiness thereafter.

Ms. Kirsty Paterson (P.5 Teacher)

It is always a pleasure to guide and lead a newly qualified teacher through their probation year. Ms. Paterson is no exception. Ms. Paterson has proved to be a most diligent and conscientious professional. She has planned and prepared meticulously to ensure that her class benefited from high quality learning and teaching experiences. She has been bold and brave, creative and innovative, an example being planning and taking both P.5 classes on a full day outing to Stirling. Ms. Paterson has proved to be an outstanding young probationer. I am delighted to inform you that Ms. Paterson has secured a permanent teacher position at Niddrie Mill Primary School. I wish her every happiness and success.

Mr. Matt Kirkbride (P.2/3 Teacher)

Mr. Kirkbride has been teaching P.2/3 this summer term following Mrs. Weston’s departure. Mr. Kirkbride is a ‘breath of fresh air’, enthusing all in the school community with his boundless energy and enthusiasm. He has also taught P.3 to P.5 classes IT skills and contributed in many other ways. He has a lovely manner with the children and has proved to be very popular. He has contributed much to the school in a wider sense. I thank Mr. Kirkbride for his work and contribution and wish him every happiness and success for the next part of his journey.

I welcome the following members of staff to our school and other groups too:

  • Ms. Louise Reid – Ms. Reid is our probationer teacher next session having recently completed her post graduate degree in primary teaching from Edinburgh University. Ms. Reid will be teaching a P.5 class.
  • Ms. Rachael McKay – Ms. McKay has just completed her probation year successfully at Roseburn Primary School. Ms. McKay will be replacing Ms. Warrender and teaching P.3.
  • To all new pupils and families in P.1 and our nursery class.
  • We have appointed four new members to our Pupil Support Assistant team. Welcome Catrina Bayrakter, Sacha McClorey, Kim Venters and Samantha Heron.

We are about to appoint a new Support for Learning Teacher and an Early Years Assistant in our nursery class.
Please note the following:

School closes for summer holiday for school and nursery at midday on Friday 29th June 2018.

Staff resume for Session 2018/19 on Monday 13th August 2018. Monday 13th August and Tuesday 14th August are staff in-service training days. Please note that any school clothing orders may be collected from Mrs. Chapman and/or Ms. Baigan on these days.

Pupils resume school and nursery on Wednesday 15h August 2018.

Finally, I wish all members of our school community a happy and healthy summer break. Let us hope that the sun shines and we can enjoy some outdoor and community time.

I look forward to seeing everyone again in August.

Best wishes,

Willie French
Head Teacher

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School Newsletter 05 September 2017


Primary 7 Information

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

  • 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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