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Newsletter – Wednesday 27 December 2019

Key Dates November 2019 – January 2020

Key dates Nov-Dec 2019

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Newsletter – Tuesday 12 November 2019

Dear parents and carers,

Information regarding the planned works at the Royal High Primary School

I am writing to share some information about the planned works for our beautiful building to start to restore her to her former glory!

The following works will take place at the Royal high Primary School from Monday 28th October 2019.

  • Upgrade/replace all tiled roof coverings
  • Overhaul of all external windows
  • Upgrade areas of defective render
  • Replace defective concrete lintels and sills’
  • Upgrade internal toilet facilities

It is envisaged that the above works will last for 60 weeks with a completion date of Friday 18th December 2020.

These extensive improvement works are planned to take place in phases. Phase one, which began week commencing 28 October, involves the erection of scaffolding to the front elevation of the main school building. Unfortunately, the use of exits and entrances to the front of the school will be disrupted temporarily while this scaffolding is erected. Safety barriers will be in place for the safety of visitors, staff and pupils while works are in progress.

We would be grateful if you would please stay out-with safety barriers and follow temporary signage to alternative entry routes while scaffolding erection work is in progress.

Due to the transportation of scaffolding into the central courtyard of the school, the school reception and public foyer will be closed from 09:00 until 12:00 on Wednesday 13th November.

The decision to close this area of the school while these works are underway was not taken lightly and has been done to ensure the safety of pupils, staff and visitors to the school.

It is envisaged that the entrance foyer and school reception will be fully functional again by the afternoon of Wednesday 13th November.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused by the erection of this scaffolding. It is expected that the use of all entrance and exit routes affected by this phase of works will return to normal week commencing 18 November 2019.

We will continue to keep you updated with the next phases of work and the impact it will have on the daily school routine.

Best wishes.

Anna Hazel-Dunn
Head teacher

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Newsletter – Monday 19 August 2019

Dear parents and carers,

Welcome back to the Royal High Primary School!

I hope you had a wonderful break over the Summer and are feeling refreshed and ready for the new session.

We are all very excited about the year that lies ahead for us and would like to start by sharing some key information with you.

Firstly we bid a fond farewell to some of our staff at the end of last term. Mrs Collard, a highly respected and loved Pupil Support Assistant, retired. Miss Reid, one of our P5 teachers, has taken upa new post in Glasgow. Miss Mackay, our P3 teacher, has taken up a permanent post at another Edinburgh school. Miss McClorey, a Pupil Support Assistant, has taken up a post in a Language Class. We wish them all the best in this next chapter of their lives.

We would liike to extend a warm welcome to our new team members:

  • Mrs Jenny Brown to Primary 1a
  • Miss Eilidh McLean to Primary 3b
  • Miss Kirsty McAdam to Primary 5b
  • Miss Johnston to Primary 6a
  • Mrs Michelle Coutts as an additional Support for Learning teacher

They have been made to feel extremely welcome by the school community and are very much looking forward to the year ahead.

School Improvement Plan

I have attached a copy of our School Improvement Plan for your information. As you can see there is a lot of development work planned and we are all really keen to work together to achieve our key aim of having 85% of all learners on track to achieve national expectations in literacy and numeracy.

Please contact us at school if there is an element of the Improvement Plan you would like to support us with. We are very keen to build and develop our parental engagement so please get in touch.

Relationships Policy and Restorative Practice

Last session we were working on our Relationships policy with the vision that all children in our school feel happy, safe and secure. In line with this we will be celebrating successes guided by our Golden Rules. I have included a copy for you to have at home.

The children will earn praise and Nation Stars for demonstrating the Golden Rules. The Nation Stars are totalled up by the Nation Captains each week for the chance to earn an extra 5 minutes playtime for the winning Nation.

We will be continuing with our Wider Achievement Gathers (WAG) every Friday. Please encourage and support your children to fill in a hexagon of achievement to share at the WAG. I have included a copy of the initial letter as a reminder or information if you are new to our school. There is sheet of hexagons for you to fill in and I look forward to hearing about all the amazing achievements of our children.


I am delighted at how smart the majority of our children are looking in their school uniform. It is such a fantastic representation of our school and I am really keen to support all children to wear the agreed school uniform.

As a reminder here is a list of unform clothing for the children:


  • Red or white polo shirt.
  • White school shirt and school tie
  • Red crewneck sweatshirt for Primary 1 to Primary 6
  • Black crewneck sweatshirt for Primary 7
  • Black or red v-neck jumper or sleeveless pullover


  • Black or gray trousers (NB Not jogging bottoms)
  • Black or gray shorts


  • Black or gray trousers (NB Not jogging bottoms)
  • Black or gray shorts
  • Black leggings
  • Black or gray skirt or pinafore
  • Red and white gingham dresses

Foot wear

  • Black shoes, black trainers or black boots (NB Not sport trainers or football trainers)

We have a stock of good quality second-hand school uniform available for a small donation. If you need help to provide your children with school uniform please contact us at school and we will work out a solution.

Key dates for parents and carers

I have attached a list of the key dates for this session for your reference. There will be more details sent out as events draw near but I thought it would be useful for you to know to plan in advance for these key events.

Filming and taking photographs at school events

I am working with Tracy Goldie, Parent Council chair, and Phil Dickson, Parent Council vice chair, to finalise this policy.

The general guidelines are that as we will be filiming all events, we ask that you do not film or take photographs during performances. There will be opportunity at the end of the event to take photos. We ask that you only share images on closed social media platforms. Please ensure that you have the permission of the parents or carers of any other children in the photograph before posting them.

We will be showing the videos of events on the television in the foyer and are exploring options for sharing them on a wider scale.

If you would like to be involved in finalising this policy please contact the school office.


As discussed at the end of last session, we will be moving to using ParentPay for all payments and communications. We feel that this is a more sustainable and efficient method of communication.

Can you please make sure that we have your correct email address so you are kept fully informed? Thank you.


We will be in touch throughout the session with updates, events and further information about school life.

Please do not hesitate to contact the school office if you have any questions or suggestions relating to anything mentioned in this letter.

I look forward to working with you in the coming year so we all have a successful, motivating and engaging year.

Best wishes.

Anna Hazel-Dunn
Head teacher