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Head Teacher – Weekly Updates for families

This page will share our Head Teacher’s weekly updates in order to keep parents abreast of latest developments. Any attachments will be uploaded for download where necessary. 

24.06.2022 Head Teacher’s End of Week Check In for Families


24.06.2022 Head Teacher’s End of Week Check In for Families


Good morning, families.

I hope you are well.

Another week with some glorious sunshine and some fabulous events taking place at RHPS!

There were the Nursery graduation last Friday, trips to the zoo for P4b, P6 Games at the Hub, more learning showcase events and, to top it all off, our first Sports’ day with families invited for over 2 years. More about that later.

This Week’s Winning Nation

 The winning nation this week was……..Angles!

Well done to all of them.

 Pupil Councillors Talent Show winners!

 The Pupil Councillors did a fantastic job of running our Talent Show on Monday this week. There were some fantastic acts and they did really well to pick winners.

Congratulations to all the finalists! You did brilliantly.

But there had to be winners so well done to:

3rd Place P1-3 – Charlie and David

3rd Place P4-7 – Anna, Max and Harris, playing their violins

 

2nd Place P1-3 – Holly, singing and playing her ukelele

2nd Place P4-7 – Olivia and Lucy’s gymnastics routine

 

1st Place P1-3 – Boon with his dance to Raka Taka Taka

1st Place P4-7 – Oscar and his hula hooping to ‘Yes, Sir, I can boogie!’

What a talented bunch of children we have at RHPS J

 

Sports’ day 2022

 The weather was perfect for Miss Campbell’s superbly organised Sports’ day on Thursday afternoon. It was wonderful to have the whole school out on the field, joined by so many of you, cheering the children on.

A huge thank you to Miss Campbell for all her hard work and to Mrs Evans, Mr Dearlove, the PHS Senior School helpers and P7a for helping to set up and run the stations.

A fabulous afternoon was had by all!

We will be totalling up the score sheets and sharing the winning Nation next week after we have the competitive races for P3-P7 at Outdoor Fitness next week.

I’ll let you know the result in my final End of Week Check in for this session next Friday.

 

Reminder – all P6 and P7 1:1 iPads and chargers to be returned on Monday

 We are preparing these iPads for next year’s P5, P6 and P7 so can you please make sure your P6 and P7 child brings their iPad and charger to school on Monday?

They will still use them in school but keep them at school next week instead of taking them home.

Thank you.

P1 team request for resources

 I’ve attached a poster on behalf of the P1 team who are looking for some resources for their classrooms.

If you are having a Summer clear out, we would gladly take things off your hands.

Just drop them off at the office by Friday 1st of July or from Wednesday the 17th of August.

Thank you in advance.

Parent Council Summer Fair, today (Friday), 12.15pm – 2.30pm

 After the very successful car boot sale organised by Sara, one of our lovely parents, and supported by the Parent Council, we are having our final community event of this session.

We would love you all to come along and support our school fair to finish the year with that sense of community we are delighted to be able to have again.

Hope to see you there tomorrow!

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We have the P7s’ Qually next Tuesday and then the Leavers’ Assembly on Thursday afternoon as well as most of the children moving into their new classrooms.

It’s going to be a busy but very fun week ahead.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

 

Take care and speak soon.

 

Anna

Anna Hazel-Dunn

Head Teacher

The Royal High Primary School

 

17.06.2022 Head Teacher’s End of Week Check In for Families


17.06.2022 Head Teacher’s End of Week Check In for Families


Good morning, families.

I hope you are well and have managed to enjoy some of the lovely sunshine this week.

We have had a busy and fun filled week at RHPS this week. We ended Health week with an impressive number of children, parents and staff taking part in the Parkrun Takeover on Saturday. In addition to our usual P4 swimming and tennis we have been planting in the newly revamped Growing Area with Heather, one of our parents and her willing parent volunteers, playing rugby with Darren, another one of our parents, and his Portobello Rugby colleagues, our P1 Welcome event, ‘Meet the Teacher’, P4 trip to the zoo, P5 Beach Games, P1/2 and P2 show, Learning Showcases and a choir trip to ‘Our School’s Got Soul’ at the Usher Hall!

And the next two weeks see lots of other exciting events so here is the key information for the coming week.

Parent Council Car Boot Sale, 10am – 1pm, Saturday 18th June, RHPS Upper Playground

Our wonderful parent council have organised this fundraising event for tomorrow.

It would be great if you could come along and show your support as well as picking up a bargain!

Junior Voice Project partnership with SpeakUnique

We met Lynda, another of our parents, this week when she came into our assembly to share about how we can take part in the Junior Voice Project.

The aim is to have as many of our P4-P7 children go onto the SpeakUnique website and record their voice so they can be used to create regional, age appropriate computer voices for children and young people without a voice.

The information on how to do this was sent home on Tuesday and if you have any questions you can contact them by emailing junior@speakunique.co.uk.

We hope lots of children take part so we can support as many children and young people find their voice as possible.

Returning School cups and awards

As we approach the end of the school session after the past couple years of Covid, we are gathering in all the school cups and awards.

If you have any of our cups or awards, we would really appreciate you handing them into the office.

These cups and awards have such great historic value that we’d love to have them back.

Thank you for your help in relocating them.

Welcome to Miss Eve Murray, soon to be Mrs Eve Heatlie

Miss Murray, our new Principal Teacher, came in for her first visit this week and it was lovely to welcome her to our school. She is going to be getting married over the holidays so when she joins us she will be Mrs Heatlie. We wish her all the best for her wedding and look forward to her joining us in August.

Christmas Jumper Swap Donations!

Although we are fast approaching Summer, our thoughts have already turned to the year ahead and plans for events.

It is that time of year when you are putting away all of your winter gear so we thought it was a good opportunity for us to ask you to hand in any Christmas Jumpers for our Christmas Jumper Swap.

We do this to make sure that every child in our school has a jumper to wear for the festive season so if you have any that have been outgrown, we would love to take them off your hands!

More information to follow from Mrs Belfall.

Thank you in advance for any donations you can make.

Plans for our 90th anniversary celebrations!

Our beautiful school turned 90 in 2021 but with all the restrictions that were in place we have decided to hold the celebrations next year.

We are working in partnership with our Parent Council and local community to make it a year of special events and would love to get you involved.

We’ll be in touch after the holidays to share our plan but if you would be interested in finding out how you can get involved please email RHPSparents@gmail.com so we have your contact details.

Thank you.

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I hope you have a lovely weekend and that I see as many of you as possible at the Car Boot Sale tomorrow morning!

Take care and keep in touch.

Anna

Anna Hazel-Dunn
Head Teacher
The Royal High Primary School

10.06.2022 Head Teacher’s End of Week Check In for Families


10.06.2022 Head Teacher’s End of Week Check In for Families


Good morning, families.

We have reached the end of another week and what a week it has been here at RHPS!

Lots to share so without further ado I’ll get started.

Winning Nation
This week the winning Nation was the Picts!
The current overall winner is the Angles with the Scots second, Picts third and Brits fourth. With just a few weeks left please encourage your children to do their best to earn those Nations’ Stars for demonstrating our school values!

Health Week
We have had a wonderful Health Week, despite our Sports’ day being postponed. There will have been pictures and messages shared on the class TEAMS pages which will give you a taster of the fun learning that has been taking place.
A huge thank you to the members of our parent community who came in to lead sessions in dance and rugby. And to Miss Campbell and Miss Dishington, who lead the hockey and volleyball sessions. The children were really engaged with the CPR training and will hopefully have shared their learning with you around this.

We had a wonderful One Planet Picnic on Tuesday with all of the children sampling sustainable, seasonal, local Scottish produce after learning based around the importance of buying this kind of produce. We had fruit, vegetables, cheese, oatcakes and even homemade butter! Thank you to Miss Stewart for leading the organisation of this event. We will definitely be repeating it next year.

On Thursday we announced the winners of the Cooking competition. Emma, our administrator, has shared some information and photos sent by Mrs Belfall, who lead the organisation of this event, which give a sneak peek into the amazing success that it was. There was wonderful learning around this for the P7s and the catering team judges and they were thoroughly impressed by the imagination and creativity of the recipes.

Mrs Belfall and the P7s created tasting plates for all classes during the One Planet Picnic so everyone could sample these healthier sweet and savoury treats. Safe to say they were quickly munched by all of the children…..and staff!

The runners up were Lily, P7b in third place and Taylor and Lara, P7b, in second place, with Dominic, P3a, the overall winner.
Well done to all of you who took part. Another event which will be happening again next year so get planning!

We have moved Sports’ Day to Thursday 23rd of June from 1.45 – 3.00pm in the Community Field next to the school. Parents and carers are invited and we would love you to come and cheer the children along.
We’ll send out a reminder nearer the time, including the colours for the Nations so your child can choose to wear a t-shirt or top of that colour.

Donation from Baronscourt Surgery for hockey equipment
We were delighted to receive a donation of £250 from Baronscourt Surgery who sent us the money after hearing we were looking for hockey equipment. They wanted to support the initiative which will directly benefit from the school in their practice area.
What a wonderful example of community spirit!

Growing Area – Volunteers needed for planting sessions
Last Thursday, Heather and some of our other parents made a fantastic job of clearing out the planters in the Growing Area. Thank you to everyone who helped out. It already looks transformed.
Heather is coming into school to work with every class and plant up the planters on the 15th and 16th of June.
She has some volunteers but really needs some more.

The following times are available, you can volunteer for as many sessions as you would like, please send an email to rhpsparents@gmail.com
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Wed 15th June:
P1a – 09.20 – 09.50
P1b – 10.00 – 10.30
P1/2 – 10.50 -11.20
Nursery 11.30 – 12.00
P2b – 14.05 – 14.35
P3a – 14.45 – 15.15

Thursday 16th June:
P5a – 11.10 – 11.40
P5b – 11.45 – 12.15
P6 – 14.45 – 15.15

Thank you in advance!

June Equalities Focus – Pride Month
This month we will be focussing on learning around Pride Month. Please check your child’s class TEAMs page for updates about their learning.

Pupil Gardening Group
The Gardening Group lead by Mrs Bayraktar, continue to do a sterling job in making the front lawn areas beautiful.
They are really keen for children to use the lawn for relaxing and enjoying at break time but are very keen that the flowers and plants are looked after.
They have made a ‘Bark Bridge’ at the corner of each lawn which they would like everyone to use as a crossing point on and off the lawn.
If you are in the front playground, particularly with younger children, could you please show them the ‘Bark Bridges’ and encourage them to use them to keep our plants beautiful?
Thank you.

Communication policy
Just as a reminder that we use ParentPay for all our communications about whole school business and class trips.
For information and updates about your child’s learning and information from class teachers, please check their TEAMs pages regularly.
We will continue to use these channels of communication next session and will send out reminders about checking in. We love to share our learning with you.

Volunteers needed to run pupil groups – Lego, chess, sewing…….
Now we are able to have volunteers back in our school to run clubs, we would love to start up our Lego and Chess clubs again next session.
We are really keen to expand what we offer to the children so if you have another skill or talent for which you’d like to run a wee club, we would love to hear from you.
If you or anyone you know would have the skills and time to come in and run a club either before or after school or at lunchtime, please get in touch through admin@royalhigh-pri.edin.sch.uk

We look forward to hearing from you.
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As I said it has been a very busy but very enjoyable week for all!

We did say farewell to Mrs Arico, one of our wonderful PSAs. She will be sorely missed but we wish her all the best in her new permanent job.

I will be sharing the class teachers for next session on Monday so please make sure you check your emails. The children will be meeting their new teacher on Thursday and are already very excited about having this event to look forward to.

I hope you have a lovely weekend when it comes.

Take care and keep in touch.

Anna

Anna Hazel-Dunn
Head Teacher
The Royal High Primary School

01.06.2022 Head Teacher’s End of Week Check In for Families


01.06.2022 Head Teacher’s End of Week Check In for Families


Good evening, families.

I hope you are well.

Even though it’s been a short week, lots has been happening at the Royal High Primary School!

P7 Interscholastics Participation and Results

Miss Campbell took a number of our P7s to take part in this citywide event. Our children represented us brilliantly both with their performances and behaviour. Billy made it to the finals of the 600m race, which is really impressive. Heidi was the winner of the 80m race, which is an amazing achievement!

A huge well done to all of the participants – you did us and yourselves proud! 😊

Staffing News

At this time of year thoughts begin to turn to staffing for next year.

We will be sharing the staffing for next session with you week beginning the 13th of June, with all children having the opportunity to meet their new teacher on Thursday 16th of June.

End of Session Reports

This year we are able to send out paper copies of reports to families.

These will be in your child’s school bag on Monday 20th of June.

Reminder – Health Week next week

The weather looks good for our Health Week. We have a range of activities planned in school for the children, including volleyball, hockey, dance, rugby and, of course, Sports’ Day on Thursday afternoon.

Children can come into school in their school PE kit every day. This is a red or white t-shirt or polo shirt with black leggings, tracksuit bottoms or shorts. No football strips should be worn.

Please remember if the weather is warm to apply sun cream or send some in your child’s bag as they will be outside for large parts of the day.

For Sports’ Day, the children will be earning points for their Nation at each event. If you have a t-shirt or top in your child’s nation’s colour, please send them in wearing this on Thursday.

The colours are:
Angles – Yellow
Brits – Red
Picts – Green
Scots – Blue

We will announce the winning Nation at the whole school assembly on Friday 10th June and I’ll share this in my End of Week Check In.

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Reminder that the school is on holiday tomorrow and Friday as part of the Jubilee celebrations and we look forward to seeing everyone on Monday ready for a fun week of healthy, outdoor activities!

Take care and keep in touch.

Anna

Anna Hazel-Dunn
Head Teacher
The Royal High Primary School

27.05.2022 Head Teacher’s End of Week Check In for Families


27.05.2022 Head Teacher’s End of Week Check In for Families


Good morning families.

I hope you are well.

Another wonderful week at RHPS with the return of Parent Council lead events and plans coming together for lots of other school community activities in the coming weeks.

This Week’s Winning Nation

This week’s winning Nation was the Scots. Congratulations to all of them!

P7 Cross Country Competition

 I had the privilege of taking 7 of our P7 pupils to a cross country event at the start of the week. It was a city-wide competition and all of the children participated brilliantly.

Whilst we didn’t have any top ten placed runners, all of the children tried their absolute best and were excellent representatives for our school.

Well done to all of them who did so well and made me proud to be their Head Teacher.

P7 Football Team – Inspector’s Cup

 Our P7 Football Team had their semi-final match this Wednesday and, although they all played the best that they could, unfortunately they didn’t make it through to the finals.

We are so proud that they made it so far in the competition and thank the coaches for all their hard work in helping them get there.

All the team can be very proud of their efforts and take comfort from the excellent feedback they received from the organisers.

Links to photographs sent out

 Emma has sent out the links to the photographs to all families, so you can now order online.

If you have any questions, please contact us at the school office.

 Parent Council Disco

 Last night’s discos were a fantastic success!

Thank you so much to all of the parent helpers and to the Parent Council for all of their hard work in organising them.

There was a huge turnout and all of the children had a wonderful time.

Thank you to all of the staff who came along to support the event and to Bryan the DJ, who made sure the children had a brilliant time.

And the biggest thank you goes to all of the children for behaving beautifully, dancing their socks off and having so much fun. You all made the adults extremely proud and we can’t wait till the next event when we can all get together.

Jubilee holiday – Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd of June

Just a reminder that next Thursday and Friday are holidays. I hope you enjoy the long weekend to come and we look forward to seeing the children back on the Monday 6th.

Before then we have a short but busy week and I will send a short update on Wednesday before we break for the holiday.

I hope you have a good day today and a lovely weekend.

Take care and speak soon.

Anna

Anna Hazel-Dunn

Head Teacher

The Royal High Primary School

 

20.05.2022 Head Teacher’s End of Week Check In for Families


20.05.2022 Head Teacher’s End of Week Check In for Families


Good morning families.

I hope you are well and have had a good week.

Lots to share with you today.

 Winning Nation wb 16th May

This week’s winning Nation is……………………the Angles!

Well done to them 😊

They had their 10 minutes reward time after the Outdoor Fitness Session and really enjoyed their time in the sun!

 Inspector’s Cup – P7 Football Team

The team played their match on Wednesday and I am delighted to say they are through to the semi-finals!

I’ll keep you updated with how they get on in their next match.

 School Board’s Cup – P6 Football Team

The team played their match this week and, despite playing really well, they did not get through to the next round.

Well done to them for their efforts.

 One Planet Picnic, 7th June

This is going to be an in school event just for the children and the staff. Each class will be exploring Scottish produce with a focus on sustainability and seasonality, coming together on the afternoon of the 7th of June to enjoy the fruits of their labour.

We are asking for an optional donation so the ingredients for this project can be bought. If you would like to donate please send money in with your child by Wednesday 1st June 2022.

Look out for photos on class TEAMs’ pages.

 RHPS Cooking Competition

Our P7 Charities and Equalities Groups have organised a Cooking Competition, open to all of the school community.

The focus will be in line with the newly updated Guidelines for Nutrition and Food in Schools and on producing healthy products and enjoying the process of cooking and baking.

There are three categories:

  • Lucky Dip – where children pick a fruit or vegetable and have to use this in their product
  • Low or No Sugar Bake
  • Adult category

Entries are to be in for the 7th of June.

I have attached the children’s presentation with all of the details. Entry forms will be sent out soon!

 ‘No Snacks in Packs’ policy

Thank you to all of you who support our policy on the children having no snacks in packs.

So many of our children enjoy healthy snacks, ranging from fruit to vegetable sticks to popcorn, oatcakes, rice cakes and crackers.

As some of you are new to the school I thought it important to let you know about this policy and how proud we are of promoting this in school.

It is in line with the recently updated Nutrition and Food in Schools Guidelines so it is key that we make sure all children enjoy their ‘no snack in packs’.

Please remember that we are a ‘no nuts’ school due to some children having severe nut allergies.

Mobile phones in school

As we are all settled back into school, I thought it was timely to clarify the policy on mobile phones in school.

Many of our older children bring their phones into school. These are collected in the morning and kept securely in the office for the course of the day, collected just before home time.

Phones are brought in at the owner’s own risk and the school are not liable for any accidental damage caused.

This applies to children and staff.

Please make sure that your child’s phone is covered on your personal insurance.

Parent Council School Disco, 26th May

You will have received the information about these discos in an email yesterday.

P1-P3 have their disco from 6 – 7pm.

P4 – P7 have their disco from 7.15 – 8.15pm.

We are looking for volunteers to help supervise and tidy up so please let Emma in the office know if you are able to come along.

Thank you.

Parent Council Fundraising Car Boot Sale

Just to give you advanced warning the Parent Council are organising a car boot sale in the playground towards the end of June, date to be confirmed.

The idea centres around supporting families, and they are looking for pre-loved items with an ecological, sustainable focus.

Pitches will be £15 and can be booked soon – folk can share a boot if they haven’t got enough stuff

The Parent Council wanted to give you notice so you can start collecting stuff for it.

Thank you to the Parent Council for organising this. They will be in touch with more details in the coming weeks.

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As ever, if you have any questions around anything in this update, please contact us by either phoning, 669 3200, or emailing, admin@royalhigh-pri.edin.sch.uk.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Take care and speak soon.

Anna

 

Anna Hazel-Dunn

Head Teacher

The Royal High Primary School

13.05.2022 Head Teacher’s End of Week Check In for Families


13.05.2022 Head Teacher’s End of Week Check In for Families


Good morning families.

I hope you are well and have had a good week.

Lots of exciting plans to share with you this week.

Winning Nation Weekly update

In school we announce weekly who the winning nation is at the end of the Outdoor Fitness Sessions on Thursdays.

We keep a running total which will determine who is the winning Nation for the year and wins the Nations’ Cup.

I felt it was important for me to keep you informed so you can encourage the children to earn Nations’ stars for showing our school values.

This week the winning Nation was……..ANGLES!

Well done to them!

P7 Football team – Inspector’s Cup

I am delighted to share that our P7 team have made it to the next round of the Inspector’s Cup, a citywide football competition. They have their next match on the 18th of May and I know you will join me in wishing them the best of luck.

I’ll let you know next week how they got on.

Building Resilience -Respect Yourself

For the month of May we will be focussing on our final Building Resilience Unit for this session.

In line with our wider Equalities focus of Respect and matching our ‘Respect All’ value, this unit is ‘Respect Yourself’.

Teachers will share information and the home learning task on the class TEAMS pages.

Vandalism – broken windows

Unfortunately we had more windows broken last weekend. Mr Wall, our business manager, is working closely with Anna Morrison, our community Police Officer, to identify those responsible.

Thank you to those of you who continue to report to the police any young people in our school grounds out of school hours.

We are determined to stop this happens and really appreciate your support in achieving this.

Schools’ Recycling Roll Out

Across the city all schools are being provided with improved recycling facilities.

I am meeting with the Eco Crew today to agree how they are going to promote and manage this.

They will keep you posted with their ideas.

Health Week, week beginning 6th of June

This week we are delighted that we can celebrate our Health Week.

Mrs Evans and Miss Campbell are working with Paddy Dearlove of Active Schools to plan a jam-packed activity week for the children.

All of the activities will take place in school and will be free to all, in line with our inclusion policy.

The children will take part in lots of different sessions such as hockey, rugby, netball, tennis, yoga, CPR training from Save A Life Scotland, aerobics,  and a really special treat on Wednesday.

We’re also having our One Planet picnic on Tuesday 7th of June which you are invited to join. We’ll send out details nearer the time.

To finish the week Laura, our fabulous parent who oversees the Running Club, has organised a Park Run take over for Saturday 11th of June at 9.30am in Figgate Park. We are looking for parents and carers as both participants and volunteers and will send out information about how you can take part.

We are so looking forward to this week and will keep you posted with updates.

Key Dates for your diaries

26th May                      Disco – Organised by the Parent council

                                    6.00 – 7.00pm Primary 1 and 2 children

                                    7.15 – 8.15pm Primary 4 to Primary 7 children

                                    Details coming soon!

Week of 6th June         Health Week – children to wear sports’ gear all week

7th June                        One Planet Picnic

9th June                        Whole School Sports’ Day (2.00 – 3.00pm – families invited)

11th June                      RHPS Park Run Take Over, Figgate Park 9.30am

17th June                      Dress Down Day – optional donation for Save A Life

Scotland

23rd June                     P7 ‘Qually’ (evening)

30th June                      P7 Leavers’ Assembly (parents and carers invited – more

details to follow)

As you can see we have lots of exciting things planned as a whole school.

You will also be invited by your child’s teacher to come into school and some classes are heading out on trips. The details for all of this will be on the class TEAMS’ pages.

 We are very excited about this return to what feels so much more like normal school life and are delighted you can be part of it too.

I hope you have a lovely weekend and look forward to seeing you next week.

Take care and speak soon.

Anna

Anna Hazel-Dunn

Head Teacher

The Royal High Primary School

 

06.05.2022 Head Teacher’s End of Week Check In for Families


06.05.2022 Head Teacher’s End of Week Check In for Families


Good morning families.

I hope you are well, enjoyed the long weekend and had a good week albeit a short one.

To match the short week, this check in will be brief.

It’s been lovely to be back at Abercorn for the first block of our tennis sessions. A huge thank you to the Parent Council for funding this. We have had great feedback from children, staff and the coach alike.

A reminder that school photos will be taken next week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. 

As we are in a new month, we have a new equalities focus. For the month of May we will be focusing on our value of ‘Respect All’. Keep an eye out for linked learning through the class TEAMS pages.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend.

Take care and speak soon.

Anna

Anna Hazel-Dunn

Head Teacher

The Royal High Primary School

 

29.04.2022 Head Teacher’s End of Week Check In for Families


29.04.2022 Head Teacher’s End of Week Check In for Families – Key Dates for Calendars; New Nursery staff; Reminder re holiday Monday and Tuesday


Good morning families.

I hope you had a wonderful break over the holidays.

It has been a busy first week back for us here at school, and it has been really exciting having our first whole school assembly in over 2 years, complete with singing and audience participation. What a great feeling that was!

We are now planning more events, some of which involved you being invited in to the school after all this time, some of you for the first time.

Key Dates for Calendars

Here are a couple of key dates for your calendars:

  • Tuesday 10th – Thursday 12th May – School photographs – individual, sibling and class – timetable to follow next week
  • Week beginning 6th of June – Health Week – Children will be invited to come into school in their PE kit

(Please remember no branded items and trainers suitable for using outdoors, possibly in the field)

  • Tuesday 7th of June, afternoon – Whole School One Planet Picnic (pupils only)
  • Thursday 9th of June, 1.45pm – 3.00pm – Sports’ Day – parents and carers invited to come along

All classes will be organising a time for you to come in for a visit at some point this term and teachers will be in touch with more information about the date and time for this.

More details will be coming soon but I wanted to make sure you had plenty of notice.

Welcoming new staff to the RHPS team

We are delighted to welcome the following new staff:

  • Jodi Little and Lesley Hood, both Early Years Assistants, who joined our Nursery Team
  • Nicola Robertson, Early Years Practitioner focussing on Transition to P1 and development of play. Nicola will be spending her time as part of the Nursery team before support the transition of the children into Primary 1.
  • Mehreen Parvez will join the team from next week as our Early Years Domestic support
  • Amanda McCune will be joining us as a Pupil Support Assistant

REMINDER – HOLIDAY MONDAY, 2nd, AND TUESDAY, 3rd, MAY

Please remember that Monday and Tuesday of next week are holidays for the children.

The children will come back to school on Wednesday 4th May.

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I hope you have a lovely long weekend and look forward to seeing the children back at school on Wednesday.

 

Take care, keep well and stay in touch.

Anna

 

Anna Hazel-Dunn

Head Teacher

The Royal High Primary School

 

08.04.2022 Head Teacher’s End of Week Check In for Families


08.04.2022 Head Teacher’s End of Week Check in – Changes to Covid Infection Control Restrictions; Thank you and farewell to Karyn Porteous, EYP; Reminder re no parking on yellow zig-zag line and considerate parking in nearby streets; Playground Development Plans; We need you! Playground Equipment Boxes Planning Group; Dates for Photographs – 10th, 11th and 12th of May


Good morning families.

I hope you are well and looking forward to the Easter holidays.

We have had a lovely last week of term starting to enjoy the relaxing of the infection control mitigations in school.

Changes to Covid Infection Control Restrictions

With regards to the changes to restrictions, here is a summary of how it affects us at the Royal High Primary School.

The key priorities are:

  • Hand hygiene
  • Ventilation in and around the building
  • Face coverings worn in communal areas
  • Encourage adult:adult physical distancing of 1 metre
  • One-way systems removed
  • No Warn and Inform letters will be sent
  • No testing requirement unless symptomatic
  • All absences reported by calling the office
  • We will be able to have gatherings and assemblies.
  • No requirement to wear face coverings for drop off and pick up as you are outside.

We would encourage you to take a cautious approach, in line with Council advice, as cases are still at a high level in the wider community.

Parents and carers are now able to come into school and we are very excited about being able to welcome you back into the school!

We will be in touch soon with details and dates for the usual Summer term events.

Thank you and farewell to Karyn Porteous, EYP

Today is Karyn’s last day as part of our Nursery Team. She is a valuable member of the team who is loved by children, families and staff alike. She will be sorely missed but we are excited for her as she starts this next chapter in her career.

I know you will join in me in wishing her all the best.

Reminder re no parking on yellow zig-zag line and considerate parking in nearby streets

Just as a reminder to those who drive to drop off and pick up, please park considerately and legally.

There are still a number of people parking on the yellow lines outside school which, as you know, is highly dangerous for our children and families.

Please be considerate for our residential neighbours, particularly on Mountcastle Green, Mountcastle Place and South Elixir, by not parking on the double yellow lines.

If you do have any concerns about parking related issues, please contact us at the school.

Thank you.

Playground Development Plans

Following on from the huge success by our wonderful Parent Council in the 10 Villages Grant application, we have been able to purchase a wide range of items for the quad and the playground.

We have:

  • 2 colourful buddy benches
  • A large water butt
  • 4 large, wooden, raised outdoor planters
  • A large amount of compost
  • An outdoor wooden arch shelter
  • 2 playground murals – 1 for the infant playground and 1 for the upper playground

Our wonderful Pupil Gardening Group will be working with the Parent Council to plan where these items are going to go and the design for the murals.

We will be sure to keep you updated with progress.

We need you! Playground Equipment Boxes Planning Group

Next term we are going to work with the Pupil Councillors to discuss the creation of playground equipment boxes for areas and/ or year groups.

We will have a Football Day Rota for all classes with each having one lunchtime a week they play football.

We are going to come up with ideas for the resources for each Playground Equipment Box to make sure that everyone has something they can play with but that will last; an inclusive, equitable, sustainable approach.

We are looking for parents and carers to join us with this mini-project.

If you are interested, please either phone or email the school and give your name by the 6th of May.

Thank you.

Dates for Photographs – 10th, 11th and 12th of May

I am delighted to share that we have booked Susan from Clear Photography, to take our photographs this year.

Susan will be taking individual, sibling and class photographs, which you will be able to view and order online.

We will send out more details after the Easter break but wanted you to have the dates for your diary.

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And with that, it is time for me to sign off before the holidays. I hope you all have a wonderful break with lots of memories created and fun times had.

We look forward to seeing the children back on Monday 25th of April for the last term of this session and all the excitement that brings!

Take care, keep well and speak soon.

Anna

Anna Hazel-Dunn

Head Teacher

The Royal High Primary School

01.04.2022 Head Teacher’s End of Week Check In for Families


01.04.2022 Head Teacher’s End of Week Check in – Parent Consultations, Ramadan, Primary 5 – Primary 7 Health and Wellbeing census, Changes to Infection Control Guidance from after the Easter holidays, Staffing update


Good morning families.

I hope you are well and have had a good week.

I am delighted to be back at school today after my period of absence.

I wanted to start by thanking Mrs Evans for leading the school so superbly during my absence and to the whole staff team for pulling together through all the challenges Covid continues to present us with.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding as we navigate through this.

Parent Consultations

Thank you to all of the teachers for carrying out the parent consultations this week. We have had really positive feedback about them for which we thank you.

Ramadan

Many of our families will be beginning Ramadan this weekend. We are keen to support our children who are taking part in Ramadan and have invited families to get in touch to let us know what we can do as a school.

We are looking forward to Eid al-Fitr around the beginning of May and will mark that as a school. We will work with our children to come up with ideas of how we can celebrate. We’ll share details of our plans nearer the time.

Primary 5 – Primary 7 Health and Wellbeing census

Information about this survey has been shared with our Primary 5 to Primary 7 families. The children will be undertaking the survey next week as part of a nation wide study.

If parents or carers have any questions around this, they are to contact the school through the usual channels.

Changes to Infection Control Guidance from after the Easter holidays

As you will be aware there have been some significant changes announced around the guidelines from Scottish Government. These changes will have an impact on the day to day routines in school.

Our Health and Safety Committee are meeting next week to discuss these changes and we will share information next week as to what these changes will look like at our school.

Staffing update

Miss Sarah Elam, PSA, had her last day with us yesterday as she moves to Prestonfield Primary to take up a permanent post. We thank her for her work with us.

In our Nursery team, we bid a fond farewell to Karyn Porteous, EYP, as she moves to Towerbank Primary, to focus on developing play pedagogy and transition.

We wish them both well in their new ventures.

Miss Maria Fay, EYP, joined the Nursery team earlier in March and has proved to be a real asset, forming positive relationships with children, families and staff alike.

We are entering a key period in recruitment in the weeks after the Easter holidays and I will keep you updated with any news around this.

We are looking forward to the final week of term next week before the Easter holidays, with term finishing on Friday 8th of March at the usual finishing time.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend ahead and manage to enjoy some of the forecast sunshine.

Take care and keep in touch.

Anna

Anna Hazel-Dunn
Head Teacher
The Royal High Primary School

 

18.03.2022 Head Teacher’s End of Week Check In for Families


18.03.2022 Head Teacher’s End of Week Check in – P7 Residential thank you; Parent Consultations; Support for Ukraine; Parent Council Funding news; Respect – April Equalities focus


Good afternoon all on this beautiful sunny morning.

I hope you have all had a good week, despite the challenges Covid continues to bring.

It has been a busy week again particularly due to the impact of staff absences due to self-isolating. However the team have pulled together and supported each other to ensure that the children continue to have high quality learning experiences and receive the support they need. I just wanted to share this with you and thank the staff for their incredible efforts this week. It has been a real team effort and I am so grateful to everyone for their hard work and dedication to the children.

P7 Residential – Lagganlia

The children had a wonderful week at Lagganlia last week, full of adventures, new experiences and fun. They were exemplary in their behaviour and superb ambassadors for the Royal High Primary School. The Centre staff were so positive in their feedback from the experience and I, along with Miss Campbell and Mrs Belfall are so proud of how well they fully engaged and enjoyed their experience.

Thank you to Miss Campbell, Mrs Belfall and Mrs Bayraktar for support them in this experience, from the behind the scenes planning to going away for the week and ensuring the children had such a wonderful time.

We are all booked up for next March and are already very excited about planning for next year’s Primary 7 children’s residential experience.

Parent Consultations – sign up sheets on class TEAMS pages
Thank you to those of you who have already signed up for your parent consultation. The appointments are happening week beginning the 28th of March.

If you haven’t signed up yet, please do this as soon as possible on the appointment sheets on your child’s class TEAMs page. If you do not sign up you will be allocated one of the available time slots.

If you are having any issues accessing the sign up sheet, please contact your child’s teacher through the TEAMs page or contact us by phoning the office or email the admin account, admin@royalhigh-pri.edin.sch.uk.

Thank you.

Support for Ukraine

Thank you for all of your donations so far. Mrs Grant and Miss Sandeman were able to take a car load of donations to our chosen charity and I have added some photos to Twitter.

We are still accepting donations so please continue to drop them off at school.

You also have the option to donate to Unicef through the details Mrs Grant shared last week.

Thank you for your support as we do our best to show our support for those affected by the crisis in Ukraine.

Thank you to Miss Colbert and Mr Fletcher, students on placement

Miss Colbert and Mr Fletcher are finishing their student placement with us today. Miss Colbert has been teaching in P5b and Mr Fletcher in P4b. They have had very successful placements and been well supported by Mrs Justice, Mrs McCurry and Mrs Grant. We have thoroughly enjoyed having them as part of the Royal High Primary Team and wish them all the best for the rest of their studies and future as class teachers.

Parent Council – 10 villages Grant Fund success

Our wonderful Parent Council, ably lead by the chair, Phil Dickson, have been successful in being granted funds.

Thank you to all of the Parent council members involved for all of their hard work.

Mrs Evans and I will be meeting with Phil soon to discuss what we are going to be using the funds for and will share the information following this.

Great to have some positive news to share and we are excited by what this will enable us to do.

April Equalities focus – Respect, linked to our value of Respect for All

Looking ahead our equalities focus next month will be on Respect linked to our value of Respect for All.

Our P7 Pupil Charities committee have chosen to focus on World Autism Day and will be in touch with how they are going to celebrate this.

We will keep you updated with the learning that takes place around this.

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I hope you all have lovely weekend.

Take care and keep in touch.

Anna

Anna Hazel-Dunn
Head Teacher
The Royal High Primary School

 

04.03.2022 Head Teacher’s End of Week Check In for Families


04.03.2022 Head Teacher’s End of Week Check in – P7 Sponsored Run; Ukraine Support; Update on vandalism; World Book Day 2022; P7 Residential next week


Good morning families.

I hope you are well.

We have had another busy week this week, enjoying the P7 Sponsored Run, our first whole school event since March 2020, which was fantastic.

P7 Sponsored Run Update

A huge thank you to everyone who supported this event and bought a raffle ticket. The children manage to raise an incredible £942.70!

This will pay for the Drum Fun evening activity whilst we are away at camp and the children will decide what to use the rest of the monies raised for when we are back from camp.

It was great to be out on the field as a whole school, with the P1-P6 children and staff cheering the children and staff on. Inaaya started the run off with a blow on a vuvuzela. Water balloons were thrown by the raffle winners. Fancy dress was worn and every single P7 complete the 10-lap challenge.

Thank you to Mrs Belfall and Miss Campbell for organising this with the children. Memories were made that day!

Ukraine Support

Thank you to all of you who have already donated to our Ukraine Support campaign. In these times of humanitarian crisis it is wonderful how well we pull together as a school community.

We will keep you updated with our future plans to support the people of Ukraine in the coming weeks.

Thank you again.

Update on vandalism

I am delighted to report that we have had no further incidents of vandalism in the past two weeks.

Thank you for your support in reporting anyone hanging around in the playground after hours. Our combined effort supported by the community policy and Facilities Management team seem to have had the desired effect.

Long may that continue!

World Book Day 2022

We had a great day yesterday taking part in the World Book Day Activities that our pupil councillors organised. Thank you them for their work with those.

We are looking forward to our ‘Cosy Up and Read’ morning today, in the comfort of our pyjamas and onesies.

I hope the children enjoy buying a book with their National Book Day token.

It is great to be able to celebrate the importance and joy of reading as a school community.

P7 Residential Camp to Lagganlia

We are very excited about the P7s heading off to camp on Monday. Accompanying them will be Mrs Belfall, Miss Campbell, Mrs Bayraktar and me. Mrs Evans will be the Senior Leadership Team contact for the week in school.

We’ll be sure to share our experiences on our return!

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I hope you all have a good day today and a lovely weekend.

Take care and keep in touch.

Anna

Anna Hazel-Dunn
Head Teacher
The Royal High Primary School

 

25.02.2022 Head Teacher’s End of Week Check In for Families


Head Teacher’s End of Week Check In for Families – News about Miss Stewart; Changes to Guidelines; World Book Day 2022 (3rd of March)


Good morning families.

I hope you are well and have had a good week.

Happy news about Miss Stewart
I would like to start this week’s update with some lovely news that Miss Hayley Stewart, our P1a teacher, is expecting a baby. Miss Stewart will be continuing to teach her class up until the end of term . We are all delighted for her and it’s wonderful to have such a positive piece of news to share with you.

Changes to Covid Risk Management guidelines

As you will be aware there have been a few changes to the guidelines announced by the Scottish Government. The impact on school is not that wide reaching but they will build as we go through the coming weeks.

The immediate change is that the bubbles no longer exist in schools so children can mix. This will mean they will mix in the dining hall and in the playground.

We still have to continue with the other mitigations – adult:adult and child:adult physical distancing; wearing face coverings in the school grounds unless medically exempt; hand hygiene, one way system and ventilation.

There is a meeting of the Senior Managers and Risk Management Team happening today and I will share any updates with you next week as they come out.

World Book Day 2022

This year sees World Book Day taking place on Thursday 3rd of March.

Our P7 Pupil Councillors are taking the lead in organising this event and I wanted to share their plans with you.

For Thursday, they have organised a number of events for the children to take part in.

On Monday, they will be sharing information about their Picture Book/ Comic design competition. They are looking for children to create a Picture Book or Comic, either inspired by their favourite book or entirely their own creation. It’s a fantastic opportunity for all our budding authors. More information to come next week with regards to the timeline for this.

On Thursday, they will be sharing a Reading quiz, Timed Tongue Twister challenge, and a number of other reading related fun activities.

On Friday, they have planned a ‘Cosy Up and Read’ event. They would like all children to come into school with a book, which they will carry around with them for the morning, and something cosy. Children can wear their pyjamas, a onesie, bring a blanket or bring a soft toy.

Throughout the day, we will be having a ‘Book Bell’. One of the P7s will ring a hand bell at various times throughout the morning at which point everyone will stop what they are doing, wherever they are around the school and read their book for 5 minutes.

It should be really good fun as well as promoting the joy of reading.

I’ll make sure that we take photos to share on Twitter and I know teachers will share some images on the class TEAMs’ pages.

Lovely to have this to look forward to next week.

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I hope you all have a lovely weekend and I look forward to seeing you next week.

Take care and stay in touch.

Anna

Anna Hazel-Dunn
Head Teacher
The Royal High Primary School

11.02.2022 Head Teacher’s End of Week Check In for Families


Head Teacher’s End of Week Check In for Families – Farewell to Miss Le Tissier; Covid support thank you; Book Station; Active Schools; Reminders re restrictions and health snacks; RSHP; Empowered Learning; P7 Sponsored Run


Good morning families.

I hope you have had a good week and are looking forward to the February break.

It’s been another busy week at the Royal High Primary School, with lots of great learning experiences for the children across the curriculum.

We had a really good Parent Council meeting on Wednesday night and I have attached a copy of my update for families.

Farewell to Miss Le Tissier

I’d like to start by wishing Miss Le Tissier all the best as she leaves us to day to take up her new post as Depute Head Teacher at Currie Primary. We have loved having her as part of our team and she will be missed. However, we are excited for her as she takes on this new role and know she will be a real asset to the Currie Primary School team.

Thank you for your support during Covid restrictions

I wanted to thank you for your continued support as we work our way through these continued mitigations. It has made such a difference with everyone keeping to the restrictions we have in place and I wanted to acknowledge your efforts in helping us.

Book Station

Our Book Station continues to be a real success and very popular. Thank you for all of your donations and remember we are still happy to receive any books that you no longer need.

On that note, please look out for the World Book Day Token in your child’s bag today.

Active Schools Update

We have been working hard with Laura, one of our wonderful parents, and Paddy Dearlove, Active Schools Coordinator, to build up the clubs we can offer through the new City of Edinburgh Council Active School’s model.

Currently running we have:

• P5 Hockey club with Miss Dishington
• Basketball club with sourced coach
• P4 Drama club with Miss Wallace

Starting after the holidays we have:

• P5-P7 Running Club with Laura
• P2-P3 Dance Club

We are continuing to build on this model and will be in touch looking for more information about the clubs that the children would like to see and for parent volunteers.

Reminders about restrictions

Just a reminder as we go into the next part of the term, that children should not bring in toys or items from home. This is part of our infection control.

Reminder re Healthy snacks and only water in water bottles

I wanted to remind all families of our ‘No Snacks in Packs’ policy.

Children should bring healthy snacks in for break. These are things like:

• Fruit
• Vegetable sticks
• Oat cakes
• Rice cakes
• Crackers

Children should not bring:

• Crisps
• Chocolate
• Biscuits
• Sweeties

Water bottles should just contain water.

Water bottles should not contain juice, due to the high sugar content.

We have drinking water in all classrooms for children to fill up their water bottles throughout the day.

This is part of our healthy eating policy that we are very proud of and thank you for your support.

Relationships, Sexual Health and Parenthood programme

Miss Sandeman lead our Parent Information event last night and thank you to those of you who attended. It was a really informative night and greatly appreciated by those who came along.

I have attached the presentation for your information and children will start their learning after the holidays.

Please contact us if you have any questions about the programme.

Empowered Learning update

Our P6 and P7 children will be receiving their 1:1 iPads after the February break and we will keep you posted with updates about the roll out.

P7 Sponsored Run, 23rd February – Raffle tickets still for sale

Ahead of this great fundraising event, I wanted to remind you that the children are still selling tickets for this event.

They cost £1 and you can send your children in with the money to purchase a ticket.

Thank you to those of you who have already bought a ticket and supported this event.

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I’d like to finish by wishing you a lovely, restful break over the February holiday.

Please take care, and keep well.

We look forward to seeing you on the 21st.

Anna

Anna Hazel-Dunn
Head Teacher
The Royal High Primary School

04.02.2022 Head Teacher’s End of Week Check In for Families


Head Teacher’s End of Week Check In for Families – No vandalism to report; Pick up by another adult; Reminder re masks and social distancing; Mr Scott absent; P7 Sponsored Run; Empowered Learning update (p6 and P7)


Good morning families.

I hope you are well and have had a good week.

Update re tackling recent vandalism

I am delighted to report that we had no vandalism last weekend or through this week. Thank you for all of your support in tackling this issue together.

We continue to work closely with PC Anna Morrison, Community Policing Team, to try to identify those involved.

We have had site visits from Security and Property Management to take forward our increased security and lighting.

If you do see anyone in our grounds after hours or over the weekend, please continue to report this to the police as each incident is logged and added to the record.

All is looking positive and we hope for another weekend free from damage.

Updated Guidance from the Scottish Government

Earlier this week Nicola Sturgeon announced some relaxing of restrictions for the wider community.

The restrictions and mitigations we have in school remain largely unaffected by these updates.

Children are no longer required to remain in bubbles but, due to the number of cases rising in our school community, we are going to continue to keep the children in their year groups and the Buddy Bubbles for P1 and P7.

We continue with our hand hygiene, one way system and adults maintaining a 2-metre distance from each other. Adults will wear masks whilst in the school building and the school grounds, unless they are a member of our P1 and P2 team who have slightly different guidance around face coverings.

Any adults in the school grounds must still wear a face covering unless medically exempt.

All adults in the school grounds must keep 2-metres from other adults from a different household.

As I said cases are still on the rise and we are determined to keep everyone as safe as we can by continuing to work together.

If you have any questions around this, please contact us in the usual way. Thank you.

Reminder re procedure if another adult is picking up your child

Just to clarify, if your child is being picked up by another adult, you must call the office to inform us.

We will not let a child go with another adult unless we have spoken to the child’s parent and permission has been given by them.

Thank you.

Information re Darren Scott, Janitor’s absence

I am aware that I haven’t let you know that our janitor, Darren Scott, has been absent for a couple of weeks now. I wanted to reassure you that he is doing fine and I will keep you updated.

Arek has been working in school as our supply janitor and has been doing a fantastic job in Darren’s absence.

P7 Fundraiser for Evening Camp Activity

I wanted to let you know that our wonderful Primary 7 children are hard at work preparing for their residential camp in Lagganlia. They leave on the 7th of March and are busily preparing for this exciting experience.

There are lots of activities throughout the day and we have the opportunity to have a drumming workshop on one of the evenings.

The children are really excited about this and have organised a sponsored Fun Run in Figgate Park to raise money to pay for this.

They are selling raffle tickets for £1 and would love your support.

Information coming soon!

Empowered Learning update – Primary 6 and Primary 7 1:1 iPads

We have continued to get ourselves ready for the roll out of the Empowered Learning programme for our Primary 6s and Primary 7s.

Our deployment is happening the first week back and we will be in touch with the P6 and P7 families with the Code of Conduct contracts as well as the information about purpose and expectations for the use of the iPads for learning.

We are going to make sure we take our time with this roll out as it is key everyone in P6 and P7 has a clear understanding about the Empowered Learning programme.

We’ll be in touch soon after the deployment.

Exciting times!

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And on that positive note, I would like to wish you all a lovely weekend.

As ever, please take care, keep safe and stay in touch.

Anna

Anna Hazel-Dunn
Head Teacher
The Royal High Primary School


28.01.2022 Head Teacher’s End of Week Check In for Families

Scots’ Week; Equalities Update; Vandalism update; Nations update


Good morning families.

I hope you are well and have had a good week.

National Holocaust Remembrance Day

Yesterday and today see us remember all of those effected by these horrific events. Children spent time learning about the impact of them , what lessons can be learnt and appreciating how fortunate we are to be part of a loving, accepting, respectful community.

Vandalism update

All of our school and wider community have been working together to tackle the recent episodes of vandalism we have suffered.

Our local Crime Prevention officer, Anna Morrison, has been working closely with John Wall, our Business Manager, to tackle the issues and look for solutions.

We are currently applying for funding for the increased security measures of CCTV and lighting, which will make such a difference.

John is working with Senior Managers from Facilities Management and Property to ensure actions are taking place as a matter of urgency. This includes the replacing of the glass in the broken windows so we can return our school to its former glory.

Our local high school, Portobello High School, is working in partnership with us to raise the issue with their pupils in an effort to create a community drive to stop further incidents.

I am working with our Pupil Councillors to create a local campaign as well as writing an article for the local magazines to promote their work in tackling the vandalism. I’ll keep you updated with our progress with this.

Thank you to all of you for your support and your continued efforts to report seeing any young people in the playground after school and over the weekend.

Together we will make a difference.

Scots’ Week

This week the children have been having great fun celebrating Robert Burns and all things Scottish. We are having a virtual sharing assembly today so we can all learn about what has been happening across the school.

There has been singing, dancing, poetry, writing, and art and design, bringing real joy around our wonderful Nation and some of its history. Great to have such positivity around the school.

Equalities update and February Equalities Focus – LGBTQ+ History Month

This month we will be focussing on celebrating and learning about Pride Month.

Mrs Grant is working with our Antibullying Ambassadors, who have set up an Antibullying stop in the Upper Playground. They base themselves at the benches and wear bright tabards so children know where to find them if they need them.

Our Equalities crew are working on setting up their Uniform Swap Shop with all of the unnamed and unclaimed lost property can be offered to our families. They’ll keep you posted with updates about how this is going to work.

Nations Stars and Winning Nations

As you know all of our children are the proud member of either the Angles, Brits, Picts or Scots nations. The children work to earn Nations’ stars through the week for upholding our school values, aiming to be the Nation who lifts the Winning Nations’ Cup at the end of the session.

We have been discussing how we make sure we promote the earning of Nations Stars, linked to our Values, and celebrate the winning Nation, during these times of restrictions when we can’t all be together.

Children earn the stars during the week and, this week, we have started to announce the winning nation at the start of the Outdoor Fitness Session, with a flag parade. The P7 Nations Captains come out of the front door with a Nations flag in reverse order, with the winning Nation’s flag coming out last, to great applause! It is such a fun way to share with the children and they had great fun greeting their Nation’s flag as it came out the front door!

We want to share the success of the Nations with you too so each week I will let you know who has won.

This week the winning Nation is…………………………….the Picts!

Congratulations to all of our Picts.

From next week, I’ll share the running total so you are kept up to date with who is in the lead for the race to become the wining Nation for 2021-22.

I am working with the classes and the Nations Captains to come up with class challenges so we can continue to build on promoting the importance of our Values and taking pride in being part of a Nation.

I’ll share details about them as they are decided.

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Life continues to have its challenges for us in school but we are all making a concerted effort to make sure this doesn’t stop us learning, being creative, creating a community spirit and connecting with each other and you.

Thank you for your continued support during these times. It is really appreciated by the children and staff alike.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend.

Take care, keep in touch and speak soon.

Anna

Anna Hazel-Dunn

Head Teacher

The Royal High Primary School

 


 21.01.2022 Head Teacher’s End of Week Check In for Families 

Empowered Learning; National Health & Well-being Census; Vandalism Update; Youth Music Initiative 


Good morning families. 

I hope you are well and have had a good week. 

It’s been another busy week at the Royal High Primary, particularly with our focus on ‘See, Share, Stop’, our anti-bullying approach. I hope you have been able to see the work that has been happening through the class TEAMs pages. This is something that we are going to continue focussing on and will keep you updated with all of the progress we are making in ensuring we are an anti-bullying school. 

Empowered Learning Roll Out 

I wanted to give you some information about the very exciting Empowered Learning programme which is being rolled out across schools in Edinburgh. 

The Empowered Learning programme will give every school pupil from P6 to S6 in Edinburgh their own digital device as part of our ambitious and inclusive education strategy, Edinburgh Learns for Life. 

We are fortunate to be one of the first schools to have this rolled out and we will be receiving our 1:1 devices for our Primary 6 and 7 pupils at the start of February. 

There is a lot to do in preparation for and the logistics involved in the roll out. Miss Sandeman, Mr Wall and myself will be working with the Primary 6 and 7 staff and pupils to make sure we have a smooth and positive roll out. 

We will keep you updated with progress over the coming weeks. 

for more information please follow this link to the Digital Learning Team – https://digitaleducationteam.com/empowered-learning/

National Health and Wellbeing Census 

All Primary 5 to S3 pupils are being asked to take part in a national Health and Wellbeing Survey. this is to gather information from the children about what they do and how they feel about their life. They will complete a short online questionnaire during class time. 

The questions will be about school, family, things they do, how they feel, their friendships and a range of other things. 

The City of Edinburgh Council will collect answers and look at them, so they can understand what children from Primary 5 to S3 think and do. 

The survey will be completed anonymously, and all answers will be confidential. 

We are planning to complete this survey before the Easter holidays and will be sending out information to the families of Primary 5 to Primary 7 children nearer the time. 

There is more information on the following links: 

www.edinburgh.gov.uk/healthandwellbeingcensus 

www.gov.scot/publications/health-and-wellbeing-census-2 

Vandalism update 

Thank you to all of you who have taken the time to contact us about the broken windows and for your words of support. 

We really appreciate you reporting any incidents to the police by calling 101. 

We have been working closely with both Facilities Management and the Community Police to tackle this issue, which, sadly, is rife in the local community just now. 

We are hoping to have the windows repaired in the coming week. 

I am going to be working with some of our Primary 7 pupil groups to raise awareness of the issue in the local community and encouraging local residents to help us stop any more incidents. 

Youth Music Initiative 

We are really looking forward to being joined by a music tutor in our P1, P2, P4 and P5 classes from next week. 

P1 will be enjoying the ‘Magic of Music’. Primary 2 will be exploring ‘Scots’ Song’ and Primaries 4 and 5 will be learning to play the ukulele through ‘Sounds like Music’. I have attached a document with more information and am sure you will receive updates through the class TEAMs pages. 

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I hope you all have a lovely weekend and look forward to being in touch next week. 

Take care and keep in touch. 

Anna 

Anna Hazel-Dunn 

Head Teacher 

The Royal High Primary School 

 


14.01.2021 Head Teacher’s End of Week Check in for Families 

Parking; Clarification re non-uniform; ‘No snacks in packs’ reminder; Active Schools’ Clubs: Anti-bullying focus and Equalities Crew; Gardening Group; 


 Good afternoon families.

I hope you are all well and have had a good week, despite the continued challenges of Covid.

A few reminders and some lovely updates for you this week.

Reminder re No Parking on Yellow Zig-zag lines

Thank you to everyone for parking considerately and parking away from the zig-zag lines at the main school gate. This space has to be kept clear legally so it is very important that we work together to respect this. I know parking is difficult, particularly with the road works just now, however there are lots of streets nearby so please make use of them as well as an opportunity to ‘Park and Stride’. Please let me know if there are any continued issues and I’ll come out again to monitor. Thank you for your ongoing support.

Clarification re ventilation and non-uniform permitted

I just wanted to clarify that children and staff are permitted to wear non-uniform to school just now. This is to make sure we are well wrapped up due to us having to keep the building so well ventilated as part of infection control.

Please be reassured that we are monitoring temperatures and taking action if anywhere falls below the Council minimum limit of 16 degrees.

Active School’s Clubs

All of you recently received our leaflet about the Active School’s provision. Please encourage your children to sign up and take part now the restrictions have been relaxed. We are continuing to work with Paddy Dearlove, our Active School’s Coordinator, to develop more clubs and will keep you updated.

‘No snacks in packs’ policy

As we enter a New Year, I just wanted to remind all families about our ‘No Snacks in Packs’ policy. This is unique to our school and we are very proud to be encouraging healthy eating choices for all of our children. The snack should either be a piece of fruit or a tub or box of crackers, vegetable sticks, rice cakes, oatcakes, natural popcorn or things like that. 

Please make sure your child comes to school with a snack each day.

‘See, Share, Stop’ Anti-bullying campaign and Equalities Crew video

Next week as part of our ongoing ‘Respect All’ Anti-bullying focus we will be looking at our ‘See, Share, Stop’ campaign. The children will be learning about being upstanding citizens and making sure everyone at the Royal High Primary School respects all and is kind. Our Equalities Crew are keen to introduce themselves. The link to the video they have made for you will be shared on the class TEAMs pages, so you children can share it with you. 

The Gardening Group

The Gardening Group is making super progress with the grass area at the front. They have reclaimed the flower beds up the side of the path and are now starting to work on the round flower beds.

I’ll continue to send you photos that they share with me.

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As you can see there is lots going on in and around the school and lots of exciting things coming up in the coming weeks.

If you have any questions or queries, please keep in touch by either phoning the school office, 0131 669 3200, or emailing the admin account, admin@royalhigh-pri.edin.sch.uk.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend.

Take care, keep well and speak soon.

Anna
Anna Hazel-Dunn
Head Teacher
The Royal High Primary School 


 07.01.2021

Head Teacher’s End of Week Check in for Families 

Welcome back, Please ask if any testing/ isolation queries; P3 Pupil Winter Wonderland Windows Winner! 


 Good afternoon families.

 

It was wonderful to have the children back this week and we have had a couple of really lovely days getting back into learning and seeing each other again.

I know I normally open my updates by saying I hope you are all well.

Whilst I still send well wishes, I wanted to acknowledge that the past couple of weeks have been and continue to be very challenging due to isolation.

Thank you to all of you for working your way through the complex maze of new guidance and contacting us with your questions.

Please continue to keep in touch with any queries around testing, isolation and returning to school and we will give you the information you need.

Thank you for sending your children into school very well wrapped up for this chilly weather. Please continue to do so for the coming weeks as we will be having the windows open and be outside when we can and want the children dressed appropriately.

And as a final piece of lovely news, one of our P3 pupils, was selected as a winner of the Winter Wonderland windows competition! Some of you may have been lucky enough to see his lightbox on display over the holidays. He enjoyed his prize of some free rides and a hot chocolate at the Winter Market. He is picking up his poster in the coming weeks and I will make sure I’ll ask him to share it with you. Congratulations to him!

I’ll keep my update short this week and make sure that I keep you informed with any updates.

As ever, please keep in touch with any questions or queries.

We are here to help.

Take care and speak soon.

Anna
Anna Hazel-Dunn
Head Teacher
The Royal High Primary School 


17.12.2021

Head Teacher’s End of Week Update for Families

 Pupil Council Christmas Fair; Primary Three Food Bank; Equalities focus; Welcome back Miss Le Tissier 


 Good afternoon families. 

I hope you are all well and looking forward to the festive break. 

I am so sorry that some of you will have to be isolating over Christmas but hope that you manage to enjoy some alternative celebrations, with plenty of rest and relaxation. 

We have had worked really hard to provide some lovely festive experiences over the past few weeks to bring some cheer to these challenging times. There have been craft activities, parties, Christmas Jumper days, and even a visit from a well-known gent in a red suit! 

Pupil Council Christmas Fair 

We also had our first Pupil Council led Christmas Fair which was supported wonderfully by our Parent Council. 

This two-day event went absolutely brilliantly, with all of the children really enjoying the games and the crafts the Pupil Councillors and Parent Council had organised for them. 

A massive thank you to all of you involved with making this such a success! 

Primary Three Food Bank 

The Primary 3s delivered the food donations to Wilson Memorial Hall and Reverend Mike and the congregation were delighted at all the children, Miss Wallace and Miss Dishington brought. A huge thank you to them for organising and to all of you who donated. It will make such a difference to families in need in our local community. 

Equalities focus for January 

Looking ahead to the New Year, we are going to be focussing on ‘See, Stop, Share’ as part of our anti-bullying campaign, linked to our values. 

The Anti-bullying ambassadors will be working with Mrs Grant and Miss Le Tissier, who is returning from maternity leave. 

I’ll keep you updated with news from them. 

Welcome back to Miss Le Tissier 

Miss Le Tissier will be back at school from January and we are looking forward to seeing her again. 

Her key priorities will be leading on our Equalities development work and working with the Primary 1 team on Play Pedagogy and learning and teaching. 

We look forward to welcoming her back in the New Year. 

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And so we have reached the end of another term. It has definitely had its challenges but I am so proud of the way the RHPS family have risen to and come through them. A big thank you to all the staff for all of their hard work. 

And a thank you to all the families for your support over the last two terms. 

We don’t know what next year will bring but in the meantime, I hope you have a lovely break over the festive season. 

Enjoy! 

Take care, keep well and we’ll see you in 2022! 

Anna 

Anna Hazel-Dunn 

Head Teacher 

The Royal High Primary School 


10.12.2021

 Head Teacher’s End of Week Update for Families

Safe parking; P3 Food bank; New Isolation rules; Values competition winners 


 Good afternoon everyone. 

I hope you are well and have had a good week. 

I have a couple of reminders this week and some important information about the updated guidance from Nicola Sturgeon about isolation. 

I also want to share with you the winners of our Values logo competition, which we are so delighted with. 

Safe Parking – not on zig zag lines 

Thank you to all of you who ‘park and stride’ or park considerately and safely. 

Please remember not to park on the zig zag lines in front of the school gates. This is against the law and causes a real safety issue as we need access to the gate at all times. 

Thank you. 

Primary 3 Food Bank 

We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of our families for this food bank. They have asked me to say a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who has donated. 

The donations are going to be delivered to the Wilson Memorial Church on Wednesday 15th so the deadline for making a donation is Tuesday 14th. 

We will make sure and share some photographs of the delivery. 

New rules around isolation 

From tomorrow, the advice is that all household contacts of any confirmed Covid case should isolate for 10 days, regardless of vaccination status, even if they initially get a negative PCR test. 

So if someone in your house tests positive for Covid, everyone else in the house must isolate for 10 days. 

Non-household contacts should isolate pending a PCR result. If it is negative they can leave isolation at this point as long as they are double vaccinated. 

More guidance is going to be shared by the City of Edinburgh Council at the start of next week. 

I will share it with you as soon as I can. 

If you have any questions, please either phone or email us at school. We will do our best to help you. 

Values Winners 

I am delighted to share the winners of our Values logo design. There were so many wonderful creations that Mrs Evans and I have chosen a good selection. 

We are planning to have them printed up professionally to display around the school as well as add them to school communication. 

If you know of anyone in the printing business who could help us out with this please get in touch to let us know. 

Any help much appreciated! 

The winners’ names are: 

Billie and Isobel, P5a 

Rachel, P3b 

Taylor, P7b 

Grace, P1/2 

Finn,P2b 

Heidi, P7a 

Matthew, P7b 

Lena, P7b 

Cameron, P5a 

James, P7b 

Olivia,P4a 

Max, P7b 

Isla, P7b 

Lennon, P7a 

Ava, P4b 

Anna, P4b 

Erin, P5b 

Suzanna, P4a 

Liam, P7b 

Freddie, P3b 

Freya, P3b 

Congratulations to you all! 

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And on that happy note, I’ll wish you a very enjoyable weekend. 

We’re looking forward to a week of festive fun next week and will be sure to share photos, so you can see what’s going on. 

Take care, keep well and speak soon. 

Anna 

Anna Hazel-Dunn 

Head Teacher 

The Royal High Primary School 


03.12.2021

 Head Teacher’s End of Week Check In for Families 

Christmas Events; Infection Control Reminders; Anti-bullying Ambassadors; Primary 3 Food Bank 


 Good morning families. 

I hope you are well and have had a good week. 

With Christmas fast approaching we have some exciting events coming up. 

Christmas Lunch 

Thank you to all of you who have ordered a Christmas lunch for your child. 

We will be having the lunch on Wednesday 8th of December in the newly repaired dining hall. 

All children, whether school dinner or packed lunch will be eating in the dining hall, which will be decorated with festive tunes playing. 

Our nursery children will be enjoying their Christmas lunch in the Nursery on the same day. 

We would encourage children to wear a festive jumper for the occasion to bring more Christmas cheer! 

Christmas Fair 

This year, as we can’t have families into school, our Pupil Councillors will be leading our Christmas Fair. 

There will be an optional entrance fee of £1, which is a donation to school funds and this will allow the children to enjoy all of the games and craft stalls the Pupil Councillors, with the help of the Parent Council, have organised. 

Whilst you can’t be there, we will make sure there are lots of photos of the event so you can share in the fun. 

Primaries 1a, 7a, 4a, 3a, P1/2, 5a and P6 will be going to the Christmas Fair on Tuesday 14th of December. 

Primaries 1b, 7b, 4b, 3b, 2b and 5b will be going to the Christmas Fair on Wednesday 15th of December. 

The Parent Council will share a poster with all the information as a reminder. 

Christmas Jumper Swap 

Thank you to all of you who have donated a pre-loved, outgrown Christmas jumper. 

We are still accepting donations. 

If your child would like to buy a jumper, please send them in with £3 for the Equalities Crew and Charities Group to collect. 

Infection control and Risk Mitigation reminders 

As cases continue to rise in the school community, we thank you for continuing to adhere to our infection controls. 

The key points are: 

  • All adults, unless exempt, to wear a face covering whilst in the school grounds 
  • All adults to keep 2 metres from other adults and children not from their household 
  • Children should not bring in items from home 
  • If your child is waiting the results of a PCR test, please phone the school to let them know the result before sending them back to school 
  • If your child or anyone in the household has symptoms, please self-isolate, book a PCR and remain in isolation until you receive your result 

If you have any questions around this, please phone us at school on 669 3200 or email admin@royalhigh-pri.edin.sch.uk. 

Thank you. 

Anti-bullying Ambassadors 

I am delighted to share that we have recruited our Anti-bullying Ambassadors, who will be working with Mrs Grant. 

They are: 

Sam, Rory and Foozy from p5a 

Farah, Leona and Ethan from p5b 

Cristina, Livia and Elliot in p6. 

These fabulous ambassadors will be meeting next week to come up with their Action Plan which we will share with you. 

Primary 3 Food Bank 

A huge thank you on behalf of Primary 3 for all of the donations received so far for our food bank. 

We are still accepting donations. 

Reverend Mike, our local minister, has sent this message: 

‘My volunteers have provided me with a list of ‘Christmas Goodies’ which, if you were able to donate, would make a big difference for our clients this year. 

Here is the list: 

Mince Pies 

Iced Fruit Cake 

Christmas Puddings 

Selection Boxes 

Chocolates (boxes, coins, etc) 

Biscuits (Christmas type) 

Shortbread 

Trifle Kits (these are the one what you make up at home) 

Hot Chocolate 

Packets of powdered custard 

Crisps/Snacks/Pringles/etc. 

Tinned salmon/ham/chicken 

Cooking oil 

Christmas napkins 

Thank you in advance for anything on the list you are able to donate. 

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With the excitement around Christmas building, I hope you have a lovely weekend and look forward to sharing lots of photos of the festive fun we will be having at the Royal High Primary School in the next two weeks. 

Take care, keep well and stay in touch. 

Anna 

Anna Hazel-Dunn 

Head Teacher 

The Royal High Primary School 

 


26.11.2021 Head Teacher’s End of Week Check In 

Dining Hall Ceiling Repairs, Christmas Lunch, Wednesday 8th of December, Christmas Fair, 

Primary 3 Food Bank, Keeping everyone safe over the last few weeks of term 


Good morning families. 

I hope you are well and have had a good week. 

Dining Hall Ceiling Repairs 

I am delighted to share with you that our Dining Hall ceiling repairs are almost complete, and we will have our much missed hall space back from the 6th of December. An early Christmas present for us! 

All of the children will be having their lunch in the Dining Hall, which will be an exciting experience for our Primary 1 and 2 children who have never eaten in there before. 

Christmas Lunch, Wednesday 8th of December 

As our Dining Hall will be in use, we are going to be able to have a fabulously festive Christmas lunch on Wednesday 8th of December. 

Emma is going to send out details of how you order the Christmas lunch menu to make sure everyone is clear on how to place their order. 

Christmas Fair 

We have had to be creative with our Christmas Fair arrangements this year and are going to have an in-house event, led by the Pupil Council and supported by the Parent Council. 

This year the focus will be on the fun of the festive season. 

Because we want all children to be able to come and enjoy the fair, there will be a suggested donation of £1 per child as an entrance fee with all the stalls being free. 

Emily, from the Parent Council Fundraising Committee, will be sending out more information shortly. 

Primary 3 Food Bank 

Thank you to everyone who has donated long life goods to the Primary 3 Food Bank so far. The children wanted me to thank you for your support and to remind you that they are still accepting donations of long life, non-perishable food. 

We will share photos of them delivering the Food Bank to our local charity so you can share in their positive experience. 

Keeping everyone safe over the last few weeks of term 

Along with the festivities, unfortunately the usual bugs are starting to make an appearance. We are still having to be vigilant with our risk mitigations and infection control. 

This does mean that staff will have to go for PCR tests if there is a positive case in their class and they are identified as a close contact (within 2 metres for 15 minutes or 1 metre for any length of time). 

There may also be seasonal absences and I wanted to reassure you that we are working hard to ensure that this doesn’t impact on the children’s learning. Where possible we request supply staff who we know will provide high quality learning experiences and are familiar to the children. 

I know you will appreciate illness is something we cannot control but we are doing our best to minimise the impact of any staff absences. 

If your child does show any Covid symptoms or suffers from a sickness episode, please keep them off school and follow the guidelines for absence. 

A PCR test must be taken if a child is symptomatic and the whole household must isolate until the result comes back. 

If a child is sick or has diarrhoea, they must be off for 48 hours from their last bout of sickness or diarrhoea. 

Please call the office if you are unsure about any of this. 

Thank you for your continued support in respecting the infection control measures we have to have in place. 

It is so important that adults wear masks, unless exempt, when in the school grounds, and that a 2- metre distance is maintained from people not from your household. 

We all want to be here to enjoy the last three weeks of term and will work hard together to make sure we all keep safe and well. 

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I hope you all have a good day today and enjoy the weekend. 

Take care, keep safe and speak soon. 

Anna 

Anna Hazel-Dunn 

Head Teacher 

The Royal High Primary School 


19.11.2021 Head Teacher’s End of Week Check In

 Festive events; Roof Repairs Update; TEAMS communication; Self isolation guidance links 


 Good afternoon families. 

I hope you are well and have had a good week. 

We have had another busy week at the Royal High Primary school with lots of exciting learning experiences and events. 

These have included: 

  • • Anti-bullying week 
  • • Black History Month 
  • • P7 Charities Group – Children in Need ‘Wear What You Want’ Friday 
  • • P7b trip to Dynamic Earth 
  • • Official opening of the Pupil Council Book Station 
  • • Building Resilience ‘Keep Connected’ Launch Assembly 

We are putting our plans together for our festive events and being as creative as we can whilst adhering strictly to the guidance shared last week. 

  • Christmas Cards for Care Homes – all classes making cards to support the elderly or isolated in our local community to be handed out at the start of December 
  • Pupil Council led Christmas Market – in partnership with Parent Council – In school for pupils only – Details to follow soon 
  • Primary 3 Food Bank – P3a and P3b, Miss Wallace and Miss Dishington are organising a collection for our local Food Bank – watch out for their posters giving information of what they need 

Roof Repairs update 

I have attached a copy of the letter sent by Ashwood to give clarity about the inspections carried out and confirmation of the safety of the roof. 

Communication via TEAMs 

This week as a staff we reviewed how we are using TEAMs and I then asked the parents and carers at the Parent Council meeting on Thursday for their views on TEAMs. 

I will share this information with staff and we will work together to ensure this platform is a valuable way of learning about your child’s learning as well as a consistent form of communication about what is happening in school. 

Just to clarify class Twitter accounts are no longer used. All communications can be found through TEAMs. 

Emma has resent the Parents’ Guide to Using TEAMS. 

If you have any questions or issues, please let us know. 

Useful links for Covid-19 Isolation periods – PCRs and positive cases 

With cases rising in the community, I thought it would be useful to share these links: 

https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-reducing-the-risks-in-schools/pages/changes-to-previous-guidance/#self-isolation-policy 

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-and-treatment/how-long-to-self-isolate/ 

Please contact Emma in the office if you have any questions around this. 

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We will be in touch in the coming weeks to share more information about our plans for the festive period as it draws ever nearer! 

I hope you have a lovely weekend. 

Take care, keep safe and speak soon. 

Anna 

Anna Hazel-Dunn 

Head Teacher 

The Royal High Primary School 


11.11.2021 Head Teacher’s End of Week Check In

 Rising cases: Reminder re FACTS; Isolating while waiting for PCR – whole household; 19th Nov ‘Wear What You Want‘ Day 


 Good evening families.

I hope you are well and have had a good week. I am sending my End of Week check in a day early as I am not in school tomorrow. I have a couple of really important messages to share with you linked to Covid-19 and the rising cases we are seeing in our school community. We need to be extra vigilant just now, making sure we strictly adhere to the FACTS. Please make sure you always wear a face covering when in the school grounds unless medically exempt. Please keep 2 metres between adults who are not from the same household. In school all staff continue to wear face coverings in the school as well as sticking rigidly to the hand hygiene routines. We are all doing our part to keep the school community safe and we just need to make sure we are extra vigilant to avoid any further cases. Thank you for your continued support.

As a reminder if someone in your household is going for a PCR test because they have symptoms or have had a positive lateral flow test, everyone in the household must isolate and stay at home until the test result comes through.

Please feel free to phone the school if you have any questions around this. Thank you.

In other news I have been working with the Pupil and Parent councils to look at our events over the festive period. There are still very strict infection controls in place so the events will be different again this year. I will send out moreI information next week.

Finally next week we have two main focuses.

The first is Anti-bullying week with lots of learning planned around this. The second is being organised by our P7 Charities Group in aid of Children In Need. They are organising a ‘Wear What You Want’ day on Friday 19th November.

A fun date for your diary!

I hope you have a good end of week and very enjoyable weekend.

Take care, keep well and speak soon.

Anna
Anna Hazel-Dunn
Head Teacher
The Royal High Primary School 


05.11.2021 Head Teacher’s End of Week Check In

New Trim Trail; Welcome to Mrs Arico, new Pupil Support Assistant; Follow up from vandalism; Pupil Council  Book Station; Christmas Card ordering; Christmas Lunch, 8th of December


Good morning families.

I hope you are well and have had a good week.

We had some lovely celebrations for Divali and Bani Chhor this week and wish all of our families celebrating it a very happy Divali!

It’s been great to have some of our classes out on trips in the past two weeks, both to Calton Hill and Dynamic Earth. The children and staff really enjoyed their excursions and we were very proud of how well the children represented the Royal High Primary School.

New Trim Trail

Our new Trim Trail in the front playground is now finished and the children had great fun trying it out yesterday. So lovely for them to have this new addition to the playground!

Welcome to Mrs Arico, new Pupil Support Assistant

This week we welcomed Mrs Nardina Arico to the staff. She has had a great week getting to know the school, children and staff. She is a wonderful addition to the team. I have added a photo to this update so you recognise her if you see her.

Follow up from vandalism

We have been working hard with Facilities Management, the contractors and the police to limit the risk of vandalism after school and over the weekend.

We are looking at ways we can increase security around the building and will keep you updated with any progress on this.

As a reminder there is no access to the school grounds after school hours or over the weekend.

If you are passing during these times and see anyone in or around the grounds, could you please phone 101 to report it as the police will send a crew round to investigate.

Thank you for your support.

Pupil Council  Book Station

The Pupil Council are almost ready to launch their Book Station. The launch will be happening next week so keep your eye out for information from them. I’m so proud of how they have lead this project.

Thank you to all of you who have handed in books. Donations are still very welcome. Please bring them to the front door so the Pupil Councillors can sort them after quarantine.

Photos of the Book Station to follow next week.

Christmas Card ordering

Your children’s Christmas card designs are now ready to order. Thank you to Emily from our Parent Council for organising this for us.

Information will be coming out today about how you can place your order and claim a 10% discount.

Christmas Lunch, 8th of December

We are planning to have our Christmas Lunch on the 8th of December in the dining hall.

We will send out details in the coming weeks so you can order this for your children.

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With the clocks going back and the temperature dropping, just a reminder for your children to come to school with warm, waterproof jackets as we will still be getting out as much as possible to enjoy our school grounds.

For those of you enjoying Bonfire Night tonight, I hope you have a fun, safe time.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Take care and stay in touch.

Anna

Anna Hazel-Dunn

Head Teacher

The Royal High Primary School


29.10.2021 Head Teacher’s End of Week Check In

Equalities – Anti-bullying and RespectMe Parents’ Zone; Book Station – Pupil Council and Parent Council joint initiative; Active Schools’ Update; Celebration of Diwali or Bandi chor, Wednesday 3rd November – Wear bright colours!; Dyslexia Awareness Week, 1st – 7th November; COP26 – Brass Blast video and information about joining their band; ‘It’s Good to Grow’ Campaign; Dining Room Ceiling update; IMPORTANT REMINDER – NUT FREE SCHOOL and NO SNACKS IN PACKS


Good afternoon families,

I hope you are well, had a good October break and have had a good week.

This week at our staff Inservice Day, we spent the time on a variety of focuses including auditing resources, Equalities development work, and all took part in a session about supporting Young Carers.

Equalities – Anti-bullying and RespectMe Parents’ Zone

Each month, as part of our work on Equalities, we will have a focus round which learning will be planned.

For November our focus will be on anti-bullying. We will participate in anti-bullying week, ‘One Kind Word’, mid-November, and be using our value of ‘Be Kind’ and ‘Respect All’ as a springboard for this.

I have a couple of links to share with you which take you to the RespectMe website and will give you more information about the work we will be doing around addressing bullying behaviour.

Guide for parents and carershttps://respectme.org.uk/adults/bullying-a-guide-for-parents-and-carers/

Online safety videohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhuL8iHSE64&t=2s

Anti-bullying help, advice and resourceshttps://respectme.org.uk/resources/

We are working on our Equalities policy, which will include tackling bullying behaviour.

In the New Year, we will be having an information session for parents and carers around our Equalities work. I will send you more details later in the term.

Book Station – Pupil Council and Parent Council joint initiative

Thank you to all of the families who have donated books for our donation station.

We are still really keen to receive more donations so please drop them off at the school office.

Our Pupil Councillors are finishing their campaign so look out for their posters coming out soon!

Active Schools’ Update

As you know, due to the change in provision with Active Schools, we have been working on pulling together a programme for our children.

Paddy Dearlove, our Active Schools’ Coordinator, has put together a Pupil Survey to find out the activities our children are keen to have on offer.

He is also going to send out a Volunteer Survey asking for parents and carers who would be interested in running or helping to run a club.

We are going to be starting a Running Club, thanks to one of our parents offering to take the lead on this. We are going to meet next week to finalise the logistics and will share the details with you soon.

Celebration of Diwali or Bandi chor, Wednesday 3rd November – Wear bright colours!

This year Diwali or Bandi chor is being celebrated on Thursday 4th of November.

Across the week we are going to be learning about the importance of this religious day for our Sikh and Hindu families and how they celebrate it.

I would like to invite all children to come to school wearing bright colours on Wednesday to celebrate Diwali or Bani chor with our Sikh and Hindu children, before the main celebration on Thursday 4th of November.

I look forward to us bringing some light in these dark, wintery days.

Dyslexia Awareness Week, 1st – 7th November

I wanted to raise awareness of this week as we have a number of children and adults in our school community who are dyslexic.

Here is a link to the campaign – www.dyslexiascotland.org.uk/dyslexia-awareness-week-scotland

Emma will be sending you out some more information next week.

COP26 – Brass Blast video and information about joining their band

I just wanted to draw your attention to this production by Oi Musica, who are based in Porty and who run Brass Blast, a street music initiative for children in the Portobello school cluster.

They have been doing some campaigning in preparation for COP26 and this is the culmination of their work in collaboration with folk singer Karine Polwart and a number of other street music bands for young people in the UK.

With the current focus on COP26, I wanted to share this fabulous video, as the production is very child focused and easy to watch. You may even spot one of our pupils tootling away on the trumpet as well!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t01g-gfVJbk&t=3s

If your child would be interested in joining Brass Blast, here is the link to their website – http://oimusica.co.uk/brass-blast/

‘It’s Good to Grow’ Campaign

A huge thank you to all our families for supporting us in this campaign. We have smashed our target of 800 vouchers, with a current total of 1577!

There is still time for you to submit your vouchers with the campaign closing on 31st of October. Each and every voucher is hugely appreciated.

The total vouchers collected will enable our soon to be formed Pupil Gardening Group to select lots of items to help return our front grassy area and quad to their former glory.

We will be in touch to let you know what the children chose.

Dining Room Ceiling update

Work has continued this week on the repair and they remain on track to have it completed in a few weeks. I will be in touch to let you know as soon as we are able to start having lunches in the dining hall once again.

IMPORTANT REMINDER – NUT FREE SCHOOL and NO SNACKS IN PACKS

Just to remind you, due to some of our pupils having severe nut allergies, we are a nut-free school.

Children should not have snacks that contain any form of nut.

We are very proud of our ‘No snacks in packs’ policy, where children are encouraged to bring snacks in reusable tubs.

They should bring things like fruit, vegetables, oatcakes, crackers and rice cakes.

They should not bring sweets, crisps, cakes or pre-wrapped items.

This is in line with our eco-friendly approach, recycling and healthy eating.

Thank you so much for your support with this.

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There is a lot of information today so please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions about anything I have mentioned.

Thank you so much for your continued support in keeping the children, staff and each other safe by wearing masks in the school playground, keeping 2 metres apart from each other.

Please continue to keep up with these efforts so we can all be safe, keep well and enjoying being in school.

Have a lovely weekend and I look forward to seeing you next week.

Anna

Anna Hazel-Dunn

Head Teacher

The Royal High Primary School

 


15.10.2021 Head Teacher’s End of Week Check In

‘It’s Good to Grow’ Morrison’s campaign; Parent Consultations Feedback survey; Update re Dining Hall Ceiling Repairs; Reminder  – Email admin@royalhigh-pri.edin.sch.uk to contact teachers; RHPS Values – next steps; Hallowe’en Dress Up and Scary Hair Day, 29th October; Pupil Council and Parent Council Partnership – Book Station


Good morning families.

I hope you are well and looking forward to the holidays. Lots of news today in my final Head Teacher’s End of Week Check In so I’ll get started straight away.

‘It’s Good to Grow’ Morrison’s campaign

Thank you so much to everyone who has already donated vouchers to our school. We are doing really well, with over 500 vouchers and it’d be great to keep seeing this total growing – pardon the pun!

We are going to make really good use of the vouchers, buying lots of tools to help look after our front garden and quad to return them to their former glory.

There is still time to add your vouchers and we appreciate each and every one.

Parent Consultations Feedback survey

We are really interested to hear from you about your recent parent consultation appointment. Could you please complete this short survey so we can gather your views?

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=af6sSGo3tUKfacnke7-5xKX5QDtSjdVOmerC1qdzuzBUQUtYVjVTMkYyQVJQUjFITUY0RzZIWVUyNi4u

We’ll use this information along with the views from the teachers to organise our next Parent Consultations in March.

Update re Dining Hall Ceiling Repairs

We had a meeting this week with the contractors who confirmed that work will be starting on repairing the ceiling during the October holidays. Due to the complex nature of the repairs, this week will continue for 5 weeks following the October holidays so children will continue with their current lunch arrangements, eating in their classrooms, except for Primary 1/ 2 and Primary 2 who will continue eating in the gym hall.

I’ll continue to keep you updated with progress after the holidays.

Reminder  – Email admin@royalhigh-pri.edin.sch.uk to contact teachers

Thank you to everyone who have been using this email account to contact their child’s teacher. We are using this model to make sure that communications between parents, carers and teachers are as efficient as possible so please continue to use the email address above with your child’s teacher’s name in the subject line. Thank you.

RHPS Values – next steps

Now we have our Values agreed, our next steps are to embed them.

During the first week back the children will engage in lots of activities around the Values so they become part of every day life in school.

In addition to this we are launching a competition to design logos for each of the Values. I have attached the information about how your child can enter.

We are really looking forward to seeing what the children come up with and are excited about using the winning entries to represent our Values.

Hallowe’en Dress Up and Scary Hair Day, 29th October

Although we can’t have our usual Hallowe’en Disco this year, we wanted to give the children to have a ‘spooktacular’ time.

Everyone is invited to come to school on Friday 29th of October in a Hallowe’en costume and/ or have scary hair!

Masks should not be worn.

Props should not be brought into school, in line with our Infection Control policy.

Please don’t feel the need to buy any costumes. We would encourage you to use what you already have to come up with some Hallowe’en themed outfits.

We look forward to seeing what creative costumes you come up with!

Pupil Council and Parent Council Partnership – Book Station

I have been working hard with the Pupil Councillors to put together our campaign to make sure that everyone has access to books and has something they enjoy reading.

We are looking for donations of pre-loved books in good condition.

Please drop off any books that you have to school, where they will be quarantined and sorted in to categories.

The Pupil Councillors will be sharing information about how the Book Station is going to work week beginning 1st of November.

We are excited about our plans to make sure that everyone in our school has access to the wonderful world of reading and thank you in advance for any books you give to us.

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This first term has been a real roller coaster but we have reached the end tired but happy.

The children have been enjoying some fabulous learning experiences thanks to the hard work and creativity of the teachers and support staff.

I cannot thank them enough for everything they have done for the children and know you will join me in wishing them a very well deserved break over the October holidays.

And I extend that wish to you all.

I hope you have a very enjoyable week off, relaxing and recharging, and very much look forward to seeing you all again on Tuesday the 26th of  October.

Take care, keep well and speak soon.

Anna

Anna Hazel-Dunn

Head Teacher

The Royal High Primary School


 08.10.2021 Head Teacher’s End of Week Check In 

Active Schools’ Update; Be Resilient Task; Let’s Grow campaign; School lunches; Parking issues; Book Donation Station; Hallowe’en Trail and Sharing RHPS Values 


Good afternoon families.

I hope you are well and have had a good week. There a few things I would like to share with you this week so will start without further ado.

Active Schools Update

Thank you for your patience whilst we wait for this programme to be pulled together. It is almost finalised now and we are just working out a plan for venues what with our Dining Hall being out of action and our Gym Hall being used by OSCARs for Breakfast Club and After School Care club. I will bring you an update as soon as I can.

Be Resilient Tasks – due Friday 15th October for the Sharing Assembly

I have received a number of really fabulous ‘Resilience Role Models’ posters and pieces of writing so far. I am looking for as many as possible, so I can share them at the Sharing Assembly as well as display them on the ‘Building Resilience’ notice board I am setting up. Please could you either upload your child’s work to their class TEAMs page or have them bring it in to give to me in person? I look forward to learning all about their inspirational role models.

It’s Good To Grow Campaign

Thank you so much to all of you who have signed up to this campaign. We have already got 434 tokens available and would love to double this total if possible before the end of the campaign on the 24th of October (though you do have until the 31st of October to donate Grow tokens!) We are really keen to be able to exchange the vouchers for a variety of gardening equipment, so we can work on the front grass area, the quad and the growing area at the back of the school. We are so lucky to have so much green space and are really keen to make sure we have the tools to make the most of it. Thank you in advance!

School Lunches – ordering and choices

Just a reminder to make sure you order your school lunches on the Wednesday of the week before. 

Please be aware of dietary requirements as there are meat and fish on the menu. There is always a vegetarian option for you to select.

Park and Stride

I am aware that there have been a few issues with parking, particularly around the Infant Gate at drop off and pick up times. Please make sure you avoid parking:

• On or over corners

• On double yellow lines

• On zigzags

I am raising this as a health and safety matter as we all want to keep our children and families safe on their route to school. I am a huge advocate of a ‘Park and Stride’ approach and would encourage you, if you have to drive, to park slightly further from the school and walk the last part of the journey. Please feel free to contact me if you have any further comments, concerns or suggestions about parking around the school and promoting environmentally friendly travel to school. Thank you.

P7 Pupil Councillor and Parent Council Book Donation Station

I am delighted to announce the start of our joint pupil and parent partnership with our Book Donation Station. Our mission is to make sure that all children and families at the Royal High Primary school have access to a diverse and varied selection of books. And we need your help! We are looking for donations of books from you. We will accept any book as long as it is in new or nearly new condition. Please drop any donations you have to the school from next week. Books will be quarantined then sorted by our P7 Pupil Councillors and members of the Parent Council. They will be in touch to let you know how the Donation Station is going to work. It is the start of a really exciting project which we are really proud to be part of.

Parent Council Hallowe’en Trail A

fter the success of last year’s trail, our wonderful Parent Council have created a Hallowe’en trail for you and your children to take part in. I’ll send out the information following this update but the trail maps will be on sale in the field next Monday, Wednesday and Friday after school. It’s a great way to have a spook-tacular Hallowe’en and support the school!

Head Teacher’s End of Week Twitter Check In Update

It is not technology that thwarted me this week but the fact that I have picked up a throat infection this week so am lacking in voice. Hopefully next week I’ll be able to pick it up before the holidays and get that started up again.

Result of RHPS Values Consultation

And in my final piece of information for this week, as promised I am able to share with you the values selected by the children, staff, parents and carers.

The Values of the Royal High Primary School are:

• Be kind to others

• Try our best

• Believe in ourselves

• Respect all

I am delighted at these choices as they encompass such a wide range of the other values and really sum up what it means to be part of the Royal High Primary School. As a staff we will be working on the next step of introducing and embedding these wonderful values and we’ll keep you updated with our plans as we’d love you to continue to be involved.

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And on that very positive note, I would like to wish you a wonderful, relaxing, fun weekend.

Take care, keep well and see you soon.
Anna Anna Hazel-Dunn
Head Teacher
The Royal High Primary School 


24.09.2021 – Head Teacher’s Update for families – Reminder re wearing masks and adult/ adult distancing; Parent Consultations


Good morning families.

I hope you are well and have had a good week.

I’ve a shorter End of Week Check in for you this week with consists of two important pieces of information.

Reminder re wearing masks in the school grounds and 2-metre social distancing (adult/ adult)

The first is a reminder about the importance of wearing masks when in the school grounds, unless you have a medical exemption. The Covid guidelines for schools still require masks to be worn so please remember if you are in the school grounds, you are to wear a mask.

Please also remember that the highest risk of infection comes from adult to adult contact.

When in the school grounds, please remember to maintain a 2-metre distance from each other to minimise the risk of infection and support our infection control measures.

Thank you for your support in ensuring all of our school community are kept as safe as possible and infection free.

Parent Consultations, Sign Up Sheets go live today at 12.30pm on your child’s class TEAMs page

The parent consultations will be virtual and done through TEAMs.

Please make sure that you check your child’s class TEAMs page today as the sign-up sheets go live at 12.30pm today, Friday 24th September 2021.

The link to your meeting will be sent out to the email we have for you in school by Thursday 30th of September.

Please to check their junk mail if you haven’t received your invitation. If you can’t find it in your junk mail, please let Emma, our administrator, know. 

If parents are joining the call from two separate locations, can you please email your child’s teacher and email the additional email address, so an appointment can be sent out to you both?

If you are having any issues accessing or connecting to TEAMS, please contact Emma in the office so we can support you to ensure you can make your appointment.

Mrs Gardner, our Support for Learning teacher, will not be holding separate appointments this time. If there is something specific you would like to discuss with her she would be more than happy to meet with you. Please contact Emma in the office to arrange an appointment time on one of her working days, which are Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

If you have any questions, please let us know.

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I am still unable to create my video End of Week check in and am working hard with the Digital Learning Team to fix this problem.

I hope you have a lovely weekend.

Take care, keep well and stay in touch.

Anna

 

Anna Hazel-Dunn

Head Teacher

The Royal High Primary School


17.09.2021 – Head Teacher’s Update for families – School Values Consultation, Parent Consultations W/B 4th October, Communication via TEAMs, Active Schools Update, School Day Consultation, School Renewal Plan, Parent Council Fundraising, Building Resilience, Mental Health Awareness Day 8th October, School PE Kit & Uniform


Good morning families.

I hope you are well and have had a good week.

It’s been another busy week at the Royal High Primary School with lots of great learning experiences for the children.

School Values Consultation

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=af6sSGo3tUKfacnke7-5xKX5QDtSjdVOmerC1qdzuzBUOEJWUVNFQjJORjI1N1pJUFBaOVMyMVZIQy4u

Thank you to all of you who have contributed to our School Values consultation. The deadline is at 12.30pm today so you still have time to share your views. The link is https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=af6sSGo3tUKfacnke7-5xKX5QDtSjdVOmerC1qdzuzBUOEJWUVNFQjJORjI1N1pJUFBaOVMyMVZIQy4u

We will collate the responses and share the chosen values before the October holidays.

Parent Consultations, week beginning 4th of October

We are going to have our first parent consultations during the week beginning the 4th of October. Due to current restrictions and Council guidance, these consultations will take place over TEAMs.

Your child’s teacher will be putting up the appointment sign up sheets on the class TEAMs page. These sheets will go live at 12.30pm on Friday 24th of September.

Please let us know if you are having any issues accessing the appointment sheets by calling the school on 0131 669 3200 or emailing admin@royalhigh-pri.edin.sch.uk.

Parent and teacher communications through TEAMs

Thank you all for using your child’s TEAMS page or teacher emails to communicate with your child’s teacher. I just wanted to remind you that, in general, staff will respond to your messages during their working hours across the school week. If you have a more pressing matter, please contact us through the admin account, admin@royalhigh-pri.edin.sch.uk, marking the subject to the attention of your child’s teacher or myself.

Active Schools Update

In partnership with Paddy Dearlove and the Parent Council Committee, we have been working hard at putting together a model of Active Schools clubs for our children. Due to the changes put in place by the Council, we are having to look at clubs being supported by parent volunteers. Paddy is very keen to support any volunteers start up a club, which could be before or after school. We shared information about clubs which are happening at Portobello High School and will continue to share any further opportunities as they arise.

If you are interested in finding out more about running a club, please let us know by email admin@royalhigh-pri.edin.sch.uk.

School Day consultation

A small number of parents have asked about the possibility of changing the school day hours so there is less of a gap between the Infant and Upper finishing times. The school day hours can only be changed through a consultation process which takes a full school year to undertake. This is due to the complexities of staffing contracts and hours. Any changes would happen from August 2022.

The first step of the consultation is to gain opinion from all of the parent body to gauge the level of interest in making this change. I am working with the Parent Council Committee and Senior managers to start this process and will be in touch with details as they are organised.

School Renewal Plan (formally the School Improvement Plan)

At the recent Parent Council meeting I shared the overview of our School Renewal Plan. The key areas have been identified by the City of Edinburgh Council. They are:

  • Equalities, Equity and Inclusion
  • Equalities
  • Teaching, Learning and Assessment
  • Health, Wellbeing and Resilience

We have taken these four priorities and made them relevant to our context at the Royal High Primary School.

I have attached a PDF of the Renewal Plan overview for your information.

RHPS School Renewal Plan Overview, 2021-2022

Parent Council Fundraising

We are working with our wonderful Parent Council Fundraising group to come up with innovative ideas to raise money for the school with events which are in line with the current guidance. We will be in touch with more information about these events in the coming weeks.

Building Resilience

We are starting our work on the Building Resilience Programme this week and in the next week or so your child’s teacher will be uploading information about the first unit, ‘Be Resilient’. Each unit have a launch assembly that we do in school, with a linked class task and home activity. We will then share the learning on our Building Resilience TEAMs channel and create a Noticeboard in school to showcase our progress. Thank you in advance for your support at home.

Mental  Health Awareness Day, 8th October 2021

Our Primary 7 pupils have been working hard on plans for our Mental Health Awareness Day on the 8th of October. They will be in touch with details of what they have planned and look forward to having a really positive pupil lead morning.

School PE kit and uniform

Thank you for all your efforts to ensure that your children are coming to school in their school uniform and PE kit. It is great to see them all in so smart in their uniforms and their white t-shirts and black shorts, trousers or leggings, for PE as it provides equity for all learners and is a really positive representation of the Royal High Primary School. Please remember that they should not wear any branded items or items with company names on them or football colours.

If you need help to provide the correct uniform gym kit for your child, please let us know as we have pre-loved items, for both gym kits and school uniforms which we can give to you.

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Thank you all for continuing to adhere to the current guidelines with regards to FACTS so we can continue to minimise the risk to our children, staff and wider school community.

If you have any questions with regards to Covid symptoms, testing or isolation periods, please contact us at the office so we can share the current information with you.

I hope you are all looking forward to the long weekend and take the time to enjoy days with your family and friends.

So until next week, take care, keep well and stay in touch.

 

Anna

 

Anna Hazel-Dunn

Head Teacher

The Royal High Primary School


10.09.2021 – Head Teacher’s Update for families –Avoiding risk of infection, Gym kit on PE days, Home work (TEAMS), Road safety, and RHPS School Values consultation


Good evening families.

I hope you are well and have had a good week.

There is plenty for me to update you with, so I will get started straight away.

Avoiding Risk of Infection

As you may be aware we have had number of positive cases at the school over the past couple of weeks. We are managing to contain them through strict adherence to the current guidelines and thank you for your support in doing the same.

Please remember to isolate your child if they are symptomatic and book them in for a PCR test. They may return to school once they have a negative PCR result.

Encourage your children not to bring personal items into school, such as toys or trading cards, to help us minimise risk.

Confirmation of children wearing their gym kit on PE days

Children are to come into school on their PE day in their gym kits as well as on Thursdays for their outdoor fitness session.

As a reminder our school PE kit is as follows:

  • A white or red t-shirt
  • School jumper
  • Black shorts, cycling shorts (to the knee), leggings or jogging bottoms
  • Trainers suitable for both indoor and outdoor activities

Children should not wear

  • Branded items, eg hoodies jogging bottoms with company names on them
  • Short cycling shorts (ie to the top of the thigh)
  • Crop tops
  • Football colours

We have a Uniform Station in school with lots of school uniform. If you need any school uniform, please just call us or email so we can check if we have what you need.

As a general reminder, children should not be coming to school wearing make-up, fake nails or jewellery, other than small studs in their ears. This is all around health and safety as well as promoting a positive self-attitude.

Our Pupil Councillors are going to mock up some photos of both the school uniform and the school gym kit so the children are really clear on the expectations and take pride in representing their school through the uniform.

Home Work

All homework is set and shared by teachers on the class TEAMs pages.

Please make sure that you log in with your child and check their class page regularly.

You will also find lots of updates, information about learning and reminders.

It is the main communication from the teachers to you, so it is key that you get in the habit of checking it with your child as part of the school routine.

If you or anyone you know of is still having difficulties accessing TEAMs for any reason, such as devices, WIFI issues, lack of confidence, we encourage you to contact the school so we can help resolve these issues.

Road safety

Gordon, our wonderful crossing patrol man, has asked me to remind your children to use the crossing at the end of the day. He is very concerned about the dangers of the children crossing at other points near the crossing due to the busy nature of Northfield Broadway.

He is always at the crossing, come rain, shine, snow, hail or fog, so let’s do him the honour of respecting what he does, and all use the service he provides to keep us all safe.

The Royal High Primary School Values Consultation

This is the key point for this End of Week Check In from me.

All across the city of Edinburgh, schools are revisiting their school values and making sure they truly represent their school.

Here at the Royal High Primary School, we have decided to review our values and have worked with pupils and staff to create a list of the values we feel are most important to us as a school community.

As you are a core part of our school community, we want to hear your voice too.

I have created a survey with a list of the values chosen by the pupils and staff and would like to ask you to choose the four you consider most important for us here at the Royal High Primary School.

There is an option at the bottom for you to add a suggestion if you have one and a comment box for any thoughts.

I have attached a Values Word Cloud sharing all of the values from which you will be choosing.

Here is the link for the survey – https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=af6sSGo3tUKfacnke7-5xKX5QDtSjdVOmerC1qdzuzBUOEJWUVNFQjJORjI1N1pJUFBaOVMyMVZIQy4u

Please complete the survey by 1pm on Friday 17th of September.

We will collate all of the responses with the pupil and staff choices and share the selected values before the October holidays.

Thank you for being involved with this really exciting process.

 

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As I said there is quite a lot of information this week, so I’ll end my check in here.

I am still having technical and storage issues with my video messages so sadly no link to share this week. I will endeavour to have that sorted for next week.

In the meantime, please get in touch if you have any questions through the usual channels – by phoning 0131 669 3200 or admin@royalhigh-pri.edin.sch.uk.

Thank you.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend.

Take care, keep well and see you next week.

 

Anna

 

Anna Hazel-Dunn

Head Teacher

The Royal High Primary School

 


27.08.2021 – Head Teacher’s Update for families – ParentPay, Communication with teachers, ‘No Snacks in Packs’ and PE kit reminder


Good evening families.

I hope you are well and have had a good week.

It’s been a very busy first week back at school but wonderful to see all of the children enjoying being back with their friends and their new teachers.

This week we hope to have resolved the issues with regards to ParentPay. All new families should have been sent their activation codes for their ParentPay accounts and should soon be receiving all of our communications.

Please let anyone know who is still having issues accessing their account that they should contact the school office so we can look into this.

Talking about communication, we have devised a new model for communication between you and your child’s teachers. We are going to be using the class TEAMs pages as the main form of communication between teachers and families. There will be updates about learning and teaching as well as general reminders.

If you want to contact the teacher directly about learning and teaching or a general query about your child, you can do so by either sending a message to them through your child’s private channel or emailing their work email.

All the teachers email addresses are their first name followed by a dot,  ‘.’ , then their surname with the @royalhigh-pri.edin.sch.uk at the end.

If your question is about the wider school community, please send an email to the admin@royalhigh-pri.edin.sch.uk account.

If you have a query directly for me, please contact me by emailing anna.hazel-dunn@royalhigh-pri.edin.sch.uk, copying in the admin email to ensure that it is brought to my attention.

We have enjoyed lots of opportunities for outdoor learning and PE this week so I thought I would send a reminder with regards to our gym kit.

There should be no branded items or football colours.

The children should wear a red or white  t-shirt or polo shirt, black knee-length cycling shorts, black leggings, black jogging bottoms or black shorts.

We are very proud of our ‘No Snacks in Packs’ policy, which was created by our Eco Committee a number of years ago.

Just to remind you we would like all children to bring in a small healthy snack in a tub. By healthy we mean snacks such as fruit, oatcakes, veg sticks, crackers or rice cakes.

Children shouldn’t bring packets of crisps, sugary cereal bars, sweets or chocolate. This will help to ensure they have the right energy for the school day.

We have a number of children who have a severe nut allergy in our school so we ask that you make sure your children don’t bring anything into school that contains nuts. Thank you for your support with this.

We have enjoyed lots of sunshine this week and so I will leave you now to enjoy the lovely weather this evening.

I hope you have a lovely weekend.

Take care, keep well and see you next week.

Anna

 

Anna Hazel-Dunn

Head Teacher

The Royal High Primary School


14.06.2021 – Head Teacher’s Update for families – Class photos, Staff update and Meet the Teacher


Good evening families.

I hope you are well and had a good weekend.

Apologies for the lack of End of Week Check in from me but my time was taken up with the comms following the positive Covid test result in school. My thoughts are with those of you who are currently having to isolate.

Thank you to everyone for their support in responding to this situation and ensuring that everyone not affected was able to come into school safely today.

We will continue to strictly adhere to the guidelines we have in place to do our best to make sure that we can all remain at school until the end of term.

Life continues at a rapid pace as we head towards the end of this school year with lots happening.

Tomorrow the class photographs are taking place and I look forward to seeing all the children coming in looking extra smart! The photos will be taken outside with the photographer following our risk mitigation guidelines and practices. It will be a lovely memory for the children to have after such a tough year. I will share the link to order the photos as soon as Susan from Clear Photography sends it to me.

It was a real pleasure to share the names of the class teachers for this coming school year. I am really excited about our team and the year ahead your children will have.

We look forward to welcoming Miss Stephanie Wallace, Miss Kristy Dishington, Miss Caitlin Morrow and Miss Hayley Stewart to the school. I have attached photos to this update so you can recognise them when you see them.

 

We are really pleased Miss Lisa Macleod is staying with us for this coming year.

We are very sorry to say good bye to Miss Voss, Miss Anderson, Miss Kinghorn, and Mrs Mughal. We thank them for all their hard work, dedication and love for the children during their time with us and wish them all the best for the future. We will miss them and hope that they keep in touch to let us know how they are getting on.

Mrs Heron is taking a secondment at a special school for the year and we look forward to hearing how she is getting on through the coming months.

Mrs Megaw is taking a career break and we wish her well in her new ventures.

I would like to make a special mention of thanks to Tracy Goldie, our Parent Council Chair, who is leaving at the end of this session. She has been a fantastic support for the school and will be sorely missed.

Mr Phil Dickson has been voted in as our new Parent Council chair and we are really looking forward to continuing to work closely with him and the rest of the Parent Council in the coming
year.

Mr Brian Cairnie and Mrs Diane Chapman are both retiring at the end of this term and we hope that they are very much looking forward to some much deserved rest and relaxation over the
Summer and beyond! We thank them for their years of service to the school and the memories they have given to all those they have worked with. We aren’t able to have a celebration for them but are going to have a special TEAMs assembly in their honour. I know many of you have known them for a lot of years and would like to acknowledge this. Both Mr Cairnie and Mrs Chapman have asked that you don’t send them in gifts but simply show your appreciation by sending an email to them. That will mean an awful lot to them. You can send your messages to them via the school admin account, admin@royalhigh-pri.edin.sch.uk. I know they will be delighted to hear from you.

We have received advice from the Senior managers at the City of Edinburgh Council that we politely encourage you not to give the staff gifts at the end of the Summer term. Their reasons for
this are linked to our infection control restrictions and risk mitigation but also as an acknowledgement of avoiding an equity issue. As with Mr Cairnie and Mrs Chapman, an email of support and thanks would be gratefully received by staff, particularly after the tremendous effort they have made during the Covid pandemic. Your words will have a long lasting effect and give the staff a real feeling of appreciation and support as they start their very well earned Summer holidays. Thank you.

The children are excited about meeting their teachers on Wednesday and will no doubt want to share with you what they did with them so please take a moment to chat to them about this.
Here is the link for my Head Teacher’s End of Week check in video from Friday – https://youtu.be/IZp6Y4oZ-Mw

I’ll be in touch at the end of this week with my usual Check In but until then, take care, stay well and keep in touch.

Anna

Anna Hazel-Dunn
Head Teacher
The Royal High Primary School


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