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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. 


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; Antibullying 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. 

Antibullying Ambassadors 

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

They are: 

Sam, Rory and Foozy from p5 a 

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


Update attachments

HT Update – 21.05.2021  HT P7 Update 21.05.2021  P7 Open Evening Book day dress up World Book day Remote learning challenges Lingo Box Friday Healthy respect Information on PPT Team guides Jason Leith Letter Teams Log in guide Assignment via teams Support for families Keyworker Survey  Keyworker Flow-chart Keyworker definition Teams via games console Teams code of conduct Remote learning communication Guide for Parents and carersParent Council Update 30.09.2020 Keyworker Hub Provision Blended learning letter Carers week activity ideas Tree-mendous-Trees Connect online Q&A Holding online meetings Coping with loss and bereavement Being at home during school closure Letter about transition to school Transition information booklet Seesaw Privacy Policy Supporting home learning – children Supporting home learning – adults Daily live activities  Supporting children with learning disability / ASD


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