Headteacher’s January Post

Dear Parents, Carers and Friends of Leith Primary,

Happy New Year to all of you!

2021 has already started off as a challenging time for many. The Scottish Government announcement this week about ‘lockdown’ measures means that until at least 1st February, most of our pupils will engage in remote learning from home.

School staff are already very busy planning learning experiences for pupils whilst they are at home and support for families who will find another lockdown challenging.

Understandably, we are experiencing a very high number on emails from parents/carers at the moment. We will be in touch at the end of the week to give you more details about how home learning will work over the next few weeks and how to get support if you need it.

**Please let us know immediately if you have not received this post through email**

Today, childcare started in school for a very small number of pupils who have two parents who meet the criteria for key worker status in categories 1, 2 or 3 and who have no other means of informal childcare with extended family or friends. We have also offered spaces to another very small group of pupils who were known to us and other agencies prior to the lockdown as requiring a very high degree of support or who are Care Experienced.

For the vast majority of pupils, home is where they will be safest however we do not underestimate the challenge this will present many of our families.

We will continue to do our very best to provide as much support as we possibly can during these next few weeks for our pupils and families and will be back in contact soon.

Persevere.

Yours sincerely,

Fiona Craig Head Teacher

School return in January 2021:

All children are on holiday until Monday 11th January 2021.

All children will resume remote learning from home from Monday 11th January to Friday 29th January 2021, unless offered a place in the school hub, if eligible.

We will update you if and when this changes.

Children of Key Workers and vulnerable children

The school will be regarded as a ‘Hub’ for children of Key Workers and vulnerable children to attend from the 6th to 29th January.  We will operate the school for core hours of 8.50am – 3.15pm (Mon-Thurs) and 8.50am – 12.25pm (Friday).

Vulnerable children will be known already to the school and other agencies such as social work and parents/carers will be contacted by a member of the Senior Leadership Team to be offered a place. 

Key Workers should have established themselves via the Key Worker definition and flow chart and applied for a place by Monday 4th January 2021 as per our communications in December. Currently all eligible key worker places have been confirmed.

If you fit the criteria as a Key Worker (see criteria and flow chart below) and now wish to request a place please email the school office at admin@leith-pri.edin.sch.uk or Contact Us page on the website.

** Please note, if any parent/carer is not a key worker, is working from home or is not at work, the child should remain at home.  Children should only attend school if absolutely necessary and meet the criteria as highlighted in green in the flow chart below. **

School ‘Hub’ operational details

We will operate 4 ‘Bubbles’ of children:

Nursery Bubble: Based in the nursery large room. Enter and exit via the main gate of the nursery.

P1/ P2 Bubble: Based in the nursery small room. Enter and exit via the Nursery main entrance.

P3-P5 Bubble: Based in Room 1 on the first floor. Enter and exit via the Main Door.

P6-P7 Bubble: Based in Room 7. Enter and exit via the Upper Playground Door.

** Please note, we must minimise the staff working in school and the majority of staff will work from home. Staff will work on a rotational shift pattern throughout ‘Lockdown’ and therefore your child may not be supported by their usual Class Teacher or Pupil Support Assistant when at school. **

All ‘bubbles’ will run from: 8.50am – 3.15pm (Mon-Thurs) and 8.50am – 12.25pm (Friday).

All parents / carers will be permitted into the playground to drop off/pick up, but must remain socially distant and wear masks/face coverings at all times. 

Children of eligible key workers should attend the hub only if both parents are at work. If either parent works on a rota or shift basis, their child should remain at home at those times to reduce the overall number of pupils in the hub.

Children should bring a full water bottle, snack, suitable warm clothing and packed lunch if they wish, although a lunch of soup and a sandwich will be provided each day.

From the 11th January children should bring their own laptops/ipads/jotters, etc. for learning at school if they have them. 

Key worker definitions:

Category 1 – Health and Care workers directly supporting COVID-19 response, and associated staff; Health and Care workers supporting life threatening emergency work, as well as critical primary and community care provision; Energy suppliers (small numbers identified as top priority already); staff providing childcare/learning for other category 1 staff.

Category 2 – All other Health and Care workers, and wider public sector workers providing emergency/critical welfare services (for example: fire, police, prisons, social workers), as well as those supporting our Critical National Infrastructure, without whom serious damage to the welfare of the people of Scotland could be caused.

Category 3 – All workers (private, public or third sector) without whom there could be a significant impact on Scotland (but where the response to COVID-19, or the ability to perform essential tasks to keep the country running, would not be severely compromised).

Key worker flowchart:

Key Worker Childcare Form for Parents

In preparation for key worker child care starting on 6th January, Leith Primary School parents/carers have been sent an email with a unique link to a Form to complete if they believe they meet the Scottish Government definition of Key Worker status.

All school staff and school-based FM staff are considered by City of Edinburgh Council to be Category 1 and 2 Key Workers and therefore any staff with children in a City of Edinburgh Council establishment may apply for childcare at their own child’s school, if they meet the criteria on the flowchart.

Please let us know if you have not received this email.

Many thanks

Christmas Message from Ms Craig

Dear Parents/Carers and Friends of Leith Primary School and Nursery

Thank you for all your kind messages and seasonal good wishes to our hard working staff at the end of this extraordinarily challenging year. I’d like to take this opportunity to recognise the enormous efforts of our wider school community team: our teachers, PSAs, office team, nursery staff, leadership team, lunch staff, cleaners, janitorial, crossing patrol, family support staff, LPPC, community police, allied health team, additional for learning service team, out-of-hours childcare providers, our students, our multiple community partners, loyal supporters of the school and most importantly our parents, carers and grandparents. This year, we simply could not have managed without you. Despite the many unique challenges this year brought, all of us continue to work together towards one common purpose; to support the wellbeing, learning and development of our wonderful young people who each, individually deserve the very best we can give them. On behalf of our ‘wee Leithers’, my heartfelt thanks to every one of you. It appears that 2021 may continue to bring further uncertainty and challenge. But we have our well developed contingency and renewal plans, the hope of the new COVID vaccines and the support of each other in our strong Leith Primary School community. We are Leithers and we will persevere!

For now, it is time for us to rest, be with family if we can, indulge a little in whatever lifts our spirits and think about what we are grateful for.

On a more practical note, please ensure that we have your most up-to-date mobile phone number and email address. If you have changed either contact recently, please let us know ASAP so we can update our records. Important information will be sent to both main carers from the school and the centrally by the council so it is critical we have these details on file.

Class teachers will communicate with parents directly via Online Learning Journals. There are still a few parents/carers who have not logged on to their child’s profile. It is really important you do this soon. Let us know if you would like your password reset.

Information about what will happen in the new year will be sent to you directly by email from the City of Edinburgh Council and by the school. We will also continue to update the school website with all the need-to-know information.

Please have a warm and restful winter break whatever your plans are and we look forward to seeing you all in 2021.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Fiona Craig

Headteacher

Changes to School Lunches Today and Tomorrow

Dear Parent/Carer,

Due to the precautionary self-isolation of the catering team within Leith Primary a reduced offer will be served to pupils up to the Christmas break.  We would like to re-assure parents and guardians that there is no risk to pupils as a result of this self-isolation.  We would like to reiterate that this is only a precautionary measure as advised by Health Protection Scotland and high standards of legislative compliance are being followed at all times.

From Monday 21st December a packed lunch will be substituted to all those who have ordered lunches, please note we will continue to provide any special diets that have been requested through the usual process.  The hot option will be automatically substituted with a cheese sandwich packed lunch.

We would like to apologise for any inconvenience this may cause

Streets of Leith Raffle Winners Announced!

Congratulations to all of our raffle winners who were drawn earlier on today.

*STAR PRIZE WINNER: Katherine Galliard – £250*

Razzo Pizza Voucher – Sasha Reid

Jeneil the Jewellers Voucher – Martin Donnelly

MacIntyre Hair and Beauty Voucher – Jane Arnott

Mimi’s Afternoon Tea Voucher – Chris Dowelle

Royal Yacht Britannia Tickets – Clair Dowelle

1 hour Ninja Warrior Adventure Session – Andrew Sweeny

Lovella Voucher – Dawn Moloney

East Coast Cured Voucher – Libby Pedderson

4 Class Pass for Links Fitness – Sandra Hunter

Hideout Voucher – Hassina Ford

All the winners will be contacted by email by LPPC to arrange how to collect their prizes.

Enormous thanks again to LPPC, especially Judith Weir and Nikki Dunne, for all their hard work in sourcing the prizes and coordinating the raffle. And thank you to all of our generous prize donors for their support of our Leith Primary pupils. Finally, enormous thanks to all of our parents, carers and friends of the school for buying a ticket and supporting us this Christmas. Money raised supports the school to buy resources like our iPad charging units, equipment and books for classes and treats like the pantomime on Friday.

The P7 Christmas Shop is OPEN!!!

Roll up, Roll up! 

We may not be able to host our annual School Christmas Fair this year however our industrious and enterprising P7 pupils have created some terrifically perfect presents for our school community to buy this Christmas. These items could be great stocking fillers or ideal gifts for the pocket money conscious spender. This is part of the P7 Virgin Money enterprise project, Make £5 Grow.

Please have a look at the Christmas Shop Catalogues below. Order forms will be sent home next week.

You can find this information on your parent/carer email inboxes (check you junk mail too!)

Thank you for your support!

The Pupils of Primary 7

Message from Leith Primary School and NHS Lothian

Dear Parent/Carer

As you may already know, we are aware of a small number of Leith Primary pupils from the same household who have tested positive for COVID-19. We have been working closely with NHS Lothian Health Protection Team and following all national guidance. 

A number of people have now been contacted because they have been in close and sustained contact with the case and the tracking process is now complete.

These contacts will need to self isolate and appropriate guidance and advice has been given.

 If you have not been contacted directly to tell you your child is a close contact, then your child should attend school as normal.

Enhanced cleaning and infection control measures are in place in line with national guidance. The school is safe and remains open.

If you have any concerns in the meantime, or if you need to book a COVID-19 test because your child has developed symptoms (high temperature, a new continuous cough and/or a loss or change in sense of smell or taste) please visit the NHS Inform website www.nhsinform.scot  or for non-clinical advice call 0800 028 2816. 

Please note that a test should only ever be booked if you or your child has these specifics symptoms.

Remember to stay at home if anyone in the household has symptoms of COVID-19.

For further information you may find this Frequently Asked Questions document useful :

https://www.nhslothian.scot/Coronavirus/Parents/Schools/Pages/default.aspx

Best wishes,

Fiona Craig

Congratulations to our Kindness Role Models!

Rayyan ZeeshanPrimary 1aRayyan has been working really hard this week to make friends with new people. He was spotted on several occasions this week letting new people join in with his games and always uses kind words.
Omer Ahmad Primary 1bOmer shows kindness and respect to his classmates everyday. He is always one of the first people in the class to offer to do jobs and if a door needs to be held, Omer seems to magically appear from nowhere and is ready to hold it with a big smile on his face. We really value your kindness in our class Omer. Thank you! 
FreyaPrimary 2aFreya has been a polite, helpful and considerate pupil this week. Playing kindly with others, supporting them and taking on roles within the classroom responsibly. Well done 🙂 
Kieran GilgunPrimary 2bKieran has been extremely helpful by tidying up our room and has been patient and waiting his turn. He has been sharing our resources too!
Maya KaurPrimary 3aMaya is always kind and considerate towards her classmates and staff.  Well done Maya, you are a good example to others!
TaisiaPrimary 3bTaisia is kind to all of her classmates and not just her friends. She often helps others with their learning and when she sees someone in need she goes over to help. 
Amber Primary 4aAmber was nominated by her peers for letting others join in and play with her, helping others when they needed help or were hurt and helping them in the classroom with their learning. 
Oran Primary 4aOran is kind during motor skills group and always compliments others when they do well 🙂 
Miss Ciechanowicz
Callum RobertsonPrimary 4bOne of Callum’s classmates nominated Callum for supporting them when they were hurt. Thank you Callum for being so kind!
Zara CowiePrimary 5Zara recognised (unprompted) that it was Ms Ogbekene’s first full day of teaching and congratulated her at the end of the day.
Lewis GrangerPrimary 6aLewis noticed that someone was on their own in the playground and asked if they were ok. He often demonstrates little acts of kindness like this which is lovely. 
HeidiPrimary 6bHeidi has been supporting and helping her classmates consistently since the beginning of this year.  She gets her table organised and supports others in being ready, as well as often looking out for others when they are feeling down.  Well done Heidi!
Dawn Taylor-DalePrimary 7aFor showing many acts of kindness, both large and small, over the course of the week. Dawn has shown herself to be a steadfast, loyal and caring friend.  Well done! 
Harry FraserPrimary 7bHarry noticed that another pupil was upset and immediately went over to see if he could help. He listened to him and then passed on information (with his agreement) to the teacher so that he could be helped. Very kind, supportive and sensible.