June Letter to Parents/Carers

                                                                                                                     Friday, 18th June, 2021

Dear Parent/Carer

Our thanks

As we move towards the end of another extraordinary year, I would like to thank you all again for your continued support of the school and the changes we have had to make in the light of so many COVID restrictions. I know that this has been a particularly challenging school year for many but I have been astonished at how resilient and positive the vast majority of our young people have been despite this. That is in no small part a reflection of how well you have supported your children with home learning and keeping them in good spirits during such an uncertain time. 

Recovery Plans

We will continue with our recovery plans in August. Those children who do require additional support to manage the impact of lost learning or the trauma of lockdown will have access to ongoing and additional interventions next session.

Infection Control Measures

Class bubbles and staggered starts and finish times will continue after the holidays along with the other infection control measures in place just now. We will of course let you know if there is any change to those plans. Please make sure that we have your most up-to-date phone number and email address in case we need to get in touch before term starts.

Lunches

Lunches next session we will return to hot packed meals from our own newly refurbished kitchen. Please make sure you select your child’s meal choices on ParentPay, even if your child is in receipt of Free School Meals. Only lunches that have been selected will be made by the kitchen. If you have not selected your child’s meals, you must send them in with a packed lunch. Thank you for your cooperation with this.

Uniform

We will return to a much stricter expectation of school uniform/colours being worn by all pupils every day next session. Pupils should come to school dressed in an official Leith Primary School sweatshirt or hoodie or navy-blue cardigan or jumper, white or navy polo shirt, blue checked gingham dress dark or bottoms and sturdy school shoes on Monday to Friday. Next session, all pupils will be able to purchase a navy blue school hoodie, not just the P7s. However, only our P7s next year will be able to wear the special royal blue P7 school hoodie.

Sweatshirts and hoodies can be bought from https://leithps.imagescotland.com/shop

We ask that all parents/carers earning under £16k apply for Free School Meals, even if their child will not order and eat the lunches, as they will be awarded a clothing grant of up to £200 per year each to help with buying school clothing. We are happy to help you apply for this, just ask the office team. 

*We remind parents/carers that all clothing with logos or slogans is not permitted, nor is make-up, fake nails, dangly jewellery, cropped tops or party/beach wear. We continue to be grateful for your support on this matter.

End of Year Reports

Summary end of session reports will be given out to pupils next week.

Friday Finish Times

Pupils will finish at their usual Friday finish times next week. The Primary 7s will be piped out of the playground at around 11.50am onto Leith Links where they can be met by their parents. Children from the other classes will line the playground in a socially distanced way to clap and cheer their P7 friends out. The other children will be dismissed as usual at their normal place and time.

NB: P7 Parents are requested to observe social distancing rules whilst in the Links.

There will be a special P7 leaver’s assembly on Thursday from 2.15pm screened live on MS Teams. Please click here to JOIN the assembly from your phone, tablet or computer. All welcome.

Teachers for Next Session

P1AMrs SASHA YOUNG (nee Reid)
P1B Ms LAUREN KIRKWOOD/
Mrs SHONA BIRRELL (Weds)
P1/2Ms JENNIFER WILSON 
P2Mr MATTHEW DAVIES (Mrs JO KINNELL from Nov) 
P3AMrs ANNA HIND
P3BMrs KIM WATSON/ Mrs SHONA BIRRELL (Thurs/Fri)
P4AMs ANNE KATRINE CHRISTENSEN  
P4BMs FIONA HARRIS 
P5AMrs ALANE FRASER
P5B Mr JOHN MACKENZIE 
P6Mrs DAWN MOLONEY 
P7AMs AILIE SCOTT DICKINS 
P7BMs KIRSTEN MACDONALD/
Mrs GILLIAN CLARKSON (Weds)
Support For Learning(Tues-Fri)Mrs ELLA CIECHANOWICZ
Support For Learning(Tues/Thursday)Mrs GILLIAN CLARKSON
Reduced Class Contact Cover (Mon/Tues)Mrs LOUISE SLATTERY
Reduced Class Contact Cover (Mon/Tues)Ms JACQUELINE MCDONALD

I am delighted that Mr Hugh Stuart will continue with us for the next two years as our Depute Headteacher.

We welcome Mr David Bonas who will take up his post as our new Business Manager from August.

We are also delighted that Ms Clodagh Weir and Ms Patricia De La Cruz will continue on with us as Early Years Practitioners in P1 and P2, next session.

Danni Taylor will return from maternity leave in August to pick up her post as our Citadel Family Support Worker. Liz Johnston, who has been covering Danni’s maternity leave this session, will support the parents of pupils at Leith Academy and will continue supporting young people and parents at The Citadel. I would like to thank Liz for all the support she has given the school this year and wish her well with her new Citadel post.

I wish you all a lovely weekend.

Kind regards,

Fiona Craig

Headteacher