Christmas Head Teacher Post

Despite the many pressures and challenges faced by our pupils, staff and families this term, our wonderful school community have continued to persevere and demonstrate amazing resilience and kindness towards others.

Huge thanks to Mrs Ciechanowicz for organising our yearly toys giveaway with support from Cash for Kids. Thanks also to Liz and Danni, our Family Support Workers, who arranged for food packs to be distributed to families before the end of term. Thanks also to our mysterious guardian angel who donated a selection box for every pupil within the school. Finally, enormous thanks to everyone who was able to donate something towards our Christmas collection for the Citadel Youth Centre who continue to provide fun, friendship and support to a large number of our pupils and parents.

I’d like to take this opportunity to wish all our parents and carers a very Merry and relaxing Christmas holiday and a Happy New Year when it comes.

Fiona Craig – Head Teacher

The school said a fond farewell to two of our moved loved members of staff, Mrs Kelly and Mrs Kean. Both are moving on to promoted posts, Mrs Kelly to Stanwell Nursery as Nursery Administrator and Mrs Kean as school Business Manager at Lorne Primary. Staff, pupils and parents are very grateful to both for all the help they have given the school community over the years and wish them well in their new positions.

CHRISTMAS FESTIVITIES

Pupils enjoyed a week of Christmas festivities including class parties and an online pantomime. Huge thanks go to our parent council, LPPC, for generously funding the pantomime and snacks for the class parties. In the absence of a Christmas show or church visit for he second year, pupils have created a Christmas showreel for parents and carers. We hope you will enjoy singing along. Click here or below to watch.

Pupils’ Health and Wellbeing Sway Newsletter – The Leith Calamari

Pupils have created a newsletter sharing some of the things they have been learning about linked to their Health and Wellbeing. The Leith Calamari will focus on two of the Scottish Wellbeing indicators starting with Safe and Healthy. Read on to find out why such an unusual name here.

Digital Access Survey

We still have no way of knowing what COVID-19 mitigations will be in place after the Christmas break. Information about pupils’ return will be shared with parents and carers on the 4th January when Head Teachers have been briefed on what to expect. If you have not yet managed to complete our updated Digital Access Survey yet, please do so here. The survey deadline has been extended to December 31st.

Parent/Carer Health & Wellbeing

Whilst many of our families look forward to spending time with each other over the festive period, we know that it can be a time of stress and unhappiness for others. There are sources of information and support for adults on a range of areas on the NHS Lothian Wellbeing website here. Further information on anxiety and worry for parents and carers is available below. Information on a variety of issues for families is available on the Support for Families website. Parents/carers can also access a wealth of information from the CAMHS website here.

Please remember that the team at Leith Primary are here to support parents and carers in whatever way we can. Drop us a line at admin@leith-pri.edin.sch.uk or on the comments sections of the website here. You can also contact either of our Family Support Workers via email: danni@citadelyouthcentre.org.uk and lizj@citadelyouthcentre.org.uk

Head Teacher Post

In our Friday Assembly, we reviewed the learning we have done in our Building Resilience Unit: Talk Things Over. We know that it is normal for us all to have worries, especially at times like this, and it can help to share them with a trusted adult. This term, all pupils have identified a trusted adult within the school who they know they can talk to if ever they are upset or worried about something. Pupils can also use the Worry Monster or Worry Box in their classroom to let their teacher know that they are feeling worried and would like to talk. A problem shared, is a problem halved.

COVID 19 – Omicron Update

As you will have seen, the First Minister has warned that the new variant of COVID is spreading quickly across Scotland. If anyone in your household tests positive for COVID 19, everyone must self isolate for 10 days, irrespective of vaccine status or negative PCR test. It remains very important for us all to observed FACTS and to ensure pupils do not come to school if they display the common COVID-19 symptoms. Further school-based mitigations may be necessary in the days to come. We will keep you informed as regularly as is necessary. Please make sure we have your most up-to-date contact details.

Well Done to Our Leith Learners!

ViviennePrimary 1/2Vivienne always has a positive attitude towards her learning and loves to be challenged! She should be so proud of all that she has achieved since the start of P1. Well done, Vivienne! 
MatthewPrimary 1aMatthew has been trying particularly hard in phonics this week and has made excellent progress. Well done Matthew!
MomenPrimary 1bMomen has been a super kind member of our class this week. He always looks out for others and makes sure no one is left out when playing. We are so lucky to have you, Momen!
BlakePrimary 2Blake quietly quietly and conscientiously gets on with things, always trying her best, never making a fuss – truly a responsible and independent learner 🙂 
FelixPrimary 3aFelix has a fantastic attitude towards his work. This week he has been working hard on the formal method for addition, he is always ready for a challenge and helps his peers when they need it.
AdelaPrimary 3bAdela has shown a lot of kindness to others in the class this week and is a lovely classmate to have.
JakubPrimary 4aJakub has been working really hard in class. He is trying his best in all tasks and has both written some excellent stories and challenged himself in maths. keep up the great work Jakub 🙂 
PatrykPrimary 4bPatryk has created some amazing homework this term!  He put a massive effort into the research and presentation of many of his activities and was very proud of his work.  This is a fantastic achievement Patryk, well done!!
IslaPrimary 5aIsla has demonstrated responsibility in group this work this week and has persevered with her independent tasks making great progress with her numeracy. Well done Isla!
Nathan Primary 7bNathan is in the Recognition Book for his perseverance in maths. He had some difficult problem solving questions to solve. He worked hard and kept going.  I was very impressed with his resilience. Well done Nathan! 

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P7 Pupils enjoyed learning in the science lab at Leith Academy this week.

Well done to all this week’s hard working Leith Primary pupils

Holly Primary 1/2Holly loves exploring writing through her play and has produced some fantastic pieces of independent writing this week.  You are star, Holly! 
NapiuPrimary 1aNapiu has been working especially hard this week to share his thoughts and ideas with the group during play and also during carpet sessions. We are so proud of you, Napiu! Well done.
DorcasPrimary 1bDorcas has been trying her best during literacy and maths this week. She brings a lot of enthusiasm, especially when singing, and always shows she is ready to learn. Great work Dorcas, keep it up!
KeiraPrimary 2Keira is a responsible person who consistently makes positive choices and challenges herself in her learning.
AnnabellePrimary 3bAnnabelle has made some really great contributions to our work on climate change this week.  Well done!
KieranPrimary 4aKieran has been experimenting with logging on and using word in ICT. He wrote an excellent story with lots of detail and description. He also edited it using spell checker. Great work Kieran!
TayaPrimary 4bFor the care and effort she puts into the presentation and content of all her pieces of work.  Well done Taya, you’re an inspiration to your classmates!
Joseph Primary 5aJoseph successfully created a table top Advent wreath applying problem solving skills. He has also persevered with his numeracy and literacy tasks. Great work Joseph!
RoryPrimary 5bFor perseverance!  He worked hard to ensure he had corrected all of his work in maths.
Niko Primary 6Niko has engaged really well with maths problems involving fractions. He has also made inciteful contributions to our class discussions on our class novel ‘Holes’. 
DavidPrimary 7aDavid has been doing a great job in maths multiplying decimals.  He is challenging himself and supporting other pupils in their learning.  Well done David!
Joe Primary 7bJoe is in the Recognition Book for his excellent spooky story. He created suspense and used detailed description all the way through to keep the reader’s interest. He used onomatopoeia effectively and had a fantastic unforeseen ending. Well done Joe!