Head Teacher Post

One of the new playground signs

This week at assembly, we spoke a little bit about the war in Ukraine. We recognised the wonderful kindness of countries like Poland are providing Ukrainians seeking refuge and the bravery of many Russians who are protesting the war, at great risk to their own safety. We also spoke about the remarkable resilience of the Ukrainian people.

Also at assembly, our school Equalities group launched our new Anti-Bullying Policy. We are very excited that from Monday we will have Playground Buddies who will support others with any problems they are having with unkind behaviour. You can watch the Equalities Group presentation here:

Sustainable Food Growing Grant

Congratulations to Mrs Young and the Eco Committee for successfully winning a Sustainable Food Growing project grant for the school. This will support us to continue gardening work in our raised beds in the playground. We cannot wait to see what is grown. The Eco Committee have also been busy putting together their application for the school’s fourth Green Flag award. Despite two lockdowns, the school has continued its strong commitment to learning for sustainability and we look forward to celebrating all our hard work on successful completion of the process soon.

Parent-Teacher Consultations

Many thanks to everyone who attended their virtual parent-teacher consultation this week. We hope that this is the last virtual parents meetings event we have and that next session, we can welcome parents back into the school again. Mrs Fraser and Ms Christensen will re-schedule their appointments on their return. If you had technical difficulties or could not make your appointment, please call the school office to arrange a call with your child’s teacher next week.

Playground Signs

A very big thank you to LPPC, our parent council, for buying the school our new playground signs. We have lots more to put up around the playground such as our Restoration Station (above) that helps pupils to repair friendships when things go wrong at break or lunch. Other signs promote a Growth Mindset and positive attitude. We even have some signs that help us with our times tables. These were bought with some of the proceeds from the school calendars and pupil photographs. The fundraising of LPPC is such a great support to the school in so many ways. Thank you again to them for the donation to the school to buy these signs and thank you to all the parents who bought a school calendar, pupil photograph, school Christmas card pack or supported LPPC in some other way.

COVID Absences

We have had some more absences through COVID again this week. Children have reported having a high fever, which remains one of the classic symptoms to look out for. Please continue to support the COVID mitigations over the next few weeks and let us know if your child does test positive.

Support for Families

The Support for Families website has recently been updated with new opportunities for support and family learning the local community and around Edinburgh. You can see what there is to offer here: www.edinburgh.gov.uk/supportforfamilies

Well Done to All This Week’s Hard Working Leithers

BellaPrimary 1/2Bella always has a positive attitude towards her learning and loves new challenges! Some fantastic independent writing through play this week. Well done, Bella!
ZerinPrimary 1aZerin has been trying very hard in phonics this week and has also been a super tidy up helper. Well done Zerin!
ArianaPrimary 1bAriana has been so helpful this week! She has done a super job of keeping our classroom tidy and was supporting friends with their learning as they showed them how to do an art task. We’re so lucky to have you, Ariana!
FreyaPrimary 3aFreya is always a happy, helpful member of our class who has a wonderful attitude to learning and tries her best  in all of her learning activities. She has worked extremely hard on improving her reading this term and is always excited to share what she has been reading with the class. Well done, Freya!
ShaniahPrimary 3bShaniah has been making great progress spelling Common Words this week – well done!
KeiraPrimary 4aKeira continues to show a positive attitude to her learning in class. This week we have been learning a new strategy in Maths and Keira has demonstrated she can use the strategy very well. Great work Keira!
MarioPrimary 4bMario has made fantastic progress with his reading skills.  He is decoding more difficult words, using punctuation really well and is reading with fluency.  Well done Mario!  Ms Harris
RosaPrimary 5aRosa has been nominated by Mr Stuart for demonstrating great community spirit in her lodge and showing super resilience and determination on the ski slopes during the skiing residential last week at Lagganlia.
RoryPrimary 5bRory wrote a very descriptive acrostic poem as part of our WW2 topic.  He then shared his work with two other pupils so they could copy it.
IseluonaPrimary 6For being an excellent role model to the rest of the class. Iseluona is an organised, independent and motivated learner. Please keep up the good work!
MelodyPrimary 7aMelody has been working well in a group as always! She supports others and makes sure everyone feels involved and valued.  Well done Melody.
Zac SPrimary 7bZac is in the Recognition Book for being an excellent class member! He always tries his best and focuses on his work. He is a kind and caring classmate and always sets a good example for others. Well done Zac! Keep up the good work.