Head Teacher Post

Sports Day June 1st 2022

SPORTS DAY!

Sports Day will take place on Wednesday 1st June, next week. The P1, P2 and P3 classes will take place from 10.45am. The P4-P7 classes will take place at 1.45pm. Parents and carers are very welcome to come along and watch. LPPC will have a bake sale outside the school. Donations of baked goods can be handed in to the office on the day. The bake sale will be cash only. We hope it will be nice weather!

Leith Celebrates Diversity Week 2022

A big thank you to Mrs Moloney and the Equalities group for planning and organising this year’s Diversity Week. Pupils had a great time learning about the cultures of their classmates and walking through Leith Links with flags and drums.

P5 ‘Snappy Opera’ at The Queen’s Hall

Very well done to the all the pupils who took part in their Snappy Opera performance this week at The Queen’s Hall. Both classes performed their short ‘snappy’ opera to a packed venue as part of a festival of school performances in association with the Edinburgh International Festival. Primary 5a gave a world premier of Smiles Better co-written by Scottish folk music star Karine Polwart and Pippa Murphy whilst P5b performed a beat-boxing Fox Pop by Kerry Andrew. Both classes were outstanding and received rapturous applause from the audience.

P7 Have Fun at Benmore

After a two-year hiatus, Leith Primary returned to the wonderful outdoor residential centre at Benmore Botanical Gardens in Argyll. The Primary 7 group had a tremendous time gorge walking, caving, high rope climbing, mountain biking, night walking and lots more. Thank you to Mr Stuart, Ms Kirkwood, Mrs Hamilton, Ms Scott Dickins, Mrs Young and Mrs Clarkson. We wish them all a good rest and recuperation over the weekend!

Online Safety Session

School staff are becoming increasingly concerned by the risks our pupils are being exposed to online. Parents and carers also tell us that they feel at a loss as to how best to protect their children from a variety of dangers on the internet. Whether you are worried about bullying on WhatsApp and SnapChat, excessive use of YouTube, gaming online, sending photos by text or making new friends on Discord, Roblox, Facebook and more, children are at greater risk on the internet that they ever have been out in the community.

Leeanne Turner, an experienced social worker and professional learning trainer will be hosting an online information session on internet safety for Leith Primary School parents and carers on Wednesday 15th June at 7pm on Microsoft Teams. Parents with children of any age are welcomed to join the session from their phone, computer or tablet via this link.

We hope that as many parents as possible will be able to join us for the session.

Anxiety Supports for Parents and Carers

The Early Intervention team at CAMHS have added two new Anxiety Resources to help parents support their child or teenager, the new leaflet is attached. You can also find all the resources on the CAMHS NHS Lothian website – Online Resources (nhslothian.scot) Please share this information widely with parents and carers. 

New Resources include:

A relaxation booklet for children

And a Self Help Guide for parents on supporting their child with anxiety 

Part 1 : Understanding and Talking about worries

Part 2 : Anxiety Traps 

Part 3 : Overcoming Anxiety 

Part 4 : Looking After Yourself and Further information  

These are added to the previously available resources which were developed by CAMHS and Psychological Services:  

Parent’s Anxiety Workshops Recorded information sessions. These are also available in BSL.  

Part 1: Understanding Anxiety https://vimeo.com/637899585/a4a632bd0c   

Part 2: Supporting your child with anxiety https://vimeo.com/637889751/e2d94cf5d5

Computerised CBT for parents on Supporting their Child/Teen with Anxiety a module course you can work through at your own pace via the platform Silvercloud at  https://cyplothian.silvercloudhealth.com/signup/  this is free to sign up using the Access code: Lothian

The flyer also highlights some useful websites and resources and links to the adult mental health website Home – Wellbeing Lothian

Well Done to These Hard Working Leithers!

AlexPrimary 1/2Alex is a super mathematician and is working confidently with numbers up to 100. Alex talks about the strategies he uses to solve problems and loves learning new number facts. Well done, Alex!   
LibbyPrimary 1aLibby has made thoughtful contributions this week about children’s rights and always makes sure to take part in class discussions. Libby has also been an extremely kind friend who always makes sure to include everyone when engaging in play in the classroom.
EvaPrimary 1bEva was really kind to a friend this week and let them take home some work they did together. She always respects those around her and is caring towards about her classmates. Keep it up, Eva!
Archie Primary 2Archie has been working really hard to make sure he is ready to learn. He has been coming in on time and joining in with his classmates with his learning.  He has been really keen to share his learning and offer his ideas in class discussions and he has been a great learning partner. Archie was also doing fantastic work in his athletics this week, being really focused and doing his best in the high jump and long jump. Well done Archie ! Keep up the good work.
EhimarePrimary 3aEhimare has worked really hard to improve his listening skills since joining our class. He has been super at helping to keep our classroom clean and tidy this week and even helped to clean up water that was split by someone else in the corridor. Well done, Ehimare!
PollyPrimary 3bPolly has been working so hard on fractions this week and has made lots of progress. Well done!
Daniel Primary 4aDaniel has been working hard in class. He eagerly shares his answers and ideas with the class and likes to challenge himself. Well done, keep it up 🙂 
OshPrimary 4bOsh has been doing a great job in reading and reads with more confidence with his group.  He is also doing really well with his Maths group and is much more confident when adding and subtracting.  Well done Osh, I can tell that you’ve been working really hard!
EwanPrimary 5aEwan made a valuable contribution to our successful Snappy Opera in his role as Stage Crew. He operated our major prop in the performance and provided “first aid” for damaged props. Thank you Ewan!
YanisPrimary 5bYanis used his initiative to silently solve a microphone issue during our performance.
Al Primary 6Al has learned all of his lines for the Trinity House show and can perform them with confidence. Well done, Al, for persevering with this!

A Reminder…

A reminder that next week is a short week. All pupils and staff will be off on Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations. Everyone will return as normal on Monday 6th June.

Head Teacher Post

P7 enjoy their creative writing class with the Super Power Agency

Summer Term is definitely the time of the school year for Leith Primary. We have so many exciting learning opportunities happening just now and so many events to look forward to over the coming weeks.

This week, P6 were working with a local artist, Hannah Ayre, as part of their Junior Tour Guide Project focus on Trinity House. P3 have been enjoying singing lessons with the National Youth Choir of Scotland. P5 continue to rehearse for their grand performance in the Queen’s Hall with Snappy Operas. A very busy P7 begin to polish their lines and dance routines for their end of term show, Bugsy Malone, along with editing their short stories for their short story book in collaboration with the Super Power Agency, which will be published for the last week of term. P4 and P7 have also been sitting end of year national assessments in numeracy and literacy, demonstrating the they are successful learners as well as creative, resilient and confident individuals.

Next week is the Leith Primary Diversity Week, our biennial opportunity to celebrate and value all that makes us unique as Leithers. Stand by for a celebration of food, dress, music, art, history and more from a variety of cultures represented within the community of Leith. In addition, each class will have the opportunity to work with Show Racism the Red Card, the UK’s largest anti-racism education charity. On Thursday from 2pm, you are invited to join us on Leith Links for our famous celebration parade. Come and see a riot of colour, flags, music, self-designed t-shirts and drumming to let the local community know that we are proud of our diversity and proud to be Leithers.

Well Done to These Hard Working Pupils!

Class
SahibPrimary 1/2Sahib goes out of her way to help others in the class and is an incredibly kind friend to her classmates. She is also very responsible and loves to keep our classroom tidy so that we have a nice place to play and learn. Thank you , Sahib!  
MacyPrimary 1aMacy has been working really hard in phonics this week and has also been a helpful and responsible member of the class. Well done Macy!
SamiraPrimary 1bSamira was ready to learn this week as we headed outdoors to create our Bug Hotel. She followed our school rules and was respectful by behaving sensibly and listening well. Great job, Samira!
BlakePrimary 2Blake is a fantastic role model for her classmates, she is always ready to learn and help around the class,
She has been showing excellent focus in her maths and literacy and is always supportive to her classmates. Blake also shows respect to the adults in the school and to her peers and is thoughtful and kind too. Keep up the good work Blake!
GloriaPrimary 3aGloria worked hard to challenge herself in her spelling this week and created some super spelling sentences to be proud of! She also continues to be a caring, kind and helpful member of the class who is always willing to support others when they are stuck with their learning. Well done, Gloria!
AlfiePrimary 3bAlfie has been working very well with fractions this week and has made great progress. Well done!
Gary Primary 4aGary has been kind to his friends and classmates. He has completed some tricky tasks and challenged himself. Great work Gary keep it up!
MarioPrimary 4bMario has worked really hard to improve the quality of his sentences!  He’s using more descriptive language and punctuation and also checking they make sense.  Well done Mario!
JosephPrimary 5aJoseph shows he is ready to learn, has worked well in a group and has  demonstrated accurate recall of times tables facts.  Keep up the good work Joseph!
LucyPrimary 5bFor her beautifully presented Fox Pop invite 
Kayla Primary 6Kayla persevered when tackling a challenging art task during our set design work shop on Monday. She kept trying and experimenting, to produce an excellent image for the backdrop. Well done!
DavidPrimary 7aDavid wrote a scene for a playscript and used all the key features without support.  Well done David!

Head Teacher’s Post

It has been a funny week this week. Having just been off for a fortnight, pupils were absent on Monday and Tuesday meaning Friday has come around very quickly!

Staff spent Tuesday reviewing the highlights of the year and areas for further development next session. One thing is for sure, we love how quickly things appear to be getting back to normal.

Families still should be vigilant for possible COVID symptoms and should continue to support children with good hand hygiene. Pupils should now only stay at home if very unwell as usual, or if there is a positive COVID test result.

Rights Respecting School

Our pupils are well on their way to achieving a Rights Respecting School Silver Award. Today at assembly, our Rights Champions shared what they have been up to this year and what the plans are for next session. Watch their presentation here:

Diversity Week Is Coming!

From Monday 16th May, Leith Primary School will celebrate the wonderful diversity we love in our school and community.

All classes will have a session with Show Racism the Red Card, there will be drumming lessons, cooking groups, P7 Enterprise activities with a diversity theme, special assemblies and the famous Diversity Day Parade across Leith Links where we wave our flags, wear our self-designed t-shirts, make a noise and let the local community see and hear how we proud we are to be Leithers united.

On Tuesday 17th, we are hosting a Cultural Dress Day. All pupils are encouraged to dress in a way that represents their cultural identity. This can be interpreted as broadly as pupils would like so tartan, sari, shalwar kameez, toub, stroje ludowe will be as welcome as Brownie, Scout or Tae Kwon Do uniforms or even favourite colours or outfits (but no football colours please). We cannot wait to celebrate!

A reminder that class and nursery group photos will be happening on Monday 23rd May. All school pupils should wear school sweatshirt/ school colours that day please.

Thank you!

Holiday Club Support for Children with a Disability

Well Done Hard Working Leithers!

It was a very welcome return to our hard copy Recognition Book today in assembly. Pupils burst into spontaneous applause when it was produced! It was such a joy to share hot chocolate together in the lunch hall afterwards to celebrate.

Sarvesh Primary 1/2Sarvesh has been working so hard in literacy and has been challenging himself to add more detail to his sentences. You should be very proud of the progress you are making Sarvesh, well done! 
BhodiPrimary 1aBhodi has been trying his very hardest this week in all areas. He has also been thinking of ways to be helpful to his friends. 
CormacPrimary 1bCormac has been trying really hard during our carpet sessions, showing super listening and making fantastic contributions when learning about living things and pictograms. Well done, Cormac!
Keira Primary 2Keira has been a great Primary 2 team-mate this week.  She supported her group for their Space presentation and was able to share her facts really well. Keira has also been a fantastic tidy-upper this week making sure the P2 classroom is a pleasant place to learn in and everything is in the right place.  Keira also created an excellent moon buggy this week, clearly thinking out and planning her model .  Well done Keira and keep up the good work.
HenryPrimary 3aHenry has been a very resilient learner this week by not giving up on his learning tasks even when they were challenging. He has also been a very helpful member of our class, making sure that all of our pens and glues have their lids on once we are finished with them. Well done, Henry! 
TempyPrimary 3bTempy has been working hard on reading aloud and is so confident now! Well done! 
AlfiePrimary 4aAlfie always shares his answers confidently and enthusiastically. This week he was very kind, understanding and supportive to a classmate. Well done Alfie 🙂 
VarshithPrimary 4bVarshith has settled really well into the class this week!  Well done Varshith, it’s a pleasure having you in the class!  We’re looking forward to working with you!  Ms Harris
ZaraPrimary 5aWell done Zara for writing a super character description of the demon bear using a variety of interesting adjectives and demonstrating an understanding of the character.
VivianPrimary 5bWell done to Vivian who wrote a fantastic story about the demon bear, using outstandingly descriptive language.
NikoPrimary 6Well done to Niko for a great performance during his Trinity House rehearsal this week
MelodyPrimary 7aMelody made a detailed and eye-catching leaflet all about the roaring 20s!  Well done Melody.
SarahPrimary 7bWell done to Sarah for doing brilliantly on her SNSA reading test this week – excellent work!!