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.