Head Teacher Post

A massive well done to our fantastic P6 class for their wonderful performance about Leith’s maritime history. The class have spent the last few months working with Historic Environment Scotland in partnership with Leith’s Trinity House Maritime Museum and Illuminate an arts and heritage education organisation with whom the school have worked for almost ten years. Pupils learned about what it would be like to be a whaler away from home working on a whaling ship at sea for up to nine months at a time. They also learned about Leith’s links to the African slave trade in the West Indies with Scottish companies often profiteering from the proceeds of slavery on sugar plantations. Pupils also learned about how important the Newhaven fishwives were in maintaining a steady family income when their husbands were gone for most of the year. Importantly, the class learned shared with their audience how Leith has always had diverse multicultural links with the rest of the world through its vibrant port. The pupils did a magnificent job of portraying sailors, fishwives, pirates and archivists. They delivered their confident performance through drama, object handling and song on the school’s outdoor stage on two consecutive afternoons to their family members. They also gave a great final performance at Friday’s assembly to a captive P3-P5 audience.

Next Session Class List

Please find the list of classes and their teachers for the next academic year.

P1aMrs Young
P1bMs Wilson
P2Mrs Kinnell/Mrs Cook
P2/3Mrs Harris
P3Mrs Slattery/Mrs Scott
P4aMrs Fraser/Mrs Moloney
P4bMs Kirkwood
P5Ms Christensen
P5/6Mr Mackenzie
P6Ms McDonald
P7Mrs Scott Dickins
SFLMrs Watson/Mrs Clarkson

Pupils will have the opportunity to meet their new class teachers on the afternoon of Monday 27th June. We are delighted to welcome back Mrs Kinnell and Mrs Scott from their extended maternity leave in August. We are also very happy to retain Ms Kirkwood for a second year. Mrs Fraser and Mrs Moloney will share P4a as they both reduce their working week to three days. We are already looking forward to getting started again in August.

Breakfast Club Survey

We are very pleased to announce that a new provider has been identified for our school breakfast club to start up again from August 2022. Edinburgh & Lothian’s Out of School Care Network (ELOSCN) is keen to find out how many of our families would be interested in using the breakfast club after the summer holidays. ELOSCN currently run a large number of after school and breakfast clubs in East Lothian, Midlothian and Edinburgh, including nearby Wardie Primary School. If you would be interested in registering your child/ren or would like to put in a note of interest please complete this online survey here.

School Logo Competition!

To link in with our new school vision, Believe. Persevere. Achieve. as voted for by the wider school community, we would like to invite the school community to design a new logo to accompany this vision. Pupils in school have been tasked with coming up with a design that sums up our vision in one simple logo or in three separate designs to represent each word. We would like to open up this task to all members of our school community including parents, ex-pupils and friends of the school. If you would like to submit a design for a school logo that links with our school vision, please do so by noon on Friday 1st July to the school office or admin email account, ensuring that your name and contact details are attached to you design. The design can be in any medium eg; hand drawn, painted, electronic, photograph, collage, etc but must embody the words Believe, Persevere, Achieve as a whole or in three connected parts. We are really looking forward to seeing the finished results on our school banners, posters and paperwork. Good luck!

Internet Safety Session

Thank you to all the parents who were able to attend the Internet Safety Session with Leeanne Turner on Wednesday evening. Leeanne, who is the council’s expert on child protection and a CEOP trained internet safety expert, shared some of current concerns around children’s access to the internet, apps and messaging services. If you were unable to attend her session, you can watch it here.

Here are video clips Leeanne showed or referred to during the session and below are the PowerPoint slides and parent factsheets on popular platforms:

Clip 1 – CEOP Rome and Juliet https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNSXxf-luKM

Clip 2 CEOP Sam – NCA CEOP Offender Animation #WhoIsSam – YouTube

Clip 3 Kim and Lee – Lee and Kim KS1 Curriculum eSafety material – YouTube

Clip 4 Blackmail – Sextortion reaction film – Have you met Jess? – YouTube

Head Teacher Post

Sports Day – All Together Again!

An enormous thank you to everyone who was able to attend one of last week’s fantastic sports day sessions. It felt like a proper reunion of our school community after these difficult last years. The sun was out and our part of Leith Links was full of families who had come to cheer on their sports stars during their potted sports circuit. A big thank you again to LPPC who were selling amazing-looking baked goods to help raise profits for the school such as our recent whole-school subscription to Linguascope which supports pupils’ French, Spanish and English language skills. Again, a big thank you to Duke Street Tesco who supplied the cold pops as a welcome treat for pupils. It was also lovely to welcome helpers from Leith Academy pupils, some of who were ex-Leith Primary pupils. We hope that this will be the first of many more opportunities for parents, carers and families and share some time with their young people at school.

Welcome to P1 Sessions (Take 1, 2 & 3!)

On Thursday 9th June at 9.30am, we will welcome parents/carers and their children who will be starting at Leith Primary in August to meet their new teachers.

We would like to extend the invite to our current P1 and P2 parents who were unable to attend a session like this in person due to the lockdown restrictions. A second session will run from 11am in the gym hall for any interested parents. Afterwards they will have the opportunity to have a tour around the school and ask any questions about anything they are still unsure about.

Class Photos

A reminder to order your class photos on Parent Pay for your child or children by FRIDAY 10TH JUNE. Please make sure you order against each child if you have more than one at the school / nursery.

There is a Standard and a Funny photo for each class (except Nursery) and they are £3 each.

You can view the photos before ordering here:  

Password – LP2022classphotos

A big thank you to LPPC for organising the photo shoot to help raise funds to support the school.

100% Attainment Success for P7b

A huge congratulations to all the pupils in Primary 7b who have attained Second Level in all the main assessed aspects of the curriculum, Listening & Talking, Reading, Writing and Numeracy. This is the first time an entire class have achieved 100% attainment in all areas since the Curriculum for Excellence was full adopted by Leith Primary in 2010. We are enormously proud of their achievements, particularly in the light of the challenges of the last two years. Key indicators of their success in learning is a love of reading for pleasure and ongoing support and interest in pupil learning progress from parents. P7a also had strong attainment across the board in all areas. A collective well done to all the teachers and support staff over the years for their continued nurturing and encouragement of this year group. For the next few weeks, we look forward to enjoying their talents in acting, singing and dancing in their production of Bugsy Malone.

Supporting Children’s Mental Health

We understand that many young people are experiencing increased levels of anxiety and low mood which can be expressed in fears and phobias, issues with sleep, poor behaviour and tantrums and other concerning behaviours. The NHS have produced a number of resources to support parents who often feel helpless in knowing the right thing to do. Please get in touch with school staff if you are concerned about your child’s mental wellbeing so we can support.