June Letter to Parents/Carers

                                                                                                                     Friday, 18th June, 2021

Dear Parent/Carer

Our thanks

As we move towards the end of another extraordinary year, I would like to thank you all again for your continued support of the school and the changes we have had to make in the light of so many COVID restrictions. I know that this has been a particularly challenging school year for many but I have been astonished at how resilient and positive the vast majority of our young people have been despite this. That is in no small part a reflection of how well you have supported your children with home learning and keeping them in good spirits during such an uncertain time. 

Recovery Plans

We will continue with our recovery plans in August. Those children who do require additional support to manage the impact of lost learning or the trauma of lockdown will have access to ongoing and additional interventions next session.

Infection Control Measures

Class bubbles and staggered starts and finish times will continue after the holidays along with the other infection control measures in place just now. We will of course let you know if there is any change to those plans. Please make sure that we have your most up-to-date phone number and email address in case we need to get in touch before term starts.


Lunches next session we will return to hot packed meals from our own newly refurbished kitchen. Please make sure you select your child’s meal choices on ParentPay, even if your child is in receipt of Free School Meals. Only lunches that have been selected will be made by the kitchen. If you have not selected your child’s meals, you must send them in with a packed lunch. Thank you for your cooperation with this.


We will return to a much stricter expectation of school uniform/colours being worn by all pupils every day next session. Pupils should come to school dressed in an official Leith Primary School sweatshirt or hoodie or navy-blue cardigan or jumper, white or navy polo shirt, blue checked gingham dress dark or bottoms and sturdy school shoes on Monday to Friday. Next session, all pupils will be able to purchase a navy blue school hoodie, not just the P7s. However, only our P7s next year will be able to wear the special royal blue P7 school hoodie.

Sweatshirts and hoodies can be bought from https://leithps.imagescotland.com/shop

We ask that all parents/carers earning under £16k apply for Free School Meals, even if their child will not order and eat the lunches, as they will be awarded a clothing grant of up to £200 per year each to help with buying school clothing. We are happy to help you apply for this, just ask the office team. 

*We remind parents/carers that all clothing with logos or slogans is not permitted, nor is make-up, fake nails, dangly jewellery, cropped tops or party/beach wear. We continue to be grateful for your support on this matter.

End of Year Reports

Summary end of session reports will be given out to pupils next week.

Friday Finish Times

Pupils will finish at their usual Friday finish times next week. The Primary 7s will be piped out of the playground at around 11.50am onto Leith Links where they can be met by their parents. Children from the other classes will line the playground in a socially distanced way to clap and cheer their P7 friends out. The other children will be dismissed as usual at their normal place and time.

NB: P7 Parents are requested to observe social distancing rules whilst in the Links.

There will be a special P7 leaver’s assembly on Thursday from 2.15pm screened live on MS Teams. Please click here to JOIN the assembly from your phone, tablet or computer. All welcome.

Teachers for Next Session

P1AMrs SASHA YOUNG (nee Reid)
Support For Learning(Tues-Fri)Mrs ELLA CIECHANOWICZ
Support For Learning(Tues/Thursday)Mrs GILLIAN CLARKSON
Reduced Class Contact Cover (Mon/Tues)Mrs LOUISE SLATTERY
Reduced Class Contact Cover (Mon/Tues)Ms JACQUELINE MCDONALD

I am delighted that Mr Hugh Stuart will continue with us for the next two years as our Depute Headteacher.

We welcome Mr David Bonas who will take up his post as our new Business Manager from August.

We are also delighted that Ms Clodagh Weir and Ms Patricia De La Cruz will continue on with us as Early Years Practitioners in P1 and P2, next session.

Danni Taylor will return from maternity leave in August to pick up her post as our Citadel Family Support Worker. Liz Johnston, who has been covering Danni’s maternity leave this session, will support the parents of pupils at Leith Academy and will continue supporting young people and parents at The Citadel. I would like to thank Liz for all the support she has given the school this year and wish her well with her new Citadel post.

I wish you all a lovely weekend.

Kind regards,

Fiona Craig


Recognised for Being Really Hardworking This Week!

Stefka Primary 1aStefka has been working really hard in phonics this week and has been trying to be a kind friend. Well done Stefka!
Omer Primary 1bOmer has been incredibly kind and helpful in the classroom this week. He has also shown lots of enthusiasm during phonics and has been ready to learn everyday! Well done, Omer. 
Henry Primary 2aHenry worked so hard this week. He was motivated and took every opportunity to challenge himself with his literacy and numeracy which was wonderful to see. Well done on a super week! You should be very proud of yourself. 
IsabellePrimary 3bIsabelle has really persevered with her learning this week. She has been solving tricky word problems in numeracy and has been reading with confidence. Super job Isabelle!
JackPrimary 3bJack has been interacting with his peers this week. He has been making paper planes and he enjoyed taking part in our classroom obstacle course. He was a really good guide for his blindfolded partner! 
ZaynbP3aFor her wonderful poster
TitanPrimary 4bTitan has been persevering to develop his multiplication and division skills and doing his best to apply these skills independently.  Well done Titan!
ImanPrimary 5For her well presented wolf factfile
Murray Primary 6aFor showing enthusiasm in his learning this week in particular in mental maths and our class film!
JoePrimary 6bJoe always brings fun and light-heartedness to the classroom.  
LucyPrimary 7bExcellent creative writing this week, well done!

Well Done to Our Bright and Persevering Pupils

Tabitha Primary 1aTabitha has had a brilliant week. She has been working very hard to read some tricky sentences this week and is always a kind and helpful member of the class. We’re lucky to have you Tabitha!
Mavi Primary 1aWell done Mavi for being so kind with your friends! We are very proud of you.
Jayden Primary 1bJayden loves challenging himself with his writing and this week he has really shone! He has produced lots of different types of writing and has been eager to write independently. Well done done Jayden! 
Jack HPrimary 2bJack always works hard at school with his learning. He is a kind, respectful member of the classroom and a super role model to others. 
Amos Primary 3bAmos has been wonderfully creative during our topic and STEM lessons. Over the past few weeks, he has designed an innovative paper bag, a sturdy life raft, a hologram telephone and he persevered with building a marble run maze. 
Isla Primary 4aIsla has shown great focus when working and she has been answering questions about her reading. 
AmeenahPrimary 4aAmeenah showed good teamworking skills and creativity when doing drama and making Freeze Frames related to castles. Excellent work! Keep it up! 
RoryPrimary 4bRory has been working hard on his independent tasks demonstrating perseverance and challenging his mindset. Keep up the good work Rory! 
Zara CPrimary 5The incredible vocab in her WW2 poem
Alex WPrimary 5Alex for his incredible home learning work.  Let me know if you want to see it!

Zara Cowie was last week’s entrant for her WW2 poem, she used some excellent vocab accurately.
Nadia Primary 6aThis week Nadia has worked hard and persevered with her numeracy work on fractions. She is making great progress, well done Nadia!
BlakePrimary 6aBlake has worked really hard on fraction work with Miss Gibson and has really excelled! He has also been a very useful rugby helper and demonstater!
SarahPrimary 6bAn amazing piece of writing by Sarah this week describing a Wild West setting.  Well done Sarah.
AdenPrimary 6bGreat work in Maths this week converting improper fractions into mixed numbers.  Well done Aden! 🙂
Evie Primary 7aFor her quick, detailed and accurate responses in maths. Evie has fantastic mental maths skills and is always able to explain how she got her answers. She always works well during teaching time and is supportive and helpful to others in her group.  Well done Evie! 
Rosie Primary 7bRosie worked very hard in maths this week, making good progress in shape and number. Well done- it was great to see you put in so much effort.

A Long List of Lovely Leith Learners!

Layla Primary 1aLayla has made fantastic progress in maths and writing this week. She has been working very hard and has enjoyed sharing her success with the class! Well done Layla!
Taylor Primary 1aTaylor has shown hard work and perseverance in her learning this week. Taylor loves to challenge herself and has made brilliant progress this week. Well done Taylor!
Altay Primary 1bAltay has worked so hard on following instructions this week and has been learning how to say lots of new words in English. It has been lovely to see him ready and excited to learn. Well done, Altay! 
AbudePrimary 2aAbude has worked really hard all week in class for Mrs Walsh has shown great listening skills. Great work!
Muslim Primary 2bMuslim has worked very hard this week. It has been wonderful seeing him growing in confidence in P2B! Well done! 
TemperancePrimary 2bTempy has been working really hard with her learning this week and was very kind to Ms Stewart showing her how to draw! Well done! 
GaryPrimary 3aGary has improved his attendance and has worked really hard in class. Great improvement Gary!
KadePrimary 3aKade has been working so hard all week, following his timetable and producing some excellent maths work – brilliant job!
FawziyahPrimary 3bFawziyah has worked really hard on her reading this week. She has persevered with tricky comprehension questions and she has tried her best when reading out loud in a group. What a star you are Fawziyah!
PatrykPrimary 3bPatryk has overcome different challenges this week and we are very proud of him for trying his best. In particular, he persevered with his reading and finished all his questions in one day. Well done for concentrating so well Patryk!
Oran Primary 4aOran has been working very hard.  He has doing very well finding the area of shapes this week. He also always follows the school rules. Keep it up 🙂 
Amna Primary 4bAmna has made terrific progress with her writing. She use description well and it is always a pleasure to read her texts. Well done Amna!
ZakPrimary 6aThis week Zak has been working hard and persevering with his work in numeracy with our work on fractions. Great focus, well done Zak!
KadePrimary 6bKade has been working well in writing and has brought lots of ideas to discuss about our class novel holes. Well done Kade.
RubyPrimary 6bRuby always tries her best and has worked so hard since she arrived after lockdown.  Well done Ruby!
Samuel Primary 7aFor his excellent role as question master in our literature circle. He asked really some probing questions which made the group think! Well done Samuel! 
Olik Primary 7bShowing consistent patience and support to a friend. Well done!

Very Well Done to These Wee Leithers This Week!

Belle Primary 1bBelle has shone this week and has worked so hard during our phonics sessions. Even when faced with something tricky, Belle perseveres until she has mastered it. Keep smiling and trying your best, Belle! 
Zara Primary 2aZara is being very kind and sympathetic with her peers and adults. She is always willing to help and follow the rules without complaining. She has also put a lot of effort in the tasks and has progressed in her learning. She very much deserve to be recognised. 
SnithikPrimary 2aHe has improved so much on his literacy and numeracy skills. He has also been very kind and helpful with his peers and the adults. He deserves to be recognised.
Elle Primary 2bElle has been working so hard with her learning this week. She has focussed on her tasks, been enthusiastic and persevered with challenging work. Well done! 
KeiraPrimary 3aKeira has consistently done her best all week. She has been a good listener and kind to others. She has been especially good at helping Mr Ordish and the class tidy up this week!
NicoPrimary 3bNico has tried his best with his learning this week. He has persevered with his numeracy and handwriting. Keep up the super work Nico!
TasPrimary 4aTas has consistently shows all the school values. He is very respectful to all members of staff and always works to complete all his work. This week he has been making good progress with times tables. 
TeejayPrimary 4aTeejay has worked really hard this week. He has done all his maths and literacy. He has found ways that work for him to get his work done and learned new skills while figuring that out. Amazing ! Keep it up 🙂 
Remaz Primary 4bRemaz is a super role model in our class demonstrating the school rules and values. Thank you Remaz foe helping make our class a great place to be.
MansurPrimary 4bMansur is always polite and shows good understanding of instructions. He has impressed this week by contributing in class discussions. 
Alistair Primary 5Alistair finished his evacuee letter before anyone else.  It is a brilliant letter!  I also think this might be the first time Alistair has ever finished something first!!
Ahmed Primary 6bThis week Ahmed has been full of enthusiasm for his learning. He is always eager to join in and share ideas. He has also shown kindness towards another child and is always ready to help adults in the class with jobs.
RahulPrimary 6bRahul has settled in well to Leith Primary and is a great team player.  He is getting involved and sharing his artwork, enthusiasm and ideas with the class which is great to see.
Eboni Primary 7aFor her excellent 50 word fiction using a visual stimulus. Eboni created a really interesting story with a ending which made the whole class want to know more!
Harry Primary 7bHarry has worked very well in Health & Wellbeing this week, well done!