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.

Head Teacher Post

Team Leith Go Skiing

It has been another busy week for our pupils. No, this is not a photo of the Links on Wednesday! Snow fell in both Leith and The Lecht Ski Centre where a group of thirty-two P5, P6 and P7 pupils have been going to practice their skills on the slopes the week. Delighted that recent COVID mitigations were lifted just in time, the group travelled up to their base at Lagganlia Outdoor Education Centre on Wednesday and will return sometime on Friday evening. Leith Primary School is one of only two primary schools in Edinburgh who take groups of children to ski and snowboard on the snowy slopes in the north of Scotland each year. We are particularly thrilled that we have been able to do this once again this year after a hiatus last year due to COVID. Outdoor Learning and residential trips bring a range of benefits to children that extends far beyond the snow sports they do on the slopes. Pupils learn how to become independent, work as a team, problem solve and build resilience for the future – all skills much sought after by employers, colleges and university. Most importantly, pupils have a lot of fun in the outdoors regardless of the weather, something that has proven benefits for maintaining positive mental health. I already cannot wait to hear their tales.

Parent/Carer Consultations

A reminder again that Parent Consultations will take place via video call this Thursday and Friday (3rd and 4th March). All parents and carers should have received a link prompting them to book an appointment with their child’s class teacher. This is a chance to get an overview of how your child is progressing in their learning. If you feel that you would like to discuss something that will require more time, please telephone the school office to arrange a longer phone call or meeting.

World Book Day – Thursday 3rd March

A reminder that next Thursday is World Book Day. Children are invited to dress up (if they want to) as an adjective (describing word eg; stripy, blue, sporty, sleepy) or one of their favourite book characters. This is just for fun and no money will be collected. Book and reading related activities will take place through out the day. Encouraging your child to read for pleasure is one of the best ways to improve their progress in learning overall. All primary school aged children benefit from being read to by a parent or family member – yes, even P7s! Modelling reading to your child is a great way to encourage them to develop a lifelong love of reading. Books and audiobooks can be borrowed from McDonald Road Library once you have joined. Leith Library will be handed back to Edinburgh Council at the end of March and we hope will reopen again shortly after that. Here is the Leith Library Facebook page for more details: https://www.facebook.com/LeithLibrary/

Well Done to These Hard Working Leithers!

Nathan Primary 1/2Nathan has been consistently respectful and ready to learn, actively listening and taking part enthusiastically in all class activities. 
AlynPrimary 1aAlyn has been trying incredibly hard this week to show kindness. He has been volunteering for tasks and thinking of ways to be helpful. Well done Alyn!
SkandPrimary 1bSkand has had a fantastic first week back! He has been trying really hard in phonics and showed kindness to a friend in class by offering to share the paper plane he made with them. We’re so happy to have you back, Skand!
AbedPrimary 3aAbed is always looking to challenge himself and has a good attitude to his learning. He has worked really hard in his maths and and has made super progress with his subtraction skills this week. Well done, Abed! 
DiegoPrimary 3bDiego has been a fantastic class member, reminding us to be sensible, silent and safe when leaving the classroom. Thank you for helping us with our school rules!
AnujPrimary 4aAnuj has been working very hard in maths lessons this week. He is becoming increasingly confident in using his knowledge of times tables to work out more complex problems and is eager to participate in class. Keep up the good work Anuj!
Iona Primary 4bIona has settled in really well to Leith Primary, over the last few weeks!  She has made a big effort to get to know classroom routines and has made some good friends already!  Well done Iona, it’s lovely to have you in our class!  Ms Harris
RemazPrimary 5bRemaz for her incredible progress in maths.  This week she is nominated for being the only person in her group to complete a problem solving task independently. 
AntoniPrimary 5aAntoni has  contributed to discussion, done some personal research and created a detailed figure in modelling clay as we have been learning about Wojtek, the soldier bear. Great work Antos!
IslaPrimary 6For perseverance when working onlearning the formal method in division. Well done Isla, you did really well!
SummerPrimary 7aSummer had a great Thursday and despite not feeling well worked well with her peers to organise a singing club.  She showed that she has the ability to work well in teams and take a leadership role.  Fantastic work Summer!
Louis L Primary 7bFor his super work on his spooky setting in writing. Louis worked really hard and stayed focused throughout our writing sessions.  He included similes and wow words and definitely gave the reader a sense of mystery.  Well done Louis! 

Head Teacher Post

These are some of the wonderful photographs that our talented Primary 7s took for a recent art lesson. We are very lucky to have such a wide range of talents at Leith Primary School; musical, sporting, artistic, linguistic, mathematical, interpersonal and much more. Our Pupil Council are keen to celebrate this and have chosen to focus on developing new ways to raise the profile of our pupils’ wider achievements both in and out of school. We love finding out about what our pupils get up to in their free time and recognise that hobbies are such an important part of pupil’s overall development. Get in touch if you would like us to help your child try out a new after school activity or to share a recent success. Who knows what other undiscovered talents we have?

Parent/Carer-Teacher Consultations

A reminder that the next parent-teacher consultations will be held on Thursday 3rd from 4pm-6.30pm and Friday 4th March from 1pm-3.30pm. Unfortunately, we must continue to host these by video call again. Bookings will open when we return after the mid-term break. These meetings offer an opportunity for class teachers to summarise how your child is progressing in their learning. If there is something you would like to discuss in more detail please get in touch to arrange a phone call or Teams call on a different date.

Let Us Know Your Views

We are always keen to find out about what you think is going well for your child and what we as a school could do differently. We would appreciate if you could spare a few minutes to let us know your thoughts. Click here. Survey close on February 28th.

Roll Over Week of Celebrations for our Hard Working Leithers

We look forward to welcoming everyone back on Monday 21st February at the usual times.

Head Teacher Post

Ms Craig enjoyed spending time with our P1 and P1/2 learners last week

I have been really impressed and grateful with how well our Leith Primary community has pulled together during the past week. Like many schools, Leith Primary has had a higher than normal rate of pupil and staff absences due to COVID. I understand that it can be very difficult for families to adapt their plans if a child is sent home with suspected COVID symptoms or must be kept off with a positive LFD result. It can be especially stressful for those parents and carers with ongoing work commitments. Leith Primary staff have also pulled together brilliantly, often juggling their own childcare challenges, to ensure that classes have remained open so pupils can continue with their familiar school routines. I particularly enjoyed getting out the office to support with the younger classes this week – a rare treat! I would like to extend my gratitude to everyone who has worked with the school to help keep the virus in check by observing the current guidelines and going the extra mile. Whilst I believe that we may have a few more weeks left of this particular outbreak to contend with, I am glad that we can keep going with an element of normality this winter. Please continue to monitor your child’s symptoms and if possible test them daily with a lateral flow device for the next week or two. If you are unsure about what is best to do, please check the NHS Inform website here or get in touch with us and we will try our best to help you. Leithers persevere!

Head Teacher Post

Farewell Mrs Hind

Today, we said farewell to Mrs Anna Hind who, on Monday, will take up a twenty-three month secondment as an Acting Principal Teacher at another primary school in Edinburgh. Mrs Hind, who has acted up twice as Leith Primary’s Principal Teacher, left with a handmade card signed by many former pupils who wished her good luck. Mrs Hind has contributed a huge amount to the success and development of Leith Primary School, not least with her support of pupil filmmaking, winning with her P7 class at the final of the School Mock Court trials and the attainment of three Eco Schools Award Green Flags. I would like to thank Mrs Hind for her enormous contribution to the school so far and wish her the very best for her secondment.

Welcome to Leith Primary Steph!

We are thrilled to welcome Stephanie Mason as the new Crossing Patrol Guide at Duncan Place. We have been concerned for some time by the absence of Crossing Patrol Guides on the busy roads around the school since Robert, Wilma and Margaret retired last year. However Steph, who is also the mum of Grace in P5, felt that doing this important job would be a great chance for her to return to work. We have been informed that another new Crossing Patrol Guide will start next week at Academy Street. I know that our staff, pupils and parents will give them both a warm Leith welcome.

Well Done to These Hard Working Leithers This Week

KaseyPrimary 1/2Kasey has been so enthusiastic during our Book of the Week learning and has enjoyed spotting lots of tricky words, as well as taking on the role of ‘red crayon’ in the ‘hot seat!’ Well done Kasey! 
RohaanPrimary 1aRohaan has been trying hard to join in with small groups and is beginning to make a new friendship. Well done Rohaan! 
FinlayPrimary 1bFinlay has been a superstar helper over the last 2 weeks and has been going above and beyond when tidying up the classroom! Thank you for all that you do, Finlay! 
JakubPrimary 2Jakub has demonstrated excellent listening skills in class all week and has been a great role model for classmates. Very well done Jakub! 
LuciaPrimary 3aLucia has shown fantastic creativity during her choosing time this week, creating a stage for her handmade puppets. She also continues to be a kind and respectful member of our class. Well done, Lucia!  
CharliePrimary 3bCharlie worked really hard in Maths this week, well done!  
AlicePrimary 4aAlice has been taking on all challenges with a great attitude and sense of perseverance. She has been very sensible and thoughtful in her questions and responses especially during Health and Wellbeing lessons.  
MoshinPrimary 4bMoshin has worked really hard on his spelling activities over the past few weeks.  He did particularly well in his Silly Spelling Story and his test at the end of the week.  Well done Moshin – you’re a spelling star! 
LakshPrimary 5aLaksh has settled in well as part of Team Leith and P5a. He works well with others and has demonstrates the school values and rules. Welcome to Leith Laksh! 
AmnaPrimary 5bAmna always takes pride in her work.  This week she took great care to produce a beautiful piece of work in a topic lesson. 
AlistairPrimary 6Alistair has settled really well into the new term. His work in cold writing has been particularly impressive. Well done Alistair and keep it up! 
Blake Primary 7aBlake is a hardworking member of the class with imaginative ideas!  He always brings creative flair to our class discussions.  Today is also his birthday!  Happy Birthday Blake 🙂  
AimalPrimary 7bAs always, Aimal has worked so hard this week. She produced a super suspense story and worked in a team to create a tsunami presentation. You are a star Aimal!  

Head Teacher Post

We Are Learning to Learn

We have been focussing on how to speak confidently about our learning over the last couple of months. That does not just mean talking about the activities or tasks that we have been doing in class. More importantly, we have been talking about the skills we are developing by doing those activities and tasks. Pupils have a Learning Intention for each lesson that tells them what skill they are developing. They also have or create Steps to Success which tell pupils how they can be successful in their learning during that lesson. Increasingly, pupils are also encouraged to think about why they are learning that skill and what a real-world application might be. At the end of a lesson, pupils are encouraged to self and peer assess, using the Steps to Success as a guide. This help them to know what they have done well and what they need to work on a bit more as a next step.

Ms Craig and Mr Stuart have been speaking to small groups about their learning in class and about what helps them to know if they are doing well. Lots of our pupils are increasing in confidence when talking about themselves as a learner. Many of our older pupils can also talk about what works best for them as an individual when they are learning new skills. Some prefer working alone, some in pairs, some using an iPad, some with lots of extra time to practice and sometimes with a bit more adult support. Knowing what helps us to learn best is very important for our young people who may grow up to have more than one type of job in their lifetime.

So next time you ask your child how school was, try asking them about their Learning Intentions and Steps to Success and see if they can get better at speaking confidently about their learning at school.

LFD Testing Kits

Primary school pupils are now eligible for regular LFD testing kits from school if requested by their parent. This offer is particularly targeted at pupils who are considered by health professionals to be at higher risk from developing COVID-19. If you believe your child falls into this category please contact the school via text, phone or email to arrange a time to collect a kit.

Relationships Sexual Health and Parenthood

From this term, pupils will begin engaging with the new Scottish Relationships Sexual Health and Parenthood programme. Please make sure you check you email inbox (and junk mail) for a letter from school giving more information about this programme. Our Health & Wellbeing Lead, Ms MacDonald has put together a short video that explains the programme for parents and carers. The video and letter also highlights where further information can be found on the programme if you would like to know more.

Health and Wellbeing Census

Pupils in Primary 5 to Primary 7 will be involved in a new four-yearly Health and Wellbeing Census this term. Information taken from this census will help the Scottish Government and schools plan more effectively for pupils health, wellbeing and development. Please look out for the parent letter and pupil leaflet that was sent home today that tells you and your child what to expect. You can also read more information online here.

Adult Learning Courses – www.joininedinburgh.org

Football Success in P5

A belated congratulations to Jude in P5 who was awarded Player of the Year by Leith Athletic before Christmas. This was the second time that Jude has been awarded this accolade. We cannot wait to see where his talent takes him!

Very well done also to Ben, also in P5, for designing and coaching a football session for his classmates. Ben created this as part of his programme with Gold and Gray Soccer Academy Onside Programme. The Gold and Gray coaches work with a number of pupils at Leith Primary on Thursdays. They also support any interested pupils at break and lunchtime with their gamesmanship and football technique.

We would love to hear about our pupils hobbies and interests outside of school. Let us know about what they get up, ideally with a photo, via the school admin email address.

admin@leith-pri.edin.sch.uk

The Leith Primary Parent Pantry

Our wonderful Family Support Workers Liz and Danni have been busy working hard this week in our old infant cloakroom on the ground floor. Their aim is to turn the space into a one-stop-shop wellbeing hub for our parents and carers. In the short term, our food bank or Pantry as we would now like to call it, will move into this space. The Pantry continues to open on Wednesdays from 8.30am-9.30am for the time being. We will also plan to move our new and pre-loved school clothing items, books, toys and information about matters of interest to our parents and carers to this area too. Whilst we are not allowed to have groups of parents in the building due to COVID mitigations at the moment, we would like to think that our parents will be able to use this space for coffee mornings, information sessions and family learning programmes in then future. Watch this space….

Well Done to 2022’s First Entries into the Recognition Book

NouraPrimary 1/2Noura has challenged herself to try new learning this week and made a fantastic telescope using junk materials. Well done, Noura! 
KeisijaPrimary 1aKeisija has been very kind and welcoming to new pupils in P1 this week. Well done Keisija!
Esmee Primary 1bEsmee always has a positive attitude towards her learning! She has made some fantastic contributions to our carpet sessions this week and has been trying hard with her writing. You’re a superstar, Esmee!
LaylaPrimary 2Layla worked independently on her writing taking responsibility for her own learning – well done!
RobertPrimary 3aRobert has shown great teamwork skills this week. His contributions to his group’s discussion helped them to create a wonderful ‘badge of honour’ that is inclusive of different cultures in the school. Well done Robert. 
David Primary 3bDavid has shown he is ready for learning since coming back from the holidays. He has worked so hard and made us all proud. Well done David 👍🏻
AnuPrimary 4aAnu has been working really hard this week. She has been listening well, sharing her answers more and asking good questions. Keep it up Anu 🙂 
OshianPrimary 4bOsh for his great achievement in his electric guitar lessons!  Well done Osh, that’s a fantastic, musical skill you’re developing!  Ms Harris
MajaPrimary 5aMaja has work well using digital technology to find out and present interesting facts in IDL. Well done Maja for persevering to complete this group task despite your partner being absent. 
Wegden Primary 5bFor her effort and progress in maths.  She has also been very motivated to use her Microsoft Office account for home learning.
Zara CPrimary 6Zara impressed everyone this week with her speech to the class about why she should be on the Digital Team. She overcame her nerves to give a detailed and well reasoned talk. Everyone was so proud of her!
TahaPrimary 7aTaha has been trying hard in Maths and has been doing well with dividing decimals by single digits numbers.  Well done Taha! 🙂
Evie Primary 7bEvie is in the recognition book for her thoughtful and insightful contributions to a class discussion on what parents/carers have to do to ensure children are healthy, happy and safe.  Well done Evie! 

Head Teacher Welcome Back Post

Dear Parents and Carers

Firstly, a very Happy New Year to you all! I hope that you and your family have had a relaxing seasonal holiday break and have kept in good health.

A reminder that pupils start back tomorrow (Thursday) with no changes to the start and finish times.

We are ready for some disruption this month due to COVID related absences. We are thankful that school will at least be open as usual. Once again, thank you for you understanding of any potential changes to our service during this period.

Parents are again asked to keep to 2 metres physical distancing from other adults at drop off and pick up times and not wait any longer than needed.

We kindly ask that all nursery parents use the black gate entrance at the right-hand side of the school and do not cut across the main playground when the school children are lining up. Thank you for your continued cooperation with this request.

Children may wear extra layers of clothing to keep warm in class as windows must be kept open for ventilation.

We ask that additional items from home such as toys and balls are not brought in to school.

Parents are kindly asked not to enter the school building unless by prior arrangement. Please continue to call, text and email first wherever possible.

Our new Office Administrator, Ms Catherine Rose, starts with us this week. She will need some time to get up to speed with our school systems. Can I thank you in advance for your patience and understanding whilst she settles into her new post. We will do whatever we can to ensure a smooth service for parents and pupils during this time however there may be some delays with support of some services eg; ParentPay. I am certain you will find Ms Rose a very friendly and helpful addition to our team. She is eager to support our pupils and families in any way she can.

Please let us know if your child has tested positive for COVID either by a home LFD test or PCR test. 

Finally, please can you let the school know if you have changed your phone number or home address recently. It is very important that we have working contact details for you in case you child becomes unwell during school time.

Thank you again for your ongoing support of the school and we look forward to welcoming the children tomorrow morning.

Yours sincerely

Fiona Craig
Head Teacher

Christmas Head Teacher Post

Despite the many pressures and challenges faced by our pupils, staff and families this term, our wonderful school community have continued to persevere and demonstrate amazing resilience and kindness towards others.

Huge thanks to Mrs Ciechanowicz for organising our yearly toys giveaway with support from Cash for Kids. Thanks also to Liz and Danni, our Family Support Workers, who arranged for food packs to be distributed to families before the end of term. Thanks also to our mysterious guardian angel who donated a selection box for every pupil within the school. Finally, enormous thanks to everyone who was able to donate something towards our Christmas collection for the Citadel Youth Centre who continue to provide fun, friendship and support to a large number of our pupils and parents.

I’d like to take this opportunity to wish all our parents and carers a very Merry and relaxing Christmas holiday and a Happy New Year when it comes.

Fiona Craig – Head Teacher

The school said a fond farewell to two of our moved loved members of staff, Mrs Kelly and Mrs Kean. Both are moving on to promoted posts, Mrs Kelly to Stanwell Nursery as Nursery Administrator and Mrs Kean as school Business Manager at Lorne Primary. Staff, pupils and parents are very grateful to both for all the help they have given the school community over the years and wish them well in their new positions.

CHRISTMAS FESTIVITIES

Pupils enjoyed a week of Christmas festivities including class parties and an online pantomime. Huge thanks go to our parent council, LPPC, for generously funding the pantomime and snacks for the class parties. In the absence of a Christmas show or church visit for he second year, pupils have created a Christmas showreel for parents and carers. We hope you will enjoy singing along. Click here or below to watch.

Pupils’ Health and Wellbeing Sway Newsletter – The Leith Calamari

Pupils have created a newsletter sharing some of the things they have been learning about linked to their Health and Wellbeing. The Leith Calamari will focus on two of the Scottish Wellbeing indicators starting with Safe and Healthy. Read on to find out why such an unusual name here.

Digital Access Survey

We still have no way of knowing what COVID-19 mitigations will be in place after the Christmas break. Information about pupils’ return will be shared with parents and carers on the 4th January when Head Teachers have been briefed on what to expect. If you have not yet managed to complete our updated Digital Access Survey yet, please do so here. The survey deadline has been extended to December 31st.

Parent/Carer Health & Wellbeing

Whilst many of our families look forward to spending time with each other over the festive period, we know that it can be a time of stress and unhappiness for others. There are sources of information and support for adults on a range of areas on the NHS Lothian Wellbeing website here. Further information on anxiety and worry for parents and carers is available below. Information on a variety of issues for families is available on the Support for Families website. Parents/carers can also access a wealth of information from the CAMHS website here.

Please remember that the team at Leith Primary are here to support parents and carers in whatever way we can. Drop us a line at admin@leith-pri.edin.sch.uk or on the comments sections of the website here. You can also contact either of our Family Support Workers via email: danni@citadelyouthcentre.org.uk and lizj@citadelyouthcentre.org.uk