HT Blog 18th May 2018

Dear families,

I can’t believe how fast this term is going. We have another long weekend to enjoy and it looks like the weather is going to be great so make sure you wear plenty of suncream! Read on to find out what we have been up to this week.


After successfully navigating the first round, the boys took part in the 2nd round this week. There were four groups of five teams, with the winner of each group going through to the semi-finals after the round robin of group matches.

We are pleased to say that they made it through after winning three out of four of their matches, the opponents were Stewart’s Melville, Blackhall, St Josephs and Corstorphine primary schools.

A fantastic achievement to make it to the last 4 out of 44 teams that started the tournament, to a man they were all brilliant.

The semi-final is to be played at Meggetland on Wednesday the 30th May in the evening.


Our new P1s for next session enjoyed a second transition event this week, which involved a potted sports. We had over 100 of the new P1s attending and P5B pupils did a great job in supporting them. Staff were very impressed with the confidence shown by the nursery children from both Kirkliston Nursery and those from out with. KNS children are enjoying weekly visits to the school spending time in a P1 classroom and gym lessons on the 3G pitch.

Enrolments are currently taking place for our next Nursery intake and Mrs McCay and Mrs Whitford have enjoyed meeting all the new children and their families.

New Playground

We have now selected our playground committee and they will have their first meetings next week.

The focus of these meetings will be to create rules, risk assessments, H&S checklists and rotas.

The final works on the playground, to make it comply with the ROSPA regulations, have started and once this is done, the pupils will have a go on the new playground under the supervision of their class teacher. We will then put the rota in place so that all classes can have their own allocated time enjoying the new playground each week.


We had a fantastic ‘keeping ourselves safe’ assembly delivered by P1A this week, the biggest class in the school. This also meant that we had around 80 family members in the hall so it was a tight squeeze this morning. They taught us how to keep ourselves safe in a number of situations including: on-line, crossing the road, at home, at school and in the sun. So make sure you Slip on a t-shirt, Slap on a hat, Slop on some sun cream and Slide on your shades this weekend because it looks like it will be a scorcher!

P7/New S1 Information Evening

There is a P7/New S1 Information Evening on Tuesday 22nd May, 7-8pm, for Parents of P7 pupils joining Queensferry High School next session. This evening will focus on plans for the P7 3-day visit as well as practical information about arrangements for starting in August.

Sports Day

It’s the first of our Sports day events on Thursday with the P1-3 potted sports in the morning and P4-7 potted sports in the afternoon. We will send out a detailed letter containing exact timings on Tuesday. Let’s hope the sun shines!

KPSA Family Treasure Hunt

Please note the change of date for the KPSA family treasure hunt, it will now take place on Saturday 26th May rather that the 12th May as previously advertised. There will be a pirate theme and lots of stalls and refreshments to keep the whole family entertained and best of all entry is FREE!


We have had lots of reports that the game ‘Fortnite’ is causing e-safety issues for lots of families. In-game chat with strangers seems to be a real concern. Please click on the link to access some helpful advice on staying safe online.

Basketball World Cup

There’s something special happening this summer when Great Britain Men’s basketball stages its final home qualifiers for the FIBA Basketball Men’s World Cup in Glasgow (Emirates Arena). Looking for the home fans to give them a lift, GB are ready to turn on the style and make a late run towards the FIBA 2019 World Cup when they face Estonia (29th June @ 7pm) and Israel (2nd July @ 7pm).

Kirkliston has been specially selected to receive an amazing offer to attend the 2018 Great Britain Men’s Basketball games which take place on Friday 29th June (v Estonia @ 7pm) and Monday 2nd July (v Israel @7pm), both at Emirates Arena, Glasgow. As the dates fall outside of the school term, families who wish to attend will make their own way to the game(s).

Tickets are available for a reduced price of £3.50  each (children and adults). Normal ticket prices start at £18 for children and £25 for Adults so this really is a great opportunity!

Should you wish to attend, please send the following to the school office as soon as possible:

  • Name and class of pupil.
  • Number of tickets required for each game.
  • £3.50 per ticket.

We hope to see lots of familiies there!

Rebekah Smith (PE Specialist)

Dates for your Diary

Victoria Day Holiday: Monday 21st May

KPSA Family Treasure Hunt: Saturday 26th May 2pm-4pm

KPSA meeting: Monday 28th May 7.00pm in the staff room

Sports Days

Potted Sports (P1-7) Thursday 24th May, times TBC, reserve date Thursday 31st May

P4/5 Races: Monday 4th June pm

P6/7 Races: Tuesday 5th June pm

Dress Down Day to raise funds for Kirkliston Gala Day: Friday 8th June

Kirkliston Gala Day: Saturday 9th June

P7 Transition Days: Tuesday 19th, Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st June


Date Class
25th May P1C
1st June P5C
8th June P2C
15th June Religious Observance
22nd June TBC
Wednesday 27th June P7 Leavers’ Assembly


Thanks for reading!

L Henderson