HT Blog 1st June 2018

Dear families,

Well that’s us into the final month before we break for the summer holidays and it is perhaps the busiest month of the school calendar. Please read on to find out what we plan to squeeze in!

Sports Day

We had a successful sports day last Thursday although the sun did not appear as early as I had hoped! We witnessed some excellent teamwork and sporting behaviour and I was very proud of all our pupils. The staff race led to much hilarity and there was a suggestion that there had been some cheating, not looking at anyone in particular, Miss Airlie! The pupil relay was incredibly close with Liston snatching first place. Thank you to all the adults who participated in the races and to those who came along to offer support. We will have our competitive races next week but please note that these are not spectator events. The final scores and winning house will be announced at the end of term.

School Bell

We have had an interesting week with the bell giving up after some serious over use during sports day! We resorted to a hand bell and an air horn to see us through but we are extremely glad that the bell is now fixed. We now need to make sure that it is programmed correctly.

KPSA Family Treasure Hunt

The treasure hunt was a great success and the weather was ideal for the event. The KPSA raised over £100 and the afternoon was well attended. Thank you to everyone who made this happen, the school are so grateful for the help and support the KPSA provide.

Cross Country Event

As part of the P7 transition events we hosted a cluster cross country running event on Wednesday. Heather Brownlee would like to share this message.

Thank you all so very much for sending great staff along with your fabulous P7 children for what turned out to be an amazing event!

Children mixed nicely with each other till all 200+ P7’s arrived then participated in a mass warm up with lovely Alex from Dance Division before heading to Allison Park to run their cross country race.  Thanks to the fantastic Harmeny Athletics Club who I work closely with to develop athletics in the cluster, the children ran a lovely route of varying terrains past Pikes Pond and the monument and back to the finish line where they were cheered on like champions!  I would also like to highlight the great job the marshals did supporting and motivating the runners – these were the accompanying staff from your schools and an incredible group of QHS pupils who were so lovely with the children and excellent role models throughout the day, a real credit, so thank you to them all.

The afternoon saw the first ever P1&2 Cross Country race which was just the cutest thing ever!!  With 203 children doing their mass warm up then running like whippets from the start line and learning about pace to complete the 600m course led by Craig from Harmeny AC to avoid anyone straying off course!

Once again, thanks for supporting this event and I am sure we all look forward to the next one!

Heather Brownlee

School Board Cup

Our P6 football team had a very tense semi-final match on Wednesday night, read on to find out what our coach Mr Briggs had to say…

Well…….after storming into a 3-0 lead at halftime, Fox Covert staged a great comeback to make it 3-3 at full time. Both teams battled hard in extra time, but we managed to hold on for a 4-3 victory!

A fantastic achievement for the boys to reach the final of a tournament that has been running for decades. They will meet Cramond Primary School in the final, which will be a really tough match for them, but they have a chance.

The final will be held at Meggetland Playing fields on the 13th June, kick off time to be confirmed but probably 6.30pm. It would be great to give the boys a mention, but mainly to drum up some support for them on the day, I am sure Cramond will have a vocal crowd along for the occasion.

They did the school proud!


On Tuesday we had our third transition event for our new P1 intake with our current P1s leading the activities. Every group heard a familiar story and the P1s and nursery children worked together to make character headbands. We mixed up the groups a bit more this week to ensure all of our new pupils are integrating well together. At this moment in time it is looking like next year’s P1s are going to be another super year group! Next week they will meet their new teacher and classmates.

New Playground

The works have now been carried out on the playground and we are just waiting for the results of our final ROSPA report. The playground group hope to share information with the classes at the end of next week with a view to the class trials of the playground to take place at the start of next week. Once complete the playground will open following a rota to ensure equity for all.


We have had a couple of great assemblies over the last two weeks with P1C telling us all about their year in P1 and P5C sharing their learning on kindness and resilience. Next week we will see what P2C have been learning about.

Gala Day

The community has an action packed week ahead culminating with the Gala Day on Saturday 9th June. I look forward to being part of my very first Kirkliston Gala Day.


Dates for your Diary

P1 Induction evening – Tuesday 5th June at 7pm

Final P1 Transition event – Wednesday 6th June

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

Kirkliston Gala Day: Saturday 9th June

P4 to Netherurd: Thurs 14th –Fri 15th June

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


Date Class
8th June P2C
15th June Religious Observance
22nd June TBC
Wednesday 27th June P7 Leavers’ Assembly


Thanks for reading!

L Henderson