HT Blog 23rd March 2018

Dear families,

The count down to the holidays is on but we still have lots to cram in to next week so read on to find out more.

Active Schools Awards Evening

A number of staff donned their finest attire and attended the very glamorous Active Schools Awards Evening at the Prestonfield House Hotel on Sunday following our nomination for


Active Schools Primary School of the Year 

Heather Brownlee, our Active Schools Coordinator shared this message following the event:

‘Congratulations also to Kirkliston PS who were in the shortlist of three for the ‘Active Schools Primary School of the Year’ – the winner of their category was Broomhouse PS so well done to them and all the other nominees and winners

Several coaches, volunteers, staff, clubs and Young Ambassadors from the Queensferry cluster attended the grand event at the Prestonfield House Hotel and by all accounts had a fantastic time!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of my coaches and volunteers who do a sterling job to provide quality sporting provision for our pupils – a fantastic bunch of people to work with, thank you.’





Informal Consultation

As you are aware, discussions are ongoing with City of Edinburgh Council regarding the future High School provision for Kirkliston pupils. Representatives from the Council held an event at the school on Monday evening which gave the community the opportunity to hear more about the proposals and to share any thoughts they had. The session was very well attended and there were some very interesting ideas to combat the issues of travel and transport. Crawford McGhie, Acting Head of Operational Support, would like to thank all who attended and the KPSA who facilitated the discussions.

Sum Dog

Three of our classes entered a recent Edinburgh wide Sumdog contest and put in a huge amount of effort both in and out of class. Winners are decided on the amount of questions answered as well as accuracy and I’m pleased to let you know that P4C came 5th overall after a whole week of competition. P2A were awarded the Daily Winner prize on Tuesday whilst P2B also worked extremely hard and finished a very respectable 50th out of 274 classes.

We celebrated this in assembly today and gave special congratulations to a P5C who came 29th out of all the pupils who took part.

P2/1 Assembly

Following the success of their assembly about Talents last Friday, P2/1 walked up to the nursery to share it with the Nursery. The class performed brilliantly again and gave the nursery pupils a flavour of what to expect when they join the big school.

Parent Consultations

Our Parent Consultations are well under way and will continue this afternoon. Thank you to all the parents who came along and I hope you had the opportunity to speak to Miss Smith our PE teacher and visit the Book Fair, Family Learning room and Sum Dog Station. A very special thank you to those who were approached by our Roving Reporters for feedback. I promise that we will use the footage for self-evaluation purposes only and no videos will be released on Social Media!

Emily’s Corner

We will be holding a very special memorial celebration on Monday afternoon in memory of Emily Irvine, a former pupil who sadly lost her battle shortly after she left us to move on to secondary school.

Emily was an inspiration to all and will always be remembered with great fondness in the school. We have established ‘Emily’s Corner’ at the entrance to the school and the tree planted there should soon be covered in pink blossom, Emily’s favourite colour. Planters will be added with spring flowers and a wall plaque, designed by one of Emily’s friends and a member of staff, has been made.

P2B Assembly

P2B led a wonderful assembly this morning, all about rules. Some might think I put them up to it but they came up with the idea all by themselves! They shared scenarios where rules make things fair and safe such as football, playing tig and running races. They also shared the story of the Emperor’s Seed which highlighted the importance of honesty and integrity. I am sure we all have a better understanding of how important rules are in keeping us all safe now. I can’t get their ‘Follow the Rules’ song out of my head now!

Book Fair

The book fair has been doing a roaring trade throughout the week and during Parent Consultations so thank you to all those who have visited it. There will be a final opportunity to visit it this afternoon between 1.30pm and 4pm

Dates for your Diary

Easter Service: Wednesday 28th March 9.30am. * Please note change of date * We will require parent helpers to accompany us to the church so if you are interested in joining us please contact the school office. As pupil numbers have increased and we require more space, unfortunately we can only accommodate parent helpers within the church.

End of Term: School will close at usual time on Thursday 29th March for the start of the school holidays. Pupils and staff will return on Tuesday 17th April.

KPSA meeting: Monday 23rd April 7.00pm in the staff room

May Day Holiday: Monday 7th May

Staff Only: Tuesday 8th May

KPSA Family Fun Fair: Saturday 12th May

Victoria Day Holiday: Monday 21st May

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

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


Thanks for reading!

L Henderson