HT Blog 29th June 2018

It’s finally here! I hope you all have a fantastic break over the summer. I have really enjoyed my first two terms at Kirkliston and look forward to seeing you all again after the holidays. I would also like to wish the P7s the very best for their future and I hope they will stay in touch.



All P7s had a very successful 3 day transition last week and came back full of stories about High School but ready to celebrate their last week of Primary School. They presented a lovely Leavers’ Assembly reflecting on their journey so far and looking forward to a ‘Galactic’ future. This was followed by an opportunity to have refreshments with family members and lots of photo opportunities. A brilliant show followed the next day with P7s challenging the staff across a variety of activities including dance, gymnastics, football, music and lots more! The P7s narrowly beat the staff but there may be an enquiry about the scoring!! On Thursday the P7s had an opportunity to share their yearbook and get staff autographs and messages. Finally, the children across P1 to P6 and all the staff formed a Guard of Honour throughout the school to give our wonderful P7s a great send off. We wish them all well in their future education journeys and we’re sure we’ll hear of many successes.

Staffing News

Please see attached the class organisation for next session. I would also like to this opportunity to update you on some further staffing news.

You will already know that Mrs Karen McCay has been successful in gaining a secondment as Acting DHT at Duddingston for the next year. Mrs Linda Hughes has been successful in taking up the post of Acting PT in the school in her absence. Mrs Fiona Kay has recently been appointed as permanent PT in the nursery. We also welcome Mrs Shelagh Andrews as EYO in the nursery.

Other staff that we will be welcoming to our Kirkliston team are:

  • Miss Claire Smith and Mrs Anne Brusatte now have permanent positions with us.
  • Miss Kara Mudie will continue working with us next session.
  • Mrs Jenny Quinn will be returning and Miss Naomi Still will be joining us as class teachers.

The following staff will be leaving us for pastures new and we would like to wish them all well:

  • Miss Louise Wilson, Miss Caoimhe Lawlor, Miss Paula Preston, Mr Harry Lawrie, Mrs Anne Roy.

Finally, it is with a heavy heart that we announce that Mrs Fowler will be retiring in October. Mrs Fowler has been a part of the team for over 20 years and it will feel very strange without her. A more formal goodbye will follow next session so we hope she enjoys her very last school summer holiday.

Session 2018-2019  
New Class New Teacher/s  
Nursery Mrs Fiona Kay  
P1A Mrs Karlyn Hunter
P1B Mrs Marion Morris  
P1C Mrs Sarah Monteath  
P1D Miss Megan Selley  
P2/1 Miss Fiona Valentine  
P2A Mrs Louise McCutcheon (nee McCammon)  
P2B Miss Rebecca Kemp
P2C Miss Naomi Still (M, T, Th, F) & Miss Kara Mudie(W)  
P3A Mrs Anne Brusatte  
P3B Mrs Jenny Quinn (nee Ralston)  
P3C Miss Linda McCready & Mrs Nicola Arthur  
P3D Miss Sandie Easton  
P4A Miss Caitlin Airlie  
P4B Mrs Kathryn Graham
P5A Miss Leeann Wardrope  
P5B Miss Fiona Hall  
P5C Miss Saira Afzal  
P6A Mrs Linda Hughes (M-W) & Miss Kara Mudie(Th-F)  
P6B Mr Richard Olyott
P7A Miss Claire Smith  
P7B Mr Calum Wood  
PE Miss Rebekah Smith (M-Fri)  


Active Schools Holiday Activities

Dear Families

Thank you for supporting the Active Schools initiatives allowing your child to benefit from the many curricular and extra-curricular opportunities on offer

Please see below some ideas to keep the young people active during summer – most have been sent already but I just consolidated into one document for ease

Dates for your diary

Primary Active Schools Clubs: online bookings open Mon 27 Aug – Thu 6 Sep inc.  Clubs begin w/c Mon 10 Sep 2018

High School Active Schools Clubs: promoted at Annual Clubs Fair on Thu 23 Aug with online bookings opening that day.  Clubs begin w/c Mon 3 Sep 2018

Wishing you all a safe, happy and Active summer!

Heather Brownlee, Active Schools Coordinator, Queensferry Cluster



IRONKIDS Scotland is coming to Edinburgh and is open to kids of all abilities – aged 3 up to 14 years.

It’s a series of three fun, family-focused running events being staged in and around Edinburgh on 29 and 30 June.

There are age group races of between 500m and 2km, spectator friendly courses, free live entertainment, activities, and sports taster sessions.

The IRONKIDS events are at:

  • Dalkeith Country Park, from 4pm, Friday 29 June
  • Preston Links, Prestonpans, from 11am, Saturday 30 June
  • Holyrood Park, from 3pm, Saturday 30 June

Entry is only £4 per young person (plus a small booking fee). The cost includes an IRONKIDS T-shirt and a Finishers Medal.

Find out how to sign up for IRONKIDS Scotland. You can also enter on the day.

IRONKIDS Scotland 2018 is an exciting addition to the IRONMAN 70.3 Edinburgh race weekend and part of the global IRONKIDS running series. They are also a key part of Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018 celebrations.


Following a hugely successful pilot project last summer, Play Streets has now been adopted as official Council policy.

A consultation exercise carried out from December 2017 to January 2018 to evaluate the Edinburgh Playing Out pilot found widespread support for the scheme.

Respondents overwhelmingly felt the sessions had:

– given children a safe and beneficial opportunity to play (90%)
– resulted in children making new friends (83%)
– increased children’s sense of belonging in the community (88%)
– fostered increased community connections between different generations (90%)

Apply today to close your street for a play session over the summer holidays!

Rollerbeats Roller Discos are rolling into South Queensferry next Saturday!

  • 23rd June 2018
  • 1pm to 2.30pm.
  • Queenferry High School

Fun for all ages and abilities with skate hire available (or you can bring your own) from toddler size 5 to adult 12!

Under 16: £5.50

Adult £6.50

Family of 4 £20

Skate Hire £1

Tickets available online or by telephone: or call Julie on 07866553329 (Monday to Friday).

Looking forward to rolling with you all soon!

The Rollerbeats Gang!

Dates for your Diary

Pupils return: Wednesday 15th August

Thanks for reading!

L Henderson