HT Blog 7th March 2018

Dear families,

 

Thank you for taking the time to read my first blog. I’m now on my 3rd draft of it due to ICT issues and snow closures. I hope you find it useful, interesting and at times perhaps even humorous! I have really enjoyed my first few weeks as Head Teacher at Kirkliston PS and have enjoyed many events in a relatively short time. These include: first assembly, first class assembly (thank you P2A), first KPSA discos, first Benmore Presentation Evening, first holiday, first KPSA meeting, first fire drill and not forgetting first snow closure, all in a few short weeks! We have lots of exciting things happening at KPS so read on to find out more.

Art Fortnight

We have had a very busy second week of our art fortnight here at KPS and I have seen some wonderful pieces of art throughout the school whilst learning about new artists including Wassily Kandinsky, Jennifer Thomson and Stephen Lowry to name a few.

I look forward to seeing you all at our exhibitions on Thursday 9.15-10.15 or 1.30-2.30. Entry is £1 and all proceeds go to JRDS which is a charity which funds type 1 diabetes research.

Football

The P6’s took part in a football tournament a couple of weeks ago and brought the Queensferry cup back to Kirkliston.

They took part alongside South Queensferry, Echline, St Margaret’s and Dalmeny and all played in good spirit. They went the whole tournament unbeaten, winning a thrilling final against Echline 4-3, after going 0-3 down early on.

All of the players were well behaved and played magnificently.

The P4 school team also enjoyed success last week from their first 7-aside game which they won 11 v 4 against Cramond Primary. A brilliant team performance!

P4 Nertherurd Meeting

We were joined by two representatives from Netherurd who gave a presentation and answered any questions that parents had. If you missed this meeting but would like a copy of the information please enquire at the school office.

Swimming

P4B enjoyed their swimming lessons at Queensferry High School and had their final last week. All swimmers made good progress. P4C will started their block of lessons on Tuesday.

Ukulele

P4 and P5 have had their final ukulele sessions and by all accounts it has been a great success. We may have some budding musicians in our midst!

Mums’ Group

The mums group had a fantastic morning out at the art gallery the Thursday before last which has set high expectations for our very own exhibition this Thursday. They have also enjoyed a variety of activities including craft sessions, baking, cooking a Burns’ supper and having an introduction to the KCC Toddlers Group.

P6 Drumming

The P6’s have had their first session of the African Drumming and Dance Experience and are having a full day today which will culminate in a whole school performance this afternoon.

Play in a Day

An exciting opportunity has been organised for P5 who are having Beatbox Productions in to work with the children in producing a musical play in a day. This will take place next Wednesday 14th March. The children will perform this on the Wednesday evening (14th March) at 6:30 in the school hall.

Tickets will go on sale via parent pay at a cost of £2:50.

This is an excellent opportunity for the children to SHINE and work with experienced drama and music specialists.

Active Schools Awards Evening

Over the course of the last 2 years, Active Schools has worked with over 2000 volunteers, coaches and young leaders who have either delivered, assisted or officiated at extra-curricular clubs, festivals and tournaments hosted by Active Schools across all the schools in Edinburgh.   It is acknowledged that without the help and expertise of the many coaches, volunteers and young leaders, a lot of the activity would not be possible, nor would it be delivered to the high level that it is.

Active Schools know that working with school staff and encouraging a whole school approach will contribute to the success of the extra-curricular clubs and maximise the number of pupils taking part in physical activity and to this end we would like to thank the schools and acknowledge their partnership working by way of a Celebration Evening to be held at Prestonfield House Hotel on Sunday 18th March 2018.

Over 250 nominations were put forward for the 14 awards and I am delighted to inform you that Kirkliston Primary School has been nominated and short listed for Active Schools Primary Schools of the Year

 Congratulations!

The winner of each category will be announced at the Celebration Evening on Sunday 18th March so watch this space!

 Change Works

We will be observing a Waste Week next week and to kick it of Miss Afzal has organised a whole school assembly on Monday 12th March at 11am with Change Works. The topic will be food waste and the week the Education Officer will also be joining us.

Anti-Bullying Assembly

Having missed Anti-bullying week in November the senior Pupil Council Members will be helping me to prepare a whole school assembly for Thursday 29th March to promote this important message. Following some new guidance being released by Respect Me I will soon be looking in to revising our school policy with pupils, parents and staff.

RBS International Women’s Day

Our P7 girls will be celebrating International Women’s Day on Thursday 8th March. They have been invited to RBS Gogarburn to take part in a variety of STEM, take part in the RBS code club, attend a STEM careers fair and hear from some motivational speakers. Not wanting our boys to miss out, Mr Wood has planned some exciting STEM activities for them try back at school.

Risk Factory

P7 attended the Risk Factory on Tuesday 6th March where they were be put into scenarios that they could face in everyday life and asked to identify risks. They were taught strategies that could help save not only their own lives but other peoples.  Going to The Risk Factory allows them to make mistakes but in a safe environment where they can learn from their mistakes.

Volleyball Tasters

All classes in P4-7 will be experiencing Volleyball tasters during March thanks to Coach Emma who has represented Scotland indoor at junior and senior level and on the beach at the Commonwealth Youth Games in The Bahamas!  She is a qualified UKCC Level II Volleyball coach for City of Edinburgh Volleyball Club and is also certified in First Aid, Safeguarding & Protecting Children and Positive Coaching Scotland.  The session will be followed up by the opportunity to attend forthcoming festivals.

Dates for your Diary

Parents’ Evening: Thursday 22nd March 6pm-8.30pm and Friday 23rd March 1.30pm-4pm watch out for our Roving Reporters!

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.

KPSA meeting: 23rd 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

 

Thanks for reading!

L Henderson