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HT Blog 29th March 2018

Dear families,
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for making me feel so welcome in my first term at Kirkliston Primary School. On behalf of the staff team, I would like to wish you all a restful break and a happy holiday. We will see you all back in school on Tuesday 17th April.

Fair Trade Tuck Shop
The P5s ran a fabulous Fair Trade tuck shop a couple of weeks ago and made a wonderful profit of £16.60. Well done to all three classes.
Art Exhibition
Following our very successful Art Exhibition earlier this month we managed to raise the substantial amount of £383.80 for JDRF the diabetes charity. Thank you to all those who made it along and a special thank you must go to Mrs Hunter and Miss McCammon who were the brainpower behind it.

Catchment Review
The report on the Outcomes of the Informal Consultation in West and South West Edinburgh Schools Review is now live and can be accessed via this link –
Full Meeting Papers – Education, Children & Families Committee (Additional Meeting) – 29 March 2018
Emily’s Corner
We held 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. A cherry tree was planted at the school entrance and we added some flowers to wooden planters to make a very special memorial garden. Lynn Paterson, Colin McPhee and Ruth Bramwell shared stories and memories of Emily.
Emily was an inspiration to all and will always be remembered with great fondness in the school.
Book Fair
I would like to thank all families who visited the book fair last week; we managed to raise a whopping £1716.33! The school receives a generous commission from Scholastic so all pupils will benefit from your generosity.
Church Service
¬We were treated to an Intergalactic Easter at our church service yesterday. Thank you so much to P5B who led the service and to Mrs Arthur who came up with the fab concept. Thank you also to Ms Corr and the strings group and Mr Ross and the brass group. Finally I would like to thank Maggie and her team for inviting us into such a warm and welcoming church.
Anti-bullying Assembly
The Senior Pupil Council Reps helped me to mark National Anti-bulling week with an assembly today. We discussed lots of thought provoking topics such as:
What is bullying?
The differences between being rude, being mean and being a bully
Why people bully
What we can do about it
We also shared an excellent short film that showed the hidden effects of bullying. The idea for the film was not only thought up by the Pupil Council Reps but they starred in it and filmed it too. I hope to share this film with families in the future.
School Crossing Patrol Review
City of Edinburgh Council are carrying out a review of the School Crossing Patrols please read the message below to find out how to have your say.
Dear Parent or Carer,

Our school crossing guides continue to deliver an excellent and highly valued service to communities across Edinburgh and we want to make sure this continues.

We are reviewing the current service to make sure we are providing the best possible service and that we have crossing guides where and when we most need them. We have already studied our existing patrol sites; how many people use them, traffic levels and where they are located.

We are now getting feedback from school crossing patrol guides, people using the service and groups including Parent Councils, Head Teachers, Junior Road Safety Officers and Councillors. Community Councils / Neighbourhood Partnership have also been asked to contribute.

We also wish to get the views of Parents and Carers, who may contribute to the Review through the Council’s Consultation Hub, by a specific questionnaire which can be found using this link –

https://consultationhub.edinburgh.gov.uk/sfc/school-crossing-patrol-review-parents-and-carers

The link is open for contributions and will close on Tuesday 24 April 2018.

We will present a report of the feedback from the consultation in late 2018 to councillors. Councillors will then use this feedback when deciding if any changes should be made to the service.

If you have any questions, please pass these to my colleague Katie Green or myself at the email address transport.roadsafety@edinburgh.gov.uk

Thank you.

Dates for your Diary
End of Term: School will close at the usual time today (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