Weekly Newsletter 16th November 2018

Headteacher Update

Liberton Primary School Diving Success
Divers representing Liberton, Royal High, Sciennes, Duddingston, Heriots, Gracemount, and Parsons Green recently took part in the Liz Atkinson Talent Games.

After a highly competitive competition with all divers giving their best, Liberton Primary School pupils took home 4 of the 6 medals for the Year 2 competition!

Year 2 – 9 & Under
Gold: Scarlet D’Mellow (P5a)
Silver: Murren Bain (P4B)
Bronze: Eva Koe (P5b)

Year 2 – 10 & Over
Bronze Sophia West (P7A)

Back in November 2016 coaches from the Edinburgh Leisure diving team visited the school (and others in Edinburgh South) as part of their “talent in diving” initiative. Out of that process a number of the school’s pupils were selected to train 3 times a week at the Royal Commonwealth Pool as part of a dedicated Talent Identification squad throughout 2017. After this year long training the Liberton pupils continued their training through the numerous dive squads Edinburgh Leisure run at the RCP.

This year the Liz Atkinson Talent Games took place on Saturday 3rd November at the RCP. This competition is an annual event that enables young divers selected through the Edinburgh Talent Identification process (2017 and 2018 squads) to compete against each other in a series of physical and technical tests in both the dry dive and pool. Medals were awarded to the top 3 in the 9 & under and 10 & over age groups for the pool and dryland combined scores from the two squad years.

It was a tough competition with Yu Kitamura only missing out on a medal by 2.6 points! Peter Corkhill put in a solid performance and gave his all throughout the competition and came 10th out of 34 competitors representing both 2017 and 2018 squads. Ruairi Hay unfortunately had to retire shortly into the pool section of the competition due to a bad fall. But he had put in an amazing performance in the dryland competition and did the school, and his dive squad, proud. Emily Vickers is also a member of the 2017 TID squad but unfortunately couldn’t take part at this competition. Emily and Eva are members of the same training squad and Emily has made huge progress since starting diving in 2017.

Congratulations and fantastic work from all the Liberton Primary School divers!

Photo permission granted.

S1 Allocations completed
P7 children have now been allocated a high school for August 2019 based on the address held on the pupil’s record held in school. Letters to parents advising of the allocated school have gone out this week.

As always, high schools are allocated depending on the denomination of the primary schools, i.e. a P7 pupil attending a Roman Catholic primary school will be allocated their Roman Catholic catchment high school. However, parents can request to ‘swap’ their allocated catchment school (from non-denominational to RC, or vice versa) by emailing School Placements before 24 December. Additionally, parents requesting their RC catchment school should complete the online RC admission form.

Anne-Marie Weston has accepted the maternity post for P3. Anne-Marie will start on Monday 3rd December. I am sure she will be made very welcome by all parents, children and staff.

Polar Explorer Programme
We are delighted to have been given a fully funded place on the school ‘Polar Explorer’ programme. This will include P3-7 attending an assembly led by a Polar Explorer, teacher training sessions and will also involve some classes taking part in learning experiences and Polar Explorer activities.
This exciting programme links in with our STEM (Science, Engineering, Technologies and Maths) school improvement priority. More updates to follow!


Last week at Liberton Primary

  • Children in Need – Friday 16th November. Staff and children had a fabulous time today celebrating Children in Need, we have witnessed a huge variety of amazing dress up ideas. We have raised an amazing amount of £220 for dress up. We still need to calculate the total of our bake sale. Well done everyone and thank you to all the family and friends who helped us make this event a success.
  • Benmore meeting for parents on Tuesday 13th November was a huge success. The Powerpoint can be found on our website. Please make sure you have completed and returned all the relevant documents. Thank you.
  • Parent Association meeting at 7.15pm on Tuesday. A few points that were raised at the meeting;
    – Work is continuing regarding a crossing being put on Kirk Brae. The Parent Association are working in partnership with Sustrans.
    – Christmas Fayre is beginning to be organised, any helpers would be appreciated. Fayre is on Saturday 8th December 2018, 10am-12pm. Volunteers are required for set up, during the fayre and tidy time.
    – Parent calendar dates are now on the website, apologies for the confusion regarding Nativity dates. We appreciate a change in dates must have been stressful for parents/carers and families and we apologise for any upset caused.

Full set of minutes will be published on website.

Upcoming Events

Date Event
21.11.18 P4-7 Polar Explorer Initiative.
7.11.18 P1 Dress Rehearsal – photos to be taken.
11.12.18 Nativity – Tuesday afternoon.
12.12.18 Nativity – Wednesday afternoon.
8.12.18 School Fair
12.12.18 Singers to Kirk Guild.
17.12.18 P1-7 Pantomine


Christmas Holidays
School breaks on Friday 21st December at 12.00pm. Staff return on Tuesday 8th January and children return on Wednesday 9th January 2019.


Valerie Henry
Acting Headteacher
Liberton Primary School

229 Gilmerton Road
EH16 5UD
Tel: (0131) 664 2337
Fax: (0131) 666 0599
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Weekly Newsletter 9th November 2018

Headteacher update: Another amazing week at Liberton Primary I have been getting to know our children in a variety of different contexts; class, breakfast club, lunches and playground which I have thoroughly enjoyed.
This term is traditionally one of the busiest with lots going on. As we countdown for the Winter break, this year there is no exception. I hope you will be able to find time to join us in the many activities which are taking place between now and the end of 2018. Our first event begins next week with Children in Need.

This week, I met with class representatives and visited the nursery to get children’s ideas and suggestions on how we are going to recognise Children in Need this year at Liberton
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Weekly Newsletter 2nd November 2018

Headteacher update: It gives me great pleasure to send the first newsletter as acting Headteacher of Liberton Primary School and to welcome everyone to what I am sure will be a very busy and exciting term.

I am joining Liberton as acting Headteacher, having spent the last 6 years as both an Acting Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher in Buckstone Primary School. The skills and experiences I have acquired working in a variety schools over the city has provided my most valuable and rewarding teaching experiences and I hope this will be beneficial for Liberton Primary Community.

I have been tremendously impressed by the whole school, especially the children. From the moment I stepped into Liberton Primary School I was struck by both the excellent relationships between staff and children and the incredibly positive and purposeful learning environment.

Last week at Liberton Primary

* The Halloween disco was a fantastic success and all the children thoroughly enjoyed their evening. The outfits was terrifically terrifying! A huge thank you to the parents who
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Weekly Newsletter 26th October 2018


Headteacher update:  This week has been a transition week in school following my secondment to the Headteacher post at Oxgangs Primary.  I have spent some time in Oxgangs meeting staff, pupils and parents and Mrs Henry, who will be Acting Headteacher in my absence, has visited Liberton and met our pupils and staff.  I know she greatly enjoyed her time in school and is looking forward to working with our whole school community.

On a personal note I would like to thank everyone for their kind words and good wishes.  I look forward to hearing about all the exciting activities that have happened at Liberton when I return.


Paul Ewing


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Weekly Newsletter 12th October 2018

Last week at Liberton Primary

  • Thank you to everyone who helped at our Autumn Clean Up.  The area around our allotment is much improved.  Thank you especially to the LASC for organising this.
  • On Monday our P7 football team took part in the Scottish Schools FA competition at Meggetland.  Well done to all the boys for a good performance.
  • On Tuesday our Libby Food Fest continued with Primary 6 baking
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Weekly Newsletter 5th October 2018

Last week at Liberton Primary

  • On Tuesday and Wednesday our P7 classes visited Pizza Express as part of Libby Food Fest.  They learned about food preparation, careers in the catering industry and also had a chance to make their own pizzas.
  • Also on Wednesday we had our first Libby Leaders session of the year.  These groups give children from P2 to P7 the chance to work together to lead an improvement in our school and our local community.  This year our Libby Leaders groups are
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