Weekly Newsletter 28th October 2016

Highlights of the week at Liberton Primary.

  • On Monday we had an in-service day and our staff received training in the 1 in 5 poverty awareness programme and supporting children on the autism spectrum.
  • We are welcoming two PGDE teaching students to work in the school, Mrs Kathryn Baillie in P2C and Miss Catherine Barclay in P1A.
  • P6B started their block of Bikeablity sessions
  • Primary 6 also continued with their Latin lessons from Edinburgh University.
  • We had a great turn out for the first Friday morning running club of the year.  Letters are available in the office for any P5-7 pupils who would like to join.

Coming up

  • On Monday we will launch our new Resilience programme (see below) with a whole school assembly.
  • On Tuesday the University of Edinburgh will work with P7 pupils to highlight career and study opportunities available for the children when they are older.
  • On Wednesday we will have our Open Day for parents of children ready to enrol in P1 for next year (see below)


Brilliant news from our Green Rockers.  Our Green Flag has been renewed for another two years!

Here is just some of the feedback from the assessor:

I just loved your Action Plan tree for the Libby Food Fest that contained all the learning being done ahead of the festival.  I really liked the way you have used the festival as a link for learning about food issues throughout the school.  I also really liked your travel to school survey and your monitoring and evaluating work on water.  Your Living Landscape project is exciting and will be a welcome addition to your grounds.  Pupils play a leading role in Eco activities throughout Liberton PS and their enthusiasm and positive attitude shines through in your application.  An excellent well thought out application, well done!

Well done to everyone who has contributed to our eco-work but in particular to the Green Rockers and Miss Calvert.

Staffing update

Following the October Break, Mrs Mackintosh is now in school from Monday to Friday.  We also welcome back Mrs Christina Pacitti.  Our office team will also be joined by Mrs Carolyn Armstrong.  We are very grateful to Ms Anna Paxao for her help in the office over the last few weeks.

Resilience programme

This session we will be adding to our Health and Wellbeing curriculum by introducing a programme on Resilience.  This is a new resource which has been created for City of Edinburgh Schools.  Over a three year programme we will look at a range of ways in which children can build resilience.  Further information will be sent to parents as each unit is introduced.

Open Day/Enrolling in school

We will be having our Open Day for parents of children about to enrol in P1 for next session on Wednesday 2nd November.  Tours of the school will be given from 9.30am to 11am and 1.30pm to 2.30pm.  Enrolments will take place in the week beginning 7th November.  Please call the office to make an appointment.  If you know of any other families with children due to start school please pass on this information.

Solar Panel project

Well done to our partners from the Edinburgh Community Solar Co-operative who installed our solar panels this summer.  The initiative has been shortlisted for the Best Community Project Award in this year’s Scottish Green Energy Awards.

Charity fundraisers

  • Well done to Phoebe in P3 who is Braving the Shave on 7th November to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.  If you would like to support Phoebe and her mum the page is https://bravetheshave.org.uk/shavers/phoebe-mummy-shek.
  • We have been contacted by a Primary 4 class at St Mary’s Leith Primary who are collecting dresses for a school in Ethiopia.  Please see the poster below for more information.


  • School photo order forms and payment to be returned by Monday 31st
  • Christmas card order forms and payment to be returned by Thursday 3rd Unfortunately NO late orders can be taken after this date.
  • School lunches.  As the menu has changed children must return a new choice selection sheet.  Also, order forms MUST be handed into the school office by Thursday morning each week to ensure children receive their choice the following week. Failing this they can only be given a baked potato. Blank order forms can be obtained from the school office. Lunches are priced at £2.05. Thank you.

Upcoming events

  • Tuesday 1st November                 LPSA Meeting 9am After-School Club Room – All parents welcome
  • Monday 7th November                 Hibernian FC Scottish Cup – Persevered assembly
  • Monday 21st November               Primary 6  Learning Showcase Assembly
  • Monday 12th December               Nursery afternoon nativity
  • Tuesday 13th December               P1-2 nativity 1.30pm
  • Wednesday 14th December        P1-2 nativity  9.30am
  • Thursday 15th December             Nursery morning nativity
  • Thursday 15th December             P3 Christmas concert

Liberton Primary School Association

Next meeting

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 1st November at 9am in the Liberton After-School Club room.  All parents are welcome.

Halloween Discos Friday 28th October

P1/2                       6pm-6.45pm (please note parents and carers of P1 and P2 children MUST stay on the premises.

P3/4                       7pm – 8pm

P5/6/7                  8.15pm – 9.15pm

Dress up optional – No scary masks.  Also due to recent news events there should be no children dressed in clown outfits.

Christmas Fair

Saturday the 3rd of December – 2pm to 4pm


Health guidance


As winter approaches all schools have been asked to take steps to try to prevent the spread of norovirus.  If your child has had a bout of sickness or diarrhoea then the NHS guidance is that they should not return to school until 48 hours after the last episode.  The guidance also states that an outbreak of norovirus could also lead to the cancellation of school trips or events so we would really like to keep everyone as healthy as possible over winter.

Measles infection in Lothian

Measles cases have been confirmed in Lothian over the past month in teenagers and young adults.

Please do not send your child to school if they have any symptoms suggestive of measles infection.



The symptoms of measles include fever, lethargy, runny nose, conjunctivitis, cough and a red, blotchy rash which starts at the head spreading over the chest and limbs. The rash generally fades within ten days.


If your child has developed symptoms suggestive of measles, you should keep your child at home and contact your General Practitioner for further advice by phone (or NHS24 if out of hours on tel. 111).

This is very important in order to avoid the spread of measles to other people.

People with measles are infectious from around five days before the rash appears until four days after the rash appears and should self isolate at home during this time.


The best protection against measles is two doses of MMR.


NHS Lothian Health Protection Team October 2016


Uniforms For Ethiopia

Do you have any unwanted gingham girls’ school uniforms?

If so, the children of P4b at St. Mary’s (Leith) Primary School are collecting them for Elshadai Wukro Children’s Village in Tigray Ethiopia.

If you have any gingham dresses to donate (all colours appreciated!) please email P4b on this email address and we will organise to have them collected – liana.artini@st-marys-pri.edin.sch.uk

If you would like more information about the Children’s Village, please visit


Green Rockers Eco Group Update


The Green Rockers are taking part in the ‘What’s Under Your Feet?’ campaign.  We are exploring the impact climate change is having on wildlife.  Across Britain the populations of many bird species are declining and scientists want to find out if this might be caused by food availability.  Soil invertebrates are a very important part of birds’ diets.  We will be carrying out soil sample surveys throughout the year and recording how many soil invertebrates we find in our school grounds.  We will also be recording the birds we can see in our school grounds.  Here are some pictures from our October Survey.  A big thank you to the JRSOs who helped out!

Weekly Newsletter 13th October 2016


Highlights of the week at Liberton Primary.

  • Well done to our Primary 5 classes for a brilliant Learning Showcase Assembly on Monday.  They shared music, art, ICT and much more from their studies this term. Our next year group to showcase their learning will be P6 on 21st
  • Libby Food Fest has continued this week with more wonderful smells of home-cooking filling our corridors.  Both our P7 classes had a chance to visit Domino’s Pizza in Gilmerton to learn about food production and all came back to school with a pizza of their own. Thank you especially to Miss Sloan who has coordinated Libby Food Fest across the school.
  • On Tuesday all the children had their school photo taken.  As I mentioned last week these photos are available for parents if they want them however there is no obligation to buy any of these photos.
  • This week the Diving Talent Programme visited our school and worked with children from P2 to P6.  The children all greatly enjoyed these sessions.
  • On Thursday Daniel Johnson MSP visited the school and met some of our classes.
  • We were also delighted to see so many parents at our Parent Consultations.  Thank you to the LPSA for providing refreshments during the evenings.  I hope you also took advantage of a chance to see the drawings for the proposed four classroom extension at Liberton Primary.

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Weekly Newsletter 7th October 2016

Highlights of the week at Liberton Primary.

  • Our Monday our assemblies were themed on the Jewish New Year celebration of Rosh Hashanah.
  • Libby Food Fest has been running across the school with children learning about where their food comes from, healthy diets and preparing their own dishes.  There has been a wonderful smell of home cooking through the school all week.
  • On Wednesday we had our second session of Libby Leaders.  You will be able to see photos of our Libby Leaders groups in the corridor during Parent Consultation Evenings.
  • On Thursday we had a new group of P3 children start their Forest Schools programme.

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Weekly Newsletter 30th September 2016

Highlights of the week at Liberton Primary.

  • Our team of Primary 5 pupils went to a rugby tournament at Murrayfield Stadium.  The team played very well, losing their first game then winning the next three.  I was also delighted that they were selected for the tournament Fair Play Award for great sporting behaviour.  Well done to them all.
  • Our Monday assemblies were led by Reverend Mike Taylor on the Christian celebration of Harvest.
  • On Thursday five members of our Libby Leaders Fair Trade group accompanied Miss Sloan to a Fair Trade Conference at the City Chambers.  The children worked with both primary and high school students and presented themselves brilliantly.  Well done to Olaf, Murray, Amy, Summer and Victor.
  • On Friday our nursery went to visit the McMillan Coffee Morning at Inch View Care Home.

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Weekly Newsletter 23rd September 2016

Highlights of the week at Liberton Primary.

  • We have had a number of new pupils join our school over the last few weeks. It has been great having them as part of our school. As always I am impressed and delighted about how our school community makes our newest members feel so welcome.
  • On Wednesday we had our first Libby Leaders session of the year.  This year the groups from P3 to P7 are Pupil Council, Green Rockers (Eco), Community Group, Baking, Poetry Group, Ukelele Orchestra, School Newspaper, Fair Trade, Fitness Experts, Outdoor Learning, Super Stitchers, Display Team, Film Making , Junior Road Safety Officers and Worldwide Connections. Our P1 and P2 classes are taking part in groups looking at Road Safety, Big Play, Scotland, Eco-Schools the Playground and Global Citizenship.
  • We also continued our Bikeablity and swimming lessons for P5 and Forest Schools for P3.
  • On Thursday Primary 1 went for a walk to explore their local environment.

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Mini Mudder – This Weekend!


The Mini Mudder event will be held at Liberton Primary on Saturday! This adventurous day is to help raise funds funds for Joe Clapperton’s appeal for further resources for pre-teen children at Edinburgh’s Sick Kids hospital.

We hope that many people will come along to take part, to watch and to provide encouragement. Remember – if you’d like to take part, it’s not too late! You could make a donation or collect sponsorship money. Additional sponsor forms are available from the school office.

Refreshments will be provided by the Liberton After School Club, and we hope to see lots of people there for what promises to be a very entertaining fun-filled day!


Weekly Newsletter 16th September 2016


Highlights of the week at Liberton Primary.

  • We started our week on Monday with our assemblies based on the 100th Anniversary of Roald Dahl.  The P3 to 7 pupils showed great knowledge in the Roald Dahl quiz.  The answer to the question that no-one could answer on the day was Wonka’s Whipple-Scrumptious Fudge-Mallow Delight.
  • On Wednesday local author Helen Parker came in to work with the Primary 6a.
  • On Thursday our Primary 3 pupils were at Forest Schools and P5A went swimming
  • On Friday the children who shared their work at Festival of Learners had a celebratory tea-party.

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Ice Cream Days


The Liberton After School Club will be selling ice cream from the LASC room on Thursday the 15th and Friday 16th September at the end of each day. All proceeds will go towards Joe’s fundraising campaign. Please bring money to school if you would like some ice cream!