This week at Liberton Primary
- On Monday Primary 1 and Primary 2 had more singing lessons with NYCOS and P3 had their session on Tuesday.
- Thank you to everyone who attended our Parent Consultation Evenings on Wednesday and Thursday. There was an excellent turnout for the sessions. Thank you also to the LPSA for organising our uniform recycling stall.
- On Thursday Tempest Photography were in school taking individual and sibling photos.
- Also on Thursday P5B continued their block of swimming lessons.
- P6 classes continued with their Latin lessons this week.
- Today we break up for our half-term holiday. School will resume for pupils on Wednesday 23rd October.
Coming up at Liberton Primary
- On Monday 21st and Tuesday 22nd we will have in-service days for staff. During these days we will be reviewing our mathematics curriculum, developing our skills in teaching drama, confirming the next steps of our behaviour policy, having training sessions in Emotions Works and Lego Therapy and also further developing our strategies for supporting children in the playground.
- On Wednesday 23rd October all the pupils will return. P6B will continue their Latin lessons.
- On Thursday our assemblies will be a chance for children to share their work from the Building Resilience unit on Having a goal.
- On Friday P6B will have their Latin lesson.
Bikes in the playground
Children should not ride their bikes in the playground before or after school. This week we had one accident and another two near misses. While we love our children to ride their bikes safely to school, the playground is very busy and there are lots of younger children running around. Children should dismount at the school gate and push their bikes to the shed for locking up.
Home Learning Review
Thank you to all the parents who contributed to the consultation on our Home Learning proposals at the Parent Consultation Evenings. There was a clear majority from parents who felt that this was a positive move with over two thirds saying they liked this idea. We will now be working with the staff to implement this change as soon as we can and will let you know full details when it is up and running. As with any new policy we will continue to review this and make changes as necessary to best meet the needs of our pupils. Full results: 107 in favour (67%), 17 not sure (11%), 34 against (22%).
New playground equipment
I mentioned last week that we were delighted that we have successfully bid for a piece of free playground equipment from the National Galleries of Scotland. The tunnel and slide will be a brilliant addition to our playground. We are very grateful to Maxi Construction who are currently refurbishing our building for kindly offering to transport the equipment to school.
In June pupils from P1 to 3 had the chance to go to Glasgow to take part in the filming of this CBeebies show. The screening dates have now been confirmed:
- 19 October – Episode: Make Me Laugh.
- 23 November – Episode: Swashdance.
Over the holidays refurbishment of the building will continue and the works will move from an overnight to a daytime schedule. Following the holiday P5C will be the first class to be decanted to the music room in the huts. This decant should last around two weeks. Each of the classes from P1 to P6 will be decanted over the coming year. Some other shorter decants may also be necessary as the works continue. Also over the holidays the school office will be refurbished following flood damage.
LPSA Halloween Disco – Friday 1st November (see poster attached)
It’s nearly time for the LPSA Halloween disco! Tickets are £3 each and will be available to buy in the school foyer before and after school from Monday 28th Oct to Friday 1st Nov.
The disco times are:
- P1 & P2: 6pm to 6.45pm (parents have to stay on site for the P1 & P2 disco)
- P3 & P4: 7pm to 8pm
- P5 to P7: 8.15pm to 9.15pm
Dressing up is optional – no scary masks, please.
We are also looking for volunteers to help sell tickets and volunteers to help on the night with set-up, supervision of the hall, first aid, manning entrance and exit doors, helping with craft and activities in the break-out space, and with clear-up afterwards. If you are able to help out during any of the above timeslots, please get in touch at email@example.com. The disco is always one of our most popular events, and its success relies very much on the efforts of our helpers. You don’t need any special skills or experience – we just need you!
LPSA meeting – Thursday 24th October – 7pm to 9pm
Our next meeting will be on Thursday 24th October from 7pm to 9pm (venue to be confirmed). If you have items for the agenda – any school-related ideas, concerns or issues you would like to discuss at the meeting – please email them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 11th October. We look forward to seeing you on Thursday 24th October – all welcome!
Nursery and Childcare Survey
The Scottish Government plans to expand Early Learning and Childcare services to almost double the number of funded hours from 600 currently to 1140 each year. These extra hours will be available to all children aged 3 or 4 and for some children aged 2 and will be in place by session 2020/21. Families should have choice and flexibility in how they use services – including whether they use all of their child’s funded hours and whether they use them during school term-time or throughout the year.
By early learning and childcare, we mean all pre-school education such as nurseries, early years centres, childminders and playgroups.
The City of Edinburgh Council is keen to maintain high quality early learning and childcare services as they change and expand, to make them work well for you and your family. To do this, we need your help so that we can plan for the future.
We want to find out what your experience of early learning and childcare is really like in Edinburgh – whether you use it or not, what you like and if there’s anything you think could be changed or improved.
Please help us with this by taking some time to complete this survey. It should only take around ten minutes. www.edinburgh.gov.uk/earlyyearsparentconsultation
Raising Teens With Confidence – Course for Parents
Raising Teens With Confidence is coming to Goodtrees Neighbourhood Centre. This is a 6 week course starting on Thursday the 31st of October 1.00pm -3.00pm. There are limited places available, please see the information leaflet attached above for more information.
City of Edinburgh Music School
The City of Edinburgh Music School is a National Centre of Excellence funded by the Scottish Government and does not charge fees.
It is unique in Europe as it is the only specialist music school that caters for children aged P1 to S6.
The senior music school is at Broughton High School and the primary music school is at The Flora Stevenson Primary School.
Applications are encouraged on behalf of children who display an above average ability when learning an instrument and/or show a heightened awareness and response to music. The closing date for applications is Friday 10th January 2020.
We have an Open Day on Saturday 2nd November which is open to all and is held at Broughton High School between 11 am and 2pm.
Please visit our website for more information and how to apply.
14th – 18th October School closed for October Break
21st and 22nd October In-service Days
23rd October Pupils resume
31st October P6 Learning Showcase assembly (all parents and carers of this year group are welcome to attend) Note change of date
14th November P4 Learning Showcase assembly (all parents and carers of this year group are welcome to attend)
10th December Infant Nativity 1.30pm
11th December Infant Nativity 9.30am