Weekly Newsletter 24th February 2017

Highlights of the week at Liberton Primary

  • On Monday we had our Festival of Learning assemblies with children from each year group sharing a piece of great learning.
  • On Tuesday Primary 3 classes started a block of sessions with the National Youth Choir of Scotland.
  • On Wednesday we had an extra assembly introducing children to the Seasons for Growth programme, which is available for children who are experiencing change or loss in their lives, and also looking at how we will shortly be introducing Loose Parts play at lunchtimes.
  • On Thursday Primary 5 followed their project on Japan by starting a block of Japanese lessons.  We are the first school in Scotland to take part in this programme which is being developed through the University of Edinburgh and the children very much enjoyed trying Japanese tongue twisters.

Coming up

  • On Monday Primary 4 will present their Learning Showcase assembly.  All parents from that year group are very welcome to attend.
  • On Tuesday P3 will continue with their NYCOS sessions.
  • On Wednesday Tempest Photography will be in school taking whole class photos.  These photos are taken as a service to parents who may wish to purchase them however this is entirely optional.  We will also be celebrating World Book Day by having a pop-up book store from Blackwells.  See below for details.
  • On Friday we will have a special assembly where I will show the children photos of schools and sites from my visit to Japan.
  • Also on Friday we will have our Philosophers’ Club and our Festival of Learners’ Tea Party.

 

Building Works

Work on our new building is due to start on Monday 13th March.  In order to keep our children safe from construction traffic from this date there will be no access to the school for visitors or parents from the car park.  All access will be from the gate on Gilmerton Road and no parents or visitors will be able to use the school car park or park on the road leading to Inch Park during the construction period.  We thank you in advance for your cooperation.

 

World Book Day

To celebrate World Book Day, Blackwell’s bookshop are bringing a small pop-up bookshop to our school on Wednesday 1st March. They will have all the World Book Day books with them that can be swapped for the £1 World Book Day tokens, which will distributed in school next week. Blackwell’s will also bring a great selection of other titles for all ages, which they will be offering at a 20% discount. There is no obligation for parents or pupils to use this service.

 

Japan

Over the February break I was fortunate enough to have been one of 20 educational leaders from Scotland to be selected for a study visit to Japan.  Two Edinburgh Clusters were selected, the Balerno cluster, which has an existing link with Japan and the Liberton Cluster, in recognition of our work in developing modern languages.  Mr David Russell, Depute Headteacher at Liberton High School also attended.  It was an amazing experience as we had the chance to visit both primary and high schools as well as experience some highlights of Japanese culture.  Next week I will share some photos and stories with the children to try to give them a sense of what school and life is like in Japan including the similarities and differences (fried squid for school lunches for example!).  As a follow up to this we are able to access funding from the Japan Foundation to further develop awareness of Japanese culture and language in the Liberton Cluster.  We also met with business leaders who had links with Scotland and hope to use this connection to develop our careers programme.  Finally we have made initial contact with a primary school in Tokyo who are interested in developing a partnership with our school and we will be following this up over the next few months.

 

Upcoming events

 

  • 27th February                                    Primary 4 Learning Showcase Assembly.  All parents of this year group are welcome to attend.
  • 13th March                                         Primary 2 Learning Showcase Assembly.  All parents of this year group are welcome to attend.

Weekly Newsletter 3rd February 2017

Highlights of the week at Liberton Primary

  • We have had a brilliant One World Week at Liberton Primary.  Thank you to all the parents who came in to speak to the classes and to those who put on a stall at the fabulous One World Community Celebration on Wednesday.  There was a great turn out at this event and we everyone had a great time.  Thank you also for the kind donation of funds from the event to the school.
  • We have also had a very successful first week of Homework Club.  Thank you to Mr McGee and all the staff who have given their time to supporting children in this way.
  • On Monday we celebrated Chinese New Year at assembly.  Well done to the pupils who presented their experience of Chinese New Year to the school so eloquently.
  • On Wednesday Primary 6 had Science lessons from teachers from Liberton High School and Latin lessons provided by the University of Edinburgh.
  • On Thursday Primary 3A started their block of swimming and a new group from Primary 3B started their Forest Schools experience.
  • On Friday the Nursery had a brilliant literacy event with visiting authors and our nursery children sharing the books that they wrote with their P4 buddies.  There will also be a relaunch of our bedtime reading programme.

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Weekly Newsletter 27th January 2017

Highlights of the week at Liberton Primary

  • Well done to our basketball team who had a very successful first round of the Hope Trust trophy.  They recorded victories against Buckstone, Longstone and Juniper Green Primaries.  They are now through to the finals of the tournament on 13th
  • Our assembly on Monday was on Keeping Connected from our Building Resilience programme.  Information on this unit was sent home to parents in the school bags this week.
  • On Tuesday and Thursday we had our Sharing our Learning Sessions.  Thank you to everyone who came along.  We had great feedback from parents and the children very much enjoyed sharing their work.
  • On Wednesday all the classes had the chance to take part in a Google Explorers workshop.  Children used technology to take 3D tours of the International Space Station, Great Barrier Reef and even the Moon.
  • On Friday we had our Scots Assemblies.  There were great performances in poetry recitation, singing and music.  Well done to Beth McVittie and Emiegh Kibble who won the Mrs Jobling Awards for Poetry Recitation.

Coming up

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Weekly Newsletter 20th January 2017

Today we said farewell to Mrs Katharine Mackintosh who has left for a two year secondment with Education Scotland.  I know that many parents have spoken to me how much they appreciate all that she has done for the school and how she has supported so many children.  On behalf of the whole school community I want to wish her the very best of luck and thank her for all her brilliant work in the school over the last 5 years.

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Building Resilience

resilience

Last term, we began a whole school project – Building Resilience.

Resilience is a key factor in protecting and promoting good mental health. This whole school programme aims to look at ten different things that can help support children to develop resilience.

This term, we will be learning our first skill – Keep Connected. We are learning about the importance of having caring relationships. We will be learning about the special people in our lives. These people are our ‘Back Up Team’. We will be learning:

  • We all need good relationships in our lives
  • Relationships are important for our health and wellbeing
  • It takes effort to get along with others

Parents and carers will soon receive an information sheet and a homework task. This will help you to be able to talk about resilience at home, and share your own experiences with your children.

 

Weekly Newsletter 13th January 2017

Happy New Year!

Welcome back to everyone after our Christmas and New Year Break.  From the stories I have heard from the pupils it seems like everyone has had a great time.  Thank you from myself and all the staff for all the kind cards and gifts we received this Christmas. This term there are lots of different activities happening in the school so I will keep you up to date with the newsletter each week.

 Highlights of the week at Liberton Primary

  • On Monday we had a staff training in-service day.  Staff worked on various areas including improving group work through cooperative learning, using iMovie on the iPads, supporting children with medical needs and developing positive playtimes.
  • It was great to see the children return on Tuesday, including 6 new pupils who we welcomed to Liberton Primary.  Also on Tuesday Primary 4 and 5 got stuck straight into their new block of ukulele lessons provided by the Sounds Like Music programme.
  • We also welcomed Ms Ana Blanco to the school from Spain as language assistant for the next few weeks.
  • On Thursday P5B resumed their swimming lessons and P3B had Forest Schools with Mr Wemyss.

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