Weekly Newsletter 8th February 2019

This week at Liberton Primary

  • Thank you to the LPSA for organising a wonderful movie night last Friday.  Everyone really enjoyed the film and the children were well fed on hotdogs and popcorn!
  • On Sunday our newly formed Liberton Chess Team took part in an Edinburgh-wide tournament for schools. The four boys from P5 did brilliantly, coming in third place.  Well done to them all!
  • Well done also to our team of P6 and P7 pupils who took part in the first round of the Edinburgh Basketball tournament on Monday.  The team won all three of their qualification matches and are through to the finals in March.
  • Thank you to our Digital Leaders from Primary 4 and Primary 7 who stayed after school and presented a special iPad training session for teachers.  They did a brilliant job sharing their knowledge.
  • On Tuesday children from Primary 4 to Primary 7 enjoyed their workshops with the SSPCA.  Tuesday was also Internet Safety Day and this week our children have been discussing staying safe online.
  • On Wednesday our P6 classes had a great time learning about sustainable energy during their visit from Generation Science and we had another Libby Leaders session for P2-7.
  • Our Assembly on Thursday focussed on the celebration of Chinese New Year.  Well done especially to the nursery who showed off all their great artwork and could tell everyone about their banquet of Chinese food.
  • On Friday our P5 pupils had a fabulous time attending Dr Bunhead’s Science Show as part of the Improv Festival’s partnership with Children 1st.   They particularly enjoyed the fire and explosions!

 

Coming up at Liberton Primary

  • The school is closed next week for our half-term break.  We will reopen on Monday 18th
  • THERE WILL BE NO HOMEWORK CLUB FROM 18th to 21st FEBRUARY

 

Eco-Schools Success

Well done to everyone and especially our Green Rockers Libby Leaders group for achieving our second Eco-Schools Green Flag.  This is a wonderful achievement and reflects all the brilliant work that happens across the school.  Thank you especially to Miss Calvert who has led our Eco-Schools programme.

 

School Dinners

If you have not booked school lunches on Parent Pay for the week of 18th February you will require to supply your child with a packed lunch. Please check your bookings in advance of returning to school, as we will not be able to provide lunches if they are not already booked.

 

Pokemon

We are looking to start a school collection of Pokemon cards that children can play with.  Hopefully this will address the problems we have had in relation to swaps and lost cards etc.  We would love any donations of old or doubler Pokemon cards.  Yu-Gi-Ho cards are also very welcome.  Please hand them into the school office.

 

Screening of ‘Resilience’ documentary:  Wednesday 20th February 7pm

You may be aware of the film ‘Resilience – the Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope’ which has been screening all over Scotland for the past 2 years.  This film is a powerful one-hour documentary that delves into the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).  ACEs can alter brain development and have been linked with lifelong effects on health and behaviour.  Many of our public services are working together to support Scotland becoming a Trauma Aware Nation and I am delighted to bring a special screening of Resilience to our Liberton Primary community so that we too can become part of that movement.

By watching the film we will:

  • develop our understanding in the adverse effects of divorce, abuse and neglect
  • explore the role of practitioners and communities in minimising the impact of ACEs
  • see how cutting-edge science can help the next generation break the cycles of adversity and disease.

    After watching the documentary there will be an opportunity to discuss our thoughts on the film, what we have in place at Liberton currently and what steps we can take as a community moving forward.

    Further information about the film and ACEs:

 

Upcoming Events

 

Date Event
11th – 15th February School closed
28th February P6 Learning Showcase Assembly
11th – 15th March One World Week
14th March P2 Learning Showcase Assembly
28th March P1 Learning Showcase Assembly
2nd April The Great Libby Bake Off
3rd April Parent Consultation Evening
4th April Parent Consultation Evening
5th April End of term

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Weekly Newsletter 1st February 2019

This week at Liberton Primary

  • On Tuesday and Wednesday our Nursery had a great time on their trip to the Gyle by bus and tram.
  • Thank you to all the parents who attended our Sharing our Learning sessions on Tuesday and Thursday.  It was lovely to see the children showing off all their brilliant work.
  • Thank you also to all the parents who made it along to our Emotions Works training on Tuesday.  Thank you especially to Miss Marjoribanks for providing this opportunity.
  • On Wednesday our P6 classes did brilliantly at their basketball festival at Liberton High School.
  • On Thursday our P5 pupils put on a fabulous Learning Showcase assembly.  They demonstrated all their great learning in science, Scots language, music and more.
  • Well done to everyone who braved the cold for our first Running Club session of the new year. Minus 4 degrees in the park and not a single complaint!
  • We are looking forward to a great night at the movies courtesy of the LPSA showing of Incredibles 2.  Tickets are now sold out.

Reminders to parents:

There is to be no vaping in the playground.  This is City of Edinburgh Council policy.

 

Internet Safety Day  Tuesday 5th February

On Tuesday our classes will be talking about staying safe online. Safety information for parents on games and apps can be found at www.nationalonlinesafety.com and following the link to platform guides.

 

Screening of ‘Resilience’ documentary:  Wednesday 20th February 7pm

You may be aware of the film ‘Resilience – the Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope’ which has been screening all over Scotland for the past 2 years.  This film is a powerful one-hour documentary that delves into the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).  ACEs can alter brain development and have been linked with lifelong effects on health and behaviour.  Many of our public services are working together to support Scotland becoming a Trauma Aware Nation and I am delighted to bring a special screening of Resilience to our Liberton Primary community so that we too can become part of that movement.

By watching the film we will:

  • develop our understanding in the adverse effects of divorce, abuse and neglect
  • explore the role of practitioners and communities in minimising the impact of ACEs
  • see how cutting-edge science can help the next generation break the cycles of adversity and disease.

    After watching the documentary there will be an opportunity to discuss our thoughts on the film, what we have in place at Liberton currently and what steps we can take as a community moving forward.

    Further information about the film and ACEs:

 

 

EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL IMPROV FESTIVAL

Children 1st charity partner

 

The Edinburgh International Improv Festival is Scotland’s first and only festival dedicated to improv. Across 4 days over 75 performers from across the globe will amaze with their spontaneity, quick wit and ability to make you laugh your socks off. Scenes, sketches, songs and stories will be made up on the spot from audience suggestions.

 

Children 1st is working with the festival as their charity partner and will be working with various schools, providing a free charity show for the children to attend. Through this our P5 pupils from Liberton Primary have been given free tickets and transport to a show.

 

For our other families we have been given this special discount.

07 – 10 February 2019 | Scottish Storytelling Centre & Assembly Roxy

The festival has 2 fantastic shows which are fun for all the family and are offering families of the school discount on tickets. Using code IMPROVFRIEND you can get 241 on full price tickets and a family ticket costs £16.

Spontaneous Potter: Family Friendly

Bring your little ones along to experience the magic of improv and Harry Potter. See a new Harry Potter fiction be created on stage, never to be seen witnessed again. Brought to you by the comedy improvisors behind the critically acclaimed, award-winning Spontaneous Sherlock and Spontaneous Potter.

 

Absolute Improv: Family Friendly

Edinburgh based improv comedy theatre company TBC Improv present their 5-star, 5-time Official Edinburgh Fringe Sell-out show: Absolute Improv!. Featuring improvised comedy characters, stories, sketches, music, songs, dance and more, the show has a little bit of everything and a little bit of something for everyone of all ages.

For all info check out the website: www.edimprovfest.com

 

Upcoming Events

 

Date Event
1st February LPSA Movie Night
11th – 15th February School closed
28th February P6 Learning Showcase Assembly
11th – 15th March One World Week
14th March P2 Learning Showcase Assembly
28th March P1 Learning Showcase Assembly
2nd April The Great Libby Bake Off
3rd April Parent Consultation Evening
4th April Parent Consultation Evening
5th April End of term

Weekly Newsletter 25th January 2019

This week at Liberton Primary

  • This week we had our annual celebration of the language and culture of Scotland as part of our Scots week.
  • On Monday our children were in fine voice during our singing practice for our Scots Assembly.
  • On Tuesday there was a great turn out for the first of our Emotion Works training sessions for parents (see below for details).
  • On Thursday P4A continued their swimming lessons.
  • Today we had our Scots Assemblies.   As always the children performed the poems beautifully in front of our panel of invited judges.  A very well done to them all and to Mrs Mackintosh for organising such a great event.

 

Reminders to parents:

There is to be no vaping in the playground.  This is City of Edinburgh Council policy.

Missing scooter:  Black and orange with big wheels.  If you see it please notify the school office.

 

LPSA

Family Film Night is back……Friday the 1st of February. The children have nominated Incredibles 2! Tickets will be on sale before/after school and at the after school club week beginning the 28th January. Limited amount of tickets so please buy early to avoid disappointment. £9 for family ticket (2 adults and 2 children). £3 single. Hotdogs, popcorn and sweets for sale on the night. Remember kids can come in pyjamas and bring a cushion/blanket! DOORS OPEN AT 5.30PM. 

 

Maximise project:  Universal Credit       

See the attached leaflet from our partners at Maximise about understanding the new Universal Credit.

 

Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club opens at 8am.  Unfortunately due to issues of insurance and liability we are unable to admit any children to the building before that time.

 

 

Emotion Works Parent Training

Emotion Works is an educational programme for emotional learning and literacy developed in Scotland that we use in school.  It is an especially helpful framework for talking to children with communication difficulties about their emotions and their behaviours.

 

Miss Marjoribanks (S.f.L. teacher) will be leading training in using Emotions Works at home this month.  The training will comprise of 2 sessions, the 22nd and 29th January from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

 

If you are interested in attending please contact Miss Marjoribanks through the school office.

 

Screening of ‘Resilience’ documentary:  Wednesday 20th February 7pm

You may be aware of the film ‘Resilience – the Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope’ which has been screening all over Scotland for the past 2 years.  This film is a powerful one-hour documentary that delves into the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).  ACEs are now understood to be one of the leading causes of everything from heart disease and cancer to substance abuse and depression; ACEs can alter brain development and have lifelong effects on health and behaviour.  Many of our public services are working together to support Scotland becoming a Trauma Aware Nation and I am delighted to bring a special screening of Resilience to our Liberton Primary community so that we too can become part of that movement.

By watching the film we will:

  • develop our understanding in the adverse effects of divorce, abuse and neglect
  • explore the role of practitioners and communities in minimising the impact of ACEs
  • see how cutting-edge science can help the next generation break the cycles of adversity and disease.

    After watching the documentary there will be an opportunity to discuss our thoughts on the film, what we have in place at Liberton currently and what steps we can take as a community moving forward.

    Further information about the film and ACEs:

Resilience Trailer – KPJR Films

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This is “Resilience Trailer – KPJR Films” by KPJR FILMS LLC on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

 

Please indicate if you will be attending the screening by completing the attached form and returning to the school office by Friday 1st February 2019.  Please also indicate whether you will need 1 or 2 seats.  N.B. This screening is for adults only.

 

 

Winter Alert

 

NEVER VENTURE ONTO FROZEN RESERVOIRS, NO MATTER HOW SAFE IT LOOKS

 

If you do see someone in difficulty: –

 

  1. Call for assistance and do not attempt to go out onto the ice yourself!
  2. Instruct the casualty to keep still to conserve heat and energy.
  3. Try to find something that will extend your reach, such as a rope, pole, branch or item of clothing.  Throw this or reach out to the casualty with it.  Then, making sure you are stable on the bank, by lying down or getting someone to hold onto you, attempt to pull the person to the shore.  It is advisable for staff who are working at such sites to carry with them (or in their vehicle) a throw line for this purpose.
  4. If you cannot find something with which to perform a reach or throw rescue, try to find something that will float to throw or push out to them.  This will help to keep the casualty afloat until assistance arrives.
  5. Throughout your rescue KEEP OFF THE ICE, continue to reassure the casualty and keep them talking until help arrives.
  6. If the rescue is successful the casualty will need to be kept warm and treated for shock.  All casualties should be taken to hospital even if they appear to be unaffected by their ordeal.

 

Upcoming Events

 

Date Event
29th January Sharing our Learning Sessions 3.30pm-4.30pm
31st January Sharing our Learning Sessions 3.30pm-4.30pm
31st January P5 Learning Showcase Assembly
1st February LPSA Movie Night
11th – 15th February School closed
11th – 15th March One World Week
14th March P2 Learning Showcase Assembly
28th March P1 Learning Showcase Assembly
2nd April The Great Libby Bake Off
3rd April Parent Consultation Evening
4th April Parent Consultation Evening
5th April End of term

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weekly Newsletter 18th January 2019

This week at Liberton Primary

  • On Monday our children were in fine voice during our singing practice for our Scots Assembly.
  • On Wednesday our Libby Leaders activities ranged from pupils developing their football coaching skills and planning a plastic free day to singing Auld Lang Syne in Japanese.
  • On Thursday our assemblies were themed on our latest Building Resilience topic:  Look on the Brightside.  The parent information and homework sheets that accompany this topic will be sent out next week.
  • Also on Thursday P4A continued their swimming lessons.
  • On Friday we had the first library session of the new year.  Thank you to all the parent volunteers who support our new library so well.

 

Coming up at Liberton Primary

  • Next week we will have our annual celebration of the language and culture of Scotland as part of our Scots week.
  • On Tuesday we will have the first of our Emotion Works training sessions for parents (see below for details).
  • On Friday we will have our special Scots Assemblies.  These are always a highlight of our year and I’m sure that our pupils will once again sing, dance and recite beautifully.

 

Nursery – Care Inspectorate Success!
Well done to our nursery who were visited by the Care Inspectorate in November 2018.  The inspection report has now been published and highlights the excellent work in our Nursery.  The Nursery was rated very good for both the areas that were inspected: Quality of care and support and Quality of environment.  Well done to our fabulous Nursery team! The full report is in the nursery hallway on the Parents Noticeboard for you to look at. You can also access this online on the Care Inspectorate website at www.careinspectorate.com and search for Liberton Primary Nursery Class.

 

Building Security

The security system on our car park gate has now been activated.  A reminder that parents should use the Gilmerton Road and Glenallan Gates for accessing the school.

 

Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club opens at 8am.  Unfortunately due to issues of insurance and liability we are unable to admit any children to the building before that time.

 

Snack Boxes

A big thank you to Nairn’s Oatcakes who have responded to a request from our Equalities Libby Leader groups to provide oatcake snacks for our class snack boxes.  These boxes are kept in all classes and are used to make sure that every child has access to a snack at breaktime.

 

LPSA

Family Film Night is back……Friday the 1st of February at 5pm. The children have nominated Incredibles 2! Tickets will be on sale before/after school and at the after school club week beginning the 28th January. Limited amount of tickets so please buy early to avoid disappointment. £9 for family ticket (2 adults and 2 children). £3 single. Hotdogs, popcorn and sweets for sale on the night. Remember kids can come in pyjamas and bring a cushion/blanket!

 

 

Emotion Works Parent Training

Emotion Works is an educational programme for emotional learning and literacy developed in Scotland that we use in school.  It is an especially helpful framework for talking to children with communication difficulties about their emotions and their behaviours.

 

Miss Marjoribanks (S.f.L. teacher) will be leading training in using Emotions Works at home this month.  The training will comprise of 2 sessions, the 22nd and 29th January from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

 

If you are interested in attending please contact Miss Marjoribanks through the school office.

 

Running Club

There will be no running club in January due to the dark mornings.  The club will start again on Friday 1st February at 8am.

 

Upcoming Events

 

Date Event
18th January ASN Coffee Morning at Gracemount PS (See above)
21st January Dental inspections for P1 and P7
25th January Scots Assemblies
29th January Sharing our Learning Sessions 3.30pm-4.30pm
31st January Sharing our Learning Sessions 3.30pm-4.30pm
31st January P5 Learning Showcase Assembly
1st February LPSA Movie Night
11th – 15th February School closed
11th – 15th March One World Week
14th March P2 Learning Showcase Assembly
28th March P1 Learning Showcase Assembly
2nd April The Great Libby Bake Off
3rd April Parent Consultation Evening
4th April Parent Consultation Evening
5th April End of term

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weekly Newsletter 11th January 2019

Welcome back everyone!  I hope you had a brilliant holiday.  I am delighted to return to Liberton after spending the last term at Oxgangs Primary School.  Thank you so much to Mrs Henry for her great work as Acting Headteacher during my absence.  It has been wonderful to find out about the excellent learning that has been happening at Liberton over the last few months, with lots more to come in the term ahead!

 

Paul Ewing

Headteacher

 

 

Coming up at Liberton Primary

  • Next week we will have our Reflection Jotter Week where the children get a chance to discuss their progress in learning and collate their work in a special jotter.  You will be able to see these jotters and discuss them with your child at the Sharing Our Learning sessions on the 29th and 31st
  • On Monday our Homework Club starts.  Thank you again to all the teachers who give up their free time to provide this wonderful resource for our children.
  • In January we have a whole school focus on Scots Language and our Primary 3 to 7 classes will be learning some Scots songs on Monday.
  • On Wednesday we will have our first Libby Leaders session of 2019.
  • At our assemblies on Thursday we will launch our new Building Resilience topic:  Look on the Bright Side.

 

Building Update

I am delighted to inform you that Liberton Primary has been selected for a major refurbishment programme.  The works, estimated at £820,000, will begin in Spring 2019 and will take place over two years.  I will provide more information once we have a full schedule of works.

 

LPSA

Movie night is back for one night only….. Friday the 1st February 2019. The kids will vote for their favourite film to see on the night. Full details to follow in next week’s newsletter.

 

A.S.N. Coffee Morning

Our next coffee morning is on Friday 18th January 9:00 – 10:00 at:

Gracemount Primary School

45 Gracemount House Drive

Edinburgh

EH16 6FD

 

Please come along and have a chat with staff and other parents.  We are inviting staff from agencies, such as, The Yard, Barnardo’s, Goodtrees Neighbourhood Centre, Edinburgh Library Services and Edinburgh Leisure to tell us a little bit more about their services.

 

Emotion Works Parent Training

Emotion Works is an educational programme for emotional learning and literacy developed in Scotland that we use in school.  It is an especially helpful framework for talking to children with communication difficulties about their emotions and their behaviours.

 

Miss Marjoribanks (S.f.L. teacher) will be leading training in using Emotions Works at home this month.  The training will comprise of 2 sessions, the 22nd and 29th January from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

 

If you are interested in attending please contact Miss Marjoribanks through the school office.

 

 

Upcoming Events

 

Date Event
18th January ASN Coffee Morning at Gracemount PS (See above)
21st January Dental inspections for P1 and P7
25th January Scots Assemblies
29th January Sharing our Learning Sessions 3.30pm-4.30pm
31st January Sharing our Learning Sessions 3.30pm-4.30pm
31st January P5 Learning Showcase Assembly
1st February LPSA Movie Night
11th – 15th February School closed
11th – 15th March One World Week
14th March P2 Learning Showcase Assembly
28th March P1 Learning Showcase Assembly
3rd April Parent Consultation Evening
4th April Parent Consultation Evening
5th April End of term

P4B at the Scottish Youth Film Festival

On Saturday 1st of December, 13 of the film-makers from P4B went to the Scottish Youth Film Festival in Kelvinhall, Glasgow. The film made by the whole class last year, ‘Bad Jack and the Beanstalk’ was nominated in the Best Animation Under-12 category. Although they just missed out on the award, it was a fantastic achievement to be nominated at all, with over 100 entries from across the country. They took part in film workshops, learning about animation from a former Disney animator, story development from a scriptwriter/director, camerawork from camera operators and had some horrid zombie make-up done by a professional make-up artist! Check out some photos from the day below (Warning: some photos are a bit gruesome, don’t worry, it’s not real!). Thanks to all of the parent helpers who joined us on the day. I’m sure they share my pride in the film-maker’s huge achievement in being nominated, as well as the way they represented our school on the day.