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Liberton Primary School

Weekly Newsletter

23rd October 2015

Highlights of the week at Liberton Primary

  • Thank you for all your donations to Southhouse Food Bank for our Harvest Celebration.  If you still would like to donate we will accept donations up until next Wednesday.
  • As a follow up to our Harvest Thanksgiving Assembly our Spanish phrase of the week is Gracias  (Thank you). Feel free to try it at home!

Coming up next week

  • Further SPCA workshops for P4,5 and 6.
  • Libby Leaders session will be held on Wednesday.
  • P2 will be visiting Hopetoun House on Wednesday.
  • On Friday Primary 5 will be leading their Learning Showcase assembly at 11.10am.  Parents from that year group are very welcome to attend.

Children in Need

As part of our annual support for Children in Need, children in Primary 4B will be selling Pudsey goodies including key rings, wristbands and Pudsey ears to raise funds.  There are also competitions for colouring Pudsey and a raffle to win a Rugby Ball signed by the Edinburgh team.

Walk to School Week

Next week the Junior Road Safety Officers for the school would like to encourage as many children as possible to come to school without using a car.  This is to try to lower pollution and to avoid so much congestion near school.  There will be a prize for the class with the most walked journeys to and from school for the week.

Liberton Primary School Association

Thank you once more to the LPSA for subsidising the ticket cost for all the children to attend the Cinderella panto at Brunton Theatre.

Next LPSA events will be the Autumn Discos on November 7th.  Please see the LPSA Facebook page for further details.

Fundraising for CCLASP

Farrah Robb in Primary 5 is having a sponsored haircut on the pitch at half-time at the Hibs Match at Easter Road on 14th November 2015.  She is raising money for CCLASP which support children and teenagers with leukaemia and cancer.  She is also donating her hair to the Little Princess Trust to make wigs for children.  She has not had her haircut for 3 years so she hopes to have enough for two wigs!  If you would like to sponsor Farrah you can do so at www.justgiving.com/Farrah-Hibs or Texting CUTS75 £3 (any amount) to 70070.

Best wishes

Paul Ewing

Liberton Primary School

Weekly Newsletter

9th October 2015

Highlights of the week at Liberton Primary

  • Thank you to all the parents who attended our consultation evenings.  We hope you found the meetings informative.  Thank you also to the LPSA for providing teas and coffees.  Our next session for parents will be our Sharing our Learning sessions in January.
  • Libby Food Fest has continued this week and children have learned more about food and nutrition.   Special thanks to Marilyn Taylor who has been working with classes to create a range of delicious dishes.
  • A new group of children from P3B began their Forest Schools experience this week.
  • We had a very successfully Libby Leaders afternoon.  Have a look in our main corridor to see a display of all the children in their groups.
  • The Book Fair was also held this week.  A percentage of the takings from all the books bought at the fair this year will be used by the school to purchase new sets of novels for reading.
  • Our assembly this week focussed on Road Safety and especially being seen during the dark evenings and mornings.
  • Our Spanish phrase of the week is ¡Buenas vacaciones! (Have a good holiday!)

Coming up

  • We will be  closed all next week for the October Break.
  • Monday 19th October is a holiday.
  • Tuesday 20th October is an in-service day.  Staff will be working on further developing our assessment in numeracy and mathematics.
  • Pupils will resume on Wednesday 21st
  • Tutors from ABC music will be in school working with classes using their new music programme.
  • Friday 23rd October we will have our Harvest Assemblies.  This assembly is part of our Time to Think programme (formerly known as Religious Observance) and will be led by the Ministers from Liberton Kirk and Liberton Northfield.  Further details of Scottish Government guidance on Time to Think assemblies can be found at gov.scot/Topics/Education/Schools/curriculum/ACE/Religion.

Charity Food Collection

As usual as part of our Harvest Celebrations we will be collecting items for the Southhouse Foodbank.  The community of Liberton has always been very generous in their donations.  This year the foodbank are particularly looking for:

  • Cartons of fruit juice (long life)
  • UHT milk (long life)
  • Toiletries
  • Sponge puddings
  • Tomato sauce
  • Tinned veg especially carrots
  • Diluting juice

Please send in your donations on Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd October.

Upcoming dates

  • On Friday 30th October our P5 classes will be presenting at Learning Showcase Assembly at 11.10am in the hall.  All P5 parents are welcome.
  • On Friday 6th November our P6 classes will be presenting at Learning Showcase Assembly at 11.10am in the hall.  All P6 parents are welcome.

Edinburgh Community Solar Co-operative

Liberton Primary has been one of 25 public building selected for the installation of solar panels as part of the project.  Find out how you can become a shareholder in this co-operative at a drop-in session at school on Saturday October 10th between 10am and 4pm or by visiting www.edinburghsolar.coop.

Jackets/Lost Property

Please make sure that your child comes to school with a suitable coat for winter.  Also please ensure that all items of clothing are labelled.  We have a large amount of unlabelled lost property.  This will be made available in the entrance hall for a number of weeks and then given to charity shops if not claimed.

Best wishes

Paul Ewing

Headteacher

Liberton Primary School

Weekly Newsletter

2nd October 2015

Highlights of the week at Liberton Primary

  • Well done to our touch rugby team who made the semi-final at their tournament at Murrayfield on Monday.  They also were excellent ambassadors for the school and won a fair play award too.
  • Libby Food Fortnight has continued this week and children have learned more about food and nutrition.   Special thanks to Marilyn Taylor who has been working with classes to create a range of delicious dishes.
  • Children from P3 to P7 had workshop sessions with the SPCA.
  • Latin lessons started in P6.
  • Primary 2 classes had an excellent visit to Inch Nursery.
  • Thank you to all the parents who attended our Come to Nursery Sessions.  We hope that you found this useful and informative.
  • The teaching staff had a training session on ABC, a new resource for teaching music.  This will be followed by sessions in classrooms next term.
  • Congratulations to Matthew Sankey who has made it into the Scottish Football Association 2020 Development Centre programme.  Well done also to our other pupils who attended the trials.
  • Our assemblies this week focussed on what the children have learned so far during Libby Food Fest
  • Our Spanish phrase of the week is ¿Cuantos años tienes?  (How old are you?) Feel free to try it at home!

Coming up next week

  • We look forward to seeing you all at our Parent Consultation Session on Wednesday and Thursday.
  • The Book Fair will be held in the reception area.
  • Further SPCA workshops for P4,5 and 6.
  • The Libby Leaders session from this week was postponed and will be held on Wednesday instead.
  • On Friday we will break up for October week.  This year the holiday is a day longer and so the children will not resume until Wednesday 21st
  • Our assembly on Friday will be themed on Road Safety.

Playground

We have moved the picnic benches out from the outdoor classroom into a more sunny area where they are also less likely to be covered in bird droppings.  They could however benefit from a clean.  Does anyone have a jet cleaner that we could borrow to freshen the benches up?  One of the benches is also going to be allocated as a special friendship bench and Primary 2B are working to set this up for the whole school.

From the Liberton Primary School Association

To make the LPSA even more accessible to the parent body we will be holding our first daytime meeting on this Monday (5th October), from 9-10.30 in the After School Club room.  Enter by the LASC door  (round the back of the school). This meeting will mainly be focusing on events and fundraising but Mrs Rudram has kindly agreed to join us for a time during this meeting. As ever, everybody is welcome but as special guests, babies and toddlers are also invited!

 

Don’t worry if the daytime meeting is not suitable for you, our next evening meeting will be held on Wednesday 18 November, 7-9pm in the staff room.

Multi-Sports October Holiday Programme

Monday 12th – Friday 16th October 2015 Forrester/St. Augustine’s Community Sports Hub

The City of Edinburgh Council Sports Development Team welcome players of all standards to come along and have FUN at our Multi-Sports October Holiday Programme. To book a place, please contact: Euan Morrice – Sports Development Team on 0131 334 9290 or by email: euan.morrice@ed.edin.sch.uk

Badminton

Cricket

Football

Rugby

Swimming

Liberton Primary School

Weekly Newsletter

25th September 2015

Welcome to our first emailed weekly newsletter.  We hope this will help you keep in touch with all that is going on at Liberton Primary.  If you have any ideas or comments about what you would like to see in this newsletter please get in touch.

Highlights of the week at Liberton Primary

  • The whole school has been taking part in Libby Food Fest and have been learning about healthy eating, food production and also making dishes of their own.  The soup made by Primary 6 was particularly tasty!
  • Primary 7 had a visit from Edinburgh University outreach programme.
  • Primaries 6 and 7 attended a rugby event at Inch Park and watched Scotland win against Japan.
  • Primary 6 started their Latin lessons.
  • Primary 1 classes went for walks to explore their local environment.  Thank you to all the parent helpers who supported this.
  • Primary 6 and 7 had an information session from the Scripture Union group The Rock to see if they would like to join.
  • Our assemblies on Friday were themed on Friendship.

Next week

  • All Parent Consultation slips to be returned by Monday please
  • Libby Food Fest continues.
  • Primary 2s will be visiting Inch Park Nursery to learn about how things grow.
  • P5 team are going to a touch rugby tournament at Murrayfield on Monday.
  • Primary 4-7 will have workshops with the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to animals.
  • Libby Leaders on Wednesday.
  • P6/7 Running Club starts on Friday.
  • Our assemblies next week will focus on what the children have learned during Libby Food Fest.

Charity Fundraising

The Primary 6 classes are co-ordinating efforts to raise money for the Edinburgh Mercy Corps charity in order to help refugees.

For years, Mercy Corps has been working to bring emergency relief to millions of people suffering inside Syria and those seeking safety in neighbouring countries. Their work is currently helping nearly 4 million people — in Syria, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey — get the food, water, shelter, household supplies and clothing they need. They have also focused on creating safe spaces for children traumatized by conflict.

We would like to ask every child to think about one thing they would take with them if they suddenly had to flee their home, and bring this to school to show their classmates, with a £1 donation.

The days for each class to bring something in are as follows:
P1a Thursday 1st October
P1b  Friday 2nd October
P1c Friday 2nd October
P2a Monday 28th September
P2b Wednesday 30th October
P3a Tuesday 29th September
P3b Thursday 24th September
P4a Thursday 1st October
P4b Friday 2nd October
P5a Friday 25th September
P5b Friday 25th September
P6a Thursday 1st October
P6b Wednesday 30th September
P7a Tuesday 29th September
P7b Tuesday 29th September

Disabled Parking

We have been contacted this week by a parent who is a blue badge holder but has been unable to park in our two disabled parking bays because they have been occupied by ineligible cars.  Please can you ensure that you park safely and responsibly and not use these bays without a pass.

STAFF VACANCY

Supervisory Assistant (Dining Room)

Hours – 5 per week Monday-Thursday

Salary – £12943-£14577 pro-rata

We have a vacancy for a supervisory assistant in our dining room.  The duties include:

Supervision of the pupils in the dining hall, playground areas and school premises

Ancillary associated duties (e.g. cleaning up spillages, ensuring tables are clean etc.)

To ensure the maintenance of good order and discipline.

If you are interested in this position, please collect an application form from the school office.

Closing date for applications will be Monday, 5th October 2015

Paul Ewing

Headteacher

Liberton Primary School

Newsletter

May 2015

Only two months of the term left and there is still lots to come at Liberton Primary. See below for all the things that have been happening and dates for the term.

Paul Ewing

Headteacher

Learning at Liberton

At Liberton we aim to give our pupils a wide range of learning experiences. This term P6A visited Edinburgh Zoo, P5s visited New Lanark to learn about some of the effects of the Highland Clearances and P7 went to the University of Edinburgh to learn more about career and study options for the future and also learned about keeping themselves safe at the Risk Factory. P4s visited Dynamic Earth to learn about climate zones and P3 have been particularly busy with Forest Schools, working with the National Youth Choir of Scotland and a visit to the National Museum of Scotland to learn about Ancient Egypt. We have also had visitors from Childline speaking to our P6/7 pupils and a storyteller visiting Primary 5.

We are planning to enhance our curriculum further by building up an industry link with Brookfield Multiplex, the company who are currently building the new Sick Children’s Hospital. Already we have arranged joint projects with P1 -3 and have more planned for next session.

Musical Achievement

A number of our pupils took part in the excellent strings and guitars concert at the Queen’s Hall as part of the Resonate 2015 programme. Thanks to Aimee Horvath for her work on the evening and to Helen Egan for preparing the children so well.

Sporting Achievement

We have had a great few months of sport at Liberton Primary. Congratulations to our basketball team who won the citywide Hope Trust Trophy. This was a great achievement. Many thanks to Mrs Bremner for all her hard work coaching the team, we look forward to seeing them represent Edinburgh in the regional competitions. Also well done to all the pupils who took part in the Edinburgh Swimming Gala and Diving Competition. Particular congratulations go to Danny Mabbott who won the diving competition for the second year running and Grace Ryles who came third in her diving event. Further congratulations go to our P5 classes who won the Clubgolf event at Gracemount High School. Well done also to our cross-country runners who competed admirably at two very gruelling events. As well as these competitions, children from nursery to P7 had a chance to try a Tae Kwon Do taster session with Angus Budge.

Staffing Update

We are very pleased to welcome Mrs Sharon Law as our new school administrator. She will be joining our office team from 5th May. Many thanks to Miss Pacitti and Mrs Bryce who have worked so hard to keep our office running smoothly while we were short staffed. This term Mrs Lyall also began her maternity leave and so Mrs Mackintosh will be teaching Primary 7 on Monday to Wednesdays. Mrs Rudram will also be teaching in the Nursery on Tuesdays and Wednesdays during Mrs Lorimer’s absence.

Class structure for next session

We have had a further update from the City of Edinburgh regarding our P1 classes for next session. Due to an increased demand for catchment places at Liberton Primary our P1 roll has been increased to a maximum of 90. This will consist of two classes of 25 children and a team taught class of up to 40 pupils. Further details will be issued to P1 parents at our induction events.

School Lunches

We would like to invite parents in to try a school lunch for themselves on Tuesday 26th May. Depending on uptake we may not be able to accommodate everyone however we will try to get as many in as possible. A letter with details will be issued shortly. If your child is taking a school lunch can you please ensure that the choices sheet is sent to the school office on or before the date stated on the form? This is to ensure that the kitchen is able to provide the correct number of meals and that your child gets their preferred choice.

Libby’s Got Talent

Following a request from a number of our children our Pupil Council are organising a Libby’s Got Talent competition on the 12th June. Children from P1 to P7 will be able to take part. Auditions will be held from the 1st June. Unfortunately parents will not be able to attend.

Religious Observance Assemblies

This term we will be holding two more of our Religious Observance assemblies. On 22nd May we will be focussing on the Jewish faith and the festival of Shavuot and on the 19th June we will be learning about Islam and Ramadan. If you do not wish your child to attend these assemblies please let us know. Further details on the Scottish Government guidance on Religious Observance can be found on our website.

Assemblies

We have had fabulous Learning Showcase Assemblies recently from P1, P2 and P3 who have demonstrated some of the learning that has taken place over the last few months. I hope that these assemblies gave you an insight into what your children have been working on in school. Our final Learning Showcase will be presented by the Nursery on Friday 29th May at 11.10am.

One World Week

Our annual One World Week was again a tremendous success. Thank you to all the parents who contributed to the week and everyone who attended our after school celebration. Particular thanks to the parents who donated the £122 raised from their wonderful Chinese home cooking.

 

Comic Relief

I am delighted that through your generosity we raised £406 for Comic Relief. Also particular thanks to Mrs Irvine for additional fundraising across the school.

 

Liberton Primary Allotment

Our allotment, which was getting a little over-run, is now looking great and full of life. Thank you to Primary 4B and Mrs Smith, Mr Braban, Liberton After School Club and Bridgend Allotments for all their effort and commitment. If you would also like to help out maintaining our allotment please let me know.

End of free fruit

One of the savings proposals for the 2015/16 financial year which was approved by the Council on 12 February 2015 was to stop the provision of free fresh fruit to schools for P1 and P2 pupils.  Fresh fruit is already an option for dessert on the menu for a primary school meal.  As the eligibility for a nutritionally-balanced free school meal was extended from January 2015 to cover all P1 to P3 pupils there is an opportunity for these pupils to have access to free fresh fruit through their free school meal (obviously if they choose to take one) rather than through the current method.

 

Healthy Snacks

As a Health Promoting School we encourage all our children to bring healthy snacks to school. We would be grateful if parents would support us in this. We also have a number of children with allergies so food containing nuts should not be brought into school.

Liberton Primary on Twitter

A reminder that we are now issuing updates using Twitter account @LibertonPrimary. This will include links to our websites as well as updates on many of the day-to-day things going on across the school.

Upcoming dates

7th May                In-service Day

13th May              M&M Performance of The Railway Children for P1-7

18th May               Holiday – School closed

22nd May             LPSA Quiz Night

26th May              Nursery Sports Day

29th May               Nursery Sharing our Learning Assembly

1st – 5th June       P6 Activities Week

9th June               Strings concert (pm)

10th June              P1-7 Sports Day (am)

11th June             P7 Show – We Will Rock You

12th June              Libby’s Got Talent competition

15th June             P1-7 Sports Day Reserve Date (am)

15th – 19th June P1-P2 Transition Week

16th-18th June    P7 High School Visit

18th June              LPSA AGM 7pm

22nd June             P7 Leavers’ Night

24th June             P7 Leavers’ Assembly

26th June            Term ends 12pm

Unlike previous years the 2015/16 session will begin with In-Service Days on Thursday 13th and Friday 14th August. All pupils will return to school on MONDAY 17th August 2015.

 

 

 

 

Liberton Primary School Association

The LPSA Quiz Night will be held on Friday 22nd May at 7pm at Inch Park Community Hub. This was a great night last year and is back by popular demand. Tickets are £5 and on sale from the 15th May before and after school. There will also be raffle prizes and a bar on the night.

Date for your diary: LPSA Summer Family Fun Day will be held on Saturday 13th June. More details to follow.

Liberton Primary School

Newsletter

January/February 2015

Happy New Year and Feliz Año Nuevo to everyone. We have had a great start to 2015 at Liberton Primary.

Paul Ewing

Headteacher

Learning at Liberton

In January, children from Primary 6 had the opportunity to take part in a photography workshop from Stills Photography Centre. They learned a great deal and some of them will also have the chance to take part in a free five day workshop in the February break.  Children from Primary 5 have been having Mandarin lessons with support from the University of Edinburgh. Primary 6 pupils are visiting Liberton High School to learn about electricity with the Science teachers there and we have also launched our Seasons for Growth programme to help support children who have experienced loss or change in their lives. Coming soon we have excursions from P6A to the zoo, P3 to the National Museum of Scotland and P5 to New Lanark.

Spanish at Liberton Primary

On the in-service day in January, teachers from across the Liberton Cluster came to Liberton Primary School for training in delivering Spanish. We have now started this across the school with great enthusiasm. I am aware that we have a number of parents who speak Spanish, if you would like to help us in school by reading a story, teaching a song or sharing some aspects of culture from Spanish speaking countries please let us know.

Staffing News

We are very pleased to welcome back to the school Mrs Helen Paul as a PE specialist over this term. Congratulations also to Ms Kirsty Venters who was married over the Christmas holidays.

 

Eco-Celebration

We will be holding our annual Eco event on Wednesday 11th February. We are asking the children to wear green to school on that day to celebrate this (a small donation to the Eco-Fund would be welcome).

On the day we will have a special assembly when each year group will share what they have been doing in relation to their Eco responsibilities. The Green Rockers will then host a tea party with special guests after the assembly. The Eco Event will include celebrating being awarded our Green Flag and, weather permitting, we hope to go outside and raise the flag for the first time. Thank you so much to the Festival Theatre for donating a flagpole to the school. Thank you also to Stephen Clapperton and LRC Construction for their support with transportation and Capital Skills for installing the flagpole.

One World Week

From the 23rd to 27th February we will be holding our annual One World Week in school. This is a week where we celebrate the diversity of our school community. We will have parents working in classes as well as an afterschool event on Wed 25th Feb from 3:15pm with stalls from China, the nations of the United Kingdom, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Slovakia, Pakistan, Poland, France and Germany. This event has always been extremely well attended and greatly enjoyed by all. If you would like to have a stall of your own, or could help with a stall or if you would like to visit a class and share something from your own heritage then you would be very welcome. Please contact the office for more information. Children are also welcome to wear national dress or clothing to represent any country of the world on that day.

Burns Celebration

Well done to all the children who performed so brilliantly for our Burns’ Celebration. There were excellent recitations, songs and musical performances with the event being judged by former teachers Mrs Sandy Jobling, who retired before Christmas and Mrs Helen King who left the school in 1964, former pupil Mr Sandy McLean and Georgi Gill from the Scottish Poetry Library. Overall prizes were won by Fraser from Primary 7 and Lev-Jac from Primary 2.

Safer Internet Day

To go alongside Safer Internet Day on the 10th February there will be a programme of activities across the school to help children learn how to be safe online. We are also planning a presentation for parents, details of this will follow once we have the date confirmed.

School Lunches

The introduction of free school meals started in January and has considerably increased the number of children having school lunches. The changes we have made to our ordering system, lunch rotas and serving of meals seem to have addressed most of the challenges that this has presented. Later in the term we hope to invite parents in to try the lunches for themselves.

Liberton Primary on Twitter

A reminder that we are now issuing updates using Twitter account @LibertonPrimary. This will include links to our websites as well as updates on many of the day to day things going on across the school.

Assemblies

Thank you to Primary 4 for an excellent assembly on Scotland last week. Our next Learning Showcase Assemblies will take place on 13th February for P2 (apologies for the error in the date in the last letter) and 13th March for P3. This will be a chance for these year groups to demonstrate some of the learning that has been taking place over the last few months. All parents from those year groups are very welcome to attend.

Football Tickets

Many thanks to Hibernian Football Club community development team for their donation of tickets to matches. Already this season they have given us over 100 tickets for various home matches.

 

Donations of Wii games

We have two Wii consoles in school as a reward for the Class of the Week to use during Golden Time. However the games we have had have now been well used. If anyone has any appropriate Wii games that you would like to donate to the school we would be very grateful.

 

Clubs

Our Active Schools clubs have started again and this term they are joined by a new Art Club run by Awesome Folk. Congratulations to our basketball team who have made it through to the final of the Hope Trust Tournament final with impressive wins in the qualifying rounds. Well done also to the hardy souls from the P6/7 Running Club who have braved winter conditions to go for their 8am run every Friday, even doing it with a big smile!

Sharing our Learning Session

Thank you to everyone who attended our Sharing our Learning sessions last month. There was an excellent turn-out for this event and we received very positive feedback from both parents and pupils.

Football strips

We were delighted to receive the donation of new football strips from Mr Kevin Marr of Absolute Upholstery in Relugas Place for our Primary 4 team. The team look incredibly smart in their new kit.

School Holidays Consultation

The Education, Children & Families Committee on 20 May 2014 asked for there to be a consultation on the criteria used in setting holiday dates for schools.  To register your views please go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SchoolHolidayConsultation

Upcoming dates

11th February     Eco-Day

13th February     P2 Assembly

16th February     Half-term break

23rd February     Pupils return to school

25th February     One World Celebration

4th March             Class photos

13th March           P3 Assembly

25th March           Parent Consultations

26th March           Parent Consultations

 

Liberton After School Club Ceilidh

Saturday 7th February 7pm

This was a great event last year. Some tickets are still available from the LASC. All welcome!

Inch Community Centre

January – March 2015

Junior Club – P4-P7: 6.15 pm – 7.45 pm

Tuesday 20th Jan until Tuesday 24th March.

Kids Club – P1-P4: 1.45pm pm – 3.15 pm

Friday 23rd Jan until Friday 27th March.

Senior Youth Club – P7-S2: 6.30pm-8.00pm

Thursday 22nd Jan until Thursday 26th March.

[Young people choose from a selection of activities-they will always be offered cooking, cold baking, art & crafts, physical activities and trip + a healthy snack]. Cost 70 pence per session.

Liberton Primary School AssociationThe next meeting of the LPSA will be held on Wednesday 11th February at 7pm in the staff room. All parents and carers are very welcome to attend.

 

Liberton Primary School

Newsletter

December 2014

It is definitely Christmas time at Liberton Primary School. Carols are being sung, decorations made and parties galore.

Paul Ewing

Headteacher

Christmas at Liberton

As always the children have excelled in their Christmas performances. Children from Primary 1 to Primary 3 performed wonderfully in the Most Disgruntled Snowman. Nursery morning and afternoon groups acted and sang brilliantly in their nativities. The children from the Rock Scripture Union group were also fabulous in their nativity. Last week we were also entertained by our choir, violin and cello players who were joined by pupils from Liberton High School for our Christmas Strings Concert. The children all played brilliantly ending with a particularly rousing rendition of Let it Go. We also had a performance of Cinderella from the M&M theatre company which was greatly enjoyed by the children. The cost of this performance was kindly met by the Liberton Primary School Association.

Parental Survey

Thank you to everyone who took part in our Online Survey of Parent Views. The full results will be on our website shortly. There was very positive feedback, particularly in comparison to the survey conducted by Education Scotland 12 months previously. For example:

  • My child enjoys learning at LPS: Strongly agree – up from 42% to 75%. Agree and strongly agree together 99%.
  • The school informs me about my child’s learning: Strongly agree and agree – up from 74% to 93%
  • My child’s homework is clear and relevant: Strongly agree and agree 90%
  • My child is happy at LPS: No disagrees at all
  • Overall, I am happy with the school – Strongly agree and agree up from 95% to 99%

Radio Forth

Regular listerners to Forth One will have heard lots from Liberton Primary this week. On Monday pupils from Primary 5 were featured on Boogie in the Morning singing Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer. They also gave some great impressions. Unfortunately Jessica, one of our pupils, missed the recording having been ill. Boogie and the team very kindly invited her to take part in their morning show last week and she even got to switch on their Christmas lights. Photos of the recordings are on our website and a link to the radio broadcast is available at www.forth1.com/carols

Liberton Primary on Twitter

We are always looking for ways to enhance communication with parents. Our school website, thanks to the hard work of Mrs Sutherland and Miss Skinner, is regularly updated and is viewed from all around the world up to 200 times daily. We are now launching our Twitter account @LibertonPrimary. This account will be an information account which will include

  • News and announcements
  • Celebrating achievements
  • Key dates and event reminders
  • LPSA events

For those who don’t use Twitter don’t worry, we will still to continue to communicate by letter, text and through the website as before.

Change to School Dinners from January

With the introduction of free school meals by the Scottish Government in January we have made considerable changes to our procedures. You will have received a letter about this. Can parents please note the following key points.

  • P1-P3 Free school meals doesn’t include free milk unless you are entitled
  • There is a new system of ordering AND paying for meals for the whole school a week in advance.  The forms must be in by the Thursday of the week before to ensure that meals are ordered.
  • If meals are not ordered a week in advance but payment is made on the day then ONLY a baked potato will be available.
  • If the child is off on a Thursday when the form is to be handed in, parents can phone it in or email to admin@liberton-pri.edin.sch.uk
  • Parents can download a copy of the form from the website if required.

Learning Showcase Assemblies

Our next Learning Showcase Assemblies will take place on 30th January for P4 and 10th February for P2. This will be a chance for these year groups to demonstrate some of the learning that has been taking place over the last few months. All parents from those year groups are very welcome to attend.

Football Tournament

Well done to our P6 and P7 teams who both competed very well in the SSFA tournaments recently. Thanks especially to their coaches Paul Eddington and Andi Walford.

Spanish at Liberton Primary

On the in-service day January 5th teachers from across the Liberton Cluster will be coming to Liberton Primary School for training in delivering Spanish across the school. Children from Nursery to Primary 7 will be learning Spanish as part of their day to day studies. In addition children from P5 to 7 will also continue to learn French or German.

Sharing our Learning Session

In January we will be having our Sharing our Learning sessions. We have received excellent feedback on these sessions from parents who felt that this was a very useful way of finding out about their children’s learning. A letter with details of the sessions is being sent home today.

Flagpole

Following my request for the donation of a flagpole I was amazed to be offered not one but two flagpoles! The difficulty we now have is transporting the pole. It is just over 9 metres long. If you or your workplace would be able to support us with providing a suitable vehicle for the 2 mile journey please let us know.

Car Park

Unfortunately I have received a letter of complaint from the local manager of the Scottish Fire and Rescue service. He was concerned that due to “irresponsibly parked cars” in our car park a fire engine was delayed in accessing an emergency call out to Inchview Care Home. Please do not endanger the safety of our school community or our neighbours by blocking access in this way.

Reminders

  • Absence: If your child is off school for vomiting or diarrhoea then the advice from NHS Scotland is that they should not attend school until they have been clear of these symptoms for 48 hours. Please help prevent the spread of bugs by following these guidelines.
  • School Uniform: School shoes should be all black. Coloured shoes or trainers are not part of our school uniform.

Spare Clothes for Pupils

We would be grateful for donations of spare clothes particularly underwear, socks and tights.

Upcoming dates

19th December All children dismissed at 12pm

5th January          In-service – no pupils in school

6th January          Pupils resume

13th January     Sharing our Learning Session 1

15th January      Sharing our Learning Session 2

16th – 20th February    Half-term break

              

Liberton Primary School Association

Well done again to the LPSA for all their work in supporting the school. Special thanks to go to Ellie Weir and Niki Cooney who worked so hard in organising another wonderful Christmas Fair which raised over £2000 for school funds. Also thank you to Louise Slorance and volunteers who took photos of the nativity for parents to purchase.

Finally, thank you to everyone for another successful year at Liberton Primary: to the pupils, staff and volunteers for all their hard work and to all our parents and carers for their continued support.

Have a wonderful Christmas and a peaceful New Year. From everyone at Liberton Primary School.

Liberton Primary School

Newsletter

November 2014

We are already heading into winter and are planning lots of activities for Christmas. See below for key dates and information.

Paul Ewing

Headteacher

Learning at Liberton

In the last few weeks we have had many additional activities at Liberton. P4 had an excellent visit to Stirling Castle to learn about Wallace and Bruce.   P5s had a visit from author Amanda Baker. P4 had a visit from RHSET Farmer Nanny Weir as well as groups taking part in Forest Schools. Primary 6 went to the cinema as part of the BBC Ten Pieces Project. Primary 7B visited Dreghorn Barracks to plant trees in Scotland’s WW1 Centenary Wood and P6 and P7 learned about firework safety from local Firefighters. We have also made good progress with our Libby Leaders group including new groups on warm welcome, baking and a school newspaper.

Parental Survey

Thank you to everyone who took part in our Online Survey of Parental Views at our Parent Consultation Evening. This survey gives us valuable information for planning future developments at the school and we are grateful for your input. If you have not yet completed the survey you can do so at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MQ6G8PD .We will be sharing the results on our website in due course.

Children in Need

Mrs Smith and P4b are doing a fantastic job of co-ordinating our annual fundraising efforts for the BBC Children in Need campaign. They have sold wristbands and key rings in school, and are hosting a dress up day this Friday. To dress up, children can pay £1 and come to school wearing something spotty or dressed as a superhero. Thank you for your support in raising money for this cause.

School Enrolments

This week we have been extremely busy with enrolments for Primary 1 next session.  All children who will be starting school in August 2015 need to enrol before Christmas so if you have a child who is due to start school next session, or know someone who has, please contact the school office to make an appointment as soon as possible.

Forth One Christmas Carol

We are delighted that our Primary 5 classes have been selected to sing a Christmas carol for the Boogie in the Morning show on Forth One. We don’t have full details as yet but will let you know soon when to listen in.

Learning Showcase Assemblies

The first of our Learning Showcase Assemblies will take place on 28th November and will be presented by P6. This will be a chance for the year group to demonstrate some of the learning that has been taking place over the last few months. All parents from P6 are very welcome to attend.

Christmas Pantomime

Last year our LPSA kindly paid for tickets for all of our pupils to attend the pantomime at the Brunton Theatre. This was an excellent event and a very generous donation but it was felt that to do this every year would be too much of a drain on our fundraising resources. Instead the LPSA have put forward an alternative plan where in alternate years the LPSA will fund a trip to the Pantomime at a theatre or fund a theatre group to come to the school to put on a pantomime in school. In this way the LPSA have provided funds for a performance of Aladdin by M&M Theatre group in school on Wednesday 10th December.

Security

Last month I sent a letter to all parents outlining our security arrangements. Unfortunately we still have some parents entering the school via pupil entrances and also some parents not reporting to the office. This causes disruption to the school and a potential security risk. All parents must report to the office before visiting classes before and after school. The priority for our teachers in the morning is to provide a warm and safe welcome for your children, should you wish to pass on a message to the teacher please do so by leaving a message at the office or by putting a note in your child’s bag. If you have a concern which you would like to discuss with a member of staff we are happy to always happy to arrange a suitable time to do this.

Flagpole

This may be one of our more unusual requests but we would really like to have a flagpole in our grounds for our new Eco-Schools Green Flag. If you are aware of anyone who may be able to donate a flagpole for us please let us know.

Budget planning tool

The City of Edinburgh Council are currently consulting with the public over the next round of budget decisions. These decisions will have a significant effect on the school and other issues in our community. You can learn more and take the budget challenge at http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/budget

Reminders

  • As winter approaches please ensure that your child brings a waterproof coat to school each day.
  • When crossing the road please use the crossing patrols and follow the instructions given, particularly when asked to stop and wait on the island in Gilmerton Road.
  • Please remember to check your child’s hair regularly for head lice.
  • Nut allergies: Please can parents make sure that children do not bring nuts or nut based products into school. We have a number of children in school with nut allergies and we all want to support in keeping them safe.
  • Absence: If your child is off school for vomiting or diarrhoea then the advice from NHS Scotland is that they should not attend school until they have been clear of these symptoms for 48 hours. Please help prevent the spread of bugs by following these guidelines.
  • School Uniform: School shoes should be all black. Coloured shoes or trainers are not part of our school uniform.
  • Need to update your school uniform? Quality second-hand uniform sale on January 12th, all items 50p each. In the meantime, if you want to buy please contact the School Office.

Upcoming dates

28th November Sharing our learning assembly

9th December  Infant Nativity 9.30am

9th December  Strings Concert 2pm

10th December P1-7 M&M Aladdin Panto

10th December Infant Nativity 1.45pm

12th December Nursery Nativity 11am

12th December Nursery Nativity 2.30pm

15th December P7 Christmas Party

16th December P3 and P4 Christmas Party

17th December P5 Christmas Party

17th December Nursery Party

17th December Choir to sing at Liberton Kirk Hall

18th December P1, P2 and P6 Christmas Parties

19th December All children dismissed at 12pm

          

Liberton Primary School Association

As you may be aware there will be a number of changes to the office bearers in the LPSA this term. I would like to take this opportunity to thank those who have worked so hard to contribute to our school community. Mark O’Donnell is stepping down as the Chair of the LPSA. Mark has done a great deal of work in representing the school at a city level and was particularly supportive of the school as part of the Education Scotland inspection process and in the work that followed. Lynn Walford is also stepping down as treasurer and has been a wonderful asset to the LPSA, particularly during our big fundraising events where she has collected, counted and banked the tremendous funds that are always raised. Also Ruth Ormand is stepping down as Clerk to the LPSA. Ruth has excelled in this role and kept the association on track in so many events with great enthusiasm. We are very grateful to May Shek for taking on the treasurer role and to Louise Slorance and Lucy Blackburn for acting as joint Chairs of the LPSA during this transition period.

Well done to Niki Cooney and the team who organised our Autumn Discos. There was a fabulous turn-out and everyone clearly had a great time. The disco raised over £700 towards upgrading our stage facilities.

Liberton Primary School

Newsletter

October 2014

It has been a very busy first couple of months of the session. It is hard to believe that we are nearly at the half term break. See below for news of upcoming events.

Paul Ewing

Headteacher

Staffing Update

At the end of this week we will be saying farewell to Sandy Jobling as she retires from teaching. Sandy has been teaching at Liberton Primary School for 20 years. She joined the school straight from teacher training and from that time to this she has committed herself wholeheartedly to the children of Liberton Primary. Sandy has been a wonderful colleague and a conscientious, nurturing and supportive teacher. We are very sad to be losing her but know that she will have many adventures ahead, particularly in the company of her three young grandsons.

We are very pleased to welcome Mr Andy Theakston and Mrs Wendy Irvine to the staff team working in Primary 5. We were delighted to hear the news of the birth of Mrs Fiona Govan’s daughter Emily. Mrs Govan will be on maternity leave for the rest of this session. We wish Fiona and her husband and Emily the very best.

Parent Consultation Evenings

We look forward to welcoming you to our Parent Consultation Evenings this week. While you are in school please also take the chance to take part in our Online Survey of Parental Views in our ICT suite. This survey gives us valuable information for planning future developments at the school and we are grateful for your input.

Sporting Achievements

Well done to our P5 Rugby Team who performed brilliantly at a recent tournament at Murrayfield Stadium. Also congratulations to Danny Mabbot who played a key role diving for Scotland as they won the Celtic Cup; winning Gold, Silver and Bronze medals in his three events.

In-service Day

On our in-service day on Monday 20th October the staff will be working to develop the use of Active Maths strategies in school, updating our policies for learning and teaching as well as working with our English as an Additional Language teachers to develop writing with our bilingual learners.

New Clubs

I am very pleased that in addition to our regular Active Schools clubs, Spanish Club, the Rock and the Choir we will be starting three new clubs for pupils. A drama club is now available and will be starting after the October Break and we are hoping also to be able to host the Awesome Folk art club. We are also starting an early morning running club for P6 and P7 pupils on Friday mornings at 8am. Any parent who would like to join us for a run at that time would be more than welcome.

Harvest Festival/Southhouse Foodbank

On 24th October we will be having our annual Harvest Assembly. As in previous years we will be collecting donations of groceries for Southhouse Foodbank who support families in difficulty in South Edinburgh. Donations can be brought to school from the 22nd October onwards.

Standards Quality and Improvement Report

Along with this newsletter we have issued our Standards and Quality report for last session and our Improvement Plan for this session. This will give you an overview of what we are working on to provide the best possible education for your children.

School Open Day/School Enrolments

On Wednesday 5th November all Edinburgh schools will be having an open day for parents who will be enrolling their children to start P1 next session. The enrolments will then take place in the week beginning 10th November. If you have a child who is due to start school next session or know someone who is please contact the school office to make an appointment. Further details will also be posted on the school website nearer the time.

Cardiac Risk in the Young

Before the summer holidays the staff took part in fundraising for CRY in memory of David and Jenny Paul, the children of our colleague Helen. Thanks to many generous donations, including a number from parents, we raised a total of £3370. Many thanks to all involved.

Reminders

  • As winter approaches please ensure that your child brings a waterproof coat to school each day.
  • When crossing the road please use the crossing patrols and follow the instructions given. Particularly when asked to stop and wait on the island in Gilmerton Road.
  • Please remember to check your child’s hair regularly for head lice.

Upcoming dates

8th October          Parent Consultations

9th October          Parent Consultations

13th – 17th Oct Holiday

20th October       In-service

21st October     LPSA Meeting

24th October       Collection for Southhouse Foodbank

28th October      P4 trip to Stirling Castle

5th November     Schools Open Day for new P1 parents

19th December     End of Term – school closes at NOON

Liberton Primary School Association

LPSA School Disco – Friday 7th November

The LPSA will be hosting its annual School Disco on Friday 7th November! There will be special guests (can’t tell you who they are but the kids are going to love them!), games, prizes and a tuck shop, and it really is a great action packed evening for the kids!

As always there will be the 3 discos for the different year groups:

Nursery, P1 and P2 – 6-6:45pm (parents are required to stay)

P3 and P4 – 7-8pm

P5, P6 and P7 – 8:10-9:10pm

Tickets are £3 and will be sold the week beginning 3 November before and after school in the main entrance of the school.

We are looking forward to seeing all the kids there!

PS if you can help out at any or all of the discos please contact Niki Cooney niki.cooney@btinternet.com

LPSA Meeting – Tuesday 21 October

The LPSA offers a brilliant way to get involved in school life but it needs your active support and participation to have the most positive impact. We do this by working closely with the Headteacher and his staff on a wide range of issues that affect your children and the school. We meet every few months and talk about the curriculum, school and local authority policies, new initiatives and opportunities for the kids. We also organise events on behalf of the school community which in turn help to raise valuable additional funds. You don’t have to sign up to do anything in particular but all help – big and small – and all views on school issues are welcome. Sign up to stay in touch (with no obligation at all) by liking our Facebook page www.facebook.com/libertonpsa or by emailing mrodo22@yahoo.co.uk

The next meeting of the Liberton Primary School Association will be on Tuesday 21 October, between 7-9pm in the staff room.

All parents are welcome to attend.

Look forward to seeing you all there!

 

Liberton Primary School

Newsletter

August 2014

We are now fully into the swing of our new school session and already there are lots of exciting things happening at Liberton Primary.

Paul Ewing

Headteacher

 

New starts

Well done to our wonderful new Primary 1 children who are just completing their first full time week at Liberton Primary. They have joined our school family with great confidence and enthusiasm and we are delighted to have them here. It has also been a pleasure to welcome 14 new pupils across the other year stages in our school. We are now full in five of our seven year stages and in our nursery.

Additional In-Service Day

As highlighted in previous letters the day of the referendum has been allocated as an additional in-service day for primary schools in Edinburgh. There will also be no school or nursery sessions on this day. Liberton Primary staff will spend this day on training and development work for the Curriculum for Excellence Science outcomes. If you have not registered to vote for the Independence Referendum or are unsure if you are registered you can contact the Electoral Registration Office on 0131 344 2500 before September 3rd 2014 to do so.

Book Festival

The term has just started and already all classes from Primary 3 to Primary 7 have had the opportunity to visit the Edinburgh Book Festival and listen to a wide range of well-known authors including Nick Sharatt and Philip Ridley. I’m proud to say that as always our children represented the school impeccably in a very busy and exciting festival site.

Benmore

This week our Primary 7 pupils are visiting Benmore Outdoor Education Centre for a five day residential experience. So far the weather has been excellent and they are all having a brilliant time canoeing, abseiling, caving, mountain biking and a whole variety of other activities. Another group of Primary 7 pupils are also having an activity filled week in school including making movies, baking and forest schools.

Curriculum Evening/Meet the Teacher Event

Thank you for all the responses for our Curriculum Evening next Wednesday from 7 – 9pm. Yet again it looks like we will have an excellent turnout of parents for what I’m sure will be a very informative evening.   If you have not returned your response can you please do so soon so that we can save you a seat.

Education Scotland Inspection

Following our inspection by Education Scotland (HMIe) last September we were visited again by our local inspector just before the summer holidays. We were able to demonstrate to her the progress that we had made in implementing our action plan and she was very pleased with our progress. She asked that the local authority prepare a letter to parents later this session confirming the progress that has been made. When I have further details of the timing of this I will share this in our newsletter.

Donations

Thank you to Craig Gorman and everyone at Charles White Ltd who raised £1335 for our nursery. This generous donation has enabled us to buy new furniture and bikes for the nursery.

Thank you also to the McClory family for donating a basketball stand and net. Already this is a very popular addition to our playground.

Modern Languages

This year we will be further developing our Modern Languages provision at Liberton Primary. Ms Kirsty Venters will be teaching as a Modern Languages specialist teacher for one day a week this session, teaching German to P5 and French to P6 and 7. From January we will be implementing the Scottish Government 1+2 Modern Languages programme with children learning Spanish from Nursery to Primary 7 and additional French lessons from P5 to P7. We also hope to continue our link with the University of Edinburgh for Mandarin tuition. There will be more information provided on this at the Curriculum Evening and in the New Year.

Cursive Writing

You may have noticed your child trying a different style of handwriting since returning to school. This style, known as cursive writing, has been piloted in a number of year groups last session and has been successful in improving presentation as well as helping with spelling patterns and supporting children with dyslexia. Last year children from various age groups were very comfortable and confident in making the transition to cursive writing and so this year we have adopted this style across the school. We will soon be providing a guide to the script for all parents so that you can support your child at home. You may even want to try it yourself!

Inch Park roadworks

In the next few weeks there will be improvements made to the lighting and path in Inch Park between our staff and visitors car-park and IPCSC. I have been assured that there will be minimum disruption to the school during this time but if you are using the park road please be aware that works may be taking place.

School Photos

The Evening News will take photographs of our new P1 classes on Thursday 4th September for their special P1 supplement.

Tempest Photography will be in school on Wednesday 24th September to take individual and sibling photographs.

Upcoming dates

3rd September    Curriculum Evening

4th September    Evening News Photographer (P1 only)

15th September  Holiday

17th September LPSA meeting

18th September Inservice

24th September Individual/Sibling Photographs

8th October        Parent Consultations

9th October        Parent Consultations

13th – 17th Oct Holiday

20th October      Inservice

Liberton Primary School Association

Next meeting 17th September 2014

Welcome back to all parents and pupils and a big welcome to all the new P1 families!

Liberton Primary School Association (LPSA) is a group of parents, staff and councillors who meet on a regular basis to: help parents have a say, support the School and fund-raise. We hope that by getting involved, we’ll help the children to have an even better school experience. The first meeting of this academic year will be held on 17 September at 7pm in the staff room – everyone is welcome and it would be lovely to see some new faces.

The LPSA offers a brilliant way to get involved in school life but it needs your active support and participation to have the most positive impact. We do this by working closely with the Headteacher and his staff on a wide range of issues that affect your children and the school. We meet every few months and talk about the curriculum, school and local authority policies, new initiatives and opportunities for the kids. We also organise events on behalf of the school community which in turn help to raise valuable additional funds. You don’t have to sign up to do anything in particular but all help – big and small – and all views on school issues are welcome. Sign up to stay in touch (with no obligation at all) by liking our Facebook page www.facebook.com/libertonpsa or by emailing mrodo22@yahoo.co.uk

 

 

Liberton Primary School

End of Term Newsletter

June 2014

As we approach the end of yet another very successful year at Liberton Primary School. Thanks to everyone who has supported the school. My particular thanks go to our staff who have worked extremely hard this year to take the school forward and build on all the strengths identified by the inspectors at the beginning of term.

Paul Ewing, Headteacher

Staffing update

We are delighted to be welcoming two new members of staff to the school for next session. Miss Nicola Laing will be teaching in Primary 1 and Mrs Angela Charman will be teaching in Primary 7. We are also very pleased that Miss Kathryn Skinner and Mrs Suzanne Osborne (formerly known as Ms Suzanne Lorrain-Smith) will also be continuing to work in the school in P1 and P4 respectively.

The classes have now all met their new teachers and everyone is looking forward to a very successful 2014/15 session.

Additional In-Service Day

We have just been informed that the Scottish Government has allocated an additional in-service day for next session. This will be on Thursday 18th September.

Sport at Liberton

Well done to our P7 football team for reaching the final of the Inspectors’ Cup.   This was a tremendous achievement. Unfortunately the boys were defeated in the match but as always performed admirably and did the school proud. Our athletics team also had a very successful Interscholastics tournament at Meadowbank. Particular congratulations to Luke Salkeld and Emma Cairns who won the gold and silver medals for the high jump, Rosie Walford who won silver in the cricket ball and the P6 boys relay team who won silver.

Sports Day

Thank you to the many parents who attended Sports Day, held at the third attempt! It was a really successful event. I was particularly impressed to see the children from all year stages working together. The children will find out the winning country at assembly on Friday.

Nursery news

A huge thank you to parent Craig Gorman and Charles White Property Management for their incredibly generous donation of £1335 to the Nursery. We will be using these funds to buy new equipment and enhance our outdoor provision in the nursery. Also thank you to Mae Shek who has been an incredible volunteer particularly to the nursery and has helped raise funds to pay for our lovely new graduation outfits for the nursery children.

School Uniform

I know that over the holidays many of you will be updating your children’s uniform. Please remember to check the school website for our Uniform Policy. In particular I would stress that black or gray jogging trousers are not part of the uniform and that only school trousers/skirts or green joggers are permitted. Also please note that school footwear should be all black. The uniform policy has been widely welcomed by our parents and I appreciate your continued support in this matter.

LPSA

As the year ends I would like to thank once again our wonderful Liberton Primary School Association. The Family Fun Day on Saturday was a tremendous success and this was only the latest of the excellent community events that they have provided for us. The trim trail that was provided by the funds they have raised has been a wonderful asset to the school.

Last day of school.

A reminder that school will finish for all year groups at 12pm on Friday 27th June. As is a Liberton tradition the Primary 7 children will parade through the school for a final time at 11.55pm and will be dismissed into Inch Park through the playground gate at the After School Club at 12pm. All other classes will be dismissed through their usual doors.

Finally….

From everyone at Liberton Primary School. Have a lovely summer!

Liberton Primary School

Newsletter

May 2014

As we reach the final term of this school session there are lots of exciting events and opportunities both in school and out.

Paul Ewing

Headteacher

Keane Wallis-Bennett

We were greatly saddened to hear of the tragic death of Keane at the end of last term and were united with the wider family of Liberton in offering our condolences to Keane’s family, and to the pupils and staff of Liberton High School. We are very proud of the strong relationship that we have with Liberton High School and will continue to develop and strengthen our partnership as well as offering them any support they need during this period.

Mr Stephen Kelly, the Headteacher of Liberton High attended our LPSA meeting on 29th April and spoke about the steps taken since the tragedy. He also spoke of his appreciation of all the support that his school community has received.

For our own school you will have received information regarding the removal of a wall in our senior boy’s toilets. Although this wall was not a modesty wall of the same design as that at Liberton High it was decided as an additional precaution for this wall to be replaced by a plasterboard equivalent. Some other minor repairs were also identified during the inspection and these have also now been completed.

Should at any time you have any questions regarding any matter of health and safety please feel free to contact me.

Learning at Liberton

So far this term Primary 3 have visited the National Museum of Scotland to learn about life in Ancient Egypt. P5 have been learning about the effects of the Highland Clearances and visited New Lanark to learn about mill life.  P5 have also taken part in a Clubgolf tournament, winning their round and taking a place in this month’s final. Our Code Club pupils have shared the results of all their hard work in creating and programming their own games. Thank you to Mrs Julie Sutherland and Mr Wayne Blackburn for supporting this.

Coming up we have more opportunities for learning out of school for P2 who will be visiting the Seabird Centre, P1 visiting the zoo and a P4 trip to Dynamic Earth. We are also very busy with transition events with our P7s visits to high schools and Edinburgh University. The P7s are also in full rehearsal mode for their performance of the Lion King. We are also very excited about welcoming our new P1 and nursery pupils next session and have a busy few weeks of events for our new children getting to know our school.

Staffing

Mrs Sandra Gifford will be retiring from school on May 13th. Sandra has supported our school as a parent volunteer and learning assistant for the last 25 years. We wish her well for her retirement and thank her for her kind and gentle manner in supporting our children in school.

Sports Day

This year we will be having a special Commonwealth themed whole school sports day. It will take place on Tuesday June 3rd from 9.30am to 12pm in Inch Park. All children from P1 to P7 will take part in a variety of team and individual activities. Further details to follow soon. In case of bad weather on June 3rd the sports will be rescheduled for the morning of June 10th.

Learning Showcase Assemblies

Well done to Primary 2 and Primary 5 who have both put on wonderful assemblies for parents showcasing their learning about Our Bodies and the Highland Clearances. Children from both year groups performed with great confidence and were able to demonstrate their learning in a very entertaining and informative manner.

Education Scotland Action Plan

Thank you to all the parents who took part in our Learning at Liberton survey during the last parent consultations. The results are on display and the foyer and show a very interesting similarity in the views of parents, pupils and staff in how our curriculum can be developed to meet the needs of our community. We will be using this information to produce a summary document on our curriculum which we will issue to parents. This month we will also welcome our Area Inspector to the school and will be showing her the excellent progress we have made in our action plan to address the key development areas from their report.

School Refurbishment

Our refurbishment of the main building continued over the February break with new roof lights which greatly brighten the school and resurfacing of the Gilmerton Road path and the playground area in front of the school.

Sporting Achievements

The yellow and green of Liberton has had a number of sporting successes over the last few months. Well done to Danny Mabbott who became the new Edinburgh Primary Schools Diving Champion, and to Lachlan Gray who came a very credible fourth in the tournament. It is great to add a diving team to our list of sporting representatives. Well done also to our pupils in the Edinburgh South Handball team who have reached the national final. Good luck to our P7 boys who have reached the Scottish Schools Football Association cup final for the second year in a row. Thank you again to Brian Carrigan for his superb coaching. Well done also to our P4 football team who are so far undefeated this season. A special thank you also to Stephen Cooney Plumbing and Heating for offering to provide and sponsor the P4 team strips. In basketball we are very proud of Jodie Kidd who has been selected for the City of Edinburgh side and in football Josh Grigor and Jay Cantley have gained places in the SFA Football Performance School based at Broughton High School. Good luck to our athletes attending the Interscholastic. They will be wearing our new sports strips, funded in part by a generous donation from Ms Pauline Linn.

LPSA Quiz Night

Last Friday the Liberton Primary School Association held an excellent quiz night at the IPCSC Hub which raised over £350 for the school. Thank you to Jane Jenkinson for devising the quiz and hosting the evening so well and to Niki Cooney for organising the event brilliantly.

Staff Fundraising Event

As I’m sure you will recall David Paul, the young Hibs player and son of Mrs Helen Paul our PE teacher, died suddenly just before Christmas. This month our staff are joining the staff at Pentland Primary, where Helen also teaches, in two fundraising events in memory of David and his sister Jenni, who also died from the same condition. Staff members will be taking part in an Army Assault Course challenge at Redford Barracks or a 10km walk. If you would like to sponsor our team you can do so through www.justgiving.com/libertonps. All proceeds will go directly to the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young.

Reminders

  • Once again I remind you that the car park is to be used for staff and visitors only. It should not be used for drop-off or all day parking. Disabled spaces should only be used by vehicles with a Blue Badge.
  • Headlice: Please remember to check your child’s hair for headlice on a regular basis. Kits for treating headlice are available from local pharmacies.

Upcoming dates

May

14th Wizard of Oz production in school

16th Nursery toddle

19th Bank Holiday – School Closed

22nd In-service Day – School Closed

June

2nd Interscholastics

3rd Whole School Sports Day 9.30am-12pm

4th Liberton Primary School Association AGM 7pm

10th   Whole School Sports (Reserve date)

10th Strings concert 4pm

11th P7 performance of The Lion King

18th P7 Leavers’ Celebration

25th P7 Leavers’ Assembly

27th Last day of term. All pupils dismissed at 12pm

Liberton Primary School

Newsletter

February 2014

As our mid-term break approaches we can look back on a very busy start to the term.

Paul Ewing

Headteacher

Learning at Liberton

Our annual Burns’ Celebration was very successful with children reciting a variety of Scottish poetry to a very high standard, along with some lovely Scottish songs.  We also learned about New Year around the world with our now traditional Chinese New Year Assembly and One World Celebration.  Thanks to all the parents who organised the stalls and who worked with classes during the week.  There was a fantastic turn out for the event and everyone clearly had great fun. Our Libby Leaders projects are going very well with 14 different groups helping develop our school.  Some examples of the progress made so far are the new raised beds in the garden, a movie being made showing off our school, Christmas card fundraising and a fabric hanging being made for display in our assembly hall. Our new iPad Minis are proving highly successful with staff and pupils who are learning to use them as creative tools for making movies, slideshows, mindmaps as well as learning through educational apps.

Education Scotland Action Plan

The School is moving forward with the Action Plan created in response to our inspection last September at a significant pace.  We have been focussing on developing children’s thinking skills, further developing creativity, active approaches to learning maths and supporting children to better understand and plan their own learning.  We are currently planning workshops for later in the session for parents on numeracy and thinking skills so that you can find out more about the new approaches we are using in school.

The Learner at Liberton

As part of our Action Plan we are carrying out a review of our curriculum plan at Liberton Primary focussing on what we want our children to learn and achieve at school and how we can best support this.  To gather parent views we will be holding an after school workshop on 12th March from 6.30 to 7.30pm. Pupils will be sharing their views through various activities in school.

Sharing our Learning Session

Thank you to all who came along to our Sharing our Learning Sessions last month.  The feedback we have received from parents, pupils and staff has been extremely positive.  We will give all parents a chance to give more detailed feedback as part of our annual questionnaire later this session.

Staffing

It has been a challenging few months at Liberton Primary with the deaths of our Pupil Support Assistant Susan Loudon and Mrs Paul’s son David.  We have very much appreciated the support of the whole school community.  Following news of Mrs Loudon’s death support has been put in place for the school and pupils in particular through Educational Psychology input and council guidance on supporting pupils.  During Mrs Paul’s absence Mr Danny Moir will be teaching PE full time.  We are also delighted to welcome Mrs Christina Pacitti as an excellent addition to our office team.

Eco News

Our Green Rockers Eco Group have submitted their application for a Green Flag.  This is the highest award available from Eco Schools and would follow the bronze and silver awards achieved in recent years.  Thank you to the Green Rockers, Mrs Buchan, Mrs Lorimer and Mrs Bremner who have led this effort.

School Refurbishment

We have been informed by the City of Edinburgh that there will not be a requirement to build a new extension building for the session beginning in August 2014.  However the planning and permissions are now in place and the decision whether to build for the following year will be taken in January 2015.  Our refurbishment of the main building continues over the February break with new rooflights which will greatly brighten the school.  In addition during the Easter holidays we hope to have some paths and areas of the playground resurfaced.  Our new bike rack and shelter is now in place and proving very popular with both cyclists and parents looking for shelter from our rainy winter.  Many thanks to the LPSA and Sustrans for joint funding this great new resource.  On the subject of winter I am pleased to say that following last summer’s works our building has now had the first water-tight winter in years.  Thank you again to everyone for your patience as we continue to improve our school environment.

School Website

Thanks to the efforts of Mrs Sutherland and Miss Skinner our website is being continually updated.  Please check the class pages for an overview of your child’s learning for this term and examples of children’s work from the classes.  Remember to follow the site to receive regular updates by email.

School Sports

Well done to our basketball team who have made it through to the finals of the City of Edinburgh P6/7 Basketball Competition.  Special thanks to Mrs Bremner for giving her time and commitment to coaching the team.  We are very grateful to those who have sponsored our school football teams.  We are still looking for sponsors for some year stages and also for our basketball team.  If you would like to sponsor the team by purchasing a set of strips please contact the school office.

Anti-Bullying Survey

Each year pupils in Primary 6 and 7 take part in a City of Edinburgh survey about bullying behaviour in schools.  I am delighted that the work in updating our policy carried out by pupils, parents and staff last year has clearly had an effect.  This year’s survey showed that our children now feel even more confident that bullying will be dealt with effectively in our school and that they have the tools to combat bullying behaviour.  Thank you to everyone who helped us in developing our policy.

World Book Day

On Thursday 6th March we will be celebrating World Book Day and children are encouraged to come to school dressed as a favourite book character.  Further information on more World Book Day events to come soon… 

Reminders

  • Children should bring a water bottle to school.  Scottish Government instruct that only water should be available for children to drink in classrooms.  Non-fizzy juice can be provided with packed lunches if desired.
  • No dogs in playground
  • Please drive and park responsibly around the school.  We have been informed that local police officers will be monitoring motorists behaviour pick up and drop off times over the next few months.

This week Mrs Marilyn Taylor and Mrs Julie Sutherland have been working with classes from Nursery to Primary 7 on internet safety.

SID14 (Safer Internet Day 2014) – Tuesday 11 February

Theme: ‘Let’s create a better internet together’

During this year’s LPS Internet Safety Week –

LET’S make this a time to ensure our children really appreciate the marvel of digital technology BUT know how to use it appropriately and responsibly.

Help our youngsters to use the internet as a tool to CREATE, communicate, have fun and inspire learning.

A BETTER INTERNET would provide a more positive environment for us all to engage in and share without negative influences and content – RESPECT.

But to achieve this we must work TOGETHER. Parents/carers, young people, teachers, politicians AND internet providers and stakeholders all have a responsibility and important role to play.

To help achieve this we can do our bit with the support of: www.saferinternetdaytv.com

Check out the above website for timetable details – information, advice ….and much more.

Upcoming dates

February

17th – 21st Half-term holiday

March

6th  World Book Day (with optional dressing up)

12th The Learner at Liberton Parent Workshop  6.30-7.30pm

19th LPSA meeting 7-9pm

28th P2 Learning Showcase Assembly  11.10am

April

2nd Parent Consultation Evening

3rd Parent Consultation Evening

7th Easter Holidays begin

22nd  Return to school

 

Liberton Primary School

Newsletter

December 2013

Trees and tinsel and cards and nativities.  It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas here at Liberton Primary.  Welcome to our final newsletter of this year.

Paul Ewing

Headteacher

Christmas so far…

Well done to the brilliant teams from the Nursery and P1-3 who put on tremendous nativity performances last week.  All the children did themselves and the school proud with their talent and confidence.  All classes from P1 to P7 greatly enjoyed their visit to the Brunton Theatre for Sleeping Beauty.  Again we would like to thank the LPSA for their generosity and fundraising to provide every child in the school with a free ticket to the show.  Thank you also to the LPSA for organising the excellent Christmas craft fair which also raised funds for additional resources to help your children learn in school.  Well done also to our Choir who performed brilliantly for the Liberton Kirk Guild last week.

Staffing changes

We give our best wishes to Mrs Eileen Burns who will be retiring this week after 18 years of service to Liberton Primary School.  Eileen has always been a dedicated and committed member of the school team and amongst her many duties has meticulously ensured that our books have balanced for many years.  We wish her a well-deserved and enjoyable retirement.  In January we look forward to welcoming Mrs Christina Pacitti who will be taking up post as our new clerical assistant.  We also wish a very happy retirement to Mrs Pat Jamieson who has dedicated many years to the school as part of our cleaning staff.  However we are delighted that Pat will continue to stay on at the school as part of our Breakfast Club team.

Rev. John McPake

We also wish a very happy retirement to John McPake, the minister at Liberton Northfield Kirk.  John has been a wonderful support to the school over the last few years, supporting our assemblies, contributing to our RME progamme, welcoming groups of children to visit and learn about his church and developing our link with Southhouse Foodbank. 

One Card Campaign

Thank you to all the pupils and parents who have supported our Libby Leaders group One Card campaign by giving one card to their class and donating the rest of their Christmas card money to charity.

Safe Parking

Once again I have been made aware of unsafe driving and parking in our car park, Inch Park and on Glenallan Drive.  This particularly relates to parking on the grass, blocking the road, using disabled spaces without a blue badge and driving at unsafe speeds.  Again I remind parents to please act responsibly when dropping off their children by parking safely on local streets, not using the staff and visitor car park and driving at appropriate speeds. To do otherwise is to put the safety of your own and other’s children at risk.

Muddy Shoes

Thank you to those who came along to our consultation on outdoor play and muddy shoes.  Please see overleaf for information on how we plan to address this problem.

Sharing our Learning sessions

If you have not already returned the letter for our Sharing our Learning sessions can you please do so this week.  We will send out appointment times in the new term.  If you have misplaced the letter a new one can be requested from the office.

Upcoming Dates

16th December P3 and P7 parties

17th December P1, P4 and P6 parties

18th December P2 and P5 parties

18th December Music Showcase 4pm

19th December Last day of term.  Dismissal 12pm

6th January  In-service Day – Staff only

7th January  Pupils return

14th January LPSA meeting 7-9pm

17th January Zany Shoes Dress Down Day (see over)

21st January Sharing our Learning Session 1

23rd January Sharing our Learning Session 2

24th January  Scottish Poetry Competition

3-7th February  One World Week

7th February P1 Learning Showcase Assembly

5th February  One World Celebration 3.15pm -4.15pm

Finally, on behalf of everyone at Liberton Primary School may I wish you a happy and peaceful Christmas.

New indoor shoes pilot

We recently held a consultation meeting with pupil council representatives, parents and staff on how to address the difficult issue of allowing children to play on our grounds throughout the winter without them having to sit in muddy classrooms and on muddy floors.  We had a high-quality and wide ranging discussion on the pros and cons of various issues covering suitable footwear, storage for shoes, protecting the grass and financial costs to the school and parents.

As a result of this consultation the group has agreed that the following procedures should be put in place for a pilot period starting in January.

  • Children in P1 and P2 will be encouraged to change into indoor shoes whilst in the school building.  Shoe hangers will be provided for each classroom.  Parents can decide whether their child wears their indoor gym shoes or provides other indoor shoes for them.  Children can take indoor shoes home whenever needed for use at home or to check for size.  While we will encourage this practice it is still optional and children will not be sanctioned for not bringing in shoes.
  • Improved matting will be bought for the upper school to enable older children to wipe their feet more effectively and reduce the mud coming into the school.
  • To protect the grass, the playground will be further divided into zones with children given specific days to access different parts.  This will allow the grass to recover in key areas and reduce the creation of muddy areas.  After heavy rain all the grass will be off limits.

Unfortunately within the current financial situation we have little funds to allocate to this project for improved matting and shoe holders.  To support this and to launch this pilot in a fun way we will be holding a Zany Shoe Dress Down Day on Friday 17th January.  On this day, for the donation of £1, children can dress as they please and if they would like can also wear bright, fancy or decorated shoes to school.

We will review the effectiveness of this pilot as Spring approaches and inform you of our next steps.

Liberton Primary School  

Newsletter

November 2013

As we head for Winter there are lots of exciting new things going on at school and plans being put in place for Christmas…

Paul Ewing

Headteacher

Learning at Liberton

There has been lots of exciting learning opportunities at Liberton this term.  In the nursery they have been trying their hand at Tae Kwon Do.  P3s have been continuing to developing their singing skills with the National Youth Choir of Scotland and also had a visit from some chickens as part of their farms project.   Primary 4 have been enjoying their German lessons and Primary 5 have been showing off their Mandarin. P1-3 learned all about keeping safe in the dark at a Road Safety Workshop.  We had visitors from the Scots Fiddle Festival for P3-7. All our year stages enjoyed an excellent Eco Action Day organised by our wonderful Green Rockers with Mrs Buchan and Mrs Bremner.  Our after-school learning has also expanded through Code Club with Mrs Sutherland and Mr Blackburn, where children are learning to use computer programming to make their own games.

Education Scotland Inspection

You will have received a copy of the inspection report at the end of last month.  I was delighted that so much of the positive work in the school was recognised, particularly in the way we support pupils to be enthusiastic and motivated in their learning and the very high standards of pastoral care and support offered to children.  We have created an action plan in response to this report which I shared with parents at the last Liberton Primary School Association.  A summary of this will soon be issued to all parents.  We appreciate your continued support as we work to make our school an even better place for your children.

Book Amnesty

This term we have been refreshing our reading book stock and have used commission from our recent Book Fairs to purchase many new books.  Unfortunately there are some books where we no longer have a full set as some have gone missing.  I would appreciate if all parents could check their book shelves at home for any Liberton books, or any other school equipment, and return these to the school!  A box will be placed in the foyer for any that are recovered.

As part of this reorganisation there will be no reading books for P3-7 classes from 28th November until the Christmas break.  Please continue to read with your child for pleasure at home or visit your local library.

Trim Trail and Bike Sheds

I am delighted that our new trim trail is now installed.  I’m sure it will be an excellent addition to our playground.  In January we are also expecting a new bike shed to be installed.  We are very grateful to the LPSA for all their fundraising which has made both these wonderful new resources possible.

Outdoor Play and Muddy Shoes

As Winter approaches we again find ourselves with the problem of mud and leaves being brought into the school.  While our playground is a wonderful asset and we would like our children to enjoy all it offers all year round we are also very keen to protect our newly replaced carpets and avoid children having to sit in mud covered classrooms.  To try to come up with some creative solutions to this we will be holding a meeting with a group of staff, parents and pupils on Tuesday 10th December at 3.15pm.  If you would like to join this meeting please contact the office.

Volunteers in school

Thank you to the many parents, carers and grandparents who have offered to help us in school.  We are delighted to have more parents working in the school and also providing us practical support, resources and expertise particularly with our Libby Leaders projects.  I would again like to also thank the parents who support and lead our football and rugby teams for their tireless effort in supporting our children.  Particular congratulations to our P7 boys football team who knocked out last season’s Scottish Cup winners Stuart’s Melville in the first round of this year’s tournament.  Thank you also to Mrs Shek who has launched our new Mini’s Bikey club for Nursery children.  We have had recent information about starting a chess club in school and if there were any parents who would like to get involved in this then please get in touch.

Musical Performance

On 18th December at 4pm we will be holding a Christmas concert featuring our choir, performances from our violin and cello players and songs from P3 classes.  If you would like to attend this performance and haven’t returned a slip please contact the office to confirm your attendance.

Sharing our Learning session

As you will have seen from the letter last week we have planned our first Sharing our Learning session.  I hope that it provides all parents a valuable insight into your child’s time at school and the learning that they are doing.

School Website

Regular followers of our website will know that there has been a great deal of additional content added in the last few months.  Mrs Sutherland and Miss Skinner have been updating our pages with all the news from the school.  In response to feedback from parents we have also put a termly overview for each year group highlighting what the children will be working on this term.

Outdoor PE

As the weather gets colder please ensure that children have suitable equipment for PE lessons outdoors.  Please see the accompanying letter with details of suitable PE kit.

Charities

Thank you to all those who gave so generously for our Harvest collection for the Southhouse Foodbank.  This wonderful charity does invaluable work in supporting families in crisis in south Edinburgh and we are very proud to work with them.

Thank you also for the amazing response to our Children in Need campaign.  This year we smashed our previous record to raise a total of £1261.31.  Many thanks to Mrs Smith and Primary 7a for coordinating this effort.

One Card Campaign

With Christmas approaching see our website for the Libby Leaders’ ideas for giving only one card to your class and donating the rest of the costs to a charity.

In-service Days and Staff Training

A part of our action plan following our inspection staff will continue their professional learning with sessions in active maths, curriculum design and creativity, big writing and developing children’s thinking skills.

School Enrolments

Following an excellent turnout for our Open Day we have been very busy over the last few weeks enrolling children for Primary 1 next session.  If your child or you know of a child in our catchment who is due to start school then please ensure that they have enrolled.

Extension of School Building

Many thanks to the parents who came to our pre-planning meeting last month.  Plans for our new building are now well underway and the decision on whether it will be built this year will be taken in January.  Following the consultation process the current plans incorporate a flexible space around two thirds the size of our current gym hall which can also be used to help us deliver two hours PE.

Extension of Nursery Provision

The Scottish Government wants to increase the number of early learning and childcare hours for all three and four year olds. The plan is for an extra 125 hours each year – moving from the current total of 475 up to 600. If approved, the extra hours will be available from August 2014. Please visit http://edinburghbrightfutures.com/2013/11/14/more-nursery-hours-tell-us-what-you-think/ for more information and a survey on how this could best work for you.

Raising Children with Confidence

Over the last few weeks we have hosted this very successful course for parents.  Raising Children with Confidence is a 6 week course which aims to give all parents and carers the chance to explore emotional health and well-being and consider how they can best promote it in themselves and their children.  The next RCWC course will start on the 9th of January, 9-11am at Goodtrees Neighbourhood Centre.  There will be an introductory information session at Goodtrees Neighbourhood Centre on the 10th of December 10.00-11.00am.

Upcoming Dates:

2nd December   P1-3 at Pantomime (Thank you to LASC)

6th December  P4-7 at Pantomime  (Thank you to LASC)

10th December P1-3 Nativity 1.30pm

11th December P1-3 Nativity  9.30am

11th December Choir singing at Liberton Kirk

12th December  Nursery Nativities AM and PM

16th December P3 and P7 parties

17th December P1, P4 and P6 parties

18th December P2 and P5 parties

18th December Music Showcase 4pm

19th Last day of term.  Dismissal 12pm. 

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Liberton Primary School

Newsletter

October 2013

It has been a very busy first few months at Liberton with events, excursions and special visitors.

Paul Ewing

Headteacher

Learning at Liberton

Our first few months of this session have been incredibly busy.  Our first burst of activity involved the visits of all classes from P3 to P7 to the Book Festival.  This included a special trip for some P6 pupils to interview author Barbara Mitchelhill for BBC Scotland.  You can see a video of their visit on our website.  Our Primary 7s had a brilliant time during our week at Benmore and represented the school fabulously.  P6s have been enjoying rugby training from Lismore Rugby Club and the Nursery and P4 have had visits from Zoolab.

Education Scotland Inspection

On September 9th we welcomed an inspection team from Education Scotland (formerly known as HMIe) to the school for a week.  The findings of the inspection will be summarised in a report to parents which is expected at the end of this month.

Trim Trail

I am delighted that our new trim trail will be installed this month following some technical issues.  I’m sure that it will be a great addition to our playground.

Curriculum Evening

Thank you to all the parents who attended our Curriculum Evening last month.  There was a very large turnout and the feedback we have received has been very positive.  Thank you also to the many parents who took part in our consultations on the best ways of sharing information about your child’s learning.  We are currently exploring a number of new approaches in light of the feedback given and will update you with these shortly.

Libby Leaders

This week pupils from P3 to P7 took part in our first Libby Leaders session.  Groups of children from across the year stages worked together to contribute to the school through gardening, fitness, fundraising, global citizenship, eco-schools, eco-art, pupil council, crafting, science, film-making, creative writing, outdoor learning, road safety and outdoor play.

Thank you to all the parents who volunteered to support this.  Now that we have got our groups up and running we will soon be in touch about ways in which we would like you to help.

Libby Food Fest

Once again Marilyn Taylor has been working with classes across the school as part of our Libby Food Fest.  She reports that the cooking and baking is going really well and the children have been fantastic.  They have had great discussion about  The Eatwell Plate (healthy balanced eating).  Many, many thanks for the fruit and vegetable donations.  On Monday, Allison, who runs the Apeeling Fruit Bouquet business on Dalkeith Road is kindly coming to lead a fruit workshop with P3 children.

Parent Consultation Evenings       

We look forward to seeing you all at our parent consultations on Wednesday and Thursday next week.

Donations to the school

We are very grateful to Merchiston Publishing for donating to us four sets of reading books, including a play version of Treasure Island.  We are also very grateful to Wizard Productions for donating enough copies of the Mozart Question by Michael Morpurgo to have a class set in school and give a copy home for each of our P6 and P7 pupils. Finally thank you also to the supporters of Heart of Midlothian FC who purchased additional season tickets this year to be donated to good causes.  We received a family set of these tickets and are they are already in high demand.

Bikeability

As part of our PE programme we will be delivering cycle safety in school.  To help with this we need volunteers who can accompany the children and the cycle leader.  If you are interested in helping out please contact the school.  Training will be provided.

Outdoor PE

As the weather gets colder please ensure that children have suitable equipment for PE lessons outdoors.

Harvest Assembly Collection

On Friday 25th of October we will be holding our annual harvest assembly.  As with last year we will also be collecting food parcels for Blythswood Foodbank at Southhouse which provides food parcels for any needy families in the South East Edinburgh area.  Donations of canned and packets of non-perishable food can be brought from Wednesday 23rd October.

In-service Days and Staff Training

Over the last few weeks staff have undergone training in using our new iPad Minis to improve learning.  We currently have an iPad in each classroom and have also had a complete refresh of our ICT provision with 56 new computers.

During the in-service day in October all staff will have training on a new maths resource Active Maths which will help us develop our Numeracy and Mathematics as we described at our Curriculum Evening.

School Open Day/School Enrolments

On Tuesday 5th November all Edinburgh schools will be having an open day for parents who will be enrolling their children to start P1 next session.  The enrolments will then take place in the week beginning 11th November.  If you have a child who is due to start school next session or know someone who is please contact the school office to make an appointment.  Further details will also be posted on the school website nearer the time.

Driving in Inch Park

We have been working with the police and other groups who use the Inch Park to remind people to drive safely through Inch Park, to use the road only to access services and not as a shortcut and not to park in the passing spaces or in a manner that is dangerous.  I appreciate your support on this.  I would remind you also that the school car park is for staff, visitors and disabled badge holders only.

Extension of School Building

As I am sure you are aware there are current plans to build additional classrooms at Liberton Primary in process.  It is still to be confirmed whether this building will be needed depending on upcoming catchment enrolments for P1 over the next two years.  The present plan will be to build a five classroom building on the site of the current netball pitch to incorporate a flexible space suitable for teaching some indoor PE activities such as dance and fitness.  To replace the lost playspace a multi-use games area is proposed for the front playground.  A pre-planning presentation for parents be held on Tuesday 22nd October, 18:00 – 19:15.  Check the Liberton Primary School Association Facebook page for further information regarding the consultation process.

New clubs at Liberton

I am delighted that we have two new clubs to offer children at Liberton Primary.  Last week saw the first session of our Spanish Club on Mondays which proved very popular and after the October Break we will be hosting a Scripture Union club at lunchtimes for P6 and P7 pupils.  Further information on this will be sent out shortly.

Inch House Community Centre

Friday: P1-P4 Kids club 1.45-3.15pm Fun filled activities; face painting, trips, cold baking and games. Only cost 70p per session all groups.

Tuesday: P4-P7 Junior club 6.15-7.45pm as above plus computer access, sports, crafts and more.

Thursday: P7-S3 Youth club 6.30-8.00pm Sports, cooking, trips, computer access and socialising with your peers].

Upcoming Dates 

9th October Parent Consultations 6-9pm

10th October Parent Consultations 3.45 – 5.45pm

14th-18th October – Holidays

21st October In-service Day

25th October Harvest donations due

8th November LPSA discos

11th November P1 Enrolments

15th November Children in Need Day

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Liberton Primary School

Welcome Back Newsletter

August 2013

Welcome back to everyone after our summer break.  I hope everyone enjoyed the wonderful Scottish sun!  The children and staff have returned to school full of enthusiasm for the new term.

Paul Ewing

Headteacher

Primary 1

Well done to all our wonderful new Primary 1 children who have made a great start to their time at Liberton Primary.  It is great to welcome them and their families to our school community.

Staffing

We are delighted to welcome two new staff to the school.  Mr Daniel Moir will be joining us as PE specialist and Mrs Carol Bryce as Business Manager.  We are also delighted to welcome back Mrs Emma Lyall following her maternity leave.  Our Depute Headteacher Ms Katharine Mackintosh will be working on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays this session.

Trim Trail

We had hoped that our Trim Trail would be installed over the Summer holidays.  Unfortunately due to circumstances beyond our control this has had to be delayed.  We are hopeful that it will be installed in the near future and we will let you know when we have an exact date.

Equalities/Anti-Bullying Policy

We are currently revising our Equalities and Anti-Bullying Policy.  As part of this process we would welcome the input of parents as well as pupils and staff.  To enable this I will be hosting a Equalities/Anti-Bullying Policy workshop on Thursday 22nd August from 6.30pm to 7.30pm.

Curriculum Evening

On Wednesday 18th September from 7 – 9pm we will be holding our annual Curriculum Evening.  This is an opportunity for parents to learn more about the plans for the school in the upcoming term as well as chance to meet your child’s teacher and find out what the class will be learning this session.  This year we will also be asking parents for their views on how we can best use our reporting and Parent Consultation meetings to keep you informed about your child’s learning. Please mark this date in your diary.  More details will follow in due course.

Libby Leaders

This year we will be giving all our pupils a chance to work together to lead and develop various aspects of school life.  We are currently planning a set of pupil-led sessions which we are calling Libby Leaders where children can work across year groups to help make the pupils’ experience of Liberton Primary even more enjoyable.  More details will be shared at our Curriculum Evening.

School Uniform

The children are all looking very smart in their school uniform.   Thank you to all the parents and carers for their continued support of this policy.

Parental Questionnaire

Thank you to all the parents who completed our annual questionnaire of parents last May.  We have published the full results of this questionnaire on our website in graph form.  This feedback has been invaluable in planning future improvements at Liberton Primary School.

In-service Days

On Monday and Tuesday this week the school staff were very busy preparing the school for your children’s return.  In addition all our learning assistants, teachers and nursery staff benefited from training in the SEAL (Stages of Early Arithmetic Learning) programme which enhanced our knowledge of assessing and planning in maths.  We also spent time finalising our School Improvement Plan for this session.  This plan will be made available to parents over the next few weeks and will also be shared at our Curriculum Evening.

Discipline for Learning Policy

In order to ensure that our policy is in line with recent government legislation we have reviewed our Discipline for Learning Policy.  As part of this review we have decided that the sanction previously known as a Danger Mark will now be referred to as a Reminder.  We felt that this better matched our positive school ethos.  Other aspects of the policy including individual and class awards will remain unchanged.  An updated copy of this policy is available from our website.

School Lunches

Dinner money is now £1.80.  Please ensure that all dinner money is paid on a Monday either by cheque or in a clearly labelled envelope containing exact money.  If your child requires a vegetarian school meal please confirm this in writing to the school.

Liberton Primary School Association – sign up now

LPSA offers a brilliant way to get involved in school life.  The association already belongs to all parents and guardians but needs your active support and participation to have the most positive impact.  We do this by working closely with the Headteacher and his staff on a wide range of issues that affect your children and the school.  We meet every few months and talk about the curriculum, school and local authority policies, new initiatives and opportunities for the kids.  We also organise events on behalf of the school community which in turn help to raise valuable additional funds.  You don’t have to sign up to do anything in particular but all help – big and small – and all views on school issues are welcome.  Sign up to stay in touch (with no obligation at all) by liking our Facebook page www.facebook.com/libertonpsa or by emailing mrodo22@yahoo.co.uk

Upcoming Dates

19th August 6.30pm  Benmore information meeting for P7 parents

2nd-6th September  Benmore Residential for P7 pupils

16th September  Bank Holiday

18th September  Curriculum Evening 6-9pm

9th October Parent Consultations 6-9pm

10th October Parent Consultations 3.45 – 5.45pm

14th-18th October – Holidays

21st October In-service Day

Change of Date

We have been advised that the Council of the European Union has decided that the date of the next European Parliament Election will be brought forward from Thursday 5 June 2014 to Thursday 22 May 2014.

Accordingly, the fifth In-Service Day designated for 5 June 2014 will now be held on 22 May 2014.  All council documentation has been amended to note this change.

Newsletter June 2013

As we approach our last few weeks of term the school is very busy with our end of year events and plans for the new session.

Paul Ewing Headteacher

Staffing update

I am delighted to inform you that Miss Skinner will remain at the school next session following the successful completion of her probationary year.  We are also delighted that Ms Venters will be joining our staff as a permanent full time member of staff.  We are very pleased that Mrs Emma Lyall will be returning from maternity leave on a part time basis.  Mrs Kate Carey, our Business Manager will be stepping down at the end of the session.  Although many of you may not know Kate, her work behind the scenes in ensuring that the smooth running of the school has been absolutely invaluable, particularly in managing the recent improvements to the building.  We are very grateful for all her hard work.  Kate will be succeeded by Mrs Carol Bryce, also a very experienced and skilled Business Manager, in August. We are also grateful to Mrs Veronica Robertson who has taught art at Liberton Primary for many years and who will be retiring at the end of term.

With these changes in place I can confirm our class teachers for next session:

Nursery:  Mrs Jen Lorimer

P1A:  Mrs Kay Jamieson, Miss Kathryn Skinner

P1B:  Mrs Fiona Govan

P2A:  Mrs Joyce Gorman (M-Tu), Mrs Jan Buchan (W-F)

P2B:  Mr Trevor Wemyss

P3A:  Miss Helen Calvert

P3B:  Ms Carol Bremner

P4A:  Mrs Carolyn Brown (M-W) Mrs Lisa Witherspoon (Th-F)

P4B:  Ms Kirsty Venters

P5A:  Mrs Sandy Jobling

P5B:  Mrs Cheryl Hutchison (M-W) Mrs Jan Mosley (Th-F)

P6A:  Mrs Emma Lyall (M-W), Mrs Julie Sutherland (Th-F)

P6B:  Ms Rhiannon James

P7A:  Mrs Leigh-Anne Smith (M-Th), Mrs Karen Rudram (F)

P7B:  Mr Ian McGee

PE Specialists:  Mr Steven Crandles (M-W), Mrs Helen Paul (Tu, Th)

ICT Specialist:  Mrs Julie Sutherland (W)

Support for Learning:  Mrs Jan Mosley (M-W), Mrs Joyce Gorman (W-Th)

Transition

This year we will be streamlining our year stages to create 14 class double stream format.  This has involved a restructuring our classes as they move into P2, P4 and P5.  To support the pupils this process we have organised a week of transition events in order to help the children settle into their new classes.  Our hope is that this will create greater stability for these year groups in the long term as well as allowing us to expand our capacity to 60 places at each of these stages.

School Accommodation

You may have seen articles in the Evening News regarding the overall capacity for Edinburgh schools and in particular Liberton Primary.  I can confirm that there are initial plans in place to consider an extension to our school building.  I would stress that these plans are only provisional and would only come into force should there be sufficient pressure on places long term to necessitate this.

Learning at Liberton

Our final term at Liberton Primary for this session has been jam packed with activity.

Well done to the Primary 3s for a great assembly on the Ancient Egyptians, Picts and Romans.  Primary 2 had a great time at the Sea-Life Centre and P5-7 went to the Festival Theatre for a workshop on the Pirates of Penzance.   This week the Nursery will visit Purves Puppets, P4s will visit Butterfly World and P1s will visit Almond Valley.

The Scottish Play

On Tuesday and Wednesday of this week our Primary 7 pupils performed a wonderful musical version of Macbeth for pupils and parents.  The words and songs for the show were written especially by Ms Kirsty Venters and we are very grateful to her and Mrs Sutherland for all their efforts in putting together this amazing show.  Thanks also to Mrs Kim Brodie for her outstanding work on the scenery.

Building Improvements

The building work on the school has now almost been completed, aside from minor snagging works. Thank you for your patience through this process.  Already there is a marked improvement in the appearance of the school and we will continue to work with the council to facilitate further improvements to the building.  In addition the redesign of the upper school toilets has been a massive hit with the pupils.  Thank to local artist Kate George, Scottish Business Volunteers in the Community and to staff from Lloyds TSB for their efforts.

Sporting Success

Well done to all our athletes who performed so well at the Interscholastics last week.  As well as many finalists the children of Liberton stood out for the excellent sportsmanship and behaviour.

Well done to the members of our Handball Club who performed so well at their recent tournament and to Raymond Wilson for his coaching expertise.

Ten boys and girls from Primary six also attended a multi sports festival at Forrester High School this week.  The children all had a very enjoyable day, with the girls squad finishing in the runners up position in the rugby competition and the boys team taking 4th place!

Bike week

Sciennes Primary are planning a cycle to Spylaw Park (5 miles each way) as part of their bike week activities on Friday 21st June, leaving about 1300 and returning 1630.  If you are interested in joining in please see their blog for more details.

Football Coaches needed

We are looking for volunteers to coach P4 and P5 football teams next session.  Games take place on Saturday morning at Double Hedges.  If you are interested please contact Mr Crandles.

Health Care

Please check your child’s hair regularly for head lice. Your local pharmacist can advise on treatment.  We also appreciate your support in encouraging children to wash their hands after using the toilets.

School Lunches

Please note that with effect from 14th August 2013 the cost of a school lunch will increase to £1.80.

End of Term Dates

 

June
18th – 20th Transition Days – P7
20th P6s to Transgression Park
24th Gold Medal winners event
25th P7 Leavers’ Party
26th P7 Leavers’ Assembly 1.45pm
28th Term Ends 12pm Dismissal

Liberton Primary School Association

Liberton Primary School Association (LPSA) is a group of parents, staff and councillors who meet on a regular basis to: help parents have a say, support the School and fund-raise.  We hope that by getting involved, we’ll help the children to have an even better school experience.

Family Picnic Sat 15 June 2013, 12-2pm

Liberton Primary is getting together over lunch!  Bring: (1) a tasty picnic (or buy a delicious roll from the BBQ) (2) outdoor games you enjoy.

We’ll have Bouncy Castles, Face Painting/ Tattoos, Beat the Goalie, Sports Equipment, Ice Cream, Home-baking & the ‘Man on Fire’ BBQ! (home-made burgers, local sausage, bacon & veg option).

Bill Cook (Councillor and former Liberton Primary pupil) will officially open the Outdoor Classroom.

Donations of home baking are kindly requested on Friday 14 June, delivered to the After School Club .

 

 

Liberton Primary

Newsletter

April 2013

Finally Spring appears to be here and we have a busy last term of the session with exciting activities inside and outside the school.

Paul Ewing

Headteacher

Learning at Liberton

Since our last newsletter there have been a wide variety of events and activities to enhance the curriculum.  Primary 3 visited the Botanics and Primary 7 visited the War Museum at Edinburgh Castle as part of their learning.  Classes across the school took part in Internet Safety week led by Marilyn Taylor to help pupils know how to keep themselves safe online.  Mrs Taylor has also been working with Ms Mackintosh to deliver a

Seasons for Growth programme which supports children who have experienced challenging changes in their lives.  P5B had the chance to revisit their Forest School experience from two years ago with an additional session in the forest.  The Primary 6 pupils had a great time last week as part of their Activity Week. They visited Fordell Firs Outdoor Education Centre, took part in a tour of Craigmillar Castle, had coaching in American Football and had tennis, cycling and baking lessons too.

Events

One World Day was a great success with many children dressing up and enjoying both the wonderful Chinese New Year assembly as well as the afternoon celebration of the nationalities in the school.  Many thanks to all the parents who contributed so much to the event.  Children (and staff) also enjoyed dressing up for World Book Day organised by P6.  Our Eco-Group, the Green Rockers have been working with Changeworks to encourage us to finish our food and measured a 40% reduction in our food waste.  Finally our Family Ceilidh was a tremendous success and a wonderful community event.  Thanks go to the LPSA for organising the event, to Miss Calvert and the choir for the entertainment and also to the brilliant band.  Many people have also asked about the North Shore Band, led by one of our parents Bill Jeffrey.  If you would like to book the band they can be contacted at janderson13@fsmail.net.

Toilets

The Pupil Council took part in an online Glow Meet to discuss toilets with the Children’s Commissioner.  They then followed this up in classes and met to create a 15 point plan for further improving the toilets, some of which included improving the toilet decor.  To support this we have arranged from a group of volunteers from Scottish Business in the Community to come to the school for two days to brighten up our toilets.  A local graphic artist, Kate George will also be working with pupils to make sure that the pupils are able to have input into our new improved toilets.

Building Improvements

Building work continues on roof and rendering hopefully completed in next few weeks.  Thank you for your patience through this process.  Already the gable ends of the school are much improved.  Nursery and front doors have also been replaced to provider easier and more secure access.

Sporting Success

In sports our basketball team reached the final of the EPSSA competition where they performed well and our P6 football team qualified for the finals of the Scottish Cup held in Glasgow.  The boys put in a great performance and represented the school very well.  Our thanks go to Carol Bremner for coaching the basketball, Brian Carrigan for his great work in coaching our P6 footballers and Dougie Brockie for providing the footballers with free minibus travel.  We have also been working with a diving talent spotting programme who have identified a number of children who they would like to work with in the future.  Who knows, we may have the next Tom Daley here at Liberton!

Staffing

As you will know Ros Tracey has retired as our school administrator and we are very pleased that Diane Knowles has now joined the school full time as our administrator.  We are also delighted that Ann Neal has been appointed as our permanent Service Support Officer (Janitor).

Outdoor Play and Learning

Last month saw the planning of our new orchard of eight fruit trees in an avenue leading to the outdoor classroom.  Each year group played their part in planting and naming each tree.  Thanks to Mr Wemyss for coordinating this.  Our new trim trail has been ordered and will be installed soon.

The same volunteer group who are working on our toilets will also be freshening up our nature garden.   The nursery are developing their outdoor learning water play area through a grant with Grounds for Learning.  Thank you to the volunteers who spent their Saturday in the torrential rain helping to create the dry river bed.  The nursery children are already loving the new resources including extra tyres, a pump, water butt and loose play equipment and very importantly lovely new waterproof trousers.

Parent Consultations and Questionnaire

Thank you to all the parents and carers who attended our recent Parent Consultations and to those who completed our Online Survey of Parent Views.  So far we have over 130 responses and the feedback that we receive is extremely useful in planning future developments in the school.  If you have not had a chance to complete the survey it will be accessible until May 3rd at www.surveymonkey.com/s/liberton.  A summary of the responses will be posted on our website in due course.

Health Care

Please check your child’s hair regularly for head lice. Your local pharmacist can advise on treatment.  We also appreciate your support in encouraging children to wash their hands after using the toilets.

Uniform

Thank you to all parents for continuing to support our uniform policy.  Any parents who would like support in providing suitable school uniform can contact myself, Mrs Rudram or Ms Mackintosh.  I would also encourage parents to hand in any old items of uniform, especially trousers, for our nearly new stock.

Foodbank

Southhouse Foodbank is an organisation that provides food for families in crisis.  Liberton Primary is now a distribution point for vouchers for the foodbank.  If you know of a family who would benefit from this support please encourage them to contact myself, Ms Mackintosh or Mrs Rudram or they can visit the Foodbank in person.

Upcoming Events

May
6th20th 21st 28th HolidayHolidayIn-Service DaySports Day
June
4th10th11th Interscholastics P6/7Transition Week P1,3,4Sports Day (Reserve)  PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE DUE TO INTERSCHOLASTICS
12th P7 Show – Macbeth
18th – 20th Transition Days – P7
25th P7 Leavers’ Party
26th P7 Leavers’ Assembly
28th Term Ends 12pm Dismissal

Liberton Primary School Association

Liberton Primary School Association (LPSA) is a group of parents, staff and councillors who meet on a regular basis to: help parents have a say, support the School and fund-raise.  We hope that by getting involved, we’ll help the children to have an even better school experience.


Family Picnic, Saturday 15 June 2013 12pm – 2pm 

The Spring Fair is having a makeover!  Come and have a fabulous afternoon with your kids. There’ll be good old-fashioned fun, delicious food, the School’s very own buskers, and some of the usual Spring Fair attractions.  Bill Cook (Local Councillor, ‘old boy’ and great supporter of the School) will also launch the Outdoor Classroom and other equipment funded by LPSA. 

Look out for more details in the next few weeks. 

If you can get involved, please speak to Vicki McBride (Toby P2), Ruth Ormond (Rebecca P3/4 & Sam P1B), Louise Slorance (Millie P2) or leave your contact details at the School Office.  Every pair of helping hands makes a big difference!

It’s behind you!  In 2013, LPSA are pleased to have funded a seat at the Brunton Theatre Pantomime this Christmas for every child in the School and a new Trim Trail for the grounds (construction to start soon)!  Thank you for your support throughout the year.  If you have any suggestions on how funds can be invested in future, please leave them in the School Office before the end of term.

RagBag Collection, Thursday 2 May.  Bags have already been distributed.  Please leave in the school foyer on Wednesday 1st May.

Benmore: The LPSA are planning to run an annual fund-raising event with P6.  Funds raised will be used to contribute something towards the cost of Benmore for each child.

 LPSA AGM and Final Meeting of the Year: Wednesday 22 May 2013 7 – 9pm Staff Room.  All welcome.

 

 

 

 

Liberton Primary

Newsletter

January/February 2013

Happy New Year to you all.  A very busy term ahead with lots of exciting events.

Paul Ewing

Headteacher

Christmas Events

Thank you to everyone who helped make our Christmas celebrations go so well.  Following our wonderful shows, fun-filled parties and all round excitement, we finished our term with a lovely Christmas assembly of readings and carols beautifully read and sung by our pupils.  Thank you from all the staff for the kind cards and gifts which we received.

Burns’ Celebrations

On Friday we hosted two wonderful Burns’ Celebrations.  P1-3 pupils were entertained by excellent recital of Scots poetry, wonderful singing and the premiere of a new Scottish Country Dance, the Liberton Welcome.  P4-7 also celebrated the event with recitals, singing, Highland dancing and a performance from our Choir.  Well done to all the participants and prize winners and a special thank you to Ms Mackintosh and Mrs Rudram for organising the event and Mrs Neal, our Janitor, Valerie Agnew from Liberton After School Club and Jennifer Williams from the Scottish Poetry Library for being judges.

Learning at Liberton

We continue to develop our curricular provision to give your children the widest possible range of learning experiences.  Already this term Primary 1B have enjoyed working with Explore Learning on Alien Maths.  Classes from P3 to P7 worked with the SSPCA and learned about local wildlife.  P4 and P4/3 have been enjoying rugby coaching and also learning about hygiene and food safety.  P3s are continuing with their Forest Schools and we are delighted that Craigmillar Park Tennis Club have offered to work with the school to provide facilities for children during PE lessons.  Mr Crandles will be taking children from P6 to develop their tennis skills.  Neal Speirs from University of Edinburgh is currently working with P7s to encourage them to consider studying at university when they are older.  Primary 5 pupils are beginning a block of Mandarin and P3 will be visiting the Royal Botanic Gardens next month.  We are also developing our provision in Health and Wellbeing by introducing a Seasons for Growth programme which provides support for children who have experienced change or loss.  Finally we are delighted to offer a programme for the very youngest members of our school community through our PEEP group.  This group for parents and younger siblings of nursery children is led by Mrs Mills and proving a great success.

Sporting Success

Well done to our basketball team who have reached the finals of the EPSSA competition.  I’m sure they will do us proud when the big day comes.  Many thanks to Mrs Bremner for leading them so well.

Chinese New Year and One World Day

On Wednesday 6th February we will be holding a One World Day.  On this day we will have a special Chinese New Year Assembly, which like last year has been planned by a group of parents working with our EAL teacher Elaine MacInnes.  There will also be a One World Celebration at the end of the school day in the hall for parents, pupils and staff.  Parents from the many nationalities that make up our school community have volunteered to host stalls with activities, artefacts or food from their countries.  Children will be given a passport which they can fill with stamps from each stall.  All activities are free but there will be a small charge for food.  So far we have representatives from South Africa, the UK, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Slovakia, Ukraine, Hong Kong, China and Taiwan.  If you would like to help at this event, or put on another stall, please contact the school office.

As part of One World Day children are encouraged to dress up in national costume, colours or piece of clothing to represent another country.  International sports strips are also acceptable.  There is no charge for this.

Finish Your Food Assembly

Last week Joe from Changeworks led a school assembly on reducing food waste.  You will have received a copy of your own Family Food Waste Challenge.  Joe will be working with our own Green Rockers and Mrs Buchan to measure how much we can reduce our food waste in school.

Severe Weather

We seem to have survived our first flurry of snow however in case of any further disruption we have put in a variety of measures to help manage what the weather may bring as best we can.  As a council the main method of communication in severe weather will be Radio Forth, the council website and the council twitter account.  From the school we will primarily be using our text system so it is very important that all parents ensure that all your contact numbers are up to date so that they receive these texts.  During periods of severe weather it may be necessary to close some of our access gates in order to prioritise our preparation of the safest paths to school.  If this is required we will send a text to alert parents of this in the morning and monitor the alternative exits with additional staffing.  Please ensure that your child is equipped with a winter coat every day as the Scottish winter is extremely unpredictable.

School Refurbishment

The ongoing project to refurbish our school continues during the February break with our Nursery being painted and the re-rendering of the gable ends of the school and some of the outside walls.  Unfortunately this means that the mural at the After School entrance will have to be removed.  As the mural makes up a part of the school heritage we will take a photographic record of the mural for a display within the school.

The work on the exterior of the building will take up to 10 weeks and will involve scaffolding around the school and contractor units in our school car park.  We will be working with the contractor throughout the programme to ensure that there is minimal disruption to the smooth running of the school and no risk to pupil safety.

Playground Developments

In recent times we have applied for three grants to further develop our outdoor play areas.  I am delighted to say that the Nursery has been selected for a grant for an Outdoor Play and Learning project for developing water areas for our nursery children to play in.  Our second successful grant bid comes from Grounds for Learning which will provide us with trees for an orchard.    These trees will be planted in the spring and will make an excellent addition to our grounds.  Our third grant application is for £15,000 to develop outdoor play.  The LPSA (in particular Andrew Slorance) have worked closely with the school on the bid but as yet we do not know if we have been successful (fingers crossed).

Staff Training

During the in-service day at the start of term teaching staff spent the morning working with colleagues from our cluster nurseries, primaries and high school on moderation and assessment of writing within a Curriculum for Excellence.  In the afternoon all Liberton Primary staff updated their training in Child Protection procedures.

Health Care

Please check your child’s hair regularly for head lice. Your local pharmacist can advise on treatment.  We also appreciate your support in encouraging children to wash their hands after using the toilets.  P4 have been learning about hygiene as part of their work with the SRU and are designing posters to encourage hygiene for display in the school.

Uniform

I would remind all parents that black and grey jogging trousers are not part of our agreed school uniform policy.  Charcoal or black school trousers or skirts should be worn or green jogging trousers.  Any parents who would like support in providing suitable school uniform can contact myself, Mrs Rudram or Ms Mackintosh.  I would also encourage parents to hand in any old items of uniform, especially trousers, for our nearly new stock.

Foodbank

Southhouse Foodbank is an organisation that provides food for families in crisis.  Liberton Primary is now a distribution point for vouchers for the foodbank.  If you know of a family who would benefit from this support please encourage them to contact myself, Ms Mackintosh or Mrs Rudram or they can visit the Foodbank in person.

Changes to the school’s Information & Communication Technology (ICT)

The city-wide project to upgrade ICT across schools, nurseries and community centres has started. This will enable the school to provide flexibility in the use of ICT across the curriculum, meeting the needs of learners and teachers, now and in the future. It will make it much easier for our pupils and teachers to access ICT and the internet using a variety of devices, ranging from mobile phones through to tablets and laptops.

What will change?

  • the school’s broadband connection will be increased during 2013 improving internet speeds and allowing access to video content previously unavailable;
  • the majority of our computers will be replaced with new PC desktops and laptops in the Summer of 2013;
  • we have the opportunity to supplement these with other types of devices, due to the introduction of a separate wireless network which allows a range of devices from phones and tablets through to laptops to access the internet;
  • access to this separate wireless network will still be controlled through the use of a username and password and there will be security filters on this network, so sites like Facebook will still not be accessible;
  • non-personal information will be stored in Microsoft 365 for Education’s Cloud, allowing staff and pupils to collaborate anywhere, anytime.

More computers

In addition to these new computers we are very grateful for the donation from Environ of 12 PCs.  These machines will be reconfigured to support our ICT provision in the Summer Term.  Many thanks to Helena Hamilton for coordinating the donation.

Questionnaires

Can I remind any parents who have not completed the on-line and playground questionnaires issued last week to please share your views?

Internet Safety Day – Tuesday 5th February 2013

We are very fortunate that Marilyn Taylor will once more be working with the school to promote Internet Safety during February.  She writes….

More…and more…and even more of our children have access to and are using the Internet.  It is a great, amazing invention.

BUT our children need to learn to be responsible users.  Social networking sites and gaming online all come at a price.  Cyberbullying can be an issue and Youtube gives very young children access to brilliant, but also, some inappropriate material. 

WE shall be reinforcing safety messages to all of our children.  YOU can help by keeping an eye on what your child is doing – learn from them!

Inch Community Centre

Kids Activity Club P1 – P4 (Age 5 – 8)

Fridays:  1.45 – 3.15pm

and

Junior Club P4-P7  

Tuesdays: 6.15pm-7.45pm

At both clubs children choose from a selection of activities.  They will always be offered cold baking, art and crafts, parachute games, physical activities and trips and a healthy snack.  Places are available.  If interested just drop in.  You will be very welcome.  Cost 70p per session.

Liberton Primary School Association

Liberton Primary School Association (LPSA) is a group of parents, staff and councillors who meet on a regular basis to: help parents have a say, support the School and fund-raise.  We hope that by getting involved, we’ll help the children to have an even better school experience.
The next LPSA meeting is on Tuesday 9th April at 7pm in the Staff Room. All parents are warmly invited. 

Our next event will be the Family Ceilidh on 15th March.  More information to follow soon. 

Upcoming Events

February
4th6th  8th  18th Feb20th Feb Internet Safety WeekChinese New Year/One World Day CelebrationsSchool breaks up for half term (normal Friday finishing times)Staff and pupils returnClass Photographs
March
15th20th21st LPSA Family CeilidhParent ConsultationsParent Consultations
   

Liberton Primary

Newsletter

December 2012

The tree is up, the glitter is out, Christmas has definitely hit Liberton Primary School!

Paul Ewing

Headteacher

Christmas Events

You will already have received information on the various events happening in school as we celebrate Christmas.  Last weekend we kicked off December with a brilliant Christmas Craft Fair (see below) and a lovely Christmas Concert from our Liberton After School Club.  Our P1-3 and Nursery Nativities will take place next week with our Christmas parties happening the following week.  We will also be holding a number of Christmas assemblies.  See belowfor a calendar of events.

Kenya Week

Last month the school held its first Kenya Week and it was a huge success.  We had visiting storytellers, drummers, charity workers and experts on Africa coming to school to tell us about life in Kenya and Africa as a whole.  We also prepared lots of pictures and letters to send to our link school Igakiramba Primary in Kenya.  Huge thanks to Mrs Fiona Govan who organised the whole week as part of her role as Global Citizenship Coordinator.

Charities

Again the parents, pupils and staff of Liberton Primary have excelled themselves in their generosity.  In the last few weeks we have raised £871 for Children in Need as well as raising funds through selling poppies for Remembrance Day and donations to the Hearts Foundation through the visit of the Scottish Cup.  Thank you to Mrs Leigh-Anne Smith and Primary 6 classes for once again organising our Children in Need events.  For clarity I would point out that the money raised through the Scottish Cup was divided equally between the Hearts Foundation and the school’s fundraising efforts for a new trim trail.  All the funds raised for Children in Need and Remembrance poppies of course went directly to those charities.

School Email Account

Over the last month or so we have had some difficulty with our school email account which has caused some messages to be rejected.  This fault was due to a central server issue and has now been addressed.  If you have sent an email in the last month which has not been responded to, please feel free to either resend it or contact us directly. Our apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Assemblies

Well done to the P4 and P4/3 classes who put on a brilliant St Andrew’s Day assembly.  The classes entertained us with jokes, songs, artwork and drama.  Our next class assembly will be hosted by P6 on February 1st.

Severe Weather

As winter approaches we have put in a variety of measures to help manage what the weather may bring as best we can.  As a council the main method of communication in severe weather will be Radio Forth, the council website and the council twitter account.  From the school we will primarily be using our text system so it is very important that all parents ensure that all your contact numbers are up to date so that they receive these texts.  During periods of severe weather it may be necessary to close some of our access gates in order to prioritise our preparation of the safest paths to school.  If this is required we will send a text to alert parents of this in the morning.

Christmas Art

Thank you to Pat Simpson and Wendy Irvine who have volunteered to work with classes from P4 to P7 to create wonderful pieces of Christmas Craft.  I’m sure you will agree that the results are excellent.

P1 and P2 pupils

Parents of P1 and P2 pupils are reminded that it is their responsibility to supervise their children at the end of the school day.  I am aware that in the winter weather families who are waiting for older children have limited places to shelter and in extreme weather we will try to find shelter for you indoors.  However we simply do not have the space to accommodate these families on a regular basis.  Liberton After School Club do offer a Crocodile Club service for children between 2.45pm and 3.15pm.  If you are interested in this service please contact them directly.

Nearly new uniform

Our stock of nearly new uniform has become a little depleted.  If you have any good quality items of uniform that your children have grown out of and that you would like to donate please hand them into the school office.  Also we would like to put together a bank of clothing suitable for PE, outdoor learning, school camps, etc.  Again any suitable items can be donated at the school office.

Foodbank

Southhouse Foodbank is an organisation that provides food for families in crisis.  Liberton Primary is now a distribution point for vouchers for the foodbank.  If you know of a family who would benefit from this support please encourage them to contact myself, Ms Mackintosh or Mrs Rudram or they can visit the Foodbank in person.

Christmas Craft Fair

Thank you to everyone who supported our Christmas Craft Fair last weekend.  Thanks to everyone’s hard work and generosity we raised £2436 towards buying a new trim trail for our playground.  As well as raising a brilliant amount of money I thought that there was a lovely community atmosphere at the Fair and everyone was clearly enjoying getting into the Christmas spirit.  Special thanks to Vicky McBride, Louise Slorance, Ruth Ormond and all the helpers who made the event such a success.  Thank you also to Miss Helen Calvert for leading our brilliant choir in the carols.

Research Project

Rachel McDade has been supporting the school over the last year as a volunteer working in our classes and as a play worker at the Liberton After School Club.  She is a fourth year Psychology student at the University of Edinburgh who is preparing a dissertation on fathers who take primary care over their child/children.  Participation in the research involves a brief 20 minute interview on the experiences of having this role.  If you would be able to support Rachel by contributing to this research please contact her at s0948403@sms.ed.ac.uk or send a letter to the school office.

Liberton Primary School Association

Liberton Primary School Association (LPSA) is a group of parents, staff and councillors who meet on a regular basis to: help parents have a say, support the School and fund-raise.  We hope that by getting involved, we’ll help the children to have an even better school experience.
The next LPSA meeting is on Wednesday 16th January at 7pm in the Staff Room. All parents are warmly invited.

Update:  At our last meeting Mark O’Donnell was elected as the new Chair of the LPSA.  We wish him the best for the future and again thank Kay Montagu for all her work as Chair over the last few years.

Upcoming Events

December
Tues 11thWed 12thThurs 13thFri 14th  Mon 17thTues 18thWed 19thThur 20th Infant Nativity (Morning)Choir to sing for Liberton Kirk GuildInfant Nativity (Afternoon)Nursery am and pm NativitiesP6 and P5 Christmas PartiesNursery am and pm, P1 and P4,4/3 Christmas PartiesP2, P3 and P7 partiesEnd of term.  All pupils dismissed at 12pm.
January
7th Jan8th Jan In-service DayPupils return to school

 

Happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year from the staff and pupils at Liberton Primary School

Liberton Primary

Newsletter

November 2012

It has been another busy term at Liberton Primary School with lots more coming up as we head towards Christmas.

Paul Ewing

Headteacher

School fabric

Over the October break we had new carpets laid in the main corridor and many classrooms.  Also the P5a and P7a classrooms were painted.  I’m sure you will agree that the school is looking great and we are now putting together a priority list for the remaining areas of the school to be upgraded over the next few years.

Outdoor classroom

The outdoor classroom is now complete and classes are beginning to use it for learning.  We will hold an official opening of the classroom in the Spring when the weather improves.  In the meantime the pupils, staff and LPSA are busy planning the next developments for our playground.

Benmore

Congratulations to the P7s who attended our residential camp at Benmore last month.  I went to visit them for the day and was very proud of their attitude, skill and behaviour.  Both our own staff and the instructors at the centre were full of praise for our group.  Special thanks to Mr Crandles, Mr Wemyss, Mrs Forrest and Ellie Forgan for giving up their time to accompany the children.

Well done to the P7s who remained in Edinburgh and had an action packed week with activities in and out of school and somehow managed to get just as muddy!

Class sizes

As part of a wider review looking at school buildings across the city our classrooms have been remeasured and reassessed.  Due to the relatively small sizes of our classrooms we have been instructed to cap our class sizes at 30, rather than the usual 33, for P4 to P7.  This cap will not come into effect until a class already has 30 to fewer pupils.  At present we have 3 classes who have more than 30 pupils and these classes will remain at this level unless any pupils should leave.  I would like to reassure parents that all pupils currently attending Liberton will be able to continue their education here.

Africa Week

To formally launch our link with Egakarimba Primary School in Kenya we will be holding our first Africa Week beginning November 19th.  Over the week the children will work with storytellers, artists, musicians and their own teachers to learn about life in Africa and in Kenya in particular.  On Friday 23rd November pupils are encouraged to come to school in some or all of the colours of the Kenyan Flag; green, black, white and red.  Thank you to Mrs Fiona Govan for leading our link and coordinating this event.

Liberton Primary Website

Our new website is going from strength to strength and has already had almost 2000 hits.   Recently we have added our homework policy and support materials, our discipline for learning policy and uniform policy.  In addition you can also see some wonderful photography from our P5 pupils and even catch up on the latest TV appearances from our pupils.

Assemblies

Well done to the P2 classes who put on a wonderful assembly on Friday.  Their work featured RME, science, music, drama and much more.  Our next class assembly will be led by P4 and P4/3 on the 30th November at 11.10am. Thank you to all the people who donated to the Southhouse Foodbank for our Harvest Assembly.  John McPake from Liberton Northfield Church was most impressed at the excellent response from parents.  This month we will continue to discuss the four values of the Scottish nation by talking about honesty and integrity.

Mid-year reports to parents

This year we will be issuing our mid-year reports to parents in February.  In the past these reports have been prepared in November and sent out in December.  However it was felt that this did not give sufficient time for progress to be made on the targets set at the October Parent Consultations.  As the February break marks the halfway point of the year we felt that this would be a more appropriate time for these to be sent out.  These will now be issued in the week beginning February 4th.

Children in Need

This year we will again be celebrating Children in Need Day and already fundraising is well underway, led by our wonderful P6 classes, Mrs Smith and Mr McGee.  On Friday 16th November your children are encouraged to donate a pound to come to school dressed in a spotty outfit, in their pyjamas, or possibly both!

Remembrance Day

In the run up to Remembrance Day we will be selling poppies in school for a donation of 50p.

Christmas Art

We are delighted that Mrs Pat Simpson will again be working with pupils in the upper school to make Christmas Craft.  The items that the children make will be available for the children to buy if they wish for a £1.

One World Celebration

On February 6th we will be hosting our first One World Celebration.  This will follow on from our Chinese New Year assembly and will be similar in format to our hugely successful Chinese New Year after school event last year.  This time we will be extending the event by including stalls from other counties represented in our school community.  So far we have volunteers representing Italy, Hong Kong, Malaysia, China, Scotland, Slovakia and the Arabian Gulf.  These stalls need not be lots of work.  A small display of items from the country or the chance for pupils to sample some food or play a traditional game would be wonderful.  If you would like to support a stall for these or any other countries please let me know.

Medication

If your child has a long term medical condition, please ensure you have noted this on his/her enrolment form.  If your child develops a long term medical condition after the point of enrolment, please ensure you come in to inform the school and to complete the appropriate paperwork.    In order for us to administer any medication, either short term or long term, it is essential that you complete the appropriate form as this gives us consent.  You can get forms for medication from the school office.  If the medication is long-term, please ensure you hand this in at the beginning of each school year.  It is the responsibility of parents and carers to ensure that medication kept in school is in date.  If we see that medication is out of date we will of course inform you of this and request new medication to be sent in.  All medication will be sent home at the end of the summer term.  If medication is not collected at this point it will be disposed of.

Storage of medication in school:

If your child has an inhaler for asthma or an Epipen for a severe allergy, this will be kept in the classroom and will be available at all times.  If your child has an Epipen we request that you provide us with a second one which will be kept in the medical room.  We ensure as a school that a number of our staff complete additional training on the management of asthma and severe allergies.  This training is updated every 2 years for relevant staff.  Children with an Epipen for a severe allergy will require a Health Care Plan which we can complete with you.  This plan must be signed by the Head Teacher in order for us to administer the medication.  Medication other than inhalers and Epipens will be stored in our school medical room along with the appropriate medical form or health care plan.

We strive to ensure that our records for medication are kept up to date so please inform us of any changes for your child.

Nearly new uniform

Our stock of nearly new uniform has become a little depleted.  If you have any good quality items of uniform that your children have grown out of and that you would like to donate please hand them into the school office.  Also we would also like to put together a bank of clothing suitable for outdoor learning, school camps, etc.  Again any suitable items can be donated at the school office.

Foodbank

Southhouse Foodbank is an organisation that provides food for families in crisis.  Liberton Primary is now a distribution point for vouchers for the foodbank.  If you know of a family who would benefit from this support please encourage them to contact myself, Ms Mackintosh or Mrs Rudram or they can visit the Foodbank in person.

And finally……Movember

Mr Weymss, Mr Crandles, Mr McGee and myself are currently taking part in the Movember campaign to raise awareness of men’s health issues.  Over this month we will all be sporting moustaches in a variety of forms.  I apologise in advance for any distress caused…

Liberton Primary School Association

Liberton Primary School Association (LPSA) is a group of parents, staff and councillors who meet on a regular basis to: help parents have a say, support the School and fund-raise.  We hope that by getting involved, we’ll help the children to have an even better school experience.
The next LPSA meeting is on Tuesday 27th November at 7pm in the Staff Room. All parents are warmly invited.

School Discos

Thank you to the LPSA for organising the school discos and particular to Nikki Cooney who coordinated efforts and Stephen Cooney Plumbing and Heating for providing the prizes and the parents who sold tickets and helped on the night.  Great fun was had by all.

Leaf Clear

By popular demand from everyone who has had enough of wading through tons of leaves, the LPSA are organising an Autumn Clean-up on Friday 16 November from 12:30pm onwards.

The plan is to collect leaves, tidy the gardens and plant some bulbs.

Please can you bring: (1) tools that would be useful for the planned jobs (eg brush, rake, trowel).  (2) a plastic bin bag if you have one spare.  (3) refreshments to sustain you (hip flasks optional)!

If you could let Ruth Ormond know that you will be coming along that would be much appreciated.

Christmas Craft Fair

We will be holding our Christmas Craft Fair on Saturday 1st December from 11am -1pm.  There will be lots of activities for all the family plus a visit from Santa.  We hope you’ll be able to make it along.  Any donations of home-baking or help on the day would also be very welcome.

Upcoming Events

November
2nd7th30th P2 Stage AssemblyLPSA DiscosP4 and P3/4 Stage Assembly
December
1st11th13th21st – 4th Jan7th Jan LPSA Craft FairInfant Nativity (morning)Infant Nativity (afternoon)HolidaysIn-service

 

 

Liberton Primary  Newsletter

September 2012

Curriculum Evening/Meet the Teacher event

It was wonderful to see so many parents attending this event.  I hope that it provided with you a better understanding of some of the learning and activities which your child will experience this year in school.  Many thanks to the Parent Association for providing the refreshments for the evening.  As mentioned at the evening our main development activities for this year will be implementing new programmes for literacy, numeracy, health and wellbeing and RME, as well as working with our cluster schools on modern languages and social subjects.

Staffing News

Our school janitor, Mr John MacBeath has retired from his post at Liberton Primary School.  John has worked in the school for 27 years and over that period has contributed not only through his efforts looking after our building but also through sharing his musical talents at assemblies and driving the minibus for our sports teams.  We are planning a presentation for John next month to express our thanks for his many years of service.  If any parents would like to make a donation this can be done at the school office.

We are pleased to welcome back Mrs Karen Rudram, Depute Headteacher, following her maternity leave and also welcome Miss Michelle McHale as a new learning assistant in the school.

School fabric

Many parents have commented on the dramatic change in the school over the summer.  The painting works have now nearly been completed.  Unfortunately there was not sufficient budget to paint all areas of the school and this will need to be addressed from school budget over the next few years.  Carpets will hopefully be laid during the October break in the halls and many classrooms.  We are also currently working with Council departments to use an allocation of funding to refurbish the flat roof and for some exterior rendering and paintwork.  It is hoped that the infant toilets will be refurbished next year.

Outdoor classroom

The first phase of the construction of our new outdoor classroom is now complete with the installation of benches and a teaching/performance area.  In the next few weeks additional seating will be installed to create an amphitheatre effect.  Once the classroom is completed we plan to hold an opening celebration to thank the LPSA for their support in fundraising for this wonderful new resource.

Book Festival

Classes from P3 to P7 all visited the Edinburgh Book Festival in the last few weeks.  Each class was a credit to the school in terms of their behaviour and enthusiasm.  Many thanks to Mrs Smith who has coordinated the school’s participation in the Book Festival.

Liberton Primary Blog

Over the last while we have been aware that our website has not been as effective as we would like.  To try to address this Mrs Julie Sutherland, our new Principal Teacher has been developing our new Liberton Primary Blog. This site will be made up of some static pages containing information about the school alongside a regularly updated blog.  Please have a look at the site at http://www.libertonprimary.wordpress.com and let us know what you think.  There is a link for you to subscribe to email updates as well as a survey for you to share your views on what you would like to see on the site.

Puffin Book Club

Your child has brought home a leaflet from the Puffin Book Club.  This is an optional resource for parents who may like to buy a book for their child.  The school receives a 50% commission on all sales and over the last year this has enabled us to supply six classes with new atlases and dictionaries.  Books to order can be viewed on the website or in the catalogue and delivery is free to the school. Last year we placed enough orders to earn a bonus commission and I am grateful to all the parents who have supported the school in this way.

Assemblies

This session, alongside our celebration of various seasons and events throughout the year, our assemblies will focus on themes related to the four values of the Scottish nation engraved on the mace of the Scottish Parliament: Wisdom, Integrity, Justice and Compassion.  Over the next few weeks we will be focussing on compassion and kindness.  As part of this at our Harvest Assembly on 12th October we will be asking families to bring in contributions to the Southhouse Foodbank.  Last year we had an excellent response from our school community to this cause and I’m sure we will do even better this year.  Further details on what and how to donate will follow in the next few weeks.

Parent Consultation Meetings

These meetings take place on the 3rd and 4th of October.  As our school expands it has become more challenging to accommodate all parents on the night that they have requested.  We appreciate your understanding on this matter and on the need to keep to the appointment times given.  As an extra feature this year Mr Steven Crandles, one of our PE specialists, will be available on the 4th to update parents on the types of PE that their children will be taking part in over the year.

Primary Schools Open Day – 27th September

On Thursday 27th September Liberton Primary, like all City of Edinburgh primary schools, will be open to prospective parents from our local catchment area.  This day is designed as an opportunity for parents of pre-school age children who live in the local area to come and see what Liberton Primary School would be able to offer their child.

If you, or someone you know, has a pre-school age child and lives within the catchment area then they are more than welcome to visit the school between 10am and 12pm or between 1.30pm and 3pm on Thursday 27th.  Parents will be offered refreshments in the entrance hall before being issued visitors passes and given a tour of some of our facilities by a member of the Senior Management Team.

Reminders

As the session begins I would like to remind parents of a number of rules and systems we have put in place to keep your children safe at Liberton Primary.

  • Please make sure that your child’s clothing and property is labelled.  At times our younger children can get mixed up with jackets and when changing from PE.  If your child brings home the wrong clothes please return them to the school as soon as possible.
  • There is no smoking allowed anywhere on council property.  We also request that if you do smoke that you do not use the area immediately outside the gates.
  • The staff/visitor car park is not to be used for collecting or dropping off pupils.  This also applies to Nursery pupils and the collection of P1 and P2 children at 2.45pm.
  • There are no dogs allowed in the playground.
  • Please remember that dinner money should be paid in a marked envelope each Monday.
  • Please check your child regularly for headlice

Many thanks for your support in these matters.

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