Best Start Grant

As of June 1st, Best Start Grant School Age Payment applications open for children who were born between 1 March 2017 and 28 February 2018.

The one-off payment of £267.65 per child helps families with the costs associated with a child starting at Primary School.

People who get tax credits or certain benefits are encouraged to apply before the window closes on 28 February 2023.

Eligibility is based on age and relates to when a child is first old enough to start school. Parents or carers who have deferred their child’s entry to school from August 2022 to August 2023, or those home schooling, must still apply before the closing date or they will lose out on their payment.

More information about how to apply and when is available via our website Best Start Grant and Best Start Foods – mygov.scot

Please ask our PSO team in school if you need assistance.

Head teacher’s Update 28/1/22

Dear Families,

Road Safety

Please can I remind you of the travel restrictions on Moredun Park Street during school drop off and pick up times. We are seeing a huge increase in vehicles passing through the restrictions. We are also seeing an increase in cars parking on the double yellow lines in front of the school. We would politely ask that if you do drive to school, you park a little further away and walk the remainder. The safety of the children is our highest priority.

Twitter

A reminder of our school account @Craigour Park. You do not need a Twitter account to access it, simply search in Twitter for our school name. Each year group also have their own accounts and share class activities regularly.

Microsoft 365

All learners have a Microsoft Teams account, please contact your child’s teacher via the admin email if you do not have access. Home learning will be shared this way weekly.

Covid restrictions

Mitigations still remain in place in school and on school grounds. We continue to ask for your support in distancing, taking part in LFD testing and wearing masks. We would also ask that only one family wait in the reception area, again this is to ensure the safety of yourselves and our office team. Please do continue to send  any questions for class teachers to the admin email account.

Attendance

As per attendance procedure, we look to support learners with lower attendance. In February we will be again running reports to look at attendance levels and letters will be sent home where appropriate. This is a supportive system to look at where we can find strategies to ensure that our young people get maximum access to education. If you have any questions around this, please do contact the school office.

School Camp

We are delighted to share that our current P7s will again be heading to Lagganlia in May and our current P6s will have the opportunity to attend in September.

We wish you an enjoyable weekend.

Best Wishes

Mrs Hennessy

Head teacher’s Update 21/1/22

Dear Parents / Carers,

As we reach the end of January we are as always so proud of the resilience shown by our learners as they continue to adapt to Covid regulations. We are also so thankful to all the families that are supporting us by wearing masks and adhering to regulations when in school grounds.

Community Clean

You may have noticed that many of our classes have been out in the community helping to pick up litter and clean our pavements and green spaces. This has very much been driven by the children who are very passionate about looking after their community. They are encouraging all the community to get involved in this drive.

Dates for your diary:

Burns Night: Tuesday 25th January – Tartan clothes welcome

Lunar New Year: Tuesday 1st of February

February Half Term Holiday: Monday 14th – Friday 18th

World Book Day: Thursday 3rd of March – This year’s official theme – ‘You are a reader’

Mrs Ketchin Start Date: Monday 14th March

Best Wishes

Jenny Hennessy

Dear Colleague,

Please see NHS Lothian ‘s video links in multiple languages about the LFD and PCR tests.

The languages include Urdu, Arabic, Punjabi, Spanish, English1, and Romanian.

English2 [African presenter], Cantonese, Mandarin, Vietnamese, Bulgarian, Bengali, Polish, BSL, Swahili and Kurdish are in the process of being uploaded.

Link for all the videos https://vimeo.com/channels/1744773/videos

There are four video links for each language version.

  1. The video link titled ‘The LFD test for people with no symptoms’ encourages people to get tested. It provides information on the LFD test, where to get tested and the support available if they test positive.
  2.  https://vimeo.com/channels/1744773/641903337  (English)
  3.  
  4. 2. The video link titled ‘What is a PCR test?‘  provides information on why people should take the PCR test, where to get tested, what support is available if they test positive and how to keep safe.
  5. https://vimeo.com/channels/1744773/641616186 (English)
  6.  
  7. 3. The video link titled ‘How to do an LFD test at home’ provides audio-visual instructions and a ‘follow along’ step by step video demonstration of the LFD test, what to do if you are positive, support for self-isolation, where to get further advice and how to stay safe.
  8. https://vimeo.com/channels/1744773/641925122 (English)
  9.  
  10. 4. The video link titled ‘How to do a PCR test at home’ provides audio-visual instructions and a ‘follow along’ step by step video demonstration of the PCR test.
  11. The video also explains what to do if you test positive, when to return to work, support for self-isolation, where to get further advice and how to stay safe.
  12. https://vimeo.com/channels/1744773/641902144 (English)

Even vaccinated people can catch COVID19 and pass it on. Getting tested can help us all to stay safe and return to normal life again

We hope these video links will be useful to send to your networks / service users and add to your websites / social media pages.

Please get back to me if you have any problems with the link, require any further information or to provide feedback

Many Thanks

Smita Grant

Service Manager

NHS Lothian Minority Ethnic Health Inclusion Service

Craigmillar Health Centre

106 Niddrie Mains Road

Edinburgh EH16 4DT

Tel: 0131 536 9581 / 9544

Mob: 07789651371

smita.grant@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk

Head teacher’s Update 3/12/21

Dear Parent/Carer,

With increased COVID cases being reported, and concerns regarding new variants, please can I take this opportunity to remind you that you that masks must be worn on school grounds at all times. There are concerns being raised regarding how many parents / carers are not wearing them. This safety measure is to protect the health of your children, your families and our staff team. Thank you to those that are already supporting this measure.

Toy bank

A huge thank you for all the amazing donations and to those that attended the toy bank. It was a hugely positive event.

Sickness / Winter bugs

Please can we remind all our families, that children must stay at home for 48 hours after the last case of sickness / diarrhoea. Thank you for your support with this.

Christmas Jumpers

We are still accepting donations of second hand Christmas Jumpers so that we can ensure that every learner has one if they wish one. Please pass any donations to the school office.

Mid-Year Reports

Reports will come home with pupils during the week beginning Monday 6th of December.

Christmas Party Days

Children are welcome to wear casual / Christmas / party clothes to school on their party day.

Friday 10th – P7

Friday 10th – P6

Monday 13th – P2 and P2/3

Monday 13th – P5

Tuesday 14th – P1

Wednesday 15th – Nursery

Wednesday 15th – P4

Thursday 16th – P3

Important Dates December:

Wednesday 08/12 – School tree decorating service. (Can wear Christmas / clothes and accessories).

Wednesday 08/12 – Whole school Jingle Bell Community Walk. Special surprise guest.

Wednesday 08/12 – Christmas lunch Day.

Friday 10/12 – Christmas Jumper Day (any sort of cosy jumper / festive wear). £1 optional charity donation.

Mon 13/12-Thur 16/12 – P7 Camp – Lagganlia.

Friday 17th –  Festive movie day. Last day of term. P1 / P3 / P5 / P7 – 12.00 Finish. P2 / P4 / P6 – 12.10 Finish.

Best Wishes

Jenny Hennessy

Acting Head Teacher

Head teacher’s Update 26/11/21

Dear Parent/Carer,

As we race towards December, the weather is certainly getting colder. We will continue to spend lots of time learner outdoors and making use of our wonderful grounds and community spaces. Please can I urge all children to come to school with warm jackets, hats, gloves and appropriate footwear. If anyone needs any items, please call the office and we can check our clothes bank stock.

South Edinburgh Christmas Card Competition

A huge congratulations to Layla in P3 for submitting the winning entry to the local MP Christmas card competition. We hope you enjoy your prize Layla!

Moredun Park Street

A polite reminder that residents are allowed access to Moredun Park Street despite the traffic mitigations in place. We have had concerns raised with us that residents are facing abuse when attempting to access their homes.

Appointments

If your child needs to be collected early or will be in late due to an appointment, we would please ask that you let us know in advance by email or by phoning the office. Many thanks for your support with this.

Lates / Absence

We are currently reviewing our late and absence policies. We would like to remind you to please call the absence line to let us know if your child will not be in and the reason for this.

PTC Organised School Christmas Cards

Orders are now closed via the PTC. If you still wish to purchase any, please visit www.myschoolprinting.co.uk

Christmas Lunch

Please see the attached menu. Christmas dinner will be served on Wednesday 8th of December. Please order via Parent Pay. Children are welcome to wear Christmas clothes / accessorize on this day.  

P7 Camp Clothes – Free!

Thanks to those that come to the clothes stalls. If you still need anything, please call the office to speak with Evey or Jo and they will arrange to get it for you.

Toy Bank

We are still accepting donations of good quality second hand toys for our Christmas toy bank. Please hand anything to the office.

Christmas Jumpers

We are still accepting donations of second hand Christmas Jumpers so that we can ensure that every learner has one if they wish one. Please pass any donations to the school office.

Mid-Year Reports

Reports will come home with pupils during the week beginning Monday 6th of December.

P1 Christmas Show

Due to Covid safety measures in place, we are not able to have live indoor audiences for the Christmas show. The P1 team will however be recording a short sing song to share with our families.

Christmas Party Days

Children are welcome to wear casual / Christmas / party clothes to school on their party day.

Friday 10th – P7

Friday 10th – P6

Monday 13th – P2

Monday 13th – P5

Tuesday 14th – P1

Wednesday 15th – Nursery

Wednesday 15th – P4

Thursday 16th – P3

Important Dates November:

Tuesday 30/11 – St Andrews Day – Wear tartan or blue.

Important Dates December:

Thursday 02/12 – Christmas bumper food / toy / clothes bank.

Wednesday 08/12 – School tree decorating service.

Wednesday 08/12 – Whole school Jingle Bell Community Walk. Special surprise guest.

Wednesday 08/12 – Christmas lunch Day.

Friday 10/12 – Christmas Jumper Day (any sort of cosy jumper / festive wear). £1 optional charity donation.

Mon 13/12-Thur 16/12 – P7 Camp – Lagganlia.

Friday 17th –  Festive movie day. Last day of term. Normal finish times.

Best Wishes

Jenny Hennessy

Acting Head Teacher

Head teachers Update 12/11/21

Dear Parent/Carer,

Christmas Jumpers

We are accepting donations of second hand Christmas Jumpers so that we can ensure that every learner has one if they wish one. Please pass any donations to the school office.

Health and Wellbeing Survey

Please can we ask you to complete our Health and Wellbeing Survey if you have not already done so. We really want to gather your thoughts and ideas.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/HWYCX2B

Smoke Free Gates

P7 and our Prefects have been working with @lorzFastForward from @fastforwardorg learning about tobacco and e-cigarettes smoke free education.  Our Pupil Parliament worked on creating a clean environment for everyone near our school just before lockdown. Do you like our winning designs for our banners? We are very pleased to have these up on our school gates!  

We would appreciate your support of creating an area around the school that we can all be proud of. Our pupils have been working hard to discourage smoking at the school gates. Please take a few moments to complete an anonymous survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CPS-SFSG

We know smoking is addictive due to the nicotine and it can be difficult to stop. We are keen to support anyone who wishes to try give up.

More info can be found at: https://www.nhsinform.scot/care-support-and-rights/nhs-services/helplines/quit-your-way-scotland

Important Dates November:

15/11-19/11 – Anti Bullying Week – Events taking place in classes.

15/11-21/11 – Scottish Book Week – P1-3 book bags and filmed activities being sent home, events taking place in all classes.

Friday 19/11 – Children in Need – Wear PJs and optional £1 donation.

Tuesday 30/11 – St Andrews Day – Wear tartan or blue. Musical guest.

Important Dates December:

Thursday 02/12 – Christmas bumper food / toy / clothes bank.

Wednesday 08/12 – School tree decorating service.

Wednesday 08/12 – Whole school Jingle Bell Community Walk. Special surprise guest.

Friday 10/12 – Christmas Jumper Day (any sort of cosy jumper / festive wear). £1 optional charity donation.

Mon 13/12-Thur 16/12 – P7 Camp – Lagganlia.

Friday 17th –  Festive movie day. Last day of term.

Best Wishes

Jenny Hennessy

Acting Head Teacher