This week…

Despite only being in for 4 days due to ongoing industrial action, we’ve managed to pack a lot in! Lots of classes shared what they were proud of in assembly including friendship recipes and poems as part of our ongoing Building Resilience work and pledges to reduce our carbon footprints. Thank you to Khadija who agreed to share her poem entitled “I have a friend”

I have a friend

I have a friend who plays with me all the time

I have a friend who is kind to me every single day

I have a friend who loves popcorn (just like me)

I have a friend who cares about me

I have a friend who is amazing at being kind

I have a friend who teaches me amazing things

I have a friend who is both great and lovely

You may think I have six friends but all of the above are just one!

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We also saw a demonstration of Chinese drumming from P2 ahead of next week’s Chinese New Year celebration before learning more about Vikings from P4C. P4B showed off their henna and what they had learned about Islam from visiting family members. We finished off with Auld Lang Syne to mark the end of the week where the life and works of Robert Burns was celebrated both locally and internationally. Everyone enjoyed ‘taking a hand’ and dancing in true Craigour style!

Next week we have our Parent Council AGM on Monday evening. Further details including times and location have been sent to all parents and carers via Parent Pay. It would be great to have some new members so I hope to see you there!

Sally Ketchin, Head Teacher

INDUSTRIAL ACTION

Industrial Action next week

Please remember that school and Nursery are closed to children on Wednesday 25th January. Please make alternative childcare arrangements where you can. If your child’s teacher is not striking, they will be available online on Wednesday so if your child has access to a device, please check this on Wednesday morning. If your child’s teacher is not available online, you can access learning grids for their stage on The City of Edinburgh Council website.

This week…

It’s been a busy week as always at Craigour Park with lots of excitement over the snow and ice – particularly when it made for such good sledging on the astroturf! The Edinburgh Royal Observatory re-created space in the gym hall for P6, P7 have been making wind turbines and exploring the rope park, we worked with Wave Particle on a community plan for Moredunvale Greenspace and everyone has been sharing who’s in their back-up team at assembly. Follow our classes on Twitter to keep up with everything they get up to if you can!

Coming up…

Industrial Action next week

Please remember that school and Nursery are closed to children on Wednesday 25th January. Please make alternative childcare arrangements where you can. If your child’s teacher is not striking, they will be available online on Wednesday so if your child has access to a device, please check this on Wednesday morning. If your child’s teacher is not available online, you can access learning grids for their stage on The City of Edinburgh Council website. Unfortunately, due to the nature of industrial action, this isn’t something that can be confirmed in advance.

Crossing guide absence

Our crossing guide Mr Pierra will be on leave from Monday 23rd January until Friday 10th February. There is very little cover available for absent crossing guides so we may be without one at the front of the school for this time. Please encourage your child to take extra care when crossing the road.

Parent Council AGM

As first announced last week, our Parent Teacher Council (PTC) will be holding their Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Monday 30th January at 6pm, here at school. All parents and carers are welcome to come and hear about what the PTC has been up to and their future plans. This is also an opportunity for any parents or carers who would like to be part of the PTC to find out what this involves!

Mrs Ketchin, Head Teacher

Weekly Update 13.1.23

This should have been our first full week back but with industrial action continuing we are all struggling to get back into routine! Unless an agreement is reached, there will be another day of school and Nursery closure on Wednesday 25th January. Please make alternative childcare arrangements where you can.

Meanwhile, we’ve been enjoying getting out and about to blow some of the winter cobwebs away, despite some windy, wet weather! It’s forecast to turn cold again next week so please make sure that your child is dressed for it as we go out to learn and play in all weathers. If you need any help with warm, winter clothing, please contact the main office and our Pupil Support Officers will be happy to help. Roll on spring!

There is a lot of information about what’s on and available in the community as 2023 gets underway….

Who Cares Scotland

We are delighted to be working with Who Cares Scotland to deliver their communities that care project with our P6 and 7 Classes.  The aim is to improve the school experience for care experienced pupils whilst creating an empathic and inclusive environment in school and in the wider community.   The P6’s and 7’s will participate in an interactive fun session discussing – The meaning of care experience and issues faced by pupils, supports available, how to be more inclusive for everyone and how their wider community can support.   The Who Cares team are then offering drop-in sessions for anyone who wishes to find out more about care experience and supports available and awareness-raising sessions for the wider community.  For more information visit www.whocaresscotland.org.

Parent Council AGM

Our Parent Teacher Council (PTC) will be holding their Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Monday 30th January at 6pm, here at school. All parents and carers are welcome to come and hear about what the PTC has been up to and their future plans. This is also an opportunity for any parents or carers who would like to be part of the PTC to find out what this involves!

Out and About with the Lothian Greenspace Trust

We at Out & About have a new activity programme in store for the coming months and we would love to have you join us for this.

MONDAYS

NEW! 9am to 10am – Jogging group in Inch Park, contact daisy@elgt.org.uk

NEW! 10am to 12pm – Women on Wheels social cycling group (starting 20th Feb), meet at Bridgend Farmhouse, please contact daisy@elgt.org.uk to book a space

TUESDAYS

10am – Oxgangs Walking Group, meet at Tesco Colinton Mains, contactruth@elgt.org.uk

WEDNESDAYS

NEW! 8.40am – Winter Warmer Walks from Gracemount Primary School, contact daisy@elgt.org.uk

New! 9am – Wellbeing Walks at Inch Park, contact ruth@elgt.org.uk

2pm to 3.30pm – Goodtrees Get Togethers, Goodtrees Neighbourhood Centre – a chance to connect with others and take part in a variety of healthy lifestyle activities, contact ruth@elgt.org.uk 

THURSDAYS

10.30am – Ambling Adventures Walking Group, meet outside Parliament opposite the Queen’s Gallery, contact daisy@elgt.org.uk 

FRIDAYS

10am to 12pm – Community Gardening at Gilmerton Community Centrecontact daisy@elgt.org.uk 
11am – Move n Groove in Gilmerton, contact ruth@elgt.org.uk

New Children’s youth clubs at Valley Park Community Centre: A message from the Valley Park Management Committee

There are 3 new age groups starting the week Beginning 23rd of January: 

  1. Wednesday P3 – P5  Childrens club (4 – 5.30pm) – starting Wednesday the 25th of January
  2. Friday P1 – P2 Childrens club (12.30 – 2pm) – starting Friday the 27th of January (Come straight from school and have time to eat your packed lunch)
  3. Friday P6 – P7 Youth Club (2.30 – 4pm) – starting Friday the 27th of January

Sign up for the clubs will be from Monday the 16th to Tuesday the 24thJanuary.  Please come into Valley Park to pick up/fill in your forms or email ll-valleypark@ea.edin.sch.uk and we can email the forms out to you.

Updated Guidance on Proposed Industrial Action

As things stand, there has been no agreement reached between the Scottish Government and the two striking unions, the EIS and the AHDS. This means that our school and Nursery will be closed to pupils on Thursday 24th November, reopening as usual on Friday 25th November. Some important information to note is:

Learning
Due to employee rights around industrial action, we are unable to collate accurate advance information about which teacher colleagues will be striking on Thursday 24th November. As most teaching staff are likely to be taking industrial action, Learning and Teaching will be affected for most learners. Children with a device available should log on to Teams (if they have login details) at the start of the school day to check if their teacher will be online. If there are no lessons or your child hasn’t yet used Teams/doesn’t have login details, Contingency Learning Grids are available on the CEC webpage: www.edinburgh.gov.uk/homelearning – this page will continue to be updated.

School meals
If your child is registered for free school meals under the income threshold, they will be provided with a packed lunch for Thursday when they leave school tomorrow. The catering team have been asked to provide safe storage instructions.
Parents and carers who have ordered and paid for a meal through ParentPay will have this cost refunded as soon as possible.

Child Protection
If you have a concern about the safety and wellbeing of a child, please contact Social Care Direct during working hours on 0131 200 2327 or out of hours social work on 0800 731 6969. You can do this anonymously if you wish.

The end of an era brings new beginnings

I hope you spend the September bank holiday doing whatever felt right for you whether watching the footage of the late Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral or spending time with friends and family. As yesterday was originally a school holiday before becoming a national bank holiday, schools will be given another day’s holiday at some stage and as soon as this date is known to us, we shall confirm it to all families. 

This week…

Today, we’re looking forward to welcoming P1-7 families for ‘Meet the Teacher’ and booking details will go out shortly for our more in-depth Parents’ Evenings which will be at the end of October/beginning of November. There will be an opportunity to choose an in-person or a virtual appointment, hopefully at a time to suit you.

We are keeping our gates closed until a few minutes before the end of the P3-7 day due to a lot of distraction being caused in classrooms…children were excitedly looking out for and waving to their grown-ups instead of listening to what their teacher was saying! Once you enter the playground, please stay back from the new build or at the top of the quad so the children can focus on gathering their bits and pieces for the end of the day. P1 & 2 parents will still be able to access their pickup areas.

Last week…

Mr Martin and Mrs Abdullah were interviewing for new Early Years Practitioners for our Nursery and P1. There was a very high standard of applicants and three candidates were delighted to accept offers of employment. We look forward to welcoming them to Craigour Park in a few weeks.

Well done to Mr Clarke who finished his student placement with us on Friday – we’ve enjoyed having him and wish him well with the rest of his course. We are also saying goodbye for now to Mrs Love who starts a secondment with the Educational Welfare team today. We will miss her while she’s away but wish her all the very best of luck! We know that she will make a fantastic Educational Welfare Officer.

And finally…

Prefects perfecting Fruity Friday!

Congratulations to our new P7 prefects who have been appointed and started their new jobs with the high pressure task of arranging Fruity Friday. P6 have been doing an amazing job and the prefects had a lot to live up to but we think they did a great job! Well done and we look forward to seeing what else you get up to this year.

Mrs Ketchin, Head Teacher