Headteacher Newsletter Sept 2016


Cramond Primary, Headteacher Newsletter. September 2016.

Harvest Service last Friday

Well done and thank you to our P3 leaders of learning who so brilliantly organised the Harvest
Thanksgiving service at Cramond Kirk on Friday. The staff at Edinburgh Foodbank were truly blown away by the quantity (and quality) of food donations. This will make a huge difference to the many families across Edinburgh. Thank you. A reminder that we have an ongoing collection point in the school foyer which is uplifted regularly by the foodbank volunteers.

Staffing update Mrs Dalziel still unfortunately, absent. We are very grateful to Ms Hume (a regular temporary member of staff to Cramond) in P2F on Wednesdays and to Mrs Black and Mrs Warrender in nursery who are both temporarily increasing their working hours to cover Mrs Dalziels absence. We wish Mrs Dalziel well and hope she starts to feel better soon.

Gym Hall Update The gym hall building work is progressing really well. It should be ready for staff (and then later, pupils) to access just after the October holidays. We are now planning for a grand opening on Tuesday 1st November – times and details to be confirmed. Thus the previous date of 28th October for shared learning is now superseded by 1st November.

PE Kit: In readiness for our brand new sports facility we are having a real focus on ensuring all pupils come to Cramond ready to learn and achieve in PE. All pupils should have a full change of clothes for PE which can be left in school and taken home at the end of each term for washing.

All pupils need an indoor and outdoor kit. The main difference between them is the change of
footwear and an additional hoodie /sweatshirt for outdoor PE. We do sell school, grey hooded
sweatshirts for outdoor PE. The NAMED, full PE kit should be in a drawstring bag to hang on peg:

. Shorts or leggings – jogging bottoms ideal for outdoor PE
. Socks and outdoor trainers – can only be worn outside, not in the new hall.
. Plain soled PLIMSOLS (pupils can only wear plimsolls in new hall to avoid marking our new
floor. All pupils therefore need a pair of inexpensive, soft soled plimsolls (white or black) for
. T-shirt ideally in school house colours
. Warm sweater or hoodie – school version ideally.
. A full water bottle each day which can be refilled during the school day.
If pupils do not bring their PE kit the school will have some spares for pupils to change into. We urge all parents to support this drive to ensure all pupils benefit from physical, emotional and social benefits participation in sports offers. We do have a few children across the school who continually arrive without a change of PE kit. We will be contacting parents to ask why this is the case. Many thanks for your ongoing support.

Show Racism the Red Card – Friday 14th October We are supporting the Scottish Government drive to tackle racism and participating in the National RED event on 14th October. All pupils are invited to wear something red (a little or a lot) and £1 which goes to the charity creating educational materials.
We will be discussing Racism (and homophobia) at our assemblies and in classes during the lead up to the 14th October. http://www.theredcard.org/news/news-and-events?news=6579
Highlights of the term so far:

. Lots of classes enjoyed a trip to Edinburgh Book Festival – thanks to Ms Cessford for
coordinating and many parent helpers who made it possible to attend.
. A great turn out and positive feedback from Meet the Teacher on 6th September.
. Roald Dahl Star time for P1-5 was great fun – lots of crafty activities organised by staff. This
was a chance for pupils to choose which book to hear and learn from with other year groups.
. P6 & P7 were involved that morning at the Great Beach Clean in conjunction with the
Marine conservation society. MSP Miles Briggs joined the staff and pupils. Cramond was
mentioned in parliament that day!! We take pride in looking after our environment.
. Our Senior Leadership team enjoyed the opportunity to attend the Scottish Learning Festival
in Glasgow last week and look forward to discussing with staff (& pupils) what they learned.
. P7 had a great learning opportunity at the Royal High organised by the Modern Languages
department and Mrs Cullen. Pupils had fun meeting cluster P7 pupils and a chance to see the
high school as part of our transition preparations. Please note the open afternoon at RHS on
Friday 30th September is open to all P5-7 families. See our school website.
. Saturday 24th September was the P1 Pinewood Derby organised by the parent council. A
great turn out and talented car designers. Many thanks to Clermiston Primary who stepped
in to host at the very last minute. Thank you all for being so flexible and apologies for any
inconvenience caused. This was unavoidable due to weekend works at Cramond.

Dates and Info for your diary:

CPSC Parent council AGM 4th October 7.15pm. All very welcome.

Parents Night:Don’t forget to book your parents appointments on 12th or 13th October – go to our school website for instructions. Thanks to the many parents who are already booked on.

Christmas already? We will be designing Christmas Cards ready for sale in November – as we have so many artistic pupils at Cramond we also hope to enter some of the City competitions. Excuse us therefore, mentioning the ‘C word’ in October!!

October Holidays School is closed for the week of 17th – 24th October. Monday 24th October is a staff Inset day. School resumes for pupils on 25th October.

2nd November is Edinburgh Schools open day. New P1 enrolment week is 7-11th November.

newsflash Please ensure all gates are shut behind you. These are not locked but
should be closed once the busy drop off/pick up times have passed. Your help in this is