HeadTeacher Update – Burns Day 2019

Headteacher Update January 25th , 2019

Good afternoon. Apologies for my lack of communication of late – it has been a really busy (fun) start to the new term and 2019!

CPSC: We had excellent discussions at the CPSC meeting on Thursday night and an even better turn out at todays CPSC Coffee Morning & sharing the learning. It would be lovely to see more people attend these events (5 or 6 a year) where possible. You will not be given another job, honest! Our small group last night got a preview of the new school app which I hope to launch as soon as the PIA (privacy impact assessment) is granted! Great feedback from parents last night, I believe it will make a tremendous difference to all of us – communication will be streamlined to the easy to access, free to download app. More info coming!

The school website will still be a central part of our communications – it has been streamlined. Check it out if you haven’t been on it recently.

We also had a presentation by P6 on KAPLA building blocks as a highly open-ended STEM resource Mr Powell managed to have on a trial basis. The P6 pupils then also represented and demonstrated to parents at the coffee morning who also found out more about the importance and relevance of skills based learning, STEM & World of work. An excellent site for parents and kids of all ages is www.myworldofwork.co.uk

CRAMOND HAS GOT TALENT !- see our school website to download an entry form and get more details. www.cramondprimary.co.uk

Staffing Update:

Congratulations to Miss Cessford who is expecting a baby in May. She will be with us a week after Easter. Details of who will be teaching P1C will be shared once confirmed.

Mrs McKay after over 22 years of service at Cramond is going to retire in June 2019. She is still going to be closely involved with the school – she lives in the local community and her 3 boys all went to Cramond PS. We will miss her greatly and are already planning how to mark this special occasion.

I am planning on appointing an acting Principal teacher for 2019/20 session. This will be open to internal and external candidates.

We have recruited a new Business Manager – once I have a confirmed start date, I will share details with you all.

Miss King is settling in with her son. We are enjoying regular updates. Mrs Anna Hughes is a great addition to the staff, is working really closely with parents, staff and pupils at Cramond in her SFL role. She is a permanent addition to our teaching team.

Playground: The repairs and enhancements to the boat are almost complete. Twi final barriers being crafted. The area has to be checked again by ROSPA before we reopen. I look forward to a relaunch after February break! With the frost – the pitch was able to be reopened the last few days – much to the delight of all. This may need to be evaluated on a daily basis depending on weather and pitch conditions. Works on the pitch are being planned. Details will follow.

Budgets: As you will be aware from the news, Council Budgets are tighter than ever. We understand money can be tight all around. Unfortunately, we still have significant monies outstanding from Xmas – panto payment and so on. Please contact us if there is an issue in repayment and we can discuss. We have to balance our books – Mrs Fortune is sending out reminder letters. Thank you for your support. That said, January has been a long month for us all. If your child was unwell, we still had to pay for the ticket in advance (as would be the case with a family booking) so regrettably we do have to ask for payment. Again, please contact me to discuss if required.

Intergenerational Work at Cramond – I am keen to further develop our community role. Today Mrs McKay had arranged representatives across the school to sing, dance, play chanter, play recorder and recite Scots poetry at Cramond Residence. What a fantastic group of talented, caring children! I was invited along and was very proud of them all. We look forward to further developing community events for our friends of all ages in our local area.

SAVE THE DATEs:

31st January

  • 6pm P6 pupils & parents meeting about P7 school camp (find out more and start saving plan)
  • 6.45- P7 Parents meeting about school camp

14th March – evening Cluster Digital technologies event being hosted at Royal High. A great opportunity for parents and pupils of ages: learn about the ever-changing digital technologies and how they are used to enhance learning. We will also have key information for safety on line and various information booths will be open for parents and pupils. Details will follow.

Next CPSC:

  • 28th March 7pm – 8.30pm LITERACY learning focus- how to support literacy at home.
  • 29th March 9am – 10.15 CPSC Coffee Morning LITERACY & Sharing learning in classrooms,
  • 4th April SPRING DISCO – evening ticketed CPSC event – details to follow.