Weekly Update – 24th March

Cramond Primary School Weekly Update from Mrs Donaldson 24/3/17

Learning Highlights:

P6 cross country runners from Cramond performed brilliantly at Duddingston on Monday 20 March in the annual EPSSA cross country. All runners were fantastic. Mrs Craig who accompanied the runners was hugely impressed with behaviour, attitude & team spirit. Of particular note was Aron Jack who won a gold medal coming 4th out of over 250 participants!

P7 have had a great time at Lagganlia this week. I am really proud of can-do attitude, support for each other and enthusiasm to embrace residential experience. A special thanks to the 8 staff who made this experience possible – generously giving up time with their own families, sleep and home comforts to be on call 24/7! I can’t wait to see the pictures!! They arrived home – tired, muddy and possibly travel weary, but very happy and full of their achievements!!

I have really enjoyed looking at the fab pictures from last Thursday, of P4 French Party on their page in school website. Ooh la la. Mrs Cullen our Modern Languages teacher is very impressed with the French learning in P4 by the class teachers. I loved the photo of a very French looking Mr Short & Ms Nicholl. Tres Bien.

Red Nose Day was a fantastic success even without cakes. We will give you an update on amount sent to Red Nose Day next week. You all looked amazing, thanks!

Nursery have been learning all about Spring – what fantastic things they know about Daffodils & tadpoles. Well done. We enjoyed the sunshine on Friday to water the plants in our garden.

P1 are enjoying a few of the new open ended play resources. This week was new superhero capes and wooden super hero mini figures and wooden castle blocks. What great imaginative (active) play!

Mrs Donaldson loved teaching P2 on Thursday and Friday along with Mrs Turner. What fantastic writers they are – they were recording facts from their Time Travels Topic.

Cramond News Update:

We are hopeful that the worst of the sick bug is behind us. We continue to stress importance of good hand washing at school & home. To that end we have sent all PE bags home to clear cloakrooms. As it is Health and Wellbeing week pupils may wear sports gear to school all week instead of uniform and wear outdoor trainers. They can leave plimsolls in tray.

Please wash all PE kits and bags where possible. Lots of unclaimed LOST PROPERTY awaiting collection at the office. Please check.

Please ensure that your child(ren) ONLY CROSS WITH CROSSING PATROLS – even where it means walking from back gate to safe place. We are very concerned by reports of older pupils crossing between cars. We do teach children road safety and will be reminding them next week of need to stay alert, stay safe and make good crossing choices. Please model this behaviour with your child(ren) and do not dash them across the road at drop off times. Everyone should cross safely.

Our new Disco Date is THURSDAY 27th APRIL – times to be confirmed. Due to increased numbers likely to have P1-4 disco and P5-7. Please help if you can. Times and details tbc soon.

Mrs Naeem is on unpaid leave next week to visit family in Pakistan. Ms Lindsey, who the children are very used to as their Health & Wellbeing teacher, will teach P5N all week.

Mrs Ashbrook takes up her DHT post at Cramond after Easter. I will continue to lead Nursery as part of Early Level. Mrs Ashbrook will lead on GIRFEC, managing ASN and Support for Learning team. We can’t wait to have her on board! Mrs McKay will return to HWB teaching as Principal Teacher.

Ms Lindsey will continue in 6C on a Wednesday, teaching at Davidson Mains the rest of the week. Ms Cessford will be working alongside Ms Sajid on a Tuesday in the summer term.

Mrs Bain in nursery, started her Maternity Leave on Wednesday 22nd March. Mrs Swanson will be the purple group leader Mon – Wed along with Mrs Black on a Thursday & Friday.

I am delighted that Edinburgh Council parks have been down to look at our pitch on our request and are planning on helping us with the uneven surface and bare patches! Details to follow. They are also guiding us on our new wildflower meadow. Works due over Easter on the wooden embankment wall will mean Our Place is shut during the Easter holidays. We are sorry for this inconvenience.

I have a team of volunteers from Scottish Water offering to come and help whitewash the school external walls. At Parent council there was interest in parents joining in – focus is on single storey so no ladders or high works. Please let gardening group know if you can help. Dates & details to follow.

Mr Yearly (RoSPA) was at Cramond at the end of this week – his report will be shared when we receive it. As previously said, the embankment wall remediation works will be finished at Easter.

Here’s a link I have been asked to share: an interesting Evening News article.  City of Edinburgh is at the forefront in enabling residents to close local streets to encourage children  Playing Out!
Dates for your Diary:

  • Next week is Health week – lots of fun sporting activities are planned for all classes.


  • P3 are off to Tall Ships in Glasgow (uniform on Monday please – rest of week sports gear)


  • 29th /30th Parent night appointments – appointments are being held in our Sportshall, work is on display in classrooms. An adult only event where possible, children to remain with adults at all times.


  • 29th P7 to Swimming gala at Commonwealth Pool


  • 31st P6 are leading Easter Church Service at Cramond Kirk from 9.30am. All are welcome. Easter egg donation for Fresh Start Charity if at all possible. Thank you.



  • Term ends at normal time on Friday 31st All resume on Tuesday 18th April.