Dear Parents/Carers

Welcome back!

What a busy week it has been and it is already clear to see that the children are tired, always hard to get back into a routine if I do say so myself.

It has been wonderful to have all of the children back and have a buzz around the place again. We are continuing with ongoing mitigations as advised and hopefully this will continue to keep us all safe. As we have resumed a 3 o’clock finish for all it has been extra busy around the gates. We welcome all of our new P1 children and parents and to help with their dismissal they will exit the school gates from 2.50pm, so please make way for them. Hopefully this helps clear the gates for everyone else coming out at 3pm. It would be really helpful if you could arrange to meet you child at a specific place away from the gates, especially from P4 upwards.

As before, we ask that you wear a face covering for drop offs and pick- ups. I have noticed that many haven’t been adhering to this but with more than 470 children at the school, the school’s perimeter is very busy. Please keep yourselves and others safe.

Also, a reminder that the traffic restrictions are now in place on Havelock Street so no moving vehicles between 8.30am and 9.15am and then again from 2.30pm to 3.15pm. A £50 fine is in place. This will hopefully support us in keeping the zigzag lines clear and keep your children safe.

Our Primary 1 children have all settled in very well and are finding their way around and it is wonderful to see them so happy to be at school. All other classes have returned ready to learn and with a positive attitude. I would like to take this opportunity to welcome two new teachers – Miss Mazur in P2a and Miss Egan in P5b and we wish them a very positive and happy year. We also welcome Mrs Nicol who will deliver P.E on a Thursday. Please ensure your children do not wear jewellery to P.E as they will be unable to take part.

Teachers are currently working on setting up new classes on Seesaw and this is where you will receive important class information and homework. Look out for the Seesaw code coming home. All other information from the school will come via e-mail or text. If you have not already done so
can you please download the Xpressions app as this helps reduce costs for us. Mr Ansdell is currently working on our new website and we hope that this will be up and running in the next few weeks.

Please also help us with lost property by ensuring that all items are labelled so that items can be returned to the rightful owner.
Our water fountain is still not in use so it would be really helpful
if children could come with a filled water bottle and we are then happy to refill it for them as they need it.

Our theme for the fortnight is making a positive start and we will have certificate winners next Friday. Following on from this we will be taking a look at challenging ourselves and charity. As many of you know I lost my mum in 2019 to Cancer and I wanted to do something that could raise money to help support those affected by Cancer. As a school community we have sadly been affected in many ways by Cancer too, so I have linked up with the Beatson Cancer Charity which is a local hospice and we are going to work together to fundraise for this amazing charity. The Beatson plan to visit the school over the month of September to talk to the children about the work they do and how they help those in the hospice.

My personal challenge is to ‘Brave the Shave’. I plan to shave my hair towards the end of September and will be telling the children about my challenge over the coming weeks. I will then ask each class to set a class challenge which will support the fundraising. Staff are already organising a hill climb too in order to raise funds. With joint effort we hope to raise valuable funds. We will keep you posted.

Please remember we are a ‘nut free school’. We have a number of children throughout the school with severe nut allergies so we ask that you do not send any lunch/snack items which have nuts. This includes Nutella or peanut butter sandwiches, Nutella bars, snickers bars and any loose nuts etc

PE days – Class teachers will let you know when your child’s gym days are. On these days only, pupils should come to school dressed in gym clothes and trainers, no need for uniform. As many PE lessons may still be outside, please provide your child with a suitable waterproof jacket.

I will continue to update you as guidance changes but please continue to look out for symptoms. If your child develops any Covid symptoms please arrange for a PCR test as soon as possible and isolate until a negative result is received.

I wish you all a lovely weekend!

Take Care!

Tina MacDonald