End of term update

Dear Parent / Carer,

Reporting and Profiling

When we look back at the term from October to December I am really pleased with the progress we have been making with Parental Engagement. The staff have begun to roll-out their first wave of our new Reporting and Profiling system which has been so warmly greeted by the parents and children.

P4 had a very interesting Assembly to report on Expressive Arts using their Egyptian topic followed by a show and share of their work in the classrooms. This interdisciplinary learning we call an IDL.

P5 had us all dancing in the aisles to the sounds of David Bowie in a Science IDL based on Planet Earth and the Solar System.

P6s had a show and share in the classrooms where pupils presented their learning about the human body as well as developing Listening and Talking skills.

P7s shared their learning about Art and Design and of the Literacy skill of Persuasive Writing through a parental partnership activity around the Health and Wellbeing Lagganlia experience.  Parents and learners were asked to reflect on their learning across a range of experiences and outcomes and to assess progress.

During the next In-Service Day teachers will be updating their reporting plans and we hope to publish them on our website soon.

Scottish Government publishes school attainment data

On the 9th of December the SG published individual school attainment data for the first time. Our data for the last 3 years is available through the ‘Improvement planning’ tab on our website.

Save the Children : National Christmas Jumper Day

It was really lovely to see so many children dressed brightly in House colours, Christmas or Winter jumpers (did you check out the Facebook post?) £546 was raised.  I must admit that sitting in my office with my jumper on was a bit like being in a Scandinavian sauna. My own children were too embarrased to let me take them to school that morning, but as I said it is all in the aid of a good cause.

Children gathered in the stairwell  of the Comiston rd site to hear instructions from the House Captains of this years Christmas Capers. At Deanbank the message was delivered via video.

Houses worked in small co-operative groups to produce a stained glass window representing this years pantomime experience Alice in Wonderland.

The windows can be seen displayed at both Comiston rd and Deanbank .

South Morningside Christmas Lights

The school was happy to support the community led event and our choir along with St Peter’s RC  performed some Christmas classics at the parish church.

Church Service: Reflection Assembly

Our annual church service was held at South Morningside Parish Church on Tuesday and was another wonderful occasion showcasing some of the best of SMPS.  It was lovely to see many parents join us for the celebration.  The boys and girls enjoyed singing some traditional and modern Christmas carols.  Although part of our reflection programme with the focus on the Christian message, the Reverend Dr Browning gave a message of thanks for all that there is to enjoy at this time of year but also of thoughtfulness for those around the world and those nearer to home who are not so fortunate.  A message we share here at school during our weekly Assembly.

This service consitutes part of our reflection programme and  is a requirement in law that we provide a minimum of 6 of these events across the session. Reflections focus on religious, spiritual or moral themes common across major world religions.

Church service is not a Whole School Assembly event.

Communication:

Thank you for all the kind words we have received regarding our Window Wonderland stained glass display and the posts on the  Parent and School Facebook.  Along with the school website, going forward, these two media constitute the core of our communication strategy.

Early next term P5B will be piloting the use of Microsoft 365 OneNote for communicating and sharing learning and we will be one of the first schools in Edinburgh to roll-out ParentPay.

Diary:

Please look out for a finalised list of all the remaining Whole School, Sharing and Reflection Assembly dates. This will be published on the website in January. We know how important it is for you to have as much notice as possible if you are to be able to share in our learning events here at school.

In my family we celebrate Christmas and great excitement is mounting at home. With only 4 sleeps to go till Christmas Day its an exciting time with much still to do: mince pies to be made and  presents to be wrapped. However, the staff and I would like to thank you for all your support this term and wish you a wonderful  holiday however you and your family spend it,  and wish a happy new year to all.

As we are heading for this well deserved break, we are also looking forward to the developments planned for next term.  These start on the In-service Day 4 on January 9th. The school will be closed to pupils.  We look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday 10th January 2017.