The broadest smile stretches across my face; I wish you had the pleasure as I do to be sitting in my office with the door to the main stair well at Comiston Road open. The sounds of piano playing and excited children echo all around. As I sit here writing to you , I can’t help but grin like a Cheshire cat!
Today as we close for the mid-term break we have been celebrating just some of the many talented young people we have here at school. Both Comiston Road and Deanbank have been reverberating to the sounds of piano recitals, pipes and drums, violin, song ,dance and even gymnastics from the halls !
As part of our one school, different sites ethos, we have been holding the annual talent show in house groups. Pupils have been auditioning all week to be chosen to represent their class at this house event.
Last week we were entertained by the winners of the Scots Poetry reading competition. Judging the finalists was made even more difficult due to the outstanding performances from all the boys and girls that took part. Well done to Sandy in P7 who takes home the Burns Recitation Cup !
Also in P7 we were delighted to hear of Holly L’s achievements at the Scottish School Swimming Championships where she reached the finals.
Attainment and Achievement .
This term the Senior Leadership Team have been in classes monitoring pupils’ experiences in Writing and holding meetings with teaching staff monitoring our focus for raising attainment in Numeracy.
Staff have undertaken 2 sessions on engaging children’s voices in a ‘talk to write’ approach. Shortly after the February break pupils across P 2, 4 and 6 will be sharing their writing with you at home. This is part of our engaging partnerships in learning this session. Our improvement plan shifts its focus from Numeracy and Mathematics to literacy next session and the Senior Leadership and staff have already begun to identify our collective strengths and our individual ext steps for improvement.
Sharing our Learning:
A series of very successful sharing events took place this term at both Deanbank and Comiston rd. Parents and pupils sharing learning through a Scots focus in the Expressive Arts.
Pupil Equity Fund:
You may have seen in the press last week that all Head Teachers met with the Scottish Government to consider the impact of the Pupil Equity Fund. In brief, this is an additional sum of money devolved directly to Head Teachers to use towards tackling the attainment gap related to poverty.
While here at South Morningside and across the Boroughmuir cluster we will not be in receipt of a substantial amount, we are already planning how we will use this money strategically to ensure that every child at South Morningside is supported in reaching their full potential. The school works very closely with the Parent Council in ensuring that inequality, where-ever it exists, is never an acceptable reason why a child is not included or achieving.
We hope you have all enjoyed the focus on reading. To finish off the challenge we hope you will participate in the ‘Guess Who’ quiz and a bit of photo fun ! There is even a £ 15 book voucher to be won.
- Teachers have secretly written what they are reading at home this week in a quiz sheet. Can you work it out: Who likes holiday romances, murder mystery or science fiction?
- Take a photo of your child ( and you) reading somewhere ‘imaginative’ over the holidays.
Please ensure that this is washed and if necessary restocked for Monday on our return.
Unfortunately the area around Deanbank continues to be of concern. Thank you to all the parents who have supported safer routes to school at Comiston Road. Police Scotland have increased their patrols through Cannan Lane and are in discussion with CEC Parking Attendants on supporting the school’s efforts further. Where parents continue to jeopardise the safety of our children, the police have asked us to record registration numbers and pass on this information.
Please remember that stopping at all is not permitted on the yellow zig-zag markings at either site.
The entrance road off Cannan lane is for authorised school access only or for access to care home.
A number of parents exercise their dogs on the school journeys each day. Can we ask that pets are not left unattended by being secured to the railings. This can quickly block the flow of children accessing / leaving the school. Some children are anxious around animals and pets can quickly become agitated when left unattended.
Please arrange to meet your child at the school gate.