Easter / Spring Holiday

Dear Parent / Carer,

There is definitely a spring in the air as we approach the Easter holidays. The boys and girls have been enjoying some early sunshine at Play times this week.

School will be closed for the holidays from Monday 3rd April and will not resume for pupils and staff until Tuesday 18th April.

Parents are reminded that if they have not signed up and paid for school lunches before the holidays commence they must send their child with a packed lunch or collect for a home lunch.With City of Edinburgh’s new Parentpay system now introduced it is no longer possible to order lunches and make payment at a later date to the school office.

Health and Hygiene:

PE kits will be returned home for washing, Can you please check that you have the appropriate kit for next term and any worn shoes replaced.

At this time we have had some incidences of Head Lice, and following guidance from NHS Scotland we do not put out specific  information. If you are concerned, please contact your local Pharmacist for advice.

Sharing Our Learning and  Achievements:

At Nursery parents  participated in a ‘Stay and Play’ session sharing our learning with early Numeracy.

In P1s held a Robot Showcase  and P2 shared Social Studies and Technology through Castle modelling video clips and talks.

Primary 5 held a Scots sharing event with parents as part of their reporting on Expressive Arts.

Emily C in P5 was a finalist in the Heriot-Watt University ‘ Robot Design Competition’ age 7-9 winner.

Well done to Alice and Leo in P7. Both took part in the strings orchestra at a ‘Resonate’ concert at the Queens’ Hall this term.

Pupils from across P6 and P7 took part in two cross country events at Duddingston and the Meadows  with Patrick. M in P7 coming in a 7th place. Well done to Mr Wilson and all of the team who have been training so hard this term.

The Swimming team was in operation on Wednesday at the  Edinburgh School’s Swimming Gala winning 3 team Gold medals in Breaststroke, Freestyle and Backstroke. The Diving team achieved a very credible Bronze position.  Again another fantastic effort by all involved and we believe the first school to take gold in all 3 events!

House Captains organised a Red Nose Day extravaganza which raised nearly £900. That money will now be put to work, transforming lives across the UK and the world’s poorest communities.

Pupil Wellbeing:

South Morningside Primary – Pupil Wellbeing Survey : these are the views of 391 P3-P7 pupils from South Morningside Primary School. pupils were asked 30 questions which covered 4 key areas. These were self regard/confidence, coping skills/resilience, empathy/relationships and school ethos/culture.  We will be using these results to encourage staff to reflect on areas for development as an integral part of our approach to Getting It Right for Every Child and developing the 4 capacities of the Curriculum for Excellence.

Self-regard and self-confidence :

94% of pupils felt happy with who they are but

40% felt easily hurt by what others say.

We will continue to develop these skills at home and in school through our

  • Building Resilience project.

Promoting Resilience and Personal Coping skills:

92% of pupils said that even when they found something hard they kept trying.

  •  Growth Mindset project

Safe, Caring, Supportive Learning Environment

94% of pupils felt safe, cared for and noticed but

22% disagreed that ‘my teacher talks to me about my work’

  • Learners’ Dialogue ( Reporting and Profiling ) project

Positive Respectful Relationships and Empathy With Others:

93% responded ‘I try my best to help others when things are hard for them’.

20% disagreed that teachers listened to my views

  • Child Centred Planning ( Reporting and Profiling) project


Easter Assembly at South Morningside Parish Church:

P4 pupils performed to a packed assembly of children from across the school and the many parents joining us for this celebration. For those children who did not attend the church class work was provided looking at the comparisons between the Christian celebrations of Easter and another similar world religion festival.

As a school we feel it is important to celebrate diversity of our families, faiths and countries of cultural origin and P4  reminded us of the Easter story and how Christian  in other countries around the world celebrate the Easter story and the coming of Spring.   We reflected on how other religions and families might celebrate this time of new beginnings in different ways such as the Jewish festival of Pass-over or the Hindi festival of Varsha-Pratipada among others.

Already we are planning on an ‘Easter Parade’ for next year so that everyone can clearly enjoy seeing  the P1s looking so grand and proud in their bonnets.

It was so nice to see so many children and parents from the different faiths and those of no faith, different cultures and languages represented and spoken  here at South Morningside, enjoying sharing in this learning with P4 and celebrating our differences but our equally shared common values, together: Truly Global Citizens.


However you share these holidays and enjoy your family traditions,  we wish  you a happy and safe time together. We look forward to seeing you when the school re-opens on Tuesday  18th of April.

M Urquhart, Head Teacher.