gThis morning at Assembly I was talking to the pupils about the origins of the May day holiday. With the land around Morningside Cross being agricultural at the time the school was built it seemed fitting to have a May Pole erected in the school hall. Before being laid out with a spring floor to create a gym hall, a hole sat in the floor where the pole was erected for dancing and celebration.
May Day : Monday May 1st : school closed to all pupils and staff : Holiday
May In-service Day : Thursday May 4th : school closed to all pupils: Polling station for local government elections
Victoria Day : Monday May 22nd : school closed to all pupils and staff: Holiday
During the In-service Day staff will be reviewing our progress in Mathematics and Numeracy. This has been our curricular focus this session and also one of the national priorities for raising attainment. We will be meeting with the co-writers of a mathematics scheme called TJ which along with our cluster colleagues at Buckstone, Bruntsfield and Boroughmuir, are looking to introduce across P3-7 next session.
UK Government Elections : Thursday June 8th: Comiston Rd main school site closed to all pupils. Deanbank and Fairmilehead remain open for Nursery to P2 pupils and staff.
During the UK government elections, Comiston Rd staff will be looking at curricular areas and resource management relevant to the main school site.
I was pleased to see hot school meals returning to school on Wednesday. This disruption has been due to the cooking facilities at Liberton High School. A new oven has been installed which will further improve the quality of the meals being delivered to us.
Pupil Equity Funding:
This week I have been out of school on a number of council priorities. On Tuesday I attended a pupil equity funding training day looking at how the council is supporting schools in making best value use of the money being devolved directly to schools to raise attainment. The session was well attended by Headteachers and service leaders across the council and we heard first hand some very touching discussions led by children and young people who had been in the care system and were now moving on to further education because of the support and encouragement they had received from teachers and carers. Over the next few weeks I will be sharing this information with our staff to further our resolve to ensure that every pupil has the best chances of reaching their potential.
I also completed a series of training events looking at the councils new performance management procedures : encouraging, supporting and challenging all our leaders to have conversations with their staff to ensure the highest quality service across the council.
Comiston Rd refurbishment:
If you have been in the main school lately, perhaps for an after school club or a parents evening, you will have noticed some changes to our main foyer.
We have been creating additional working spaces for teachers and pupil support assistants to work with individuals and groups. It was lovely on Wednesday to see parents discussing the learning with the children at the tables and comfy chairs dotted around the main shared areas.
Still in the process of being completed is the refurbishment of the old sewing room. In its time it has been a Victorian classroom, Art room, Sewing room, Computer Suite, Book Store and now a new shared learning space and meetings room. The old janitors house now holds most of the schools resources and our support for pupils team.
So, if like me, you are going away this weekend, I hope you have an enjoyable time. At Assembly this morning I talked to the boys and girls about having the right tools for the job whether its a growth mind set, having your homework done on time, packing your shorts and t-shirt for Gym etc….being ready and prepared to succeed in your learning.
For this family trip I have changed my normal camping kit to include a wind-up torch and an extra thick pair of socks! Why don’t you ask your child about the theme of our Assembly today ?
M Urquhart Head Teacher.