End of Year 2017

Dear Parent/ Carer, as the end of the year arrives I would like to say a big thank you for your welcome and support throughout this, my first year at South Morningside.

The staff and I cannot believe just how quickly the year has gone , although many say that this is a sign of age!

Across the school we have seen the introduction of a new council wide payment system, a refresh of the communal areas in the stairwell at Comiston Rd, an expanded parental engagement strategy, developments in the Deanbank garden and Forest Kindergarten at the Nursery, to name but a few.

In addition, we have embraced the Scottish Government’s Attainment and Reading Challenges and made plans for the introduction of Pupil Equity Funding.

Our targets for next year are very clear as we continue to review our curriculum and planning. We will continue to strive to meet the needs of every child and to raise the standards of attainment and achievement for all while ensuring that we do everything possible to close the attainment gap between our least and most advantaged  pupils.  Equity and excellence for all.

Our exciting new Mathematics programme will be  implemented  across much of the school next session with a chance for you to hear all about it at the Curricular evenings.

Staff development will focus on Literacy next session and we will work more closely with our cluster colleagues at Buckstone PS and Bruntsfield PS to have a shared understanding of the learners journey across Reading and Writing.

We will work in partnership with our parents to review our programmes  in Science and Technologies and continue to develop the 4 Curriculum for Excellence Capacities:

  • successful learners
  • confident individuals
  • responsible citizens
  • effective contributors

The breadth of experiences the boys and girls have the opportunity to participate in here at theSouth  Morningside community is second to none.    Many congratulations go to the P6/7 girls who, for the first time, won  the Edinburgh Primary Schools Sports Association Girls Football Shield and to Austin and Javid the over-all Chess Club winners.

Well done also to Pentland who won the House Cup and to Comiston,winners of the Sports Day.

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One of the most exciting developments next session will be the introduction of the     One-ery at Deanbank.   This play-based approach to early learning is already gaining much interest from across the city and beyond.

The city will also carry out further ‘refresh programme’ which will see the replacement of the council-owned computers and an opportunity to review our Digital literacy approaches.

 

Finally we move one step closer to the new school build.  Scheduled to open  in 2020, this month saw the first visit to the site by an architectural team. As the Primary Sevens sang at Assembly: one more step along the road we go……….

Details of the revised school uniform can be found on the uniform page. All existing uniform can continue to be worn as we make this transition to our revised colour scheme. Please note that we would like all children to wear appropriate black footwear.

The school will close for the end of session  on Friday 30th June 2017 at:

  •  Nursery at 11:30
  • Comiston Rd at 12:00
  • Deanbank at 12:25

School will re-open to pupils on Wednesday 16th August 2017.

We wish our Primary Sevens all good fortune on their journey ahead and a happy sun-filled holidays for all where-ever and what-ever you are doing.

Please keep safe and we will see you in August.

Michael Urquhart, Head teacher.