Head Teacher’s Blog, Feb 2018

It is nice to see the lighter evenings beginning to reappear after the winter months. Here at school, we continue to be busy but there is a lovely calmness after the excitement, hustle and bustle at the end of last term.

Simply we cannot believe that it is half-term already and I know that many of you have exciting plans for the February break. Perhaps my family and I will see you on the slopes!

First Minister’s Challenge:

Mrs Morgan’s return from Prestonfield has really re-ignited our passion for the Reading Challenge. Class reps have been sharing the reading message across the school. Pupils have been updating their reading records and sharing their love of books in class and at Assembly.

Pupils at Deanbank and Fairmilehead have been enjoying a weekly book focus with follow-up activities through their play.

At home, I have been supporting the updating of Reading Records and trying to remember a key message from our Educational Psychologist last year, with the importance of reading to our children at bedtime. When I can manage, and just for a couple of nights each week, I have been reading the latest David Walliams or Robert Muchamore novels, which I must say I am quite enjoying too.

Scots focus:

This week Mrs Morgan and I were judging the Scots poetry recitals. I was impressed by the effort pupils and families have put in to learning their poems and the pupils performing with such exuberance. Very well done.

In addition, this year classes have also learned a Scottish song. Due to Building works and other arrangements we are unable to facilitate a whole school assembly at one of the churches this term. Instead, we will be celebrating in true SMPS style with Bagpipes, songs and recitals in the Comiston Rd stairwell on Friday.

Last week every child in Nursery to P2 enjoyed a Scots Assembly. Children from the Nursery joining the P1s for the first time. Children recited a poem each and we all enjoyed the Scottish dance performances and singing.

Office 365:

We continue to make progress with the implementation of OneNote across P5-7 classes.

P5 pupils now have the opportunity to do some home learning in Mathematics within their profiles. P6s have been engaging with target setting and P7 beginning to write their transition profiles.

Thank you to the parents who attended my Friday drop in sessions. I hope that they were helpful. Please let me know if I can be of assistance.

Group call:

Thank you also to all the parents who have registered with Group call so far this term. We will follow this up next term so that we can simplify communications with parents. A copy of this blog has automatically been sent to their app. If you require further assistance with this please pop in to the school office.

We hope you have a lovely holiday and look forward to seeing all pupils and staff return on Monday 19th February.