Headteacher Update 29th October 2020

Communication Wednesday

Dear Parents and Carers
We hope that you had a good mid term break and were able to spend time together as a family enjoying the holiday. The change in season is very much with us and as the temperatures begin to drop and the likelihood of inclement weather increases we need to make some changes to processes at school. Please see below for important updates to PE and our breaks. We also have updated on how we intend to share your child’s progress with you. This term in school we usually have lots of special calendar events –but due to current restrictions we will have to be creative about how we mark these events whilst still being able to participate in whole school projects and celebrations. We will keep you updated about our plans for Children In Need 2020 and Christmas at Campie.
Kindest regards

Pauline McKay

Physical Education (PE)

Just prior to the midterm break, new guidance was issued by Scottish Government regarding implementation of PE. Previously children in Primary School were able to participate in PE indoors subject to a number of mitigating factors. This advice has now changed. ALL PE is to be led outside. To accommodate this the model for teaching in learning will be as follows:-

Prior to accessing the outdoors the children will explore the learning outcome and success criteria. They will then engage in activities outside. This will be either in the playground or on our Astro. On return to the classroom, the
children will then be involved any discussion about successes, achievements and identification of next steps. Mrs Clapperton, our PE specialist, will be adopting the same model, however children will meet in the gym hall before going outdoors.

Weather conditions
In the event of very poor weather, the PE lesson will be replaced with a health and wellbeing lesson. Ideally we will strive to ensure children continue to access 2 hours of PE each week. It is therefore important that your child comes dressed for the forecasted weather conditions – jogging trousers, waterproof jacket etc.


Previously we had shared that it was our intention to share a written interim report as an alternative to the usual face to face consultation we have at this time of the year. However we have decided to change this and offer a
telephone consultation. We feel that this provides greater opportunity for dialogue and therefore will hopefully be a positive experience.
It is anticipated that invites will be sent soon and the consultations will span over 2 weeks, with some being held on a third week – this is to accommodate classes with larger numbers.

In preparation, can you please ensure if you have any changes to your contact telephone numbers, that you inform the school office either by email campie.ps@campie.elcschool.org.uk or call 0131 665 2045
Week one: week beginning 9/11/2020
Week Two: week beginning 16/11/2020
(If required) Week Three: week beginning 23/11/2020
More information to follow.

Road Safety

We have continued to promote safe parking with the help of our little parking buddies and along with attendance from a parking attendant and the police. We hope coming to school is as safe as it can be. Can we please remind
everyone that the small car park at the rear of the school is for families who have a disability parking permit only. It is very small and is a designated priority parking area for our families who require it and children arriving by taxi.

Access to the Outdoors

Due to the large number accessing Olivebank Football Ground and the very heavy rainfall we have seen recently, the condition of the pitch means that for the time being we are not able to access this space. We are immensely grateful for this opportunity and when the weather improves we hope that once again we will be able to access this wonderful outdoor resource. However for now, we have had to plan breaks and lunchtime play in our playground area. As we are still operating a bubble system, this limits the number of classes that can access the playground at any one time. A staggered break and lunch has allowed us to maintain this approach whilst ensuring appropriate supervision. During one of our lunch break, we do not have sufficient space outside to accommodate all classes. We have therefore introduced a rota system whereby one year group remains indoors during their lunch break. The class will then go outside for an outdoor activity once the lunch break is over. (Weather permitting).


Head Teacher HT Update 7th October

Communication Wednesday

Dear parents and carers
We hope that you enjoyed viewing the Meet the Teacher presentations shared last week. I’m sure that your children were excited to talk about their experiences in school and the learning they have been involved in. Soon we will share another presentation that introduces you to the wider team and gives some insight into the roles they have within our school.
Please see below for some updates on what’s happening next week and some information about the excellent work our children are doing to demonstrate their commitment to sustainability.
Kindest regards

Pauline McKay

Changes to the staggered drop off and pick up.
Over the last few weeks we have noticed how well the above process has been going. Thank you to you for helping to reduce the number of children being collected from their line at the end of the day by meeting them at an agreed point away from the school gate. Combined with the numbers of children who are old enough to walk home responsibly without an adult, the process has become much quicker. As the numbers are now lower we will reduce to two stagger times.
We intend to run a trial week starting Monday the 12th of October.

The new times are:
Surname Start End
A-L 08 50 15 20
M-Z 09 00 15 30

Surname Start End
A-L 08 50 12 20
M-Z 09 00 12 30

Siblings with different surnames will be dismissed according to the oldest sibling’s surname.
Children attending nursery (1140 hours) can be collected from the nursery gate at 15 00
The afternoon outdoor session (break) will discontinue.

A gentle reminder . . .
If you are collecting bringing your child to school out with the staggered times, please call from the school gate and someone will arrange to meet your child or to bring them to you. Please do not come into the reception area.

Return of 1140 hour in our Nursery
Next week, our nursery will be changing their attendance model to revert back to an 1140 hours provision. In order to do this there has been rigorous risk assessments undertaken and physical changes to the playroom. If you
have a child in the nursery you will receive updated guidance which details everything you need to know about the new organisation.

Living our Values
Sustainability Reduce, reuse and recycle

Each week we have a virtual assembly. Two weeks ago we explored our value of sustainability and set a challenge to change one small thing to make a big difference. The response has been tremendous. As well as practical things that we can do in our classrooms, the children have been very creative about reducing waste during lunchtime. In conjunction with our catering team we will be making some changes to the school packed lunches. Some of the ideas we are adopting are:
 we will be phasing out the use of single use plastic bottles with children being able to refill their own water bottle at lunch
 Primary One and Two will be offered water at lunch in the dining room.
 The paper bags that the lunches come in will be recycled.

Look out for more of the innovative solutions that the children developed being shared soon.

Achievement assemblies

We wish to continue recognising achievements both in and out of school. This Friday there will an opportunity for children to hear each other’s achievements. All achievements shared with us are celebrated in the class and recorded in the class achievement book. If you have something that your child is particularly proud of achieving, then let us know and this too can be added to the book.

Road Safety

Thanks to you, there has been an improvement in the parking at Campie. This helps to keep everyone safe. Can I also take this opportunity to ensure everyone complies with the 20 mph limit and takes extra care when driving
and parking around the school. It has been noted that some cars seem to be travelling very fast – particularly near Musselburgh Rugby Club car park, Stoneyhill Farm Road and Eskview Crescent.

Getting ready for the colder months.

We will continue to access the outdoors for learning and will be going outside for breaks. Please make sure your child has appropriate clothing for the weather so that they remain warm, dry and comfortable. We will continue
to keep our windows open to maintain good ventilation in the classroom.
Scottish Government advised that where children can they should come dressed for PE. As a result gym bags were returned to you. If however coming dressed for PE is not possible then your child can bring their bag into school and this can be kept on their peg.

A Message from Mrs McKay

Dear parents and carers

This booklet is being shared to support the smooth transition back to our school building from the 12th of August 2020. We know that you will have many questions about what this will look like and I hope that this document will provide you with answers to these questions.

Whilst we know that some of the following will be different to what we have done in the past, every process has been developed in response to the central guiding principle that we want our children to be safe and happy at school.

Although this document seems very procedural, we can assure you that we will be vigilant in ensuring compliance with all the requirements and actions detailed in supporting guidance and risk assessment. We will ensure a nurturing ethos and be responsive to your child’s social and emotional wellbeing. We want our children to be positive about being in school and as such we will share these processes and expectations so that children understand the need for them without becoming overly anxious or concerned about ‘getting it wrong’.

These arrangements will only be in place for as long as is required and will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. Where we discover that something is not quite working, we will find a solution and communicate that with our children and with you.

Kindest regards

Pauline McKay

Parent Handbook – August 2020 Arrangements

Children in Need 2019

BBC Children in Need 2019 will be held on

Friday 15th November

Once again, Campie will raise money to make a difference for children and their families all over the United Kingdom.

This year we will have an Up or Down Day where children can either dress up or dress down for Children in Need (no football strips please).

Donations of no more than £1 will be collected by P6 pupils throughout the morning and Parents/Carers are welcome to make donations too. There will be a collection bucket at the office window.

P1 Enrolment for 2020/2021 Session

If your child is pre-school stage at Campie they will have received a letter last week about enrolment days for the 2020/2021 session (session starting August 2020).

The Campie enrolment days are:

Tuesday 5th November 2019, 08:30 to 11:30

Thursday 7th November 2019, 13:30 to 15:00

The enrolment sessions will be held in the school library.

Please note that these dates are for Campie catchment pupils ONLY.

Loose Parts Play – Musselburgh Project Report

The Loose Parts Play Musselburgh Project works across Musselburgh, Wallyford and Whitecraig.

The team have generated a fantastic report about the benefits of Loose Parts Play, including various case studies and positive comments about LPP.

Click here to read the report.