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
Headteacher

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.

Reporting

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).

 

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

Communication Wednesday 26th February 2020

Communication Wednesday

IMS Concerts

Instrumental Music Showcase concerts that will be held on two evenings this year rather than the traditional one. The concerts are on Wednesday 4th March in Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh and Thursday 5th March in North Berwick High School. Both events commence at 7pm. Tickets can be purchase via the Brunton Theatre Box Office.

School Handbook

Thank you to everyone who has indicated that they are able to support the editing and publishing of our new school handbook. We look forward to you all joining us on Friday 28th at 9am.  If anyone else would like to join us –please just come along.

Campie Eco Group

The Campie Eco Friends group will collect plastic bottle tops, used tea bags and mascara wands from classes every Friday and they have now placed a collection bin for used batteries near the office.

SchoolPay

Please pay for all lunches, nursery fund, trips, panto etc. through SchoolPay – please contact school if you have not registered. We can give you your access code. This is applicable for all children from Nursery to Primary 7.

Your child will always be given a lunch. If they order one through the classroom or present themselves at the dining hall, even if you have given them a packed lunch, this will create a £2 debit against your SchoolPay account, which will need to be paid as for as the lunch has been made.

In rare circumstances, cash can be taken. Please note these circumstances are exceptional. Please let the school know if you have no access to the internet to make payments through SchoolPay.

If your child does bring cash into school to pay for a lunch, no change will be given. The cook supervisor will bank the amount handed over and credit your child’s SchoolPay account

If you require any assistance with paying for lunches or events, please do not hesitate to contact the school.

Friday Packed Lunchesplease order all Friday packed lunches through SchoolPay by Wednesday each week.

Absences

Please remember we need to know about all absences for your child. Please call our 24hr absence line 07721 922504 and leave a message with your child’s name. It important we know the reason for absence and if known, the intended date of return to school.

Change of Address

Please let the school know in writing of any changes to your child’s or emergency contacts home address. We will require a proof of address and an up to date Council Tax letter, to fully update our records. Any bills must be dated within last 6 months. We can accept proof of address by email too.