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Class Organisation 2022/23

Class Organisation Information and Additional Information

I hope you are all well and once again I thank all in our school community for their tremendous support.

I am pleased to share next session’s class organisation with you. Please refer to the attachment. The attachment will inform you of your child’s class teacher and their class. Please refer to the column on the right hand side of the attachment. This column states their present class and teacher.

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You will be informed by the attachment that there are several posts that require to be filled. I am working on this presently and I will update you as soon as possible.

Teachers will be informing the pupils of their teacher for next session during the course of Friday 10th June 2022.

‘Move Up Afternoon’ – Monday 13th June 2022

During the afternoon of Monday 13th June 2022, pupils and teachers will ‘move up/on’ to meet their teachers in the base they will be occupying.

In some cases it will not be possible to meet their teacher on this day as they will not be present or appointed. For example our probationer teacher, Ms. Rachel Allan teaching P.2A, will not be available. On this afternoon our present probationers will undertake the role of meeting the children.

Primary 2 Classes (Presently P.1)

Present P.1 parents/carers will be aware that we are operating with five classes, where the maximum class size is twenty-five. In Primary 2 the maximum class size increases to thirty, thus we can reduce this class organisation to four classes.

A significant amount of time and effort has been committed to constructing the new P.2 classes for next session. The P.1 teaching team and leadership team have met on numerous occasions to identify the best combinations of children.

Mrs. Farrell, our Business Administrator, will be issuing a text message to all P.1 parents/carers during the course of the day on Friday 10th June. Regrettably, owing to data protection, we are unable to publish class lists.

The text message will provide the following information: your child’s name – your child’s P.2 class (e.g. A or B or C or D) – your child’s class teacher.

I hope this is helpful.

Primary 1 Classes

We welcome our new P.1 pupils and their families. We welcome our children and families from our own nursery class and from our partner/feeder nurseries. Mrs. Kirsty Murray (Deputy Head Teacher), has responsibility for all aspects of our new P.1 classes. Mrs. Murray has led a very comprehensive and successful series of transition events. Mrs. Murray has issued information regarding new P.1 classes and teachers by Royal Mail. Our new P.1 families should be in receipt of this information in the next day or so.

Infant Campus Sports Day – Friday 10th June 2022

The Infant Campus Sports Day will take place on Friday 10th June 2022. I am sure this will be a hugely enjoyable and successful event. My thanks to Mrs. Louise Arnold (P.E. Specialist) for her hard work and organisation.

I hope many family members will be in attendance to support their children.

I offer my most sincere apology. I am unable to attend the Infant Sports Day as I am attending a family funeral. I am disappointed to miss out on one of the most exciting events on the school’s calendar.

Primary 7

A special mention for our P.7 cohort of students who enter the last three years of their primary school career. My thanks to the parents/carers who organised a bake sale to raise funds and to those parents organising the P.7 disco on Thursday 23rd June at the rugby club.

Next week, in the absence of a residential outdoor experience, our P.7 group will enjoy a series of activities during their ‘activities week’.

I am looking forward to the P.7 show being performed on the evenings of Wednesday 29th and Thursday 30th June.

I offer my sincere thanks to Mr. Love, Mrs. Walker, Ms. Kerr and Mrs. Guy, our P.7 team. They have been outstanding, as have our P.7 students who are a credit to the school and their families.

I hope this information is helpful and informative.  Best wishes, Willie

Haddington Primary School PTA

After an absence over the last few years due to Covid-19 and then lack of committee members, we are hopeful that the school’s PTA will be reconvened from August, if we recruit enough committee members and volunteers.

The PTA is a fundamental part of the school, raising much needed funds to enhance the learning and teaching environment for all the children, from Nursery to P7.

In order for our PTA to operate at an optimum we need your help! We are looking for the following people to be on our committee from August onwards:

*Chairperson
*Vice Chair
(or these two roles could be taken as co-chair roles)
*Secretary

We have already successfully filled the Treasurer’s role, which was one of the main reasons we couldn’t restart until now.

On top of these roles we also need parent volunteers to be part of the wider PTA. There are no specific committee roles attached to this, just your presence at our meetings, which equate to approx. one a term plus Ad hoc, smaller meetings for year group events plus your help to run events as part of the PTA.

We’ve been joined by three staff members who are keen to help and support in any way. Our thanks to Shona Walker, Kirsty McLeod and Louise Arnold for being part of this and helping to support.

Initial meetings have been conducive and there are many exciting events and ideas we would like to happen over the new school year and beyond but we really need volunteers to help this to happen.

If you are interested in finding out more and joining the PTA, either in a committee role or on a volunteer basis, please email haddingtonpspta@gmail.com to be added to our distribution list.

We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Haddington PS PTA

Dates for your Diary

Forward Planning – Dates for your Diary
 
I hope all within our school community are keeping well.
 
With many of the COVID restrictions being relaxed, we are enjoying partaking in drama sessions, sports sessions, excursions and cross campus ‘buddying’ experiences.
 
This is a busy and exciting term as we prepare P.7 pupils for their secondary school transition, we welcome our prospective P.1 pupils via their transition, and the transitions as classes move on.
 
Please note the following dates for your diary:
 
Wednesday 18th May 2022 – Upper Campus Sports Day
 
·         9.15 a.m. to midday = P.6 and P.7 at Knox Academy Playing Fields
·         1.30 p.m. to 3.00 p.m. = P.4 and P.5 at Millfield Playing Fields (adjacent to our nursery class).
 
Please note that parents and carers are most welcome to attend to spectate – I hope that we see a good parent/carer attendance.
 
Monday 23rd May 2022 – Staff In Service Day
 
The school and the nursery are  closed on this day. Pupils and children should not attend.
 
Friday 3rd June 2022 – Jubilee Holiday
 
To mark the occasion of the Queen’s 75 year reign, all schools have been awarded a holiday on this day.
 
The school and the nursery are  closed on this day. Pupils and children should not attend.
 
Friday 10th June 2022 – Infant Campus Sports Day
 
·         9.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. – P.1, P.2 and P.3 at Millfield Playing Fields.
 
Please note that parents and carers are most welcome to attend to spectate – I hope that we see a good parent/carer attendance.
 
I hope to see many of you at our Sports Days.
 
Thank you for your continued help and support.
 
Best wishes.  Willie

Information Update – 5th April 2022

COVID/Remote Learning

Staff absences related to COVID remain at a significant level. These absences relate to both teaching and support staff. The level of absence and the lack of supply staff have affected our capacity to cover these staff absences internally, and regrettably, it has concluded in several classes reverting to remote learning.

I understand the inconvenience created by reverting to remote learning. However, I offer the most sincere thank you to the parents/carers in those classes. The support, understanding and patience of parents/carers in the affected classes has been outstanding. Thank you once again.

Parent/Carer Consultations

I am aware that the Parent/Carer consultations are now active and I hope that these meetings are effective with regard to updating you on your child’s progress and achievement.

I received several requests for samples of pupils’ work to be viewed at home in preparation for Parent/Carer Consultations. I fully understand this request as it is now two years since parents/carers were in school for consultations.

I afforded this request significant consideration. However, I am hopeful that during the Summer Term we may be granted approval to have parents/carers back in school. In the event of having parents/carers back in school, I believe it would be very helpful to convene and return to open mornings where parents/carers can visit their child’s class base, view their child’s work and discuss the work with their child.

I am one of the head teacher representatives on East Lothian Council’s Education Recovery Group. Our next meeting is this coming Thursday, 7th April, and I am hopeful that we will receive advice regarding further relaxations of restrictions. I will keep you updated.

Curriculum for Excellence – Responsible Citizens

You may be aware that Curriculum for Excellence is Scotland’s National Curriculum. Within this National Curriculum we encourage the children to develop FOUR CAPACITIES as follows:

·         Successful Learners

·         Responsible Citizens

·         Effective Contributors

·         Confident Individuals

From time to time I am approached by children requesting to organise a bake sale. These requests are given serious consideration and some are approved.

One of our pupils from P.6, Abbie Diggory, has been touched by someone close suffering from cancer. She requested holding a bake sale to raise money for Cancer Research.

Abbie, with the assistance of some P.6 peers, organised the bake sale in the Upper Campus. Abbie’s bake sale raised £439.07 for Cancer Research. Abbie and her assistants have proved to be; Responsible Citizens, Effective Contributors and Confident Individuals.

Well done Abbie!!

Easter Holiday

I remind you that school closes for the Easter Holiday this Friday, 8th April at the normal school day time. School resumes for the Summer Term on Monday 25th April 2022. Please remember that we return to non-staggered times on return. I will remind you of times before we close this Friday.

Finally, I offer my sincere thanks to everyone in the school community for their positivity, enthusiasm, help and support.

Best wishes,  Willie

The Queen’s Green Canopy

The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) is a unique tree planting initiative created to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022 which invites people from across the United Kingdom to “Plant a Tree for the Jubilee”

We were delighted to be chosen as one of East Lothian schools to have a tree planted. Our tree was unveiled today by our house captains and representative from the Lieutenancy office in the joint campus playground.

We have had a lovely plaque made by the CDT Department at Preston Lodge High School so that we can remember this special occasion in years to come – keep your eye out for it in our playground J