WW2 Tea Dance

Last week the pupils of P6/7 had a great time entertaining our parents with songs from Vera Lynn – We’ll Meet Again and White Cliffs of Dover – and dancing the Jitterbug!  Pupils came in costume from the era and staff got dressed up too.  They snacked on chocolate cake made with rationed ingredients….yum yum!

Newsletter

SALTOUN PRIMARY SCHOOL

NOVEMBER 2016

NEWSLETTER

 

 

 

Welcome Back

Welcome back to everyone after the Autumn Holiday. I hope you all had a good and restful break and that the pupils are suitably refreshed.

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Staff at Saltoun

 

This term we are welcoming two new members of staff to Saltoun Primary. Mr Nigel Bird is joining us on a Thursday morning as Support for Learning teacher and Hayden Mourits will be with us on Thursday afternoons as our PE teacher. We hope they will both enjoy their time with us.

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Playground

 

The playground surface was finally resurfaced during the October break which will hopefully mean less injuries. The pupils will now look at what markings they would like to have painted on.

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Nursery numbers

 

After a few unsettled weeks we have heard from East Lothian Council that our nursery numbers have now been capped at 14 pupils; this number is based on the floor space and the number of toilets we have available.

 

JRSO

We have organised another competition based on how to make ourselves seen in the dark weather. You have to design an outfit for a snowman which can be seen when you are out and about when crossing the roads at this time of the year. Entries should be handed in to the JRSOs by 14th November.

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The Countryfile Ramble for BBC Children in Need 2016, 7th October.

The Countryfile Ramble was a huge success with a total of £150.70 being raised for BBC Children in Need. Everybody had a very enjoyable ramble. Thanks very much to all who helped to organised this event, in particular Mrs Lee Young.

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Foodbank

 

Thank you to everyone who gave donations for the Foodbank at our Harvest Assembly last term we were able to provide for 200 meals for families in need.

 

‘On Tuesday 11th October we visited the Foodbank in Tranent and dropped off our boxes and a cheque for £35.00. We learned how everything worked in the Foodbank and were shown the process used. First the food is weighed. This is done to ensure everybody gets more or less what they should have. Then the foods are organised into categories and then into use by dates. The nearest dates are used first. Lots of volunteers helped at the Foodbank. It was all very interesting to see and to know we were making a difference’.

 

Hope and Matthew, p7.

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Macmillan Fundraiser

Bakes and Shakes, 27th September

Thanks to all who attended this event helping us to raise £120.00

Ivan also raised an impressive £404 – well done to Ivan!

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P1/2 Witches Shop

Mrs Daly set up a ‘Witches Shop’ in her classroom to ‘sell’ snacks to the children and teach them the value of different coins. The snacks ‘sold’ included broomsticks (twiglets and cheese strings), brains (jelly and mushy peas) as well as other Halloween themed snacks. Thanks very much to those parents who sent in coins to help with the learning.

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House Keeping

Flu Vaccination Programme

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS) for parents/carers for this year’s Primary School Vaccination Programme are available on the NHS Lothian website.

http://www.nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk/HealthInformation/PrimarySchoolFluVaccination/Pages/default.aspx

 

Lunch Money – Please send lunch money to school either on the day your child is having lunch or ahead of this day. Please use labelled purses or envelopes that are sealed properly.

 

Open Door Policy

The staff are always happy to help and discuss any concerns you may have but please can we ask that if you wish to speak to a teacher that you catch them at the end of the day rather than at the start? This allows the teachers to get their classes settled in a timely fashion first thing in the morning. You are of course welcome to make an appointment via the school office if you would prefer.

 

 

School Office

Please remember that the route to the school office is via the back stairwell. The staffroom is often used for teaching and meetings as well as being a staffroom.

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Diary Dates

November

Thurs 10th           Flu Immunisations

Thurs 17th            Parent Council Meeting

 

Mon 21st              Tempest Photography taking Individual and Family Group Photos

 

 

December

Thurs 8th               Nursery Show for Saltoun & Humbie pupils at Humbie – details to follow.

Tues 13th              P1-7 Christmas Lunch

Tues 20th              Pantomime at the Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh – details to follow.

Thurs 22nd            Christmas parties for nursery and P1-7 pupils; last day of term; finishing time as usual.

 

January 2017

Mon 9th                                All pupils resume.

Empowering Teachers and Communities to Achieve Excellence and Equity

 

What?

The Governance Review is seeking views on how education (from early years through to secondary schools) is run.

Why?

The Scottish Government is committed to making significant progress in closing the attainment gap within this parliament and to substantially eliminate it within a decade. We want to deliver excellence and equity for all children and young people across Scotland:

Excellence through raising attainment: ensuring that every child achieves the highest standards in literacy and numeracy, set out with Curriculum for Excellence levels, and the right range of skills, qualifications and achievements to allow them to succeed; and

 Achieving equity: ensuring every child has the same opportunity to succeed, with a particular focus on closing the poverty-related attainment gap.

Whilst Scottish education has many strengths (as recognised by the OECD) we know that it does not yet deliver excellence and equity for all.

We have already driven forward a range of improvements and reforms across education including to our curriculum and workforce (through Curriculum for Excellence and Teaching Scotland’s Future). Work being undertaken through the National Improvement Framework and the Scottish Attainment Challenge is also driving improvement for children and young people across Scottish education. The one area that has not been reviewed since devolution, however, is the system itself.

If we want to fully realise the vision of excellence and equity for all it is right that we ask about the role that every part of our education system plays to deliver education in Scotland and how this can be improved.

We want to empower teachers, parents, children and communities to drive improvement in education. We believe that the best people to decide the future of our communities are the people who live in those communities.

The governance review therefore starts from the presumption that decisions about individual children’s learning and school life should best be taken at school level and asks questions about responsibilities and functions at every level of our education system and how these can be improved to ensure Scottish education is world class for all our children and young people. It also asks about how funding for education can be made fairer through the development of a needs based funding formula for schools.

How?

The governance review asks questions across 5 key areas:

1. Empowering teachers, practitioners, parents, schools and communities

2. Strengthening ‘the middle’ – how teachers, practitioners, schools and other local and regional partners work together to deliver education – including through encouraging school clusters and the establishment of new educational regions

3. A clear national framework and building capacity in education

4. Fair funding – learner-centred funding

5. Accountability

It also asks some general questions about the strengths and weaknesses of the current governance arrangements of Scottish education and our approach to reform going forward.

We want to hear views from those with a formal role in our education system and those with a stake in its success. In particular we want to hear from children, parents, teachers and communities about how they can be empowered to have a stronger voice and play a leading role in driving improvement in education for all children and young people.

More information can be found at www.gov.scot/educationgovernancereview

Register for a Ministerial Engagement event at http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/the-scottish-government-11347530550

Let us know your thoughts on social media using #edgovrev

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