Our Superstar Hermie Leavers 2020
LATEST NEWS REGARDING THE REOPENING OF SCHOOLS
Following the First Minister’s announcement on Tuesday, we are now working on the assumption that Hermitage Park will be fully open to pupils from the 12th August 2020. Whilst we are delighted, and all want nothing more than to have our children back in the school building learning together again, you will understand that this announcement has also brought with it many unanswered questions. We are hopeful that we will be able to welcome everyone back to Hermie in August, however, I can assure you that the staff have been working very hard to ensure we have a ‘Plan B’ should we be advised that 100% attendance is not possible.
Any further updates over the Summer will be shared on the Council’s website CLICK HERE for the LATEST UPDATES FROM THE COUNCIL and we will contact you by email. Please follow our school Twitter account for school updates @hermitageparkps.
INFECTION CONTROL MEASURES
As we expect to have further guidance over the Summer regarding infection control measures in schools, I will contact you with further information about our school measures in August before our return. This will include further information about entrances and exit, what they should bring to school etc.
A packed lunch will be provided by the school kitchen if your child is in P1, P2 or P3 or receives free school meals. Please can all other pupils bring a packed lunch for the first 2 weeks of term to ensure we have the ParentPay online lunch ordering system up and running.
BREAKFAST CLUB AND AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS
We would hope to update you regarding the availability of these provisions in August.
FURTHER TRANSITION SUPPORT
Your child’s class teacher will have shared a tour of the classroom and welcome message on their Online Learning Journal. You will understand that these messages were filmed prior to the latest announcement regarding the re-opening of schools and as such classrooms and infection control measures may look a little different when they return. We hope you still found this useful.
If your child has Additional Needs and you have had a Transition Child’s Planning Meeting, we will contact you in August if your child’s plan will need to be adapted in light of any changes around expectations of attendance.
I am sure you will join with me in wishing Mrs Sutherland a fun filled retirement after more than 20 years at Hermie! We will also be saying goodbye and good luck to Heather Mitchell from our Nursery class and Megan Gordon from our support team. I would like to thank them all for all that they have done for the learners of Hermie.
We will be welcoming two new staff members to our Nursery class. Lyndsay Harrison will be joining us as our Early Years Officer and Ashley Fagan will be joining us in the role of Early Years Practioner.
EXCITING PLAYGROUND DEVELOPMENTS
I have been working with Edinburgh International Festival on a project which will involve them building us a small staged area in the playground this summer. I have added a copy of the draft design to the school website for you to look at. It will be positioned next to the Peace Garden to ensure we retain lots of open space for play/sports. We are looking forward to the children using it for creative play at breaktimes, for drama lessons and for performances to parents. The children will be involved in designing the back drop on their return.
Finally, I would like to say a huge thank you to your children, my staff team and you as parents/carers for showing such resilience and community spirit in what has been an extraordinary term. I am very proud of the Hermie community and all that we have achieved in the face of huge challenges. I am confident that we will work together to ensure that the transition back to the school building in August is successful and I can’t wait to be together again soon. Have a wonderful summer!
If you, or someone you know, is struggling during this very difficult time we have gathered together a list of supports available. As we become aware of others we will update this page. Click Here
We have provided USEFUL WEBSITES which you may want to use while your child is at home, we will try to update this throughout the closure. Click Here
For medical information please see the NHS Scotland Website. Click Here
Why not try some of the recipes from our Hermie cookbook – see below?