Head Teacher’s Blog

HT Blog 18

Dear Parents and Carers                                                                                  21 June 2018

I can hardly believe it…this term has gone so quickly, and now the summer holidays are almost here. What a busy year we have had at Hermitage Park.  I have so enjoyed the last 6 months, with Scots Week, Fair Trade Fortnight, Generation Science workshops and World Book Day being just a few of my highlights.Hermie Stars

Congratulations to our Hermitage Park Stars of the Week, Grace, Mia, Sarah, Adrian, Martin, Maya, Thea, Danny, Blair, Ellie and Ishwari, who demonstrated they were successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors.

Head Teacher Recruitment                                                                                                  Recruitment for Stockbridge Primary School Head Teacher post will continue after the summer holidays, which means I will remain in post until we have a starting date for Ms Calder-Kelly take up her post as permanent Head Teacher at Hermitage Park.

Staffing Changes                                                                                                                                 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mrs Browning very much indeed for all her hard work and effort this session, in her seconded post, as DHT.  We wish her all the very best, on her return to Lorne Primary. Mrs Colvin will return to her post as DHT at Hermitage Park in August. We are sad to say goodbye to Miss Gibbs, who will return home to Yorkshire. She will be missed by the children and staff and I am sure you will join me in wishing her the very best for the future.

Sports Days                                                                                                                                  Thank you so much to Mrs McLaughlin and her team of helpers for all the amazing Sports Days. I loved the combination of competitive and potted sporting events. Well done. All the competitors showed good sportsmanship like behaviour and cheered on their team mates.   Sports winners, results and photos will be added to our website this week.

This week we had a damp start to our nursery sports, luckily, we were able to have them indoors. This did not dampen our nursery children’s spirits as they cheered, ran and skipped in their races. What a fantastic effort. Home baking, was shared and enjoyed by parents.  I particularly enjoyed a delicious slice of orange cake.

Assembly                                                                                                                                            On Friday, we reflected on the key messages in ‘Get Active’. We shared all the different ways we each ‘Get Active’ and how sometimes this can be a challenge or risk. Please let us know if you try out the ‘Do something new for 30 days’ challenge. The staff tried this out, and it was a challenge for some.

Reports                                                                                                                                          Teachers gave the End of Session Reports to the children on today. The reports complement our e-journals as a record of the children’s success and achievements. We welcome your feedback.

 Meet the Teacher                                                                                                                           The children all met their new class teacher on the Tuesday and almost all seemed very happy. I have emailed next session’s class staff list and will add this to our website before the end of term.

 Primary 1 Induction                                                                                                                      We welcomed our new P1 pupils to school on Tuesday. We shared what a day in the life of a P1 looks like and some key routines.  Our P1 Handbook, information and application forms were given out in a handy Hermitage Park ‘Shopper’, kindly donated by the Schools Association. Information was shared from the Hermitage Park Schools Association, School Health Team, After School Club coordinator and our English as an Additional Language Teacher, and we were entertained by the junior choir. Thank you to Mrs Deponio for teaching and showcasing our choir. They sang ‘You’ve Got a Friend’, it was so lovely.

School Improvement Plan

As part of our Eco drive to save paper, our School Standard and Quality Report for 2017-2018 and Improvement Plan for 2018-2019 will be posted on the website before the start of the new session. If you would like to join me in creating the parent and carer version, please let me know. I shall continue to update you on progress as we work our school improvements next session.

Parking

There was an incident last week where a doctor was unable to park his car to treat a patient in Hermitage Park Lea due to the inappropriate parking by some families dropping off their children. Please work with us to respect our neighbours in the community and park thoughtfully. Also, please do not park or double park in the restricted yellow zig-zag areas around the school.  They are there for the safety of your child.  Outwith these areas, please park sensibly.  A short walk is much preferable to a child being knocked down crossing between double parked cars.

 Multi Sports Pitch

We continue to receive complaints about the noise from the Multi Sports Pitch, after school. We have posted signs promoting the use of a sponge ball to reduce the banging on the metal with a heavy leather ball. Thank you for your support with this.

IRONKIDS Scotland

As part of Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018 celebrations, City of Edinburgh are supporting IRONKIDS Scotland. Sports taster sessions, live entertainment and family-focused running events of between 500m and 2km will take part in in Dalkeith Country Park from 4pm on Friday 29 June, Preston Links at Prestonpans from 11am on Saturday 30 June and at Holyrood Park from 3pm on Saturday 30 June. If you would like to join in sign up for http://bit.ly/IRONKIDSscotland IRONKIDS Scotland or enter on the day. £4 per young person, plus a small booking fee. This includes an IRONKIDS T-shirt and a Finishers Medal.

Play streets                                                                                                                                      Play Streets has now been adopted as official Council policy. If you would like to apply to close your street for a play session over the summer holidays please use the following link http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/info/20014/schools_and_learning/1553/playing_out/1

 P7 Show

We look forward to meeting all P7 parents and carers for the P7 show on Wednesday 27 June at 2pm. Please ensure your child’s class teacher is informed if you are taking your child home when the show finishes. We wish all our P7 pupils every success and happiness at high school.

House winners

The winning house will be announced on Wednesday at our song practice. The house captains and our pupil groups voted, and the winning vote was for Zoo Lab. There will be three sessions on Thursday for the winning house teams to ‘handle’ the animals (if they choose to) or observe them from a distance.

 

As an end of year celebration, each class has been timetabled for an extra break, with Loose Parts Play and ice cream (or allergy free alternative) on Thursday.

Dates for your diary:

Tuesday 26 June: P7 Dress Rehearsal

Wednesday 27 June: P7 Show at 2pm

Thursday 28 June: Winning House Celebrations

Thursday 28 June: P7 Leavers Dance 6pm-9.30pm

Wednesday 15 August: School starts for all children at 9am for the new session.

 

Please remember the school closes at 12 noon on Friday 29 June.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a wonderful sun filled summer holidays and look forward to seeing you back at Hermitage Park on Wednesday 15 August 2018 at 9am.

Kind regards,                                                                                                                                          Natalie Borrowman                                                                                                                                Acting Head Teacher

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HT Blog 17

Dear Parents and Carers                                                                                  8 June 2018

The sun is shining again today, and it is hard to believe how quickly the end of term and the summer holidays are approaching. Please let us know if you plan to leave before the end of term or are moving schools. June is a busy month and we have so much still to look forward to.

 

Hermie Stars

Congratulations to our Hermitage Park Stars of the Week, Milo, Lachlan, Tristan, Adrian, Zoe, Bailey, Alexei, Meadow, Joey, Liam, Aiden, Megan, Ming Chan and Katy who demonstrated they were successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors.

 

P4-P7 Sports day                                                                                                                        Thank you to Mrs McLaughlin and her team of helpers for our fantastic P4-7 Sports Day. I loved the combination of competitive and potted sporting events. All the competitors showed good sportsmanship like behaviour and cheered on their team mates.  Well done everyone.

Sustainability Stars                                                                                                                        Our ‘Crops in Pots’ children were invited a sustainability meeting to meet the minister for climate change. Please click on the link below to check out our sustainability stars.  https://www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/news/sustainability-and-climate-change/climate-challenge-fund/climate-challenge-fund-is-open/

Assembly                                                                                                                                                Today we reflected on the key messages in ‘Get Active’. We shared all the different ways we each ‘Get Active’ and explored how sometimes this can be a challenge or risk. Have you tried the ‘Do something new for 30 days’ challenge? https://www.ted.com/talks/matt_cutts_try_something_new_for_30_days

Absence                                                                                                                                                    If your child is unable to attend school, please let the office know. Returning the ‘To Be Confirmed’ call enables us to update our attendance records with the correct code.  If your child has had an injury or feels unwell in school the school office will phone you. If there are any serious injuries, we shall call NHS Direct or an ambulance if required. Please let us know if your phone number or emergency contact changes.

 Parking                                                                                                                                                    Local residents have raised concerns around safety due to double parking and parking on the yellow zig zags. Please be mindful of the traffic restrictions around parking near the school and take care when dropping off children. Walking to school is a good way to ‘Get Active’.

Behaviour                                                                                                                                              I am disappointed to report there have been several issues this week with older children being disrespectful to the staff in school and in the playground, in particular not following instructions and answering staff back. I ask for your continued support to promote our restorative practice approach to resolve conflicts, and using kind words and actions towards others.  More information on our Positive Behaviour Policy and practices can be accessed from the link below. If you have any feedback on our Positive Behaviour Policy please do share this with me.

https://hermitageparkprimarysite.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/positive-behaviour-policy.doc

https://hermitageparkprimarysite.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/better-relationships-better-behaviour-better-learning.docx

 

Mobile Phone Policy                                                                                                                          Children were reminded this week about our mobile phone policy-see link below. If your child brings a mobile phone to school, they are to hand it in to their teacher to be securely locked. The mobile phones are returned to the children at the end of the school day.

https://hermitageparkprimarysite.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/mobile-phones-and-devices-policy.docx

Meet the Teacher                                                                                                                            The children will meet their new class teacher on the 19 June during the school day. Class information and class teacher list will also be sent home.

Maths Challenge                                                                                                                             The First Minister’s Maths Summer Challenge for P6 will be themed around the European Championships using facts, figures and aims to foster an interest in maths through sports. Further information will be emailed to all P5 and P6 families as it comes to us.

 P1-3 Sports Day                                                                                                                          Sports day for P1-P3 is at Leith Academy Playing Fields on Wednesday 13 June at 1.30pm. We look forward to seeing you there. We have requested the children have been to dress in appropriate sports clothes in their house colours t-shirt. They should bring a water bottle, outdoor coat and snack with them for the afternoon events.

Lost Property

A small purple bike has been left this week at the bike rack. If this belongs to you please pop in to school and claim it. Thank you.

Multi Sports Pitch                                                                                                                      There have been several complaints about the noise from the Multi Sports Pitch after school; with the ball banging against the metal bars. In response to this we have put signs up to request using a sponge ball to reduce the noise and locked the gate at 6pm. However, locking the gate has resulted in the gate being damaged by youths climbing over it and has completely broken off. The Health and Safety Team have been notified, and we are arranging to have it fixed.

School Improvement

I would like to involve Parents and Carers in writing our Improvement Plan. I thought we could start with the Parent and Carer Summary. If you would be interested in this, please let me know and we could do this together.

Dates for your diary:

Tuesday 12 June: Nursery ‘practice’ lunch

Wednesday 13 June: P1-3 Sports Day at Leith Academy Playing Fields

Tuesday 19 June P1 Induction Day

Tuesday 19, Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 June: P7 Leith Academy Transition days:

Wednesday 20th June 1.30-3pm Nursery Sports Day at Leith Academy Playing Fields

 

I look forward to seeing you all at Sports Day on Wednesday.

 

As always, if you have a concern, suggestion or question, please let me know,

Kind regards,

 

Natalie Borrowman

Acting Head Teacher

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HT Blog 16

Dear Parents and Carers                                                                                  1 June 2018

Well…the crossed fingers and toes worked-what a lovely surprise to have the sunshine between 12 and 3pm for our Hermie’s Fun Friday. Thank you all so much; the donations, volunteers, supporters, and of course the Hermitage Park Schools Association- all contributed to a wonderful afternoon of school community fun. It was fantastic.

 

Hermie Stars

Congratulations to our Hermitage Park Stars of the Week, Zosia, Aidan, Alan, Tia, Jackson, Karly, Skye, Alex, Cammy, Luke, Claire, Zac, David and Alba who demonstrated they were successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors.

 

Leith Festival Poster Prize Winners

Congratulations to Kaitlyn, Finlay, Dan, Christopher, Sam, Annabel, Aidan and Amelia whose winning poster designs were chosen to represent and promote Leith Festival on Saturday 9 June. See if you can spot the posters in the local shops and in the community.

Hermie Crofters’ carpentry

This week our ‘crops in pots’ group of pupils, turned their hands to carpentry. Under the guidance of Farmer Tom, they made the planters in school, for their blossoming edible seeds. Next week, they will fill it with their very own organic soil and transfer their seeds which they have been nurturing in the greenhouses back at the croft.

Assembly

I was delighted and impressed by our confident P1s who thoroughly enjoyed sharing their learning with their families at assembly on Friday. They displayed very good presentation skills and retold the story of Goldilocks so well. They also showcased some excellent French singing. Well done P1. Our whole school assembly focused on equality and acceptance of differences. We discussed how we are just like ‘smarties’, all different on the outside but just the same on the inside.

We continue to promote using a restorative practice to resolve conflicts, and using kind words and actions towards others.  Thank you for your support with this.

Scottish Rural College competition

Well done to Sam in P6 who won the Scottish Rural College competition with his wonderful interpretation of one of our Scottish wild flowers the ‘willow’. We have also been given a copy of the book ‘Lost Words’ he won. The P6 drawings are displayed in school. Please visit the website to see Sam’s drawing.

P4-7 Sports Day

Sports day for P4-P4 is at Leith Academy Playing Fields on Wednesday 6 June. We look forward to seeing you there. Please note the children have been reminded to dress in appropriate sports clothes- and their house colours t-shirt. They are to bring a water bottle, outdoor coat and snack with them for Sports Day.

Dates for your diary:

Monday 4 June: Interscolastics- for identified pupils

Wednesday 6 June: P4-7 Sports Day at Leith Academy Playing Fields

Wednesday 13 June: P1-3 Sports Day at Leith Academy Playing Fields

Wednesday 20th June 1.30-3pm Nursery Sports Day at Leith Academy Playing Fields

 

I look forward to seeing you all at Sports Day on Wednesday.

As always, if you have a concern, suggestion or question, please let me know,

Kind regards,

Natalie Borrowman

Acting Head Teacher

HT Blog 15

Dear Parents and Carers                                                                                  25 May 2018

I hope you enjoyed the long weekend, what another wonderful week of summer sunshine. This week the children have enjoyed ‘loose parts play’, football in the Multi Sports Pitch, planting in pots with Farmer Tom, and of course the shorter week. I look forward to seeing you all at Parent Consultations. Please note Mr Hutcheson will be available to support anyone who has not yet accessed our e-journals.

Hermie Stars

Congratulations to our Hermitage Park Stars of the Week, Martin, Austin, Yasmin, Elle, Finlay, Maurice, Lewis, Lucas, Scarlett, Alix, Marcus, Sophie, John and Bethany who demonstrated they were successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors.

 Resources

We are delighted with, and excited by, our new screen and sound system in the hall-thank you again to the HPSA for their support and contributions. This has made a huge difference to our assemblies already.

We continue to work on improving our learning environments. In all classrooms we have replaced the black boards with white roller boards, purchased visualisers, maths text books, more ipads for each class and earphones. Look out for them at Parent Consultations. Our new picnic tables and benches will be installed the playground very soon.

Assembly

P2/1 enjoyed sharing their learning with their families at their assembly on Friday. They displayed confidence and very good presentation skills; even when faced with some technical issues. Well done P2/1. Our whole school assembly focused on name calling and bullying behaviour. We discussed how hurtful name calling is, and how this impacts our confidence and how we feel about ourselves. Our target next week is to use kind words and kind actions.

 Golden Time

Our ‘Golden Time’ Clubs have proved to be very successful for P4-P7 classes. I am delighted with the children’s effort. There are more children now aiming for or on ‘above and beyond’ the ‘Green’ traffic light.  An improvement too – less Golden Time has been lost. Keep up the good effort.

Dress Down Friday

For Dress Down Friday we requested donations for Hermie Fun Friday instead of our usual £1. Thank you for your donations- what an amazing collection of items. If you still have something to hand in please do this on Monday.

Rag Bag collection

Please bring in your Rag Bag to school for collection by 31 May 2018.

 Lunches

We continue to promote healthy eating at school and I ask for your support with this. The children eat their school dinner lunch and packed lunch at the tables in the lunch hall. P4-7 classes have an identified day for eating lunch at the picnic benches. One small snack from home or an item from their packed lunch may be taken outside. The ECO Team are considering different ways to keep our playground litter free and are making posters to remind the children.

Nuts

We have several children in school who have nut allergies and we have requested the children to support this by not bringing in food products containing nuts to school. Thank you.

Dates for your diary:

Tuesday 29 May: Parent Consultations

Friday 1 June: Hermie’s Fun Friday

Wednesday 6 June: P4-7 Sports Day at Leith Academy Playing Fields

Wednesday 13 June: P1-3 Sports Day at Leith Academy Playing Fields

Wednesday 20th June 1.30-3pm Nursery Sports Day at Leith Academy Playing Fields

 

I look forward to seeing you all at Hermie’s Fun Day on Friday 1 June.

As always, if you have a concern, suggestion or question, please let me know,

Kind regards,

Natalie Borrowman

Acting Head Teacher

 HT Blog 14

Dear Parents and Carers                                                                                  18 May 2018

 

What a wonderful week of sunshine it makes such a difference. I hope it lasts for the Monday May holiday.

 

Appointment of Head Teacher

I am pleased to inform you that Ms Faye Calder-Kelly has been appointed as Head Teacher at Hermitage Park Primary School. Faye is currently Head Teacher at Stockbridge Primary School. I would like to take this opportunity to wish her all the very best.

It has been confirmed today I will remain at Hermitage Park until the new Head Teacher at Stockbridge Primary is in post. It has been my pleasure to lead learning at Hermitage Park.  I have thoroughly enjoyed this wonderful opportunity and I will miss it very much when I leave.

 

Hermie Stars

Congratulations to our Hermitage Park Stars of the Week;   Arthav, Lexi, Logan, Joseph, Florence, Steven, Celeste, Jenna, Scarlett, Kyle, Nicole, Calum, Edward, Ella who demonstrated they were successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors.

 

Talking Space and Playbase

We are delighted with the refurbishment and renaming of our new rooms. The Playbase is resourced with a wonderful selection of play equipment including a very interesting wooden washing machine and glow in the dark sensory lights. Our Talking Space has new furniture to create a nurturing environment –a home from home space. Huge thanks to the Schools Association for their financial support and Tesco. We are still waiting on the much talked about fish wallpaper. Our new Literacy Base is being refitted with Howden’s units and we appreciate the time and effort this and their time and effort to fit it. Thank you.

 

Play Leaders

Our P6 Play Leaders have been applying their skills this week with P2. They all enjoyed the warm sunshine.

 

Gold Card Holders

Well done to our P7 who achieved their Gold Cards. The Gold Card Holders were able to enjoy the P7 garden area this week. The P7s have also worked on Rights Respecting Schools designs with some ex Hermitage Park pupils in 3rd year at Leith Academy. The Leith Academy students are going to use their designs to create wall murals in the P7 Garden area.

 

Hermie’s Fun Friday

Hermie’s Fun Friday is on Friday 1 June from 12.30 to 2.30pm. Thank you for the donations for Hermie Fun Friday. All items are very welcome! If you would like to help with any of the stalls, just let the Schools Association know.

 

Absences

If your child is absent from school please inform the school office it is also important to update the school with reasons for any unexplained absence queries.

 

Dates for your diary:

Monday 21 May: May Holiday

Friday 25 May: Parent Consultations

Tuesday 29 May: Parent Consultations

Friday 1 June: P1 Showcase of Learning from 9.45am-10.15am approx.

Friday 1 June: Hermie’s Fun Friday

Wednesday 6 June: P4-7 Sports Day at Leith Academy Playing Fields

Wednesday 13 June: P1-3 Sports Day at Leith Academy Playing Fields

Wednesday 20th June 1.30-3pm Nursery Sports Day at Leith Academy Playing Fields

 

As always, if you have a concern, suggestion or question, please let me know,

 

Kind regards,

 

Natalie Borrowman

Acting Head Teacher

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HT Blog 13

Dear Parents and Carers                                                                                  11 May 2018

I hope you all had some time over the long weekend to enjoy the wonderful sunshine. It feels like summer is almost here. We have had a busy few days back, and it is lovely to see the children in their shorts and summer dresses.

Play Rangers

P6 have been working with The Smart Play Network, training to be Hermitage Park’s Play Rangers. They have been learning how to lead the younger children to play imaginatively by providing resources and ideas to encourage exciting, active and socially bonding play. This was their fourth session today and they led P2/1 in a range of traditional games, loose parts play and ball games. Next week they will explore den building and more challenging play like obstacles courses, balancing and juggling. Throughout the learning, the P6 students are asked to self-evaluate their leadership and suggest improvements.

Golden Time

‘Golden Time’ Clubs start again on Friday for P4-P7 classes. The children will sign up on a Monday, for a Friday ‘Golden Time’ Club.  Please note P1-3 will continue with their own class ‘Golden Time’. We are working on being ‘above and beyond’ the ‘Green’ traffic light.  We are currently creating sample role play scripts to illustrate Restorative Discussions, we plan to video the scenarios and share them.

Hermie Stars

Congratulations to our Hermitage Park Stars of the Week; Carmella, Millie, Faye, Emilia, Robyn, Brandon, Sam, Ruairi, Ruben, Ava, Sam, Logan, Juliet and Lewis who demonstrated they were successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors.

Hermie’s Fun Friday

Hermie’s Fun Friday is on Friday 1 June from 12.30 to 2.30pm. We are now accepting donations for Hermie Fun Friday:

Tombola – bubble bath, gift sets, candles, stationery etc

Card Game – sweets/chocolate

Bottle stall – bottles of wine, beer, spirits, juice

2nd hand toys

All help is very welcome! Please, come along and join in the fun! If you would like to help with any of the stalls, just let the Schools Association know.

Rag Bag collection

Hermitage Park Primary School have been invited to participate in a Rag Bag collection scheduled for 31 May 2018 between 9 am and 3 pm. Please hand in any Rag Bags to the school office. Thank you.

 Lost Property

Please check the lost property at the front door for any missing items. Any remaining items left after Friday 18 May will be collected by the Schools Association for the Ragbag collection.

 National Assessments

We have started our online national assessments in maths and reading for P1, P4 and P7. Next week we will complete the writing assessments. P2, P3, P5 and P6 will complete their assessments on paper.

Weather

Although we are experiencing warmer weather please do ensure your child brings a coat to school in the event of our usual changeable Scottish weather.

Water bottles

The children have been reminded water bottles in the classroom are to contain water and be stored in the appropriate place in their classroom. We ask for your support with this.

Dates for your diary:

Friday 25 May: Parent Consultations

Tuesday 29 May: Parent Consultations

Friday 1 June: P1 Showcase of Learning from 9.45am-10.15am approx.

Friday 1 June: Hermie’s Fun Friday

Wednesday 6 June: P4-7 Sports Day at Leith Academy Playing Fields

Wednesday 13 June: P1-3 Sports Day at Leith Academy Playing Fields

Wednesday 20th June 1.30-3pm Nursery Sports Day at Leith Academy Playing Fields

As always, if you have a concern, suggestion or question, please let me know,

Kind regards,

Natalie Borrowman

Acting Head Teacher

HT Blog  27.4.18

Dear Parents and Carers                                                                             27 April 2018

It was great to see some sunshine this week, I hope it stays for our Health Week.

We invite all children and staff to come to school in their sports clothes for Health Week as part of our focus on ‘Get Active’. The children will be participating in a variety of activities- keeping their minds and bodies active.  Come along to school and join us for Clubercise on Monday from 4.15pm-5pm.

Sharing Learning Assembly

Well done to P3b who shared their learning with their families today at assembly. They sang songs about the body in French and Scots. Some of us were able to answer their quiz questions well.

Conflict and Resolution Assembly

At our whole school assembly we discussed the ways to a resolve a conflict.

  • Ignore: Ignoring (denial) happens when someone is angry but will not admit they are angry
  • Fight: Fighting happens when you’re angry or upset with someone and are hurtful in return.
  • Talk it over: when you tell the person what is bothering you, talk in a way that does not hurt or blame the other person, LISTEN to each other and find a solution.

We discussed the consequences of each. We aim to ‘TALK IT OVER’ to resolve conflicts as part of our restorative practice. We value your continued support with this.

Hermitage Park Health Week

Positive Health and Wellbeing is at the centre of all our decision making at Hermitage Park and it permeates across all learning. We will celebrate this by dedicating next week as our Health week. Healthy food choices, challenging gender stereotypes in sport and exciting sport tasters will be explored. To find out more details, come to our health information ‘market stall’, where pupil representatives will share their learning and answer any questions you have. Tea and coffee will be served too.

Health Information Market Stall

Friday 11/5/18 09.15-10.15

Hermie Stars

Congratulations to our Hermitage Park Stars of the Week who demonstrated they were successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors.

am nursery P1a

Maya

P2/1

Jack

P3a

Georgia

P4a

Annabel

P5a

Alfred

P6a

Kieran

P7a

Louise

pm nursery P1b

Leon

P2

Layla

P3b

Daisy

P4b

Fletcher

P5b

Abi

P6b

Rhianyn

P7b

Harry

Our Primary One Induction morning for pupils starting school in August 2018 will be on Tuesday 19th of June 2018 at 9:30 am – 10:30am. Letters will be sent out to parents with information soon.

Nursery placing letters for August 2018 will be sent out next week.

Hermie’s Fun Friday is on Friday 1 June from 12.30 to 2.30pm. Please, come along and join in the fun! If you would like to help with any of the stalls, please let the Schools Association know. All help is very welcome!

For our next ‘Dress Down Friday’ we are requesting a donation of tombola for our Tombola stall for Hermie’s Fun Friday; for example, shower gel, chocolates or candles. Please hand in the donations to the class teacher during the week beginning 28 May 2018. Thank you.

Dates for your diary:

Monday 30 April: Health Week

Monday 23 April- Monday 28 May: Transition Art Events

Friday 25 May: Parent Consultations

Tuesday 29 May: Parent Consultations

Friday 1 June: Hermie’s Fun Friday

Wednesday 6 June: P4-7 Sports Day at Leith Academy Playing Fields

Wednesday 13 June: P1-3 Sports Day at Leith Academy Playing Fields

Wednesday 20th June 1.30-3pm Nursery Sports Day at Leith Academy Playing Fields

As always, if you have a concern, suggestion or question, please let me know,

Kind regards,

Natalie Borrowman

Acting Head Teacher


HT Blog  20.4.18

Welcome back everyone and the sun, we have a busy term ahead and it is great to see the children playing in the sunshine, long may this last!

This Term our focus for Building Resilience is ‘Get Active’. The children will be learning about the importance of being active- for both your mind and body.  They will engage in activities in class and at House Meetings. This links in very well with our Health Week, where we will also focus on healthy eating.

Hermie Stars

Congratulations to our Hermitage Park Stars of the Week who demonstrated they were successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors.

P1a: Christopher  P1b: Felix  P2: Sean  P2/1: Logan  P3a: Emily  P3b: Josie  P4a: Paige

P4b: Emma   P5a: Miler  P5b: Colm    P6a: Arnold    P6b: Alice  P7a: Michael   P7b: Amy

 

Standardised Assessments                                                                                                                    The Scottish Government is introducing a new system of standardised assessments, called the Scottish National Standardised Assessments (SNSA). Please see their website, https://standardisedassessment.gov.scot for further information. As with all assessments, teachers use them to help plan learning and teaching to meet each individual learner’s needs.

Hermie pupils contribute to a happy, healthy, leafy Leith                                                            A small group of budding eco-warriors, is working with Mrs Black and Leith Community Crops in Pots in a ‘Seed to plate’ sustainable farming project. Over the eight sessions, the group will gain hands-on experience of food systems and sustainable farming both at the Leith Community Croft and at sessions led by the croft farmer at school. The children visited the croft where they chose their seeds and planted them in the organic soil they mixed themselves. We’re especially looking forward to our cooking celebration using our edible gardening, at the end of the programme.

Early Years Posts                                                                                                                                   If you are interested in working in a City of Edinburgh Nursery, ninety early years trainee/MA posts are advertised on MyJobScotland until May 6th.  If you would like to know what this involves, there is a free public early years careers information event on Friday 20th April at the Scottish Storytelling Centre, Bookable via Survey Monkey at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/EYCAREERCHANGER

Junior Play Rangers at Hermitage Park Primary School                                                          Our P6 children are taking part in a Play Ranger project. The children will experience and be trained in a range of exciting play opportunities in their own outdoor environments.

Calm Club                                                                                                                                        Some children can find the social dynamics of the playground challenging. In a bid to help with this, Mrs Black offers a lunch time calm club. Here, an invited group of children can engage in peaceful activities such as mindful colouring, jewellery making, marble runs, reading and sculpture. While the children are playing, Mrs Black engages in ‘side-by-side’ talking with them about emotions, empathy and problem solving. We very much appreciate the Parent Association contributing the calm club games and activities.

NYCoS                                                                                                                                                    P3 classes are participating in the weekly NYCoS programme. NYCoS’ education principles are based on the teachings of Hungarian Composer and Educator Zoltán Kodály. Research has shown that good music education involving active singing participation will not only help develop musical skills but will also enhance numerical, social and linguistic skills.

Dates for your diary:

Monday 30 April: Health Week                                                                                                  Monday 23 April- Monday 28 May: Transition Art Events                                                            Friday 25 May and Tuesday 29 May: Parent Consultations                                              Wednesday 6 June: P4-P7 Sports Day                                                                                  Wednesday 13 June: P1-P3 Sports Day

As always, if you have a concern, suggestion or question, please let me know,                      Kind regards,

Natalie Borrowman

Acting Head Teacher

 

HT Blog 29.03.18

Dear Parents and Carers

Easter Service

We had a lovely walk down to St Andrew’s Leith church on Thursday morning for our school Easter Service. Thank you to our volunteers for accompanying us. Our school choirs performed their ‘Studio to Stage’ songs , P7 pupils read some readings and Reverend Rob Mackenzie shared the Easter Story. We thoroughly enjoyed singing ‘I’m a Spring Chicken’ at the end of the service.

Visit to Prospect Bank

Our Pupil Council were invited along to Prospect Bank Primary School to watch their Easter Assembly. The children were delighted their ‘Buddy’ school’s pupil could attend their assembly and we hope to invite some Prospect Bank children to our next class sharing learning assembly.

Swimming Gala

Thank you to our P6  team; Cameron, Aiden, Ruby, Jonny, Taba, Ellie, Alasdair, James, Calum, Megan, Sam  and Matthew who took part in the swimming Gala at The Royal Commonwealth Pool. They demonstrated good team spirit and enjoyed the competition.

Hermie’s Got Talent

On Thursday afternoon, just before the Easter Holidays, Louise (P7) organised a fantastic Hermie’s Got Talent for the whole school and what a great job she did! This involved a lot of planning and organisation…and some help from her classmates. We have some very talented children, and what a great audience they were too! There were many compliments afterwards, from teachers and children alike. Well done! Congratulations to our winner Hamish with his ‘Rap’.

Crossing Guides

The Council are reviewing school the City’s crossing guides. If you would like to contribute to the review, please do so before Tuesday 24 April 2018 at https://consultationhub.edinburgh.gov.uk/sfc/school-crossing-patrol-review-parents-and-carers. Councillors will use our feedback when deciding if any changes should be made to the service. If you have any questions, please contact roadsafety@edinburgh.gov.uk

Have a great Easter Holiday and I look forward to working with you when School opens on Tuesday 17 April.

Dates For Your Diary

Tuesday 17 April: Term starts for staff and children                                                              Thursday 26 April: Fordel Firs Transition event for P7                                                              Monday 30 April: Health Week                                                                                                    Friday 25 May and Tuesday 29 May: Parent Consultations                                              Wednesday 6 June: P4-P7 Sports Day                                                                                  Wednesday 13 June: P1-P3 Sports Day

If you any concerns, please do let me know.

Kind regards,

Natalie Borrowman

Acting Head Teacher