We have been enjoying a taste of the Edinburgh Festival and Fringe in school this week! Our P7 classes attended a concert at the Ross Band Stand in Princes Street Gardens yesterday and this morning P4- P7 welcomed Morgan and West to our school at the end of their very successful run of shows as part of the Edinburgh Fringe. Morgan and West, with the help of some of our pupils, amazed and entertained us all with some very clever tricks! Thank you to Miss McLean for organising this show for us.
Hi, I’m Lisa Syme and I’m the new chair of the Parent Council for Currie Primary School.
The Parent Council is an open forum comprised of senior staff members, parents and carers. We meet 6 times a year for 2 hours and discuss many aspects of school business. We aren’t involved in fundraising (the role is covered by the PTA), although traditionally we staff the cafe at the annual May Fayre.
The Parent Council is an excellent way to get more involved in the shaping of the school, but we desperately need more parents to take part. It’s not a big commitment, as a working parent I often cannot help with daytime volunteer roles like chaperoning school trips, but the Parent Council allows me to stay connected to the school.
Our first meeting is on Wednesday 7 September, from 7-9pm, in the school staff room. You are welcome to come along to see who we are and what we do, with no commitment. We especially need parents with children in the lower end of the school.
You can find the Parent Council webpage on the school website at https://currieprimary.com/parent-council.
We are looking for volunteers to help with our school library. Classes visit the library on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week. Our library is run by parents who help the children to choose books they would like to read. There are always 2 parents on duty on a time. Reading for enjoyment is a big part of our school improvement plan and all children will be involved in a reading challenge through this year. We are really keen to make maximum use of our school library this year, encouraging all children to borrow books to read. If you can commit to helping in our library for a couple of hours each on a Tuesday or Thursday please pop in or phone school to let us know.
The PTA will be holding their AGM at 7.00 pm in the school on Monday 5 September 2016. Our PTA are a group of parents and staff who organise and run events for all our children and parents throughout the school year, raising funds to support the work of school. This year we would like to develop the playground, adding areas and equipment for the children to use at breaks and lunchtimes. The PTA organise a number of events throughout the year including disco’s magic shows, Beetle Drives, as well as the Christmas and May Fayres. The PTA regularly throughout the year and is a great way to get involved with the wider life of our school. We hope you can come along to the AGM on the 5th of September and find out a little more about this group and get involved in developing this aspect of our school.
Active Schools are delighted to offer a range of sport and physical activity extracurricular opportunities again this term! Please note that bookings have now gone online using the Join in Edinburgh Website! See Active School Clubs for full details.
If your child is interested in attending any of the clubs/activities listed on the attached link Active Schools Aug 16 please follow the link below. The link will take you to the home page of Join In Edinburgh webpage. Enter the short code in the activity search box, eg, (CUR-20 for the Monday fencing club)
Bookings for all clubs will open on Tuesday 23rd August 2016 and close on Thursday 1st September. This allows registers to be completed and delivered to schools. Please note that you will be able to book online using credit or debit cards.
Should you be unable to make online payments, please contact me either by email or phone to discuss alternative methods of booking.
Active Schools have updated their terms and conditions for extra curricular clubs to improve the quality of our programmes. Parents will be asked to confirm that you have read the terms before completing the online booking form. Alternatively the terms can be found on the Active Schools web page.
We ask that your child should attend the session wearing appropriate clothing and footwear with a filled water bottle. Should you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact me by email firstname.lastname@example.org or mobile 07884210647.
Lindsay Campbell (Active Schools Coordinator)
Currie/Balerno ClusterSouth-West Neighbourhood
The Edinburgh Sharks Basketball Club are seeking new players for the 2016/17 season.
If your child is under the age of 14 and is keen to make some new friends whilst playing basketball, then you can sign-up at the following link: https://goo.gl/forms/RL3prVmmUNwZVUxy1. Click the link for full details of all the club’s sessions from Under-8s to Under-14s.
For the 2016/17 season, the club is forming an U14 basketball team. Sessions will start on 31st August 2016, and the team will be training on Wednesdays at Oriam, Heriot-Watt University from 7:00-8:30pm and will be competing in the under 14s Regional Development League (RDL).
The club also have U8, U10 and U12 sessions which run at different venues across the region. For more information on specific training times, click the link above. All sessions will start on the week commencing 29th August 2016.
Please note that no previous basketball experience is required for any of the club’s age groups, and the attached flyers provide some more information, and contact details, should you have any further questions.
We had a lovely first week back to school after the summer holidays last week and are all looking forward to the start of this second week. It was lovely to see everyone back and to welcome not only our new P1s and the children starting nursery but also a number of new pupils throughout our school. Everyone looks so smart in their school uniform – thank you very much to everyone for supporting us with this. We are very proud of our uniform and it is just fantastic to see almost all of our pupils wearing our school colours.
We hope you will all be able to come along to our annual ‘Meet the Teacher’ event next week on Monday 29 August 2016. School will be open from 4.00 pm to 5.00 pm. This is a great opportunity for you to come along and see your child or children’s new classrooms and meet their new teacher. We look forward to seeing everyone then.
Quick message to wish everyone a lovely summer – hopefully we will see some sunshine and dry weather over the next 6 weeks at some point! It has been a busy term and year here at Currie and I think everyone deserves a well-earned rest over the holidays! Thank you to all our parents and carers and wider families for being such an important part of our school again this year and for getting involved in and supporting the work of our classes. A huge thank you to all our parents for the additional roles you play in our school coaching football teams, running our school library, helping in classes, on the PTA and Parent Council. We look forward to working with you all again next year!
School reopens for pupils on Wednesday 17 August 2016 at 8.45 am. We look forward to seeing everyone then and hearing all about ‘What I did on my summer holidays!
On Friday 20 May the whole school brought in £1 to wear Funky-Footwear for CHAS. Then, on Tuesday 24 May P7 held a sponsored silence to make more money for CHAS. We all raised £404.20 to add to the Friday total of £486.85. We found the silence hard but most of us managed it. In total we raised a fantastic £ 891.05 for the charity.
CHAS (Children’s Hospice Association Scotland) helps children with terminal illnesses to make sure that they are happy and properly cared for. It also helps with Respite Care so that families can get a bit more help and support if they are finding it hard to cope or need a break from their own house. It supports families as well as children so that families know they have help.
By Sophie and Amy (P7b)