Parents’ Evenings

If you have time during Parents’ Evenings on Wednesday and Thursday this week, please pop into the gym hall where we have a few things for you to look at. Firstly, we have the two options for our planned extension for you to see if you haven’t already had a chance. Both sets of plans will be going to planning in the next few weeks and you will be able to comment on them then.

We also have a few examples of the Parent Prompts available on our website that demonstrate how we teach the 4 maths concepts (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) so you can help with homework in required, an explanation of different grammar terms and information about the VCOP we use in writing.

We are delighted to let everyone know that Alistair our school photographer will also be in the gym hall during Parents’ evenings to take orders for school photos or answer any questions you may have. In addition, we have an example of our P4 – P7 sticker book which you will be able to see plus information flyers about advertising in the sticker book in case you know anyone who might be interested in doing this.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone and discussing your child’s progress with you during these evenings.

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Scottish Fencing

Free sessions to try plastics fencing, at the Oriam this Saturday, whilst the Scottish Fencing Open is on (also free for spectators). See link below for details.


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Questionnaire about the timing of school holidays

The City of Edinburgh Council are consulting with parents about the timing of school holidays and how the school year should look in the future. They have devised a questionnaire for parents and carers to voice their opinions and would appreciate it if you have the time to complete the survey, which will only take a few minutes.

The link to the survey is:


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Balerno High School Holiday Camp

Balerno High School Holiday Camp

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Staff up-date

Congratulations to Mrs Lake who has secured a permanent teaching position with Midlothian Council. Mrs Lake has been with us for 1 year and I would like to thank her for the work she has done in this time.  Mrs Lake will finish up at Currie Primary School at the October break.

We are delighted to be welcoming Miss Sharpe back to our school to replace Mrs Lake. Miss Sharpe taught at our school a couple of years ago before going travelling. It will be lovely to have Miss Sharpe back on our staff and I am sure P2B will enjoy having her as their teacher.

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Sticker Album Pricing and Information

Thank you to everyone who has expressed an interest in placing an advert in our school sticker book. The flyer below shows the details of sizes of adverts and prices for your information.


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Supporting Numeracy at Home


Below is a useful Education Scotland Link for parents/carers to support numeracy at home.


This can also be found on our Information for Parents > Parent Prompt  page of our website.

Parent Prompts




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Sticker Book

Sticker book

The photographs have now all been taken for our sticker book and look fantastic. I am sure everyone will be delighted with them! P7 have taken on the job of looking for people to advertise in our sticker book which will help towards the cost of printing the stickers. The more advertising P7 can sell for our book the more profit our school will make from the sale of the stickers – all profits will go towards our playground developments.

If you run your own business or work for a company / business or have any contacts with anyone that would be interested in advertising in our sticker book, we would love to hear from you or them. Advertising space starts at £85 and there are various price options from there depending on the size of advert. We have information fliers available in school that we can send out to you or your contacts which will give you more details. Please let us know if you would like one. We hope to hear from you soon!!

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Bikes and scooters in the playground.

Please can you remind your child / children not to ride round the playground on their bikes and scooters at the beginning and end of the school day. The playground is very busy at these times and one of our older boys almost knocked a little girl over riding his bike down the hill earlier this week at home time.

Children should get off their bikes at the gate in the morning and wheel them to the bike rack in the playground. At the end of the day the children are asked to collect their bikes and scooters and wheel them up the path before getting on them at the gate. We spoke to all the children about this in assembly this week and would appreciate your help to reinforce this message at home as it is not always for staff to be in the playground at the end of the day.

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Extension Plans

The plans for our new extension will be on display in the main hall of our school on Thursday 28 September 2017 from 5.30 pm to 6.30 pm for all parents and members of the public to come and look at. As Head Teacher I will be there, as will people for the authority, the architects and the building company in case you had any questions you wanted to ask about the plans and the development of our school.

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