Monthly Archives: Jan 2018

Key Dates

Here are the key dates for the remainder of this session.  Please note that the Sports Day has been moved to Friday 1st June as our Fabulous 50th Big Birthday Bash will be taking place on Friday 25th May.  More information to follow.

Friday 2nd February P6 assembly @ 9.00am
Friday 9th February P4 – P7 Pantomime trip
Friday 9th February School closes for February holiday
Monday 19th February School open for staff and children
Friday 2nd March World Book Day celebrations
Friday 9th March P4 assembly @ 9.00am
Friday 16th March P3 assembly @ 9.00am
Thursday 29th March School closes at normal time on Thursday for Easter holiday (P1 & P2 – 2.45pm, P3 – P7 – 3.05pm)
Tuesday 17th April School open for staff and children
Friday 27th April P2 assembly @ 9.00am
Friday 4th May P5 assembly @9.00am
Monday 7th May School closed – May Day holiday (one day holiday)
Tuesday 8th May In-service day – staff only
Thursday 10th May Parent-Teacher Consultations 4.00pm – 6.30pm
Friday 11th May Parent-Teacher Consultations 1.00pm – 3.30pm
Friday 18th May P1 assembly
Monday 21st May School closed – Spring holiday (one day holiday)
Friday 25th May Fab 50th Big Birthday Bash
Friday 1st June Sports Day
Friday 8th June Back-up Sports Day
Tuesday 19th – Thursday 21st June P7 transition days to High Schools
Friday 29th June P7 leavers assembly @ 11.00am
Friday 29th June School closes at 12 noon for summer holiday

Staffing Update

We are very sad to be saying good-bye to Mrs Scott as she moves to take up the acting Head Teacher post at Clovenstone Primary.  Mrs Scott’s last day will be this Friday, 2nd February.  We wish Mrs Scott all the very best in her new job.

We are happy to share with you that Mrs Jack, currently acting Principal Teacher, will be our acting Depute Head Teacher whilst Mrs Scott is on her secondment.

We are also delighted to let everyone know that both Mrs Short, Physical Education teacher, and Mrs Mackay, music teacher, are both expecting their second babies very soon.  Both teachers are planning to work until the end of February before starting their maternity leave.


Keeping with the theme of ‘new additions’, we are delighted to let everyone know that Ms Bouwer is expecting her first baby in April.  Ms Bouwer is planning to work until the Easter holidays before beginning her maternity leave.


Head Lice and Nits

Please remember to check your child’s head regularly for these unwelcome visitors. The latest advice from the NHS website for treatment is as follows:-

Everyone with head lice in your household should be treated on the same day. If a treatment doesn’t work the first time, you can try it again, try a different treatment, or get advice from your school nurse, health visitor, pharmacist or GP.

Lotions and sprays

There are several different products that can be applied to the scalp and hair to kill head lice, including:

  • dimeticone 4% lotion or lotion spray – applied and left for 8 hours (usually overnight)
  • dimeticone 4% spray gel – applied and left for 15 minutes
  • mineral oil and dimeticone spray – applied and left for 15 minutes
  • isopropyl myristate and cyclomethicone solution – applied and left for 5-10 minutes

Some treatments need be done twice – seven days apart – to make sure any newly-hatched lice are killed.

Detection combing should usually be done two or three days after finishing treatment, and again another seven days after that, to check for any live head lice.

Always check the pack or leaflet to see if a product is suitable for you, particularly if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, or your child has head lice and is less than two years of age.

Your pharmacist can recommend a suitable treatment and advise you how to use it correctly if necessary.

Wet combing

Wet combing involves removing head lice with a special fine-toothed comb. It’s suitable for everyone and is relatively inexpensive.

A number of lice removal combs are available to buy. Combs with flat-faced teeth spaced 0.2-0.3mm apart are best for removing head lice, although combs with smaller gaps can be used to remove eggs and nits (egg cases) after treatment.

The comb may come with instructions outlining how to use it. A commonly used method is described below.

  • Wash the hair with ordinary shampoo and apply plenty of conditioner.
  • Use an ordinary, wide-toothed comb to straighten and untangle the hair.
  • Once the comb moves freely through the hair without dragging, switch to the louse detection comb.
  • Make sure the teeth of the comb slot into the hair at the roots, with the edge of the teeth lightly touching the scalp.
  • Draw the comb down from the roots to the ends of the hair with every stroke, and check the comb for lice each time – remove lice by wiping the comb with tissue paper or rinsing it.
  • Work through the hair, section by section, so that the whole head of hair is combed through.
  • Do this at least twice to help ensure you haven’t missed any areas, until no more lice are found.

Repeat this procedure on days five, nine and 13. Detection combing should be done on day 17, to check for any live head lice.

Parent and Carer Survey 2017/18

This survey has been devised to help us provide your child with a high quality education.  Your views will help us find out what we are doing well and where we could improve.

Thousands of parents and carers have taken part in previous surveys and I would like to encourage even more of you to do so this year.   The views of parents and carers really help us to improve services at the school level and across the city.

If possible, please complete the survey online using the following link:

or complete the paper copy available from your child’s school.

We have not asked you to provide your name.  This is so that you can express your views freely knowing they will be anonymous.

A summary of the results will be circulated to all schools.

Thank you for your co-operation.

Yours sincerely

Andy Gray

Head of Schools and Lifelong Learning

City of Edinburgh Council

Waverley Court

4 East Market Street

Edinburgh EH8 8BG