P3-P7 Spelling Programme

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A number of parents have expressed an interest in knowing more about the approaches we use to teach spelling when children have completed the ‘Edinburgh Active Literacy Programme’.


We will therefore be offering a session for anyone who would like to attend at 4.30 – 5pm on Wednesday 26 February just before the Parent Consultations begin.  The session will be run by Mr Elliot Young, our Support for Learning Teacher who oversees the school programme.


In order to get an idea of numbers please can you let us know if you would like to attend the session by either handing in a note or emailing the school admin account at



Thank you!

Internet Safety Week

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Next Tuesday 11th February is Internet Safety Day, so this week we have been learning all about ways to keep safe online.

We discussed ways to keep safe online at Tuesday’s assembly, and all this week we have been learning more about safe and responsible internet use in our classes. Liam, Catriona and Hannah from P7b have been visiting classes all this week, to collect photos of this to update our class website pages. Huge thanks to them for managing this job!

Remember, the safety advice we are learning applies every day, not just Internet Safety Day!

Internet Safety


Parent Consultations- Online Booking- February 2020

Our next parent consultations are on Wednesday 26th February from 5pm-8pm, and Friday 28th February from 1pm-4pm.
Bookings can only be made from 6.30pm on Friday 7th February until 10am on Tuesday 25th February.
Appointments requiring an interpreter should be booked by Wednesday 19th February.

This post contains some instructions to help you book online, and an information letter.


Navigate to the Parents’ Evening Booking System here
Use your personal information to log in. You must use the contact information which the school has on file or you will not be able to log in. If you are having problems, please use the contact information on the login page to contact the school.
Log in by selecting which child you want to make bookings for first. If you have more than one child who requires bookings, you can switch between them once you are logged in.
Once logged in, decide whether you need to make bookings individually, or using our Automated Booking Wizard (best if you have a number of bookings and students to make bookings for).
Once you have selected your preferred booking method and once in the correct parents’ evening, follow the relevant instructions from below:

Automated Booking Wizard :

Select the teacher you wish to book. You can press ‘Select All’ to select all options
If you have a second child to make bookings for then select their tab and repeat the teacher selecting process
Proceed to the bottom of the page and specify your personal availability, then press Make My Bookings For Me
If the wizard replies that bookings are not feasible, you have not left enough time and need to reduce the number of teachers or increase the amount of time you’re available.
Now see a list of your booking suggestions. Feel free to add comments to teachers you wish to book, if allowed.
Press Confirm to confirm these appointments as your bookings
Press Print or E-Mail to initiate your confirmation.

Individual Bookings:

Scroll down until you see the booking table. Above it are the departments and teachers which are available to you.
Select the department, then teacher, and click on an available time to make a booking. When you selected a time, you’re able to add any issues or comments for the teacher to take note of before the appointment.
Repeat this process, making bookings for all of the teachers you need to.

If you need to cancel or rearrange an appointment, click on the correct department and teacher, then click on the green appointment to change it.

If you need to make bookings for another child, scroll to the top of the page. In the top left corner you should see a ‘Make a Booking for Another Child’ icon. Click this. If there is no icon, the software does not recognise that you have multiple children. This just means that you’ll need to log out and log back in again using the other child’s details.

Once you have made all of your bookings, click on either E-Mail or Print my Appointments. Appointments are saved when they are made, so you don’t have to e-mail or print to ‘save’ them, but doing so will provide a confirmation with further information, possibly including rooms and instructions from the school.

Here is a link to the information letter- BPS Parents Evening Letter- February 2020

Follow this link and scroll down to view video tutorials to support with using the online booking system-

Video Tutorials

If you have any problems booking appointments, please contact the school.

We look forward to seeing you later this month!

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Programmes, Activities and Groups for Parents and Carers- Spring 2020

Programmes, Activities and Groups Booklet for Parents and Carers in North East Edinburgh

Please find attached the latest update of the Programmes, Activities and Groups for Parents and Carers in North East Edinburgh booklet.

The document can be printed by selecting ‘booklet’ at the printing stage and will be available to download over the next few days at www.edinburgh.gov.uk/pacs

Also attached are the updated ‘At a Glance’ leaflets for Leith and North East, which are easier to print, and the link to download or view the full booklet is on the back of these documents.

PACS Booklet- NE Edinburgh- Spring 2020

At A Glance- NE Edinburgh-Spring 2020

At A Glance- NE-Leith-Spring 2020

Thank you,

Maria Gowans
Head Teacher



Euro Quiz 2020- Update!

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*Update on Tuesday 4th February- our team scored 42 points out of 60, and finished 9th! In the top half of all the teams taking part- well done again!


On Monday we sent a team of 4 P6 pupils to the Edinburgh heat of the annual Euro Quiz event, held at City Chambers.

There were 4 rounds of questions on European geography, history, languages and culture, and our team acquitted themselves very well! They were enthusiastic and tried their absolute best, and quoting from the teacher from another school, who was marking their answers, “What a lovely group of children! They are a credit to your school.” The team have worked very hard to prepare for the quiz, and I couldn’t agree more.

We will find out our place in the quiz soon, so we’ll keep you posted once we find out. Although we didn’t win the heat, we had fun, and learned lots on the way! A fancy certificate and a shiny pen as a souvenirs is not to be sniffed at either!

Well done team!

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