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eNews February 2018

eNews February 2018


It is a busy time for us here at Bonaly with lots of exciting learning projects taking place. This eNews has further information on POPUK, Fair Trade fortnight events, World Book Day, fund raising by pupils, parent consultations and Physical Education.


Next week is our POP UK learning week, where the children will be busy learning and practising every day in preparation for our Community Concerts on 8th March.


This is part of Scotland’s year of the Young People; a government initiative to explore the core themes of participation, education, equality and discrimination, enterprise and regeneration and culture within our communities.  As part of this celebration, we are going to be working together with some pupils from Braidburn and Colinton Primary School on a Health and Wellbeing project led by POPUK.  (http://www.popuk.org/) This will take place during the w/c 26th February at Bonaly Primary School.  The children will work together to learn new songs and develop performances which they will share with the wider community.  There will be two concerts, one in school (afternoon) and one at Dreghorn Loan Church Hall (evening) on Thursday 8th February.  The children’s singing will be recorded as part of the in school rehearsals. This will be available as a download. This is included as part of the £4 ‘ticket’. Profits from this will go to Children First.


Next week It is also the second week of our Fairtrade fortnight.  Our Fairtrade shop has been a resounding success and the Primary 4 children shared their learning about the importance of Fairtrade at assembly.


We would like to invite you all to our official FAIRTRADE Coffee morning next Friday 2nd March from 9am (including friends, neighbours and grandparents!).  Our House Captains and Vice Captains will be serving Fairtrade Teas and Coffees, there will be a ‘grown ups’ Fairtrade stall run by the Primary 4 classes and our ‘Culture Club’ Community Learning Team will be sharing their produce too.


….and we haven’t forgotten about World Book Day on Thursday 1st March too!  This year our classes will be sharing some of their favourite books by writing reviews and compiling class review books to share in our school library.  The children are invited to bring in one of their favourite books from home or use one of our books from the school or class libraries.  (Some children has asked us about dressing up as their favourite character – as there is so much going on this week, we have decided to save dressing up for later in the year!)  Children will also be given their £1 book tokens next week.  Please hold onto them and bring them along to our book fair during March’s parental consultations.


Yesterday Primary 7 had a successful fund raising event. They worked hard offering various stalls and activities and raised a total of £471. This is going towards their trip to see War Horse in the Theatre in April. This trip, and the fund raising process,  is linked to their ‘World of Work’ topic and performance skills learning for the P7 show.


A reminder that parent consultations take place on Wednesday 21 March and Thursday 22 March – if you have more than 1 child information booking details will have been sent out yesterday (Thursday) , if you have one child this will be emailed on Tuesday.


Next week and going forward there will be an increase in the amount of Physical Education Lessons that are taking place outside. Whilst we are hoping for warm dry weather … we do live in Scotland! Therefore could you please ensure that children have appropriate clothing.



Thank you for your continued support.



Peter Gorrie

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PROVISIONAL Dates for P1 Starting August 2018

Provisional dates for P1 starting August 2018


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eNews January 2018

eNews Jan 2018

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Happy Christmas

Dear Parents, Carers

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your families a very Happy Christmas and festive season.

The children have enjoyed their Christmas Parties and our pantomime this week. It is thanks to the fundraising from events such as Christmas Fayre that we are able to provide these opportunities.

School closes tomorrow at 12 noon. We look forward to seeing the children in 2018. Pupils return on Tuesday 9th January.

Best wishes,

Peter Gorrie

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Norovirus Advice

Please see below that all schools have received today from NHS.

By following this advice we can minimise the likelihood of an outbreak at Bonaly.




A number of schools across Lothian have reported an increase in pupils with vomiting and/or diarrhoea.  The symptoms are suggestive of viral gastroenteritis (also known as norovirus or winter vomiting disease) which is known to be currently circulating in the community.  It is usually a short lived self-limiting illness from which children and adults recover quickly.


Further information about norovirus and its prevention can be found at https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/infections-and-poisoning/norovirus



Therefore to minimise the likelihood of developing norovirus


  • If your child develops vomiting and/or diarrhoea please ensure they remain off school until they have been symptom free for at least 48 hours.  This advice applies at all times.  So for instance if your child becomes unwell over the weekend they should not attend school on Monday even if by then they feel well.


  • Ensure that all members of your family wash their hands frequently using warm water and liquid soap, especially after using the toilet and before eating or preparing food.





Peter Gorrie

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Junior NBA Final

Junior NBA Final

The Bonaly Boston Celtics basketball team will be playing in the Junior NBA final on Saturday 9th December from 10.00am-11.15am at Oriam (Scotland’s National Performance Centre for Sport) Heriot Watt University, Third Gait, Currie EH14 4AS. We would like to welcome supporters to come and cheer us on. The team have been training hard for the last 8 weeks and played against some very tough competition to get to the final. It is sure to be an exciting and entertaining match!


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Parent Consultation Survey Feedback

Dear parents, carers

Thank you to those of you who took the time to respond to the survey on our recent parents night. Your feedback is very important to us.

The summary of the questionnaires along with any action to be taken is below.

Information about pupil progress in learning


Almost all (93% or more)

  • Knew what their child’s strengths were in learning
  • Knew what they needed to do to improve


Specific comments related

  • Some requests for longer consultations
  • Any parent who wishes further time is always very welcome to ask for an additional appointment out with the parental consultation evening  – unfortunately due to time constraints it is not possible to have this during the evening


  • Folios of learning
    • The majority who commented found these very useful and informative


  • Discussion with the teacher
    • Positive comments relating to how well the teacher knows the children


  • A few (approx. 5%) who were not sure or did not know what next steps were
    • Action is for the school to ensure that all children and parents / carers are aware of this by explicitly stating these.


On-Line Booking System

Almost all respondents (97% or more)

  • Used the on-line booking system
  • Found the booking system easy to use
  • Were able to book appropriate appointments
  • Wanted to use this method for future parent consultation appointments


Whilst these are very positive regarding the system (which was also supported by positive comments) there were some comments for improvement which we will take back to the software company / make changes for the March consultations.


  • No confirmation email of times though this did appear on screen after booking
    • we will take this back to the software company
  • Having multiple children at Bonaly with times either too close or too far apart
    • the survey will be opened earlier for families with more than one child.
    • further guidance on the pros and cons of using the wizard feature or manually select times.


Please see below link to the results of the survey on parent’s night



Peter Gorrie

Peter Gorrie | Head Teacher | Bonaly Primary School | 57 Bonaly Road | Edinburgh | EH13 0FJ | Tel 0131 441 7211

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eNews November 2017

Dear Parents, Carers
eNews November 2017

To further increase access to school communication and celebration of wider achievements we have recently signed up to Twitter. There is a feed from this on the school website. However if you are a Twitter user please follow us @BonalyPrimary .

December Dates
We are fast approaching the Christmas season with the various exciting activities for the children and families. An outline of the dates and timings are below.







Recent Wider Achievements

Our P7 had a very successful trip to Benmore Outdoor Centre. The children took on the various wet, muddy, tiring and high challenges with great enthusiasm. On Thursday 30th November from 3:40 – 4:30 there will be a display of photographs from Benmore for Primary 7 parents and carers to come and see in the hall.

Sporting Achievements
There have been a number of outstanding individual and team performances. We had three divers taking part in an international competition in Dublin. Well done to Fergus Ross, Ben Sharman and Freya Smith.

We had 4 P7 footballers (Euan Scaife. Finlay Smith, Adam Phayre, James Hunt) who took part in Edinburgh Select trials who all did very well. James and Adam were selected to represent Edinburgh schools.

On Tuesday our P7 football team took part in the first rounds of the Scottish Cup. They won all games without losing any goals in the process. The next rounds are due to take place in February.

We had children (P6 and P7) competing in the Scottish Schools Road Relay championships recently in Grangemouth. All did particularly well finishing in the top half of the field. A huge thank you to the parents who supported this.

P6 and P7 won the first round of the indoor athletics competition at Meadowbank. This week they were through to the finals and were pipped by the post. They came 3rd in the final with second place being 1 point ahead of them and first place were just 4 points ahead. So very close, but a great performance accompanied by sporting positive behaviour.

Our P6 and P7 basketball team have been competing in Friday afternoon NBA competitions with great success and enthusiasm.

Performing Arts
The school choir were filmed by STV at St Mary’s Cathedral as part of STV2 Christmas programme.
Look out for Edinburgh school choirs on STV2 over the festive period.

Well done to Freya Anderson who will be performing in Cinderella pantomime at the Kings Theatre.

Young Filmmakers
A group of P6 are attending the Scottish Youth Film award ceremony in Glasgow following nomination for an award of their P5 short film, ‘Capturing Edinburgh’.

We are grateful to our parent volunteers who support the bikeability cycle programme. We could now do with a few more volunteers. Could you please contact the school office if you are interested and please see the link to a local training course which is on Thursday 15th February at Dalkeith House in Dalkeith. Booking info is on http://www.cyclinghub.scot/course dates

Road Safety
Can I please remind parents that the back entrance where the car park is should not be used as an entrance/exit. (The only exception being disabled badge holders who use these parking spaces). There are regular delivery lorries and waste collections who use this. This also necessitates the space with no parking sign at the end of Bonaly Grove to be kept clear.

Peter Gorrie
Peter Gorrie | Head Teacher | Bonaly Primary School | 57 Bonaly Road | Edinburgh | EH13
0FJ | Tel 0131 441 7211
| admin@bonaly.edin.sch.uk | http://www.bonaly.edin.sch.uk

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