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eNews June 2018

Dear Parents, Carers

This eNews contains information on Road Safety, Wider Achievement, Summer Fayre, Visit from HMI and end of term arrangements.

Road Safety

As part of road safety measures, over the summer there will be raised crossings and other changes to the roadway on Bonaly Road and Bonaly Wester. These are detailed on the attached plans and letter. This was shared with children at a recent assembly. The children were told to use this new raised crossing when coming from the Bonaly Wester area. They were also reminded that the housing directly opposite the school was private, school parking not allowed there and this should not be used as a walking route to school – residents drive in this area at drop off times and the visibility onto Bonaly Road is extremely limited with the tall hedges. These crossings and measures have been put in place following discussion with the Parent Council, City of Edinburgh Council and local residents.

Road Crossing Works


Road Crossing Works Plans


Wider Achievement

Last Friday we had our brass and strings instrumentalists putting on a wonderful concert. Mr Hodge and Miss Johnston do a super job in the music instruction of pupils.

In sport Bonaly have been competing successfully in national championships in Orienteering, the Edinburgh InterScholastics athletics and hot off the press, our basketball team winning the West Edinburgh League on Friday.

Summer Fayre

A very big thank you to all the volunteers and the fund raising team who organised a  highly successful Summer Fayre. As well as raising in excess of £3000 for school funds it was a great community event – your support of these events is much appreciated.

Visit from HMI

Two weeks ago we had a visit from an Inspection team from Education Scotland (HMI). The formal publication of the reports will not be till next session however of particular note in the feedback was the attainment and achievement of the children; the supportive parents and community; and the enthusiastic staff team who are taking forward improvements. Thank to those of you who volunteered to take part in discussion groups and for completing questionnaires as part of the school inspection.

End of term

The end of the school year is fast approaching. We have welcomed families and children who are joining P1 next session. Our P7s have enjoyed their transition days to their secondary schools.

Some practical arrangements for the end of term …


If your child has medication in school, please ensure this is collected by Friday

29th June. We are unable to give the medication directly to the children to take home, so please make appropriate arrangements or speak to the school office team.

Last Day

Just a reminder that the school finishes at twelve noon on the last day of term. We plan for the whole school to say goodbye to our Primary 7 children slightly differently this year, so if you normally collect your child and are able to come along at 11.50am, we would love to you be part of the celebration too.

Session 2018-19

To the children and families who are moving on to new schools next session I wish you all the very best for the future.

School opens for children on Wednesday 15th August. In the meantime I hope you and your families an enjoyable summer.

Best wishes,

Peter Gorrie

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COE Multi-Sport Skillz Holiday Programme

The COE Multi-Sport Skillz Holiday Programme

The COE Sports Development Team have an amazing programme for P3 – P7 pupils running in the summer holidays at Balerno High School. This is a fantastic opportunity for children at your school to keep active and enjoy their summer break at a venue in your locality!

The information flyer with full booking details can be found below.(If you click the www.joininedinburgh.org link on the flyer, it will direct you to the booking system).


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City of Edinburgh Council Fun Football Programme

City of Edinburgh Council’s fun football programmes will be starting after the Summer, delivered in conjunction with the Scottish Football Association.

Both the girls’ and boys’ programmes take place at Forrester / St Augustine’s Community Sports Hub on a Friday afternoon and are perfect for players of all abilities and experience. All sessions are delivered by SFA-qualified coaches focusing on skill development, fun and small-sided matches.

For those interested in finding out more information please contact Jack.Beesley@ea.edin.sch.uk. Programmes will soon appear on Join In but please note this has not yet gone live.


Jack Beesley
Football Development Officer for Edinburgh







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Nursery to Primary 1 Transition Timetable

Nursery-P1 Transition Timetable 2018

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Daytime Parent Information Classes

PPIS Flier P1-7 Day May 2018

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Parental Feedback March 2018

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PROVISIONAL Dates for P1 Starting August 2018

Provisional dates for P1 starting August 2018


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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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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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