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The Bonaly Blether

The Bonaly Blether (Issue 1)

I am delighted to share the work of some of our P7s who have shown some terrific desktop publishing skills in producing “The Bonaly Blether” which has a sample of some of the learning from different classes across the school from this term.


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P6 Bikeability 2

A big thank you to all our parent volunteers who helped to take P6 through their Bikeability 2 programme. The pupils havve worked very hard and enjoyed a great local cycle this morning – despite the cold!

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eNews November 2018

Dear Parents, carers

This eNews contains information on Wider Achievement, Road Safety, Information Communication Technology (ICT), Personal Learning Planning and Reporting (PLP) and yes … Christmas Countdown!

Wider Achievement

A huge well done to P4 who had the idea to hold a bake sale for BBC Children in Need. Thank you to all those who contributed to this whether baking or buying. A grand total of £416.27 was raised.

Well done to Freya in P6 who will be performing in the Kings Theatre ‘Beauty and the Beast’. It was lovely to hear about our children who have been taking part in the Gang Show.

Children from P3-P5 dance club performed at the EICC on Saturday evening as part of the active schools dance class. It was an excellent performance by all the girls, and for most of them, it was the first time on stage performing! Well done.

Can I also take this opportunity to thank the many parents, teachers and other partners involved in running a variety of additional extra-curricular opportunities for the children.
Our P6 and P7 athletes are taking part in the Sportshall Athletics competition on the 3rd December.

Last Friday, to mark the end of Book Week, we had Macastory performing three amusing and entertaining tales. This was enjoyed by all year groups.


Road Safety

It is unfortunate that I regularly receive concerns from parents and local residents regarding inconsiderate and illegal parking. Ultimately, we wish to minimise the chance of accidents – however there are still a small minority of adults dropping / collecting children who show little consideration of potential dangers caused by their road use. Can I please urge you to consider whether it is necessary to bring a vehicle and if so could you park 5 minutes away from the school – thus avoiding potential dangers where there are larger volumes of pedestrians. Thank you!

Crossing Patrol Vacancy – Woodhall Road / Bonaly Road

The School Crossing Patrol posts at the above location is about to become vacant and the Council urgently requires help to fill this position. Please see attached letter for further details.

School Vision – To empower our learners (children, staff, parents) to be the
best they can be

School Developments

Information Communication Technology (ICT)
We are waiting for a refresh of the school computers. All school laptops and desktops are being replaced as part of the City Council ICT Refresh. With thanks to your fundraising contributions we will be purchasing two lockable charging trolleys for the pupil laptops.
Personal Learning Planning and Reporting (PLP) Over the last few years, this has developed at Bonaly. Incorporated within the PLP will be a 1:1 discussion with their teacher on their progress in their learning. This is recorded and will be shared at the time of the discussion ie. these will not be issued to the whole class at the same time but will spread over the period from November to March.

The folio is one of the ways in which we are sharing aspects of your children’s learning with you. Others include performances, celebration of music assemblies, welcome to my new classroom afternoon, curriculum events along with consultations held in October and March.

Reporting on progress is on-going through the year and, following a consultation with the parent council previously, the end of year report in June now provides a summary of Curriculum for Excellence levels, next steps in learning along with personal achievement and involvement in the wider life of the school.

We are also holding a consultation on Parent Consultation timings. Could you please complete the survey to ensure your views are heard https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/parenteveningtimes .

Christmas Countdown
Yes, this countdown is beginning!!
See our Calendar page for key dates and events in the run up to the end of term. As with last year, we will also be having Festive Fridays where the children, if they wish, can wear Festive clothing or anything sparkly!

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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