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Sports Day Arrangements

 As you are already aware, Sports Day will be taking place at Merchiston Castle School on Thursday 31st May. Pupils will enjoy a picnic lunch at the rear of Merchiston on the athletics field with sports officially beginning at 12.15.

All parents, family and friends are welcome to come along and cheer the children. Dogs are not allowed, there will be no parking available in the grounds.

Children should arrive for school, at the normal time, dressed in shorts, tee shirt (house team colours if possible), trainers and have layers of warm waterproof clothing on top, which can be ‘peeled off’ if necessary. Just to cover all Scottish weather possibilities – please consider applying sun cream before the children come to school. The children will be outside almost all of the day. A packed lunch (preferably in a disposable bag) and drink of water will be required – please try to avoid packed lunch boxes to avoid any danger of these being left / lost.

In the event of wet weather cancellation, you will be notified by text and email by 8:45 am on Thursday 31st May.

In your child’s school bag today is a return slip for you to indicate the arrangements for dismissal at the end of the afternoon. Can this please be returned on Monday 28th. It is vital that if you take your child away direct from Sports Day that you inform the teacher that is with your child’s team – this will not necessarily be your child’s class teacher.

 One of our parents, Fi Blair, helps to raise money for a charity in Zimbabwe and one of the things she organises is an outdoor cafe during the school sports day, This has been going on for the past 8 or so years and does really well.  The stand will be serving hot and cold drinks and delicious cakes and traybake, everything is a pound.  If anyone feels like they could contribute in baked goods and or help serve on the day for 10 minutes or so, that would be very much appreciated. Please contact Fi or admin at the school and we will pass your details on.

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Charity Sale

Charity Sale

 On Monday 28th May a group of former Bonaly Pupils are holding a Charity bake sale. They will set up a stall at the front gates from 3:00.

“The staff and pupils on these trips will use the funds raised to buy school supplies in local markets and we will be distributing them to Bolera Palms school in Malawi (and probably another school nearby for which we are building a classroom); and the other supplies will be going to Ulamba Orphanage in Kenya, and also possibly to other local schools to that area. It all depends how much money is raised!”

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Nursery to Primary 1 Transition Timetable

Nursery-P1 Transition Timetable 2018

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Saturday 5th May -Colinton Orienteering Event

Colinton Dell Orienteering

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Daytime Parent Information Classes

PPIS Flier P1-7 Day May 2018

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eNews April 2018

eNews April2018

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Family Sports Fair

Sports Fair Flyer

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Parental Feedback March 2018

Parental feedback March 2018 – you said our response

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‘Learning for Sustainability’ Focus Fortnight

Dear Parents and Carers,

As part of our curriculum development, we are planning a learning focus linked to our Learning for Sustainability themes. This will run from 17th April – 4th May.

As a school we have identified social justice and addressing discrimination and prejudice as areas we would like to focus on (Campaign for Acceptance, Respect and Empathy). These link directly to our school values and we believe are key factors of educating our learners in becoming responsible citizens. We have chosen to focus on our local community of Edinburgh, as there are so many issues which we can explore within our city…..and WE NEED YOUR HELP!

We have put together a draft plan for all stages and would like to share this with you.

CARE Fortnight LfS Focus

If you have any experiences/contacts which you feel would enhance our children’s learning experiences in any of these areas, please get in touch.

We would like to make this learning as relevant and meaningful as possible so if you have an idea or suggestion, no matter how big or small, please get in touch.

Thank you.

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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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