Friday 23rd June
eNews June 2017
Please note that the last day of term is Friday 30th June and the school will close at 12 Noon.
School starts for children on Wednesday 16 August 2017.
Classes with Teaching Staff next session with teachers in August
Nursery Mrs Mitchell
P1A Mrs Crockett / Mrs Harris (PT)
P1B Miss Farrell
P1/2 Miss Mulholland
P2A Mrs Bashir
P2B Miss Martin
P3A Miss Gall
P3B Mr Johnston
P4B Miss MacLeod
P5A Mrs Smith
P5B Mr Ingleton
P6a Mrs Grearney
P6B Mrs MacDonald
P7A Miss Walker
P7B Miss Speakman
Support for Learning
Miss McGowan (PT), Dr Walker
PE Mrs Jeffrey
Don’t forget that all lost property will be put out in the school foyer today from 11.30 – 1.30pm. Please come and retrieve some of your children’s belongings. Anything left at school next week will be recycled.
Bonaly P7 recently put on two terrific evening performances of Olivia for parents and family. Well done to the children for their accomplished singing and acting. Not to be forgotten are our lighting and stage crew, including children from P6.
In the Interscholastic Athletics Sports Finals Bonaly won the Brian Harris Cup being overall winners from City of Edinburgh Schools. A great effort all round. Bonaly boys also did extremely well sharing the “Challenge trophy” with Buckstone. This is the competition open to CEC and independent schools.
Our P6 footballers have also achieved great success in winning the School Board cup. This is the trophy for Edinburgh Primary Schools. It was a close game against Flora Stevenson’s Primary with Bonaly running out victors 3-1. It was terrific to see a large Bonaly contingent of supporters – parents, pupils, former pupils and staff.
P5 have also recently been successful with their entries in a digital film making competition with their Jacobite stories. Many thanks to Mr Ingleton and Miss Farrell for their work in this.
P3 have taken part in a competition which involved coming up with a design and writing an associated “Pitch” letter for their design. Eva Kerr and Megan Maclean, two P3 pupils, achieved distinction awards in this Young Engineers Awards, their invention illustrations on were on display at the Public Exhibition at the Barony Hall, Glasgow as part of the Scottish Engineering Leaders Award.
Bonaly P7s have just taken part in their transition bike ride involving riding the safest route from Bonaly to Firrhill High School – hopefully some of our pupils may take this option next session when they move to S1.
In order to deliver Bikeability to pupils at Bonaly we are asking if parents could assist in training. To deliver the training you would be required to complete a training course. This training will allow you to deliver Bikeability 1 and Bikeability 2 for Primary 5 and Primary 6 pupils. Training courses for adults will run this year on 2 Fridays (31st Aug and 7th Sep 5.30pm – 9pm) and one Saturday 3rd March (9.30am – 4.30pm). Pupil courses are delivered in class time over a 6 week period.
If you are interested in assisting in the delivery of these programmes please contact the school.
Whole School Events / Fundraising
Thank you to parents who shared their views in the survey on Sports Day. This is a community event which provides an opportunity for all children in the school to take part in a collective event. Introduced this year was a house relay as a final event – team members and parents enthusiastically supported the runners.
Many thanks to the organising group of parents, pupils, staff and the various contributors to activities and stalls who worked so hard in making this such a success. The weather was on our side and the Bonaly Fringe was a real hit!
Volunteering / Supporting the School
May I take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to the wide variety of ways in which parents and the wider community support the school. Parents and families support the school in a wide variety of ways
• Offering expertise to work with the children in school
• Volunteering as coaches who take the football squads from P3-P7
• Supporting school trips
• Supporting / Attending school events (eg Fairs and the recent Dinner Dance) and being involved in the wide range of fundraising activities. In particular many thanks to those who give significant time and effort in planning the events along with all others who help out on the day and in the run up to the events.
The fundraising helps the school in many ways.
o Funds raised in the last couple of years has gone towards the replacement of projectors for the Interactive Whiteboards, iPads, Outdoor learning experiences for children, Training session in outdoor learning for parents, Cookers and equipment for food technology, Maths Resources, Children’s pantomime at Christmas, supporting the variety of clubs.
o Next session intended spending to include Updating stock of reading novels for class / school library, Continue with sustainability/ outdoor learning resources, Scooter ‘mushroom’ parking station in playground, potential subscription on-line maths resource which home and school access
To all our P7 children and families I wish you all the very best in the future as you embark on the next phase of your education and also to other children and families who are also moving from Bonaly Primary after the summer.
Many thanks to all staff who have supported the school during another busy year. In particular Mrs Ewart, Miss Jackson, Mrs Stewart, Mrs Cameron and Mrs Gair will be missed as they move onto to pastures new.
I wish everybody a very happy and enjoyable summer.
IMPORTANT – ParentPay Activation Information
The activation letters for ParentPay will be coming home with your child TODAY. We are delighted that the new system is up and running and are sure that it will make an enormous difference to all.
Please use the attached information leaflets “How to Create a ParentPay Account” and “Frequently Asked Questions” to help you get started.
Should you require a paper copy of these leaflets, or any assistance, please feel free to contact the school office.
To take us up to the Easter holidays we would ask that lunches are ordered in the normal way. However, as of today you will be able to pre order lunches for our first week back and beyond.
Please see below for our new instructions for lunch orders:
• P1 – 7 lunches will now all be ordered online.
• Orders must be placed a minimum of one week in advance, by midnight on a Wednesday.
• You can order up to 100 days in advance!
• Orders required for the first week back after Easter must be placed by Wednesday 12 April, otherwise please provide your child with a home packed lunch.
• Although no payment is required for P1-3 and those in receipt of free school meals, a lunch order must be completed.
• Reminder emails will be sent out where possible, but please check your account regularly to ensure you are up to date.
One Off Payments – Trips/ Milk/ Nursery Snack/ Nursery Toy Fund
• Payment requests will be added to your account as required.
• Please ensure balance due is paid by the due date wherever possible.
• ParentPay email will be issued to alert you to when a request has been added.
We have also set up a ParentPay email address specifically for ParentPay enquiries: