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Friday Tennis Sessions

Want to play a bit more tennis?
Come along to Thistle Tennis Friday afternoon open court sessions for school kids


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eNews March 2019

Dear Parents / carers

Charity Support

Firstly, we would just like to say thank you for all your support and involvement over the last few weeks. It has been such a busy term with Fair trade, National Book Day and Comic Relief and we appreciate the additional effort you and your children have made.

We are delighted to announce that our Comic Relief fundraising, led by Miss Farrell and the House Captains and Vice Captains raised £1379. Thank you to everyone for all your efforts.

There has been discussion over the environmental impact of plastic Red Noses. Sainsburys are doing a recycling of these and we will collect any Red Noses in school that children bring in and take them to Sainsburys.

Over the last few years, we have consciously only committed to one or two of these events, as we are aware of the additional input required from you and your families. Previous feedback from parents have asked us to engage in all. This year, due to the enthusiasm and commitment of our teaching team, we were able to engage in all three.

We hope that by engaging in these events, educating the children in national and international issues whilst also have fun and memorable experiences, we continue to enhance their learning journey.

We will have a feedback display during our parental consultation evenings where we would like to gather your feedback and ask for any further issues/events you feel we should engage with.

Parent / Child Consultations

We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday and Thursday for our parent / child consultations. As always your child is welcome to be part of that however also understand that you may wish to speak to the teacher without your child present. I am sure you appreciate that there is a quite a tight schedule to ensure everybody has their allotted time – if you feel that a longer appointment is required please arrange this through the school office after Wednesday / Thursday.

Current P6 Benmore Information (for Residential experience P7, Sept 2019)

Outside the open area in P6 classroom there will be information on the P7 residential trip to Benmore Outdoor Education Centre. I will be on hand to answer any questions regarding this.

Health and Well-Being – Head Lice

“It’s thought that up to one in three children in the UK may get head lice at some point during the year. A head lice infestation isn’t the result of dirty hair or poor hygiene. All types of hair can be affected, regardless of its length and condition.” (NHS)

As a school we follow Scottish Government / Local authority guidance regarding head lice.

I would therefore appreciate if you were regularly able to follow the detection / treatment (if appropriate) advice from NHS (http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Head-lice/Pages/Introduction.aspx ) Detection combing is the best way of finding head lice.

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!

End of Term

On the 1st April PopUK will come into the school to teach the children some songs that will be sung at the Easter Service on the 2nd April at Colinton Parish Church.

School closes at the usual Friday times on the 5th April.

Thank you again for your continued support.

Kind Regards,

Peter Gorrie

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Friday 15th March – Comic Relief
Red Nose Day is Friday 15th March. Miss Farrell and our House Captains and Vice Captains have been working on this and have planned a busy week for us, including learning opportunities to find out how the funds raised support people across the UK and world.


I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the staff who have taken on these additional activities (and many others across the year!) – we are very lucky to have such a dedicated team!

Other Key Dates – Events

Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st March 4 – 7pm – Parental Consultations
Further details of arrangements for booking times will be sent in a separate email.
Please note there will also be:
• Scholastic book fair (Bonaly receives a great commission from the books sold at this event – we use this to purchase additional books for the school)
• Charity stalls from senior and former pupils (raising money for a variety of good causes and experiences)
• Benmore Information Video (for parents of children who may be attending Primary 7 camp this year and next)
• Second Hand Uniform stalls

Tuesday 2nd April – 9:45 Easter Service @ Colinton Parish Church
If you are able to volunteer to walk down with the children, please reply to this email.

Fri 5th April 2019 – End of Term
Usual Dismissal Time – 12.20pm (P1-2) 12.30pm (P3-7)

Easter Activity Camp
For all ages, at Firrhill


Best wishes and many thanks for your ongoing support,

Peter Gorrie


Please see attached information about an event which may be of interest to you or of somebody that you know.

Speaker Buzz Autism Event

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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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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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