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Parent Teacher Consultations

Dear Parents and carers,

We are looking forward to seeing you at our parental consultations on Wednesday and Thursday this week.

There will be a number of things happening in the school at this time:

Book Fair

The Scholastic Book Fair will be open during both evenings.  We are always grateful for your support – not only do the children love getting new books, but we also receive a commission which allow us to buy books for the school.

Community Learning Groups

As part of ongoing developments in our school curriculum, we are planning for the children to work in vertical learning groups (P1-P7 mixed), focusing on a variety of learning experiences.  The groups will meet initially for a four week block and will take responsibility for leading their learning.  All pupils will be asked to ‘sign up’ to one of the teams at the end of this week.

Our Community Learning Team topics have been suggested by one of our Pupil Voice groups.  Information will be on display in the main foyer – please take a look.  If you have a particular skill/experience/enthusiasm that would enhance these learning opportunities, please take a moment to talk to Mrs Miller or Mr Gorrie, or write a note and put it in our suggestions box.

Lost Property

We are already building up a significant amount of lost property.  This will on display near the Book Fair in the school foyer.  Please take time to have a ‘rummage’ and collect your children’s belongings.  Instead of waiting until the end of the session (we had a phenomenal amount of lost property by June this year), we will now be passing this on to charity/school uniform exchange at the end of each term.

PTA Raffle

As usual, our supportive PTA will be running a raffle and will be hosting a second hand uniform sale.

Appointments

Your children are welcome, if you wish, to be part of the discussion with the teacher. This is part of the personal learning process where we encourage children to be aware of their own strengths and next steps.

To assist in the smooth running of appointments can I ask that we endeavour to keep to the allocated times.

On-Line Booking Appointment System

Thank you for using the on-line booking system for the parent consultations. We would welcome any feedback regarding this and we will have a short survey sent out later this week.

Kind regards,

Kirstie Miller, Depute Headteacher

Peter Gorrie, Headteacher

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Folio of Learning

Thank you for the fantastic update in using the on-line booking of appointments for parent consultations next week.
Coming home today is the folio of learning. The folio of learning pieces are a snapshot of some of the Mathematics and English Language learning being undertaken in class this term. These pieces are based on the learning steps required to achieve a level by the end of P1, P4 and P7. We have used guidance from the City of Edinburgh Council and also recently produced benchmark statements from Education Scotland in Mathematics and English Language.

See https://bonalyprimaryschool.wordpress.com/our-school/documents/curriculum/

The folio of learning is one part of the “Personal Learning Process”(PLP). This is an area we have been recently developing and we will continue to refine. It supports the day to day classroom learning. Incorporated within the PLP your child has recently been having a 1:1 discussion with their teacher on their progress in their learning. This is recorded in the folio of learning.

The rationale behind this approach to reporting and learning is that research shows that children learn best when they:

  •  understand clearly what they are trying to learn
  •  know what is expected of them
  •  are given feedback about the quality of their work
  •  are given advice about how to improve their work
  •  are involved in deciding what needs to be done next
  •  know who can help them if they need it

I would appreciate if you could spend a short while with your child discussing the most recent examples of learning and take a few minutes to complete the feedback sheet. Your contribution to this process is very helpful in supporting your child’s learning. Please return this and the folio on Monday 30th October.

The folio is one of the ways in which we are sharing aspects of your children’s learning with you.

Reporting on progress is increasing through the year and, following a consultation with the parent council last session, 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.

Many thanks for your on-going support.
Peter Gorrie
Head Teacher

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P1 Admissions 2018

Is your child starting Primary 1 in August 2018?

Was your child born between 1st March 2013 and 28th February 2014?

If you are in the catchment of Bonaly Primary School and would like to apply for a Primary 1 place starting in August 2018, registration is taking place w/c 6th November.

You will need your child’s birth certificate, your most recent Council Tax bill and an additional proof of address (e.g. utilities bill) dated within the last 3 months.

Please sign up to one of our appointment times by entering your child’s name on the lists in the main school reception.  

(If you are unable to do this in person, please phone the office (0131 4417211) and they will help you.)

Monday 6th Nov @ 2pm

Tuesday 7th Nov @ 2pm

Wednesday 8th Nov @ 9.30am and @ 10.45am

Friday 10th Nov @ 9.30am and 10.45am

 

You will have the opportunity to fill out the relevant paperwork, be given a guided tour of the school by our senior pupils and meet our Mrs Miller, our Depute Head Teacher or Mrs Harris, our Principal Teacher.

It should last no longer than an hour.

Thank you.

(Please note if you are considering the possibility of deferring your child (Jan+Feb birthdays) you should still complete the registration process this year.)

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P1 Open Day

On the 2nd November there is an open day for prospective families whose child will start P1 in August 2018.

There will be two times available

11:00 and 2:00

Please contact admin@bonaly.edin.sch.uk if you wish to come along.

Please note if your child currently attends Bonaly nursery and you live in the school catchment area there will be induction meetings and information sessions later in the school year. There is therefore no need to attend on the open day.

Many thanks

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Parent Teacher Consultations

Dear parents, carers

For the parents evening consultations on the 1st Nov (5pm-8pm) and 2nd Nov (4pm-7pm) we are trialling an on-line appointment booking system which is linked to the Groupcall message system which delivers school emails.

Hopefully this gives you an opportunity to book appointments which are convenient for you and also saves staff time from what is an extended task of arranging appointments. This is a trial and I would welcome any feedback regarding the system. If you end up in a situation (hopefully not) where there are no appointments available that you can make please get in touch with us and we will resolve this.

Y0u will receive an email with relevant links and details of how to book your appointments.

In the meantime I hope you and your families have an enjoyable October holiday. School resumes for children on Tuesday the 24th October.

Kind regards,

Peter Gorrie

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Outdoor Learning

Dear Parents and Carers,

We are excited to inform you that, due to the wonderful fundraising from our parent groups, we have been able to buy a considerable amount of outdoor learning equipment and clothing.

One of the items we would like to have a stock of is wellington boots.  Before we buy these, we would like to ask you:

Do you have any old good quality welly boots in your house that your children may have outgrown?

If so, please bring them into school during the first week back after the October holidays.

(If we have a lot of donations, we will sort them and ensure they go to another local school who may benefit from them or an appropriate charity.)

Many thanks for your continued support.

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