Clermiston News 2020-21

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Farewell to our 2021 Leavers!

What a year! We were so happy to be able to say an in-person farewell to our P7s of 2021. They have been through so much and you would never know by looking at them! 

Piped around our playground, led by their wonderful teachers and cheered at from the school windows, they made their final walk to collect their year books and High School ties. It was emotional for everyone and of course there were tears. But there were also smiles of pride, of pure relief for making it to the end of term, and for the excitement of the prospect of High School... and let's be honest, Summer holidays!

To all our children, their parents and carers, and every single member of our school staff team - thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Time to recharge those batteries!

 

 

Message from Gordon McIntyre, Headteacher,  and NHS Lothian

Sunday 20th June 2021

 

We are aware of a person in the school who has tested positive for COVID-19. We understand this is a worrying time but would like to reassure you that we are working closely?with NHS Lothian Health Protection Team and following all national guidance.  

 

Persons are currently being contacted because they may have been in close and sustained contact with the case and will need to self-isolate and asked to have a test for COVID-19. They will be given appropriate guidance and advice. 

 

An update via text and/or email will be sent to you as soon as the tracking and tracing process is complete. If there are any further cases of COVID-19 in the school, we will ensure these individuals, and any of their close contacts, are advised to self-isolate promptly.

 

If you have not been contacted and your child remains well, you should continue to follow the existing arrangements for your child.

 

Enhanced cleaning and infection control measures are in place in line with national guidance. The school is safe and remains open.

 

If you have any concerns in the meantime, or if you need to book a COVID-19 test because your child has developed symptoms (high temperature, a new continuous cough and/or a loss or change in sense of smell or taste) please visit the NHS Inform website www.nhsinform.scot or for non-clinical advice call 0800 028 2816.  

 

Please note that a test should only be booked if you or your child has these specifics symptoms. 

 

Remember to stay at home if anyone in the household has symptoms of COVID-19. 

 

For further information, you may find these FAQs useful: 

 

COVID-19 FAQs for Parents/Carers 

 

Best wishes, 

 

Gordon McIntyre

Head Teacher

 

Gordon McIntyre | Head Teacher | Clermiston Primary School | Tel: 0131 336 3361

International Women's Day 2021

International Women’s Day is celebrated every year on March 8th – and we like to make a big deal of it hear at Clermiston! Our Equality and Equity Pupil Group agreed that this clip would be a good way to get discussions going in our classes, so we posted it into every class Team to watch both at school and at home. We also read stories, heard stories and shared stories about important woman in our past, present (and future!). Some of our classes even raked through their class libraries to question whether women were represented enough or in a positive way - some really meaningful discussions were had which made us think about how we might choose class readers and themes to learn through in the future. 

We'd love if you could watch this too, as it really helped us to understand why this day is so significant, what is being done now and how our actions and questioning can make genuine changes!

World Book Day 2021

We love World Book Day here at Clermiston and we made sure to celebrate as a whole school, no matter where we were learning from. And it was a bit of a novelty for some teachers to only have to dress their top half in their book character! It certainly made for an interesting staff meeting, anyway...

As is tradition, children and staff had the choice of wearing cosy PJs that you would curl up and read a book in OR we could dress up as a book character. This year saw the introduction the Masked Reader too, where we had to guess which member of staff was reading the story behind the memoji mask. Home Learning was filled with even more reading tasks than usual, and honestly it was such a joy to spend the day just getting lost in stories. 

Well done to all of our pupils, staff and parents for making this World Book Day extra special!

 

 

Message from Gordon McIntyre, Headteacher,  and NHS Lothian

Monday 21st December

As you may already know, we are aware of a person in the school who has tested positive for COVID-19. We have been working closely with NHS Lothian Health Protection Team and following all national guidance.

 

A number of people have now been contacted because they have been in close and sustained contact with the case and the tracking process is now complete.These contacts will need to self-isolate and appropriate guidance and advice has been given.

 

If you have not been contacted directly to tell you your child is a close contact, then your child should attend school as normal.

 

Enhanced cleaning and infection control measures are in place in line with national guidance. The school is safe and remains open.

 

If you have any concerns in the meantime, or if you need to book a COVID-19 test because your child has developed symptoms (high temperature, a new continuous cough and/or a loss or change in sense of smell or taste) please visit the NHS Inform website www.nhsinform.scot  or for non-clinical advice call 0800 028 2816.

 

Please note that a test should only ever be booked if you or your child has these specifics symptoms.

 

Remember to stay at home if anyone in the household has symptoms of COVID-19.

 

For further information you may find this Frequently Asked Questions document useful :

https://www.nhslothian.scot/Coronavirus/Parents/Schools/Pages/default.aspx

 

Best wishes,

 

Gordon McIntyre

Head Teacher

Hallowe'en at Clermiston! 

Hallowe'en looked a little different this year (like everything, eh?!) but here at Clermiston, we don't let anything get in the way of having fun together. In the morning, our playground was full of zombies, vampires, pumpkins and unicats. We were even witness to an alien abduction! The teachers were replaced with crows, spiders and storm troopers and Mr McIntyre was no where to be seen...there was a dinosaur sitting in his chair in assembly! 

Our staff team went out of their way to make sure that children had a hallowe'en to remember, and despite not having the usual disco, Mr Lith-ghoul...I mean Mr Lithgow had prepared an excellent playlist for us to play in our rooms. Spooky games were played between classes on Microsoft Teams, stories told with torches shone under chins, creepy crafts were made and a whole lot more. 

Thanks to all who pitched in to make it such a great day!

 

 

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Test and Protect information leaflet

Here is a link to leaflets providing information on the Test and Protect service from NHS Scotland, a new way to tackle coronavirus.

This leaflet and step-by-step guide has been sent to every household in Scotland in June but we thought it would be useful to put it here too.

They contain information on how Test and Protect works and how to prepare in case you need to self-isolate.

There are lots of languages available so that you can find one to suit you. 

A School Year like no other!

We are looking forward to welcoming our children and staff team back for another year at Clermiston Primary School, one that will go down in history!

Watch this space to find out what we get up to, from Pupil Voice to fundraising events, Parent Council info and even advice on online safety. For the most up to date messages, please make sure you are signed up on ParentPay and important messages will arrive in your inbox. 

Below is the back to school document as updated on 7th of August 2020.

If you're on Twitter, give us a follow @ClermistonPS and for our Early Years parents, check out our Learning Boosts channel on Youtube.

 

File icon: pdf Clermiston Primary Return To School Letter August 2020 [pdf 119KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Starting School Booklet 2020-2021 [pdf 588KB] Click to download

A Message for P7 Leavers Parents and Carers!

All 2019-20 P7 Leavers (along with their parents/carers) are invited to school on Tuesday 11th August  between 1.30 and 2pm for the presentation of their High School tie and Yearbook. Head down the main path towards the office and we'll see you there!

Social distancing measures will be in place to ensure everyone's safety.