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The photographs above illustrate some of the wonderful examples of the increased skills and knowledge that our senior pupils have gained this session. Well done boys and girls and a huge thank you to their wonderful teachers.

The Parent Council met yesterday evening, albeit in a virtual setting and discussed a number of issues. The main points included the upcoming ‘Walking Bus’ pilot that we are undertaking, Halloween arrangements and ongoing congestion at the gates.  As you know the Walking Bus project starts on Monday 2nd November, all going well and no changes to government guidelines. Arrangements are in place for children who come to school in a car to be safely dropped off at a choice of 2 pick up points. These are the corner of Leven Road and Townhead Road, where the children will depart at 8.40am and Tantallon Drive at the corner of Belmont Street, where the children will depart at 8.50am. Please note that 2 parent volunteers will be placed at each pick up point with the addition of 4 Primary 7 House Captains at each point. Emma from NLC Active Schools will also be at the first pick up point to supervise the walk in it’s entirety.
The main reason for being involved in this project is to reduce the amount of cars on the road in the surrounding school area. Drivers have been parking with a lack of consideration for pedestrians, many of whom are children. This is a potential hazard. Other benefits that the project can achieve are a reduction in car emissions and the fac5 that children can increase their fitness levels through walking before school starts. It’s also great for health and wellbeing and helping to clear the head before getting down to work at school. We would like to thank the parents who have volunteered already and this is very much appreciated and would encourage more parents to volunteer so that it becomes less onerous and a rota can be created. Thank you in advance.

Again, our wonderful Parent Council have organised Halloween fun on Friday afternoon and there are prizes for bingo,fun activities and lots of treats! Thank you for organising this and we are all looking forward to seeing the wonderful ‘ Crazy  Halloween Hair’ that some of our children will be wearing on Friday. Could I please remind parents and carers that no Halloween costumes should be worn or any toys etc brought in from home.
Another suggestions at the Parent Council meeting was to ask parents to wait on the pavements on the opposite side of the road from the school gates. This will ensure that children can gather in an organised fashion prior to the bell without additional congestion. Teachers are then more able to identify their pupils clearly, thus ensuring their safety more readily.

Thank you to all of our parents and carers who have been very supportive in adhering to the 2 metre distancing guidelines at the school gates, this is very much appreciated to ensure the safety of our pupils and staff.

Mrs Bolland







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