CORSTORPHINE PRIMARY SCHOOL
Dear Parents / Carers ____________________________________________
Many thanks for all your support for Saturday‟s Christmas ____________________________________________
Fair which was a great success (the total amount raised Mrs Cottle and Mrs Hutton from the Nursery are over the
still being worked on!) and heralding as usual, in great style moon to have been allocated places in the London Marathon
the start of the Christmas season. It‟s impossible to in April, following their success in Edinburgh this year.
ignore Christmas at school from this point on, with a full They have a significant sum of money to raise for the
calendar of events planned over the next three weeks. Of Cystic Fibrosis Trust and if any parent would like to pledge
course, that doesn‟t mean that the routine class work will a sponsor, please fill in and return the attached slip.
not continue right up until the end of term. ____________________________________________
Please find attached an up-to-date list of all the Christmas VIYELE PRIMARY VISIT
events, including the dates for children‟s parties. ____________________________________________
____________________________________________ Following on from Miss Cavanagh and Miss Christie‟s
MISS CHRISTIE summer visit to Viyele Primary School, Mzuzu, Malawi, we
____________________________________________ had a ten day visit from Mrs Florence Kmanga, the Viyele
Sadly, Miss Christie will be leaving us at the end of this Primary Depute Head Teacher. The visit was tremendously
term. She will be moving to Stenhouse Primary School as successful with Mrs Kmanga working with all classes across
Depute Head and will take up her post in January. We are the school, learning about our system and sharing a wealth
very grateful to Miss Christie for all of her hard work at of information with the children about education and life in
Corstorphine Primary School and wish her every success general in Malawi.
and happiness in her new post. I am currently uncertain as Mrs Kmanga also worked with school staff to develop
to arrangements for her replacement due to a Council-wide shared topics at each stage of the school, Nursery to P7 so
recruitment freeze necessitated by forthcoming school that as each year passes children are gaining a fuller
closures. I should have a clear picture of the way forward understanding of life for children in our partner school.
by the end of this week and will keep you posted! These topics are as follows :
____________________________________________ Nursery (Malawi Standard 1) Food
CHRISTMAS POST P1 (Malawi Standard 2) People Who Help Us
____________________________________________ P2 (Malawi Standard 3) Looking after our School
Please note on the attached sheet that the starting date P3 (Malawi Standard 4) Farming
for the school Christmas post is Monday 8th December, P4 (Malawi Standard 5) Tribes / Clans
finishing on Wednesday 17th December. We would P5 (Malawi Standard 6) Recycling/Taking Care of
appreciate children only bringing in cards for posting on our Planet
these inclusive dates. P6 (Malawi Standard 7) Traditional Stories
____________________________________________ P7 (Malawi Standard 8) Democracy / Parliament
GARDENING CLUB P7 and Standard 8 also engage in a joint project on the
____________________________________________ lifestyle and culture of citizens in Scotland / Malawi.
Many thanks to our fantastic team of parents and children, This forthcoming year (Dec 08/Dec 09) we have jointly
led by Miss Estill, who have recently worked so hard on the agreed with Viyele not to apply for a British Council Grant
garden, preparing it for Winter, with wonderful results. to support reciprocal visits as we are not in a position to
One Saturday morning recently the team met to prepare meet their conditions for the next twelve months. We
and paint the tubs, benches and picnic tables and to do intend to fundraise to support reciprocal visits for this
some Winter planting. The work had been ongoing and our year and will apply for a further British Council Grant for
garden areas are looking fantastic as a result. A big thank- December 2009/December 2010. Further details of this
you to Homebase at Blackhall who very kindly gave us a later.
significant reduction in plants. We are very grateful to Miss Christie for her leadership of
this project and would like to say that, as a school, we are
totally committed to ensuring that our partnership with
Viyele develops as a major underpinning feature of our
school ethos and a vibrant means of developing the be involved. His telephone number is 0131.339.1864 or
following education for sustainable development themes : email firstname.lastname@example.org
diversity TRIPS OUT/VISITORS IN
rights and responsibilities P1 are having a visit from the fire brigade this
equity week as part of their topic on „People Who Help Us‟
justice P2 visited the Museum of Childhood as part of
uncertainty and precaution their Toys topic.
Miss Cavanagh has agreed to take over the leadership of P3 have visited the Dower House as part of their
this ongoing project. local history topic.
____________________________________________ P4 have done field studies in St Andrew Square
NEWSLETTERS and Holyrood as part of their topic “Looking After
____________________________________________ Our City”.
Only a small minority of our parents indicated that they P6 have visited Hopetoun House and will visit the
would be happy to download the newsletter from the Dower House as part of their topic on the
website and therefore we have decided to continue the „Victorians‟.
practice of providing every family with a paper copy. P7 have visited Craigmount for an Enterprising
Logistically this makes more sense, as work is created by Maths project and will be visiting the Scottish
having to identify which particular children in each class do Parliament before Christmas as part of their topic
or don‟t get a newsletter! on Government.
Congratulations this month go to : Well done to P4B, who recently wrote a wonderful
Glen Lewington (P5) who played in two badminton collection of poems which they collated and produced in a
tournaments and got through to the „B‟ and „C‟ book “Poemtastic”. The poems were sold at the Christmas
semi-finals respectively. Fair, raising the sum of £74 which they intend to spend on
Jennifer Mackie (P5) and Morgan McLauchlin (P5) new books for their class library and Golden Time games.
who performed in the Gang Show. ____________________________________________
Murray Cheyne (P3) who came 9th in a national GARDEN DEVELOPMENTS
diving competition in Leeds. ____________________________________________
Amy Finlay, Jennifer Horne, Evie Currie-Mullan and We‟re tremendously grateful to Gus Eagan and his team of
Caitlin McKenzie (all P4) who recently passed their helpers from „Earth Calling‟ who have been working on the
ballet exam at Grade 2. wonderful garden developments at the front of the school.
Chloe Macdonald, Morgan McLauchlin, Evie Currie- The Eco group will provide an item for the next newsletter
Mullan, Jennifer Mackie, Christy Tukalo, Martha to tell you more about these developments and the Grand
Quinn and Neve Van Hagen (all P4) who recently Opening!
ran a bake sale for Children in Need, raising over ____________________________________________
£100. TOYS/GAMES/FOOTBALL CARDS
Lauren White (P5) who raised £55 for Children in ____________________________________________
Need by selling her home baking to neighbours, Please note that we discourage children from bringing toys
family and her Dad‟s basketball team! and games to school and using them in the playground as
____________________________________________ they often get damaged or are lost. In common with other
GIRLS’ FOOTBALL TEAM schools we do not allow football cards to be brought to
____________________________________________ school as they frequently cause disagreements and bad
We are currently looking to increase girls‟ participation in feeling!
football. Bill Anderson (football coach) has been looking ____________________________________________
into this matter, on our behalf, and, drawing on our own FREE BOOKS FOR SCHOOLS
experience so far, and that of other schools, it would ____________________________________________
appear that girls only teams appear to be the most Starting in January and running throughout 2009, the
successful way forward. A teacher at Bruntsfield Primary Times and Sunday Times are operating a new Book for
School currently has a remit for co-ordinating girls‟ Schools promotion. Tokens for free books can be collected
football, with 20 Edinburgh primary schools running teams from the newspapers during this period and sent in to
for P6/7 girls. schools. We will be able to exchange these tokens for free
If any parents are interested in running a girls‟ football books for our class and school libraries.
team would you please sign and return the attached slip. If
we get volunteers in this respect and enough players then Yours sincerely
we may be able to opt in to the fixture list in the New
Bill Anderson has kindly agreed to be a point of contact for Mrs J. Ross
any volunteers and would be willing to discuss what might Head Teacher
CHILD‟S NAME __________________ CLASS ____
I would like to volunteer to help run a girls‟ football team.
Contact No. _______________________
CHILD‟S NAME __________________ CLASS ____
I would like to pledge £ ________ towards Mrs Cottle and
Mrs Hutton‟s chosen charity, Cystic Fibrosis Trust.
Contact No. _______________________