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									                             CORSTORPHINE PRIMARY SCHOOL


                                             NEWSLETTER NO.4

                                                   November 2008



Dear Parents / Carers                                            ____________________________________________
                                                                                       LONDON MARATHON
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 beasanderson@btinternet.com
        interdependence                                        ____________________________________________
        diversity                                                                 TRIPS OUT/VISITORS IN
        capacity                                               ____________________________________________
        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                                                    POEMTASTIC
 ____________________________________________                   ____________________________________________
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
Year.
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
                       GIRLS’ FOOTBALL

CHILD‟S NAME __________________              CLASS ____

I would like to volunteer to help run a girls‟ football team.

Name ____________________________

Contact No. _______________________




                     LONDON MARATHON

CHILD‟S NAME __________________              CLASS ____

I would like to pledge £ ________ towards Mrs Cottle and
Mrs Hutton‟s chosen charity, Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

Name ____________________________

Contact No. _______________________

								
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