Children & Families Department
26th August 2016
Dear Parents and Carers,
It was a pleasure to welcome the children and young people to the new school session last week. We gave a special welcome to our new pupils in the Nursery, Primary and Secondary; all seem to have settled quickly into their new routines! Some of our leavers from June have also kept in touch and I am so pleased to report that they are doing well.
We have started this session as we mean to go on with a jam-packed programme. To enhance learning and build experiences we were delighted to have already hosted both Zoolab and the National Deaf Children’s Society (NCDS) Roadshow. Classes have visited The Book Festival, been horse riding and searched for information at Oxgangs Library.
As we look ahead to what will undoubtedly be a busy school year, I will take this opportunity to highlight a few key dates in the first term for your diary:
5th September Parent Council 7-9pm
12th September Friends of Braidburn School 7-9pm
23rd September Draft Targets sent home
28th September Careers Fair
14th October Whole School Harvest Assembly – all welcome
10th November Parent Consultation 4.30 – 6.30pm
14th December Primary Nativity
15th December Secondary Christmas Disco
16th December Christmas Jumper Day
Martin Vallely, our Service Manager, will attend the Parent Council meeting on Monday 5th September to discuss the feasibility study with regards to the possible Oaklands and Braidburn merger.
Over the last session we increasingly used email to stay in contact with families and share information such as newsletters or up and coming events. If we do not already have a record of your email address, I would be grateful if you could share it with the school office.
I hope that you all have a wonderful weekend.
Acting Head Teacher
T: 0131 312 2320
F: 0131 441 5065
107 OXGANGS ROAD NORTH
A community project is trying to bring beach wheelchairs to Portobello. It’s the same group who achieved success in securing this at North Berwick. They are at the first stage of gather support for the idea and are keen to hear your opinions. They have asked if you can fill in the short questionnaire attached to the link below.
Here’s the link: https://beachwheelchairs.typeform.com/to/Op0rEu
We had a visit from the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) roadshow bus on Thursday. All our pupils had a great time exploring the technology that could help Deaf people such as vibrating alarm clocks. The hearing pupils all had the opportunity to wear a hearing aid and learn a bit about what it means to be Deaf. They also learned some tips on how to communicate effectively with their Deaf classmates. Thank you again to the NDCS roadshow team for a great and interactive day.
Above – pupils trying on hearing aids
Above – a pupil exploring a flashing doorbell
Above – pupils trying on hearing aids
Our June calendar was indeed a busy one filled with a Sports Day, excursions, theatre, leavers’ assemblies, variety shows, award ceremonies, transition afternoons, coffee mornings, uniform referendums and much more! I have included some pictures below from some of the events!
Yesterday we also said a fond farewell to our school leavers who are all moving on to positive destinations. These include Edinburgh College, Garvald and Upward Mobility. Emotions were running high as they left school for one last time accompanied by a piper from Merchiston Castle School. We wish all of our leavers every success in the future as they move onto the next adventure in their lives.
Last week we were delighted to receive a wonderful donation of £350 from our longstanding friends at Dicken’s Bar. The money was presented by former footballer John Robertson as well as Callum, the owner.
This school session has been filled with excitement, achievements, new experiences as well as challenges. We are confident that Session 2016/17 will be no different! We hope that you have a wonderful summer.
Staff resume on Monday 15th August
Pupils resume on Wednesday 17th August.
On the 14th of June Braidburn hosted the annual Great Braidburn Bake Off! It was a huge success with both staff and pupils showcasing their talents! Thank you to everyone who took part in the day, including visitors who helped us devour the mountain of cake!
Rizwan has created a PowerPoint presentation of the morning.