Category Archives: Head Teacher Blog

Have a Good Holiday

Some Local  information and resources about wellbeing

We are part of the Dumbiedykes Network and at a recent virtual meeting they shared some resources and links to help you and your family take care of your wellbeing.

Health In Mind shared information about the change to their services.

There are also fitness and health ideas on the facebook page, search @outandabouted or

Braidwood Centre shared this information about a future event: Helping Hands Bikes For Kids programme is going ahead and we will have a group in the Old Town. It is for kids aged 9-11, who do not have a bike and perhaps are unlikely to get one. We provide them with a free, brand new bike and bike education. The programme was scheduled to start in April but will go ahead as soon as the lockdown is lifted. Of course, any social distancing protocols which remain in place at that point will be followed, so this may impact on the bike education part of the programme but the kids will get the bikes. So look out for details of this and other projects on their website and facebook page .

Clare at CYP was in touch to say how much fun the Zoom Banana Club and Space@6 had been. They’ll be more virtual clubs after the holidays!

I thought I would share this link with you as well. Lots of children enjoy Sesame Street and they have some short videos and ideas to support young people with anxiety around a health emergency here.

There are lots of other topics and activities that you can also take a look at. They might help you and your family to talk about some of the things that are happening just now. You can access them as a parent without signing up to anything. The site does have adverts so please be aware of that.

I hope that you and your families enjoy some of the holiday activities that have been posted here. You can also watch lots of free shows, concerts and plays on the internet, I watched Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat! 

Please stay safe, look after one another and be kind to each other.   Mrs Jessop

Good Morning! Thursday 2nd April 2020

I hope that you are all well and taking good care of yourselves! I have been at the Hub school and it has made me realise how much I am missing seeing you all in person. I know that all the other staff at Royal Mile are feeling the same way. So before we all take our Easter Holidays I hope you will take a few moments to post a comment on your class blog or send us a photo on the email.

Blogs will be full of holiday activities and ideas so why not try something new? There is a link here to some free resources and things to do.

You can take free tours of lots of museums and art galleries all around the world, follow ‘how to’ videos on Youtube to learn a new skill or try a hobby, watch a live cam at a zoo (we have been enjoying pandas in China, elephants in San Diego and penguins in Edinburgh).

I am going to visit this exhibition at the British library

“Because that’s what Herminone does,’ said Ron, shrugging. ‘When in doubt, go to the library.”

I am hoping to learn a few spells and potions, I may even perfect the powder that lets you travel via the chimney!

Take care and stay safe!

Monday 30th March 2020

Good Evening!

I hope that you are all well and that you had the chance to relax at the weekend. Today I have been at the Hub for Keyworkers’ families. We are supporting families who are working in Healthcare and essential services but who do not have access to other childcare. I have to say a huge THANKYOU to the RMPS team who have volunteered to take part in this programme. They are all heroes too!!!!!

Our colleagues at Active Schools ( Eliot who organises the clubs and his team) have started their own A to Z fitness challenge. You can find it here or on Twitter @ActiveSchoolsED. I’m not sure it will be quite as rigorous as Joe Wick’s PE lessons but it might make a change.

NEW GRIDS and learning ideas are on the class Blogs as well for this week. Some children have been using the address to share pictures of their work and others are using the COMMENTS at the end of the Blog post to keep in touch! It is really lovely to find out what you have been doing and we try to answer as quickly as we can.

Here’s an easy way to scan using your iphone (I don’t have one so I can only show you the info. I was given)

It is always great to see your photos and pictures of what you have been doing. We will assume you are ok for us to share them with your classmates as well unless you tell us otherwise.

It’s really important that you enjoy being with your families and loved ones. I know we are all missing you at school, and I am especially missing hearing all your (sometimes terrible) jokes so why not send me a joke in the comments. I am sure the funniest will be worth at least 2 housepoints……..but remember, nothing that will make me blush or turn my hair even whiter!!!!!!!

Take care and stay safe, Mrs jessop

Residents Information

A message shared from Dumbiedykes Residents

you can contact them on and follow them on

Braidwood Centre has been closed by the Council. The Braidwood committee and DRA had been hoping to use the centre as a hub for dropping off and collecting vital supplies. But this is no longer possible.
We know people want to help each other at this terrible time. The priority is people’s health. Everyone must first and foremost look after their own and their family’s health.

If people are well enough and have the resources to do so they could look out for elderly neighbours at this time. If you can’t help everyone help just one person.
When the situation changes and the Council allows the Braidwood Centre to reopen we will look at what can be done collectively. Within current guidelines and putting public health first.

If anything changes, we’ll be back in touch. If there is any information you would like us to share on your behalf do let us know. 

With best wishes to you all, Lee