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Lots of Good Comments!

We have had a really busy few months with so many great events and activities.

*In November we were visited by a group of education students from Panama who joined classes for many different activities including weaving. They had so many great things to say about the confidence and good manners of the House Captians who showed them around. They were really impressed by the classroom displays and teh quality of the learning and teaching they observed in the classrooms.

‘I really liked Royal Mile. It has beautiful classrooms with posters to help learning…..I admired the children who gave us a tour…really good behaviour in classrooms’ Ines

‘The people and the children are so kind. I liked the methodology that the teachers use’ jasmin

‘Royal Mile is a school where studenst are taught to be good citizens.This school is awesome’ jose

*We also had Parent/ Carer and child workshops with Miss Aylward about Internet Safety. It was a shame that many adults were unable to attend but there is a page on our website with information about this very important subject and even if your child is only starting in the Eligible 2s service it is never too soon to make sure they are safe online.

Comments left by parents included:

‘ A great Session! It was reassuring how positively it was covered’

‘Good open approach on what’s a good idea and what is not.’

‘Excellent session. Really good to hear dialogue being used and the level it’s pitched at so we can follow same message at home. Thank you .’

*Last but not least was the opening of the Art Gallery for 2018.  So many positive commenst about the amazing art work produced by the children, staff and visiting artists that now graces our walls. The interactive piece made by visitors to our Cafe in the diningroom is great and we hope you will drop in and take a look next time we have an event in school.

our thanks to Miss Murray, Miss Kerr and the Art Reps who made it such a success, our P7 tour guides and Mr Stewart and Mr Annis who got everything ready for  the (sadly delayed) Fruitmarket and P7 work ‘Dear Future’. We’ll keep you informed when that one opens too!


Internet Safety

We have a number of events and workshops planned for next week, being led by Miss Aylward for parents and Children to sit together and find out about staying safe on line.

FEBRUARY 7th – P3 and P4 at 9am

Early Years at 2.45pm

FEBRUARY 8th – P5, P6 and P7 at 9am

Primary 1 and 2 at 2.30pm

We have also recently added to our website page so please do take a look.

We all know that the internest is an amazing reource for learning, a great tool for finding information and a that we can use it for fun. it is really important that we keep ourseleves safe and that as parents and carers we can give good advice and look after our children on line.


Social Evening 23rd November 2017

Tickets for our Social Event on 23rd November 2017 will be available from the school office on MONDAY 20th NOVEMBER. To attend everyone must have a ticket!

Numbers are limited so please send in your request clearly marked and we will return the tickets in your child’s bag  or come in perosn to collect them.

We are looking forward to some great entertainment and some dancing!

Assessment is For Learning

At our recent In Service Day staff worked together to produce two information posters about Assessment is For Learning. This is a very effective set of strategies and resources we use to support pupils in their learning and in identifying ways to improve and build on their skills.

For an informationsheet  about AiFL you can visist

So when your child comes home and says they were not allowed to put their hands up in class today – you will know they were using AiFL!

This poster was for pupils





This poster was for Parents.

Design a Mathematician Competition

I was really pleased to receive the following email from our judges,

Dear Mrs Jessop

It was almost impossible to decide which Design a Mathematician pictures to give awards to, since there were so many excellent entries in the competition. After a lot of discussion Lotte Hollands (who organised our MathWeek activities) and I decided that we would award one first prize and joint second and third prizes, though there were many more entries that were worthy of mention.

We were both very impressed by the number of different jobs that were drawn – mathematicians don’t just teach maths, and also at how few stereotypical old men with crazy hair were drawn – mathematics is a career for everyone.

At Heriot-Watt University, for instance, five of our recent staff appointments in mathematics have been women and we have many different nationalities working and studying together here.

The first prize was Willow Morgana Mathers – this was an excellently drawn picture of a female mathematician or scientist – or maybe even a medic, all of whom would be using mathematics in their everyday work.

Joint second prize went to Ella Goodall for a designer (and cat) and Malika Sahnoun for a robot mathematician (on a hover skateboard)

Ella showed that mathematics is used in all kind of careers and also drew a great outfit, and as for Malika’s design, we just liked the robot!

Joint third prize went to Mairi for her petsitter and Paul for himself  in a rocket going to space. These were unexpected places to find mathematics being used, but it certainly is important in both cases either for keeping the pet or Paul safe.

Once again congratulations to EVERYONE for the great designs. We had great fun looking at them and arguing about the prizewinners.

I’ve appended pictures of the winners.

Prof Des Johnston

Mathematics Department

Heriot-Watt University

Willow Mathers






Ella Goodall


Malika Sahnoun

Mhairi Glazier

Paul Marcos