Headteacher Update – Week 11

Dear Sighthill Families,

I hope you have all had an enjoyable weekend and managed to get out despite the horrible weather.  Where has the summer sunshine gone?

Apologises for not sending out my usual update last week but as you can imagine there has been a lot of information and communication now coming our way with regards to schools reopening in August.

Therefore here is my weekly update to keep you informed:

Schools Reopening

By now you should have received a text from the authority with the parent/carer letter updating you on what the model for schools reopening will be.  If you have not here is the link for you to read it Letter to Mainstream Parents and Carers

This continues to be a challenging time for us all and I want to thank you once again for your patience and understanding. I also want to assure you that we’re working extremely hard to put arrangements in place that will ensure the safest return to Sighthill Primary school for all our pupils, staff and families.  Session dates have been changed to support this transition period back into school with schools reopening on Monday 10th August.  Monday 10th and Tuesday 11th August are staff in-service days with pupils having a phased return from Wednesday 12th August. 

We will be introducing the new blended model of learning which represents an improvement on the current home learning arrangements.  Pupils will be on a rota system to ensure that all children and young people receive a blended model of in-home and in-school learning.  Further to this and to ensure schools continue to follow social distancing restrictions and government guidelines in response to Covid-19 this means that 33% of our school pupils will be within school on anyone day Monday to Thursday.  Children will be grouped together to enable family members to attend school on the same full day.   Fridays will be used for staff to plan effectively for the new blended model of learning.

All parent/carer information will be sent out to our families by Wednesday 24th June with all the relevant information, requirements and guidelines that you will need to know in preparation for your child returning to school in August.

Presently in accordance with Scottish Government advice and consistent with Health Protection Scotland guidance, social distancing, hygiene regimes and risk assessments will be essential to keep our children and staff safe.  This is therefore our key priority at this time along with the planning, organisation and communications for our pupils and families transitioning back into Sighthill Primary School in August.


Nur-P1 – ‘We are going on a Bear Hunt’ transition programme is now underway and you should have had all the transition information around this.  If you have not please contact us via our school email account Admin@sighthill.edin.sch.uk.

P7-S1 – ‘Moving on Up’ transition programme is now underway instead of the usual 3-day transition programme.  You should have received your child’s transition pack last week and the tasks will be emailed out as and when they are due to be completed.  The High School has placed all the information on their school website too http://www.whec.edin.sch.uk/transition-2020-21/.  If you need any support with this or have not received the transition pack please contact us via our school email account Admin@sighthill.edin.sch.uk.

Health Week

We hope you all had fun with our Health Week activities.  Thank you to all those who have sent in photos of the fun you had completing the Sports Day activities.  A huge thank you to our Health and Wellbeing Working Party who put the week.

Family Support

As you know schools will be finishing for the Summer holidays as of Friday 26th June.  This therefore means that staff can no longer provide the regular food deliveries that some of our families receive.  The authority will continue to provide fortnightly food parcels for the families that we had submitted to them at the beginning of school closures and food is still available for collection from the Calders Residence Community Flat.  Mrs Paterson will be speaking to families this week regards this as well as providing signposting information for all our families to refer to during school summer closure.  A huge thank you to the Community Flat and Mrs Paterson for supporting our families during these challenging times.

We are still here for all our pupils and families and will continue to inform you as best we can at this time of change and preparation.  Please bear with us as guidance can change at short notice in response to Covid-19, but we will endeavour to keep you updated to ensure that there is clear transparency at this time.

Please do not hesitate to get in contact with ourselves via the school email account Admin@sighthill.edin.sch.uk.

Take Care!

Mrs Marie Dunn



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