News and events

Happy Hallowe’en!

Ghosts, ghouls and witches all made their way to St. Crispin’s yesterday for a fabulous,  fun filled day. Classes have been busy with Hallowe’en themed group work and cooking sessions, as well as making spooky sounds in Music and creating bone-jittering journey sticks in P.E. Our fabulous staff got in the scary spirit with a “Wake Up, Shake Up” to Thriller first thing in the morning, many thanks to Mairi for coordinating and organising. Happy Hallowe’en, everyone!

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October update

Welcome back to all of our staff and pupils! Everyone seems to be rested and relaxed after half term. We are welcoming new staff this week: Nicole in Blue Class, Sharon in Yellow Class, Lachlan in Purple Class and Louise in Silver Class. We also welcome back Jo from maternity leave and wish Aga all the best as she begins maternity leave.

This term promises to be busy with preparations for Hallowe’en and Christmas on the horizon, as well as class work and continuing opportunities for classes across the school to participate in the wider community with visits to the Santa Barge, the Yard, Music for All, the Lyceum and more.

Reviews for pupils start this week – double check your diary to make sure you know when your child’s is and please call us if you’re unsure. Check back next week for some photos of our classes enjoying their learning!

Macmillan Coffee Morning Approaches…

Thursday 27th September – Macmillan Coffee Morning

On Thursday 27th September, from 10-11.00 am Gold Class will be hosting a coffee morning in the hall to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer care. All families and friends are invited to join us for tea, coffee and most importantly, cake! All donations gratefully received, we look forward to welcoming you to our school.

Term Update – September 2018

Hello all,

We have been busy settling back into school and everyone has been getting used to their new classes, new teachers and new routines. The curriculum is in full swing and pupils are enjoying a range of opportunities across the school!

We have already had a parent/carer teacher consultation to discuss targets for the year and had a great turnout of 85%. Thank you to everyone who was able to make it and to all of our support staff who gave up their time to provide childcare facilities during appointments.

As well as our usual classroom activities, we have been getting out and about, putting St. Crispin’s on the map! All of our primary classes are participating in visits to the Yard. Secondary pupils are enjoying exploring the autumn in Outdoor Education with Mairi. The gardens are full of fruit: all classes have been picking apples and plums and making jam and baked goods.

Silver Class had a visit from the Holyrood Park Rangers and were learning about life in old Edinburgh. Gold Class have started their busy transition programme and are enjoying weekly sessions at Music for All, as well as visits from Edinburgh College. Pupils across the school are participating in yoga and we had a lovely visit from our pets as therapy friends, Ollie and Susan.

In Music, pupils have been enjoying using our new sub-pacs with Di. We have received some of our new bikes and they are being put to the test in the playground by a group of willing volunteers! The Lyceum Project and Inspire Drama start next week and our senior classes will be visiting ABC bikes for weekly sessions as part of their SQA and ASDAN awards. Below are some photos of the new term getting off to a great start. Check back soon for more updates!

Welcome Back!

Welcome back to all of our staff and pupils! As our first week draws to a close, we have been delighted to get back into the swing of things for the new school year. Pupils are settling in to their new classes and have already had lots of fun and learning opportunities this week through classroom activities, P.E., Music and Outdoor Education.

We have a very busy term ahead with lots of exciting opportunities for our learners both inside and outside of the classroom. Primary classes will be visiting the Yard and enjoying drama sessions with Inspire. Purple and Pink classes will be working with the Lyceum Project on an intepretation of Peter Pan, Gold Class are looking forward to starting Music for All and Silver Class are gearing up to get the Tuck Shop running! As well as this, we have more sessions planned with our friends at Blazing Saddles and everyone is eagerly awaiting the delivery of our new bikes.

Permission forms for trips, photography and medication have gone home to all pupils, please look out for these in bags and return ASAP. Parents/carers of Senior Phase pupils have received invites to a transition event which is sure to be informative and get the Transition Year off to a flying start.

We are looking for new members for our Parent Council and would welcome parents/carers across all classes to get involved, letters will be going home in the next 2 weeks.

We look forward to the year ahead with all of our learners and their families. Keep checking the website and Twitter for our weekly updates to enjoy photos, class news and all things St. Crispin’s!

End of Term fun

We have enjoyed our end of term activities. On Monday, our Leavers visited Pizza Hut for Leavers’ Lunch and had a great time. Pupils all enjoyed themselves and did a great job of representing the school.

On Thursday, Mairi led the whole school in the end of term singalong. It was very warm in the hall but that didn’t stop us singing and dancing, spraying water, playing with inflatables, parachutes and doing the conga out into the playground!

On Friday, Jean led the Leavers’ Assembly. Families and friends joined us to wish our leavers well and we said goodbye with a lovely celebration filled with songs, photos and strawberry tarts.

From everyone at St. Crispin’s: have a lovely summer holiday, see you in August!

 

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Vote for St. Crispin’s at Sainsbury’s!

We have a chance to be one of Sainsbury’s charities of the year through our associated charity, Friends of St. Crispin’s – but we need your votes! Please make sure you go online and vote for us – select Edinburgh Causewayside and vote for Friends of St. Crispin’s. It’s that easy, friends and family can vote too – but entries close on the 24th June! If we are selected, we will benefit from volunteering, donations and fundraising in store. Let’s get voting for St. Crispin’s!

Sports’ Day Success!

On Tuesday 19th June, classes across the school participated in our annual Sports’ Day. Pupils took part in jumping, throwing bean bags and running as fast as they could to the finish line – even parents, carers and staff! On the day, Red Class were the overall winners for Primary and Orange Class took home the title for Secondary. Everyone who took part had a great time and received a medal for their fantastic efforts. Have a look at our photos below – well done to all!

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School Newsletter

As we move towards the end of another busy school year, pupils have been making the most of the lovely summer weather with lessons in gardening, cycling and P.E. all taking place in the sunshine. Please have a look at our most recent newsletter below.

 

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St. Crispin’s Newsletter – June 2018

Parents’ Evening

We welcomed many of our parents along to the school on Thursday 31st May. Staff were able to share learning experiences with parents and our specialist teachers and therapists were also on hand to meet with parents/carers. We were able to provide some child care on the night and several parents expressed interest in this. We hope to provide childcare facilities for our next parents’ evening in September.

Blazing Saddles

We spent some of our Pupil Equity Fund on a series of cycling workshops. Pupils have been enjoying a series of fun cycling sessions with David from Blazing Saddles. Every class will have the chance to take part in cycling lessons over the summer term and into August 2018. David has offered pupils the use of bikes at break and lunch times – he has become very popular in the playground! We have our own new bikes arriving towards the end of term.

Tuck Shop

Orange Class have recently started running a weekly Tuck Shop as part of their learning. All pupils are encouraged to visit the Tuck Shop and develop valuable skills in queuing, choosing something they would like, money exchange and communication. The Tuck Shop has been a big hit with pupils and staff and we’re sure it will become a regular feature of the St. Crispin’s week.

Sport sessions

Some of our secondary and senior pupils have had the opportunity to try out a variety of different sports this term. We have had cricket and tennis taster days and Dancebase have also been working with Orange class.

Pets as Therapy

The school has been introduced to a couple of new friends recently and we have been enjoying visits from Ollie the dog and his owner. Ollie initially visited the school and had a walk round all of the classes and is now coming in on a more regular basis to specific classes. Many of our pupils are getting used to Ollie and are responding well to having a dog in school.

Easter competition winners

Some of our pupils won an Easter competition to find out all about hens and their eggs. The Royal Highland Education Trust arranged for Red and Yellow classes to visit some hens in a garden in Morningside.

Transition

Final preparations are being made for our S6 pupils as they prepare to make the giant leap to adulthood. All parents and carers of pupils who are leaving school are invited to attend a special Leavers’ Assembly on 29th June at 9.45am. Look out for the letter in school diaries.

Burdiehouse – New Build

There have been consultation meetings regarding the new St Crispin’s. Designs for the new build were shared at these meetings and also at our parents’ evening. We are having regular meetings with the designers and architects and the plans are moving forwards.

Website and Twitter

Please visit our recently updated school website at www.stcrispinsedin.com for photos, class blogs, upcoming events, contact details, uniform orders and all things St. Crispin’s! Follow us on Twitter for regular updates of school events @StCrispins_Edin

All feedback on the website and Twitter pages is welcome.

Sports’ Day

Sports’ day will take place on Tuesday 19th June. The races will take place between 10 and 11am and will involve all of the school as well as pupils who will be joining us from Oaklands in August. We would love you to come and join the fun and from 11am you are invited to join us for refreshments in the hall.

Absence from school

If your child is going to be absent from school for any reason you must inform both the school and your transport provider. Transport staff do not need to know the reason for your child’s absence but do need to know when to resume pick-ups. The reason for your child’s absence must be recorded accurately in school and therefore you are requested to notify your child’s teacher of any planned absence eg attending a hospital or dental appointment or of any illness or circumstances preventing your child from coming to school. Messages can be left with the school office.

Telephone calls to school

The school office is manned from

8.30am until 5pm Monday

8am – 5pm Tuesday to Thursday 8am – 1.30pm Fridays.

Out with these hours, telephone calls will generally be directed to the answer machine. If you leave a message on the answer

machine we will try to get back to you as soon as possible. Please note that the office staff are unable to put calls through to teachers during class time and will therefore take a message from you if you call during these times and the teacher will call you when they are free. If your call is urgent the HT or DHT will try to take your call or call you back as soon as possible.

Some dates for your diary

Tuesday 12th June – Taxi outing

Wednesday 13th June – Kids Out Day for Orange class

Tuesday 19th June – Sports’ Day

10 – 11am Sports

11 – 12 noon Refreshments in the hall

Friday 29th June – 9.45am Leavers’ Assembly

Friday 29th June – Term ends at 1pm for Primary pupils and 1.05pm for Secondary/Senior pupils

Wednesday 15th August – Pupils return to school

 

 

Pets as Therapy visit St. Crispin’s

Pupils in Blue, Red, Pink, Silver and Gold classes enjoyed a visit from PAT dog Ollie the West Highland terrier and his owner, Susan. We enjoyed seeing Ollie and stroking his soft fur. He made lots of us smile with his wagging tail and cold nose. Ollie is such a friendly dog and we can’t wait to see him when he visits again! Thanks for visiting us, Ollie and Susan.

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