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!
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!
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.
St. Crispin’s Newsletter – June 2018
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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.
We welcome applications for the posts of permanent and temporary pupil support assistants. Applications are available here. Closing date for applications is 28th May 2018.
Red class went to visit Fiona and meet her five hens on Monday. The class had fun, looking at and feeling the hens’ feathers. Everyone learned about where hens live and we got to hold eggs the hens had laid! We watched the hens being fed, they were very hungry. Fiona asked if we would like to put some seeds in the palm of our hands for the hens to eat! Kyle and Jo had a go and told us it felt funny when the hens pecked at their hands. Kyle was very brave and even held one of the hens! We also planted a bean into the ground when we were there. Maybe we’ll get to visit again and see if it has grown. What a fun outing!
On Monday 15th May, Green and Purple classes visited Braidburn School to take part in a cricket event with Cricket Scotland and Active Schools. Pupils had lots of fun developing their cricket skills, moving round “stations” to practice throwing, catching, running and using a bat. A great time was had by all!
We are replacing and updating our bikes to ensure that everyone can benefit from learning to cycle safely in a fun and safe environment. We recently had a visit from our friends at Theraplay who are helping us decide which new bikes we want to buy! Here are some of our pupils having a great time “helping” to make a very important decision. Thanks, boys!
St. Crispin’s pupils took part in an Easter art competition run by RHET (Royal Highland Education Trust) Pupils worked hard in Art with Jilly to create beautiful nest pictures using straw, card and coloured pencils. The pictures by Cody (Yellow Class), Craig (Purple Class) and Finlay(Pink Class)were highly commended and their entries have won a trip for pupils to visit and learn all about hens! Well done, everyone!
As part of Imaginate’s ongoing programme of artist residencies supporting new performance ideas for young audiences, Imaginate and St Crispin’s school hosted artist Ellie Griffiths from September – December 2017 in a project called FRAMES. This one-term pilot project funded Ellie to spend time with pupils in the school with time for her own research to explore performance ideas for young, neurodiverse audiences.
You can read more about the project here