Newsletter 28 April 2016

News from Mr BewseyI have now been Headteacher of Coldingham Primary school for one full year. I continue to marvel at what a wonderful school we have with excellent pupils, caring staff and supportive parents. As part of my ‘one year on’ reflections, I thought it would be good to share the following ‘highs and lows’ of the past 12 months.

The highs

• New whole school ethos, ‘Actions & Attitudes’, helping to continue the positive, caring atmosphere of the school

• New strategic plan and vision that sets out our ‘dream’ for the school

• Updated ibooks that contain pupil’s work and regular reflections on their learning

• High levels of parental support – thank you!

• PFA fundraising (Spring Fayre, Bonfire night, Christmas ladies night, Duck race, Ceilidh)

• Technology suite progressing – new ovens in use, old cupboards removed

• Literacy + numeracy progressions that inform teaching and support assessment

• 3 year rolling programme for science and social studies

• Christmas celebrations are huge success (P1-3 nativity with carols, church service at the Priory)

• Play-based learning model implemented in P1-3

• New planning and assessment procedures for teachers

• Upper class enterprise market (May 2015)

• FEVER opera with Cockburnspath (March 2016)

• Shared spaces and resources getting sorted to improve the learning environment

• Library space updated

• Sponsored walk and beach clean (May 2015)

• Fit 4 Fun workshops encouraging healthy eating choices (March 2016)

• Care Inspectorate inspection of nursery with ‘very good’ outcome (January 2016)

• Daily writing in P4/5 with focus on VCOP

• Daily mental agility in P67

• Action Stations on Friday mornings giving pupils an opportunity to influence change

• Knitting Grannies every Friday morning giving every pupil the chance to learn new skills

• Evacuation experience day with Queensferry Primary (February 2016)

• Communal areas painted

• New outdoor play area for nursery and infant class

• New website http://www.coldinghamprimary.wordpress.com

• Facebook page with 120 followers
I hope you find this as encouraging as we do! It has been a busy year and I am committed to continually improving this school so that we are ‘the best that we can be’. 

School review

A quick reminder that NEXT Tuesday afternoon at 2pm, as part of our school review, parents and carers are invited to form part of a parent group meeting with the review team. Please contact the school office if you are able to support this.

Parent Forum

Last month we hosted a new ‘parent forum’ giving you an opportunity to help inform school improvements. The next forum will be NEXT Friday (6th May) at 11.50am until 12.20pm. If you are available, please join Mr Bewsey for a discussion about this month’s ‘focus topic’. Please note, this is complete separate to the school review meeting.


I like playing outside in the car; I move it with my feet. Hailie

I built a castle out of bricks; it had towers, battlements and a drawbridge. Kitty

Daniel has enjoyed playing with trains and building tracks.

P1,2,3 News

I liked building the castle and learning the names of things. We learnt about turrets, the portcullis, towers, battlements and the moat. Riley P1

I liked doing my castle poem. Sophia P2

I liked doing handwriting. We are learning to join up. Lulu P3

P4/5 News

Hi this week we have had so much fun . We were learning more about Romans. Mrs Blyth enjoyed fitting out people for togas and watching people act like Romans. We made togas and acted like emperors and empresses.

This week ………………………

Katy, Coralie, Logan, Reese and Martyna enjoyed making large roman people . They look good. Grace enjoyed workout Wednesday . She tried even harder. Amy and Mia enjoyed wearing togas . Finlay, Szymon, Alfie and Alexander enjoyed football at play time.

Jack and Rudi also enjoyed football, break and lunch . Carrie enjoyed mosaics art Isaac enjoyed playing with the Nursery outdoor play toys .

By Martyna and Katy………………………

P6/7 News



In maths we have been learning all about negative numbers. We have been adding and subtracting them.


In topic we are learning all about Malawi primary school called Yei and the people

who live there and their lifestyle.


In P.E we are doing athletics. Mrs Henry has offered to do an after school for the P6/7’s on Tuesdays. At the end of the five weeks if we have enough points we might get a medal.


By Jessica and Duncan


Dates for your diary

Friday 29 April School closed In-service day

Friday 29 April PFA Ceilidh 6.30 – 10.30pm

Monday 2 May School closed May day holiday


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