February 2023 Newsletter

Burnbrae Primary School         
144 Burnbrae Road
EH19 3GB

Burnbrae Early and Complex Needs – Hopefield Joint Campus
Rosewell Road
EH19 3HL

Burnbrae Primary (@BurnbraePS) / Twitter

Play, Grow and Learn Together       Kindness, Respect and Curiosity

Dear Parent/Carer 

Important update

I am delighted to let you know that Burnbrae Early will now be open to all ELC children on Tuesday 28 and Wednesday 1 March 2023 for the usual opening hours. There will be a member of SLT in the building as well as the usual ELC staff. The school and provisions remain closed to pupils due to strike action. 

Pupil Progress Meetings

Pupil Progress Meetings will take place on 21 and 23 March for children in P1-7 at Burnbrae. SCN and CN provisions will discuss children’s progress at Child Planning Meetings or IEP meetings for each child at a time arranged to include families, partners and base school staff where appropriate. The ELC staff will arrange times to discuss the progress of their child directly with parents. Lost property will be displayed at Pupil Progress Meetings.

Thank you to parents who attended the sessions yesterday on the relaunch of Home learning. Your feedback was appreciated and the digital leaders presented well. The new home learning will start on Monday 27 February.  Further information can be found on the Home learning page on our website – https://edublog.mgfl.net/burnbraeps/learning-from-home/

World Book Day – Thursday 2 March 

Children will be engaged in live author events for World Book Day and other activities to encourage the reading culture in the school. 

Learning with and Through Digital Technology 

Pupil Digital Leaders have created a guide to support you to use Google Classroom from home, this is  available on our digital technology page on the school website. You will also find a ‘TAG’ guide to support you with questions and responses to posts on Seesaw. 


Parent/Carer Handbook

Please use the following link to access our Parent/Carer handbook – http://burnbrae.mgfl.net/our-handbook/

Thank You 

Thank you to all Parents/Carers who have recently visited our school to join us for shared learning, volunteer on outings, take part in an assembly or to support us in other ways.

If you would like to offer feedback on the time you have spent in either of our buildings please use the QR code attached. This code will remain open until the end of June and can be used time and time again.

Recent feedback from Parents/Carers – 

  • I was provided with lots of positive feedback regarding my sons progress & how he interacts with others in the nursery
  • The P7 cohort delivered a great quiz night. Confident and clear presentations. Evidence of lots of planning and preparation ahead of the quiz, with good team work and collaboration. A huge thanks to teaching/support team who volunteered and made the night such a success!
  • To have school nursing service offering health and well-being support to the pupils of burnbrae primary and nursery. We were welcomed in and supported with concerns. The school, as always work well with us to have well-being concerns managed in a timely and safe manor. I hope the partnership of health and education long continues.
  • It was great to have the opportunity to get back into the class and see what the children are learning.
  • Thanks to the kitchen staff the meal was really good. I wasn’t sure how I felt about eating haggis at 11am, but it was lovely and spicy, delicious! The children also did an excellent job of hosting and checking our drinks and needs were being met. Every child who attended our table were pleasant, well mannered and polite which was lovely to see, well done everyone!
  • The welcome from the students. Clear explanation of the digital learning process
  • Well presented by all. Thank you for the update, will help us keep on top of home learning. The kids guide to Google classroom was very well done 
  • Helped to understand what children are expected to do at home. I especially loved that children were involved in this session. 

Parent Council 

The Parent Council are organising a Fundraising Event for Families to celebrate Easter and spring. They plan to have activities in the PE Hall after school on Thursday 30 March. More information will follow. 

Staffing Update

Mrs Briggs has been successful in her application to St Andrew’s Primary. She has looked for an opportunity to work in the denominational sector and we offer her congratulations and well as thanking her for her significant contribution to the wider life of the school. Her last day will be Friday 10 March.  Miss Gillian Duncan will teach the class after that until the recruitment process is completed. 


Please prioritise children’s safety over convenience at drop off and pick up times. Park in the car park opposite the school and walk to collect your child or park a distance from the school to ensure the area is not congested. Do not use the staff car park for pick up and drop off.

Parking at Burnbrae Early and Complex Needs Shared Campus 

All official school transport (taxi’s and mini-buses) drop pupils off in our delivery drop-off zone at the main Burnbrae Early door. As school transport use the delivery area, it is imperative that parents do not use this area for drop-off/parking.  Please park out of the school grounds if it is absolutely necessary to travel by car.  When parking, always do so with consideration for our neighbours and for pedestrians, thank you. 

Remember parking is readily available at the pavilion car park (by the rugby club) with a School Crossing Guide sited on Rosewell Road to get them across to the school side if you/your child are able to walk from there. 

Primary 1 Outdoor Space

As spring approaches, Primary 1 will be planting in our outdoor space.  If you have any unwanted plant pots, seeds, soil or gardening tools please drop them off to the office.  Many thanks.  


The next shared learning event in CN will take place on Wednesday 8th March at 2:15pm – 3:00pm. This is an opportunity to play and learn alongside your child in their classroom. Mrs Hames will also offer information and support with Seesaw.


We are delighted to welcome our new learning assistant Lisa Reid, who is starting on Monday 27th February. 

Our P5-7 learners have started working on their JAZZ awards. The children have chosen to get active by jogging/ fitness classes, helping their community by doing litter picking, fundraising and gardening and choosing an adventure for later in the term. Follow up for details on SeeSaw!

Thank you for your continued support of the school.

Yours sincerely

Mrs Clarkson

Head Teacher


Important Dates – more dates to follow


Date Event Who is involved
27 February Camp Lockerbie Manor P7
28 February Camp Lockerbie Manor P7
28 February Strike Whole school
1 March Camp Lockerbie Manor P7
1 March Strike Whole school
2 March Skiing P6
7 March Parent Progress Meetings P7/6
9 March Parent Progress Meetings P7/6
10 March P4A  Shared Assembly P4A
13 March History of Education Centre Visit P3/2
14 March History of Education Centre Visit P3A
15 March History of Education Centre Visit P3B
20 March History of Education Centre Visit P2A
21 March History of Education Centre Visit P2B
21 March Pupil Progress Meetings P1-P7
23 March Pupil Progress Meetings P1-P7
24 March Shared Assembly P3B
31 March

Last Day of Term

Shared Learning 

Whole School
17 April All Resume Whole School


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