Calling cyclists of all abilities…

Cartoon describing the benefits of rising a bicycle. Including, it feels like flying!

A group of parents and pupils are planning to cycle the 45 miles from Glasgow to Edinburgh as part of this year’s Pedal for Scotland Classic Challenge or wee jaunt on 10th September. Though that might sound daunting, it’s a really well-organised day on closed roads, with rest stops every 10 miles. Those taking part will have a great time and help raise lots of money for the school through sponsorship!

Glasgow to Edinburgh Classic Challenge Banner

If you’re interested in finding out more, taking on a personal challenge and helping the school, please get in touch. The more the merrier… Parents, students and staff all very welcome!

We will also have some weekend training rides, which you’re very welcome to join whether or not you want to take part in the event.

Of course if you are unable to take part you will be able to sponsor the riders or cheer them on. Look out for details soon.

Edinburgh Higher Education Exhibition

An UCAS exhibition is being held at the Royal Highland Centre on 5 September 2017.

Banner for the UCAS exhibition showing people looking at a sign.

UCAS exhibitions are the only opportunity students have to explore a variety of options in one setting. They’re a chance to get talking with university admissions staff and subject specialists, find out what life’s like on and off campus, and discover what else is on offer when exams are done and dusted − volunteer work, gap year adventures, and career opportunities. And they’re free to attend − for students, parents, teachers, and advisers.

Before visiting, you’ll also need to register for a ticket, ensuring you select the booking option ‘parent attending without a group’ when prompted.

Council Election Hustings

There are two hustings this week which may be of interest to local parents and carers:

Monday 24th April at  Newhaven Church : 7:00-9:00pm.

Colin MacKay (the Chief Executive at the Mental Health Commission) will chair the discussion. He will give each candidate two minutes for their introduction prior to the main Q&A session.

This first session will focus on the relocation of Victoria Primary School, plans for the new school, school community engagement with these plans and interim arrangements. After the first hour the convenor will open the discussion to more general questions on the use of the old school building and wider community issues.

There are plans to livestream the event on Facebook for parents and community members who can’t make it along on the night.

Secondly, a hustings event hosted by Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) jointly with UNISON on Thursday 27th April 7pm start – Augustine United Church, George IV Bridge.

The provision of Education Services in Edinburgh will be key topic for discussion.

This is a ticketed event (free) – contact Alison Thornton, Local Association Secretary (EIS) on 0131 225 3474 or edinburghla@eis.org.uk.

These meetings provide an opportunity to quiz prospective councillors on matters that affect our children, such as the impact of increasing school rolls and the need for continued investment in schools.

Kung Fu Classes

Gary McCaw from the Scottish Academy of Chinese Martial Arts is teaching Kung Fu classes in the school. The next series of classes start Tuesday 25th April 7:00pm

Learn Kung Fu poster

Taster classes have been run for S1 for the last ten week but this series of classes will be open to all, including parents. There are more details on our Facebook page

Alcohol in Our Community Survey

The Edinburgh charity People Know How, the City of Edinburgh Council and NHS Lothian have partnered to create a community survey seeking views on the availability of alcohol in the city and in local areas.

The findings of the survey will be presented to the new Licensing Board after the May Council elections.

The survey is available via Survey Monkey, ends on 24 April and participants are offered the opportunity to take part in small focus groups.

Free online safety training for parents

Respectme, Scotland’s anti-bullying service, provides free practical training designed to increase parents’ and carers’ awareness of bullying and the other risks and challenges children and young people face online. It includes a practical, hands-on session on social media, looking at how to set and manage profiles and privacy settings, to help ensure that children and young people are safe online.

For further information and to book a place at their next event on 15 JUNE 2017, please contact enquiries@respectme.org.uk

respectme was launched in March 2007.  The service is fully funded by the Scottish Government and is managed by SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health) in partnership with LGBT Youth Scotland.

Parent and Carer Support Sessions

Dates are now available for the Children and Families department of Edinburgh Council next series of support sessions for parents and carers who wish more information or are concerned about their pre-teen or teenager’s emotional wellbeing and mental health.

Parent and carer support sessions poster

Two dates are available: Tuesday 25th April and Tuesday 30th May.

For more information or to book a place on any of the sessions please contact Jillian Hart, Parent and Carer Support Development Officer on 07860 736129

Autism Awareness Day 2017

The ninth annual World Autism Awareness Day is April 2nd. This short film by the The National Autistic Society shows us how Holly, 12, experiences the world and becomes overwhelmed when she isn’t given enough time to process information. The video was produced so that Holly could reveal her autism to her classmates and talk about it openly for the first time.