2018-2019 Archive


End Of Year Round-Up!

Well what an exciting but emotional end to the year we had.


During the final P7 Show, there were awards for three people. The Pupils’ Pupil award went to Niamh Fyffe and was voted for by the rest of the P7 Children. The Headteacher’s Awards went to Charlie Spence and Julia Zawislak.

Another award which was announced at our Church Service was the Jack Anderson Award. The community clearly remembers the events of October 2006 well, when Jack Anderson was knocked down on his way home from school. Jack was described as a gentle and kind boy who is remembered fondly. Just like Jack, the recipient of this years award gives everything 100% and is always smiling – see below…


After many years at Carrick Knowe, Mrs Bruce and Mrs Moffat officially retired on Friday and called an end to their time at CK – and also to teaching!

We wish them both a very long, exciting and happy retirement and the staff produced this video to help them on their way…

Other Goodbyes

We also said goodbye to Mr Malone and Mr Hay on Friday after two years at CK too. We thank them both for all of their hard work over this time and wish them all best.

Mrs Cooper from the Nursery will also be leaving us however she has assured us she will be coming back following her maternity leave!

Primary 7s

And then we said goodbye to our Primary 7s. What an incredible year it has been for them and a very busy last two weeks. They had their P7 Quali last week followed by three days at their new High School. This week they have delivered 2 outstanding assemblies and received their yearbook and DVD as we celebrated all of their achievements over the past 7 years. They were then sent on their way with a guard of honour from the whole school as they were piped out.

A huge thank you to Ema Pruteanu for her help in taking the amazing photographs for us. You can find out more about her by going to facebook.com/emapruteanuphotography or facebook.com/emapruteanu.

Looking Forward

For everyone who is leaving Carrick Knowe we wish them all the best for the future and for everyone else who is staying, we look forward to seeing you all on Wednesday 14th August for the start of another exciting year!

Fun Afternoon!

Words can’t describe what a great afternoon everyone had today.

It was amazing to see the children just ‘be children’ and run about and have fun! It was also a great opportunity for some of our new classes to mix together and get to see their new teachers in a more casual environment!

 A huge thank you also to the PTA and our volunteers for all their efforts and more importantly, for providing the whole school with an ice-cream – it was an absolute treat!

Carrick Knowe 2018-2019!

We know there are still a few weeks to go but we thought we’d put together a little video to share many of our achievements this year.

There have been so many highlights!

Eco Flags, Marathon Runs and a Lamborghini!

Today the whole school came out to see the new Eco Schools flag raised. It is now flying proudly near the front entrance! A huge thank you to everyone who has played a part in this fantastic achievement and a special mention must go to Ms Pincock for her tremendous hard work!

Also today, the whole school kick-started the marathon run for all of our teachers who are taking part in this weekend’s EMF Team Relay on Sunday. It was also great to see so many parents come along and take part with their children too! They are doing it in order to raise funds for our school and you can check out our JustGiving page by clicking here.

And finally… It’s not everyday a Lamborghini pulls up in the car park! But it did today as Lamborghini Edinburgh are kindly sponsoring us for our run.


As part of the Building Resilience programme, P5 have been making video campaigns to encourage other classes to “GET ACTIVE!”.

P5 have been getting active by running each day, so far we have collectively ran the distance to Glasgow. When we realised this was too easy, we set off for London. At the moment we are around Manchester!

P6 Digital Safety Assembly

The children of P6 put together a great performance to show us how communication has developed over the last century (and more) and explained the benefits and drawbacks of modern communication devices. Mrs Anderson, Mrs Buchanan and Mrs Bennett are so proud of the professionalism of the children in putting on this assembly.  Click on our photos for more details!

And in a busy week for Primary 6, they’ve also become parents. Head over to the P6 Blog to find out more!

A reminder that you can also click here to visit the Digital Safety section of our website where we have a whole range of videos, information, advice and resources.

Community Concert 2019!


It was that time of year again when acts from P4-P7 got to showcase their talents in the Community Concert.

This year there was so much variety including contemporary dance, majorettes, singing, piano playing, guitar playing, acting and dancing with Kermit the Frog, tap dancing and a bit of cup stacking.

Unfortunately, Mrs MacLean and Mrs Matear missed the cup-stacking but managed to get their own individual performance later on in the day!


A Huge well done to everyone involved in this years concerts for the Thursday Club at Carrick Knowe Church and also to the whole school on Friday – we look forward to doing it all again this time next year!

The Final Term Is Here!

It may only be 10 weeks long (even less if you count all those extra holidays) but rest assured there is still plenty of hard work ahead in the Summer term.

We began our first week back with a wonderful Easter Egg hunt which was organised by our P7 House and Sports Captains…

There was also Judo tasters for our P1-P4 classes…

There was some wonderful sketch work taking place in P5…

P4 were out to tidy up our allotments…

And the week ended with Primary 2 awarded a trophy for being the most active year group!

For the last two weeks of the spring term Carrick Knowe Primary School took part in the Sustrans Big Pedal. We were all encouraged to travel to school actively, walking, scooting or cycling. Even the staff took part. We were entered in the Large Primary Schools category and ….

…. the final results are now in!

We clocked up at total of 2,268 active journeys.

We were placed 105th in the whole of the U.K.

We came 13th in Scotland.

Well done to everyone who managed at least one active journey to or from school. Let’s keep it up. Not only are we helping the environment, but the benefits to our personal health are excellent too.

World Autism Awareness Week

It is World Autism Awareness Week and we were delighted when one of our Primary 7 pupils was able to share his experiences of ‘what autism is’ and ‘what it means to him’.

So much more impressive is that this was completely unprepared!

I think he summed it up perfectly near the end when he said…

“Why fit in when you were born to stand out!”   

World Book Day 2019!

Once again our children, their parents and carers and our staff pulled it out of the bag for World Book Day.

As always, there were some outstanding costumes this year and we must thank everyone who played a part in the mammoth costume-making task!

Take a look below to see photos of our assembly, some of our classes and there’s a couple of our teachers too!

Our Assembly and Classes!

And Our Teachers!

Have you ever seen a “Big Bad Wolf” filling planters!

Spring Clean on the Allotment

On Saturday, many pupils, parents and staff turned up to spring clean the allotment.

Everyone worked hard and an enormous amount was achieved. Ideas were shared, and some exciting new areas will be created soon.

Well done everyone! A fantastic effort.

Carrick Knowe Primary Awarded Our Fifth Green Flag

Carrick Knowe Primary School has been awarded its fifth green flag by Eco Schools Scotland. The flag hasn’t actually arrived yet, but we were phoned on the 19th February and told the good news.

Each flag focuses on different topics within Eco Schools (listed above) and this flag was awarded for all our hard work connected to Litter, Transport and Health and Well-being.

Well done to the whole school for the part they played but we must also say a special thanks to Ms Pincock for leading the charge – fabulous work!

Scots Assembly

Another year, another amazing Scots assembly.

There was everything from poetry recitals to Highland dancing as well as musical performances on the violin, piano and guitar. We even saw our Growth Mindset superheroes get into the Scots spirit!

Lucas’ Gran (Joanie): “This is always my favourite assembly. The children work so hard, I just LOVE it. I even brought my tablet this year to film parts of it!”

We must also say well done to the winners of our Scots Art and Scots Writing competitions. And here is just a small selection of that fantastic artwork and writing:

Digital Safety Workshop

Many thanks to over 30 parents who braved the cold weather and joined us for our Digital Safety workshop on Tuesday. We must also thank Karin Walker from the NSPCC for delivering the workshop.

We have since uploaded a number of clips, documents and links to our Digital Safety page. Lots of the clips on this page are already used in our classrooms and we are also continuing to look at how we deliver such lessons across the school.

These resources can be accessed by going to Our Curriculum –> Digital Safety or by clicking here. We’d also like to recommend an app called ‘Net Aware’. It is a no-nonsense guide for parents/carers to all the social networking, apps and games that your children are using. All reviewed by O2 and NSPCC.

P6/P7 Cross Country

Well done to the P6s and P7s who today took part in a Cross Country event at Saughton. Everyone did fantastically well but we must give a special well done to Amy, Charlie and Hannah who came 4th, 9th and 10th in their respective races.

You’ve done Carrick Knowe very proud!

[We must say a huge thank you to Mrs Ross and Mrs Crawford for organising the trials and taking the children to the event today. Another big thank you must also go to Mr O’Connell and Mr Malone for organising some extra lunchtime training over the last 2 weeks!]

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Online Safety Workshop

Irritated by Instagram, muddled by Minecraft or rattled by Roblox?

NSPCC and O2 are coming to Carrick Knowe to run an hour-long workshop on Tuesday 29th January at 1:30pm. This will be an interactive session with a range of tips, tools and advice on how to keep your child safe online.

The main aims of the session is to help you understand your child’s online world, build confidence to have those important conversations that can help keep them safe online and help you know where to go for help and advice.

A letter with further information will be sent home after the Christmas holidays but we thought we’d give you a heads-up so you can pop the date in your diary!

Before then, you can always visit their website https://www.o2.co.uk/help/nspcc or click here to visit our Digital Safety page.

Thank You!

We Raised £4000.86!

On behalf of the PTA we would just like to thank you for making our Xmas Fair such a huge success. You can also now click here for a list of our raffle winners !

Walking In A Winter Window-Land!!!

The pupils of Primary 6 entered a city wide competition to design a ‘stained glass’ window. The theme of the competition was ‘kindness’.

Congratulations to Avi Duff from P6B whose beautiful design has been chosen to be made into a light box window. Here is Avi’s entry along with pictures of all the completed window designs – they were fabulous!

The light boxes will be on display in West Parliament Square, outside St. Giles, and in four other locations around the city.  They will be on display through the Christmas and New Year holiday period. Avi’s window will form part of the Winter Windows display at: Royston Wardie Community Centre, 11 Pilton Drive,  EH1 1NF.


In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Carrick Knowe Cuppa!

It was that time of the month for a Carrick Knowe Cuppa and this week Mr Morley got to spend time talking to the children below about all the amazing things they have been doing. P4 Aaron and P2 Eilidh seemed to escape the photo though.


Their teachers were super impressed with all of their hard work and growth mindsets… and they even took their own mugs to the dishwasher!

Doctor Who in P6 and P7

This week Primary 6 and 7 have been looking at diversity and equality and used the latest Doctor Who episode to provide us with our inspiration. The episode focused on Rosa Parks and her fight for equality and against racism.

As they watched some clips (Thanks BBC!)it was great to hear such mature discussions going on hearing them recognise that these issues still affect people in 2018.

To describe the lesson as thought provoking would be an understatement.

“Racism is pointless. It makes the person feel bad and it doesn’t make the other person feel any better” (P6)

“I can’t believe some people think like this.” (P7)

“Being a diverse school is great as we are all different and we all have different things to offer.” (P7)

For those who have not caught the episode just click here to head over to BBC iPlayer – it is definitely worth a watch!

Scottish Maths Week!

This week Carrick Knowe celebrated Scottish Maths Week by taking part in a whole host of activities!

As a school we had a ‘Money’ focus and we’ve tackled this topic differently in the different stages of the school. For example, we had P2 visiting Mrs Rodgers’ shop, P3 creating their own shopping mall, P5 forming their own families (and having to pay rent), P6 learning how to handle taxes and P7 using websites to compare prices!

We have also focused on ‘Maths in the Real World’ and each stage were given an occupation to research to find out how maths is used in everyday jobs. P4 went one step further and invited their parents in for a ‘Q&A’ session about their jobs! Judging by all of their amazing questions, there are definitely some budding journalists amongst P4A!

As part of Maths Week, P7B arranged a ‘Maths Hunt’ for the school. They planned everything from the questions and locations to the honking of the hooter and handing out of the chocolate treat at the end!

Primary 1 also took part in their own Maths Hunt but, instead of answering algebra questions, it was their job to find a range of numbers which had been hidden in different parts of the P1 playground.

And even in Golden Time we had a bit of maths – with chess!