P7-S1 Transition Arrangements 2017

P7 3 day Transition visit to Tynecastle High School: 20th, 21st, 22nd June 2017
P7 Parents’ / Carers’ Information Evening Wednesday 21st June 2017, 6-7pm

Dear Parent / Carer

I am writing to welcome you and your child to Tynecastle High School. The move from Primary to Secondary is an important and exciting one and arrangements for your child’s transition to our school are now well under way.

Our soon to be new S1 students take part in our fun day on Monday 19th June 2017 – brilliant weather and a great day! (Photo thanks to @ActiveSchoolsED)

These arrangements have been discussed at meetings involving myself, Ms Kinnear, Head Teacher of Tynecastle High School, members of our Student Support team, along with the Head Teachers and P7 teachers at your child’s Primary School. I have also been visiting each cluster primary school in May to speak to the pupils with the aim of starting to answer their many questions about their move to High School.

Student Support and Support for Learning staff have also met the P7 teachers during the month of May to ensure that we have all of the relevant information about your child to enable them to have a successful three-day transition visit in June and to make the best possible start at High School.

Our Transition Week arrangements are as follows:

Tuesday 20th, Wednesday 21st, Thursday22nd June
All P7 pupils attend Tynecastle High School from 8.30 until 3pm. Students will be expected to make their own way to Tynecastle High School as part of the transition preparation. The P7 pupils should wear their primary uniform and bring a pen and pencil. Students will be allocated to their permanent tutor group and will follow that class timetable for the three days. They will be able to experience their new subjects and meet their new teachers and also all of their new classmates. In addition, they will be able to meet their Support for Pupils teachers and generally experience life at High School. Classes will be accompanied by senior students known as ‘Buddies’ to support them during their visit.

Break/ lunch times
Students will not be allowed out of the school premises at break or lunch time during their three-day transition visit. They should bring a snack with them for break time if they wish. At lunch time, students can bring a packed lunch or buy a £2.50 lunch meal deal from the canteen. If your child receives free school meals at the moment, then this will be available here.

P7 Parents’ / Carers’ Information Evening Wednesday 21st June, 6-7pm
We believe strongly that the school-home partnership is of the utmost importance. As part of this partnership, we would like to invite you to a meeting of parents / carers of all new first years on Wednesday 21st June from 6-7pm here at Tynecastle High School. At this meeting you will be able to find out about the strong ethos of attainment and achievement we have here and the high quality school experience we can offer your child.

We are proud of the fact that our state of the art school is an innovative, inclusive and welcoming place to learn and look forward to sharing with you how we will enable your child to fulfill their potential in every aspect of their school life.

We very much look forward to meeting you at the P7 Parents’ & Carers’ Information Evening on Wednesday 21st June at 6pm.

Yours faithfully,

Mrs Jacquie Ramsay
Depute Head Teacher S1/2/3

Performance Showcase 14 June 2017

On Wednesday 14th June Tynecastle High School will be hosting our second Performance Showcase. The purpose of this event is to highlight the array of talent and skill within the school and cluster.

This family event is part of the Sharing Secrets Festival and has been jointly planned with the Parent Council. There will be a hotdog stand and refreshments available to purchase during the evening. The raffle has amazing prizes and raffle tickets can be purchased from school offices prior to the event as well as on the evening. Information on the performances can be found in the letter below.

Doors Open at 6pm – arrive early for a hot dog and refreshments before the first performance 1st Performance – 6.30pm – 7.15pm
Interval / Break – 7.15pm – 7.45pm – enjoy the refreshments!
2nd Performance – 7.45 – 8.20pm

Tickets are FREE OF CHARGE and available from the school offices from Wednesday 7th of June – Tynecastle High School, Balgreen Primary, Craiglockhart Primary, Dalry Primary and Stenhouse Primary
*Tickets will be limited to 4 per family. Extra tickets may be available on Monday 12th

Health and Wellbeing Week 2017

We have an another amazing range of options available for our young people for Health and Wellbeing Week this year. You can look through the activities in the slides below. Use the link below that to make your choices. Challenge yourself to do something you might not have thought about before, and try to do something different each day. Make your choices by Friday 2nd June.

Tap here to make your choices (deadline for returns Friday 2nd June)


Please also note the reduced prices available using this link if your child is entitled to free school meals (FSM – Free School Meal Entitlement). If the cost of an activity is a problem you can apply for assistance even if your child does not receive free school meals. To do this contact their guidance teacher (Pupil Support Leader) or Mrs Yvonne McGregor on 0131 337 3488 or by email yvonne.mcgregor@tynecastle.edin.sch.uk