News and Events

All the latest news and dates of forthcoming events at Kingsland

Newsletter 11 (23/03/16)



Please remember it is a holiday on Friday 25 March.  The children return on Monday 28 March for one week and then are on holiday for two weeks from Monday 4 April to Friday 15 April.



We are looking for parents to help us walk to and from the church on Monday 28 March, you can stay during the service or drop us off and come back / or come to the church to walk us back to school.  Times are; leaving school at 9.15am and leaving the church at 10.45am.  Please contact the school office if you can help out in any way.  Unfortunately due to capacity issues at the church there is not space for additional parents to attend.



I am really pleased at the pride the pupils show in wearing the Kingsland school uniform.  We have an excellent attitude to wearing the uniform and it is lovely to see how smart the children look.  Wearing the school uniform gives the children a real sense of identity and very importantly prevents competition between pupil to be seen wearing the latest ‘branded gear’.


The one area of uniform that seems to have slipped is the footwear.  Unfortunately there has been an increase in the numbers of children wearing brightly coloured branded trainers.  Not only does this spoil the overall look of the uniform it creates huge peer pressure to be seen in the latest branded trainers.  The school uniform is black shoes or black/dark trainers.  I realise that at this stage of the term you will have already purchased your child’s school shoes.  However when it comes time to replace shoes I would ask for your support in purchasing black/dark coloured shoes or black/dark trainers only.  My hope is that by August 2016 we will have removed the pressure that children and parents have to purchase these brightly coloured trainers.



Good luck to all the pupils taking part in the inter House swimming competition on Thursday.  Thanks to Mrs Fletcher for organising the competition.



Sixteen members of the school running team took part in the Borders Cross Country at Netherdale. All runners ran well and showed great sportsmanship.  Kingsland team were second overall. Madeline Collins won the P7 girls race, P6 boys team were placed first and P6 girls team were placed second.  Well done to everyone who took part.



Thanks to all the parents who call in each morning to let us know if their child is absent.  By doing this you save the office staff a great deal of administrative work.  If you do not inform us your child is absent you will be sent a Groupcall text to your phone.  Please can I remind you of the importance of replying to that text. 



Well done to all the children who took part in the Sports Relief campaign on Friday.  The P4-7 pupils joined pupils from Priorsford and Halyrude to take part in the Sports Relief Mile.  A huge thanks to Sainsbury’s who supplied the welcome refreshments for all the children.  The P1-3 took part in a mass Zumba warm up before running round the perimeter of the school.  So far between the three school we have raised almost £700 with more money still coming in.



Congratulations to Mrs Clyde, Miss Meikle, Mrs Gray and Miss Rae for winning Kitchen of the Year. The competition is run between all 67 Primary and 9 Secondary schools so there was a lot of competition out there! They do an amazing job of producing approximately 1400 delicious meals per week.  This is the second time Kingsland’s kitchen has won this award and we are the only Primary school to have received this award twice.  Well done to all four ladies.



On Saturday 12 March at Earlston High School two teams represented the school at the Borders Mini Tennis competition.  The mixed team of Rowena A, Toby H and Ryan J did well to reach the semi-final as all the players hadn’t played in a tournament before!  The more experienced boys team of Lyall C, Louis F and Paddy T did exceptionally well reaching the final against Galashiels and won!


Diary Dates

Friday 25 March  - Good Friday, school closed

Monday 28 March – Easter Service at Leckie Memorial Church – only room for helpers to stay, sorry!

Tuesday 29 March – class group photographs – all orders must be with the school office by today

Friday 1 April – last day of term, school closes at 12.50pm

Monday 18 April – All back, school opens at 8.45am

Friday 29 April – In-set day, staff in – pupils off

Monday 2 May – May Day Holiday, school closed

Wednesday 11 May – Beltane Announcement, P6 & P7 to the Drill Hall

Wednesday 25 May – County Sports – more information to follow nearer the time

Monday 30 May – at 2.00pm, advance notice of the introductory afternoon visit for new P1 children and their parents

Tuesday 7 June – Summer Fair

Monday 13 June – Sports Day

Sunday 19 – Saturday 25 June – Beltane Week

Wednesday 29 June – last day of term, school closes at 3.25pm


 Alan Vannan, Headteacher






Who we are

 The Leisure and Social Committee (LSC) is a subcommittee of the School Parent Council.  It is made up of parents and teachers and aims to raise funds to finance extra activities and equipment for the school and its children through various social events and activities.  These include the Christmas and Summer Fairs, Children’s Christmas Cards fund raising, Sponsored Events, Halloween Party and more.


What we do

Every year the LSC spends £8K-10K of the funds it has raised on funding a variety of items and activities.  Some of these are regular items, such as swimming lessons for every child, attendance at a Christmas play and contribution to the annual Christmas parties for all the children (Nursery as well as P1-7).

Items bought for the school over the past few years include playground equipment, rugs and reference books for the library, extra stage equipment, digital cameras, track suits for the school sports team, hi-visibility vests, the notice board at the bottom of the hill, timber planters and benches for the different playgrounds, a timber outdoor classroom and garden tools to be used on the allotment.  During 2015 the LSC also funded £3,500 towards new school IT equipment.


How you can help

The LSC relies on parents both as committee members and helpers to organise and run events.  So, if you would like to get involved either as a Committee member or a parent helper, please contact Francesca Caulton ( or Fiona Bryson (  Our current treasurer will be stepping down later this year, so, if you have an interest in book keeping or are looking to add something to your CV and have an hour or two to spare, then please get in tou

…and every time you shop

The LSC have registered with - a ‘good cause’ online cash back site.  Every time you shop with online retailers such as Amazon and John Lewis you could be helping to raise money for Kingsland School.  Simply go to the website, downloading the App or installing the ‘Donation Reminder’ on your PC or Mac and select Kingsland Primary School when asked to Support Your Cause.  The more people who use this site the more funds we raise!