We are very excited at Tollcross Primary ! Next week our friends from Colegio Joaquin Blume in Madrid will be visiting us. This will be a great opportunity for everyone to practise their Spanish and make new friends. We have many exciting events planned and we hope our visitors will have a great week with us at Tollcross. We are looking forward to welcoming the group of 25 pupils and their teachers to our school. We will update our blog with news throughout next week.


Posted in Spanish | Leave a comment

Keeping Pupils Safe Online – OoVoo

OoVoo is a high quality video chat application similar to Facetime or Skype. It allows people to connect with up to 12 friends at one time and video chat or have a voice call. You can download it on an iPad, iTouch, iPhone, Android phone, etc. And you must be 13 years old to set up an account, which doesn’t slow anyone down who can subtract 13 years from 2015.

What are the concerns for your child using ooVoo? As with all social media, the main concern is who can search out your child easily. The easier it is to find the child, the faster a predator will find them, start talking to them and find a way to connect with them without the child realizing what is happening. The second concern is the way in which ooVoo is being used. Young children (pre-teen) find this app through their peers or older siblings. It’s Internet-based and often used at home in the YP or child’s bedroom. It has been the case that whilst talking with friends an adult has entered the group chat.

How do you manage your child’s ooVoo account?

1. Always know your child’s password. This will allow you to ensure that they are using ooVoo safely.
2. Make sure that the privacy settings are properly set up. Without using the privacy settings, your child can be contacted by anyone at anytime and anyone can see the profile of your child. (I have my daughter’s set to ‘Nobody’ so that only people who know her ooVoo ID can contact her).
3. You can review the history of your child’s account. You will be able to see who they are chatting and messaging with. Ensure that you know all of these people and are comfortable with it. Note that your child can erase the history.
4. If your child receives an unwanted friend request, ignore it AND check the box to Also block this person from contacting me again.
5. If your child experiences a more serious encounter with an adult contact CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) Command https://www.ceop.police.uk/
6. With young children (pre-teen) You can frequently review your child’s friends to ensure that you know them all.
7. Remind your child to always log out when they are finished using ooVoo, especially if another person’s device is being used.
8. Learn how to use the product! If your child knows that you are involved and understand the technology they are using, they will not feel free to do whatever they please because “Mum doesn’t have a clue how this works!”
ooVoo is not necessarily bad. Like most social media apps, there are some great uses for teens. For example, working on a group project would be a great use of ooVoo, given the ability to have multiple users on the same video chat session. However, the dangers come when children and young people use them in unproductive ways and when the privacy settings are not set tightly. This is where our job as parents is so critical. This is where if you drop the ball you could end up dealing with a lot more than an unwanted friend request.

Thank you.

Posted in learning beyond the classroom | Leave a comment

Water Aid

Screen Shot 2015-05-19 at 19.06.55  We would like everyone  to wear something blue to school on Friday ( 22/5/15) and bring a small donation – if just 4 people bring 50p each, that is enough for one metre of pipeline to help WaterAid supply clean fresh water to those who desperately need it.

Posted in Fundraising | Tagged | Leave a comment

Tollcross/Bun sgoil taobh na Pairce runners up in Sciennes Football Festival

The girls were entered in the Sciennes festival for the p4/5 and p6/7 teams – there are 3 group stages with 4 teams in each group – to qualify for the final you need to win your group but you also need to be one of the two best group winners – winning your group isn’t enough – if you are the 3rd best winner you go into the 3rd 4th place play of with the best runner up. Like Scotland Tollcross/Bun sgoil taobh na Pairce have never been out of the group stages and never been in the final or the play offs. But this year we drew 0-0 with a strong James Gilliepie’s team with some great save from Alana in goal – next game we won 1-0 against Pentland with a great goal from Myriam – to have any chance of getting into the play offs or the final we needed to beat Craiglockhart and we did 1-0 with a great goal from Niamh – great defending from Alanna and Niamh and brilliant midfield play from Sade, Niamh and Issy – Vaila (who is in p3) played all over the park and nearly scored – we got to the final where we lost 2-0 to a very strong Sciennes – team – but who cares our best ever result. The p6/7 team of Katie, Amèlie, Eilidh, Georgia, Lily, and Mollaidh did really well losing 2 games 2-0 and drawing 0-0 in their last game – they did brilliantly as they only had 6 players for two of the games well done to all the girls you made the school proud.football

Posted in celebrating success | Leave a comment

Primary One Bake Sale


Thank you so much to everyone who  supported our Primary 1 Bake Sale. Primary 1 were fantastic hosts and did an excellent job of serving and entertaining our visitors which included six classes and both nurseries! Well done Primary 1 for showing how independent and responsible you are! We have raised over £200 which will be split between Nepal and Tollcross School funds. A great amount!

Posted in Fundraising, learning beyond the classroom | Leave a comment


Unfortunately we have an outbreak of Head lice.

Having head lice, also called nits, doesn’t mean you’re dirty. Children are most commonly affected, but anyone with hair can catch them.
Head lice are tiny insects that live in human hair. They’re very small (about the size of a sesame seed) and are browny-grey in colour.
They have six legs, each with a claw on the end. They use these to cling on to hair, and they survive by biting the scalp and feeding on blood. This often causes itching, but not always.
The female head lice lay eggs in sacs that stick to individual hairs. A baby head louse then hatches 7 to 10 days later.
If your child has head lice, you might be able to spot the remains of the tiny white egg in their hair. This is called a “nit”. Some people also use the word “nit” to mean “head lice”.
The baby head louse is ready to have babies of its own 10 to 14 days later.
Head lice crawl from head to head when you’re close to someone who has them. Children are particularly at risk because they’re often in close contact with other children at school.
Head lice can’t fly or jump, and it’s very rare to get head lice from a pillow or a towel as they can’t survive away from a human head for very long.
How to spot head lice
Head lice can be difficult to detect, even when you closely inspect your child’s head.
If you think your child may have head lice:
Check your child’s hair. The most common places for head lice to lurk are in the hair behind the ears and at the nape of the neck.
If you still can’t spot any lice, comb the child’s hair with a special nit comb. These are available from most chemists. It’s easier to spot head lice as they fall out if you comb the hair over a piece of white paper.
Find out more about how to spot head lice.
Treating head lice
If head lice are present, you need to treat your child.
You should only treat your child if you find live head lice, which confirms a live infestation. Don’t treat “just in case”.
Head lice are tough. They can’t be killed by washing with normal shampoo or normal combing. Because they reproduce so quickly, you’ve got to kill them before they spread to others.
If your child has head lice, check everyone in the family. You’ll need to treat everyone affected to get rid of them.
You can treat head lice by wet-combing hair with a special comb, or by using medicated lotions or sprays available over the counter at pharmacies.
Find out more about the treatment of head lice on the NHS website.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

P7 Mathletics Champions !

Screen Shot 2015-05-09 at 16.13.34

Our P7 pupils took part in a city wide Mathletics Challenge last week organised by Edinburgh Libraries. Our P7s really enjoyed the challenge and were able to practise key maths skills both in school and at home. Tollcross was the winning school and we have been awarded a free one year subscription to Mathletics. Abby Waddell was the over all pupil winner, competing with pupils all over the city to achieve the top score.  Congratulations to Abby !


Posted in celebrating success | 4 Comments