Welcome to Kaimes School

20th October 2021

Today is International Pronouns Day and at Kaimes we would like to celebrate it as part of out LBGT Charter journey at the school. One of our S1 learners has written about why it is important to respect people’s pronouns: “It can be harmful if you don’t. Using people’s preferred pronouns can make someone’s day. They may just seem like words to you, but to us, they’re much more than that.”

13th October 2021

Our grant from @BBCCiN, made possible by the money raised each year, allows us to ski each Friday.Together, we can continue to change young lives ❤️

24th June 2021

Farewell to our Kaimes 2021 leavers – Good Luck for the future!

Dear Parents and Carers, 

It was wonderful to be able to finally start at Kaimes on Monday. It felt like a very long time since accepting the post back in March. Although the school is now winding down for the summer break, it has been so beneficial to be able to spend the last week of this term getting to know your children and the staff team. 

At the moment we are expecting that the existing COVID-19 mitigations will still be in place in August. The Scottish Government will update schools over the summer break with the expectation that any reductions in restrictions are staggered from the start of next term.

Regardless of restrictions, I look forward to meeting with you all, either remotely or in person, over the next term when we can work together on our school improvement priorities. 

Kind regards, 

Euan Alexander 
Head Teacher 


All primary learners will return full time from Monday 15th March.

All secondary learners will return for two days a week.

Learners will attend in their usual groupings and either be spread out over two rooms or have half the class in school for two days and the other half of the class in the other two days.

G1 Mrs Zaloni- Monday and Tuesday

G2 Mr Patterson- Monday and Tuesday

G3 Mrs Privitera – split group.  Current days will stay the same.

G4 Mr Busby – split group.  You will hear separately the days your child will come in.

G5 (Mr McBride’s mentor group)- Monday and Tuesday

G6 (Miss Kuca’s mentor group)- Monday and Tuesday

Positive Pathways S1-3 Ruth- split group.  You will hear separately the days your child will come in.

Positive Pathways S4-6 Mrs Haines- split group.  You will hear separately the days your child will come in.

Senior 1- Mr Sagalara’s mentor group- Wednesday and Thursday

Senior 2- Miss Cinna’s mentor group- Wednesday and Thursday

Senior 3- Miss Macauley’s mentor group- Wednesday and Thursday

Senior 4- Mr Petrie’s mentor group- Wednesday and Thursday

Senior 5- Miss Bisset’s mentor group – Wednesday and Thursday

If your child is currently attending school as key worker learner, any key worker days beyond the mentor class days are still offered.  Individual cases will be contacted to confirm the arrangements.

If your child has been attending 4 days a week they will continue to do so.  Individual cases will be contacted to confirm the arrangements.

Kind regards,

Karen Watters

Acting Head Teacher

Head Teacher Update Thursday 18th February 2021

Head Teacher Update Monday 1st February 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope you are all well. I recognise that all our family circumstances are different. You may, like our staff, be juggling work, family, home learning, caring for others and also trying to remember that you are just as important as everyone else! Although this update is mainly about the support for home learning, there is no pressure to do everything or to do any. You know your own family best and what you can achieve. Some days may go really well and others will be a challenge. We know that for some learners, school and home colliding can cause dysregulation. If home learning is not possible, no-one is judging you.   Your family’s health and wellbeing is a priority.

We are skilled at delivering teaching and learning to meet your child’s needs. We tailor individual programmes of work day in, day out. It’s our bread and butter. So when we are back to school, we will work out where your child is with their learning and take it from there.

Online Learning

Teachers are following the new 3 session timetable which means that there should be 3 learning activities for your child to do each day. Each teacher has the autonomy to present their Class Note page in a way that suits them. Following feedback, every teacher’s page should now have instructions about where you can post examples of your child’s work. You can type directly onto the pages and the teachers will see your child’s work.

We are working on a How to Guide for Class Notebooks within One Note to add to the website by the end of next week. There is already a video from Mr Burge showing how you can access Office 365 and One Note.

Some teachers are trying to juggle their own family and home schooling as well as being in school some days or every day. We also have staff on-call to come into school to cover absence. If they are called in, they would not post or prepare online learning that day. If a teacher is unwell, we don’t have a cover system in place like we would in school. Teachers are trying to work a day in advance but sometimes this isn’t possible. If you find there is no new work in Class Notebooks, you can look at the One Note files from March-June 2019 or access Sumdog or Education City. You can also access the Skills One Note pages which have further examples of learning activities which develop skills for learning, life and work. Key adults will continue to be in touch and you can let them know of any further questions or issues.

If your child is accessing online learning through a mobile phone, please email admin@kaimes.edin.sch.uk to request to borrow a school iPad.

I thank you for your patience as we all navigate the virtual teaching world. We are continually evaluating our online provision and feedback is welcomed.

The Today Team

A team of teachers employed to support ‘Closing the Gap’ in education as a result of Covid-19 have created an online classroom called The Today Team. Every day of the week the pupils will have access to one of the Character’s classrooms and all the activities on offer. For example, Marvellous Monday with Molly. The Daily activities can be found on the whiteboard and the pupils can access these activities by clicking on the objects in the virtual classroom. There will be an arrow on each of the objects that have a link. There will be a variety of activities including links to songs, printable worksheets, interactive games online and links to craft/recipe ideas. The daily classrooms will be emailed to all parents.


It’s lovely to see news from learners in the Primary and Secondary assemblies. If you have any news for Primary, email Marietta.zaloni@kaimes.edin.sch.uk and for Secondary allan.scott@kaimes.edin.sch.uk


The February holidays start on Friday 5th Feb and the school term re-commences on Tuesday 16th February. We will find out about the plans for schools when the First Minister makes her announcement on Tuesday 2nd February.

Kind regards,

Miss Karen Watters

Acting Head Teacher

Are you ready for another Kaimes Staff lockdown video? Here it comes, ready or not!

Headteacher’s Update 11th January 2021

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Message from Kaimes School Acting Head Teacher 22/12/20

Dear Parents and Carers,

In preparation for the Key Worker childcare starting on the 6th January 2021, please check the flowchart image below to find out if you qualify to apply for a place for your child, if so, please complete the form in the following link by 11.45 p.m. on 3rd January 2021.  I will confirm on Tuesday 5th January whether you have a place. 


Online Learning will be on offer from the 11th of January.  Teachers will use Class Note which is part of the Office 365 suite.  If you cannot access your child’s Office 365 account, please refer to the video description posted by Mr Burge during lockdown.   If you still require assistance or login details, please email admin@kaimes.edin.sch.uk and we will get back to you in the new year.  Key adults will also be allocated for a weekly contact. 

Kind regards,

Miss Karen Watters

Message from Kaimes School Acting Head Teacher and NHS Lothian 9/12/20

8 December 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

 As you know we have had several confirmed cases of Covid-19 at Kaimes School. Following an Incident Management Team meeting with the Health Protection Team and City of Edinburgh Council, the decision has been made to close Kaimes School up to and including the 22nd December 2020, which is the start of the school holidays. 

This is a precautionary step and is designed to minimise the risk of onwards transmission of COVID19. The safety of our staff and pupils is our main priority and we are working closely with the health protection team at NHS Lothian to follow all national guidance.

All the individuals who have been identified as contacts of the confirmed cases have been informed that they will need to self-isolate. It is very important that your child or young person remains at home and does not mix for the duration of the self-isolation period. As parents or carers, you do not have to self-isolate. We recognise that it will be difficult to isolate yourself from your child however, so where possible you should try to restrict yourself to activities that are essential, such as shopping for supplies or taking an outdoor walk.  

Our teaching staff will continue to provide support for learners and their parents through providing virtual learning experiences. We will share more information about this tomorrow.

If you have any concerns, or if you need to book a COVID-19 test because your child has developed symptoms (high temperature, a new continuous cough and/or a loss or change in sense of smell or taste) please visit the NHS Inform website www.nhsinform.scot or for non-clinical advice call 0800 028 2816.

For further information you may find this FAQs

useful https://www.nhslothian.scot/Coronavirus/Parents/Schools/Pages/default.aspx

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me if your child is in Kaimes primary school, and Allan Scott if your child is in Kaimes secondary school.

Kind regards,

Miss Karen Watters

Acting Head Teacher: Miss Karen Watters | Kaimes School | 140 Lasswade Road | Edinburgh | EH16 6RT | 0131 664 8241 admin@kaimes.edin.sch.uk

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