Parent Council Jolly Jar Request for Christmas Fayre

The Parent Council wish to sell Jolly Jars at the Christmas Fayre this year on Friday 7th December… Primary 6 classes have taken on the task of decorating and filling the jars.

Jolly Jam Jars are lovely lucky dip prizes and we are hoping to make them for our Christmas Fair this year.

Jolly jars are clean jam jars (or any glass jar with a lid), decorated by the children and filled with small toys and treats. They are then sold at the Christmas fair and are hugely popular with the children!

Decorating and filling the jars is great fun and a lovely way to get in to the festive spirit in the run up to the Fair.

The kind of items which are really popular are:

  • wrapped sweets or lollies
  • unused small toys – e.g. party-bag toys
  • balloons
  • hair accessories
  • toy jewellery
  • stickers
  • stationery

There are a few hints to making a successful jolly jam jar:

  • Please do not use jars that have contained vinegar or oil as the smell lingers and taints the goodies inside.
  • Wrapped sweets only please for hygiene purposes.
  • No nuts please

Jars can be decorated – either on the glass with sharpies / paint / glitter, or over the lid with tissue paper or patterned fabric, fixed with an elastic band.

Please help us to create as many jolly jars as we can for the St Mary’s (Leith) Primary School Christmas fair!

Thank you!

St. Mary’s (Leith) P4/5 Football

For the P4/5 football programme…

Wednesday training sessions have been attended regularly by 10 P4 pupils and 10 P5 pupils (Boys and Girls)

Unfortunately, a number of Saturday school matches have been cancelled by our opponents who have not been able to field a team.  However, we have managed to arrange friendly games in their place against St John’s and Craigentinny – both of which we won!

Our last “official” game was with Duddingston PS – our hybrid P4/P5 team managed a highly creditable 5-5 draw with a strong  Duddingston P5 boys team.

We have four more scheduled matches left in the term, with two home games due to be played at St Mary’s (kick-off 9.30) against Stockbridge Primary on 17 November, and Craigentinny PS on the 24th November.

Come along and cheer them on!  Huge thanks to our parent volunteer coaches who give their own time and effort freely for the benefit of the children!

Primary Schools Open Day!

Ready to register your child for school? Then take this chance to visit St Mary’s (Leith) Primary School. All parents, carers and children are welcome!

Tours will take place Wednesday 31st October at these times:

9.15am and 9.45am

1.15pm and 1.45pm

Flu Immunisations

Dear Parents and Carers,

You will have received letters and information regarding the Flu Immunisation Programme, scheduled at St. Mary’s on 15th November 2018.

For more information, videos and guidance (in a range of languages) visit or call the NHS inform helpline free on 0800 22 44 88.

Thank you!

Important Dates for Session 2018 / 19

Important Dates for Session 2018 / 19

Session begins: Wednesday 15th August 2018 Children return to school for 2018/2019 Session.
Monday 17th September 2018 September Monday holiday.
Monday 15th October – Monday 22nd October 2018 October holiday days (including staff in-service day)
Monday 24th Dec. 2018 – Tuesday 8th Jan. 2019 Christmas holiday days (including staff in-service day)
Monday 11th February – Friday 15th February 2019 February holiday days.
Monday 8th April – Monday 22nd April 2019 Easter holiday days (inclusive).
Monday 6th May & Tuesday 7th May 2019 May Day holiday & staff in-service day.
Monday 20th May 2019 Victoria Day holiday.
Session ends: Friday 28th June 2019 Last day of session 2018/2019.


Active Schools 2018/19

The new Active Schools programme has been released:

Bookings Open – 27th August 2018

Bookings Close – 6th September 2018

Lauren Millar: Active Schools Co-ordinator

Holy Rood Cluster

T: 07799 868 054



Clubs on at St Mary’s RC Primary School this term are

*If you have registered for Free School Meal and Uniform Grants, please tick the box on Join In as you may be entitled to a free place Please ONLY tick the Free School Meal box if your child is registered. This does not apply to the automatic entitlement for Free School Meals for all P1-3 pupils.


Club Day Age Time Dates Venue Coach Online Code Cost
Multi Skills Mon P1-2 3.00 – 4.00pm 10, 24 Sept

1, 8, 29 Oct

5, 12, 19, 26 Nov

Gym Hall Allan


HOL-33 £13.50
Football Tue P1-2 3.00 – 4.00pm 11, 18, 25 Sept

2, 9, 23, 30 Oct

6, 13, 20, 27 Nov

Gym Hall Elite


HOL-18 £16.50
Gymnastics Wed P3-7 3.20 – 4.20pm 19, 26 Sept

3, 10, 24, 31 Oct

7, 21, 28 Nov

Gym Hall Josie


HOL-51 £13.50
Dance Wed P1-2 3.00 – 4.00pm 19, 26 Sept

3, 10, 24, 31 Oct

7, 21, 28 Nov

Gym Hall Live It


HOL-16 £13.50
Football Wed P3 3.20 – 4.20pm 12, 19, 26 Sept

3, 10, 24, 31 Oct

7, 14, 21, 28 Nov

Outside Allan


HOL-15 £16.50
Rugby Thu P4-7 8.00 – 8.45am 13, 20, 27 Sept

4, 11, 25 Oct

1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Nov

Outside Ross


HOL-52 £16.50
Multi Sport Thu P3-7 3.20 – 4.20pm 13, 20, 27 Sept

4, 11, 25 Oct

1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Nov

Gym Hall Allan


HOL-34 £16.50
Running Club Fri P5-7 8.00 – 8.45am 14, 21, 28 Sept

5, 12, 26 Oct

2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Nov

Outside Allan



See Mr Rogers to sign up

Volleyball Fri P3-7 12.15 – 1.15pm 14, 21, 28 Sept

5, 12, 26 Oct

2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Nov

Gym Hall NUVOC HOL-36 £16.50

Please note:

The programme is subject to change – please check the join in website for any changes

Spaces are allocated on a first come first served basis and classes have limited spaces. To avoid disappointment please book as soon as possible.

How do I book my child’s place?


  1. Online by computer, tablet, smart phone


Use the booking code in the above tables


If you cannot sign up online:


  1. Collect a paper booking form from the school office

Return to the office in an envelope

FAO Lauren Millar Active Schools Coordinator


  1. Sign Up at a drop in session on Thu 30th Aug

From 3.00 – 4.00pm

Come along before school to sign up in person


Additional Support Needs


If you feel your child’s additional support need stops them from taking part in our clubs then please feel free to contact us to discuss.  See below for a link to more opportunities for children with Additional Support Needs in Edinburgh as well as information on our annual ParaSport Event for children with physical or sensory impairments.




We are recruiting volunteers in a variety of roles to help us provide as many opportunities as possible for children to take part in sport and physical activity! We will provide full training and support. If you want to find out more please contact me on the details below:


Call Lauren Millar 07799 868 054 or email