World Book Day – Thursday 1st March!

Just a reminder that the school is taking part in World Book Day on Thursday next week and we ask for all pupils to dress up for fun, as their favourite book character for the day. 

We have local Highland author, Barbara Henderson, coming in to do a workshop with the older classes.  They will also be given an opportunity to purchase one her published books at a bargain of £6 per book.  If you would like to purchase a book please bring the money in an envelope marked with your name, class and book order marked on it.  Barbara is willing to sign your book personally for you too!

 World Book Day tokens and Book Fair leaflets will be given out next week and the Bookfair is organised to be in school from March 7th-12th.





Highland Hospice Wear Yellow Day at Lochardil Primary!

Our ‘Wear Yellow Day’ on Friday to help Mr Edwards and his dancing partner Jenny to raise money for the Highland Hospice was a great success!  Bobby the Bee came to show his support. Mr Edwards and Jenny even gave us a little sneak preview of their fancy dance moves at assembly!  Well done to Mr Edwards and Jenny for taking on the Strictly Challenge and raising money for such a worthwhile charity that does so much for people all over the Highlands!

February Mid Term Break

Just a quick reminder that the school will be closed to all pupils on Monday 19th, Tuesday 20th and Wednesday 21st February for the mid-term break!  Take care everyone, enjoy the rest and hope you all have a wonderful time.  We will see you all back bright and early on Thursday 22nd February at the normal time.  

Inverness Airport Travel Fair

The event, open to the public from 2pm – 6pm, will see Alba Travel, Beaver Travel, Spirit Journeys Worldwide, Munros Travel, Marks & Spencer, BA, Loganair, Thomas Cook, Tripp & Debenhams, Europcar, Tesco Bank, Munros Travel, Tui, stagecoach and more showcase what Inverness Airport has to offer travellers in 2018.

Parking at the airport and admission to the event is free to businesses and attendees.

There’s lots for the kids to enjoy as well with face painting and a photo booth from Peek-a-Booth on the day. Watch dances from Performers UK at 2.30pm and tune in to acoustic music from Conner Johnson 3.30-5.30pm.

General Information

Head Lice

Head lice are a common problem, which can affect the whole community, adults and children alike. It is most common amongst children, and it is important to detect and treat as promptly as possible.

The only effective way to detect head lice is to carry out wet combing, and ideally this should be done weekly – if you need a comb, please ask your local pharmacist for advice on purchasing a suitable one.

How to wet comb:

  1. Wash the hair and apply conditioner
  2. Comb through with a wide toothed comb to remove tangles
  3. Taking a section at a time, pull the detection comb through the hair. Make sure the teeth of the comb slot into the hair at the roots and draw down to the ends of the hair with every stroke
  4. Check the comb for lice after each section. Do not confuse lice or their eggs with dandruff
  5. Check all family members at the same time
  6. Treat all infected family members (those in whom live lice are found)
  7. Repeat the process after completion of treatment to ensure that it has been effective

Remember that to be effective wet combing should be done weekly!

Useful information is available at:

A leaflet published by Health Scotland is available at:

Yours sincerely

School Nurse

World Book Day – 1st March 2018

An early reminder that this year, for World Book Day, we kindly ask for children to dress up as their favourite book character for the day at school.  There is no charge for children to come to school wearing their costumes, it is just for fun!  If you need some inspiration as to what book character you would like to dress up as, please click on the following link which will take you to the official World Book Day website to help you.   We look forward to seeing all of your fabulous costumes boys and girls!

O2 NSPCC – Let’s Keep Kids Safe Online Evening Workshop 07/02/18

Will you join us and help keep all children safe online?

O2 and the NSPCC have joined forces on a mission to help all children and their families in the UK stay safe online. Together, they’re offering useful tools, support and guidance to help parents and carers have conversations with their children about their online lives.

Online safety workshops for parents

As part of this, they’re running free online safety workshops for parents and carers and will be hosting one at Lochardil Primary School at 7-8pm on Wednesday 7th February 2018. We would like to invite all parents and carers to join.

The hour-long workshop will help parents and carers understand their child’s online world and build confidence to have those important conversations that can help keep children safe online.

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity.

Until then, if you need any support or guidance, check out the NSPCC or O2 website pages and step-by step guides online, call the O2 and NSPCC Online Safety Helpline on 0808 800 5002, or pop into your local O2 store for help from a Guru.  Please also click on the following documents below that will give you some more guidance as to keeping your child safe online:

O2 – Your Child’s Online World booklet_A5

Share Aware booklet_A5

Many thanks,

The Lochardil Team

World Book Day – 1st March 2018

Children’s writer Barbara Henderson, author of Highland Clearances novel Fir for Luck and  Victorian boy-on-the-run tale Punch will be visiting Lochardil Primary for World Book Day on Thursday 1st March. Both books currently have only top ratings on Amazon, and Fir for Luck was an Amazon bestseller in its category . Barbara has appeared at a range of book festivals and events and is known for energetic and interactive school events.

RRP for both books is £6.99 each, but children will be able to buy a book for £6.00 on the day, and have it personally signed by the author. There will also be interactive drama activities.

Send correct money in a labelled envelope to the class teacher by Tuesday 27th February if your child would like a book, please.

Find out more about Barbara at

The books are published by Cranachan,

There are book trailers for both books on YouTube, which will give children a flavour:

Book Trailer for Fir for Luck can be viewed at .

Book trailer for Punch can be viewed at

Changes to Resourcing of Schools – IMPORTANT

Please click on the link below to read a HIGH PRIORITY letter from elected members

2018.01.22 – Ed Gov -parents

“This matter is of the greatest importance to the education of Highland’s children”

“We also urge you to consider making a response to the consultation. You can do this at the Scottish Government website” 

Additional links   :-




Please be aware ……

We would like to make you aware we now have a number of reported cases of slapped cheek syndrome in P2A. 

Unless you or your child is feeling unwell, there is no need to stay away from school once the rash has developed, as the infection is no longer contagious by this point.

However, please be aware of early symptoms and let us know immediately if your child has the infection, so other children can be spotted quickly and vulnerable people can be made aware that they may need to get medical advice.

Please follow the link for further information and advice –

Please remind your child to wash their hands regularly and bring in plenty of tissues during this winter period.

Many thanks.



Lochardil is open

Lochardil Primary is remaining OPEN.

Please do not phone the school office for an update but please check the adverse weather line Tel : 0800 564 2272 school’s pin number 04 2500.  We will be updating the weather line again at 1.30pm.

Enrolling pupils for August 2018


Primary 1

If your child will be five years of age on or before 28 February 2019, they are eligible to enrol for Primary 1.

P1 enrolment week is Monday 29 January to Friday 2 February 2018.

Early Learning & Childcare

Children born between 1 March 2014 and 29 February 2016 are entitled to a funded Early Learning and Childcare place.

For Early Learning and Childcare places enrolment week will be Monday 12 February to Friday 16 February 2018

Children must be enrolled into their catchment school. Check your catchment area.

The enrolment process for school or early learning and childcare, can now be completed online. The enrolment form and further information on completing the online form, the enrolment process, catchment areas, Gaelic Medium education, school transport and placing requests can be found online at or visit your local primary school during enrolment week.

Once you have enrolled your child online, the school will contact you to arrange an induction.

A paper copy of the enrolment form can still be completed during enrolment week. If you require a paper copy please contact the school office on 01463 230250 to request an enrolment form. Please note that if you are enrolling in person at a school, you are required to take your child’s birth certificate and proof of your address (council tax bill) with you.