After the October break the Early Learning & Childcare Centre plan to build an igloo out of milk cartoons. It would be appreciated if you could collect your cleaned out 4 pint milk cartons, with their lids. Thank you!
Here is wee something to keep you busy over the holidays! Ivan, Kate, Sandy and Eva in P7 are running a competition for the Book Fair. They would like you to design a bookmark. The prizes include book vouchers and more. Please complete you book marks by Wednesday 26th October and give them to your teacher. Have fun, try to be as creative as you can!
Every day is worth smiling about here at Lochardil Primary!
Remember that the Ruthven House Captains & Vice Captains have organised a Dress Down Day (no charge) on Friday 7th October in recognition of National World Smile Day. It is also our opportunity to ‘Do an act of kind-ness to make someone smile and show you care.’ We are lucky to have so many happy children in our school!
The Ruthven House Captains have organised a Dress Down Day on Friday 7th October in recognition of World Smile Day. Children are encouraged to come to school ‘in their own clothes’, but no football strips/tops please. The first Friday of October each year marks World Smile Day, a day to do one act of kindness and make someone crack a smile!
The day was founded in 1999 by Harvey Ball, the creator of the famous yellow smiley face. When he thought his logo was becoming too commercial and losing its real meaning, he organised the day to recognise that a smile knows no religion or politics and that we should all spread a little happiness.
There is no donation required to take part this time but we would ask that everyone does an act of kindness during the day to make someone smile instead! Everyone will be asked to write their act on a post-it in school. We look forward to hearing about all the different ways that smiles have been spread around Lochardil!
Ewan is running the Jam Jar Tombola stall at the Christmas Fayre on Saturday 26th November. He is appealing for donations of filled jam jars. Fill your jar with toys, sweets, stationery, pocket change etc. If anyone has any empty jars, Ewan would be delighted if you could hand them in at reception where they will be collected and filled by others. Please take filled jars in by November 24th. Thank you for your support with this enterprise.
Just a wee reminder that our first open afternoon of the school year is being held for parents/carers tomorrow from 1.30 pm until 2.15 pm. The children have been busy getting their classrooms ready for our most important visitors and are looking forward to welcoming you.
If you are unable to attend tomorrow please remember that we will be holding regular open mornings and afternoons throughout the year. We try to change the days and times of these events so hopefully there will be at least one which will suit you.
We look forward to seeing you tomorrow!
Did you know? For every photograph purchased the school receives commission which is used to support school activities.
We are delighted to be in partnership with H Tempest again this year for your child’s school photographs.
Rhona from Tempest was very busy taking lovely photos of the children. The proofs were sent home in the schoolbags on Wednesday. To ensure you don’t have to pay a late fee, all orders must be returned to the school by Wednesday 5th October.
We would also like to thank our parent helper, Mrs Mackay, for her fantastic support ensuring the children were “brushed up” and ready for their smile moment.
It has been brought to our attention that some children are climbing the ‘big tree’ outside the school. We are concerned at the safety of the children doing this and people who may be passing by beneath the tree if a child were to fall. The children have been asked not to climb the tree today in school. Please discourage your child from climbing the tree.
A message from our P7 pupils!
It’s that time of year when we have our annual Dress-up Disco! It is fancy dress and will be run by P7 on Thursday 27th October. It is £2.50 to get in with an additional cost of £1 per strip for the stalls.
Nursery and P1 – 4.45 pm till 5.45 pm.
P2 and P3 – 6.15 pm till 7.15 pm
P4, P5 and P6 – 7.45 pm till 9.00 pm.
Please note that Parents should collect their child/children from the school hall as there is no access to the rear of the dining hall due to our building works.
We are looking forward to seeing you all there!
A new fantastic afterschool program for Inverness pupils!
The Lab Rats is a free after-school environment in which young people access the My World of Work Live! facilities in a flexible way. Any P7-S3 can become a Lab Rat and sign up to take part in longer term projects involving photography, video editing and film making, programming, engineering and design. The Lab Rats program will open in September and will run 4-5 pm every Friday. Based on their interests we can accept P6.
We have planned the Lab Rats calendar until the Christmas Break.
These are the sessions:
September 30 4-5 pm
October 7 4-5 pm
October 14 4-5 pm
November 11 4-5 pm
November 18 4-5 pm
November 25 4-5 pm
December 2 4-5 pm
December 16 4-5 pm
This is a video about Space Junk one of the activities that we do in My World of Work Live!
Feel free to get in touch with us if you have any questions of if you would like to sign up your kids for the Lab Rats Program.
Thank you a lot. Alessio and Kirsty (My World of Work Live! Inverness team).
Kirsty Wright Events & Facilities Coordinator
lIII Skills Development Scotland Leasachadh Sgilean na h-Alba
- 07770641430 lync 0300 013 4573
1-5 Church Street, Inverness IV1 1DY
We have recently changed the location of Lost Property in school and are trying to reduce the quantity of items held. Please assist by ensuring that your child’s belongings are clearly labelled with their name to ensure a speedy return! Please find new advice below from our Parent Volunteer, Caroline Leitch. I would also like to thank Mrs Leitch for her time spent sorting Lost Property, we really appreciate everything you do.
Individual and Family Group photographs
The Tempest photographer will be in school on Monday 26th & Tuesday 27th September to take individual & family group photographs. Unfortunately, due to the volume of pupils in school and nursery we are unable to include any other siblings.
P1 individual photographs will be taken first, followed by the rest of the classes and nursery throughout the day. If time allows a start will be made on the family groups and these will be continued on the Tuesday.
We will have a few parent helpers on hand to ensure all the children are clean & tidy for their smile moment!
Loch Ness Marathon/Stobart Rail
With only a few days until the big event, we would like to remind you that Andrew Sumner, the Director of Stobart Rail is taking on the Loch Ness Marathon on Sunday 25th September. He is raising funds for Highland Hospice, MFR Cash for Kids and Lochardil Primary School. He chose his charities based on our chosen charities last year. If you would like to sponsor Andrew you can do so at https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/andrew-sumner-2 .
Please give generously for all these worthy causes – and don’t forget if you are spectating on Sunday to give Andrew a big cheer from Lochardil!
A reminder that the school and nursery are closed to all pupils on Thursday 22nd & Friday 23rd September for inset days.
Please note that the date for this Information Evening has been changed to Wednesday 28th September from 6pm – 7pm due to unforeseen circumstances.
It is an opportunity for you to find out more about what your child is learning in Primary One and will give you the chance to see (and play!) with some of the resources that the children use in class!
We look forward to seeing you!
We are delighted to report that Andrew Sumner, the Director of Stobart Rail was so impressed with our school and children that he is taking on the Loch Ness Marathon on the 25th September, raising funds for Highland Hospice, MFR Cash for Kids and Lochardil Primary School. He chose his charities based on our chosen charities last year. If you would like to sponsor Andrew you can do so here https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/andrew-sumner-2
We’re raising money to help Lochardil Primary School, Inverness raise money for school improvements and to support Highland Hospice & MFR Cash for Kids. Support this JustGiving Crowdfunding Page.
A survey sheet was sent home with children on Monday of this week. If you have not already done so, especially if you feel these are services you would like to use, could you please return the form to the SCHOOL OFFICE by Friday 16th September. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis
Lizzy Burke is running a Tennis Class after school for the remaining three Thursdays of this term, 15/9, 29/9 and 6/10.
The class runs from the bell until 4pm on the MUGA. Please come along and there will be a form for Parents to complete at 3pm or at pick up. There is a small charge of £5 for the 3 weeks. Children should dress appropriately for all weather conditions, the sessions will run even in wet weather as there is no indoor alternative.
Any queries please contact Lizzy on 07983116947.
A survey will be issued next week to gauge the interest in a Breakfast Club and Out of School Care facility based in the Early Learning & Childcare setting. Please check your child’s school bag for the survey.
Please see the attached letter inviting parents/carers of children in our Early Learning & Childcare setting to drop in for coffee & chat on Wednesday 21st September between 9am – 9.145am or 2.15pm – 3.00pm.
The ELCC team look forward to welcoming you.
These award-winning language classes have now started on Thursday nights after school. They are taught by Fiona Evans, a fully qualified French teacher using La Jolie Ronde structured language course. There are two classes, one for P1-P3 and the other for P4-P7. More information can be found on Fiona’s Facebook page, ‘Fiona’s French for Children’. Fiona would be delighted to have more pupils attending, particularly at the first session for our younger children.
Please find an updated version of the first newsletter of the session below. Unfortunately the computer gremlins missed a page from the original!
The first Parent Council Meeting of the year will be held on Wednesday evening, 7th September, at 7 pm in the school. All parents and carers are invited to come along to hear about what is happening in school. We appreciate your views and hope you will be able to come along. It is a great way to get to know people! The agenda for the meeting can be found on the Parent Council Blog. We look forward to welcoming you to the school on Wednesday evening!
Dear Parents / Carers,
We are delighted to share Morgan Sindall has been appointed as contractors for our new build kitchen and dining facilities. As you may be aware, they are now fully set up onsite and works will begin within our school grounds from tomorrow, Wednesday the 31st of August, through to Monday 5th December. This means we will now have restricted access in certain areas within the school, and NO access to the carpark for any vehicle other than for registered disabled access.
While the building work is going on we will not be permitted to the rear of the canteen which is used for accessing the nursery and upper school classrooms. Please do not move any of the fencing in place to gain access. Instead, please use the path adjacent to the shelter at the front gate and proceed down the path beside the field.
For flexi care nursery, out with normal school hours, please use the buzzer at the gate to the rear of the staff carpark and access as above.
Disabled access ONLY will be through the main school reception.
Thank you for your cooperation in helping to minimise the disruption during this work, and let’s look forward to the fabulous new provision we will have here at Lochardil Primary.
Mrs A Kellacher
A group photograph of our new Primary one children was taken this morning by the Inverness Courier. The photograph will be included in a special ‘Primary One Supplement’ which will be published at the end of September. Fortunately, it was a lovely day and we were able to have the photograph taken outside. The children all behaved beautifully and tried very hard to give their best smile!
After the success of the Badminton team at the Olympics, we have been notified of an opportunity for all local badminton enthusiasts!
Good luck to any entrants and let us know how you get on!
We have just been informed that the roof on the shelter in the main playground is to be replaced next week. The bicycle shelter there will be out of use from Monday 22nd August until the work is finished (approx. 1 week). Please ensure that your child is aware of this and that they should use the bicycle shelters at the main gate or the one at the back gate.
Thank you for your co-operation and understanding.
Mrs A Kellacher
Primary 1 pupils have settled really well in to their new classes, familiarising themselves with new routines and making new friendships.
We would like to invite you to pop in to your child’s class before home time tomorrow, Friday 19th August so you can see how well they have been getting on during the week. We look forward to welcoming you from 2.15pm onwards.
Mrs G Rodgers & Mrs A McArthur
SCHOOL MEALS REMINDER
Thank you to the parent who brought it to our attention that some parents/carers are unaware of the improvements being made to the school buildings. This work affects our kitchen & dining areas, which are being modified and extended to accommodate our increasing number of pupils. While this is ongoing, meals are prepared off-site and transported to us and the gym hall is being used to serve snacks & lunches. As this restricts the meals that can be provided at present, all pupils were issued with a modified menu (links below) at the end of last term which should be used until further notice. Orange choice is a hot meal, and the blue choice is a grab & go cold option (sandwich, baguette etc).
Please be reminded that we are a cashless school, and where possible, school meal payments should be made on line, through the Highland Council website (www.highland.gov.uk/info/878/schools/9/school_meals/2). Please contact the Catering office with any queries – Tel 01463 668665.
The new projected date for completion of the works is December 2016. We are looking forward to using our new canteen facility and thank you for your cooperation. We will keep you updated via the school blog.
Mrs A Kellacher Head Teacher
Parents/carers and pupils are reminded of the signing in/out system for children who go home for lunch, attend appointments or are late to school for any reason
All pupils who arrive late after the start of school – for any reason – must enter the school building by the main reception door and sign in at the school office. Pupils leaving for appointments during the school day must be signed out by a responsible adult.
Chidlren who go home for lunch, must sign out before they leave the school grounds and sign in again on their return. For pupils in Primary 1 or 2, this should be carried out by a responsible adult on their behalf.
To assist with pupil safety, please discuss this important procedure with your child.
Thank you for your cooperation.
I hope that you have all had a lovely Summer Holiday! Staff were back to school today so we are all ready to get the new session under way. We will see everyone bright and early tomorrow morning and raring to go.
8.50 am for P4 – P7
9.00 am for P2 and P3.
Our new P1 pupils are having a ‘staggered’ start and will be coming in at the time allocated on their letters.
I hope you all have a fabulous first week!
What a busy but fun week we have had here at Lochardil. There has been pupils v staff netball, the Summer Disco, Leavers’ Assembly and a fantastic Talent Show. Many thanks to the whole school community for your support this year. Have a fantastic Summer, keep safe and we look forward to seeing everyone back in school on Tuesday 16th August at the usual times.
An important reminder for after the holidays that we have a NO NUTS Policy in school. We have some children in school who take a severe reaction to nuts and we want to keep them safe. Please ensure that you do not provide your child with nuts or anything containing nuts such as Nutella or Peanut Butter to eat while they are in school. Please also be aware that some products state on the packaging that they are made in a factory where nuts may be present.
Thank you all for your help in this matter. We want to ensure a safe environment for all of our children.
We all like something for nothing, especially in the Summer holidays which can be a very expensive time for parents!
Ticket Collection Competition
This summer Stagecoach are giving away an iPod to one lucky bus user! Entrants simply need to collect 6 bus tickets between 4th July and 12th August. Find more details for how to enter for this fantastic prize – https://www.stagecoachbus.com/promos-and-offers/north-scotland/summer-holiday-competition .
Kids go FREE
We are providing free travel to kids when accompanied by an adult using a dayrider or megarider from 4th to 17th July. Maximum of 3 children with one adult using a dayrider or megarider ticket.
As you can see from the smiling faces, the children thoroughly enjoyed the After School Tennis Club which was run by Lizzie Burke this term. She sent a couple of photos for everyone to see. Many thanks to Lizzie for running this club and for all the other tennis opportunities she provides for the school. Maybe one of our Lochardil pupils will be playing at Wimbledon in a few years!
We are delighted to include the following article from the Ross-shire Journal on our blog. Amber is one of our pupils and we thought you might like to share her Grandad’s amazing achievement.
Mr MacLeod was recognised in the New Year Honours for voluntary service to the museum and local community and received his award last week. With around 60 friends and family members in attendance, Mr MacLeod received his BEM from Janet Bowen, the Lord Lieutenant of Ross and Cromarty, who is the Queen’s representative in the area. “I would like to thank the Lord Lieutenant and all my family and friends for turning up for the ceremony. It was an honour and a privilege to accept the award,” said Mr MacLeod.
He also paid tribute to the work done by other dedicated volunteers behind the scenes at the museum who deal with thousands of queries from people around the world looking to find out more about their family backgrounds. Local councillor Margaret Paterson, who attended the ceremony, said: “I can’t think of anyone more deserving of the award. “Ian has given a lifetime of service to the museum, along with the hours of work he puts in. I’m absolutely delighted for him – he is a worthy recipient.”
Here is the latest from Netball North.
We will be running three days of Netball Camps on July 11th, 12th and 13th from 12 noon to 4 pm each day.
The cost is £10 per day per person.
Ages 10 – 18 years are welcome.
Adults over 16 who want to come and help please contact Jermaine directly on 0783706842 as some volunteer places are available.
Are you a fantastic singer? There is a brand new television programme starting soon which is looking for new recruits. Please read the poster below if you would like to be involved.
Do you fancy improving your French? Would you like to be part of a fun new After-School Club? Then Fiona’s French could be for you! Fiona is hoping to start a new French Club after the holidays. I have attached an introductory letter to this post and please watch out for more details after the holidays. Fiona’s French for Children (parental letter) –
Unfortunately the order for school uniforms has not yet arrived from the supplier. After speaking to them yesterday they were hoping to get them delivered to us today or tomorrow. If they do not arrive before the school closes on Friday 1st July, orders will be available for collection at the school office on Monday 15th August.
Apologies for any inconvenience.
Mrs A Fraser (Clerical Asst)
Seven Lochardil Pupils took part in the Primary Schools Golf competition which was held at Loch Ness Golf Club (Fairways) on a very sunny Wednesday evening.
Congratulations to Jack Henderson who came 3rd in the boys section. Well played Jack!
The Lochardil Team came 2nd over all. Well done to everyone who took part in this competition and thanks to all the parents for their support.
Our Wonderful Junior Leaders getting ready for action with the Infant pupils at break and lunch times. In August they will be running their usual Mini Fit After School Club on Tuesdays – watch this space for information about events being run and organised by Mrs. A and our Junior Leaders.
Next years Junior Leader are as follows:
Iona, Millie, Lucia and Anna. Izzy, Ruby and Shannon. Joshua, Jack and Marcus. Julia, Rhona and Niamh MacInnes, Mollie, Grace, Niamh MacDonald, Ellie and Eve. Ellen and Mia.
I am looking forward to working with you all in August have a wonderful summer holiday. Love Mrs. A.
Despite the awful weather, we had a brilliant day at the Baillie Cup. We came home with a fantastic selection of gold, silver and bronze medals. The children had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed competing in their races. A massive well done to the team who were
P1: Sienna Ingram, Erin Anderson, Lillie McLachlan, Robbie Alderson, Robbie Bremner, Ryan Elsey
P2: Lyla Bain, Freya Soden, Savannah Johnson, Calum Douglas, Cian MacKenzie, Finn Munro
P3: Alice Sillars, Abigale McGillivray, Ciara MacKenzie, Michael Miller, Ellis Morrison, James Knight
P4: Sara Borejszo, Holly Stephens, Anya Murray, Louis Den Tieter, Sam Thomson, Ross MacLeod
I have included a selection of photographs below, note the lovely new purple tee-shirts which were bought by the Parent Council for the younger children to wear when representing the school. Don’t they look smart! Thanks very much to all the parents and grandparents who came along to help out during this event, We really appreciate your support.
Thought you might like to see the wonderful creations the children made. We had a very relaxing six weeks making our own individual unique cross stitches.
Thank you to everyone who took part it was a really lovely experience.
Thank you to Mrs. Martin-Hodgson and Mrs. Neil for helping us to produce such lovely little pillows.
It was a pleasure as always. See you next year guys. Mrs. A.
All budding writers are encouraged to write a mini saga in just 100 words. This is a challenging and fun activity where you could see yourself as a published writer. If you fancy entering this competition, please visit the website
You could win a prize of £1 000 for the school and a ‘Ripley’s Believe It or Not!’ family ticket for yourself. Entry forms are also available in the school office. Entries must be in by 22nd July 2016.
Cook has requested that we pass on the following information.
- All money for school lunches up to the end of term should be paid by Tuesday 28th June.
- Cook will only be able to provide a sandwich and piece of fruit on the last day of school as the kitchen needs to be packed up ready for the builders to start at noon. Please let her know by Friday 24th June if your child will require a meal on that day. Remember school finishes at lunchtime!
- After the holidays please try to pay for school meals using a cheque or online using your SCN Number.
As the holidays are getting nearer at what seems like an alarming rate, we are asking everyone to check their bookcases/cupboards for any library books or reading books which belong to school. Please return all books (no questions asked!) to school by Monday 27th June to give us time to get them sorted before we finish. Thanks for your help!
Just a wee reminder that school will be closed to all children next Thursday 23rd June due to the EU Referendum. The school is being used as a Polling Station.
We would like to invite primary 1 children to take part in a run, jump, throw event at Queens Park Inverness, on Monday 20 June at 4.30pm – 6.00pm. Children will have the opportunity to run without stopping for 600 metres, jump into the long jump pit and throw the torpedo javelin in the setting of the running track at Queens Park. Boys and girls are welcome and must be accompanied by a parent or carer, school staff are not required to come along to this event. Parents must bring their children to, and collect them from the event, full information is on the attached form.
A reminder that the school is being used as a polling station for the EU referendum on Thursday 23rd June and will be closed to all nursery & primary pupils.
A quick reminder to parents/carers of all P7 pupils that the P7/S1 disco and parental meeting at Inverness Royal Academy that were due to take place tonight, 16th June, have been postponed. A new date will be confirmed in the new term.
Gilmour Sports will still be present at the school between 6.30 & 7.30 tonight if you to puchase uniform and the Senior Mnagement Team will be present to answer any general queries you may have.
Good luck to all the boys and girls in P1, P2, P3 and P4 who are representing the school tomorrow at the Baillie Cup. I have just checked out the weather forecast and unfortunately it is not the best. Please ensure that your child is wearing an appropriate jacket to suit the weather which is predicted to be cold and wet! Tee shirts were issued today to all competitors which should be worn with joggers/tracksuit and shorts to compete in. Thanks to everyone who has volunteered to help, we will see you there! PS Remember your thermals!
While our P7s are enjoying a taste of academy school life, tomorrow will be our turn at Lochardil for all our classes to move up to their next class for the day. This is an opportunity to meet their new teacher, be part of their new class setting, and enjoy learning with their peers.
The news was shared in person by Mrs Kellacher for almost all classes, and by telephone to P1 & P4 parents, just for a heads up. Pupils will be given a letter to take home with them from their new class tomorrow so all our parents/ carers have all the important information in writing, so check the school bag mail!
NB: Classes are formed by date of birth (in line with Highland Council policy), with consideration given to other factors such as history of composition, and Additional Support Needs. Class composition and staffing is subject to change at this stage so all pupils and parents must be made aware of this and be prepared for change if required.
Good luck to everyone tomorrow! Have fun and enjoying learning!
Everyone had a great time at the Sports on Wednesday afternoon. We were very lucky that the sun broke through to give us a warm afternoon. It was lovely to see the children enjoying themselves and trying their best. We appreciated all the support from the audience and we hope that you enjoyed the sports too!
What a great time we had at our picnic lunch! The canteen staff put on a great spread and the sun shone for us too. We even managed to eat our lunch outside! A big thanks to all the ladies in the kitchen who worked so hard to make the picnic so special for the children. Thanks also to our fabulous PSA Team who helped with the serving and clearing up. We couldn’t have done it without you all!
On behalf of Lochardil Primary School I would like to say a massive thank you to All our Junior Leaders.
We have all had an amazing year, one of my personal favourite hi-lights was the Dance Showcase – You were all outstanding and wonderful ambassadors of the school.
I would like to say a special Thank You to all our P7 Junior Leaders who are moving on – it has been a real pleasure working with you all, and I wish you all the best for the future. I hope some of you may continue to carry on your voluntary work at high school. Good Luck Mrs. A.
To our new recruits welcome, our new P7 Junior Leaders will I’m sure teach you how to follow in their footsteps. I am pleased to announce we have some boys in our mix now, I’m sure they will have lots to offer and keep us girls on our toes.
I wish you all a lovely Summer Holiday and look forward to working with our new recruits in August.
For the last 4 weeks Primary 4-7 pupils have been enjoying taking part in a cross stitch master class. I’m sure I am right in saying all the children taking part have enjoyed this master class. This will be apparent when you see what they have all produced a unique wonderful piece of work.
Thank you for choosing to do cross stitch on behalf of myself and the other members of staff it has been a pleasure working with you. Mrs. A.
Hopefully every family will have received the flyer below asking for good condition toys, books & games. If you have anything which you think may be of use to the school for the classrooms or the nursery, please send them in to school on Friday 17th June. Large or bulky items should be brought in to the school reception after 2.30pm where helpers from the parent council will be on hand to receive them. Thank you.
If you wish to apply or think you may qualify for free school meals or a clothing grant please read the information attached from Highland Council. The process of applying for the grants has changed and should simplify the process.
Remember that tomorrow is the day for our School Sports and Picnic Lunch. All parents/carers are welcome at the Sports.
Senior Sports at IRA Pitches from 10 am
Early Years Sports on our own school field from 1.30 pm
The picnic lunch is served by the school canteen to all children who wish to have a school lunch tomorrow. Bring a picnic blanket if you would like to sit outside to have your lunch.
Let’s hope the sun returns for us!
We had a visitor to our assemblies yesterday from the NSPCC. Mr John Darcy delivered The NSPCC’s Speak out. Stay safe. programme to make sure our pupils have the knowledge and understanding they need to stay safe from abuse.
Please follow the link below for more information.
The Black Isle Show organisers are trying to raise awareness of the Junior Section in the Flower Show at the Black Isle Show. Please see the attached poster for more information about how you can get involved.
There was an accident yesterday at Early Years pick up time in the school playground. It was caused by a child riding a scooter in the school playground. To ensure the safety of everyone, please ensure that your child does not ride their bike/scooter/skateboard in the school grounds at any time.
All children from Nursery to P7 should store their bikes safely in the Bike Shelters located at the gates. The safety of our children is paramount, please ensure that your child follows these rules. Thank you for your co-operation in this matter. Mrs Kellacher
Come to school next Friday 10th June dressed up as what you would like to be when you are grown up! This charity fundraiser has been arranged by some very thoughtful pupils in P5, namely Reuben, Alistair N, Eve, Beth, Ellie, Laura, Grace, Niamh and Aimee. They have expertly arranged everything themselves to raise money for the NSPCC and Inverness Kart Raceway. IKR is a not-for-profit social enterprise company with 100% of the profits going to support disadvantaged young people get into work here in the Highlands. Please support these worthwhile causes by dressing up and bringing £1. Watch this space for some photographs next week. I’m off to think about what I would like to be when I grow up!
June 13th – 16th 2016
Monday 13th June – ECO themed Treasure Hunt (Biodiversity/Litter theme)
Tuesday 14th June – Fill a class bag for Blythswood. (Sustaining Our World) Bring in one item from home which can be put into the Blythswood Recycling Bank at the car park. The more we give the more children we can feed.
Wednesday 15th June –Transition day ECO activity in your new class eg newspapers and bin bags. Have a recycled fashion show. Take photos of your ECO fun.
Thursday 16th June – Recycled playground games. (Waste Minimisation) Come and join us for
Catch the ball
Tyres – Target Practice
Hit the cans
Bubble blower fun
Assembly Thursday 16th – ECO quiz and Litter play
Friday 16th June – Fruity Friday. (Health and Wellbeing) Bring fruit (or veg) only for your snack. Extra playtime if you do!
What a fantastic day we had on Saturday 28th May at the Inter School Sports! The weather and our athletes from P6 and P7 were all on form. The team was
P6 Girls: Emily Rowlands, Julia Ferguson, Eva Wright, Helen Thomson, Rhona MacKinnon
P6 Boys: Ewan MacArthur, Max McLachlan, Sam Urquhart, Charlie Eaglesham, Sandy McWilliam
P7 Girls: Mollie Lewis, Charlotte Douglas, Kathryn Brown, Mairead Ball, Abby Christison
P7 Boys: Jamie MacKay, Will Traill, Sam Vincent, Matthew McIlhatton.
It was the Centenary Year of this competition and we had a day of many successes, most notably by Molly Lewis who broke the Championship record for the 80m Sprint in our section of the competition! The medal-winning performances are listed below:
Mollie Lewis Long Jump 2nd; Mollie Lewis High Jump 2nd; Jamie MacKay Shot Putt 1st; Max McLachlan 600m 2nd and U12 Boys 150m 2nd; Mairead Ball Open Girls 600m 1st; Mollie Lewis Girls Open 80m 1st; Emily Rowlands U12 Girls 80m 2nd; Julia Ferguson U12 Girls 80m 3rd; Mollie Lewis, Charlotte Douglas, Kathryn Brown, Mairead Ball Open Girls 4 X 100m relay 1st.
A very special thank you to the three team reserves who all came along on the day, ready to burst into action if anyone dropped out. Sandy McWilliam, Abby Christison and Rhona MacKinnon, we appreciate your dedication and fantastic support to the team.
Thanks also to Mrs Armstrong and Miss MacLean who came along to support the children and our surprise visitors and lucky mascots, Mrs MacLeod and Mrs Peace!
Order forms for school uniform are being sent home today in the schoolbags. Newly added for ordering is a purple cardigan with the school logo. Please ensure all orders, accompanied by the payment, are returned to the school office by Tuesday 7th June 2016.
As we are unable to exchange items incorrectly ordered, samples of uniform are avaialbe at the office to try on for size.
We were delighted to hear the following news today! Well done to all the boys in P2 and P3 who were involved.
‘On 16th April the P2/3 football team were champions of the Cairn Cup which was held at Cradlehall. The team only conceded one goal in the whole tournament!
This weekend on Saturday, two teams from the 2/3 boys took part in the Gaelic Football Tournament. This is the largest football event for this age group with 24 teams taking part from across the region. Lochardil team 2 did really well and were 3rd in their group. Lochardil team 1 made it all the way to the final and missed out to Dingwall with a last minute goal from a deflection. A tough way to end the tournament, but all the boys should be proud of their performance and they were the best behaved teams on the pitch! Ellis Morrison was awarded player of the tournament!’
Many thanks to Anna Miller for sending the report above and the photographs for the blog.
The school canteen will be serving their traditional Summer picnic lunch on Wednesday 8th June. The children will be able to choose what they would like to eat for lunch from a wide selection of ‘goodies’.
If the weather is good we can all take our lunch outside for a proper picnic. It would be great if you could bring a picnic blanket but remember to check with an adult in your house before you take it! Let’s hope that the sun shines on the day so that we can really enjoy our picnic and our School Sports which are being held on the same day.
A wee reminder that next Wednesday 8th June is our Sports Day.
P4 – P7 Sports will be held at the IRA Pitches in the morning from 10am.
P1- P3 Sports will be in the afternoon on our own pitch from 1.30 – 2.45 pm.
Parents/Carers are most welcome to attend Sports Day. We hope to see you all there!
Full sized copies of the class photos for primaries 1 – 6 are now available to view in the school reception. Orders should be returned to the class teacher by Friday 3rd June 2016 to avoid having to pay the late delivery charge.
The nursery & Primary 7 are still being processed. Another message will follow when these are available.
We are delighted to announce that Lochardil FC Girls Football Team came 3rd in the annual Corbett Cup Competition at Merkinch Primary School last Saturday. The team comprised girls from P7, P6 and two from P4. They played 4 games, winning 2 and losing 2. The coaches reported that the girls played very well in their matches and represented the school fantastically. Many thanks to the coaches and parents who supported the girls on the day.
In response to a request for more information on our learning and teaching of SHaRE (Sexual Health and Relationships Education) here at Lochardil Primary, an information session will now be held in the school hall on Tuesday 24th May 2016 at 6pm.
A permission slip letter will be sent home in school bags tomorrow. I have attached a copy below. Please watch out for the letter and RSVP on Monday using the tear off slip if you’d like to attend.
Next week is Walk to School Week. Walk to School Week is part of the Walk to School campaign, which encourages parents and children to leave the car at home and take the chance to get outside and get fit by walking to and from school. Children are also encouraged to cycle, scoot or skateboard rather than coming by car. If you live too far away to walk, why not ‘park and stride’. We are hoping that as many children as possible will participate in this very worthwhile campaign. There are stickers, activity diaries and reward magnets for everyone who participates. Let’s get our walking shoes out, get fitter and have fun on our way to and from school!
You are invited to an Open Afternoon in the school on Wednesday 25th May from 1.30 pm – 2.15 pm. This is an opportunity for all parents and carers to come into school and see what goes on in class. We hope that you will be able to come to see your child/children in action!
What a busy term this is shaping up to be! The termly calendar has been updated today with more information which you might find useful. Please find it above.
Just a wee reminder that class photographs will be taken tomorrow (Thursday 12th May) at school. Children should come to school in their uniform. Thanks to the parent helpers who have volunteered to come in to help make sure that everyone is presentable before the photographs are taken!
Please remember it’s the Parent Council Meeting tonight at 7 pm in the school. Everyone is welcome and we hope to see you there!
The Parent Council is organising the annual end of term school disco, which will be held on Wednesday 29th June 2016, at the school. This is always a really popular event at the end of term and can only happen with the help and support of parents & carers. Thanks to all who have volunteered so far – we have just enough helpers for the P2-P4 & P5-P7 disco, but really need additional helpers for the nursery & P1 disco;
Nursery & Primary 1: 5pm – 6.15pm (helpers would need to be there 4.45 – 6.15)
On the night, we will need about 16 helpers to help with:
- Collecting money at the door
- Glow Stick
If you would like to help, could you please contact Gail Matheson via FB Messenger or at email@example.com
Thanks for your help and support.
This year is Blythswood Care’s 50th birthday and to celebrate they are having a number of events around the UK. Please find attached a poster for the Blythswood Big Birthday events day at Inverness Leisure on Saturday 25th June. There will be Fun Fitness sessions and Fun Runs on the track. If you’d like more information, please see the poster below.
All parents of the school are warmly invited to the next meeting of The Parent Council on Wednesday 11th May at 7pm in the school. This is a great opportunity to find out more about what is happening in school, to meet other parents, to lend a hand and to make things better for your child.
We hope to see you there!
Lizzie Burke would like to start an after school tennis club for children in P2, P3 and P4 on a Thursday after school. If you would like your child to join the club, please see the attached poster for more information. Registration forms can be collected from the school office.
Many thanks to Lizzie for offering this great opportunity for our children.
Another important date for your diary! We have officially been informed that the school will be used as a Polling Station on Thursday 23rd June 2016 for the EU Referendum. This means that the school and nursery will both be closed on that day to all pupils.
This sounds like a great opportunity for our fantastic Lochardil Bakers!
“We are a television production company called Love Productions, who make programmes such as The Great British Bake Off and The Great British Sewing Bee. We have started to look for new Junior Bakers to take part in the fourth series of Junior Bake Off for CBBC. We are looking for bakers aged between 9 – 12 years old (for the period of 1st July 2016 – 1st September 2016) to apply and potentially feature in the show, with a chance of being crowned Junior Bake Off Champion 2016.”
Please find further information below. Good luck to any Lochardil applicants. Remember to keep us informed about how you get on!
Please note that the Open Afternoon planned for Wednesday 27th April has been cancelled. We are now going to have this Open Afternoon on Wednesday 25th May from 1.30pm – 2.15pm. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.
What a lovely welcome back to school we had this week! Our fantastic ‘Jannies’ had been very busy in the holidays painting the fence outside reception and what a fabulous job they made. A huge thanks to them both for all their efforts, you have really brightened up the front of school.
It has been a very busy first week back which I suspect has set the tone for the whole term! I have put a calendar for the term onto the blog, just click on the ‘Termly Calendar’ page above. Hopefully this will help you plan your diary and keep you informed about what is going on. It will be updated regularly as new events are organised. Please let me know if there is any other information you would like added.
To everyone in our school community, have a very Happy Easter and a lovely holiday. Thanks to everyone for your hard work and support this term. We look forward to welcoming you back to school safe and sound on Monday 11th April for another term filled with fun learning opportunities!
Mr Nixon, sent the following report about the Cross Country yesterday.
Twenty four children from P2-P7 represented the school at this year’s McRobert Cup Cross Country held at the Bught Park, Inverness on Wednesday 23rd March. With 43 schools and over 900 runners the event is the biggest Primary School athletics event in Scotland.
All the children put in their best and should be proud of their achievements and the manner in which they behaved throughout the event. There were a number of individual and team prizes secured by the school;
McRobert Cup Winners – The p6/7 Girls Team won the McRobert Cup for their age group with excellent performances from Mairaid Ball, Katherine Brown, Amy Weir, Rhona MacKinnon, Julia Ferguson and Charlotte Douglas.
McRobert Cup Runners Up – The p4/5 boys team of Calum Macleod, Ross Macleod, Alistair Nixon, Nicki Taylor, Calum Watson and Sam Thomson were tied in first place with Inshes but on the count back Lochardil were awarded the Silver Medal.
Individual Medallists – Michael Miller had a great run to finish 3rd in the P2/3 boys race, Calum Macleod was 4th and Ross Macleod 5th in the P4/5s, Robbie Thomson was 5th in the P6/7 boys, Charlotte Douglas was 4th and Mairaid Ball was 5th in the P6/7 girls race.
Congratulations to everyone who took part and to everyone who has taken part in the Cross Country training over the past 8 weeks.
A big thank you to the parent helpers who have helped out at the training sessions and to those who volunteered on the day to make the event such a success.
Many thanks to Mr Nixon for training the team and taking them to this event, we appreciate all that you do!
We are delighted to report more gymnastic success! Three teams of gymnasts represented Lochardil Primary and the Highland Region at the Scottish Schools Gymnastics Championships last weekend in Perth. The teams won their places by placing in the top two at the recent Highland Heats. All the gymnasts again performed superbly, with our Level 1 team finishing in 2nd place and Jack Finnigan just missing an individual medal in 4th. Our Level 2 team placed 6th out of 19 teams. The level 3 team were the first to represent the Highlands in the 12 years that Schools gymnastics has been running in the region, and they performed beautifully to finish an excellent 4th.
Many thanks to Mrs Finnigan who coaches the team along with her fab helpers, Aileen Thomson, Hazel Galbraith, Sophie Douglas, Cody Crawford and Rosie Flegg. An enormous well done to the Gymnastics Team who have once again done us all proud!
We are delighted to report that we raised the magnificent sum of £279 for Sports Relief and had a great time doing it!The fun all started at 9.15 am with the Junior Leaders leading the whole school in a dance session on the front playground. Many thanks to Mrs Armstrong for arranging this and helping the girls to choreograph the dance, Sarah Liebnitz for coming along to help, the Junior Leaders for performing so well and the parents who came along to watch.
At lunchtime, the children had an opportunity to run a mile around the field. Thanks to Mrs Murray for organising this and leading the field! The children really enjoyed this activity which was very apt as the news was full of reports about the benefits of children running a daily mile at school. Something for us to think about as a school. Thanks to everyone who participated!
Sport Relief is not just on the telly, it’s coming to Lochardil on Friday too! The children are encouraged to come to school wearing their sports clothing and bring a donation of £1 for this worthwhile campaign. At lunchtime everyone (staff too!) will be given the opportunity to run a mile around the pitch if they wish(weather permitting). Watch out for the photos!
Just a last minute reminder that it is the Parent Council AGM on Thursday 17 March at 7pm in the school. Please come along to hear what has been going on this year and help to plan next year. Your ideas and contributions are always valued.
SCOTTISH SCHOOLS’ FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION
Just to make you aware that the SFA are running a special deal for the Scotland v. Denmark game on the 29th at Hampden.
Either go to the home page of the SSFA and click on the Scotland v. Denmark banner or click here.
A reminder of a date for your diary! Please remember that the Parent Council AGM is next Thursday evening at 7pm in the school. The agenda for the meeting and further information is on the Parent Council section of the website. It would be fantastic to see as many of you as possible here next Thursday!
We have been informed that prices of school meals have been increased by 10% by the Highland Council as from Monday 11th April 2016. School meals will be charged as follows:
- Nursery School meal – £2.30 per meal
- Primary School meal – £2.30 per meal
- Secondary School meal – £2.55 per meal
Primary one to Primary three will continue to receive free school meals.
P3 have been working hard this term learning to sew. We found out the vikings made their own clothes so we thought we would try a new skill! We then designed this beautiful Easter Bonnet to show off our stitching skills, and we are entering it into the competition in Hobbycraft.
Please visit the store and vote for the Lochardil entry. You will have to visit between 11-20th March.
We had a fab day on Thursday for World Book Day. The costumes were brilliant and everyone enjoyed moving to different classes to ‘experience’ different books. Thanks to everyone who dressed up and entered into the spirit of the day. A big thanks to the Parents and Carers at home who helped to organise the costumes!
Our school handbook has recently been updated. The latest version is in the Curriculum section found above. The handbook is a ‘work in progress’ and we hope to make further improvements to make it more user friendly. Your comments on how we might achieve this are always welcome!
The Book Fair will be open for business next week! P7 are organising a timetable for classes to sign up to go along to see the books available. Children will have an opportunity to purchase a book from the Book Fair if they wish. When the timetable is finalised, I will put it on the Blog.
A great night was had by all at the Parent Council Bingo! Thanks to everyone who came along to join in the fun and raise the magnificent sum of £250. Remember that all money raised by the Parent Council is spent on activities and equipment for the children in our school. Many thanks to everyone who helped in the organisation and running of this fab community event!
Our term 3 newsletter is now available! Please find it in the ‘about’ section above, under ‘information letters’. There has been lots going on this term and it looks like being an equally busy time until the term ends in a few weeks. Find out all about it in the Newsletter!
A reminder from Cook! Please remember if your child wishes to buy snack from the school kitchen, they must bring money on a daily basis. Children should not be coming for snack with no money. A large number of children owe money for morning snack. Please ensure that money is paid to the kitchen if you receive a reminder slip. Many thanks, Cook.
Thursday 3rd March is World Book Day! The children will be celebrating this event in school by ‘experiencing’ different books throughout the day. Lots of children (and members of staff!) have requested that they be allowed to dress up as their favourite book character on the day. If your child wishes to dress up, then that would be excellent! Watch here for some photographs next week…!
Please come along to the Parent Council Bingo Night on Wednesday 2nd March. Doors open at 6.30pm and play starts at 7.00pm. Entry for adults is £3.00, Child is £1.00 and a Family ticket is £7.00. There are prizes to be won, a raffle and tea/coffee/juice will be served. The evening promises to be lots of fun! Hope to see you there!
The AGM of the Parent Council has been changed to Thursday 17th March 2016 at 7.00 pm in the school. All parents are welcome to attend the meeting. Please come along to help this group who do such vital work in the school supporting the learning and teaching of our children.
Our classes have been so busy this term and would love to share what they have been up to and some of their experiences with you! We would like to invite all parents/ carers to our ‘Sharing Our Learning Open Morning’ on –
Date – Thursday 10th March 2016
Time – 11-12 noon (P5 & P5/4 will start earlier at 10.45-11.15am in the hall, then move to their classrooms afterwards)
Where – in classrooms
Focus for learning & sharing – Class topic theme
We look forward to seeing you there.
Do you like cake & a cuppa? Do you have a spare afternoon?
If yes, we would love you to join our next Parent Focus Group on Wednesday 2nd March at 1.30pm.
This will be a relaxed opportunity to update on our plans for improvement to date, and participate in an activity reflecting on our work so far using the National Improvement Framework. We value your voice!
See you there.
Children and young people across Scotland are invited to take part in the second annual John Bryne Competition.
Entries can be any size and created in any mediabut they must be ‘drawings’ as this is the basis on which they will be judged. There is no required theme.
All entries should be returned to the school office for Monday 29th February.
Further details can be found below.
Please remember that the school does not open again for the children until Thursday 18th February due to the February holiday and an In-service Training Day for the staff. We hope you all have a lovely break and we look forward to seeing you all on Thursday to hear what you have been up to.
Can you help? We have been approached by a local resident who lost £60 from their pocket in the car park at the Pharmacy. Understandably, they are upset at losing this amount of money. If anyone found it or knows anything about it could you please contact the Pharmacy or the School Office. It would be fantastic if we could resolve this issue through our school blog!
Please remember to have a look in lost property before Friday 12th February. Anything left after that date will be donated to charity.
I am super proud of our gymnasts after winning so many individual and team medals this weekend at the Highland Regional Schools Competition! Lochardil Primary also won Best Primary School for Level 1 & Level 2, and Level 3, which saw us bring home the shields overall!
After an extremely long day our pupils really did us proud by showing fab sportsmanship, teamwork, strength and encouragement, manners and enthusiasm throughout, while looking fabulous adorning their medals . Huge thanks to Hazel & the coaches that train our pupils every week, and to Sophie, Aileen and Hazel for the coach support to each team (& showing me the ropes too) on Sunday! I’ll be back flipping my way in to the next comp! Delighted to see the parental support so strong at the event, so big thanks to you all too.
All three teams now travel to represent Highland Region at the Scottish Schools Finals in Perth on 20th March. Exciting times ahead! Well done gymnasts & good luck!
Well done to our P6 & unders & P7 &unders football teams last week and the previous week who did us proud participating in the Scottish Schools Football Junior Sevens/ Soccer Sevens Tournament. Our Junior Sevens team achieved 5th place, while our Soccer Sevens team reached the final in their tournament and could not have done anymore, 0-1 in extra time against a strong Cradlehall team.
All our footballers represented themselves and our school fabulously and should hold their heads high. Well done team and huge thanks to our dedicated parent coaches & support.
We had a really good ‘clearout’ of lost property over the two nights of Parent/Teacher Interviews last week. If you still need to have a wee look for any lost items, please do so before next Friday, the 12th February. We are going to donate any unclaimed items still in lost property next Friday to charity over the February weekend holiday.
You never know what you might find lurking in the Lost Property Cupboard! It might be stretching the truth to say that there are some designer handbags but there are lots of other items which must belong to someone. Please have a look in the Lost Property cupboard (on the far side of the steps in Reception) when you come into school for your Parent/Teacher Interview. If you are missing a sweatshirt, jacket, trainers, gloves, hat, lunch box, trousers, skirt, socks or anything else then it’s definitely worth a look.
A huge thanks to the lovely group of P5 girls who gave up some lunchtimes last week to help sort the gym shoes and lost property from their cloakroom. Your hard work is very much appreciated!
The Junior Leaders are creating a dance for Sports Relief which they will then teach to the rest of the school. They are trying to decide on a song for the dance. Watch this space for more details!
The Junior Leaders have been invited to a Showcase of Dance at Hilton Primary School. Ten primary schools from Inverness are competing in the competition. Good luck to our fantastic Junior Leaders!
Primary 1 Enrolment for Session 2016-2017: 25th January – 29th January 2016
Is your child ready for the next phase in their education journey? It is time to enrol them for Primary 1!
Children whose 5th birthday falls between 1 March 2016 and the last day of February 2017 are eligible to enrol for our next school session starting on Tuesday 16th August 2016.
CLICK HERE to download and complete the necessary enrolment forms.
At Lochardil Primary we will be enroling children every day next week, Monday 25th January – Friday 29th January between 9am & 10am or between 2.30pm and 3.30pm at our school office.
Please bring with you:
- The completed enrolment form (or we will have forms available to collect and complete)
- Your child’s birth certificate
- Proof of your address – proof of council tax only
Our school is capped, and places are given to children living within our catchment area. If you are out with our catchment, please enrol in your local school then consider if you need to make a placing request for our school. Should a placing request be submitted, the Council will seek to take account of any extraordinary personal circumstances. Placing request forms must be submitted to: Care and Learning Manager, Highland Council Headquarters, Glenurquhart Road, Inverness, IV3 5NX.
Help with the catchment area can be obtained from our school office or online at http://www.highland.gov.uk/downloads/download/678/school_catchment_maps.
Nursery Enrolment will take place Monday 1st February – Thursday 4th February. Further details coming soon.
Parking is continuing to prove an ongoing issue and unnecessary stress for us at school. I wrote to parents/carers last term about the need for safe and considerate driving habits. We have tried to appeal to your learning styles –
Visual – signage, physical yellow zig zag markings, cones
Auditory – speaking at meetings and events,
Kinaesthetic – approaching those flaunting the rules by tapping on windows, speaking to people. Having a community Police presence.
However, observing arrivals and departures this term in and around Lochardil Primary, I’m afraid to share we are still not being successful in achieving a safe environment for all our pupils. So…
Is this you? Do you recognise who this is? If yes… please can you have a turn to try to share the importance of what we are trying to do and why. No matter how late you may be, how quick a drop off you are doing, how little time you have to pick up, no child’s safety is worth the risk!
Our JRSO will be out and about to hand out flyers to parents and carers. They are passionate about their role and duty of care so please listen to them.
We will continue to monitor this and work with everyone to ensure the health and safety of all. Thanks for your support and thanks to all who are adhering to the policy.
Colin Baillie is running a Primary Athletics and Cross Country Coaching Course at Cauldeen Primary School on Monday 25th January. If any parents are interested in attending, I have put a link below with further information.
Please check the class blogs to find information about the learning planned in your child’s class this term. What exciting things are going on, it looks like it’s going to be a very busy term in Lochardil!
A busy end to a successful 2015! Enjoy the pics (they really are worth sharing even though a wee bit delayed). Our carol singing choir raised £76.70 for the charity Clic Sargent. There was a surprise visitor to the P1 Christmas party! P1A & P1B were very lucky receiving class gifts of lego! We thoroughly enjoyed our Christmas service at the Christian Culduthel Centre where we were treated to an original sharing of the Christmas Story from Out of the Box using their fantastic puppets and skilled staff. Thanks to Rev MacLeod & Rev Nimmo for welcoming us and leading the service. Huge congrats to our star Mrs Murray who was awarded the prestigious Community Award from the Parent Council as recognition and thanks for her dedication to the outdoor developments and all her hard work at Lochardil Primary. We also enjoyed a visit from MFR’s Ginno Conti to collect the money raised and gifts collected to support the MFR Mission Christmas appeal, £176.50. Well done & thanks everyone! Our wee stars shining bright!
Happy New Year to you all!
We ended 2015 on such a positive note with many achievements and celebrations to be proud of. There was such a strong sense of togetherness, community and pride, which reflected our school motto ‘Share and Care, Work and Learn.’ We have had a super start to the New Year and I’m looking forward to our exciting year ahead. We all can’t wait to see what it holds for us and look forward to you sharing our learning journey!
Oops! Sorry for the confusion! The Parent Forum Meeting is on Wednesday 13th January at 7.00pm.
Happy New Year!
Just a wee reminder that there is a meeting of the Parent Forum tomorrow night (Wednesday 13th January) at 7pm in the school. All parents/carers are very welcome to attend these meetings which are held approximately once or twice a term. Amongst other things we will be discussing our successful Christmas Fair, the purchasing of some new equipment for the children to use in school and also hearing an update from Mrs Kellacher. It would be lovely to see you there and hear your views!
Many thanks for your very generous donations after our Nativity and Nursery Performances this week. We are delighted to tell you that the magnificent sum of £353 was collected! The money will be shared between the Highland Hospice and MFR Mission Christmas. Both charities are coming into school next week to receive their cheque.
Here are some more photos of our fabulous nativity!
Wow! What can we say. The entertainment this week has been off the scale! We are super duper proud of our wee stars who well and truly owned the stage and certainly got our feet tapping to their Christmas songs. Definitely a few X Factor contestants for the future!
Thanks to all who managed along, and an enourmous thanks for your generous donations to our chosen charities. We will let you know the final total asap!
Lots more pics to come!
Nevermind X Factor, the Cute Factor was definitely out in force today at our fabulous Nursery Christmas Sing-a-long! I absolutely loved having all our nursery children and staff sharing their songs together today, and seeing the joy and pride it brought to many faces in the audience. A huge well done to all involved, what an amount of work, and it was clear the children loved every minute. Thanks to everyone who managed along today to support the children and staff, and for your very generous donations for our chosen charities! We will let you know the total asap. Photos to follow!
Thanks to Broom House group for the fab kick start to our festive fun – dressing in the Christmas spirit! We all loved it! Some of the effort for outfits and hair do’s were superb. Well done folks! Huge thanks to our kitchen team who provided us all with a delicious Christmas meal! The puddings were incredible!!
Let’s enjoy the festive cheer.
Last week we thoroughly enjoyed a performance from Duo B!zart. They are a Belgian Duet that provide an exposure to classical music in an unconventional way through storytelling, games, song & magic. They are the bizzare duo! We were excited to learn we were the 1st ever school in the Highlands to have them perform! Check out our pics to see the fun.
The girls were the lucky winners of a Smyths Toys Superstores voucher. Well done and happy spending girls! Huge thanks to Gemma for visiting the girls to take their pics and present them with their prizes. We look forward to partnership working in the future.
Have a browse through this month’s newsletter.
Apologies to those awaiting this online version, we’ve had a few technical glitches but got there in the end.
We are a group of P5 friends that wanted to do something together and help others in our local community. We chatted about a number of ideas with Mrs Kellacher, and then our Lunchtime Enterprise group was formed, with MFR ‘Mission Christmas’ as our goal!
We researched the charity and found out from MFR that 1 in 3 children are living in poverty in our area. We were so shocked, and devastated to think the number was so high and that so many children might not be able to celebrate Christmas like we do. So we are here to help.
We’re asking you to buy an extra present this year that we’ll give to a disadvantaged local child to make their Christmas morning special. We’re looking for new and unwrapped gifts suitable for children and young people aged 0-18 years, and you can donate at our school. We have a donation box in our front reception awaiting your lovely gifts this week! Please pop by if you have time!
Thank you in advance.
The P5 lunchtime group & Mrs Kellacher xx
Remember it is Christmas lunch in school tomorrow! Wear something festive and enjoy the yummy meal cook has planned for us!
Please note that the minutes from the last Parent Council meeting are now on the Parent Council Section of the website. Just click on the ‘button’ on the right hand side of the school website ‘home’ page.
If you would like to be involved in the ‘life of the school’, our next meeting is on Wednesday 13th January at 7pm. Everyone is welcome to attend, it would be great to see you there!
Many thanks to the parents who contacted me to say that the P3/4 Blog was missing. I’m not sure what happened but the good news is that I have managed to find it and return it to its rightful place! Miss Melville has been the ‘Blogging Queen’, so you have lots of news to catch up on!
There is a lucky winner out there somewhere! We still have one hamper waiting to be claimed from the Christmas Fair. Unfortunately, we have no note of the name of the lucky winner but the winning ticket is
Please check your pockets and purse and tell all your friends. We think that the winner may be someone who visited the Fair quite late on in the afternoon. The Parent Council are going to redraw the hamper if it is not claimed by Monday 14th December. Good luck!
We look forward to our School Christmas Lunch on Thursday 10th December 2015. Broom House Captains would love everyone to get in the festive spirit and get dressed up in your Christmas clothes! Decorate yourself in your cosy Christmas jumper or maybe just your special socks! You might have a Santa hat or a pair of antlers to wear. Why not give yourself a bit of festive sparkle with a piece of tinsel worn as a scarf! Look your best for a special event! Pupils taking a packed lunch are included too!
Woo woo we did it!!! Massive congratulations to our tennis stars today for winning the competition and bringing home the silverware!!! Our teams secured 1st and 2nd place after both reaching the final in the Tennis tournament at Inverness Leisure, while our 3rd team played fabulously well too. I was delighted to hear our children represented the school so well today, both with performance but also with conduct which is equally important. It is simply fabulous to see we have so many rising stars in the world of tennis in our own school.
Huge thanks to Lizzy and Mike for their superb and dedicated coaching, to Mrs Murray & Mrs Fraser for the organising, to Mrs Neil & Mrs Trail for supporting the teams to make this happen, to Inshes P.S. & Milton of Leys P.S. for letting us share the bus, and to all the kids that took part and had fun! Andy Murray we are hot on your heels 🙂 !
FYI – Our selected tennis players will be sharing a bus with Milton of Leys Primary & Inshes Primary pupils this morning to transport them to the tournament.
Pupils are asked to remember to take a racquet with them if possible. Good luck to our 3 teams participating!
Yesterday we had a wintery start to the week with an unplanned fire alarm in the morning. Well done to all the pupils, staff and visitors for evacuating the building promptly and safely, and for their patience whilst we waited on the Fire Brigade to arrive, assess the situation, and give us the all clear to return safely to the building. This did take a little time and I am aware that a number of pupils and adults did feel the chill. However, in this instance, the issue was recorded as a system fault as there was no sign of fire on the premises, and I am confident we followed procedure correctly to ensure the safety of all.
As always these drills allow us to improve our performance and with that we noted a few issues. The most relevant was the FOOTWEAR of the children. Please could you ensure you child has a pair of indoor shoes in school at all times – gym shoes or indoor trainers. We appreciate that slippers are comfy for the children however, as seen today they are not practical and therefore, will no longer be accepted as a form of indoor footwear. Please also ensure your child (no matter what age or stage) has a change of clothes available with them i.e. outfit, socks and underwear, particularly coming in to these wet and cold wintery months.
Also, any visitors to the school must report to fire point 5 and remain there. Any drop offs e.g. Nursery pupils (as this alarm coincided with the changeover of our Nursery pupils), pupils returning from appointments, lunch etc. must remain at the outside gate and NOT enter the school grounds until a member of staff shares it is safe to do so.
Many thanks for your support with this. Pupil, staff and visitor safety is paramount!
The parent council have said,
“thank you to everyone who came along to Lochardil school today and supported the Christmas Fair. Thanks to all of the crafters who came along together with all the parents and carers who contributed and helped on the day. Here is a list of all the lucky winners. The prizes can be collected from the school.
For the lucky families who won two hampers, you are very welcome to both, but if you did want to put one back let us know and we will redraw”
GUESS HOW MANY CHRISTMAS BAUBLES IN THE CHRISTMAS BAG
Jamie Taylor – P5
Prize – pamper set and candle
Prize – Silverdaze silver necklace and pamper pack
ICT FAMILY TICKET TO A HOME GAME FOR THE 2015/2016 SEASON
Gavin P4. BLUE TICKET 66
ICT SIGNED FOOTBALL
Harry P4/5. Yellow ticket 181
GUESS THE SNOWMAN’S NAME
Alistair Nixon P5
Cheese and wine winners
Foodie hamper winners
Pamper hamper winners
Handy hamper winners
Chocolate heaven hamper
Carol singing, mince pies, gift shopping and Christmas cheer! I would say today’s Christmas Fair has certainly got us in the spirit of Christmas! Thank you to everyone involved and to all who came along to share the fun. What a fab turnout! We are looking forward to hearing the grand total raised (& the winners of those incredible hampers!!!) You all rock! Thanks folks 🙂
It’s only 1 sleep until the fabulous Parent Council Christmas Fair!
As I write the school is a hive of activity! The Parent Council are busy getting everything ready for their big day. Remember it’s from 10.30 – 2.30 tomorrow. See you there!
P.S. Watch this space for the raffle prize winners tomorrow!
Rhona from Tempest Photography will be back with us next Thursday 3rd December at 9am to photograph all those gorgeous children in P7, P5, P5/4, P4, P3/4 & P2A who unfortunately never managed to have their photo taken when she was in last week as time run out! Anyone who was absent last time will also be able to have their photo taken this time. Say cheese!!
Caley Thistle’s official photographer came along yesterday too to take professional pics of our afternoon. Thank you Mr Paul (& Mrs Paul for making use of your connections too 🙂 ) for the fab photos you captured!
As part of our Book Week activities we entered a team to compete in the annual P7 Book Quiz at the Inverness Royal Academy. Our day finished on an absolute high when the super star team returned to share the fab news that they won 1st place and a lovely new set of books for us all to enjoy. Well done team, our reading stars!
We were delighted our favourite players from Inverness Caledonian Thistle popped by this afternoon to give every P1 pupil their free Bookbug Family Bag! After reading a story to each of the classes, the players helped to gift the fab bag of goodies produced by Scottish BookTrust in conjunction with Education Scotland and the Scottish Government, to increase reading, writing and counting skills as part of the Read, Write, Count campaign.
Enjoy all the beautiful books and activities within the pack! I’m looking forward to hearing all about them.
Photos of 1B to follow xx
Today we all took part in D.E.A.R (Drop Everything and Read) to remind us how important reading for pleasure is. All classes got a fabulous surprise when every class was visited by our local celebs (some of our fav ICT footballers)! The faces of both kids and staff were a picture, making the whole thing worthwhile!
Massive thanks to the players Gary Warren, Miles Storey, Greg Tansey & Josh Meekings for taking time out of their day to read to us and spend time celebrating reading and sharing stories here at Lochardil! I definitely think Inverness Caley Thistle F.C. have gained a few more fans after today!
The countdown to our Christmas Fair continues….. Only 3 sleeps!
Remember that home-baking can be brought into school from Friday.
Only 4 more sleeps!
What a super Sunday we had being part of the ‘Ding Dong’ Christmas service after the Christmas Light Switch On event. We were thrilled to be invited to participate in the service at the Old High St Stephen’s Church, showing our community partnership links. Our House captains and Vice captains certainly did us proud, as did our superstar member of staff in the community choir!!! The congregation certainly enjoyed our creative take on ‘Christmas around the World’ from our reporting reindeers! Wow what talent we have among our P7 pupils. You are all stars! Well done xx
Only 5 more sleeps until the fantastic Lochardil Primary School Christmas Fair!
It’s on Saturday 28th November from 10.30am till 2.30pm!
We are hoping to see our whole school community there to join in all the fun.
We have noticed a mistake on the November newsletter! The number given for the emergency phone line is incorrect. Please ensure that you have the correct number as below!
then enter the Lochardil Primary unique code when requested to do so.
Our website has been updated with the latest information from Highland Council, you find it in the ‘Parents’ section. Please note that information about school closures can also be found on the Highland Council Website, Facebook and Twitter.
The Christmas Fair is shaping up really nicely! We are still looking for hamper donations until Monday 23rd November, please contribute something if you haven’t already done so. Donations for the Home-baking Stall will be most welcome from Friday 27th November, please bring them to the school office where they will be most gratefully received!
Remember to put the date in your diary, there will be something at the fair for everyone. It sounds like it’s going to be an event not to be missed!
Just a reminder to all that the school photographer will be in tomorrow. She will be taking individual and family photos. Bring your smile!
What a great time we had at our Crazy Hair Day! Your creations were amazing and generated lots of happy smiles and a real buzz along the corridors. Very well done and a big thanks to the Ashie House Captains for organising the day. We raised the super total of £270 for Children in Need! Many thanks to everyone who participated and to the parents at home for their help. We certainly have lots of creativity at Lochardil!
The latest newsletter is now available on the website! You will find it in the ‘about ‘section, just above the school photograph.
A message from the Parent Council!
“Many thanks to everyone who has donated items for the class hampers which are going to be used as prizes at the Christmas Fair. It’s still not too late if you’d like to add something to one of the class hampers, donations are welcome up until Monday 23 November. Just send any items into your child’s class or the school office before then!”
Keep watching the blog for all the latest news about the Christmas Fair which is being held on Saturday 28 November.
Many thanks to everyone who managed to donate a shoe box for the Blythswood Appeal. We have received about 125 boxes of all shapes and sizes. They make an impressive display on the hall stage. They will all be collected on November 11th to begin their long journey to reach needy families and individuals in time for Christmas. It does make such a difference. Thankyou.
Ashie House Captains have decided to organise a Crazy Hair Day for Children in Need on Friday 13th November. Come to school on that day with the craziest hair style you can think of and bring a donation for Children in Need! There are lots of great ideas on Google! Watch this space for photos!
We have been very lucky in managing to secure a football coaching session with Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC for each class over the next few weeks. P1B and P7/6 have already had their session which was thoroughly enjoyed by all! The sessions are on a Tuesday morning. Please ensure that your child has their PE kit on the day! The timetable is below.
Tues 10th November: P3 and P2B
Tues 17th November: P2A and P4/3
Tues 24th November: P4 and P1A
Tues 1st December: P5 and P5/4
Tues 8th December: P7 and P5/6
The Book Fair has arrived in school this week! Each class has arranged a visit to the Book Fair when children are given the chance to buy a book, this is a great opportunity to encourage a reading habit! The timetable of class visits to the book fair is below. Thanks for your support!
Wed 4th Nov: P3/4, P2A, P3, P1B
Thur 5th Nov: P4, P2B
Fri 6th Nov: BFam, LB, P1A, P4/5, BFpm
Mon 9th Nov: P5
Mr Nixon has asked me to inform you that there will be no Cross Country training until January. Watch this space for the start date, sometime in January, when training will resume in preparation for the McRobert Cup Competition in March. Many thanks to Mr Nixon and his team of parent volunteers who have coached the club to great success this year, your time and efforts are greatly appreciated!
A great big thank you to everyone who has brought in their Blythswood shoe box. For those people who are not quite finished, please remember the boxes are going to be picked up this Friday. Watch this space to see all our boxes before they set off on their long journey.
Everyone had a brilliant time at the Hallowe’en Disco last Thursday night. A huge thanks to the boys and girls in Primary 7 who organised the night with a little bit of help from their teachers. The music was great and the games were super fun! Many thanks to our fab dinner ladies who joined in all the fun by decorating the dinner hall and dressing up to serve lunch on Friday.
We have been issued with some information from the NHS about the Winter Vomiting Bug which will be of interest to you. The key message of the campaign this year is to advise the public to stay home for 48 hours after their symptoms have stopped. Further information can be found on the following website
Hope you find this information helpful and the bug doesn’t make it to your home!
Just a reminder that the Halloween Disco is this evening . Please ensure you bring your £1.50 to pay at the door and if you wish to take part in any activities bring a spare £1 (Nursery do not require this)
It’s going to be a great evening and we are looking forward to seeing all your wonderful costumes. As space is restricted and the weather is a little chilly we do ask that you do not arrive too early as unfortunetly we are unable to open the doors between discos.
Nursery 5.15 – 6pm
P1-3 6pm -7pm
P4-7 7.15 – 8.30pm
Just to let everyone know that Cross Country will NOT be on tonight ( Monday 26th October) . We have tried to call as many parents as possible to notify them.
What a great week we’ve had! Many thanks to our coaches, Louise, Hazel and Alanna who gave up their time to give the children a gymnastics ‘taster’. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves while developing their skills. The week ended with a spectacular gymnastics display by our very own Lochardil Gymnastics Team at assemblies this morning. A big thanks to Mrs MacDonald for arranging this exciting week for us!
Many thanks to the parents who pointed out that the ‘follow’ option was missing from our new blog! This error has now been rectified. You will spot the ‘follow us’ option to the right of the main page. Please complete the form to hear all the latest news from school as new posts are blogged!
Just a wee reminder that we are taking part in the Blythswood Shoe Box Appeal again this year. The children had a talk from a Blythswood representative and brought a leaflet home giving all the information you need if you’d like to support this really worthwhile cause. If you need more information, please check the Blythswood website, (www.blythswood.org). There is a lovely video on the website called ‘What a box can mean’. I have copied the shoe box checklist for your information.
Boxes need to be brought to school by Friday 6th November.
Congratulations to all the tennis players who took part in the Junior Club Championships recently. As you can see from the photo they came away with medals and some great trophies. The large trophy was awarded for the under 10’s overall champions!
Each of the players also came away with various medals for best beginner and 2nd place in the under 8’s and 9’s categories.
Well done everyone!
Dear all Lochardil pupils,
Unikids is a group of pupils who are working with UNICEF and the ‘Rights of the Child’ to make Lochardil Primary a ‘Rights Respecting School.’
We are going to be holding a song writing competition for anyone who would like to participate. The winning song will be sung at our weekly assemblies. Pick a very well known tune which is simple and easy to sing. Add your verse and lyrics. The song should include ideas about our world, children’s rights, our school or any other ideas you have.
The competition will start from Monday 5th October and will end on 26th October. We will have a box at Reception for all entries. Entries can come from families, partners, groups, whole classes or just have a go by yourself.
The Lochardil Unikids Group
Please ensure that you have returned your child’s Fluenz immunisation form by tomorrow- whether you want your child vaccinated or not. Thank you
Mrs Fraser – School Office
Just a wee reminder that the closing date for the quiz is Wednesday 7th October. If you haven’t had a try already please have a go this weekend!
Well done to Helen (P7/6) who was chosen from thousands to be Scotland’s mascot on Saturday. Helen will walk the team out as they take on South Africa in the Rugby World Cup 2015. We wish her all the very best and I’m sure we will all be glued to our screens to watch her.
Mrs Macleod, Mrs Prentice and Mrs Beattie
Fab prizes! £1 donation
Lochardil School Gymnastics Team are raising money to purchase new leotards to wear when representing the school. We would love you to enter our Gym Quiz and bring your answers in to school with a £1 entry fee by Wednesday 7th October. Prizes will be awarded at assembly at the end of term.
Write your answers on a piece of paper, clearly labelled with your full name and class. Seal your answers and £1 donation in an envelope marked Gym Quiz and bring to school by Wednesday 7th October.
Winners will be announced at assembly on Friday 9th October.
- Which six apparatus do men compete on at the Olympics?
- Who is the current Olympic champion for Women’s Artistic Gymnastics?
- How many moves are in a trampoline routine?
- Who was the first gymnast to score a perfect 10 in the Olympics?
- Unscramble these gymnastics moves
- KABC IPLF
- RTNFO MSSUETROLA
- What is a Rudi?
- When was the first ever World Championships for Gymnastics held?
- What discipline of Gymnastics uses ropes and ribbons?
- What substance do you put on your hands before a bars routine?
- Who is the current men’s World Champion (all around)?
- There are three parts to a TeamGym competition – what are they?
- How wide is the balance beam?
- Why was a piano required for gymnastics competitions in the past?
- How many medals can a male gymnast win at an Olympic games?
- Which team are the current Women’s European Champions?
- How many medals did GB win in gymnastics at the 2012 Olympic Games?
- What colour of medal did the Scottish Men’s team win at the Commonwealth Games 2014?
- What does FIG stand for?
- What major gymnastics event is coming to Glasgow in October?
- Which primary school are the current Highland Schools Gymnastics Champions?
Tiebreak – think of a caption for this photo!
We have been working on our website for the last few weeks to try and improve it. There are still some changes to be made but hopefully it is now more user friendly. Please let us know if there is anything you would like to see on the website which is not there at the moment.
The class blogs are now up and running too! Follow the blog to keep up to date with all the exciting things happening at Lochardil!
Any parents who would be interested in co-ordinating Lochardil entries for the up-coming:
Highland/Western Isles Heat for the Scottish Schools Swimming Championships to be held in Inverness on 4 November.
Please contact Mrs MacDonald on firstname.lastname@example.org
Every week in school we have a social skill.
This week’s was Help Someone New or Younger Than You
Next week’s social skill is:
Rewarding behaviour that makes others feel safe and cared for.
The day has finally arrived….the MUGA is in use! After a very long wait, the older pupils were delighted to finally get on the MultiUseGamesArea this week.
Thanks to the Parent Council for their great support in bringing this facility to realisation. Thanks to Lizzy, Mike and our own Mrs Armstrong for giving so many of the pupils the opportunity to take part in activities today. And thanks to Kevin and Fiona our FMAs for all their help in getting the MUGA completed. Only another couple of weeks and THE PITCH should be ready too!
Use of the MUGA will be tightly managed as it is not a surface meant for running around and falling over onto. At first we will have it available during class time, looking to playtimes and lunchtimes over the next few weeks once everyone is familiar with the surface.
Want to know how the new year started at Lochardil? Here’s a direct quote from one of our P1s….
“Well….the teacher is nice, she is not bossy and she is good fun. We learned how to draw round our hand and colour it in without going over the lines. My friend is at my table and she has toys hidden in her shoes- I don’t want toys in my shoes, thank you. They didn’t teach to me read today, which was disappointing!”
“Someone was missing their mum.”
“Did you miss your mum?”
“No. I can’t believe I’m actually a P1!”
Thanks to a mum for sharing that 🙂
I went round all the classes today and we had 100% smiley faces.
Here’s to a great year!
It was lovely to see everyone safely back to school today after the holidays. The pupils all looked very smart in their uniforms. We have lots of interesting and exciting activities planned for the coming school year. Keep following the blog to see what we get up to and to catch all the news!
A massive thank you to the Parent Council for their donation of ice cream today. It was a lovely way to end the year. The children all said ‘it was the best day ever!!!!!!!’
Wishing you all a fantastic holiday and look forward to seeing you all again when school re-opens on Tuesday 18th August 2015.
THE LOCHARDIL PARENT COUNCIL IS PROPOSING A CHRISTMAS FAYRE ON SATURDAY 28TH NOVEMBER TO BE HELD AT THE SCHOOL. WE ARE LOOKING FOR PEOPLE/ ORGANISATIONS WHO WOULD TAKE A STALL AT THE EVENT.
THE CHARGE FOR TAKING A STALL WOULD BE £15 AND WE WOULD ALSO BE LOOKING FOR A DONATION OF A WEE PRIZE FOR THE RAFFLE.
IF YOU WOULD BE INTERESTED IN TAKING A STALL AT THIS, COULD YOU PLEASE EMAIL ME AT email@example.com
Acting Head Teacher:
Mrs M MacDonald
Newsletter 11– July 2015
Well, we’ve made it! What a great year we’ve had at Lochardil. The support from staff and parents has been fantastic, thank you. Here’s hoping for good weather so the children can get outside during their holidays.
Mrs Miriam MacDonald
Acting Head Teacher
Parent Focus Groups
We have had another Parent Focus Group and I’m delighted to say numbers are increasing. One of the parents is going to send out a summary newsletter early next session so everyone can see the types of discussions we have. It is so important to have parental views on school improvement.
Congratulations to The Eco Committee and Mrs Murray for having all their hard work and commitment recognised through Lochardil Primary bring awarded our THIRD Green Flag! The inspector was very impressed with the pupils and how well they presented themselves.
Free School Meals
Free School Meals and Assistance with School Clothing forms are now available either from the school office or on the council website.
Classes for next year
Nursery staff members remain the same.
P1A Miss E Cameron
P1B Mrs A McArthur
P2A Miss L McLean/Miss D MacArthur
P2B Mrs A Beattie
P3 Mrs H Fraser + Miss Giblin
P4/3 Miss O Melville (DHT)
P4 Mrs J Wilson/ Mrs F Peace
P5 Mrs M Murray(PT)
P5/4 Mrs A Martin-Hodgson
P 7/6 Mrs M Macleod
P7 Mrs A Prentice
Thanks to Mrs Beattie for her recent efforts in her role as Acting PT.
As well as our beloved P7s, a number of other pupils will be leaving this week. We are certain you will be successful wherever you go after the great start you have had at Lochardil!
Sadly this time of year usually means saying goodbye to staff members too and this year is no exception.
We have 2 members of staff retiring. Mrs Maggie Macdonald (Gaelic CCR teacher and Gaelic choirmaster supreme) and Mrs Heather Skelton(class teacher extraordinaire) have served the school for many years and along with their considerable teaching skills, their laughter and humour will be a great loss to us all. I’m certain that the relaxation, travelling, visiting friends and not-having-a-bell-decide-when-they-can-have-a-cup-of-coffee of retirement won’t be a match for Lochardil and they’ll be back among us soon….!!
Mrs Joanna Smith one of our Pupil Support Assistants is also leaving and we are very reluctant to see her go. Her calm and reassuring manner is of great support to pupils and staff alike. One of her roles is to keep the House Points scores, so maybe she will miss seeing numbers in her sleep and will quickly come back to Lochardil. We hope so!
Mrs Dianne MacQueen has given a huge amount of support to staff and pupils through her role as Additional Support Needs Teacher- thank you. Lucky Milton of Leys have snapped her up as a class teacher next session.
End of Term
Service for pupils and parents of P7s only:
10am Wed 1st July at Culduthel Christian Centre.
All school lunches for the last day have now been booked and no further requests can be met. Any outstanding money must be in on Wednesday.
The Parent Council are kindly treating everyone to an ice-cream on the last morning of school. As previously advised, please let the school know asap if you do not want your child to have ice cream.
To assist with administration, any school lunch cash or cheque pre-payments for the new term, or payments for the current year, should be made to the canteen by Tuesday 30th June.
Thank you for your co-operation.
Application forms for Free School Meals and Assistance with School Clothing are now available either from the school office or on the council website.
The last Parent Focus Session will take place on Friday 26th June at 9am. Please come along for an informal chat over coffee and biscuits. All welcome !
Look forward to seeing you then.
Black Isle Farmers’ Society Open Flower Show 5-6 August 2015.
Please see the flyer link for further details. There are lots and lots of fun classes to take part in!
Flyer – Children’s Classes 2015
Thank you to everyone who turned out for our numeracy information evening. It was a huge success. The presentation delivered on the evening is now available to view below.
The RSPCA Young Photographer Awards is the only national animal photography competition for under -19s that is FREE to enter. This years competition is open now and closes on 23rd August 2015, so is a great project for summer!
There are some fantastic prizes up for grabs! Please see the link below for further details.
Lochardil Primary is hosting a Parent information evening on Numeracy. The aims of the evening will be to raise awareness of:
- Developments in teaching of numeracy
- How parents can help
- Numeracy resources used in school
The event will take place on Tuesday 16th June from 6.30-7.15 in room 9.
A further session will take place in the hall on Thursday 25th June from 1.45-2.15 to experience how numeracy is delivered in the classroom.
We look forward to seeing you there.
JUNIOR TENNIS AND SPORTSCAMPS
This is a sports camp based on tennis with the addition of Bubble Football, Putting, Frisbee, Parachutes and much more fun and exciting activities. Come and join in the award winning summer camps and hope to see you there.
Mini tots classes, Adult coaching and Individual coaching available throughout the holidays. Please contact for more info. Details below.
Inverness Tennis Academy, Bellfield Park, IV24SZ Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Website – www.bellfieldpark.co.uk Contact – 07795 323245
|*There are no camps on week 2 due to the Inverness Open Junior & adult tournament that is being held. Entries can be given to Mike Martin on 07795 323245|
Full day 0900-1600 Weekly £70/Daily £18
Mornings only 0900-1200 Weekly £40/Daily £10
Afternoons only 1300-1600 Weekly £40/Daily £10
Tiny Tots (4-7 yrs) 1200-1300 Weekly £25/Daily £6
Early Bird Drop Off 0800-0900 Weekly £10/Daily £3
Week 1 – 6th Jul – 10th Jul If you would like to book your child in for
Week 3 – 20th Jul – 24th Jul Summer Camps please contact details above
Week 4 – 27th Jul – 31st Jul with Name, Age, DOB, Med conditions of child
Week 5 – 3rd Aug – 7th Aug and also email, contact and name of parent
Week 6 – 10th Aug – 14th Aug alongside the dates and sessions attending.
Lochardil Primary School
Lochardil Road, Inverness, IV2 4LB
Tel. 01463 230250
Acting Head Teacher:
Mrs M MacDonald
Newsletter 10– June 2015
Still a whole month of learning to go before the holidays, so we are still at full steam ahead! Lots of exciting things coming up this month. Don’t blink or you might miss something!
Mrs Miriam MacDonald
Acting Head Teacher
The recent Parent Forum consultation was a great success. 71% of families responded which is a huge percentage for a poll of this type. Thank you for your interest. Of the respondents, 2/3 of families were in favour of a more flexible approach to forming classes from an educational perspective. There will be lots of planned opportunities to discuss this in more detail over the next session.
Parent Focus Groups
In the spirit of having opportunities to discuss plans and share ideas, I have encouraged parents to contact me at any time. Many parents have and from this has developed a number of Parent Focus Groups. These are informal chats where I can gather parental opinion on school developments.
Tuesday 9th sees a visit from an Eco Inspector. There can be no doubt that the inspector will be most impressed with the developments led by Eco Team and Mrs Murray and we will soon be celebrating our 3rd Eco flag.
Parking – Our Responsibilities to Pupils and Residents
A very upset parent came to see me as a result of anti-social and dangerous parking on the corner under the big tree. We have asked for a Police presence to inform drivers of the dangers of parking there. Please DO NOT park on that corner
What a great day we had on Friday 29th dressing in Red White and Blue and raising money for The Red Cross. Around £500 was raised by your children. Very well done!
Thank you to the parents who are able to transport pupils to sporting events, accompany then on learning visits,
help in classrooms and with resources, help in our school garden. Staff really appreciate it. Thanks also to Rebecca Traill for her role as co-ordinator.
Dates for the diary
June 8th P4-7 school sports at IRA (10.00am)
P1-3 school sports at IRA (1.45pm)
June 9th Tennis Competition
June 10th School Meals Summer Picnic
June 11th P1A Pupils to visit Inverness Museum
Group of older pupils to visit Lego exhibition
June12th Reports to be issued
Golf Competition for pupils
June 15th Group of P1-P4 pupils to attend athletics event
June 15th Drumfun for all nursery pupils
June 16th Parents Information Meeting- Improving
Attainment in Numeracy in Lochardil 630-730pm
June 16-18th P7 transition to IRA
June 17th-18th Pupils spend 2 days with their new
classmates and our new P1s spend the
mornings in their classrooms.
June19th Choir compete in Local Mod
June 23rd 930-1030 Ladybird AM sports
June 24th P3/4 go to Glachbeg Farm
930-1030 Butterfly AM sports
130-230 Butterfly PM sports
June24th P5 P5/6 and P6 are going to Findhorn
June 25th 145-230 Come and watch Lochardil Numeracy in
Action as demonstrated by pupils!
June 29th School Discos (see flyer issues this week)
July 1st P7 Leaver assembly
Last day of nursery for pupils
July 2nd School closes at 1200pm. Holidays!!!!
Thanks to the staff who make all this exciting learning possible!
Miriam MacDonald Acting Head Teacher
Well done to everyone who turned out in red, blue and white today to support our ICT day. There was a lot going on in school including face painting, beat the goalie and lots more.
All proceeds are going to The Red Cross and so far we have a total in excess of £500! Go Lochardil!
More pictures can be seen on class blogs.
As your children may have told you, there is a red,white and blue day on Friday 29th May as Lochardil is celebrating the impending victory of Caledonian Thistle and supporting them into the final. If your child wishes to dress up they can wear any Highland team or Scotland strip. Please bring in a small donation (£1). All donations will be going to the Red Cross.
There will also be baking so if pupils would like to bring extra money they can. If you would like to donate baking we would be delighted. Pupils will also have a chance to beat the goalie – made up of pupils from P7.
It’s guaranteed to be a fun day!
Here is the link to the survey about class formation for next session.
It was a real privilege for me to watch Lochardil team at Gymfest in Perth on Saturday. Sincere thanks to Hazel Finnigan and Sophie Douglas for all the time they give to creating such artistic routines. I was in trouble with some of the parents for making the chairs bounce with my enthusiastic cheerleading!!
Below is a link to a new MB course on offer. Sounds like good a range of riding skills.
Here is this month’s newsletter.
Have a wonderful holiday weekend. See you all on Tuesday.
Just to update all parents that tonight’s performance begins at 6pm and not 6.30 as printed on the tickets.
We look forward to seeing you all later this evening.
After what seems a very long term we are now at our Easter Holidays. Have a fantastic time and don’t eat too much chocolate!
Term 4 begins on Monday 20th April 2015.
Well done to Caillean and the rest of the House Captains on their amazing onesie day in aid of Autism Awareness. An amazing bake sale and beat the goalie activities at playtime and a whole school conga with our local press photographer in attendance in the Spring sunshine. There were too many fingers to count getting painted with nail varnish in our extremely busy nail bar and a great time was had by all. Total amount raised is still being counted but will be an impressive amount for a very worthwhile cause.
A message from Inverness Shinty Club:
Why not come along to a six week block of “New to Shinty” for new P2/3 players at the Astro All Weather Pitch (located just around the corner from the Inverness Leisure Centre and Aquadome) from Sunday 28 April 12.30 – 1.25pm
P2/3 players from Sunday 28 April 12.00 – 1.30pm.
P4/7 players from Sunday 28 April 12.00 – 1.30pm.
Each session will cost £1 or is free for any player who would like to join Inverness Shinty Club (£10). After your initial six week block, you would then join the regular Primary School training. For registration please email the Shinty booking form to: Drew McNeil email@example.com / by text 07912 865733 or Matthew MacIver matthew.macIver@highland.gov.uk / by text 07768 067169.
What an incredible achievement for our gymnasts at the Scottish Schools Finals at Perth this weekend!Team silver for Daisy McIntosh, Rhea Crawford, Charlotte Douglas and Kathryn Brown and an individual silver for Kathryn.
They all performed excellently and were supported throughout by team reserve, Helen. Next year, these four will have to move up to level 3, which will be a first for Highland Schools at Primary level!! This means they will be performing floor routines to music, on a 12x12m square floor!Thanks to Hazel for the dedicated coaching she provided, giving the gymnasts such confidence. We are very proud of you all 🙂
The Parent Council have set up a fundraising account with Easyfundraising. If you are shopping online the company you are buying from will then donate money to the Parent Council through the school’s Easyfundraising account with no additional cost to you. It is a great way of raising money for the school whilst doing your online shop. Lots of companies have signed up!
Please support the parent council and school at:
The Easter holidays are coming and there is lots of fun and games planned for families and youngsters at Aigas Field Centre!
Join them on a family day – suitable for families with children aged 3 and over – or drop off your 6-11 year olds at Aigas Adventurers and enjoy a couple of hours to yourself!
Migration Mysteries family day, Tuesday 7th April, 10.00 – 2.00.
Wonderful Worms family day, Thursday 16th April, 10.00 – 2.00.
They have changed our policy of charging for family days this season and are taking donations to the Aigas Trust for Environmental Education instead.
Aigas Adventurers, for 6-11 year old’s, runs on Wednesdays 10-12, during the school holidays. A session costs £5 per child. Season tickets are available – £40 for 10 sessions – our total number of Aigas Adventurers meetings over the year (Easter, Summer and October holidays). A saving of £10! Existing members can introduce a friend to Aigas Adventurers and both children pay half price for the first meeting.
Booking is essential for all events. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01463 783670 to book a place.