Eight children form Lochardil Primary represented the school at the South Highland Badminton Competition on Thursday 16th February. We are delighted to report that they came home with a selection of medals and now go forward to the Highland Championships which will be held sometime in March. Sophie Barrie won the girls singles and then went on to win the girls doubles, playing with her younger sister Abi Barrie. Lucy Kelly and Lucia Ireland won a bronze medal in the girls doubles and Ewan McArthur playing with Sandy McWilliam won gold in the boys doubles. Sandy also qualified to play singles in the next competition. Sam Irving and Aaron Boyd played very well but unfortunately were not among the medal winners yesterday. A very big thank you to Mr Barrie and Mrs Paul who accompanied the children to Inverness Leisure where the competition was held. Mrs Paul reported that the children were extremely well behaved and represented our school with pride. Well done everyone!
Just a quick advance notice! We have managed to arrange an online safety workshop organised by the NSPCC for parents on Thursday 16th March from 2.15 – 3.15 pm. The workshop will run directly after our Open Afternoon, which also has an online safety theme, on that day in the school hall. The aim of the workshop is to give parents the skills and knowledge to understand the internet and technology as children do – from online games and cyber bullying, to setting up privacy settings and controls.
Watch this space for more details after the holidays!
This is an opportunity for families with children in P1 – P3 to see that their role in learning together is useful and purposeful, supporting their child in their hopes and dreams. Check out the Future Me Scot video which can be viewed at : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1yCtZulrGs.
Future Me Scot aims to get families talking with their children about their dreams and sharing these dreams with others across the country on their website. Check out some of the dreams that children have started to share across Scotland on: http://futureme.readwritecount.scot/.
We look forward to seeing some of the hopes and dreams of our fab Lochardil children on the website!
Following the roll-out of ‘Read, Write, Count’ earlier this session for P2 and P3 children, the Scottish Book Trust are looking for feedback from teachers and families. There are two surveys, one for teachers and one for families, with the deadline of Tuesday 28th February 2017.
If you are a family member of a P2 or P3 child, please complete the survey below for your chance to win a personal Read, Write, Count Goodie bag filled with books, games and activities for all the family to enjoy.
I just wanted to share some nice news from last weekend.
A team of P4/5 boys took part in the IDYFA Futsal tournament on Saturday 11th February and finished runners up with a team trophy and silver medals. They won all their games other than the final in which they narrowly missed out to Inshes. The boys played extremely well, working as a team and with positive attitudes throughout. They were also a credit to the school with their excellent behaviour on and off the court. Congratulations to James Young, Sam Thompson, Gavin Thomson, Sean Kavanagh, Scott Mackay, Brodie Zineldin (Macaskill), Rorie Soden, Ross MacLeod, Ellis Morrison and Michael Miller.
Many thanks to Mrs Miller for sending in this report and photograph.
Mrs. Anfield and Mrs. Paul took the Primary 6 Boys and Girls for 5 a side football today in the Gym Hall.
They played several games, and hopefully a fun time was had by all. The pupils said they had really enjoyed their football and thanked the staff for this opportunity.
Hopefully we will get across to MacDonald Park soon once the weather improves.
Below are some photos taken from today’s games:-
Mrs. Anfield and Mrs. Armstrong went along to MacDonald Park on Tuesday to check out the facilities for playing football at the park with the P7’s at lunch time. Unfortunately, the whole park was water logged. We used our initiative and decided to offer the pupil’s a 5 aside game in the gym hall at Lochardil instead. Approximately 20 pupils came along to join in. Everyone who took part seemed to have an enjoyable experience. Mrs. Armstrong and Mrs. Forbes acted as referees, and had Red and Yellow cards. It was very pleasing that they were only used on a couple of occasions for minor incidents.
We were extremely pleased with the behaviour of the pupils. They were at times very competitive but friendly. We are hoping the P6’s will enjoy their 5 aside game next Tuesday in the gym hall at Lochardil. Once the weather improves we will take the pupils to MacDonald Park.
Thank you once again Primary 7 it was a pleasure Mrs. Armstrong and Mrs. Forbes.
Did you know that this week is Internet Safety Week? We had a visit from PC Boundy yesterday who delivered two presentations in the hall, one for primary 1 – primary 3 and the other for primary 4 -primary 7. Each class teacher has also planned some activities for their class. The websites listed below have been highlighted as being particularly good for parents. Have a look if you’d like more information. It is a challenge to keep ourselves and our children safe online but being well-informed about the risks and how to guard against them is a step in the right direction.
The focus of our next Open Afternoon is Internet Safety when we hope to share all that we have been learning in class with you.
Well done and congratulations to all our gymnasts who took part in the Highland Schools Gymnastics competition, on Sunday . There were lots of medals taken home . We are lucky enough to have won the primary school shield for another year!!! Look out for the pictures in the local news papers. Huge well done to all involved in the training & support, fabulous organisation & running of the event to showcase & nurture such talent from all our schools. Mrs Prentice and Miss MacDonald really enjoyed supporting the team and being part of the amazing team spirit. Mrs Kellacher was honoured to present so many medals to all the gymnasts involved in the day . Special thank you to Hazel for supporting the team in their training. Bring on the finals!
A huge well done to our footballers from P5/6 who were the winners of the Millburn Soccer 7s on Monday 30th January 2017. This competition is the North Schools Soccer 7s Qualifier. The boys won all 7 games scoring 20 goals and only conceding 2!
Mr Nixon reported that all boys played very well and more importantly conducted themselves with discipline and respect for their opponents.
The boys now go on to play in the regional final on 30th March in Dundee. Many thanks to Mr Nixon and the parents involved who transported the boys to the competition and helped to organise the team. Good luck in Dundee, we look forward to hearing how you get on!
Please remember that Wednesday 22nd February is an in-service day and the school will be closed to pupils. Staff will be attending training on that day.
Just a wee reminder that there is a meeting tomorrow evening (02.02.17) at 7 pm in Inverness Royal Academy for all parents of P7 pupils who will be starting first year in August. It’s a great chance to learn more about what life at the IRA will be like for your child.
Our Breakfast Club is now open each morning from 8 am until 8.50 am in the Early Learning and Childcare Centre (ELCC). Any pupil from the school is eligible to attend Breakfast Club and bookings can be made on a regular basis or just when you need it. Booking forms are available through the school office. The breakfast menu is cereal and toast with water or milk. Children need to arrive at the club by 8.30 to get breakfast before being escorted into the playground in time for school starting. The cost is £3.80 per session including breakfast.
Primary 1 and Primary 2 have been learning all about Chinese New Year today. Each class took part in four activities, making a dragon puppet, hearing the story of how the years got their animal names, learning a song about new year customs and making lucky money envelopes. At the end of the afternoon, we were treated to a Dragon Dance performed by the P3 girls from P2/3. They choreographed the dance themselves and even wore dragon masks! It was a lovely day and a great way to learn about the Chinese New Year which starts tomorrow.
Please note that there is a typing error on some of the Parent/Teacher Interview forms which were sent home yesterday. Parent Appointments are on Wednesday 1st February and Thursday 2nd February.
If your slip says Wednesday 27th January please change the slip to Wednesday 1st February.
Sorry for any confusion!
(Paper copies will be available through the school office)
- Children born between 1st March 2013 and 28th February 2015 are entitled to be a funded Early Learning and Childcare place. (The new session will start on August 15th August 2017).
We are pleased to announce that for enrolment into school or Early Learning and childcare, a new enrolment process has been developed to enable parents and carers to register children online.
The P1 enrolment week for highland schools is Monday 30th January to Friday 3rd February 2017.
For Early Learning and Childcare Places enrolment week will be Monday 13th February to Friday 17th February 2017. At Lochardil Primary School we over flexibility between the hours of 8am and 5.45pm. For children returning as our nursery 4 they will not need to complete the enrolment form online although they will need to complete a preference hours form and provide proof of address along with birth certificate.
Once you have enrolled online or through the school office the school will contact you to arrange an induction.
The online form can be accessed from www.highland.gov.uk/schoolenrolment
Lochardil Primary School
Inverness Tennis Academy are running 2 indoor mini tennis classes for new players or those who want to try tennis again! A great chance to play while the weather is not so good and get ready for tennis season!
Tuesday 6-7pm at the IRA Sports Centre Games Hall
Wednesday 5-6pm at the UHI (New university) Sports Hall
First session is free.
If you fancy coming along and giving tennis a try please contact Lizzy Burke on 07983116947 or email Lizzy.Burke@btinternet.com
Our primary 7 pupils from p7 and p6/7 enjoyed their first session of outdoor learning, with Miss MacDonald, on Thursday. We worked together to use nature’s resources to create a piece of artwork. This activity encouraged us to use our problem solving skills, work as part of a team, be resourceful and have fun. There is no limit to the experiences and curiosities that outdoor environments and activities can arouse. Participants frequently discover potential, abilities and interests that surprise themselves and others. Safety codes provide clear boundaries and learning goals give clear direction, but Outdoor Learning draws in energy and inspiration from all around.
There are some exciting things happening in Inverness to mark the coming of The Year of the Rooster. Hopefully some of our super talented children will enter the art competition, it would be fabulous to have a representative from Lochardil at the Lion Dance.
Lion Dance Performance
There will be a performance of a traditional Lion Dance by the world famous Hong Lok Dragon & Lion Dancing troupe in the Pedestrian Precinct on the High Street, Inverness on Monday 30th January at 5.15pm. See the leaflet below for more information. Inverness Lion Dance Parade
Art Competition for P3 – P6
Every year before the Lion can perform its dance we must “Wake the Lion” from its sleep. To enable this we must paint 5 parts of the Lion its eyes, nose and tongue, ears and backbone.
In the past we have always asked a local dignitary to perform this function however for the past few years we have asked the painting competition winners of the local schools to perform one of the above 5 tasks.
To this end we would like to invite P3-P6 pupils in your school to take part in a painting completion “Year of the Rooster (Chinese Theme)”. The closing date for the competition is Friday 20th January, entries to be submitted to their Head Teacher. One winner will be selected from each of the schools and the final five will be asked to paint one part of the Lion.
Chinese New Year Celebrations at Jimmy Chungs
More information about this event is attached below!
The next Parent Council meeting is on Wednesday 18th January at 7 pm in the school. Remember that all parents are welcome at Parent Council meetings. The agenda and Chairperson’s report can be read on the Parent Council section of the school website. We hope that you are able to come along and look forward to welcoming you!
P7 have planned a yummy fundraiser on Wednesday 25th January to raise money for their trip to Loch Insh. They will be coming around the classes selling trays of baking for 20p per cake. Please remember to bring 20p if you would like to buy a cake!
Please note that I can confirm that the June inset day planned for Monday 5th June has now been changed to Thursday 4th May. School will be closed to pupils on 4th May while the school is used for voting. We will now be open as usual on Monday 5th June.
We have been given information about the Inverness City Junior Badminton Club which is run by qualified coach David Barrie and meets every Thursday in Inverness Royal Academy. Spaces are available for new members in the first session for P4-P6 players.
Time: 6- 7pm
Begins again 12th January, after holiday break.
Happy New Year! We have had a lovely week back in school so far and everyone is settling back into their routine after the holiday. There is lots to look forward to this term and lots of exciting plans being made to ensure that the children to enjoy their learning. Please keep an eye on the blog for all the latest information.
Merry Christmas and very best wishes for 2017 from all the staff at Lochardil! We hope you all have a lovely time!
It was lovely to be able to eat our Christmas lunch in our new canteen last week. Everyone looked so festive in their Christmas jumpers. Many thanks to the cooks who worked hard to cook and serve 275 Christmas lunches!
There is a huge amount of lost property which has been unclaimed this term. The children will have an opportunity to view and reclaim any items which belong to them tomorrow. Any remaining items will be laid out in the P2 and P3 corridor tomorrow after school if any parent wishes to have a look themselves. Items which are not claimed by Friday will be donated to Blythswood. Please come and have a look!
Our end of term service for the children will be held at the CCC tomorrow afternoon. The children’s favourites, ‘Out of the Box’ will be leading the assembly so it promises to be a fun experience. As we will be walking to and from the church please ensure that your child wears a warm and waterproof jacket. If any parents are available to help, please contact the school. We will be leaving school at 12.45 pm and returning by 2.45 pm.
The minutes of the Parent Council Meeting held on the 2nd of November are attached below. Remember that all parents and carers from our school are very welcome to attend the meetings. It’s a great way to find out more about the things which are going on in school. The next meeting will be on the 18th January at 7.00 pm in the school. Make it your new year resolution to come along!
Our school lunch hall is now completed and fully operational! The children have been enjoying lunch in their lovely new surroundings all this week. It looks amazing and it is great to have all the extra space. Next time you are in school, pop your head in the door for a wee look!
Remember tomorrow (Thursday) the cooks will be serving our Christmas lunch. If you wish you may wear your Christmas jumper to school to add to the festive atmosphere!
Diabetes UK have partnered with OJ Sports to deliver a new fundraising family fun day at the UHI Campus on the 10th of December. This is to capitalise on the awareness raised during World Diabetes Day last week. In order for the event to be successful we need lots of children to register for the different age categories as we are offering different distances for the following age groups: Nursery/ P1 Run 1km, P2/3 Run 2km, P4/5 Run 3km and P6/7 Run 5km.
For more information, please see the attached poster! reindeer-run-2016-2
Lochardil Primary School has retained the Inverness Primary School’s Tennis Champions title at a closely fought competition at the IRA last Friday. A group of pupils from Primary 5 represented the school magnificently, bringing home a lovely trophy for the cabinet. A total of 120 pupils played in the competition, with a repeat of last years final of Milton of Leys against Lochardil. It was a nail-biting game but Lochardil came out winners. A great standard of tennis was played, well done to our Lochardil Teams!
The Nativity will be on Tuesday 13th December and Wednesday 14th December. The performance on Tuesday after noon at 2 pm is for Grandparents, Senior Citizens and friends from our local community. We will be serving tea and coffee after this performance. Wednesday’s performances will be for parents at 9.45 am and 2.00 pm. Letters were sent home today (Tuesday) to order tickets. Initially, we will be offering each family 2 tickets for each performance but any extra tickets can be applied for on a first come first served basis. There is no charge for tickets but we will be accepting donations after each performance in aid of our school fund and the Cash For Kids Campaign. Please contact Mrs Rodgers at the school if you have any questions about tickets.
Lochardil Primary School is once again doing MFR Mission Christmas!!!!If you are able to donate any gifts ether NOT opened or new bought gifts could you please donate them.There will be a box at reception to put them in.All the gifts will be received by children who wont get a present in our area. Thank You!
Only 2 more sleeps until our Christmas Fair! For those that are swithering about going, here’s a list of all the brilliant stalls we have this year! We’re hoping it’s going to be the best yet. Bag yourself some great Christmas presents, have fun at a variety of stalls, listen to our fantastic choir and have a cuppa with friends. Please come and support the school.
|Fairy Door Company||Happy Faces and Crafts|
|Silver Daze Jewellery||Phoenix Cards|
|Wagging Tails Bakery||Zoe MacAulay Crafts|
|Harris Tweed||Ness Soaps|
|Gillian Weissenborn Crafts||Dorothy Ewan Art|
|Martin’s Sweeties||Lush Ness Balloons|
|Favourite Things Framed||Glitter Glasses|
|Scentsy||Harris Tweed Cushions|
|Lesley Thain Crafts||Avon|
|Christmas Decorations||Michelle Elsey Crafts|
Photo Booth (kindly loaned by Betty Booth – come and get your picture taken with friends/family and get strip of 4 pictures)
|Decorate your own cupcake||Whack a rat|
|Home baking||Hamper raffle|
|Name the Mouse House||Football|
|Face painting||Jam Jar Tombola|
|Christmas decorations (made by our own
Here is our entry by, p6/7 for British Legion’s ‘Films of Remembrance’ competition which looks at the impact of conflict and the importance of remembrance through creativity, expression and research, demonstrating learning in a whole new way. The Children from p6/7 worked together to create this poem. vid00121
The winning class or group will receive a multimedia workshop at their school including TV and radio presentation interview techniques and the chance to be part of the BFBS Scotland Breakfast Show! Winners will also receive a recording of their work, individual medals and a special school trophy!
Broadcasting to service personnel, their families and friends worldwide, BFBS is a music, news, entertainment and community service providing bespoke content to the global Forces Community with a focus on Forces News and connecting the Forces communities around the world.
A massive well done to our amazing P6 pupils who organised a fantastic day for Children in Need. The day was very popular and raised the fabulous sum of over £600! Our school name also appeared on the television at about 8pm on the night if you want to see it online. Here are just a few photos from our assembly on the day. Please see the P6 Class Blog for more photos.
Just a quick reminder that if you are out and about this weekend, please pick up a wee something to donate for the Christmas hampers. There have only been a few things donated for the ‘Handy Hamper’ so far. All donations for all hampers are most welcome!
Sorry for any inconvience however due to a problem with the heating we are CLOSED TODAY thank you for continued support.
There are only 12 sleeps until our Christmas Fair! Thanks very much to everyone who has donated an item for the Christmas Hampers so far. If you haven’t managed to donate anything yet, please don’t worry as the box will be in Reception until the middle of next week. We are hoping that every family will mange to bring something in to make our very popular hampers even better than last year. Many thanks for your help.
The 50th Anniversay Community Award is an award presented by the Parent Council to someone who has worked hard for the benefit of the school. It can be a member of the local area, someone from the school staff, a parent…… it is up to you! The nominations are now open if you would like to nominate someone to receive this award. The Nomination Form is attached below and should be returned to the school office by Friday 25th November.
Our Christmas Fair is being held in the school on Saturday 26th November. We are really lucky to have a number of volunteers helping out on the day, but really need more to make this a success. You don’t need to be on the Parent Council to volunteer. If you are able to spare some time to help the school that would really be appreciated. We still have some spaces for anyone who is available to help. If you could help out at any of the times below it would be most appreciated.
Friday 25th November- to set up after school.
Saturday 26th November- before the fair starts, during the fair, to help tidy up.
Please get in touch using the following email if you are available to help.
Just a wee plea! We keep a stock of spare clothes in school for children who have had an accident, fall in the mud etc. Our stocks of some items are running low. If you have any good quality items of school clothing which your child has grown out of, could you please send them into school to be added to our stocks. We are particularly short of boys trousers and girls woolly tights at the moment. If your child has borrowed any items, please wash and return to school as soon as you can.
The last day for Blythswood boxes is tomorrow (Friday). Remember to bring your box to school and hand it in at the office. Blythswood will be coming to school next week to collect the boxes before they start the long journey to their worthy recipients. Many thanks to everyone who has brought a shoe box to school, I am sure they will be very much appreciated!
An order form for school uniform is being sent home in your child’s school bag today. Please return all order requests by Friday 11th November 2016.
Did you know? By ordering your logo school uniform items through the school, not only are you able to purchase items more cheaply than buying from the shop, but you are also making a small contribution to the school fund which is used to benefit the learning & teaching of the children.
We are repeating last year’s raffle of various hampers at the Christmas Fair. Last year, thanks to your generosity, we were able to raffle 14 hampers stuffed with handy goodies in time for Christmas. That meant many tickets bought had 2 or 3 chances to win a hamper with the added bonus of making a great contribution to funds which were spent on the school
We need your help to make this a success again!
The themes for the hampers are:
Cheese and wine hamper- for cheese, please donate on Friday 25th November and staff will keep in fridge in staffroom. Nursery Rainbows, P7, P3
Foodie hamper- anything that’s a bit of a treat, jams, preserves, tea, coffee, biscuits ………. Nursery Buttercups, P6/7, P3/4
Pamper hamper- men’s/women’s toiletries, make-up, nail varnish, bubble bath …….. P1A, P6
Saturday Night In hamper- anything to make a good night in; DVD’s, cards, stationery, games, popcorn …… P1B, P5
Chocoholic hamper – anything chocolate….. P2, P4/5
Handy hamper- DIY/gardening, cooking related, seeds, bulbs, canes, hooks, nails, small tools, practical …….. P2/3, P4
Please could each family donate at least one item which would be suitable for at least one of these hampers. The donation should be made by Tuesday 22 November at latest (apart from the cheese). We have allocated classes to hampers to try and get an even spread. If you have children in more than one class, take your pick. Or if you have something more suitable for another hamper, we will take anything ! Please put donation(s) to the school office. The only requirements are that the item is new, unused and in date for the school fair on 26 November.
The Parent Council
The next meeting of the Parent Council is on Wednesday 2nd November at 7 pm in the school. The minutes of the previous meeting are on the Parent Council Blog along with the agenda for the meeting on Wednesday. Remember that all parents are welcome to attend the meeting, we value your opinions and support. Come along to hear first hand the latest news about what is happening in school over the next few months!
Everyone had a great time at the Fancy Dress Disco. Thanks P7 for all your hard work organising such a fun night. Your games were very creative and you chose the music so carefully for each disco. The costumes were amazing, everyone had made a real effort and there was such variety. We have some very talented make-up artists in our school community too as you will see from the photographs.
We are very excited about this year’s Christmas Fair which will on Saturday 26 November from 10.30 -12.30.
Come along and:-
- stock up on Christmas present s from over 18 stalls packed with crafts, jewellery, baking, soap, cushions, art, balloons, glass, sweets and cards.
- browse over 12 stalls run by the children or Parent Council. Bag your self a tattoo, get your face painted, decorate a cupcake, take your chance at winning one of a number of hampers stuffed with goodies, collect your Cauliflower card order, strike a pose in the photo booth, have your nails done or just whack a rat!
- Listen to the choir and take time out for a cuppa and a mince pie
We are really lucky to have a number of volunteers helping out on the day, but really need more to make this a success. You don’t need to be on the Parent Council to volunteer. If you are able to help, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We currently need more volunteers to help on some of the stalls and also for setting up on the Friday and clearing up. If you are able to spare some time to help the school that would really be appreciated.
It was lovely to see everyone safely back to school today! I managed to catch up with lots of you and it sounds as though you all had a lovely holiday. Hopefully I will catch the people I missed today over the course of this week. I look forward to hearing your stories!
Remember that tomorrow (Tuesday) is the Flu Immunisation day for those children who have been signed up! I am sure you will hear all about it at home tomorrow night. The school nurse team will be in action from 9.30 am!
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!