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School Closures

A wee reminder that the school and nursery are closed on Monday 1st May for the holiday and also on Thursday 5th May for the in-service day.

We will also be closed on Thursday 8th June due to the premises being used for voting in the General Election.

We’re Back!

You might have noticed that we have been very quiet for the last few weeks. There has been a problem with our website but I am delighted to report that we are now back up and running!

There is quite a backlog of information which we need to share, so this will be the first of quite a few posts!

Tomorrow we are asking everyone to wear yellow or a little bit of yellow for a come as you please day and donate £1. We are hoping to turn our school yellow to support two of our parents, Laura Eaglesham and her dance partner Scott Macleod, who are contestants in STRICTLY Inverness this year and are fundraising for Highland Hospice and the Inverness Ice Rink. The very best of luck to you both.

The children are encouraged to donate any spare change during assembly tomorrow afternoon to see Mrs Kellacher and Mrs Eaglesham take part in the Highland Hospice ‘Custard Challenge’ i.e. have custard gunged over them on camera! (Watch this space for photographs!) We will then share photographs on social media with the hashtag #wearyellow to encourage others to do the same and donate to the Hospice. If any parents would like to donate to this challenge they can text their donation by sending WYHH47 £5 (or any other amount) to 70070.

We look forward to seeing everyone dressed in yellow tomorrow and hopefully welcome back Bobby Bee the Hospice mascot.

Highland Badminton Competition

A very belated congratulations to our Badminton Team who did very well in the Highland Badminton Competition last Thursday morning at UHI. Sophie Barrie and Abigail Barrie took first and third places in the girls singles and played together in the girls doubles which they won. Both girls now go on to the next round of the competition, which is the Scottish Schools Competition, in Perth in May. Lucia Ireland and Lucy Kelly played very well in the girls doubles and although they have not qualified for the next round, they both showed determination and an excellent sporting attitude. Ewan McArthur and Sandy McWilliam also played very well in their boys doubles, placing third which  qualifies them to play in the next round. Sandy was fourth in the boys singles and has also been invited to play in the next round. Watch this space to see how they get on!

In the Highland Badminton Group Competition at the weekend, Sophie won the girls U12 singles and along with Abbie won the girls doubles. Well done girls!

McRobert Cup Cross Country

The Cross Country Team had a fabulous day at the McRobert Cup Cross Country Competition on Thursday 23rd March. Thankfully, the weather was excellent after the very cold and snowy start to the day. Everyone ran really well and did themselves and the school proud. We had medal winning performances from Grace Brown who was 5th, Max Morrison who was 6th and Ross MacLeod who was 2nd. The P4/5 Boys Team were delighted to be placed first overall, coming home with a lovely trophy to add to the cabinet!

Many thanks to all the parents who came along to support the children on the day. The school would also like to thanks Mr Nixon and his team of volunteers who have worked so hard to train the runners each week. Thank you to you all!

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School Lunch Money

Cook has requested that all money for school lunches should be paid by Tuesday 4th April as all  money needs to be banked by then. She will be unable to accept any money on the last day of term which is Wednesday 5th April. Thanks for your help!

P7 are at Loch Insh!

Our Primary 7 pupils have arrived safely at Loch Insh. Cases are unpacked, packed lunches are being eaten and the excitement is growing for the first activity this afternoon!

We wish the pupils & teachers a fantastic week, and hope that this fabulous weather continues!

Science Week

Amazing! Fantastic! Incredible! These are some of the words used by the pupils to describe our Science Week last week. School was buzzing with excitement and visitors. The Molecule Hunt at playtimes and lunchtimes was very popular, the lucky winners will be announced at assembly this week. A very sincere ‘Lochardil thank you’ to everyone who came along to deliver a workshop or talk to the children, we really hope you will come back again. Thanks also to Miss Butler for organising such a fab week for our pupils. Enjoy the pictures below!

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What fabulous news we came back to school to yesterday! Our gymnastics girls had done us proud at the Scottish Gymnastics competition in Perth over the weekend. There were excellent performances from Adela Yeats, Lily Flegg, Carrie Miller and Grace Brown.  We’re waiting for the team result (we weren’t in the top three), but a well deserved silver individual medal for Grace who is second in Scotland!! Very well done girls, we are very proud of you all.

Football Winter Cup

Congratulations to the P4/5 boys who retained the Winter Cup trophy in an exciting final match winning 3-0 against Inshes Primary on Sunday. It was a real team effort with the boys all playing extremely well and with great attitudes. Lots of Lochardil parents, friends and supporters came along to watch the game which was a real boost for the boys. Three brilliant goals scored by Sam Thompson, Ross MacLeod and a final winning screamer from the half way line by Gavin Thomson.  Well done to Sean Kavannagh, James Young, Scott MacKay, Brodie Zineldin, Michael Miller, Ellis Morrison, Rorie Soden, Toryn Eaglesham, Sam Thomspon, Ross MacLeod and Gavin Thomson. Also well done to coaches Tony Miller and Ian Soden. Thanks to Anna Miller for the report and photos.

90kg Rice Challenge!

We very much value Learning for Sustainability as a core feature of our learning and teaching.  We have recently engaged with Just Trading Scotland (JTS) to further our work on Global Citizenship by taking part in the 90kg Rice Challenge!  Primary 5 have accepted the role to lead us on this challenge, and together we hope we can achieve!

JTS, a not-for-profit fair trade organisation, has challenged schools, as well as churches, colleges and other organisations, to sell 90kg of rice – the amount of rice sold that would enable a Malawian farmer to pay for a year’s basic secondary education for one child.

Primary 5 will be selling the rice for £3.00 (per 1kg bag) at the open afternoon. Order forms will also be available!

Parent Council AGM

The Parent Council AGM is to be held on Wednesday 22nd March 2017 at 7.00 pm in the school. All parents/carers with children in the ELCC or school are invited to attend the meeting. If you would like to find out more about the school and what is going on, please come along!

The Agenda and Chair’s Report should be available on the blog shortly.


Are you free on Friday afternoon between 1pm and 3pm? Do you enjoy gardening? We are  organising a small team to help tidy the willows in the playground. Please contact the office if you can help. Many thanks!

Book Fair Competition

A very big well done to our Book Fair Competition winners pictured below! Pupils were invited to design a new cover for a book. Winners were selected from across the school and they each won a book token to spend at the Book Fair. Well done to everyone who entered.

Science Week

What an amazing week has been planned this week! Miss Butler has been busy arranging science experiences for every class in the school, including the children in Nursery 4. The focus of the workshops, talks and experiments is the STEM subjects, that’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.

At break and lunch, there is a Molecule Hunt around the school for interested children. Entry sheets can be found at the school office and there are prizes which will be given out at our Science Assembly on Friday. The P6 and P7 children will also be presented with their Crest Discovery Awards which they have been working towards in class.

Many thanks to Miss Butler for all her hard work in arranging this exciting week for the children.

Tennis Tuesdays!

Great news! Tennis Tuesdays are back from Tuesday next week. Lizzie will be in school at lunchtimes to run this club for all interested pupils. Come to the MUGA after you have eaten your lunch if you fancy having a go at tennis . Many thanks to Lizzie for giving up her time to do this and encourage our Lochardil tennis players.

Internet Safety Workshop

Remember that there is an Internet Safety Workshop next Thursday , after the Open Afternoon from 2.15 until 3.15. If you would like to attend, but have childcare issues, Mrs Rodgers has offered to run a creche from 2.45/3.00 until the end of the workshop. Please get in touch with the school office to book a place(s).

World Book Day

We had a great time celebrating World Book Day as you will see from the photos. There was a lovely excited buzz in the playground on Thursday morning as everyone arrived for school. It’s safe to say that the children enjoyed dressing up (nearly as much as the staff!) and moving around different classes to learn more about books. A big thanks to our parents and carers for being so creative with your costume ideas and helping the children dress up.


Inter-school Sports

The Parent Council have taken advantage of an opportunity to organise the catering at the Inter-school Sports on Saturday 27th May. All profits raised are kept by the Parent Council, so this is a great chance to raise some money for the benefit of the school.

A big team of willing volunteers is needed and Mrs O’Hara has kindly agreed to co-ordinate this. She is hoping to have a meeting in the next couple of weeks and would like any parent volunteers to contact the school. Help is needed on the day to serve on the stall but it would be fantastic if any parent would be willing to donate food to be sold. Could you provide bacon, hot dogs or home baking? The more donations we can get, the better the profit for the school.

Please help us to make this event a success!



World Book Day

Help us to celebrate World Book Day in style by coming to school dressed as your favourite book character on Thursday 2nd March. Class teachers have been busy planning some book related lessons. Watch this space for photographs!

Parents/carers/friends of Lochardil, if you would like to help our celebrations of all things books and reading by coming into school to read to a class, please get in touch by email or phone. We would love to have a variety of people reading a story to the children. If you are able to read a story to the children in a language other than English, we would love to hear from you too. Everyone would be most welcome any day this week,  even for just one story!

South Highland Primary Badminton Competition

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!

NSPCC Online Safety Workshops for Parents

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!

What’s Your Child’s Dream?

Read, Write, Count‘s new campaign ‘Future Me Scot‘ has been officially launched across the country this week. 

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 :

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:

We look forward to seeing some of the hopes and dreams of our fab Lochardil children on the website!

Read, Write and Count Survey

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.

IDYFA Futsal Tournament

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.

Primary 6 5 a side indoor football- Valentine’s Day

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:-

P7 Lunchtime 5 a side

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.

Internet Safety Week


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 to Our Gymnastics Team

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! 

Football Success






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!

Breakfast Club

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.

Gung Hay Fat Choy!

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.

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Parent Teacher Interviews

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!

Enrolling online for Primary 1 and Early Learning and Childcare (ELCC)

(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

Kind Regards

Clare Mackenzie

Childcare Manager

Lochardil Primary School

01463 230250

Indoor Mini Tennis for 5 – 8 year olds

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

Outdoor Learning

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.


Chinese New Year

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!

Bilingual Leaflet with ticket prices Menu-print

Parent Council Meeting

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!

Baking for Burns

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!

Badminton Club

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.

Cost: £2

Time: 6- 7pm

Begins again 12th January, after holiday break.

Welcome Back!

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.

Christmas Lunch

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!

Lost Property

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!

End of Term Service

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.

Parent Council Minutes

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!



School Lunch Hall

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!



Reindeer Run!

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

Tennis Champions!

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!

P1 and P2 Nativity

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.

MFR Mission Christmas

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!  Image result for mfr mission christmas 2016

Christmas Fair

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.

External traders

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
Tablet stall  


School stalls

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
Nail bar Tattoos
Christmas decorations (made by our own

Mrs Maclelland)



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!

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Children in Need

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.

Christmas Fair


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.                                                         

50th Anniversary Community Award

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.


Christmas Fair Help!

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.

Many thanks!

Spare Clothes

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.

Blythswood Boxes

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!


School Uniform Orders

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.

Christmas Fair Hampers


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.

Thank you

The Parent Council

Parent Council Meeting

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!

P7 Fancy Dress Disco

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.

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Tuesday Tennis

What a great few weeks we’ve had! The children have had great fun on our tennis court on a Tuesday lunchtime. Fingers crossed the weather is kind to us over the next few weeks and we can continue to produce great tennis players at Lochardil.

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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  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.

Welcome Back!

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!

Book Mark Competition

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!

Dress Down Day

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!

Dress Down Day

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!

Jam Jar Tombola – help required!

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.



Open Afternoon


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!

Individual & Family Group Photographs


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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.


Tree Climbing

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.

Dress- Up Disco

A message from our P7 pupils!

Greetings Everyone,

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!


Lab Rats!

Dear parents.

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

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Lost Property

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 & Family Group Photographs

Individual and Family Group photographs

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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

Loch Ness Marathon/Stobart Rail

With only a few days until the big event, we would like to remind you that Andrew Sumner, the marathonDirector 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 .

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!

P1 Parents Curriculum Information Evening- New Date!

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!

Loch Ness Marathon

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


Help raise £1,000 to help Lochardil Primary School, Inverness raise money for school improvements and to support Highland Hospice & MFR Cash for Kids

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.

After School Tennis

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.

Fiona’s French for Children

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.

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Parent Council Meeting

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!

Access during building works

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


Primary One Photograph

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!

Cycle Shelter repairs

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

Head Teacher

Primary 1 Parents are invited……..


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 ( 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

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Pupil sign in/out register

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.

Welcome Back!


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!

Happy Holidays!


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.

No Nuts!

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.

Kids Go Free

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 – .

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.

Win an iPod Summer 2016

After School Tennis

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!

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Dingwall museum stalwart’s dedication earns royal reward

Ian MacLeod, of Dingwall Museum, receiving his British Empire Medal, for work at Dingwall Museum and wider community. Pictured are Ian MacLeod and his granddaughter Amber Winpenny. Picture: Callum Mackay. Image No. 034048

Ian MacLeod, of Dingwall Museum, receiving his British Empire Medal, for work at Dingwall Museum and wider community.
Pictured are Ian MacLeod and his granddaughter Amber Winpenny.
Picture: Callum Mackay. Image No. 034048

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.


A DINGWALL man “roped in” as a volunteer to be the curator of the local museum more than 35 years ago has been given the royal seal of approval for his efforts.
Ian MacLeod was awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) at a special ceremony in the Lower Town Hall early this month in recognition of his community-minded work for Dingwall Museum. Mr MacLeod recalled how he was cajoled into taking the position of voluntary curator back in 1978 by the former Provost of Dingwall, Sandy MacRae. According to Mr MacLeod, Mr Macrae “was not a man who would take no for an answer”. He added: “I’ve been here ever since, it’s hard to believe.”

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.”

Netball Summer Camp

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.

Uniform Orders Update

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)

Primary Schools Golf competition

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.



Junior Leaders for 2016/17

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.

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Baillie Cup

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.

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Cross Stitch Master Class

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.


Ancient Adventures Young Writers’ Competition

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.

Good Luck!

School Meals

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.

Book Amnesty

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!

Run, Jump, Throw Event

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.

Primary 1- Run Jump Throw Event – Queens Park 2016



IRA – P7 Disco & Parental Meeting postponed

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.

Baillie Cup Athletics

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!

Early Years Sports

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!

Picnic Lunch

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!

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Junior Leaders 2015-2016

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.

Best Wishes

Mrs. Armstrong

Cross Stitch Masterclasses

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 theyWP_20160602_001 WP_20160602_002WP_20160602_003WP_20160602_005WP_20160602_006WP_20160602_007WP_20160602_009have 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.

Toy appeal

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.


School Sports and Picnic

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.

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Playground Safety

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

Dress Up Day Friday 10th June


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!

Eco Activity Days

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


Ring Toss

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!

Inter School Sports

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!

Finally thanks to the many parents and families who turned out to help and support our athletes on the day, I hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. WP_20160528_004 WP_20160528_008 WP_20160528_012 WP_20160528_018 WP_20160528_019


Uniform Orders

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.

P2/3 Football

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.




School Picnic Lunch

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.                  

School Sports

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!


Class Photographs

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.

Corbett Cup!

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. image1 image2 image3

SHaRE Meeting

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.

SHaRE meeting 2016

Walk to School Week 16 – 20 May 2016

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!

Open Afternoon

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!

Class Photographs

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!

End of Term Disco


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
  • Tattoos
  • Glow Stick
  • Refreshments
  • Hall

 If you would like to help, could you please contact Gail Matheson via FB Messenger or at

Thanks for your help and support.




Parent Council Meeting

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!

P2, P3 and P4 After-school Tennis Club

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.

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Tuesday Tennis Racquet!

Lizzie Burke has very kindly given up some of her time to come into school on a Tuesday during break and lunchtime to run a Tuesday Tennis Club for interested children. Children can go to the MUGA for a quick session if they wish. Here are some photos of the action from yesterday.

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EU Referendum

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.

Junior Bake-Off

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!

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Welcome Back!

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.

Happy Easter

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!

McRobert Cup Cross Country Success!

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!

Scottish Schools Gymnastics Championships

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!

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Sports Relief

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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!


Sports Relief


 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!

Parent Council AGM

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.

Parent Council AGM

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!

School Meal Price Increase

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.

Lochardil Primary School Easter Bonnet

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.


World Book Day

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!

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Book Fair

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.

Parent Council Bingo

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!

Term 3 Newsletter

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!

Morning Break Snack

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.

World Book Day

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…!

Parent Council Bingo

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!

National Drawing Competition P4-P7

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.


Mrs Beattie

February Holiday

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.

Missing Money

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!

Lost Property

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.

Lost and Found!

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!

Sports Relief Dance

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!

Parent Forum Meeting

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!

A Huge Thanks!

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!


Parent Council Minutes

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!

P3/4 Blog is back!

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!

It could be you….!

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

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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!

Christmas Clothes for Christmas Lunch

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!


And the Winners Are……!

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”


Jamie Taylor – P5

Prize – pamper set and candle



Jack Burke

Prize – Silverdaze silver necklace and pamper pack



Gavin P4. BLUE TICKET 66



Harry P4/5. Yellow ticket 181



Alistair Nixon P5

Name: Jeffrey


Cheese and wine winners

Blue 175
Blue 444

Foodie hamper winners

Blue 437
Blue 317
Green 207

Saturday night in

Blue 432

Pamper hamper winners

Yellow 118
Blue 315

Handy hamper winners

Green 282
Yellow 314

Chocolate heaven hamper

Green 67

Prizes hamper

Green 214


Christmas Countdown!

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!


Adverse Weather Contact Details

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!

0800 5642272

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.

Lochardil Christmas Fair

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!

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Crazy Hair Day

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!

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Christmas Fair Hamper Donations

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.




Blythswood Shoe Boxes all ready to go!

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.

Broom House Captains and friends helping with the boxes

Broom House Captains and friends helping with the boxes

Crazy Hair Day

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!


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