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Swimming Competition

Any parents who would be interested in co-ordinating Lochardil entries for the up-coming:

Highland/Western Isles Heat for the Scottish Schools Swimming Championships to be held in Inverness on 4 November.


Please contact Mrs MacDonald on

Head- T’s-Party!

Every week in school we have a social skill.

This week’s was Help Someone New or Younger Than You

Staff nominated pupils who were invited, by postcard,  to a tea party and chat today in the staffroom.IMG_1789

Next week’s social skill is:

Rewarding behaviour that makes others feel safe and cared for.

Next week………….

MUGA Action

The day has finally arrived….the MUGA is in use! After a very long wait, the older pupils were delighted to finally get on the MultiUseGamesArea this week.

Thanks to the Parent Council for their great support in bringing this facility to realisation. Thanks to Lizzy, Mike and our own Mrs Armstrong for giving so many of the pupils the opportunity to take part in activities today. And thanks to Kevin and Fiona our FMAs for all their help in getting the MUGA completed. Only another couple of weeks and THE PITCH should be ready too!

Use of the MUGA will be tightly managed as it is not a surface meant for running around and falling over onto. At first we will have it available during class time, looking to playtimes and lunchtimes over the next few weeks once everyone is familiar with the surface.

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New Term is a Success Already!!

Want to know how the new year started at Lochardil? Here’s a direct quote from one of our P1s….

“Well….the teacher is nice, she is not bossy and she is good fun. We learned how to draw round our hand and colour it in without going over the lines. My friend is at my table and she has toys hidden in her shoes- I don’t want toys in my shoes, thank you. They didn’t teach to me read today, which was disappointing!”

“Someone was missing their mum.”
“Did you miss your mum?”
“No. I can’t believe I’m actually a P1!”

Thanks to a mum for sharing that 🙂

I went round all the classes today and we had 100% smiley faces.
Here’s to a great year!

Mrs MacDonald

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Happy Holidays

A massive thank you to the Parent Council for their donation of ice cream today.  It was a lovely way to end the year.  The children all said ‘it was the best day ever!!!!!!!’



Wishing you all a fantastic holiday and look forward to seeing you all again when school re-opens on Tuesday 18th  August 2015.

Christmas Fayre

June’s Newsletter


Acting Head Teacher:

Mrs M MacDonald

Newsletter 11– July 2015


Dear Parents/Carers,

Well, we’ve made it! What a great year we’ve had at Lochardil. The support from staff and parents has been fantastic, thank you. Here’s hoping for good weather so the children can get outside during their holidays.

Mrs Miriam MacDonald

Acting Head Teacher


Parent Focus Groups

We have had another Parent Focus Group and I’m delighted to say numbers are increasing. One of the parents is going to send out a summary newsletter early next session so everyone can see the types of discussions we have. It is so important to have parental views on school improvement.


Eco News

Congratulations to The Eco Committee and Mrs Murray for having all their hard work and commitment recognised through Lochardil Primary bring awarded our THIRD Green Flag! The inspector was very impressed with the pupils and how well they presented themselves.


Free School Meals

Free School Meals and Assistance with School Clothing forms are now available either from the school office or on the council website.


Classes for next year

Nursery staff members remain the same.

P1A Miss E Cameron

P1B Mrs A McArthur

P2A Miss L McLean/Miss D MacArthur

P2B Mrs A Beattie

P3 Mrs H Fraser + Miss Giblin

P4/3 Miss O Melville (DHT)

P4 Mrs J Wilson/ Mrs F Peace

P5 Mrs M Murray(PT)

P5/4 Mrs A Martin-Hodgson

P 7/6 Mrs M Macleod

P7 Mrs A Prentice

Thanks to Mrs Beattie for her recent efforts in her role as Acting PT.

Leaving Lochardil

As well as our beloved P7s, a number of other pupils will be leaving this week. We are certain you will be successful wherever you go after the great start you have had at Lochardil!

Sadly this time of year usually means saying goodbye to staff members too and this year is no exception.

We have 2 members of staff retiring. Mrs Maggie Macdonald (Gaelic CCR teacher and Gaelic choirmaster supreme) and Mrs Heather Skelton(class teacher extraordinaire) have served the school for many years and along with their considerable teaching skills, their laughter and humour will be a great loss to us all. I’m certain that the relaxation, travelling, visiting friends and not-having-a-bell-decide-when-they-can-have-a-cup-of-coffee of retirement won’t be a match for Lochardil and they’ll be back among us soon….!!

Mrs Joanna Smith one of our Pupil Support Assistants is also leaving and we are very reluctant to see her go. Her calm and reassuring manner is of great support to pupils and staff alike. One of her roles is to keep the House Points scores, so maybe she will miss seeing numbers in her sleep and will quickly come back to Lochardil. We hope so!

Mrs Dianne MacQueen has given a huge amount of support to staff and pupils through her role as Additional Support Needs Teacher- thank you. Lucky Milton of Leys have snapped her up as a class teacher next session.


End of Term

Service for pupils and parents of P7s only:

10am Wed 1st July at Culduthel Christian Centre.


All school lunches for the last day have now been booked and no further requests can be met. Any outstanding money must be in on Wednesday.


The Parent Council are kindly treating everyone to an ice-cream on the last morning of school. As previously advised, please let the school know asap if you do not want your child to have ice cream.

Happy holidays!

School Lunch Payments

To assist with administration, any school lunch cash or cheque pre-payments for the new term, or payments for the current year, should be made to the canteen by Tuesday 30th June.

Thank you for your co-operation.

Numeracy Parent Evening


Lochardil Primary is hosting a Parent information evening on Numeracy. The aims of the evening will be to raise awareness of:

  • Developments in teaching of numeracy
  • How parents can help
  • Numeracy resources used in school

The event will take place on Tuesday 16th June from 6.30-7.15 in room 9.

A further session will take place in the hall on Thursday 25th June from 1.45-2.15 to experience how numeracy is delivered in the classroom.

We look forward to seeing you there.