Author Archives: Mrs Kellacher

Moving Up Day Tomorrow!

While our P7s are enjoying a taste of academy school life, tomorrow will be our turn at Lochardil for all our classes to move up to their next class for the day. This is an opportunity to meet their new teacher, be part of their new class setting, and enjoy learning with their peers.
The news was shared in person by Mrs Kellacher for almost all classes, and by telephone to P1 & P4 parents, just for a heads up. Pupils will be given a letter to take home with them from their new class tomorrow so all our parents/ carers have all the important information in writing, so check the school bag mail!
NB: Classes are formed by date of birth (in line with Highland Council policy), with consideration given to other factors such as history of composition, and Additional Support Needs. Class composition and staffing is subject to change at this stage so all pupils and parents must be made aware of this and be prepared for change if required.
Good luck to everyone tomorrow! Have fun and enjoying learning!
Mrs Kellacher

Open Morning – Sharing Our Learning

Our classes have been so busy this term and would love to share what they have been up to and some of their experiences with you! We would like to invite all parents/ carers to our ‘Sharing Our Learning Open Morning’ on –

Date – Thursday 10th March 2016

Time – 11-12 noon     (P5 & P5/4 will start earlier at 10.45-11.15am in the hall, then move to their classrooms afterwards)

Where – in classrooms

Focus for learning & sharing – Class topic theme

We look forward to seeing you there.

Parent Focus Group Meeting

Do you like cake & a cuppa? Do you have a spare afternoon?
If yes, we would love you to join our next Parent Focus Group on Wednesday 2nd March at 1.30pm.
This will be a relaxed opportunity to update on our plans for improvement to date, and participate in an activity reflecting on our work so far using the National Improvement Framework. We value your voice!
See you there.

Gymnastic superstars

I am super proud of our gymnasts after winning so many individual and team medals this weekend at the Highland Regional Schools Competition!  Lochardil Primary also won Best Primary School for Level 1 & Level 2, and Level 3, which saw us bring home the shields overall!

After an extremely long day our pupils really did us proud by showing fab sportsmanship, teamwork, strength and encouragement, manners and enthusiasm throughout, while looking fabulous adorning their medals . Huge thanks to Hazel & the coaches that train our pupils every week, and to Sophie, Aileen and Hazel for the coach support to each team (& showing me the ropes too) on Sunday!  I’ll be back flipping my way in to the next comp!  Delighted to see the parental support so strong at the event, so big thanks to you all too.

All three teams now travel to represent Highland Region at the Scottish Schools Finals in Perth on 20th March. Exciting times ahead!  Well done gymnasts & good luck!

Football Stars

Well done to our P6 & unders & P7 &unders football teams last week and the previous week who did us proud participating in the Scottish Schools Football Junior Sevens/ Soccer Sevens Tournament. Our Junior Sevens team achieved 5th place, while our Soccer Sevens team reached the final in their tournament and could not have done anymore, 0-1 in extra time against a strong Cradlehall team.

All our footballers represented themselves and our school fabulously and should hold their heads high. Well done team and huge thanks to our dedicated parent coaches & support.

P1 Enrolment Next Week!

Primary 1 Enrolment for Session 2016-2017: 25th January – 29th January 2016

Is your child ready for the next phase in their education journey?  It is time to enrol them for Primary 1!

Children whose 5th birthday falls between 1 March 2016 and the last day of February 2017 are eligible to enrol for our next school session starting on Tuesday 16th August 2016.

CLICK HERE to download and complete the necessary enrolment forms.

At Lochardil Primary we will be enroling children every day next week, Monday 25th January – Friday 29th January between 9am & 10am or between 2.30pm and 3.30pm at our school office.

Please bring with you:

  • The completed enrolment form (or we will have forms available to collect and complete)
  • Your child’s birth certificate
  • Proof of your address – proof of council tax only

Our school is capped, and places are given to children living within our catchment area.  If you are out with our catchment, please enrol in your local school then consider if you need to make a placing request for our school.  Should a placing request be submitted, the Council will seek to take account of any extraordinary personal circumstances. Placing request forms must be submitted toCare and Learning Manager, Highland Council Headquarters, Glenurquhart Road, Inverness, IV3 5NX.

Help with the catchment area can be obtained from our school office or online at

Nursery Enrolment will take place Monday 1st February – Thursday 4th February.  Further details coming soon.

Parking Plea!

Parking is continuing to prove an ongoing issue and unnecessary stress for us at school. I wrote to parents/carers last term about the need for safe and considerate driving habits.  We have tried to appeal to your learning styles –

Visual – signage, physical yellow zig zag markings, cones

Auditory – speaking at meetings and events,

Kinaesthetic – approaching those flaunting the rules by tapping on windows, speaking to people. Having a community Police presence.

However, observing arrivals and departures this term in and around Lochardil Primary, I’m afraid to share we are still not being successful in achieving a safe environment for all our pupils. So…

Is this you? Do you recognise who this is? If yes… please can you have a turn to try to share the importance of what we are trying to do and why. No matter how late you may be, how quick a drop off you are doing, how little time you have to pick up, no child’s safety is worth the risk!

Our JRSO will be out and about to hand out flyers to parents and carers. They are passionate about their role and duty of care so please listen to them.

We will continue to monitor this and work with everyone to ensure the health and safety of all.  Thanks for your support and thanks to all who are adhering to the policy.





A busy end to a successful 2015!  Enjoy the pics (they really are worth sharing even though a wee bit delayed).  Our carol singing choir raised £76.70 for the charity Clic Sargent.  There was a surprise visitor to the P1 Christmas party!  P1A & P1B were very lucky receiving class gifts of lego!  We thoroughly enjoyed our Christmas service at the Christian Culduthel Centre where we were treated to an original sharing of the Christmas Story from Out of the Box using their fantastic puppets and skilled staff.  Thanks to Rev MacLeod & Rev Nimmo for welcoming us and leading the service.  Huge congrats to our star Mrs Murray who was awarded the prestigious Community Award from the Parent Council as recognition and thanks for her dedication to the outdoor developments and all her hard work at Lochardil Primary.  We also enjoyed a visit from MFR’s Ginno Conti to collect the money raised and gifts collected to support the MFR Mission Christmas appeal, £176.50.  Well done & thanks everyone!  Our wee stars shining bright!

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Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year to you all!

We ended 2015 on such a positive note with many achievements and celebrations to be proud of.  There was such a strong sense of togetherness, community and pride, which reflected our school motto ‘Share and Care, Work and Learn.’  We have had a super start to the New Year and I’m looking forward to our exciting year ahead.  We all can’t wait to see what it holds for us and look forward to you sharing our learning journey!

ABC Nativity

Wow!  What can we say.  The entertainment this week has been off the scale!  We are super duper proud of our wee stars who well and truly owned the stage and certainly got our feet tapping to their Christmas songs.  Definitely a few X Factor contestants for the future!

Thanks to all who managed along, and an enourmous thanks for your generous donations to our chosen charities.  We will let you know the final total asap!

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Lots more pics to come!

Nursery Chistmas Sing-a-long

Nevermind X Factor, the Cute Factor was definitely out in force today at our fabulous Nursery Christmas Sing-a-long!  I absolutely loved having all our nursery children and staff sharing their songs together today, and seeing the joy and pride it brought to many faces in the audience.  A huge well done to all involved, what an amount of work, and it was clear the children loved every minute.  Thanks to everyone who managed along today to support the children and staff, and for your very generous donations for our chosen charities!  We will let you know the total asap.  Photos to follow!

Full Festive Swing here at Lochardil P.S.

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Thanks to Broom House group for the fab kick start to our festive fun – dressing in the Christmas spirit!  We all loved it!  Some of the effort for outfits and hair do’s were superb.  Well done folks!  Huge thanks to our kitchen team who provided us all with a delicious Christmas meal!  The puddings were incredible!!

Let’s enjoy the festive cheer.

A Cultured Experience from Duo B!zart

Last week we thoroughly enjoyed a performance from Duo B!zart. They are a Belgian Duet that provide an exposure to classical music in an unconventional way through storytelling, games, song & magic. They are the bizzare duo! We were excited to learn we were the 1st ever school in the Highlands to have them perform! Check out our pics to see the fun.

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