ELC – Mackenzie Centre – Week 2

We had another lovely visit to the Mackenzie Centre this week. Due to bad weather we had to take a mini bus over, which was just as much fun as the bikes for the children !! We made our own music and learnt new songs, one was even in French !! The children absolutely love visiting the regular attendees to the Mackenzie Centre and all interact so well with them.


We were making potions with strange ingredients. The children had to be as accurate as they could, as it was a competition to see how close they could get to precisely the correct amount. Two teams got it spot on! Very tricky so well done, as I measured them with a digital scale!

I also decided to sell the children. They posed as poor Victorian Workhouse children and I put them on the wall, just to see if there was any interest? Nothing so far but I’ll keep on trying. There’s bound to be some unscrupulous factory bosses somewhere…..

These are the images in colour, but you can view the display in black and white on our open morning.

Pr 7 Sports Champions

Well done to everyone for a super sports day today. Congratulations to our Sports Champions: Imogen, Evie and Scott as runners up and Beth and Sam taking home the Sports Champion Trophies. It was lovely to welcome back Mrs Reed to present the medals. Thank you to Mrs Macdonald and Mr Grant for helping to make the event a success.

More photos to follow!

ELC-Ach an Eas, 21st May 2019

This week at Ach an Eas the children were lucky enough to participate in a creative session as part of a Postivie Dementia Care (PDC) programme run by the NHS. The aim of the group is to encourage staff to promote creative activites to support identity, wellbeing and communication.

They spent time colouring in pictures and drawing pictures of the residents which the group are planning to collate into a story book for the residents.

The group leader Karrie said the children were “fabulous” and the feedback from the session was extremely positive. We look forward to participating in more sessions of the PDC programme.

Garden Donations Required!

We are delighted that Innes Anderson is volunteering to help us revise our Polytunnel in order to enhance the children’s outdoor learning experience in the school grounds this term. We kindly ask if anyone has donations to give to the school of the following items:

  • Bags of compost
  • Seeds for carrots, peas etc
  • perennial flowers
  • any recycled milk bottles
  • kitchen roll tubes
  • large 2 litre bottles
  • logs or tree stumps
  • any unused bedding plants
  • anything that you think could be used as a planter

ELC – Forest Sessions – Week 2

This week the children went on a bug hunt. They were given a check list, a pencil and a magnifying glass. We then explored the forest to see if all the bugs on the list could be spotted. Some even found bugs that weren’t on the list !! We returned to camp for snack then we were straight on to another adventure which took us to muddy puddle jumping. The children absolutely loved this with a few playing real life ‘stuck in the mud’ !!


Thank you to Mr Murray Ferguson from Cairngorms National Park and Cheries Dutton from Beggs Shoes “Happy Feet” who shared their skills set and job descriptions with us for our Junior Jobs Day.

We have had the same advice over the year when we have talked about careers and jobs when we have been out and about: “Do something you enjoy!”

Please return the KAT as soon as possible please which links with skills for work and life.


P 7 LOCH INSH info 21.5.19

As we sort out our arrangements for the forthcoming trip please find the attached information plus some top tips!

  1. Packed lunch and drink (no fizzy/energy type) for Monday. Packed lunch box/bag to be used daily.
  2. All items to be labelled especially waterproof trousers and jackets.
  3. No  phones or electronic devices.
  4. Behaviour code and Medical information sheet to be completed and returned asap please
  5. Medicines with accompanying form to be handed in on Monday morning. Forms will be available if you need one.
  6. Please drop off your child(ren) at the Dining Hall on Monday morning. Staff will be there to register and take medicals.Please come round to fire exit door rather going through reception.
  7. Please get in touch if you are unsure of anything.
  8. Copy of Act Prog x 1 8.5.19  Programme may be subject to change.
  9. Loch Insh Behaviour code letter May 2019
  10. Consent form and conduct 2019
  11. HC OE Medical form May 2019

Sports Days

A  reminder of the arrangements for sports days.

Friday 24th May

P4 – 7 pupils           9.30am

P1 – 3 pupils            1.30pm

Thursday 30th May

ELC morning groups        9.30am

ELC afternoon groups     2.00pm

If your child does not normally attend on a Thursday, a letter has been issued to invite you to an allocated session.

Lochardil boys are 3rd in Scotland!

A team of Lochardil P6/7s travelled to Toryglen at Hampden on 8th May to compete in the National SSFA Soccer 7s championship. The boys played fantastically and were undefeated, winning 3 games and drawing 1. They narrowly missed out on progressing to the final on goal difference, but picked themselves up and went on to comfortably secure 3rd place in the whole of Scotland! Amazing achievement and we are all very proud of them!

The road to Hampden included the boys winning the Highland qualifying round in Inverness in November 2018, being the only team from nine which went on to compete in the North of Scotland qualifying round. The boys travelled to Dundee in March and played against very talented teams from Aberdeen, Perthshire and beyond and successfully secured one of only two qualifying places for the finals in Hampden! In Hampden the Lochardil team were one of the 8 top teams from across the whole of Scotland and to achieve 3rd place out of the hundreds of teams that entered is incredible!

Congratulations boys on such a great achievement!

A huge thank you to the football coaches who give up their time to coach the boys and also to Mrs Anna Miller for co-ordinating the admin side with the school office.

It’s Ok to not feel Ok

Pupils in P5/6 have been thinking about what the phrases “I’m ok” and “I’m fine” can mean. We thought of situations where we said “I’m ok” but that was not what we meant. We used the @EmotionWorks cogs to help us. #mentalhealthawarenessweek #ItsOKtonotbeOK #GlobalGoal2 #Imhere 

P4/5 Weekly Blog

What a lot we’ve covered this week!

We had fun with the Spheros last Friday. They are little mini robots that you can programme to zip around everywhere. The children had them in water, were racing them, they made an arena with their legs and they put them in paint to see who could get the foam to move. They were controlled using the ipads, great fun!

We had a question and answer session using puppets of a factory boss and a poor street girl, all about the working and living conditions of Victorian children. He turned out to be a bit horrible and callous as well as having a very dodgy accent!!!!

Yesterday, the wonderful tennis people came to give us a free tennis lesson, which was glorious in this sunshine!

…and today we had a couple of visitors from the planning department, telling us about their jobs. This fitted perfectly with our project, as we were talking a lot about the Victorian era NOT being very good with children’s Health and Safety. They were lucky to survive at all, and limbs or fingers being lost was relatively commonplace. What a super contrast to today’s welfare practices, so a big thank you to them.



Primary 1A Star of the Week!

Primary 1A Star of the Week this week is Selena! Selena has been awarded star of the week because she has been working very hard on her confidence and skills when speaking aloud in front of others. Selena has grown to become a valued member of group work and she is confident when sharing her ideas with her friends!

Well done Selena!
Health and Wellbeing Learning pathways went home today. Please have a read and complete the home learning comment and return to school.

Just a wee reminder that school sports is a week today on Friday the 24th of May – commencing at 1:30pm.

Please make sure your child has suitable clothing with them – t shirt, shorts/leggings and trainers.

Any outstanding school trip money should be brought in by Monday at the latest.


Have a lovely weekend!

Miss Munro 🙂


P6/7 – Junior jobs Day

Today the whole school took part in Junior Jobs Day, where people and businesses from our community come into our school to teach us about the world of work and different skills and abilities we might require for our future jobs and careers.

First we had Maggie Thompson from the Calman Trust. Her job is to train up young people to work in the Cafe Artysans. She told us all about the different skills that you need to have to work in a customer focused job; confidence, good language skills and  patience to name a few.

In the afternoon we had Mrs Lowe from the nursery come to talk to us about being an Early Years Practitioner. She talked about her training, her day-to-day job and what skills we would need; patience, caring nature and being able to work as part of a team.

We noticed that although the jobs we learnt about were very different they both required similar skills. It has made us realize that the skills that we learn in school will help us in the world of work. Thank you again to our visitors!

P3 Junior Jobs Day

P3 had a visit from Richard and Fiona, from the Energy and Sustainability Team at the Highland Council, as part of our Junior Jobs Day. They told us about their jobs and they skills they use at work. We got to use heat imaging cameras to find hot and cold spots around the room! Richard and Fiona use these special cameras to find out if a building is insulated properly.

We also enjoyed looking at our faces on the camera! Most of them glowed white and red which meant that they were warm!


P6/7 – Edinburgh Trip

Primary 7 had a fantastic couple of days away in Edinburgh this week. We had an action packed schedule which included the National Museum of Scotland and having a go at Europe’s largest climbing wall in Ratho.

The most exciting part of our trip was our visit to the Forth Bridges. We learnt all about the the role and the skills needed to be be a civil engineer. Most excitingly we got to walk across the Forth Road Bridge which saw us clocking up 3 miles and 8000 steps.

Lastly a big thank you to Mrs Veal and Miss Ross for accompanying us on the trip.

P2/3- Junior Jobs Day

Today PC Grant our community police officer came in to talk to us about his job. We enjoyed hearing about what he does and trying on some hats and uniforms. We also had Derek and Cordelia from the Clydesdale Bank who told us all about what it is like to work in a bank.

Pr 7 Edinburgh 14 – 15 May 2019

We all had a great time on our overnight visit to Edinburgh. The Museum was very interactive with the Energy Wheel and F1 car being among the favourites!

The highlight was the Clip n Climb at the Climbing Arena. Excellent effort by everyone to attempt different heights and challenges.

We were very tired and hot by Wednesday! We walked across the Forth Road Bridge and then had an engineering workshop before heading home.

Thank you to Miss Ross and Mrs Veal for coming along to help us. Now we can’t wait for Loch Insh!


JRSO Training – Eden Court Trip

The JRSO group had a fantastic time last Wednesday at Eden Court for their Road Safety training day. We particularly enjoyed the road safety magic show.

The team would like to remind everyone that next week is Walk to School Week. So if you can manage, its a great time to walk, cycle or scooter to school – whatever takes your fancy! Each class will have a walk to school sticker chart to complete each day.

P3 Tennis

P3 had a great tennis session today!

P6 – Trip to Edinburgh

P6 -Trip to Edinburgh

We have had a fabulous day in Edinburgh, visiting the Scottish Parliament and Dynamic Earth.

More photos will follow 🙂

We are on our way and in good time to see you all at our expected time of 7pm.

ELC – Visit to The Mackenzie Centre

Our visit to the Mackenzie Centre this morning was just lovely.  The children were great and loved visiting.  They played parachute games, sang songs, watered the plants and fed the birds.  All with the help of some of the regular attendees !!

We are definitely looking forward to visiting again soon !!

Highland Hospice Lucky Dip

Tomorrow, two girls in primary 5 are arranging a Lucky Dip to raise money for Highland Hospice. Layla and lily, helped by p5 friends, will be running their stall at lunch time as part of their Charities badge at brownies. So bring some change, have a go and make a difference! Great work girls.

P2 Maths

In maths, the children have been learning division. They have been using lots of different materials to practice sharing. It’s a tricky concept but they are persevering. Here are some photos of them working hard.

The children are looking forward to Mrs Fraser’s return and we had a little fun this afternoon as it was my last day. I have really enjoyed my time with the class and wish them all the best.

ELC – Forest Sessions – Week 1

We had a great first week in the forest.  The children learnt and observed the rules of the forest.  We explored our surroundings which took us to rope swings and dens.  We also used fallen trees to balance and climb on and tree stumps to jump off of.  We went back to camp for some snack before heading out to explore some more.  The children had so much fun that the teachers had to join in as well !!  

We can’t wait for next week !! ?







Sunflower Planting

We planted some sunflowers today. We have put them onto our windowsill and will take turns watering them every day. We hope that they will grow in time for the summer holidays. Some of the pupils from P6 joined us .


Fun in the sun -P1B

We really did have fun in the sun today as we took part in a tennis taster session delivered by the ladies from Inverness Tennis and Squash Club. Some budding Wimbledon stars of the future perhaps?????

Nursery transition in P1B

We have really enjoyed letting the Nursery join in our P.E sessions as part of the Health and Well-being transition activities. We hope they have had fun also and are looking forward to coming to P.1 in August!!

Rugby superstars in P1B

Fredie and Archie showing off the medals they received for playing rugby. Well done to both of you – amazing!

P2 – Welcome back Mrs Fraser

We welcome Mrs Heather Fraser back to her 3-day class post on Monday 20th May.

Mrs Beattie will continue with her 2-day post.

We thank Mrs Catherine Sutherland for all her hard work and dedication to the P2 class during Mrs Fraser’s absence.


P1A – Staffing update

Mrs Jilly Munro starts her maternity cover on Friday 17th May and take this opportunity to wish her well.

We are delighted that Mrs Catherine Sutherland will be covering Mrs Munro’s teaching day on a Tuesday until the end of this session.



Literacy Cafe

Literacy Cafe

A reminder that our Literacy Cafe is this Wednesday 15.05.19 from 6pm-7pm.

We will be sharing strategies that we use for the teaching of spelling in Lochardil. Staff will be joined by Laura McGinlay, our Literacy Development Officer and there will be the opportunity to ask any questions you may. Refreshments will be served.



P3 Kodaly Fun!

P3 Kodaly Fun!

We welcome Rosalind back for our final block of Kodaly lessons