Breakfast and after school Club Update

On 2nd March Nicola Sturgeon announced that OSC will be able to return on the 15th March along with a return to schools:

“And I can confirm today that from that date, 15 March – unless new evidence or new circumstances force us to reconsider, which we of course hope will not be the case – all children in primary 4 to 7 will go back to school on a full-time basis.

All primary school children will also be able to return to regulated childcare, including after school and breakfast clubs.”

This means we will be taking bookings for breakfast and after school club again from the 15th March. Please get in touch with the school if you would like to book your child/ren back into this service. If we have a high demand it will go back to a first come, first serve basis.

ELC – World Book Day – 4th March 2021

We would like to invite children attending on Thursday (4th) to celebrate world book day with us by dressing up as their favourite book character. If they have a favourite outfit at home they would like to wear we would love to see them. This is of course, completely optional.

Due to ongoing Covid restrictions, we politely ask that your favourite books are left at home this year.

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Morning Drop Off Routine.

Just a reminder that children should be dropped off just in time for starting their school day be it at 8.50am if they are in the keyworker hub or 9am for P1-P3.

This is to prevent mixing of our class bubbles.

If you are a keyworker and require an earlier drop off time remember that the breakfast club is available to you.

Our PSA’s will be in the playground to assist the children in the morning.

Please vacate the campus and surrounding streets immediately and avoid gathering to catch up with others in line with government guidance.

Thank you for your support.

Parent Council Meeting Google Meet Wednesday 10th March 2021 at 7pm.

The next parent council meeting will be hosted on a Goggle meet through Google classroom, on Wednesday 10th March 2021, from 7pm. This is our AGM.

After many years of service, our Chairperson Ian Soden and our Treasurer Pauline Fox, are both stepping down from their roles as their youngest children will be moving up to secondary school in August. We are very grateful for all they have done for Parent Council over the past decade or so!

Kindly, Sarah Goudie has volunteered to take on the Treasurer role – Thank you Sarah! Amy Carter is happy to continue as Secretary or step into the Chairperson role depending on other volunteers that come forward. It is vital that we have parents to continue the good work that Parent Council do and maintain that link between the teaching staff, the parents and ultimately improve our children’s educational experience. It is not an onerous job being an office bearer in the committee, but it is a very rewarding one. If you are interested to find out more about the Chairperson and secretary role before the meeting please don’t hesitate to contact us on or

All parents and carers of children from nursery to P7 are welcome to join us virtually on the 10th March.

Thank you for your ongoing support

The Parent Council Committee.

Exciting News – Our Digital Schools Scotland Award!!

Lochardil Primary staff and pupils have some exciting news to share with the community!  We have successfully managed to receive a nationally recognised award by Education Scotland! 

Digital Schools Awards is a national awards scheme to promote, recognise and encourage a whole school approach to the use of digital technology in schools. We have been able to assess our progress and recognise our achievements with regards to our Digital Skills here at Lochardil and decided we were ready to be validated by Ms Catherine Cunningham, from Digital Schools Awards Scotland.

We are absolutely delighted to announce that not only were we successful in receiving the Digital Schools Award, but we have been asked to be a mentor school for any schools wishing to undertake this digital journey in the future!

Thank you to all staff and pupils for embracing this world of digital technology that we find ourselves immersed in and for going the ‘extra digital mile’ to provide wonderful learning opportunities and make our pupils prepared for a digital future within a digital world.

Breakfast & Out Of School Club

School age childcare services will continue to be subject to the same opening restrictions that came into effect on 26 December 2020. This means that services may only open to vulnerable children and the children of key workers. The Sub-Group noted the important role of school age childcare in supporting the most vulnerable children, and strongly supported continued access to these services, including breakfast clubs that support children facing food insecurity. However the sub-group advised on a cautious approach to the gradual re-opening of services. To minimise any potential spread of the virus, this is focusing, in the first instance, on settings that present the lowest risk. The decision to prioritise the return to ELC reflects the evidence that younger children are at lower risk from COVID, the role that ELC plays in supporting children’s development, and the challenge of delivering this crucial support remotely The next meeting of the Advisory Sub-Group will assess the impact of the first phase of the return to schools and review the reopening of school age childcare.  

Welcoming ELC-P3 pupils on Monday 22nd February 2021

We are very much looking forward to welcoming back our ELC – P3 pupils to face to face schooling on Monday 22nd February as per the recent Scottish Government announcement. Please feel reassured we are following all health and safety protocols and measures to continue to ensure the safety and learning of our pupils and staff.

We hope the return will follow a similarly successful pattern as our return last August and that we can get all our children happy, safe and feeling ‘back at home’ asap. We would really appreciate your assistance with continuing to follow our safety measures i.e. fresh clean uniform daily, no toys brought from home, bring own stationery if possible, no parents/carers within the school grounds etc. Timings and routines will be the same for pupils as last term so they will all be very familiar with this. The entrance and exits for each class ELC – P3 will be the same, and their teacher(s) will be there to support them with everything and get back in the swing of things. School lunches and routines will be the same as term 2 i.e. 1 hot meal option and 1 cold meal option with classes continuing to make use of our dining hall and general hall to ensure year groups remain within their bubbles during these times. Please provide a break time snack initially and we will up date you on this service next week.

Safety around our school – We are very thankful to all our parents/carers that work with us and support us to keep all our children safe. It is parent/carer responsibility to adhere to the guidance with respect to traffic, road safety and general consideration for our lovely community we are lucky to live within. Please follow the Highway Code and follow the local speed limits. Avoid stopping to drop off or pick up on any of the road markings indicating areas this is not permitted. Be mindful of our neighbours when parking in surrounding streets/ areas. The car park is for staff use only or disabled access. The pathway to the front office gate is for access only and no loitering is permitted at any time particulary due to the width of the path and to be able to socially distance while getting to the destination safely. We appreciate the front and back gates become busy at drop off and pick up times and would encourage you to wear a face covering if possible, keep a 2m distance from each other, move away after your child is here to allow the others to drop or collect also, and use both sides of the street to avoid conjection where possible. Please be reassured we will have staff within the playground just before bell times to monitor and support our children once they arrive with us or are ready to leave. ELC parents/carers are still able to walk through the grounds to reach the ELC and sign their child in or out safely.

Breakfast provision and Out of School Care will currently only operate for those families of keyworkers or idenitified children as we are currently running. We will update you asap on any changes for this.

We will continue to provide care for any pupils in P4-P7 as part of our Keyworker/identified pupils who have a place and participate in their learning online with their peers learning at home. We continue to support our P4-P7 pupils online with their virtual schooling and look forward to further Scottish Government announcements on when they will return to the school building safely also.

Finally, I would like to say a huge thank you to you all as parents/carers for doing the most wonderful job of being everything and everyone to our children during these challenging times, for supporting us and trusting us, your patience and acceptance that we staff are going through this all too, and for continuing to play your part to keep us safe as a school community! You genuinely have been absolute stars!! Not forgetting to mention the real stars through all of this again so far – our Lochardil Primary young people! Our whole purpose for doing what we do and who have shown us more resilience and positivity than we could have imagined! Love is our core value and throughout this whole experience it has been in abundance! Here’s to our next stage of the learning journey full of fun, excitement, and the sound of bells again!

Happy weekend!

Important email communication

Parents/carers please check your email for an important letter we have shared from the Health Protection Team. If you do not receive this email please contact our school office on Monday to ensure you have provided us with your most current email contact address to ensure any further communication reaches you.

Thank you

ELC – Return Information

Jason Leitch, National Clinical Director, has issued a letter to parents and carers of children returning to ELC and P1-3. The letter explains the reasoning for the decision to enable younger children to return to ELC and schools next week. Please follow the link below for this information.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us ??

Information for Parents/Carers from Highland Council

Please see information letters from HC attached. “A question and answer session for parents has been organised for the evening of the Thursday 18 February.  Officers will be present to support and mitigate parental queries and concerns.” Further information can be found on the Highland Council website or HCPC social media communication channels.

ELC – Half Term

Good Afternoon

This is a reminder that next week is our half term holiday. School (both physical and virtual) will be closed for all pupils on Monday 15th – Wednesday 17th February inclusive. The school will reopen on Thursday morning for key worker children and we will be back online as normal.

Have a lovely long weekend 🙂

World Book Day 2021 – £1 Book Tokens!

World Book Day is back with their fabulous selection of £1 books!  To find out more information about the selection of books available this year, please visit:

Normally, we would be distributing £1 book tokens in school, which can be exchanged for one of these brilliant books, or £1 off any other book of your choice.

This year, World Book Day are making digital book vouchers available for all pupils. In order to get a digital voucher, you will need to download the attached PDF and print the voucher off. It can then be used in any participating retailer. The tokens are vaild from Thursday 18th February – Sunday 28th March.

There is also a fabulous selection of ideas and activities related to both story telling and the £1 books available on the World Book Day website. Have fun enjoying the magic of books!

ELC – Primary 1 Transition

Please find attached some information about our Primary 1 transition and how we will be helping your child through the process in these difficult times. This years transition will not be like others due to not mixing classes etc but we are still able to provide beneficial transition and support throughout.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

ELC – Enrolment

Enrolment for session 2021/2022 for 3 and 4 year olds.

All children born between 1st March 2017 and 28th February 2019 are eligible for a place in the term beginning after their third birthday.
Enrolment week commences Monday 8 February and concludes on Friday 12 February 2021. Please note that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there will be no face-to-face enrolment in schools this session.

The following link will allow you to upload the birth certificate and the council tax information. A preferred hours form will be emailed to you once your application has been received.

If you have an questions, please contact us.

Thank you,

The ELC Team.

P7 Parent Reminder Virtual Transition Meeting Tonight


Nigel Engstrand



Dear Parent/Carers

Transfer to Inverness Royal Academy

As part of your child’s transition to Inverness Royal Academy in August 2021, I would like to invite you to a virtual meeting at 6.00 on Monday 8th February 2021.

The meet code is

The purpose of the meeting is to meet with myself and the Rector, Mr, Engstrand, giving you an introduction to the school and highlighting the Primary 7- Secondary 1 transition procedures. Guidance staff are currently meeting with all P7 classes to answer pupil questions. The meeting will also be an opportunity for you to ask questions you may have about transition arrangements.

Yours sincerely,

Alex Gunn

Depute Rector

Parent Update for schools

For the attention of parents and carers in Highland

On 2 February, an announcement was made in the Scottish Parliament by the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, about remote learning and the future return to face-to-face learning in schools.  This message includes the key information that children, young people and their families need to know.

The key points are as follows:

  • The remote learning offer, alongside support in-school for vulnerable and key worker children and young people, will continue until Friday 19 February.
  • From week beginning 22 February, there will be a partial return to schools as follows:
    • Full time attendance for Early learning and childcare children, and for children in P1-3.
    • Part-time attendance for young people in the Senior Phase who need to attend in order to complete practical work that is necessary for the completion of national qualification courses. 
    • Further clarification about future plans for the re-opening of schools will be shared by the Scottish Government on 16 February.
  • There will be a roll-out of testing for some workers in educational settings and pupils in the Senior phase, which will help to ensure that the partial return to school is as safe as possible. This is in line with national guidance.

It is important to remember that all of our Highland schools will be closed for the long weekend (Monday 15 and Tuesday 16 February are holidays, and Wednesday 17 February is the In-Service Day).  During those days our school buildings will be closed and there will be no provision for vulnerable children and the children of key workers. 

We are currently working through these guidelines and are planning for the week beginning 22 February.  We will continue to keep parents, carers and families informed.

Further updates about free school meals will be issued next week.

Meanwhile, the current remote learning situation continues, with the continued emphasis on following guidance from the Scottish Government to protect the NHS and save lives.  Thank you for your patience and support.

Update from Scottish Government 02.02.21 re return of Face to Face Schooling

Scottish Government
02/02/21 17:21 Back to school
Phased return for some pupils. Children in early learning and childcare and in primaries 1-3 are now scheduled to make a full return to nurseries and schools from 22 February. In addition, very limited numbers of pupils in S4-6 will also be able to complete in-school practical work that is essential for completing national qualifications on a part-time basis from the same date Some children and young people with significant additional support needs will also be prioritised for a return to in-person provision, for those most urgently in need of support. All other pupils, with the exception of vulnerable children and those of key workers, will continue with remote learning. To complement the return to in-school teaching, there will be a significant expansion of testing. People who work in schools, early learning and childcare settings attached to schools, and senior phase pupils, will be offered at-home testing two times a week. Two metre physical distancing for adults and pupils will be required in secondary schools in the period immediately after a return. Where required, updated guidance (and associated mitigations) will be published for all relevant settings that allows for the current circumstances and latest scientific advice. All these measures will be kept under regular review. These decisions will be confirmed on Tuesday 16 February – providing sufficient progress in tackling the virus has been made. Deputy First Minister John Swinney said: “I appreciate only too well the burden being placed on many families as they navigate this COVID pandemic. I am also acutely aware of the need to maintain teaching and learning wherever possible. In doing so, the health and wellbeing of our children, young people and staff is paramount. “My priority has been to ensure a safe return for children and young people to school and nursery as quickly as possible. That is why the steps that have been announced today are guided by the advice of the Chief Medical Officer and public health experts. Children and young people will begin a gradual, phased return to classrooms supported by a testing regime and enhanced guidance. A sense of caution underpins the plans unveiled today, but this is essential as we work to return to full time teaching in schools.”
Background The schedule, subject to confirmation on 16 February, is:
February 22 – Full time return for pre-school children in early learning and childcare settings and children in P1-3.
February 22 – Part time return for senior phase pupils – S4, S5 and S6 – on a limited basis, for essential in-school practical work only. It is intended that there will be no more than 5 – 8% of a secondary school roll physically present at any one time for these purposes.
February 22 – Small increase for additional support needs where there is a demonstrable and immediate need. All other primary and secondary pupils will continue to use remote learning until at least the beginning of March except in the case of vulnerable children and those of key workers.
We will review this position every two weeks. School age childcare services will also remain open only to vulnerable children and those of key workers pending further scientific advice.
All children who are eligible for free school meals will continue to receive them during this period.

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Parent / Carer Appointment Feedback

Thank you to all the parents and carers who attended our virtual parent/carer appointments last week. It was definitely a new way of hosting these meetings and we are delighted we managed to engage with so many of you.

We would like to take this opportunity to gather your feedback about our school and our virtual appointments. Please feel free to complete the online form below by Friday 5th February to share your views.

ELC Parent Appointments Monday 8th February – Friday 12th February 2021

Good morning all parents/carers, We are now going ahead with our ELC Parent appointments. Due to the unprecedented times we are living in, we are hosting our appointments via an online booking system.

Please see attached letter and guidance sheet on how you should book an online appointment for your child(ren).

In the meantime, we hope you all stay safe and well.

Parents’ Evening Online Appointments!

Good afternoon parents/carers,

For anyone who has a parents’ evening appointment this afternoon, or indeed tomorrow afternoon, please follow the same link that you used to log in to book your appointment in the first place, which is

Enter all of the log in information as you did before. Try to do this approximately 5-10 minutes before your appointment and you will see that you will have a video call waiting. Once your video call time starts you will be connected with your child(ren)’s class teacher(s).

Please note, all of the appointments will only last 8 minutes before the call will be automatically terminated by the booking system.

If you come across any technical difficulties during the call, or struggle to get logged into the call, please do not worry, as we will get in contact with you to help re-arrange another suitable time.

If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to get in touch.

The Lochardil Team

ELC – Primary 1 Enrolment

Enrolment for Primary 1 takes place this week.  You can access information and forms to support enrolment on the Highland Council website by clicking on this link.

To support parents and families with enrolment and their child beginning school in August, the ‘Preparing for School in August’ document can be downloaded and personalised by settings to support dialogue around this transition process.

Other useful information to support families with enrolment can be found on the Bumps2Bairnssite. This Friday, the site will also share more detail on preparing for school, including some of the things you really don’t need to do!

Please also note that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there will be no face-to-face enrolment in schools this session. Parents with no access to the online process can request a paper copy of the enrolment form from their catchment school during enrolment week. 

ELC – Virtual Nature School

The Virtual Nature School are providing a variety of outdoor play and learning resources which can be used to support home learning. These materials are available through the Virtual Nature School and are signposted on Parent Club. There are:

·         Activity ideas and tips shared regularly on Facebook and Instagram

·         A downloadable nature diary which can be used to celebrate learning,  support reflection and improve literacy

·         A regular newsletter. Each edition answers a question asked by parents and helps to support discussions with children around outdoor play

·         A regular parent podcast focusing on myth busting and ideas to get outdoors. Episode 1 is tips for parents on dressing children warmly for outdoor play.

·         A regular practitioner podcast exploring outdoor pedagogy

·         Access to the Virtual Nature School videos which provide outdoor learning ideas or inquiries to start of the day’s learning .

If you have any questions, please let us know.

Reminder – Online Parent Appointments

A reminder that parent appointments for pupils in P1 – P7 will be held on line on Wednesday 27th & Thursday 28th January between 3.30 and 6 pm.

Please remember to book an online appointment with your child’s class teacher before the booking system closes on Tuesday 26th January at 12noon.

For your convenience the information issued last week has been reposted below



In the event of the online system not working for your scheduled appointment, please be assured you will be contacted by phone the next day by a member of staff to arrange an alternative appointment, which may have to be a telephone conversation with the class teacher.

Dropping off for school

May we remind you that the school car park is for staff use only and not a designated dropping off point at any time during the day. (Disabled users exempt)

Please be aware of traffic/road signage at the school on Lochardil Road to ensure safety for pupils and community.

Thank you for your cooperation.

ELC -P1 & ELC Enrolment

Primary 1 and Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) enrolment

The new school session starts on 17 August 2021.

Primary 1

If your child will be five years of age on or before 28 February 2022, they are eligible to enrol for Primary 1. 

Enrolment week for Primary 1 pupils will take place from Monday 25 January to Friday 29 January. 

If you wish to enrol your child for Primary 1, please do so during enrolment week. The online enrolment form will be available from Monday 25 January. 

*Please note that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there will be no face-to-face enrolment in schools this session. Parents/carers with no access to the online process can request a paper copy of the enrolment form from their catchment school during enrolment week. 

Early Learning and Childcare (ELC)

Children born between 1 March 2017 and 28 February 2019 are entitled to a funded Early Learning and Childcare place.

For Early Learning and Childcare places, enrolment week commences Monday 8 February and concludes on Friday 12 February 2021.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to speak to a member of staff.

Thank you.

Online Parents’ Evening Booking System

Good afternoon all parents/carers,
We are going ahead with our planned dates for Parents’ Evening appointments as arranged at the start of the school year. Due to the unprecedented times we are living in, we are hosting our appointments via an online booking system. Please see attached letter and guidance sheet on how you should book an online appointment for your child(ren).
In the meantime, we hope you all stay safe, well and enjoy your weekend.

Back in Kahoots

Our weekly Kahoot fun is back! starting Friday 22nd January

ELC -P3 Join Mrs MacIver LIVE at 10:00 every Friday

P4-7 Join Miss MacDonald LIVE at 11:00 every Friday

The Kahoot will be held on the Google Meet Link – posted on google classroom .

This is an optional activity to support social wellbeing and have some fun during this difficult time.

Join at or with the Kahoot! app. Miss MacDonald or Mrs MacIver will share the Game PIN that you will need on our LIVE google meet. You may find it easier to use a mobile to access the Kahoot quiz so you can still see everyone on the google meet but if you are working of a Chromebook or laptop you can just open a new tab. The google meet link will be the same each week. Hope to see lots of you there .

Highland Virtual Academy Support

Highland Virtual Academy Support

HVA COVID Support Teachers will be providing L&T support for literacy, numeracy and IDL. This will be for early, level 1, level 2 and level 3 and can be accessed by pupils in school or at home through YouTube.   The actual L&T session is pre-recorded.

This link will take pupils to the HVA YouTube channel where they can access the pre-recorded sessions

ELC – Christmas Party

What a great time we had today at our Christmas Party. It was so lovely to have everyone together in their bubbles and having fun at this special time of year! We played musical bumps, musical statues and corners and had yummy party food.

We would like to take the opportunity to thank each and everyone one of you for your support through the last two terms. Our new routines have been ever changing but it is made so much easier with your understanding and cooperation.

We hope you have the best holiday with your families. Stay safe and we will see you all in 2021!


As part of my Christmas present to P5, we got an Oxfam advent calendar. Each day we have opened up a gift which will help meets the needs of others in relation to food, water, healthcare, sanitation and education.
We have loved opening them and learning about the difference between needs and wants!

Merry Christmas everyone!

Lochardil’s Big Christmas Sign Along

Due to Covid19 restrictions, we have not been able to take part in our usual Christmas services, concerts and sing alongs. Here, at Lochardi, British Sign Language is our L3. We turned this unusual situation into an exciting, positive opportunity to develop and share our BSL skills .

We had great fun learning these Christmas songs and we really hope that this Big Sign Along brings you some Christmas cheer in what has been a difficult year.


Our Christmas lunch was great fun!

So was our Christmas party!

We are very proud of our Malawi inspired Artwork! We have been learning about the Rights of the Child, and the difference between needs and wants. We have been looking at the different ways in which society can help us meet those needs.

We had lots of fun completing a PE and maths based escape room challenge! Well done to Sarah, Sam, Tristan and Ava who managed to escape first!

Grace brought in running medals for us to see, which belong to her and her family. Well done Grace! You are a superstar runner!

Well done to Layla who has achieved her Grade 1 certificate in ballet!

Congratulations Roddy! He was nominated by the boys and girls in P5 to receive our ‘Star Pupil’ award at our virtual Christmas assembly! He was nominated by p5 for this award for being very hardworking, kind and helpful! Well done Roddy!

P5/4 Blog

What a fun party! Lots of games and lots of prizes!

Callan is upset because he couldn’t join in with his favourite dances!

The rest of them SAY they are not having fun….but can I draw your attention to the smiles on their cheery wee faces. Well…..some of them!

Pass the Parcel….with forfeits of course!

A HUGE Merry Christmas from myself, Mrs H and Mrs F. We will see all you wonderful children again after Christmas. Hope you have been good!!!!! (Don’t worry, I sent Santa very good reports about you all from school.) Happy Holidays!

Thank you message for all the food donations from Lochardil Larder!

Please see the presentation below for our thank you message for all the food donations from Lochardil Larder!

Up date from the Highland Council 21.12.20

As you know, the First Minister announced at the weekend that there will be some changes to the way schools return after the Christmas break.  Tomorrow (Tuesday 22 December) a letter will be issued to all parents and carers of children and young people in Highland schools to give you the key information about this.  Please do not contact the school today about the new arrangements, to allow School leaders and staff to focus on planning for the new term.

Easy Fundraising

Any support appreciated

As we are all likely to be doing more of our shopping online. A really simple and FREE way to support us during this difficult time is to sign up to easyfundraising. 

Every time you do your online shopping via easyfundraising, retailers donate money to Lochardil Parent Council and it’s completely free!

Please sign up by clicking below and download the app:

Scottish Government Announcement 19.12.2020

Please be reassured we will share further information and guidance on Monday & Tuesday next week in response to what this latest announcement from Scottish Government regarding new restrictions means for us at school and the continued learning for all our pupils after the Christmas holidays.

We are ready for this! We will ensure you as parents/ carers, and all our children, feel as informed and prepared as possible before we finish on Tuesday to start our festive break. We will update our Blog and through our usual communication channels to ensure everyone receives the key messages. Please also check the Highland Council website for up-to-date information for our area.

Remember we are a strong community and will continue to support each other to ensure we remain as safe and connected as possible during these uncertain times. Please be reassured we will continue this journey together working with each other for strength, support, guidance, and importantly to continue the education and wellbeing of our young people who are the heart of all we do.

Familiarise yourself with the latest Scot. Gov. guidance available on their website and through National/Local media. Thanks again for continuing to keep our school community safe during these times.

P1A Festive Fun!

The girls and boys really enjoyed taking part in a special Christmas Kahoot quiz which was organised by the P7 house captains. We also took part in a virtual Christmas assembly!

In class, we have been busy making and writing Christmas cards. Our sound this week was x so we made an x-ray of our hand!

Monday will be a dress down day as a thank you from the P7 house captains.

Join the CCC Nativity Trail

Culduthel Christian Centre have organised a family “Nativity Trail” around the area. There is a box at the church to collect the information to help you navigate around homes in the area to see pictures of the Christmas story displayed in windows.

Thank you to Rev Macleod and the CCC congregation for sharing this with us and supporting us with our Christmas service today.


It has been a fun week in primary 4, making our learning as festive as possible!

We have made beautiful 2021 calendars to hang in our bedrooms and in the process of creating clay snowmen. These will look AMAZING when completed!

Eddie has been up to more mischief in our class AND we have been enjoying our daily advent calendar.

In maths we have been learning to write the date in both short and long form. To do this we looked at the different months of the year and also learnt how many days are in each month.

After this, we looked at calendars and completed a fun partner task!

2 more school days to go, can you believe it!!!

P4 Christmas party

We had lots of fun playing many different covid friendly games at our party!! We managed to play pass the parcel using a number generator instead of passing round the object. This was just as much fun for everyone

A lot of sweeties were consumed!!!

ELC – Christmas Decorations

The children have been busy making and decorating tree decorations for our friends at The Mackenzie Centre and Ach an Eas.

The Mackenzie Centre have received a lovely delivery of brightly coloured gingerbread men and hearts which will go out in their Christmas care packages and Ach an Eas received personalised Christmas trees and stars.

ELC – Hamper & Donations

Usually in the ELC the staff would participate in Secret Santa. This year we thought we would use the money that we would normally spend on each other and give back to the wider community. The money was split equally between MFR Cash for Kids and Ach an Eas Care Home.

Two hampers of goodies were made up for the staff and residents at Ach an Eas, filled with sweets, biscuits, puzzles, crosswords, handmade decorations and personal care items and a donation of £82 was made to Cash for Kids.

Family Giveaway – 3 day event – open to all

‘inSpires’ at Inverness Cathedral are putting together a 3-day event – Monday 21, Tuesday 22 and Wednesday 23 December (from 10am to 1pm each day).  We are offering FREE toys – board games, books, soft toys etc., which have been donated to us from individuals and MFR Cash for Kids. As well as this we will be able to give FREE FOOD BAGS, and WINTER JACKETS for children.

‘inSpires’ would love to see you … and hope that you can pop by and enjoy a festive mince pie and tea/coffee.  There is no need to register and we will open the doors from 10am to 1pm each day, Monday 21 to Wednesday 23 December.

Party time in P1B…

We have had such a fun, busy and exciting party day. The icing on the cake was a sack full of presents left by Santa Claus himself. How kind of him to take time to visit us – apparently he had been informed by Eddie Elf and Floppy that we had been working so hard that we deserved a little treat. We were ALL on the ‘nice list’ and ALL got a present AND an extra little box of Lego for the classroom!! Amazing!

Self-isolation Guidance

The Highland Council have asked all schools to share the following information with parents/carers.

Who needs to self isolate?

Everyone who develops symptoms of COVID-19 – a new, continuous cough; fever or loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste – should isolate straight away and arrange a test via or, if you can’t get online, by calling 0800 028 2816.

People who live in the same household as a person with symptoms should also isolate straight away.

If the test result for the symptomatic person is negative, and they are not already isolating as a ‘close contact’ of a confirmed case, they can end isolation and return to work or school when they are well enough and have not had a fever for 48 hours. The rest of their household can end isolation straight away.

If the test is positive, the symptomatic person should remain in isolation until 10 days from symptom onset, or longer if certain symptoms persist. The rest of the household should remain in isolation for 10 days from symptom onset in the symptomatic person, even if they don’t have symptoms themselves. 

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P6/5 showed brilliant team work when playing dodgeball yesterday. I was very impressed with the way the teams made sure that everyone was included and taking part.

I love the facial expressions here. The boys were trying to figure out a tricky problem during problem solving.
We had a google meet with the ELC children yesterday. They performed their BSL Christmas song for us and shared their learning about nocturnal animals. Some of these children might be buddied up with some of our class next year.
Spreading some Christmas joy in the playground this morning.

Road Safety

Now that the dark & icy weather is definitely with us, this a good time to remind everyone of general road safety measures to keep everyone safe.

If driving children to school, please remember to park safely and sensibly by not parking on or near street corners, not to block driveways and not to stop on the lines outside the school gates.

Remind children about crossing roads safely and to take extra care when checking for traffic which cannot stop so quickly on icy roads.

Cyclists (and pedestrians) should wear clothing which is clearly visible to drivers, and bikes should be fitted with front and rear lights.

Be aware that roads may not have been gritted by the time your children are coming to school, so watch out for black ice and take extra care.

We want everyone to arrive safely for school so please remind children (and adults!!) of good road safety practices.

Let us all do our bit to keep everyone safe.

P3A Circuit Challenge

Yesterday P3A were given a challenge to see if they could make a bulb light up. They were given a battery, wires, a bulb and a bulb holder. Some of the children managed to light up the bulb really quickly. They really enjoyed this activity and next week they are going to make a switch to turn the bulb on and off.

End of Term 2

As we approach the end of our Term 2 we would like to confirm school will close to pupils on Tuesday 22nd December 2020 and reopen for Term 3 on Wednesday 6th January 2021. Please continue to support our school to stay safe by adhering to the Scot. Gov. guidelines and remember F.A.C.T.S.  Thanks to everyone for looking after us and our community here at Lochardil Primary.

OOSC – 15/12/2020

Hi everyone!

Well, that’s us in our last full week before Christmas. In Out of School Club, we have managed out to the MUGA a few times, and have been playing games inside like Twister, Marble Run and Guess Who.

Miss Watson has made some Christmas crackers using some art sets (which were very kindly donated!) with some of the children. She hopes to get some more children involved this week.

Winter Hardship Payment

Families on low incomes in receipt of free school meals can apply for a COVID winter hardship payment from Scottish Government

Families with children in receipt of free school meals due to reasons of low income are eligible for a £100 per child Covid winter hardship payment from the Scottish Government.

There are no restrictions on how families choose to spend the additional payment. The payment is per child not per household. However, P1-3 pupils receiving free school meals due to universal provision, not due to low income, are not eligible.

In Highland, the Highland Council will administer this payment on behalf of the Scottish Government. Eligible households do not require to apply for this payment, the Council will contact those families directly with payment details.

Households who think they are maybe eligible for the Covid winter hardship payment and have not received notification of an award by Monday 21 December 2020 should contact the Councils Welfare Support Team on or email

Who is eligible for free school meals due to low income?

Families with children in receipt of free school meals due to reasons of low income are eligible for the Covid winter hardship payment. Eligibility for Free School Meals based on low income, is where the household is in receipt of:

  • Income Support
  • Universal Credit (where the monthly earned income does not exceed £610).
  • Income-based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Any income related element of Employment and Support Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit, but not in receipt of Working Tax Credit, and your income is less than £16,105 (as assessed by the HMRC)
  • Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit and an income below £7,330 (as assessed by the HMRC)
  • If you are 16 to 18 yrs old and receive any of these benefits in your own right, then you can claim for yourself
  • If you are an asylum seeker receiving support
  • Pension Credit Guarantee Credit

The payment for the £100 per child Covid winter hardship payment will be made prior to Christmas for those who were in receipt of free school meals due to low income on 30 November 2020.

Households who apply and awarded free school meals due to low income after

30 November 2020 will be eligible for the Covid winter hardship payment up until 22 December 2020. Those eligible families will be notified, and an award will be made no later than 15 January 2021.

A cash payment via PayPoint voucher will be made to eligible households. Vouchers will be redeemable at local PayPoint outlets. A small minority of households will receive payment via Post Office Pay-out and will be advised in their notification.

ELC – Panto Time

While the Rainbows were having lots of fun at the woods, the Buttercups enjoyed a virtual panto named ‘Robin Hood and the socially distanced men’. They loved watching it on the big screen and got into the panto spirit. The Rainbows will have the opportunity to watch on Thursday.

ELC – Transition

Our nursery 4’s have now started their Primary 1 transition. Although we are unable to visit the P1 classrooms, we have been able to visit virtually and engage with classes and teachers. We have been listening to stories, sharing likes and dislikes and we have shared our BSL songs.

ELC – Our Week

What a busy week we’ve had. The children have been busy learning and recording our BSL song, which we can’t wait to show you all!

We have also been practising our number recognition, pattern matching, making beautiful decorations to send to our friends at the Mackenzie Centre and writing letters to Santa ??

Good Luck Miss Cowie

P6 have been lucky enough to have Miss Cowie , a student teacher, working with us for the past seven weeks. It was her last day with us on Friday. We have really enjoyed having her as part of our class and we have had lots of fun learning with her. Thank you Miss Cowie and Good Luck in your teaching adventure .

from P6 and Miss MacDonald

P6 Party Reminder

Our Christmas party will be held between break and lunch tomorrow (Monday). We are looking forward to playing fun games, dancing and showing off our festive/party outfits. Remember to bring along a party snack for yourself, if you would like. Maybe a bag of individual crisps and a wrapped cake bar/sweet. You can also take juice in your usual water bottle. See you tomorrow!

P6/5 Christmas Party – Monday 14th December

Our Christmas party will be held between break and lunch tomorrow (Monday). We are looking forward to playing fun games, dancing and showing off our festive/party outfits. Remember to bring along a party snack for yourself, if you would like. Maybe a bag of individual crisps and a wrapped cake bar/sweet. You can also take juice in your usual water bottle. See you tomorrow!

P5/4 Weekly Blog

Nearly there! We made some lovely Christmas cards with beautiful new pastels.

In writing, we were doing instructions on how to make the said Christmas cards. We looked at instructions from books, and followed instructions on how to make a paper aeroplane. We then had a flying competition.

Have a look where Mia’s landed! She got the prize for highest…and longest in the air!

We’re loving social dancing!

And our class is looking more and more Medievally……

Party on Tuesday. Remember to provide your child with a nice party snack if you can.

So get ready to swing your party pants! Can’t wait!

The Rotary Club Santa Sleigh

Please see below times that Santa will be passing through our area. Remember to give him a big wave and cheer as he passes by.

LOCHARDIL    – Sun 13th Dec

16.00  – 16.30

Broom Dr, Laggan Rd , Balnakyle  Rd,  Drumdevan Rd, Torbreck Rd               

16.30 – 17.00

Darris Rd,  Balnakyle Rd , Stratherrick Rd , Ardness Pl                                                                 

17.00 – 17.30

Stratherrick Rd, Grigor Dr, Sratherrick Rd .                          

17.30 – 18.00

Lochardil Rd ,  Drummond Rd.  Broom Rd  

Pr 7 Lochardil Larder

A group of us have been working together to help count, sort and pack up the food donations we received after our dress up day in October. We covered boxes with Christmas paper, made salt dough decorations and covered the hampers with recyclable plastic cellophane to finish them off.

We were delighted to share 12 food hampers with Inverness Women’s Aid today and have 10 more ready for delivery to some of the senior citizens in the community next week. We will share out the remaining items to other families and the Inverness foodbank.

Thank you to everyone who donated food, which will make such a difference to families at Christmas.

We felt so proud of being able to help others. We enjoyed working together on this project. Anna, from Women’s Aid, was very happy to come along to receive our hampers today.
Some of the hampers ready to go.
Filling up Anna’s car ready to take to Inverness Women’s Aid

Our data handling and maths skills came in useful!

ELC – Christmas Cards

Children should only give cards within their class (Rainbow/Buttercup). They should be brought in this week to be left in their trays to quarantine for a 72 hour period and they will be distributed to the recipients next week.

Please handle this as you would your regular mail and adhere to government guidance on handling items.

ELC – Forest Session – Week 5

We had our cheeky resident Elf, Larry appear at our base camp today. He had left us a fun ‘pants trail’ around the woods so we got to explore parts that we havent got to yet. We had wrap pizza’s and hot chocolate/hot juice for snack and discussed all the things that we had enjoyed about our sessions.

Layton – ‘Going on the rope swing’
Lyra – ‘my marshmallows’
Lewis – ‘I liked when we played hide and seek’
Jenny – ‘I liked when I was on the log’
Finlay – ‘I love going to the log’

This was our last session before the holidays. Deatils of a new block will be put out in due course.

Rotary Club – Santa Sleigh

The Rotary Club Santa Sleigh will be in the Lochardil area on Sunday 13th December at 4pm to approx 6pm.

Further details of other areas and times can be found on the Rotary Club of Inverness Culloden Facebook Page.

Due to Covid restrictions & regulations, the Rotary Club please ask that children & parents/carers should wait for Santa to reach them at the side of the road/end of a cul-de-sac etc and not rush forward to meet the sleigh. Also in line with the guidance, this year children will not be allowed on the sleigh with Santa.

The elves will be collecting for Rotary Club charities (with socially distanced buckets!!)

Please give generously and enjoy the festive cheer.

Festive Wednesday

We have been feeling very festive today in our Christmas jumpers/dresses etc. and our Christmas lunch was delicious – a huge thankyou to Cook and all the canteen staff.