ELC – End of Term Celebrations

Well… what can we say! What an amazing last day of term. Celebrating what has been the most difficult of years but we all came together to make it awesome despite the tough times we have had. We hope you all enjoyed it as much as we did! The staff would like to say a huge thank you for your continued support throughout.

We are also saying goodbye to Miss Mackenzie & Mrs Gorman and would like to wish them all the very best of luck in their new roles.

And Miss Allardice, who thankfully is not leaving but will be returning in August as Mrs Scobie!

Thank you once again and we hope you have the best holiday!

ELC – Teddy Bears Picnic

Today’s the day the teddy bears have their picnic ?

we are so excited to welcome you all today to enjoy our teddy bears picnic. We have lots of games, songs and yummy snack planned.

10:30 – 11:30. Due to the weather we will each have our own zones within the school but it will not dampen the end of term celebration!

The whole school will close at 12pm today for the summer holidays.

See you all soon.


I can’t believe that we have just had our last full day of P5!

Thank you so much for being such a wonderful class! I have loved teaching each and every one of you! You have worked so hard and been great fun! Thank you so much for all the wonderful memories! It has been a tough year for you all but you have shown such great resilience and strength throughout. I am so proud of you all. 

I know that you will be great in P6!

For those of you staying with me, I am delighted to be teaching you again!

For those of you who are moving to Miss MacDonald’s class, you are in brilliant hands! I know that she will look after you all brilliantly!

-Keep working hard

-Keep your positive attitude

-Look after yourselves

-Be kind to each other

Remember that a little kindness can transform someone’s world!

I would also like to say a huge BIG thank you to your families at home. I cannot thank you all enough for the support you have provided throughout our period of online learning. You made sure the learning kept going at home which helped with a smooth transition back to the classroom. 

Tomorrow, to celebrate Lochardil achieving another Eco Green Flag, is a dress down day!

You can also bring in games if you want, so long as they are not electronic devices.

I am looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow!

ELC – Goodbye Mrs Gorman

As some of you may know, tomorrow will be Mrs Gormans last day with us in nursery. Mrs Gorman has successfully completed her teacher training and will be moving on to further her career in a new school. We are extremely sad to see her go but we know that she will be absolutely amazing in her new class and her new school are very lucky to have her!

Good luck Mrs Gorman, we will miss you!

Summer of Hope Booking Links

The Highland Council is pleased to be able to offer some free activities and experiences during the summer thanks to funding from the Scottish Government

Watch out for The Highland Council sharing a webpage which will include more activities to come.

Keep your eyes peeled for a “Summer of Hope” launch through Eden Court Under Canvas too.

There are many ideas for family activities through Parentclub page to help you get out and about and enjoy our open spaces. https://www.parentclub.scot/topics/get-into-summer

Thanks for working so hard this year. Have a wonderful summer making memories with friends, family and everyone close to you inside and outside.

We can’t wait to hear all about it when you come back Refreshed, Reconnected, Re-energised and Ready to continue learning in August.

These are the 4 R’s we all need this summer!

ELC – Staffing Changes

As you may be aware The Highland Council have made some changes to their Early Years structure. From the 16th August, all childcare managers will be centrally placed and become Peripatetic Childcare Managers. This means they will be line managed by the area education and learning manager within their area team.

Our Childcare Manager, Miss Clare Mackenzie’s, last official day working from Lochardil will be Friday 25th June. Once Miss Mackenzie moves to her peripatetic role she will continue to support our school along with many others.

If you have any questions regarding these changes, please do not hesitate to ask.

Thank You.

Change to Moving up day

Moving Up Day tomorrow will now be Meet the Teacher Hour from 9.20am until 10.20am. This will be an opportunity for children to view their proposed classrooms, and meet their new class and teacher outdoors for a fun meet and greet activity.

The reason for this change is due to a number of factors including – availability of classroom accommodation i.e. two rooms still with no access due to recent flood damage; final allocation of staffing; and in light of continued review of the ongoing pandemic situation and to ensure we can fully implement our Covid-19 mitigations as best possible to keep everyone safe prior to the holidays.

We hope all our children will still continue to have an enjoyable experience tomorrow and look forward to the new session.


Congratulations to Mia! She is our Star of the Week for her brilliant sportsmanship and fabulous performance in PE! Mia is always so supportive and encouraging to those in her team! Well done Mia!

What a wonderful day we had a Whin Park! The weather was just perfect and we had so much fun!

Moving Up Day

On Tuesday 22nd June 2021 we will have a moving up day where pupils will be able to meet the new class teacher and where possible see their new classroom for the next session. On Monday the class teacher will orally share with pupils plans for Tuesday’s transition and on Tuesday your child will receive their proposed class allocation for next session 2021/2022.

Highlife Highland Libraries Summer Reading Challenge

It’s nearly the summer holidays which means it is nearly time for the Summer Reading Challenge delivered by Highlife Highland Libraries and the Reading Agency.

The Challenge starts on the 28th June and children can register to take part now.

It has been a strange year for us all but in libraries we are happy because we are open again and are able to run the Summer Reading Challenge in person. Children can collect the reading Posters, stickers and free gifts from their local library along with a pile of books to do the challenge.

The theme this year is Wild World Heroes, a nature-themed Challenge that will inspire children to engage with environmental issues. 

How the Challenge works

  • Children sign up at their local library and receive a Wild World Heroes collector poster
  • Children set a reading goal and borrow and read library books of their own choice during the summer, collecting special stickers to complete their poster and extra incentives along the way
  • Children who complete the Summer Reading Challenge are presented with a certificate and a medal

Follow this link to find out more: Summer Reading Challenge

Please check Highlife Highland Library webpages https://www.highlifehighland.com/libraries/ for opening hours and terms of access as these may differ from Pre-Covid norm.

ELC – Teddy Bears Picnic

Teddy Bears Picnic – Friday 25thJune

10:30am – 11:30am

With Friday 25th June being our last day of term we would like to invite all children and their favourite teddy bear along to our teddy bears picnic.

If your child does not normally attend on a Friday, they are invited to join our last day of fun. We will remain in our current groups/bubbles and the picnic will take place outdoors, on the school playing field.

All children who are invited in on the day must be collected at 11:30am.

All children who attend ELC on a Friday must be collected by 12pm as this is when the school will close.

Many thanks

ELC Team

Digital Drop In Open Morning – Parent Feedback

We really hope you enjoy taking part in ‘Lochardil’s Digital Drop-in Day’ today and seeing your child’s learning in Health and Wellbeing across this final term. Hop onto their google classroom to have a look at what your child’s class have shared today.   We would be ever so grateful if you could complete this quick exit poll, so that we can gauge your valuable opinions and ideas, on how we can make our school even better than it already is!

Many thanks in advance,

The Lochardil Team!

P6 Digital Drop In (Virtual Open Morning)

Good Morning,

Welcome to our first virtual open morning. (All info and attachments also on google classroom)

Today we would like to share some of out Health and Wellbeing and IDL work with you. We have been learning all about our planet this term. We have had lots of discussion about real world issues such as Climate Change, diversity, economics and culture. In our video Love Can Change The World , we explore some of these issues and think about ways to make our world a better place, achieve our Global Goals and ensure everyone and everything in our world is respected.

We have had great fun being back together, learning this term. In our Explosive Learning video you will see a little bit of our active learning that has been happening in the last few weeks. We really enjoyed making these videos where everyone got to be included.
I really hope you have enjoyed taking part in ‘Lochardil’s Digital Drop-in Day’ and seeing a little bit of your child’s learning across this final term. I would be ever so grateful if you could complete this quick exit poll, so that we can gauge your valuable opinions and ideas, on how we can make our school even better than it already is!

Many thanks in advance,

Miss MacDonald

Love Can Change Our World – https://youtu.be/XReamMt0vwo

Explosive Learning – https://youtu.be/yMkVn-Zgs3M

Parent Exit Poll – https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSezuMEkx0Ivs1ja8soykg_WgMQzVlUwSshL4Ne6iSSVgmRQaA/viewform

P6/5 Open Day – Our Planet is Changing

Welcome to our Online Open Day!  This term, our class has been learning about Our Planet.  We have looked at what our planet is make of and found out about the different habitats that take up our earth’s surface.  We have also explored climate change and our impact on our planet.

Here is a video our class has created, entitled Our Planet is Changing.   The video includes both negative and positive ways our planet and it’s inhabitants are being impacted and are changing.  We also thought about our emotions when we consider the future of our planet. We hope you enjoy it.

P5 – Virtual Open Morning

P5 have made a slideshow for you to share what they have learned this year with regards to their health and well-being. We have included some activities for you to take part in too! We hope you enjoy them!

The slideshow has been posted on our Google Classroom. Click on the following link to find it! You will be able to watch it any time that suits you. An exit poll will also be posted at 10 am and we would be very grateful if you would leave us feedback too.


Thank you!

Love from P5 and Miss MacArthur

P6/5 – Scotland vs Czech Republic

P6/5 had a great day celebrating Scotland’s first match of Euro 2020 (even if the score was disappointing)!

They had a go at spelling the names of competing countries, used the match schedule to continue our time topic in maths and explored emotion behaviour cogs. The children thought about the emotion behaviours that we can see when football teams are scoring goals or when they lose in a final. We had lots of chances to discuss our own body sensations while we were watching the game – there were certainly lots of highs and lows.


We have been learning about all the different food groups and what a balanced diet means!

We have completed our animals, adapted for survival! We are preparing and practising talks which describe our unique animals to present to the class!
We have created our own success criteria, so we know what will make a great talk!

I was not in last Friday, but Miss MacLeod very kindly sent me this lovely photo of Grace! She was our Star of the Week for her fabulous topic work and her great sportsmanship during Sports Day! Well done Grace!

Fraser was our Star of the Week this week for his fabulous team work! He is always so kind, helpful and supportive to others in his group!

Virtual Open Day Tuesday 15th June

We have really missed being able to invite you in to share our learning this year. Tomorrow all classes will be taking part in our first ever Virtual Drop in Open Day where they will be sharing a snapshot of their learning with you. Keep an eye on our google classrooms and drop in on them at a time that suits you to see what everyone has been up to. We will also share a Google form questionnaire to gather your feedback which we would be grateful if you could complete. Thank you for your ongoing support .

P5 – Virtual Open Morning

Tomorrow we will be having a virtual open morning with a health and well-being focus!
We have created a Google Slideshow to share with you some of our learning with regards to our physical health, emotional well-being and mindfulness.
We have really enjoyed creating the PowerPoint for you and we hope you enjoy watching it and taking part in some of the activities too!

Our Virtual Open Morning Google Slideshow will be posted at 9am tomorrow on our Google Classroom. You will be able to see any time after that, at a time that suits you.

ELC – Euro 2021 Dress Down Day

To celebrate the Scotland Men’s team playing in the Euro 2021 tournament this year, their first major tournament in almost 22 years, we plan to have a dress down day! Football tops are permitted if you wish, and if you do not have a football top then please feel free to wear anything you like on Monday 14th June, as Scotland take on the Czech Republic whom we also will be supporting!  Exciting times for our nation!

Message for P6

Send you some love this sunny Friday afternoon. Reports have been sent home today. Please feel free to let the children read their own report once you have read it.

?? On Monday Mrs Kellacher has agreed that we can enjoy the experience of Euro 2020. Pupils may dress down or wear their favourite football strip ??

Have a great weekend ??

Pre Loved Uniform

We have a small selection of pre loved uniform with plenty life left. Email lochardil.primary@highland.gov.uk with your requirements and we will let you know if we can supply. £2 for a school sweatshirt/cardi and £1 for a polo shirt for school funds. Thanks in advance.

Easy Fundraising

Just a little reminder that you can turn your everyday online shopping into FREE donations that raise money to support our Parent Council continue to help make our school a fabulous place.

How does it work?

Easyfundraising turns your everyday online shopping into free donations for our school. How? Just start your online shopping first at easyfundraising, then shop as normal. The retailers will then make a small donation to say “thank you”.

Please consider using our link to help raise finds for our school if you are shopping online. All support is greatly appreciated.


ELC – Sports Day

What a great afternoon we had for our sports day. All the children were amazing and we had so much fun!

Videos have been uploaded to our private Google Classroom. Please log in using your child’s google email address to view.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and we will see you on Tuesday!

OOSC – 04.06.2021

Hi all,

Over the last few weeks, we have enjoyed playing with a tin can game, throwing beanbags to win points!

We have also been outside all this week due to the lovely weather – let’s hope it continues!

Please remember to re-register your child for Out of School Club / Breakfast Club for next term, and pop some suncream in your child’s bag if you want us to apply it in OOSC.



Sports Day was great fun! We have videos and photos of the races themselves and we are working on a way of sharing them with you all!

Tomorrow is Miss MacLeod’s last day with us.
We would like to say a huge congratulations to her for her successful placement! She will begin her career as a teacher in August!
Good luck for your new job Miss MacLeod! Your new class in August will be very lucky to have you!
We would also like to say a huge thank you to her for all her hard work and for all that she has taught us!
We will miss you!

Important Campus Information 03.06.21

Overnight on 2 – 3 June one of the classrooms on the top floor of our main building was flooded. This has resulted in two classrooms being put out of use while repairs are being carried out to the extensive damage caused. Two classes of pupils are currently being displaced one will be situated in the gym hall and the other in the dining hall for the time being. These alternative arrangements may be in place for the next 3 weeks until repairs are fully carried out. We apologise for any inconvenience due to these unforeseen circumstances.

We will communicate with parents/carers of both classes directly and continue to update as we have further updates. Please feel reassured we intend to ensue there is minimal disruption for all our children to ensure they continue to learn and achieve as planned, and feel safe and happy within their temporary provision here within their school.

Thanks for your understanding and support as always.

Audrey Kellacher

ELC – Sports Day

A reminder that our sports day will be on Friday 4th June. Please could children wear suitable clothing and footwear as we will be on the field. We hope to have more of today’s weather so please ensure children have sun cream applied in the morning and their own in nursery so staff can reapply if required.

Children that do not usually attend on a Friday are welcome to join us and should arrive at 1:45pm.

Due to ongoing COVID restrictions, we discourage crowds gathering along the school fence. Races will be recorded and uploaded to our private Google Classroom. Please let a member of staff know if you would prefer for your child not to be recorded.

Thank you.

Celebration of Sports Day and June Calendar.

Celebration of Sports Day

Our annual Sports Day is planned for P1-P7 this Thursday 3rd June and ELC on Friday 4th June.  We are excited to celebrate our HWB and sporting talent, and also more importantly have fun!  Due to the current Covid-19 situation there will be NO opportunity for parents/carers to join us this year as you are aware.  We discourage any gathering opportunity in a bid to reduce the transmission of the virus within our community, and if we find any spectators starting to observe we will need to stop for safety and perhaps move indoors.

So… please remember gym clothes, suncream, a water bottle, and sportsmanship for Thursday/ Friday.

We will film aspects of the Sports Day for each class and this will be made available on the Google Classroom for you to enjoy alongside your child at a later time.  Enjoy

ELC – Sports Day

Our sports day will be held on Friday 4th June on the school field. Due to ongoing covid restrictions, we will unfortunately be unable to invite parents/carers in to watch. We will however be filming the races and uploading them our private Google Classroom (please advise if you would prefer for your child not be filmed).

If your child does not usually attend on a Friday, a letter will be sent home today with the details as we would love for them to join us. Please check your child’s bag for this information.

If you have any questions, please contact us.

P6 Climate Zones

In P6 we have been learning about different climate zones of the world for part of our topic. We have broken off into groups and are each working on a display about our chosen climate zone. They are beginning to look fabulous already. We have the north and south frigid zones, the north and south temperate zones and the tropics. Keep your eyes peeled for the finished displays.

*REMINDER* Registration for School Age Childcare (SAC) (Out of School Club and Breakfast Club)

Just a reminder for all parents to require School Age Childcare (SAC) – formally known as Out of School Club and Breakfast Club to register their children for next term.

All children need to be re-registered for each school term, and each child needs a separate form.

The Google form can be found at https://forms.gle/vbZ7qndgCxFy2NqNA

Thank you


We are delighted with the conservation areas we are creating! We have being learning about how ecosystems depend on each other and the importance of protecting habitats!

Congratulations to Layla and Joshua!
They are our ‘Stars of the Week!’
Layla is our Star for her fabulous reading and maths work! Her confidence is growing as a result of all of her hard work which is so lovely to see!
Joshua is our Star for his fabulous maths work! He has been working really hard on Times Tables and percentages!

P5/4 Weekly Blog

As usual, we have been up to lots of things this week. Mostly we have been revising all the things we have learnt this year, but we have had time to do some other shenanigans too!

We were learning a new trick shown to us by Goblinda!

Playing ‘The Noisy Game’ to practise our tables…

Making a Mouse Coding Challenge, for our Escape Room…

…and continuing this amazing suit of armour, by Cameron and friends!

We are hoping to take a Corona friendly trip to the park for a picnic at the end of term. Hopefully on the 25th May, for all who would like to walk down with us, or meet us there. More details to follow.

Out of School Club 21.05.2021

Hello everyone!

This week, we have spent some time outside where some of the girls did some litter picking in the back field – photos below on how much they picked up. Massive well done girls!

We have also been enjoying some quiet reading time, using the air hockey, drawing and crafts, and construction.

Registration for School Age Childcare (Out of School Club and Breakfast Club)

Just a reminder for all parents to require School Age Childcare (SAC) – formally known as Out of School Club and Breakfast Club to register their children for next term.

All children need to be re-registered for each school term, and each child needs a separate form.

The Google form can be found at https://forms.gle/vbZ7qndgCxFy2NqNA

Thank you

Best Start Grant

The Best Start Grant School Age Payment is a £250 payment made around the time a child normally starts Primary 1.

It is open to people who get tax credits or certain benefits and are a parent or carer of a child born between between 1 March 2016 and 28 February 2017.

People are encouraged to apply online at mygov.scot/beststart or by calling 0800 182 2222

If eligible you can also apply for Scottish Child Payment and other Best Start Grant payments at the same time.

P1B Outdoor Classroom Day

Thankfully it stayed dry this afternoon and the children enjoyed being outdoor making their natural material creations. Here are some photos of their fantastic work.