Author Archives: Lochardil Primary School

Message from Highland Council Catering Service


Please remember that school meals should be paid for in advance. Payment can be made by either cash or cheque at the school, or online in schools which have a cashless catering system.

P7 Pupils  

Remember that any money outstanding for school meals needs to be paid before the end of term – no debt can be carried forward to Secondary school accounts. As above, if an invoice has to be issued, the £15 surcharge will be automatically added to the amount owing.

Highland Council – Invoice Surcharge

Highland Council introduced some changes to invoicing processes in April 2019. To cover the high cost of administering invoices the addition of a £15 surcharge will be added to invoices issued for something that could or should be paid for another way. As school meals should be paid for in advance – the £15 surcharge will be applied if an invoice has to be issued retrospectively for school meals.

Transition Day at Lochardil 2019

We are very much looking forward to welcoming your child for the P1 moving up day experience tomorrow.

However, due to an increase in our P1 enrollments, we require to redesign our class structure, so this may not be your child’s final class teacher or peers.

Unfortunately the P2-P7 pupils’ moving up day experiences that were originally organised for tomorrow have had to be postponed due to this increase in our P1 enrollments. We still plan to have pupils meet their new class teacher and see their new class peers as soon as possible. We will obviously keep you updated and informed with progress.

Many thanks in advance for your patience.

The Lochardil Team.

ELC – Fun Day

What a great morning we had to celebrate the upcoming end of term. The children had great fun taking part in all of the different activities. From space hopper racing, hook a duck, musical bumps and the fabulous Jamie from Hopscotch who came to visit and show us some magic tricks !! With real bunny rabbits !! Thank you to everyone who attended and joined in the fun.

Pupil Reports and Learning Pathways

All of the pupils have received a Progress & Performance Report home today, along with all of their Learning Pathways that they have completed throughout the year.

We would kindly remind parents to complete the Parental Feedback Forms regarding your child’s report, as well as, return the Learning Pathway Folders and their contents back to your child’s class teacher by Friday 21st June 2019.

Many thanks in advance.

The Lochardil Team.

Summer Fun Day!

Donations and volunteers are needed for the Summer Fun Day on the 22nd June, 11am-2pm

Can you help by donating home baking, raffle prizes or helping to run a school stall?

If you can help on the day, please contact Pam O’Hara (07949729055)  or the school office.

Baking and raffle donations should be left at the school office on Friday 21st June.  Please make sure all containers are labelled with names and your child’s class, so they can be returned.

Thank you and hope you can all come along for a fun day!

ELC – Sports Day Cancelled

Due to wet weather AGAIN, the ELC Sports Day which was to be held on Thursday 13th June is now cancelled.

We will be holding a Health and Wellbeing event on Thursday 27th June and our sports will be incorporated into this to allow the children to take part.  Parents are invited to this also. 

Information on this event will follow in due course.

Sorry for any inconvenience.

ELC – Forest Sessions – Week 4

We went on a bear hunt this week !!  We found lots dotted about the forest and the children did a great job of identifying colours and numbers and recording them on thir bear finder sheets.  After snack we took some of the cars and trucks and played in muddy puddles, digging up mud and leaves and transporting it around.  Some children were brave and explored parts of the forest they hadn’t before, using the natural surroundings to climb and slide.

On Friday we began a four week block with a focus on outdoor learning! Primary 1A and Primary 1B took to the garden where we went on a senses scavenger hunt. We had to hunt for things that felt smooth, things that had a nice smell, and things of different colours and shapes. We had a lovely time and we were even able to find a giant snail, which we have named Sammy! We took Sammy into the classroom in our magnifier so we could have a good look at him before setting him free.

We are looking forward to getting back outdoors this Friday too!

Miss Munro & Mrs McArthur 🙂

Team Lochardil at Gymfest

Home from another successful Gymfest celebration! Brilliant talent, team spirit and fun. Well done to everyone involved , you all did fantastic! A special thanks to Hazel who has worked so hard along with the pupils and supported them all the way. Thank you to all parents and carers for your continued encouragement and support. The children did you all proud . Well Done everyone! Myself, Mrs Kellacher and Miss Graham were very proud to be able to see your brilliant performance today .

Miss MacDonald

P5/6 Victorian/HWB Open Afternoon

Thank you to everyone who came along to share in some inter generational learning and fun this afternoon. We have been learning about the Victorians this term and yesterday we were learning about D-Day so as part of our open afternoon we :

*Created war medals to show our empathy and gratitude for the sacrifices that the Veterans of D-Day gave for us.

*Shared some family fun in exploring a range of Victorian games and toys which helped us to think about how lucky we are to have the right to play and rest, something Victorian children were not entitled to.

*Worked together to develop our digital and problem solving skills in order to complete a QR Code Quiz. Completing the quiz helped us to learn a bit more about the impact that victorians and the industrial revolution had on life as it is today.

*Tried Mrs Prentice’s home cooked gruel which helped us to empathise with the Children and families who would have had to eat something similar in workhouses and factories.

*Took the opportunity to have a mindful moment and be inspired by the artwork of William Morris to create our own prints and patterns.

*Tested our patience and perseverence learning how to create the popular string problem, “cats cradle”. This was something that was very popular in the Victorian times as it was inexpensive and helped children to develop concentration and problem solving skills.

Help Improve Our School

At Lochardil, we really value your feedback and your input into how we can improve our school.  We have set up an online form to gather your thoughts.  To access this form, you can scan the QR code below using your phone’s camera.  Alternatively, use the web link here.  Thank you for contributing!

Open Afternoon

Thank you so much to everyone who came along to our open afternoon and made it such a success! It was lovely to see everyone so interested in the activities and keen to join in. Great to see parents and children learning together, and some enjoying the experience of learning in the outdoors!

P 7 Learning Outdoors and Open Afternoon 7.6.19

We played a game “Fox and Squirrel” followed by drawing mazes.

It was lovely to welcome friends and family today. We showed some Loch Insh photos, our Animal Me quiz and our Chromebook Loch Insh reflections. Our Rose Bowl projects were on show too. Thank you to everyone who suppprted this event.

We enjoyed a visit from Mr Turner and Ms Douglas yesterday. They are guidance staff from the IRA. We were given helpful answers to our questions.

P6/7 – Open Afternoon

This term P6/7 were asked what they would like to do to celebrate the last open afternoon of this session. they had the fantastic idea of a parents versus teachers rounders game to match the theme of health and well being,

Thank you so much to all the parents who managed to join us in what was a fun afternoon; it was great to see both parents/carers and pupils so involved and being really good sports. Bonus that the sun made a much overdue appearance for the event. Thank you!

P6/7 – Outdoor Learning

Today P6/7 took their learning outdoors. We used things that we found in our playground to create pictures. In groups we scavenged for materials and used these to creative a unique picture. Take a look below; from a lion to Donald Trump!

We will be doing an outdoor learning activity every Friday until the end of term. Keep your eyes peeled for our next activity.

Spare Uniform Donations

We are running low on spare changes of clothes for emergencies. If anyone has any secondhand uniform no longer required, we would be very grateful of any donations you would like to make. Secondhand jumpers, trousers/skirts and any donations of new pants and socks would be extremely helpful.

Please leave donations at the school office.

D Day

This afternoon we learned a little bit about the D Day landings. Tomorrow afternoon we are going to be designing our own medals ? in memory of all those affected . 

Summer Fair – Hamper donations required

It is planned to raffle a variety of hampers at the Summer Fair on Saturday 22nd June.

Could each family please donate at least one item which would be suitable for at least one of the hampers below.  Hampers have been allocated across the classes to try and get an even spread.  If you have children in more than one class, take your pick!  Or, if you have something more suitable for another hamper, we will take take anything!

Please drop donations to the school office.  The only requirements are that items are new and unused, and that food items are in date for the fair on 22nd June.

Wine hamper                                                                                                 ELC (Rainbow room), P7, P3

Foodie Hamper                                                                                                   P1A, P6/7, P4 

Pamper Hamper (male/female toiletries, make up, bubble bath…….)      ELC(Buttercup Room), P6

Saturday Night In (DVDs, cards, games, popcorn…….)                                  P1B, P5

Chocoholic Hamper                                                                                             P2, P4/5

Beer Hamper (bottles/cans of beer/cider etc)                                                  P1/2, P2/3, P5/6

Thank you for your support.

Social Security Scotland’s new Best Start Grant School Age Payment

Social Security Scotland’s new Best Start Grant School Age Payment went live yesterday Monday 3 June 2019 for applications on-line and by phone. Please find attached a Q&A factsheet which provides further information.

The payment provides families in Scotland, who are on a low income, with £250 to help with the costs of a child starting school. People can apply around the time a child normally starts Primary 1 and if they get certain benefits or tax credits. For this year that means if their child is born on or between 1 March 2014 to 28 Feb 2015.

Applications can be made from 3 June 2019 until 29 February 2020 either:

The Best Start Grant School Age Payment is the third of the Best Start Grant package of payments to families in Scotland who are on a low income to help support their child during their early years. For help to apply for all benefits or entitlements including the Best Start Grants, please contact the Welfare Support Team: telephone 0800 090 1004 or email (Where appropriate home visits can be made).

ELC- Ach an Eas, 4th June 2019 (part 2)

Here is some more of our photos from yesterday’s visit. Whilst four of the children participated in the Cycling Without Age trip, the other four stayed at Ach an Eas and took part in some fun table top activities with the rest of the residents and Miss Nicholson. Our next trip with Cycling Without Age is planned for the 18th June where the second half of the group are excited to have a turn.

‘Collaboration with Chromebooks’ Information Evening – 18/06/19

On the evening of Tuesday 18th June, we are hosting our re-scheduled ‘Collaboration with Chromebooks’ Information evening, where there is an opportunity for parents and carers to join us from 6:00-7:00pm to view a presentation on Digital Citizenship and E-safety by our very own Digital Dynamos Pupil Group. We will have our new Chromebooks and Chromebook Tablets on display for families and friends to find out what they are all about and to have a go themselves! We will also be showcasing other digital technologies such as ipads, laptops and programmable devices that we use to enhance learning and teaching throughout the school. We very much look forward to welcoming you all to share our excitement in receiving these new Chromebooks and celebrating the impact of digital literacy here at Lochardil!!

P3 Open Afternoon 07/06/19

P3 Open Afternoon 07/06/19

We look forward to welcoming you along to our open afternoon on Friday.

BLOG UPDATE: We have had a few blog issues over the last 2 weeks and the posts have been going onto the main school blog. Fingers crossed this has been fixed!

Open Afternoon in p5/6

You are invited along to our open afternoon this Friday between 2pm and 2:45pm. There will be lots of activities happening between our class and Mrs Prentice’s class that will share our Victorian learning with an overarching health and well-being theme . 

ELC- Ach an Eas, 4th June 2019

The children (and Miss Kelman) were delighted to explore some of Inverness in the Cycling Without Age trikes today. As part of our intergenerational work the children were joined by three of the residents from Ach an Eas- Alice, Rosetta and Margaret. We started off by heading to Whin Park to feed the ducks and then along to the Botanical Gardens. The children chatted and sang the whole way round. Check out the Cycling Without Age Facebook page to see some more pictures from our adventure and the amazing work that the charity do.

Pr 7 Loch Insh Lost Property

We hope you have recovered from the mountains of washing we delivered on Friday! We all had a great time. The pupils got on so well and took every new challenge in their stride. They were cooperative and positive throughout the week. Thank you for all your preparations and support to help make the trip go so well.

We do have some unclaimed items of Lost Property which will be available to view at our Open Afternoon on Friday 7th June. 2pm – 2.45pm.

Pr 7 Drummond Sports Helpers

We have been invited to help out at the Drummond School Sports next week.


Leaving at 12.40 for arrival at 12.50 pm

Sports from 1.15 pm – 2.15 pm

Return 2.45 pm.

Pupils should be dressed and prepared for the weather conditions.

We are looking for some parent helpers to walk us along and back. Please contact us if you are able to help. Thank you for your support