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Highland Council sets out careful and gradual approach on school’s return to Education and Learning

Today, The Highland Council’s approach to a phased reopening of schools and Education Learning and Care (ELC) settings in the Highland region was discussed by Members at the Recovery Board.

Guided by the national framework, Highland Council will look at the local and individual circumstances of each of it’s 203 school and ELC settings to provide the safest and most valuable learning experience possible to its 50,000 children and young people when term resumes in August.

Newly appointed Executive Chief Officer for Education and Learning, Paul Senior, has commissioned a programme management office (PMO) to ensure the effective delivery of this programme of work. The PMO, comprised of 11 sub-groups, consists of a range of local area partners, stakeholders and providers, meeting weekly to develop operational plans, risks assessments and develop a shared approach to progressing matters. These 11 Sub Groups cover the following areas:

  • Transport
  • Communications
  • ELC
  • Catering
  • Facilities Management
  • People
  • ICT
  • North Area Project
  • West Area Project
  • Mid Area Project
  • South Area Project

Executive Chief Officer for Education and Learning, Paul Senior, said: “Wellbeing and safety is a top priority for all our children, staff and communities. There are 203 schools in the Highlands, all with different sizes and configurations in response to the needs of their respective communities. We will continue to work with our key partners, stakeholders and providers to ensure our educational settings are safe but also positioned to provide the best possible Learning and Teaching experiences for our children and young people, taking account of the restrictions presented by the Covid-19 crisis”.

Chair of the Education Committee, Cllr John Finlayson, added: “The Recovery Board has discussed the many areas needed for deliberation to safely get our young people back to school. Future plans and risk assessments will take account of children’s educational outcomes, equal opportunities, social and emotional needs and their rights.

Communication with parents is key and plans at individual school level will, of course, be informed by national guidance, authority guidance and very importantly local circumstances.  We all want to get our young people back in the school setting as soon as possible, but this needs to be done as safely as possible”.

Chair of the Recovery Board and Depute Leader Alasdair Christie said: “The Recovery Board welcomed the proposals put forward today for the return of Education in Highland. We will all be working together with parents and communities to ensure that the arrangements are as smooth as possible and in line with government guidelines.”

P5 & P6 Lion King Refund

As we now have access to the school building we are now in the postition to organise the cancelled Lion King Trip refunds having received our refund from the company!

Parents / Carers please check your emails and reply with who you would like the cheque made payable to.  Many thanks.

Free School Meals update

Highland pupils to receive free school meals during summer holidays

Following the First Minister’s announcement on Tuesday, 16 June 2020, eligible school pupils are to receive free school meals during the summer break to help tackle food poverty.

In Highland, P1-3 pupils entitled to school clothing grants and P4-S6 pupils who are eligible for free school meals have been receiving £15 per pupil, per week, which is paid fortnightly using a voucher system.

Councillor John Finlayson, Chair of the Education Committee said: “I very much welcome the announcement by the First Minister which will enable the Council to continue provision of free school meals between the end of June and when the schools return in August. I am delighted that the Scottish Government has been able to provide such vital funding. 

He added, “Given the financial pressures facing the Council, this important income stream will help us to provide the much needed support for the most vulnerable families in our communities, particularly at a time when so many are juggling a drop in their incomes and are already worrying about the costs of keeping their kids amused during the holidays.”

All lower income families who haven’t already claimed free school meals and school clothing grants are being encouraged to do so as quickly as possible using the Council’s Apply Once online application form which can be accessed at

The Council’s Welfare Support Officers are on hand to complete the application form on behalf of families.  They also carry out benefit checks to ensure that all eligible benefits are being claimed according to a household’s individual circumstances.  To access their help, email or call 0800 090 1004. All calls from landlines and mobiles are free.

Around 4,500 Highland pupils have benefited from the Scottish Government’s Covid-19 funding package since lockdown began. By the time the summer school holidays begin, 67,500 vouchers will have been issued across the Highlands, amounting to more than £1m.  

Council Leader, Councillor Margaret Davidson, also welcomed the news and said: “We have 32,200 people in Highland who are furloughed which is equivalent to 27% of our workforce.  This targeted ongoing financial support from the Scottish Government for free school meals will help our children and young people to access nutritional food during what is an expensive, and all too often, a worrying time for parents.” 

She added, “We estimate that since March this year, we will have paid £1m for free school meals by the time pupils return to school in August.  This is money being spent in our local supermarkets and food stores which also helps to support local businesses and the Highland economy.”

Survey – digital connectivity and access to devices

We have been asked by Highland Council to share the letter below with our families. 

They would particularly like to hear from families in receipt of Free School Meals Allowance and familes who find they have difficulties with connectivity or access to devices.

Please complete the survey by clicking on the link in the letter


Great work this week again everyone. First we had great fun finding different places to hide and showed our family how good we are at counting. Then we explored how to make different things our of paper, creating super fast aeroplanes. We then made a short video of ourselves for our new nursery friends, sharing our name and our favourite thing to do in nursery. By thursday we were busy going on adventurous walks, finding cool dens in the woods and even finding a princess castle. We also thought and had discussions on what we are greatful for, from being greatful for friends and family to ice cream and snails. Lastly we explored the life cycle of a Butterfly by watching a video and then creating our own butterfly pictures.

Have a lovely weekend, stay safe x

You Matter Let’s Natter

Please check the google classrooms for this week’s meeting link for our ‘You Matter, Let’s Natter’ google meet drop in session for parents/carers only . This week’s session will be held on WEDNESDAY.

Mrs Kellacher & Mrs Prentice will be here on Wednesday this week at 1045- 11:15 for a chat and to say hello. Please note we will host more sessions like this if useful so do not worry if today’s time doesn’t suit. There will be other opportunities.

4 Contexts of Learning at Lochardil

We are so proud of each and every one of our pupils and school community. So many quality learning experiences have been happening in lockdown, enabling everyone to inspire each other to learn and develop further and empowering learning at all levels. Thank you all for your hard work, positive outlook and support.

Well Done Team Lochardil!


Another week over, great work everyone, we are all super proud of you. First we went on a number hunt finding lots of items in and around our house with numbers on it. Then we recycled some items in our house to make our own ten pin bowling, managing to knock them all down! Next we learned the word opposite from finding a big egg and small egg to being older and younger. Lastly we showed our love to the people who are close to our hearts by ether phoning them or making something for them to make them smile.

Have a lovely weekend, stay safe x

TODAY! You matter, let’s chatter 10.45am

Following the success of the “You matter, let’s chatter” session last week, we are holding another session today at 10.45am.

Mrs Kellacher and Mrs Murray will be available to chat on the google meet drop in session. Please use the special link shared on the message stream of your child’s google classroom.

You will need a google account to access or you could borrow your child’s just for this short time. You will need to access through a Chrome browser rather than Safari or Internet Explorer.

We look forward to chatting with you.

Return to school consultation (Current P1-P6)

We would really appreciate you taking the time with your child/ren to discuss the following questions and respond to support us to plan for a positive transition back to our school campus when we re-open in August, and have input to our approach to “blended learning”.

You can find the questionnaire on the following link:

Thank you for your continued support.

Issued Tuesday 2nd June – return date Friday 5th June

Lochardil Lockdown Learning

As we now enter our 9th week (1 week pre-Easter holidays and 8 weeks of term 4) of our virtual learning school, we thought it would be lovely to share just some of the vast range of learning and experiences that have been taking place during the closure of our school building.

We have used the ‘Learning Across Four Contexts at Lochardil Primary Virtual School’ template to capture just a tiny snapshot of the fun! We will be using the headings each week to share photos (minimal text) of examples of work shared across all classes which will then form content for our online celebration of achievement book. To us, every single one of you are deservedly star of the week/month at the moment as you are all doing the best you can to be the best you can be! So a huge well done to you all. I am so proud of you and would urge you to stop and take a moment to recognise and be proud of yourselves.

So from all the staff, a huge thank you for all you are doing and achieving during this time when we cannot be physically together but do remain so strongly virtually connected. We very much look forward to being back together from August 2020 (all details will be shared asap of how and what this will look like) and we will come back stronger!

Keep up the incredible effort and hard work, live and breath our school values, have fun, be good, and stay safe and well throughout.

Mrs Kellacher

ELC – 01/05/20 The Best Start School Age Payment

The Best Start School Age Payment is a lump sum of £250 which is intended to help with the cost of a child starting school in August 2020. It is in addition to the school clothing grant and does not need to be paid back.

From 1 June 2020 until 28 February 2021 applications are invited by Social Security Scotland for children born between 1 March 2015 and 29February 2016 who are starting school in August 2020. Parents who have deferred their child’s school entry to August 2021 should still apply during this period. If they don’t it will be too late, and they will miss out on their payment.

Best Start Grant School Age Paymentcan be claimed if parents and carers are receiving any one of the following (If you’re under 18, you do not need to be on any payments or benefits to apply:

?         Universal Credit?         Housing Benefit
?         Child Tax Credit?         Income Support
?         Working Tax Credit?         Pension Credit
?         Income-based Jobseekers Allowance (JSA)
?         Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

Parents or carers can apply via Social Security Scotland freephone helpline on 0800 182 2222, by post or online at

ELC – 01/05/20 school clothing

Assistance with school clothing can be claimed if parents and carers are receiving any one of the following:

?         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 £6,420 (as assessed by the HMRC)

?         If a young person is 16 to 18 years old and receive any of these benefits in their own right, then they can claim for themselves.

?         An asylum seeker receiving support

?         Pension Credit Guarantee Credit

To streamline the application process, the Council has a single application form for school clothing grants and free school meals.  Applications can be made online at

Lochardil LockDown Bee Happy Stone Display!

One of our extremely talented Lochardil Primary Parents has been very busy creating this beautiful “Lochardil Lockdown – Don’t Worry Bee Happy” outdoor display right outside the school gates!

Some children have already been very busy painting stones at home, and what a fantastic job they have made. It is lovely to see such bright and colourful creations making us all smile during lockdown.

We think the stones are looking a bit lonely and thats where you guys come in – our fabulous Lochardil Primary Pupils and Families! We want you to add to our lovely display by getting your hands on some stones and taking the time to paint or colour them in whatever way you choose – and when you are out on your daily walk make sure to add your stone to our collection.

Let’s see how many amazing colourful stones we can get displayed in front of our school gate to make sure that we keep each other smiling during Lockdown.

Have a lovely long weekend!


Another fun filled week done, and lots of sun. First we went on a mini beast hunt, having great looking eyes, finding lots of different types of bugs and learning where they live. Then we were being creative by making our own ramps from junk, some cars going very fast. We then had fun making silly faces, which made all the teachers laugh. Next we role played being a teacher, some doing story time with teddies others wearing their uniform being a Primary 1. Lastly we explored Bubble making which was super fun. Throughout our activities we have also been exploring Malawi, learning the difference between our homes and theirs and also the differences in their school and ours. Eva did lots of learning on Malawi and drew the Malawi flag.

Have a lovely weekend, stay safe x

Live Lochardil Kahoot.

Just a reminder that our 2nd live quiz will be held this morning . The Questions will be shared on a live screen on the google meet and children will input their answers using It will work best if pupils have a mobile device/ 2nd device with open to input their answers and they will be able to see the questions on the google meet at the same time. If only one device available, pupils can simply go between the two tabs.

Please check google classroom for the links and details .

Highland Council Media Release

28 May 2020

For immediate release

Back to school and learning – ‘carefully and gradually’

The Highland Council is assessing the implications of the First Minister’s announcements made on the 21st May about the first stage relaxation of lockdown, concerning teachers and other education staff returning to the workplace during June to prepare for the return to school and settings on 11th August.

Highland Council’s Education Committee Chair, Cllr John Finlayson said: “The return to workplace and Highland schools for our Education staff will have to be undertaken carefully and gradually.

“I understand the desire for parents and pupils to know what plans and preparations will be put in place to enable the start of term on 11th August; and that is exactly what our Education staff will be working on in the coming weeks.

“While I understand parental and pupil anxieties, especially for those starting at school – at this stage and ahead of formal engagement with local head teachers, parent forums and communities it is too early for the Council to provide any finalised plans or proposals on what the return to school will look like for Highland families. It is important that the local circumstances of each school will need to be considered along with consultations with key stakeholders. As soon as that information is available schools and the Council will promote this widely.”

Paul Senior, Executive Chief Officer Education & Learning added:

“There is a huge amount of preparation underway to return schools and our education settings in line with government guidelines. Before teaching and education staff can return to school, there are a number of measures we will be deploying to ensure that the views of Highland’s head teachers, parents, carers and communities inform our plans.

“These will include rigorous risk assessments that will need to be carried out, to ensure that safe distance working practices and other risk prevention measures can be adhered, to that will enable staff to return to the workplace safely in environments that are as safe as possible to minimise the potential for risk.

“Then, as soon as jointly agreed, risk assessed back-to-school plans are in place, the Council along with our schools and settings will provide information to parents, carers and pupils on what the new normal will be like.”

Pupils and parents should keep an eye on the news page of the Council’s website at:; and the Council’s Twitter or Facebook for updates on back-to-school information.

Take 5 With Layla

Last week, during Mental Health Week, our Playground Champion, Layla made this guided meditation video to help and encourage you to take 5 minutes time out of your busy day to relax. Let us know what you think and how this makes you feel in the comments of the video.

Super Duper You

Mrs Brown is our playground supervisor. She works closely with our Playground Champions and has been supporting them in their Be Kind to Your Mind project. Here she is reminding us of one of our school values: PRIDE and how important it is to be proud of the person you are.

ELC – 27/05/20

Miss Kelman has worked hard to create a Lockdown recipe book by gathering all of your lovely recipes. It looks great, we would love to get some more recipes, so please keep posting your ideas on the classroom or email your key worker :).

You Matter, Let’s Natter – Today at 10.45am

Parents/Carers – Are you free to join our “You Matter, Let’s Natter” google meet drop-in session for parent/carers only at 10.45am today?

Please use the special link shared on the message stream of your child’s google classroom to enter the meeting. You will need a google account to access, or you could borrow your child’s just for this short time (you will need to access through a Chrome browser rather than Safari or Internet Explorer)

Mrs Kellacher and Miss Melville look forward to seeing you there for a chat and to say hello.

Please note that we will host more sessions like this if useful, so do not worry if today’s time does not suit you. There will be other opportunities.

Looking forward to seeing you soon.

Mrs Kellacher

Reminder: Wear Yellow Day – Friday 29th May 2020

Mrs Kellacher asks “Are you ready”

We may not be in the school building but we can still join together and support the Highland Hospice on Wear Yellow Day,

So…….. look out your brightest yellow outfits and wear them in the house, to the class hangouts, to the quiz sessions on Friday, or when you are out for your daily exercise.

As many of you will be aware, Miss Clare Mackenzie, our Childcare Manager, was due to take part in the Highland Hospice Strictly Inverness competition this year, but this has been postponed until it is safe to run these type of events.

We can still show our support and help our own Miss Twinkle Toes to raise as much money as possible. The link to Miss Mackenzie’s Just Giving page is below. Any amount you can donate, no matter how much will be greatly appreciated.

If you are able, please support Miss Mackenzie & the Highland Hospice

ELC – 25/05/20

Good afternoon everyone, finally some sun after a windy few days. We would like to let you know that Mr Young is busy making us some new cool outdoor things but he hasn’t got any outdoor paint, if anyone has any that they wish to give (any colour) please email your key worker to let them know.

Have a lovely week, see you on the classroom!

ELC – 22/05/20

21 May 2020

For immediate release

Highland Council prepares for phased return to new normal

Highland Council’s Recovery Board Chair, Cllr Alasdair Christie has welcomed the publication of the Scottish Government’s road map phasing the way out of lockdown, which was published earlier today.

The First Minister revealed that Phase 1 of the Government’s new four phase plan, could come into effect on 28 May, however the advice remains stay home, protect the NHS and save lives for now.

Cllr Alasdair Christie, Chair of the Highland Council’s Recovery Board, said: “Highland Council is assessing and planning for all the implications of the First Minister’s announcements made today about the first stage relaxation of lockdown, including her statement on teachers and other staff returning during June to prepare for the return to school in August.

“The Recovery Board has already begun developing our own Highland Council route map which is focusing on how we prepare for a safe return to work, return to school and restarting key services, such as reopening recycling centres at the start of June.

“Today’s announcement will I am sure be welcomed by communities here in Highland, who have been adhering to the lockdown measures and ensuring they help protect the NHS and save lives.

“However, we are also acutely aware of the impact the lockdown has had on our economy and on every aspect of people’s lives and mental health.

“We are working hard to map out the best way forward for Highland, so that we can start to get people back to work and school, but to ensure this is done safely and in line with science and the Scottish Government’s guidance.”

He added: “Since the outbreak we have learned a lot of lessons and we’ve seen a tremendous demonstration of agility, innovation and hard work from staff across the organisation. I am delighted to say that as a result of everyone’s hard work and commitment we are now in a position to pave the way forward and start getting back to what will be a new normal for all of us.”

Schools will return on 11 August, one week earlier than planned for most pupils, while Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) settings will open over the summer.

An agreement reached between councils, professional associations and parent representatives means:

  • schools will implement physical distancing measures, such as providing seating that is two metres apart and staggering arrival, departure and break times
  • increased hand-washing or use of hand sanitisers, enhanced cleaning, robust protocols and ongoing risk assessments
  • class sizes will be significantly reduced as a result of the new way of working, with most pupils spending around half their time in class and half learning at home. Time in school will increase further as soon as it is safe to do so
  • teachers and other education staff will return in June – subject to appropriate safety assessments being completed – to prepare and plan for the new way of working and welcoming pupils back
  • existing ‘hubs’ will continue to run to provide vulnerable children and those of key workers with childcare over the summer
  • the school estate will be expanded where necessary and possible to increase the time children can spend with their teachers
  • innovative use will be made of existing teachers and staff

The Scottish Government road map can be found here

Kind Regards

Clare Mackenzie

ELC – 22/05/20

This has been a super busy week and well done for all your hard work, thank you! We started off by discussing and showing how to be kind, from dropping off flowers to friends to making special video calls to Grannies and Grandads. Next we created our own obstacle courses showing fantastic balancing skills! We then explored tea bag painting, making our own pirate maps and finding treasure. Then we enjoyed going on a scavenger hunt outside, finding feathers, sticks and acorns. Lastly you have been making lovely healthy snacks and exploring mental health songs and quotes from Miss Allardice.

Have a lovely weekend, stay safe x

Lochardil Live Kahoot Quiz

Tomorrow morning we will be hosting a LIVE quiz for all of our pupils. This is an optional,fun activity. Pupils should log into google meet (link on google classroom) at the appropriate time. ELC -P3 1030 and P4-P7 1130 .

The Questions will be shared on a live screen on the google meet and children will input their answers using It will work best if pupils have a mobile device/ 2nd device with open to input their answers and they will be able to see the questions on the google meet at the same time. If only one device available, pupils can simply go between the two tabs.

We are hoping as many pupils as possible can take part and join in the fun.

Reminder: Please mute your mics when joining the google meet to ensure best connectivity for everyone.

Be Kind To Your Mind – Playground Champions : Lilly

We are on day 3 of The Playground Champion’s project to help you BE KIND TO YOUR MIND. Here is Lilly, one of our playground champions sharing her advice about how we can recognise our emotions through body sensations and regulate our emotions using regulation strategies. Lilly talks about when we may feel sad, angry or stressed and what we could do to help.

Mental Health Awareness Week: Playground Champions Supporting our School

We may not have a playground at the moment but our playground champions have been creative in thinking of new ways to support our school. This week, some of our playground champions have put together some ideas to support our mental health and wellbeing whilst we are at home. We will share these throughout the week.

The playground champions have been using the Emotion Works cogs as inspiration and guidance.

Click here to see some advice from our playground champion MELISSA)

ELC 15.05.20

Well done for completing another busy week. We have been creating our own libraries and role playing a librarian, stamping books and giving out cards. You all created fantastic coloured patterns with different objects at home, confidently knowing what colour came next to complete your patterns. We have also been sharing what makes us feel proud, from being able to ride our bikes independently to wearing big pants, well done you should all feel proud for your achievements during this time. It looked like you all had fun exploring different recipes for making playdough, some raspberry smelling ones, green ones and even gliterry ones. Lastly you all showed fantastic drawings and paintings skills when making family pictures!

Have a lovely weekend, stay safe x

ELC – 7/5/20

That was a quick week, well done to everyone who engaged with the fun activities this week! We have been very creative, making wiggly worms, pop up gardens, musical instruments and using our imagination to make things out of loose parts. Great work everyone!

Have a lovely long weekend, stay safe 🙂

Final Day – Continuing Learning at Home Questionnaire

This is a reminder that today is the final day for you to complete the Continuing Learning at Home parent / carer questionnaire. Your voice is important to us and we value your opinion to help us build on and improve home learning opportunities. To complete the questionnaire, click on the link below. Thank you for your time.

ELC – 4.5.20

Please note that the Just Ask Enquiry Line will now be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1-4pm .

This enquiry line is for our parents, carers, children, young people, and those who work with them. Staff usually available are-

Dietitians, Educational Psychologists, Preschool Home Visiting Teachers, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Primary Mental Health Workers, Speech and Language therapists, School nurses, Autism Practitioner, Community Learning Disability Nurses.

Number:  07785477686

Continuing Learning At Home Questionnaire

Your voice is important to us! As mentioned in today’s parent/carer letter, this is an opportunity for us to capture your views as a parent/carer during this time of school closure, and help us to build on and improve the experience of our online learning provision to continue to support you with your child’s learning at home. Please click on the link below to complete our online survey. Thank you for your time.

ELC – 01/05/20

Another busy week done! Great engagement everyone! This week we have created our own shadow pictures, sharing what we would like to be when we grow up, sending special messages to The Mackenzie Center, showing us drawings and pictures of how tall you have grown, and explored differed emations through Bsl and different facial expressions. It has also been great to see how caring and kind you have been at home being super choar champions! Have a lovely weekend 🙂

G- Mail E-mail Accounts

Please be aware Highland Council have taken the decision to disable G-mail (e-mails) for pupils in Primary School, with immediate effect to support online safety. Pupil’s work should be submitted on Google Classroom where they will be able to contact the class teacher as well as on Google Hangouts.  Please continue to use our communication channels that we have been using to date. Thank you for your ongoing support. 

First Aid – Life Skill Training for Children

Thank you to our P6B parent for sharing this with us. Please let your child join in with this if you have a Facebook account:

LIVE Mini First Aid Kid’s Workshop

?When:Thursday 23 April at 11am

?Where:Mini First Aid Facebook LIVE

?What’s it all about:What to do if you find someone unconscious.

Your child will need a willing helper (adult or sibling)or a soft toy to practice on, the bigger the better!
This session is aimed at primary school children and shares important life skills


We are working on adapting our Eco-Schools and wider programmes so that pupils can continue working on environmental topics from home, and wanted to let you know about two activities that are online on our Eco-Schools At Home page

The Pop-up Pocket Garden is a gardening project that can be done at home in a small space outdoors, or indoors on a windowsill.  It provides a great opportunity for children and young people aged 3 – 18 years to design and grow a small garden. There are themes to inspire you and a design brief to guide practical building and growing. We are looking for exciting and unusual designs that use edible plants, plants that attract wildlife and will reuse something which would otherwise have been thrown away.  The best Pop-up Pocket Gardens will be featured on the Keep Scotland Beautiful website to celebrate your ideas and skills and inspire others.

For children aged 8-25 years old, Young Reporters Scotland is a perfect opportunity to investigate and report on an environmental or sustainability issue which matters to them. The competition is designed to give young people a platform to express their opinions and solutions for environmental issues in addition to providing an opportunity to develop their own journalistic skills.

Please send pictures to key worker email, or post on our stream.

ELC – 17/04/20

Friday already! A great first week back after the Easter break. It has been lovely hearing and seeing what you have been up to during the Easter break, fun outside and birthdays. Well done for super engagement on the Google classroom, from learning about floating and sinking to, creating you own small world and using your imagination to make something out of junk. Great work everyone! Have a lovely weekend!

P7 Loch Insh Trip

As yet we have had no further information with regards to Loch Insh.  Loch Insh had shared possible options  but no return of funds at present.

Mrs Kellacher will virtually meet with other Head Teachers to discuss further this week and we will up date in due course.


Public urged to keep eyes and ears open for children at risk during COVID-19 With the closure of schools and nurseries during the COVID-19 crisis, a national child protection group is urging everyone to keep their eyes and ears open for children who may be at risk during this time. Child Protection Committees Scotland, a national grouping of child protection professionals, supports all efforts by the Scottish Government, local authorities and the third sector to keep children safe from harm during the enforced break in normal routine. Highland Child Protection Committee recognises the impact a significant change in day-to-day life may have on vulnerable children. “Schools and nurseries in Highland play a central role in contributing to the safety of all local children, especially those who may be at risk of abuse and neglect. When children are not at school we lose the ability to monitor their wellbeing on a daily basis, and we are making every effort possible to support those children and families who may need it during these demanding times.” However, Highland Council stresses the need for the public to join efforts to protect potentially vulnerable children during the Coronavirus outbreak. Chief Social Work Officer, Karen Ralston urges everyone to play a part to keep local children safe: “The onus of care has now shifted from schools to local communities, and we’re asking everyone to keep their eyes and ears open. Local people always provide a significant protective factor for children and that’s even more important at a time when families may be under significant additional stress. If you’re at all worried about a child’s welfare, it’s much better to say something than do nothing.” Highland Child Protection Committee urges everyone to take action if they’re concerned about a child or young person. If you’re worried don’t hesitate to seek help. Full contact details for social work and other professionals are available on the website If you are worried a child or young person may be at immediate risk of harm, please phone 999.

Highland Council Advice & Guidance on COVID – 19 and Scams

Highland Trading standards advice and guidance on COVID-19 and scams The Highland Council’s Trading Standards is providing advice and guidance to businesses and consumers affected by COVID-19 at David MacKenzie Trading Standards Manager said: “We are currently providing information for consumers and businesses on cancelled bookings for accommodation and services; hand sanitiser products; and financial protection for small businesses at present. We will add to our website as more intelligence and information becomes available to us.” Cancelled bookings for accommodation and services Many Highland tourist businesses face the problem of cancelled bookings. Consumers are unable to travel due to the COVID-19 restrictions and many businesses are forced to temporarily close. These are uniquely difficult times for Highland businesses, and we want to ensure that they are aware of all the options available to assist in these situations. We think that it is reasonable for businesses to make their customers aware of these options. For example: • If the consumer has paid using a credit card and the amount is over £100, they may be able to claim their money back from their card provider under “Section 75” equal liability rules. • If the payment was by debit card, the consumer may be able to make a claim from their card provider under the banking system’s “Chargeback” provisions. • The consumer may be able to make a claim on holiday insurance, e.g. an annual policy, more information is available from the Financial Conduct Authority • Any dispute that a consumer has with a financial company over insurance, credit cards or debit cards can be raised with the Financial Ombudsman Service. This is a free-to-use and highly regarded dispute resolution system. • It may suit both consumer and business to arrange a rebooking for a later date. • Detailed information for tourist businesses can be accessed from VisitScotland. Hand sanitiser products (not soap-based etc.) • Hand sanitiser products are in huge demand and some products are no longer available. Demand has led to some businesses (e.g. spirit distillers) diversifying into producing hand sanitising products. Products which are manufactured with the final intention of “destroying, deterring, rendering harmless, preventing the action of, or otherwise exerting a controlling effect on, any harmful organism” are currently controlled under the European Biocidal Products Regulations 2012 under a category defined as Product-type 1: Human hygiene. Biocidal products in this group are used for human hygiene purposes, applied on or in contact with human skin or scalps for the primary purpose of disinfecting the skin or scalp. • Trading Standards enforce these regulations in shops, but the current rules surrounding the manufacture and approval of these products need to be checked with the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) • Hand sanitisers made for your own personal use are excluded from the Regulation, however if it is supplied to third-parties then the law applies, and advice should be sought from the HSE. • Soap-based or hand softener gels and creams with an antibacterial effect are regulated under cosmetic regulations. • Advice from the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Perfumery Association. Financial protection for small businesses • Individuals buying goods or services over £100 and less than £30,000 using a credit card are given additional protection if there has been a breach of contract under “Section 75” equal liability rules. Businesses who use ordinary (non-business) credit cards facilities may also benefit from the same protections even if it is in relation to items or services bought for the business. Card users should speak to their provider if they wish to make a claim. If a business has a right to make a claim and this is not honoured by the card provider, small businesses may be able to raise this matter with the Financial Ombudsman Service. The Scottish Government has also issued general advice to businesses, visit:


Highland Council to launch e-vouchers for free school meals Highland Council will be providing e-vouchers to families to support access to free school meals from week commencing 30 March 2020. This innovative and easy-to-use service will ensure over 4,000 school children will continue to receive support for school meals while schools are closed. For the majority of pupils, this will be delivered digitally through e-vouchers for food in local supermarkets. Enabling choice will provide flexibility and also help to reduce waste, as food can be purchased according to need or preference in the household. Some restrictions do apply as the e-vouchers cannot be used to purchase age restricted products such as tobacco, alcohol, lottery tickets and fuel. The impact of Coronavirus has caused many vulnerable families additional hardship and this process will ensure that the most vulnerable children can get food. Highland Council continues to investigate other ways of providing food across the Highlands for vulnerable groups within the rapidly changing environment. This includes working closely with High Life Highland, Eden Court and our many partners including the Third Sector. Further information will be provided in due course. Cllr John Finlayson, Chair of the Education Committee, said: “The provision of school meals is a priority service that we are committed to delivering including during when schools are closed in the current times. I applaud the Highland Council staff who are working hard to implement this service as quickly as possible and for e-vouchers to be issued next week”. A helpline number has been set up for anyone who is struggling and needing urgent help during this crisis. The single line number – 0300 303 1362 – will connect callers to relevant Council specialist teams and will operate Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm. All calls are free.


That’s our first week of online learning done! You have all done amazing in completing our activities and engaging with the posts.

We have loved looking at the pictures and videos that you have posted, making all the teachers super proud. You all look like you have been super busy, creating your rainbow pictures, doing your daily exercise, completing jigsaws and being great choar champions.

Keep up the good work and we will be back in 2 weeks to do some more fun activities. Thank you and keep safe!

Key Worker Hubs

If/ when any of our pupils are allocated a place at the Key Worker Hubs being set up within Highland, can you please ensure they take along their learning pack provided by us, device (if possible) and materials to write with. We also ask children to continue to register as they have been doing on their Google Classroom each day. Parents/ carers can you please email the school on to let us know if/ when your child is allocated a place for our information.

Thanks to every one of you for supporting us with helping to provide continuity for your child’s education and ensure their safety.

ELC – Classroom

Google Classrooms

You should by now have received communication from your child’s key worker with login details for Google Classroom. If you have not received an email, please let us know and email as it may have been noted down incorrectly or it could be in your junk mail.

A big thanks to those of you that have engaged with our online learning so far, the teachers have loved seeing your posts.

Free School Meals Available

Reminder regarding free school meals for next week for any of our pupils entitled to this provision.

This is the extract from the letter posted on our blog on Friday. Please share.

Free School Meals
For the week beginning Monday 23rd March, a takeaway ‘Grab & Go’ option will be available for all young people who are entitled to a free school meal. This includes all P1-P3 pupils and all other pupils from P4 and above who are already entitled to this. These will be available from the local Secondary School for your Associated Schools Group (i.e. Inverness Royal Academy for our area) and can be collected between 11am and 2pm.
The plans for how this will look after the Easter break will be communicated to you separately, once further arrangements are in place.
There is no need to reapply but for new applications please see the link

Our Plan for Lochardil Primary Education during Closure

Please see a copy of the letter that was sent home today through school bag mail.

With the announcement of school closures from today, Friday 20th March, our commitment at Lochardil Primary School continues to be the education and safeguarding of all our pupils, and to sustain strong links with our learners, parents/ carers, and local community during this time.

We have worked to provide a system which will support continuity of education, and in line with Highland Council provision to support this.

Thank you everyone for your continued support for our Lochardil family, keep in touch & stat safe!

Highland Council Update

Thursday, 19 March 2020
Highland Schools will close at end of school day on Friday 20 March
As communicated by the First Minister yesterday, we can confirm that all schools in The Highland Council region will close at the end of the school day on Friday 20th March. Pupils should not return to school on Monday 23rd March.
The Chief Executive of The Highland Council, Donna Manson said:
“Having received a letter from the Scottish Government at 2:45pm today, immediate and extensive work will be required to make sure that we can assess the implications of the Government’s requirements in terms of the provision of learning and care for the children of key worker groups. It is hoped that these arrangements will be in place from Friday 27th March.
“Further information will be communicated as the Council engages with a range of partners to ensure that we support the Highland effort to reduce the spread of coronavirus and the work of the emergency services as set out in the Civil Contingencies Act.
“Another key piece of work will be the continued and adapted provision of food, care, support and protection to our vulnerable children.
“With regards to the week beginning Monday 23 March, I am confident that our education staff across the Highlands are in a position to provide families with an education package for all our children at home, during this first week of school closures in these exceptional circumstances.
“Schools have been in contact with parents and the Council has set up access to online resources via the educational improvement team at: .”
“Any parent or carer enquiries should be directed to schools on Friday 20 March. From Monday 23 March Highland Council Education Helpline details will be communicated publicly in helping parents and carers with enquiries.
“Your support in these unprecedented times is greatly appreciated.”


With the recent announcement of school closures from Friday our commitment at Lochardil Primary School continues to be the safeguarding and education of our pupils, and sustain communication with our learners, parents/ carers, and local community. Home learning packs have been sent home today with each pupil. The contents within each pack will support your child to continue to learn during this school closure period. A letter to fully explain how we plan to provide and support our learners with their education through these packs and our digital Google Classrooms for every class from ELC – P7, will be shared tomorrow when we can include the support also provided from Highland Council. Our online classrooms will commence from Monday 23rd March – Friday 27th March. We will enjoy a break during our school holidays as planned then re-open online from Tuesday 14th April until further notice. A parent/ carer or nominated contact of any pupil that has been absent from school can collect their pack between 2pm-2.30pm or arrange for this to go home with a friend to collect from. Please email if you need support with this. Please check the blog tomorrow for updates. Thank you for your strength, support and understanding at this time.


18 March 2020 For immediate release Highland Council focuses on delivering statutory services The Highland Council is planning for greatly increased staff absence levels over the coming days and weeks. National modelling estimates that councils will see absences of at least 50% over the months ahead. We are no longer operating under business as usual, in order to focus on priority and statutory services. Today (18 March 2020) a number of Highland Council staff who are at a higher risk from coronavirus (COVID-19), have been advised to follow self-isolation measures, in line with current government advice. This group of people include those who are pregnant or have a specific underlying health condition. Anyone with any of the coronavirus symptoms is also advised to stay at home for 7 days and their other family members for 14 days. In addition to this group, many Council staff are also parents and staff will have additional child care responsibilities, due to the national decision to close all schools and nurseries from the end of this week. All these factors will significantly impact on the Council’s and our partners’ capacity to carry out our core functions and we ask that everyone is patient and understands that we have urgent priorities in resilience. The Council will continue to focus on our statutory duties under the Civil Contingencies Act. To enable this, the Council is suspending responses to enquiries or complaints about our current service provision and will instead be focusing our efforts to prioritise our statutory services, caring for the vulnerable, cooperating with our Resilience Partners and supporting economic recovery. We are aware that many people are keen to do what they can to support communities, within the constraints of the complex and unprecedented situation we are in. We are awaiting further national community resilience guidance and will ensure this is promoted to communities so that people are clear where to get help and how they can help themselves. In the meantime, Highland Council, along with partners and the voluntary sector, are engaging with community councils and other groups to assist the coordination of support to vulnerable people within Highland communities.


The First Minster has just made an announcement closing schools after Friday this week. Donna Manson, Chief Executive of The Highland Council said: “Highland Council will need time to assess the impact of this announcement on our workforce, and our communities as well as on the provision of support for our young people. “Further information will be forthcoming tomorrow, and please be assured that our central education team have been working extensively on providing learning materials for use at home. “More detail will be given to parents and carers and pupils from the Council later this week. “As was intimated by the First Minister, details about free school meals will again be forthcoming in the days ahead. “Thank you for your understanding on this matter. “We are expecting further information from the Scottish Government on what will be happening for older pupils regarding exams and the Council will provide further updates as they come. “Thank you for your understanding on this matter.” Regards Donna Manson Chief Executive The Highland Council

P7 Loch Insh Trip

Cancelled Loch Insh trip – Please know we await an update on further information on this with regards to payments/ refunds/ rescheduling of dates. There are a number of schools in a similar situation due to the current situation, so we will update parents/ carers as soon as we find out the information. Thanks for your understanding at this time.


Latest Update from Highland Council It has been announced by the UK/Scottish Government that as of 16 March anyone developing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, however mild, should stay at home for 7 days from the onset of symptoms as per existing advice. In addition, it is now recommended that anyone living in the same household as a symptomatic person should self-isolate for 14 days. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are recent onset of new continuous cough and/or high temperature. Information for the public on COVID-19, including stay at home advice for people who are self-isolating, can be found on NHS Inform. Further, people are advised to take social distancing measures to help reduce the transmission of COVID-19. In particular, this is strongly advised for people aged 70 or over, people with underlying medical conditions and pregnant women. Further advice on these measures will be available on NHS Inform shortly. The Highland Council, local education authority and Highland Schools are following national government and public health guidance. For further information please refer to the national guidance: For school closures in Highland please refer to the schools closures website at

Aldi Sports Kit

We received our Aldi Sports Kit today. It included bibs, cones, balls, beanbags, relay batons, finish line and “eggs” with spoons!

Thank you to everyone who donated tokens for this collection. Looking forward to sunny weather to enjoy this bag of goodies!


In line with the latest guidance from The Highland Council as a precaution all parents evenings and afternoons have been postponed until further notice, as have school trips, including off-site lessons such as swimming.

For us at Lochardil School this means that for the foreseeable future our clubs that are held after school will be cancelled:

OJ Sports


Cross Country


Highland Youth Theatre (performance due to be held 20.03.20 also cancelled)


Football coaching

Lion King Trip to Edinburgh

P3 UHI trip

McRobert Cup & Baillie Cup Sporting Events

Loch Insh Residential Trip


From stage to screen

As we are unable to watch the Lion King on Stage we plan to watch it on the big screen. On Wednesday we we watch the movie on the big screen in our hall. Pupils can take a cushion and blanket (not bedding) along with some individually wrapped snacks. They can also bring a game or toy to school on Wednesday. We have been looking forward to our day out for a while so we are converting it to an Day in, instead. #positivity The film is a PG. if you would prefer your child not to watch it please get in touch with the class teacher.

P5a – Scottish Opera

Rodger from Scottish Opera came to complete a singing masterclass with us all. He taught us how to improve our timing and dictation. The children have worked so hard to learn the words and tunes of the songs and they have done a fabulous job! Well done everyone!

P5a – Achievements

The pupils of P5 have had lots of fabulous success outside of school these last couple of weeks. Lily achieved her skiing Yeti 1 award, Katie was awarded 1st place at her squash tournament, Erin was awarded first place and Grand Champion for her duet at her cheerleading competition and she won a medal for her solo too. Alana and Lillie M won first place for their Hip Hop group dance and Alana won awards for her cheerleading group dance and her Pom Pom group dance. Well done everyone! Please let me know if there are any other achievements that I am yet unaware of ?

ELC – 16.3.20

Coronavirus Update! Please note that the following will NOT go ahead for the foreseeable future: Ach an Eas visits Mackenzie Centre visits Easter Eggstravaganza – Numeracy session (Thursday 26th March) Easter Singalong (Friday 27th March) Tooth brushing (daily) Forest Sessions will be continuing as normal. Drop off and Pick up: We appreciate your co-operation so far with handwashing, however due to new guidance we will be asking parents to remain outside at drop off and pick up. Staff will sign in and out on your behalf. Thank you for your understanding and co-operation. ?

ELC- Ach an Eas, 11th March 2020

This week at Ach an Eas the children and residents participated in making their own play dough. They helped to add the ingredients, mixing them together. The children and residents explored the play dough using cutters, stamps and their imagination to create different objects. The children kindly made some of their creations for the residents. We finished off the session by singing some of our Easter songs in the lounge.

ELC – 13.03.20

we have our Easter Number Extravaganza coming up on Thursday 26th of March. A letter with all the information you need has been put in each child’s tray, children who don’t attend on a Thursday are invited in and a time is highlighted on their letter. If you have any questions please ask the ELC team.

ELC – 13.03.20

We have had a busy week looking at where do we buy food. Most children discussed that we get food from Tesco and other shops and some were able to share that “you get meat from a butchers” Teddy. Therefor next week we are going to continue to look at shops and we would appreciate if you are out shopping at any shop, bakery or butcher to please send us a picture. We have also been busy at developing our ball control skills at gym this week and looking at money. Also we would be grateful if you could please donate some tissues to us as we are running low.

P5B Weekly Blog

This week we have been working on getting the place looking good for Open Morning…… BUT unfortunately cancelled! However, here are the photos of some of the art work we have been attempting!

We are in the process of making our Terracotta Army too…(good photos from Dylan!)

…and we’ve been making 3D shapes from nets, and using isometric paper to draw 3D shapes too.

So sorry for the cancellation of the trip, we are truly gutted!

But at least I’ve learned how to change the colour of the text on the new Blog…


Please see below information recieved this afternoon.

POSTPONEMENT OF MCROBERT CUP CROSS COUNTRY EVENT 2020 You will be aware the First Minister announced that the Scottish Government is advising that as of next week, gatherings of more than 500 people should be cancelled. High Life Highland is aware that the Scottish Government will be issuing further guidance over the weekend, however having given the matter serious consideration a decision has been made that the McRobert Cup will be postponed until a future date. This decision has not been easily reached; however HLH is of the view that to leave the decision until the start of next week, pending the additional information from the Scottish Government would not be fair to those participating; family members; supporters and helpers. We hope you will appreciate at this stage we are unable to give any indication as to when any rescheduled event will be held but we will be back in touch once we have a clearer understanding of when business-as-usual is re-established and we can look to put the event back in the calendar. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause to you, your family or organisation but hope you will understand that in the current climate circumstances are very much out with our control.

ELC – Family Science Engagement

Thank you to everyone who came along and support our science evening. It was great to see everyone so engaged mums, dads, and siblings. We discovered lots of fun things and seen how fun and simple science can be. A huge thank you to Donnie for coming along and supporting us in learning even more and sharing his enthusiasm of science. We look forward to seeing how your cress grow and your homework.

P2A & P2B walk

We enjoyed a walk around our local area yesterday and we looked at many different styles of houses. Lochardil House Hotel was very interesting and we were able to work out how old it is. We passed many of our own houses and ones where other members of our family live. Fortunately we missed the rain showers!

Ear we go again !

As part of British Science week we have been learning a bit about ? DNA and Genes. We learnt that genes play an important role in determining how we look and lots of other stuff about us. They carry information that makes you who you are and what you look like: curly or straight hair, long or short legs, even how you might smile or laugh. Many of these things are passed from one generation to the next in a family by genes.

We had a look at our ears to see if our ear lobes were “attached” or “loose”. It’s highly likely that one of our parents has the same. This is just one trait controlled by our genes.

P6 For your Information

Open Morning – our school open morning, which was due to take place tomorrow, has been postponed.

Sports Relief – on Friday the school will be raising money for Sports Relief. Children are welcome to come to school in sports clothes for a donation of £1. A Zumbathon will also be taking place on Friday lunchtime with Mrs Fisher!Learning Pathways – all learning pathways are due to be returned by Wednesday 11th March.

Miss C MacDonald

P3 – Open Morning Postponed

Open Morning – our school open morning, which was due to take place tomorrow, has been postponed.

Sports Relief – on Friday the school will be raising money for Sports Relief. Children are welcome to come to school in sports clothes for a donation of £1. A Zumbathon will also be taking place on Friday lunchtime with Mrs Fisher!

Learning Pathways – all learning pathways are due to be returned by Wednesday 11th March.

Thank you for your continued support. Mrs MacLelland.


Open Morning – our open morning, which was due to take place tomorrow, has been postponed. We will let you know when a new date and time has been decided.

Sports Relief – on Friday the school will be raising money for Sports Relief. Children are welcome to come to school in sports clothes for a donation of £1. A Zumbathon will also be taking place on Friday lunchtime with Mrs Fisher!

Show and Tell – it will be the turn of the Clever Clogs!

Learning Pathways – all learning pathways are due to be returned by Wednesday 11th March.

Corona Virus Advice

Public Health England gateway number: 2019253

Staff, students and pupils who have returned from Category 1 risk areas for COVID-19 within the last 14 days should self-isolate, and NOT attend education or work for 14 days, even if they feel well.

You can find information about affected areas on the HPS website:

Staff, students and pupils who think they have been in contact with someone infected with coronavirus should NOT attend education even if they are well, but should first contact their GP or NHS24 (111) for further assessment and advice. See


What a busy week we had last week! All the children have been practising their times tables before we move on to division. Some of the boys and girls have been using even bigger numbers than we have been learning!

We also visited the book fair and some of us got a new book. Here is Luke with his Lego book.

On Friday, PC Grant visited us to tell us about his job as a police officer. He spoke to us about road safety and we even got to sit in the back of the police van!

Also a quick reminder that our community walk is happening tomorrow (10/03). At the moment the forecast is looking good but please ensure your child comes to school with suitable footwear and a waterproof jacket due to the unpredictable Scottish weather!

Miss Cockburn 🙂

P6B Book Fair

Tomorrow, Monday 9th March, pupils will be given the opportunity to go to the Book Fair and buy a new book, if they would like to. Pupils should take any money in a sealed envelope with their name on it to prevent any money being lost and not being able to be returned.

P2a Weekly Update

We’ve had another busy week in primary 2A. On Thursday, it was World Book Day and the children enjoyed visiting the other classes where they got to do lots of fun, book related activities.

PC Grant visited our class today and he gave us some excellent advice about how to stay safe when we’re out and about. The boys and girls thoroughly enjoyed getting to see inside the back of his police van. The siren was very loud!

Finally a big well done to this week’s Star Writers.

Mrs Beattie

OOSC – 06/03/20

Weather was really nice this week so we used this opportunity to spend more time outdoors. Children had lots of fun playing outside – running about, playing hide and seek; just enjoying the sunshine.

As every week children enjoyed our usual activities like drawing, colouring in, playing with dolls and cars. We also made some tasty shortbread.

P3 Weekly Update


Orchid is swimming 270m in a loch soon. We measured 270m with a trundle wheel to see what it would look like. It was 18 and 1/2 times our playground width (where we line up).Good luck to Orchid with her swim!

Book Fair

We were excited to shop at the Book Fair together. Tom Gates was popular with the class. Ioan bought a joke book and entertained us before we went home.

World Book Day

We played Who am I? using book characters, then the class went around other classes enjoying book related activities.

Some children dressed up – here they are – fabulous costumes again this year.

P1B World Book Day

On Thursday the children looked wonderful in all their different outfits. There were beautiful princesses, magical animals and famous superheroes . They had great fun moving around classes taking part in the different activities including ‘Guess the Title of the Book’.

End of another busy week in P6B

It’s the end of another busy week in P6B. This week saw learning in: music and performance with Rodger from Scottish Opera coming into school to give us a master class, on Wednesday; BSL and French practice; world book day where we enjoyed a range of activities across the school; Fairtrade Fortnight where we explored societies attitude to producers and consumers and we researched a number of controversial issues as part of our topic on China. We look forward to seeing those of you who can make it along to the open morning at 0915 on Wednesday.