Well done to everyone for a super sports day today. Congratulations to our Sports Champions: Imogen, Evie and Scott as runners up and Beth and Sam taking home the Sports Champion Trophies. It was lovely to welcome back Mrs Reed to present the medals. Thank you to Mrs Macdonald and Mr Grant for helping to make the event a success.
We had an interesting visit to see some World War 2 artefacts at Fort George. We chose our favourite item from each case and explained why it was of interest to us. We liked the medals, the box from Hitler’s desk and seeing the helmet with the bullet holes in it.
Thank you to our parent helpers for supporting us.
“It was interesting to find out how old the documents were.”
The oldest archive is from 1299. We saw behind the scenes about how damaged archives are restored and kept.
“The role at Central School doubled with the number of evacuees who came. 245 evacuees. The children knitted vests and socks for poorer children of Europe. They collected over 22,500 books for the troops. An amazing war effort.
We looked at letters, photographs, school records, newspapers, government advice brochures and Inverness and District records of homes and owners. It was a very informative place to visit.
Thank you to Lorna for her help with the workshop.
Loch Insh Parent Information Evening 6 pm – 7 pm TUESDAY 26th March 2019
A kit list and information booklet will be given out at the meeting and this will also be posted on the Blog for future reference. If you cannot attend then the information will be sent home via schoolbag mail on Wednesday.
IRA Transition Sports Event THURSDAY 28 MARCH 10 am – 12 pm.
Pupils must have a change of indoor shoes and a full PE kit. Water bottle and snack may also be taken. It is recommended that gym kit is worn underneath school uniform for convenience. Changing rooms are not available.
Well done to Ross, Gavin, Sam, Rorie and Scott who were part of the Winter League Football team on Tuesday evening. They returned with a winners trophy and winning smiles!
Sam, Ross and Beth took part in the MacRobert Cup Cross Country event on Wednesday. The boys came 5th and 2nd and shared their medal success very modestly. Well done to the whole team.
We have received the items we had ordered from the £100 the Parent Council have given us. Maths equipment has been “topped up” and we have a Sphero Bolt to use for our coding and programming curriculum. Thank you to all the support we benefit from through Parent Council fundraising.
We celebrated World Poetry day with writing Diamonte and Terza Rima style poems with a World War 2 theme. We also created a whole class “Performance” poem about Children’s Rights and The Sustainable Development Goals.
We attended the LoRAC Award Ceremony organised by Pr 6, read some of our class novel, read our own books and tried a quiz. Alba and Katherine won. We read “A Lamb to the Slaughter” by Roald Dahl. which we loved!
The Digital Dynamos pupil group would like to invite all parents/carers to their ‘Collaborating with Chromebooks’ Information Evening on Wednesday 27th March from 6-7pm in our school gym hall.
The Digital Dynamos will be presenting throughout the evening and everyone will get a chance to use, learn and play with our new Chromebooks and Chromebook tablets, as well as other mobile devices we have available at school. More details are intended to follow regarding this exciting family learning event!
It has become apparent in a number of classes across the school, that there has been a significant amount of discussion regarding the ‘Momo Challenge’. As a school, we are keen to promote digital safety and encourage our pupils to stay safe whilst online, at both school and home, by making responsible choices. This also encompasses our core values as a school and we therefore try to promote and encourage our pupils to share concerns and be responsible in their online usage.
Many parents/carers may already be fully aware from national media coverage that this is a challenge presented on certain social media outlets that many of our children use frequently.
We are always working hard to ensure online safety, and in light of current topics in the media we have attached some parent information as support below for you to peruse:
Thank you for the support today. We have raised about £208. The amount and quality of the baking was fantastic – plenty to tempt and feed everyone. The stalls went well and we all shared our talents and skills. We can cost out our Edinburgh trip as we include the Disco money with today’s amount.
We were very proud of our class today. They dealt with the UNICEF emergency simulation event in a responsible, calm, respectful and cooperative manner.
We had a “debrief” after break and many of the pupils expressed feeling “annoyed” and that we they couldn’t trust us. We understood their emotions and hoped that the positive way in which they handled themselves proved to them that the experience was worthwhile. We were supported by Zoe, a UNICEF representative, who came into the class to work with us.
We spent some time reflecting on the situations of children around the world whose rights are denied for months and years due to disaster situation not just for 1.5 hours.
We were privileged to have been offered this experience as a trial school (only 1 other school has tried it out) and trust that the event will have been worthwhile.
We are delighted to share that Lochardil has received the most number of tokens in the recent round of the TESCO Community Awards Bags for Life Scheme. Our Wise About Waste application should now be more achievable and we look forward to using the money (£4,000) effectively.
We have session 4 booked in for World of Work on Thursday 17th January. We leave at 11.45 am and return 2.45 pm. Currently we have no helpers. If you can spare the time or know of anyone who could help us then please let us know.
Pupils require a packed lunch on Thursday due to an earlier lunch break.
Primary 1A were so lucky today to have the Primary 7’s come and visit us to read their very own Christmas Stories. The Primary 7’s have been working so hard to write fantastic stories for today and the Primary 1’s absolutely loved them!
What a lovely way to round of the end of term!
Thanks again to all the Primary 7’s for your fabulous stories!
Today the Primary 7s attended a ceilidh at the Inverness Royal Academy. It was a great opportunity to mix with people from different schools (and our future classmates). We got to show off our Scottish Dancing skills and, of course, we had lots of fun!
It was great to get to have a quick peek at the school and everyone is now looking forward to the next transition event!
Just a quick reminder, the children will be receiving their Christmas dinners in the dining hall for lunch tomorrow if they have ordered them and all children and staff are encouraged to wear their finest Christmas jumpers if they so wish! Please do not go out to buy a jumper especially for the occasion, it is the company and the wonderful atmosphere that we are all looking forward to tomorrow!
Just a reminder that our Open Afternoon times are a bit different to the rest of school. This is just to allow parents/carers to visit other classes if they need to.
Room 16 1.30 pm – 2.15 pm Horrid Herod
Wear your Christmas jumper on Thursday if you have one!
We still require some parent volunteers to escort us to the Inverness Royal Academy on Thursday 13th December at 9.20 am – 11.00 am for the Transition Ceilidh.
We would also welcome helpers for the Culduthel Christian Centre end of term Christmas service. Leaving at 9.25 am and returning for about 11 am. Thursday 20 Dec.
Party food letters have been given out and we are looking for helpers with the Yearbook. Applications are welcome for Monday 17th December. Mrs K Marshall will be supporting this in the New Year. Job roles are being given out today.
Thank you to the pupils from Lochardil Industries who came along to help sell our Rocks and Crosses game. We sold quite a few and appreciated the generosity of the community and the IRA for giving us a table to use.
Well done to Scott, Ross, Kyle and Riley for their super help at the Fancy Dress Disco. Their DJ skills were great helping everyone to enjoy good music and dancing. They were well prepared with games and suitable playlists for each stage disco. Of course, everyone did well and the event was a super success.
We have been finishing off our Renewable Energy topic with some activities from our Energy pack. We liked playing the floor game and then tried to see if there was enough solar and wind energy to power a buzzer and a light.
Some of the pupils came in their uniforms today. This was as part of Remembrance Day.
We had a Space Junk workshop at World of Work and programmed lego models which could collect “junk”. We watched a short film about Clyde Space, a space technology company near Glasgow, who make satellites which weigh only 4 kg. Thank you to our parent helper.
Miss Ross helped us to make poppies for a large school display as part of our Remembrance activities this week. The display is being put together by Pr 5 and Pr 6/7 are taking a special Remembrance Assembly on Friday.
Thank you again to ENECO and Mr Amores for our Moy WIndfarm experience today. We had super weather up on site. We met Ewan and Ian who help to manage the site and take care of the ecology around the windfarm. We watched and listened as the turbine was switched on and off. They are huge!
We have started a 6 week transition programme called Resilient Kids. We work alongside Donna and Jackie from the Inverness Royal Academy. We look at our emotional literacy/wellbeing and how we can cope and deal with the changes ahead. We talk about our emotions and discuss possible scenarios or pupil experiences which may cause problems/dilemmas and feelings linked to these.
Resilient Kids is a Highland Council publication and we have used it successfully in the school at key transition stages.
If you have any questions or wish to know more about the resource, please let us know.
A sincere thank you to the amazing Pr 7’s who helped to organise and run a fantastic Fancy Dress Disco last night. Everything went to plan! The stalls were full of variety and the DJs were on form with super music and even showcasing the dance moves!
We do appreciate the help and support from home to make this happen! There was lots of money spent on prizes and materials for the stalls/games. Thank you for being part of the event in that way.
We were delighted with the fantastic turnout across all stages of the school. Thank you to everyone who came along all dressed for the occasion. Hope you all had a great time!
Mrs Armstrong enjoying a night out!
Dip your hand into the jelly
Where did the ball go?
Dookin for apples
Thanks to all the staff who came along to help us run the disco safely.
The money raised will offset trip costs for an educational visit we have provisionally booked for next May.
Well done to the runners in the South Highland Schools Cross Country Team. The boys came back with the trophy as Ross and Sam were placed 1st and 8th. Michael came in 5th so that pushed our points total up. The girls did very well too.
We developed our programming, communication and teamwork skills today during our first visit to World of Work, Skills Development Scotland on Church Street. Alessio taught us how to programme the 8 x 8 grid with a number 1 or 0.
We are already looking forward to our next session
We had an interactive workshop today with KIm and Leah from the Youth Action Team. They work alongside pupils to support them with drug, tobacco and drink issues. We got the message – “put positive things into your body and get positive things out!”
“It was a fun way to learn.” ABI
“I didn’t know the fine for littering was £60″ GRACE
” I learned about the dangers of solvents.” RORIE
“I didn’t know that glue could be so harmful or dangerous.” GAVIN
“Taking alcohol or drugs can increase your risk of behaving in an anti-social manner.” DOUGLAS
We’ve had a very active day running round in circles! We supported our buddies by running alongside them and counting their laps. We enjoyed our own run in between painting our art perspective pictures.
Please return sponsor money by Wednesday 10th October. Thank you for supporting us to raise money for school equipment.
All welcome to our Literacy Open Morning with a Reading focus. Come and see the materials we use for our weekly reading sessions and some of the activities we do to develop our reading skills. There will be a comment feedback sheet about “What’s Working Well” and “Even Better If” about literacy/reading for you to fill in, if you have time, before you leave. We look forward to having you along.
We used our maths and communication skills at the University when we attended a Sphero Workshop. We completed several challenges: Making the “robot” move along a line, make a square adding in light and sound effects and then getting it to dance! Thank you to our parent volunteers who helped.
An ancient Inverness ceremony – the Kirking of the Council – took place on Sunday, 9 September 2018.
Staff and Members of The Highland Council along with guests from the University of the Highlands and Islands and community councils joined the parade, led by the Royal British Legion Scotland (Inverness Branch) pipes and drums, and the City of Inverness Youth Pipe Band along with uniformed youth groups and school representatives. Also attending was the Mayor of Inverness’s twin town, St Valery en Caux, France, Mme Dominique Chauvel, and her deputy.
Our House and Vice Captains enjoyed being part of the celebration and represented the school with pride and excellent behaviour. Well done
Primary 7 are hoping to make a music station. If you or anyone you know have any metal lids, pots and pans or wooden spoons you don’t need, we would love to have them. If you do have anything then please bring it to Primary 7 Room 16. We would really appreciate anything you can give us. Thank you.
We were shocked and disgusted by the results of our experiment today which showed us the product of smoking. We had 7 cigarettes and made a simple smoking “machine”. The cotton wool was stained and brown. We didn’t like the smell.
We selected the rights we thought were most relevant to our class. We thought about the A,B,C,D and E of rights. (Universal, Inalienable, Inherent, Indivisible, Unconditional). We know that having our rights is incredible!