To celebrate the 30th birthday of the United Nations Rights of the Child, please enjoy a special day at school on Wednesday 20 November.
Come to school in your party clothes if you want to dress up!
Play some fun party games
Enjoy a special Celebration assembly with UNIKIDS.
Let’s have some fun as we remember all the UNCRC articles that we enjoy.
Unfortunately the SHSAA Cross-Country Championships to be held on Thursday 14th November has again been postponed.
We have received the folowing information from the organisers:-
After the recent wet weather the Bught Park is too wet and muddy for the event and it is not set to improve over the course of the week. It has been advised by the ground staff, committee officials and event organisers that it would be safer to postpone the event. We do not wish to risk the safety of any of our competitors. The event will be rescheduled and will take place towards the end of February. We will be in touch in the new year with a new date.
We will keep parents/carers and pupils updated when we receive further information.
The Digital Dynamos have been working hard to create a child friendly version of our acceptable use policy. We have thought about how this links to our rights as well as giving information, suggestions and advice. We would like your support to ensure that this A.U.P is followed both at home and in school to ensure that we are all safe.
See pictures below. These are being printed and given out to each class in a leaflet format. We have gone over this at assembly and shared with both staff and pupils.
The next meeting of the Parent Council will take place this Thursday, 14th November at 7pm in the school staffroom.
Well done to Lily, Freya, Katie, Erin and Ayla who spoke at our assembly today about the work of Blythswood and our fundraising plans for Children in Need. They all spoke so confidently and clearly. Well done!
We have been instructed that our school will be used as a polling station for the General Election on Thursday the 12th December. The school will be closed to all ELC and school pupils.
Please see attached Parent / Carer and pupil surveys to be completed by Friday the 6th of December 2019.
Please note that the meeting scheduled for ASN consultaion on the 27th November 2019 at Milburn Academy has now been moved to the Inverness Royal Academy on the 2nd December 2019 a letter of invite to the new date and venue will follow.
Primary Pupil Survey
Primary Parent Survey
A massive thank you to everyone who has donated to the Blythswood Shoebox appeal so far. Please can we have all donations into school by Friday. Thank you very much!
From P5a and Miss MacArthur
Congratulations to Alana, who is our Star of the Week this week for her fabulous gymnastic skills.
She explored different ways of travel, balance and different types of jumps while concentrating on good technique too. Well done Alana!
This week, classes in Explore have been making things over the campfire. The classes learned about fire safety and used their weighing and measuring skills to make Dampers – sweet bread – over an open fire.
In case you would like to make this tasty bonfire treat, here is the recipe.
- 250g self raising flour
- 40g Caster sugar
- 100 ml water
- First, put the dry ingredients in a bowl.
- Add the water a little at a time and mix well.
- Use clean hands to knead the mixture and bring it together, adding more flour or water as required.
- Leave to stand for 10 minutes.
- Find a 50cm stick and cover the end in tin foil.
- Take a small amount of dough, make it into a sausage shape and coil around the top of the stick.
- Bake over hot embers for 10 to 15 minutes until it is golden brown and solid to touch. Alternatively, these could be baked in the oven (without the stick!).
- Fill with butter, jam or chocolate spread.
We linked our maths lesson to our class novel. We have been busy reading Fantastic Mr Fox, who hosts a feast. As we have been learning about money, our task was to budget for a feast with our class. We had £50 to spend.
This is Mr Fry. We enjoy adding to his beard when we are practising our common words.
Enjoying our 10 minutes of Mindful Monday’s
This was us busy at our calculator work. We had to input different amounts of money. We are getting better at remembering when we need to use a 0 and when we don’t.
Deep in thought working on our target boards. These are helping with our mental math skills. We tried to challenge each other and turn it into a bit of a competition.
In the lead up to Remembrance Sunday on 11th November poppies will be available in school, by donation, from Monday 4th November. P7 pupils will visit the classes each morning to allow pupils to donate and receive their poppy.
Thank you for your support.
Pr 7 would like to say a very big thank you to everyone who supported our fundraising disco last night. We hope everyone had lots of fun . You all looked amazing in your costumes.
Special thanks to the staff who helped us to run it and to our Pr 7 parents who supplied so much to help make all our stalls such a success.
We have been advised that the P6 & P7 cross country competition postponed from before the October break and due to take place this week, has now been further postponed until Thursday 14th November 2019.
Pupils who have been selected to represent the school will receive an updated permission form tomorrow and this should be returned to the school office by Friday 1st November.
Bonjour! Welcome back to our next term. Hope you had a good October break. I spent a week of mine in Paris and Versaille, visiting our partner school, Ecole Des Sources, in Linas, Versaille. The French children loved the Nessie toy, storybook and shortbread we gave them. Our children also made a Scotland flag from recycled materials for them. They are excited to hear about and see pictures of what life in Scotland is like and I am excited to use French more in the classroom!
Mrs Wilson and I have changed our days slightly so from this week on, Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays will be Mrs Wilson and I will be doing Thursdays and Fridays.
We will be sharing our learning overview with you later this week.
We have used some of the £100 Parent Council Money given to each class, to buy books to refresh our class library. Our selection has come from local some charity shops. We look forward to some great reads.
Just a reminder to come along to the Dress Up Disco !
October 30th 2019
ELC and Pr 1 5.00 pm – 5.45 pm
Pr 2,3,4 6.00 pm – 7.00 pm
Pr 5,6 7.15 – 8.15 pm
Please come in at the middle door. Entrance £3 Glow Bands 50p
Collect your child(ren) from the Hall and exit via the Fire Door from the Hall.
Funds collected go towards the Pr 7 Loch Insh residential trip.
Thank you for your support.
Just a reminder that bike ability sessions will start for all primary 6 pupils tomorrow.
Today at assembly all children showed good sitting and listening to Mrs Kellacher. Alfie was very happy and proud to receive the Pupil of the Month certificate as he has been showing good progression and doing his best, we are very proud of him. We wish you all a safe and fun holiday, see you in two weeks :).
We took part in the BBC Growth Mindset and Well-being lesson live, where we have been learning about the power of YET and having a positive mindset. Let’s focus on what we will be able to achieve one day, with some hard work and effort!
Message from the organisers:-
Last Saturday at Messy Church, we had a super afternoon with just under 100 folk coming along and we catered for about 130, including the team. There was a good buzz in the building as people explored various activities (making fruit kebab, button trees, lego challenge, face fainting, etc) throughout the first hour. During the celebration time in the beginning of the second hour, there was enthusiasm in the singing and children dancing to the music. Afterwards, everyone sat around tables in the foyer and enjoyed a good BBQ and desserts. Good conservations were shared throughout the event and the children who came along with their families had so much fun and would like to come back ? We are very encouraged in organizing the event.
Thank you to everyone who joined us for our open morning. We loved being able to share our school day with you all! If you have not yet had the chance to leave us feedback, I would be very grateful if you would by using the link which you can find on our school blog.
We are delighted to let you know that the painting of new playground games is scheduled to take place during the October break – weather permitting of course!! Look out for the changes when the children come back on Monday 28th October.
The new projector and screen for the gym hall (purchased from the fun run fundraising and school budget) is also due to be installed during the holidays.
We are excited these works are taking place and would especially like to say a huge thank you to the Parent Council & Forum for their contribution to these purchases.
We are delighted to share with you that for the remainder of this school year, Mrs Anne Prentice, P5B teacher, and Miss Chloe MacDonald, P6B teacher, have been successfully appointed as Acting Principal Teachers to cover the currently vacant positions in our leadership team while Mrs Munro and Mrs MacIver are both on maternity leave.
Mrs Prentice and Miss MacDonald will be allocated ½ day (0.1FTE) each per week to focus on their leadership role. We will notify you in due course of day/time and who will be covering their classes during this time out of class.
If you have any queries in the meantime please do not hesitate to contact the school office in the first instance.
Firstly, thank you so much to all those who attended our open morning yesterday. It was lovely to see such a buzz in each classroom once again.
And thank you to all those who have taken the time to fill out the online feedback form, sharing with us your thoughts about the year so far. There is still time to complete the form, even if you were not at the event. Simply click the button below.
Thank you to everyone who joined us for our morning today. We loved being able to share our school day with you all and it was a lot of fun. If you did not get the chance to leave feedback, there is a link to our feedback questionnaire on the blog.
Unfortunately due to the weather forecast for Thursday, and also the condition of Bught Park after the marathon at the weekend, the Primary School Cross Country competition scheduled for this week has been postoned until Thursday 31st October.
Pupils participating in this event wil be issued with a permission slip for the new date which should be returned to the school office by Thursday.
Date for your diary Wednesday 30th October 2019 P7 will hold a disco to raise money for their Loch Insh trip.
Times below :
Nursery and P1 5.00 – 5.45pm
P2, P3 & P4 6.00 – 7.00pm
P5 & P6 7.15 – 8.15pm
Entrance Fee £3.00. Look forward to seeing you there.
We are looking forward to welcoming parents and carers this morning for our open morning from 11:00 to 11:45!
As part of our open morning, we would love to hear your feedback to help us improve our school. Devices will be available in school for you to complete our online feedback form, or you can complete the form using the link below.
Thank you for your continued support!
Orders for Tempest Photographs must be returned to the school office by close of school day on Friday 4th October to avoid paying a late order charge.
Please also remember to tick the box if you require a mount for your photos as these are no longer automatically enclosed with orders.
Did you know you can raise money for Lochardil Parent Council – Inverness simply by doing your shopping online. When you use easy fundraising to shop with any of their 4,000 retailers, the retailer makes a small donation to say thank you and they send those free funds to us!
Some of our Digital Dynamos will be on hand at our Open Morning on Tuesday to give you more information and help you sign up.
Join the fundraising revolution at : https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/lochardilpc/?pageVersion=1
P2A went out in the playground to do some litter picking on Tuesday and we were shocked when we saw how much litter there was.
P2A had a fantastic time with Epic Eilidh from Enjoy-a-ball. We played lots of ball games and learned some new skills.
The 100 square winner was no 52, chosen by Mr Grant. Can you guess why?
Well done, to Lily MacBean who won a mud kitchen!
Thank you to Mr Willie Matheson for donating the mud kitchen.
The “Dunk the Biscuit in the Tea” competition was won by Antek!
A big THANK YOU to Robert and Andrew at the Ness Walk Kiosk for donating the prize.
More pics to follow….
Jana at Velocity is offering free outdoor cycling sessions for Lochardil Primary School parents. This will take place on Wednesday the 2nd of October at 5:30-7:30pm.
Please contact Jana at firstname.lastname@example.org to book your space and for more details.
Miss Munro and the JRSO team! 🙂
Congratulations to Katie! She is our star of the week this week for her fabulous teamwork skills in PE. She made great use of the available space and showed fabulous skills of passing and catching the ball. Well done Katie!
We have been trying to look at using effective vocabulary this week. We were coming up with suggestions as to how to make the exact same passage seem both joyful…and ominous…..! The children thought of the best adjectives and adverbs that they could.
We were putting counters on the stations of the tables, and working on the ‘Tricky Ten.’ The tricky ten are:
Please have a wee go at practising these if you have time.
Finally, we are working with mixed media to create some lovely fruit and veg images. One day, after Christmas maybe, we might get them finished…..! Seriously though, the children are taking a great deal of care with them, and some of them look fantastic!
You can see some of our work on the Open Morning. Tuesday 8th October 11:45-12:25
After our visit from the Kakatsitsi Drummers last week, P5A and P4 made this Kente Cloth. Kente cloth is an important tradition in Ghana. Woven from strips of coloured cloth, each colour represents something different. We learned about colour, line and pattern, and some of us learned to weave for the first time.
The phoptographer will be back in school tomorrow to finish taking photographs for P6B, P7A, P7B , ELC children who were not in today & any outstanding family group photos.
Photos from today will be sent home in the schoolbags tomorrow.
We have organised an exciting Christmas Design Fundraising Project for this Autumn term!
Your child has been busy having Christmassy fun, designing and decorating a Christmas picture in class. The Christmas designs will be professionally printed and can purchased on a range of products including Cards, Tags, Wrapping Paper and Gift Mugs.
Artwork will be sent home by the class teacher this week. When returning the artwork it must be attached to the order form with the arrow on the form circled indicating the top of the work. Please keep designs flat and damage free, as marks will show on the final print.
Orders and payment must be made online using the unique code located at the top of the pupil order form. Please refer to your order form for further instructions.
Where orders have been placed, all artwork must be returned to school by Monday 8th October.
Cards will be delivered by the beginning of December.
Thank you for your support.
Lochardil Primary School Parent Council
P3 are running silent auction starting on Wednesday 25/09/19 until Monday 30/09/19 at 12pm.
You can place your bids in a box at reception.
All proceeds will go to MacMillan Cancer Support.
You can win this fabulous, newly made…..(painted by Mr MacLelland) mud kitchen!
Simply buy a square for £2 at reception.
Good luck everyone!
Thank you from P3!
Nuts & Nut products
Please be reminded of the school policy of absolutely no nuts or nut products to be eaten or brought in to school. This includes items such as cereal bars, peanut butter, chocolate nut spread etc. Please also be aware that some products state on the packaging that they are made in a factory where nuts may be present.
We have children in school with severe nut allergies where they only need to be in the vicinity of nuts and they can have a severe reaction. We all have a duty of care to ensure that they are not put in any danger.
Thank you for your co-operation in ensuring a safe environment where all our children are kept safe and healthy.
Highland Council have revised and reissued the Chromebook Agreement that was sent home to p6s and p7s at the beginning of term. The revision brings the agreement in line with current guidance, particularly around charging devices at home. As these have been signed and returned already this term, no action is required. Here is the revised agreement for your information.
This afternoon we enjoyed meeting with Ina Davies, Manager at the new Marriott Hotel at Inverness airport. She met with the hospitality team and the book team to answer questions and give advice from both her successful fundraising events and planning functions in hotels.
We are getting very excited about our own event next week!
Our whole school enjoyed a fantastic performance from the Kakatsitsi Drummers from Ghana. We were blown away by the rhythm and movement! They had a full range of African instruments and we were able to join in with traditional fishing songs.
A message from our diligent gardners, Maria and Karen.
We are looking for new parents that would like to take over the Friday growing vegetable session!
Over the past 2-3 years, we have been running some vegetable growing sessions during the summer season in the small garden with raised beds at the back of the school. It has been a lot of fun and satisfying to see the kids really enjoy it! All very informal, no pressure, we just go when we are able or suits. Now that our children have moved to secondary it would be great to find other parents that we can help get into this fun and relaxing activity.
We meet on a Friday at 12:30 luch break time but of course there is scope to change the day if new helpers wished. Should you be interested please contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org . Many Thanks in advance.
Today we visited Skills Development Scotland for our first ‘My World of Work’ session.
The focus of today’s visit was based all around the advances assistive technology related to prosthetic limbs for people with disabilities. We discussed the types of jobs that might be involved in this line of work; these included engineers, doctors and biologists.
We then got to have a go at building our own bionic limb, using Lego and computer programming. It was a challenge but with a bit of team work and imagination we think we did a pretty good job! Thank you to Julia’s mum for assisting us on the trip.
The ECO team went round the school today to find suitable places for our new bins. The bins were funded from part of our TESCO Bags of Help money. We reviewed our Litter Policy and hope to come up with a reward incentive for picking up litter.
We also gave each class a pile of scrap paper from the office. We are all stocked up now for our new term ahead.
Would your child like to learn to play a musical instrument? We are fortunate to have the following tuition available to P5 – P7 pupils in Lochardil:-
Please see details below on how to apply
The first parent council meeting of this school year is tonight at 7pm in the school. ALL WELCOME. Refreshments.
This week, Primary 6 started looking at work by 3 Scottish creators – the book Wilderness Wars by Barbara Henderson, art by Kate Green and music by Martyn Bennett. We are creating colourful landscape watercolours, concentrating on use of colour and brush strokes. These landscapes are inspired by the setting for Wilderness Wars. We also listened to Bothy Culture by Martyn Bennett, inspired by the landscapes and culture of the west of Scotland.
Just a reminder for next week…
Packed lunches only for Thursday 12 September please. We leave for World of Work at 11.45 am so need an early lunch. Canteen lunches not available that early.
We require one adult helper for that visit. Please let us know if you can help.
PE – Wednesdays and Thursdays. Full change required.
We have been workiing on our Alcohol leaflet which is part of our Health and Wellbeing key assessment task.
We played touch rugby with Mrs Chisholm and studied areodynamics with Mrs Scotson.
We had a busy first meeting! We carried out a paper recycling bin audit around the school and delivered some new bins. We hope to find places for some new outdoor bins soon too. We will carry out the ECO Schools Environmental Review and create our Action Plan.
All children showed good listening for Mary from Childsmile who came to visit us today, showing us how to brush our teeth correctly. We all took turns to brush Mojo the monkey’s teeth.
The Fluenz Immunisation forms were issued via the school bag mail last week.
Please ensure that your child’s form is returned to the school office by Friday 7th September. If you do not return a form your child will not receive the flu vaccine.
If your child has lost their form please contact the school office.
As part of our topic, Marvellous Me, we have painted our very own self portraits! We had a look at our faces in a mirror before we started to paint.
Primary 2 enjoyed playing some fun hall games on Tuesday
As the interest of ladybirds continues to grow we created our own ladybird biscuits today. Even the teachers could not resist making a sweet treat.
Also some children have been making delicious pizzas.
Hello and welcome back to school for the year 2019/2020. We hope you all enjoyed the summer break and children, staff and parents are settling back into the swing of things nicely.
The first Parent Council Meeting of this school session is on Wednesday the 11th September at 7pm in the school staff room. We usually finish by 9pm.
All parents and carers are welcome to attend. We try to make the meetings as relaxed and informal as possible. This is your chance to be more involved with what is going on at the school for the benefit of your child/children.
- Dates for the meetings this academic year:
- • Wednesday 11th September 2019
- • Thursday 14th November 2019
- • Wednesday 22nd January 2020
- • Thursday 19th March 2020 (AGM) •
- Wednesday 13th May 2020
If you have any issues you would like us to discuss please make contact via the school office, the Lochardil Primary Parent Council Facebook page or email@example.com
Kind regards Amy, Ian and Pauline.
PS There was a typo in the school calendar and the meeting is definitely on the 11th September (Not the 18th).
Attached below is an updated copy of the school calendar for Session 2019-2020. Please note a couple of changes to the printed copy that was sent home last week:-
October holiday – school closes on Friday 11th October at normal time
Parent Council Meeting – Wednesday 11th September (not 18th!)
We have had a fabulous and busy week in P5a. Our highlights have been learning about food hygiene and safety, increasing our heart rates while having a great time in PE, learning about place value and learning how to use our Chromebooks.
Congratulations to Andrew, who was our ‘Star of the week’ for his fabulous reading work. Well done Andrew!
Our story bags have been confidently explored. The children and parents have worked hard in creating some characters from the story.
Just a reminder to please take a jacket each day as the weather is so unpredictable. Have a lovely weekend 🙂
A good week this week, with lots of establishing roles and expectations. We were looking at addition and subtraction, with a lot of practice of chimney sums.
In handwriting, the children were looking at basic joins. They are in a state of shock as I threatened to send back again, and again, any non-joined writing!!! Evil!
We were also making a poster designed to point out Health and Safety issues around our project of FOOD.
Short and sweet this week!
Hope you have a super weekend!
Glee club will not be on this Monday . Updated permission/sign up letters will be issued next week.
We have had a brilliant first week back. We are really enjoying our class novel ‘The Secret Island’ and we have been improving our summarising skills. We thought our weekly poem ‘The Veggie Lion’ was really funny and we had a great time creating our own versions of it. Thank you to Lily and Ayla for bringing in your ‘About me’ bags. We are loving getting to know each other better!
Callum was our ‘Star of the Week’ for fabulous concentration, hard work and effort. Well done Callum!
We have loved having a secret student every day too! Who knows who the secret student will be next…?
Thanks for a great week everyone.
Letters went home with regards to our ‘Hopes and Dreams’ meetings next week. Please get in touch if the times do not suit or if you have not been given an appointment but would like one.
Have a great weekend!
Love from P5a and Miss MacArthur
The Inverness Courier will be in school to take the P1 photo for the supplement on Tuesday the 27th August 2019. The Supplement will be published on 27th September, an order form will come home in your child’s school bag which will allow you to order a copy of the paper and a print / digital copy of the photo. Complete the tear off section and return with money enlosed. Please ensure cheques are made payable to the Inverness Courier.
Please find below details of the next RSE @ Inverness FAMILY Event
FASCINATING FUTURES is taking place at Eden Court Theatre later this month. FREE TO ATTEND AND OPEN TO ALL! FULL PROGRAMME ONLINE SOON – BOOKINGS FOR WORKSHOPS NOW OPEN! AS PLACES ON SOME ASPECTS ARE LIMITED, PLEASE REGISTER FOR THE EVENT USING THE OPTIONS BELOW….
Booking Details – www.rse.org.uk/events Public_Engagement@theRSE.org.uk Tel: 0131 240 2780
We look forward to seeing you there! Please feel free to share this with family, friends and colleagues!
In the first week back to school after your lovely Summer holidays the lunch menu choices will be in Week 4 of the Menu.
We have been practising our debating skills! The children prepared the speeches really well and delivered them confidently. The questions and answers created brilliant discussions too. Well done everyone!
P6 have created their own school political parties and developed their own political manifestos for how they would improve the school with a given budget. They have been campaigning really hard and we had a fabulous mock election in Friday. Thank you to all who came to vote. Congratulations to L.S.S. who were our winning party! All our political parties had fabulous ideas for improving the school, which are being passed on to Mrs Kellacher. Well done everyone!
Some photos to share from our very exciting but very exhausting trip. Thank you so much to everyone who helped us, and for all of you for getting them there on time! They were so well behaved the whole day. I’m very proud of them all!
Karate Alba Federation are running a summer camp during the school holidays, running the week of Mon 5th – Fri 9th August. It is sure to be a fun filled week of games, arts and crafts and much more!
Please note that NO Karate experience is required to attend the camp, beginners are very welcome.
Please see the letters below regarding the class structure for Session 2019/2020 which some pupils received today. The rest of the classes will receive their letters tomorrow. Apologies that this may have caused some confusion.
A huge thank you to all pupils, staff, parents, families and friends who joined us at the Lochardil School Summer Fun Day on the 22nd of June. The sun shone, fun was had and money was made…..lots of it! The day was a great success and we raised £2,136.01 for the Parent Council Funds. This money will go directly towards projects and initiatives to benefit the children at the school.
A special thank you to Pam O’Hara and all the parents and teachers who volunteered their time and energy to help organise such a super day.
From The Parent Council Committee
P1/2 are needing some parent volunteers to help escort us to the Culduthel Christian Centre at 9.30am on Wednesday 3rd July.
If anyone is available please get in touch with Mrs MacIver at school. Thank you!
Our cooks in the canteen would like to let all parents, carers and pupils know that there is a slight change to the lunch menu tomorrow. Instead of the Quorn Sausage Pasta option, it is now Veggie Burgers with Roast Potatoes.
As you will be aware, tomorrow is our last visit to the forest before the summer holidays. We would love to invite parents/carers along to join us for the last hour. We will leave as normal in the morning and get set up then we invite you along from 10-11 am where we will have a fun activity for everyone to participate in.
We look forward to seeing you all then. Hopefully it stays dry !!
On Monday 1st July –
‘Meet the Teacher’ for P2-P7 – we are now in a position to visit our new classes and meet the new teacher in the morning between 9.10am and 10.25am. Please go to normal classes as usual then the transition will take place from there. An information and confirmation of class allocation letter will go home via school bag mail after the visit on Monday. Have fun and be the best you can be!
‘Lochardil’s Got Talent’ – Ruthven House Captains and Vice-Captains have organised a fun get together in the afternoon to share and showcase some of our finest talent and promote our postive culture, ethos and appreciation of each other. We look forward to the performances. Good luck all!
Have a lovely weekend.