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Breakfast and after school Club Update

On 2nd March Nicola Sturgeon announced that OSC will be able to return on the 15th March along with a return to schools:

“And I can confirm today that from that date, 15 March – unless new evidence or new circumstances force us to reconsider, which we of course hope will not be the case – all children in primary 4 to 7 will go back to school on a full-time basis.

All primary school children will also be able to return to regulated childcare, including after school and breakfast clubs.”

This means we will be taking bookings for breakfast and after school club again from the 15th March. Please get in touch with the school if you would like to book your child/ren back into this service. If we have a high demand it will go back to a first come, first serve basis.

Morning Drop Off Routine.

Just a reminder that children should be dropped off just in time for starting their school day be it at 8.50am if they are in the keyworker hub or 9am for P1-P3.

This is to prevent mixing of our class bubbles.

If you are a keyworker and require an earlier drop off time remember that the breakfast club is available to you.

Our PSA’s will be in the playground to assist the children in the morning.

Please vacate the campus and surrounding streets immediately and avoid gathering to catch up with others in line with government guidance.

Thank you for your support.

Parent Council Meeting Google Meet Wednesday 10th March 2021 at 7pm.

The next parent council meeting will be hosted on a Goggle meet through Google classroom, on Wednesday 10th March 2021, from 7pm. This is our AGM.

After many years of service, our Chairperson Ian Soden and our Treasurer Pauline Fox, are both stepping down from their roles as their youngest children will be moving up to secondary school in August. We are very grateful for all they have done for Parent Council over the past decade or so!

Kindly, Sarah Goudie has volunteered to take on the Treasurer role – Thank you Sarah! Amy Carter is happy to continue as Secretary or step into the Chairperson role depending on other volunteers that come forward. It is vital that we have parents to continue the good work that Parent Council do and maintain that link between the teaching staff, the parents and ultimately improve our children’s educational experience. It is not an onerous job being an office bearer in the committee, but it is a very rewarding one. If you are interested to find out more about the Chairperson and secretary role before the meeting please don’t hesitate to contact us on iansoden@hotmail.com or amygcarter@hotmail.com

All parents and carers of children from nursery to P7 are welcome to join us virtually on the 10th March.

Thank you for your ongoing support

The Parent Council Committee.

Exciting News – Our Digital Schools Scotland Award!!

Lochardil Primary staff and pupils have some exciting news to share with the community!  We have successfully managed to receive a nationally recognised award by Education Scotland! 

Digital Schools Awards is a national awards scheme to promote, recognise and encourage a whole school approach to the use of digital technology in schools. We have been able to assess our progress and recognise our achievements with regards to our Digital Skills here at Lochardil and decided we were ready to be validated by Ms Catherine Cunningham, from Digital Schools Awards Scotland.

We are absolutely delighted to announce that not only were we successful in receiving the Digital Schools Award, but we have been asked to be a mentor school for any schools wishing to undertake this digital journey in the future!

Thank you to all staff and pupils for embracing this world of digital technology that we find ourselves immersed in and for going the ‘extra digital mile’ to provide wonderful learning opportunities and make our pupils prepared for a digital future within a digital world.

Breakfast & Out Of School Club

School age childcare services will continue to be subject to the same opening restrictions that came into effect on 26 December 2020. This means that services may only open to vulnerable children and the children of key workers. The Sub-Group noted the important role of school age childcare in supporting the most vulnerable children, and strongly supported continued access to these services, including breakfast clubs that support children facing food insecurity. However the sub-group advised on a cautious approach to the gradual re-opening of services. To minimise any potential spread of the virus, this is focusing, in the first instance, on settings that present the lowest risk. The decision to prioritise the return to ELC reflects the evidence that younger children are at lower risk from COVID, the role that ELC plays in supporting children’s development, and the challenge of delivering this crucial support remotely The next meeting of the Advisory Sub-Group will assess the impact of the first phase of the return to schools and review the reopening of school age childcare.  

Welcoming ELC-P3 pupils on Monday 22nd February 2021

We are very much looking forward to welcoming back our ELC – P3 pupils to face to face schooling on Monday 22nd February as per the recent Scottish Government announcement. Please feel reassured we are following all health and safety protocols and measures to continue to ensure the safety and learning of our pupils and staff.

We hope the return will follow a similarly successful pattern as our return last August and that we can get all our children happy, safe and feeling ‘back at home’ asap. We would really appreciate your assistance with continuing to follow our safety measures i.e. fresh clean uniform daily, no toys brought from home, bring own stationery if possible, no parents/carers within the school grounds etc. Timings and routines will be the same for pupils as last term so they will all be very familiar with this. The entrance and exits for each class ELC – P3 will be the same, and their teacher(s) will be there to support them with everything and get back in the swing of things. School lunches and routines will be the same as term 2 i.e. 1 hot meal option and 1 cold meal option with classes continuing to make use of our dining hall and general hall to ensure year groups remain within their bubbles during these times. Please provide a break time snack initially and we will up date you on this service next week.

Safety around our school – We are very thankful to all our parents/carers that work with us and support us to keep all our children safe. It is parent/carer responsibility to adhere to the guidance with respect to traffic, road safety and general consideration for our lovely community we are lucky to live within. Please follow the Highway Code and follow the local speed limits. Avoid stopping to drop off or pick up on any of the road markings indicating areas this is not permitted. Be mindful of our neighbours when parking in surrounding streets/ areas. The car park is for staff use only or disabled access. The pathway to the front office gate is for access only and no loitering is permitted at any time particulary due to the width of the path and to be able to socially distance while getting to the destination safely. We appreciate the front and back gates become busy at drop off and pick up times and would encourage you to wear a face covering if possible, keep a 2m distance from each other, move away after your child is here to allow the others to drop or collect also, and use both sides of the street to avoid conjection where possible. Please be reassured we will have staff within the playground just before bell times to monitor and support our children once they arrive with us or are ready to leave. ELC parents/carers are still able to walk through the grounds to reach the ELC and sign their child in or out safely.

Breakfast provision and Out of School Care will currently only operate for those families of keyworkers or idenitified children as we are currently running. We will update you asap on any changes for this.

We will continue to provide care for any pupils in P4-P7 as part of our Keyworker/identified pupils who have a place and participate in their learning online with their peers learning at home. We continue to support our P4-P7 pupils online with their virtual schooling and look forward to further Scottish Government announcements on when they will return to the school building safely also.

Finally, I would like to say a huge thank you to you all as parents/carers for doing the most wonderful job of being everything and everyone to our children during these challenging times, for supporting us and trusting us, your patience and acceptance that we staff are going through this all too, and for continuing to play your part to keep us safe as a school community! You genuinely have been absolute stars!! Not forgetting to mention the real stars through all of this again so far – our Lochardil Primary young people! Our whole purpose for doing what we do and who have shown us more resilience and positivity than we could have imagined! Love is our core value and throughout this whole experience it has been in abundance! Here’s to our next stage of the learning journey full of fun, excitement, and the sound of bells again!

Happy weekend!

Important email communication

Parents/carers please check your email for an important letter we have shared from the Health Protection Team. If you do not receive this email please contact our school office on Monday to ensure you have provided us with your most current email contact address to ensure any further communication reaches you.

Thank you

Information for Parents/Carers from Highland Council

Please see information letters from HC attached. “A question and answer session for parents has been organised for the evening of the Thursday 18 February.  Officers will be present to support and mitigate parental queries and concerns.” Further information can be found on the Highland Council website or HCPC social media communication channels.

World Book Day 2021 – £1 Book Tokens!

World Book Day is back with their fabulous selection of £1 books!  To find out more information about the selection of books available this year, please visit: https://www.worldbookday.com/books/

Normally, we would be distributing £1 book tokens in school, which can be exchanged for one of these brilliant books, or £1 off any other book of your choice.

This year, World Book Day are making digital book vouchers available for all pupils. In order to get a digital voucher, you will need to download the attached PDF and print the voucher off. It can then be used in any participating retailer. The tokens are vaild from Thursday 18th February – Sunday 28th March.

There is also a fabulous selection of ideas and activities related to both story telling and the £1 books available on the World Book Day website. Have fun enjoying the magic of books!

P7 Parent Reminder Virtual Transition Meeting Tonight

   

Nigel Engstrand

Rector                                                                   

01/02/21

Dear Parent/Carers

Transfer to Inverness Royal Academy

As part of your child’s transition to Inverness Royal Academy in August 2021, I would like to invite you to a virtual meeting at 6.00 on Monday 8th February 2021.

The meet code is   https://meet.google.com/hwd-pjwf-fgj?hs=122&authuser=0

The purpose of the meeting is to meet with myself and the Rector, Mr, Engstrand, giving you an introduction to the school and highlighting the Primary 7- Secondary 1 transition procedures. Guidance staff are currently meeting with all P7 classes to answer pupil questions. The meeting will also be an opportunity for you to ask questions you may have about transition arrangements.

Yours sincerely,

Alex Gunn

Depute Rector

Parent Update for schools

For the attention of parents and carers in Highland

On 2 February, an announcement was made in the Scottish Parliament by the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, about remote learning and the future return to face-to-face learning in schools.  This message includes the key information that children, young people and their families need to know.

The key points are as follows:

  • The remote learning offer, alongside support in-school for vulnerable and key worker children and young people, will continue until Friday 19 February.
  • From week beginning 22 February, there will be a partial return to schools as follows:
    • Full time attendance for Early learning and childcare children, and for children in P1-3.
    • Part-time attendance for young people in the Senior Phase who need to attend in order to complete practical work that is necessary for the completion of national qualification courses. 
    • Further clarification about future plans for the re-opening of schools will be shared by the Scottish Government on 16 February.
  • There will be a roll-out of testing for some workers in educational settings and pupils in the Senior phase, which will help to ensure that the partial return to school is as safe as possible. This is in line with national guidance.

It is important to remember that all of our Highland schools will be closed for the long weekend (Monday 15 and Tuesday 16 February are holidays, and Wednesday 17 February is the In-Service Day).  During those days our school buildings will be closed and there will be no provision for vulnerable children and the children of key workers. 

We are currently working through these guidelines and are planning for the week beginning 22 February.  We will continue to keep parents, carers and families informed.

Further updates about free school meals will be issued next week.

Meanwhile, the current remote learning situation continues, with the continued emphasis on following guidance from the Scottish Government to protect the NHS and save lives.  Thank you for your patience and support.

Update from Scottish Government 02.02.21 re return of Face to Face Schooling

Scottish Government
02/02/21 17:21 Back to school
Phased return for some pupils. Children in early learning and childcare and in primaries 1-3 are now scheduled to make a full return to nurseries and schools from 22 February. In addition, very limited numbers of pupils in S4-6 will also be able to complete in-school practical work that is essential for completing national qualifications on a part-time basis from the same date Some children and young people with significant additional support needs will also be prioritised for a return to in-person provision, for those most urgently in need of support. All other pupils, with the exception of vulnerable children and those of key workers, will continue with remote learning. To complement the return to in-school teaching, there will be a significant expansion of testing. People who work in schools, early learning and childcare settings attached to schools, and senior phase pupils, will be offered at-home testing two times a week. Two metre physical distancing for adults and pupils will be required in secondary schools in the period immediately after a return. Where required, updated guidance (and associated mitigations) will be published for all relevant settings that allows for the current circumstances and latest scientific advice. All these measures will be kept under regular review. These decisions will be confirmed on Tuesday 16 February – providing sufficient progress in tackling the virus has been made. Deputy First Minister John Swinney said: “I appreciate only too well the burden being placed on many families as they navigate this COVID pandemic. I am also acutely aware of the need to maintain teaching and learning wherever possible. In doing so, the health and wellbeing of our children, young people and staff is paramount. “My priority has been to ensure a safe return for children and young people to school and nursery as quickly as possible. That is why the steps that have been announced today are guided by the advice of the Chief Medical Officer and public health experts. Children and young people will begin a gradual, phased return to classrooms supported by a testing regime and enhanced guidance. A sense of caution underpins the plans unveiled today, but this is essential as we work to return to full time teaching in schools.”
Background The schedule, subject to confirmation on 16 February, is:
February 22 – Full time return for pre-school children in early learning and childcare settings and children in P1-3.
February 22 – Part time return for senior phase pupils – S4, S5 and S6 – on a limited basis, for essential in-school practical work only. It is intended that there will be no more than 5 – 8% of a secondary school roll physically present at any one time for these purposes.
February 22 – Small increase for additional support needs where there is a demonstrable and immediate need. All other primary and secondary pupils will continue to use remote learning until at least the beginning of March except in the case of vulnerable children and those of key workers.
We will review this position every two weeks. School age childcare services will also remain open only to vulnerable children and those of key workers pending further scientific advice.
All children who are eligible for free school meals will continue to receive them during this period.

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Parent / Carer Appointment Feedback

Thank you to all the parents and carers who attended our virtual parent/carer appointments last week. It was definitely a new way of hosting these meetings and we are delighted we managed to engage with so many of you.

We would like to take this opportunity to gather your feedback about our school and our virtual appointments. Please feel free to complete the online form below by Friday 5th February to share your views.

ELC Parent Appointments Monday 8th February – Friday 12th February 2021

Good morning all parents/carers, We are now going ahead with our ELC Parent appointments. Due to the unprecedented times we are living in, we are hosting our appointments via an online booking system.

Please see attached letter and guidance sheet on how you should book an online appointment for your child(ren).

In the meantime, we hope you all stay safe and well.

Parents’ Evening Online Appointments!

Good afternoon parents/carers,

For anyone who has a parents’ evening appointment this afternoon, or indeed tomorrow afternoon, please follow the same link that you used to log in to book your appointment in the first place, which is https://parents-booking.co.uk/lochardil

Enter all of the log in information as you did before. Try to do this approximately 5-10 minutes before your appointment and you will see that you will have a video call waiting. Once your video call time starts you will be connected with your child(ren)’s class teacher(s).

Please note, all of the appointments will only last 8 minutes before the call will be automatically terminated by the booking system.

If you come across any technical difficulties during the call, or struggle to get logged into the call, please do not worry, as we will get in contact with you to help re-arrange another suitable time.

If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to get in touch.

The Lochardil Team

Reminder – Online Parent Appointments

A reminder that parent appointments for pupils in P1 – P7 will be held on line on Wednesday 27th & Thursday 28th January between 3.30 and 6 pm.

Please remember to book an online appointment with your child’s class teacher before the booking system closes on Tuesday 26th January at 12noon.

For your convenience the information issued last week has been reposted below

Online-Parent-Teacher-Appointments-Letter-January-2021-1

Video-Call-Information-for-Parents-1

In the event of the online system not working for your scheduled appointment, please be assured you will be contacted by phone the next day by a member of staff to arrange an alternative appointment, which may have to be a telephone conversation with the class teacher.

Dropping off for school

May we remind you that the school car park is for staff use only and not a designated dropping off point at any time during the day. (Disabled users exempt)

Please be aware of traffic/road signage at the school on Lochardil Road to ensure safety for pupils and community.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Online Parents’ Evening Booking System

Good afternoon all parents/carers,
We are going ahead with our planned dates for Parents’ Evening appointments as arranged at the start of the school year. Due to the unprecedented times we are living in, we are hosting our appointments via an online booking system. Please see attached letter and guidance sheet on how you should book an online appointment for your child(ren).
In the meantime, we hope you all stay safe, well and enjoy your weekend.

Back in Kahoots

Our weekly Kahoot fun is back! starting Friday 22nd January

ELC -P3 Join Mrs MacIver LIVE at 10:00 every Friday

P4-7 Join Miss MacDonald LIVE at 11:00 every Friday

The Kahoot will be held on the Google Meet Link – posted on google classroom .

This is an optional activity to support social wellbeing and have some fun during this difficult time.

Join at www.kahoot.it or with the Kahoot! app. Miss MacDonald or Mrs MacIver will share the Game PIN that you will need on our LIVE google meet. You may find it easier to use a mobile to access the Kahoot quiz so you can still see everyone on the google meet but if you are working of a Chromebook or laptop you can just open a new tab. The google meet link will be the same each week. Hope to see lots of you there .

Highland Virtual Academy Support

Highland Virtual Academy Support

HVA COVID Support Teachers will be providing L&T support for literacy, numeracy and IDL. This will be for early, level 1, level 2 and level 3 and can be accessed by pupils in school or at home through YouTube.   The actual L&T session is pre-recorded.

This link will take pupils to the HVA YouTube channel where they can access the pre-recorded sessions  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-t72YCyvmE8OpsZwzgjkfA

P5!

As part of my Christmas present to P5, we got an Oxfam advent calendar. Each day we have opened up a gift which will help meets the needs of others in relation to food, water, healthcare, sanitation and education.
We have loved opening them and learning about the difference between needs and wants!

Merry Christmas everyone!

Lochardil’s Big Christmas Sign Along

Due to Covid19 restrictions, we have not been able to take part in our usual Christmas services, concerts and sing alongs. Here, at Lochardi, British Sign Language is our L3. We turned this unusual situation into an exciting, positive opportunity to develop and share our BSL skills .

We had great fun learning these Christmas songs and we really hope that this Big Sign Along brings you some Christmas cheer in what has been a difficult year.

P5!

Our Christmas lunch was great fun!

So was our Christmas party!

We are very proud of our Malawi inspired Artwork! We have been learning about the Rights of the Child, and the difference between needs and wants. We have been looking at the different ways in which society can help us meet those needs.

We had lots of fun completing a PE and maths based escape room challenge! Well done to Sarah, Sam, Tristan and Ava who managed to escape first!

Grace brought in running medals for us to see, which belong to her and her family. Well done Grace! You are a superstar runner!

Well done to Layla who has achieved her Grade 1 certificate in ballet!

Congratulations Roddy! He was nominated by the boys and girls in P5 to receive our ‘Star Pupil’ award at our virtual Christmas assembly! He was nominated by p5 for this award for being very hardworking, kind and helpful! Well done Roddy!

Up date from the Highland Council 21.12.20

As you know, the First Minister announced at the weekend that there will be some changes to the way schools return after the Christmas break.  Tomorrow (Tuesday 22 December) a letter will be issued to all parents and carers of children and young people in Highland schools to give you the key information about this.  Please do not contact the school today about the new arrangements, to allow School leaders and staff to focus on planning for the new term.

Easy Fundraising

Any support appreciated

As we are all likely to be doing more of our shopping online. A really simple and FREE way to support us during this difficult time is to sign up to easyfundraising. 

Every time you do your online shopping via easyfundraising, retailers donate money to Lochardil Parent Council and it’s completely free!

Please sign up by clicking below and download the app:

https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/lochardilpc/?utm_campaign=raise-more&utm_content=c19-f1&fbclid=IwAR2ksY0jPCGooek7gxfolXQZD_4J0G3tK4fNRwxlB2vlqsvzT-dpfKQ61ZM

Scottish Government Announcement 19.12.2020

Please be reassured we will share further information and guidance on Monday & Tuesday next week in response to what this latest announcement from Scottish Government regarding new restrictions means for us at school and the continued learning for all our pupils after the Christmas holidays.

We are ready for this! We will ensure you as parents/ carers, and all our children, feel as informed and prepared as possible before we finish on Tuesday to start our festive break. We will update our Blog and through our usual communication channels to ensure everyone receives the key messages. Please also check the Highland Council website for up-to-date information for our area.

Remember we are a strong community and will continue to support each other to ensure we remain as safe and connected as possible during these uncertain times. Please be reassured we will continue this journey together working with each other for strength, support, guidance, and importantly to continue the education and wellbeing of our young people who are the heart of all we do.

Familiarise yourself with the latest Scot. Gov. guidance available on their website and through National/Local media. Thanks again for continuing to keep our school community safe during these times.

Join the CCC Nativity Trail

Culduthel Christian Centre have organised a family “Nativity Trail” around the area. There is a box at the church to collect the information to help you navigate around homes in the area to see pictures of the Christmas story displayed in windows.

Thank you to Rev Macleod and the CCC congregation for sharing this with us and supporting us with our Christmas service today.

Family Giveaway – 3 day event – open to all

‘inSpires’ at Inverness Cathedral are putting together a 3-day event – Monday 21, Tuesday 22 and Wednesday 23 December (from 10am to 1pm each day).  We are offering FREE toys – board games, books, soft toys etc., which have been donated to us from individuals and MFR Cash for Kids. As well as this we will be able to give FREE FOOD BAGS, and WINTER JACKETS for children.

‘inSpires’ would love to see you … and hope that you can pop by and enjoy a festive mince pie and tea/coffee.  There is no need to register and we will open the doors from 10am to 1pm each day, Monday 21 to Wednesday 23 December.

Self-isolation Guidance

The Highland Council have asked all schools to share the following information with parents/carers.

Who needs to self isolate?

Everyone who develops symptoms of COVID-19 – a new, continuous cough; fever or loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste – should isolate straight away and arrange a test via www.nhsinform.scot or, if you can’t get online, by calling 0800 028 2816.

People who live in the same household as a person with symptoms should also isolate straight away.

If the test result for the symptomatic person is negative, and they are not already isolating as a ‘close contact’ of a confirmed case, they can end isolation and return to work or school when they are well enough and have not had a fever for 48 hours. The rest of their household can end isolation straight away.

If the test is positive, the symptomatic person should remain in isolation until 10 days from symptom onset, or longer if certain symptoms persist. The rest of the household should remain in isolation for 10 days from symptom onset in the symptomatic person, even if they don’t have symptoms themselves. 

More information can be found here: – https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-test-and-protect/pages/who-needs-to-self-isolate/

Road Safety

Now that the dark & icy weather is definitely with us, this a good time to remind everyone of general road safety measures to keep everyone safe.

If driving children to school, please remember to park safely and sensibly by not parking on or near street corners, not to block driveways and not to stop on the lines outside the school gates.

Remind children about crossing roads safely and to take extra care when checking for traffic which cannot stop so quickly on icy roads.

Cyclists (and pedestrians) should wear clothing which is clearly visible to drivers, and bikes should be fitted with front and rear lights.

Be aware that roads may not have been gritted by the time your children are coming to school, so watch out for black ice and take extra care.

We want everyone to arrive safely for school so please remind children (and adults!!) of good road safety practices.

Let us all do our bit to keep everyone safe.

End of Term 2

As we approach the end of our Term 2 we would like to confirm school will close to pupils on Tuesday 22nd December 2020 and reopen for Term 3 on Wednesday 6th January 2021. Please continue to support our school to stay safe by adhering to the Scot. Gov. guidelines and remember F.A.C.T.S.  Thanks to everyone for looking after us and our community here at Lochardil Primary.

Winter Hardship Payment

Families on low incomes in receipt of free school meals can apply for a COVID winter hardship payment from Scottish Government

Families with children in receipt of free school meals due to reasons of low income are eligible for a £100 per child Covid winter hardship payment from the Scottish Government.

There are no restrictions on how families choose to spend the additional payment. The payment is per child not per household. However, P1-3 pupils receiving free school meals due to universal provision, not due to low income, are not eligible.

In Highland, the Highland Council will administer this payment on behalf of the Scottish Government. Eligible households do not require to apply for this payment, the Council will contact those families directly with payment details.

Households who think they are maybe eligible for the Covid winter hardship payment and have not received notification of an award by Monday 21 December 2020 should contact the Councils Welfare Support Team on or email

welfare.support@highland.gov.uk

Who is eligible for free school meals due to low income?

Families with children in receipt of free school meals due to reasons of low income are eligible for the Covid winter hardship payment. Eligibility for Free School Meals based on low income, is where the household is in receipt of:

  • 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 £7,330 (as assessed by the HMRC)
  • If you are 16 to 18 yrs old and receive any of these benefits in your own right, then you can claim for yourself
  • If you are an asylum seeker receiving support
  • Pension Credit Guarantee Credit

The payment for the £100 per child Covid winter hardship payment will be made prior to Christmas for those who were in receipt of free school meals due to low income on 30 November 2020.

Households who apply and awarded free school meals due to low income after

30 November 2020 will be eligible for the Covid winter hardship payment up until 22 December 2020. Those eligible families will be notified, and an award will be made no later than 15 January 2021.

A cash payment via PayPoint voucher will be made to eligible households. Vouchers will be redeemable at local PayPoint outlets. A small minority of households will receive payment via Post Office Pay-out and will be advised in their notification.

The Rotary Club Santa Sleigh

Please see below times that Santa will be passing through our area. Remember to give him a big wave and cheer as he passes by.

LOCHARDIL    – Sun 13th Dec

16.00  – 16.30

Broom Dr, Laggan Rd , Balnakyle  Rd,  Drumdevan Rd, Torbreck Rd               

16.30 – 17.00

Darris Rd,  Balnakyle Rd , Stratherrick Rd , Ardness Pl                                                                 

17.00 – 17.30

Stratherrick Rd, Grigor Dr, Sratherrick Rd .                          

17.30 – 18.00

Lochardil Rd ,  Drummond Rd.  Broom Rd  

Rotary Club – Santa Sleigh

The Rotary Club Santa Sleigh will be in the Lochardil area on Sunday 13th December at 4pm to approx 6pm.

Further details of other areas and times can be found on the Rotary Club of Inverness Culloden Facebook Page.

Due to Covid restrictions & regulations, the Rotary Club please ask that children & parents/carers should wait for Santa to reach them at the side of the road/end of a cul-de-sac etc and not rush forward to meet the sleigh. Also in line with the guidance, this year children will not be allowed on the sleigh with Santa.

The elves will be collecting for Rotary Club charities (with socially distanced buckets!!)

Please give generously and enjoy the festive cheer.

Distribution of Christmas Cards

Many children have asked about giving out Christmas cards and we have just had clarity that this will be permitted.

Children should only give cards within their class. They should be brought in this week to be left in a tray to quarantine for a 72 hour period and they will be distributed to the recipients next week.

Please handle this as you would your regular mail and adhere to government guidance on handling items.

P1 – P7 Christmas Party Information

As per the school calendar the class Christmas parties will go ahead on the following dates ;

Monday 14th December P6, P5/6 and P5

Tuesday 15th December P4, P5/4 and P3

Wednesday 16th December P2 and P1

Thursday 17th December P7

The parties will be held in your child’s class and they will not mix with the other class of the same stage as per previous years due to current guidelines.

We ask children to take a small amount of party food in a suitable container/bag to enjoy on the day. This is for themselves only and not to be shared. Please remember that we operate a strictly no nuts policy.

Children are permitted to take juice (not fizzy) in their water bottles on party day only.

We are looking forward to seeing the children in their party clothes (optional) and ready to have some fun (not optional!).

Friction Ski Jumpers

Both P7 classes have been learning about forces this term. Today, we learned about friction and talked about some activities use friction (bike brakes, hiking boots, car tyres, fingerprints) and others try to avoid friction (skiers, car engine parts, curling). In pairs, we built two ski jumpers – one that would slide first and fastest down the slope and one that would stick to the slope and be the last ski jumper standing. We explored which materials would be slippy or sticky and how we could these materials to slide or stick successfully.

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Primary 5/4 Weekly Blog

Last week’s blog wasn’t working for me as my google account went bonkers. However, I caught up on Monday so last week’s pictures etc will be there if you look at the p5/4 blog.

We shifted topic from ‘time’ this week, and had a look at ‘angles.’ The children are using a right angle measure that they made themselves, to find right angles in the room.

We were looking at Op Art in class, and made an optical illusion of our own.

You will be delighted to read our battle scenes that we have been working on all this week. The children are trying to tick ALL the writing boxes, for this piece of work that’s going home!

Have a lovely weekend!

Guidance from Highland Council – Flu Vaccination

Parents encouraged to ensure children receive flu vaccination

NHS Highland is encouraging the parents and guardians of all children aged between two and five to ensure their child receives the flu vaccination this year.

The flu vaccine is offered to all children in this age group (on 1st September 2020), who are not yet in primary school, through their GP practice.

Vaccination will help protect children against flu which can be a serious illness, even for healthy children.

Dr Tim Allison, NHS Highland’s Director of Public Health, said: “We would strongly recommend that all children aged between two and five living in Highland receive their flu vaccine this year.

“Immunisation will reduce the risk of children spreading flu to their friends and family, and vaccination will help GP practices and hospitals across NHS Highland avoid the additional pressure that a spike in seasonal flu would add on top of pressures caused by Covid-19.

“Practices across NHS Highland have sufficient vaccine available to immunise children. Parents and guardians are encouraged to contact their GP to arrange appointments for their children. Almost all children can have the flu vaccine as a simple, painless nasal spray which is safe and effective.”

Further information about flu vaccination for pre-school children is available on the NHS Inform website at https://www.nhsinform.scot/childflu.

ELC – Forest Session – Week 3

This week we have been learning our BSL signs for our nocturnal animals. The children were able to demonstrate what animal were which when looking at pictures. We then went to explore the woods, looki for signs of animals and played on the tree swing.

Our next two sessions are scheduled for Thursday 3rd and Thursday 10th December. These will be the last sessions before Christmas.

Muddy weather!

We are aware that some of you have muddy children coming home after school each day.

Every year at this time we have to stop using the field for playing on due to its condition and give it time to recover.  However, at present we need to use it to allow all the children space to play and remain safe within their year group bubbles.

We are currently looking at ways to avoid using/ spend as little time on the grass pitch as we can while still allowing everyone sufficient space to play.  Space within our grounds is a challenge due to our large pupil roll, but with Covid-19 mitigations this is an additional pressure. 

From tomorrow our infant classes will not have access to the grass pitch and will be allocated space in the front playground, in an attempt to support learning to continue smoothly in the afternoons, keep our school clean, and also reduce washing mess at home!

We ask our older pupils to try to avoid mud patches and be aware of where they are playing.  We will keep you posted with updates.

In the meantime, it would be very useful if you could provide your child with a change of clothes in their schoolbag in case it is required, and any clothing that has been loaned please return asap.

Also, we continue to ask that every child comes prepared for the weather conditions and wear appropriate clothing i.e. jacket, particularly as we move into Winter.

P5

Congratulations to Lewis! He is our Star of the Week for his fabulous maths work! He has been working really hard at division and calculating fractions and has really improved his confidence! Well done Lewis! We are very proud of you!

We have been learning British Sign Language and it is great fun!
Here are P5 practising how to sign ‘Do they know it’s Christmas Time?’
Well done everyone! You are doing really well! Keep up the great work!

P3A Weekly Update

Another busy week over in P3A. In maths we have been revising the 2 and 5 times tables. We loved listening to the counting in 2s , 5s and tables songs. In reading we were looking at the difference between a fact and an opinion. We were also looking at the days of the week and months of the year. We enjoyed listening to The Lorax and created some lovely collage pictures based on the story. For PE we are still doing our daily run, circuits and team games. In topic we talked about recycling and the problems that plastic can cause if it gets into rivers, seas and oceans.

Telephone maintenance – Wednesday 18th November

The telephone issues were unresolved yesterday and the system may be unavailable again this afternoon. If you phone the school and cannot get through on the main school number, please hang up and redial the school mobile on 07788 387590.

We can also be contacted on the school email address lochardil.primary@highland.gov.uk

Thank you for your patience and understanding

Pre Loved School Uniform

We have a large selection of pre loved school uniform to sell for school funds at £1 an item.

If you let us know what you require by email to lochardil.primary@highland.gov.uk we can make a bag up to send home with your child.

Bags will be made up on a first come first served basis.

Payment should be handed to the class teacher in a clearly named envelope for the attention of the school office by cash or cheque ( made payable to Lochardil Primary School).

We have the following items available in various sizes ;

White polo with logo

Purple polo with logo

School logo sweatshirt

School logo cardi

Knitted cardi

Skirt/pinafore/girls trouser

Boys trouser/ school shorts

Thank you in advance.

OOSC – 13.11.2020

Hello everyone! Hope you are getting on well.

We have been doing some really amazing pictures with chalks and oil pastels this week which the children have really enjoyed – apologies for any messy uniforms!

Brilliant dolphin picture, Janet!
Working hard!
Kenny! There’s red handprints on your jumper!
Cool building with the plus plus blocks, boys!
“I am doing mummy and daddy”
Lily was pleased to find a woodlouse!

Thanks all, keep safe.

OOSC staff

Blythswood Shoebox Appeal

Thank you so much to everyone who has donated to the Blythswood Shoebox Appeal! Thanks to your kindness and generosity we have collected 61 boxes along with donations of money and gifts. It is really appreciated!

Children in Need

Thank you so much to everyone who donated to Children in Need today! So far we have raised an amazing £533! Thank you so much for your generosity and kindness. We had so much fun and it was really lovely to see our friends in other classes virtually during our school quiz!

Knocknagael Community Project

Knocknagael Ltd, a local community group, is working to turn an empty field at Knocknagael Farm on Essich Road into a ‘green hub’ to get more people growing and eating local produce. Ideas for the site include a community garden and orchard, allotments and food growing areas, wildlife-friendly hedgerows and outdoor walking areas. This will only happen if the community supports it: fill in a survey at surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Knocknagael to help shape plans for the site or register interest in getting involved.

Parent Council Meeting

Our next Parent Council meeting will be at 7pm on Wednesday 25th November.

Due to Covid restrictions, we will host a video meeting through Google Classrooms.

If you have any comments, queries, concerns or feedback please contact iansoden@hotmail.com or lochardilparentcouncil@gmail.com.

Look forward to seeing you there

From the Parent Council Committee

Primary 5/4 Weekly Blog AND Termly Overview

Lots of fun in PE this week. We were playing with the parachute and having a tug-o-war. It’s amazing what you can find in the gym cupboard when you really look.

The children have requested that we continue with netball, as they were just getting really good at it. Usually we would be doing social dancing this term, but because of corona we have to do PE outside, and netball is more suited to this. HOWEVER I will somehow slip in a Dashing White Sergeant if it kills me!!!

We were trying out the confusing homophones to, two and too in class and at home.

We were also practising the 5 times table using a game called ‘ladders’. Fast paced and competitive, you’re lucky to come out alive!

Thank you to Mrs Fisher for all the lovely photos. What a beautiful autumnal day!

Please find attached, the Termly Overview for our class.

ELC – Our Week

As it was bonfire night this week we have been discussing why we celebrate bon fire nught, fire safety and how we can keep ourselves and others safe if we are around a bonfire or watching fireworks. In an outside art activity the children had great fun making their own firework painting by flicking lots of different colours onto the paper.

Leading on from our Autumn talks, the children have been discussing what nocturnal means and what animals they might only come out at night.

The children have been busy learning numbers and matching the pictures to the written numbers and sequencing them into the correct order.

At gym we have been practising jumping with two feet togther and from hoop to hoop in different directions.

Your school needs you!

Bikeability Training – volunteers required

Bikeability is the road safety training program that pupils in our P6 classes receive each year.  

Through Cycle Training Assistance (CTA), Cycling Scotland train volunteer parents/carers to deliver the training to pupils.

Training for pupils has been on hold due to the current situation, but we have just been told that this training for pupils can get started again and we are looking for some new faces to assist the current parent/carer trainers.  (Your child does not need to be in P6 for you to volunteer!).  The course is normally delivered to the pupils over a few weeks during school hours.

Could you spare an hour or so each week to help deliver this vital training for our pupils? If so, please contact the school office AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

Please help keep our children safe on the roads.

Thank you.

Blythswood Shoebox Appeal

A huge thank you to all of you who have donated to the Blythswood Showbox Appeal.
Please can we have all donations in by tomorrow. We are very grateful for any donations, whether it is a filled shoebox or items that can be included in a shoebox.

Thank you!
From P5 and Miss MacArthur

P6/5 – Outdoor Classroom Day

Today was Outdoor Classroom Day and P6/5 spent all day outside. First, we had PE, then we studied the Robert Louis Stevenson poem “From a Railway Carriage” and used our school grounds as inspiration to write our own “From a Classroom Window” poems. And this afternoon, we planted our new fruit bushes into planters before they go outside and enjoyed our class novel with some hot chocolate! Learning feels so different in the fresh air, and such a beautiful day to enjoy it.

Tempest Photographs

We hope you are pleased with your child’s photograph which was sent home last week.

Did you know………………… by buying your child’s school photograph, you are helping the school?

For every photograph order placed, the school receive a commission, which we then use to enhance learning and teaching experiences in all classes.

Please remember, to avoid paying a late return fee, that the cut off date for online/envelope orders is Friday 6th November.

Due to Covid-19, where possible, please use online ordering to minimize all transfer contact.

Thank you for your support

ELC – Face Coverings

As you may have already read, the Highland Council have issued updated guidance on school safety to take into account the Scottish Government’s new approach to suppress Coronavirus (COVID-19).

It states “Face coverings should also be worn by parents and other visitors to any school site (whether entering the building or otherwise), including parents at drop-off and pick-up.”

With this in mind, may we politely ask that face coverings are worn for drop off and pick up to the ELC building and when walking through the school grounds, unless exempt from doing so.

We are so appreciative of your support to continue to keep our school and community safe during these times, and thank you all in advance for following the guidance.

Updated Covid-19 Guidance for Parents/ Carers

Today (Monday 2nd Nov) Highland Council shared updated guidance on school safety to take account of the Scottish Government’s new approach to suppress coronavirus (COVID-19). It states “Face coverings should also be worn by parents and other visitors to any school site (whether entering the building or otherwise), including parents at drop-off and pick-up.”
We are so appreciative of your support to continue to keep our school and community safe during these times, and thank you all in advance for following the guidance.

P6/5 Emotion Works – The Cube

Today P6/5 watched a very tense clip from The Cube and thought about how the participant, Sam, was feeling at certain points during the challenge. We used the Emotion Works 5-cog model to support our discussions. We thought about the triggers for Sam’s emotions, body sensations that he might have felt, behaviours that we could see and regulation strategies that Sam could have used to keep calm.

I love this video of the reactions to Sam’s final try at the challenge. We talked about the body sensations that we felt while watching.

P4 learning

We have had a great week back after the holidays. 

Our new topic is winter festivals so we have linked lots of our learning to Halloween. We have been learning about the origins of Halloween and how it is celebrated differently around the World. We even had kids super keen to research more Countries!! 

We started symmetry this week, using mirrors to find symmetrical items around the class. 

Through exploring, we found out that some items can have more than one line of symmetry. 

We created our own symmetrical Halloween themed pictures. 

Take a look at our spooky ghost leaves! 

As part of our learning in Health and Wellbeing, we have been looking at bullying. 

We are learning to understand what bullying is, being able to recognise it and take action. This led to many conversations about ways we can spread kindness. 

We created some fantastic Halloween themed sentences using alliteration and are all now feeling confident with using this technique in our writing. 

Here we are testing each other’s fitness stations out. We enjoyed because we got to create the fitness activities ourselves. 

We have had a great day today for dress down/ fancy dress day. Look at how generous we all are in P4, kindly donating to our local food banks

Pumpkin drive (Halloween version of a beetle drive) ?

Have a lovely weekend! 

The Scottish Poppy Appeal 2020

We have a limited amount of poppies available at the school office for a donation to the Sottish Poppy Appeal 2020. Should your child wish to make a donation they will be distributed on Thursday and Friday of next week. If monies could be taken into class on those days we will get a poppy up to the class.

P7B – Term 2 – Week 1

It was great to welcome everyone back this week after the October break. We have had a busy first week back with lots going on. The learning overview for this term will be on the blog next week.

Friday Fun

This week we had great fun planning and creating some seasonal stalls to play in our classroom. We missed out on organising the Fancy Dress Disco this year but had plenty of fun today in our own class playing the games that we created. Have a look at some of the super stalls below.

New Topic

This week we also started our new topic ‘Substance Misuse’. We started by sharing what we already new about the topic and then shared any questions we had and would liked answered as we learn about smoking, drugs and alcohol. We started this week by focusing on smoking and vaping and we were shocked to learn about all the health issues that can occur if you smoke.

School Photographs

This week Tempest were in school to take individual and family photos. The proofs and order forms have gone home in school bags today. We would really appreciated, where possible, if payments could be made online for any orders to reduced the handling of cash.

Tempest Photo Order

An envelope will come home in your child’s bag today with the Tempest order form. Should you wish to place an order we would encourage you where possible to place your order online to limit handling. Full instructions of how to do this are provided on the order form. You can visit www.tempest-orders.co.uk with your reference number and web access code to place an order. Please complete your order by Friday 6th November to ensure free post and packaging back to school. After this date you will be subject to a delivery fee.

Clothing!

With Autumn taking hold and Winter very nearly upon us, it is even more important for children to be equipped for the ever changing weather conditions.

Please ensure your child wears suitable footwear for the weather and has a warm jacket with them each day. Please also discuss the importance of keeping warm and dry with your child.

Children should also carry a change of clothing where possible, including a spare pair of socks and indoor shoes.

Welcome Back P6/5

It has been lovely to see lots of smiley faces back in school after the October break. P6/5 have got straight back into the swing of things, with lots of hard work already this week.

Our new topic for term 2 is ‘Scots who changed the world’.

P6/5 have had group discussions to decide who they would like to learn more about.

This week we have started to learn about Mary Seacole. She looked after wounded and sick soldiers during the Crimean War. Her Dad was Scottish and her Mum was Jamaican.

The children worked in groups to research the work of Mary Seacole and then made posters to share their learning.
I am always so impressed with how well this class work together on projects like this. Excellent co-operative learning and team work!

We studied the work of expressionist artist Alma Thomas and created our own art inspired by her colourful style. Alma believed that creativity should be independent of gender or race.

Busy creating masterpieces!

In PE, P6/5 enjoyed skipping to music. There was lots of competition to see who could skip for the longest without stopping.

Blythswood shoebox appeal

Blythswood Shoebox Appeal

Primary 5 are organising this year’s Blythswood Shoebox Appeal!

The Blythswood Shoebox appeal helps make Christmas a special time to those in need.

You have been given a leaflet, which tells you all about the Blythswood Shoebox appeal, how to make your shoebox and a checklist of things to include.

There are extra leaflets available at the office for anyone who needs.

We would be very grateful for any donations of filled shoeboxes, or any items which could help to fill a shoebox.

Please hand in all items and shoeboxes by Friday the 6th of November.

Thank you very much!

Love from Primary 5!

ELC-P7 Friday 30th October – Dress up or dress down!

At this time of year our P7 pupils would normally organise a Fancy Dress Disco for all pupils and ELC.

Free Fancy Dress Cliparts, Download Free Clip Art, Free Clip Art on Clipart  Library

Due to current restrictions this cannot go ahead this year, so instead, for a bit of fun we are inviting pupils to dress up or dress down this Friday, 30th October (football tops are allowed!)

Donation clipart food bank, Picture #2620285 donation clipart food bank

In place of the usual monetary donations we would like to support a local food bank by asking for donations of food items – anything that has a long shelf life (use by date) is ideal – tinned foods/cereals/pasta etc.

If you are able, please consider donating something for the food bank.