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4 Contexts of Learning snapshot

Take a look at our poster that shows our school values brought to life and spotlights the variety of learning experiences our ELC-P7 children have been involved in this term! It really is incredible to see what is and can be achieved together! Further examples can be found on our Google Classrooms, YouTube channel, and our social media.

Enjoy and feel proud!

P6/5 Virtual Open Day

Post copied from google classroom and class dojo :

Hi everyone and welcome to our Virtual Open Classroom Day.

We would love nothing more than to be able to invite you all in to visit our classroom in real life, to see what we have been up to this term. but whilst there are still restrictions in place, we have created a virtual version of our classroom for you to visit.

Please click on the link below and then click Present to see some of our displays and items in our virtual classroom. Everything in this virtual classroom has a link that will take you to albums of photos, videos and examples of our work. If you click on the very flattering character of Miss MacDonald you will find a further set of instructions and guidance on how to navigate our virtual classroom.

Once you have had a chance to have a look around please click on the feedback post it or the links below to complete our school exit poll.. If you click on the family sign or the padlet link you can leave feedback for the children in our class – they will be able to see this updating throughout the day.

Thank you for taking the time to visit our virtual classroom.

Miss MacDonald and P6/5

Classroom :

School exit poll:

Pupil Padlet:

Virtual Open Session

Partnerships between school and home are a huge strength at Lochardil Primary School.

During theses times when were are unable to physically welcome you in to the building, we would like to take this opportunity today to welcome you virtually to our Spotlight Open Session on your child’s google classroom .

Please sit back, relax and enjoy sharing your child’s learning from aspects of Term 1.

We very much welcome your feedback, so if you could take a couple of minutes and complete the survey on the google classroom it would be very much appreciated.

Morning Snack

Just a reminder that morning snack can be purchased in the canteen.

Bagels – 20p

Toast – 15p

Fruit portion – 15p

Cup of Water – Free

Please ensure your children have the required amount if coming for snack. No foreign coins! Correct change if possible. Thanks in advance.

P6/5 Look what we’ve been up to

This week we have been impressing Miss MacDonald and challenging ourselves in maths, learning about square numbers, cubed numbers and square roots.

We enjoyed learning all about penguins and how climate change is impacting on their lives in a live link with Glasgow Science Centre and Edinburgh Zoo. Some of us even got our questions answered live on screen.

This week was our last session of block 1 with Fais Ross Music. We have had a great time experiencing different instruments and learning some Gaelic songs.

We learned a new song this week called “Big Yellow Taxi” and we noticed some links to climate change. We had lots of discussion around contributors to the Climate Crisis and the impacts of it.

Today we read a book called “I am enough” and thought about how everyone is important and unique. We came to the realisation that even those who are professionals or experts once couldn’t do it but didn’t give up.

Have a fantastic weekend . If you are on Twitter you can follow what our class gets up to on our school page.

Miss M

Lost Scooter

A Primary 6 pupil has lost their scooter. It looks almost identical to the scooter in the photographs posted below.

They took it to school yesterday (Thursday the 30th of September) and they were unable to find it at the end of the day. It had been parked in the bike shelter just outside the front playground.

If you are able to help, please will you contact the school office. If anyone has mistaken it for their own scooter and has taken it home with them by accident, we would be grateful if you would return it to the school office on Monday

Thank you very much!

PLEASE HELP us get FREE gardening equipment for our school

To take part, join MyMorrisons today and swipe each time you
shop to collect Grow Tokens. One token for every £10 you spend
between Monday 6th September and Sunday 24th October.
How do I get started?

Sign up to MyMorrisons
today. Simply go to or
download the
MyMorrisons app.

Once registered you can
collect Grow Tokens
for any shopping you
do online or in store.

On your first visit to
MyMorrisons you’ll be asked to
select the school you’d like to
donate your Grow Tokens to.

Then after each shop log
onto your MyMorrisons
account and donate.

Culduthel Christian Centre – Messy Church

CCC are delighted to invite your family to Messy Church on 2nd October, from 4-6pm.  It will be a time of fun, faith and food for everyone.  Numbers are limited so booking is essential.  Please note that children must be accompanied by an adult throughout the session.  Follow the link for more information and to book:

Feis a Bhaile – October holidays

The Fèis is a jam packed week of traditional music and activities which this year is being held at Balloch Baptist Church, Inverness.  We will have classes in fiddle, accordion, whistle, song, guitar, art and group work for those aged 8+, and for younger children aged 5-7 we have our Fèis Bheag with lots of fun activities which will run for mornings only.  No experience is required and instruments can be provided.

For more information please see the Feis websites ( or email

Learning Pathways – Key Assessment Task

At Lochardil Primary School, we offer opportunities for children to share their learning and to support parents/ carers to actively be part of their child’s learning journey.  For session 2021 – 22, our Learning Pathways will be taken home in terms 1, 2, & 3 to provide the opportunity to talk about the learning content and experiences, and allow time to reflect on the child’s current progress and next steps with your child.  It is key these are returned to school, with your comments focusing on the key learning, as they will be an important part of your child’s final report in June 2022. 

Please see the attached letter for more information.

Your child’s first key assessment task is being sent home today either in their schoolbag or on the google classroom.  Please ensure this is completed and returned to the class teacher by Wednesday 29th September.

School Photographs

Unfortunately due to circumstances outwith our control the photographs scheduled for today have been postponed.

The weather is also against us tomorrow so unfortunately the ELC photos and family groups have also been postponed.

We will keep you informed of a rescheduled date.


A quick reminder that the school photographer will be in school tomorrow, Tuesday 21st September to take individual photographs of pupils in P1 – P7.

Family group photos & ELC individual photos will be taken on Wednesday 22nd September.


“Children who are sick should not attend school and where a child has symptoms that could be from COVID they should stay at home and have a PCR test booked. Once well and with a negative PCR test, they can return to school.

If a case of COVID arises in a member of staff or student at a school, letters will be issued to those who have been in contact with the case which will explain what action needs to be taken. There will be no need for school contacts to self-isolate unless they are contacted by Test and Protect. In the event of further cases in the school, additional action will be taken and in the event of a significant outbreak advice will be sought from the Health Protection Team and actions undertaken depending on the specific circumstances.”

Further information for families is available on the NHS Inform website at

Final Call for Forms

Please check as a large number of annual data forms, emergency contact forms and Flu forms have not been returned to school. Help us to save paper by returning the original documents before we have to re issue. It is important that all the data we hold is up to date and emergency contact details are returned for EACH child as they are stored securely in the event of an emergency.

Flu forms should be returned for all whether you wish your child to have it or not.

Thank you in advance for your help with this matter.


We are delighted to share that we have received our sixth ECO Schools Scotland Green Flag. Thank you to all the classes and community who are a part of our work to raise awareness of important issues and taking action for change.

The Lochardil Eco Team (L.E.T) met today and brought a pile of crisp packets from each class. We have filled one bin bag already! Keep crunching and munching. Lochardil wants your empty crisp packets!! Collect Our Packets.

Lost Property 01.09.21

The house and vice captains got together to sort out our Lost Property today. We were able to return a few items, but the majority of it was unnamed. If we take each item as an average price of £10, we calculated £1,110 worth of clothing unclaimed.

Jackets 24 Sweatshirts 33 Trousers and Shorts 13 Cardigans 31 Polo Shirts 10

Please ensure that all items are labelled and named. It really can make such a difference to us and your finances! Thank you

Staff Car Park

A polite reminder for parents/carers 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.

Staffing News Update

We are delighted to share we have appointed Mrs Claire Gray as class teacher for P3/4.  Mrs Gray will take over from Miss Graham and will cover this post until Miss McLean returns from maternity in Term 4.  She will be visiting the school and P3/4 class tomorrow to meet everyone and receive a hand over.  She will then commence post on Monday 6th September 2021.  We very much look forward to welcoming Mrs Gray to our team here at Lochardil Primary School.

Miss Lisa Graham will be finishing her time with us here at Lochardil Primary on Wednesday this week.  We have been so fortunate to have benefited from Miss Graham’s skills, expertise, and conscientious manner with our children always firmly at the heart, during her 3 years as class teacher with us.  We are all going to miss her greatly.  She knows the kettle will always be on and when she is back in Scotland she needs to plan a visit to the Highlands to see us all again.  We wish her well and every success as she moves on with her new chapter and move to England.

Pr 7A Term 1 2021

Welcome back to everyone. We have been busy settling in and enjoying some buddy time last week. We made our buddies a Welcome to School card and have some playground games we can play when we see them again.

We are sitting in our House Groups and have designed a table poster with a motto. Packed lunches outside in the sunny weather are relaxing and we get our lunch when the bell goes for a change. We are enjoying PE with Mr Calder, French with Miss Munro, Science with Mrs Gardiner and our 2 other teachers: Mrs Munro and Mrs Murray. Lots of staff to work with from week to week!

Pr 7A Termly Overview Term 1 August 2021

After School Care Bookings & Cancellations

Please be aware of our new process regarding After School Care bookings and cancellations. We require bookings to be made via booking form (available from ASC) at least 48 hours in advance. We are unfortunately unable to accept bookings any later than this time. With regards to cancellations, these must be done via phone to the main school office. Bookings or cancellations will not be accepted via email.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Message from OJ Sports


Start Date – 23rd August

Hi all,

I hope everyone has had a fab start to the new school year?

My coaches and I have really missed coaching your children and look forwards to doing so again.

This will be a weird first term to start our twelfth year as indoor lets are still not allowed for the time being meaning our first term will be outside.

I’m so sorry if our time and venue change will prevent your child from attending in the short term but they’ll definitely be more than welcome to return when we’re allowed back indoors.




  • Below you will find a form to sign up for the new school year.

I realise that running the classes at Culduthel Mains Avenue Pitch from 3:15 onwards will affect the ability of some children to participate but I just want to be able to offer something until we can get back inside from October where we can hopefully get back to normal.


If you would like to be added to the OJ Sports Members Zone on Facebook, please give me a PM, you can only be a member if your child attends OJ Sports currently.

Thanks for your continued support, my coaching team and I look forward to hopefully seeing everyone at class on the 23rd of August.

Please share this info with anyone that might be interested.




P1-3 3:15-4:15

(parents responsible for getting children to pitch)

P4-7 4:15-5:15


Registration Form

Important Information For all ELC & School Parent/ Carers

Please check your child’s bag for an important letter.

Parent’s of theP1 class and a selection from the P6 class and ELC have been emailed the letter as they had left without the letter.

Unfortunately a couple have bounced back so if you have not received an email and you are a parent of a P1 Mrs MacIver class and the ELC please email

Community Notice

Community Notice

We were informed today that the elm tree in front of the school on the grass area is being removed as unfortunately it is dead now and Highland Council were fearful it could cause damage or harm. 

The Arbor team carrying out the works have been absolutely fantastic and the children have loved watching the process in action.  This elm tree has been a favourite tree for the kids to gather and chat beneath and climb for many years so it has been an emotional morning for some, both past and present pupils, and members of our community.


Mrs A Kellacher

New School Year Information Update

After such a fabulous summer holiday we are all ready and excited to welcome all our children and families back to school tomorrow and looking forward to our new session 2021-2022 ahead!
We have a couple of changes that have occured over the summer including –
P3B are now lucky to have Miss Rachel Sutherland as their class teacher for the year;
P3/4 will still have Miss Lisa Graham as their class teacher until 1st September then a new teacher will be appointed to the class. This is such an exciting next chapter for Miss Graham as she moves on, however she will be greatly missed and we look forward to her popping back to visit when she’s back in the Highlands. This post has been advertised and the closing date set for 23rd August so we will share further information as we have it.
Miss Chloe MacDonald (P6/5 class teacher & Principal Teacher) & Miss Jenny Scotson (P7B) will be supporting work relating to COP26 education development in Highland, as well as being class teachers. Ms Emma Donsophon will be covering their classes for a short time each week this term and next and details will be shared through class overviews.
We also welcome Jackie Gardiner to our team for this session on a Wednesday and every alternate Thursday covering our Principal Teacher management time so she will also be working with P1, P6/5, and P7A.
We are now ready to welcome back our fabulous Lochardilites in the morning! Polite reminder, all Covid mitigations remain in place as our previous session, so please leave your children at the gate and do come in to the playground with them. They should all know where they are going and if not there will be members of staff in the playground ready to help.
So… enjoy the last few hours of the holidays, pack the school bag, set the alarm, and get a good night sleep all ready for the fun that lies ahead tomorrow as we embark on our new school year journey 2021-2022!
Mrs A Kellacher

Summer of Hope Booking Links

The Highland Council is pleased to be able to offer some free activities and experiences during the summer thanks to funding from the Scottish Government

Watch out for The Highland Council sharing a webpage which will include more activities to come.

Keep your eyes peeled for a “Summer of Hope” launch through Eden Court Under Canvas too.

There are many ideas for family activities through Parentclub page to help you get out and about and enjoy our open spaces.

Thanks for working so hard this year. Have a wonderful summer making memories with friends, family and everyone close to you inside and outside.

We can’t wait to hear all about it when you come back Refreshed, Reconnected, Re-energised and Ready to continue learning in August.

These are the 4 R’s we all need this summer!

Change to Moving up day

Moving Up Day tomorrow will now be Meet the Teacher Hour from 9.20am until 10.20am. This will be an opportunity for children to view their proposed classrooms, and meet their new class and teacher outdoors for a fun meet and greet activity.

The reason for this change is due to a number of factors including – availability of classroom accommodation i.e. two rooms still with no access due to recent flood damage; final allocation of staffing; and in light of continued review of the ongoing pandemic situation and to ensure we can fully implement our Covid-19 mitigations as best possible to keep everyone safe prior to the holidays.

We hope all our children will still continue to have an enjoyable experience tomorrow and look forward to the new session.


Congratulations to Mia! She is our Star of the Week for her brilliant sportsmanship and fabulous performance in PE! Mia is always so supportive and encouraging to those in her team! Well done Mia!

What a wonderful day we had a Whin Park! The weather was just perfect and we had so much fun!

Moving Up Day

On Tuesday 22nd June 2021 we will have a moving up day where pupils will be able to meet the new class teacher and where possible see their new classroom for the next session. On Monday the class teacher will orally share with pupils plans for Tuesday’s transition and on Tuesday your child will receive their proposed class allocation for next session 2021/2022.

Highlife Highland Libraries Summer Reading Challenge

It’s nearly the summer holidays which means it is nearly time for the Summer Reading Challenge delivered by Highlife Highland Libraries and the Reading Agency.

The Challenge starts on the 28th June and children can register to take part now.

It has been a strange year for us all but in libraries we are happy because we are open again and are able to run the Summer Reading Challenge in person. Children can collect the reading Posters, stickers and free gifts from their local library along with a pile of books to do the challenge.

The theme this year is Wild World Heroes, a nature-themed Challenge that will inspire children to engage with environmental issues. 

How the Challenge works

  • Children sign up at their local library and receive a Wild World Heroes collector poster
  • Children set a reading goal and borrow and read library books of their own choice during the summer, collecting special stickers to complete their poster and extra incentives along the way
  • Children who complete the Summer Reading Challenge are presented with a certificate and a medal

Follow this link to find out more: Summer Reading Challenge

Please check Highlife Highland Library webpages for opening hours and terms of access as these may differ from Pre-Covid norm.

Digital Drop In Open Morning – Parent Feedback

We really hope you enjoy taking part in ‘Lochardil’s Digital Drop-in Day’ today and seeing your child’s learning in Health and Wellbeing across this final term. Hop onto their google classroom to have a look at what your child’s class have shared today.   We would be ever so grateful if you could complete this quick exit poll, so that we can gauge your valuable opinions and ideas, on how we can make our school even better than it already is!

Many thanks in advance,

The Lochardil Team!

P6/5 Open Day – Our Planet is Changing

Welcome to our Online Open Day!  This term, our class has been learning about Our Planet.  We have looked at what our planet is make of and found out about the different habitats that take up our earth’s surface.  We have also explored climate change and our impact on our planet.

Here is a video our class has created, entitled Our Planet is Changing.   The video includes both negative and positive ways our planet and it’s inhabitants are being impacted and are changing.  We also thought about our emotions when we consider the future of our planet. We hope you enjoy it.

Virtual Open Day Tuesday 15th June

We have really missed being able to invite you in to share our learning this year. Tomorrow all classes will be taking part in our first ever Virtual Drop in Open Day where they will be sharing a snapshot of their learning with you. Keep an eye on our google classrooms and drop in on them at a time that suits you to see what everyone has been up to. We will also share a Google form questionnaire to gather your feedback which we would be grateful if you could complete. Thank you for your ongoing support .

Pre Loved Uniform

We have a small selection of pre loved uniform with plenty life left. Email with your requirements and we will let you know if we can supply. £2 for a school sweatshirt/cardi and £1 for a polo shirt for school funds. Thanks in advance.

Easy Fundraising

Just a little reminder that you can turn your everyday online shopping into FREE donations that raise money to support our Parent Council continue to help make our school a fabulous place.

How does it work?

Easyfundraising turns your everyday online shopping into free donations for our school. How? Just start your online shopping first at easyfundraising, then shop as normal. The retailers will then make a small donation to say “thank you”.

Please consider using our link to help raise finds for our school if you are shopping online. All support is greatly appreciated.

OOSC – 04.06.2021

Hi all,

Over the last few weeks, we have enjoyed playing with a tin can game, throwing beanbags to win points!

We have also been outside all this week due to the lovely weather – let’s hope it continues!

Please remember to re-register your child for Out of School Club / Breakfast Club for next term, and pop some suncream in your child’s bag if you want us to apply it in OOSC.



Sports Day was great fun! We have videos and photos of the races themselves and we are working on a way of sharing them with you all!

Tomorrow is Miss MacLeod’s last day with us.
We would like to say a huge congratulations to her for her successful placement! She will begin her career as a teacher in August!
Good luck for your new job Miss MacLeod! Your new class in August will be very lucky to have you!
We would also like to say a huge thank you to her for all her hard work and for all that she has taught us!
We will miss you!

Important Campus Information 03.06.21

Overnight on 2 – 3 June one of the classrooms on the top floor of our main building was flooded. This has resulted in two classrooms being put out of use while repairs are being carried out to the extensive damage caused. Two classes of pupils are currently being displaced one will be situated in the gym hall and the other in the dining hall for the time being. These alternative arrangements may be in place for the next 3 weeks until repairs are fully carried out. We apologise for any inconvenience due to these unforeseen circumstances.

We will communicate with parents/carers of both classes directly and continue to update as we have further updates. Please feel reassured we intend to ensue there is minimal disruption for all our children to ensure they continue to learn and achieve as planned, and feel safe and happy within their temporary provision here within their school.

Thanks for your understanding and support as always.

Audrey Kellacher

Celebration of Sports Day and June Calendar.

Celebration of Sports Day

Our annual Sports Day is planned for P1-P7 this Thursday 3rd June and ELC on Friday 4th June.  We are excited to celebrate our HWB and sporting talent, and also more importantly have fun!  Due to the current Covid-19 situation there will be NO opportunity for parents/carers to join us this year as you are aware.  We discourage any gathering opportunity in a bid to reduce the transmission of the virus within our community, and if we find any spectators starting to observe we will need to stop for safety and perhaps move indoors.

So… please remember gym clothes, suncream, a water bottle, and sportsmanship for Thursday/ Friday.

We will film aspects of the Sports Day for each class and this will be made available on the Google Classroom for you to enjoy alongside your child at a later time.  Enjoy

P6 Climate Zones

In P6 we have been learning about different climate zones of the world for part of our topic. We have broken off into groups and are each working on a display about our chosen climate zone. They are beginning to look fabulous already. We have the north and south frigid zones, the north and south temperate zones and the tropics. Keep your eyes peeled for the finished displays.


We are delighted with the conservation areas we are creating! We have being learning about how ecosystems depend on each other and the importance of protecting habitats!

Congratulations to Layla and Joshua!
They are our ‘Stars of the Week!’
Layla is our Star for her fabulous reading and maths work! Her confidence is growing as a result of all of her hard work which is so lovely to see!
Joshua is our Star for his fabulous maths work! He has been working really hard on Times Tables and percentages!

Registration for School Age Childcare (Out of School Club and Breakfast Club)

Just a reminder for all parents to require School Age Childcare (SAC) – formally known as Out of School Club and Breakfast Club to register their children for next term.

All children need to be re-registered for each school term, and each child needs a separate form.

The Google form can be found at

Thank you

Best Start Grant

The Best Start Grant School Age Payment is a £250 payment made around the time a child normally starts Primary 1.

It is open to people who get tax credits or certain benefits and are a parent or carer of a child born between between 1 March 2016 and 28 February 2017.

People are encouraged to apply online at or by calling 0800 182 2222

If eligible you can also apply for Scottish Child Payment and other Best Start Grant payments at the same time.

Pr 7 Celebrating Success 18.5.21

We celebrated Green Mental Health Week with some poetry. We looked at the structure of Pantoum and Terza Rima poems and tried our own versions with a Nature theme. We learned how taking notice of nature is good for our wellbeing.

Well done to Cole, Kyla, Freya and Julia who received a £5 Simpsons Voucher from the Dowling family. This was for the woodland creatures art work linked with the mural Mr and Mrs Dowling were designing for their garden wall. Two Local artists who were involved in creating the mural, chose some “winners” from each class and the Dowling’s donated prizes. Thank you to them for involving pupils in this local project.

Prize winning artists – congratulations!

Well done to all the pupils who received some very special prizes from the Dowling family today. They have kindly donated gift tokens, art books, craft kits and colouring pens to encourage our aspiring artists. It was a super project to be involved in. Make sure you take the time to view the mural on Green Drive – it’s well worth a detour!

Green Drive Mural May 2021

It was such a pleasure to get some feedback form Susan and Heather last week.

“My name is Susan McCreevy and I’m one of the artists that painted the mural for Alasdair Dowling. 

I thought I’d let you know how impressed Heather Afrin and myself were with the wonderful drawings produced by the children at your school. 

I have attached some photos of the completed mural, it still has to be varnished before being displayed in Alasdair’s garden for the children to see it.

It was a pleasure to be involved with this lovely project and we hope it will be enjoyed for many years to come.”

Please make some time to view the mural in place at Mr and Mrs Dowling’s residence on Green Drive. The Dowling’s have a long association with the school and we were delighted to take up their invitation to draw some local wildlife for their mural.

Primary 5/4 Weekly Blog

The children were planning a holiday for myself and Miss Graham, as part of our unit about money. They had us going to all sorts of lovely places in Europe. From Edinburgh to Bristol in the UK, and from Greece to the Faroe Islands in Europe. The activities they planned for us ranged from bungee jumping from the Clifton Suspension Bridge, to a helicopter flight over Paris. And what a lot of super restaurants they found! I was getting hungry just looking at the menus. Most of them got the holidays for under budget, so lots of spending money too!

We did some desk drumming this week. It was a lot of fun!

Small groups have been working together to programme Marty to go round an obstacle course.

Jack is relaxing during his 10 min King of the Class reward for getting the most dojos last week. Although he has chosen to be more of a sheriff!

We had great fun making up our ‘Regulation Playlist,’ for Mental Health Week. These are songs that help you to regulate your moods. Enjoy making some of these for homework!


We have been practising our throwing skills in athletics! Javelin and shot put is great fun!

We have been learning about sustainable ecosystems and we are designing our our conservation areas!

Congratulations to Abigail and Eilidh! They are both our Stars of the Week!
Abigail is our Star of the Week for her fabulous descriptive writing!
Eilidh is our Star of the Week for her fabulous effort and concentration in reading tasks this week!
Well done to you both!!

Registration for School Age Children (SAC)

Registration for School Age Childcare (SAC) formally known at OOSC for session 2021-2022 is now open. Places will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis. If you are booking for multiple children you will need to complete an individual form for each child. You will find the registration on the following link:

If you have any questions, please contact us.

Thank you.


Thank you for all the uniform orders. Unfortunately I have two orders that were paid in cash with no name – could they be yours ? Please email so we can check and get the order to it’s rightful owner when it arrives.

There is still time to return the order form tomorrow Friday 7th May 2021 for delivery June 2021.


Trust walks!
We have been working on team work and communication skills in PE and it has been great fun! The boys and girls did a fabulous job of giving clear instructions and showed brilliant listening skills too!

Congratulations to Daniel and Harry! They were both ‘Stars of the Week’ for their brilliant hard work, concentration and effort in Numeracy!

OOSC – 28.04.2021

Hello everyone, and a warm welcome back to OOSC!

As you may already know, we now share our OOSC room with the Blossoms, so there have been some slightly different toys to play with. We have enjoyed building army bases and pirate ships, as well as doing our usual crafts, drawing and playing outside.

Please can we remind everyone that cancellations are to be made 48 hours in advance so we can free up a space for someone else who may need it. Thank you

School Uniform Order for Session 2021/2022

Your child will come home with a school uniform order today for next session. Should you require to place an order please return a completed form with a cheque made payable to Lochardil Primary School. Exact cash will be accepted but in this instance cheque is the preferred method of payment.

The uniform will be ordered week of 10.05.21 and estimated delivery time is four weeks. When it arrives it will be distributed in June prior to the holiday’s ready for starting back in August.

Wildlife Art for Local Mural 26.04.21

We were invited by Mr and Mrs Dowling to submit drawings of our favourite Scottish animals and birds. Mr and Mrs Dowling had commissioned 2 artists to create a mural for their garden on Green Drive. They wished to include the pupils’ ideas of which creatures they most associate with a woodland scene. The mural is now ready to be put up and we are delighted to see our input recreated by the artists. The Dowlings have kindly donated some prizes for the classes who took part. We have enjoyed community links with the Dowlings for many years and we appreciated this further opportunity to support this local project. Make sure you take a walk along Green Drive to see the mural in place! Well done everyone!

Egg Hunt

lots of our classes enjoyed taking part in a virtual Easter egg hunt this afternoon. Putting their problem solving skills to the test, pupils had fun in the sun this afternoon. Thank you Mrs Scotson for organising.

The Pines Support Sessions – Virtual Q & A – Chaotic & Confused – Thursday 29th April 2021 – 1030-1200

Dear All

Our next Virtual Pines Session with Karen Kelbie from Thriving Families and Alison Footitt from the National Autistic Society is on Thursday 29th April 2021. 

Does your child struggle with change, organising themselves, following rules and solving problems?  This is probably due to issues around something called “Executive Functioning”.

Rachael Geddes our Autism Practitioner has produced a short film all about this with loads of handy tips to help you support your child.  You can watch this film before the session, then you can submit your questions and join us on the 29th for a Q&A.  You must book on to the session by emailing  Please let us know if you are booking as a parent/carer or professional.  All questions should be emailed through to the same email by 23rd April 2021.

Kind Regards

The Pines Team

    Virtual Pines Session   Thursday 29th April 2021      10.30am-12 noon  Chaotic and Confused Does your child struggle with change, organising themselves, following rules and solving problems? This is probably due to issues around something called “Executive Functioning”. Our Autism Practitioner has produced a short film all about this with loads of handy tips to help you support your child. You can watch this film before the session, then you can submit your questions and join our us this morning for a Q&A.  

The Pines

Drummond Road, Inverness IV2 4NZ

P6/5 – March

P6/5 have had a busy couple of weeks back in the classroom. We have been spending time catching up with our friends and continuing our learning about Ancient Egypt and properties of 3D shapes. We have enjoyed taking our learning outside to make the most of the fresh air and space. We have started looking at a text called ‘The Egyptian Cinderella’ and are in the process of creating a story map before we have a go at writing our own stories.


There are a number of outstanding documents still to be received by the office to complete the enrolment process for the next session at Lochardil ELC. Please provide any council tax statements or hours preference forms as previously requested to by Monday 22.03.21. Allocation of hours will begin next week. Thank you in advance.


ADHD – Virtual Q&A Session – Microsoft Teams – Friday 23rd April 2021 – 1330-1430

We would like to invite you to watch the Pines YouTube film, ‘What is ADHD?’ and then attend a virtual Q&A session with Lesley Soffe, Advanced ADHD Nurse Practitioner on the Friday 23rd April 2021 via Microsoft Teams at 1.30pm-2.30pm.  This will be open to all Parents/Carers and professionals and numbers are very limited.

Lesley has been working as an ADHD specialist for 10 years and will be happy to answer any questions you may have after watching the film or any questions about ADHD in general.

To book a space please email or go through our website Education staff should book through the CPD Calendar.

We look forward to seeing you then.

Kind Regards

The Pines Team

The Pines

Drummond Road, Inverness IV2 4NZ

Scottish Squash Mascot Competition

Scottish Squash, the governing body for Squash in Scotland launched a mascot competition in March for children across Scotland aged under 18 to design a mascot for the upcoming Scottish Open professional competition being held here in Inverness in September.

The winning design will be selected in April. The prize will be a school visit from a professional squash athlete as well as hundreds of pounds worth of sport equipment for the school!

If you would like to take part in the competition, Details on how to submit your entry is included in the downloadable pack below. The competition closes on the 31st March 2021.

Welcome back to P5!

We have a fabulous couple of days back in P5! We had a visit from Miele’s ice cream van as a welcome back great and we had great fun doing outside wildlife drawing!