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Gardening Group

A message from our diligent gardners, Maria and Karen.

We are looking for new parents that would like to take over the Friday growing vegetable session!

Over the past 2-3 years, we have been running some vegetable growing sessions during the summer season in the small garden with raised beds at the back of the school.  It has been a lot of fun and satisfying to see the kids really enjoy it!  All very informal, no pressure, we just go when we are able or suits.  Now that our children have moved to secondary it would be great to find other parents that we can help get into this fun and relaxing activity.

We meet on a Friday at 12:30 luch break time but of course there is scope to change the day if new helpers wished.  Should you be interested please contact or .  Many Thanks in advance.

P7B – World of Work: Bionic Arm

Today we visited Skills Development Scotland for our first ‘My World of Work’ session.

The focus of today’s visit was based all around the advances assistive technology related to prosthetic limbs for people with disabilities. We discussed the types of jobs that might be involved in this line of work; these included engineers, doctors and biologists.

We then got to have a go at building our own bionic limb, using Lego and computer programming. It was a challenge but with a bit of team work and imagination we think we did a pretty good job! Thank you to Julia’s mum for assisting us on the trip.

Lochardil Eco Team 12.9.19

The ECO team went round the school today to find suitable places for our new bins. The bins were funded from part of our TESCO Bags of Help money. We reviewed our Litter Policy and hope to come up with a reward incentive for picking up litter.

We also gave each class a pile of scrap paper from the office. We are all stocked up now for our new term ahead.

P6 – Wilderness Wars

This week, Primary 6 started looking at work by 3 Scottish creators – the book Wilderness Wars by Barbara Henderson, art by Kate Green and music by Martyn Bennett. We are creating colourful landscape watercolours, concentrating on use of colour and brush strokes. These landscapes are inspired by the setting for Wilderness Wars. We also listened to Bothy Culture by Martyn Bennett, inspired by the landscapes and culture of the west of Scotland.

Pr 7A 6.9.19

Just a reminder for next week…

Packed lunches only for Thursday 12 September please. We leave for World of Work at 11.45 am so need an early lunch. Canteen lunches not available that early.

We require one adult helper for that visit. Please let us know if you can help.

PE – Wednesdays and Thursdays. Full change required.

We have been workiing on our Alcohol leaflet which is part of our Health and Wellbeing key assessment task.

We played touch rugby with Mrs Chisholm and studied areodynamics with Mrs Scotson.

Meet the new ECO Team 2019-20

We had a busy first meeting! We carried out a paper recycling bin audit around the school and delivered some new bins. We hope to find places for some new outdoor bins soon too. We will carry out the ECO Schools Environmental Review and create our Action Plan.

P1 – P7 Flu Immunisation Forms

The Fluenz Immunisation forms were issued via the school bag mail last week.

Please ensure that your child’s form is returned to the school office by Friday 7th September.  If you do not return a form your child will not receive the flu vaccine.

If your child has lost their form please contact the school office.

Your Parent Council needs you!

Hello and welcome back to school for the year 2019/2020. We hope you all enjoyed the summer break and children, staff and parents are settling back into the swing of things nicely.

The first Parent Council Meeting of this school session is on Wednesday the 11th September at  7pm in the school staff room. We usually finish by 9pm.

All parents and carers are welcome to attend. We try to make the meetings as relaxed and informal as possible. This is your chance to be more involved with what is going on at the school for the benefit of your child/children.

  • Dates for the meetings this academic year:
  • • Wednesday 11th September 2019
  • • Thursday 14th November 2019
  • • Wednesday 22nd January 2020
  • • Thursday 19th March 2020 (AGM) •
  • Wednesday 13th May 2020

If you have any issues you would like us to discuss please make contact via the school office, the Lochardil Primary Parent Council Facebook page or

Kind regards Amy, Ian and Pauline.

PS There was a typo in the school calendar and the meeting is definitely on the 11th September (Not the 18th).


We have had a fabulous and busy week in P5a. Our highlights have been learning about food hygiene and safety, increasing our heart rates while having a great time in PE, learning about place value and learning how to use our Chromebooks.

Congratulations to Andrew, who was our ‘Star of the week’ for his fabulous reading work. Well done Andrew!

ELC 30/08/19

Our story bags have been confidently explored. The children and parents have worked hard in creating some characters from the story.

Just a reminder to please take a jacket each day as the weather is so unpredictable. Have a lovely weekend 🙂

“These are my paper dolls”

P5B Weekly Blog

A good week this week, with lots of establishing roles and expectations. We were looking at addition and subtraction, with a lot of practice of chimney sums.

In handwriting, the children were looking at basic joins. They are in a state of shock as I threatened to send back again, and again, any non-joined writing!!! Evil!

We were also making a poster designed to point out Health and Safety issues around our project of FOOD.

Short and sweet this week!

Hope you have a super weekend!

P5a – Our fabulous first week back!

We have had a brilliant first week back. We are really enjoying our class novel ‘The Secret Island’ and we have been improving our summarising skills. We thought our weekly poem ‘The Veggie Lion’ was really funny and we had a great time creating our own versions of it. Thank you to Lily and Ayla for bringing in your ‘About me’ bags. We are loving getting to know each other better!

Callum was our ‘Star of the Week’ for fabulous concentration, hard work and effort. Well done Callum!

We have loved having a secret student every day too! Who knows who the secret student will be next…?

Thanks for a great week everyone.

Letters went home with regards to our ‘Hopes and Dreams’ meetings next week. Please get in touch if the times do not suit or if you have not been given an appointment but would like one.

Have a great weekend!

Love from P5a and Miss MacArthur

P1 Courier Supplement

The Inverness Courier will be in school to take the P1 photo for the supplement on Tuesday the 27th August 2019.  The Supplement will be published on 27th September,  an order form will come home in your child’s school bag which will allow you to order a copy of the paper and a print / digital copy of the photo.  Complete the tear off section and return with money enlosed.  Please ensure cheques are made payable to the Inverness Courier.

Free event – Royal Society of Edinburgh@Inverness

Please find below details of the next RSE @ Inverness FAMILY Event


Booking Details –          Tel: 0131 240 2780


We look forward to seeing you there! Please feel free to share this with family, friends and colleagues!

P6 – Debating

We have been practising our debating skills! The children prepared the speeches really well and delivered them confidently. The questions and answers created brilliant discussions too. Well done everyone!

P6 Mock election

P6 have created their own school political parties and developed their own political manifestos for how they would improve the school with a given budget. They have been campaigning really hard and we had a fabulous mock election in Friday. Thank you to all who came to vote. Congratulations to L.S.S. who were our winning party! All our political parties had fabulous ideas for improving the school, which are being passed on to Mrs Kellacher. Well done everyone!

P4/5 New Lanark Trip

Some photos to share from our very exciting but very exhausting trip. Thank you so much to everyone who helped us, and for all of you for getting them there on time! They were so well behaved the whole day. I’m very proud of them all!

Karate Alba Federation Summer Camp 2019!

Karate Alba Federation are running a summer camp during the school holidays, running the week of Mon 5th – Fri 9th August. It is sure to be a fun filled week of games, arts and crafts and much more!

Please note that NO Karate experience is required to attend the camp, beginners are very welcome.

A Thank You from the Lochardil Parent Council Committee!

A huge thank you to all pupils, staff, parents, families and friends who joined us at the Lochardil School Summer Fun Day on the 22nd of June.  The sun shone, fun was had and money was made…..lots of it!  The day was a great success and we raised £2,136.01 for the Parent Council Funds.  This money will go directly towards projects and initiatives to benefit the children at the school.

A special thank you to Pam O’Hara and all the parents and teachers who volunteered their time and energy to help organise such a super day.

From The Parent Council Committee

ELC – Forest Session – Final Visit

As you will be aware, tomorrow is our last visit to the forest before the summer holidays. We would love to invite parents/carers along to join us for the last hour. We will leave as normal in the morning and get set up then we invite you along from 10-11 am where we will have a fun activity for everyone to participate in.

We look forward to seeing you all then. Hopefully it stays dry !!

Monday Funday!

On Monday 1st July –
‘Meet the Teacher’ for P2-P7 – we are now in a position to visit our new classes and meet the new teacher in the morning between 9.10am and 10.25am. Please go to normal classes as usual then the transition will take place from there. An information and confirmation of class allocation letter will go home via school bag mail after the visit on Monday. Have fun and be the best you can be!
‘Lochardil’s Got Talent’ – Ruthven House Captains and Vice-Captains have organised a fun get together in the afternoon to share and showcase some of our finest talent and promote our postive culture, ethos and appreciation of each other. We look forward to the performances. Good luck all!
Have a lovely weekend.

Outdoor Learning!

Over the past 4 weeks we have had a Friday focus on outdoor learning and Primary have absolutely loved it! We have reading and listening to stories outside. We explored the secret garden and tried to find things using our five senses. We were outdoor detectives as we went on bug hunt where we made friends with Sammy the Snail. We also used chunky chalk to practise our reading words out on the playground before finishing with a bubble party!

We have loved using the outdoors to help us learn new things and we can’t wait to keep exploring when we return after the summer holidays!

Miss Munro and Mrs McArthur (P1A & P1B).

Natural Tie-Dying

This week, both P5 and P5/6 have been investigating natural dyes as part of their topics. We created three dyes using beetroot (red), Onion skins (yellow) and Red Cabbage (purple) and tried tie dye with cotton material. The results were really surprising, with the onions skins producing the most striking results! Great creative outdoor learning guys!

Primary 5’s Close Encounter!

Primary 5 finished off their Great Outdoors topic today with a visit from Duncan from Cairngorm Creatures. He brought some fascinated creatures with him for us to learn about and handle. We learned that Giant African Land Snails have 200 teeth that act like a cheese grater, that bearded dragons have a third eye on top of their heads to look for the shadows of birds above them, and that corn snakes don’t eat corn, and taste the air with their tongues. Although some young people were a bit nervous, everyone at least touched something, even Mrs Scotson who conquered her fear of snakes.

ELC – Mackenzie Centre – Week 4

Apologies for the late post. This is from our last visit to the Mackenzie Centre last week where the children played ball games with the attendees practising throwing and catching, aiming the ball into a basket and skittles !! Then we had more singing before saying our good byes. The children have throughly enjoyed their visits and we cannot wait to visit again soon.

ELC – Primary 7 Summer Disco


WHEN:       THURSDAY 27 JUNE 2019

Nursery & Primary 1:                    5pm – 6.15pm

                                           Primary 2 – Primary 4:                  6.30pm – 7.45pm

                                           Primary 5 – Primary 7:                   8pm – 9.15pm

Entry Fee: £4.00 per pupil. This will include drink, snack, tattoos, wristband and prizes.

The Parent Council has arranged for an End of Term School Disco for Lochardil Primary School & Nursery Pupils.

All pupils should be dropped off/ taken into the disco through the main office door.   All children must be collected at the end of their disco at the canteen rear doors (this is to avoid congestion at the office entrance). As there will be temporary tattoos available, please make sure your child knows if he/she is allowed.

No tickets will be issued – money should be taken along on the night. Collection buckets for money will be at the entrance to allow pupils to get in quickly.

P4/5 weekly blog

Nearly end of term, and it has been very busy! Here are some highlights from the past couple of weeks…

First we had our Victorian Afternoon which gave me a chance to show off my cooking skills (my family are quite used to gruel!), with our friends in p5/6…

The children presented their beautiful projects…

We have been adding to our knowledge of mathematical symbols with ‘less than,’ ‘greater than’ and ‘not equal to.’

We were revising parts of the body using Anthony as our charming model!

And we were out in the garden improving the area round the polytunnel, as well as digging a new bed and playing with the mud!