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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!

Now for the final push!!!!!!!

Summer Fair – Saturday 22nd June – Fantastic Hampers

Thank you so much to everyone who has donated to the hampers for our school fair. Best ever response! ?The people power in our school is fantastic ?? ??

Given the amount of donations we will have more than one hamper of the same kind (3/4 in some cases!) so 1 ticket is likely to have more than one chance to win. The only exception is the Saturday night in hamper where you will have the chance to win a very nice bottle of Hendricks gin along with other great prizes.

Don’t miss out if you are going to miss the fair! Pop an envelope into the school office with your name , contact number, number of tickets and payment.  State which hampers your want tickets for and we’ll add you to the draw. £1 a ticket or 6 tickets for £5

Below is a reminder of the hampers which will be on offer.Take a look at the pictures of some of the lovely goodies we have received to make up the hampers

Which one would you like?!!

  • Wine hamper
  • Pamper hamper
  • Foodie hamper
  • Chocolate heaven hamper
  • Beer hamper
  • Saturday night in hamper

Inverness Library Summer Reading Challenge 2019!!

With summer nearly upon us, Inverness Library are gearing up for this year’s Summer Reading Challenge! Please click on the file links above for more information.

Children can sign up for the challenge at their local library, where they will be given a special mission folder to keep a record of what they have borrowed and read.  When they have achieved six books (and these can be in any format) then they will be eligible for a medal!

Message from Highland Council Catering Service


Please remember that school meals should be paid for in advance. Payment can be made by either cash or cheque at the school, or online in schools which have a cashless catering system.

P7 Pupils  

Remember that any money outstanding for school meals needs to be paid before the end of term – no debt can be carried forward to Secondary school accounts. As above, if an invoice has to be issued, the £15 surcharge will be automatically added to the amount owing.

Highland Council – Invoice Surcharge

Highland Council introduced some changes to invoicing processes in April 2019. To cover the high cost of administering invoices the addition of a £15 surcharge will be added to invoices issued for something that could or should be paid for another way. As school meals should be paid for in advance – the £15 surcharge will be applied if an invoice has to be issued retrospectively for school meals.

Transition Day at Lochardil 2019

We are very much looking forward to welcoming your child for the P1 moving up day experience tomorrow.

However, due to an increase in our P1 enrollments, we require to redesign our class structure, so this may not be your child’s final class teacher or peers.

Unfortunately the P2-P7 pupils’ moving up day experiences that were originally organised for tomorrow have had to be postponed due to this increase in our P1 enrollments. We still plan to have pupils meet their new class teacher and see their new class peers as soon as possible. We will obviously keep you updated and informed with progress.

Many thanks in advance for your patience.

The Lochardil Team.

ELC – Fun Day

What a great morning we had to celebrate the upcoming end of term. The children had great fun taking part in all of the different activities. From space hopper racing, hook a duck, musical bumps and the fabulous Jamie from Hopscotch who came to visit and show us some magic tricks !! With real bunny rabbits !! Thank you to everyone who attended and joined in the fun.

Pupil Reports and Learning Pathways

All of the pupils have received a Progress & Performance Report home today, along with all of their Learning Pathways that they have completed throughout the year.

We would kindly remind parents to complete the Parental Feedback Forms regarding your child’s report, as well as, return the Learning Pathway Folders and their contents back to your child’s class teacher by Friday 21st June 2019.

Many thanks in advance.

The Lochardil Team.

Activities at our Summer Fun Day – 22/06/19


Lochardil Primary School

22nd June 11am – 2pm

Home Baking

OJ Sports

Games Stalls

Bouncy Castle (Donated by AAba Bouncy Castles

Hamper Raffle

Craft Stalls

Ice cream (from Phil MaCone’s Ices

Beat the Goalie

Hot Dogs and Burgers (supplied by the award winning A & I Butchers

A fun day out for the whole community

Summer Fun Day!

Donations and volunteers are needed for the Summer Fun Day on the 22nd June, 11am-2pm

Can you help by donating home baking, raffle prizes or helping to run a school stall?

If you can help on the day, please contact Pam O’Hara (07949729055)  or the school office.

Baking and raffle donations should be left at the school office on Friday 21st June.  Please make sure all containers are labelled with names and your child’s class, so they can be returned.

Thank you and hope you can all come along for a fun day!

Team Lochardil at Gymfest

Home from another successful Gymfest celebration! Brilliant talent, team spirit and fun. Well done to everyone involved , you all did fantastic! A special thanks to Hazel who has worked so hard along with the pupils and supported them all the way. Thank you to all parents and carers for your continued encouragement and support. The children did you all proud . Well Done everyone! Myself, Mrs Kellacher and Miss Graham were very proud to be able to see your brilliant performance today .

Miss MacDonald

Help Improve Our School

At Lochardil, we really value your feedback and your input into how we can improve our school.  We have set up an online form to gather your thoughts.  To access this form, you can scan the QR code below using your phone’s camera.  Alternatively, use the web link here.  Thank you for contributing!

Open Afternoon

Thank you so much to everyone who came along to our open afternoon and made it such a success! It was lovely to see everyone so interested in the activities and keen to join in. Great to see parents and children learning together, and some enjoying the experience of learning in the outdoors!

Spare Uniform Donations

We are running low on spare changes of clothes for emergencies. If anyone has any secondhand uniform no longer required, we would be very grateful of any donations you would like to make. Secondhand jumpers, trousers/skirts and any donations of new pants and socks would be extremely helpful.

Please leave donations at the school office.

Summer Fair – Hamper donations required

It is planned to raffle a variety of hampers at the Summer Fair on Saturday 22nd June.

Could each family please donate at least one item which would be suitable for at least one of the hampers below.  Hampers have been allocated across the classes to try and get an even spread.  If you have children in more than one class, take your pick!  Or, if you have something more suitable for another hamper, we will take take anything!

Please drop donations to the school office.  The only requirements are that items are new and unused, and that food items are in date for the fair on 22nd June.

Wine hamper                                                                                                 ELC (Rainbow room), P7, P3

Foodie Hamper                                                                                                   P1A, P6/7, P4 

Pamper Hamper (male/female toiletries, make up, bubble bath…….)      ELC(Buttercup Room), P6

Saturday Night In (DVDs, cards, games, popcorn…….)                                  P1B, P5

Chocoholic Hamper                                                                                             P2, P4/5

Beer Hamper (bottles/cans of beer/cider etc)                                                  P1/2, P2/3, P5/6

Thank you for your support.

Social Security Scotland’s new Best Start Grant School Age Payment

Social Security Scotland’s new Best Start Grant School Age Payment went live yesterday Monday 3 June 2019 for applications on-line and by phone. Please find attached a Q&A factsheet which provides further information.

The payment provides families in Scotland, who are on a low income, with £250 to help with the costs of a child starting school. People can apply around the time a child normally starts Primary 1 and if they get certain benefits or tax credits. For this year that means if their child is born on or between 1 March 2014 to 28 Feb 2015.

Applications can be made from 3 June 2019 until 29 February 2020 either:

The Best Start Grant School Age Payment is the third of the Best Start Grant package of payments to families in Scotland who are on a low income to help support their child during their early years. For help to apply for all benefits or entitlements including the Best Start Grants, please contact the Welfare Support Team: telephone 0800 090 1004 or email (Where appropriate home visits can be made).

‘Collaboration with Chromebooks’ Information Evening – 18/06/19

On the evening of Tuesday 18th June, we are hosting our re-scheduled ‘Collaboration with Chromebooks’ Information evening, where there is an opportunity for parents and carers to join us from 6:00-7:00pm to view a presentation on Digital Citizenship and E-safety by our very own Digital Dynamos Pupil Group. We will have our new Chromebooks and Chromebook Tablets on display for families and friends to find out what they are all about and to have a go themselves! We will also be showcasing other digital technologies such as ipads, laptops and programmable devices that we use to enhance learning and teaching throughout the school. We very much look forward to welcoming you all to share our excitement in receiving these new Chromebooks and celebrating the impact of digital literacy here at Lochardil!!

Baillie Cup Success

Our Baillie Cup team did a wonderful job of representing the school at the competition on Saturday. We are very proud to share that the team came third in our section! Well done everyone!