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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.

Red Nose Day Friday 19th March 2021


Duntelchaig House Captains have organised the following activities for Red Nose Day

Dress as a Superhero or wear red and make a donation – in school or online

Create a superpower badge  e.g. I’m a teacher What’s your superpower?

Class Quiz – Red Nose day

Superhero Drawing Competition – The class can vote on the on the top 3, with the best drawing winning 3 house points, then Second gets 2 house points and finally third gets 1 house point.

Sounds like a fun day ahead for us all

Junior Bake Off

Junior Bake Off is looking for budding bakers aged between 9-15, to take part in Series 7!

For more info or to apply online, please go to

Applications close Sunday 28th March 2021.

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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 or

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:

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



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

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

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



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 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


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.