Following on from Our Planet is Changing video, our class also wanted us to share with you their erupting volcanoes. We created the volcanoes using paper mache, then used vinegar, washing up liquid, bicarbonate of soda and food colouring to make them erupt!
PARENT EXIT POLL 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!
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.
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 .
Just a reminder that tomorrow is the final day to hand in or order online any Tempest photograph orders so that you do not miss out on the free delivery to school. Should these arrive after the end of term they will be distributed after the summer break.
To celebrate Scotland Men’s team playing in the Euro’s this year, their first major tournament in almost 22 years we plan to have a dress down day ( football tops are permitted) on Monday 14th June as Scotland take on the Czech Republic whom we also will be supporting.
We are delighted to announce that Cole Thomson in Pr 7A has been awarded joint winner of the Boys Sports Championship. Due to an error with the points total from sports day being amended, Cole now claims his medal and trophy alongside Archie. Well done to Cole!
We have a small selection of pre loved uniform with plenty life left. Email email@example.com 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.
Our P7 pupils will be arriving back a little later than originally planned today. Estimated to be here for about 4.15pm not 4pm as originally planned. Apologies for any inconvenience caused. They have had a fantatsic day!
Today the children will bring home order forms for the class photograph that was taken last week. Should you wish to order you may order online or return the sealed envelope to the school by Tuesday 15th June and you will avoid any delivery charge.
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.
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!
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.
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
This years Wear Yellow Day in aid of the Highland Hospice will be on Friday 28th May. We invite children to wear sunny and bright colours to help us celebrate this amazing charity. Donations are welcome.
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.
You should have received an order form for the above home in your child’s bag yesterday. Should you wish to place an order you can do so online or return the sealed envelope to school by Monday 31.05.21 to avoid any delivery costs.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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 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:
Please see attached letter if you are a parent in the above classes. Our children wish to enter this competition and have produced some beautiful pieces of work. Should you prefer that your child does not take part please email the school on firstname.lastname@example.org or let the class teacher know.
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 email@example.com 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!
Just a reminder that all uniform slips need to be returned with payment by Friday 7th May. This will allow enough time for them to be produced and delivered before the end of term. Thank you in advance.
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
The next Parent Council meeting will be held on Wednesday 12th May at 7.00pm and will be a virtual meeting. Link to the Google Meet will be issued prior to the meeting on Google Classroom. Everyone is welcome so please log in and join us if you can.
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.
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!
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.
We have provisionally booked the Tempest photographer for class photographs on Tuesday 27th April for P1-P6 and on Wednesday 28th April for ELC and P7. This will all be subject to Highland Council guidance and in line with Scottish Government guidance.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
The Pines Team
Virtual Pines Session Thursday 29th April 2021
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.
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.
A lovely neighbour has called today to say they found an Apple Watch close to the back entrance of the school and would like to return it to it’s owner. If it could be yours call the school office and we will see if you can be reunited.
The Parent Council are providing us with some great Easter activities. If you would like to get involved with either the Easter Scavenger Hunt, Egg decorating or maybe both then please speak to a member of ELC staff who will be able to provide you with the details and entry forms. Activities are £1 each.
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 Lochardil.email@example.com 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.
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.
Please return all borrowed devices that were required for the period of home learning to school as soon as possible. Please add a note with the child’s name that returns the device in order to up date our records. Thank you in advance.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
All parents and carers of children from nursery to P7 are welcome to join us virtually on the 10th March.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Please note that Lochardil Primary School( virtual and keyworker) will be closed to all children for the February break on Monday 15th and Tuesday 16th for holiday’s and Wednesday 17th for an in-service day.
World Book Day is back with their fabulous selection of £1 books! To find out more information about the selection of books available this year, please visit: https://www.worldbookday.com/books/
Normally, we would be distributing £1 book tokens in school, which can be exchanged for one of these brilliant books, or £1 off any other book of your choice.
This year, World Book Day are making digital book vouchers available for all pupils. In order to get a digital voucher, you will need to download the attached PDF and print the voucher off. It can then be used in any participating retailer. The tokens are vaild from Thursday 18th February – Sunday 28th March.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For anyone who has a parents’ evening appointment this afternoon, or indeed tomorrow afternoon, please follow the same link that you used to log in to book your appointment in the first place, which is https://parents-booking.co.uk/lochardil
Enter all of the log in information as you did before. Try to do this approximately 5-10 minutes before your appointment and you will see that you will have a video call waiting. Once your video call time starts you will be connected with your child(ren)’s class teacher(s).
Please note, all of the appointments will only last 8 minutes before the call will be automatically terminated by the booking system.
If you come across any technical difficulties during the call, or struggle to get logged into the call, please do not worry, as we will get in contact with you to help re-arrange another suitable time.
If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to get in touch.
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.
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.
Our weekly Kahoot fun is back! starting Friday 22nd January
ELC -P3 Join Mrs MacIver LIVE at 10:00 every Friday
P4-7 Join Miss MacDonald LIVE at 11:00 every Friday
The Kahoot will be held on the Google Meet Link – posted on google classroom .
This is an optional activity to support social wellbeing and have some fun during this difficult time.
Join at www.kahoot.it or with the Kahoot! app. Miss MacDonald or Mrs MacIver will share the Game PIN that you will need on our LIVE google meet. You may find it easier to use a mobile to access the Kahoot quiz so you can still see everyone on the google meet but if you are working of a Chromebook or laptop you can just open a new tab. The google meet link will be the same each week. Hope to see lots of you there .
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.
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!
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.
We are very proud of our Malawi inspired Artwork! We have been learning about the Rights of the Child, and the difference between needs and wants. We have been looking at the different ways in which society can help us meet those needs.
We had lots of fun completing a PE and maths based escape room challenge! Well done to Sarah, Sam, Tristan and Ava who managed to escape first!
Grace brought in running medals for us to see, which belong to her and her family. Well done Grace! You are a superstar runner!
Well done to Layla who has achieved her Grade 1 certificate in ballet!
Congratulations Roddy! He was nominated by the boys and girls in P5 to receive our ‘Star Pupil’ award at our virtual Christmas assembly! He was nominated by p5 for this award for being very hardworking, kind and helpful! Well done Roddy!
As you know, the First Minister announced at the weekend that there will be some changes to the way schools return after the Christmas break. Tomorrow (Tuesday 22 December) a letter will be issued to all parents and carers of children and young people in Highland schools to give you the key information about this. Please do not contact the school today about the new arrangements, to allow School leaders and staff to focus on planning for the new term.
We have a very limited amount of devices at school. Please get in touch with the school office on 01463 230250 to let us know if your child will not have access to any form of device or internet connection for the forthcoming period of home learning.
Please be reassured we will share further information and guidance on Monday & Tuesday next week in response to what this latest announcement from Scottish Government regarding new restrictions means for us at school and the continued learning for all our pupils after the Christmas holidays.
We are ready for this! We will ensure you as parents/ carers, and all our children, feel as informed and prepared as possible before we finish on Tuesday to start our festive break. We will update our Blog and through our usual communication channels to ensure everyone receives the key messages. Please also check the Highland Council website for up-to-date information for our area.
Remember we are a strong community and will continue to support each other to ensure we remain as safe and connected as possible during these uncertain times. Please be reassured we will continue this journey together working with each other for strength, support, guidance, and importantly to continue the education and wellbeing of our young people who are the heart of all we do.
Familiarise yourself with the latest Scot. Gov. guidance available on their website and through National/Local media. Thanks again for continuing to keep our school community safe during these times.
Culduthel Christian Centre have organised a family “Nativity Trail” around the area. There is a box at the church to collect the information to help you navigate around homes in the area to see pictures of the Christmas story displayed in windows.
Thank you to Rev Macleod and the CCC congregation for sharing this with us and supporting us with our Christmas service today.
‘inSpires’ at Inverness Cathedral are putting together a 3-day event – Monday 21, Tuesday 22 and Wednesday 23 December (from 10am to 1pm each day). We are offering FREE toys – board games, books, soft toys etc., which have been donated to us from individuals and MFR Cash for Kids. As well as this we will be able to give FREE FOOD BAGS, and WINTER JACKETS for children.
‘inSpires’ would love to see you … and hope that you can pop by and enjoy a festive mince pie and tea/coffee. There is no need to register and we will open the doors from 10am to 1pm each day, Monday 21 to Wednesday 23 December.
The Highland Council have asked all schools to share the following information with parents/carers.
Who needs to self isolate?
Everyone who develops symptoms of COVID-19 – a new, continuous cough; fever or loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste – should isolate straight away and arrange a test viawww.nhsinform.scot or, if you can’t get online, by calling 0800 028 2816.
People who live in the same household as a person with symptoms should also isolate straight away.
If the test result for the symptomatic person is negative, and they are not already isolating as a ‘close contact’ of a confirmed case, they can end isolation and return to work or school when they are well enough and have not had a fever for 48 hours. The rest of their household can end isolation straight away.
If the test is positive, the symptomatic person should remain in isolation until 10 days from symptom onset, or longer if certain symptoms persist. The rest of the household should remain in isolation for 10 days from symptom onset in the symptomatic person, even if they don’t have symptoms themselves.
As we approach the end of our Term 2 we would like to confirm school will close to pupils on Tuesday 22nd December 2020 and reopen for Term 3 on Wednesday 6th January 2021. Please continue to support our school to stay safe by adhering to the Scot. Gov. guidelines and remember F.A.C.T.S. Thanks to everyone for looking after us and our community here at Lochardil Primary.
Families on low incomes in receipt of free school meals can apply for a COVID winter hardship payment from Scottish Government
Families with children in receipt of free school meals due to reasons of low income are eligible for a £100 per child Covid winter hardship payment from the Scottish Government.
There are no restrictions on how families choose to spend the additional payment. The payment is per child not per household. However, P1-3 pupils receiving free school meals due to universal provision, not due to low income, are not eligible.
In Highland, the Highland Council will administer this payment on behalf of the Scottish Government. Eligible households do not require to apply for this payment, the Council will contact those families directly with payment details.
Households who think they are maybe eligible for the Covid winter hardship payment and have not received notification of an award by Monday 21 December 2020 should contact the Councils Welfare Support Team on or email
Who is eligible for free school meals due to low income?
Families with children in receipt of free school meals due to reasons of low income are eligible for the Covid winter hardship payment. Eligibility for Free School Meals based on low income, is where the household is in receipt of:
Universal Credit (where the monthly earned income does not exceed £610).
Income-based Job Seekers Allowance
Any income related element of Employment and Support Allowance
Child Tax Credit, but not in receipt of Working Tax Credit, and your income is less than £16,105 (as assessed by the HMRC)
Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit and an income below £7,330 (as assessed by the HMRC)
If you are 16 to 18 yrs old and receive any of these benefits in your own right, then you can claim for yourself
If you are an asylum seeker receiving support
Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
The payment for the £100 per child Covid winter hardship payment will be made prior to Christmas for those who were in receipt of free school meals due to low income on 30 November 2020.
Households who apply and awarded free school meals due to low income after
30 November 2020 will be eligible for the Covid winter hardship payment up until 22 December 2020. Those eligible families will be notified, and an award will be made no later than 15 January 2021.
A cash payment via PayPoint voucher will be made to eligible households. Vouchers will be redeemable at local PayPoint outlets. A small minority of households will receive payment via Post Office Pay-out and will be advised in their notification.
The Rotary Club Santa Sleigh will be in the Lochardil area on Sunday 13th December at 4pm to approx 6pm.
Further details of other areas and times can be found on the Rotary Club of Inverness Culloden Facebook Page.
Due to Covid restrictions & regulations, the Rotary Club please ask that children & parents/carers should wait for Santa to reach them at the side of the road/end of a cul-de-sac etc and not rush forward to meet the sleigh. Also in line with the guidance, this year children will not be allowed on the sleigh with Santa.
The elves will be collecting for Rotary Club charities (with socially distanced buckets!!)
Please give generously and enjoy the festive cheer.
We are really in the Christmas mood now after wearing our Christmas jumpers, having our Christmas lunch, making baubles for our classroom door display and filming our BSL Christmas song! We all looked very festive and are full of good cheer!
Many children have asked about giving out Christmas cards and we have just had clarity that this will be permitted.
Children should only give cards within their class. They should be brought in this week to be left in a tray to quarantine for a 72 hour period and they will be distributed to the recipients next week.
Please handle this as you would your regular mail and adhere to government guidance on handling items.
As per the school calendar the class Christmas parties will go ahead on the following dates ;
Monday 14th December P6, P5/6 and P5
Tuesday 15th December P4, P5/4 and P3
Wednesday 16th December P2 and P1
Thursday 17th December P7
The parties will be held in your child’s class and they will not mix with the other class of the same stage as per previous years due to current guidelines.
We ask children to take a small amount of party food in a suitable container/bag to enjoy on the day. This is for themselves only and not to be shared. Please remember that we operate a strictly nonuts policy.
Children are permitted to take juice (not fizzy) in their water bottles on party day only.
We are looking forward to seeing the children in their party clothes (optional) and ready to have some fun (not optional!).
Both P7 classes have been learning about forces this term. Today, we learned about friction and talked about some activities use friction (bike brakes, hiking boots, car tyres, fingerprints) and others try to avoid friction (skiers, car engine parts, curling). In pairs, we built two ski jumpers – one that would slide first and fastest down the slope and one that would stick to the slope and be the last ski jumper standing. We explored which materials would be slippy or sticky and how we could these materials to slide or stick successfully.
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