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Parent Council Meeting – Wed 30th September

The first Parent Council Meeting of 2020/21 is on Wednesday 30th September at 7pm.

Due to the social distancing restrictions currently in place, this will take place virtually through Google Classrooms. The link for the meeting will be posted in due course.

All parents and carers are very welcome to join in.

If you have any questions or points you would like to raise, please email them to lochardilparentcouncil@gmail.com prior to the meeting.

Dates for the next meetings are 25th November and 3rd of March (AGM).

Kind regards

The Parent Council Committee

p5/4 Weekly Blog

Our problem solving task today was based on a crossword, but with numbers. Cullen, Connor, Mia and Niamh got it ALL correct. Tricky!

We were continuing on our journey with MACBETH! the musical. The one we’re doing is a jazzy wee number! But Connor is clearly loving it!

We did these gorgeous pictures with Mrs Scotston…

Finally …finishing with a lovely picnic in the class. (We needed the tables pushed back for Macbeth!)

Have a wonderful weekend!

Pr 3B Wee Flags for Change Bunting

We thought about all the ways we could help our world to become a better place. We made some bunting to share as part of the Wee Flags for Change campaign after finding out about the Sustainable Development Goals. There will be a display of the flags at Eden Court in October.

SDG 2 Zero Hunger
SDG 16 Peace, Justice and Strong institutions
SDG 1 No Poverty
SDG 6 Clean Water and Sanitation, SDG 2 Zero Hunger

Pr 7A Wee Flags for Change

We raised our awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals today by making some bunting for the Wee Flags for Change event. This is aimed at helping us to make a pledge to achieve change by 2030. The 17 SDG’s are a way to help and protect our world. We chose an SDG we had a strong connection with and wrote our promise on the back of the flag. There will be a display at Eden Court in October.

Loch Insh Refund

I am so pleased to be able to share that Loch Insh refunds have been issued today. If your child has a sibling still at Lochardil school you will find an envelope home with them today otherwise they have been posted for your attention. If you have not yet returned the form requested on the 13.08.20 please do so or get in touch with the school office directly. Apologies once again for the delay and thank you for your patience.

Active Schools online club

Please see the link below to Inverness Royal Active Schools Facebook page where you can find details of activities run by the Active Schools Co-ordinator.

Recently they have started an online active schools club on a Tuesday & Thursday -details of which can be found on their facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/InvernessRoyalActiveSchools/

Out of School Club – Week beginning 15/09/2020

We have had lots of fun in Out of School Club over the last week. Some of the children have been doing some lovely pictures, and our Arts and Crafts Wall is filling up!

Artwork being created…
Our Arts and Crafts wall is filling up!

We have also spent some time outside, playing some games like ‘Duck, Duck Goose!’ and ‘What’s the time, Mr. Wolf?’ It was fun to play all together!

“What’s the time, Mr. Wolf?!’

We have also been building tall towers, and catching up with friends.

Wow, that’s a tall tower!
Smiles while chatting with friends…

Please remember to return the registration forms we gave out over the last week – we would be very grateful!

Looking forward to seeing you all back tomorrow after our inservice days!

P4 learning journey

We have been working very hard at our 3 times tables. We have been doing this in lots of different exciting ways. This was one of our favourites. Look at all those smiles…

This week we finished our class novel. It seems that everyone really enjoyed it and learnt a lot from it. We are developing our confidence in talking about our feelings and have made real life connections through the characters feelings.

As part of our writing task we created a new chapter of the story.

Take a look at our clay owls.. We will spent time this week painting them. Don’t they look great!

In numeracy this week we have been working hard on our rounding skills.

We have been rounding to the nearest 10 and 100.

We took part in a live lesson for Ronald Dahl day with was very exciting! Following on from this we did some tricky Roald Dahl problem solving, comprehension on Roald Dahl’s life and created our own mouse characters.

P6/5

P6/5 have been enjoying using the Chromebooks and iPads to write stories about facing a fear. They worked with a partner to provide feedback and suggest edits for each other’s stories.

We chose new table names this week. I was very impressed when the Bald Eagle group decided to write down all their suggestions and have a vote to decide on their table name.

In PE, P6/5 worked through a circuit of different exercises which worked muscles in the whole body and released lots of endorphins!

Catching up on Newsround while eating lunch.

ELC – P7 Ventilation in classrooms

Please see attached letter from Nicky Grant, Executive Chief Officer regarding ventilation in classrooms.

At Lochardil we encourage all pupils in Primary 1 – 7 to wear school uniform as normal, but would also advise to wear additional layers of clothing as the weather gets colder. An additional jumper or fleece can be kept in their schoolbag for use in the classroom if required.

We thank you all for your continued support as we find our way through this unprecedented situation.

P4

We have been looking at George Seurat, a famous French artist who introduced pointillism.

Take a look at our own designs using this technique.

We have been learning to round to the nearest 10 and enjoyed game of rounding bingo!!

We are very motivated by our daily morning challenges…

Daily sentence.. This must include a noun, adjective and verb.

Number of the day..

Take a look at our 3x tables circuit. The class record time to complete it is 10 seconds!!! ?

P7B – 04/09/20

Well, another busy week in P7B is coming to an end! Great to see everyone’s continued hard work in the first few weeks.

We have really been enjoying our class novel (which also doubles up as our topic focus for this term) ‘The Nowhere Emporium. We have been using the novel to explore emotions of the key characters, giving us a chance to discuss a range of emotions and build up our understanding of how these can effect our bodies and minds. Keep your eyes on the blog to see some of the work we have been doing in the coming weeks.

This week we have also completed some art work that we are proud of. Our focus for the first few weeks was creating images using different lines and patterns. We created pictures of our names in bubble writing and experimented with line and pattern to decorate our names in any way we wish. We think they turned out really well and will make an eye catching display for our classroom! Have a look at some examples below.

2.9.20 Pr 7A Brownie Points

Well done Pr 7A. We enjoyed our first batch of chocolate brownies today! If we receive a compliment from anyone about the class then we get “Brownie points” – Mrs Murray’s home made brownies! Mrs Fraser at the office commented on us being the first class to return all our flu forms and Mrs Kellacher noted our good behaviour at the Fire Drill practice today. Team work – thank you for helping with returning the paperwork on time!

P1 – P7 Break time Snack

We are delighted to share that break time snacks will once again be available from Monday 7th September for all pupils.

Pupils must have the correct money to pay for a snack as no change can be issued. This is for the safety of pupils and staff to reduce the risk of coronavirus contamination.

Snack items available:-

Fruit       15p

Toast     15p

Bagel     20p

Milk       15p

P5

Congratulations to Lily! She is our Star of the week for giving fabulous positive feedback during our class talks. She listened really well to what everyone has to say! Well done Lily!

Thank you to everyone who prepared a talk all about their favourite things. I am loving hearing them all! They have been brilliant and it is so lovely hearing all about the topics that interest us the most!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

P4

P4 have been learning about hot and cold colours. We looked at some artists work and discussed how the colours made us feel. We then got the opportunity to be creative with hot and cold colours.

P4

We are really enjoying our class novel ‘The owl who was afraid of the dark’.

We have been looking at how Plop is feeling at different points in the story and relating it to our own feelings and experiences. Take a look at our wall display ?

Playground safety

Please be reminded that as a safety measure children should not be in the playground before 8.40am, unlesss they are attending the breakfast club.

Also children should not play on the trim trail before or after school. We are following Scottish Government playground guidance and are using the preferable option of dividing the playground into “bubbles”. Each year group is allocated a zone each week on a rotational basis – e.g this week P2 are playing at the trim trail and in the quiet garden.

Absence reminder & Flu Immunisations

As the cold and flu season approaches, we would like to remind parents/carers of a few important points.

  • Please remember to phone the pupil absence line on 01463 230250 , option 1, by 9.15am to report an absence.
  • If your child has a cold, but also displays any of the Coronavirus symptoms (i.e. a new persistent cough, fever, or loss of sense of smell and/or taste) please keep your child at home, notify the school and arrange for coronavirus testing.
  • Please inform the school when a child has been tested and also of the outcome of the test.

Flu immunisations

With COVID-19 around it is more important than ever for your child to have the flu vaccine.  NHS Scotland strongly recommend that your child receives their flu vaccine this year.  This is for three reasons:-

  • Flu can be serious, even for healthy children
  • To reduce the risk of your child spreading flu to family and friends
  • To reduce the strain that a spike in seasonal flu would put on or NHS on top of COVID-19

Immunisation forms were issued last week via schoolbag mail.  Please ensure your child’s form is returned to the class teacher by Friday 28th August – even if you do not wish your child to have the vaccine.  Only children with a completed and signed consent form will be immunised.

We will not be able to accept any late forms, as these require to be checked before immunisation day and the team will only have the correct number of vaccinations required based on the forms collected from the school tomorrow.

The school immunisation team will be in school on Monday 28th September to carry out the vaccinations. Due to the ongoing pandemic Health staff will be wearing full PPE as per guidelines with surfaces being wiped down with antibacterial agents.

We want everyone to stay safe and healthy and we thank you in advance for continuing to help protect your child, each other, and the NHS.

New guidance for face coverings in schools

Dear Parent/Carer,

New guidance for face coverings in schools

Yesterday (25 August) the Scottish Government updated their guidance on wearing face coverings in schools. The guidance, which comes into effect for all schools on 31 August, now states:

“In light of the latest scientific and public health advice, including World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines, face coverings should now (unless exemptions apply) be worn:

  • in secondary schools, by adults and all pupils moving around the school, such as in corridors and communal areas where physical distancing is difficult to maintain
  • on dedicated school transport by all children aged five and over, bringing it into line with guidance for public transport

While staff and students can continue to wear face coverings if they wish to, face coverings will not generally be necessary in the classroom as there is greater scope for physical distancing and face coverings can have an impact on learning and teaching. However, it remains the case that where adults cannot keep 2m distance and are interacting face-to-face for a sustained period (about 15 minutes or more), face coverings should be worn”.

Please discuss this with your child and ensure that your child is provided with a reusable face covering to use on bus transport and at school as required in the guidance which comes into effect from Monday 31 August. Pupils should not be sent home for not wearing a face covering and there are some exemptions to the wearing of face coverings. If you have any concerns, please discuss these with your child’s class teacher/Head Teacher.

The safety and wellbeing of all staff and pupils remains a priority. Covid-19 is still with us, although there is currently no evidence of widespread transmission in Highland. We continue to ensure our settings are as safe as possible, all schools take account of their local circumstances and reflect this in detailed risk assessments. Additionally, local project boards continue to run on a weekly basis with a focus on individual school and community issues relating to transport, catering, property & facilities management and digital issues.

The Council is continuing to work closely with Public Health in relation to all health matters and be directed by national guidance. You can view the updated guidance and the Government’s press release on face coverings for further information. Our webpage www.highland.gov.uk/backtoschool is continually being updated.

Finally, the Scottish Government has released a helpful video on how to make a face covering.

Yours sincerely

Mrs A Kellacher

Head Teacher                                                          

P6/5 Talk for Writing


Today P6/5 watched the Pixar short – Piper. We paused the short film in different places to discuss how the creators showed how Piper was feeling. We talked about body language, facial expressions and how the music was used to create atmosphere. We linked this to Emotion Works by generating emotion words, thinking about the triggers for Piper’s emotions and the behaviours that he displayed. We will transfer these ideas to our own piece of writing next week.

Back to School FAQs updated.

NHS Highland have prepared a document of frequently asked questions for parents and carers. This can be found on the Highland Council Back to School web page.

https://www.highland.gov.uk/downloads/file/22812/nhs_highland_-_faqs_for_schools

The Scottish Government has also updated their guidance on face coverings in schools and on school transport to take effect from 31 August, which can be accessed at the following link.

https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-preparing-start-new-school-term-august-2020-version-2/

What’s been going on in P1B?

Here are some pictures of us during number time activities, snack-time in the playground and play activities. We also met our buddies for a quick catch-up and tried drawing the s sound in the playground. Busy, busy, busy…Fun, fun ,fun!

P4 – P7 Paying for school lunches

Lochardil Primary operates a cashless system for paying for school lunches. Please remember to ensure that there are sufficient funds on your child’s school lunch account each week to allow them to order a school lunch.

Payments can be made on the Highland Council website https://www.highland.gov.uk/info/878/schools/9/school_meals/2

  • You will need your child’s Scottish candidate number. Please contact the school if you need a reminder of your child’s Scottish candidate number
  • Allow 24 hours for the payment to reach the pupil’s account. Payments made between 4.30pm Friday and 9am Monday will not appear in the pupil’s account until the Tuesday

P5 – Our fabulous week

It has been brilliant being back! We have had such a lovely week. This week we have been writing poems, practising place value, reading and getting creative with emotions artwork. We discussed how colours are linked to our emotions and chose the colours in our artwork as a result. They look great! We also created our Classroom Charter to make our classroom a fabulous place to learn in!

Congratulations to Emilia! She is our Star of the Week for being so kind, caring and such a great friend! We will miss you very much, but we know your new school will be great too! Good luck!

Lost property

We have a large amount of lost property including this little chap!

All the lost property is on display in the shelters in the main playground for pupils only to reclaim their belongings. (Parents/carers cannot enter the playground)

Please prompt your child to have a look at the items – anything not claimed will be put to charity at the end of the school day on Friday 21st August.

If you recognise the soft toy, please phone the school office to claim, and we will then re-unite him with his owner (in the meantime he will be kept safe and warm in the office!)

IMPORTANT – please read message below

We are aware that positive cases of Covid-19 can cause some local anxiety in the community. Please be reassured that our Health Protection Team is working closely with colleagues within the Highland Council to continually monitor the situation in Highland. Guidance has been provided to teachers in all our schools regarding any incidence of Covid-19 or similar symptoms within the school community.

Pupils and staff should not attend school if any symptoms develop. Please inform the school.

The key message is don’t go to school or work if you are ill

For most people, Covid-19 will be a mild illness. If you develop symptoms you should remain self-isolating at home for 10 days from the date when your symptoms appeared, even if this takes you over the 14 day period currently advised.

Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and further information on testing can be found on NHS Inform. In the event that you develop symptoms, all other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. 

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

  • new continuous cough and/or
  • high temperature and/or
  • a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19

Do

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds 
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

Please also follow the five rules that are highlighted in the national FACTS campaign – 

  • Face coverings in enclosed spaces
  • Avoid crowded places indoors or outdoors
  • Clean your hands regularly and remember to clean hard surfaces that you might be touching
  • Two metre physical distancing remains in place – this is especially important at the school gates when dropping off or collecting your children.
  • Self-isolate and book a test if you have any of the symptoms of Covid19 – a cough, a temperature, or a loss of, or change in your sense of taste or smell

There is evidence of increasing transmission across Scotland. Covid19 is still here and it is important that everyone takes responsibility and follows the national guidance to keep them and others safe. Everyone in Highland, Argyll and Bute has a role to play to keep the number of positive cases as low as possible.

Please also remember to check out the Highland Council Back to school page. https://www.highland.gov.uk/info/878/schools/930/back_to_school

Fiona Shearer

South Area Manager

Education & Learning

Breakfast and After School Club 2020/2021

Breakfast and Out of School Club (OOSC) for 2020/2021

We are looking at reintroducing our Breakfast and after school club service as soon as possible. We are aiming to have this service up and running by Tuesday 18th August. We require everyone to re-enrol (as we do each year) as it is a first come, first serve basis. We have introduced a new online enrolment form and we ask that if you require breakfast or after school club (on a permanent or ad hoc basis) to please complete an enrolment form by 9am on Monday 17th August. Once we have received all the bookings we will then issue letters to the successful families and confirm starting date.

The breakfast club operates from 8am, with breakfast available between 8am and 8.30am. The after school service operates daily from 2.45pm until 5.45pm for Primary 1 – Primary 7 pupils.

A member of staff collects Primary 1 – Primary 3 pupils from their classes at 2.45pm and Primary 4 – Primary 7 pupils are asked to make their way to the canteen at 3pm. The after school pupils will all meet in the canteen area of the school where they will be provided with a healthy and nutritious snack, along with a drink before making their way along to our ELC provision. Our ELC provision is located in the school block with the two ELC rooms and the class room at the end of the building which is used for our after school pupils.

Please note:

The cost of using childcare services at Lochardil ELC and across highland are £4.40 per session for Breakfast Club, £4.40 per hour for Early Learning and Childcare pupils in excess of their Government funded 16 hours, and £11.66 per session for out of school care (i.e. session 2.45pm-5.45pm). 

If you require a permanent place from August 2020 please complete the form below and return by Monday 17th August at 9am. If you require the service on an ad hoc basis then please continue to return the registration form, although please remember to select the ad hoc option. You will be able to access additional booking forms from the school office (for ad hoc or additional sessions), these bookings need to be made with at least 48-hour notice. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

https://forms.gle/1qzWxYo3y3cJpsyN6

Nut Allergies & Nut Products

Parents/carers – please remember that Lochardil Primary School is a nut free zone.

This week we have noticed a few nut based snacks with some children for break and lunch.

Some of our children have severe allergies and this puts their life in danger.

We appreciate your support with this matter in keeping all our children safe.

Parents of P6/P7 Lion King Refund

Good afternoon please check your child’s bag today for an envelope containing a cheque for the refund of amount paid by you for the cancelled trip.  You may also find a returned uncashed cheque if we did not get it to the bank before lock down for your records and disposal.

Many thanks to all of you that kindly donated your refund to school funds, it is very much appreciated.

Session 2019-20 P7 Loch Insh Refund

We are delighted to share with our parents/carers of pupils in Primary 7 last year that Highland Council have just informed us that it has been agreed that Highland Council will be refunding IN FULL the monies paid for the cancelled residential trip to Loch Insh.

A rescheduled Corporate Resources Committee meeting takes place on 20th August, where this issue will be ratified. No payments into school funds and no payments to parents can be made until the outcome of that meeting. There will also be further communication with schools after the meeting.

In order to expedite the refund process , parents/carers are being asked at this time to complete the self-certification form below. This is to confirm you have not received any insurance payout from your own personal insurance,. Please return this by email (lochardil.primary@highland.gov.uk) as soon as possible. Please also indicate in your email who the refund cheque should be made payable to.

As soon as we are given the go ahead from Highland Council and the money has been received to the school account we will process the refunds.

Primary 1 – Reminder of start/finish times

Primary 1 pupils still have their staggered start times tomorrow, Friday 14th August.

From Monday 17th August Primary 1 pupils will start at 9.00am and finish at 2.45pm. Parents/carers should not enter the playground. Please encourage your child to enter the school grounds independently and to line up at the correct door.

At the end of the school day parents/carers should wait outside the school gates for school staff to bring the children to the gate for collection.

Please keep everyone safe and remember to social distance/wear a face covering.

Return to school – medication

Please remember to return all regular medication required during the school day – inhalers, epipens etc – to the school on Wednesday 12th August. Please check that all medication is in date and is labelled with your child’s name printed on a pharmacy label.

For new pupils who may require medication during the school day, please contact the school office for guidance.

Please note that pupils are not permitted to keep medicines in their bags.

Special Diet Requests

Highland Council Catering Services are urging parents/carers of children who require a special diet that if they have not already done so, to please submit their form as soon as possible.

If you have not submitted a form, please supply your child with a packed lunch initially

Forms can be completed on line at https://www.highland.gov.uk/info/878/schools/9/school_meals or ask at the school office.

Catering Services will contact the parents to confirm when the special diet will start.

Donated Uniform Shop

Dear Parents/Carers

At the end of term we would usually be able to sell donated uniform.
With this in mind we would like to give you the opportunity to buy donated uniform bundles. These contain jumpers, polo shirts and trousers/skirts and are organised in age ranges 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, and 11-12, male or female. Examples of the bundles are pictured.

Each bundle will contain approx 5 jumpers, 2 polo shirts and 1or 2 pairs of trousers/skirts, all for £5.

With current restrictions in place payment will be accepted only by bank transfer and collection will be only be available on the 11th August (in service day). Additionally I am not able to itemise bundles however they are split into male or female.

Stock is limited if you are interested in a bundle please email claire.fisher@highland.gov.uk

Have a safe and happy holiday

Lochardil’s Got Talent

Welcome to our virtual talent show. Thank you to everyone who submitted an entry what a great end to a crazy term. Have a wonderful holiday. All the videos have been posted to our classrooms.

Click here to see P2’s Video : https://drive.google.com/file/d/1kW0Or_UeL-4iRopX9M0dGrxcXJmuHcZH/view?usp=sharing

Click here to see P5 – P7 Video https://drive.google.com/file/d/1PPKx96p05UIm329qT_LJhtXRsscbvJvR/view?usp=sharing

Google Suite Tools Access Over Summer

Good morning,

Just a reminder over the summer, primary aged pupils will continue to have access to Google Meet, Google Chat and Google Classroom .

What this means in reality is that pupils will have the ability to create their own Meets to allow them to speak to other pupils over the course of the five week break, as well as to continue to communicate via Google Chat .

Whilst the way that G-suite is set up, pupils are unable to communicate with anyone outside of the Highland Domain, it does mean that they could continue to communicate with other pupils without direct supervision from school staff, so we just wanted to make you aware.  

In terms of Classroom Stream, children will be able to access the work but will not be able to comment as this function will be turned off.

We are very aware that many pupils do rely some of these tools for their social interaction but it is important that you are aware of what the settings mean. 

Class Information for Session 2020-21

Please see the letters below regarding the classes for session 2020-2021. These are being emailed to all parents today.

Some may have received their email already, so please note the Primary 3 information has been changed.

Information is being emailed on a class by class basis, so if you have more than one child in the school, you will receive a separate message for each child.

Hakuna Matatta

This week has been DISNEY WEEK in P6B and what an end to Disney week it was! Here is George demonstrating the fabulous BSL skills that we have been learning and having lots of fun! A perfect end to the week. Hakuna Matata – It means no worries.

ELC-19/06/20

What a super fun week we have. First we baked our favourite things, and most of us said that licking the spoon was the best part! Then we made our own mosaic pictures, from dinosaurs to flowers and rainbows, beautiful mosaics everyone! Next both children and parents had a shot of throwing socks into a basket which was super fun, some getting five to some getting 28! Then we made some sock puppets, some with different coloured eyes and some with long hair. Lastly we had super good fun with our families trying out different sports day activities, showing great balancing, running and jumping skills. Well done everyone! Have a lovely weekend, stay safe x

P7 PARENTS & PUPILS

Message from Mr Gunn at the IRA to please make sure you access the IRA transition classrooms.

You will find introduction clips from the various departments so pupils are able to know the teachers faces.

There are science experiments, an example timetable, maps of the school and other transition information.

Keep an eye on the classroom as more clips and activities will be added in the coming weeks.

Highland Council sets out careful and gradual approach on school’s return to Education and Learning

Today, The Highland Council’s approach to a phased reopening of schools and Education Learning and Care (ELC) settings in the Highland region was discussed by Members at the Recovery Board.

Guided by the national framework, Highland Council will look at the local and individual circumstances of each of it’s 203 school and ELC settings to provide the safest and most valuable learning experience possible to its 50,000 children and young people when term resumes in August.

Newly appointed Executive Chief Officer for Education and Learning, Paul Senior, has commissioned a programme management office (PMO) to ensure the effective delivery of this programme of work. The PMO, comprised of 11 sub-groups, consists of a range of local area partners, stakeholders and providers, meeting weekly to develop operational plans, risks assessments and develop a shared approach to progressing matters. These 11 Sub Groups cover the following areas:

  • Transport
  • Communications
  • ELC
  • Catering
  • Facilities Management
  • People
  • ICT
  • North Area Project
  • West Area Project
  • Mid Area Project
  • South Area Project

Executive Chief Officer for Education and Learning, Paul Senior, said: “Wellbeing and safety is a top priority for all our children, staff and communities. There are 203 schools in the Highlands, all with different sizes and configurations in response to the needs of their respective communities. We will continue to work with our key partners, stakeholders and providers to ensure our educational settings are safe but also positioned to provide the best possible Learning and Teaching experiences for our children and young people, taking account of the restrictions presented by the Covid-19 crisis”.

Chair of the Education Committee, Cllr John Finlayson, added: “The Recovery Board has discussed the many areas needed for deliberation to safely get our young people back to school. Future plans and risk assessments will take account of children’s educational outcomes, equal opportunities, social and emotional needs and their rights.

Communication with parents is key and plans at individual school level will, of course, be informed by national guidance, authority guidance and very importantly local circumstances.  We all want to get our young people back in the school setting as soon as possible, but this needs to be done as safely as possible”.

Chair of the Recovery Board and Depute Leader Alasdair Christie said: “The Recovery Board welcomed the proposals put forward today for the return of Education in Highland. We will all be working together with parents and communities to ensure that the arrangements are as smooth as possible and in line with government guidelines.”

P5 & P6 Lion King Refund

As we now have access to the school building we are now in the postition to organise the cancelled Lion King Trip refunds having received our refund from the company!

Parents / Carers please check your emails and reply with who you would like the cheque made payable to.  Many thanks.

Free School Meals update

Highland pupils to receive free school meals during summer holidays

Following the First Minister’s announcement on Tuesday, 16 June 2020, eligible school pupils are to receive free school meals during the summer break to help tackle food poverty.

In Highland, P1-3 pupils entitled to school clothing grants and P4-S6 pupils who are eligible for free school meals have been receiving £15 per pupil, per week, which is paid fortnightly using a voucher system.

Councillor John Finlayson, Chair of the Education Committee said: “I very much welcome the announcement by the First Minister which will enable the Council to continue provision of free school meals between the end of June and when the schools return in August. I am delighted that the Scottish Government has been able to provide such vital funding. 

He added, “Given the financial pressures facing the Council, this important income stream will help us to provide the much needed support for the most vulnerable families in our communities, particularly at a time when so many are juggling a drop in their incomes and are already worrying about the costs of keeping their kids amused during the holidays.”

All lower income families who haven’t already claimed free school meals and school clothing grants are being encouraged to do so as quickly as possible using the Council’s Apply Once online application form which can be accessed at https://www.highland.gov.uk/a_to_z/service/561/apply_once_-_find_out_what_benefits_youre_entitled_to

The Council’s Welfare Support Officers are on hand to complete the application form on behalf of families.  They also carry out benefit checks to ensure that all eligible benefits are being claimed according to a household’s individual circumstances.  To access their help, email welfare.support@highland.gov.uk or call 0800 090 1004. All calls from landlines and mobiles are free.

Around 4,500 Highland pupils have benefited from the Scottish Government’s Covid-19 funding package since lockdown began. By the time the summer school holidays begin, 67,500 vouchers will have been issued across the Highlands, amounting to more than £1m.  

Council Leader, Councillor Margaret Davidson, also welcomed the news and said: “We have 32,200 people in Highland who are furloughed which is equivalent to 27% of our workforce.  This targeted ongoing financial support from the Scottish Government for free school meals will help our children and young people to access nutritional food during what is an expensive, and all too often, a worrying time for parents.” 

She added, “We estimate that since March this year, we will have paid £1m for free school meals by the time pupils return to school in August.  This is money being spent in our local supermarkets and food stores which also helps to support local businesses and the Highland economy.”

Survey – digital connectivity and access to devices

We have been asked by Highland Council to share the letter below with our families. 

They would particularly like to hear from families in receipt of Free School Meals Allowance and familes who find they have difficulties with connectivity or access to devices.

Please complete the survey by clicking on the link in the letter

ELC-11/06/20

Great work this week again everyone. First we had great fun finding different places to hide and showed our family how good we are at counting. Then we explored how to make different things our of paper, creating super fast aeroplanes. We then made a short video of ourselves for our new nursery friends, sharing our name and our favourite thing to do in nursery. By thursday we were busy going on adventurous walks, finding cool dens in the woods and even finding a princess castle. We also thought and had discussions on what we are greatful for, from being greatful for friends and family to ice cream and snails. Lastly we explored the life cycle of a Butterfly by watching a video and then creating our own butterfly pictures.

Have a lovely weekend, stay safe x

You Matter Let’s Natter

Please check the google classrooms for this week’s meeting link for our ‘You Matter, Let’s Natter’ google meet drop in session for parents/carers only . This week’s session will be held on WEDNESDAY.

Mrs Kellacher & Mrs Prentice will be here on Wednesday this week at 1045- 11:15 for a chat and to say hello. Please note we will host more sessions like this if useful so do not worry if today’s time doesn’t suit. There will be other opportunities.

4 Contexts of Learning at Lochardil

We are so proud of each and every one of our pupils and school community. So many quality learning experiences have been happening in lockdown, enabling everyone to inspire each other to learn and develop further and empowering learning at all levels. Thank you all for your hard work, positive outlook and support.

Well Done Team Lochardil!

TODAY! You matter, let’s chatter 10.45am

Following the success of the “You matter, let’s chatter” session last week, we are holding another session today at 10.45am.

Mrs Kellacher and Mrs Murray will be available to chat on the google meet drop in session. Please use the special link shared on the message stream of your child’s google classroom.

You will need a google account to access or you could borrow your child’s just for this short time. You will need to access through a Chrome browser rather than Safari or Internet Explorer.

We look forward to chatting with you.

Return to school consultation (Current P1-P6)

We would really appreciate you taking the time with your child/ren to discuss the following questions and respond to support us to plan for a positive transition back to our school campus when we re-open in August, and have input to our approach to “blended learning”.

You can find the questionnaire on the following link:

https://forms.gle/vD1cXbuJmUYjfJN86

Thank you for your continued support.

Issued Tuesday 2nd June – return date Friday 5th June

Lochardil Lockdown Learning

As we now enter our 9th week (1 week pre-Easter holidays and 8 weeks of term 4) of our virtual learning school, we thought it would be lovely to share just some of the vast range of learning and experiences that have been taking place during the closure of our school building.

We have used the ‘Learning Across Four Contexts at Lochardil Primary Virtual School’ template to capture just a tiny snapshot of the fun! We will be using the headings each week to share photos (minimal text) of examples of work shared across all classes which will then form content for our online celebration of achievement book. To us, every single one of you are deservedly star of the week/month at the moment as you are all doing the best you can to be the best you can be! So a huge well done to you all. I am so proud of you and would urge you to stop and take a moment to recognise and be proud of yourselves.

So from all the staff, a huge thank you for all you are doing and achieving during this time when we cannot be physically together but do remain so strongly virtually connected. We very much look forward to being back together from August 2020 (all details will be shared asap of how and what this will look like) and we will come back stronger!

Keep up the incredible effort and hard work, live and breath our school values, have fun, be good, and stay safe and well throughout.

Mrs Kellacher

ELC-29/05/20

Another fun filled week done, and lots of sun. First we went on a mini beast hunt, having great looking eyes, finding lots of different types of bugs and learning where they live. Then we were being creative by making our own ramps from junk, some cars going very fast. We then had fun making silly faces, which made all the teachers laugh. Next we role played being a teacher, some doing story time with teddies others wearing their uniform being a Primary 1. Lastly we explored Bubble making which was super fun. Throughout our activities we have also been exploring Malawi, learning the difference between our homes and theirs and also the differences in their school and ours. Eva did lots of learning on Malawi and drew the Malawi flag.

Have a lovely weekend, stay safe x

Live Lochardil Kahoot.

Just a reminder that our 2nd live quiz will be held this morning . The Questions will be shared on a live screen on the google meet and children will input their answers using www.kahoot.it. It will work best if pupils have a mobile device/ 2nd device with www.kahoot.it open to input their answers and they will be able to see the questions on the google meet at the same time. If only one device available, pupils can simply go between the two tabs.

Please check google classroom for the links and details .

Highland Council Media Release

28 May 2020

For immediate release

Back to school and learning – ‘carefully and gradually’

The Highland Council is assessing the implications of the First Minister’s announcements made on the 21st May about the first stage relaxation of lockdown, concerning teachers and other education staff returning to the workplace during June to prepare for the return to school and settings on 11th August.

Highland Council’s Education Committee Chair, Cllr John Finlayson said: “The return to workplace and Highland schools for our Education staff will have to be undertaken carefully and gradually.

“I understand the desire for parents and pupils to know what plans and preparations will be put in place to enable the start of term on 11th August; and that is exactly what our Education staff will be working on in the coming weeks.

“While I understand parental and pupil anxieties, especially for those starting at school – at this stage and ahead of formal engagement with local head teachers, parent forums and communities it is too early for the Council to provide any finalised plans or proposals on what the return to school will look like for Highland families. It is important that the local circumstances of each school will need to be considered along with consultations with key stakeholders. As soon as that information is available schools and the Council will promote this widely.”

Paul Senior, Executive Chief Officer Education & Learning added:

“There is a huge amount of preparation underway to return schools and our education settings in line with government guidelines. Before teaching and education staff can return to school, there are a number of measures we will be deploying to ensure that the views of Highland’s head teachers, parents, carers and communities inform our plans.

“These will include rigorous risk assessments that will need to be carried out, to ensure that safe distance working practices and other risk prevention measures can be adhered, to that will enable staff to return to the workplace safely in environments that are as safe as possible to minimise the potential for risk.

“Then, as soon as jointly agreed, risk assessed back-to-school plans are in place, the Council along with our schools and settings will provide information to parents, carers and pupils on what the new normal will be like.”

Pupils and parents should keep an eye on the news page of the Council’s website at: www.highland.gov.uk/news/archive; and the Council’s Twitter  https://twitter.com/HighlandCouncil or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/highlandcouncil/ for updates on back-to-school information.

Take 5 With Layla

Last week, during Mental Health Week, our Playground Champion, Layla made this guided meditation video to help and encourage you to take 5 minutes time out of your busy day to relax. Let us know what you think and how this makes you feel in the comments of the video.

Super Duper You

Mrs Brown is our playground supervisor. She works closely with our Playground Champions and has been supporting them in their Be Kind to Your Mind project. Here she is reminding us of one of our school values: PRIDE and how important it is to be proud of the person you are.

You Matter, Let’s Natter – Today at 10.45am

Parents/Carers – Are you free to join our “You Matter, Let’s Natter” google meet drop-in session for parent/carers only at 10.45am today?

Please use the special link shared on the message stream of your child’s google classroom to enter the meeting. You will need a google account to access, or you could borrow your child’s just for this short time (you will need to access through a Chrome browser rather than Safari or Internet Explorer)

Mrs Kellacher and Miss Melville look forward to seeing you there for a chat and to say hello.

Please note that we will host more sessions like this if useful, so do not worry if today’s time does not suit you. There will be other opportunities.

Looking forward to seeing you soon.

Mrs Kellacher

Reminder: Wear Yellow Day – Friday 29th May 2020

Mrs Kellacher asks “Are you ready”

We may not be in the school building but we can still join together and support the Highland Hospice on Wear Yellow Day,

So…….. look out your brightest yellow outfits and wear them in the house, to the class hangouts, to the quiz sessions on Friday, or when you are out for your daily exercise.

As many of you will be aware, Miss Clare Mackenzie, our Childcare Manager, was due to take part in the Highland Hospice Strictly Inverness competition this year, but this has been postponed until it is safe to run these type of events.

We can still show our support and help our own Miss Twinkle Toes to raise as much money as possible. The link to Miss Mackenzie’s Just Giving page is below. Any amount you can donate, no matter how much will be greatly appreciated.

If you are able, please support Miss Mackenzie & the Highland Hospice

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/clare-mackenzie3?utm_id=124

ELC – 22/05/20

This has been a super busy week and well done for all your hard work, thank you! We started off by discussing and showing how to be kind, from dropping off flowers to friends to making special video calls to Grannies and Grandads. Next we created our own obstacle courses showing fantastic balancing skills! We then explored tea bag painting, making our own pirate maps and finding treasure. Then we enjoyed going on a scavenger hunt outside, finding feathers, sticks and acorns. Lastly you have been making lovely healthy snacks and exploring mental health songs and quotes from Miss Allardice.

Have a lovely weekend, stay safe x

Lochardil Live Kahoot Quiz

Tomorrow morning we will be hosting a LIVE quiz for all of our pupils. This is an optional,fun activity. Pupils should log into google meet (link on google classroom) at the appropriate time. ELC -P3 1030 and P4-P7 1130 .

The Questions will be shared on a live screen on the google meet and children will input their answers using www.kahoot.it. It will work best if pupils have a mobile device/ 2nd device with www.kahoot.it open to input their answers and they will be able to see the questions on the google meet at the same time. If only one device available, pupils can simply go between the two tabs.

We are hoping as many pupils as possible can take part and join in the fun.

Reminder: Please mute your mics when joining the google meet to ensure best connectivity for everyone.

Be Kind To Your Mind – Playground Champions : Lilly

We are on day 3 of The Playground Champion’s project to help you BE KIND TO YOUR MIND. Here is Lilly, one of our playground champions sharing her advice about how we can recognise our emotions through body sensations and regulate our emotions using regulation strategies. Lilly talks about when we may feel sad, angry or stressed and what we could do to help.

Mental Health Awareness Week: Playground Champions Supporting our School

We may not have a playground at the moment but our playground champions have been creative in thinking of new ways to support our school. This week, some of our playground champions have put together some ideas to support our mental health and wellbeing whilst we are at home. We will share these throughout the week.

The playground champions have been using the Emotion Works cogs as inspiration and guidance.

Click here to see some advice from our playground champion MELISSA)

Final Day – Continuing Learning at Home Questionnaire

This is a reminder that today is the final day for you to complete the Continuing Learning at Home parent / carer questionnaire. Your voice is important to us and we value your opinion to help us build on and improve home learning opportunities. To complete the questionnaire, click on the link below. Thank you for your time.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScV2NNRIG7CGxkBRoA5_XkOW99HSgylByDC_2EuG9H_BzBUzQ/viewform

ELC – 4.5.20

Please note that the Just Ask Enquiry Line will now be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1-4pm .

This enquiry line is for our parents, carers, children, young people, and those who work with them. Staff usually available are-

Dietitians, Educational Psychologists, Preschool Home Visiting Teachers, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Primary Mental Health Workers, Speech and Language therapists, School nurses, Autism Practitioner, Community Learning Disability Nurses.

Number:  07785477686

Continuing Learning At Home Questionnaire

Your voice is important to us! As mentioned in today’s parent/carer letter, this is an opportunity for us to capture your views as a parent/carer during this time of school closure, and help us to build on and improve the experience of our online learning provision to continue to support you with your child’s learning at home. Please click on the link below to complete our online survey. Thank you for your time.

ELC – 01/05/20

Another busy week done! Great engagement everyone! This week we have created our own shadow pictures, sharing what we would like to be when we grow up, sending special messages to The Mackenzie Center, showing us drawings and pictures of how tall you have grown, and explored differed emations through Bsl and different facial expressions. It has also been great to see how caring and kind you have been at home being super choar champions! Have a lovely weekend 🙂

G- Mail E-mail Accounts

Please be aware Highland Council have taken the decision to disable G-mail (e-mails) for pupils in Primary School, with immediate effect to support online safety. Pupil’s work should be submitted on Google Classroom where they will be able to contact the class teacher as well as on Google Hangouts.  Please continue to use our communication channels that we have been using to date. Thank you for your ongoing support. 

First Aid – Life Skill Training for Children

Thank you to our P6B parent for sharing this with us. Please let your child join in with this if you have a Facebook account:

LIVE Mini First Aid Kid’s Workshop

?When:Thursday 23 April at 11am

?Where:Mini First Aid Facebook LIVEhttps://www.facebook.com/minifirstaid

?What’s it all about:What to do if you find someone unconscious.

Your child will need a willing helper (adult or sibling)or a soft toy to practice on, the bigger the better!
This session is aimed at primary school children and shares important life skills


P7 Loch Insh Trip

As yet we have had no further information with regards to Loch Insh.  Loch Insh had shared possible options  but no return of funds at present.

Mrs Kellacher will virtually meet with other Head Teachers to discuss further this week and we will up date in due course.

HIGHLAND COUNCIL UPDATE CHILD PROTECTION

Public urged to keep eyes and ears open for children at risk during COVID-19 With the closure of schools and nurseries during the COVID-19 crisis, a national child protection group is urging everyone to keep their eyes and ears open for children who may be at risk during this time. Child Protection Committees Scotland, a national grouping of child protection professionals, supports all efforts by the Scottish Government, local authorities and the third sector to keep children safe from harm during the enforced break in normal routine. Highland Child Protection Committee recognises the impact a significant change in day-to-day life may have on vulnerable children. “Schools and nurseries in Highland play a central role in contributing to the safety of all local children, especially those who may be at risk of abuse and neglect. When children are not at school we lose the ability to monitor their wellbeing on a daily basis, and we are making every effort possible to support those children and families who may need it during these demanding times.” However, Highland Council stresses the need for the public to join efforts to protect potentially vulnerable children during the Coronavirus outbreak. Chief Social Work Officer, Karen Ralston urges everyone to play a part to keep local children safe: “The onus of care has now shifted from schools to local communities, and we’re asking everyone to keep their eyes and ears open. Local people always provide a significant protective factor for children and that’s even more important at a time when families may be under significant additional stress. If you’re at all worried about a child’s welfare, it’s much better to say something than do nothing.” Highland Child Protection Committee urges everyone to take action if they’re concerned about a child or young person. If you’re worried don’t hesitate to seek help. Full contact details for social work and other professionals are available on the website www.hcpc.scot. If you are worried a child or young person may be at immediate risk of harm, please phone 999.

Highland Council Advice & Guidance on COVID – 19 and Scams

Highland Trading standards advice and guidance on COVID-19 and scams The Highland Council’s Trading Standards is providing advice and guidance to businesses and consumers affected by COVID-19 at www.highland.gov.uk/tradingstandards David MacKenzie Trading Standards Manager said: “We are currently providing information for consumers and businesses on cancelled bookings for accommodation and services; hand sanitiser products; and financial protection for small businesses at present. We will add to our website as more intelligence and information becomes available to us.” Cancelled bookings for accommodation and services Many Highland tourist businesses face the problem of cancelled bookings. Consumers are unable to travel due to the COVID-19 restrictions and many businesses are forced to temporarily close. These are uniquely difficult times for Highland businesses, and we want to ensure that they are aware of all the options available to assist in these situations. We think that it is reasonable for businesses to make their customers aware of these options. For example: • If the consumer has paid using a credit card and the amount is over £100, they may be able to claim their money back from their card provider under “Section 75” equal liability rules. • If the payment was by debit card, the consumer may be able to make a claim from their card provider under the banking system’s “Chargeback” provisions. • The consumer may be able to make a claim on holiday insurance, e.g. an annual policy, more information is available from the Financial Conduct Authority • Any dispute that a consumer has with a financial company over insurance, credit cards or debit cards can be raised with the Financial Ombudsman Service. This is a free-to-use and highly regarded dispute resolution system. • It may suit both consumer and business to arrange a rebooking for a later date. • Detailed information for tourist businesses can be accessed from VisitScotland. Hand sanitiser products (not soap-based etc.) • Hand sanitiser products are in huge demand and some products are no longer available. Demand has led to some businesses (e.g. spirit distillers) diversifying into producing hand sanitising products. Products which are manufactured with the final intention of “destroying, deterring, rendering harmless, preventing the action of, or otherwise exerting a controlling effect on, any harmful organism” are currently controlled under the European Biocidal Products Regulations 2012 under a category defined as Product-type 1: Human hygiene. Biocidal products in this group are used for human hygiene purposes, applied on or in contact with human skin or scalps for the primary purpose of disinfecting the skin or scalp. • Trading Standards enforce these regulations in shops, but the current rules surrounding the manufacture and approval of these products need to be checked with the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) • Hand sanitisers made for your own personal use are excluded from the Regulation, however if it is supplied to third-parties then the law applies, and advice should be sought from the HSE. • Soap-based or hand softener gels and creams with an antibacterial effect are regulated under cosmetic regulations. • Advice from the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Perfumery Association. Financial protection for small businesses • Individuals buying goods or services over £100 and less than £30,000 using a credit card are given additional protection if there has been a breach of contract under “Section 75” equal liability rules. Businesses who use ordinary (non-business) credit cards facilities may also benefit from the same protections even if it is in relation to items or services bought for the business. Card users should speak to their provider if they wish to make a claim. If a business has a right to make a claim and this is not honoured by the card provider, small businesses may be able to raise this matter with the Financial Ombudsman Service. The Scottish Government has also issued general advice to businesses, visit: https://findbusinesssupport.gov.scot/coronavirus-advice

FAO PARENTS/CARERS OF CHILDREN THAT RECEIVE FREE SCHOOL MEALS

Highland Council to launch e-vouchers for free school meals Highland Council will be providing e-vouchers to families to support access to free school meals from week commencing 30 March 2020. This innovative and easy-to-use service will ensure over 4,000 school children will continue to receive support for school meals while schools are closed. For the majority of pupils, this will be delivered digitally through e-vouchers for food in local supermarkets. Enabling choice will provide flexibility and also help to reduce waste, as food can be purchased according to need or preference in the household. Some restrictions do apply as the e-vouchers cannot be used to purchase age restricted products such as tobacco, alcohol, lottery tickets and fuel. The impact of Coronavirus has caused many vulnerable families additional hardship and this process will ensure that the most vulnerable children can get food. Highland Council continues to investigate other ways of providing food across the Highlands for vulnerable groups within the rapidly changing environment. This includes working closely with High Life Highland, Eden Court and our many partners including the Third Sector. Further information will be provided in due course. Cllr John Finlayson, Chair of the Education Committee, said: “The provision of school meals is a priority service that we are committed to delivering including during when schools are closed in the current times. I applaud the Highland Council staff who are working hard to implement this service as quickly as possible and for e-vouchers to be issued next week”. A helpline number has been set up for anyone who is struggling and needing urgent help during this crisis. The single line number – 0300 303 1362 – will connect callers to relevant Council specialist teams and will operate Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm. All calls are free.

ELC-27/03/20

That’s our first week of online learning done! You have all done amazing in completing our activities and engaging with the posts.

We have loved looking at the pictures and videos that you have posted, making all the teachers super proud. You all look like you have been super busy, creating your rainbow pictures, doing your daily exercise, completing jigsaws and being great choar champions.

Keep up the good work and we will be back in 2 weeks to do some more fun activities. Thank you and keep safe!

Key Worker Hubs

If/ when any of our pupils are allocated a place at the Key Worker Hubs being set up within Highland, can you please ensure they take along their learning pack provided by us, device (if possible) and materials to write with. We also ask children to continue to register as they have been doing on their Google Classroom each day. Parents/ carers can you please email the school on Lochardil.Primary@highland.gov.uk to let us know if/ when your child is allocated a place for our information.

Thanks to every one of you for supporting us with helping to provide continuity for your child’s education and ensure their safety.

ELC – Classroom

Google Classrooms

You should by now have received communication from your child’s key worker with login details for Google Classroom. If you have not received an email, please let us know and email clare.mackenzie@highland.gov.uk as it may have been noted down incorrectly or it could be in your junk mail.

A big thanks to those of you that have engaged with our online learning so far, the teachers have loved seeing your posts.

Free School Meals Available

Reminder regarding free school meals for next week for any of our pupils entitled to this provision.

This is the extract from the letter posted on our blog on Friday. Please share.

Free School Meals
For the week beginning Monday 23rd March, a takeaway ‘Grab & Go’ option will be available for all young people who are entitled to a free school meal. This includes all P1-P3 pupils and all other pupils from P4 and above who are already entitled to this. These will be available from the local Secondary School for your Associated Schools Group (i.e. Inverness Royal Academy for our area) and can be collected between 11am and 2pm.
The plans for how this will look after the Easter break will be communicated to you separately, once further arrangements are in place.
There is no need to reapply but for new applications please see the link -www.highland.gov.uk/info/899/schoolsgrants_and_benefits/10/free_school_meals_and_assistance_with_clothing.

Our Plan for Lochardil Primary Education during Closure

Please see a copy of the letter that was sent home today through school bag mail.

With the announcement of school closures from today, Friday 20th March, our commitment at Lochardil Primary School continues to be the education and safeguarding of all our pupils, and to sustain strong links with our learners, parents/ carers, and local community during this time.

We have worked to provide a system which will support continuity of education, and in line with Highland Council provision to support this.

Thank you everyone for your continued support for our Lochardil family, keep in touch & stat safe!

Highland Council Update

Thursday, 19 March 2020
Highland Schools will close at end of school day on Friday 20 March
As communicated by the First Minister yesterday, we can confirm that all schools in The Highland Council region will close at the end of the school day on Friday 20th March. Pupils should not return to school on Monday 23rd March.
The Chief Executive of The Highland Council, Donna Manson said:
“Having received a letter from the Scottish Government at 2:45pm today, immediate and extensive work will be required to make sure that we can assess the implications of the Government’s requirements in terms of the provision of learning and care for the children of key worker groups. It is hoped that these arrangements will be in place from Friday 27th March.
“Further information will be communicated as the Council engages with a range of partners to ensure that we support the Highland effort to reduce the spread of coronavirus and the work of the emergency services as set out in the Civil Contingencies Act.
“Another key piece of work will be the continued and adapted provision of food, care, support and protection to our vulnerable children.
“With regards to the week beginning Monday 23 March, I am confident that our education staff across the Highlands are in a position to provide families with an education package for all our children at home, during this first week of school closures in these exceptional circumstances.
“Schools have been in contact with parents and the Council has set up access to online resources via the educational improvement team at: https://www.highland.gov.uk/digitalschoolshub .”
“Any parent or carer enquiries should be directed to schools on Friday 20 March. From Monday 23 March Highland Council Education Helpline details will be communicated publicly in helping parents and carers with enquiries.
“Your support in these unprecedented times is greatly appreciated.”

HOME LEARNING PACKS

With the recent announcement of school closures from Friday our commitment at Lochardil Primary School continues to be the safeguarding and education of our pupils, and sustain communication with our learners, parents/ carers, and local community. Home learning packs have been sent home today with each pupil. The contents within each pack will support your child to continue to learn during this school closure period. A letter to fully explain how we plan to provide and support our learners with their education through these packs and our digital Google Classrooms for every class from ELC – P7, will be shared tomorrow when we can include the support also provided from Highland Council. Our online classrooms will commence from Monday 23rd March – Friday 27th March. We will enjoy a break during our school holidays as planned then re-open online from Tuesday 14th April until further notice. A parent/ carer or nominated contact of any pupil that has been absent from school can collect their pack between 2pm-2.30pm or arrange for this to go home with a friend to collect from. Please email Lochardil.Primary@highland.gov.uk if you need support with this. Please check the blog tomorrow for updates. Thank you for your strength, support and understanding at this time.

COVID – 19 UPDATE FROM HC WED 18th March

18 March 2020 For immediate release Highland Council focuses on delivering statutory services The Highland Council is planning for greatly increased staff absence levels over the coming days and weeks. National modelling estimates that councils will see absences of at least 50% over the months ahead. We are no longer operating under business as usual, in order to focus on priority and statutory services. Today (18 March 2020) a number of Highland Council staff who are at a higher risk from coronavirus (COVID-19), have been advised to follow self-isolation measures, in line with current government advice. This group of people include those who are pregnant or have a specific underlying health condition. Anyone with any of the coronavirus symptoms is also advised to stay at home for 7 days and their other family members for 14 days. In addition to this group, many Council staff are also parents and staff will have additional child care responsibilities, due to the national decision to close all schools and nurseries from the end of this week. All these factors will significantly impact on the Council’s and our partners’ capacity to carry out our core functions and we ask that everyone is patient and understands that we have urgent priorities in resilience. The Council will continue to focus on our statutory duties under the Civil Contingencies Act. To enable this, the Council is suspending responses to enquiries or complaints about our current service provision and will instead be focusing our efforts to prioritise our statutory services, caring for the vulnerable, cooperating with our Resilience Partners and supporting economic recovery. We are aware that many people are keen to do what they can to support communities, within the constraints of the complex and unprecedented situation we are in. We are awaiting further national community resilience guidance and will ensure this is promoted to communities so that people are clear where to get help and how they can help themselves. In the meantime, Highland Council, along with partners and the voluntary sector, are engaging with community councils and other groups to assist the coordination of support to vulnerable people within Highland communities.

COVID-19 UPDATE

The First Minster has just made an announcement closing schools after Friday this week. Donna Manson, Chief Executive of The Highland Council said: “Highland Council will need time to assess the impact of this announcement on our workforce, and our communities as well as on the provision of support for our young people. “Further information will be forthcoming tomorrow, and please be assured that our central education team have been working extensively on providing learning materials for use at home. “More detail will be given to parents and carers and pupils from the Council later this week. “As was intimated by the First Minister, details about free school meals will again be forthcoming in the days ahead. “Thank you for your understanding on this matter. “We are expecting further information from the Scottish Government on what will be happening for older pupils regarding exams and the Council will provide further updates as they come. “Thank you for your understanding on this matter.” Regards Donna Manson Chief Executive The Highland Council

P7 Loch Insh Trip

Cancelled Loch Insh trip – Please know we await an update on further information on this with regards to payments/ refunds/ rescheduling of dates. There are a number of schools in a similar situation due to the current situation, so we will update parents/ carers as soon as we find out the information. Thanks for your understanding at this time.

UPDATE FROM HIGHLAND COUNCIL

Latest Update from Highland Council It has been announced by the UK/Scottish Government that as of 16 March anyone developing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, however mild, should stay at home for 7 days from the onset of symptoms as per existing advice. In addition, it is now recommended that anyone living in the same household as a symptomatic person should self-isolate for 14 days. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are recent onset of new continuous cough and/or high temperature. Information for the public on COVID-19, including stay at home advice for people who are self-isolating, can be found on NHS Inform. Further, people are advised to take social distancing measures to help reduce the transmission of COVID-19. In particular, this is strongly advised for people aged 70 or over, people with underlying medical conditions and pregnant women. Further advice on these measures will be available on NHS Inform shortly. The Highland Council, local education authority and Highland Schools are following national government and public health guidance. For further information please refer to the national guidance: www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/ For school closures in Highland please refer to the schools closures website at www.highland.gov.uk/schoolclosures

Aldi Sports Kit

We received our Aldi Sports Kit today. It included bibs, cones, balls, beanbags, relay batons, finish line and “eggs” with spoons!

Thank you to everyone who donated tokens for this collection. Looking forward to sunny weather to enjoy this bag of goodies!

CANCELLATIONS

In line with the latest guidance from The Highland Council as a precaution all parents evenings and afternoons have been postponed until further notice, as have school trips, including off-site lessons such as swimming.

For us at Lochardil School this means that for the foreseeable future our clubs that are held after school will be cancelled:

OJ Sports

Glee

Cross Country

Gymnastics

Highland Youth Theatre (performance due to be held 20.03.20 also cancelled)

Netball

Football coaching

Lion King Trip to Edinburgh

P3 UHI trip

McRobert Cup & Baillie Cup Sporting Events

Loch Insh Residential Trip

 

P5a – Scottish Opera

Rodger from Scottish Opera came to complete a singing masterclass with us all. He taught us how to improve our timing and dictation. The children have worked so hard to learn the words and tunes of the songs and they have done a fabulous job! Well done everyone!

POSTPONEMENT OF MCROBERT CUP CROSS COUNRTY 2020

Please see below information recieved this afternoon.

POSTPONEMENT OF MCROBERT CUP CROSS COUNTRY EVENT 2020 You will be aware the First Minister announced that the Scottish Government is advising that as of next week, gatherings of more than 500 people should be cancelled. High Life Highland is aware that the Scottish Government will be issuing further guidance over the weekend, however having given the matter serious consideration a decision has been made that the McRobert Cup will be postponed until a future date. This decision has not been easily reached; however HLH is of the view that to leave the decision until the start of next week, pending the additional information from the Scottish Government would not be fair to those participating; family members; supporters and helpers. We hope you will appreciate at this stage we are unable to give any indication as to when any rescheduled event will be held but we will be back in touch once we have a clearer understanding of when business-as-usual is re-established and we can look to put the event back in the calendar. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause to you, your family or organisation but hope you will understand that in the current climate circumstances are very much out with our control.

P2A & P2B walk

We enjoyed a walk around our local area yesterday and we looked at many different styles of houses. Lochardil House Hotel was very interesting and we were able to work out how old it is. We passed many of our own houses and ones where other members of our family live. Fortunately we missed the rain showers!

P3 – Open Morning Postponed

Open Morning – our school open morning, which was due to take place tomorrow, has been postponed.

Sports Relief – on Friday the school will be raising money for Sports Relief. Children are welcome to come to school in sports clothes for a donation of £1. A Zumbathon will also be taking place on Friday lunchtime with Mrs Fisher!

Learning Pathways – all learning pathways are due to be returned by Wednesday 11th March.

Thank you for your continued support. Mrs MacLelland.

Corona Virus Advice

Public Health England gateway number: 2019253

Staff, students and pupils who have returned from Category 1 risk areas for COVID-19 within the last 14 days should self-isolate, and NOT attend education or work for 14 days, even if they feel well.

You can find information about affected areas on the HPS website: www.bit.ly/HPS-coronavirus

Staff, students and pupils who think they have been in contact with someone infected with coronavirus should NOT attend education even if they are well, but should first contact their GP or NHS24 (111) for further assessment and advice. See www.bit.ly/NHSinform-coronavirus

P5B Post

Working hard this week ahead of the Scottish Opera performance, and celebrating World Book Day!

On Wednesday our very talented liaison person Rodger from Scottish Opera came and ‘sorted them out!’

The children did us proud, and it seemed that all of them knew the words. Rodger was very complimentary about singing AND behaviour, so well done all!

We had lots of funny characters reading in our class on World Book Day. Don’t panic! They didn’t have to dress up- only if they wanted to!

The children went around the school to different classes to share some Book Day activities too.

In my class we were shocked to discover a murder had taken place! Mrs Irving had completely molicated Bart Simpson! The children had to find out who the murderer was using clues around the class