Weekly Update : 14 May

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Dear Parents and Carers,

As we come to the end of another week, there are just a few items to make you aware of;

Notice of Absence

Pupil absences are now required to be followed up on a daily basis.  Where we have not heard of a reason for absence, these will now be recorded as unauthorised absences.  Please continue to use email with class teachers or by phoning the office to notify us of each absence.  Where we have not heard, staff will be in touch to follow up.

PE Provision

The most recently updated position statement has indicated that indoor non-contact PE can now take place indoors.  While we will still endeavour to have pupils outside as much as possible, this is very welcome news to staff and pupils.

Staffing

Today we will wish Sonia, our school cook, well as she leaves PPS to start her new job.  We will miss her terribly but look forward to welcoming Corinna Campbell who will be with us until the summer term while the post is recruited.

Below you will see an update list of events for this term and there are a few that I would like to highlight and provide further information on;

Parent Council- The parent council meet on Tuesday at 6.30pm via Microsoft Teams.  The link for joining the meeting is below.  All parents are welcome to attend. Click here to join the meeting

Race For Life – We will be holding a school wide Race for Life event on Wednesday 9th June to raise money for cancer research.  Pupils can choose to walk or run the course which will be set around the KGV pitch in Portree and are encouraged to dress as “heroes” to help us mark the year that has passed.  Donations are very welcome and can be brought in on the day or donated online via https://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/page/portree-primary-school

PPS 30th Anniversary – Monday 14th June will mark 30 years since Portree Primary School was officially opened.  While we hoped to mark this with a  large event, current restrictions have dictated otherwise.  We will be holding a birthday party in school that afternoon with cake, ice cream, bunting and some dancing.  All pupils will be encouraged to wear party clothes that day.

Soccer 7s – This Saturday the Skye and Lochalsh Junior Football Association are holding the first of this years Soccer 7’s at the King George Pitch in Portree.  This is for pupils in P5-7 and those involved have received notices home.  While we have not yet been able to start after school activities as usual, we will be relying on parental support for “coaching” at events such as these.  The next event takes place on Saturday 5th June in Broadford and I would be delighted to hear from any parents who would be willing to coach a team at this event.  Spectators are currently not permitted at these sporting events.

End of Term – While it is still awhile off, school will close on Friday 25th June at 12noon.  Stagecoach are not able to alter their bus timetables on this date so parents are asked to make arrangements to collect their children.  Grab and Go lunches will be available from the canteen for those who wish.

Wednesday 18th May      P7 Outward Bound afternoon

Monday 24th May            Assembly P6

Wednesday 26th May      Sports Day

Friday 28th May                 Reports Home for all pupils

Tuesday 1st June               School Trips (TBC)

Wednesday 2nd June        Sports Day (Rain Date)

Fridays 4, 11,18 June      In School transition days (TBC)

Monday 7th June               Additional inset day

Wednesday 9th June        Bikeability (P7)

Race for Life

Monday 14th June            30th Anniversary Celebrations

Wednesday 16th June      Bikeability (P7)

Thursday 17th June           School Picnic

Tuesday 15th                       Profiles sent home

Friday 25th June                 Last Day of Term 12noon finish

As always, please be in touch with any questions or queries you may have.

Regards,

Sara

Weekly Update : 7 May

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Dear Parents and Carers,

Following on from meetings held during yesterday’s inset day, there are quite a few items to bring to your attention this week;

In School Transition

We feel that is very important to create opportunities for a thorough transition this year in preparation for next session, especially seeing as many pupils have been in their current classrooms and with their current teachers over the past two sessions.  With this in mind, we intend to run 3 transition mornings on 4th, 11th and 18th June.  On these dates  pupils will spend the mornings in their proposed classes for the start of next session.  We currently await final decisions around staffing and allocations for next session but there is a possibility that we will require to move to composite classes and information around this will be shared as soon as it is confirmed.

We are also hopeful that it will be possible to nursery pupils to have an in person transition this year and also that P7’s will have a chance for a transition visit to Portree High School. Further details will be issued as these are confirmed.

Homework

In normal circumstances, we aim to reduce homework for all pupils during this summer term.  While we will reduce homework this term, certain tasks will continue to be assigned due to the large amount of time lost due to lockdown.  As a whole school, reading will continue for all classes and in addition, class teachers will determine other areas of focus for homework that they feel is most beneficial for the learners in their classes.  This will differ across classes and will continue to be assigned through Google Classrooms.

RSHE

Pupils in Primary 5-7 will take part in Relationships and Sexual Health lessons as part of their Health and Wellbeing Curriculum this term.  Further information around this will be shared with parents next week.

Additional Summer Dates

You will find below, an updated list of upcoming dates for this term. 

Tuesday 18th May – Outward Bound session for P7 – Given that all P7’s have missed out on transition activities this year, the council are providing a half day of activities for all pupils.  These sessions will combine pupils from other Skye schools.  Our session will take place on Tuesday 18th May, combined with Knockbreck Primary School.  Further information will be sent out to P7 parents next week.

Tuesday 19th May – The Parent Council will hold their termly meeting via Microsoft Teams.  A link will be shared with parents closer to the time and all parents are welcome to attend.

Monday 7th June – the council have confirmed an additional inset day for the 7th June and schools will be closed to pupils.

Wednesday 9th June – Race for Life – we have registered to hold a whole school Race for Life event in support of Cancer Research.  We will set up a Just Giving page where pupils can be sponsored for their participation.  This is an optional event and pupils can choose to walk or run the course which will be set up around the King George pitch.  The theme for the day will be Heroes and pupils are encouraged to dress up accordingly.

Monday 14th June  – this date marks 30 years since Portree Primary School was opened.  We plan to hold an afternoon birthday party in the playground with ice cream, cake, dancing and bunting.  Further details will follow and pupils will be asked to come to school in their party clothes to help us celebrate the occasion.

Thursday 17th June – School Picnic – Each year the canteen have a summer theme picnic day.  While this date is yet to be confirmed, we plan for the pupils to have their picnic themed lunch at school as per usual and then to take them down to the King George for the afternoon.  We would encourage pupils to take in a food donation for the Foodbank on this day, if they wish.

Thursday 24th June – Prize giving – while we will still not be in a position to have parents in school, we plan to hold our Prize giving on Thursday 24th June at 2pm.  While this will be held in person for pupils, parents would be welcome to join us, virtually via a Google Meet link.

Friday 25th June – Last Day of Term – school will finish for the session on Friday 25th June at the earlier time of 12noon.  Stagecoach are not able to provide earlier buses that day.  Pupils who normally travel on a Stagecoach service should make alternate arrangements for collection that day.  This is the same for all three schools in Portree.

Known Dates for Term 4

Monday 10th May            Assembly P5

Tuesday 18th May            P7 Outward Bound afternoon

Tuesday 18th May            Parent Council meeting (virtual) 6.30pm

Monday 24th May            Assembly P6

                                                Reports to HT

Wednesday 26th May      Sports Day

Wednesday 2nd June        Sports Day (Rain Date)

Monday 7th June               Inset Day

Fridays 4, 11,18 June      In School transition days

Friday 28th May                 Reports Home for all pupils

Monday 7th June               Assembly P7

Wednesday 9th June        Race For Life – Heroes theme

Monday 14th June            30th Birthday Celebrations

Tuesday 15th June           Profiles sent home

Thursday 17th June           School Picnic

Thursday 24th June           Prize giving 2pm (broadcast virtually for parents)

Friday 25th June                 Last Day of Term – 12noon close

As always, please get in touch with any queries or concerns you may have.

Regards,

Sara

Weekly Update : 30 April

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Dear Parents/Carers,

At the end of another quick week, there are just a very few items of note today.

Suncream

With the warmer, brighter weather (hopefully) ahead, we wish to remind parents that school staff are not permitted to apply suncream at school.  The easiest solution is for pupils to have sun cream applied before they leave home in the morning.  Where further applications are required, pupils will have to apply this themselves.

Bank Holiday and Inset

Monday 3rd May is a Bank Holiday and Thursday 6th May is  Highland Council In Service day.  There will be no school on either of these days.

Parents Night

Virtual parents evening appointments task place next Tuesday 4th May and Wednesday 5th May.  Please be in touch with any questions around this.

We are expecting an updated position statement very shortly regarding any easing of restrictions to current risk assessments and will pass on relevant information as it becomes available.

A list of known dates is below and any additions to these will be passed on as they become available.

Dates for this term

Monday 3rd May               May Day Holiday

Tuesday 4th May               P4-7 Parents Night

Wednesday 5th May        P4-7 Parents Night

Thursday 6th May             Inset Day

Monday 10th May            Assembly P5

Monday 24th May            Assembly P6

Wednesday 26th May      Sports Day – no spectators

Wednesday 2nd June        Sports Day (Rain Date)

Fridays 4, 11,18 June       In School transition days

Friday 28th May                Reports Home for all pupils

Monday 7th June               Assembly P7

Monday 14th June            Profiles sent home

Friday 25th June                Last Day of Term

As always, we look forward to hearing from you regarding any queries.

Enjoy the long weekend!

Regards,

Sara

Weekly Update : 23rd April

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Dear Parents/Carers,

We hope that you are all settling back into school routine and are looking forward to a more “normal” summer term of in person learning for all of our pupils.

This summer term is usually a very busy one with many extra activities and events taking place.  As with everything else at the moment, many of these are not able to take place due to current restrictions.  A list of known dates is included below. We are expecting an updated position statement from the council next week and there may well be additional activities and events that we are able to add as restrictions ease.

Parents Night

Parents Night for P4-7 will take place on Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 5th May.  These appointments will take place virtually and instructions on how to book an appointment were sent out earlier in the week.  Please be in touch if you have any questions about this.

Staffing

Our school Cook, Sonia Brennan has given notice that she will be finishing on 14th May to go to a new line of work.  While we are delighted for Sonia, she will be hugely missed by all at Portree Primary School.  This post will be advertised over the coming weeks.

Friday Lunches

Each Friday, a considerable amount of time is required to follow up with pupils who are unsure of whether they are home lunches or school lunches.  Pupils who are leaving at 12.45 must have written permission to do so.  As we are not in a position to be able to follow up on all individual queries, where we have not been notified of early dismissal, pupils will stay until 1.15 rather than school staff phoning to check up on this.  Permission for 12.45 dismissal can be sent directly to class teachers or to the school office.  We appreciate your cooperation in this.

Dates for this term

Monday 26th April            Assembly P4

Monday 26th April            Virtual Raasay Week – P7

Monday 3rd May               May Day Holiday

Tuesday 4th May               P4-7 Parents Night

Wednesday 5th May        P4-7 Parents Night

Thursday 6th May             Inset Day

Monday 10th May            Assembly P5

Monday 24th May            Assembly P6

Wednesday 26th May      Sports Day

Wednesday 2nd June        Sports Day (Rain Date)

Fridays 4, 11,18 June      In School transition days

Friday 28th May                 Reports Home for all pupils

Monday 7th June               Assembly P7

Monday 14th June            Profiles sent home

Friday 25th June                 Last Day of Term

As always, please get in touch with any questions or concerns you may have.

Regards,

Sara

Weekly Update : 26 March

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Dear Parents/Carers,

With a shorter week next week, there are just a few updates to make you aware of;

Easter Holidays

The school will close at 3.30pm on Thursday 1st April for the Easter Holiday and will resume on Monday 19th April.  To mark the last day of term and celebrate Easter, we will hold a virtual Easter assembly and we hope that, as we did at Christmas, the pupils will use their daily mile to walk through the village spreading some Easter cheer. (weather permitting)

Parents Night

Thank you to all who took part in our virtual Parents Evening this week for P1-3 pupils.  Appointments for P4-7 pupils will take place on Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 5th May.  Further information will be sent out after the Easter break with instructions for booking these.

As this is the first time we have used this new system, we would very much welcome feedback on the process.  A very short survey will be issued on Google Classroom on Monday for P1-3 parents to complete and we thank you in advance for completing this.

School Meals

There will be a new menu in place following the school holiday and we will send links for that as soon as it is finalised.  Just a couple of things to point out; printed menus will no longer be available, however, can be accessed on the Highland Council website.  White bread will no longer be available which may impact choices, particularly on sandwich days.

Running Challenge

Normally at this time of year, we would hold our Cross Country Event.  This has not been able to take place due to current restrictions however, Sarah Ross, Active Schools Coordinator will be supporting pupils on Wednesday to take part in the Active Schools running challenge.  Each class will visit the King George on Wednesday to enable pupils who wish to do so, to take part. Please ensure that pupils come to school in PE kit on Wednesday in order to take part.

WOW Certificates

While we are currently not issuing paper WOW certificates to go between home and school, we still love to hear about all of the wonderful things pupils are getting up to when they are not in school.  Please continue to inform class teachers of successes and achievements that children are making so that these can be shared in class and rewarded with house points.

As it is the final week of term next week, there will be no homework issued for any pupils (P4-7 pupils had not fully begun homework routines)

Please continue to be in touch with any questions or queries and thank you again for your ongoing support.

Regards,

Sara

Weekly Update : 19 March

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Dear Parents/Carers,

What a pleasure it has been to have everyone back in the building this week!  We hope that you have all settled back into the school routine and that pupils have been happy with their return.  There are only a few updates and reminders this week to make you aware of;

Parents Night

Parents night for P1-3 pupils take place this coming Tuesday and Wednesday evening.  We are using the new Parent Booking system for these and parents, who have chosen to, should have signed up on the website.  Instructions for joining the video calls are above for your reference.  Other schools that have used this system report it be very reliable – we will hope that technology cooperates for us too!  Please contact the school office if you have had any issues with requesting an appointment time.

We hope to hold Parents Night appointments for P4-7 pupils on Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 5th of May, also using the online system and will be in touch with further details about this following the Easter break.

Arrival at School

Pupils should not arrive at school prior to 8.50 each morning.  Staff will be in the playground from 8.50 each morning, however, when the playground is unsupervised, pupils should not be there.  This is also the case after school and weekends when the playground is also out of use.

Self Isolation Support

The Highland Council have asked us to share the following message;

From 7 December 2020 parents or primary carers of children who are required to isolate are eligible to apply for a Covid-19 Self-Isolation Support Grant. If you are in receipt of low-income benefits and will lose income as a result of being required to self-isolate to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and you have been asked by NHS Test and Protect Service to self-isolate either because you have tested positive for Covid-19 or you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive, you may be entitled to a £500 Self-Isolation Support Grant.

Please contact the Welfare Support Team on 0800 090 1004 or email welfare.support@highland.gov.uk  to apply.

SNSA

Over the next two weeks, our Primary 4 and Primary 7 pupils will be taking part in the Scottish National Standardised Assessments which will help to inform planning over the final term of school.  These assessments are delivered online, during class time,  just as they have been for the past few years.  Please be in touch if you have any questions regarding this.

Easter Holidays

Just a reminder that school will close on for the Easter break on Thursday 1st April at 3.30pm and will reopen on Monday 19th April.  Also advance notice that the May Day holiday this year is on Monday 3rd May and there is a council wide inset day on Thursday 6th May.

We wish you all a lovely weekend.  I’m sure that after this first full week of being back to school routines, everyone is ready for it.

Regards,

Sara

Weekly Update : 12 March

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Dear Parents/Carers,

You made it!  The end of lockdown learning for all appears to be in sight and we so much look forward to having all of our pupils back in the building on Monday.  There are several items to make you aware of in this week’s update and I expect that as we all settle back into full routine, there may well be further updates over the coming days.

Return of Home Learning Resources

A reminder to  P4-7 pupils that all learning resources that were sent home, including Chromebooks, textbooks, jotters, workbooks etc. are required to be returned on Monday as they will be needed in class.

Risk Assessment

Our risk assessments remain, as they were, prior to the Christmas holidays.  Hand hygiene, minimisation of items coming into school and social distancing between pupils and adults remain the key mitigations of protection.  There will be no sharing of equipment other than in early years classes and pupils are encouraged to minimise physical contact amongst themselves wherever possible.  No pupil or member of staff should attend school if they are feeling unwell and where coughs, temperatures or loss of taste/smell, occur, self isolation and testing guidance is to be followed.

Parents are asked not to congregate at the school gates and masks are to be worn when dropping off and collecting pupils. 

At this time, indoor PE is not permitted and as such, pupils are reminded to come dressed to take part in outdoor lessons, regardless of the weather. On PE days, pupils are to come dressed for PE with school jumpers also worn.

We continue to require to have classroom windows open to increase the ventilation in the school building and pupils are permitted to wear additional layers if they wish to do so.  Please note that additional layers are as well as, not in place of, school jumpers.

There are a few changes to the entrances and exits currently in use at the school.  P1-3 classes now enter via the main playground door, P5 and P6 will enter at the first stairwell and P4 and P7 will enter from the second stairwell.  Staff will be on hand on Monday to ensure that everyone gets to the correct line.

Playground equipment, including the climbing set, are currently out of bounds.  Our nature walk and MUGA operate on a timetabled basis to ensure that only one class bubble is in these more confined spaces at any one time.

School meals are served in the canteen from Monday through Thursday and in classrooms on Fridays.  Tables and serving stations are laid out to provide sufficient spacing between class bubbles.  The current school menu will continue until the Easter break and this can be found at https://www.highland.gov.uk/downloads/file/22864/primary_2-choice_grab_n_go_menu

Recovery of Teaching and Learning

As has been the case for our P1-3 classes who returned last month, the initial focus upon returning will be reconnecting with pupils and ascertaining where each one is at in their learning.  It is expected that this will take time and in light of this,  homework for P4-7 pupils will not be assigned before the Easter break.

The Highland Council have employed additional staff to help with the recovery of learning. Mrs Karen MacRae will be working at PPS each Tuesday in this capacity.  During her day at the school, she will have times slots to support each class and teachers will be in touch with parents of pupils who will be involved in this.

Health and wellbeing of all continues to be our main priority at this time and in each class, daily emotional check ins, whether formal or informal, take place for all pupils.

Parents Night

Virtual parent appointments for P1-3 pupils take place on 23rd and 24th March.  Parents have been sent instructions around how to book these and how to join.  We are using the new Highland Council approved Parent Booking system which also offers a facility for two parents to join the meeting from separate locations.  If you require this facility, please be in touch with the school office who can help with this.  We hope to hold similar virtual parents appointments for P4-7 pupils on 4th and 5th May and further details about this will follow.

Red Nose Day

Next Friday, 19th March, we will support Comic Relief Day.  Pupils are invited to wear red and or/crazy hair, donations of any size are accepted.  Pupils are also asked to come to school prepared with their best joke which can hopefully be shared in classes! We look forward to a bit of fun in the fundraising.

It goes without saying, but must be said again – this has been a difficult time for everyone and we fully appreciate the trying circumstances that you have all faced while trying to deliver remote learning to your own children.  We are very grateful for the input that you have had, for your communication, your encouragement of pupils, your perseverance with technology and for your ongoing support of the school during this time.  Please know how very much it has been appreciated!

We can’t wait to see you all on Monday!

Regards,

Sara

Weekly Update : 5 March

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Dear Parents/Carers,

As I’m sure it will have been for you, the announcement on Tuesday confirming the full return of primary school pupils from 15th March was very welcome, indeed!  As with the return of P1-3, we do not expect any major changes to be required from procedures that were in place prior to Christmas, however, we await further guidance from the Highland Council and will share this as it becomes available.  A reminder to all pupils that when they return on the 15th, all home learning resources, including Chromebooks will need to be brought back to school.  There will be no changes to canteen or transport arrangement and until the Easter holidays, we will continue to offer the menu which is currently in place and can be found at https://www.highland.gov.uk/downloads/file/22864/primary_2-choice_grab_n_go_menu  Friday lunches will continue to be a grab and go option served in classrooms.

We are still in a situation where indoor PE is not allowed and remind pupils to come prepared to be outside in all weather.  Pupils in P1-3 should all have a change of clothes available at school in case this is required.

As we prepare for the full return of pupils, there will be several updates over the next couple of weeks.  Please take time to read these over and to be in touch with any questions or concerns that you may have.

Homework

As intimated previously, P1-3 class teachers have been  going through the process of determining where all pupils are at in their learning.  We hope to be in a position to start issuing homework again from next week at the earliest and class teachers will be in touch directly around the arrangements for this.

Ventilation

In line with current guidance and with our risk assessments, classroom windows are require to be open to increase ventilation, regardless of the weather.  While this week has not presented a problem, pupils are reminded to wear additional layers in they are finding classrooms cold.  The additional layers should be in addition to school uniform and not in place of it.

School Uniform

With the exception of PE days, all pupils should be in proper school uniform each day.  On PE days, while PE clothing should be worn as a base layer, pupils are still expected to wear their school jumpers. 

School uniform can be ordered directly from our supplier, Andrew Hyde at https://ahyde.co.uk/collections/portree-primary  Please note that there is a new option to order a school hoodie and if anyone wishes to see these, a sample can be seen by arrangement with the school office.  We are aware that the tartan skirts and kilts have been out of stock, however, if you were looking to purchase these, please contact the school office and we can point you in the direction of some other suppliers of these.

School uniform items can also be purchased at MacGregors in Portree.

Red Nose Day

The school will recognise Red Nose Day by holding a day for Comic Relief on Friday 19th March.  Pupils will be encouraged to dress in red, to sport a crazy hair style and come to school prepared to tell a joke.  Further details will follow.

Parents Night

Parents night appointments for P1-3 pupils will take place, virtually, on Tuesday 23rd and Wednesday 24th March.  The Highland Council have adopted a new system for this using a programme called Parent Bookings which requires parents to sign up online for a preferred timeslot.  Further information about how to do this will be sent out next week and the booking window will be open from 12th March -19th March for parents to sign up.  This system is said to be very reliable and intuitive, however, it is our first experience using it and we look forward to seeing how it works.  An opportunity for P4-7 parents nights will take place after the Easter holidays.

We wish you all a lovely weekend and to our P4-7 pupils and their families……only one more week of online learning……we can do this!

Regards,

Sara

Weekly Update : 26 February

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Dear Parents/Carers,

It is amazing to think that here we are at the end of February already!  There are just a few items for this week’s update.

It has been such a pleasure to have our P1-3 pupils back in the building, full of enthusiasm, this week. It was much too quiet without you!  We look forward to the First Minister’s announcement on Tuesday which will confirm details of the return to in school provision for P4-7. In the meantime we continue to be impressed with the quality of your online efforts.  You continue to amaze us with your determination and engagement and we look forward to being able to see this in person as soon as it is safe to do so.  We hope that you are managing to balance your screen and off screen activities and there are new activities for art and PE attached to help with this.

World Book Day

Thursday 4th of March is World Book Day, an annual event that we celebrate each year in school.  This year we are hoping that pupils in school and learning online will join us in marking the celebration of books!  We are a running a photo competition for all classes for the most unusual place for enjoying reading.  Please send your teacher photos of you enjoying a book in unusual places. We look forward to seeing these and will announce the winners at the end of next week.  We will also be holding a big bedtime read on Thursday at 3pm when all pupils are asked to join us for a half hour of reading.  Pupils attending school are invited to wear the pyjamas to school on Thursday if they wish.  Pupils are permitted to take in a soft toy/rug etc. that they might like to have with the for the reading session.  In line with current restrictions these items will be kept in school bags until story time and will only be used individually for this specific event.  Pupils learning at home are also invited to join us from the comfort of their own homes (and in their jammies) for a dedicated half hour to simply enjoy reading.

Personal Items in School

Parents are reminded that only essential items are to be taken into school. Toys and personal belongings should not be taken at this time.  If there particular circumstances that make this necessary, please contact class teachers to discuss this further.

Staffing

Mr David MacLean has taken up his post as ASN Teacher this week and Mrs Lynn Strachan will complete her handover this coming Monday.  We welcome David back to PPS and wish to thank Lynn for her significant input at PPS over the past year. Mrs Strachan intended to be with us for a few weeks and was still here over a year later, filling in on a supply basis.  During the unprecedented times over the past year, she has been invaluable to pupils and we look forward to working with her in future in whatever capacity that may be.

Parents Night

We anticipate that we will be able to host virtual Parents Night appointments  for P1-3 pupils on 23rd and 25th March and will share more details as they become available.  We will offer the same opportunity for P4-7 parents after the Easter holidays, depending on dates of pupils returning to school.

As always please be in touch with any questions or concerns that may arise. 

Continue to be kind and do your best and remember our school values in everything you do; kindness, friendship, respect, enjoyment and determination!

Regards,

Sara

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Weekly Update : 19th February

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Dear Parents/Carers,

We hope that you all enjoyed the long weekend and chance to get away from screens for schoolwork over the last week, despite the less than lovely weather!  As you will be aware through the media and letters issued by the Council this week,  P1-3 pupils will return to school on Monday.  It has also been confirmed that online learning will continue for P4-7 pupils until at least the 15th of March.  The next update is expected the first week of March.  There is quite a bit of information to digest both in regard to the return to in school provision and to the continuation of online learning.

Return to school for P1-3

As with our return in August, the Health and Wellbeing of pupils will be our first priority.  Over the next couple of weeks, staff will re-establish school routines and determine where pupils are in their learning.  It is anticipated that there will be no homework issued before the 8th of March, while this takes place.

  • School hours and timetables will remain as they were before Christmas.
  • School Meals will continue to be provided and menus were sent out last week. 
  • All resources that pupils had at home for Home Learning will be required back in school on Monday.
  • Parents are reminded that if they wish for pupils to have home lunches on a Friday, they must inform the school of this.
  • School Transport will continue as usual and we have been in touch with the transport team and with providers to inform them of which entitled bus pupils are returning to in school provision.  All pupils are required to wear face coverings when using school transport.
  • PE days are unchanged and pupils are reminded to come to school dressed for PE on those days.  Indoor PE is not permitted at this time which will require pupils to have appropriate clothing to take part in PE outdoors.
  • We will be required to be outdoors as much as possible so pupils are reminded of the importance to have warm, waterproof clothing at all times,
  • All P1-3 pupils should have a change of clothing at school.  This is not required to be school uniform.
  • We continue to require to increase classroom ventilation by having windows open, regardless of the weather.  Pupils are reminded that they are encouraged to wear additional layers with their school uniforms.
  • P1-3 pupils will be using the central playground door, rather than classroom entrances to enter and exit the school.  Staff will go over this with pupils on Monday.
  • From next week we are required to try to separate pupils in P1-3 from P4-7 pupils attending “hub” provision.  For this reason, each group will be restricted in the area of the playground that they will be using.  Staff will go over this with pupils on Monday.
  • In order to limit the number of adults in school, we will be running on reduced clerical hours and there may not always be someone available to answer the phone or the doors.  Please ensure that any messages for the school are sent with plenty of time to assist with this.  Email remains the most effective form of communication with class teachers.
  • Parents and visitors are still not permitted in the school at this time.
  • Risk assessments created for the return to school in August and updated throughout the term remain in place with no further mitigations for pupils.  A copy of this is attached above. Parents are advised that they are not to gather at the school gate in line with Scottish Government Advice.  Due to school transport and the large number of sibling families, we are unable to stagger start and finish times and therefore ask for your cooperation with the following advice from Highland Council;

Parents should also be reminded of the need to comply with the restrictions when dropping off or collecting their children from school or ELC settings, and to ensure they maintain strict two metre distancing from other adults, and wear a face covering at these times (unless exempt from doing so).

No other restrictions are being eased in order to provide the headroom to support an initial return of some learners and therefore ensuring the right behaviours. For example, parents should avoid contacts with other parents, children and young people at the school gates, on the way to school and after school in order to try and reduce community spread/outbreaks. Schools can assist with this by, for example, having staggered start/finish times

Continuation of Remote Learning

  • Remote learning will continue to take place for pupils in P4-7.  While this will continue as it has been, there may be some changes required to Google Meets which teachers will be in touch about.  
  • In place of our whole school topics, we will be moving to individual class topics which will be explained and introduced by class teachers rather than emailed in grids as they have been.
  • The PE activities issued earlier this month will continue until the end of February when a new grid will be issued.
  • Art activities will continue to be issued by email on a weekly basis, the activity for next week is attached above.

Staffing

David Maclean officially joined our staff this week as ASN Teacher and will begin working with pupils online and in person from Monday.  Mrs Strachan will work with Mr MacLean for a handover period over this week and next.

Keywoker/Vulnerable

Provision continues to be in place for Keyworker and Vulnerable pupils in P4-7.  It is expected that these pupils will attend as per previous days and times and are asked to inform the school as soon as possible with any changes.  Extra mitigations will be in place to keep these pupils separate from the P1-3 pupils and arrangements around this will be shared with parents of these pupils.

As the next couple of weeks pan out, there will, no doubt be much more information to follow.  I appreciate that changes to next week will bring both enthusiasm and concern.  I wish to reassure you that health and safety of pupils remains our priority during this time.  We very much look forward to having more pupils back in school next week and hope that it won’t be too long before we have you all back, as the situation allows.

Please be in touch with any questions or concerns you may have.

Regards,

Sara

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