Weekly Update 20th January 2023

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Dear Parents/Carers,

At the end of a very unusual week of winter disruptions, we wish to thank you all again for your continued understanding.  We don’t underestimate the difficulties that school closures cause and appreciate your patience while we have navigated a difficult week of weather!

Family Reading Sessions

A reminder that Family Reading Sessions begin again today for Primary 1 families at 12.15.  Further dates for infant classes are listed below.  We look forward to seeing you at these sessions, if you are able to attend.

Staffing

Our school Clerical post is currently advertised with a closing date of 23rd January.  Applications are being accepted through My Job Scotland

https://www.myjobscotland.gov.uk/councils/highland-council/jobs/clerical-assistant-2-28hpw-portree-primary-school-312553

The supply list for non-teaching staff is also currently open to applications on My Job Scotland

https://www.myjobscotland.gov.uk/councils/highland-council/jobs/non-teaching-casual-posts-west-area-wester-ross-skye-lochaber-248718

After School Shinty Sessions

A reminder that after school shinty sessions have resumed and a timetable for these is below.  Pupils wishing to attend should return their permission forms at their first session.

P1-2      Tuesdays 3.30-4.30pm    PPS School Gym

P3-4       Thursdays 3.30-4.30pm  PPS School Gym

P5-7       Wednesdays 6-7pm       PHS Games Hall

Please also see below, a poster from the Camanachd Association regarding upcoming shinty coaching training for anyone that might be interested.

PPS Running Club

We are very grateful to Scott Templeman, Parent Volunteer, who will be leading a running club for our P5-7 pupils starting next Monday.  The club will run on Mondays from 3.30 – 4.30.  Pupils wishing to take part will require PE kit, warm jacket and water.  Permission forms have been distributed to P5-7 pupils and those wishing to attend should take completed forms along with them to the first session.

Science Skills Roadshow

Our Primary 6 class will visit the Science Skills Roadshow and pop up Newton Room at Portree Community Centre on Wednesday 25th January from 9.30-2.30.  Primary 7 will attend on Thursday 26th January.  All P6 and P7 pupils will require packed lunches on these days.

Soccer 7s

We are still in need of volunteers to help coach teams at the upcoming Soccer 7s events as listed below.  Parents will be responsible for the supervision of their children at these events and volunteers will only be acting in the capacity of coaching and encouraging players.  We have a large number of pupils wishing to take part but this is only going to be possible with enough volunteers.  Please get in touch if you are able to help at any of the sessions.  There is no requirement to help at all of them, even just one would be a huge help.

Makaton

Our Makaton words this week are; look, help, get up, again. These were introduced at assembly today and graphics for these signs are below for going over at home.

Please note the updated list of known dates for this term as there have been some additions made this week.  These are highlighted in red.

Known dates for this term (further dates TBC)

Friday 20th January                         P1 Family Reading session 12.15pm

Tuesday 24th January                     Flouride Varnishing

Treoir (Lost Songs Project) to visit P6 (continuing for 4 weeks)

Wednesday 25th January               P7 at Science Skills workshop

Thursday 26th January                    P6 at Science Skills Workshop

Friday 27th January                          Uniform Swap

                                                           P2 Family Reading session 12.15pm

Monday 30th January                      P1 Health Check

Tuesday 31st January                        Planned Industrial Action – School closed to pupils

Friday 3rd February                          P3 Family Reading session 12.15pm

Saturday 4th February                     P7 and under & P3 and under shinty tournament TBC

Friday 10th February                        P1 Family Reading session 12.15pm

Saturday 11th February                   P5 and under & girls shinty tournaments TBC

Wednesday 15th February              Youth Speaks @ LAS  Primary 7

Friday 17th February                        P2 Family Reading session 12.15pm

Monday 20th February                    Mid term holiday

Tuesday 21st February                    Mid term holiday

Wednesday 22nd February             Inset Day

Friday 24th February                        P7 Community Café

                                                            P3 Family Reading session 12.15pm

                                                            Uniform Swap

Tuesday 28th February                    Jammin Fitness visit – whole school

Thursday 2nd March                          World Book Day

Friday 3rd March                               P1 Family Reading session 12.15pm

Friday 10th March                             P1 Family Reading session 12.15pm

Wednesday 15th March                  P1 & P3 Community Café

Friday 17th March                             Comic Relief

Monday 20th March                         P3 & P5 Open Afternoon

Tuesday 21st March                         P1 & P4  Open Afternoon

                                                                 World Down Syndrome Day

Thursday 23rd March                       P2 & P7 Open Afternoon

Friday 24th March                            P6 Open Morning

                                                            P3 Family Reading session 12.15pm

Tuesday 28 & 29th March               Parents Evening Appointments

Please get in touch with any questions for queries you may have.

Regards,

Sara

Weekly Update 13th January 2023

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Dear Parents/Carers,

As we end our first week of the new term, I would like to bring a few items of information to your attention and also to give you a draft outline of dates for this coming term.  This is by no means a complete list and dates will be added as further information becomes available.

Family Reading Sessions

We are delighted to be able to offer Family Reading Sessions again this term for Primary 1 – 3.  Further information is included in a letter attached to this email.  We very much look forward to this starting again!

After School Shinty Sessions

From Tuesday 17th January, we are delighted to be able of offer PPS indoor shinty training for an initial block of sessions up until the February break. We are very grateful to  Mr Iain Murray, who will  run the sessions indicated below. Pupils are taking home permission slips today and we ask that those are completed and taken along to the first session for those wishing to take part.

P1-2      Tuesdays 3.30-4.30pm    PPS School Gym

P3-4       Thursdays 3.30-4.30pm  PPS School Gym

P5-7       Wednesdays 6-7pm       PHS Games Hall

Staffing

As intimated earlier in the week the Clerical post has now been advertised with a closing date of 23rd January.

Parent Survey Results

Thank you to those of you who were able to complete our parental survey in December.  Attached to this email you will see collated responses and the Action Plans discussed with staff in follow up to the survey.  Please be in touch with any questions you may have about this.

https://portreeprimary.files.wordpress.com/2023/01/parent-update-of-survey-results-and-action-plan-2022-2023.docx

Soccer 7s

We are still in need of volunteers to help coach teams at the upcoming Soccer 7s events as listed below.  Parents will be responsible for the supervision of their children at these events and volunteers will only be acting in the capacity of coaching and encouraging players.  We have a large number of pupils wishing to take part but this is only going to be possible with enough volunteers.  Please get in touch if you are able to help at any of the sessions.  There is no requirement to help at all of them, even just one would be a huge help.

School Photographs

School photos ordered before Christmas have now arrived and will be sent home with pupils today.  Please have a look in school bags for these.

Makaton

From next week, we will hold our weekly whole school assemblies each Friday morning.  These assemblies involve sharing successes, singing, discussion of current school events etc.  Each week we will continue to focus on 3 Makaton signs as part of our assemblies and these will be shared with parents in our weekly updates.

Known dates for this term (further dates TBC)

Monday 16th of January                 Feis visits to P5 (continuing for 5 weeks)

Tuesday 17and 24th  January       Flouride Varnishing

Friday 20th January                          P1 Family Reading session 12.15pm

Tuesday 24th January                      Treoir (Lost Songs Project) to visit P6 (continuing for 4 weeks)

Wednesday 25th January               P6 at Science Skills workshop

Thursday 26th January                    P7 at Science Skills Workshop

Friday 27th January                          Uniform Swap

                                                                P2 Family Reading session 12.15pm

Monday 30th January                      P1 Health Check

Friday 3rd February                          P3 Family Reading session 12.15pm

Saturday 4th February                     P7 and under & P3 and under shinty tournament TBC

Friday 10th February                        P1 Family Reading session 12.15pm

Saturday 11th February                  P5 and under & girls shinty tournaments TBC

Friday 17th February                        P2 Family Reading session 12.15pm

Monday 20th February                    Mid term holiday

Tuesday 21st February                    Mid term holiday

Wednesday 22nd February            Inset Day

Friday 24th February                        P7 Community Café

                                                         P3 Family Reading session 12.15pm

                                                         Uniform Swap

Tuesday 28th February                   Jammin Fitness visit – whole school

Friday 3rd March                               P1 Family Reading session 12.15pm

Friday 10th March                             P2 Family Reading session 12.15pm

Wednesday 15th March                  P1 & P3 Community Café

Friday 17th March                           Comic Relief

Monday 20th March                         P3 & P5 Open Afternoon

Tuesday 21st March                         P1 & P4  Open Afternoon

Thursday 23rd March                       P2 & P7 Open Afternoon

Friday 24th March                             P6 Open Morning

                                                          P3 Family Reading session 12.15pm

Tuesday 28 & 29th March              Parents Evening Appointments

Thursday 22nd December

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Dear Parents/Carers,

 After a very busy few weeks at the school, there are just a few things to make you aware of before the holidays.

 School Photographs

The school photographer has been in touch this morning to apologise that photos have not yet arrived as he had intended.  Due to delivery delays, he only received them back from the lab late last night and was unable to get orders posted out in time.  They will be with us at the start of term.

 Staffing

One of our long standing canteen staff, Lesley, finishes today after several years at PPS.  We wish her well and thank her for her time with us.

 The catering department are recruiting to the role, which would be on a relief basis, pending the advertisement of the post.  The post for Cook 1 is 18 hours per week and anyone interested is asked ot contact Kevin Fraser on 01349781121.

We also continue to await the advertisement of our clerical post.

 Parent Survey

Many thanks to those of you who have completed the Parent Survey issued last week.  The survey will be open until tomorrow when responses will be collated.  A summary of results will be shared and will inform our school improvement plan moving forward. Your views are essential in this and we appreciate your time in completing this.  A link to the survey can be found at the bottom of the email.

 All of us at Portree Primary would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and all the best for the New Year.  We look forward to seeing you all on the 9th of January.

Regards,

Sara

Weekly Update : 30 September

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Dear Parents and Carers,

It is hard to believe we are coming to the end of the term already!  As we approach the final week, there are just a few updates to bring to your attention.

Soccer 7s Tournament

The last set of fixtures for the Soccer 7s Tournament are scheduled to take place this Saturday 1st October at the KGV.  Strips have been issued to players and they should arrive at the KGV at 10am for a 10.30am start.  In addition to their PPS strips, all players should wear football boots, shin guards and they should also take a water bottle with them.  A huge thank you to all the parent coaches for their support throughout the tournament this year, we would not be able to enter teams in this event with you.

Hockey Festival

Active Schools will be hosting a Hockey Festival at the High School on Tuesday 4th October for P6 and P7 pupils.  More information has been shared with parents of the pupils involved this morning.

Staffing

Today is the last day we have Annette and Beth in the school canteen.  We are very sorry to see them go and cannot thank them enough for all the delicious meals they have prepared for pupils and staff during their time with us.  From Monday a new team of staff will join us.  We wish to extend a warm welcome to Zoe Cross, Rebecca Ritson and Anne MacArthur, we look forward to having them as part of our school.

Jess MacLennan will be taking a careers break and Morag Murray will teach the P2 class full time from the start of the new term.  We are very sorry to see Jess go but we wish her well for her break and look forward to welcoming her back to our school in the future.

Wear it Pink

A reminder that pupils can choose to wear pink to school next Friday 7th October and we will be collecting donations for the charity Breast Cancer Now that day.

October Break

The school will close at 12.45pm next Friday 7th October for the October break.  Pupils and staff will return on Monday 24th October.

Have a lovely weekend,

Iain

Weekly Update : 23 September

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Dear Parents and Carers,

Soccer 7s

The final Soccer 7s Tournament of the year is scheduled to take place next Saturday, 1st October.  Strips will be issued to pupils next week.  Parent volunteers are required to coach the teams on the day, parents who are able to help with this should get in touch with the school, any help parents can provide with this is really appreciated.

Meet The Teacher

Parents are warmly invited to visit classrooms after school next Wednesday, 28th September, to meet class teachers.

Uniform Swap

This year we plan to establish a uniform swap at the school.  The first swap will take place next Friday 30th September at 12.15pm in Room 1 and it is hoped this will continue on the last Friday of each month.  For parents who are not familiar with this, the idea is that used uniform, in good condition, can be swapped for uniform in a larger size, reducing the cost to parents and reducing waste.  We would encourage all parents to consider this option before purchasing new uniforms. Parents who do not have items to swap, can purchase uniform for a donation to the school fund of 50p per item.   

Wear It Pink

Our fundraiser for this term is Wear It Pink Day in aid of Breast Cancer Now.  We will be holding a ‘Wear it Pink Day’ at the school on Friday 7th October.  Pupils can choose to wear something pink to school that day and we will be collecting donations for Breast Cancer Now.

Bus Route

Thank you to all the parents who provided feedback in connection with the extended bus route to the bus stop at the Dental Surgery.  This new route will begin after the October break.  Further details will be shared with parents at the end of this term. 

The free bus travel bus pass for 5-22 year olds can be obtained by completing an application form which is available by following this link :

https://freebus.scot/

Makaton

The Makaton Signs of the Week for next week are home, school, wash hands and toilet

Have a lovely weekend,

Iain

Weekly Update : 16 September

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Dear Parents and Carers,

A brief update for you this week.  As it has been a shorter week, we have less information to share with you.

Bank Holiday

Following the death of Her Majesty The Queen, it has been decided that all schools in Highland will be closed on Monday 19th September.  The school will re-open again on Tuesday 20th September at 9am.

After School Shinty – Monday 19th September

Following the death of Her Majesty The Queen, The Highland Council is observing the period of national mourning which has now commenced and will last until the end of the day of the State Funeral. As a mark of respect during the period of mourning, after school shinty has been cancelled this Monday 19th September.

Parent Council AGM

The Parent Council are a vital part of the successful running of our school and all parents are encouraged to consider taking part in this. The Annual General Meeting of the Parent Council will take place on Wednesday 21st September at 6.30, here at the school.

Makaton

As part of our whole school initiative to learn Makaton, we will continue to practice four different signs each week. The Makaton signs of the week for next week will be no/don’t, yes, work and teacher.

Have a lovely weekend.

Iain

Weekly Update : 9th September

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We have enjoyed another busy week at Portree Primary School this week and there are a few updates to share with you.

New Bus Route

We are continuing to look at ways to reduce the congestion around the school at the beginning and end of the school day. We recently contacted Stagecoach to discuss the possibility of extending the bus route to include an extra stop and they have very kindly agreed. The new extended route will include the bus stop at the top of Woodpark Road, near the Dental Surgery.  Stagecoach have asked us to give them an indication of how many pupils are likely to use the bus to ensure they provide a bus with enough seats for everyone.  Please see below a link to further information and a short questionnaire for parents to complete.  Your input is very much appreciated and we would encourage parents to consider this option for travel to and from the school.

https://forms.gle/z6wCJFVZ1Yj7QqZM9

WOW Certificates

Please continue to notify us of all of the many achievements being made outside of school no matter how small.  If they are important to pupils, they are important to us.  Each of these is recorded on a WOW certificate and 5 house points given out.  As many out of school activities resume, we love to hear what everyone is up to!

Dathes Diner

The P7 enterprise was a great success on Wednesday.  The P7 class provided toast for many of our pupils at breaktime and they plan to do this each week this term.

Childsmile

Childsmile forms have been issued to pupils this week, can all forms please be returned to class teachers or the school office by Friday 16th September.

PE kit and Football Strips

Just a reminder that with the exception of National Strips, Football colours are not to be worn in school.  We appreciate that pupils are keen to wear these but thank you for your understanding that these are not permitted during the school day for PE etc.  We are still asking that pupils come to school in their kit on PE days but also remind parents that school jumpers must still be worn.

Water Bottles

It remains essential that all pupils have a water bottle with them each day.  Please note that only water is to be consumed in classrooms throughout the day.  While juice is permitted at lunch and snack time, bottles in class should contain water only.

In Service Days

The school will be closed to pupils on Monday 12th and Tuesday 13th September for staff in service days.

Have a lovely weekend,

Iain

8th September : Death of Her Majesty The Queen

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It has been announced by Buckingham Palace that Her Majesty The Queen has died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon.

The Convener of The Highland Council, Councillor Bill Lobban expressed his deepest sympathies to The Royal Family, he said:

“On behalf of The Highland Council and communities of the Highlands, we join the nation in mourning for Her Majesty The Queen. We extend our heartfelt sympathies to all members of The Royal Family and Household and honour Her Majesty The Queen’s long service and duty to the country.”

The Highland Council will observe a 1 minute silence as a mark of respect for Her Majesty The Queen, tomorrow, 9 September 2022 at 11am.

Weekly Update : 2 September

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Dear Parents and Carers,

As another busy week draws to a close, I have a shorter update to share with you this week.

Soccer 7s Tournament

The Soccer 7s tournament which was due to take place in Broadford last week has been rescheduled to take place on Saturday 1st October.  Adult volunteers are required to coach the teams on the day and we would be delighted to hear from parents or carers who are available to help with this.

Childsmile

The Childsmile Team hope to visit the school in the coming weeks to carry out fluoride varnishing with our P1-P4 classes.  Consent forms will be issued to pupils next week.

Flu Vaccine Forms & Annual Data Checks

Thank you to those of you who have returned both these forms.  Can all those parents who have not yet completed the Annual Data Check form or the Flu Vaccine form please kindly return both to class teachers or the school office next week.  Parents and carers can choose not to give consent for the vaccine if they wish but it is helpful for the School Nursing Team to have a completed form from each pupil which clearly indicates whether or not a pupil should receive the vaccine.  This ensures things run more smoothly when the team visit the school to carry out vaccinations.  Misplaced or damaged forms can be easily replaced, please contact the school office if you would like a duplicate form.

Swimming

Swimming lessons begin again for our P3-P7 classes from next week, the swimming days and times for each class are listed below.

ClassDayTime
P3Wednesday11.30 – 12.00
P4Thursday9.30 – 10.00
P5Thursday12.00 – 12.30
P6Thursday11.30 – 12.00
P7Wednesday12.00 -12.30

Labels on Belongings

A reminder that all belongings should be labelled.  Many items are placed in our lost property cupboard with no name labels on them making it impossible to reunite them with their owners. Staff do their best to return items to pupils but this becomes impossible if items are not labelled.  Thank you for your help with this.

Have a lovely weekend,
Iain

Weekly Update : 26 August

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Dear Parents and Carers,

As the second week of term draws to a close, there are just one or two reminders to share with you.

Homework

As our classes begin to settle into their new routines, individual class teachers will be in touch to confirm arrangements for Homework for this term and to provide confirmation of PE Days and Swimming slots.  A reminder that children should continue to come to school in their PE kit and their school jumper on PE days.

Absence Reporting

All absences should be reported to the School Office by 9.30am each day.  Parents and carers can phone the office on 01478 613130 or email portree.primary@highland.gov.uk to let the staff know pupils will not be attending school.  Teaching staff do not have regular access to emails through the school day therefore absences should be reported to the office and not to class teachers.  Absences are recorded and monitored so it is important a reason for absence is given.  Thank you for your co-operation with this.

Pupils Travelling on School Buses

The school bus leaves the school at 3.25pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons.  Bus pupils leave classes slightly early to board the bus.  It is important class teachers know which pupils are due to travel on the bus to ensure everyone gets to where they need to be in time. Where possible, changes to collection arrangements should be given to class teachers in good time, preferably in the morning.  Classes are involved in various activities throughout the school day and It is not always possible to get messages to teachers or pupils quickly.  It can be particularly tricky to share information with classes late in the afternoon.  Information was shared with parents earlier in the week in connection with the bus stop at Urquhart Place.   Can those parents of pupils who plan to start using the Urquhart Place bus stop please notify class teachers or the school office.  We really appreciate your support as we continue to address issue of congestion around the school.

School Car Park

A reminder, the school car park is for the use of school staff only.  In the interests of keeping everyone safe, can we ask that parents do not take their vehicles into the school car park at the beginning and end of the school day. There are many pedestrians in the car park at those times, including pupils, school staff and parents collecting pre-school children, it is important they can move around safely. Thank you.

Annual Data Checks and Flu Vaccine Forms

Thank you to everyone who has returned the Annual Data Checks and Flu Vaccine forms.  Annual Data Checks ensure we have the most up to date information for all our pupils including contact numbers in case of an emergency.  Any misplaced or damaged Annual Data Check forms can be easily replaced,  please don’t hesitate to contact the school office to request a duplicate. The school nurse will visit the school to collect the flu vaccine consent forms shortly.  Again the nursing team are happy to reissue forms to anyone who has misplaced or damaged the original.

Swimming Lessons

We hope to start swimming lessons for pupils in our P3-P7 classes during the week beginning 5th September.  Due to staffing changes this year, we require some help with the supervision of the pupils during the walk to and from the swimming pool.  Swimming lessons are a really important part of the curriculum and provide many benefits to pupils.  We can only continue to provide access to the pool for pupils with some extra help from parents and carers.  It is hoped if we receive enough support, volunteers will not have to cover every week.  Any parent or carer who is able to help with this, should contact class teachers or the school office.  

After School Shinty P5-S1

After school Shinty will begin again on Monday 29th August from 5-6pm at the KGV for pupils in P5 – P7.  Can all the parents and carers of pupils who are interested in taking part please complete a Google permission form which is available here : https://docs.google.com/forms/d/10tFwiwcW97TrTPlHwavuRCmezDxcc-Uf_eEWEfF8xkM/edit?usp=sharing

Safe, Strong And Free

A follow up session with Ellen from the Safe, Strong and Free project will take place with our Primary 1 class next Wednesday morning.

If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Have a lovely weekend,

Iain