Weekly Update : 3rd December


The weeks continue to fly by and already we find ourselves in December!  Please see below for items that we would like to bring to your attention this week and also the attached schedule of upcoming dates for the remainder of this term.

Christmas Vouchers

Our Parent Council are hoping to donate Amazon vouchers again this year to families nominated by the school community.  This is very generous initiative that was very much appreciated by recipients last year.  If you know of a parent who would benefit from one of these vouchers, either because the extra would help towards Christmas or because they have done something particularly deserving, please get in touch with the Parent Council to make a nomination.  All nominations are handled in complete confidence.  If all nominations could be to the Parent Council Portree.Primary@highlandpc.co.uk by Tuesday, that would be much appreciated.

Key Assessment Tasks

Last Friday, all pupils took home 3 Key Assessment Tasks to share their work with home.  If you have not yet managed, could you please return these to school as soon as possible in order for them to be added to Pupil Profiles.

Children In Need

All money has now been counted and I wish to share with you that we raised an incredible £1385.97 for Children In Need this year.  A huge thank you to everyone for their support and contributions to this great cause and a special thanks for P6 for organising the event!


In place of our weekly Makaton signs, our focus this month will be on an Advent Calendar of Makaton signs  which is attached above for your reference.  Pupils will be using some of these as part of their Carolling in the Community initiative.


As per our school policy, homework is reduced over the month of December.  Some pupils may continue to have reading assigned and words for Christmas carols may also be sent home for learning but all other homework will be limited in the busy run up to Christmas.

Carolling in the Community

Plans and rehearsals are well under way for our Carolling in the Community initiative this year.  Our plan is that on the morning of Wednesday 15th December, all classes will perform their carols in the square.  A rough timetable will be shared closer to the time in case you wish to stop by.  The carols will be recorded by Radio Skye for later broadcast so that we can reach as many folk in our community as possible.  Each class will also have the opportunity to visit a local care home or the Coop to participate in a “pop up” version of their carolling concert to spread some Christmas cheer around the Community.


Flouride varnishing that was meant to take place in November has now been rescheduled for Monday 10th and Monday 24th January.  This is for all pupils in P1-4.

Queens Jubilee additional Holiday

The Council has approved an additional public holiday on Friday 3 June 2022 to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.  Schools across Highland will be closed for this occasion.

Thank you to all of you who attended Parents Night appointments this week.  In many cases this was the first opportunity for introductions and on behalf of all staff, it is a pleasure to be able to engage with you individually even if not in person.  Any parents who were unable to attend and wish to speak to class teachers are asked to contact the school so that can be arranged.

Wishing you all a lovely weekend!