Weekly Update 17th February


Dear Parents and Carers,

Please find below, several items of news for your attention this week;

Community Café

We very much look forward to running our Community Café again next week.  Primary 7 have been busy preparing for this event which will run on Friday 24th February from 11am until noon.  There will be music, a creche, lovely home baking and service with a smile!  All are most welcome to join us and all proceeds will go towards the Syria & Turkey Earthquake Appeal.

After School Shinty

There will be no shinty for the next two weeks due to the holiday and industrial action.  From Wednesday 8th March, our location and times will change to the following;

All shinty sessions will now be held at Portree High School on Wednesday evenings

Primary 1,2         Small Gym          5-6pm

Primary 3,4         Small Gym          6-7pm

Primary 5-7        Games Hall         6-7pm

Uniform Swap

Uniform pieces will be laid out in the corridor outside the gym from 12.15 next Friday for anyone who requires them.


Following interviews earlier this week, we have appointed Fiona MacDonald to the post of Clerical at Portree Primary School.  Fiona will begin with us on 6th March and joins us with experience from several years as clerical at Portree High School. 

Family Reading Sessions

These sessions continue today with Primary 2  families invited to join us at 12.15 and Primary 3 families invited next week.

WOW Certificates

Just a reminder of our WOW certificate system.  In order to recognise wider achievements by pupils and to share successes outside of school, parents are encouraged to complete a WOW certificate and send these in to school.  Each certificate is shared with the class, 5 house points are awarded and these are then added to pupil profiles.  A template of certificates is attached above but please also feel free to email class teachers with these good news stories!

P7 Raasay Trip

Our P7 Raasay trip has now been confirmed as 13th – 16th June. The next instalment of £75, payable to Portree Primary School is due today.

Soccer 7’s

Please note a change to the date of the second Soccer 7’s date below.  The first two dates will be run as festival by Active Schools.  Further information was sent out earlier this week for pupils to register online to participate in this weekends event. 

Saturday 25th February – Plockton (Astro) 12-2pm

Saturday 11th March – Portree (Astro)  11-1pm

Saturday 13th May – Kyleakin/Kyle 

Saturday 27th May – Portree (KGV)

Saturday 24th June – Broadford 

Makaton Signs

The Makaton signs for this are please, sorry, next, girl.  Graphics for these are attached above.

Basketball Festivals

Basketball Festival for all P6 and 7 pupils, arranged by Active Schools, will take place in March at Portree High School.  Our P6 class will attend on Tuesday 14th March and our Primary 7 class on Tuesday 21st March.  Pupils will require PE kits, water and packed lunches for this event.

World Book Day

World Book Day takes place on Thursday 2nd March, however, we will be marking this on Friday 3rd March to avoid pupils having to worry about changing from costumes into swimming and PE gear.  On Friday 3rd March, pupils are invited to dress as their favourite book character or to wear the jammies to help us mark the day.

Young Carers Awareness Day

This will take place on Wednesday 15th March.  Pupils will be invited to pay £1 to dress down for the day to raise money for this very worthwhile cause which benefits many of our pupils.

Red Nose Day

Friday 15th March is Red Nose Day in support of Comic Relief an while we appreciate there are a lot of fancy dress days upcoming, pupils are encouraged to wear read and to take in a donation if they wish.  The traditional red noses are not available this year.

Composite Class Information Session

While we are still a long way off from knowing our class arrangements for next year, I would like to invite anyone with questions or concerns about composite classes to an open information session on Thursday 16th March at 2.45.  This will be held by Mrs Templeman and myself in the gym and will be a very informal chance to hear a bit more about composite classes and to ask any questions you might have.

Known dates for this term (further dates 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

February 28 & March 1st                Planned Industrial Action

Friday 3rd March                             World Book Day

Friday 3rd March                              P1 Family Reading session 12.15pm

Friday 10th March                            P2 Family Reading session 12.15pm

Tuesday 14th March                        Basketball Festival P6

Wednesday 15th March                  P1 & P3 Community Café

                                                           Young Carers Awareness Day

Thursday 16th March                       Composite class information session 2.45pm

Friday 17th March                           Comic Relief

Monday 20th March                        P3 & P5 Open Afternoon

Tuesday 21st March                        P1 & P4  Open Afternoon

                                                           World Down Syndrome Day

                                                           Basketball Festival  P7

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

Just a reminder that the school is closed to pupils next Monday and Tuesday for the holiday and Wednesday for the inset day.  We wish you all a lovely long weekend and look forward to seeing you on Thursday.