Weekly Update 24th February


Dear Parents and Carers,

Although it has been a short week, there are still a number of pieces of information to bring to your attention;

Uniform Swap

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

Coding Club

We are delighted to be working with Dr Craig Stewart from Portree High School to start a new lunchtime coding club.  This club will be open for P6 pupils over the first block and will take place on Tuesdays from 1-1.30pm.  Spaces will be limited and P6 pupils will be given further information about how to sign up for this.  Pupils taking part, will require to take a packed lunch on the dates the club is offered; 7th, 21st and 28th March

Singing Club

From Thursday 2nd March an after school singing club will be offered at the school for pupils in P4-7.  Singing club will be led by myself and will take place in the music room from 3.30 – 4.15 each Thursday.  Interested pupils have been given a permission form which should be returned at the first session.

Breakfast Club

Due to a very generous community donation, we will be offering breakfast snacks each morning from 6th March.  These snacks will be available from the Cookery room and any pupil wishing to use have these will be able to come in before the bell and take a snack outside with them.

Fun, Exciting Maths Sessions for P4 parents

Primary 4 are inviting their families to their “Fun, Exciting maths session” during the afternoon of Thursday 9th March.  This is a family learning event for pupils to show their parents some of the problem solving maths activities they have been working on in class.  Invitations and further information will follow and some pictures of pupils working with the materials are attached above.

Growth Mindset Workshops

All P6 pupils will be involved in a 5 week block of Growth Mindset Workshops as part of our Health and Wellbeing programme at the school.  The worskhops will be run in groups of 7-8 pupils and will be led by Julie MacLean and Maggie Cowie, Childrens Service Workers.  Further information will follow for P6 parents.

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

Family Reading Sessions

These sessions continue today with Primary 3 families invited to join us at 12.15 and Primary 1 families invited next week.

Gardening Week

In order to prepare our allotment and Polytunnel for Spring, the school will be holding a Gardening Week from 27th March where all classes will be involved in visiting the allotment and taking part in gardening activities.  Further information to follow.


Cycling Proficiency for P7 pupils will take place over the coming few weeks and further information will be sent home to parents regarding what is required for these sessions.

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 into 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!

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 weekend’s 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

Due to the Community Café today, we will not be having our usual Friday assembly where Makaton signs are introduced.  For this reason, there are no new signs this week and we will have 3 new ones next week.

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.

We intend to hold a book swap for all classes on Friday 3rd March as part of our World Book Day celebrations.  Pupils are invited to take a book from home that they no longer need and will have the opportunity to choose a book from the book swap.

Instead of the book tokens this year, each child will also be gifted with one of the World Book Day titles to take home.  We are aware that exchanging the book tokens has not always been easy given our location and we are very grateful to the Highland Book Shop in Fort William who have been able to supply the books this year.

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 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

Thursday 8th March                         P4 Fun Exciting Maths family learning session

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

Please be in touch with any queries you may have.