Weekly Update 24th March


Dear Parents and Carers,

As hard as it is to believe, we have just one week remaining in this term.  While I’m sure we are all looking forward to the break, there are a few events next week and also some dates for next term included in this week’s update.

This morning at 11am, P1 and P3 will host their Community Café in support of Marie Curie.

Primary 6 Open Morning will take place from 11.30am today.

The P3 Family Reading session originally scheduled for today, will now take place on Friday 31st March at 12.15pm.

Our Assembly next Friday will be a pupil showcase.  Any pupils wishing to take part should speak to their class teachers and come prepared on Friday in order to perform/present at assembly.  This can be showing the school something they have made, sharing a talent, reading a story they have written etc.

Parents Evenings

Parents evenings will take place on Tuesday 28th and Wednesday 29th March.  Appointment slips have been sent home to parents that requested these.

Passion for Portree Summit

Our Primary 7 class recently took part in a school based Youth Speaks Competition.  Pupils had prepared team speeches which were presented to their classes and judged by school staff.  The quality and content of these speeches was excellent and as a result of the passionate presentations, we have asked three of our groups to present again in front of invited members of the Portree and Braes Community Council, Portree and Braes Community Trust, Local Councillors and Highlife Highland at our first ever Passion for Portree Summit.  This presentation will take place at 2pm on Thursday 30th March, here at the school and Primary 7 parents are welcome to join us if they wish. 

New Project with Radio Skye

As a way of celebrating the vast amount of knowledge across various interests of our pupils, we are collaborating with Radio Skye to host a weekly knowledge showcase slot for our pupils.  Pupils will be given letters and permission forms today, to return if they are interested and each Friday, Mrs Templeman will take a pupil up to Radio Skye where they will prerecord their segment. This will then be broadcast each Saturday.  Pupils involved would also be given an opportunity to share their talks with the school at assembly on a Friday, ahead of their visit.

Skyedance visit to Tigh Na Drocaid

Classes that have been working with Skyedance in school this term will have the opportunity to visit Tigh Na Drocaid on 30th March to share their dance routines with the attendees at the centre.  We look forward to be able to share with the community in this way.

Uniform Swap

Our final uniform swap of this term will take place next Friday at 12.15pm.  All items of uniform will be available from the corridor outside the gym.

Coding Club

Due to so much disruption on Tuesdays, Coding Club will now take place after the Easter break.  The initial block will still be for P6 pupils.

Instrumental Music Club

The instrumental music club started again on Tuesday and new pupils are still welcome to join. The sessions run from 3.30 – 4.15pm in the music room.

Any interested pupils should contact Nan Cleghorn directly by email nancleghorn2@gmail.com

Gardening Week

In order to prepare our allotment and Polytunnel for Spring, the school will be holding a Gardening Week next week where all classes will be involved in visiting the allotment and taking part in gardening activities.  We would be very grateful for donations of any gardening tools that you may have which you no longer use.

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 below but please also feel free to email class teachers with these good news stories!

Soccer 7’s

Remaining tournament dates are listed below.  Further information will follow closer to the time.  We have not yet heard if the tournament cancelled due to the snow will be rescheduled.

Saturday 13th May – Kyleakin/Kyle 

Saturday 27th May – Portree (KGV)

Saturday 24th June – Broadford 

Makaton Signs

There is no assembly today due to the Community Café. As Makaton signs are usually introduced at assembly, we do not have new ones this week but pupils can review those already learned and we will start with new signs after the Easter break.

Basketball Festivals

P6 will now attend on Tuesday 28th March due to the cancellation last week.  Pupils will require PE kits, water and packed lunches for this event.

Fluoride Varnishing

Due to dental staff absences this week, the fluoride varnishing was unable to take place.  Varnishing for P5-7 will now take place on Tuesday 28th March.

School Photographer

The School Photographer will visit the school on Thursday 20th April to take group photos of each class. These will be available for purchase.

Cross Country

We will hold our school cross country event for P5-7 pupils on Friday 21st April, 11am at the King George V pitch.  This event will serve as a qualifying event for the Skye Schools Cross Country Championships on 3rd May.  Should the weather require us to reschedule, our school event will take place on Friday 28th May. 

Parking around the school

Parents are reminded, please, to be aware when collecting pupils to be mindful that local driveways are not blocked on either side of the road.  Wherever possible the drop off zone at Portree Community Centre should be used for dropping off and collecting pupils.

 The School Car Park is solely for staff use and should not be used for dropping pupils off

 We thank you for your cooperation in this.

Known dates for this term (further dates TBC)

Tuesday 28th March                        P5-7 Flouride Varnishing

                                                        Basketball Festival P6

Tuesday 28 & 29th March              Parents Evening Appointments

Thursday 30th March                    Passion for Portree Summit

Friday 31st March                         P3 Family Reading Session

Thursday 20th April                       School Photographer – Class Photos

Friday 21st April                           PPS Cross Country at KGV, rain date Friday 28th April

Monday 1st May                           May Day Holiday

Wednesday 3rd May                     Skye Schools Cross Country

Monday 8th May                           Public Coronation Holiday