Update 5th May



This week’s sign is ‘happy’ and the graphic for this is below;


A reminder that school will be closed on Monday 8th May for the Coronation National Holiday. 


There are currently a few changes to our support staff to make you aware of;

We are delighted that Dawn Ingall has joined us a PSA on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Sharon Fenlon, PSA is moving to a new job at Young Carers mid May and while we will very much miss her at PPS, we know that she will be a great asset to Young Carers.

Sharon Richardson will be joining us as a supply PSA from the end of May

We are currently in the process of trying to fill these hours, as well as some hours currently missing due to medical and maternity leave with supply staff on a temporary basis and will keep you updated as and when these changes are in place.

Highland Council hold a list of relief staff for non teaching roles within the council; PSA’s, clericals, crossing patrollers, etc and we are required to fill our hours from people already registered on this list.  Currently there are very few people on there and anyone interested in being added to list is encouraged to apply through My Job Scotland at https://www.myjobscotland.gov.uk/councils/highland-council/jobs/non-teaching-casual-posts-west-area-wester-ross-skye-lochaber-248718

Recent Successes

It is a very busy term at school and already our pupils have taken part in various activities representing PPS.  A few achievements to make you aware of;

  • At the recent Lochalsh Leisure Centre Triathlon, Caron MacDonald P7 placed second in the girls event and Roidh Coull P5, both placed second in their respective categories, completing all three elements of the triathlon on their own!
  • Yesterday our school cross country teams competed in the Skye Schools Cross Country Championships.  The school won both the girls and boys team events and Eilidh Murray P7 and Saul El Deeb P7 both finished second in their races.
  • Yesterday we received word that our P5 class were winners of the Coronation Art Project run by the Lord Lieutenant for all schools in our area
  • We continue to work in partnership each week with Radio Skye, choosing a kid expert to take part in Joni’s radio show each week.  Our pupils have been brilliant showcasing their wealth of knowledge and have been very ably hosted by Joni. If you haven’t had a chance yet, tune into RadioSkye each Tuesday to listen to the broadcast.  You are sure to be impressed!

After School Activities

P5-7 shinty resumed this week and will continue from 4- 5.15pm on the KGV.  Pupils attending are required to take their outdoor stick, helmet and shin guards along to training.

Instrumental Lessons with Nan will take place on the following dates for the remainder of this term;

9th May, 30th May, 6th June, 13th June and 20th June

The final singing club session of this term will take place next Thursday 11th May from 3.30 – 4.15pm

Soccer 7’s

Please see the remaining dates for the upcoming Soccer 7’s tournaments this session.  Permission have been given out to interested pupils, however, our participation in this event will only be possible if parents are able to volunteer to coach a team on the day.

Saturday 13th May – Kyleakin/Kyle 

Saturday 27th May – Portree (KGV)

Saturday 24th June – Broadford 

Internet Safety

Robert Quigley, who heads up the Highland Council’s digital literacy team will be host a virtual presentation for parents on Monday 15th May at 6.30pm around Internet Safety.  Robert has a wealth of information and is always up to date with the latest guidance as this changes daily.  This will be a very worthwhile session for all parents and the code for joining is below.

Online Safety Presentation for Parents with Robert Quiqley

Monday, 15 May · 6:30 – 7:30pm

Google Meet joining info

Video call link: https://meet.google.com/kij-yqkg-ysm

Head Lice

We are not in a position currently to inform parents when cases of chickenpox, headlice etc that arise in the school.

Could we please ask that all parents check regularly for head lice in order that this can be treated quickly.

School Trips

Class teachers are currently organizing end of year trips for all classes and will be in touch with further details.  These trips are made possible through generous donations from the Parent Council and would not be able to happen otherwise.

Parent Coffee Drop In

Further to the email sent out last week, just a reminder that current Parent Council Office Bearers,  Mrs Templeman and myself, welcome you to drop in for a coffee and cake on Thursday 18th May to chat very informally about your ideas for moving forward with Parent Voice at the school.  We home to change the traditional Parent Council role to one that involved a more representative group of families to move forward school initiatives.  We would really appreciate hearing from all families at this event.  The event runs from 3-4 pm to allow for those who wish to attend during school hours and those who wish to attend after school.  Our Young Leaders will supervise outdoor games on the MUGA from 3.30 – 4pm for pupils whose parents wish to attend after school.  There will be no formal agenda just an opportunity for a coffee and a chat.

Dates for this term

Friday 5th May                  Coronation Walk and Party

Monday 8th May             Coronation Holiday

Tuesday 9th May             Flouride Varnishing catch up

Friday 12th May               Sports Day 10am – Noon KGV

Monday 15th May           Online Safety presentation for parents via GoogleMeets 6.30pm

Tuesday 16th May           Additional Transition Day P7 to PHS

Thursday 18th May         Parent Coffee Drop In 3-4pm

Friday 19th May             Sports Day (Raindate)

Friday 26th May             P2 & P6 Community Café

                                        P3  Family Reading Session

                                         Uniform Swap

Friday 2nd June              P2 Family Reading Session

Monday 5th June             In Service Day

Wednesday 7th June       P4 Viking Day

Friday 9th June               Whole School Open Morning 11.15am

12th & 20th June            P7 Sailing Sessions

Friday 16th June            P4 & P5 Community Cafe

13th – 16th June             P7 Raasay Residential Trip

21st – 23rd June             P7 Transition days at Portree High School

Wednesday 28th June    Prizegiving

Thursday 29th June       Last Day of Term 11.50am finish