Weekly Update : 8 October

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Dear Parents/Carers,

As this is the last update of the term, there are just a few items to bring to your attention this week;

Bra Bank

As we are supporting Breast Cancer Awareness month during October we thought it was a good time to remind parents that as part of our Eco agenda, the school have a bra bank in the building which enables any unwanted bras to be recycled, with funds going to the Breast Cancer charity.  Donations can be dropped off any time in the school porch.

Blythswood Appeal

Primary 3 are organising the Blythswood Appeal on behalf of the school this year and a letter is attached with further information about this.  This has always been a very well supported initiative and any donations will be very gratefully received.  Please see the attached note which lists items and also provides dates for donations to be in. 

Netflix

Over the past weeks there have been several references by pupils to a Netflix series, Squid Game.  There is some growing concern around the level of violent content in this series and we just wish to bring to your attention that the rating of this show is 15+.

Flu Vaccinations

Flu vaccinations will take place on Friday 29th October.

Christmas Card Project

The sales of Christmas art projects through Cauliflower Cards has already generated over £400 commission which goes towards school funds.  Many thanks for your orders!

Staffing

Over this term, I have been working an altered work pattern, mostly from home, due to a family illness and I am hugely grateful to Mrs Templeman and the staff at the school who have been absolutely amazing during this time and have kept things going seamlessly!  While I hope to be back to more in person hours after the October holiday,  I will be taking a Careers Break from January, of one year to allow me to focus fully on family for a short time.  The post of Acting Head for Portree Primary School will likely be advertised over the October break.  Further information around this will be shared once it is available.

It has been a busy start to our session this year and an anxious time for parents. I would like to thank you all very much for your continued support and patience while we have found our way through  every changing circumstances!

Wishing you all a lovely holiday!

Regards,

Sara

Weekly Update 1 October

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With only one week left of this first school term, there are just a few items to bring to your attention this week.  Just a reminder that the school will close next Friday at 12.45 for the school holiday and will reopen on Monday 25th October.

Wear It Pink

The school will be supporting October as Breast Cancer Awareness month next week.  Pupils are invited to take part in a “wear it pink” day next Friday by wearing pink in place of their school uniforms. Donations will be accepted on Friday in the support of the charity.

Makaton

The signs of the week this week are sing, friend and book/story.

School Photographer

Parent have been in touch regarding the school photographer.  Unfortunately, the photographer is not yet able to visit schools and we will provide an update when this changes.

Christmas Fundraising

Classes have been working with Mrs MacVicar on a school fundraising project to create designs for Christmas cards this year.  With the assistance of the Cauliflower Christmas Cards Christmas project, the designs will be available to purchase on Christmas cards, wrapping paper, gift tags, mugs and notebooks. 

Designs have been sent home and should now have been returned to school.  If these have not been returned, please ensure that they are in school for the start of next week.

Orders should be placed online with Cauliflower Cards and instructions on this will be provided in a pack issued to pupils with their design.  All commissions come directly to school funds and we thank you for your support of this project.

Please be in touch with any questions or queries you may have.

Regards,

Sara

Weekly Update : 24 September

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Dear Parents/Carers,

There are just a couple of reminders to make you aware of this week;

Autumn Fling

The Light Up Portree committee will host the Autumn Fling event tomorrow at the King George pitch.  The day includes a children’s play zone and live entertainment from 2-10pm.  Our Parent Council will be holding a fundraising stall and would love you to stop by to support their fundraising efforts.  Tickets for the event are available online at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-autumn-fling-live-music-food-play-zone-bar-tickets-165988876197

Wet Weather

With the change of the weather this week, we remind parents that we are still not able to gather pupils indoors before school.  On wet days, pupils are asked not to be at school before 9am and to ensure that they have proper wet weather attire as they may be required to be outdoors. 

The school playground is not staffed before 8.50am and pupils are reminded that they should not be arriving prior to that unless they are travelling by school transport.

After School Activities

Active School and Highlife Highland have begun resuming their after school activities and details around these have been emailed to parents.  We are hopeful that our own school run activities will also soon have the go ahead to resume, however, at the moment, we are very short of volunteers to run these.  If you have not already, please complete the Google form that was issued last week so that we can begin the process of getting these organised so that once we have the go ahead, we can be up and running as soon as possible.  We currently do not have any volunteers for our running club or lego club, both of which are very popular with pupils.  There is no need for these to run all year, they could be done in blocks of a few weeks at a time so please do get in touch even if you can help occasionally.

Christmas Fundraising

Classes have been working with Mrs MacVicar on a school fundraising project to create designs for Christmas cards this year.  With the assistance of the Cauliflower Christmas Cards Christmas project, the designs will be available to purchase on Christmas cards, wrapping paper, gift tags, mugs and notebooks. 

Designs will be sent home with pupils on Monday 27th September and should be returned to the school by Thursday 30th September to allow enough time for orders to be printed.

Orders should be placed online with Cauliflower Cards and instructions on this will be provided in a pack issued to pupils with their design.

Please continue to get in touch with any questions or queries you may have.

Regards,

Sara

Weekly Update : 17 September

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Dear Parents/Carers,

With it being a shorter week this past week there is little new information in this week’s update. 

Volunteer surveys were issued yesterday and we would really appreciate you taking a few minutes to complete these if you are able to.

Tomorrow is the final Soccer 7’s event of the year for P5-7 pupils and this is being held at the KGV in Portree.  All those participating will receive their letters and strips today.  We are very grateful to Mischa Constant, Mark MacLeod and John Urquhart for helping out with this event.

Next Saturday, 25th August, the Community Fling event is being held in Portree, hosted by the Light Up Portree Committee.  This is an event for the whole family and our Parent Council will provide a stall to start off their fundraising for the year.  Posters with ticket information were emailed to parents earlier in the week.

Flu vaccinations will take place on Friday 29th October.  Any outstanding forms should be returned to the school as soon as possible.

Please continue to notify us of all of the many achievements being made outside of school no matter how small.  If they are important to pupils, they are important to us.  Each of these is recorded on a WOW certificate and 5 house points given out.  As many out of school activities resume, we love to hear what everyone is up to!

Wishing you all a lovely weekend!

Regards,

Sara

Weekly Update : 10 September

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Here we are at Friday again.  In addition to separate emails that have been sent out this week, there are a few reminders included below;

Long Weekend

This coming Monday, 13th September and Tuesday, 14th September are inset days.  While staff will be taking part in training, there will be no school for pupils.  We look forward to welcoming you all back on Wednesday 15th September.

Flu Vaccinations

Our date for flu vaccinations has now been confirmed as Friday 29th October.  If you have not already, please return these permission forms to the school office in order that they can be sent on to the school nursing team.

ASN

We are fortunate at Portree Primary School to have a variety of support in place for pupils with Additional Support Needs.  Pupils who are receiving additional support are being contacted by teaching staff to provide you with information around the nature of support that pupils are receiving and also the staff who are delivering that support.  For information around the Highland Council Additional Support Needs policies, please visit the Highland Council website; https://www.highland.gov.uk/info/886/schools_-_additional_support_needs

Water Bottles

It remains essential that all pupils have a water bottle with them each day.  Please note that only water is to be consumed in classrooms throughout the day.  While juice is permitted at lunch and snack time, bottles in class should contain water only.

PE kit and Football Strips

Just a reminder that with the exception of National Strips, Football colours are not to be worn in school.  We appreciate that pupils are keen to wear these but thank you for your understanding that these are not permitted during the school day for PE etc.  We are still asking that pupils come to school in their kit on PE days but also remind parents that school jumpers must still be worn.

Makaton Sign of the Week

As part of our whole school initiative to learn Makaton, we continue to introduce three new signs each week.  The signs this week are: home, school and wash hands and graphics for these are attached above.

Please continue to get in touch with any questions or concerns that you have. We wish you all a lovely long weekend.

Regards,

Sara

https://portreeprimary.files.wordpress.com/2021/09/signs-of-the-week-10.09.2021.pdf

Weekly Update : 27 August

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Dear Parents and Carers,

The priority of this week’s update is to remind everyone that we are currently facing a very challenging time in regards to COVID in Highland Schools.  You are aware that our own school has been affected this week and we endeavour to keep you as informed as possible.  As a school, our first port of call with any suspected cases is the Highland Health Protection Team.  Once we have passed over to them, we take all of our actions at their guidance.  As you can appreciate, they are completely inundated at the moment, however, our guidance is very clear that we cannot proceed with advice or actions that have not been approved by them.  I appreciate that the current spike of cases in general and particularly in our local area, causes concern.  Please be reassured that we share those concerns and are following our protocols entirely in our responses to this.

We thank you for your ongoing cooperation in adhering to both the school risk assessments and the national advice.  The Highland Council, this week, issued the following reminder which includes information about wider symptoms;

As well as being vigilant for symptoms, families and school pupils and staff are advised to remain cautious and continue to take all necessary precautions as directed by NHS.

  • Wear face masks (unless exempt)
  • Regular handwashing
  • Testing using LFD tests when you have no symptoms, twice weekly is recommended

No one should attend school if they are experiencing symptoms. COVID-19 symptoms are typically:

  • A new continuous cough
  • High temperature or fever
  • Loss or change in taste or smell

People with COVID-19 can present with a wide range of symptoms including headache, sore muscles and joints and tiredness, sore throat, cold like symptoms and diarrhoea and vomiting. Anyone that becomes unwell should isolate immediately and seek a PCR test.

The full statement can be found at https://www.highland.gov.uk/news/article/13899/localised_covid-19_outbreaks_affecting_many_schools_across_highland

Emergency Contact Forms

Update forms were issued to all pupils earlier this week and we ask for these to be returned with any corrections as soon as possible.  At any point in the year, should your contact details change, please notify us so that our records can be kept up to date.

Flu Vaccination Forms

The annual flu vaccination programme in schools will soon be getting under way and pupils have been sent home with consent forms this week.  The school nursing team will be collecting these from the office next week and we would appreciate having them back as soon as possible.

Crossing Patrol

We continue to have staff shortages for Crossing Patrol and are now always able to ensure that these location are manned. We ask that you continue to use vigilance and extra caution at all crossings.  A huge thank you to Simon Fraser who volunteered to help us out this week at the Home Farm Crossing – this have been a tremendous help and is very much appreciated by the entire school community!

Wishing you all a lovely weekend!

Regards,

Sara

Weekly Update : 20th August

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Dear Parents/Carers,

And just like that, week one is done!  It has been an absolute pleasure to welcome pupils back to school this week and to see their enthusiasm in starting a new school year.  There are just a few items in this week’s update;

Personal Belongings

For at least the next 6 weeks, we are to adhere to the mitigations that were in place in June which includes limiting items brought from home to school to only essential items. This includes toys and pencil cases. We appreciate that this is disappointing for pupils and are hopeful that restrictions will allow this in time.  We thank you for your cooperation with this in the meantime.

Soccer 7’s

Several of our P5-7 pupils will represent the school at the Soccer 7’s tournament in Kyleakin tomorrow and we wish them well.  We are grateful to Mischa Constant and Brendan Clancy for volunteering to coach the teams at this event.  The next tournament takes place in Portree on Saturday 4th September and we will be looking for a parent volunteer to take on a coaching role at this event. If anyone would be happy to help with this, please get in touch.

Friday Arrangements

Just a reminder that we will now finish at 12.45 on a Friday with the exception of pupils who take school transport.  Grab and Go lunches will be available from the canteen for pupils to take away with them, however, there will not be a lunch hour at school on a Friday.  Pupils who travel on school transport will be supervised to eat their lunches at school until the buses and taxis arrive to collect them.

School Improvement Plan

While attainment and recovery continue to be our upmost priority, we are required to submit our annual improvement plan to the Council.  This plan is currently being drafted, however, our three areas of priority above recovery will be our Eco agenda (including our quest for a Green Flag), Community Engagement and Digital Technology.  We look forward to sharing further plans on these priorities with you over the coming term.

For those of you who are new to Portree Primary School, we welcome you and hope to soon be in a position to offer opportunities for you to visit the school and to become involved in the school community.  In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with any questions or queries you may have, either with class teachers or directly with myself.

Wishing you all a lovely weekend!

Regards,

Sara

Update : 11 June

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Dear Parents/Carers,

First of all, a huge well done to all of our pupils and thanks to all of those who supported our Race for Life Event yesterday.  As usual, pupils embraced this challenge with enthusiasm and it was a joy to see!  Over £1000 has been raised for Cancer Research UK which is fantastic!

As is often the case in June, there are several events happening over the next couple of weeks that we wish to highlight;

30th Anniversary Celebrations

On Monday, we will celebrate the 30th Anniversary of PPS.  We are hoping, weather permitting, to celebrate with a playground party on Monday afternoon.  Pupils have been learning a dance, choreographed by Ailsa at Skyedance which we will all perform as part of our celebration.  Cake and Ice cream will be served and everyone is encouraged to wear their party clothes on Monday.  RadioSkye will be featuring the celebrations as part of their drive time show on Monday which will feature interviews by staff and pupils.

School Picnic

On Thursday 17th June, we hope to hold our school picnic.  The canteen will provide a picnic themed lunch at the school and we will then take each class down to the King George V pitch for an afternoon of games.  Pupils will remain in their class groupings for the duration of the event to adhere to our risk assessment.  We wish to use this day to support the work of the local foodbank and pupils are encouraged to take in a food donation if they wish.  We have been in touch with the Foodbank to see if there are particular items they are short of at the moment and will share that information as we get it.

End of Term

A reminder that we will break up for the summer holiday on Friday 25th June at noon.  Transport providers are not able to adjust schedules and parents are asked to make arrangements to collect children at noon.

Summer Payments to Families

Eligible families will receive support to help with meals over the summer school holidays. The payment will be made to the Parent or Carer whom is noted as first point of contact by the school,  as shared by the Parent or Carer. Please contact the school if you need to update any information previously shared with the us.

Transition

We were very disappointed to have to cancel our transition activities again this week and are very understanding of the anxiety that the uncertainty around classes for next year is causing.  I have been in touch with our Area Education Manager again today and he has confirmed that this is council wide and that no schools have been able to confirm staffing yet for next year.  The only guarantee is that staffing will be known by the end of session.  You will be aware of our current circumstances in regard to composite class possibilities and what I have agreed this morning is that we will issue letters on Monday indicating which class your child/ren will be in should we have to go down the composite class route.  Please note that this is not yet guaranteed but I feel that you should have as much notice as possible of what the change, if required, might entail.  This is an ever changing situation and we will keep you informed as this develops.  We thank you for your understanding and support through this.

Please be in touch with any questions or concerns you may have.

Regards,

Sara

Weekly Update : 4 June

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Dear Parents/Carers,

Just a couple of items to bring your attention to this week.  We are hopeful that we will have further information around staffing and classes for next session over the course of next week.

As a reminder, Monday is an additional inset day and pupils will not be in school.

Next Wednesday we will hold our Race For Life to raise money for Cancer Research.  As with all fundraising organisations, there has been a significant impact on their ability to raise money over the past year and we are hopeful that this event will help in that endeavour. Pupils can choose to walk or run the course which will be set around the KGV pitch in Portree and are encouraged to dress as “heroes” to help us mark the year that has passed.  Pupils will have the opportunity to run in honour of someone special and will have the opportunity to  write a race card to wear on the day. Donations are very welcome and can be brought in on the day or donated online via https://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/page/portree-primary-school

All pupils will receive a medal on completion of the course.

Monday 14th June is the 30th Anniversary of PPS.  Pupils are encouraged to wear their party clothes to school and we will celebrate with a playground party in the afternoon.  Skyedance are preparing a dance for us all to learn to a top hit from 1991 (the year the school opened)and this will be performed all together as part of our celebrations.  Radio Skye will be helping us with their PA system in the afternoon and will feature the celebrations on air later in the afternoon, including interviews by pupils.

We will issue 3 new Makaton signs early next week once these have been introduced to the pupils.

Again, we hope to issue further information next week and in the meantime we wish you all a lovely long weekend!

Regards,

Sara

Weekly Update : 28 May

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Dear Parents/Carers,

As hard as it is to believe, this is our last May update.  There no new items to make you aware of this week and the dates for term are highlighted at the bottom of this email.

Sports Day was held on Wednesday and pupils are all to be commended on such a fantastic day.  Their enthusiasm and enjoyment were evident throughout the event and it really was a great day.  A special thanks to Miss Deplano, Mrs Murray and Sarah Ross (Active Schools) for coordinating and also to the P7 helpers who assisted so ably with the infant event!

Reports will be sent home to all pupils today and parents are asked to complete parent comment sheet and return these to school as soon as possible.

We are hoping to have updates on staffing and classes for next year shortly and will share these as soon as they are available.

As always, please be in touch with any questions or concerns

Regards,

Sara

Known Dates for Term 4

Friday 28th May                 Reports Home for all pupils

Saturday 5th June              Soccer 7’s Broadford

Monday 7th June               Additional inset day

Wednesday 9th June        Bikeability (P7)

Race for Life

Fridays  11,18 June          In School transition days

Monday 14th June            30th Anniversary Celebrations

Wednesday 16th June      Bikeability (P7)

Thursday 17th June           School Picnic

Tuesday 15th                       Profiles sent home

Friday 25th June                 Last Day of Term 12noon finish

Regards,

Sara