Weekly Update : 30 September

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Dear Parents and Carers,

It is hard to believe we are coming to the end of the term already!  As we approach the final week, there are just a few updates to bring to your attention.

Soccer 7s Tournament

The last set of fixtures for the Soccer 7s Tournament are scheduled to take place this Saturday 1st October at the KGV.  Strips have been issued to players and they should arrive at the KGV at 10am for a 10.30am start.  In addition to their PPS strips, all players should wear football boots, shin guards and they should also take a water bottle with them.  A huge thank you to all the parent coaches for their support throughout the tournament this year, we would not be able to enter teams in this event with you.

Hockey Festival

Active Schools will be hosting a Hockey Festival at the High School on Tuesday 4th October for P6 and P7 pupils.  More information has been shared with parents of the pupils involved this morning.

Staffing

Today is the last day we have Annette and Beth in the school canteen.  We are very sorry to see them go and cannot thank them enough for all the delicious meals they have prepared for pupils and staff during their time with us.  From Monday a new team of staff will join us.  We wish to extend a warm welcome to Zoe Cross, Rebecca Ritson and Anne MacArthur, we look forward to having them as part of our school.

Jess MacLennan will be taking a careers break and Morag Murray will teach the P2 class full time from the start of the new term.  We are very sorry to see Jess go but we wish her well for her break and look forward to welcoming her back to our school in the future.

Wear it Pink

A reminder that pupils can choose to wear pink to school next Friday 7th October and we will be collecting donations for the charity Breast Cancer Now that day.

October Break

The school will close at 12.45pm next Friday 7th October for the October break.  Pupils and staff will return on Monday 24th October.

Have a lovely weekend,

Iain

Weekly Update : 23 September

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Dear Parents and Carers,

Soccer 7s

The final Soccer 7s Tournament of the year is scheduled to take place next Saturday, 1st October.  Strips will be issued to pupils next week.  Parent volunteers are required to coach the teams on the day, parents who are able to help with this should get in touch with the school, any help parents can provide with this is really appreciated.

Meet The Teacher

Parents are warmly invited to visit classrooms after school next Wednesday, 28th September, to meet class teachers.

Uniform Swap

This year we plan to establish a uniform swap at the school.  The first swap will take place next Friday 30th September at 12.15pm in Room 1 and it is hoped this will continue on the last Friday of each month.  For parents who are not familiar with this, the idea is that used uniform, in good condition, can be swapped for uniform in a larger size, reducing the cost to parents and reducing waste.  We would encourage all parents to consider this option before purchasing new uniforms. Parents who do not have items to swap, can purchase uniform for a donation to the school fund of 50p per item.   

Wear It Pink

Our fundraiser for this term is Wear It Pink Day in aid of Breast Cancer Now.  We will be holding a ‘Wear it Pink Day’ at the school on Friday 7th October.  Pupils can choose to wear something pink to school that day and we will be collecting donations for Breast Cancer Now.

Bus Route

Thank you to all the parents who provided feedback in connection with the extended bus route to the bus stop at the Dental Surgery.  This new route will begin after the October break.  Further details will be shared with parents at the end of this term. 

The free bus travel bus pass for 5-22 year olds can be obtained by completing an application form which is available by following this link :

https://freebus.scot/

Makaton

The Makaton Signs of the Week for next week are home, school, wash hands and toilet

Have a lovely weekend,

Iain

Weekly Update : 16 September

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Dear Parents and Carers,

A brief update for you this week.  As it has been a shorter week, we have less information to share with you.

Bank Holiday

Following the death of Her Majesty The Queen, it has been decided that all schools in Highland will be closed on Monday 19th September.  The school will re-open again on Tuesday 20th September at 9am.

After School Shinty – Monday 19th September

Following the death of Her Majesty The Queen, The Highland Council is observing the period of national mourning which has now commenced and will last until the end of the day of the State Funeral. As a mark of respect during the period of mourning, after school shinty has been cancelled this Monday 19th September.

Parent Council AGM

The Parent Council are a vital part of the successful running of our school and all parents are encouraged to consider taking part in this. The Annual General Meeting of the Parent Council will take place on Wednesday 21st September at 6.30, here at the school.

Makaton

As part of our whole school initiative to learn Makaton, we will continue to practice four different signs each week. The Makaton signs of the week for next week will be no/don’t, yes, work and teacher.

Have a lovely weekend.

Iain

Weekly Update : 9th September

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We have enjoyed another busy week at Portree Primary School this week and there are a few updates to share with you.

New Bus Route

We are continuing to look at ways to reduce the congestion around the school at the beginning and end of the school day. We recently contacted Stagecoach to discuss the possibility of extending the bus route to include an extra stop and they have very kindly agreed. The new extended route will include the bus stop at the top of Woodpark Road, near the Dental Surgery.  Stagecoach have asked us to give them an indication of how many pupils are likely to use the bus to ensure they provide a bus with enough seats for everyone.  Please see below a link to further information and a short questionnaire for parents to complete.  Your input is very much appreciated and we would encourage parents to consider this option for travel to and from the school.

https://forms.gle/z6wCJFVZ1Yj7QqZM9

WOW Certificates

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!

Dathes Diner

The P7 enterprise was a great success on Wednesday.  The P7 class provided toast for many of our pupils at breaktime and they plan to do this each week this term.

Childsmile

Childsmile forms have been issued to pupils this week, can all forms please be returned to class teachers or the school office by Friday 16th September.

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.

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.

In Service Days

The school will be closed to pupils on Monday 12th and Tuesday 13th September for staff in service days.

Have a lovely weekend,

Iain

8th September : Death of Her Majesty The Queen

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It has been announced by Buckingham Palace that Her Majesty The Queen has died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon.

The Convener of The Highland Council, Councillor Bill Lobban expressed his deepest sympathies to The Royal Family, he said:

“On behalf of The Highland Council and communities of the Highlands, we join the nation in mourning for Her Majesty The Queen. We extend our heartfelt sympathies to all members of The Royal Family and Household and honour Her Majesty The Queen’s long service and duty to the country.”

The Highland Council will observe a 1 minute silence as a mark of respect for Her Majesty The Queen, tomorrow, 9 September 2022 at 11am.

Weekly Update : 2 September

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Dear Parents and Carers,

As another busy week draws to a close, I have a shorter update to share with you this week.

Soccer 7s Tournament

The Soccer 7s tournament which was due to take place in Broadford last week has been rescheduled to take place on Saturday 1st October.  Adult volunteers are required to coach the teams on the day and we would be delighted to hear from parents or carers who are available to help with this.

Childsmile

The Childsmile Team hope to visit the school in the coming weeks to carry out fluoride varnishing with our P1-P4 classes.  Consent forms will be issued to pupils next week.

Flu Vaccine Forms & Annual Data Checks

Thank you to those of you who have returned both these forms.  Can all those parents who have not yet completed the Annual Data Check form or the Flu Vaccine form please kindly return both to class teachers or the school office next week.  Parents and carers can choose not to give consent for the vaccine if they wish but it is helpful for the School Nursing Team to have a completed form from each pupil which clearly indicates whether or not a pupil should receive the vaccine.  This ensures things run more smoothly when the team visit the school to carry out vaccinations.  Misplaced or damaged forms can be easily replaced, please contact the school office if you would like a duplicate form.

Swimming

Swimming lessons begin again for our P3-P7 classes from next week, the swimming days and times for each class are listed below.

ClassDayTime
P3Wednesday11.30 – 12.00
P4Thursday9.30 – 10.00
P5Thursday12.00 – 12.30
P6Thursday11.30 – 12.00
P7Wednesday12.00 -12.30

Labels on Belongings

A reminder that all belongings should be labelled.  Many items are placed in our lost property cupboard with no name labels on them making it impossible to reunite them with their owners. Staff do their best to return items to pupils but this becomes impossible if items are not labelled.  Thank you for your help with this.

Have a lovely weekend,
Iain

Weekly Update : 26 August

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Dear Parents and Carers,

As the second week of term draws to a close, there are just one or two reminders to share with you.

Homework

As our classes begin to settle into their new routines, individual class teachers will be in touch to confirm arrangements for Homework for this term and to provide confirmation of PE Days and Swimming slots.  A reminder that children should continue to come to school in their PE kit and their school jumper on PE days.

Absence Reporting

All absences should be reported to the School Office by 9.30am each day.  Parents and carers can phone the office on 01478 613130 or email portree.primary@highland.gov.uk to let the staff know pupils will not be attending school.  Teaching staff do not have regular access to emails through the school day therefore absences should be reported to the office and not to class teachers.  Absences are recorded and monitored so it is important a reason for absence is given.  Thank you for your co-operation with this.

Pupils Travelling on School Buses

The school bus leaves the school at 3.25pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons.  Bus pupils leave classes slightly early to board the bus.  It is important class teachers know which pupils are due to travel on the bus to ensure everyone gets to where they need to be in time. Where possible, changes to collection arrangements should be given to class teachers in good time, preferably in the morning.  Classes are involved in various activities throughout the school day and It is not always possible to get messages to teachers or pupils quickly.  It can be particularly tricky to share information with classes late in the afternoon.  Information was shared with parents earlier in the week in connection with the bus stop at Urquhart Place.   Can those parents of pupils who plan to start using the Urquhart Place bus stop please notify class teachers or the school office.  We really appreciate your support as we continue to address issue of congestion around the school.

School Car Park

A reminder, the school car park is for the use of school staff only.  In the interests of keeping everyone safe, can we ask that parents do not take their vehicles into the school car park at the beginning and end of the school day. There are many pedestrians in the car park at those times, including pupils, school staff and parents collecting pre-school children, it is important they can move around safely. Thank you.

Annual Data Checks and Flu Vaccine Forms

Thank you to everyone who has returned the Annual Data Checks and Flu Vaccine forms.  Annual Data Checks ensure we have the most up to date information for all our pupils including contact numbers in case of an emergency.  Any misplaced or damaged Annual Data Check forms can be easily replaced,  please don’t hesitate to contact the school office to request a duplicate. The school nurse will visit the school to collect the flu vaccine consent forms shortly.  Again the nursing team are happy to reissue forms to anyone who has misplaced or damaged the original.

Swimming Lessons

We hope to start swimming lessons for pupils in our P3-P7 classes during the week beginning 5th September.  Due to staffing changes this year, we require some help with the supervision of the pupils during the walk to and from the swimming pool.  Swimming lessons are a really important part of the curriculum and provide many benefits to pupils.  We can only continue to provide access to the pool for pupils with some extra help from parents and carers.  It is hoped if we receive enough support, volunteers will not have to cover every week.  Any parent or carer who is able to help with this, should contact class teachers or the school office.  

After School Shinty P5-S1

After school Shinty will begin again on Monday 29th August from 5-6pm at the KGV for pupils in P5 – P7.  Can all the parents and carers of pupils who are interested in taking part please complete a Google permission form which is available here : https://docs.google.com/forms/d/10tFwiwcW97TrTPlHwavuRCmezDxcc-Uf_eEWEfF8xkM/edit?usp=sharing

Safe, Strong And Free

A follow up session with Ellen from the Safe, Strong and Free project will take place with our Primary 1 class next Wednesday morning.

If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Have a lovely weekend,

Iain

Weekly Update : 19 August

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Dear Parents and Carers,

As the first week of the new school year draws to a close, I wish to thank you all for your patience and understanding as we navigated our way through the uncertainty around class structure for the term.  It is wonderful to have all the pupils back in school and they are all settling in well to their new classes.  I also wish to extend a warm welcome to our new P1 parents.

There are a few updates I wish to bring to your attention this week.

Parking, Pick Up and Drop Off

The school day begins at 9.06am and pupils are permitted to be in the playground from 9am each morning.  Classes finish at 3.30pm on a Monday to Thursday and at 12.45pm on a Friday.  Congestion continues to be an issue on Blaven Road and areas neighbouring the school at the beginning and the end of the school day.  It would be helpful if parents could ensure they spend as little time as possible in the areas around the school at pick up and drop off times.  A reminder that the designated drop off point for Portree Primary School is the car park at Portree Community Centre. Parents should not park in Marsco Place and Glamaig Place.  Residents have been in contact with the school to raise concerns about the safety of pupils, other pedestrians and road users as parents continue to use this area for parking.  There is particular problem at the junction between Glamaig Place and Blaven Road.  Parking on the pavement and in the bell mouth obstructs visibility for cars entering and exiting the Glamaig Place and causes a risk to the pedestrians using the pavements.  When dropping off and collecting pupils from school, please be considerate of other road users and our neighbours to ensure everyone is safe in the areas around the school.

Free School Meals

A reminder to all parents that pupils in P1-P5 are entitled to receive a free school meal.  Parents of pupils in P6 and P7 can apply for free school meals on the Highland Council Website.  For those of you who are new to our parent community, you may not be aware that a clothing grant for school uniform is also available to families on a low income.  Parents P6 and P7 pupils can apply for both by completing the form on the website.  Parents of P1-P5 pupils who wish to apply for a clothing grant should also complete the form on the website.   A link to further information and the application form is below.  If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to get  in touch.

https://www.highland.gov.uk/info/899/schools-grants_and_benefits/10/free_school_meals_and_assistance_with_clothing

Annual Data Checks

Annual Data Check forms have been issued to pupils this week.  All parents should check the information on these forms carefully and make amendments where necessary.  Forms should be returned to class teachers by Friday 26th August.

School Uniform

School uniform can be purchased from Andrew Hyde Schoolwear, a link to the website is below and school kilts are available from Schoolwear Made Easy a link to this site is also below.

Andrew Hyde : https://ahyde.co.uk/collections/portree-primary

School Kilts : https://schoolwearmadeeasy.com/products/winterbottoms-tartan-kilt-blue

Medication Forms

A reminder to parents and carers that a medication form must be completed for all medication at the start of each school year.  School staff cannot administer medication to pupils without one.  This also applies to pupils who carry their own medication.  Any parent who requires a form should contact the school office. 

Crossing at Home Farm Road

There will be no crossing patroller at the crossing on Home Farm Road next Wednesday afternoon (24th August).

Have a lovely weekend,

With kind regards,

Iain

Weekly Update : 24 June

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We have a brief update to share this week.

Prize Giving

Prize giving will take place in the school on Tuesday.  Invitations have been sent to parents of pupils who have been nominated to receive prizes on Tuesday.

Free School Meals and Clothing Grant

A reminder to parents this is available and any parent who wishes to apply can do so by following this link;

https://www.highland.gov.uk/info/899/schools-grants_and_benefits/10/free_school_meals_and_assistance_with_clothing

All pupils in the P1-P5 classes currently receive free school meals and do not need to apply.  However, the clothing grant is also available to families on a low income and the application for this is available by following the link.

Last Day of Term

Our Summer break begins next Thursday.  The school will close at 12pm for all staff and pupils.  Pupils travelling on buses will leave Portree Primary at 11.45 on Thursday and it is expected all buses will depart from the High School at 12pm.

Have a lovely weekend.

Regards,

Iain

Weekly Update : 17 June

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Dear Parents and Carers,

As the end of term draws ever closer, there are just a few updates to share this week.

Transition Days

The P7 transition days to the High School are scheduled for next week.  Our P7 class should not attend PPS and should go to the High School on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. We hope they enjoy their visit.  Transition for our P1-P6 classes and Nursery pupils will also take place on Thursday and Friday next week.  Highland Council have not yet confirmed staffing arrangements for the next academic year, once this has been confirmed, we will be in a position to share information about class teachers with parents.

P7 School Trip

A reminder the P7 school trip takes place Tuesday 21st June.  Please ensure consent forms are returned to Mrs Constant by Monday 20th June.  Pupils should take a packed lunch and a swimming kit with them.  They do not require any spending money. Pupils should wear a school jumper but it is not necessary to wear full school uniform.

Prize Giving

We are delighted to share we can hold a Prize Giving this year!  This will take place on Tuesday 28th June.  Invitations will be issued to the parents of prize winners early next week.

Last Day of Term

The High School and Stagecoach have confirmed arrangements for the last day of term, (Thursday 30th June).  The school will close at 12pm.  All pupils travelling on buses will depart Portree Primary at 11.45am, this will ensure all buses are ready to leave the High School at 12pm.

Thank you,

Iain