Weekly Update : 25 March

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Dear Parents and Carers,

After School Activities

As COVID 19 restrictions continue to ease, we are optimistic we will soon be in a position to start a programme of after school activities for pupils.  In preparation for this, we would like to begin the process of recruiting volunteers.  Anyone who is interested in becoming a volunteer should complete the survey below.  Any contribution a volunteer can make is greatly appreciated.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1z9u1XJ1wr19zkuH088LdopZnIoPL1IU8GmnPQEXliwM/edit

Parent Council Meeting

The next Parent Council Meeting will take place in the School on Tuesday 29th March at 6.30pm.  All parents and carers are welcome.

Makaton

The Makaton signs of the week this week are hungry, tired and thirsty.

Easter Holidays

A reminder the Easter Break begins next Friday 1st April.  The school will close at 12.45pm on Friday and re-open at 9.06 on Tuesday 19th April.

Thank you,

Iain

Weekly Update : 18 March

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Car Parking, Drop off and Pick Up

We have been aware of an increasing number of vehicles entering the school car park and issues with congestion on Blaven Road and the surrounding areas.  We wish to remind all parents the designated drop off zone for pupils is the car park next to Portree Nursery and parents are once again encouraged to use this to avoid congestion around the school at the beginning and end of the day.  Designated bays are in place there and Highland Council fund a crossing patroller to ensure that children get from there to school safely.

A reminder also that the bus lane should only be used by buses and not by private vehicles. The car park at the school is for school staff only and should not be used for parent parking or to collect or drop off pupils.  Both Marsco Place and Glamaig Place are not roads adopted by the Highland Council and as such the residents there are responsible for the upkeep of these roads.  There have been some safety concerns brought to our attention in regard to driveways being blocked as well as the parking in these areas creating blind spots where pupils are walking.   

In addition to this, Parents are reminded that pupils should not be arriving at the school before 9am.  With the exception of bus pupils, pupils do not leave their classrooms before 3.30pm from Monday to Thursday and at 12.45pm on a Friday.  In order to ease the congestion on Blaven Road, it would be appreciated if parents could utilise the designated drop off area as much as possible, and refrain from parking outside the school unless it is absolutely necessary.   If it is necessary to park on Blaven Road to collect a pupil, we would ask parents to kindly ensure they do so for as short a period as possible to minimise the impact on other road users and local residents.

We would always encourage pupils to walk and cycle to school where possible as it is hugely beneficial to their health and wellbeing.  

We appreciate your cooperation in this.

Red Nose Day

We have had a wonderful morning of activities organised by Primary 4 to raise funds for Comic Relief.  Thank you to all the classes who have taken part in games, made donations, purchased baking and raffle tickets.  A big thank you to Mrs MacAskill and the Primary 4 class for all their hard work.  The total raised will be shared with parents next week.

Regards,

Iain

Weekly Update : 11 March

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

Red Nose Day

Red Nose Day takes place next Friday 18th March.  Primary 4 will be hosting activities for our Comic Relief fundraiser this year, please see the information attached.

Lollipop Crossing

There will be no crossing patroller at the green shed on Home Farm Road on Monday afternoon, (14th March).

Raasay Trip Payment

A reminder that the next instalment for pupils attending the Raasay Trip is due next Friday 18th March.

Makaton

Our Makaton signs of the week this week are frightened, excited and worried.

Thank you,

Iain

Weekly Update : 4 March

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As another busy week comes to an end at Portree Primary School, there are only one or two items to bring to your attention.

Emergency Contact Details

A reminder to parents to notify the school of changes to contact numbers.  It is very important we have the correct emergency contact information in the event we need to contact parents during the school day. 

Absence Reporting

Absences and the reason for the absence should be reported to the school by telephone call or email by 9.30am each morning.  It is very helpful to have this information promptly as we continue to manage the impact of COVID 19.

Makaton

The Makaton signs for this week are how, feel and poorly/ill.

Red Nose Day

P4 will be hosting activities for Red Nose Day which this year takes place on Friday 18th March.  Further information will be shared next week.

Thank you,

Iain

Weekly Update : 25 February

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As we come to the end of another busy month at Portree Primary, we have a few things we wish to share with you.

Winter Weather

With the unpredictable winter weather continuing, a reminder of our arrangements for Adverse Weather are detailed below. 

Adverse Weather Arrangements

It is the responsibility of parents or carers to decide if a pupil should attempt to travel to school, by transport or on foot, in adverse weather conditions.  The council encourages full attendance at school but in severe weather condition the safety of pupil is much more important. 

Parents and pupils are often concerned about content that may be missed, but this should not over-ride good judgement.

Communication

Every effort will be made to keep parents informed of details of school closures, early closures etc. brought about by adverse weather.

When the school is not going to open, this will be communicated by the school Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/portreeprimary/ on the Highland Council Website www.highland.gov.uk/schoolclosures and on the schools telephone information service line, which is available by dialling 0800 564 2272 and entering the school’s PIN 042810

Outdoor Clothing and Footwear

A reminder all pupils should dress appropriately for the weather conditions.  Pupils benefit from having time outside in the playground and as a school we encourage pupils to spend time outdoors.  It is important pupils have suitable jackets and footwear for outside play.  It is also recommended that pupils carry a spare pair of socks with them to change into if required.

Highland Council Position Statement

In light of the recent changes to the restrictions that have been made by the Scottish Government in their response to Covid-19, Highland Council have issued an updated Position Statement to all schools.  We will take time to look at the changes and how they can be applied within our own setting.  Any changes that we make will be communicated in due course

World Book Day

We will celebrate World Book Day on Friday 4th March.  Pupils are allowed to come dressed in pyjamas for a big bedtime read which they will take part in within their own classrooms. They are asked to bring either their favourite book or a book they would like to read for the day. Individual classes will be involved in lots of different activities to celebrate reading and support reading for fun. No donation is required for this event.  We look forward to a relaxed, fun and enjoyable morning of reading activities.  Further details of activities will follow next week.

P7 Raasay Trip Payment Reminder

The second instalment for the P7 Trip to Raasay is due today.  Can all parents of the pupils attending please ensure payments are sent in to the school as soon as possible, thank you.

Nut Free School

A reminder that Portree Primary School is a nut free school.  There are members of our school community who have nut allergies and it is important to ensure all packed lunches and snacks do not contain nuts.  Your co-operation with this is appreciated.

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

Thank you,

Iain

Weekly Update : 18 February

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As we approach our half term break, there are a few updates to bring to your attention.

Menu Change – Thursday 24th February

There will be a change to the menu for school meals on Thursday.  The choices will be beef burger and potato wedges or soup and a cheese sandwich.

P7 Raasay Trip

A reminder to P7 parents, the next instalment for the P7 Raasay Trip is due on Friday 25th February.   All payments should be sent to the school by next Friday.

World Book Day

World Book Day takes place on Thursday 3rd March.  Book tokens have been distributed to pupils this week and further information will follow next week.

Makaton

The Makaton signs for this week are orange, purple and blue.

COVID 19

Thank you to all parents who continue to wear face coverings and  follow the guidance at pick up and drop off times at the school.  Your support is greatly appreciated during what has been a very challenging time for everyone.

Half Term Break

A reminder the school will be close at 12.45pm today for half term break. Pupils will return on Thursday 24th February.

Wishing you all a lovely break!

Iain

Weekly Update : 4th February

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Dear Parents and Carers,

COVID 19

Following the completion of the Risk Assessment with the Health Protection Team the Primary 3 Class will later today be issued with a Step Down Letter to communicate to each family when their child can return to school/normal activities.  Thank you for your continued patience and understanding at this time. 

A reminder that the most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

  • new continuous cough and/or
  • high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell

However, people with COVID-19 can present with a wide range of symptoms including headache, sore muscles and joints, tiredness, sore throat, cold-like symptoms and diarrhoea and vomiting. 

If anyone in the household develops symptoms, the current national guidance for testing and isolation should be followed.

Highland Online Primary School – HOPS

Please see the link for the Highland Online Primary School (HOPS), which has been launched by Highland Council to support children that may be required to isolate or classes that may require to work from home.  Whilst this resource is aimed primarily at P4-7, extensive guidance for other stages can be accessed through the Digital Hub.

https://sites.google.com/millburnacademy.org.uk/highlanddigitalschoolshub/digital-learning

Please get in touch with the school if you require support to access this resource. 

Makaton

The Makaton signs we have been learning this week are learn, colours and red.

Thank you,

Iain

Weekly Update : 28 January

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As January draws to a close, there are a few updates to bring to your attention.

COVID 19

Following the completion of the Risk Assessment with the Health Protection Team the Primary 5 Class will later today be issued with a Step Down Letter to communicate to each family when their child can return to school/normal activities. 

I appreciate that over the past week with increasing news of positive cases that there are many questions about how we respond to this.  As we have been throughout the pandemic, we continue to be guided by the Highland Council and the Health Protection Team.  Any information that we share is directed by them.  I appreciate the frustration that information has not been quicker in coming, however, it is an ever changing situation and as soon as information is sent to us, we will share it with you.

A reminder that the most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

  • new continuous cough and/or
  • high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell

However, people with COVID-19 can present with a wide range of symptoms including headache, sore muscles and joints, tiredness, sore throat, cold-like symptoms and diarrhoea and vomiting. 

If anyone in the household develops symptoms, the current national guidance for testing and isolation should be followed.

Half Term Break

The School will close for half term break at 12.45pm on Friday 18th of February and reopen to pupils again on Thursday 24th February .

Makaton

The Makaton signs that we have been learning this week are today, tomorrow and yesterday.

Head lice

A reminder to parents as well that pupils should be checked regularly at home for head lice.  We are no longer permitted to share when cases arise but just ask that everyone continues to check as a matter of routine.

Thank you,

Iain

Weekly Update : 21 January

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Dear Parents and Carers,

Robert Burns Day – Tuesday 25th January

To mark Robert Burns Day on Tuesday 25th January, pupils are invited to wear tartan either as an addition to or in place of their school uniforms.  The school will not be asking for a donation on this occasion.  The children have been exploring the use of Scots language through songs, poems and quizzes.  This will also be the focus of our first Values Assembly of 2022 which takes place next week.

Childsmile

The Childsmile team will be at the school on Monday 24th January to complete the fluoride varnishing with P1-4.

Makaton

The Makaton signs that we have been learning this week are Mum, Dad and more.

Thank you,

Iain

Weekly Update : 14 January

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Dear Parents and Carers,

As we come to the end of a busy week, there are a few updates to bring to your attention.

With the recent rise in Covid cases, I would like to reassure all parents/guardians that in the event of possible class or school transmission, the Health Protection Team are contacted and investigations are carried out and facilitated by myself.  As we have been throughout the pandemic, we continue to be guided by the Highland Council and the Health Protection Team.  Please see the following key points from our current guidance:    

If children or staff have Covid symptoms they should book a PCR test, irrespective of the results of an LFD test.

Positive Cases (regardless of vaccination status)

1. Positive cases

• must isolate for 10 days unless

• LFD tests negative on day 6 and day 7 (taken at least 24 hours apart, with the first test no earlier than day 6) they may leave isolation if they have no symptoms after their day 7 test.

High Risk Contacts who are Fully Vaccinated Adult Contacts (3 doses)

High Risk Contacts who are aged under 18 years and 4 months

2. take 7 daily LFD tests and report results instead of isolating

3. no requirement for a PCR test to be released from self-isolation.

4. children aged under 5 are encouraged, but not required, to take LFD tests

High Risk Contacts who are Unvaccinated/Partially Vaccinated Adult Contacts (less than 3 doses)

5. must take a PCR test and isolate for 10 days.

6. The previous risk-informed approach within schools will continue to apply. That is that, all potential contacts (whether defined as high- or low-risk) will be identified and provided with appropriate, proportionate advice on the action that should be taken in the following ways:

7. Test and Protect will, through the contact tracing system, identify those contacts where there is a higher risk of transmission and ask them to follow the appropriate steps based on NHS guidance (self-isolation and/or daily LFD testing dependent on age and vaccination status)

8. Other low risk contacts will be identified by schools when they are informed of positive cases, and sent information letters that advise them to take certain mitigating actions. These actions do not require self-isolation, but include important advice on LFD testing and other mitigating actions.   

Highland Online Primary School – HOPS

Please see the link for the Highland Online Primary School (HOPS), which has been launched this week by Highland Council to support children that may be required to isolate or classes that may require to work from home.  Whilst this resource is aimed primarily at P4-7, extensive guidance for other stages can be accessed through the Digital Hub.

https://sites.google.com/millburnacademy.org.uk/highlanddigitalschoolshub/digital-learning

The HOPS resource can be used by pupils that require to isolate, in conjunction with the PPS Numeracy and Literacy Grids.

Makaton

Our weekly Makaton signs will be family brother and sister.

School Values Assembly

We held a whole school online assembly at the start of the week to highlight our school values.  Our school values are Determination, Kindness, Friendship, Respect and Enjoyment.  These are things that we would like everyone in our school to show, and things that make a really good school.  Awards will continue to be given out at our assemblies which recognise when these values have been demonstrated by pupils.

Childsmile

Flouride varnishing took place this week for children in on Monday 10th January. 

Head lice


A reminder to parents as well that pupils should be checked regularly at home for head lice.  We are no longer permitted to share when cases arise but just ask that everyone continues to check as a matter of routine.

Thank you,

Iain

https://portreeprimary.files.wordpress.com/2022/01/hops-highlands-online-primary-school-january-2022-3.pdf

https://portreeprimary.files.wordpress.com/2022/01/online-support-for-pupils-young-people-educators-teachers-families-communities-across-highland-schools-1.pdf