13 September 2005
We are all aware of recent
events in West Lothian surrounding the tragic death of Rory Blackhall
and I suspect that there are very few teachers and parents who have not
shared in the family’s grief. In light of these events I have been asked
to remind parents of the importance of good two way communication with
regard to absence from school. If by the end of three days of absence
the school has not received communication from parents/carers office
staff will make contact with the home. If unable to make contact or
to establish an acceptable reason for a child’s absence we are then
obliged to pass this information to the Area Education Manager, Graham
Nichols and to the Social Work Department.
By ensuring our emergency contact details are as up to date as
possible and contacting the school within a three day absence
period parents can assist in our administration of absences. It is
helpful if on the child’s return to school they bring a note of
explanation which the class teacher can attach to the register. Thank
you for you co operation in this matter.
TERM ONE CHARITY
This term we have chosen to
support CLIC and the Roald Dahl Foundation through participating in
Children’s Book Week Readathon. The fundraising activity will be for
children to guess how many books the whole school (staff and pupils)
will read in that week. Further information will be issued nearer the
All children took part in voting
for their new House Captains for this session. Well done to the P7
pupils who took part in standing for election by making their speeches
to their House Team members. Congratulations to the following children
who were chosen to be House Captains:-
HARALD Tammy Rendall Danny Gunn
SINCLAIR Jenni Hinds Liam Begg
THOR Chloe Elder Kerr Mackay
The children from P4-7 recently participated in elections to appoint
two Pupil Council Reps for each class. The reps are as follows;-
P4 Hannah Smith Craig Wares
P5 Tori Mackenzie Josh Watt
P6 Vicki Davidson Callum Ferguson
P7 Stacey Waters Ross Mackay
Congratulations to the new reps. We will keep you up to date with
Pupil Council projects via the school newsletter throughout the year.
Approximate costs for buses last
year for individual class trips, football/netball, etc came to £1800.
This does not include the bus for the P7 Edinburgh trip. The
School Board Excursion Fund contributed £300 towards these costs. I hope
you will join me in thanking Mrs MacKrell, School Board Treasurer for
organising the draw each month. The school would also like to thank
parents for their monthly contributions.
Open meeting with Mrs Farmer
Following recent discussion with
one or two parents I have decided it might be a useful activity for me
to hold regular open meetings with parents to discuss general issues,
answer questions etc. The School Board have agreed to have a
representative attend each meeting. To allow me to be prepared for any
questions you might have it would be most helpful if parents could call
the office prior to the meeting and give a brief indication of their
query. The first meeting will be held in the Parents’ Room on Wednesday,
28 September at 3.15 pm.
SAFER ROUTES TO SCHOOL
We had our first meeting last
night which was very poorly attended. Of 144 families in the school,
only 5 children were represented. I would like to thank those parents
for their support and urge other parents with concerns to join us at the
next meeting. As I have indicated before, I am unable to carry this
project forward without parental support as it is only through the
support of the parents I will be able to access funding. The main areas
for concern are:
· Crossing in Mount Pleasant Road.
· Crossing in Castle Terrace.
· Cycle storage within the school grounds.
The date for the next meeting has to be arranged as I am hoping
representatives from Roads Dept and the Safer Routes to School
initiative will be able to attend. Details to follow.
Just a brief reminder there will
be an open evening this evening at 6.30 pm to provide parents with
background information about this project.
SCHOOL NUTRITION ACTION GROUP
The SNAG has had their first
meeting. The children were represented by Michaela Cameron and Rachael
Canavan, P7. Mrs Cassidy and Mrs O’Kane and Agnes also sit on the group.
The ideas they would like to pursue this year are:
· Establish an outdoor eating area for packed lunches.
· Provide other healthy alternatives to chocolate in the tuck
The girls carried out a survey in school last week and from Monday,
19 September we will be selling digestive biscuits and choc chip rice
cakes in the tuck shop. Mrs Farmer has approached the Pupil Council to
help with establishing the outdoor eating area.
If any parents in the SNAG please contact the school office to
indicate your interest.
“CHICKEN” ON CASTLE TERRACE
I have recently received a
complaint from a grandparent who witnessed children from Mount Pleasant
school playing ‘chicken’ on Castle Terrace. I have spoken to all pupils
at Assembly, in general terms, of the dangers of this ‘game’ but would
very much appreciate if parents could reinforce this message.
DATES FOR TERMS 1 & 2
Open Meeting Wednesday, 28
Nursery 3 and N4 workshop Wednesday, 28 September
Edinburgh Meeting Wednesday, 5 October
PTA Meeting Thursday, 6 October
Hallowe’en Fayre Thursday 27 October
PTA AGM Date to be confirmed
In-Service Days Monday 7 and Tuesday, 8 November
School Board Meeting Monday, 14 November
Christmas Show date Tuesday 13 December
HEALTH PROMOTING SCHOOL ACCREDITATION VISIT
All schools in Highland are
trying to achieve Health Promoting Status by December 2005. We are due
to have our accreditation visit on Tuesday 20 September. Health
Promotion looks at Health in its widest sense not just healthy food and
exercise but also the school environment, a variety of challenges for
children and staff etc. I have invited members of the School Board and
PTA to meet with the Accreditation Officer at 1.30 on the afternoon of
his visit. If any other parents would like to meet with him please
contact the school office to make the necessary arrangements. I will
keep parents informed as to how we fair.
We are delighted to welcome the
new Salvation Army Chaplain, Martin, who has now joined us for two
Assemblies. I hope parents will join me in thanking the Wick Chaplain,
Norman Waddington, who has kept assemblies going for the last year or so
NOTE FOR NOTE – LLOYDS TSB
Note for Note is a programme
Lloyds TSB have started up. The aim of the project is to bring more
music to our school. If you have an account with Lloyds TSB and are
interested to find out more, please contact the school office and we
will put home the information by school bag mail.
Please note further holiday
dates for 2006-07 and 2007-08 have been added to the list at the end of
the news letter. Unfortunately these do not include in-service dates
yet. These will be added as soon as we receive them.
P7 AND SCOTTISH OPERA
Six pupils from P7 were chosen
to perform in the Scottish Opera’s version of Macbeth at Thurso High
School last week. The children were Laura McPhee, Ellie Mackrell, Tammy
Rendall, David Ross, Steven Firth and Jenni Hinds. This was a fantastic
experience for the children and by all accounts, apart from the horrible
pizza for tea, they had a brilliant time. Thank you to the parents and
staff who volunteered to help supervise the children at the High School
and to those who joined us in the audience. Well done to our six stars!
Please find attached further
lunchtime information provided by Highland Council Catering Services.
Attached is a sheet of
permission slips for various school activities. We have decided to cut
down on photocopying by issuing these permission slips to be completed
for the duration of primary 1-7 rather than re-issue every year. Please
note that for any excursions outwith Thurso we will provide additional
information on a separate note. I would remind parents that that this is
for emergency first aid only and urge them to keep us informed of any
allergies, medication, etc. Videos and photographs are only used within
the school environment or to promote the school in the local press. Some
photographs may be published by Caithness.org
The next PTA event will be the
Hallowe’en Fayre. Information regarding this will be issued by the PTA
Copies of PTA minutes are available on the school website and also on
the notice board outside the office. The next PTA meeting will be held
at 6.30pm on Thursday 6, October.
The winner of August’s prize
draw was Mrs Leonard (Ben and Abbie). Copies of School Board minutes are
available on the school website and also on the notice board outside the
office. The next meeting will be held at 7.00 pm on Monday, 14 November.
We continue to collect:
· Items for Blue Peter Appeal – clean clothes in good condition, no
· Empty ink cartridges.
· Persil Stars
· Nestle Box Tops
· Aluminium Cans (cleaned, crushed and in a carrier bag)
School Closes (at the end of the school day on) School Opens
(9.00 am on)
Friday, 7 October 2005 Monday, 24 October 2005
Friday, 4 November 2005 Wednesday, 9 November 2005
Thursday, 22 December 2005 Monday, 9 January 2006
Wednesday, 8 February 2006 Tuesday, 14 February 2006
Friday, 31 March 2006 Wednesday, 19 April 2006
Friday, 30 June 2006 Tuesday, 15 August 2006
Friday, 6 October 2006 Monday, 23 October 2006
Thursday, 21 December 2006 Monday, 8 January 2007
Friday, 30 March 2007 Monday, 16 April 2007
Thursday, 28 June 2007 Tuesday, 14 August 2007
Friday, 5 October 2007 Monday, 22 October 2007
Thursday, 20 December 2007 Monday, 7 January 2008
Thursday, 20 March 2008 Monday, 7 April 2008
Friday, 27 June 2008