25 JANUARY 2005
My apologies to all for any confusion or inconvenience caused by the
initial closure, then late opening of the school yesterday. Within
minutes of taking the decision to close we had full power reinstated and
I felt I could not justify closing for the full day.
Many parents have opted to give us only mobile numbers for their
emergency contact. Over the last week some networks have not been
functioning and we have experienced some difficulty in contacting
parents., therefore could you please ensure that we have a land line
telephone number for emergency purposes.
The 2005/6 Handbook is now available from the office. If any parent
would like a copy, please arrange this with Hilary at the office.
BLUE PETER APPEAL
We are participating in the Blue Peter Appeal which involves us
collecting clean clothes, in good condition (NO SHOES). Hilary will be
collecting these items at the school office each morning.
BIG HEART DAY – 9 FEBRUARY
You will have
probably read in the local press or heard on Moray Firth Radio of
Highland Council’s Big Heart Day. The aim of the day is for every child
in Highland to raise at least £1 towards the Tsunami appeal. Schools
have been provided with several suggestions as to how they might raise
this money. We have decided to have a mini fun fayre for the children in
the main hall on the afternoon of Wednesday, 9 February. Primary 7
pupils will man a number of free stalls in the main hall eg tombola,
face painting, hoop-la, beat the goalie, etc. All children will be able
to participate in return for a single coin donation. This coin can be of
any value and will placed by your child to form a coin heart on the
We are delighted to inform you that we now have a 20mph speed limit in
Castletown Road at the front of the school. This limit will only be in
place at relevant times of the day, when children are coming to and
leaving the school, for the rest of the time the normal speed limit will
Well done to our three classes who recently participated in fundraising
P6 – raised £100 which has been
split between the SSPCA Centre at Balmore and the Tsunami disaster
appeal. (£50 will start off the Big Heart Day fundraiser).
P7 – raised £117.76 with their
Christmas post enterprise. This will be donated to the local branch of
the Macmillan Nurses.
P4 – raised £80 which will be
included in the fundraising total for our Big Heart Day.
CAITHNESS MUSIC FESTIVAL
I realise that the Music Festival is not until June but we have to start
preparations at this time of year. Children will be read the poem in
class and any indicating an interest will be given a copy. This does NOT
mean they will be entering the festival. Only 3 boys and 3 girls from
each class will be entered. As usual the school will pay for group
entries but parents are expected to pay for individual items, duets,
etc. Any parents who are interested in helping with supervising the
children should contact the school office. Further details will issued
in due course.
of course enter children outwith the school entries if they so wish but
will be responsible for transporting and supervising their own children.
This would be an authorised absence from school.
An advert will be appearing in the local press soon informing parents
that the enrolment date for children entering Primary 1 in August 2005
will be week commencing Monday, 31st January.
The advert states that:
All children who reach the
age of 5 on or before 16 August 2005 should enrol in January to begin
primary school in August 2005.
Children who will reach age 5
after 16 August but on or before 28 February 2006 may also be enrolled
at that time and commence in August 2005. Parents of these children may
choose not to enrol their child until August 2006.
Please pass this information on
to anyone you know with children due to enrol for this coming session.
No date has been set for parents enrolling for
Copies of PTA minutes are available on the website and also on the
notice board outside the office. The next meeting will be held on
Friday, 28 January.
Copies of School Board minutes are available on the website and also on
the notice board outside the office. The next meeting will be held on
Monday, 7 February.
SCHOOL MEAL CHANGES – AGAIN!!
In order to comply with the requirements of the Scottish Executive
document “Hungry for Success” the Catering Services have made a few
changes to the lunch menu.
From Monday, 31 January we will no longer have Grab and Go bags. In
their place there will be an added option to the main meal menu. Hilary
has updated the current menu for your reference. Please keep this in a
safe place as this menu works on a 4 weekly cycle. Lost copies will be
replaced at a cost of 5p.
Along with the main menu items the following will be available to all
children having a school lunch every day:
A choice of milk, fresh fruit
juice or water.
Fresh fruit or yoghurt as
an alternative to pudding.
A choice of salad and cooked veg.
A variety of breads (over the
Please ensure your child(ren)
will eat something from the menu before sending them for a lunch as
there will no longer be a sandwich option available.
If parents have any questions/comments I will be
happy to pass them on to Catering Services.
For the month of January we will collect old mobile phones and pass them
on to CHAS. This is the children’s charity we support by collecting ink
cartridges throughout the year. Please note the SIM cards must be
removed before you send them into school. These can be delivered to the
office by pupils in the mornings. We will also be collecting old
Christmas cards for recycling.
PLEASE NOTE AS BOTH SOMERFIELD AND COOP NOW PROVIDE FACILITIES FOR
COLLECTING WASTE PAPER FOR RECYCLING WE WILL NO LONGER BE
continue to collect:
Empty ink cartridges.
Nestle Box Tops
School Closes (at the end of the school day on) School Opens (9.00 am
Wednesday, 9 February 2005 Tuesday, 15 February, 2005
Thursday, 24 March 2005 Monday, 11 April 2005
Friday, 29 April 2005 Tuesday, 3 May 2005
Friday, 1 July 2005 (12.00) Tuesday, 16 August 2005
Friday, 7 October 2005 Monday, 24
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
ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Have a heart –
donate as much as you can
Tsunami Disaster Appeal