Dear Parent/ Carer,
term is really whizzing past and only another six weeks until the Easter
holidays. So much has happened over the past six weeks and I thought you
would appreciate some of our highlights.
- Highland Healthy Week – this was a great success
and the children took part enthusiastically with their diaries. Swimming
goggles were awarded to the children with the highest scores in each
class. The Information Evening for parents was poorly attended but it
was another positive occasion with great tips offered by our guest
speakers – we all found out something new regarding “Being Healthy”.
Tips for breakfast, ways to relax, activities for children, new foods to
taste, bedtime routines – this was all done in a relaxed and sociable
atmosphere. Perhaps you could come the next time? The January Sale was
great fun – as usual! We raised over £210. Well done to all.
- Primary Seven pupils took part in a workshop
session with Brian Irvine (ex-Aberdeen footballer) looking at racism.
This was handled through the children’s sports skills and discussion.
This was a very positive experience for the class and they certainly
have the skills to “Show Racism the Red Card”. They have now written a
class poem on the subject to submit to a National Competition.
- Burns Day Lunch. Miss Jappy dressed for the occasion in her kilt and
piped in the huge haggis. P5/6 recited the “Address to the Haggis” and the
children tucked in to haggis or sausages with neeps and tatties followed
by shortbread.They toasted Robbie Burns with a glass of Irn Bru and
listened to traditional Scottish music. A super tribute to our famous
- The children in P4/5 and P5/6 have enjoyed drama
sessions with Eden Court worker David Hunter. It is amazing to see their
confidence grow each week with various exercises and team work.
- Esme Duncan from the Scripture Union gave all P5 – P7 pupils a
presentation of their outdoor holidays. Leaflets were issued to the
- Jamie Stone MSP visited the school over lunchtime and joined the
children with their meal. He even managed to receive a Healthy Meal
- We had our termly fire drill on Friday – the whole school was evacuated
in 57seconds. Well done to all pupils and staff. Some children went
outside in stocking feet as they do not have indoor shoes. Please ensure
that your child has another pair of shoes to change into – this could be
spare trainers, slippers or gym shoes.
- We welcome Edinburgh University student Miss Moodie to P4/5 class and
Sarah Jane McGinley from North Highland College who is with P1/2.
CAITHNESS MUSIC FESTIVAL
Class teachers are in the process of selecting children to take part in
verse speaking for this event, if your child is willing to take part then
please inform their
teacher and send in the £1.50 entry fee. Mrs Ferguson, Miss Anderson & Mrs
will also select children for musical events. All entries must be
submitted to myself by
Friday 2nd March 2007.
BIG HEART DAY 2007
South School Raised £110 For big Heart Day
School raised £110 on their Big Heart day celebrations. Big Heart is
campaign in highland schools that began in its first year to help victims
of the Tsunami. This year the funds raised will go to a new skills
centre in Gambia.
On Wednesday 21st February we will be fundraising
this year to support the Gamscot Project. This project has been identified
by our Director, Bruce Robertson, as he visited the Gamscot Project two
years ago to see the work developed by The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award,
giving opportunities for many thousands of under-privileged young people
in one of Africa’s poorest countries.
We have decided to have a non-uniform day and bring in £1.The children
should wear something to make us smile and there will be a prize awarded
for one person in each class with the most original idea! This could be a
fancy dress outfit, pyjamas or a silly hat. Heart-shaped shortbread will
be served at lunchtime. We will have an Assembly at 2.30pm to share our
efforts and have some fun!
Please encourage your child to enter into the spirit of this Highland wide
event as, if every class in every school joins in the fun, Big Heart Day
could generate thousands of pounds in the Highlands and thousands of
smiles in The Gambia.
The money will help to get the basics established for a second Skills
Centre in The Gambia which will require water, a generator for electricity
(there is no local source of power), buildings and equipment.
WORLD BOOK DAY
The children will be issued with vouchers to use as part of World Book Day
on Thursday 1st March. Please encourage your child to use their voucher to
purchase a book from our local bookshop. There may be special £1 books on
sale as part of this promotion.
DOGS IN PLAYGROUND
Please ensure that, if you bring your dog up to the school at any time,
you have them securely on a lead and are standing away from the large
numbers of children going into or out of school. Children love to greet
their family pets but sometimes a crowded area is not the best place for
School closes Friday 30th March 2007
School re-opens Tuesday 17th April 2007
School closed Monday 7th May 2007 – May Day holiday
School closes Thursday 28th June 2007
School re-opens Tuesday 14th August 2007
Thank you for your continued support and please
contact me if you wish to discuss any concerns at any time.