Dear Parent/ Guardian,
Only another week left of February
and so much has been happening in school as well as beautiful cards made
for Valentines Day!
P1 enrolments took place during the
first week of February and we only have 11 pupils for the class. 30 pupils
will move on up to Wick High School in August so our school roll will drop
dramatically to 148. This will probably mean that we will have composite
classes as we will lose a teacher – I will keep you posted.
On Wednesday 4th February, pupil
representatives presented a cheque during Assembly for £162 to Dr. Pat
Robertson – Chairperson of the Caithness Branch of Diabetes UK. The money
was collected at the Christmas Church Service and staff Christmas card
donations. No doubt you saw the photo in “The Groat”?
On Wednesday 18th February, P5, P6
and P7 classes had workshops related to their class projects. The children
were enthused at each and the presenter donned outfits as a Viking, a
space explorer and a Home Front volunteer in WW2!
We have been successful with our application to Safer Routes To School
monies and have been awarded £11,000. This is the outcome of the Road
Safety questionnaires that went out last year and were collated to provide
the Safer Routes To School Group with the information required for their
This means that our Zebra Crossing will hopefully be in place by the end
I will keep you posted on progress made.
P.S. Couldn’t find a Clipart picture of a Zebra!
Can we play on the grass?
The children ask me this question every day! The rule is that we stay off
the grass when the conditions are wet and muddy otherwise the children
come into school covered in mud. This is not acceptable. I’m sure you will
support this decision.
Football training may take place on the grass but Colin will inform the
children of the appropriate gear to bring for those days.
So many children are wearing really long and wide trousers to school. This
has caused some problems:
1. The trousers are so long at times that children are actually tripping
over them. This is a Health and Safety issue.
2. On wet days, children are coming into school with wet patches creeping
up their trouser legs, at times to their knees.
3. Perhaps their trousers are off the ground with their outdoor shoes but
remember they change into gym shoes in school.
Can you please encourage your child not to wear these trousers to school?
We have a new item included in our range – sports trousers. They are
available in navy blue and really look smart as well as trendy! The
trousers cost £10 for children’s sizes and £12 for adult. We have a sample
Caithness Music Festival
– it’s that time of year!
If you wish your child to take part in the in the Verse Speaking then
please return the permission slip and fee to their class teacher by the
5th March 2004.
Remember you need to practise with your child regularly.
Poems will be issued this week.
We also hope to take part in choir & recorder group.
Decisions still need to be made with teaching staff regarding this.
Book Fair and World Book Day
We will be holding another Book Fair to coincide with World Book Day. This
will take place week beginning 1st March. All children will receive a £1
World Book Day token – they can use this when they purchase a book.
If you can help out with this event then please contact Mrs Sargent in the
school office. Perhaps an hour one day to help the children decide which
book they would like?
Further details will follow.
If your child is
approaching their pre-school year then our Nursery enrolments will take
place during the week beginning 8th March.
Please contact Mrs Sargent to arrange an appointment with myself.
We will have a Welcome Hour on Wednesday 3rd March from 11am – 12noon.
This will give you and your child an opportunity to view the Nursery and
meet the staff.
Further details will be on posters within the community.
We are having a few
teething problems with the new meal system - mainly the time it is taking
for children to make their choices.
Children MUST come into school before the morning bell at 9.15am to either
hand in their Health Bar order or indicate their hot meal choice. The
Infant door and P4/5 doors will be open from 9.05am.
Can you please ensure that you have discussed this at home and if needs be
fill in the Health Bar Form? Extra forms are available from Mrs Sargent or
your child’s teacher.
HEALTH BAR FORMS SHOULD BE FILLED IN AT HOME!
Some children are also finding it difficult to make appropriate choices
and are VERY hesitant in trying new dishes or vegetables. Please encourage
your child to make the correct choice for them!
The 4 weekly menu planner is included on this Newsletter. We are currently
on Week 2.
Isobell, our school cook has been
off ill since the beginning of term, I’m sure you’ll wish her all the very
best and a speedy recovery.
There have been a number
of themed breakfasts over the past few weeks including French, Valentines
Day and American. Tomorrow is Shrove Tuesday so pancakes will be on the
menu. This will continue on a different theme each Tuesday and Thursday.
All children are welcome and it only costs 60p. No need to book – just
turn up between 8.30am and 9.00am.
Thank you for your continued
support and please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any query or
P.S. We are still collecting tokens
from Persil, Walkers, Nestle Boxtops and