Newsletter – 18.09.06
Tuesday 3 October – Cake Day 35p
Friday 6 October – Pink/Blue day – see
Pupil Council news
Friday 6 October – school closes for
Monday 23 October – school opens for Term
Sunday 29 October, Tuesday 31 October –
Halloween event (see PSA news)
Tuesday 31 October, Wednesday 1 November
– Parents’ Appointment Evenings
Attendance Procedures – the revised procedures are working well and
as a result your children are accounted for at all times ensuring their
safety. As a reminder, parents are asked to telephone 602649
between 8.15 and 9.10 each morning if their child is going to be absent
from school or warn in advance of any planned absence.
Curriculum News – our
involvement in the Highland Literacy Project has now begun and we have a
visit from one of the team on 28 September. I am planning information
evenings for P1-3 and P4-7 at the beginning of next term. Dates and
details in the newsletter after the October break but I would urge ALL
of you to attend.
Homework – sadly a number of children are not completing their
homework tasks on time or to an acceptable standard. I would urge
parents to check their child’s school bag and ensure they complete these
tasks to the best of their ability. Children who repeatedly do not hand
in work on time will be held on detention at break and lunchtime to
complete this work and will be given an additional task to carry out at
home as a punishment.
Triathlon – Congratulations to our athletes who did very well at the
competition last weekend. It was lovely to see so many parents there
for support. Details and photographs can be seen on the reception wall.
PSA – My thanks to the 5 parents and 5 members of staff who attended
the AGM last week. This was a very poor turn out which was a
disappointment. The committee this year will be Chairperson – Mrs F
Gunn, Secretary – Mrs H Cormack, Treasurer – Miss E Sutherland,
Committee – Mrs R Black, Mrs C Godart-Darmady, Mrs P Coghill, Mrs L
Harper, Mrs J Budge, Miss L Wark.
the meeting I explained that this would be the last year of the PSA as
we know it, as during this year the new legislation comes into force and
all School Boards and PSA groups will merge. All parents will
automatically become part of a Parent Forum and will be represented by a
Parent Council. They will assume part of the role undertaken by School
Boards, but retain the informality and fund raising aspects of the PSA.
I will pass on information as to the implementation of this legislation
as soon as I am aware of details. Parents can, of course, gain
information from the parents’ website
has agreed to fund gym bags (see below) and incentive stickers for all
classes including nursery as these make such a difference in keeping
children enthusiastic. They would also like to provide entertainment
for children at Halloween and would like to decorate the hall on the
Sunday before Halloween. If you can manage along on Sunday 29 October
between 1 – 3 p.m. then please come and lend a hand – no specific talent
required. Details will be given in the next newsletter.
Gym Kit Bags – to try and encourage all children to have their gym
kit with them every day the PSA has agreed to buy kit bags for all
children. These will be black with a yellow school badge and should
arrive by the October holidays. All children will be expected to bring
this to school EVERY MONDAY MORNING and take it home on Friday so
that shorts and tee shirts can be washed and put back in the bags for
Monday. If a child loses a bag they will be expected to pay £3.50 for a
replacement. It is very important that children get into the habit of
having gym kit with them every day as the school moves towards the
national directive of providing 120 minutes of physical activity each
week in school.
Tesco Vouchers – we will be collecting these and there is a box in
reception for children to put them in.
Child Protection – please find a detailed green leaflet for
information. Extra copies of this leaflet are available in reception.
Pupil Council News – I have been asked to include this letter to
think that it would be a good idea to raise money to help people with
Cancer by having a pink and blue day on the last day of term, 6
October. Children will pay 20p for each blue or pink item of clothing
and are not allowed to wear football tops. Can you please help us by
baking cakes or biscuits with pink or blue decoration, which children
can buy for 20p. Children will also get to play on the Bouncy Castle
will let you know how much money we raised.
Thank you from the Pupil Council.
Car Park – despite increasing the number of parking bays so that
there are enough for all, a number of parents cannot seem to grasp what
their use is for and still insist on parking in the most ridiculous
places increasing the risk to your children. Don’t leave this up to
me alone. As parents, it is you who are parking in a thoughtless
way and increasing the danger to children. It is time for you, as
parents, to do something about it. Speak to those who are parking in a
selfish, dangerous way and maybe then they will get the message.
Sadly it is also you, as parents, who are driving far too fast past the
pedestrian entrance when the children are leaving the school. SLOW
DOWN! Take your time, it only takes a few seconds longer to drive
slowly. If you knock down and kill a child you will spend the rest of
your life wishing you had taken a few more seconds.
Pedestrian Footpath – Please be warned that this is in very poor
condition and it is unlikely to be replaced in the near future. The
state of the children’s toilets inside the building is much worse than
the path and is a higher priority for me if there is any available
money. If you find it is dangerous to bring buggies and the like down
this path, then please use the other entrance to the school, which is
safer. I will remind children regularly to take care on this path
especially during the winter months.
Inhalers and other Medication – I am aware that some children in
school have inhalers with them and do not know what medication they
should be taking and when. It is VERY IMPORTANT that both children and
staff are aware of what should and should not be taken. Our policy is
quite clear that any medication should have a written note from parents
to accompany it and this should be handed into the office for
administration, but we have never enforced this with inhalers as we
assumed that children who carry their own inhaler would know what to do
with it. To be positive, anyone who has indicated any medical condition
on their family update sheet will be contacted and a written protocol
will be drawn up. School and parents will keep a copy of this and
parents MUST inform us if there are to be any changes. Parents will be
asked to come in and complete one of these forms for any child who has
to take any medication in school. As this may take a few weeks to get
sorted out, Carole will start with younger children and work towards
Head Lice – while there have been no cases reported to me this term,
it is important that you remain vigilant and check your child’s head on
a regular basis. Pharmacists can now provide free prescription
medication for the treatment of head lice in children without the need
to visit your doctor.
School Handbook – Over the years the content of this has changed as
school are given instructions of what has to be included and I am
concerned that our handbook has become so full of ‘educational jargon’
that it is no longer as parent friendly as I would like it to be. The
Handbook is for you and it is important that all can understand the
message we are trying to give you. If not, then we are failing to
communicate in a very important way. Rather than yet another
questionnaire, I would prefer to spend some time with a few parents to
review the content and language of this document as I think this would
be more useful. If you would be willing to do this for a couple of
hours one evening in early November then please get in touch and put
your name forward. I am really looking for people who do not work in
education in any way as the aim is to get rid of the ‘education jargon’
not to add to it.
Next Newsletter – Tuesday 24 October.
LILIAN M WARK