SOUTH SCHOOL JUNE NEWSLETTER
17th June 2004
two weeks to go until school breaks up for the summer holidays. There are
still a lot of activities taking place in school – please read this
newsletter carefully and make a note of all the dates.
Friday 18th June – Football / Netball match at North School.
Thursday 1st July – End of Term Assembly/P7 Farewell at 9.30am.
Thursday 1st July – School Term ends.
Healthy Highland Week
· Monday 21st June 12noon – Smoking Talk in P6 with Nurse Skea.
· Tuesday 22nd June 2pm – Headlice Talk from Nurse Skea and Nurse Macleod
for all parents/guardians.
Please come along to get some answers about these
“unpleasant visitors” to the hair!
· Wednesday 23rd June - Olympic Sports Day in the afternoon. The Nursery
class will also have their Sports Activities. (If weather is bad then
Sports will be held on the following Wednesday – 30th June).
· Thursday 24th June and Friday 25th June – Class Visits to “The Nold”.
This will be an opportunity for your child to take advantage of a superb
play park in our community. Please complete the permission slip at the end
of this letter.
Monday 21st June - P4 to Dunbeath.
Thursday 24th June - P6 to Castle of Mey and Dunnet (should be back by
Thursday 24th June pm. - Nursery to Keiss Beach.
Friday 25th June – P5 to John O’Groats and Castle of Mey.
Monday 28th June – P1, P2 & P3 Mr Boom Show in school followed by woodland
walk round Newtonhill Community Woodland.
Tuesday 29th June – P7 to Forsinard Nature Reserve (late return
THERE WILL BE NO CHARGE FOR THESE OUTINGS.
· PLEASE ENSURE YOUR CHILD WEARS SENSIBLE OUTDOOR CLOTHING.
· CHILDREN IN P1 – P7 WILL NEED TO BRING A PACKED LUNCH AS WELL AS THEIR
(Health Bar lunches are available for those entitled to a free school
meal, please order at the school kitchen, the day before their trip)
· PLEASE COMPLETE THE ATTACHED PERMISSION SLIP.
· ANY PARENT WILLING TO HELP, PLEASE CONTACT YOUR CHILD’S TEACHER.
We have recently been presented with three new laptop computers to the
school from Calor Gas. A group of representatives from Scottish Business
in the Community visited the school in April and this generous donation
was then offered. These will be used by pupils and staff to support
learning and teaching.
NATIONAL RUGBY EVENT
Groups of twelve P7 pupils from South School and Pennyland in Thurso
represented all Highland Primary Schools in a National Rugby Event last
week in Murrayfield, Edinburgh. They played a number of teams from
throughout Scotland and thoroughly enjoyed their experience including a
“whistle-stop” tour of Edinburgh. This event was sponsored by U.K.A.E.A.,
Highland Council Sports Development monies, Sports Co-ordinator monies and
the Caithness Educational Trust. Many thanks to each organisation for
their invaluable support and to Miss McArthur and Mrs Wilson for
A group of six children were involved last week in the Market Square,
planting flower tubs for the town centre. The weather stayed fair and the
children really enjoyed this activity aided by the Support for Learning
team. Thank you to all involved.
STAFFING CHANGES FOR 2004 – 2005
There will be a number of changes to the staffing at South School next
session, partly due to the drop in school roll and also due to a new post
created to reduce the class contact time of teachers in P4 – P7. A Primary
Specialist teacher will operate for two and a half hours per week in each
of these classes having responsibility for Technology, Religious and Moral
Education and French. Mrs Thompson will take up this post in August and
her week will be split between covering classes in Pulteneytown Academy
Mrs Swanson goes on Maternity Leave – her baby is due at the end of July.
Miss Thomson is transferring through to a Thurso primary school.
The teachers for next session will be:
P1/2 – Mrs C. Hourston
P2/3 – Mrs W. Wilson
P3/4 – Mr C. Pearson (currently working in Spean Bridge P.S.)
P5 – Mrs S. Sutherland
P6 – Miss J. Campbell (currently working in Newtongrange P.S., Midlothian)
P7 – Miss S. McArthur
Support for Learning Teacher – Mrs E. Mackay
Many thanks for your continued support over this session. Let’s hope the
sun shines for the summer holidays.
Pat Bowers - Headteacher