Things never stand still in a busy and progressive school like Portree Primary School. Our own self-evaluation, changing local and national priorities mean nothing stays the same for very long. So, our web site is an important tool to help us keep in touch with pupils, parents, and our community.

Here are some of the things that have been happening lately!


Scroll through to see and read the latest stories!



*Holidays Dates - Session 2013/14*




02 July 2014Tulloch Cup

02 July 2014Shinty World Cup

Portree Primary School's shinty success continued again this week when they won both the P5 and under and the P7 and under World Cups at the Bught Park in Inverness. This was on top of winning the MacKay Cup and Tulloch Cup national competitions recently and also the Fraser MacPhee competition in Fort William.


The picture shows the winning teams after the World Cup event in Inverness. Both teams + P5 and under team.

02 July 2014Parents ~ Update of Inofrmation

Parents Update 27th June 2016


Prize Giving/ End of Session Ceremony/ Prize-Giving- Update

The correct date of this ceremony is, Wednesday 2nd July at 9.45, sharp in the Community Centre.


Use of Social Media to Discuss School Issues

A number of staff members, parents and community members have been in touch to alert the school about conversations that are ongoing on Facebook, about school issues. The Parent Council also discussed this issue at their recent meeting and they support the school in condemning the use of social media to discuss school issues. A summary of the school’s and the Parent Council’s concerns are included in the attached letter.


School Trips and How They Are Decided

At the recent Parent Council meeting when the use of Facebook was on the agenda, it was mentioned that some recent  discussions  have taken place about school trips. To clear up any misunderstandings, the school was asked to summarise how school trips are funded and decided on and to send this information to parents. The correct information is included below.


  • School trips are funded mainly from the school fund. Most of the money in the school fund is raised at the Christmas Concert and through other fund raising events. The school does not get any additional funding to support school trips.
  • The cost of sending pupils on school trips out with the local area can be very high and the hire of buses is very expensive. Any school trips/ outings which require additional transport are discussed with and authorised by the SMT before they take place.
  • Class teachers are the main organisers of school trips and they organise trips to suit the age of their children, the interests of their children and the topics their children are studying. They take account of the needs of pupils in their class and also take account of pupils’ opinions.
  • Both EM and GM classes have the same opportunities in terms of school trips and in recent years classes from both departments have gone on school trips using buses and have also elected to enjoy days out in the local community. No department is favoured when school trips are being decided and an audit, of which trips have taken place over the last 5 years, supports this.
  • At times, when classes plan trips to  particular venues that are on the mainland and which incur additional costs, classes will fundraise themselves to help meet the extra costs. Last year for example, an EM class visited Culloden and another EM class is this year going to Eilean Donan Castle.
  • School trips/ outings in the summer term are a privilege not a right and the school will continue to support the decision making, professionalism and dedication of class teachers when it comes to deciding on the types and venues of any trips, that take place.



  1. Return of School Strips - please ensure all school strips are returned to the school by Wednesday 2nd July. Strips should be put into carrier bags with a pupil’s name on them and dropped off at the school office.
  2. Return of Shinty Equipment P7 Pupils- All school shinty sticks and helmets require to be returned at the start of next week. An audit of equipment will take place next week to see if new equipment is required for next session.
  3. Hockey Festivals w/b 30/6/14- P7 + GM7+ P7 will be involved on Monday 30th June. P6 +GM6 will be involved on Tuesday 1/7/14.


  • After the Lost property display takes place on 27th June, some of the unclaimed school sweatshirts will be passed onto the Blythswood shop in Portree.
  • PC Questionnaires can still be completed and returned to the school office
  • Cookbooks are still available from the school office and will also be on sale at Prize-giving next Wednesday, £6 each or £10 for two





Portree Primary School,

Bun Sgoil Portrigh,

Blaven Road,


Isle of Skye.

IV51 9PH


(- 01478613130

Fax -  01478613357



…………….              Our Ref.


FB…………….          Your Ref.




John Finlayson. M.A.:- Head Teacher/ Ceannard.

Email- john.finlayson@highland.gov.uk


Dear Parents/ Guardians,


I have today received many calls and emails from parents and community members raising concerns over the inappropriate use of social media networks by some parents, with regard to school matters.


Many of the comments that have been brought to my attention of late contain inaccuracies and misinformation and, in some cases, the content could even be construed as inflammatory and of a malicious nature.


It is unfortunate and unhelpful that this sort of dialogue is taking place on social networking sites.  The correct channels for enquiring about school issues or commenting on a child’s education remain the same as previously. These channels are:


  • Parents can join the Parent Council, support their school and communicate suggestions, ideas and, of course, concerns via this body. The Parent Council would welcome new members as its numbers are small at present.


  • One-to-one communication with class teachers can clarify why certain things happen and why individual classes make individual choices.  Often, a simple chat is all that is required to gain an understanding of the decision making process.


  • Making an appointment with a member of the school’s senior management team to discuss issues that need clarified.


Information obtained via any of the above methods will be honest and accurate and of much more value than the spurious and harmful Facebook comments that have appeared recently.


I would urge all parents to consider how inappropriate and damaging it may be to air their opinions on school issues on social media, particularly when they have not sought accurate information in the first place.


I would further urge parents to follow the recommended rules in relation to children under 13 using or having access to Facebook.


I look forward to your support over the responsible use of social media and to us all working together to create a harmonious ethos around the life and work of Portree Primary School.


Yours sincerely,




John Finlayson H.T.


20 June 2014NEWSLETTER 10

NEWSLETTER NO 10 / Litir 10


Tesco Bank Art Competition 2014

Over 7000 pupils from across Scotland took part in this competition and 3 Portree Primary School pupils, were among the prize winners.

  • Katie Bruce was awarded 1st place in the P1-P3 category.
  • Eva Fletcher was awarded 1st place in the P4-P7 category.
  • Andrea Gunn was a special, Scottish Ballet winner also in the P1-P3 category.

Katie and Eva attended a special prize giving ceremony at the Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh, on 18th June and Andrea has been awarded tickets to see The Nutcracker Ballet, at His Majesty’s Theatre, in Aberdeen in January 2015.


P6/7 Swimming Gala

All the pupils who took part in this event competed enthusiastically and did their best.  We congratulate this year’s  swimming champions, Charlotte Gordon and Joe Jones.


Skye Schools’ Cross Country Championships

The Portree girls’ A Team and the Portree boys’ A Team won the team trophies in their individual sections at the Skye Cross Country Championships.  The best placed Portree runners were: Leon Miles Shinnie who was placed 2nd in the boys’ race and Skye Jordan who was placed 4th in the girls’ race.


Cuach na Cloinne  2014

The Portree Primary B Team won the Skye and Lochalsh qualifier of this Gaelic tournament and represented the area along with North End, at the national final in Inverness.  The national event was won by, Glasgow Gaelic School.


P7 South of Scotland Trip

All the pupils involved enjoyed an action packed week.  The behaviour of our pupils was again very good  and they all represented the school and their families in a positive manner.  Once again we would like to pass on our thanks to all the staff members who accompanied the pupils on this annual trip.  Special thanks are extended to Mrs Grant and Miss MacLeod from Portree Primary School, who supported our pupils.


Sports Day

A very successful and well attended Sports Day was enjoyed on 27 May.  The sun shone, the pupils took part enthusiastically in all the events and the ice-lollies were cool and very welcome.  Thanks are extended to Mr MacKenzie our PE teacher and all other staff members, for their hard work on the day.


Cycling Proficiency – Bikeability Scotland

Most of the pupils in P7 took part in this year’s cycling training and all who took part passed their final assessment. The support of our volunteer tutors and additional parent helpers, is greatly appreciated.


Skye Provincial Mod – 5,6,7 June

Once again many pupils from the school took part in a wide range of events across the 3 days and everyone performed really well.  Many pupils of all ages received prizes and badges which were listed in a recent copy of the WHFP. The support of teachers and parents was much appreciated.  Well done, to all who took part.


Shinty Successes

The school shinty teams have been involved in many matches and tournaments of late and have notched up a number of successes.  The main successes to date include:

  • Skye Talisker League- winners
  • MacKay Cup- winners (premier national shinty tournament) Ross Gordon also won the man of the match trophy.
  • Fraser MacPhee Cup- winners

The team are also in the final of the second national primary competition this Saturday, The Tulloch Cup in Inverness, and we wish them every success in this final.

The team has travelled far and wide over the last few months and this has only been possible because of the support and dedication of coaches and parents.

Thanks are extended once again to all the teachers, coaches and parents who give up their time all year round to support all our after school clubs. Their contributions and support provide our pupils with many valuable opportunities and experiences.

Parent Council Soup and Pudding Lunch + Cook Book

The Parent Council held a successful Soup and Pudding Lunch recently and at this event they were also selling specially printed PPS Cook Books. A total of £548.00 was raised at this event. Cookbooks are still available from the school office at a cost £6.00 each, or two for £10.00.


Cheer Leading Success

A number of pupils from the school recently took part in the Cheer Festival 2014 in Inverness, as part of a group made up of pupils from different primary schools on Skye. The group were placed 3rd in their competition. Congratulations to all involved.


Rotary Quiz Final- Aberdeen.

The Portree Primary Quiz Team was one of 16 finalists out of a total of 500 schools, who took part in the recent final in Aberdeen, where they were placed in the top 10. Well done to Elsa Galbraith, Jennifer Shaw, Cameron Macpherson and Iain Cormack for doing so well.



The dates for the P7 induction days this year are 25, 26, 27 June.  All P7 pupils will report directly to Portree High School on the Wednesday morning and should wear their Portree Primary school sweatshirts.



The P1 induction afternoons will take place on 25, 26, 27 June between 1.45 and 2.45pm.  Parents should bring their children to the school for these times.  Letters summarising these arrangements have already gone out to parents.



Information about the induction of new 3 year olds into nursery has already been sent home and parents should contact the nursery directly if they are unsure of anything.



To comply with the Government’s policy on providing all 3 and 4 year olds with 600 hours nursery provision from August 2014, the nursery times for Sgoil Araich will change next session. In keeping with the discussions already had with parents, the Sgoil Araich times for next session will be:

Morning Session- 4 year olds- 8.50- 12.00

Afternoon Session- 3 year olds- 12.20- 3.30



The final staffing compliment for next session has still to be finalised as are class splits for next session.  Hopefully final information will be available next week and certainly before the last week of session.


The school roll in both English Medium and Gaelic Medium will rise next session, so all the classes in the Gaelic Medium Department, apart from P1 will be composite classes. The only class that will need to be split however is the GM6 class. We will also have at least one composite class in English Medium Department and this will involve the P6 class being split.  Information about class splits will accompany the staffing update which will be sent out as soon as the school can confirm plans.


As previously indicated Mrs Stormont, Mrs Alston and Mrs Moir will all retire this summer and Mrs Janet MacVicar, our Crossing Patroller and PSA is moving onto pastures new. Miss Chloe Bruce will start a new job in Aberdeen after the summer and Dawn Daughtrey one of our nursery auxillaries, has also decided to change jobs.  The Head Teacher is also looking at retirement options over the next couple of years and early next session, hopes to start a winding down programme that will see him working just 4 days a week.  Mrs MacDougall, the current Depute Head Teacher, will assume Head Teacher responsibilities when Mr Finlayson is not at work.



Due to the advertising and appointment procedures that need to be followed which are regulated by Highland Council, it is possible that at the start of next session, we will not have a crossing patroller in place. Every effort will however be made to secure an appointment ASAP. Because of this situation, parents are urged to reinforce the importance of road safety to all children.



It would be appreciated if all the pupils who received trophies at last year’s prize-giving could return these by Tuesday 24 June.  All trophies should be engraved and polished before they are returned.



Could all pupils who have school strips make sure these are all returned by the end of the session.  P7 pupils who are leaving the school should also return all books, shinty sticks, shinty helmets and other equipment before the last day of term so this equipment can be used by other pupils next session.  School bagpipes in the possession of P7 pupils should also be returned to Mr I R Finlayson.



The end of session ceremony will take place on Wednesday 1 July starting at 9.45 a.m. sharp. Parents and friends of the school are invited to the ceremony and Mrs Alston and Mrs Stormont will present the prizes.



Once again this June, the school has a large collection of items that are classified as lost property.  There will be a display of lost property in the school gym hall on the afternoon of Friday 27 June.  Pupils and parents are invited to view this lost property from 2.30-3.30pm and take away any items of clothing that belong to them. Any items left in the school, will be added to the lost property bag and donated to charity.



Aros will once again continue as the supplier of PPS school sweatshirts and polo-shirts. The Parent Council have worked hard this year to negotiate discounts through the early order scheme and have also had ongoing discussions about the availability of different sizes of uniform.

All pupils are expected to wear the school sweatshirt and if parents decide to opt for an alternative supplier we would ask that the school logo is also visible on sweatshirts. A small number of sew on logo badges, are available from the school office, at a cost of £1.50.



A group from Portree High School along with a charity – The Vine Trust, are going to Peru towards the end of June where they will be working with 3 street children projects.  To support the projects they are looking to take out old football shirts/shorts to give to the boys they will be working with. To support these projects any parents/staff/pupils who have any football strips that their children have grown out of, or no longer wear, should send these items to the school so they can be taken to Peru.  All items need to be sent to the school by Friday 27th June.



From 19 August the fare on the Sluggan’s bus will be 50p per day.  This rise has been implemented by Stagecoach.



Information about this has already been emailed to parents and for those who require paper copies of the information, sheets can be collected from outside the school office.



The scheduled Skye tournament for 21st June in Kyleakin has been postponed until September. The next tournament will be held in Portree on Saturday 28th June.



The school will close at 3.15 p.m. on Thursday 3rd July and re-open for pupils on Tuesday 19th August at 9.15 a.m.



There will be no extra- curricular activities the last week of term unless individual coaches make alternative arrangements.



As we reach the end of another busy and successful school year, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all parents, staff and community members for the support they have given the school and our pupils over the last school session.  I would also like to wish all our P7 pupils the best for next year, their first year of secondary school, and also wish everyone, young and old, an enjoyable summer holiday











Session Begins Staff

Session Begins Pupils

                                             Monday 18 August 2014

                                             Tuesday 19 August 2014

October Holiday

Friday 10 October 2014

Monday 27 October 2014

Christmas Holiday

Friday 19 December 2014

Monday 5 January 2015


Friday 13 February 2015

Wed 18 Feb 2015 (Staff)

Thu 19 Feb 2015 (Pupils)

Easter Holiday

Thursday 2 April 2015

Monday 20 April 2015

May Holiday

Monday 4 May 2015

Session Ends

Thursday 2 July 2015




Monday 18 August 2014

Thursday 25 September 2014

Friday 26 September 2014

Wednesday 18 February 2015

Monday 1 June 2015

16 June 2014MacKay Cup Winners!

11 June 2014Gaelic Fun Week


Seachdainn Spòrs Samhradh

                Monday 7th July to Friday 11th July



Comunn nam Pàrant Phòrtrigh will be running its Gaelic fun week again this year from Monday 7th July to Friday 11th July @ the Skye Camanachd Shinty Clubhouse.

We have two different sessions for different age groups.

Clann aois 3 agus 4 (children age 3 and 4)

9.30 am – 11 am.  £15 for the week.  A small snack will be provided during the sessions as well as a variety of games and crafts.  If the weather is hot please make sure that your child has suncream on before attending.  Please make sure that your child has wellies and a waterproof jacket each day they are attending.


Clann P1 – P7 (children starting in P1 onwards)

11.30 am until 2.30 pm.  £25.00 for the week.  Children MUST bring a packed lunch, wellies, waterproof clothing, suncream and a waterbottle…….and some midge repellent probably wouldn’t go amiss either!


Spaces can be booked by emailing croileaganphortrigh@gmail.com.



Please see attached the School Uniform Order form which was emailed previously. Parents were asked to return forms to Aros by the middle of May, to receive 10% discounts and ensure that orders for uniforms are ready before the new session starts.

To date Aros report a very poor response rate from parents and as such parents are asked to consider following this up. The order form is again attached.

Follow this link here for the appropriate form

09 June 2014Feis Eige 2014

09 June 2014Shinty

P1-P3 Girls Shinty Team who were runners up in the recent Junior Girls Tournament. They were beaten in the final by Lochcarron on penalties. Gle mhath nigheanan!

18 May 2014Newsletter 9 and Update

Newsletter No 9 /Litir 9

School Successes

Rotary Swimarathon

The school team who took part in this event raised the splendid sum of £454.00 which was donated to “End Polio Now” and Portree Junior Sports Club.  Well done to Jennifer Shaw, Charlotte Gordon, Joe Jones, Kayleigh McPherson, Kristin McPherson and Erin Baker.


Sports Relief 2014

The final total raised by the school for Sport Relief this year was £400.00.  Well done to everyone who supported all the school activities.


Skye and Lochalsh Football – Cup Competition -  Saturday 26th April

4 teams from the school took part in this event and all performed really well.  The school’s B team made it through to the semi-final and the A team were the eventual winners of the tournament.  Ali Gillies was also named Player of the Tournament.  Thanks again to all the coaches who supported the teams on the day.


RSNO Strings Workshops

A number of pupils took part in RSNO outreach workshops recently and all enjoyed and benefited from this experience.


Boots Anti-Smoking – Poster Competition

The school had several prize winners in this competition organise d by the local Boots Store:

P2 – runner up – Abi Clancy

P5 – runner up – Anna MacPherson

P5 – winner – Ryan Grundy

P6/7 – winner – Freya King


Royal Rockstars School Week and Concert

All the pupils at the school enjoyed their week with the Royal Rockstars and they further developed their skills relating to personal and social development, resilience, tolerance and other moral issues. The final night’s concert was also a great success with pupils and parents rocking the night away.  Copies of the CD created during the week are expected soon and will be sent home to those parents who ordered a copy.


Commonwealth Games + 2014 Year of Celebration School Logo Competition

All the pupils in the school were involved in a competition to design a PPS logo for 2014 the year of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and many fantastic and creative designs were produced. The winning design was created by Jamie Budge from P6 and his logo will appear on school posters, banners and hats which will be available later this month.


Lochalsh and Skye Triathlon

A number of pupils from the school took part in both the 3x3 team event and also the Pal’s Team event at the Lochalsh and Skye Triathlon on Saturday 3rd May and it was great to see many pupils participating. All the pupils involved achieved personal success and the school teams also did very well. While every pupil who took part was a winner the best placed pupils in terms of the result’s board were: Leon Miles Shinnie 3rd, Archie Macdonald 7th and Charlotte Gordon 9th. The Portree Primary team made up of Leon, Archie and Joe Jones were also runners up behind North End in the 3x3 team event.


REMEMBER- School Meals – Price Increase

The latest school meals price increase came into effect at the start of this term.  The cost of a school meal is now £1.95.


Progress Reports and Parents’ Night

Progress reports will be sent home on Friday 13th June.  Parent night will take place on 16th and 17th June.  Parents wishing appointments with class teachers are asked to complete the attached slip and return it to the school ASAP and no later than Monday 19th May.  Parent/teacher interviews will start at 3.30pm each day and while there are no guarantees that specific times can be allocated, parents can request approximate time for their interviews which if possible, the school will try and support. All pupils will be given paper copies of the appointment’s return sheet including parents who receive newsletters by email.


South of Scotland P7 Trip – Meeting for Parents – Thursday 8th May

A short meeting for the parents of pupils involved will take place on Thursday 8th May at 6.30pm at the school.  The trip itself is on Monday 12th May.  Most information about the trip has already gone home and any new updates about the trip will be sent home as they arrive from the trip organiser.


P5-P7 Parents Meeting with Class Teacher about the Relationships and Sexual Health Curriculum

This meeting will take place on 22nd May at 6.30pm in the upstairs classrooms.

The meeting will allow parents the opportunity to view resources and discuss aspects of the programme with teachers.


P7 Transition Days to Portree High School (PHS) 25th, 26th and 27th June +P1 Induction Days

P7 Pupils will attend PHS for three days on 25th, 26th and 27th June.  Additional information from PHS about these days will be sent out in advance.  The new pupils starting in P1 next session will also be involved in transition afternoons and letters have already been sent home to parents about this.


School Uniform Order Forms

As previously indicated Aros would urge parents to order their school uniforms in advance to make sure that parents get what they require for the start of the new session. They will also continue to keep a stock in the shop but, if parents, use the attached order form this will help everyone plan ahead. All orders and payment should be arranged with The Aros Centre.


Staffing Updates and Class Splits Next Session

The final staff compliment for next session has still to be confirmed, but parents will be updated once the school is aware of what is happening.  Until the staffing make up for next year is confirmed the school cannot make decisions about which teachers will be taking which classes.

In terms of class splits there will be no composite class grouping again in the English Medium Department.  But it is likely that four of the five classes in the Gaelic Medium Department will be composite groupings.  An information sheet outlining the criteria used to decide class splits is attached and parents will be updated of decisions as soon as they have been made.  The decisions taken will be final and will not be subject to any change.


Pupils Cycling to School

It is good to see so many pupils taking their bicycles to school these days.  To ensure pupils’ health and safety it would be appreciated if the following could be observed:

  1. All pupils cycling to school to wear a helmet
  2. No cycling of bikes in the school car park area- bicycles to be pushed from the gate to the bike-stands.
  3. Pupils should push their bikes round to the bike stands and also push them to the school gate at the end of the day
  4. Pupils on bicycles should focus on what they are doing at all times.


Sports Day 2014- Tuesday 27th May

It is hoped to hold the school sports this year on 27th May at the KGV Park starting at 1.30 p.m. More information will be sent home by class teachers nearer the time.


Commonwealth Games Activities

All classes are studying the British Commonwealth and the Commonwealth Games this term and there will also be a variety of whole school events taking place. Individual teachers and school newsletters will keep you up to date with planned events.


Bus Pupils Walking to the High School and not Using the Bus

Concern has been expressed by parents and staff about children choosing to not take the school bus to the High School at the end of the day. Pupils should use the transport provided and not walk to the High School unless parents send in a letter to class teachers, indicating that they would like their children to walk.



Parent Council Information/ Update

The Parent Council will be holding a Soup and Pudding Lunch  and Table Top Sale from 12noon – 2pm on Saturday 24th May at the Primary School.  Please come and support this event and enjoy a social lunch out. Anyone wanting to book a table for the table Top Sale should contact Angela Smith 01478611061 to book a place beforehand. There are limited spaces available and the cost per space is £5.00.

  • We now have access to fundraising for online purchases via Easyfundraising. This is a great scheme whereby a percentage of online sales money is donated to the school.  This covers online shops including Argos, Amazon, Boots, Next, EBay and many more.  It also covers some holiday and hotel bookings, filling in free questionnaires and surveys, recycling mobile phones and others.  Try it out at home, it is easy to use, you just have to register with Easyfundraising once then every time you buy online or fill in a survey you can make a donation. Posters and fliers to follow.

Logon and register at www.easyfundraising.org.uk and when prompted for a ‘cause’ select the Portree Primary School Parent Council.   We hope to have a demo at the next school parent’s evening.

  • Following the recent new Gaelic school and existing school meeting with Norma Young the Area Education Manager, the Parent Council are looking to address questions and issues raised by parents that were not answered satisfactorily at this meeting.  If you have any related concerns please send them to the school for the attention of the Parent Council so we can make representation to the authority  to make sure we work together for all our children and their futures, as this project develops.


Known Important Dates Summer Term


Tuesday 6th May                                         Parent Council Meeting 6.30pm

Wednesday 7th May                                   Skye Cross Country Championships

Thursday 8th May                                         Parents P7 Trip Meeting 6.30pm

Friday 9th May                                               Meeting between nursery parents and Head Teacher

                                                                            Cuaich na Clionne - Portree

Saturday 10th May                                       Skye Football Tournament – Kyleakin

W/B Monday 12th May                              P7 South of Scotland Trip

Thursday 13th May                                       Gaelic School Stakeholders meeting

Friday 16th May                                           Village Spring Clean

                                                                            Commonwealth Games Big Dance 1.00pm

W/B Monday 19th May                              Walk to School Week

Thursday 22nd May                                      Relationships and Sexual Health P5-P7 parents meeting teachers

Friday 23rd May                                             PPS Commonwealth Games – Opening Ceremony             

Saturday 24th May                                       Parent Council Soup and Pudding Lunch

Monday 26th May                                        Snorkelling P7 Group

Tuesday 27th May                                        Sports Day KGV

Wednesday 28th May                                 Snorkelling P7 Group

Friday 30th May                                             Bank of Scotland Shinty Competition

Monday 2nd June                                         Snorkelling GM7 Group   

Tuesday 3rd June                                          Snorkelling GM7 Group

Thursday 5th June                                        Mod – 1st evening

Friday 6th June                                               Mod – 2nd evening

Friday 13th June                                            Reports out

Saturday 14th June                                       Rotary Quiz Final - Aberdeen

                                                                            Niall MacPhee Shinty Tournament – Fort William

Monday 16th June                                        Parents Night

Tuesday 17th June                                        Parents Night

Wednesday 18th June                                Safe Highlander – P7 pupils

Friday 20th June                                            Commonwealth Games Finale

Saturday 21st June                                       Skye Football Tournament – Kyleakin

Wednesday 25th June                                Induction Day 1 – P1 and P7

Thursday 26th June                                      Induction Day 2 – P1 and P7

Friday 27th June                                            Induction Day 3 – P1 and P7

                                                                            Round Table Shinty Sixes Tournament

Saturday 28th June                                       Skye Football Tournament – Portree

Wednesday 2nd July                                    End of session Ceremony and Prize Giving

Thursday 3rd July                                          School Closes for Summer Break

Tuesday 19th August                                   School Opens for pupilsNEW SESSION



Criteria Used to Establish Class Splits & Composite Class Groupings:


Composite class groupings are in place at Portree Primary School and most other Highland schools because

  • The high number of small schools and the fluctuations in the roll from year to year.
  • National agreements on class sizes.


Composite class groupings exist in 90% of all Highland schools and in every single school in Skye & Lochalsh.


When deciding on class splits the following people are consulted:


All class teachers and support staff at the school.

Members of the school’s Senior Management Team.

Area Education Manager & Area Education Officer if required.


When deciding on class splits the following are  considered:


  • The overall roll of the school at any given time.


  • The previous experiences of pupils and any relevant information from staff members relating to this.


  • The ability of pupils to integrate with their peers and any issues which relate to this.


  • The influence of the immersion phase within Gaelic Medium.


  • The ability groupings and social groupings that have previously existed and been successful/ unsuccessful.


  • The needs of- individuals, groups, classes and the whole school.


  • The experience and expertise of teachers and their relationship with individual pupils, groups of pupils and classes.


  • The need to consider gender issues.


  • The age and stage of the pupils involved.


  • The influence class splits may have on the school meeting its development priorities and the development of a Curriculum for Excellence.


  • The influence class splits may have on the ongoing national agenda for improving achievement and attainment in all schools.


The approach taken is very much a holistic approach, where the overall needs of the school are considered alongside those of individual children and groups of children.


All of this must happen within the national restrictions placed on class size and pupil/ staff ratios.





Monday 16th June

Tuesday 17th June 


I would like to see the following teachers:


Pupil Name _________________________________ Teacher ___________________ Class ______



Pupil Name ________________________________ _Teacher ___________________ Class ______



Pupil Name _________________________________ Teacher ___________________Class _______



Pupil Name _________________________________Teacher ____________________Class_______



Pupil Name________________________________    Teacher ____________________Class_______ 



If possible my preferred time is between _______________ and ________________ on __________


There is no guarantee that all parents preferred times can be arranged.




Parents Update/ Info Sheet W/B 12th May

Group Photo Returns

All group/ class photo returns + money should be with staff in the school office by Tuesday 20th May. Any orders after this date  require be sent directly by parents, to the photographer.


Village Spring Clean Friday 16th May

All the pupils at the school will be involved in the Village Spring Clean this Friday. It will take place between 9.30- 11.30. Parents and volunteers can also take part and any volunteers should contact class teachers to confirm their involvement. All volunteers should meet in the school playground outside the MUGA, at 9.30 on Friday morning.


The Big Dance- Friday 16th May

As part of the school’s Commonwealth Game’s celebrations all pupils will be taking part in the Big Dance on Friday. This event is a nationwide event and parents are urged to practice the Big Dance with their children in advance of Friday. This can be done by logging onto the Big Dance website, where you can hear the music and see the moves.


Skye Mod 5th,6th,7th June

A large number of school pupils have been entered in all the Mod competitions; individual events, group/class and choir events. Pupils will be taking part in instrumental, drama, recitation, singing and group activities and the school has paid the admission fee for each pupil - £2.00 for each competition. The total amount paid by the school is nearly £300.00 and all the pupils entered are expected to turn up for their events on the different days. More information about venues etc. will be sent home in advance. If pupils do not turn up for their events the school will not have the entry fee reimbursed and as such it has been agreed to ask the parents of children who do not appear to reimburse the school personally or else withdraw pupils immediately from the events they are registered for. A summary of the competitions and who has been registered to take part is attached to this email. It will also be placed on the school website.


Walk to School Week- W/B 19.5.14

National Walk to School Week  starts on Monday 19th May and Portree Primary School would like to encourage where possible, all pupils to walk to school next week and for the rest of term.

Walking to school it has been proven helps pupils focus better on their learning and all exercise as we know can be beneficial.

Groups of parents in particular parts of the village, might also consider walking as a group and the walk to and from school can then also be a social event.


Parent Council Soup + Pudding Lunch + Table Sale- Saturday 24th May

Please remember this event both as an attendee, and a supporter and a provider of soup and pudding. If you want to help with soup or pudding please contact a member of the Parent Council to indicate what you will provide. Also, please remember that the great work the Parent Council does is for the benefit all pupils and all parents should support their efforts.


Sports Day 2014- Tuesday 27th May 1.30 p.m. KGV Park ( weather permitting)

As usual parents are welcome to come along and spectate and be involved in the annual Sports Day. The Sports will begin at 1.30 and all the pupils in the school are expected to have their P.E. kit on Sports Day. Special House, Commonwealth Games hats in house colours, will also be given to each pupil before the sports and these will also be worn at different events during the month of June. The hats will have the school celebration logo, designed by Jamie Budge, embroidered onto them.


Portree High School Appeal

A group from Portree High School along with a charity- the Vine Trust, are going to Peru towards the end of June where they will be working with 3 street children projects. To support the projects they are looking to take out old football shirts/shorts to give to the boys they will be working with. Ideally they need about 140 strips for children aged 4 – 18. To support these projects any parents/staff/pupils who have any football strips that their children have grown out of, or no longer wear, should send these items to the school so they can be taken to Peru. All items need to be sent to the school by the middle of June.






















18 May 2014Walk to School Week

18 May 2014Tesco Bank Art Competition 2014

Congratulations to Katie Bruce in P3 who was awarded 1st place in her category. With over 7000 entries from all over Scotland, it is a huge achievement! Well done Katie!

18 May 2014Cross-Country

Portree Primary School retained the boys’ and girls’ Skye Cross Country Team trophies at the recently held Skye Championships.


Pictures show members of both Portree boys and girls A and B teams.

18 May 2014Cuach na Cloine


Portree B Team + Trotternish who qualified for the Cuach na Cloinne finals in Inverness on 10th June. 'S math a rinn sibh! ;-)

Qualifying heat took place at PHS on Friday 9th May.


18 May 2014Highland E-safety Blog

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There has been a  ‘Follow’ widget which allows people to sign up to the blog and receive automatic notification of any new posts via email.


The blog address is:  http://highlandesafety.wordpress.com/

18 May 2014BOXES NEEDED!

As part of the schools’ Commonwealth games studies children are going to be working with Gill Smith of Rural Design, on designing and making Commonwealth Games  houses. To help do this we need lots of boxes- cereal boxes, shoe boxes etc.


Please send in any boxes you have to your child’s  class teachers.

05 May 2014Skye Football Competition

A selection of photos of the Portree Primary School football teams from the Skye Football Competition with Portree A beating Broadford A in the final. Well done to all who took part!

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