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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!

 

*EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES - **January-March 2014**

*Holidays Dates - Session 2013/14*


 

 

 

31 March 2014Active Schools Easter Holiday Activities

31 March 2014Newsletter 8

Newsletter No 8

School Successes

North of Scotland Cross Country Championships –Alness

A boys’ team and a girls’ team from the school took part in this event and both did really well.  The boys’ team were placed 3rd in the bigger schools competition and the best placed runner was Leon Miles-Shinnie who was 3rd out of a field of 100. The best placed girl runner was Skye Jordon who was 15th   out of a field of nearly 100.

Well done to all who took part and thanks to Miss MacLeod and Miss MacKenzie for taking the pupils to Alness.

 

Sconser Fun Run

A number of children from the school recently took part in the Sconser Fun Run. Archie Macdonald won the boys’ race and Holly MacLean won the girls’ race.

 

Skye Primary Schools’ Basketball Festival

All the pupils in P6, GM6, P7 and GM7 took part in this event and all who attended were well behaved and took part in the event with enthusiasm.

 

Rotary Quiz North Area Final Dingwall

After winning the Skye and Lochalsh heat of the Rotary Quiz the school team made up of Iain Cormack, Elsa Galbraith, Cameron MacPherson and Daniel MacDonald took part in the North Area Final against teams from Dingwall, Golspie, Tain and Dornoch on Saturday 29th March and for the second year in a row, Portree Primary was successful in winning this heat. The school team will now take part in the final heat of the quiz in Aberdeen on 14th June. Well done to all who took part and thanks to parents for escorting the pupils to Dingwall.

 

South West Ross Piping Competition

A number of pupils took part in the recent South West Ross Piping Competition. The school’s main successes were:

Beginners Chanter- 1st Iain Cormack  &  4th Meghan McCarthy

Pipes Novice March- 2nd Ciaran Ross

 

Dewar Shield – Girls’ Shinty Tournament

The PPS girls’ team won this tournament which was recently held in Kyleakin and Abby Maclean was also named as the player of the tournament. A number of parents also attended the event and their support was much appreciated.

 

Swimarathon

A group of swimmers from the school recently took part in the first Rotary Swimarathon to raise money for “Stop Polio Now” & Portree Junior Sports Club. The pupils involved swam really well and raised a substantial amount of money. The final total will be known after the Easter Holidays.

Any parents who would still like to donate sponsorship money should send this to the school before the Easter break. Well done to Charlotte Gordon, Joe Jones, Jennifer Shaw, Kayleigh Macpherson, Kristin Macpherson and Erin Baker who made up the PPS team.

 

Old Folks Lunch

Pupils from the school once again supported this event by entertaining those in attendance with a variety of musical pieces. The feedback from the organiser and those present was very positive. Well done to all those who performed and to Mrs. Shona Macdonald who escorted the pupils to the lunch.

 

Boots NO Smoking Competition

The local Boots store recently organised a poster competition to encourage customers to stop smoking on, No Smoking Day.  The winner of the competition was Gemma Taylor who will receive a special prize from Boots.

 

Sports Relief 2014

To date a total of just over £300.00 has been raised by the school following a successful Sport Relief Day on 21st March.  The collection from the Easter Service will be added to this and a final total will be communicated in the next news-letter. The day’s events were once again well, co-ordinated by the pupils in P7 and GM7.

North of Scotland Soccer Sevens Final Dundee

Having qualified to represent Highland at this event the school team travelled to Dundee recently to take part in the North of Scotland finals.  The team eventually finished a credible 6th in the tournament which was won by Cults Primary School, from Aberdeen.  Thanks are extended to Angus Beaton, Kenny Gillies and Mark MacDonald who escorted the team to Dundee.

 

Nursery/ Sgoil Araich Arrangements for Session 2014/2015

From August 2014 the nursery sessions in all Scottish schools will increase from 2 hours 30 minutes to 3 hours and 10 minutes.  This change poses a number of challenges for all schools including PPS and discussions are currently on going regarding how the sessions will be managed.  What is certain however is that the sessions will start before the school day starts and finish after the school day has ended.  The make-up of the sessions will depend on the number of 3 year olds enrolled and any decisions taken about when pupils attend sessions will be indicated next term.  Any decisions that are taken by the school should be regarded as final.  A statement from the authority relating to the changes can be found below.

 

From August 2014, eligible 3 and 4 year olds will be able to have up to 600 hours of funded early learning and childcare in a year.  If your child attends a school nursery then this will mean that from August the sessions will increase to 3 hours and 10 minutes, from the current 2 hours and 30 minutes. In other partner providers they may have made other arrangements for offering the 600 hours so you would need to check with them how your entitlement can be claimed.

Early in the new session we will be organising meetings with parents to see how well these arrangements suit the needs of parents and if there is any adjustment to these arrangements that would suit better.

Individual schools are best placed to make local arrangements that suit their individual circumstances.

 

Royal Rockstars Project week beginning 31/3/14

Information about this exciting project has already been emailed home and tickets for the pupils’ concert can be bought from the school office all week.  The pupils’ concert starts at 6.30pm on Thursday 4th April at the Fingal Centre.

 

School Meals – Price Increase

From Tuesday April 22nd the price of a school meal will be £1.95.

 

Extra-Curricular Activities Timetables – Summer Term

Extra-curricular activities will start the week beginning 28/4/14.  The summer timetable will be emailed to parents by the end of this term.  Because local shinty competitions and local football competitions start the first week back, some coaches may start activities earlier.  In terms of P1 shinty this will not start until the w/b 12/5/14 as Mr Murray has other commitments in his own school. If any parents are keen to support P1 shinty being able to start any sooner, they should contact the school.

 

Shinty Sticks and Helmets for Pupils

Portree Primary School unlike most other schools provides shinty sticks and helmets for pupils free of charge although some parents do purchase their own gear which is strongly recommended. In the past the purchase of sticks and helmets has been subsidised by PJSC and the school fund but, unfortunately both these sources now have increasingly less money available to spend. To this end we would like to encourage parents to consider buying sticks and helmets for their own children as we are fast approaching a stage where we will not always be able to supply all the pupils who play shinty with the appropriate equipment. To enable the school to possibly negotiate discounts it would be appreciated if parents who would like to purchase their own equipment could complete the attached slip and return it to the school. Even when parents purchase equipment we would still hope to continue with our swap equipment option once sticks and helmets get too small. We would also hope that if pupils own their own equipment it might encourage them to take more care of it. Helmets currently cost £55.00 and sticks between £30.00- £35.00.

Interested parents should return slips to the school by Friday 4th April.

 

 

 

Staffing Updates

Parents will be notified of the schools’ staffing compliment early next term if as is hoped, the authority is able to sort out staffing issues sooner this year so schools can plan ahead for session 2014/2015.

The staffing news that we can confirm includes:

  • Mrs Alston, Mrs Stormont and Mrs Moir will all retire at the end of session and we thank them for all their years of dedicated service.
  • Mrs Shona MacDonald who is currently Acting H.T. at Staffin Primary and Kilmuir Primary will return to the school in August.
  • Mrs Shona Nicolson who is on adoption leave will return to the school in August.
  • Mrs Lynsey Finlayson who is on maternity leave will return to the school in June.

 

Skye Mod

The Skye Mod will take place on 5th ,6th ,7th  June this year.  More information will follow next term and while the school will support pupils to prepare for the Mod the majority of responsibility for preparation lies with pupils and parents, themselves.

 

Cycling Proficiency/Bikeability Scotland – P7 Pupils

It is hoped to offer training to P7 pupils again this year with our volunteer trainers, once again, supporting us. Any pupils taking part must have safe roadworthy bicycle of their own and a cycling helmet.  Any other parents who would like to help the volunteer tutors or any parents who would like to undergo the tutor training should contact the school ASAP. More details will be sent home next term.

 

Commonwealth Games 2014 and Commonwealth Projects

The school will be celebrating the Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014 in many different ways this summer and information about activities will be sent home early next term.  Any parents who have knowledge about the Commonwealth and are keen to support the school deliver education about the Commonwealth, should contact their child’s class teacher.

 

Easter Service

The Easter Service will take place in the Church of Scotland at 10.00 a.m. on Friday 3rd April. All parents and friends of the school are welcome to attend. The collection taken at the service will this year be donated to Sport Relief.

 

 

SHINTY EQUIPMENT ORDER FORM

 

Name of Pupil_____________________________

 

Equipment I would like to order:

 

Helmet

 

Stick

 

Signed__________________________________   Parent / Guardian.

14 March 2014Swimathon

13 March 2014Newsletter 7

Newsletter No 7 – Litir 7

School Successes

First Shinty

A variety of teams from the school recently took part in local and national First Shinty Tournaments and the school enjoyed a number of successes.

The main successes were

P7 and under team – Skye Schools’ winners and National Runners up

P1-P3 - Skye Schools’ Runners Up

P4/5 – Skye Schools’ Winners and National Qualifiers

Girls - Skye Schools’ Winners and National Winners

Thanks are once again extended to all the coaches and parents who continue to support the pupils to enable them to take part in so many events.

 

Skye and Lochalsh Rotary Quiz

Two teams from the school took part in this event and for the 3rd year running Portree Primary School’s A Team was the winning team.  The school will now represent Skye and Lochalsh at the area final in Dingwall on Saturday 29th March.  The members of the winning team were – Iain Cormack, Elsa Galbraith, Daniel MacDonald and Cameron McPherson.  The members of the B Team who also did very well in the local qualifier were – Jennifer Shaw, Niall MacPhee, Lewis J MacDonald and Emilie Voisey.

 

World Book Day

The school celebrated World Book Day on 6th March, when pupils read and discussed books and also dressed up as their favourite book characters. Pictures of the day can be found on the school website.

 

2014 School Cross Country Championships

The school cross country championships took place on 27th February and nearly a hundred P5-P7 pupils took part in the two races.  The main results from the event were:-

Girls’ race – 1st Skye Jordan, 2nd Iona MacAskill , 3rd Charlotte Gordon, 4th Holly MacLean

Boys’ race – 1st Leon Miles Shinnie, 2nd Archie MacDonald,  3rd Joe Jones, 4th Gilleasbuig MacVicar.

The winners of the House Trophy were Kiltaraglen.

The school will now be sending a boys’ team and a girls’ team to the North of Scotland Cross Country Championships in Alness on Saturday 22nd March.

Well done to all who took part and thanks to Miss MacLeod, Miss MacKenzie and Mr MacKenzie for organising the event.

 

New School Kiln

The school has recently purchased a new kiln to enable pupils to be involved in creative, ceramic art work.  The school is grateful to the Parent Council who funded the new kiln.

 

MUGA Floodlighting

The works to install floodlighting for the new MUGA is now nearly complete and will be of great benefit next winter.  A number of bodies and charities have helped fund this project, and thanks are extended to Lucky2bhere, The Highland Council and The Big Lottery Fund for their help.

 

Highland Dancing

A number of pupils from the school continue to enjoy success in many local and national Highland Dancing events.  Recently Holly Tait and Gemma Taylor won prizes at the Inverness Highland Dancing Competition.

 

Behaviour on School Transport

Since the last newsletter and since the allocation of pupils to different buses the behaviour on buses has improved. This is an encouraging development.

 

 

 

Improvements in the Amount of Food Wasted at School Dinners

The Eco Committee, Pupil Council and canteen staff have been working on trying to reduce the amount of food wasted at school dinners. A recent survey and discussion with the school cook has revealed the following:

  • Food waste has gone down from 50kg-60kg a week to 15kg  per week
  • Salad-bar food is all eaten most days now
  • Younger pupils are now also eating more salad
  •  Generally, pupils are eating much better
  • Food waste is more prevalent at the start of the week.

Evaluations of school menus, food waste and how to make improvements will be on-going and will involve pupils, teaching staff, non-teaching staff and catering staff.

 

School Meal Price Increase

From 22nd April the price of a school dinner will rise to £1.95.

 

Door Security System

The school entry system is now fully operational, although we do continue to have some problems at times with its efficiency.

The following points should be noted in terms of the door system:

  • The door works on a timer and this means the security lock is not on at all times.  Due to the number of school breaks we have and the different opening and closing times for Sgoil Araich, the system is off regularly during the course of the day
  • Parents are asked to limit the number of times they call into the school, unless they have made an appointment. As previously requested pupils should come to school with all the equipment they need first thing in the morning – gym kit, swimming kit, packed lunches etc. If this is done the number of unannounced visits to the school will be reduced.
  • Any parents visiting the school are asked to sign in at the door and if they have been given permission to visit another part of the school, they must make sure they wear a visitor’s badge.

 

Sport Relief 2014 - 21st March

Sport Relief 2014 takes place on Friday 21st March.  As always the school will be celebrating this event in a number of ways and the events taking place will be co-ordinated by P7 pupils.  The main events will be:

  • Sale of Special Sports Relief Wrist Bands – these will go on sale from Wednesday 19th and will be sold on a first come first served basis.  P7 pupils will go around classes on 19th, 20th and 21st  March selling these. Bands will cost £1.00
  • Non Uniform DayTheme- The Bright Colours of the Commonwealth.  This theme has been chosen as part of the schools’ Commonwealth Games celebrations and any pupil who dresses up is asked to make a minimum £1 donation for the privilege of dressing up.  Staff members will also dress up and all money will be donated to Sports Relief.
  • Sports Relief Walk – This walk will support the schools’ health promoting ethos and all pupils will be taking part in a walk on the afternoon of Friday 21st March.  The walk will be from the school over to Scorrybreac and back and parents are also invited to take part.  Pupils and parents will leave from the school at 1.30. All ll pupils will have an early lunch on this day. P1 and P2 at 12.00 noon and P3- P7 at 12.30.

 

Rotary Club Swimarathon- Saturday 29th March

A team from Portree Primary School will take part in this event and a poster is attached.  The money raised will be split between “End Polio Now” and “Portree Junior Sports Club”.  Parents who would like to sponsor the team are asked to complete the attached slip and to send their money to the school.  The swimmers representing the school will be Jennifer Shaw, Charlotte Gordon, Joe Jones, Kayleigh McPherson, Kristin McPherson and Erin Baker.

 

Parent Council News

Family Quiz

The Parent Council (PC) would like to thank all who supported the recent family quiz evening.  It was a great success and lovely to see so many family teams. We raised £210 towards additional ICT kit for the school.  It is hoped this quiz might become an annual event.

Minutes from the latest PC meeting this week will be published shortly and available on the school website http://www.portreeprimaryschool.com/

 

Items discussed include:

Facilities Management Project - this project will affect janitorial services and is being rolled out to Skye primary schools from August 2014. PPS will lose its dedicated janitor. See our minutes for further details.

Fundraising

1. Annual soup/pudding lunch in May and a car boot sale, pencilled in for Saturday 24th May. More details to follow.

2. A new fundraising link has been set up so funds can be raised for the school when buying online at http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/portreeprimaryschool/ More details and posters to follow.

3. The PC will provide tea and coffee at the Royal Rockstars event at the school on Thursday 3rd April.  Donations of baking welcome. More information will be sent home in school mail.

Gaelic School – a general discussion was held about making sure we get up to date information on the new Gaelic school and also plans for the existing school are moved forward and made clear to parents.

School Uniforms – AROS will have pre-order forms ready for orders in May in addition to the usual stock of uniforms.  A 10% discount will apply when using the pre-order service in May.

If you would like to support any of these items or want more information please contact a member of the Parent Council or come to our next meeting.

A new Parent Council noticeboard is on the wall by the gym door – lookout for updates on above items and more.

Forthcoming Important Dates – Reminder

Tuesday 18th March – Basketball Festival P6 and GM6 from 10.00am until 2.15pm – PHS- Gym kit and packed lunch required.

Thursday 20th March – Soccer Sevens North Final – Dundee

Friday 21st March – Sport Relief

Saturday 22nd March - North of Scotland Cross Country Championships Alness.

Tuesday 25th March – Dental inspections – P1

  • Basketball festival P7 and GM7 from 10.00am until 2.15pm -  PHS- Gym kit and packed lunch     required

Saturday 29th March – Rotary Swimarathon

  •   Rotary Quiz Highland Final in Dingwall

Friday 4th April – Easter service and close for Easter holiday at 3.15pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rotary Swimarathon Sponsor Form

 

Portree Primary School is taking part in the Rotary Club’s Swimarathon to raise money for “End Polio Now” and “Portree Junior Sports Club”.

Please sponsor us

 

Name

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Paid

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

11 March 2014Portree Primary School Cross-Country

Portree Primary School held it’s Cross Country Championships on 27th February with over a 100 children taking part in the boys’ and girls’ races.

 

This year’s champions were Leon Miles Shinnie and Skye Jordon who are pictured with the next top 3 finishers in each race.

 

Kiltaraglen were this years winners.

11 March 2014World Book Day

WORLD BOOK DAY AT PORTREE PRIMARY SCHOOL

World Book Day was organised by P6 this year and was held on Thurday the 6th of March. P6 asked pupils and staff to dress up as their favourite book character and for everyone to bring in their favourite book to read. Here is a web album of photos taken during the day. Do you spot any of your favourite characters?

 

 

 

 

 

11 March 2014Girls Shinty Tournament

Well done to those who took part in the Shinty Tournament at Portree High School on the 26th of February. Portree A were the overall winners but Portree B worked equally hard! 'S math a rinn sibh uile!

11 March 2014National First Shinty Competition

Portree Primary School won the National First Shinty Competition for girls which was recently held at the Fingal Centre in Portree on Saturday 8th March. Teams from as far afield as Grantown and Ardamurchan took part but, Portree who had already won the Skye tournament retained their national title when they defeated another Skye team, South End in the final.

 

11 March 2014Rotary Quiz

Portree Primary School won the Skye and Lochalsh Rotary Quiz for the third year in a  row recently. The team will now go onto represent the area in the Highland Final. The team members are- Elsa Galbraith, Iain Cormack, Daniel Macdonald and Cameron Macpherson.

11 March 2014Gymnastics Open Day

11 March 2014Sconser Fun Run

11 March 2014Bliadhn' Ur na Sineach

Bha an Sgoil-Araich ag ionnsachadh mu Bliadhn' Ur na Sineach.

28 February 2014Rugby Coaching

RUGBY COACHING AT PPS-

CHANGE OF DAY AND PUPILS INVOLVED

 

The Saturday morning rugby session that was previously held for P4/5pupils will now take place on a Thursday evening and be open to more pupils as the numbers previously attending was very low.

 

The new arrangements are as follows:

 

Rugby Session Open to All P4-P7 Pupils- Boys and Girls.

 

Time- 3.45- 4.45

 

Venue- Portree High Scholl Grass Pitch

 

Coach- Mr. Steve Preston

 

Starts- Thursday 6th March

 

THIS WEEK’S RUGBY SESSION FOR P4/5 PUPILS WILL NOT TAKE PLACE

22 February 2014Portree Primary School Garden

A short summary of some 2013 garden club activities alongwith 2 photos that may appear in the next Outdoor Learning newsletter!

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The garden at Portree Primary School is home to our after school garden club.  Around 15 pupils attended for the 2013 Autumn and Winter sessions.  We started by digging up potatoes and cabbages, picking peas and pulling rhubarb.  Everyone got to take something home and contribute towards their favourite teatime dishes.  As we found insects and bugs they were added to our Beastie House which we made last year.  One week everything stopped while we studied  a toad who had made his home among the bushes and roots in the shadiest part of our garden.  A couple of wild, stormy days forced us inside where we made leaf collages, wrote nature poems and tried out some garden wordpuzzles and quizzes.  Other weeks, adding to our colourful garden, we planted some apple and plum trees then it was time to clean all our tools and prepare them for winter in the shed alongside some bulbs potted up waiting patiently for Spring.  Our last Winter session  was a showing of the puppet show film ‘The Man who Planted Trees’ filling us with inspiration for next season.

 

22 February 2014

Burns Competition

 

The winners of the Burns Competition which was recently held in PPS were:

 

Best Female Solo Singer - Morag Bruce EM5

 

Best Male Solo Singer - Jamie Montgomery EM5

 

Best Group - Kai and Iona GM4/5

 

Overall performance/effort - Mhairi Gillies GM5/6

 

Best Musician - Iain Cormack GM 7

 

 

Here is a picture of some of the delighted prize-winners- Mhairi Gillies, Kai Purdy, Jamie Montgomery and Morag Bruce. Iona and Iain are missing from the picture. The competition was judged by Teal and Iona. Well done to all involved!

 

22 February 2014

Some P5-P7 pupils have been involved in training with Sarah Ross Active Schools Co-ordinator to become Young Leaders and have organised activity sessions for infant pupils. They have done a brill job!

 

Here are some pictures and the timetable that the children were involved in.

22 February 2014Gymnastics!

10 February 2014SSFA Soccer Sevens

SSFA Soccer Sevens North of Scotland Qualifying Heat- Tain

The school had a team entered in this event and they did tremendously well to win the tournament which featured schools from across the Highlands and Islands. The school will now take part in the next heat of this national competition, in Dundee on 20th March. Thanks are extended to Angus Beaton and Mark MacDonald who coach the pupils and who escorted them on the trip to Tain.

Willie Urquhart/WHFP

10 February 2014Parentzone

Supporting numeracy at home

The first in a series of new materials to support numeracy at home have now been published on the Parentzone website.

Learning doesn't just take place in the classroom, it can happen anywhere. A child or young person's everyday routine offers many opportunities and experiences to practise and apply their numeracy skills in real and meaningful ways.  

NEW ON PARENTZONE - IDEAS TO BUILD NUMBERS INTO EVERYDAY ACTIVITIES

These new materials consist of illustrations with some simple ideas to build numbers into everyday activities.

 

 

 

 

 

28 January 2014Big Garden Birdwatch

28 January 2014NEWSLETTER 6

NEWSLETTER NO 6 – LITIR 6

SCHOOL SUCCESSES

Young Leaders Scheme

Sarah Ross, the Active School’s Co-ordinator has been working with a group of pupils from P5, P6 and P7 to train them so they are able to offer break and lunchtime activities to infant pupils.  The pupils involved have all responded fantastically, and are doing a great job working with the younger children.

 

SSFA Soccer Sevens North of Scotland Qualifying Heat- Tain

The school had a team entered in this event and they did tremendously well to win the tournament which featured schools from across the Highlands and Islands. The school will now take part in the next heat of this national competition, in Dundee on 20th March. Thanks are extended to Angus Beaton and Mark MacDonald who coach the pupils and who escorted them on the trip to Tain.

 

Christmas Service Collection

£162.00 was collected at last term’s Christmas Service and this has been donated to “The Friends of Portree Hospital”.

 

Glenmore Fun Run

A number of school pupils took part in this recent event and Joe Jones of P5 was the winner of the primary race.  Well done to all who took part.

 

BEHAVIOUR OF PUPILS ON SCHOOL TRANSPORT – ESPECIALLY MATHESON PLACE RUN

The bus company have again been in touch about the behaviour of some pupils on school transport, especially those travelling to and from Matheson Place.  This run is not a formal school contract and it may be that in discussions with the authority and the school, the bus company decide this run will cease because of health and safety concerns.

The bus company have also asked that the school notifies parents about pupils who are badly behaved on all school transport and as such a standard letter will be drawn up and sent home to parents if any complaints are received by the school. The bus company in discussions with the school, and the bus-escort we have on one bus which leaves from the school at the end of the day, will also at times allocate certain pupils to specific buses.

A summary of a communication received from the bus company can be found below –

 

As discussed the behaviour of primary pupils on school transport is of concern and this is particularly so on the school bus that runs between the Primary School – Matheson Place – High School in the evening.  In fact it is becoming unacceptable.  One night recently I had to stop the bus twice because pupils were out of their seats, moving around the bus while it was moving, shouting at the top of their voices and almost all were not wearing seat belts.  This of course poses a health and safety risk and is also very distracting for the driver.  It is also worth noting that this run is done at the discretion of Stagecoach, and forms no part of the Highland Council Contracts, so we do not have to do this run.

 

We take our responsibility to all pupils very seriously and would not willingly want to remove this service but drivers are feeling extremely stressed by this so we looking to the school and parents to try and help resolve things, so we can continue with the run. 

 

I think a reporting system where parents are informed of their child’s bad behaviour and failure to take health and safety seriously, would be a starting point.  Initially we could ban individual pupils from the run if their bad behaviour merited it, and if things did not improve, we would have to look seriously at the viability of doing this run.”

 

Stagecoach Skye,

Park Road, Portree, IV51 9EP

BEHAVIOUR EXPECTATIONS AT EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

For many years now we have run a wide range of extra-curricular activities which are supported by volunteer coaches and parents.  In all that time we have had relatively few incidents of unacceptable behaviour, pupils displaying a lack of respect for coaches or issues that could not be sorted quickly.

Unfortunately, over the last two terms an increasing number of pupils have continued to behave inappropriately at some activities and not listen to the advice and instructions given by coaches.  As extra-curricular activities are organised in the first instance by the school, the behaviour displayed by pupils should be consistent with the behaviour expected by school staff during the school day.  To this end, all coaches are asked to report to the school any serious or persistent, bad, disrespectful or inappropriate behaviour.  When this happens, parents will be informed and pupils will be asked not to attend activities for a prescribed length of time.

 

ENROLMENT WEEK FOR PUPILS STARTING IN P1 IN AUGUST 2014

Enrolment will take place during the week beginning 27 January 2014 at Portree Primary School office between 3.00pm – 4.00pm.  Parents should bring their child’s birth certificate when they enrol. The next schools session starts on the 19 August 2014 and children who will be five on or before 28 February 2015 are eligible to be enrolled for Primary 1.

 

APPROPRIATE CLOTHING + FOOTWEAR DURING WINTER + ADDITIONAL REMINDERS

At this time of year when the weather is so changeable and wintry it is important that pupils come to school wearing appropriate clothing and footwear.  While children will not be expected to be outside at break times or lunch times when the weather is really inclement, they will be outside when there may only be light drizzle or wind.  It is important to get children outside whenever possible to enjoy fresh air and engage in energetic play.

PPS Beanie Hats which are very warm can also be purchased from the school office at a cost of £5.00.

Other Reminders:

  • Pupils are expected to have their names on their reflective waistcoats and any pupils who lose their waistcoats will be expected to pay for a replacement.
  • Pupils’ names should be clearly marked on all items of clothing.
  • All pupils are required to bring shorts and t-shirts and gym shoes for PE lessons. Very short skimpy beach type tops are not appropriate.  Football tops are not permitted.
  • Pupils should remember their swimming kit on the appropriate day.
  • Pupils will only be excused from taking part in PE or swimming if they have a letter from parents.
  • All pupils are expected to wear school uniform and pupils who do not will lose House Points.

 

SCHOOL MESSAGING SERVICE & SCHOOL CLOSURES IN BAD WEATHER

All information regarding school closures or information relating to adverse weather conditions will be placed on the school’s telephone messaging service.  The school closure web-site will also be updated.

 

Council number – 0870 054 6999

School Pin Number – 042810

Website – www.schoolclosures.highlandschools.org.uk

 

 

 

If the school closes during the course of the school day it is important that all parents, particularly parents whose children travel on school transport are contactable so arrangements can be made if children need to be sent home early.  In the case of Portree village children it will be assumed, unless parents indicate otherwise, or unless weather conditions are very extreme, that once a message has been put on the telephone messaging service, indicating an early closure for all pupils, children in P4-P7 will be able to make their way home as they would normally do at the end of the school day.  The parents of P1-P3 children will be contacted should the school close early to ascertain their plans.  In some instances when there is disruption to the school day it will only affect pupils on school transport.  In all situations the school telephone messaging service will be updated.

 

PARENTS CONTACT DETAILS AND CONTACTING PARENTS – VERY IMPORTANT

Can I ask all parents to notify the school of any changes to contact and emergency details as soon as any changes happen?  It is very important that at this time of year when there may be early closures due to bad weather, the school has up to date contact details.  Could parents also ensure that mobile phones are switched on if a mobile phone number has been given as an emergency contact number?

 

CONTACTING THE SCHOOL WHEN PUPILS ARE ABSENT

Parents are reminded that they should contact the school on the days when their child is absent for whatever reason.  If a child is not in attendance and no notification is received the school will, after a day, try to contact parents to ask why their child is not in school.  If no contact can be made the school is obliged to pass on this information to other agencies.

 

SENDING PUPILS TO SCHOOL WHEN THEY ARE UNWELL

At this time of year it is important that pupils who are unwell are kept at home until they feel better and are not sent to school.  Advice from health professionals recommends that pupils with severe colds and flu like symptoms, rashes etc. stay off school and visit their GP before returning to school.  As there are a number of pupils who have low immune system illnesses, it is important to make sure that they avoid infections.

Pupils who have contacted Conjunctivitis are expected to remain at home until it has cleared up as conjunctivitis is a very infectious disease.

 

 

P7 TRIP PAYMENTS SPRING TERM

4th payment of £70.00 is due no later than Friday 31 January.

5th payment of £60.00 is due no later than Thursday 27 February.

Parents are asked to make sure they observe these deadlines and parents who have still not completed payments 1,2,3 are asked to ensure this is done along with the 4th payment on 31 January.

 

 

USE OF FACEBOOK TO DISCUSS SCHOOL MATTERS

As indicated previously, parents are asked not to discuss school issues on social media sites and instead are asked to contact class teachers or the Head Teacher if they have any comments, concerns or issues they want addressed.  A number of staff members and Parent Council members have expressed concern about the comments that sometimes appear in relation to school issues on Facebook, which are often made without the full facts of a situation being known.

Information about e-safety and cyber-bullying from Highland Council, has also been recently placed on the school website.

 

 

STAFFING UPDATES

At the long weekend Mrs M A MacKinnon, the P6 job share teacher, will start her latest maternity leave and her job is currently advertised on a variety of teaching websites.

On 7 March, Mrs K MacLeod who is covering Mrs L Finlayson’s maternity leave will herself start a maternity leave and it is hoped that the authority will advertise this job very soon.

Given the huge shortage of supply teachers and particularly GM supply teachers, there is no guarantee that the vacancies at the school will be filled immediately.  However, the school in consultation with the local authority will do all it can to put contingency plans in place and parents will be kept informed of what is decided.

From the w/b 3rd February Mrs. Morag Murray, the P1 class teacher will only work Monday to Thursday and on a Friday, the class will be taken by Miss Gail Tennant.

 

PARENT COUNCIL UPDATES

In the future, most newsletters will include an update from the Parent Council.

 

“The Parent Council have had their first meeting of 2014 and are looking at fundraising for the year ahead primarily to assist with the provision of ICT equipment in the classrooms.  As ever, your support at any of the fundraiser events is greatly appreciated.  If you have any ideas for other events or would like to help, please let us know.  All contact details are on the school website.

We have a new notice board which is located in the school reception area by the gym hall door.  Look out for notices here on forthcoming events.  There is also a larger noticeboard with details about our fundraising and the Parent Council in general in the main school corridor.

In support of the school and all our children in particular, we would ask people to bear in mind that insensitive comments on Social networking sites can adversely affect pupils, parents, the school and the wider community.”

 

Parents, who have comments to make to the Parent Council, or have agenda items for meetings, should contact members of the Council or the Chairperson, Ingrid Bruce.

 

 

 

28 January 2014Burns Lunch - 24th January

Portree Primary School held their Burns Lunch on Friday 24th January.

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