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13 November 2015 – Focus on Primary

Dear Parents/Carers

This week my blog focuses on the primary department – looking back and looking ahead to the next few weeks.

Looking back

  • Learning Trees have been sent home to share with parents/carers the planned learning for the coming term. Please check school bags but they are also available on our school website.
  • Our creative Primary 7 pupils have been making their own Anderson Shelters as part of the Interdisciplinary Learning focus on World War II.  A huge thanks to parents and carers for helping to make the shelters so great and allowing your children to ‘recycle’ home resources.  The finished results are outstanding.
  • Children across the primary school have been preparing for winter and received their flu vaccinations. NHS staff were impressed by the excellent manners and behaviour of all pupils.

  • Our very successful parent contact evenings this week with parent/carers meeting with our class teachers to share our young people’s achievements and next steps in learning. I hope you had an opportunity to look through your child’s learning portfolio and work. Thank you to all our parents and carers for attending and buying books from our Book Fayre where we raised around £1400. A special thank you to Mrs Jarvie for organising and managing these successful events for our young people and families.
  • Primary 7F took part in Chemistry at Work event in Oakbank Primary School on Wednesday 11 November organised by TechFest and the University of Aberdeen.

Looking ahead  

  • On Sunday 15 November our P2 & P6 children will celebrate their class mass in St John the Baptist at 11am mass with Canon Martin Drysdale. Everyone is welcome.
  • 16 November is the Feast Day of St Margaret. Children in St Margaret’s House will come together from across the school to celebrate mass in our Oratory.
  • On Monday 16 & Tuesday 17 November we will celebrate and promote our Eco initiative. Our Eco Committee have been working hard to prepare for our inspection visit for our Green Flag. Every class will be participating in a creative activity using recycled materials.
  • Our Primary 3 classes will join the parish of St John the Baptist for 10am mass on Tuesday morning.
  • Wednesday 18 November is our Hi-Viz day where our children and young people will remind themselves of the importance of being safe and seen over the coming winter months when travelling to and from school. Children should wear school uniform AND encouraged to accessorise their uniform with something bright/reflective.
  • Due to the in-service days we have moved our Soft Starts for all primary classes to Wednesday 18 November. Please come along at 9.00am to visit your child’s class and share in their learning and their Eco Projects from our Eco Days. There is also an opportunity to meet with SLT for a cup of tea/coffee at 9.30am in the Noisy/Quiet room.
  • Thursday 19 and Friday 20 November are in-service days and school will be closed to all pupils. All our primary teachers and our maths department will be working with the teachers of St Stephen’s, St Dominic’s and Our Lady’s on Thursday, focusing on developing numeracy.
  • We are always looking for more volunteers to help our primary department – this can be from walking children to church to listening and supporting reading to helping to organise resources.  If you can help, please contact Mr Bald, DHT, in the first instance.

Finally, thanks to the many parents who have taken the time to wish me well as I take up the permanent position as Headteacher.  When home and school work in real partnership together, we are in the best place to support our children and young people.  I very much look forward to continuing to work positively with you in the months and years ahead.

Enjoy the long weekend and we will see everyone back on Monday 23 November.

Every good wish,

SP Hagney

Headteacher and Campus Leader