Wear Your stripes Day

On Wednesday 20th November we will be running a Wear Your Stripes Day to support Brake, the Road Safety Charity and to promote Road Safety awareness among our pupils. We will hold an assembly on Road Safety on Tuesday and your child may take part in some activities in class throughout the week.

We are running the day by asking children to dress in fun, bright, stripy clothes if they can. The purpose is to raise awareness only so no donation is required.

This is a dress-down day where children can dress like Brake’s mascot Zak the Zebra. They can opt for traditional black and white stripes, accessorise with colourful striped garments or even make their own zebra mask!

According to Brake, a child is hurt or killed every 33 minutes on UK roads. We are doing our bit to ensure this never happens in our community. Please help us by supervising your child closely on roads and continuing to teach road safety as you do.

In particular, the advice from Brake is:

cross roads safely with your child, teaching the Green Cross Code

ensure your child holds an adult’s hand around roads, until they are at least eight or when you feel they are responsible to manage this

in cars, ensure your child is buckled up in a child restraint suitable for their size and weight until they are 150cm tall

if you drive, go 20mph or below around homes, schools and shops, with respect for other people’s children

Go to brake.org.uk/families for more advice about keeping your child safe on roads.

Thank you for supporting our Wear Your Stripes Day and we look forward to it.


Loirston Success at naming a Gritter

We were delighted to learn that one of our pupils successfully came up with one of the names that will name one of Aberdeen City’s gritters. Amber in P4/5 named her gritter Spreadie Eddie which I’m sure you’ll agree is very catchy so well done to her. As a result Spreadie Eddie himself will visit Loirston school along with his drivers who will tell us all about their jobs. So we are very excited. Read all about the competition here.

Parents Evenings

Just a reminder that Parents Evenings are this week. Most parents have successfully booked an appointment but if you haven’t yet then time is running out. I have extended the deadline to 12 noon tomorrow to allow a bit more time. To make your appointments please go to: https://www.parents-booking.co.uk/loirstonprimary
If you are experiencing difficulties, please contact the office on 01224 897686 or email loirston@aberdeencity.gov.uk
Please try to also find a bit of time to visit us in the hall where we and some Primary 7 pupils will be on hand to help any parents who have not yet signed up for Xpressions or subscribed to our blog.
We will also have ipads  available and would appreciate if you could spend a few minutes completing our anti bullying questionnaire. We are hoping to get positive, constructive suggestions from parents and carers so that we can move forward positively together as a school community in tackling any behaviours which could be perceived as bullying.
We will also have some information on hand about home learning and other curricular areas.
We look forward to seeing you all this week.

Flu Immunisation Update

The NHS has just given us this further information to clearup any concerns
School Immunising Staff
The School Immunising staff will visit primary schools on the scheduled date or even earlier where possible to vaccinate:
 children with underlying medical conditions,
 children who are 4 years old on the day nurses attend that school
 children who live in a household with a severely immunocompromised contact in accordance with the Green Book guidance. Nurses will either administer the Live Fluenz Tetra vaccine (LAIV) or the Quadrivalent (QIVe) vaccine depending on the child’s or family member’s medical history.
GP Practice Staff Practices will continue to provide Flu vaccine to secondary school age pupils with an underlying medical condition or who live in a household with a severely immunocompromised contact in accordance with the Green Book guidance. In December, when more Fluenz Tetra stock is available, GP staff may also provide catch-up vaccination for those primary school pupils who missed their scheduled school session. Please note this only applies to pupils whose scheduled school session took place prior to November 6th . These will be pupils who missed their school session due to being absent/ill on the day and who will not obtain a further vaccination opportunity via the school nursing staff.
Parents / Guardians Please be assured if your child’s Flu vaccine has been delayed due to the postponement, another opportunity for your child to be vaccinated will be made available. Contingency plans are currently being made and further details will follow to ensure your child can be vaccinated before the end of January.
NHS Grampian do not recommend that you source immunisation by injection from a community pharmacy or elsewhere as the Fluenz Tetra nasal spray is the most effective Flu vaccine for children. The QIVe injection is only recommended to those individuals aged 2-18 years for whom clinical reasons mean live attenuated intranasal influenza vaccine (Fluenz Tetra) is not suitable. Furthermore, sourcing immunisation elsewhere increases the risk of duplicate vaccinations being given at a rescheduled session as school nursing staff will vaccinate based on the information you have already provided on your completed Consent Form, unless they have been advised otherwise. Please note, if your child has obtained the flu injection at a chemist it is your responsibility to pass these details onto the school and the GP practice to reduce the risk of duplicate vaccination.
If your child is recommended to have the Flu vaccine due to a household contact being severely immunocomprammised and this information has not been detailed on your returned Consent Form please call the Immunisation Team on 01224 558460 and these details will be passed to the appropriate nurse. . Any queries regarding the above please telephone 01224 558460.