COVID-19 Government Advice

Please find below the advice given to schools to help prevent the spread. This will supplement what you are hearing on the news and a good common sense, hygiene approach.

Preventing spread of infection
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus.
The COVID-19 communications toolkit can be downloaded from NHS Inform containing public health resources about how you can help stop the spread of viruses, like those that cause COVID-19, by practicing good respiratory and hand hygiene.
There are general principles anyone can follow to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
 washing your hands often – with soap and water, or use alcohol based hand sanitiser if handwashing facilities are not available. This is particularly important after taking public transport
 covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in a bin.
 people who feel unwell should stay at home and should not attend work or any education or early learning and childcare setting
Children, pupils, students, staff and visitors should wash their hands:
o before leaving home
o on arrival at school/setting
o after using the toilet
o after breaks and sporting activities
o before food preparation
o before eating any food, including snacks
o before leaving school/setting
 use an alcohol based hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available
 avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
 avoid close contact with people who are unwell
 clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
 if you are worried about your symptoms or those of a child or colleague, please call your GP or NHS24 (111). Do not go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment but phone.
 see further information on HPS COVID-19 website and NHS Inform
Face masks for the general public, pupils or students, or staff are not recommended to protect from infection, as there is no evidence of benefit from their use outside healthcare environments.

Jewellery in PE

Just to remind all parents and carers that, in line with Aberdeen City Council’s Policy, jewellery must not be worn in PE lessons. If a child is unable to remove eg earrings because they are still wearing keepers after ear piercing, that child will be allowed to put tape over the earrings for the 6 week period that these need to be worn. This tape however must be placed over the earrings by the child or at home before the child comes to school. Teaching staff cannot take responsibility for this.

Newsletter 8

Dear Parents/ Carers

Apologies for the lateness of this Newsletter. January has been a very busy month and the time has run away. So, very belatedly, we wish all our families a Happy New Year.

We have all been working hard in January and have had visits from the SSPCC and engaged in activities around Chinese New Year, Burns Celebrations and Ceilidhs. Many of our events are recorded on Twitter and you can see these by following us at @LoirstonPrimary if you haven’t already done so. We are restricted to posting photos of only those pupils who have consent to be photographed for Twitter. If you have selected no for Twitter but would like your children to feature, then please let the school office know.

All our Teaching staff were involved in organising a Literacy and Technology event. We were delighted to welcome those families who did attend but are in discussions with our Parent Council about how we can attract better attendance. These events are all part of our Reporting to Parents and Carers Process.

We finished the month with a Quality Improvement visit on Friday. This is a process that all schools in the authority take part in. Our pupils were a credit to us and all visitors remarked on how respectful and enthusiastic they were. The hard work of staff and good progress the school has made were evident. We will have some recommendations for future progress, and these will form part of our self-evaluation this session. Staff will audit progress this session in the February Inservice and parents/ carers views will be sought later this term.

Reporting

Teachers are busy writing the annual pupil reports. These will be made available to you on 3rd April.

Important Dates

A full list of Inservice and Holiday dates can be found at: –

https://www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/services/education-and-childcare/view-school-term-and-holiday-dates

Important dates for your diary: –

  • Mid Term holiday-17th February
  • InService Days-18th, 19th February
  • Dalguise Parents’ Information Evening-25th February (6-7pm)
  • Term 3 ends-3rd April
  • Term 4 starts-21st April

 

Please be aware that school will close to pupils on Friday 14h February and reopens on 20th February.

Digital Technology/ Fundraiser

We have now purchased 20 Google Chromebooks with money raised. We thank the Parent Council for all their hard work in supporting us to raise these funds. The Chromebooks are already being used in our classes and now all 3 sets are supporting our learners. We also bought new ipads, some charging units to make the management of the Chromebooks easier and an interactive whiteboard for our Support for Learning area so that the quality of teaching and learning there can be enhanced.

Open Evening

The Open Evening on 14th January had a Literacy and Technology theme. Staff worked hard to display a wide range of learning experiences.

 

School Calendars

 

Our 2020 Calendar is still for sale at the front office. They have now been reduced to £3 so please pick up a bargain if you haven’t already done so.

 

Communication         

Don’t miss out-Please follow us @LoirstonPrimary on Twitter, like Loirston Connect on Facebook, subscribe to our blog at https://loirston.aberdeen.sch.uk/ and download the Groupcall Xpressions App.

 

Dalguise Parent Information Evening

We look forward to welcoming our Primary 7 parents and carers on 25th February. Important information will be shared, along with forms that need to be signed.

 

Pupil Participation Groups

Our Pupil Participation groups have been working hard. The Library Group are currently discussing plans for World Book Day and the Charities Group are planning events for Sports Relief.

 

Anti Bullying Policy

After consultation with staff, parents, carers and pupils we now have an Anti Bullying Policy for Loirston. The policy is shared with you on the School Blog and will be shared with pupils this week at Assembly. This will be the focus of a few assemblies and ongoing work in classes.

 

P1 and Nursery Applications

Please find relevant information for P1 application:-

https://www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/services/education-and-childcare/starting-primary-1?fbclid=IwAR0fcjALLYbZWyQcH3PWALD5xYhS-RB_Ocjv9ey0YoIFLYC3yihJf69irXw

and Nursery Application

https://www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/services/education-and-childcare/apply-nursery-school-place-20202021?fbclid=IwAR1vnNj__UScbTQsA0_n_dwkMMvogLp6OUKPqdk5paWBT6CtILs4MnAfLMA

 

Staffing

We would like to congratulate Mrs Forrest who gave birth to a beautiful baby daughter in the holidays-on Christmas Day to be precise, so a lovely present for her family J

We are delighted to welcome back Mrs Beattie who has agreed to work 2 days a week to support our learners in Numeracy while Mrs Forrest is off.

Linda Somers is now our Office Administrator. She will be supported by Julie Wilson. We are delighted to welcome Julie who has taken up a post as admin support. She will be working 4 mornings and all day Friday.

 

S.Campbell-Morgan

Acting Head Teacher