World Book Day Volunteers

If there are any more parents or even grandparents who would like to come in on Thursday 1st March to read a story with some children please send an email to the school for the attention of Mrs Hidson stating which times you are available. The school email is loirston@aberdeencity.gov.uk
Thank you to those who have emailed already. Mrs Hidson will be in touch very soon.

Reach For The Stars Reading Challenge

As part of our World Book Day activities all children will have been given a ‘Reach For The Stars Reading Challenge’ sheet. If they have lost it their teacher will have spares. This is a fun way to encourage the children to enjoy reading. Once the challenge has been completed and their treat negotiated with their parents, the children can return their completed challenge sheet to school for a certificate from Mrs Winton. There is no set timescale for this challenge to make it as easy as possible for children to participate.
We look forward to receiving lots of completed challenges and awarding lots of certificates at assembly. Please feel free to send in any photos of your child completing the challenge tasks or upload it to their ILD.

Online Safety Alert: Houseparty App

Some schools have reported that pupils have been using an app called “Houseparty” and accepting friend requests from people who they do not know. We felt this would be a good opportunity to remind pupils about online safety.

Keep Safe Online: What pupils need to know.
We all need to keep safe online: on our computers, devices, game consoles and on our mobile phones. This is a quick list of what you need to know to stay safe.
1. Don’t post any personal information online – like your address, email address or mobile number.
2. Think carefully before posting pictures, videos or live streaming of yourself. Once you’ve put content of yourself online most people can see it and may be able to download it, it’s not just yours anymore.
3. Keep your privacy settings as high as possible
4. Never give out your passwords
5. Don’t befriend people you don’t know
6. Don’t meet up with people you’ve met online. Speak to your parent or carer about people suggesting you do
7. Remember that not everyone online is who they say they are
8. Think carefully about what you say before you share something online
9. Respect other people’s views, even if you don’t agree with someone else’s views doesn’t mean you need to be rude
10. If you see something online that makes you feel uncomfortable, unsafe or worried: leave the service or app, turn off your device and talk to a trusted adult. If anyone contacts you online in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable, tell a trusted adult.

In some apps, your details might be shared with other people who are not your friends, but friends of someone else you are sharing with. Be aware, if you don’t know someone its best to leave the conversation.

P4-7 had a special visitor in school to speak to then today.

The children in P4-7 had a very special visitor in to visit them today, Olympic swimmer Hannah Miley. Hannah spent an hour speaking to the children, showing them some of her equipment, answering some very interesting questions they came up with and posing for photographs. They children were incredibly interested and well behaved. I’m sure you’re children will be very keen to tell you all about it when they get home!
A huge thanks to Mrs Greenhill for organising this.

ANTIBIOTICS WON’T WORK FOR VIRAL COUGHS, COLDS & ‘FLU CAMPAIGN

ANTIBIOTICS WON’T WORK FOR VIRAL COUGHS, COLDS & ‘FLU

A new video campaign which features local schoolchildren is reminding people across the North East that a course of antibiotics is not required to treat common winter illnesses such as viral coughs, colds and ‘flu.

Please find the video at the following link:

The video highlights the following website which the public are encouraged to visit for further information on self-care for common winter illnesses
http://www.know-who-to-turn-to.com/