Walk to Lochside

Walk to Lochside

Dear Parents/ Guardians.
With the opening of Lochside Academy due in August 2018, it’s important for us all to consider a safe route to school for our children should they wish to walk or cycle. Loirston Parent Council have been working closely with Local Councillor Sarah Duncan and she has agreed to walk from various areas on Cove on Thursday 12th October starting at 8.30am to identify possible crossing points on Wellington Road. The areas she is thinking of walking from are Cove Crescent, Earnsheugh and Langdykes/ Altens. If you are interested in participating then please contact Fleur Tarling on 07909754131.
Regards, Your Parent Council.

Wildlife Garden

Wildlife Garden

Dear Parents/ Guardians – we are looking to gather a team to help rejuvenate the Wildlife Garden- initially with a litter pick and essential pruning of low hanging branches on Sunday 15th October at 10am -12pm. Longer term we are hoping to cut back and remove some of the bushes and rotten trees and hopefully make this a usable space for the school again. However, this will require more muscle, machinery and a Sub-Committee of folk willing to take this forward with the support of The Parent Council. If you are interested in helping/ have some expertise or perhaps are a grandparent wishing to get involved, then please contact us on: pcloirston@aberdeen.npfs.org.uk or drop us a message on Facebook. Please be advised that without this committed help, the area will remain unusable for the school.

Many Thanks, Your Parent Council

Request for P1/2 and P2 Museum

Dear Parent/ Guardians
The children wish to open a museum in the classroom. For this we need you to look out old objects or toys from your childhood. Please send to school in the week beginning 2nd October with each item clearly labelled with your name, your child’s name and class and what it is or use the tags sent home with the P1/2 and P2 children.
Please note that we will do our best to look after your items but on occasion things may be damaged. If your objects are of value to you please do not send them in.

Thank you in advance,
Mrs MacCallum and Miss Carle

Parents and Carers Anti-Bullying Survey

As part of the schools Health and Wellbeing review we are consulting Parents and Carers with a view to updating our anti-bullying policy.
We have created a short questionnaire which is made up of 6 questions and should take no more than 5 minutes to complete. We value all comments from Parents and Carers to help us in this process.
Please click on the link below to complete the survey. The survey closes on Friday 6th October.
Anti-Bullying survey link

Loirston Primary Open Day

Loirston Primary Open Day
Thursday 28th September 2017
Information for Parents/Carers
• Open Day Session Times are 9.30-10.30am and 1.45-2.45pm. Please feel free to drop in at any time within the session times.
• Tea and coffee will be available to all parents/carers in the Community Lounge for the duration of each of the sessions. Information on School Priorities will also be available, as well as an opportunity to give feedback, answer a few short questions on developments and get support for using Interactive Learning Diaries (ILD).
• Each class will have a sign in book within it – please sign in during the session and feel free to leave comments and suggestions.
• Please remember that all children must remain in their own class areas.
• There will be no access to Y8 or Nursery during the sessions.
• Just a reminder that this is not a Parent Consultation appointment but a chance to share learning with your child/children. Parents can make appointments to see Class Teachers or a member of SMT by contacting the school office. Parent Consultation appointments will be arranged for November.

School Bulletin Sept 2017 No. 1

1st September 2017
Welcome back to a busy term here at Loirston. As many of you will have seen, our Inspection Report was published in August. We appreciate the many parental comments of support we have had since publication and the staff team are motivated and enthusiastic about the implementation of the improvements recommended in the report. We have identified 3 main priority areas for improvement for the first half of this session. They are:
1. A full review of the curriculum rationale, which will include how we want pupil learning experiences to develop from Nursery to Primary 7.
2. An update of our Health and Wellbeing progression and planning which will also include a review of our whole school behaviour policy.
3. Further development and implementation of a clear progression in learning, teaching and assessment strategies across the whole school.
We will be able to share development plans in these areas with you soon and would welcome and encourage any feedback and/or support you could offer on them. All staff members will be involved in the creation of the specific action plans and where appropriate, the children will also be involved. We will begin consultation with parents, carers and the wider community on the area of Curriculum Rationale on our Open Day on 28th September – more details below.
Dates for your Diary
5th September: Parent Council AGM 6.30pm
11th September: Primary 1 pupils begin full time
23rd– 26th September: Holiday weekend (School Closed Friday & Monday)
28th September: Open Day for Parents/ Carers
13th October: School closes for October Break
30th October: Term 2 starts
14th November: Parents’Evening (6.30-8.30pm)
16th November: Parents’Evening (3.30-5.30pm)
17th November: Inset Day (School Closed to pupils)

Information Updates
At all times we need to ensure we have up- to- date information regarding the children in our care. With this in mind if you have any updates to give the school could you please ensure that you call/write and let us know. This could be updates of new phone numbers including new mobile contacts, any changes in health (i.e.) allergies developed or other medical conditions such as asthma etc.

Parent Council
Here at Loirston we have a very active Parent Council who raise some much needed funds for the school. They give up much of their free time to support the school and the work they do really is appreciated by all. In the past they have run School Fayres, discos, bingo nights and take charge of all the organising and running of events such as the P7 Prom. They have also secured funding for equipment such as ICT for the school. We are always grateful for their support. Therefore we would like to welcome new parents to come along and join our Parent Council this session. Even if it is only a small amount of time that can be devoted it is always appreciated. Meetings will be scheduled and posted on the Blog. We really do appreciate all their efforts and it makes a real difference to our school. Come along to the AGM on 5th September at 6.30pm and you can find out what it’s all about.

Staff Car Park
I would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone of access to the staff car park. No parents should park in the staff car park or drop off pupils there. The car park can become very congested. Pupils coming into school through the staff car park are in danger from reversing traffic etc.
Bikes in School
We actively encourage safe cycling to school but could all children please dismount bikes before entering the playground and walk their bike to the cycle racks for safe storage. The beginning and the end of the school day are very busy times in our playground and we want to decrease opportunities for any accidents
Dogs in School
Just a reminder that dogs should not be in the school grounds or tethered to the school property. This is Aberdeen City Council’s policy and as above is in the interests of the health and safety of our children.
Water in School
As part of encouraging a healthy lifestyle, pupils are allowed and encouraged to drink still water freely in the class to prevent dehydration and help children to remain alert. Each pupil can take in a named water bottle which they can fill up at the water fountains. Please ensure bottles are filled with still water only.
Blog
A reminder that here at Loirston we try to be eco-friendly at all times and all relevant information will be published on our Blog. There is a lot of information available to parents and carers on the blog.
http://loirstonconnect.edublogs.org/
However, we are currently in the process of updating our blog and new information will be available soon about any changes to accessing the new blog.

Mrs Mitchell, Mrs Pert and Miss Anderson 