School Meals Price Increase

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Dear Parent

 Primary School Meals 

I am writing to inform you that with effect from Tuesday 1 April the price of a meal will increase to £1.70. This has been agreed by Aberdeen City Council within its 2008/09 Budget.  There has been no increase in the price of a school meal since April 2006.


Pre-purchased ‘pink’ tickets will be accepted along with an additional 15p per ticket, paid to the school kitchen, up until Friday 2 May 2008.


Aberdeen City Council have implemented recommendations contained within the Scottish Executive Guidelines ‘Hungry for Success’ and is committed to encouraging healthy eating.  I trust that you are finding the copies of school menus that are sent home informative and useful to encourage your children to eat a balanced diet over the week.


It is important to Aberdeen City Council that the School Meals Catering Service satisfies your requirements.  I welcome any comments or suggestions you may have that could lead to improvements within the service.


The School Meals Catering Service would like to thank you for your continued support and we look forward in the forthcoming year to providing our services to you.


Yours sincerely


Derek Ross

 Derek Ross

Facilities Manager

Cycling Proficiency for P6 Pupils

 Loirston Primary School                                                                       8th February 2008Loirston AvenueCove BayABERDEENTel:  897686 Dear Parents, Next term we hope to start the cycling proficiency class for pupils in Primary 6. For parents of P6 pupils, please complete the first bulleted point on the reply slip. Parent helpers will be essentialRegrettably, if we have insufficient volunteers we will be unable to go ahead with the training. The classes will be held during the summer term at times to suit the helpers and with minimum disruption to the timetables of Primary 6 classes. Please be assured that no experience is necessary.   Training will be given by a member of Grampian Police Accident Prevention Department.  Please complete the second bulleted point. We intend to check bicycles for roadworthiness on return to school after the Easter break, so please will parents of Primary 6 children ensure that both brakes work and that your child can operate them, that tyres have no bald patches and are pumped up, and that the chain is oiled.  There should be a rear reflector. If you can offer any help please fill in the slip below and return it to school by Friday 15th February 2008. Thank you. Yours sincerely,M. S. MCPHEEDepute Head Teacher.——————————————————————————————————————·          My child will / will not participate in cycling proficiency during Term 4. (DELETE AS REQUIRED) 

  • I am willing to help at the cycling proficiency classes and the following times suit me.


Please tick a.m. p.m.

     Signed ________________________________________ Child’s Name ____________________________________    Class__________________ Tel. No. _____________________________

School Photographer

22nd January 2008  Dear Parent, 

School Photographer

 The school photographer will be in school on Tuesday 5th February.  This year individual and/or family group photographs will be taken. The organisation of this day is a fairly major undertaking and your co-operation would be greatly appreciated in returning the attached slip by Thursday 31st January.  The returning of this slip will allow us to timetable the taking of the photographs.  We want the experience to be as enjoyable as possible with minimal disruption to learning.  Please try to return the slip by Thursday. The collation and organisation of the returned slips will be done, and approximate times given to those who wish pre-school children included.  Please help us by returning this slip by 31st January. It should be noted that family groups refer to children and DO NOT INCLUDE parents/adults. This letter is issued to the oldest child in each family.  Only one form should be filled in for each family. Thank you for your co-operation and I look forward to seeing the finished products.  Yours sincerely, M. S. MCPHEE Depute Head Teacher             Names of Pupil(s)               Class(es)                  N.B.    if Nursery please state                                                                                                a.m. or p.m. ____________________   __________ ____________________   __________ ____________________   __________ ____________________   __________   Please tick 1 of the following:- 

 Individual photographs only  
Family group only (no) pre school children)  
 Family group only (with pre school children)  
 Individual and family group (no pre school children)  
 Individual and family group (with pre school children)  

  N.B.    Family groups with a pre-school child (i.e. a child not at Loirston Nursery or primary school) will be taken in the morning therefore it will be necessary for afternoon nursery children to be brought in the morning if they are to be taken as part of a family group.  This must be returned by Thursday 31st January so that arrangements canbe made and a time returned to you for family groups on Tuesday 5thFebruary. Thank you for your co-operation.

Purchase of Lunch Tickets

17/01/2008Dear Parents and Carers As you will be aware Mrs. Thom is absent on sick leave and I have been asked to support the school during this period. I would like to say thank you to everyone at Loirston School for the warm welcome I have been given.  Over the coming weeks I will be working with the staff in school as we begin the process of moving forward after the visit from Her Majesty’s Inspectors of Education. One of my first tasks will be reviewing Health Safety and Security in school. Staff in school have begun the process of reviewing security and I am aware that there is a pilot running currently regarding the sale of lunch tickets. I intend to monitor this and will be consulting with pupils, school staff and catering staff on the pilot arrangements. In order to safeguard your child parents who use a cheque book should please send a cheque with their child in a sealed envelope with their child’s name, class and the amount clearly marked on the outside on Mondays. I am aware that a few parents who do not operate a cheque book are concerned about their very young children being responsible for cash. I have suggested to them that they bring the money to the school office in a sealed envelope. We will pass the envelope to catering staff who will issue tickets to the child. I would welcome any other comments or suggestions from parents and carers on this issue.  Regards   June Stewart

Applications for Enrolment to Nursery and P1

9th January 2008    Dear Parents,  

Applications for Enrolment to Nursery and Primary 1 for Session 2008/2009

  Application forms for Nursery may be requested from the School Office any time from 21st January and should be returned to school by week ending the 15th February at the latest.  An application MUST be completed again for all children who already attend Loirston Nursery.  When you return the application form, please bring the child’s birth certificate with you. You can still apply for places after February and your child’s name will be added to a waiting list for the 2008/2009 academic year. Enrolment for Primary 1 takes place during the week 14th – 18th January 2008.  Please bring the child’s birth certificate with you when you come to complete the enrolment forms and report to the School Office.  There are quite a number of “official bits” to complete but I should be available during that week to assist you.

 Please ensure that you enter the school by the main door.

   Yours sincerely, 


Depute Head Teacher 

Head Teacher's Absence

9th January 2008

Dear Parents,

Mrs Thom has been unwell since Tuesday 20th November and continues to be absent from school.

Following the recent H.M.I. inspection, Mr Alistair MacKay, Service Manager, Schools and Children’s Services, Neighbourhood Services (South Area), has arranged for additional support to be given to school and the management team as a result of Mrs Thom’s continued absence.

Mrs June Stewart has been seconded from her substantive post as Head Teacher at Hazlehead School by Aberdeen City Council to support Loirston School during this period.

Yours sincerely,


Depute Head Teacher