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,

M. S. MCPHEE

Depute Head Teacher

Entry and Exit at Loirston School

Dear Parents,

 

It has been necessary to review procedures relating to maintaining a safe and secure environment for pupils.  It is a school responsibility to know who is in the building at any given time.  Following concerns, Mr. R. Duthie, Education Officer, visited school on Friday to consider the issue from a new perspective.

 

It was decided, in consultation with senior management and catering staff that the following pilot will operate for six weeks from January 7th 2008.

 

  • School lunch tickets will be sold on Monday mornings in classroom areas.  Since menus are issued well in advance, this will help you and your child identify which days they will have a school lunch.  It would be most helpful if you could purchase a book of tickets and issue them to your child as necessary.  For younger pupils a purse or box placed in the schoolbag with the number of tickets required would be appreciated by catering staff.
  • Single tickets will be available for purchase at lunchtimes after pupils with tickets are served.  This obviously means that pupils will have money in school for which they will be responsible.
  • All pupils should enter school by their respective unit door which will open at 9.00 a.m.  Parents of the younger pupils in the red unit are asked to say their ‘goodbyes’ before the pupils enter school.  The doors will then be closed at 9.05 a.m. and pupils arriving late should enter by the main school door.
  • Parents of Nursery children should use the Nursery door to enter and exit the building.  I understand that a number of parents collect Nursery pupils and then wait in the school foyer for children who do not finish class until 3.15 p.m.  If this is the case, you are requested to walk round the building to the front of school and then leave to meet your child at the respective unit door at 3.15 p.m.
  • All parents should enter school by the main door and identify themselves to office staff who will attend to their enquiry.

 

I do hope you appreciate the need for the above measures and if you are unclear about a particular situation, please ask.

 

I will write to you at the end of the 6-week pilot time to give you an update.

 

Thank you for your co-operation in this very important matter.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

M. S. MCPHEE

Depute Head Teacher

 c.c.      R. Duthie (Education Officer)            K. Watt (Schoo

Shoebox Appeal

Dear Parents,

 

The donations for the Shoebox Appeal have been arriving at a fast and furious pace.  The shoeboxes have all come wrapped and filled so there will be no need for parent helpers this year.

 

Many thanks for all your generous donations.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

R. CONSTABLE

 

Class Teacher

Anti-Bullying Leaflet Letter

Dear Parents,

Today in school, your child has been given a copy of an anti-bullying leaflet produced in school following a competition held in the last school session. The creators of the leaflet design are credited on the back page.

This leaflet is being issued at the end of the 2007 anti-bullying week and appreciative thanks go to Mrs. Liz Henley and Mrs. Maria MacCallum for all their hard work in co-ordinating activities during the week.

Yours sincerely,

M. S. MCPHEE

Head Teacher

Christmas Post Boxes

Dear Parents and Pupils,

As in previous years, pupils may bring Christmas cards to school for delivery to other pupils in school only. This service will commence on
Monday 10th December 2007
The addressed card should have the name

CHRISTIAN and SURNAME and CLASS written on it.

A post box will be sited in each unit and pupils should use their own unit post box.

I write also to remind you of the party dates in the run up to the Christmas break.

p.m. on 12th December – P3 & P4

p.m. on 14th December – P1 & P2

a.m. & p.m. on 17th December – Nurseries

p.m. on 19th December – P5-7 (Disco)

As we have to follow Health & Safety regulations, food will be provided by school. Children may wear party clothes if they wish.

Yours sincerely,

M. S. MCPHEE

Depute Head Teacher

Shoebox Appeal

Dear Parents,

Last Christmas, we received overwhelming support from parents, pupils and the Cove community for our Shoebox Appeal.  The delight of the many children who had been victims of war was highlighted in the photographs and video given to school.

Loirston School is again keen to support the charity, Kids Acting for Kids Abroad and Home (KAFKAH).  This year’s shoeboxes will enrich the children of Bosnia whose lives have been disrupted by war.  The concept is simple. There are two ways that you can donate to the appeal.  The first is to pack your own shoebox.  The second is simply to provide donations which will be packed by our pupils or KAFKAH.  The charity advises us that they are particularly short of items for teenagers, so please keep this in mind when packing your shoebox.  Could I ask that all shoeboxes be wrapped at home.  This would help us considerably. 

Donations can take the form of pens, pencils, rubbers, rulers, notepads, colouring items, games, tapes and especially toiletries, jewellery, hair/nail stuff, new underwear, socks, hats, gloves, toys, small cuddly toys, sweets and good clothes that your child has grown out of.  In fact, anything that can fit in a shoebox.

KAFKAH does ask that NO food, chocolate or books in English are donated.  It would also be helpful if a donation of £2.00 be given towards the charity’s transportation costs if you can.

Start your search at home.  We also need as many ready wrapped shoeboxes as possible.

If you are available to assist children pack shoeboxes, please complete the tear-off slip and return by 30th November.

Thank you for your support.

RON CONSTABLE

Class Teacher

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Please return to your child’s class teacher by 30th November 2007

·        I am available to help wrap and sort for the Shoebox Appeal

Name______________________________   Tel.No_______________________

·        Best Time

Monday a.m. / p.m., Tuesday a.m. / p.m., Wednesday a.m. / p.m.,

       Thursday a.m. / p.m., Friday a.m. / p.m.

Please circle the best time for you to help