Loirston School Newsletter – February 2018

Head Teacher Update
We can now confirm that Mr Colin Nicol, the new permanent Head Teacher at Loirston School, will commence his post on Tuesday the 1st of May. Mrs. Margaret Winton – Head Teacher [Acting] will remain in post until Mr Nicol arrives.

Staffing Update
As we await the outcome of another round of adverts for teachers for Loirston School our P6 class continue to be supported by Mrs Hidson and Mrs Pert for the majority of the week. The next advert for a permanent class teacher closed on 4th February. We will update you with the results of the advert once the applications have been processed. Mrs Mitchell, P3 teacher on a Monday and a Tuesday, will be going on maternity leave on Thursday 29th March. We are currently in the process of trying to recruit for her post.

In-Service Day Tuesday 13th February and Wednesday 14th February
As part of the ongoing self-evaluation process staff of Loirston School worked on two main themes during the In-Set days.
Staff will:
Aim: Actively Participate in a Self-evaluation Improvement Audit – to inform the School Improvement Plan for 2018/2019
Aim: Conclude the exercise on ‘Developing a Shared Vision, Values and Aims’ relevant to the school and its community

Wearing Jewellery during P.E.
All Council schools have been issued with the Aberdeen City Council policy about wearing jewellery and watches in PE. These items can potentially expose pupils and others to the risk of injury while taking part in Physical Education. Therefore, we need to follow the following guidelines –
Jewellery including watches should be removed for Physical Education lessons as this then re-moves any hazards.
Where an item of jewellery cannot be removed then it is the adult teaching the group’s responsibility to establish a safe situation to enable them to take part. Where safe participation cannot be assured then the pupil cannot take part in that element of the lesson.
Pupils are expected to remove their own jewellery or watches and if are unable to do this themselves then should not wear to school.
Please note, the school will not be responsible for any loss of items.
Long hair should always be tied back for all pupils.

Daily Mile
We have recently made some changes in school around the Daily Mile. Children will now have set times of the day to go outside to complete the task supported by staff. The children will use the ‘Ball Box’ as their guide and will use pedometers to calculate the distance they travel. To make it interesting and exciting for the pupils Mrs Greenhill, PE teacher, will set challenges linked to their ‘journey’

Dogs in School
Despite previous reminders, we still encounter dog mess in our playground. This can pose a serious health risk. 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 Bottles
Can we please remind parents that children should only drink water during class time.
Thank you for your co-operation with this. Thank you!

Thank you for your continued support of the school.

Charity Day

The P7 Charity Group ran a very successful Charity Day on Thursday 8th February. The charities we raised money for were Brainstrust and The Child Brain Injury Trust. We raised £280. Well done everyone! There were some really crazy hairstyles and funny hats from both staff and pupils as you can see in the photos! L

Charity Day Thursday 8th February

The Primary 7 Charities group are supporting the Brainstrust and Child Brain Injury Trust. There will be an opportunity to wear a funny hat or have crazy hair for the day on Thursday 8th February. Any donations for the chosen charities will be gratefully received. Initially the date was set for Friday 9th but it is now the rescheduled photo day!


Local and National Out of School Care Survey

Aberdeen City Council and the Scottish Out of School Care Network (SOSCN) are carrying out a survey with parents and children on out of school care in the city.

Part 8 of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 requires Local Authorities to consult with parents every 2 years about the provision of day care. We have consulted recently on the expansion of Early Learning and Childcare and we are now seeking the views of parents and children on out of school care. At the same time the Scottish Out of School Care Network is consulting with parents and children across Scotland to inform the development of a new National Policy for Out of School Care in Scotland. So this survey is being carried out as a joint piece of work.

We would be very grateful if you could complete the survey, which should take no longer than 5 minutes. It can be completed online using the link below.


All answers are confidential and anonymous. The information will be used by the Scottish Out of School Care Network (SOSCN) to inform the development of a new National Policy and it will be used by Aberdeen City Council to inform the delivery of out of school care services locally.

We are also planning to consult with children (with appropriate parental permissions) in out of school care settings over the coming weeks to get their views too. The SOSCN ethical guidelines are attached for your information.

The closing date for both surveys is Wednesday 28 February 2018.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or queries.

Thank you very much for your assistance in carrying out this survey.

Louise Beaton
Early Years Manager
Education and Children’s Services
Aberdeen City Council,

Telephone: 01224 764794 / 07917326670 (Mobile)

Normal working days – Monday to Wednesday.

Keeping Safe – Mobile Devices at Loirston School. January 2018

In the interest of the safety of both pupils and staff at Loirston School pupils will no longer be allowed to access their mobile devices during the school day. Loirston School has over three hundred pupils in the playground at any one time making it extremely difficult to monitor the usage of any device.
Although we want to promote a positive ethos of trust with regard to the use of mobile devices we have a duty of care to protect children and staff.
If your child must bring his/her phone to school it should be given to a member of staff during registration and collected at the end of the school day. It is not the responsibility of the school to ensure the safety of any devices.
If you need to convey a message to your child during the school day you should contact the office.

Cove and Altens Community Council

Annual General Meeting on 5th February, 2018.

Everyone cordially invited to attend.

Please let me have your apologies before the meeting if you find yourself unable to come along.

Michele McPartlin


Chair: Ms Michele McPartlin
14 Langdykes Way
Cove Bay
AB12 3HG
01224 890329
Secretary: Ms Sue Porter
12 Stoneyhill Terrace
Cove Bay
AB12 3NE
01224 897399
Website www.cove-bay.com
Annual General Meeting
Monday, 5th February 2018
Loirston School 7.00 pm
 Sederunt and Apologies
 Minutes of Previous Meeting ( Monday 6th February 2017 )
 Matters Arising
 Chairman’s Report
 Treasurer’s Report
 Open Forum
 Date of Next Ordinary Meeting – Monday 26th February 2018 at 7.00pm
Nibbles and Refreshments will be provided