Loirston School Bulletin January 2010

Dear Parents/Carers
Welcome BackI would like to extend a warm welcome back to all and hope that you had a lovely festive season. I hope the large amount of snow around did not cause too much upset. Again all at Loirston are looking forward to another busy term.

Fundraising Events last termWe would like extend our thanks to all who attended the nativity last session and we hope you enjoyed the children’s performance. We raised £237.42 for our chosen charity which was CHAS. (Children’s Hospice Association Scotland) We would also like to thank all who came along to our Christmas Fayre, as £3537.84 was raised and this money has been used already to buy an entirely new reading scheme for primary one to three. Many thanks to the Parent Council for all their help.

Staffing changes
There has been a very small change to staffing in that I have been appointed as the permanent Head Teacher at Loirston School. I look forward to continuing to work alongside all associated with the school and community in Cove.

Dates for your diary
Monday 15th February – Mid Term
Tuesday 16th February – I.S Day
Wednesday 17th February – I.S. Day
(School is closed to pupils on these three days)

Haiti Earthquake Disaster
You will be aware of the recent earthquake in Haiti. Primary 5a are organising an event to raise money to send a Shelter Box to a family who have lost their home. On Monday 25th January 2010 they would ask that your child be allowed to wear red and/or blue clothes to school as these colours reflect the national flag of Haiti. They would also ask that you contribute a £1 towards the cost of buying the shelter box. Your donations will be very much appreciated. More information on the campaign can be found at http://shelterbox.org

HMIE Return Visit
HMI will be returning to the school for two days next week, the 28th and 29th of January in order to ascertain the progress the school has taken since their visit in June last year. Again, we are confident that they will see that the school has and continues to move forward.

Guided Reading and Active Literacy
The Primary One classes have been piloting a new active literacy scheme this session and plans are in place to invite parents into school next month to explain how it works in more detail. I will let you know as soon as a firm date has been set.
Also this term we are implementing our new guided reading scheme with Primary One, Two and Three. This has already started to happen in a number of classes. Again we will be inviting you in next month in order to let you know more about the scheme and how it works.

Behaviour Policy
Last term staff reviewed our Behaviour Policy. At the start of this term we discussed this with the children and would also like to give you information with regard to this. The policy will be placed on our blog next week for you to have a look at and comment on if you wish to do so.
See – loirstonconnect.edublogs.org Homework As with the behaviour policy we are also currently reviewing our Homework activities and policy. When we have completed this work it will also be shared on the Blog for you to view and comment upon.

P7 pupils visit to Kincorth
This term will see our Primary Seven pupils begin the process of their transition to Kincorth Academy. On Tuesday afternoons groups of pupils will be attending Kincorth Academy in order to take part in Science lessons. I am sure it will be a super learning experience for all.

Class Topics
As I previously mentioned this term is a very busy term with lots of valuable learning experiences being planned for.
Primary one parents may have heard some strange news around a dragon who has appeared in school (I can assure you this is not the new Head Teacher!) This term they are carrying out a super imaginative project that centres around a dragon and Fairyland.
Primary two and two/three are going to be carrying out a topic around the Circus coming to Town.
Primary three are transforming their classroom into something out of Egypt. Primary 3-4 and 4 have already been working very hard this term and have organised a Burns event, featuring Scottish country dancing, poetry and Scottish food. Primary five will be learning all about the science of the weather.
Primary six will be learning all about Europe and Primary six seven and seven will be completing a very interesting project learning all about World War 2.

Mobile Phones
A small appeal from the office staff. Can all parents who got new phones and numbers at Christmas please let the office know their new contact details.

Future Bulletins
In order to become a more eco friendly school we will now only be issuing paper copies to those who specifically request one. Bulletins can be read on the blog. Bulletins will be available on the last week of each month.

See – loirstonconnect.edublogs.org
If you wish to receive a paper copy please complete the tear – off slip on the paper copy sent home and return it to school.

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