We are now well underway with our work this term and so far we have been very lucky with regard to the weather – experiencing very little to none of that white snow stuff! Classes are all very busy and there is lots going on every week. This term has also brought its own challenges with regard to staffing and I would like to thank you for your continued patience and understanding with regard to your contact with the school
Dates for Your Diary
9/2/16 – Parent council – Valentine Disco
15/2/16 – Mid Term Holiday – School closed to staff and pupils
16/2 & 17/2 – In Service Training – School closed to pupils
25/3/16 – Good Friday holiday – School closed to staff and pupils
1/4/16 – Easter Holidays
Parent Council – Disco
Many thanks to our Parent Council for giving up their time and organising this event. All should have received some information on the Blog regarding times etc. but in case you missed it I have added it here:
P1-3. Doors open at 6pm for a 6.15 start and finishes at 7pm (A slight change of time to allow for the queue)
P4-7. 7.15pm- 8.15pm. Any children from this disco who are permitted to walk home themselves must provide a letter from their parent/ guardian.
Please note that parents will not be allowed into the hall at drop off so please ensure your children have pennies beforehand. Parent helpers will assist your little ones with their jackets.
When collecting your child, please enter via the main door, collect your child from the hall and exit via the red unit- this is to keep traffic flowing in one direction. Children will not be allowed to leave without an adult nor older children without a letter.
As usual, there will be tuck and glow goods. Entry £1.50.
In Service Day
We are well under way with our planning for our in service day. We will be reviewing out Literacy Programme across the school, considering improvements we can make to reading skills and also develop our writing skills. We will also be considering developments within our mental and core maths with a view to ensuring we are planning progressive schemes of learning across the school. We will be developing our planning across all stages in the school from nursery to Primary Seven.
As you are aware we are in the recruitment process for the Head Teacher post. We hope to have this advertised over the next couple of weeks. My last day in post as Head Teacher is due to be 30th of March 2016.
We also have had Mrs Campbell – Morgan Acting up as DHT for some time. We are in the process of going through the official recruitment process for this in order to ensure we have a permanent DHT in post for the school.
Mrs Forrest has returned to school following her maternity leave and we are delighted to welcome her back. Mrs Forrest will be working on covering our teacher’s non class contact time by delivering art to all classes across the school this term.
This term Alison Stewart from our Nursery has been offered a secondment working with the authority in setting up a new Nursery provision in another school in the city. Alison has decided to take up this post and will be leaving Loirston for the period up until summer 2016. This is an exciting opportunity for Alison and we wish her well. We will miss her from our Nursery and look forward to her return. In order to cover this post the school have managed to recruit a new member of staff, Miss Bruce, who will take over from Alison when she leaves after the In service break. For the next two weeks Miss Bruce will be working in the nursery in order to receive a handover from Alison prior to her leaving.
Loirston has had some real difficulties with staffing shortages over the last year. Because of this staffing shortage you may note that you may have to wait for a longer period of time in order to make an appointment to see a member of the Senior Management Team. We all have added pressures to our already busy workload by teaching on a very regular basis and we would ask you to be patient and understanding with regard to our contact with you. We will of course endeavor to get in touch with you as soon as is possible.
I would also like to assure you that we are trying our utmost to ensure all pupils in the school are as well supported as they possibly can be within the current staffing available at school.
P1 to P7 staff are currently writing their yearly reports to go home at the end of term. The purpose of the report is to give you an overall picture of your child’s progress across this session. This year the report will be in a similar format to reports issued last year. We hope you find the information provided useful and welcome your comments on the feedback sheet attached. Should you have any queries regarding the report please do not hesitate to contact the school to arrange to see the class teacher following the Easter break.
Over the last couple of weeks we have had high numbers of sickness within our pupils and some of our staff members. Therefore we would like to issue some advice with regard to children who are not feeling well. We really want to aim to avoid spreading any sickness around the school. Therefore I have taken the opportunity to provide advice as detailed by the NHS. We do hope you find this useful.
We really are proud of how smartly all our children turn out at Loirston. Recently we had a query regarding children not wearing uniform. I would like to reassure you that this was due to Mrs Cowell and myself taking P.E.classes together with a view to circuit training and completing gym outside.
Can I please remind all Parents/Carers that our staff car park is for staff only. Some of our staff start work at 9.00 am and I am being informed that parents continue to use this car park to drop of pupils. Consequently staff cannot get parked in spaces that should be available to them. Please do not park in the staff car park and also please do not drop off pupils here. Our pupils are at risk of vehicles turning/reversing and we really do not want anyone to get hurt. Can I also remind all that the turning point is not an appropriate place to park your car at the start or end of the school day. Many thanks for your support with this.
Contacting the School/Phone Numbers
I have had a small number of parents noting that when they call the school they appear to be getting the answer machine and do not want to leave a message regarding reasons for absence etc. Please be assured that Maureen checks the message service many times during the school day. You will appreciate that Maureen is very busy and often has to leave the office with messages etc. Therefore if you do have information you want to give us or would like a ring back please leave a message and we will of course get back to you.
Please can I also remind Parents and Carers to provide us with any updates of phone numbers etc to keep us up to date. It is also very helpful if you make sure you call to let us know if your child is unwell/will not be attending school