Loirston School Bulletin

No 2

Tel: 897686     http://loirstonconnect.edublogs.org/     September 2016





Holiday Weekend

A reminder that school is closed for the long weekend on Friday 23rd and Monday 26th September.

Dates for your Diary


23rd– 26th September-Holiday weekend

29/9/16 – Open Day for Parents/ Carers

7/10/16 – School closes for October Break

24/10/16-Term 2 starts

8/11/16 (6.30-8pm)-Parents’Evening

10/11/16 (3.30-5.30pm)- Parents’Evening


Staffing Updates

We have welcomed Ms Forbes who has filled our vacancy in Primary 3. Miss Catahan has just joined us this week and she will be filling a Support for Learning role and working with many pupils across the school. Mr Constable is teaching all stages in a cooperative learning style so that children can work in teams and listen to each others’ views. This will free up class teachers for some time each week to work with groups and individual pupils in their classes to give extra support.

Miss Anderson has been recently appointed Acting Depute Head to assist the Management Team until the new head teacher is in place.

Railway Safety

Some young children have been found on the railway line recently looking for Pokemons. We would like to remind parents that it is highly dangerous and, of course, illegal to trespass on the railway line.

It might be worth having a conversation with your children about this.


Our assemblies this term so far have focussed on the UN Rights of the child and pupils have been responding well to these as well as becoming much more aware of their rights and responsibilities.

We have been focussing particularly on:-

All children have the right to an education

All children have the right to relax and play

House Captains

We have recently appointed house captains and vice captains from our P7 year group. We will be discussing how we can raise the profiles of the houses with these pupils so that we can continue to promote positive behaviour.

The UN Rights of the child states that children have a right to be listened to so it is important to us that we take the views of our young people into consideration. We will shortly be forming a pupil council to represent all classes.

Information Updates

At all times we need to ensure we have up- to- date information regarding the children in our care. With this in mind if you have any updates to give the school could you please ensure that you call/write and let us know. This could be updates of new phone numbers including new mobile contacts, any changes in health (i.e.) allergies developed or other medical conditions such as asthma etc.

With regard to any health concerns you may have, Jill Rattray our school nurse would be happy to help out, lend a listening ear or offer advice.

She can be contacted by telephone on 01224 859751 or by e. mail on jill.rattray@nhs.net

Staff Car Park

I would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone of access to the staff car park. No parents should park in the staff car park or drop off pupils there. The car park can become very congested. Pupils coming into school through the staff car park are in danger from reversing traffic etc.

Dogs in School

Again, just a reminder that 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.

Open Day

The school will be open to parents and carers on Thursday 29th September 2016.Classes are open from 9.30 to 10.30am and 1.45 -2.45pm

The theme of the Open Day is the Learning Journey that all classes are now using the ILD to share work, targets and achievements with you.

I will be delivering 2 presentations to inform parents and carers about what to expect in the Learning Journey and why we do them and myself and Miss Anderson will be on hand throughout the day to assist anyone who is having any difficulty accessing the ILD.

School Lunches

Please ensure that any dinner tickets that are outstanding are paid before the end of term. It is very likely that the school will be moved over to Cashless Catering by then. Information will come to you directly from Aberdeen City Council about this soon. You can contact our cook Linda on 01224 89595 about any unpaid dinner tickets.

Water in School

Pupils are allowed and encouraged to drink still water freely in the class to prevent dehydration and help children to remain alert. Each pupil can take in a water bottle which they can fill up at the water fountains. Still water is the only drink allowed in the bottles as fizzy/sugary drinks etc. can cause tooth decay.

Parent Council

Here at Loirston we have a very active Parent Council who raise some much needed funds for the school. They give up much of their free time to support the school and the work they do really is appreciated by all. In the past they have run School Fayres, discos, bingo nights and take charge of all the organising and running of events such as the P7 Prom. They have also secured funding for equipment such as ICT for the school. We are always grateful for their support. Therefore we would like to welcome new parents to come along and join our Parent Council this session. Even if it is only a small amount of time that can be devoted it is always appreciated. Meetings will be scheduled and posted on the Blog. We really do appreciate all their efforts and it makes a real difference to our school.   Come along and you can find out what it’s all about.

PE and the Daily Mile

After the October Holidays our PE teacher Mrs Greenhill plans to implement the Daily Mile where all pupils and staff will go outside first thing in the morning after registration to run or walk round the school. The aim is simply to keep moving. Research has shown that this activity has an impact on concentration, fitness and wellbeing. We plan to do this Tuesday to Friday of each week and in most weathers so please ensure that your child has an appropriate jacket. No special kit is needed.

More information can be found here

http://thedailymile.co.uk/about/School Blog

A reminder that here at Loirston we try to be eco friendly at all times and all relevant information will be published on our Blog. Lots of information is available on the blog. It is well worth subscribing by email so that you get alerts when something new is on there.



S Campbell-Morgan

Head Teacher


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