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.

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