Dear Parents/ Carers
Apologies for the lateness of this Newsletter. January has been a very busy month and the time has run away. So, very belatedly, we wish all our families a Happy New Year.
We have all been working hard in January and have had visits from the SSPCC and engaged in activities around Chinese New Year, Burns Celebrations and Ceilidhs. Many of our events are recorded on Twitter and you can see these by following us at @LoirstonPrimary if you haven’t already done so. We are restricted to posting photos of only those pupils who have consent to be photographed for Twitter. If you have selected no for Twitter but would like your children to feature, then please let the school office know.
All our Teaching staff were involved in organising a Literacy and Technology event. We were delighted to welcome those families who did attend but are in discussions with our Parent Council about how we can attract better attendance. These events are all part of our Reporting to Parents and Carers Process.
We finished the month with a Quality Improvement visit on Friday. This is a process that all schools in the authority take part in. Our pupils were a credit to us and all visitors remarked on how respectful and enthusiastic they were. The hard work of staff and good progress the school has made were evident. We will have some recommendations for future progress, and these will form part of our self-evaluation this session. Staff will audit progress this session in the February Inservice and parents/ carers views will be sought later this term.
Teachers are busy writing the annual pupil reports. These will be made available to you on 3rd April.
A full list of Inservice and Holiday dates can be found at: –
Important dates for your diary: –
- Mid Term holiday-17th February
- InService Days-18th, 19th February
- Dalguise Parents’ Information Evening-25th February (6-7pm)
- Term 3 ends-3rd April
- Term 4 starts-21st April
Please be aware that school will close to pupils on Friday 14h February and reopens on 20th February.
Digital Technology/ Fundraiser
We have now purchased 20 Google Chromebooks with money raised. We thank the Parent Council for all their hard work in supporting us to raise these funds. The Chromebooks are already being used in our classes and now all 3 sets are supporting our learners. We also bought new ipads, some charging units to make the management of the Chromebooks easier and an interactive whiteboard for our Support for Learning area so that the quality of teaching and learning there can be enhanced.
The Open Evening on 14th January had a Literacy and Technology theme. Staff worked hard to display a wide range of learning experiences.
Our 2020 Calendar is still for sale at the front office. They have now been reduced to £3 so please pick up a bargain if you haven’t already done so.
Don’t miss out-Please follow us @LoirstonPrimary on Twitter, like Loirston Connect on Facebook, subscribe to our blog at https://loirston.aberdeen.sch.uk/ and download the Groupcall Xpressions App.
Dalguise Parent Information Evening
We look forward to welcoming our Primary 7 parents and carers on 25th February. Important information will be shared, along with forms that need to be signed.
Pupil Participation Groups
Our Pupil Participation groups have been working hard. The Library Group are currently discussing plans for World Book Day and the Charities Group are planning events for Sports Relief.
Anti Bullying Policy
After consultation with staff, parents, carers and pupils we now have an Anti Bullying Policy for Loirston. The policy is shared with you on the School Blog and will be shared with pupils this week at Assembly. This will be the focus of a few assemblies and ongoing work in classes.
P1 and Nursery Applications
Please find relevant information for P1 application:-
and Nursery Application
We would like to congratulate Mrs Forrest who gave birth to a beautiful baby daughter in the holidays-on Christmas Day to be precise, so a lovely present for her family J
We are delighted to welcome back Mrs Beattie who has agreed to work 2 days a week to support our learners in Numeracy while Mrs Forrest is off.
Linda Somers is now our Office Administrator. She will be supported by Julie Wilson. We are delighted to welcome Julie who has taken up a post as admin support. She will be working 4 mornings and all day Friday.
Acting Head Teacher