Friday Update

Happy Friday everyone,

What a super week we have had at school with a buzz everywhere.

It was especially lovely to wave our P7 pupils off on their outdoor learning days to Craggan Outdoors.

They have been having a brilliant time with lots of opportunities for fun, personal growth and team building – super job!  I am sure they will arrive back later today feeling a bit tired. after two full days in the fresh air, mountain biking, canoeing, bush crafting, climbing high ropes and raft building. We are really proud of the children as the Craggan Centre staff commented on how well P7 worked together and how kind they were to one another – great example of our children living the school values of safe, mindful, aspirational. 😊  The children will have their last visit to Craggan on Wednesday 1st June.

It has been really good to get back to the Northern Meeting park this week for Sports Day practice.  The children have loved using the space.  Sports Day will be on 8th June in the morning.  Details of exact times will be posted soon. Parents are welcome to watch.

The team are really looking forward to welcoming Education Scotland Inspectors on 31st May where the school will share our journey of continuity of learning, health and well-being and safeguarding in relation to the pandemic. Great excitement for this week as we will finish with our summer picnic and Queen’s Jubilee celebrations on 2nd June.

This week the trees we received from the Queen’s Canopy as part of the Jubilee, have been planted in the new planters. Well done to Mrs Whiting and the children for overseeing planting, just in time to celebrate the Jubilee! We are very grateful to Morrison Construction’s, Mr Fraser and Mr Farquharson, for helping to provide soil for our planters. We look forward to the remaining planters being filled soon.  Also a big thank you to Mr C MacLennan for volunteering to help tidy the garden.  It is looking lovely.

Next year we will be making regular visits to the Farm at inverness High School, as we have kindly been offered and accepted a plot. We hope to grow some flowers and veggies and develop lots of little green fingers!

Home School Partnership Learning

As the weather continues to improve can you take the opportunity to look at nature and find out about the types of trees in the community?  In the 50’s and 60’s children at Central had to write Nature Notes every weekend. Perhaps you would like to replicate this with your own drawings and notes which you can bring in next week?

Our team are highly committed to continuous improvement and recently we have been reflecting on how to improve the inside environment in our ELC.  This means we are trying to create better visibility for our different learning areas.  We will continue to work on this and address some of the storage challenges we face.  Thanks to the team for their creativity and enthusiasm.

Virtual Session at The Pines

The next Pines Virtual Session is on Thursday 9th June 2022.  The session is with Robert Quigley, online safety officer for Highland Council.  You can book your place now.  Parents & Carers Click Here to book or alternatively use the.pines@highland.gov.uk

Mellow Babies, please see information attached.

Wishing everyone a lovely, restful weekend,

Mrs Fraser

Friday update

Happy Friday everyone.

It has been a lovely, busy week at school.

School Photos

The photographer is in on Tuesday 17th May to take individual photos of the children.  She will also take photos of siblings. The photographer will prepare proof photos which will be sent home so you can decide if you wish to purchase them or not.  We encourage school uniform on the day.

Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

We will be having our annual summer picnic lunch on Thursday 2nd June to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee.  Hopefully it will be good weather, and we can hold the picnic outside as we did prior to Covid.

RSNO

The whole school will attend Eden Court for a performance of Gaspard’s Foxtrot by the RSNO on Thursday 16th June.  Absolutely delighted to have been offered such a fantastic opportunity.  The performance lasts about 45 minutes.  We will walk to and from Eden Court on the day.

Outings

During the last few weeks of term classes are planning to have some local day trips this year.  Please keep an eye on class blogs and google classroom for details.  Outing dates will vary from class to class to work round other plans and commitments.

P7 Trip

P7 are really looking forward to their class trip to Craggan. Thank you for all of your support during their fundraising events.

Central Two Centuries

As we draw to the end of the project the children continue to work hard on preparing our final performance to be held at Eden Court on Thursday 23rd June from 12.30 to 3.00pm approximately. 

We will be having a final whole school assembly for P1 to P7 on Wednesday 29th June to replicate previous years.

Classes next year

The children will meet their new teacher for next year during the last couple of days of term once staffing is confirmed.

Home School Partnership Learning

We have been talking about mental health this week and generally about health and wellbeing.  You may wish to watch this Learn with Lorna on Health and Well Being. This was recorded during the first lock down and may be of interest to reflect on as restrictions have now changed.

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Fraser

Happy Friday everyone,
We have enjoyed a short week this week and were glad that it didn’t rain all day today! Our team had a super in-service day focussing on safeguarding and self-evaluation.

Education Scotland
I am delighted to make you aware that our school will be voluntarily taking part in Education Scotland’s Recovery visits at the end of May. A team from Her Majesty’s Inspection will engage virtually with our school community on Monday 30th May and in person on Tuesday 31st May. We are looking forward to being involved with this unique opportunity especially during our anniversary year. The visit will focus on continuity of learning, well-being of pupils, families and staff and safeguarding. The HMIe team will give us feedback however these visits are not graded as they would be if we were undergoing full inspection.

Staffing
After a number of years Mrs McDonald PSA will retire from Central School at the end of this term. She has been a valued member of the team and school community and we will definitely miss her good sense of humour.
Mrs A Cameron will return to work following maternity leave in June.

School Photos
This year we will have school photos on Tuesday 17th May. These will be individual family photos.

Mental Health Week
Next week is Mental Health Week so our team will sensitively raise awareness with the children.
https://www.highland.gov.uk/news/article/13594/new_signposting_service_launched_during_mental_health_awareness_week_2021

https://parentingsmart.place2be.org.uk/

Central Two Centuries
Unbelievably we are now in the last term of our project. We have a final event planned for the afternoon of 23rd June which will be held at Eden Court. (12.30 to 3.00 approx) I am really pleased this event will be open to parents and further details will follow once they are fully finalised.

Bikeability
We are planning our bikeability programme this term where the children will learn about bike safety. Two members of the ELC team took part in training yesterday to support children develop their skills on our balance bikes and to move onto pedal bikes. Mrs Guzowski is delighted to have received two pedal bikes from Highland Council for our ELC children to use. 😊

Letter for parents
I am attaching a letter from Jason Leitch for information.

Please remember school is closed to all pupils on Friday 3rd June to mark Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee.

Wishing you all a lovely, restful weekend.
Kind regards
Mrs Fraser

Friday Update

Happy Friday everyone,

We finish another lovely and busy week at Central. Thankfully the weather was warmer by today 😊

Easter Extravaganza
After having to postpone their enterprise from last week, P7 hosted a number of stalls today for the children as part of their P7 trip fund raising endeavours. Well done everyone, it was great to see all involved having a good time. There were a few superb entries for the Easter bonnet, prizes will go out next week.

Staffing
We welcome Mrs Leakey and Mrs Nesbitt to our team this term on a part-time basis. They will both be working alongside our teachers with all children in small groups on maths and literacy.
Mr Mackenzie our music tutor returned this week. His work this term will include development of podcasts.
Mr Stirratt has started working with groups of children in the afternoons to develop team building skills and resilience.
Representatives from Active Play started working with pupils to develop outdoor play. They will continue with this throughout the term.

Transition
Buddies with nursery started this week. P6 met their buddies and they had a great first session playing together. Next week the children will organise tours of the main teaching building.
P7 have been given letters regarding their transition days to secondary school. They are all looking forward to this.

Central Two Centuries
The Engagement Team from Eden Court will resume working with the children next week as we begin to work towards a final production in June.
The children are working steadily to produce our living archive which will be shared with all towards to end of term.

Sports Day
We are planning to hold a sports day this year in June at the Northern Meeting Park. The date and time will be confirmed as soon as possible.

The Pines
A behaviour support Q and A session is being held on 12th May, details are attached.

Wishing you a lovely, restful long weekend.
We look forward to seeing everyone again on Tuesday 3rd May.
Mrs Fraser

Friday update

Happy Friday everyone,
We have had a lovely first week back and look forward to settling into this busy summer term.

We hope to be able to spend time outside and that the weather will stay favourable.

Our team are committed to supporting everyone to stay as safe as possible.  We will continue to ensure we maintain high standards of hygiene, safe distances and are happy to support individual choices regarding face coverings.

Our team will post overviews of learning on google classroom over the next week or so.

Well done to P2 who celebrated Earth Day today and learned about protecting our planet.

School is closed to all pupils on:
Monday 2nd May
Thursday 5th May
Friday 3rd June

Wishing you all a lovely, restful weekend.
Kind regards
​​​​​​​Mrs Fraser

Friday Update

We have enjoyed a particularly lovely end of term as part of our project Central Two Centuries.  There was a fantastic show of Victorian attire today and it was great to see the whole school enjoying games outdoors, handwritten poems and a jeely piece for play-time.

At the beginning of the day Mr Woolley and Mrs Steele McGinn replicated the opening of our current old building.  P6 read an article to everyone as we had our first outdoor assembly.  It was a little chilly so we returned indoors as quickly as we could.

We are especially thankful to Mrs Steele McGinn for delivering a bespoke Learn with Lorna in every class on the topic of Victorian Life.  I have attached a link below for you to find out more as a family.

There was a good degree of participants this week in our replication of Spelling Bee.  Well done to everyone who took part and to those children who won in each class.  The children who chose not to take part were equally important and all did a splendid job of remaining quiet as the audience, to allow the contestants to concentrate, fabulous work everyone!

Drumfun on Tuesday was super with everyone enjoying the influence of African culture.

The team hope you all enjoy a lovely break and look forward to seeing everyone again on Tuesday 19th April.

Happy Easter!

Mrs Fraser