Monthly Archives: September 2021

Friday Update

Happy Friday everyone,

Another lovely and busy week at Central.

Care Inspectorate Report

Our recent (June 2021) unannounced Care Inspectorate visit report has now been published. We are immensely proud of our fabulous team who have worked hard to make our nursery the superb environment that it has become.

Warm thanks to Mrs Guzowski, Mrs Green, Mrs Ferguson, Mrs Clark, Mrs Cumming, Miss Black, Ms Duncan-Kidd and Miss Mackay. You can read the full report by clicking the link below.

https://www.careinspectorate.com/berengCareservices/html/reports/getPdfBlob.php?id=309689

Parents’ Evening

The team are looking forward to speaking with you at your appointments next week.

If you haven’t got an appointment and wish to book one, please send a message to your child’s teacher on Monday.

Absence

Thank you for continuing to let us know in a timely manner if your child is going to be off.

We appreciate you letting us know if the absence is Covid related.

Music Tuition

There are opportunities for music tuition at Central. You can find out more from Highlife Highland by clicking the link below.

https://www.highlifehighland.com/music-tuition/music-tuition/

Central Two Centuries

A small group of P7 pupils were able to visit the Archive Centre this week as part of our Central Two Centuries project.

The children were given a behind the scenes tour, which included a glimpse at the conservation room where some of the oldest items are kept.

They also got to see this image of Inverness in 1821.

“This print of Inverness was drawn and engraved by William Daniell in 1821 for R Ayton’s ‘Voyage Round Britain’. It shows the town from the top of Castle Street and is notable because there is no building on Castle Hill. The drawing is taken from ‘Old Inverness’ by Pierre Delavault (1903).”

School/Home Partnership Learning

This week you may enjoy looking at the 1821 image of Inverness and considering the following questions:

Where do you think the artist stood to make the drawing?

What is the same and what is different?

If you have a chance you may wish to check out this website. www.ambaile.org.uk

Parent Council

Our Leadership Team are meeting Parent Council soon and hope to be able to share some dates for future meetings soon.

Wishing you a lovely weekend. Below are a few photos of learning from Seesaw this week.

Kind regards,

The Central Team

Friday Update

Hello everyone,

Hope you are all staying safe and enjoyed the break at the beginning of this week.

Parents Evening

We will be holding a virtual Parent’s Evening on Tuesday the 28th and Thursday 30th of September. The appointments will be held on Google Meets.

The Tuesday appointments will begin at 4pm and finish at 6pm. The Thursday appointments will be held between 6pm and 8pm.

Please could you send a private message on Seesaw to your child’s teacher to let them know which day you would like your appointment by the end of the day on Wednesday. Your child’s teacher will reply with a time and a Google Meet link either by Friday or the following Monday at the latest.

Unfortunately Mrs Harvey is unable to have the set hours on Thursday evening and will confirm an alternative time with parents. Thank you for your understanding.

Central Two Centuries Project

We were delighted to be joined for a short visit by Agnes Cameron, a former pupil who attended Central School when Mr Kenneth Fraser was Head Teacher.

She met two children from P7 and told them all about her time as a Central pupil. The children were particularly interested in the weekly radio broadcast of “Singing Together”. This was when all of the classes would turn on their radio at the same time to sing along.

We were very interested to see her nature notebook, which followed up nicely from discussions in class after the visit of Mrs Aitken and Mr Paterson last week.

You can see an example of a nature note in the photos below.

National Clinical Director Letter

Please find attached a parent information letter.

In-service

Our staff team had two very positive in-service days this week. We spent Monday looking at Talk for Writing and how we are supporting children across the school and nursery with their writing.

On Tuesday we refreshed our approaches to reading and looked in more detail at PM Readers which will become our main reading framework.

School/Home Partnership Learning

One of the fundamental aspects of Talk for Writing is to share and tell stories. We would kindly ask that families encourage storytelling over the weekend. Perhaps the adults can tell the children stories about their time at school?

Wishing you a lovely weekend. Below are a few photos of learning from Seesaw this week.

Kind regards,

Mrs Fraser

Friday Update

Happy Friday Everyone,

It has been lovely to see and hear all of the great learning happening in school this week.

Special visitor

We had a special visit from a former pupil and former teacher at Central School this week.

Mrs Aitken and her brother Mr Paterson met a small group of P7 pupils and delighted them with their stories from their time as pupils, and in Mrs Aitken’s case as a teacher.

The children recorded a short audio clip with some of their highlights from the conversation. You can listen to it by following this link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/22n58nhcynr048b/1.m4a?dl=0

Covid Update

We will continue to provide information and updates from Highland Council as we receive them.

As numbers are high at present, we would encourage everyone to make sure that they wear a face covering when they enter the grounds and to maintain their distances while waiting. Some parents have commented that they feel more comfortable if others are wearing face coverings.

School/Home Partnership Learning

One of the activities that Mrs Aitken and Mr Paterson told the children about was “Nature Notes”. On a Sunday she and her family would go for walk and the children had to draw something from nature which they saw during the walk.

As it’s the long weekend this weekend, maybe you’ll have the chance to do some Nature Notes!

Parent’s evenings

We will be holding parents evening on the 28th and 30th of September. We will provide more details in due course.

Bird boxes

We are looking forward to receiving some bird boxes. These will be put up in the playground and the garden.

Primary 2 Trip

Primary 2 went on a trip to Queen Street yesterday to see the original site of Central School. Although they got a little wet, they found the trip very interesting and enjoyed talking about how the environment has changed over the last 200 years!

After school clubs

As restrictions have eased, our after school clubs will resume. This week we had a sewing club for a small group of children. More details about after school clubs will follow next week.

In-service

Just a wee reminder that Monday 13th and Tuesday 14th are in-service days. Children will return to school on Wednesday 15th.

Questionnaire

We appreciate all responses to our questionnaire so far. We will be using your responses next week to feed in to our School Improvement Plan. The questionnaire should take no more than five minutes to complete.

You can complete it by following this link: https://forms.gle/pms71JZmHMt2TNj39

Below are a few photos of learning from Seesaw this week.

Wishing you a lovely weekend.

Kind regards,

The Central Team

The Central Team

Coronavirus update

Hello everyone,

Please find below a statement from The Highland Council. We will continue to post any further statements as we get them.

Thank you, stay safe.

Mrs Fraser

“Children who are sick should not attend school and where a child has symptoms that could be from COVID they should stay at home and have a PCR test booked. Once well and with a negative PCR test, they can return to school.

If a case of COVID arises in a member of staff or student at a school, letters will be issued to those who have been in contact with the case which will explain what action needs to be taken. There will be no need for school contacts to self-isolate unless they are contacted by Test and Protect. In the event of further cases in the school, additional action will be taken and in the event of a significant outbreak advice will be sought from the Health Protection Team and actions undertaken depending on the specific circumstances.”

Further information for families is available on the NHS Inform website at www.nhsinform.scot

Friday Update

Happy Friday Everyone,

We’ve had another lovely, busy week and all enjoyed dry weather. Walking round the school this week I have heard lots of positive conversations and interactions. Our children are showing excellent manners which is contributing to a lovely atmosphere in school. We have been paying particular attention to saying please and thank you when opening doors and using people’s names as we go.

Coronavirus update

As numbers are rising, and we have had many queries from parents. We have sought clarification from the Health Protection Team around cold symptoms. If your child displays any cold symptoms, they should stay at home and you should contact NHS Inform.

We really appreciate your vigilance with this so we all stay safe. Can we request that parents do not enter the school reception area as our Coronavirus mitigations are still in place.

Staff development

Our team this week were looking at opportunities for learning using natural objects and materials and enjoyed a session looking at types of play.

You can learn more about this here: https://www.playscotland.org/resources/print/Play-Types-Poster.pdf?plsctml_id=11575

Central Two Centuries Anniversary Project

We are looking forward to welcoming a special visitor as part of our Central Two Centuries project next week. Watch this space.

Some of our classes have been looking at maps this week. Please find attached a map with the original site of Central School for discussion.

School/Home Partnership Learning

Perhaps you will have an opportunity over the weekend to find some natural objects to create something such as a picture. Perhaps you will find opportunities to discuss things such as symmetry, texture and measurement.

In our collegiate session this week our teaching staff were sharing ideas on literacy and numeracy through outdoor learning opportunities and created their own portraits using natural materials. Maybe you can guess which teacher is in each portrait?

At home, if you wanted to stretch learning for example with a natural portrait such as this you might wish to talk about the length of the nose or eyebrows, the position of ears etc. Hope you have fun doing this!

P1 Homework Bags

Thanks to the Parent Council for giving out the homework bags to P1 today. It was lovely to have a short ceremony in our new outdoor classroom and in accordance with recent guidance to have parents able to attend.

Staffing

Mrs Gibb will return to work in person after the October holidays. She has been keeping in touch with staff at in-service days. Mrs Mitchell will retire at the end of October. We thank her for her service, which has spanned a number of years. Mrs Manson our school Children’s Service Worker is about to take up a teacher training postgraduate place. We are delighted for her but sorry she is moving on as she has been a great part of our team. She will spend next Wednesday with us to say her goodbyes.

Wishing you a lovely weekend. Below are a few photos of learning from Seesaw this week along with the map and teacher portraits.

Kind regards,

Mrs Fraser

Map reference: “Ordnance Survey 1st Edition Map (25”) Inverness-shire Sheet XII.1 (Available at maps.nls.uk)