Friday update

Happy Friday everyone,

I hope everyone is staying safe and well. It feels like winter is nearly upon us as the days shorten and it gets dark so early. Thank you to parents for ensuring children have warm clothes and footwear. There is a lot of lost property in the school, which we will begin to sort over the next couple of weeks. If you have any items please let us know so that we can try to get these returned to you. We aim to recycle unclaimed lost property items.

War Memorial Visit

Our children visited the War Memorial on Thursday this week. They looked for the name of Andrew Mitchell Bruce, a teacher from Central School who was killed in the First World War. The plaque in the gym hall is dedicated to him. You can see a picture of the plaque on the Imperial War Museum website by following this link: https://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/78911.

The children also found the name of Alistair McKillop, a former pupil who died in a helicopter crash in Belize in 1976. His name was added later.

The children all made poppies, which are displayed on the front gate on Kenneth Street. We hope they survive the rain and last until Remembrance Sunday on the 14th.

Every year the Primary 6 class take responsibility for making a display using the crocheted poppies donated to the school by Mrs Y Byczkowska. This year the children have incorporated the purple poppy for animals killed in war.

Thank you to them for a wonderful display that all of the children have seen.

Central Two Centuries Project Update

Over the next few months, the classes will be learning more about the school’s history and replicating some of the events and traditions from the past. We have had great fun over the last week or so working with the Eden Court Engagement Team who have two more weeks in school this term, prior to our end of term outdoor projection.

Music with Mr Mackenzie

Mr Mackenzie continues to see the children every week for music. We hope the children enjoy learning some festive songs over the next few weeks, now that we are allowed to sing together in class.

Christmas Fayre

Last year we operated an online catalogue for Christmas. Due to operational complexities and Covid restrictions, we have made the decision this year not to go ahead with whole school fundraising at Christmas.

CO2 Monitors

The school have been given a few CO2 monitors so that we can regularly measure the air quality at different points during the day. This is a part of our ongoing Covid mitigations.

Transition

There are ongoing transition programmes throughout the year and P7 are looking forward to a visit from Mrs Fyffe from the High School on Monday.

Road Safety Week

Next week is Road Safety Week so we will be looking at road safety and learning about some of the road safety messages from the past.

Parent Council

Reminder that there is a parent council meeting on Thursday 25th of November. We will post the link on the day on Seesaw.

School Home Partnership Learning

We continue to have an ongoing strong focus on spelling and are uploading the Highland Literacy project spelling lists for your information with suggested activities. We would appreciate support for your child at home for spelling.

Queen’s Canopy

We are really pleased to have been successful in our application for trees from the Queen’s Canopy and look forward to receiving these soon.

We will be linking these trees to nurture and plan to have these planted and distributed around the playground to help our biodiversity.

Frame the Change Exhibition

Eden Court are currently running a Frame the Change Exhibition to coincide with the COP26 summit. Families may find this exhibition interesting, and it runs until November 13th.

Home school communication

As you may recall, we have mentioned before it is highly likely we will change our communication with parents before Easter. We are exploring more economical options based in the UK. This matter will be discussed with the parent council who kindly paid half of the Seesaw subscription for this year.

Please find attached some photos of learning from Seesaw this week.

Kind regards,

Mrs Fraser