Monthly Archives: December 2021

End of Term Update

Hello everyone,

Term ends today after a short and lovely last week. A huge thank you to everyone in our school community for helping us all to stay safe and well despite the many challenges of Covid in recent weeks. Your vigilance and commitment to hygiene practices and testing has been wonderful and greatly appreciated by the team.

Our P1 and nursery children performed The Nativity outside on Tuesday. It was an enthusiastic production despite the chilly temperature. This was posted on See Saw for families however I would like to remind folk not to share this on any social media platform. Many thanks and well done to all the children and staff involved for keeping Christmas spirits bright.

Grateful thanks to everyone who donated to our 12 Days of Christmas Reverse Advent Calendar. These donations will be given to the Salvation Army who will distribute to folks in the community.

Next term our anniversary project Central Two Centuries will continue in partnership with Highlife Highland Archive Centre and Eden Court. An entry from the school log book 120 years ago was posted on the Archive Centre’s Facebook page this week. if you would like to read the post please follow the link below

https://m.facebook.com/highlandarchives/photos/a.346470258814219/4391305607663977/?_rdr

We are mindful this time of year can be tricky for folk, especially those who have experienced loss however our team wish you all a lovely break and hope everyone is able to safely enjoy time with family and friends.

We look forward to seeing everyone again when we return to school on Thursday 6th January 2022.

Please find attached some photos from Seesaw this week.

Warm wishes,

Mrs Fraser

Friday Update

Happy Friday everyone,

This week we have all enjoyed some festive cheer and Christmas spirit across our school.

Thanks to Mrs Wylie and our catering team for a lovely Christmas lunch. The children looked great with their hand made Christmas hats. Our team have been amazed at the wonderful seasonal jumpers that have been worn.

School Meals

Last year the Scottish Government announced a commitment to provide Free School Meals for all Primary age children to be delivered in a phased approach by August 2022. From August 2021, the universal provision of free school meals for all children in P1-P3 was extended to include P4 children, this will extend to P5 as from January 2022 when pupils return from the Christmas break.

Clothing

May I kindly remind folks the windows continue to be open for ventilation and we appreciate the children brining in extra jumpers for times when they are needed? We are trying to discourage wearing coats in the classroom so the children feel the benefit of their outer layers when they go outside for break.

Christmas Card

Delivery Primary 7 took the lead this year on delivering Christmas cards to local businesses and our neighbours on Montague Row. The children and staff have requested that we continue to do this each year and visit different households.

Festive Letter from Eden Court

Huge thanks to The Highland Council and Eden Court for rolling out the online production Festive Letter this year. We all enjoyed this treat of a show.

Christmas Parties

P1-7 have all really enjoyed their class parties this week where they received a small gift each.

Central Fair Play Football

As you may already be aware there have been a number of incidents on the football pitch at break. Our CSW has been working with the children to propose certain tweaks to conduct so that playing football is a more supportive and enjoyable experience. To allow time for discussions across the school we have taken the decision to stop football at breaks till the New Year. The majority of children are very happy about this and in agreement for positive change.

Flu Vaccinations

I am attaching a letter from our local nursing team with advice on flu vaccination catch up sessions.

Home School Partnership Learning

This week many festive and seasonal stories have been shared. Perhaps over the weekend you will be able to share stories about family traditions connected with this time of year?

End of Term Arrangements

We close for the Christmas break at the usual time on Wednesday 22nd December.

Our team wish you all a wonderful break and hope that everyone stays safe and well.

Thank you for your continued support.

Festive wishes,

Mrs Fraser

Friday Update

Happy Friday everyone! We finish another positive, busy week at Central School. 

Central Two Centuries

Our children have worked hard this term with the Eden Court team who have prepared a projection film this term.  We had hoped this could be projected onto our building on 21st December however we have to postpone this for the moment.  Although disappointed, we are looking forward to when we can showcase the children’s work and replications of previous school days.

Staffing

I am delighted to let you know that Miss Macdonald, Miss Morrison and Mrs MacLennan will remain with us at Central School until the summer holidays.  We look forward to Ms Mahon joining our team as PSA until the summer holidays.

Kiddical Mass

Inverness Kiddical Mass is a child-centred version of critical mass; big group ride for all ages around the city to showcase how much fun cycling is, and the need for more safe infrastructure. These events will be happening on the 1st Saturday of every month starting at Bellfield Park at 13:30 and finishing with a meet up in Whin Park.  http://www.kidicalmassnorth.co.uk/

Christmas Parties

Each individual class are having a Christmas Party next week. The dates are as follows:

Monday 13th December – P5/6

Tuesday 14th December – P2

Wednesday 15th December – P7

Thursday 16th December – P3

Friday 17th December – P6 morning, P4 afternoon, P1 afternoon

Monday, 20th December – Nursery

Christmas Lunch

16th December will be the school Christmas lunch. Pupils are welcome to wear something festive if they wish.  The children can continue to wear their festive jumpers until the end of term.

School Home Partnership Learning

Winter in your Garden

Talk about what happens during the season of winter, eg. bare branches, no sign yet of animals who are still hibernating, the weather is get colder.

What signs of winter do you see/feel/hear?

Winter Messy Play idea

What you need:

• Shaving foam

• Cornflour

What to do:

  1. Combine equal parts shaving foam and cornflour in a bowl and mix with your hands.
  2. This will form a biscuit type dough.
  3. The more you mix it the finer your snow! This can be combined to make snowballs.

Have a lovely, restful weekend.

Mrs Fraser

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

Friday Update

Happy Friday everybody, the start to December has been quite cold. We have enjoyed seeing the children so happy in their cosy winter hats and gloves.

Covid 19

Thank you for your continued support of the school in minimising the risk of spreading infection by wearing masks in the playground. We appreciate your ongoing help with this matter.

Staffing

I am absolutely delighted to inform you that Mrs Guzowski was appointed permanently as Depute Head Teacher to our school.

Our other vacancies are now filled as follows:

Early Years Practitioner – Miss Mackintosh,

Clerical Assistant – Miss Harrison

Lunchtime and Playground Supervisor, Ms Hirst

Children Services Worker – Miss Henry.

We hope they will be able to start with us as soon as possible once their disclosures come through.

Central Two Centuries

As part of our project we are in the middle of planning a Covid friendly end of term installation in partnership with Eden Court. All going well, this will take place on Tuesday 21st December starting at around 6 o’clock.

Please see the attached log book entry from 78 years ago. A member of the Polish Youth Service visited the school, gave a talk, sang Polish national songs and showed the pupils traditional dances. Apparently the children really enjoyed it.

Twelve Days of Christmas Food Drive

This week Primary 4 were discussing advent and came up with the idea of a reverse advent calendar. This idea was taken to the rest of the children and has become the Central School Twelve Days of Christmas Food Bank Drive. We are working in partnership with the Salvation Army to receive donations of food for people in need over the next twelve school days. All donations will be gladly received from Monday the 6th of December to Tuesday 21st of December.

School Home Partnership Learning

As part of our ongoing improvement journey, the Leadership Team looked at some samples of jotters this week and noted a marked improvement in handwriting, which we are very pleased about. We thank parents for supporting their children with handwriting.

Attached are some photos of learning from Seesaw this week.

Have a lovely restful weekend,

Mrs Fraser