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Friday Update

Happy Friday everyone,

Hope you are all well and staying safe.  It feels like our new term has really started this week and has flown by. It is good to see the days now stretching a bit.

Parent Council

Our next Parent Council meeting scheduled for 27th January needs to be postponed.  We will advise you of the new date soon.

Connect Us

We are excited to be in the process of getting ready to launch our new school/home communication app Connect Us.  This is already being successfully used by a number of Highland schools.  As you are already maybe aware See Saw will finish on 31st January 2022.  We have all enjoyed using See Saw however we look forward to the new and more cost effective app. Details on how to sign up will follow in due course.

Enrolment

Enrolment week for our new P1 children is Monday 31st January to Friday 4th February.  You can access this form using the link below.

https://www.highland.gov.uk/info/878/schools/887/enrol_your_child_for_school

Enrolment week for nursery children is Monday 14th February to Friday 18th February.  You can access this form using the link below.

https://www.highland.gov.uk/info/878/schools/11/enrol_your_child_for_early_learning_and_childcare/2

We would encourage online enrolment however if you require a paper copy for either P1 or nursery then please let us know and we can organise this for you.

School Meals

We are delighted that universal eligibility has been extended to P5 who are now able to have a school lunch free of charge.  You can check out the menu in advance by following this link:

Central Two Centuries

We resume our partnership with Eden Court and Highland Archive Centre later this month as we continue with our 200th anniversary project Central Two Centuries.

This term we will post some of the “Learn with Lorna” video links that the children will be accessing over the next few months.  This week the links are for an introduction to the Archive Centre.

A tour of the Highland Archive Centre – https://youtu.be/mQOdnD7Uk0I

Introduction to the Highland Archive Centre for children – https://youtu.be/eaYju1cWkBk

We are thrilled there will be a particular Learn with Lorna about Central School on Thursday 20th January at 11am that we hope to watch live. We would love if you are able to watch with us on https://www.facebook.com/highlandarchives/

If you are unable to join us on the day then you can access the video on Highland Highlife Youtube channel afterwards.

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

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Fraser

Friday Update

Hello everyone,

We hope you all enjoyed a lovely break. It was good to welcome the children back to school yesterday.

We are delighted that our new team members have started with us this week.

• Miss Harrison – Clerical Assistant

• Miss Henry – Children’s Services Worker

• Mrs MacKintosh – Early Years Practitioner

• Mrs Bryla – Out of School Club Auxiliary

Covid

We thank the community for your ongoing support relating to Covid and we encourage you to keep making use of the testing kits available through NHS.

Our team maintain vigilance with the recommended measures currently in place. We will continue to endeavour to minimise any potential disruption caused through staff absence as best we can and thank you for your understanding.

There are resources available for families where children are well but absent from school through isolation.

Reverse Advent Calendar Food Drive

We were pleased to receive a letter from the Salvation Army this week, thanking us for our food donations before Christmas. We have attached a photo of the letter below.

Have a lovely restful weekend,

Kind regards

Mrs Fraser

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.