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Friday Update

Happy Friday everyone,

We have had a really busy, happy and successful term. Thanks to the team for creating positive learning opportunities for the children, thank you to the children for working hard and thank you to parents for working together with us.

A number of parents have asked staff about how to support their child with learning over the holidays.

We would encourage you to:

• Spend time reading and discussing stories

• Make up stories

• Talk about everyday maths at home

• Try to be physically active each day

• Work together on practical tasks such as washing up at home, sorting washing out

• Chat about opinions, for example when watching TV what do you like and what do you not like?

• For older children, consider any media influences that are apparent such as targeted advertising.

And, of course, have fun and enjoy your holidays!

Early Learning and Childcare Centre Welly Waddle

Our nursery children and parents have gone above and beyond to raise funds for the nursery through the Welly Waddle last week. The total fund raised ELC raised is £766 which is fantastic and will go towards purchasing resources to improve play experiences in the nursery. We will post details in due course.

Central Two Centuries

Mr JD and Mr Dave were busy recording voices and recreating sound pictures from photographs taken in the past. We look forward to seeing the finished product once it has been edited.

The Eden Court Engagement Team will continue to work with us next term. We look forward to working with different members of the Engagement Team next term.


We are delighted Miss Bartkiewicz will remain in place as support teacher from Monday to Wednesday for the next two terms. She will also work on Thursdays and Fridays with small groups of children across the school to help with their learning.

Mrs Gibb will return for three days a week after the October holidays. She has kept in touch with the team and was in teaching P7 one day this week. As you are already aware Mrs Mitchell is retiring and after the October holidays Mrs Gibb will assume her duties of working from P4-7 to give teachers their contractual time out of class. In this role she will still be Principal Teacher to the school and Mr Monteith will continue as Acting Principal for two days as Mrs Gibb has reduced her hours.

Miss MacDonald will continue with P6 full time for now.

Our permanent Depute post is to be advertised shortly. We hope to make an appointment before Christmas to this permanent position. In the meantime Mrs Guzowski will continue.

Mrs Picker our clerical assistant has been successful in securing a promoted post. Mrs Skrzypek has been appointed to another post within Highland Council. Miss Mackay will be working less in the nursery as she engages in further study.

Although we will miss the staff who are moving on, we are pleased they have been successful in progressing their careers.

On behalf of the team, I wish everyone a lovely and restful break.

We look forward to seeing you all again on Monday 25th October.

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

Warm regards,

Mrs Fraser

Friday Update

Happy Friday everyone,

I hope you are all well and staying safe. This week we have seen the weather turn a bit colder so thank you for sending the children in to school in warmer clothes.

Spare socks etc are always helpful as we head further into Autumn.

Parent Appointments

The team enjoyed catching up with parents this week and to share children’s progress. Thankfully the arrangements seem to have been much smoother than last time and we appreciate you taking time to work in partnership with us.


Miss Duncan Kidd finishes with us today after her recent appointment Community Children’s Worker. We thank her for her service to our nursery and wish her all the best as she moves forward in her career.

Mrs Gibb returns to work next week. She is looking forward to catching up with all the children.

Mrs Mitchell retires at the end of October. We wish her well in her new ventures.

Parent Council

We had an informal meeting yesterday to catch up with Mr Woolley and Mrs Bowman. We have agreed some dates for future meetings which we hope many of you will be able to attend. Meetings will be held on Thursdays from 6 – 7pm and will continue to be virtual for now.

Thursday 25th November

Thursday 27th January

Thursday 31st March.

The Parent Council are a huge support to the school which ultimately has a positive impact on the children. You can get involved on many levels such as attending meetings and contributing your thoughts, just listening to what is going on, sharing your skills and helping with projects. Everyone is welcome and all contributions are valued.

Central Two Centuries

Our project stepped up a gear this week as pupils from P4-7 had an interactive session with Ms Steele- McGinn from the Archive Centre. They were able to see many historical documents and had an opportunity to learn more about our school’s history.

We also had a visit from the granddaughter and great, great granddaughter of Mr W.J Shaw who was Head Master from 1920 to 1944. Mr Shaw had an MBE and exemplary WW1 war record.

His values of community and supporting children and their families are well documented by his family. Mr Shaw’s family have given permission for us to share information with the children as part of our anniversary project. We have attached the photograph of Mr Shaw which is displayed on the wall in the Head Teacher’s office.

Queen’s Canopy

We have applied for a number of trees as part of the Queen’s Canopy. These will be planted during November in planters round the playground.

School Home Partnership Learning

This week we would love families to focus on maths in the home. Can you discuss where maths is relevant throughout the home for example when cooking, shopping, space/area of rooms etc? We would love to hear what you discuss and will be delighted if you can send us any messages or photos. Have fun.

October Break

We finish on Friday 8th October at the usual time for the October break. In Mr Shaw’s time this would likely have been referred to as the Tattie Holiday! We return to school on Monday 25th October at 9am.

Please find some photos of learning this week. Have a lovely, restful weekend Mrs Fraser

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.


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:

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.


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


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:

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

Wishing you a lovely weekend.

Kind regards,

The Central Team

The Central Team