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Friday Update 3/02/2023

Happy Friday everyone!

ELC enrolment

The enrolment week commences Monday 13 February and concludes on Friday 17 February 2023.

Children born between 16 August 2017 and 29 February 2020 are entitled to a funded Early Learning and Childcare place.

Parent and guardians with no access to the online process can request a paper copy of the enrolment form from their chosen setting during ELC enrolment week.

Transition to P1

Nursery pupils have started their transition to P1. This week they explored the P1 area and joined in learning with our current P1s. The transition focus for this term is Literacy. We will publish various phonological awareness activities to try at home which will help to build foundations for learning to read.   

Parent Council

The Parent Council have an important role to play in school improvement by ensuring that parental perspective is represented and taken into account. The Parent Council helps to create an environment where all parents know their views matter, and where they feel confident and comfortable putting them forward.

We would like to encourage more parents to become involved in the wider life of our school and join our existing parent council members.

Heritage Project

On Thursday pupils from P7 went to the Northern Meeting Park to discuss ideas for interpreting the history of the Park for local people and visitors.

If you would like to share your thoughts, please complete a community heritage/interpretation feedback form.

The Bught Stop Cosy Café

The café is a new warm hub with free food. It is running every Monday afternoon from 1pm-4.30pm in the Bught Stop, Torvean Avenue (next to the shop).  Soup, sandwiches, cakes/scones, tea, coffee and juice will be available until 4.30pm.  All welcome and you don’t need to be living in the Ballifeary area to come along.

Home School Partnership Learning

Children’s Mental Health Week 2023 will take place from 6th-12th February 2023.  The theme for Children’s Mental Health Week 2023 is ‘Let’s Connect’.  This theme encourages children to explore how they can cultivate meaningful connections in their lives to support their mental health and wellbeing. Connecting healthily with others is a key part of living a fulfilling life and feeling loved, cared for and safe.

Use the link below to explore a few simple ways you can connect with your child and help them to make meaningful connections.

Have a lovely restful weekend!

Mrs Guzowski and Mrs Fraser

Friday update 27.01.2023

Happy Friday everyone.

We have enjoyed another busy week at school.

Our fish are delighted this week to move into their lovely new tank!  Again thanks to Mrs Whiting and the fund raisers for making this happen. 😊

Rights Respecting Schools

Primary 7 delivered a super assembly this week about UNCRC Article 6.  Very well done.

You may wish to learn a bit more about this article as part of home school partnership learning this week?

Primary 1 Enrolment

If your child will be five years of age on or before 29 February 2024, they are eligible to enrol for Primary 1.

If you wish to enrol your child for Primary 1, please do so during enrolment week.

Enrolment week for Primary 1 pupils will take place from Monday 30 January to Friday 3 February 2023.

Fun Day

Please find attached a flyer for a fun day taking place on 11th March for children who have lost a loved one.

School Uniform and Conduct

Our team has noticed recently that a number of children haven’t come to school with their uniform.  We feel strongly that wearing uniform helps everyone to feel a sense of belonging as equals.  If you need help with uniform then please speak to one of the team.  We will try to help where we can.

Over the last few weeks the team have spent time addressing some poor behaviour choices. We have reminded children of the school rules and values which are SAFE, MINDFUL, ASPIRATIONAL. 

We are committed to delivering the highest quality learning experiences that we can supported by high standards of conduct.  We would be grateful if you can help us by talking with your child about their understanding of our rules and values.  Thank you.

Industrial Action

Gentle reminder that school and nursery are closed to pupils on Tuesday 31st January.

Friday update 20.01.2023

Hello everyone,

We hope that Tuesday’s snowy weather provided plenty opportunity to have some fun outside on the rare occasion that the school had to close for adverse weather.

Adverse Weather

May I remind you schools have a dial-in service if there is risk of closure due to adverse weather.

This allows parents to listen to a recorded message.

You can also access the highland school closure website on: for school closure information.

Dial 0800 5642272 Enter School Pin 041720 Press 1 to hear the school’s message.

This week as so many schools were closed there was a delay in our school’s name being added on the Highland Council website. On this occasion and in the future, any closure information will be posted on Google Classroom, our blog and Facebook.

Connect Us

We have decided not to renew the contract with app due to cost.  Communication will continue through Google Classroom, our school blog and Facebook.

Industrial Action

The EIS has given Highland Council notice that their members will be taking strike action on Tuesday 31st January 2023.

A decision has been made that all primary schools, including nurseries should remain closed.

If there is any change to this position, I will let you know.

The letter from Nicky Grant was posted on Google Classroom earlier this week.

Care Inspectorate

Following our nursery’s recent inspection, the Care Inspectorate have published their updated inspection report.

Please use the link below to access the report.

InSpires at Inverness Cathedral

InSpires at Inverness Cathedral are offering hot water bottles, blankets, food bags, gloves, toiletries, jackets and other winter essentials.

This can be accessed from Kenneth Street Hall on Wednesdays and Thursdays 10 to 12. 9-11 Kenneth St (little Kenneth Street)

Home School Partnership Learning

The Lunar New Year is celebrated by different cultures in different places. For people in China and Chinese communities around the world, the New Year celebration is full of fireworks, the colour red, and delicious food.

What’s the story behind this celebration?

You can listen to a Chinese New Year story by clicking the link below:

To mark the coming of The Year of the Rabbit, there will be a performance of a traditional Lion Dance by the world famous Hong Lok Dragon & Lion Dancing troupe in the Pedestrian Precinct on the High Street, Inverness on Monday the 23rd at 5.30pm.

Have a restful weekend

Mrs Fraser and Mrs Guzowski

Good morning folks,
Unfortunately due to the bad weather school and nursery will be closed to all pupils today. 
Thank you
Mrs Fraser

Friday Update 13/01/2023

Happy Friday everyone,

We have had a lovely first week back.  Everyone seems well rested after an enjoyable break.

Our House Captains and Vice Captains received their badges at assembly this week. 

We are hoping to confirm the date for our next Parent Council meeting soon.

The Inverness Community Partnership are meeting on Tuesday17th January, from 6pm to 8pm at Merkinch Community Centre. Information attached.

This term toothbrushing will start for P1 and P2’s.

There is a new lunch menu this term which is attached below.

Please note we will be holding in person parent’s evenings this term on Tuesday 28th February ( 3.30 to 6.00pm) and Thursday 2nd March (5.30 to 8.00pm).

Wishing you a lovely, restful weekend.

Kind regards

Mrs Fraser