Solheim Cup? Well, it came close!
The members of Blair Atholl golf club organised our very own "Solheim Cup" event at the school. Logierait came too! There were lots of different activities for us to try, including putting; chipping and driving! Each child received a skip cap and a balloon in their team colours and gold and silver medals. In our own wee tournament, Europe won!
That evening parents were invited to join us and some took advantage of the free taster sessions being offered at the Club.
Here are a few pictures of the day - there are more on display in the school- why not have a peep when you are next in?
Our new P7 prefects were inducted at our first Get Together last week!
The children shared with us, the skills they felt to be a successful prefect and made a commitment to set the best example they could to the rest of the children in all aspects of our daily lives. We look forward to their final year with us and are sure that Holly, Jamie and Emily will do their best for our school community.
Also at our Get Together, we reminded the children about changes we have made to our House Points system which was discussed and agreed with the children in June. There will be a set target for the number of house points children have to earn each term, so that they can take part in the "House Treat" Points in class are awarded for effort in learning and so it is possible that that all children can earn the treat! We hope you will join us in encouraging and reminding children to try their best at all times!
This year we are also focussing on three of our school values in particular:
Respect for All
Try your Best
Learning's the Place to Start
You can find all our values printed round the edges of our standards and quality report.
We have had a bit of a problem inserting photos on the website - here is a batch of things which have happened both recently and a while back! Ask your child to tell you about them!
Music for a Hungry Caterpillar
Author Pauline Tait
Who's that on the left?!
Designing "Safe Space" leaflets
Reviewing our school values
Some Enchanted Evening!
It was a very busy week in late October when our senior pupils were invited to visit The Enchanted Forest, as a special treat. Pupils from Logierait and Kenmore were also with us. The children were given pizza, hot chocolate and allowed to toast their marshmallows - all free!
Later that week, we had our first archery tuition sessions in the school. Everyone hit the target and some even scored a "bullseye"! Sessions are open to anyone aged 9 or over - no need to sign up; just come along and it's free!
A huge THANKYOU to everybody who contributed to our Children in Need collection - £56.73 - as well as buying poppies - £30.54 - proceeds of which go to the Haig Fund. At our get Together session over two weeks, we watched short films about each of these events and the children have much more of an idea as to how the money is used.
Nursery are trying out different ways in engaging with parents and our local community! Not only do they have "Stay and Play", our "Full Tilt" parent group, and the people they meet on their Daily Mile, they invited some local residents to nursery for a "Song and a Scone" - though not quite sure in which order! Even our primary classes got in on the action!
We hope this will become another regular event on our calendar!
Pupils in their pre-school year at nursery have been visiting the infant classroom for some time now, in pairs, to begin to get a feel for what P1 will be like. One morning last week they all came along and took part in a range of activities, on a "carousel". P3 pupils this year had devised a programme of activities for them and here are some photos of what they got up to!
There was great excitement as our very first "swift box" was attached to the front wall of the school, as part of a project being run by Swift Conservation. These little birds travel all the way from Africa and breed in Europe - hopefully now, in our lovely nest box! Co-ordinator Daniele Muir arranged for a "cherry-picker" to come and do the honours and the children were also presented with a lovely flag, welcoming the swifts to Blair Atholl, which hopefully will be in about 3-4 weeks time! Our lovely photo appeared in the Atholl Quair recently and also in the swift Conservation newsletter.
A huge thanks to all who attended or provided raffle prizes for the Beetle Drive organised by our Parent Council. Over £160 was raised for funds!
Here are three happy prizewinners!
The Day we met the Duchess!
On 8th September, our whole school were invited to the House of Bruar to be there when the Duchess of Rothesay visited the establishment as part of her tour of Highland Perthshire. We all arrived together on a bus and then waited for her to arrive. We all had flags which we waved when she drew up in her car and we were delighted that the first thing she did was come over and talk to us all. Then while she went inside, we gathered at a special walkway where she would cross the courtyard. Once again she spoke to us all on her way past. Three of our pupils had made a lovely picture for her and she seemed to be pleased with it! The visit was a tremendous success and a lovely way to end a week at school - but there was more to come! By the following Thursday, an envelope arrived addressed to the three girls who had made that picture - and the postmark was "Buckingham Palace"! At our Parent Get Together that afternoon the girls opened it to find inside, a photograph of the Duchess and a lovely letter from her personal assistant, thanking the girls on the Duchess' behalf, for their drawing and saying how much the Duchess had appreciated it!
Our thanks to the team at House of Bruar for inviting us!
In the photos below, you can see Eve, Holly and Rebecca with their special letter; the Duchess (centre, wearing green)making her way along our welcome line of flags; everybody lined up to greet her the second time on both sides of the walkway lined with pupils, staff and parents and some very surprised shoppers!
Childcare and Family Information Directories for Local Areas
Did you know that the 2017/18 version of the Highland Perthshire Area Childcare and Family Information Directory is available to download from www.pkc.gov.uk/localdirectories.
The directory includes details of a wide range of services, groups and organisations in the local area that we hope will be of interest to families and to professionals working with parents, carers and children.
If you know of any other services which it would be useful to include or come across anything in the directory that is inaccurate then please let us know. Documents will be updated no less than once annually and entries are kept up to date on the national website www.families.scot
The set of directories complements the information available in the Perth & Kinross Childcare and Family Information Directory which was updated in December 2016. Copies of this area wide document are being distributed to families by Health Visitors and are available in local libraries and on request from the Childcare Strategy Team Tel 01738 472350 E-mail email@example.com.
The Strengthening families programme continues......
It is an excellent - free! - opportunity for parents and young people to work individually and together on a range of typical issues that may affect any families with young people,building relationships that help the whole family through the pre-teen and teenage stages.
There are a number sessions of fun family activities for ALL children aged 10-12 years old and their parents or carers.
You can access our application form electronically on Perth & Kinross Council website at www.pkc.gov.uk./strengtheningfamilies or to express an interest please email firstname.lastname@example.org