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Ballogie Nursery and Finzean Primary School
Session 2014 – 15
Newsletter, Term 3, Week 7, Feb 2015
I hope this newsletter finds everyone well and raring to go after a week of rest and relaxation. I have a few items I need to share so felt a newsletter would be appropriate. Yes, I’m still here, although my time is slowly running out. I think the plan is for me to finish around 2 weeks before the end of term.
To celebrate, and say farewell, we will be holding a Crocus Coffee Morning, an addition to the yearly timetable. P3/4 will help to host this and we will be asking you to provide a plate of cakes in support of the Rotary Crocus End Polio Now Appeal. We hope some of your planted crocuses have grown well and we will ask you to return your crocus pots for us to sell or pay a donation towards this very worthy cause. A prize is offered for the best looking plant pot cover and the best crocus. The date for this wonderful Coffee Morning is Friday 6th March, from 10am till 11.30am. Children are welcome to join their parents for refreshments, but only during break-time.
Red Nose Day:
As part of the fundraising we do each year, we decided to support Red Nose Day. Pupils can dress as they please on Thursday 12th March for a donation. This is a change in date to the original date, due to the RGC Cross Country event being held on the Friday. In addition, we will have red noses to sell in school for £1 each. All pupils and parents can also support this cause by adding a little fun to lunchtime. Do you or your child have a good fundraising idea they would like to organise and run? We will have a slightly extended lunch hour on the day to accommodate the fundraising, and if you allow your child to take part, they should bring a little pocket money with them. All ideas must be shared with Mrs Lobban to ensure they are safe and manageable.
We are collecting Sainsbury’s vouchers this term, they are available now, so please get collecting. The collection box is at reception.
The re-inspection letter from Sadie Cushley is now live and can be found on the Education Scotland website – simply Google Finzean School and it will appear. The re-inspection report states that attainment is one area of importance we need to address and it is this that we have been looking at more closely during the in-service days. If you have anything you wish to discuss or share, please feel free to phone and make an appointment.
We are having a themed fortnight over the next two weeks – 23rd Feb to 6th March where the pupils will learn about Fairtrade and about what this means as part of what we can do to support this worthwhile cause. We will be working towards a Fairaware Award for the school, and pupils will be asked to fill in a questionnaire and find out about Fair Trade products and why they are important. We hope to offer a Fairtrade Tuck Shop on some of the days and will let you know details when they are finalised.
World Book Day:
Pupils are asked to dress up as their favourite book or film character for this day, Wednesday 4th March. From now until then, all pupils will be asked to read as many books as they can, and fill out a book report for each book they finish. We will make a booklet of these to display in the library. We hope they will help others to choose books to read. A reward will be given to the pupil who reads the most books. Good luck readers!
National Science Week:
National Science Week is being held from 16th to 20th March and will encourage our budding Scientists to explore and examine a variety of science ideas and themes. Eco Club will be organising talks and information about Biodiversity for all classes. If you have an experiment you’d like to share with the school during a lunchtime this week, please get in touch. If you know of someone who would care to share some scientific phenomenon, let us know.
The running club is being offered once again to pupils from P4-7 on Thursdays after school, starting next Thursday, 26th February. This is an excellent opportunity provided by Ms Cramond and Mrs Christie. Please fill in the form if your child is interested – it’s never too late to join in!
As part of our quality PE we offer the children, Ms Cramond and Mrs Christie will also provide a 6-week block of running to P3/4 and P5-7 this term, starting on the 23/24th February. Can all parents please ensure they have appropriate outdoor PE kit including trainers for outdoor use? The children will run in all weathers and should be prepared to do so. This will happen during the school day and is not optional.
The annual RGU Cross Country event is being held on Friday 13th March and all entries must be in by Friday 27th February. Consent forms will be issued soon and must be returned promptly. Should your child choose not to participate, they will stay in school with the P3/4 teacher.
The P3/4 class will begin a block of 6 swimming lessons at Aboyne Pool next Tuesday, 24th February. They will need a swimming kit and also a substantial snack for when we get back to the school. Our numbers are such that the community bus will be able to take all children, but the teacher will have to follow in her car. Please be advised it is Peter who will be driving the bus. Could parents please remind their children that these swimming lessons are a privilege and their behaviour must be impeccable, especially in the changing rooms.
Golden Time Volunteers:
Our next block of 3 weeks for Golden Time will commence on Wednesday 25th February, and will run for three weeks. Please come and join us – it is so important to give the pupils the best choices we can and a great opportunity to come in and work with the pupils. Some of the pupils have said they have missed the parent choices over the last few weeks. Please let us know by return what you can offer.
This year, the Easter Service will be held on Wednesday 1st April at Birse and Feughside Parish Church at 10 am. Pupils will walk down and back, and all parents and members of the community are welcome to attend. All classes have been asked to prepare a small performance for your enjoyment.
Many thanks and best regards, Dawn Lobban