Parent Information

Dates for the diary 2022/23

Listed below are the start dates for each term and holidays.

For information about what is going on during each term, please look at the “What’s On” section.

Term 1
Monday, 22nd August 2022 – In-Service day (1)
Tuesday, 23rd August 2022 – start of term 1
Friday 14th October 2022 – end of term 1
Monday, 17th to Friday, 28th October 2022 – October holiday

Term 2
Monday, 31st October 2022 – start of term 2
Thursday, 17th November – In-Service day (2)
Friday, 18th November 2022 – In-Service day (3)
Friday, 23rd December 2022 – end of term 2
Monday, 26th December 2022 to Friday, 6th January 2023 – Christmas holiday

Term 3
Monday, 9th January 2023 – start of term 3
Thursday 9th February 2023 – Aboyne Cluster holiday
Friday, 10th February 2023 – Aboyne Cluster holiday
Monday, 13th February 2023 – mid-term holiday
Tuesday, 14th February – In-Service day (4)
Wednesday, 15th February 2023 – In-Service day (5)
Friday, 31st March 2023 – end of term 3 Monday, 3rd April to Friday,14th April 2023 – Spring holiday

Term 4
Monday, 17th April 2023 – start of term 4 Monday,
1st May 2023 – May Day holiday
Monday 5th June 2023 – Aboyne Cluster holiday
Friday, 7th July – End of Term Service  
Monday, 10th July to Friday,18th August 2023 – Summer holiday
Important dates for Term 4 – 2023
3rd – Parent Council Meeting – 7.30 pm regarding funding for bus for Orienteering trip for P5/6/7s
5th – Parent Council Craft Afternoon
8th – Holiday – King’s Coronation
10th – Dentist for P1s and P7s
11th – P7s to the Academy – First visit – to make own way there
12th – P7 Last Photo – P&J
15th – Jammin Andy – P1/2/3/4 and P4/5/6/7 – to be rescheduled
16th – Trip to Science Centre – P1/2/3/4 and P4/5/6/7
16th – Tom from ABC Music – P1/2/3/4 and P4/5/6/7 – to be rescheduled
16th – Parents Evening
19th – Orienteering at Crathes for P5/6/7s
24th – Transition Event for new P1s – nursery pupils coming up to see the school and the classroom
31st – Transition Event for new P1s – nursery pupils coming up to see the school and the classroom
31st – Sports Afternoon – 1.45 pm onwards
5th – Holiday – Aboyne Cluster Day
8th – P7s to the Academy – 2nd visit – Academy bus
8th – Transition Event for new P1s – nursery pupils coming up to see the school and the classroom
14th – Reserve Sports Afternoon – 1.45 pm onwards
22nd – P7s to the Academy – Induction Day (3rd visit) – Academy bus
23rd – P7s to the Academy – Induction Day (4th visit)– Academy bus
7th – 11.00 am – End of Year Service at Church – tbc:
P7s goodbye 
Nursery to P1
7th – P7s and Ms Cramond – lunch at Finzean Farm Shop – treat from Mrs Moorhouse

Term 1 2023/24 starts:

  • Monday, 21st August 2023 – In-Service day (1)
  • Tuesday, 22nd August 2023 – start of term 1

School Meals


Parental involvement and engagement are important to the school and the nursery and we are very appreciative of their support. In the past, parents have been involved with a variety of activities to help support and add to pupil learning, for example, listening to reading, running the Recorder Group, helping at the School Woods for outdoor learning, coming on school trips, and raising money for the school. To develop the DYW project, parents and carers will also be asked to take part in a proposed Careers Event at the school, in Term 4, when they will be asked to talk to the P4/5/6/7 class about their job/profession and the skills and qualifications they need.

The active and supportive Parent Council support the school by actioning issues raised at the Parent Council meetings and raise much needed funds for school projects and resources by running their 2 main Fundraising Activities, namely the Tom’s Cairn Race and the Christmas Fair.

The staff are really appreciative in all that you do. Thank you.

Office Bearers for 2022/2023

Chair: Mr A Graham-Wright

Secretary: Mrs L Bayne

Treasurer: Mrs D Dinnie


Standardised National Standardised Assessments Session 2022/23

In line with Aberdeenshire Council Policy, pupils at Finzean School will engage with the Scottish Government’s Standardised National Standardised Assessments (SNSAs). The Scottish Government commissioned the Scottish National Standardised Assessments as part of the National Improvement Framework.

For children and young people to have the best chance of reaching their potential, parents, carers, teachers and the children themselves, need to understand how they are progressing, and what further support they require. Alongside a wide range of other assessment activity, the assessments help to inform that understanding by providing teachers with objective and nationally consistent information on children’s progress.

However, ongoing and informal assessment is, and will continue to be, a central part of everyday assessment. Teachers will continue to draw on all of the assessment information available to them, when considering children’s progress and planning the next steps in their learning.

Thereafter, Teachers can then discuss children’s progress with them and their parents, planning next steps accordingly, and ensuring parents understand how best to support their child’s learning at home.

What is being assessed?

Scottish National Standardised Assessments focus on aspects of reading, writing and numeracy.

Who is being assessed?

All children in P1, P4, P7 and S3.

How many times will your child take the assessments in a school session?

P1 children will take two SNSA assessments: one in literacy and one in numeracy.

P4 children will take three SNSA assessments: one in reading, one in writing and one in numeracy.

P7 children will take three SNSA assessments: one in reading, one in writing and one in numeracy.

The following assessment schedule will be followed at Finzean School, in line with Authority policy:

w/b 29/4 and 29/5                      P7s

w/b 8/5 & 22/5     P1s

w/b 24/4 and 1/5                    P4s