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17 September 2020Ferintosh Parent Council

A meeting will be held on Tuesday 22nd September at 4pm via Google Meet.   At this meeting, we will look at the purpose of a parent council and how to go about starting one.  Ros Bell, the Policy Officer for the local authority, will also attend as she may have some answers should there be questions.

Any parent who wishes to join in should please let us know through the school office so the code can be shared.

16 September 2020Nursery Renovations at Mulbuie

Renovations at Mulbuie – The Erection of the New Nursery Building

I have been advised that the work will begin at Mulbuie during the October break and will be finished by approximately February.

Initially the work will take place in the left side of the playground, leaving the right side with the football pitch for the children to play.

This will then swap over, and children will have access to the left side and the right hand side will become the “live site”.

 

This means that access arrangements to the school will be different after the October break. 

 

Arriving at the start of the day

The bus will drop children at the BACK GATE.  They will then wait in the playground with their friends until the bell rings.

If your child comes to school by bike, car or on foot, then they should come in through the back gate. 

Please note that there is no supervision before 9am.  Unfortunately, parents are not allowed to enter the school playground.  If you feel your child needs to be supervised, then please keep them with you outside school grounds until the bell rings.

Children who cycle to school can leave their bikes round by the sheds outside Mrs Waters office.  This area is out of bounds during the school day.

 

Dismissal at the end of the day

Pupils who travel by bus will be escorted to the bus at 2.55pm, before the rest of the school is dismissed.  The bus pickup point will be the same as is now.

The rest of the children will be dismissed at 3pm by teachers through the front door.

As always, we will work to ensure there is no traffic movement in the car park between 3pm and 3.05pm.

Playtimes

There will EITHER be two playtimes, or the back field will be split into two.  This decision will be made in consultation with the Pupil Leadership team.

Nursery

Nursery will continue to use the front right door as currently doing.

11 September 2020Our Curriculum and Learning

As we move on post lockdown and through Phase 3 of the Scottish Government Roadmap to Recovery, school and schooling is looking quite different to what it was like before and all indications are that this will continue to be so for some time to come.

Schools are not following the normal curriculum -  under instruction from the Scottish Government, our main focus is in Health and Wellbeing, Literacy and Numeracy.   

In terms of Wellbeing, children are given opportunity to play together and are learning again to share space and resource.  Activities around mindfulness and relaxation are built into the day.   Opportunity to process and manage these unusual times are also planned as part of the day.

Alongside this, we are assessing all children to ascertain the impact of Lockdown on learning and the starting point as we move forward.

How we assess:

Teachers are continually assessing informally to monitor and check understanding.  Specific planned assessment activities are implemented alongside continuous assessment through questioning and observation during teaching and learning to constantly assess where the learners are and what they need to do next.

In addition, this term we are conducting a series of more formal assessments to ascertain exactly where each child is in learning.   These assessments are varied in form and based around literacy and numeracy skills.

What we are looking at in measuring success:

  • The degree of independence a child demonstrates
  • The level of support needed
  • The degree of complexity of the task
  • The extent to which learning is applied in new and unfamiliar contexts
  • A child’s ability to contribute appropriately
  • The child’s ability to question appropriately
  • The level of engagement in thinking
  • Mastery of a skill
  • Depth of knowledge a child demonstrates

How are the pupils involved?

Pupils know what they are learning through the sharing of learning intentions and success criteria, and are regularly encouraged to assess how they are getting on, feeding into their successes and next steps in learning both orally and in writing in the second level.

We are having learning discussions with pupils.  They are using their assessments to track their own learning and understanding earning against learning targets with support from the teacher, identifying where they are now and what the next steps are.

Pupils are sharing with the teacher how they see themselves as learners and what they need to be able to learn the best they can.

What we will do with this information?

The information will be shared with parents towards the end of term once it has been prepared.  This will be in the form of a folio.  This we see as a great opportunity for parents to see exactly where their child is in their learning and to support them in their next steps.

Teachers will then use the information to plan next learning, to form groupings and to target support and challenge. 

There will be no individual Parents’ Evenings this term, although we do hope that we will be able to arrange these virtually next term.

Unfortunately, we cannot hold any open afternoons.  We ask that parents please keep an eye on the class blogs which are updated regularly and show some of the things that children are doing in school.  These are accessible through the schools’ website, which is being used as the primary platform for communication at this time.

 

11 September 2020Pupil Photographs

Unfortunately we are not able to offer our usual service of having a photographer come to school to take photos of the children.  Only visitors essential to the business ongoing in the school are permitted, and this unfortunately does not fit into that category.

11 September 2020School Lunches

From Wednesday 16th September, a hot meal will be available for pupils having school lunches.  They can choose a sandwich Grab Bag or a hot meal.

The menu is here.

09 September 2020Personal Safety for Pupils

I have been made aware of a video that is currently accessible on Tik Tok which is certainly not for children to see.

The advice is that children stay off Tik Tok for a couple of days until it has been removed.

I have also been made aware of an incident yesterday at a nearby school.  Please talk with your children, particularly the older ones, about the danger to the body of misusing drugs, including ones that may be in the cupboard at home.

08 September 2020Reading Book Amnesty

Please if you have any school books, particularly reading books, at home can these please be returned to school.

It costs £210 for a set of books for one pupil for a year's work in reading, and we are about three short at every level.

Please don't worry about covid transmission - we will quarantine any returned books for the necessary period.

Thanks for your help.

07 September 2020Ferintosh Parent Council

There have been three indications of interest in setting up a Parent Council at Ferintosh.

The next step is a Google Meeting to work out a starting point and agree purpose and role of the Parent Council in supporting the work of the school.

Parents and carers who are interested in joining this meeting should please email their availability so that a time can be organised that suits most people.

07 September 2020INSET day closures

The schools will be closed to pupils next Monday and Tuesday, 14th and 15th September, for INSET training for staff.

Teachers will be looking at the Folios that we are creating to share learning with parents this term, and also at the School Improvement Plan as we move forward.

04 September 2020Mulbuie Junior Road Safety Officers

Mulbuie has two JRSOs:  Lily (carrying on from last year) and Brodie (newly elected).

They are running a bookmark competition.

 

Entries should please be submitted by Monday 7th September.

04 September 2020Ferintosh Pupil Leadership Team

 

The Pupil Leadership Team recently completed a survey on Ferintosh school.

This showed the following:

The pupils find the school friendly and teachers know the children well

The chlidren are proud of the school and they learn well.  There is opportunity to try new things and to develop things they are already good at.

The Leadership Team are keen to have opportunity to show skills and interests that are not normally part of the school curriculum.  They have decided to create a video showcasing these skills, which may range from dancing to bike riding.

They will work on this over the coming weeks.

02 September 2020Plea to keep speed down around school

https://www.ross-shirejournal.co.uk/news/speed-sign-malfunction-near-black-isle-school-prompts-warning-to-drivers-210759/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook

31 August 2020Wild and Free at Ferintosh

Wild and Free will start for Ferintosh pupils this week.  P1-3 will spend time learning outdoors on a Wednesday and P5-7 on a Thursday.  Outdoor learning will be led by Mrs Stevenson.  Pupils should please wear appropriate clothing and footwear.

27 August 2020Face Masks on School Transport

A note is being issued around the use of face masks in school settings.  From Monday, all children over five must wear a face mask on the school bus or taxi.

27 August 2020Learning After Lockdown

Today we approach the end of the second full week back in school.  Learning post-lockdown in schools is very different to what we would normally be doing at this time of year.  Children, particularly the younger ones, are learning again to share their space with a lot of others, to share the toys and resources and to share the adult.  They are learning again the school routines and how to be successful in a group.  They are learning again to be responsible and look after their belongings and they are learning the independence and resilience that they need to cope with a school day and the range of situations they find themselves in and people they find themselves with.  

They may be tired when they get home.  They may come with stories of when the day did not go well for them and what others did that they did not like.  This is all part of learning and our focus has been and will continue to be supporting them with this.  They have been out of school for more than five months.  There is a lot of learning to catch up on.

But we do know that they are all doing their best and trying hard.  We are proud of every one of them and how they are so happy and keen to be back in school.  

25 August 2020Parent Council

To read the minutes of Parent Council Meetings please click here.

20 August 2020Grab and Go Lunch

This is an example of the lovely, healthy Grab and Go sandwich lunch currently on offer in the Canteen.

 

20 August 2020Safety in Schools

We are aware that positive cases of Covid-19 can cause some local anxiety in the community. Please be reassured that our Health Protection Team is working closely with colleagues within the Highland Council to continually monitor the situation in Highland. Guidance has been provided to teachers in all our schools regarding any incidence of Covid-19 or similar symptoms within the school community.

Pupils and staff should not attend school if any symptoms develop. Please inform the school.

The key message is don’t go to school or work if you are ill

 

For most people, Covid-19 will be a mild illness. If you develop symptoms you should remain self-isolating at home for 10 days from the date when your symptoms appeared, even if this takes you over the 14 day period currently advised.

Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and further information on testing can be found on NHS Inform. In the event that you develop symptoms, all other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days.

 

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

  • new continuous cough and/or
  • high temperature and/or
  • a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

 

There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19

 

Do

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

 

Please also follow the five rules that are highlighted in the national FACTS campaign -

  • Face coverings in enclosed spaces
  • Avoid crowded places indoors or outdoors
  • Clean your hands regularly and remember to clean hard surfaces that you might be touching
  • Two metre physical distancing remains in place – this is especially important at the school gates when dropping off or collecting your children.
  • Self-isolate and book a test if you have any of the symptoms of Covid19 - a cough, a temperature, or a loss of, or change in your sense of taste or smell

There is evidence of increasing transmission across Scotland. Covid19 is still here and it is important that everyone takes responsibility and follows the national guidance to keep them and others safe. Everyone in Highland, Argyll and Bute has a role to play to keep the number of positive cases as low as possible.

19 August 2020Keeping Safe

Some of our Measures:

The playground at Mulbuie is zoned into areas for each class during break times

Pupils are not facing each other whereever possible 

Parents reminded to socailly distance at the school gate

Classes have separate toilets to use within the shcool building

Visitors to the schools are restricted to essential only

Regular hand washing in place

All staff carry sanitizer

There are enhanced cleaning arrangements in both schools 

Paper contact between home and school minimised.  Essentail paperwork is quarantined

 

18 August 2020Mulbuie and Ferintosh Pupil Leadership Team

We are looking for pupils from both schools to join a Pupil Leadership Team.  The role of this team will be to represent the other pupils and help in moving our schools forward.  

Skills necessary - 

  • Confident 
  • Able to generate ideas
  • Willing to listen to ideas of others
  • Flexible thinker
  • Problem Solver 

Please let your teacher know if you wish to apply for this team.

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