Monthly Archives: January 2016

***Swimming Lessons***


This post is to remind all parents that swimming lessons start next Thursday afternoon (4th February). They will continue until Thursday 21stApril. At this point, I would like to say another massive thankyou to Julie for transporting the class to the Aquadome on the community bus for the last two years. It saved the school an enormous amount of money. However, due to the increased size of Team Daviot, the SCATA bus is no longer big enough. Therefore, we will be travelling with a local bus company. All costs will be covered by the school fund, and I will not be asking for any donations this year. The pupils will leave school at approximately 12.50pm. They begin their lessons at 1.30pm. All children will be taught by qualified instructors – not by teaching staff. Parents are welcome to sit in the viewing section of the Aquadome if they wish to attend the lessons. Please ensure your child brings their costume/shorts, a towel, shampoo & conditioner and their own hairbrush. A post-lesson snack and drink is a good idea too. For some parents, allowing your child/children to attend swimming lessons at school will be a new experience. Therefore, if you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

For copyright purposes… the artist who created the banner above was…. Daniel!

Regional Heat on February 7th

I would like to remind all parents of pupils participating in the Highland Gymnastics Competition that the date of the regional heat is Sunday February 7th (at Inverness Sports Centre). I will post more details a bit nearer the time. I would also like to remind you that Louise will be visiting school tomorrow lunchtime to give the girls an additional coaching session. She will also be in on Monday lunchtime next week. Please remind your children to bring their leotards into school on those days. Thanks for your support.IMG_2063

Enterprise Challenge!

I am pleased to announce that Lauren and Evie will be taking part in the Blythswood Enterprise Challenge, which takes place from February 10th to March 10th. This home-school project will provide the girls with an enterprise activity which is interesting, challenging and competitive. This year schools have the choice of one of three projects to raise funds for; 999 Project, Orphaned Children in India or Talita Kum After-School Project in Romania. Our team will be given £20 and asked to “make it grow” over a four week period. The team will be required to submit a report outlining how they used the £20 to raise the money. The judges will be assessing creativity and team work, as well as the contents of the report and the amount that has been raised. From the reports, the judges will select the schools who will be asked to make a presentation at the final in May. Good luck, girls. I know you will do us proud! Please see the attachments below for more information.

Daviot email

2016 Guidelines

Fundraising Ideas (children)

Tree Surgeon Finally Arrives!

I am pleased to say that the HC Tree Surgeon finally arrived this afternoon, and thankfully, he cleared us to return to the classroom tomorrow. He will be visiting the school over the next couple of days to fix the problems. Until then, I would encourage parents to continue to drop their children off at the side entrance – and to avoid parking by the trees.

Computer Programmers

I would like to say a big thank you to Mr Elder for coming into school this afternoon to help our P3-P6 pupils with Team Daviot’s latest STEM project. PA Consulting Group is aiming to inspire more young people to take up computer programming by running a competition using the Raspberry Pi – a credit-card sized, single-board computer. Entrants are being challenged to invent something using the Raspberry Pi that will make a difference in the world of sport and leisure. Our project is progressing really well, and I am thrilled with how quickly our pupils are picking up the programming skills. I can’t wait for our next session!

***Safety Warning***

I am just writing a quick post to inform all parents that the trees at the edge of the school yard have been classified unsafe by the Highland Council. A tree surgeon will visit the school tomorrow to make a further assessment and take the appropriate action. Until that action has been completed, teaching will take place in the main school building (or possibly the village hall). In the morning, please ensure all pupils use the side gate next to the climbing wall to enter the school grounds. If any parents have safety concerns, it is their prerogative to keep their child at home for the day. Mr McCallumIMG_8651