Daily Archives: August 12, 2016

***School Blog***

blogI am just adding a quick post to remind parents that all school news and information will be posted on the Daviot Primary blog. I try to keep it as up-to-date as possible, so please try to check it regularly. You can request email notifications for new posts by following the blog. This option is located at the top right hand side of the page. Thanks for your support.

*** PE Kits***

This term, PE will take place on Mondays and Wednesdays. Please remind your child to bring in their PE kit and trainers on those days. If a pupil would like to leave their PE kit at school all week, they are welcome to do so.

School Network Down

Just a quick note to let everyone know that the school network has been down for the last three weeks. Therefore, I have been unable to access any school emails during that time. Many apologies if anyone has been trying to contact me. Carol and I have been babysitting engineers all week, but unfortunately, we are still waiting for it to be fixed. Hopefully, it will be up and running before we start the new term.

***P1 Pupils***

I am aware that some schools allow P1 pupils to do half days at the start of the year to transition children into their new school. However, this post is to notify the parents of our P1 pupils that children will be starting full days on Tuesday. I recognise that very young children can get quite tired during their first few weeks at school. Consequently, breaks will be scheduled throughout the day. If any parents feel their children are struggling to cope with full days straight away, I would be happy to discuss a staggered transition period on an individual basis. If you have any questions, please contact the school office.

***New Classes***

I am thrilled to announce that Daviot Primary has been allocated two full time teachers for the new session – a huge milestone for our school. When we started a few years ago, the prospect of a two class school seemed very unlikely indeed. Therefore, I would like to thank everyone in the school community for their incredible support. The increased staffing has led to a change in the classes. From the start of next term, the class structure will be as follows:

Mrs MacPherson: P1 – P3 class teacher. This class will be located in the cabin.

Mr McCallum: P4 – P7 class teacher. This class will be located in the main building.

A new teacher, Ms Koukouzela, will cover my management time. More details on this arrangement will follow.

Mrs Mackinnon (PSA) will provide timetabled support across both classes.

I would like to apologise for the delay in notifying parents of these changes. They were only agreed by the Highland Council during the summer holidays. Obviously, these new and unexpected changes will create a completely new school dynamic. As a result, it will take a little time for new structures and systems to settle down and embed. I would really value your patience as the school adapts, and please accept my sincere apologies in advance for any bumps in the road. It is a very exciting time for Daviot Primary School, and I’m really looking forward to another wonderful year!

***Back to School***

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A big hello to everyone in Team Daviot! I hope you all had a wonderful summer break. Doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun?! I’m sure no one needs reminding that the school holidays are coming to end, but I thought I should add a quick post to say that school starts back on Tuesday next week (August 16th). Monday is an in-service training day for staff. School starts at 8.45 am and finishes at 3 pm. I can’t wait to see you all again!