FAILTE WELCOME

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Coronavirus/COVID-19 Update

We have finally come to the end of a difficult period of school closures due to the pandemic and would like to say a heartfelt thank you to all the parents and community members who have supported us through this period of home learning.   We are now on the summer break and schools are due to return on the 11th of August for an inservice day and the 12th of August for children.   How that return will happen depends on continued successful progress being made in fighting the virus over the coming weeks.  We will inform parents towards the beginning of August as to the exact nature of the return to school but currently expect it to be full time, with contingency plans in place if this is not the case.  To deliver as much educational continuity as possible the intention is that we will continue to do remote learning via Seesaw  if we have a blended model of  learning or another closure.  Please go to the Seesaw page on this website to find out more about Seesaw.

Please continue to follow NHS guidance on how you can look after yourself and your children.   A list of common questions can also be found on the website.

Parent Club Advice for parents

Newsround-Advice if you are worried about Coronavirus

FAILTE

Welcome to our school website which we hope you find interesting and informative.  Our primary school is located in the scenic fishing village of Port Ellen on the southern tip of the Island of Islay in the Inner Hebrides, Scotland.  Children from the surrounding area are educated at Port Ellen from nursery to primary 7.  Our school’s Gaelic Choir, Coisir Bun-Sgoil Port Ilein, has enjoyed success for many years at local and national Mods.  We are an Eco-school and have achieved six green flags and children lead change in the school, local community and wider world through citizenship groups.  As a school we are committed to achieving excellence for all, enabling all pupils to flourish in an environment that values every child.  We aim to provide the best all round education possible in a welcoming and friendly atmosphere at the heart of our island community.

Maureen Macdonald, Headteacher

 

OUR SCHOOL VALUES

Port Ellen 2019-20

Port Ellen 2018-19

 

Port Ellen Primary School performing at the Royal National Mod 2015

 

 

Scottish Education Awards STEM Winners 2017

 

WW100 Islay 2018

OUR CURRICULUM

Curriculum for Excellence at Port Ellen Primary

AIM

Curriculum for Excellence is intended to help children and young people gain the knowledge, skills and attributes needed for life in the 21st century, including skills for learning, life and work. 

The term curriculum is understood to mean – everything that is planned for children and young people throughout their education, not just what happens in the classroom.

PURPOSE

Its purpose is often summed up as helping children and young people to become:

  • Successful learners
  • Confident individuals
  • Responsible citizens
  • Effective contributors.

Curriculum for Excellence includes four contexts for learning:

  • Curriculum areas and subjects

  • Interdisciplinary learning

  • Ethos and life of the school

  • Opportunities for personal achievement.

CURRICULUM AREAS

There are eight curriculum areas:

  • Expressive arts
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Languages (including English, Gaidhlig, Gaelic learners and modern languages)
  • Mathematics
  • Religious and moral education
  • Sciences
  • Social studies
  • Technologies.

Literacy, numeracy and health and wellbeing are recognised as being particularly important – these areas are seen as being the ‘responsibility of all’ staff.

LEVELS

Broadly speaking the diagram below explains children’s progression through the curriculum.

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This is a simplified guide as children will move through the levels (and different subjects) at their own pace.

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IMPORTANCE OF READING

STEM IN THE PRIMARY CURRICULUM SLF 2018

 

 

PARENT COUNCIL

Our School Vision

 By providing a nurturing and safe environment we strive to promote excellence and allow our children to become:  Successful Learners, Confident Individuals, Responsible Citizens and Effective Contributors

Our School Aims

  • To provide a happy, caring environment where creative, effective teaching and learning can take place and where mistakes are made in the effort to try new things and become successful.
  • Parents and staff will work closely together to help children learn, achieve and celebrate their personal best.
  • We will all respect and value differences in people in Port Ellen, Islay and the world
  • To continue getting better as an Eco School and develop positive attitudes towards Health and Wellbeing.
  • We will enable staff to function happily, professionally and effectively.
  • We will maintain good relationships with other schools, partners and the community.

journeyPARENT FORUM AND PARENT COUNCIL

The Scottish Parliament passed a law called the Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Act 2006 to encourage and support more parents to become involved in their child’s education.

The main aims of the Act are to:

·      Help parents become more involved with their child’s education and learning

·      Welcome parents as active participants in the life of the school

·      Provide easier ways for parents to express their views and wishes

To help achieve these aims all parents will automatically be members of a Parent Forum at their child’s school and will be entitled to have a say in what happens at the school. As members of the Parent Forum parents will have a say in selecting the Parent Council (the representative body) who will work on behalf of all parents at the school.

The role of the Parent Council is to:

·      Support the school in its work with pupils

·      Represent the views of all parents

·      Encourage links between the school, parents, pupils, pre school groups and the wider community

·      Report back to the Parent Forum

The new Parent Council was recognised in law from August 2007. For more information on the Act to find out about parents as partners in the children’s learning please contact the School or Community Services: Education (01369 708 526)

or visit the National Parent Forum or Education Scotland’s Parentzone Website.

PARENT COUNCIL ELECTIONS

School Council Elections will take place in accordance with the Parent Council constitution. This will be reflective of the statutory procedures to be deployed. All eligible parents will be notified at every stage of the process.

PARENT COUNCIL MEMBERS – from January 2018 are;

Parent Members:

Mary Swanson- Chairperson

Katie Bonar- Vice Chair

Bonnie Wood– Secretary

Maria Heads – Treasurer

Parent Member Linda Kirkpatrick
Parent Member Helen Mackie
Parent Member Sally Campbell
Parent Member Moira Shakespeare
Parent Member Tina Cunningham

 

Co-opted Members

Caroline Morris, Grace Gibson

Staff Member Kate Brown

Professional Adviser to the Board   Mrs Maureen Macdonald HT

 

TO CONTACT THE PARENT COUNCIL PLEASE SEE FACEBOOK PAGE  ‘PEPS Parent Council’

*NEWSFLASH* BELOW IS THE DRAFT CONSTITUTION FOR THE PARENT COUNCIL, WHICH NEEDS TO BE READ BY THE PARENT FORUM BEFORE ADOPTION.

Port Ellen Primary School Parent Council Constitution Draft March 2018

CLICK ON THE LINKS BELOW TO ACCESS MINUTES OF MEETINGS,  NEWSLETTERS AND OTHER DOCUMENTS

Minutes of Parent Council Meeting 14.11.18

Minutes of Parent Council Meeting 24.09.18

Minutes for Parent Council Meeting 17.05.18

Minutes of Parent Council Meeting 08.03.18

Minutes of Parent Council AGM 18.01.18

AGM minutes 2017

Minutes 18.09.17

Notes of meeting 25.05.17

Notes of meeting 16.03.17

AGM 25.1.16

Newsletter March 2016

parent council 29 sept 2015

parent council minutes 27.11.15

parent council 21st March 2016

Parent Council Meeting 23

 

ISLAY

planeskyWe have lots of beaches, some hills and moors and it is very beautiful here. The weather on Islay is usually windy and wet and we have lots of powercuts, but we have lots of lovely wildlife. You can get to Islay using a plane or the ferry; the ferry journey takes about 2 hours and the plane 20 minutes from Glasgow. About 3,000 people live on Islay.

 

 

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The four  primary schools on the island are Port Ellen,  Bowmore, Port Charlotte and Keills, with Small Isles on Jura.  We live in Port Ellen, a village and a port.  People in the village work on the land, in the whisky distilleries and fish in the sea. There are 8 distilleries on Islay.  Port Ellen has playing fields, a small supermarket and other shops.  There are lots of things to see and do on Islay, like the Kildalton cross, the RSPB reserves and the Islay Museum. See the photo gallery below:

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We have lots of wildlife, see the photo gallery below:

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