Calside Courier

Calside Primary School, Dumfries

July 2, 2020
by Mrs Gamble

Honours 2020

Well done to all our award winners: a full list can be found here. 2020 Honours

Congratulations to MacMillan House who take the House Cup: Mrs Stores is very excited that her house won!

A huge well done to all the children who have persevered during this period: seeing their activities and blether on the Teams has consistently been a highlight of my week during lockdown.

A round of applause to all the parents for keeping the home learning going during these challenging times: I know it has not been easy for any of us.
And a monumental thank you to the staff who have been endlessly flexible over the last few months, with the frequent changes at short notice, and for their work at the childcare hub as well as their own jobs and their own childcare needs.
We say goodbye to Mrs Gourlay and Miss Houston who move to take up new posts in other schools; Mrs James who is retiring and Mrs Knott who returns to her substantive post. We also say goodbye to our P7 leavers, as they move on to their respective high schools: they have shown great resilience this year and worked so hard for their leavers’ ceremony. We wish them all luck in the future, and look forward to hearing about their achievements. If you have not seen their digital leavers’ ceremony: it can be found further down on the website.

July 2, 2020
by Mrs Gamble
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August Arrangements

We will not know until the beginning of August whether we are using the bubbles or the full restart plan. We will advise of this via email as soon as we are aware.

All parents/carers should have received the overview of the arrangements for both plans: they can also be found here.

August arrangements

June 29, 2020
by Mrs Gamble
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Preparing for return: support over the summer

There will be a lot of information emailed to parents, shared on the Parent Council Facebook page and shared on this website this week. This will include details for the restart in August, whether this be bubbles or the full restart. We appreciate that many of the children will be feeling anxious.

The book below may help explain the bubbles to your children:

While the school is closed for the summer holidays, staff will check emails periodically. However there are a range of support available should you require them:



Local Supports


Youth Work Service – Youth Work Spaces are being provided over the summer holidays.
Cool2talk – (over 12 years of age) is a confidential place for young people to freely ask questions about things that are affecting them. Get a response within 24 hours.
Educational Psychology and Educational Visitor Telephone Consultation (for parents/carers)

12:30pm – 3:30pm every Tuesday to Thursday

You can sign up for a call back by emailing

Or call 01387 273784

CAMHS – Are a region wide service for children and young people up to aged 18 who are experiencing mental health difficulties. We offer assessment and treatment specific to individual need. CAMHS accepts referrals from all sources with the consent of the person being referred where age appropriate. CAMHS can be contacted Monday – Friday, 8.30am – 5pm by calling 01387 244662 or by emailing

ISSU18 – is a region wide service for children and young people up to 18 years who are affected by problematic substance misuse, this can be either their own or a family member.

School Nurse – School Nurse self referral number that can be used by young people, parents and carers is 07795291296 available Mon-Fri 9am-5pm


Social Work Contact Centre – 030 33 33 3001

National Supports


ChildLine – free and confidential help for young people in UK     or 0800 1111


New from ChildLine – The Buddy Zone – mainly for primary aged pupils

The Buddy Zone

CEOPS – If you worried about online sexual abuse or the way someone has been communicating with you online? Make a report to


June 29, 2020
by Mrs Gamble
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Summer Activities

As the summer holiday approaches, we have had some requests from parents for some ideas for further home learning over the holidays.

Whilst I would encourage everyone to have a well-earned break, here are some ideas for writing and for creative activities:
You can find details of the Summer Reading Challenge at
This includes links to a huge library of digital books- I know some of our avid readers have been running out of new books to read!
We would also recommend the science and technology activities at which are both great fun and educational!

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