Category Archives: School Office

New School Vision Statement

We would like to thank everyone who returned a response to our vision statement consultation. All the responses have now been collated and we are pleased to confirm that our school vision statement will now be:

Ar Sgoil – Ar n-Ionnsachadh – Ar Lèirsinn    Our School – Our Learning – Our Future

This statement was the unanimously popular choice of parents, pupils and staff. A full summary of the collated results can be found below. Our new vision statement will form an important part of our school identity and will feature strongly around the school and on our documentation.

Full Result:

Vision Scoring



Royal National Mod Registration

We would like to draw parents’ attention to the deadlines for submission of entries to the Royal National Mod in Stornoway this October. The school will not be directly entering any children into competitions and any parents who wish their children to take part in this event will need to organise registration themselves. The school is happy to help with advice and support relating submission of entries and rehearsal preparation of competition pieces.


  • Submission of paper entry forms: Tuesday 31st May 2016
  • Paper submission of own-choice pieces: Tuesday 31st May 2016
  • Submission of online entries: Thursday 30th June 2016
  • Online submission of own-choice pieces: Thursday 30th June 2016

More information about entry and competitions can be found on An Comunn Gaidhealach’s website: 

Open Afternoon & Pupil-Led Evening

Tomorrow, we will be holding an open afternoon and pupil-led parents’ evening. We would like to extend a warm welcome to all parents and families to come and visit their child’s classroom to share in their learning this term. As well as being able to see some of the children’s work, there will be other activities in classrooms.

Arrangements for the event are as follows:

Open Afternoon (for E1-2 and G1-2)
These two classes will be open for visitors from 1.30pm to 2.30pm on Tuesday.

Pupil-Led Evening (E3-4, G3-5, E5-6, E6-7 & G6-7) 
– E3-4, G3-5 and E5-6 will begin at 7.00pm
– E6-7 and G6-7 will begin at 7.30pm

As well as visiting your own child’s class at the above times, you’re welcome to visit our other classes too.
If you would like more information about the early years open afternoon or the pupil-led evening, please contact the school office.

Due to circumstances out-with our control, it will not be possible to include Sgoil Araich in tomorrow’s open afternoon as initially stated.

Quiz Victory!

UPDATE: It was confirmed this afternoon that Sgoil a’ Bhac are indeed Western Isles Champions and will go on to complete in the next round in Dingwall in May.

A team of our P7 pupils took part in the National Rotary Club Quiz for Schools this week. This is the first time that the event has been held in the Western Isles. We were delighted to hear that our team were victorious in the Lewis and Harris heat and came back to school with the trophy, beating a number of teams from other island schools.We’d all like to say a huge well done to our P7 team, Luke, Tom, Hannah and Cara.

We will find out later this week if they’ve managed to qualify for the North Finals of this national event, which will be held in Dingwall next term.

Our winning team with Mr Maclennan and Mr Woods who organised the quiz.Our winning team with Mr Maclennan and Mr Woods who organised the quiz.


Vision Statement Consultation

One aspect of the School’s Improvement Plan this session was to develop a new school vision statement. In consultation with staff and pupils, we’ve drawn up a short list of possible statements. We would now like to consult with parents and establish from you which of the draft statements you’d prefer to use to convey the aspirational vision for the school in the years ahead.

The draft statements from pupils and staff:

On a journey to achievement – Air an t-slighe gu Soirbheas
Creating excellence through opportunity for all – A’ cruthachadh cothroman sonraichte le chèile
Motivated to learn
Our School, our learning, our future – Ar sgoil, ar ionnsachadh, ar teachdail
Bring out the best in Back
Be the best that you can be
Excellent learning: bright future
Be happy, be yourself, be the best

Please Note: Some suggestions above were submitting in Gaelic and English. The final choice will be published in both languages.

You can vote using the form on this letter: 096 Letter to Parents – 28.03.16




Updated Withdrawal Form

Following feedback from parents, we have updated and made changes to the form used to notify the school of intentions to withdraw children for planned short periods for holidays, family events, sports participation etc.

The form now includes guidance notes for parents that include information about the process and how such absences are categorised. The revised form has been added to the ‘School Forms’ page of the website and can also be downloaded using the link below.

Notification to Withdraw – Sgoil a’ Bhac Mar 16

SCHOOL CLOSED – Monday 1st February

CnES has confirmed all schools in the Western Isles will be closed to pupils on Monday 1st February due to the current forecast for strong winds as Storm Henry approaches. Staff should report to school as normal. We would advise that parents continue to check our website and social media accounts for the latest information, particularly in relation to circumstances for Tuesday morning.

News – Head Teacher

It was confirmed today that our Head Teacher, Mr Donald Macleod is being seconded to the role of Senior Education Officer for a period of four months until the end of December 2015 with effect from Monday 7th September. During this period, Mr Macleod will not have management responsibility for Sgoil a’ Bhac or Sgoil Araich Loch a Tuath.

Miss Donna Macdonald has been appointed as Acting Head Teacher for both Sgoil a’ Bhac and Tolsta School as well as their associated nurseries. A replacement teacher will be assigned in due course to work with Mrs Matheson in taking teaching responsibility for G6-7.

In his role as Senior Education Officer, Donald Macleod will continue to support the school during his secondment period and will work with Miss Macdonald to ensure a smooth transition during this time.

Attached below is a letter to parents from the Director of Education and Children’s Services explaining this staffing change.

Director’s Letter – BCL36109 Back and Tolsta Parents 04.09.15

Letter to G6-7 Parents – DM085 04.09.15 (G6-7 Only)