Thank you!!!

I just want to say a HUGE thank you for all of your kind gifts. I appreciate every single one and look forward to opening them later…THANK YOU!!!

I hope everyone has a super summer holiday and well done for all of your hard work this year.

Thanks everyone ūüôā

Miss Shaw

Scottish Opera 2014

Click the image above to access the video for our Scottish Opera 2014 performance of ‘The Curse of the MacCabbra Opera House’.

You will need a password to access this video. Your child will be given a note today with the password today. If you do not have the password, but would like access to the video, please email with your request.

Sports Day – Round 2

Monday – Sports Day Round 2. Do your sun-dance on Sunday evening, as we’re hoping for sunshine!

Come with a bottle of water, and wear the colour of top which represents your house (if you have).

Ashie – Yellow

Broom – Blue

Duntelchaig – Green

Ruthven – Red

P1 – P3 Sports @ 10am

P4 – P7 Sports @ 1pm

Future Heroes Day


Just a reminder that tomorrow is Future Heroes Day. Come dressed up as what you want to be when you’re older¬†and make a donation to the Guide Dog Society.

We look forward to seeing your outfits . . . 

Profile and Report 2014

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Your child’s profile and report should have made its way home to you today. We hope you enjoy reading a comprehensive overview of your child’s year at Lochardil.

Find the Lochardil Primary School profile and report guidance for parents/carers below:

We’re interested in your feedback – particularly regarding our Learning Journey trial. Download the form below and hand to your child’s teacher.

Loch Insh 2014 Video

Click the image above to access the Loch Insh 2014 video. You will need the password to access this video. If you do not have the password, and require access to this video, please email

Sports Day – CANCELLED

Unfortunately, due to heavy rain over night we have had to cancel Sports Day today.

We have rescheduled for Monday 16th June 2014. Due to work scheduled to begin on our pitch next week, our Sports Day will take place on the grassed area between Morven Road and Dornie Place (behind our school field).

We thank the local residents for agreeing the use of this space to support a vital opportunity for our children.

Sports Day

Tomorrow is our Sports Day. We’re hoping you all do the weather dance tonight – fingers crossed for sunshine tomorrow.

Come with a bottle of water, and wear the colour of top which represents your house (if you have).

Ashie – Yellow

Broom – Blue

Duntelchaig – Green

Ruthven – Red

P1 – P3 Sports @ 10am

P4 – P7 Sports @ 1pm


P6 – Research some information about The Story of Sadako and write two sentences on the blog for tomorrow.

P7 – Write three sentences describing a monsters EYES, MOUTH and SMELL using some juicy adjectives, similes and metaphors to make it interesting.

Logo Competition:

– create a logo for our Community Council which must include the full name ‘Lochardil and Drummond Community Council’ for Wednesday. Write your name, class and school on the reverse.

Good Luck!

Miss Shaw, Mrs Macleod and Mrs Prentice.

We Need YOU!!!


Our 50th Anniversary plans are well under way.

Could you assist by – helping organise one of the events, sponsoring one of our events or assisting with the set-up of the events during the week beginning 25th August 2014?

We’d love to hear from you. Email for more details!


Tomorrow, you will be writing your very own comic strip in story writing. Tell us your idea and write the funny story that will take place on the blog for tomorrow. Just write this in a few sentences – keep it brief! ūüôā

Miss Shaw, Mrs Macleod and Mrs Prentice.

The Lochardil Gang Show Crew!!


A HUGE well done to our gang show performers!! After months of rehearsals, our fabulous 6/7s did five shows during the holidays down at Eden Court Theatre. I went to see the show myself and it was brilliant; very funny and lots of singing and dancing. A special congratulations goes to Grant Nixon who won a trophy for being the best performer of the whole production. Great work Grant!

Well done guys! ūüôā

Miss Shaw

Star Writers!!!

Congratulations to Duncan Ball, Alasdair Risby, Josh Morrison and Grant Nixon for writing superbly this week in story writing. We did a piece of creative writing where we had to imagine what an object would say if it could talk. What stories might it tell? Who was its owner and what situations had they been in together? This was closely linked to our WWII topic; we could choose from a whole range of war-time objects that are kept in the museum at Fort George: gas mask, periscope, uniform, a lamp, a sun hat and a water-bottle.

Everyone did really well. We focussed on using similes, metaphors and onomatopoeia to make our writing exciting and interesting. Some people even attempted personification. Well done guys!

I hope everyone has a lovely easter holiday and see you all soon,

Miss Shaw

Lord of the Flies

What a lot of fun the boys had this afternoon doing some wonderful Dance/Drama with professional dancers associated with the forthcoming Lord of the Flies production at Eden Court.

Once they had got over their disappointment that they weren’t going to have to put on a tu-tu, they had a wonderful time and really did Lochardil proud. We would warmly encourage any of the boys to go along to the auditions. (details to follow)

Meanwhile here are some photos:

WWII Objects

For tomorrow, have your object chosen, decide on who your object belonged to, and at least two things that your object has experienced with its owner. Try to be as original as you can. The best stories will be going up on the wall at Fort George for everyone to read!

Hot Seating!

Today in topic, we¬†were learning all about VE – Day. This special day marks victory in Europe. Nazi Germany finally surrendered their armed forces on 8th May 1945. We listened to Winston Churchill’s well known speech where he addresses Britain explaining that we had won the War.

After this, we got into pairs and had to make up at least five questions that we would ask Winston Churchill about that day. Then it was time for HOT-SEATING!  This is when you play the role of someone else; put yourself in their shoes and answer some questions from an Interviewer. In pairs, we had to play the role of either Winston Churchill or the Interviewer.

It was great fun. I will try to upload some of the interviews soon…See you all tomorrow!

Miss Shaw

Star Writers!!

Congratulations to Aaron Houston, Fraser Calder, Adam Doughty and Sean Macleod for being my super writers this week. We had to write a poem about conflict in the world today, in the style of Haiku. Haiku poems follow a particular  structure; you have to have the correct number of syllables in each line. It is tricky but good fun at the same time. Well done everyone!

Miss Shaw

Easter Bonnet Competition


P3FS have entered Hobbycraft’s Easter Bonnet Competition on behalf of Lochardil. They’ve done a fantastic job.

It’s YOUR turn to take part now. Get down to Hobbycraft and vote Lochardil as your winner. Voting takes place over the next two weeks!

Lynsey Easton

This afternoon Lynsey Easton from the Highlander’s Museum at Fort George brought objects and uniforms in to the school for the children to see and try on. We found it very interesting. Some of the objects we had never seen before.


Today we looked at some War Poems; they were awfully sad! On Wednesday we are going to write our own Poems about conflict.

For homework, you have to find out about a country’s conflict that is happening in the world just now. For example, you might want to look¬†for information about the problems in Syria, Ukraine or Afganistan. Take notes of the facts that you find and bring them with you on Wednesday for Story Writing.

Good luck!

Miss Shaw, Mrs Macleod and Mrs Prentice.

Pupils of the Month!

A huge congratulations to our star pupils. Here they are…

Adam Doughty ‚Äď Adam has been taking on a lot more responsibilities recently and is a great help to everyone in P6/7. He has also been trying really hard in class and has been taking more care with his work – which is great. Well done Adam!

Amy Collier ‚Äď Amy always tries her best in all of her work and puts in 100% everyday. She is a very loyal friend who is kind and cares for others. A super role model to everyone!¬† ¬†

Sophia Inglis ‚Äď Sophia is a star pupil! She always works extremely hard in class and tries her best all of time. Sophia is a polite girl and is always smiling. Thanks Sophia! Another great role model.

Have a great weekend everyone,


Miss Shaw, Mrs Macleod and Mrs Prentice.

Euro Challenge!

This morning four of our fabulous Primary 6’s took part in the Euro Challenge at Millburn Academy. Alasdair Risby, Iona Black, Amy Watson and Griffin Fraser attended the Quiz on behalf of Lochardil Primary School and did extremely well. They came¬†4th ¬†out of 22 teams! Go Lochardil. We are so proud of the four of you! Well done for all of your hard work.

Miss Shaw, Mrs Macleod and Mrs Prentice.


Today we took french outdoors as it was such a sunny day! So far, we have been learning how to count to twenty, the days of the week, the months of the year and the names of some animals. To practice our counting, we played the “HAT”¬† game – it’s great fun!

In order to try something a bit different, we spoke a little polish today as well. Jakub is from Poland and he taught us how to count to ten. It was really¬†tricky! We will maybe look at some more Polish words next Monday. Thanks Jakub! ūüôā

Miss Shaw

Money Money Money!!!

This morning P6/7 had a¬†treat for maths today –¬†two ladies from The Bank of Scotland came to visit us! ¬†

It was really interesting and we learned some useful tips!

We discussed:

– the different features of a bank card

Р how to budget for a dinner party with £50 to spend

– how and where we can use a bank card

– direct debits and standing orders

– how to use a bank card abroad

These are some of the things we spoke about. Hopefully today’s visit will interest us and help us when we move on to our next topic in maths…MONEY! We’re looking forward to it. ūüôā

Miss Shaw, Mrs Prentice and Mrs Macleod.

Pupils of the Month!

A HUGE congratulations to…

James Nairn ‚Äď James has been showing a more mature attitude in class and working really hard recently. He has been putting in an extra effort in all of his work. Keep it up James!

Jamie Loughren ‚Äď Jamie excels himself in all areas of the curriculum and puts in 100% all the time. An outstanding pupil. Well done Jamie!

Cara Fraser ‚Äď Cara has really impressed us with how much she has tried this year and for the amount of effort she puts into her work. Well done Cara!

‘Mission Ugly!’

The Primary 6/7 Pantomime, ‘Mission Ugly!’, can now be viewed by clicking the link below. A letter came home with P6/7 children today, informing them of the password for the video. If you would like to view the video, and do not have the password, please contact

Due to copyright law, unfortunately we will not be able to produce copies of this in DVD format.

Mission Ugly – CLICK HERE!

Star Writers!

A¬†BIG congratulations to Emily Fortey, Olivia Morrison and Nina Thomson for doing a brilliant job in Writing last week. The task was to write a Poem in the style of Robert Burns, using Scots words. It was a tricky task to do but we all tried our best. Well done everyone! Here is Nina Thomson’s poem below…it’s fantastic!

Tae Sooty

Yer nae very auld

But fae a bairn yer very bold,

Fae a toaty cat, ya make a big midden

But afta ya have, ya just cannae stay hidden’


When it comes tae yer Da, yer such a sook

But when it comes tae ma knee, it will just be a fluke

When the hoose is heavin’

Ya get oot on yer bike and we ken yer leavin’


When ya bring in a bird ma maw feels like givin’ ya a skelp,

But when it comes tae comfortin, yer the best tae ask fae help.


Miss Shaw


It’s Friday!!!

Well what a fast week it has been! Time is flying by in P6/7!

In maths this week we have come to an end of Symmetry, ready to start our new topic on Monday which is TIME.

In Writing, we had to write a poem in the style of Robert Burns, using some Scots Language. However our poems had¬†a modern twist¬†e.g.¬†‘To an Ipod’. Great effort guys, so well done. It was tricky!

On Thursdays we have been taking part in Orienteering for P.E. It’s safe to say it is hard work and very tiring, but good exercise and great fun!

Finally, a quick reminder that your Mini-Projects are due in for this coming Monday. Good Luck! We’re looking forward to seeing them.

Have a lovely weekend all,

Miss Shaw, Mrs Macleod and Mrs Prentice.

Pupils of the Month! (Dec)

Mia Macdermid ‚Äď Mia has been a Super Star; running around behind the scenes of our Christmas Pantomime ‚ÄėMission Ugly‚Äô making sure everything went to plan and that the actors had their microphones on. It was a very stressful job but Mia coped really well under pressure and got the job done with great enthusiasm. Well done Mia!

Orrin Bishop & Ewan Murray ‚Äď A BIG thank you and well done to Orrin and Ewan for their contribution to our Christmas Pantomime, Mission Ugly. The boys were fantastic on stage; bringing the show to life with their sense of humour and fab acting skills! Not to mention learning all of their lines at home. Mission Ugly was such a success – well done boys!

Miss Shaw, Mrs Prentice and Mrs Macleod.

To The Homework…

This week we are looking at the work of Robert Burns. We read his poem ‘To A Mouse’ and ‘To A Haggis’. For Writing this week we are going to write a poem in the style of Robert Burns, using Scots Language and with a modern twist!

For Homework:

  • choose a Theme to write about
  • write 3 things to describe your theme
  • write 3 Scots words

e.g. Theme – Pizza

1. delicious fillings 2. stuffed crusty rim and thin base 3. great takeaway meal

Scots words could be: tae , aroon’, ¬†guid

The Poem on Wednesday could be:

To a Pizza…

Yer cheesy, pepper’, tomato fillin’

Tae eat ya am very willin’

Yer stuff’d crust aroon’ the rim

Wad nae help me tae stay slim

Tis guid tae have a pizza once in a while

Sae pick up yer phone and start to dial


Who would have thought that a lovely teacher like our Mr C could turn into a raging animal! In topic this week we have been looking at segregation, persecution and stereotyping. SOME childen were picked out for special treatment…….. and others were picked out for horrible treatment.


The reason for their treatment was something completely at random, that they had no control over, eg. brown haired and brown eyed people were the favourites in one class, those with birthdays in June or September were the favourites in another. This group ate chocolates, peach loops and watched Dennis the Menace.

Anyone not in these privileged groups were PERSECUTED! They were made to do lines, star jumps, burpees, language exercises and double if they complained!

The children were unaware that Mr Cook was acting and so felt the full force of the INJUSTICE that a lot of children from World War II felt in Nazi Germany and Nazi occupied countries if they were Jewish; or from a minority group whose face didn’t fit with the Nazi ideal.

We enjoyed our discussion afterwards!

Lots of Lovely Homework!

Just a quick reminder of all your homework tasks for this week…..

  1. Pupil Council Burns Quiz/Crossword to be completed for Friday.
  2. Maths for each teacher.
  3. Spelling Homework for Friday
  4. Mandela research in preparation for Wednesday
  5. Mini Project (Mandela ) to be completed by 27.01.14

What lies ahead in Term 3!

Well it’s straight back to work for P6/7!

Here’s a quick run down of what we will be doing this term…

In Numeracy, we will be looking at Symmetry for the next couple of weeks…identifying lines of symmetry in 2d shapes and looking at rotational symmetry also.

Our new Topic in P6/7 is World War II. Before the holidays the children came up with a plan of what we want to learn and how we will go about this.  We are all looking forward to getting started! The three main areas we are going to cover within WWII are:

The War at Home

The War in Europe and beyond

Discrimination/Rise of Hiltler

P.E will be as normal and will continue on Tuesdays and Thursdays –¬†so remember your kit on these days. We will soon be starting a block of Orienteering which is always good fun!

A busy time ahead!

Miss Shaw, Mrs Prentice and Mrs Macleod.

A Big Thank You!!!

We would like to say a HUGE thank you for all of the lovely Christmas gifts from P6/7! We have been well and truly spoilt. Thank you so much. We might need to get the joiners in to widen our doorways after eating all the chocolate!  

We hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and New Year! See you all in January,

Miss Shaw, Mrs Prentice, Mrs Macleod, Mrs Smith and Mrs Annfield.

P7 Flashmob

At the Christmas Party on Tuesday, just as we were ready for Pass The Parcel with Mrs MacLeod’s infamous forfeits, we heard the sound of Mariah Carey and took over the dancefloor. We spend Monday morning and Tuesday lunchtime rehearsing a flashmob dance with Mr Cook that we could perform on Tuesday night. It went down a storm. Check it out below:

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Christmas Flashmob ‚Äď CLICK HERE

P7 Christmas Party!

We had a fantastic time tonight at the P7 party. Kicking off with the Scottish Dancing, taking part in the games – including the forfeits, surprising the P7 teachers with a flashmob that we choreographed with Mr Cook yesterday, and plates of pizza and chocolate. All in all – a massive success.






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Thank you to all of the parents/carers for their food donations for the party!

P5/6 Christmas Party!

We had a fantastic time yesterday morning at the Primary 5 and 6 Christmas Party. We showcased our Scottish Dancing, played some fantastic games, and snacked on lots of amazing food.

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Thank you to all of the parents/carers for their food donations for the party!

‘Mission Ugly!’

Last week we saw Primary 6/7 take to the stage with the pantomime which they wrote, based on the storyline of Cinderella, ‘Mission Ugly!’.

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The pantomime began with a twisted storyline which saw the poor Princess Cindy (Rachael L) being tricked by her evil brother Princey (Grant N) when they were only six years old. Luckily Cindy had been ‘found’ by the Baron (Josh) and Baroness (Betsy). Not so lucky however was the fact that Cindy had to live with her two ug . . . we mean beautiful sisters – Iona (Ewan M) and Emma (Orrin) Long-bottom.

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Flash forward 15 years and there is a ball for Princey’s 21st birthday. After a little help from Buttons (Griffin), Q (Ryan), and of course, the Fairy God Mother (Nina/Amy W), Cindy finally gets to the ball.

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Just when Princey and Maxi-Me (Angus) think they’ve stolen the crown, a spell from the Tooth Fairy goes wrong when Button blocks it with a metal tray. The clock strikes twelve, Cindy remembers everything.

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At this point, Jeremy Kyle (Mr Cook) bursts into the audience after missing the ball. After a song, he sets off to fixing the situation with a DNA test (Daniel W) and a lie-detector test (Aaron P). A sudden twist towards the end – someone has let poor Cinderella down . . .

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You’ll be glad to hear that in the end Cinderella and Buttons live happily ever after . . . I don’t know if we can say the same for Princey and Maxi-Me, condemned by the King (Aaron W) and Queen (Iona B) to live with Iona and Emma forever. Mwa-ha-ha-ha-ha!

Mr Cook aims to begin editing the video over Christmas. We’ll be in touch with more details once it is available.

Mission Ugly!

Hello everyone,

Last night, p6/7 had their first performance of MISSION UGLY…What a success it was! Everyone worked so hard to make sure things ran smoothly and to plan – from the Props and Costume people to the Technical and Scenery groups – what a fabulous job you have all done to make Mission Ugly a great Christmas Pantomime. Mrs Prentice, Mrs Macleod and myself are so proud of you all!¬†A huge well done.

We hope the audience enjoyed themselves; we certainly have had lots of fun so far. Here are some snaps¬†from behind the scenes…Miss Shaw

Pupil of The Month Award!

Hello everyone,

As it was our ‘Celebrating Achievements’ Assembly today, P6/7 walked away with three, super dooper star pupils of the month! Well done to Caitlin Thomson, Grant Nixon and Rachael Lamont.

Caitlin Thomson ‚Äď Caitlin is always enthusiastic about her work and tries her best in everything she does. She is a happy and helpful girl in the classroom and a super role model to us all. Well done Caitlin!¬†

Grant Nixon & Rachael Lamont ‚Äď Grant and Rachael have excelled themselves with their contribution to our School Pantomime. They have given up a lot of their lunch-times and in the evenings they have been learning the script with their parents. A huge well done to the pair of you!¬†

I hope everyone has a cosy weekend and see you all on Monday,

Miss Shaw

Health and Well-Being!

In Health and Well-being this week, my class had to think about what makes them happy…..everything ranging from ‘Gummy Bears’ to ‘JLS’ were mentioned!

For a bit of fun and in order¬†to do something artistic, we firstly had to draw the thing/things that make us happy on a large¬†piece of black paper. We¬†then had to¬†shade/colour the image using Pastel crayons; the trick¬†was to smudge the colour with¬†our fingers – and yes it got a bit messy! Anyhow, they are looking beautiful! I’ll have to find some space to display¬†them on the wall.

Here are some pictures of the designing stage…

Miss Shaw 

Maths Homework!

Hello everyone,

Just a reminder for my Maths Group…

As we are working on converting fractions into decimals just now, we need lots of practice with these. Today we made our own pack of Flash Cards that we can take home and play with. It’s a very simple¬†game to play with a partner – so find someone at home to test you.

I am hoping that by Friday, everyone will know their fraction/decimal conversions!

Good Luck.

Miss Shaw

Star Writers!

In Writing this week,¬†p6/7 had to write a Factual Account about the Typhoon Haiyan. The task was to¬†create a factual piece of writing about the main events of the Typhoon that struck¬†the Phillipines a couple of weeks ago. It was important that we justified our ideas with evidence that we researched at home last week. By¬†correctly using¬†paragraphs, we had to¬†make sure we had a beginning/middle and an end to the report; making sure it was impersonal which means not using the word ‘I’. Finally, we¬†had to¬†use as many¬†WOW Openers in our writing to make it interesting for¬†the reader.

This was a tricky task as it had to be quite long as well; we therefore have been working on the Factual Accounts for two sessions. Some of these were fantastic!

¬†My Star Writers for this task are…

Duncan Ball, Alasdair Risby, Grant Nixon, Nina Thomson and Caitlin Thomson.

Well done guys, you did really well. You should be very proud of your writing skills!

Miss Shaw

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