Category Archives: Whole School

Grand Banton Park Opening!

Yesterday, we went to the Banton Park for the official opening. The Primary 7’s and Grace went to the park.

We were met by:

Provost Jean Jones

Councillor Heather Brannan-McVey

Colin Bruce, NLC Community Partnership Team

Catherine Moneypenny, Banton Park Committee

Shona Smith, Banton Park Committee.

Heather Brannan-McVey talked to us about how the Park wasn’t safe and they had to take it away and they said they might as well make a new one for everyone to enjoy. The banton Park committee helped us organise it. They also talked to us about the poster competition Which Jonah Kane won by 1 point! His picture will be part of the park on a giant board.
You can see all our entries on the Biggies Blog.

After that we had 30 minutes of fun playing in the park.

NLC Communication

Today’s announcement from the Scottish Government outlines the plan to reopen all schools on a full time basis from August.


We are currently considering the practicalities and implications of this announcement and will await further clarification and guidance from government, particularly in relation to public health and scientific advice.


Our priority is the safety of our pupils and staff across our network of primary, secondary and ASN schools, as well as our early learning and childcare settings.


We understand that you will have questions, and as this news was only announced today, we will make further information available on how this impacts on our schools and facilities in the coming days.


We are preparing for pupils to return full-time to school on 12 August and we will be working closely with our schools and partners, including our early years and childcare provision to establish our plans, which we will communicate as soon as we are in a position to.


You still have time to get involved in one of the most popular events in Civic Week – the talent show!  Despite not being able to do this in person you can make a video and send it in.  The Civic Week team will create a digital show for everyone to enjoy.

Anyone aged 16 & under can enter.  Due Saturday, 6th June! Good luck.

Fair Trade Family Learning Challenge Entries

Well done to all who sent in an entry for the Family Learning Challenge.

Before we announce certificates we would like to share a short video of all of the entries we received.  The pupils have put so much effort into their work.  I especially like how there have been several different ways that the children and families have chosen to present their learning and knowledge.  Creativity skills and personalisation  and choice are evident here.

Many thanks to all of our families and pupils for participating!

Family Learning Challenges

We know how hard it can be when you have more than one child working on different things during the course of the week. To try to address this and to perhaps help ease some of the difficulties, we have developed some family learning challenges.


These challenges reflect the work we have started in school and work that had been planned as part of our pupil committees, assemblies and curricular developments this term.


We will issue these challenges once a week and we would love to encourage you and your child/ren to participate together. This work can be completed in place of a piece of topic work and the class teachers will adjust their weekly planning to reflect this.


As we have a wide range of ages within our school, we will provide a choice of two tasks within the challenge for most weeks. You can, however, choose the task which you feel is most appropriate for you and your family. (Or just the one you like the sound of most!)

Certificates and points to be won for the weekly challenge winners

This week’s challenge follows our Fairtrade theme and will be posted on the school blog shortly.

As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.


New direct payment system for free school meals

A new payment system is being set up for pupils who receive free school meals.

It will start on Friday 27 March and run throughout the current health crisis.

Parents and carers of pupils who receive free school meals will be sent a message twice a week from the council.

It will include a voucher code for £10.00 (you will receive a total of £20.00 per child per week).

The message will be sent either as a text message to your mobile phone, by email or as a printed copy if you don’t have internet access.

You can use the voucher code at any shop that accepts Pay Point, for a list of your local Pay Point retailers visit Find your local PayPoint store and enter your postcode.

For more information, please email the free school meals team on: