Tag Archives: School Information

P1’s First Week 2012-13

P1 will have half days for the first two weeks of term. Here are a reminder of some useful times for P1’s first week of school:

Monday 13th August – No school for pupils

Tuesday 14th August – P1 starting at 9.30am (today only – usually 9am). Parents welcome to stay until 9.50am.

(New pupils starting today from other year groups are due to start at 9.15am)

Tuesday 14th and Wednesday 15th – P1 finishing slightly before lunch break at 12.20pm.

Thursday 16th August -P1 parents’ curriculum workshop 11am.

Thursday 16th and Friday 17th August – P1 finish at normal lunch time (12.35pm)

If you have not already read our school handbook please click here to download it.

Vision, values and aims

Staff, pupils and parents have been working on the school aims lately. We have come up with the following summary of Being the Best I can be in Portmoak LIFE.

LIFE stands for Learning, Included, Friendly Environment.

We hope you agree that it summarises what we stand for pretty well. Thanks to all those who gave up their time for the parent focus group.

Extended Learning and Achievement Visit

In May 2012 we had a council inspection, which is called an Extended Learning and Achievement Visit. We were overwhelmed by the support for the school from the parents and community members who were spoken to, and we were delighted with the final report once published, which confirmed the direction the school was going in. Among the many strengths of the school, there are some areas for development, which match the results of the school’s own self evaluation. These development areas will form the main focus of the School Improvement Plan for 2012-13.

You can read the final report by clicking on the link below:

Portmoak ELAV Report May 2012

School Uniform

In session 2011-12 the Parent Council led a consultation with the wider parent body on a new supplier for Portmoak’s uniform. We decided to move to Marks and Spencer for our main provider. See other post for details.

Our school policy for uniform is detailed below:

We strongly encourage all learners to wear school uniform and to identify themselves as part of our school community. It is our opinion that when learners wear school uniform their behaviour, and therefore their learning, tends to be better. Portmoak parents have been consulted on the make up of our school uniform and on the supplier of our branded items.

Our preferred everyday items are:

  • Grey or white, shirt, blouse or white polo shirt (with or without a tie).
  • Maroon sweatshirt with school logo.
    • Black or grey trousers, pinafores or skirts.
    • Fleece lined reversible jacket with school logo.
    • Black shoes – not trainers.

Our preferred items (to be available daily) in gym bags are:

  • Black shorts
  • White T-shirt
  • Black “light” gym shoes with non marking soles– not heavy “trainer” type
  • Optional – trainers and tracksuits may be worn for outside gym if desired
  • For Health and Safety, no jewellery is allowed to be worn during P.E. sessions. Pupils who wear earrings will need to remove them or tape them up before taking part.

Please note that clothing with designer labels or advertising should not be worn.

Please mark all clothing with your child’s name. Please enquire at the office for details of label suppliers.

In primary 1, 2 and 3 an overall should be provided to protect clothing during art and craft lessons.

During the summer term, girls may, if they wish, wear school dresses in a red or blue checked material. Boys may wish to wear grey school shorts.

We recognise that chain stores and supermarkets offer suitable, self-coloured school-uniform items but we do also have Portmoak Primary School branded items including polo shirts, sweatshirts and jackets. Parents may choose an alternative to the Marks and Spencer option, in line with the above policy, if they so wish.

Our Staff

Portmoak Staff for 2012-13

Mr. Mark Ainsworth (Visiting PE Teacher)

Mr. Gordon Baillie (Visiting Music Instructor)

Mrs. Helen Black (Teacher)

Mrs. Moira Drysdale (Catering Assistant)

Ms. Clare Gibbon (Classroom Auxiliary/Playground Supervisor)

Miss Ione Gibson (Teacher)

Mrs. Louise Gordon (Headteacher)

Mrs. Alison Greenshields (Senior Clerical/Office Admin)

Mr. Willie Ireland  (Janitorial/Facilities)

Miss. Lindsay Kettles (Teacher)

Mrs. Stephanie Kellie (Teacher)

Mrs. Karen Livett (Catering)

Ms. Christina MacGillivray (Teacher)

Mrs. Mairi Illsley (Temporary Additional Support Needs Teacher)

Mrs. Sarah Oxnard (Visiting Music Instructor)

Mrs. Isla Paterson (Cleaning Staff)

Mrs. Helen Pearson (Office Admin/Clerical)

Mrs. Helen Simpson (Principal Teacher)

Miss Natalie Smith  (Classroom Assistant)

Mrs Sarah Thomson  (Classroom Assistant)

Ms. Allison Todd (Cleaning Staff)

Mrs. Debbie Williams (Support for Learning Assistant)

Mr. Ian Young (Visiting Music Teacher)