JRSOs at the Town Hall

Our JRSOs have been very busy over this year, helping the school community to learn about road safety. They have planned competitions and events for everyone to join in and last Thursday they shared all they had done with JRSOs from other school. They presented their PowerPoint very clearly and with a lot of confidence. We are all very proud of them.  Well done JRSOs.

 

 

Newsletter 20.6.22

Dear Parents and Carers,

Apologies for the late arrival of this newsletter but managing staff absence has been a challenge this week as there seem to be so few supply teachers available – and then they fall ill as well. So Mrs Leslie and myself have been doing a lot of fill in this week, but it is always a joy to work with the children- after all that is why we came into teaching. However at the end of the school day there are lot of jobs to catch up on and the newsletter is one of them!

Sports Day: So sorry we had to postpone this event and disappoint both children and parents.  We have everything crossed that we can do this event next Tuesday 28th June in the morning at 9.30am.  We really do hope we can do it then as we have no other days available to move it to.  I also hope that the parents who volunteered to help are still able to do so.

P6/7 Enterprise afternoon: This was certainly a lot of fun.  The inflatable obstacle course filled the hall and the inflatable lazer quest filled the pool room.  So Ms Scalan’s class had a busy and exhaustingly great afternoon with hot dogs. We are very grateful to John for organising the hire and setting up of the inflatables and Vicky and Michelle who answered the call for additional support as Ms. Scalan was away at the last minute.

JRSOs presentation in the Town Hall. The five JRSOs have worked hard over the year to raise awareness in road safety and general health and wellbeing, and they got to share their work and impact at a presentation event at the Town Hall in Lerwick today, along with JRSOs from other schools.  We are very proud of the work they have done and the impact they have had.  They presented very well, with a lot of confidence, managing their nervousness really well.  Well done JRSOS!

Antepreschooler open mornings:  It was so wonderful to welcome parents into the setting again and to see the children’s excitement when showing Mummies and Daddies their learning space. Thank you to all who came and for all your support.

P7 Leavers assembly:  This will take place on Thursday 30th June at 1.30pm.  I hope P7 have invited family to come to celebrate their final days at primary school and their transition to secondary.  I have felt privileged to get to know this great group of young people in their final term of primary school and to see how they prepare for moving on.  They have prepared various presentations to share with the school and their families- all in their unique style and I think there may be some surprises in store!   I am very pleased too that Andrea Henderson can also attend as she has seen this group right through school. We do ask all visitors to wear a mask to this event as we are all keen not to pass on any infection let alone Covid just before the Summer holidays!

Parent/Carer Survey: thanks to all who have taken a moment to share their views via this survey.  If you have not had a chance yet, then here is the link which will be open until Friday:

https://forms.office.com/r/6XbY8c87hi

I hope to share the results with you next week.

Toys in school:  A gentle reminder that children should not be bringing in toys from home – unless specifically for comfort or a specific class project, in which case please talk to your class teacher or Mrs Leslie about this.  We are concerned about aspects of hygiene when children play with and share these toys with their playmates when throwing around the playground. The school is well equipped with many resources for children to use throughout the day so there is no need for further items to be brought in from home.  Thank you for your support with this.

NOOSC: We are just updating the forms and information about this service and hope to get that out to you by the end of the week, for parents to book children in for sessions from 17th Aug.  Ms Molly Farmer is our new play practitioner and she is really looking forward to running the provision.

Upcoming dates:

24th June Nursery Sports morning

28th June    Sports Morning 9.30 -11.30  P1-P7

28th June    Nursery Graduation open afternoon  2.15 to 3.45 for those moving up to P1

30th June:  Leavers Assembly – P7 parents/carers only, 1.30pm

30th June   Last stay and play sessions for new starters in Nursery

1st July       Last day of term- School closes at 3pm, Happy Holidays!

17th Aug     First day of Term 1

As other dates are confirmed I will update you here.

Best wishes,

Gina Finch

 

poster for scyc

Sports morning posponed to Tuesday 28th June

We had really hoped to be able to  do sports morning this morning and although it looks like it might not rain, the field is just too wet  and would not be safe for children to run around  or sit down on.  So sorry for any convenience-  let’s  hope it dries out a bit for next week and that you can all join us then.  Thank you for your support.

Newsletter 13.6.22

Dear Parents and Carers,

It is hard to believe that there are only 3 more weeks of term left- time is whizzing by and there is so much to fit in.  Children  ( are staff) are getting tired and as a consequence getting tetchy with each other and less able to concentrate.  Please do all you can at home to enable children to get enough rest and sleep ( must be tricky with the Simmer Dim) to be able to enjoy these last few weeks.

Sports Day: We plan to do this on the morning of 21st June 9.30-11.30- weather permitting. We do have a back up date of morning of 28th June just in case.  We will try to make any decision to cancel the night before and let you know- but I am learning that the weather on Shetland is hard to predict!   I hope you might be able to join the children on the Boddam Playing Field field as they participate in a variety of  active sport team games and competitive races.  Thanks to the parents/ carers who have  volunteered to keep score and support children as they move from one activity to the next.

Health and Wellbeing: We continue to use    the resource, Jigsaw, in all classes to teach aspects of health and wellbeing.  This term we will be working pieces 5 and 6, Relationships and Changing Me.  I have attached the course descriptors for you.  If you would like to discuss this or come in and look at the resources used, please contact me at school.  The lessons on Changing Me will be starting  on Friday for all the P5, P6 and P7 who will be taught in their year groups.

It is important that children receive consistent and accurate messages regarding relationships, sexual health and parenthood education.  Effective education can empower children that their bodies are their own and how to keep themselves safe and healthy.

To find out more please click the link below.

Sex Education in Scottish Schools. A Guide for Parents and Carers.

Paper copies can be requested from the school office.

Illness:  We have continued to experience illness in both children and staff, some linked to Covid and some to other throat/ chest infections.  Maintaining staffing levels has been a bit of a challenge but thanks to an amazing team including some regular supply teachers we have managed to maintain a safe and nurturing environment for our children.  Mrs Inkster remains unwell, so our thoughts and best wishes  go  out to her for a speedy recovery.  Mrs Wells and Mrs Wishart have been doing a great job of looking after her class along with myself and Mrs Leslie.

P6/7 Enterprise afternoon.  The young entrepreneurs were very successful with their enterprise project, raising a whooping amount.  £216  will go to charities of their choice and the rest to be spent on a fun afternoon to send off the P7s in style.  This fun afternoon will take place on  Monday 20th June .  An inflatable obstacle course and lazer quest game along with hot dogs and refreshments have been organised for them. What a great way to end the term and to say good bye to our P7s.

This year, as we have not been able to organise residential trips away due to the late lifting of all restrictions and staff absence, the P7 were given each a hoodie  and  3 John Muir days were organised for them over the year.  Although not the same as an away trip, which we hope to be able to do again next year, we have worked hard to make sure that the P7s have had some memorable experiences.

P1 New Entrants parents meeting    This meeting has now been schedule for Wed 22nd June at 6pm.

Toys in school:  A gentle reminder that children should not be bringing in toys from home- unless specifically for comfort or a specific class project, in which case please talk to your class teacher or Mrs Leslie about this.  We are concerned about aspects of hygiene when children play with and share these toys with their playmates and also throwing around the playground. The school is well equipped with many resources for children to use throughout the day so there is no need for further items to be brought in from home.  Thank you for your support with this.

NOOSC:  We will send out further details about after school club as soon as we can before the end of term to enable parents to book regular session.  Parents will still be able to book ad hoc sessions if there are spaces left which I expect there to be, but for this service to be sustainable  its needs regular bookings to cover the cost of staffing it.  Central services will be monitoring how the service is used to ensure that it is cost effective so please support it.

Stay and play sessions for new starters in Nursery:  Parents and children due to start in Nursery in the new session are invited to visit the nursery between 2.30 and 3.30pm on Wed 15th June, Mon 20th June,  Thurs 30th June.

Upcoming dates:

14th June Ante-preschoolers open morning in nursery

21st June: Sports Afternoon

21st June   Nursery Preschool trip on the bus-  9.15 to 10.15

23rd June: JRSO presentation in the Town Hall

23rd and 24th June P7 transition days to Anderson high School

24th June Nursery Sports morning

28th June Nursery Graduation open morning  for those moving up to P1

30th June:  2pm:   Leavers Assembly – P7  parents/carers only

As other dates are confirmed I will update you here.

Best wishes,

Gina Finch

Newsletter 6.6.22

Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome back after another long weekend for which the weather stayed perfect.  I hope you all could make the most of the sunshine and the many Jubilee and other social events going on.   Children from P6/7 class went along to the Bigton afternoon teas to sell more of their enterprise products and did very well- not only with interacting  politely with the community but also  raising over £100. Well done to our young entrepreneurs.

Cinderella: Thank you for your support in reviving the costumes for this production so we could film the effort children have made to learn all the songs and lines for what was to be a live production at Christmas but was one of the casualties of Covid.  We hope to share copies of the production by the end of term.

Sports Day: We plan to do this on the morning of 21st June 9.30-11.30 .  I hope you might be able to join the children on the Boddam Football field as they participate in a variety of  active sport team games and competitive races. We could really do with some parent volunteers to keep score and support children as they move from one activity to the next. Please email the school if you can help.

Health and Wellbeing: We continue to use    the resource, Jigsaw, in all classes to teach aspects of health and wellbeing.  This term we will be working pieces 5 and 6, Relationships and Changing Me.  I have attached( sent out via email)18.4.19 Jigsaw attachment the course descriptors for you.  If you would like to discuss this or come in and look at the resources used, please contact me at school.  The lessons on Changing Me will be starting  on Friday for all the P5, P6 and P7 who will be taught in their year groups.

It is important that children receive consistent and accurate messages regarding relationships, sexual health and parenthood education.  Effective education can empower children that their bodies are their own and how to keep themselves safe and healthy.

To find out more please click the link below.

Sex Education in Scottish Schools. A Guide for Parents and Carers.

Paper copies can be requested from the school office.

P1 New Entrants parents meeting   has to be postponed again as Ms Inkster is not well enough to return to school this week.  The  meeting has now been schedule for Wed 22nd June at 6pm.  I do apologies for the constant change to this and hope you will be able to attend this new date.

Enterprise Afternoon.  What a very successful afternoon was organised by our P6/7 with just a little help from Ms Scalan.  The variety  and quality of items on sale was astonishing.  I think the class have developed useful team working, collaborative and negotiating skills as well as an  understanding of profit and loss.

NOOSC:  WE are pleased to report that the process for recruiting a play practitioner to run the after school club is almost complete, and we now have a  start date for the beginning of the August term.  This means that the after school club will  be open to all school age children from 3pm to 5.30pm Monday to Friday starting on 16th Aug.  We plan to offer come inset days clubs and holiday clubs once the practitioner is in post.  We are still looking at how we can offer before school provision as we do still need a SSSC registered practitioner to run this and at the moment the contract advertised for NOOSC only covers after school club. However we hope that we might be able to offer some kind of before school provision in the future.  We will send out further details about after school club as soon as we can.

Little Librarians:  We now have a very enthusiastic group of 15 children who want to look after and develop the school library as well as promote the joy of reading throughout the school.  This group met with Zuzanna O’ Rouke who is the librarian from Sandwick School, last week, and she will be supporting the group as their develop their ideas to make the library a must visit space.

Transition afternoon for all children moving classes will be this Wednesday 8th June.

Parent council have been working with the children in school to look at the uniform that they might like to wear.  They have been involved in choosing a new logo for the badge  which turned out to be a puffin and then designing a new badge with the puffin.  Although school uniform is not compulsory, wearing  it does give a sense of belonging and saves a lot of effort deciding what to wear each day. Parent council will let you know when the new designs are available.

Sun cream:  Just a reminder that although it often does not  feel very warm there is a lot of strength in the sun so please do apply sun cream to your child’s exposed skin before coming to school.  Also remind them to bring their water bottle which they can access though out the day.

Upcoming dates:

8th 9th June  P7 Transition days to Sandwick

8th June Second transition afternoon for all classes in school

14th June Ante-preschoolers open morning in nursery

21st June: Sports Afternoon

23rd June: JRSO presentation in the Town Hall

23rd and 24th June P7 transition days to Anderson high School

24th June Nursery Sports morning

28th June Nursery Graduation open morning  for those moving up to P1

30th June:  2pm:   Leavers Assembly – P7  parents/carers only

 

As other dates are confirmed I will update you here.

 

Best wishes,

Gina Finch

OPEN DOOR DRAMA SUMMER SCHOOL 2022

Gulberwick Hall

P4—P7

Monday 25th –Saturday 30th July

Mon—Friday 10am till 4pm

Performances Saturday at 2pm and 7pm

Please bring packed lunches, tuck shop available.

£55 for the week (sibling discount available at £30)

 

Please book via email  opendoordrama33@gmail.com

Newsletter 30.5.22

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope you all enjoyed the long weekend. Although the weather was not as good as  one would hope- it was still a chance for me to explore this beautiful island with my family who are visiting at the moment.  Learning is all part of the big adventure,  so seeing the gannets on Noss and the storm petrels on Mousa  was a real privilege.  It is such a shame to see so many birds affected by the avian flu – nonetheless the beauty of these places  is good  for the wellbeing.  I hope you all had a chance to get out and about in nature but if not another long weekend is coming up this week. Friday 6th June  school will be closed to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee.  I have been fascinated to learn that it was the Queen herself who officially opened this school in  1969 and this week P4,5,6 will have a visit  from Mary Andreas who will talk about this opening event.  Other classes and nursery will be taking part in some Jubilee activities.  Whether a royalist of not-  70 years in public service is remarkable.

 Learner led event:   Thank you to all parents/carers who came along-  It was lovely to meet you and to see your children showing you their work and their school.

 Music Teacher Roadshow gave the children a real musical treat last week and today the Children Classic Concert gave children a chance to hear excerpts from the classic story of Peter and the Wolf. All the children attended  and were enthralled by  music  of all different styles. It was lovely to see smiling faces and clapping hands!  If you would like your child (P4 upwards) to learn to play an instrument over and above school  music lessons then contact Hayfield house to register your interest.

 P1 New Entrants parents meeting   will now take place on 6pm  Tuesday 7th June in P1/2 classroom when we hope Mrs Inkster will be fully recovered from her chest infection.  I’ll let you know if any further change to this.

Enterprise Afternoon.  P6/7 have been working hard on their enterprise projects, learning valuable skills of budgeting, advertising and creating business plans.  All the items they have made will be on sale to the children on Wednesday  1st June – so all children are invited to bring in money, ideally in a named envelop or purse so that they can purchase a range of lovely items priced from 50p up to £4.

Contacting school Staff:  If you do have any question or concerns about your child please do contact the school during school hours or email the class teacher.  All staff will check email between 9 and 5pm and aim to respond to any queries within a day, but I am strongly encouraging them to switch off emails outside of those time so they can have quality time with their own families.

Charity support:  Thanks to all who supported Jade who is now  sporting a lovely new short hair style. She managed to raise a grand total of £743 for the Little Princess Trust.  Well done Jade!

Staffing update:  We are very pleased to welcome our new  full time clerical assistant- Honor Rosie from Thursday 2nd June. She comes with a varied and wide experience, but it will take her time to get to know how the school and its systems work- a process I am still going through.  I am immensely grateful to Sonja who has been a steady hand helping us out for these last few weeks, and we will miss her.

School Closure:  A reminder that school will be closed on  Friday June 3rd.

Sun cream:  Just a reminder that although it often does not  feel very warm there is a lot of strength in the sun so please do apply sun cream to your child’s exposed skin before coming to school.  Also remind them to bring their water bottle which they can access though out the day.

Upcoming dates:

30th May: Children Classic Concerts will be performing Peter and the Wolf live for our oldest children.

6th June : African Drumming sessions will start for each class for 4 weeks

31st May  P7 Taster session at Sandwick

3rd  June: School closed for Queen’s jubilee.

4th June:  Parent council Bingo 7pm to raise funds for school playground refurbishment

8th 9th June  P7 Transition days to Sandwick

8th June Second transition afternoon for all classes in school

21st June: Sports Afternoon

23rd June: JRSO presentation in the Town Hall

23rd and 24th June P7 transition days to Anderson high School

30th June:  2pm:   Leavers Assembly – P7  parents/carers only

As other dates are confirmed I will update you here.

 

Best wishes,

Gina Finch

Newsletter 16.5.22

Dear Parents and Carers,

I have now been on the island for 6 weeks and in school for 4 and it has been a real joy getting to know the children.  It feels like I have been here for longer and I should know more but at the moment it is still all so new to me, but as ever the children  are kind and very understanding when I still can’t remember their name.  It will take a while to get to know them and their needs better- so that I can support them better, so please be patient with me during this learning phase. I have joined as we are transitioning into a new way of coping with Covid19 and illness in generally, at a time when we can invite parents and visitors back into school.  Although you have had contact with school through Teams and email over the last two years- that is just not the same, and now you have a new head teacher who is not only new to the school but new to Shetland, so it must feel like the school is very different and very distant. So please, if you can, do make the most of any opportunity to come into the school, through organised events- or to just pop in and have a chat and I hope you will discover that the school is still as nurturing and as friendly as it ever was.

What a busy and lovely week it was last week.

P2/3/4 had a visit from Yvonne Reynolds of the Shetland Amenity Trust to explain a project to revive the Croft House Garden which is very exciting.  The children will be involved in activities over the next few weeks working on this project and we will let you know when there is a grand opening of the garden.

Today Bruce Eunson from Educate Scotland was visiting P1/2 and P2/3/4 to run a session on the Shetland Dialect.

Primary Football League:  I am really excited to let you know that the Dunrossness team have been doing very well in this competition. In the tournament at Scalloway last Thursday, Lena, Magnus, Anders, Roma, Elijah, and Leighton must have played their socks off as they won two matches and drew the third.  Fearne, although missing from Thursday’s match, has taken part in the first round of fixtures at Sandwick where the team also played very well.   Having achieved 13 points, Dunrossness and Sound 1 progress to the finals which are to be held on Thursday 19th May at the Clickimin 60:40.  We wish them the best of luck for that.

Behaviour:  From time to time, children will run into problems.  Maybe they are struggling to regulate themselves due to emotional turmoil, or maybe they have just had a disagreement with a friend or maybe have been misunderstood.  All adults in school are here to help children and ideally children will come to us when the problem occurs so that we can help them to resolve it the same day.  It is always harder to sort something out the next days as memories fade and also is means children have gone home with unresolved problems which can then create further anxiety.  So please do encourage your child, as we do in school, to talk through their problems as they occur. Staff do follow the behaviour blueprint which you can find on the blog, with the emphasis on recognising the need and helping children to ‘restore’ when something has gone wrong.  This often involves children talking to each other to explain what has gone wrong so they can understand what has happened from the other point of view.  There is nearly always two sides to the event and as parents we only ever get the one.  However in school we give everyone involved the opportunity to be heard and to be treated fairly.

School gates:  If you have come to the school recently, you may have noticed a slight change to the main gate.  It has a new latch system which we hope makes it safer for our youngest children who can be tempted to open the gate to explore the world beyond.  If you do visit the school please shut all gates behind you with the safety latches.

School Grounds:  As you may be aware the local community does have access to the multicourt after school hours but we have noticed that there are some who are bringing dogs onto the schools ground and leaving dog litter in the bins and other litter around about which the children have spoken to me about.  If you are aware of any young people who are using the school grounds after hours can you remind them to respect the environment.  Thank you.

School Closure:  A reminder that school will be closed on Friday May 27th and Friday June 3rd.

Learner led event:  Monday May 23rd 5pm to 6.30pm.  You should now have received a letter with more details about this event which is for P1 to P7.  The time slot you have been allocated may seem a bit short if you have more than one child’s class to visit so don’t worry if you need a bit more time.  All we are trying to do is spread the numbers out a bit over the evening.  We do hope you can make it.

Sun cream:  Just a reminder that although it often does not feel very warm there is a lot of strength in the sun so please do apply sun cream to your child’s exposed skin before coming to school.  Also remind them to bring their water bottle which they can access throughout the day.

Parent Council: are organising a fundraising and social event on 4th June at the Ness Boating club at 7pm.  Please come along if you can to have, what I am told is a really good fun evening. This is to raise further funds for the development of the school playground.  The children have been consulted and have lots of ideas about how the playground could be improved. See more information on Parent Council Facebook page.

Upcoming dates:

17th May:  Netball and football tournament at Brae

17th May:  P7 visit to Anderson high School 4pm to 5pm

19th May:  Primary Football League Final

20th May:  P7 transition to Sandwick Day Camp

Monday 23rd May:  Learner led event 5pm to 6.30pm.

25th May:  musical demonstration by peripatetic teachers.

26th May: P7 taster Day at Sandwick

27th May: School Closed

30th May: Children Classic Concerts will be performing Peter and the Wolf live for our oldest children.

30th May: African Drumming sessions will start for each class for 5 weeks

31st May:  P7 Taster session at Sandwick

3rd June:  School closed for Queen’s jubilee.

4th June:  Parent council Bingo at 7pm to raise funds for school playground refurbishment

21st June: Sports Afternoon

23rd June: JRSO presentation in the Town Hall

23rd and 24th June: P7 transition days to Anderson high School

30th June 2pm:   Leavers Assembly – P7 parents/carers only

As other dates are confirmed I will update you here.

Best wishes,

Gina Finch

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