And April Is Over..How Did That Happen?!

I know I’m getting old when the months are just flying by..or maybe because I’m having too much fun in my job?! Either way, May beckons next week! Remember that Monday is a holiday so no school or nursery and Thursday is an in service day so no children in school or nursery and staff will be working from home.

We’ve also been told today that 7th June is an added in service day. I appreciate this may cause frustration for those of you who are working but it will be the first time the staff have been able to meet together since March 17th 2020 and it is needed going forward to make sure everything is in place for August 2021. You may hear that seconodary schools have two days – 7th and 8th but primaries in Highland and the nurseries just have 7th.

We will be starting to look at classes for August next week but we probably won’t be able to share classes and teachers until everything is finalised with the council. For those of you new to schools this can be an anxious time of not knowing – please just try and relax about it all. We always share as soon as we know but it could be right up until the end of term and, there are times when things have had to change even in August.

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Shinty Coaching
Parent volunteer Steven Grant has kindly offered to continue shinty sessions at Culloden Community Pitches for all P2-P7 pupils in the Culloden ASG 4.15 – 5.15pm. These sessions will start on Tuesday 11th May and finish on Tuesday 22nd June at no cost. There will be lots of fun games and activities to develop basic movement skills and team working skills. Also a great opportunity to meet new friends from other schools. There is also an excellent pathway to Inverness Shinty Club where there is a very active Junior section as part of this club. We will require a parent helper to support Steven with these sessions so if you are available please be in touch with Active Schools Coordinator You do not have to be a High Life member to book on to these sessions just use the Guest Checkout when booking. Booking link is using code 3647CULL.
Would you be interested in having a piano? A local neighbour has offered one to any of our young people. Please call the school office if you are interested. Thank you to the neighbour for thinking of us!

Another good week observing and working with your children – some of the learning this week has been terrific – language and writing in particular blossoming in a variety of classes. So good to be a part of your children’s growing up. Mr Grandison was so pleased with his class he told me it had been a ‘belter’ of a week!

The pedal power from staff, parents and young people has been great, too this week even in the rain. Watch out for the scooter pictures in between the happy faces at break times and also our super Star Award winners.

As we head into the month of May we still can’t guarantee any kind of ‘normal’ end to the term but we can guarantee that we remain as focused as ever on learning and being creative to do what we can to make school life as normal as possible. We are coming out stronger despite frustrations of the past year. Let’s remain strong as a community and keep looking out for each other.

Enjoy counting the smiles again this week. Feet up, cuppa in hand and look at these photos. Your loved ones are growing up too fast!

See you Tuesday,

Aileen Mackay, HT

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