Typical…No Annual Fete and it’s Sunny!

Isn’t it typical?! I’ve really missed the annual summer fete last year and this year as it’s always a good opportunity to catch up with friends old and young from the community – often people that have grown up or babies that were last year’s ‘bumps’! We’ve obviously missed the income that this generates as well but as most of it is usually spent on buses for class visits out with the school we haven’t done these. However, in August there will be a few fundraising schemes to get us up and running again, including the raffling of the Lockdown weekend family break that I won in September. Family and friends have given other donations and I know some of the Parent Council have plans…watch this space!

It was good to see parents and youngsters online during the week who will be coming into nursery or P1. If you missed the sessions just get in touch with any questions aileen.mackay@highland.gov.uk and keep following the school blog over the summer to see any updates due to COVID restrictions. We’re hoping that all young people will be able to come into the playground to start school each day rather than scattered around the school. There will definitely be a blog post next Friday and the Friday before we come back to school but we’ll wait and see if there are any changes during the summer, too.

Remember to join in with the cooking group online or just use their recipe.. online code is : Meet – ngf-njzt-ksh (google.com)

End of Term Arrangements

If you could let you child’s teacher know if he/she does not want a school lunch on the last day, that would be helpful. There was a query across all schools about whether we were closing early on Friday and I’ve held off until now to confirm that school and ELC will be closed from lunch time on Friday 25th June at 12 noon. Lunches will be had before then so that all can leave at 12.

On Wednesday the staff have organised a ‘FunFair Day’ with each class taking part in organising a typical funfair activity and then all classes taking part. There will be no cost to this day – literally for fun! The way Smithton staff manage to get reading, writing and counting into fun sessions is testament to their commitment right up until the last day of the school year.

Friday will see us having our final assembly but remaining online so no parents will be able to attend. I aim to record a few pieces of the assembly so that I can post links on the blog and a copyright friendly version of the year’s slideshow, too. It’s not what we would want but at least we can sing and there will be a session at the end of the assembly where we can get together.

Unfortunately we still do not know our staff for next session so I am as yet unable to share anything with staff, parents and children. As soon as I can I will. The draft is ready to go so that hopefully within an hour of me getting the information I will have been able to share with staff and then share with yourselves through DOJO. For those children with additional needs or have extra worries I will make sure you can come to see your new class in the last week of the holidays.

Have a great weekend when it comes and enjoy the following slideshow from our star award winners and around the school.

Aileen Mackay, HT

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