I guess winter is upon us…

What a bitterly cold day today but we’re made of strong stuff at Smithton – out playing and learning regardless! Thank you to all families for making sure gloves, hats and scarves also have their names in them!

Unfortunately the weather is to turn for the worse early evening and so we are having to cancel Funky Friday club for P7s tonight – sorry guys – but we don’t want to encourage you to be outside tonight and it would be quite nice if both Andrew and I got home safely, too.

If you know of someone who is looking to start nursery or school for the first time please pass on these dates: P1 enrolment is 31st January – 4th February and nursery enrolment is 14th February to 18th February.

Thanks to everyone for your patience this week with so many staff absences we’ve been a little slower getting back to you if you have tried to communicate with us. Maybe a good thing about the cold snap is that some of the bugs will be killed off and we’ll all be back to health and strength! A number of our young people have been absent, too. Please know that we will help them catch up when they are fit and well. We don’t just teach a curriculum – we try to meet the needs of every child in our care at the point of his/her learning.

Every term staff have to submit how well your child has been doing to me and I can see at a glance how things are going. This is then followed through with class teachers, Mr Lyon and me so that we can support class teachers to have the right resources and time to get things right in the classroom. Getting back into classrooms to monitor has meant that we can have meaningful conversations about individuals so it’s such a great privilege to be a part of your child’s learning journey from nursery to P7.

Enjoy the photos this week: homework, star awards, autumn and nature amongst other things. Your children really are growing in maturity as well as their learning. Stay safe, warm and dry this weekend!

Aileen Mackay, HT

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