Happy Christmas and A Good New Year!

‘Flu can be serious’ says the NHS poster. Some of your children were absent or were moving to our school in the middle of the nurses coming to give the vaccines and I know some of you have been told by your GP to go to the school. We can and do many things that are not strictly our remit but this is one we can’t deal with! However if you are in this predicament I have discovered a couple of routes to get the vaccine for your child: either call 0800 030 8013 or visit nhsinform.scot/childflu

While we remain ‘online’ for our assemblies we have introduced an exit music section where a class or adult chooses a piece for us to dance to as we leave assembly and head back into what we’re learning. Mrs Fraser chose ‘Cha Cha Slide’ today so while we remain separated into our classes we can still have assemblies together. Here’s a snippet of the dancing at the exit music today! The quiz question from the House Captains today was, ‘How many miles does Santa do on Christmas Eve as he goes around the circumference of the earth?’ Without searching online…do you know? Answer at the bottom of the blog…

Did you manage to watch the Nativity? Didn’t they do well?! I believe the stars are to appear in the Inverness Courier on Friday. You may want to get a P3 to sign a copy for posterity…

Enjoy the 12 Days of Christmas like no other version. Click here to listen and watch a new version…better than the original? Of course it is. Well done P1-7 for creating this and for the Learning Council who organised it.

What a treat for us today – Santa was able to come to some of the school and nursery and he had brought one of his trusted elves to keep him right. He kept to all the COVID rules and all who saw him were grateful. The elf had a very similar appearance to Gnoma..I wonder if they are related?!

We do not know what the future holds – and sometimes that’s a good thing – so let’s enjoy being in the present and take each day as it comes. Keep looking after yourselves and each other and our Smithton staff love goes to you all as families and friends who read this blog. However you celebrate Christmas either as Christians celebrating the birth of your Saviour or as human beings towards each other may you find peace and comfort. May we tackle 2022 together, whatever is thrown at us and for what we can change let’s do it positively. For what we can’t, let’s let go as the worry just adds to our stress. On a personal level I want to thank all staff for their consistent dedication. For all parents and carers I want to thank you for your openness, honesty and forgiveness when we’ve made mistakes. And lastly for the young people from nursery to P7 who are the inspiration for me getting out of bed each day: your smiles, your dancing, your concentration in learning and your kindness going around the school is the best.

Enjoy the Christmas photos and see below for the answer to the House Captains’ quiz question!

Aileen Mackay, HT

If Santa goes around the circumference of the earth and sprinkles magic to get the presents to every home rather than stopping in at every home in the world, it will be 24,901 miles or 40,075 km…how close were you? P4 LM/JM won the competition in assembly!

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