Friday Round Up

Free school meals and clothing grant – new guidance

All applicants will need to reapply for the new school year.  Highland Council Revenue Team will be in touch with them via email before the end of term as they need to have the online form and links ready with the new details. Applications will then be received from 1 July 2022.

The council website and online application form require to be updated this week, to take into account changes relating to thresholds applicable for the school year, effective from 1 August 2022 as set by Scottish Parliament.

If you use this link only do so after the 1st July when the site has been updated

https://www.highland.gov.uk/info/899/schools_-_grants_and_benefits/10/free_school_meals_and_assistance_with_clothing

National Entitlement card for travel for free travel for under 22’s on the bus

All young people are now entitled to free bus travel up until their 22nd birthday.

Forms and evidence must be emailed to the following email along with a copy of the child’s birth certificate and a passport sized photo of the child’s head and shoulders taken against a neutral background.  Photos must be passport sized.

customer.service@highland.gov.uk

Olly Forsyth and Emma Boyd are part of this amazing achievement to attend a championship competition in Florida next year. This is the first time a team from Inverness has ever secured this bid so we are extremely proud of the kids and coaches. 
 
The email below is for information purposes but if you want to see their success and their justgiving link it will help them raise awareness and if you feel willing and able to make some donations. 
 
https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/tlcsummit2023?utm_term=NPKYwQvq6

Thursday 2.30pm in the school playground: come and find school jumpers so you don’t need to buy new ones. If you have perfectly good jumpers, school trousers, skirts, etc that your child has grown out of please hand them in at the same time and we’ll get them ready for after the holidays.

Thank you to all parents and carers who have returned report comments. We are still not in a position to let you know about next year’s classes or teachers as the council still hasn’t been able to assign staff to Smithton Primary and ELC. It’s rather frustrating from all angles but there is very little we can do at the moment – and we’re not alone – lots of schools are in exactly the same position. As soon as I can, I will let you know what’s happening. We have assigned the last week of the holidays as a week when children and their parents who are a bit worried about coming back can come in for a wee while just to get their bearings. Keep looking out for the blog over the summer and I’ll update you for times and days that are available.

This time next week we will be moving and grooving to the latest beats – the Parent Council run discos are back! Times are as follows next Friday:

5.45 – 6.15 nursery

6.30 – 7.30 P1 – 3

7.45 – 8.45 P4 – 7

8.45 – 9.15 P7 only – final fling for them!

Great to see our star award winners this week and a commendation from Poppy Scotland for Kyle’s amazing writing.

Another distinction – this time for guitar playing! Well done, Brogan.

Have a good weekend, all.

Aileen Mackay, HT

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