Rothienorman Primary School Bulletin Number 6: Tuesday 22nd December 2015 Dear Parents Staffing and Pupil Changes

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Rothienorman Primary School

Bulletin Number 6:

Tuesday 22nd December 2015

Dear Parents
Staffing and Pupil Changes

We carried out nursery nurse interviews yesterday and have recruited someone subject to the usual checks and references, they will hopefully be able to start early in the New Year.

Emer finishes at Rothienorman today as she and her family head off to start their next chapter in Australia – we wish them all the best. In January we look forward to welcoming a new pupil, Blake to P4 and a number of new pupils to nursery; Abigail, Annabella, Kasey, Logan, Logan and Lily.

Ms Marie Johnstone has joined us as a volunteer in school, generally helping out on Fridays.

Mrs Claire Blackadder, Hearing Support teacher is transferring to vision support and although we will miss her in school we wish her all the best in her new role. Mrs Angela Allan will increase her time at Rothienorman to cover the input Claire previously provided.

Mr Ken Carnegie will be joining classes next term to provide Kodaly music sessions.

Mrs Maureen Barclay and Ms Annabel Butler will be returning in January for the second part of their placements with us in the P6,7 and P5,6,7 classes.

Ms Hazel Patterson will be teaching a 6 week block of skipping to P3/4 and to P5/6/7 starting on Monday 11th January. Miss Robertson will then be delivering skipping to some of the other classes. A block of 6 Tag rugby sessions through Active Schools will be starting for P1/2 and P2/3 on Tuesday 12th January. Mrs Elizabeth Massie and another coach from the Nordic Ski Centre will start a 6 week block of roller/Nordic skiing with P4/5, P5/6/7 and P6/7 classes on Thursday 14th January 2016.

School Library

Thank you to Mrs Clare Doherty for all the hard work that she has put into our library and the support that she has shown the school. Ms Megan Clark is doing some work for us in the library. Mrs Diack continues to be a great help with both the library Citizenship Group and the library in general but if anyone else is interested in helping in the library it would be appreciated, please contact the school. We will get the children and staff to begin using the Junior Librarian system early in the New Year.

Asda Fundraising

Please put your green tokens in the Rothienorman section in the Huntly Asda. Over a 3 month period shoppers get the opportunity to say which of the 3 organisations will receive the most of the money. We are hoping to raise lots of money for our playground equipment.

Christmas Lunch

Staff and pupils enjoyed a lovely lunch prepared by the kitchen staff on Friday 18th December.

Christmas Shows

The morning nursery session put on a super show ‘There’s No Room’ on Friday 18th. The children really enjoyed dressing up, singing and acting out the Christmas story. What a great job they’d made of their crowns, wings and other props too. It was lovely to have so many relatives and friends along to see the children. The siblings and cousins in school really enjoyed coming through to see the nursery play.

Well done to the P1-3 pupils for their excellent Christmas Show, ‘The Bethlehem Builders’. They did a super job with a lot of words, songs and actions to remember. It was great to see them using their BSL signs in the songs too.

Thank you to the staff, parents and PPG who put in a huge amount of work in preparation for both shows with costumes, scenery, practices, organising raffles, etc. Thank you to family and friends who came along to support us at our performances.
The raffle raised £326 with more money raised on the stall selling refreshments and Christmas gifts. We found some cookbooks that had been made a number of years ago so had them available and £18.20 was raised through donations for these too. The pupils raised £217.35 in donations for playground equipment.
Christmas Assembly

Thanks to Reverend Thorburn who will join us today for our Christmas assembly. We are also looking forward to hearing a number of pupils play the piano, cello, flute and brass instruments. Rhianon, Ryan, Nicol and Lucy will read the Christmas story.

Christmas Parties

The children had a great time at their Christmas parties with lots of fun and games. We were very lucky that Santa was able to come along to some of our parties.

Christmas Cards - Recycling

Please remember that Christmas cards can be recycled either in your home recycling bin (blue lid) or by bringing in to school and placing in our Christmas post box. Metallic wrapping paper must go in the general rubbish but other paper may be recycled as long as it doesn’t have too much tape on it.

UK Safer Internet Centre

The UK Safer Internet Centre provides e-safety tips, advice and resources to help children and young people stay safe on the internet.

Staff Training

Staff have recently taken part in the following training:

  • British Sign Language (BSL)

  • Active Maths

Citizenship Groups

Our ICT and School Website group showed our school website ( ) at assembly and explained how we are hoping to improve it. The Health group worked with P1-3 pupils on some active games and demonstrated the new pedometers ready for our new health challenge after Christmas. Ms Rhona Barrie joined the School Grounds group to plan a poster competition to highlight concerns regarding dog fouling, more information to follow.
Sunshine on Leith

Our upper stages pupils thoroughly enjoyed their trip to Meldrum Academy to see ‘Sunshine on Leith’.

Reminders for Next Term

Could you please ensure that children come back at the start of the new session with the following:

  • School uniform, all named (some names are wearing off with washing so please write on again)

  • Full PE kit, all named

  • Painting aprons, all named

Nut Allergy

Please be aware that we have children with serious nut allergies in school and would appreciate it if you can avoid sending children to school with snacks that have nuts in them e.g. flapjacks with nuts, Nutella sandwiches, Snickers, etc. If a product says ‘may contain nuts’ then that is ok, it is just foods which definitely do contain nuts that we avoid having in school. Thank you.

Registration Week for Primary 1 is 11th January to 15th January 2016.

All children who reach their fifth birthday by 28th February 2017 are invited to register for Primary 1 for admissions in August 2016.

Aberdeenshire Education and Children’s Services has a common starting date for all its school in the middle of August in any particular year.  You will be informed of this year’s starting date at the time of registration at school.

Parents are asked to visit the Primary school of their choice during Registration Week.  If this is not possible, they should try and visit the school by the end of February 2016.  To register for Primary 1 the child’s birth certificate is required as evidence of their date of birth.

Aberdeenshire Education and Children’s Services make no provision to admit any children who are five after the end of February, unless that child has previously been registered and has commenced full-time attendance (excluding induction) in a state supported for Forces school and is transferring into Aberdeenshire.  In this case, the local authority can exercise discretion.  Registration for a nursery or playgroup does not count for the purposes of this exception.

If new parents and children would like a tour of the school they are invited to come along to Rothienorman any time between 9.15 and 12.15 on Wednesday 13th January. If this date and time is not suitable and they would like to request another time then we will try to accommodate this.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank staff, parents, the PPG and community members for all the support you have provided both me and Rothienorman School in 2015. I hope you all have a lovely Christmas and wish you all the best for 2016.
Ms. Julie Symington,

Head Teacher.

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Tuesday 22nd December 2015 School closes

Wednesday 6th January 2016 School reopens

Monday 11th – Friday 15th January 2016 P1 Registration

Thursday 28th January 2016 PPG Coffee Morning at 9.15am. All welcome.

Thursday 11th February 2016 PPG Valentine’s Disco; N-P3: 6-7pm , P4-P7: 7-8pm.

Friday 12th February 2016 Holiday (occasional day)

Monday 15th February 2016 Holiday

Tuesday 16th February 2016 In-service Day (teachers only)

Wednesday 17th February 2016 In-service Day (teachers only)

Friday 25th March 2016 Holiday (Good Friday)

Friday 1st April 2016 School closes

Monday 18th April 2016 School reopens

Monday 2nd May 2016 Holiday

Monday 6th June 2016 Holiday (occasional day)

Friday 1st July 2016 School closes

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