Just a reminder that on Wednesday 11th November we will be having lunch in classes. (You should have received an email/text alert this week about this). This is due to work needing to be carried out by contractors on the partition in our school hall. This will be a packed lunch of soup, sandwiches, fruit/veg and home baking. A drink will also be provided. Breakfast club and After School club will be unaffected as they will be starting work when all children have arrived to class and finish by the time ASC starts. We will resume lunches in the canteen on Thursday.
Also on Wednesday we are going to ‘Wear it Red’ to commemorate Remembrance Day. Although commemorations need to be different this year we want to ensure that we are able to help support the Scottish Poppy Appeal. This was discussed at our Friday assembly. Children and Adults can wear red to school on Wednesday and bring in a small donation of whatever amount you wish. We will then send all funds to the Scottish Poppy Appeal. For more information of other ways you can support at home visit https://www.poppyscotland.org.uk/
Thank you to everyone who has been following the latest guidance issued by Highland Council and Scottish Government in the last week to wear face coverings when entering the school grounds. This means that when dropping off or picking up children for nursery or school face coverings should be worn. We really appreciate everyone’s efforts and by working together we can help to keep our community safe.
Please find attached the Autumn Edition of Highland Council’s Military Liaison Group (Education) Newsletter – packed with news, information, resources and lots more.
We have received updated guidance from Highland Council this afternoon. This discussed the need for all visiting adults to the school (indoors and outdoors) to wear masks/face coverings. The guidance states: Face coverings should also be worn by parents and other visitors to any school site (whether entering the building or otherwise), including parents at drop-off and pick-up.
We really appreciate everyone’s support to keep us all safe and would also like to remind parents that in order to minimise numbers at drop off and pick up times, only a single family member should accompany their child to school. We also ask that everyone continues to observe the guidance of 2m social distancing between adults at all times. Thank you
The Highland Council area has been set at Protection Level One in the Scottish Government’s 5 tier framework. This means fewer restrictions for the hospitality, retail and leisure sectors than elsewhere in the UK.
Leader of the Highland Council, Councillor Margaret Davidson said: “Placing Highland on one of the lowest tiers is welcome, particularly for our businesses. The lower prevalence of Covid-19 which enables this position is partly down to high levels of compliance in Highland and the effective joint work with our partners in addressing outbreaks using test and trace and bringing these swiftly under control.
“There is no room for complacency however and I would urge everyone to continue to be careful and follow the guidelines to ensure that we will soon again be able to enjoy the freedom of social contact within our homes.”
Superintendent Iain MacLelland, Highlands & Islands Division, said: “Police Scotland is working with a range of partners to support the combined effort to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.
“Officers will continue to engage with people to explain the regulations and any new restrictions which may come into force. Where we encounter repeated and persistent breaches we will, as the public would expect, act decisively to enforce the law.
“The Chief Constable has made it clear that we are asking people to take personal responsibility to do the right thing and remember the purpose of these measures is to aid the collective effort to stay safe, protect others and save lives by preventing the virus from spreading.”
Dr Tim Allison, NHS Highland’s Director of Public Health, said: “We are learning and improving our processes for dealing with the cases of Covid-19 at every opportunity but I am also making an appeal to everyone to help us in fighting this virus.
“We appreciate that there is local anxiety about COVID but we would appeal to everyone to follow the national guidance.
“Wear a face covering, avoid crowded areas, clean surfaces, keep a two-metre distance and, what I would really like to stress, the importance of self-isolating and booking a test if you have symptoms.
“Everyone in Highland, Argyll and Bute has a role to play to keep the number of positive cases as low as possible.”
Tiers are subject to weekly review.
The Scottish Government’s new Strategic Framework which sets out in detail the basis for this approach – https://www.gov.scot/publications/covid-19-scotlands-strategic-framework/
List of protection levels by area, and detailed definition of what each one means – The Highland Council area is set at Level One at present https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-protection-levels/
A new tool to find out which local COVID protection level applies – https://www.gov.scot/check-local-covid-level/
The latest news release, publications, information sources general info can be found here – https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/
We hope that you all had a lovely holiday and it was nice to see the children back today.
This Friday (30th October) will be our usual dress down day for the last Friday of the month. However children may also wish to dress up in fancy dress. It is entirely optional but I know that the children will be missing our usual Autumn disco where we dress up and we thought this would be something fun instead.
Just a reminder to please make sure children have appropriate clothing for the weather as it has been very wet lately. Jackets, change of shoes, socks would be really appreciated. Children can keep their socks and shoes in their schools bags in the classrooms.
We have also been informed today that there are some children in the local area who have been playing ‘Chicken’ on the roads. This is obviously not only dangerous for themselves but also for the drivers, especially as the nights are darker and it is harder to see. We will be reminding children of the road safety messages in school and I have also been in contact with our local community police. They have also said that they have increased patrols in the local area to monitor this situation. We are also hoping to have them join one of our online assemblies in the future. Please could you also discuss these important safety messages with your child/children so that we can help ensure we keep everyone safe.
We can hardly believe we have been back for 9 weeks as this term has flown in. On behalf of everyone at Inshes I would like to wish you all a happy and relaxing holiday.
On Friday our House Captain Team were given their Rights Respecting Schools booklet. They will be helping to implement and embed the Rights of the Child within our school and with our local community partners as part of their leadership responsibilities.
We were also busy creating the our own ‘Wee Flags for Change’ as part of Global Citizen ship and this was something the whole school was involved in. Many thanks to the P7s for their videos helping to introduce this and also for staff and pupils for taking part. It was lovely to hear about all the small changes pupils are going to try and do during our final assembly of the term. We also really enjoyed seeing each other’s flags and drawings from our Literacy tasks as well. A big thank you to Mr Laurie for putting up these amazing flags in our front foyer. The display is looking really good 🙂 We will continue to add to this next term. You can see pictures of this on our school twitter @inshes_ps or by scrolling down to the bottom of this page to see our twitter feed.
Hope you all have a lovely holiday and we will see you back to school on Monday 26th October.
The Go ByCycle team is offering FAMILY CYCLING SESSIONS during the October Holidays.
Please could you fill in the form using the link to show your interest:
Further information can be found by clicking on the link below
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you’ve got questions.
Thanks a lot and wishing you a good holiday,
Alice Masheter (07921843374) Monday – Thursday
Tilia Maas Geesteranus (07922 987188) Monday-Tues-Thurs-Fri
Go ByCycle Project Workers
Velocity Cafe and Bicycle Workshop
1 Crown Avenue, Inverness, IV2 3NF
Please click on the link below for information from High Life Highland regarding their October Multi-Sports.
Highland pupils, eligible for free school meals, to receive vouchers if they are asked to self-isolate
Highland pupils, eligible for free school meals, to receive vouchers if they are asked to self-isolate
Highland school pupils asked to self-isolate from school during term time, through Test & Protect, who are eligible to receive means-tested free school meals, will receive vouchers to cover their isolation period.
The Council will automatically pay £15 per pupil per week. Vouchers are paid to P1-3 pupils in receipt of school clothing grants and P4-S6 pupils in receipt of free school meals.
Highland Council’s Welfare Support Team can support low income families who may be eligible to apply but have not already claimed free school meals and school clothing grants.
They can be contacted on 0800 090 1004 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Chair of Highland Council’s Education Committee, Cllr John Finlayson, said: “It is crucial that we support those in our community who will undoubtedly find it a struggle if their child is asked to self-isolate at home due to COVID-19.”
“I hope that the support these vouchers provide will offer some reassurance to families that they are not alone during this very challenging time. The right support in the right places has never been as important as we continue to feel the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. We know that school meals are often the most nutritious meal some children eat during the day and self-isolation would only exacerbate those hardships.”
“I very much welcome this news, as I am sure do the families who will benefit from it.”