In order to plan for returning full time in August we are asking that you complete and return a booking form for all permanent bookings for the year and also bookings only for the month of August. You need to have a payment plan in place to use either of these service, this can be Direct Debit (mandate here), Childcare Vouchers or Tax free Childcare. Please indicate how you intend to pay for childcare when you return any booking forms.
Breakfast Club and After School Clubs will operate on a full return to school, if Model B or Model C are in place they will not operate initially.
Please return all booking forms/Direct Debit mandates to Mrs Bruce, Childcare Manager
We here at ‘inSpires at Inverness Cathedral’ have been successful in gaining a Wellbeing Grant which we are using to facilitate a ‘Lunchbox Club/Activity Pack’ Summer Holiday club. There will be lunchboxes to collect as well as age-related activity packs. While collecting their lunchboxes, there will be the opportunity to complete an application for School Uniform and Winter Jacket banks for all families.
Lunchboxes/Activity Packs can be collected from Kenneth Street Halls, 9-11 Kenneth Street, Inverness IV3 5NR on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11am to 1pm. The project will run from Monday 6th July to Friday 7th August.
We require that children are registered for this to ensure we meet health and hygiene/Covid-19 regulations as well as ensuring that any dietary/allergy requirements are suitably catered for. We hereby enclose the link for the online form which requires to be submitted for our LUNCHBOX CLUB. I hope that you can forward to those families who you feel are best able to utilise this club so that we can gauge supply and demand.
If you have any questions, please get in touch by replying to this email.
With kind regards
Project Co-ordinator, inSpires at Inverness Cathedral
We are continuing to plan for a 100% return to school on August 12th, August 11th is an In-Service day. However we will need to wait until the end of July for the Scottish Government to confirm this so we have made the following contingency plans.
Model A – Full return to school with no Social Distancing so children will be in full time. In this model Breakfast Club and After School Club would be operating as normal. More information about this will be posted tomorrow.
Model B – This model is based on 2m Social Distancing Guidance and would enable a third of the school to be in at any one time. This mean that children are in one day a week and 2 days every 3 weeks.
Model C – This model is based on 1m Social Distancing and would enable 50% of the school to be in at any one time. This means that they would be in 2 days every week, Monday/Tuesday or Thursday/Friday.
In Models B and C there would be no Breakfast Club or After School Club.
A letter is being emailed out to all families throughout the day tomorrow so please contact the school if you have not received it by the end of the day. In this letter, the days of the week that your child will be in school based on the various models will be explained.
Lunches – I met with the Catering Team and those children who would like to have a school dinner will be able to have a ‘Grab and Go’ option. This will consist of soup, a sandwich, home baking, fruit/veg sticks and water. Children are also able to take in their own packed lunches. If we are using Models B and C, children will be eating their lunches in their classrooms/nursery rooms. If we are back 100% we will be able to use the hall but we will still be using the ‘Grab and Go’ option for the first few weeks. The catering team are hoping to have the menus available to share with parents over the summer holidays.
Staffing – I will be sending out a separate letter to let you know about the staffing changes, retirements etc. This will go out to all parents tomorrow.
Calendar – Please click on the link below to take you to the most updated school calendar dates for next session.
Please click on the link below to see the changes that are being made from using Google Hangouts to using Google Chat/Meet for communication between pupils/parents and staff.
The P1 Team would like to thank the parents who joined us for our information session last night. As promised please follow the link to access the P1 Induction Slides Primary 1 Induction June 24th 2020.
Please click on the link below to open a letter from Nicky Grant, Head of Education. This has also been emailed out to all parents today.
In the letter it states – “We can now confirm that we are planning for schools to re-open for pupils on Wednesday 12 August, with the preceding day (11 August) allocated as an in-service day for staff.”
However we have also had to develop contingency plans albeit with the hope that we do not have to use them.
- 100% school return – no social distancing measures (5 days a week)
- 1 metre social distancing model with blended learning (all children in 2 days a week)
- 2 metre social distancing model – blended learning (this would be one day a week and 2 days every 3 weeks, this was the model shared last week)
- Continued online delivery (this is the model we are using currently)
We will share the details of these models, such as the bubble groupings, allocated days and timings at the beginning of next week. From the information we have available at the moment, it looks like the Government will make a decision by July 30th about the return to school, meaning that we will know in August whether we are beginning next session with a 100% return to school or the blended in-school/at-home models we have been planning and shared with Parent Council.
We are still awaiting guidance on the Childcare provision in school as well as further information regarding ELC. As soon as this has been confirmed we will share with our families.
All children have now been informed of their classes for next year and have had an opportunity to have a Google Meet with their teacher. There will be another opportunity to meet with their class teacher next week and this will be shared on their classrooms.
Thank you for your continued support throughout the period of school closure and we hope that you are getting the chance to enjoy some of the lovely weather we have been having.
Just a quick reminder that tonight is our P1 Induction Evening at 6.30pm. The link to the meeting has been posted on to the classrooms. This will be a chance to meet the P1 Team and to hear about what P1 will look like. We look forward to seeing you there.
P7 Information – Millburn Academy sent us copies of the S1 timetables and these have been emailed to all parents with children going to Millburn in August. Please contact the school if you have not received this email.
There is also a S1 Induction evening for parents of pupils going to Millburn. This is to be held on Wednesday 24th June at 6:30pm – 7:30pm. The meet link has been posted on the P7 classrooms and children have been informed.
Week beginning June 22nd
- ELC to P1 Transition Information Evening- We will be hosting a P1 Transition Parents’ Evening on Thursday 25th June between 6.30pm-7.30pm. The meet link will be posted on the ELC classrooms this week. We will be able to share information about what the provision will look like in August and what arrangements will be for dropping children off/picking up. This will also be a chance for you to ask questions and we will endeavour to answer as many as we can with the latest information we have.
- Tuesday June 23rd – emails went out to all parents about classes for next year.
- Wednesday June 24th – Children will be able to meet their new teacher via Google Meet.
Week beginning June 29th
- Monday June 29th – Nursery Induction Information evening. This is open to new children starting nursery and also those that will be returning to nursery for a second year. This will be via Google meet and a link to the meeting will be sent this week. Meeting will start at 6.30pm.
- Wednesday July 1st Nursery Graduation (times to be confirmed in nursery classrooms)
- Wednesday July 1st @ 11.00am P7 Leavers’ Assembly. The P7s are busy preparing for their Leavers’ Assembly and creating their Yearbooks.
- Wednesday July 1st @ 2.00pm End of Session Whole School Assembly
- Thursday July 2nd @ 12.00pm end of term and summer holidays begin
Councillor John Finlayson, Chair of the Highland Council’s Education Committee responded to the announcement today by John Swinney, Deputy First Minister on the return of education.
“Today’s announcement by the Deputy First Minister that the planning assumption will now be for a full return to school for all pupils in August if it is safe to do so, is very welcome news for everyone and it reflects the aspirations that have been communicated to me over recent days by so many parents.
“The education of our young people is extremely important in terms of their educational, mental and social development, as well as their future opportunities and outcomes.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our school staff and our parents and pupils for their hard work and collaboration throughout the period of lockdown and especially over recent weeks when they have been developing plans to return pupils to school taking account of the rules that are currently in place. It has been a very difficult time in many ways for all.
“The safety of our children, our young people and all our staff has been paramount in all our preparations for return to school which include detailed planning and risk assessments. Safety will of course remain a top priority.
“We look forward to detailed guidance and information on new resources to enable us to take these preparations forward at pace, for a full return of pupils in August. We will work with the Scottish Government, trade unions, teaching staff, parents, and children and young people themselves to consider the implications and measures necessary.
“Whilst there will be a number of precautions and considerations, safety will remain the number one priority.
“It should not be forgotten that a full return to education in August will only be possible with continued adherence to national guidance and scientific advice and everyone has played an important role in helping to suppress the virus in our community. We cannot become complacent.”