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Newsletter Monday 29th August 2016

Dear P.7 Parent/Carer,

Primary 7 – Session 2016/17

Every year of a child’s education is important. However, P.7 is a significant year for many reasons.

Our P.7 children are expected to set high standards as they are role models for the younger pupils. They are delegated additional responsibilities; Pupil Councilors and Nations’ Captains. They are afforded privileges; black sweat shirts to indicate seniority and being responsible for entering school without lining up. They are presented with exciting opportunities; Lagganlia Outdoor Experience, The Risk Factory.

Most importantly, it is a year of transition where our pupils will be undertaking tasks and activities to ensure they are as well prepared for high school as possible. This will include a three day visit to your child’s catchment high school.

In the meantime, please find the following information of use:

Pupil Council and Nations’ Captains Elections

I have informed our P.7 pupils with regard to Pupil Council and Nations’ Captains. Pupils have been asked to consider their suitability for these roles and to decide if they are qualified to nominate themselves for a position of responsibility. Those nominating themselves require to complete an application form and submit to me as follows:

  • Applications for Pupil Council to me by Friday 2nd September 2016.
  • Applications for Nations’ Captain to me by Friday 9th September 2016.

Applicants will then be invited to present their ‘campaign’ to the P.4 to P.6 year groups at the following assemblies:

  • Pupil Council Assembly at 9.45 a.m. on Friday 9th September 2016.
  • Nations’ Captain Assembly at 9.45 a.m. on Friday 16th September 2016.

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL P.7 PARENTS AND FAMILY MEMBERS ARE INVITED TO JOIN US AT THESE ASSEMBLIES. I AM SURE MANY OF OUR PARENTS WILL ENJOY HEARING OUR P.7 PUPILS PRESENT THEIR ‘MANIFESTO’.

P.7 Outdoor Learning Experience at Lagganlia Camp

All P.7 pupils have the opportunity to attend our outdoor learning experience at Lagganlia Outdoor Education Camp. I am hopeful that all P.7 pupils will attend.

Lagganlia Camp is situated on the edge of The Cairngorms National Park, close to Newtonmore and Kingussie. Travel to Lagganlia is by coach.

The Lagganlia Outdoor Camp experience is booked to cover the following dates:

  • Depart on the morning of Monday 27th March 2017.
  • Returning early afternoon of Friday 31st March 2017. *Please note the return date is the day school closes for Easter Holiday.

Activities may include hill walking, pot-holing/caving, abseiling, orienteering, water sports etc. The activities develop problem solving and team work. The camp experience is matched to Experiences and Outcomes contained within Curriculum for Excellence.

For most P.7 pupils, this camp experience is their favourite and most memorable experience during their primary school years.

The cost of the camp is £290 + £20 for the coach transport. The £20 cost of transport is not yet confirmed, this has been based on previous years. Therefore the total cost of the camp is £310.

I appreciate that the cost of the outdoor camp experience is quite considerable, therefore I suggest three ways of paying the fee as follows:

  • We require a deposit of £60.00 paid during the month of September 2016
  • Payment Option 1 – the full amount outstanding £310 – £60.00 = £250 (after deducting the deposit) by Tuesday 28th February 2017
  • Payment Option 2 – half of the amount outstanding (after deducting the deposit) £125.00        by Wednesday 30th November 2016 and £125 by Tuesday 28th February 2017
  • Payment Option 3 – monthly instalments (after deducting the deposit) of £50 to be paid over October 2016, November 2016, December 2016, January 2017 and February 2017

There will be a meeting on Tuesday 21st February 2017 at 6.30 p.m. Parents and children may attend. The purpose of this meeting will be to learn about the purpose and activities at camp.

In the meantime, do not hesitate to contact me if you require to discuss any issues related to camp.

High School Transition Days

Your child will attend their allocated high school for three days in June 2017. For most children that will be Portobello High School. However, a small number may transfer to Leith Academy or Holyrood RC High School. The three day period covers Tuesday 20th, Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd June 2017.

P.7 Leavers’ Dance

The P.7 Leavers’ Dance will be on the evening of Friday 23rd June 2017 – 6.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m.

I am keen to involve parents and children in the planning of this event. I invite any parent who would like to be a member of an ‘organising group’ to meet me at 6.00 p.m. on Thursday 29th September 2016. This will be a short meeting.

P.7 Leavers’ Assembly

The P.7 Leavers’ Assembly will be on Friday 30th June 2017 at 9.45 a.m.

Thank you to all in our P.7 community for your help and support.

I can confirm that the P.7 year stage has made an excellent start to the term and we have an exciting year in prospect with Mrs. Lunniss and Ms. Warrender planning enthusiastically for session ahead.

Please complete the reply slip contained in the download and return it to Mr. French by Friday 9th September 2016.

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