Welcome Back

Welcome back to another term at school. The children have all settled back in again well and are ready for lots of hard work and learning. This term is quite a long and busy one but don’t forget that we have a holiday weekend in February. Monday 15th February and Tuesday 16th February are holidays, and Wednesday 17th February is an In-service day.

As you will know, HMIe are visiting the week beginning 1st February. They will be inspecting the whole school; nursery, primary and secondary. The staff are already busy gathering the evidence the inspectors will want to see.

We have seen a real change in the weather this week; the snow caused quite a lot of excitement. Spare clothes in schoolbags are useful when the weather is like this, especially spare socks! We all know how lovely it is to have warm, dry feet after being out in the snow.

Keep an eye on the Highland Council website; it is kept up-to-date with any school closures. We always update the telephone line too when there is adverse weather information you need. Remember that the telephone line is only updated when we have something we need to tell you so, if you hear an old message; it means that everything should be running as normal.


Christmas Party

The Christmas party went very well. The children were well behaved and keen to join in the fun. We managed to fit in Pass the Parcel and Musical Statues games. We had a break from dancing for some food and then we had a very special visitor…..SANTA!! Santa was very kind because he had bags and bags of lovely presents, every pupil got one.

P1/2 open the canal gates at Fort Augustus

What a great day we had today! Mr Wiseman, Heritage Officer for the Scottish Waterways Trust, popped into the classroom to give us a great talk about the canal, its uses and its history. He had some brilliant pictures to show us, not least some that had Ms Scollay and her class in them from just a few years ago.

Even though the weather wasn’t too great, we braved it, wrapped up warm and dry, and headed out to walk up to the top of the flight of locks located just outside the school. Mr Wiseman introduced us to Linda, who told us how the water is let into and out of the locks and also allowed us to open and close the gates…it was a huge thrill to actually move each of the 20t gates.

Thanks so much to Mr Wiseman for coming down to Fort Augustus, and thanks also to all the mums and dads who came along to help make sure we were all safe getting around.

Reporting to Parents

We’d like to give a reminder to parents about what information we will routinely send out to you. Please remember that you can contact the school at any time if you would like more information.

Please find below a summary of our Reporting to Parents Schedule:

  • September- Parents Night
  • February- Parents Night
  • May- Annual Report
  • June- Open afternoon
  • Parental Curricular Information– September, January, May
  • Every term- Newsletters
  • Most terms- pupil Newspapers, we will try to stagger these so that they are not issued at the same time as the school newsletter, however please be patient as the end of term is often the logical time for this
  • The School Blog is up and running, please visit us at kilchuimenprimary.com
  • ‘Learning Logs’: September, November, January, March, May and June

We plan to replace the November ‘Learning Log’ with an interim report but this is a work in progress.

P1/2 visit to Inverness Library

7th Dec 2015

What a terrific morning we had today. Julie, the librarian, invited us to go to the Central Library at Inverness because she wanted to help support and encourage children to enjoy reading and take part in the Scottish Book Awards. Each P1 child has gone home today with their bookbug bag containing, among other things, 3 books shortlisted for the Scottish Book Awards Children’s Book of the year.

Julie read us a brilliant book called Shark in the Park and then we sang some great songs. She ensured that every P1 child has his or her own library card and told us that we can all take books out at any local library and return them to any other local library, so we chose from the hundreds of books in the children’s section and we’ll be able to return our books to the mobile library when it next visits us in Fort Augustus. We spent a little time enjoying the tunnels under the book cases and sharing our books with each other, later on, we sang to Bookbug himself, sending him to sleep…and finally, we tiptoed out of the library without waking him up again. We all agreed this is a great place to visit and we’d like to go again with our families.


P1/2 visit to “Ros Crana” holiday barge

3rd Dec 2015

Martin and Carrie of Caledonian Discovery gave P1/2 a terrific guided tour of one of their holiday barges, “Ros Crana”, which is currently being prepared for next season on its winter mooring at the top of Neptune’s Staircase at Banavie, Fort William. The boat is 44m long, which makes it 1m less than the maximum possible length for travelling along the Caledonian canal. The maximum length is determined by the dimensions of the locks which allow vessels to be raised and lowered to the level of the next stretch of water.

Martin explained that the canal was built to allow vessels to cross from one side of Scotland (entering from the Atlantic Ocean at Corpach) to the other (exiting into the North Sea at Inverness). Nowadays, the canal is still used by many different types of vessel, but by far the majority are holiday boats such as yachts and motor cruisers. Ros Crana is very much a holiday vessel, and is no longer used for its original purpose, which was to transport goods throughout the european canal system.

Our tour guides very generously gave up their time to show the children around the boat, both inside and out. It can accomodate up to 12 guests and 4 crew. We saw the wheelhouse, the cabins, the upper lounge and the lower lounge, along with a drying room and galley. All too soon, it was time to go, so we waved a fond farewell to Ros Crana and wished Martin and Carrie well. It was a super trip…thank you.


Our Brilliant Badminton Team!

Emma Findlay, Hugo Findlay, Julina Cameron and Sam Kennard all attended the annual Lochaber Primary Schools Badminton Tournament at Lochaber High School. The tournament was also attended by schools from Fort William, Mallaig, Strontian and Invergarry. Each pupil was placed in a pool of six. After playing each of their opponents the top two from each pool progressed into the knockout stages of the competition consisting of a quarter final, semi final and a grand final.

All pupils demonstrated some excellent Badminton with Hugo, Emma and Julina progressing onto the quarter finals. Sam played fantastically but narrowly missed out on progressing to the quarter finals following some extremely close games. Hugo and Julina managed to qualify for the quarter finals. They were knocked out by some very stiff competition but played very well and pushed their opponents on every point. Emma made it all the way to the final which she won 11-6 and was crowned the Girls Champion 2015.

Well done Emma, Hugo, Sam and Julina! The progress you have all made in Badminton has been amazing!

Craft Fair

Thank you all for coming to our Craft Fair on Friday. We raised around £450 which is fantastic. Thank you to all the pupils, parents and staff who worked hard to support this.We will let you know the final figure as soon as we have it. Some of the money is for the Pupil Council, some for Nursery Fund, some for P7 Edinburgh trip and the rest for School Fund. We will let you know how it all breaks down as soon as possible.

Pointilism Painting

The P5/6/7 class have put the finishing touches to their pointillism artwork. Pointillism is a painting technique using small dots of paint to build an image and was born out of the impressionist. By varying the density of dots and the mixtures of colour it is possible to create a huge range of distinct images.

It has been a really enjoyable project which the whole class has enjoyed. The quality of the artwork they have produced has been excellent. It is all the more impressive because the only colours the children had access to were red, blue, yellow and white. Every colour used in their painting had to be mixed individually.

Below are some examples of their work. More can be seen displayed around the school.