Gatehouse Newsletter June 2017




Romania Trip


The trip to Romania was a great success. The children had a fantastic experience and learned such a lot. Throughout the trip the children’s behaviour was exemplary and they were wonderful ambassadors for their school and country. We will organise an assembly before the end of term so you will be able to find out more about what we got up to when we were away.




Global Citizens Week


There was a real buzz about the school last week as the children worked in groups to find out about the different countries around the world.  The children shared their learning at a get together on Friday morning.  The African Drummers and dancers, who were such a great hit on their last visit, also returned this week to deliver a performance and workshops as part of the Global Citizens week.






The Paul Jones Football Festival is now in its 3rd week. Both teams are playing well and enjoying the football.


Lewis Pickthall and Matthew Hind represented the school at the annual inter school golf tournament and the boys were commended for their sporting behaviour and positive attitude.






School starts at 9am and children should be on the playground in their lines ready for the register at this time. Being on time is a very important life skill for all children to learn.  As well as being good manners, being on time is an essential part of any job the children might take up in the future. Being on time for school also shows the children that school is important. Being late disrupts the learning for the rest of the class. In order to encourage all children to be on time we will be sending letters home to any pupils who are consistently late (once per week). If you receive this letter please make every effort to make sure your child arrives at school on time.






Following the recent events in Manchester, the council are asking all schools to practise Lockdown / evacuation procedures with the children. We will therefore be practising these procedures this term.




School Sports Day


A reminder that the date and time for the school sports day is Friday 9th June at 1pm.


If the weather is unsuitable, Sports will be postponed until Friday 16th June.


On the morning of the Sports Day the Parent Council will be running a cake sale for the children. In the afternoon there will be a refreshment stall selling tea, coffee, juice and cakes to spectators. All money raised will go towards providing blinds for the classroom windows. Any donations of cakes and tray bakes would be very gratefully received and should be sent into school on Thursday 8th or Friday 9th June.




School Nursery


Nursery Hours are being extended in Scotland to 1140 hours. To be ready for any changes that come along the school nursery will need to be altered and extended in size. The architects have looked at the school and drawn up an initial plan extending the current nursery into the Head teacher’s office and the staff room. Plans of the proposal are available to look at in the nursery. The building work is proposed to start in January 2018.




Free School Meals / Clothing Grant Applications 2017/18


The school now has a supply of these forms for next session. 


Please ask at the school office if you would like one.




Parking outside School 


The Junior Road Safety Officers (JRSOs) will soon be patrolling the area outside the school to ensure that nobody is parking dangerously. The police are working in conjunction with the school to make sure that parking is safe and not endangering children as they enter and leave the school. The JRSOs will also be sending out a leaflet to all families explaining the importance of safe parking outside the school.




Letters/Forms regarding school trips and other activities 


Please try to reply by the stated deadlines as this is vital to help with the planning and organisation in school.




Quaichs/Cups & Trophies


As the school year draws to a close it is time to start to collect in all awards given out last year. Sports Champion Shields, The Beth Pringle Citizenship Quaich and The Rab Thomson Sport Endeavour Awards all need to be returned to the school office. 




This year we have a new award generously donated by the Murray Usher Foundation in memory of the local architect Antony Wolffe. The award will be to commemorate musical excellence and will be presented this year at the final assembly by Mr Wolffe’s widow Alix.