Gatehouse Primary School Newsletter February 2018.




Building Work:


The work has begun on the extension of the nursery and the changes to the office space and staffroom. For the next month or so, the school office is situated in the old Head teacher’s office.


Due to the building work a large portion of the playground has been taken over for the site office.  Space is limited for the children and the area around the playground is very muddy and we would recommend that children bring a pair of wellies to school with them for playtimes.


Given the limited space and the muddy grass it is more likely at the moment that children will have accidents and come home with muddy clothing.




Traffic Calming:


The traffic calming plans for the road outside the school should begin in the next financial year (2018- 2019). The changes should make it very clear where parents should not park, but in the meantime would like to remind everybody to park well away from the entrance to the school when dropping off or picking up children.




Parent Council:


Thanks to all the parents who turned out to the latest Parent Council Meeting and AGM.  The post of chair and treasurer changed at this meeting. Thanks to Mrs Ward and Mrs Carson for all their hard work over the previous years as chair and treasurer.


The post holders in the parent council are now:


  • Chair – Mrs Dodds 

  • Vice chair – Mrs Wilson

  • Treasurer -  Mrs Yates

  • Secretary – Lusi Alderslowe


Minutes from the meeting will be available on the school website this week. 


A soup and sweet fundraiser is planned for Friday 23 March. All money raised from this event will go towards helping the school to purchase a mobile interactive whiteboard for the school hall.


A Breakfast Club was also discussed and we will be sending out a group call to guage interest in this idea soon.


Curriculum Evening:


The Health and Wellbeing Curriculum Evening was very interesting and prompted a lot of thought provoking discussion. Thank you to everyone who came along.






School Holiday Consultation:


The authority are currently consulting on school holiday dates. Following a series of meetings across the authority a questionnaire will be sent out to all parents to gather all views.  The authority want to ensure that the pattern of the school day helps families and children get the best out of school.  Following the consultation and survey results the pattern for the school holidays for 2019 – 2022 will be published in June 2018.




Fit 4 Fun - Orienteering /Cross Country/ Sport:


  • Fit 4 Fun would like to invite all parents to come in and join in the fun on March 20 and 22. All parents will be welcome to come and join in with their child’s class to find out a little bit more about the programme, have some fun and get a bit of exercise. More details will be sent out nearer the time.

  • Solway Orienteers have made a fantastic map of the school grounds that we can use for orienteering (and lots of other things too). The group are coming in to help with Mr Cunningham on the 6 and 13 march Fit 4 Fun sessions. The school will then be sending a team to the orienteering competition held at The Cream of Galloway on Friday 16 March.

  • P5-7 will be taking part in the Stewartry Cross Country Competition on Wednesday 28 February. Mrs Hutchison will be coming to give the children a practice session on Wednesday 21 February during the afternoon. Any parents who would like to help out will be very welcome.

  • A team of P5-7s recently represented the Stewartry at the Sports hall Athletics Championships, against seven other schools much bigger than ours. The children were a great team and very supportive of one another.


Fund raising London:


Thank you for all the pupils and parents who helped out with the Tesco bag pack. The event raised £350.




Ready Steady Cook: A further fund raising event will be held on Monday 19 March from 6.30pm to 8pm - a Ready, Steady Cook! challenge between Gatehouse and Twynholm Primary Schools , with Mr Cruickshanks and Mr Riley taking on Mrs Scott and Mrs Maxwell.  Further entertainment (more details to follow) will be provided on the night and tickets are now available from the school office, priced at £3.50.




London organisation:


Please can you ensure that the London Trip is fully paid by Friday 16th March.


If there are any difficulties or problems with this, please get in touch.




Meanwhile, the final meeting for parents and pupils is Tuesday 13th March at 6.30pm at Twynholm School.