School Update – January 2017

School News Update January 2017


Dear Parent/Carer


Burns Celebration

On Friday we will be celebrating Scottish culture with our Burns Assembly.  We will start our day with a whole school ceilidh in the playground.  Parents are welcome to congregate in the biggies playground to watch this event.


Visual Support Project

On our January In-Service day all staff attended training on using visuals to support learners in school.  As we progress through the term you will see a much more uniform approach to the using of visuals around the school.  Please find attached some information on the purpose of this project and how visuals can support all learners.

Visual Support – Letter to Parents

Victorian School Day

On Friday the 10th February we will be celebrating our 140th anniversary as a school with a Victorian School Day.  The children will be encouraged to bring a penny to school to pay for their school day and wear a Victorian costume if possible.  Please do not buy an outfit for this occasion.  I have cut and paste some ideas which incorporate items commonly found in the house below.  Please don’t worry if you don’t have these items.  A long skirt and blouse for girls and trousers and a shirt for a boy will look great.  However, you are welcome to be as creative as you have time to be and inspired to be!

Chimney sweep costume

Ruggedly cut the bottoms off some brown or grey trousers, which they can wear with plimsolls. Add a scruffy white shirt; you could dye one in tea to make look more authentic! (To do this add a tea bag to a bucket of warm water and soak the shirt in it.) Put some dirt or brown/black face paint on their face and hands to make it look like they’ve been up a chimney. Accessorise with a flat cap and, of course, with a ‘sweeping brush’.

Victorian girl costume

A long, dark-coloured dress or skirt with a long sleeved blouse. Add a shawl around the shoulders and a head scarf around the head to accessorise, all of which you should be able to find in a charity shop no problem! If you can’t get a long dark dress/skirt for a child, get a knee-length adult one and tighten the waist with a belt. Plimsolls or ballet pumps on the feet would be ideal

Victorian boy costume

If you have taken your child to a wedding and gone for the whole suited and booted attire you’ll probably have most of what you need for this to hand. Go for dark trousers, a dark coloured waistcoat and a white or cream shirt. Fasten on a bow tie or tie an adult tie into a bow around the neck. Possibly make a paper top hat? School shoes on the feet are fine.

Yours sincerely,

Faye Calder-Kelly

Head Teacherl