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NOVEMBER 2017 NEWSLETTER                                                   

ENROLMENTSPrimary 1 Enrolment for session 2018-2019 is 20th – 24th  November.  There will be further details in the local press.  Please collect an enrolment pack from the school office or Nursery during that week if you have a child who will be 5 years old before 28th February 2018. 

ELC (Nursery) Enrolment for session 2018–2019 is 22nd – 26th January.  There will be further details in the press.  Please collect an enrolment pack from the school office during that week if you have a child who will be

3 years old before 28th February 2019. 

4 years old before 28th February 2019 NOTE: Your child will need an enrolment pack even if they are currently attending the ELC.

STAFF IN-SERVICE TRAINING:  School will be closed on Thursday 9th and Friday 10th November for staff in-service training. 

HOLIDAY:  School will be closed on Monday 27th November for St Andrew’s Day.

CHRISTMAS CONCERTSOur P1-3 and P6-7 concerts will be on Wednesday 20th December. P1-3 will perform at 2pm and the P6-7 concert will start at 6pm. The Christmas Crafts the children have been making with Mrs Tice and Mrs Deas, along with some other parent helpers, will be on sale after these concerts when tea and coffee will also be available. As we did last year, we will be charging £2 entry for tickets which will include your tea / coffee and a mince pie after the concert. The Primary 4-5 performance will take place on Thursday 21st December at 2pm as part of our End of Term Service at Teviot Church. A silver collection will be taken with half the money going to the church and the other half to a chosen charity by P4-5 children.

Due to the busy schedule in the last week of term, our P6-7 performance for the ‘older’ residents in the community will take place during our dress rehearsal on Wednesday 20th at 9.30am. 

The ELC Concerts will take place on Friday 15th December.

 Christmas parties will take place from the 12th December. Tuesday 12th all P2s and P3s. Tuesday evening all P6s and P7s. Wednesday 13th all P4s and P5s. Thursday 14th all P1s. Tuesday 19th ELC Party in the afternoon for all ELC children.

SCHOOL CHRISTMAS LUNCH:  If your child/ren would like a Christmas Lunch in school on the last day of term, Thursday 21st December, please order on ParentPay or at the school office.  Cost is £2.10.  There is no charge if your child is eligible for Free School Meals.

Please note, if you order lunches in advance you will need to reorder when it is a theme lunch day.

CLASS ASSEMBLIES: We are again inviting parents to join us for their child’s class assembly. The assemblies take place on a Friday afternoon from 12.15 to 12.45pm.  The children normally prepare some information and songs related to what they have been learning in class. The following dates have been set:

3/11/17 = P3S                 26/1/18 = P5B   

16/2/18 = All P1s                     2/3/18 = P4                    16/3/18 = All P2s             

23/3/18 = P7H                 27/4/18 = P6/7                18/5/18 = P3P

WALK TO SCHOOL WEEK: All the pupils took part in “Walk to school week” last week. The pupils noted how they came to school –there was a high percentage of pupils who walk and also an encouraging number of pupils who decided to “Park and Stride”. Well done to all pupils for taking part.

TEA AND TOAST: Flyers have been sent home inviting any Parents or Carers to join us for “Tea and toast” on the staffroom immediately after you have dropped your children off. All are welcome –come along and have a chat and a cup of tea –Free of charge!

ECO-COMMITTEE: Our Eco-Committee have carried out an audit and have written our Action Plan. This is to be submitted and hopefully will help lead to us receiving a coveted Green Flag award –more to follow!

BOOK FAIR: Our Book Fair is taking place this week until Thursday 2nd November.  All classes will have one session to have a look at the books and another session to bring their money in to buy books. Money should be placed in a sealed envelope with your child’s name and class clearly marked. Parents are welcome to visit the Book Fair during the day or after school until 3.45 p.m. There will also be an evening session on Wednesday 1st November 6.00 – 7.30 p.m.  If you are able to spend some time in school during the day this week to help with the Book Fair, please let Mrs Macleod in the office know when you are available.  Thank you.

HEALTH: Amanda Scott will be visiting classes on 6th November to do oral hygiene talks. P1 medicals take place Tuesday 14th November.

PARENT COUNCIL: FODS are carrying out some fund raising activities at Christmas. In preparation for this they are taking each class on Monday / Tuesday afternoons to create some master pieces! The crafts will be sold at the various Christmas Concerts and children will bring home a flier to see if you wish to purchase something particular your child has made.


The girls Netball training has been going very well with Mrs Watson and Miss McAndrew coaching the children. In addition to the Hawick tournaments in January and February the children are being given the chance to play against other schools in the town in a series of friendly matches. These games will take place at the Auld Baths on Tuesdays from 4-5pm on 7th, 23rd and 28th November. Girls who are not involved in these friendly matches will continue training in school as normal. The Hawick Netball Cup takes place on Thursday 23rd November at Burnfoot.

Well done to the football team for winning their match against Wilton J We will be entering teams for a Hawick Footie Competition on Friday 17th November from 1.45 – 4pm at the Astro.

PRIMARY 7 RESIDENTIAL: Thank you to everyone who supported the Fund raising fashion Show on Friday night. The event was very well attended. A special thank you to Jo Douglas for co-ordinating the event and to all the parent helpers who helped prior to and on the night. The next fund raising activity is the Bag Packing. The children will be coming home with letters looking for commitment to slots to be on duty on Friday 1st Dec at Sainsbury’s 2-6pm, Saturday 2nd Dec at Sainsbury’s and Morrisons from 10-2pm and Sunday 3rd Dec at Morrisons from 10-2pm.

STAFF: We are delighted to announce the safe arrival of Erin Joanna Willison! Mrs Willison had her baby on Sunday evening and we are pleased to say they are both doing well.

Mrs Hedley and Mrs J Sharkey will be attending a ceremony at HQ to receive their long service awards. They have both worked for Scottish Borders Council for over 20 years! 

COUNTRY DANCING: We are delighted that our P4 children will be getting the opportunity to participate in Country Dancing again this year. Volunteers from the RSCD come in to deliver the sessions which will take place on Tuesday mornings until Friday 24th November when they will join all the other P4 children in the town for a special Ceilidh in the Town Hall.

PHOTOGRAPHER: The last date for returning school photographs has now passed. Therefore any orders can be placed direct online if you have the code which is on the envelope.

DIVERSITY WEEK: Well done to all of our Primary 3 children for their performance at the Diversity Dance Showcase. The children performed dances to reflect the different countries some of the children come from. You can see an extract of the ITV Border News report on our Facebook page.


Football:  Training sessions at the Astroturf. 

Wednesday – boys (P4-P7) - 5.00–6.00 p.m. Friday – girls (P4-P7) - 1.00–2.30 p.m.

P2 Football: Fridays 1-2p.m. until Friday 25th November

Netball: girls Tuesdays 3.20 -4.15p.m.

Badminton: P6 Mondays 3.20 -4.15 until 11th December

Cricket: P4-7 Thursdays 3.20 -5p.m. Cricket pitch

Rugby: Fridays 1.15 – 2.15 p.m. at Volunteer Park starting on 26th August. Keown Trophy semi-finals Saturday 4th November, 8.30 @ Wilton Lodge Park. Finals on Sunday 19th November 8.30 @ Mansfield Rugby Park

Music: P6-7 Fridays during brunch. (Children must commit to attending every week)

Computer Club:  The school website is being run by P7 pupils.  To see examples of children’s work, photos of school events, news of events, meetings etc log on to -

SCHOOL CLOSURES:  For a list of days when the school is closed, please see ‘Dates for your Diary’. Details can also be found on the external notice boards, School website and Scottish Borders Council’s website, schools section.


PLAYDATES: Thank you to those parents/carers who have come in and signed up for our Playdates, the children are enjoying having you in our ELC and showing you the ropes.  Our new ‘Playdate’ book completed by grown-ups and children, is looking fantastic, this is kept in the Parent Zone for anyone who wants a peek.  If anyone would like any further information on our Playdates please speak to Miss Smith.

HAVING YOUR SAY: We love to hear your views on ELC life and appreciate any feedback you can give us, which will enhance our practice.  If you’ve not already done so, could you please complete our Settling-in Questionnaire?  These are available on the table under the ‘Blether Board’.  Also for afternoon parents/carers – what are your thoughts on the early pick-up that we offer?  Miss Smith will be collating the feedback in November – thank you to those of you who have already taken the time to share your views – we really appreciate them.

SAFETY As the weather is fast changing and colder days are upon us, can we ask that you dress your child appropriately according to the weather conditions and wrap up warm.  We endeavour to encourage the children to be independent by changing their own shoes and hanging up their coats.  It would be of great assistance if parents/carers could encourage the children to do this at home, as well as remaining outside the cloakroom to prevent overcrowding, which can be distressing for the children.

SNACK MONEY If you have not yet paid snack please see Miss Law at your earliest convenience with the following fees for the term:

LEARNING JOURNEYS:The children have really been getting used to their Learning Journeys. They have been busy sticking in photographs and other work they have produced.  We are looking forward to sending them home in the middle of November so you can get a glimpse of what they do in the ELC.  Please feel free to add some photos or other bits and pieces from home if your child would like to.  You are more than welcome to look at your child’s Personal Learning Journey at any time.  They can be found in the Parent Zone.

CHRISTMAS DATES FOR YOUR DIARY: That busy time of year is almost upon us and in the ELC we will shortly be getting into the ‘Christmas Spirit’ here are some dates for your diary:

Christmas Concert – Friday 15th December – There will be two concerts, one for morning session children and one for afternoon session children.  The concerts will take place during session times, more specific timings for the Concerts will follow closer to the date.

Christmas Party – Tuesday 19th December in the AFTERNOON - Letters will be sent out with more information soon.

Christmas Lunch – Thursday 21st December - The children will receive a Christmas lunch as their snack. This will happen in normal session times.


Monday 30th October – Thursday 2nd November ‘17

Book Fair week

Thursday 9th November 2017

School Closed – Staff In-service Training

Friday 10th November 2017

School Closed – Staff In-service Training

Monday 27th November 2017

School Closed – St Andrew’s Day Holiday

Wednesday 20th December 2017

Infant & P6/7 Concerts  2pm & 6pm

Thursday 21st December 2017

P4-5 Perform at End of Term Service 2pm

Friday 22nd December 2017 – Friday 5th January 2018 inclusive

School Closed – Holiday

Tuesday 30th & Wednesday 31st January

Parents Night

Friday 9th February 2018

School Closed – Staff In-service Training

Monday 12th & Tuesday 13th February 2018

School Closed – Holiday

Saturday 24th March 2018

Reivers Festival

Friday 30th March – Friday 13th April 2018 inclusive

School Closed – Holiday

Friday 4th May 2018

School Closed – Staff In-service Training

Monday 7th May 2018

School Closed – Holiday

Friday 8th June 2018

School Closed – Common Riding Holiday

Monday 11th June 2018

School Closed – Local Holiday

Tuesday 26th June 2018


Wednesday 27th June 2018

Last day of term for pupils and staff

Monday 20th August 2018

Staff resume – Staff In-service Training

Tuesday 21st August 2018

Pupils resume


Wednesday 16th May 2018

1514 Concert

Thursday 24th May 2018

May Fair

Wednesday 30th May 2018

P1-3 Sports Day

Thursday 31st May 2018

P4-7 Sports Day

Tuesday 19th & Wednesday 20th June

P7 Visits to HHS

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