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October 2014

Staff News

We are saying good luck this week to Mrs Martin who is retiring.  I am sure you will join me in wishing her a happy retirement and in thanking her for all her work in the school office and in supporting children in the twenty-five years she has worked at the school!


Good luck also to Mrs MacKinnon and Miss McMillan who will be going on maternity leave after the October holiday.


In September P6 and P7 had a presentation and workshops from the NSPCC ChildLine Schools Service about how to stay safe.  The schools service is working with all schools in Argyll and Bute.  The NSPCC have provided this message for all parents and carers:


The ChildLine Schools Service has recently visited all children in Primary 6 & 7 to provide them with key messages about keeping safe.  It can be beneficial for these messages to be reinforced at home.  The NSPCC has developed some guide lines for all parents of primary school aged children to speak to your child about keeping safe – called the Underwear rule.


You can find guides to the Underwear Rule to help you have simple conversations about keeping safe from abuse at the NSPPC website.


You can speak to an advisor for further advice or request a hard-copy guide for parents and carers by phoning the NSPCC Helpline on 0808 800 5000.  You can also visit the NSPCC website for other advice on keeping your child safe.


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News from the term so far


Food for Thought

This term Castlehill is involved with Dalintober and the Grammar School in a Food for Thought Project.  The purpose of the project is to enable learning about local food produces and to promote healthy eating and living.  The project is working towards an event in the evening of Wednesday 19th November, which will include a performance by the Barrowband.  (More details will follow).


  • All children were given the opportunity to take part in the ‘Name the Event’ competition.  The class winners’ entries were then judged alongside entries from Dalintober.  The overall winning entry was from Castlehill with the event title of ‘Kintyre Fun Food Festival’.

  • Visits are being planned for some children to visit local producers.  This week a group of P7 children will be visiting the Muneroy.

  • Linking both to their own class learning and the Food for Thought Project, P1 and P1/2 visited the Community Garden last week.


Active Schools

Through the local Active Schools Coordinator, the following activities have taken place:


  •  All classes had a Tag Rugby taster session.

  • After-school Dance cluster clubs have run on Mondays for P1 to 3 and P4 to 7.

  • P5 have taken part in badminton sessions

  • P1 and P1/2 girls took part in a dance session last Friday as part of Active Girls Day.


Oral Health

  • Daily tooth brushing after lunchtime has started for children in P1, P1/2 and P2.

  • Fluoride varnishing for children in classes P1 to P5 took place in September.


Smoke Free Me

P7 attended the performance of Smoke Free Me at Dalintober in September as part of their Health and wellbeing programme.

Piano Workshop

The Kintyre Music Club invited local schools to send piano students to see w workshop at Lorne & Lowland Church Hall by Yuangfang Yan, a seventeen year old pianist who has competed in the Young Musician of the Year competition.  Seven children from Castlehill were able to go and enjoy his performance.