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May 2021 Newsletter

Newsletter – May 2021


We are pleased to let you know that Mrs Gemmell, Miss MacDonald and Miss Sinclair will be returning from maternity leave before the end of term.  We look forward to welcoming them back.  Please note current classing structures will not be affected.


Class Organisation 2021/2022

We are beginning to look at classes for next year and are pleased to inform you that we will continue to have 15 mainstream classes and 3 Gaelic classes, we will also have 5 classes in the Autism Provision.  We will update you on staffing and more specific classing structure when we have this confirmed.

COVID 19 Self- Isolation

I would like to take this opportunity to remind you of the general advice currently in place for everyone: If anyone in your household develops symptoms of COVID19 the symptomatic person should self-isolate and be tested as soon as possible. Everyone else in the household should also stay at home if someone you live with or someone in your extended household has symptoms. The symptoms include:

  • a high temperature or fever

  • a new continuous cough

  • a loss of or change in sense of smell or taste.

New Phone System and School Office Communication

We are really pleased to have our new upgraded phone system.  As advised in our School App, this has given us a new school number: 01786 237933.

Our school office is manned between 8.30 am and 3.30 pm.  Please ensure your child knows their going home arrangements in the morning before school.  We understand that on the odd occasion, these may change.  If you need to let your child know of a change in circumstances during the school day, please call the school office and ensure that you have spoken to a member of staff in person.  It is not suitable to email the school with last minute adjustments, as our email is not constantly monitored and we cannot guarantee that we will pick up the email in time to inform your child before the end of the day. 

We do ask all children to come back in to the school office if there is no-one there to collect them as planned so that we can contact you.  Please reinforce this message with your child.

New Absence Reporting Procedure

Please use the new telephone number 01786 237933 to report your child’s absence between 8.45-10.00am.  If your child has not arrived at school and we have not heard from you, we aim to follow up any unexplained absences by phoning your contact numbers.  It is important that the school have the most up to date contact numbers at all times.  At times messages are left on phones if there is no response, so please take this into account when giving us contact numbers.  This system has been set up to support you in keeping your child safe. 

If your child has been absent from school, please let us know the reason either in writing, by telephone or via email.  All schools are required to provide The Scottish Government with attendance and absence statistics.  In an effort to ensure that the information we pass on is as accurate as possible, we follow up any unexplained absences on a regular basis.  An increasing amount of time is being spent following up unexplained absences.  Any unexplained absences will be followed up by a member of our Senior Leadership Team.  Those absences where we have not received a response will be recorded as unauthorised.  I am sure that you will appreciate the need for accurate figures and thank you for your support and co-operation regarding this process.

Prompt Arrival at school

Please ensure that your child arrives at school promptly in the morning.  We have a flexible start time of 8.55 am – 9.05 am and this gives children adequate time to arrive and get to class, however, we are now noticing that children are arriving after 9.05 am. 


We would like to remind parents/carers to park considerately in the streets around the school and not park over or partially across local residents’ driveways.  May we also remind you not to park or drop off within the yellow lines.  The Police in joint operation with Stirling Council parking wardens will be attending and issuing tickets to any offenders. 

PE Kit

Children can wear their P.E. Kit to school on the days that their class has P.E.  Please ensure that your child wears their full school uniform on the days they don’t have P.E,

Water Bottles

Children should bring a filled water bottle with them to school each day.  We follow Scottish Government guidelines and water bottles should contain only water and not fizzy drinks or juice.  We would appreciate your co-operation with this matter.

School Improvement Evaluation

Thank you to those parents/carers who have responded to our recent evaluation.  We are collating the replies and will share the information with you soon.

RAPP update

The Parent Council are organising their last fundraising initiative for this school session and will be sending out details next week. They are raising funds for an exciting new play area in school.  They would like to give each of the children a treat of smarties or allergen alternative to eat, the children would then keep the container, do tasks and good deeds around the house and fill the tube with what coins they can.  They will then bring this back to school before the end of term.


There will be a Ragbag collection on Monday 14 June.  Bags will be distributed soon.

School Uniform

School uniform is available to order on-line via our supplier School Wear Made Easy.  Please see the information on our website for details.  We also keep a very small stock of uniform in school but we are asking parents to use the on-line ordering system.  As this is a busy time for the supplier we would advise that you order in plenty of time so that your order arrives promptly.

Bikes in the playground

A reminder that, for the safety of children and adults, all children who cycle to school must dismount from their bikes at the school gate and walk their bike in to the playground to the bike racks. 

Dogs in the playground

Would parents/carers please ensure that they do not bring dogs into the playground during the school day and when dropping off and collecting at beginning and end of the school day.

Lost Property

We have a large amount of unclaimed lost property  – all unclaimed/un-named lost property will be donated to charity at the end of June. (We do have a separate box with daily lost property which will continue to be available to view).

School Holiday Dates

School Holiday Dates for 2021-2022 & 2022-2023 are available on the Stirling Council website.

Health Matters

Please can I remind all parents to regularly check children’s heads for headlice.  We would also like to remind parents and children of the importance of good hygiene, in particular handwashing.  We follow NHS guidelines, if your child has had vomiting and/or diarrhoea please do not send them back to school until 48 hours has elapsed following their last bout.  We appreciate your support with this and hope this helps to prevent the spread of germs.

Sports Day

Our Sports Day is planned for Monday 31 May and Tuesday 1 June.  Please remember that children should be appropriately dressed for the weather, in their house colours, for these two days with suitable clothes and trainers or gym shoes, sun cream, sun hat and a waterproof jacket with a hood in case of bad weather! Water is provided by the parent council.  Please note NO parents will be able to attend the event.  We are capturing our sporting heroes and will supply a short collage from the day for you to view digitally. 


We are continuing to use Twitter as another way of celebrating our successes sharing our news. We do use photographs of children whom we know are allowed to be photographed. You can follow school events on our website or on our Twitter page - @RPSinStirling)

Summer Weather

Hopefully the warm and sunny days will start!  This means the children will be outdoors much more.  With this in mind, I would like to remind you of the need for sunscreen and sun hats for the children.  Can I ask you to please apply the “once a day application sunscreen” to children before they come to school and provide a sun hat if appropriate. 

Dates for your diary – please remember these are always subject to change:

Monday 31 & Tuesday 1 June        Sports day (NO attendance - collage available digitally)

Friday 28 May                                     Brighter Days – Dress Down Day

Monday 7 June & Thursday 10 June Nursery Sports Day (NO attendance - collage available digitally)

Wednesday 9 June                              Virtual P7 Performance (NO attendance - available digitally)

Monday 14 June                                  Ragbag Collection

Thursday 17 June                               P7 Graduation – Individual Timings to be advised

Thursday 24 June                               Virtual Church Service, available digitally

Friday 25 June                                    School closes for Summer Holiday

As always, if any matter gives you as a parent/carer cause for concern, please do not hesitate to let me or a member of the staff team know.

Mrs Michelle MacPhee