23rd January School News

Burns Day

Many thanks to all staff for preparing the children for the celebration of the birthday of Robert Burns, national poet (Bard) on Wednesday 25th January. Children can wear a touch of tartan if they wish – maybe a shirt, tie, scarf, skirt or trousers. Do not go out to buy something but, if you have an item at home, children can wear tartan. In many classes, the children are making their own tartan badges and other items.

P6 pupils are preparing a Burns Supper and they are inviting grandparents and senior citizens from the community. If you know anyone who would like to come along at 10.45am for entertainment followed by lunch at 11.30am, please contact the school office.

Contact details

Please remember to make sure that we have your up to date contact details –  phone number and address. Whenever you change your phone number, please inform the office so that your records can be updated. Thank you.

Big Garden Birdwatch is next weekend (28th & 29th January) Please support your child to take part. https://ww2.rspb.org.uk/get-involved/activities/birdwatch

Tillydrone Library on Pennan Rd

Library membership

All children should be members of Aberdeen City libraries. It is free to become a member and then children (and adults) can borrow a variety of items –

  • Books of every type – lots to educate and entertain all children!
  • Large print books
  • Talking books
  • Videos
  • DVDs
  • Music CDs

If you look at http://www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/Library_Service/Services/lib_communitylibraries.asp you will see the addresses and photos of our local libraries in Tillydrone, Woodside and Bridge of Don as well as the Central Children’s Library in the city centre, very close to His Majesty’s Theatre.

When you go along to join, please take proof of your address.

Opening hours are

Central Library     Mon 9 – 8   Tues 9 – 5    Wed  9 – 8     Thurs 9 – 5       Fri 9 – 5      Sat 9 – 5

Bridge of Don    Mon 10 – 7     Tues 10 – 5    Wed 10 – 7     Thurs 10 – 5    Fri 10 – 5    Sat 10 – 1 and 2 – 5

Tillydrone     Mon 10 – 7    Tues 10 – 5     Wed 10 – 7    Thurs 10 – 5      Fri 10 – 5       Sat 10 – 1 and 2 – 5

Woodside     Mon 10 – 1 and 2 – 5  Tues 10 – 1 and 2 – 5    Wed 1 – 7   Thurs 10 – 1 and 2 – 5                                      Fri 10 – 1 and 2 – 5     Sat 10 – 1

Sacrament arrangements

Parents of pupils in P3, P4 and P7 will receive a letter this week with details of the preparation for the sacraments of Reconciliation (P3), First Holy Communion (P4) and Confirmation (P7). Any parent with questions about any of the sacraments is asked to contact Mrs Martin please.

Science Club

Mrs Jadid and Miss Webb are starting Science Club sessions for P6 and P7 pupils this week. It will usually be on Wednesdays between 3.30pm and 4.30pm but sometimes has to be on Tuesdays to accommodate staff meetings. If you wish your child to attend, please complete and return the slip on the letter for P6 & P7.

Active Schools Activities

The After-School Clubs organised by Sarah Doran, Active Schools Co-ordinator, resume this week. Please contact Sarah if you have any queries about any of the classes – 07825 228173 or 01224 655421 SaDoran@sportaberdeen.co.uk

  • Monday Basketball for P4 – P7 3.15pm – 4.30pm
  • Tuesday   Multi-Activity Club for P1 – P3  3.15pm – 4pm
  • Thursday  Dance for P4 – P7   3.30pm – 4.30pm
  • Friday   Netball for P3 – P5    3.15 – 4.30pm

Parent Council News


All parents are invited to the next meeting of the Parent Council on Wednesday 1st February at 6.30pm –  8pm. Please come along to share your ideas about events, options for the school estate and how to involve parents meaningfully in the life of the school. We can arrange a creche if there is a demand for it.



We have been very concerned that a small group of children are using bad language and swearing on a regular basis. They should not be using these words in school and other children should not have to listen to them. When we speak to children about this, they say that they hear the words from adults at home or on the TV or websites (especially YouTube). Please help us by checking the language to which your children are exposed and emphasising the difference between good and bad words. Thank you.

ICT updates

Pupils are enjoying a variety of activities using the different ICT equipment we have in school. Many pupils have now been given log ins to Google Classroom which allows them to view their classwork when they are at home and share their learning with their families. In school, they use Google Chromebooks to access this but they should be able to find it at https://classroom.google.com/ – or search for ‘Google Classroom’ on home PCs or laptops.

Many thanks for all the support you give to your own child and our school community.

Jo Martin  22nd January 2017