Due to adverse weather conditions today (Wednesday28th of February 2018) Ladywell Primary School is closed. Please take care in these extreme weather conditions and continue to check back here and on our twitter site for further updates.
In school and at home we have lots of high quality, colourful books and textbooks. In the lead up to World Book Day on Thursday 1st of March we would like to raise awareness that some children in poorer countries do not have books at home or at school. In Sub-Saharan Africa, 80% of people cannot read or write. Every year Book Aid International sends over half a million books to Africa. It costs them £2 to send just one book. These books go to libraries, schools, universities, reading clubs and hospitals. In 2016, Ladywell Primary raised an amazing £213.76! We would like to raise some money again this year to help them send even more books.
On Thursday 1st March (World Book Day), we will have a book sale in school. All the money raised will be donated to Book Aid International. This year our Pupil Council Representatives will help to organise and manage the book sale. Please help us by donating any books suitable for children, before the 1st of March.
Books can change the lives of children in Africa and Ladywell Primary can help.
We are very pleased and proud to announce that we have recently been awarded a Rights Respecting School Bronze Award!
This is part of our school improvement plan and a key area that we wish to develop in our school over the coming years.
The initiative is part of UNICEF and is described on its website below:
“There are three stages to the Rights Respecting Schools Award. Its transformative and rigorous approach means the journey to the highest stage can take up to four years.
Together young people and the school community learn about children’s rights, putting them into practice every day. The Award is not just about what children do but also, importantly, what adults do. In Rights Respecting Schools children’s rights are promoted and realised, adults and children work towards this goal together.”
As St. Andrew’s Hospice Ambassadors, Primary 7/6 have been learning about the care and support that the hospice provide for people in Lanarkshire.We have been been so impressed by the charity and its fantastic work that we wanted to help in some way.
We have been selling Christmas cards, decorations and badges to our school community over the festive period.This has been a big responsibility which our teacher said we took on very maturely.After all of our planning, poster designing and selling we managed to raise a whopping £242.30.
Ross from St. Andrew’s Hospice came to visit us at school and we were honoured to present him with this HUGE cheque.Thank you to everyone who has donated or helped us to make this possible.Our campaign continues…
Recently we have received a number of enquiries from parents regarding the provision of whole grapes to our pupils, in particular our P1’s. This seems to have been highlighted during our transition days.
We have conducted a thorough consultation regarding this issue and have taken advice from our inspectors also. Although there is no legislative guidance within the School Implementation Guide regarding cutting grapes before they are served, there is advice within the early years’ guidance – Setting the Table that grapes should be cut before serving to children under 5.
Due to the fact that some children may still be under 5 at the point of starting Primary 1 we are in agreement that grapes should be vertically halved when served to this year group. Although the guidance is only applicable to primary 1, we appreciate that during service some of the P1s can also come in to the canteen with other year groups ie P2 & P3. Accordingly the rule will be to provide cut grapes for P1-3.
Some schools may not be able to provide this due to staffing constraints and therefore the service of grapes may be limited or removed.
We appreciate that we have not had any incidences with grapes in the past, but given the media attention and potential risk grapes can pose, this is the safest move.
These measures will come in to play as of Monday 4 December 2017.
Sent on behalf of Michelle McGuinness, Nutritionist