Class 1 – End of Term Photos

A small selection of photos from our last week at school. Class 1 enjoyed their movie and teddy afternoon, doing paired literacy learning, paired French games with Class 2, finishing off their crafty models and improving their fitness with a GoNoodle workout.
Please keep taking care of yourselves and each other. Even though I’m missing you all lots, I’m glad you’re keeping safe and will be in touch again next term. From Miss Costa 🙂

End of Term Message

Two weeks ago we could not have envisaged this scenario as the end to Term 3. We have all had to cope, and continue to cope with, tremendous and fact-moving changes to our lives.

On behalf of the school staff we would like to say a massive “Thank you!” to our parents and families for your support and patience as we try to work out how best to accommodate learning online, whilst being mindful that every family will be coping with different pressures and worries. The supportive comments received by staff have been much appreciated.

As usual staff will not be available over the holiday period. The generic school email box is the best way to make contact with us in the first instance, after the break.

As you are faced with the challenge of keeping children occupied over what will be a very strange holiday period, remember that there is a multitude of resources on the Highland Digital Hub, on BBC bitesize and many many other online locations. Here is a list of ten really useful sites compiled by the Highland Council Digital team:

We look forward to being in contact with the children after the holidays. IN the meantime, take good care of yourselves and keep well.

Wednesday 25.3.20

How is everyone doing? Please bear with the long post but I think it is good to share what is going on behind the scenes at the moment.

This week’s message from the government that we are all, unless it is absolutely necessary, to stay at home has meant yet further adjustments to all our lives. Yesterday, unsurprisingly, this caused issues with online access. That was certainly the experience of staff and no doubt the same for you too. Today has been more productive for staff.

If you are using a school Chromebook and access to Google classroom has been an issue consider trying another device if you have one.

With this in mind we are extending online pupil registration to 12pm daily to allow online congestion to ease. Registration is statutory so the same rules apply as usual; if we don’t hear from you we will follow up any unrecorded registrations. The three day absence rule also applies in that if we do not receive a response from you for three days we will instigate Missing in Education protocols. During these uncertain times looking after the welfare of our pupils remains paramount.

If you need to contact the school or class teachers please do so through my email address

Thank you for your patience and understanding as staff figure out how best to plan and present teaching and learning next term. We are also working out when staff will be available as a daily presence in the “classroom” as they balance their own care-giving/home-schooling scenarios with being class teachers. Outwith these times teachers will not be contactable – just as usual. Knowing how dedicated the staff are, I know they will feel compelled to step in and help at every message alert. As I need to bear their wellbeing in mind too, I must ensure that staff have time to step away from their devices too! There will be more details soon.

We are meeting daily as a staff to work through our planning and organisation for next term. There is a lot to think about going forward, especially if this situation continues for a longer period of time.

Like you, I am seeing lots on social media about home-schooling. There are many helpful suggestions for sites, apps and home learning ideas. For some of us that feels over-whelming and unhelpful right now. For others its’a blessing especially if you have a child/ren who are asking for and showing an absolute need to have a routine including learning activities.

Please do what is right for you and your family this week. Some families are figuring out the tricky balance between managing the adults working for home as well as managing children’s learning. Others are raring to go with a learning timetable. It doesn’t matter as long as it is manageable for your family. You are already your child/ren’s prime educators and know your children and their needs best.

At the beginning of next term the Google classrooms will be populated with weekly and daily input. Until then try these links (shared previously) :

If you have any questions or need any assistance please email me in the first instance.

I will do my best to answer promptly as connectivity allows!

Websites available for Learning

For those of you who like a bit of structure in your lives; here’s what various celebrities are offering you and your kids for free daily to help with their education while schools are closed:

9.00am – PE with Joe Wicks
10.00am – Maths with Carol Vorderman
11.00am – English with David Walliams
12.00pm – Lunch (cooking with Jamie Oliver)
1.00pm – Music with Myleene Klass
1.30pm – Dance with Darcey Bussel
2.00pm – History with Dan Snow (free for 30-days)
4.00pm – Home Economics with Theo Michaels (Mon/Wed/Fri)

Non-daily events include:
Science with Professor Brian Cox, Robin Ince & Guests
9.30am Wednesday 25 March – Geography with Steve Backshall

Ordering Free School Meals Week beginning 23.3.20

Those eligible can now order free school meals for this week by clicking the link below. Orders must be placed by 9.30 am each morning:

Please note that these Grab and Go style lunches require to be collected daily from Millburn Academy between 11am and 2pm, if you are ordering. We will keep you updated with any changes to these arrangements.