Wednesday 2nd July – Mass for Miss Burke/Assembly

There will be a special mass at 9:15am in the church on Wednesday 2nd July. All are welcome to join us in celebrating Miss Burke’s many years of service to our school and community. The Morning Class will be attending the mass. Please let us know if you are able to help (we will require 3-4 helpers.)

The Afternoon Group will be attending the whole school assembly for Miss Burke in the afternoon.  Please ensure they are at nursery promptly as this starts at 1.15pm.



Tuesday 1st July – Nursery Sports Day

All parents/carers are welcome to join us on the playing field at the back of the school on Tuesday 1st July.  Family and friends are welcome to come along too.  Primary 6 will be helping us.

AM Group – 11.00am

PM Group – 2.20pm

In case of rain, the sports will take place in the gym hall.

International Mud Day

It is International Mud Day on 29th June.  To celebrate this, and the fact that we set up our very own mud kitchen this year, we invite parents/carers to come and join us in our mud kitchen on Monday 30th June.  There are sign up sheets for short time slots in the cloakroom. Choose a time to play with your child in the mud.  Wear clothes you don’t mind getting muddy and bring an old towel!  We shall be playing with mud whatever the weather!

For more information about mud kitchens and the benefits of mud play please see the Muddy Faces website.


The Morning Class have been busy thinking about moving on to Primary One.  We had an excellent workshop with David Troughten this morning which was great fun.  He helped us make up songs about his shopping!  We had to think about how the different things rhymed – a can of peas and some cheese, a slice of ham and strawberry jam, a bunch of grapes and sticky tape (and don’t forget the bananas and sultanas!).  We have visited the Primary One classroom, hunted around the school for different places we find the school badge, visited the library, school office and dinner hall.  We have really enjoyed going out onto the big playground with our buddies and played ‘Duck, Duck, Goose’ today!

Primary One Induction

A reminder that children going to Primary One at Loretto RC Primary School in August are invited to an induction afternoon on Friday 20 June from 2-3pm.  Children will have opportunity to spend time in the classroom with their teacher, and parents will receive information in the dining hall.

Story Sacks – Please Return!

Can all story sacks please be returned by Friday 13th June by the latest.  They need to be cleaned and checked before the new session. The story sack borrowing scheme is now closed until after the summer holidays.

If you would be willing to help by taking one or more sacks home to disinfect the contents, check for missing items/breakages and launder the bag itself, please let staff know.  We will sign the bags in/out so we know which ones have been sorted.

Thank you for your cooperation and help in this matter.

Morning Group ‘Homework’

The transition homework sheet should be returned by Monday 9th June (not May as it said on the sheet!)  Please talk to your child to find out what they are looking forward to about starting school, and also if they have any concerns or anything they are not sure about.  Quite often children’s concerns are something very small that we can easily help them with (e.g. Where will we eat our lunch?  What are the toilets like?)

When we have the sheets back we will use them to help to plan for their transition to school over the last 4 weeks of term.


Strange request?

We are looking for old garlic presses to add to our playdough table and for use with clay.  If anyone has an unused one hiding in the back of the kitchen drawer we would gratefully take it off your hands!

Also, if anyone has any old balance type scales (or other kinds), ice-cream scoops… They would be really appreciated.

Please keep passing on any unwanted pots/pans/kitchen utensils etc.  Our mud kitchen resources get quite rusty or rain damaged so need replacing from time to time.  We will store anything you hand in until we need to use it.  Your junk is our treasure!

Other resources we can use include old jewellery for our dressing up basket (even if it’s broken we can use the jewels at the glueing table); scarves, artificial flowers, baskets or containers made from natural materials of any shape or kind…

We love to ‘reduce, reuse and recycle’!  If you hand in anything that we can’t use ourselves, we shall either pass it to the school, take it to a charity shop or to the recycling centre.

Thanks in advance.


School Health Week

This week is Health Week across the whole school.

In the Nursery we shall be focussing on the importance of eating a healthy and varied diet. We shall be playing games where we sort foods into those that are good for us, and those that aren’t.

We shall be practising good handwashing techniques and learning why this is so important.  You can visit the Health Proctection Scotland’s website for more information about handwashing and watch the Germbusters video we use with the children from the site by clicking here.

We have a visit scheduled from Ian from the ChildSmile team who will be talking to both groups about teeth cleaning.

School Summer Fair

Friday, June 6th will be one of the busiest days of the school year. In the morning the School Sports Day takes place, and everyone is welcome to come along from 9am.   Our Nursery Sports Day will take place during the Morning and Afternoon Sessions on Tuesday 1st July.

Following the Sports Day, the Summer Fair will take place from 12-2 on Friday 6th. This is one of the biggest fundraising events of the year, and your support is always very welcome. We will have a large array of stalls and games, with hot food and cream teas available too.

A new event this year is the inaugural Great Loretto Bake-Off, where home baking donations can optionally be judged, with an attractive prize for the winner!

We are also looking for people to man stands and help with teas etc. for 30 minute slots of the Fair – again, please either speak to a class rep, reply to the email or pop into the office. Hope to see as many people there as possible, so spread the word.  Mrs Gaunt will be helping out in her usual way by manning the bottle stall!

Raffle tickets and tickets for a Loretto Cream Tea will be sold in advance, so keep an eye out for those.

Finally, the Parent Council AGM will be held on June 17th. We are always looking for more people to get involved, so if you’d like to find out more, please come along.