Hello and welcome to Lochdon Primary Schools Blog page.  This blog will be used for posting information on events and news happening in the school and local community.   If you wish to see something added to the blog please get in touch by phoning the office or by e-mailing:  enquiries@lochdonhead.argyll-bute.sch.uk

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Westminster Palace Beckons for Alex…

This is a draft press release written by Aileen, Argyll and Bute Communications Team:

A Mull Primary School pupil will attend the Palace of Westminster next week after making it through to the final of a national art competition.

 Alex Geddes of Lochdonhead Primary fought off stiff competition to win the regional stages of an art competition, run by Gas Distribution Network (GDN), to raise awareness of the dangers of carbon monoxide.

The primary seven pupil produced and performed a lyrical poem which saw her win £300 for the school and £150 for herself.

 As a result, Alex has been invited to attend the UK final in London on Friday 23rd June, during which time she will meet with representatives from SGN and GDN, before being given a tour of the House of Commons.

 Talking about her success, Alex said: “I felt shocked when I found out that I had won and would be traveling all the way to London to receive my prize.”

 Her mum Lynn added: “I’m super proud of Alex she has achieved so much at Lochdonhead Primary School and it’s a lovely way to end her time there as she heads off to high school.”


Claire Bidwell, Principal Teacher at Lochdonhead said: “Alex is such a hard working pupil and her literacy and art achievements this year have been outstanding. Developing engagement and critical curiosity in our pupils is essential to ensuring they have the learning skills to succeed. We researched the devastating effects of carbon monoxide poisoning in the classroom and the ways to recognise it and prevent it. Alex wrote her lyrical poem in class and then extended her learning beyond the classroom using technology to film her performance at home. She has been an inspiration to other pupils and a credit to Lochdonhead Primary school and this reward is so well deserved. Congratulations to Alex.”

Argyll and Bute Council’s Policy Lead for Education and Lifelong Learning, Councillor Yvonne Mcneilly said: “What a wonderful achievement. Alex has managed to raise awareness of the dangers of carbon monoxide through a beautifully written and creative poem. She is a credit to Lochdonhead and I wish her the very best of luck at the finals. I have no doubt she will have many more successes as she begins secondary school this year and in the future.”

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Nature Trail – Feedback from Better Energy School Awards


Many congratulations to everyone at Lochdonhead Primary School who took part in your project ‘Lochdon Swan Nature Trail’ for being selected as a Regional Winner in the Better Energy School Awards!  We received entries from over 23,500 children, so being selected to win an Award is a real achievement, especially as standards were so high this year.  Your prize cheque will be posted to you soon and should be with you within the next two weeks.  

Congratulations to the pupils and staff of Lochdonhead Primary School – what an ambitious project you have embarked upon and you have adopted an extremely professional approach.  We were very impressed by the way you have sought detailed information and knowledge from experts and the way that you have involved your community in the development of your nature trail.  The photos give us a real insight into the children’s involvement and enthusiasm for the project and it is particularly impressive that such a small group of children has achieved so much.  We wish you every success as you launch your nature trail and would very much like to see the finished result!  We hope you will take part in the Better Energy School Awards again next year.

 Thank you once again for taking part in the Awards and for helping your students to learn more about taking care of our world.  We very much hope you will take part again next year!


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Nature Trail – Grand Opening – Monday 26th June 1:30pm

Nature Trail Opening on Monday 26th June at 13:30pm

The Nature Trail will have its official opening on Monday 26th June at 13:30pm.  All Welcome.

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Award Winning Nature Trail!

Congratulations to all at Lochdonhead Primary School for being the Regional Winner 2017 in the Better Energy School Awards.  The school have won a cheque for £500.00 

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Sports Day and More…

The teaching and learning page has been updated to include reports and photographs on sports day, P3 trip to Ulva Primary School, Moy Castle Visit and Lochbuie Beach clean.

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Football – Date change

Message from Babs Whyte – Active schools

The Football Gathering has been changed to 25th June.  Please amend your diary/calender.

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Glengorm Art Competition – Winner

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Congratulations Alex who won 1st prize upper primary and also the overall winner in the Glen Gorm Art competition for her drawing of a highland cow.  Alex won a forest trail with Kerry, Glengorm Ranger. Well done to all the pupils who took part.  The standard of entries was very high.  The pupils work will be displayed at Glengorm throughout the summer.


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FREE Swimming sessions for all Primary Age Pupils!

Information from Babs Whyte – Active schools

A paper copy will be sent home with pupils tonight, it will contain Babs contact number to call if your child will be attending the swim session.

We have a UKCC Level 1 Swimming Teachers Course running at the Isle of Mull Swimming Pool. To help candidates on the course complete practical experience and assessment, we would like to invite your child to come along for a FREE swim and lesson at the following dates and times:

Saturday 10th June                            3.30 – 5.30

Sunday 11th June                              1.00 – 3.00


We need more swim teachers to support our schools swimming lessons. Bringing your child(ren) along to all or any of the above times will be of great support!

Thank you

Yours in Sport,

Babs Whyte, ASC

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Greenpeace research, Magnetic Science, Marine life and Literacy…

The teaching and learning page has been updated to include pupil reports and photographs galore. What a busy week of active learning. Also trending on twitter please search and like #shed2lab

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Groupcall Text messaging and the Xpressions App

Groupcall Text/email  messaging service

The school mobile number is a PC based system provided by groupcall that staff can access from any computer. It has the ability to send and receive text messages.  We would not generally reply to communication as this would incur costs to the school. Please be assured that we do receive your text messages. If we have had no communication when your child is absent from school we would send out an individual groupcall message, this would be followed up with a phone call if we did not receive a response.  This number does not have the ability to receive incoming telephone calls, please only send text messages.  If preferred due to signal difficulties you can choose to receive any school communication via email.

You can also download the Groupcall Xpressions App and  receive notifications from school on your mobile phone!

Groupcall Xpressions is a new service created by the award-winning school communication company Groupcall Limited. This exciting new service is now available for parents to ensure communication for everyone is easier and more effective.

The app is completely free of charge to you and can be installed on your mobile phone or tablet. It currently supports both Apple iOS and Android devices (with Windows mobile to follow) and you’ll be able to receive information from your child’s school.

If you have children in different schools within Argyll and Bute you will be able to receive information on multiple children within the same app.  For SMS messages only one carer can be nominated.  Please choose who would like to receive text messaging, both parents can download the expressions app and receive messages via this route.

What do I need to do now?

Please download the app from your usual App store. You will be prompted to enter the email address and mobile phone number that your child’s school currently hold as contact details for you. If your details don’t match the App won’t download.  You’ll need to make sure you keep contact details up to date in future to maintain access to the Xpressions App.

You can access information and support at the following website http://parents.groupcall.com/

Communications to parents will primarily be by email or push notifications using the Xpressions App, when the communication is standard to all parents, such as advising of school holiday dates or charity days in the school. Where we need to communicate individually with parents the method will be determined by the nature of the message.

Please note – the Xpressions App requires you to be connected to wi-fi or data in order for the push notification to be downloaded. You may incur costs if you do not have a data package or exceed your data limit on your mobile device. However you can amend settings within the Xpressions App to download the notifications when connected to wi-fi only.

If you have any questions regarding the new system please get in touch with the office.  Thank you

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