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

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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Football Gathering: Garmony Sunday 28th May

Dear Parent,

Football Gathering: Garmony Sunday 28th May

Our next Football Gathering for all our football fanatics will be this Sunday 28th May at Garmony at 11.15am. Your child is invited to attend the Gathering to represent his/her school/club. Martin Rae, Argyll & Bute Football Development Officer will be coming along to support our Gathering once again and see our young football talent! We hope to be finished at approx. 2pm.

Schools/clubs are all invited. We hope to have plenty of games and have lots of fun! If your child would like to come along to give it a go, please bring them along!

Children should bring water and, if possible, parents contribute some home baking/sandwiches to help keep all our youngsters going! All players should bring trainers as well as boots, if they have them, as the ground may be dry? As there is a charge for the facilities at Garmony can each child please bring a fee of £1 to help cover all costs. This should be given to their respective coaches.

Any queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Babs directly, her number is available from the school or on the letter being sent home.

Yours in Sport,



Mull & Iona

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Update to teaching and Learning Page

The teaching and learning page has been updated to include last weeks outdoor learning activities including  #shed2lab, Nature trail guides and science learning.

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Tag Rugby Programme Finals Day – Saturday 20th May 2017 – Garmony

Information from Babs Whyte – Active Schools

Our Final Tag Rugby Festival of the season will be held on Saturday 20th  May, on the morning of the Annual Sevens Tournament, at the home of Isle of Mull RFC, Garmony Playing Fields. The Festival will kick off at 10.30am and finish at approx. 12.00. Players are requested to be changed, ready to start at 10.30am. Players should bring football/rugby boots (if they have them) and warm and waterproof clothing.

We ask that all parents/guardians contribute to our event by providing some sandwiches/cakes for hospitality. Tag Rugby Players will receive food and refreshments, served from the patio doors in the main hall. Spectators may purchase food and refreshments from the clubhouse kitchen hatch.

Finals Day is organised as the result of points accumulated throughout the season. We will have 2 Leagues with one League playing for the Scarlett Cup and the other playing for the Garmony Quaich.

The Team who have gathered the most Fair Play points throughout the season, including Finals Day, will be awarded the Fair Play Trophy. Winning teams will hold trophies at their school until next year’s Finals Day! At this stage all teams are on equal points in the Fair Play Trophy, therefore Finals Day will be the decider on which team takes this Trophy home. The team who have amassed the most league points throughout the season will take the Golden Rugby Ball back to their school until the start of next year’s Tag Rugby Programme.

Any problems/queries please get in touch with myself or Fergus

Yours in Sport, Babs Whyte,

ASC Mull & Iona

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Out of School visits Summer Term

There are a lot of out of school visits planned for  this term.  Please check pupil bags this evening as we have sent home a detailed letter with the trips  in our local area until the end of term.  Thanks

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Glengorm… Art and Nature

Reports, pupils wildlife art and more nature trail photographs have been added to the teaching and learning page.

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Glengorm Nature Trail Visit

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Thank you to Kerry at Glengorm for taking Lochdon Primary Pupils on a fantastic and informative nature trail yesterday.  We all had a wonderful time and learnt lots about the plants and animals around us.  You can find out more … Continue reading

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Teaching & Learning Page updates

Visit the teaching and learning page to see the latest update on the pupils learning.

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