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Tuesday 4th February 2020

February 2020

Barcaple January 2020

The P5 children enjoyed a great couple of days at Barcaple Activity Centre.  The children were a real pleasure to be with, mixing well with the children from Gatehouse and throwing themselves into all the activities with great enthusiasm.  Thank you to all the staff at Barcaple for making us feel so welcome and for looking after us so well.

Play House

The play house is complete and will be officially opened and named, this Friday 7th February after the Achievement Assembly.  A huge thank you to Ava Poppy’s Mum and Grandma and particularly Grandpa who have worked so hard transforming a broken old greenhouse into a beautiful place to play.

Scottish Poetry & Assembly

Well done to all the children who learnt their Scots poem in honour of Robert Burns.  The best from each class presented their poems to a panel of judges and the rest of the school at our Scottish Assembly. The winners from each year group were:

P1 Rosa Rice

P2 Chloe Bell

P3 Mackenzie Clark

P4 Mia Crane

P5 Anna Graham

P6 Isabel D’haen

P7 Lana Crane


The judges were also entertained by music from Thomas and Isabel, a song from an impromptu choir and some rousing Scottish songs from the whole school.




This year’s Knex championship has started with the school competition to find the best engineers in P5/6.  Thomas and Isabel were the winners this year and will go forward to the cluster final at Kirkcudbright Academy on the 3rd March.




The Parent Council are organising a half term disco to be held on Thursday 13th February.  The disco will run from 6pm to 7pm and all children are welcome.  Admission of £1.50, including drink and snack, payable on the door.


School Photographer


Tempest will be visiting the school on the morning of Tues 3rd March.  As per previous communication sent out, all children will have their individual photographs automatically taken.  Should you wish to have a family group photograph, please if you have not already done so advise school of your wishes.  Older/younger siblings are welcome, please advise school if they are coming in.




Reminder to those taking part in London 2020 from P6/7, payments are due by March 6th.





Just a reminder that a regular check of your child’s head could prevent an infestation of head lice.  Head lice are not harmful but can be distressing for all involved.  Early detection methods such as wet combing are recommended to help you and your family and we would encourage you to “every week take a peek” at your child’s head.


It is equally important to get the appropriate treatment and advice if you do discover a family member has live lice.  In Dumfries and Galloway the minor ailment service at your local pharmacy provides this free of charge.  This is much preferable to buying a less effective product over the counter and you also get the opportunity to ask questions and get helpful hints and tips.


If live lice are found on a child it is also important to check all of the other family members and close contacts heads too using the wet comb method. This will reduce the risk of re- infestation.   As long as your child has been treated they can return to class as normal.  Please ensure long hair is tied back where possible.


Please note that the incubation is 10 days and that you should comb through each night to ensure that you have managed to clear the infestation.  The fact sheet at the link below gives you all the information you need for you and your family :


For more information on head lice or other community infections please contact the Health Protection Team on 01387 272788 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  We thank you for your continued support and help in these matters.      



Please could all children remember to bring a water bottle to school each day, which they can top up from the water cooler in the corridor.






Given the winter weather please remember to send your child to school with a warm coat and suitable shoes.  Also a reminder that children can bring wellies to school to wear on the grass area on days when its too soft and muddy for school shoes.


Staffing for 2020/21


School numbers for next year have now been returned to the authority.  Presently we have 51 on roll for next year, exactly the number we need to retain 3 teachers.





Just a reminder that the children have a week off school coming up.  School will close to children on Friday 14th February and re-open on Monday 24th.


Diary Dates

Looking ahead here are some important dates you may like to write in your diary…






  • Wed 5th – P1 height & weight checks with school nurse (*new date as advised by text)
  • Wed 5th – P6/7 Cluster badminton club @ Gatehouse Primary 3.30 – 4.30pm (Wk 4)
  • Fri 7th – 2.30 pm Achievement Assembly followed by opening of play house – all welcome!
  • Mon 10th – Rag bag collection
  • Mon 10th – NSPCC GIRFEC visit to school P1-7
  • Wed 12th – P6/7 Cluster badminton club @ Gatehouse Primary 3.30 – 4.30pm (final week)
  • Thurs 13th – End of Term Disco for all pupils 6 – 7pm
  • Fri 14th – Last day of school before half term break
  • Mon 17th-Wed 19th – School Holiday
  • Thurs 18th – Fri 19th – INSET – Staff tranining – school closed to pupils
  • Mon 24th – Pupils return to continue term 3