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5 December 2007

Dear Parents

Christmas Fair

A very big thank you to all those who supported the craft fair last Friday. Not only to
those of you who donated prizes etc but to all the parents who help set up, sell tickets and
tidy up afterwards. My particular thanks go to Mrs Kay Cameron for organizing such a
splendid variety of stalls. It was a very enjoyable evening raising the grand total of £903
for support group funds.
Well done everyone.
The support group donate many resources to the school but also cover the costs incurred
at our Christmas parties including refreshments and prizes.

Christmas Parties

Christmas parties for P1-7 will be held in the school hall. Children may bring party
clothes to school to change into or go home (at 12.30 returning at 1.30) to change.
Please ensure any bags of clothing are named!

Nursery Wednesday 19th December – see nursery newsletter.

P1H & P1F Wednesday 19 th December
P2 & P3 Tuesday 18th December
P3/4 P4 & P5 Friday 14th December
P5/6 & P6 Monday 17th December
P6/7 & P7 Thursday 20th December

Countdown to Christmas
Please see attached sheet for the various Christmas activities.

School Christmas Lunch Thursday 20th December.

This is a whole school activity and it would be good if as many children as possible could
have a school lunch. There will be festive music and the usual prizes etc.
If your child is having a home lunch they will be dismissed at 12.30 as usual.

Concert Arrangements Wednesday 12 th December.

To enable the chairs to be set up for the concert there will be no hot lunches on the 12th.
Please send a packed lunch with your child or money for a school packed lunch. (Free
lunch provision as usual for those eligible).
Any pupils going home will be dismissed at 11.45. All children should be back in school
for 12.30.
The concert will begin at 1.15 sharp.
Your help with these arrangements would be much appreciated.
Staff Changes

Last Friday staff and pupils said ‘goodbye’ to Mrs Doreen Carcary who has been a PSA
at Andover for over twelve years.The children presented her with cards and a
bouquet.Mrs Carcary is to be working as a Family Support Officer with the Social Work

Hopefully, in January two new Primary Assistants will take up posts at Andover to
replace Mrs Carcary and Mrs Masterton.

In the meantime Mrs S Lindsay and Mrs Jean Cook are doing sterling work in the
office.Mrs P Watt and Mrs S Cadger are working on a temporary basis to cover sick
leave also.

At the end of December Mr Raistrick leaves for Inverness to take up a Deputy Head’s
position. We wish him all the best for the future.Mrs McIntosh has kindly agreed to take
over the juggling club but as yet a volunteer has not been found to teach the Drumming!
If you know of anyone who could do this please contact me or Mrs Lindsay. Pupils have
really enjoyed these two extra curricular activities and I am very grateful to Mr Raistrick
for the time he has given up to promote these ventures.

Grid Club
Grid club is a teaching and learning venture with interactive resources linked to the
primary curriculum used by about 80% of schools in Scotland.
The interactive activities are bold, challenging, innovative and rewarding for children.
Until recently this site could only be accessed in school but shortly pupils who are
registered will be able to use it at home and in school.

I have asked the Support Group to fund this facility and hopefully will be able to tell you
more about how it can be accessed at the start of next term.
Before Christmas children in P3-P7 will be given training in how to use this site and
about general internet safety.
The Brechin cluster are hoping to produce a leaflet for parents on safety on line but in the
meantime the following tips are useful:-
· Know what your children are doing online and who they are talking to.
· Use the “Get Web Wise” website for parents to get up to date safety information.
· Help your children to understand they should never give out personal details to
people they meet on line.
· They should never meet up with any strangers without an adult they trust.

The Internet is a fantastic resource for our young people but we must teach them to be
Andover Web Site

The Parent Forum has set up a sub working group to design and create a website for
Andover.This exciting initiative has already begun and will help improve school and
community links in the future.