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Adverse Weather
To enquire about school closures in times of adverse weather please contact the Highland Council messaging service

by telephoning:
0800 564 2272
and entering the school’s pin when prompted
041960
Remember if there is no power the school will be closed!

There is a new website for North West Sutherland Schools.

http://www.nws-schools.com

This website contains news that affects the whole ASG, Parent Council minutes, a link to Wednesday activities, Pupil Council minutes and various documents that are relevant to all schools.

At the top right-hand corner, you will see the phrase Follow Us.  If  you enter your email and press submit, you will receive an email every time there is a new post.

October Holidays 2019
Monday 14th October to Friday 25th October inclusive.  School re-opens on Monday 28th October.

Congratulations to Angus Smith, WINNER of our 50/50 Raffle run by our Parent Council.  500 tickets were sold.  So £250.00 goes to Angus and £250.00 to DPS Parent Council.  Thank you to all who supported this fund raiser.

 

Autism Support Group

 

PC AGM 2019

Ordinary Meeting Agenda

Swimming
Our swimming lessons are on Thursday’s, from Thurs 5th September until Thurs 10th October inclusive.

Tuesday 20th August 2019: Welcome back everyone! 

Back to School Aug 2019

Prize Giving 2019

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School Sports
NWSS Primary Sports will be held in Durness on Wed 26th June

Today we were Eagles …………. We gathered sticks and vegetation and built our nest!

 

 

NWSS Parent Council Meeting
  in
Kinlochbervie High School
  on
Wednesday 5th June at 7:00pm
Agenda to follow
All welcome

 

Ridgway Adventure

P6/7 pupils had a fantastic time at Ridgway Adventure. They were joined by Kinlochbervie and Scourie P6/7 too. In an action-packed couple of days the group took part in range of outdoor pursuits : rock climbing, abseiling, den building, foraging and cooking food, running, swimming, kayaking and raft building. Everyone rose to the challenges really well and behaved brilliantly . Well done P6/7 ! You can see more photos on our WOW page.

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Autism Awareness Training
Wednesday 1st May in Kinlochbervie High School IT Room 2-3.30 p.m.
This is a session with Laurie Morrison, Educational Psychologist, particularly for parents and relatives of children and young people with autistic spectrum disorders or in the process of being assessed for an ASD. However all parents are welcome. The purpose of the training is to gain an increased understanding of the challenges faced by some of our children/young people.

An Afternoon at the Peats
We all enjoyed learning about peat cutting tools, how to prepare a peat bank and how to cut peats.  Many thanks to Colin John Morrison for giving us the opportunity, and thanks to Donald Mitchell for accompanying us.  The sun was sining and we even met a common Lizard!

 

School Photographer
The school photographer will be visiting Kinlochbervie on Wed 3rd April to take school group photos.  Please can pupils wear their Durness PS uniform, but also bring their purple NWSS sweatshirt with them.

For our latest newsletter (March 2019) check out our Parent Information page!

 

NWSS Parent Council Meeting
in
Kinlochbervie High School
                        on
Wednesday 6th March at 7:00pm
Agenda to follow
All welcome

 

Ethnic Fairtrade Fortnight – Focus Cocoa
As part of the Fairtrade fortnight we will be joining Kinlochbervie and Scourie pupils in Scourie village hall for a Fairtrade Day.
The children will work in groups for some activities to find out what kinds of food are fairtrade and where they are grown.
We will take part in a chocolate bar production game to explore the chocolate supply chain and think about the impact of cocoa prices on farmers.
Through cooking activities using fairtrade products we will  learn as consumers how we can support fairtrade.

February Long Weekend
Just a wee reminder that Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th Feb are holidays, Wednesday 20th Feb is an In-service day (staff only in).
School re-opens on Thursday 21st.

Enrol Your Child for School

If your child will be five years of age on or before 29 February 2020, they are eligible to enrol for Primary 1.

Enrolment for Primary 1 commences on Monday 28 January and concludes on Friday 1 February 2019. 

For information and to enrol your child, follow the link below:
information on school admission and school placing requests

 

Winterwatch Walk
On Wednesday Durness Primary School embraced the snowy weather and went on our own winterwatch walk.  We learnt about who’s footprints were in the snow.
Thank you Ms Lee, Selena and Donald Mitchell for taking us!

 

7th January 2019
Welcome back everyone! We hope you all had a very happy Christmas and new year.  We are all ready for the bust term ahead!

 

Don’t forget!!
Durness Primary School
are selling their
Handmade Christmas Crafts
at the
Balnakeil Christmas Craft Fayre
on
Sunday 9th Dec from 11am-4pm.

 

World of Work Week – Careers Fayre
Thank you to Kinlochbervie and Scourie Primaries for joining us at Durness Primary for our World of Work Week Careers Fayre.
Special thanks to all the professionals who came along to share their expertise with us.

 

Christmas Craft Workshop
We were delighted that so many parents came along to our Christmas Craft workshop to help us make items for selling at the Balnakeil Christmas Craft Fayre on Sunday.

North West Sutherland Schools – Parent Council Meeting
Tuesday 27th November at 7:00pm in Scourie Primary School.
All welcome!

Science and Stars

A team from the Astrophysics Research Institute at Liverpool John Moores University are visiting on Wednesday 5th December. There will be a series of different space-themed workshops for P1 to S2 throughout the day .
At 4 pm there will be a parent/pupil session on science careers.

 

School Photo Orders
Orders for school photos must be sent back in to the school  by Wednesday 28th November.

Thank you to everyone that came along to our Coffee Morning for Children in Need.     We raised a fabulous £282.80

11/11/18 Remembrance Service
Pupils and staff joined other community members at Durness Village Square on Sunday morning.  Ashleigh laid a poppy wreath, and the other pupils and staff laid poppy crosses in memory of the fallen.

Multi Sports Sessions P1-7

Location: Kinlochbervie High School – Games Hall
Day: Wednesday 21st &  28th November 2018
Time: 4.00 – 4.45pm
Run By: Murdoch Jamieson & Parent Volunteer
Clothing: Standard gym kit
Refreshments will NOT be included so please ensure your child has a snack & drink
Cost: £1.00
Transport will not be provided
(children have been provided with information and consent forms, if they wish to attend please complete the consent form and return it to the school asap, thanks)

 

Dance Sessions P1-7

Location: Kinlochbervie High School – Games Hall
Day: Tuesday 13th &  20th November 2018
Time: 4.00 – 4.30pm
Organised by: Murdoch Jamieson & Mrs Paterson
Run By: KLB HS Dance Leaders
Clothing: Standard gym kit
Refreshments will NOT be included so please ensure your child has a snack & drink
Cost: FREE
Transport will not be provided
(children have been provided with information and consent forms, if they wish to attend please complete the consent form and return it to the school asap, thanks)

29/10/18
Welcome back everyone!  We have all had a great October break and are looking forward to a busy term ahead. 

 

KINLOCHBERVIE ASG PARENT COUNCIL AGM
Tuesday 18th September 2018
Durness Primary School
7.00pm
AGM Agenda
1. Chairman’s Report
2. Approval of Accounts
3. Selection of Council and Office Bearers
4. Any other business

Ordinary Meeting
To follow immediately after the AGM
Agenda
1. Apologies
2. Minutes of Last Meeting
3. Matters arising from minutes
4. Head Teacher’s Report
5. Treasurers Report
6. Cape Wrath Challenge / Fundraising
7. Correspondence
8. Any other business
9. Date of next Meeting

NSPCC Online Safety Workshop for Parents/Carers 19 September 15:30 at Kinlochbervie Primary School

We would like to invite you to a free online safety workshops for parents and carers at Kinlochbervie Primary School  at  3.30pm on 19 September  The hour-long workshop will help parents and carers understand their child’s online world and build confidence to have those important conversations that can help keep children safe online plus  useful tools, support and guidance.

During the course of the school day two Internet Safety workshops will also be delivered to P5 and P6 pupils and P7 by Mr Darcy from the NSPCC who has many years of experience delivering expert guidance throughout the Highlands.

Until then, if you need any support or guidance, check out the NSPCC  website pages and step-by step guides online, call the O2 and NSPCC Online Safety Helpline on 0808 800 5002, or pop into your local O2 store for help from a Guru.

Primary Wednesdays 

Our altogether Wednesdays where children from Durness, Kinlochbervie and Scourie are taught together have started again. You can follow what we are learning on our WOW blog page

Welcome Back Everyone! 
We have had a lovely summer holiday and look forward to our busy year ahead.

Happy Summer Holidays Everyone from All Staff and Pupils at Durness Primary School
School re-opens for staff on Monday 20th August and for Pupils on Tuesday 21st August.

School Trip : Highland Wildlife Park

Just back from our big day trip to the Highland Wildlife Park- we saw some amazing animals who were enjoying the lovely sunshine. Have a look at the Blog page to see more photos. 

 

 

Beach Day : This Wednesday
Weather forecast looks great for our beach day with the John Muir Trust this Wednesday…activities include scavenger hunts, pollution bingo, sand sculptures….beach volleyball, ultimate frisbee…parachutes…rounders…KUBB…shorts, sandles, suncream at the ready…and remember to bring a bucket and spade if you have one !

 

Good Luck to the Cookie Monster Crew!

Good luck to our P7’s as they head off to the Scottish Goblin Car rally in Aberdeenshire tomorrow. The group of intrepid engineers and racing drivers have worked hard on their kit electric kit car over the past few months. Thank you once again to Loch Duart Ltd for generously funding this event and to all the local businesses that have helped too.

 

More photos on the blog page.

Safe Highlander Event 

The P7 pupils attended the excellent Safe Highlander event in Lairg organised by High Life Highland. They took part in a number of workshops provided by a range of different services…click on the blog page to find out more. 

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Author Visit : Janis Mackay 

We are looking forward to a visit from award winning children’s author Janis Mackay this coming Wednesday morning 13th  June. Janis will lead workshops for P3/4 and P5-7 pupils.  Books will be available to purchase at £6 each. Janis has written some fantastic children’s books. You can find out more about her work by visiting her website http://www.janismackay.com/

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Busy bees in the garden!

What great weather to be out working in our veggie plot on Friday. We are trying to get on top of the weeds…we planted lots of cabbages and cauliflower ( big thank you to Islay’s granny Aileen for these )…the willow tunnel we planted a couple of years ago is really bushy now. We have been weaving in the branches- it makes a great den.

 

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The second plot has become pretty over grown so we will leave it for this year and give it a good coat of seaweed and sheep manure for the winter.

If you could spare any time helping out in the plot, after school, weekends etc please let me ( Ms Lee) know. There are quite a few adult jobs to be done!

More photos of this hard-working crew on our blog page.

P7 Orkney Trip 

P7 are just back from their three day residential trip to Orkney with Kinlochbervie and Scourie pupils. Hope you enjoy the photos on our blog page.

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KINLOCHBERVIE 3-18 ASG PARENT COUNCIL MEETING
Wednesday 23rd March 2018 in Kinlochbervie High School 7.00pm

Agenda
1. Apologies

2. Minutes of Last Meeting
3. Matters arising from minutes
4. Head Teacher’s Report
5. Primary Schools a) Durness b) Kinlochbervie c) Scourie
6. High School
7. Treasurer’s Report
8. Correspondence
9. Any other business – Inverness College, School Dances, Alternate Meeting Venues, Circulation of minutes.
10. Date of next Meeting

Our visit from Wally the Walrus
There was great excitement on Wednesday in Kinlochbervie….. We had an unusual visitor to our area……. Wally the Walrus!  He was perfectly happy sleeping in the sun on the pebble beach near Loch Clash.

 

 

 Balnakeil Craft Village Visit
On Tuesday 15th May we visited Balnakeil Craft Village as part of our Tourism topic. We split into 2 groups and each group took part in planned activities, lasting an hour each.
We painted a pot of our choice @ Mudness Ceramics and  we explored the craft village & gathered information to enable us produce a child friendly leaflet telling visitors what is available to visit.
Thank you to Martina for allowing us to paint a pot and to all that gave us  information on their crafts.

 

 

 

 

 

Golf for our PE Lesson 10/5/18

 

 

Trip to Eden Court Theatre – Gangsta Granny 26/4/18

 

 

Gangsta Granny by David Walliams
On Thursday 26th April we are all going to Eden Court to watch Gangsta Granny.  Please remember to wear school uniform and bring a jacket!

 

Gardeners hard at work! 19/4/18

 

Start of Term 4 – Monday 16th April 2018
Welcome back everyone!  We hope you all had a brilliant Easter holiday!

 

Easter holidays Thursday 29th March to Friday 13th April inclusive.
School re-opens on Monday 16th April.
Happy Easter everyone!

 

A Fond Farewell to Mrs MacRae 27/3/18
It was an emotional day for all on Tuesday.  After 35 years of teaching in Durness Primary School we said goodbye to Mrs MacRae.  The pupils put on an excellent show and we all enjoyed a tea party with lovely home baking donated by parents.
We would all like to wish Mrs MacRae a very long, happy and healthy retirement!

 

Kinlochbervie ASG Parent Council Meeting
There will be a Parent Council meeting in Kinlochbervie High School on Wednesday 21st March at 7:00pm, all welcome.

 

World Book Day 2018

 

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Pancake Day………
A wee bit of Maths, Science, Health & Wellbeing and a whole lot of FUN!
We made pancakes this afternoon, we all got a chance to add ingredients, mix and cook our own pancakes.  We had a choice of yummy fillings.

 

 

Kinlochbervie ASG Parent Council Meeting tonight Tues 13/2/18 at 7:00pm HAS BEEN CANCELLED and re-scheduled for Wed 28th Feb.  A reminder will be sent out nearer the time.

SCHOOL CLOSURE
Durness Primary will be closed today Monday 12th February due to weather conditions.


DURNESS PRIMARY SCHOOL WILL CLOSE AT 1:00PM TODAY – TUESDAY 16TH JANUARY 2018 DUE TO BAD WEATHER.  THE SCHOOL WILL REMAIN CLOSED TOMORROW WEDNESDAY 17TH JANUARY.  FOR FURTHER UPDATES PLEASE CHECK THE HIGHLAND COUNCIL WEBSITE.

Happy New Year Everyone!
We would like to welcome everyone back after the Christmas break and look forward to our busy term ahead.  Please keep checking our dates to remember page for updates on school events, in-service days and holidays!

Christmas Dinner and Card Making

Panto Trip to Inverness
Pupils and staff all enjoyed the trip to see Snowhite at Eden Court Theatre on Tuesday 19th December.  We had great fun playing in Whin Park before heading to the theatre!

Our Christmas Play – SUPER STAR in Durness Village Hall on Sat 16th Dec at 4:00pm

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School Closed: Thursday 7th and Friday 8th December
Durness Primary is closed today and tomorrow due to Storm Caroline

Children in Need
Our school group raised £307.70 for Children in Need! Pupils and staff all had great fun, well done to everyone!

 

 

Tuesday 21st November
All parents are encouraged to attend the 3-18 ASG Parent Council meeting which will be held in Rhiconich Hotel at 7:00pm.

Remembrance Service

remembrance Day 2017

 

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As ever, Durness Primary School is supporting the Poppy Scotland Appeal.
We will be attending the Remembrance Day Service on Saturday 11th November at Durness Village Square, where our eldest pupil will lay a Poppy Wreath
in honour of the fallen.

Tuesday 7th November
P7 Sea Cadets Marine Engineering Pathway (MEP)  Buoyancy Workshop in Kinlochbervie High School 9am-11am.

Durness Diggers hard at work!
On Monday we braved the weather to harvest the last of our tatties.


Corncrake Conservation
We were delighted to see our artwork made into tea towels and bags at the village hall this Saturday. In the summer term Kate and Charlotte from the RSPB visited our school and told us all about this mysterious nocturnal bird.  Corncrakes migrate from West Africa and Durness is the last place on mainland Britain that they are known to breed . The males make a loud rasping croak which can be heard in certain spots around Durness on still nights from late April –  early August. Last summer only six males were heard.  The RSPB are working with crofters to create corncrake habitats.

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Halloween Fun
We had lots of scary characters in school on Tuesday, but we all had lots of fun together at the School Halloween party!

 

Term 2
We welcome all our pupils back today.  We hope everyone has had an enjoyable October holiday and are all ready for the busy term ahead!

The Unknown
On our last swimming trip we went to Borgie Forest and visited the Unknown sculpture created by Scottish sculptor Kenny Hunter.

 

Window on Wednesdays (WOW)

W.O.W. (Window on Wednesdays) is our new primary school blog.  On Wednesdays Durness, Scourie and Kinlochbervie primary pupils are taught together in Kinlochbervie Primary and High School.

August 2017
Welcome back everyone!  We hope you all had a relaxing and enjoyable summer holiday.
We now look forward to a busy term ahead.

Wild About Scotland

Looks what’s coming to our school on Wednesday morning…the Scottish Wildlife Bus!
This is a double decker bus fully converted to provide a unique and inspiring teaching space for children to learn about Scotland’s animals with a team from the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland.

We hope you enjoy looking at some of the teaching and learning activities taking place on Wednesdays.  Just click W.O.W. to keep up to date with all the latest news.

A Flag for Sutherland

Everyone is invited to enter the competition to create a flag for the County of Sutherland. Further information and application can be found here: 

Every year billions of animals move from one part of our planet to another. Birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish and insects fly, run or swim around Earth. As part of British Science Week we have been  learning about some of these incredible creatures and the epic journeys they make. All pupils from our three primary schools  joined together for a series of workshops. We had a great day…and the play times were good too!

August 2017
Welcome back everyone!  We hope you all had a relaxing and enjoyable summer holiday.
We now look forward to a busy term ahead.

Wild About Scotland

Looks what’s coming to our school on Wednesday morning…the Scottish Wildlife Bus!
This is a double decker bus fully converted to provide a unique and inspiring teaching space for children to learn about Scotland’s animals with a team from the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland.

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