January 2020


An updated calendar of events for the rest of the school year can be viewed here. We will give out additional details for individual events and let you know of any significant changes made to dates and times.  We will also let you know of new items during the term through our Groupcall messaging system.

Tartan Afternoon

Following on from last year's successful Music Afternoon for community groups, Mrs Hill is organising a Tartan Afternoon on Thursday 6th February and planning to invite Elderberries, Kintyre Care Home, Woodlands and Lorne Campbell Court. Pupil groups will be performing Scottish-themed items for the audience.

Friends of Castlehill (Parent Council and PTA)

Our next meeting is scheduled for next Monday, 27th January at 7.00 pm in the Staffroom.  All parents are very welcome to come along.  The Friends discuss matters relating to school and are actively involved in fundraising.  The Family Quiz night in November was a particularly enjoyable evening and raised over £500. 

Pupil Council

We hope you enjoyed the Christmas Newsletter prepared by the school's Pupil Council working with Mrs Hill.  We intend to ask the Pupil Council to use their information gathering and reporting skills again to keep you up-to-date on what the children are learning in each class.

Nut Allergies

A reminder that in the interests of pupils who have nut allergies, I would be grateful if you could avoid choosing foods containing nuts when preparing packed lunches and snacks.

Bingo P6 and P7

A reminder for P6 and P7 that Mrs Watson has arranged a Bingo night for P6 and P7 families for 8.00 pm on Thursday 30th January at the Argyll Bowling Club.  Funds raised will go towards the P7 Edinburgh Trip.  Carol singing in December at the Co-op and Tesco already raised £452 for the trip!

Early Learning and Childcare

I can update you on the arrangements for the Early Learning and Childcare provision in Campbeltown.  During last year the Early Years Team was putting forward a plan to move Early Learning and Childcare into Castlehill as part of the process of implementing the 1140 hours entitlement in the area.  I can now confirm that the Early Years Team have advised that there is capacity for the ELC provision within the existing arrangements and there are currently, therefore, no plans to move any ELC provision into Castlehill.

Christmas Activities

Thank you very much for all the support that you give to the school at school events.  Our Christmas Craft Fayre raised the amazing amount of £1478, half of which was donated to school funds and half divided between two charities: World Vision, which the school has supported for a number of years, and the Bethany Christian Trust which supports the homeless.  The collection received at the P7 Highland Clearances Performance for parents was also added to the donation to the Bethany Christian Trust, meaning we donated £609 in total to the Trust.

It was our turn to choose the charity which would receive the Christmas Church Service collection.  This year we chose to give the amount raised of £290 to the Refuge Charity.

Our P1s and P2s put on an excellent performance fo their Nativity.  Our silver plate collection also raised £264 which is donated to our school funds.

Attendance Councils

Attendance Councils are organised within Argyll and Bute Council.  They have the purpose of overseeing and review pupil non-attendance in schools and depend on having parent volunteer members.  Volunteers are expected to attend some training and to sit on occasional panels.  If you are interested, please let me know so that I can provide you with more information.

Kind regards,

Richard Long

Head Teacher