Halloween Day

HALLOWEEN DAY – Friday 2nd November 2018  

We are having a Halloween dressing up day this Friday 2nd November. The children (and staff) may come to school in their fancy dress or may go home to get changed at lunch time (please send in a note if not already down for home lunches). This year we are asking for a £1 donation from the children if they are coming in fancy dress which will go to our Blythswood Shoebox Appeal.

Please ensure your child has their £1 ready to hand in on Friday.


Harvest Festival & Good Work Assembly

Harvest Service

 We are very nearly at Harvest time of year again.  We are holding a Harvest Service (together with our Good Work Assembly) in school on next Friday 12th October at 1.15pm and would welcome donations from the following items:

  • Breakfast cereal
  • Rice
  • Pasta
  • Potatoes (tinned or instant)
  • Oatcakes/Crackers Tinned vegetables  
  • Tinned fruit
  • Tinned soup
  • Tinned meat or fish
  • Tinned mince or stew
  • Baked beans
  • Tea bags/coffee/sugar (small sizes)

This year, all donations are being kept in our local area and being donated to the Capstone Centre in Alness. Donations may be sent into the class with your child any day the week before the service.  Please ensure that the foods have at least a 6 month use-by date.

You are most welcome to come along and join our service.

Thank you for your continued support!




I am sorry to say this word again but we are still having a major problem……head lice!!!

Head lice are a common problem in any community not just schools. Having head lice should not be seen as a stigma, as anyone can get them. It is important that when you treat your child you continue to follow through by checking and bone combing for several weeks. Sadly some products are marketed by companies which state they kill both lice and eggs. Most do not and if you haven’t removed the tiny eggs when you treat your child, those eggs may still hatch later, making you think your child has caught them again. Pillows, collars of jackets and any clothing where your child’s hair may come into contact, will also need to be washed to prevent your child re-infecting themselves.

As a school we do everything we can to help with this matter and the school cannot be blamed for the presence of head lice. The vast majority of the parents are doing the right thing and are, understandably, getting annoyed for having to re treat hair over and over again. If every parent checked their children’s hair for head lice at least once a week we would not have this on-going problem.

Treatments to get rid of head lice are available to buy from pharmacies, supermarkets and online.

The main treatments are: Lotions and sprays or Wet combing. Everyone with head lice in your household should be treated on the same day. If a treatment doesn’t work the first time, you can try it again, try a different treatment, or get advice from your school nurse, health visitor, pharmacist or GP.

Lotions and sprays:

 There are several different products that can be applied to the scalp and hair to kill head lice, including:

  • dimeticone 4% lotion or lotion spray – applied and left for 8 hours (usually overnight)
  • dimeticone 4% spray gel – applied and left for 15 minutes
  • mineral oil and dimeticone spray – applied and left for 15 minutes
  • isopropyl myristate and cyclomethicone solution – applied and left for 5-10 minutes

Some treatments need to be done twice – seven days apart – to make sure any newly hatched lice are killed.

Detection combing should usually be done two or three days after finishing treatment, and again another seven days after that, to check for any live head lice.

Your pharmacist can recommend a suitable treatment and advise you how to use it correctly if necessary.

 Wet combing:

 Wet combing involves removing head lice with a special fine-toothed comb. It’s suitable for everyone and is relatively inexpensive.

A number of lice removal combs are available to buy. Combs with flat-faced teeth spaced 0.2-0.3mm apart are best for removing head lice, although combs with smaller gaps can be used to remove eggs and nits (egg cases) after treatment.

The comb may come with instructions outlining how to use it. A commonly used method is described below.

  • Wash the hair with ordinary shampoo and apply plenty of conditioner.
  • Use an ordinary, wide-toothed comb to straighten and untangle the hair.
  • Once the comb moves freely through the hair without dragging, switch to the louse detection comb.
  • Make sure the teeth of the comb slot into the hair at the roots, with the edge of the teeth lightly touching the scalp.
  • Draw the comb down from the roots to the ends of the hair with every stroke, and check the comb for lice each time – remove lice by wiping the comb with tissue paper or rinsing it.
  • Work through the hair, section by section, so that the whole head of hair is combed through.
  • Do this at least twice to help ensure you haven’t missed any areas, until no more lice are found.

Repeat this procedure on days five, nine and 13. Detection combing should be done on day 17, to check for any live head lice.

As I have previously said, if we all do this and check hair at least once a week we can get rid of this issue.

Many thanks for your cooperation and understanding in beating this problem.

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Scottish Sun Free Books

The Challenge is on for South Lodge Primary School!!

The Scottish Sun are holding a Free Books for Schools campaign starting today until 18th November to give the schools a chance of saving for a pack of £550 worth of free books for the school.  They are printing daily tokens which you cut out and collect before sending into school.

Please would you help spread the word for people to collect tokens for South Lodge Primary School.  We are needing to collect 3500 tokens to be able to claim the package.

Please send any tokens into the school office as you have them.

Books for Schools