New schools, families and children’s page launched this week

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This week we launch what will hopefully become our regular new schools, family and children’s page, containing a selection of news, event previews and reviews. It is compiled by one of our new freelance contributors, Lucy Tedham, from Fort William, who can be contacted via the Lochaber Times at fort@obantimes.co.uk

  • Kilmallie Free Church is running a ‘Superhero Academy’ filled with games, activities and Bible stories for P1 to P7. Kilmallie Free Church has been running a week-long holiday club for more than 10 years, with children attending all or some of the days and ending with a celebration barbecue open to families. Leaflets have been sent to the local schools, and you can also book online. The club is 1pm-3.15om, August 12-16, and admission is free.
  • Inverlochy out of school summer holiday activities for P1-P7s are running for five weeks throughout the holidays filled with indoor and outdoor activities. It is bound to be a fun- packed time. Booking is essential. Go with a full lunchbox, wellies and sun cream.
  • The happy mums’ market will be arriving twice in the Nevis Centre on August 31, and is a chance to sell no longer wanted toys and
    equipment, and is a great way to reduce waste and clear some space. Visit happymumsmarket.co.uk for further details.
  • The libraries are busy places to visit over the summer with activities planned throughout the holidays. Caol library and the Countryside Rangers have teamed up with activities for those aged 10 and under in July, exploring and learning about the wildlife and habitats that surround them. The topics include eagles, the shore and woodlands. Visit Caol library for further details. In Fort William, there is a range of summer and regular activities planned to keep you busy, with book bug, the Lego club and craft groups continuing over the holidays.
  • Books have mysteriously gone ‘missing’ from Lochaber libraries – space alien bandits have been linked to the disappearances.
  • Fort William library has launched its Summer Reading Challenge and are calling for help from local children to join the Space Chase and track down the missing books. If every child can read six books over the summer then the mission will have been successful. Children can sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge at the library where they will receive a mission folder to record their search activity. When the librarians return from their most recent mission, children will also be able to take a rocket selfie in the library’s very own space rocket. Visit the summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/ or call in to Fort William library for more information.
  • This year many of the Lochaber schools have used ‘move up days’ to support children as they prepare for their new classes.

As in previous years, the P7s have their induction week at the high school, but this year they were not the only ones who got to explore their new environments.

All classes were able to have time in what is likely to be their new rooms. The schools each had a varying amount of move up time, from split mornings and afternoons in Bun-soil Ghaidhlig Loch Abar, right up to an entire week for those in Inverlochy Primary.

This is new to Caol Primary which has been cautious of doing this in the past through uncertainty over teachers but, after seeing how well it went, headteacher Steven Hamilton said they are ‘likely to repeat it again in future years’.

Caol also offers some of its pupils a visit back in to school on the in-service day as a reminder of the school environment, which has been hugely beneficial to those who received it.

It is not unusual to experience some worries and concerns during transition time, so these ‘move up days’ have been well received by those involved.

For those needing more support each school provides further help during transition period and starting back in the new term.

NO F27 Fort William library launches Summer Reading Challenge