May 25

Netball Victory

Sgoil a’ Bhac retain the title of Sports Festival Champions

Congratulations to our two netball teams. They were taking part in the Sports Festival Netball Competition this evening (25/05/16). We’re delighted to report that it was an all-Back final with our two teams making it all the way. The final winners were the Pinks and Yellows were runners-up. Well done to all our pupils and a huge thank you to their coaches and the parents that supported them.


May 20

Prize-giving – Change of Date

Due to a clash with this year’s Charlie Nicolson Football Tournament, it has been necessary to change the date of our prize-giving again. It will now take place on Wednesday 22nd June from 10.00am to approximately 12.00pm. We would like to apologise to parents for any inconvenience caused by this date change.

May 16

Parent & Carer Survey 2016

Today, we will be issuing our annual Parent and Carer Survey for 2016. As a school, we value your views about the service we provide and the work that we do. Data from the survey is used as evidence to support our annual Standards and Quality Report as well as helping us to identify priorities for our 2016-17 School Improvement Plan.

We would be grateful if you could complete the short survey and return it to the office by Friday 20th May.

A paper copy of the survey was issued to through schoolbag mail and an electronic version can be downloaded here: Parent Carer Survey 2016

May 06

New School Vision Statement

We would like to thank everyone who returned a response to our vision statement consultation. All the responses have now been collated and we are pleased to confirm that our school vision statement will now be:

Ar Sgoil – Ar n-Ionnsachadh – Ar Lèirsinn    Our School – Our Learning – Our Future

This statement was the unanimously popular choice of parents, pupils and staff. A full summary of the collated results can be found below. Our new vision statement will form an important part of our school identity and will feature strongly around the school and on our documentation.

Full Result:

Vision Scoring



May 06

Royal National Mod Registration

We would like to draw parents’ attention to the deadlines for submission of entries to the Royal National Mod in Stornoway this October. The school will not be directly entering any children into competitions and any parents who wish their children to take part in this event will need to organise registration themselves. The school is happy to help with advice and support relating submission of entries and rehearsal preparation of competition pieces.


  • Submission of paper entry forms: Tuesday 31st May 2016
  • Paper submission of own-choice pieces: Tuesday 31st May 2016
  • Submission of online entries: Thursday 30th June 2016
  • Online submission of own-choice pieces: Thursday 30th June 2016

More information about entry and competitions can be found on An Comunn Gaidhealach’s website: 

Apr 25

Open Afternoon & Pupil-Led Evening

Tomorrow, we will be holding an open afternoon and pupil-led parents’ evening. We would like to extend a warm welcome to all parents and families to come and visit their child’s classroom to share in their learning this term. As well as being able to see some of the children’s work, there will be other activities in classrooms.

Arrangements for the event are as follows:

Open Afternoon (for E1-2 and G1-2)
These two classes will be open for visitors from 1.30pm to 2.30pm on Tuesday.

Pupil-Led Evening (E3-4, G3-5, E5-6, E6-7 & G6-7) 
– E3-4, G3-5 and E5-6 will begin at 7.00pm
– E6-7 and G6-7 will begin at 7.30pm

As well as visiting your own child’s class at the above times, you’re welcome to visit our other classes too.
If you would like more information about the early years open afternoon or the pupil-led evening, please contact the school office.

Due to circumstances out-with our control, it will not be possible to include Sgoil Araich in tomorrow’s open afternoon as initially stated.

Mar 31

Quiz Victory!

UPDATE: It was confirmed this afternoon that Sgoil a’ Bhac are indeed Western Isles Champions and will go on to complete in the next round in Dingwall in May.

A team of our P7 pupils took part in the National Rotary Club Quiz for Schools this week. This is the first time that the event has been held in the Western Isles. We were delighted to hear that our team were victorious in the Lewis and Harris heat and came back to school with the trophy, beating a number of teams from other island schools.We’d all like to say a huge well done to our P7 team, Luke, Tom, Hannah and Cara.

We will find out later this week if they’ve managed to qualify for the North Finals of this national event, which will be held in Dingwall next term.

Our winning team with Mr Maclennan and Mr Woods who organised the quiz.Our winning team with Mr Maclennan and Mr Woods who organised the quiz.


Mar 28

Vision Statement Consultation

One aspect of the School’s Improvement Plan this session was to develop a new school vision statement. In consultation with staff and pupils, we’ve drawn up a short list of possible statements. We would now like to consult with parents and establish from you which of the draft statements you’d prefer to use to convey the aspirational vision for the school in the years ahead.

The draft statements from pupils and staff:

On a journey to achievement – Air an t-slighe gu Soirbheas
Creating excellence through opportunity for all – A’ cruthachadh cothroman sonraichte le chèile
Motivated to learn
Our School, our learning, our future – Ar sgoil, ar ionnsachadh, ar teachdail
Bring out the best in Back
Be the best that you can be
Excellent learning: bright future
Be happy, be yourself, be the best

Please Note: Some suggestions above were submitting in Gaelic and English. The final choice will be published in both languages.

You can vote using the form on this letter: 096 Letter to Parents – 28.03.16




Mar 24

Sport Relief 2016

untitledThank you to everyone who participated in our Sport Relief activities last Friday.  It was a very enjoyable day, the sun shone and all the children had a fantastic time while helping to raise money for a very worthy cause.

The total raised was £440.14

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Mar 17

Updated Withdrawal Form

Following feedback from parents, we have updated and made changes to the form used to notify the school of intentions to withdraw children for planned short periods for holidays, family events, sports participation etc.

The form now includes guidance notes for parents that include information about the process and how such absences are categorised. The revised form has been added to the ‘School Forms’ page of the website and can also be downloaded using the link below.

Notification to Withdraw – Sgoil a’ Bhac Mar 16

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