Aug 18



The school’s  Standards and Quality Report for 2014-15 and our Improvement Plan for 2015-16 were published in June and can be viewed using the links below.

The Standards & Quality Report outlines the progress the school has made in relation to key entitlements and the School Improvement plan both reviews our work on last year’s improvement projects and sets out the areas for improvement we wish to focus on in the 2015-16 session.

Standards and Quality Report 2014-15

School Improvement Plan 2015-16

Aug 18

Book Committee Award 2015

The committee that published the ‘Sgoil a’ Bhac - Memories Through the Ages’ book that charted the history of Sgoil a’ Bhac decided to use some of the proceeds from the sale of the book to establish a prize in their name.

The new prize is awarded for excellence in the study of local history, geography or culture and was judged through the submission of special projects produced by our P7 pupils.

The first winner of the Book Committee Trophy and monetary prize was the Dux of the School, Andrew Macdonald, who’s project on the Gress River was considered to be outstanding. Highly Commended runners-up certificates were awarded to James Maclennan (Whaling), Erin Macleod (History of Back Free Church) and Ellie Macdonald (Baile Ghriais).

The school would like to thank the Book Committee for the contribution of this prize that will continue to be awarded in years to come for excellence in local studies.

Pictured below are members of the Book Committee presenting the prizes. Neil Murray also presented our special guest, Mr Fred Wildridge, with a copy of the book.

Read Andrew’s winning Project: AMD Project - The Gress River

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Aug 18

Prize-Giving 2015

At the end of the summer term, pupils, staff, parents and guests gathered at Sgoil a’ Bhac for the annual prize-giving ceremony and celebration of achievement.

We had an excellent attendance of parents and our special guests included Mr Fred Wildridge who presented this year’s prizes; Calum Macdonald, Parent Council Chairperson; our local councillor, Donald Crichton; Rev. Calum Iain Macleod and student David Macdonald.

We were delighted to be joined by members of  the Sgoil a’ Bhac Memories Book Committee, who were in attendance for the first presentation of a trophy in their name.  The prize, was awarded for excellence in local studies of the Back district. (history, geography or culture)  As well as a trophy, the winner received a financial prize.

Children were awarded prizes for sports, citizenship, leadership and academic achievement. In addition, this year saw the introduction of  new Achievement Prizes for each Gaelic and English year-group sponsored by our Parent Council.

The audience were entertained by an amazing whole-school performance of ‘Caledonia’  and our folk group and psalm precenting group also performed excellently. The ceremony concluded with the awarding of Dux of the School for 2015.

Click to view: List of Prize-winners 2015

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Aug 18

Young Leader Awards 2015

During the course of P7, our pupils participated in the Young Persons Leadership Programme. They learned many new skills in organisation, co-operation and leadership and enjoyed using their skills with they younger pupils in the school.

P7s were awarded their certificates during our prize-giving in June.


Aug 18

Bikeability Awards

At our prize-giving in June, our departing P7 were presented with their ‘Bikeability’ certificates for successfully completing cycle training.

Thank you to Eric Macleod from Active Schools who helped with the delivery of this training.


Jun 30

Netball Dinner

Netball coaches Angela, Margaret and Norma hosted a special dinner at Eleven Restaurant for the P7 girls from the netball club to congratulate them on their success. Medals were awarded to each girl by the coaches.

Well done girls.


Jun 15

Parent Survey Report

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Following completion of a survey of parents of Sgoil Araich Loch a Tuath and Sgoil a’ Bhac in May 2015, the school has published a report of the findings. The report concludes with an action plan that sets out the improvements we are planning based on the opinions expressed through the surveys.

The report can be downloaded and viewed using the link below.


SaB Parent Survey Report June 2015

Jun 12

Rural Sports 2015

image2Well done to our boys and girls teams who took part in the Rural Sports last week. They all did really well and finished as runners-up to Stornoway Primary in the section for schools of more than 50 pupils.


Jun 08

Sports Day Fun!

On our third attempt, we were able to go ahead today with our Sports Day this morning at the Stornoway running track. Thank you to all the parents and other families who attended to cheer on the children in their races.





Jun 03


Date: Monday 8th June

Venue: Stornoway Running Track, Smith Avenue

Time: 9.30-12.00pm

Buses depart school: 9.00am

Due to the on-going wet weather throughout the month of May, we have had to concede that our playing fields will not dry out in time for us to hold an on-site sports day, even if the weather improves over the next week or so.

As a result of this, we have had to make alternative plans to allow P1-7 Sports Day to go ahead this year. We have booked the running track at Smith Avenue for the morning of Monday 8th June and will bus the children from the school to Stornoway and back. The buses will leave the school at 9.00am with the intention of starting at 9.30am. We will run the P1-3 and P4-7 sports together throughout that morning and will return to the school in time for lunch at 12.15pm.

We would like to invite parents and families to join us at the running track to support the children taking part.

As well as their usual PE kit, children will need to take warm and waterproof clothing to wear when not competing. Children are also welcome to take a snack and water bottle. During the event, the nearest toilet facilities will be at the Sports Centre.

At the moment, the long-range forecast for Monday is very good but we will need to be prepared again for possible cancellation if the weather is poor.

Due to the long period of time away from the school, it will not be suitable for our children in Sgoil Araich to travel to the running track for this event. We intend to plan a special Sgoil Araich sports morning with a provisional date of Monday 15th June.

If you have any questions about the revised arrangements for sports, please contact the school office.

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