Highland Schools Update - 11 January 2015
11th January 2015
DUE to storm damage, two schools, may not be open on Monday. Brora Primary School and Canisbay Primary School have both suffered some roof damage.
At Brora, a scaffold will be erected at the start of this week to allow the extent of damage to be accurately assessed and a roofing contractor to make the building watertight. It is envisaged that the school will be open to pupils on Tuesday. The school and kitchen has been open this weekend and used as an emergency centre for the local community.
The roof covering over the kitchen at Canisbay Primary School has been damaged and the power has been off. It is anticipated that the school will be open on Tuesday or Wednesday.
Mallaig Primary School remains closed to allow completion of structural repairs to the chimney. Parents and carers of Mallaig Primary and Nursery pupils have been advised that on Monday 12 January, the school building will remain closed and alternative arrangements have been planned for pupils to attend school. All Mallaig Nursery children should go to Arisaig Primary and Mallaig Primary pupils should report to Mallaig High School at 9am.
There has also been some storm damage to Wick High School and Invergordon Academy, however it is expected that both of these schools will be open on Monday as normal.
Most other schools are currently expected to open on Monday. However, this is subject to the availability of heating and power, and further inspections of building damage, and parents and carers are advised to check the council's school closures website www.highland.gov.uk/schoolclosures which will be updated after 7am on Monday 12 January or the school closures phone line on 0800 564 2272.
Road users are advised that on Saturday 22 June 2019 part of the C1112 Glen Affric Road will be temporarily closed to vehicles from 11am to 5pm during the Highland Cross 2019 event. The area affected is between the road's junction with the C1110 Cannich - Fasnakle - Kerrow Wood Road and its end at the north side of the road bridge over the Abhainn Gleann nam Fiadh.
People working in Highland trades businesses are being urged by The Highland Council to attend a supplier briefing roadshow event near them coming soon across the region if they wish to tender for future Council contracts. The Council has created a new Trades Services Framework for repair, maintenance and minor works to maintain and improve the Council estate and to help deliver the Council's property maintenance programme for domestic and non-domestic properties.
Steve Walsh OBE has been appointed as the Chief Executive designate for High Life Highland, it was announced today by Donald McLachlan, the Chair of the charity's Board. Mr Walsh will take up post in early September 2019, following the retirement of current Chief Executive, Ian Murray.
Highland Council Trading Standards have been made aware that cold call telephone scammers have recently changed tactics and are now targeting individual bank customers to gain access to bank accounts and clear bank accounts of cash. The so-called "authorised push payment scam" involves a fraudster impersonating a bank representative and phoning an unsuspecting potential victim by telephone.
The Highland Council is asking communities and other stakeholders for their thoughts and opinion on a draft strategy to improve the town centres of Brora, Dornoch, Golspie, Thurso and Wick. The draft Caithness and Sutherland Town Centre Strategy presents several potential actions for each of the town centres.
Highland schools and Police call on people to share information on suspected anti-social, alcohol and drug activity. Highland Council secondary schools in the Mid Highland area and Police Scotland are writing to parents and carers urging them to share any concerns or information related to possible anti-social behaviour, alcohol and drug activity in their areas.
William Gilfillan, Director of Community Services will be leaving the Council on Friday, 7th June 2019. William joined Highland Council from Fife Council in 2000 to lead the New Community School development in Alness Academy.
Highland Council is to seek the views of local communities on a proposal to establish a Gaelic Medium catchment area for Mount Pleasant Primary School. The change is being proposed in line with Statutory Guidance on Gaelic Medium Education.
Re- opening on the horizon for Caithness. Highland Council's Care Learning and Housing Committee today agreed a package of revenue and capital funding which is a major milestone towards the re-opening of Caithness Horizons, Thurso.
The Highland Council's new Education Transformation programme is taking shape with various initiatives put in place to deliver better educational outcomes for young people, as detailed in a presentation to the Care, Learning and Housing Committee today (29 May 2019). The Education Transformation programme has the dual purpose of improving outcomes for all children and young people whilst ensuring that resources are used wisely and efficiently.
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