MOL Outdoors

Following on from meeting with Parent Council members today, we have made plans to improve conditions in the playground for everyone.

Break & Lunch-time Play in the Mud Kitchens/Designated Raised Bed

From next week, we will have set days for pupils to be able to play in the mud kitchens/designated raised beds at break and lunch times. The teamwork, learning and organisation between the pupils as they have played together forming dams and engaging in different building projects has been fantastic to see real child-led learning experiences. However, we are aware that the volume of muddied clothes going home to be washed is not sustainable. So, from next week the following rota for playing in the mud at break and lunch-times for pupils who are keen to do so will apply:

Monday: P2 & P6

Tuesday: P3 & P4


Wednesday: P1 & P7

Thursday: P4 & P5

Friday: P2 & P3

On these days in particular we would ask that if your child is likely to be wanting to play in the mud that they come wearing old clothes that you are happy to have muddy. Every day they should come with suitable outdoor clothes for playing outside but these would be designated for ‘muddy play’ and you would not feel the need wash them for school again the next day. As a school we will look into the possibility of having a supply of old clothes and in-school overalls/boots for such play but this would not be possible straight away.


Playground Big Tidy

On Thursday and Friday of next week we will be spending time as a whole school thinking of others. As part of this, and in keeping with our school rules of being Ready, Respectful and Safe, we are going to undertake a big tidy of the playground. This will ensure we are back for the full week beginning Monday 25th February with a playground that is tidy and ready for good use.

MOL in Bloom

As in the past few years, we will be asking for support to prepare the raised beds towards the end of term – a Spring Clean – as our whole school MOL in Bloom 2019 gets underway. Please look out for a date for our outdoor Spring Clean and preparation of the raised beds – we would be grateful for as much support from families as possible. Thank you; we look forward to building on the wide range of outdoor learning experiences we have enjoyed together at MOL.





Basketball Brilliance!

Wow! What a day at the finals of the Inverness Primary Schools League at Millburn Academy MOL lifted 2 titles from 3 finals!

U10’s won by a massive 18-1 against Holm with Coach Gordon leading the team.  Awesome well done to Jacob who was selected for the All-star Team for the league.

Our U12 boys were crowned league Champions from 6 school teams having finished undefeated all year – in the Playoff Finals MOL took an early lead then Balloch made a come back but then MOL pulled away in the 4th quarter for a comfortable win in the end.  Congrats to Callum who made the League All-star team!

U12 girls finished runners up to Holm – again playing against 6 league teams MOL qualified for the final in second place in the league and they punched above their weight and led the final all the way to the 3rd quarter in the final but the Holm girls had a stronger finish and they took the win.  Well done to Holly who made the League All-star team!

A fabulous strong display of individual basketball skill and team work showed the progress our players have made throughout the year.  I am amazingly proud of how the teams have come on and how they love their basketball! 🏀🏀😍

Massive thanks to fellow coaches Alex and Gordon – our teams wouldn’t have been as successful without you!  And a big thanks also to the young Highland Basketball Crew members who refereed and officiated the games – great to see some MOL alumni – Eilidh, Owen, Nilavan and Luke – volunteer to help the next generation of ballers come through!

Well done to all players and to those team mates not in the team photos who have played in the league this season.  You are all my Champions 😀🏀

So far the Mixed MOL JnNBA team is undefeated and they play again this Thursday in the round robin league section of the competition – good luck to all!   GO MOL LAKERS!

Coach Tracy

Breakfast Club During Severe Weather

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As you will be aware, the school did not open last Monday due to bad weather and this gave us an opportunity to review our Bad Weather procedures across school and ELC.

As a result of this, we have decided that in the event of severe winter weather the following procedures will apply:

  • Where there is a severe weather situation and it is unclear as to whether the school will open, we will cancel Breakfast Club by 7.30am. Please note that when the Breakfast Club is closed, this does not necessarily mean that the school or ELC will be closed. This will allow us time to consider whether the school is going to be able to open either at the normal time of 9am or a little later, particularly in relation to staff being able to make it into school.
  • A decision will be made as to whether the school/ELC is open or closed by 8am at which point, the usual places will be updated to let parents know about the decision to open or close

As a reminder, where there is a closure (full or partial), this will be shared in the following ways:

School information number: Parent number: 08700 546 999 and PIN: 041820

School Blog: 

School Facebook page:

Highland Council Webpage – (will be updated only when Breakfast Club AND school is closed with the full information)

Car Parking Near Zebra Crossing

We would like to remind all parents and other users of the car park that cars should not be parked on or beyond the zebra crossing next to the MUGA entrance. There have been a few occasions recently where cars have parked beyond the crossing and have then reversed back over this crossing to get out of the car park. As you will appreciate, this is extremely dangerous and puts childrens’ lives at risk.

Your support in helping us keep the school car park as safe as possible is greatly appreciated.

Bellfield Park Tennis

The tennis season is not far away when we look forward to welcoming you down to Bellfield Park courts.

Before that we have a couple of indoor mini tennis classes that are available!  We have been in a lot of schools over the last 4 weeks and hope that some of you want to continue playing.

There is a 4 week block at Drakies Primary School on a Thursday starting on February 21st February finishing on 14th March.

There are two classes available 5.30-6.30pm and 6.30-7.30pm and both classes are open to P3-7 children.  The first session is free and cost for the 4 weeks is only £6.

In the February break we are also holding a mini tennis camp at Hilton Community Centre.  Times are P1-3 10-11.30 and P1-4 11.30-1, the session cost is £5

Both of the above are available on our Bellfield Clubspark website. Click on coaching to find your class, and book your place, alternatively email All equipment is provided just bring a drink

If you have any queries please contact me on 07983116947

Hope to see you soon





Head Lice Information

Head Lice are a common problem in school aged children. They can’t be prevented, but

regular checking ensures early detection and treatment if necessary. Parents and carers

should check their children’s head once a week during hair washing. You need your

usual shampoo, conditioner, and a detection comb – ask your local pharmacist to

recommend a suitable one. Remember that you are looking for living moving lice, the

only evidence that your child is infected.

If you find a living louse, ask your local pharmacist, school nurse, health visitor or GP for

advice regarding treatment.

For further information see: – search on head lice