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Extended Pupil Support

Medical Services

Parents should inform the school, in confidence when enrolling a pupil, regarding any health difficulties of which teachers should be aware, e.g. asthma, epilepsy, diabetes etc. The Nicolson Institute has the services of a nursing auxiliary and a team of first aiders who attend to any pupil who requires medical attention and arranges, where necessary, for further attention at the Western Isles Hospital. She also keeps, in safe custody, any medication which a pupil requires to take on a regular basis or which has to be on hand for emergencies. Any pupil who feels unwell in class should inform the class teacher who will make arrangements for that pupil to see the auxiliary. In some cases it may be necessary to send a child home but this will only be done after consultation with a First Aider and after contact has been made with the parent or guardian or emergency contact to make arrangements. Parents are asked not to send a child to school if s/he is clearly unwell.

Skills Development Scotland

Skills Development Scotland is concerned with wise choice of employment, training and further education. The Skills Development Scotland team are familiar visitors to the school. They interview individual pupils, give talks, lead discussions and assist in the Careers Education Programme. Before they leave school, pupils have individual interviews with one of the team to discuss career choices. Prior to the interview the pupil is asked to complete a questionnaire about interests and ambitions and parents can add comments to this. The School provides Skills Development Scotland with a report about each leaver and, where necessary, a medical report is obtained from the School Health Service.

Leaving Age

Pupils who reach the age of 16 on or before the last day of February may leave school at the previous Christmas break. Pupils who are 16 on or before 30 September may leave school on 31 May previous.

The School Library

Opening Hours
Monday to Friday 09:00 - 12:15 13:15 - 16:30

The School Library welcomes all pupils and now offers a wide range of materials both for study and for pleasure. There are over 7000 books to choose from, plus magazines and newspapers as well as the library’s Audio-Visual facilities. Computer programmes, videos, maps and posters are all available for use in the Library and some can be borrowed! The Librarians are always pleased to help pupils to use the library. They are given borrowing tickets at their first visit and we hope that everyone will make full use of the library’s excellent facilities, including computing and internet access.

School Meals

Nutritious and appetising meals are served in the school canteen. Many pupils prefer to take a packed lunch to school or are given money by their parents to buy food from a shop in town. Parents should let the school know in advance if their child has any special dietary requirements. The canteen operates a ‘cashless catering’ system. Cash is not be accepted as payment for meals. Each pupil has an account and is issued with a PIN number and a fingerprint scan which can be credited with funds for use in the canteen. Pupils can top up their accounts by taking cheques or notes to the school office. The Parent Pay system will be operating from August 2012. Those entitled to free meals have their accounts topped up by the office.
Children of parents in receipt of Income Support are entitled to a free midday meal. Further information and application forms can be obtained from:
The Catering Officer,
Education Department,
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar,
Sandwick Road,
Telephone 01851 822763 or 822729.

Hungry for Success

The main aim is for pupils to eat healthier balanced meals. We hope to educate children to be able to make their own informed choices, which could impact on their future wellbeing. We hope to ensure that healthy food choices continue to make up the school meals menu. The Nicolson Institute is a Health Promoting School and continues to develop healthier options on the canteen menu. Please encourage your child to eat in the canteen. Progress to date.
• Removal of additional salt and sauces.
• Salad items on offer daily.
• Improved presentation of meals.
• Staff given nutritional training.
• Improved dining atmosphere.

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