Happy Holidays!

What a year it has been!

We are so proud of all our children, families and staff who have been such superstars during this extraordinary year.  We have faced lots challenges but we have faced them together and achieved so much despite the obstacles in our way.

We have had such a fun week this week to end the year with walks to the park, skimming stones in the river, board games, outdoor games, escape rooms, movies and so much more! Mrs Govans has really missed being with us but she has been enjoying seeing photos and videos of what we have been up to.

P7 enjoyed their fun day on Wednesday and boogied the day away in their disco dome.  We wish them the best of luck as they head to the academy and look forward to hearing how they all get on next year.

We say goodbye to Miss Feighan, Mrs Stewart, Mrs O’Hare and Miss Robertson and thank them very much for all their hard work.

We are delighted to welcome Miss Edmond as our P3 teacher next year, I’m sure she will have a great year at Catrine Primary School.

Please keep a look out over the holidays on our blog and school app for all the arrangements for coming back in August.  Pupils return on Thursday 19th August.

I wish you all a very happy summer holiday.  Keep safe and I look forward to seeing you in August.

Mrs Schendel



Good Morning from Mrs Schendel – Monday 30th March

Happy Monday everyone.

I hope you all managed to get outside safely over the weekend to enjoy the sunshine.  Skye and I went for a long walk along the river, making sure we kept a safe distance from the people we met.

I joined in the Joe Wicks this morning 😅.  Think I might have some sore legs tomorrow 😂.

Your teachers have set some great tasks for this week.  I am following your blogs and am impressed with all the learning that is taking place at home.  You could e-mail me some of your work too, I’d love to see it.

Keep accessing ActiveLearn, ReadingWise and Sumdog if you can, your teachers are setting specific tasks for you.  Please e-mail me if you are having trouble getting on to any of these and I will do my very best to help.

Keep up the good work.

Mrs Schendel




Happy Friday!

Well done to everyone who has worked hard this week to keep up their school work, whether it has been on ReadingWise, Sumdog or ActiveLearn, completing the work set by your teachers or attempting the challenges set by Mrs Govans.

The staff are loving seeing your Blogs and emails with the pictures and descriptions of what you have been doing and they have been giving you lots of feedback.  We would like to share some of your work on the main Catrine GLOW page, maybe it will give others some ideas.  If you don’t want us to share your pictures please let us know via email.

If you have not logged on to any of the activities yet and are having difficulty doing this please email me at roberta.schendel@eastayrshire.gov.uk and I will do my best to help.

It’s the weekend tomorrow so remember to take a break from school work, your teachers will be too.   It looks like the weather is going to be nice so get outdoors if it’s safe to do so and by following government guidelines.

Stay safe

Mrs Schendel

Good afternoon from Mrs Schendel

It has been lovely going through the posts that some of you have been putting up on your GLOW blogs.  I am loving the rainbows, they have really made me smile and I’m sure if they are in your windows they will make others smile too.  Keep the posts coming.

Well done to everyone who is using ReadingWise, ActiveLearn and Sumdog, you are doing a great job.

Remember to have fun and get outside as long as you are following government guidelines 😃.

Mrs Schendel


Good Morning from Mrs Schendel

Good morning everyone.

I hope you are all safe and settling into our very strange and different routines.

Well done to those who are continuing to log on to Sumdog, ReadingWise and ActiveLearn.  I am keeping track of everyone and I’m so proud of the efforts you are making.

For parents of those children who receive support from our EAST teacher – I have your child’s plan at home so if you would like some help or ideas please get in touch with me.

My e-mail address is roberta.schendel@eastayrshire.gov.uk

Remember to ‘get outside’ but of course by following government guidelines. P5/6 you could keep working on your commitment and I would love to see photos on your GLOW e-portfolio showing how you are getting on.

Keep safe!

Mrs Schendel

P5/6 Visit to Institute

This week at the institute we were making quiche.  This was a new experience for most of us, including Mrs Schendel!  We had to prepare our pastry, chop our fillings and whisk the eggs.  Of course we always wash our hands before we handle and eat food!

Numeracy Open Morning

Thank you to all the adults who came to our numeracy open morning this morning.  The children really enjoyed showing what they have been learning in class through Active Maths activities and Lucy, Ryan and Calvin impressed us all with their demonstrations of Number Talks strategies.



Dolphin House – Lost Items

I have a few unclaimed items left behind from Dolphin House.  If your child is missing a hoody, fleece or  gloves please come to the school to collect.  Anything unclaimed by Friday 6th March will go in our lost property box and be given to the next Ragbag collection.

Mrs Schendel

P7 Dolphin House Trip

P7 are very excited about their residential trip next week.

A few reminders:

Pupils should arrive at the school on Monday for 9.00am dressed in appropriate clothing for outdoor activities.  Parents are welcome to stay and wave them off.

Pupils will return by 3.00pm on Thursday.  Mrs Schendel will inform the school when we leave Dolphin House (approximately 2pm) and a text will be sent to let parents know the expected time of arrival back at school. Parents are welcome to come and collect their child, otherwise pupils will be dismissed as usual at 3pm.

Please pack for the weather!  We WILL be outside so plenty of layers and warm clothes and socks are advisable.  See attached kit list to help with your packing.

Packing Suitcase – Winter

Mrs Schendel



Catrine can Ceilidh!

What a fantastic night we had last night at our very first Catrine Primary School Ceilidh!  Thank you to all who came along and joined in with the dances or encouraged from the side lines.  It was amazing to see all ages laughing and having a great time dancing to our live band and our choir did us proud and sang beautifully.

See you all next year!


P5/6 Visit to the Institute

P5/6 had a lovely visit to the institute this morning.  We made shortbread as part of our Scottish month theme.  We were all surprised at how easy it was to make and it tasted delicious.  The children all have a copy of the recipe so why not give it a try at home!

Family Ceilidh – Thursday 30th November 6.30pm- 8.30pm

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We are really looking forward to our family Ceilidh on Thursday! The band have been rehearsing and have a great selection of dances for us including Dashing White Sergeant, Strip the Willow, Canadian Barn dance and many more.  Don’t worry if you don’t know the dances,  the band will walk through all the dances for you and I’m sure the children will keep you right.  We will be entertained by our P6 and P7 choir and light refreshments will be available.

If you don’t have your tickets yet, please go to ParentPay where adult tickets cost £2 and a 1p charge will secure a child ticket.

See you at 6.30pm for a great night of dancing!



An unsafe place to cross because the cars might reverse at any time.
An unsafe place to cross because you can’t see past the parked van.

The JRSO committee went out today and we learned how to cross the road safely. Here are some pictures.

Family Ceilidh

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As part of our Scottish month we are holding a Family Ceilidh on Thursday 30th January at 6.30pm – 8.30pm.

Come along for a fabulous night of dancing to a live ceilidh band!

Some of our P6 and P7 will  be entertaining us with some Scottish songs and light refreshments will be provided.

Tickets cost £2 per adult. In order to allocate a child’s ticket on ParentPay a 1 pence charge is required.   Money raised from the ticket sales will go towards hiring the hall for the evening.  Tickets are limited and will therefore be allocated on a first come first served basis.


Parent Council Donation

A big thank you to the Parent Council for their generous donation of new Fun Time Friday equipment.  The Parent Council work hard throughout the year to raise funds which benefit our pupils in many ways.

We can’t wait to have fun with the new toys.

Christmas Fayre Raffle

We have some unclaimed raffle prizes from our Christmas Fayre.  If your ticket matches any of the numbers below please contact the school to claim your prize.

Orange 291

Orange 376

Purple 336

Thank you so much to everyone who donate prizes, it is much appreciated and really helped to make our raffle such a success.

Mrs Schendel

Parent Council – Guess the Elf’s Birthday

Members of the Parent Council will come round classes next Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings to give pupils a final chance to Guess the Elf’s birthday.  Guesses cost 50p and money will be collected by Parent Council members.

The Elf’s birthday will be announced at our Christmas Service on Wednesday 18th December.

P5/6 Visit to the AM Institute

P5/6 have had an exciting morning at the institute.  We started by peeling potatoes and chopping leeks to make leek and potato soup.  While the soup was cooking we painted trees then we made chicken wraps.  Some people were trying these for the first time and we all agreed they were delicious!

Thanks again to Malky, Stacey and Nikki.