School Streets Reminder

After the Easter holidays, starting the 19th April for 4 weeks, the roads around the school will be closed between 8.45am and 9.30am and again between 2.30pm – 3.20pm. This is to help to improve safety for pupils and also reduce pollution.  Remember you might need to leave earlier in the morning and after school if you’re driving a car. Remember it’s for all our safety and will help our environment.

See flyer below for more details:  

From  your Junior Road Safety Officers, Kacee and Sophie!

New Glow Site

As Catrine Primary School is so blogtastic we were running out of space on our Glow usage site so we’ve had to create a new site so we could continue sharing the news, achievements and online learning at Catrine Primary School. You will appreciate that these changes will take time especially in the current circumstances – so please be patient.

Pupils should continue to access their individual GLOW blogs to upload their learning and communicate with their teachers in their usual way.

Please click on the link below to access our new blog:



Headteacher’s Challenge #5

Good morning to you all 🙂

I hope you’ve been managing to (safely) enjoy time outside in the lovely Spring sunshine.  To make the most of the glorious weather, today’s challenge is …

Build a den outside in your garden, or in your house, with your family

You can use anything – sheets, duvets, binbags, sleeping bags,  brush handles, clothes pegs, string, cardboard, chairs, boxes, trampolines ….

Think of the great times that we had building dens on the grass in our school playground during our Outdoor Learning Days with our houses.  Remember how we changed and adapted our den designs as we came across problems (Ayrbank – our dens kept getting blown away as we were trying to build them on the windiest day possible!)

If you prefer, build your den inside your house somewhere – your bedroom, under the kitchen table or take over the whole living room (remember to ask for permission first …)  My boys used to build dens with their papa under the kitchen table when they were wee, and they used to eat their dinner there and sometimes even slept there too, all wrapped up in sleeping bags and pillows!

So, have fun, and I’d love to see some photos of you and your family in your dens on your blogs – I’ll be checking them regularly over the holidays.

As always, take care, stay safe and keep in touch.

Mrs Govans x    

(Lauren and her bug hotel)

Signing off for Easter Holidays

It’s officially the Easter holidays now and, although we won’t be gallivanting anywhere apart from the back garden it’s still a time to switch off from school work and enjoy quality time with our families in the (hopefully!) lovely Spring sunshine.

Staff won’t be posting activities over the next two weeks but I will still be posting my Headteacher’s Challenges on Tuesday and Thursday so remember to check in …

I’d like to thank every member of staff at both Catrine ECC and PS for their commitment, professionalism and positivity during the last three weeks.  Every member of staff is working behind the scenes to keep our ECC and school functioning and to ensure our young people are accessing appropriate, enjoyable and fun learning activities.

Thank you also to the parents, carers, families and friends of both Catrine ECC and PS #homeschoolarmy – what a wonderfully creative lot you are!  Some brilliant ideas coming through GLOW and emails about the home learning activities you’re enjoying with your family – well done to all.

And last, but by no means least, the children of Catrine 🙂

Let’s applaud them – ‘these wee heroes have stayed indoors more than they’ve ever known in their lives.  Their whole wee worlds have been turned upside down, full of rules they’ve never known. Every day they get up and carry on, despite all that’s going on around them, and they’re delighted to paint pretty rainbows and pictures to thank the ‘heroes’ out in the world working hard to keep us all safe.

So let’s acknowledge our wee heroes – our children, our groups, our pupils, our future – today, tomorrow and forever.  We are so proud of you all.’

Words copied from Twitter but I mean every single one of them.

As always, take care, stay safe and keep in touch.

Mrs Govans x  

Headteacher’s Challenge #4

Good morning to Thursday 🙂

It’s hard to believe we’re nearly at the end of the second week of this new style of learning, and your teachers and I continue to be so impressed by how well most of you are engaging with your online learning.

I really enjoying reading through your Glow Blogs and emails, and love seeing the photos of your daily activities – keep them coming!

I know some people are still having issues with accessing our online learning, and I’ll be phoning to see if we can help with login details or passwords so that you can get up and running.

Today would have been the last day of Term 3, and yesterday would have been our Easter Service in school and that means – we need to sing the Spring Chicken Song!

So today’s challenge – you need to teach the words – and actions – of the Spring Chicken Song to your family.  Remember to sing it as loudly as we do at assembly!  I’ve attached a wee video to help you along.

As always, stay safe, take care and keep in touch.

Mrs Govans x


Headteacher’s Challenge #3

Happy Tuesday!

I’m working at the Auchinleck Hub today and I’m enjoying looking at all their lovely displays and pupil work (and stealing a few ideas for when we’re all back at Catrine PS!)

Today’s challenge is another practical one, but a REALLY important one …

Learn to tie your shoelaces!

If you can already tie your shoelaces – relax, sit back and have a lazy day – you’ve completed my challenge already 🙂

If you can’t tie your shoelaces yet then this is a great time to learn with support from your family at home.

As always, take care, stay safe and keep in touch.

Mrs Govans                                 

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




Well Done Primary 2!

It looks like we have been having a great time learning from home, making, creating, getting outside and spending time with our families. Thank you to everyone who has shared their learning with me, I love seeing what you are up to.  I am so proud of you all, as always! I have added some of the pictures to a slideshow below. Missing you all!


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I hope you all have a fantastic weekend.


Miss McLean

Thank you to Helen and Graham

I’d like to personally thank our Catering Supervisor, Helen Hall, and our Janitor for the last two weeks, Graham Fullarton, for their brilliant teamwork this week in ensuring that our school dinners were distributed throughout the village.

Both Helen and Graham have been in school with me every day this week, and it’s been a pleasure working alongside them in what has been a very strange and unsettling week.  Thank you to you both.

Although school staff sometimes joke that a school with no weans would be a great place – let me assure you, that is not the case.   We are missing their laughter, their stories, their tantrums and their wee personalities every single day.

So enjoy the weekend, switch off from the schoolwork, have fun with your family and take care (and remember to make your bed!)  See you Monday!

Mrs Govans x                                           

Well Done Primary 4/5!

A huge well done for making it through week 1 primary 4/5. I am so impressed with all your hard work and effort, whilst we settle into our new routines and find our feet, learning from home.

Well done to everyone for using Reading Wise, Active Learn and Sumdog. A special shoutout to Lauren, Keir and Leighton, who are our this weeks challenge winners. Next week brings new challenges and new winners!

It has been fantastic seeing all your posts and photos on your Glow Blogs. If you haven’t posted on Glow yet, maybe next week you can find some time to upload what you have been doing. Remember, you can post things that you are doing with your family at home as well as your home learning.

I hope you all enjoy your weekend.
Miss Robb

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 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

Spring Creativity

Well done to those in P5/6 who have sent in some of the amazing work they have been busy with at home. I have loved seeing all the rainbows, acrostic poems, cutlery spelling and the super maths going on.  That’s not forgetting some of the wonderful things you have also been busy doing with your families.  Keep up the hard work.

Take care

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Headteacher’s Challenge #2

Good morning 🙂

I’ve received lots of lovely comments/emails from people in the village about the smashing rainbow pictures in your windows – they’re certainly doing their job of cheering people up so well done.

Today’s challenge is a bit more practical – learn how to make your bed!

This is a job that you should become responsible for – whether you’re in P1 or P7 – as it’s helping your family during these strange times.

If you’re already responsible for making your bed every morning – good for you and keep up the good work!

If this is a new task for you – ask someone at home to show you how they like your bed to be made and then this should be your responsibility from now on (and should continue even when we return to school!)

Your class teachers will be posting on your class GLOW pages every Monday, Wednesday and Friday and I hope you’re enjoying the wide variety of tasks that they’re organising for you.

Remember that you don’t have to do every task – if you’re doing other online activities that’s great and it’s even better if you’re having fun with your family in your garden, or reading books, or building Lego or skiddling with water and bubbles – a million different ways you could be learning.

Take care, keep in touch and look after each other.

Mrs Govans

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


Accessing Class Pages

As well as accessing information here, staff have been updating the individual class pages.  These can be found by going in to the Primary School classes tab. Check out the photos below to help you find these.

I have also attached the links to take you directly there.

Primary 1  –

Primary 2 –

Primary 3/4 –

Primary 4/5-

Primary 5/6 –

Primary 7 –

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

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

STEM resources

One of our ECC parents works for the Maidsafe Charity, and has asked us to pass on this information.

The MaidSafe Foundation – which is a registered Scottish charity – supports the teaching of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) as well as Art.

With the Covid19 pandemic now closing schools, you will be worried about keeping your children occupied and educated. To try and help you, we have put together some fun activities that have been compiled using STEM teaching guidelines. The activities cover three age groups with two projects for each. As a guide, the Early level activities are for age 3 to P1, the First level for P2 to P4 and the Second level for P5 – P7.

To receive your free resources, simply email and we will send them to you. Your email address will not be shared with a third party and will be deleted after we send you the information.

We are also uploading pictures, videos and links to fun activities on Facebook – @MaidSafe Foundation.

You can also visit our website for more information about the charity and to see some of our past projects that may be of interest. There are also three free sample lessons from our STEM pack which can be accessed by clicking on the STEM tab.

We want to help you to keep your child/children occupied and educated during this time of uncertainty so please keep safe and well and hopefully you will all enjoy the activities.

Yours sincerely, The MaidSafe Team

Headteacher’s Challenge #1

Good morning!  Thank you to the parents/carers of Catrine for heeding the Government advice yesterday and not sending your children to school, giving us the best chance of keeping everyone safe.

It’s been great to check your online learning – lots of you have been working online on Sumdog, Active Learn and Reading Wise – keep it up!

Remember that you should be aiming for one session of Literacy and one session of Numeracy per day – don’t scunner yourselves by trying to do too much all at once.

Your learning over the next wee while isn’t a race – it’s a slow jog.

There’s loads of other things you can be doing with the people in your house – drawing, playing games, building forts, tidying up the garden, reading books …  keep checking your class blog for great ideas from your teachers and remember that you can email them for any advice or help.

On that note – I’m going to set you a Headteacher’s Challenge every Tuesday and Thursday.  Today’s challenge …

Draw, paint or make a collage rainbow picture to put up in your front window to help brighten up the day for keyworkers as they’re going to work, or people who are having to leave their house for essential shopping or simply to cheer up the people who live opposite you and can see your window from theirs.

Let’s work together, as the brilliant Catrine community that we can be, and all do our bit to help get each other through this.

Take care and keep in touch.

Mrs Govans 🙂



Update – Keyworker Childcare Provision Registration

Latest update letter from Linda McAulay-Griffiths, Head of Education at East Ayrshire Council

Dear Parent/Carer

Thank you for working with us in ensuring that we could provide childcare for our most critical key workers today.  It has been enormously helpful that our advice to use our schools as a last resort has been heeded. Having ascertained the number of young people attending our schools and ECCs and are now in a position to revise this further and re-organise according to most needed areas and we will move to a “hub” provision with effect from tomorrow, Tuesday 24th March 2020.

If you wish to access any of this provision you will require to fill in our e-form so that we have your details logged in advance of your child’s arrival.

If you wish to access any of this provision you will require to fill in our e-form here:

Once more, no child will be turned away on the first day of this revised provision, providing they have been registered.

A colleague will get back to you if you do not qualify for a keyworker place in these revised provisions.

The available hubs across the authority are as noted below, and meals will be provided to those pupils on site.  All school transport is also now withdrawn given the hub model in place, and the low numbers attending our schools and centres today.

Parents and carers should therefore ensure that their children are transported to the appropriate location.  Provision will run from 9am-3pm, unless otherwise guaranteed by an ECC provision.

Many thanks for working with us on this, such that we can continue to provide childcare at this time for our critical keyworkers.

Pupils from Please register for
Logan PS and ECC
Barshare PS and ECC
Greenmill PS and ECC
New Cumnock PS and ECC
Muirkirk PS and ECC
Netherthird PS and ECC
Cumnock Academy
Hillside parents should discuss directly with Mrs Skeoch today
Greenmill PS and ECC
Doon Academy
Bellsbank PS and ECC
Dalmellington PS and ECC
Patna PS and ECC
Littlemill PS and ECC
St Xavier’s PSDalrymple PS and ECC
Dalmellington PS and ECC

Dalrymple PS and ECC

Sorn PS
Auchinleck PS and ECC
Catrine PS and ECC
Mauchline PS and ECC
Muirkirk PS and ECC
Ochiltree PS and ECC
Auchinleck Academy
St Patrick’s PS
Drongan PS and ECC
Auchinleck PS and ECC

Drongan PS and ECC

Kilmaurs PS and ECC
Dunlop PS and ECCNether Robertland PS and ECC
Lainshaw PS and ECC
Stewarton Academy
Kilmaurs PS and ECC

Nether Robertland PS and ECC

Gargieston PS and ECC
Loanhead PS
Crosshouse PS and ECC
Grange AcademyAnnanhill PS and ECC
Shortlees PS and ECC
Gargieston PS and ECC

Shortlees PS and ECC

Loudoun Academy
Newmilns PS and ECC
Galston PS and ECC
Fenwick PS
St Sophia’s PS
Darvel PS and ECC
Hurlford PS and ECC
Galston PS and ECC
St Andrews PS and ECC
Kilmarnock Academy
Mount Carmel PS
St Joseph’s Academy
Hillhead PS
Onthank PS
JHPS and ECC and Sgoil na Coille NuaidhWhatriggs PS and ECC and Riccarton ECC
Willowbank and Park Schools
Hillbank ECC and Flowerbank ECC
Onthank and Cairns ECC

Whatriggs PS and ECC
Willowbank School
Hillbank ECC
Onthank ECC