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 🙂

 

 

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I hope everyone has had a lovely day learning from home. I have made a step by step guide below that will help you share your learning on your blog!  I would love to see what you have been up to.

If you have any questions, then just email me. My email address is Jacqueline.mclean@glow.sch.uk 😊🌈

 

 

 

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:

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=oyzTzM4Wj0KVQTctawUZKWcF6bVSsANAmvUItgCuaeBUOFNBNFdENzhVR0xIQUVINlBJUDgwNzRSSS4u

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
JHPS and ECC

Whatriggs PS and ECC
Willowbank School
Hillbank ECC
Onthank ECC

Free School Meals information

EAC are continuing to provide meals to Free School Meals entitled families register at http://eastayrshi.re/familymeals

Please click on the above link and register if your child is entitled to Free School Meals.

We are aware that some parents/carers have received emails stating that Free School Meals can be collected from Catrine PS.  At present, NO meals have been delivered to Catrine PS yet.  We will keep you updated with any news about Free School Meals delivery or collection.

Thank you, Mrs Govans

 

P3/4 – Good Morning (23.3.20)

Good Morning everyone,

I hope you are all well.  I’m going to be using GLOW to share some ideas and activities with you so please keep checking for updates.

This weeks spelling words are:

Red: ow

  1. owl
  2. brown
  3. growl
  4. now
  5. crown
  6. allow

Green:  c (soft c)

  1. city
  2.  icy
  3. central
  4. circle
  5. cinema
  6. celebrate
  7. December
  8. recite

Common Words:  hand, head, home

Active Learn

I have updated all of your Active Maths games so there is loads of new Addition, Subtraction and Fraction games for you to play.

Sumdog

I have set up some challenges for you all to play on Sumdog.  This week they are focusing on Times Tables and Fractions.  Challenge yourself and have fun!

Stay Active

If you fancy staying fit and active you could join Jo Wicks for some online PE fun.  I have copied the link below:

https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1

Remember that I’m only an email away and would love to hear about how you are getting on with your work.

My email is eajill.ferguson@glow.sch.uk

Mrs Ferguson

 

 

ECC and PS Arrangements for Monday 23rd March

Following further government advice this afternoon, the advice is now to have as few people in ECCs and schools as possible due to the gravity of the current situation and to allow us to prioritise children of keyworkers.

Please do not send your child to Catrine ECC or PS tomorrow unless you are a keyworker who has no other childcare options (please note: it is expected that, in families where one parent is a keyworker, that the other parent provides childcare at this time).

At both establishments, strict social distancing protocols will be in place.  All pupils should be accompanied to ECC/PS by one adult only.

ECC will be open from 8.40am-2.40pm.  ECC pupils will be given a lunch.

PS will be open from 9.00am to 3.00pm.  All pupils will be signed in via the main entrance.

PS pupils in receipt of Free School Meals will be given a lunch.  All other pupils should bring a packed lunch, if possible.

I appreciate how frightening this situation is, and we are trying our best to ensure that families and children who really need our support at this time continue to be supported.  If you have any questions, please phone the ECC or PS.

Thank you for your continued support.  Please take care of yourselves and your families, and all further updates will be sent out via the usual channels so keep checking our APPs and GLOW blogs.

Take care.

Mrs Govans, Headteacher

EAC Update #2 – 21.03.20

Dear Parent/Carer

We appreciate fully that many parents are concerned about keyworker status.

The guidance we have received from the Scottish Government is that “if one parent is a key worker and the other is not, the non-key worker should normally be expected to provide childcare. If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.”

Having checked the UK Government guidance, it is different and says that if only one parent is a key worker, they can send their children to school if required.

In light of this contradictory position, we will deal with each case on its merits. If there is no other childcare option then we would look for confirmation of this.

We want to do all we can to support key workers. We need them to look after those who are going to get sick and to keep our vital services running, but we also need to avoid social contact so, if key workers can make any other arrangements for their children,  we ask them to do so.

Head Teachers will not turn away any child on Monday, but will need to seek some form of  confirmation of key worker status for future attendances. Going forward we will need to keep matters under review with staff absences rising as more of our staff require to self isolate and we know parents will understand.

Remember we need to reduce social contact, and even if you are a key worker, please only send your child as a last resort and if you absolutely need to.

Kind regards

Linda McAulay-Griffiths
Head of Education
Sent To You By East Ayrshire Council

EAC update 21.03.20

Dear Parents/Carers

A further reminder to all parents/carers to please understand that our emergency provision is absolutely only as a final option.  We are sure that our parents/carers will understand and respect this to help keep our pupils, staff and families safe.

We are still encountering some questions regarding emergency provision from Monday 23rd March.  Clearly all adults in the child’s household must be keyworkers to access the service.  Where this is not the case, the other adults are expected to provide care.

Please refer to the website for the key worker categories:

https://www.east-ayrshire.gov.uk/CouncilAndGovernment/Coronavirus/Schools-ecc.aspx

Kindest regards

Linda McAulay-Griffiths
Head of Education

Sent To You By East Ayrshire Council

EAC update

Dear Parent/Carer,

Thank you for once again for your understanding of the current situation in regards to the school and centre closure period we find ourselves in.

It is absolutely critical that parent and carers are aware that the emergency school and centre provision is only when all other childcare options have been exhausted.

Please do not attempt to send your child to the school/ECC provision being provided if you do not meet the key worker catergories noted in this link:

https://www.east-ayrshire.gov.uk/CouncilAndGovernment/Coronavirus/Schools-ecc.aspx

We are sure that you will fully understand our need to minimise the number of children and young people attending such provision.

Yours sincerely

Linda McAulay-Griffiths
Head of Education

Provision from Monday 23 March

Please do not phone the school regarding provision for your child from Monday 23 March as information is changing hourly. As soon as the school has been advised, the information will be shared with you via this APP and Glow.
Thank you for your continued cooperation and understanding at this time.

Update

The staff at both Catrine P.S. and ECC would like to thank you for your support and understanding during these unsettled times. We appreciate your concerns and worries and hopefully by working together we can answer your questions.

We will update our GLOW Blog/ParentPay email  and APP with any further updates following the First Minister’s announcements this afternoon. All EAC advice and guidelines will also be shared via these channels.

  • All pupils who are in school today will be going home with a learning pack – this is a copy of all of their login details for lots of online learning. Pupils use these resource on a regular basis in school and are familiar with them.
  • Also included is a list of appropriate websites that your child can access during this time.
  • Pupils not in school today will receive this information through the post.
  • Please note, at this time, all learning will be provided digitally – as learning and progress can be tracked by teachers.
  • Teachers will be updating their classes GLOW information daily, so please ensure that your child logs on every day.

Primary 7 parents – we have discussed leaver’s activities with Primary 7 pupils today (look out for this information).

Thank you.

Mrs Govans

Primary 7 Homework

The focus for Primary 7 spelling homework this week is homophones and confusions. All groups have the same words as the focus is on knowing the spelling and meaning of each. This week’s words are:

wait/weight, waste/waist, way/weigh, week/weak, what/watt, where/were/wear, which/witch

Please remember to bring jotters into school on Friday for the weekly spelling test.