Homework and Home Learning Packs

This week your child will be issued with a Home Learning Toolkit for you to keep at home.  These kits contain lots of materials to allow your child to complete homework tasks set by their class teachers.  We hope you and your child will enjoy using them.  The toolkit includes pencils, rulers, colouring pencils and much, much more.  Please encourage your child to look after all the materials and put everything back together in the bags once they have completed their tasks.

Teachers will begin issuing homework tasks this week.  Every class will be slightly different and teachers will post the tasks on the individual class blogs.  Due to current Covid-19 restrictions we are unable to have jotters or completed work coming back and forward to school, however the teachers are very keen to see what you and your child are doing at home.  You can share pictures or tell us what you have been doing  through GLOW, either by emailing the class teacher or posting on your child’s individual GLOW blog. Step by step instructions on how to post on your child’s glow page will be in the toolkit.

We will also be posting ideas every week on how to engage your child with different spelling strategies.  These link to the Active Literacy Programme we use in school.  Look out for ‘syllabification’ this week.

Homework reinforces the learning taking place in class and allows you to share in this with your child.   We understand children are tired after a full day at school so try to spend only short periods of time a few nights a week completing the tasks with your child.

If you have any questions regarding homework or accessing GLOW please email me at:


Have fun

Mrs Schendel



Harvest Hush-In

What a lovely quiet afternoon we enjoyed at Catrine PS on Wednesday afternoon, with all of our pupils taking part in our Harvest Hush-In Sponsored Silence.  The children (and the staff!) enjoyed the quiet time to colour in, play games, do jigsaws, read books …. It was wonderful!

Thanks to everyone who has donated via ParentPay – the total of £204.50 has been raised for our School Funds.  Thanks for your continued support. 

Mrs Govans

Parent/Teachers Phone Calls

Our teachers thoroughly enjoyed talking to the majority of our parents/carers yesterday afternoon and evening on the phone.  They really enjoyed being able to let parents/carers know how well their child has settled back in to school, and about the progress they are making in their new class.  It was also an opportunity to discuss targets for next term and for parents/carers to ask any questions they might have about school during these unusual times.  Overall, it was just great to have a blether about our lovely Catrine pupils!

Please see below for participation figures for each class …..

Parents’ Day/Night uptake data


EAC – Facilities Management

Over the October school break we will be providing a packed lunch service to those pupils entitled to Free School Meals.

The following locations will be open to allow parents to pick up lunch for their child and available to collect between 1000-1200 Monday to Friday during the October weeks holidays.

We would ask that you maintain social distancing rules and catering staff will be available for assistance.  

New Cumnock PS rear door to Kitchen  

Auchinleck Academy rear door to Kitchen

Netherthird ECC rear kitchen door

Bellsbank rear door to kitchen

Galston  dining room side door 

Shortlees  Knockmarloch Road entrance

Whatriggs kitchen door main walkway 

Onthank    rear kitchen door

Kilmaurs lunch club kitchen door    

Balmoral Road   side door rear of building.

For any enquiries can you please email the catering support e mail on:     Catering.Support@east-ayrshire.gov.uk



Mark Hunter

Service Manager – Food and Catering


Harvest Hush-In

To help raise money for school funds, we are hosting a Sponsored Silence on Wednesday 7th October.

P1, P2 and P3 pupils will aim for 30 minutes silence, with P4 to P7 pupils trying to be quiet for 45 minutes!

The Harvest Hush-In will take place in class, between 1.00pm and 2.00pm. The pupils will read books and complete activities related to reading. Each class has a class library so there is a wide range of books available.

Our School Fund is well used throughout the year to buy resources and fund trips for all pupils.

As we are a cashless school, donations for the Harvest Hush-In should be made on ParentPay. When you log into your ParentPay account, you will see a Harvest Hush-In notification (this means that we don’t need individual sponsor sheets). You can donate as much as you like, with a minimum donation of £1.00.

Please do not send cash into the school.

Please contact the school if you would like any more information, and thank you for your continued support.

Mrs Govans

Parents Meetings – October 2020

We normally hold one of our two annual Parents/Carers Evenings in October of every school year, but due to current circumstances we are having to change things a wee bit. We feel it’s really important that we have the chance to speak to all of our parents/carers to let you know how your child is settling in to their new class and routine.

On Wednesday 7th October staff will be able to phone our parents/carers for a chat, with each slot lasting 10 minutes. Parents/carers should phone the school office on 01290 551436 to ‘book’ their time slot. We will also be asking which phone number you would like your child’s teacher to phone you on to ensure that we get through.

Appointments will be available every 10 minutes from 3.30pm to 5.20pm, and then from 6.00pm to 7.50pm. Please ensure that you have your phone switched on, and note that the teacher’s call will display as ‘NO Caller ID’.

Our teachers are looking forward to speaking with you, and updating you about what your child is focusing on in class and how they are progressing with their learning.

To help us with moving forward a questionnaire has been put on GLOW yesterday to find out your views about our return to school – it would be much appreciated if you could take the time to let us know how you feel things are going.

Thank you.

Mrs Govans

School Value: Determination

School Values

In our classes we are continuing to focus on our School Values, and have started to create the loveliest displays highlighting how we show these Values in our daily school life.

This week we discussed our School Value of Determination and how it applies to us in Catrine PS. Please look at your child’s class blog to see their definitions of Determination.

Next week we are focusing on our School Value of Teamwork.

Mrs Govans

On-line return

Please note that your child(ren)  WILL NOT BE ABLE TO ACCESS on-line activities until you complete the form below. Please complete as soon as possible. Thank you to all parents/carers who have already completed the form.

To prevent paper returns, please read the information below and complete the online return:

computer policy for students

Thank you.

Fiona McKinnon is “retiring” from Catrine Parent Council after many, many years of invaluable hard work and support. Fiona has served as a parent member and also as Secretary over the years. Fiona has worked tirelessly to support the school with Fundraising expertise, organising Family Fun Nights, taking part in school fayre raffles/stalls, school discos – the list is endless! Fiona will be undoubtedly missed! A huge THANK YOU from all the staff and pupils of Catrine Primary School.

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