Additional August Return Information

Please see additional information regarding your child’s return to school:

  • Pupils can bring their lunch in a disposable container or own lunch box.
  • Following guidance, PE will take place outdoors. Therefore, no indoor PE kit will be needed at this time. Pupils are asked to bring suitable outdoor footwear and jacket.
  • Pupils can bring school bags and these will be kept on the floor.
  • Pupils can bring in their own stationery however, these can not be shared. The school will also provide stationery.
  • Parents are not permitted in the school unless under exceptional circumstances. Contact should be make by phone or email.
  • There will be no Breakfast Club for the time being.

Greenmill Primary – August Return Information

Following the recent communication from the Head of Education, we now wish to provide you with specific information regarding arrangements for your child’s return to school.  From the whole staff team, we are delighted to welcome all of our young people back to school.

Please see the letter below to view Greenmill’s arrangements:

Greenmill – School Letter August 5th

ECC Goodbye for the Summer

To all our super, wonderful children, parents and carers,
Wow! What a strange year this has been, it started well and then the nasty Coronavirus struck and ruined our year of playing and learning together.
Today is the last day before the summer holidays and as this door closes another will open. I would like to thank each child for all the warmth, the memories, the learning and wonderful play we have done together this year and not forgetting the fantastic home learning you’ve shared with us. On the note of home learning I would like to add huge thanks and well done to all the parents and carers who have been amazing throughout this pandemic.
The wonderful ECC ladies have worked so hard to keep in touch and share play ideas with you each week. We have been busy preparing for return, we are working hard to finalise the arrangements for the safe return of all our ante-preschoolers who we can’t wait to see again and so look forward to having back at the ECC in August.
We are sad to say goodbye to our children leaving the ECC to start big school. They have been a pleasure to have and we wish them all the very best of luck as they head off into Primary 1 in August.
Thank you all, take care, stay safe and look after each other .
All the very best wishes
Carol (EC Teacher) & all the amazing ECC staff
xxx
Here are a couple of videos starring our Greenmill ECC children. We hope you enjoy watching them.

Our Fabulous Preschoolers

 

Our Awesome Ante-preschoolers

Also here are some photos of those of that took on the success brick challenge.  🧱 Fantastic artwork well done.

 

A message from Greenmill staff

Well Primary 7, this isn’t the way we thought we’d be sending you off to the academy! But we have made the best of the lockdown situation and your next chapter is going to be amazing. Our staff have made you this video to share on this, your last day of Greenmill. Although the video is primarily for our P7s, we would like to wish all of our families a lovely summer holiday and we look forward to exciting times in August!

P7 Superheroes

As well as their E-Book, P7 boys and girls have also made a leavers’ video all about superheroes! Well, we think that because you’ve missed out on all your leavers activities and you’ve taken it all on the chin, that it’s definitely you who are all superheroes! All the very best P7 and we will party in the new session when we can!

P7 buddies

On Tuesday, our new P1s came into school for a wee visit and to meet their teachers, Mrs Thom and Miss Alexander. While they were in school, they were shown a special video which their new p7 buddies had made for them. We would like to share this video with families too!

Virtual Class Trips!

Good morning everyone!

I hope you are all ready and excited for your virtual class trip! Please click on the link below for your chosen trip. This will open up a word document. Follow the instructions on the pages and complete the activities as you go.

Chester Zoo Virtual Trip

Harry Potter Virtual Tour

International Space Station Virtual Trip

Machu Picchu Virtual Trip

Monterey Bay Aquarium Virtual Trip

Smithsonian Museum Virtual Trip

The Farm Virtual Trip

Your teachers will check in with you later on in the week. I hope everyone enjoys their day! 🙂

Blended Learning Model – August 2020

Dear Families,

Following the recent letter from the Head of Education in regard to pupil return in August, and her subsequent communication in regards to the return of all schools in the authority, we are pleased to share our proposed model with you in this communication. We ask at this stage that all parents and carers please understand that the model is still subject to national ratification next week but has been approved by East Ayrshire Education Service in this interim stage.

Firstly, can we thank you for your amazing work with our young people during this period of lockdown, and we are delighted to be sharing our plans for welcoming them back to school on a part-time basis as per national guidance. In reaching our model, we too have considered the safety and wellbeing of our young people, staff and their families as we are so aware that this will be your prime concern.

In regard specifically to our school, please find the model undernoted:-

All pupils from P1-7 have been allocated into either Group A or Group B for their class. We have ensured that all sibling groups are in the same group. The Blended Learning Model for August will be as follows:

 

Days of attendance in school
  Week beg 10th Aug Week beg 17th Aug and thereafter
Group A Wed 12th Aug Mondays and Tuesdays
Group B Thurs 13th Aug Wednesdays and Thursdays

 

We will continue to provide home-learning activities for pupils to be completed during their days at home. These will be posted on Teams on a weekly basis. Whilst teachers will still be contactable online if necessary, the regular communication and feedback which happens now will no longer be possible to the same extent.

We will contact you by text later today to let you know if your family is Group A or Group B.

We can only send texts to each child’s main contact and we understand sometimes phone numbers change. Therefore, if you have not received a text by 2.30pm, please contact the school and this information can be given to you.

In order to minimise the amount of people in the playground at any one time we are required to stagger start and finish times. I understand that this may be inconvenient for pick up and drop off but it is necessary also, to alleviate stress on the amount of traffic on the stairs and through the corridors.

Please note the start and finish times for your child(ren)’s class below:

 

Class Teacher Start time Finish time
P1 Miss Alexander 9.00 3.00
P1 Mrs Thom 9.10 3.10
P2 Mrs Harrison 9.20 3.20
P2/3 Mrs Lee 9.00 3.00
P3 Mrs Smith 9.10 3.10
P3/4 Miss Birrell 9.20 3.20
P4 Vacancy 9.00 3.00
P5 Mrs Richmond 9.20 3.20
P5/6 Mrs Campbell 9.10 3.10
P6 Miss Cano 9.20 3.20
P7 Mrs Terry 9.00 3.00
P7 Miss McTaggart 9.10 3.10

 

In order to minimise the amount of visitors to the school, we would ask, where at all possible, you contact the school either by phone or email with any queries and avoid entering the school.

A position has not yet been reached by the Scottish Government in regards to the provision of childcare for keyworkers for August, we therefore ask for your understanding that we cannot answer any questions on this matter until the position is declared nationally.

Information on emergency childcare over Summer holiday has already been sent to all parents and carers who have been accessing this from March, as this childcare will change over the Summer break, and parents will require to re-register for the new service.

As you will appreciate this is an ever-changing landscape and things may have moved on by the time we return to school in August. We will endeavour to keep you as up to date as we possibly can and thank you so much for your continued support and co-operation.

Kind Regards

 

Cindy O’Driscoll

Virtual Class Trip Choice!

Hello everyone!

It is time to make your choice for your virtual class trip. Please fill in the form below and submit it. The trips have a recommended class range, because some of the questions might be suited to certain classes. However, if there is one that you really like the look of and you are not in that class you can still choose that trip! Please fill in the form by Friday 19th June at 12pm.

I hope you all enjoy your virtual class trips! 🙂

EAC Parent and Pupil Survey

Dear Parents/ Carers and Pupils

As we progress further in our school renewal discussions, we are keen to seek the views of our parents, carers and pupils to help guide our next steps and indeed to review experience during lockdown. The results of this survey will also be fed back to your own schools individually to aid further discussion as we move forward, and will also be collated at council level.  We would very much appreciate your time in completing this survey. If, as a parent or carer, your children attend more than one school, please feel free to answer for each school.  Links as noted below:-

Parental survey:

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=oyzTzM4Wj0KVQTctawUZKWcF6bVSsANAmvUItgCuaeBUNUdNM0REQUdSNEVGODVXSk40NFpWWlhFMy4u

Pupil survey:

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=oyzTzM4Wj0KVQTctawUZKWcF6bVSsANAmvUItgCuaeBUQk05ODNWUDFQV1E2VUpEUUNEWkNCMko4RS4u

 

 

 

Virtual Class Trips!

Hello everyone!

At the end of term we will be going on a virtual class trip! There are seven different trips to choose from and the choice is yours!

You could choose to visit Chester Zoo and watch different videos of the keepers with the animals. Listen closely and try to answer some questions to show your learning.

Or you could go to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Florida! Wander through Diagon Alley and do the online quizzes to find out which house you are in and what kind of wand would choose you.

Are you interested in space? You could choose to visit the International Space Station. You will be taken on a tour by Commander Suni Williams, so make sure you are paying attention to answer the questions afterwards!

Why not take a hike up to Machu Picchu? You could visit one of the Seven Wonders of the World and walk through the different areas of this historical place.

What about life under the sea? Visit Monterey Bay Aquarium in California to learn about the different animals we find in the ocean. You can watch the live webcams to see what the animals are doing. Remember to read the information on the website to answer the questions!

This trip to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History could take two days to complete! Wander through the exhibits and learn about life on Earth, both past and present!

Finally, you could choose to visit different farms in Canada. You can choose different videos to see how different farms work, from apple orchards to pig farms! Read the information to answer the questions and learn more about life on the farm.

Everyone will be going on their virtual class trip on Monday the 22nd of June. You will be asked to make your choice next week so that the right trip is sent to you. Think about where you would like to go and what you would like to learn. 🙂

 

Shared learning for ECC

Good Morning

Well it’s almost the weekend again and what a week it has been with some fantastic learning being shared from you all. We are looking forward to seeing all the new learning being sent to the staff emails so we can bring it to you all. The team really do love seeing all your hard work.

For today we have  yummy baking, exploring the river on a local walk, learning some new IT skills and brilliant art work.

Thank you all for continuing to send us your pictures, we love them.

Ashleigh

ECC shared learning

Today we have a lovely video to share with you all.

Here it is, the ECC sports day challenge

 

Thank you to everyone. we have really enjoyed seeing you all taking part with the fun sports challenge we set for you.

 

Ashleigh

Shared Learning from ECC

Its so nice to see the sun back aging today.

We have a little video of your friend waving to Karen as part of the school treasure hunt, playing with water jelly balls, matching objects to the letters they start with from around the house and making some wounderfull butterfly pitctures for today.

 

 

Hope you all have a great day from all the staff.

 

Ashleigh

 

Shared Learning from ECC

It is brilliant to see so many of you taking part in home learning developing and learning new skills.

Here are today pictures.

You have been practicing your letters, making pictures with flowers, making massive castles with building blocks and look at the size of those sunflowers.

Well done. We are all very proud of you all.

 

Ashleigh

 

 

ECC Shared learning

Good Afternoon

I hope you have all enjoyed your weekend.

Here is some of your wonderful learning taking place at home which we would like to share.

You have been developing your number and letter writing skill, playing in the mud kitchen and releasing butterflies in the garden.

We all look forward to seeing all your hard work.

 

Ashleigh.

Greenmill Classes for Next Session – August 2020

As you know, in August children and young people across the country will undertake a blended model of learning. This means that they will attend school on a part-time basis in limited numbers and continue their learning at home.

We are currently planning how this might look for us in Greenmill and I hope to be able to issue you with details shortly. In the meantime, I am able to confirm class teachers (in most cases) for August.

In consultation with teachers and the Parent Council, we have decided to move classes on to the next stage, where possible, with their current class teacher. This is due to the fact that the anticipated merger with Barshare will mean classes are mixed up when we move to the new Lochnorris Primary within the Barony Campus.

We are aiming to minimise disruption to children and their learning as much as possible. Clearly, due to staffing limitations this is not the case for every class and, for those affected by a staffing change, I will endeavour to give you this information as soon as I am able.

Current Class
2019-2020
Will become in Aug 2020 (until merger)
ECC pre-school children

(classes to be allocated)

P1 Mrs Thom
P1 Miss Alexander
P1 Mrs Harrison P2 Mrs Harrison
P1/2 Mrs Lee P2/3 Mrs Lee
P2 Mrs Smith P3 Mrs Smith
P2/3 Miss Birrell P3/4 Miss Birrell
P3 Miss Mair P4 Vacancy
P4 Mrs Richmond P5 Mrs Richmond
P4/5 Mrs Campbell P5/6 Mrs Campbell
P5 Miss Cano P6 Miss Cano
P6 Miss McTaggart P7 Miss McTaggart
P6 Miss Stalker P7 Mrs Terry

Between August and the merger we will work with colleagues in Barshare to ensure that our transition processes are as robust as possible. We will work together to create new classes which will support our learners and ensure the best configuration possible.

As always, we are keen to work with you and to support learners in any way we can. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with the school in the normal ways should you have any concerns.

Sports Day Winners!

Adding in a few points which came in over the weekend, the final scores are as follows

Green team 2995

Yellow team 6067

Blue team 6156

Red team 6317

Red team you are the winners of our very first Virtual Sports Week – well done to you!

Results of the two competitions will be posted on the blog this week.

Home Learning Survey Update

Many thanks to those of you who responded to our Home Learning Survey. This is really important because it tells us what is working well and, crucially, what else we can do to support our families. From the 95 responses we learned that:

  • 76% thought the amount of work set for pupils was just right,16% thought that the amount of work set for pupils was too much.
  • 9% thought the amount of work set for pupils was not enough and
  • 83% of you either agreed or strongly agreed that you felt able to support your child’s learning at home.
  • 62% of you felt that you child was motivated to undertake home learning.
  • 99% of you knew how to contact the school for any reason.

You also made many helpful comments and suggestions with regards to home learning and we will discuss these at our weekly teachers’ meeting this week to see how we can improve what we are doing.

Please remember to get in touch with us if there is anything we can to do support home learning.

Team of the day, day 5

Well what a turn of events today! Reds have pulled it out of the bag and taken the lead! Final scores are

2995 green

6025 yellow

6156 blue

6317 red

I’m still accepting points until Sunday evening so feel free to send them in over the weekend!

A huge thank you to everyone who has taken part this week. Your photos are super and I will collate them and display them on the blog next week. I hope you have had great fun. Final score will be announced Sunday evening/Monday morning.

Mrs Smith

ECC Sports Challenge for 5th June 2020

We have had a fantastic week sharing lots of fun sport challenges with you all. Today is the last day so lets make it a fun one.

Today challenge is Pillow Sack Race

Make a circuit around the garden
and time how quickly you can race
around, using a pillow case as a
sack. Compete against other
members of your family.

 

Health tip for today- Remember to eat your 5 a day fruit & veg!

These will give you lots of energy to do your sports challenges🍎🍌🍓🍇🍉🍅🥦🌽🥒🥕
Fruit and vegetables are also usually low in fat and calories (provided you do not fry them or roast them in lots of oil). That’s why eating them can help you maintain a healthy weight and keep your heart healthy.
To get the most out of your 5 A Day, your 5 portions should include a variety of fruit and vegetables. This is because different fruits and vegetables contain different combinations of fibre, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients.
Almost all fruit and vegetables count towards your 5 A Day. They can be fresh, frozen, canned, dried or juiced. Potatoes, yams and cassava do not count because they mainly contribute starch to the diet.

Remeber to have fun and send us all your pictures in from all your sports activities from the week.

Ashleigh

 

ECC Home Learning

Wow what a great week we have had sharing all your wonderful home learning with everyone. The staff would just like to say a great big thank you for all your pictures please keep them coming.

Here is the last lot  of activities for this week.

You have been on outdoor walks to meeting some big animals, holding some small slimy ones in the garden, learning to tell the time and cooking yummy cookies.

Well done everyone.

 

Ashleigh

Virtual Sports Week, Final day!

Well boys and girls it’s the last day of our sports week. I hope you’ve had lots of fun joining in all of the activities. Remember you can catch up on any activities you’ve missed and send them today.

So to recap

How many burpees in one minute?

How many times can you walk roughly four metres with a toilet roll on your head?

AND!!!!

An extra challenge for today!

I’d like you to choose your favourite 2 activities from the week and ask a grown up in your house to complete them! Their score counts and you can send me it in and I’ll add it to your team! You have to stand at the side and cheer them on and I would LOVE to see a photo of them!

To round off the week here’s Mr Motivator to get you started

Team of the day, day 4

Well day 4 has been rounded off with another meeting with the house captains and vice captains and I can reveal that the house of the day is again the blue team.

Tomorrow is the last day and it’s very tight at the top so every point counts boys and girls.

Remember also the two competitions. You can hand them in up til Sunday night.

ECC sports challenge for 4th June 2020

As the weather has changed we have a little indoor challenge for today. The fancy dress race. The challenge is to set out a number of clothing items for both the children and adults (the same numbers of items each) for example a t-shirt, hat, scarf, socks, shoes and a coat. Then you race each other to see who can put all the items on first.

 

This creates lots of fun and laughter along the way.

Health tip for today- The importance of regular exercise.

Regular exercise has lots of health benefits for children and young people, such as:

improving fitness
providing an opportunity to socialise
increasing concentration
improving academic scores
building a stronger heart, bones and healthier muscles
encouraging healthy growth and development
improving self-esteem
improving posture and balance
lowering stress
encouraging a better night’s sleep

Here are some of the children taking part in yesterdays challenge.

Have fun everyone.

 

Ashleigh

 

ECC sharing some home learning

The children have been taking part in some of the learning experiences the staff have been setting them. We have also seen so many ideas from home to.

Todays pictures include making  pizza for dinner, painting inside with the weather changing, playing shops with family, learning about how to use money and a wounderful junk model robot.

We love sharing all your hard work with everyone. Keep it up and thank you.

 

Ashleigh

Virtual Sports Week, day 4

Good morning Greenmill!

Here are your two challenges for Thursday.

To recap

  • How many star jumps can you do in one minute? (count the claps)
  • How many pairs of socks can you throw in the basket in one minute?

Remember to email your scores to ealindsay.smith@glow.sch.uk

 

Now here’s Mya with today’s warm up

Thank you very much Mya

ECC Sports challenge for 3rd June 2020

Day 3 is here already, we have seen lots of you taking part in all our physical activities, Brilliant.

Todays challenge is to see how many Yoga poses we can mange to complete.

Health tip- Make sure we are wear sun cream, hat and sunglass in this hot weather.

Do not rely on sunscreen alone to protect yourself from the sun. Wear suitable clothing and spend time in the shade when the sun’s at its hottest.
Do not spend any longer in the sun than you would without sunscreen.

Sun safety tips from the NHS

Spend time in the shade when the sun is strongest. In the UK, this is between 11am and 3pm from March to October.
Make sure you:
spend time in the shade between 11am and 3pm
make sure you never burn
cover up with suitable clothing and sunglasses
take extra care with children
use at least factor 30 sunscreen

Here are some the children taking part in yesterdays challenge.

Look forward to seeing all your Yoga poses.

 

Ashleigh

Shared learning from the ECC

With all this brilliant weather we have  lots of outdoor activities going on. Long may it last.

Here are some of our children enjoying indoor and outdoor fun. We have a huge rainbow chalk drawing, using outdoor flowers and objects found in the garden to make pictures and cooking up a storm.

A little video of one of our children mastering their colours.

Well done everyone.

 

Ashleigh

Virtual Sports Week, Day 3

Well, day 3 of our sports week already!

Thank you to all of you who have submitted points already this week. I have had so many emails that I’ve been unable to reply to them all.

Here are your challenges for today. No Rory today – he was shut out the room for stealing the toilet rolls and tin foil balls!

So to recap..

  • throw balls (real or homemade) into six cups. Each time you land one in a cup, remove that cup. If you do all 6 in a minute then you get an extra 4 four points. Your maximum for this event then, is 10 points.
  •  toilet roll twist. Move 6 toilet rolls from one side to the other. Keep your hands off the floor. If you get them all then start again and keep going for a minute.

We have another star guest personal trainer doing your warm up this morning.

Thank you very much Lochlan, that was super.

Enjoy your day boys and girls.

ECC Sports Challenge for 2nd June 2020

Today we have a wonderful classic family race for you all to take part in, The Egg and Spoon race. Here is a demonstration for you all.

 

Healthy tip for today – the importance for eating a balanced diet?

Encouraging children to eat a nutritious, balanced diet early on is important for a number of reasons. Ensuring they get the right vitamins and minerals in their diet will help them grow and develop optimally. They are also more likely to be energised and motivated, supporting their ability to learn.

Here are some of our children taking part with yesterday challenge.

We look forward to seeing you all taking part.

 

Ashleigh

Head Teacher Update

I hope this message finds you and your family well. It has now been over 10 weeks since we have been at school and I appreciate how difficult this situation has been on many of you. We will continue to do all we can to support you where required and, to that end, please remember you can contact us at any time. Details of how to contact us can be found on the Contact page on our blog.

You will have seen the First Minister’s statement around the gradual return to school. We are in the very early planning stages of this so I am, as yet, unable to provide you with definite details. However, in August, it is expected that schools will need to adopt a blended learning model with pupils attending school on a part-time basis in limited numbers. Please be assured that as soon as I have this information, I will share it with you.

In the meantime, June will start to see staff going into school in small groups to prepare for August. There will be much to be done in order to ensure the building is safe and facilitates social-distancing and to prepare for our new ways of working.

The only children I expect to have in school in June will be the current pre-schoolers who will be our new P1s in August. At this point, I envisage offering an optional brief visit (again in small groups) to the school at some point during the last week of term ie 22nd – 26th June. I will contact relevant parents about this nearer the time. (Please note that this may be subject to change.)

I know you will also be keen to know about class teachers for next session. As you know, this exercise is further complicated by the fact that we will be merging with Barshare mid-session. Please be assured that we are currently working on this to ensure minimal disruption to our pupils. Again, I will update you as soon as I am able.

Our P7 children have been involved in online transition events with staff from Robert Burns Academy which have been very successful in reassuring our young people about the next stage in their learning journey.

If you have not already done so, please remember to fill in our online survey about home learning. We are keen to know what’s working well and what we can do differently to best meet our families’ needs.

Please remember to get in touch if there is anything we can help you with!

Take care,

Cindy O’Driscoll x

Head Teacher

Best Start Grant for New P1 Pupils – School Age Payment

From today (1st June) applications will be accepted for the Best Start Grant – School Age Payment, worth £250 to eligible families for children about to start school in Primary 1 to help with the costs of a child starting school. This money can be used for anything that families may need at this key stage in a child’s life.

You do not need to take up a place in school after the summer to get this payment but any parent who has deferred entry until August 2021 should also make the application NOW if their child’s birthday falls between 1 March 2015 and 29 February 2016. When to apply for School Age Payment depends on when your child was born, not when they start school so any parent who defers their child’s entry to school to next year may miss out if they don’t apply now. Applications will open on 1 June 2020 until 28 February 2021 for children who were born between 1 March 2015 and 29 February 2016.

Last year when the payment was introduced, the School Age Payment was paid out to the parents/guardians of 514 children starting P1 in East Ayrshire. 41% of the entire school intake in 2019. With the financial impact of the Coronavirus outbreak hitting many people right now with reduced incomes and increase in benefit entitlement, it is anticipated that the number of families eligible for this payment will be significantly higher and applications are encouraged.

To apply, call the Freephone number 0800 182 2222 and leave your details. You will then receive a call back.

BSG-School-Age-Payment-Payment-Factsheet

Virtual Sports Week, Day 2

Thank you very much all who submitted scores yesterday and a very well done to you all!

Today we have two new challenges for you!

 

So to recap..

How many mountain climbers in 60 seconds?

How many items of clothing in 60 seconds?

And before you start, here’s Lennon to warm you up and save you any pulled muscles!

 

 

Well done Lennon, that was super.

Remember to submit your points and check back tonight to see who is the team of the day! Good luck!

ECC Sports Challenge for 1st June 2020

Good Morning

Todays challenge is to throw and catch a ball 10 times. You can do this with a family remember or using the garden wall. Try using different sizes of balls to change the level of difficulty.

Health tip for today

What is the importance of adequate water intake for children?
Water has many important functions in the body, including; regulating your body’s temperature, digesting food and excreting waste. Your body loses water throughout the day when you sweat, breathe and urinate. It is important to replace the water you have lost to prevent yourself from becoming dehydrated.

Remeber to have fun and we can’t wait to see some of your pictures.

 

Ashleigh

SHaring Learning From The ECC Children

Wow what a beautiful week we have had, we can’t wait to share all of the amazing pictures we have received.

Here are some of the children’s activities for today.

Exploring the woodland animals, making art pictures by collecting objects from outdoors, painting rocks for the Woodroad Worm and taking part in this week treasure hunt.

Please share these with your children.

Thank you

Ashleigh

Virtual Sports Week, Day 1

Welcome to the first day of our sports week! I hope you are all limbered up and ready to go! Maybe you have made some posters or flags for your family to cheer you on!

Here’s Mrs Smith to go over your instructions… (please excuse Rory the dog!)

To recap –

How many speed bounces in 60 seconds? (Two feet together)

How many 2metre shuttle runs in 60 seconds?

When you have finished and recorded your best scores,  please email them to ealindsay.smith@glow.sch.uk. Please state your child’s name, class, team colour and points total . If you have more than one child, please send them together in the one email. Please send scores BEFORE 6pm please to allow us to total the scores for the day.

Now over to Greg for your warm up..

You need to imagine your doing your exercises with Joe Wicks – except it’s Greg Donnelly!

Well done Greg and thank you very much for doing that.

Have a great day girls and boys! Good Luck!

Sports Week Competition

Alongside all the sporting activities this week, you can join in our competitions.

P1-3 are being asked to design a mascot

And P4-7 are being asked to design a medal

If you don’t have a printer, don’t worry. You can draw them out on plain paper and photograph them and email them in or you could even make one on Microsoft Paint or any other package.

Please send to Mrs Smith by 7pm on Thursday.

Winners will be announced on Friday.

Sharing Home Learning From The ECC Children

Good Afternoon Everyone.
The ECC staff have been receiving some fantastic pictures from you all. We have loved seeing all the wonderful experiences you are taking part in with your families at home. The team would like to share some of these with you each day. Please show your children their pictures. We feel this will also allow all children to see their friends who we know they are missing.

Thank you all for sending your pictures to us. Please feel free to leave a comment for us.

Ashleigh

Greenmill virtual sports week 🤸🏻‍♀️⛹🏻‍♀️🤸🏻

Next Friday is supposed to be our annual sports day at Townhead Park 😞 but don’t worry – we don’t want our boys and girls missing out on all of the fun so we have a week of sporting events planned for you next week!
Each day you will warm up with our athletic house captains/vice captains and then you will be given two challenges to do. You can count your scores and email them to us and we will count them all for your house. (Well, the captains and vice captains will!) We will see who is the winning house at the end of the week.
This week your task is to look out a tshirt of your house colour and maybe you could make some banners and posters.
Children should know which house they are in but if anyone is unsure please email ealindsay.smith@glow.sch and I will find out for you.
Our ECC will have their own sports event but any of our ECC children who want to join in for fun are more than welcome.
Come on the blues!

Come on the reds!

Come on the yellows!

Come on the greens!

Staff spot QR treasure hunt!

The next Greenmill treasure hunt is now open for any intrepid explorers! This time the clues are all posted along the Templand Woodland walk at the Woodroad Park in Cumnock.
You will need a phone/tablet with internet for this hunt. Scan each code and you might see some faces you recognise! There are 18 QR codes in total. On my iPhone I just hold up the camera at the code and the link pops up but you can also download a QR code app on AppStore and google play.
Take care to socially distance and have lots of fun! Remember if you take any photos, we’d love to see them. Email them to Mrs Smith ealindsay.smith@glow.sch.uk

P7 Leavers’ Hoodies

We are now taking orders for P7 leavers’ hoodies. The hoodies come in a variety of colours with the school badge on the front and  the number 20 with names inside, the word LEAVERS and individual name will be on the reverse. They are available in sizes 9-11 and 12-13 costing £14 and  Adult S and Adult M costing £17. Payment can be made through Parentpay.

Donsport in Cumnock will be supplying these and arrangements will be put in place for collection and delivery when they are ready.

If you would like to order a 2020 Leavers’ Hoodie, please complete the form below. Orders must be placed before Friday 29th May.

School Uniform

We have received some questions about arrangements for school uniform in August.  We would encourage children to wear the new Lochnorris uniform which is a purple jumper and grey or black skirt or trousers.  All local suppliers should be stocking the new uniforms but it is not clear when the shops will reopen.  For that reason, please feel free to wear existing Greenmill uniform in the meantime if you are unable to source the new one. 

 

 

Communication

We would like to highlight that on our main Blog and all of our class Blogs, you can comment on each post and we would like to encourage you to do this. This will provide a way of communicating further that is ‘two-way’ and the aim of this is to answer any questions you may have, to share positivity and celebrate success.

School Resource Stall to Support Home Learning

We have been thoroughly impressed with all of the home learning taking place and thank you for sharing this with us!

To support home learning further, we would like to invite families along to a ‘stall of resource’ where you can collect basic resources such as paper, jotters, pencils etc.

This will be set up outside of the school gates on Friday 15th May 10am – 2pm. Please come along and collect anything you may need to support home learning.

Social distancing will take place at all times.

Thank you!

Whole school treasure hunt

This week there is an exciting treasure hunt around the town for all of our boys, girls and their families. You need to use the clues below which will take you to places in Cumnock and find letters to make a word! Take your clue sheet with you or screenshot it on your phone and write down the letters as you go. The hunt should take approximately 30 – 60 minutes and it’s better to be walking (so that can be your daily exercise for the day!) The clues will be up all week so you can choose to do it any time. Clue number 7 is tricky to find so look closely! Also clue number four was accidentally taken down but is back up now!

Send your unscrambled word to Mrs Smith. Please take photos as you go and send them to Mrs Smith at ealindsay.smith@glow.sch.uk

More importantly though – have fun!

This is the clue sheet you need..

And when you’re out looking for clues, this should be what you’re looking for at each place..

Have a great time doing the hunt everybody!

 

 

 

Anti-bullying Questionnaire – For all Parents

We are currently updating our anti-bullying statement, and we would value your input.

The aim is to ensure that we provide a range of supports to staff, parents and pupils to improve their knowledge and confidence in promoting respectful relationships and addressing bullying behaviour and its impact.

We are asking all parents to complete the Form below.

Please complete this by Friday 8th May

Thank you!

 

Sharing the learning in P4

It has been an exciting week in P4 and they have definitely been taking advantage of this beautiful weather! Arron and Penelope have been making planters and bird boxes – Arron has a family of blue tits in the box now – how lovely! The class have been learning about trolls and their task was to make their own troll fact files – I hope none of them live in Cumnock!

Hello from Mrs O’Driscoll

I hope this message finds you and your family well. I hope you enjoyed our Greenmill Quarantine Rhyme as we certainly enjoyed making it! We are now at the end of our fourth week of home learning and sixth week of lockdown! I hope that you’ve managed to find some way to enjoy the sun, even if only during your daily exercise.

We love to share and celebrate children’s learning and lots of great examples can be found on the class blogs and, if you follow us on Twitter, you will see our children doing wonderful things at home. Please keep sending these to your child’s teacher and we will post a random selection every week.

At Greenmill, we continue to work together and with partners to support you as best we can and to that end have been in close contact with many of you through phone calls and emails. Please remember you can contact me, your child’s class teacher or Mrs Shaw through email at any time. Please remember our wonderful Parent Council members are also there if you need them and wish to share this message:

Update from the Parent Council

During these unprecedented times the Parent Council continue to represent the full parent body and are engaging with the school at all times.  We are meeting with the Head Teacher on a fortnightly basis to discuss the current situation as it unfolds and to work alongside the management team within the school in looking at the issues and challenges we are all facing. 

It would be helpful for us if you could highlight to us any particular challenges you are facing as parents and we can discuss these on your behalf with the management team and feedback to the wider parent body.  

Please remember you can contact your Parent Council at any time via email (greenmillparentcouncil@gmail.com) with any feedback that you have.  This will help us to ensure that we are representing the wider parent body throughout this difficult time and will hopefully be able to address any stresses that you may have as a parent while helping your child with their home learning.  We are primarily looking for constructive feedback.   As always, any specific concerns about your child or their individual work should be addressed to their class teacher or the management team directly.  

We are now having regular virtual teachers’ meetings so that we can share our practice and discuss relevant issues. We will also be writing our annual Standards & Quality report and looking forward to School Improvement Planning for next session.

As you know work at the Barony remains stopped and this will definitely have a knock-on effect to our date of entry. It seems clear that we will be returning to Greenmill in August and the arrangements around that will be communicated to you when they are known. Staff are working to plan for this contingency and I promise to keep you updated when I can. I fully understand particular concerns around P7 – S1 transition and the ECC but please know that we will do the very best we can to minimise disruption and support our children through these changes.

Please remember that we are here to help and feel free to contact us if you need anything!

Take care

Cindy O’Driscoll x

Young Scot Information on COVID -19

Young Scot information link, with advices on Covid-19.

Here is a helpful link from young scot it has informational links
It’s easy to feel a bit overwhelmed and scared by everything you’re hearing about coronavirus disease (COVID-19) right now. Find out more about what’s happening and the simple steps you can take to help prevent catching COVID-19 and spreading to others. Also find out more about what you can do if you are feeling anxious and worried, and how you can support others in your community.

Hello!

I hope this message finds you and your family well. These are difficult times for everyone and will challenge us in ways we had previously never imagined but we will come out of the other side!

Children – I know it is hard for you staying indoors so much and not meeting up with friends or doing activities and clubs but this is the one time when we encourage you to catch up with each other on the phone or by email or online! Make sure you stay safe online, though, and are only ‘friends’ with people you physically know in real life. I hope you are managing to stay in contact with your teacher who is happy to help you with any tasks you are doing and give you feedback on your work.

Parents/Carers – please do not worry about the work your children are completing. This situation is unprecedented and we are all learning daily from it. Sometimes our young folks are harder to motivate at home than at school – I speak from experience as a mum of 3 – so please do not feel all online learning is mandatory. Do whatever you can and remember class teachers are only an email away!

As you may know, building work at the Barony Campus has currently halted. We do not yet know what this will mean for Lochnorris but I promise to keep you up to date with any news that I have.

In the meantime, stay safe and enjoy spending time with each other. Please do not stress about school work!

Take care

Cindy O’Driscoll x

Extreme Reading Photo winner

After two failed attempts at showing all the extreme reading photos at assembly, I have decided to post the winning photo on here and hope we can share the rest when we go back. The winning photo was by Nathan Dillon, P3 who clearly escaped narrowly from the jaws of this shark while reading his book! Well done Nathan and well don’t boys and girls for all your super entries! Nathan your prize is waiting for you!

World Book Day Potato Competition

At long last I am getting round to posting photos of the fantastic tattie competition! We were utterly bowled over by all the potatoes and it was impossible to pick a winner – so we picked 20!!! Even that was very hard!

A huge thank you to all who took the trouble to make a potato. Here are the winners and some of the other potatoes too

Winners were….

Emily Lavan, Grayson Thomas, Eilidh Weir, Jaxon Lyle, Benjamin Allan, Eddie Druso, Lexi Eadie, Mollie Anderson, Lucie McMurdo, Emily Standring, Lyle Samson, Sophie Calder, Kacie Harrison, Mason Mills, Ellis Cowan, Amy Weir, Niamh Connolly, Tammy Fulton, Skye Lyle and Lily Grosart.

Each winner was given a book at our assembly, however someone was off so I still have one here. Please see Mrs Smith when we get back to school.

An East Ayrshire Council School

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