Monthly Archives: November 2021

Advance Notice of Christmas Celebrations

Please find below planned dates for our Christmas Celebrations.  Our plans are in keeping with current guidance in respect of COVID.  Christmas parties will be in the morning of the day listed for each class, children can wear party clothes.  After their party children will take part in Christmas themed activities and have a movie afternoon.  Treats will be provided.

Wednesday 1st December:
Parent Council Hamper Raffle Tickets on sale.  £1 a ticket (this will be added to Parent Pay, Parents of Children in the ECC with no access to Parent Pay can pay in cash.  No change will be available, please use correct money)

Two hamper raffles – one a “Foody Hamper” and the other a “Movie Hamper”  in this hamper there will be a ticket to the drive in movie at Loudoun Castle.

There will also be a raffle to win a £50 Smyths Voucher, which is also priced at a £1 a ticket, available to buy as above.

Friday 3rd December:
Dress Down Day – please bring chocolate donation for Chocolate Tombola Stall

Friday 10th December:
Christmas Lunch:  Children can wear Christmas Jumpers

Monday 13th December:
A Very 2021 Christmas Show will launch in instalments this week over the app and blog.

Tuesday 14th December:
P6-7 Christmas Day

Wednesday 15th December:
P5-6 Christmas Day
Last Day to purchase Parent Council Hamper Raffle Tickets

Thursday 16th December:
P3-4 Christmas Day

Friday 17th December:
P2 Christmas Day
Chocolate Tombola, 30p per ticket or 5 tickets for £1
Parent Council Raffle Drawn

Monday 20th December:
P1 Christmas Day

Tuesday 21st December:
ECC Christmas Day

Wednesday 22nd December:
Dress Down Day
School closes for Christmas at 2.20/2.30pm, taxi children collected at 2pm

Return to School
Thursday 6th January 2022

More Term 2 News!

We hope you found last week’s update helpful.  We have a little more news to share!

Anti Bully Week 

As part of anti-bullying week, children have been learning about what bullying is and what it is not.

They have been reminded about how to report any incidents of bullying and of the importance of kindness and tolerance towards others.  We have focused on this work this week to highlight anti bullying week, but we revisit this often in classes, as part of our Health and Wellbeing Programme and hopefully soon be able to focus on this at our new Together Time when restrictions allow for this to start!

Primary 6/7 took kindness pledges.  Here is a short video of them making these.  The children will be reminded of this work over the course of the year.    P6-7 Kindness Pledge

Our Positive Behaviour and Relationships Policy and Respect Me Policy are on our Promoting Positive Behaviour page on the blog.  Staff are currently reviewing the ECC Positive Behaviour and Relationships Policy and this will be added soon.

COP 26

Over the last few weeks, all classes in the school and ECC have been learning about Climate Change, recognising the work and importance of COP 26.  Payton and Lainey took part in an East Ayrshire COPS 26 Youth Conference a few weeks ago and they will help lead our work in making pledges as a school community to endeavor to take better care of our environment and planet, not only for us but for future generations.  Each class/ECC took a theme from COPS 26 and learned about it.  They are in the process of creating work to add to our whole school, “our world, our future” display which we will share with you soon.

ECC Out to Play /Outdoor Learning

As you will have seen from our app, staff within the ECC have been involved in an Education Scotland Improvement Project called Out to Play.  The centre will be involved in the creation of a video piece, being recorded tomorrow (Thursday 18th), to share with Early Years Colleagues across Scotland.  Mrs Millar is also involved in an authority professional learning group who share practice about outdoor learning.  Our Garden drop off/collection is one of the key areas the authority outdoor learning team are looking to promote as good practice!

Term 2 News

Hi Everyone,

Time for another update!  I do hope you find this helpful at this time!

COVID-19 update

We are still adhering to local Risk Assessments around COVID-19 safety in schools. One positive change happening this week is the mixing of bubbles outdoors. We will still operate split breaks and lunches in respect of P1-4 and P5-7 for the time being but children within these classes can now play together rather than having to remain in class bubbles areas in the playground.   It was lovely to see the children playing together in the playground today!  Lots of very positive comments from lots of children.

This change also allows for our school houses to celebrate their success together in the playground with our new extra playtime reward. To get us started houses will receive an extra playtime once they receive 4000 points. With an extra playtime awarded for every 1000 points thereafter.

House Captains will provide an update on points soon!  We will let you know when we post their video.

Zones of Regulation 

I am introducing the zones of regulation to children in P5-7. This will also be introduced to P3-4 in the next few weeks.

The Zones of Regulation is a framework that teachers children about their feelings and utilises a variety of tools and strategies for regulation, pro social skills, self-care and overall wellness.  This sits alongside out Building Resilience Programme.

Self-Regulation is defined as the capacity to manage one’s thoughts, feelings and actions in adaptive and flexible ways across a range of contexts.

From time to time, including adults, everyone finds it hard to manage strong feelings, these would include, worry, frustration, anger, fear, restlessness or tiredness and this can stop us getting on with our day effectively.  The Zones of regulation aims to teach children strategies to help cope with these feelings.

The lessons and activities are designed to help children recognise when they are in the different zones and strategies to manage that zone.


School Improvement

Please click on the link below to find a simplified version of our School Improvement Plan.  We work together as a school community to work towards these aims.

Audience Friendly


This week we will begin work on our Christmas show:  A Very 2021 Christmas!

We have planned Christmas Party Days again this year, unless guidance changes, parties will be for a class, rather than cross stage again this year.  More information will follow nearer the time.

School Refurbishment Programme 

The October holiday saw the completion Miss Smith’s room with a new whiteboard and displays boards.

The lower floor corridor was also re floored and display boards put up! We are bin the process of displaying some of our super work!

I am meeting with a representative from Facilities Management at the beginning of December to discuss the next step in the re decoration programme.

Primary 5 worked together to produce this short video presentation as part of the property pledge promise. The Property Pledge is a promise between the school and Property and Facilities Management to take care of our school building.

Property Pledge

Achievements outwith School 

Please remember to encourage your child to share their achievements outwith school.  They can share their good news with their class and and earn an achievement brick for out wall.  We will share achievements on the achievement page of the blog too.

Mrs McCracken