Learning Pack Collection Reminder

Dear Families,

We are incredibly proud of our young people accessing and making great use of our online learning resources. Well done and keep up the great work!

We would like to remind our families Learning Packs were created by staff for all young people and some are waiting for collection from our Main Office if you have not already picked it up.

Please can we encourage you to collect your young person’s Learning Pack by the end of this week.

If you arrive at our Main Entrance, there will be a phone number to call for access to receive your pack.

Thank you again for your continued support and we extend our well wishes to all. Keep washing those hands!

#ouronthank #LearningPacks #proud


Something for Everyone!💗

Hope all of our Onthank families and friends are all safe and well.

We will be keeping the main blog page free for important information, however, we wanted to share a couple of ideas which might benefit all of our pupils.

Each morning, Joe Wicks will be providing online PE lessons at 9am. We have all enjoyed taking part in his sessions before.


When it gets closer to bedtime, why not log onto Facebook or YouTube  each night at 7pm and listen to Chris Duke, the author of ‘Lucy’s Blue Day’ reading a chapter per night of his new book ‘Archie Unplugs the Internet’. A lovely routine to end the day. 💤

Thinking of everyone at this difficult time.

P7 Home Learning Packs

We have put together a learning pack for your child. As we don’t know the duration of the closure, we have attempted to provide a range of activities which we would encourage your child to complete throughout the day, please use your own judgement as every child and situation is different.

With such short notice we have not been able to differentiate for all levels of ability and would advise that your child completes what they can from the tasks provided.

Please regularly check Teams, the P7 Blog, and Bug Club as we will keep this updated with daily tasks and activities for your child to complete.

The jotter provided can be used to complete any written activities or assignments that cannot be done within the class Teams page or through another online format.

We would ask that, where possible, you try to keep to a routine of learning to support our young people, academically, during these challenging times.

P7 teachers will be available to answer emails from you and your children during the usual school hours and will try to respond as soon as possible.


Miss McKelvey     P7McK          eagillian.mckelvey@glow.sch.uk

Mr McNichol        P7McN          easteven.mcnichol@glow.sch.uk

Mrs Mills                P7M                 eacaroline.mills@glow.sch.uk




P6 Parents – Online Learning Support

P6 Parents/Carers,

Each of our P6 classes have their own Microsoft Teams pages. We will be uploading work to these for the children to complete at a time that suits them.

Feedback so far suggests the best way to login to Microsoft Teams is to download the app onto your device. At the point of login, children should use their full Glow email address.

E.g gw14johnsonboris@glow.sch.uk

Most of the children have been trained in how to logon, find the relevant work/activities and upload.

If you have  any technical difficulties logging in or accessing Microsoft Teams then please leave a comment on the P6 blog page and we will do our best to help solve the problem.

If your child has been absent and has not received their Learning Pack, please contact the office.

Many thanks, Team P6


Onthank Home Learning

Onthank Young People & Families,

Our staff have been busy creating exciting and engaging home learning packs and digital learning activities for our young people.  

Activities, as always, will be active, fun and inclusive for all learners, regardless of ability.

Here is a summary for each stage –

Primary 1 – Pack with parent letter,  logins and passwords, jotter,  pencil, worksheets,  materials and ideas for cross- curricular activities, Information on P1 class blog

Primary 2– Pack with parent letter,  logins and passwords,  worksheets,  materials and ideas for cross- curricular activities, Information on P2 class blog

Primary 3  – Pack with parent letter ( logins and passwords sent with report),  jotter and P 3 class blog with a page for each teacher.

Primary 4 – Pack with a parental letter giving instructions on P4 blog,  range of worksheets, literacy, numeracy, jotter with Glow log ins.  

Primary 5– Teams page for communication, lessons, folders with maths and numeracy, literacy and french. 

Primary 6 – Teams page for communication, lessons, packs made up for individual children

Primary 7– Teams page for communication, ON-LINE lessons  posted daily,  folder with assessments, jotters etc

At Onthank we are very proud of the level of digital learning and ownership our young people have already achieved. All learners in Primary 5, 6 & 7 have been using Teams and communication between teacher and learner has already begun!

Click here for – Microsoft Teams Guidance for Parents

We will issue guidance on the amount of communication you can expect from teaching staff in the coming week. This will vary between stages due to the different activities planned by staff.

Learning Packs will be available today and tomorrow and will be given to pupils to bring home if they are attending school. Other resources such as sanitary items, toothbrushes and toothpaste are free to anyone who needs them. 

We are aware that some families are already self-isolating, therefore the school will get Learning Packs to you.  Please fill in the form below to let us know how you wish to receive yours. This form only needs to be filled in if your child has been absent from school in the last week.

You might be inclined to create  a minute by minute schedule for your child, however, like many of us,  they have never experienced anything like this before and will share the same worries and fears.

It is equally important at this time to comfort, care for each other and consider transferable life skills which can be learned at home. Why not take a break from Learning Packs and play board games, bake cookies, or to do a science experiment together?

Please also remember it will take time for all of us to adjust to this ‘new normality’.

Sincere thanks from Onthank Primary SLT and Staff for your understanding, cooperation and support in these unprecedented times. The offers of help and acts of kindness from our community is an outstanding display of your passion and genuine care for our young people.

We will miss our young people greatly, however remain encouraged Onthank Primary Community will reflect and learn from this and come back creating a stronger future for all.

Please continue to reach out to us during these times. We are all in this together.



Stay Connected

We would like to make sure we have the correct email address for all parents.  In these uncertain circumstances we will be contacting you at home via email.

Please ensure the school has an up to date email address by completing form below if you would like to give us an update:

Onthank Parent Feedback

Yesterday we distributed pupil reports. We do know that many children have not received them yet. To help us plan can all parents/carers please complete our online form.  Parents can pick up the school report if they are able to.  Reports which are not picked up will be posted.

Please click here to access the form

277 have been completed.

Answers to frequently asked questions-

  • Children are being re- issued with their log ins and passwords.
  • Online tutorials will be added to our School blog
  • Staff will be posting on each stage’s blog
  • We will make sure parents can access support
  • Our school Bugclub code is kg9j

This Week’s Star Pupil

Primary 3

Nathan – talking about his Scottish project to the class

Max – working well with his peers

Mya – super instruction writing

Primary 4

Imogen – always trying to brighten up a situation

Lennon – making an effort to improve handwriting

All of P4K – getting to grips with GLOW blogs

Primary 7

Kerr – Cycling

Robert – making excellent use of our Class Teams page

Luke – an Amazing contribution to our Shape Lessons.

Deputy Headteacher’s Award

Sophie – being a kind and helpful pupil



How To Access Bug Club At Home

If schools close in the coming days or weeks we would like the children to access Bug Club at home if possible. We have put together a step by step guide as to how to access it. In the meantime  can you please make sure your child is able to log on?

Thank you for your continued support.

  1. Google              Bug Club

  2. The top search says ActiveLearn:Login  –  click on that link.

  3. That should take you to the password page.

  4. Insert your personal login details.

  5. The photos below show what to do. The “child”  we have used to demonstrate  this does not exist and is made up purely as an example.

6 . If you see a “bug” you click on it and your child will have a task to perform.

Remember you can access maths activities on Bug Club too.


Coronavirus and Onthank Primary’s plans

Thank you for your continued support as we,  like the rest of the country, respond to the situation in relation to Coronavirus.  I am very grateful for the measured, appropriate and cooperative response of parents/carers in helping us to manage this situation.

I am sure that you will appreciate that it is difficult to predict what the impact on schools might be in the future in what is clearly a rapidly changing picture. Please be assured that we continue to collaborate with, and act upon the advice of, the relevant organisations and are taking steps to plan for the future.  Like all East Ayrshire schools, we will use our school app to get information to you.
At the moment,  our priority is to maintain a calm learning environment for our young people. Whilst not wanting to be dismissive of the potential effects on the wider population, we want our pupils to understand that in the majority of cases the effects of the virus can be relatively mild.  Additionally, we will continue to reiterate through class lessons and assemblies, important messages about hygiene. Thank you for your support in reinforcing these messages too.
 Please click on the link for further information.


Following a Headteacher meeting on Friday which focused on the impact of the Conorovirus,  schools were asked to look at Digital solutions to keep in touch which staff and children who are self-isolating,

As a  digital school, pupils at Onthank already use digital technology in a variety of ways such as Bug Club, Active Maths and children’s individual blogs.  We plan to continue and extend our use of Digital technology.  At this time we have created a Microsoft Team for each class from Primary 5 to 7.  We will be giving tutorials to classes over the next few days.  Children in these classes have been assigned a survey to complete.

Parents can support this by making sure that your child, where possible, can access their schoolwork via a home tablet, laptop, PC or smartphone.  If it is not possible to have access to the internet we will look for alternative solutions.


Seasons for Growth – Session 1

We had our first session on Monday and it was lovely to see the children engaging with the discussion and the activities. All the children in the group were given a letter to take home to parents/ carers, explaining what we had talked about and asking if they could bring in either a photo, a toy or an item of clothing that they had when they were a baby for our second session on Tuesday 17th March (IF POSSIBLE!) so please check school bags.

I also still need permission slips returned from some of our group members.


Sustrans Mile Post Competition

Please vote for Onthank’s entry which has been designed by Erin in P4K.  MULTICOLOURED OPTION 2. 

Four designs from different schools will go to a Twitter poll to select the winning design . The winner will be invited along to help paint the milepost.

Voting is now live until Friday 13th March at   : https://twitter.com/SustransScot/status/123695663465


Cyber safe

We are keen to support parents to ensure all young people are Cyber safe, especially with the growing use of a wide range of Apps and online forms of communication (WhatsApp/TikTok/Instagram/Snapchat etc). As part of our continued commitment, we are delighted to promote our new ‘Safer Schools’ App. This App is a reliable source of advice on all things Cyber. It gives empowering, current and informative information on all current digital platforms/tools/apps in an accessible manner. We have a range of tailored user accesses (pupil, staff and parents/carers). To access your parent platform please:
-Go to your app store or Google Play and search for ‘Safer School’
-In school field type ‘East Ayrshire Council’
-The code for primary parents is: 7440
We would recommend that you discuss with your child about which apps and social media platforms they currently use/access. This will help ensure they know how to stay safe online – using the app to start these types of conversations is great.

This Week’s Star Pupils


Primary 1

Noah – a super mixed up fairtytale

Macie – writing super sentences

Starla – using string to make our new phoneme – ch

George – being the best and ‘Smartest Giant in Town’


Primary 2

Alfie – Using your ‘sounding out’ skills to write words

Colin – trying extra hard to write in sentences

Cherelle – Fantastic daily writing

Primary 3

Lucy – showing super numeracy skills in Number Talks

Abbi – helping promote International Women’s Day

Zoe – linking division with multiplication

All of P3S – fantastic ‘Scotland’ projects


Primary 4

Evan – improving his writing and producing a great book blurb

Charlie – demonstrating super shooting skills in basketball

Shae – increased focus and attention

Tulisa – super progress &  motivation in writing

Primary 5

Tyler – making good progress in maths

Robbie – well presented literacy work in jotters

Lewys – being a confident performer in Literacy activities


Primary 6

Emily – showing a determined approach to new learning

Danyal – Showing maturity

Alex – consistent great effort and beautiful presentation

Lewis – participating well in the editing process during writing

Primary 7

All of 7m – being superstars at Inverclyde

Cameron – showing great sportsmanship at Inverclyde

Leon – has done some great work in Inverclyde

Deputy Headteacher’s award

Morgan – being very helpful in P1

P5/6/7 Youth Club Reminder

Dear P5/6/7 Families,

We are having an excellent term so far at Youth Club with our young people creating the format of the sessions, providing activity choices and planning events! Unfortunately we don’t think a school sleepover can be accommodated!!

We would like to remind families Youth Club starts at 5.30pm and invite young people to arrive from 5.20pm at the earliest as adult supervision will not be provided until this time.

Thank you for your continued support!

#ouronthank #YouthClub

Onthank at Inverclyde

Mrs Wright had a fabulous visit to Inverclyde and was very proud of all the Onthank pupils. Staff from the centre commented on how well everyone was getting on and how pupils and staff supported each other. Pupils were full of stories about water sports, cycling around Millport, trampolining and much more.  Due to internet challenges we will share pictures and videos when the children return.

Here is a small taster …

Parents’ Afternoon / Evening – Thursday 19 March 2020

In preparation for Parents’ Afternoon / Evening we would like to organise time slots.  Appointments will be available on Thursday 19 March from 3.10 pm – 8.30 pm.  Please indicate below if you wish an appointment.

World Book Day 2020

P4 have had a great day celebrating World Book Day 2020. We had dress up fun, shared our favourites stories and books, did book related tasks and some of us enjoyed paired reading with our buddies in P3.

P4K our DFS Group, had a wonderful time celebrating too. We are reading plenty of books and managing to fill in our Reading Passports for the First Minister’s Reading Challenge.

RespectMe Parent/Carer Training Opportunity – PLEASE READ


#ouronthank work has been highlighted and praised at higher level and I am delighted to be invited to share our work at the next RespectMe Parent Training Day.

We have also been given the opportunity for additional parents/carers to attend and participate in the training led by RespectMe Trainer, Lisa Armstrong.

T4T Training will allow parents/carers to deliver the RespectMe program to families in our community and further our understanding on RespectMe, its vision and positive contribution to #ouronthan ethos.


Date: Wednesday 18th March 2020

Time: 9am – 3pm

Venue: Mount Carmel Primary School, Kilmarnock (opposite Onthank Primary)

If you are available and would like to attend the above training event with me, please comment below or phone the school office to confirm your place by FRIDAY 6TH FEBRUARY.

We will meet at Onthank Primary at 8.50am on 18th March and arrive at Mount Carmel as a group.

I hope this opportunity is one met with excitement and support. Go Onthank!

Any additional questions, please contact me on steven.swan@east-ayrshire.gov.uk

#respectme #changestartswithus #ouronthank

This Week’s Star Pupils



Primary 1

Andrew – trying hard and challenging himself

Harper – super gymnastics at P.E. and teaching her friends

Abie – trying hard with her writing – Jenny & the Bear

Amelia – being a helpful buddy to the nursery pupils

Primary 2

Bonnie – Outstanding story writing!

Maisy- helping  Mrs Findlay to set up the Tea Dance

Amelia – being an active member of the class and always smiling

Lexie – A great improvement in her writing – well done!

Primary 3

All of 3C – working so hard on Monday

All of 3H – outstanding creative writing by everyone

Derren – designing an amazing bike and explaining how it works.

Charlotte – super ‘thistle’ art work

Primary 4

James – demonstrating fantastic multiplication skills

Jack – more confidence when answering in class

Macie – super effort in writing

Primary 5

Molly – super comprehension work

Sarah – trying her best in Numeracy with fractions work

Rhona-Mae – great work in ICT and helping her peers

Primary 6

Gabriella – a mature approach to her learning

Reece – excellent writing

Derryl – taking part fully in school and after school activities

Logan – Excellent effort during writing lessons.

 Mrs Findlay’s Special Award

Finlay – Being a Responsible Citizen. Finlay has settled in very well to Breakfast Club this  week. He has been a great help.👏


East Ayrshire Property Pledge Launch

We had many special visitors in school to take a Property Pledge to help to maintain and preserve our school. Our Property Pledge was launched and signed by East Ayrshire Representatives, Mrs Wright, Parent Council and Onthank Pupils. We are very proud of our new refurbished school and we all agree to help to maintain it. We have lots of pupil groups with special jobs to help.👏

Onthank Tea Dance – SIGN UP TODAY!

Good Afternoon Families,

Following the success of our St Andrews Tea Dance which saw over 450 family members celebrate with our Onthank School Community – we are back with another Tea Dance next week!

Your young person was given an invitation for your family to attend Onthank Primary’s Tea Dance this week! Please see more information below and complete the attached form! Thank you!

When? Friday 28th February

P1/2: 9.15am – 10.45am

P3/4: 11am – 12.15pm

P5/6/7: 1.30pm – 2.45pm

Where? Onthank Primary Assembly Hall

Who? Grandparents and family are welcome to attend

Pupils will be brought along throughout the session to share the experience and join the dancing fun with their family member/s, while sharing refreshments!


Please complete the form to let us know you are coming!

#ouronthank #teadance #youonlyliveonce #seeyouthere


Onthank Families,

Please be reminded our Respectful Relationships Parent Workshop is tomorrow Wednesday 26th February, 6.30pm – 7.30pm!

Don’t worry about childcare, if you have to bring your young people with you, Mrs Milligan will have activities and a cinema room in our Learning Centre to keep them entertained!

Come along and find out about RespectMe, our School Vision and guidance on supporting your young person from our Respectful Relationship Team!

Change Starts With Us. Can’t wait to see you there!

Mr Swan


We hope all #ouronthank families have shared a wonderful February weekend together!

Our staff and parent Respectful Relationships Ambassadors have been meeting to create our Parent/Carer Workshop and look forward to sharing this with you at the end of the month.


Date: Wednesday 26th February

Time: 6.30pm – 7.30pm

Where: Onthank Primary Main Hall

This will be an informative, interactive evening where our Respectful Relationship Ambassadors will share the vision statement, you will be made aware of where to access further information on anti-bullying and participate in a Restorative Practice session.

Get it in the diary now!

We look forward to welcoming all young people back to school tomorrow!

World Thinking Day 2020

World Thinking Day 2020 is embracing the theme of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. World Thinking Day is celebrated on 22nd February every year. It is celebrated around the world by organisations such as Girl Guides, Brownies, Scouts, Rainbows, Beavers, Boys Brigade and Anchor Boys.

We invited our pupils to wear their organisation uniforms to school today.

Everyone looks so proud to belong to their club.

Spring Community Night – JOIN THE FUN NOW!



Community Night is a great way to bring our young people and their families together and share meaningful experiences with our full school community. Get involved NOW!


Please complete the form and let us know you’re coming – let’s make this the best one yet!

#ouronthank #togetherwecan #dontmissout

P6 ‘Lifeboat’

P6 are visiting the Palace Theatre to see ‘Lifeboat’ (World War II Drama) on Monday 2 March 2020.  The bus will leave school around 12.15 pm and return by 3.00 pm.  The children will have an early lunch on this day.

The cost of this outing is £7.50 per pupil to be paid through ParentPay – if you would like to pay via Paypoint please call the school for a Barcode Letter.

Children’s Mental Health Week 2020 – Find Your Brave

Children’s Mental Health Week 2020 took place between 3rd – 9th February and this year the theme was ‘Find Your Brave’.

Mental Health problems affect about 1 in 10 children and young people. Through our Health and Wellbeing programme in East Ayrshire we strive to support our pupils by offering many opportunities to share how they are feeling and to look at strategies to help them when they may be feeling sad, stressed or anxious. Pupils learn that their emotional wellbeing is just as important as their physical wellbeing.

Last week, many classes looked at ‘What makes you feel brave?’ and encouraged pupils to try something new to build confidence and to feel good about themselves.

The main message always given is that there is always someone to talk in school whether it is a friend, the class teacher or another member of staff.

Onthank @ Dance Fest – Support #ouronthank

P6/7 Families & Onthank Wider School Community,

I am delighted to announce our P6/7 Dance Ambassadors have been selected to perform at Dance Fest 2020 – congratulations for qualifying!

PERFORMANCE DATE: Wednesday 25th March 2020

VENUE: The Palace Theatre, Green Street, Kilmarnock KA1 3BN

TIME: 7pm – 9pm


Tickets are available NOW from The Palace Theatre on 01563 554900.

All members of our school community are invited to support our P6/7 Dance Ambassadors and cheer on #ouronthank

Our 2020 Team will be taken by bus to The Palace Theatre on Wednesday 26th March at 2:30pm for a Dress Rehearsal on stage. The young people will then stay at the venue for the remainder of the evening with school staff. If you are a parent/carer and would also like to volunteer to supervise our team prior to the performance please let Mr Swan know.

Your child will need to bring a packed dinner to school on the day – as healthy as possible please prior to dancing!

Dancers will be given a costume requirements list from Mr Swan next week which he can speak through with at parent/carers on collection.

A DVD of the performance will be available to order on the evening through The Palace.

Parents/Carers – if you require any additional information at this stage you know where I am!

Mr S. #goteam #ouronthank #DanceFest2020 #THEBEST

Athletics Team

The Athletics Team will train at the Athletics Arena, Queens Drive, Kilmarnock on Wednesday 26 February from 4.00 pm – 5.00 pm.

Please complete form below:

The Athletics Team are taking part in the Athletics Regional Final on Friday 28 February. They will be leaving school just after 9.00 am and returning around 2.00 pm.  The competition is on from 10.45 am – 12.45 pm.  All parents welcome to attend and support the Team.

This Week’s Star Pupils





Primary 1

Shane – Working hard with French numbers.

Oscar – Working hard at all times in class.

Starla – Contributing to a class discussion about interesting sentences.

Emily – Fabulous Phonics, well done!


Primary 2

Ava – Outstanding effort and writing

Connor – using spelling strategies to write larger words.

Euan  – Fantastic writing


Primary 3

Blaine – Super spelling

Charli – trying hard with her Scottish poem

Shanai – settling in well to her new school! Lovely girl!

Khayri – super 2 x table work


Primary 4

Jack – always trying hard and always smiling

Olivia – being very helpful in class

Asmaa – writing super sentences about the Titanic

Esa – reciting her poem beautifully


Primary 5

Ryan – Progress in  maths

Lewis – Good comprehension answers for All about Castles

Amy – fantastic work in writing


Primary 6

Liam – Learning his poem

Chloe – A fantastic Scottish Burns recital poem – The Puddock

Daniel – Being an excellent contribution during class discussions


Primary 7

Katie – Motivation to learn even when facing challenges

Andrew – has done some great work in currency conversion in Numeracy

P7S – being a pleasure to teach. Good Luck!

Mr Simpson’s Leaving Pizza Party


We are having a Leaving Pizza Party for Mr Simpson on Thursday 6 February in our Dining Hall for pupils.

Our menu on this day is:

Cheese & Tomato Pizza

Ham & Pineapple Pizza

Chicken & Sweetcorn Pizza

All Pizza served with Fries & Salad

Chocolate Muffins or Ice-cream

Milk, Milkshake, Juice or Water

The cost of this is £2.15 (to be paid through ParentPay) or free if your child is in P1-P3 or entitled to a free school meal.

This Week’s Star Pupils

Primary 1

Ruby – Super Subtraction!

Zak – An outstanding recount of The Three Little Pig’s Story

Cara – Excellent Subtraction Work

Ava – Writing a super sentence on her own

Tyler – making his own book


Primary 2

Callum – Super answering in class and at group times

Sonny – Becoming an independent worker in literacy and numeracy

Baylee – Amazing sentences


Primary 3

Brandon – Excellent phonics

Georgie – Super imaginative story

Hannah – having such a bubbly friendly personalty and a caring heart!

Aidynn – Super attempt at joined handwriting


Primary 4

Amy – super subtraction of a 3 digit number from a 3 digit number.

Jaxon – A positive attitude to all learning in class

Lennon – being a ‘Titanic’ expert

Primary 5

Erin – for her great ideas for her story writing

Emma – displaying a very hardworking and respectful attitude in P5


Primary 6

P6A – fantastic poetry recitals

Kerr – always working hard in class

Aimee – great commitment and pleasant manners at all times

Charlotte – writing an excellent report on Britain Prepares for War


Primary 7

Brandon – understanding and calculating percentages


Mr Franchi’s P6 Guitar Lessons – Sign Up NOW!


Our extra curricular activities continue to grow at Onthank Primary School with the addition of guitar lessons thanks to our very own Mr Franchi.

Starting Date? Monday 3rd February – June 2020

When? Monday Lunchtimes 12.45pm – 1.15pm

Where? Mr Franchi’s Classroom

What stage? P6 ONLY

How many spaces? 8

Owning a guitar would be preferable, however, we are also looking to acquire additional instruments to support the club.

Any guitar donations would be warmly received with many thanks.

If our young people generate a strong interest and wish to have their own guitar, we can also look at securing a deal.

Mr Franchi is proposing to continue working with the group when they move in to P7.

With only 8 spaces – sign up now by calling the office on 01563 525477!


Gym Kits

Hi everyone

We are looking for some help.  Many of our pupils don’t have full gym kits which makes it harder for them to access the full curriculum correctly.

If you have any spare gym shoes or shorts that your children have outgrown would you be kind enough to send it to the school and we can have a bank of kits to help all pupils take P.E.?

Thanks in advance

This Week’s Star Pupils


Primary 1

Zac  – Super reading

Calvin  – Excellent reading skills when decoding his words

Liam  – trying very hard to blend words

Rebecca  – writing an interesting letter to the friendly dragon

Primary 2

Olivia  – excellent effort in completing tasks

Emily – writing in sentences and using joining words

Abigail  – amazing poetry recital

Primary 3

Hannah  – beautiful handwriting

Josh  – being a super sorter of sounds

Jessica – fantastic improvement in maths! WOW

Dylan – behaving very well during ‘Massage’ with Mrs Haining

Primary 4

Molly  – fantastic writing using adjectives and similes

Riley – working hard in class tasks

Lewis  – best boat design which held 96 cubes!

Leighann – best boat design which held 96 cubes

Tulisa  – reciting her 4x table perfectly

Primary 5

Rowan  – super shield homework

P5I – fantastic poetry recitals

Oliver – great story writing!

Lyla  – her positive attitude and excellence in PE

Primary 6

Melody – great participation in class discussions

Mia – fantastic fractions

Mia – working well in maths

Aran  – super use of division strategies!

Primary 7

Bailey – always having a very positive work ethic

Leyton  – trying hard to learn his poem for our Scottish Assembly

P7S – being tremendous buddies to P1B


Changes to BugClub

Firstly, a huge thank you to all parents and carers who were able to make us aware of the changes and difficulties that were occurring when logging in to BugClub recently. Having investigated this, it appears logging in to BugClub has changed.

When searching for BugClub in your internet search engine, please type in ‘Active Learn BugClub login’.

This should take you to this page:

Click on the top link: https://www.activelearnprimary.co.uk/login?c=0


You should now get to here:

Click on the ‘Log In’ button to take you to the new login page on the ‘Pearson’ website where you enter your BugClub login as normal:

A reminder that our school code is kg9j.

First Minister’s Reading Challenge – Dyslexia Friendly Schools

Today our DFS ambassadors (P4K) have been busy organising the launch of the First Minister’s Reading Challenge.

It is believed that reading has the power to change lives and that developing a love of reading in childhood can have a huge impact on educational attainment and future wellbeing.

The First Minister’s Reading Challenge is open to every pupil in P1-P7 in Scotland. We know that reading journeys can be personal to every single child but, to encourage and motivate schools and pupils to get involved, a number of challenges have been set that we hope will inspire and develop a love of reading.

Find out more about taking part in the First Minister’s Reading Challenge by clicking the link below:


Where will your reading journey take you?



Please see all information below regarding our After School Activities and complete the form below.

For activities starting at 3pm young people will be collected from their class and taken to the area of the school where the activity will be led, then chaperoned to the main office for collection. Any activities after 3pm, can all young people please congregate at the main office where they will be collected.

Please pay close attention to the START DATE of each activity and any durations noted. If a duration is not noted the activity will run to the Easter Holiday.

When Gymnastics starts (17.02.20) pupils are encouraged to wear their gym kit. P3/4 pupils will change at the end of the day. If the numbers for gymnastics are high, you will receive a letter from Mr Swan to inform you if we will operate a Group 1/Group 2 split.

PARENT/CARER VOLUNTEERS – if you have availability to support any of our activities, working alongside Mr Swan and OPS staff, please contact Mr Swan on steven.swan@east-ayrshire.gov.uk or give your details to Mrs Andrew at the office.

We have tried to accommodate pupil/community voice in the creation of Our Activities and are already working hard to secure those activities which currently do not appear. We thank you for you cooperation and support here.

Any questions, please contact Mr Swan.

Here’s to a great term!

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Santa Dash – THANK YOU

Onthank Community,

We are thrilled to announce our Santa Dash raised a grand total of £1663.90 for Onthank Primary School! Well done!

Your generosity, encouragement and support is never taken for granted and nothing would be possible without it. Just look at what we achieved – together. Thank you!

Bring on our 2020 events!

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Koala Protectors

As a RRS we have a duty to offer support where we can to other countries in need.

The pupils have been discussing the tragedy in Australia and have been asking how we can help.

We have made a donation to the WWF charity to become ‘Koala Protectors’. Our donation will help towards the care needed to help injured koalas and to help in the restoration phase after the fires.

We will also receive updates from WWF.

Our actions have helped towards the following Global Goals for Sustainable Development…

Staffing Update

An opportunity has arisen to support another school in our local authority and Mrs Findlay has agreed to the request made by the Head of Education to support Sorn Primary for a short period of time.  She will maintain close links with Onthank and this will allow the Onthank management team to expand their remits during this time and experience additional responsibility.  This temporary transfer will begin as of Monday, January 13th.   On Monday Miss Cook will be available to support Infant registration.  Throughout the week other Principal teachers will be asked to carry out aspects of Mrs Findlay’s remit.

Primary 7 parents are aware that Mr Simpson is leaving and we now know he will continue at Onthank until the February holiday this will gives us plenty of time to plan a smooth transition.

If parents have any questions please contact the school on 01563 525477.



Welcome back #ouronthank community!

What better way to join together and celebrate the start of 2020 than a family night for everyone! Come along, join the fun, dance your way into family fitness and launch the year in style!

As always, details on the poster above.


Complete the form and let us know you’re coming and share on social media to help us spread the word!


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This Week’s Star Pupils

Primary 1

Corey – making sensible choices and trying hard

Emma – writing super sentences

Riley – trying really hard to make positive choices

Hannah – achieving a personal goal

Primary 2

Sofia – super Numeracy work – well done!

Kyle – using various movement skills well during PE

Tehya – learning lots of letters in our alphabet

Kerr – always being helpful in class

Primary 3

Jay – super subtracting

Amelia – fab Christmas news writing

Logan – super subtraction skills

Mylie – always being well behaved and mannerly

Primary 4

Ross – working hard on his maths even though he found it very hard!

Maddison – supporting her classmate during an ICT task

All of P4K – working super hard on addition with carrying

Alfie – displaying lovely manners

Primary 5

Luke – well considered answers

James – always displaying a responsible attitude

All of P5T – their hard work and enthusiasm in numeracy

Primary 6

Nathan – super participation in discussion & having a great attitude to his learning.

Jennifer – always working hard

Tom – great improvement in literacy assessments

Jay – Excellent effort in all curricular areas

Primary 7

Jamie – enthusiasm for all learning

Brandon – returning to school with a positive mental attitude

James – his tremendous performance during mastermind