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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


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

Christmas Jumper & Party Outfit Donations Welcome

Has your child outgrown their Christmas jumper or party outfit?

As part of our commitment to our Eco-School status, we are collecting the following items after the festive season:

  • Christmas Jumpers
  • Party Outfits
  • School Uniforms

These will be available for anyone to use the following festive season! The school will store any Christmas jumpers and party outfits until November 2020 and open them up for families at this time. Perfect for the next Christmas Jumper Day!

Any donations can be dropped into the school office. Uniforms which have been donated are also available all year round at the school office – please feel free to take any items which may be of use for your family.



Onthank’s Elf – 5* Reviews?!

This week our P6 and P7 classes are bringing the classic Christmas film, Elf to life on stage to celebrate the season Onthank Style!

A huge thank you to everyone who has purchased tickets and are attending one of our performances. We hope you enjoy Buddy’s journey from the North Pole to New York and we want to know your views!

Would you give it a 5 star rating?

Once you’ve shared the experience with us, comment below and let us know what you thought about our performances and our young people!

We will be sure to share your comments with staff and pupils.


P1-P4 McCoo Author Visit

On Friday 29 November 2019, we have arranged a visit for all P1-P4 pupils from Harris McCoo and the author and illustrator of the books, Shirley Husband & Maurice Hynds. During the visit they will be reading their new book, “Angus McCoo and the Starry Night”. The new book links to astronomy, the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, Van Gough and the Vikings.
If you would like to purchase books from the The McCoo Family series, you can get a special, discounted book which will be personalised and signed by the author and illustrator.
Orders can be submitted via ParentPay.  Please select which books from the series you would like to purchase or you can order a full set for a discounted price.  All orders must be submitted by Thursday 28 November 2019.
We hope your child enjoys the visit – the author and other visitors are excited to be coming to Onthank!

Games Consoles Wanted

Do you have any games consoles and games gathering dust? Then you can donate them to our school!

We are looking for video games, consoles and accessories to use as part of our whole school community activities. As long as they are clean, safe and in working condition we would greatly appreciate any old consoles you may have stored away or are currently unused at home.

Any donations should be handed into the school office!

Thank you for your support.

Match Funding – we need you!

Did you know that your employer could contribute to our school fundraising?

If you or your employee are able to help, please complete the form below – thank you! 

Match funding is an informal corporate arrangement between a company and their employee. Not all companies offer matched funding but those that do could pledge a sum of money in relation to an amount raised by the school.

We understand that the high street banks, building societies, supermarkets and large corporations are likely to do match funding, but these schemes are not exclusive to the major corporate giants. If you work for an independent company, they may be interested in charitable giving through match funding too.

We would be grateful if you could see if your employer has a match funding scheme, or if they are willing to match fund any of our events. If you can’t help out this time, but you know the company you work for has a match funding policy, please let us know. This could be a really large source of income to help us raise money for our school funds.

Youth Club Success!

What a fantastic launch of our Onthank Community Youth Club last night, seeing over 30 young people share in laughter and friendship!
Team building activities kick-started the evening, followed by a brainstorming session where the young people identified the vision for their Youth Club and what they would like to see on offer. A game of basketball was followed by dance and even a Halloween Trick or Treat game with a twist!
As you can see a brilliant night was had by all! All P6/7 pupils welcome next week – we can’t wait to see you there! Sign up on the Blog post now! 
A special thank you from Onthank Primary to the Parent Leaders from our CANI Coaching Group who have facilitated, led and have taken true ownership for the running of our Youth Club. If you would like to join our parent team and get involved please speak with Mr Swan.
Bring on next Monday! #ouronthank #youthclub #ourparentsarethebest

Final Harvest Celebrations

Thank you to Mrs Saxelby (P2S), Mrs Irving (P5I) and Mrs Easter (P4E) and our wonderful pupils who united to celebrate Harvest by visiting members of our local community with food parcels.
Our young people shared their learning of Harvest and provided many smiles to members of the Onthank Community!
We are very lucky to share meaningful experiences such as this within the Onthank Learning Community.
#ouronthank #ourcommunity #ourpeople

Reduce, reuse, recycle – we’re looking for bean bags and cushions!

We’re looking for donations of any bean bags or cushions you may no longer be using to use in areas of the school. If you know of any businesses or friends who may also be able to donate these items please let us know!

In particular we are looking for:

  • Large bean bags
  • Small bean bags
  • Cushions – variety of colours and sizes

Please make sure that all items donated are in a suitable condition. Any donations can be handed into the school office. Thank you, Mr McIlwraith.


Onthank School Community,

After the success of our first Community Night in June, where we welcomed over 600 members of our school and North West community, we are excited to announce – back by popular demand – our next Community Night event!


We warmly invite you and your family to join us for another evening of fun, laughter and friendship – just complete the form so we know you are coming!

We are incredibly lucky at Onthank Primary for the amount of parental volunteers who make events such as this possible. If you would like to get involved with our Community Night, or any other school event, please speak to Steven Swan. Thank you in advance for your support! #whatateam #legends

Bring on the fun!

“I gotta feeling…that tonight’s gonna be a good night…tonight’s gonna be a good, good night”

“Our Activities” Gymnastics Information

Dear Onthank Families,

We are delighted at the response and sign up to after school Gymnastics at Onthank Primary – our young people will be leading a parent class before we know it!

Sign up for the October – December sessions for Gymnastics has now closed, but fear not, all pupils who wish to participate in Gymnastics but missed out, will get the chance to sign up between January 2020 – June 2020!

We are already planning more than one Gymnastics after school day from January onwards which will ensure all our young people have the opportunity to participate, this academic year.

All P1-3 pupils who have been signed up were given a letter from Mr Swan today and popped into their school bags with updated information on how Gymnastics will run from now to December. If you have any questions regarding this information please feel free to speak to Mr Swan this week. He is available and happy to speak at a time of your convenience.

All P4-7 pupils who have been signed up were sent an email from the school and a notification on the school app with updated information on how Gymnastics will run from now to December for them. Again, if you have any questions, Mr Swan is your man!

Mrs Andrew and the office staff have copies of all correspondence and are also available to assist in any way.

Over half the school have signed up for after school activities – AMAZING – and we appreciate your continued support at this time and we make the necessary amendments to “Our Activities” in order to provide the best experience possible for each young person.

Thank you, families – we look forward to welcoming you all on Thursday for Community Night – sign up NOW!

#OurOnthank #Community

Our After School Activities – SIGN UP NOW!

Onthank Primary School After School Activities

September 2019 – October 2019

What a fantastic start to the new school year we have had at Onthank Primary, with warm welcomes and wonderful walking from all of our young people! What an amazing year this will be!

As Pupil Participation and the Onthank Community Voice continues to grow and develop we have listened to you, our pupils and families, and are excited to announce our after school activities from September to October!

Mr Swan will be leading Arts & Crafts, Performing Arts & Dance Fest while Active Schools will facilitate all sporting activities. Keep an eye out for the addition of even more coming soon!



Please note all children MUST be signed up to attend any after school activity, with a separate form for any siblings. Complete and submit the form to sign your child up NOW!

If you have any questions Mr Swan is happy to help anytime!



P4/5 After School Football Information – SIGN UP NOW!

P4/5 Families,

We are delighted to announce P4/5 After School Football starting on Monday 9 September 3pm – 4pm!

Training will run every Monday from now until Christmas, except school holidays.

Click on the After School Activities Blog Post below to sign up NOW!

Pupils are encouraged to bring a change of clothes for Football and be ready to ‘train in the rain’ with coach and staff member Kris.

Kris will collect signed up pupils from their class at 3pm and bring pupils to the office for collection at 4pm.

We look forward to welcoming our P4/5 Team on Monday!

#OurOnthank #Score #AchieveYourGoals

K-Fest Invitation

Dear Families, 
We hope you are all having a lovely summer break! 
On Friday 26th July 2019, our P6 & P7 Dance Fest pupils are performing alongside Loudoun Musical Society at their ‘Anthems from Broadway & Beyond’ K–Fest Cabaret.  
The night will feature a range of hit numbers from musicals, films and the charts! Loudoun Musical Society warmly invite all families and friends to attend this free event which takes place at the New Laigh Kirk, Kilmarnock, starting at 7.30pm. 
This is part of the annual K-Fest Weekend which features a range of live music and entertainment in the town centre. 
Please see poster attached for more details. 
Enjoy the rest of the summer break!


Onthank Primary School are excited to announce our first Community Night on Tuesday 25th June, 6pm – 7.30pm which invites all pupils, families and members of the North West Community to share an evening of fun and food. Activities include; games, sports, singing, dancing, arts & crafts and a cinema room. Dinner will also be provided for the family. Please complete the form below to confirm your attendance at this exciting community event. We look forward to seeing you there!



Uniform Swap Shop – recycle and reuse your uniforms.

Does your child have a school uniform that they have outgrown? Then why not drop into our school swap shop and swap it for another!

Based at the school reception, our swap shop is a great way for parents to donate or swap any school uniforms, jackets, bags, etc.

If you have any school uniform items, jackets, bags or packed lunch boxes you wish to donate then please hand these into the school office.

There is a great selection of school jumpers, cardigans, polo shirts, etc. already on display so come in and take your pick!


P6/7 Ambassadors @ Celebrate Kilmarnock Events

Dear Families,

P6/7 Dance Fest Ambassadors have been invited by East Ayrshire Council in collaboration with Celebrate Kilmarnock to perform at two local events to represent our school community.

Event 1

Event: Community Celebration

Date: Friday 14th June (this Friday)

Time: 2pm

Venue: Celebrate Kilmarnock Shop (Kings Street, Kilmarnock)

Pupils will leave school after lunch at 1.15pm with Mr Swan and another member of staff and walk to Kings Street for their performance, after which they will return to school and continue with their weekly rehearsal until 4pm.

Pupils will be in their school uniform.

Event 2

Event: ‘Anthems from Broadway & Beyond’ K – Fest Cabaret

Date: Friday 26th July

Time: 7pm

Venue: New Laigh Kirk, Bank Street, Kilmarnock, KA1 1HA

Pupils have been invited to unite with Loudoun Musical Society for this annual K-Fest Cabaret which launches a weekend of events for the local community to celebrate our town and the people in it.

Pupils have been working on their repertoire with Mr Swan in their weekly Friday rehearsals and are very excited to perform for an audience of over 600 community members.

Pupils are required to attend the Dress Rehearsal. Please see details below:

Date: Thursday 25th July

Time: 7pm – 9:30pm

Venue: New Laigh Kirk, Bank Street, Kilmarnock, KA1 1HA

Parents are not required to wait with pupils as both Mr Swan and Mr McIlwraith will be present for the rehearsal.



Pupils will be required to bring their Dance Fest red/white/black costume with them for the Dress Rehearsal and Performance.


This is a free event therefore we warmly encourage you to invite all members of the family to support our Onthank Ambassadors.

Blog Form

Please complete the Blog form entitled ‘Onthank Ambassadors @ Celebrate Kilmarnock Events’ to advise the school of your child’s involvement.


Many Thanks,

Team Onthank


We’re ready to party…

Our Onthank memorabilia is on display and our stage is set as we prepare for our 60th Birthday Party tomorrow!

To celebrate the school’s 60th Birthday in style, our young people have taken ownership for designing and creating 3 special concerts with performances based on their favourite highlights from across the decades.

Our Birthday Concerts will take place tomorrow, WEDNESDAY 1 MAY, in our school hall and in the following format:

P2 & P3 Concert at 9.30 am

P4 & P5 Concert at 11.15 am

P6 & P7 Concert at 2.00 pm

P1 pupils are making a video which will be shown at each concert therefore we invite P1 families to attend a performance of their choice.

We look forward to seeing you tomorrow.

Onthank was On Form in 2018!

As 2018 draws to a successful end, we wanted to celebrate all of our achievements so far in the current school session.

Some of our highlights include; launching our 60th Birthday celebrations, success at the Ayrshire Athletics Final and Swimming Gala, our DFS week, outdoor learning opportunities and class excursions.

Our P2 Nativity, P3 Carol Concert and P5-7 Greatest Show brought over 1,000 members of the Onthank community into our school and as we move into 2019 this is a testament to Onthank Primary being at the heart of the community. 

Onthank – On Form – On Time in 2019.

‘No School Bells’ Trial

From Monday 19th November 2019 we are going to try having no school bells to signal the start and end of the school day. At 9am, pupils will not line up in the playground but instead will make their own way to their classroom similar to a ‘Wet Day’ routine. Teachers and our P7 perfects will guide our pupils to their class at 9am.

Pupils will also follow the same procedure at the end of break and at lunch.

The’ No School Bells’ trial is part of our DFS Award and also enables our school to become a more autism friendly environment.
Thank you,
Senior Leadership Team.

We’re collecting Scottish Sun Book Tokens – start collecting yours from Sept 24th

After helping the Scottish Sun to launch their new Free Books for Schools campaign, we will be collecting book tokens from the paper.

Between September 24th and November 18th, the Scottish Sun and Scottish Sun on Sunday will be printing book tokens each day. Pupils can hand these tokens into the school office or to their class teacher. The more tokens we get, the more books we receive!

Reduce, reuse, recycle – we’re looking for wet play resources!

We’re looking for donations of your toys to use in the school during wet play days in class. In particular we are looking for:

  • Board Games
  • Construction Materials – Lego, K’Nex etc.
  • Jigsaws
  • Cars
  • Plastic toys – food, animals etc.
  • Play mats

Please make sure that all toys/games donated are in good working order and have all of the correct pieces. Any donations can be handed into the school office. Thank you, Mr McIlwraith.

P3 Enterprising Homework

As part of our ‘Dinosaurs’ topic, the children are being invited to:

  • Design and make a ‘Sockosaurus’

If they wish to take part in the challenge, they should complete the following:

  • Fill in the Sockosaurus planning page.
  • Use the ideas on their planning page to help them create their Sockosaurus.
  • Use a clean sock to make their Sockosaurus.
  • Their Sockosaurus can be lifelike or imaginative!
  • Try to create features to show a face.
  • Decorate their Sockosaurus using bright colours and interesting details.
  • Use a variety of materials, if possible.  Be as creative as you can!
  • Children should be prepared to share their Sockosaurus with the rest of the class.

Pupils should bring their Sockosaurus to class on Friday 5 October.

Have fun!!!

Athletics Arena Permission

For Primary 7 Athletics Team only. These children know who they are and have spoken to Miss Anderson about completing this form:

Permission for training at the Athletics Arena on Thursday 20th and 17th September, 4-5pm.


Maths Week Scotland Challenge

This week is Maths Week Scotland and to coincide with this we’re launching the use of our brand new maths resource, Heinemann Active Maths!

Active Maths proivdes our pupils with a range of activities and challenges to help develop their mathematical thinking and numeracy skills. There are board games and resources to use in class and online games to play at home.

Whole School Challenge –  To launch this resource we’re setting some classes a challenge to access at least one Heinemann Active Maths game which their teacher will have set the class. Pupils should log in to their Bug Club / Active Learn account to access any of the maths games allocated.


Enjoy playing the games – we’d love to hear what you think about our new resource.


Sharing Information: Classroom Visits

Dear Parent / Carer,


Sharing Information: Classroom Visits

The children have now settled in their new classes and we would like to offer you the opportunity to visit your child’s classroom and meet their teacher(s) in the school hall.

Primary 1 Parents

You are invited to an information session on Monday 17 September from 1.15pm until 1.45pm to meet the teachers and receive information about your child’s learning in P1. If you have a child/ren in another area of the school you will be able to go to their class at 2.00 pm.

Primary 2 – Primary 7 Parents

I am sure you will find this a worthwhile experience which will provide you with information on the learning through displays. It will also give you an opportunity to meet your child’s teacher(s).

There will be the formal parents’ meetings on Tuesday 9 October 2018 when you will have an individual meeting with your child’s teacher to discuss their progress and areas for development.

The open afternoon for P2 to P7 classes will take place on Monday 17 September from 2.00 pm. Please come to the school reception and you will be escorted to the relevant area of the school.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs A Wright, Mrs G Findlay and Mr D McIlwraith

Senior Leadership Team

Welcome Back!


We look forward to welcoming you back on Monday 20th August 2018.

For Primary 1, starting times on the first day are:-

P1A Miss Adam 9.30am – 9.50am

P1C Mrs Cree 9.50am – 10.10am

P1M Mrs McKie 9.30am – 9.50am

P1W Miss White 9.50am – 10.10am

Week beginning Monday 20th August will be a soft start for all P1 classes between 9am and 9.30am and finish at 2.30pm. Week beginning Monday 27th August school hours will be 9am – 3pm for P1.

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Class structure for 2018/2019:

P1A Miss Adam
P1C Mrs Cree
P1M Mrs McKie
P1W Miss White
P2H Miss Hamilton with P1C Mrs Cree’s class
P2K Mrs Kidd with P1MCK Mrs McKie’s class
P2S Mrs Saxelby with P1M Mrs Mylrea’s class
P2ST Mrs Strain with P1A Miss Adam’s class
P3C Mrs Carten with P2G Mrs Saxelby’s class
P3K Mrs Kilpatrick with P2K Miss Kerr’s class
P3S Mrs Smith with P2H Miss Hamilton’s class
P3W Mrs Williams with P2B Miss Black’s class
P4E Mrs Easter with P3C Mrs Carten’s class
P4F Mr Franchi with P3S Mrs Smith’s class
P4M Mrs McCall with P3E Mrs Easter’s class
P5B Miss Black with P4F Mr Franchi’s class
P5C Mr Macleod/Miss Cook with P4W Miss White’s class
P5E Miss Ellis with P4K Mrs Kilpatrick’s class
P5I Mrs Irving (M, T, W, Th) and Ms Dasgupta (F) with P4M Mrs McCall’s class
P6A Miss Anderson with P5M Mr McIlwraith’s class
P6K Mrs Klein with P5E Miss Ellis’s class
P6M Mrs Merrick with P5D/I Mrs Irving/Dasgupta’s class
P7B Mr Boyd with P6K Mrs Klein’s class
P7M Miss McGregor (M,T) and Mrs Mills (W, Th, F) with P6M Mrs Merrick’s class
P7S Mr Simpson with P6A Miss Anderson’s class

Mrs Findlay’s Rod Stewart Day!

Mrs Findlay had a surprise 60th celebration today! Walking in this morning, Mrs Findlay was treated to balloons, banners and music from her favourite artist, Rod Stewart. The day was complete with a parade around the playground and some Rod Stewart cupcakes for staff and pupils.

A huge thank you to all staff, parents and pupils who kept our surprise under wraps. It was a great day with lots of mini Rods around the school. A great effort by all.

P3 rocks!

The rock painting craze is taking over at the moment. Mrs Carten’s class have painted some rocks for Whiteley’s Retreat Rock Garden just outside Ayr. Whiteley’s Retreat is a holiday home for children, young people and their families who have cancer or other life altering illnesses. The rocks will be delivered to Whiteley’s on the 16th June.

If anyone wishes to donate decorated rocks they can bring them to Mrs Carten’s classroom before 15th June. All rocks should be bright, cheery and uplifting. Thank you.

Race for Life Update

Race for Life will take place this Friday 1st June (weather permitting).

Our Race for Life is a pupil event this year, however, if you wish to accompany your child please come to the school reception where you will be shown to the starting line within the school playground.
The starting time for each race is detailed below. Each stage will run for approximately 10-20 minutes.

P6 – 9.30am
P1 – 10am
P2 – 10.20am
P3 – 11.10am
P4 – 11.30am
P5 – 11.50am
P7 – 12.10pm