Can you please send them by Friday 24th April 2020, 5pm. There are a few really sunny days ahead to test out your messages.
Got a special message for your friends or for your school community?
In addition to our shadow messages, you can also email Mr McIlwraith a special message that you may have for a best friend or a group of friends! What are you most looking forward to when you get back to school? Who are you missing and why? Drop Mr McIlwraith a message and we will share it with our Onthank Community for your friends to see online! Please note that your name will appear on the video if you send us a message so make sure you get permission from an adult.
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. ?
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.
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.
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.
Last year P1-4 enjoyed a visit from the author Chris Duke who wrote the book ‘Lucy’s Blue Day’. This is a delightful little book which is a stimulus for discussing emotions.
Lucy Pear has magical hair which changes colour depending on her emotions. Lucy is excited when her hair is purple, angry when it is red and blue when she feels sad.
She soon learns that it is #OkNotToBeOk and that these feelings will soon pass.
Violet in P4K was so excited to waken up on Christmas morning to discover that Santa had brought her a Lucy doll. Lucy visited the ‘Rocks’ rotation group during Health and Wellbeing and she listened to the class checking in with their hair colour of the day.
Children's Mental Health Week 2020 will take place from 3rd February – 9th February 2020 and as always we will be supporting our pupils by offering opportunities to share experiences, emotions and we will have a focus on the theme ' Find Your Brave'. More information to follow.
P1-4 pupils were excited today to meet Chris Duke, the author of the story ‘Lucy’s Blue Day’.
Chris travelled for 3 hours today to visit Galston Primary, Onthank and Hillhead Primary to share a very powerful message.
The day started with the Kilmarnock Standard photographer speaking to Brooke Hannah in P3W who shared her writing with Chris and he has used it on his Facebook and Instagram pages.
Other pupils showed art work related to the various emotions shared in the story of Lucy with the magical colour changing hair.
P1 and P2 then met Chris and also Mary MacInnes who has been selling handmade products to raise money to donate a copy of the book to all schools in East Ayrshire. Mary is a local girl who attended Loanhead Primary School. She wants to spread the message to the community that ‘It is ok not to be ok’ and that blue days will pass.
Some p1 pupils showed their super work!
Chris and Mary complimented the P1-P2 audience!
P3 and P4 also listened well and asked some super questions at the end of the session.
Look out for the article and photos in the Kilmarnock Standard.
Copies of the book can be bought online at www.lucysblueday.com. A version suitable for older children is available to pre order. (P+P not included – discount code is invalid now)
More classes have become familiar with the book ‘Lucy’s Blue Day’ which explores emotions and explains that it is ‘Ok to be not ok’ and that there are people we can talk to when we are feeling a little blue.
Lucy’s hair changes colour depending on her emotions.
This delightful book has led to great class discussions, super stories and fab artwork in various classes.
Brooke Hannah in P3 shared a story with the author and he used it on a film reel at the ‘This Morning Live’ roadshow. Brooke was excited to hear that Dr Ranj, Rylan, Rochelle and Holly and Phil had seen her story!!?
Chris Duke, the author of the book is visiting Onthank on Tuesday 25th June and he will visit Galston Primary and Hillhead Primary too.
Chris has offered us a discount code to use online for buying a copy of the book shown. Our code is ONTHANK and the book can be bought at www.lucysblueday.com?.
The discount removes postage and packing. Chris will have the orders with him when he visits and he will sign books too if you wish.
The upper school version of the book can be pre ordered and will be released in August. A fab book with a powerful message.
This is a beautifully illustrated book aimed at addressing the mental health of children.
We have two copies of the book in school. One of which was donated by an ex Loanhead Primary pupil who is raising money to buy a book for every primary school in East Ayrshire.
Lucy is a very special little girl with magical hair. It changes colour with her emotions. If she is feeling happy it is purple. If she is jealous, it will turn green.
This charming story is a tale of when Lucy wakes up and her hair is blue and she doesn’t know why. She soon learns that it is #OkNotToBeOk.
“What a charming book that we are sure will help enormously”. Stephen Fry
“Such a clever, common sense and totally relatable way to talk about mental health”. Lorraine Kelly
We are very lucky to have the author Chris Duke visiting Onthank Primary on Tuesday 25th June to read the book and answer questions.
Chris is travelling from Forfar to visit us and he will visit Galston Primary and Hillhead Primary on the same day to share the same message.
He has offered parents and carers a discount code if you wish to buy a copy of the book. Our code is ONTHANK. This removes the cost of P+P. Any books ordered after 24th June will be full price.
You can order from www.lucysblueday.com
A version for older children and teenagers is available to pre-order. Details can be found on the website.
Both versions of the book help children to understand that they are not alone and that there are people who can help if you are feeling blue.
P3W explored the various emotions and related it to their own lives.
It’s almost show time. Don’t forget to order tickets through Parent Pay and tickets will then be delivered to your child.
Can you please send your child to school on Monday with their show costume in a carrier bag. Please label everything!
On Thursday 2nd May Primary 3 are planning to visit the Dean Park to hide special stones they are designing this week. Keep your eyes peeled next time you visit!
Please provide your child with a snack and drink to take to the park. We will return to school for lunch as normal. Children should wear suitable clothing for the Scottish weather!
If there is anyone willing to help us out on the trip please contact the school office.
Homework will continue as normal next week. This week continue to revise all sounds taught so far and remember to log into Bug Club.
In term 4 we will be covering 2 mini topics, the first being ‘Here come the Vikings’ where children will be designing their very own tunic. If possible please send in a white/cream pillowcase for this activity by Friday 3rd May.
P3W were excited to take ownership of counting and distributing leaflets to all stages today.
All pupils have been given a ‘Digital Parenting’ leaflet to take home. This leaflet contains some very valuable information about keeping up to speed with the latest digital technology and wellbeing issues so that families can get the most out of the online world.
We had a very successful ‘Welly Wednesday’ phoneme hunt! We were looking for things which contained the phonemes ‘ck’ and ‘ai’.
We were very lucky to begin our hunt by spotting the most beautiful ‘rainbow’. By the end of the hunt we were very ‘mucky’ but we had so much fun!
Pupils in P3W enjoyed Roald Dahl Day 2018. Roald Dahl has been our “Author in the Spotlight” this term.
We have read ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’ and we created our own magic medicine.
Pupils brought in their favourite Roald Dahl books, we participated in some mindfulness related to ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ and Owen took on the role of Willy Wonka. We also answered Maths problems related to many of the characters in Roald Dahl’s famous books.
At the end of the day the pupils took home a bookmark to use in their own books when reading for enjoyment.
We will have a vote to see who our next “Author in the Spotlight” is.
Stretching like Grandpa from ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’.