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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:


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.

A reminder of changes to entry and exits due to Early Childhood Centre expansion

As we welcome our children back to school tomorrow, work is starting in the Primary 1 and 2 playground to expand Onthank Early Childhood Centre. Construction work means the gate nearest the NUKLEUS community centre will close.

The middle gate will be re- opened along with all other gates. To avoid congestion we would like to change entry and exits for Primary 2, 3 and 4 children. Primary 2 children will enter and exit the building from the doors that were previously used by Primary 3 and 4. Primary 3 and 4 will enter and exit school from the P5, 6 and 7 playground. Staff explained this to pupils before we stopped and we will also be available on the first day back to help direct all pupils to the correct entry point. We were able to discuss this at our Parent Council meetings and thank parents for their input.

Please see the map below for entries and exits:

Christmas spirit in the wider community

During our Buddying time, P1B and P7S designed Christmas cards to give to our friends at Onthank ECC and Crossgates Care Home. We delivered these cards today where they were received with great thanks by children and adults alike.


We even joined in singing Christmas carols with our friends at Crossgates:


Massage in Schools Programme

Over the course of the year, pupils at Onthank Primary School will have the opportunity to be trained in the Massage in Schools Programme (MISP).

MISP is a Health and Wellbeing programme which is 6 weeks training  from a qualified instructor followed by a parents/carers session where our young people have the opportunity to share the skills they have learned.

Following the initial 6 weeks training, staff and pupils are fully trained and able to access the programme as part of their daily or weekly routine to support their Health and Wellbeing.

MISP is currently in use in more than 13 primary schools across East Ayrshire and is an internationally recognised association.

The roll out will begin with P1 and P3 with upper school training taking place over the remainder of the school session.

Please use the link below for more information


Info for Parents and Carers

Here at Onthank Primary we believe that our strong relationship with our Parents and Carers is the key to having positive outcomes for our children and young people.

It is important for Parents and Carers to understand the curriculum their child will be following, in order to be able to support their child’s education.

3 ‘Nutshells’ have today been launched by the Scottish Government to provide an overview for Parents and Carers regarding their child’s learning.

Please have a read of the link below to see how we can strengthen the link between home and the classroom.

3 New Nutshells Launched

Any queries please do not hesitate to contact the school directly.

Additional Homework Club

Mrs Irving has kindly offered to run a Homework Club for any children who would like some extra support completing their homework on a Thursday 3pm -4pm in Mrs Irving’s classroom. This is an additional Homework Club to the one that already runs for parents and carers. Mrs Irving’s homework club allows for children to attend on their own if parents are unable to make the Parental Homework Club.

We look forward to seeing you all there.

P6/7 Ayrshire Cup v Greenmill

Please complete the form below to allow your son to play in the upcoming Ayrshire Cup game on Thursday 18 April. We will be leaving school at 2.30pm and travelling to Cumnock to play at Cumnock Juniors ground. Expected time of return at Onthank PS 4.45pm approx.

Please note Cumnock’s park is an artificial surface so only moulded footwear is permitted.

Thank You

Assembly 18 March

Today’s assembly was filled with lots of different speakers and visitors.

Mrs Kilpatrick started off by launching our ‘Big Pedal Week’

This was followed by Mrs Bell and P6K delivering our World Day of Prayer Assembly:

Lastly, a team of software engineers from JP Morgan returned to announce the winners of the recent app design competition (see Mr Macleod’s blog post for more details). A huge congratulations to Gemma in P5M on winning the competition. Thank you to Chris and his team of engineers for this exciting opportunity.

P6 Parental Engagement Numeracy Workshop

You are invited to a Numeracy workshop with Jane Miller (Our Numeracy Attainment Teacher) on Thursday 7 February from 2-3pm. This is an opportunity for you to gain an insight into our Numeracy curriculum. Children of parents attending will be involved in the presentation. A parental numeracy pack will be handed out for those attending.

If you would like to attend this parental workshop please complete the form below:

P6/7 Football Team Rearranged Tournament

Please give permission for your child to attend the tournament at Grange Academy on Thursday 7 Februaury 2019.

We will be leaving school at 3pm.

Squad as follows:

Adam Paterson, Roddy Hewitt, Luke Edgar, Lewis Hope, Clayton Marshall, Brian Cree, Joe Dudgeon, Miller Davidson, Tom Sneddon

Tournament will start at 3.45pm and run to 5.30pm approx.


In line with other educational establishments in East Ayrshire, we have an update regarding food items:


We have been issued strict temporary guidance from East Ayrshire Council Head of Schools regarding food stuffs provided in schools and Early Childhood Centres. Due to a recent issue with a severe peanut allergy in another school there has been a suspension with the guidance regarding consumption of any item not purchased directly from the Council and shared with groups of pupils. This means that for the time being we will be unable to accept and share birthday cakes or treats in the classes and we will not be able to provide other snacks teachers have bought themselves for their classes. While we hope this precise embargo will not last – the policy is currently being reviewed at senior level within the council I’m sure you will understand the need for us to follow its direction. I will speak with all the children about this matter at assembly. It does NOT affect what children bring in for snack.

We would also like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that we are nut free school and any food items with nuts should not be brought in for snacks or packed lunches. This is includes items such as Snickers or peanut butter spread. We have several children in the school with nut allergies who should not be exposed to nuts in any way.

Thank you for your understanding with this matter and we will keep you updated.

Onthank’s Greatest Show- filming

After a number of parental requests, we have decided to film tomorrow evening’s performance. If you would not like your child to be filmed in ‘Onthank’s Greatest Show’ tomorrow evening please complete the form below.

Thank you for your continued support.


Please only complete this form if you do not give permission for your child to be filmed.

Success for Onthank

A massive congratulations to Onthank P7 on their successful bid for a grant to help fund their Inverclyde Residential Trip.

A cheque of £1000 was handed over from members of the North West Community Action Group.

Thank you to all who voted to make this possible and well done to the P7s who performed a snippet of their show- ‘Onthank’s Greatest Show’ to members of our North West community.

We look forward to building more relationships within our community in the New Year.

P5/6/7 ‘Onthank’s Greatest Show’

As part of the P5/6/7 show ‘Onthank’s Greatest Show’, Primary 5 and Primary 6 will form the choir.

In order for the choir to be dressed in a similar style, we ask that your child wears their white Onthank polo shirt/ blouse. In addition to wearing white, children are welcome to wear any Christmas attire, for example, Christmas earrings, tinsel, hats, headbands etc. If you have any of these items at home, it would be appreciated if you would allow your child to bring these into school for the show. Please do not purchase any of these items.

Your child should arrive to the performances wearing these items.

Could all Primary 5 and Primary 6 choir children please arrive at school on Monday 10th December and Thursday 13th December at 6.30pm ready for a 7pm start.

Children should be collected from school at the end of the show for 8.45pm.

Primary 7 children are asked to arrive at school for 6pm on both nights of the evening performance. It is also asked that Primary 7 children are collected at the end of the show.

Please complete below permission slip to allow your child to attend the evening performances.

Thank you for your continued support.



P7 Performance at North West Community Event

Primary 7 pupils have been asked to perform as part of the North West Kilmarnock Community event on Thursday 6th December.

This event will be held in Onthank Primary School where there will be a display of different North West Community groups applying for funding for various different causes. Primary 7 pupils have put together a funding application in order to raise funds for our upcoming residential trip to Inverclyde Sports Centre.

We strongly encourage anyone to attend this event to vote for Onthank Primary’s bid.

For this event, children are allowed to vote so we would like to get as many children and parents to this event as possible.

Children will stay at school from 3pm and prepare for the performance which will be delivered at approx. 3.30pm. It is then asked that children are picked up by an appropriate adult at 4.30pm. This allows the children time to perform and then vote for our funding proposal. It would greatly appreciated if you could come in and vote for our funding proposal when you collect your child at 4.30pm. This would only take a few minutes and helps reduce the cost of our residential trip.

Could you please complete the below permission form to allow your child to attend this event.



P7 Performance at Hillhead PS *UPDATED POST*

Please complete the form below to give permission for your child to participate in our dance performance at Hillhead PS next Monday  19th November as part of the North West Kilmarnock Action Plan Launch. This is a great opportunity for P7 pupils to showcase their talents to the North West Kilmarnock community.

We would like to invite as many North West Kilmarnock Community friends and family along to this event as possible.


We politely ask that your child is picked up at Hillhead PS at 4.30pm

P6 Football Tournament

P6 Football squad will be competing in the Junior 7s football competition tomorrow at Grange Academy Astro 3pm – 5pm.

Please complete the permission form below.

Onthank’s Greatest Show

As part of P7 Literacy this term, our focus will be a film study based on ‘The Greatest Showman’. This ties in with our Christmas Show- Onthank’s Greatest Show.

Please fill in the form below to allow your child to watch this film.

5 week countdown until the show!

Macmillan Coffee Morning Reminder – Friday 28 September

Reminder – Please come along  to our Macmillan Coffee Morning.  We will also have a 60th Birthday Cake for our school to start our celebrations!

19 September 2018

Dear Parent / Carer

Macmillan Coffee Morning – Friday 28 September

As part of our Enterprise topic P6s will be organising our coffee morning for Macmillan Cancer Support on Friday 28 September from 9.05 am – 12.05 pm in the main hall.   Tea, coffee, hot chocolate, juice and baking will be available for a donation.  P4, P5, P6 and P7 pupils can attend for 60p.  Please come along and support this worthwhile cause.  All proceeds will go to Macmillan Cancer Support.  On this occasion money can be brought to school.  Timetable below if you want to visit when your child’s class is visiting/helping.


9.05 am       P6K Mrs Klein’s class to help

9.15 am        P7B Mr Boyd’s class to visit

9.25 am       P7S Mr Simpson’s class to visit

9.35 am       P7M Mrs Mill’s class to visit

9.45 am       P5B Miss Black’s class to visit

9.55 am       P6A Miss Anderson’s class to visit

10.05 am      P6A Miss Anderson’s class to help

10.10 am       P6K Mrs Klein’s class to visit

10.15 am       P5I Mrs Irving’s class to visit

10.25 am      P5M Mr MacLeod’s class to visit

10.35 am      P5E Miss Ellis’s class to visit

11.00 am       P6M Mrs Merrick’s class to visit

11.10 am       P6M Mrs Merrick’s class to help

11.20 am       P4M Mrs McCall’s class to visit

11.30 am       P4F Mr Franchi’s class to visit

11.40 am       P4E Mrs Easter’s class to visit

RRS Article No. 13:

Your right to have information



More Success

The P7 Football team competed in the South and West area finals today; winning 5 games and drawing 1. This meant they won the tournament and now progress to the National Finals where there are only 8 teams left from the whole of Scotland.

The P5/6 team were also competing in this tournament and were unlucky in the games that they played in not to get more from them.

Both teams were a massive credit to the school!

Football Update


The P5/6 and P7 Football Teams have been busy recently. Firstly, the P7 team were successful in the East Ayrshire heat of the National tournament last Tuesday; winning all of their games and progressing to the South West Regional Finals in Dumfries on Thursday. The P5/6 team were also successful in the Ayrshire heats and will compete in the South West Regional Finals in Dumfries on Wednesday. Finally, the P7 team played their Ayrshire Cup Quarter Final match tonight against Heathfield Primary and won 4-2.

Well done to all boys and girls!

Football Training

P6/7 Football training resumed last week and there was an excellent turnout as per usual. There are lots of fixtures coming up and there will also be an opportunity for P5 and P6 pupils to trial for the P5/6 Regional tournament on 10th May. The first trial will be held Thursday 3rd May at lunch time.

Heartstart training

As part of Health and Wellbeing, Mrs Williams and Miss Smith have been teaching all classes how to help in an emergency situation. The pupils already know how to make an ambulance call, put a casualty in the Recovery Position and they can help someone who has bad bleeding. By the end of the course pupils will be able to perform and recognise signs of a heart attack and perform CPR.