P6/7 football training will resume tomorrow (Tuesday 10 March) 3-4pm. Training will take place on the AstroTurf so please ensure your child has warm clothing with them.
Sisters Holly and Erin O’Connor pictured above competing for Kilmarnock Tennis Club in a tournament yesterday. Well done girls ?
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.
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:
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:
Cara, Emma and Lucy all made their 1st Rainbow Promise recently. Well Done and Good Luck girls.
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
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.
Any queries please do not hesitate to contact the school directly.
Please see attached flyer for an exciting opportunity in our Onthank Community organised by ‘Branching Out Community Group’.
Please find attached P5 Term 1 Overview
Please find attached Primary 4 Term 1 OverviewTermly-Overview-Term-1-Primary-4-2019-2020
We will start on Week 3 of the School Dinner Menu tomorrow.
A reminder that all P1-3 children are entitled to Free School Meals ?
What an amazing night at the opening of K-Fest.
Our Onthank Ambassadors joined our very own Mr McIlwraith, Mr Swan and the rest of Loudoun Musical Society on stage to perform an amazing night of music. They were fantastic and were a credit to the school.
Well done Onthank Ambassadors ? ?
It was 3rd time lucky for P5-7 Sports Day but the weather held out and we had a great day in the sun. Well done to everyone who participated and thank you to all staff who helped make Sports Day run smoothly.
Please complete form below if your child has been selected for P6/7 Football Team game vs Gargieston.
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.
A final reminder for ALL P7s to bring in pyjamas for the Pyjama Race tomorrow. ?♂️ ?♀️ ☀
Fitness Friday was a huge success with our young children this afternoon, with over 400 children participating in lots of activities including dodgeball, tennis, rounders, playground games and relay races.
It was a great afternoon in the sun ☀ with a big thumbs up ?? from our children.
This week, we are celebrating National Digital Week at Onthank Primary. Children were given a challenge at assembly to all log in to Glow by the end of this week. There will be lots of digitally focused lessons this week. Please see the link below for more information and ideas for National Digital Week.
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.
A video message from our Primary 7s to our DanceFest team
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.
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:
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.
GOOD LUCK ADAM
Watch the race ! Adam from P7’s race will take place at approx 2pm.
A massive good luck to one of our P7 pupils Adam Thomson who is taking part in the Schools Swimming Championship this weekend. We’re all behind you Adam!
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.
Parents, carers, children and staff had a great first week at our Mindfulness workshop. We had the opportunity to take part in a creative arts lesson followed by a yoga session
Roll on next week?
A reminder that Parents and Carers are invited to join us tomorrow morning for the P2 Nativity- “The Christmas Star”. Please be seated for a 10am start.
We look forward to seeing you there.
Thank you to SSVP Mount Carmel for a generous donation of Christmas Hampers which were gifted to some families.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Onthank Christmas Fayre well underway today. Come along and join us.
Onthank’s Elf has arrived and was introduced to pupils today at assembly. Pupils will be voting today to choose her name and we will let you know Onthank’s choice from Holly, Merry, Jingle, Noelle, Star and Snowflake. ??
The P7 information evening for parents/carers takes place on Tuesday 11th December 7pm at Kilmarnock Academy. This is a great opportunity to get some information about starting S1 and about the school. It’s also a chance to see the new school and meet teachers and other key staff.
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
Please give us a follow on twitter as another way of keeping up to date with the latest news in Onthank Primary School.
The twitter page is in the link below.
We were lucky enough to have our Community Police Officer PC Calum Scott at our school today to help promote our Anti- Bullying week. PC Scott had the opportunity to visit lots of our classes and meet lots of our pupils as well as meeting some parents in the playground.
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.
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!
Another reminder of our Harvest Assembly tomorrow.
See the link below for details:
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
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Your right to have information
A meeting of the PTA has been arranged for Thursday 20 September at 6.30pm in The Daniel Coffey suite of the North West Centre. New parents/carers are always welcome to join us. If you require any further information please contact Mrs Findlay on 01563 525477.
P3-7 classes had their first assembly of the new session today. Our school values were discussed and we all had great fun singing one of our favourite songs.
Our focus is on our Respect value this week and we look forward to seeing lots of good examples of respect being shown around the school.
P7B and P7S decide to make the most of the good weather and take their Numeracy lesson outside. Children split the playground into four sections and worked in groups using playground chalk to showcase their Number Talks strategies they have been learning for each of the four basic operations.
Miss Hamilton’s Art Club have been busy creating different pictures over the past few weeks. A reminder that there are two weeks left of this club.
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!
As part of National Digital Week, Primary 7 visited Kilmarnock College to take part in a ‘Coding lecture’. Children enjoyed finding out about Coding and by the end of it were Coding Champions.
These Primary 7 classes will now return to school and teach other classes and stages to become Coding experts as part of our aim in becoming a Digital School.
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!
All pupils in Onthank Primary have now undergone Heartstart training. Mrs Williams and Miss Smith have been working with all classes during Health lessons and children now know how to respond in an emergency situation.
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.
Please see attached letter for info. regarding our ‘Big Pedal 2018’.
Let’s try and win some fantastic prizes.
Check out the video of all our P4, 5, 6 and 7 performing Zumba led by our very own Steven Swan. More pics and videos will follow from our Sport Relief Day!
As part of our STEM Fortnight, we were very lucky to have lots of visitors in our school. Our STEM family and friends came in to carry out experiments and hold presentations with the kids to give them a taste of how STEM works in the real world.
NSPCC visited Onthank and delivered assemblies to all pupils encouraging pupils to Stand Up and Speak Out.
Primary 6 and 7 pupils were lucky enough to meet some Team GB Paralympic Boccia players! Jamie and Scott McCowan (brothers) came in to Onthank to show us how to play Boccia. Some pupils got the chance to have a go and even the teachers got the opportunity to play against each other.
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.
We kicked off our week at Onthank with an assembly all about waste. Mrs Merrick and the Eco team will be leading this. Look out for more posts to see what we get up to.
P7 used their STEM skills to build sledges using materials they sourced from around the school. They planned how they were going to use the materials and then got to try the finished designs out for themselves.
P6 and P7 girls took part in an East Ayrshire football festival yesterday. This was the girls first ever time playing as a team and they did not disappoint. They won all of their games- scoring 11 and conceding 0. Well done girls!
Primary 7 have been busy looking at famous inventors to help inspire our own inventions. We were lucky enough to have George Burns come in and help us design aeroplanes to kickstart our imaginations. We will now go and write up our inventions and enter into the Scottish Inventors Award 2018.
School reopens tomorrow: Monday 19th February.
Here are some events taking place this week:
Wednesday- P6/7 Girls’ football festival after school.
Thursday- P7 Burns’ Supper 1.15pm with parents.
Friday- Athletics final at Linwood and P7 visit James Hamilton Academy for a STEM day.