Today is the last day of Term 3. We would like to wish all of our Onthank Community a safe, healthy and happy holiday. We will not be posting any new online learning / materials for the next two weeks. Thank you to all the staff for their super effort in putting all of your learning together. You (parents and children ) all deserve a holiday too as you have been working so hard to complete the tasks which have been set by your teachers. During the Easter Break we hope you have fun with your family.?
We will be back online on Monday 20 April with lots of exciting activities. Please keep in touch with each other during the holiday.?
There will be some staff available who are supervising The Hub for the children of key workers so if you need to get in touch please email: firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you.
Have a good holiday from
We hope everyone is managing to stay safe, healthy and happy. We are delighted that so many of you are logging into your digital platforms and sharing your learning with us. We have enjoyed seeing your photos, your work, your crafts and seeing what fun activities you are also doing. We are pleased you have found a balance between learning time and family time. Hopefully the weather will continue to be nice so that you can enjoy outdoors in your garden.
We appreciate this is a difficult time for everyone and we are here to provide any support that is needed. Please don’t hesitate to contact us.
We are missing all of you and please keep posting your pictures on your Glow Blog or Teams.
Keep safe from All the Staff in Onthank Primary School.
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.
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:
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.
The Athletics Final will take place at the Athletics Arena, Friday 8th November. The competition starts at 6.30pm and will finish approx 8.15pm.
The team should arrive at 6pm in black/dark leggings/shorts, athletics t-shirt and should bring a non-fizzy drink and snack. Please bring a warm jacket/jumper to wear when not competing as the hall is cold. Seating is roughly calculated at 2 seats per child.
We jump excitedly into a new school term tomorrow and welcome Gymnastics to ‘Our Onthank’ after school activities thanks to our partners at Active Schools!
As per the letter issued last term, please be reminded of the pupils and dates for Gymnastics Group 1:
GYMNASTICS CLUB START DATE: 22 OCTOBER 2019 (tomorrow!)
GYMNASTICS FINISH DATE: 19 NOVEMBER 2019
TIME: 3pm – 4pm
LOCATION: Onthank Primary Assembly Hall
Group 1 Register
Pupils will have the opportunity to change into their PE kit at the end of the day.
Pupils will be collected from their class at 2.55pm by Gymnastics Instructor Shannon and taken to the assembly hall. Families will be invited into the hall at 4pm for collection and sign out from the main entrance.
If due to any circumstances your child can’t attend tomorrow, they are more than welcome next week.
Gymnastics Group 2 pupils will be reminded the week prior to the timetable change.
After Christmas, sign up will open up again for children who have not participated in Gymnastics this term in order to give everyone an opportunity.
PLEASE NOTE P4-P7 GYMNASTICS WILL COMMENCE NEXT WEEK, TUESDAY 29TH OCTOBER 4PM – 5PM.
Sign up is closed for this class and will reopen after Christmas.
We celebrated World Porridge Day at our assemblies. We asked for “loose change” – a huge thank you to everyone who donated- we have a fantastic amount of £185. We offered pupils a taste of Heather’s porridge and showed the film from Mary’s Meals: What a Difference a Meal Makes. We can feed a child in Malawi at school for £9.80 a year. We will be able to feed many children. Thank you.
Our P7 Athletics Team will be participating in their heat Wednesday 2 October at the Athletics Arena. The team will leave school at 11.45am and return at approx 2.45pm.
Children should wear sports clothes and athletics T-shirt to school that day. If possible, please bring a packed lunch. A packed lunch will be provided for anyone entitled to one. A non fizzy drink and healthy snack can be taken to the competition.
At this stage of the competition, parents/careers are not required to attend.
Please note, there is no athletics training next week.
Over the summer the P6 Dig for Victory effort has produced an abundance of fruit and vegetables. Pupils will return to school next week and can enjoy some of the produce we gave to the kitchen to prepare. Well done everyone in last sessions P2, P3, and P6.
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.
Pauline Moriarty , founder of Beautiful Inside and Out (Scio) will be in school to inform us of the background , aims and expanding services of the charity with an emphasis on some of the things we can all do to promote the wellbeing of our young people. There will be an opportunity for questions and discussion , how to access support of Beautiful Inside and Out(Scio) for anyone of any age.
Pupils can attend this event with adult support. Parents, carers and friends please come along.
Next week it is Positive Choices Week in school. All pupils will be involved in a variety of activities: eg judo, boxing, fruit tasting, Fitness activities, football, tennis, hand washing ,gardening, hygiene talks, cyber bullying talks,Tai kwon do, curling ? and a spring Clean. Pupils will be timetabled during the week to be involved in some of the activities.
In line with East Ayrshire Council guidance, we are contacting you to inform you that this term as part of the Health and Wellbeing curriculum our children will be learning about Relationships, Sexual Health and Parenthood (RSHP). The topic is fully in line with Curriculum for Excellence which is set down by the Scottish Education Department.
Our local authority is committed to the provision of quality teaching in Relationships, Sexual Health and Parenthood education in accordance with National Guidelines. It forms a key element of personal, social and health education in schools and is an important part of children’s preparations for adult life. The purpose of RSHP is to provide the learners with an understanding of how to maintain positive relationships. In addition pupils are encouraged to consider how thoughts, feelings, attitudes, values and beliefs can influence decisions about relationships.
It is very important that taking into account the age and stage of the child that we take steps to use a common vocabulary to describe our emotions, feelings and body parts.
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.
Five Primary 5 pupils were invited to Brownings the Bakers to take part in a Bake Off with pupils from Galston Primary . They decorated empire biscuits, made cream donuts, filled strawberry tarts, decorated and filled yum yums. They were shown how to decorate cup cakes by a very famous cake Queen: Mich Turner MBE. Everyone had a great time and got to take their cakes home. They also received a goody bag. Thank you to John Gall of Brownings the Bakers for inviting us.
We are the DFS pupil group for Onthank Primary School. We organise events like the DFS workshop and whole school assembly. We invited all pupils and parents/carers to come to the DFS workshop. There were lots of fun activities for everyone to do.
We have already achieved our Bronze Award and are currently working towards our Silver accreditation.
Our DFS school mascot is Dom the DFS Diamond. Keep an eye out for him around the school!
Four of our good friends have made a movie called DFS A Wider World using IMovie trailer. You will be able to check it out at a later date by scanning a QR code.
We are asking pupils to be SPOTACULAR– DO YOUR OWN THING! Dress to impress in your spotty outfits or wear Pudsey clothes. We would appreciate a small donation towards this charity. We have Children In Need wristbands for sale £1. Please buy from the office.
We have invited Pudsey to visit Onthank Primary School?
RRS Article: Your right to become the best you can be.
A reminder that East Ayrshire Council do not permit the wearing of any jewellery during physical education lessons or extra-curricular activities. This includes all piercings, rings, watches and wrist accessories. Any items of jewellery will not be covered up and should be removed by the child or not worn on PE days.
We celebrated World Porridge Day by offering everyone a taste of porridge. We watched a film from Mary’s Meals about children in Malawi who don’t have a choice of menu at meal times. Thank you to everyone who brought in “ loose change” to Mary’s Meals.?
Today as part of our Dyslexia Friendly Schools journey, the whole school was involved in NO PENS DAY WEDNESDAY. This is a national speaking and listening event which encourages exciting classroom discussion. Check out the blog for class photos.
Congratulations to P7 Athletics Team on winning East Ayrshire Sportshall Athletics Trophy. They all took part in many different events and worked well as a team. Thanks to all the parents and friends who came along to cheer the team. Thanks also to Miss Anderson & Mrs Klein for their super coaching skills?.Go Team Onthank⭐
The Athletics Final takes place at the Athletics Arena, Friday 28th September. The children have to arrive at the arena at 6pm sharp and the competition should run from 6.30-8.30pm.
The children should wear black or dark coloured shorts/leggings and their athletics t-shirt. The children should also bring water and healthy snack. Warm clothing is also encouraged as the arena can be cold at this time of year.
Parents are welcome to attend this event to cheer the team on! Seating is roughly calculated at one adult per child but if two adults attend or brothers and sisters need to come for childcare purposes I’m sure it’ll be ok.
Please complete this form in advance of the competition.
We look forward to seeing you on Friday night! Let’s go Onthank!
Breakfast Club is on every morning from 8.15 am – 8.45 am. The cost is 90p for 1st child and 60p for 2 or more children. The Breakfast Club is free to children who are in receipt of free school meals. This session children come to Breakfast Club through our main entrance.
Our P7 Athletics team participated in their heat of the Sportshall Athletics and competed against James Hamilton Primary, Whatriggs Primary and Crosshouse Primary. The team performed incredibly well and comfortably won the heat. They will find out next week if they have qualified for the final at the end of September.
This week we held a summer themed assembly for P1-5. We were told how to keep safe in the sun during the holidays. Our model is wearing suncream, sunglasses, a sunhat and a beach dress to stay protected from the sun’s powerful rays.
Well done to everyone who took part in cycling training and passed their test. They received certificates and badges and are now very able to go on the road. Thank you to Karen Paterson for the time and effort she put into training the boys and girls to reach their level .?
We had a lovely sunny day for our annual BBQ. We served over 400 hot dogs and burgers to many happy children. Andrew said,”I loved my lunch today.” Rebecca: “Best lunch ever.” Everyone enjoyed their ice cream cones too.???
Congratulations to our football team- they won the Dunlop Trophy at Rugby Park. All season the team have played with a great attitude and entertaining football. This is the second year in a row we have won the Ayrshire Cup and the Dunlop Trophy. Thank you everyone for your continued support.??
P6 had a great turnout for Onthank’s first ever John Muir Award Celebration this afternoon. Our P6s have been learning that John Muir was a Scottish born conservationalist, who lived in the late 1800s and later moved to America to found of some of their National Parks.
The award encourages children to explore natural areas near the school and over time develop and conserve them. You may have noticed that trees have been planted at the front of the school and a wide selection of vegetables have been planted near the nursery.
Congratulations to our P6 pupils, you have worked extremely hard! Thanks to all who came along to help us celebrate. We hope you had a good time and learned something new!
Please contact the office if you would be able to help us water and care for the plants over the summer holidays.