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 earliestas adult supervision will not be provided until this time.
#ouronthank work has been highlighted and praised at higher level and I am delighted to be invited to share our work at the next RespectMe Parent Training Day.
We have also been given the opportunity for additional parents/carers to attend and participate in the training led by RespectMe Trainer, Lisa Armstrong.
T4T Training will allow parents/carers to deliver the RespectMe program to families in our community and further our understanding on RespectMe, its vision and positive contribution to #ouronthan ethos.
Date: Wednesday 18th March 2020
Time: 9am – 3pm
Venue: Mount Carmel Primary School, Kilmarnock (opposite Onthank Primary)
If you are available and would like to attend the above training event with me, please comment below or phone the school office to confirm your place by FRIDAY 6TH FEBRUARY.
We will meet at Onthank Primary at 8.50am on 18th March and arrive at Mount Carmel as a group.
I hope this opportunity is one met with excitement and support. Go Onthank!
Any additional questions, please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org
We hope all #ouronthank families have shared a wonderful February weekend together!
Our staff and parent Respectful Relationships Ambassadors have been meeting to create our Parent/Carer Workshop and look forward to sharing this with you at the end of the month.
SAVE THE DATE
Date: Wednesday 26th February
Time: 6.30pm – 7.30pm
Where: Onthank Primary Main Hall
This will be an informative, interactive evening where our Respectful Relationship Ambassadors will share the vision statement, you will be made aware of where to access further information on anti-bullying and participate in a Restorative Practice session.
Get it in the diary now!
We look forward to welcoming all young people back to school tomorrow!
I am delighted to announce our P6/7 Dance Ambassadors have been selected to perform at Dance Fest 2020 – congratulations for qualifying!
PERFORMANCE DATE: Wednesday 25th March 2020
VENUE: The Palace Theatre, Green Street, Kilmarnock KA1 3BN
TIME: 7pm – 9pm
TICKET PRICE: £8/£6
Tickets are available NOW from The Palace Theatre on 01563 554900.
All members of our school community are invited to support our P6/7 Dance Ambassadors and cheer on #ouronthank
Our 2020 Team will be taken by bus to The Palace Theatre on Wednesday 26th March at 2:30pm for a Dress Rehearsal on stage. The young people will then stay at the venue for the remainder of the evening with school staff. If you are a parent/carer and would also like to volunteer to supervise our team prior to the performance please let Mr Swan know.
Your child will need to bring a packed dinner to school on the day – as healthy as possible please prior to dancing!
Dancers will be given a costume requirements list from Mr Swan next week which he can speak through with at parent/carers on collection.
A DVD of the performance will be available to order on the evening through The Palace.
Parents/Carers – if you require any additional information at this stage you know where I am!
Please see all information below regarding our After School Activities and complete the form below.
For activities starting at 3pm young people will be collected from their class and taken to the area of the school where the activity will be led, then chaperoned to the main office for collection. Any activities after 3pm, can all young people please congregate at the main office where they will be collected.
Please pay close attention to the START DATE of each activity and any durations noted. If a duration is not noted the activity will run to the Easter Holiday.
When Gymnastics starts (17.02.20) pupils are encouraged to wear their gym kit. P3/4 pupils will change at the end of the day. If the numbers for gymnastics are high, you will receive a letter from Mr Swan to inform you if we will operate a Group 1/Group 2 split.
PARENT/CARER VOLUNTEERS – if you have availability to support any of our activities, working alongside Mr Swan and OPS staff, please contact Mr Swan on email@example.com or give your details to Mrs Andrew at the office.
We have tried to accommodate pupil/community voice in the creation of Our Activities and are already working hard to secure those activities which currently do not appear. We thank you for you cooperation and support here.
Onthank Primary staff, along with Active Schools, have already drafted a Jan-March 2020 ‘Our Onthank Activities’ which will be shared on the Blog at the end of the week when all details/staff have been confirmed.
You will then be able to sign your young person up for as many after school activities as they wish!
The range of activities comes after your community voice feedback on the Blog questionnaire over the holiday. Please be assured we are working hard to accommodate and schedule all requests. There is still time to complete this and we warmly invite you and your young person to do so.
ACTIVITIES WILL START WEEK BEGINNING MONDAY 20TH JANUARY.
We thank you in advance for your continued support in the scheduling of ‘Our Onthank Activities’ and look forward to an exciting term ahead.
If you have any questions please comment below or speak with Mr Swan.
What a brilliant 2019 season of after school activities we have all shared together at Onthank Primary! Thank you to our young people and families for supporting our events and clubs!
Our final 2019 after school activities are:
Monday (today): P1/2 Arts & Crafts & P3/4 Arts & Crafts
Tuesday: P1-3 Gymnastics & P4-7 Gymnastics
We want to ensure our young people and families have the opportunity to create our 2020 Activities, so invite you to complete the form below together over the festive season. This will support us confirming teachers/facilitators for the New Year.
We want to hear from everyone and thank you in advance for sharing your thoughts with us.
Our Christmas Parties are next week : P4 Monday 1.15pm P5 Tuesday 1.15pm. P6 Wednesday 1.15pm . P123 Thursday 9.30 am P7 Thursday 1.15pm. Children can come to school wearing their party clothes or bring a bag to get changed at school or go home at lunchtime. Please send a note to the teacher if your child is being collected to go home on party day.
P1,2 3 Party??
P1 2 and 3 party will take place on Thursday morning from 9.30 am till 11.00 am and then children will go for their party food and all P1,2 and 3s will come back into the hall to see Santa and receive a class sack of presents. Parents and friends are welcome to come and join us for 11.15am to welcome Santa?? to Onthank.
Merry Christmas???? from Everyone in Onthank Primary⭐️
IT’S SHOW WEEK @ ONTHANK PRIMARY… AND EVERYONE IS INVITED!
Our P6/7 pupils have been working incredibly hard to bring this festive tale to life and celebrate the true meaning of Christmas @ #ouronthank and this week we will see their efforts come to fruition!
So please remember the invitation is warmly extended to our full community, not just P6/7 families.
Book your tickets now on Parent Pay!
Can all P7 pupils please arrive at school on Monday and Wednesday at 6pm prompt for costume, notes and final preparation bringing everything they need for the performance. They will be met by Mr Swan and guided to the Gym Hall by staff.
Can all P6 pupils please arrive at school on Monday and Wednesday at 6.30pm prompt IN COSTUME where they will be met by their teacher and guided to the Gym Hall by staff.
The show will start at 7pm promptand finish at 8:30pm (approx.) where all pupils will then be safely signed out to families from the Main Hall.
Pupils will also need their costume for the performance on Tuesday @ 10am. P6 pupils can wear their costume to school if easier for the family.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Mr Swan or comment below and he will help at anytime.
Let’s give our P6/7 young people the full house, applause and support they so thoroughly deserve! See you there!
As promised by Mr Swan, please see below the time slots for those families who have signed up for our Christmas Photoshoot with Mrs Pearson during tomorrow’s Community Night.
Mr Swan last checked the sign up document at 6.15pm and has created this table based on those sign ups in the hope of accommodating your requests. Sincere thanks for your support here.
If you signed up, however your name is not in the timetable, please comment below and Mr Swan will be happy to check and amend.
ANY SUBSEQUENT SIGN UPS PLEASE SELECT A TIMESLOT WHICH IS AVAILBLE/FREE.
The photoshoot will take place at the back of the Main Hall and we encourage you to arrive 5 minutes prior to your slot.
If you arrive at Community Night wishing a photograph having not booked, Mrs Pearson will be happy to accommodate. However, please be advised this will be subsequent to availability as per the schedule below.
What better way to get into the Christmas Spirit than coming together for our final Community Night of 2019!
We are excited to offer the perfect gift this Christmas with resident photographer and staff member, Miss Pearson providing a professional shoot for the family! When completing the booking form please identify your time preference as Miss Pearson will be available from 4pm – 7:30pm. The order will be posted on the blog on Wednesday, however you will still have the opportunity to book a time if available on Thursday evening.
We hope you have all had a wonderful October break and are looking forward to warm welcomes tomorrow!
East Ayrshire is currently embarking on a pilot project to help address bullying among children and young people. By working with ‘respectme’, Scotland’s anti-bullying service, the aim of the project is to provide a range of supports to parents, carers, staff and young people to improve their knowledge and confidence in promoting respectful relationships and address bullying behaviour and its impact.
Onthank Primary are working in collaboration with ‘respectme’, seeing staff and members of the Parent Council attending training and forming our Respectful Relationships Team. Over the course of this academic year we will be creating anti-bullying parent workshops, working directly with a pupil focus group to create pupil workshops and sharing the ethos of ‘respectme’ with our school community.
If you would like to be involved in any aspect of our ‘respectme’ journey please speak with Mr Swan by Friday 25th October.
We invite you to complete the project pre-questionnaire which will support the initial stages of our journey. Thank you.
Our school community will be updated throughout the year as the project develops. #respectme #ouronthank
And we’re back, this time for a spookylicious Hallowe’en Community Night Extravaganza for all the family!
There will be a Disco, Trick or Treat Food Fun, Arts & Crafts, Cinema Room and Sport Activities for all the family to share together! We also invite you to visit our RespectMe – Anti Bullying stall for more information on staff/parent training and pupil/parent workshops.
DON’T FORGET TO DRESS UP!
Please note, and follow the times for each stage to participate in the activites. If you have more than one child at Onthank, you can adapt the timetable to suit you. Complete the below form and let us know you’re coming!
We can’t wait to welcome you back – bring all the family and don’t forget an apple! Donations warmly and gratefully received.
Please take time on Thursday afternoon /evening to visit our stalls and find out more information. Parents/Carers will be asked to complete questionnaires and get information about a variety of curricular areas.
These will include –
Children’s Glow Blogs –please take time to look at your child’s blog and if you haven’t logged on before there will be teams of children to show you how.
Onthank On Time – we will share information on how we are doing with attendance rates and the number of children who arrive to school on time. As a school we can offer support if children have high absence rates or are not arriving on time. Steven Swan is our full time Home Link Worker who works alongside Laura Gallagher, and together we can look to support families.
Literacy and Numeracy at Onthank – children are working with staff to provide examples of new resources and explain how children progress. This session teachers are being trained in Active Literacy and Active Numeracy. ‘Number Talks’ happen in our classes everyday. Do you know about this?
Health and Wellbeing at Onthank – we would like to explain how a restorative conversation and meeting works and take a look at resources which promote internet safety and how we tackle bullying. Parents at Onthank are on our Respectful Relationships group and are working on how we address bullying.
Onthank, On Task, On Track – our reports have East Ayrshire Curriculum for Excellence Assessment Judgement Ratings. Staff and children will be able to explain what these tracking numbers mean.
Homework club is not just for completing homework! If parents/carers are unsure about an aspect of homework or would like to find out ways to help your child then homework club is open to you everyday of the week!
Information on how to get the best out of Bug Club and take a look at teacher assessments with Bug Club. As a parent, how can you make sure your child is making progress?
Thank you to everyone who joined us for breakfast on Friday. We were delighted with the amount of people who came along to help support our donations for Breakfast Club Resources. . Thank you for taking part in Mr Simpson’s skipping session. ⭐
We are delighted to share our exciting events calendar with you for the year ahead! We hope there is something for everyone and warmly invite you to share your year with us at Onthank – it’s going to be a cracker!
Please find our Diary Dates for 2019/2020 at the link below and be advised these may be subject to change. If changes are made pupils and families will be informed well in advance via the Blog, App and email.
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.
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.
Information about our Pupil Equity Fund will be available at our Parents’ afternoon/evening.
Pupil Equity Funding is additional funding allocated directly to school and targeted at closing the poverty-related attainment gap.
Parents and carers, children and young people and other key stakeholders will be given the opportunity to be involved in planning what we use this money for. We will be asking for Parents and carers opinions over the next few weeks and this is an agenda item at our next Parent Council meeting which takes place on
Monday 25th March at 7pm.
How much money Onthank Primary receives depends on how many children are registered for free school meals. For every child that is registered, the school receives £1,200 in addition to their normal budget.
The link below gives more information but please feel free to speak to a member of the Senior Leadership Team on Thursday.
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 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.
It’s here! The biggest Christmas album of 2018 will be available to buy exclusively at the Onthank Christmas Fayre on Tuesday the 4th of December. Just to get you excited we are offering some clips of the recordings to the Onthank Bloggers. Enjoy!
Dyslexia Awareness Week is Monday 5th November to Friday 9th November. The theme this year is ‘MY WIDER WORLD’. Take a look at Dyslexia Scotland for more information. https://www.dyslexiascotland.org.uk/
P6K are delivering a DFS assembly to parents on Tuesday 6th November at 9:15 am. Then on Wednesday 7th November P6K will be organising a whole school workshop which parents are also invited to attend with their child’s class.
9.40 -10.00: All P3’s and P4M
10.00 – 10.20: P2K, P2ST, P2S
10.20 – 10.40: All P5’s
11.05 – 11.25: P2H and P4E, P4F
11.25 – 11.45: All P7’s and All P1’s
11.45 – 12.05: All P6’s
The children are also asked to ‘Wear Something Blue’ on Friday 9th November. Thank you for your support. Mrs Klein.
We can’t believe the first term is already over – it has gone in so quickly!
We are tickled pink to be on holiday – especially our staff team who wore pink today to raise money for Breast cancer.
Onthank Parent Council – Click on the link below to take you to our Parent Council Blog. This also can be accessed above on our Menu. This blog was created and is updated by parents.
We are very proud of all the work children, staff and parents are doing to develop their ICT skills. Our blog helps us on our journey as an ECO school, working towards our first school’s digital award and following East Ayrshire policy to be paperless. Working together we do want parents to be informed however we know that a few people are not finding information easily. We want to help so please help us to help you. Can you please complete this form to help us improve.
We hope you have a restful October break, and look forward to welcoming the children back into school on Monday 22nd October.
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.
We are delighted that Onthank PS stalwart, Mrs Jones has been nominated for a Cream of Ayrshire Award, under the category ‘School Champion Award’. Voting closes at midnight on Sunday 23rd September so get voting NOW! Please share this post and encourage all of our pupils, parents and friends to vote for Mrs Jones!
The next meeting of the Parent Council is on Monday 17th September at 7pm in the school staff room. It will include the AGM. If you are interested in coming along for the first time to see what it’s all about you will be made very welcome. It is a friendly group and a great way to learn more about what goes on in the school.
If you can’t make the meeting but would like to help out please contact the school.
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 .?
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.??
Primary 7s planned, designed and created their own stall for Fun Day. They organised the stall and provided prizes and invited everyone to join in the fun. Thank you to all pupils, staff, parents and friends who visited us today. We made the fantastic total of £1160 . ?
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.
Congratulations to our P6 pupils and teachers who received their John Muir Award today. It was a super busy afternoon with parents and guests invited to see all the hard work which has been done over the last year. Well done everyone!
Congratulations to Onthank Football Team: they won their final 4-1 and lifted the Ayrshire Schools’ Cup for the second year in a row?. Well done team and to all our supporters and also to our super coaches Mr Boyd and Mr Simpson⚽.
All pupils, staff and many parents took part in Onthank’s Race for Life. Well done to everyone and thank you for your donations. We have raised £470.31.?Everyone who ran the route received a medal and a certificate. Thank you to Ann Smith ,Tesco Community Champion from Tesco, Glasgow Road for donating the oranges for the event. ? A super event organised by Mrs Williams and Miss Smith.⭐
The Parent Council and school would like to write a joint letter to you about the incident reported in the Kilmarnock Standard this week which happened in April last term.
The Parent Council has reviewed the incident with EAC and agree with the conclusions that the school acted promptly to locate and retrieve the children concerned. We know and are concerned that this can happen in any school. However, we are confident that we will all learn from this unfortunate incident to ensure that we limit the possibility of a re occurrence happening again.
As a school we have worked with both families to reassure them of how seriously we viewed the matter and feel it is important to protect the anonymity of the children. As the incident has been reported in the press it is important that you know the relevant information has been given to parents concerned. At our last Parent Council meeting we reported this Health and Safety incident occurring during a lunchtime and described the actions that have been taken by the local authority and school working together. We have consulted with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and Health and Safety team. Already there have been improvements to gates and a new gate has been purchased. As you are probably aware staff have been monitoring the gates until the new one is fitted. As a school we have ensured our pupil Health and Safety team have been working with adults and the steps they have introduced include safety circles and safety lines. Staff speak to the children regularly about the importance of staying within the school grounds for their own safety and about road safety near to the school.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Parent Council and the wider school community for their support and for the work you all do at home to reinforce this important message. The school and Parent Council continue to work in partnership and have a meeting planned for next week.
If you have any concerns we can discuss them at our weekly Wednesday morning drop in. I would also like to invite all of our parents and carers to attend a safety talk at the school on Wednesday 30th May. We had already scheduled an Online Safety Workshop from 3.15pm to 4.15pm and I can answer any questions you may have about security within the school and our playgrounds at this event.
Our P6 Euro Quiz team headed to the Scottish Parliament today. They competed against 31 other schools from around Scotland, in the final of this year’s quiz. While not coming top 3, our team answered many challenging questions. Huge congratulations to the boys for their hard work in studying for the quiz. Everyone is very proud of you!
Primary 3 pupils invited parents and carers to come and dine with us.
We got the chance to talk to many of you during our ‘Come Dine with Us’. We were able to discuss a variety of topics and were delighted that many parents offered their time to work with us to improve our school. Please look out for the opportunity to volunteer with our 60 minute make-overs.
If you are a Primary 3 parent please give us feedback below –
All parents/carers should have received an attendance print out with their child’s report card.
We have a number of children who have less than 90% attendance and too many absences recorded as an unauthorised absence (this will appear as a U on the printout).
For those children with less than 90 % or children with unauthorised absences we would like to speak to you about ways we can work together to improve this. We are hoping this will reduce the percentage of children throughout the school who are below 90% Please find attached EAC guidelines which maybe of help. We sent this leaflet with the last newsletter.
Please see attached appendices indicating the options for the format of holidays for East Ayrshire schools for academic session 2019-2020. Parents/Carers are asked which option they prefer. Please complete: