Thank you for your continued support as we, like the rest of the country, respond to the situation in relation to Coronavirus. I am very grateful for the measured, appropriate and cooperative response of parents/carers in helping us to manage this situation.
I am sure that you will appreciate that it is difficult to predict what the impact on schools might be in the future in what is clearly a rapidly changing picture. Please be assured that we continue to collaborate with, and act upon the advice of, the relevant organisations and are taking steps to plan for the future. Like all East Ayrshire schools, we will use our school app to get information to you.
At the moment, our priority is to maintain a calm learning environment for our young people. Whilst not wanting to be dismissive of the potential effects on the wider population, we want our pupils to understand that in the majority of cases the effects of the virus can be relatively mild. Additionally, we will continue to reiterate through class lessons and assemblies, important messages about hygiene. Thank you for your support in reinforcing these messages too.
Following a Headteacher meeting on Friday which focused on the impact of the Conorovirus, schools were asked to look at Digital solutions to keep in touch which staff and children who are self-isolating,
As a digital school, pupils at Onthank already use digital technology in a variety of ways such as Bug Club, Active Maths and children’s individual blogs. We plan to continue and extend our use of Digital technology. At this time we have created a Microsoft Team for each class from Primary 5 to 7. We will be giving tutorials to classes over the next few days. Children in these classes have been assigned a survey to complete.
Parents can support this by making sure that your child, where possible, can access their schoolwork via a home tablet, laptop, PC or smartphone. If it is not possible to have access to the internet we will look for alternative solutions.
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.
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.
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.
How did we cope without pens today? Well going by the enthusiastic response of the pupils, very well actually.
With the help of snap cards, jigsaws, dominoes, division cards, general knowledge quiz, literacy criterion, problem solving, critical thinking, and teamwork, learning for pleasure was the order of the day. And not a pencil to be seen. All children participated fully in all aspects of their learning today – and had fun. We even had a visit from the SSPCA to round off our day.
PARENT’S EVENING appointments have been allocated and children should have a note of times in their school bags. Thanks to those who have responded and I look forward to meeting you all next Tuesday. There are still a few slots available between 4:30 and 5:50 if you haven’t been in touch yet.
DUNDONALD CASTLE. A super day is in store for all tomorrow. It is a fun packed day where children will dress up, act out and discover what life was like in medieval times. As we will be outdoors, children should wear rain jackets and school uniforms. Trainers are ideal for walking around the castle and grounds.
I hope you like the photos that helped capture how busy we all were today.
WOW! A whole school extravaganza in yellow. Children went NUTS for litter picking! Here are P5i with their P2S buddies doing their bit for the environment. Well done everyone and to P5i for being so supportive of the wee ones. Great examples of role models and responsible citizens.
Mr McIlwraith’s maths group have been using concrete materials to show their understanding of a tenth also being represented as a decimal. We can now convert tenths into decimal fractions and understand that these are part of a whole number.
Primary 5 have been completing their first STEM challenge for STEM Fortnight. The children have to design a model to transport tomatoes from the mountains to the market. Our finished products will be uploaded soon.