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.
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!
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!
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.
Congratulations and well done to P6 pupils Emily Tosh, Stuart Anderson, Thomas Urqhart and P7 pupils Alix Hartley and Abbie Stevenson who recently took part in the Ayrshire Music Festival, Double Bass Solo Class.
A special well done goes to Stuart and Alix who both won their class.
This morning our P6 Euro Quiz Team went to Kilmaurs Primary to participate in the Euro Quiz competition. They competed against other East Ayrshire schools. This year, the winners were Annanhill and the runners up were Nether Robertland.
Our P6 team worked exceptionally hard on the run up to the competition and answered some very challenging questions! Super effort boys, you should be very proud of yourselves!
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.
As a continuation of a whole school initiative of raising attainment, it has been decided that maths setting in P6 will cease as of Friday 11th January 2019. Following this date maths will be taught by the class teacher taking differentiation into account to meet all learners’ needs. Thank you.
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact the school.
Lia Townsley, P6M, Erin Williams, P6A and Campbell Neal, P6K are this year’s JRSO’s.
We’re holding a competition to encourage people to be safely seen in the dark during the winter months. You have to draw yourself in the coolest, brightest clothes you can think of! Please include your own ‘Be Bright Be Seen’ message too! The closing date is the 7th of December which is this Friday!
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.
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.
Primary 6A have had a very productive day during their No Pens Wednesday. The class worked hard and participated fully in talking and listening activities, maths using laptops, drama work portraying John Muir’s life and nature art work where the children studied the leaves, colours, textures to create a new picture.
Joe commented, ‘ Today I liked the fact that we could just put our pencils down and get up instead and be more active in our learning. My favourite bit was using my imagination to create my leaf ladybug.’
Phoebe explained, ‘Sometimes today I wanted to write things down but instead I had to talk and explain myself.’
Primary 6 will be working with two Dean Castle Rangers on Tuesday 2nd October and Tuesday 23rd October. In these sessions, the children will participate in tree identification and den building activities at the Foxes area near the school. These activities link into our John Muir Award and the Wilderness Wars novel that we are currently reading in class.
Parents, carers and grandparents are welcome to join us on these sessions. If you can come along then please complete the form below.
Children should wear outdoor clothing to school on these days but have their school uniform in their school bags to change into afterwards. Wellies/boots should be worn also. Spare socks are always a great idea!
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!
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.
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!