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.
Mrs Wright had a fabulous visit to Inverclyde and was very proud of all the Onthank pupils. Staff from the centre commented on how well everyone was getting on and how pupils and staff supported each other. Pupils were full of stories about water sports, cycling around Millport, trampolining and much more. Due to internet challenges we will share pictures and videos when the children return.
Thank you to the many guests who joined us to be part of our Tea Dances. Thank you so much for your generous donations. We collected £551?. Thank you to all staff who helped to organise this fantastic event. ?
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!
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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.
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.
Thank you to everyone who came along to our Christmas Fayre. We had many stalls with great crafts made by everyone. We had a busy morning with lots of money raised – we counted £2700. Fantastic. Thank you?
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 had a fantastic response to our St Andrew’s Tea Dances. We had many parents, grandparents and friends who came along to join us in our Scottish Dances. Thank you to everyone for your very positive comments. Well done ?. Thank you for your generous donations.
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.
The first meeting of the strategy club was a great success this afternoon with over twenty people attending! The best bit was when people got the chance to teach how to play their games to Mrs McKie and Miss McKelvey. Looking forward to next week’s session already. ? A
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.
Thank you to everyone who brought in items for our Harvest Collection. We had a fantastic response to having a non uniform day and bringing in an item for Harvest to be delivered to our Community. Pupils delivered some bags today and were greatly received. We will deliver lots more after the holiday. If you would like to nominate someone to receive a Harvest bag please contact the school after our holiday.
Mrs Easter, Mrs Saxelby and Mr Swan delivered boxes to the local Foodbank. Miss Cook and Mrs Mills and pupils delivered bags of cupcakes to Crossgates Care Home and these were very well received by the residents. ??
After the success of our first Community Night in June, where we welcomed over 600 members of our school and North West community, we are excited to announce – back by popular demand – our next Community Night event!
DATE: THURSDAY 12 SEPTEMBER 6PM – 7:30PM
We warmly invite you and your family to join us for another evening of fun, laughter and friendship – just complete the form so we know you are coming!
We are incredibly lucky at Onthank Primary for the amount of parental volunteers who make events such as this possible. If you would like to get involved with our Community Night, or any other school event, please speak to Steven Swan. Thank you in advance for your support! #whatateam #legends
Bring on the fun!
“I gotta feeling…that tonight’s gonna be a good night…tonight’s gonna be a good, good night”
We are delighted at the response and sign up to after school Gymnastics at Onthank Primary – our young people will be leading a parent class before we know it!
Sign up for the October – December sessions for Gymnastics has now closed, but fear not, all pupils who wish to participate in Gymnastics but missed out, will get the chance to sign up between January 2020 – June 2020!
We are already planning more than one Gymnastics after school day from January onwards which will ensure all our young people have the opportunity to participate, this academic year.
All P1-3 pupils who have been signed up were given a letter from Mr Swan today and popped into their school bags with updated information on how Gymnastics will run from now to December. If you have any questions regarding this information please feel free to speak to Mr Swan this week. He is available and happy to speak at a time of your convenience.
All P4-7 pupils who have been signed up were sent an email from the school and a notification on the school app with updated information on how Gymnastics will run from now to December for them. Again, if you have any questions, Mr Swan is your man!
Mrs Andrew and the office staff have copies of all correspondence and are also available to assist in any way.
Over half the school have signed up for after school activities – AMAZING – and we appreciate your continued support at this time and we make the necessary amendments to “Our Activities” in order to provide the best experience possible for each young person.
Thank you, families – we look forward to welcoming you all on Thursday for Community Night – sign up NOW!
The end of another great week here at Onthank Primary – thank you everyone!
Please be advised our P6/7 Youth Club will start on Monday 21 October.
Sign up now via the After School Activities post below!
Pupil Participation continues to grow at Onthank, and we want to ensure our young people have their voice heard, actioned and celebrated. Working alongside Mr Swan, our pupils will design our Youth Club, its format and what they hope to achieve by running this activity.
This information will be gathered in the coming weeks, prior to our Youth Club launch on Monday 21 October!
If you have any further questions, (or ideas!) Mr Swan is happy to help anytime.
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.
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.
Thank you very much to everyone who donated to Memories are Better Than Dreams Charity in memory of Lara during our 60th Concert. Lara was a delightful wee girl who loved being with her friends in Onthank Primary School. Mrs Findlay, senior pupils and younger pupils from Lara’s class presented a cheque to Aileen Crichton – chairperson of the charity. Lara’ mum and dad were at the presentation. The fantastic amount of £1250 was raised. Mr & Mrs Dougan would like to thank everyone for their generous donations.
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.
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 2018 draws to a successful end, we wanted to celebrate all of our achievements so far in the current school session.
Some of our highlights include; launching our 60th Birthday celebrations, success at the Ayrshire Athletics Final and Swimming Gala, our DFS week, outdoor learning opportunities and class excursions.
Our P2 Nativity, P3 Carol Concert and P5-7 Greatest Show brought over 1,000 members of the Onthank community into our school and as we move into 2019 this is a testament to Onthank Primary being at the heart of the community.