Volunteers Needed

The rain during the holidays has really helped our garden to grow – especially the weeds.

Do you have any spare time during the day?
We would love to have some help from parents to assist the pupils in improving the garden areas further. If you can help please contact the school office and ask to speak to Mrs Fleming or leave your name/contact details.

Welcome Back

We are all looking forward to the new school year at Carlibar.  We have been hearing all about the children’s experiences over the holidays in the classes today.  At the start of the school year we have a lot of administration that needs to be completed.  You will be getting a number of forms to complete sent home in schoolbags.  Please make sure these are returned to school as soon as possible.

Annual data check

Permission for photographs/ videos

Acceptable use of the Internet

Consent form for educational visits within East Renfrewshire.

ELECTION Thursday 7th May 2015


We  are closed on Thursday as the school is being used as a polling station for the general election.  Primary 7 need to be at Barrhead High on Friday no later that twenty to nine in the morning.  Children will be dismissed from Barrhead High at 2.40pm and walked back to Carlibar Primary for a normal dismissal at 3pm.

Understanding Children’s Behaviour Parents’ Workshops

Wednesday Evenings     7 – 9pm       13th , 20th , 27th  May and 3rd June 2015


Barrhead High School, Aurs Road, Barrhead G78 2SJ

Includes workshops for pre-school, primary, secondary aged children,

Autism/Aspergers and Dads’ groups

Workbooks will be available for £6.50 on the first night

To book a place or for more information, please email us at ps@eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk or call us on 0141 577 8510

School Garden

We really need help in our school garden.  The garden team have been outside today and have been very busy finishing off levelling out the bark in our garden.  Our strawberry bed has been planted up and we have made a start to make our log pile.

Some of the jobs that need done at the moment are pruning shrubs, raking leaves, turing over soil and painting wooden pallets.  If you can help please pop into he school and ask for Mrs Fleming.

We are still looking for donations to help us develop our garden.  Some of the items that the garden group have identified are: clear perspex sheets (x3)  (about 1 metre square), bark chips, compost and roofing felt for our hut.

We have some extra wooden pallets available if anyone can take them away.  If you are interested please ask at the school office.

Science at Carlibar

Science Week 2015 is now in full swing across the classes in the school and CCC.

Parents will be able to see photographs of the experiences that children have had when they visit the school on Thursday 2nd April.

  • The family centre children had a visit from Jon Davis from Think Science on Tuesday.  He brought  his inflatable planetarium and the children thoroughly enjoyed this experience, learning all about our solar system.
  • Primary One learned about electrical safety and took part in different activities to learn more about static electricity.  Have a go at home – give your child a blown up balllon and ask them to show you their static electricity science tricks.
  • Primary 2 pupils have great fun at the Ready Teddy Go Workshop learning about forces.  They worked really well in teams exploring floating , sinking friction and gravity.
  • Primary 3 and 4 learned about magnetic forces in the Marvellous Magnets Workshop and are having lots of fun in class exploring magnets, they have a challenge to create their own game that uses magnetic forces.
  • Primaries 5 and 6 have been making lots of noise! They took part in the Sounds Amazing Show from Generation Science to learn about how sound is generated and travels.  In class they made their own Kazoos to take home. (Parents might want to get some ear plugs!)
  • Primary 7 have been learning about different ways of generating electricity in the Power from the People Roadshow.


Science Week – Family Learning Challenge

Just a reminder from Mrs Fleming that shared family learning projects should be sent into school on Tuesday 31st March. We need time to get them displayed for parents to see when they attend the Easter Service on Thursday 2nd April. Pupils will also get an opportunity to see the projects from across the school.  Lots of children have been telling me about what they are doing at home and it sounds as if we will have a range of really interesting projects.

Just in case the sheet has not made it home – here is an electronic version.

Science week family learning challenge 2015

School Garden

223503160Many thanks to Mr John Semple from Albar Landscapes, Barrhead, for his donation of lots of top soil to fill our recycled plastic raised beds.  On Friday afternoon one of our parents delivered the soil and a keen team of children from Primary 4-6  have filled one 2 metre by 1 metre raised bed with the soil. We still have a lot of work to do to get the rest of the raised beds ready so if any parents an help out please phone the school office and leave your details.

School Garden Project

Thank you very much to all of the parents who volunteered to help out improve our school garden so that we can increase the opportunties for children to learn outdoors.  We will be in touch shortly to arrange dates for the various projects.  If you didn’t get a chance to volunteer last week and have any free time after Easter please contact the school office and leave your details and times that you could help.


Science Fun at Carlibar

This week and next week our focus for learning is science.   We have a number of workshops and shows taking place in Carlibar. There is also a shared family learning challenge sheet that has been sent home with a range of science topics for you to choose from.  There will be certificates for everyone taking part and mystery prizes available.

On Tuesday 24th March we have Think Science delivering a workshop on electricity for primary one children and all family centre children will be able to visit the inflatable planetarium to learn more about space.

Thursday 26th March Generation Science are visiting and will deliver the following activites


A fascinating mix of sound, music and the science of noise. In this highly interactive show pupils will investigate the principles of sound; from how a simple noise is made to modern digital music technology. See music come to life in front of your very eyes, and create your own recording with the class!

Friday 27th March Generation Science are visiting and will deliver the following activites


Forces, movement and motion are investigated by our popular teddy bear team in a series of fun and engaging activities for all the class. Our inquisitive bears reveal the principles of gravity, friction and movement demonstrated through challenges that connect science concepts to the real world.


Pupils will discover the secrets of electricity first-hand in this stimulating interactive workshop.
Pupils explore what electricity is, how it can be stored and even create some themselves using our specially designed hand generators.

In this engaging hands-on workshop our storytellers introduce concepts such as magnetic attraction and repulsion, fields and poles. Interactive supported play
allows pupils to explore magnetic forces first hand as they learn about the effects they have on the world around us – like the amazing Northern Lights.


Monday 30th March Think Science will visit again and carry out workshops exploring electricity and building circuits with Primaries 5 and 6.

Tuesday 31st March we will have an assembly for pupils where each class can share their learning.




Solar Eclipse

eclipseThis week the children have been learning all about solar eclipses and why they happen.

Some classes have been looking at a range of artists’ work that feature the sun and eclipses.  They have created their own masterpieces.

Classes have been creating poetry linked to the eclipse with some classes hoping to submit entries to the Edinburgh Science festival’s Sci-Ku poetry competition.

eclipse cloudSome children made safe sun viewers and tested these on Thursday with the Primary 4 class, however it was too cloudy to get good images on the actual day of the eclipse.

We had the televisions set up in the dining hall to show the Star Gazing live broadcast.  The children were amazed to watch the total eclipse and at the same time see how dark it got outside.  As it was so cloudy the children were able to go outside and experience how cold it became during the eclipse and they also noticed that it got windier.  Primary 7 children measured air temperature and wind speed during the eclipse, this was part of a National Science event.  We also had some solar glasses and when we had gaps in the cloud some children were able to use these to view the eclipse.

solar flowerAll classes have been using solar powered toys to monitor the amount of energy reaching us from the sun at different times of the day.solar toys



The family centre children took part in Sean Batty’s live eclipse event and are really looking forward to their visit from Jon Davis (Think Science) next week when he brings along an inflatable planetarium to Carlibar for the day.

Red Nose Day

Thank you very much to all of the parents and pupils who supported Red Nose Day today.  We have loved all of the creative, funny faces and bright colours around the school.  So far we have counted almost £400.  We will keep you updated when the final total is known.


West of Scotland MSP, Stewart Maxwell, recently visited Carlibar Primary School to present prizes to students who participated in a European-wide art competition.

Mr Maxwell nominated the school to represent Scotland in the competition and students submitted art work based on the theme of ‘my region, my future’.

The three talented competition winners were P6 pupils, Jack  (1st place), Chelsea Anne  (2nd place) and Chelsey  (3rd place). Each student won a luxury coloured pencil set and postcards of their winning art work.

The participation of all P6 students also meant that Carlibar Primary won a new digital camera, which was accepted on behalf of the school by Head Teacher Mrs MacIntyre.

Stewart Maxwell MSP said,

“Students were asked to create artwork illustrating their vision of Barrhead in the future. The winning submissions were presented at a display in Brussels and Scotland’s contribution was amongst the very best from the 8 participating nations.

“The completed artwork shows that students from Carlibar Primary are optimistic about Barrhead’s future – and having met with the hardworking P6 students I’m certain that we can be optimistic about the town’s future too.

“I’d like to congratulate Jack, Chelsea Anne and Chelsey on their well deserved prizes. The students of Carlibar should be very proud of their achievements and I was delighted to have the opportunity to nominate them for this European-wide competition.”

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