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Mental Health Week 1st to 7th February


The theme of this year’s Children’s Mental Health Week is

Express Yourself.

Expressing yourself is about finding ways to share feelings, thoughts, or ideas, through creativity. It is about finding a way to show who you are, and how you see the world, that can help you feel good about yourself. This is important all year round but we think right now we all need to remember that we need to take time out and to Give Emotions Time.

In the learning packs that you are collecting from school this week we have included a wellbeing grid and have given some resources for families linked to creating worry dolls and mindfulness colouring.  There is a paper copy of some art activity ideas from the Place2Be and a grid of other activities that your family may find useful.

The learning grid includes links for parents to East Renfrewshire Council’s Healthier Minds resource and also a Children’s First Guide from Emma our Wellbeing Support Worker.


Support for Parents

We are delighted to share the news that the Scottish Government has announced, that all families in Scotland will have free access to the full Solihull Online resource for parents and carers. This initiative is being delivered in partnership with NES who ERC work in partnership with, Psychology of Parenting Programme. This Solihull Online is a universal resource for parents and carers from the antenatal period to 19 years. It offers a series of modules containing interactive activities, quizzes and video clips. The online resource focuses on developing nurturing and supportive relationships between children and their carers. It aims to help parents understand their child’s behaviour in the context of their child’s development and the parent-child relationship.

The following courses

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are available free for parents/carers in Scotland

  • Understanding pregnancy, labour, birth and your baby
  • Understanding your baby
  • Understanding your child
  • Understanding your teenager’s brain


To access these courses for free, families need to use the access code TARTAN.



Today is 15th May – It’s Pizza Party Day

Some ideas to try on PIZZA PARTY DAY https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/collection/pizza
Why not have a go at making your own pizza or have a shop bought pizza for dinner.
Create your own pizza – invent a catchy name for your new pizza and the list of toppings that would be on it.

Design a box for your pizza, tis can be drawn on paper or use recycled cardboard to create a 3d box.

How much would you sell it for?

Create an advert for TV or social media to advertise your new pizza – film it on your phone.

Create a leaflet that can be delivered to homes advertising your new pizza  will you give a promotional price discount or voucher on your leaflet to get lots of sales?

Share your creations on your Google Classroom or on Twitter @CarlibarPS   #carlibarpizza


Today is 12th May – International Nurses’ Day

Celebrating and appreciating our nurses is so important every day and especially right now.

This special day takes place every year on the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth.

Some activities you could try are listed below.

Learn about the different colours and types of uniforms nurses wear– compare to other countries in the world

Nurses wordsearch in your home learning pack – try this  then create your own wordsearch.

Create a poster or banner thanking nurses for what they do for us.
If a family member is a nurse ask them if they are allowed to take a photo together with their nurse work colleagues and post on Twitter mention @CarlibarPS to allow everyone to say thank you.

Find out about some famous nurses from the past and create a TOP 5 facts poster about them, here are some links to get you started.

(newspaper link for older children)

Draw a portrait of Florence Nightingale or Louisa Jordan


@CarlibarPS  #Carlibarthanksnurses

Making school food healthier : More fruit and vegetables, less processed red meat and sugar on the menu.



The Scottish Government and all local authorities are jointly committed to providing the healthiest food to children and young people. This commitment is underpinned by a duty to provide school meals that meet strict nutritional requirements, including encouraging the use of fresh, local and sustainable produce

School food regulations will be amended to ensure:

  • a minimum of two full portions of vegetables and a full portion of fruit are offered as part of a school lunch, with full portions of fruit and or vegetables also available in, for example, tuck shops
  • a minimum weekly amount in the school menu of red and processed red meat provision –  such as bacon, ham and pepperoni

For Primary schools – Ensure no more than 175g of red and red processed meat can be provided over the course of the school week, of which no more than 100g should be red processed meat. All of the 175g amount can be used for unprocessed freshly prepared red meat.

This is a new standard and is based on the Scottish Dietary Goal for red and processed meat which is supported by scientific evidence based dietary recommendations to limit intakes of these foods to 70g per day with the purpose of protecting the health of children and young people. Therefore if a child is to have processed meat in their diet this can be managed at home by parents/carers.

Dietary advice highlights red meat as a major source of iron and zinc which can contribute to meeting the recommended nutrient intakes for primary school lunches removal of fruit juice and smoothies from primary and secondary schools to help reduce sugar intake.

The measures follow extensive consultation and advice from a working group comprising health, nutrition and education experts.


  •  Currently all East Renfrewshire school meals are nutritionally analysed and comply with the existing regulations laid down by the Scottish Government.
  •  All medically prescribed diets will be accommodated on receipt of an Acute Services Division referral form from a hospital dietician or a Doctor’s letter detailing dietary requirements.

Seasons for Growth


Change and loss are issues that affect all of us at some stage in our lives. At Carlibar we recognise that when changes occur in families through death, separation, divorce and related circumstances, young people may benefit from learning how to manage these changes effectively.

We are therefore offering a very successful education program called Seasons for Growth. This program is facilitated in small groups and is based on research which highlights the importance of social support and the need the practise new skills to cope effectively with change and loss.

The program focuses on issues such as self-esteem, managing feelings, problem-solving, decision-making, effective communication and support networks. 

We will also be holding an information session on Monday 8th October from 11:00-12:00 to allow any parents and carers who want to find out more a chance to look at some of the resources which will be used and meet Mrs MacLean who will be running the weekly group for pupils.

Further information can be found at http://www.seasonsforgrowth.org.uk/