Parent Equalities Forum

Dear Colleague

The final Parent Equalities Forum of this session will take place on Thursday 12 May in Mearns Primary School at 7pm.

This will take the form of a ‘showcase’ event with some schools presenting on the work they have been doing around equalities.

I would appreciate if you could put this information on your school website and you are all very welcome to attend.

Kind Regards,


Maureen Sneddon

Quality Improvement Officer

Date to remember…

Some dates to remember for May 2016 …

2nd May – Holiday (school closed)

3rd May – Walk To School Week

5th May – School closed (election)

9th – 13th May – P7 pupils residential trip to Lockerbie Manor

9th May – Parent Council meeting (7.15pm)

11th May – P5 attending Active 8 Rugby Festival at Whitecraigs Rugby Club

17th May – School open hour (1.45pm); Nursery open hour 8.50am/12.50pm

27th & 30th May – Holiday (school closed)

31st May – In-service (school closed to pupils)

Walk to School week

Walk to School Week – W/B 2nd May 2016

Dear Parents/Carer,

The Braveheart Walking Bus will be running every day during Walk to School Week! We hope that this will be another successful week of walking. Remember, even if you do not live in the village you can be dropped off at the Eaglesham shops at 8.30am in the morning.  If you would like to volunteer to help with a Walking Bus during this week, please contact Mrs Johnston-Smith. A little help really does go a long way in supporting active and safe travel to school. 

The Braveheart route is led by teachers who provide high visibility waistcoats for the children to wear ensuring a safe journey to school.  The Walking Bus is a great way for children to exercise whilst socialising with their peers.  It encourages all to take an active approach in their own health and well-being.  Please note that the bus will wait at each stop for a maximum of two minutes.  It is parents’ responsibility to escort their children to the bus stops.  Please do not leave a child at a stop if the bus has not arrived.  As the bus is run and manned by Eaglesham volunteers, it is classed as ‘informal’.  This means that all children attending the bus remain the responsibility of their parents until they arrive in the school playground.

If your child would like to join a Walking Bus, simply turn up on the day at one of the stops that are detailed below.  I look forward to seeing you there!

ROUTE 1 – Running all week.
8:30am Stop 1 – Top of Lynn Drive

(at local shops)

8:45am Stop 2 – Outside Library
8:50am Stop 3 – Opposite Eglinton Arms





Come and Try Event 2016

East Renfrewshire

Saturday Music Centre

‘P4 Come and Try Event’


Williamwood High School

Saturday 23 April 2016

10.00am – 12.00pm


Calling all budding;

Accordion, Bagpipe, ‘Cello, Clarsach, Double Bass, Drum Corps

Violin & Viola Players!!!


The above event is open to all P4 Pupils, not already in receipt of Instrumental lessons through the music service, and will provide an opportunity to learn more about the instruments mentioned above, see them in action and perhaps even have a try!


Pupils will be registered on arrival and parents/carers may then leave or stay and have a tea/coffee in the Café. N.B. Pupils will be expected to stay for the full duration of the event.


If you would like your child to attend please contact our admin team to book a place on 0141 577 3866 or email no later than 29 March 2016, giving details of your child’s name, school and a contact telephone number for the day.

Parent Consultation

The Council is seeking the views of parents and carers so that a model of provision can be devised to best meet the needs of our residents.

You are invited to respond by giving your views, suggestions or concerns.

The consultation will be live until 31 March 2016 at


Sport Relief

In the last two years, Sport Relief has raised well over 71 million pounds to support projects both in the UK and abroad. This money has helped over 189,000 children to attend school and get an education. It has also ensured that over 734,000 children have been given life-saving vaccinations.

This year, Sport Relief takes place from Friday 18th to Sunday 20th March. We would love to contribute to this great cause by encouraging our pupils to run or walk a mile on Friday 18th March. Over the course of the day each class will be given this opportunity and we would be grateful for any donations you wish to make.

Pupils should come to school in their gym clothes and hand any donations to their class teacher.

Some dates to remember for March /April 2016 …

16th & 17th March – Parents Evenings (4pm-7pm)

21st March – Parent Council meeting (7.15pm)

23rd March – P1 Easter Egg Hunt (Parent Council event)

24th March – Church Service (early lunch at 12.15pm, service starts at 1.30pm)

25th & 28th March – Holiday (school closed)

31st March – Spring Disco for pupils (Parent Council event)


1st April – School closes early at 2.30pm

4th – 15th April – Holiday (school closed)

18th – 29th April – “Try A Sport” fortnight events in School

21st April – P6&7 Parents meeting re: health & wellbeing (6pm)

22nd April – P7 Power Walk to MCHS (and back!)


2nd May – Holiday (school closed)

3rd May – Walk To School Week

5th May – School closed (election)


Remember for March

Parents’ evenings take place on 16th and 17th March between 4-7pm.  Please note there will be no after school clubs on Wednesday 16th or Thursday 17th March.

The National Parent Forum of Scotland

The National Parent Forum of Scotland has been working with Skills Development Scotland as part of the programme of work underway in Developing the Young Workforce. We are pleased to have produced some tailored information for parents, as part of our successful “in a nutshell” series, which covers the new Careers Education Standard launched at SLF 2015. This new nutshell will supply parents with basic information about the initial role of this programme in schools and signpost them to where they can get some more information if they need it.

The link to the nutshell on the NPFS website is


Some dates to remember for January / February 2016 …


6th January 2016 – pupils return to school

11th Jan – P1 & Nursery seeing show in school “The Elves and the Shoemaker”

11th Jan – clubs restart

11th – 15th Jan – P1 registration (1.45pm-3.30pm)

19th Jan – Enterprise is Business workshop for P6 pupils

21st Jan – P4.2 start swimming lessons

22nd Jan – Scots Verse assembly for pupils (early lunch at 12.15pm)

25th Jan – Parent Council meeting (7.15pm)

28th Jan – Scots Verse evening (6.30pm)


3rd & 4th Feb – P1 & P7 dental inspections in school

10th Feb – Last ski lesson for P6 pupils

11th Feb – P6 ski trip to SnowZone

12th Feb – In-service day (school closed)

15th & 16th Feb – Holiday (school closed)

27th Feb – Career Bus visiting for P5, 6 & 7 pupils



Scots Verse Evening

Winners of the Scots Verse Competition and their families are invited to an evening event on Thursday 28th January starting at 6.30pm.  Further details will be sent out nearer the time.


Parking Issues

We have been notified of a concern regarding parking issues around Eglinton Drive and have been asked to issue a reminder.  We would, therefore, be very grateful if you could refrain from parking in this area.  Residents, elderly and disabled, require access to and from their houses at all times.  The area around the houses is garden area and this is being ruined with cars mounting the verges.  Your help in this matter is greatly appreciated.


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