Bus Shelter Competition

The Brief

TREE (The Regeneration of Eagleshams Environment) is a local community organisation.  With funding from the Whitelee Wind Farm Fund they plan to improve the local environment through bulb planting, tree planting, planters and general tidying up of the village. TREE are painting a mural, designed by an Eaglesham Primary School pupil, on the bus shelter at the Eglinton Arms Hotel.

To design a mural for the bus shelter at the Eglinton Arms Hotel.

  • The design must ‘flow’ from one section to the next
  • Think about the surrounding area
  • Think about village life

This is a fantastic opportunity for you to get involved in the future of your local environment and become a street art artist!

The Winning Design

The judges could not choose one winning design so they chose ten! The ten designs and final outcome are displayed at the Eaglesham Library. The winners took a trip to the library today to see their winning design and collect a fantastic prize.

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Childcare Survey

The Scottish Government has proposed to increase the provision of free childcare to 1140 hours per year by 2020, for children who are 3 or 4 years old, as well as for vulnerable 2 year olds who are eligible for the 600 hours free entitlement through the Children & Young People’s Act 2014.  With this in mind we are conducting a survey exploring how parents would wish to use this increase.  In order for the survey to produce representative results it is important that we reach as many parents of these children from as wide a variety of back grounds as possible, this includes those who do not currently use free child-care provision.


In order to help us achieve this, we would like to know if it is possible that a link to our survey could be distributed to your own list of parents of 3 or 4 year old children, and distributed through any social media accounts associated with your school nursery, perhaps with a request to repost or retweet the link to allow even further reach.


We have notified Directors of Education of this survey and distribution request.


The survey is available at the following link: https://response.questback.com/scottishgovernment/childcaresurvey



-  MONDAY 15TH JUNE 2015  -


Sports day this year will be held on Monday 15th June 2015.  Each year group should attend wearing the specific colour of t-shirt they were allocated for the Commonwealth Sports events last year (P1 pupils will be issued with a t-shirt to be worn then returned to class).  If the t-shirt no longer fits or has been misplaced, pupils should come wearing their own t-shirt of that colour.


Primary 1                    Sky Blue

Primary 2                   Green

Primary 3                   Yellow

Primary 4                   Red

Primary 5                   Orange

Primary 6                   Navy Blue

Primary 7                   White


Pupils should come to school dressed in joggers, their coloured t-shirt and trainers (bring blue shorts just in case the weather is nice!).  A lightweight jacket may be required. Pupils should also bring their water bottle with them, as they will be working hard!


The day will consist of fun activities and races.  The programme for the day is as follows:




  • Lower School Sports skills (includes obstacle course; target throw; shuttle runs; standing long jump; tennis throw and circle ball)
  • Upper school sports (includes beat the goalie; standing long jump; rugby runs; hockey hustle; javelin throw; tennis tango; Netball Shooting and skipping)






  • P1-7 races
  • Relay races
  • Parent races


We look forward to seeing you on the day if you are available to attend (parents are welcome to come and see either the morning or afternoon session – or both!) and fingers crossed for sunshine!


June Reminders

June dates for diary:


3rd June – P2 Summer Trip

P2 will be visiting Blair Drummond Safari Park for their summer trip.  Pupils should bring a packed lunch in a plastic bag and wear their school polo shirt and joggers (or shorts if the weather is nice!).


4th June – P1 Summer Trip

P1 will be visiting Heads of Ayr Farm Park for their summer trip. Pupils should bring a packed lunch in a plastic bag and wear their school polo shirt and joggers (or shorts if the weather is nice!).


5th June – Last Day for Clubs

Please remember that all clubs finish on 5th June.


5th June – New P1 Pupils & Parents Induction Day

There will be a whole class visit to P1 by pre-school children and their parents from  1.30pm to 2.30pm.  Whilst the children are visiting the P1 classes, parents will be meeting with the Head Teacher in the gym hall.


5th June – Parental Support Group

The next Parental Support Group meeting is on Friday 5th June 2015 at 8pm in the back bar of the Eglinton Arms Hotel.  If you would like to attend the meeting or require any further information on the group, please contact Diane (07900 588486).


Saturday 6th June – Eaglesham Fair

Congratulations to the following pupils – Fair Princess: Anna McIlvanny (St Joseph’s PS), Attendant to the Princess: Gabriel Carter (EPS), Fair Queen: Elissa Fearne (EPS), Queen’s Consort: Jonah McNicol (EPS).  This year’s theme for the parade is ALL THINGS SCOTTISH and the School’s float is Scottish Inventors & Inventions.  The school’s walking float will meet at the school at 10.45am.


8th June – Parent Council AGM

The Parent Council AGM will take place at 7.15pm.  This meeting is open to all parents and carers.


15th June – EPS Sport Day & Early Lunch (weather permitting)

For sports day, pupils should come to school dressed in joggers, polo shirts and trainers (bring dark shorts just in case).  A lightweight jacket may be required. They should also bring a drink with them, as they will be working hard!  Due to the number of events pupils will be taking part in, there will be an early lunch on Sports Day from 12.00pm to 1.00pm.


18th June – P7 Leaver’s Ceilidh

The ceilidh for our P7 pupils leaving to go to secondary school will take place from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. The Parent Council have arranged for a photographer to come to the event so P7s should come to the school from 6.30pm to have their last primary school photograph taken.  A letter with more info is being sent seperately.


18th June – Meet The Teacher

Pupils will be meeting their new teacher for 2015-16 on the afternoon of 18th June.


19th June – Neal Trophy

Mr Neal was a grandparent who ran the lunchtime and after school football training many years ago.  On his retirement the school felt that, to acknowledge all the work he did with our pupils over the years, we should hold a football tournament and the winning team receives the Neal Trophy .  To this end, any pupils who want to be involved have been entered into a team.  Each team will play a number of qualifying matches and the final will be held on 19th June.

19th June – Strawberry Tea for Breast Cancer & Early Lunch

P6 pupils have organised a Strawberry Tea which will take place from 1.30pm-2.30pm.   The event will be raising money for Breast Cancer Care. Tickets are priced £2.50 and will be issued on a 1st come, 1st served basis and further information will be sent out in due course.  As we need to set up the tables, etc for the Tea, there will be an early lunch at 12.15pm.


22nd June – Obstacle Course

The Parent Council have hired some inflatables  (bouncy castle, slide and assault course) for the day.  Each class will come out (weather permitting) and have time to go on these.  The cost of this will be £1.50 which includes a drink of juice & packet of crisps and the money is to be brought to school on the day.


23rd June (1.30pm) – End of Term Church Service & P7 Tie Ceremony

Pupils will be attending church for our Summer Service and P7 tie ceremony on 23rd June at 1.30pm. A collection will be taken to raise money for ERC’s preferred charity, the Dambo School in Kaponda, Malawi.  The school will be having an early lunch from 12.15pm to 1.00pm on that day.  Children should wear white shirt, tie, grey trousers/skirt and their blue/dark jackets.


24th June – Last Day

Please note that the school & nursery will be closing at 1.00pm on 24th June, in line with our cluster schools.  There will be an early lunch that day from 11.45am to 12.30pm in classes (or a picnic on the pitch if the sun is shining!) – a lunch can be provided for P1-3 pupils (a letter will be sent in due course) and P4-7 should bring a packed lunch to school. The last day will be a non-uniform day (jeans, t-shirts, etc but NO football strips).

Eaglesham Song


Pupils from Eaglesham Primary and St Joseph’s Primary have been working hard with Eaglesham Historical Society, practising a song written specially by Mr O’Hagan.  To create a historical archive of this event, the children will be recording the song in the Eaglesham PS gym hall on the afternoon of Wednesday 20th May 2015.


There may be an opportunity to buy a copy of the recording on CD (the predicted price is £2.00) – updates to follow!

Parent Equalities Forum

The last Parent Equalities Forum of this session will take place on Thursday 14 May in Braidbar PS at 7pm.


I would appreciate if you could add this information to your school website.


As always, school equalities coordinators are very welcome, though no expectation that they are there.

May Reminders

May 2015

Monday 4th May 2015 (Holiday – School closed – re-opens on Tuesday 5th May 2015)

Thursday 7th May – Election (school closed)

Monday 11th May 2015 – Parent Council meeting (7.15pm)

11th-15th May – P7 trip to Lockerbie Manor

Tuesday 19th May – School Open hour (1.45pm)

Friday 22nd May 2015 & Monday 25th May 2015 – Holiday (school closed)

Tuesday 26th May 2015 In-Service (school closed – re-opens on Wednesday 27th May 2015)

Wednesday 27th May – P7 pupils going to MCHS sports day

Thursday 28th & Friday 29th May – P7 transition visits to MCHS sports day

Thursday 28th May – Parents evening at MCHS for P7 parents

Saturday 30th May – Car Boot Sale (Parent Council event)


Lockerbie Manor – 11th to 15th May

  • P7 pupils will be staying at Lockerbie Manor from 11th to 15th May for 4 days of adventure! Children and parents are welcome to arrive in the school’s gym hall from 8.45am. We hope to load the bags into the bus at 9.15am for a prompt 9.30am departure. Pupils will visit Summerlee Museum near Coatbridge on the way to the Manor.
  • Pick up from the school on Friday 15th May is estimated to be 2.30pm. All children should be collected from the school car park at this time. Please advise the school if this causes difficulty.


Open Hour – 19th May at 1.45pm

  • Our Open Hour for parents will take place from 1.45pm-2.45pm. This is an opportunity for your child to show you some aspects of their school day. Please note that the class teachers are teaching a ‘normal school day’ and will not be available for consultations.
  • Unfortunately Eaglesham PS were not picked to attend the “10 Pieces” trip therefore P6 will be participating in the Open Hour.


P7 visiting MCHS – 27th to 29th May

  • P7 pupils transferring to Mearns Castle High School will be visiting the School to take part in their sports day – pupils will be issued a bus pass from the office to use on the school bus to go to MCHS and will be transported back to EPS later in the day.
  • P7s will also be attending MCHS for their induction visits – pupils will be issued a bus pass from the office to use on the school buses for those two days also.
  • Pupils not transferring to MCHS should attend Eaglesham PS on each of those days.


School Crossing Patrol

  • A crossing patrol is provided at the school to ensure that pupils cross safely (times of school crossings:     08.40-09.15am / 14.50-15.50pm). The traffic lights at the crossroads must be used by unescorted pupils to or from school Please note that the Lollipop Person can only cross parents and children at the “keep clear” point in front of the school.


  • Pupil absences should be notified to the School Office before 9.30am – either on the main telephone number 0141 570 7160 or through the school e-mail on schoolmail@eaglesham.e-renfrew.sch.uk.

May Reminders

April 2015

1st April – Easter Church service (early lunch at 12.15pm)

2nd April – School closes at 2.30pm

3rd – 17th April – Easter Holiday (School closed–re-opens on Monday 20th April 2015)

23rd April – P6 & 7 Parent’s Evening regarding health 6pm – ICT suite

Easter Service  – 1st April (1.30pm)

Pupils will be attending church for our Easter Service on 1st April at 1.30pm. A collection will be taken to raise money for Barnardo’s.  Parents are more than welcome to join us.  The school will be having an early lunch from 12.15pm to 1.00pm on that day.  Children should wear white shirt, tie, grey trousers/skirt and their blue/dark jackets.

Cashless Catering

Please ensure that your child’s lunch/tuck account is kept in credit and that all monies owing are paid back on a daily basis.  This is in accordance with ERC guidelines.

Remember that the cashless catering machine, situated outside the dining hall, does not accept 5p, 2p or 1p coins. Should your child have insufficient funds for school lunch, the £1.95 fee should be paid into their account the following day.  A text message will be sent to the main contact informing them of this.  Please note that these text messages will be brief and to the point; our computer system only allows for a certain amount of characters per text.

When paying on-line, parents MUST input their child’s long SCN number NOT the 4-digit pin number – only the SCN number puts on-line payments into a child’s account.

2015 Uniform Orders

You should have received a letter and order form regarding our annual uniform order for 2015.  If you would like to place an order through the school for next year’s uniform, please complete and return the form by 1st May 2015.  All orders will be submitted to Gilmour Sports on 6th May, ensuring that our delivery will be in the school before the end of summer term.  You can also order uniform on-line to be delivered directly to your home by going to www.schoolwearmadeeasy.com .

Red Nose Day 2015

Thank you so much to all pupils and parents for helping make this year’s Red Nose Day so successful – the funny faces were impressive and we collected £464.86 in total!

Reminders for May 2015

  • Monday 4th May 2015 (Holiday – school closed – re-opens on Tuesday 5th May 2015)
  • Thursday 7th May – Election (school closed)
  • Friday 22nd May 2015 & Monday 25th May 2015 – (Holiday – school closed)
  • Tuesday 26th May 2015 (In-Service – school re-opens on Wednesday 27th May 2015)

Tuesday 19th May – School Open hour (1.45pm)

P6 parents should note that their child may not be able to participate in the open hour on 19th May as they may be away on a trip that day – further details will be issued as soon as possible.

March Reminders

March 2015

5th March – World Book Day

9th – 11th March – Wee-G bus visiting EPS

13th March – P7 health walk to MCHS

18th March – Parents Evening (4pm-7pm) – no clubs at 3pm

19th March – Parents Evening (4pm-7pm) – no clubs at 3pm

23rd March – Parent Council meeting (7.15pm)

26th March – Spring Disco (Parent Council event)

31st March – P1 Easter Egg Hunt (Parent Council event)


April 2015

1st April – Easter Church service (early lunch at 12.15pm)

2nd April – School closes early at 2.30pm

3rd – 17th April – Easter Holiday (School closed)

World Book Day

All staff and pupils are invited to dress up as a character from a book to celebrate World Book Day on Thursday 5th March.  The costume can be representative of any character but should only be worn on World Book Day.  Classes will be engaged in World Book Day activities throughout the week, including an assembly on Friday 6th March to celebrate the week’s activities.

 Parents Evenings

Parents evening letters and appointment times will be sent out in the near future.  Appointments are allocated as per the previous meetings (i.e. if you had an appointment on the Wednesday night at 5pm you should get that appointment time again at the next Parents evenings).  Clubs run by teachers will not operate of these evenings.

Spring Disco

The Spring Disco organised by the Parent Council will be on 26th March – further information will be sent out in due course.

P1 Easter Egg Hunt

The Parent Council run an Easter Egg Hunt for P1 pupils.  At the end of the hunt each child receives a chocolate egg.  If you would not like your child to receive an egg or if your child has an allergy, please phone the school office.

Church Service

Pupils will be attending church for our Easter Service on 1st April at 1.30pm. A collection will be taken to raise money for Barnardo’s.  Parents are more than welcome to join us.  The school will be having an early lunch from 12.15pm to 1.00pm on that day.  Children should wear white shirt, tie, grey trousers/skirt and their blue/dark jackets.


Please note that school clubs finish at 4pm.  For health and safety reasons parents are not permitted go to their child’s class after 3pm unless accompanied by a member of staff – gym shoes, etc should be brought to school the next day to be returned to gym bags.

ERC Vacancies

The catering service has various vacancies within the Eastwood or Barrhead areas of East Renfrewshire Council, ranging from 7.5 hours to 15 hours. For anyone interested please phone 0141 577 3319 or email facilitiesmanagement@eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk by Tuesday 24th February.

Lighting up Malawi

The Light up Malawi project aims to raise awareness of and money for solar lights for Malawi. We wanted to celebrate this project by lighting up the stage during our Scots’ Verse evening. Well done to the Eco Committee and School Choir to ensuring this event was a success.

Please click on the link below to view Eaglesham Primary School featuring in the newspaper.



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February Reminders


2nd February – Parent Council meeting (7.15pm)

4th February – Last ski lesson for P6

5th & 6th February – In-service (school closed)

9th & 10th February – Holiday (school closed – reopens on 11th February_

13th February – P6 ski trip to SnowZone




We wish Mr Mark Weir a warm welcome as he takes up the position of Acting Depute Head Teacher with Eaglesham Primary School & Nursery Class.


Parental Support Group

We are an informal group of parents who meet to offer mutual support and shared experineces of family life with additional support needs.  The Group operates independently of Eaglesham Primary School but has the backing of the school.  Anyone who feels they may benefit from or has something to contribute to this group of parents is warmly invited to come along.


The next Parental Support Group meeting is on Friday 20th February 2015 at 8pm in the back bar of the Eglinton Arms Hotel.  If you would like to attend the meeting or require any further information on the group, please contact Diane (07900 588486).


Payment 4 Schools

Just a reminder to parents that, when paying on-line, it is your child’s SCN number which is typed into the “Pupil Reference” section.  The 4 digit number is the pin number for the revaluation machine within the school which takes cash (but NOT 5p, 2p or 1p coins).  As the school operates a cashless catering system, please note that it is not always possible for the office to give pupils smaller denomination notes for them to split into sibling accounts.


Parent Helpers

Any parent wishing to help with School trips and events should contact the school office to obtain a PVG Application Form.  Helpers must be PVG checked, which is organised by the Parent Council.


Remember for March

Parents evenings take place on 18th and 19th March between 4-7pm – a letter with your appointment will be sent out in due course.  We usually use the same day and appointment time as previous parents evenings – if this is not suitable, please contact the school office.


Fencing Club

Scottish Fencing is providing an opportunity for pupils to experience the Olympic sport of Fencing. The new club is aimed at the P4-7 age group and will introduce pupils to the basics of fencing. The club will use plastic foils with more emphasis on technique and tactics and the development of a greater range of skills while continuing to offer plenty of games to improve all-round physical ability.


The club will take place at Eastwood High School, Capelrig Road, Newton Means, G77 6NQ, on Wednesdays 4.30-5.30pm in the school gymnasium.


To sign up please go to http://www.fencingfun.co.uk/meetings


Details of the club are:

Block 1- 28th Jan, 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th Feb, 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th Mar, 1st Apr

Block 2- 22nd, 29th Apr, 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th May, 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th June

Cost £30 per block.

Pupils can book up at any point in the block.


If you have any questions about the club please get in touch with Alan Martin, National Fencing Development Officer on 07803 207 349 or alan.martin@scottish-fencing.co.uk

December Reminders

Please note that the school will not be doing “Christmas Jumper” day on 12th December but on the last day (19th December – not for charity therefore no charge, just for fun).

 There will be a collection taken at the Christmas service on 18th December for Shelter Scotland and we would be grateful if pupils could wear shirt and tie for the service and bring £1.00 to the church.

School closes at 2.30pm on 19th December and school returns on Monday 5th January 2015.

(For your information, the school will be closed on Thursday 7th May 2015 as the gym hall will be used for voting)

 Remember, great presents can be bought at the school office! – I love Eaglesham shopping bag (£4.00), Eaglesham village shopping bag (£3.00) and Eaglesham Notelets (£1.00 per pack)

Santa Sacks

This Christmas we are hoping to encourage Eaglesham Primary School children to help prevent many tonnes of old toys, games, books and comics from simply being put in the rubbish bin and sent to landfill.

We have ordered  ‘Santa Sacks’ and  have asked the pupils to bring in the toys they no longer need/play with to put in these Santa Sacks, in anticipation of new toys arriving this Christmas. These toys can then be delivered to local charities for re-use.

With help from ‘Amey Sustainable Santas’, who collect these sacks so they can be distributed, we will also calculate the tonnage of items that have been recycled rather than being dumped.

Please send your old toys to the office stating you would like them to go into the sack. Thank you!


December/January Reminders …

 1st December                            P7.1 attending Provost Debate (shirt & tie to be worn)

5th December                            P7.2 attending Provost Debate (shirt & tie to be worn)

5th December                            Clubs end today (except Choir)

6th December                            Christmas Fayre (Parent Council event)

8th December                            Choir singing at Silverburn (11.30am-12.30pm – shirt & tie to be worn)

11th & 12th December                 P1-3 Christmas show

15th December                          P1&2 Christmas party (party clothes can be brought for the afternoon)

16th December                          P3-7 Christmas parties (party clothes can be brought for the afternoon)

17th December                          P3 visiting local shops (shirt & tie to be worn)

18th December                          Church Service (early lunch) (shirt & tie to be worn)

19th December                          School closes at 2.30pm (Christmas jumper & jeans day!)

22nd Dec-2nd Jan                       Holiday – school returns on Monday 5th January 2015


5th January                              Pupils return to school (no clubs this week)

12th – 16th January                    P1 registration (all week – 1.30pm-3.30pm)

23rd January                            Special Assembly – Mrs Congalton’s last day!

29th January                            Evening performance of Scots Verse for parents (6.30pm)

Parking Issues

When the car park first opened staff numbers were much smaller. We are very lucky that over the years the number of staff at Eaglesham Primary School and Nursery has grown. We have Class Teachers, Support Teachers, Pupil Support Assistants, Clerical Staff, Kitchen Staff, Cleaning Staff, Wraparound Staff, Student Teachers, visiting Specialist Teachers and Outside Agency Staff.  Please note that the car park is essentially a Staff and Visitors Car Park.  School parents should use the dropping off point, ensuring that the children get out at the path side but should not park in the Car Park.

 We ask that parents/carers are courteous drivers and park their cars to ensure the safety of all pupils. We are also an Eco School and would encourage parents/pupils to walk to school where possible. Where this is not possible we would ask that you park as far from the school as you can and walk the rest of the way. Most people move to the village to benefit from village life, part of that experience is being able to walk to school. Cars should not obscure the lollipop man’s view or endanger our pupils in any way. Giffnock Police, our Campus Police Officer and ER Road Safety Officers will continue to do spot checks to help ensure the safety of Eaglesham pupils.

 It is important not to use/block our neighbours’ drives or car parks as there could easily be an emergency, therefore we would ask that, when dropping off and picking up your children from school or nursery, please do not park in the school car park, do not park in the doctor’s surgery car park and please be considerate to local residents and do not block driveways (we have had several complaints from residents).

 On Parents’ Nights etc we will continue to open the playground for parking and apologise for any inconvenience caused.

 Choir on Tour

Our Choir will be singing at Silverburn for The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice (11.30am-12.30pm, outside Next).  Pupils should wear their shirt and tie, with their school jacket.

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