Tag Archives: – Achievement

Young Scot

Young Scot is looking for committed and passionate young people (aged 8-26) from all over Scotland to become part of Communic18 – our group for Co-design Champions for the Year of Young People 2018.

The champions will be at the heart of planning and delivering key aspects of the Year of Young People 2018, as well as supporting Children in Scotland, Scottish Youth Parliament and Young Scot to ensure the year is co-designed with young people. They will be involved in main decisions about the year, including taking part in funding panels, supporting local Ambassadors in each local authority area, and supervising one of six of the year’s themes (Participation, Health & Wellbeing, Education, Culture, Equality & Discrimination, Enterprise & Regeneration).

With their leadership the Year of Young People 2018 will provide a platform for young people to have their views heard and acted upon!

Interested young people can apply to join Communic18 here: www.young.scot/communic18. If you have any questions or require more information about Communic18, please email 2018yoyp@young.scot


Gold Sports Award


The Extra

The sportscotland Gold School Sport Award is a national initiative that is designed to encourage schools to continuously improve physical education and sport. The award also encourages sporting links between schools and the communities around them.

Eaglesham Primary, Giffnock Primary, Braidbar Primary, St John’s Primary, Thornliebank Primary and Mearns Castle High are the latest schools in the area to achieve this award.

A total of 14 schools in East Renfrewshire now hold gold status. With these latest awards, the Woodfarm cluster becomes the first in the area to all reach this level of sporting excellence.

 Councillor Elaine Green, East Renfrewshire Council’s Convener for Education, said: “I am delighted to see another six East Renfrewshire schools gain this fantastic accolade from the national agency for sport. All our staff work incredibly hard to deliver excellent opportunities for our pupils both during the school day and through extra-curricular activities. The links made with local sports clubs are an integral part of our approach to delivering physical activity as part of a rounded education, and our Active Schools co-ordinators play an important role in making all this happen. It’s also extremely pleasing to see all schools in the Woodfarm cluster recognised as providing gold level sport and physical activity, which reflects how closely these schools work together to provide the best for our pupils.”

Stewart Harris, Chief Executive of sportscotland added: I would like to congratulate all of the staff and pupils at these East Renfrewshire schools for putting physical education and sport at the heart of their school and local community. They should all be extremely proud of this fantastic achievement.”

To achieve a bronze or silver sportscotland School Sport Award, schools self-assess their current practice. However, to gain gold status an extensive external assessment is also carried out by an independent panel of experts.

The award aims to put sport at the heart of each school and its wider community. The Award also encourages schools to ensure there are opportunities for all children and young people to engage, participate and reach their potential in this area.

ER October Holiday Arts Week

Please see below information regarding our October Holiday Arts Week activities on offer in East Renfrewshire. Full details of all arts activities are also available on our brand new website: http://ercultureandleisure.org/octoberarts and also advertised on our Facebook FB and Twitter accounts Twitter.

ERCL’s Culture Team has programmed a range of creative and fun activities for your child to enjoy during the October Holidays. Let their imagination run wild as they build their confidence in a range of skills from performance to painting, creative thinking to confidence, and animation to art. Our professional tutors all have several years’ experience in delivering engaging and stimulating activities in friendly, creative environments that tailor to all abilities. There’s something for everyone to take part in – even Superheroes!


Please note: advanced booking is required for all classes. To book call Eastwood Park Theatre Box Office on 0141 577 4956 or visit our website.

Superhero Training Academy

Suitable for 5-9 years

Woodfarm High School, 10am – 3pm

£140/£70 conc.

Following on from our successful Summer Superhero Training Academy, we’re delighted to offer another chance for wannabe saviours to sign up and become a Superhero in this week long camp! Explore your ideal superpowers through designing and making your costume, mask and accessories. Arts, crafts, fun and games allow your child to get creative and let their imagination run wild whilst developing team building as they work together to unite against villains! At the end of the week, our Superheroes will be captured flying past the life-size comic book scene that they create with a photo to treasure the experience as they graduate from Superhero Training Academy.

Play in a Week

Suitable for 8-11 yrs

Woodfarm High School, 10am – 3pm

£140/£70 conc.

Why not join our special 5 day workshop where you will work as a team to create your very own performance to be showcased in front of an invited audience!! Musical? Comedy? Tragedy? The choice is yours! “Play in a Week” will include guidance on generating ideas, having fun, creating something new and original, learning new skills and making new friends along the way!! So come on…Step into the Spotlight!!

Art School 3D

Ages 5+ 11am – 12 noon £24/£12 conc.

Ages 8+ 1 – 4pm £72/£36 conc.

Eastwood Park Theatre Art Room


Short workshops for exploring materials in 3d; clay, papier mache, willow weaving and paper sculptures. Individual and group activities for those who like to get messy and have big ideas!

Jewellery Beading Workshop


Come and join us to make your own necklace and matching earrings in our fun and friendly Beading Workshop. With expert tuition from Eilidh Hillcoat; professional jeweller and co-owner of the Makers Workshop, Glasgow.


All abilities welcome! 16+

Saturday 22nd November

Eastwood Park Theatre Art Room

£15 inc. materials


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 aimee.glen@eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk no later than 29 March 2016, giving details of your child’s name, school and a contact telephone number for the day.

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.

Convoy to Calais





The ER Convoy to Calais has had magnificent support from the schools and nurseries in our communities. I’ve been amazed and made proud by the generosity of schools and parents.  The convoy leaves this Thursday evening and, as we promised, there is an open invitation to pupils, staff and parents to come along to the departure. We leave after school hours, so I know this will be a decision for each family to make.


To help us extend the invitation to all your parents, could you please post this message on your school websites, Facebook and twitter, if you have them?


“The East Renfrewshire Convoy to Calais leaves this Thursday at 8pm from the car park of ER Council HQ in Eastwood Park, Giffnock. They are taking the largest single donation from anywhere in Scotland.  Schools and nurseries from all over East Renfrewshire responded with overwhelming generosity to the appeal.  All parents, children and staff are invited to be there for the send-off. The convoy organisers want to give the families who contributed the opportunity to see their donations leave, and to send the convoy off in style.


We hope you can join us.


Margaret Pettigrew

Bus Shelter

TREE would just like to say what a wonderful weekend we have spent painting the bus shelter.  Your pupils, and their parents turned up and painted with such enthusiasm and concentration.

Our bulb giveaway also proved very successful with over 2000 bulbs, bluebells and daffodils, being handed out for people to plant in specific areas around the village.  Looking forward to next spring now!  This weekend has certainly lifted our profile in the village!  The next event will be The Grand Opening and we will keep you posted on that.

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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!