After the great success and enjoyment of last year, Beat the Street is back! Today your child will receive a fob, card, map and additional information all about Beat the Street which turns Giffnock into a giant outdoor game. Using the map children and families will be able to locate ‘beatboxes’ across the local area which they can then walk, run, cycle or scoot to in order to score points. Register your card online before beginning the game.
The game provides an opportunity to have fun and get active outdoors however it is vital that we keep each other safe by adhering to social distancing measures. If you played along last year you will notice that changes have been made to the game such as you no longer have to tap the fob or card against the ‘beatbox’.
- If there is already a family at the ‘beatbox’, stand well back to give them space until they are done
- Hover your card or fob at the ‘beatbox’, do not tap it
- There is no need to touch the ‘beatbox’
- Road safety
- Wash your hands after the game
- Do not share your card
Beat the Street have created a short video which you can access by following the link below. It contains information about the game as well as tips on how to stay safe.
The game begins on the 30th of September.
Stay safe and have fun,
Acting Principal Teacher
As part of our ongoing work on raising awareness of diversity and inclusion, we are looking to further involve our parents and carers. East Renfrewshire Council has developed an Equalities Forum for Parents & Carers, with a forthcoming remote information session being shared via google Teams at 7pm on Wednesday 30th September.
At the online meeting, Carol Young from CRER, Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights will speak about diversity and representation in the curriculum. The meeting will also provide an opportunity to learn about the approaches being taken by the Education Department and schools in responding to the Black Lives Matter movement.
If you would like to become part of this exciting new group and the role of diversity champions please let us know, we would be delighted to have you on board.
Giffnock Primary School
Please find important update from the Head Teacher attached.
At Giffnock Nursery we have developed an additional platform from which to share your child’s learning journey. As for all our classes, we have created a new Google Classroom for all our nursery children.
This will be a shared space which only those with a login will be able to access, meaning there is an increased level of privacy for photos and information about learning activities to be shared. The Google Classroom will be useful for sharing certain activities during nursery based times.
Should the need arise it will also be used to support other home learning situations.We will continue to use Twitter on a daily basis to keep you up to date on what is happening at Giffnock Nursery.
Please see the attached “How To” guide to support you.
Could we please remind you that tomorrow (Wednesday 23rd September) the Parent Council have organised their annual “Crazy Hair Day” as a fundraiser for the school – please see attached poster for further details.
Children are invited to come to school with crazy hair or hats and bring £1 for a donation which should be handed in to their class teacher. School uniform is to be worn that day as usual.
Given the increased number of CV-19 incidences within East Renfrewshire in recent days and as a supportive measure, we are kindly asking all adults to wear face masks at the start and end of day school times on Academy Road and in the immediate school area.
Thank you to all Parents/Carers who have kindly sent back their child’s Annual Data Check either by papercopy or via ParentsPortal.
Please can we ask all those who have not returned the forms to now do so.
Dear Parents & Carers
We hope you and your families are all keeping well and everyone has settled back into school.
As you might expect, our fundraising calendar will look slightly different this year, however there are still activities the school are able to do with the children that we’d like to do our best to support.
A few things to look forward to are –
Our yearly “Crazy Hair Day” which will take place on Wed 23rd September (poster attached!). Children are invited to come to school with crazy hair or hats and bring £1 for the bucket, with school uniform as usual. We look forward to seeing all your crazy creations!
Over the October break we will have “Holiday Helping Hands” where children can be sponsored for helping out with jobs around the house or garden.
Nearer Christmas we’ll have the hugely popular Hamper Raffle!
We hope it’s not too long before we can resume our usual fun events, especially to welcome our new families & get to know each other.
As always, the Parent Council is open to all to help out or to put in concerns or ideas. Please contact us! firstname.lastname@example.org
The Parent Council
Please use link below to access our latest newsletter.
This year Meet the Teacher will be taking a slightly different format and we are delighted to share that these will become available to you throughout this week. The teachers have created an iMovie to introduce themselves and to share important information about the class and the year ahead with you. You will be able to view the iMovie via the Google Classroom. All of our children have access to their Google Classroom and an information sheet has been attached to this email to support this.
We hope that you enjoy this year’s Meet the Teacher and find it informative.
Information about free school meals and clothing grants can be found here:
Please see the attached letter from the Head Teacher regarding nursery entry arrangements in the event of wet weather.
Could we please remind you that no nut products should be brought into school as some of our pupils have very severe nut allergies. This not only includes nuts but any products containing nuts e.g. Nutella, Peanut Butter, cakes or biscuits containing nuts etc.
We are spending as much time as we can out of doors so all children should bring a jacket with a hood to school every day to keep up with our ever changing weather!
We are delighted that our pupils are able to continue their music tuition this session albeit in a slightly different format. To summarise the information which you will have received from the music service the children will participate in their live lesson via Google Meet in a small group. The group will be supervised by a member of our staff. Guitar lessons with Mr Hallam will take place on Monday and violin lessons with Mr Doherty will be on Tuesday this session. Due to current guidance there will be no brass tuition, though when this changes Mr Kerr or myself will be in touch.
If you have any questions please get in touch with the Instrumental Music Service or the school.
Natalie Stead, Acting Principal Teacher
Dear Parent / Carer
As most of you already know the preschool children take part in regular forest visits to a local woodland area which up until now has been Eastwood Park. This year staff have carried out a risk assessment and explored Huntly Park with a view to changing our venue. The walk will be shorter but the area still provides an interesting and stimulating environment for us to explore. Because of our generous staffing levels, and due to the current restrictions on contact with parents and carers, we will not require parent helpers. Obviously we will tweet about our adventures so you can see what we are up to. Waterproofs and wellies will be provided but you are also free to supply your own if preferred.
Your child will go in a small group on a fortnightly basis on a Tuesday or Thursday morning. We have looked at the different attendance patterns to ensure every child has the opportunity to take part.
Looking forward to our first visit being Tuesday 8th September.
PRIMARY 1 – PRIMARY 7
Dear Parent / Carer
All parents of new pupils to the school (including Primary 1) have already been asked to complete annual data checks and permission forms. If you have not already returned these forms to the school could you please do so as soon as possible.
If you have not already signed up to ParentsPortal your child should today bring home an envelope containing the following which we would ask that you complete and return to your child’s class teacher as soon as possible:
- Annual Data Check – please check the form and make any amendments before signing
- School Excursions & Educational Visits Consent (Trip Permission) – please complete BOTH sides of the form and sign
- Consent For Photography & Digital Imaging
- Responsible User Agreement – this should be signed by BOTH pupil and parent
Thank you to those of you who have signed up to ParentsPortal. If you have successfully linked to your child by 2nd September you will have received an email asking you to complete their Annual Data Check online. Could we please ask that you try and do that as soon as possible. We have been advised by East Renfrewshire Council that “on line” permission forms should be available in October and we will advise you further regarding this matter in due course. In the meantime we will be using the existing permissions held by the school.
If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact the school.
As we settle back into our school life and routines we wanted to raise your awareness of the Giffnock Family Support Team and the role we all play in supporting our children and families in school.
Over the years we have offered support and help in a variety of ways and have enjoyed meeting many of you at our parent workshops and drop in sessions over the years. Shortly we will be contacting families about new and continuing support experiences at school. A member of the team will be in contact with families as appropriate, about continued and updating Universal planning and Wellbeing planning.
We also look forward to extending our enhancement groups this year and looking at Catch Up Clubs too.
Our Giffnock Family continues to benefit from support from Kevin Daily at Young Carers, Julie Douglas at Family First and also Kiran Ayaz, further details can also be found at:-
We look forward to speaking with you soon.