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Remote Learning and Spring Holidays

Dear Parent/ Carer,
We hope that all of our families and children are keeping as well as possible through these challenging days. As a school and indeed wider community, these are unique times we are living through and ones which are placing a wide range of difficulties and pressures upon us all. First and foremost therefore, we want to continue to support our families as best we possibly can on the road ahead. All our social, emotional and physical health & wellbeing must remain first priorities and if you feel that there is anything that we can help with, please do not hesitate to contact the school. Our school email address is the best place to start contact through:
For the Spring Break, our provision of remote learning through Google Classrooms and the school website and twitter feeds will stop after today; they will of course resume again on Monday 20th April. Our key worker families have already been contacted regarding school provision during the holidays (at Eastwood High School and Crookfur Nursery) but if there are any further questions please do not hesitate to ask.
We wish you and your families all the very best of health in the coming weeks,
Kind regards,
Giffnock Primary School

Cancellation of school activities

Regrettably extra-curricular activities at this point in time and for the foreseeable future are cancelled.  This will include all lunchtime and after school clubs, swimming lessons, bikeability lessons and the P7 Cluster Multi-Sports event at Woodfarm High School next week.

In addition whole school gatherings have been cancelled for the foreseeable future.  This will include any parental assemblies, our Community Café and our end of year Church Service.

Coronavirus update

Continuing learning in light of Coronavirus

You will be well aware of the rapidly changing situation across the country due to the coronavirus. As you know schools, in line with everyone else, are following national guidance which in itself is necessarily changing on a daily basis. More information is available from the NHS at

At the moment all schools and Early Learning and Childcare Centres remain open. However, over the next few days and weeks, it is possible that an increased number of pupils and staff will catch the virus and have to stay at home.  This will mean whole families having to stay at home for long periods of time, unable to come to school or go to work. 

To help with our planning to continue to offer opportunities for learning we would be grateful if you could answer the following questions via the following link:

I know this is a worrying time for everyone and I want to assure you that we are working hard to plan for different situations and continue to provide learning and teaching for our children and young people. We will continue to communicate with you through our usual channels on the arrangements for your child. Please continue to follow the updates provided through the school and Council social media sites.  

Water Bottles

Could we please remind you to provide a water bottle for your child for their wellbeing and to keep them hydrated.  Water fountains are available in school but we are finding that many pupils do not bring a suitable container to utilise the fountains.

We are regularly providing paper cups for pupils throughout the school day and are mindful of the environmental impact of this.

Parent drop in with Giffnock Family Support Team


Dear all,

Just  a reminder we are looking forward to seeing you on Thursday 12th March from  9 – 10 am at Giffnock Primary in our library.

We will be sharing information on how you can further support your child emotionally with some new strategies and approaches from the  ERC Healthier Minds resource and also what we are using in school with our children currently.

Ms McLeod, Ms Rawley and Mr McGee (our Educational Psychologist) will be present too for any questions afterwards.

We invite you to stay on to meet with other families and enjoy a tea/coffee refreshment.

A look at our Parental Lending library will also be available so we are looking for volunteers to help with either the library or a book group if enough people were interested.

We look forward to seeing you then,

Best wishes,

The Giffnock Family Support Team

School Book fair

Giffnock Primary School Book Fair
Tuesday 10 March to Friday 20 March 2020

Dear Parent/Carer

Our Annual Book Fair will take place here in the school on the above dates. The Book Fair is always lots of fun for the children, parents and teachers. It also provides another opportunity to encourage the children to use and enjoy books, both fiction and non-fiction.

The school gets commission on any books purchased. This commission is spent on books, enabling us to add to our existing resources. From previous Book Fairs we have been able to supplement our resources with a wide selection of reference material, fiction books for class libraries and sets of fiction novels for use within our reading programme. Remember, however, that no pressure will be put upon either you or your children to buy. Whether or not they are buying the children should enjoy the experience.

Tuesday 10 March to Monday 16 March

Book Preview Classes will be timetabled to visit the Fair. Here they can view books and decide on any they might want to buy. No money is needed at this point. Their choice will be sent home on an order form to be approved or amended and signed by parents. Staff will be on hand to help and guide children.

Tuesday 17 March

Book Fair Orders All order forms must be returned by today with payment. No orders will be accepted after this date. This will allow staff to collate orders ready for distribution as soon as possible. For the most part, books will be distributed immediately. However, each year some titles prove to be very popular and these have to be re-ordered. This normally takes a couple of weeks.

Order Forms with correct amount of money/cheque (made payable to “Giffnock Primary School Fund”) should be returned in a sealed envelope clearly marked with the child’s name and class as soon as possible. Please also write Book Fair on the envelope

Wednesday 18 March and Thursday 19 March

The Book Fair will be open in the library on parent/teacher evenings, but you will only be able to choose from what is left on display and you must pay on the night.

Remember – last date for orders is Tuesday 17 March. Please return orders in a sealed envelope with your child’s name and class and Book Fair written on the envelope.

Parent Council Spring Fling Disco

We are looking forward to our annual “Spring Fling Disco” taking place on:

Thursday 12th March,

P1&2         6-7pm

P3,4&5      7.15-8.15pm.

Tickets are £3 and this includes drinks. As always, we welcome any parent helpers, please indicate your availability on the form which is being sent home today with your child.

Please return forms and money by Tuesday 10th March to class teachers.

Parent Appointments

We would like to advise you that the online booking system for parent appointments will open on Monday 2nd March 2020 at 21:00hrs and will close at midnight on Sunday 15th March 2020.  A letter giving further information is attached together with a “parent guide” for the booking system.

If you have any queries or require assistance with the booking system please do not hesitate to contact the school office.

Parent Guide – Parent Appointments March 2020

NURSERY letter March 2020

Young Carers Service

If you provide additional care for someone in your family or if your child helps with this, then the Young Carers Service would like to hear from you.

Young Carers provide support for children who may be involved in additional support and care for their siblings or family members. They can provide advice and support to access additional clubs and activities.

If you or your family would like to find out more please contact Kevin Daily at Or ask a member of the Giffnock Family Support Team for further information.

There is also a carers Get Together on Thursday 5th March from 10 -12 pm in Voluntary Action, 56 Kelburn Street, Barrhead. The purpose of the get together is to explore activities that would be of interest. If you would like to go along you can contact Karen at the centre on 0141 638 4888 to book a place.

Healthier Minds resources and information for families

We are delighted to share the recent launch of East Renfrewshire Council’s Healthier Minds resource for families which seeks to address different ways we can work together to support our families and young people.

For further information on this we have included links below:-

In addition, East Renfrewshire Council are also planning an awareness raising event for Parents/Carers on this, so further information will be shared shortly.

We would also like to extend an invite to another Giffnock Family Support Team session in school on

Thursday 12th March at 9 am.

All welcome.

The theme will be around supporting childrens’ mental and emotional health with Mr McGee our Educational Psychologist present and Ms McLeod from our school staff presenting.

Should you have any questions or are interested in coming along to our school session please contact the school office.

Talking Homework

In school this week we are celebrating Reading Week and World Book Day. The children will be participating in a variety of literacy rich activities throughout the week and will have the opportunity to dress up as their favourite character or in their pyjamas on Friday 6th March.

This week we have prepared a Talking Homework focused on the Share a Million Stories campaign and the Read Aloud event. Please follow the link below for access.

More information about Share a Million Stories can be found here –

World Book Day 6th March

Due to an unforeseen clash in our school calendar, and in order to avoid some of our children missing out on the event due to trips out of school and swimming lessons that week, we are moving the date upon which we will celebrate World Book Day at Giffnock Primary to Friday 6th March.


As previously shared, all of our children are welcome to come to school that day wearing a costume of a character from a favourite story, or alternatively in pyjamas/ dressing gowns.

Positive Pathways Adult Learning Course

We have received further information on another course from the Adult Learning team.

If you are looking for ways to:

  • Improve your confidence & self-esteem
  • Develop your CV
  • Work together as a team
  • Identify your strengths and transferable skills
  • Plan your progression – college, volunteering or working
  • Gain a qualification

There is an information sharing session on this course on Tuesday 25th February at 9.30-11.30 at the Foundry in Barrhead.

The course which is based at The Foundry, will last for around 12 weeks (Starts March) is every Tuesday 9:30-11:30 and by the end you will have been accredited at SCQF Level 5.

If you are interested please contact Tracy Gemmill at the details below:

0141 577 3306 or 07818 534 195 for a chat

or email