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Healthier Minds Parental Events

Supporting Children in Challenging Times

The Educational Psychology Service is delivering three online one-hour parents’ sessions in March (see attachment for details). The aim of these will be to explore how Covid has affected how children and young people think, feel and behave, and to discuss ways in which parents can support their child through the current challenges.

The sessions will refer to our Healthier minds website and resources ( and will involve input from partners across East Renfrewshire who support children and young people’s mental wellbeing.  You can access information about joining these events through the link below:

The impact of coronavirus parental events

Parental information for returning to school Aug 2020

I am both delighted and very excited to be welcoming all of our children back on Wednesday 12th August. Our planning and organisation is in place and our staff are spending both Monday and Tuesday this week in school finalising our readiness for learning and teaching to get going again inside Giffnock Primary.

This has been a hugely challenging time for all of our community and I know that many of you will be continuing to feel the wide ranging ramifications of the pandemic. Nonetheless, I am sure that we all feel that getting our children back into school and their learning therein is a highly significant step forwards and we intend to take this positivity into the coming weeks and months in school.

We have put together a detailed overview for you which I hope will provide information and answers to many of the questions that you may have. In addition, our Director of Education has also written a letter for your further information.

GPS Parent Guide Returning to School August 2020

Letter to ParentCarers Director of Education ERC August 20

Never more have our partnerships across the school been of significance in our children’s learning. Whilst we are not be able to have as many face to face conversations as I would ordinarily hope for, strong communication lies at the heart of all that we will continue to do at Giffnock. Therefore, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in contact.

Kind regards,

Rob Lawson

Head Teacher

Giffnock Primary School

Our new children P2-6 August arrangements

We welcome our new families with children (not in Primary 1 as they have other arrangements) to join us at Giffnock Primary on Wednesday 12th August 2020 at 9.15 am.

As we are of course observing social distance guidelines between adults and the school road area is likely to be extremely busy; we would like to invite you to come along to the main gates outside of the school building for 9.15 am. This means we will be able to avoid a lot of traffic and other adults passing.

Our Depute Head Teacher Ms Rawley will meet with you at the school gate (socially distancing) and help you with enrolment documents which you may need on your first day with us. She will then take the children into school and give them an introduction to our school before taking them to class.

In the past we have taken adults round the school too however at this time we are not allowed to do so. I know you will understand this is a matter of health & safety and not how we would wish to do this.

Could we also remind you to provide your child with a packed lunch to start with until pupils are all on our online lunch system. We very much look forward to meeting you all.