From the Parent Council
You should now all have received an email from the school with some further details and plans going forward. As per the email, the Parent Council will be having a meeting on Monday 1st June. Because of technical restraints and practicality, only office bearers will be in attendance. We would like to share with you the agenda which will be discussed and ask that if you have anything you wish added, questions or concerns that you would like to be discussed in the meeting please email – giffnockPC@hotmail.co.uk
Review minutes & actions from previous meeting.
1. Review of current homeschooling practice
2. Phased return, discuss; PPE, play, social distancing, curriculum, childcare, structure of classes
3. Curriculum for excellence and its application / appropriateness for home schooling. Discuss curriculum going forward in light of reduce contact hours with teaching staff
3. Transition years, discuss actions and measures being taken to aid the pupils most affected.
4. Any other business
As you know we do not usually issue texts unless we need to convey urgent information or if we need to monitor responses. We would like to advise you in advance that we will be issuing a text on Monday 1st June because new Data Protection law means that periodically we need to check your wishes for your child taking home confidential information. You have already completed paperwork to consent to your child bringing home confidential information but if we do not receive your response to Monday’s text it will mean that during next session we will be unable to send home items with your child.
Please do NOT respond to this email but we would be grateful if you could reply to the text on Monday with either 1 or 2 (no other comments please) – a copy of which is shown below.
“New Data Protection law means we need to check your wishes for your child taking home confidential information. If you are happy to continue reply 1, if you are not happy reply 2. Please only use numerical 1 or 2 in your reply, no other characters. Thank you”
Please see the attached letter from Mr Lawson.
Parental Information and Update 29 May
PRIMARY 3 ONLY
Each year a member of staff from the RSNO Junior Choir comes to the school to lead choral workshops for our Primary 3 children. Following the workshop some selected singers would be invited to join the choir which is a fantastic opportunity. This year the decision has been made by the RSNO to hold auditions via Zoom. You will be able to find an application form and further information about the Junior Chorus by following the link. Applications will close on Friday 5th June and auditions will take place the week beginning Monday 15th June. Before the audition week the applicants will be sent a video of the song they will learn.
Please contact the RSNO if you would like any further information.
NURSERY – N5 Starting Primary School August 2020 – ONLY
Here is the link to week 2 of our Bear Hunt transition project. We hope you can enjoy the activities with your child.
Please find attached a detailed summary of the collated evaluations from our recent survey on remote learning for Nursery.
GPS Remote Learning Family Responses Nursery Summary May 2020
As we approach the long holiday weekend we wanted to share with you this activity pack which is full of ideas for all of the family. It contains many exciting activities for the garden, keeping fit and active as well as lots of family fun. Within the pack there are also links to stories written for children to help them understand and make sense of our current situation. There are links to amazing attractions around the world which the children can visit, all from the comfort of their own homes.
We wish you a happy and healthy long weekend spent with your families.
In term 2, our Primary 3 children planted some potatoes while learning about what plants need to grow. We have seven tubs of potatoes which are in our school grounds soaking up the sun and occasional rain showers. The school playground will be open from 11am for one hour tomorrow, Wednesday 20th May. If you would like to collect a tub you would be very welcome to do so however it will be first come first served. Of course, anyone coming along will need to observe social distancing guidelines but there will be plenty of space in the playground to do this. The tubs are in the playground on the far side of the nursery garden fence. If you collect a tub please do keep in touch with its progress and we do hope you will be able to enjoy a few of the potatoes in the not too distant future.
Miss Stead, Mrs Cole and Mrs Taylor
Information from the Headteacher is attached below:
Parental Information and Update May 2020
Your child will be starting at Primary School in August 2020 and therefore we attach a project and information regarding transition.
GPS Transition Information for Primary 1 Session 2020-21
Primary 1 Transition Project We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
Please find attached information for families with children with additional support needs.
Connect is hosting two online sessions with Enquire, Scotland’s advice service for additional support for learning, on Thursday 21 May.
The attachment provides further details if you are interested.
Please see letter attached from the Head Teacher regarding staffing changes for P4A.
P4A Mat Leave Letter May 2020
PRIMARY 7 ONLY
Dear Parent/ Carer,
Usually around this time of year we would be organising pupil visits for High School Transition Days which typically happen in June. This year, due to our uncertain position and inability to access school premises as usual, these need to be organised differently. Over the last six weeks, I have already been in contact with local High Schools and we are in the midst of sharing transition information with colleagues at Woodfarm and elsewhere, and are agreeing what other transition arrangements may look like. There have been some discussions around use of, for example, video clips and/or short individual visits at a later date.
We are also aware that for some children they may not be going to our local cluster High School. Once this picture is confirmed by the authority with all of our families in the next few weeks, we will contact them directly with additional information when it becomes available to us.
Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns so I can try to help. As always, our Senior Leadership Team are available to contact via school mail at SchoolMail@giffnock.e-renfrew.sch.uk
Giffnock Primary School
We would like to share information on accessing free school meals, as we understand that our families’ needs and positions may have changed. If you are interested or feel your circumstances may have changed then you can follow this link for further information and help:
We appreciate the amount of information that is currently being shared around Health and Wellbeing so we have set up an area specifically around present circumstances and health on our school website. The tab is called ‘Community and Wellbeing’. You can find this at:
In this tab we will share general Health and Wellbeing information for adults and families, with materials from East Renfrewshire Council and other sources. We hope you find these of interest and helpful at this time.
Should you have any questions or concerns please continue to keep in touch with us via school mail at:
Save the Children have developed a home learning pack which is aimed at parents with a child aged 3-6 years old. It contains information on how talk about Coronavirus to children, play based learning activities for children and information for parents.
Save the Children UK Covid-19 Resource Pack 1
Education Scotland have created a weekly newsletter, specifically for parents and carers, which will support learning at home. This first newsletter includes learning activities for Literacy and Numeracy, support on wellbeing and a focus on the theme of food. Follow the link below to see the first copy of the newsletter.
Each week the newsletter will contain hints and tips for you, the parents and carers, as well as ideas for learning activities which your children can complete on their own or that families can do together. The activities do not require lots of materials and the tasks are designed to encourage the children’s creativity and independence. There will be a theme for each week which will cover different curricular areas. A creativity challenge for the week is also set. You can sign up to receive the newsletter directly each week.
Please find attached a detailed summary of the evaluations on our recent survey regarding Remote Learning.
Family Responses Summary April 2020
We hope that you, your children and your families are all well and coping as best as possible in these challenging times.
We continue to want to do the very best that we can for our children and we therefore want to hear your perspectives. To this end, would you please be kind enough to spend a few minutes completing the survey through the link below:
We would be grateful if you could do so by Monday 18th May, following which we will be collating the evaluations.