Category Archives: Parents

Parent Council Meetings

Dear Parents and Carers,
The Parent Council would like to share the schedule of meetings for the current school year. Days and times are varied to allow as much participation as possible.
Thursday 1st October, 19:00
Monday 26th October, 19:00 – AGM
Thursday 26th November, 09:00
Tuesday 19th January, 13:30
Monday 22nd March, 19:00
Friday 7th May 13:30
Thursday 10th June, 09:00.
For the foreseeable future meetings will take place virtually using Microsoft Teams. If you would like to attend please email to receive the meeting link and joining instructions. Microsoft Teams is free to use/download and a member of the PC will be online 10 minutes prior the meeting for those wishing to check connection and audio.
Please find attached the draft agenda for the first meeting (Thursday 1st October). If you have any issues you would like to raise – please email prior to the meeting.
More information about the work of the parent council can be found on the school website. We would love to see as many parents and carers attending as possible, there is never any pressure to participate and meetings are an excellent way to find out what is happening in the school.

Beat the streets

Dear parent/carer,
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’.

Please remember:

  • 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,
Miss Stead
Acting Principal Teacher

GPS Parent Equalities Forum – Wednesday 30th September 2020

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

Google classrooms for Nursery

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.

How to access Glow resources from home (Aug 2020)

crazy hair day

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.

Parent Council Events

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!

Kindest regards

The Parent Council

Meet the teacher 2020

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.

How to access Glow resources from home (Aug 2020)

We hope that you enjoy this year’s Meet the Teacher and find it informative.

Nut allergies

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.

instrumental music service

Dear parent/carer,

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

Nursery woodland visits


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.

annual data check and permissions


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.