Category Archives: – Pupils

School tuck

There have been a few changes to options of food served at Tuck and I felt it would be a good opportunity to update you with what is on offer for our pupils throughout the week.

  • Water
  • Milk (semi skimmed)
  • Fresh sliced melon
  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Tangerines
  • Tinned mandarins in natural juice
  • Tinned Pineapple in natural juice
  • Kellogg’s Coco Pop Cereal & Milk Bar
  • Kellogg’s Rice Krispie Cereal & Milk Bar
  • Popcorn

In addition to the above, home-made cookies are available for our Primary 1-3 pupils on a Wednesday and for our Primary 4-7 pupils on a Friday. All of the food served at Tuck is compliant with the Scottish Government Health, Promotion and Nutrition Act and is checked by the authority’s Food and Nutrition Co-ordinator.

Kind regards,
Natalie Stead
Acting Principal Teacher

Family Maths Week Activities

This week we are celebrating Maths Week Scotland. Within school your child will be focusing on developing mental agility, core number processes and exploring inspirational mathematicians. Attached you will find a selection of activities to try at home with your child to help foster and promote a love of maths while developing their skills. It would be great if you could share some of the activities with us via Twitter  @giffnockprimary or on the Google Classroom. Throughout the week you will be able to find out more about what is going on in school through our Twitter.

Giffnock Family Maths Week Activities


Natalie Stead

Acting Principal Teacher

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

Last Day of Term Arrangements

Nursery – P7

Dear Parent / Carer

The Church Service will take place at Orchardhill Parish Church on Tuesday 22nd December starting promptly at 1.30pm – donations will be in support of the Salvation Army and all parents/carers are warmly invited to attend.  It would be appreciated if pupils did not go home for school lunch on the last day of term but if this is unavoidable could they please be returned to school by 1.00pm.

Following the service all pupils will return to school to be dismissed at 2.30pm.  Please note this early closure time for nursery and primary pupils and ensure that arrangements are in hand for their collection.  There will be no afternoon wraparound service for nursery pupils.

We wish you all a very happy Christmas break and would remind you that pupils return on Wednesday 6th January 2016 at the normal time.

Ken Macintosh visits Giffnock Primary

MSP Ken Macintosh visited Giffnock Primary School today to present a prize to a pupil in P6B. Each year Ken holds a competition to design a Christmas card (he says children are much better at drawing that he is!) and this year Jack in P6B was runner up.

Ken was met by Reyan from P5A who looked extremely smart in his party clothes. Ken then saw our brass band play some Christmas music and after presenting Jack with his prize, the whole assembly sang a Christmas song for him.

Ken is greeted by Reyan.








The Giffnock Brass Players entertain the assembly.







Ken presents Jack with his prize.







Jack, Mr Mayer and Ken with Jack’s entry to the competition.







P4 singing their Christmas song.


East Renfrewshire Road Safety Calendar Competition

Each year East Renfrewshire Council runs a competition in primary schools to deign pictures for a road safety calendar. The entries are always of a very high standard and this year two Giffnock pupils have won in their age categories!

Sean in 7 won the P7 category and Cameron in 4 won the P4 category. Also highly commended were Evie from P7 and Molly from P3.

Sean and Cameron attended an awards ceremony at Council Headquarters today and received their prizes. Well done Sean and Cameron and well done Evie and Molly!

The calendars will be given to schools in January 2016.

Cameron and Sean at Council Headquarters with their winning entries.


Sean’s winning entry for P7


Cameron’s winning entry for P4.


Evie’s Highly Commended entry for P7.


Molly’s Highly Commended entry for P3


St Andrew’s Day in Giffnock Primary

Robert the Bruce!

On Monday 30 November we celebrated St. Andrew’s Day. Lots of people wore tartan to school or came dressed as famous Scottish characters. We heard about the story of St. Andrew and then had a parade. Some children were given certificates for their costumes.  Everyone had a great time!

Two Mary Queen of Scots!


A big hand to everybody!


The judges and children listen to the story of St Andrew from P6.



















A big smile!



Christmas Fair

Giffnock Primary Parent Council


Saturday 5th December 12-3pm

 We need YOUR help. We’ll be running a RED STALL again! Friday 4th December, your child is free to dress as they please, as festively as they like – in return we’re asking that they bring in a donation to the red stall for the parent council to sell at the fair. This was hugely popular last year and raised hundreds of pounds! Suggested donations could include Christmas decorations, candles, chocolates, red wine, toiletries…anything red!

We have a fantastic day planned for the whole family. Loads for the kids to do, beautiful stalls for your Christmas shopping, tea room with home baking, petting zoo, and much more. Please come along and support the event!

Thank you!


Class photos from Tempest

Nursery – P7

Dear Parent /Carer

If your child was at school on Tuesday 17th November and had a school class photograph they will today bring home a photograph order envelope (details of payment etc. are given on the proof order form).

As H. Tempest will be dealing directly with payment for the photographs, please ensure that you include the exact money, cheque (made payable to Tempest Photography) or fill in credit/debit card details and return the order envelope to school by Thursday 3rd December 2015 at the very latest.

Please note that if you wish to place an order after 3rd December you will have to personally send a late order directly to H Tempest Ltd (address on proof envelope) and you should include an extra £4.00 for this service.  We will be unable to accept late orders at the school office.

Please ensure that your child’s name, class and order value are clearly marked on the proof envelope before returning it to the class teacher.

Thank you for your co-operation.

Road Safety Calendar Competition

Each year the Roads and Transport Department of East Renfrewshire Council runs a competition to design the Road Safety Calendar for schools. This year two pupils from Giffnock won first prize in their age category and will receive their prizes in an awards ceremony at Council Headquarters on Tuesday 8th December.

The winning pupils are Cameron Christie in P4 and Sean Christie in P7. Congratulations to Cameron and Sean! Their pictures will be in the new calendar soon!

Money Week

Children from Nursery to Primary 7 have been working hard to develop their understanding of money.  Each class has been learning how to count and budget their money as well as hopefully make a profit.  Primary 6 have also been working alongside Virgin Money to create their own mini-business with the investment of £5.  An article on the ERC website can be found here.  An image of the article in The Extra (13/3/14) can also be found below.  

All classes invite you to attend the whole school showcase on Friday 28th March between 1.30pm and 3pm where representatives from each class will talk you through their project.

Internet Safety

ERC would like to bring your attention to some links (listed below) that may prove useful on internet safety for children.



Internet Safety Presentation:

Snapchat :

Please take a few minutes to look at these sites.
Many thanks