At this time, we want to strike the right balance in promoting a love for reading whilst not placing extra pressures on our families. So we will not be dressing up this year but will still be enjoying a range of different activities across the school, both in school and remotely, and we hope that the information below supports your child’s learning:
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 (https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/er/healthierminds) 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:
We are very excited at our Nursery to P3 children’s return to school on Monday 22nd February. Full information was emailed to all of our families earlier this week but is also available on our website here:
At this time, only children from our Key Worker and Vulnerable families are attending school. The letter below details key information for parents’ awareness:
Our Home Learning pages also provide a very broad range of highly useful information at this time:
Our Family Friendly School Improvement Plan 2020-21 created by a team of our Primary 7 pupils and supported by Mr Lawson and Miss Stead.
Thank you team for all of your effort and hard work.
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.
- Milk (semi skimmed)
- Fresh sliced melon
- Tinned mandarins in natural juice
- Tinned Pineapple in natural juice
- Kellogg’s Coco Pop Cereal & Milk Bar
- Kellogg’s Rice Krispie Cereal & Milk Bar
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.
Acting Principal Teacher
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.
Acting Principal Teacher
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’.
- 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,
Acting Principal Teacher
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
Please find important update from the Head Teacher attached.
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.
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.
Given the increased number of CV-19 incidences within East Renfrewshire in recent days and as a supportive measure, we are kindly asking all adults to wear face masks at the start and end of day school times on Academy Road and in the immediate school area.
Thank you to all Parents/Carers who have kindly sent back their child’s Annual Data Check either by papercopy or via ParentsPortal.
Please can we ask all those who have not returned the forms to now do so.
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! email@example.com
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