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Ski Slalom Events

On Friday 5th October Glasgow Ski and Snowboard Centre are hosting the 2019 Autumn Dual Slalom Series. The Dual Slalom Series comprises of nine regional qualifying events around the country during September / October. Each event is a friendly round-robin dual slalom race, with teams racing in Primary or Secondary categories. Each race is a head-to-head relay, with each team scoring points for both winning and finishing. Teams scoring the most points and finishing top of their event will be entered into the finals taking place at Snow Factor, Braehead at the end of October.

To ensure children are skiing at or beyond the appropriate level we are holding a practice session on the ski slope to introduce and develop ski racing skills. This will take place on Wednesday 11th September from 4.30pm – 6.00pm at the ski centre (Cost £8 – made payable to the ski centre at the start of the session on Wednesday 11th). From this practice session, team(s) will be chosen to represent the school. This practice session is aimed at children who can ski at Advanced/Intermediate level or Advanced level. Children currently skiing in a race programme are welcome to attend or alternatively can send me an email to let me know their interest. If chosen for the team(s) the cost of the event will be £12 per person – more information will follow after the practice session.

PLEASE NOTE – your child does not need to ski in the schools ski lesson to take part.

Helmets are compulsory at this level of skiing. Glasgow Ski & Snowboard Centre recommend you provide your own so that you can ensure that your child’s helmet is safe and correctly fitted and to enable you to keep track of the history and hygiene of it. Snowsports helmets can be purchased from all good ski and snowboard retailers in shop or online.

If your child is interested in attending the one-off race practice session and if chosen can represent the school on Friday 5th October 2019 from 3.00pm, please email Kerry Comerford comerfordk1@ea.e-renfrew.sch.uk with your child’s name, class and school before Monday 9th September 2019.

Yours sincerely,
Kerry Comerford, Active Schools Coordinator

Active Schools

Active schools at Giffnock Primary 2019

The after school club programme at Giffnock Primary has grown over the years and throughout a school year provides many opportunities for pupils to take part in a variety of after school activities in sport and physical activity. We have fantastic support from the teachers, local sports clubs, parents and our community coaches from ERCL.

A few facts …………..

This year there have been over 30 extra-curricular physical activity clubs on offer for pupils both in the school and at local clubs for all pupils.

So far around 135 pupils have attended a sport/physical activity club this school year – which is absolutely fantastic.  I will be in school chatting to pupils in August to get some ideas of what clubs they would like in the school next school year, in a hope to increase this number further.   We are always looking for parent helpers so if you have a sport or would like to assist at a club get in touch as soon as possible for next August!

With the holidays fast approaching, the activity doesn’t need to stop there.  The ERCL holiday programme runs for 5 weeks of the summer holidays.  There are all day catered sports camps from 10am – 3pm at Barrhead and Eastwood High Schools and a number of half day sessions throughout East Renfrewshire.   Free and concessionary places are available on the week long sports camps. To qualify for a free/concessionary place, children must attend an East Renfrewshire school and their household must be in receipt of Council Tax Benefit and / or Housing Benefit. For more information and to make a booking go to https://www.ercultureandleisure.org/summer.

Marie Baxter

Active School Coordinator- Woodfarm Cluster


Ski lessons


Dear Parent / Carer

We are delighted to offer another block of skiing to all pupils in P4-7 across the Woodfarm Cluster, please find the letter attached. This programme is a partnership between ERCL Active Schools and the Glasgow Ski & Snowboard Centre.

There is also the opportunity, after the block of lessons, for pupils to attend a Ski Fun night in June, at a further cost. However, unfortunately that night clashes with our longstanding date for the School Show Performance which all P4-7 children are expected to be involved in. Therefore, we have informed ERCL Active Schools that there won’t be an uptake from Giffnock for this event.

With that said, we would encourage any of our interested children to take advantage of the great opportunity on offer and as detailed in the attached letter.

Cluster Ski Letter April 2019

Sports Hero Day!

As you may be aware, on the 27th March all pupils will be taking part in Sports Hero Day.  This promises to be a fun filled, informative day with lots of opportunities to learn about and try a range of sporting pursuits, all while dressed as their own sporting heroes!

To add to the fun, as part of the day, the Parent Council are holding a sponsored event which will take place in the school and will form part of the planned activities for all pupils.

“I can’t do that….. YET!”

What’s involved?

Pupils can choose from one of 5 options and set themselves a physical goal.  It may be something new or a skill they wish to improve. We have attached a sponsor form with details of the challenges (which will also be sent out via homework bags next week) and ask that your child seeks sponsorship for their efforts and determination in learning or improving at their chosen skill.

The most important thing is that your child has lots of fun practicing, while learning to set goals and overcome obstacles.  They can use their growth mindset to prove that by committing to something and practising they can make huge improvements!

On the day every child will be able to demonstrate what they have practised and show off their new improved skills!  The emphasis will be on having fun and celebrating and rewarding effort.

In addition, we will also be running a fabulous sports themed raffle (tickets will be sent out via homework bags)

All funds raised through sponsorship & raffle ticket sales will go towards sports equipment which will benefit all pupils throughout the school.

What do I need to do?

• Encourage your child to pick one of the skills, they have 1 month to practice

• Raise as much money as you can via sponsorship to help the school raise funds for much needed sports equipment

• Sell raffle tickets to enter our sports themed raffle – great prizes to be announced!

• Let us know if you can help on the day by contacting a member of the Parent Council

• Let us know if you can help source additional sports themed raffle prizes

Thanks again for supporting these events, we hope that the children have lots of fun and that we can raise funds to benefit the whole school community!


Free swimming lessons

East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure have asked us to share the following.

We are looking for children from ages 5 to 12 who may be looking for free swimming lessons to put their name down on the list we have at Barrhead Foundry. You do not need to be in swimming lessons at the moment.

These free lessons will be taught by probationary teachers, hoping to pass their swimming qualification and become qualified swimming instructors and gain employment with ERCLT.

The dates of these free lessons are below. If you are interested in any days or times, please contact Barrhead Foundry (0141 580 1174) or pop in and add the child’s name to the list.

24/02/2019 Sun 1.00-1.30
24/02/2019 Sun 1.30-2.00
24/02/2019 Sun 2.00-2.30
24/02/2019 Sun 2.30-3.00
09/03/2019 Sat 10.00-10.30
09/03/2019 Sat 10.30-11.00
09/03/2019 Sat 11.00-11.30
09/03/2019 Sat 11.30-12.00
10/03/19 Sun 1.00-1.30
10/03/19 Sun 1.30-2.00
10/03/19 Sun 2.00-2.30
10/03/19 Sun 2.30-3.00
16/03/19 Sat 10.00-10.30
16/03/19 Sat 10.30-11.00
16/03/19 Sat 11.00-11.30
16/03/19 Sat 11.30-12.00
17/03/19 Sun 1.00-1.30
17/03/19 Sun 1.30-2.00
17/03/19 Sun 2.00-2.30
17/03/19 Sun 2.30-3.00
30/03/19 Sat 10.00-10.30
30/03/19 Sat 10.30-11.00
30/03/19 Sat 11.00-11.30
30/03/19 Sat 11.30-12.00
31/03/19 Sun 1.00-1.30
31/03/19 Sun 1.30-2.00
31/03/19 Sun 2.00-2.30
31/03/19 Sun 2.30-3.00

Preschool sport sessions

Community Sport Preschool Tasters


Dear Parent / Carer,

Community Sports Programme: Sport for All Preschool Sessions 2019

East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure Community Sports would like to invite your child to attend a free taster session at one of our community sport development centres.

Our sessions are suitable for children aged 18months – 5 years. The free taster sessions are going to take place between Monday 7th and Sunday 13th January 2019. At the end of your taster you will receive information relating to our community sport programme which operates across the East Renfrewshire area.

If you would like to take advantage of any of the tasters detailed in this letter (see link below) then please contact me by email at sportsadmin@ercultureandleisure.org to book. Please note that bookings close Thursday 3rd January 2019.

If in the meantime you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact myself.

Yours Sincerely,

Gary McGunnigle

Active Schools Coordinator

East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure


Sports Clubs P1 – P3

We are the Sports Committee. We want to help everyone get more active and play more sport. To do this we need information about what clubs P1-3 are going to outside of school.

If you have some time could you fill in this short questionnaire (5 minutes or less!) to tell us about your child’s clubs. This will help us plan clubs for Term 2 and see which clubs in Giffnock are really popular.

Follow the link to our Forms


Thank you!

Cameron, Harry (P7 Chairs) and Giffnock Sports Committee

Active School Tennis

Dear Parent/Carer

P4 Tennis Club in partnership with Giffnock Tennis Club

Your child has the opportunity to attend a new block of tennis coaching sessions, based at Giffnock Tennis Club. All sessions will be delivered by qualified coaches from the club with full details being as follows:
Venue: Giffnock Tennis Club, 4 Percy Drive, Giffnock, G46 6PA
Day: Monday
Dates: 1st Oct, 8th Oct, 22nd, 29th Oct, 5th Nov (5 weeks – Not on 15th Oct due to Oct Holiday)
Time: 3:45 – 4:30pm

Cost: £10 (to be paid to the club on week 1, tennis rackets can be provided if required)

Places are limited so if your child would like to attend, please email Schools@giffnock-ltc.co.uk by no later than 5.00pm on Tuesday 25th September to register your child’s interest. Please include the following information when emailing:

Name of child
Child’s Date of Birth
Reference – Woodfarm Cluster P4 Monday
A confirmation email will then be sent from Giffnock Tennis Club with a copy of the tennis club’s safeguarding children form, which must be completed and returned prior to the start of the first session.

Parents/carers will have sole responsibility for dropping off and collecting their children from each session. Children should bring a filled water bottle and wear appropriate clothing for outdoor activity (e.g. tracksuit bottoms, jumper, sports shoes and a waterproof jacket).

Please note that these sessions are run through a close partnership between Giffnock Tennis Squash & Hockey Club and ERCL Active Schools and therefore Giffnock Tennis Club will share your child’s name and school for statistical purposes with us.

Yours faithfully,
Marie Baxter & Craig Gordon

Active School Co-ordinators

Woodfarm Cluster – Primary Ski Programme


Woodfarm Cluster – Primary Ski Programme

We are delighted to offer another block of skiing to all pupils in P4-7 across the Woodfarm Cluster. This programme is a partnership between ERCL Active Schools and the Glasgow Ski & Snowboard Centre.

The programme will run for 5 weeks and is open to at all abilities. Please see below for block information, as well as details required to register your child for the club.




Woodfarm cluster ski club P4-p7

Primary 4 to Primary 7 only

Dear Parent / Carer

We have been asked by the Active Schools Co-ordinator to advise you that the second block of the P4-7 Woodfarm Cluster Ski club is due to start on Tuesday 31st October 2017 at Glasgow Ski & Snowboard Centre.

If interested, parents are required to book directly with Glasgow Ski & Snowboard Centre, as stated in the letter attached.

Ski Letter October 2017

all stars cricket club p1-p4


Active Schools in partnership with East Renfrewshire Cricket Club are offering all P1-4 children across East Renfrewshire primary schools the opportunity to participate in the National ‘ALLSTARS CRICKET PROGRAMME’. This is starting on Tuesday 23rd May at Woodfarm Cricket Pitches from 5-6pm.

The club will run for 8 weeks and parents will need to register their children online to book their place as places are limited.

Register at www.eastrenfrencricketclub.com

The cost is £40.00 for block – this includes coaching and kids get a bag with their own cricket kit!

So try a new sport sign up now for some fun cricket lessons…

All Stars Cricket Club Flyer