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Christmas Fayre – Thank You!

We are delighted to announce the grand total from our Christmas Fayre this year is…… £4227.42! I’m sure you will agree, it was a very festive and successful event.

Last year we had almost 3 times as many people attending the fayre and yet we have raised just as much! Thank you for your generosity! And also to our kind sponsors – The Boathouse for warming us with delicious soup and to the Turban Tandoori, Primary Playcare, Burnfield Motors & local supermarkets for their kind donations.

The Parent Council will pass a cheque to the school which will cover Term 1 activities for all children, including free access for all children to afterschool clubs (cricket, bollywood, rugby and playclub coaches), Hopscotch Theatre Christmas Pantomime, presents, food and drink for the Christmas parties and the Macastory Scottish Literacy workshops and performance in January.

Save the date! On Sat 25th January we will hold a family Ceilidh which promises to be another wonderful event! Look out for more information to follow.

Hohoho! We wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas.

Best wishes from the Parent Council

Christmas Fayre

It’s that time of year already… yes, preparations are well underway for our annual Christmas Fayre which promises to be another great afternoon and a fabulous fundraising opportunity for the school community. As always, in order to make this event a success we rely on your generosity and time so please do get involved. Here are some suggestions of how you can help…

Raffle Tickets…get selling

These were a huge success last year and raffle sales raised over £1,500! Raffle tickets will be sent home in homework bags Monday 11th November. If you wish to sell even more then that is great, additional sheets can be collected from the school office or simply photocopy! Please return all raffle money and tickets to class teachers in sealed envelopes no later than Thursday 28th November.

Donations, your generosity is always appreciated

Donations can be made from Monday 11th November via class teachers. Please note any alcohol donations must be handed in to the school office. We are looking for the following items:

  • Hampers
  • Please donate an item to help create fabulous, envy inducing hampers. Popular items from last year were; prosecco, wine, jams, chutneys, biscuits and festive treats.
  • Books & Toys
  • A good opportunity for a festive clear out before Santa arrives. Please donate toys and books in good condition.
Friday 29th November

Kids can wear something festive to school and bring an item for our ever popular red stall. This is also when we start accepting your fabulous bakes for our Christmas cafe. Festive bakes, family bakes, treats for littles ones will be all gratefully received. If you are not much of a star baker, shop bought items also very popular…no judgement here!!! Donations for the Christmas Cafe can also be made on the morning of the Fayre.

Visit Santa

We are delighted that Santa is going to be visiting us again this year and we expect that he will be very popular with visitors to his grotto. To avoid disappointment, please book you child/children a space. Santa’s Giffnock Elves will be taking bookings in the playground. Booking times can be found on the noticeboard by the tunnel in front playground.


Do you own a company or work for a company who may be interested in sponsoring this event or part of it? Please get in touch. We would be happy to promote sponsors on the day and also on our social media platforms.


Thanks to all of those who have already volunteered their time and energy, we really appreciate it. There are still lots of jobs to be done and we do need your help! Please contact 07855 953906 to volunteer and get a friend involved too!

Thanks in advance!

We fully appreciate that we all lead very busy lives and that our children’s social calendars keep us even busier plus the added pressure and costs of Christmas – we don’t want to add to your load.

That said, these events simply couldn’t happen without your support, time and generosity, please do what you can. We look forward to seeing you on the day.

Oh, did we mention…. there’s a bar. Leave your cars at home. You deserve a treat, it’s Christmas after all….nearly.

From the Parent Council

Parent Council Meeting

Dear Parent / Carer

All parents and carers are invited to come to the next meeting of the Parent Council this Thursday, 14th November at 7pm at school.  We would be delighted to see new faces! 😊

The Parent Council supports an environment where all parents & carers know that their views matter, where they feel confident and comfortable in putting them forward.  It also:

  • provides a voice for parents/ carers on issues that are important to them and their children
  • supports the school in developing strong home/school partnerships
  • helps the school:
  • effectively involve parents/carers in their children’s learning and the life of the school
  • understands the unique and varied skills, abilities, interests, knowledge and expertise that parents/ carers can offer.

All meetings are open to all parents/ carers and there is no obligation to come to every meeting, just when you can or there is something on the agenda that you want to hear more about or want to contribute or ask a question. The school is more successful when we all work together!

Parent Council Meeting – Thursday 14th November 7pm at school

  • Welcome to everyone and thanks for coming
  • School Report – School leadership team member
  • Parental Engagement – what next after the signup sheets at the PC stand at parents night?
  • Finance – current balance
  • expenses needed by the school for activities to the end of the school yearFundraising
  • events to date (disco, movie night, pumpkin pandemonium); feedback & funds raised
  • events in next 3 months (Christmas Fair, ceilidh, Giffnock Family Forum Business Networking Event)
  • other forms of fundraising (Grant’s, sponsorship, PayPal Money Pools, Label Planet etc).
  • Storage – replacement for loss of hall cupboards
  • Volunteers, nomination & welcome of new Secretary
  • Proposed change of name of Parent Council to Giffnock Family Forum & Fundraising.
  • Any other business.

Parent Council

This week at Parents’ Evenings members of the Parent Council will be available to answer any questions that you have about the school community and how you can get involved.  We are often asked about what is involved and we understand that the main concern is around time commitment but we know that so many of you are keen to contribute as you can.  We thought it would be useful to outline the ways in which you could do that.

Parent Council
The Parent Council meets twice a term with an AGM which is held in October.  The meetings are scheduled in advance and are shown on the school calendar. We try to hold meetings at various times with morning, afternoon and evening times to suit as many as possible. The meetings usually last approximately one hour.

All parents / carers are welcome to attend.  You do not have to be a member of the Parent Council and there is no requirement to attend a set number of meetings.

It is our intention going forward to send reminder emails to the whole school community as to when these meetings are taking place as well as circulating an agenda. If there are any topics which you wish addressed at a Parent Council meeting you are welcome to contact us and suggest an agenda item.

We are currently looking for someone to take the role of Secretary. We would love to hear from you if you think this is something you could help with.

The next meeting will take place on Thursday 14th November 7pm – please come along.

Fundraising Committee
In addition to the Parent Council the fundraising committee meet to plan and organise fundraising events and activities for the school year. We currently have around five members who regularly meet to plan these events and again would like to remind you that all are welcome to get involved. These meetings happen more sporadically and normally take place at a committee member’s house. We would welcome new members as we do have quite an ambitious event schedule and fundraising target in mind.

Other ways to get involved in supporting our school community:

  • Volunteer to help at an event – we are always needing helpers for on the days of events and also in the lead up to help prepare activities & games
  • Consider any special skill that you have that may be of benefit, for example we have lots of generous graphic designers that help with our marketing, and joiners who help to create games etc. Can you be of practical assistance? Are you handy, creative & happy to help?
  • Do you own a business or work for a company who would be interesting in sponsoring an event?
  • Do you have experience fundraising and have ideas to share?
  • Can you offer your expertise in a particular area that could enrich the learning and school experience of our children either for an after school club or sessions / presentations during school time. For example, there has been interest in an after school chess club, are you the person to take that forward? A couple of our nursery mums are running a gardening club and sharing their passion with the nursery children.
  • Cook-along, reading groups, helping on school trips, Bikeability and even Forest Days in Eastwood Park with our Nursery children; there is so much going on within the school that needs volunteers so please get involved where you can.

We will be located within the Achievement (‘brown’!) Hall on both Parents’ Evenings. Please do come along and say “hi”; we will be happy to answer any questions that you have.  We will also be selling our Giffnock Primary School pencils for £1.

P6 and P7 Movie Night

We are excited to invite all P6 & P7 pupils to a movie night on Thursday 14th November at 6pm. Cost of the evening will be £5 per child, which will include dinner, drinks & movie snacks.

Forms will be sent home early next week and can be returned with money to class teachers in a used envelope. Please remember to include any dietary requirements including any allergies.


Community Cafe and Pumpkin Pandemonium

We hope you can all join us on Friday 25th October for our Community Cafe and Pumpkin Pandemonium at 3pm in the school.  Lots of Spooky, Slimey, Storytelling, Super crafty fun on offer!

There will be no entry charge for Pumpkin Pandemonium but we are fundraising so please bring change as there will be a small charge for the activities on offer.

We are still looking for a few more helpers so if you are free then please text 07855 953906.

See yooooooo there!

Giffnock Primary Parent Council

Parent Council Meetings

The Parent Council would like to share the meeting schedule for the school year.  Note that we try and vary day and times for broader participation:

Monday 9th September, 19:00

Monday 7th October, 19:00 – AGM

Thursday 14th November, 09:00

Tuesday 21st January, 13:30

Monday 23rd March, 19:00

Friday 1st May, 13:30

Thursday 11th June, 09:00

school travel survey

The Council are seeking your input into school travel issues in the area and would like you to complete a very quick online survey and add comments to an interactive map.


There is also a section for pupils if you wish to assist your child in completing a survey.  There will be opportunities in school soon for discussion and debate on road safety and active travel choices, along with a chance for the children to complete the survey.

Finally, there is a section for anyone in the wider community to complete, therefore you may wish to promote this further yourself.

If you have school travel concerns, this is an excellent forum to voice them!

Giffnock Primary Parent Council

Pre-loved school uniform

In an effort to support all families the Parent Council would like to introduce a system to re-use “pre-loved uniform”.  At the end of the school day on a Friday (starting on Friday 31st May and weekly thereafter until the end of term) we will arrange for a rail of uniform items to be available at the “Ramp Entrance” to the school.  Parent / carers are invited to help themselves to the items of pre-loved school clothing.  There is no charge for the clothing, instead we ask that you donate any items of clean school uniform that you no longer need as and when they become available.  A box will also be available on a Friday in this area for your donations.

We hope that this will continue to support all families with the cost of school uniforms alongside the other options that you are already aware of; brand new uniform through Schoolwear Made Easy (www.schoolwearmadeeasy.com) and nearly new uniform through Apparelxchange (www.apparelxchange.co.uk).

Giffnock Primary Parent Council

Parent Council Meeting 25 February 7pm

Please find attached the agenda for the next parent council meeting, which is taking place on Monday 25th February at 7pm, in the staffroom. Please note there is a substantial agenda for Monday, hopefully gathering good discussion.  Your views and participation would be most appreciated. The highlights are:


Update on the School Council (Pupils)

Update on P7 – Bring your own device

Discussion on P1-3 Uniforms

School traffic issues and travel plan


As always, all welcome – so if you want to see what the parent council is all about, come along! Bring a buddy!


Previous minutes can be found here: https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/er/Giffnock/parents/parent-council/


Parent Council Meeting – February Agenda

Christmas Fayre

Preparations are nearly complete and we are looking forward to welcoming you all to our annual Christmas Fayre on Saturday 24th November 2018.

Again we would invite pupils to wear something ‘festive’ on Friday 23rd November and our amazing class teachers will be collecting voluntary donations for our Red Stall that day.

All donations are very much appreciated but your help is also necessary to ensure these events continue to run. If you are able to spare some time on the 24th between 12 and 3 pm then please contact us at giffnockpc@hotmail.co.uk.

All money raised goes towards every child in the school.

Many thanks.

Giffnock Primary Parent Council

Parent council Christmas fayre


The Parent Council is looking forward to welcoming you to your Christmas Fair on Saturday, 24th November from 12-3pm and we need your help in order to make this event a huge success!  The more you raise, the more equipment, books and technology the school can buy.

You can help us in the following ways:

  • donations of toys, books or teddies that are looking for a new home
  • an item for the Christmas hampers

This year each class will create a festive hamper that will be raffled off at the Fair and we need your help.  Please remember items must be non-perishable food items and any alcohol will need to be handed to the Parent Council hub – see below – as pupils can’t bring alcohol to school.

The Parent Council hub will collect ALL donations in the playground on Thursday, 8th, Friday 9th &  Monday, 12th November at school drop off and collection times or sent in school bags (non-alcoholic).

Raffle tickets will be sent home with your child shortly for sale. Please sell as many as you can!

If you can help out on the day, please email giffnockpc@homail.co.uk and we’ll get in touch.

Please follow us on Facebook and twitter for further information on the Fayre and other community events and thanks again for your continued support.


Pumpkin pandemonium


The Parent Council are hosting an afternoon of spooky fun in the blue hall on Friday 26th October from 3pm – if you’re popping into the Community Café, come in and see us for some Halloween fun and games – prizes to be won!

Remember and bring £1 to school on that day for crazy/spooky hair day! Best crazy/spooky hair on the day wins a prize! All funds raised will go towards funding activities and equipment for the children at Giffnock Primary School.

Here’s a taster of what we will have on the day…………

Slime factory – make your own gooey slime to take home with you! Yeuch……

Bring in your carved pumpkins for “The Best Carved Pumpkin” competition – the scarier the better.

Guess the number of Spooky Spiders in the jar.

Good old fashioned “dooking for apples”.

Guess the name of the witches pet for the chance to win her pet – a life sized cuddly version of it.

A “Spooky Stories” area with a chance to blind feel spooky items………

Halloween would not be complete without having a “Party Piece” – tell us your best joke, sing a song or even dance – whatever you want – prize for the best on the day!


GPS parent council AGM

The Annual General Meeting  (with Cheese & Wine) of the GPS Parent Council will be held on Thursday, 4 October in the School Library at 7pm.  ALL WELCOME!  It would be great to see you, so please come along.

If you would like to join the Parent Council or have a question regarding what it involves, then please reply and let us know.  It is important that you are able to attend at least 3-4 meetings a year in order to contribute to discussion around school issues.

The GPS Parent Council meeting schedule for the year is as follows.

Wed 21 Nov – Staffroom 9am

Fri 11 Jan – Staffroom 1.30pm

Mon 25 Feb – Staffroom 7pm

Wed 17 Apr – Staffroom 9 am

Fri 7 June – Staffroom 1.30pm

If you are not able to commit to the PC meetings, then you may be able to support in other ways e.g. through volunteering as a helper at fundraising events or helping organise events.  If you would like to be added to the volunteer mailing list or have an idea about a fundraising event, then also let us know!

Thanks for your support to date.

Giffnock Primary Parent Council