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Seasons for growth

At Giffnock Primary we are pleased to be able to offer the Seasons for Growth programme to support children in times of change to their families. The programme aims to build resilience and support the wellbeing of children and young people who are dealing with significant loss or change. This may be the  death of a loved one, parental divorce or separation or moving house or school. The attached factsheets will give you more information.

Seasons For Growth

If you would like further information or would like to discuss if this programme would be appropriate for your child in a time of a change, we will be running a drop-in session for all interested parents/carers at 9am on Thursday 16th January 2020.

In the meantime if you would like to discuss the programme , please do not hesitate to get in touch with a member of the  Support Team through the school office.

out of school care consultation

East Renfrewshire is currently consulting with parents regarding out of school care and is keen to hear from you.

The link to the draft framework and online consultation is:


There are 18 questions but there’s no requirement to complete them all. The consultation can be completed in stages, saved and returned to. Closing date for the consultation is at the end of this school week, on the 6th December.

Thank you in advance for any time you are able to spare.

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

Giffnock Primary School Choir Big Sing Concert

We are very excited to announced that our Giffnock Primary School Choir will be performing at The Big Sing Concert on the 1st December at Orchardhill Parish Church. Please see the attached poster for further information and tickets can be purchased using the following link:


We hope that you can join us for an evening of sensational singing and supporting our choir.

P2 and P3 Technology Zone

Dear parents/carers,

The second block of our Primary 2 and 3 Technology Zone is quickly approaching. We shall continue to develop skills in woodwork, sewing, digital technology, construction and cooking.

This block we will be making pitta pizzas with salad which include the following ingredients:

  • Pitta bread (wheat flour, yeast, rapeseed oil and salt, palm oil)
  • Chopped tinned tomatoes
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Peppers
  • Red onion
  • Sweetcorn
  • Lettuce
  • Spring onion
  • Cucumber

Please remember to keep us updated with any changes to allergies so that we can continue to meet the needs of all of our children.

The Technology Zone requires additional adult support and we are looking for volunteers to help out in our different areas. If you able to join us please call the office on 0141 570 7180

Week beginning 25th November

Monday 25th

1.30 – 2.45

Tuesday 26th

1.30 – 2.45

Wednesday 27th

1.30 – 2.45

Thursday 28th

9.10 – 10.25

Primary 3b Primary 3a Primary 2a Primary 2b

ERC Sports Development

East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure’s Sports Development (Nov 19 – Mar 20) block is now available for booking. Led by an experienced coaching team the following sports and activities are available:

Athletics | Badminton | Basketball | Football | Gymnastics | Hockey | Netball | Play | Rugby | Tennis

Programmes offer a fun, friendly and safe environment for participants to be active, learn and develop new skills, progress, compete, build confidence and make new friends.

To view all of our activities please click on the following link Sports Nov 19 – Mar 20

If you are already registered for our activities – you can book and pay here.

Alternatively, you can book over the phone by calling 0141 577 3008 Mon – Fri 8:45am – 4:45pm.

If you have any enquiries or require any further information please contact us at SportsAdmin@ercultureandleisure.org

Period Poverty P7

Period Poverty campaign Primary 7 November 2019

Dear Parent/Carer,

Over the last year the school has undertaken awareness raising of the Cost of the School Day and in particular Period Poverty.

Last year in Primary 6 the girls met with myself to look over sanitary products which had been released free to all schools. The focus is meeting needs and ensuring equality of access to the products when our young people need them. This year we will re familiarise ourselves with product variety and choosing areas in school which are more comfortable to access them without having to ask.

During discussions we will highlight poverty issues and how this can impact access to sanitary provision. Over the course of the following terms our pupils follow our Health and WellBeing curriculum and cover outcomes such as the following:

  • I understand that there are people I can talk to and that there are a number of ways in which I can gain access to practical and emotional support to help me and others in a range of circumstances.
    (HWB 0-03a / HWB 1-03a / HWB 2-03a / HWB 3-03a / HWB 4-03a)
  • I am developing my understanding of the human body and can use this knowledge to maintain and improve my wellbeing and health.
    (HWB 0-15a / HWB 1-15a / HWB 2-15a / HWB 3-15a / HWB 4-15a)
  • I can describe the physical and emotional changes during puberty, understand why they are taking place and the importance of personal hygiene. (HWB 2-48a)

On Thursday 19th December 2019, your daughter will bring home a provision pack, so we hope that again you will be able to look through this together to help support further understanding and discuss any questions.

We are delighted that this area is being addressed and hope that through collaborating with our pupils we can raise greater awareness of important health care and social issues too. Recently we have also made free period products accessible for parents; these are provided in the toilet in the open area outside our Nursery.
Please contact me at school should you wish to discuss this further.

Yours sincerely,
Kirsty Rawley
Depute Head teacher
Further campaigns and information on this issue can be found :-



Parent Homework Workshop – Numeracy P3 and P4

Primary 3 and Primary 4

I would like to invite you and your child to attend a Numeracy homework support session on Friday 22nd November just after 3pm in the Blue Hall.

It will be an informal, practical and I hope fun session for the children to take part in and you will have the opportunity to see some of the activities and games which we learn through in class. You will also receive some resources to take away to help support learning at home.

Natalie Stead, Acting Principal Teacher

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.

Giffnock Family Support Team Meeting

Giffnock Family Support Team

Next meeting Thursday 21 November 2019 at 9am in school

All welcome

At our last meeting we looked at key ways our school could continue supporting parents/carers and children. One of the discussions was on behaviour and emotional support.

Our next drop in is on Thursday 21 November 2019 at 9am in the school library. We will have a short input by our school psychologist on signposting and who we can go to when we have a question or need help. Mr McGee will also share information from an authority viewpoint on service access.

Mrs Carney will then share through an interactive session how we support emotional development and resilience in our children using the We eat elephants approach. This also supports good mental health for the family and we have a free mental/emotional and social health guide to share for further ideas on this area.

We will also hear from Talking Points, an East Renfrewshire based approach to supporting good health for the family. And finally a short interactive session on Mindfulness has also been organised for those who may wish to try out some fun sessions and take ideas back home!

Wider Achievement Clubs and Sport Survey P1-3

P1 to P3 only.

Giffnock Sports Committee needs your help! We would like to find out all the great things children in Giffnock do. Could you take 2 minutes to follow the link to fill in this survey about clubs outside of school. We will use this to plan clubs and try to help everyone stay active.


class photos ordering

Class photographs were taken on Tuesday 5th November 2019 – your child will now have brought home a photograph order envelope (details of payment etc. are given on the proof order form).

As Tempest will be dealing directly with payment for the photographs, please ensure that you include your cheque (made payable to Tempest Photography) or fill in credit/debit card details and return the order envelope by  Thursday 21st November 2019  at the very latest.  Tempest Photography do not accept liability for any cash orders – if paying cash please ensure exact money is enclosed as no change will be given by Tempest.

Please note that if you wish to place an order after 21st November you will have to personally send a late order directly to H Tempest Ltd (address on proof envelope) and you should include an extra £5.00 for this service to cover postage to your home.  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.

Children in need pudsey bear biscuits

We have been advised by the school kitchen that they will be selling Pudsey Bear biscuits for 35p on Friday 15th November at break time.  The biscuits will be sold for CASH only on this occasion (and not via ParentPay) as they will be sending a donation to charity (Children In Need). 10p per biscuit will be donated to Children in Need.

During each school year we rotate our focus between Children in Need and Comic/Sports Relief in order to support a balance for our families.  So although we are not actively supporting Children in Need with specific learning activities, children are welcome to wear celebratory accessories/clothing on Friday 15th November (however they should still wear school uniform).  If you do wish to send in a donation with your child we will be happy to send these on to the charity on behalf of all our school.