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Mrs Carney to take early retirement

Dear Parent / Carer,

I am writing to inform you that our long-standing colleague and friend Mrs. Dot Carney will be taking early retirement at the end of this school session, with her last day with us being Thursday 25th June.

Mrs. Carney has been with Giffnock Primary School since Giffnock and Robslee merged schools in 2011/12. Her expertise, care and professionalism have made a hugely significant impact on the school and we are extremely sad to lose Mrs. Carney’s knowledge and insight. A very wide range of our children have greatly benefitted from her time at Giffnock and I know that you will also be very sorry to see her go.

I am sure that you will join me on behalf of the whole school community in wishing Mrs. Carney every happiness for the new, exciting road ahead.

Yours sincerely,
Rob Lawson Head Teacher

Libraries Summer Reading Challenge

Every year thousands of children across Scotland take part in the annual Summer Reading Challenge.

This year, things are a little different. East Renfrewshire Libraries will be supporting the Digital Summer Reading Challenge to encourage children to continue to read for pleasure over the summer months.

From Friday 5th June:
There will be lots of fun activities and incentives thanks to the Silly Squad and children can borrow brilliant, multiple access free ebooks and eaudio-books from our collection with their library card.

To take part in this year’s Digital Challenge visit: www.ercultureandleisure.org/SummerReadingChallenge

To join the library visit:

Holiday weekend

As we approach the long holiday weekend we wanted to share with you this activity pack which is full of ideas for all of the family. It contains many exciting activities for the garden, keeping fit and active as well as lots of family fun. Within the pack there are also links to stories written for children to help them understand and make sense of our current situation. There are links to amazing attractions around the world which the children can visit, all from the comfort of their own homes.
We wish you a happy and healthy long weekend spent with your families.

P3 Potatoes

In term 2, our Primary 3 children planted some potatoes while learning about what plants need to grow. We have seven tubs of potatoes which are in our school grounds soaking up the sun and occasional rain showers. The school playground will be open from 11am for one hour tomorrow, Wednesday 20th May. If you would like to collect a tub you would be very welcome to do so however it will be first come first served. Of course, anyone coming along will need to observe social distancing guidelines but there will be plenty of space in the playground to do this. The tubs are in the playground on the far side of the nursery garden fence. If you collect a tub please do keep in touch with its progress and we do hope you will be able to enjoy a few of the potatoes in the not too distant future.
Kind regards,
Miss Stead, Mrs Cole and Mrs Taylor

Resources Available Through ERC Culture and Leisure

Over the last few weeks as part of our weekly article to you, we have promoted “Press Reader” which gives access to over 7000 top magazines and newspapers from around the World. But are you aware of all the other amazing online resources and activities for all ages that are available from East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure? You can follow on FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube for popular activities including:
Stay Active at Home
A range of live and recorded fitness classes on Facebook every weekfrom Zumba and HIIT to Yoga and Body Balance.  There are online classes for Live Active and Vitality clients too.
Live and recorded Bookbug sessions from the libraries team on Facebook every week
Sports Challenges
For all ages from the Active Schools team on Twitter every Wednesday
Online Reading Group
Open to all on Facebook
Not a library member? Visit: www.ercultureandleisure.org/joiningthelibrary to join and access online resources straightaway.
Next week is Learn at Work Week and Mental Health Awareness Week so look out for information on other resources available next week.  If you can’t wait until then have a browse around – https://www.ercultureandleisure.org/eresources

Railway Safety

Network Rail has launched a new awareness-raising campaign to warn against trespassing on the railway. There has been increasing levels of trespass on the railway during the current lockdown period. Over 70 trespass incidents have been recorded on Scotland’s Railway since March 20, when Scotland’s schools closed ahead of the full lockdown on March 23. Trespass is proving to be an issue across the country including locations in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Fife, Lanarkshire, Ayrshire, Renfrewshire, Perthshire, the Lothians and the Highlands. Incidents in just the last week include:

On May 2, two adults and a child were reported to be trespassing on the railway near Neilston and a male trespasser was on the line in Dunfermline.

On May 1, two young people were spotted trespassing near Dalgety Bay station and a male trespasser crossed the line near Dalmeny.

On April 30, a group of teens delayed trains after trespassing on the line near Coatdyke and three young people were spotted on the railway near Whifflet.

On April 28, three teens delayed trains near Hamilton West station and a male trespasser delayed services near Alexandra Parade in Glasgow.

Network Rail works closely with the British Transport Police to keep Scotland’s Railway secure and trespassers and vandals will be prosecuted. The public can also help to keep the railway safe by contacting Network Rail’s 24-hour helpline on 03457 114141 to report any locations where trespassers are gaining access to the tracks.

To find out more about the dangers of railway trespass, visit www.youvstrain.co.uk, the campaign led by Network Rail and the wider rail industry to address the issue of trespass on the railway.


NHS Thursday Night Clapping

Each Thursday evening at 8pm we show our appreciation for our NHS and key workers through a clap, which has become a very special weekly moment. The Music Education Partnership Group
(MEPG) is organising something extra special for Thursday 30th April. They are encouraging musicians all over Scotland to pick up their instruments and play “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”. MEPG have created backing tracks as well as parts for many instruments which you can find on their website as well as further information.


If you do not play a musical instrument but would like to take part you could make an instrument of your own to play on the evening or learn the song words to singalong. Let’s come together in a slightly different way this week to support our NHS and our key workers.

Kind regards,
The Giffnock Leadership Team

P7 video entry to French Competition

As part of their learning in French this school year, our P7 children have entered a national competition in creating their own French song and video. Our P7s managed to get this completed just before the lockdown came into place.
Whilst we realise this may be of special interest to our P7 families, we felt that it might be something that others would like to see too, in particular given the lack of ‘normal’ school life and of seeing groups of our children together in their learning.

Online exercises from cameron Taekwondo

We have received the information below from Cameron Taekwondo and as it’s from our community, and a parent, we thought we would give you the opportunity to join in if you so wished.
The team at Cameron Taekwondo are delighted to advise that we will be running online family friendly exercise classes every Monday and Thursday, these sessions are completely free of charge and open to absolutely anyone who wants to join us, please share with any friends, family and neighbours that you think would be interested.  After piloting the classes for the last week, we received very positive feedback and would like to now share the link that will allow you to join us every week.
Mr. Cameron, who has over 22 years of experience will be running the classes in a way that make it suitable for all ages and fitness levels.
Class Days : Mondays & Thursdays online through Zoom
Class Time : 5.30pm
Class Duration : 15-20 mins
Class Fee : Free
We look forward to seeing you there. The link to join is below.
Richard Cameron is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Richard Cameron’s Zoom Meeting
Time: This is a recurring meeting Meet anytime
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 883 5767 7427

Remote Learning and Spring Holidays

Dear Parent/ Carer,
We hope that all of our families and children are keeping as well as possible through these challenging days. As a school and indeed wider community, these are unique times we are living through and ones which are placing a wide range of difficulties and pressures upon us all. First and foremost therefore, we want to continue to support our families as best we possibly can on the road ahead. All our social, emotional and physical health & wellbeing must remain first priorities and if you feel that there is anything that we can help with, please do not hesitate to contact the school. Our school email address is the best place to start contact through:
For the Spring Break, our provision of remote learning through Google Classrooms and the school website and twitter feeds will stop after today; they will of course resume again on Monday 20th April. Our key worker families have already been contacted regarding school provision during the holidays (at Eastwood High School and Crookfur Nursery) but if there are any further questions please do not hesitate to ask.
We wish you and your families all the very best of health in the coming weeks,
Kind regards,
Giffnock Primary School

Cancellation of school activities

Regrettably extra-curricular activities at this point in time and for the foreseeable future are cancelled.  This will include all lunchtime and after school clubs, swimming lessons, bikeability lessons and the P7 Cluster Multi-Sports event at Woodfarm High School next week.

In addition whole school gatherings have been cancelled for the foreseeable future.  This will include any parental assemblies, our Community Café and our end of year Church Service.