Tag Archives: Pupils

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:

https://hdscotland.org/the-big-sing/

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 :-
https://news.gov.scot/news/students-to-get-free-access-to-sanitary-products

http://www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/article/8097/MEDIA-RELEASE-Community-group-become-Period-Ninjas-on-period-poverty

https://www.engender.org.uk/content/publications/Engender-Roundtable-Summary-Period-Poverty-June-2017.pdf

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.

Sponsorship

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.

Volunteer

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

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.

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=oyzTzM4Wj0KVQTctawUZKeu_wdzIk0xHnONy0Tg-lilUQ1hRVjRCSzRMNkIyMkZLWjRDVFA2T1RGOS4u

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.

P3 Read Write Count Bag

Your child will soon receive a free bag of books and activities from the Scottish Government’s Read, Write, Count campaign.

Your child’s P3 Read, Write, Count Bag will contain:

  • two picture books
  • Galactic Fantastic card game and reversible story and routine cards
  • multi-sided dice
  • a notebook with a writing pencil
  • a guide with all the information you need to use the bag at home

The bag is designed to help you and your child to have fun with reading, writing and counting at home.

Giffnock Primary will be welcoming Primary 3 parents and carers on Wednesday 27th November 2.15pm to 2.45pm. There will be a short parental workshop and small information session. Followed by an interactive visit to your child’s classroom to share in the gifting of their ‘Read, Write and Count’ bags.

 

Parent Club: parentclub.scot
Simple, fun ideas to help parents to build reading, writing and counting in to everyday life, whether that’s at the shops, on the bus, at mealtimes or simply playing at home.

Scottish Book Trust: scottishbooktrust.com/readwritecount
Information about Read, Write, Count bags in your area.

Parentzone: education.gov.scot/Parentzone
Up-to-date information about learning in Scotland, practical advice and ideas to support children’s learning at home.
The Primary 3 Read, Write, Count Bag is given out to children around Book Week Scotland (18 – 24 November 2019). You and your family can take part in many events happening in libraries and other venues all over the country

P2 Read Write Count Bag

Your child will soon receive a free bag of books and activities from the Scottish Government’s Read, Write, Count campaign.

Your child’s P2 Read, Write, Count Bag will contain:

  • two picture books
  • a rockets and meteors game with dice and counters
  • reversible dot pattern board with dry wipe pen
  • story cubes
  • a notebook with a writing pencil
  • a guide with all the information you need to use the bag at home

The bag is designed to help you and your child to have fun with reading, writing and counting at home.

Giffnock Primary will be welcoming Primary 2 parents and carers on Wednesday 27th November at 9am to 9.30am. There will be a short parental workshop and information session followed by an interactive visit to your child’s classroom to share in the gifting of their ‘Read, Write and Count’ bags.

Parent Club: parentclub.scot
Simple, fun ideas to help parents to build reading, writing and counting in to everyday life, whether that’s at the shops, on the bus, at mealtimes or simply playing at home.

Scottish Book Trust: scottishbooktrust.com/readwritecount
Information about Read, Write, Count bags in your area.

Parentzone: education.gov.scot/Parentzone
Up-to-date information about learning in Scotland, practical advice and ideas to support children’s learning at home.
The Primary 2 Read, Write, Count Bag is given out to children around Book Week Scotland (18 – 24 November 2019). You and your family can take part in many events happening in libraries and other venues all over the country

Jotters

As you are aware jotters were sent home with pupils on Friday 1st November to be returned to school today.

Thank you to those of you who have returned the jotters but could we please ask those of you who have not returned them to do so tomorrow as they will be needed during parent appointment on Wednesday and Thursday.

Tempest Photography

The photographer from Tempest will be in school on Tuesday 5th November 2019.

Could primary school pupils please wear full school uniform (shirt and tie) on this day.

This year only WHOLE CLASS photographs will be taken.

Proofs will be sent home together with the information package detailing about costs/orders. H. Tempest will be dealing directly with payment for the photographs so please ensure that exact money or cheque, made payable to H. Tempest Limited, is returned to school at the appropriate time.

Please telephone the school office if you do not wish your child to have their photograph taken.

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.