Tag Archives: Pupils

School tuck

There have been a few changes to options of food served at Tuck and I felt it would be a good opportunity to update you with what is on offer for our pupils throughout the week.

  • Water
  • Milk (semi skimmed)
  • Fresh sliced melon
  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Tangerines
  • Tinned mandarins in natural juice
  • Tinned Pineapple in natural juice
  • Kellogg’s Coco Pop Cereal & Milk Bar
  • Kellogg’s Rice Krispie Cereal & Milk Bar
  • Popcorn

In addition to the above, home-made cookies are available for our Primary 1-3 pupils on a Wednesday and for our Primary 4-7 pupils on a Friday. All of the food served at Tuck is compliant with the Scottish Government Health, Promotion and Nutrition Act and is checked by the authority’s Food and Nutrition Co-ordinator.

Kind regards,
Natalie Stead
Acting Principal Teacher

Family Maths Week Activities

This week we are celebrating Maths Week Scotland. Within school your child will be focusing on developing mental agility, core number processes and exploring inspirational mathematicians. Attached you will find a selection of activities to try at home with your child to help foster and promote a love of maths while developing their skills. It would be great if you could share some of the activities with us via Twitter  @giffnockprimary or on the Google Classroom. Throughout the week you will be able to find out more about what is going on in school through our Twitter.

Giffnock Family Maths Week Activities


Natalie Stead

Acting Principal Teacher

Beat the streets

Dear parent/carer,
After the great success and enjoyment of last year, Beat the Street is back! Today your child will receive a fob, card, map and additional information all about Beat the Street which turns Giffnock into a giant outdoor game. Using the map children and families will be able to locate ‘beatboxes’ across the local area which they can then walk, run, cycle or scoot to in order to score points. Register your card online before beginning the game.

The game provides an opportunity to have fun and get active outdoors however it is vital that we keep each other safe by adhering to social distancing measures. If you played along last year you will notice that changes have been made to the game such as you no longer have to tap the fob or card against the ‘beatbox’.

Please remember:

  • If there is already a family at the ‘beatbox’, stand well back to give them space until they are done
  • Hover your card or fob at the ‘beatbox’, do not tap it
  • There is no need to touch the ‘beatbox’
  • Road safety
  • Wash your hands after the game
  • Do not share your card

Beat the Street have created a short video which you can access by following the link below. It contains information about the game as well as tips on how to stay safe.


The game begins on the 30th of September.

Stay safe and have fun,
Miss Stead
Acting Principal Teacher

crazy hair day

Could we please remind you that tomorrow (Wednesday 23rd September) the Parent Council have organised their annual “Crazy Hair Day” as a fundraiser for the school – please see attached poster for further details.

Children are invited to come to school with crazy hair or hats and bring £1 for a donation which should be handed in to their class teacher.  School uniform is to be worn that day as usual.

Parent Council Events

Dear Parents & Carers

We hope you and your families are all keeping well and everyone has settled back into school.

As you might expect, our fundraising calendar will look slightly different this year, however there are still activities the school are able to do with the children that we’d like to do our best to support.

A few things to look forward to are –

Our yearly “Crazy Hair Day” which will take place on Wed 23rd September (poster attached!).  Children are invited to come to school with crazy hair or hats and bring £1 for the bucket, with school uniform as usual. We look forward to seeing all your crazy creations!

Over the October break we will have “Holiday Helping Hands” where children can be sponsored for helping out with jobs around the house or garden.

Nearer Christmas we’ll have the hugely popular Hamper Raffle!

We hope it’s not too long before we can resume our usual fun events, especially to welcome our new families & get to know each other.

As always, the Parent Council is open to all to help out or to put in concerns or ideas. Please contact us!  giffnockpc@hotmail.co.uk

Kindest regards

The Parent Council

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.