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World Book Day 6th M<arch

Due to an unforeseen clash in our school calendar, and in order to avoid some of our children missing out on the event due to trips out of school and swimming lessons that week, we are moving the date upon which we will celebrate World Book Day at Giffnock Primary to Friday 6th March.


As previously shared, all of our children are welcome to come to school that day wearing a costume of a character from a favourite story, or alternatively in pyjamas/ dressing gowns.

After School Clubs

Emails have now been sent to parents/carers of children who have secured a place with our popular After School Clubs for this term. If you have not received an email we are sorry to say that on this occasion your child has not been successful.

If your child has been allocated a place with our After School Clubs, our expectation is that your child will attend. Please note that all children must be prepared to attend weekly and not withdraw from these clubs. The coaches are responsible for the children in their care and any absences must be accounted for.  In the unlikely event that your child is unable to attend any session could we please ask you to telephone the school office beforehand (we cannot accept a child’s notification to the class teacher) and this will then be marked on the club register for that day.  Without your assistance our administrative staff have to telephone parents/carers to ascertain the whereabouts of their child and with more pupils than ever taking part in after school clubs this can be a very time consuming task.

We wish to remind parents/carers that although most of our After School Clubs are held within the school, we do have some that are held in other locations.  If the club is not located at Giffnock Primary it is the responsibility of parents/carers to make sure arrangements have been made for your child to make their way to their club and also for leaving the club to go home.  This particularly relates to the Boys Football Club held at Woodfarm High School pitches on Mondays after school.  We would also like to clarify that if your child requires any medication/inhaler at a club held at another location this should be given to your child from your home supply as medication held in school cannot be transported.

Cancellation of Burns Family Night and Ceilidh

Thank you to those who have requested tickets for the Burns Family Night & Ceilidh, unfortunately on this occasion we have taken the difficult decision to cancel the event.
We sold 21 adult tickets & 27 kids tickets for food & dancing and 12 for dancing only.  The revenue from these tickets would not be sufficient to cover the associated costs of the event and while we don’t run events solely for the purpose of fundraising and believe that the community benefit is just as important, we cannot risk running an event which would incur a loss.  We are fortunate that our suppliers; Marianna’s Catering & Chitterybite Ceilidh Band will not charge us for late cancellation.
A large percentage of the tickets sold were bought by members of the Parent Council and those involved in the organising of this event. These individuals would have also had to run the event on the night.
We do welcome any feedback and have tried to adjust this year’s event based on feedback from last year with regards to timings, venue and price.  As you can appreciate, a great deal of work goes into planning and organising these events and we do want to hold events that meet the needs and interests of our community.  If you have any suggestions or feedback  please feel free to contact the Parent Council on GiffnockPC@hotmail.co.uk
The revenue from last year’s event paid for one term of after school clubs which are provided by Parent Council funds. In order to try and avoid any loss of these activities for the children, we will be running a raffle as we have some great prizes which have been generously donated by local businesses. Look out for tickets and a list of the fantastic prizes this week in school bags and please support! The raffle will be drawn after school on the 31st January at the Community Cafe.
If you have paid for ceilidh tickets the money will either be handed back in person or you will receive an email to arrange collection from the school office.
Giffnock Primary Parent Council

Free taster swimming lessons

Swimming Development Programme: Free Taster Swimming Lessons

East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure Swimming Development are looking for children aged 4 to 12 years to come along to FREE Lessons again.

Our existing swimming teachers are upskilling to a higher level of swimming qualification run by the National Governing Body Scottish Swimming.

If you are interested in bringing your children along to our free taster swimming lessons at Barrhead Foundry, being taught by our probationary teachers, then please see dates and times below.

Saturdays 22, 29 February and 14 March.
Sundays 9, 23 February, 01 and 15 March
Times as follows:-
Saturdays-11.30am-12.00pm, 12.00pm-12.30pm, 12.30pm-1.00pm and 1.00pm-1.30pm.
Sundays-12.30pm-1.00pm and 1.00pm-1.30pm 1.30pm-2pm and 2.00pm-2.30pm

Please choose which time slots you would like, (you can attend more than one session)

You can contact Barrhead Foundry and add your child’s name onto the list by calling 0141 580 1174, 577 3636 or 577 3562 or pop into the centre and put their name down on the list.

Giffnock Primary Panic Room!



Dear Parent & Carer 


Back in Term 1 the P6 & P7 children were asked to consider what kind of activities they would like to experience as part of school fundraisers. You will be aware that the children in P6 & P7 children enjoyed a movie night last term from which the feedback was really positive. One of the other suggestions that was really popular was for the children to take part in a Panic Room event.  We would love to offer this for the kids and the proposed date which has been agreed is Thursday 26th March that evening in the school.


So what on earth is a panic room…. ? 


The children would be divided into smaller groups and would face a series of challenges in order to work out a code that “unlocks” them from the panic room. The challenges could be mathematical, logical, physical etc and they will need to work together as a team to solve them. 


If you think that this is something that your child would enjoy we would love for you get involved.  As you can imagine, events like these take quite a bit of planning and we already have quite a full calendar and a small fundraising committee. Basically, we need your help!  If we can get a small team of P6/7 parents together to help plan and design the event as well as volunteers to help on the night then  we would be able to go ahead with this great idea! 


Please do get in touch by email GiffnockPC@hotmail.co.uk or text 07855 953906 to offer your help. 


Thanks in advance for your support. 


Kind regards, 


The Parent Council 

Parent Council Family Burns Night

Dear All,
Happy New Year!

We are getting off to a flyer with the Family Burns Night & Ceilidh taking place on Saturday 25th January 2020 from 6pm.  Please note that this year we have a change of venue and the ceilidh will be held at the School.  Everyone is welcome.  Ticket booking forms have been sent home this week in school bags and must be returned by Friday 17th January with payment via class teachers.

Here’s what you need to know….

Date Saturday 25th January 2020
Venue Giffnock Primary School
Time  6pm – 11pm
A wee Burl: £3.50
Burl n Scran: £10  / £5 for kids

For the first time we are offering tickets for those who just want to come along and enjoy the fabulous music and dancing provided, as always by Chitterybite.  For those of you wanting  scran too – Marianna will be once again be treating us to her delicious Haggis Neeps  & Tatties – so please come hungry!  Dominoes Pizzas will be provided for the kids. Food will be served at 7.30pm.

There will be a bar available throughout the evening, cinema for kids who need a break from dancing, sweetie stall for treats and glitter tattoos.

We will also have a performance area which will be available at set times thoughout the evening and would encourage any children or adults who wish to share any Burns poetry or songs to get involved and help us celebrate Burns in style. There will be a sign up sheet available on the night for anyone wishing to perform.  As the children have been studying Scottish literacy we are more than happy to include any other works that they have been enjoying.

We hope to see many of you there.  Bring you dancing shoes!

Thanks again,

The Parent Council

scottish literacy week talking homework

Scottish Literacy Week Talking Homework.

In school this week we are celebrating Scottish literacy. The children will have the opportunity to explore and enjoy Scottish texts, poetry, songs and rhymes. On Friday, throughout the day all of the children will be involved in workshops with Macastory in preparation for a whole school afternoon performance.

This week’s homework is Talking Homework with a Scottish literacy theme. Please following the link below for access to the activity.

If you are new to the school or would like a reminder about Talking Homework you can access our Parental Information Booklet here –

Talking Homework Parental Booklet 2019

On Friday the children will verbally feedback to their peers, there is no need to write anything down. However if your child would like to bring in a Scottish text, poem or song they would be very welcome to.

We are looking forward to hearing all of your family ideas.
Yours sincerely,
Miss N. Stead
Acting Principal Teacher


Flu Vaccinations

Could we please remind you that the NHS staff will be carrying out flu vaccinations in school next Tuesday.

If you completed a consent form for your child but because of the delay have subsequently had them vaccinated elsewhere you should contact the NHS directly to advise them (NHS Helpline 0800 224488).

Christmas Parties

We wanted to remind you of Christmas Party dates for your children (shown below).  As usual children can come to school dressed in their party clothes on their party day.

NURSERY AM – Thursday 19/12/19 – AM
NURSERY PM – Thursday 19/12/19 – PM
P1 – Thursday 19/12/19 – PM
P2 – Wednesday 18/12/19 – PM
P3 – Wednesday 18/12/19 – PM
P4 – Tuesday 17/12/19 – PM
P5 – Monday 16/12/19 – PM
P6 – Wednesday 18/12/19 – AM
P7 – Wednesday 18/12/19 (The Boathouse)

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 :-



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