Please see attached for what we hope will be a fun and engaging family activity for all of our school community.
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.
Could we please remind you to provide a water bottle for your child for their wellbeing and to keep them hydrated. Water fountains are available in school but we are finding that many pupils do not bring a suitable container to utilise the fountains.
We are regularly providing paper cups for pupils throughout the school day and are mindful of the environmental impact of this.
Please see the attached leaflet for further information about music in Giffnock Primary.
Please note that most After School Clubs are cancelled next week (Week beginning 16th March) due to teachers preparing for Parents Night and for Parents evening on Wednesday 18th and Thursday 19th March.
The only Afterschool Clubs running next week are;
Boys Football – Monday 16th March
Gymnastics – Tuesday 17th March
Taekwondo – Friday 20th March
To support Sport Relief on Friday (13th March 2020) we are organising activities in school and pupils may come dressed in sports clothes (with a red theme if possible).
The Sports Committee will be collecting any optional donations on the day.
We are looking forward to our annual “Spring Fling Disco” taking place on:
Thursday 12th March,
Tickets are £3 and this includes drinks. As always, we welcome any parent helpers, please indicate your availability on the form which is being sent home today with your child.
Please return forms and money by Tuesday 10th March to class teachers.
We have been asked by Active Schools to share the information attached regarding upcoming cluster ski lessons.
Active Schools P4 – P7 Skiing March 2020
We are delighted to share the recent launch of East Renfrewshire Council’s Healthier Minds resource for families which seeks to address different ways we can work together to support our families and young people.
For further information on this we have included links below:-
In addition, East Renfrewshire Council are also planning an awareness raising event for Parents/Carers on this, so further information will be shared shortly.
We would also like to extend an invite to another Giffnock Family Support Team session in school on
Thursday 12th March at 9 am.
The theme will be around supporting childrens’ mental and emotional health with Mr McGee our Educational Psychologist present and Ms McLeod from our school staff presenting.
Should you have any questions or are interested in coming along to our school session please contact the school office.
In school this week we are celebrating Reading Week and World Book Day. The children will be participating in a variety of literacy rich activities throughout the week and will have the opportunity to dress up as their favourite character or in their pyjamas on Friday 6th March.
This week we have prepared a Talking Homework focused on the Share a Million Stories campaign and the Read Aloud event. Please follow the link below for access.
More information about Share a Million Stories can be found here – https://www.worldbookday.com/share-a-million-stories/
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.
We have been advised by our school kitchen that there will be a change of menu on the 21st February 2020.
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.
Mearns Castle Golf Academy are offering FREE golf coaching to kids between the ages of 5-13 in partnership with Active Schools during the week commencing Monday 11th February 2020.
Please see attachment for full details.
For any further information you can telephone 0141 644 8200.
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.
PRIMARY 6 & PRIMARY 7 ONLY
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.
The Parent Council