Category Archives: Parents

Summer Reading

The Summer Reading challenge is a great way to keep children reading during the school holidays. Children can sign up at the library, then read six library books to complete the Challenge. There are exclusive rewards to collect along the way, and it’s FREE to take part!

Please visit the libraries website to find out about Fun for all the Family with

  • Stories
  • Sci-Fi Labs
  • Space Crafts
  • Virtual Reality
  • Space Training
  • Alien Hunts and more.

All ages welcome, free, contact the library to book your interest.

Parental Involvement and Engagement Census

East Renfrewshire Council and its educational establishments undertake regular periodic surveys of parents and carers.  Such surveys support school and local authority improvement planning and provide an opportunity for parents to share their thoughts on current and future involvement and engagement with schools.

Similar practice is undertaken by all local authorities in Scotland and educational establishments under their control.  In order to rationalise this approach to surveying parents/carers and in order to allow comparable consistent data to be collected nationally, which will assist in evaluating the impact of interventions and programmes and support future policy development, every parent/carer of a school pupil in Scotland is being invited to take part in the national Parental Involvement and Engagement Census pilot.

Only one parent/carer per child will receive an email which will include a link to the survey and it is only necessary to complete the survey once per family, per school.  The survey should take no longer than ten minutes to complete and will remain open until 27 June 2019.

The data gathered will be used for statistical and research purposes and will provide East Renfrewshire Council and its schools with information to help:

  • plan, monitor and deliver better policies for the benefit of all,
  • identify and share best practice,
  • better understand some of the factors which influence parental involvement and engagement with our schools,
  • further enhance positive relationships with parents to secure positive outcomes for our children.

The information collected will also be securely shared with the Scottish Government to assist in evaluating the impact of national interventions and programmes and to support future policy development at a national level.

Further information on the collection and how the Education Department and Scottish Government will process the data collected is provided in the Council’s privacy statement and Scottish Government website:

Should you have any further questions, please contact the Education Department:

Education Department
Council Headquarters
Eastwood Park
East Renfrewshire
G46 6UG

0141 577 3229

Thank you for taking part in this survey collection.

STEM @ Mearns

At Mearns Primary, we are extremely proud of the work we have undertaken in relation to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). The work has been delivered in line with the goals set out by the Scottish Government as they look to develop skills that will prepare our young people for the world of work when they are older.

The work of the STEM team in the school has been recognised by Education Scotland, who have shortlisted Mearns Primary for the STEM Award 2018.

To showcase the work in the school, the STEM team created a presentation that can by viewed here.

Below you will find a range of documents created by the school that we hope will give you more of an insight into the learning and teaching at Mearns. You can access the document by clicking on the links.

Mearns Science Principles

Our Science Principles shape the way we teach science in the school. The principles came from the views of pupils and staff in the school and highlight the excellent practice in science teaching at Mearns Primary.

Curriculum Overview

The science curriculum is split into Early, First and Second level and within that we have organised the learning outcomes into a progressive programme where each stage builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills of the previous stages. As pupils move through the school they experience all the outcomes and are introduced to all the big concepts of science.



At Mearns Primary we believe that partnerships are essential to give all of our pupils the excellent education they deserve. Through our STEM, Developing the Young Workforce and Mearns Masters programmes we have linked with a wide variety of organisations, companies and individuals who have all enhanced the experience of our pupils. We are very grateful to all our partners and the time and expertise they share with us.


Family Film Night

A cohort of East Renfrewshire senior pupils is heading out to Malawi in October 2018.  The pupils will be supporting the work of the Betty Cunningham Trust   at the Dambo Village School.

The pupils will carry out manual labour, ensuring that the fabric of the school is maintained and they will also work with the pupils.


In order to support this venture, one of the senior pupils from this group is hosting a Family Film Night for pupils and their families in Mearns Primary School. The film which will be shown is the Universal Pictures film “Hop”.   The charge will be £3 per ticket (per seat).  Children should be accompanied by an adult. Doors will open at 5.30pm, for a 6pm start.  There will be a 20 minute interval during the film and snacks, hot dogs and juice will be on sale.  It is anticipated that the film will finish at 8pm.


There will be an opportunity for face painting and a novelty stall.  An Easter themed raffle will take place also.  If you would like to make a donation for the raffle, please leave this with our school office staff.


Tickets will be available at the door on a first come first served basis.

Your support for this good cause will be greatly appreciated.

Mearns Primary School


Park and Stride

The JRSO are re-launching our Park & Stride areas. This will start on Thursday 1st March with Zone 3. Friday 2nd March with Zone 2 and Monday 5th March at Zone 1. Please meet Mrs O’Connor and the JRSO at 8.30am to walk together.


Zone 1  Hunter Drive – park on Hunter Drive and follow the path; passing the park on your left, turn left and arrive into school using the front entrance.

Zone 2 Paidmyre Road – park anywhere on Paidmyre Road and cross Ayr Road with our crossing patrol. Walk along St. Vigeans Avenue and into school using the back entrance.

Zone 3 Netherplace Road/ Crescent – park anywhere on Netherplace Road or Crescent, walk along Fairweather Place and into school.