Smoking in Cars legislation


From 5th of December 2016, a person smoking in a car which is carrying passengers under 18 years of age will be breaking the law. Offenders could face a £100 fixed penalty fine.

The Smoking Prohibition (Children in Motor Vehicles) (Scotland) Act 2016, creates a new criminal offence, committed by any adult (aged 18 or over), where that adult smokes in a private motor vehicle in the presence of a child (under 18years of age), while that vehicle is in a public place. The aim of the legislation is to protect children and young people from the harmful effects of exposure to second-hand smoke (SHS) in a confined space.

Exposure to second-hand smoke in cars involves higher concentrations of health-threatening chemicals than in larger, open areas. Even if the windows are opened or air conditioning is used, harmful particles can remain in the atmosphere long after the visible smoke has disappeared. The restriction of a vehicle also means individuals are unable to move away from the smoke.

We all have an obligation to protect children and young people from the risks to their life and health, caused by the exposure to second hand smoke and ensure that every child in Scotland has the best start in life. Growing up in a smoke-free environment is an important part of that.

The Scottish Government hope that the introduction of this legislation will help their drive to cut the number of children exposed to second-hand smoke to 6 per cent by 2020. This is a momentous step in pulling Scotland on the path to becoming a tobacco-free generation.

For more information, visit the Healthier Scotland website.

Christmas fayre

Eight days to go!

The SOS group are on the count down to this year’s Christmas Fayre.

The Fayre will take place on Saturday the 26th November in Neilston Parish Church Halls from 10.00am -12.00noon.  Entry is £1.00 for adults, 50p for children and free for under 3s. (This includes teas/ coffee and cakes!)

We have a wide range of stalls on offer including wood crafts, candles, children’s clothing, beauty and baking and this year we have more on offer for the children will all the proceeds going to the school – Santa (including a gift and a photo- £2.00), nail painting, lucky dip, Christmas crafts and lots more.  All the pupils have also been busy making great craft products and the school calendar will return this year – look out for special deals.

Please help us be:

  • Donating tombola gifts, chocolate tombola gifts or baking.
  • (These can be handed in to the school or to the hall on Saturday from 9am.)
  • We need a couple more helpers for the tea room and stalls– please give your details to the school office and we will get in touch.
  • Coming along on the day with your family and friends.  We need to make this as successful as possible as this is one of our biggest fundraisers.

Many thanks to all who have already offered help and donations – this is greatly appreciated.

Looking forward to seeing everyone on Saturday.

SOS Group



Christmas Fayre – SOS

Saturday 26th November 2016

                                                          10am to 12noon                                                                                                                  Adults £1/kids 50p                                                           entry includes tea/coffee/juice & home baking

Follow Us on Twitter

You can now follow us on Twitter @Neilston_Madras

We will be issuing Responsible User Agreements which include permission for photographs of children to be uploaded to Twitter.  Please download this form and return to the school or alternatively complete the paper copy which will be sent home this week.

User Agreement


P7 Open Evening at Eastwood High School

Dear Parent/Guardian


 As you may be aware every year we host an Open Evening at Eastwood High School to allow you to have a look round the school and see some young people working in classes.

We would like to invite you to the event in the new school on:

Wednesday 23rd November 2016 in the Atrium of the Main Building.

 It is important that everyone is in the Atrium by 6.45 pm sharp as Mr Maxwell, the Head Teacher, will address parents at 7.00 pm.

Thereafter, tours will start and it is a very tight schedule so timing is crucial. This year the tours will allow you to visit every department in the school.

Tea, coffee and juice will be served at some point on your tour. This will be in the café area on the ground floor.

If you wish any further details about this Open Evening, please contact the school on the above number or by email.

We look forward to seeing you on 23rd November.

Yours sincerely

Susan Foster
Depute Head Teacher

Tel: 0141 577 2200





Information Update

Some updated information:

28th Oct – Dress up Day – no theme this year just dressing up but we would ask that you avoid very scary costumes (particularly masks) are avoided as this can be distressing for some of our younger pupils. Pupils come to school in costume but ensure they have suitable warm clothing and footwear with them to change into. NO uniforms required.

1st Nov – Support Our School – next meeting will be held within Neilston Primary on Tuesday 1st Nov at 6.30pm. Everyone welcome as we need your support for Christmas events.

4th Nov – Halloween Biscuits – Our kitchen ladies will be making biscuits to sell at 35p each for Tuck Shop. 10p from each biscuit will go to “Social Bite” Charity. CASH ONLY, no money can be taken from cashless catering to purchase these.

7th Nov – Remembrance Our P7 pupils will be selling Poppies for a small donation.

10th Nov – School Disco – Consent forms will be sent home with  pupils to be completed and handed in on entry to the disco with fee.  NOT to be returned to school . Not Fancy dress, No Costumes.

P4-P7 Reading Challenge – Keep Reading during the October Week

Our P4-P7 pupils have recently signed up to participate in the First Minister’s Reading Challenge. The First Minister’s Reading Challenge aims to build on the work already taking place in schools across the country to encourage children to read widely, explore a range of books and develop a love of reading. The main focus of the Challenge is to encourage reading for pleasure.

Our P4-P7 pupils have a Reading Passport which they can use to log their reading journeys. Classes have also registered online to take part in the challenges and find book suggestions. Further information on this initiative can be found at new Reading Challenge website

Parent’s/Carer’s Evenings

Today you will have received a letter inviting you to attend our Parent’s/Carer’s Evenings on 12th & 13th of October.  This year we have introduced an easy to use online appointment booking system that will allow you to choose your own appointment time.

Families with more than one child will be able to make their appointments from 6.30pm on Tuesday 27th September 2016.  Families with one child can make an appointment from Thursday 29th September.  Appointments will close on Tuesday 4th October at 11.55pm.  

Please note login details will be sent home on the day your appointments go live and you cannot book an appointment without this information.

Attached is the letter that has been sent to you today along with a guide of how to book an appointment.  Please visit the address below to make your appointment.



If you any questions regarding the booking system please contact the school office.


Tel no: 0141 5707240



Fundraising Group (Support Our School)        

September 2016

We would like to take this opportunity to thank to those of you who have helped us raise school funds over the last few years. From those of you who have attended monthly meetings to those who have sent tombola prizes or made a cake, we have really appreciated your support.

The SOS Fundraising group raised nearly £4000 in the 2015 -2016 session.

£2440 – Christmas fayre / raffles / Christmas Cards

£840 – School discos x 3

£221 – Crazy Hair day

£333 – Family Ceilidh

Every penny of this goes back into the school, here are some examples of where the money has been spent this year.

£510 – school trip subsidies

£729 – P7 Leavers gift – High School Tie (‘15-‘16, ‘16-‘17 purchased)

£150 – P7 Leavers Ceilidh

£91 – Sports day medals

£370 – Fun day Assault Course and ice-lollies

As a sub-group of the Parent Council we meet with the sole intention of raising money for the school. It is this committee that organises the discos, Christmas Fayres, Christmas cards, school calendars etc.

Unfortunately, due to a number of committee members leaving when their child got to P7 we are lacking in volunteers to take on Committee roles. The recent AGM did not present us with anyone willing to take on the role of Chairperson or Secretary.  If we don’t have any volunteers, then the group will fold and there will be no more discos or fayres.  There will be no subsidies for school trips and our children will be the ones to suffer.  They love the discos, they love trips, these are the things that they will remember when they leave.  It would be such a shame if we couldn’t run them anymore.

We are asking you to get involved, we desperately need help. A committee role is only for 9 months and there’ll be support from a great team.  We generally meet 7 or 8 times over the academic year.

If you are interested, please fill out the form overleaf and hand it back into the school.

If you have any further questions please feel free to contact us through the school email Marking it FAO: SOS/Fundraising group.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Education Consultation


As you now know ERC (East Renfrewshire council)  are proposing changing the way pupils are transferred to secondary school RC (Roman Catholic) and non-denominational primary and secondary school from January2017.

You will also have been told about the meeting on the 13 of September in Carlibar primary schools at 7 pm.

I have been asked to attend on behalf of the parents council as your chair person.  I would have liked to called a meeting for you all to attend but because of the timing this will not be possible.   So I am asking for your thoughts on the matter by email or seeing me in the p1 playground at home time.

I will ask if you can email my personal email address for quickness it is

Thank you all for your time I know how busy we all are so thanks again

Donna Strathearn chair of parents council

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