NNC Friday Bundle 26.02.21

Hello everyone,

What a lovely week! We’ve so enjoyed listening to the squeals of delight, chatter, laughter and fun that the children have had during their first week back. We have really focused this week on children reconnecting with friends, exploring the layout of nursery, being more independent and feeling comfortable with their familiar adults. After the anticipation that some may be a little unsettled, most of the children really quickly got back to messy play, digging in the mud, splashing in puddles, building or chatting to friends and staff, as if they have never been away. Our staff have commented on how lovely it is to be able to see the children again in real-life, to give hugs and to catch-up on all the things that have happened in their lives since December.

We have also welcomed some new children to nursery this week too and we have loved having them join our Netherlee community.

Recently we applied for £1000 funding from Scottish Government for outdoor clothing and we are delighted to confirm that the application was successful. We are really keen to buy the most robust, hardwearing waterproofs for the children and would welcome your suggestions of brands, best buys or useful websites.

We would like to share some information for anyone who would like to dip into some free online learning modules that may be of interest for you to complete at your own pace.  These are available on the site in a range of languages too.

  • Understanding pregnancy, labour, birth and your baby
  • Understanding your baby
  • Understanding your child
  • Understanding your teenager’s brain
  • Understanding your child with Additional Support Needs

The resource has a series of modules containing interactive resources, quizzes and video clips. It focuses on developing nurturing and supportive relationships between parents/carers and their children. For further information, or to access Solihull Online please follow this link: https://inourplace.heiapply.com/online-learning/ Press the ‘enter code’ button and use the access code ‘tartan’ to access.

We hope you have a lovely weekend and that your wee ones come back next week full of energy for the start of a new week and a new month.

Yvonne Donaldson (HT) and Angela Kerr (PT)

Friday Bundle 26.02.21

Hello everyone,

We have so enjoyed seeing the happy faces of our P1-3 children and listening to all the chatter, laughter and fun that they have had during their week back in school. The teachers and staff have really focused this week on the children reconnecting with their friends and re-establishing lots of familiar routines.  After the anticipation that some of the children may be a little unsettled, they have once again shown their tremendous resilience and have really quickly got back into the swing of things- as if they have never been away.  The staff have commented on how lovely it is to be able to see the children again in real-life and it is so personally heart-warming for me when I walk round the school and can once again hear the sound of busy, productive and happy children and staff, enjoying being together and engaging in collaborative face to face learning once more.  We would be very grateful if any P1-3 child who still has school books, resources or digital devices that have been borrowed from school, could please return these to us as soon as possible.  Many thanks.

We have also welcomed some new children into the Netherlee Community during this lockdown period and your child may very well mention the name of a new friend who has joined their class. The period of lockdown and home schooling has been so very tricky for all parents but especially for any new parents to the school and so, a small request… if you notice a new adult’s unfamiliar face standing waiting for a child at pick up or drop off time, maybe you could introduce yourself (socially distanced of course) as it really has been very difficult for new families to the area to make new friends during these past months.  Thanks for your help with ensuring that all new children and parents receive a warm welcome into our wonderful Netherlee Community. J

I would like to share some information for any parent who would like to dip into some free online learning modules that may be of interest for you to complete at your own pace.  Please note that these are available on the website below in a range of different languages.

  • Understanding your child
  • Understanding your teenager’s brain
  • Understanding your child with Additional Needs

The resource has a series of modules containing interactive resources, quizzes and video clips. It focuses on developing nurturing and supportive relationships between parents/carers and their children. For further information, or to access Solihull Online please follow this link: https://inourplace.heiapply.com/online-learning/  Press the ‘enter code’ button and use the access code ‘tartan’ to access.

The ERC Educational Psychology Service is delivering three online one-hour parent sessions in March (please see attachment for details and how to sign up). The aim of these will be to explore how Covid has impacted, and how some children and young people think, feel and behave, and to discuss ways in which parents can support their child through the current challenges. The sessions will refer to ERC’s Healthier Minds Website and resources and will involve input from partners across East Renfrewshire who support children and young people’s mental wellbeing.

We are very hopeful that our P4-7 children will be able to return to in school learning very soon too and, following the Scottish Governments update in relation to this on Tuesday of next week, I will include some information about this in next week’s email.  We are desperate to get our middle school and senior pupils back with us again in Netherlee and fully appreciate how hard this continues to be for them and you.  The teachers are doing their very best to try to keep their pupils’ motivation levels high by providing lots of fun activities during the live meets each day, but we know that nothing can truly replicate being back in the building altogether again.  Fingers, and toes, crossed that it is safe and we get the go ahead and green light for this confirmed next week.

A parent has been in touch with me to request that dogs are kept on a lead if bringing them to the gates and surrounding areas at pick up and drop off times.   I am of course happy to support this request in order to help to keep everyone safe and also to recognise that some children and adults may be a little of scared of dogs who are off lead.  Many thanks for your help and understanding with this.

Also attached is information in relation to World Book Day and a Book Token too.

Thank you for continuing to get in touch with myself and the staff regularly with any questions you have or in relation to your child.  Please do continue to do this as it means we can resolve any matters very quickly and can help and support with things as they arise.  This is what we are all here for and is a very important part of making sure that the children in Netherlee are well cared for, happy, settled and making good progress in all aspects of their learning.


Take care and have a lovely weekend.


Mrs Yvonne Donaldson

Friday Bundle 19.02.21

Hello again everyone,

If you have a child in P1-3, I hope that you have found the information shared with you earlier in the week useful.  The teachers have been in school this week and we are all ready and very much looking forward to seeing our P1-3 children on Monday.  As the children will be enjoying lots of playing and learning outdoors, we would be very grateful if you could please provide your child with a change of outdoor footwear suitable for all weathers. These can, if you wish and it is easier for you, be left in school and we ask that they’re put in a named plastic bag so that they’re easily identified. Thank you. I hope all your wee ones are looking forward to Monday as much as myself and the staff are. 🙂

For our P4-7 children who will be continuing to use our Hub provision going forwards, we are planning to take our pupils outdoors, as often as possible, to take part in P.E. lessons and outdoor learning in order to provide an additional challenge and enjoyment to their learning, as well as being mindful of course of promoting positive health and well-being. We would therefore be very grateful if these children could bring a change of outdoor footwear, in a plastic bag, and a warm jacket with them to school whenever they are joining us in the hub each week. Thank you for your help and support with this.

As we continue to provide Remote Learning for our P4-7 children just now, we have been very keen to take on board any suggestions and feedback from children, parents and also of course my staff in order to ensure that we are mindful of the ongoing well-being of all.  Thank you to the parents who were able to join us at the live parent meets this week and for sharing your ongoing very positive comments and also some useful ideas and suggestions which have been great too.  We are therefore going to introduce a “Step Away Friday Fun Time” for stages P4-7. During this afternoon, the children will be provided with a variety of non-screen activities to complete and teachers will ask the children to choose what they would like to engage in for the afternoon.  These will include some suggestions for getting outdoors, art work, listening to set pieces of music, yoga, following a special interest project and lots more ideas but… they won’t involve looking at a screen.  Teachers will really look forward to hearing from their children throughout the week, what they have been choosing to do during the Friday afternoons and will explain this more fully to their classes on their Google Classroom.  We hope that the children will enjoy these activities and that this will also allow some breathing space for families.

East Renfrewshire Active Schools are challenging anyone with a connection to East Renfrewshire – school pupils, parents, grandparents, staff – to walk, cycle or run to Tokyo (5759 miles) and they would like your help! Active Schools are tracking the miles using an app called STRAVA.  If your family would like to take part in this challenge, it is free to sign up for a STRAVA account. Strava will ask you if you want to pay for the app – but there is no need to as the free app is absolutely fine for this challenge. IMPORTANT INFORMATION: To download and use the STRAVA app you need to be at least 13 years old, so an adult will need to download the app and accompany primary children while they are taking part, making this a family challenge rather than solely for our pupils. More information and details on this challenge can be found in the attached document ‘Let’s Get to Tokyo’.

Each year, East Renfrewshire Education Department produces their Standards and Quality Report for the previous school session, in this case 2019-20. If you would like to read the report, you can do so by clicking on this link https://www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk/department-performance-information.

Have a good weekend everyone, take good care of yourself and also each other, please get in touch at any time if you need anything at all or if you would like to discuss anything to do with your own child.

Mrs Yvonne Donaldson

NNC Friday Bundle 12.02.21

Hello everyone,

We hope that the snow didn’t interrupt too many of your plans this week and that you took the time to be able to just have some fun. Sometimes it’s good to put all your plans to one side and just laugh, feel the cold on your cheeks and appreciate the simple things, we know we did while playing with the children in the snow in the Hub on Wednesday morning.

This morning nursery staff have attended a virtual puppetry workshop hosted by Starcatchers, Scotland’s National Arts & Early Years Organisation. We are working with Starcatchers to devise activities to develop creativity both indoors and outdoors and in the local community. We will be in touch soon to share resources and activities to try at home or in the local community. If you would like to find out more about the work of Starcatchers please click on the link: https://www.starcatchers.org.uk

We hope that your family will really enjoy joining in a Google Classroom Bookbug session with Mrs Flower and Mrs Greig next week. We would also like to say thank you to one of our nursery parents who had a great suggestion. As such, we look forward to sharing lots of recordings produced by various staff, from your child’s building, reading stories on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in addition to our usual daily Google Meet. We’re sure your child will love seeing some more familiar faces in addition to their keyworkers.

We are pleased to advise that the new online Early Learning and Childcare application process is now live for new three or four year old children on the East Renfrewshire Council website: https://www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk/nursery-places   Applications require to be submitted by 28 February 2021.

If you have any enquiries regarding changing attendance patterns or days for 2021/21 please direct them to earlylearningandchildcare@eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk

We will be in touch again towards the middle of next week, subject to the First Minister’s update on Tuesday regarding the arrangements for nursery children’s return on Monday 22nd February. We also look forward to seeing you, if you are able to join us, on Thursday morning at 10am for our second Live Parent/ Carer Meet.  Link to follow.

Have a lovely weekend with your family everyone.

Yvonne Donaldson (HT) and Angela Kerr (PT)

Friday Bundle 12.02.21

Hello again everyone,

I hope you have all managed to enjoy some fun outdoors, playing or relaxing in the beautiful snowy weather that we have had recently.  If you pop onto our Twitter Feed you may even see some school and nursery staff having fun in the snow ourselves this morning. J

As this has been a short week, and also as we are currently waiting on the next Scottish Government update on Tuesday, I don’t really have a great deal to update you on this week.  I will of course be in touch again next week to share any relevant information in relation to this update.  If it is decided by the Scottish Government that P1-3 children will return to school on 22nd Feb, I would like to give the P1-3 teachers an opportunity to come into school ahead of this date, in order to prepare their classrooms for welcoming the children back.  As such, I have allocated each stage of teachers a day for this – P1 Wednesday 17th, P2 Thursday 18th and P3 Friday 19th, and on each appropriate day teachers will of course still provide remote learning for the children which will be posted on GC in the usual way, however there will be no live meets for that one day. Thank you for your support and understanding with this.

We are very much looking forward to welcoming all parents and carers who would like to, and are able to, join the Leadership Team at the next round of Live Google Parent Meets over the course of the next two weeks – the link for these will be sent out to you the evening before.  Please remember, these are informal opportunities for you to “come along” and ask any general questions that you may have just now.  As always, if you would like to discuss your own child, please do get in touch with us and we will be happy to help in any way that we can.

The next Netherlee Parent Council Meeting will take place, virtually, on Wednesday 24th February 2021 at 7pm (agenda to follow).


Have a good weekend everyone, take care.

Mrs Donaldson

NNC Friday Bundle 04.02.21

Hi everyone

We hope that if you have been able to join in with your child on any of our daily Google Meets that you were pleased with how responsive staff were to the interests and “chat” of children. Whether encouraging them to share their news, reciting nursery rhymes solo (as no one joined in!  J), playing French games or singing the children’s favourite songs and dancing, the staff have shown such enthusiasm and commitment to making the children feel listened to and connected to each other and the nursery during this unusual time. We are very proud of how the children have grown in confidence while attending the daily Google Meets and how they happily talk to each other and share news about life at home.

If you haven’t yet had the chance to pop in to the meets, these sessions are a really good way for your child to re-connect with some of their friends and their teachers. Please do get in touch if you need any help with how to get this set up etc.  We look forward to seeing lots of the children again soon at our Google Meets which are at 2.30pm each day from Wednesday 10th February.

As it is a holiday weekend we will post our next ‘Learning Links and Home Learning Ideas’ on the Google Classroom on Tuesday 9th February at 7pm.

Have a lovely, long weekend.

Warm regards

Yvonne Donaldson (HT) and Angela Kerr (PT)

Friday Bundle 04.02.21

Hello everyone

Just a slightly shorter email from me today ahead of the In-service Day tomorrow and the long weekend holiday on Monday and Tuesday of next week.

I am sure you will agree it will be nice to be able to switch off our digital devices, at least for some of the time each day and to relax and try to unwind a little from all of the busy, tight schedules and routines that you, and we, are all living through right now.   I know that I have said this already however I really do want to thank you once again for your enormous support, time and energy over the last weeks since returning to school and nursery in January.  I really do take my hat off to each and every one of you, as well as of course my fantastic staff and pupils- what a Netherlee Team!  Whilst I completely agree that none of this is or has been easy for any of us, together we have been able to do our very best to keep the Netherlee children safe and well whilst also moving their learning forwards.  I know how much they really enjoy and benefit from being able to see their teachers and friends during the live meets and please believe me when I say how much the teachers value being able to see their children too and being able to make sure they are “OK” – this really does means a great deal to the staff as well.

Please find attached the dates for our next round of Live Parent/ Carer Drop In Meets.  We will still go ahead with the P1, P2 and P3 sessions too as I feel this will be a good opportunity for any parents within these year groups to have an opportunity to ask any questions you may have in relation to the scheduled return to school.  The P4-7 sessions will be similar in format to the last round so we look forward to seeing anyone who is able to “virtually drop in” then.

With the 6 Nations starting on Saturday, Mr Aitken has started a virtual rugby club for P5-7. This will run for the duration of the 6 Nations. Details of how to join the club can be found in your child’s Google Classroom. Active Schools have challenged us to name a team of the week during the 6 Nations. Mr Aitken and the children in the club will choose their team of the week and share this and other fun facts each week through a ThinkLink – https://www.thinglink.com/card/1412752054597713922

In January the Specialist Children’s Services Community Occupational Therapy Team launched an advice line where parents/carers, school staff, social care staff, voluntary organisations or other health professionals can seek advice and support for children and young people who are having difficulty joining in with the activities that they need and want to do every day. Please follow this link to find the new advice line: https://www.nhsggc.org.uk/media/264679/ot-advice-line-poster-in-pdf-for-primary-school-age.pdf

So, have a lovely, long weekend everyone.  I will be in touch again next week and I will hopefully also be able to share some more detail in relation to our nursery and P1-3 pupils returning to school, if it is safe to do so of course, on 22nd February.

Warmest regards

Mrs Donaldson