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Reminder: AGMs for Parent Council and PSA – tomorrow Thursday 13th September

Hope to see as many as possible tomorrow in the junior department – come to either or both! The PSA AGM is at 6.30 and Parent Council at 7.30. Please note the Lockerbie Manor meeting should be finished in time to attend the PSA meeting if you wish to attend both (or come late rather than miss it!

See more details here:

OLM Parent Council and OLM PSA

OLM Parent AGMs – Thursday 13th September – junior department

Our parent community plays a huge role in school life. Last year, our parents did everything from organising discos, fetes and our first annual Supper Dance through to helping our children become world record holders, hosting our first International day and creating our fabulous new outdoor learning area.

To keep up that good work, we need lots of help again this year! Please come along to (one or both of) our AGMS on Thursday 13th September in the junior department if you would like to hear more.

We have 2 parent groups with different roles:

PSA (Parent Staff Association) – AGM 6.30 – the PSA organises events such as our Christmas and summer fetes and discos to raise funds which support activities and improvements in school. The PSA pays for everything from playground facilities, parties and school trips through to equipment and other extras which benefit all the children in school

PC (Parent Council  – AGM 7.30 – the PC supports the school in improving learning experiences / outcomes and represents the views of parents in school life including developing the playground, running OLM Hub coffee events and other initiatives supporting parents such as parent guides, our inclusion group and uniform sales. Please note, membership of the PC for the year requires attendance at the AGM (this happens at the end of the meeting for those who wish to join) but if you can’t make it, don’t worry as parents / carers can attend any

Please do join one or both of our parent groups. Just come along on the night to hear more (the meetings will run consecutively). There will be meetings through the year but a lot of work is behind the scenes in working groups so if you can contribute any time at all to help, it will always be very welcome. Both groups will also be looking for additional office

None of these special events or improvements which benefit all our children happen by magic. We know everyone is busy – we all have family and work commitments – but the more we work together, the more we can achieve for our whole school community. We look forward to seeing as many as possible on the

If you have any queries meantime, please don’t hesitate to contact

Parent Council (PC) –

Parent Staff Association (PSA) –

Primary 7 Ceilidh

Children should arrive by 6.45pm at the latest and enter by the main office door.  No jackets, bags or mobile phones please.  Children will be piped out through the P2 door and parade round to the front of the school, past the main door and round by the bicycle rack, back into school.  Parents should form a guard of honour  at the front of the school as the children pass by.

First Annual Supper Dance

Last chance to buy your tickets for The First Annual OLM Supper Dance!
On Friday 22nd June 2018 @ Christ the King Church Hall. £15 per person including supper buffet and dancing.
Official tickets for those who have paid will be issued via school next week.
If you haven’t paid yet I will be at the school office today between 3-3.20pm.
If you haven’t yet registered and would like tickets please either comment below or come to the office today!
Thank you for all your support.

Julie Capaldi

A Guide to P1 at OLM (….for parents by parents!)

WELCOME – we hope you and your child have a wonderful experience at Our Lady of the Missions Primary School. Please don’t worry, your baby is in good hands!

In this note, we (the OLM Parent Council and Parent Staff Association) share some “parent to parent” tips but you will also find out how to get involved in the school community as a parent – our PC and PSA are a vital part of school life.

Getting involved As well as being a great way to meet other parents, the Parent Council and Parent Staff Association are a major part of school life.

  • Parent Council – the PC represents the views of parents/carers on all matters concerning the school and meets every 6 to 8 weeks to discuss eg parking, uniform, attainment and communication.
  • Parent Staff Association – the PSA meets once a month and organises fund raising and social events for the school community such as discos and summer / Christmas fayres through which it supports many activities in school e.g. Christmas parties and purchase of additional equipment.
  • Playground Project – also worth mentioning is the Playground Project which draws together parents from throughout the school / PC / PSA to help develop the playground, including Family Action Days when we get stuck in with spades and hammers to improve the school environment.

You will find out much more when school starts – including how to join and help – but in the meantime, check the school website for more information.

As for the rest of day to day life, here are some parent to parent tips.


Coming and going                               

  • “The Mensa” – you will hear it talked about but may not know that it is the school dining hall in the main building.
  • Bells – the bells go twice – at 8.55am (doors open) and 9am (work starts). If you are late and the doors have closed, go to the office. The bell also goes at 3.05 (coats on) and 3.10 (doors open).
  • Rainy days – if it’s raining before the morning bell, the main doors are usually opened to let the children into the Mensa. Children should be accompanied by an adult.
  • First day – as suggested by the school, a maximum of 2 adults can take your child into class on their first day for a few minutes only. The classrooms become very crowded and it is not fair to children or other parents if you ignore this. Please bear in mind most schools don’t allow anyone in the classroom at all.
  • First day tea/coffee for parents – please pop up the steps to the junior department if you would like to join other parents for tea and tissues after you have said goodbye in class on the first day.
  • P1 morning entry – Children should line up behind the cone for their class in the P1 playground. The doors will usually be opened at 8.50 to allow an informal entry. This helps ease congestion in the playgrounds and car parks. If your child is going to be absent, you must inform the school office as soon as you can.
  • P1 finish time – P1s are generally let out a few minutes before the 3.10pm bell for the first few days until they settle in as the playground gets very busy. It’s best to be there by 3.05 if you can. Children who go by bus are led to their bus by a teacher before the class gets out. P1s will be brought out class by class and this will vary in order. When you are waiting, please stand back a bit from the steps as there will be a lot of foot traffic passing by the P1 door.
  • Pick up – if someone else is to pick up your child at 3.10pm, you must tell the school even if it is another parent. The school is strict on pick- ups in P1 and will not release your child unless they have permission.


 Parking – parking is very busy around the school.
Give yourself plenty of time if you can and check out the parking guidance on the school web site for further details.

Car parks
do not park in the main school car park at any time at pick up / drop off – this is reserved for staff/buses unless you have a blue disabled badge. You can park beside the Woodfarm sports “cages” or in the overflow car park (on the right before the main school car park) or in the Woodfarm Pavillion car park on Berryhill Road or in the car park next to Glenwood Nursery. There is also a large car park behind Woodfarm High School which is rarely busy and can provide a safe route to school via the manned crossing.

  • Drop off zone – there is a drop off zone (in the morning only) in the school car park but it is only for dropping off. Please make sure your child gets out on the pavement side.  We cannot emphasise enough – DO NOT PARK THERE. Doing so is dangerous and causes chaos for other parents, staff and the buses by backing up the traffic. If someone else is going to be dropping off your child, please make sure they also know the position on parking and dropping off.

What you need   

  • Uniform – don’t buy too many school shirts! On   gym days (2 times a week), younger children wear polo shirts/sweatshirts to school rather than shirt and tie to save getting changed. See the school’s uniform policy on exactly what to get and where you can buy it. Muddy Movers is twice per week up until Christmas. Pupils require to bring waterproof outdoor clothing and wellies. Spare socks are also advisable.
  • Pre loved” blazer and uniform sale – get some fantastic bargains at the uniform sale which takes place at the summer fete. Used blazers are typically £10 / 20; generic items £1 each; and school branded items £1/£2. This year, the fete will be on Saturday 2nd June 2-4. Come along and enjoy the day while bagging some bargains!
  • Gym days– don’t worry about bringing PE kit until you get a note from school saying when your child’s PE days are. Remember you need kit suitable for indoors / outdoors as per the school list.
  • Washing gym kit – teachers will usually send gym bags home on a regular basis but this can vary and if you want to wash kit more regularly, ask your child to bring it home.
  • Bags and buckles – it may seem obvious but choose a bag and shoes that your child can fasten themselves!
  • Labels – label /mar everything thoroughly even if just with a permanent marker (and if you use stick on labels, replace them when they fall off!). It is astonishing how much unlabelled, good quality clothing ends up in lost property and the school will give it to charity if not collected following reminders. Sew on labels are harder work but tend to last longer.
  • – the school will supply pencil and a rubber, however you will want to supplement these as the year goes on. Pencils bought already sharpened tend to last longer than un-sharpened ones which often don’t sharpen well once used.


    • Snack – make sure they have a healthy snack for playtime – one small snack and a drink is ample. Don’t overfill your child’s lunch box as they may get anxious about having to eat it all.
    • Tuck shop – there is a school tuck shop selling fruit, toast and cakes. However, P1s usually bring their own tuck. Later in the year, if you want your children to use it, you would have to top up their account using Parent Pay. Children are limited to one item at tuck shop. The tuck shop can be busy and queuing will use up part of their playtime.


you will get instructions at the beginning of the school year on what type of homework the P1s will be getting and what you should do with it.
Handy hints: have an Argos or similar catalogue to hand – great for “find a thing beginning with K homework”! It can also be a good idea to take a photo of the spelling pages – at some point (perhaps even regularly!) your child will forget their homework! Children will also have a ‘Communication Diary’ – a jotter in which you can pass info to the class teacher or ask questions.School lunches – P1s are entitled to a free school lunch or, if you wish, they can bring a packed lunch (remember no nuts or nut based products).  The ERC web site has menus to check what is on offer and guide your child on healthy choices. Children order their lunches in class using the interactive white board and the food is therefore waiting for them. Coloured bands are issued depending on dietary requirements and lunch choices.  The school uses a cashless catering system which will be explained to you separately. Be assured the lunch staff will help your child know what to do whether they are having a school or packed lunch. Lunch time is 12.30 to 1.30 and you can take your child out for lunch for a special occasion if you wish.


Projects – remember that projects are not a parent competition! Your child is not learning much if you do most of it yourself and your teacher will know the score when your child turns up with a scale replica of Edinburgh Castle for their “castle” project.




  • Emails – email is standard for most communications unless paper is necessary. It’s therefore absolutely essential that your email address is up to date and you check your emails every day – news from school comes out almost daily. We would also suggest having all parents/ carers on the email list to ensure you are all up to speed with what is happening in school.
  • Twitter and Facebook – even if you don’t use twitter or facebook normally, it is worth signing up even if you only follow the school / PC / PSA – you will see really useful reminders, pictures and news from the school and can take part in /set up parent groups. See the bottom of this note for all the groups to follow / join


Getting to know you

  • P1/2 mums night – the PSA organises an early opportunity for p1/2 mums to get together – watch out for the date at the beginning of next term.
  • Get to know other parents – whatsapp or facebook groups for your class can be a great way to keep in touch. But do try also to organise a class/year get togetherto put faces to names. Knowing other parents in your child’s class is great for homework emergencies, play dates and to share experiences. The school can distribute an invite if you don’t know numbers / details (get the content approved before you make copies). It needn’t be a big “event” – usually just drinks / coffee / a chat in a local venue. Helping at events and getting involved in the PC or PSA (see below) are also great ways of getting to know faces and making the playground less daunting if you are new to the school. Both groups have their AGM in September – dates to follow.
  • Parties – P1 can be a busy year for parties as the children get to know one another though don’t ever feel obliged to have one. Do whatever suits you and your child. Handy hint: if you see an ideal bargain present, bulk buy if you can! Also, do respond to party invites – even if your child can’t go. It’s very frustrating for fellow parents to end up with a bunch of “no shows” for whom they may have had to pay a venue or prepare a party bag.

    Fun stuff

    • After school activities – the school runs lots of after and in school activities – these usually run for 6 to 8 week blocks. You will get details as and when they come up. They are often very popular so respond quickly – spaces may have to be allocated first come first served. Your child may not get in first time round but the school does its best to ensure all pupils get a fair chance. Parent volunteersalso play a vital part in running these clubs so if there is something you could help with or a club you could start / run, let the school know.There is also a large football club in the school which plays in the local football leagues and you will receive details at the start of the year.
      • Outings and trips – in each school year, your child will have various outings. Make sure they wear shirt and tie (if the school says “school uniform” in a note, it means shirt and tie). If they are to get pocket money for a gift shop eg £2 on a museum visit, please try to stick to the maximum amount specified – this is much fairer to the other children and avoids difficulties for the teachers / helpers. If you prefer your child not to spend some/all their money on sweets then please tell them – big packets are inevitably on offer in gift shops!


      • Helping out – if you would like to help out in school or on school trips etc, please speak to the school. You may need to get PVG disclosure checked depending on what you wish to do but the school will keep you straight.


      We hope these tips are helpful and wish you and your family a wonderful time at OLM. We look forward to meeting you in the years to come!

Our Lady of the Missions Parent Council and Parent Staff Association

Contact details


Parent council / PSA closed groups for parents / carers – search for  “OLM Parent Council” and “OLM PSA”  (need to answer question confirming you are a parent)

Parent council public page – “Our Lady of The Missions Primary School Parent Council”


School account – OLM Primary

PSA Account – OLM PSA

Parent Council Account – OLM Parent Council


East Renfrewshire Leisure Provision – Get Involved

A six-week public consultation into the future of leisure provision in the Eastwood area has now started and I would appreciate your support in spreading the message amongst staff, pupils and parents to encourage as many people to take part in this important consultation.

Four options are set out within the online consultation to allow residents to rank the options in order of preference.

Attached is a Powerpoint slide to include on plasma screens, as well as a graphic for use on social media (and a suggested tweet). I would also appreciate if information about this consultation (including the link) could be text to parents and included in any digital newsletters to allow parents to simply click through to the consultation. 

If you need any more information about the consultation then don’t hesitate to get in touch with Colin Hutton (Senior Communications Officer) on

P7 Leavers’ Mass

The leavers Mass is the last spiritual event for our P7 pupils to come together and celebrate what has always been an uplifting experience before they move to secondary. In order to ascertain numbers we would ask you to complete the form below so we can purchase the appropriate number of bibles and other holy books to be given to the pupils on the night.
Please click on the link below to complete the form.

PSA Meeting

Dear Parents

The PSA meeting takes place tonight at 6.30pm in the St Ninian’s staff room. All parents welcome. Main item on the agenda will be planning for the Summer Fete which takes place on Saturday 2nd June. We will require lots of volunteers on the day, so please come along!


If you can’t make the meeting don’t worry. Please complete the attached survey and let us know when you can help. We’ve had a great response from volunteers for the musical bumps world record attempt, and the international day, so let’s keep us this great level of support.


Thank you


International day – Sunday 2-4.30 – need to know!

Hope you will join us on Sunday – here’s what you need to know!

  1.   what’s on – see our exciting programme here  – food, music, dance, sport, crafts…it’s all covered and (thanks to the National Lottery) it’s all free! This is a family event so please ensure children have an adult present (unless helping with the event via the school)

Welcome to OLM International Day – here’s the run down!

Click below for allergens information


  1. 2. bring something for the big picnic if you can! – there will only be food if families bring it. no nuts and avoid fresh cream / raw eggs if you are home baking – label and bring it to the junior dept to lay out. see more food info here

OLM International Day – Food – Round the World Big Picnic!

  1. say hello to the many olm families who have stalls in the junior dept – they have gone to so much effort to share their country and culture with you, Younger children can get their OLM passport stamped if they learn how to say hello!

4.dress up in national costume / colours if you fancy it

  1. stay for the big parade at 4/ 415 – if you have a shaker / bells / drums at home, bring them (or make them) so the kids can make a noise! (there will be some at school but not enough for everyone)

Look forward to seeing you!


Welcome to OLM International Day – here’s the run down!


  • 2.10 and 3.30 – 15 min Bollywood dance taster – join in (Main  gym)
  • 2- 4 OLM Big Picnic plus tea / coffee / juice   
  • 2.30 to 3.30 – OLM showcase – performances by children (main gym)
  • 3.30 – 4 – traditional Scottish / Irish music showcase (Junior gym)
  • 2 to 3.30 – Make your own pakora drop in (STEM room jr dept)
  • 2 – 4 – Family stalls from Poland, Pakistan , Ukraine, Cameroon, India, Mexico, Bolivia, Italy, Scotland, Ireland and Mauritius (junior  gym)  – including henna hand painting
  • 2-4 – International arts and crafts and face painting flags (mensa)
  • 2-4 – Pupil games stalls (link corridor)
  • 2- 4.30 – Class displays link corridor
  • 2- 4 – Sports (junior playground) – Round the world sports challenge (winner in each age group); World cup fastest kick (how fast are you?); Gaelic football and cricket tasters from Tir Conaill and East Renfrewshire Cricket Club
  • 4.15 Grand Parade – a parade of children in national colours and costumes –  gather  4/4.10 (junior playground). Thank you to the National Lottery for funding this event


For Attention of Parents of International Day Performers

All performers for International Day should be dropped off to primary 3c at 2.15 to allow us to take a register.  The performance starts at 2.30pm. Parents should make their way to the main gym hall after dropping off where you will be able to enjoy the performances.   After the performances are over, you may take your child from the main gym hall.


Children can wear anything on the day and of course are very welcome to wear national dress (from any country) or a country’s football top.  If not, children can simply wear something they are comfortable in.

The children are very excited and have worked hard to showcase their celebration of International Day.

The school community would like to thank you for your support in bringing this special day together.

Mrs N Cochrane

OLM International Day – Food – Round the World Big Picnic!

Preparations are in full swing for our International Day on Sunday 29th April, it’s shaping up to be a very exciting event!

A special part of our day will be a ‘Big Picnic’ – a variety of different foods from around the world representing the cultures we share to sample on the day.

Please do take part in our Big Picnic if you can by bringing along a (nut free) sharing plate or dish of food  – sweet or savoury, home made or shop bought – representing a particular country.

If you are a budding Nigella, we would love some tasty authentic dishes. But for the non-cooks,  don’t worry, it doesn’t need to be fancy (or even home made), just something representing the country of your choice (eg shortbread for Scotland!). It’s all about sharing, however we do it.

Food hygiene/safety is our number one priority, so if you can help by bringing some food along, please bear in mind the following guidance:

  • Please do NOT bring any foods that include nuts/ nut substances. Also dishes with raw eggs, fresh cream should be avoided.
  • Food can be brought in at the start of the event at 2pm, or at any point during the afternoon . Please bring to the junior dept dining area when you arrive.
  • Please bring food which is ready to eat  – whether (freshly) hot or cold (we have no facilities to heat up or keep warm)
  • Ideally please use disposable plates/bowls, and cover your dish with tinfoil/clingfilm. However if you want to use a non-disposable plate please label this with your name, and your child’s name and class, and collect it before you leave.
  • Please clearly label the food (including ingredients) on each plate so children and parents can make informed choices and avoid foods which could cause an allergic reaction. There will be more guidance on the web site regarding allergens but the main allergens are listed at the end of this note for info.  Labels can be simple eg a ‘flag’ made with a cocktail stick and a sticky label stating ingredients or whatever is easiest!
  • serving utensils, cutlery etc will all be provided unless you need something specific.

Thanks for your support and we look forward to seeing you on the day!

Catherine Dillon-Ruddy
Head Teacher

Allergens can include:
celery / celeriac; molluscs; fish; nuts; peanuts; sesame seeds; mustard; milk; crustaceans; eggs; lupin; wheat including gluten

Please do not bring any food which contains nuts and with everything else, label your ingredients as above highlighting particularly if any of these allergens are present.

International Day – FREE event – 2-4.30 Sunday 29th April


2-4.30 pm Sunday 29th April

Please come along to our International Day – a free event to celebrate the diversity of our wonderful school community. We are delighted to be funded by (and give a huge thank you for) our “Big Lottery Celebrate” grant…. so the whole event won’t cost you a penny!

You’ll find something for all the family including…

  • OLM round the world showcase – music, dance and poetry, including dance from Scotland, Ireland and India
  • Our “OLM Big Picnic” for families to share food from their own cultures (more info to follow)
  • Bollywood dance tasters – for all to enjoy
  • Family stalls from countries all over the world sharing pictures, memorabilia and food tasters
  • “Make your own pakora” drop in session
  • Displays created by children in school
  • Art and craft activities from across the globe
  • Henna hand painting and flag face painting
  • International passport – stamped with all the countries you visit
  • International quiz and word searches
  • Round the world relay course
  • Sports tasters including Gaelic football, cricket and shinty
  • Fantastic grand parade led by piper and drummer to show off our amazing national costumes – making as much noise as possible with shakers and drums

If you can / want to, please dress in something showing your heritage or national colours  (whether it’s a football top or a fez) to make the day as colourful as possible.

Please note some activities will be timed – please check the web site before you come if there is something you don’t want to miss.

We look forward to seeing you on the day!