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The school has a great number of digital devices for use in the classroom. This gives pupils the opportunity to access a variety of programmes to reinforce and enhance their learning across the curriculum.

Many of these programmes require pupils to listen to instructions so the children need headphones to fully benefit from the experience. Ideally, each child would have headphones in their tray that they could use with the laptops. Although the school has a supply of headphones, there is not enough for every child to have their own individual set. Therefore, if you have spare headphones at home that your child can use in school, we would appreciate it if they could bring them in to school. The headphones would only be used by your child and would be kept in their tray.

Many thanks in advance for your cooperation.

Walking to St Vincent’s

Wednesday 15th August is a Holy Day of Obligation.  We are looking for helpers to walk with our P5-P7 children to St Vincent’s.  We leave at 9.30 and return at 11.00.  Please contact the school office if you are able to help.

Volunteers Urgently Required for School Fete

So far only 7 people have come forward to say they are able to help at the school fete on this Saturday 2nd June.  Helpers are required for.

  • Set on Friday 1st June (anytime between 3-6pm)
  • Set up on Saturday 2nd June from 1-2pm
  • During the fete on Saturday 2nd June 2-4pm
  • Clear up on Saturday 2nd June from 4-5pm

If you are able to help please email and state when you are able to help, your name and contact details.

Many thanks
PSA Team

International Day – Can you help?

The International Day will take place at 2-4.30 on Sunday 29th April.

Please help if you can by completing the form in the link below. It is intended to be a fun, family day for everyone so a good turnout of helpers, even for a little while, means everyone can enjoy the day.

Please tick ALL the times you can help – though we will only need you for one slot each (excluding set up / clear up which will be all hands on deck!)

None of the jobs are onerous and it should be a great day!


World Book Day Activities To Do At Home

Please find below some World Book Day activities to do at home.  These are just suggestions and there is no obligation to complete them.  World Book Day will be rescheduled for a later date.

Reading Bingo P1 3
Reading Bingo P4 7

All stages
Design a poster/ bookmark/ leaflet to advertise your favourite book.
Create a comic strip of your favourite story.
Design your own quiz for your favourite book(s) to quiz a friend.

Pupils can respond to the video by creating their own comic strip in the same style as the illustrator in the video. They can use their pictures they have drawn during the video as a guide.

P3 World Book Day Activities
P4&5 World Book Day Activities
P6&7 World Book Day Activities

P3-7 – ‘Bumper Book Quiz’

P5-7 World Book Day QR Quiz

P6&7- Listen to an interview from a famous author (Michael Morpurgo or Jacqueline Wilson) and create a poster all about the author.  Pupils only have to watch first 15 minutes.

Winter Weather Activities

As the school will be closed due to bad weather, please find links below to winter weather activities which can be used at home .

Winter Weather P1
Winter Weather P2
Winter Weather P3
Winter Weather P4
Winter Weather P5
Winter Weather P6
Winter Weather P7

Pupils should also be reminded that they can log into Education City through Glow during school hours.  If using Education City pupils should ensure that they click on their class and name to register any work completed.

In preparation for World Book Day pupils could be reading a new book to share with their class when we return.

Please find below more links to websites to help support pupil learning.

Curriculinks – – Access through pupil Glow account

Spellits –

BBC Bitesize –

Primary Game –

Sumdog – – If pupils have a login

Topmarks –

Help St Joseph’s Primary with their school garden

St Joseph’s Primary are in the process of setting up a school garden using some funding we received from the Food for Thought Project.  Our children have been very ambitious in their ideas and we realised we would require some more help to enable them to realise their dreams.

Young Enterprise Scotland contacted us with a fantastic opportunity which would be beneficial for both their Social Enterprise and St Joseph’s School.

They have applied for some money, from the Aviva Community Fund, to give young people on their Landscaping Pathway programmes the opportunity to gain valuable work experience by creating new community gardens across East Renfrewshire. This will give disengaged young people the opportunity to build their skills and confidence by making practical improvements to their local communities. They have offered to include the garden at St Joseph’s Primary School as one of these, meaning that they could use some of the funding received to develop an Eco garden area in our playground.

To maximise the chances of receiving the funding Young Enterprise Scotland must receive as many online votes as possible to become finalists.

We would really appreciate your help in maximising our chances.

Please find below the link for voting.

This link should take you directly to the project, however if it doesn’t you can search for the Young Enterprise Scotland project.

To vote you need to register for an account (only takes a couple of minutes) and then you can vote up to 10 times.

The deadline for voting is the 18th November.

Kind regards


Andrina Thomson

Teacher – St Joseph’s Primary


St Joseph’s Parish Travelling Nativity – Something new for the children this Christmas?

As Mary and Joseph travelled to Bethlehem they relied on the kindness of friends, family and strangers. Could your family give them shelter for a night this Advent? You would receive figures of Mary, Joseph and the donkey into your home from another family in the parish one evening in Advent. The visiting family lead a (very) short child friendly liturgy and you as the host family provide light refreshments. The following evening you travel with the figures to another home in the Parish and repeat. In this way the figures of Mary and Joseph will travel through around 20 homes in our parish community on their way to the Church on Christmas Eve. Full instructions on what to do and where to go will be provided. We anticipate the liturgy and refreshments lasting no more than 1 hour on each evening. This is a wonderful and practical way to help your children really think about the journey of Advent. If you might be interested in taking part, please contact Catriona James by email to for an information sheet.

COUNTDOWN TO THE OLM PSA CHRISTMAS FAYRE! Saturday 3rd December 2016 1pm-3.30pm

We are looking for donations over the coming weeks for our stalls

Do you have any unused gifts or toys in good condition? Why not have a clear out to make room for Santa coming.

We are looking for donations of the following:

  • Tombola Items such as gift sets / perfume / make up / jewellery –plus gift bags (any occasion)
  • Children’s Books, DVDs, Computer Games
  • Bottles (anything unopened!) Such as wine, beer, miniatures or even champagne!
  • Toys in good condition please, and secure any lose parts
  • Home-baking– Donations on Friday evening (4th December) or on the day of the Fayre

Donations can be handed in to the school office at any time from this week onwards, and also on the evening of Friday 2nd December (until 8.30pm), while the stalls are being set up.

GRAND PRIZE RAFFLE – tickets and prize details coming very soon.

Finally……. PLEASE DO GET INVOLVED, we still need lots of helpers for both the Friday set up (from 3pm – 8.30pm) and on the day itself.  We will allocate half an hour helping slots on the day so that you can also enjoy the fayre with your family!

 To volunteer, please email, or find us on Facebook ‘OLM PSA’.

Victoria Drugan and Bernadine Nordmann, OLM PSA Joint Chair 

Christmas Fayre Donations Letter 2016

Duke of Edinburgh Diamond Challenge

Our Young Person Services are urging people across East Renfrewshire to challenge themselves as part of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) Diamond Challenge.

They are holding this special 60th anniversary event to help raise funds to transform lives of disadvantaged young people across the UK.

As part of the 60-inspired challenges, locals can choose to join a team of 60 people in a relay to cycle, run, swim and walk 60 miles, or pick a challenge more personal to you.

They are looking for 300 people to join in and make East Renfrewshire’s challenge the biggest one in Britain.

People of all ages and abilities can get involved and for those who don’t want to take part in a physical activity there is the opportunity to bake, learn an instrument, hula-hoop, sing or do yoga.

The East Ren Diamond Challenge event takes place on Friday 25 November 2016 from 3-7pm at Eastwood High School, Newton Mearns, G77 6NQ.

For more information and to sign up for the event, go to the Duke of Edinburgh website. If you are coming along to participate on the day please email and he will send you a time slot and more information.Sign up for Duke of Edinburgh Diamond Challenge

Curriculum Evening – Tuesday 15th November (P1, 3, 5, 7) and Thursday 17th November (P2, 4, 6)

Curriculum Evening

Please come and join us at our Curriculum Evening. Details as follows:
P1, 3, 5 and 7          Tuesday 15th November (Literacy)
P2, 4 and 6               Thursday 17th November (Numeracy)

The Curriculum Evening will run from 6.00-7.00pm on both nights.

There will be two presentations/workshops at each stage which will be a duplicate of each other so please feel free to drop in to either one. Please note that these presentations/workshops are for parents/carers only and therefore pupils should not attend.

Workshop 1- 6.00- 6.25
Workshop 2- 6.35-7.00

Please see attached letter for more details.

Curriculum Evening

Light up the life of one child for one special day.

Glasgow’s Spirit of Christmas aims to support children throughout our communities suffering from financial hardship, or living in poverty, by providing Shoebox Gifts or Christmas Gift Bags filled with presents and treats, to children who would not otherwise receive any gifts or very much this Christmas.

Help us include every child at Christmas and give them a magical experience and cherished memories to last a lifetime.

Through Glasgow’s Spirit of Christmas, Our Lady of the Missions has been paired with Renfrewshire Women’s Aid to provide all the gifts they need for the children they support.

A number of parents have already pledged their support but there are still plenty more children needing our help.  I would like all the children to receive a gift package or shoe box containing a ‘big’ gift worth around £10 – £15 plus 4 or 5 smaller stocking type items: selection box, colouring book, ball, gloves, hat, toiletries for example.  You can either donate a new item, from a sweet treat to a toy, or a whole package containing several items.  All donations will be much appreciated.

If you wish to help:
Choose the age group and sex of the child you wish to help.
These are the age groups we require gifts for.

Age 1-2
Age 9-12
Age 13-15
Age 16+

Age 6-8
Age 13-15
Age 16+

Contact Gail McGrane and let her know the age you are covering.  Call or text 07837 251 892 or email

Drop off your donation to Gail at Our Lady of the Mission Main office.
Friday 11th Nov – 2.45 till 3.30
Friday 18th Nov – 2.45 till 3.30
Friday 2nd Dec – 2.45 till 3.30
or call Gail and she can either arrange a pick up or you can drop off at her house

Please do not wrap the gifts.

Thank you very much