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Easter Cantata

Primary 6 performed an Easter Cantata at Eastwood Theatre. It was a huge success and a fantastic experience for the children. They played to a full house of parents and invited guests and there was not a dry eye in the house as primary 6 beautifully portrayed the Easter story.

Newsletter End of August 2012

Dear Parent/Carer
Our Primary 1 pupils have certainly settled well to their first taste of school life. Our senior pupils in Primary 7 are thoroughly enjoying their roles as buddies and mentors. We look forward to a very productive, successful and happy session 2012-13 and encourage all parents to take a full and active part in the life of our school.

School Feast Day
We will celebrate the beginning of the school year with Mass in St. Vincent’s Church on Thursday 6th September for primaries 5, 6 and 7 pupils to mark the Feast of Our Lady’s Birthday (8th Sept). Prayer services will also be conducted for the younger pupils, marking the patronage of our school and to dedicate the coming year to the intercession of Our Lady of the Missions. As we gather as a Community of Faith we celebrate as a living example of gospel values being shared and demonstrated in our daily work. Continue reading Newsletter End of August 2012

Newsletter January 2012

Dear Parent/Carer
On behalf of all of the staff here at Our Lady of the Missions may I take this opportunity to wish you and your family a very happy and successful 2012.

This first newsletter of the New Year contains information on recent events and details of future events leading up to February mid term break.

Advent Charities

We are delighted once again to be able to support very worthwhile causes as a result of the superb fund raising activities which took place during Advent. The magnificent sum of £4,700 was raised. £1,175 was donated to each charity: Cystic Fibrosis Fund at Yorkhill Hospital; Mary’s Meals; Katie & Friends; and SCIAF. This has been achieved through everyone’s efforts: parents’ contributions in the donation baskets during our school concerts, the Free Day organised by our wonderful P7 year group and a staff raffle. Continue reading Newsletter January 2012

Newsletter February 2012

Dear Parent / Carer

So much is happening as February draws to a close and the school is busy as ever.

Whole Foods Market

Many thanks to everyone who supported the school last Sunday, and made their way to Whole Foods store. There were very many Our Lady of the Missions’ pupils, parents and staff in and around the store. The choir was exceptional and their contribution made the day even more successful. The PSA of course did a power of work in arranging the event, and Whole Foods donated £1,046.53 to promote healthy eating initiatives in school. We are looking forward to purchasing two portable cookers for classroom use. Thank you to Whole Foods and to everyone involved. Continue reading Newsletter February 2012

Newsletter March 2012

Dear Parent/Carer
I hope you enjoy a wonderful celebration this Easter and a relaxing holiday.

I would like to share some of the highlights of the last few weeks here in Our Lady of the Missions.

Our World Book Day celebration at the beginning of March was a great success. Thanks to everyone who joined in and special thanks to Miss Cardosi and Mrs Milmore who organised the day and to Mrs Devlin who led the P7/P1 Glow Meet.

Fairtrade Fortnight was marked with assemblies led by Dr Lyon and our Eco Committee, who also set up a Fairtrade stall where over £2,247 was spent on items supporting Fairtrade producers across the globe. Some of our local councillors who champion Fairtrade status here in East Renfrewshire also joined us and made a few purchases at the stalls.

During Lent we have supported several charities and have donated £500 towards SCIAF as a result of donations made at the performance of Miracle Man, and through the “wee boxes”.

We shall be supporting Mary’s Meals Backpack Campaign early next session and further details will be sent home prior to the summer holidays. 

Thanks to Fr. Jim Duggan from St. Joseph’s Church for celebrating class Masses here in the school and supporting us during Lent.

Our Primary 4 children made their First Confessions in our local parishes. We were all impressed with the simple but beautiful services. Congratulations to all of the children! Our prayers are with them as they prepare for their First Communion in May. Primary 7 pupils are also preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation, which they will celebrate after Easter.

Thanks to Mrs Gear, Mrs Munro and Mrs Paterson who spent many hours after school making up the gift bags for our Mother’s Day Sale. Thanks also to all staff members who donated the items. P1 – P3 pupils were very excited when choosing their gift for a Special Person. £510.08 was raised for Glasgow Women’s Aid.

Primary 6 classes performed the Easter story “Miracle Man” in song and narration both here in school and in Eastwood Theatre to great acclaim. This was a very powerful presentation. All the classes were enthralled, as were family members. Thanks also to the Primary 6 staff for their tremendous efforts in ensuring the success of the production.

Thanks to Mrs Florence Denholm once again for leading our choirs so successfully in the

Glasgow Music Festival. We were so proud of all the children. They looked so smart and sang beautifully. This year the boys were outright winners in their section. The girls were a close second in their section: Well done to all!

Our competitors who took part in the Regional Primary Burns Federation Competition in Paisley had a very successful day. Congratulations to Aidan Lau, Matthew Devlin, Clodagh O’Donnell and Euan Stirling who represented the school very successfully.  Aidan Lau goes forward to the National Finals in May. Thanks also to Dr Lyon for coordinating our involvement in this event.

National Boys’ Choir conducted by Christopher Bell will perform the world premiere of Going for Gold, a sports cantata. The Junior Corps and Changed Voices section will also perform, making a grand total of 170 young male singers on stage. The concert takes place in Perth on Thursday 5th April at 3.00pm in Perth Concert Hall. Further information is available from National Youth Choirs of Scotland 0141 287 2856.

Our Parents’ Evenings at the end of March were very busy nights and a great reflection on all of the hard work and dedication from everyone connected with Our Lady of the Missions. Teachers are now busy writing the end of year reports which will be issued in June.

Thanks to East Renfrewshire Council for providing three sessions with

The Gaelic Waulking Song Group. P5 classes thoroughly enjoyed taking part in song and dramatisation, recreating the work of the early weavers here in the crofts of Scotland

Outdoor Visits: P1 classes have enjoyed their recent Spring walks to Rouken Glen Park and P2 to Giffnock Library. P4 were enthralled during their visit to New Lanark, and P5 brought their topic on Knights and Castles to life during their visit to Bannockburn and Stirling Castle.

Primary 7 classes thoroughly enjoyed their visit to our friends in Cartsbridge Evangelical Church in Busby for the ‘Easter Experience’, an interactive exhibition based on Christ’s Passion, Death and Resurrection. A huge thanks to the community there!

They are currently enjoying several visits to St Ninian’s Technology, ICT and Art Departments as part of their transition to High School.

In addition they have recently enjoyed a retreat with pupils from St Joseph’s Primary to Schoenstatt Retreat centre in the Campsie Hills. As part of their fundraising efforts to commemorate their Confirmation, they will enjoy a “Day at the Movies” this Friday.

Handling Teenage Behaviour Parenting is a very important but stressful job; especially around times of puberty, adolescence and change (moving to High School for example).To assist parents with this task a “Handling Teenage Behaviour” Group will be offered at Crookfur Primary School, Capelrig Road, every Thursday evening from 19th April to Thursday 24th May 6.30pm to 8.30pm. 

This will be an informal and enjoyable group, which will look at parenting skills, rules, boundaries, discipline, rewards and self-esteem etc. For further information or to book a place, please contact:

Tracy Dillon: 07974 178 798 / 0141 577 2226

Vivienne Middleton: 0141 577 3535

School Meals

As a matter of urgency, can I urge parents of pupils who use the pre-payment system for school meals to ensure that sufficient funds are in place in order that your child does not require to be issued with a “debt” ticket from the school office. The number of children who repeatedly appear at the school office and request help to pay for their school meals is exceptionally high and causes an increased work load on office staff.

Spring Break

School will close at 2.30pm on Friday 30th March for the annual Spring Break and will re-open on Monday 16th April at 9.00am.

Thank you for your continued support of the school. If there is anything that you would like further advice/information about, please do not hesitate to contact the school.

Yours sincerely

Charles Jamieson

Head Teacher

August Newsletter 2012

Welcome back!
It is a pleasure to welcome everyone at the start of this new session. We look forward to working closely with you to making this another happy and successful year for the children and staff of Our Lady of Missions.

It is wonderful to see all the children looking so smart in their new school uniforms. Thank you for your support. We are very proud of our identity as Our Lady of the Missions.

Thanks to all the school staff and contractors, who worked hard over the holidays and on the in- service days to have the school looking so well for the children’s return. I look forward to welcoming you into school on our forthcoming Curriculum Evening, when you will have an opportunity to look around and meet class teachers. Further details to follow.

A warm welcome goes to our new members of staff: Miss N Dunn in P1c and Mrs L Collins in P4d and to our newly qualified graduates; Mrs. P Hemphill P2c and Miss C McKenna, P6a.

The Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady
Mass was celebrated this afternoon for Primary 5, 6 and 7 pupils. Prayer services were also conducted for the younger pupils in the school marking Our Lady’s Feast Day.

We look forward to celebrating our school Feast Day on Friday 7th September when the whole school will commemorate the Birthday of Our Lady (8th September).

Mary’s Meals – Backpacks
If you bought a new school bag for your child this term perhaps you would consider donating the old one to Mary’s Meals? Over the next few weeks we invite you to add items to the bag and then send it into school w/c Tuesday 25th September.

The Backpack Project is a simple way to help children from poor families to get to school in

countries like Liberia and Malawi. Very often these families cannot afford to buy basic things like

pencils and notebooks, or even suitable clothes to wear to school, and so children miss out

on an education. Along with the free school meal that Mary’s Meals provides (for as little as £6.15 per child, per year) the backpacks we send, help children to get an education that will help them escape poverty in later life. We are looking for the following items:

– a backpack, small ball (e.g. tennis ball), spoon (preferably metal)

– notepad, pencils, crayons, colouring pencils/ pens, sharpener, eraser, ruler, pencil case

– towel, soap, toothpaste, toothbrush (cheap brands are fine!)

– shorts or skirt and t-shirt, or dress, and a pair of flip flops

Good quality second hand items are great!

 For further information please visit www.marysmeals.org.uk/what-you-can-do/backpack-project

Medical Consent Forms
Please complete the attached medical consent from which will be taken on all visits out of school this year. If any medical information changes over the year; e.g doctor, medical conditions or emergency contacts, please inform the school office.

 A detailed newsletter will be sent home at the beginning of next week.

Yours sincerely

Charles Jamieson

Head teacher