Category Archives: Information



  • There will be NO TUCK at morning or lunch interval for the time being
  • Can children in P3 & P4 please bring indoor shoes to leave in class as we have new carpets in these classes (plimsoles are ideal)
  • Parents are NOT permitted within the school grounds at any time unless you have made an appointment to come into school
  • For the first couple of weeks P2 & P3 children will be escorted at home time by their Teacher to the school gates.  Children in P4 to P7 will make their own way to the gate you have agreed to meet them at.  To avoid any upset or confusion PLEASE ensure your child/ren know which gate you will meet them at


Message from Mrs Martin

Dear Parents/ Carers,

At the end of what has been a very unique school year, I would like to thank you. Thank you for supporting our teachers by providing a safe and encouraging learning environment at home for your child. Thank you for learning how to use Google Classroom at such short notice! Thank you for your understanding and constant support and thank you for all your positivity during a period of uncertainty.

I would also like to thank all of the St Joseph’s staff who have worked exceptionally hard over the last few months. They have , as always, gone above and beyond. We have navigated our way through an event that has no blueprint, no right or wrong and we could only do this as a team. Not once did staff question or refuse, they trusted and supported me, I am very blessed to lead such an amazing team.

Our children have been fantastic throughout, engaging in their online learning and sharing their experiences with their teacher through photographs and videos. We have missed them and look forward to August (fingers crossed!) when we can all be together again. When our children return we want to focus on the positive, we don’t want our children carrying their experience of lockdown as a negative. We will ensure our children have a chance to reconnect with their friends and teachers, lost learning will be addressed but at a pace that suits our children.

Attached below is a letter from Mhairi Shaw, Director of Education which provides an update on the current situation.

Have a wonderful summer. I hope the sun returns and you have an opportunity to relax, you have earned it! I look forward to welcoming our St Joseph’s family back on the 12th August.

God bless you

Suzanne Martin

Head Teacher


Letter to parents 26.6.20.doc


As we look ahead towards the new school session in August, we need to ensure continuing provision for the children of those who identify as key workers and require continued access to childcare during this time.

This application process is for key worker children places only.  Ongoing intelligence of school staff and partners will determine the children who are offered increased provision under the vulnerability category.

All parents/carers who currently identify as being a key worker should complete the application form detailing occupations and employers. You will also be asked to identify which key worker category applies to your application.  Where a parent/carer identifies as category 3, a letter of support from your employer will be required.  This letter will confirm the key worker status and the flexibility provided by the employer.  Please note, BOTH parents will require to be key workers to access this provision in a school or early years setting.

The Scottish Government has issued guidance on what constitutes key workers.

Key Workers fall into three categories:

Category 1 – Health and Care workers directly supporting COVID response and associated staff; Health and Care workers supporting life threatening emergency work as well as critical primary and community care provision; Energy suppliers (small numbers identified as top priority already); staff providing childcare / learning for other category 1 staff.

 Category 2 – All other Health and Care workers and wider public sector workers providing emergency / critical welfare services (e.g. Fire, Police, Prisons, Social Workers, etc), as well as those supporting our Critical National Infrastructure, without whom serious damage to the welfare of the people of Scotland would be caused.

Category 3 – All workers without whom there could be a significant impact on Scotland (but where the response to Covid-19, or the ability to perform essential tasks to keep the country running, would be severely compromised).

The categories have been introduced to ensure that frontline health and social care staff can access a place, if required, first.  Places left after this initial allocation will be distributed on the basis of the above categories.  Due to limited space being available in each of our buildings, we cannot guarantee that all applicants will be able to access key worker provision for their child/children.  Please note, the categories remain subject to national guidance and the provision offered may change if advised by the Scottish Government.

To submit a Key Worker Childcare Application form please scan the QR code or click on the link below:-

Please ensure that you complete this application as soon as possible, and by the end of the day on Monday 22nd June 2020, to ensure that we can process these quickly to plan for the next school session.

If you have any difficulty in submitting your application form, you should email and a member of staff within the Education Department will look to resolve the difficulty.


Message from Mrs Martin

Dear Parents/ Carers,

I would like to thank you for your ongoing support and your kind words of reassurance and gratitude that have been sent to us over the last few weeks. Thank you also for providing the support and guidance to your children that we are unable to provide during this difficult time. Thank you to our amazing children who have been so dedicated, engaged, resilient and strong. We know that there may have been difficult moments over the last few months and many of you will have felt overwhelmed, but you have been fantastic and we are still here to support in any way we can.

As I am sure you are all aware, last Thursday the First Minister outlined the first phase of the easing of restrictions. Since then we have been working with East Renfrewshire Council to plan a timeline for June and to start making plans for August. At our in-service day on Tuesday the initial plan and timelines were shared with staff. I would now like to share them with you:


Monday 1st June        –      Senior Leadership Team return to school to plan transitions in June and prepare for August.

  • Facilities management to deep clean school.
  • Health and Safety to undertake risk assessment of building and provide resources and support to ensure Scottish Government guidance on social distancing and hygiene can be fully implemented.


Monday 8th June        –      Staff return to school. This will be a phased approach, staff will only be in certain days to organise classrooms and resources for August.

  • Our hub children will return to St Joseph’s from 9am. Details will be sent to parents/carers currently utilising the hub.


Monday 15th June     –      Transitions will begin for our current Primary 7 moving into Secondary and for our Nursery children coming in to Primary 1.  Details will be sent to parents/carers next week once dates and times have been confirmed.


August 11th                –       This is the date announced by the First Minister as the return to school. More information on August dates and arrangements will be sent to you in June.


Online learning will continue throughout June. Please remember our teachers will have other commitments throughout the month of June in school and may not be as quick to respond as they currently are. We will also be providing more fun activities as we move towards the summer holidays, just as we would in school. From the 1st June you will be able to contact the school by phone as our clerical staff will also return but I would ask that you do not come to the school without prior arrangement.

Currently there are many unanswered questions and I would ask for your patience and continued support as we try to navigate our way through the coming months. We have been tasked with a huge responsibility in making our school safe for our children and at the same time ensuring it is still the loving, nurturing environment that it has always has been. Our St Joseph’s family is strong and determined and we will work together and support each other to achieve this. Your fears and anxieties around returning to school and the easing of the restrictions are completely understandable and shared, and we will try our best to reassure you and your child.

Kindest regards

Suzanne Martin

Head Teacher

Support Networks

We have listed some links to support organisations available.

Support Networks for Parents / Children and Young People


SCRA Coronavirus and your Hearing

Afasic– National charity for Developmental Language Disorders offering advice , information and support.

Autism Toolbox – new Covid 19 information page

British Academy of Childhood Disability

CALL Scotland – symbol resources explaining Covid 19

CHAS – Support for those with life shortening conditions

ENABLE supporting disabled individuals

ENQUIRE: General advice – ASL

Mencap – how to involve children in decision making

PAMIS –Support and services for those with profound and multiple learning difficulties

The Sensory Projects – COVID 19 educational resources for home-schooling

Wellchild – National Charity for sick children

Children and Young People


BSL video with Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance

BSL glossary of subject terms

BSL – Coronavirus (COVID-19) Social Distancing You Tube

BSL users access to the online British Sign Language video relay interpreting service (VRS) 24 / 7

British Deaf Association Mentoring Officer Email:


Kinship and Foster carers


Kinship Care Scotland

SCRA Coronavirus and your Hearing


Parents and Care Services

Information and guidance for care services and parents about Covid 19/school closures/staffing



Message from Mrs Martin

Dear Parent/ Carers,

Today will be our last day of online learning until after the Spring Break. Our staff will be back online at 9am on Monday 20th April!

Thank you for your continued support, we are trying our best to ensure  learning continues and that we stay connected to our children. As I said previously, use the work being posted in a way that suits the needs of your family during this period. There are no submission deadlines and the work will not be removed.

Over the last few weeks St Joseph’s staff have provided front line service in Netherlee hub, I would like to thank all the staff of St Joseph’s for their continued dedication to our families.

We are missing our St Joseph family very much and we hope to see you all soon.

Have a safe and blessed Easter.

Suzanne Martin

Head Teacher

St Joseph’s Primary School

Contacting School

Please ensure that if you need to contact school staff this should be done via email.  Any urgent requests will be answered as soon as possible and a member of staff will contact you.

We thank you for your co-operation in this matter


Message from Mrs Martin

Dear Parent / Carer

You will be aware that the UK and Scottish Government have made the decision to close schools on Friday in response to the spread of Covid – 19 (Coronavirus).

I would like to reassure you we have plans in place to make sure our pupils have every opportunity to continue their education regardless of the circumstances we may face. Please see the Remote learning policy which reflects a clear commitment to reinforce skills and give our pupils access to learning activities which will meet their needs building upon prior learning.

Our staff will follow the class timetable as far as possible with reinforcement and consolidation of skills and concepts. All classes from Primary 1 to Primary 7 have a Google Classroom. The children have been issued with a Home Learning pack with jotters to record their work and core texts for those children who do not have access to a device. Please ask the children to log in and each classroom will have instructions for the pupils thereafter.

Regular teacher check-ins with pupils will provide direction, give feedback and offer an opportunity for pupils to ask questions.

In order to support Government advice the following is advised at home:

  • Reinforce NHS guidance:
  • Wash your hands with soap and water, or use a sanitizer gel, regularly throughout the day.
  • Catch your cough or sneeze in a tissue, bin it, and wash your hands.
  • Cough / sneeze into your sleeve if no tissue.

I want to thank you for your recent understanding as we have made changes to planned events, however we want to ensure we are helping protect our community as well as our pupils. These are unprecedented times and you will appreciate our staff have been dealing with rapidly changing circumstances. Our staff team have been phenomenal in ensuring calm and continuity of learning and I would like to thank them for everything they have done and will continue to do for our children.

As a school community we suggest we offer a decade of the Rosary daily to pray for all affected by this situation.

Yours in Christ

Suzanne Martin

Head Teacher

World Thinking Day

This Friday, 21st February, children who are members of the Scouting organisation can wear their uniforms to school to celebrate “World Thinking/Founders Day”.  This includes children who are in Tweenies, Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Beavers, Cubs and Scouts.


This year the focus for Fairtrade Fortnight (24th February – 8th March) remains the same as last year – ‘Women Cocoa Farmers in Côte d’Ivoire’.

We will be learning about where chocolate comes from, the unfairness at the heart of one of our favourite treats and how we can use our voices and consumer power to address it. Pupils will be creating a Fairtrade chocolate bar wrapper as part of a school competition as well as taking part in the “Bring in a Fairtrade Snack” Competition.

To promote Fairtrade products we will be running the following events:

  • Monday 24th February until Friday 6th March – Children can bring in a Fairtrade snack for playtime. The class who have brought in the most Fairtrade snacks at the end of the fortnight will win a prize as a class.
  • Monday 24th February – Lunch Time Fairtrade Tuck Shop (P4-P7)
  • Tuesday 25th February – “Pop in for a Pancake” at 8:30am in P5b (P1-P3)
  • Friday 28th February – Lunch Time Fairtrade Tuck Shop (P1-P3)
  • Friday 6th March – All children can wear Fairtrade colours to school (green or blue)

We will be selling snacks and a selection of small toys. Your child can bring in money on these dates if they wish to buy some Fairtrade products. Please find price lists attached.

Fair Trade Price Lists for Children 2020

Thank you,

The Fairtrade Committee

Beat the Street


East Renfrewshire is being transformed into a giant game!              Join  St Joseph’s School Team and help us earn point, get active and win prizes in this fun, free, walking, running, scooting and cycling game.

Game starts 19th February through to 1 April

Your child will be coming home with the following

  • Parent Evelope (inc information and card)
  • Map
  • Green Fob

Parish Mission – GOD IS LOVE



St Joseph’s Parish Mission 2nd, 3rd & 4th March

We would like to invite everyone to our Parish Mission being held in the church between 7pm – 9pm each evening from Monday to Wednesday.

Hosting the Mission are Sister Sally Hyland (Sisters of St John of God in Dublin) and Father Bernard Fox (Mill Hill Missionaries) who are both excellent speakers.

The theme is God is Love.

There will be a presentation and talk each evening. Further information will be available on the St Joseph’s Clarkston Parish Facebook page and weekly parish bulletin.

BAE Systems & STEM Returners


BAE Systems teams up with STEM Returners again to attract a new cohort of returning STEM professionals

Have you taken a career break from an engineering or a technical sector and wish to return? Are you working below your experience in a different sector? Do you have an engineering or technical degree that you aren’t using? Do you just wish to transfer sectors but don’t have any experience? If so this could be the opportunity for you!  After the unprecedented success of the first 2 programmes where 100% of returners were offered permanent roles, we are currently sourcing candidates for the new BAE Systems ‘STEM Returners’ programme, a 13 week, fully paid and supported return to work programme starting in March 2020 in Scotstoun.  All candidates will also have the opportunity to obtain a permanent role at the end of the programme.  No career break is too long, register to return to STEM today! For more information please visit or email

More information on the programme is also available here: