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: email@example.com
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
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.
St Joseph’s Primary School
Family First is a free, confidential advice and information resource in East Renfrewshire.
Please see leaflet below for contact details
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
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
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.
Please see below links to the Healthier Minds Video shared at the launch and a link to the Healthier Minds website
To view the Guide for Parents and Carers please click the document below.
Healthier Minds parents’ document final
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
The Fairtrade Committee
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)
- Green Fob
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 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 www.stemreturners.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org
More information on the programme is also available here: https://www.stemreturners.com/2020/01/24/bae-systems-glasgow-programme-2020/
St Joseph’s Primary will close to Thursday 6th February at 3.05pm
We look forward to welcoming pupils back to school on Thursday 13th February at 9am
We hope you lovely break
Our School Master Classes Need You!
We are pleased to let you know that we are planning to run a set of master classes throughout the whole school for three consecutive weeks this term. The aim of our master classes is to allow the children to participate in a variety of different experiences focusing on life skills and general health and wellbeing in daily life, learning and work.
Can you help us achieve this?
We know that we have many parents and extended family members with valuable skills that we could all learn and benefit from. We would greatly appreciate if you were able to share these skills with the children during our master classes. We have benefited in previous years from our parents expertise and the children have loved the diversity of activities on offer. Some of the wonderful experiences our children have had include:
● visiting Busby Hotel to learn banqueting skills
● first aid
● fire safety
● working on team building skills by assembling Ikea flat pack furniture
● learning to sew/knit
● repairing a bike puncture
● working with stem ambassadors
● developing cooking skills with local chefs.
We know that there must be lots of parents with expertise in these areas or have other skills that our children could benefit from. Our master classes will be running on Wed 26th Feb, Wed 4th March and Wed 11th March from 1:40-2:40pm.
Please contact us if you feel you could help us in any way by emailing the school or using the eForm below.
Master Class eForm
To celebrate our Scottish heritage we will be having a Scottish themed assembly tomorrow morning (Friday 24th January) and all the children can wear “A little bit of tartan”
Please don’t rush out and buy something ….. it could be a scarf, ribbons, sash, kilt, pinafore, shirt, bunnet or even something blue, whatever you have at home.
The children will all be given some shortbread. We are aware of the children with related allergies however if you don’t want your child to receive this please let the office or class teacher know.
As part of our Religious Education programme we spend time finding out about other world religions, faiths and backgrounds.
In the first two weeks back in January 2020, we will celebrate ‘Other World Religions Fortnight’ as a whole school.
We are looking for different resources to enable us to learn interactively about other religions. If you have anything we could use during this fortnight we would be most grateful.
We are also looking for parent volunteers to come in a speak about their faith. If this is something that you would be able to come in and help us with then please get in contact with the school.
The Religious Education Working Party
In preparation for Christmas our Pastoral Committee run a ‘Sanctuary Space’ for pupils once a week during lunch time. Children can come along for anything from 5 minutes to 25 minutes.
This gives children a space to pray, reflect, and complete short, spiritual activities to help them focus on the true meaning of Christmas.
We would like to invite you to come along on Wednesday 18th December at 1pm and you can spend 5 or 10 minutes quietly praying or reflecting with your child.
There is no formal prayer throughout the time, we will however open/close with a short reflection and Our Father. Tea/Coffee and Biscuits will be provided.
If you and your child would like to attend our welcome committee will meet you in the foyer at 1pm.
The Pastoral Committee
Join us for our Christmas ‘Brew and a Blether’ on Wednesday 11th December from 8:50am-9:30am in the school dining hall.
There will be tea, coffee, mince pies and some Christmas music for you to enjoy!
We would like to remind you all of the procedures for reporting a child absence.
Please phone the school on 0141 570 7380 as early as you can to report your child absent. The school phone lines open at 8.30am and ideally we should be notified of an absence before 9am. When calling please provide us with the following information:
- Child’s name & class
- Brief description of the reason for being absent
- Expected return date, if known
Even if your child has already been off sick or sent home the previous day unless we know they are definitely not coming to school we need to hear from you. As many pupils make their own way to school we cannot assume they are at home and have a duty of care to check they are safe and with you.
We appreciate the phone lines can be busy first thing, especially during the winter when we have higher absence rates, but please try again later as the school office is always manned.
Thank you for your co-operation,
Our P6 are running an Early Bird Reading Group in the Library from 8.20am until 8.45am on the following days
Tues – P1 and P2
Wed – P3 and P4
Thur – P5, P6 and P7
This will run to the Christmas break.