Welcome to Your Art World
We are really excited to announce the launch of National Galleries Scotland’s Your Art World!
Three of our talented and very articulate pupils were selected to form part of a special artistic steering group at Scotland’s most prestigious National Galleries.
Art Club is a new network for 5-18 year olds across Scotland, to develop and celebrate their creativity through visual arts. Every term they will post a new set of art challenges designed by children, for children. The aim is to inspire you to think, wonder, make and share your art in National Galleries Scotland’s online gallery. It could be 2D, 3D, film, animation, performance, writing or anything else you can think of.
Our pupils have taken part in workshops with the Galleries’ Artists and have now set the nation an Art challenge! No mean feat! This term, they focussed on “Words. What can they make us feel, see, create?”
The launch is now live! Click on the links below to see our confident, articulate pupils challenge the country to create. You can also watch some professional artists respond.
Can these talented pupils challenge you and your family? We’d love to see what you create in response!
Dear Parent/ Carer,
We are really looking forward to welcoming the children back to school next week. School staff will return for In Service days on Monday 16th and Tuesday 17th August. The children will return on Wednesday 18th August. New Primary 1 pupils should arrive for a 9:30am start on their first day. For all other pupils, the school will open from the usual time of 8:45am and the school day will begin at 9:00am.
Please have a look at the St. Mark’s Guide for going back to school . This guide is intended to support you with some of the key questions you may have about the return to school as we move beyond Level 0 of the Covid Protection levels.
If you are unsure of any of these arrangements or details, please contact us at SchoolMail@st-marks.e-renfrew.sch.uk . School staff will be on hand at the start of term to direct the children and supervise a smooth start for all.
Dear Parent/ Carer,
Please see letter below from Dr Linda de Caestecker, Director of Public Health at NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde. This letter contains important updates on self-isolating, testing and contact tracing in relation to schools.
Letter for the new term – schools – August 2021 – NHS GGC – v2
Unfortunately, we are unable to welcome our new P1 parents and carers into school at the moment. However, Mr Hutcheson and Miss Kelly have prepared some videos for you to help you learn more about how you can support your child’s transition from nursery to primary school.
Miss Kelly has made a welcome video for all the children who will be joining us in Primary 1 in August. We are looking forward to meeting you at our first induction afternoon tomorrow.
The leaflet below will provide parents with information on the transition from early years education to Primary 1.
P1 Transition Leaflet St. Mark’s 2021
Please see the leaflet below for further information on relationships education in Catholic primary schools.
God’s Loving Plan Parent Leaflet
The document below provides a summary from Rights Advice Scotland and MART of the range of benefit supports and amounts available to eligible families. MART are available to discuss benefits with any residents who may be eligible, and can help them navigate their entitlements to maximise their income.
EastRen Benefits Quick Guide
For more information, contact MART via this website.
Dear Parents/ Carers,
Please see the presentation below from East Renfrewshire’s Money Advice and Rights Team, outlining support available for families.
Please see letter from Director of Education with updated arrangements for returning to school in January.
St Mark’s Parent Update 23.12.20
Our Digital Leaders have prepared a Christmas video for the school community. Have a look and see what fun we have been having during Advent.
P3b have been learning to sign ‘Silent Night’. Click on the link below to watch them perform.
Primary 1 and 2 Nativity performances are now available to access at the links below. Well done to the children on some fabulous acting and narrating. We hope that next year we can reintroduce singing too! Also, a big thank you to the teachers and pupil support assistants for single-handedly writing, rehearsing, filming and editing the productions. We hope you enjoy them.
P1a Nativity 2020
P1b Nativity 2020
P2a Nativity 2020
P2b Nativity 2020
Click on the link below for information on how to apply for a P1 primary school place for your child.
School admission information for session 2021-2022
Online applications should be made between 1 December 2020 and 22 January 2021.
East Renfrewshire Council has moved to Tier 4 of the current Covid-19 restrictions. Please find attached a letter from the Director of Education with information related to the ‘enhanced protection measures’ that will be in place during this time.
Update from Director of Education
We are very proud to announce that we have two Winners who took part in The National Galleries of Scotland Art Competition for Schools 2020.
All winning Art works will be exhibited at The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. Both our winners Patrick (P6) and Riley (now S1 at St. Luke’s) can be found in the Primary 4-7 Section. This is indeed an incredible achievement for our pupils to have their work recognised by one of Scotland’s most prestigious Art Awards.
You can book a slot to see their work displayed in the gallery at the link below.
This resource will be used with primary 5 to 7 during health and wellbeing lessons to support all children to cope with challenges and adversity and develop their confidence, resilience, compassion and empathy.
Click on the link below for further information about this resource.
The Compassionate and Connected Classroom – Parent leaflet
Emails have now been sent out with the Annual ICT Responsible User Agreements. Please read these fully with your children and ensure they understand the rules set out ICT Agreement 2020.docx ICT Agreement 2020 Infants. Please confirm by completing the link below:
We are looking forward to seeing everyone again tomorrow and hope the children are looking forward to coming back. Please see the attached letter for some final reminders about new school protocols. Please note the change to collection times for P1 and P2. This is to ease the congestion at the end of the day.
11th August 2020 Final Reminder
Bishopton Breakfast Club
Dear Parent/ Carer,
Please see the two links below. One is a letter from the director of education and the other is the St. Mark’s guide for returning to school. Please note, all children should return on Wednesday 12th August. The school gates will be open from 8:45am for a soft start for all pupils, with the school day running from 9am to 3pm. Parents/ Carers of Primary 1 pupils should bring them to the school gate at 9:30am on their first day. As with the transition visits in June, parents and carers are not permitted in the school grounds or buildings. From Thursday 13th August onwards, Primary 1 pupils can arrive from 8:45am ready to start at 9am each day. Further details are provided in the attached guide.
We look forward to seeing you and your children next week.
Letter to ParentCarers 6.8.20
St. Mark’s Guide for Going Back to School Aug 20