Helpers Needed!

We are looking for helpers to join us at the P7 Vocations Mass on Monday 16th September.

Pupils in P7 will travel to  St Mirin’s Cathedral from St Mark’s via bus leaving at 9.15am and returning for 12.30pm.
If you are available, please click the link below:
Thank you!

Places to Play

Come along and enjoy some play time with your family and take part in some activities including den building, tig games and art with nature.

We are running some places to play sessions in various areas in Barrhead, see information below:

Venue Day Date Times
Cowan Park (meet at band stand) Wednesday 28th August 2019 4.00-6.00pm
Dunterlie RC (Meet at resource centre) Thursday 19th September 2019 5.30-7.30pm
ABC Park (Aurs Dr, meet at play park) Saturday 21st September 2019 12 noon to 2.00pm

Come along to any of the sessions, enjoy the outdoors and have some fun.

Parents/carers must stay with the children!

Please wear outdoor clothing and feel free to bring a snack

For any more information contact:

Kerry Cameron – Community Worker

Tel No: 0141 577 3099


Look forward to seeing you!

Early Learning and Childcare Open Day

Saturday 7 September 2019

Find out more about your nursery and childminding options

From August 2020, the Scottish Government is increasing the number of funded hours your child can get in Early Learning and Childcare from 600 hours to 1,140 hours a year, giving you more choice on when and where you use it. The increase in funded hours will be available to all three and four year olds and some two year olds.

So join us to find out more about what this means for you – and also enjoy fun activities and refreshments.

Staff from East Renfrewshire Council and all our funded providers, including nurseries and childminders, will be on hand to give you lots of information about which setting could best suit the needs of you, your child and your family.

 Where: Carlibar Primary School, Barrhead Road

When: 10am – 1pm

School Entry 2019-2020

Following the Letter previously sent out, as from Wednesday 15th August 2019 we will no longer be in a position for Early Entry into school. Pupils should instead line up in the front playground for entry into school at 9.00am.

 Primary 1 and Primary 2 pupils will line up at the top of the front playground next to the bike shelter.
 Primary 3 – Primary 7 will line up in the middle front playground at the basketball nets.

Class teachers will take classes in one at a time after the 9am bell.
The Early Bird Club will still be available from 8.00am until 9.00am free of charge, however entry into the Early Bird Club will not be available after 8.30am.

Yours sincerely,

Natalie Fitzsimmons
Head Teacher

Summer Reading Challenge

The Summer Reading challenge is a great way to keep children reading during the school holidays. Children can sign up at the library, then read six library books to complete the Challenge. There are exclusive rewards to collect along the way, and it’s FREE to take part! …

Please visit the libraries website to find out about Fun for all the Family with


  • Stories
  • Sci-Fi Labs
  • Space Crafts
  • Virtual Reality
  • Space Training
  • Alien Hunts and more.


All ages welcome, free, contact the library to book your interest

Many Thanks

Mary T.Dickie

Library Development Officer

East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure Limited

Phone: 0141 577 3513 Mobile: 07341 096645


Celebrations of the Church’s year

This Sunday, 23rd June, marks one of the major celebrations of the Church’s year, the great Solemnity of the Body and Blood of the Lord. All over the world on this day, faithful members of the Church gather to remember and give thanks for the many blessings given by God and in particular, the great gift of his own body and blood which we receive in Holy Communion. This belief in the Real Presence of the Lord in the Eucharist is one of the central beliefs of our faith and rightly we remember it with joy.

To mark this special day, all over the world, parishes hold Blessed Sacrament processions, sometimes through the streets of towns, villages and even cities. This ancient tradition we continue in our own parish here in Barrhead with a procession around the grounds of the church, starting at the end of the 10am Mass. You are most welcome to come along and join us and a particular invitation is extended to the children and families of those who received the Sacraments of Holy Communion and Confirmation this year. The procession ends with refreshments in the parish hall.

I look forward to seeing you on Sunday as we celebrate Mass and walk in procession in honour of the Lord our God and His many gifts to us.

May God bless you all.

Fr Joe Burke

Parish Priest

Parental Involvement and Engagement Census

East Renfrewshire Council and its educational establishments undertake regular periodic surveys of parents and carers.  Such surveys support school and local authority improvement planning and provide an opportunity for parents to share their thoughts on current and future involvement and engagement with schools.

Similar practice is undertaken by all local authorities in Scotland and educational establishments under their control.  In order to rationalise this approach to surveying parents/carers and in order to allow comparable consistent data to be collected nationally, which will assist in evaluating the impact of interventions and programmes and support future policy development, every parent/carer of a school pupil in Scotland is being invited to take part in the national Parental Involvement and Engagement Census pilot.

Only one parent/carer per child will receive an email which will include a link to the survey and it is only necessary to complete the survey once per family, per school.  The survey should take no longer than ten minutes to complete and will remain open until 27 June 2019.

The data gathered will be used for statistical and research purposes and will provide East Renfrewshire Council and its schools with information to help:

  • plan, monitor and deliver better policies for the benefit of all,
  • identify and share best practice,
  • better understand some of the factors which influence parental involvement and engagement with our schools,
  • further enhance positive relationships with parents to secure positive outcomes for our children.

The information collected will also be securely shared with the Scottish Government to assist in evaluating the impact of national interventions and programmes and to support future policy development at a national level.

Further information on the collection and how the Education Department and Scottish Government will process the data collected is provided in the Council’s privacy statement and Scottish Government website:

Should you have any further questions, please contact the Education Department:

Education Department
Council Headquarters
Eastwood Park
East Renfrewshire
G46 6UG

0141 577 3229

Thank you for taking part in this survey collection.

Aye Mind- Mental Health & Wellbeing

We were lucky enough to have Frankie, one of our St. Mark’s Parents come in during our Health week to talk with P5-P7 about the importance of mental health and wellbeing. Pupils were asked to think about what they would do if they were sad, worried, anxious and ways in which they can help others who feel that way.

The pupils then created posters, GIFs and even stop motion animations to share their thoughts.


Free Swimming Lessons

Is your child 5 years or older?  Would you be interested in free swimming lessons for them?  There are set dates again for the next SSTQ course which are being run by SS again for 18 of our existing teachers who will upskilling to a higher swimming qualification.

The dates are as follows:-             15, 16, 22, 23 July, 5 & 6 August.

Times as follows:-                            11.30 – 12.00, 12.00-12.30, 12.30 -1.00 or 1.00 – 1.30.


We are looking for children to come for FREE lessons again on 15,16,22 & 23 July and 5 & 6 August.


We are looking for 5 years plus for these dates and the lessons are for 30mins. You can book in for as many as you wish, but we would not recommend that a child is in for no more than 1hour at a time on 1 given date.


If you are interested put their name down at Barrhead Foundry or call in with their details to 580 1174.


SmartSTEM free family event

SmartSTEMs are very excited to announce we are supporting the first Insp-Hire Event hosted by Nine Twenty on Saturday the 14th of September at Glasgow Caledonian University.

Come along and help up spread the word by sharing with – Colleague’s, students, friends, family and your school network.

Insp-Hire is an initiative geared towards targeting parents or guardians of children and young people (age 4-14) to learn about industry 4 and how this will impact their children.

We have inspirational speakers including Gillian Docherty from Data Lab, an amazing interactive exhibition space with virtual reality, digital twinning, 3D printers, electric vehicles and more plus 10 workshops where both parent and child can interact together to learn to solve a cyber security attack, code Lego and build your own Fitbit to name a few.

We have a routes to success area which shows the different paths you can take to reach your goals along with soft skills sessions.

On top of this, there will be a food and drink arena showcasing some of Scotland’s finest food and drink manufacturers with brief presentations on how their products are made.

To top it all off….this event is FREE of charge and a great day out for families.

Sign up to attend here

Kind Regards

Team SmartSTEMs



Insp-Hire Event Flyer

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