Safer Internet Day 2020 is being celebrated globally this month with the theme: Together for a better internet.
At St. Mark’s we take digital safety very seriously and it’s important everyone knows and understands how to keep themselves safe online.
Whilst we discuss this at school this month, it is also helpful to discuss how your household keeps themselves safe online.
Why not take this quiz to see what your identity looks like online and do you feel free to be yourself?
East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure Swimming Development are looking for children aged 4 to 12 years to come along to FREE Lessons again.
If you are interested in bringing your children along to their free taster swimming lessons at Barrhead Foundry, being taught by their probationary teachers, then please see dates and times below.
Saturdays 22, 29 February and 14 March.
Sundays 9, 23 February, 01 and 15 March
Times as follows:-
Saturdays-11.30am-12.00pm, 12.00pm-12.30pm, 12.30pm-1.00pm and 1.00pm-1.30pm.
Sundays-12.30pm-1.00pm and 1.00pm-1.30pm 1.30pm-2pm and 2.00pm-2.30pm
Please choose which time slots you would like, (you can attend more than one session)
You can contact them at Neilston on 0141 577 4811 – opening hours (9am-12.30pm & 3.30pm-8pm) or Barrhead on 0141 580 1174 or pop into the centre and put their name down on the list.
ERCL FREE Schools Letter – Course Feb 2020
If your child requires a special diet for medical reasons, you should obtain a Medically prescribed diet registration form, from the school office and send with an accompanying letter from a medical practitioner or dietician confirming the specific details of the diagnosis to your school office. Once the form has been received you will be contacted by one of the catering team to discuss your child’s dietary needs and outline the process ensuring a suitable meal is provided.
For pupils wishing to access the Halal menu then a Cultural diet request form should be completed and for any pupils wishing to access the Vegan or Vegetarian menu then a Lifestyle request form should be completed, both forms are available from the school office.
Please note that it’s your responsibility to inform us about changes in your child dietary needs.
Please click the links below to access school lunch menus
Halal lunch menu
P1 – P7 School Lunch Menu
Recently we sent out an invitation to all parents and carers within Primary 1, to join our Families Connect programme starting Monday 25th November, 3-5pm in our Family Room.
This is a great opportunity to try our free games to share as a family at home that will help your child at school.
What will I do?
- Learn and play together as a family
- Understand feelings, praise and listening
- Explore books and stories
- Play with numbers and counting
Spend time with other parents and carers
- Talk about the activities that help your children learn
- Share new games before taking them home
- Share your own advice and challenges
The sessions will run:
3pm – 4pm Parents Only (children at after school club)
4pm – 4.20pm Child and parent snack time
4.20-5pm Parent and child activity time
If you interested and haven’t already done so, please reply via the link below and we look forward to welcoming you!
Wendesday 6th November
St. Clare’s Primary
‘How to help a child organise their thoughts creatively with a bullet/mind map’
Parents Evening – Thursday 7th November 3.10pm-8.30pm
One 10 minute appointment per child
Click the link to book:
Meeting for P4 Parents/Carers of pupils who will be receiving the sacraments of Reconciliation and Communion this year is Thursday 3rd October at 5.30pm in St John’s church. Please come along if you can.
Barrhead News will be in school tomorrow 20th September to take class photographs at 9.30am. These pictures will be in the publication on Wednesday 2nd October. Full school uniform should be worn.
Tempest photography will be in school on Thursday 12th September to take individual and sibling photographs only. Full school uniform should be worn.
Our Pupil Council from last session created a Pupil Friendly School Improvement Plan based on our targets for this year. They have pulled out our priorities for the session and will keep you updated on our progress.
School Improvement Priorities from the Pupil Council
Dyslexia Scotland & the online ‘Addressing Dyslexia Toolkit’
Suitable for all ages
Wednesday 11th September
Mearns Castle High School
Waterfoot Road, Newton Mearns, G77 5GU
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:
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:
|Cowan Park (meet at band stand)
||28th August 2019
|Dunterlie RC (Meet at resource centre)
||19th September 2019
|ABC Park (Aurs Dr, meet at play park)
||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!
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
The Annual General Meeting of the Parent Partnership will take place on 12th Sep at 7pm in St Marks. If you have any items for the agenda, please get in touch no later than Wed 5th Sep.
This month’s theme is:
Safety at home and in the community
See a fire engine, have a chat with a Community Warden and enjoy free refreshments.
Arthurlie Family Centre (Harry Burns), Auburn Drive Wednesday 21 August
4:30pm – 5:30pm
Kerry Cameron (Community Worker) 0141 577 3099 / 07788643626
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.
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 https://www.ercultureandleisure.org/Activities-Children to find out about Fun for all the Family with
- Sci-Fi Labs
- Space Crafts
- Virtual Reality
- Space Training
- Alien Hunts and more.
All ages welcome, free, contact the library to book your interest
Library Development Officer
East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure Limited
Phone: 0141 577 3513 Mobile: 07341 096645
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