P1 and P2 Nativities

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


Winners alert!

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.


Arrangements for returning to school

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.

Yours sincerely,

Anthony Hutcheson
Head Teacher

Letter to ParentCarers 6.8.20

St. Mark’s Guide for Going Back to School Aug 20

Letter to parents of new Primary 1 children


Dear Parents and Carers,

We are looking forward to your child joining us at St Mark’s Primary. I understand that it has been an unusual time for the children and they will no doubt have been missing their friends and the staff from their nursery. We are very much looking forward to meeting the children and welcoming them to St. Mark’s.

Due to the current circumstances our transition programme is restricted. However, we are hopeful that we will be able to arrange a time for your child to come and visit the school.

We are currently preparing for those visits and for next session’s blended approach. We will be in contact soon with more details. Thank you for your patience and understanding at this time, and be assured that we will do everything possible to provide as smooth a start to school or your child as we possibly can.

I look forward to meeting you all very soon.

Yours sincerely,

Anthony Hutcheson

Head Teacher

School Feast Day

Today we celebrate the feast of St. Mark. This year, we cannot be together in school and in church to celebrate, but we can reflect on the many inspiring qualities of our patron saint. We have taken some time to think about how St. Mark’s example helps us to stay close to God and try to live  a good life. Next week we would love to hear from you and your families about how you are “making your mark”. You can upload to Google Classroom, email or tweet us with pictures of you with a letter you have designed and a phrase that explains how you try to follow Mark’s example. Encourage your whole family to join in, be creative and have fun. Once we receive all your pictures, we’ll put them together with ours to make a film that represents as many of our school community as possible.

God bless and happy feast day to all of you.

Click on the link below to watch our short film.


Home Learning Guide for Parents

Dear Parent/Carer,

You will be aware that the Scottish Government published a document yesterday to support pupils, parents and teachers during the ongoing school closures.  This document is available at the link below.

‘Supporting Pupils, Parents and Teachers – Learning During Term 4’

To provide further support in this area, the following documents have been produced to help as you undertake learning activities at home with your child(ren).

Learning at Home – Guidance for Parents and Carers

Useful weblinks for online learning

We hope that you find this information helpful. If you require any further support or advice during this time, please email schoolmail@st-marks.e-renfrew.sch.uk and a member of staff will get back to you as soon as possible.


Home Learning – advice for parents

Dear Parent / Carer,

Many of you are perhaps feeling overwhelmed by the current situation and are worried about the level of support that you are able to give your child with their home learning. We would like to reassure all families that the main priority during this unprecedented situation is ensuring that everyone stays healthy (mentally and physically).

Whilst we hope that all parents will support their children with the learning tasks assigned to them by their teachers, we would like to stress that we do not expect you to become a teacher yourself. All we ask is that you encourage your children to access Google Classroom every day and provide them with a quiet, comfortable space to complete their assignments. In the same way as homework should not become a battleground, neither should the current home learning experience. All teachers are available on Google Classroom to answer pupils’ questions and parents can contact the school by email if they need additional support.

You are, and always have been, your child’s primary educator. If you cannot facilitate the online learning at some points then that is okay. There are many alternative activities that you can do with your children that will have a positive impact on their academic achievement. For example:

  • Reading every day
  • Writing to loved ones that they cannot visit at the moment, recounting a special memory or keeping a diary
  • Practical maths: cooking, sorting items, scavenger hunts (e.g. find 5 red objects or 3 objects beginning with ‘s’)
  • Fine motor work: lego, cutting, playdough, tidying up small toys
  • Research a topic of interest (country/famous person/invention, etc)
  • Board games and card games
  • Lots of imaginative free play

There is now a ‘Home Learning’ page on our website that has a range of helpful documents and videos to support you and your child with Glow, Google Classroom and other online tools. We will update this when necessary. Click here to access the page.

School Closure Update – 22nd March 2020

Continuing Education Arrangements – 22nd March 2020

Dear Parent/ Carer,

St. Mark’s Primary School is now closed in line with the Government guidance on Coronavirus. All children are encouraged to stay at home and follow social distancing guidance- with the exception of families who are part of the vital services required at this time and those children and young people who would benefit from continued attendance. The vast majority of children will be accessing learning online. School staff have been working hard to prepare online learning for all pupils and you can find out more about how to access this by visiting the class blogs and watching the video https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/er/StMarks/curriculum/pupils/class-blogs/ .

A ‘Hub School’ has been set up in Carlibar Primary to accommodate the small number of children who need it. The hub school is an option of last resort for families who have no alternative but to send their children there in order for them to work in a front line role.  The Barrhead Hub will be open from 9am on Monday morning (23rd March) at Carlibar Primary School. Children and staff from all five primary schools (Carlibar, Cross Arthurlie, Hillview, St Johns and St Marks) plus Arthurlie and McCready Family Centres will be working together at the campus.

The Hub will operate a morning and afternoon session during regular school hours from 9am to 3pm and children should wear their St. Mark’s uniform.  If the children are staying for a full day, lunch will be provided, however, it is recommended that they bring a packed lunch if possible.

There will be a dedicated ‘St. Mark’s’ space in the Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) where staff from our school will be waiting to welcome the children and line them up to get ready to go into class. At this time I would ask that once you have dropped your child off at school with a recognised member of the staff, unless you urgently need to speak to someone, you leave the area to minimise congestion.

Arrangements for families with free school meal entitlement will follow in due course.

Yesterday (Saturday) was spent contacting families who responded to our initial survey regarding staff in frontline services. If, for any reason, you missed this survey or you have any questions regarding this, please contact me through the school email address schoolmail@st-marks.e-renfrew.sch.uk  and I will endeavour to get back to you before Monday morning.

Finally, although Sunday mass is cancelled today, there are a number of masses being offered online and we have shared details of these through our Twitter feed. We ask you to continue to pray for everyone affected by the Coronavirus and also that you keep the hub staff and our whole community in your prayers.

Thank you for your continued support at this challenging time.

God Bless


Anthony Hutcheson

Head Teacher

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