National Galleries Scotland – Your Art World

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!

Returning to School

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 . School staff will be on hand at the start of term to direct the children and supervise a smooth start for all.

Yours sincerely,

Anthony Hutcheson

Head Teacher


Money Advice and Rights Team (MART) Benefits Guide

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.

Easter Holiday Food Provision

Dear Parents / Carers,

Please see information below regarding holiday food provision from various supermarkets.

During the Easter holidays at Asda, children who are 16 and under can access a hot or cold meal for free to take away when an adult spends £1.

Other supermarkets also have a range of initiatives underway to help tackle food insecurity. Please see links below.

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

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