Category Archives: Achievement

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!

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.

Read Aloud Launch

Read Aloud is a month of events to increase awareness of Reading Recovery and allow all those children who have been participating an opportunity to celebrate their achievements in literacy and become role models for others.

To celebrate the launch of Read Aloud, St. Mark’s pupils attended  a very special event at the Barrhead Foundry Library today with important guests and lots of children from across East Renfrewshire schools.


The children’s challenge this week is to read at least 20 book as ….


This was kicked off by the children reading their favourite books to each other!

Next week we will  attend the Barrhead Foundry Library again on Wednesday 20th of February, 9.30am to read to David Currie from the BBC.

On Thursday 21st of February, we will read to the children of Arthurlie Family Centre at 10am

And to close our week, we would like to invite any parents/carers into our family room on Friday 22nd February at 2.45pm for tea, biscuit and a good read!



Congratulations St. Mark’s!

We are delighted to inform you that our school has been awarded a sportscotland Silver School Sport Award for 2017-2018.  

 The Silver School Sport Award is recognition of our school’s dedication to putting physical education and school sport at the heart of a school’s planning, practice and ethos.

The Silver Award also highlights that our school has shown improvement across the core areas of the Award and demonstrated an on-going commitment to increase young people’s opportunities and engagement in physical education, school sport and leadership and provide clear pathways to life-long participation in sport.   

Well done everyone!            


Skye’s Amazing Fundraiser!


Skye Murray from P2b, pictured her wth her mum and Susan Harrison from Marie Curie when they dropped off a cheque to the Glasgow hospice in June,

Skye  held a fundraising event during the school holidays; a “blooming great tea party” in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care. She invited friends and teachers from school, family, friends and neighbours and managed to raise £520 for the charity. It was all her own idea, she made decorations, posters, wrote invitations, baked cakes and collected money. We are very proud of what Skye has achieved!

Pupil Achievements- Online Survey

Gaining recognition for the wide range of achievements can increase pupil confidence, raise their aspirations, improve motivation for learning and keep them engaged in education. It is important that we recognise and celebrate achievements in all contexts for learning, through:

  • the ethos and life of the school as a community
  • curriculum areas and subjects
  • interdisciplinary learning
  • opportunities for personal achievement.

To help us gather this information on pupils’ personal achievements, I would ask you to follow the link below and provide the information required:

St. Mark’s Pupil Achievements

This link will remain live throughout session 2016. You can add achievements as often as required by entering your child’s name, class and details of their achievement.

Brake’s Giant Walk

St Mark’s participated in Brake’s Giant Walk to raise awareness of road safety  We were joined by parents, the police, ambulance crew and the fire brigade. The children showed their banners and posters as they marched to the Main Street. The school was joined by St John’s and then continued the walk to Cowan Park where Pulse FM provided music and Tesco generously offered every child a snack and drink.

You can hear our BBC Radio Scotland interview by following the link below. The interview begins at 2:25:30

BBC Scotland Interview

A Note from St Mark’s Junior Road Safety Officers:

“We have enjoyed planning and taking part in the Giant Brake Walk this year. During the walk we handed out leaflets promoting road safety and collecting donations for the charity Brake. We enjoyed speaking to members of the community about road safety and joining up with St John’s. Once we had arrived back in school we counted the money and we raised a total of donations which was £33.22. Tesco also gave us some food and drinks, so we are very grateful for that.”


For more information visit Brake Road Safety

Articulate and Art Show

The St Mark’s Art Show took place on Thursday the 21st May. This year the pupils had a slightly different agenda, the primary 6/7 pupils took part in Art-iculate, this was an opportunity for solo talks based on paintings by The Glasgow Boys and Girls. All four classes were immersed in the works of the Glasgow Boys and Girls, they began this Literacy and Art Adventure at the Kelvingrove Art Galleries where they attended workshops tailored to this topic. The finalists were judged by Ron Cowie Senior Education Officer at Education Scotland, Alan Horn Director of Development Glasgow School of Art and Muriel Gray Chair of the Glasgow School of Art Board of Governors. No pressured there! The pupils were outstanding and received a lot of acclaim from distinguished guests. Sophie and Emily  were the two overall champions. All the finalists have been invited to spend a morning at the Glasgow School of Art before the end of term. What an achievement.