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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


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

Safer Internet Day 2020

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?

Free Taster Swimming Lessons

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