Category Archives: Pupils

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 2020

This week kicks off Read Aloud 2020- a celebration of children’s reading.

This years theme ‘Get Caught Reading’ will see the pupils at St. Mark’s trying to get caught 20 times over the week to complete a special bookmark and earn house points!

We will be on the lookout in school and need your help at home too! If you catch reading, tick off the bookmark or even better- get a picture caught in the act! Don’t forget to post it on twitter and tag @StMarksPrimary1 as well using the hashtag #getcaughtreading!

We look forward to lots of catching this week!

Places to Play

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:

Venue Day Date Times
Cowan Park (meet at band stand) Wednesday 28th August 2019 4.00-6.00pm
Dunterlie RC (Meet at resource centre) Thursday 19th September 2019 5.30-7.30pm
ABC Park (Aurs Dr, meet at play park) Saturday 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!

Aye Mind- Mental Health & Wellbeing

We were lucky enough to have Frankie, one of our St. Mark’s Parents come in during our Health week to talk with P5-P7 about the importance of mental health and wellbeing. Pupils were asked to think about what they would do if they were sad, worried, anxious and ways in which they can help others who feel that way.

The pupils then created posters, GIFs and even stop motion animations to share their thoughts.


SmartSTEM free family event

SmartSTEMs are very excited to announce we are supporting the first Insp-Hire Event hosted by Nine Twenty on Saturday the 14th of September at Glasgow Caledonian University.

Come along and help up spread the word by sharing with – Colleague’s, students, friends, family and your school network.

Insp-Hire is an initiative geared towards targeting parents or guardians of children and young people (age 4-14) to learn about industry 4 and how this will impact their children.

We have inspirational speakers including Gillian Docherty from Data Lab, an amazing interactive exhibition space with virtual reality, digital twinning, 3D printers, electric vehicles and more plus 10 workshops where both parent and child can interact together to learn to solve a cyber security attack, code Lego and build your own Fitbit to name a few.

We have a routes to success area which shows the different paths you can take to reach your goals along with soft skills sessions.

On top of this, there will be a food and drink arena showcasing some of Scotland’s finest food and drink manufacturers with brief presentations on how their products are made.

To top it all off….this event is FREE of charge and a great day out for families.

Sign up to attend here

Kind Regards

Team SmartSTEMs



Insp-Hire Event Flyer

Digital Technology Day!

It’s National Digital Learning week 2019!

To celebrate at St. Mark’s, we started our week with a digital technology learning day where all pupils were able to come down to the hall and get some hands on experience of using different equipment across the curriculum!

All pupils enjoyed using the technology and explaining how it could help them with their learning in different subjects!

Throughout the week, pupils will be encouraged to consider and reflect on how digital technology helps our learning.

At home you could join in the discussion if you use any digital technology in your home or work!



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Resilience May 19


Parent Workshop Seasons For Growth

Seasons for Growth is a small group programme that focusses on issues such as self-esteem, managing feelings, problem solving, decision making, effective communication and support networks.

If you wish to find out more about the programme then please join me at our Parent workshop on Monday 4th March at 1:30pm in St Marks Family room.

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided!

Mrs Nelson.

For more info, click here: parent workshop seasons poster.

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!


Free Swimming Lessons at the Foundry

Free Swimming Lessons

from ages 5 to 12

These free lessons will be taught by probationary teachers, hoping to pass their swimming qualification and become qualified swimming instructors and gain employment with ERCLT.

If interested, simply come along to the  Barrhead Foundry and register (You do not need to be already attending swimming lessons)


Please see all the dates for lessons below:

24/02/2019                                  Sun 1.00-1.30 24/02/2019                                  Sun 1.30-2.00 24/02/2019                                  Sun 2.00-2.30 24/02/2019                                  Sun 2.30-3.00
09/03/2019                                  Sat 10.00-10.30 09/03/2019                                  Sat 10.30-11.00 09/03/2019                                  Sat 11.00-11.30 09/03/2019                                  Sat 11.30-12.00
10/03/19                                  Sun 1.00-1.30 10/03/19                                  Sun 1.30-2.00 10/03/19                                  Sun 2.00-2.30 10/03/19                                  Sun 2.30-3.00
16/03/19                                  Sat 10.00-10.30 16/03/19                                  Sat 10.30-11.00 16/03/19                                  Sat 11.00-11.30 16/03/19                                  Sat 11.30-12.00
17/03/19                                  Sun 1.00-1.30 17/03/19                                  Sun 1.30-2.00 17/03/19                                  Sun 2.00-2.30 17/03/19                                  Sun 2.30-3.00
30/03/19                                  Sat 10.00-10.30 30/03/19                                  Sat 10.30-11.00 30/03/19                                  Sat 11.00-11.30 30/03/19                                  Sat 11.30-12.00
31/03/19                                  Sun 1.00-1.30 31/03/19                                  Sun 1.30-2.00 31/03/19                                  Sun 2.00-2.30 31/03/19                                  Sun 2.30-3.00