Category Archives: Things to Do

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!

Families Connect P1 Sessions at St. Mark’s Primary

Recently we sent out an invitation to all parents and carers within Primary 1, to join our Families Connect programme starting Monday 25th November, 3-5pm in our Family Room. 

This is a great opportunity to try our free games to share as a family at home that will help your child at school.

What will I do?

  • Learn and play together as a family
  • Understand feelings, praise and listening
  • Explore books and stories
  • Play with numbers and counting

Spend time with other parents and carers

  • Talk about the activities that help your children learn
  • Share new games before taking them home
  • Share your own advice and challenges

The sessions will run:

3pm – 4pm Parents Only (children at after school club)

4pm – 4.20pm Child and parent snack time

4.20-5pm Parent and child activity time


If you interested and haven’t already done so, please reply via the link below and we look forward to welcoming you!


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!

Early Learning and Childcare Open Day

Saturday 7 September 2019

Find out more about your nursery and childminding options

From August 2020, the Scottish Government is increasing the number of funded hours your child can get in Early Learning and Childcare from 600 hours to 1,140 hours a year, giving you more choice on when and where you use it. The increase in funded hours will be available to all three and four year olds and some two year olds.

So join us to find out more about what this means for you – and also enjoy fun activities and refreshments.

Staff from East Renfrewshire Council and all our funded providers, including nurseries and childminders, will be on hand to give you lots of information about which setting could best suit the needs of you, your child and your family.

 Where: Carlibar Primary School, Barrhead Road

When: 10am – 1pm

Parental Involvement and Engagement Census

East Renfrewshire Council and its educational establishments undertake regular periodic surveys of parents and carers.  Such surveys support school and local authority improvement planning and provide an opportunity for parents to share their thoughts on current and future involvement and engagement with schools.

Similar practice is undertaken by all local authorities in Scotland and educational establishments under their control.  In order to rationalise this approach to surveying parents/carers and in order to allow comparable consistent data to be collected nationally, which will assist in evaluating the impact of interventions and programmes and support future policy development, every parent/carer of a school pupil in Scotland is being invited to take part in the national Parental Involvement and Engagement Census pilot.

Only one parent/carer per child will receive an email which will include a link to the survey and it is only necessary to complete the survey once per family, per school.  The survey should take no longer than ten minutes to complete and will remain open until 27 June 2019.

The data gathered will be used for statistical and research purposes and will provide East Renfrewshire Council and its schools with information to help:

  • plan, monitor and deliver better policies for the benefit of all,
  • identify and share best practice,
  • better understand some of the factors which influence parental involvement and engagement with our schools,
  • further enhance positive relationships with parents to secure positive outcomes for our children.

The information collected will also be securely shared with the Scottish Government to assist in evaluating the impact of national interventions and programmes and to support future policy development at a national level.

Further information on the collection and how the Education Department and Scottish Government will process the data collected is provided in the Council’s privacy statement and Scottish Government website:

Should you have any further questions, please contact the Education Department:

Education Department
Council Headquarters
Eastwood Park
East Renfrewshire
G46 6UG

0141 577 3229

Thank you for taking part in this survey collection.

Free Swimming Lessons

Is your child 5 years or older?  Would you be interested in free swimming lessons for them?  There are set dates again for the next SSTQ course which are being run by SS again for 18 of our existing teachers who will upskilling to a higher swimming qualification.

The dates are as follows:-             15, 16, 22, 23 July, 5 & 6 August.

Times as follows:-                            11.30 – 12.00, 12.00-12.30, 12.30 -1.00 or 1.00 – 1.30.


We are looking for children to come for FREE lessons again on 15,16,22 & 23 July and 5 & 6 August.


We are looking for 5 years plus for these dates and the lessons are for 30mins. You can book in for as many as you wish, but we would not recommend that a child is in for no more than 1hour at a time on 1 given date.


If you are interested put their name down at Barrhead Foundry or call in with their details to 580 1174.


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



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Parent/Carer Online Safety Session – St Luke’s Cluster

With our young children living in an increasing digital world, it can be worrying to ensure that they are safe and protected.

Therefore, we are running a Parent/Carer online safety session,

20th May

St. Luke’s High School Library

7pm – 8pm

The session will cover various aspects of internet safety including the following and may not be suitable for young children to attend with parents:

*     awareness of social media apps
*     cyber bullying
*     internet grooming
*     how to report issues
*     setting up parental controls on devices
*     links to further information

Should you wish to attend please complete the form below:



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Family Learning Event

West Partnership Family and Communities Workstream Event

Monday 29th April 2019

9.15am to 12.30

Motherwell Concert Hall, Windmillhill Street, Motherwell, ML1 1AB


 Our programme is made up of keynote speakers, including Dr Janet Goodall, a market stall area showcasing a range of good practice across our West Partnership and a chance to network with colleagues across our authorities.

Dr Janet Goodall is a lecturer in Educational Leadership and Management at the University of Bath.  She has been involved in research around parental engagement in children’s learning for the past decade, and has written widely on the subject, working with a variety of schools and organisations.

Have you ever wondered what is going on in our partnership, what good practice we have to share?

Helpers Needed!


We are looking for helpers next week. Please click either link if you available. We really appreciate your support!

Many thanks!

P5 walk to the Foundry on Tuesday 23rd

 Easter Mass on Wednesday 24th


Places to Play

Places to Play

Come along and enjoy some play time with your family and take part in some activities including rounders, 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 Saturday 18th May 2019 Noon to 2pm
ABC Park (Aurs Dr) Wednesday 22nd May 2019 4.00-6.00pm
Dunterlie RC Thursday 30th May 2019 6.00-7.30pm

Come along to any of the sessions, enjoy the outdoors and have some fun!

For any more information contact:

Kerry Cameron – Community Worker

Tel No: 0141 577 3099




The Auchenback Get Together

Auchenback Get Together

 You are invited to an event on the 24th April in Barrhead High School at 6.00pm to 8.00pm.

Along with Police Scotland, we would like to chat to you about Auchenback and how we can work together to perhaps set up some groups for example cookery programmes or places to play and address any issues identified.

As a community member of Auchenback your views about the area are valuable and we are keen to hear them.

For more information call Kerry Cameron, Community Worker on 0141 5773099 or Email