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Letter to parents of new Primary 1 children


Dear Parents and Carers,

We are looking forward to your child joining us at St Mark’s Primary. I understand that it has been an unusual time for the children and they will no doubt have been missing their friends and the staff from their nursery. We are very much looking forward to meeting the children and welcoming them to St. Mark’s.

Due to the current circumstances our transition programme is restricted. However, we are hopeful that we will be able to arrange a time for your child to come and visit the school.

We are currently preparing for those visits and for next session’s blended approach. We will be in contact soon with more details. Thank you for your patience and understanding at this time, and be assured that we will do everything possible to provide as smooth a start to school or your child as we possibly can.

I look forward to meeting you all very soon.

Yours sincerely,

Anthony Hutcheson

Head Teacher

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

School Entry 2019-2020

Following the Letter previously sent out, as from Wednesday 15th August 2019 we will no longer be in a position for Early Entry into school. Pupils should instead line up in the front playground for entry into school at 9.00am.

 Primary 1 and Primary 2 pupils will line up at the top of the front playground next to the bike shelter.
 Primary 3 – Primary 7 will line up in the middle front playground at the basketball nets.

Class teachers will take classes in one at a time after the 9am bell.
The Early Bird Club will still be available from 8.00am until 9.00am free of charge, however entry into the Early Bird Club will not be available after 8.30am.

Yours sincerely,

Natalie Fitzsimmons
Head Teacher

Summer Reading Challenge

The Summer Reading challenge is a great way to keep children reading during the school holidays. Children can sign up at the library, then read six library books to complete the Challenge. There are exclusive rewards to collect along the way, and it’s FREE to take part! …

Please visit the libraries website to find out about Fun for all the Family with


  • Stories
  • Sci-Fi Labs
  • Space Crafts
  • Virtual Reality
  • Space Training
  • Alien Hunts and more.


All ages welcome, free, contact the library to book your interest

Many Thanks

Mary T.Dickie

Library Development Officer

East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure Limited

Phone: 0141 577 3513 Mobile: 07341 096645


Celebrations of the Church’s year

This Sunday, 23rd June, marks one of the major celebrations of the Church’s year, the great Solemnity of the Body and Blood of the Lord. All over the world on this day, faithful members of the Church gather to remember and give thanks for the many blessings given by God and in particular, the great gift of his own body and blood which we receive in Holy Communion. This belief in the Real Presence of the Lord in the Eucharist is one of the central beliefs of our faith and rightly we remember it with joy.

To mark this special day, all over the world, parishes hold Blessed Sacrament processions, sometimes through the streets of towns, villages and even cities. This ancient tradition we continue in our own parish here in Barrhead with a procession around the grounds of the church, starting at the end of the 10am Mass. You are most welcome to come along and join us and a particular invitation is extended to the children and families of those who received the Sacraments of Holy Communion and Confirmation this year. The procession ends with refreshments in the parish hall.

I look forward to seeing you on Sunday as we celebrate Mass and walk in procession in honour of the Lord our God and His many gifts to us.

May God bless you all.

Fr Joe Burke

Parish Priest

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

Health Week Volunteers Needed!

St Mark’s annual Health Week will be taking place week beginning 17th June. We will be having a great variety of health related activities taking place that week. We know we have so many talented parents in our school community and we would love you to join us for health week. If you have a health related job or have an interest in a particular sport and would like to work with some of our pupils that week we would really appreciate it. We would like to involve as many of our parents as possible.


If you are available please complete the form below:

Many thanks!