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Colour Run 21st September

This is a family colour run open to all.  Pupils of St. Thomas’ Primary will receive a free ticket in exchange for a sponsor form – these tickets will be given out tomorrow.
Everyone attending the colour run must have a ticket – parents/carers can purchase these at

Children 12 and under should be accompanied by a responsible adult for the duration of their time at the Colour Fest and remain the responsibility of that adult at all times.

The colour powder to be used has been certified as non-toxic and should wash out from clothing.  Nevertheless, as a precaution, we recommend that old clothes and shoes should be worn along with sunglasses or goggles to protect eyes.  Pale clothing will show off the colours better and we have plain and specially-printed white t-shirts available to buy on the website should you wish to do so.

Children and adults with respiratory issues such as asthma are recommended to ensure they have their inhaler with them (there will be no access to the school office) and disposable dust masks will be available on the day should you feel this necessary.

There will be qualified first-aiders there on the day and an event safety plan has been filed with ERC.

We hope that this will be a fun family day for the whole village and that our children will make some extra special memories!

Consent and sponsor forms were issued with the annual forms, but if you require another form please reply to this email or phone the school office.

Thank you for your support,
St. Thomas’ PTA

Parents’ Evening Booking System

Our first Parents’ Evening is on Thursday 10th October and appointments can be made online.  Please go to to book your appointment and please use this parents’ guide to help you through the process.  Every child in school on Friday 6th September was given a parents’ guide home with them.

Appointments will go live on Sunday 8th September at 3pm and will remain open until Wednesday 2nd October at 3pm. 

Please do not worry if you experience a problem – telephone the school office or pop in and we will help.

Meet the Teacher

‘Meet the Teacher’ workshop is on Thursday 29th August.  Our teachers are keen to meet as many of you as possible. This is an opportunity for us to share important information with you, seek feedback and have an informal chat.

Class presentation: 3.15 – 3.30pm
Class Drop-in:  3.30-3.45pm

Class presentation (repeated): 3.45-4pm
Class Drop-in: 4pm-4.15pm

For families with more than two children, please make use of the drop in slots and teachers will be happy to speak with you then.

As always please contact the school if times/dates cause any difficulties and we will do our best to help.

Important Dates 2019-20

We are awaiting our ‘Diary of Events’ to be printed, but in the meantime, please put these dates in your diary.  These are just a selection of important dates:

Thursday 29th August
‘Meet the Teacher’ at 3.15pm

Monday 2nd September
Parent Council AGM at 6.15pm in school

Monday 14th October
School closed for holiday.  Pupils return on Tuesday 22nd October (in-service day on Monday 21st)

Saturday 7th December
Christmas Fair (organised by PTA)

Wednesday 22nd April 
P7 Confirmation at 7pm in St. Mirin’s Cathedral

Friday 29th May
Sports Day

Saturday 6th June
P4 First Communion at 10am

Saturday 13th June
Summer Fun Day (organised by PTA)

Making school food healthier

More fruit and vegetables, less processed red meat and sugar on the menu.

The Scottish Government and all local authorities are jointly committed to providing the healthiest food to children and young people. This commitment is underpinned by a duty to provide school meals that meet strict nutritional requirements, including encouraging the use of fresh, local and sustainable produce

School food regulations will be amended to ensure:

  • a minimum of two full portions of vegetables and a full portion of fruit are offered as part of a school lunch, with full portions of fruit and or vegetables also available in, for example, tuck shops
  • a minimum weekly amount in the school menu of red and processed red meat provision –  such as bacon, ham and pepperoni

For Primary schools – Ensure no more than 175g of red and red processed meat can be provided over the course of the school week, of which no more than 100g should be red processed meat. All of the 175g amount can be used for unprocessed freshly prepared red meat.

This is a new standard and is based on the Scottish Dietary Goal for red and processed meat which is supported by scientific evidence based dietary recommendations to limit intakes of these foods to 70g per day with the purpose of protecting the health of children and young people. Therefore if a child is to have processed meat in their diet this can be managed at home by parents/carers.

Dietary advice highlights red meat as a major source of iron and zinc which can contribute to meeting the recommended nutrient intakes for primary school lunches removal of fruit juice and smoothies from primary and secondary schools to help reduce sugar intake.

The measures follow extensive consultation and advice from a working group comprising health, nutrition and education experts.

  • Currently all East Renfrewshire school meals are nutritionally analysed and comply with the existing regulations laid down by the Scottish Government.
  • All medically prescribed diets will be accommodated on receipt of an Acute Services Division referral form from a hospital dietitian or a Doctor’s letter detailing dietary requirements.