All posts by Val MacLean

Welcome back Forest School!

It might have been a little bit wet, it might have been a little bit windy, it might have deterred some people from visiting the forest but not Cart Mill children, they couldn’t wait to get back out to our muddy, mucky forest. The first thing we had to do was assess any risks. The children looked up to check for loose branches that could have been dislodged by the wind, they looked down to check for branches they could trip over and also for any rubbish that could hurt them. Finally, they looked out to see if there were any jaggy bushes that could scratch their faces. Once we had decided it was safe we played, we climbed, we splashed, we explored and we had FUN!

Merry Christmas to all

There were some very excited children in the centre today. As it was cold and frosty we thought it would be a good idea to light the fire and sing some Christmas songs around it, while drinking delicious hot chocolate.
We hope all the Cart Mill family have a wonderful and safe festive period.
Merry Christmas, and a very happy New Year from us all.
Thank you to all for the most generous gifts you have handed in for the staff, it is very much appreciated.

Food Bank Collection

As you know we have been collecting toiletries and food for the East Renfrewshire Foodbank and we are quite overwhelmed at your generosity. They say Christmas is the time for giving and you truly have. Gail will be dropping all the goodies off tomorrow, just in time to make a difference to many families at Christmas.
Thank you ❤️🎄🎅🏼

“The excellence of a gift lies in its appropriateness rather than in its
value.”

Bye bye Forest!

Our final day in the forest today and the sun shone for us. After a frosty start it turned into the perfect autumnal day, we saw brambles, rose hips and lots of leaves that were starting to get their brown autumn coats. To warm ourselves up we thought hot chocolate and marshmallows would be the order of the day to finish off our Forest adventure. I don’t think we were the only visitors to the forest who wanted some yummy hot chocolate!

 

Bonjour et bienvenue à Cart Mill

We know that it is hard when you can’t come in to the centre and see your children playing so for the next couple of weeks, staff are going to showcase what is going on in their rooms and what the children are all up to during their day at Cart Mill. Today, some of the boys and girls took part in a French session with Val. Camembear, our slightly mischievous French bear came to visit the children. We discovered how to say hello bonjour and my name is Je m’appelle as well as goodbye au revoir. Please use these words at home with the children! Click on the link to see some of the French session in action.
Au revoir!

Welcome to Cart Mill

Well, what a strange year we have had so far but, from next week, we will be welcoming you all to Cart Mill as we start another year with our returning children and a whole new year group too.
For those who don’t know me, I am Val, I can normally be found in the garden at Cart Mill as I love the outdoors! All the staff want to introduce themselves to you so you and your children can see who everybody is in the centre before you start. Over the next few days we will be posting short introductory clips of the staff. I have made a little video to give you some idea of what to expect when coming to Cart Mill and things that you might need to know.
Obviously you may have lots of other questions that we will be more than happy to answer, just contact the centre and we will be happy to help!

Goodbye and Good Luck

This is normally a busy and very exciting time at Cart Mill as our pre school children prepare to take the next part of their education journey. All the staff love seeing the children excited at the prospect of getting their school uniform, visiting their new school, meeting their teachers and making new friends.
This year, we have been unable to celebrate this exciting time in the way we normally would and staff have missed out on tie ceremonies and school visits with the children too but we wanted to let you know we are all thinking about you and all wish you all the luck in the world. Our class of 2020 are an amazing group of children and we are so proud of them and the resilience they have shown during these strange times. To mark your next steps, all the staff at Cart Mill have prepared this little video for you to say goodbye and good luck.


Have a wonderful summer and enjoy Primary 1, continue to follow your dreams.
Lots of Love
The Cart Mill team 💜🌈⭐️

The Great British Brushathon

Tomorrow morning at 9am marks the Great British Brushathon where everyone can take part in a virtual group tooth brushing session as part of National Smile Month! The staff have already done this so watch the film below and see who you can spot taking care of their teeth!
We definitely need something to keep us smiling this month so why don’t you join the Cart Mill Toothbrush Train and brush your teeth! Please share any videos on twitter or our Google classroom. Keep smiling!