All posts by Sharon McKenna

Getting to know Sharon

Hi Everyone! I can’t believe it’s June and we are finally back in Cart Mill. I hope to see all of our children who are going to school at some point this month – we all miss you very much x

Anyway, what can I tell you about me?

Well I was born and raised in the east end of Glasgow and I attended St Paul’s Primary in Tollcross and then Our Lady and Saint Francis Secondary ( but everyone called it Charlotte Street). My childhood was spent going away for days around Scotland with my family On weekends and holidays and spending lots of time with my gran because both my mum and dad worked. Here I am on the beach in Great Yarmouth with my gran and my baby sister. I loved dancing and I attended the Valda Hunter School of Dance from age 3 to 16. I studied ballet, tap and modern. I gave up dance at 16 as it was too much of a commitment especially when I needed to study for my highers. I do regret this from time to time.  Here I am in one of the shows.

When I was 16 my secondary school, which was an all girls school, merged with an all boys school, Saint Mungo ‘s – it was an interesting time! That is when I met James, my husband, and we have been together for 30 years.

I left school and studied Primary Teaching at Saint Andrew’s College in Bearsden. I graduated with a Bachelor of Education ,Honours Degree In Primary Teaching. I got a permanent job straight away in Saint Mary’s Primary in Edinburgh. This was my first class a P1/2.I loved teaching in the infant stages and decided to specialise in the early years so I studied for 2 years to gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Early Education. After living and working in Edinburgh, I was homesick so I moved back to Glasgow to James and my family. I was a nursery teacher and then became a head teacher when I was 30. James and I bought our first flat and we spent the next few years travelling, hill walking, cycling and generally having a lovely time.

In 2010, James and I walked the West Highland Way and raised over £600 for Marie Curie.  It was an amazing experience and a test of endurance and on the last day just before we finished James asked me to marry him – it was a complete surprise but of course I said yes.

James and I married later that year and we had a small and intimate wedding with our families and close friends.

In 2011 our dream came true and we welcomed our son, Logan James into the world.

We moved to Eaglesham in 2015 and we love the natural beauty that surrounds us with The Orry and the fields filled with sheep, cows and horses that are behind our house. We have been enjoying our local beauty spots even more during lockdown and are thankful we have them on our doorstep.

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt – Week 2


Welcome to Week 2 of our Transition to School project “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt”. We hope all of our children going to school have enjoyed the week 1 activities and are looking forward to this week’s learning.


Please do not feel that you must complete all of the activities, just select the ones that you and your child will enjoy. Please remember to share your learning @cartmillcentre and use #ERCgettingreadyforP1

Mental Health Awareness Week – Kindness

You may recognise the expression “it is better to give than receive”, but did you know this is backed up by research?

People who are kind and compassionate see clear benefits to their wellbeing and happiness. They may even live longer. Kindness can also help reduce stress and improve our emotional wellbeing.

We all have so much going on in our lives - including competing strains and stresses – not to mention the current coronavirus pandemic. This can see kindness pushed to one side, in favour of what is urgent or trending now.

It can be easy to signal kindness by posting online and following a trend, but harder to commit to kindness in our daily words and actions.

But if we take the time to be kind to other people, we can reap the emotional dividends. It can really make a difference and especially for people who are vulnerable or struggling.

Now is the time to re-imagine a kinder society that better protects our mental health.

If you would like to read more then click on the link below.


During this challenging time it’s more important than ever to be kind to ourselves and each other, and to remember that it’s ok to not be ok.

Life can be so difficult just now so we need to remember to be kind to ourselves too. We should celebrate the small things we achieve, trying not to be too critical about what we can achieve each day or make comparisons with others.


It’s important to remember that you are not alone.

NHS 24 – on  111

Breathing space 0800 838587 or

Transition to School 2020


We are very aware that our traditional transition programme will be greatly missed by children and parents alike this year.  It is a special time for children to start thinking about school and the great adventure that lies ahead. We hope that you enjoy this transition programme based on the hugely popular book “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” by Michael Rosen.

The Moving On programme  has been developed together with colleagues from Glenwood Family Centre, Our Lady of the Mission Primary School, Thornliebank Nursery and Primary School, Giffnock Nursery and Primary School and Braidbar Nursery and Primary School. This programme is appropriate for all of our pre-school children, even if they will be attending a primary school outwith the neighbourhood.

The Moving On programme reflects some of the experiences we would typically be doing in nursery this term. They are based on the story “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” by Michael Rosen which can be accessed online.

Each week until the end of term we will share an activity sheet by email and on our website which has some suggested activities. We encourage you and your child to engage in some of the activities throughout the week and keep a record of this learning however, as with all home learning activities please do what works for your family and in ways which interest your child.

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt Week 1

We hope you enjoy using this resource and we would love to see what you are doing. Please share @cartmillcentre and use #ERCgettingreadyforP1 . 

Learning at Home

Hello Everyone!

I hope you had a lovely time during the Easter break.  The weather was so lovely so I hope you could outside each day as I did.

We are moving into an extended period of learning and teaching remotely (for most children) and ERC have put together some ideas and support for learning at home.  There is a learning at home guide and a web links document and both have lots of ideas and tips for parents and carers.

Learning at Home Guidance for Parents & Carers

Weblinks for Learning at Home

I hope you find this in some way helpful and I hope it won’t be too long till we are all back in Cart Mill.  But until then please stay safe and well x

Please think!

We are offering a service to frontline parents for their children this week from Netherlee Nursery. It is important to think before you bring your child/children to us – can you or a partner stay at home to look after the children?

We are classed as an emergency service during these unprecedented times so we are prioritising NHS staff , Emergency Services and Education Staff.  Please only use us if you have no other option and need to go to work in the above mentioned services.

The clear message from the government is “stay at home”. Please take at this helpful flowchart chart.


Bye Bye!

Dear Parents/Carers

I would like to say a huge thank you to you for all the support and kindness you have shown our staff in these unprecedented times.
Cart Mill is closing tonight and it is with much sadness that we move to our hub school, Netherlee Primary and Nursery Class.  We will be providing a service to the children of frontline workers and we stand together as the Cart Mill Family supporting our families who are doing a fantastic job.
You will be able to contact us via and we will be posting on our blog and twitter to help you keep your children learning and playing at home.  I am really hoping that we can have our annual ‘Tie Giving Ceremony’ at some point but we will need to wait and see.
I hope that you and your family stay safe in the coming days and weeks and I hope to see you all again in the not too distant future.
Kindest wishes
Sharon McKenna
Head teacher