Useful numbers

If you are worried about money and need some advice, call our Money Advice and Rights Team on 0141 577 8420 or email   or Citizens Advice on 0141 881 2032

If you need help with food or shopping you can find details of local support available on the We Care East Ren website;

If you need help to stay warm, make best use of energy and save money on fuel bills, contact Home Energy Scotland on 0808 808 2282 or email

Children who receive a Free School meal are entitled to food packs if they are off school due to Covid19 call us on 0141 577 3575

COVID RESPONSE TEAM 0800 111 4000  or

Customer First 0141 577 3001

Work East Ren or call 0141 577 843

VAER Community Hub on 0141 876 9555 or by emailing

Learning at Home

With lockdown continuing and pupils completing learning activities at home, this document aims to reassure you and provide you with suggestions and ideas to ensure that your child benefits as much as possible in these circumstances.

Learning-at-Home-Guidance-for-Parents-and-Carers pdf

Learning at Home Guidance for Parents and Carers (Word download)

Lots and lots of suggestions for websites which might be useful.

Weblinks for schools April 2020 pdf

Weblinks for schools April 2020 (word download)

Whole School Story 2020

Visitors from Zeldon


Once upon a time on a faraway planet, called Zeldon, there lived a little alien named Suzanne.

Suzanne had blue eyes that sparkled like diamonds.  Her hair was as green as a grape.  Her face was cubed like a box and her body was a juicy, jaggy pineapple.   Suzanne has eight tentacles and named each one of them after the pupils in her alien class.


The pupils (and tentacles) were called Zeze, Blobby, Ratatata, Mowgli, Moe, Snip, PeeWee and Aug. All eight pupils were in a Science lesson, at Zeldon Academy, where they were learning how to make invisibility potions. Blobby, who was a large, gloopy, wet blob with three eyes was finding the lesson by Mr Two Sheds a little boring and concocted a plan to escape and have his own adventure…


Blobby took the invisibility potion and sneaked towards the door but the potion hadn’t quite worked and you could still see his three eyes floating creepily through the classroom.  Suzanne spotted the suspicious eyes and followed him, after noticing that Mr Two Sheds was fast asleep and snoring like a lion.

Blobby anxiously floated down the corridor with Suzanne sneaking behind him.  Blobby suddenly twisted a creaky door handle and disappeared into a mysterious, eerie room, Suzanne sprinted into the room behind Blobby and was amazed to see…


…a blue and purple, swirly and swishy portal! All of a sudden, Suzanne saw Blobby’s three eyes jump through the portal. Before she could turn and tell anyone, the portal sucked Suzanne straight through to the other side! They fell with a CRASH! Textbooks, boxes, and, strangely enough, ukuleles came tumbling down around them. They heard an awful cry and strange creatures with two eyes, a mouth and a nose opened the door. They had odd green skin that said ‘Hillview Primary’ on them. They said they were from Primary 5 and didn’t seem too surprised by our appearance. When we looked down, we looked exactly like them…


When Suzanne and Blobby noticed how many two eyed creatures were crowding around them, they began to get scared. Shaking like jelly they went to run away but stumbled over their new two feet. As the creatures approached them they managed to crawl out the door and found themselves in another room. In this room they were met by a bigger, noisier class! The larger creature at the front of the room said “Welcome to Primary 4”. The ridiculous noise was so loud they ran out of the classroom, their new legs now working, and slid down the banisters of the steep stairs. Meanwhile, on Zeldon, Mr Two Sheds had finally woken up with a startle and his pupils pointed at two empty desks, Suzanne and Blobby were gone…


Quick as a rocket Mr Two Sheds, now feeling great and refreshed after his nap, ran out of the class on a mission to find Suzanne and Blobby. Now, Mr Two Sheds actually knew about this portal because he is, after all, the Science teacher and had, in fact, invented it! As an aspiring inventor he had also created a “Magical Mythical Mystery Locator Device” which he grabbed out of his lab coat and launched himself into the portal. He swirled and spun his way towards Suzanne and Blobby. Feeling dizzy, Mr Two Sheds flew out of the portal and was faced with…


..the most wonderful, kind and fantastic class in the whole school- P3a! Mr Two Sheds couldn’t believe his new two eyes. He looked down at himself and noticed he was skinny, tall and painfully ugly! He quickly ran out of the classroom in search for Suzanne and Blobby. He knew that they had to be close by because his locating device was beeping extremely loudly at him. He ran closer to the location that was beeping and ended up in a colourful, unusual room with a sea of people. Suzanne and Blobby were nowhere to be seen. Just then he realised they were not in their alien form. He had to look for clues.

Primary 2:

Mr Two Sheds had followed his locator device all the way down the corridor to the Primary 2 classroom. He chapped on the door and then entered. He apologised for the interruption and explained about the missing pupils. The children in Primary 2 listened very carefully and offered to help. Just at that moment there was a loud crash from the teacher’s creepy cupboard. This cupboard had remained locked and in darkness for many years. It had a sign on the door that said DO NOT ENTER but nobody really knew why. Mr Two Sheds tip-toed cautiously over to the cupboard door. He switched on his locator device again and this time it beeped so loudly that he thought it was going to explode. Using a rusty old key that the teacher had given to him, he very slowly opened the door. To his delight he saw…….

Primary 1b

…the two wicked aliens who had turned into two children from Hillview Primary.  The aliens came out of the cupboard. They ran to Primary 1b where they all saw a tarantula who told them that these two children were actually aliens. Primary 1b decided to make a potion to turn them back into aliens. To make the potion they added a banana, a bar of chocolate, a toy cat and a toy car. They also added an alien liquid and then they said to make Suzanne and Blobby back into aliens…

Primary 1a

Just then, after hearing all the commotion, P1a burst into the classroom too! “Great timing-we can say the spell together, are you ready?”

“Abra-da-dabra! Alacazam turn them back into aliens!” shouted P1.

“The spell didn’t work!” they shouted.  But Suzanne and Blobby were now a pair of octopuses! They had eight tentacles, blue and white skin which felt gooey to touch.

“Oh my Gosh, you’re octopuses?” shouted Mr Shed-“What am I going to do with you now!” So P1 took them up to P5 to live in the fish tank with the very friendly trout.

They asked very nicely, “Please can you look after the octopuses forever!” Mr Two-Sheds was very excited and promised to come and visit using the magic portal.

The End

Electronic Libraries Service

Encyclopedia Britannica

Britannica Library, one of the most trusted resources on the web, offers easy access to reliable information on most topics enriched by magazine articles, images and video clips. Pitched at three different levels this resource is ideal for homework and study.

Login with your library card number (include the P at start of the number)

Borrowbox ebooks and aufdiobooks

Borrowbox is an exciting and innovative collection with a great range of top titles.

Login with your library card number (exclude the P at the start of the number) and PIN

Pressreader – magazines and newspapers

Pressreader gives library users access to over 7000 top magazines and newspapers from around the World. Customers will have access to over 500 UK magazine titles and 171 UK newspaper titles.

Login with your library card number (include the P at start of the number)


Complete an online membership form

When we’ve processed your application we’ll send a confirmation email with your new library card number and your PIN will be your year of birth

If you are a member but do not know your library card number or PIN please call 0141 577 4972 or email:

Healthier Minds

“Healthier Minds – A Guide for Parents and Carers”, brings together
information and practical advice that we think you will find helpful when supporting your child to manage life’s challenges. It includes information about how low mood, anxiety and stress can affect us, how to develop resilience, and looks at ways of developing strategies with your child to help them manage and feel a bit better. There is also information about relevant local services in East Renfrewshire, and the different roles that professionals
can have in supporting children, young people and families who are
experiencing more chronic and severe mental health needs.

To open a PDF copy of this booklet, click below.

Healthier Minds parents’ document

Swimming Development Programme: 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.

Our existing swimming teachers are upskilling to a higher level of swimming qualification run by the National Governing Body Scottish Swimming.

If you are interested in bringing your children along to our free taster swimming lessons at Barrhead Foundry, being taught by our probationary teachers, then please see dates and times below.

Thursdays       19 Dec 2019 & 09 Jan 2020

Fridays            20 Dec 2019, 03 Jan 2020 10 Jan 2020

Saturdays        04 Jan and 18 Jan 2020

Times as follows:-

Thursdays        3.30pm-4.00pm, 4.00pm-4.30pm, 4.30pm-5.00pm, 5.00pm-5.30pm

Fridays             3.30pm-4.00pm, 4.00pm-4.30pm, 4.30pm-5.00pm, 5.00pm-5.30pm

Saturdays         9.30am-10.00am, 10.00am-10.30am, 10.30am-11.00am, 11.0am-11.30am

Please choose which time slots you would like, (you can attend more than one session)

You can contact us 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.

Message for Parents

Message for Parents and Carers from Tracy Morton, Education Senior Manager (Developing People) June 2019


As you know all Councils continue to face significantly challenging financial situations. A difficult budget decision by elected members to remove Pupil Support Assistants (Classroom Assistants) from schools was approved as part of a package of savings for 2018-2021. The removal of these assistants was pushed out to the 2nd year (August 2019) to allow schools to prepare for the proposed changes. PSA Classroom Assistants were introduced to support teachers with non-teaching tasks, moving forward there will only be the provision for Pupil Support Assistants (Additional Support Needs) within schools.   No change has been planned for Pupil Support Assistants (Additional Support Needs).  To realise the budget decision to remove Classroom Assistants from our schools we have worked closely with our Trade Union colleagues to ensure that all staff have been treated fairly and equitably.  The decision to take the saving in year 2 (2019/20) has enabled schools to manage into the changes in their Pupil Support allocation with temporary staff having been employed since 2016 when vacancies have occurred. As such the planned saving was achieved by the non-renewal of temporary contracts for staff who had a planned contractual finish date of June 2019.


I understand completely the frustration this has caused many of you as some of the temporary staff have built up strong relationships and have provided very good support to teaching staff, however, I am sure you will realise that there was no expectation by these staff beyond the terms of their contract.  Therefore where temporary staff have been deployed and a need for PSA (Additional Support Needs) support continues, then we will endeavour to ensure a permanent member of staff is redeployed to work with identified children.


The Education Department continues to be committed to our vision of “Everyone Attaining , Everyone Achieving through Excellent Experiences” despite the difficult financial constraints that are being imposed on Councils and we appreciate the dedication and support of all staff in delivering a quality education during these testing times

Family First

Family First is a free, confidential   advice and information resource in East Renfrewshire.

Their aim is to provide support by working in partnership with families with children eight years old or younger.

They  can assist  and enable families to access local services professional and voluntary, ensuring the children get the best possible start in life.

For more information, download the leaflet here, and the notification form here.


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