October 9, 2019
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Thursday 10th October 2019

I’m very much looking forward to seeing parents and carers at Parents’ Evening later today. For many parents and carers, this will be their first opportunity to meet our new Depute Head, Ms Christine Healey. Please do take a few moments to stop for a chat.

Well done to each and every competitor in yesterday’s ‘St Conval’s Got Talent’. Unfortunately, I was interviewing in another school, so missed the live performances. However, I thoroughly enjoyed watching the highlights on Twitter at the end of the day. Many congratulations to the four winners!

Many congratulations too to this Primary 3 pupil who recently won a medal for her skills in gymnastics. Well done!
I’m delighted to announce that the bottom corridor of the 1906 part of our school building will be painted over the October holidays. The rest of the building is already looking fantastic following the refurbishment over the summer, so it will be great to see this corridor brought up to the same standard.
We continue to invite pupils, staff, parents, parishioners and friends to pray a decade of the rosary each day this week for the intentions of St Conval’s:
Thursday: for Father John, Father Paul and Sister Carmel Mary, that they will help us grow in faith and strengthen the bond between our school and parish communities.
Friday: for Catholic schools throughout the country, that they will be communities of faith and learning which serve the common good and make a positive contribution to the nation of Scotland.
Finally today, please remember that St Conval’s closes for the October break at the end of today. Have a fantastic holiday, everyone (whatever the weather!) and I’ll see you on Monday 21st.

October 8, 2019
by Mr Young
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Wednesday 9th October 2019

The big day has arrived: St Conval’s got Talent takes to the stage this afternoon! The calibre of performers has been very high this year, and classes had a very difficult task during auditions deciding on the one act they would put through to the final. Keep an eye on Twitter this afternoon for a snapshot of each act as well as the overall winner. Good luck, everyone!

We continue to invite pupils, staff, parents, parishioners and friends during this Month of the Rosary to pray a decade of the rosary each day for the needs of St Conval’s:
Wednesday: for St Conval’s Leadership Team, that Mr Young, Miss Healey and Mrs Woods will always endeavour to be servant leaders and keep the needs of pupils at the heart of everything they do.

 

Enrolment for pupils due to begin Primary 1 in August 2020 is less than a month away. Although enrolments are now completed online, St Conval’s will be holding an Open Afternoon for prospective pupils and their parents on Monday 4th November from 1.30pm onwards (see below). This will be an opportunity to have a guided tour of the school, meet some of our pupils and have any questions answered.

October 7, 2019
by Mr Young
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Tuesday 8th October 2019

Primary 7 are off to Holyrood High School this morning to receive input on public speaking in preparation for next term’s Learning Community competition. Today will also be a great opportunity for the boys and girls to meet and mix with pupils from other schools within our cluster; I’m sure lots of new friendships will be formed.

Staying with Primary 7, we will be welcoming Margaret McKechney from The Scottish Parliament to St Conval’s this afternoon. I have no doubt it will be a fascinating workshop for our senior pupils.

Autumn lunch menus, which will come into effect after the October break, are now available. Menus can be found in the ‘Information’ section of the website and can also be accessed via the link below:

https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/gc/stconvalsprimaryschool/lunch-menus/

As mentioned in yesterday’s blog, we invite pupils, staff, parents, parishioners and friends during this Month of the Rosary to pray a decade of the rosary each day for the needs of St Conval’s:

Tuesday: for St Conval’s staff, that God will empower them to serve this school community faithfully and help every pupil reach their full potential.

October 6, 2019
by Mr Young
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Monday 7th October 2019

The Book Fair arrives today. Each class will have the opportunity to browse the books during the course of the week and, as always, the Book Fair will be open throughout Parents’ Evening on Thursday.

As you know, we took a very proactive approach to improving attendance in St Conval’s last year, producing a special poster to illustrate the number of days lost across a school year, revising our attendance letters and providing updates on current attendance rates via the website and text messages. I’m delighted to say that our overall 2018/19 attendance rate was 96%, up 3% from the previous year, and 3% above the Glasgow average. Please can I take this opportunity to thank all St Conval’s parents for helping us improve our attendance rate last year and for their committed to helping us maintain good attendance throughout the year ahead.

Today is the the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. I would like to invite pupils, parents, staff, parishioners and friends of the school to take a few moments each day this week to pray a decade of the rosary for the intentions of St Conval’s:

Monday: for St Conval’s pupils, that they will grow in love and wisdom.

Tuesday: for St Conval’s staff, that God will empower them to serve this school community faithfully and help every pupil reach their full potential.

Wednesday: for St Conval’s Leadership Team, that Mr Young, Miss Healey and Mrs Woods will always endeavour to be servant leaders and keep the needs of pupils at the heart of everything they do.

Thursday: for Father John, Father Paul and Sister Carmel Mary, that they will help us grow in faith and strengthen the bond between our school and parish communities.

Friday: for Catholic schools throughout the country, that they will be communities of faith and learning which serve the common good and make a positive contribution to the nation of Scotland.

October 3, 2019
by Mr Young
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THIS WEEK’S SUPERSTARS!

Primary 1 – Muhammad

Primary 2/1 – Joshua

Primary 2 – Mohamed M

Primary 3 – Cole

Primary 4/3 – Declan

Primary 4 – Sarah

Primary 5 – Lainie

Primary 6 – Michael

Primary 7  – Joao

COOL CLASS CUP: Primary 5

LATEST HOUSE POINTS

October 2, 2019
by Mr Young
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Thursday 3rd October 2019

This year’s Evening Times Primary 1 photograph will be published in tomorrow’s edition of the paper. Make sure you pick up a copy to see our smart and cheery new-starts!

It has been brought to my attention that there are two misprints on ‘Dates for your Diary’. Due to the change in time of the Sunday morning Mass at St Mary’s Church, the Education Sunday Mass on 24th November 2019 and First Holy Communions on 17th May 2020 will take place at 10.00am NOT 12 Noon.

I will be attending the annual Primary Catholic Head Teachers’ conference over the next two days. This year’s theme is ‘Living in Faith, Leading in Faith’ and I’m very much looking forward to connecting with other Catholic Head Teachers from across Scotland. St Conval’s will, of course, be in the very capable hands of Miss Healey and Mrs Woods during my absence.

 

October 1, 2019
by Mr Young
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Wednesday 2nd October 2019

Every single Primary 1-7 pupil in St Conval’s is a member of a Pupil Voice Group. This means that all pupils in the school have the opportunity to express their views, share their ideas and contribute to decision making on issues that affect them. Our six Pupil Voice groups will have their first meeting of the 2019/20 session today. I’m looking forward to hearing each group’s exciting plans when I meet with the newly-elected chairs at our first Pupil Voice Business Meeting.

Learning Journey folders will go home today. Your child’s Learning Journey Folder is an on-going record of their achievements and progress in and out of school, so please take the opportunity to chat to them about the piece of work they have chosen for the month of September, their Health & Wellbeing wheel and their Bridget McAleer Achievement Award.


 

 

September 30, 2019
by Mr Young
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Tuesday 1st October 2019

Welcome back, everyone. I hope you had a lovely September weekend.

Parents’ Evening takes place on Thursday 10th, and we will be arranging appointment times over the next few days. Please remember to return the slip that went out with last week’s settling-in reports as soon as possible. Thank you.

September 25, 2019
by Mr Young
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Thursday 26th September 2019

Our whole school community will gather in St Mary’s Church this morning for our annual Primary 1 Welcome Mass. Our Primary 7 pupils have made a beautiful gift for each boy and girl, part of which was manufactured using a 3D printer! Unfortunately, Father John is in France today but his friend, Father Stephen, will celebrate this special Mass. Whether you have a child in Primary 1 or not, please do join us in St Mary’s this morning as we formally welcome our new-starts to St Conval’s. Everyone’s welcome!

Settling-in reports will be in school bags today, along with a letter about Parents’ Evening, which takes place two weeks today (10th October). We hope parents and carers find this new report a valuable addition to the various ways we keep them up-to-date with how their child is doing in school.

Please remember that the school is closed tomorrow and Monday for the September break. Have a lovely weekend, everyone, and see you on Tuesday morning.


September 24, 2019
by Mr Young
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Wednesday 25th September 2019

Please can I take the opportunity to publicly congratulate the above Primary 3 St Conval’s pupil for his incredible performance in the recent production of ‘The Duchess of Malfi’ at the Tramway Theatre. The play ran for two weeks, yet he took the whole experience in his stride and impressed audiences night after night. Well done!… just don’t forget about us when you’re famous in a few years’ time!!!

Please remember that the pupil-led P5-7 Family Learning workshop on reading strategies takes place this afternoon at 2.15pm. We look forward to seeing you there.

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