August 12, 2020
by Mr Young
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Thursday 13th August 2020

We made a great start to the new term yesterday. The children relaxed back into school within a few minutes of walking into the playground and it really was lovely to have a joyful buzz in the building after all these months. Please can I thank the children for sticking to our new hygiene measures so well and for launching themselves back into school with such enthusiasm.

Of course, I need to make specific mention of our new Primary 1 pupils. Despite their parents not being able to accompany them into the classroom, the children showed huge courage and confidence and took their very first day of school in their stride. You’re all absolute stars!

Please can I take this opportunity to thank parents and carers for sticking to the guidance of not coming into the playground and for maintaining social distancing while waiting at the gates at the end of the day. It really did make things easier for staff to manage. There will be a leadership team presence in both the infant and upper school playgrounds at the end of each day to ensure each child safely locates the person collecting them. Once again, please can I ask all parents to ensure their child knows exactly where they will be collected at the end of the day or if they should walk home by themselves. Thank you.

To speed things along in the dinner hall, we will be asking pupils to choose their lunch first thing in the morning and will then submit exact numbers to catering staff. Menus can be accessed via the links below if you would like to help your child choose their meal the night before. Sandwiches will be available on all days.

Primary ASL FZ Menu August 2020 TEMP st convals

Primary ASL FZ Halal Menu August 2020 temp

After such a positive start to the term, I hope pupils, parents and staff are feeling relaxed and positive about the year ahead. It really is great to have you all back!

August 11, 2020
by Mr Young
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Wednesday 12th August 2020

Please can I take this opportunity to extend a very warm welcome back to all St Conval’s pupils, parents and carers. It’s been a challenging five months for us all, but I’m delighted we can all be together in the building again from today onwards. We can’t wait to get the new school year started!

Of course, a particularly special welcome to our new Primary 1 pupils who will start at the slightly later time of 9.30am this morning. Welcome to the St Conval’s family!

I have updated the guidance that was sent out last week (see link below). The changes are minimal: amended classes for the year ahead and a note about a new cashless payment system which will be introduced from next week. Further details will be sent out about this today.

Arrangements for the reopening of St Conval’s

As parents are no longer allowed to enter the playground, please can you ensure your child is clear which door they need to line up at today and also where they are to meet you at 3.00 o’clock. Miss Healey, Mrs Woods and I will be in the playground from 8.45am and teachers from 8.55am to welcome the boys and girls.

PRIMARY 1 (Mrs Slaven): pupils enter through the door at the side of the infant building

PRIMARY 2/1 (Mrs Campbell): pupils enter directly into their classroom via the white door

PRIMARY 3/2 (Mr Scully): pupils enter directly into their classroom via the white door

PRIMARY 3 (Miss Dunn): pupils enter through the door adjacent to the stairs on the left hand side of the infant building

PRIMARY 4 (Mrs McCormick): pupils enter through the door next to the basketball court in the middle playground

PRIMARY 5/4 (Mrs Wood): pupils enter through the door next to the basketball court in the middle playground

PRIMARY 5 (Miss MacLean): pupils enter through the door next to the basketball court in the middle playground

PRIMARY 6 (Miss Sheridan): pupils enter through the door in the upper school playground

PRIMARY 7 (Mrs McLennaghan): pupils enter through the door in the upper school playground

Despite everything having been thought out very carefully, it may still be necessary to adjust arrangements once we’ve seen how they work in practice. I will, of course, keep you informed of any changes via the blog and text.

Once again, welcome back everyone! Let the 2020/21 school year begin!

June 23, 2020
by Mr Young
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Wednesday 24th June 2020

I am sure all of you will be aware of yesterday’s announcement from the Deputy First Minister, John Swinney, about his hope that schools will be able to return to normal from August. However, at this point in time, our current plans remain unchanged. As indicated by the Deputy First Minister, there will need to be sound scientific and medical evidence for any changes to be implemented and the virus will need to continue to be suppressed over the summer holidays. Only then will Glasgow City Council be in a position to adjust the current plans for August. There’s nothing more all of us would like than for our pupils to return to St Conval’s fulltime after the holidays and for the information we’ve shared over the past couple of weeks to become ‘Plan B’… Let’s continue to hope and pray that this will be the case! We’ll be in touch over the summer straight away if there is any definite change of plan. Please click on the link below to read an important letter from Maureen McKenna, Director of Education:

MMcK Parents Letter 23 June 2020 (002) (2)

It’s hard to believe we’ve reached the end of another school year. None of us could have ever imagined that we would spend the last three months of the 2019/20 session in lockdown due to a global pandemic and working remotely from home. However, despite us not being able to be all together in the building, St Conval’s school community has stuck together through the many challenges and we can all be very proud indeed of the way we’ve kept learning going over the past few months. What a team!

Please can I take this opportunity to wish pupils, staff and parents a wonderful summer. Let’s hope things ease a bit further and that the sun continues to shine. See you in August!

LET THE SUMMER HOLIDAYS BEGIN!

 

June 22, 2020
by Mr Young
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Tuesday 23rd June 2020

It was absolutely fantastic seeing so many of our Primary 7 pupils yesterday. As we mentioned when we saw you, we are planning to hold a social event one evening in early September to give you the opportunity to see one another again and formally celebrate your move from primary to secondary school. Please look out for your invitation in the post after the summer holidays.

St Conval’s will close for the summer holidays at 1.00pm tomorrow, so today will be the last day teachers post work on Seesaw. Please can I take this opportunity to thank teaching staff for their incredible hard work planning work for pupils over the past few months, parents and carers for supporting their child(ren) with this work at home and – of course – all the boys and girls for working so diligently every day on their various activities. We’ve all achieved so much over the past three months, despite the huge challenges of the lockdown. Well done, everyone!

So, for the last time this term, today’s learning activities can be accessed by logging onto the ‘Seesaw’ app or via the link below:

https://app.seesaw.me/#/login

Additional lessons and learning activities for pupils of all ages are available on the BBC Bitesize website:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/dailylessons 

Have a super day, everyone!

June 21, 2020
by Mr Young
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Monday 22nd June 2020

We are REALLY excited about seeing our Primary 7 pupils today to give them their graduation certificates, hoodies, report cards and secondary ties. Of all year groups, our Primary 7s have probably been most impacted by the closure of the school, sadly missing out on their residential trip, school show, normal transition days, last ever sports day, Leavers’ Mass and just the usual opportunity to create some final summer term memories. However, I hope having the chance to pop along to the school today will give you a wee boost before we break up for the holidays.

Report cards for all other classes will be sent out via ‘Seesaw’ during the course of today. Please keep an eye on your inbox.

Two new documents have been added to the ‘COVID-19 Recovery Phase’ page in the Information section of our website and can also be accessed via the links below. The first is a Home – School Agreement leaflet and the second a summary of our curriculum rationale during the Recovery Phase:

Home school agreement COVID-19.docx · version 1

INTERIM CURRICULUM RATIONALE

As always, today’s learning activities can be accessed by logging onto the ‘Seesaw’ app or via the link below:

https://app.seesaw.me/#/login

Additional lessons and learning activities for pupils of all ages are available on the BBC Bitesize website:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/dailylessons 

This week’s languages challenges are available via the link below to support your child in developing their French and Spanish.

https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/gc/languagesrevision2020/primary-languages-challenge-2/

Have a good day, everyone.

June 17, 2020
by Mr Young
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Thursday 18th June 2020

Many thanks to Fr John for celebrating such an uplifting Leavers’ Mass last night. We will be keeping the boys and girls in our prayers over the coming days and we can’t wait to see each of them in person on Monday when they pop along to collect their certificate, report, hoodie and tie.

Reports for the rest of our pupils will be sent out to each individual family this coming Monday via Seesaw. This will be quite a time-consuming task for teachers, so they will be unable to provide feedback on children’s work that day. Please bear in mind that, as teachers will be sending out each document individually, the report for each child in a family will arrive at a slightly different time (anytime between 9.00am and 3.00pm). Thank you for your patience.

By now, you will have received a text about your child’s Bubble and days for August. If you haven’t had a chance to do so, please take a few moments to read through the ‘Recovery Phase’ page in the Information section of our website:

https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/gc/stconvalsprimaryschool/arrangements-during-covid-19-recovery-phase/

Some updated staffing news: I’m delighted to say that St Conval’s will be welcoming a new teacher, Miss Dunn, in August. Miss Dunn will be with us throughout the 2020/21 session and will be teaching the Yellow bubble. Another member of staff, Ms Logan, will also be joining us for at least part of the year and will take the Thursday/Friday children in the Silver Bubble. Finally, we thought we would be saying goodbye to Mrs Wood at the end of this term. However, we’re super-excited that Mrs Wood will be covering Ms de Kanter’s maternity leave, with responsibility for the Orange Bubble.

As always, today’s learning activities can be accessed by logging onto the ‘Seesaw’ app or via the link below:

https://app.seesaw.me/#/login

Additional lessons and learning activities for pupils of all ages are available on the BBC Bitesize website:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/dailylessons

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