Newton Farm Primary School and Nursery Class

February 22, 2021
by Mrs Meechan

Pupil drop off and collection

Primary 1-3 and our Nursery pupils had a great day back in our school building today – even the sun shone for us!  The pupils were fantastic and had a busy day settling back into school life here in Newton Farm.

As mentioned in my update on Friday, we have been asked to ensure that all adults in our school grounds maintain social distancing at all times, don’t socialise with other families at drop off and collection times and wear face coverings unless medically exempt.  This message has been repeated by various members of the Scottish Government over the weekend as it is an important way to keep the spread of infection under control and keep schools open.

Following our first day today, can I please ask everyone to follow the guidance sent out on Friday?  The guidance is :

Only one adult per family should come into the school grounds.

In the morning, please bring your child to the playground entrance only at the designated times, (P1 – 8.55am/ P2 – 9am/ P3 9.05am).  If you are early please wait in your car or remain at the car park end of the school grounds to avoid congestion at the handover point.  Thank you for leaving the grounds so quickly this morning after dropping off the children.

At the end of the day, again only one adult should collect pupils from each family.  Pupils will come out the main entrance door in their classroom order (starting with Room 1 first and moving up to Room 12).  Please keep the area in front of the school clear and then come forward to the main door when your child’s class is called.  Today many pupils could not see their adult as there were so many people outside the building and this held up the dismissal of pupils.  Again please only come at the designated times to avoid congestion in the playground ( P1 2.55pm / P2 3pm / P3 3.05pm).

Hub pupils from P4-7 will come in the side door at the community wing at 9am and will exit from here at 3pm. 

Please leave the school grounds as soon as you have collected your children.

Thank you for your help. Following these guidelines will make the drop off and collection of our pupils as safe as possible.  

Kind regards

Mrs Meechan

February 19, 2021
by Mrs Meechan

Phased return for pupils in Nursery and P1-3

We are very pleased to now have arrangements in place for the phased return of our Nursery and P1-3 pupils.  I know our pupils will be very excited to be coming back and I’m sure parents will be very pleased too.  Our staff will welcome the pupils back on Monday and continue the learning they have previously been posting online.  Google Classroom will continue in P1-3 for homework but all teaching will now be provided face to face with pupils.  P4-7 pupils and staff will continue with remote learning but we all have our fingers crossed that you will be able to be back with us again soon.  We are all very proud of how you are coping with this way of learning and will continue to be here to help in any way we can.

As we will have around 450 children coming back into the building next week, we do ask all adults to please adhere to the safety procedures in place and follow the guidance set out by the Scottish Government to keep us all safe and well.  Further details on this are included in the letter below.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend and I am looking forward to seeing lots of happy faces on Monday😊.

Mrs Meechan

Phased return Monday 22nd Feb

February 5, 2021
by Mrs Webber

February Break (8th-10th)

Just a wee reminder that the school and nursery are closed to all pupils on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday next week. Anyone seeking childcare provision should see the earlier blog post regarding this. There will be no work on Google Classroom on these three days and we look forward to “seeing” our pupils again virtually on Thursday.

We are so proud of all of our children and hope you all have an opportunity to relax over these few days!

February 5, 2021
by Mrs Webber

P7 Virtual Open Night at UGS

Please see the picture below for a “save the date” for Uddingston Grammar’s Virtual Open Night on the 17th February at 6.15pm. This is going to be done on Microsoft Teams which our pupils don’t currently use, but don’t worry – both UGS and I will talk our pupils through how to access it!
More information will be sent out about this very soon.

Mrs Webber

January 28, 2021
by Mrs Webber

Emergency Childcare Provision 8th-10th February

South Lanarkshire Council will be offering emergency childcare provision from Monday 8th February to Wednesday 10th February. Places are limited and this will not be operating in every school. You can find all of the information regarding this in the letter below. Please do read the letter carefully before clicking the link to apply.

The application deadline is Monday 1st February at 9.30am and parents will be notified by 4th Feb.

Emergency childcare information – mid Feb break

January 27, 2021
by Mrs Webber

Winter Jackets

Towards the end of last year, South Lanarkshire Council ran a campaign to collect new or nearly new winter coats and jackets which could then be given free to anyone in need of them.

SLC have many warm winter jackets available which we can organise for you if your children, or you need them. Please just contact the school office and let us know what you need.

January 26, 2021
by Mrs Meechan

Head Teacher Update

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our pupils and families for their efforts to engage with remote learning through Google Classroom.  We are very pleased with the level of engagement we have had from our pupils and I would like to thank all of our parents for how they have supported the children in the past few weeks.  We know how difficult it is to juggle home life, work life and school life as many of our staff are in the same position.  We are aiming to provide as near to a school day as we can without having pupils in front of a screen all day and we are building in time for face to face meets, new learning and revision as well as time for play and relaxation just as we would if pupils were here in school. However we do not want families to be anxious about any aspect of online learning and would ask you to continue to contact us if you have any worries at all.  Key learning tasks are posted each day for Literacy and Numeracy. Health and Wellbeing, as well as other curricular areas are covered across the week.  Please don’t feel pressured to completed all that day’s tasks by the end of the day if your situation makes that difficult.  Complete the registration task and any key tasks you can and do the others when you have time.  Some tasks are a choice either as a fun choosing task or as a challenge for those who want some more work to do but these are not compulsory.  I have attached an overview of what we will provide as a school and we will continue to adapt our presentations as time goes on.  As a staff, we are working hard to learn as much as we can about the technology and the new resources available so that we can support you and your families as well as we can.  There will be glitches as technology is not always 100% reliable and we ask for your patience when that happens.  Staff will remind pupils about expectations when meeting “live” for Google Meets as this should be a safe and welcoming space for pupils and staff to  get together.  Although it is not the same as being face to face in class we hope these live meetings help pupils to see their friends and school staff and share some happy moments together.  I know that our staff are very much enjoying the opportunity to see the pupils and hear their news in this way.   Thank you again for all you are doing and please let us know if you need help in any way.

Take care and stay safe.

Mrs Meechan

Remote learning info for parents

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