St Ignatius

October 2, 2018
by Mrs Pearson
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October Blog

Week Beginning Monday 1st October

The past few weeks have been very busy, as normal, and we are now heading towards the October Break already.

During the month of October the Captains will be organising many events that will involve the school houses with the House day taking place on Friday 12th October. All children will be asked to come to school dressed in their house colours. This is a great day in the school with good natured competition between the houses. Prizes for best dressed as always. The Sponsored House walk was a great success and can I ask that you send in donations as soon as possible please. This money goes towards lots of extras in the school that help to enhance the learning environment for all our children.

The Class Reps have had their first meeting last week and they came up with many ideas and suggestions however they have decided to focus Litter Awareness for the month of November.

Primary 1 have settled in well and I would like to thank everyone who came along to the Primary 1 Welcome Evening last Friday. This was a great success and was enjoyed by everyone who attended. Many thanks to the PTFA for organising this event and to the Pope Francis Faith Award Children who came along to support. I think they enjoy Magic Den just as much as the younger children!

A number of After School Clubs will begin after the October break, if you could encourage your child to come along as this. Cross Country will begin on Tuesday.

Many children are now using Sumdog at home to support maths taught in the school. If your child has not yet started I would encourage you to do so as this is a fabulous resource for home learning.

Online appointments for Parents’ Evening is now open. Your child should have received a letter explaining this. If you have any queries please contact the office.

Over the last few weeks we have had many visitors in the school and they have all commented on how well our children behave and how mannerly they are. We are very proud of our children and strive to make sure we create an environment where all children are encouraged and supported to do their very best.

 

Monday 1st October Parents’  Evening Booking open
Tuesday 2nd October P3/4 Mass

P7 – Car Washing Enterprise

PTFA Meeting 6.00pm – All Welcome

 

Sunday 7th October 10.00am – First Communion Enrolment Mass
Monday 8th October P5 –  Meet the Teacher (2.00pm – 3.00pm)
   
Thursday 11th October Parents’ Evening
Friday 12th October House Day

Mass for school

 

 

 

 

September 9, 2018
by Mrs Pearson
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Weekly Blog – 10th September

Week Beginning Monday 10th September

Welcome back everyone to the first HT blog of the session. It is great to see all the children back at school, we missed them during the holidays. They all look great in their uniforms and I would like to thank you for your efforts with this.

The school has been painted during the holidays and the staff worked hard, giving up some of their free time, to ensure the school and their classes were organised and ready for the new session. The school is looking great with lots of new, exciting displays going up on a daily basis.

We had a very successful Primary 1 ‘Meet the Teacher’ afternoon, so successful in fact that we have decided to roll this out across the school. Over the next few weeks you will have an opportunity to visit the school, meet other parents and staff over a cup of tea and visit your child’s class in an informal, friendly manner. If you can come along, please do, the children love showing off their class.

The PTFA have also decided to host a Primary 1 Welcome Evening on Friday 28th September at 6.00pm in the school. Again this will be a good opportunity for the new children and their families get to know the school.

We have a number of parents who give a few hours each week to help support the school, coming into classes, tidying cupboards or putting up displays. If you are interested in supporting the school in any way, please get in touch, we would be grateful for your help. Mr Fionda will be starting the Forest Club very soon, so he will also be looking for volunteers. This was very successful last year and couldn’t be done without the help and support of parents and local community.

If you are using the School App can I please ask that you help contribute towards the cost of this service.  It is a great way of keeping in touch with school and any events that may be happening. A new feature you will find this year is the Lunchtime Menu which is posted daily.

We would like to extend a warm welcome to Mr Stephen Duffy who has recently joined our school team. He is now our permanent Principal Teacher.

Mrs O’Rourke, who works part time in our office has recently secured a few time position in another school. We will miss her and wish her well in her new post.

Events for this week:

Tuesday Primary 1 Photographs

P6 children will attend 9.30am mass

Wednesday Junior Road Safety Course  (Olivia & Millie)

2.00pm – P3 Meet the Teacher

June 26, 2018
by Mrs Pearson
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Weekly Blog – 25th June

We have finally made it to the last week of term. On Friday we had a lovely graduation for our Primary 7 children and I am sure it was a day that the children and their families will remember for a long time.

On Wednesday the PTFA have organised a Fun Day for the children, this proved to be very successful last year and the children had a ball. Please ensure your child comes to school in appropriate clothing with a hat, sun cream applied and plenty of water as there will be a few outside activities. Funds raised by the PTFA will pay for the majority of the activities but we would be grateful if you could contribute £2 towards this.

In the past few years the cost of hiring transport to allow us to travel to more traditional ‘school trip’ venues has become prohibitive. As a result, families would be required to contribute greater amounts in order for us to sustain providing trips for all classes. We have therefore decided to provide a fun day which proportionally ensure every child has the maximum benefit from the money we have available and the additional money contributed by families.

Our recent joint Health Week with Wishaw Academy was a huge success and all of our pupils participated in a huge range of activities which they loved. Again, whilst we are happy to provide our pupils with as many new learning experiences as possible, the week has cost our school a great deal of money to ensure that the experiences provided were of a high quality and built skills.

I would like to thank the staff, parents, PTFA, parent helpers, Father Gerry, the Parish community and everyone who has been involved with this school, in making this a very successful year.

If you can please come along and join us for mass on Thursday at 9.30am.  The School will close at 1.00pm on Thursday. I hope you all have a lovely holiday and look forward to welcoming everyone back on Thursday 16th August.

June 18, 2018
by Mrs Pearson
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Weekly Blog – 10th September

 

 

On Tuesday our Pre-school children from the nursery will be graduating as will our Primary 7 children on Friday. I wish them all the best for the future as they take the next step in their learning journey.

Primary 7 leavers mass is at 9.30am in the Church with Graduations starting at 11.00am in the school. There will also be a performance from our Primary 7 children at 1.30pm in the school with tea and cakes served afterwards. All parents and family members of these children are most welcome to come along.

Thursday will be the last day of swimming for our Primary 5 children. They have worked hard and progressed well in their swimming over the last few months.

Can I also draw your attention to the increase in price for the breakfast service provided by North Lanarkshire.  A letter has been sent home regarding this.

Finally some sad news, Mrs Zonfrillo (formally Miss Burns) will be leaving us at the end of June. She will now take up a new position in the new language and communication unit in St Aidan’s Primary School.  We will miss her here at St Ignatius but wish her all the best for her future career. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank her for all her hard work and creativity over the last three years.

June 11, 2018
by Mrs Pearson
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Weekly Blog 11th June

Again this is a very busy week for the staff and pupils of St Ignatius Primary school. Staff are currently working on the pupils’ school report cards and these will be given out towards the end of the term. We are also looking at the classes for next session. We welcome our new Primary 1 children and their families back to the school on Tuesday for the second induction day. Last week the children settled really well and enjoyed spending time in class and meeting their buddies.

Primary 7 children will attend St Aidan’s High over the next three days as part of the induction process into secondary school. We are sure they will enjoy these days, getting to know new classmates, teachers and the layout of the school building.

Some of our Pope Francis Faith Award children will be attending the National School Mass in Falkirk Stadium on Thursday along with Mrs McIntyre.  This mass is to mark the centenary of the 1918 Education Scotland Act.

On Sunday we had our Thanksgiving mass for the children who received the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist. Afterwards the children, their families and staff from the school attended a lovely breakfast provided by the Parish.

This Friday we have a family fun night – Short & Shades. The fun starts at 6.00pm with lots of great fun activities, raffles and disco. Please come along and join us if you can. 

Finally I would like to say a big thank you for all your kind words and cards on my appointment as Head Teacher of St Ignatius Primary School and Nursery Class. I am delighted and honoured to accept this role and look forward to continuing working with all those involved in our learning community.

June 4, 2018
by Mrs Pearson
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Weekly Blog 4th June 2018

The next few weeks are going to be busy in St Ignatius School and Nursery Class:

Today, Miss McGovern will take the Rainbow Room children for a picnic to Belhaven Park in the afternoon.

This Wednesday is Eco day and children are asked to come along to school dressed in green if possible. No football colours please.  Mrs Zonfrillo has worked hard with the Eco group to organise this day.

A group of Primary 4 girls have worked very hard over the last few weeks, giving up playtimes and lunchtimes, to make craft goods which they will now sell to raise funds for one of the school chosen charities, Let the Children Live. Summer Craft Shop opens today. Your child will have the opportunity to visit this shop after lunchtime and purchase craft goods.

We have inductions days for our new primary 1 children and we look forward to welcoming them and their families into our learning community.

This Sunday, 10th June, Primary 4 children who recently made their first communion will take part in a thanksgiving mass at 10.00am in St Ignatius Parish Church. There will be a parish breakfast afterwards in the Loyal Centre.

School and Nursery graduations will also take place over the next few weeks.

A fun day will take place in the school on Wednesday 27th June. This proved to be a very popular day last year and we hope that the children enjoy what we have planned for this year. Many thanks to the PTFA who have raised funds to support part of this day. We would be grateful if you can help support this day and pay £2 towards the cost. There will be a magician, an ice cream van, bouncy castle and lots more.

Primary 7 children will be particularly busy this month. There will be three transition days to the High School as well as a pizza disco and as a special treat for all their hard work this year, they will being going to Belhaven Park for a picnic on the last week of term. Please check the newsletter for these dates.

Mrs McIntrye represented the school at Cardinal Winning Lecture at the weekend. If you wish to read Nicola Sturgeon’s speech you will find this on the school twitter account. It was reassuring to hear her words especially in this year of the Catholic Education Act. Primary 7 are currently working an assembly about this and will presenting it to the rest of the school over the next few weeks.

Currently the staff are working on Report Cards and these will be given out before the end of the term. We have new format this year that includes the SHANIRRI indicators thus giving more information regarding your child’s health and wellbeing. Children will also read the report card and comment on it before it is sent home.

The nursery children, their families and staff enjoyed their trip to Blair Drummond Safari Park. Primary 1 and Primary 1/2 also enjoyed their trip to Culzean gardens. Fortunately the sun shone for both trips.

We were delighted to officially receive our Bronze award for Attachment and Trauma Sensitive school award. We will continue to work with Dr Jenny Nock on our journey towards our Silver award.   I am hoping to provide a workshop for parent who are interested in finding out more about this.

You will receive a newsletter in the next few days with dates for all events taking place over the next few weeks. Also keeping checking the school app and twitter to keep you up to date.

 

 

May 21, 2018
by Mrs Pearson
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Week Blog – 21/5/18

On Saturday our Primary 4 children made their First Holy Communion. What a beautiful day for all the children and their families. We would like to thank everyone who helped to make this such a special day. The thanksgiving mass will take place at 10.00am on Sunday 10th June. The children may wear their outfits again. Boys can wear uniforms if they had hired kilts or suits.

Health week takes place this week and we are very fortunate that the weather is to be sunny and dry all week. Can you please ensure you child has a hat and sun cream as well as his/her water bottle. We will provide water for them as well.  We have had to ask you contribute to this week as we have many activities organised for the children and many of them are quite costly. If you could hand in or give your child £2 for this week to help supplement the cost.

Primary 1 and Primary 1/2 will be going on their trip this Wednesday to Colzium Estate and Museum as part of their Percy the Park Keeper topic.

As always, please if you have any queries or concerns get in touch and I will try to see you as quickly as possible.

Next PTFA meeting is Tuesday 29th May.  Please come along if you can.

The school will be closed on Friday 25th May and Monday 28th May.

Have a lovely break and hopefully the sun will continue to shine.

May 14, 2018
by Mrs Pearson
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Weekly Blog – 14th May

On Sunday our Primary 4 pupils led the 2nd preparation mass for their First Communion. Please keep the children in your prayers. 

We had a lovely, thanksgiving mass for the children who were confirmed this year.  I would like to thank all the parents and family members who came along and shared this mass with us. It was good to see Father Gerry back with us again.

There will be an open afternoon on Monday for parents whose children attended the Rainbow room, please come along if you can.

Primary 2/3 and Primary 5 will be going on a trip to the Science Centre on Wednesday. I am sure they will have a great time as this is always a very popular trip with the children.

After School Clubs as usual this week apart from the Cross Country which will resume on 29th May.

The PTFA are running a Summer Cash Prize Draw, please see a member of the PTFA if you wish to purchase a ticket. They will also be holding a Family Shorts & Shades disco on Friday 15th June at 6.00pm in the school. Please come along and support the school and enjoy and fun night with your child/ren.

Next week is our joint Health Week. Children should all come to school in appropriate clothing. They will take part in a number of activities throughout the week. More information will follow this week.

Again I would like to thank parents/carers who are parking safely within the school grounds.  Please do not park in the drop off zone if possible.

May 8, 2018
by Mrs Pearson
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Week Beginning 7th May

Hope you all had a lovely Bank Holiday, it was so nice to get some good weather for a change.

Staff were very busy on the in-service day – Self-Evaluation and Moderation were our themes. Most staff also attended a few sessions at the Learning Festival being run over two days by North Lanarkshire Council.

Thursday – P1 & P1/2 children will be taking part in the Teddy Bear’s Picnic. This is a super fund raising event for St Andrew’s Hospice, please try to support this if you can.

Friday – Forest School takes place as normal this week. Please make your child wears appropriate clothing if he/she is taking part in this.

Friday – Thanksgiving Mass for Confirmation takes place in the school at 1.30pm. All parents, family and friends are welcome to join us for this celebration and a cup for tea afterwards.

Sunday – First Communion Preparation mass at 10.00am in St Ignatius Church

Pupil Equity Fund – Please find a letter in your child’s bag regarding this. We have outlined last year’s planning and spending. We are now asking for any suggestions for this year’s budget. Please be as creative as you can as we are looking for some ideas for this year.

Wednesday

Grant – Football

Mr Foster – Athletics

Thursday

Mr Johnstone – Badminton

 

 

 

Week Beginning 7th May

Hope you all had a lovely Bank Holiday, it was so nice to get some good weather for a change.

Staff were very busy on the in-service day – Self-Evaluation and Moderation were our themes. Most staff also attended a few sessions at the Learning Festival being run over two days by North Lanarkshire Council.

Thursday – P1 & P1/2 children will be taking part in the Teddy Bear’s Picnic. This is a super fund raising event for St Andrew’s Hospice, please try to support this if you can.

Friday – Forest School takes place as normal this week. Please make your child wears appropriate clothing if he/she is taking part in this.

Friday – Thanksgiving Mass for Confirmation takes place in the school at 1.30pm. All parents, family and friends are welcome to join us for this celebration and a cup for tea afterwards.

Sunday – First Communion Preparation mass at 10.00am in St Ignatius Church

Pupil Equity Fund – Please find a letter in your child’s bag regarding this. We have outlined last year’s planning and spending. We are now asking for any suggestions for this year’s budget. Please be as creative as you can as we are looking for some ideas for this year.

Wednesday

Grant – Football

Mr Foster – Athletics

Thursday

Mr Johnstone – Badminton

 

April 30, 2018
by Mrs Pearson
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Weekly Blog – 30th April

This week the children will be using their Learning Logs to record all their learning.

The children from the Rainbow Room will be have a cookery session, organised by Miss McGovern on Monday afternoon along with their parents.

Tuesday evening PTFA meeting at 6.00pm. Please come along if you can.

Staff from St Aidan’s High will visit the Primary 7 pupils on Wednesday afternoon.

On Friday morning the school will be attending mass at 9.30am, please come along if you can.

Forest School will take place on Friday afternoon. Please ensure your child wears appropriate clothing if they are taking part in this.

Thanks to all the parents who came along to the Pupil Led Assemblies. The children really enjoy sharing their learning with their families and friends. 

We were delighted to achieve the Attachment & Trauma Sensitive Schools Award Bronze award. The first in Scotland!!   We look forward to working with Dr Jenny Nock as we work towards receiving the Silver award. 

After School Clubs:

Tuesday

Mr Fionda – Choir

Mr Munro – Multi Sports

Mr Anderson – Bikeability

Pamela – Cross Country (will confirm if this is taking place)

Wednesday

Grant – Football

Mr Foster – Athletics

Thursday

Mr Johnstone – Badminton

 

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