Voice Kids Notice


Message received from the Voice Kids if anyone interested….

The Voice Kids will be returning to our screens on ITV in 2021 and we’re looking for super talented singers & duo’s aged 7-14* who have what it takes to take over The Voice Kids stage.

I was hoping to touch base to see if you know of any exceptional young singers that would be interested in taking part in the next series? Applications for series 5 are now open. If this is something you think your students would be interested in you can submit an application on their behalf via this link: https://www.itv.com/thevoicekidsuk/apply

Applications must be submitted by a parent/legal guardian and auditions are taking place in October 2020.

If you have any questions or wish to find out more, please feel free to get in touch with me directly.

I look forward to hearing from you,

Maisy Hepburn


Your personal information and that of your child will be collected and processed in accordance with our Privacy Notice at https://d1htg2jcpb6594.cloudfront.net/res/953/b5403b/privacyNotice_4.pdf

*We can also see 6 year olds if they turn 7 by 31st January 2021 and 14 year olds if they are still of age until 14th March 2021.

Wet mornings

Motherwell, UK
Scattered showers

Scattered showers

There is likely to be wet weather again tomorrow, and no doubt throughout the coming session.  As you are fully aware we have staggered starts, finishes and breaks in place in order to comply with COVID guidance.
Previously we  allowed all pupils to gather in the hall between 8.40am and 8.55am on wet mornings. Pupils were supervised by the school management team. This is no longer possible for the following reasons:
  • Large numbers of children are not permitted to gather in assembly halls.
  • “Bubbles” of children should not be mixing indoors.
  • There is insufficient supervision available to have children in class prior to their start time.
  • Teachers are entitled to use the time before school to prepare classrooms for lessons.
  • The yellow zone is used for nursery and P1. P1 cannot enter before 9am as this entrance is being used for the nursery from 8.30-9.00am.

We offer the following advice to parents and carers in these circumstances.

  • Arrive as close to your child’s start time as possible.
  • Dress for the weather.
  • Encourage your child to use the available outdoor shelters.

These arrangements are fully compliant with all guidelines. Please do not contact your child’s teacher through See Saw about this or any other whole school policy. See Saw is designed to be a positive forum for communicating learning and achievements. More information about our various methods of communication can be found in the most recent newsletter.

Thank you all for your ongoing co-operation and support.

Some further updates on return to school

Video Guides

Further to our previous letter, video guides have been posted on MPS Parent Helper Facebook page. These should enhance parent understanding of processes and help ease anxiety parents and children may be feeling about the return to school.

Parents on school campus

We have been asked to explicitly draw parents’ attention to a key part of the council risk assessment which will be strictly enforced.

• Only pupils and staff allowed within the perimeter fenced area of the school. Parents will not be permitted to enter these areas when dropping off or picking up their child.
• Visitors should be discouraged from attending the premises without an appointment.
• All visitors MUST sign in and out of the premises with appropriate times noted and relevant contact details to comply with Test & Protect guidance.
• All visitors will wear face coverings
• All visitors will be asked to sanitise their hands on entry to the building and when leaving.

The only exception to this will be P1 parents on the first day when ONE adult may bring the child to the hall on arrival and enter the playground on collection. The adult must comply with steps above  by wearing a face covering and completing paperwork.

If you need to speak to school staff please phone or email. If absolutely essential to meet in person, an appointment must be made in advance.

Parents with children who arrive or leave out-with the designated times, will be required to remain outside the main door in the green zone. If necessary, staff will come out to meet you or bring your child to you.

Please understand that these control measures are in place to comply with council policy and ensure the safety of all.

 Breakfast Club

Whilst the council has announced that Breakfast Club will operate, the risk assessment will be monitored closely to ensure it remains safe. In the meantime, pupils should line up on the green markers in the green zone (main door) and wait to be admitted by staff. No child will be admitted before 8.15am. Every effort will be made to ensure that bubbles of children (year groups) are seated together with suitable spacing between bubbles. Children must remain seated until at least 8.40am for older children and 8.50am for P1s before going to the designated zone of the playground to await entry to class. Parents are asked only to use the breakfast club if you really need to. We do not wish this service to become overly busy or compromise the staggered start system.

No Cash

As intimated in the council’s communication, no cash will be handled in schools. Payment for school meals must be made online. The machines that enabled pupils to top up cards with cash have been disabled.

No tuck shop

In order to facilitate staggered lunches, there will no longer be a morning tuck shop. Pupils should bring their own snack.

Playground Games

We are currently considering guidelines for safe playground games and fun but in the meantime, pupils should not bring their own toys or balls.