Our Lady and St. Francis Primary School

March 17, 2019
by Mrs Shearer

Week Ending 15th March 2019

Last week our pupils enjoyed a visit from the SPCA on Monday; also on Monday our choir sang beautifully at the Glasgow Music Festival – many thanks to Mrs Cahill and Miss Newall for preparing them so well.

On Tuesday, we enjoyed great success with our Cross Country team – well done to all pupils involved, and many thanks to Mrs Rimmer and Mr Maxwell for all of their hard work.

Mary’s Meals spoke with our pupils at assembly on Wednesday about all the great work that they do and they are one of our Lenten Charities this year.

On Thursday, Mr Dorris from the Maths Department at Taylor High School spent time with our P7 pupils and on Friday our pupils enjoyed structured Golden Time in the afternoon.

Looking to our week ahead, our P1 and P2 pupils will be involved in the fluoride varnishing programme on Tuesday and we will also be visited by Mrs Anne Munro, Head of Service for south locality schools.  I am sure she will be very impressed by our fantastic ‘wee people’.  Throughout the week, staff from P1, P4 and P7 will be visiting our family schools in South Lanarkshire Council to team teach and moderate various aspects of teaching and learning.

Please remember that Mass is on every morning at 8.25am in St. Francis Xavier Church, and this is a lovely way to start the day during the season of Lent.

March 10, 2019
by Mrs Shearer

Week Ending 8th March 2019

Last week, our Glee Choir performed fantastically well at the Civic Centre on Wednesday evening. They did so well that they were awarded the Esprit de Glee trophy – a massive thank you to Mrs Cahill and Miss Newall for all of their hard work.

It was also Book Week all week in OLSF and the children enjoyed the many and varied activities on offer. Their costumes were fantastic on Friday and they all got to show the rest of the school what they were dressed as at the Parade on Friday afternoon.  A massive thank you to Mrs Taggart and Mrs Crooks for organising the week and ensuring the children had so much fun.

Looking to our week ahead, there will still be some book week activities taking place into next week.  Our children will be participating in the Glasgow Music Festival on Monday; they will return late to school and will be dropped off at the Xavier Centre for safety. Mrs Cahill will text when they are ten minutes away, but the approximate return time is 4.30pm.

Our senior pupils will be participating in a cross country event on Tuesday, and Mary’s Meals will be speaking with our children on Wednesday as they are one of our Lenten charities.

On Thursday, our P7 pupils will be visited by Mr Mark Dorris from Taylor High School.

Please remember that morning Mass is on every morning at 8.25 am at St. Francis Xavier Church and this is a lovely way to start the day during the season of Lent.

March 3, 2019
by Mrs Shearer

Week Ending 1st March 2019

Money week last week was a great success; children from Nursery to Primary 7 enjoyed money related play activities or lessons throughout the week.  Representatives from the MACA Project also visited our school and children enjoyed working with them.  A huge thank you to Mrs Mushet for organising and overseeing all of the events of the week.

Looking to our week ahead, it is Book Week in school. Mrs Taggart and Mrs Crooks have fantastic activities planned throughout the week, and you have been lettered already with details.  Keep an eye on twitter this week to see what the children have been getting up to!

Our Glee Choir will be performing at the Civic Centre on Wednesday evening and parents of children involved have had a letter with final details last week.  It is Ash Wednesday this week, therefore our whole school will attend Mass at 10am in St. Francis Xavier Church.  There will be no coffee morning following Mass as it’s Ash Wednesday.  There will be a change to the menu as it is a day of fast and abstinence; this will be confirmed with catering staff tomorrow and a tweet with the updated menu will be sent.

We are having a ‘RagBag’ collection this week on Thursday.  If you are having a clear out between now and then, please send in any unwanted clothes, shoes, bags or belts and this helps raise money for school funds.

Lenten morning Masses begin on Thursday this week and will be taking place every day during Lent until the spring break.  These Masses take place at 8.25am each morning and are a lovely way to start the day.  Children who attend the Breakfast Club will still be able to attend this facility after Mass each morning.


February 24, 2019
by Mrs Shearer

Week Ending 22nd February 2019

Last week we welcomed South Lanarkshire colleagues to P1 and P7 as part of our family group work.  Our Primary 6 pupils enjoyed a Health and Well-Being event at Taylor High School on Friday.

This week is Financial Education Week in OLSF and our pupils will be learning all about money and finances.  We welcome the MACA Project to the school during the week as part of financial education week.

We welcome back Mrs Pauline Donnelly this week and also welcome Miss Rachel Peattie to our staff team.

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February 17, 2019
by Mrs Shearer

Week Ending 15th February 2019

Last week was only a two day week for our pupils. They enjoyed playing outdoors in the milder weather and thankfully this looks set to continue into next week.

Looking to our week ahead, the tours of the Church continue.

We will be visited this week from our colleagues from South Lanarkshire Council as part of our North/South Family Group.

On Friday, our P6 pupils will enjoy a visit to Taylor High School as part of the transition programme; letters have been issued to P6 parents/carers with full details.

February 3, 2019
by Mrs Shearer

Week Ending 1st February 2019

Last week, our Primary 1 pupils had a tour of the Church, led by Father McGachey.  Father has kindly offered to give every class a tour of the Church over the next few weeks.  On Friday we had a lovely Mass led by our Primary 5 class.  We also had a successful coffee morning, again, led by our Primary 5 class.  During the ‘Big Question’ on Friday, children were asked about themed Fridays and Lenten charities and the results will be collated and fed back to children this week.

Looking to our week ahead, P1/2 up to P6 classes will have their tours of the Church over the week.  There is a cross country festival on Wednesday afternoon (weather permitting) and we are still looking for additional parent helpers; if you can help out, please contact the school office.  On Friday there is a football and a netball festival too – it is a busy week for our pupils!


January 27, 2019
by Mrs Shearer

Week Ending 25th January 2019

Last week we had a well attended Parent Council meeting on Monday evening, and our P7s visited Taylor High on Tuesday for the last time as part of their continuity programme.

On Friday, our children participated well in our annual Day of Dance and it was lovely to see so many of you coming along to see us in action (and join in, of course!)  Many thanks for your continued support of our school.

Looking to our week ahead, the many term 3 after school clubs on offer will be running.  If your child has shown an interest in a club they will have had a letter home with details of times etc.

On Friday, it is our First Friday Mass and coffee morning.  This will be led by P5 and as always, we are looking for shop bought donations of nut free cakes, biscuits and raffle prizes.

January 20, 2019
by Mrs Shearer

Week Ending 18th January 2019

Last week we met our new Primary 1 pupils during infant registration, and we look forward to welcoming them back again for our induction afternoons in May.

Looking to our week ahead, our continuity programme with Taylor High School continues on Tuesday.

Our Day of Dance is on Friday and a letter has been issued with further details.  We are looking forward to seeing you then.

Our parents’ evening booking system is now open for our second parents’ evening in February – please book a slot if you haven’t already done so.

January 13, 2019
by Mrs Shearer

Week Ending 11th January 2019

We had a chilly start to our first week back; however, all children were happily entertained in the hall for the first few hours until the classrooms heated up again!

This term we welcome Mr Chris Maxwell to the senior leadership team as acting Principal Teacher.  We are also delighted to announce that Mr Allan Robertson was successful at interview for the janitor post and will be joining the OLSF family soon.

Our Taylor High continuity programme continues for our P7 pupils and we had a well attended Sacramental Information evening for our P3 and P4 parents on Wednesday evening.

Looking to our week ahead, it is infant registration every afternoon this week.  If your child will be  5 years old  between 1st March 2019 and 28th February 2020, then please come down to the school between 1.30pm and 3pm any afternoon with their birth certificate, a council tax bill and their baptismal certificate (if appropriate).

December 15, 2018
by Mrs Shearer

Week Ending 14th December 2018

We have just finished a VERY busy week! Our infant department put on a fantastic nativity show on Tuesday and Wednesday – A King is Born.  The children, as always, were stars and I’d like to thank the infant department and support staff once more for the massive amount of work involved in this.  On Thursday we had a lovely Christmas lunch – huge thanks to our lovely dinner ladies and all staff who helped ensure it went smoothly.   Friday saw the first of our Christmas parties, with P6 and P7 starting us off.  They all looked fabulous and had a great time.

Looking to our week ahead, on Monday it is the P4 and P5 party in the afternoon.  On Tuesday, it is the P2 and P3 party in the afternoon, and the upper school carol concert in the evening.  On Wednesday morning, there is a further carol concert by our P4-P7 pupils, and the P1 party in the afternoon.  Thursday is our Christmas Movie/Jumper Day, and also our Nursery party day.

We finish on Friday for the holidays at 2.30 pm and our whole school will go to Mass at 10 am to finish off our term.  On behalf of all of the team at OLSF we wish you all a very happy, holy and healthy Christmas.

School and nursery reopen on Monday 7th January 2019.

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