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Science Centre Visit for Loch Morar Class on Thursday 16th February


Reminder that pupils in Loch Morar class (P1/2 Mrs Bruce) will be going to the Glasgow Science Centre on Thursday 16th February. Pupils should wear their uniform as usual. As all pupils in P1-3 are eligible for a free meal, a packed lunch will be provided. Pupils will not be visiting the shop so no money is required. The teacher will photos which will be posted on the blog. Pupils should not bring a camera or a phone.

Loch Lomond Trip to Stirling Castle


Loch Lomond Class trip to Stirling Castle and Wallace Monument tomorrow, 9th February.

This is an all day trip with pupils returning to school by 3pm. Uniform is not required but please dress sensibly for the weather. If you have not ordered a lunch please supply your child with a packed lunch. No spending money is required as they will not be in the shop. NO phones thank you. The teacher will take a camera and post photos on the blog.

World Book Day


In Plains Primary pupils are invited to dress up as a book character on World Book Day. Pupils are also encouraged to submit a book review (or indeed book reviews) to be entered into a lucky draw for a prize. The draw will take place on the day. Teachers can supply a template for these reviews.

Helen McKay and the group running the First Minister’s Reading Challenge will be organising a “Reading Obstacle Course” for pupils too.

Scottish Attainment Challenge- BMT at PE

As part of the Scottish Attainment Challenge our school is receiving access to a physical and active health programme called Better Movers and Thinkers (BMT). To look at the impact of BMT you are being asked to complete a short survey. It will take around 10 minutes to complete.

The survey will ask you about any changes you have noticed in your child’s learning behaviours since the beginning of the programme last October.

All information will be treated as confidential. No parents/guardians or children will be mentioned in the research. Data will be held securely and will not be kept for longer than necessary.

The findings will be used in a report for the Scottish Attainment Challenge and summary information will be presented to schools and other establishments in North Lanarkshire.

Taking part in the research project is voluntary and permission can be withdrawn at any time by contacting the school or the research team at Psychological Service on 01236 856 200.

If you are happy to participate in the research the survey can be found by going online to the following web address:

The survey will be available to complete between 6th February and 20th February (Two weeks).

Thank you in anticipation for your support and cooperation.

Cross Country


The next cross country event will be at Coatbridge Outdoor Centre on 21st February. To prepare our runners for this, our coaches Gillian McCardie and Graeme Paterson had planned to run an after school club on Friday 3rd, 10th and 17th February 3-4pm. Unfortunately several pupils cannot manage at that time. It has therefore been decided to hold the practices in school time. Pupils should still bring their kit on these days.

Loch Awe- Class talk

Pupils have already been issued with extensive information about their class talk this term. Please find attached.

Pupils have had time in class to prepare and research for this talk and will have one more session next Monday. They are welcome to work on this at home too. Either way, pupils should be ready to deliver their presentation by Monday 6th February. Not all pupils will be heard on this day but their presentation should be ready. As it states in the attached advice note, the presentation should be delivered in ENGLISH.



Scottish Night


Remember our Scottish Evening on Wednesday 25th January 6.30pm-8.30pm. All pupils, parents, friends and family welcome for an evening of Scottish poetry, songs, dance and art work displays. Refreshments will be served. There is no charge for this event but there will be a raffle. Dress code is Scottish themed if possible. We look forward to seeing you all!

Children’s Wellbeing Survey


North Lanarkshire Council are assisting The Scottish Government to inform the realignment of children’s services through participation in a children’s wellbeing survey. Please find a link to a letter to parents about the project.
Hard copies will be issued next week, as will pupil leaflets. Both parents and pupils have the right to withdraw and a form to give notice of this is attached to the letter. If you wish to withdraw your child from this survey please send this back to school before 30th January 2017.