Enjoy your summer break

Dear Parent/Carer,

 

As we come to the end of another school session I would like to extend my sincere thanks to you all, for the great support, patience and understanding you have shown the school throughout another challenging year. Whilst for some of us the impact of lengthy restrictions has become a distant memory for others there remains a lasting impact.  During this school session we endeavoured to ensure all classes were appropriately covered during periods of considerable staff shortages.  I am sure, like myself, you join me in sharing my gratitude and appreciation to the staff team who worked tirelessly to ensure our school operated as normal despite the daily challenges we experienced during some very difficult months this year. Staff really went above and beyond to ensure your child had a positive experience in school and I thank them sincerely for their dedication and commitment.  As a parent, your understanding during these challenging times has been greatly appreciated and is a great testimony to the wonderful support we enjoy within our school community.

It has been most wonderful to see a return to normality in the form of whole school Masses, Sunflower Tea, Sports Day, Leavers Mass and Awards Ceremony, Nursery Graduation, Book Launch and Summer Fair all taking place recently, enabling us to welcome parents and grandparents back into our school and nursery community. We really did miss you all and it was great to see you back in school once again.  We look forward to more opportunities to strengthen our home and school partnership in the next session.

The school has had a lovely buzz about it the last few weeks with pupils enjoying outdoor learning, out of school visits to Summerlee Heritage Centre, Gaelic Football Tournaments, Football festival, Teddy Bears Picnic, our Book Launch, Pr. 7 annual Wear Yellow Walk and Pr. 7 Leavers Party.  A huge thank you is extended to the parents and grandparents who agreed to help us out on such occasions. We cannot thank you enough for your support.  Our summer trip to a local attraction was a huge success and at no cost to parents during the current cost of living crisis that we all face. Once again your support and understanding has been greatly appreciated.  A huge thank you is extended to our PTA who made all the provisions for Pr. 7 possible due their ongoing fundraising, even during lockdown.  The heavy subsiding of the leavers hoodies, full payment of the leavers book, awards, ties, balloons, food and drinks for the leavers party all came courtesy of the PTA. This is a huge sum of money (we had 55 Pr. 7 pupils) and would not be possible without their work and the support you provide for any fundraising.  We thank our PTA and hope they remain committed to raising money next session as we will begin all over again.  All would not be possible without such commitment. I would also like to extend a special thanks to the Pr. 7 teachers, Mrs Drummond, Miss Watt and Miss Crockett for their great efforts to ensure our Pr. 7 pupils received a great send off.  This included making the Pr. 7 yearbook.  The children are a real credit to the school and their families, they have most certainly been worth all the fuss and we wish them every success for the next phase of their school career.

Our school really has had wedding fever of late as we celebrate the up and coming nuptials of Miss Watt and Miss Taggart who will be getting married during the summer break. They will return to the school in August as Mrs Johnston and Mrs Sneddon. I hope, like me, you wish them all the best on the day and for the future.

As we come to the end of the school session we also say a very fond farewell to several staff members who are leaving us. Mrs Rankin (Senior Clerical) and Mrs Joanna Laird (Additional Support Needs Assistant) both begin their retirement this summer. We wish them both a long, healthy and happy retirement.  We also send our best wishes to Miss Platt who joins St.Mary’s Pr. in Caldercruix and  Mr Anderson who joins St.Margaret of Scotland in Cumbernauld.  Both teachers were great additions to our staff team this year and will be greatly missed next session. We wish them every success for the future.

Finally, I wish you a very relaxing and enjoyable summer break with your family and look forward to welcoming you back to school on Wednesday 17th August.

I hope you have a fantastic summer!

Yours sincerely

Mrs Caroline Docherty

Book Cover Competition

                                               Book Cover Competition
We are looking for a cover for the new school book,
Tolle Lege 2
❖ 1st Prize is to have your drawing or painting on the front
cover of the book PLUS a voucher for Smyths Toy Store!
❖ 2nd Prize is to have your drawing or painting on the back
cover of the book PLUS a voucher for Smyths Toy Store!
❖ Runners-up will have their pictures featured inside the
book!

Rules
❖ Entries must be on A4 paper, portrait format.
❖ Entries can be drawn or painted.
❖ Entries should be colourful and eye catching.
❖ Entries can be about the school or about being creative or about stories in general.
❖ Entries must be original. They CANNOT features characters from films, TV or books.
❖ Entries must not feature any writing.
❖ Your name and class MUST be written on the back.
❖ Entries MUST be submitted by Monday 9th of May at the latest.

Good luck! We can’t wait to see what the pupils of St Augustine’s come up with.
Many thanks,
The Editorial Team,
St Augustine’s Primary School

What’s on this week at St.Augustine’s?

Mon.25th

 

Assembly – Pr.6 and 7 pupils – 9.00 – 9.40am  Mrs. Docherty –  hall.

Jillian Mortimer – PGDE – placement Rm 15, 25.4 – 27.5

Scottish National Standardised Assessments  – Pr. 7 – Mrs Elliott(am), Mrs Drummond (pm)

DGillooly to cover Rm 10 – pm

Pr. 4 – Church visit – pm

LIAM Programme-Mrs Elliott

Tues 26th

 

Assembly – Pr.2 and 3  pupils – 9.00 – 9.40am  Mrs. Elliott- hall.

11.15 am LIAM programme – Mrs Elliott

Pr. 4 Church visit – pm

Fluoride varnish – 9.30 – Nursery, Pr. 1 – 4.

Wed.27th Assembly – Pr. 4- 5 pupils – 9.10 – 9.50am  Mrs. Docherty- hall

Mr s Elliott-Literacy Profile Assessments (am)

Celtic Foundation – 6 week programme

9-9.45 in P6 Room 15 then to hall at 9.45 am until 10.30am.

10.30 am- 11 am to Room 12 P6/7 in class then to hall after interval until just before 12 noon. (or other way round hall then class?)

1.30pm in hall with P7 Room 9 then to class for 2.15pm until 3pm. This is the last week

Provide updates for Friday assembly – confirm dancers, gymnasts, etc who will participate in the assembly

COLLEGIATE NIGHT – Jill Woodward

Thurs 28th Assembly Pr. 1 and 2 pupils 9.15 -9.50- Mrs Elliott – hall

Pr. 7 Rm 9 – Summerlee Heritage Museum visit

Vision screening – eye test – catch up for missed children

Room 6 to be used as HWB Base for cluster – Johnny McBrier to work from this base. Several children from cluster primaries and two of our own children will work from the base for the next 8 weeks- Odyssey Project to support transition for Pr. 6 pupils every Thursday.  Impact on Rainbow Reading session – children to re-locate and use another base (Rm 11) for this slot.

Mrs Docherty  and Mrs Elliott to attend West Partnership – Assessment and Moderation Workshop 3.45 – 5.00pm

Pr. 4 – Church visit – pm

Frid 29th Mrs Docherty to carry  out absence review meetings 9.15 and 9.45am

Mrs  Elliott/Mrs  Drummond-continue with P7 SNSAs

End of month assembly – This will be a full assembly in the school hall.  It would be good to have children showcase their clubs – so we are looking for dancers, gymnasts, karate, musicians to showcase their talents as we have not seen children perform for a long time.  .

SEASONS FOR GROWTH CELEBRATION /Mrs Elliott – pm

Updates for last week

Dear Parents/Carers,

It is hard to believe that the spring break is nearly upon us but I am sure like the staff at school, your child will be looking forward to a much needed holiday.

Next week we have a number of school events taking place so please take a note of dates for your diary.

 

Wednesday 30th March – Easter Bonnet Parade and Daffodil Tea for all Pr. 1 – 3 pupils.

                                             Please note this is also a Wear Yellow Day for all pupils in aid of Marie Curie

 

Thursday 31st March – Crazy Hair Day for our Lenten Charities

                                         Easter Egg Competition for Pr. 4 – 7 pupils.  Children can design their own

                                         eggs at home and bring to school with all props.

                                         Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place

                                         Afternoon Assembly – Pr. 1 – 3 to sing their Spring songs

                                                                                  Egg competition winners announced.

Friday 1st April             Mass – whole school 10.00am

                                       SCHOOL CLOSES 2.30pm

 

May I take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued support of the school in such challenging times.

We look forward to seeing everyone return to school on Tuesday 19th April.

Kind Regards

Mrs C. Docherty

Head Teacher

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