Mr Thomas' Blog

June 16, 2024
by Mr Thomas
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The Week Ahead – Week Beginning 17th June 2024

I just wanted to send out a few reminders in this second last week of term!

JUNE NEWSLETTER

You will see lots of information about upcoming events in our school if you take a look at the June Newsletter which was issued a week ago.  Click HERE to see the Newsletter.

MONDAY 17TH JUNE

We will have our Drama Club Dress Rehearsal today and all of the staff and children will be invited to see the show in the afternoon.  It is looking and sounding amazing!

Drama Club will take place from 3pm – 4pm.

TUESDAY 18TH JUNE

Our Mini Vinnies are visiting Carfin Grotto with hundreds of other Mini Vinnies from around the Diocese of Motherwell.

Our Drama Club Show is at 7pm.  Please contact the office to reserve tickets which are now available to everyone.  All remaining tickets are first-come-first-served.

WEDNESDAY 19TH JUNE

This is the deadline for P7 Parents/Carers to follow the link to order their initial tickets for Graduation.  After this, the tickets will be available on a first-come-first-served basis.  Click HERE to complete the order form.

At 2pm we will have a performance from our School Choir and Brass Instrumentalists.  We have extended this to our Drama Club, who will also perform a couple of numbers from their show.  Please let us know if you intend to come along by clicking here.  We are not handing our tickets, we are just monitoring numbers.  Fr Bogan has also extended an invitation to parishioners.

THIS WILL TAKE PLACE IN ST. COLUMBA’S CHURCH as Laburnum Family Learning Centre are using our school hall for their Graduation.

FRIDAY 21ST JUNE

Our own Nursery Graduation will take place in the afternoon.  Information has already been sent out by Nursery Staff.

Thinking ahead to the new school year…

To apply for Free School Meals (P6 and P7) and also a Clothing Grant (P1-P7), please click HERE.

 

June 11, 2024
by Mr Thomas
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SCOTLAND INTERNATIONAL TEAM AT THE EUROS!

FRIDAY 14TH JUNE 2024

To celebrate the start of the Euros and to show support for our Scotland International Team, children can wear something Scottish (like a Scotland top or t-shirt) or they can add something ‘Scottish’ to their uniform.  Alternatively, they can come in uniform as normal.  No charge!

 

PRIMARY 5 SHOULD STILL WEAR THEIR UNIFORM FOR THEIR TRIP:  This makes the children easily identifiable when out and about and in crowds.  It is a health and safety precaution.

 

 

 

SCHOOL CHOIR & BRASS INTRUMENTAL PERFORMANCE

The children of our School Choir have been working all year round with Mrs McGregor.

The children who receive Brass Instrumental Tuition have been working with Mr Kane.

We want to showcase their talents!

Wednesday 19th June 2024 at 2pm 

Please note the change of venue:  This will now take place in St. Columba’s Church!

The children will perform as part of an Assembly and we invite parents, carers and family members to join us.

NO TICKETS REQUIRED but please follow the link below to tell us how many people we can expect!

 

Click HERE to let us know how many seats you require.

 

June 5, 2024
by Mr Thomas
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Parent Council BEACH PARTY DISCO!

BEACH PARTY DISCO

Tickets will be on sale from the office from tomorrow, Thursday 6th June.

The St John Paul II Parent Council BEACH PARTY DISCO is next Thursday 13th June 2024

Primary 1 – 3:

6.00PM to 7.15PM

Primary 4 – 7:

7.30PM to 8.45PM

Tickets are £1.00 each. A tuck shop will also be available on the night with Drinks from 50p and Sweets/Crisps from 30p

The children are welcome to come dressed in beach themed clothes.

May 31, 2024
by Mr Thomas
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HEALTH & WELLBEING WEEK: 3rd – 7th June 2024

We are looking forward to our Health and Wellbeing Week for 2024!  This is always a week packed with fun activities which focus on the various areas of physical, social, emotional and mental health.  We will have various visiting coaches and sessions planned.

We ask that the children wear their PE Uniform every day.  This means:

  • Black shorts/joggers/leggings
  • School Polo Shirt
  • School Sweatshirt/cardigan/jumper
  • Trainers – more and more children are wearing Crocs to school for PE.  They will not be permitted to participate if wearing crocs!  This is not suitable footwear.

Children should not wear other garments or football strips/track suits during this week.  PE Uniform only.

FOR EVERY CHILD WEARING PE UNIFORM A BONUS HOUSE TOKEN WILL BE AWARDED – Every day.

  • Children will be working both indoors and outdoors and should have an appropriate jacket in case it rains!
  • Children should bring a water bottle with them each day.
  • Children are encouraged to eat a Healthy Snack during Health Week.

FRIDAY 7TH JUNE IS SPORTS DAY: 

  • Weather permitting, Parents/Carers will be invited to attend our Traditional Races in the afternoon. 
  • These will commence at around 1:50pm. 
  • If the weather is not looking good, we will have our races inside, which means there will be no space for Parents/Carers.
  • We will update you ASAP regarding any changes.  Please keep an eye on our text system and social media platforms.

Relationships & Moral Education (God’s Loving Plan)

During Health and Wellbeing Week the children will participate in their annual God’s Loving Plan Lessons.  Information regarding this is below…Scottish Catholic Education Service | SCES | Health & Relationships ...

Please read over the introductory letter:

God’s Loving Plan (Whole School) March 2023

Below, you will find some further information which you may wish to read through regarding the content of lessons, etc.

GLP Parents 1

GLP Parents 2

God’s Loving Plan (Vocabulary Guide)

May 21, 2024
by Mr Thomas
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Help us to help our neighbours in Heather Gardens!

We have received a complaint from the factor company which manages Heather Gardens.  Residents are complaining about children using their property at the flats as a thoroughfare, which is causing damage to the grass and the shrubs in their communal grounds.  Children are also pressing the buzzers both in the morning and at the end  of the school day.

The children will see this as fun, but they have no idea if the person is elderly, unwell, on night shift, or whatever!  I have spoken to all of the children and asked them to let me know if this continues.  I have asked them to remember that we are all about Respect – of others, ourselves and property!  This extends to before and after school when they are wearing our uniform!

I will be monitoring the area from time to time to ensure that the children do not cut through the private grounds.  It is not a short cut and involves them climbing over the wall/fence to get back out and onto Laburnum Road.

If your child walks in this direction, please ask them to kindly stay OUT of the grounds of the flats and to refrain from buzzing the residents doors.  We have no idea what distress this could be causing.  They have walked through the shrubs so much that they have cause irreparable damage to them, with some of them dying.

Please let me know if you see children not adhering to these instructions either before or after school.

Thank you for your support with this.

Mr Thomas.

April 25, 2024
by Mr Thomas
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THE COUNTDOWN TO DIGITAL PUPIL REPORTS IS ON!

This session our Pupil Reports will be sent digitally using the Parents Portal website. In order to access your child’s report you will need an active Parents Portal account. If you do not already have an account, please see below for information and advice on how to set up an account.

A Parents Portal account allows you to:

  • make online payments for school lunch, trips and visits.
  • report your child’s absence, without having to call the school
  • complete the annual data check online
  • update your contact preference details online
  • electronically sign permission slips
  • book your parent’s evening appointment
  • access your child’s pupil report online

Please note that when creating an account the information you use for your Parent Portal account must match the information held in the school system.  This really means the way you registered yor child’s name for Primary 1!  We can help you with this either over the phone or in person.

To create an account go to parentsportal.scot and click Create an account!

TO HELP YOU SORT YOUR ACCOUNT, WE HAVE PROVIDED THE FOLLOWING HELPFUL HINTS AND GUIDES:

INTRODUCING PARENTS PORTAL

Please click the link or picture below to view a video introducing Parents Portal. https://youtu.be/c9GgNJw5zms

To register successfully, you must insert your child’s name exactly as you did when you registered them for Primary 1.  Contact us for support with this.

REGISTER FOR PARENTS PORTAL

Click this link or the picture to view a video which shows how to register for a Parents Portal account. https://youtu.be/ULlf7GqBkFk

 

Further advice on creating and using a Parents Portal account can be found here on the North Lanarkshire Council website.

https://www.northlanarkshire.gov.uk/schools-and-learning/nl-digital-school/parents-portal

 

Help, Support and Frequently Asked Questions can be found here:

https://www.northlanarkshire.gov.uk/schools-and-learning/nl-digital-school/parents-portal/parentsportalscot-help-and-faq

 

REPORT AN ABSENCE USING PARENTS PORTAL

Parents Portal can also be used to report your child’s absence. Please click the link or picture below if you would like to learn how to do this. https://youtu.be/SrWci9GnNF0

 

April 16, 2024
by Mr Thomas
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P7 Leavers’ Hoodies 2024 & Strathclyde Park Week

P7 LEAVERS’ HOODIES

Please see the attached letter for P7 Parents/Carers.  Click on the link below.  Whilst the letter may refer to Cardinal Newman High School and the information that they have provided us with, it reflects the uniform information for all High Schools in North/South Lanarkshire.  We are aware that not all of our children will be attending Cardinal Newman!

Leavers’ Hoodies 2024

We ask that you complete the acknowledgement form ASAP.  This form allows you to request replacement shirts and ties (free of charge) should your child require them.

Access the acknowledgement HERE or through the downloaded letter.

 

P7 VISIT TO STRATHCLYDE PARK

During the Week Beginning 22nd April 2024, the children will be attending Strathclyde Park for their Outdoor Education Week.  You have previously been given the information about what will happen.  We will send some reminders towards the end of the week just in case you have missed this.  However, Page 5 of our March Newsletter has the reminder we sent our before Easter.  Click HERE to access this information.

Can I ask you to ensure that:

  • We have sufficient medication if your child requires this.  You must have completed a Medical Form for us to have permission to give medication.
  • Read over the information and ensure that your child brings what they require.
  • If your child requires a Packed Lunch from school, we will order these in advance.
  • Payment should be made ASAP.  If you require any support with this, please do contact Mr Thomas.

March 24, 2024
by Miss Agnew
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Information for Week Beginning 25th Match

This is the last week of term! Here are a few wee reminders!

🔵 School closes for the Easter Holidays at 2.30pm on Thursday. Please ensure you have made arrangements for your child to be collected at this earlier time

🔵 We are on Week Three for lunches

🔵 Lenten Morning Mass on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 8.20am

🔵 Join us for our End of Term Service on Wednesday at 11.15 in the school hall (detail on pic below)

🔵 Our Lenten Fun Day is on Thursday. See picture below for all info

We are looking for shop bought, individually wrapped sweets, crisps, cakes, biscuits and treats for our Cake and Candy.  Please hand them into the school office ASAP

 

 

🔵 School closes for the Easter Holidays at 2.30pm on Thursday. Please ensure you have made arrangements for your child to be collected at this earlier time

BOOK FAIR

Thank you to everyone who managed to purchase something from the Book Fair.  We really appreciate it.  We have made of £400 in commission, which will be put towards new books for our School Library.

PARENTS’ NIGHT

It was so good to see so many of you at our recent Parents’ Night.  There was a lovely buzz about the school and there were so many positive comments made about the children’s work.  It was great to hear and see them all reading them the morning after!

Thank you all for your continued support of the school.  We wish you a very Happy Easter when it comes.

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