May 30, 2017
by Mr Thomas
I hope that everyone enjoyed the holiday weekend (for those who had time off). It was nice to have the time before a very busy period commences at school what with Health Week, Civic Week, P7 Graduation, P7 and P1 Transition, Reports to issue… and so on!
Over the last week or so, we have had quite a few events and many of these will be available for you to check up on within the individual class blogs. However, firstly, I would like to draw your attention to the PTA Summer Fayre…
The PTA are still looking for donations of brick-a-brac and also for the raffle, bottle stall, tombola and home baking.
They also require helpers on the day and are looking for someone to take on the face painting stall! Please get in touch if you think you can help.
Donations of bottles can be any kind of bottle which can also mean shampoo, water, ketchup, soft drinks, plus all of the obvious tipples which make a bottle stall that wee bit more appealing to the grown ups!
Donations of Bric-a-brac can be handed in and anything left over will be given to charity.
Home Baking can be handed in on the morning of the fayre.
Here are some of the highlights from the last week and a half…
National Outdoor Learning Day
Our Class Teachers planned some wonderful outdoor learning opportunities for all of our classes. Numeracy, Literacy, Art, PE and Orienteering were some of the activities the children got involved in. Using the outdoor environment is an excellent way to engage children in their learning and there certainly seemed to be lots of engagement going on!
I was at meetings in the morning and so only managed to catch up on what was going on in the afternoon. Of course, all of this outdoor learning was planned as part of the ongoing learning experiences of each class. Activities were related to what children would be learning indoors! Here are some of the highlights…
Our Primary 1 induction continues and it was great to see so many at the first event. We had talks from Active Schools, Speech and Language Therapy and Logo Expres who are our uniform provider. The children were great at going off to their class with their excellent buddies and the Teachers. This will ensure that, come August, our children will be ready and equipped to deal with the challenges of Primary School!
Scottish Government & North Lanarkshire Assessments
As part of the Scottish Government National Improvement Framework, our P4s and P7s have sat the New Group Reading Test (NGRT) and this online assessment allows the Government to gauge progress in Literacy at these stages.
North Lanarkshire also assess our P1s, P3s, P5s, P7s and S2 children using the CEM online assessment. This assess Literacy and Numeracy skills. The children are in the process of completing these assessments as are all children in NLC at these stages.
We celebrated the feast of the Ascension on Thursday of last week with a beautiful Mass in the church. Many thanks to Father Daniel and the parishioners for their warm welcome. Well done to P4/3 and Mrs Nicolson for leading such a prayerful liturgy. The singing was exceptional and many parishioners have contacted Father Daniel to pass on their appreciation to the school, but mostly to the children! Well done everyone!