All posts by Karen Ewing

Provost’s Community Awards 2021/22

Provost Lorraine Cameron is looking for Renfrewshire residents who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in their local community. If you know anyone that you would like to nominate, please see the information below.  The deadline to submit any nominations is Friday 7th January 2022.

Provost Awards 2022 Poster

ProvostsAwards2022_Nomination_Form_blank form

Guidance note for nomination form 2022

Keep Safe Kids App

The Keep Safe Kids app is a new and easier way for children and young people to access health and wellbeing information and support as well as to report bullying directly to their school.

Pupils can open the app and make reports at any time of day or night as well as make anonymous reports, helping them to control when and how they tell someone about an incident or their concerns.

Reports are sent directly to that child or young person’s school to be picked up in line with the school’s anti-bullying and wellbeing policies. Reports are not held on the app or accessible to anyone else, ensuring confidentiality and reports will not be picked up outside standard school hours.

If you have wellbeing concerns for your child, please do not hesitate to contact us directly. We are here to help.

To find out how to download or use the Keep Safe Kids app, visit the I Am Me Scotland website (

Scarecrow Competition

St Peter’s first ever Scarecrow Competition was a huge success. All classes had great fun creating and displaying their scarecrows around the school. Primary 5 won the competition with their Minecraft inspired scarecrow! They are delighted to have earned an extra playtime and a hot chocolate! Well done to all the nursery and primary classes for producing such amazing scarecrows.

Active School Clubs at lunchtime and after school

The Active School Programme is available online  to sign on to the following lunch time and after school classes.

Tuesday lunch – Dance – P2 & P3

Tuesday 3 – 4pm -Netball – P6 & P7

Wednesday lunch – Football – P6 & P7

Wednesday 3 – 4pm – Dance – P4 & P5

Thursday 3 – 4pm – Multi Sport P2 & P3

Friday 3 – 4pm – Dance P6 & P7

Use this link to sign up to Active Schools Clubs –

Year of St Joseph Afternoon for Families

Year of St Joseph Afternoon for Families

Families are warmly invited to come together with Bishop John to mark the Year of St Joseph on Sunday 19th September from 2.00pm in St Mirin’s Cathedral Hall.

The event will include an opportunity to reflect in prayer as families in faith and join together for some light refreshments.  Fr Jonathan will conclude the gathering with the celebration of Mass in the Cathedral at 4.00pm.

John and Liz Holmes

Marriage & Family Office

Diocese of Paisley

Join our Pupil Council

We are looking for candidates to join our Pupil Council. Children can prepare a short speech if they want to or design a poster to share with their class if they wish to go for being a rep. Each class will select one rep by next Friday. Children selected will then meet socially distanced, with the other class reps and will look at ways in which they can help the school progress.

Paths Programme Privacy Statement

Saint Peter’s Primary School deliver the PATHS Programme for Schools (UK Version).  This is a social and emotional learning programme that teaches children about their emotions and facilitates the development of self control.  We work with a coach from Barnardo’s who helps us with delivery and as part of their role the coach gathers anonymised surveys to assess the impact of the programme.  Please read the attached privacy statement and contact our coach Katrina McGovern via email at if you would not like your child to be included in any surveys or feedback activities.

Letter from Director of Children’s Services

Sent on behalf of Steven Quinn, Director of Children’s Services

Good evening,

First of all, my apologies for sending this information so near to the holidays. Unfortunately, it is only now that the programme has been confirmed.

The Renfrewshire Get into Summer programme starts on Monday 28 June.

A wide range of fun-filled, free activities will be available across Renfrewshire for children and young people aged 5 to 25 to enjoy as part of the government funded summer programme.

The programme is designed to improve the wellbeing of children, young people and families, and has been organised by the Council’s Community Learning and Development service and Renfrewshire Leisure Limited.

The council will be raising awareness of the programme through its social media channels. A Facebook event to promote it was set up on the council’s page this morning and posts about the programme will be published on its Facebook and Twitter accounts at 9pm tonight.

If your school has a social media account, it would be greatly appreciated if you could share these posts and event on it this week. However, and I stress, only if you have the time available to do so.

More information about the programme can be found at and we will be sending a text to all parents with a link to this information.

A list of local activities is available on the Young Scot ( and Renfrewshire Leisure websites.




Update: New Lunch Menus – Now starting in August

Please Note: The new lunch menus will now be starting in August instead.

New Primary & Nursery Lunch Menus will be starting week commencing the 14th of June. This will be a return to a full 2 course plated service.

The Primary & Nursery Menu is on a 2 week cycle (the nursery menu has some slight variations compared to the primary menu to meet regulations, and there will be no longer a separate under 2’s menu).

Please see the menus below, along with (Dairy Free, Egg Free & Gluten Free Menus for Primary & Nursery).

Primary School Menu 20-21

Primary School Menus Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Egg Free

Nursery Menu 2021

Nursery Menus (Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Egg Free)

Another treat for pupils

Children in the nursery and whole school will enjoy a virtual school show by ‘The McDougalls’ theatre company. The link will be given to us to view during the last week of school. We have purchased this with money from the funds raised during Mental Health Week – another great treat for pupils! Enjoy!

The McDougalls | Home | Music & Theatre Company | Theatre Shows | Children’s Theatre | Family Show (

St Peter’s Health Week

During the week beginning 14th June, children will participate in activities linked to Health and Wellbeing. They will learn about healthy lifestyles and take part in P.E and dance lessons. They will learn about the importance of good mental health and will take part in mindfulness lessons. Children will study relationships during ‘God’s Loving Plan’ lessons, which are differentiated for each primary. This is also Walk to School Week and we ask that you encourage your children, where possible to walk/cycle/scooter to school. Classes will have sports days on the grass area in our playground throughout this week. We hope that your child has lots of fun!

Mental Health Fun Day

From the generous proceeds raised from our mental health awareness activities, the nursery and each class will be treated to a magician show and a silent disco on Friday 11th June.  Uniform should be worn as normal on this day.  Thank you

Cycling For P7

On Tuesday 15th June, PC Bruce Heron will be here to cycle along with the Primary 7s on-road. We have had some lovely comments from members of the community, who have seen our Primary 7 children cycling. PC Bruce would like to take some photographs next week. If you do not want your child photographed, can you please let the school office know as soon as possible? Many thanks.

P7 Confirmation

Congratulations to all of our children who recently received the Sacrament of Confirmation in St Peter’s Church.  Thank you to Fr Andrew and the parishioners who helped to make the occasion special for all of the children and their families.

First Holy Communion

Congratulations to all of our pupils who recently received the Sacrament of First Holy Communion in St Peter’s Church. Thank you to Fr Andrew and the parishioners who helped to make these occasions special for the children and their families.

P7 Raffle Winners

Primary 7 Raffle

Thank you to everyone who entered the raffle and supported the Primary 7’s during their fundraising.

Congratulations to our winners:

Abercorn Tyre Co – Shay (P4)

The Dog Lassie – Orianna (Nursery)

K9 Way – Caleb L (P6/7)

Bel Cibo Box – Niamh B (P5/6)

Baillies Photograph Slate – Lacie (P4/5)

Rachel Griffin Hair – Charlie McP (P1)

Baillies Personalised Cushion – Kieran C (P4/5)

Rachel Griffin Hair – Grace (P4/5)

Inflated Dreams Balloons – AJ (P6/7)

Baillies Personalised Pyjamas – Jaxen E (P1)

Baillies Personalised Cushion – Max C (p5/6)

Party Like A King – Freddie (Nursery)

Baillies Hoodie and T-Shirt – Mrs. Everett

Hannah Gormley Eyebrows – Mialena C (P5/6)

Balance Prep Meals – Aiden O’Malley (p1/2)

Glenbun – Aoife (P4)

David Cairney Barbering – David M (P6/7)

Glenbun – Mrs. Tannahill

The Girls Boutique – Darcie (P1)

Bee’s Weaves – Quinn (P3)

Gemma Lowe Hair – Joe (P4/5)

Airhead Balloons – Ben (P1)

Flower Shop Elderslie – Logan (Nursery)

Under Pressure Driveway Clean – Maisie (P7)

Baillies Baby Set – Aiden O’Neil (P1)

Gift Box – Layla V (P1)

Renfrewshire Council’s ‘Team Up to Clean Up’ June 2021

Saint Peter’s Primary School are taking part in the ‘Team Up to Clean Up’ campaign organised by Renfrewshire Council. We are having a ‘Big Clean Up’ during the month of June. Children in Primaries 1-3 will have a chance to use the litter pickers within the school grounds during Health Week. Primaries 4 – 7 will have the opportunity to go out into the local area to help tidy up. School staff will accompany the children. If you would not like your child to participate, please contact the school office as soon as possible.

Active Schools Activity Day

A big thank you to the Active Schools Coaches for a great day today. Despite the weather, all classes took part in the outdoor activities and enjoyed their allotted activities.


Primary 7 had a great day taking part in special activities with the active schools coaches!  Activities included fire lighting, frisbee golf, team building and night line.


Due to COVID restrictions, Primary 7 are currently unable to participate in our traditional Primary 7 excursions. As a result, we are planning to provide 3 days of fun filled activities and special experiences for the primary 7 pupils.  We will be having a raffle to help raise funds for this and some of our local businesses have very kindly donated some amazing prizes.  Thank you to all of them for their generosity.

Please read our letter for more information

Thank you for your continued contribution.

Virtual Kilt Walk

We are taking part in Scotland’s Virtual Kilt Walk for the Dreams Come True charity. On Thursday 29th April, children are asked to bring £1 donation to school. They will be asked to walk around the perimeter of the school grounds which is roughly 500 metres. Children should wear their uniform and ensure that they have suitable footwear.

Spring Tea Party

A ‘Spring Tea Party’ and will take place on Thursday 1st of April 2021 for ALL Primary Schools. The food served will be the following: Selection of Sausage Rolls, Chicken Nuggets, Healthy Oat Bites, Jam Tarts, Salad & Juice. 

Food will be served in the usual white takeaway box & we will still be offering sandwiches as an alternative to the themed lunch.

Dietary needs will be catered for.

If your child has specific dietary needs or you require more information, please contact the school office.

Spring Tea Party (Poster)

Inspired 2021 Art competition winners

Congratulations to everyone who entered this years Inspired 2021 Art competition, Renfrewshire Leisure will be showcasing all of the work that was submitted.

However, two of our pupils, Joseph Fabiani in P2/3 and Ryan Cartwright in P6/7,  have received a highly commended certificate for their entries. Congratulations and well done to both of them.

Playing with Tornadoes_Joseph _p2_St Peters primary

Normality_Ryan_P6_St Peters primary

SCIAF – Funday Fridays

As we are once again supporting SCIAF as our Lenten Charity we are going to FUNdraise while having FUN! For the next four Fridays we are going to do something fun to raise awareness and money for SCIAF.

Friday, 12th March – Wear it purple day.

Purple is our Church’s colour of Lent. You can wear 1 thing purple or you can go purple crazy and wear as much purple as you can!! If you are in school you can bring £1 for SCIAF if you are at home you can put your £1 in a safe place and bring it when you return to school. P4-7 on Friday you will have a google meet with your class and you can show everyone what your purple thing is.

Friday, 19th March – Crazy hair day.

Friday, 26th March – Own clothes day.

Thursday – 1st April, (the day we stop for the Easter break) – PYJAMA day!!!!

If you can please bring £1 each of these Fridays for SCIAF. Maybe you can do chores for your families to earn these pounds.

Thank you children.

Active Schools information

We are encouraging all St Peter’s Primary School families to follow Renfrewshire Leisure Sports Services social media platforms. Together we aim to support all of our young people and families to remain active during this challenging time. Active Schools will be posting resources, local campaigns, virtual sport/physical activity sessions and lots more on their social media channels below. Please like/follow their platforms to help us get Renfrewshire families, more active, more often.


Twitter: @RLSportServices


YouTube : 

Lenten message from Father Andrew

Hello everyone

I’m Fr. Andrew from St Peter’s Church, I hope you are all safe and well.

We are now in Lent a time when we try even harder to be good, when we try to get to know God even better. This year you have learned so many important things including caring for others by doing the right things, keeping in touch and washing your hands.

One of the most important things we can do is to pray, and I would ask that this Lent could you say an extra prayer for your school and all the children throughout the world who are going through this year with you.

God Bless you and your families

Fr. Andrew

Download your Lent Journal and follow the lessons and activities during each week of Lent:

Lent Booklet – Primary 1

Lent Booklet – Primary 2-4

Lent Booklet – Primary 5-7

Winter Olympics

Classes have been looking at the winter Olympics.

P2/3 have been learning about snowboarding and designed their own snowboard,

P3 – bobsleighing and they designed their own kit.

P6/7 – ice hockey and they learned how to play this in the playground.

Star Pupils

Primary 1

Piper McCrystal                 For being brave
Aimia Allison                        Showing kindness to her classmates
Ben McElroy                        For having a great attitude to learning
Darcie Donlon                   Always trying her best in all curricular areas
Chrisvin Varghese          For following classroom rules
Eilidh McKee                     Showing kindness and helping others in the                                                        playground
Kian Manson            Has a great understanding of the classroom rules.
Zuzanna Wesolowska    For being a great friend


Primary 1/2

Kyle Doherty                    For always having lovely manners
Aiden O’Malley               Voted by his classmates for being a good friend
Heidi McGivern               For good listening skills during class lessons
Mia Crangle                       Always working hard during reading activities
Orla Craig                            Showing kindness to her classmates
Joshua McPhee                Excellent drawing skills
Nina Mothersole             For having excellent listening skills and                                                                  following instructions
Saffron Bradley                Working hard during reading activities


Primary 2/3

Faith MacPherson       For gaining confidence and answering out
Johan Isaac                      For trying really hard with his classwork in                                                          particular his very good writing
Matthew Coulthard    Confidently answering maths questions                                                                 beyond 50!
Daniel Crook                    Beautiful artwork for our Christmas wall
Olivia Jamieson              Looking out for others and making sure                                                                 everyone in included
Arnis Jurenkovas           Fantastic writing about fireworks.


Primary 3

Orla Harkins                         Fantastic learning and understanding of                                                               acrostic poems
Sam Clark                              Helping his classmates learn new football                                                             skills
Zuzia Kawalec                   Being responsible and helping to tidy and                                                            clean the classroom
Leo McLean                       Helping to cheer up a friend at playtime and                                                        using encouraging words to help others with                                                     their writing
Michael Roberts            Delivering a fantastic solo talk about his                                                              favourite book
Alexander McLean       Showing excellent prediction skills when                                                              using  clues
Isabella Noble                Showing kindness and asking to help tidy up                                                        the class
Nataniel Oles                Giving a confident performance in our class                                                         Nativity.
Orla Harkins                   Showing kindness to others and helping them                                                    make up when they had fallen out.
Terry O’Hare                   For showing kindness to a class friend and                                                             playing with them when they felt sad during                                                      playtime.
Leona Richardson         For taking the time to show kindness to a                                                             classmate and helping them feel better when                                                     they were sad.

Primary 4

Abi Nicholas                     Working hard on her report writing
Shane Richardson         Showing excellent manners
Caoimhe Ogilvie             For being kind and helpful.
Christa Vargause            For always listening.
Roybn Gilhooley             For working hard in all curricular areas.
Regan Stewart                 For being a good friend.
Kate Smith                         For working hard, particularly in maths.
Shay Timony                      For being a caring friend.


Primary 4/5

Ellie Fadian                    Very responsible in class and always showing                                                     kindness to others
Alfie Baillie                      Working very hard to make progress in reading
Kieran Campbell          Being a good friend and behaving responsibly
Joe Hannigan                 Excellent use of imagination during writing                                                          activities and impressive cooperative skills                                                          while solving problems in Numeracy
Kalani Munro                 For always showing good manners in class and                                                  being kind to others
Erin Farr                            Very kind to others and always sets a good                                                           example
Callum Ogilvie               For being very interested in all topic work and                                                  for making a fantastic power point on rivers

Primary 5/6


Emily Jamieson          Showing kindness to all the children in P5/6
Lukas Jurenkovas     Excellent skills in Science and STEM
Joseph Moohan         Excellent performance from home for school                                                     show
Jessica Noble              Fantastic ideas in story writing
Jack Cameron            For showcasing his imaginative skills in drama

Primary 6/7

Ryan McManus             Always works hard in class and is respectful to                                                 everyone
Harry Higgins                Very kind and helpful to everyone
Aiden Wood                   Working hard to make progress in writing
Daniel Carr                     Working hard to make progress in maths
Treasure Onwubolu   Using ambitious vocabulary in all writing                                                              activities
Lucas Corrigan               Fascinating imagination in writing.

Primary 7


Paulina Ragauskaite          Very hard working and always does what is                                                          asked of her
Mirin Muldoon                      Always very kind and respectful
Mateo de Medina Doig    Showing good manners all of the time.
AmyEllen O’Neill                  Being kind and thoughtful of others’                                                                        feelings.
Joseph Fallon                         Showing good sportsmanship.
Suzanna Kotnowska           Working hard and showing respect to                                                                     everyone.
Imogen Porteous –               Being responsible and helpful to others.
Sean Dolan                               Being a good and helpful friend.

P3 – Catholic Education Week Activities

In Primary 3 we are celebrating Catholic Education Week this year by taking the theme ‘Jesus, The Way, The Truth and The Life’ and showing its relevance in our lives today. The children have been learning about the lives of some of our saints, remembering Pope Francis’ message that God is calling us all to be saints. Pope Francis also encourages the children to ‘Dream big’ and use their talents to their full potential. Primary 3 also learned about some of the history of the first Catholic school in Paisley and how it was funded by Paisley Abbey. The children have recorded personal challenges which they feel will make a difference in their lives and the lives of others and bring them closer to God.

P1 Registration

Children who reach 5 years of age between 1 March 2021 and 28 February 2022 inclusive should be registered for education in their catchment school.

You must register your child in only one school, either the denominational or non-denominational school for your area. If you need information on schools for your area please telephone
0300 300 0170 or visit  You can also find details of all local schools on the map page by clicking on the link below:

Registration will be live online during week commencing 2nd November to 9th November through
For those unable to register online we request that you telephone your local catchment school to make an appointment to attend in person during these dates.

Parents/carers must provide satisfactory documentary evidence of the age of their child and that their family reside within the catchment area of the school. This evidence includes:
1. Child’s full Birth Certificate
2. Most recent Council Tax Notice or if not currently resident in the property either a concluded missive or a signed and witnessed tenancy agreement/lease.
3. Child Benefit Statement. In the event that a Child Benefit Statement is not available, a Driving Licence or a Bank
Statement/utility bill showing transactions over the most recent 3 months and the applicant’s address may be accepted. Or If appropriate to current circumstances – Court Order / Looked After Child / Foster Carer document(s).

4. Roman Catholic Baptismal Certificate (if applicable)

The list above is not exhaustive and the Council retains the right to ask for further information when proof of residency is not satisfied. Original documents must be produced upon request.

If you want your child to go to a different school you require to register at your catchment school and thereafter make a placing request. Placing Request Forms are available from the website above by entering ‘Sending your child to school’ into the search bar and then selecting ‘Sending your child to school- August 2021’, from related documents.  You can also request a form by telephoning 0300 300 0170 or your catchment school.
Please read the following document from Renfrewshire Council:

Paths privacy statement

This leaflet explains what data Barnardos PATHS programme keeps about you and your family, what Barnardo’s does with this data and your rights in relation to it. If you would like more information about how your data is handled or if you would like your child to be excluded from the PATHS questionnaires, please contact our coordinator Katrina McGovern at

KM Barnardo’s PATHS Privacy Statement 2020