Category Archives: Whole School News

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

Return to school update

We are aware that parents/ carers have many questions related to returning to school next week. Please refer to the information that was issued in June and is still available on the school website. All information given remains the same. Stationery required in school will be provided and will remain in school. Children can bring a school bag, lunch bag and water bottle which will remain with them in their classroom. Children can get a packed lunch from the dinner hall but hot meals will not be available initially. An update will be issued early next week to confirm any further arrangements, such as staggered entry/exit times. Staff are working to ensure a safe and happy return to school for all of our pupils and we look forward to seeing them all again next week.

To our Graduates

It has been a joy and a pleasure watching you grow and learn during your time at St. Peter’s Nursery. You are now ready for the new adventures, challenges and opportunities school will offer.

       *** Every End Has A New Beginning***


Thank you to our parents, carers and families for choosing St. Peter’s Nursery to care for your child.

P7 Transition

A transition event for P7 pupils will take place in St. Andrew’s Academy on Monday 22nd June. P7 pupils will then have an opportunity to attend a session in St. Peter’s on Tuesday 23rd June.

On both days, sessions will last for approximately an hour and a half, and parents/carers will be required to drop off and collect their child.

You will be notified of your child’s allocated time as soon as possible.

Please contact the school if your child has any underlying health conditions.

Thank you.


Summer critical childcare for key workers.

We will continue to offer a critical childcare service for the children of single parents who are key workers or for children with two parents if they are both key workers. We are also supporting children, young people and families where there is a need.

We have already contacted key workers and families who are currently using our service. If you think you meet the criteria for this support, you can find out more and how to apply on the council’s website.

Parents who already have children in our Early Years hubs are not required to make application again for summer provision.

Uniform – August 2020

Taking consideration of the blended approach to learning which is being planned as well as the increased amount of outdoor learning that we aim to deliver, we are suggesting a slight change to our traditional school uniform for August.  We ask that pupils attend school wearing a red polo shirt, black sweatshirt and black leggings, joggers or comfortable trousers.  Polo shirts and sweatshirts with our school badge are available from local school wear shops.  Children should bring a suitable jacket/coat to school every day.  They should come to school wearing trainers or other footwear suited to learning outdoors and will require a change of shoes, such as plimsoles for wearing in the gym hall. If your child is unable to tie their own shoe laces please consider Velcro fastening footwear to avoid unnecessary close contact with staff during the day.

We are aware that many parents like to have photographs taken of children starting school, and understand that this is a very important occasion, but we ask that you think carefully about purchasing uniform items that children may not get full use out of.

Mrs Mazzoni

St. Peter’s parent/carer survey

At this time of year, we always carry out a parent/carer survey to help us evaluate the work we have done and to plan improvements.
This year, due to the situation we are all in, we are carrying out our survey electronically.  I would like to invite all parents/carers of pupils at St. Peter’s Primary School, to complete our survey using the link below.
Please complete this short survey by Monday 8th June. Your feedback and responses are vital to us and will be used as part of our school improvement planning for next session.

Renfrewshire Council Parent and carer survey response

Earlier this month, Renfrewshire Council asked parents and carers to submit their questions on schools and nurseries. Thank you to everyone who took part, there was a phenomenal response with more than 1,000 questions.

Your most-asked questions were put to Steven Quinn, Director of Children’s Services, which you can see at You can also find answers to many more questions there too.

Thank you for your continued patience and support for our school/nursery during this difficult time. We hope to see you back in our school/nursery as soon as it is safe to do so.

Useful Information from Renfrewshire Council

Some useful information from Renfrewshire Council.

General Coronavirus Information (includes a link to schools information):


Coronavirus Information and FAQs about early years and schools:


Online application for free school meals: (Visit the page and then click on ‘Apply for Free School Meals’ under Related Links on the right hand side of the page)


Online application for clothing grants:  this should reopen on 1 June 2020 or shortly thereafter and information is on the same page as for meals.


Can you help us? Aberlour Urgent Assistance Fund

Aberlour Children’s Charity  is calling on their supporters and members of the public to give what they can to their Urgent Assistance Fund

This is a very uncertain and worrying time for everyone, especially the families we support, some of whom, you will know, are already at breaking point. For that reason, we would like to ask for your help to share the information about our Urgent Assistance Fund more widely, so we are able to reach more vulnerable families across Scotland who need us.

Right now we are focussing on getting more donations to our urgent assistance fund so that we are able to help more people.

Could you help the Fundraising Team by:-

1.       Sharing our appeal link on your social media pages

2.       Sharing the link for applications, in order to sign post any family who may require our help at this difficult time

3.       Or share and take part in our #TowerForAberlour social media push by creating and posting and picture and including our text to donate number, text ‘TOWER’ to 70085 to donate £3. You could also maybe tag some of your friends which might encourage others to take part too. While this approach is a more fun and light hearted way to get involved, it will really help us to raise profile with the public and hopefully funds too, so please get involved if you can.

Here are the rules:

  1. Build a tower using household items ONLY (#stayathome)
  2. Share your tower on social media tagging @AberlourCC and donate what you can to our Coronavirus Urgent Assistance Fund:
  3. Challenge three friends to build a #TowerForAberlour

If anyone has any questions or requires any further  information  on any of the above please don’t hesitate to get in touch with one of our Regional Fundraisers or .

With very best wishes from everyone at Aberlour.


Payment available from renfrweshire Council

Where a family claim clothing grant, Renfrewshire Council have the facility to make a payment to them equivalent to the cost of the free school meal (£11.25 per week).

This payment is being paid into accounts every two weeks and should have been paid into your account already.

If you are entitled and haven’t had your payment, please let us know by emailing Mrs Mazzoni at:

Please Note: As we are unable to access our enquiries email address at the moment, please use the above email address if you need to contact us at all.

P4 – Bulb planting

P4-Bulb planting

Primary 4 are taking part in Edina Trust’s Bulb Project. We have found out lots about plants and what they need to grow.

We also planted our own daffodil bulbs on 31st October 2019. We monitor the temperature and rainfall as often as we can in order to participate in a Nationwide Project regarding climate change.

Our bulbs are now starting to show some shoots. The tallest one in our class measured 21cm.


St. Andrews Day Assembly

This afternoon the whole school enjoyed a St. Andrews Day Assembly. Each class had been recorded performing a Scottish song or poem ( If it Wisnae Fur Yer Wellies, 3 Craws, Ye Cannae Shove Yer Grannie Off a Bus and A Dug, a Dug to name a few) and the videos were played during assembly. Well done to everyone who performed.


National Parent Gathering

This event is the only national event for parents with children in Catholic schools and aims to support them as the first educators of their children.  The day will include activities for children, so that child care is not an obstacle to attending.  We hope that the programme will be of interest to all families and will help strengthen the link between Catholic homes, the parish and their schools.

Event details:

National Gathering for parents with children in Catholic Schools.  Saturday 21st September 2019, 9.30-3pm, St Francis Xavier Primary School – Falkirk.  Separate programme for children.  Lunch will be provided.  Places are free but need to be booked by phoning  0415564727

Coding Club mini game jam

Our Coding club kids  spent a great day yesterday at West College Scotland participating in a Mini Game Jam. The children were asked  to design a game in a short space of time based on a given theme which they were only told at the start of the day. The theme was Space and our two teams created two very different games.

Thanks again to Dr Amanda Ford and her team for providing the opportunity for the kids.

Free school meals and clothing grant application

Applications for free school meals and clothing grants are now open. By applying for either or both provisions now parents can ensure everything is in place ahead of the new school year.


Parents must make sure their application is received by the council no later than Friday 12 July to guarantee payment of clothing grants before the schools go back or to have free school meals from the start of term.


Those parents who have previously applied for free school meals and clothing grants will be sent a letter to their home address. If there has been no change in your family circumstances that affect any benefits you may receive, you can complete and sign the declaration form and return it to the council.


If there has been a change in your family circumstances or if you are applying for the first time, visit to complete an application form. You will also be able to read about eligibility for free school meals and school clothing grants as well as what information you need to include with your form.


Paper copies are also available for our school and from the Council’s customer service centres.

Fairtrade day

As a Fairtrade school, St Peter’s will be hosting a Fairtrade Day on Thursday 20th June. Children are invited to wear Fairtrade colours to school. (Green, blue – no football strips please).

There will be a Fairtrade Beat the Goalie event taking place with our brand new Fairtrade footballs.

There is no charge for this, although there will be a Fairtrade tuckshop available at lunchtime on this day. Items are priced from £1 to £1.20.

Many thanks for your continued support.

Spring Fling

St Peter’s Parent Council are holding their Spring Fling on Friday 17th May at 3pm to 4.30pm in the school gym hall.


Cost £1 per adult, kids go free!

Donations of homebaking would be greatly appreciated and can be handed in to the school on Friday morning, thank you.

P5-Primary Engineering Event

The children in P5 have been working hard on Primary Engineer STEM challenge. They learned about electronic aerodynamics, circuits, gears and friction, then used what they had learned to design and build their own powered vehicle. Two teams of children (Mateo de Medina, Joseph Fallon, Imogen Porteus and Lola Punton) took their vehicles to the Renfrewshire celebration event at AFRC, Inchinnan, where they competed with P5 – 7 pupils from across the authority. Both teams demonstrated a great level of understanding and were very supportive of each other and the other participants. The girls were awarded a medal for the ‘Best Themed Vehicle’ and certificates for coming second place in the competition.

Fantastic effort!

P7-Confirmation Retreat

On Thursday our Primary 7 pupils attended a Confirmation Retreat along with Primary 7 pupils from St. Paul’s Primary School.  In preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation, the children
took part in some fun activities, including meditation, which re-enforced their learning about the Gifts of the Holy Spirit and the Fruits of the Holy Spirit.
The children had a great day!


Keeping safe online

Yesterday we had a very enjoyable and informative performance from the Hopscotch Theatre Company about being cyber safe.

Cyberbuddy taught us how to be S.M.A.R.T while online. The children were fully engaged throughout the whole performance and learned some very valuable lessons on the importance of being safe online.


Head Teacher for a Day

Our children have researched various jobs and prepared a short speech about a job that they would like to do. Each class was asked to vote for the talk they found most interesting and engaging. Our class winners  presented their talks to the whole school and the overall winner was James Docherty in P6/7, who would like to be a detective. Yesterday, James had the opportunity to be our Head Teacher for the day.

I think you’ll agree that he looks very comfortable in that chair! James did a great job and very kindly announced that we could have an extra 5 minutes break!

Here are all of our  class winners:


International Day – Friday 29th March

On Friday 29th March, we are celebrating an international day to raise money for Cancer Research UK. Children can pay £1 (£2 per family) to come in dressed in clothes from a country of their choice. Alternatively they can wear a small symbol representing the country of their choice. For example, a thistle, piece of tartan, sombrero, a small picture of a flag using face paints. There will also be competitions held on the day and they can choose which of these they would like to enter for 50p each. The competitions are:

  • A rock, paper, scissors tournament (originated in China)
  • Guess how many sweets are in the jar ( invented by a Hungarian)
  • Enter a drawing competition using pencils ( first created in English)

The Fundraising Group

Fairtrade coffee morning

Fairtrade Coffee Morning

As St Peter’s is a Fairtade school we will be hosting a Fairtrade coffee morning on Friday 15th March. This will take place in the dinner hall from 9.30 – 10.30am.  We would like to invite parents along to support our event. If anyone would like to donate Fairtrade baking for this we would be extremely grateful.

Many thanks for your continued support.

Register your infant for school session 2019/2010

Children who reach 5 years of age between 1 March 2019 and 29 February 2020 inclusive should be registered for education in their catchment school as follows:

  • Pupils whose surnames begin with the letters A – L should be registered on Wednesday 16 January 2019
  • Pupils whose surnames begin with the letters M – Z should be registered on Thursday 17 January 2019

Registration will take place between 1pm – 3pm on those dates.

Parents should produce their child’s birth certificate and two proofs of residence which must include:

  • Council Tax notice for your property or proof that you have registered for Council Tax at that property, and
  • a letter from your solicitor confirming that missives have been concluded or a rent book for rented property, tenancy agreement or mortgage/bank statement.

For more information see:

St Peter’s Staff Panto

Today we were treated to the first ever performance of a Staff Panto . Some of our staff performed a specially written sketch from Pinocchio. By the children’s reaction, I think they thoroughly enjoyed it. Who knew what budding actors we have !

A special thank you to Ruaridh Forde for the great script.

Here is our cast:


P3/4 – Visit to Glasgow Airport

P3/4 have been working on an new topic about Airports. On Monday 17th December, they visited Glasgow Airport. Loganair arranged a fun filled and exciting day which included a visit to check-in and a journey through security where the children had a chance to guess what was in the bag as it was x-rayed. They then went up to airfield ops. and watched aircraft take off and land.

Next, they got a thrill as they boarded a Loganair SAAB 2000 aircraft. On-board, they chatted to two pilots in the cockpit and were served biscuits and juice by the cabin crew.

The children had a wonderful time and would like to thank the airport staff for an enjoyable day.

Have a look at our enjoyable day:

Children of the World Christmas Show

Last week we presented our Christmas Musical Show – Children of the World.   In the show Gabriel and the angels celebrated the birth of Jesus and brought children from around the world to the manger.  The countries visited were Malawi, China, Australia, America, Poland and Ireland. Each class learned about the different festive customs in these countries and sang songs from the countries.

St Andrew’s Academy Uganda Appeal

St Peter’s are supporting students in St Andrew’s Academy who are travelling to Uganda in June. The St Andrew’s pupils will come and deliver a short assembly to our school about the Uganda Appeal.

Afterwards they will run a bookstall in the gym hall to help fundraise for their trip. All books will cost £1 each. The stall will take place on Thursday 6th December 2018.


St Andrews day school assembly

Today we held a St. Andrews Day assembly. Each class performed a song or poem to the whole school. We had a variety of old and new Scottish themed items, Ally Bally Bee, Bonnie Wee Jeannie McColl, 3 Craws, Lament to a Dinner Ticket and Caledonia, to name a few. Please have a look at our gallery below.

Family Christmas Party

St. Peter’s Primary School Parents & Families Group are hosting a Family Christmas Party.

When: Sunday 25th November 2pm to 4pm.

Where: Blacklandmill Bowling Club

Cost: £3.00 – Tickets from the school office.

Disco with party games for kids and adults, Christmas quiz, Raffle, Chocolate Tombola, Tea, Coffee, Hot Dogs, Crepes and…..


We look forward to seeing you there.


P7-Remembrance Service

On Friday P7 attended a Remembrance Service in Braemount Care Home. Before the service the children spent some time speaking to the residents, who had written some of their war memories on poppy cards.  After the service, which was conducted by Canon Eddie, the children created a Garden of Remembrance with the poppies.



P6/7 – Bring and Buy Sale

        Bring and Buy Sale    


Primary 6/7 are organising a ‘Bring and Buy’ sale on Friday 23rd November. Money raised will go to towards our school funds. Children can bring money to school on the day of the sale. All items will be priced between 20p to £3.

We would be very grateful for donations of toys, books, puzzles, games and ‘U’ or ‘PG’ DVDs ( all in good, complete condition). We will also have a home baking stall and would be delighted with any donations.

Donations can be brought into school and given to Primary 6/7 from Monday 5th November 2018.

Many Thanks.

Treasure Hunt Musical Adventure

The Nursery and whole school are looking forward to a performance from ‘The McDougalls’ Theatre Company on Friday 12th October. We are asking for a £1 donation for school funds to help cover the cost of the performance.

This is a great treat for the children before our October holidays begin.