Please read our June 2020 newsletter:
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.
Please have a look at how our school will look when the children return in August. Our images show classroom / nursery layouts, corridor / reception signage and distancing measures and cleaning stations.
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.
Please read the latest update on future learning plans from the Director of Children’s Services, Steven Quinn.
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.
Renfrewshire Council are gathering information about home learning. Your responses will help to inform the planning for August. It would be really helpful if you could complete this before 15th June.
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.
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 www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/coronavirus-schools. 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.
Some useful information from Renfrewshire Council.
General Coronavirus Information (includes a link to schools information): http://www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/coronavirus
Coronavirus Information and FAQs about early years and schools: http://www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/coronavirus-schools
Online application for free school meals: http://www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/Freeschoolmealsandclothinggrants (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. http://www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/Freeschoolmealsandclothinggrants
Please read our May 2020 newsletter:
The Scottish Government has set out the route map for schools and nurseries to reopen for children and young people across Scotland. You can read a statement from Director of Children’s Services, Steven Quinn, about the route map, on the council’s website.
Please enjoy a short video from the staff and children of St Peter’s ELCC.
If you are a parent or carer living in Renfrewshire and are concerned about your child’s communication, you can call The Speech and Language Therapy Helpline.
For more information, click the link below.
Archbishop Tartaglia, Bishop President for Catholic Education in Scotland, will offer Mass for Catholic educators and schools on Sunday 10th May at 12 o’clock from St. Andrew’s Cathedral. School communities are invited to join the Archbishop live using the video-link:
This week is a shorter week for learning.
Children: Mon. 4th and Tues. 5th – only online learning days this week
Staff: Wed. 6th and Thurs. 7th – in-service days
Friday 8th – holiday
Please click the link to see a message from the staff of St Peter’s
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Please read the document from Renfrewshire Council:
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 https://www.aberlour.org.uk/coronavirus-urgent-assistance-appeal/
2. Sharing the link for applications, in order to sign post any family who may require our help at this difficult time https://www.aberlour.org.uk/service-category/urgent-assistance-fund/
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:
- Build a tower using household items ONLY (#stayathome)
- Share your tower on social media tagging @AberlourCC and donate what you can to our Coronavirus Urgent Assistance Fund: https://bit.ly/3ajK1pA
- 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 Nadia.firstname.lastname@example.org or Abby.email@example.com .
With very best wishes from everyone at Aberlour.
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.
Please read the letter from the Director of Children’s Services regarding emergency childcare.
Please read the Keyworker Provision information letter that has been provided by Renfrewshire Council
Please read the two leaflets that have been prepared for parents
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.
For your information, you can visit the council website for the latest advice and guidance on Coronavirus at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/coronavirus
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.
Please read our Parent Council Meeting Minutes:
This afternoon we enjoyed a very funny performance of Mother Goose from Hopscotch Theatre Company. Our pupils had a great afternoon.
Congratulations to Taylor McPherson in P7 who won the schools annual Christmas Card design competition.
Taylor had a great afternoon on Saturday at the Paisley annual Christmas Lights Switch-On event. After riding in Santa’s Sleigh in the procession, she helped to switch on the town’s Christmas Lights.
Last week P6 enjoyed a science workshop at West College Scotland.
Today the whole school took part in a Missio service which was conducted by Canon Eddie and Sister Anne.
Halloween treat for the kids at lunchtime today. Don’t you agree our catering staff look scary!!
There has been a change to the Renfrewshire school holidays for 2019 – 2020 session. Please note that Friday 1st May 2020 is no longer an In-Service day.
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.
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
Today we held our Family Board Game session. The kids and family members had fun playing the games and were very competitive.
Thank you to everyone who attended. Board Game Club will continue again next session.
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.
Everyone had a great time at our Sports Day yesterday and the weather was kind to us.
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 www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/freeschoolmealsandclothinggrants 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.
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.
St Peter’s Parent Council are holding their Spring Fling on Friday 17th May at 3pm to 4.30pm in the school gym hall.
STALLS + CHOCOLATE & BOTTLE TOMBOLA + CREPE STAND + BEAT THE GOALIE + MUCH, MUCH MORE….
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.
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.
Please read our latest Dates for your Diary:
Last week at homework club the kids enjoyed a special treat of making Empire Biscuits after they had completed their homework.
Homework club is on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday after school from 3.00pm to 4.30pm.
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!
Bikeability Scotland are looking for volunteers who could help deliver cycle training in schools.
For more information, please see the form below:
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.
We recently ran another successful Family Art Session. Thanks to all who attended.
Have a look at some of our art work:
Dates for your diary:
Here is a link to the activities that are available through Renfrewshire Leisure during the Spring Break.
P1/2 visited Kelvingrove Museum to see Dippy the Dinosaur as part of our Dinosaur topic. We had great fun. We got to handle real fossils and fossilised dinosaur poo!!
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:
Some of our P7 girls collected money for the Marie Curie Daffodil Appeal and raised £59.26.
Our Fairtrade Coffee morning was a great success and we raised £85.10.
Thank you again for your baking donations and continued support.
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
Primary 3/4 have given presentations to their class about their dream jobs. There was a varied list of dream jobs, including: Artist, Chef, Electrician, Medical Scientist, Art Teacher and Teacher.
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.
Our P7’s recently went on a residential trip to Lockerbie Manor. They had a great time there and enjoyed all of the activities.
On Monday our school were given an introduction to Judo. Our instructor, Jack demonstrated some Judo moves to each class and also introduced them to some Japanese words. The children really enjoyed the sessions.
Primary 1/2 have some very “eggciting” news to share with you! Our eggs have started to hatch and we have 10 healthy chicks! All classes will get to share in the fun and see them. P1/2 parents will get the opportunity to meet our newest class members on Monday 4th March at 2.15pm.
Happy World Thinking Day to our pupils from various organisations.
Well done to our girls football team yesterday on their fantastic performance at the Renfrewshire Active Schools Girls Football League at Castlehead High School. Their great teamwork and determination paid off with them winning 5 of their 6 games. Well done girls!!
A new phone system will be installed in the school on the 28th Feb. Our new number will be 0300 300 0188.
Primary 1/2 have been investigating forces as part of science. Bending, twisting and also push and pull. We made kites to demonstrate the forces of push and pull. We had great fun flying them on a nice Scottish windy day!!
Forces, electricity and waves: Forces SCN 1-07a
Primary1/2 celebrated our National Bard Robert Burns. We tried some Scottish shortbread and performed some Scottish dancing. We also performed Auld Lang Syne to the whole school at a special assembly.
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: http://www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/article/3554/Sending-your-child-to-school
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 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:
Just a reminder that the school will close for the Christmas break at 2.30 p.m. on Friday the 21st December and reopen on Monday 7th January at 9.00 a.m. On behalf of all the staff and pupils at St. Peter’s Primary we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
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.
Primary 1/2 were very excited to receive letters from their Canadian penpals! They are now going to be busy writing back to the children of Sacred Heart in Sarnia, Ontario.
Please read our Parent Council Meeting minutes.
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.
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.
Primary 1/2 came back to school last night for Bedtime stories! This session was to coincide with Scottish book week. The children loved their book bags and Read, Write & Count bags which were gifted to them. We had a lovely time enjoying stories, scavenger hunts, stories and snacks.
Please read our November/ December newsletter
On Friday P6/7 held their Bring and Buy sale and raised £328.43. Well done to all who took part and thank you for all of your contributions to the sale.
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…..
LOADS OF FESTIVE CHEER !!
We look forward to seeing you there.
Primary 1 and Primary 1/2 visited Glenburn Library to coincide with World book week. We heard three lovely stories and then we voted on our favourite story. The library ladies also gave us colouring pictures to match the stories we heard! We had a great time!
Primary 1/2 have been learning about the Sun, Moon and Stars in science. Today we made phases of the moon planners. We also used jaffa cakes to highlight the different phases such as full moon, waxing gibbous and waning crescent! A very tasty science lesson!
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.
Please read our meeting minutes.
Please read our November Update newsletter.
Some important dates for your diary.
Please read our latest newsletter.
Glenburn Early Learning and Childcare Centre and St. Peters Primary invite you to a free screening of the KPJR film Resilience the Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope.
When: Tuesday 6th November
Time: 4.15pm – 6pm
Please RSVP to St Peters Primary School by Friday 26th October 2018.
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.
P1 & P1/2 have been enjoying Music Time together.
I have the freedom to use my voice, musical instruments and music technology to discover and enjoy playing with sound and rhythm. EXA 0-17a
I can use my voice, musical instruments and music technology to discover and enjoy playing with sound, rhythm, pitch and dynamics. EXA 1-17a
Primary 1 and Primary 1/2 enjoyed a visit from the Community Police as part of our People Who Help Us Topic. We learned lots about their role and we also enjoyed dressing up in Police uniforms!
25th September 2018
P1/2 have been on an autumn walk around the school grounds. We collected conkers and leaves of all different colours. Some of the conkers were still in their shells and we used our feet to break them open.
We had lots of fun!
Primary 1/2 have been learning about freezing and melting. We experimented with melting ice, frozen paint, and salt. We discovered heat, the sun and salt all can melt ice.
We know water can exist as solid ice and liquid water. We also learned the freezing point of water is zero degrees Celsius.
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Some important dates for you diary this year.
Please use this link to book Active School Clubs
St Peters Parish, Paisley invites children to their Childrens Liturgy of the Word which is held during 10 am Mass in the Church Hall, during term time.
Please join us.