Category Archives: Whole School News

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.


P1/2 Science Experiment

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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School Meals

As we welcome pupils back to school, a reminder that the cost of meals in all Renfrewshire Council schools have changed from the start of the new school term. Grab and Go Days are £2.05, while Dine in Days are now £2.25. The price of a paid nursery meal will also be £2.25. Children entitled to free school meals will still receive them as usual. Parents or guardians who receive certain benefits are eligible to apply for a free school meal for their child. All children in P1 to P3 are eligible for a free school meal.

Sports day

P1 and P1/2:  Sports Day will take place in the morning of Tuesday 19th June.

P2/3 – P7: Sports Day will take place on Wednesday 20th June. The theme for this year is the “European Championships” which takes place in August 2018.  Each class has been studying a country and should wear their team colours for Sports Day. The opening ceremony will take place outside on the grass area ( weather permitting) at 9.30 am.  Activities start approximately 10 am. The closing ceremony will take place at 2.30pm.


Please feel free to ‘drop in’ and visit your child’s class throughout the day. You are also welcome to take part in any of the sports activities.

Look forward to seeing you there!

Health week

St. Peters Health Week will run this year from Monday 18th June to Friday 22nd June. We have a very busy and exciting week planned for the children.

Active clothing can be worn throughout this week as the children will be involved in physical activities each day. Please make sure that your child has suitable clothing e.g. no football colours/team strips/cropped t-shirts. Please ensure that your child has suitable footwear for activities. Children will be encouraged to drink lots of water this week and should have their own water bottle.

We look forward to a fun filled week full of positive team spirit and look forward to seeing some family members during this week. A letter will sent home with more details.

The Fiver Challenge

Primary 5 and Primary 5/6 have been working on the “Fiver Challenge”. This is an enterprise programme whereby students use £5 pledges to get their business ideas off the ground.

On Friday 15th June, the P5 and P5/6 children will host an afternoon of activities for a small fee. All money raised will go towards school funds for next session.

The following activities will be on offer for children on Friday 15th June:

  • Football and Beat the Goalie
  • Art and Drawing Stall
  • Glitter Tattoos
  • Cake Stall
  • Pick and Mix Sweet Stall
  • Video Game Trial
  • Remote Control Car Racing

All activities will cost between 30p – 50p

Primary 5 and Primary 5/6 would like to thank you in advance for your support.

Pirates of the Curry Bean

Pirates of the Curry Bean

St. Peter’s Primary Drama Group are having a special community performance of their amazing show “Pirates of the Curry Bean” by Craig Hawes.


Wednesday 6th June 2018 – 3.30 pm

Thursday 7th June 2018 – 6.00 pm

Tickets: Adults-£2.50, Children-free. Tickets available from the school office.

See you there!!

P4-Developing our measuring skills

Developing our measuring skills

We have begun a new maths topic to develop our measuring skills. At the moment, we are focusing on length and we are busy revising how many centimetres are in 1 metre!

Our teacher set us different tasks such as finding objects which measures less that ¼ of a metre, ½ of a metre and also ¾ of a metre. It was fun and we took turns to use a metre stick.

We also discussed the importance of measure and how many jobs rely on measuring the length of objects.  It was very interesting!

Sit beside a friend day

The Fundraising Citizenship group have organised a ‘sit beside your friend’ day on Friday 27th April to raise money for school funds. Children can pay £1 ( £2 for a family) to choose a friend to sit beside.

Thank you for your continued support.

The Fundraising Group


Ladies night part 2

St. Peter’s Parents & Families Group – Ladies Night

Ladies…..The St. Peters Primary School Parents & Families Group invite you to what should be an enjoyable night out with friends in June.  Get your glad rags on ( heels mandatory!),  dance the night away at the Disco and take part in the stand-up bingo. We hope it will be a full house on the night!!

When: Friday 1st June 2018 – 7.30 p.m. till late

Where: Blackland Mill Bowling Club

How much: Tickets £5 – available to buy from the school office.

Hope to see you there.

Ladies Night Poster


Movie Night

St. Peter’s Parents & Families Group Movie Night

Film:  Paddington 2 (rated PG).

When:  Friday 27th April at 4 p.m.

Kids entry: £2 – includes juice, hot dog, crisps and sweet.

Tickets available from the school office.



Happy Easter

Just a reminder to let you know that the school closes on Thursday 29th at 2.30pm for the Easter holidays.

School re-opens to staff and pupils on Monday 16th April at 9.00am.

We wish you all a very happy and holy Easter.

Have a wonderful holiday.

World book day

On Friday 16th March we held our World Book Day. All of the classes took part in various activities during the day. Take a look at our gallery below. Can you name the characters from their favourite books, that the children have come as?

Fairtrade toy and tuck

The Fairtrade Citizenship group will be holding a small toy and sweet tuck at lunchtime on Tuesday 27th March. Our supplier, Rainbow Turtle will be supplying the stock. Prices will start at 40p for sparkly bangles and increase to £1.20 for Fairtrade Jelly Beans.

We are also holding a raffle next week for a Fairtrade Chocolate Explosion box. Tickets will be 50p and the winner will be announced on Thursday 29th March.

Many thanks for your continued support.