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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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)
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.
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.
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!!
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 gibbousand 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
St. Peters Health Week will run this year from Monday 18th Juneto 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 Fundraising Citizenship group have organised a ‘sit beside your friend’ day on Friday 27th Aprilto raise money for school funds. Children can pay £1 ( £2 for a family) to choose a friend to sit beside.
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.
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?
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.