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P7 Term 3 Newsletter

 

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year.  It’s great to see the children back and hear all their Christmas stories.  P7 Christmas raps at the end of term service were very entertaining.  They all enjoyed the school panto and their Christmas party. Well done to the pupils who had a Christmas disco for their house reward.

We were extremely proud and moved by P7 when they led the Remembrance Day assembly in November.

This term we will be teaching skills and knowledge and understanding through the theme of Robert Burns.  This topic covers many curricular areas and children will perform for parents at the annual Burns Supper in January.

The children continue to have regular reading, spelling and maths homework and your support in this is vital to your child’s success.

Throughout this term P7 children will work in their own register classes for language but maths team teaching will continue.  Teachers and pupils will engage in a variety of Scottish literature and pupils with different abilities will work together to share skills, knowledge and strengths.  Appropriate tasks will be provided to continue to support and challenge for all pupils.

We will also have World of Work Week where children will turn their classroom into a little enterprising business for a week.  We will also hear from a variety of people about a variety of jobs.  I would encourage you to inform Mrs.Wiszniewski or your child’s class teacher if you would be willing to speak to children about your job.  We are very grateful when parents come forward to offer their services.  P7 pupils also have the opportunity to participate in a ‘go to work day’ with their parents on Monday 20th February.  We understand that this might not be possible for some pupils and parents so pupils can visit other work environments with other family members if this suits better.

Teachers are keen to work in partnership with parents and strive to keep you informed. There will be a parents evening in March however please do not hesitate to contact us with any concerns before that.  We would like to see parents in and around the school during World of Work Week and World Book Day.

Parental Questionnaire

The results of the parent questionnaire are available on the school website.  I met with a small group of parents to discuss the results and find solutions to the things that parents were most concerned about.  This information is also on the website.  Please ask the school office if you would like a paper copy of this.  The main causes for concern were the condition of the school building, communication between home and school and the way that the school deals with poor behaviour.  We discussed ways to improve our service regarding these issues.  Thank you to those parents who gave up their time to support the school on its way forward.

Can I encourage you to apply for free meal entitlement if you are due this.

Sponsored Zumba

The sponsored Zumba was a huge success and we raised over £4,000.  A huge thank you to those of you who supported us and to Mr.Johnston for leading the activity… he certainly showed us a few moves that day!  I have consulted with the pupils through the Pupil Council and they identified how they would like to spend the money.

The Christmas Fayre was also very successful in raising around £1,500.  Thank you to the members of the Friends of the West and staff and other parents who came to help on the day.

Our school aims are now on display in the school entrance.  They are for West Primary to be Educational, Inclusive, Supportive, Friendly and Caring.  We hope the school encompasses these aims.

Playtime

Sometimes parents and carers worry about their child during playtime and lunchtime.  At West we have tried to provide the children with opportunities for safe play.  There is a playground rota which indicates which year groups can play ball games on certain days.  There are also P6 play leaders who do a fantastic job of encouraging children to play together and teach them new playground games.  We also have our trim trails, climbing wall and the gazebo.  P7 children are also fortunate to go to the MUGA across the road, giving them their own space and facilities.

The classroom assistants and janitor are present throughout playtime and lunchtime for children to voice concerns to and to intervene when they see inappropriate play.

As you can appreciate the classroom assistants can deal with many issues throughout this time.  If you feel that your child is having an ongoing problem in the playground please do not hesitate to contact myself or the class teacher and we can highlight your child to the assistants, who will keep a special eye on them until the problem is resolved.

A word from the Pupil Council

We have been asking our class mates what they would like to spend the Zumba sponsor money on.  We made a list of suggestions and discussed these with Mrs. Ormond.  She advised us that many of the suggestions would be paid for through school budget and that she wanted us to purchase the things that children would enjoy most.

We decided that each class would be given a budget to upgrade their library with new books and soft accessories which would make the class library more inviting.  We also wanted to improve our musical instrument resources and purchase play equipment for the playground.

We will meet again in January with Mrs. Ormond to feedback on the things that we like about our school and areas that need improved.  We looked at the pupil questionnaire which is on the website.  We returned to class to share this information with everyone.

A plea from HT

Remember no dogs are allowed in the playground.

Smoking is not permitted within the playground or around the school gates.

Put your name on EVERYTHING….lost property is taking over the school!

Please park safely.  Double parking is not permitted.

Join the Friends of the West Facebook page or look at our website for information.

www.west.renfrewshire.sch.uk

Make sure we have your current phone number.

Thank you for your continuing support.

Mrs.Ormond and P7 staff

 

Dates for your diary

11th January   12-3 pm   Infant registration

12th January   12-3 pm    Infant registration

16th January   6.30 pm   Friends of the West Meeting

25th January 7.00-8.00pm   P2/3 Reading Information Evening

27th January   12.45 pm   P7 Burns Supper

1st February   7.00pm   Meeting for P7 Lockerbie parents

10th February   School Holiday  ( In-Service for teachers)

13th and 14th February   School Holiday

20th -24th February   World of Work Week

1st March   Rag Bag Day

6th March   6.30 pm   Friends of the West Meeting

7th March   Photographer for P7 Yearbook

13th-17th March   P7 trip to Lockerbie

20th March   Book of Success home to parents

23rd and 24th March   Tempest Photography P1-7

24th March   Comic Relief Talent Show

29th March   Termly House Reward

29th March   6.30-8.30 Parent’s Evening

30th March    3.30-5.30 Parent’s Evening

Friday 31st March school closes at 2.30pm

3rd April-17th April   Easter Holiday

Tuesday 18th April   School reopens

P6 Term 3 Newsletter

 

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year.  It’s great to see the children back and hear all their Christmas stories.  They all enjoyed the school panto and their Christmas party.  Well done to the pupils in Broomlands who had a Christmas disco for their house reward.

After a very busy term 1 and term 2, we are looking forward to a productive and enjoyable third term.  Over this period, we will be teaching skills and knowledge and understanding through our main topic of the Solar System and Chinese New Year.  We have a special Scottish assembly where we will perform as a stage something with a Scottish feel to it.

This term we will be involved in dancing, drama and writing which will end with a performance at Paisley Town Hall on the afternoon of Friday 24th March.  Parents will be invited along.  We will attend the annual Safe Kids event in February and enter the K’nex challenge where we usually have some success.

The children continue to have regular reading, spelling and maths homework and your support in this is vital to your child’s success.

We will also have World of Work Week where children will turn their classroom in to a little enterprising business for a week.  This year we will try to link this to World Book Day.  We also hear from a variety of people about a variety of jobs.  I would encourage you to inform Mrs.Wiszniewski or your child’s class teacher if you would be willing to speak to children about your job.  We are very grateful when parents come forward to offer their services.

Teachers are keen to work in partnership with parents and strive to keep you informed.  There will be a parents evening in March however please do not hesitate to contact us with any concerns before that.  We would like to see parents in and around the school during World of Work Week and World Book Day.

Parent Questionnaire

The results of the parent questionnaire are available on the school website.  I met with a small group of parents to discuss the results and find solutions to the things that parents were most concerned about.  This information is also on the website.  Please ask the office if you would like a paper copy of this.  The main causes for concern were the school building, communication and behaviour.  We discussed ways to improve our service regarding these issues.  Thank you to those parents who gave up their time to support the school on its way forward.

Can I encourage you to apply for free meal entitlement if you are due this.

The sponsored Zumba was a huge success and we raised over £4,000.  A huge thank you to those of you who supported us and to Mr.Johnston for leading the activity… he certainly showed us a few moves that day!  I have consulted with the pupils through the Pupil Council and they identified how they would like to spend the money.  The Christmas Fayre was also very successful in raising around £1,500.

Our school aims are now on display in the school entrance.  They are Educational, Inclusive, Supportive, Friendly and Caring.  We hope the school encompasses these aims.

Playtime

Sometimes parents and carers worry about their child during playtime and lunchtime.  At West we have tried to provide the children with opportunities for safe play.  There is a playground rota which indicates which year groups can play ball games on certain days.  There are also P6 play leaders who do a fantastic job of encouraging children to play together and teach them new playground games.  We also have our trim trails, climbing wall and the gazebo.  P7 children are also fortunate to go to the Mugga across the road, giving them their own space and facilities.

The classroom assistants and janitor are present throughout playtime and lunchtime for children to voice concerns to and to intervene when they see inappropriate play.

As you can appreciate the classroom assistants can deal with many issues throughout this time.  If you feel that your child is having an ongoing problem in the playground please do not hesitate to contact myself or the class teacher and we can highlight your child to the assistants who will keep a special eye on them until the problem is resolved.

A word from the pupil council

We have been asking our class mates what they would like to spend the Zumba sponsor money on.  We made a list of suggestions and discussed these with Mrs. Ormond.  She advised us that many of the suggestions would be paid for through the school budget and that she wanted us to purchase the things that children would enjoy most.

We decided that each class would be given a budget to upgrade their library with new books and soft accessories which would make the class library more inviting.  We also wanted to improve our musical instrument supply and play equipment for the playground.

We will meet again in January with Mrs. Ormond to feedback on the things that we like about our school and areas that need improved.  We looked at the results of the pupil questionnaire which is on the website.  We returned to class to share this information with everyone.

A plea from HT

Remember no dogs are allowed in the playground.

Smoking is not permitted within the playground or around the school gates.

Put your name on EVERYTHING….lost property is taking over the school!

Please park safely.  Double parking is not permitted.

Join the Friends of the West Facebook page or look at our website for information.

www.west.renfrewshire.sch.uk

Make sure we have your current phone number.

Thank you for your continuing support.

Mrs.Ormond and P6 staff

 

Dates for your diary

11th January   12-3 pm   Infant registration

12th January   12-3 pm    Infant registration

16th January   6.30 pm   Friends of the West Meeting

25th January 7.00-8.00pm   P2/3 Reading Information Evening

27th January   12.45 pm   P7 Burns Supper

1st February   7.00pm   Meeting for P7 Lockerbie parents

10th February   School Holiday  ( In-Service for teachers)

13th and 14th February   School Holiday

20th -24th February   World of Work Week

1st March   Rag Bag Day

6th March   6.30 pm   Friends of the West Meeting

7th March   Photographer for P7 Yearbook

13th-17th March   P7 trip to Lockerbie

20th March   Book of Success home to parents

23rd and 24th March   Tempest Photography P1-7

24th March   Comic Relief Talent Show

29th March   Termly House Reward

29th March   6.30-8.30 Parent’s Evening

30th March    3.30-5.30 Parent’s Evening

Friday 31st March school closes at 2.30pm

3rd April-17th April   Easter Holiday

Tuesday 18th April   School reopens

 

 

P5 Term 3 Newsletter

 

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year.  It’s great to see the children back and hear all their Christmas stories.  They all enjoyed the school panto and their Christmas party.  Well done to the pupils in Broomlands who had a Christmas disco for their house reward.  Our trip to Vikingar was excellent and consolidated all the learning from our Viking topic.

After a very busy term 1 and term 2, we are looking forward to a productive and enjoyable third term.  Over this period, we will be teaching skills and knowledge and understanding through our main topic of the Titanic, with a focus on its historical impact.  We will be investigating materials in relation to floating and sinking plus organising a P5 trip to the Tall Ship in Glasgow.  We have a special Scottish assembly and for this we will learn more about Robert Burns and perform something with a Scottish feel to it.

The children continue to have regular reading, spelling and maths homework and your support in this is vital to your child’s success.

We will also have World of Work Week where children will turn their classroom in to a little enterprising business for a week.  This year we will try to link this to World Book Day.  We also hear from a variety of people about a variety of jobs.  I would encourage you to inform Mrs.Wiszniewski or your child’s class teacher if you would be willing to speak to children about your job. We are very grateful when parents come forward to offer their services.

Teachers are keen to work in partnership with parents and strive to keep you informed.  There will be a Parent’s Evening in March however please do not hesitate to contact us with any concerns before that.  We would like to see parents in and around the school during World of Work Week and World Book Day.

Parent Questionnaire

The results of the parent questionnaire are available on the school website.  I met with a small group of parents to discuss the results and find solutions to the things that parents were most concerned about.  This information is also on the website.  Please ask the office if you would like a paper copy of this.  The main causes for concern were the school building, communication and behaviour.  We discussed ways to improve our service regarding these issues.  Thank you to those parents who gave up their time to support the school on its way forward.

Can I encourage you to apply for free meal entitlement if you are due this.

Sponsored Zumba

The sponsored Zumba was a huge success and we raised over £4,000.  A huge thank you to those of you who supported us and to Mr.Johnston for leading the activity…. he certainly showed us a few moves that day!  I have consulted with the pupils through the Pupil Council and they identified how they would like to spend the money.  The Christmas Fayre was also very successful in raising around £1,500.

Our school aims are now on display in the school entrance.  They are Educational, Inclusive,Supportive, Friendly and Caring.  We hope the school encompasses these aims.

Playtime

Sometimes parents and carers worry about their child during playtime and lunchtime.  At West we have tried to provide the children with opportunities for safe play.  There is a playground rota which indicates which year groups can play ball games on certain days.  There are also P6 play leaders who do a fantastic job of encouraging children to play together and teach them new playground games.  We also have our trim trails, climbing wall and the gazebo.  P7 children are also fortunate to go to the Mugga across the road, giving them their own space and facilities.

The classroom assistants and janitor are present throughout playtime and lunchtime for children to voice concerns to and to intervene when they see inappropriate play.

As you can appreciate the classroom assistants can deal with many issues throughout this time.  If you feel that your child is having an ongoing problem in the playground please do not hesitate to contact myself or the class teacher and we can highlight your child to the assistants who will keep a special eye on them until the problem is resolved.

A word from the pupil council

We have been asking our classmates what they would like to spend the Zumba sponsor money on.  We made a list of suggestions and discussed these with Mrs. Ormond.  She advised us that many of the suggestions would be paid for through the school budget and that she wanted us to purchase the things that children would enjoy most.

We decided that each class would be given a budget to upgrade their library with new books and soft accessories which make the class library more inviting.  We also wanted to improve our musical instrument supply and play equipment for the playground.

We will meet again in January with Mrs. Ormond to feedback on the things that we like about our school and areas that need improved.  We looked at the results of the pupil questionnaire which is on the website.  We returned to class to share this information with everyone.

A plea from HT

Remember no dogs are allowed in the playground.

Smoking is not permitted within the playground or around the school gates.

Put your name on EVERYTHING….lost property is taking over the school!

Please park safely. Double parking is not permitted.

Join the Friends of the West Facebook page or look at our website for information.

www.west.renfrewshire.sch.uk

Make sure we have your current phone number.

Thank you for your continuing support.

Mrs.Ormond and P5 staff

 

Dates for your diary

11th January   12-3 pm   Infant registration

12th January   12-3 pm    Infant registration

16th January   6.30 pm   Friends of the West Meeting

25th January 7.00-8.00pm   P2/3 Reading Information Evening

27th January   12.45 pm   P7 Burns Supper

1st February   7.00pm   Meeting for P7 Lockerbie parents

10th February   School Holiday  ( In-Service for teachers)

13th and 14th February   School Holiday

20th -24th February   World of Work Week

1st March   Rag Bag Day

6th March   6.30 pm   Friends of the West Meeting

7th March   Photographer for P7 Yearbook

13th-17th March   P7 trip to Lockerbie

20th March   Book of Success home to parents

23rd and 24th March   Tempest Photography P1-7

24th March   Comic Relief Talent Show

29th March   Termly House Reward

29th March   6.30-8.30 Parent’s Evening

30th March    3.30-5.30 Parent’s Evening

Friday 31st March school closes at 2.30pm

3rd April-17th April   Easter Holiday

Tuesday 18th April   School reopens

 

P4 Term 3 Newsletter

 

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year.  It’s great to see the children back and hear all their Christmas stories.  They all enjoyed the school panto and their Christmas party.  Well done to the pupils in Broomlands who had a Christmas disco for their house reward.

After a very busy term 1 and term 2, we are looking forward to a productive and enjoyable third term.  Over this period, we will be teaching skills and knowledge and understanding through our main topics of electricity and forces, the Jewish celebration of Shabbat, famous artists and a literacy study of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”.  We will have a special P4 assembly about Fairtrade and we look forward to trying out our music and drama skills during our performance.  We will also have a special Scottish assembly and perform something with a Scottish feel to it.

The children continue to have regular reading, spelling and maths homework and your support in this is vital to your child’s success.

We will have World of Work Week where children will turn their classroom in to a little enterprising business for a week.  This year we will try to link this to World Book Day to further promote reading and literacy.  We will also hear from a variety of people about a variety of jobs.  I would encourage you to inform Mrs.Wiszniewski or your child’s class teacher if you would be willing to speak to children about your job.  We are very grateful when parents come forward to offer their services.

We are planning a trip to Glasgow Science Centre later in the term to further explore topics of study being covered in P4.

Teachers are keen to work in partnership with parents and strive to keep you informed. There will be a Parents Evening in March however please do not hesitate to contact us with any concerns before that.  We would like to see parents in and around the school during World of Work Week and World Book Day.

Parent Questionnaire

The results of the parent questionnaire are available on the school website.  I met with a small group of parents to discuss the results and find solutions to the things that parents were most concerned about.  This information is also on the website.  Please ask the office if you would like a paper copy of this.  The main causes for concern were the school building, communication and behaviour.  We discussed ways to improve our service regarding these issues.  Thank you to those parents who gave up their time to support the school on its way forward.

Can I encourage you to apply for free meal entitlement if you are due this.

The sponsored Zumba was a huge success and we raised over £4,000.  A huge thank you to those of you who supported us and to Mr.Johnston for leading the activity…. he certainly showed us a few moves that day!  I have consulted with the pupils through the Pupil Council and they identified how they would like to spend the money.  The Christmas Fayre was also very successful in raising around £1,500.

Playtime

Sometimes parents and carers worry about their child during playtime and lunchtime.  At West we have tried to provide the children with opportunities for safe play.  There is a playground rota which indicates which year groups can play ball games on certain days.  There are also P6 play leaders who do a fantastic job of encouraging children to play together and teach them new playground games.  We also have our trim trails, climbing wall and the gazebo.  P7 children are also fortunate to go to the Mugga across the road, giving them their own space and facilities.

The classroom assistants and janitor are present throughout playtime and lunchtime for children to voice concerns to and to intervene when they see inappropriate play.

As you can appreciate the classroom assistants can deal with many issues throughout this time.  If you feel that your child is having an ongoing problem in the playground please do not hesitate to contact myself or the class teacher and we can highlight your child to the assistants who will keep a special eye on them until the problem is resolved.

Our school aims are now on display in the school entrance.  They are Educational, Inclusive, Fun, Friendly and Caring. We hope the school encompasses these aims.

A word from the pupil council

We have been asking our class mates what they would like to spend the Zumba sponsor money on.  We made a list of suggestions and discussed these with Mrs. Ormond.  She advised us that many of the suggestions would be paid for through the school budget and that she wanted us to purchase the things that children would enjoy most.

We decided that each class would be given a budget to upgrade their library with new books and soft accessories which would make the class library more inviting.  We also wanted to improve our musical instrument supply and play equipment for the playground.

We will meet again in January with Mrs. Ormond to feedback on the things that we like about our school and areas that need improved.  We looked at the results of the pupil questionnaire which is on the website.  We returned to class to share this information with everyone.

A plea from HT

Remember no dogs are allowed in the playground.

Smoking is not permitted within the playground or around the school gates.

Put your name on EVERYTHING….lost property is taking over the school!

Please park safely. Double parking is not permitted.

Join the Friends of the West facebook page or look at our website for information.

www.west.renfrewshire.sch.uk

 Make sure we have your current phone number.

Thank you for your continuing support.

Mrs.Ormond and P4 staff

 

Dates for your diary

11th January   12-3 pm   Infant registration

12th January   12-3 pm    Infant registration

16th January   6.30 pm   Friends of the West Meeting

25th January 7.00-8.00pm   P2/3 Reading Information Evening

27th January   12.45 pm   P7 Burns Supper

1st February   7.00pm   Meeting for P7 Lockerbie parents

10th February   School Holiday  ( In-Service for teachers)

13th and 14th February   School Holiday

20th -24th February   World of Work Week

1st March   Rag Bag Day

6th March   6.30 pm   Friends of the West Meeting

7th March   Photographer for P7 Yearbook

13th-17th March   P7 trip to Lockerbie

20th March   Book of Success home to parents

23rd and 24th March   Tempest Photography P1-7

24th March   Comic Relief Talent Show

29th March   Termly House Reward

29th March   6.30-8.30 Parent’s Evening

30th March    3.30-5.30 Parent’s Evening

Friday 31st March school closes at 2.30pm

3rd April-17th April   Easter Holiday

Tuesday 18th April   School reopens

 

 

P3 Term 3 Newsletter

 

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year. It’s great to see the children back and hear all their Christmas stories. We were so proud of their wonderful performance at the school Christmas Fayre and the Brewer’s fayre. They all enjoyed the school panto and their Christmas party. Well done to the pupils in Broomlands who had a Christmas disco for their house reward.

The whole school enjoyed Primary 3’s Hanukkah assembly where they learned a lot of information from them.

This term we will be teaching skills and knowledge and understanding through the themes of the West End of Paisley and the Human Body. We will continue to monitor the bulbs that we planted as part of the Edina Trust experiment. We have a special Scottish assembly and will learn more about Robert Burns for this.

The children continue to have regular reading, spelling and maths homework and your support in this is vital to your child’s success.

We will also have World of Work Week where children will turn their classroom in to a little enterprising business for a week. We also hear from a variety of people about a variety of jobs. I would encourage you to inform Mrs.Wiszniewski or your child’s class teacher if you would be willing to speak to children about your job. We are very grateful when parents come forward to offer their services.

Teachers are keen to work in partnership with parents and strive to keep you informed. There will be a Parents Evening in March however please do not hesitate to contact us with any concerns before that. We would like to see parents in and around the school during World of Work Week and World Book Day.

Parental Questionnaire

The results of the parent questionnaire are available on the school website. I met with a small group of parents to discuss the results and find solutions to the things that parents were most concerned about. This information is also on the website. Please ask the office if you would like a paper copy of this. The main causes for concern were the school building, communication and behaviour. We discussed ways to improve our service regarding these issues. Thank you to those parents who gave up their time to support the school on its way forward.

Can I encourage you to apply for free meal entitlement if you are due this. Even if your child is in Primary 1-3, and receiving a free meal, you should still apply for free meal allowance.

The sponsored Zumba was a huge success and we raised over £4,000. A huge thank you to those of you who supported us and to Mr.Johnston for leading the activity….he certainly showed us a few moves that day! I have consulted with the pupils through the Pupil Council and they identified how they would like to spend the money. The Christmas Fayre was also very successful in raising around £1,500.

Our school aims are now on display in the school entrance. They are Educational, Inclusive, Supportive, Friendly and Caring. We hope the school encompasses these aims.

Playtime

Sometimes parents and carers worry about their child during playtime and lunchtime. At West we have tried to provide the children with opportunities for safe play. There is a playground rota which indicates which year groups can play ball games on certain days. There are also P6 play leaders who do a fantastic job of encouraging children to play together and teach them new playground games. We also have our trim trails, climbing wall and the gazebo. P7 children are also fortunate to go to the Mugga across the road, giving them their own space and facilities.

The classroom assistants and janitor are present throughout playtime and lunchtime for children to voice concerns to and to intervene when they see inappropriate play.

As you can appreciate the classroom assistants can deal with many issues throughout this time. If you feel that your child is having an ongoing problem in the playground, please do not hesitate to contact myself or the class teacher and we can highlight your child to the assistants who will keep a special eye on them until the problem is resolved.

Reading Information Evening

We would like to invite parents of Primary 2 and 3 children to come along to school on Wednesday 25th January for a reading information session. The way we are teaching reading has changed, P1 parents and some P2 and P3 parents attended afternoon sessions regarding this however, if you were unable to do this we would be delighted to see you there.

A word from the pupil council

We have been asking our classmates what they would like to spend the Zumba sponsor money on. We made a list of suggestions and discussed these with Mrs. Ormond. She advised us that many of the suggestions would be paid for through the school budget and that she wanted us to purchase the things that children would enjoy most.

We decided that each class would be given a budget to upgrade their library with new books and soft accessories to make the class library more inviting. We also wanted to improve our musical instrument supply and play equipment for the playground.

We will meet again in January with Mrs. Ormond to feedback on the things that we like about our school and areas that need improved. We looked at the results of the pupil questionnaire which is on the website. We returned to class to share this information with everyone.

A plea from HT

Remember no dogs are allowed in the playground.

Smoking is not permitted within the playground or around the school gates.

Put your name on EVERYTHING….lost property is taking over the school!

Please park safely. Double parking is not permitted.

Join the Friends of the West Facebook page or look at our website for information.

www.west.renfrewshire.sch.uk

Make sure we have your current phone number.

Thank you for your continuing support.

Mrs.Ormond and P3 staff

 

Dates for your diary

11th January   12-3pm Infant registration

12th January   12-3pm    Infant registration

16th January   6.30pm   Friends of the West Meeting

25th January 7.00-8.00pm   P2/3 Reading Information Evening

27th January   12.45pm   P7 Burn’s Supper

1st February   7.00pm   Meeting for P7 Lockerbie parents

10th February   School Holiday  ( In-Service for teachers)

13th and 14th February   School Holiday

20th -24th February   World of Work Week

1st March   Rag Bag Day

6th March   6.30pm   Friends of the West Meeting

7th March   Photographer for P7 Yearbook

13th-17th March   P7 trip to Lockerbie

20th March   Book of Success home to parents

23rd and 24th March   Tempest Photography P1-7

24th March   Comic Relief Talent Show

29th March   Termly House Reward

29th March   6.30-8.30pm Parent’s Evening

30th March    3.30-5.30pm Parent’s Evening

Friday 31st March school closes at 2.30pm

3rd April-17th April   Easter Holiday

Tuesday 18th April   School reopens

 

 

P2 Term 3 Newsletter

 

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year. It’s great to see the children back and hear all their Christmas stories. We were so proud of their wonderful performance at the Nativity play. They all enjoyed the school panto and their Christmas party. Well done to the pupils in Broomlands who had a Christmas disco for their house reward.

This term we will be teaching skills and knowledge and understanding through the themes of Sun, Moon and Stars and Eid ul Fitr. We have a special Scottish assembly and will learn more about Robert Burns for this. The children continue to have regular reading, spelling and maths homework and your support in this is vital to your child’s success.

We will have World of Work Week where children will turn their classroom in to a little enterprising business for a week. We also hear from a variety of people about a variety of jobs. I would encourage you to inform Mrs.Wiszniewski or your child’s class teacher if you would be willing to speak to children about your job. We are very grateful when parents come forward to offer their services.

Teachers are keen to work in partnership with parents and strive to keep you informed. There will be a Parents Evening in March however please do not hesitate to contact us with any concerns before that. We would like to see parents in and around the school during World of Work Week and World Book Day.

Parent Questionnaire

The results of the parent questionnaire are available on the school website. I met with a small group of parents to discuss the results and find solutions to the things that parents were most concerned about. This information is also on the website. Please ask the office if you would like a paper copy of this. The main causes for concern were the school building, communication and behaviour. We discussed ways to improve our service regarding these issues. Thank you to those parents who gave up their time to support the school on its way forward.

Free Meal Entitlement

Can I encourage you to apply for free meal entitlement if you are due this. Even if your child is in Primary 1-3, and receiving a free meal, you should still apply for free meal allowance.

Sponsored Zumba

The sponsored Zumba was a huge success and we raised over £4,000. A huge thank you to those of you who supported us and to Mr.Johnston for leading the activity….he certainly showed us a few moves that day! I have consulted with the pupils through the pupil Council and they identified how they would like to spend the money. The Christmas Fayre was also very successful in raising around £1,500.

Our school aims are now on display in the school entrance. They are Educational, Inclusive, Supportive, Friendly and Caring. We hope the school encompasses these aims.

Playtime

Sometimes parents and carers worry about their child during playtime and lunchtime. At West we have tried to provide the children with opportunities for safe play. There is a playground rota which indicates which year groups can play ball games on certain days. There are also P6 play leaders who do a fantastic job of encouraging children to play together and teach them new playground games. We also have our trim trails, climbing wall and the gazebo. P7 children are also fortunate to go to the Mugga across the road, giving them their own space and facilities.

The classroom assistants and janitor are present throughout playtime and lunchtime for children to voice concerns to and to intervene when they see inappropriate play.

As you can appreciate the classroom assistants can deal with many issues throughout this time. If you feel that your child is having an ongoing problem in the playground, please do not hesitate to contact myself or the class teacher and we can highlight your child to the assistants who will keep a special eye on them until the problem is resolved.

Reading Information Evening

We would like to invite parents of Primary 2 and 3 children to come along to school on Wednesday 25th January for a reading information session. The way we are teaching reading has changed. P1 parents and some P2 and P3 parents attended afternoon sessions regarding this however, if you were unable to do this we would be delighted to see you there.

A word from the pupil council

We have been asking our classmates what they would like to spend the Zumba sponsor money on. We made a list of suggestions and discussed these with Mrs. Ormond. She advised us that many of the suggestions would be paid for through the school budget and that she wanted us to purchase the things that children would enjoy most.

We decided that each class would be given a budget to upgrade their library with new books and soft accessories which would make the class library more inviting. We also wanted to improve our musical instrument supply and play equipment for the playground.

We will meet again in January with Mrs. Ormond to feedback on the things that we like about our school and areas that need improved. We looked at the results of the pupil questionnaire which is on the website. We returned to class to share this information with everyone.

A plea from HT

Remember no dogs are allowed in the playground.

Smoking is not permitted within the playground or around the school gates.

Put your name on EVERYTHING….lost property is taking over the school!

Please park safely. Double parking is not permitted.

Join the Friends of the West Facebook page or look at our website for information.

www.west.renfrewshire.sch.uk

Make sure we have your current phone number.

Thank you for your continuing support.

Mrs.Ormond and P2 staff

 

Dates for your diary

11th January   12-3pm Infant registration

12th January   12-3pm    Infant registration

16th January   6.30pm   Friends of the West Meeting

25th January 7.00-8.00pm   P2/3 Reading Information Evening

27th January   12.45pm   P7 Burn’s Supper

1st February   7.00pm   Meeting for P7 Lockerbie parents

10th February   School Holiday  ( In-Service for teachers)

13th and 14th February   School Holiday

20th -24th February   World of Work Week

1st March   Rag Bag Day

6th March   6.30pm   Friends of the West Meeting

7th March   Photographer for P7 Yearbook

13th-17th March   P7 trip to Lockerbie

20th March   Book of Success home to parents

23rd and 24th March   Tempest Photography P1-7

24th March   Comic Relief Talent Show

29th March   Termly House Reward

29th March   6.30-8.30pm Parent’s Evening

30th March    3.30-5.30pm Parent’s Evening

Friday 31st March school closes at 2.30pm

3rd April-17th April   Easter Holiday

Tuesday 18th April   School reopens

 

 

P1 Term 3 Newsletter

 

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year. It’s great to see the children back and hear all their Christmas stories. We were so proud of their wonderful nativity performance and I know they all enjoyed meeting Santa at the end of last term. Well done to the pupils in Broomlands who had a Christmas disco for their house reward.

This term we will be teaching skills and knowledge and understanding through the themes of Welcoming a Baby, Winter and the Katie Morag stories. We have a special Scottish assembly and will learn more about Robert Burns for this. The children continue to have regular reading, phonics and maths homework and your support in this is vital to your child’s success.

We will also have World of Work Week where children will turn their classroom in to a little enterprising business for a week. We also hear from a variety of people about a variety of jobs. I would encourage you to inform Mrs.Wisznieski or your child’s class teacher if you would be willing to speak to children about your job. We are very grateful when parents come forward to offer their services.

Teachers are keen to work in partnership with parents and strive to keep you informed. There will be a Parents Evening in March however please do not hesitate to contact the class teacher with any concerns before that. We would like to see parents in and around the school during Enterprise Week, Nurture Room play sessions and World Book Day.

Parent Questionnaire

The results of the parent questionnaire are available on the school website. I met with a small group of parents to discuss the results and find solutions to the things that parents were most concerned about. This information is also on the website. Please ask at the office if you would like a paper copy of this. The main causes for concern were the school building, communication and behaviour. We discussed ways to improve our service regarding these issues. Thank you to those parents who gave up their time to support the school on its way forward.

Free School Meals

Can I encourage you to apply for free meal entitlement if you are due this. Even if your child is in Primary 1-3 you should still apply for free meal allowance.

Our school aims are now on display in the school entrance. They are Educational, Inclusive, Supportive, Friendly and Caring. We hope the school encompasses these aims.

Sponsored Zumba

The sponsored Zumba was a huge success and we raised over £4,000. A huge thank you to those of you who supported us and to Mr.Johnston for leading the activity….he certainly showed us a few moves that day! I have consulted with the pupils through the pupil Council and they identified how they would like to spend the money. The Christmas Fayre was also very successful in raising around £1,500.

Playtime

Sometimes parents and carers worry about their child during playtime and lunchtime. At West we have tried to provide the children with opportunities for safe play. There is a playground rota which indicates which year groups can play ball games on certain days. There are also P6 play leaders who do a fantastic job of encouraging children to play together and teach them new playground games. We also have our trim trails, climbing wall and the gazebo. P7 children are also fortunate to go to the Mugga across the road, giving them their own space and facilities.

The classroom assistants and janitor are present throughout playtime and lunchtime for children to voice concerns to and to intervene when they see inappropriate play.

As you can appreciate the classroom assistants can deal with many issues throughout this time. If you feel that your child is having an ongoing problem in the playground please do not hesitate to contact myself or the class teacher and we can highlight your child to the assistants, who will keep a special eye on them until the problem is resolved.

A word from the Pupil Council

We have been asking our classmates what they would like to spend the Zumba sponsor money on. We made a list of suggestions and discussed these with Mrs. Ormond. She advised us that many of the suggestions would be paid for through the school budget and that she wanted us to purchase the things that children would enjoy most.

We decided that each class would be given a budget to upgrade their library with new books and accessories which would make the class library more inviting. We also wanted to improve our musical instrument supply and play equipment for the playground.

We will meet again in January with Mrs. Ormond to feedback on the things that we like about our school and areas that need improved. We looked at the results of the pupil questionnaire which is on the website. We returned to class to share this information with everyone.

A plea from HT

Remember no dogs are allowed in the playground.

Smoking is not permitted within the playground or around the school gates.

Put your name on EVERYTHING….lost property is taking over the school!

Please park safely. Double parking is not permitted.

Join the Friends of the West Facebook page or look at our website for information.

www.west.renfrewshire.sch.uk

Make sure we have your current phone number.

Thank you for your continuing support.

Mrs.Ormond and P1 staff

 

Dates for your diary

11th January   12-3pm Infant registration

12th January   12-3pm    Infant registration

16th January   6.30pm   Friends of the West Meeting

25th January 7.00-8.00pm   P2/3 Reading Information Evening

27th January   12.45pm   P7 Burn’s Supper

1st February   7.00pm   Meeting for P7 Lockerbie parents

10th February   School Holiday  ( In-Service for teachers)

13th and 14th February   School Holiday

20th -24th February   World of Work Week

1st March   Rag Bag Day

6th March   6.30pm   Friends of the West Meeting

7th March   Photographer for P7 Yearbook

13th-17th March   P7 trip to Lockerbie

20th March   Book of Success home to parents

23rd and 24th March   Tempest Photography P1-7

24th March   Comic Relief Talent Show

29th March   Termly House Reward

29th March   6.30-8.30pm Parent’s Evening

30th March    3.30-5.30pm Parent’s Evening

Friday 31st March school closes at 2.30pm

3rd April-17th April   Easter Holiday

Tuesday 18th April   School reopens

 

New Term Newsletter

As the session 2016-17 begins we welcome our new Primary 1 parents and pupils, and three new members of staff ; Miss Reid in Primary 4, Miss Loughlin in Primary 5 and Miss McKenzie in Primary 7. I am sure that all new starts, pupils and staff will enjoy being part of the West community.  Welcome back to all existing pupils and staff who have returned with enthusiasm and a great sense of purpose.

At the end of last session we said a sad farewell to two very valued members of staff who moved on to new posts. Mrs Louise McAllister, an additional support needs assistant worked at West Primary for many years and built very strong and positive relationships with all pupils and was highly skilled at providing support where required.  Mrs Alexis Irwin worked here for fifteen years, initially as a classroom assistant and then as a clerical officer.  Her bright and bubbly outlook, as well as her hard work, were a real asset to the school.  Both ladies are very much missed, but we wish them well in their new ventures.

You have been issued with an annual data check and it is very important that this is returned so that we can have the most up to date information for your child.  If any of your details change across the year please contact the school office so that records might be updated, particularly any medical information or change of telephone number.  Please also return the Flu vaccination letter as after the cut-off date of Friday 2 September we cannot guarantee your child will be able to have the vaccination in school.

Pupil safety is of upmost concern and we ask for your support in this.  If for any reason you need to communicate with your child during the school day please do so via the office. If you are collecting your child outwith normal pick up times please do not cross the playground but walk round and enter via the main entrance on Newton Street.

Our House system continues to have a high profile in promoting positive behaviour and linking in with the Rights Respecting School programme.  Pupils are rewarded with House Points for demonstrating good behaviour and being fully engaged in their learning and for wearing their House Badge which we check up on at assembly.  Lost badges can be replaced at a cost of 20p from the school office.  House points are collected on a weekly basis and the House with the most points that week gets an extra playtime during assembly time.  The weekly points are then banked and there is a reward for the House with the most points each term, as well as a trip out for the House with the most points over the year.

Positive behaviour and social interaction in class is supported in P1 – 3 by Golden time which is a twenty minute slot on a Friday afternoon where pupils can choose play activities or bring in a suitable toy from home to play with.  Behaviour which is not up to West Standard can result in a loss of some or all of this Golden time.  In P4 – 7 Activity Time takes place once a month for an hour and pupils can lose some or all of this Activity time.

Please ensure that your child’s name is on every item of uniform and on lunch boxes as we have already had several items of lost property which we have been unable to return as they were unnamed.  As we encourage pupils to bring a water bottle with them every day it is important that this too is named.

The partnership between home and school is very important, particularly with regard to homework.  Many pupils will have daily homework and it is vital that you are aware of the homework tasks your child has to complete, and that you support them with these. Please sign the reading marker and / or diary as necessary and if you have any questions about homework please contact us.  Information regarding homework at your child’s stage will be issued shortly.

We are committed to working with parents, carers and families to support our pupils and will treat you with respect. We will deal with enquiries, requests and concerns quickly, fairly and politely.  We expect all parents and carers to treat each other and our staff politely and with respect.  As a result we do not believe that verbal abuse, violence and aggression are necessary and we will not accept this behaviour.  If anyone acts in a threatening way we will ask them to leave or terminate the telephone conversation and, if necessary, we will formally record the matter or report the incident to the police.  If you have any comments or concerns which you wish to raise please do not hesitate to contact myself, Mrs Ormond or Mrs O’Boyle and we will be only too happy to help.

We look forward to working with you and your child and to another busy, productive and fun year ahead.

Yours sincerely

Lynn Ferguson
Head Teacher