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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

Term 3 Newsletter

Dear Parent/ Carer

Time is passing so quickly and we find ourselves at the beginning of the final term. As the days lengthen we will hopefully find the weather improving and our pupils will get the opportunity to spend time outdoors.

Lynn Ferguson
Headteacher

Our Primary 7 pupils continue to make links with Castlehead. They recently had sports input from senior pupils before spending time at Castlehead as part of the Sky Sports event.

Several of them took part in the trials for the School of Football at Castlehead and we wish them success with this. Pupils and staff really enjoyed the Lockerbie Trip and Activity week events, which took place during the week beginning 25th April. Many thanks to Mrs O’Boyle,  Mrs Park, Miss Gibson and Mr Carson for organising and accompanying this trip and to Mrs R Campbell for activities week.

Friends of the West (FOTW)

Thank you to the parents who are part of this group, for all their hard work and support. They have been campaigning for improvements to our school building and this has paid off as pupil toilets will be refurbished during the summer holiday period. The next meeting will take place on Monday 16th May at 6.00pm in the staffroom and new members are very welcome.

Charity Involvement

Many thanks for your support of Comic Relief as we raised £455 for this very worthwhile cause. Thanks to all staff and pupils who helped to make this day so successful, especially Mrs Park, Mrs Milligan, Miss Wilson and Newton House Captains Morven McEwan and Ben Anderson for organising this event.

School Winners

Our House football tournament organised by Mrs Park was a huge success with lots of skill and enthusiasm on show. Primary 1 – 5 played for fun whilst Primary 6 and 7 held competitive games. Well done to Maxwellton who won both the girls’ and the boys’ tournaments.

Our annual carers’ competition, sponsored by The Cooperative Funeral Parlour, gave us the usual headache of picking winners. The reasons given as to why carers were special made us both smile and teary. Ailidh Lawrie P3 was third, Brooke McLardie P2 was second and the overall winners were William and Anna Matthews very well done to all of them.

Every year primary 6 take part in an Easter Bonnet competition with their efforts paraded at the beginning of the Easter service. This year the standard was particularly high and judging was very difficult. The results were; 1st place Kaiden Barr P6a, Byron Carden P6b, 2nd place Elise Hendry P6a, Kirstie Pringle P6b and 3rd place Ashley Clark P6a, Jacob Todd P6b.

Many thanks for your donations of Easter eggs which made a great display at the Easter service. These were distributed by The Cooperative Funeral Parlour to local children and elderly residents.

Primary 6 pupils learned a great deal from their visit to the “Safe Kids” events. They faced various scenarios and had to think about keeping safe and making good choices, skills we hope will stay with them for some time.

The Primary 5 trip to the Tall Ships has become an integral part of the Titanic topic. This year’s trip went very well with pupils showing a great deal of knowledge and behaving to West Standard.

Our Pupil Profiles are given a high priority here in school and almost all were returned signed, by the deadline. Pupils will be using them to review their year during the week beginning 6th June and we hope that they can see progress on their targets.

Our gym hall is looking like a great place to learn with the addition of learning boards. These help pupils and staff to focus on the key skills and significant aspects of PE. Let’s hope they inspire some sporting talent of the future.

We continue to work on our current school improvement plan. Staff have been developing our social studies and science topics to ensure breadth, progress and challenge as well as the development of skills for learning, life and work.

Our World of Work and Money Week took place during the week beginning 22nd February. Pupils participated in many work and money related activities and when surveyed found the input from visitors really interesting and would like more of this next year. Thanks to all staff for their hard work leading up to and during this week. Particular thanks go to Mrs Wiszniewski for organising the week.

Pupils from the running club took part in the Renfrewshire Schools Cross Country race. Mrs Milligan and Miss Wilson give up their lunchtime to train pupils and they were delighted with the attitude and effort that all pupils put in on the day.

World Book Week was as popular as ever and we had pupils dressed up as characters and designing front covers and new book characters. Developing a love of reading for pleasure will play a major part in developing their literacy skills.

Reminders to Parents

  • Please help us to return lost property to the rightful owner by having names on your child’s uniform and lunch box.
  • We want to be a nut aware school as some of our pupils have nut allergies which cause serious reactions. Items containing nuts should not be given as a snack or as part of a packed lunch.
  • Please do not bring dogs into the playground.
  • Holiday details have been issued and are on the school website. If you need a copy please get one from the school office.

Reminders to Pupils

  • You should be West Standard at all times as ‘West is Best!’
  • Come to school ready to work with a pencil and a rubber.
  • Homework is an important part of your learning, please complete it on time.
  • Bring your gym kit on gym days
  • You should have a bottle of water with you every day.
  • We don’t say I can’t, we say I can’t yet!  

Upcoming Events

  • 16th May – Parent Council meeting 6.00pm
  • 19th – 20th May P7 induction visits to Castlehead
  • 26th May – In-service pupils do not attend
  • 27th & 30 May – School closed (holiday)
  • 10th June – Proposed charity fundraiser
  • 15th June – Sports day
  • 17th June – P1 parent assembly
  • 17th June – Reports out to parents / carers
  • 21st June –  P7 leavers’ dance
  • 22nd June – Termly House reward
  • 24th June – Whole school service PM
  • 24th June – P7 Leavers’ Service10am
  • 27th June – House Year Winners’ reward
  • 28th June – School closes at 1.00pm
  • 15 Aug – School reopens to pupils

Nursery Spring Newsletter

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year. It is great to see the children back and hear their Christmas stories. We have another busy term ahead where the children will continue to learn new skills and develop their knowledge and understanding. The themes this term are Scotland and Chinese New Year.

Children will also be visiting the school library on a weekly basis and there will be a story telling session from the Skoobmobile on 19th January. A group of pre-schoolers will be embarking on their Forest Kindergarten journey starting on 20th January.

Our pre-schoolers enrolled for school on Wednesday 13th January and Thursday 14th January. If your child is due to come to school in August please ensure that you have enrolled.

The staff are working closely with our pre-schoolers to support their journey from nursery to school. We will be handing out a leaflet in February which gives you some guidance on the expectations for new pupils in August. We are grateful for any information you can provide us regarding which school your child will attend and we will access school websites and handbooks to familiarise the children with their new school. If your child is not coming to West Primary School we will ensure that we access the transition programme available at their new school.

There will be an opportunity for you to play alongside your child in the school nurture room during February and time in March to visit the school library with your child. We want to encourage parents to be part of their child’s nursery experience and welcome comments on the parent’s whiteboard in the cloakroom area.

We will be celebrating Robert Burns with our annual Burns supper and the children can wear tartan to nursery on that day. We will also be celebrating World Book Day and children can dress up as a character from a book.

There were 10 replies to our questionnaire about coffee mornings. Six people expressed an interest in our coffee evening and that will take place on Wednesday 20th January between 6.30pm and 7.30pm. We will try to give you a flavour of the subjects we were discussing during the Friday coffee mornings such as healthy eating, Five to Thrive, Forest Kindergarten and Bookbug (as well as some coffee and biscuits).It would be great to see you there. Six people also said they would like to have the Friday coffee mornings every month. The next one will be on Friday 5th February. Everyone welcome.

Dates for your diary

25th January 2015

Burn’s supper – children to wear tartan to nursery. Usual times for nursery today.

Profile Reviews/ Parents Meeting

Tuesday 2nd February- Mrs.McIntosh

Thursday 4th February  Mrs.Donaldson/Mrs.Johnston

Friday 5th February   Mrs.Simpson

Your child’s key worker will arrange a specific time to review your child’s care plan with you on these dates.

Visits to the nurture playroom–   Parents / carers are invited to stay and play in the school nurture room with their child. Morning parents should attend from 9.15 am to 10.15 am and afternoon parents from 2pm to 3pm.

Monday 1st February   Mrs.McIntosh’s group

Monday 8th February   Mrs.Simpson’s group

Monday 22nd February Mrs.Johnstone/Mrs.Donaldson’s group

Thursday 3rd MarchWorld Book Day – Children to dress up as a character from a book.

Parents/carers will be invited to go to the school library with the children on this day. Morning parents should attend at 10.45am-11.15am o’clock and afternoon parents at 2.00-2.40pm

Easter Holidays– Nursery will be closed on Friday 25th March and Monday 28th March for the Easter weekend.

Friday 1st April– Nursery closes at 2.30pm. Nursery will reopen on Monday 18th April.

Thank you for your continuing support.

Mrs.Ormond and the staff of West Nursery Class

P3 Term 3 Newsletter

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year. It’s great to see the children back and to hear their Christmas stories.  We were so proud of them when they sang at the Brewers Fayre and it was great to see so many families coming out to support them.

We have a busy term ahead in Primary 3 where we will be continuing our Hanukkah topic for the next few weeks. This will be followed by a Healthy Eating topic where we will be making healthy snacks for the school enterprise challenge.  We will then go on to learn about major organs in the human body and through this, we will gain some Heartstart skills.

Children will be enjoying some art work based around a famous artist and will learn about the festival of Easter.

We would really appreciate more volunteers from Primary 3 parents to come in and talk about their job at World of Work week. We want the children to hear about as many different occupations as possible and I would encourage you to play a role in this.  Teachers are on hand to ask relevant questions and the sessions are very short and informal.  If you are interested please contact Mrs.Wiszniewski.  The week starts on Monday 22nd February.

Teachers are keen to work in partnership with parents and strive to keep you informed. There will be a parents’ evening in April, however please do not hesitate to contact us with any concerns before that.  We would like to see parents in and around the school on a more regular basis and would like to offer library sessions during World Book Week for you to visit the school library with your child during this week.

We are pleased to say that the children in Primary 3 are great at bringing their gym kit. They continue to become successful learners and effective contributors as they grow and develop throughout the year.

We appreciate all the support for homework as this really enhances your child’s success.

Thank you for your continuing support.

Mrs.Ormond and P3 staff

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 Nativity performance and I know they all enjoyed meeting Santa at the end of last term.

This term we will be teaching skills and knowledge and understanding through the themes of Sun, Moon and Stars and Eid Il Fitr.

We will also be looking at Chinese New Year and Robert Burns.  The children continue to have regular reading, spelling and maths homework and your support in this is vital to your child’s success.  Could you please ensure that your child brings their reading book to school every day as they may use this in class even when it is not a reading day.

We would really appreciate more volunteers from Primary 2 parents to come in and talk about their job at World of Work week. We want the children to hear about as many different occupations as possible and I would encourage you to play a role in this. Teachers are on hand to ask relevant questions and the sessions are very short and informal. If you are interested please contact Mrs.Wiszniewski. The week starts on Monday 22nd February.

Teachers are keen to work in partnership with parents and strive to keep you informed. There will be a parents evening in April however please do not hesitate to contact us with any concerns before that. We would like to see parents in and around the school on a more regular basis and would like to offer library sessions during World Book Week for you to visit the school library with your child during this week.

Thank you for your continuing support.

Mrs.Ormond and P2 staff.