Category Archives: Parents

Updates on School Closure and Information on Childcare for Key Workers

Further information and advice from South Ayrshire Council on the school closures and childcare for key workers. Click here for the letter.

In order to give us an idea of numbers of pupils for next week could you email the school if all members of the family are key workers and are working any days next week (please indicate days).

This service is for children in families where ALL ADULTS in the household are designated as keyworkers identified in the list.

Care is available ONLY on the days you are working.

Children who have been sent home from school this week unwell should NOT attend.

Children who present as unwell/displaying symptons will be sent home without exception. Please ensure we have the best contact details for collection.

Registration Forms are required to be completed to apply for a place in one of the care providers after next week

Parents accessing this temporary service within the school should bring their child to the main entrance of the school at 9am. All children must be collected by 3.05pm. Pupils will not be supervised in the playground before 9.00am

Thanks for your support as we work through this together. If you have any further questions post below or email the school and we will do our very best to answer.

Thank you and stay safe.

Parent Mindset Workshop

Last week we held our first workshops for this session with the theme of ‘Thinking with a Growth Mindset’. Parents took part in a range of group activities along with information and question and answer sessions. Further information can be found on the school website. A parental information leaflet is available by clicking here.

Comments from parents included:

  • Great session highlighting ways we can improve but also things we are doing, unsure it was right but I was actually helping a growth mindset
  • Workshop really helpful in helping me develop strategies to support my child
  • Very informative and extremely relevant to some of the challenges I face when trying to support my child not only in  school homework but other activities and relationships too
  • Good mixture of information and activity. Enjoyed session. Think it’s great that learning is underpinned by growth mindset. Thanks.

SAC ASN Parents Forum Thursday 7th June 2018 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Ayr Academy
Life Long Learning Suite. 

The forum will cover the following areas:

  • Promoting the Rights of Children and Young People.
    The Children & Young People (Scotland) Act strengthened the rights of children and young people in Scotland. This now extends to children over the age of 12. Maria Galli, Child Protection Officer, will explore the impact of the act and the role it will play in promoting children and young people rights.
  • Workshop 1 Sound Sleep
    This workshop will explore how we can establish good routines for establishing positive sleep habits.
  • Workshop 2 Keeping Children Safe Online
    Maria Galli, Child Protection Officer will highlight how we can keep our children and young people safe online.
  • Future Travel
    Consultation and ideas on moving the parents forum forward.

To book your place please click on the link below for details

ASN Parents Forum June

Fair Trade Afternoon

Last Friday we had the official unveiling of our playground charters and hosted a Fair Trade afternoon for parents and families. The pupils demonstrated their understanding of Fair Trade through a range of activities including negotiating fair prices, locating different countries on maps and making art work from Fair Trade coffee beans. It was great to see so many family members turn up to enjoy working with their children and have a cup of fair trade coffee or tea too!

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You have the right to protection from work that harms you, and is bad for your health and education. If you work, you have the right to be safe and paid fairly.


Safer Internet Day 2018 – 6.2.18

During assembly on Friday, the pupils will be learning about this year’s Safer Internet Day. The theme for this year is “create, connect and share respect: A better internet starts with you”. A pack is also available for parents. Please click here to go to the Safer Internet Day parent information pages  

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You have the right to be protected from being hurt and mistreated, in body or mind.


Read, Write, Count P2 and P3 Parents

The Scottish Book trust is carrying out an evaluation of the Read, Write, Count packs that were sent home with the Primary 2 and primary 3 pupils earlier in the school year. If you are a parent of a child in either of these year groups please click the link below to complete the survey. There is a prize of a personal Read, Write, Count Goodie bag filled with books, games and activities for all the family to enjoy. 

The deadline for the  survey is Tuesday 27 February:



Ayr Academy Primary Open Evening

There is an open evening for the new Ayr Academy for parents of pupils in Primary 5, 6 and 7 on Thursday 26th October. There will be a short presentation at 4.00pm followed by the opportunity to look around the school and meet with staff, parents and pupils.

Although Belmont is our cluster academy, if you live in any of the following steets you have the option of choosing either Belmont or Ayr Academy.

CRAIGIE ROAD Nos 1-31 &  2-42


For further information click on the link below:


Early Learning and Childcare Consultation

As  you may be aware the Scottish Government have now pledged that by 2020 early learning and childcare hours will increase to 1140 hours per year.

Soouth Ayrshire Council are seeking the views of parents/carers on how they could plan for the future and provide flexible early learning and childcare that meets the needs of children and families in our communities.

Parents and carers can have their say by visiting

Consultation Poster
Hard Copy of Survey

Parent and Pupil Dyslexia Workshops

Please click on the links below for information regarding two workshops to be hosted by Neil MacKay. Neil is is a freelance consultant and trainer who created  the concept of Dyslexia Friendly Schools. He is an  experienced teacher who has taught for 26 years,  working with children with a wide range of ages,  needs and ability.  He is known for his ability to bring the classroom  into his training and for providing lively,  entertaining and thought provoking opportunities for teachers, parents and pupils.

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The Big Pedal 2017

Get set… we’re taking part in The Big Pedal 2017, the UK’s largest inter-school cycling and scooting challenge that inspires pupils, staff and parents to choose two wheels for their journey to school. The challenge runs from 27th to 31st March. It’s free to enter and we would love everyone to be involved.

On each day of the challenge schools compete to see who can record the greatest number of pupils, staff and parents cycling or scooting to school. Our five days will determine our final position in the challenge. We’ll be competing against other schools right across the UK, and if we clock up the most bike and scooter journeys we’ll win!

 All you need to do is encourage your child(ren) to cycle or scoot to school every day during the event, and join them on their way – parent and sibling journeys count too!

Please remember to bring a lock for you bike or scooter.

P1 Registration THURSDAY 19th JANUARY 2017

Children, who have attained the age of five years between 1st March 2017 and the last day of February 2018, should be brought to the Holmston School Office between the hours of 9.15am and 3.30pm on Thursday 19th January.  THE CHILD’S BIRTH CERTIFICATE AND PROOF OF ADDRESS MUST BE PRODUCED ON THE DAY OF REGISTRATION (e.g. a copy of your Utility Bill or Council Tax Notice etc.)

Each Primary School has a designated “Catchment Area”. If you live in one of the streets listed below you are in the Holmston “Catchment Area” and should register at Holmston Primary School.

If you live in the Holmston “Catchment Area” but would like to send your child to a different Primary School you should still register at Holmston where you will be given the appropriate form (placing request form) and advice concerning the school of your choice.

If you do not live in the Holmston “Catchment Area” but would like to apply to send your child to Holmston you should register at the primary school in your own Catchment Area.  The Head Teacher will take your particulars and supply you with the appropriate form (placing request form) and advice concerning your request.