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Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus Free Download

glow2Santa may well be bringing laptops or mobile devices to well-behaved boys and girls this Christmas. We would just like to make parents aware that Microsoft Office can be downloaded for free for all students through their GLOW log in.

Pupils in South Ayrshire are eligible to be part of the Microsoft ‘Student Advantage’ initiative. This initiative gives all pupils access to Office 365 ProPlus (a full version of the Microsoft Office suite) for free to use on up to five of their own machines being Mac or PC and they can also run Office Mobile for Android or Office Mobile for iPhone on up to 5 mobile devices.

To install Office 365 ProPlus on a personal PC or laptop pupils should login to Glow and click on the Download Office Now tile on their school launch pad.

glow-1During the setup process pupils and staff will be required to enter their Glow email address details. Full instructions on how to download the software are given once they click on the tile.

To install Office 365 ProPlus on a phone or tablet device pupils and staff need to download the Office apps individually from the app store and then they will be asked to enter their Glow email address.

If your child is unsure of their GLOW username please contact the class teacher.

Further information can be found at

Please note that South Ayrshire Council is not responsible for this initiative. Once Office 365 ProPlus is installed any technical issues or questions should be directed straight to Microsoft.

Primary Engineer Competition

Earlier this week, Holmston hosted the final of the Primary Engineer competition. Schools from all over Ayrshire participated in partnership with GE Caledonia and we had two successful teams. Our P5 team achieved Best Communicators at the Engineer Level and our P3 team were runners up in the Apprentice Level. The cars they made had to go through a series of challenges. The engineers also arranged a visit from a jet engine for us to look at.

Lego Mindstorms

Well done to our Digital Leaders for representing Holmston at the Cluster Mindstorm Competition. They demonstrated their programming knowledge before delivering a presentation on Water Consumption and then finally getting their robot through some very tricky challenges. Thank you to Miss Bell for running the lunchtime club and to Kincaidston Primary for organising and hosting.

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Your education should help you use and develop your talents and abilities. It should also help you learn to live peacefully, protect the environment and respect other people.


SAC Safer Internet Day 2018

Well done to the girls making it through to the final of the South Ayrshire Safer Internet Day 2018 competition. The presentation event was a great experience and we got to see the work by the other schools and the students at UWS. As well as a certificate, the girls won £20 worth of Apple vouchers for the school. Their entry was a fabulous clay model and poem.

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


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.


Snapchat Snap Maps

As you know Snapchat is an extremely popular app with young people and they have recently launched a new, optional feature called Snap Maps. This feature allows users to see where in the country their Snapchat contacts are, as well as seeing location based photos and videos. Users can then zoom into the map to see the exact location of their friends.

When first using the Snap Map feature, users need to choose who can see their location on the map. They can choose from: My friends, Only me (‘Ghost Mode’), or Selected friends. A user’s precise location will only be visible to their selected audience. Many young people will have ‘friends’ on Snapchat that they have never met in person, consequently, this could mean that those people are able to see the young person’s location on Snap Map.

Privacy settings for Snap Maps can be changed at any time within the Snapchat Settings screen. Users should regularly review their privacy settings.

Sharing location on any social media app can be a risky thing to do. All users should consider the following:

  • Only share your location with people you know in person. Never share your location with strangers.
  • Don’t add contacts to Snapchat if you don’t know them in person.
  • Regularly review your privacy settings. Remember these can be changed at any time. Think about where you’re sharing your location and what times you’re on the app – do you want to share these locations?

The following websites provide useful information on Snap Maps for teachers, parents, carers and young people: sharing-feature-in-snapchat %E2%80%99-new-location-sharing-feature-snapchat

I’m an Engineer 2017 P7

Well done to our two P7 teams that made it through to the final challenge at the town hall earlier this week. They showed off their drone-inspired aircraft and then had a live challenge to design a winch to transport people to and from the aircraft. The pupils had to utilise a range of creativity and employability skills to identify a workable solution to this problem. Both teams were presented with certificates by Mr Hutchinson, the Head of the Education Service.

Well done also goes to Arnar. His design for the ‘I’m an Engineer’ logo was chosen to go on the certificates.