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Thursday Update

It was great to see some of your happy faces yesterday – it really made my day! Keep an eye on our Twitter page and if I am in school jotters will be availabe in the playground – if you are passing on your daily exercise. Please remember to socially distance.

It is another long weekend and I know the teachers have been posting ideas all to do with VE day – please post any VE day celebrations or activities into Teams.

Here are some ideas you could do for a virtual VE day stay at home celebration.

Mrs Reid has been busy setting up the online House Points – she will keep track of any that have been awarded and if you are in P4-P7 take part in our Accelerated Reader Challenge to get additional House Points. Details are below.

Reading Challenge House Point Competition

We are challenging all children in Primaries 4-7 at Holmston Primary to read as many words as they can over the month of May.

Our target number of words is 1,000,000.

So far pupils have read 188,160 words.
We will be tracking the number of words read through Accelerated Reader. Children in Primaries 4-7 all have a username and password for this. Each time they complete a quiz the number of words in the book they have read is recorded. We will add these up to get the total number of words for each child, each class and the school collectively.

The child in each class that has read the most number of words each week will be awarded 10 House Points.

Come on Holmston. Let’s be millionaire readers!

Have a great long weekend and we’ll be back on Monday! Stay safe!

Friday Update

What a busy week it has been – Holmston and the other Cluster staff worked at the Forehill Hub this week looking after children of Key Workers. Every Cluster is responsible for running one of the hub schools across the authority.

Staff have also been very busy with the online learning, reviewing the work of the school and starting to plan and make arrangements for our return and next session. However, we still do not know when this will happen or what it will look like.

We are also starting to plan for our new P1 intake – which will be very different this year and we are developing a webpage to help new parents find out about Holmston.

In the meantime – remember Monday and Friday next week are public holidays so no new work will go up onto Teams on these days. However, Monday is Star Wars Day – Mr Hardy and his ‘friends’ are getting ready for this. Can you spot the odd one out? Comment if you spot them and bonus points for working out who they are and where they are from!

Remember to upload any Star Wars themed photos into your Teams – there are house points available for your creative entries!

Friday is also VE Day – we’d like to see any pictures of you celebrating too!

As always, take care, keep safe and if we can help in anyway please contact us via the school email.

Have a great long weekend.

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. Holmston.Mail@south-ayrshire.gov.uk

Thank you and stay safe.

What support is there for pupils entitled to free school meals?

We recognise this a challenging time for many. The health and wellbeing of local families is our priority and we understand the concern these changes will cause.

While schools are closed all pupils entitled to a free school meal and clothing grant will continue to have access to food at lunchtime.

We are working on an alternative to free school meals that will support families during this period of school closures. Packed lunches will be available in every school in South Ayrshire between 12 and 1pm. The location for the availability of lunches will be reviewed as required.

Even though school is closed, there’s no need to go hungry at lunchtime. If you are entitled to a free school meal in South Ayrshire and are able to come along, make sure you pick up your free packed lunch.

Friday 20th March Update

Although the school will close today, we are still waiting to hear what options are available for children of key workers that have no other child care. Please ensure that you follow all government advice to keep youself and the community as safe as possible.

I would like to thank all the school staff for the amazing effort they have put in this week despite a lot of uncertainty and anxiety. They have gone above and beyond to make sure that the children have a ‘normal’ time as possible. The children have all been amazing too.

I hope all our parents have been able to access the ‘Home Learning’ section on the website. If you are having any issues around logging in to any of the websites please email the school.  This will be updated over the duration of the school closure and we will be setting up microsoft teams for each class. This can be accessed through GLOW. We will send out information about this when it is set up.

All microsoft office programmes are available to download free through GLOW. We will re-post how to do this.

If you have any comments about the Home Learning or ways in which we can support you. Please leave a comment or email in.

We will update you when we have further information. In the meantime, stay safe.

School email: Holmston.Mail@south-ayrshire.gov.uk