West Lothian Council Surveys

Find below a survey from West Lothian Council that we would encourage you to complete by Friday 29th January.

West Lothian Council would like to hear from parents/carers about their experiences of supporting their children to learn from home during this period of remote learning.

We appreciate all you are doing and your feedback will help us to continue to support our schools and families at this time. For more information or support, please get in touch with your child’s school. They are there to help. Our telephone support service is also available for West Lothian families. We are here to listen and support you – 01506 283130

There are 7 questions and it should take 2-3 minutes to complete. If you have more than one child, please complete a survey form for each of your children in turn.

Thank you.

Parents: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=oyzTzM4Wj0KVQTctawUZKZrs4PcouytMv6A2R0y6TENURVpFS1A2MlVRTFRWU0g5Qk9DMEtXNk9QVy4u


Introducing www.myon.co.uk

myON is essentially an online library which has some additional tools. It will be the main source of reading material for home and school use.

myON is from Renaissance Learning, the same company that provides Accelerated Reader, a program that has been used in school for a number of years. myON has some integration with Accelerated Reader and Star Reading which is used to help select books at an appropriate level.

Please take some time to look at the Parent Information Sheet and the introductory video. Please take some time to connect Star Reader Scores.

It would also be useful to download the App and set up access on as many devices as possible to ensure easy access.

During the next week or two, it would be really helpful if everyone becomes familiar with the books that are available. Begin to read some books and start to add to the “list” of books you would like to read.

Try the audio function with some books and try just reading others and see your time spent reading add up. Take some quizzes!

Integrate myON into your daily routine!

Watch this video https://share.vidyard.com/watch/6f2MCaN4B1eQNpuVK4QxnF? 

Look at this parent guide: Parent-Guide-to-myON-1


GLOW – Information

GLOW is as safe and secure an environment as we can make it. In order to keep it safe, it is vitally important that pupils always log in to their own account and keep their login details secure. This means that they should not disclose their password to anyone, including friends or family members.

The school does not keep a record of pupil passwords. If a pupil forgets or gets locked out of their account our only course of action is to reset their password. This will impact any devices that have passwords saved on them at home.

If pupils have an additional email account e.g. Gmail, Yahoo, MSN etc – they can set this as their password recovery email. In Glow go to Profile Settings and choose My Profile.

GLOW username

Our Glow usernames all have wl in front of them, some have numbers and they are case sensitive. e.g. wljoe.blogs5

GLOW email

Our Glow email is similar e.g wljoe.blogs5@glow.sch.uk

When logging into glow we should use our username or email and password:

A common log in error is to type their username and @glow. This will return an error.

Logging in to Microsoft 365 Apps on devices. (Teams, Sway, Powerpoint etc)

When logging in to Apps we normally only have to do this once but if the password is changed it will need to be changed on the device as well.

When asked to log in to App it normally requires your GLOW EMAIL  i.e. wljoe.blogs5@glow.sch.uk this will then take you to “your organisations sign-in page”  where your username and password needs to be entered.


While parents are encouraged to view and discuss learning content at the shoulder of their child, pupils should never share passwords with parents or anyone else.

Cyber security best practice suggests all Glow users should do the following: 

  • Keep your password to yourself
  • Never let anyone else access Glow using your account details
  • Never access the system with another user’s login details
  • Always choose a password in line with the guidance found here:https://glowconnect.org.uk/password-guidance/
  • Always choose “no” when prompted to save your password on a device which you share with others
  • Always sign out fully from your Glow session when no longer using it 

Pupils should report any concerns related to access to their login details and should understand how to change their password. As with all aspects of Glow use pupils should report concerns to a trusted adult or use, Report a Concern available across all Glow services.

Parents must not use a pupils’ Glow account to contact the school or your child’s teacher.

All communications should be through the school email:


Further information on how to use Glow/Microsoft 365 and Teams can be found at bit.ly/wlglowguide

I hope that you find this useful.

RAG BAG – Collection

Our next RAG BAG collection will take place on Monday 23rd November.

Bags should come home on Thursday or Friday – check your child’s bag! (You can also use a regular bag).

Arrangements will be slightly different as bags cannot be brought into school. Arrangements will be made to have a collection point beside the RAG BAG container in the Staff Car Park. (Please do not drive into this car park).

Please bring bags only on this day – Monday 23rd of November.

Thank you once again for your support.

If you want to know more about RAG BAG follow this link https://www.rag-bag.co.uk/ 

Teach Your Monster to Read – Free App


To help you get back into the swing of things, we’re making Teach Your Monster to Read free to download from Wednesday.

We know it’s been a very challenging year and we hope to help out a little by giving you the entire series of award-winning literacy games for nothing.

The not-for-profit app is approved by the government’s DfE Hungry Little Minds campaign and has been played by over 22 million kids across the world.

Once downloaded, there’s nothing else to pay. Please let your friends know so we can help their kids learn to read too.

Oh, and if you want to play across a few devices, make sure you sign up for a free account at teachyourmonstertoread.com first.

Download your Teach Your Monster to Read app between Weds September 16th and Tues September 22nd 2020: 

Organizacja placów zabaw dla niemowląt od czwartku 9 września 2020 r

Dzień dobry.

Proszę zwrócić uwagę na ustalenia dotyczące porannego transportu powrotnego.

Plac zabaw został podzielony na 3 części; czerwony, niebieski i zielony. Prosimy o skierowanie dziecka / dzieci do tych stref w godzinach porannych. Personel szkoły będzie dostępny na placu zabaw, aby kierować i pomagać.

Primary 1, Miss Mc Cullagh, Blue Zone

Primary 2/1, Mrs Warner, Red Zone

Primary 2, Mr Benyon, Green Zone

Z góry dziękujemy za nieustające wsparcie.

Oddział dla niemowląt

Infant Playground Arrangements from Thursday 9th September 2020

Good afternoon.


Please note the arrangements for morning drop off.

The playground has been zoned off into 3 sections; red, blue and green.  We ask that you direct your child/children to these zones at morning drop off.   School staff will be available in the playground to direct and assist.


Primary 1, Miss Mc Cullagh, Blue Zone

Primary 2/1, Mrs Warner, Red Zone

Primary 2, Mr Benyon, Green Zone 


We thank you in advance, for your continued support.

The Infant Department


Good afternoon.

Weather permitting, PE will continue to take place outdoors. On PE days children should come to school in their PE Kit.   They should wear their, school polo shirt, school sweatshirt, dark coloured joggers/leggings and trainers as there will be no facility for changing.

PE days are as follows:

P1 Monday /Thursday

P2 Monday/Wednesday

P2/1 Monday/ Thursday

P3 Wednesday/Thursday

P4/3 Tuesday/Thursday

P4 Tuesday/Thursday

P5 Monday/Thursday

P5M Monday/Thursday

P6 Monday/Wednesday

P7 Thursday



First Week

Good afternoon.

Now that we have all completed our first week back at school, it is great to be able to say it has been a huge success.  The children have settled well in their new classes and routines.  The school is buzzing with a hive of activity, in class and in the playground.  We are all very excited about the great things we are going to achieve in the new school year.

We thank you for your perseverance and patience at this time.

Have a fantastic weekend.

St. Joseph’s, school staff.

Primary 1, Primary 2/1 and Primary 2 Updated Dismissal Arrangements.

Good evening.

Dear parents/carers.

We would like to thank you for your cooperation, as we implement the staggered end to the school day for the children of our  infant department.  We appreciate it takes more time than usual. However, it is an essential requirement to ensure the safety of all.  As such, we would like to remind parents/carers of the arrangements for dismissal.

The children will be dismissed in the following order;

P2- Mr Benyon, followed by P1- Miss McCullagh and finally, P2/1- Mrs Warner.  Please stand back from the allocated dismissal zone until it is your child’s turn to be collected. Staff will inform you when it is your turn to move forward and collect your child.

There will be a clearly marked waiting area, located on the grass, at the Zebra crossing, in front of the large gates, leading to the top staff car park.   We ask that you adhere to physical distancing requirements around the school building.

Signage will be in place to remind parents of the arrangements and staff will be available to assist.

Thank you for your continued support at this time.

School Staff