Category Archives: CfE Parental Support

Winter Ready 2017-18






As part of the Council‚Äôs Winter Ready procedures we have set up a section on the Blog under the page ‚ÄėWinter Ready.‚Äô¬† This has a selection of ideas which you can use with the children if the weather is severe enough to prevent the schools from opening. Many of the activities require little in the way of resources but¬†encourage the children to use their imagination, be active and, most of all, enjoy themselves in the snow – many of which did so today!

 There is more information about Winter Ready on the council web page at which gives greater detail about how you can keep up to date with the latest news.


Bellsquarry Primary School Calendar – Session 2017/18

2017-18 BQPS Calendar (by week)

Please find our weekly calendar for session 2017/18 which outlines the many events which will be going on in our school this session.  These include Parent Assemblies, Community Coffee Mornings and so on.  

Please note that as new events come along, this may result in others events being rescheduled with a change of date.  In those instances, advance notice will be given and our calendar amended to reflect these.

Thank you.    


A great read – thanks to all the parents!

Thank you to all the parents who have contributed to the appeal for new books for the class libraries. Mrs Gough came in to assembly this morning to present the books on behalf of the Parent Council and the wider parent body and the children were really excited by the new additions to their libraries. The Primary 4 children were a real help sorting and distributing the books to each class.

The new book really will help brighten up the class libraries and will encourage the children to read more. It is great to see the wonderful results we get when the pupils, Pupil Council, Parent Council and wider parent body all come together to work to improve the children’s experiences at school: a huge thank you from everyone at Bellsquarry!

East Meets West – Parent Council Event

The Parent Council organised a very successful ‘East Meets West’ event on Saturday night at the Scout Hall.

It was a fun social event which brought together women and children from the local community.

There were stalls selling perfume, candles, scarves, jewellery and lots more. There was some Bollywood style dancing, henna hand painting and delicious eastern food.

It was well attended and we would like to thank the parents who worked hard to ensure that the event was a success. Well done!

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Supporting your child with maths and numeracy

Thank you to parents for coming along to our PATPAL afternoon. It was a great success. The children were very excited to show their parents and extended family about what they have been doing in mathematical problem solving.

Please find a link to our i-solve booklet and our power point presentation in the section “Information for Parents” (above right).

We would also welcome parents to give us some feedback via the following link to Survey Monkey.

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Please find a link below to a slideshow of photographs from our PATPAL afternoon :

PATPAL Photo Slideshow

Fund Raising Event – Parent Council

Would anyone be interested in attending this event about organising fundraising events for school funds?

We are desperately seeking a team to organise the Strawberry Fayre. Due to lack of support last year from parents it had to be cancelled. I’m hoping that won’t happen this year. Maybe this would be a good event for a team of mums to go to?

Organising Fundraising & Social Events ‚Äď Broxburn Academy

This session has been designed to answer the questions we are asked most frequently on this topic. Not only will you pick up new ideas but will also to…

Raising Kids with Confidence

I am writing to advise you of opportunities available for¬†parents to access ‚ÄúRaising Kids with Confidence‚ÄĚ.¬† The 6 session programme engages parents in the school setting to be an active participant in their child‚Äôs development.¬† This course is aimed at all parents (rather than solely targeting groups) and can strengthen collaborations with parents and schools. The course provides an excellent opportunity to further support the work of our school on the National Improvement Framework Parental Engagement driver and would also enhance our approach to Family Learning in line with How Good Is Our School 4.

 Growing confidence was originally developed by the City of Edinburgh Council and following a successful pilot in Edinburgh, the programme has become available to other local authorities.

 The training is designed to raise awareness and increase parent’s confidence about the importance of promoting positive mental well being in themselves and in their children.  The course offers people an opportunity to learn about the most up to date research and theories on what influences our mental health and well being.  One of the unique points of Growing Confidence is that it does not adopt any one theory or approach and recognises individual difference whilst allowing others to make changes based on the evidence they hear.

 The Health Improvement Team and partners are delighted to offer 2 schools in West Lothian the opportunity to have courses for their parents, one course available October/November and one March/April.  This course has all ready been offered in the Longridge/Fauldhouse/Deans/Carmondean/Broxburn/Uphall/Uphall Station/Pumpherston area and evaluations have been very positive.

 I have attached the leaflet with the content of the course for your interest above.

 We are at this time seeking notes of interest and would ask that notes of interest are made prior to Monday 26thSeptember.

Please see leaflet below:-

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