Join Ant and Dec, David Walliams, and Sally from the NSPCC’s Schools Service for a special assembly. Featuring highlights from the hugely popular Speak out Stay safe programme, the assembly will help children understand what’s going on, why they may be feeling anxious or worried, and where to get help if they need it.
We know that many children are struggling with increased anxiety because of the coronavirus pandemic – whether they’re missing friends, stressed about schoolwork or concerned about their family’s safety. And for parents and carers, it can be tough to start a conversation about these worries.
This assembly will help children understand the huge changes in their lives. There will even be a Q&A session with Vicky Ford MP, Minister for Children and Families, featuring questions from children.
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!
The recent Parent Council purchases for the school have now all been delivered and given out to the children. The Pupil Council (pictured) enjoyed having a look through the resources and then presented them to their class. These resources will help extend the children’s learning across the school in Numeracy and Literacy, as well as having an effect on their Health and Wellbeing and other areas.
The kinds of resources which have been purchased include iPads and a charging / storage station, reading books for all stages across the school, maths and numeracy activities and games, and literacy activities and spelling games.
The fundraising that the Parent Council has been doing has helped pay for these resources, so on behalf of the children in the school, we would like to say a big “Thank You” to the Parent Council for organising these events and for our wider parent body for supporting the fund raising initiatives.
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.
Cyberbullying is any form of bullying that takes place through online communication. Although the use of technology has changed the way that some of the bullying takes place, the core problem is the same as it has always been – as are many of the solutions.
If the child you care for receives a nasty message, regardless of whether it comes from a known or anonymous source, it is important:
* Not to respond
* To keep a copy of the abusive message – it may be needed for evidence
* To block the user from making further contact through the social media platform or app
* To report the abuse to the platform on which it took place For more advice on how to tackle cyberbullying:
This Friday 12th February, you are invited to the new Bathgate Cinema, St. David’s, George Street, where industry experts will offer practical advice on parental control settings for different devices. There will also be the opportunity to see the first ever big screen-screen showing of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) internet safety films that your children see in school.
This event is free to enter, and open to everyone, so why not invite family and friends along? For more info see
Yesterday, 20th January, the Pupil Council met with Christine Lee from Sutcliffe Play Scotland. She explained that Bellsquarry were going to get a new play park and she wanted our help in designing it. We were very excited. We walked to the park with Christine and Mrs Cosgrove and looked at the space and what was already there. We even got to play for a wee while! Then we walked back to school and met with Christine again and Ms McMaster to look at a plan of the play park and also catalogues with all the equipment we could choose from.
There are going to be 3 areas: an area for younger children, an area for high equipment and an active area. There is also going to be a log wall to stop footballs from entering the park. There is going to be bark under all the equipment.
We came up with lots of ideas.
Ellen, P5, said it would be good to have a dog area.
Sophie, P6, said it would be a great idea to have a seated area for parents.
Charlie, P3, said he would like to have a slide with a den underneath it.
Charlotte, P3, said it would be good to have access and equipment for children with disabilities.
The Pupil Council drew their designs onto a planning sheet and then shared their ideas (see our photos below). Christine is taking away our designs and is going to draw up a large master plan and come back and share it with us. We are hoping to have a grand opening of the park when it is complete.
By Nadia and Martina, P7 Chair and Vice Chair of Bellsquarry Pupil Council
Details of our latest School Improvement Plan and Standards and Quality Report are now available for viewing. These can be found by clicking onto the Quality Assurance category which can be located within the School Information section.