Scottish Book Week

As a school we have once again enjoyed celebrating Scottish literature during our book week. Each class selected a book by a Scottish author or worked on stories that originated in Scotland. The children showed great enthusiasm for their learning and were provided with exciting opportunities to explore links between reading and many other curricular areas. Miss Loughton encouraged the children to use their drama skills to explore aspects of the texts whilst the children used skills in art and technology to show off their creativity. Skills in reading and writing were developed through exciting contexts and the children proudly displayed their work in the corridors and their classrooms.

We were delighted to welcome so many parents and carers into school to share the work that had been done. The children spoke with confidence about their learning and this was commented on by those that attended. Feedback from parents was very positive. It is great for the children to share their learning and the fantastic opportunities that are available to them in school to such an appreciative audience.
Parents and carers who attended our open morning were invited to vote for their favourite door. These have now been added to the votes of the children and staff and we are pleased to announce that the winners were P2M for their fantastic work on ‘Stick Man’. This book was written by Julia Donaldson and was a very popular choice. Within the middle block, P5H received the most votes for the Sleekit Mr Tod and in the top block, P7Ca received the most votes for the Nowhere Emporium. If you were unable to attend, we hope you will enjoy looking at the photos of the doors – we think they are fantastic!
P1L & P1McK P1McD P2M P2McC P3D P3R P3S P4McL P4R P5B P5H P6B P6D P7Ca P7Cl Rainbow Room SfL

Trip to World War 2 classroom and Summerlee Museum

P1200062 P1200047 P1200053 P1200060 P1200080 P1200083P7 went to visit a world war 2 classroom at Scotland Street Museum in Glasgow and we got to take part in some of the lessons. The boys got dressed up in a tie and navy jumper. The girls had to wear grey pinafores. Our teacher was called Miss James. She was very strict and scary at first. We had to address her as Miss James after EVERYTHING we said. Our first lesson was reciting our times table on a time table clock. We had to stand up one at a time and answer a question. It felt like the spotlight was on us. We were given 5 spelling words; siren, evacuate, coupon, government and ration. We had to write them with a inkwell pen using cursive handwriting. It was very hard!


Next we went to a museum called Summerlee Industrial Museum. It was all about transport and machinery of the past. It was very interesting. Some of us got to go into a cottage that was still the same as a world war 2 house. It even had an anderson shelter in the garden and an outside loo.

We had lots of fun on our trip.

After School Club – Letter

Harrysmuir Primary School

27 January 2016

Dear Parent/Carer,

Following the success of our After School Clubs we are pleased to be able to offer them again this session. The clubs will begin the week commencing Monday 22nd February and will all run from 3.30pm until 4.30pm. They will run for 4 weeks until the week ending Friday 18th March. They will start again the week beginning Monday 18th April and continue for another 4 weeks until the week ending Friday 13th May. Continue reading ‘After School Club – Letter’


7 January 2016

Dear Parent/Carer

I would like to welcome everyone back after the Christmas Holidays.  As it is still the winter months I would like to remind you to keep a hold of the Winter Packs as a back up for any inclement Continue reading ‘NEWSLETTER – JANUARY 2016′

Merry Christmas from Primary 7R

P7R have been designing Christmas cards in the style of the Brazilian Artist ‘Romero Britto’. Here are some of our fantastic results :) We hope you all have a fabulous Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Sportscotland Gold School Sport Award


We are delighted to share that Harrysmuir have been recognised with a prestigious national award for innovation and achievement in delivering physical education and extra-curricular sport.

The sportscotland Gold School Sport Award was presented to staff and pupils at the school on December 4th 2015 by Stewart Harris, Chief Executive of sportscotland. Donna McMaster, Head of Education in West Lothian, also attended.

The School Sport Award is a national initiative that is designed to encourage schools to continuously improve the quality and quantity of physical education and school sport opportunities. They also encourage the sporting links between schools and the communities around them.

For more details please read the full article which features in the Daily Record.

Christmas Raffle

Our Christmas Raffle has been drawn this morning (Thursday 17th December 2015).  Thank you to everyone who supported this annual event.

A special thank you to:

Arran Patterson – supplying a Christmas Hamper

Livingston Football Club – family ticket to see Queen of the South

One Life Leisure – 3 months gym membership

We really appreciate these companies in supporting our fundraising.

The main winners are as follows:

Samsung Tablet – Alanna Docherty

Large Hamper – Billy Brown

Micro System – Gordon Duff

There were lots of prizes and a lot of happy prize winners, congratulations to everyone.



P1-P7 Christmas Buddying

Primary 7 have had a very enjoyable morning with their P1 buddies. The P7’s have worked very hard over the last few weeks to write their own books called ‘The Monster’s Feast’. They made these into mini books to read to their buddy, including a front cover, text and illustrations. The buddies really enjoyed listening to the stories and making some Christmas crafts.

Merry Christmas from Primary 1 and Primary 7 :)

School Holidays

Christmas Holidays

The last day for all pupils will be Friday 18th December 2015.  There is an In Service Day for staff on Tuesday 5th January 2016, with all pupils resuming on Wednesday 6th January 2016.

Merry Christmas to all pupils, parents and carers.

Funding – Parent Council


16th December 2015

Dear Parent/Carer

As you will be aware the previous Parent Council has now been dissolved and all funds raised have been distributed within the School Fund and allocated to specific areas as follows:


  • Bus trips: trips to be subsidized by £2 for outings throughout the year – £800
  •  Funds for each year group, which have been chosen as follows – £700

P1: Books

P2: Weather station and games

P3: Classroom games and science equipment

P4: Lego and board games

P5: Lego and board games

P6: Books and flags

P7: Table and board games

  • Laptops – 1 x projector to be purchased (partial payment) – £160
  •  P1 – P3 Christmas books – £150
  •  Microphones/Audio Equipment – 1 x hand held microphone – £100
  •  P1 playground paints/chalk – to be purchased in the Spring term – £100
  •  Harrysmuir Netball bibs – £40

We now have a newly formed group called Harrysmuir Children and Parent Council, the new chairperson is Mrs Maria MacAulay.  They have already started working to support events and raise funds.  Information can be found on their Facebook page, please support them in any way.


Susan Mackenzie

Mrs Susan Mackenzie

Head Teacher






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