31 March – Nursery and Primary
Dear Parents and Carers
As we approach the end of term once again, I wanted to write to you to keep you updated and to wish you and your family a happy Easter.
In the nursery and primary we’ve been working really hard this term (as always!) The leadership of our young people has been outstanding, and demonstrated through our P3’s successful Toast Café, the P4s leading the Stations of the Cross, the P5s and their St Patrick’s Day assembly, and all the fantastic fundraising activities too! Our P7 show, Ali Baba and the Bongo Bandits was a great success! The pupils’ acting, singing and dancing were great and the audiences really appreciated all the puns! Well done to Mrs Rees, Miss Brown and all the staff and pupils who created the show.
In the nursery, there’s been fun opportunities for family learning through our ‘stay n play’ Easter crafts. Our soft starts in the primary continue to be well attended, as was our parents’ nights. The Parent Council’s Easter Fayre was a great success with over £1300 raised for their funds. Thank you for supporting all of these engagements.
Our pupils have been participating in events outside the school, and teams performed very well at the recent Euro and Rotary quizzes. Our young people also performed well at the national gymnastics championships.
Pupils in P4-7 have been reflecting on the Season of Lent and preparing for Easter through Services of Reconciliation – thanks to our local priests for leading these.
Our parents requested that we should lead more excursions out of school, and recently our P1s went on safari to Blair Drummond and P4 had their museum trip. More trips will be taking place next term.
I’ve had the opportunity over the past couple of weeks to visit the P7 pupils in St Dominic’s, Our Lady’s and St Stephen’s Primary Schools. I met with the pupils who will be joining us in the secondary after the summer. Our transition programme continues, and our secondary staff look forward to welcoming our own P7 and all our new S1 pupils during the upcoming transition days.
A special assembly was held on St Patrick’s Day to celebrate our school achieving our first all through Green Flag. This was the 2000th Green Flag to be issued in Scotland and the Depute First Minister, Mr John Swinney, the Chief Executives of Keep Scotland Beautiful and the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) joined us to mark this world first. A huge well done to all involved. You can see more about this on a short video here.
As we prepare for the final term, can I again flag up our uniform policy? During the winter terms there can be individual issues regarding uniform because of the need for warm clothing. As we enter the summer months, I would please ask you once again to fully support our policy. I would also like to remind parents that mobile phones are not permitted in the primary school.
After the holiday, we hope that there will be a new layout for our carpark. This should make dropping off pupils easier and safer. Please do not enter the turning circle. Thank you for this.
The Pennies for the Playgrounds appeal continues as we aim to raise £35,000 for improving our own playground and the play area in the grounds of the Budimex Marie Curie Hospital and Recuperare Clinic in Bucharest. We have been shortlisted for a public vote in Tesco’s Bags of Help initiative and we have launched a crowdfunding appeal during Lent. Please support the Tesco initiatives by asking for a voting chip after your shop and donating via the Crowdfunder website if you can!
Finally, don’t forget to catch up on other news in our newsletter!
With every good wish,
Seán P Hagney