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 Blackfriars Primary
November 2019 Newsletter

Dear Parent/Carer,

Our 2019-20 Session is well underway and as the days get shorter, they are also becoming colder. Winter is well on the way. Please ensure your child/ children are wrapped up warm and have suitable footwear to keep them dry. It is important we keep the children safe and warm.  Your children will be outside playing, as well as for Outdoor Learning, in all weather conditions.

I know it is frustrating when children lose hats and gloves etc but please put names on all of your children’s clothing. It is the only chance we have of finding lost items.

It is lovely to see most of our pupils in school uniform and showing that they are proud to be members of the Blackfriars’ family. Well done!

I know clothes are very expensive and we have a super partnership with ApparelXchange. You can visit their shop in St. Enoch’s Centre and get new uniforms at a much discounted price. We also have a clothing recycling box in the school entrance foyer. Can you please wash any uniforms your kids may have outgrown and send them in or, add them to the box yourself. We will get the used clothing to ApparelXchange who will recycle them!

You may be entitled for a Clothing Grant!

You can apply at:

https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=42448&p=0

You can also apply for free school meals and free school breakfasts with this form. If you need any help with this please do not hesitate to come in and I will help you access what you need. Please can I ask you to apply?

The breakfasts are really nice and it gives your child a great healthy start to the day, ensures they are in school on time and also contributes to the amount of teachers we get. Your child could be getting a free breakfast every day if you apply!!!! Just bring your child in any time between 8 and 8.30am for a healthy breakfast.

Don’t forget about our Community Breakfasts

The  New Gorbals Housing Association are involved in providing free community breakfasts every week :

Venue: 39 Waddell Court – Mon 8am-9am – For younger children before school

                                    then 9am-11am For the community

Venue: 341 Caledonia Road – Fri 9am-11am – For the community.

Child Protection

We have very robust procedures already in place to ensure the health, safety and well-being of our pupils in Blackfriars. These procedures will not change. However, as we continue to “Get It Right For Every Child,” please remember your first point of contact if you have any concerns is  our Child Protection Co-ordinators, Mrs Stacy Wilson (P1-4) & Mr Martin McCormick (P5-7)  

Values

Our School Community Values are:

Respect, Caring, Including, Honesty and Achieving

We ask that our whole school community follow our Values and are positive role models for our young people.

We now have a House point System which links to our Values.

Nut Allergies

We have children in school who have severe nut allergies. Please help to keep all pupils safe and do not send snacks or foods into school containing nuts. Thank you

BLACKFRIARS PRIMARY-Every Day Counts!

Please try to get your child to school every day and on time.

If children are not at school then they can’t learn the curriculum and they are missing time socialising with the other children. Children who miss a lot of school often find it really difficult to re-establish friendships on their return and can feel “left out”.

And…every time your child is late they are missing a little bit of their education and little bits add up to

A LOT!

I would like to outline our attendance procedures as we have quite a few children whose attendance slipped under the 90% attendance expected by Glasgow City Council last session and I had parents contacting myself surprised and upset that they have had a visit from the Attendance Officer, a call from school or have been asked to come and talk to me about how they can be supported to get their child to school more. I meet with the Attendance Officer every month to discuss the school’s attendance and any support needed for families to get their children to school more consistently.

Please remember that if you intend to take your child out of school for a holiday or an extended break it is important that you write to me informing about this and inform me when your child will return to school. Please be advised that a holiday or an extended break during school time will have a negative impact on your child’s attainment. Your child will be required to attend an after school club for 6 weeks after extended leave in an attempt to try and help your child with the education they have missed whilst being away from school on holiday. Holiday absences are recorded as unauthorised and will be included in your child’s attendance statistics.

Attendance Percentage=Number of Days Represented

Blackfriars is a very popular school. We now have 283 pupils compared to 260 in August. We are growing fast and are currently full at quite a few of our stages. This is great news but really emphasises the need for parents to get their children registered as soon as possible for next session in August 2020. Places in Primary 1 next session will fill up fast so if you know of anyone who has a child age 4 before February 29th 2020 then please advise them to go to Glasgow City Council Website and register for Blackfriars. Anyone who wishes to apply for a “Placing Request” for Blackfriars must firstly register with their local school then apply for a Placing request for Blackfriars. If you need any help at all with this please COME IN and we will help you to register.

Our BLACKFRIARS BLETHER is becoming more popular and it is great to see so many of you coming along. Our next Blether is on Thursday the 14th of November when you can come along at 9am and then see the P3 Class Assembly at 9.45am. Our children are thrilled to see so many parents, friends and partners in the audience. Thank you to everyone who comes along!

We have been working hard with lots of our Partners since August and our pupils (and staff) have been enjoying the extra experiences our Partners bring. Here are some of the highlights…

  • Primary 1: Pedagogy of Play, SSPCA Workshops, Sowing Seeds Planting and  CREATE-Music
  • Primary 2: Timetabled Outdoor Learning, Pedagogy of Play, SSPCA Workshops, PEPASS Football, PEPASS Karate, Glasgow Life Playground Games, Sowing Seeds Planting and CREATE-Numeracy through Music .
  • Primary 3/2: Timetabled Outdoor Learning, Pedagogy of Play, SSPCA Workshops, PEPASS Football, PEPASS Karate, Glasgow Life Playground Games, Sowing Seeds Planting and CREATE-Numeracy through Music. Primary 3’s in this class have also had the opportunity to take part in Mrs Marsh and Mrs Robin’s running club and Numeracy through Music from CREATE.
  • Primary 3: PEPASS Karate, Timetabled Outdoor Learning, SSPCA Workshops, Glasgow Life Playground Games, Running Club-Mrs Marsh/Mrs Robin, Sowing Seeds Planting and Glasgow Life Playground games and Numeracy through Music.
  • Primary 4: Timetabled Outdoor Learning, SSPCA Workshops, Running Club-Mrs Marsh/Mrs Robin, Sowing Seeds Planting, Gaelic Singing, PEPASS Boxing and PEPASS Karate.
  • Primary 5: Timetabled Outdoor Learning, SSPCA Workshops ,Running Club-Mr McCormick and a variety of staff members, Great Scottish Run, John Muir Award-Urban Roots,  Sowing Seeds Planting, Watersports at Pinkston Basin with Clyde College, Chanter Lunchtime Club- Gorbals’ Pipe Band, Sumdog Lunchtime Club PEPASS Boxing and Karate.
  • Primary 6: Timetabled Outdoor Learning, Friends of the Southern Necropolis-Gorbals’ Greats, .SSPCA Workshops, John Muir Award-Urban Roots, Founders 4 Schools-Climate-Zero Waste, Sowing Seeds Planting, Chanter Lunchtime Club-Gorbals’ Pipe Band, Running Club-Mr McCormick and a variety of other staff members, John Muir Award-Urban Roots, West Boathouse-Rejuvenation Project and School Choir with Miss Taylor.
  • Primary 7: Timetabled Outdoor Learning, SSPCA Workshops, Sowing Seeds Planting, CREATE-Music, Running Club-Mr McCormick and a variety of Staff volunteers and School Choir with Miss Taylor
  • The Hive have enjoyed one visit to the New Gorbals Housing Association Community Breakfast, a number of trips to the Cycling at Glasgow Green as well as selected trips with their classes.

     

    We also have Sumdog clubs every lunchtime and after school as well as the “Geein it Laldie” choir after school on a Tuesday.

Mrs Wilson will be running a Family Fun Club after school on Thursdays which will run from 3pm - 4pm.  All families are welcome to come along with their children to take part in fun challenges and art and craft activities. The dates for the club are:

7th November, 14th November, 21st November, 28th November & 5th December.

Families do not have to attend all dates however we do need to know rough numbers so we can ensure we have enough materials for everyone to use. Every week an alert will be sent out on the app to ask who will attend the club.

P7 are attending the Shawlands after school clubs on the 7th, 14th and 21st November. This will give them a taste of life at high school.

Although we have a few After School clubs, the majority of our clubs are at lunchtime to allow access for all children!!!

Dates

I attach a list of dates for your diary, which can also be found on the App etc. However these dates aim to give you some idea of what is happening when. We may have more to add as the year progresses and may have to make minor changes dependent on circumstances but hopefully not!

Mrs Wilson is currently putting together a Christmas Newsletter with all the information you need to know from 28th of November onwards. It will be with you shortly after we finalise the dates of the Christmas parties next Wednesday.

In the meantime we do communicate by twitter. Please add us…

@BlackfriarsP

Have a look at our website…

www.blackfriars-pri.glasgow.sch.uk

 To download our excellent App on either your phones or tablets simply search Scot Ed in the Apple or Android App Store, or click one of the following links:

 For Apple devices click here

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/piota-scoted/id1363926439?mt=8

For Android devices click here

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=uk.co.piota.scoted&hl=en_GB

Once you have downloaded the Scot Ed app, in the search box start typing the name of our school and click it once it appears. The app will remember your choice and always load to our school. Don't forget to go to the settings section and reselect your preferred notification channels.

With Thanks,

Shona Henderson

                        Headteacher

Dates for your Diary 2019-20

Thursday 14th November

9am- Blackfriars Blether – All Welcome!

9.45 am-P3 Class  Assembly

Thursday 28th November

Non Uniform Day for class raffle hampers

PARENT COUNCIL MEETING 6-7PM

Friday 29th November

INSET DAY 4-No children in school today

Thursday 5th December

9am- Blackfriars Blether – All Welcome!

9.45 am-P5 Class  Assembly

Tuesday 10th December

Christmas Concert/Fair pm

Wednesday 11th December

Pinocchio at the Tramway Theatre 10:30 am

Thursday 12th December

GENERAL ELECTION-SCHOOL CLOSED TO PUPILS TODAY

Friday 13th December

Save the Children – “ Wear a Christmas Jumper Day”

Tuesday 17th December

Christmas Nativity-P1

Thursday 19th December

2.30pm-Finish for Christmas Holiday

Friday the 20th of December until Sunday the 5th of January (inclusive)

Holiday

Monday 6th January

Back to School-9am

Thursday 23rd January

9am- Blackfriars Blether – All Welcome!

9.45 am-P6A Class  Assembly

Thursday 30th January

PARENT COUNCIL MEETING 6-7PM

Monday 3rd February until Friday 7th February (inclusive)

P7 Trip to Dalguise

Friday 7th February

INSET DAY 5-No children in school today

Monday 10th and Tuesday 11th February

Holiday-February Weekend

Wednesday 12th February

INSET Day 6-No children in school today

Thursday 20th February

9am- Blackfriars Blether – All Welcome!

9.45 am-P2/3 Class  Assembly

Thursday 27th February

PARENT COUNCIL MEETING 6-7PM

Wednesday 18th March

Parents’ Evening 5.30-7.30pm

Wednesday 25th March

Parents’ Evening 3-5.30pm

Thursday 26th March

PARENT COUNCIL MEETING 6-7PM

Thursday 2nd April

9am- Blackfriars Blether – All Welcome!

9.45 am-P4A & P4B Class  Assembly

Friday 3rd April

2.30pm-Finish for Spring Holiday

Monday the 6th of April until Sunday 19th April (inclusive)

Spring Holiday

Monday 20th April

Back to school -9am

Thursday 30th April

9am- Blackfriars Blether – All Welcome!

9.45 am-P6B Class  Assembly

Friday 8th May

May Day Holiday

Monday 11th May

INSET Day 7-No children in school today

Wednesday 20th May

P7 Careers Afternoon

Friday 22nd of May and Monday 25th of May

May Holiday Weekend

Tuesday 26th May

Back to School 9am

Wednesday 27th May

2-3pm Open Afternoon

Thursday 28th May

PARENT COUNCIL MEETING 6-7PM

Wednesday 10th June

Sports’ Day (Weather Permitting)

Thursday 11th June

Reserve Sports’ Day

Thursday 18th June

P7 End of Term assembly

Wednesday 24th June

1pm-Finish for Summer

 

                                                                                            

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Term 1 Newsletter

Dear Parent/Carer,

I hope you all had a fantastic summer and would like to welcome you and your children back to Session 2019/20 at Blackfriars Primary. A warm welcome also to all our new entrants in Primary 1 and our new starts throughout the classes .  It is delightful to see the children in school in their lovely smart uniforms and to see our school role increasing.  

This session we welcome Mr Walsh, Mr Jones, Mrs Gillespie, Mrs Robin and Ms Morgan to our team of staff.                                                      

Parental Consultations

I would like to ask you for your opinions on the school and I will be issuing a survey soon to all parents and carers which will give you the opportunity to give me some feedback on what you think is good…and what you think needs improving in Blackfriars Primary. Your opinion counts!

I am sure that you can see many of the improvements we have made around our School already. The newly painted railings really do enhance the look of the school.

 

Lunches

School lunches now cost £1.90 per day for children in P5-7 but are FREE for children in P1-4. Breakfast Club opens at 8am and costs £2 per day for your first child and £1 for any other siblings. Our Breakfast Club is not very busy. Although P1-4 pupils automatically get free lunches, they don’t automatically get free breakfasts. If you apply online for your free school meals and Clothing Grant, your children will get free breakfasts too!

 

Community Breakfasts

The Gorbals Housing Association are involved in providing community breakfasts every week :

Venue: 39 Waddell Court – Mon 8am-9am – For younger children before school

                                            then 9am-11am For the community

 

Venue: 341 Caledonia Road – Fri  9am-11am – For the community.

 

PLEASE REMEMBER…You can apply for free school meals and free school breakfasts on Glasgow City Council website at the “Clothing Grants and Free School Meals” section. If you need any help with this please do not hesitate to come in and I will help you access what you need. Please can I ask you to apply?

The breakfasts are really nice and it gives your child a great healthy start to the day, ensures they are in school on time and also contributes to the amount of teachers we get. Your child could be getting a free breakfast every day if you apply!!!! Just bring your child in any time between 8 and 8.30am for a healthy breakfast. I know I have repeated myself a bit here but I just can’t emphasise enough the importance of a healthy breakfast in the morning!

 

Child Protection

We have very robust procedures already in place to ensure the health, safety and well-being of our pupils in Blackfriars. These procedures will not change. However, as we continue to “Get It Right For Every Child,” please remember your first point of contact if you have any concerns is  our Child Protection Co-ordinators, Mrs Stacy Wilson (P1-4) & Mr Martin McCormick (P5-7)

 

Relationships

Bullying Concerns-What can your child do?

 

As parents we are continuously worried about the possibility of our children being bullied. We have a Relationships policy written around our Nurturing Principles and our School Values. Included in this policy are our procedures around “Bullying” and how to help children feel safe. I will display these procedures in the foyer to remind everyone on a daily basis of what they are.

 

Our Health and Wellbeing Curriculum teaches children about how to recognise bullying behaviour and teaches them what to do if they feel uncomfortable. In addition we teach children about bullying at whole school assemblies.

 

We provide safe spaces for children in school and create opportunities to talk about things that concern them. We have Soft Start and Soft Finish, The Rainforest Room and The Hive, Emotions Self Registration in classes and worry boxes in P4-P7. At break times we have the Activity Playground, Chess Club, Rainforest Room and Bubble Time as spaces where children can go to talk and to feel safe.

 

We encourage children to report any instances of bullying behaviour to the nearest adults. Instances are reported to the SLT using the systems described above. Restorative conversations take place, which allow children to describe what has happened from their perspective, to describe how they feel about what has happened and to talk about how they can now resolve things. Parents are informed about these instances and the details are recorded on SEEMIS.

 

Can we please remind parents that if you or your child has an issue, that you report this to a member of school staff and do not approach other people’s children. That way we can ensure the safety of all children in the school.

 

We need your help! Can you talk to your children please and remind them that if they are unhappy about anything that they talk to an adult. We can’t help with something if we don’t know about it! Each lunchtime Bubble Time is open in the library in the foyer and is staffed by a member of staff who is there solely to talk to any children who may be feeling unhappy. Pupils can visit Bubble Time and speak to a member of staff in confidence about how they are feeling. We also have Self Registration in classrooms where children can indicate how they are feeling to their teacher and their teacher can talk to them about any unhappiness or worries they may have. We have systems in place BUT nothing can be done if children don’t tell us.

 

 

 

 

Health and Safety

Glasgow City Council’s Health and Safety Policy states that children should not participate in any physical activity/ physical education if wearing jewellery. This includes earrings. We can no longer put plasters over the earrings as a precaution. They must be removed. If your child can’t take their earrings out I’m afraid they can’t part in PE so please can you get ears pierced at the beginning of the summer holidays if at all possible.

 

Photo Permission

We love to celebrate achievements here in Blackfriars and we often use photos of our pupils to do this. Please ensure you give us your permission to use your child’s photo on social media. Please complete the recent request for permission we had sent out and get it back to us as quickly as possible.

 

All weather play

Autumn and Winter are fast approaching and it is important that our pupils get the opportunity for fresh air and light in the long winter months. We also encourage as much learning outdoors as we can. Therefore, your children may be outside on cold, wet, miserable days. Please ensure you send your child to school dressed for poor weather conditions. This will help keep them warm and dry as they play and learn. Please send your child to school with a jacket!!!

 

Can I please remind you to ensure that your child’s name is on their clothing as children very often forget where they have put things. If you do not have a name on their items of clothing we may never be able to find them! Please help us to help you to keep your child’s possessions safe.

 

Congratulations!

We would like to congratulate Mrs Boyd on the birth of her lovely son Munro.

 

Congratulations also to Mrs Robertson who has a new job with South Lanarkshire Council. We are very thankful for her outstanding service to Blackfriars over the years and wish her every success in her new role.

                          

 

“Learning Today for a Better Tomorrow”

Values

Our School Community Values are:

Respect, Caring, Including, Honesty and Achieving

 

We ask that our whole school community follow our Values and are positive role models for our young people.

We are currently introducing a House point System which will link to our Values.

 

Great News!

Mrs Murdoch will be developing more Outdoor Learning opportunities for your child this session. They will be learning outdoors in ALL weathers.  Please ensure that your child wears a sensible jacket (waterproof if possible) and suitable footwear, as we never know what the Scottish weather will do!

 

BLACKFRIARS PRIMARY-Every Day Counts!

Please try to get your child to school every day and on time.

If children are not at school then they can’t learn the curriculum and they are missing time socialising with the other children. Children who miss a lot of school often find it really difficult to re-establish friendships on their return and can feel “left out”.

And…every time your child is late they are missing a little bit of their education and little bits add up to

A LOT!

 

I would like to outline our attendance procedures as we have quite a few children whose attendance slipped under the 90% attendance expected by Glasgow City Council last session and I had parents contacting myself surprised and upset that they have had a visit from the Attendance Officer, a call from school or have been asked to come and talk to me about how they can be supported to get their child to school more. I meet with the Attendance Officer every month to discuss the school’s attendance and any support needed for families to get their children to school more consistently.

 

 Please remember that if you intend to take your child out of school for a holiday or an extended break it is important that you write to me informing this and when your child will return to school. Please be advised that a holiday or an extended break during school time will have a negative impact on your child’s attainment. Holiday absences are recorded as unauthorised and will be included in your child’s attendance statistics.

Attendance Percentage=Number of Days Represented

 

The following information explains the percentage of a pupil’s attendance at school in terms of days missed. As a pupil’s percentage falls, procedures are activated to help, support and encourage regular attendance.

Attendance levels are calculated on a daily basis and all absences from school, including Term Time holidays, whether authorised or unauthorised will affect a student’s percentage of attendance.

 

You will now be informed in writing at the end of each term should your child’s percentage of attendance fall below 90%.

 

Attendance Level 98%+

This is the equivalent of 4 days off during the year. This is above average and represents good attendance. Thank you to all pupils and parents who achieve this.

 

Attendance Level 95% to 97%

This is the equivalent of 5 to 9 days off during the year. This is in line with the national average and represents satisfactory attendance.

Attendance Level 90% to 95%

This is the equivalent of 10 to 19 days off during the year. If your child’s attendance continues to remain at this level or drops lower I will become concerned about the potential impact on your child’s academic progress and achievement.

 

 

Attendance Level 80% to 90%

This is the equivalent of 20 to 38 days off during the year. The Education Liaison Office (Attendance Officer) will be informed of your child’s attendance level and may visit you or write to you. Your child’s attendance will be monitored closely.

 

 

Attendance Level -80%

This is the equivalent of more than 38 days off during the year. The Education Liaison Officer will definitely have paid you a visit and if attendance does not improve you will be invited to attend the Attendance Council and then, if there is still no improvement, Court proceedings may follow. This is a last resort but good attendance is vital to your child’s success.

 

If your child has to be absent please DO NOT PHONE THE SCHOOL. Glasgow City Council has new absence reporting procedures. Please see the attached sheet for online procedures or telephone 0141 287 0039.

You should only phone the school for other reasons including:

  • Requests for Religious/Parental holiday requests
  • Illness of a family member
  • Children’s Panel
  • Funerals
  • Bereavements
  • All exceptional circumstances
  • All other appointments

     

    2019-2020 Classes and Teachers

    P1A-Mrs Ritchie

    P1B-Miss McNamee

    P2-Mrs Gillespie

    P2/3-Mrs Robin and Mrs Marsh

    P3-Mr Walsh and Mr Gilchrist

    P4A-Mrs Saeed

    P4B-Miss Love

    P5-Mrs Veitch and Mrs Wilson

    P6A- Miss Taylor

    P6B-Mr Jones

    P7-Miss Houston

    Outdoor Learning-Mrs Murdoch

    Rainforest Room-Mrs Benzie

    The Hive-Mrs Mcmillan

    Challenge Leader of Learning in Numeracy-Mr Gilchrist

    Raising Attainment in Literacy- Mrs Dunne

     

    Dates

    I attach a list of dates for your diary, which can also be found on the App etc. However these dates aim to give you some idea of what is happening when. We may have more to add as the year progresses and may have to make minor changes dependent on circumstances but hopefully not!

     

     

    In the meantime we do communicate by twitter. Please add us…

    @BlackfriarsP

     

    Have a look at our website…

    www.blackfriars-pri.glasgow.sch.uk

     

     

     To download our excellent App on either your phones or tablets simply search Scot Ed in the Apple or Android App Store, or click one of the following links:

     For Apple devices click here

    https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/piota-scoted/id1363926439?mt=8

     

    For Android devices click here

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=uk.co.piota.scoted&hl=en_GB

     

    Once you have downloaded the Scot Ed app, in the search box start typing the name of our school and click it once it appears. The app will remember your choice and always load to our school. Don't forget to go to the settings section and reselect your preferred notification channels.

     

    If you would prefer a paper copy of communications please complete the tear off slip at the bottom of this newsletter and return the slip to school with your child.

    With Thanks,

    Shona Henderson

                                    Headteacher

     

    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------I prefer to receive a paper copy of information from School.

     

     

    My Child’s name is _____________   Class ____________

     

     

     

    Signed______________________________________________

 

 

 

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