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St. Serf’s Primary School Newsletter December 2016 Dear Parent/Carer P6m assembly P6m led a fantastic assembly about staying healthy which is one of our school values. Well done to all the boys and girls and thank you to Miss Miller for all her hard work.

Headteacher’s Awards Well done to the following children who received the Headteacher’s Awards last term: P7

Lucinda Seville Chloe Brown JJ Ferguson

Alana Kilpatrick Danika Xerri Euan Westland

P6

Josh Cairns Mani Reid Liam Benkhemou

Isla Ferguson Abbie Fern

P5

Rebecca Neil Letizia Marrocco

Neve McInally Lauren Glendinning

P4

Isla Livingstone Amber Seville Harley Macdonald Angela Hooks

Brandon Inglis MacKenzie McTaggart Olivia Miller

P3

Lydia Carlin Rebeka O’Hare

Alfie Robertson Ayden McDonald

P2

Dylan Roche Amie Bell

Erin Wilkinson Niamh Thomson

P1

Reuben Shimmons

Ellie Cairns


Reminders Please ensure that your child brings a jacket to school. Pupils are out at break times unless the weather is particularly bad. Mobile phones are not permitted in school. If there is any occasion when your child requires a mobile phone for an activity at the end of the school day please arrange for this to be handed in to the school office to be collected at 3pm. It is lovely to see the majority of our pupils wearing their school uniforms. We appreciate your support with this. In the interest of health and safety pupils are not permitted to walk through the staff car park. This is a staff only car park and there is insufficient space for this to be used by parents even for dropping off and collecting outwith normal times. We thank you for your cooperation with this. Additional Information Last week you received a Parent Leaflet published by the Scottish Government to provide parents with more information about how pupils are assessed in school. The leaflet also details that information about pupils achievement of a level within the Curriculum for Excellence will be published nationally. Please take time to read this leaflet and I am happy to answer any questions you may have about the information provided. Enclosed with this newsletter is a letter outlining a project being introduced to some schools as part of the Attainment Challenge. A sample of pre-school children will be used to provide a literacy baseline and four schools within the authority will be selected to participate in the project over three years. Parents of pupils being assessed will be provided with more information and if we are selected as one of the four schools more specific information will follow. Homework Survey We are reviewing our homework policy. In the new year both parents and pupils will be asked to complete a short survey. Your views are important and I urge you to participate in the survey when the time comes. Children in Need Our Children in Need dress down day raised a total of ÂŁ231. Thank you for supporting this fundraising event. Rotary Shoebox Appeal Thank you to all who contributed to this appeal. We donated 110 shoeboxes this year. Late coming It is important that pupils arrive at school on time. Arriving late can mean pupils miss important information and learning time. As a school we are required to keep a record of late arrivals at school and persistent late coming can result in a letter being sent home or the involvement of the Attendance and Welfare Officer. We appreciate that on occasions situations can arise that will result in your child being late for school . At these times the reason for the late arrival can be explained to a member of staff. In order to ensure that we can take an accurate register and inform you if your child is late in arriving to school we are making some changes to our morning procedures. From the start of the new term the gates will be closed promptly at the second bell. Any pupil arriving after this time is requested to enter the school by the front office and report to a member of staff. This will ensure that all pupils are accurately recorded on the register and that their lunch order is taken.


Christmas Activities The month of December is a busy month with lots of festive activities. Here's a summary of what we've enjoyed so far and what has still to come.

Parent Council The festive season started off with the very well attended Christmas Family Quiz evening organised by the Parent Council. This was a lovely start to our Christmas activities and the teacher team were delighted to win a treat hamper. P6 Christmas Fayre Primary 6 did a great job of organising this year’s Christmas Fayre. Each class was asked to make a craft item to sell and donations of second hand toys and home baking were requested. Each class visited the Fayre in the afternoon and it was lovely to see so many families join us after school. We were delighted to raise £879.43. This money goes towards spending money for the pupils during their Dalguise residential trip in P7 as well as a contribution towards the leaver hoodies gifted from the Parent Council. The remaining money will be donated to a charity as chosen by the pupils. School Choir On Wednesday 7 th December members of the school choir sang at the Christmas Lunch for elderly people of the community in St Serf’s Church Hall. Christmas Concert Last week we enjoyed two sell out Christmas Concert performances that included songs from each class, P1 & P7 nativity ‘Lights, Camel, Action’, P5/4 & P5 viola recital and songs from our choir. The boys and girls did a fantastic job and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those involved in organising this event. It was a great opportunity for us to try out our new microphones funded by our Parent Council. I'm sure those of you who attended the concerts would agree that they made a huge difference to the sound quality. Christmas Parties This week and next pupils will attend their Christmas Party. Parties are organised by stage rather than class as we feel it is important to provide opportunities for pupils to socialise with others from the same year group. Christmas Lunch Christmas Lunch will be served on Wednesday 14th December. Pupils can enjoy a traditional Christmas Lunch of turkey and trimmings. The vegetarian option is served with quorn.


Super Students Film Morning Our Super Students from this term are invited to a movie morning this week as a reward for reaching Super Student on our ELF chart. Those invited will receive a letter this week with more details. Dates for your Diary 12th December 13th December 13th December 14th December 14th December 14th & 15 th December 15th December 16th December 16th December 19th December 19th December 19th December 20th December 20th December 21st December 21st December

P6 Christmas Party, pm Search for Santa, nursery P5 Christmas Party, pm P4 Christmas Party, pm Christmas Lunch Super Students film morning P2 Christmas Party, pm M&M production – Sleeping Beauty P7 Christmas Party, pm Nursery Christmas sing-a-long Christmas Service – St Serf’s Church, 9.30am P3 Christmas Party, pm Nursery Christmas Party, am & pm P1 Christmas Party, pm School closes 1pm Nursery closes

If you have any matters you would like to discuss, please contact the school to meet with myself or your child’s class teacher.

Ann Marie Kane

School Contact Details (Nursery & Primary) St. Serf’s Primary School St. Serf’s Road Tullibody FK10 2RD

Tel: 01259 722950 Email: stserfs@edu.clacks.gov.uk Website: www.st-serfs.clacks.sch.uk Twitter: @StSerfsPS


School newsletter dec 2016