23rd March 2015
As we begin our last full week of school before our Easter break we are looking forward to Health week. Mrs Ziolo and Miss Morrison have both prepared a very exciting timetable of activities based on the keeping our children safe, nurtured, achieving, healthy with many visiting specialists invited to support the learning. Parents Evening is on Thursday evening, and throughout the week all classes will have the opportunity to visit the Book Fair. The Talent show will take place on Friday and Miss Timmons has worked with the Houses to stage this much anticipated event in the school calendar. Miss Neil has worked with the Eco Committee to stage our Easter extravaganza,another of the Lenten charity events and there is a terrific display of Easter eggs at the front door waiting to be won in the different competitions.
Throughout Lent there has been a great turnout at Morning Mass with many children being rewarded with Headteacher stickers for their efforts. Fr John has celebrated Mass in Fr Ivan’s absence and given our children great encouragement and praise for their attendance each morning Our Lenten charity fundraising events Crazy hair day, World book Day, Pyjama day, Wear it green have all been very well supported and at the P1 Mothers’ Day assembly the Pupil Council was delighted to present Patricia from Mothers Care India with a substantial cheque to sponsor the 19 children we help to educate at our twin school in Saint Mary’s in Delhi.
As always in Saint Vincent’s in addition to the exciting learning happening in the classrooms, we have enjoyed additional themed events which have all greatly contributed to building our school community. Space week organised and presented by Miss Timmons brought new learning opportunities with visiting specialists including a planetarium, and a visit from an astrophysicist. The feedback from this event was hugely positive and while the weather didn’t oblige for star gazing, the rocket building certainly proved to be very popular.
World book day was again a very enjoyable event and all our speakers including the DJ’s from Capital FM reinforced the same message about the value of reading and the joy to be had from reading books.
This past week our ever popular Saint Patrick’s day Coffee morning was a huge success with our young musicians and songwriters providing great entertainment for a very receptive audience .This was preceded by the Primary 1 Mothers’ Day assembly another event which got enormous praise from very appreciative Mums who were loud in their praise for the efforts all had made to make this a very special occasion for all.
Our Primary 3 children celebrated their First Reconciliation in a very beautiful service and the other sacramental programmes are about to begin when we look forward to both First Holy Communion and Confirmation
A very successful Maths activity day was led by visiting staff and students from Hutcheson Grammar and coordinated by Miss Mullen for our senior classes with plans for more such days to follow .
It has been a very busy term and while I have highlighted certain events ,there have been so many more that could also be mentioned including new after school clubs most notably in ICT . I hope we all enjoy a happy end to the term and a restful and happy Easter holiday
23rd February 2015
During the past weeks there have been many exciting learning opportunities for all classes including the following ;
Children in Rooms6,7 and 8 visited the Science Centre to launch Mission X a topic which is
providing a great stimulus for deep learning across the curriculum and giving children a very purposeful context to develop their persuasive writing skills as they hope to invite an astronaut to visit.
Our Primary 6 children all visited the Scottish parliament and had a visit from our local MSP Linda Fabiani .
Maths is a particular focus in all classes this year and on Monday of this week; we welcomed 65 teachers from the Learning Community to hear Lynda Keith who is well recognised for her work in active Maths. The feedback from this event and also from the presentation to parents which followed was very positive.
Four of our younger children visited Deep Sea world accompanied by their Mums and staff
A highlight for the entire school community was a very successful school Mission which was run by the Sion Community and gifted to the school by Saint Vincent’s parish. You can see a photo of children in Room 9 who prepared the Mass and an account of the week in the current edition of the Scottish Catholic Observer but suffice to say that it was a truly memorable experience for the entire school community and helped us as we begin Lent.
Visitors to the school regularly comment on the very special atmosphere in the school and during the Mission we would all agree that we were very aware of something unique happening in the school. Some of the comments from the children were as follows:
Primary 1 children said they enjoyed “the happy songs about God loving them and making a special magnet to give to someone they love “ Children in Room 8 said “The Mission gave them lots to think about and they especially enjoyed learning that putting Jesus first ,others second and yourself third brings JOY . Room 6 thought “the Mission was outstanding with joke telling camels, singing, dancing and a fabulous Mission team “Room 10 loved the robots assembly which thought us we are all special and loved by God “
it was very gratifying to get such positive feedback from staff ,pupils and parents as we all work together to share the joy of the gospel which was also the theme of this year’s Catholic Education week .
This week is Space week and all classes will take part in interdisciplinary learning on this theme. A very exciting programme of events is planned so watch this space when we will capture some of what takes place.in next week’s blog.
Hope we all enjoy a very happy week.
26th January 2014
Our snow covered playground meant that all were indoors through the day during the past week As it was Scottish week ,all classes concentrated on Scotland as a focus for learning. Learning opportunities included reading Katie Morag and Hairy Maclary stories in our Primary 1 classes and writing Scottish facts ; learning about Robert Burns in Room 4 ; learning Scots spelling words in Room 11.and preparing for a visit to the Scottish Parliament in Rooms 9 and 10. We look forward to all classes showcasing their learning at the Scottish week Assembly this coming week.
Children from Rooms 6, 7 and 8 had a wonderful day at the Glasgow Science Centre to launch their Mission X topic and get an insight into the life of astronauts who work on the international space station. A highlight of the visit for adults and children alike was the 3D film in the IMAX. The children were so inspired by what they saw that they are now using their persuasive writing skills to get an astronaut to visit their classes. As always the sky’s the limit for the children in Saint Vincent’s!
This coming week we have our Eco inspection for the second green flag and it was a real joy to hear four members of the Eco committee Kerri, Niall, Michael and Niamh sharing the work that is being done at our Parent Council meeting on Wednesday. The children received very positive feedback for their presentation. They also shared the P7 film shot in the autumn, which was produced in Saint Vincent’s by the BBC and now available on the BBC Lab website.
Children from Room 10 took part in a visit to Glasgow Science Centre as part of the Clyde in the classroom project as they learned how to look after the fish eggs that will arrive next week in school We have been participating in this project now for some years with very valuable learning for the classes involved .
We received the final timetable for our School Mission presented by the Sion Community from Monday to Thursday next week . More details to follow.
Have a good week .
Welcome back to a new term and a new year filled with what we hope will be many exciting learning opportunities for our children. Thanks to the generosity of Saint Vincent’s Parish our school will welcome a team from the Sion Community who will work with all classes for three days towards the end of this month. Full details will be issued as soon as the programme is finalised .
We are aiming for our second green flag and raising eco –awareness the focus of the first school assembly. It was very encouraging to see the efforts that are being made in all classes to work on the three priority areas litter, biodiversity and school grounds. Our hard working Eco Committee met with Miss Neill and Miss Gallacher and as a school community we will work together to ensure we do our part to keep Saint Vincent’s Primary a litter free zone.
Clubs will resume this coming week but our athletics club were quick off the mark and met to prepare for Friday’s competitions where they performed with their usual skill and commitment and Mrs Field was delighted with the overall result. Well done to all involved.
This coming week is Enrolment week when we welcome our infant beginners to enrol for school in August. it’s just over forty years since the first pupils enrolled in Saint Vincent’s Primary and while there have been significant changes over forty years we continue to draw inspiration from our school patron Saint Vincent de Paul and in all our dealings with each other “try to be a little kinder than is necessary “We will work together to let this be our motto as we begin a new year and in so doing make Saint Vincent’s School a very special place to be.
Enjoy the week ahead