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Newsletter January 2019

St Timothy’s Primary School Newsletter

January 2019

‘Working together – learning forever’


I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and are enjoying the start of the New Year.  Welcome back to our third term in

St. Timothy’s Primary. Although it now seems like a distant memory I would also like to thank our Parent Council for organising the raffles at our Christmas Shows. The raffles raised a fabulous amount of approximately £1000! The Parent Council are donating the money to the school to spend on our Learning Street for P1 and P2 and for expressive arts resources, including guitars, for P1 – 7.


Farewell and Best Wishes to Mr McGuirk


As you will know Mr McGuirk retires this month after 31 years in St. Timothy’s Primary. We wish him a very long, happy retirement and are delighted that he is on the mend, out of hospital, and looking forward to enjoying long, lazy days! The children will have a special assembly for him with a presentation later on in the year when he is fully recovered (probably May or early June). We will keep you posted.


New Depute Head Teacher


I am delighted to announce that Ms McDonnell, currently Principal Teacher, will take on the role of DHT at the end of January. 

St. Andrew’s Day Scottish Assembly


Scottish Assembly for Burns Day when all of our classes will perform for you. This will take place on Friday 25th January at later time of 2.00pm in the School Gym Hall. This means it should finish just before 3pm and you will have less time to wait to collect your child. The children can wear something tartan on this day if they wish. A letter will be sent out shortly with all of the details. Due to the size of the Hall only one member from each family can be admitted. There will be NO charge for this event but there will be a raffle so if you have any unwanted Christmas gifts or still have too many boxes of chocolates left to eat we would be delighted to have them. Please send them in by Monday 21st January.


Parent and Child Book Club

Primary 7 worked with Primary 1 during November and December to explore reading books within the Bookbug Bags.  P7 were fantastic reading buddies and P1 were excited to take home the bags to keep and read at home.

We are delighted to announce that the Scottish Book Trust will be gifting a Bookbug Family Bag to P2 and P3pupils.  The Family

Bag aims to help teachers, librarians and parents encourage children to get excited about reading and counting. There will be parent and child workshops to explore the bags on the following dates:

P2 pupils and parents – 16th January 3.10 – 4pm

P3 pupils and parents – 23rd January 3.10 – 4pm.

More details will follow in a letter shortly.


Healthy Eating

We always encourage our children to make healthy choices and at this time of the year it is good to highlight it again.  Please encourage your child to choose healthy snacks for playtime and lunchtime. One piece of tuck and a drink (preferably water) is more than enough at interval as the main purpose is to have fun playing games with their friends.


Fruity Friday

Our Health Council will be reintroducing Fruity Friday this month.  Children are encouraged to bring in fruit for their snack and the amount of fruit is added up for each class.  At the end of the month the class with the most points will earn a healthy treat.


Food Bank Collection

Thank you to all the classes who collected food items for the homeless during Advent – this ensured that many people who may have gone without food over Christmas had a decent meal!  Thank to parents for supporting this very worthwhile cause.


St. Timothy’s Feast Day Saturday 26th January

As the feast of St. Timothy falls on a Saturday we will have Mass in school on the following week.



Please remember to check your child’s hair on a regular basis to ensure they have not caught head lice.  This will ensure that the spread of lice to another child is minimal.


Nut allergies

As a number of pupils in our school have nut allergies I ask all parents/carers not to give your child a snack containing nuts. Thank you for your cooperation.

Dates for your Diary

Tuesday 15th January – Visit from the Science Centre to school for P6a, 6b, 7a and 7b on ‘Powering the Future’.

Tuesday 22nd January –Relationships Meeting for P7 parents at 6.30pm in dining hall.  Letter will go out shortly. This will be followed by Barcaple Meeting for parents of P7 pupil’s at 7.00– 7,30pm.  Letter will go out shortly.

Friday 25th January – Scottish Concert for parents/carers at 2.00pm in school gym hall

Friday 25th January – Class Curriculum Newsletters out today

Wednesday 30th January – P4a and P4b outing to the Science Centre all day.


Students of the Month for December:

Congratulations go to the following pupils:

P1a Rosie Sherlock and Paul James Cochrane

P1b Hope Storrie and Kyle Fleming

P2a Ben Wilson and Guiliana Purdon

P2b Macy Munn and Samuel Gyaboah

P3a Sophie Ward and Charlie Boyce

P3b Tyler Anderson and Rebecca Gowran

P4b Sa’ad Tadfi and Olivia McLeavy

P5a Summer McGilly and Milana Burkevica

P5b Harry Gordon and Millie Stenton

P5/6 Emily McKinlay and Codi Milne

P6a Reed Mitchell and Gracie Dosanj

P6b Kris Fitzpatrick and Abi Alexander

P7a Ben Doherty and Michaela McLaughlin

P7 Carter Woods and Remei Clark


Thank you,

Mrs E Muir