Category Archives: Parent Council

Red Nose Day

In aid of Comic Relief we will be raising money in St Martin’s this Friday the 13th of March. This day marks RED NOSE DAY. A day to raise money and give relief to those who need it most.
In school we are having a dress down in red day and all staff, parents and pupils are invited to bring in £1 as a donation to help this fantastic cause. If you wish to give more than £1, then please do.

We look forward to seeing your red costumes on Friday but for now take a moment to take part in this interactive video explaining why we are raising money for Comic Relief. You will explore the life of a young girl called Ngosa and travel to Kitwe in Zambia to learn more about her.

Ngosa’s Story

Changes to the website

As you will see we have been making some changes to our website in order to make it more accessible for more people. This site is now mobile and hand held device friendly and should be easier to access from your laptop, desktop, tablet or mobile phone.
We are constantly thriving to keep everyone up to date with the events, dates and learning that is happening in the school and our website is now being used by more people than ever!

Please feel free to add a comment or give us some feedback via the website on the accessibility of the changes that have been made.

As you will see, we will be choosing 3 feature posts each week to highlight the learning throughout the school. All class and committee posts will remain on the homepage.
In the front tab you will see we now have a CHILDREN’S ZONE, PARENT ZONE, HOMEWORK ZONE and TEACHERS ZONE. Within these areas you can access a variety of drop down menus. Please browse through them to familiarise yourself with the content. All parent information regarding school policies and improvement plans are held within the PARENT ZONE.
We have also added a ‘PAY FOR IT’ link that will take you straight to the website to pay for school lunches.

We hope these changes help you keep up to date with school events and your child’s learning within school. As always, please feel free to get in touch via the website with further suggestions and ideas.

Many thanks,

Fiona Hayes.

Educational attainment gaps in schools – Parent Survey

The Scottish Parliament’s Education and Culture Committee is undertaking work on the educational attainment gap in schools. The Committee is keen to include as many people as possible in its work.

One of the things the Committee wants to consider is how parents (including guardians) and schools can best work together to raise all pupil’s attainment. The Committe has set up a short survey on this matter which will help to inform an evidence session due to take place later in the year.

The survey is aimed at parents and guardians who currently have children in Scottish schools and will run until the 7th March 2015.
Please click on the link below to take part in the survey.

Children’s University Friday’s

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Children’s University and Queen Margaret University are running a 4 week programme of Friday afternoon activities for you to take part in. This will allow you to gain 8 hours of learning credits. Please read the attached document for more information about the fabulous courses available to you.
Week 1 – 6th March – The Human Body and What We Eat/Studying and Working with Food.
Week 2 – 13th March – Taste Time/Read, Steady, Cook
Week 3 – 20th March – Fat Attack/ Studying and Working in Health
Week 4 – 27th March – An Insight into University

March 2015 Programme

Remember keep adding those hours to your passports and your e-passports at E-passport login
We are adding learning activities and learning destinations all of the time. Adam Martin will be adding more Active Schools activities over the coming days so that you can keep an accurate log of what you are taking part it. This is essential as we have Graduations to look forward to this year. Is it going to be you??

Parental Feedback on P1 Family Packs

It’s that time again! We need your help in gathering feedback about this year’s P1 Family Packs. We have compiled two surveys, one for Teachers and another for Parents – it would be great if you could click on the link below and complete the survey. There are prizes on offer: an author visit for one lucky teacher and a bundle of books for one parent.

We will also be offering a prize of a bundle of books to the Co-ordinator and/or P1 Contact who generates the most responses in proportion to their Local Authority size.

The links for the surveys are as follows:

For Teachers –

For Parents –

The deadline for both surveys is Friday 27th February.


Day 3 in the Benmore House!

So today we started off a little slower than yesterday! We are getting very tire but we still had to be up at 8 o clock to get ready for breakfast at 8:30. Today on the menu was sausage and scrambled egg, cereals, yoghurt and porridge. We ate as much as we could and then we went with back to our dorms to carry out our duties. Today’s duties were sooooooo good that we were given a 10/10 for tidyness and the ability to work as a team. The instructers are very impressed with us. We still ahve things to work on for tomorrow.
We then went to our first activities then lunch (soup and filled rolls) and then our afternnon activities.
Today the activities that we all go to do were; High ropes (even Mrs Hayes jumped off the trapeze!), canoeing, gorge walking (Tyler and Saul got very very wet!), orienteering (Ronan, Danny and Rhys LOVED it) forest walking and climbing.
We are all really trying to get the best out of this Benmore experience and while things are a little ‘scary’ its worth pushing ourselves. We have been learning about our own limits and how far they can go.
We had tea and cake at 5 0 clock as usual and we are now about to go and have our steak pie, potoatoes, brocolli, carrots and fruit salad for dinner.
Last night our night activity was a scavenger hunt. I wonder what tonights will be…….stay tuned to the Benmore Blog!

Mrs Hayes and P7