9th - 20th November 2020
Our Parent Council and School are working together to support the local Foodbank. Any help you can give towards this would be greatly appreciated.
Click on the link to the letter below for more information. Many thanks!
Food Bank Letter November 2020

Our Parent Council are running a digital fancy dress competition!
Check out the poster attached for details...and email your photos to the Parent Council.
Good luck everyone!
Halloween poster
Thursday, 10th September 2020

Dear Parent/Carers
We are still awaiting the return of a number of annual data check, local consent forms and ICT agreements.
It is vital that these are returned to school as soon as possible. We need to have the most up to date contact information for each family incase we need to contact you. We are unable to post children's photographs to twitter etc until we have all these forms returned. 
Many thanks 
Mrs O'Donnell
Monday, 31st August 2020

Please find a letter attached regarding a rescheduled In-Service Day on Tuesday, 29th September 2020.
Pupils should not attend school or Nursery on this day.
Many thanks,
Sept inservice letter

Tuesday 11th August 2020

Good afternoon,
I am delighted to have welcomed staff back to school today and am very pleased to share with you how excited we all are to welcome our children back across the rest of this week.
Staff have worked very hard to ensure a safe, well prepared return for pupils and I am very pleased to attach an updated guidance letter that gives a very comprehensive overview of all the measures that we have put in place. It contains a lot of detail but I am sure you will find the content both informative and reassuring.
Kind regards
Mrs O'Donnell
St Mark's Return to School Update August 2020
Wednesday, 5th August 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,
I hope that this message finds you well and that you and your families have been able to enjoy a safe and healthy summer.
As you will be aware, the Scottish Government have recently updated their guidance on the return of pupils to schools. Please read the attached letters below. One is from Tony McDaid, the Director of Education for South Lanarkshire, and the other is from myself outlining dates of return for each class. Please also keep checking our school app, twitter and here on the website over the next few days for further information which we will post to ensure our return is as smooth as possible.
I am so looking forward to welcoming our children back to school, and can't wait to see and hear them back in St Mark's again!
With kindest regards
Mrs O'Donnell
Director of Education Letter 03.08.20
Parent Letter - St Mark's Primary 05.08.20

To all our lovely pupils, 
I want to say a HUGE BIG well done to you all, for your hard work all through this term at home. Even though this has been a very strange and sometimes difficult time, you have continued to make us all very proud. I am so looking forward to seeing you all again in August. I hope you enjoy a lovely summer holiday now! Stay safe, and take care of yourself ,
Mrs O'Donnell

To our parents, carers and families,
Thank you so much for the help and support you have given to your children over the last few months. The teaching staff have worked really hard to provide a wide range of learning experiences for the children to ensure they continue to progress, and I know how much they have valued your support in keeping the children engaged with this home learning. I know that this has not been an easy time, so please be assured we are ready and determined to do everything we can to support our children as they return, both academically and pastorally. 
I wish you all good health, and a lovely summer.

Take care, 

Mrs O'Donnell

Wednesday 24th June 2020.
Please read this important letter issued today from Tony McDaid, Director of Education,South Lanarkshire Council regarding re-opening of schools.

Tony McDaid letter 24th June 2020

Monday 22nd June 2020

Dear Parent/Carer,

I would like to thank you for your ongoing support and understanding throughout our time of school closure, and as we prepare for re-opening of our school in August.
I would like to share important information with you now, regarding your child’s return to school. Please be aware that these arrangements could be changed in response to changes in the national picture.
We have emailed parents directly with your child’s group for August. If you have not received this email please contact the school as soon as possible on 0141 634 4238.

 Information relating to our school opening will be posted on our school website http://www.st-marks-rutherglen-pri.s-lanark.sch.uk/index.htm and school app. Please ensure you check these regularly for updates.
Thank you again for your co-operation and all the support and guidance you have provided your children with during this difficult time. We very much look forward to the children returning.
Kind regards
Mrs O’Donnell
Parent Information - Reopening
Recovery Overview

Tuesday 16th June 2020.
Please read this important update issued today from South Lanarkshire Council regarding re-opening of schools.

Letter from the Director of Education 

June 2020 Letter from the Director of Education

Friday 19th June 2020

Dear Lovely Parents,

Due to Lockdown, we are unable to host our normal 'Graduation Ceremony'.
So, I've put together a Power Point Presentation, as an alternative...thank you to the parents who sent me their child's photos/responses!
Click the link above or copy and past it into your browser.  
Be warned, it's quite long!
Have a wonderful summer, thank you for staying in touch and for sharing your children's work with us!
Stay safe, work hard and keep in contact.  If you are moving onto the big world of school...enjoy the adventure!  To all our returning children...see you in August!

Mrs Gray x

Wednesday 3rd June 2020
Parents / Carers of Primary 7,
Trinity High school is sending us information about S1 form classes and dates for a visit before the summer holidays. In order to pass on this information to you, we need your email address. If you haven't already done so, please complete the form attached by Friday 5th June.
I know the children have been waiting for this news so we will hopefully forward the information early next week.
Please spread the word and take care,
Mrs Armstrong

Tuesday 19th May 2020
A huge thank you to our hard working Parent Council who have gathered and created this wonderful collection of messages of hope from our pupils. It's so lovely to see all your smiling faces - something to make everyone's day a little brighter. We miss you all and look forward to seeing you as soon as possible. Take care and please share....

Monday 11th May

Trinity High school will be posting regular 
video clips on Twiier for their Virtual Transition Programme for P7 pupils and families. New ones will be posted weekly. The first one was posted today. You can watch it here
https://youtu.be/k5ZoqcKDT1I or here

Thursday 30th Aprill 2020:
On Wednesday 6th May we would like to invite all our families to join us for the 1pm live stream of mass with Father Dougan and Father Parks. This would, under normal circumstances, have been our monthly school mass at the church so we thought it would be nice if we could still celebrate it together. You can access the livestream on the parish youtube channel Catholic G73. We are also looking for children to contribute pieces of art based on the theme of 'Mar our Mother'. These can be emailed to the teacher who wil forward them to Father for displaying during the mass.
Hope as many of of you as possible are able to join us. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpz_3QFuQegEegvke9UtDtw

Thursday 23rd April 2020:
South Lanarkshire Council are hoping to offer families a range of supports to help with home learning. This could include resources such as paper, pens etc or IT support to help complete online tasks.
Could you please take the time to complete the form attached to help us identify which resources may be required. Please note that completing this form is NOT a guarantee that they will be provided. Forms should be completed by Friday 24th April.
If you think of any families from our school who would benefit from this support could you please share this with them. Thank you for your ongoing support and take care.
Thursday 23rd April 2020:
We hope you you managed to have a lovely Easter break and continuing to keep well. Being away from family and friends during this lockdown period can cause worry, upset and anxiety. CAMHS have developed a website 
to support mental wellbeing. It is very good and gives lots of direct links to downloads, apps and websites etc.  There's even a section on coronavirus. Please take some time to have a look. https://www.camhs-resources.co.uk
Wednesday 1st April:
Happy First of the Month everyone!  We are continuing to keep you all in our thoughts and prayers and hoping you are all managing to stay safe and well during this time.  

Todays app of the day is:  Hopscotch-Programming for kids - for all those budding coding and software programming enthusiasts, this is the app for you!  
Todays website of the day is:  www.pobble365.com - everyday you will be shown a different image to help create your very own story! Today's picture is Animal Town - lots of imaginative stories can come from this! 

Friday 27th March:
As always we are wishing our entire school community good health and keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers. 

Todays app of the day is:  Maths Champions lite for kids 
website of the day is:  www.worldofdavidwalliams.com - every day at 11am, a new audio story is released for free on sound cloud.  Just scroll down to where it says 'elevenses' - click on this and you will be taken to the story of the day!  The story for today is all about Hank's Pranks! It's a good one! 

Thursday 26th March:
Today our schools across SLC moved into a Hub model of working to support all our Category 1&2 Key Workers needing support with Childcare.  This means that we won't see our pupils for some time and although this is very difficult for all of us, we are all still working hard to make sure you can keep in touch with us and we can provide different ideas, websites, apps and activities you can all be doing at home.  We will also keep you posted with any updates as and when we have them.  

Todays app of the day is: 10 Minutes a Day Times Tables 
Todays website of the day is:  'audible' - Kid Normal by Greg James and Chris Smith is free to download today!  A great book suitable for 8-12 year olds.  Go and download it and listen to this great story - 6hours long!! (also available via googleplay store!)

For now, please look after yourselves and each other and know that our thoughts and prayers are with all our families at this time.  

Wednesday 18th March 2020:
With Home Learning Packs being issued tomorrow, we have also prepared a list of websites and apps for children to access whilst at home.  These are available in the packs but also using the links below.  

Online Numeracy and Maths activities 

Online Literacy activities 

Tuesday 17th March 2020:
Further to our post yesterday with regards to the Lion King going ahead, as you will now be aware via the School App, this event has been cancelled.  We ask for your patience whilst we discuss with the theatre the plans for refund/exchange.  We really hope we will be able to use these tickets for another show later in the year. 
All other extra curricular events and school trips are now also cancelled going forward.  We will keep our families up to date with all new information as and when we have it.  Please ensure you have access to our school app.  If you need support downloading or accessing, please visit the school office and we will be happy to help.  

Monday 16th March 2020:
Thank you to all those who have downloaded our Parent App.  We stress now more than ever that it is essential that at least one person in every household has access to the App to keep up to date with this ever changing situation surrounding COVID-19.  As posted on our App this morning, our school is very much open and fucntioning as normal!  We understand parental concerns and would continue to encourage our families to remain vigilant and follow advice issued by NHS and the Scottish Government.  As a school we will continue to do all we can to keep our staff and pupils safe by maintaining high standards of hygiene and following advice given.  
Please note that unless otherwise instructed by the Playhouse Theatre in Edinburgh, our trip to see The Lion King will still go ahead on Wednesday.

Monday 9th March 2020:
Thank you to everyone who has submitted an entry to our 'I Can Read Anywhere' competition.  We have had some great photos sent in.  Entries close this Friday 13th March and our final winner will be annonced.  

Thank you also to all those who have downloaded our new Parent App.  If you have not already downloaded this, please do so as soon as possible.   This is where all the up to the minute information will be posted, as well as newsletters and dates for your diaries.  If you have any trouble downloading or accessing the app, please contact the school office and we will be happy to help.  

Our Lenten Fundraisers continue this week with Crazy Hair Day.  Pupils should still wear uniform but can make their hair as crazy as they like!  As this is part of our charity fundraisers, pupils are asked to pay £1 or make another donation.  Thank you for all your support with this.  

Monday 24th February 2020:
This week will have Ash Wednesday Mass in St. Mark's Church at 10am - weather permitting.  Should this change, we will inform parents as early as possible.  

You will have seen in our latest Newsletter that on 5th March at Parents Evening we will launch our new Parents App.  This will be a new, efficient way to keep up to date with all the latest goings on in the school.  Please make sure you bring your phone that evening and there will be plenty of staff on hand to help you download and access the app.  

Primary 3-6 also found out last week that they will be heading to see The Lion King on Wednesday 18th March.   This is a really exciting opportunity for the pupils so please make sure you return the permission slip as soon as possible.  

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Welcome To Our School

Welcome to St Mark’s Primary School!

Our school Vision, Values and Aims, were created through consultation with our whole school community and they are at the heart of what we do. Our school vision is that “St Mark’s is a place of faith and learning: where we love and care for each other, work hard and always try our best, following the example of Jesus our teacher.” As a catholic school our ethos reflects Gospel values and as such we recognise the importance of inclusion, nurture, and the spiritual development of our young people. Our school values are Respectful, Hardworking, Kind, Caring and Honest, and Resilient and we have created our school aims to reflect these.

Within St Mark’s we recognise that literacy and numeracy skills are essential platforms to future learning. All staff work hard to provide excellent learning and teaching, and to ensure that all pupils make strong progress at each stage of learning. We have a relentless focus on raising attainment, developing knowledge, understanding and skills, and increasing the ambition, aspiration and expectations of our children. We want our children to have a ‘growth mindset’, meaning that they feel confident to try, to learn from mistakes, and not to give up.

We have a very strong focus on health and wellbeing across the school, striving to support all pupil needs whatever those might be. We actively promote healthy eating and exercise, and are proud to be holders of the Sportscotland Gold School Sport Award for the second consecutive time. We have high expectations of behaviour and attitude, and encourage our children to demonstrate effort, respect, tolerance, kindness and forgiveness.

I feel very privileged to be the Head Teacher of St Mark’s Primary and I very much look forward to working with everyone within our school community as we continue to implement improvement and change to make our school the very best it can be. I encourage you to engage as much as possible in the life of the school as so much can be achieved when we all work together in partnership! As Pope Francis says, “You will build the future, with your hands, with your love, with your passions, with your dreams. Together with others.”

Elaine O’Donnell
Head Teacher

Elaine O'Donnell
Head Teacher