Glasgow City Council Welcome to Dunard Primary School & Nursery Class

GOING TO SCHOOL FAQ

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We have put together a series of questions we think many Parents/Carers new to our school would like answered.

We would be very grateful if you could please e-mail any additional questions you think should be included here so we can add them in for next year’s Parents/Carers.

 

What are the school times?

We open at 8am for “Breakfast Club”.  Cordia supervise the children in Breakfast Club until 8 45am.  The cost of breakfast is £1 or it is free of charge for children who have free meal entitlement.  Children are escorted into the yard at 8 45am, and there is an adult presence between 8:45 and 9:00am. Classes start at 9am.  The school day ends at 3pm. 

Morning interval is from 10:30-10:45am and lunch is from 12:15-1:00pm.

The children have 5 hours teaching each day.  Primary 1 attend school for a half day until the first Monday in September.  Thereafter, they attend until 3:00pm.

Parents drop their child off in the school yard from 8 45am onwards unless children attend our breakfast club.  Our PSA provides an adult presence.  Please ensure that you close the school gate when leaving to ensure the safety of all our children.

 

What do I do if my child is unable to attend school?

For Primary 1-7 children, you should contact the Pupil Absence Reporting Line on 0141 287 0039 as soon as possible (and no longer contact the school directly) and advise the "hub" on the reason for which your child will be absent and how long the absence should last. 

For children attending the Nursery Class, please contact the Nursery Class directly on 0141 946 2808  as soon as possible (or the school if no answer: School 0141 946 1417).

All absences must be reported - children should not be kept off unless it is essential.

 

Attendance is monitored and we aim to have an average attendance of 96%.

If your child has an unexplained absence, our school office will contact you first by text – this is one of the reasons we need you to ensure your contact numbers are up to date. 

If the text does not yield a response we will contact you by phone.  These procedures form part of our Duty of Care responsibilities.  Please ensure that attendance remains above 96%.  Children whose attendance and timekeeping are very good do better at school.                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

 

Leave of Absence

Sometimes parents/carers may need to request leave of absence for their child.  This should be done by writing to or e-mailing the Head Teacher

If the request is granted, a form, obtained from the school office, should be completed/ submitted to the office.

If the absence is scheduled to be over 2 months, then we may have to remove the child from the register.

 

Mid-morning snacks

Children are encouraged to bring a healthy snack to school (eg piece of fruit). Snacks are also available from the Dinner Hall.  The most healthy drink is water to rehydrate children.  As we are a Health Promoting School, fizzy drinks, high sugar drinks and energy drinks are not permitted.

Parents/Carers are asked to ensure that children are not given nuts or nut products for their lunch or snack as other children may have allergies.

 

How does the Dinner Hall work?

Primary 1 – 3 eat for free in the lunch hall.  P4-P7 children can either pay for their lunch (this shall be  £1.70 from August 2015) or they may be entitled to a free school meal if a parent is eligible and applies: (Free School Meals) or can bring a packed lunch - Children opt into school lunches on a daily basis.

Our P1-P3 children go for lunch first, supervised by teaching staff. Primary 4-7 children go for lunch on a rota basis to ensure equality and fairness.

Cordia are the arm’s length Council Service responsible for operating the Dinner Hall and the Breakfast Club.  Menus, based on a week one and week two structure, are distributed on a regular basis: Primary Fuel Zone.  Copies of menus are available on our website.

All food served in the Dinner Hall is compliant with the guidelines from the Scottish Government in their “Hungry for Success” policy.  A Halal menu and a vegetarian option are always available.  Any child with a medical diet can be accommodated.

  

Children with packed lunches

All P1-7 children with packed lunches eat lunch either in the dining hall or at the packed lunch seating, which is supervised by a staff member. Some Parents/Carers or younger children prefer this.

Some Parents/Carers like the idea of their child sitting outside eating their packed lunch with friends.  We have picnic tables in the play areas for the warmer weather and they are supervised by Pupil Support Assistants.

All children are entitled to free milk with their lunch.

 

Who teaches my child?

All classes have a designated class teacher and there are on occasion, two teachers when a job share arrangement is in place. 

In addition to the class teacher, on occasion, other teachers will be responsible for some aspects of the curriculum during the week. This is because class teachers have a contractual agreement that means the maximum they can teach in any one week is 22.5 hours.

If there is more than one class in each stage then the teachers may organise the teaching groups across the stage and so your child could have a different teacher, other than his/her class teacher, for maths as an example.

We also have an English as an Additional Language (EAL) teacher, who works throughout the school. On occasion the Department Head will time table herself into a class to support learning. 

Finally we have Nursery Class – P7 assemblies every week – the Depute Heads and Head Teacher take assemblies.

 

What are PSAs?

PSAs stands for Pupil Support Assistants. 

We have a number of PSAs and PSA SFL (Support for Learning) in our school. These are skilled individuals who work under the direction of the Head Teacher and class teacher to support learning in the class. 

They also supervise the children in the playground, accompany children on trips and help with resources and display work.

 

 What are Assemblies and when are they held?

Assemblies take place every week in the Gym Hall.  Each class prepares a presentation on a rotational basis; we sing songs, discuss school rules, celebrate achievements and promote our school ethos and values.

 

 
What happens in the playground?

We have two playgrounds, one for the infants (P1-3) and the other for upper children (P4-7), located on either side of the school, both to be entered and exited through separate gates.

The playgrounds are separated out for safety reasons and to give the children space to play.

Each play area is supervised by a number of Pupil Support Assistants, the janitor and, in the case of the infant playground, Buddies at certain times.

Buddies are P7 children who have been trained to play with, support and help our infant children in the playground.  They work very well with our younger children and help promote a sense of community.

A number of games and activities, led by Playground Pals (upper primary children trained to lead games and activities) are being introduced into the playgrounds from this session.

We are working on Restorative, Relational approaches to promoting positive behaviour and some of our upper primary children are trained as peer mediators.  They help to ensure that children have friends and that fall outs are resolved amicably.

 

What is a wet play?

We aim to ensure that our children can go out to their playgrounds as much and as often as possible at break times and children should always come to school dressed appropriately for the season and weather. 

However, if it is extremely wet or exceptionally cold, then we would keep the children in – that is a wet play. The children will remain in their class or go to the hall and their teachers will arrange for them to choose from a range of activities.  PSAs, Buddies and members of the management team supervise the children.

 

How do you deal with Medical Issues?

Parents/Carers complete a medical consent form when their child is enrolled and the office keeps a note of all of the medical conditions made known to us. 

We should be informed of any changes in medical conditions immediately.

Parents/Carers of children who require to use an inhaler should ensure that they have a spare one in school.  These will normally be labelled and stored in the school office available for use by the child as required.  Children are encouraged to take these independently.

If a parent requires a child to take medicine during the school day, the medicine should be handed into the school office, a form, provided by the office, should be completed/signed when handing in the medication (a note clearly explaining what is required should also be provided).  Only medication prescribed by the doctor and instructions clearly labelled may be supervised by staff members.

 

Who deals with First Aid?

We have a number of First Aiders in the school.  Jane Hogg, one of our PSAs, is our designated First Aider and is also responsible for the storage and management of medicines, the assessment of a child’s injury or condition and the administration associated with First Aid.

If a child sustains a minor injury in school then it will be treated by our First Aider.  If a child has a head bump, even if it is minor, then the parent will be informed via our ‘bumped head’ note.  If a child has a serious injury or is unwell then the parent will be contacted and the situation discussed.  If it is a very serious injury the school office would contact the parent.  If we were unable to make contact with a parent or if the child needed immediate medical care we would arrange for the child to be taken to Yorkhill HospitalFor this reason, it is absolutely vital that we have accurate emergency contact details for all of our Parents/Carers.

We have clear procedures if a child soils him/herself at school.  This involves contacting and informing the parent that the child has had an accident and needs to be changed.  The school would not change a child (unless in exceptional circumstances) for reasons of cross contamination, personal dignity of the child and possible child protection considerations.  We would move the child to a toilet and provide wipes and a change of clothing.  Again this highlights the need for up to date emergency contact details.

 

What is the policy on Homework?

Homework provides an important link between the school and the home. We acknowledge that Parents/Carers and children lead busy lives and we try, for our older pupils in particular, to hand out homework at the beginning of the week and collect it back in at the end of the week.  This enables families to plan when homework can be done so that it does not interfere with other arrangements.

Homework consists of reading practice, spelling/phonics practice, maths, topic work, shared home learning and individual projects.  The length of time to complete tasks varies but as a general rule infant homework takes about 10 - 15 minutes per session and older children would expect to spend 20-30 minutes on their homework each day Monday - Thursday.

Many classes are offering shared home learning activities which promote personalisation, choice, challenge and enjoyment.

 

How do I know how my child is doing?

We hold two Parents/Carers’ evenings per session (usually October/November and April/May) and produce an annual report (sent out at the end of May).  For many Parents/Carers the annual report, plus the information gained from working with their child on homework, provides sufficient information and reassurance on their child’s progress.  Class newsletters and assemblies help to keep parents informed.

However if you have any concerns or require any further information you can either request a meeting with your child’s class teacher for the end of the day, or you can contact the Department Head and arrange a meeting.

The Depute Heads/Headteacher are:

Nursery - P3 Ms Natalie Morrison (Acting Depute Head Teacher) (Ms Caroline Linskaill from August 2015)

P4 - 7 Mrs Julie McGrinder

Head Teacher Mrs Annemarie Connolly

They are happy to meet with you at any time.  Please contact the school office to make an appointment for a mutually convenient time.

 

Do Pupils have a voice?

Yes they do! We actively encourage pupil participation in our school. We have a Pupil Council and an ECO-School Committee. Dunard Eco Committee has been awarded two green flags and our Pupil Council lets us know how we can improve. Children are elected to these committees. We also have our Junior Road Safety Officers, our Travel Plan Team, our Finer Diners, our Buddies, our Playground Pals, our pupil run Credit Union, our Charity Events committee and we are developing Eco responsibilities for all of our children.

In addition we have suggestion boxes throughout the school and all classes have suggestion slips and Pupil Concern Logs, which the children can use to raise issues or make suggestions (and they are encouraged to use them).  Circle Time and Bubble Time are active listening systems within each class and provide a weekly forum for ideas/suggestions.

 

Do Parents/Carers have a Voice?

We are very fortunate to have an active and supportive Parent Council in our school. Everyone is welcome to get involved. The Parent Council meets every six weeks, during each session and more details can be obtained by contacting the Parent Council.

The Parent Council also has an extended “arm” called the Dunard Fast Fundraisers, who are in charge of organising fundraising events (eg Christmas Fayre, Fancy Dress Party, etc.)

 

 

What about After School/lunchtime Clubs?

We run a variety of after school and lunchtime clubs for our pupils P1-P7.  This session we have had gymnastics, Football, Badminton and Tennis, Basketball, Squash, Dance, Traditional Games, Natural Play, Chess, Lego and Maths Challenge for our pupils.  Letters are issued offering spaces for these clubs.

 

Is there After Care / Out of School Provision?

There are three, privately run Out of School clubs. The Dunard Afterschool Care is based in our school. Maryhill Out of School Services and Safe till Six collect the children from our School and take them to Maryhill Community Central Hall.

 

Lost Property

We store lost property in the Gym Hall. We would ask all Parents/Carers to help reduce the amount of lost property by ensuring that their child’s clothing and property has his/her name on it. Children should not bring valuable items to school.  Mobile phones are not permitted.

 

When is PE?

Each class has two hours of Physical Education every week. There is a time table drawn up to accommodate all classes. Our policy is that children should bring their PE Kit in on a Monday and take it home for washing on a Friday. That way they will always have their PE kit. The PE kit is a t-shirt, shorts and sand shoes. Each child has a coat hook outside their class where a gym bag with their PE kit should be stored. For Health and Safety reasons all jewellery must be removed. It is not advisable to wear jewellery to school.  If you are going to let your child have his/her ears pierced please arrange to do this at the start of the summer holidays as they have to be kept in for six weeks.

When appropriate, PE will be taken outdoors.

 

How can I voice any feedback about the School/Nursery Class?

If you have any suggestion/ideas or wish to give positive feedback (or raise an issue) please contact the Depute Heads/Headteacher through the school office on 0141 946 1417. We will try and address any suggestion, or resolve any issue fairly and effectively.  We have pupil, staff and parent concern logs and investigate all complaints timeously.

In the case of issues, we would hope that all can be resolved at a local level and we work hard to ensure this is the case, however if required, Glasgow City Council Education Services have a Customer Liaison Unit.