St Marys Nursery School


Welcome back everyone, we hope you all enjoyed a lovely Christmas and New Year.

Thank you to everyone who helped and contributed to the successful Craft Fayre. The proceeds of the fayre will go towards our Enterprise fund. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all parents/carers and extended families for supporting the children with such great enthusiasm at our Nativity concert. Proceeds will go towards our ICT fund.

We are very happy to welcome our new children and hope they have fun making new friends here at St Mary’s


Birthday Roll

Madeleine Wood 5th
Ethan Kelly 6th
Louisa Caven 11th
Ava Frame 31st



Burns Day/ Special Shake ’n’ Wake

We will be celebrating Burns day on Friday 24 January. We will be having a Scottish themed Shake ‘n’ Wake on the day to which all parents/carers and families are invited.
Our cafe will be Scottish fare for the children to sample.

Registration 2014/15

Children born between 1st March 2010 and 28th February 2012 MUST register in January 2014 to qualify for nursery provision for the 2014-15 school year.

Registration week is w/c 20 January 2014.
This can be done at the Nursery - please pop in or give us a call to discuss - it is essential that registration is submitted at the appropriate time to ensure you secure your child's place

Starting in August 2014, funding provision is for 600 hours
5 sessions per week 08:30am to 11:45am
Term Time Monday to Friday
Provision is FREE from your child's 3rd birthday!



Primary School Registration

Primary one registration will take place week commencing 13 January 2014

Please refer to notice board in corridor for registration days and times for the individual schools.

Starting School

What we will be learning about in the new term

In January the children will be learning about WINTER , we will be learning about the weather, wildlife, the environment and our community. We will be exploring cold colours and science activities; we will be learning songs and nursery rhymes relating to Winter, Burns Day and Chinese new year

We will also be looking at the children’s interests, please inform staff of anything specific your child is talking about at home

Dates for your diary

W/C 13th School Registration
W/C 20th Nursery Registration
24th– Burns Day celebration and special Shake n Wake
28th— Parent/ Carer group meeting

4th Trip to St Mungos Museum – Chinese New Year



Author of the Month

Mick Inkpen is our author for December. He has written many internationally acclaimed children's books including The Blue Balloon and Wibbly Pig. We know him best for his series of Kipper books. We would encourage you to read any story book to your child but this month we would like you to read a Mick Inkpen Book. If you have a favourite book or author that you would recommend please let us know.


Policy Reviews

The policies we are reviewing this month are in the corridor for parent/carers to review. We would be grateful if you could take time to have a look at these and leave comments or suggestions.




Please continue to bring your old clothes, shoes, bags and curtains for our recycle bin.

Remember we recycle old batteries, glasses, milk and juice tops, paper and mobile phones. All going to well worthy causes.



Bookbug Session

A book bug session will be organised when Mrs Curran returns in February. We wish her a speedy recovery.

Bits and Bobs

Could all parents/carers ensure that all clothes and shoes have your child’s name inside. Thank you.

Library books—if any books are lost or damaged please advise Mrs Nisbet. This is to allow us to replace books. Thank You

If you have any worries or anxieties about your child, please feel free to speak with your child’s Key Worker or Janet.

Remember that we have an open door policy at St Mary’s Nursery School and you can come and join us at any time.

If you have any ideas for our newsletter or would like to comment on the existing format please email us



Newsletter March 2014

Eco News

Two of our children were very busy out and about Kirkintilloch last week with Mrs Mundy.  First, they visited the British Heart Foundation charity shop to give them a cheque for £50 which we raised on Ramp up the Red Day. Then they took glasses (over 40 pairs), into Vision Express for the Sight Savers charity, and finally,they handed in bottle tops to the Park Centre for the wheelchair fund. Well done to all of you for donating!

Our Rag Bag bin was emptied last week and over £60 was raised for our ECO projects. There will be a special Rag Bag event in April, so get those wardrobes cleared out and help us win £1000 for the nursery. More information will be in the April newsletter.

Exciting times ahead as we work towards our 4th Green Flag and ECO SCHOOL status.

From Monday 3 March we will be collecting old jewellery (any condition) for the Alzheimer’s Society. Please visit the website

We will also be collecting old writing instruments, old pens and pencils (no wooden pencils or crayons please) for Terracycle. Website -

We will be having a BANANA week starting on the 3 March for our Fair Trade Fortnight focus, lots of banana activities finishing off with a ‘Go Bananas in Pyjamas’ special Shake ‘n Wake on Friday 7 March. These events are to highlight the plight of banana farmers in Columbia.  We will be making a graph showing  how many bananas we eat in nursery and at home. Please bring in Fair Trade banana wrappers for our chart.

In the first few weeks of March the nursery is expecting delivery of 30 tree saplings from the Woodland Trust.  In conjunction with East Dunbartonshire Council and Stuart and team from the Mugdock Park Ranger Service, we will be planting trees in a designated area at Luggiebank in Kirkintilloch. If you would like to help out and plant a tree with your child, please see Miss Maguire.

As part of our link with the community the nursery is working with the Royal Bank of Scotland in Cowgate to enhance our town centre. The children and parent helpers will be planting flowers, to make scented, herb, butterfly and children’s garden pots. This is an exciting project for the nursery and we hope to get as many helpers as possible. Please speak to Miss Maguire if you are interested in helping out - we need painters as well as gardeners!
pots and plants

What we will be learning about in March

In March the children will be learning about SPRING.   They will learn about weather, wildlife, the environment and our community. They will also be exploring spring colours and science activities; learning about baby animals, animal homes and songs and nursery rhymes relating to spring. These activities will be in conjunction with our Homes and Houses theme.

lambs in spring
 We will also be looking at the children’s interests, please inform staff of anything specific your child is talking about at home.

Dates for your diary
March 2014

4:   Parent/ Carer Meeting
6:  World Book Day
7:   Go Bananas in Pyjamas - Special Shake ‘n’ Wake
25: Trip to Burrell Collection
27:  Trip to Queen Street Station


 Kim Lewis

 Author of the Month

Kim Lewis’s stories and pictures are one of the best attempts you are ever likely to find at capturing both the magical kingdoms of early childhood and some special places in the Northumberland countryside that are still out there to be rediscovered.


End of the Morning

When collecting your child from their group at the end of the session please enter through the hall side doors and exit through the doors at the back of the hall.  Additionally, please park prams in the corridor next to the library.   Thank you.

Birthday Roll

Sean Lowrie
Emma Hay
Liam Simpson
Oliver Watkins


We are collecting Sainsbury’s vouchers again.  Please put donations into our box in the corridor.  Thank you.

Parent/Carer/Eco meeting

The meeting will take place on Tuesday 4 March at 10.30am. All parent/carers are welcome to come along and join Mrs MacDonald for a cup of tea/coffee and discuss issues relating to our nursery.

Policy Reviews

The policies we are reviewing this month are on the blue cupboard doors in the corridor.  We would be grateful if you could take time to have a look at these and leave comments or suggestions.  Thank you.

Car Park
A reminder that our car park operates a one way system around the church halls.  Parents/carers are asked to park responsibly, respecting the yellow boxes and the disabled parking areas which are reserved for badge holders only. This enables traffic to flow through properly, particularly at home time when the car park is at its busiest and on Wednesdays when a service takes place in the church.
Please keep your speed low to ensure the safety of all pedestrians crossing the car park area and when approaching and exiting through the church gates onto the Cowgate.  Please ensure that the information regarding the safe use of the car park is passed along to anyone who is involved in picking up/dropping off your child.  
We hope you understand why these procedures are important and thank you for your co-operation.

If you have any ideas for our newsletter or would like to comment on the nursery or existing format please email us


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