St Mary's Primary and Nursery Cumbernauld

St Mary's Primary, Cumbernauld School Badge

St. Mary's Primary School is a Roman Catholic, co-educational Primary School covering the stages of primary 1 to 7. We also have a non-denominational nursery. The school caters for pupils living in the Seafar, Ravenswood and Greenfaulds areas of the town. Children come from Cumbernauld village, Dullatur, Castlecary, Luggiebank, Westerwood and Carrickstone. St. Mary's first opened in temporary accommodation in August 1965. Transfer to our present premises in a quiet residential area took place in August 1968.

Outside View of St Mary's Primary Cumbernauld

In our Nursery school we have places for 30 children in the morning session (9am until 11.30am) and 30 children in the afternoon session (1.00pm until 3.30pm).

The nursery staff and parents/guardians work very closely together and strong positive relationships ensure the best possible start for our children on their educational journey. When a nursery child has their initial visits we encourage the parent/guardian to remain with them for a couple of sessions to ensure that the child is happy and secure. The nursery has lots of activities over and above the normal daily curricular experiences i.e. daily toothbrushing and talks from the dental health visitor. The nursery follows the Curriculum for Excellence curriculum for early years. We are presently piloting parental workshop sessions called: Growing Together, Learning Forever. This is proving to be very enjoyable for all.

In St. Mary's we are very keen for our children to participate in all aspects of the local and wider community as this helps to promote a sense of citizenship. We have close links with the community nurse, police and fire service. Our pupils participate in local competitions and initiatives, whenever possible. At Christmas we entertain the senior citizens by inviting them to enjoy our Christmas Show followed by tea, coffee and cakes. Our staff and Parental Council members are all involved in this event. In February we are successfully involved in the Burns Federation of Cumbernauld's Annual event in the local community centre. Our Daffodil Tea takes place annually whereby parents and family members are invited into school to enjoy some entertainments and refreshments.

Our children are encouraged to participate in out of school hours sports activities, badminton, handball, basketball, art, ICT and French, to name but a few. Our children are heavily involved in the decision making within our school through committees. This involves Enterprise Committee, Junior Road Safety Officers, Pupil Council, Charity Committee and the Fair Trade committee. House Captains are voted for annually to promote the sense of leadership and aspiration with the pupils. Buddies are also encouraged with the senior pupils and the younger children who will be coming to our school from the nursery in order to establish a relationship before they come into our school. Throughout the year all pupils are involved in the fund-raising activities and achievements are promoted in the local press.

Primary 7 are given the opportunity to experience a five day residential trip e.g. Kilbowie Outdoor Centre (near Oban). This is a wonderful experience for all of our children and we encourage your children to take up this invitation wholeheartedly.

Swimming is mandatory at the Primary 5 stage and is part of the educational programme provided by North Lanarkshire Council. We are keen for our pupils to participate in educational outings related to the curriculum. Instrumental tuition is also available in brass instruments.

Our school actively encourages a close link with all parents. This helps us to know, understand and support our children to a greater extent, as well as developing the best possible relationships between child, parents and school. We regard partnership with parents as vital. We maintain regular written contact through our monthly newsletter. This is the main communication with our parents. It is essential in keeping them informed about the many events and activities which our parents are invited to share with their children and the school family. We have regular assemblies for Curriculum for Excellence whereby our children can deliver presentations on aspects of their learning not only to fellow pupils but also to their parents and families. Parents are invited into the school for an 'open afternoon', visit prior to the parents evening interviews.

Volunteer parents help out with excursions and in preparing for activities and events.

We fully appreciate all help from our parents and we are always in need of their support no matter how great or small this may be.

As a Catholic School, St. Mary's has a fundamental link with the local parishes of Sacred Heart and St Josephs. We work very closely with our colleagues of St. Margaret of Scotland and St. Andrew's Primaries. Priests from both parishes directly support the Faith and Learning which underpins the whole school ethos.

Pupils normally transfer from primary to secondary between the ages of 11.5years and 12.5 years. This provides the opportunity for the completion of at least four years of secondary education. Pupils from St. Mary's normally transfer to Our Lady's High School, Downfield Road, Cumbernauld. A well structured programme of primary and secondary liaison with Our Lady's High School assists with the transaction from P7 to S1 and ensures that our children look forward to the challenges of high school with confidence. This programme includes member of staff from the secondary school teaching a four week block of the their specialist subject in Primary 7. A parent information evening is held in the High School, where the Head Teacher and members of staff discuss aspects of transition and the secondary curriculum. Frequent meetings are held where the Head Teacher's of the associated primaries meet with the Head Teacher of Our Lady's and the assistant head teacher for S1. Primary 7 teachers and guidance also meet to hand over information.

 

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