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12 June 2020

Clothing Grants

If you received a grant last year you do not need to apply this year, GCC will pay you automatically in early July. You must however let GCC know now if your circumstances have changed such as your bank details or address.

Visit the GCC website at under the Clothing Grants and Free School Meals section to complete an online enquiry form.

If you are a new applicant, forms will be available on our website mid-July, once the automatic payments have been made.

For S5 or S6 pupils (aged 16+), grants are paid after pupils have returned to school.

To find out more information please visit the GCC website:


Summer Reading Challenge

The 2020 Summer Reading Challenge, running from 5th June to mid-September has a new digital format to encourage children to enjoy the benefits of reading for pleasure over the summer holidays.

This year, the Reading Challenge’s Silly Squad will celebrate funny books, happiness and laughter. Children taking part in the Challenge will join the Silly Squad, an adventurous team of animals who love to have a laugh and get stuck into all sorts of funny books! The website is free to access and features games, quizzes and downloadable activities.

With school life disrupted and many children missing the company of their friends, this year’s fun-filled Challenge will be all the more vital as a way of helping parents and carers find fun, family-friendly activities, maintain literacy levels and create a safe space for children to connect with their peers.

You can sign up for the Challenge at

You can find out how to join Glasgow Libraries online service to borrow ebooks and audio books on our school's website by clicking here.


Parents’ Q&A with Deputy First Minister John Swinney – Tuesday 16th June

The National Parent Forum of Scotland is delighted to announce a live Q&A with John Swinney, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills.

This event will take place on Tuesday 16th June, 7pm – 8.30pm.

This event is an opportunity for parents to receive answers to their questions about the impact of COVID-19 on our children and issues related to the ‘blended’ learning approach for schools re-opening on the 11th August.

The Q&A will focus on the current situation and efforts to get back to school in August so questions submitted should be on that subject.

NPFS Chair, Joanna Murphy, will be directing questions live to Mr Swinney. These questions will be collected from parents in advance of the meeting, so please make sure you have emailed your question(s). This is to ensure we cover as many issues and concerns as possible.

Please submit your questions in advance (as soon as possible but by midday on Tuesday) to:

If you would like to register, click here.


National Parent Forum Scotland Newsletter

Click here to read the latest newsletter from the National Parent Forum of Scotland. It contains details about:

  • Parent Q&A with Deputy First Minister John Swinney
  • Parent Guidance on the Cirriculum for Excellence in the recovery phase
  • Learning together Maths Webinars
  • Parent Surveys

The NPFS is working in partnership with ‘Count On Us’ with the Support of Education Scotland to bring 8 online numeracy and mathematics events for parents in June 2020. These ‘Learning Together’ sessions will focus on the use of interactive and visual methods to help you and your child confidently engage with numeracy and mathematics problems, whilst supporting learning at home.

Numeracy and mathematics is so important for everyday life. Join them for Tuesday's session from 10am-10.45am (16/06/2020) on Fractions, Decimals, and Percentages, or catch up on this and any other sessions on their NPFS YouTube channel. For a list of all sessions and for more information, click here.

Education Scotland Newsletter

Click here to read the latest issue of the Education Scotland weekly newsletter from their website.

This weekly newsletter has ideas, hints and tips for parents and carers, including activities that children can do on their own at home or families can do together.

These activities are intended to complement the activities provided by your school and help your child have a broad range of learning experiences during the school closures. Follow this link to subscribe to the Parents and Carers newsletter.

Connect Scotland

Connect Scotland is hosting a free webinar The Power of Positive Relationships: inspiring children to achieve their true potential at 2pm June 17. Click here to book your place. With Bruce Adamson, Maureen McAteer & Eileen Prior.

Click here to subscribe for the Connect eNewsletter.