The Rag Bag Scheme

IMG_1086 1St Mark’s Primary School is proud to announce that we have recently become ‘rag-baggers’.

The Rag Bag Scheme increases awareness about textile recycling and by increasing recycling rates we can help the environment by ensuring less material goes to landfill.

The metal outdoor bank is the perfect solution for recycling on a regular basis.

The collection bank is located inside the school grounds at the drop-off area.

Items Collected:

  • Wearable Clothing
  • Paired Shoes
  • Handbags
  • Belts

Please use this facility as much as you wish, thank you!

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Sports for Champions Initiative

Mr Brownlie delivered a very informative whole school assembly recently to inform pupils about our school participating in the Sports for Champions Initiative.

Assembly (Mr Brownlie) (1)Mr Brownlie spoke about Sports For Champions, and informed the whole school that inspiration and motivation can bring a world of difference to undiscovered potential, and through a Fitness Challenge we can achieve this.

Assembly (Mr Brownlie) (3)


Each child is capable of greatness, of becoming a champion, and the aims at Sports for Champions is to bring out that champion with self belief and determination.

Liam with parents


We look forward to welcoming a team of athletes on Friday 29th January. A very special guest we have attending is Liam Davie, a silver medallist at the Commonwealth Games, he will be involved in supporting take this initiative forward.

School Uniform

In adherence to the South Lanarkshire Policy, it is stressed to families that there are forms of dress which are unacceptable in all schools such as:

  • the wearing of football colours
  • clothing with slogans that may cause offense (anti-religious, symbolism or political slogans)
  • clothing which advertises alcohol, tobacco or drugs
  • clothing which can be deemed unsuitable in terms of health and safety grounds such as shell suits, combat style clothing, dangling earrings and loose fitting clothes particularly in practical classes
  • articles of clothing that could be deemed to inflict damage on other pupils or be used by others to do so
  • footwear that may damage flooring

We urge pupils and families to ensure that we adhere to these rules at all times and thank you for your support and cooperation in this.

Active Schools

tony gilhooly


Tony Gilhooly, Active Schools Co-ordinator – St John Ogilvie Learning Community provides wonderful experiences for children of this cluster.

Throughout this session, he has involved our children in a range of wonderful opportunities to participate in sport within school.

The most recent and upcoming event in school is the ‘Multi Sports Club’ sessions that have been offered to Primary 4 and Primary 5 children. We have had a great response from children willing to be involved and these will run across two blocks for a 4 week period:

Block 1 :

Tuesday 26th January

Tuesday 2nd February

Tuesday 16th February

Tuesday 23rd February

Block 2 :

Tuesday 1st March

Tuesday 8th March

Tuesday 15th March

Tuesday 22nd March

Children involved in Block 1 have signed and returned permission slips. Children involved in Block 2 will receive their permission slips in due course.

Catholic Education Week: ‘Learning to be Merciful’

Catholic schools and parishes across Scotland will celebrate Catholic Education Week from 30th January to 6th February 2016.

The theme this year is ‘Learning to be Merciful’.

On Sunday 31st January, as part of our celebration of Catholic Education, the school would appreciate it if families would come together for Mass on Sunday 31st January 2016 at 10:30am in St. Peter’s Church.

It will be a symbol of our belief and support of Catholic Education, to attend with all of our children wearing their school uniform including a school blazer, for those who have it.

Sports for Champions Initiative

St Mark’s Primary School are delighted to welcome Liam Davie, an artistic gymnast who qualified for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.

Liam with parentsLiam will be attending the school on Friday 29th January 2016 in support of the ‘Sports for Champions Initiative’. The children and staff are very excited to welcome him along with a team of coaches. All children will participate in a whole school workshop, listening, learning and being motivated by this young athletes experiences. When the workshop is finished, all children will attend, in classes, a section of 3 circuits coached and led by Liam himself.

We think this will be an informative and educational experience for all children involved!