Messages from the headteacher and Executive Director of Education

The message below was sent to all headteachers on Saturday 3 March by the Executive Director of Education. I will assess the situation regarding, weather, access to the school and staffing levels mid-day on Sunday 3 March. I will then text parents mid afternoon with an update.

Wendy Cameron

Head Teacher




We are continuing to put messages out on social media to update parents and staff. Our position announced yesterday remains the same – we are working on the basis that all schools and nurseries will be open on Monday.


On Monday morning, heads will need to assess their ability to keep children safely in their schools taking account of staffing, heating, etc. As ever, we should do everything we can to keep our schools and nurseries open.


I have been in touch with Cordia and over 70% of our schools and nurseries have been checked. We have arranged for the janitors in the remaining 30% to start an hour earlier on Monday.


We will be monitoring the weather over the weekend and putting a further message out on Sunday, hopefully, confirming that all will be open.




Maureen McKenna
Executive Director of Education
Education Services
Glasgow City Council
City Chambers
40 John Street
G1 1JL
Tel: 0141 287 4551
UK Council of the Year 2015


Schools have been asked to share with parents and carers the following information about transport to school. Please contact the school is you wish to ask anything about this matter.

Online Transport Applications

As you are aware, there is an obligation on local authorities to provide transport for entitled children and young people, from their registered home address to their catchment school and the return journey.  Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) arrange transport for primary and secondary children on behalf of Glasgow City Council.

 Following on from the success of the P1 Online Enrolment Form, Customer and Business Services (CBS) staff in the Corporate Integrated Transport Unit are launching a new Mainstream Transport Application form, which will allow parent/carers to apply for transport online.   The online form will be available on Glasgow City Council website for parent/carers from Monday 19 February 2018. .


In order to complete the on line application , families require to register on ‘myaccount’.  ‘myaccount’ is a free and secure sign-in service for accessing public services online in Scotland, which has been introduced by the Scottish Government.   If parents do not have an account, the system will take them through the process of creating one. However if they do not have an email address they will require to use the paper application process.


As above parent/carers were very supportive of the P1 online enrolment form and I would ask that you advise parent/carers of this change and encourage them to now apply for their child’s school transport online, via Glasgow City Council Website.


If parent/carers are unable to access the internet they can contact the Corporate Integrated Transport Unit on 0141 287 1056 and request a paper copy.


Details of this change will also be posted on GCC Facebook and Twitter for parents.


Timeframe for making a Transport Application


Applications should be made by 28 March each year and parent/carers will be notified of the outcome by end of May each year.  Applications received after 28 March will be dealt with in due course.


·        For Primary Schools, parents should be encouraged to submit transport applications when they register their child for school in November each year.  If successful transport will be granted from P1 to P7.


·        For Secondary Schools, parents should be encouraged to submit applications in February each year before their child transfers to secondary school in August - if successful transport will be granted from S1-S6.


·        Please note a fresh application is required if a family move house and / or change school

Parent/carers can apply for transport on the following grounds:



Distance Criteria

The pupil lives more than 1.2 miles away from the local primary catchment school by the shortest suitable walking route


The pupil lives more than 2.2 miles away from the local secondary catchment school by the shortest suitable walking route


Medical/Exceptional Circumstances

Parent/carers can apply for transport on medical/exceptional circumstances but will be asked to upload supporting documentation from their GP, Social Worker etc


Unsuitable Route

Where a parent/carer has a concern about the route their child takes to school.   These requests will be passed to Les Roads Section to carry out an assessment of the route.

 Local School Full

Where a child has been placed in a school nominated by Glasgow City Council as the result of no space being available in their local catchment primary or secondary school parent/carers can apply for transport in line with the distance criteria

 Privilege Seats

If spare seats exist on a dedicated transport vehicle transport may be granted on a privilege seat basis as long as there is no additional cost to the authority.    Privilege seats are awarded on an annual basis and parent/carers need to apply each year.

 Link to GCC Webpage for further Transport information -


Is your child starting school in August 2018?

Children who have a 5th birthday between 01/03/18 and 28/2/19 should enrol to start school in August 2018.


Enrolment is online using the Glasgow City Council website from

Monday 6th November - Friday 10th November 2017


If you do not have access to a computer you can request a paper form by calling 0141 287 8000


Our school is holding two Open Doors sessions on -

Monday 6 November from 9.25-10.25am and

 Monday 6 November from 3.15-4.15pm

 for parents to visit our school and learn more about how to complete the online enrolment form.

Pre-school children are welcome to visit too.



Antonine Primary School: 4 Abbotshall Avenue, Drumchapel, Glasgow G15 8PR

Phone: 0141 944 6923       

Email: headteacher










Football Pitch Access Programme - Summer Break

Following on from the Spring Break opening of the football pitches to allow free access for local young people we plan to open these again during the summer period. 

 Our football pitches will  open from 29 June 2017 to Monday 14th August inclusive from 2.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m. each day. 

 The janitor will open and close the pitch and carry out daily pitch inspections. 

 The pitches will not be open on Monday 17th July 2017 .



After School Club Evaluations

As the after school clubs have now finished for this school year this is a good time to see what has been going well and what we should look to improve upon.

Antonine has a very busy and diverse sporting after school club programme which is well attended by pupils throughout the school. We have made strong links with local sports clubs and some of our children have went on to enjoy great levels of success, fun and enjoyment from taking part in our clubs.

We would be grateful if you spare a few moments to complete the appropriate survey.

After School Club Evaluations - Parents & Carers -   

Pupils -

If you wish to discuss any issues to do with the after school clubs please contact Mr McDonnell at the school or, if you prefer, you cane send him an email -


Many thanks

BBC One's - Eat Well For Less

Hi there, 

I am writing from the hit BBC One prime time series ‘Eat Well For Less?’ which is in currently casting for the fifth series!

My reason for writing is that we are currently on the lookout for fun and lively families who would like to save some money on their weekly shop and eat more healthily. We would love it if the school would be willing to share some information with your staff and parents in case any of them would like to apply? I’ve popped some information about the series below for you.

The show follows Masterchef’s Gregg Wallace& award winning greengrocer Chris Bavin on a mission to prove that it is possible for families to save money on their food budget without scrimping on taste and nutrition.  They hope that by analysing the shopping habits of UK families, they can help to show where we can source the best and cheapest quality food.

Eating healthily and to a budget is something we feel affects most of us and we’d be really grateful if you could help us spread the word about the new series amongst your families at your school and staff by perhaps circulating a flyer or sharing something in a newsletter. I have attached a copy of the flyer to this email and we can also post paper copies out to the school if you would prefer. 

If you think you know any families/households that may be interested in appearing on the programme, please do pass on our details.

Thanks so much and I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards,

The Eat Well For Less Team

 Get in touch to apply or find out more!

0117 970 7661

Or e-mail:


Parent/Carer Online Consultation -

Every year in Term 4 our school takes time to reflect on the progress and impact of our current improvement plan (look in Our School for a copy), before deciding on the improvement priorities for the new session. When making decisions   we first gather the views of everyone in our school community. Parents and carers can get involved in giving their opinion on school improvement in the following ways:

 How?  1. Complete our online parent questionnaire. The link has been sent by text to parents.  

            Alternately, post the following link into your internet browser:


School computers are available at 3pm for families to use - just ask at our office.

 2. Join a focus group to work alongside the head teacher, parents and pupils. You have already received texts inviting you to two previous meetings. You are invited to attend as many sessions as you can. The dates and focus of the next meetings are:


When? Session 1 – Inclusion - School Vision, Values and Aims: Friday 2 June, 1-3pm

             Session 2 – Anti-bullying and LGBTI+ policy and practice:

             Wednesday 7 June, 7-8pm

             Session 3 – School Improvement Plan overview: Thursday 16 June


             (Be assured, the sessions won’t be difficult and you aren’t required

             to write anything!)

 Where?  School conference room (Tea/coffee and cakes at each meeting)

 Pupils, staff and partners will be involved in activities to give their views on school improvement.

                                                               Kind regards,

 Wendy Cameron

                                                              Head Teacher

AirTrack & Gymnastics Training for Everyone at Antonine

Over the last year the school has been in the fortunate position to have been awarded £10,000 from the Big Lottery Fund and the Drumchapel/Anniesland Area Partnership to invest in our PE provision, with a particular focus on Gymnastics.

Our Active Schools coordinator, Fiona Kirk-Friel, helped us to make a bid for a project we called ‘Spinning Antonine’. We have spent the money on upgrading our equipment, most of which was inherited from the old Drumry and Lochgoin Primary Schools. One major outlay has been on our new AirTrack. This is a fantastic piece of kit which, when fully inflated, stretches across half of our gym hall. This will help all children in the school to develop their confidence and ability in Gymnastics. In order to help us we have enlisted the help of Gina Duffy and her coaching team from Drumchapel Sports Centre. Their expertise is being used to provide every class with three sessions. These classes will help the children, and the staff, to fulfil the potential of this fantastic resource. The sessions are underway now and will be on-going until September.

We look forward to letting you know how we spend the rest of the money and hopefully you will see more confident and able children bouncing, tumbling and spinning around!

Free sewing classes for Antonine parents, family members and friends

Do you want to learn how to sew or put your sewing skills to good use? Come along to Antonine's SEW What? group and meet some new friends, or bring a friend with you and spend time relaxing and having fun.

The class is free and friendly and you can join any time.

Whe and Where??

Starts 7 March until 28th March - then starts after the Spring holidays on 18 April.

Every Tuesday 1pm-2.45pm

Opengate - Room 3, Drumchapel Shopping Centre

See our SEW What? poster in the newsletter section of this website (in the Parent Zone).