Summer Reading Challenge

Please read the message below from Hamilton Town House Library


My name is Elaine, and I am the new Children’s Assistant for Hamilton Town House Library. I am getting in touch today to introduce myself, and to share a link to our Summer Reading Challenge advert. Please do share this with your mailing list, if you are able, and hopefully this will encourage children and their carers to sign up.

Ordinarily, I would arrange to visit schools to promote the Summer Reading Challenge, but unfortunately time restraints have not allowed me to do so this year.
However, I would love to have the opportunity to visit in the new term to promote the library, and to meet you all in person. Moreover, it will be lovely to be able to welcome your staff and pupils into Hamilton Town House Library in the new term, please feel free to contact me should you wish to arrange a visit to the library for the coming academic year.

I wish you all a wonderful summer break and I look forward to hearing from you!

Summer Reading Challenge 2022 – Gadgeteers! with South Lanarkshire Libraries<>
We’re so excited to reveal the theme for the Summer Reading Challenge 2022!Get ready for Gadgeteers, arriving online and in your local library this summer.Sc…

Elaine Ferguson

Children’s Assistant

New Website for Young Person’s Free Bus Travel Scheme

Please take time to read the message we received regarding free bus travel for young people.

Morning All

Please may I ask for your support by encouraging young people and families to apply for the Young Person’s Free Bus Travel Scheme.

It would be greatly appreciated if the details of the website below could be highlighted on the school’s communication channels. Also, please feel free to share with the Parent Council.

The campaign website for the Young Persons’ Free Bus Travel is now live. Please apply.

Further information for schools

The website contains lots of helpful information for families and young people about free bus travel, how it works, how to apply, the benefits and some tips for travelling safely too. It also features the decision tool feature, to help make it easier for people to understand the different ways they can apply. 

There is also a dedicated page with digital resources for stakeholders. You are welcome to look over these and make use of any relevant materials.

The resources available include: 

  • The updated customer service toolkit 
  • Digital marketing materials such as posters and leaflets

These materials will be updated as required but will always be hosted on the resources for stakeholders’ section of If you require any more information, or if there are any further digital assets that you feel would be beneficial, please feel free to get in touch.>

Kind regards


 New website for Young Person’s Free Bus Travel Scheme Louise Jenkins | Senior Communications Officer 

Raffle Winners

Thank you to all who supported the School Fayre on Saturday and to those who bought tickets for our Raffle Draw.

Here are our winners:

Raffle Prize Winners

Flowers– Mrs Robb

Cake– Miss Bannatyne

Hampers/ Gift Bags

Cayden room 5

Holly K room 14

Logan room 12

Callum W room 9

Miss Cooper room 10

Oliver room 2

Merryn room 15

Evie room 7

Mrs Wylie- office

Mrs Milligan room 5

Cooper room 6

Lewis room 12

Aston room 14

Kara room 2

Macy room 14

Kai room 9

Mrs Gaffney room 13

Lucky winners can collect the prizes from the school office. Please be prepared for the fact that some prizes and heavy to carry.

Plant Sale and School Fayre

St John’s Primary Parent Council


Saturday 14th May 2022 – 10am till 12pm

Dear Parents/Carers – The Parent Council are delighted that the Spring Fayre and plant sale will return this May after a 2 year absence due to lockdowns and restrictions.  The fayre will be held in the playground and will feature:

  • Excellent quality bedding plants from a Lanarkshire plant nursery
  • Stall selling Home Baking
  • Raffle tickets on sale to win gift hampers – raffle tickets can be bought on the day of the fayre plus Parent pay will be open to buy raffle tickets from 9th May.
  • Fun and games for children in the school playground organised by St John’s senior pupils

To make the day a success and raise funds for the school we’re asking for your support and help with the following;

  • Donations of items to make up the gift hampers should be handed in to the school by 3pm Friday 6th May. Suggested items – wine, craft beers, spirits, boxes of chocolates and sweets, candles, toiletries and gift sets etc.
  • Home baking packaged or wrapped to sell should be handed in to the school on Friday the 13th or dropped off just before the fayre starts on the Saturday morning. If you hand your items in in a box or tin that you would like returned to you please label it.
  • We need a few volunteers to help set up and run the plant and baking stalls on the Saturday morning and to sell raffle tickets – contact us through the parent council Facebook page or email if you can help, many thanks.

Thank you for your continued support, see you on the 14th!!

St John’s Parent Council.

Sponsored Nature Hunt

Dear Parent/ Carer,

Sponsored Nature Hunt

Caroline, our Early Years Worker, has organised a Nature Hunt on Thursday 31 March.

We are asking Parents/Carers to sponsor children to try to find as many different hidden things in our Forest School Area at the back of our playground.

Clues will be set out for children to solve and to identify different types of plants, animals, trees and insects which live in this area. Caroline has created trickier clues for older children and fun activities for younger pupils.

After completing the Nature Hunt our Catering Staff are offering fruit cups for each child with fruit chopped and ready to eat.

Parent Pay is open from Monday 21 March until Friday 1 April for parents to pay in sponsor money.

We are asking Parents/Carers to consider sponsoring their child to raise money for our school fund.

We use the school fund to supplement school activities like swimming, transport for trips, art and craft materials and sports equipment.

All children will participate in the Nature Hunt and on this day do not need to wear school uniform. Children need to wear clothing which is suitable for being outdoors- joggers/ leggings/ sweatshirt/

 t-shirt and a jacket in case of rain.

We are very much looking forward to this activity and a chance to be outdoors.

If any Parent/ Carer has a PVG and is able to spare a few hours to help direct children around the nature area, please call the school office to arrange a suitable time.

Thank you in advance for all your help and support.

Yours faithfully,

Mrs. A. Hope