At St Margaret’s we understand how busy life can be for working parents and we do all we can to support our families in this regard through facilities such as morning care, after school care, holiday club and daily bus services.
For nursery children, morning care runs from 8:00am to 8:30pm in the familiar environment of the nursery, and children help set up the nursery for the day, choosing to take part in activities such as role play, music, computers, water, sand, and construction. Using the same resources and taking part in the usual activities that take place throughout the nursery day enables the children to ease gently into the nursery activities ahead.
Morning care is also available for junior girls from 8:00am to 8:30am. Girls are supervised by staff in the junior department, and have the opportunity to read, draw, chat with friends, or take part in other activities. Weather permitting, morning club meets outside in the playground.
After school care
For after school care, two sessions are available for nursery and 1 to 6 Junior: a short session from 3:00pm to 4:15pm and a long session from 3:00pm to 5:30pm. Children in the nursery and 1 Junior enjoy sessions in the nursery room, and the 2 to 6 Junior girls are taken from their classrooms to the dining room. Children can take part in a variety of activities such as crafts, baking, ICT, role-play, board games and puzzles as well as enjoying a delicious snack!
For girls in 7 Junior to II Senior we offer homework club which is held in the library and runs from 3:40pm to 5:30pm Monday to Thursday, and from 3:00pm to 5:30pm on a Friday. While there, girls are supervised and encouraged to use their time completing homework tasks. As well as the many books available to girls in the library, laptops are also available for use during homework club. III Senior to VI Senior girls are welcome to work in the library until 5:30pm too.
We appreciate that most parents work during the school holidays, and there is high demand for the holiday club service that we offer during the Easter, summer and October breaks. The club operates between 8am and 5.30pm and a variety of fun activities are provided to capture the children’s interest within the play area. The children have constant access to a range of planned activities, with the opportunity to choose what they want to do.
We aim to provide a balance of activities, which allow the children the opportunity to be creative or to experience energetic play, but there is also time for quiet activities, which allow the children time to concentrate for a period, or take time to relax. The children undoubtedly enjoy the chance to have fun and socialise with their friends.
While a programme of activities is planned to ensure that there are plenty of fun things to keep the children entertained, there is also a degree of flexibility, which takes into account the children’s energy levels and interests on any particular day, and also the weather.
Trips out-with the school will be organised to such venues as the library, local museums, local parks, and the school’s playing fields at Summerhill. Parents’ permission is sought for your child to participate on these occasions.
The logistics of getting children to and from school can be demanding for parents, especially first thing in the morning. With this in mind we operate morning bus services from Inverurie and Banchory, with frequent stops along the routes to school with pick-up points in the popular residential areas of Kintore, Blackburn, Kingswells, Drumoak, Peterculter, Milltimber, Bieldside and Cults. Both buses arrive in time for school starting, usually at around 8:30am.
Although we do not operate a bus service after school, many of our girls use public transport and often travel together. Our location in the city centre of Aberdeen means public transport is easily accessible, with many bus routes stopping directly opposite the school on Albyn Place. We are also a 15 minute walk from Aberdeen train station and some of our pupils do travel to and from school by train.
We are constantly reviewing our provision and welcome feedback from parents as to what we can do to make family life easier where daily logistics are concerned.