It has been lovely to meet with S5 for assemblies this week and speak to them about preparing for their prelims, managing their studies and also looking after their mental health. Next week the Senior Leadership Team will have our final assemblies with S6. Over the coming weeks we will be holding assemblies on Anti-Bullying, Mental Health, and Remembrance.
The Scottish Government has announced that there will be no changes to mitigations in schools at present but this will be reviewed on a weekly basis. Once I have any update on this I will communicate this with you.
Karen McGalliard has been selected as the preferred candidate for the Business Support Administrator vacancy in the school office.
S4, S5 and S6 Prelims
The senior phase prelims will take place from Thursday 25 November until Friday 10 December. Senior pupils should now have a study plan in place and their teachers will be advising them of the topics they should be studying in preparation for these. Pupils have been asked to speak to their House Team should they need any support with drawing up their revision programmes and if they need any support with preparation at all for these. We are busy working on the Prelim Timetable and hope to have this out to pupils/parents early on in November. Those young people who have Alternative Assessment Arrangements (AAA) in place will be supported with these during their prelims too. There are lots of study sessions available to support senior pupils (and those in other year groups too) and I would encourage them to attend these to prepare for the prelims and their final SQA exams.
Senior Phase Study Support
As well as our in-school study support sessions E-Sgoil is also offering evening study support sessions (which commenced on Monday 6 September 2021), targeted support for learners and, looking ahead, provision during the Easter holidays is already being planned. A significant number of our young people have already signed up to the evening study support sessions but it would be good if we could encourage all senior phase pupils to do this. Spreading study across the year is more advantageous than last minute cramming for exams.
Thank you to parents/carers who have returned feedback in response to our new approaches to reporting, which is based around SMART targets/one comment about progress and two next steps. All of your feedback helps us know if we are getting this right for parents and pupils to support progress in learning and allows us to continue to improve this. The feedback was very positive about our changes and we will always continue to review this to ensure we provide informative detail in these reports, so please do continue to feed back. S4/5/6 reports are due out in November.
This year's Poppyscotland team is up and running and we are aiming to raise as much money as possible for the Haddington area. All poppies and tins have now been distributed in the town and pupils will be in Tesco during Friday and Saturday this weekend, 29 and 30 October, and next weekend, 5 and 6 November. The team will be in classes on Monday 1 November and Tuesday 2 November and we will be having a Bake Sale selling Poppy Cupcakes and Poppy Biscuits on Wednesday 10 November. All money raised will be used to provide support for current and former members of the Armed Forces as well as their families.
LGBT Training Course – Staff and Parents/Carers
LGBT Youth Scotland is holding a free live online workshop online for staff and parents on the 15 December from 3:30-5:00pm. There will be an online training course that participants will be expected to do prior to the 15 December. There are only 25 places available so if you would like to take part in the course we are offering 5 places to parents. Please email email@example.com to book your place.
Following the consultation on the school bells we have decided to have a month’s trial, which will start on Monday 1 November. Following this trial we will carry out an evaluation to see if we retain this. During this time we will only have a bell to mark the start of the school day, the end of break, lunch and end of the day. Timekeeping by staff and pupils will be paramount to making this successful and is a great life skill to have.
Please continue to report all positive Covid-19 cases to firstname.lastname@example.org or if you do not have access to email, telephone 01875 613921. Please also inform the school so we can amend your young person’s attendance record. Pupils should continue to do twice weekly LFD tests. LFD kits are available every morning on arrival to school and during the day from the office. They can also be collected from pharmacies and test centres.
Please do not send pupils to school who have symptoms. They should self-isolate and book a PCR test and not return to school until they know this is negative and they have no symptoms.
The Parent Club also provides useful information on testing for pupils.
If you have still to provide us with your email address, which we use as our main point of contact for sending out information, please send this to us at email@example.com. Thank you.
Dates for you diary (please also see the School Calendar for overview and updates):
- Tuesday 2 November – P7 Parents’ Information Evening – 7pm (virtual)
- Thursday 11 November – S4 Reports Issued
- Tuesday 23 November – S3 Parents’ Consultation (virtual) – 5-7pm
- Thursday 25 November – S5/6 Reports Issued
- Thursday 25 November – Friday 10 December – S4/5/6 Prelims
- Wednesday 8 December – S2 Parents’ Consultation (virtual) – 5-7pm
- Thursday 9 December – Parent Council (virtual) – 6.30-8pm