Well this is a hard reflection to write…..like every other teacher across the country we have been counting down the weeks to the spring holidays. This month is commonly known as “Mad March”. We can be fraught with worry about deadlines and assessment, preparing young people for exams and to be honest tensions rise and stress comes to the fore.
This week however has been devastating for us all. Yesterday afternoon watching the reaction of senior phase pupils to the withdrawal of SQA diet was really hard. They generally spend a lot of the year being pushed and pulled to complete coursework and study, but by this time are working really hard, preparing for the final internal and external assessments. They are getting ready for the main event and now some feel cheated out of it and others are worrying about estimated grades because of a prelim.
Younger pupils are saying I’m going to be so bored and what will we do.
The main thing to focus on is we are in the midst of a public health crisis, we need to follow government guidance to get us through this pandemic and keep our families safe and healthy. We also need to keep our minds and bodies active.
Staff are setting up google classrooms, Microsoft teams, Edmodo and Show my Homework as tools for getting learning materials out to pupils. Some of these are new to us so please be patient! I don’t realistically expect young people to follow their normal school timetables, but a couple of hours quality work every day (at least) will help with long-term motivation, learning outcomes and mood. It’s good to be busy! Use youtube for a daily workout, we need to be physically healthy for when we return.
All pupils attending school today were issued with information and it is now on the school website.
To S6, I am devastated for you……this is not how we would have wanted your final days in school. I am still hopeful that we will get to Prom and have a fabulous night. And if it can’t go ahead as planned, we will do something at a later date to get you all together and celebrate the end of high school. You have been a wonderful year group to work with and I’m thankful for the support you gave to school events this year.
I’d particularly like to thank my badge holders Kirsty, Nathan, Ruth, Stan, Rosie and James for their wee drop-ins with the latest gossip and the willingness to run whenever I needed something done at short notice. My house captains have also been fantastic and I’m just sorry they won’t get to do their final push for the house cup. I plan to keep this year’s totals running into next year and not just hand over the cup…..unlike the opinion of some in football there can still be catching up ha!
Staff will be working from home or on a voluntary basis in the building. We will respond to all queries as quickly as possible, however there might be slight delay. If you need to speak to someone, please call the school office as normal or email the general enquiries account. You may need to leave a voicemail but someone will get back to you as soon as they can, providing the building remains open. I’d like to thank my staff for their efforts this week, all working as a team to cover classes and pull resources together. The support is very much appreciated.
All that remains is for me to send my best wishes to you all. I hope that the country is in the position to get back to normal service soon and that we will be opening our doors and getting on with core business. My thoughts are with the school community and I wish all your families the very best in the coming weeks.
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