Depute Heads have been busy meeting with pupils and parents/carers in recent weeks carrying out options interviews for next session. These have been very positive meetings and are a great opportunity to discuss progress, next steps and post school options. Soon S2 pupils and their parents/carers will receive their options interview information. These take place with the pastoral support teacher for the house and are due to start week beginning 2nd March.
Miss Bowie organised a very successful Planning for Choices and Change event on 13th February for all S3 pupils. They participated in workshops, a careers fayre and heard from lots of guests from industry as well as learning more from SDS. This morning all S3 pupils were given course information and their S4 options form. These must be returned by Wednesday 4th March and next week there will be an input during all PSE lessons on course choices. Pupils should be picking seven subjects from the eight they are already studying.
On Monday night PTA and Parent Council met. At the PTA meeting we heard about the success of the Christmas Fayre and started planning our next fundraising event. The support is very much appreciated and helps with whole school activities. Parent Council heard from Brian Donnelly www.orbistc.com about the work he is carrying out with a large group of volunteer staff on our relationships strategy. This is a values based piece of work and will lead to the development of our Positive Relationships Policy.
We are running a pilot for S2 Parents’ Evening appointments. This pilot is to trial whether an online booking system will be easier to manage for pupils, parents/carers and staff. So far the feedback has been very positive and after one day of availability there was a 64% uptake of appointments. I would ask that if anyone can’t make the appointments they have booked, they cancel them so people on the waiting list can get appointments. At this stage it looks likely we will be rolling this system out for all parents’ events. Anyone who can’t access the system can call and speak with Mrs Futamata or I and we will organise appointments for you.
It amazes me the number of young people who are leaving school at the end of the day without jackets and when I speak to them they say they are in their bags. With the weather being as awful as it is at the moment, could parents and carers please encourage their children to make sure they are wrapped up on the way to and from school. Nothing worse than sitting in wet clothes in a class room.
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