A very warm welcome back to all our pupils and staff. And it has been warm….typical!
This week, through our phased return, we have had an induction, in house groups, with every year group. Timetables have been issued and health and safety measures run through. There is now a one-way system in place, which is most definitely increasing the number of steps we are all taking every day! We have extra cleaners working throughout the day and pupils have been wonderful taking responsibility for their desks and chairs. Now it is time to get on with teaching and learning.
Pupils should now use their lunch card for purchasing food in school. If they have lost theirs, they can get a replacement easily from the canteen staff. Cards are topped up in school and it is better if pupils have coins to use the machine. This will help us minimise queues.
S1/2/3 can use the Games Hall in the morning, at interval and lunch. S4/5/6 can use the Social Area. S6 have limited capacity in the Common Room, which must be adhered to. There are also H&S measures for S6 – cleaning tables before and after use and also wiping down any equipment they use.
We can’t run full year group assemblies at the moment and will instead do this in reduced numbers. Pupils will get a weekly bulletin read out with information for the week.
Congratulations to our Badgeholders for session 2020-21: Ebo Anyebe (Head Girl), Matthew Fairlie (Head Boy), Charlotte Johnston and Kirsty Lyle (Deputy Head Girls) and Shay Conway and Max McGuire (Deputy Head Boys). Miss Feggans and I have already met with them a couple of times and I’m sure they will be a great team this year. Our S6 pupils have been so helpful this week, supporting our S1 pupils and helping with supervision in our extra lunch space.
New S1 Pupils
Our new S1 seem to be settling in really well! I’ve been to classes a few times this week and see lots of smiling faces. If you have any concerns about your child settling in, please contact Pastoral Support in the first instance.
We have a new contractor – Gillen’s Coaches. I understand there have been a few teething problems with morning pick-ups. I have contacted SPT to try and have this resolved. The information I have from the company is as follows:
Bus 1 Bus 2
8.15am Barrhead Rd @ Cathcart Crescent 8.20am Rowan St @ St Ninian’s Rd
8.18am Lochfield Rd @ Lochfield Ave 8.23am Neilston Rd @ Rowan St
8.21am Lochfield Rd @ Glenbrittle Dr 8.27am Neilston Rd @ Thornly Park
8.26am Neilston Rd @ Falside Rd
Could I please remind parents and carers that you should only be coming to the school by a pre-arranged appointment. If you need to drop something off, please call in advance to let the office know. If you are collecting your child from school, I kindly ask that you remain at the staff & visitor entrance.
Also, parents and carers should not be dropping pupils off in the school grounds, unless they have a specific arrangement made with staff. Pupils are having to use the side entrances to the school and increased traffic poses a further risk. Gates will be locked in the morning and not opened again until period 1 is up and running. I hope you understand that this measure is very much for the safety of our young people.
Your child should not report to school if they or any member of your household, or someone they have been in direct contact with have any of these symptoms:
The most common symptoms are new:
I will try to get the draft school calendar online next week. Please bear in mind it is very much in draft form while we await further guidance from Scottish Government.
Have a great weekend everyone!
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