Well that’s us completed the first full week of 2022!
Pupils have made a really settled start to the session, I’m pleased with behaviour around the school, for the most part, and happy to see productive teaching and learning taking place.
Like all schools we have staff absence at the moment, however we haven’t been too badly affected (touch wood) and have some great supply staff who have committed to working in Gleniffer and helping out.
Higher and Advanced higher prelims started on Monday and there has been loads of studying going on in the social area between papers, during break and lunch. I hope it has been going on at home too. These exams are important to identify next steps and progress. Pupils will continue to work through courses, developing knowledge and skills for the next few months in preparation for the exam diet which starts on 26th April. Teachers will provide estimated grades to SQA in advance of the exams, which must be based on evidence gathered. Even if prelim grades aren’t quite what they hoped for, there is still time to work hard and generate stronger evidence, which we can use for the estimate. This also applies to any young people studying at National 5 level. Miss Feggans and I are running an information session online on 2nd February for parents and carers around SQA and will send information in advance of this date.
Parent Council and PTA met on Monday night. Our careers advisers Catriona and Nicola attended along with Mr Marshallsay, to talk about the offer from Skills Development Scotland and what we do to support career management skills in school. Mrs Futamata also attended to give a round up of the work she has undertaken this session before she leaves on 21st January, to take up headship of St John’s RC Academy and North Inch Community Campus in Perth. We wish her the very best in her new post.
Mr Marshallsay and I had the pleasure of meeting with a representative of SSP UK on Wednesday. This should hopefully lead to exciting job and apprenticeship opportunities for our pupils as well as useful additions to our curriculum.
This morning I had a great meeting with two of our S6 pupils, Keziah and Bethany, who are planning their project for the Mark Scott Award. The pupils are planning a joint school-community project to take place in the next few weeks, which should make a difference to our local community.
S4 parents and carers should have received information about Parents’ Evening and options meetings. I encourage you to sign up for appointments through our easy-to-use schoolcloud software to get information on progress in national qualifications and help plan pupil choices for next session.
Finally, just a reminder of covid mititgations for pupils and staff. Face coverings (unless exempt) should be worn, hand sanitising and physical distancing where possible. Lateral Flow test kits can be collected every morning from our social area.
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