I am delighted to be able to welcome all our learners and staff back into the building this week. There is a sense of relief to be able to work with young people face to face and help learning progress. I know this is particularly welcome for young people studying for their national qualifications.
For some learners getting back into the routines has been more challenging and I’m asking for some support from home to reinforce these messages.
Uniform is a part of our identity and encourages us to work together as a school community. I have been allowing pupils to wear outdoor jumpers/jackets, leggings etc as classrooms are colder and windows are open. As we get into the warmer weather pupils will be asked to remove these outdoor clothing items and return to skirts or smart trousers. I have also been allowing pupils to wear PE kit coming into school if that is their first class, however a few are using this as an excuse to not wear uniform for the rest of the day. If there is no improvement, then we will return to the old policy of always coming into school and leaving in full uniform. Our standards are high as they should be and we will always aim to be the best school we can!
Mobile phones are an indispensable part of our lives now. However, they can also be a distraction to teaching and learning. For months young people have been able to access their phones whenever they like. This week has been challenging as we reinforce that there is a time and place for them. We appreciate support in reminding learners to have phones on silent or off in class unless they are being encouraged to use them for learning purposes. They certainly should not be used when speaking with teachers.
Our learners in S4-6 continue to progress through their courses in preparation for assessment, which will demonstrate their achievements this year. I know how tough it has been for young people. Please be reassured that pupils will be given plenty opportunity to consolidate their learning and advance warning of any assessments, which will be part of the overall provisional grade submitted to SQA. It is important that attendance and effort are first class and that pupils attend when assessments are being carried out, so we have that broad, full picture of attainment. A parent and carer information session took place on 25th March, which explained our processes in line with national and local guidance, however if you have more questions please do not hesitate to contact the school.
HEALTH & SAFETY
We are struggling to get across to some young people the importance of following heath & safety guidance. For example, using the one-way system, sanitising hands and wearing face coverings. We are following all the national guidance to reduce the risk to pupils and staff of catching covid. I would appreciate support from home in reinforcing messages about following the measurements we have put in place. The last thing we want after all this time is for young people to self-isolate because they have caught covid or are a close contact. It is particularly important for our senior pupils that they follow this guidance, they cannot afford to be out of school for days on end. Thank you for your support and here’s to hoping we minimise the risk!
Monday 3rd May is a bank holiday and Thursday 6th May is in-service.
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