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Message from the Headteacher

As you will know, the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced on Wednesday 18 March 2020 that schools in Scotland would close on Friday 20 March 2020.  Currently, no date has been set for schools to re-open.

It is vital during this period that learning resources are available to all our students and we are using our school website as the hub for resources within our Faculty and Departmental model.  Provision is also being made to provide hard copies of resources for pupils who do not have internet access.  Parents were contacted via a Group Call message and asked to let our office staff know if such resources are required.  These will be issued to pupils prior to the school closing or be posted out.

Pupils in S4-S6 who have internet access at home but require a device to support their learning can borrow a Chrome Book.  Pupils should contact the school office or liaise with a member of the Senior Leadership Team to obtain a device.

In addition to access to resources to support learning, we have also focussed on providing access to resources to support pupils’ wellbeing.  Our Pupil Support Team have created a Wellbeing Pack which aims to help sustain physical and mental wellbeing while away from school. Our young people will have access this pack through the school website, twitter account or through obtaining a hard copy before the school closes.  One aspect of this resource is a ‘Daily routine for school closure’ document which should help pupils to establish positive routines balancing learning activities with promoting and supporting wellbeing and playing a positive role in family life.  The period we are about to enter is very much unchartered territory therefore helping our pupils to maintain routines and to have a focus and purpose for each day will be essential.

The Deputy First Minister John Swinney informed the Scottish Parliament on Thursday 19 March 2020 that the 2020 SQA examination diet would not go ahead.  A ‘credible certification model’ will be put in place to ensure students achieve the awards they deserve and that they are not disadvantaged. This was followed by an SQA update on 24 March 2020 stating that learner coursework for Higher and Advanced Higher did not require to be submitted.  However, Estimates should be submitted in accordance with set timelines.

Best wishes

Mr Sherry

Supporting Learning at Home