Parents’ Information August 2018
Welcome to our first formal communication of the session which contains some important initial information. In order to receive communication from school electronically, the majority of parents have provided us with email addresses– if you have not done so through our annual data check and wish to do so, please get in touch with our school office.
Website and Twitter
Our school website is a very useful source of information for our school. You can access our website at the following address:
We also communicate with our school community via Twitter through the following account:
We shall use Twitter as a means of communicating information about school events and activities and in cases of exceptional circumstances such a school closures due to adverse weather.
You can set up an account by going to www.twitter.com and following the instructions on screen. If you would wish further information on how to do this, pupils can pick up help sheets from the School Office or, if you telephone, we shall send you a copy.
The Lanark Grammar School App is now live and available in the Apple and Google Play stores. The App will allow you to receive notifications on events, news and important messages throughout the year. It will also have a breakdown of the events on throughout the year. Links for both stores are below.
Health Care Plans
During the summer break, Health Care Plans for pupils in S2-S6 were sent out for review. Parents/carers have been asked to sign and return these where no changes are required. If changes are required, parents/carers should amend forms as necessary and return them for updating.
Forms for pupils in the wider school should be returned to Mrs Wilson, Depute Head Teacher or, for pupils with Additional Support Needs, to Mrs Brown, Acting Depute Head Teacher.
We are currently in the process of finalising Health Care Plans for pupils in S1 therefore, if you are the parent/carer of a pupil in S1 and feel she/he may require a Health Care Plan, please contact either Mrs Wilson or Mrs Brown.
There are a significant number of pupils within the school who have nut allergies therefore we would ask that pupils do not bring any type of nuts to school.
We have a very effective Parent Council which meets on the first Monday of each month in the school’s conference room. Discussion focuses on key aspects of school provision and provides a forum for parents to engage about the life of the school. Reverend Bryan Kerr is the Chair of our Parent Council and he can be reached through our school office.
The next meeting of our Parent Council will take place on Monday 3 September 2018 starting at 7:00pm. The AGM will be held first before we move into our first meeting. All meetings of the Parent Council take place in the school’s conference room. All parents/carers are invited to attend but in particular we would wish to invite parents/carers of our new S1 pupils.
Information on school uniform can be accessed through the booklet ‘Dressing for Excellence’ – a link to this document can be found below.
Chaplaincy Team and Religious Observance.
Our Chaplaincy Team is as follows and is representative of our geographical catchment area and broader community of Lanark and outlying villages:
- Reverend Susan Durham;
- Reverend Bryan Kerr;
- Reverend Louise Mckay;
- Reverend Drew Sheridan; and
- Father Jim Thomson
Mr Munogee, Depute Head Teacher, leads this aspect of our work and liaises closely with our Chaplaincy Team to plan and deliver Religious Observance, time for reflection assemblies and activities, Christmas and Easter Services and any other reflective activities which take place within the school. This has helped to develop a carefully planned partnership between the school and the Chaplaincy Team.
South Lanarkshire Council has established ‘Guidance for Schools Regarding Chaplains and Chaplaincy Teams in Non denominational Schools’, January 2014. These guidelines support schools in establishing clear contexts for the work of Chaplaincy Teams in supporting the work of the school community and detailed advice on operational issues.
In practice, this means that Religious Observance:
- provides opportunities for the school community to express and celebrate values which are considered common human values;
- gives the school community time to reflect upon a variety of traditions and viewpoints as well as other stimuli such as literature, art and music; and
- provides opportunities for the community to reflect upon values, beliefs, commitments and hopes which are implicit in being human.
Many non-denominational schools refer to Religious Observance as Time for Reflection. This helps to describe the type of experience that the learner can have through engaging with issues and events as part of Religious Observance. This approach reflects very closely the context and philosophy for Religious Observance in Lanark Grammar School. The contribution which Religious Observance makes to the development of our school values across the school community is fundamental to their central importance in shaping who we are and what we do.
All parents have the right to withdraw their children from Religious Observance and like all schools nationally we make suitable arrangements so that young people who are withdrawn can benefit from alternative relevant activities. For example, where appropriate, we shall work with parents to agree a programme that enables learners to further their understanding of their own family beliefs, values and traditions. Parents may, and often do, provide some additional study material that enables these learners to use Religious Observance time to engage in some personal development and reflection in line with the beliefs and values of the family. Mr Munogee, Depute Head Teacher, and the Depute Head Teacher for the specific year group of the pupil/s involved, will ensure appropriate support and programmes of work are in place.
Time for Reflection Assembly dates for the early part of session 2018-2019 are as follows. Further dates will be communicated to parents in due course.
Tuesday 28 August 2018;
Tuesday 18 September 2018;
Tuesday 23 October 2018;
Tuesday 20 November 2018; and
Tuesday 11 December 2018
Other key dates:
Friday 9 November 2018: Minute’s Silence – Remembrance Day
Tuesday 18 December 2018: Christmas Service:
TBC: Easter Service
Important Dates 2018-2019
Information on important dates in the school session can be accessed via our website through the link below.
Information on school holidays can be accessed via the Council’s website as follows:
In-service Days are as follows:
Day 3: Monday 19 November 2018
Day 4 Wednesday 13 February 2019
Day 5: Tuesday 7 May 2019