Please continue to monitor the Council website and Twitter for updates on the weather situation. As things stand, the plan is for schools to open on Monday subject to local risk-assessments by Head Teachers on Sunday. Our FM partners, AMEY, will be clearing the snow over the weekend.
I hope the advice on Faculty pages has been useful in supporting learning over the past few days, as well as the numerous suggestions from staff on Twitter, especially for senior students. The Art assessment planned for this week is being re-scheduled. I am also grateful to our senior staff and Faculty Leaders for co-ordinating and supporting staff activity during this challenging period.
Unfortunately our plans for World Book Day led by Ms Bradley fell foul of the weather but we will be re-scheduling activities. This will also happen with the Health and Wellbeing assemblies led by Mr Harkins. Earlier in the week though we did manage to have over 50 of our S6 involved in supporting the Blood Transfusion service and feedback on the attitude of our S6 from the service was glowing.
Following on from the Safer Internet Assemblies led by Mrs Hendrie last week, we had a visit from Mr Readie from Police Scotland. Mr Readie offers assemblies on safe internet use to all schools and on Tuesday he delivered a talk to the whole of S1. Please note that the details of Mrs Hendrie’s assemblies and other support links for parents on safer internet and social media use can be found on the website.
Last week our senior students in Geography also benefited from a visit by the Geobus, a support visit set up by Ms Henderson. This went well and I am grateful to Ms Henderson for organising the visit.
Last Friday many of our staff were also involved in a CPD session alongside cluster primaries colleagues. This was delivered by the internationally renowned educationalist, Shirley Clarke. The focus was on use of feedback, a major part of this year’s improvement plan. On the back of this session we will be following up on a number of areas in next year’s improvement plan but it was pleasing to see that the things we have been prioritising such as Growth Mindset ( based on the work of Carol Dweck) and developing positive relationships to mention but a few feature so highly in her presentation and activities.
I look forward to seeing many of you at the S4 into S5 information evening next Thursday. Please book a place from Monday evening in the usual way. The online booking for S4 Parents Consultations will open on Wednesday 7th March at 1900. We are aiming to get S4-6 final tracking reports to students on Wednesday during Tutor Group.
Let’s hope the weather eases over the weekend!