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Craigmount High School

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Dear parents/carers,
Please find an update relating to several areas of school life.


50th Anniversary Article – Evening News
Craigmount has reached 50 years of delivering futures! As current circumstances have suspended our planned celebrations till a more appropriate time; we recognise this landmark with an article in the Evening News (Monday 7th September). Further “covid-19 safe” celebratory events will be organised, please keep an eye out for them!


Have your say…
We have devised a quick questionnaire to gather your views regarding your child’s experience of Craigmount and help determine our next steps in our improvement journey.
The link for the questionnaire is in the email directly sent to the contact details on our system. If you wish to update your details or need a hard copy, then please contact the school office.
The questionnaire will close Sunday 13th September at 5pm.


Important Dates for the Diary
Please follow this link to find key dates for this session (20-21). As you would expect our parents’ evenings are scheduled for after Christmas and will be dependant on current advice at the time. Information events will be virtual and provide further insight and guidance to different aspects of the curriculum and school.


Youth Philanthropy Initiative 2020– Winners!!!
Now in S4, these students were awarded £4000 for each of the charities they represented in our S3 YPI course. This was a tremendous achievement during lockdown in engaging with the charities remotely. The charities are hugely grateful, especially in a year when their normal fundraising activities have been limited but demand for their services has increased.


Health in Mind:
Grace Meldrum
Ciara Boyton
Cassie McLeod
Lauren Hannay
https://www.health-in-mind.org.uk/


Steps to Hope:
Grace Geraghty
Ailsa Smith
Niamh Curtin
Emma Willson
https://www.stepstohope.co.uk/


Face coverings
Most of our young people have adopted the wearing of face coverings between lessons except for those who are exempt. A huge thank you to these young people and for your continued support in having the face covering as part of the essentials for school.


Clothing for Inclement Weather
We appreciate that as Winter approaches the weather will be more intemperate. Please note that learners should continue to be mindful when dressing for school – especially of current health & safety measures: windows and doors open for ventilation; learners outside whenever possible.


Senior Supported Study
Scholar – your child will receive an email with their login details today. Scholar is an online resource that provides a wealth of materials to support your child in achieving their potential. Please note that if any courses are not represented then there are other accessible materials to engage with. Scholar will have accurate information by October.


e-Sgoil National Offer – this is an offer for all students across Scotland to engage with online tutorials and webinars for identified subjects and levels. Here is a leaflet giving more information and here is the link to book a place. It is worth noting that places are filling quickly (so act fast) and that students will need their GLOW details to access this support. Please email admin@craigmount.edin.sch.uk if learners need to reset their GLOW login details, including the full name of the student.


S1 – S3 Resource Pack
All S1 – S3 learners will be issued a pack containing a mini-whiteboard, marker, eraser and basic stationary. These resources will be used in many lessons to enhance and facilitate the learning, teaching and formative feedback. We appreciate your support in ensuring this pack is looked after and part of the essentials for school.


Local Area
As you will be aware, road restrictions are being implemented from the council due to development work, more details can be found here. Please note that the congestion around the school gate is increasing. For the safety of all children we recommend that you drop off or pick up from a position near the school but not actually on Craigs Road.
An article giving the benefits of alternatives to driving can be found here.


Learning, teaching and assessment (re-issue from last week)
Curricular areas are reconnecting with learners and building a clear picture of where your child is at in their learning and what are the best next steps. All staff realise the different experiences that learners have had and are empathetic while differentiating accordingly.
Please note that some curricular areas will have diagnostic assessments for S4 – S6 in September to support and inform the planning for differentiated learning and teaching. Learners will be assessed on learning outcomes which have been covered since returning to school in August. These diagnostic assessments will be the first piece of assessment evidence which we are gathering as part of a portfolio of evidence for our learners. This
is a valuable opportunity for learners to receive feedback on their progress so far. We are in the process of collating an Assessment Calendar for this session, this will be sent out to parents/carers in the coming weeks to allow you to support your young people in managing their workload effectively. This may be subject to change as SQA update their expectations of assessments this session, but we will let you know of any updates and amendments as they arise.


In addition to faculty interventions, we will be implementing several school-wide measures to support all learners in achieving their full potential.