I hope you are safe and well.
Thank you for completing the digital survey Mrs Coull (DHT) sent out before the holidays, and also again last week. The returns have now been collated and shared with the centre. This information will now contribute to planning for provision around the city. Mrs Urquhart (DHT) also sent an S6 update to parents yesterday with advice on university and college applications, employment opportunities, and the range of on-going support available from the school and our partners. The letter also flags up an online question and answer session for UCAS live on Facebook today at 4.00 pm so please share this with your son/daughter if you have not already done so. The email to parents also contained information on the progress with the S6 yearbook and hoodies.
Please also remind senior students to register on the SQA website if they have not already done so. I have pasted the link below.
“Learners must sign up at www.mysqa.org.uk before 5 pm on Tuesday 14 July 2020. To register, all they need is their Scottish Candidate Number (SCN) and a valid email address. They can then choose to receive their results by text and/or email.
For learners already registered for MySQA, we’re asking them to check their details are correct and update their preferences.
Learners expecting their results for National Courses and awards, National Certificates, National Progression Awards, and Skills for Work courses, will receive their results no later than Tuesday 4 August.”
Please note that on Monday 4th May all Edinburgh school staff will be taking part in the scheduled in-service day activities. Consequently, the school will be closed in an online sense on Monday. Despite all that is going on, this in-service day is important to schools as the usual planning and development work is still taking place. We have also placed extra emphasis on staff taking part in training around online learning and have created some best practice guidelines for all staff to use. Pease also note that Friday 8th May is a holiday. From Tuesday-Thursday many staff are also working with cluster colleagues to cover the rota in the St Augustine’s HUB which supports the children of key workers.
Finally, the departmental extra-curricular update for today is from Mr Higgins, who is keen to get his popular Dungeons and Dragons group up and running online.
“Mr Higgins is looking to start running some regular Dungeons and Dragons sessions again via Microsoft Teams meetings. Missing your old characters? Wanting to start a new adventure? Students who were part of the D&D club this year have been added to a Teams group where there is more information about how this will run. If students have not been added to the team, they can request access https://teams.microsoft.com/l/team/19%3acf07506fb63d4ccc9724431ae50aab4a%40thread.tacv2/conversations?groupId=12b9bdb9-9acd-4516-95cf-3f72987a1526&tenantId=48acfe69-376a-42b5-9f69-c9e47bbfb9c4 . Depending on interest, Mr Higgins will run at least one weekly session via Teams meetings that will last around 90 minutes.”
(Mr Higgins (English Teacher)
I want to finish by echoing the points in my letter earlier this week. We may now only be open as a school in an online sense, but we remain committed to providing the best service and support we can and in the weeks ahead we will continue to refine and improve what we are doing using the really helpful table of expectations on our whole school community set out by Mr Pye (DHT) on the remote learning page.
Have a good weekend and stay safe.