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Dear parents/carers,

I hope you and your loved ones are safe and well, please find this week’s update regarding different aspects of school life.

Formal Assessments 2020-21

The formal assessment timetable for National 5 is now available on the website:
Any pupils who are entitled to Additional Assessment Arrangements will receive an updated timetable in the coming weeks. All pupils have received a virtual assembly during PSE giving them additional information and expectations to help them prepare for their upcoming assessments. The link to this assembly will be shared on the school website later today if parents would like to view it.

Study Leave Arrangements

We can now confirm that we are able to offer study leave to pupils sitting Formal Assessments in the same format that we have in previous years. Pupils will be entitled to the day before each Formal Assessment as study leave and on the day of an assessment pupils do not have to attend classes, they come in to sit the assessment and then can return home.

Please note that this is not cumulative, for example if a pupil has a Formal Assessment on Wednesday and Thursday they are only entitled to the Tuesday as study leave.

This study leave entitlement will be in place for the Higher and Advanced Higher Formal Assessments from Monday 7th to Monday 21st December. The timetable for this diet of assessments can be found here.

The same arrangements will be in place for the National 5 Formal Assessments from Monday 11th January to Tuesday 25th January, the timetable can be accessed here.

This format has been beneficial to pupils in previous years as it allows for a blend of in-school revision and support to be ongoing as well as some individual focus and study time.

Hour of Code 2020: 7th to 11th December 2020

To celebrate the Hour of Code week this year, S2 students will be continuing to work on Scratch projects and some students will take part in either the Astro Pi Misson Zero challenge or the DressCode Snowman Coding Competition.

Road Safety

We have noticed that there has been an increase in the volume of vehicles around the school gate at drop off and pick up times. We continue to educate our learners about road safety and being responsible; especially when travelling to and from school. Your support in re-enforcing this message and providing a safe way for your child to arrive and leave school is much appreciated.

Coding Resources for Parents

Raspberry pi foundation has just launched some resources for parents (no raspberry pi equipment required, it is all done online, however, there are guides for setting up hardware if you have a Raspberry pi). Information is included below:

The Raspberry Pi Foundation have launched a free Learn at Home initiative to support parents and young people with coding resources at home. You don’t need any coding experience to join in, and all of their resources and activities are free forever.

• Get involved with their space challenge, Astro Pi Mission Zero in partnership with the European Space Agency, where young people can send a message to the International Space Station!

• Every Wednesday their team of educators host a digital making live stream to inspire and teach young people about getting creative with technology.

• They provide over 200 coding projects you can follow on any computer, with themes from looking after yourself to protecting the planet. All with step-by-step instructions, accessible online at any time, for free!

Simply visit their website to get started right away!


We are aware that some students (especially in S1) are being generous and bringing lollipops to school for sharing with their friends and classmates. When a student has lollipops in school it promotes transmission, large groups and students become excitable forgetting social distancing. Due to Covid restrictions we appreciate your support in discouraging the sharing of any resources and food between students. If students bring in large quantities to school, they will be kept in the office and a parent /carer will be contacted.

Food Project – donations

Each year we run a house competition to collect donations for our local food bank. Given the challenges Covid-19 has brought, this service is more in need than ever before. A group of S5&6 students from our Support for Learning department are coordinating our house competition – learners were informed today. We are looking for students to bring in donations over a two-week period starting on Monday 30th November.

Learners can drop off any donations at the staff room on their way to class at the start of the day only. These will be quarantined, collated and delivered accordingly. Please send in any food with a long use by date such as pasta, instant coffee, canned food, selection boxes, toiletries etc.

If any of our Craigmount families need to be referred to the Food Project at any point please get in touch with your child’s Pupil Support Leader or our Development Officer, Mrs Jack, and we will do our best to support.

Bebras Challenge

Well done to all our students taking part in this year’s challenge the scores are now available from your computing teacher, good luck! The results for Craigmount are below:

Supported Study Sessions

A gentle reminder that these sessions must follow strict Health & Safety guidelines set by the City of Edinburgh Council. We appreciate that as Formal Assessments come into view, students are keen to engage in these. Please note that the maximum number is 15 per session and staff must abide by this.

I would encourage seniors to engage with staff about the best way to prepare for the Formal Assessments. This could be about a variety of topics: best subject materials and resources to use in preparation for the assessments; wellbeing; growth mindset; generic study strategies. Whatever the learner’s need; we are here to support.

What an effort!

Congratulations to Rebecca Dillon and Neave Grindall in S4 who raised £540 for Forth One’s “Cash for Kids”. They achieved this by undertaking and completing the “5k a day” challenge!


I wanted to take this opportunity to personally and publicly give my thanks to the staff at Craigmount High School. I hope you agree that they have been (and continue to be) amazing in keeping our learners safe, nurtured and educated.

Have an enjoyable weekend!