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Dear parents/carers,
Please find an update on a number of different aspects of Craigmount:

SQA Update
The Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) have given an update to parents/carers and learners which can be found here. One piece of information that has been shared with schools is the deadline for entering learners’ grade has been moved to later in the Summer term. This change has provided more time for learners in relation to their final grades and we have responded accordingly; please see the next section on Formal Assessments.

Formal Assessments
We recognise the uncertainty of when seniors may return to the school building increases anxiety around Formal Assessments for National 5 candidates. Please note that if the announcement on Tuesday states that seniors will not return to the building immediately after the February half-term then the National 5 Formal Assessments scheduled for Tuesday 16th February till Friday 26th February will be cancelled.

Please be reassured that we have contingencies in place for this eventuality, the SQA will be providing further guidance on the alternative certification model for this year which will allow us to confirm our assessment plans moving forward. We will keep you up to date with these over the coming weeks. In the meantime, it is important that seniors engage with staff and complete tasks set to the best of their ability.

Remote Learning
Please find here a guide from the authority which describes the principles of remote learning. I have previously referred to this in my HT Update (12th January) but wished to re-affirm that Craigmount are following these guidelines. Please note, Monday 1st February to Friday 5th February is Week B.

Technical Difficulties
There was an authority-wide issue with Office 365 on Thursday 28th January continuing this morning of Friday 29th January 2021. We appreciate how frustrating technical difficulties can be and please be assured staff were equally vexed. Our IT provider is aware of the issue and has now resolve it.

Authority Supports for Families
Supporting families in need

All families entitled to free school meals are continuing to have these payments made. These have also been made during the school holidays. Our most vulnerable children will currently be in our schools and they will be receiving a school lunch in addition to this payment.

The Council does have other support available to families in financial difficulty, information about this can be found here;
https://newsbeat-edinburgh.tfemagazine.co.uk/winter-202021/latest-news/food-support-for-citizens

In addition, our Parent & Carer Support booklets contain lots of information and advice for families, including how to access financial support in each locality. The link to this is booklet is here; https://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/downloads/download/13779/parent-and-carer-support-resources

As part of the 1 in 5 Child Poverty work, the Health & Wellbeing Team are contacting schools with names of children and young people whose families are experiencing homelessness and living in temporary accommodation. They will provide additional signposting to resources and help.

The Discover programme will also be running in the February break. Families can be recommended at any time by going to Discover Recommendation Form. Please also find attached the booklet for practitioner’s which shares the criteria for nominating families and how to apply for this support.

The Advice Shop – https://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/benefits-grants/advice-shop
We provide
• help with welfare rights including income maximisation through welfare benefits, tax credits and grants
• debt advice to resolve personal debt including credit cards, bank loans, rent arrears, personal loans, store cards, catalogues and mortgage arrears
• help for people affected by cancer through information, advice and advocacy to access entitlements arising as a result of a cancer diagnosis and the extra costs of cancer.

Maximise! – We can help with: Income maximisation, Employability support, Family support, Money advice, Welfare rights, Housing advice. You can contact Maximise via: CHAI – Email: chai@chaiedinburgh.org.uk Tel: 0131 442 2100 www.chaiedinburgh.org.uk
or
Children 1st: Children 1st, 83 Whitehouse Loan, Tel: 0131 446 2300 www.children1st.org.uk

No “Drama” with remote learning!
Please note this message from Mrs Thompson – Curricular Leader of Expressive Arts:
“…lots of interactive group work has been continuing in Drama over recent weeks with our Senior Phase students with high levels of participation. Also, some great submissions of work from BGE students including recordings for The Morning Show on Craigmount Radio (a fictional radio show).”

Communication

Consultations
Please note that there are a number of Parents/Carers Consultations happening over the next few weeks and wanted to highlight these:


S4 Tuesday 2nd February 1700 – 1930
S5/6 Wednesday 17th February 1700 – 1930
S2 Tuesday 23rd February 1700 – 1930


Our online booking is currently live for S4, and can be found here, it will remain open for bookings, amendments and cancellations until Monday 1st February at 1700.


Following the success of the S3 consultation earlier this month, we will continue to undertake the majority of this by telephone. We appreciate your understanding in the strict time adherence to 5-minute conversations. Parents of the relevant year groups will be contacted directly with instructions when their consultations open for booking.


Reporting
We sent out Senior reports for Higher and Advanced Higher learners last week. We also sent out Attainment notices and Engagement notices for all seniors.

This week we will send out Engagement notices for S1-S3 learners. Engagement notices identify learners who are not participating in remote learning for certain subjects. We appreciate your support in motivating these learners to access the subject materials online.

Please note that this does not mean your child needs specific intervention in that subject just that he/she/they are not engaging. As you will appreciate, subject teachers are busy preparing remote learning activities, interacting with learners, completing reports and so will be delayed in responding directly to any parents/carers’ enquiries beyond our reporting cycle at this testing time. If you have serious concerns regarding your child and remote learning please contact his/her/their Pupil Support Leader.

Next week, before the half term break, we will send out S2 reports.

Music Competition
Ms Mitchell has organised an inspiring competition for learners to become involved with Robert Burns/Scottish Music. Please see flyer for more information:

Safer Internet Day
From cyberbullying to social networking to digital identity, each year Safer Internet Day aims to raise awareness of emerging online issues and current concerns.

This year Safer Internet Day will be on the 9th February 2021.

This year’s theme is: An internet we trust: exploring reliability in the online world. The internet has an amazing range of information and opportunities online, but how do we separate fact from fiction?

Top Tip for Parents
Safer Internet Day 2021 Top Tips for Parents and Carers | Safer Internet Centre

Family Activities
PDF of activities split up into different age groups


Safer Internet Day 2021 Quiz | Safer Internet Centre

Mother Tongue Other Tongue – MOTO Awards 2020-21
Two of our students have been shortlisted for a national award! The competition is “Mother Tongue, Other Tongue” where poems are submitted in home or learned languages and analyses in English. We had some fantastic entries from our school. Here is the link to the competition details: https://scilt.org.uk/MTOT/tabid/5841/Default.aspx

Congratulations to Filip Strzalka and Pranay Neppalli and best of luck at the “virtual” awards ceremony on the 19th February!

Remote Learning (repeat notice)
The wonderful Mrs Hendrie (ICT co-ordinator and Curricular Leader of Business Education and Computing) has produced a troubleshooting form to assist with common frustrations in using Office 365. Please access the form here and complete the steps given to solve your query or to inform us of the issue.

S4/5 into S5/6 Coursing (repeat notice)
Our pupils in S4 and S5 are about to start their course choice process for S5 and S6. They will receive their logins to their school email today and our updated senior course choice
booklet is available on the school website here: https://craigmounthighschool.co.uk/?post_type=publication&p=10993&preview=true

Pupils will receive a coursing information Stream presentation from Mrs Urquhart on their House Team on Monday, parents will also receive a link to a parent version on Monday via the school website and email.

Upcoming parent consultations for S4 on the 2nd February and S5 on the 17th February should help young people in planning their next stage of learning. Our Careers Adviser, Cat Burns is also still available to offer help and advice to pupils and parents remotely. Please contact your young person’s Pupil Support Leader if you would like to speak to Cat about career pathways and options. The closing date for entering course choices for S5/6 is Friday 26th February 2021.

Free resources for Children’s Mental Health Week 2021 (repeat notice)
From 1st – 7th February 2021, we’re taking part in Place2Be’s Children’s Mental Health Week. This year’s theme is Express Yourself. Place2Be has created activities and resources to help children (and adults) to explore the different ways that they can share their thoughts, feelings and ideas.

There are lots of resources on the Children’s Mental Health Week website that you can use with your child at home; including activity ideas, tips for parents and carers, and an online assembly which will be available from Monday 1 February. These have been slightly adapted by our Pupil Support Leaders to be delivered through the PSE curriculum, where we will also promote an exciting drama project led by the Corstorphine Community Hub.

Our staff will also be engaging in creative activities to support their wellbeing as a part of Wellbeing Wednesday. Visit www.childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk to find out more, or email your child’s Pupil Support Leader.

Farewell
It has been a privilege and honour to serve as the Acting Head Teacher of such a thriving and successful school community. I wish all the best for you and Craigmount.


Stay safe and take care.