Before we wish you all a safe and restful February break, we have some information and updates to share –
First Minister’s Announcement
On 2 February 2021, the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, confirmed the Scottish Government’s intention to start a gradual part-time return to school from Monday 22 February.
Initially, this will involve a limited number of pupils in the Senior Phase (S4 – S6) having access to school to work with teachers to allow for the completion of essential practical work which contributes to national qualification courses. However, it is intended that there will be no more than around 5-8% of our school roll present at any one time in the school building.
She also confirmed that all staff and Senior Phase (S4 – S6) pupils will be offered ‘at-home’ COVID19 testing twice a week.
We have already started to develop plans on this basis. However, we are awaiting information from the Scottish Government with further guidance and there will be an announcement on Tuesday 16 February which will confirm this decision.
Please be assured that we are working very hard to ensure that the pupils at Craigmount High School have their achievements positively recognised and as soon as we receive more information then we will be in touch to confirm the arrangements.
This term we have been tracking engagement of students in their remote learning. It has been reassuring to see the majority of students adapting to working through TEAMS and submitting their work online. Subject teachers and Pupil Support Leaders have been connecting with students to support them to navigate office 365 and complete the learning in each subject area.
Our approach has been to keep students with their class teachers on Teams. This has ensured continuity and progress within learning as we moved from school to home. We have also strived to ensure interactive and appropriate high-quality lessons feature across our school day. Furthermore, we have been balancing workload to ensure learners feel challenged and supported in equal measure.
Coursing and Progress
Our S4 parents’ consultation evening took place remotely this week and we are delighted with the feedback already received from parents and staff. A link to provide feedback on the event has been sent to parents and carers. We are now looking ahead to our S5/6 parents’ consultation which will take place on Wednesday 17 February from 5 pm – 7.30 pm by telephone. We will send a letter to frame this evening on Tuesday 16th February.
Our Senior course choice process is now well underway with the closing date for submitting choices online through our website being Friday 26th February. If students require any support or advice in making their choices or would like to speak to our Careers Adviser, they should contact their Pupil Support Leader who will be more than happy to help.
S2 Coursing and Progress
We are pleased to be able to continue our reporting and consultation schedule this session with minimal disruption. We recognise the need for parents to remain informed and active around the learning and progress of our young people. S2 reports have been issued today, which marks the start of the S2 into S3 coursing process. We have 3 documents online to support parents/carers and students navigate this time. They can be found here – https://craigmounthighschool.co.uk/information-for-parents/publications-for-parents/
Students will receive their login details for our online coursing system on Monday 1st March to their school email account. S2 students will have until the 8th of March to enter their course choices, please be reassured that as long as students meet the deadline they will have the same chance of getting their choices as their peers. They will be supported through this process in PSE lessons after the February break.
As we end a very unique term it is important that our whole school community takes a break from screen time to focus on wellbeing and recharge. Over the last two weeks through PSE students have been encouraged to take part in Place2Be’s Children’s Mental Health Week. There are lots of resources on the Children’s Mental Health Week website that you can use with your young person at home; including activity ideas, tips for parents and carers that we hope may give some new ideas of what you could do in your families next week. www.childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk
New Head Teacher
School will resume on Tuesday the 16th February with week A for students. On this date we will warmly welcome our new Head Teacher Mr Colin Meikle.
Have a safe and restful February break,
With best wishes,
The Senior Leadership Team