Update 15/01/21

As we reach the end of the first week of online learning I would like to recognise the efforts of our young people and the support that their parents have provided during this challenging period of their learning.  It is very gratifying to receive some very positive feedback and praise from our parents in recognition of the efforts of our staff in offering online lessons to their pupils.  Specifically highlighted were:

  • Knowing when their children should be online
  • Knowing that their children had work to do (Even if their child said that was not the case!)
  • The variety of tasks from video recordings to live lessons to google meets – all very helpful in engaging their pupils
  • Vulnerable families receiving IT devices and mifi
  • Efforts to support those struggling (From food bags to simple calls)
  • The calls/contact with Pupil Support staff
  • Being able to contact named staff if they had specific difficulties

I would also like to thank all of our staff for the creative ways in which they have responded and adapted to deliver rich and rewarding remote learning activities and for their unwavering commitment in supporting vulnerable children and those of key workers.  These impressive efforts have involved staff from across all areas of our school community.  I also wish to make mention of the vital work that goes on in keeping in touch with young people and their families. This helps to keep us connected which of course is crucial for everyone’s health and wellbeing and deserves to be commended. I am confident that this will continue during the weeks ahead.

In today’s world where social media has a clock that never stops, we all need to be mindful that we should continue to deliver the best education we can through remote learning and google classrooms during the school day whilst crucially maintaining an appropriate balance between on-line and off-line activity.  Remote learning does not replace the ‘in-school’ experience.  As we know, it involves a combination of ‘live’ interactions between teacher and learners as well as learning that takes place away from the direct presence of the teacher. Online learning is important, but is not the only dimension to our engagement with children and young people.

Google Classroom Codes

We have had a number of enquiries from pupils and parents about Google Classroom joining codes.  Please note that all codes are available within the Whole School Google Classroom.  All pupils were emailed with this code on Thursday 14th along with codes to join classes for Tutor Time, PSHE and Health & Wellbeing classes.  Please encourage your child to check their email and click the invitation links.

School Day Structure

We have also had a few requests from parents asking about the timings of the school day to help with their child’s routine at home.  Please see below for period timings.  We rotate to a ‘Yellow’ week from Monday 18thJanuary.

 

Monday, Wednesday, Friday (No Period 4 on a Friday)

Session Time Activity
1

(8.45 – 9.35)

(9.35 – 10.30)

8.45 – 10.30 Teaching & Learning

S1/2 Break 10.05 – 10.15

S3/4 Break 10.20 – 10.30

2

(10.30 – 11.20)

(11.20- 12.15)

10.30 – 12.15 Teaching & Learning

S5/6 Break 10.30 – 10.40

Lunch 12.15 – 13.00 12.15 – 12.25 S1/2 Access To Dinner Hall
12.25 – 12.35 S3/4 Access To Dinner Hall

12.35 – 12.45 S5/6 Access To Dinner Hall

3

(13.00 – 13.50)

(13.50 – 14.40)

13.00 – 14.40 Teaching & Learning
4 14.40 – 15.05 Tutor Time

Tuesday & Thursday

Session Time Activity
1

(8.45 – 9.35)

(9.35 – 10.20)

 

8.45 – 10.20

Teaching & Learning

 

2

(Single Period)

10.20 – 11.20 Teaching & Learning

S1/2 Break 10.55 – 11.05

S3/4 Break 11.10– 11.20

3

(11.20- 12.20)

(12.20 – 13.05)

11.20– 13.05 Teaching & Learning

S5/6 Break 11.20 – 11.30

Lunch 13.05 – 13.50 13.05 – 13.15 S1/2 Access To Dinner Hall
13.15 – 13.25  S3/4 Access To Dinner Hall

13.25 – 13.35  S5/6 Access To Dinner Hall

4

(13.50 – 14.40)

(14.40 – 15.30)

13.50 – 15.30 Teaching & Learning

As we enter a new week of learning under the current restrictions and continue to respond to our pupils’ needs it is important to continue to be vigilant, follow the guidelines and look out for each other.

Take care and stay safe.

Mr P Bollen

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