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SLC Senior Phase Pupil Engagement

SLC are engaging with Senior Phase learners to evaluate what has worked well during remote learning and to better understand what their next steps should be.

They will be carrying out several planned activities starting with a questionnaire for S4 to S6 pupils to complete.  The questionnaire will remain open from 22nd February 2021 – 28th February 2021.  All Senior Phase learners are encouraged to get involved.


At the end of the questionnaire, pupils will be asked to leave their contact details if they’d like to take part in a follow up focus group. Once this information has been compiled centrally, pupils may be invited to participate in virtual focus groups to take place w/b 1st March 2021.

Finally Senior Phase pupils and parents are invited to follow SLC’s new SQA Support Twitter account.  Among other things, this Twitter account will signpost to a regular Wakelet with SQA related updates for South Lanarkshire’s Senior Phase learners.


S2 Options Advice Programme


Due to current government restrictions related to COVID – 19, our Options Programme this year will take a slightly different format. We have created a dedicated online platform for all parents of S2 pupils which can be accessed via our school website. Furthermore, a specialist Google Classroom for all S2 pupils has been created which will provide a wealth of support and guidance to those pupils making their option choices for session 2021/22.

Stage 1 – Options Programme Launch On 1st March 2021, we will officially launch our dedicated Options Webpage and Google Classroom for all parents and pupils.

Stage 2 – Option Booklet (Week beginning 1st March 2021) This will be made available online via the Options Webpage and Options Google Classroom. It will include a sample Options form for session 2021/22. The booklet gives an insight to all of the subjects on offer.

Stage 3 – Careers Awareness (Online provision from 1st March 2021) A google classroom has been created for all S2 pupils. This online classroom has a wealth of resources that pupils can use to support their choices as well as find out about career pathways. There will be videos created by subjects to give information about what each subject contains. Furthermore, resources from Skills Development Scotland and My World of Work will be available. Pupils will be able to contact their Pupil Support Teacher via this classroom or directly via their glow email.

Stage 4 – Careers Convention Week (Online provision from 7th March 2021) Using the Google Classroom we will host a Career Convention Week. There will be a wealth of information regarding different career pathways and specialist industries. Resources linked to specialist chosen fields can also be accessed e.g. careers, university applications, medicine, construction etc. This will support pupils in making informed choices when selecting their option choices for session 2021/22.

Stage 5 – Parental Options Presentation (available online from 1st March 2021) Every year we would normally host an information evening event in Trinity High School for all parents and pupils in S2. This involves a talk from the Depute Head Teacher regarding the options programme. This year we will continue with this however, the presentation from the Depute Head Teacher will be a pre-recorded PowerPoint with voice over and it will be made available online via the Options Webpage. This will enable parents to access the presentation at a time that suits and as many times as they wish. In addition to this, we know this evening is usually an opportunity for parents to ask questions therefore we have also created a FAQs section on the Options Webpage to help parents find the answers to some of our most commonly asked questions regarding options.

Stage 6 – Completion of Final Option Form (available online from 1st March) The options form this year will be an online google form. The link for this will be available to pupils via their Options Google Classroom. Once pupils have accessed the resources on the Google Classroom and as parents, you have had an opportunity to explore the Options Webpage and have discussions with your child; they can consider completing the Options Google Form. Each pupil should only complete one option form online so must ensure they have made final decisions before submitting. The options form must be completed on or before FRIDAY 26th MARCH 2021.

Current Pupil Support Provision If you need to contact your child’s pupil support teacher then please see the list below for the current S2 provision. Pupil support teachers should be contacted via their Glow email addresses and these can be found on the dedicated Options Webpage.

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Apprenticeship Week 01-05 March

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On the 1st- 5th of March we will be celebrating #ScotAppWeek21 and we want you to enjoy it with us!

Make sure you don’t miss out.

Visit the SDS website to find out what events you can join during the week.

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Thinking of applying for a Civil Engineering course this year? This could be for you!

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Thinking about applying to start a civil engineering course this year? Is a lack of financial support a barrier for you? If so, you could apply for an ICE Scotland Into Civil Engineering Award. Applications are open to young people applying for a college or university course in civil engineering starting September/October this year. You could be awarded £4500 per year for up to 4 years, so it’s well worth applying for!

If you feel this would benefit you, please check the details in the links below and complete the application form.

Into Civil Engineering Details 2021

2021 Into Civil Engineering application form

This should be returned to by 31st March.

Helping your child with S2/3 subject choices – support for parents and carers


Skills Development Scotland (SDS) is offering parents and carers an online opportunity to find out more about how they can help their child make their S2/3 subject choices for the Senior Phase. Scotland’s national skills agency has organised the virtual session on Thursday 25 February which will also give parents and carers information about accessing a wide range of SDS support.

Careers advisers Joan Duncan and Gemma Smith will be providing expert advice for parents and carers of young people in S2 and S3.

Joan said: “Thinking about what options to choose at school can be daunting for young people and their parents and carers. As well as this session, SDS also has a Subject Choices tool on SDS’s My World of Work website which helps pupils explore where options choices can take them.

“It gives young people and their parents and carers the opportunity to explore job profiles, industries, Foundation and Modern Apprenticeships, refine their search by what someone is most interested in and use the tool as many times as they like to find out more about different options. There are other tools to try and the more tools you try, the better career suggestions we can give.”

This virtual event, which is from 6.30pm until 7.15pm on Thursday 25 February, will also have a question and answer session. 

To take part please register here. 

Update 19/02/21

As we look forward to welcoming some of our senior phase pupils back into the school on Monday, please take some time to familiarise yourself with the arrangements that were communicated in the update of 17th February.

If you have been following this week’s ministerial announcements you will be aware that all senior phase pupils are invited to take part in Lateral Flow Testing. We are strongly encouraging senior phase pupils who will be attending school over the next few weeks to participate whenever possible. If pupils are learning from home they should not participate.

All pupils attending next week will be given a letter explaining Lateral Flow Testing, a consent form and a privacy note. Pupils in the Hub have already received their letter, consent form and privacy note and do not have to complete another form. Having read this letter and discussed its contents with your child, please return the consent completed form to Mr. Bollen or Miss Kane. Your child will then receive a testing kit. Having read the all the notes and you have any questions, please contact Miss Kane in the School Office or Mr. Bollen.

Update 17/02/21 – Arrangements for Monday 22nd February 2021

Dear Parent/Carer

Please find a letter below which outlines the arrangements for the phased return of some Senior Phase pupils from week beginning 22nd February 2021.  Please note that information, such as the day(s) that your child should attend for specific subjects and what practical assessments they will be undertaking, will be communicated directly by their subject teachers via Google Classroom or email in the next few days.

Our one-way system will still be in effect.  When arriving at school, pupils should use the allocated entrance/exit point for the subject/room that they will be attending.  Pupils who attend our school hub should use entrance 4 (Maths) and make their way to their allocated room.

Yours sincerely

Peter Bollen


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Update 05/02/21

I hope this latest update finds you and your family well.

You will no doubt be aware, that the First Minister announced that identified pupils are likely to return to school from 22 February. For our school this is likely to be on a very limited basis for senior pupils to complete practical work for National Qualifications.

The Scottish Government will confirm the final decision on this in 2 weeks. As a school, we are already working on our plans to make sure that our phased return creates the right conditions for young people to achieve their full potential with SQA qualifications. In addition, we have welcomed the extended deadline of 18 June for SQA estimates. We will continue to provide you with ongoing relevant SQA updates.

As we approach the February holiday (8, 9 and 10 February 2021), I would like to thank you for your ongoing support with your child’s online learning. I am aware this can be challenging, difficult and great all in the same day!

However, I would encourage you to try to keep your child fully engaged in all classes when we return after the break. In particular, if you child is in S4-S6 their engagement with remote learning will influence certification. I cannot stress enough the importance of ongoing engagement with their classes. As more details are released in the coming weeks, I will keep you updated.

I would also like to take this opportunity to express my heartfelt thanks for all the kind words and well wishes that I have received since announcing my retirement last week.

Thank you for your continued support at this time.  Take care and continue to stay safe.

Peter Bollen

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Emergency Childcare for Children of Key Workers

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