Weekly Update : 5th February


Dear Parents/Carers,

As expected last week, we can finally start to think about some of our pupils returning to school.  As you will be aware, the First Minister announced on Tuesday that, if numbers continue to move in the right direction, P1-3 pupils will be returning to school from 22nd February.  We realise that this raises many questions and we will share further details with you as they become available.  At the moment, we only now what was shared on Tuesday.  There are many meetings taking place over the coming days which we hope will provide some clarity.

February long weekend

A reminder that 15th and 16th February are holidays and the 17th February is an inset day.  The school will be closed on each of these days and there will be no in school provision for Keyworker pupils on these dates. We plan to make that entire week a screen free week with a Health and Wellbeing focus.  Grids will be issued for families to pick and choose activities from over the Thursday and Friday, however, there will no Google Meets and no submission of assignments.  Pupils will still be required to register on the Thursday and Friday and staff will be available online on both of these days for any questions or queries you may have.

Survey Results

Many thanks to parents and pupils who completed our online learning surveys last week.  A summary of those results is attached above.  Staff met earlier this week to review results and create an action plan which is highlighted on the survey results.  The above results have been anonymised to just show percentages.  Questions that required individual responses have also been considered but not shared as it was impossible to anonymise these. Several parents have been contacted individually to address any issues flagged in the surveys.  We really do appreciate this feedback and have considered it carefully as we plan for the next few weeks ahead.

Juggling remote learning, home working and busy lives in general is a challenge which we appreciate!  Please remember that we are here to help and if you or pupils require anything, please get in touch.  While there is a legal obligation to register pupils each day and pupils are encouraged to attend Google Meets, assignments deadlines can be flexible, as long as teaching staff are aware of this.

The increase in Google Meets can be hard to fit in, however, feedback suggests that the frequency, length and content of these is mostly suitable.  Teaching staff will be indicating which of these meets are essential and which are optional so that you can plan around that.

Both parent and pupil surveys had several requests for further art and PE activities and these are attached above.

During the next block of home learning for P4-7, we hope to introduce class topics rather than whole school focus week as there appears to be an appetite for this, particularly from pupils.

Parent Council Meeting

The Parent Council will meet on Wednesday at 6.30pm, via Microsoft Teams.  All parents are welcome to attend and the code for joining is below. When joining please enter your name as this makes it easier to take and address questions that arise.  We hope to see as many as possible in attendance.

Click here to join the meeting

Additional Tasks

A huge well done to all who have participated in Burns, RSPB and National Storytelling Week activities.  It is such a pleasure to see your photos and submissions each week, showing such an incredible effort!  Tuesday 9th February is Safer Internet Day and this is our additional focus for next week.  Please see attached grid of optional activities to help reinforce the Safer Internet messages which are more important than ever at this time.

We would hope that through the course of this next week we will be able to provide some clarity to the next phase of returning to school and some more detail around the logistics and practicalities of this but please do get in touch if you have specific queries or questions that you wish for us to raise at a Council level.  Until then, keep up the good work!

Thank you for your ongoing support, it is very much appreciated.