Climate Change Student Protest Information for Parents and Carers

Dear Parent/Carer,

You will, I am sure, have seen the extensive media coverage of the Climate Change Protest planned to take place outside the Scottish Parliament on Friday March 15th. You will probably also be aware of the recent motion passed by the Education Committee to authorise the absence of pupils who are attending the protest.

I attach a letter from Lorna Sweeney, Schools and Lifelong Learning Service Manager, which gives some information regarding this. Please tap or click here to read the letter.

For the avoidance of doubt, Tynecastle High School remains open as usual on Friday 15th March. Teaching will carry on as normal.

If your child will be absent from school to participate in the protest you must confirm, in advance and in writing, that your child has your permission to participate and that you will be responsible for their safety during their absence. It is very important that your note includes both those elements so we can correctly record your child’s absence from school. Any other absences should be notified in the normal way(s). We will make a truancy call, as per our normal procedures, to the parent/carer of any pupil who is absent for whom we do not have an explanation.

If your child is planning to join the protest in the afternoon, after school has finished, you do not need to let us know.

Yours sincerely,
Hazel Kinnear
Head Teacher

Getting a Good Night’s Sleep Event

Getting a Good Night’s Sleep
Event for parents and carers on 12th March, 6:15pm – 7:30pm

The National Sleep Foundation celebrates its annual Sleep Awareness Week at the beginning of March, to highlight the importance of good sleep health for all. A recent survey by Place2Be found that children and young people who get less sleep are more likely to feel that worries get in the way of school work. So we know that sleep is really important – but what can we do when it isn’t coming easily?

Join us at Tynecastle High School on Tuesday 12th March for an evening of conversation and information about what sleep is, why it is so important, and what we can do to help ourselves get a better night’s sleep. This session will be led by Place2Be School Project Manager Sarah Haywood. Refreshments will be available from 6:15pm, for a 6:30pm start. We hope to help you get to sleep – but not until you get home!

No need to book, just join us on the night. Parents and carers with children at Tynecastle High School and any of our partner primary schools are welcome to come along.

Apple Distinguished School Award

Today, in North America, it is Digital Learning Day. (In Scotland we celebrate National Digital Learning Week in May so look out for upcoming events…) Digital learning plays an essential part in the life of Tynecastle High School where students and staff make effective and innovative use of digital technologies to enhance learning and teaching. We’ve released a new book in the Apple Book Store detailing many of the ways our students and staff use digital learning. You can view or download our book by tapping on this link on any iOS device.

Our new book was also part of our application to be re-recognised as an Apple Distinguished School, a recognition we are delighted to have achieved again, and in fact the only school in Scotland to hold it at this time. This is down to the fantastic work our students and staff do to make sure we improve and innovate wherever possible to achieve the best outcomes for learning. Our use of digital technologies and our 1:1 Digital Learning programme is one of the ways in which we do this. It is exciting to continue to be a part of this global community and learn from and share practice with school across the world.

Opportunities to experience what digital learning looks like at Tynecastle will be available for parents and carers nearer Digital Learning Week in May 2019.