Message from the Head Teacher

Dear all,

Plans for Returning to School in August

I would like to start by thanking you all for your support over the past couple of weeks as we have been working to engage with the Scottish Government guidance regarding returning to school in August. As you will have now all seen, we received confirmation as to what that will look like in City of Edinburgh on Friday in this letter to parents.

We will now be working hard translating this into a model that works best for our school community, keeping in mind that it will be subject to change as both national and local authority guidance are updated. We will be sharing our model and plans with you as soon as possible.

Parent, Carer Council

It was lovely this week to meet with the Parent, Carer Council office bearers on Teams following the Zoom meeting held with parents. As with the previous meeting I have provided answers to your questions and these will be shared. Do please keep asking and providing feedback. I might not always have the answers but it is really important that we keep communication channels open and work together as our Recovery Plan is finalised and implemented.

Place2Be

This week I have been very much thinking about our young people’s mental health and wellbeing. I was so proud of them in the Place2Be promotional video.

Although we are all really sad to be saying goodbye to Sarah  Haywood at the end of the session, I am also pleased to share that this week will see interviews taking place for our new Place2Be School Manager, so do watch this space for more information coming soon.

Continuing in the mental health and wellbeing theme, I think that the following support from the City of Edinburgh Psychological Services is really helpful and wanted to draw it to your attention in case you had not seen it on Twitter (click here or on the image on the left). There are some very helpful additional links at the end and also some important advice about taking care of yourself. I hope that you find it useful.

Senior Learning @ Home

We are aware that some students in S4-6 are finding it difficult to structure their work across the week. We are sending them a template to help them how to plan their 20 hours of learning. We thought that you might like a copy too so that you can ‘encourage’ this. Thank you for your support with this. Please note that we do not expect them to be working on a Saturday or Sunday.

So, I will be updating you as soon as I can with information regarding our August start but until then please do continue to take care, stay connected, and, most importantly, stay safe.

Ms Kinnear