Week 2 of THS Learning @ Home

Dear all,

I hope that you all managed some rest this weekend with some daily exercise too, if not self-isolating. Taking care of ourselves and our physical and mental health, whether students, parent/carers, or staff, needs to be our priority and I definitely found this easier without the pressure of work. So, please do keep things manageable for yourselves and let us know how we can help to make this possible as we progress with our second week.

This week we also embark on our first full week as the Tynecastle High School Hub for the children of key workers. Our Hub consists of Boroughmuir High, Bruntsfield Primary, Dalry Primary, Craiglockhart Primary, Roseburn Primary, St Cuthbert’s Primary, Tollcross Primary and Tynecastle High. It was an absolute pleasure to welcome these schools on Friday as we formed our Hub for the first time. This week I anticipate that we will have about 40 or 50 students in our Hub. The staff from all these schools who are making this possible are doing an incredible job, ensuring that key workers are able to continue in their vital roles, so it is a huge thank you to them.

For everyone else, working at home, thank you to you too as you embark on this week. Of interest to those who might not have accessed them before are the apps Google Arts and Culture and also TED Talks. Both of these offer excellent opportunities to let young people lead their learning and I hope you enjoy where they take you if you have time to look at them.

Take care, stay connected and most importantly, stay safe.

Ms Kinnear

The end of Week 1 – Learning @ Home

Dear all,

I can’t quite believe that it has only been a week as so much has happened. I think that having made it to this stage the most important thing to do is to express gratitude to everyone for all that you have done and all that has been achieved.

I think that this is an opportune time also to remind ourselves how difficult this all is and just how fantastically our young people are doing by coping with it all. There is a lot to deal with and taking care of our physical and mental health have to come before anything else. Getting up in the morning, talking about their feelings, taking time to do family activities, are all just as important as school work. I think that we are super keen to make sure that we provide enough work but please feel free to adjust the pace for your child. You know what is best for them and we want them to be well and to take care above all else. Do remember to look at our support sections on the website for ideas to help with this.

It will not be a normal weekend but hopefully everyone can switch off a little, focus on physical activity and supporting each other, as well as doing whatever helps with your mental health and emotional wellbeing.

Do take care, stay connected online, and most importantly stay safe.

Ms Kinnear