P7-S1 Transition Arrangements 2017

P7 3 day Transition visit to Tynecastle High School: 20th, 21st, 22nd June 2017
P7 Parents’ / Carers’ Information Evening Wednesday 21st June 2017, 6-7pm

Dear Parent / Carer

I am writing to welcome you and your child to Tynecastle High School. The move from Primary to Secondary is an important and exciting one and arrangements for your child’s transition to our school are now well under way.

Our soon to be new S1 students take part in our fun day on Monday 19th June 2017 – brilliant weather and a great day! (Photo thanks to @ActiveSchoolsED)

These arrangements have been discussed at meetings involving myself, Ms Kinnear, Head Teacher of Tynecastle High School, members of our Student Support team, along with the Head Teachers and P7 teachers at your child’s Primary School. I have also been visiting each cluster primary school in May to speak to the pupils with the aim of starting to answer their many questions about their move to High School.

Student Support and Support for Learning staff have also met the P7 teachers during the month of May to ensure that we have all of the relevant information about your child to enable them to have a successful three-day transition visit in June and to make the best possible start at High School.

Our Transition Week arrangements are as follows:

Tuesday 20th, Wednesday 21st, Thursday22nd June
All P7 pupils attend Tynecastle High School from 8.30 until 3pm. Students will be expected to make their own way to Tynecastle High School as part of the transition preparation. The P7 pupils should wear their primary uniform and bring a pen and pencil. Students will be allocated to their permanent tutor group and will follow that class timetable for the three days. They will be able to experience their new subjects and meet their new teachers and also all of their new classmates. In addition, they will be able to meet their Support for Pupils teachers and generally experience life at High School. Classes will be accompanied by senior students known as ‘Buddies’ to support them during their visit.

Break/ lunch times
Students will not be allowed out of the school premises at break or lunch time during their three-day transition visit. They should bring a snack with them for break time if they wish. At lunch time, students can bring a packed lunch or buy a £2.50 lunch meal deal from the canteen. If your child receives free school meals at the moment, then this will be available here.

P7 Parents’ / Carers’ Information Evening Wednesday 21st June, 6-7pm
We believe strongly that the school-home partnership is of the utmost importance. As part of this partnership, we would like to invite you to a meeting of parents / carers of all new first years on Wednesday 21st June from 6-7pm here at Tynecastle High School. At this meeting you will be able to find out about the strong ethos of attainment and achievement we have here and the high quality school experience we can offer your child.

We are proud of the fact that our state of the art school is an innovative, inclusive and welcoming place to learn and look forward to sharing with you how we will enable your child to fulfill their potential in every aspect of their school life.

We very much look forward to meeting you at the P7 Parents’ & Carers’ Information Evening on Wednesday 21st June at 6pm.

Yours faithfully,

Mrs Jacquie Ramsay
Depute Head Teacher S1/2/3

Our Week of Digital Learning Festivities

(l-r) Councillor Cathy Fullerton, Councillor Cammy Day, Head Teacher Hazel Kinnear, Jenni Robertson

It’s been a fun week of Digital Learning here at Tynecastle. On Tuesday morning we had a reception to celebrate the recognition of our digital learning programme as an ‘Apple Distinguished Programme‘. Attended by a number of local dignitaries, business leaders and educators, Councillor Cammy Day, Education Convenor for the City of Edinburgh Council, unveiled our new Apple Distinguished Programme plaque! The story also featured in the Evening News – read the article by following this link…

On Tuesday evening we held our first evening community event celebrating digital learning. Families from our four associated primaries and from Tynecastle attended, taking part in science experiments with wireless temperature probes, beat the goalie including video analysis of your footwork!, animation, digital drawing, robotics and more. Linking in with this year’s National Internet Safety Day, we also heard about how to develop our Digital Resilience from Sarah at Place2B, our community police officer, PC Scott, and one of our student support leaders, Louise Moultray.

Krissie Davis, our Curriculum Leader of Science, ready to test temperatures!

On Wednesday and Thursday P6 classes from our associated primaries (Balgreen, Craiglockhart, Dalry and Stenhouse Primary Schools) came along and took part in digital learning workshops with a number of our teachers and students. The students took part in workshops around art, history, modern languages, music and science. It was great to have our learning communities come together and learn from each other.

Exploring the Carbon Cycle through stop-frame animation
Some more carbon cycle animation!
Practicing our French conversations using Puppet Pals 2

Performance Showcase 2016!

Performance Showcase 2016 PosterTynecastle High School would like to invite you to our first ever Performance Showcase. This event (which we intend to run annually) will highlight and showcase the array of talent and skill within the Performance Faculty (P.E., Dance, Music and Drama) as well as showcasing the creativity of the Design Faculty. This evening is also about developing and consolidating student qualities of commitment and confidence, while of course ensuring students enjoy themselves.

The Performance Showcase will take place on Wednesday 15th June. The format will be 3×30 minute slots from 6pm-8:30pm (see below). Tickets are required by family and friends who wish to attend the event but there is no cost. Tickets are available from the school office. Initially tickets will be limited to 4 per family, however, any remaining tickets will be made available on Monday 13th June.

This is a family event which is part of the Sharing Secrets Festival and has been jointly planned with our Parent Council. There will be a BBQ, with burgers and soft drinks available to purchase from 6.00pm onwards, as well as in between performances. The Parent Council raffle has amazing prizes to be won and raffle tickets can be purchased from school offices prior to the event as well as on the evening.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Please see below the running order for each 30 minute slot.

Performance Showcase Running Order