Oct 142019
 

Significant changes to Glow’s identity matching are coming on October 28th 2019, which will affect teachers transferring between local authorities.  These changes are being made to ensure correct data handling by Glow in accordance with current legislation.

For full details, please see the information below from Education Scotland:

When is this happening? The expected release date of this updated functionality is October 28th.

Who will be impacted? From the 28th October all teachers who move to a new position in a school in a different local authority will receive a new Glow account rather than continue to use their existing account.  Their new account will have a different username and password.  Access to old content will be removed along with their old account.

Non-teaching staff accounts are not currently matched as they move between local authorities and therefore they will see no change. Pupils will continue to be matched.

Teaching staff who currently have an account that is manually transferred between 2 schools, allowing them to use the same username and password to access more than one school, will no longer be able to do this if their accounts are in different local authorities.  When the identity matching is removed, their username and password will allow them access to one school only, whichever school was their establishment on the 28th October.

What do you need to do? Please update the teachers in your local authority to ensure they are prepared if they are moving to a school in another local authority after the 28th of October.

If their access is still to their old school then they need to ensure that their RM Unify administrator manually transfers their account to be linked to their new school. If the work record in the old school is closed then this will happen automatically but if not it will require a manual transfer to be completed.

What about the future after the 28th October? Teachers who move between local authorities will need to remember that the content that they currently have access to via their existing Glow account will not be accessible once they start their new role in their new local authority.

We have posted a news item on Glow Connect: https://glowconnect.org.uk/2019/09/27/important-news-for-teachers-using-glow/

Glow account guidance has also been updated to reflect the changes: https://glowconnect.org.uk/glow-account-guidance/

Oct 012019
 

Jackie Mullen, one of the tutors for the national Gaelic Language in the Primary School (GLPS) course, will provide two taster sessions for beginners on Tuesday the 29th October and Tuesday the 5th November, from 4.05-5.30pm. These sessions will provide a fun introduction to simple Gaelic phrases that you can use with your learners in class. You can access the sessions from your classroom using Google Meet. If you are interested in attending please contact gwen.mccrossan2@argyll-bute.gov.uk

Aug 302019
 

 GLPS is coming to you

Jan Kersel, one of the tutors for the national GLPS course will provide GLPS training in Inveraray.

2 days beginners’ training-  18th Sept 2019 & 2nd Oct 2019

2 days follow-on training- 15th and 29th January 2020

This is a fantastic opportunity to access GLPS without traveling to Stirling for 18 days training. This training provides an accessible alternative. This condensed version will provide an introduction to Gaelic in the primary. Contact Gwen McCrossan- gwen.mccrossan2@argyll-bute.gov.uk  to enrol on this course.

Aug 212019
 

Oban High School- Wednesday 28th August, 1600-1730

Lochgilphead Joint Campus- Thursday 29th August, 1600-1730

Education Scotland will deliver sessions which focus on progression from first to second level in languages with reference to the recently published guidance on the National Improvement Hub:       https://education.gov.scot/improvement/learning-resources/modern-languages-progression-framework This resource brings together all the national documentation practitioners need to plan and deliver language learning. Please contact Gwen McCrossan gwen.mccrossan2@argyll-bute.gov.uk to register for these events.

May 162019
 

Leadership in St Andrew’s is seamless from the staff to the pupils! Our P6/7 Superheroes are supporting our youngest children to be familiar with their new laptop. All children across the school now have their own device. The technological methodology is an integral part of our children’s learning.

May 102019
 

National Digital Learning Week is a weeklong event led by Education Scotland to give pupils and teachers in all local authorities across Scotland the opportunity to take part in five curriculum focused challenges in STEM, Social Studies, Expressive Arts, Literacy and Numeracy.

This year the event will take place 13 – 17 May.

Education Scotland’s aim is to reach all early learning and childcare centres and schools across Scotland to let them know about the event.

To help you get involved and get started, a pack of support materials has been produced by Education Scotland.  In this pack, which can be downloaded below, you will find: key messages; suggested promotional text for websites, e-bulletins and publications; social media posts; a promotional video and a promotional flyer.

You can download the pack here: NDLW19 Stakeholder Comms Pack Final

Here’s a 2 minute video that tells you everything you need to know about the event.

 

May 082019
 

Today is Victory in Europe Day and a very proud moment in St Andrew’s history as our P6/7 children were invited to attend the memorial service, the reflection on the sacrifice of so many, and the twinning of Bute branch of Royal British Legion with Skipton British Legion.
Curriculum for Excellence came to life for our children in a very real and meaningful way, as they marched, prayed and honoured the fallen and those left to entrust their memory on to a new generation.

May 072019
 

The Creative Learning in Schools Team (CAST) have been piloting a project in primary schools in Kintyre, “Take One Picture” installing artworks from the Argyll Collection in six schools to inspire cross curricular creative learning. Pupils and teachers from Carradale, Castlehill, Dalintober, Drumlemble, Gigha and Rhunahaorine Primaries have been working with artists Sian MacQueen, Nicole Heidtke and Stefan Bamberger and dancer Tony Mills to create new work inspired by the artworks, taking part in workshops on conductive printmaking, relief sculpture, dance, digital sculpture, life drawing, shadow puppetry, collage and painting.
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Apr 302019
 

Are you interested in developing your skills in delivering music in the classroom?

As part of the Youth Music Initiative, the Creative Arts in Schools Team (CAST) have run CPD sessions in 2018-9 using Get Creative, a new music resource for primary school teachers full of creative ideas, activities and learning outcomes to enable you to deliver musical activities with your class, regardless of your musical experience.

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Apr 252019
 

Well done to Melody Elizabeth Clark-Want from Port Charlotte Primary School. Melody’s poem was highly recommended in the ‘Other Tongue’ category of this national multi-lingual poetry competition.

For this poem I used Gaelic and English. I used English because it is the first language I ever learned and is what I use to write in all the time and feel most easy writing in. The reason I wrote in Gaelic is because it is one of the the languages people use on the place I live in and love.  I also wrote in Gaelic because it was the first language of my grandfather who used to teach me Gaelic, I wrote in Gaelic to thank him for teaching me. Click here to read Melody’s poem. Click here to read the full Anthology.

 

Apr 162019
 

Sumdog is well embedded in St Joseph’s with children voraciously going on-line at home and school to take part in competitions on the website. At St Joseph’s Sumdog is used for Maths and the children simply love it! One of our P7 pupils is particularly good. On 7 March, 2019 Iona managed to rank as number 4 out of 21837 pupils on Sumdog then on 21 March, 2019 she was the top student in Argyll and Bute!! On that particular week she had been on her residential week at Auchengillan so only had Friday night and Saturday to steam ahead of all the other pupils to take first place!
Iona is not alone in her success with P2 winning class of the week this month too………what a great achievement for all concerned!

Apr 122019
 

Our HT Miss Seery introduced the teaching of Makaton and BSL and the children LOVE it. They sing and sign simultaneously and it is wonderful to listen to and watch. It has become a normal part of our school week so we don’t really think it’s out of the ordinary.

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Mar 202019
 

We are all super proud of all our children at our Science InExpo which was held on Friday 15th March. Thanks to all our wonderful parents and community for coming along to share 0ur learning ideas. Lots of inventions on show for our entries into the Young Engineer Award 2019.  Tonnes of creativity and innovation from our wee school.

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