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On the back of East Ayrshire Council’s communication with you yesterday, I am writing today to give parents and pupils details of our soft start arrangements for week beginning Monday 10th August and to provide more general information for our full pupil return from week beginning Monday 17th August.
You can access the letter by clicking on either the Microsoft Word or PDF link below:
Stewarton Academy School Return Letter to Parents Aug 5th (MS Word)
Stewarton Academy School Return Letter to Parents Aug 5th (PDF)
I appreciate that there is a lot of information in the letter and have tried to strike the balance between giving you enough information to have confidence in our arrangements for return and not overwhelming our pupils and parents. Please take the time to read the guidance from EAC and our letter today thoroughly and to visit the website link for catering arrangements hyperlinked in my letter.
Further communication will follow in the days and weeks to come as some of our arrangements are adapted and I urge you to please ensure you have downloaded the school app and selected the appropriate year group notifications.
Despite the difficult times we have faced and significant mitigations being undertaken to maximise staff and pupil wellbeing and safety, I am very excited to be welcoming our young people back into school.
Thank you again for your continued support,
I have written to pupils and parents this afternoon with an update ahead of SQA certification tomorrow. The update contains a good luck message, information on support available for pupils and guidance on the SQA appeals process. You can access the letter via the school app or by clicking on either the Word or PDF document links below:
SQA results, appeals and support letter for parents and pupils (Word)
SQA results, appeals and support letter for parents and pupils (PDF)
Remember to visit our Twitter page to access more information from our partner agencies that will be on hand to offer pupils support from tomorrow.
Wishing you the best of luck tomorrow,
Following last night’s communication from East Ayrshire Council, I am happy to share with you Stewarton Academy’s model and arrangements for pupil return from August. You can click the links below to access my letter to parents and pupils, and a document outlining the detailed arrangements for pupil return in August.
I strongly encourage you to read all three documents linked in this message to gain a full understanding of our model for return, the rationale that underpins it and the issues to which we still await clarification.
The communications are lengthy and there is a lot of information to absorb but I hope the detail provided leaves you with a sense of clarity and confidence in our plans as we move forward.
I want to thank you for your overwhelming support over the last few months and to pay tribute to the work of my staff in getting us to this point with a model and offer I am proud of under the current circumstances.
I hope you and your family continue to be safe and well as we head into a much-needed weekend.
With two school weeks remaining, the curriculum grids below will be the final ones we publish before the summer holidays to ensure that pupils have time to get feedback on their work from teachers during the final week of term. As a result, we have extended the deadline for pupils to complete and submit this work to Wednesday, 24th June.
S2 15th June 2020
S5/6 15th June 2020
Further updates will follow at the end of this week and beginning of next week about plans for return in August. I also look forward to meeting with the Parent Council on Tuesday and will share with all parents the update I provide for them via the website and app.
You have been nothing short of fantastic in your support of us throughout this school closure period and I could not be more appreciative. I also want to re-iterate how proud I am of the staff for their work and of the pupils for their engagement under such testing circumstances.
Have a good week, and take care,
I have written to all Primary 7 parents this afternoon ahead of their children joining us as our new S1 cohort in August. Some of the detail may be pertinent or of interest to our current parent body, and you can access a copy of the letter at the following link:
Please see the below message from East Ayrshire Council
Dear Parents/ Carers and Young People,
Following a meeting today with the professional associations at council level, we are now in a position to advise of the return dates for all schools in EAC. Teachers will return on 11th August for an inservice day and pupils will return on Weds 12th August. Clearly not all pupils will return physically to school on that day and we will advise you as soon as possible around physical attendance patterns for our young people. We hope that you will find this information helpful at this time, and we will issue further information about remaining term dates for 20/21 in due course.
I hope you have had a nice weekend in the sunshine and are enjoying seeing more of your friends and family in line with the latest government advice.
With our timetable changing last week, this is the first home learning curriculum grids for the new timetable. Remember, if you were in S1 last year, you are now in S2 and should be accessing that curriculum planner. S2 pupils from last year will be accessing S3 grids now and so on. The links to the grids are below.
S2 – 8th June 2020
S3 – 8 June 2020
S5/6 – 8 June 2020
Apart from that, the system should be very familiar to you, with the work posted on Microsoft Teams and your teachers ready to support you with your work this week. It is vital that you engage with as much as you can this week as many of your subjects will be introducing new courses or levels of work and, for some of our cohorts, introductions to your new subjects. As always, the mantra is to ‘do what you can, when you can’ but I would ask that you make that extra effort to engage with your teachers on Teams. Let them know what you are doing, say hello to them and submit your work for feedback. All of this will help to minimise the gaps when we return in August.
Please take the time to read the grids carefully. To our fantastic parents, I want to thank you again for your support of learning at home. I know it is not easy and the only people that want to your children back to school more than you is us! Please do not allow this work to become a source of friction or anxiety at home. Do what you can to encourage and support and let us know if you need anything.
I will be in touch over the coming days and weeks with information about August as it becomes available. If all else fails, remember, summer is just around the corner!
Linda McAulay-Griffiths, Head of Education at East Ayrshire Council, has written to parents and pupils this morning with an overview of expectations around June for all establishments and the current planning for re-opening to pupils in August.
The letters have been added to the News section of the school app, but can also be accessed at the links below:
EAC Letter to parents and carers June 2020
EAC Letter to pupils June 2020
Please take the time to read these letters and encourage your child to read the pupil letter. Further guidance will follow from school level over the coming days and weeks.
I hope you all remain safe and well,
The weekly curriculum planners for each year group can be accessed at the links below for week beginning 25th May.
S1 25 MAY 2020
S2 25 MAY 2020
S5/6 25 May 2020
Please note that pupils will have until Friday 5th June to complete the work set out below. This will allow us to make the timetable changeover on our system next week for pupils in each year group to move into their new year group for next session. Mr Hardie has been working tirelessly on pupil options and the new timetable over the last few months and has put together an options video for parents and pupils to outline the process.
If you have not heard from Mr Hardie over the last couple of weeks, the likelihood is that you have all of your original options. We will be making arrangements over the course of next week (week beginning June 1st) to e-mail individual new timetables to pupils which confirm their options and will begin setting work for these new classes for week beginning June 8th. We would appreciate if you would take the time to watch Mr Hardie’s video and get in touch with him at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any queries.
Have a good week
S1 25 MAY 2020
S2 25 MAY 2020
SP Learning grid 25th May