Changes to term dates from August 2020

Falkirk Council have just published important dates for next term – please note that at this time, the main Falkirk Council school holidays page has not been updated.

  • Staff return to IWBS from Monday 10th August 2020
  • Pupils return to IWBS from Wednesday 12th August 2020 (see communication from IWBS to check your child’s exact start date and schedule)
  • The October holidays will now run from Monday 12th October to Friday 23rd October (inclusive). This is now 2 weeks rather than 1 week due to the shorter summer break.

The Great Bug Hunt 2020

The Great Bug Hunt 2020 is now open

Due to the closure of schools, this competition is now open to all primary school children at home!

The challenge is pretty simple – go into the garden or any outside space you own and see what bugs you can find!

Check out the nearest hedges, flower beds, trees, long grass, logs, stones, rocks (well, you get the picture)… explore and then report back to us what you have found.

More details at:

http://www.schoolscience.co.uk/bughunt

 

Our latest Newsletter is available now –

Mar 2020 IWBS Newsletter

A bumper edition courtesy of Mr Hutchinson, and a lot of pictures of how we used to go to school 😉

New device for Christmas?

Have you or your child got a new device for Christmas, like a mobile phone, tablet or laptop?

Here are a few  suggestions which may be helpful to you – whether it’s a new device or an existing device.

All Falkirk pupils  are entitled to FREE Microsoft Office for use at home and on mobile devices – this works on all mobile devices and PCs (on multiple devices per person) – the following link describes how to get it

https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/fa/mobiledevices/2015/06/17/microsoft-office-free-for-all-falkirk-council-childrens-services-staff-and-pupils-with-a-glow-account/

Keeping safe – the Government’s National Cyber Security Centre has provided links to how-to guides from mobile device manufacturers to steps to keeping safe with a mobile device

https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/guidance/securing-your-devices

as well as 5 Simple Steps everyone can take to help provide protection for users

https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/blog-post/staying-smart-with-your-christmas-gadgets

The BBC OwnIT app has been designed to help keep children safe online. Here’s a link to more information about the app on the BBC website

https://www.bbc.com/ownit/take-control/own-it-app

We hope that you have had a restful and enjoyable summer break. We wanted to keep you up to date with staffing changes that have happened across the summer period. New staff are being welcomed into the team, some staff have moved on and some staff will move on in the near future.

In our primary team, Ewan Shanks returned to his substantive post in Carron Primary School. We appreciate all of the time Ewan gave us and he will be missed. In our secondary team we said farewell to Gillian Macadam who has relocated to Malaysia. We wish Gillian all the best and look forward to hearing how she is getting on.

We now welcome a number of new staff to the team.

Slamannan Campus:

  • Leigh Keirnan, Class Teacher.

Grangemouth Campus:

  • Iona Pearce, Class Teacher.
  • Kirstie McMillan, Support for Learning Assistant.

Outreach:

  • Debra Smith, Teacher

Laurieston Campus- Secondary:

  • Wendy McQuillan, Class Teacher
  •  Alison Wareing, Support for Learning Assistant

Across the next few weeks we have some staff moving on.

Julie Knox has accepted a new position with Clackmannanshire Council and her last day with the service will be 13th September 2019. We thank Julie for her support and wish her all the best in the future.

Our headteacher, David McKellar, is also on the move with his last day being 30th August 2019. David will be taking up a new post with Education Scotland as a HM Inspector of Education. We thank David for his contribution to developing the new service and all of his support across the past few years. In the interim Ross Queenan will take up the acting headteacher position while recruitment is being undertaken for a permanent replacement for David. Ross is currently the DHT in Graeme High School and we offer him a warm welcome.

We look forward to working with you across the forthcoming academic session.

Inclusion and Wellbeing Service 3-18

Free School Meals and Clothing Grants

Free School Meals and Clothing Grants

If you applied for this support last year, you won’t need to make a new application. You should have received a message to advise you of this recently from the Assessment Team.

If you have never applied before, you will need to apply.

If you need more information, or to apply online, visit www.falkirk.gov.uk/fsm.

Resources

Within the resources menu we have added a few GIRFEC resources for professionals to use

Jobs for the future -SDS

Thought provoking video from Skills Development Scotland.  How are we at Inclusion and Wellbeing Service 3-18 meeting the new skills required? Come and see by checking out our twitter feeds @IWBSFalkirk @MarinerSupport @oxgangschool #WatchUsGrow