Category Archives: School Letters

Head Teacher Update – 13 August 2021

Dear Parent/Carer

I hope that you and your loved ones are safe and well and that our pupils have had a relaxing break. I also want to congratulate our S4,5 and 6 pupils on their SQA results.

We are really looking forward to welcoming pupils back on Monday 16th August at 8.50am and will be following Scottish Government guidelines.

We will operate a recovery timetable for this session similar to the one we ran in June. All staff and pupils who are not exempt will be required to wear masks in the building unless eating or drinking for at least six weeks. Our one-way system will remain in place.

I attach 2 letters from the Director of Education for your information.

Letter 1

Letter 2

S1 Parents – A Message from the Head Teacher – 25 August 2020

Dear Parent,

I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of all the staff and pupils in the school to welcome you and your child to Lourdes Secondary. We are looking forward to working with you and your son/daughter in the weeks and months ahead.

I am delighted to report to you that the new pupils in S1 have made an excellent start in Lourdes Secondary. I have been impressed with the children’s general attitude, behaviour and the high standard of uniform. We have a significant number of pupils wearing the blazer in S1 and, with your support, I would like to see all S1 pupils wearing the blazer. We have a small stock of blazers in the school at a reasonable price should you wish to purchase one. Please contact the school office for further information.


We are completely committed to ensuring that your child is happy, safe and working to their full potential and your support and engagement in the life and ethos of the school will be very much appreciated.

There are a number of key members of staff who are responsible for guiding and supporting your child through their S1 experience:

Mr Kerr is the Depute Head teacher responsible for your child.
Miss Campbell is the (Acting) Principal Teacher of Pastoral Care for S1 who will provide guidance and coordinate personal support for the pupils.(Mr Downes is currently supporting our S6 pupils)
Ms Cox is the Principal Teacher of Support for Learning who works with all subject staff to ensure that the pupils are being supported appropriately in their learning.
Mrs Dolan is the Principal Teacher of the ALN Provision who coordinates support for a specific group of S1 pupils
Mrs McBride is the Principal Teacher of Nurture who provides support and nurture to a specific group of pupils throughout the school

Miss Campbell is your first point of contact for all matters. Contact details are:

If you have any questions or concerns relating to your child please do not hesitate to contact Miss Campbell who will liaise with the subject teachers and deal with any issues sensitively and promptly.

Break/Lunchtime arrangements 

We are currently operating a cash less payment system in the canteen see Letter issued 17 August 2020

For pupils who have not signed-up to the new on line payment system we would encourage them to continue to bring snacks and packed lunches into school.

Calendar of events and important dates

We are currently working on a calendar of dates for the issue of pupil tracking reports to parents. This information will be passed to parents in the next few weeks.

Best wishes to you and your families,


Gerry McGuigan

Return to School Information – 5 August 2020

5 August 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

I hope that you and your loved ones continue to be safe and well.  We are now able to finalise details on your child’s return to school next week.

1.       Our young people will return to school as part of a phased programme:

  • S1 and S3 return to school full time on Wednesday 12 August and each day thereafter
  • S2 and S4 return to school full time on Thursday 13 August and each day thereafter
  • S5 and S6 return to school full time on Friday 14 August and each day thereafter

New S5/6 pupils requesting appeals can come into school from Wednesday 12th August to speak to Principal Teachers.

It is our expectation that, with your support, pupils should return to school in full school uniform with appropriately equipped school bags. The timings of the school day will remain unchanged. The school day will begin at 8.50am and end at 3.15pm.

2.       Movement in and around the school:

  • Each year group will be given an assigned entrance to, and exit from, the school
  • Pupils will be encouraged to follow social distance guidelines within the school building.

3.       Learning and Teaching:

  • Pupils in all year groups will follow a full timetable including all activities involved in PE.
  • Pupil timetables will be issued to them when they return to school.

4.       Morning breaks and lunchtime:

  • We are considering assigning year groups to particular zones around the school. More details about this will be issued to pupils next week.

5.       Hygiene:

  • Pupils will be encouraged to use Hand Sanitisers which will be located in and around the school. In addition to this, staff will provide access to hand sanitisers and wipes in classrooms. Pupils are also very welcome to bring their own hand sanitisers into school for personal use. Pupils can, if they wish, wear a mask.

6.       General Health:

  • Pupils who display any symptoms of COVID should be kept at home; High temperature, a new continuous cough, a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste. Parents should follow NHS advice and inform the school of any positive COVID tests.

7.       Extra-Curricular Activities:

  • There will be no extra-curricular activities at lunchtime or after school until further notice.
  • School trips are also on hold

8.         Pastoral Care:

There have been a number of temporary changes in Pastoral Care:

Year group             Pastoral Care Teacher

  • S6                          Mr Downes (covering for Mr MacKinnon)
  • S1                          Miss Campbell (covering for Mr Downes)
  • S2                          Miss Fitzpatrick (covering for Mrs Cairns)
  • S3                          Mrs Cassidy
  • S4                          Mr Blaney
  • S5                          Mrs Hughes

Pastoral care staff should be your first point of contact for any advice/ information relating to support for your child.

I will keep parents/carers up-to-date with changes and new developments as the new session progresses. In the meantime, again, I would like to thank you for your patience, understanding and continued support.

Please do not hesitate to contact the school for further information on any of the points above.

Kind regards


Mr McGuigan
Head Teacher

Family Engagement Programme – Parenting Support Workshops

Working with the NHS Parenting Team, Lourdes Secondary School would like to offer an exciting opportunity to all S1 parents during May and June.

Please click on the link below to access the information letter issued to S1 pupils today.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Mr Kerr, Miss Higgins or Mrs Connor.

Parenting Support Workshops Letter

Parental Tracking and Reporting Group – Can you help?

Are you a Parent or Carer with a child at Lourdes Secondary? – if so, please make sure you read the attached letter which was issued today.

If you would like to be involved in this steering group, please email, or phone 0141 582 0180, or complete and return the tear-off slip from the letter below.